NHL Rumor Mill – December 28, 2019

by | Dec 28, 2019 | Rumors | 19 comments

With the NHL holiday roster freeze lifted, here’s the latest on the Rangers and Sabres in today’s NHL rumor mill.


NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports sources claiming there’s little interest in Rangers forward Lias Andersson. He’s been suspended without pay since walking out on the club’s AHL affiliate in Hartford on Dec. 20 after requesting a trade. The seventh-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old Andersson has just nine points in 66 NHL games.


New York Rangers forward Lias Andersson attracting little interest in the NHL trade market (Photo via NHL Images).

Brett Cyrgalis recently speculated Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton could stage another trade deadline sell-off as his club’s playoff hopes dim. He lists forwards Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Ryan Strome, and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev as possible trade chips.

THE ATHLETIC: If the Rangers decide to trade Georgiev, Shayna Goldman recently suggested it’s less likely they’ll do it during the season. Goalie deals aren’t common in-season and the Blueshirts could be reluctant to rush promising netminder Igor Shesterkin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise regarding Andersson, who’s been a big disappointment thus far. Maybe his performance will improve with a different club, but it appears there aren’t many willing to give him that opportunity. If the Rangers aren’t in the postseason chase by February, Gorton could start shopping a couple of pending free agents for draft picks and prospects as he continues to rebuild the roster.

Unless Shesterkin is threatening to return to the KHL unless he sees NHL action this season, there’s no reason for the Rangers to move Georgiev. You can’t rule it out if a rival club is willing to overpay for Georgiev’s services, but I don’t think anyone’s reached that point right now.


THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington recently proposed Sabres GM Jason Botterill should take care of business following the NHL holiday roster freeze. He points out they need help up front while they wait for Jeff Skinner to rediscover his game. They must also decide on defenseman Zach Bogosian, who reportedly sought a trade after being a recent healthy scratch.

THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Joe Yerdon was asked if Botterill will ever move a defenseman for a forward and the type of return Bogosian could fetch. While Yerdon expects that move will happen, it’s anyone’s guess when. A center would be preferable but a winger would also help. He expects Bogosian’s trade stock is low right now.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have no doubt Botterill’s been working the phones shopping a blueliner for a forward, but finding a suitable deal isn’t easy at this time of year. There aren’t many sellers and those that are might not have what the Sabres need.

Botterill could be forced to wait another four-to-six weeks for the market to improve as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. That could be too late to help the Sabres.


  1. I see that there are more than a few Bruins fans here and would like to know your thoughts about resigning T Krug to a new contract,,,,,my thoughts he’s a VG offensive Dman especially on the PP his size (5’8” 180 lbs ) limits his effectiveness on the D in his own and he does tend to miss PT due to injuries especially against heavy teams he becomes a target. I hear the Bruins could be in contract negotiations with him, he will be 29 years old before this season ends and his salary now is $5.25 million …….do you resign him and if so for how long and how much …..or do you let him walk , it seems to me with McAvoy not picking up the offense as fast as they thought he would is making this a tough call

    • He us a valuable piece to that team..maybe 3 years at $6.25 million per

    • Tough call. If he signs for a team friendly deal yes. If he’s looking for market value let him go or maybe even trade him for assets before losing him for nothing. Vaakanienen and Zboril are close. Will have some cap space if Backes gets bought out to sign a much needed RW.

  2. The Rangers will probably add Andersson in a deadline deal. Someone will roll the dice on Lias at the right price.

    • Him, and at the next draft probably Jesse Puljujarvi (13 g -15a -28 pts in 30 gp with Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga) and Julius Honka (3g 6a 9 pts in 22 gp with JYP Jyväskylä of the same league). Hell, someone may even take a flyer on Nail Yakopov at the right price/term (in 77gp with St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL over the past 2 seasons he has 30g 15a 45 pts and in 18 playoff games has added 4g 4a 8 pts).

      Nothing ventured – nothing gained in each case.

      • Be interesting if the Rangers could loan Andersson to another organizations AHL…never seen that before..but?

        JP is not worth a 1st round pick. Lias is easily not.
        If Holland has no interest in Andersson cannot see a swap with Lias+more

  3. My question is; now that Nylander is getting points which team would be a good trade partner for the Leafs to send him packing.

    • Happy Holidays

      YES & YES GUY !!!!!

    • Minnesota needs to really decide on their future with their aging team.

      Minny should make a move and see if they can get him for Rask & a 2nd & 8th

      would give TML almost 3 million in cap space and a bottom 6 player since they probably will not resign Spezza.

      the 3 million will go directly to Reilly’s new contract

    • Until that signing bonus gets paid after July 01, nobody is going to attempt to acquire him as after deep inquiry about that very thing, that bonus is not transferable; so until then, stuck with him.

  4. Hate to say it but by the time the trade deadline comes the Sabres will be in the bottom 5 of the league standings. If that happens Botterill has to be fired, he waited way to long to trade his abundance of defensemen.

  5. Skinner is out 3~4 weeks. If there was a time I am suggesting NOW . Anyone but Ristolainen and Dahlin for any forward you can get. Scandella Miller with picks / prospects has got to net something , Otherwise you are correct sir ! Dead by the deadline. Sabres are at least two decent forwards short that make a top 6 . Counting on Mittelstat too soon. Gave up on Nylander too soon .

    • would Pittsburgh do a Galchenyuk for Scandella? to ensure D depth for a playoff run?

      would cost nothing for either team as cap space is about even

      • I have been proposing that on here and inside Pittsburgh sports.com scandella will gives us insurance for the brittle letang and schultz…you are spot on IHC PLus if schultz leaves free agency we can resign him…we save $1.5 million..galchenyuk scored showing signs of like nice scoring depth in buffalo..hope it happens IHC

      • NO

    • Nylander is a bust, I watched him live in the AHL 2 seasons, his effort was always lacking and in AHL he couldn’t even score. Jokiharju is already an outstanding defensemen at age 20. The guy Nylander was moved for. I’m not a fan of guy who float and can’t score in AHL drafted 8th

  6. IHC and BNG…it’s a trade that makes sense and should have happened a few weeks ago…it was said Botterill kicked the tires on Galchenyuk but maybe Pitt wanted someone else.

    • Len…do you know who Pittsburgh wanted…galchenyuk is playing well consecutive scoring games with some assists..now e time..colin miller would work just not bogosian..lol

  7. Skinner has played reduced minutes under the new coach and also doesn’t play with Jack at all. Not sure how he’s supposed to score playing with Bums. The GM better contact the coach and tell him he’s signed Long term and scored 40 goals. Coach has his favorites, his Son Reinhart and Son Olofsson