NHL Rumor Mill – October 24, 2019
Latest on the Sabres, Senators, Islanders, and Canucks in today’s NHL rumor mill.
COULD THE SABRES SHOP SCANDELLA?
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports Marco Scandella has become the subject of trade speculation. The Buffalo Sabres are tight against the salary cap. Rasmus Ristolainen, the subject of offseason trade chatter, seems very happy playing under Sabres coach Ralph Krueger. Scandella is in the final season of his contract with an annual average value of $4 million.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Lance Lysowski reports Sabres general manager Jason Botterill doesn’t seem interested in moving a defenseman right now. He views his blueline surplus as a strategical advantage, pointing out their depth has helped them cope with a chaotic early schedule and injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres will have to become salary-cap compliant when Zach Bogosian and Brandon Montour return from injury. With Ristolainen seemingly changing his tune about wanting a trade, moving Scandella seems a logical choice. Finding a trade partner willing to take on that cap hit won’t be easy but clubs seeking left-side blueline depth could come calling.
LATEST SENATORS SPECULATION
SPORTSNET: With Colin White and Artem Anisimov sidelined, Elliotte Friedman reports the Ottawa Senators are trying hard to find a forward.
THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Hailey Salvian was asked which pending unrestricted free agents the Senators could move before the February trade deadline. She believes forward Vladislav Namestnikov and Mikkel Boedker could be trade candidates. Defenseman Dylan DeMelo and center Jean-Gabriel Pageau could also hit the trade block if the Senators feel they don’t fit into their plans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, the Senators have called up Logan Brown. They were believed to be in the market for another experienced forward before White and Anisimov went down. I can see them retaining DeMelo or Pageau for the right price.
ISLANDERS TRYING TO MOVE HO-SANG
TSN: Darren Dreger reported the New York Islanders are working on trading Josh Ho-Sang. The 23-year-old winger is training and skating in Toronto after clearing waivers and requesting a trade earlier this month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact no one has acquired Ho-Sang yet speaks volumes for how much his value has tumbled in the trade market. I doubt the Islanders seek a big return for him. Maybe a struggling club or one riddled with injuries will take a chance on him at some point.
Have heard the Stecher trade rumours.
Not sure there is a massive appetite to do this.
Would have to get a defenseman in return or make sure someone in Utica is ready. https://t.co/tBqNWkoZbT
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) October 22, 2019