NHL Rumor Mill – October 14, 2019

by | Oct 14, 2019 | Rumors | 9 comments

Updates on the Ducks and Coyotes in today’s NHL rumor mill.


THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Eric Stephens said he couldn’t say the Anaheim Ducks have given up seeking a right-shot defenseman after efforts to acquire Justin Faulk fell through.

Could the Anaheim Ducks target a right-shot defenseman like Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks were linked to Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. It was assumed he could become available once Brandon Montour returns from injury.

With the Sabres off to a good start, they’re in no hurry to make a significant move. That could change if they falter like they did last season.

The Ducks, meanwhile, are also off to a better-than-expected start. General manager Bob Murray could remain patient with his roster to see how things shake out throughout the season.


AZCENTRAL.COM: Richard Morin recently included salary-cap flexibility among his five reasons to be optimistic about the Arizona Coyotes this season. They possess roughly $3.3 million in cap space. Morin feels Coyotes general manager John Chayka will be able to add to his roster should the situation arise, thanks in part to new owner Alex Meruelo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Coyotes have around $2.4 million in cap room. If Chayka does make a move it could be to bolster his offense. Despite the off-season addition of winger Phil Kessel, the Coyotes are the NHL’s lowest-scoring team. They’ve tallied just seven goals in four contests.


  1. Arizona according to capfriendly has $2.430m in space but has a roster of 24/23 one over the max so someone will be sent down add $800k giving them $3.2m to add someone.
    My question is in todays NHL what does $3m get you? If it’s a quality player well no one giving up a $3m player because that’s good value.
    If they are they want value in return and probably not a draft pick, if it’s a good player on an elc, that’s going to cost you.
    For example Toronto has 3 players in the $3m range Kerfoot, Kapanen and Johnsson Arizona would be an improved team to add any of the three but what’s the cost? A team like Toronto has cup aspirations so they don’t have plans to weaken their roster.
    It’s just hard to make hockey trades anymore no impossible but not easy.
    You almost need to pay high on a player coming out of their elc and hope he projects where the players contract is of good value ie Marchand, Pastrnack, McKinnon, Kadri, Scheifele, Jones, Josi, Elkholm etc as you can see there is a lot of players on great contracts and as we know there are players on the opposite side and for the most they are the older player on the decline .
    It’s risk versus reward sign long term and he projects great but if he doesn’t it becomes cap heck.

  2. You don’t change a winning roster.

  3. Just saw Hjalmarsson will be out for 3 months. Putting him on LTIR could free up $5m. Also them having 24 currently on the roster includes them carrying 3 goalies. I wouldn’t expect them to carry 3 all season.

    • Perhaps Pengy will offer

      to AZ: JJ ($1m retained) & Rust

      to PITT: Hjalmarsson

      pengy frees up cap while AZ gets more offense.

    • They should go for Petry. Habs will be stupid it they wont tank this year (which means they will be). I know that they won’t get 1st overall (this will never happen under Bettman), but maybe they will have some decent pics?

  4. Ceci for ana 5th round pick 2020

    • With that cap hit and his value a 5th would be to much to give up

  5. I think the Bruins are showcasing Steve Kampher for the Ducks today.
    Low cost RHD.

  6. Sooooooo, trading for Phat Fill isnt paying off?

    Gee, didnt see that coming at all said no one, ever.