NHL Rumor Mill – December 13, 2019

by | Dec 13, 2019 | Rumors | 23 comments

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian requests a trade, plus the latest on the Blackhawks, Canadiens, and Canucks in today’s NHL rumor mill.


THE BUFFALO NEWS: Lance Lysowski cited TSN’s Darren Dreger reporting Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian has requested a trade. He was a healthy scratch from Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Injuries limited him from playing more than 65 games per season with the Sabres. He missed the first 22 games of this season recovering from hip surgery. Sabres general manager Jason Botterill declined to comment.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian has requested a trade (Photo via NHL Images).

Lysowski also noted Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Botterill recently inquired into the availability of Pittsburgh Penguins winger Alex Galchenyuk. Both players will become unrestricted free agents in July.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bogosian lacks no-trade protection, but his injury history and $5.14-million annual average value make him a difficult sell. I don’t think the Penguins are interested in a Bogosian-for-Galchenyuk swap. They’ve got limited salary-cap space and GM Jim Rutherford could be more interested in adding a winger.


NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: Charlie Roumeliotis wonders if the Montreal Canadiens are eyeing a possible trade with the Blackhawks. He points out they’ve been frequently scouting the Blackhawks AHL affiliate in Rockford. Habs GM Marc Bergevin has been spotted several times at the United Center this season.

It’s believed the Canadiens are in the market for a left-shot defenseman. Erik Gustafsson is a UFA at season’s end. Roumeliotis said there have been no contract talks between the two sides.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gustafsson could be an affordable rental for the Habs, but I don’t think he’s the solution for their blueline woes. He’s a skilled puck-mover, but he doesn’t play a strong defensive game.


SPORTSNET: Iain MacIntyre reports Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning admits he’s in the market for a scoring winger before the Feb. 24 trade deadline if a deal makes sense. The health of sidelined winger Micheal Ferland could affect their need to add another forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication who Benning could target. I daresay it’s hypothetical depending on Ferland’s health at this point. If the Canucks remain in the thick of the playoff chase by February, Benning could pull the trigger on an affordable rental option. And no, I don’t see him getting into the bidding for New Jersey’s Taylor Hall.

The keyword is affordable. His first-round pick in the 2020 Draft is a conditional one that could belong to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he could be unwilling to part with his second-rounder.


  1. Since MTL is seeking a lefty would they swap Scandella for Weise? Give Buff some extra cap room to make moves and MTL has the cap space to take him on for the remainder of the season. Weise is also an UFA at season end.

    • I don’t know anything about Scandella but Weise’s days as an NHLer are done. He played few games for Philly his last two years there and showed nothing in his return to Mtl. Unless Scandella is on his last legs such a trade would be charity on the Sabres part.

      • I suggest this bc Weise is over $2million less than Scandella. This clears some room for Buffalo to make some moves easier. MTL wins too bc they need a left shot Dman. They ahve the cap space to make an effort to improve. Good try out period for Scandella too. Both players are UFA so no long term ties.

  2. I’m not in favor of the Sabres acquiring Galchenyuk but Bogosian for Galchenyuk makes sense…cap hit is about the same and both become UFA’s after this season.

    Not sure it would work for Pitt, Rutherford is probably trying to clear cap for another deal

  3. Charlie Roumeliotis is by far the most unsophisticated connect the dot “journalist insider” whose opinion is easily altered by any outside influenced train of thoughts. He doesn’t have enough true grasp on the sport, the cap, the free agent market, so chalk him as yet another person covering the sport with the expertise level below the average hard core fan has for “things.” The hawks are injury riddled on the backline and sure Gustafsson is a high possible trade deadline option, if a team is looking for depth at offenseiman, not two way defender. Who knows what the deadline market will be?! I always think about how Paul Gaustad and a 2013 fourth-round draft pick were sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2012 first-round pick at the deadline in 2012.

    • Bill, I check out your draftsite on occasion.
      Not all scouting reports are up yet as we are a ways out from the draft.
      Do you have thoughts on Jake Neighbours? Currently ranked on your site early in 2nd round.
      Kid seems like a player with some jam that could translate to an NHL game.

      • Ray Bark,

        Just be informed that there is more than one “Bill Placzek” contributing on hockey sites.


      • I feel violated.

      • Ray I am who I am…dunno about how I have an imposter, but would love to find out more about that, rattus rattus, PLEASE, let me know about this doppelgänger. It could be my teen years and my notoriety in a hobby that you see around the World Wide Web, but that is me too!
        I ma not apologizing but this two finger typist hasn’t started typing in the scouting reports but my grand plan is do that after world junior slowly but surely. There simply are so many players and I gotta confess some home improvement jobs have curtailed early travel and stifle the time even watch as much as I usually do by now. Re Neighbors: He is stocky not tall, but takes the puck hard to the ent and manages to hold his edges when the opposition is trying to throw him off balance. Has a strong net front presence, is really really good at watching things and good on the redirect, and when carrying in the attack zone he reads the movements on the ice before making his decision on pass or shoot, and waits until the screen is set up and shoots, or finds open space looking for the puck back after checking down on his best teammate option to pass to. Kyle can verify my being the real me. LOL!

      • Oh, and I believe Jake has always been in my top 40, right now in slot 36.

        I threw up a tentative list of 45 players for 2021, simply because people are asking, but THAT took time…as much as I want to display two rounds, once you start putting up lists there are tons of avid fans who are saying why is this guy not in the top 15 or where is so & so?
        I just ran our of energy and posted a first round, patting myself on the back, and then a fan says why isn’t Seattle in the team lists? HA!
        So even though they don’t have a logo or name I took time (what I have so MUCH of (red font)) TO ADD SEATTLE. SHEESH.
        I wish there were two of me; the other could fill in the scouting reports with better typing skills on Draftsite.
        “Billy” Placzek on the TV show To Tell the Truth is me too.

      • Thanks Bill.
        That is how I see his game as well. Only been to a few of their games this year, saw him quite a bit last year. Looks like the kind of guy the Oil could use.

  4. I might be one of a few people here who thinks the physical part of the game in the NHL is still a important part not talking about dropping the gloves two three times a game but am talking about the hitting/checking part of game in which the Bruins last two games have been out hit 70-40 it seems to me the Bruins have more than a few players that just don’t play that part of game and it was a very big reason why they didn’t get the S.C. in the 18-19 season against the Blues along with their PP in short circuit

    • Can’t have the big man dropping the gloves to fight a slug like Maroon.
      I covet toughness as much as the next guy, but those players come at a cost.
      Who do you think Sweeney can bring in?
      Who goes the other way?
      Who plays 2RW?
      Who plays 3C if Coyle bumps up?

      • Zach Kassian!

      • They don’t have the cap space to bring in a big body goal scorer on its own without moving salary out, they did try Ritchie but he’s not very good at anything ….just a thought to try to catch lightning would the Flames and Bruins do a Backes for Lucic where I believe is the same salary per year but the Bruins get Lucic for the extra 1 year ….at least Lucic will stick his nose in and Chára don’t have to unless really really needed

      • Ray I seen you mention him before and it would help without much cost ….

      • It’s actually an extra 2 years for Lucic.
        Backes is a tough guy, although he shouldn’t be fighting anymore with the concussion issues. Lucic can’t make a pass, take a pass, handle the puck and basically has no real touch in tight.
        A hard no from this Bruin fan.
        To Shoreorrpark’s point, a guy who can actually play more than single digit minutes effectively is going to cost a lot.

  5. Just put Bogo on waviers and let some team have him for free, he’s a good player but always hurt. he was playing really well since his return but the last few games he played he had a rough few games.

    • if he changes position to a goalie SJ needs 1 and TML needs a backup. 🙂

      • Winner: Best post of the day!

  6. Ryan Reaves in VGS is an option at just under $3m

    to Vegas: John Moore
    to BOS: Ryan Reaves

    cap matches

    VGS can let some of their D walk at season

    • oops meant to put this above to another post lol.

    • Can you make it happen..lol