Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – September 29, 2019
Updates on the Blues, Islanders, Rangers, and Avalanche in today’s Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
LATEST ON PIETRANGELO AND SCHENN
STLTODAY.COM: In a recent live chat with his readers, Jim Thomas weighed in on the Blues’ salary-cap space for next season and how it could affect efforts to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn. Assuming the salary cap reaches $85 million, it’ll leave the Blues with over $19 million to re-sign seven players. It could cost at least $14 million to retain Pietrangelo and Schenn. General manager Doug Armstrong has said the Blues must get creative to re-sign those two.
Thomas doesn’t know how much Pietrangelo wants but it’s safe to say it’ll be more than his current annual average value of $6.5 million.
If the Blues decide they can’t keep both and try to trade Schenn, Thomas indicates the New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, and Colorado Avalanche have the salary-cap space to take him on.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Blues are a playoff contender they won’t trade Pietrangelo and Schenn. Barring a salary-dumping deal next summer, I don’t think they can afford both of them. I can see them re-signing Pietrangelo to a five-year deal worth $9 million annually. If his asking price is higher, they can turn their focus to Schenn.
COULD THE ISLANDERS SHOP A DEFENSEMAN?
THE ATHLETIC: Arthur Staple recently pondered what could happen with the New York Islanders’ defense. If promising Noah Dobson cracks the roster, a veteran like Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy, or Johnny Boychuk could be sitting out the Isles’ opening night. A trade might make sense, with Leddy and his $2.5 million AAV the easiest to move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dobson was scratched from the Isles’ final preseason game. Head coach Barry Trotz hasn’t tipped his hand if the youngster has made the team. If he does, they’ll have eight defensemen on the roster. Somebody will have to move via trade or waivers.
STROME FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE WITH RANGERS
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports veteran forward Ryan Strome hopes to establish himself as part of the Rangers’ core. However, he’s an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Rangers have shipped out pending UFA talent over the last two seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired from Edmonton early last season, Strome put up a respectable 18 goals and 33 points in 63 games with the Rangers. If he can build on that it could improve his chances of securing another contract with the Blueshirts. It could also improve his value at next February’s trade deadline.
Hearing the Avs still sniffing around for more goaltending depth. Tristan Jarry or Eric Comrie are potential acquisitions @ColHockeyNow
— Adrian Dater (@adater) September 29, 2019