NHL Rumor Mill – October 30, 2019
Brent Seabrook unhappy over consecutive healthy scratches, the Senators could seek a new NHL home for Bobby Ryan and the latest on the San Jose Sharks in today’s NHL rumor mill.
SEABROOK UNHAPPY OVER CONSECUTIVE SCRATCHES FROM BLACKHAWKS LINEUP
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Ben Pope reports veteran Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was fuming over being a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He feels he’s playing better and still has a lot to offer to the team. “I’m 34. You guys seem to want to write articles about my age and my speed. I feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer in this league and still be a good player for somebody,” said Seabrook.
Pope feels Seabrook’s situation bears monitoring. The blueliner carries a $6.875-million annual average value through 2023-24 with a full no-movement clause through 2021-22. He’s never spoken about waiving that clause. Pope believes Seabrook’s contract hampers Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman’s efforts to re-sign younger players or protect them from the 2021 expansion draft.
Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton insists Seabrook will get an opportunity to draw back into the lineup. He claims he’s communicating with Seabrook. However, the blueliner said he and his coach hadn’t spoken since Sunday when he was informed he would be scratched from Tuesday’s game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no indication Seabrook wants to be traded or that the Blackhawks are trying to move him. Nevertheless, this situation could be worth following in the coming weeks.
Seabrook’s performance has declined in recent years, making him the subject of frequent trade chatter last season. His contract, with its hefty salary-cap hit and no-movement clause, would be difficult to move. Even if the Blackhawks picked up half of that cap hit, Seabrook’s age and performance hurt his trade value.
SENATORS EXPLORING TRADE POSSIBILITIES FOR RYAN
OTTAWA SUN: Ken Warren reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion and Bobby Ryan’s agents are working “behind the scenes” exploring “any and all opportunities for a new NHL home” for the 32-year-old winger. Ryan, the Senators’ highest-paid player ($7.25-million AAV), was a recent healthy scratch. He claims he’s not troubled by the situation and is working to get back into the lineup. Warren believes Ryan’s contract makes it highly unlikely the Senators will find any takers unless they pick up part of his cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Factor in Ryan’s offensive struggles and that big contract becomes even harder to move. He has a 10-team no-trade list but maybe he’ll broaden it for an opportunity elsewhere. Even if the Senators pick up part of that cap hit, they might have to include a draft pick or prospect to sweeten the pot.
LATEST ON THE SHARKS
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports there’s no sign of changes coming to the struggling San Jose Sharks. He said GM Doug Wilson usually doesn’t make coaching changes during the season. LeBrun doesn’t think that’s on Wilson’s wish list of changes. They’d prefer improvement from stars such as Logan Couture, Erik Karlsson, Martin Jones, and Timo Meier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson could look at a goaltending upgrade if he decides to shake things up. NBC Sports’ Adam Gretz points out Jones and backup Aaron Dell began this week with individual save percentages under .892. If their performances fail to improve, Wilson could be forced into the trade market for help.