NHL Rumor Mill – October 15, 2019

by | Oct 15, 2019 | Rumors | 12 comments

The latest on the Penguins in today’s NHL rumor mill.

THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun reports the Pittsburgh Penguins better-than-expected start without sidelined centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad has taken some pressure off general manager Jim Rutherford. Nevertheless, he’s still carrying nine defensemen and sources say he’s still trying to move one of them.

Could the Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to shop a defenseman like Erik Gudbranson (Photo via NHL Images).

LeBrun suggests the Winnipeg Jets could be an option, though they’re still waiting for Dustin Byfuglien to reach a decision on his future. He wondered if Erik Gudbranson might be a fit with the Anaheim Ducks.

Despite losing Niklas Hjalmarsson to injury, the Arizona Coyotes appear intent to address his absence from within. There’s no indication the struggling New Jersey Devils are seeking help but they could if they don’t snap out of their early-season funk.

LeBrun also said there’s competition in the trade market. The Dallas Stars are still shopping Julius Honka, plus the Buffalo Sabres could have moves to make once their blueline is fully healthy.

PITTSBURGH HOCKEY NOW: Dan Kingerski reports a source claims the Penguins kicked tires on Joshua Ho-Sang. The New York Islanders winger cleared waivers two weeks ago and has requested a trade. Kingerski said his source claims the discussion was initial contact.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets really can’t make a move without Byfuglien’s decision. Their $6.6 million in cap space will evaporate if he decides to return. They’ll have to do a dollar-in, dollar-out deal at this point. The Ducks are seeking a right-shot defenseman but they might prefer a more affordable option that Gudbranson and his $4 million cap hit through 2020-21.

The Coyotes and Devils could be worth monitoring if they haven’t suitably addressed their respective issues soon. Losing Hjalmarsson is a big blow to their blueline but they also need to boost their anemic offense.

Rookie winger Sam Lafferty is playing well thus far for the Penguins. If he keeps this up they’ll have no need for Ho-Sang unless it’s to move out one of those defensemen.


  1. Check out what I’m calling Pittsburgh’s LBJ Line, Lyle. Sam Lafferty is having the most success so far but he, Adam Johnson and Joseph Blandisi are epitomizing an ideal fourth line. They skate, check and chip in offensively, quickly winning the confidence of coach Mike Sullivan.

  2. The pens lack serious prospects so if ho sang came super cheap and agreed to start in wbs then by all means.

    • Squat to lose under those terms!

      • I usually squat to let loose.

    • Having Lafferty and Johnson up now, the Pens also have legit NHL prospects in the system in Poulin,Legare,Almeida,Addison and Joseph.

    • Don’t need Ho Sang……he is weak on the puck and he wore # 66 for a little while enough said..

      inside Pittsburgh sports has reported that the penguins and the ducks have discussed Nick Ritchie for Erik Gudbranson..

      interesting to see what happens there..if it happens. i like Ritchie but if we don’t go after another top 4 d guy to play with Schultz…i say Gudbranson stays with Marino on third pairing and Peterson with Schultz

      • Nuff said? Who cares what number he wore in Long Island. What utter bologna

      • You say bologna … I say baloney

      • That’s phony bologna George and you know it!

  3. Isn’t it funny how you hear players say there is no loyalty to the players from the teams but then you have many guys who sign long huge cap hit deals and either show up to camp fat and quit or they will play until every single last penny is made even when they are washed up. No loyalty to the fans or teams by players. Cody Hodgson is still getting 800 grand a year from Buffalo(not his fault I guess he sucked then had health issues) and Bobby Bonnila still gets 1 million dollars from Mets until 2035. This Dustin B saga is pure nonsense, the guy should retire or maybe work out and start playing. Matt Moulson making 5 million playing in AHL for 2 seasons is a joke. Buyouts shouldn’t handicap a team for 20 years. Bobby Ryan who was washed up 4 years ago should do us all a favor and retire, why should team buy him out and lose cap space for 5 years

    • The way I understand the Buff issue is that he wants to retire and WPG is trying to talk him out of it and told him to take as much time as he needs hoping he changes his mind. I am guessing that is because he is better than all their D except Morrisey and they won’t find a player like him mid season. And their window is open right now.
      Or this is a plan to let his ankle keep healing and use the $$ saved after 20 games to trade for another useful D man, and then he returns ready to go.
      Moulson? I blame the GM for signing him to that deal, as Bobby B.
      With RFA’s now getting huge $$ coming out of ELC’s, the money they are taking up will likely come out of the older players/UFA’s $$, and especially term.

  4. Short term a team can overcome injuries. Long term is another matter.

    If Buff misses 10 games do the Jets save in cap 850 k approximately