NHL Rumor Mill – October 16, 2019

by | Oct 16, 2019 | Rumors | 17 comments

The latest on Dustin Byfuglien, Kyle Turris, Jake Muzzin and more in today’s NHL rumor mill.


TSN: Darren Dreger reports there’s a growing sense of optimism that Dustin Byfuglien could return to the Winnipeg Jets. There’s still no guarantee or timeline for the big defenseman’s return. Byfuglien would be a welcome addition to the Jets’ struggling blueline.

Could Dustin Byfuglien return to the Winnipeg Jets? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets will give Byfuglien the time and space he needs to reach a decision. You can bet they’re hoping his return comes sooner rather than later.

Bob McKenzie believes it’s worth watching Kyle Turris’ situation with the Nashville Predators. The 30-year-old center is earning $6 million annually with five seasons remaining on his contract but he’s also seeing fourth-line minutes. McKenzie doesn’t think it’s any secret general manager David Poile was trying to move Turris this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Turris’ reduced ice time he has four points in six games this season. That puts him on a 54-point pace and could make him attractive to clubs in need of depth at center ice. That hefty cap hit, however, could make Turris difficult to move. Poile doesn’t pick up part of a player’s salary to facilitate a deal but he might have to break with that tradition in this case.

Pierre LeBrun believes the Toronto Maple Leafs could find it challenging to re-sign Jake Muzzin. The 30-year-old defenseman is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

LeBrun said there have been no contract discussions, in part because the Leafs were focused on re-signing their restricted free agents this summer. Blueliners Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci are also slated for UFA status. LeBrun thinks the Leafs want to take some time to evaluate and prioritize those rearguards. They can’t afford to re-sign all three and might not be able to re-sign two of them.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Leafs have over $65.5 million invested in 11 players for 2020-21. Muzzin and Barrie could cost at least a combined $13 million to re-sign. That won’t leave much for the rest of the roster. Leafs GM Kyle Dubas did a good job juggling his limited salary cap space this summer. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pull it off again.

LeBrun and McKenzie reported the struggling Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils will remain patient with their respective head coaches. Speculation arose in recent days over the future of Wild coach Bruce Boudreau and Devils bench boss John Hynes, with false reports yesterday claiming Hynes was fired. Dreger also noted the Dallas Stars have stumbled from the gate but there’s no sense of panic coming from the front office or the coaching staff.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hynes could feel the heat much sooner than the others. Expectations were high following the summer’s acquisitions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev, and promising Jack Hughes. Many observers predicted they would be a playoff contender. If they don’t turn things around soon, calls for Hynes’ firing will grow among Devils followers.


  1. I don’t think it would take much to make turris more palatable. Centers are valued. Even holding one mil so he is a 5 mil man could be enticing

    • I think turris at 4.5 would have teams interested. I can think of at least 3 or 4 teams that would benefit from his talent. It all depends on what’s going back the other way.

    • If he had say 2 years left then teams could be interested…but he had much more. This is true with other players around the same cap hit who are around 30 and have 4+ yrs left on their contracts.

      teams dont and cent take on those contracts.

  2. ****Musings****

    NHL.Com Headline Boston Trounced Anaheim, the score was 4-2 and the Ducks dominated the second period.

    Pastrnack scored 4 goals and there a headline is Pastrnak the next Ovie? and he was asked that question during a media scrum. Pastrnack who is now in his 6th NHL season has never scored more then 38 goals in a season. Ovie in his first 5 season had 4 – 50 plus goal seasons and at 23 years old he scored 65 goals.
    Good on Pastrnak he said no when asked about the Ovie comparison. (really what comparison) Pastrnak said sometimes I have 4 or 5 shots a game and none goes in and Ovie just needs one and it’s in the net.

    Byfuglien made or made not come back. Status quo

    Last night was the first time since the jets returned that they did not sell out. Sign of the times?

    It’s been reported that if James Neal was still in Calgary that he would have all these goals. Then isn’t that on the coach?

    Mitch Marner is tied with Morgan Rielly with 9pts to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs in scoring.

    My offseason prediction of Milan Lucic scoring between 18 and 22 goals who has a line of 7gp 0g 0a -2 well lets just say as George O said sounds more like wishful thinking.

    • Flames will be getting a third round pick in that a Lucic deal . He is relegated to an enforcer with a little pp time on the second unit. I think each team went in eyes wide open.

  3. Turris was injured last year , not sure I would give up on him. He could really help Nashville if healthy. They added Duchenne as well. Looking solid at centre and we all know about their defense.
    Ovie is in a class by himself

    • if Nashville has an injury to a top 6 player then Turris is a pretty good bet to move up in the lineup . Expensive insurance plan ‘yes’ but as noted by Vinnie he played through a hip/ groin issue last season that never really had a chance to heal. If healthy and given the opportunity to play top 6 he will show he still has some game left in him.

  4. As per McKenzie Turris was offered to MTL this past week, I was wondering what you guys think of a trade Turris vs Alzner, in terms of terms and $$$ cost more the habs, but Turris would have is utility in MTL, where Alzner might be AHL material for Nashville?

  5. As per Bob Mackenzie, Turris was offered to MTL, how about Alzner vs Turris?

    • When did McKenzie say Turris was offered to the Canadiens last week? I’d appreciate a link if you have it as I’ve checked around but couldn’t find anything about it.

  6. Preds need scoring wingers, not bottom pairing D.
    Can’t see GMDP making that move.
    Crazier things have happened though.

  7. I don’t even know why I come to this site. There is this dude on the hockey news website that blows this author right outta the water. Hey Lyle! Why don’t you check out thn today to see how a real rumor man does it!

    • Chrism that guy in THN needs smaller glasses.

      • 🤓

  8. Just an early observation but Nylander continues to play a lackluster style, slow albeit with more confidence, but definitely no jam or will. He’s got his contract and playing like a cat who’s tummy is full of milk. Second, it’s becoming clear Kapanen has difficulty playing on his off wing and is not a top 3 or even top 6 guy. Ceci is not worth 4.5 million in my opinion and he’ll want a raise as a UFA so at best he’s a rental for the year.

    At some point Dubas has to realize the math doesn’t add up because you can’t have four players making half the team salary, with good players like Barrie, Muzzin, Mikheyev and Dermott needing raises/new contracts next year and Reilly and Andersen after that.

    Ceci likely won’t be signed next year so they’ll have that 4.5 to put toward Muzzin or Barrie but they’ll likely have to get rid of Kapanen and/or Nylander just to put towards new contracts for players.

    It’s a mess.

    • I think they will be a 100+ point mess this year.
      Next year, ya, a forward will need to be moved.

  9. This is the best Leafs team in quite some time. Not a fan and usually cheer against them but this is the best squad they have iced in decades. The team will not be the same group next year for certain and in my opinion it is this year or the drought continues for many more.