NHL Rumor Mill – October 23, 2019
Updates on the Predators, Senators, and Canucks, plus a look at possible trade destinations for Taylor Hall in today’s NHL rumor mill.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LATEST “INSIDER TRADING”.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports contract extension talks between the Nashville Predators and Roman Josi hit a snag before the start of training camp. There was a meeting last week between the defenseman’s agent and Predators general manager David Poile. LeBrun believes Josi’s camp wants him to become the third-highest paid defenseman in the league but the Predators aren’t there.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun pointed out San Jose’s Erik Karlsson ($11.5 million annual average value) and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty ($11 million) are the highest-paid blueliners. The Josi camp could seek something between $10.5 – $10.9 million. With over $58.9 million invested in 13 players, the Predators’ cap payroll would be pushed to nearly $70 million, leaving little room to fill out the rest of the roster.
LeBrun also believes defenseman Troy Stecher’s situation is worth monitoring. He’s dropped out of the Vancouver Canucks’ top-four blueline pairings. Stecher’s in his contract year and LeBrun speculates teams could reach out to the Canucks at some point. For now, however, they are finally happy to have blueline depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Stecher’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer. If he remains out of their top four they might test his trade value. That could depend upon his performance and where the Canucks are in the standings later in the season. If they’re in playoff contention they’ll likely hang onto him.
Darren Dreger reports Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is shopping for help for his rebuilding roster. He’d like to make an affordable addition to his forward lines similar to his recent acquisition of Vladislav Namestnikov. Dreger said the Senators’ front office know they have to be patient with their young players but would like to be a little more competitive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators landed Namestnikov because the New York Rangers wanted to shed salary. I daresay Dorion will be contacting cap-strapped clubs looking to move out a player or two.
POTENTIAL TRADE DESTINATIONS FOR HALL
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox recently proposed the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, and Anaheim Ducks as possible trade destinations for Taylor Hall if the New Jersey Devils move him before the trade deadline. The three clubs have the salary-cap space to pick up Hall’s $6 million salary-cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fox isn’t ruling the Devils out of the playoff race despite their slow start and he’s not saying Hall won’t re-sign. He’s just spitballing over the winger’s future. If Hall becomes available, the Avs, Canadiens, and Ducks have the cap space and depth in prospects and young players to entice the Devils. Much will depend, however, on whether Hall wants to re-sign with the team that acquires him.