NHL Rumor Mill – January 24, 2020

by | Jan 24, 2020 | Rumors | 97 comments

Who could the Bruins target in the trade market, and could Charlie McAvoy become trade bait? What’s the latest on the Rangers and Red Wings? Check out the details in today’s NHL rumor mill.


NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Los Angeles’ Alec Martinez and San Jose’s Brenden Dillon top Nick Goss’ list of five defensemen for the Bruins to pursue at the trade deadline. New Jersey’s Sami Vatanen, Ottawa’s Ron Hainsey, and Chicago’s Erik Gustafsson round out his list.

Joe Haggerty suggests the New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider and the LA Kings’ Tyler Toffoli among the top-six forward trade options for the Bruins. New Jersey’s Kyle Palmieri, Montreal’s Ilya Kovalchuk, and Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel are the other notables on Haggerty’s list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins were active during the last two trade deadlines, bringing in Rick Nash in 2018 and Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson last year. They believe their Stanley Cup window remains wide open, so they’ll likely make a significant move in the coming weeks. Adding a scoring winger is their pressing need, but we shouldn’t dismiss the possibility they’ll also add a veteran blueliner.

BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Jimmy Murphy recently reported an NHL scout texted him saying, “Don’t be surprised if the Bruins move (Charlie) McAvoy.” While other sources say the young defenseman isn’t being shopped, there’s growing speculation McAvoy could be used by general manager Don Sweeney to make a “statement trade” to add a young scoring winger with term remaining on his contract.

Could the Boston Bruins shop defenseman Charlie McAvoy for a scoring forward? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I would be surprised if the Bruins trade McAvoy, who was re-signed last summer to a cap-friendly, three-year contract. Nevertheless, if Sweeney indeed wants to make a significant move to bolster his offense, swapping the 22-year-old defenseman for a scoring forward would certainly do it. That type of move usually doesn’t take place until the off-season. We’ll find out soon enough what Sweeney has in store.


NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the trade buzz surrounding Alexandar Georgiev is picking up, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche said to be interested in the Rangers’ backup goaltender. If the Blueshirts don’t improve and remain in the playoff hunt over the next several weeks, Brooks feels Georgiev and other possible playoff rentals (Chris Kreider, Tony DeAngelo, Ryan Strome, Jesper Fast) and perhaps winger Pavel Buchnevich) could hit the trade block.

Noting the growing interest in Georgiev, Brooks suggests the Rangers strike now while the 23-year-old’s trade value is high. A bidding war for Georgiev’s services might fetch “a no-doubt top-nine winger with potential top-six upside.” He doesn’t believe veteran Henrik Lundqvist will ask to be moved or approached about waiving his no-movement clause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Rangers can get a quality return for Georgiev, they’ll move him. If not, they’ll retain him and see what his value will be in the off-season trade market. It’s expected Kreider will be moved unless the Rangers surge up the standings before the trade deadline. Not so sure about Strome, Fast, DeAngelo or Buchnevich getting shopped, but each could attract varying degrees of interest if management is willing to entertain offers.



MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman hopes to shop several pending unrestricted free agents for draft picks at the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Unfortunately, those trade candidates (Mike Green, Trevor Daley, Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard) are struggling this season and have limited trade value.

Khan thinks Green’s offensive abilities might draw some interest. Daley and Ericsson have been hurt a lot and clubs could seek better options. Howard’s performance and a thin goalie market probably make him untradeable. Asked about Valtteri Filppula and Andreas Athanasiou, Khan believes teams would want the Wings to pick up part of Filppula’s $3-million annual average salary, while Athanasiou’s struggles has sent his trade value plummeting this season.

Khan listed the Wings’ untouchables as Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek on the current roster, and Moritz Seider, Joe Veleno and Michael Rasmussen in their system. He also wouldn’t give up on defenseman Dennis Cholowski.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Mark Falkner cites NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire reporting Trevor Daley requested a trade to a Stanley Cup contender. McGuire suggests the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, and Vegas Golden Knights could be interested.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Daley’s injury history and declining performance, I don’t see him helping the Stars, Avs or Golden Knights.


  1. Chris Kreider will be 29 years old in April and Larry Brooks thinks a 7 year deal would be great for 7 million per year! Wow. I wouldn’t even give a star player 7 years at age 29.

    • That’s why your team is never going to win.

    • Bruins

      I would be SHOCKED if the Bs traded Charlie …with Chara on his way out and Krug a smaller offence first style player a UFA ..Charlie has a great contract…is he a Dougie Hamilton Hannafin player that gets moved around the league in upgrades ..Iam not so sure … I just dont see Carlo as being the long term stalwart back there for the long term …If they want to upgrade the front end they can use ( Krejci hard to do in season ) ,Bjork or Heinen or even Carlo in a multi player deal to help bolster the forwards

      I just do not see any need to deplete your back end of your long term future for another offensive player upfront when you have players like Marchand & Pastrnak.

      When things re full throttle and the team is producing at the highest level which the Bruins will do in the Playoffs they are the best all around team in the NHL ..the hardest working and the hardest to defend 4 lines deep….sure can every team use an upgrade here and there ..sure ..but they are not a team that is all over the place to where they are to able to contend …come playoff time ..they will be on point !

      The only way I trade MaCavoy is if I can do a broader deal to get Brent Burns and Kevin Lebanc in a multi player deal with the Sharks to cover both needs in one trade have one player under contract and one that will be easier to sign at a decent price tag …


      They do the Krieder or a Pageau deal for a high draft pick and be done with the rest …LOL

      Have a good day ! Cheers

  2. I would guess if Gorton had gotten was offered a quality return, Gorgiev would’ve been gone already. As far as Kreider, I still think he stays in NY. If he where to be traded to Boston, I’d expect someone like McAvoy as a return. No picks

    • If somehow we turned Kreider into McAvoy I could see Gorton flipping him for a young forward

      I understand the Bruins are all in but giving up on McAvoy

    • The Bruins will not be trading McAvoy for a UFA, period.

      • Ray I second that motion.

        As i said the other day “replace Charlie with who?”

        3 x Bruins are doing well in goal scoring in Florida

        Acciari 18
        Connolly 16
        Vatarno 14

        I do believe Boston should go for it, but i don’t think Kreider is the answer unless you’re moving Debrusk; which would be a mistake.

        I be willing to move Danton Heinen, who is a smart two way hockey player with some offense (OK who am i trying to kid here) Only two defenseman are untouchable from my POV McAvoy and Carlo. They are the franchise top pairing for years to come. Forwards not moving are Pastrnak, Begeron, Marchand, Krecji, Debrusk, Coyle and Bjork (unless not rental).

        Players i like to see Boston pursue Rckard Rakell, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Toffoli.

        If Big Byfuglien is able to come back, trade a package of John Moore, Jacob Zobril and Heinen to Winnipeg for him.

        Marchand Bergeron Pastrnak
        Debrusk Krejci (Rakell, Athanasiou, Toffoli)
        Bjork Coyle Kuhlman
        Nordstrom Kuraly Warner

        Chara McAvoy
        Krug Byfuglien
        Grzelcyk Carlo

        In the above i had traded Heinen. This would provide me with all the elements i’m looking for in a cup run.

      • Man caper. I thunked you were above the silly line combo posts.

        Tsk tsk.

    • Why would Boston do that trade for a rental?

      • I would think there’d be mutually agreed upon extension. Guessing since he grew up there they’d be a team he’d be interested in playing for long term

    • What makes me think Kreider is gone is how the team played against NYI without Bread. They pretty much shrank and could not sustain anything with the minor exception of a few plays. Too many lapses.

      I am starting the get the feeling that he will be gone with ADA being kept around for a nice raise.

    • I think there is very little to no chance Kreider isn’t traded at or before the deadline.

      And I think most see that writing on the wall.

  3. It’s one thing to request a trade … and quite something else to request it be to a “Cup contender!”

    Sort of hamstrings your GM to a fair degree to try and find one who sees any value in a 36 y/o D who, since playing 82 games in 2105-16 split between Chicago and Pittsburgh, has missed a full 33% of his team’s games.

    Maybe, since he’s from Toronto, the Leafs could have a spot for him or, failing that, he could go back to Pittsburgh for Johnson 🙂

    • In reality who else would trade futures for a vet rental than a cup contender? Ott certainly ain’t making a play for them.

      • No of course not. But if there’s a list of vet rentals which will become available at the deadline you can bet a guy who is 36, has a $3 mil+ cap hit, has missed over 33% of his games due to various injuries over the past 5 seasons, and skates like a pregnant water buffalo, will be at or very near the bottom of said list.

      • Sure. But my point is it was pretty unnecessary to request to go to a contender. Who the hell else would have any potential interest?

  4. Marc Bergevin us in a win-win situation with Kovalchuk, whether he gets traded or not. Kovi’s play has sparked interest and raised his stock value. Bertie can get a decent return for next to no cost paid out and potentially re-sign him because the player has enjoyed his time and rejuvenated himself. He could also be a factor in convincing Romanov to come to MTL. Either way Habs come out ahead on that signing.

    • This was most likely kovy’s last NHL team at the time. He and his agent will tell you he loves the organization and has recently takin up knitting in order to prolong his stay or traded to a contender. Smile and wave!

  5. “Trevor Daley requested a trade to a Stanley Cup contender.”

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, OK Trev. Maybe try playing like an NHLer for a couple games before demanding a trade.

  6. McAvoy on the move? The Isles are in the market for offense as well but if I were them I would seriously look at this. With Pelech down they could use D. Send Dobson and a 1st (and maybe Ho-Sang) and bring McAvoy back to LI.

    Not sure the Bruins would take that. It is the equivalent of 2 1st round picks and a low cost forward on an expiring contract that if he works out could really help and if not release him.

    • @ nk

      If the Islanders want to trade for MaCovoy …

      If i am Sweeney …..I want Anthony Beauvillier and a strong quality defensive piece back ..in any deal

      Ho – sang is a nothing piece and a NON starter for MaCovoy in any part of the deal …IMO

      • Ho-Sang cleared waivers once. No one is calling

    • Hot bag of garbage going to the B’s for McAvoy? No thanks. Ho Sang? Your a funny guy

  7. Ho-Sang is on a level with Bracco in the Toronto system – both are clearly entrenched in the bust category.

    • Is Bracco considered a bust? I don’t watch many prospects play, but I was under the impression that he was a top 9 forward that is blocked/redundant on the Leafs.

      • He was called up once by the Leafs but was a healthy scratch – even with all their injuries. He’s done next to nothing in the AHL. His one good season there has been described as a carefully-orchestrated one re minutes and game situations. He can’t seem to learn but one aspect of the game (not my assessment – but those of close observers).

        If and when he is ever dealt he is not bringing back a whole lot, May as well hang onto him and see if coaching can turn him into something the Leafs can use.

      • Excuse me George but when was Bracco called up? I’m not aware and it seems you might be making that up to make you “bust” label stick… you ought to know busts since the Sens are a boss at picking them from a draft class.

      • And what has that got to do with the Senators? Must EVERY negative observation about the Leafs draw a “Oh yeah? what about so-and-so team?” It isn’t an effing contest. The topic was Bracco – not some slug in the Sens system (of which there are more than a few).

        Since I answered your question above, how about answering this: when the topic is the Leafs in general or a specific player, are the ONLY ones allowed to comment in here known members of Leafs Nation?I’m sure Lyle would be surprised to hear that.

  8. I’m skeptical in general. There have been more long winning streaks this year than I remember in past years, and even the non-last-place bottom can see promised land with a streak. Seems to me that 3 point game compress the standings a lot and add to the conservatism within divisions – the wild card simply adds to the trade risk by filling the table with more potential competitors.
    Expecting lots of talk but a dud in reality with very little or no top nine or top four movement (except maybe an obvious injury replacement).

  9. I am amazed by how much Kreider is being overvalued in these rumors. He is now at his peak, only ever scored 50 points twice, and is a 3rd line or borderline 2nd line winger. The suggested trade value is way too high, and a 7 year contract is unthinkable ! As far as Boston and McAvoy is concerned, I an a Red Wingss fan, and we need D’men desperately, and yet I’ll take Carlo over McAvoy anyday.

    • Kreider value due to limited scoring wingers available.
      McAvoy IS what Detroit needs. Wings have some decent forwards…but do they trade within conference….

      • ds, there is one player on Detroit that Boston would trade McAvoy for and that is Larkin. B’s would need to add a sweetener, but nothing crazy IMO.

      • We don’t need Mc Avoy – we already have enough defensemen who can’t defend.

    • Agreed on Kreider. While he does add more of a heavier game and grit he does not bring a bunch of scoring IMO and does not solve any secondary scoring woes.

      McAvoy, Carlo, Vac and Krug should be the future of the Bruins D moving forward.

      • 50+ points is a 3rd liner? What nhl team are you watching again? 112 players had 50 or more points last year. This includes forwards And defensemen.

        Top 6 players x’s 31 teams = 186 top 6 forwards in the nhl!

        How is Kreider “overvalued “ Jesus…. simple math!

        Talk about undervalued!

        How many big, fast , physical forwards will be available at the deadline that can put up 50+ points…..? And how many playoff teams will be seeking that type of player?

        Insert jeopardy theme here…. while we all wait for that answer….

    • Philadelphia gave Kevin Hayes a 7 year $50 million contract and he’s on pace for 44 points so anything is possible.

      • Well nyr4life, Kreider doesn’t average 50 points he has only reached it twice (52 and 53 to be exact). His average is less than 50. The other thing is his age – he will be 30 when the Seattle expansion draft happens, and will probably be exposed. Just how much do you think another team is going to give up for a player they may well lose to Seattle in 2021 ?

      • Well lago,
        He put up 50+ twice…. 46 and 43 two other seasons!….

        Still a big guy that puts up 40-50 points ….. why on God’s green earth would any team give a 💩 about what he’s worth next year? Stop being ….. stupid… again … wth is a similar player on the market?????? Oh yeah…. nothing!

      • Look nyr4life, Kreider is a great pickup for anyone seriously going after the Cup this year, which means Washington, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, St. Louis, and Dallas might want to take a look at him. The rest of the league should be more concerned with what happens next year and beyond (if they aren’t, their GM’s are dumb as a rock). And those teams shouldn’t touch Chris K unless they are willing to protect him in the expansion draft, which I doubt will happen.

  10. Would Sweeney trade McAvoy & Bjork for Palmieri & Wood?

    is that a reasonable trade for both teams?

    Allows Vatanen to be trade for young forwards or picks for the new GM

    • Knock it off already.
      Seriously. Just read what you wrote.

      Only way Charlie moves is to Minny for Dumba, and possibly Kunin and Bjork swapping as well.

      • I wouldn’t trade McAvoy for Dumba either Shoreorrpark. McAvoy is a better defender already IMO and Dumba really only had one good offensive year.
        Dumba is what he will be already, McAvoy is still developing.
        But at least it’s a closer call.

      • I wouldn’t do it either, Ray.
        I heard that diddy last evening.

    • It’s fun watching the bruins fans do their best Toronto fan impression over this rumor. Maybe they are trolling the leafs fans?

      • Good read Chrisms. Gotta say I would rather debate the Leafs trading Reilly.

  11. McAvoy traded in-year…. stranger things have happened but me thinks it’s not happening IY

    TD asking for trade to Cup contender????????

    Stevie Y…. please advise asking price in AA….. if reasonable I’ll call GMJR

    Someone hear yesterday posted that McQ was informally skating with Bruins ☹️ …. was hoping for him being pucked up for a reasonable hit; by Pens

    Lyle and all,

    Any news whatsoever on Vanek? Still listed in CF as UFA

    If Kovy signed for league min; would Vanek do the same?

    Another zero asset given up, low-risk acquisition

  12. I don’t understand the Bruins wanting to trade McAvoy and Rangers wanting to trade Georgiev.
    With the Bruins what will their defence look like next season without McAvoy and Chara? That would be quite the hole to fill on your defence. Is the Bruins defence prospects that strong that they can fill those positions?
    With the Rangers, Lundqvist will be 38 before the end of the season and only has one more season on his contract. Isn’t Georgiev supposed to be Lundqvist’s replacement? Do the Rangers have another young goalie in the system that can replace Lundqvist after next season?

    • @KevJam
      Igor is the real deal too. The Rangers have two young goalies ready to take the #1 spot

      • Those Rangers sure know how to pick goalies. Lundqvist, Talbot, Raanta, and now Georgiev and Shesterkin. I’m sure I’m missing a few between Lundqvist and Talbot, but just in the recent history they have been doing a great job at picking their goaltenders.

      • Benny Allaire has an awful lot to do with NYs goalie success. Shestyorkin is / was supposed to be Lundqvist’s replacement. Not Georgiev.

        I’d prefer they keep both and see which one rises. I doubt that happens.

      • And when did ShestYorkin go through the Ellis Island swipe of the pen and become “Shesterkin”?

  13. I told you fine people just yesterday to pay no mind to Haggs and Murphy.
    They aren’t insiders.
    I believe they don’t even watch Hockey.

    • At risk of sounding dumb what are the Islanders never in trade rumors? Is Lou just right lipped or is there really nothing the Isles can do?

      • Lou could be running the CIA and the FBI. And know one would ever know. “Its just an unfortunate set of circumstances”.

      • Jay, the way I understand it is if Lou hears a rumor about a deal he has discussed in the media, he pulls the plug on the deal. Every time.
        I don’t doubt teams are asking about McAvoy, and yes everybody can be traded, but it would be a big flippin deal and would be a huge return coming back.
        And to the point about who replaces him? This year nobody in the Bruins system. So another deal would need to be done or a top 4 D included the return.
        McAvoy is 22 and leads the B’s in TOI by over 2 minutes/game. To me that means he is their #1 D man. I don’t know how many other teams who are actual contenders have a 22 year old leading them in minutes, but I am guessing not many.
        So what kind of return do you need to get for a 1st place team’s #1 D man who is only 22 and on a great contract?
        Seems pretty big to me and Sweeney isn’t an idiot. It would shock me, but I have been shocked before.

      • @Rat I wouldn`t call McAvoy`s contract a great contract the cap hit is team friendly but his contract is anything but team friendly

      • @Ray sorry didn`t mean that dam auto correct. Wish we could edit. my fault totally

      • Sorry Ray my fault didn`t mean that wish we could edit our mistakes Feel bad for that

      • Figured that Bob, I was gonna say I have been called worse, but I actually don’t think I have!
        I assume you mean that in year 3 he is at $7.3 and the cost to qualify him goes way up?
        Werenski was the first D-man to get that type of deal and was the comparable. Werenski better offensively, McAvoy better all around, especially defensively.
        Trying to avoid the scenario the Leafs went through with their crazy long term deals and not signing the bridge.
        Got him at 4.9 cap hit vs 6.5 to $7 which many predicted on a 6 year deal. Compromise fro taking a bridge at a lower hit as it forces the B’s to keep him whole at the end of the bridge when the B’s have some bigger deals coming off the books.
        Just to compare would a Leaf fan trade Nylander for McAvoy?

      • Hi Ray yeah the 3rd year becomes a bit of a sticking point. If he blossoms into what we all think he`s going to the almost 8 million just to qualify isn`t quite as painful. But if his development is slowed in this case by injury could become a problem for whoever holds his rights. If McAvoy`s health is of no concern I would with a bit of trepidation. It`s a tough trade to make but it would help both teams

    • Not too familiar with Murphy but totally agree on Hags!

  14. McAvoy???well i believe he’s from long beach, which is a big rangernation town off the waters on long island.might be interesting

  15. I find it interesting that no Vancouver players EVER surfaces in any rumours. That should tell management something about the players outside of the top 4-5 guys. Either not good enough or overpaid

  16. LYLE!!!!!!! I really really really dislike that “slow down your typing to quick”

    At my age i don’t remember what i did 5 minutes ago and to remember my thoughts that no one wanted to hear in the first place; well that’s almost impossible.

    • Sorry to hear that, Caper. Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do about it. The program we’re using for reader comments is the best one that fits the template we’re using. Without it, there would be no way for you or other readers to comment or to discuss/debate the latest hockey news and rumors. Until something better comes along, this is what we have.

    • Same boat Caper. I’ve resolved it by getting into the habit of copying everything I’ve typed just before hitting “send.” Saves a lot of frustration! 🙂

  17. Wondering for you Bruins fans on here, there is a rumor out there that Thornton would be willing to go back to Boston (and only Boston) for the end of the year. Saying it is true would you bring him back? To me he could be inserted right into the top PP unit and take DeBrusk off, while he could man a lower line.

    As for Kovalchuk, do think the Bruins missed the boat by not signing him given his Success with the Habs?

    • Would you mind sharing the source of that rumor?

      • There is just a NHL rumors page on FB is all that listed him only waiving his NTC to go back to the Bruins and there being interest between the 2 parties. Not sure who runs the page or how legitimate and was just courious on how others might look at the deal.

        That being said what a story it would be if he came back and won the cup in Beantown. IMO not sure if he helps them but if he came back for a lower round pick for a chance at the cup, I think he would be energized and add to the team.

    • Greatgonzo, regardless if the rumour is true or not. I always like Jumbo Joe but i don’t see a fit in Boston. 3rd line C move Coyle to second line wing? IDK nice story but i have to pass.

      Absolutely they missed the boat on Kovalchuk, I was advocating for him before Montreal signed him. Great signing by Montreal nothing to lose everything to gain.

      It be funny (not) that Sweeney would give Montreal a 3rd round draft pick for someone they could’ve for $700k.

      • Looking back they sure did. Who know if they explored it or not but Kovalchuk has shown his worth now.

        The Bruins really need to find someone else that can score. I am scared of what they might give up to get it because I am pretty sure they are going to make some move.

  18. I think rumors are more driven by how a team is disliked.
    Nobody hates Vancouver or the Islanders
    Example Toronto
    Lots of discussion and hope for failure. They draw lots of criticism. If you don’t love you hate them.
    Let’s face it if it weren’t for the Leafs this site would be pretty boring.
    I would like to see the Leafs trade for Josh Manson.
    Shoreorrpark that should stop the silly trade talk about Boston

    • Thanks, Vinnie.

    • You have to relevant to be hated vinnie. Nobody hates the leafs. Now fans that are so delusional that they think they are hated… I hate them.


      • I was just in the morning coffee thread thinking the same thing.

        Toronto isn’t even a playoff team today…. am I hating on the 7 point lead they have over NY?

      • I almost peed myself there Chrisms.

      • Thanks for proving my point.
        It’s like an addiction, you know what I mean.

      • Peeing yourself is an addiction vinnie? Hey. Whatever tickles your pickle.

  19. Some of these rumors are asinine. When was the last time any team traded a #1 – 22 year old defenceman that leads the team in minutes played.

    • Wait, do you mean like the rumor of Thornton, Marleau & Burns going to Dallas for Esa Lindell and a 1st?

      • That one was probably started by Wilson 🙂

  20. Please stop!!! Put down the silly talk. BOSTON is not trading McAvoy for a top 6 forward. They do not have a replacement for him. If he was being considered to be moved, the only thing coming back would be another Defenseman and Seth Jones or Darnel Nurse are not walking thru the Bruins home team dressing room.

  21. The entire McAvoy rumor seems odd but this is a team that traded Seguin, Hamilton etc.

    I would think it takes a trade like Hronek and Mantha from Detroit

    • Thornton. Don’t forget Jumbo.

    • 0 chance DET trades Hronek & Mantha

      They need to stay course & rid themselves of all their horrible contracts & let their young team gel together.
      Lafreniere would be nice

      • McAvoy is far from a horrible contract.
        Next summer the Wings are in a great spot with the cap.
        Green, Ericsson, Daley,Howard, Franzen hit all gone and additional 20.5million or so.
        Yes ton of RFa to resign and rebuild that D

    • That is an excellent trade proposal.

      I selfishly would swap Charlie for Krug and would hope you’d accept.

    • All this crazy stuff about the Bruins, it’s like they’re morphing into the Leafs – Rumour Central………
      I like it.

  22. I am frequently amazed at how quickly a player can turn from a top draft pick that represents the future of his position for a team to a player that is considered trade-able.

    I would normally consider such prattle to be ridiculous, but it wasn’t just us armchair types that suggested McAvoy could be available. I am just shocked how a 22 year old defenceman with such upside could be given up on so quickly. Every player has stretches of poor play or dampened production, but it doesn’t mean that player has peaked.

    On the other hand, it is pretty funny how some players who have just been signed to multi-year deals are rumored to be on the outs in the first year with their new teams. AHEM, Jake Gardiner.

    Even before Hamilton was hurt, the Hurricanes were seeking blue line help.. like they have been every year. For the last few years. Forever.

    On another note, Ray Bark suggested Boston would want Dylan Larkin from Detroit in a trade for McAvoy. Ain’t gonna happen. I’ve watched quite a few Red Wings games over the last two seasons and the only thing that has always stood out is how damn fast Larkin is, combined with his skill level. This guy is their number 1 center for the long haul, and if they can draft Lafreniere and help Mantha learn to be consistent, they will have a scary top line.

    • I’ve seen Larkin at the Tank, and he absolutely motors. Great stride too; he’ll be very fast for a long time. Not as explosive as MacKinnon (who is), but more powerful. Reminds me of a young Marleau. Detroit would be foolish to trade Larkin.

    • I don’t think they trade him either Augustus, I was responding to another post and said the only player Boston would trade McAvoy for on Detroit is Larkin. Nobody else one for one, and I suggested Boston add a sweetener.
      Larkin is a very good young player at a position hard to obtain via trade, so is McAvoy.
      Neither is a superstar, yet.
      Value of both is very high IMO.

  23. Not sure what I think about Andersson. He obviously has a touch of self entitlement and maturity issues.

    He has proven nothing. Zero, zilch , nada.

    Are his issues curable? Who knows? But NY has nothing to gain by trading him at this point. Make him play nice, or make him rot!

    • Nyr4life, how make he makes himself play better. JP part 2.

  24. If Sweeney is smart he sits on his hands until last 30 minutes and makes a minor move. Bruins are fine do not need much help like a said before not many teams beat them best of 7

  25. Bruins added More last year at the deadline and he is still their 7th. Should not move a defence-man. Off season if you want to change the look.

    Remember Carlo injury couple of playoffs back ? Could cost you the cup.

    • Agreed.