NHL Rumor Mill – March 2, 2021

by | Mar 2, 2021 | Rumors | 97 comments

A look at TSN’s latest trade-bait board in today’s NHL rumor mill.

TSN: With the NHL’s Apr. 12 trade deadline six weeks away, Frank Seravalli lists Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm, Columbus Blue Jackets blueliner David Savard, New York Rangers rearguard Tony DeAngelo, Buffalo Sabres defender Brandon Montour and Sabres winger Taylor Hall among the top-five players on his trade-bait board.

Ekholm has a year remaining on his contract and could fetch more than Savard, who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. However, Seravalli believes the latter’s playoff experience and right-hand shot will draw interest from postseason contenders. It remains to be seen, however, if Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen will move him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NBC Sports Philly’s Jordan Hall observed recent trade speculation linked Ekholm to the Philadelphia Flyers. However, he believes the club’s performance over the next month will determine if they need external help on their blue line.

Seravalli notes Kekalainen tends to let pending UFAs play out their contracts but that might change if the Jackets fall further out of playoff contention. DeAngelo remains available but his banishment from the Rangers over his personal issues makes rival general managers reluctant to take a chance on him right now.

Buffalo Sabres winger Taylor Hall (NHL Images)

It’s only a matter of time until the Sabres become sellers. Montour and Hall are both pending UFAs but the latter has a full no-movement clause. His camp was reportedly interested in talking contract extension with the Sabres but that might have changed given the club’s ongoing poor play. His $8 million cap hit could be difficult for most contenders to absorb. 

Predators winger Mikael Granlund, Detroit Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan, Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen, Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett and Canucks winger Tanner Pearson round out the top ten.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Granlund, Ryan and Pearson are pending UFAs on teams with fading playoff hopes. Granlund was linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs while Ryan acknowledged the possibility he could be traded but hopes to return to the Wings this summer as a free agent.

Virtanen and Bennett are fixtures in this year’s rumor mill. The Canucks reportedly attempted to ship him to the Anaheim Ducks over the weekend for Danton Heinen but his $3.75 million in actual salary for next season was a rumored sticking point. The Athletic’s Thomas Drance believes this shows the Canucks still hope to get something decent back in return.

The Bennett trade chatter picked up a month ago when his agent went public with a trade request. Flames GM Brad Treliving recently stated his club will decide the versatile forward’s fate and not his agent. Treliving may be reluctant to move Bennett this season because he ramps up his game in the playoffs. However, he could change his mind at the trade deadline if the struggling Flames fail to improve.

Red Wings forward Luke Glendening, St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn, Sabres center Eric Staal, Wings blueliner Marc Staal and Senators winger Ryan Dzingel fill the final five spots on the list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like Ryan, Glendening and Marc Staal are both pending UFAs who could be shopped at the deadline for draft picks. The latter still has a no-movement clause but could waive it for a contender.  Detroit Sports Nation cited a report in The Athletic quoting an NHL executive’s belief that Wings GM Steve Yzerman could shop a young forward like Tyler Bertuzzi or Anthony Mantha if the right deal came along. Bertuzzi could draw more interest but Yzerman could prefer moving the talented-but-inconsistent Mantha, who also has a bit of an injury history. He’ll likely seek a good young player in return.

Dunn was the hot topic of trade chatter a month ago but that has died out as the Blues deal with an injury-ravaged roster. Eric Staal still has a 10-team no-trade list but his experience could make him an invaluable addition to a playoff club. Dzingel was recently acquired by the Senators from the Carolina Hurricanes but could also be moved by the trade deadline for a draft pick.


  1. CBJ should resign David Savard or at most have a handshake deal to rent him out and then take him back….their defense is thin without him and the flat cap will get him the same salary at most, probably a cut.

    Ekholm won’t be protected so his market value is lower than folks think, some team will get a bargain with him,

    Vince Dunn, the Blues painted themselves and Dunn into a corner when nobody was willing to pay or trade for his services at the level they expected. Why anybody thinks that value exists now is lack of reality.

    Bobby Ryan has a comfort level in Detroit, maybe it’s not having a big contract around his neck and lower expectation. No wonder he wants to stay there, should be resigned..

    Luke Glendenning, I’d grab him in a heart beat for his face off skill if nothing else.

    • I would assume Ryan may want to resign with the Wings in the offseason.

    • JK & Tortorella to a certain extent are ruining what was a really dynamite and promising franchise. Another ownership group with their head in the sand. I would definitely keep Savard, their defense has gone from a strength to a weakness.

      Poile won’t give Ekholm away for nothing, he isn’t worth a first rounder but a few top prospects and/or decent picks for sure.

      Dunn isn’t worth a first either, they are stuck with each other for the time being.

      And Yzerman should get whatever he can for Ryan. You folks do realize he is building and acquiring assets right?

    • What happens to the hand shake deal if Savard gets a sweet offer from another GM?

      • LJ, Savard says…”what handshake deal”.

  2. Hard to imagine that DeAngelo doesn’t play again. Rangers will certainly buy him out after season and maybe teams are waiting to get him at a bargain rate. NY has been playing Hajek and Smith ( both left handed) on right side in place of DeAngelo and Trouba. Swapping DeAngelo for either Savard or Montour would make sense for NY in short term help and they can let them walk in FA. I’ve said before, I thought DeAngelo would be a good fit in Columbus. They need offense from back end. He’d dramatically help their PP. Buffalo could give him a shot. He’d fit a young rebuilding team. Both could get him and if it doesn’t work out just do what Rangers plan on doing. Buy him out. I don’t think thise teams will get much for Pending ufa’s at deadline.

    • The Covid Cap may be why but it also allows some reflection time for the kid, so his next team gets a slightly less “social” player…

  3. His camp was reportedly interested in talking contract extension with the Sabres but that might have changed given the club’s ongoing poor play.

    What about his poor play??? One goal!!! The Sabres are a mess … maybe they’ll hire Jim Rutherford to try and clean it up. And he’ll set the record for the most trades in one off-season in the history of the NHL.

    Anyway, Taylor Hall is a joke and should be ashamed of himself.

    • Ed…

      I said in the offseason any team that signs Hall would regret it. Luckily for BUF it was only one year.

  4. I’m beginning to wonder if Taylor Hall is another Matt Duchene

    Hall 19gp 1g 11a 12 pts

    Duchene 21gp 3g 5a 8 pts

    $16 million dollars for 4g 16a 20 pts – somebody’s getting attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis!

    • George,

      You can add Eichel and Skinners no shows to Halls disappointing numbers.

      27 million on 3 guys with next to nothing to show for it.

    • George, given the Sabres brutal offence this year, Hall’s numbers aren’t that bad. Jeff Skinner’s numbers look horrible but he’s been playing on the fourth line and/or sitting in the press box.
      Something is wrong in Buffalo and I think a large part of the problem is the coach. Skinner’s an offensive player, he has had excellent years with Eric Staal, (and JackEichel btw), but oh no, he’s on the fourth line. Why did they sign Staal?
      That team should be a lot more competitive than they are.

      • I should add that Ralph Kruger had a gig in Edmonton with the Oilers, followed that up working for Tottenham Hotspurs in the English Premier League (!) and was hired to coach the Sabres because, of course, everyone knows that a management job in soccer is the best way to improve your skills as an NHL coach.
        That’s Buffalo in a nutshell. No wonder Jack Eichel’s going bonkers.

      • I think it is a lot further up the food chain than Krueger BCLeafFan.
        Krueger did better than the coach before and after him in Edmonton. Never should have been fired and how they did it was a joke.

        Krueger has been in hockey his whole life, was a pro in Europe, coached in Europe his claim to fame came leading the feisty Swiss National to greater than expected success. Was an assistant and then head coach with Edmonton.
        Soccer was the outlier.

        No idea if he is a good NHL coach, but he is a smart guy that all his players respect and have said so publicly.

        The Pegula’s on the other hand, not so much. This starts at the top and the culture won’t change until ownership gets out of the way.


      • I would like to see Buffalo pitch Skinner to NSH for Johansen. Move Cozens to LW with Staal and Johansen. Move Oloffson to LW with Eichel & Reinhart

        Trade off Hall & maybe trade Staal to a cup contender with an agreement to resign him in he off season if he would like.

      • BCLeafan, 1 goal in 19 games for a player getting 8 million is bad. There is no fair way to rationalize that.

        Ray Bark, you nailed it re Krueger, and I think you are also correct that the Sabres ownership under the Pegulas is a factor.

      • Oh yes Pegula is the problem…look how he has ruined the Bills with his meddling…come on people

      • The Pegula’s interests are with the Bills. Sabres are leftovers in their eyes.

      • Don’t buy that fd. Not with his investment is penn state hockey

      • LJ. What about Eichels 2 goals for 10m?

    • @ George

      Since his injury during the NJ years and that one “MVP” season where he really was the only offensive option in NJ….he has dramatically regressed and I cannot fathom why the “eye test” still has not shown GMS he is not worth the 8m plus he is requesting.

      He was just ‘OK’ in AZ post NJ.

      • Totally agree Ihatecrosby. Wouldn’t touch him at $8 mil per with the proverbial 10-foot pole … same with Duchene. I light a little candle every time I think about him turning down roughly the same amount offered by Dorion (AND Karlsson turned down $12 mil.) That’s $20 mil they wouldn’t now have to eventually invest in Tkachuk, Batherson, Norris, Stutzle, Brannstrom etc.

  5. Flames are not making the playoffs . Trade Bennett for a pick and a good prospect
    If Rangers are vindictive hold DeAngelo and buy him out at the last possible minute. Maybe even next year. The true penalty is not letting a player play.

    Ekholm would be a nice add for any team . Why not expose an extra forward Nashville ? I would leave Duchene or Arvidsson open and trade Granlund

    • Silver. I don’t think Rangers are being vindictive at all. They’re not making any big deals before off season so they don’t need the cap space. It appears nobody wants to take a chance on DeAngelo or they want NY to retain salary. Doesn’t seem like NY is willing to do that. Buyout leaves a small dead cap hit, so any retention on top of acquiring another player in a trade needs to make sense for future cap hits.

  6. I am not setting myself up to be an expert but, in my humble opinion the 26 year old Anthony Mantha is still lacking in on ice hockey IQ, and there are simple on-ice details that he still doesn’t read and is still playing like a “young player” and is signed until 5.7 million. Is now when another GM is going to be tantalized by size/shot and going to make a place in their Kraken reserve list or also make separate deal to keep him long term and watch his game improve?
    I simply don’t think he is a guy Gms are circling for the future juggxrnaught.

    • Anthony Mantha has been consistent in his short career and has dropped out of favour this year,

      I’d think Blashill is a big part of the problem and iGM’s can sit tight for now watching him lose value under his handling.

      I’d love to see what the young coaching staff of the Habs could do with Mantha to make him flourish,

    • Martha is a bit of an enigma. Some games, he plays a good 200′ game, others, not so much. It is difficult to judge the Wing’s this year. We are obviously not overflowing with talent, but have played some good hockey over the last 10-12 games. The thing is, we have not had the full team together for more than a half dozen games or so. Early on, we had 5 guys out with Covid. Bertuzzi has only played 9 games to date. Larkin missed both recent Chicago games, and Fabbri, Nemeth, and Stecher missed the second one. There has been little chance to build consistency, especially with this compressed schedule. Last season, we were bad the whole time. This year, though still not a playoff contender, we have played better than our record, especially so short handed most of the time.

      • Lago,

        I am a Wings/Canes fan and have watched most of the Wings games this year. I completely agree with all of your comments.

        I’m wondering if Yzerman is considering moving Greiss at the trade deadline. He is not in any rumors but playoff teams looking to solidify the their goaltending tandem have to be calling Detroit about him.

      • GP. I Think Yzerman had three objectives in mind prior to this season: One – be more competitive this season…..done. Two – acquire some players via free agency that might have some trade value at the TDL……done. And three, prepare for the expansion draft so as to not lose any of the few valuable players we have that will be draft eligible. We will see how he did on that one in a few months.

  7. I’m curious about Bobby Ryan, now that his name has been brought up. He was a skill guy back in Anaheim days. Anyone see his play of late? Depth player. Bottom 6 guy with the Leafs with talent to possibly move up.

    • George O would probably be able to offer an opinion on Ryan since he spent time in Ottawa. Can see him helping a contender in the way Cory Perry helped Dallas in playoffs.

      • That, at one point in his days with Ottawa, Bobby Ryan looked lost most nights can now be attributed to his alcohol-abuse problem. Once he sought help and turned things around you could see the talent that was displayed in Anaheim.

        Not fast, certainly, but a big body who knew where to be in the offensive zone and with the puck on his stick from around 20 feet out dangerous as hell.

        He just ran into the numbers game in Ottawa when his big contract expired … in retrospect I wish Dorion had found a way to keep him on.

    • I am a Detroit guy….attended the 5-2 W against Nashville last week. Ryan has been good. He is a bit slower, but is playing smart hockey, and has enough skill to be effective. And his head is on straight, and is a good team mate. He would definitely add value to a contender.

      • @Lago..Who do you think Detroit moves if anyone?

      • Blackngold – it’s hard to know what Stevie Y is thinking. He holds his cards very close to the vest. And this is a tough year to guess what other GM’s might do – or not do. I think any of 6 or 7 guys might be available…. Ryan, Bernier, Glendenning, Staal, Gagne, Nemeth….probably 2 or 3 actually are traded. I think Ryan, Glendenning, and Staal lead the list, but nothing would really surprise me.

  8. At this point what is a realistic expectation of a return for Taylor Hall?

    Hall bet on himself for one year at $8m so far 1g 11a 12pts in 19gp. Not a great investment so far.

    However some teams will still want him for a playoff run and I do see Hall waiving his nmc to go play for a contender and he controls his destination.

    where does he want to go and what would that team be willing to pay?

    • Want him in BOS Caper for a first plus something?
      No idea what that something would be.
      Then do you sign him to an extension?

      To give it a go this year, sure. Long term, no thanks.

      • Ray and GC agree be nice for a run, but his production doesn’t scream 1st round draft pick

    • I would like to get Hall on the Bruins for a playoff run and maybe some secondary scoring. He would be interesting to see what he looks like on DK’s line along a guy like Ritchie.

      However I would not sent Buffalo a 1st for him.

      • Sweeney goes for fringe players at the trade deadline. He has no creativity. Nash should have been a good move but he had the unfortunate concussions and Johansson was a good move but overall compared to good gm moves (see Tampa Bay ) he does measure up.

      • Coyle was a good move too IMO

    • caper–Last June, Zach Laing, reporting for OilersNation, wrote that the trade of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson was ”one of the worst trades league-wise in a long, long time.” How does that trade look a year later, with both players being more criticized than acclaimed? After consecutive shutouts, would the Oilers be interested in reshuffling those pieces?

  9. Ekholm and hall each will get a condition 1st at least. Likely more.

    Do people still not understand the collective ability of nhl gms to overpay?

    • My favorite first round overpay:
      Nashville acquire Paul Gaustad and 4th rounder and Buffalo gets a first rounder in 2012…21st overall

      • Bill. Facts are important.
        Draft picks outside top 10 are just lottery tickets.

        Preds got a very useful C for their playoff run.
        Buff traded the 1st along with a 2nd to Flames who took Jankowski and a guy Sieloff who was a bust.
        Buff took Girgenson with the pick they moved up to.

        So, the facts are Buff paid 2nd and Gausted for girgensen.

        Accordingly the big overpay was by Buffalo not Nash.

      • I wish you were my financial advisor past is the past. Your ability to use in retrospect to predict the future is outstanding.

        Pens trade jarred McCann to the leafs for a conditional 1st 2nd 3rd and fourth next year.

        So long as the picks arnt in the top ten.

    • @CHRISMS.. Hey I know Taylor Hall has struggled and I’m sure he might want out of Buffalo do you think Pittsburgh?

      My thought is Taylor Hall 50 % retained which is $4.5 to Pittsburgh for young Lhd 24 year old Marcus Pettersson $4.025 million..

      Ww dont resign him just for the playoffs push. Maybe Hall gets fired up playing with Crosby or Malkin and when zucker gets back..wow

      Guentzel Hall zucker.

      Money even pettersson expendable because we have dumoulin PoJoseph Matheson rikola

      I’m not a big Hall fan but he can be a force..

      • Are NHL player salaries not pro-rated this year? The retain for Hall could therefore be attractive for a GM willing to take a gamble.

        That said Hall’s games played and scoring have dropped every year since 2018. GMs beware.

      • Sorry bng. No. Unless it also includes the pens 2022 1st and even then I bet other teams beat the offer.

    • A 2nd for Stepan!

  10. I would really like to see Ekholm , a Leaf …
    Zack Hyman has to be resigned for next year , there is no room , unless a high paying contract on the roster goes elsewhere in the off season .
    Resigning Anderson is impossible for what his agent will request …That is ok with me , they should do a sign and trade with him , after they win the CUP this year !’n

    • Huh? So Anderson gives up his earned right to pick the team he wants to play for… and because of the trade his née team is an asset weaker?

      Did I get that right?

      • Makes sense chrisms your reply on Hall..but he does have a 10 team no trade list..so.
        I think eric stahl is a good fit in Pittsburgh and buffalo needs a Lhd Marcus pettersson fits that dill..salaries super close

        Governor of Pennsylvania has allowed 15% capacity which is 2,800 fans..

    • Signing Hyman is a must. He was awesome last night, as he has the last few years. Knows his roll and steps up when needed.

  11. Signing Hyman and Anderson is 10 million..
    Absolutely NO cap space….
    Detroit, Carolina. Pittsburgh, Edmonton, all need goaltenders. Edmonton , especially could be a difference maker, with a reliable starter..
    Burke was swinging for the fences, trying to recruit Fleury, maybe he will be motivated to earn Andersons service between the pipes…,

    Leafs need to move a high end player, Chicago got themselves in trouble, back when , similar situation ….
    Get the most u can for Anderson, for Nylander- keep filling the net- your stock will go UP- my prediction anyways !!

    • So Nylander to Detroit and Mantha plus to TML ?

      • Mantha makes way too much for his production. He’s never played a full season, scored more than 50 points and is a career -25.
        Unless it’s an unprotected -st rounder then Leafs PASS.

    • The problem is that, if the Wings trade for Anderson, they still need a goalie.

      • Yeah Daryl, that trade is a no go. No one in Detroit wants Nylander either.

  12. Bobby Ryan should be extended by Detroit. I have to say that first.

    Everyone not named Larkin, Seider, Raymond should be considered available. Though I’d love to keep Bertuzzi, Smith, Bernier, Rasmussen, Namestnikov and Gagner.

    That being said…..

    I’d love the rest to be traded for Eichel, Price, Primeau, Wilson and Gudbranson.

    Wishful thinking, but do-able.

    • @artsy
      Yzerman better off trading with LA for one of their young centers than Eichel. Wings have 2-3 years before they are really competing

      But who is going to give up a top tier prospect for any forward on the roster not named Larkin?

  13. Ihatecrosby..
    Detroit can revisit the Kessel trade !
    ‘2’ first rounders and a second for Nylander !

    Fat chance, Yzerman “biting”

    • Very true Ken… just figured since it was relieving cap concerns it lowered the price.


      always looking for a bargain

  14. I am curious to see how Ottawa handles Dzingel. Clearly he is on the block as trade deadline bait. He hasn’t played very well since leaving Ottawa, but the Senators if they want to trade him have to showcase him. My assumption is that he will join the 4th line, because he has Tkachuk, Stueztle, and Paul sitting in front of him on the depth chart!

  15. There is no problem resigning Hyman. He is an important player to the team.

    Its easy (like Sunday morning) to find the cap space with any combo of jettisoning andersen (who is definitely gone thank goodness), micheyev, kerfoot, simmonds, Engvall. ThThat’near 13M to dump as required to retain a difference maker who will stay for 4-4.5M for 4 years a cap space increase need of 2M at most.

    Why is there even the slightest concern?? In Dubas we trust.

    • Hmmmmm…..and it wasn’t that long ago that you would have traded Hyman for 2 jockstraps and an autographed picture of Dubas.

      • Real bunch of Fairweather fans. They sure are getting loud.

  16. Toronto is in the cusp of greatness this season. They just need to tweak a little. I am talking about trading William Nylander and Travis Dermott for David Savard & Boone Jenner or ( Jack Roslovic ). Nylander stock is on the rise thanks to recent play. However, he is not the answer for Toronto to the promise land. Come playoffs, Leafs need shutdown defence and grit with size. Savard and Jenner definitely address those needs. Money works in that trade as well. Columbus get Top 6 forward in Nylander who i believe Columbus desperately need while Dermott provide mobility at the backend for the Jackets. If this deal happens Toronto instantly becomes heavier, nastier, and down right scarry come playoffs. Tampa, Boston, Washington, Vegas, Colorado won’t be able steam roll over the Leafs physically like in the past. I even notice Auston Mathews playing with a bit more bite to his game physically this year compounded with the size in Thornton, Simmons, Bogosian, and hopefully with Savard and Jenner infused into this team will make them very hard to play against. This will also provide balance to the skill and grit factor to the team. Leafs are overloaded with skill and speed in their young core of players, they need to balance this out with rugged veterans so players like Marner, Mathews, Robertson, Barabanov, Mikeyhev and others to go on a full thrust mode and not worried about getting their head pounded to the boards every time they touch the puck. I really hope the Leafs brain trust recognize this golden opportunity that is available to them and pull the trigger on William Nylander. We have plenty of William Nylanders waiting down the pipe for an opportunity with the team. Also, I would consider reuniting Tavares with Marner, as Mathews can create his own scoring chances where as Tavares just doesn’t have the skill sets that Mathews have. Tavares can definitely finish, he just needs somebody like Marner to create those chances. They had hoped Nylander can be that creator for Tavares but Nylander is not even 20% of Marner in every aspect of the game. Marner is by far one of the smartest player in the game today both offensively and defensively. Toronto’s new lineup:

    Joe Thornton Auston Mathews Boone Jenner
    Zach Hyman John Tavares Mitch Marner
    Nick Robertson Alex Kerfoot Ilya Mikeyhev
    Pierre Engvall Jason Spezza Wayne Simmon

    Alex Barabonov Nic Petan Jimmy Vessey

    Morgan Reilly TJ Brodie
    Jake Muzzin David Savard
    Rasmus Sandin Justin Holl
    Mikko Lehtonen Zack Bogosian

    Frederick Anderson
    Jack Campbell
    Michael Hutchinson

    I would use Muzzin / Savard pairing exclusively against opponets top line. With this lineup i forsee masked stanley cup parade down Yonge St the world’s longest street. Kyle Dubas, this is on you. If you don’t make this trade and the leafs wither in the cup final against Boston, Tampa, Vegas, or Colorado then I will have to join others in the Leaf Nation in removing you from your post. Can’t stomache another physical beat down Mathews and Marner have to go through come playoffs because you refuse to surround them with WARRIORS who can protect them, instead you surrond them with BALLERINAS. Time to trade Nylander for a REAL STUD defenceman in SAVARD!!!

    • So Mike, trading Nylander and Dermott is “tweaking”?

      • The Leafs play in an putrid division.
        The Canadian division sucks.
        The winner gets a free pass into the Conference finals.
        Would they have this many points playing in the East? Or the Atlantic Division?

        Let’s get real here and tell it likes it is.

        If the final 4 turn out to be Bruins, Bolts and Knights, which of those teams can the Leafs beat.

        The answer is D….none.

    • Mike, awesome trade.

      You get rid of a D that fans have been trying to dump in return for a top 3 D of CBJ.

      Then you grab a consistent gritty forward in return for a soft perimeter player you want dump, the type CBJ just loves to have.

      Jarmo and Torts are out dancing

      • I think under Torts, Nylander will be forced to look himself in the mirror and play the 200 ft game. I am not denying Nylander’s talent, i just think in Columbus hệ might play more prominent role like he did with the Marlies where he was the go to guy. To be honest, I think columbus has too many gritty players and not enough skill players. Total opposite to the leafs. This trade will be equally beneficial respectively.

    • The Leafs do not need anything but for Andersen not to be the playoff goalie (who cares how).

      If they do anything else it must be for a true difference maker not a depth player. Forsberg or Hall upfront and if Dallas is gonna miss Klingberg. Don’t ask about cap space it is easy to find for a difference maker. You do not for a second consider dealing a difference maker like Nylander.

      Savard is not needed. Justin Holl has been the Leafs best Dman last season and so far this season. At 2m x 3 years Dubas must have been packing and wearing a Dali mask to pull off that money heist.

      • Nylander is definitely a difference maker as you say, but not the way you think he is. He may score once in a while with a little dangle and a little dash, but that is ONCE in a while. He is by far the most LAZY player the leafs have on the roster. More often than not he makes more defensive blunders on regular basis than the dangle and dash that you see once in a while. Pasternak, Panarin, Mathews, Kane, Marner, Draisitle, McDavid, Mckinnon, Marchand these guys are the true studs of the game, true difference makers. Nylander is at best 10% of any of those guys. We are not in it for President’s trophy. We want STANLEY. 1967 is a long time ago. Even if Nylander made the same amount of money that Hyman makes, I would say he is grossly OVERPAID. We need to free up his 7 mill per to resign Hyman and address final D piece and a rugged power forward like Hyman but with a bit of a PUNCH to his game. Boone Jenner fit that bill. David Savard fit that D piece, unless you can pry out GUDAS out of Florida. How in the earth, Dubas not go after him in the off season, when this guy addresses all the needs for the LEAFS. RH d man delivering bone crunching checks every single night all for 2.5 mill per. I’m still shaking my head. Radko GUDAS 2.5 mill. 💡💡💡 Imagine him paired with Muzzin. There’s your answer to Boston and Tampa.

      • Please never mention Hall and the Leafs in the same breath…EVER!
        He is SO overrated.

        Hyman is a better player at 1/3 the salary.

        Forsberg and Nylander are very similar players. The guys the Leafs want from NSH is Granlund and Ekholm.

      • No they don’t skill wins over grunts every time. Hall is ripe for a trade steal. Yes hyman is better but what does that have to do with this discussion? Leafs will only pay 4M of it and dump kerfoot for a cap wash or involve another cap space team to eat another 2M. Dubas is light years ahead of every other GM in this landscape. It is not even s fair fight.

    • Would you envision Nylander playing center in Columbus? The Jackets already have Cam Atkinson, Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstrand clogging up the right side. If I remember right, can Laine play left wing?

      Anyway, it seems like Columbus would have too many right shot skill forwards, when they need a center. Giving up Jenner in a trade for a right winger that doesn’t bring a center back only hurts that position for Columbus right after losing Dubois.

      • Absolutely that is what I would do. I’ll play Nylander at centre with Laine in the wings. Nylander absolutely thrived at that position with the Marlies. I truly believe if Nylander is consistently engaged during the game, he elevates his play to another level. I think Torts can light a bon 🔥 under his ass in Columbus. Which would be a good thing for Willy for his sake.

    • @Mike, btw

  17. mecheyev, simmonds, engvall, i like and affordable, well worth the money…
    HYMAN has to be resigned,,
    Kerfoot is expensive, Anderson – Happy trails !!

    • You folks don’t like your tender do ya.
      Fair enough, but replace him with who?

      • Campbell would do and sit Andersen on bench.

        Kuemper could be had,

        Gibson as well and would be awesome

        TML need to be all in now and have lots of picks and prospects to offer.

        Andersen , who ARZ or ANA could trade away, would be included or rentention makes the cap dollars easy. Its just futures going out the door.

  18. Hi Mike
    I didn’t realize Savard was that highly rated …
    Dubois almost single handedly took out Toronto last year , in the playoffs
    Seth Jones and Werenski were the ones that come to mind…

    • You know you can’t get seth Jones or werenski with nylander and you know nylander Is not anywhere near the player as those two. So you can’t compare apples to oranges. Savard is definitely not seth nor Werenski, but he is a huge upgrade from dermot and Jenner is also an upgrade from nylander both physically, defensively. Not a bad offensive player as well. Not flashy but do the job. Which is exactly what we need in the playoffs.

      • Mike,
        You just stated exactly why this trade of yours is a non-starter.
        You fill TML needs while dumping TML problems and add players to CBJ that don’t fit their style.

        Jarmo has 0 incentive for this trade unless its to give Torts a heart attack.

      • Savard is a UFA. No need to trade a 24 year old signed for 4 more seasons for a guy that could walk in the offseason.

        How about this trade…

        To CLB: Dermott, Engvall
        To TOR: Savard, Dubinsky

        This would allow the Leafs to move out $2M in salary and being cap compliant by acquiring Savard and his $4.25M salary and putting Dubinsky ($5.8M) on LTIR.

  19. The rumor mill has Torts coaching WillyNyl and TonyD next week ;-0

  20. Please keep on topic, guys. There’s nothing in the headline regarding the Leafs. It’s a downright boring read today. We can be better.

    • That read today had garnered more posts than in awhile….

      Btw. Congrats Lyle! You might hit 💯!

    • Shore , Orr, Park / I get it …

      He’s an ex Bruins fan – now cheers on Nashville, Buffalo , or

  21. Skinner to Van for Eriksson & Virtanen?

    BuFF gets out of a huge long term bad contract

    • I am on board with Mikes comments above , although I feel a Foligno to play with Matthews , Tavares needs Marner , as per Mike , VERY TRUE ..,Tavares seems lost …
      Columbus could be vulnerable , but I feel Nylander is worth more than just Savard …
      Package Kerfoot , “Nylander, a first rounder -Leafs don’t draft well , since Hunters exit …
      Get what u can from Columbus ,
      Free up some cap space, Kerfoot and Nylander = 11 Million ..
      It will be a win, win, whatever it works out to be …
      Leafs need muscle , talent going into the playoffs , and Nevinrips comments – above – will be past tense …

      • Nick Foligno will absolutely will be a better choice, however I doubt Columbus will depart with their captain. It will be like when the Leafs got Owen Nolan from the Sharks so long ago. Foligno would definitely help create space for Mathews. Remember Mathews only need a second to have the puck on his stick before it finds the back of the net. I am not really picky on whom they bring in Foligno or Jenner because either one of these guys can make a difference come playoffs especially against the Bruins or Lightnings. The ice seem to shrink in size come playoffs, physicality takes over, and speeds are neutralized with more focus on man to man coverage. That is why the Leafs can’t get through physical teams in the playoffs. We just don’t have answer for heavy games. Nylander and Dermott brings nothing to the table in the playoffs. Need to move on from these guys and add sheer strength and size. Toronto is destined to go through either Washington, Boston or Tampa in the Conference Finals this year. I mean that is one series away from Stanley Cup Finals. All those three teams are built with skill and grit. Leafs lack GRIT. If they bring in couple of guys and subtract Nylander and Dermott. I am predicting Toronto / Colorado cup finals this year.

  22. Habfan30, above is hilarious ..
    Probably “true”
    Project for Torts !!

  23. Shoreorrpark is probably a Buffalo , Nashville , Red Wing fan …
    which one !!!

    • If this ain’t sarcasm I think it wins an award!

      • I wonder if the answer is in the name