NHL Rumor Mill – October 3, 2020

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The latest on Patrik Laine, the Sharks and Wild are working on a trade involving Devan Dubnyk, plus the latest on the Oilers and Canadiens in today’s NHL rumor mill.


NHL.COM: Tim Campbell reports Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff acknowledged Patrik Laine could be traded when asked about the recent trade rumors swirling about the 22-year-old winger. “So we’re looking at all our options, including potentially trading different players,” said Cheveldayoff.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine (NHL Images).

The Jets GM added there are some holes to fill in his roster, due in part to the uncertainty over center Bryan Little’s injury status and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien’s departure. Their defense corps was further depleted last summer when Jacob Trouba was traded to the New York Rangers and Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot departed via free agency.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports there will be no shortage of suitors for Laine if the Jets decide to trade him. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens are two clubs in need of a scoring forward, but Garrioch speculates the asking price could be a top defenseman or a second-line center plus a prospect and a pick. Other interested clubs could include the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine would be a very attractive trade chip for the Jets, but just because they could trade him doesn’t mean they will. Their asking price could be more than most are willing to pay.

For example, I don’t see the Blue Jackets giving up Seth Jones or Zach Werenski, while the Canadiens could be reluctant to part with promising Nick Suzuki. The Habs could offer up Max Domi but the Jets will probably want a lot more in the package.


NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: Ali Thanawalla cites TSN’s Darren Dreger reporting of trade discussions between the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild regarding Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Dreger called the talks “promising” but not done. Pierre LeBrun added it could take a few days before a deal is done.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Michael Russo tweeted Wild winger Ryan Donato could also be part of this proposed deal. No indication yet what would be heading the Wild’s way.

It’ll be interesting to see how this deal could shake out. Dubnyk and Donato carry a combined annual average value of $6.23 million for 2020-21. With the Sharks already having $67.3 million invested in 14 players, they could insist on the Wild taking a player in return or retaining some of that cap hit.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wondered about what it would cost the Oilers to re-sign Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The 26-year-old forward is a year away from unrestricted free-agent eligibility and is earning $6 million per season on his current contract. Matheson speculates it could be a five- or six-year contract. The Oilers could offer up $6.5 million annually using St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn as a comparable, but Nugent-Hopkins’ agent could seek something similar to the $8 million annually being earned by Matt Duchene of the Nashville Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing $7 million per season on a six-year deal for Nugent-Hopkins. What say you, Oilers fans? Too much? Not enough? Just right?

Matheson notes the Oilers will have too many right-wingers if Jesse Puljujarvi returns. He’ll join Kailer Yamamoto and Josh Archibald, who Matheson believes aren’t going anywhere. The others include Zach Kassian, Alex Chiasson and James Neal. “Something’s got to give there,” he said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And it could be Kassian, Chiasson or Neal, though the latter’s $5.75-million cap hit is tough to move.

David Staples, meanwhile, notes there’s plenty of talk linking the Oilers to Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie. Slated to become a UFA on Oct. 9, the puck-moving Barrie struggled last season with the Leafs. Staples feels he would be a more affordable acquisition than trying to trade for Arizona Coyotes blueliner Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. Ekman-Larsson carries an $8.25-million annual average value for seven more years. The Oilers would also have to give up some assets, including a good young player or two, to pry him away from the Coyotes if he’s willing to waive his no-movement clause.

Barrie, on the other hand, will be more affordable as a UFA signing and could regain his offensive form with the Oilers. We’ll find out by the end of next week if he ends up in Edmonton or elsewhere.


THE SCORE: Brandon Maron cited The Athletic recently reporting Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is willing to make his first-round pick (16th overall) in the upcoming draft available for the right price. He indicated he’d be interested in a player who can help the Canadiens right away with more than a year remaining on his contract. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Bergevin seeks a top-six forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect Bergevin to get into the bidding for Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine. In a recent interview, TVA Sports reported the Habs GM said it would take emptying his team to acquire a player of that caliber, sending them sideways or backward. He also doesn’t intend to overpay for a big-ticket free agent like Taylor Hall. It sounds like he could target clubs looking to shed salary before next season.


  1. All the talk and still no action. Are the GMs, like usual, pumping their chests in the press, and then preparing the PR excuses why they did not do much? If there was ever a year for a GM to put his stamp on the NHL this is that offseason. Let’s see who actually has the savvy and guts. I am not talking about silly deals for the sake of doing a deal, rather a strategic move that yields benefits for years.

    • Totally agree. I’m an Islanders fan, but watching the Rangers clear space, brilliantly, by trading Stahl and buying out Henrick leads me to believe they are going to do something huge! Love to see Lamoriello pull off a huge trade, but his moves are more traditional and he gives up a ton in his trades.

  2. If I were a Jets fan I would want someone else making the personnel decisions … what Chevy did to that club, or more importantly didn’t do borders on being criminal .. that defense was worse than Pittsburgh’s and Paul Maurice squeezed every drop out of it …

    • Not completely fair. Jets were a cap team last fall, Trouba forced his move, cap space was gained by letting chiarot and Meyers go. Buff was the stud, second blow was teams best two-way center injury.

      They played most of the season missing 14m of the core in what was intended to be a restructuring year for the d. Pionk stepped up his game, Poolman was good , Morrissey had a grjowth curve, and some good prospects are closer. One solid signing on d will go a long way.

      The team is very young, doesn’t have enough ice time for more prospects. IF Laine traded it will need a star for the return, not a grab bag of parts.

    • Chevy should be fired for rehiring Maurice. That’s the first place to start fixing the problem

      • Seriously? He should’ve been strong consideration for coach of the year. i’m not a Jets fan. I think he did a great job after losing all those players.

      • Maurice is consistently outcoached dating back to the playoff loss to Las Vegas. His approach is just to pull up the mixer and switch up lines. Other coaches are easily able to take time and space away from the D which results in no flow in the Jets game. Maurice ingratiate some self with the veterans so he has their support. In exchange for thisThe veterans play on the top lines and he often sticks with them too long. We need to change at the top.

      • The Jets season wasn’t saved by Maurice, it was Connor Hellebuyck and unfortunately it took Bryan Little getting hit in the head for Maurice to put Wheeler on the second line Center.Little is a great guy, but he is a player in decline and has no chemistry with his young fast wingers. He does not make them better. And seriously putting Laine on the second line? Just another example of catering to a veteran (Wheeler) to save his own butt. Let’s get a head coach who can play at the high stakes table with coaches capable of winning a cup before we lose our window. Wake up Chipman!

  3. I don’t see any scenario where Rangers would have interest in Laine. Panarin and Kreider signed for next 6+7 years at LW and about to draft Lafreniere.

    • Jets should trade Roslovic and the 10th overall pick to Columbus in exchange for Liam Foudy and David Savard. Then go out and sign Brandan Dillon and look for some help for the fourth line.

      • That’s not a bad deal. Winnipeg needs players that know what it Is to live & play out in Western Canada.
        Patrik Laine & Ville Heinola to Philadelphia for Travis Sanheim & Nolan Patrick. Bit of a gamble on Patrick with the migraine condition but definitely a high reward if he comes back fully healthy .

  4. Kevin….Those kind of deals do not happen very often. Yet 30 teams lose every year and of those 30 only 5 or so ” could’ve been a contender”

    Remember that line George or other old guys.

    For the life of me I don’t know why owners don’t demand more action from those obvious third or fourth raters in the league. Including my beloved Leafs. You have to love them as they are impossible to like.

    Every organization paints itself into corners sometimes. Everyone in the league knows the Leafs have only one quality and one good D man. Yet Dubas cannot ( yet) make the kind of trade you are referring to a strategic move for a big defensive D man. The Kadri trade was the straw that broke this camel’s back.

    Gms seem afraid to lose a trade when the real issue is building a team team that wins games, series, or cups. Not GMs winning trades.

    The rant is over I will write again when I am not weeping.

      • Geez, I saw that in Film class in the 80s. Age sucks. Unless you just turned 21 and the bar is open…..

      • George. My favorite all time movie!

      • Sorry Kev. The past six months have been a pretty poopy time to turn 21.

      • Sorry Chrisms, but Happy Birthday, this year has been pretty lousy for any age. My sons turned 21 and 18, usually landmark years for anyone. Not so much this. You do the best that you can however.

    • best quote on the leafs ive heard in 45 years–you got to love the leafs cause they’re impossible to like–i love the leafs lol

    • Terence, re “building a team that wins games” reminded me of a quote from Julian BriseBois after winning the cup ““Every decision I make in the next couple of days is going to be based on trying to improve the odds that we’ll be a Stanley Cup contender year in and year out for the foreseeable future … it’s not about accumulating the most talent, it’s about putting the best team together.”

  5. Trade rumors are that the Bruins are listening to offers for Rask,DeBrusk & Carlo if true those are some big changes

  6. Mike Johnson on TSN yesterday played GM for each Canadian team and chose a player he’d trade for. Palmeri for Montreal and Domi to the Canucks, actually. Not trades, but a player to fit the team. Almost all his choices were not based on a current rumour I am aware. I am not saying any GM is going to agree with him, but it certainly showed a line of thinking that isn’t entrenched in the current media narratives. He also did a reasonable analysis of fitting needs … though he did suggest Ottawa needed a goalie which George has been disputing for some time. For what’s it worth. Cheers.

    • Disputing, Shaun, on the basis that, until a few days ago, every indication was that Nilsson would be ready to go after recovering from his concussion symptoms. Now we’re hearing that he hasn’t even resumed skating back in Sweden. So, if there is any doubt that he’ll be ready, I can see Dorion looking at some short-term option from among the many UFAs out there to share the load with Hogberg and, to some extent, Daccord.

      I just continue to say any move made to that end will NOT involve Murray from Pittsburgh, despite chatter to the contrary from talking heads like Garrioch and Traichos.

      • George,

        I dont see why Ottawa would give up assets to trade for Murray when they can sign a FA if they believe they require an upgrade or another body to tend goal.

        Murrays injury history and decline in play combined with rfa status (new contract = more $$) should make him difficult to move.
        Unless Dorian can fleece the Pens I dont see Ottawa going that route.

      • Exactly.

    • If I remember correctly he suggested Dougie Hamilton for the Leafs, which is right our of left field, but would probably be good. Doubtful it could happen but I think the odds of it are better than getting Pietrangelo.

      • Andersen and a 2nd for Hamilton fills needs for both and both with just 1 yr left to UFA.

      • Johnson also said Hamilton is really solid defensively. Proof positive the eye test is more important than corsi which Mike lives by.

      • Sorry, that doesn’t help CAR much at all. Andersen is UFA after next season, the same as the 2 G’s CAR already has. Sure, it’s a marginal G upgrade, but you’re not giving up a 1st pair D for a marginal upgrade.

        And CAR’s farm system is pretty well stocked, so the 2nd, while helpful, isn’t terribly necessary.

        And anyway, according to Wendel, Andersen stinks, so i’m not sure why CAR would want him.

      • Andersen is a slight upgrade on Reimer who is a classic choker as well. Andersen is not an upgrade on Mrzek , in fact the opposite. Leafs could take him back and lower the draft pick. Most GMs like the commenters on this site are not knowledgeable about the leafs and will fall for the regular season stats which are fairly good.

      • So they’re trading a 1RD for a goalie who isn’t an upgrade over what they already have?

  7. Could Tampa be looking to fix their cap issue by trading Stamkos?
    They won the cup without him, and I’m sure they would get a very good return.
    A team like NJ would be all over him, or even Ottawa. Tight fisted Melnick would probably love to have him to sell tickets.
    Only one small problem, he has a nmc that would have to be dealt with.

    • Flame fan. I can’t see Stamkos agreeing to leave Tampa. Honestly, he was still their second leading scorer. I do wonder though could they trade Point? Doesn’t have any trade clause. Would be quite a bidding war for him.

      • I kinda think it’s Tampa that is holding up the flood gates to the trade market.
        GM’s know Tampa has to move one or two very good players and one of those players will be a center.
        Stamkos would be very attractive but Point would blow the top off. The Rangers would probably trade #1 for Point

      • Rangers aren’t going to give up 1st overall for Pointe.

      • Now that Coyotes are going to buy out Grabner, I see him as a perfect flt to Avs 3rd line. With a cheap conract of course.

      • Stamkos would only agree to a trade to the Leafs.

    • I said the same thing Flamesfan and mo one took me up on it. I think it’s priority #1 for Tampa… trade Stamkos.

      • Great player, but is becoming injury prone. Nmc, salary and injury history will make it tough to move Stamkos.
        Id be surprised if the Bolts tried to take that route.

      • My thoughts exactly Ron. Way to risky – especially for a re-building team. Melnyk is hoping that kids like Chabot, Tkachuk, Batherson, Norris, Formenton and whoever they pick at 3 and 5 next week become the catalysts for renewed interest at the gate …. whenever that becomes reality again.

    • Second problem: Will tickets ever be sold again?

  8. Lehner signed in Vegas


    • Yeah, saw that Slick62. That means, with 19 now committed to, they are $60,000 over the cap still with 4 to sign – including 2 RFAs with arbitration rights. Clearly, another big move (or two) to come.

    • Less than what I would have thought. Sets the bar for the other FA goalies. I think Markstrom might do better, but not by much.

      Good signing for Vegas.If they can find a taker for Fleury. Otherwise 12.5 on goaltending next year is going to be tough.

      • As per Gavin group (thanks Pengy) $5,000,000 in Vegas is equivalent to more than $6,000,000 in any Canadian market net.

      • Ttutone and that’s why Bettman should leave. He want’s “equal” league? Or just a league with HIS teams to succeed? As far as i have seen, he doesn’t care about Canadian market at all. Big success for him, his beloved Tampa won the cup, so maybe another team to Houston then? Why not, we need more teams from the sun belt.
        But going to my point- this is his job to work on equal pay, where money you will get in Florida is the same as in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver etc. But i don’t think this is his goal at all.
        Yes someone said that the pressure is bigger in Canada, it’s cold but, and french language in Ottawa and Montreal but….if you can’t deal with pressure play chess (but that might be too much for them), also you’re professional, so should be able to play under pressure. Cold? Well you’re playing ICE hockey so that’s a lame excuse, and language? You can deal and do stuff with english, or look at “soft” soccer players, they have to change countries several times during their careers, quite often they have to learn some basics.
        But if you will say no, then play without pressure in Rangers, Florida, Vegas or Arizona, just have fun.

      • It isn’t that easy. How do you set up equal pay. There are tax laws to be met in each state. Tax laws between the two countries. Dollar value discrepancy. It’s complicated.

      • How about salary cap in net pay? Then at least the player wouldn’t need a nmc to prevent taking a pay cut if traded. Also it would level the playing field market to market.

  9. I mentioned Barrie being a good short term option for the oilers a few weeks ago , would be smart especially with klefbom uncertainty.
    As for nuge , I think that’s a fair price Lyle , 6 years 7 million . Versatile , plays both special teams well , can fill in at centre if injuries hit . Great chemistry with Draisaitl and yamo , also plays well with mcdavid. I’d do that deal and feel good about it .

    • To TML : Laine

      To Jets : Reilly, kerfoot rights to Ilya michiyev 4th and 7th rider (jets missing these picks).

      Helps jets needs of D, centre and picks replenishment.

      To : San Jose, Calgary or Carolina Fred Andersen

      2 TML 2nd red 2020

      Note 1 to LTC :

      I added this 2nd trade to help you out with your “hey that wont fit the cap analysis”

      This frees more than enough space for signing AP and fill out roster.

      Note to LTC 2:

      Yes its OK to trade one difference maker (Reilly) if you get 2 in return.

      • I bet Buffalo would give you a d-man and a 2nd for Freddie..

      • Just out of curiousity, who is going to play goal for the Leafs under your trade scenarios? Jack Campbell?

        I assume by difference maker youre referring to Laine? Just what the Leafs dont need, another marshmellow that doesnt know where the corners or his own end are.

        Youre also taking a leap of faith by assuming Pieterangelo would sign in Toronto.

        Your trade proposals leave the Leafs without a starting goaltender or a #1 defenceman.

        Tavares, Mathews, Marner, Nylander and Laine run about 46 million give or take against the cap. Thats a lot of loot for 5 figure skaters.

        Toronto would be much better served swapping one of their pond hockey off season superstars for some grit and sandpaper.

        But thats just my humble opinion. Im sure given his track record of playoff success that Dubas knows what hes doing and definetely isnt in over his head.


      • AP and Muzzin will be one of the best top pairs in league. Tons of goalies to choose from at discount prices to platoon with Campbell.

        Get as many difference makers as you can. The rest of any teams roster is by definition not difference makers.

        With Vegas resigning lehner next year’s cup final will involve 2 of the top 3 teams, vegas against Leafs or Lightning. Book it.

      • Leaving Toronto with no D at all? Bet Dubas is all over that. Could you maybe throw in an undersized forward?

  10. I dont think Boston has the pieces for Laine.

    The Bruins have certainly been all over the rumor mill.

    Interested in AP, looking at trading for OEL, Sweeney gauging interest on Rask, Sweeney trying to move Debrusk. Now Boston interested in Laine.

    Of course they be interested in Laine, all team would be. But does Boston have the pieces.

    The Jets want a dman and a 2nd line C.

    Boston doesn’t have a second line C. Well they do but Winnipeg isn’t taking David Krejci, if he was 6yrs younger and signed.

    Would Winnipeg look at a deal like Carlo and Coyle? Coyle is better suited for 3rd line C; however he could play 2nd line C, has the size and speed also the Jets know him well from his Minnesota days.

    Would it be enough? Would Boston do it? What if anything would Boston need to add.

    Would I do the deal, yes. But reluctantly.

    • Caper…. Coyle & Carlo for Laine is a deal that would have to be made ….gives the Bruins a goal scorer with size which is needed but the Bruins will need to make more moves

    • I think Freddy to Ottawa for a pick would help them cover until Anderssen is recovered. Helps OTT reach Cap floor and only costs Eugene 1 million in cash. I don’t think the Leafs, with what they need to add on the back end, can afford a Markstrom or any of the other Goalies expected to sign for big bucks. That’s why I think they go after Murray. He is the youngest of the bunch, and has been marginalized by the team he won cups with. He will be motivated to show what he can do and will probably agree to sign for less and bonuses, which Leafs can afford. He would be backed up by Campbell who he shared the net with in the Soo for a season in Junior. Getting rid of Reilly does not help the Leafs. Goalie market may be different next season post pandemic. If supply is low, and cap remains low, could Leafs afford to resign Freddy?

      • Leafs cannot under any circumstances have Andersen as their goalie in next years playoffs. The team no longer trusts him to make the big save in the big game, He has failed 5 straight times in 4 seasons with Leafs. Dubas knows it and will move him somewhere, anywhere for anything before next TDL.

      • What makes you think the Leafs are going to make the playoffs? Their stellar playoff run this year? Oops, thats right, they missed the playoffs.

  11. Not sure why MTL isn’t considering Dadonov or Hoffman from FLA.
    They’re both pretty consistent goal scorers from the wing and wouldn’t cost assets. I agree that MTL doesn’t have the assets WPG is looking for in a Laine trade.
    Is MTL a UFA destination?

    • Who says they aren’t Daryl? We know GMs talk to each other regularly and one can bet they are doing so now and will increasingly do so through the draft.

      MTL has not typically been a UFA destination but they did sign Chiarot last year, and this year they persuaded Edmundston to avoid free agency. One has to wonder whether given the unusual circumstances this year that may change.

    • Just a thought but what would Montreal and Detroit have too do too make a trade
      For Domi plus
      for Mantha plus
      if both players were say resigned for 5 to 5.5m for 5 years
      Both players are close in age

    • I disagree I think montreal has a few players the jets would like for laine but those wouldn’t be available. So where I think montreal would be willing to go and jets willing to take back would start with Domi and the 1st round pick after that I think montreal would have to give mete and just to sweeten the pot add a 2nd round pick. I think that would seal the deal and montreal would have a game changer and jets would fill their 2nd line center with domi get a young dman that’s 22 in mete with potential and a 1st and 2nd in a deep draft. With that money saved I’d take a run at Alex P. And over pay for him and I think jets will be very well off.

      • I think what gives every GM pause for thought on Laine is what he will cost after this year. Too many unknowns to risk effectively renting him for a year and then not being able to afford him the year after.

        GMs would have to figure out what their cap space and roster would be for several years out, a tough assignment.

        The only way around this is to see if you could get Laine to agree to an extension now, so you know what your costs going forward are.

      • Meet has very little trade value.

        If the Jets are trading Laine they need a very good package back including one star player. They may accept Domi and the first (16th) but does MTL have a #3 or 4 D to offer up as well? No.
        Mete is not top a 4 defenceman

        MTL does not have the pieces WPG would need to get back. Also, since Domi is an RFA his value isn’t the same as it would be when signed to a contract.

        Boston may have the pieces…
        Coyle, Carlo, DeBrusk might get Chevy’s attention?

      • You don’t trade a proven goal scorer(7th in goal since being drafted) for one player and several piece with “potential”.

        Mete had 11 points this year…the 1st rounder is 16th overall…a mid 2nd rounder has a 40% chance of being an average NHL player. You don’t trade a proven goal scorer for this type of return. You want a star player…you have to give one up,

        MTL would be much more wise to keep Domi and play him at C or LW and sign a UFA like Dadonov or Hoffman.

        Laine is not likely to be traded unless somebody blows Chevy’s doors off.

      • I think the HABS will keep Domi and have him move up and down from 1-3C. How about Danault and the HABS 1st round pick for Patrick Kane and an AHL depth prospect?

  12. Lehner 5yrs @ $5m per. I thought he would’ve got more.

  13. Flyers resign Brian Elliott for 1 year @ 1.5 million.
    Knights resign Robin Lehner for 5 years @ 5 million.

    The goalie carousel just got smaller. Someones going to end up on the outside looking in when it comes to goalies being signed or traded.

    Going to be interesting to see what Vegas does with Fleury. Theyre not going to be dealing from a position of strength. Is a fleecing coming their way?
    Who is going to trade for an aging goalie with a large cap hit? Vegas is going to have to give up picks, prospects and retain salary to move Fleury.

    Show time, lol.

    • Or do we see 2 potential Hall of Fame goalies bought out within days of each other?

    • Leafs cannot under any circumstances have Andersen as their goalie in next years playoffs. The team no longer trusts him to make the big save in the big game, He has failed 5 straight times in 4 seasons with Leafs. Dubas knows it and will move him somewhere, anywhere for anything before next TDL.

      • Which goalie currently available do you consider an upgrade over Andersen?

        Youre probably right. Its Andersens fault he didnt win any of the games in which your “difference makers” failed to score any goals.

      • Any goalie who has won an elimination game is an upgrade on Andersen. The team has no faith in him anymore.

    • I thought Lehner would get more too. Goes to show that a Buyers Market for goalies in a Cap Strapped year will continue to drive down prices, and could extend into the UFA and RFA player market. Could be some really good bargains signed before all this is over.

    • I wonder if Fleury ends up in Ottawa ? Maybe Vegas retains some salary. Close to home for 35 year old MAF & he’d be the perfect 2 year mentor to whoever Ottawa pegs as their future starter. He’s banked his millions and won his cups. Not a bad way to end a career.

  14. I could see MTL getting Killorn for their 1st round pick

    • I could see that…there would also be nobody better or funnirer to replace Boroweicki in those video pieces that Eugene likes to do…

    • One of the more practical and clean suggestions, Leo. If Killorn will waive his NTC, which Montreal is surely on.

  15. I wonder if Domi + Mete/Kulak plus a pick to the Jets gets Ehlers? Laine is a total non-starter but moving Ehlers 6 million with term…….

  16. Wendel, stacking your team with 5 or 6 “difference makers” while plugging every other hole with whatever comes along is a genius strategy that will surely vault the Leafs to a Cup. Only, those holes will be filled with players of old Andrei Zyuzin’s stature. And as a Flames fan, I can tell you from experience, when you Zyuz, you lose.

    • Everybody wants to bash the Leafs for their four “core” players…fact is three of them are under 24 years old and one was a highly coveted UFA that could have signed for more money with Several different teams.

      There isn’t a GM in the league that wouldn’t take Matthews, Tavares, Marner, or Nylander. They’re all good players and good players cost money. Ask PHX if they’d like a do-over on the choice between Strome/Marner.

      Aside from PIT and CHI that won the Cup while their star players were young who else has done it?

      The Leafs need to steer clear of Pietrangelo. He will throw the salary structure farther out of whack. They do need help on RHD but defenceman typically take time to develop. Liljgren is 21…Sandin is 20.

      Consider this…Leafs have more depth on LD…with Reilly, Muzzin, Dermott, Sandin, Lehtonen. Thin on RD with only Holl and Liljgren signed.
      To STL: Reilly, Johnsson
      To TOR: Parayko, Perron

      The salary is nearly even. Tor gets a #1RD and STL gets a #1LD. STL gets younger on LW and TOR gets a little greasier on their 3rd line.

      Offer the 15th pick + Petan to ANA for Manson.

      Muzzin – Parayko
      Lehtonen – Manson
      Dermott – Holl
      Sandin – Liljgren

      • Daryl very sensible trade suggestions, although I think Leafs have to add to Ana deal a little ie Micheyev rights or kerfoot with a mid round pick coming back.

        Anyway, I expect you to be piled on by the LTC for this.


      • MAYBE Reilly AND Johnsson= Parayko!?

  17. Tristan Jarry signed for 3 years and 3.5 per. Murray and the Jackhole on their way out of town any time. Jack Johnson and a second to Detroit for future considerations.

    • Hi Dee

      He needs to be bought out… no need to give sweeteners….buy him out… Czuczman or Pierre Olivier Joseph in… that’s .$1.4 M in Cap and Cash saved… team way better

      I’m getting even more nervous now as Jimbo has confirmed Dumo, Pettersson, Matheson down the left but when pressed regarding JJ he said that JJ on RHD is a possibility…. so playing worst player in NHL history …. on his wrong side

      Perhaps is Jimbo that needs to go as all 30 other GMs would have already bought out JJ

  18. Anyone else think the oilers should get Grabner after his buyout for the sheer fact he can skate with McJesus? He was at 3. 7 when bought our so he may sign for very reasonable prices. Under 2Mil I would think

    • High MCS

      Grabner only lost $1.25 M in the buyout… so he could sign for that and not take a hit in gross (depending on where he signs the after tax will be different though)

      I think he signs somewhere in the $1M range… he’ll not get back to his Ranger’s output… but placed properly on another team… 15 Goals is a reasonable expectation

    • High MCS

      Grabner only lost $1.25 M in the buyout… so he could sign for that and not take a hit in gross (depending on where he signs the after tax will be different though)

      I think he signs somewhere in the $1M range… he’ll not get back to his Ranger’s output… but placed properly on another team… 15 Goals is a reasonable expectation