NHL Rumor Mill – October 22, 2019
Latest on the Devils and Penguins plus another update on Jesse Puljujarvi in today’s NHL rumor mill.
COULD THE DEVILS MOVE HALL OR SCHNEIDER?
THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Corey Masisak was asked when the New Jersey Devils could decide to trade Taylor Hall if unable to re-sign him during the season. If that comes to pass, it’ll probably happen around three or four weeks before the February trade deadline.
Masisak also dismissed recent trade speculation regarding Devils starting goaltender Cory Schneider. He doubts the rumors are coming from a credible source. The Devils could be in the market for a third-pairing defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall will be the biggest name in next summer’s free-agent market if the Devils fail to re-sign him. He will remain a frequent subject of conjecture by hockey pundits and fans leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
Some observers proposed the Devils ship Schneider to the Los Angeles Kings for Jonathan Quick. They feel a change of scenery might help both goalies but I don’t believe either club is considering that option. Schneider would have to waive his no-trade clause.
WILL THE PENGUINS SEEK HELP FOR THEIR INJURY-DEPLETED ROSTER?
PITTSBURGH HOCKEY NOW: Dan Kingerski recently pointed out the injury-ravaged Penguins took another hit with Brian Dumoulin and Jared McCann being scratched on Saturday. He feels it’s time for general manager Jim Rutherford to fix his imbalanced roster, perhaps by trading for someone like the New York Islanders’ Josh Ho-Sang or signing a free agent like winger Jason Pominville.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McCann could return to action tonight while Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad will be traveling with the club this week. Getting those three back soon will relieve pressure on Rutherford. He can afford to remain patient as long as the Penguins keep playing well.
UPDATE ON PULJUJARVI
THE ATHLETIC: Allan Mitchell suggests Jesse Puljujarvi’s impressive play in Finland has sparked an increase of interest in the young winger. The Carolina Hurricanes are believed to have kicked tires on the restricted free agent winger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes are said to be looking at adding a top-nine forward. It’s believed the Oilers could have interest in Carolina forward Julien Gauthier. Despite the speculation, there’s no indication the Oilers are any closer to trading Puljujarvi.