NHL Rumor Mill – October 24, 2019

by | Oct 24, 2019 | Rumors | 16 comments

Latest on the Sabres, Senators, Islanders, and Canucks in today’s NHL rumor mill.


Could the Buffalo Sabres trade defenseman Marco Scandella? (Photo via NHL Images)

  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.


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.


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.



  1. Bogosian highly rated has had a terrible career. They should have bought him out while they had the chance. The good news for the Sabres is he won’t be healthy for long when he does return

    So you can’t even get a 7th round pick for Ho-Sang

    • Lol. Yesterday 3
      Three 27 year olds you had landing Hall….2 on ir/ltir. today throw rust for a dman…. ir clears 500k cap space!

      First, learn how and where to reply….”doofus” then learn how to insult……Rip van winkle? Lmmfao!

      “send them a pic…they are at the cap too or Brian Rust even swap second line winger for a second pairing D-man”

      That looks like Rust for Scandella “even swap” …. “doofus”

      You can’t even read your own bs! Lmao.
      Take off your black one gold glasses / blinders and put on your readers!

      • Que?

  2. Would not be surprised if MB revisits his interest in Scandella if he hits the trade block. Trading inside a division will be an issue…..

    • Marco Scandella would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh on the number #2 p[airing with Justin Schultz..

      send them a pic…they are at the cap too or Brian Rust even swap second line winger for a second pairing D-man

      salary’s close Rust $3.5 Scandellla $4.0

      • How does that clear cap space?

  3. Stecher is a decent 5 or 6 dman for most teams. I doubt he’d get much more than a 4th, maybe a 3rd round pick in return. Has a decent offensive upside but small stature takes from any kind of physicality.
    He’d be a good fit on some teams looking to add a quality depth guy but in no way should he be looked at as a 1-4 type defenceman.

  4. I see the geniuses at HockeyBuzz think the Leafs should trade for Jonathan Quick. A few issues with that. Why would they trade for a goalie having major issues stopping the puck when they already have Hutchison?
    And even if they did want Quick exactly how would they fit another 5 million plus under the cap?
    I find that Eklund just makes shite up so he has something to print.

    • I can see the leafs losing a trade in fans eyes to get a 2 way player and a defensive dmen, everyone thought their defense improved but I don’t think a lot of fans knew what they were getting! Just listening to the Toronto media which we all know would say if Lucic was on Toronto it would somehow be a good contract lol

  5. As far as Ho-Sang goes, I wouldn’t say his value has tumbled. More like it was never there in the first place. No one wants to deal with attitude problems so I’m not surprised he’s stuck where he is.
    I wouldn’t be trading much for or anything at all

    • Ho-Sang will need to sign in Europe to try and create a career in order to ever sniff another chance at a NHL contract. I agree with CMac. there was no tumbling of value just perceived to be worth more.

  6. Ny44life….put your glasses on dufus

    I said first sent Buffalo a pick first if they are tight against the cap.

    That’s what i said first..read rip van winkle..

    Then i said if they want talent back and they do need secondary scoring Rust for Scandella still saves them $500,000 against the cap..

    Should i explain it again for you Mr. New York? LOL

    • And again…. how does 500k and an ltir player help them again? You big doofus Rip van homer . Poopyface tomato nose.

      Or do I have to ask you again mr Pittsburgh suburb moms basement dweller

      • What’s worse… mnnnn. The dumbo that posts the stupidest pens stuff on the sight or…. the person who actually gives any credence to the dumbo.

      • nyr4life..your .living in the dirtiest and most polluted city in the U.S please..

        A. I live in Los Angeles now Dufus not Pittsburgh so there’s that.

        I said a pick first there’s that

        You didn’t listen so there’s that

        $500,000 is $500,000 more than they had before concentrate on those great Rangers….or are you a bandwagon guy since you have three teams to root for.. you can be a homer for all three.

        penguins did unload $4 million for cap space with Gudbranson so there’s that…

  7. Chrisms…is that a shot at me….Black n gold

    what have you posted of any relevance???

    didn’t know you where a part of our conversation…