NHL Rumor Mill – November 6, 2019

by | Nov 6, 2019 | Rumors | 23 comments

The Hurricanes and Sabres could be shopping defensemen, the latest on Kyle Turris, and more in today’s NHL rumor mill.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Carolina Hurricanes are carrying a surplus of defensemen and don’t want to risk losing one on waivers. He claims they’re willing to move Trevor van Riemsdyk or Haydn Fleury for a top-nine forward. Both are restricted free agents next summer.

Darren Dreger also reported the Buffalo Sabres will have a log-jam on the blueline once Marco Scandella and Zach Bogosian return from injuries. He said Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is starting to shop around for a top-six and a bottom-six forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scandella and van Riemsdyk could have the best trade value. Fleury was selected seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft but he’s struggled to meet expectations with the Hurricanes. The oft-injured Bogosian is unlikely to draw much interest. Possible trade destinations include the Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Montreal Canadiens.


SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion’s scouting trip to Los Angeles and Nashville sparked trade speculation. He’s in the market for an experienced forward but warned not to jump to any conclusions. The Predators are trying to move Kyle Turris and that had some wondering about a possible reunion with the Senators. Dorion declined to comment but Friedman said he was told it’s not happening.

Don’t expect a reunion for Kyle Turris and the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bringing back Turris and his $6-million annual salary-cap hit through 2023-24 makes no sense for the rebuilding, cost-conscious Senators. Dorion’s scouting trip to Los Angeles could’ve been to watch Kings winger Tyler Toffoli, though it was more likely to check out the Kings before the upcoming game between the two clubs.

Friedman predicts the Colorado Avalanche could go “big-game hunting” in the trade market. They’re dynamite when healthy and have plenty of assets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If GM Joe Sakic does target a big-name player (Taylor Hall, perhaps?), it’ll likely be near the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Of course, he could make an earlier move if his banged-up club doesn’t soon snap out of its current slump.

The return of Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman’s imminent return has teams checking to see if the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in moving a big salary. They’ve been told the Leafs want to see their strongest roster in action before making any decisions. “That means, as expected, a team of 20 or 21; so two or three will be traded or waived,” said Friedman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs move a big contract it won’t be Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner or Morgan Rielly. Kyle Dubas last year promising William Nylander he wouldn’t be traded as long as Dubas was general manager. Frederik Andersen obviously isn’t going anywhere. They’re all the Leafs carrying annual average values of $5 million or more.

The Los Angeles Kings could move some more veteran players this season. Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, as well as their young prospects. aren’t going anywhere. There hasn’t been much contract extension talk with pending UFA Kyle Clifford. Friedman believes interested parties will have to work to entice the Kings into parting with him.


  1. Doubtful Hans will deal with Sabres as they’re just getting their own top 6 and bottom 6 where they want them. A trade with Canes won’t happen for awhile after the AHO offer sheet during free agency. Hans want another D they’re better off looking westward and watching waiver wires.

    • ““Hans” = “Habs”?

      I’m a little confused, albeit this is normal.

      If so, I imagine Haydn Fleury + Cale Fleury (currently #3 RD in “Hans”land) would be the purported attraction.

      btw all, 2020 = The Year of The Rat!


      • That, and Bergevin’s historically close relationship with Carolina.

        “allô? c’est bergie ici!”

        – click.. bzzzzzzzzz.

    • Good morning

      Turris is making $6 million over the next 5 years ..Preds have 3 million in cap apace ..what ever team trades for Turris will need a legit #2 center and have room to spare …and what do the Preds want back …Player picks or Prospects ??
      Do they really need to fill any roll ..as the team is stacked all ready…maybe a young player looking for a fresh start.

      Id package Turris up with Eeli Tolvanen..to make the deal and get back a decent player that is NHL ready now…

      After looking at every teams structure ….and needs I think Detroit could be a good spot for Turris …Yzerman needs depth at Center with a veteran presence in a rebuild at a fixed cost…this could be a spot …Yzerman would take and want a you player along with this deal and Eeli Tolvanen could be interesting on this team long term as well.
      Wings after Abdelkader and Helm need a TRUE second line Center especially if Athansiaou is on the Block and if Poille sweetens the deal which Yzerman likes ..its a decent transaction…for both.
      Just spit ballin here…

      PS – Dubas… please PLEASE trade Nylander for someone who plays real hockey every shift and hits …thx ! LOL


      • Meh. If they do that, they might end up with a Erat vs Forsberg kind of deal. They have some contracts coming off the books, I think they’d rather give Tolvanen a shot and see how it pans out. Dealing that kind of talent can haunt you. At this point, given Nasville’s Stanley Cup window is open, I’d rather deal a 1st rounder along with Turris than a near ready talent like Tolvanen.

        As for Turris, I see maybe the Penguins making a deal for him with some kind of cap retaining arrangement. The way the Galchenyuk experiment has been going, I’d be surprised if they don’t try to move him at some point. Plus he’s a UFA this summer.

  2. Allegedly, Turris received a less than gracious phone call from Melnyk before being traded. He isn’t going back to Ottawa.

  3. As far as a big Leafs trade? I think moving Nylander and Ceci in a bigger deal makes sense..lose nearly 12 million in cap if possible but the question is: for whom and why wold anyone want these two? Might have to expand the number of players to make a big deal attractive to some team. Western conference teams such as the Sharks and Wild seem to be going nowhere. Eastern conference might be harder sell: but the Wings, “Canes, Isles and Panthers might be interested in WN?

    • Kyle Dubas promised Willy that he wouldn’t trade him, while he was GM.
      Is that the same kind of promise as “The check is in the mail”?

  4. Zach Bogosian been in the NHL for 13 seasons he has only two seasons where he has played more the 70 games, 81 games in 2009-2010 and 71in 2010-2011. This player is injury prone averaging 47 games per season . It’s not a matter of if he gets injured but when he gets injured.

  5. To BUFF: AA
    To DET: Risto

    AA helps buff top 6 and since it appears Det is ready to move on they gain a back end RD they need to pair with DeKeyser to give their youth time to develop.

    What does Det have in the top 9 that Carolina would want for Fleury? Del LaRose plus pick?

    • I’d probably do a Risto for AA deal, Only problem is that AA probably comes with an extension maybe 6 x 5.5 where Risto could walk in 2021. Buffalo might’ve to add a sweetener here.

  6. If Toronto is moving Nylander, Im hoping Jim Benning is getting a call.

    Pairing Nylander with Pettersson would be a sick pair and allows Boeser to slide down to Horvat’s line where they’ve also had great chemistry in the past.

    But hey, thats just 1 Canuck fan’s fantasy

    • VCR works Tyler, I would think he would fit well in Edmonton as well.
      Larsson plus JP for Nylander? Add or subtract a little if necessary.
      I know I keep repeating this deal, but what the heck.

      • I’d also move hyman for TVR. Then they can dump ceci

      • Stecher, Demko/Markstrom could be a nice package from Canucks end as well

      • Edm does not have defensive depth to do this. Car or buff should be targets for that. Both could use a nylander.

      • NO RAY!!!!! I want JP in Boston

  7. I don’t know why Rangers would be considered a destination for any of the D men mentioned. Have Staal and Smith we already can’t get rid of and a line of prospects waiting for a shot. On another note, Lias Anderson scratched tonight. Could he be on move for Puljujarvi ?

    • I have always thought it made more sense for Howden to center the 4th line with Lemieux & Fast.

      Move Andersson tot he 3rd line with Kratsov & Kakko to give Lias a shot with players who can actually skate and have an offensive IQ. Let me play there a dozen games to see if he then has what it takes before shifting him away OR rather play him in Hartford as the 1c where he can get valuable ice time in all situations.

      Think he is being missused much like how Oscar Lindberg was and it ruined his career.

  8. Hmmmm…. Lyle,

    Columbus just sent Elvis to the minors…. Nj picks up Dominique… Columbus is short on picks …. and has cap space…

    Any rumblings on Schneider to Columbus to be bought out at year end??

    • Haven’t heard anything about Schneider. He has a full no-trade clause.

      • Gotchya!!