NHL Rumor Mill – October 25, 2019

by | Oct 25, 2019 | Rumors | 30 comments

Updates on Taylor Hall, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and Brendan Perlini, plus updates on the Sharks and Senators, in today’s NHL rumor mill.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun expects the agent for New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall to meet with general manager Ray Shero within the next two weeks. The dialogue between the two sides has been very transparent, including almost daily communication between Hall and Shero. The winger, however, is nowhere close to deciding on taking negotiations to the next level.

The Washington Capitals and Nicklas Backstrom could let the season play out before discussing a new contract (Photo via NHL Images).

LeBrun also said there’s no hurry between the Washington Capitals and pending free agents Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby to reach agreements on new contracts. There’s been a dialogue between the team and the two players but they’ve decided to let the season play out for a while. The salary cap, the Capitals’ status as a contender, and promising goalie Ilya Samsonov are behind this decision.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall could be waiting to see how things pan out for the Devils this season before reaching a decision. Money and term won’t be an issue for the Devils. I think it comes down to whether Hall believes the Devils are building a true Stanley Cup contender.

Backstrom and Holtby aren’t getting as much attention as Hall in the rumor mill. The Capitals’ wait-and-see approach is one reason but there’s also a widespread assumption Backstrom will be re-signed and Holtby will depart via free agency, especially if Samsonov keeps making the case for more starts this season.

Bob McKenzie reports the Chicago Blackhawks are working with Brendan Perlini’s agent to find him a new NHL home. He’s skated in just one game this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 6’3″, 211-pound Perlini has power forward potential, tallying 17 goals with the Coyotes in 2017-18. At 23, he still has time to reach his full potential with the right club. He’s on a cap-friendly one-year contract worth over $874K and shouldn’t be too costly to acquire.


THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Kevin Kurz was asked if the San Jose Sharks could consider trading Marc-Edouard Vlasic or Brenden Dillon. He doesn’t see them shopping Dillon right now as he’s been their most consistent defenseman this season. If the Sharks are out of the playoffs by the February trade deadline, perhaps they’ll consider shopping the pending UFA.

Vlasic’s recent struggles are cause for concern but his no-movement clause makes a trade unlikely. Kurz wondered if the Montreal Canadiens might be interested but Vlasic hasn’t given any previous desire to play for his hometown club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the two, Dillon would be the easiest to move but I don’t think the Sharks are entertaining that option. Vlasic’s contract is nearly ironclad. If he doesn’t want to be traded there’s nothing Sharks management can do about it. I don’t believe he wants to play under the harsh spotlight in Montreal.


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators general manager Pierre Dorion is working the phones in search of forward depth but his best bet could come from within the organization. Garrioch cites three league executives claiming the pickings are slim in the trade market. He said Minnesota Wild forwards Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek, and Ryan Donato are on the market.

Garrioch also listed Tyler Toffoli but believes the Los Angeles Kings’ pending UFA is a likely trade-deadline candidate. He also said the Pittsburgh Penguins have some forwards they’d like to move.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For what it’s worth, Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin is preaching patience despite his club’s poor start, claiming he won’t make any panic moves. I agree that Toffoli is more likely to be moved near the Feb. 24 trade deadline if the Kings fail to re-sign him.

All of the reports out of Pittsburgh claim the Penguins want to move a defenseman like Jack Johnson or Erik Gudbranson. They’ll have to make some room once sidelined forwards Evgeni Malkin, Alex Galchenyuk, and Bryan Rust return to action. However, they could do so by demoting forwards Sam Lafferty and Adam Johnson, who are waiver exempt.

Updates on Taylor Hall, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and Brendan Perlini plus updates on the Senators and Sharks in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


  1. I know Fiala, Eriksson Ek, and Donato are not lighting it up, but shouldn’t Minnesota be focused on retaining youth and shedding their older, underperforming players?

  2. Slow day again on the rumor front. SJ looks like they might be nearing the end of the open window on a championship.
    From a discussion yesterday.
    To the Leafs – Larsson and JP.
    To Oil – Nylander.

    Can Bear actually keep playing this way as their RD in the top 4 where Larsson usually is if not hurt? Risky for Oil.
    oil have prospect depth on D as well.
    Can Nylander give the Oil 2 excellent scoring lines if you throw him with RNH and Neil?
    JP wants a change, still has potential to be very good and is an NHL player today who is affordable. Leafs need cheap with potential. And more than anything they could use a tough, big defensive first RD who is mobile.

    Go ahead and rip apart if you like.

    • Ray , I for one like your trade idea. But I’m an arsehole.

    • Ray I think Edmonton would have to give more; as you stated many times JP doesn’t have much value and is basically a throw in. Nylander 5yrs remaining and Larsen on LTIR with only 2 season remaining. This is not a good trade for Toronto; the risk vs reward (meaning if JP develop) is to high for Toronto imo. Maybe switch Larsen with Klefbom.

      • Caper, I guess that is why big trades are rare. I don’t disagree about the value of Larsson due to term, but the Leafs may be able to resign him. Price tag is larger though as he will be UFA. I also agree that JP has no value as he is playing in Europe, and his attitude sucks. But his talent is hard to deny. Big boy who skates really well, and had great offence as a junior. Responsible enough defensively, but thinks he deserves top 6 minutes and hasn’t produced enough to earn it. I do think a change of scenery, or another coach who tells him the same thing will wake him up. Or maybe it won’t, hence the risk. He may end up back in EDM on a prove it stint and gets his wish.
        I think Klefbom is an over pay. Really good player on a really good contract. Can’t see the Oil doing it. So likely won’t see a deal. SHocker.

    • I’d love to see Nylander come to Edmonton and i’d pull the trigger on that deal if I was GM but I think a Khaira/Puljujarvi for Kapanen type deal would be more likely.
      I’m a big Nuge fan but i’m beginning to wonder if any winger in the league can bring out the offense Oiler fans have been waiting for from him.

      • Agree something smaller Is more likely. For both teams

  3. Think Leafs would need to add a defenseman one that could be a 5-7 guy at least Nylander not worth both players in my opinion.

  4. I don’t understand what SJ is doing. They are dressing a team with less depth than last year, and their defence is playing like one paid 10m less.

    They either need to make a trade or start skating the rookies and hope for the best.

  5. NYI should see if Chicago will take HoSang and pick for Perlini. I think he would thrive with Trotz and company. Big body too.

    • don’t know HoSang but Perlini could b an awesome pickup-

  6. to Pitts: Vlasic
    to SJ JJ & Gudbranson

    right Pengy? lol

  7. Ray Bark,,,,I think that is an interesting proposal…..what are the terms of Larson’s contract….earlier this year Oiler fans were seeking a power play defense man….if they are going for it this year what value would Tyson Barrie have to Edmonton in addition to Nylander…..I know he is a UFA as of July 1….

    How would the larger trade look?

    • Larsson is $4.16M for this year and next. Oiler PP is humming so far, plus Bear may get a shot on the 1st unit soon. Confident with the puck and can shoot it. He is 2nd PP now, but it rarely sees the ice as the 1st unit plays all or most of each PP.
      Bouchard will likely be the PP guy and will get his chance later this year or to start next.
      Holland is a patient guy and may want to wait to see if this Oiler team is a mirage or not before pulling a big deal. He is a draft and develop guy, which I agree with.

  8. Vlasic is 32 years old and has 6 years remaining after this season on his contract with a large cap hit. His play is slipping. As much as the Habs need a good LD at this time, I don’t think they’d even want to trade for him.

  9. wheres Ron? how does he feel about JT Miller so far?

    • ds,

      Miller has been decent.,Good, not great. Not worth giving up a 1st rounder for but hasnt disappointed.

      • Nucks have played pretty well to start the year. 6-3 and solid goal differential. Is Dim getting a little shine?
        I think JT was worth a first. 26 and on what is now a reasonable contract.
        Depends where the pick is in the first round I guess. If it is a mid to late one, then seems like a good trade for VCR to me. If top 5, then no.

      • There is a condition on the pick that if Vancouver misses the playoffs it moves to the following draft.

  10. Geez if Ron was wrong about Benning could there be hope for Dubas. lol

    • Benning is a moron.

      Jurys still out on Dumbass.

      • The big moron and the little moron stood on a ledge. The big moron fell off. Why didn’t the other moron?

  11. Cause the other moron was a little more on.

    Please do another.

    • This time of year we see geese migrating in a V shape.
      One side is always longer than the other.
      Do you know why that is?

      • No why?

      • More geese on that side.

      • Boooo

  12. Geez, that was good. lol

    • I thought so too. I chuckled.

  13. Shame it was gudbranson who got jettisoned. Over priced yes. But not a bad bottom pairing guy.