NHL Rumor Mill – December 4, 2021

by | Dec 4, 2021 | Rumors | 8 comments

Check out the latest on Jake DeBrusk, Evander Kane and Claude Giroux, in today’s NHL rumor mill.

THE ATHLETIC: Eric Duhatschek doesn’t see the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames as potential trade destinations for Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk. He felt the Seattle Kraken are a better fit, suggesting a swap of DeBrusk with Mason Appleton going to the Bruins.

TSN: Darren Dreger believes New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald could be in the market for a scoring winger or two. He expects Fitzgerald will check with the Bruins about DeBrusk, though the cost of qualifying his rights next summer might not be a good fit for the Devils.

Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk (NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duhatschek mentions Appleton as he carries an affordable $900K for this season. Like DeBrusk, he’s a restricted free agent next summer with arbitration rights. His cap hit is much lower than DeBrusk’s $3.675 million, enabling the Bruins to free up cap room for their anticipated signing of goaltender Tuukka Rask in January. Whether a DeBrusk deal is possible with the Kraken, the Devils or another club remains to be seen.

Dreger was referring to DeBrusk’s actual salary for this season of $4.85 million. Under last year’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) that extended the CBA, DeBrusk’s qualifying offer will be $4.41 million. That’s because he signed his current contract last November after the MOU was implemented. Under the new rules for qualifying offers, it’s based on the lower of the salary of the final year of the deal or 120 percent of the annual average value.

Duhatschek also suggested the Carolina Hurricanes as a trade destination for Evander Kane if the San Jose Sharks were willing to absorb half of his $7 million annual salary-cap hit. He pointed out the Hurricanes tend to swim against the NHL tide and were willing to take a chance on Tony DeAngelo when nobody else would. Kane’s edgy play and goal-scoring ability would provide the Hurricanes with another weapon in their offensive arsenal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duhatschek’s not the only pundit to suggest the Hurricanes as a potential suitor for Kane. However, they’re currently in LTIR country by $2.9 million with Jake Gardiner on the shelf. Even if the Sharks picked up half of Kane’s salary, the Hurricanes couldn’t afford him unless they send some salary to the Sharks or another club in a separate deal.

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Olivia Reiner reports Flyers captain Claude Giroux said he’s not thinking about waiving his no-movement clause. The 34-year-old forward said he’s more worried about the club’s upcoming games and how they’ll climb out of the early-season hole they’ve dug for themselves in the standings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giroux’s status as an unrestricted free agent next summer gave rise to some speculation suggesting he might waive his NMC before the trade deadline if the Flyers remain out of playoff contention. Giroux could ask to be traded if he and the Flyers haven’t agreed to a contract extension by then. However, the more likely scenario, in that case, is GM Chuck Fletcher asking him to provide a list of acceptable trade destinations if the Flyers become sellers leading up to the March 21 trade deadline.


  1. Appleton for Debrusk won’t happen. Simply not enough of a return. There is some hockey trades I think might work
    Dylan strobe from Chicago
    Kappenin from pens
    Yamamoto. From oil I still like Kane. 1/2 retained

    • MrB

      How would you feel about Tarasenko (with $$$s retained for DeBrusk + pick/prospect?

      • Depending on the pick and prospect yes I make the deal
        Tank with 3 mil retained
        For debrusk a third. And mid level prospect

    • You cannot have Kapanen … move on

  2. NO to Appleton another fourth line filler need much more than that for Debrusk. Sweeney’s pulls this off I can guarantee you fans already fed with his poor decisions this will be the straw that broke the camels back

  3. Everything I see a mention of Debrusk for Appleton the media person has no value.

    The suggestion of Boston would do this deal because it was save cap space; give it a rest.

    Better off trading for prospect or draft picks.

    Mason Appleton a career 13 goal scorer, older then Debrusk, does NOT equal a trade.

  4. I am not surprised the Flyers are descending out of the playoffs but staying in the upper end of non playoff teams.
    I say that because that is the extent of Chuck Fletchers ability.
    It would be interesting where the Flyers would be if Hextall was still running the Flyers.
    Personally I think they would have been much better, maybe even challenging Washington for first in the division.

    It always amazes me how some guys are so lucky to be given chance after chance and never really perform. fletcher is one of those lucky guys.

  5. You have to be careful with mojo . The Blues need to keep Tarasenko at least for now
    Is Seattle just doing a favour taking on additional 3 million ? I think that in itself is worth something . DeBrusk is not a $4m player. Maybe he turns it around like Bennett . Not seeing it personally. Buyer beware.