NHL Rumor Mill – December 14, 2019
The Taylor Hall trade talks reportedly heat up, plus the latest on Zach Bogosian and Ilya Kovalchuk in today’s NHL rumor mill.
HALL SCRATCHED FROM DEVILS LINEUP AS TRADE TALK HEATS UP
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Abbey Mastracco reported the New Jersey Devils scratched Taylor Hall from last night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as a precautionary measure. They had nothing further to report regarding a possible trade, but Mastracco cited a source claiming the Avalanche are interested and had reached out to the Devils. She also said the extent of the negotiations was unknown.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun confirmed last night there is “some traction in trade talks the Devils are having with teams and so the risk is not worth playing him play at the moment. Stay tuned.”
NJ.COM: Mike Rosenstein cites WEEI.com’s Matt Kalman reporting the Boston Bruins could be among the teams interested in trading with the Devils. Given what could be a high price to acquire Hall, Kalman speculated they could target Devils winger Kyle Palmieri.
NBC SPORTS: Joe Haggerty believes the Bruins must do something to address their ongoing need for additional scoring, whether it’s kicking tires on Hall or a more realistic target like Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like business could be picking up here. I’ve spoken to a couple of sources who think the deal could go down as early as today. The holiday trade freeze goes into effect at midnight on Dec. 19, so there appears to be some urgency in getting a deal done soon.
The Avalanche remain the front-runners, but the Arizona Coyotes have also reportedly expressed interest. The Bruins may have looked into acquiring Hall, but I think they’ll explore more affordable options. As LeBrun suggested, stay tuned…
UPDATES ON BOGOSIAN AND KOVALCHUK
WGR 500: Brayton Wilson reports Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian declined to talk about a report claiming he’d requested a trade. He prefers keeping any discussions between Sabres management and his agent to himself. “I’m going to let everything stay in house,” said Bogosian. Head coach Ralph Krueger said the report didn’t interest him. The blueliner was reportedly unhappy over being a healthy scratch from Thursday’s game against the Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bogosian is a skilled veteran right-shot defenseman due to become an unrestricted free agent in July. He lacks no-trade protection, but his long history of injuries and his $5.142-million salary-cap hit could make him difficult to move.
Kovalchuk made the trip with the Kings to Pittsburgh. His last payable bonus goes Sunday ($2.65 million). After that, it’s up to him if he wants to leave the Kings or not, and if he does he’d be in breach of his NHL contract, paving way for LAK to put him on unconditional waivers https://t.co/ok8o9ZcPYw
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 13, 2019