NHL Rumor Mill – October 26, 2019

by | Oct 26, 2019 | Rumors | 24 comments

The latest on the Penguins and Blackhawks plus some suggested destinations for Josh Ho-Sang in today’s NHL rumor mill.


THE ATHLETIC: Rob Rossi examines what the Pittsburgh Penguins could do with their extra cap room beyond this season after trading Erik Gudbranson and his $4-million annual salary-cap hit to Anaheim yesterday. They could attempt to re-sign goaltender Matt Murray or defenseman Marcus Petterson to a contract extension. He also suggests packaging goaltender Tristan Jarry with a forward like Nick Bjugstad, Zach Aston-Reese or Dominik Kahun for a rental scorer.

Could the Pittsburgh Penguins used their recently freed-up salary-cap space to re-sign goaltender Matt Murray? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe that extra $4 million will go toward Murray, who’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer. It wouldn’t be surprising if Rutherford swings another trade later this season. He could bring in a rental player or perhaps something that provides some long-term help. For now, I think he’ll wait for his roster to get healthier to gauge their performance before making another move.


THE HOCKEY NEWS: The Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, and Arizona Coyotes top Steven Ellis’ list of suggested trade destinations for Josh Ho-Sang. The winger is currently in Toronto awaiting a trade by the New York Islanders.

Ellis believes the Oilers should swap Jesse Puljujarvi for Ho-Sang. Puljujarvi is playing in Finland awaiting a trade. Ellis suggests a reunion with midget hockey linemate Connor McDavid might spark Ho-Sang.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I explained in a recent Rumor Roundup for The Hockey News, Puljujarvi is believed to have more upside than Ho-Sang. There’s a belief the young Finn can still blossom into a top-six winger, something Ho-Sang hasn’t done at the NHL and AHL levels.

Ellis felt Ho-Sang could be an affordable fix for the Bruins’ lack of right-wing depth. He also suggests the Coyotes flip disappointing Christian Fischer or struggling Lawson Crouse for Ho-Sang.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins though Ho-Sang would help they would’ve acquired him by now. I’m not sure the Coyotes are willing to give up on Fletcher but could part with Crouse. As Ellis points out, he and Ho-Sang are once-promising prospects who haven’t played up to potential.

Ellis also suggests the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators as possible destinations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes are believed in the market for a top-nine forward. They were angling for winger Ondrej Kase in trade talks regarding defenseman Justin Faulk with the Anaheim Ducks before shipping the blueliner to St. Louis. Ho-Sang isn’t in Kase’s class. The rebuilding Senators, meanwhile, don’t appear to be interested in the Islanders’ winger.


CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Madeline Kenney reports Blackhawks forward Brendan Perlini confirmed TSN’s recent report claiming he has requested a trade. He’s discouraged by his lack of playing time after being a healthy scratch in seven of their eight games this season. Kenney said Perlini doesn’t want his situation to become a distraction for his teammates.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Blackhawks center Zack Smith has popped up in the rumor mill. He’s been hampered by a back issue and only suited up for five games. Smith carries an annual average value of $3.25 million through next season. Garrioch believes he’ll have limited value in the trade market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perlini, 23, has power-forward potential, netting 17 goals with the Arizona Coyotes in 2017-18. He’ll have more value than Smith.


  1. Wouldn’t mind the Bruins trying out Ho-Sang. Nothing more than a fifth rounder though.

    • I would prefer they take a run at JP as a long term play. I think a full season in Europe is likely best for him and see what you have then. Maybe a move at the draft.
      I think the B’s make a move for a more established scoring RW at the TDL again.
      I think Ho Sang should maybe head over to Europe too, and try to establish some value for himself.

      • Ray I’m with you on that. For me it’s all about the risk versus reward for JP something your ok losing if JP doesn’t work out.
        Holland has held out pretty good and the Oilers are in a good position so no rush.
        Is Danton Heinen worth the risk?

      • Wow, tough one Caper.
        Heinen is a solid player, but likely is what he will be already.
        I would likely say no as B’s are in win now mode. This off season, OK as they may have some young guys making a push.

    • Hey Lyle… Fyi it is Christian Fisher, not Fletcher. That point aside, I don’t know that I would tweak the AZ lineup much with how things seem to be clicking. I definitely don’t see Lawson Crouse being moved for Ho Sang considering he is one of the few big body checkers the Coyotes have in their forward tanks. Fisher could be a possibility as he is in the last year of his contract, but his play has looked better the past few games and it’s widely thought he is a Tocchet favorite (despite struggles Fisher earns playing time over promising rookie Barret Hayton).

  2. Don’t think Lou would be in any hurry to help out Bruins. Also don’t see oilers as they’ve already had their share of sissapointing prospects not working out. Still think Rangers should give Puljujarvi a shot. Team lacks right shot RW besides Fast, who is ufa at seasons end and is more a fit on bottom 6. Rangers have a lot of prospect depth at left D and center. Saw Quinn lose his mind with Buchnevich again the other night.

    • @Slick
      Not sure Quinn is the right coach for JP. His favoring Howden so heavily over Andersson has bewildered me. Playing vets over kids during a growth year. I could see the Rangers trading an Andersson or other

      • DS. I agree. I think eventually one of Howden or Anderson gets moved, unless they’re planning on playing them at wing. I thought Chytil was more suited for wing, but they seem hellbent on him being a center. With Zib cemented as 1C, I don’t see keeping all 3 prospects. Would be a waste to keep Lias on 4th line. He can be 3C for Oilers. Or Howden.

    • Slick62 I don’t think Lou cares where Ho Sang goes considering he put him on waivers. Just don’t think anyone is willing to give up to much to obtain him.

  3. Ho hasn’t the type of personality to attract interest from the Coyotes. And it’s Fischer. Hayton will eventually play in the top 2lines. No need to trade for a forward, unless it’s a top line forward, which I don’t see happening in the near future.

  4. Boston can use a big body depth guy like Perlini. I am sure he would thrive with Krejci as his center.

    Z.Smith also not getting ice time in Chi-Town. Do they want veteran?

    to BOS: Perlini & Zack Smith

    to CHI: Backes ($2 m held to balance cap)


    • Yes, I think it is plausible.

  5. 😡😭🤬

    Jimbo gets rid of GudB and retains JJ????

    He better have another move up his sleeve and re Rossi:

    “ He also suggests packaging goaltender Tristan Jarry with a forward like Nick Bjugstad, Zach Aston-Reese or Dominik Kahun for a rental scorer.”

    He’d be nuts to move Jarry; but if he’s moving Bjug or Rust or ZAR; then JJ MUST go as part of the package…..

    Rusty , ZAR, JJ, Martinsen ; 3rd


    Hall, Morrow, Seney

    • Pengy call up OTT and propose

      to OTT: JJ & Bjugstad & ZAR

      to PITT: Ryan & Borowiecki


      • I hate Crosby…I don’t hate your proposal to Ottawa…

      • Thnx BnG =)

      • Hi IHC

        Math works and IMO fair deal if BR was UFA next June .,.. but he’s got 2 more years (@$7.25M per) after this… so can’t work

        No way Melnyk takes back $ on BR ….

        A deal with Ottw much less likely

    • all those players alone would not et ya Hall let alone others

      and a 3rd? C’Mon Pengy…. you are starting with a 1st and Jarry then other top prospects (if Pitts has anything, which i do not think they do)

      NJ does not need more bottom 6 and bottom pairing guys =)

      • Hi IHC

        A guy has to try

        Counter proposal

        Rusty , Bjug, JJ; 1st

        Hall, Morrow, Seney

      • Bjug & JJ…. 2Minn


        Rask & JEE & Soucy

      • You can only buy into so much from rumours from lesser known bloggers but this made me feel good (from Shug Mcsween on the Dean Blundell sight:

        “Jim Rutherford is still looking to move Jack Johnson to find his team some secondary scoring. Keep an eye on the Penguins, they are far from done.”


  6. When will Babcock say management over paid Nylander Matthews and Marner by 10 million and if we had that cash we could buy a couple D man who can skate backwards.

  7. Hi-Sang has something wrong with his brain, needs some help. Pass on him

  8. PENGY…What will you do if the Penguins finally do move jack Johnson?