NHL Rumor Mill – October 14, 2019
Updates on the Ducks and Coyotes in today’s NHL rumor mill.
ARE THE DUCKS STILL SEEKING A RIGHT-SHOT DEFENSEMAN?
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.
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.
COYOTES HAVE CAP FLEXIBILITY TO MAKE MOVES
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.