NHL Rumor Mill – October 17, 2019

by | Oct 17, 2019 | Rumors | 18 comments

Are the Canadiens scouting the Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic? Could the Devils poor start affect Taylor Hall’s contract talks? Check out the latest in today’s NHL rumor mill.


TVA SPORTS: cites a report by The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz observing the Montreal Canadiens have heavily scouted the San Jose Sharks. Canadiens coach Claude Julien said his club seeks a top-four, left-shot defenseman.

Kurz refers to Sharks blueliner Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Montreal native carries a no-movement clause in his eight-year, $56-million contract that runs through 2022-23. He’s currently pointless with a plus-minus of minus-eight.

Are the Montreal Canadiens scouting Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens are scouting Vlasic they might not like what they’ve seen thus far. He’s struggled but so has the Sharks as a team. They’ve won three straight but dropped their first four contests.

If Vlasic won’t waive his no-movement clause it’s a pointless exercise trying to acquire him. Just because he’s from Montreal doesn’t mean he wants to play there. Many Quebec-born NHL players haven’t been keen to experience that fishbowl existence.


SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports there no reason to believe the New Jersey Devils aren’t considering any option other than re-signing Taylor Hall to a long-term extension. The 27-year-old left-winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

It remains to be seen what Hall wants to do. The Devils know being a consistent playoff contender could be key to determining his future.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Devils don’t turn things around soon they risk falling into an insurmountable hole this season. That could affect Hall’s decision. If he’s not under contract as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches and they’re out of the playoff race by that point, GM Ray Shero could entertain trade offers.

Friedman also believes the Canadiens looked at Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Juuso Riikola.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Riikola played 37 games last season but only one this season and that was as a winger in last night’s 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Buffalo Sabres are looking to move a defenseman. Friedman thought the Arizona Coyotes could be an option with Niklas Hjalmarsson sidelined for three months. Given the Coyotes’ salary-cap constraints, a big move isn’t likely.


  1. Rumor mill is funny. On one hand, there’s guys becoming free agents in their late 20’s who everyone screams “there’s no way you give that guy a 7 year deal for 7m per!” Then we’re to believe that anyone would trade for a 32 year old dman who is signed for another 7 years at 7m?

    • Good point.

    • Mostly true. The one caveat is that no other team can absorb part of your own free agent signings.

      If San Jose were to hold back $2M per season on Vlasic…that doesn’t look quite so bad for MTL.

      I’m not saying that San Jose is keen to do that, or that Vlasic even at $5M is what MTL needs. Just pointing out that salary retention is a factor.

    • There seem to be less risk when acquiring an older dman as they seem to play at a higher level then an aging forward

  2. Mtl has had an eye on Vlasic since the Gainey days. Mtl also plays the Sharks on the 24th. Not much to see there IMO, at least right now…..

  3. Vlasic has not looked great, especially being paired up with Burns. When Sharks get Simek back, Vlasic will probably see time next to Ferraro. He’s still the best shutdown defenseman for SJ. Losing Vlasic would create a void in the Sharks blueline. Not totally sold on Dillon as the best partner for Karlsson. Maybe a part of a bigger plan for the Sharks.

  4. So I get to leave sunny Cali for a place where they ice skate to work? Oh yes please.

    • Hi Chrisms

      The key deciding factor for Vlasic wrt waiving his NMC/NTC to go to the Habs comes down to the inherent value ME places on either (1) every 2nd corner having a Tim’s and/or great Poutine place OR (2) Starbucks and/or Sonic Burger every other corner

      All other considerations are moot

      The Pickle has a very tough choice to make


      • Pengy makes a valid point, however in SJ anything animal style from In-n-Out over Sonic.

      • dpf


        Will try In-Out next time I’m in SJ

  5. So Montreal could have a left side comprised of Karl Alzner, Ben Chiarot, and Marc-Édouard Vlasic. I’m sorry, did I say Montreal? I meant Laval.

    • I read yesterday the rumoured deal between the Pens and Habs has Gallagher going the other ways. If the Habs take Jackhole to help balance the salary cap then I would have to give some thought to sacrificing Jusso. With the emergence of Marino as a solid dman the Pens don’t need either of the other 2.

      • LOL, Gallagher’s not going anywhere. He’s far too invaluable to the Canadiens.

      • 😳

    • perfect left line if you want to sink

    • perfecet left line for couple years of sinking!

  6. I say SJ should send Pickles to MTL for Alzner

    MTL should do it .

    • I say SJ should NOT send Pickles to MTL for Alzner.