NHL Rumor Mill – February 22, 2023

by | Feb 22, 2023 | Rumors | 74 comments

Are the Blues and Jets interested in Timo Meier? Is Erik Karlsson willing to accept a trade to the Oilers? Could the Predators’ Mattias Ekholm or the Penguins’ Jeff Petry be on the move soon? Find out in today’s NHL Rumor Mill.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the St. Louis Blues have inquired about San Jose Sharks winger Timo Meier. He pointed out that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong seeks a quick retool of his roster by targeting players who are 25 or 26 years old. It’s LeBrun’s understanding that the Blues, who carry three first-round picks in this year’s draft, are willing to part with two of them in a package offer for Meier.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli said Armstrong has done this sort of thing before. He pointed to when he traded Kevin Shattenkirk for a first-round pick and used it to acquire Brayden Schenn. He also moved Paul Stastny for a first-rounder and used that to bring in Ryan O’Reilly.

San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng believes the Blues won’t part with their own first-rounder as that’s likely lottery-bound. He also pointed out that the Blues have some promising prospects (Jimmy Snuggerud, Jake Neighbours, Zachary Bolduc) that could interest the Sharks.

LeBrun also said the Winnipeg Jets have also made inquiries about Meier. So have the Vegas Golden Knights, Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still think the Devils are the favorites to land Meier but the Hurricanes and Blues could make some tempting offers to the Sharks. Much will depend on whether the Sharks allow interested clubs to negotiate a contract extension for Meier, who is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Speaking of the Hurricanes, LeBrun believes they could shift toward Chicago’s Patrick Kane if they can land Meier. He also believes they could look at adding to their defense corps.


SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW: Sheng Peng cited TSN’s Chris Johnston writing that Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is believed willing to waive his no-movement clause to join the Edmonton Oilers.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reports emerged earlier this month claiming the Oilers and Sharks were discussing a potential trade involving Karlsson. However, his $11.5 million average annual value through 2026-27 remains a major obstacle.

Some observers believe the Sharks would have to retain at least 40 percent of that cap hit to make a deal happen. So far, there’s no indication the two sides are any closer to bridging that gap.

I’ve also seen a suggestion that the Sharks could move Karlsson to Edmonton without retaining any salary if the Oilers include Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci, Kailer Yamamoto, Jesse Puljujarvi and Warren Foegele in the deal along with draft picks and prospects. However, we don’t know if the Sharks would accept that kind of return. Such a move would also cripple the Oilers’ depth so much that Karlsson’s presence wouldn’t help them.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile hasn’t given up on this season but is also talking with other clubs about several of his players. Defenseman Mattias Ekholm is said to be drawing the most interest. The 32-year-old blueliner has two more years left on his contract with a cap hit ($6.25 million) that could scare off some clubs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s all welcome back Ekholm into the rumor mill, ladies and gentlemen! It was only two years ago that he was a hot topic of trade chatter leading up to the 2021 deadline.

The Predators ultimately retained Ekholm and re-signed him to a four-year contract that lacks “no-trade” protection. I doubt he gets moved before the March 3 deadline unless Poile is prepared to retain a significant chunk of Ekholm’s cap hit or take back a comparable contract.


PITTSBURGH HOCKEY NOW: Dan Kingerski reports a Western Conference executive claims the Penguins have made defenseman Jeff Petry available in the trade market. The Penguins acquired Petry last summer from the Montreal Canadiens.

Petry, 35, has two seasons remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $6.25 million. Kingerski pointed out there are few teams with the cap space to take on the blueliner’s contract without sending significant salary the other way.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see Petry getting traded unless the Penguins want an impact player carrying a comparable contract from a team that needs a puck-moving defenseman. Unless, of course, the Penguins are waving the white flag of surrender on this season. In that case, trying to shed some high-salaried contracts is the first step toward a rebuild.


TSN: Chris Johnston wondered if the Washington Capitals might part with Dmitry Orlov. Contract talks have stalled with the pending free-agent defenseman. He doesn’t think the Capitals are sellers right now but believes they’ll face a difficult decision with Orlov if he’s still unsigned by March 3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think they’ll hang onto Orlov (even at the risk of losing him to free agency) and push for a playoff spot once Alex Ovechkin returns to the lineup.

Darren Dreger said the Detroit Red Wings want to give their current group of players an opportunity to push for a playoff berth. They’re willing to take their chances on a contract extension for Tyler Bertuzzi on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings are among several clubs jockeying for the final two Eastern Conference playoff berths. I don’t see GM Steve Yzerman being a seller if they’re still in the thick of the chase by March 3. Barring a major collapse between now and then, Bertuzzi and captain Dylan Larkin (also a pending UFA) aren’t going anywhere by deadline day.


SPORTSNET: Eric Engels believes Montreal Canadiens winger Josh Anderson would be a good consolation prize for the New Jersey Devils if they lose out in the bidding for Sharks winger Timo Meier. Engels pointed out that the Canadiens aren’t actively shopping Anderson but didn’t rule out the possibility of them moving the 29-year-old power forward for the right offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A first-round pick and a top prospect will have to be part of the package to draw the interest of Canadiens GM Kent Hughes.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Eduardo A. Encina reports if the Lightning are looking to upgrade before the trade deadline it’ll be getting more forward depth. Given their limited cap space, he believes they’ll have to move a player to get a player.






  1. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Bruins go in the Schenn direction, price is right Cup experience plays the tough D game that’s needed for the playoffs …. Along with a move to get Lucic to play on the 4th line would be a story itself ..

    • Joe

      Schenn would be a good depth pick up without high cost Much better then getting Gavrikov. With a 1st and a 3rd. I can see Kulikov as a back up plan for Sweeney. Would prefer if they go all in to get Chychrun. But Gryz would have to go as part of pkg. I hope the bruins go big or just add depth No waste a 1st on player like Gavrikov etc that really do not move the needle.
      on another note. How big would Blues deal for Meir be if he gives them the 2 1sts he just got and locks him up Would be awesome for Armstrong

      • Morning Mrbruin4,
        Yes i think Luke Schenn would be a Great pick up by Boston over the Very High asking price of Gavrikov. for A 1st & A 3rd…⁉️
        teams will wait till the 3rd and say 1st pick tops…

        With Schenn experience he would fit right in with Boston on the 3rd pairing… and Teams would have to keep there Heads Up when he is on the ice….. Whats he got? 200+ hits in 50 games this year….🥶 im sure you could get him for a 3rd pick or a prospect….
        let’s see if the Canucks can improve there poor reputation here.🤔
        Schenns Wife is expecting a baby Due Date is.. on March 3rd, YES trade deadline day….

        X2 for Luke Schenn😳

      • Getz leaving might upset a few players and don’t want that …Bruins have a VG shot here .. add some D toughness a 4th line player who will get involved cost for both should be much in $ and players going and team stay healthy ..

      • Who sits on the B’s defence if you trade for Schenn and don’t move a dman as part of the package?

        The B’s biggest issue going into playoffs is that their back end is too small for that type of hockey.

        Grez is the obvious guy to go in any trade because he has value, seen as a puck mover and because of his cap hit if they go for Chychrun.

      • If the rumors are true a 1st and 3rd for Gavrikov and Columbus is unwilling to take Smith for that deal. It’s time to walk.

        Gavrikov is not worth the price and although i like the player he isn’t a huge difference maker.

        Chychrun is.

        I would also offer the 1st and 3rd to Montreal for Anderson; however Montreal would have to hold salary and take Smith back. Yes Boston would probably have to add.

      • Caper,

        If the Bruins could get a physical winger that could score to play RW with Hall and Coyle and then have Fredrick and Folino play 4th line they would be able to roll lines like crazy.

        I still believe that they need to get bigger on the back end and getting something done around Grez for Chychrun would really help.

        no matter how it shakes out a Dman will have to sit that is currently playing if they are looking for that size upgrade.

      • GreatGonzo, if they add Schenn you sit Clifton.
        If they Add Gavrikov, they have to sit Grz or Forbort.
        So if you sit Grz, you get bigger but do you get better? Down low D, shot blocking and net front yes. Moving the puck out and transitioning to offence, no they get worse.

        If they sit Forbort, both defend in a similar way but Gavrikov can move better and only slightly smaller.

        Kinda with MB4 on that one, how much better are you?

        Schenn is slower and doesn’t move the puck as well as Clifton, but is bigger and is physical. Clifton is physical too, but doesn’t have the same impact due to size.

        My guess is they sit Forbort or go 11 & 7 and play the matchups more.

        If healthy.

        We always seem to lose a D man in the playoffs so if you’re gonna add depth, might as well make it as good as possible this year.

      • Ray depends on the team, physical and grinding im sitting Grzelcyk. Speed and skill, sitting Clifton. I no point does Forbort sit.

        Forbort has to much impact killing penalties, btw he has more goals then Grzelcyk.

        I would say Grzelcyk is shipped in another trade if not part of the trade.

      • I bet the Oil would take Grz Caper, but B’s need to have money coming back or no go with EDM. Which mean JP or Foegele if I had to guess, plus a good prospect or pick going to BOS.

        I think Grz has value in a trade.

    • 7.pm Edmonton Time….

      The Sen’s Finally got rid of Zaitsev

      The Ottawa Senators have traded defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, a second-round pick in 2023, and a fourth-round pick in 2026 to the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations, the teams announced Wednesday.👌

  2. I don’t see SJ holding 40% for 4 more years.

    The penguins throwing in the towel and rebuilding? That would have been a good idea before re-signing Malkin, Letang and Rackell. As far as getting an “impactful “ player in a return for Petry? Good luck with that! I can’t see a playoff team sending an impactful” player back for Petry, and can’t see a bottom dweller making that move or Petry waiving to go.

    He’s a 35 yo making 6.25 for 2 more years and is a 2nd pairing guy! Not exactly the type of guy you build around.

    • Hello Captain Obvious,

      Dont See anyone trading for RD Erik Karlsson in this Cap Hell at present….⁉️ Who has $11.9M in Cap space Or who can make that space

      Especaly Not the Oilers,
      The oil are looking for a 2nd pair LD-man…

      The Media have been running with this story as there was nothing out there for them to go on…
      ➡️99% sure he is not traded this season.
      100% not happing for 3 X 1st Picks….😂

      This Story should be dead now, its out of GAS.

      • Hey Willie,

        I agree, most teams can’t afford that hit straight up. Certainly no teams with cup aspirations

        However, this time of year I wouldn’t completely rule it out either. It would have to be a near dollar in , dollar out trade.

        Not saying it will happen, but something along Nurse for Karlsson with some retention. (Not saying specifically, I don’t do trade proposals) but something similar from the cap/dollar perspective would have to happen in order to facilitate a trade.

      • Who is their 1st pair left D? For that matter, who is their 1st pair right D? Despite the enormous overpay, I mean contract, Nurse is a 3-4 @ best & Bouchard, while he could be a 1-2 is still in the middle pack. Then they have the dregs, all 5-6-7,s.

    • What about bad contract swaps?

      To sJ: OEL and Garland
      To Van: Karlson

      Never will happen but would be interesting for VAN in improving their back end.

      • Honestly, I wouldn’t make that trade. I’d rather 4 more years of Karlsson than 4 more years of OEL. It’s only a 4 million differential. Add Garland to the mix and it makes it much worse.

        Neither are pieces Vancouver would want to build around.
        Karlsson is on pace for about 100 points. While Vancouver may be willing to swallow some retention, and or a bad contract, I’m positive they’d want some sort of piece coming back other than just a flat out salary dump that helps them in the future.

        Regardless of Karlssons age / cap hit or SJ being out of the playoff picture. Karlsson has all but locked down another Norris trophy.

        You don’t see a locked Norris winner getting traded for scraps. Unless they’re years removed from a Norris, but certainly not while they’re on pace for a Norris.

      • Heh, Ihatecrosby, “bad” contracts aside, SJ is getting a whole lot more production out of Karlsson for that $11.5 mil hit (with 4 years to run) – 18g 58a 76 pts in 58gp and a -1 – than Vancouver is getting for the $12,210,000 spent on Garland (12g 19a 31 pts in 56 gp costing $4,950,00 with 3 years to run) and Ekman-Larsson (2g 20a 22pts -24 in 54gp costing $7,260,000 with 4 years to go).

        Aside from the likely fact that Karlsson would want no part of yet another rebuilding club, wherever he goes – if anywhere – he could be a difference-maker, whereas Garland and Ekman-Larsson would be nothing more than costly seat-warmers.

        As you say, that will never happen.

      • I meant SJ would want to build around, not Vancouver. Jeeez I gotta stop drinking and posting.

      • HeyIhatecrosby,

        Vancouver are doing Re-tool and Or Re-build,
        Nobody’s really sure what they are doing..
        not even them. As its the Owner that calls the shots there…its TBA….

        My guess its a 4-5 year thing in Vancouver collecting , Picks and Prospects etc….
        after the TDL, they will be Active at the NHL Draft also trying to re shape the team,
        up front moves Boeser & Garland & A TJ Millar deal could be a long shot

        Defence moves, Tyler Myers this season..❓
        OEL, will be very hard to move maybe with a 2nd rd pick to sweeten the deal and salary retained has 4.5 years at $7.260M❗️

      • Hey Ssdd,
        Thats a Good Question and one thats often asked in Edmonton🤔
        Who and where are the Top pairing d….

        I would Trade Nures & his $9.25M deal for Chycrun and re-build the d, then add in a 2nd pair LD-man, Nurse is a 2nd pairing d/man his skill set is Not the first pairing d we watch

        Bouchard is still very very young in his 2nd full year
        Broberg is in his first full year so lots of Rookies in Edmonton on d,

        Same with Seaweed Man 18 NHL game in ….6.ft6 Who has beed just Great👌
        they are 12 & 2 with him in the line up and went 0-5 untill last nights game when he is Not in the lineup……🤔

      • The problem with that Willie is he’s a 9.25 2nd line pairing guy. Paid like Mcavoy, Fox and Makar, but nowhere near the player.

        Would Arizona bite on that deal? Very doubtful.

      • @ssd I’m an Oilers fan, not a huge Nurse fan but he is a top pairing D man in the league. He is legit one of the top 60 of not 30 d men in the league. Overpaid? Yes, but to say he is a 3-4 is a false statement. I’d say he is near the 20th spot. The drop from top 10 is enormous though.

    • Captain Obvious

      What is SJ goal with regards to Karlsson? To simply get out from his salary or to aid in a rebuild by trading him for picks/prospects?

      If it’s to rid themselves of the $11.5M contract without holding salary it severely limits their trading partners. No contender will have $11.5M in cap space next season. Would they trade him for a group of UFA players and count the salary cap savings as their benefit?

      If the reason for trading Karlsson is to jump start a rebuild salary retention is a must. 30% retention puts him at $8.05M. The cost to hold back that much salary ($13.8M) has got to be at least a 1st and 2nd…not to mention the player’s actual trade value. Would a third team get involved to bring the AAV down more?

      It’s going to take some big time creativity to pull this trade off mid-season.

      • Understood, that’s why I said it would have to be a dollar in dollar out deal for SJ. Maybe some retention, certainly not 40%. I think even 30% isn’t happening. All that being said, they aren’t moving Karlsson for just unwanted contracts. They’ll have to be some sort of future add to make it happen. If not, why bother?

        San Jose is not really in a position to rebuild. Not with 29 yo Hertl for 7 more years, 33 yo Couture for 4 more and 35 yo Vlasic for 3 more years etc.

        They’re already holding retention on Burns for 2.7 and you can only retain on 3 players. Vlasic is probably a lock to buy out. And they’re already retaining an additional 3 million on Jones and Balcers.

        It’s an ugly mess of dead cap space. Honestly, I’d just hold on to Karlsson before I retained that much money on him.

        The way I look at retention or buys outs? If you hold 3+ million on Karlsson and his much lesser replacement is 3 million, you’re essentially paying that lesser player 6 million per.

        SJ is kinda in hockey purgatory. Not good enough to compete, not really in a position to rebuild. Stuck. Best of luck to Grier trying to right this ship. It appears they’re years from a rebuild, and a decade from competing.

  3. Joe

    Schenn would be great depth to have for any team.

    He’s been playing very well in VAN averaging about 17 mins a game.

    As a Leafs fan I’d love to see him in TOR as a replacement for Holl. I think he would pair very well on the 3rd pair with Sandin.

    Rielly – Brodie
    Giordano – Liljegren
    Sandin – Schenn
    Extras…Benn – Timmins

    I’m sure the Leafs could send a decent prospect to facilitate a trade.

    • Hey Daryl I’m guessing Holl’s the guy you want to upgrade from however in many ways, Schenn wouldn’t be an improvement. You’ll need someone like Mayfield on the isle. Similar to Schenn but better than Holl. I think Philly has a guy too as well as LA…Roy would be a good fit.

      • Geez, what does Holl have to do to earn some respect? He’s become the Rodney Dangerfield of Leafs Nation. Show me a durable 3rd pairing D with 2g 10a 12 pts and a +11 in 57gp (who played a flawless 21.10 last night with a +1) costing $2 mil off the cap (or less) who’s doing better and might be available.

      • Mayfield has a considerably higher cap hit. Besides that, Schenn has played in TO whereas Mayfield hasn’t hence, odds are in Schenn’s favour that he has been to the Soo, driven through the Soo or can find it on a map w/o the aid of GPS.

  4. As a long time Bruin fan I prefer if Bruins don’t do a thing they’re chemistry is unbelievable this year. Of course a lot depends on what they know about players and next year Bergeron Krech and so on. I wouldn’t move a first for a rental. Healthy players going into playoffs is most important along with depth they still have a couple of D they can bring up Incase of injury. Don’t sell the farm for one year it’s a hard trophy to win ask Toronto.

    • Ove

      My thoughts exactly. Go big. Or save the assets. Team is very good as is

  5. St. Louis- Neighbors, 2 1sts they recently acquired, and Logan Brown for Timo
    That would be a competitive offer! And SJ would not have to retain any thing! However, St. Louis would probably have to add some more salary to make some FA signings this summer.

    • JZ

      I think that is a good offer/trade for both sides, except that Neighbors is “damaged goods” right now. I DO NOT want to lose Bolduc or Snuggerud in the deal.


      • Re; the St Louis Blues

        I would Not trade any of these 3 right now…..
        Jake Neighbors, RW Jimmy Snuggerud, Zac Bolduc who is ripping it up in the Q….
        All 3 could be part of the Top 6 in a couple of years with 24 yr old
        Jordan Kyrou & 23 yr old Robert Thomas👌

        Doug Armstrong is a Wizard of a GM….
        Armstrong has 3 X 1st round picks in this draft also, They are a top team again in 2-3 years👍

        A good freind of mine lives down just outside of St Louis and he is pupped about the young up and comers they have drafted …

  6. People need to stop pushing Anderson to NJ for that cost, Fitz is not a fool. If that is the cost, he can stay in Montreal. Even if he was cheaper not sure Fitz would be interested.

    • Uhhh anderson proved last night why the devils need him. His size and skill is a perfect fit for that team

      • I didn’t watch one single minute of that game. But looking at the stat sheet it appears Anderson had 0 goals, 0 assists, 5 shots, +1 , 1 hit, 1 tk , 0 ga’s.

        Not sure what I’m missing? Most nights he’s proven to be an overpaid / often injured “power forward” without “power forward” numbers given his cap hit and salary.

        I’m obviously no Devils fan, so the Ranger fan in me says absolutely make that deal! But that should tell you something.

      • Hard Pass at that cost. I wont insult anyone with what I think an injury prone, overpaid for production is worth. I watched the game last night, again hard pass.

      • You are a better man than I Redmonsters, as I don’t care if anyone is insulted by my take on Josh Anderson.

        I mean the player he is today not the one who got hot once in 18/19.
        He is a 3rd line player on a contender. He gets PP time and has 22 pts in 55 games. That’s kinda not very good for $5.5M cap hit.

        Yes he hits quite a bit but here are 2 comparables from teams I follow closely:

        Nick Foligno has more hits and more points than Anderson and is a 4th line player in Boston. Puljujarvi has more hits than Anderson, skates better than Anderson, has 8 fewer points and he is overpaid at $3m/yr and likely won’t get qualified in EDM at $3M.

        Anderson makes $5.5M. He has value at half his cap hit IMO.

        I wouldn’t trade Frederic for him as that is who he would replace in Boston’s top 9. He costs $4.5M more than Frederic and they have same amount of points.

        100% overrated IMO and please don’t trade for him Mr. Sweeney.

  7. it looks like Both Calgary and Nashville will be out the playoff picture by Tuesday night 👍

    Going Down in Flames🔥
    They have some tough games over the next 7 days
    Vegas, The Avs, Boston and AZ… who know AZ may shut them out.., trades did Not work out for them.

    Nashville have 60 pts, 10 behind the Oilers and 7 behind the Wild… Same old same old with the Preds…. ⁉️
    The Preds have SJ, AZ, the Pens and Florida over the next 8 days, they look to be a long shot now ..
    Time to re-tool – re-build in Nashville🤔

  8. Vancouver trades their captain (Horvat) and about to trade their only defenceman (Schenn) that has a clue in his own end and is willing to throw a hit.

    New “leadership” group now consists of locker room cancer JT Miller and two softer than Charmin marshmallows (Skinny Pete and Hughes).

    Good luck with that.

    • Dont forget Broken Boeser

      JT is way too inconsistent for my liking and that salary hit.

      Nothing was on Bruce

      • Dead on right about Bruce! Saw him on NHL network the other night, and he looked real happy, great for him!!!!

      • every 5th hit on the Canucks is from Schenn. 20% of the bodychecks this season from one player…. when he leaves….

  9. If that were an offer to SJ, to take those 4 players in return for karlsson. I think that’s a no brainer for Grier. In turn you trade those 4 away for picks.

    • Not sure it works for Oilers, but the past few years have not worked out either. Perhaps it’s time to think BIG.

      • Oilers got to the final 4 last year, so worked out better than 28 other teams.

  10. JZ

    I think that is a good offer/trade for both sides, except that Neighbors is “damaged goods” right now. I DO NOT want to lose Bolduc or Snuggerud in the deal.


    • Petry wants to play close to home. How about sending him to Detroit for Vrana and Hagg?

      • Petry coming home to Detroit, Absolutely makes no sense. We’d be paying him 2 x $6,250,000 to play bottom pairing RD minutes. As he’s definitely not going to be above either Seider or Hronek on our top 4. So pass. Would definitely be more interested if he were younger and we were closer to chasing for a cup.

  11. Sounds like Kane’s interest is only with the RANGERS. Read today he asked what it would take to get him there.

    • A 3 way trade with held retention on both. And NY moving out $$’s.

      Not really sure Kane is or should be a priority for NY. Maybe it helps that 4th line by moving Vesey down, but I think it would make more sense and be a lot cheaper to just get a depth 4th line guy. (Center or winger to replace Leschychsn) both Motte and Goodrow can play center.

      If I’m Drury, and Kane wants only NY, I’m not giving much away.

      I just don’t see NY making anything but depth moves approaching the deadline.

      I wouldn’t move any other player off this roster. They’re playing just fine without Kane.

      • No reason to mess with Kane. I,d be leery. They’re rolling now. Add one more depth piece for the 4th line and go.

      • I agree Brettsky,

        I mentioned last week that NY was apparently in talks with Chicago and backed out. Today it’s being reported that a deal was close and NY backed out due to the uncertainty of that hip issue.

        At this point, I think dealing for Kane could also possibly be tinkering too much with their existing roster, starting lines , pp etc.

        Why mess with chemistry and force a move? Like I say above, concentrate on the 4th line. They’re one player away from having 4 solid lines Gallant can role out with confidence.

        Kreider Zibanejad Vesey
        Panarin Trocheck Tarasenko
        Laffrienere Chytil Kakko
        Motte (tbd) Goodrow

        I’d like to see Cullye be given that opportunity before the deadline. Then just add a depth piece for cheap.

  12. Just read a article Caps might be interested in trading UFA Hathaway… thinking would the Bruins might be interested.. Size..toughness scores some

  13. #Sens are among the teams who have inquired with #stlblues about the availability of Colton Parayko.

    Parayko holds a full ‘no-trade’ clause, first year of an 8-year deal. #GoSensGo https://t.co/SagP5BOTrC

    — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 21, 2023

    Hey Sens fans, what would be the return on Parayko? Would he waive for there!??

    • That’s an interesting read johnny Z, including the thought about why would Ottawa want to acquire a RD whose otherwise reasonable $6.5 mil cap hit has 8 years to run, when they have budding 1st round picks (Bernard-Docker and Lassi Thompson) are currently getting the AHL seasoning that many believe is a necessity for most young D.

      I don’t know what to think, to tell the truth. Parayko is a solid veteran RD and, even as his contract takes him into his late 30s, $6.5 mil won’t be that hard to cover as and when the cap starts rising at a rate pre-Covid.

      As to would be open to joining the Senators, I think these guys recognize when a team is on the verge of becoming a factor – and he did get a taste of that in that recent 7-2 drubbing the Blues took in Ottawa.

      What would the Blues want? According to that linked conversation, moving him would be more geared towards a re-build than anything else. Are they right? The Blues GM might well have other ideas.

      Up and coming C Shane Pinto is a 10.2(c) RFA coming off a $925,000 ELC and, based upon his production so far this year, he’s likely looking at something in the area of $4 mil. Other than that, and maybe one of Bernard-Docker or Thompson, I don’t see much Ottawa would offer. Certainly not their 1st round pick. That’s a door closer.

  14. I’ve removed several recent comments from two posters. I don’t mind a spirited debate but name-calling, taunts and threats have no place here. Keep the discourse civil. Thank you.

    • George O

      I somewhat agree about your comment regarding Holl.
      It would be very tough to replace his minutes for his salary.

      It’s kind of why I mentioned Schenn. He’s definitely more physical than any current Leafs player. His cap hit if $850K makes fitting him in easy too. The cost to acquire him will (should) not be as much as trying to get a guy like Gavrikov.

      Mayfield would be nice…How about big Holden from OTT?

      • Daryl, right now Holden is on IR – not sure of the injury extent – but yeah, if it’s just some nagging thing and he’s due back soon, someone looking for veteran depth on D down the stretch as a pure rental (for now) could do a lot worse.

        His expiring cap hit is $1.3 mil and he has 1g 9a 10 pts in 47gp and is a -4 – not bad for a team that has suffered some overall defensive woes this season. At 6′ 4″ 215 lbs he plays a very careful mostly stay-at-home type of game. Nor would he cost much.

    • Threats? Not sure I’ve ever seen that before. I’ve seen posts hoping awful things happen to other posters but not threats. How’d that even work? Nobody knows how to get directly in touch with the others. How do you get so riled up you make a threat you can’t possibly follow up on? Kinda makes you look super silly.

      • All valid Chrisms, but your bringing reason into it.

        Also, what did I miss?

      • Like a car crash on your right. I wish I knew. But would feel guilty for viewing it.

    • Policing your site is not a bad thing. Thanks, Lyle, for all you do!

      • Thanks, Johnny.

  15. The Lightning probably can’t make much of a move. Still they are 14 -0 -1 in their last 15 at home, so the window is still open. They are sitting two D and are so short at fwd that they play 11-7 if someone tweaks something (Cooper likes that anyhow).
    There aren’t a lot of assets left to peddle, but, where it’s the player’s choice, Tampa’s a good destination.
    Not talked about but I’d like to see them pull Shattenkirk back in (even over Shenn), and maybe Adam Erne returns as an emergency depth forward. Remember as a kid that shopping with no money was never fun.

  16. Shea Weber has been traded from Vegas to Arizona.

    When he retires, he’s a solid candidate to have his number raised to the rafters in Vegas. First in Vegas history.

    But not before turning Arizona around to a contender!

    • Nice!

    • With the Coyotes cap situation – barely staying above the cap floor – dealing Chychrun and Ghostisbehere could drop them below the cap floor – depending, of course who and what cap hits come back. But this way, by not Weber on LTIR – just leaving him on IR – they can remain comfortably above the floor. Could be an indication that other moved are imminent.

      • What a cap system we have! The Yotes bought $22.5M of cap space for only $3M actual dollars!

        Yeah there’s nothing wrong with that.

  17. Chicago Blackhawks Acquire Nikita Zaitsev
    The 1st shoe falls, the next step is who comes in to the Sens??? Parayko? Chychrun? Some other hard to spell D-man?

  18. Put your two comments together, chaps, and Chychrun’s off to Ottawa, right?

  19. Bruins either go cheap and get Schenn or go all in for the solid all around Dman Jakob Chychrun

    • Joe. That should be the plan. Hard pass on Gavrikov