NHL Rumor Mill – November 2, 2019

by | Nov 2, 2019 | Rumors | 18 comments

Recent speculation on the Rangers, Sharks, Oilers, and Sabres in today’s NHL rumor mill.


NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the more points Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Strome collect this season, the more likely they’ll price themselves out of the New York Rangers. The pair are restricted free agents next summer with salary arbitration rights.

Could defenseman Tony DeAngelo prove too expensive for the New York Rangers to re-sign? (Photo via NHL Images)

The Rangers could be squeezed again for salary-cap space, especially if the cap only rises by 2.5 percent as it did for this season. Brooks speculates DeAngelo could seek an annual average value between $4 – $4.5 million on a two-year contract while Strome could ask for a one-year deal worth between $4.5 – $5 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Strome (10 points) sits third among Rangers scorers while DeAngelo (eight points) is their highest-scoring defenseman. It’s still early and their production could decline throughout the season. But if they put up decent numbers, the Rangers could have a difficult time re-signing them. That could make one or both of them trade candidates. 


THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton believes the San Jose Sharks must find a solution to their goaltending problem before it’s too late. Martin Jones and Aaron Dell have struggled since last season.

Clinton acknowledged there’s no blue-chipper available in their system and no clear-cut option in the free-agent market. They also have limited salary-cap space. Jones’ contract ($5.75-million annual average value) and declining play makes him difficult to move. Nevertheless, Clinton feels they must do something to address this problem, even if it’s a cheap short-term solution.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings is the only noteworthy goalie mentioned in recent trade rumors. Unfortunately, he’s performing no better than Jones and Dell. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson could be forced to remain patient in hope better options become available in the coming weeks.


THE ATHLETIC: Allan Mitchell believes the Edmonton Oilers are in need of another two-way center. Possible trade options include the Ottawa Senators’ Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the Winnipeg Jets’ Mathieu Perreault or Jack Roslovic, the Calgary Flames’ Mark Jankowski or the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nic Petan. Mitchell considers Jankowski the most attractive choice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pageau is slated to become a UFA next summer. if the Senators shop him it’ll likely be closer to the Feb. 24 trade deadline when they could find more suitors and possibly better offers.

Mitchell suggested dangling a defenseman like Kris Russell or Matt Benning to the Jets. I doubt either one will entice the Jets to part with Perreault or Roslovic. They won’t improve the Jets’ porous defense. 

Calgary seems an unlikely trade partner but they did swap Milan Lucic and James Neal during the offseason. It would depend the Flames’ roster needs and whether the Oilers are willing to meet that price.

Mitchell wrote this piece before Petan was assigned to the minors. He’s not on the Oilers’ radar.


THE BUFFALO NEWS: In a recent mailbag segment, Lance Lysowski was asked which defenseman the Buffalo Sabres will trade when Brandon Montour returns from injury. Lysowski doesn’t believe any of them will be moved for the time being. They have no salary-cap restrictions with Zach Bogosian on long-term injury reserve. He acknowledged they might have to create room at some point but there’s no rush.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rasmus Ristolainen was a frequent subject of trade chatter this summer. However, his improved play under new coach Ralph Krueger could make the Sabres reluctant to part with him. Marco Scandella was recently floated as a trade option. He’s eligible for unrestricted free agent status next July.


  1. Hey B’s go get this done ….T Krug for Anthony Mantha, gets the RW the Dman they need and the B’s a scoring RW with size and toughness they need

    • No thanks. Not an even trade. Krug is what he is – too small, too O focused. Mantha much better value going forward.

    • I’d do that move in a heartbeat.
      Everyone wins.

    • Bruins would do that trade al day. Yzerman does need a puck moving D but not at that price

    • can always just trade a 2nd and prospect or low rd pick for Strome in NY

      • I like that idea IHC, but the Rangers may still be trying to make the playoffs.
        If early trends continue that might change. Big IF.
        What would the Rangers want if Strome is on pace for a 60pt season in Feb?

      • I mentioned the other day they should look to move Strome while value is up. I don’t see him getting to 60 points. Rangers really need to figure out what to do with Kreider. If you can’t agree on an extension, they should shop him. If they keep him, it will be hard to keep Fast and Strome. Unless they agree to very friendly hometown deals.

  2. The sharks goal tending, is not the problem. The sharks lost valuable pieces in the off season. And the defense is suffering. With a lot of inexperience, on the team right now, their will be some growing pains.

    • Schneider for Jones ??

      • IHC is that Keith Jones

  3. Would Jake Allen an option for San Jose goaltending? I think the Blues could find a less expensive back up in goal and have some cap space n Petro and others.

    • I was thinking the same thing.

      • Everyone please keep thinking of Jake Allen going to teh Sharks because the Blues certainly do not need Allen or his $4.35 AAV this year or next year.
        And no thank you, we don’t want Martin Jones at $5.75 AAV for this year + 4 more 5 years.

  4. Jake Allen is an excellent choice. Forgot all about him. He was insurance in case Binginton was a flash. He is not.

    There should be some movement in a couple of weeks. A lot of needs out there.
    The youth have had a decent audition .

    • I don’t think Allen was insurance for anything. Problem was no one wanted the goalie who took the Blues to 31st place on 1/1/19.
      When Binnington entered the picture, the world changed, the team made the playoffs and we know what happened then.

  5. Scary Flames & Oilers look like reasonable trade partners again. Yikes!!! Jankowski would probably fit real well on Oilers 3rd line but I would hope Treliving hammers them on price. Maybe Pulji for Jankowski. If we had to add, maybe give them the conditional 3rd from the Lucic deal back to them. LOL Then it would Lucic & Pulji for Neal & Janko haha.

    Also wondering with Big Buff situation in the Peg & Hamonic not wanting to negotiate an extension during the season(now top 5 on Trade List), a trade fit with the Flames & Jets exists. Flames cant afford to let both Brodie & Hamonic walk July 1. But cant afford to trade both at this point.

  6. San Jose is a house of cards, the goaltending is just the most glaring current issue. The Sharks will collapse this season or next.

    • As I said the other day, I certainly hope it’s this season! Only because Ottawa holds their 1st round pick next draft and, combined with their own lottery chance, they’d get two cracks at the # 1 overall. Plus they hold SJ’s 2nd round pick in 2021.

      And it would be poetic justice – a bottom feeder with the $12 mil man in the line-up for the next several years.