NHL Rumor Mill – February 18, 2020

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Bruins linked to Kyle Palmieri and Josh Anderson, the Canadiens were scouting the Avalanche and Lightning, plus the latest on the Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Red Wings in today’s NHL rumor mill.


NJ.COM: Mike Rosenstein cited a report from Boston’s WEEI Radio claiming the Boston Bruins could be interested in New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri. He’s signed through next season, and it would make more sense to give up assets to land a player who can help them through two playoff runs. Palmieri leads the Devils with 22 goals and 41 points.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty reports sources are claiming the Bruins are very much interested in Josh Anderson. The 25-year-old winger has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since December, but he recently resumed practicing. Haggerty believes Anderson will have to return to the lineup before the Bruins move on him. If healthy, the big, physical forward could be the next player on their priority list behind New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider.

Could the Boston Bruins pursue New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins were linked to Tyler Toffoli and Blake Coleman before they were recently traded to the Canucks and Lightning respectively. There’s growing pressure on Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to address his club’s need for secondary scoring depth. As more players come off the market, the higher the asking prices for those available.


TVA SPORTS: The presence of Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and assistant Scott Mellanby in Colorado last night watching the Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning sparked speculation over what moves he could make with either club. The Avs are said to be dissatisfied with young center Tyson Jost, while the Lightning has limited salary-cap space for next season. The Habs are expected to move Ilya Kovalchuk and Nate Thompson, while goalie Charlie Lindgren could be in play.

Jean-Charles Lajoie sees Canadiens center Max Domi as a replacement for sidelined Avs center Nazem Kadri. Yvon Pedneault believes the Lightning could be forced to part ways with forward Yanni Gourde.

THE DENVER POST: Mark Kiszla wonders what Avalanche GM Joe Sakic will do to boost his injury-ravaged roster, especially with top-line winger Mikko Rantanen now sidelined by a shoulder injury. Sakic could be forced to mortgage part of his club’s future if he were to pursue someone like Montreal’s Tomas Tatar.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens play the Lightning on March 5, so that probably explains Bergevin was watching the Bolts in Colorado. They also face the Avs on March 21. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t fully dismiss the possibility of Bergevin scouting either club for a possible deal before the trade deadline.


NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the Rangers face an impossible situation with veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who’s dropped behind Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev among their three netminders. He’s only received two starts since Jan.11 and Brooks considers a trade unlikely. A buyout in June of the final year of his contract seems possible.

Brooks doesn’t expect the Rangers to move Georgiev unless they get a “sure-shot top-six or a top-end first-rounder.” Unless blown away by offers, they’re not in a rush to move defenseman Tony DeAngelo. If they don’t re-sign Chris Kreider, it’ll give them the salary-cap space to re-sign DeAngelo. He’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports of little progress in Kreider’s contract talks and he remains very much in play in the trade market. If Kreider gets traded by the deadline, the Rangers will have sufficient cap room for DeAngelo and Georgiev.

As for Lundqvist, some consider it disrespectful that he’s now their third stringer, but the Blueshirts must give playing time to their young netminders. His expensive $8.5 million annual average value through 2020-21 and no-movement clause makes him almost impossible to move. 


NORTHJERSEY.COM: Abbey Mastracco reports Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald said Travis Zajac won’t be going anywhere by the Feb. 24 trade deadline. The 34-year-old center insists he wants to stay and help his club on and off the ice. Zajac has refused to waive his full no-movement clause.

Mastracco also reported the Devils have not had a conversation with the agent for Sami Vatanen, but Fitzgerald said that could change. The 28-year-old defenseman is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for all the recent musings about Zajac reuniting with former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello with the New York Islanders. And speaking of the Isles…


THE ATHLETIC: Arthur Staple examined what other moves could be in store for the New York Islanders after acquiring defenseman Andy Greene on Sunday. With Casey Cizikas three weeks away from returning to action and no firm deadline for Cal Clutterbuck’s return, Staple suggests adding a third-line center.

Anaheim’s Derek Grant, San Jose’s Melker Karlsson, Los Angeles’ Trevor Lewis, Buffalo’s Conor Sheary, or Ottawa’s Tyler Ennis could fit that role. If they want to go big, Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau could be in play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello always plays his cards close to the vest. Nevertheless, he’s got over $18 million in deadline cap room to make another move if he wishes.


MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan lists center Andreas Athanasiou and goaltender Jonathan Bernier as possible trade options for the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings. Young defenseman Dennis Cholowski has struggled to stick with the Wings. If he’s moved, Khan believes it would be as part of a larger deal in which the Wings get a young blueliner in return. Oft-injured rearguard Trevor Daley could be difficult to move.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James also listed Luke Glendening, Mike Green, and Darren Helm among the Wings’ trade candidates. Poor seasons by veterans Frans Nielsen, Justin Abdelkader, and Valtteri Filppula will adversely affect their trade value.


  1. if the Bruins keep waiting to make a trade a decision on who could be made for them ….I would add Sam Bennett to that group and still can’t eliminate Kreider just yet …… Sweeney don’t forget that tough 4th line winger too

  2. Who finds it “disrespectful” that Lundqvist is now the Rangers third stringer? You have to hope that anyone with that asinine approach never gets to run a pro sports franchise.

    • how is the weather today in fantasy land??? disrespectful??? The NY Rangers are in this to win and develop players, not be sentimental about an aging goalie. You have written boatloads of ridiculous comments but this may take the cake. wow

      • Clearly, ed, you’re reading it wrong. That’s almost exactly what I wrote. Jaysus man, read and understand before you fire off missiles.

        I was asking WHO finds it disrespectful … and then go on to say almost the same thing you do, implying that anyone running a pro sports franchise who lets sentimentality get in the way is an idiot.

        Your response gets the cake back. wow

      • Whoosh!

      • Gotta love knee-jerk reactions

    • I do not find it disrespectful but sort of pointless to pretend he is still in the rotation when he clearly is not. Slightly bad optics. If Hank was a horrible goalie then I would not care but it has slightly bad optics. I do agree it is not disrespectful to give your team the best chance to win and Hank understands that. I hope.

      JD & management have some serious work to do.

    • He’s playing like crap so why should he be treated great. The other 2 are playing better. Was he paid? Plus he’s getting paid well even thy he’s one of the worst in the league

  3. Good Morning


    Sounds like Rantannen is out for a bit as is Kadri 4 – 6 weeks ..and Graubauer for almost the rest of the regular season ….Drouin and Petry would be a really good trade for the Avs …IMO

    Drouin can play both wing and center ..not many players available who can do that ..as well as when all is healthy he will be a finisher on the wing in the top 6 and comes with term …

    Watching the Avs Bolts game last night ..it seems as if the Avs really need help on the D side of the puck ESPECIALLY net presence ..atrocious in front of their own goalie .. …they need a veteran D man as well..willing to clear the crease …terrible


    I can see Yzerman looking at taking any potential 1st round draft picks along with a bad contract or 2 for a a 2 year term…he needs to load up on young talent and drat picks …would make perfect sense to take on someone like a Backes / Louie Erickonn along with this years first rounders !
    Smart thing to do if proposed …..IMO

    last but not least …it looks as if the teams vying for a Wild Card spot are really in tough to have to pony up picks prospects and or players to get help …I dont think they want to go that route ..or are unwilling to make a bold statement …its more an arms race right now with the top tier of 4 – 6 teams ….


    • Hey Kal El,

      Re: Petry, he’s a good defenseman, with an extra year, but not if they’re looking for a crease cleaner. That’s Weber or Chairot. Weber would be funny, just for the pillaging the Avs could have off the Preds if he retired early. (I’d rather the Habs keep him for the same reason.)

    • Drouin can play either wing but he cannot play center. The Habs tried it two years ago and it did not work.
      I’d prefer they trade Tatar. He’s older than Drouin but can still fetch a good price. I still believe Drouin has a higher upside. Id trade Petry as well but I think those trades are more likely in off season.

      • Drouin reunited with MacKinnon could be just what the doctor ordered for Colorado’s fortunes if they can re-ignite that magic they had in Halifax.

    • I do not understand why folks think the Habs should move Petry. He is their best D, skates effortlessly and has a year left on his contract.

      The Habs D has been a revolving door with inconsistent and unreliable play dogging them all season. Why on earth trade Petry and begin next season with an even worse D?

    • Drouin can’t play hockey and would be a serious downgrade on attitude alone on the Avs. Sakic is way to smart to touch that player.

  4. I have no doubt Boston has interest in Josh Anderson. The real question is what Boston has to offer that the Jackets would want. Just like Boston, the Jackets’ most glaring need is scoring forwards. Meaning that the only thing Boston could offer that Jarmo might accept is draft picks &/or prospects. Which may not be enough.

    • Could Leafs get Anderson? How about Anderson and Savard for Kappy, Bracco and picks?

      • Why does everyone keep tossing in Jeremy Bracco with every proposed Leafs deal as if he was some form of “deal sweetener?” The guy is a sour lemon who has yet to be given even a sniff at the NHL level by the Leafs – despite all the injuries. The obvious reason is, even at the AHL level he can’t find the net with a GPS – 4 goals in 44 gp is hardly a ticket to being a valid trade commodity. Even with that floater Kapanen involved it isn’t going to get them a beast like Anderson. Forget it. Will never happen.

      • George,

        Youre forgetting that everyone in a Leafs or Marlies jersey is a future Hall of Famer.

        Just ask Sportsnet or TSN.

      • Ron, I avoid them like the proverbial plague.

      • @George have ever seen Bracco play

      • A few times when he was with Kitchener and then Windsor in the OHL when in town against the 67s and same thing with the Marlies against Laval (RDS) and Belleville. Can’t say he ever did anything eye-opening.

      • The difference between Ho-Sang and Bracco is Ho-Sang has had a chance in the NHL and he blew it. Truest statement made describing Bracco that I’ve heard is him being called a poor mans Marner. Remember Vince Damphousse, same type of player

      • Bracco is not comparable to Vince Damphousse.
        Not today, not tomorrow, not ever, unless it’s being made by Leaf fans.

    • Anderson hurt just shoulder in December in a fight and just getting back on the ice so it had to be a significant injury, a type of player that he is he has to be 100% to be effective in the physical part of his game & being just what the Bruins are looking for a big physical scoring winger how healthy is Anderson going to be ROS & thru the playoffs ….

  5. Leafs are perfect fit for Anderson but I wonder if they have the assets? Would Kapanen and Bracco do it? Kappy and Liljegren? How about Savard and Anderson for Kappy, Bracco and picks?

    • Bracco continues to be out for “personal reasons.” This dates back to February 4. No indication of what exactly is happening with him.

      • A lot of teams are the perfect fit for Anderson – including Columbus who have no big cap issues. But one thing is certain, should Kekäläinen ever decides he’d like to move him, offer would flood in that would dwarf that one.

      • Bracco wants a trade that’s what the issue is. Him and a couple of other players have requested trades

  6. Dear Playoffs…

    We miss you.


    2020 Montreal Canadiens

    • The Habs will always be a mid- to lower-level team as long as they operate under the philosophy that they MUST select a GM and coach from a much narrower field of options than everyone else in the league.

      That wasn’t the case when they had the Expos … why must it be so in hockey?

      • Julien isn’t a good coach? Really?

        Bergevin is controversial – but look at the trades he has made: Weber, Petry (whom everyone seems to want), Tatar, Suzuki, Armia and Danault. Factor in yet to be decided Drouin and Domi and not a bad track record for a team in a place where none of the top UFAs want to go.

      • I think they’re doing a pretty decent job, all things considered.

      • He”s been canned twice, including once by the Habs!

  7. Major injuries continue to happen. Don’t recall it quite this bad.

    So the “rental costs” are not as bad. A lesser roster player a good prospect , mid draft and a conditional draft.
    A lot of teams can afford that. A lot of teams can’t afford the Coleman and Zucker type trades

  8. Dim Jim pulled off a good one.

    • Not a bad deal for the Canucks. Another draft pick out the door though.

      • But hardly a replacement for Boeser who will be sorely missed over the next 3 weeks

      • Sure George.,. But how many players would be? Good temp and then (hockey team zen word). Depth!

  9. Leaf fans and management need to get to acceptance ( the second level of grief??)….

    Accept that one of the big 4 expensive forwards needs to go for an equal value D man….

    Accept that Bracco adds no value to a 2 nd round pick no matter how many times it is suggested

    Accept that Marner (while a good player) is overpaid and lacks shelf discipline and size….he is the embodiment of the immaturity Keefe talked about…what D man can you get for him would be my biggest question

    Accept that if they have a window….it begins next year and ends 4 years from now when Matthews
    leaves….worst thing about his contract is length…it should have been long enough to dovetail with the end of McDavid’s

    Accept that even if Dubas gets everything right (something he has not shown a particular affinity for)….the Leafs will still have to change their group self discipline traits, become a team instead of a group of sub-contractors, and get some kind of flat lucky ….just to make to the Eastern finals in the next 4 years

    This from a long time masochistic Leaf fan…who would not know what to do if they did become successful

    • Nice one, OBD, any true Leaf fan who claims he’s not masochistic is lying through his teeth (or dentures).
      You covered every base but one – how about that goaltending, eh?

      • Like one previous post just avoid tuning in to TSN and listen to the overhyped leaf analysis on both their NHL and AHL teams…I have done so with RDS and all the exaggerated hype that comes with it…after a few years now when I do listen in just take it as a joke.

      • Ray-O, couldn’t agree more. The sad part is, those outfits feed a certain large element of the fan base with false expectations and they get all hyped up without any effort to assess – and in a lot of cases face reality – and instead, with their $200 team jerseys, paint themselves in team colours and scream insult at anyone and everyone who don’t share their blind passion.

        And, certainly, as fans of a different sort, they are fully entitled to do that. But they are also the ones who suffer the greatest disappointment when things don’t pan out the way they expected … and then they turn their anger to specific players or the ones who acquired them/coach them.

        C’est la vie.

    • I hear ya Old Blue Dog. I guess, when we boil it right down, fans shouldn’t blame GMs/coaches/players for disappointing them but, rather, maybe blame themselves for expecting way too much from them.

      As for Bracco, let’s face it, all teams have at least one of those failures in their system …. similar to Ho Sang in the Islanders system

    • @OBD…Marner and Nylander are the 2 out of that Fab 4 club I’d like to see moved. Matthews is likely to leave in 4 years IF the Leafs are just as pathetic then as they are now.

      This home and home against the Pens smells like 4 points for the Pens and a very hard lesson to be served upon Dubas & Shanny.

      Like the song goes ” She Aint Pretty She Just Looks That Way”

      • Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time?

    • OBD

      Accepted and Seconded

      Pay WW his signing bonus 1/7; then trade for up and coming early/mid 20’s D-Man who is trending to (or at) top 3D, with term; at less Cap than WW

      If Leafs don’t re-balance next year from the current 50 % of Cap on 4 forwards; the window that I’ve repeatedly stated as June ‘21 to June ‘24 then goes to June ‘22 to June ‘24 (3 year window instead of 4)

      For next two games …. both my favourite teams pkay head2head; and I like high scoring ; want Sid to score ; and I always cheer (in the head2heads) for the team between them that is lower in the standings…. so….


      In both games; Leafs 5-4 in OT; Sid gets a pair in each game

      No one gets injured!

      • Pengy….we kost out on Dillon to the capitals.. scandella to st louis Martinez to vegas.. cmon Rutherford.

        Rutherford cant b done.

      • Malkin is scratched for tonight.

      • Ha!

    • @oldbluedog:
      Totally agree.
      I’ve written here a few times that Dubas overpaid Matthews and Marner.
      And as you wrote he didn’t get Matthews to sign a contract with the max. possible term.
      Nylander, Marner and Matthews were all RFA’s without arbitration rights, so why don’t play hardball and sign them to 2-3 bridge deals for considerable less? Only to get 5 years of Matthews before he leaves?
      Dubas should have traded Nylander instead of Kadri. The return at the time of the trade would probably have been worse, but Kadri was the heart and soul of this team.
      Assuming next seasons cap rises to $84mil, they will still have trouble to ice a better team than this season. Besides Rielly and Muzzin (who needs to be re-signed or replaced) there are no top-4 d-men on this team. Sandin and Liljegren are still developing, Barrie is no upgrade over Gardiner (same defensive liability), I’m not sure about Dermott, Marincin is a career minor leauge player, Holl at best a 6th/7th d-man….

  10. So can the Sabres terminate Bogosian’s contract and he would be able to sign somewhere else?

    • Yes.

      • No only if both parties agree to it. That’s why it’s called a mutual termination

      • Hoo-ya. Can you imagine the chaos if either side could do it unilaterally?

      • There’d never be a dull moment that’s for sure George

      • I thought it was mutual.

      • It would sure help those GMs with albatross contracts 🙂

      • It would help those future stars stuck on teams like the sens Sabre’s and Canadians! Duh.

  11. AVS not happy with Jost…so send him back to NY to offset the cap, along with a 1st, pick and prospect for obtaining Hank & Kreider & Lias Andersson. NY holds 50% of Kreider.

    Will be interesting to see what these teams, with multiple injuries, do to keep pace in the playoff race for the cup.

    I think BOS is looking at which player can come cheaper, Krieder/Palmieri or Anderson and will move on that.

    • I see Georgiev to Avs and Hank stays… of course Hank moving would let the Rangers keep Kreider and TonyD. would not be shocked to see Tony in Vegas

      • ADA & Lias to VGS for Tuch?

        sad part is Tony alleviates the offensive pressure off Fox and vice versa. Having 2 puck moving D men is key. Will be interesting if Kreider is kept how they wiggle thru ADA negotiations.

      • That Vegas trade could work…but taking Tuch away in the playoff hunt be tough pill for them. But the amount of transitional play from ADA would help them more

      • How about Kreider and ada to Vegas for Tuch and a conditional 2nd? If Vegas makes it to the conference finals it turns into a first. ?

    • My thought about the B’s too but like I said other teams may make the Bruins choice for them ….last player left

    • IHC, the Avs are the 1 team that is a true contender that could use Hank IMO.
      Obviously he would need to agree.
      I guess the question is how much cap would NY have to hold to have it make sense for COL?
      That is a couple savvy GM’s negotiating.
      Better than buying him out for the Rangers even if they eat half his salary.
      He can still play.

      • @Ray

        i would say eat Kreider’s salary to entice them to take Hank in order not to have toe at anything next year BUT if they can only need to hold 25% of Hank and none of Kreider it will be better, like you said, than buying out Hank.

        I LOVE Hank. He is seriously one of my favorite professional athletes ever. Any sport. Super professional and a heck of a player. Even now.

        Hope he bites the proverbial bullet if the Avs are on the table bc the AVS are SERIOUS contenders this year and next.

  12. It’s pretty certain that Bergevin was not scouting for a trade of Kovalchuk, Thompson or Scandella. Those players will only fetch draft picks. And I doubt that both he and Mellanby would both be scouting just for an upcoming game. Maybe, just maybe, something is brewing. How about Tatar for Jost, a 1st and a decent D prospect?

    • Drouin?


      maybe he is thinking that

  13. The Leafs live in a tough neighborhood. Boston & Tampa are tough, and Florida, Montreal, and Buffalo all have reason to pump up for Leaf’s games. I have a sense tho, that even when very good players do buy into the home town thing, in Tor the results have been a tick off of expectations. Tavares had a career best year for the Leafs last year, fulfilling every expectation of a guy who put a team over the top….and it didn’t quite happen. Tampa flamed out and flipped their system aggressively: hey are almost as good at D and they were at O last year. Toronto dragged their heels and changed coaches mid year. The right move, but a tic off in timing? I don’t think the Toronto problem is something that can be fixed at the trade deadline, and probably reflects as much on the front office as the players. Unless one believes that VASY and Rask are the only reason Toronto isn’t challenging.

  14. Other Bruins trade thoughts out there is having the Bruins trading for Joe Thornton play him at center for the 3rd line and some PP work, move Coyle up to the 2nd line wing & if they go this route I’ll add my own thought that the Bruins also trade for B Dillon too for the toughness they need ….. the cost wouldn’t be much at all they improve the team for the playoff run ….or is this a bad move ?

    • The bruins need Dillion, slightly more then they need another forward IMO. In saying that they need to move one of there smaller D men out, or in an ideal situation move Moore’s contract because they are clearly not going to use him.

      With Regard to Thornton, I have previously stated I would be be in on getting him. I would not move Coyle and leave him on that 3rd line. That line finally looked pretty good these last couple of games and the Bruins can only hope they keep it up.

      If it were me I would put Thornton on Krejci’s wing with Debrusk. Krecji has a knack to slow things down and control the play and I think they would work well together. I am not a fan of Kulaman, and outside of selling the farm for one of Krieder or palmari, not sure what they will do.

  15. I could see Boston and TB trying to just squeak into second place in the division. Toronto and Florida look like easier match ups at this point than the wild card teams from the Metropolitan division.
    Of course, Kal El and Joey say the Leafs are doomed already so that leaves just the Panthers.
    Easy peasy.

    • Lol

    • It looks like Don Sweeney hip pocket is empty. Hopefully there is something in his front pocket.

      • Actually I hope he is wearing cargo pants.

      • Cargo pants or shorts shouldn’t be worn by men over 40 …..just saying

      • Joe man don’t let society put you in a box. Wear a thong In your 80’s right George O

      • Depends. Is the thong underneath the cargo pants?

      • A thong? The only practical use I can see for a thong is as a substitute for the shortage of face masks during the coronavirus scare … or maybe as a sling-shot

      • If the virus hits George I got a wicked banana hammock I could send you way!

    • @BCLeafFan: The sky is not falling in Toronto just yet but the roof is definitely taking on water while the coach is stuck finding another bucket to catch some of the water coming thru.

    • @BCLeaf Fan: Well Dude: Despite your pessimistic view of my thoughts, there is under 6:00 minutes left in the 2nd period; and despite my apparent insight, the blue and white are losing 5-0.

      Now, while I believe anything is possible, I don’t see Syd and his team coughing up a 5-0 Lead to anybody; much less the Leafs.

  16. Best line of the day…Bracco couldn’t find the net with a GPS. Small, soft player with a half a dozen eggs on each side of his pockets. Avoids contact like most of the figure skaters in the Leafs system.

    Every time I go see a Leafs game in person you tealize how slow most of them are because many of them are conserving energy and focusing on puck possession and passing. The only way that system will work long term is if you skate faster than my aunt Sally, faster than Mike Babcock with a pair of rubber boots, faster than the opposition and you shoot as much as you pass.

    Barrie unleashed skating 200 feet gets pinned on the boards and then shovels it around the boards where 3 on 2 ensues. Which then becomes a 3 on 1 because Barrie left his position and one of the figure skating forwards can’t skate backwards fast enough. Examples of fruitless vision.

    Then there’s the turnovers.

    My point is if players are expected to score, they need to produce. If players are expected to skate fast, then they can’t coast.

    With regard to Josh Anderson, he is coming off an injury and unless he plays the way he does which is physical, he won’t be effective.

    • Since when do figure skaters avoid contact? That sport is brutal.

  17. EA Sports NHL 2020 unrealistic trades of the day

    to BOS: Hank
    to NYR: Halak & Backes

    to COL: Halak & Backes
    to NYR: Jost

    to BOS: Kreider
    to NYR: Heinen & Debrusk

    • The bottom two are really silly.
      The top one makes me wonder.

      • when are we going to rock paper scissors for Eichel? lol

      • Really shore? I felt the exact opposite

      • Not sure what you mean chrisms. I think this proposal is to be taken in totality.
        Can’t see B’s doing it.
        Give up an excellent backup ($2.75) for a really good backup who makes $8.5. hence include the Backes contract and call that a wash. OK I guess, to shores point.
        Middle one for COL, OK. NYR OK.
        Bottom one id a big over payment for Kreider IMO.
        All in all bad deal for everybody but NYR who win big.

      • on 2nd thought bad for COL too.

      • Yes, the top one makes me wonder………………………if he’s taking edibles before he posts. 😐

        The others are truly silly.

  18. Colin White 15 pts -15
    4.75 million 6 years

    Thomas Chabot 33pts -25
    8 million 8 years

    Brady Tkachuk 36pts -15
    Gonna get paid

    J Pageau 36 pts +9
    Say he isn’t worth 4.5 million

    Dylan Demelo 10pts +3
    Would think if Chabot is worth 8 million, should be worth 2.5 million

    Think maybe should send Chabot to Belleville to learn to play defense.
    Brannstrom is gonna be Ottawa’s Bracco.

    • It’s up to Winnipeg to pay Demelo his worth, now.
      Great trade by the Jets.

      • Yes , Winnipeg received a good defenseman.
        He might resign in Ottawa in the summer. I doubt it but you never know

      • Wow, that’s a great trade for Habs. Wasn’t Demelo paired with Chabot? Doesn’t he make only $900k? Geez, tough to be Sens fan after that move.

      • It wasn’t the Habs who got him

      • I’m surprised that is all Dorion got for Demelo. He’s comparable to Jensen (Detroit to Washington) last year given his favourable contract. Detroit got a 2nd round pick and Madison Bowey (younger 3rd pairing D) for Jensen and a 5th round pick.

        As an aside, couldn’t this trade wait until after the game tonight? They’re raising Phillips’ jersey to the rafters before the game.

      • George, you are correct. Sorry about that.

  19. Wow! Washington is going for it as well!
    Can’t believe SJ is picking up 50% of his salary. Lol

    • That is a great trade for Washington given 50% is retained. San Jose needed to get some picks back after the Karlsson and other trades the past few years.

    • Obviously the Capitals watched the Bolts vs Avs game last night as I spoke about up top…

      Avs D were horrendous with net front protection and it really cost them the game last night as Francous is not very good at controlling rebounds !

      reat pick up by Caps ….I can not wait to see the East play ….Caps Pitt Bruins and Tampa …WOW those series are going to be crazy hard hitting hocley and fast …

      Not sure who said it yesterday ..but I think it was Ron Jull…

      This is not time to play pond Hockey anymore …the next 3 months is a MANS game ..and Dillon is a big man !

  20. Here I’m trying to enjoy the beach in Los Cabo; but find myself wondering if Don Sweeney is also on vacation here.

  21. New Jersey is sitting pretty right now with Vatanen and Palmieri to trade. Vatanen was/is the best rental D on the market and should get much more than Dillon. Palmieri will get a 1st ++ if he’s traded.

    Ottawa has some good trade pieces as well. I think one of Pageau or Tierney is gone by the deadline. IMO, depends on if Pageau signs. Namestnikov will get more than the 4th round pick Ottawa gave up earlier this year. Boston could use one or both of these players. If I’m Ottawa, I’d push to get a 1st + one or two good prospects/young NHL players with Backes (some retained depending on return) for a combination of Namestnikov/Tierney/Pageau (again, only one of Pageau or Tierney likely to be traded).

    I’d prefer Ottawa keep Boro for 2 or 3 years, but if they can’t keep him, he’d likely be a good fit in Boston too. Backes shouldn’t be an issue for Ottawa next year since Tkachuk’s new contract won’t kick in until 2021/22. He could be a good mentor for the younger players. Backes is also only paid US$4M next year vs. a US$6M cap hit, which is a Melnickel special.

  22. Wow. Rentals going cheap. I’m pissed pens didn’t get demilo at that price.

    • Yep 😢

  23. @ Caper

    Ive been telling you all year how jealous Iam about the Bruins team play and how every team will have to out play out work and out skill your Bs …I dont really see any or much need outside of health to be any concern for you !

    I LOVE the Bruins team all around …and if it were up to me with a crsytal ball I see them in the dance again ..I really think last year upset this team emotionally and I dont think any team really wants it more than they do ..and in the end it really comes down to who wants it more …they have the skill and IMO still have the deepest skilled team 4 lines deep who play a bang em up style

    thats just me though …I think someBolts fans may argue but my money is on the Bruin s or Pitt to come out of that Conference !

    No team plays to the THERE system better than the Bruins ..100% BUY IN every game !

  24. So if the Bruins ever get to play the Caps in the playoffs wonder how they are going to be able to handle their size & toughness ….Dillon is a big add to already big team…

    • Joeman 100% agree.

    • LOL ..

      I have more confidence in your team than you guys do …LOL

      I will take Chara on my Team at his age before Dillon …..ANY DAY !!

      I will bet on Pastrnak Bergeron and the money man Marchand before the one trick pony Ovechkin ANY day of the week …

      I love quality roll players like Wagner ,Kuraly, Debrusk and Coyle …with a blooming BIG D man in Macvoy with another year under his belt !!

      Sure Caps have Wilson ..BIG DEAL …all skilled guys there after !

      My money is on the Bs …Good Luck !

      Next time I will tell you they suck ! LMAO


      In an all ready deep draft ….

      The Montreal #Canadiens now have 12 picks in the upcoming 2020 Entry Draft

      5 of those picks are in the first three rounds

      1st RD – 1
      2nd RD – 3
      3rd RD – 1
      4th RD – 3
      5th RD – 2
      6th RD – 1
      7th RD – 1

      • So do the Sens

        2 in the 1st
        3 in the 2nd
        2 in the 3rd
        1 in the 4th
        1 in the 5th
        2 in the 6th
        1 in the 7th

      • Hi Kal El

        What surprises me a bit more is that so far VGKs have remained pat and they have 7…1st or 2nd round picks over the next two drafts

      • San Jose has a 2nd and 5th in 2020.

        Maybe DW trades Vlasic to Montreal for another 2nd, then turns both 2nds for a 1st? Yep, I’m officially drinking the koolaid. Go Sharks.

      • I’m gonna eat a little crow here.
        I think GMMB will get at least a second for Kovalchuk.
        I’ve moved from the 3rd I predicted earlier.

        Nice job turning Marco Scandella into a 2nd and getting a 4th back as well.
        He’s not as terrible as people say at the GM game.

    • Dillon is a great pickup for Washington. Big, physical Dman who can skate moderately well. Top 10 in hits. Will stick up for teammates when necessary. A little mind boggling that SJ keeps half his salary and only gets a 2nd. Which is not to say I thought we would get a 1st, but still… would have been nice to have gotten something more in return. What happened to restocking the pool of prospects?

      • HOLY COW GUYS!!!


        am not saying this is NOT A GOOD pick up guys !! LOL

        Iam just saying that in a 7 game series ..I like the character of the Bruins as a 4 line team as Ive been saying all year !!

        Geeezzeee….Shattenkirk is a 10 times better D man than Dillon and what the heck did he do …NOTHING …

        Dillon can not shut down the Pasternak line LMFAO !!

        NO ONE CAN!!!

        LOL ….you guys are getting HIGH off trade stuff !

        Dillon has almost no points ..Marchand will dangle the shorts off thus guy in the corners LMAO !

        Cant not believe Iam saying this stuff about the Bruins ….LOL

        ARGGGGGG !! Hahahahahaahah

        I hate these guys for a reason ! and thats why !

        Just like teh Bruins weren’t suppose to beat the Bolts and just like the Blue Jackets weren’t suppose to beat the Bolts ..the Bruins will beat the Caps ! …IMO …

  25. 😢😡😭☹️

    That Caps trade hurt…. I didn’t think the biggest and physically strongest team could get bigger and stronger….. wow

    ….and with 50% retained …. for 2nd and a 3rd

    I was hoping Pens could have got him ; or Demelo or Scands ☹️

    • Soooo heavy.

  26. Bruins have a very hard time against the Caps losing 16 of the last 18 games played against them …..Carlson,Oshie,Blackstrom Wilson ……lol

  27. Bergevin did very well

    In 6 weeks he turned a 4th into a 2nd plus a conditional 4th plus got to play a hone town player for 6 weeks

    I would suspect ghat he might move Kovy ; adding a pick

  28. And the Buffalo Sabres send a 5th round pick for Bob Corkum

    • Lol

  29. Vegas seems to be lining up the Kings Dman AM

  30. Another embarrassing loss by Toronto.

    Matthews always giving quotes to media while Tavares lurks in his shadow. Tavares should have never been named captain. He should relinquish the “c” and give it to Matthews or Hyman. Tavares couldn’t motivate evangelicals at a Christmas caroling competition. His leadership is equivalent to a frog in a boiling pot on the stove.

    Even Matthews is calling out the team for a lack of compete.

  31. To-do list for Toronto Maple Leafs to salvage their season and/or start next year on the right foot.

    1. Strip Tavares of captaincy. He’s proven to be ineffective as a leader. There’s a reason why his teams rarely made the playoffs.

    2. Trade anyone that doesn’t score consistently.

    3. Trade anyone who doesn’t finish a check.

    4. Trade anyone that can’t skate backwards.

    5. Acquire 1-2 shutdown defensemen that can actually skate. Manson, Martinez or Dumba come to mind.

    6. Acquire Reaves from VGK.

    7. Stop playing 5 forwards on the power play.

    8. If the team is built for speed, then skate faster than the other team. Start benching players who coast.

    • The problem with that, Frank, is, the teams that have Manson, Martinez, Dumba and Reaves would have to be willing to accept players who don’t score consistently, doesn’t finish a check, can’t skate backwards.

      And I sincerely doubt any of those GMs are THAT dumb.


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