NHL Rumor Mill – March 1, 2023

by | Mar 1, 2023 | Rumors | 82 comments

The Trade Deadline is March 3, 2023. Check out the latest on J.T. Miller, Jakob Chychrun and Colton Parayko plus updates on the Flyers, Red Wings, Hurricanes, Leafs, Oilers and Wild in today’s NHL Rumor Mill.


PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Matt Vensel reports two league sources told him that the Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks recently engaged in trade discussions regarding forward J.T. Miller.

Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller (NHL Images).

One source said those talks have reached an impasse but could be revisited before Friday’s trade deadline. It’s not known what the Penguins discussed sending to the Canucks for Miller, whose new seven-year contract with an average annual value of $8 million kicks in on July 1. Vensel noted that Pittsburgh general manager Ron Hextall last week said he wouldn’t part with future assets unless it was for an impact player signed beyond this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vancouver Hockey Insider’s Rob Simpson believes it would have to be “a pretty damn nice package” to tempt the Canucks into parting with Miller. He also noted Canucks star Elias Pettersson likes having Miller around.

Miller’s current contract carries a cap hit of $5.25 million and lacks no-trade protection. The Canucks could retain half of that for the remainder of this season to facilitate a deal as it would clear his upcoming contract completely off their books. I’m not sure if the Penguins have the assets to tempt the Canucks but perhaps the latter is desperate to move Miller.

(UPDATE: Cap Friendly confirms whatever the Canucks retain on the remainder of Miller’s current contract would also have to be retained on his new contract as well)


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Washington Capitals have had “some pretty substantial talk” with the Arizona Coyotes about defenseman Jakob Chychrun. The Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins have also spoken with the Coyotes about Chychrun. Arizona general manager Bill Armstrong is willing to hand onto the blueliner if no one meets his asking price and try again this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still think Chychrun could be moved by the deadline. It certainly won’t be a good look for the Coyotes to sit him out for over two weeks and not trade him. However, I don’t think that’s something that concerns Armstrong. If Chychrun isn’t moved, he’ll just shrug and say he’s not budging off his asking price. I can understand Armstrong’s insistence on getting a quality return for Chychrun but he risks hurting the blueliner’s value by not being a little more flexible in trade talks.


TSN: Darren Dreger reported the Edmonton Oilers had kicked tires on St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. With the Oilers’ acquisition of blueliner Mattias Ekholm, he believes it’s more likely that Parayko stays put in St. Louis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parayko’s contract makes him difficult to move during the season. He’s signed through 2029-30 with an AAV of $6.5 million and full no-trade protection. Maybe he would’ve waived it to join the Oilers but the Blues aren’t going to just give him away.


TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Philadelphia Flyers are getting more calls about winger James van Riemsdyk. The Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames have looked into acquiring him. LeBrun believes the Flyers could seek a second and a third-round pick.

PHILLY HOCKEY NOW: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher is willing to listen to offers on all his players if it makes sense for his team. He added that he wants his roster to get younger.

The Flyers GM didn’t rule out moving 30-year-old forward Kevin Hayes for the right offer. Hayes has said he’d prefer to remain with the Flyers than get traded to a contender. He has three years remaining on his contract with an annual cap hit of $7.1 million and a 12-team no-trade clause.

Fletcher said he’d be looking for draft picks and prospects in the trade market. He’s also open to retaining salary to facilitate a trade, which Carchidi felt was in reference to James van Riemsdyk and his $7 million cap hit on his expiring contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: van Riemsdyk seems the most likely Flyer to get moved before Friday’s trade deadline. Moving Hayes won’t be easy unless Fletcher is willing to retain some salary or take back a comparable contract.


TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Detroit Red Wings could become sellers as they’re recognizing the arms race in the Eastern Conference is too rich. He feels they can’t risk letting winger Tyler Bertuzzi depart for nothing as a free agent this summer. They’re also looking at moving winger Jakub Vrana and perhaps winger Filip Zadina.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Back-to-back lopsided losses this week to the Ottawa Senators stalled the Red Wings’ momentum. They’re still within striking distance of a wild-card berth but general manager Steve Yzerman could decide his roster needs a little more tinkering before they’re finally ready for playoff contention.


THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun reports the Carolina Hurricanes have been very active in trade talks, including going hard for Timo Meier before he was shipped to the New Jersey Devils. General manager Don Waddell acquire Jesse Puljujarvi from the Oilers yesterday and a league source claims he could look at bringing back Max Domi from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Waddell said he’s not giving up the young players on his roster. LeBrun believes he’s referring to Seth Jarvis and Martin Necas. Prospect defenseman Alexander Nikishin is also off-limits. The Hurricanes still have around $7 million in deadline cap space.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Waddell will likely make another addition before the deadline. It might not be as impressive compared to the moves made by his Eastern rivals in recent weeks. Still, just because he won’t move his best young talent doesn’t mean he can’t get a good player if the trade market is anything to go by. He could be waiting to see if prices drop as the deadline draws near.


TSN: Chris Johnston doesn’t rule out the Toronto Maple Leafs making another move before Friday’s deadline. He pointed out that the 2023 first-round pick they received from Washington could be used as potential trade ammo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I made a similar observation during my evaluation of yesterday’s Leafs-Capitals trade. I also noted that Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is loading up because he knows his job is on the line. He could use that first-rounder to add another player who could help them get over the playoff hump.

Darren Dreger doesn’t rule out the Edmonton Oilers making another move. He said they’re looking at a forward such as Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi or Arizona’s Nick Bjugstad.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes held Bjugstad out of last night’s game for “trade-related reasons”. He’ll likely be on the move between now and Friday’s deadline, perhaps heading to Edmonton.

THE ATHLETIC: Joe Smith reports Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin could still make another move or two before the trade deadline. He noted that they still have $7.4 million in trade deadline cap space after acquiring Marcus Johansson and Gustav Nyquist on Tuesday.

Smith wondered if Guerin might pursue someone like the Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi. He also noted there’s “still some smoke” around James van Riemsdyk and the Flyers. Smith also wouldn’t be surprised if winger Jordan Greenway gets moved if there’s enough interest by Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be surprising if Guerin doesn’t use that cap space to his advantage. He has enough draft picks and prospect depth to make a significant addition if he chooses.


  1. I apologize that I can’t find it now, but I read an article on TSN yesterday that said the CBA prevented the Canucks from retaining salary this year without retaining salary on the extension, so the Penguins would have to clear enough space for Miller’s full $5.25M salary this season.

    • No worries, I’ve also heard from a couple of other sources that Cap Friendly confirmed this as well. Appreciate the heads-up. Cheers!

    • Easily done. THey have zucker as a UFA. So trading Mcginn and someone else like Doumolin should be enough enough cap space to take Miller this year and room next. Van can also send a depth d guy too back as long as he makes less than a million.

      Pens can offer a 1st and a 2nd with Doumolin and McGinn and Van should say yes

      Flip Doumolin to a contender for a first

      Flip McGinn to Avs for a pick

      • do the Pens have any other sure NHLers in their prospect pool except Owen Pickering?

        Pengy? the swedish goalie kid any good?

      • Doumalin for a first? Have you been watching him play this season? Wow man.

      • I’d say Puustinan, Hallender and maybe Poulin are all NHL players, Nylander is 24 but he’s got NHL experience and he’s putting up good numbers in WBS. Ty Smith should be in the NHL already. It’s not super star quality players but those forwards could all be middle 6 permanent NHL players. They have to stop being loyal to mediocre but established players and give some of those kids a chance.

      • Dee, the players you name may turn out to be serviceable bottom 6 types … but right now, in the eyes of The Hockey Writers, they can’t elevate the organization any higher than the 28th ranking of prospect pools.

    • ➡️ Sen’s Trade 💥💥💥

      GREAT Pick up by the Sens this Afternoon, Getting LD man Jakob Chychrunn from AZ,

      Well Done Sen’s GM. Pierre Dorion👌

      For a 2023 1st pick CDTL,
      A 2024 2nd rd pick
      A 2026 2nd rd pick

      Next up Sens need A Starting Goaltender….❓ for the next 2-3+ years till the young guy 22 yr old
      Mads Søgaard is ready to be a starter….

      • You mean Rookie Of The Month Sogaard? 🙂

  2. Arizona is a joke. They haven’t produced a quality player since Shane Doan. They get one player, Chychrun, that might seem like he’s maybe alright and they think they’re due something large for him. I say beware any player developed in the desert and they can go pound sand with their demands until they can prove they are a serious organization that can take care of their draft picks.

    • Arnie, What some don’t understand is the Yotes do not care about winning. They have enough out of towners who go to games to watch the visiting teams play than trying to win over locals to care about Hockey. Thats why they also take on all these crazy contracts from players who can no longer play.

    • I think Yandle and OEL did fairly well. But to your point, their player development is trash. They had M. Bunting rotting away in the AHL for several years, and he has 105 points in 139 games in Toronto over the past 2 seasons. How many careers have been destroyed by this organization. Its a joke. AZ is the joke of the league and their current arena situation should be absolutely embarrassing to the NHL.

    • But Austin Matthews is just counting the days until he can sign there…

    • Well, there is Clayton Keller – 24g 34a 58 pts in 60gp and signed long-term. Or does he become the next rumor-de-jour once Chychrun is gone?

    • Arnie Consopolas

      Your 100% Right

      The Arizona Team are a complete MESS…..,⁉️
      They have been trading young Chichrum for 16-18 months now…
      The Ask from them untill yesterday
      -2X1st round picks & A TOP Prospect…..+

      Now they trade him for
      1 st pick,
      2 2nd rd picks🙈

      I hope they dont win the Lottery 1st pick Because young Connor Bedard may just pull an Eric Lindros…..
      Say Im NOT Going to that S**t Show in AZ to waste 8 years of my life for AZ to Screw it up

      They are a 8 year++ Re-build Now….❗️❗️❗️🥶

  3. I am sorry to hear that the Red Wings are sellers—it probably means that Stevie Y is planning to fleece Doug Armstrong AGAIN!?!

    Instead, I wish that the TWO Armstrongs would sit down together and dream up something like this:

    Blues receive: Chychrun and Schmaltz (or Keller!)
    Arizona receives: 2 firsts in 2023, Parayko, Alexandrov and L. Brown


    Neither of the Armstrongs will answer my calls!!!???

    • I honestly think Doug Armstrong’s end game is to get both Keller (St. Louis Boy) and Chychrun.
      But to do that you absolutely have to move out Krug in a separate deal, and likely Scandy.

      • Is there any team in the West that can really play ball with all of the major moves that the East has made?

        I mean even Coloroado can’t match up with NY, Boston, Carolina, Toronto…..Tampa….it just feels that whoever comes out the West will be severely disadvantaged.

        As a Stars fan, I would have loved to see something other than Dadonov, but would it even be worth it?

      • I think Colorado can compete with anybody, they have been hurt all year, key guys too. Landeskog is still out and they have won 6 in a row.

        When you have Makar, MacKinnon, Rantanen, Byram, etc. You always have a chance. But like all teams need to be healthy.

        Plus the road to the SC final in the east is gonna be brutal, and physical.

    • Parayko isnt waiving to go to arizona

  4. I can’t think of a single player on Carolina’s roster that I would consider Domi an upgrade for. Maybe Jesse Puljujarvi but Im not even sure about that. Based on what’s left Waddell just needs to get a depth LD and quit tinkering.

  5. Lyle, have you heard anything about Lawson Crouse?
    Leafs have been rumoured to be interested in him in the past, but I’ve heard nothing about him in months.
    He’d be a great final move for Dubas.

    • I don’t think the Coyotes would want to move on from Crouse. He’s signed to a solid deal and fits the time line (in theory) of them being competitive with a stockpile of draft picks.
      Potentially a future captain for the club.

  6. Phoenix is the dumping ground for the league. Embarrassing.

    The league itself has forced the need for a dumping ground with an overly restrictive cap. Also embarrassing.

    • The gms that failed to work within the cap are the failures

      • Chrisms, yep.

  7. If you have another team pay Detroit take 50% and another team 25%. Is it worth taking a chance on Vrana?

    • Not after watching him constantly shoved off the puck in those 2 games in Ottawa – with NO shove-back. His head was like it was on a swivel whenever he was on the ice at the same time as Tkachuk, Hamonic and Watson.

  8. Is it just me or is Toronto maple leafs fans going wild about all trades they made and are they planning the parade I know it’s not the fans saying this but have u heard TSN and Sportsnet people talking that they think nobody can stop them? I for one think they might get out of the first round but it will be tough to get out of the other rounds. To TSN and Sportsnet reporter there are a lot of other teams that can win the cup so maybe stop being biased and report every team as equal thanks

    • Hey Robi, yes it’s just you. Also I think it’s completely fair for a teams fan base gets all riled up if their GM makes a bunch of trades within days of each other and moving pretty significant pieces. Wouldn’t you agree?

    • Not just you bud.

    • “Plan the parade”
      I get tired of the same, untrue, dig year after year.
      Be original.

      • WestBrantKid, that’s sort of become a euphemism for constant media-hype every time the team makes a deal – regardless of who went out and who came in.

        Local media, fine – but the usual suspects at TSN and Sportsnet do tend to go overboard and, in so doing, get that element of the fan base whose “research” into things begins and ends with what they read and hear.

        Nothing wrong with being cautiously optimistic when assessing the ramifications of any deal … but just leave it at that until the ultimate results are in.

      • “and, in so doing, get that element of the fan base whose “research” into things begins and ends with what they read and hear, overly – and sometimes unreasonably exited.

        You must remember the similar TSN/Sportsnet hype when they got rid of the “sieve” Anderssen and brought in Campbell.

      • TSN and Sportsnet are Canadian networks. Leafs made about 78 trades in the last 2 weeks and are contenders in the east where virtually all trades have taken place. Could someone remind me the other Canadian teams in the eastern conference they should be talking about? You know with it being the trade deadline before the playoffs I was just wondering?

  9. “Starsfan” I wouldn’t bet the farm on it? The Avalanche when healthy will beat anybody, anytime in the league. You better pray that they don’t get up to full speed. GO AVS!!!!!

  10. The Chychrun saga just won’t end.

    • That Washington rumor might have been the case before the settled on getting Sandin from the Leafs. The 22 yr old isn’t in the same vain as Chychrun but no slouch for a guy with only about 140 games so far so there’s time for him to develop into something really effective for them. I was hoping that the Leafs would score Jensen since Boston went for Orlov but now see he wasn’t available anyway.

      So maybe the Washington package would have included the assets the Leafs got from them part of the assets that was talked about with Arizona. So with the Leafs sitting on 9 capable defenders extra cap space and a first, do they go and land Bjugstad or Crouse or (long shots here) Vejmelka or even Chychrun himself! It’s been pretty wild this year so to me, now I think we can expect almost anything and no one is really unmovable or un-tradable.

    • Yah, It’s Matt Duchene all over again…

    • It just ended with him going to Ottawa for a 1st and two 2nds.

  11. Hayes has said he’d prefer to remain with the Flyers than get traded to a contender.

    red flag right there. would rather just play it out than make a run. Best to move on from that guy.

    • Or he has a family he doesn’t want to move? Or he loves cheesesteaks?

      • Are the cheesesteaks as good as their reputation Chrisms? Never been to Philly, wanna go though.
        Sometimes stuff is, sometimes not so much.

      • They are. And I’m not sure why. I think it might be the bread? I’ve hunted for a comparable cheesesteak in western pa… can’t find one. Even a dude with a cart on the side of the road has better cheesesteak in Philly than a nice place in Pittsburgh. And I legit hate saying anything nice about that nasty town.

      • Gonna have to go to Philly! Mmmmm Cheesesteak.
        Been to Pittsburgh a couple times, stayed by the river, seemed like a nice place. What’s their thing?

  12. Where are all the Leafs (Dubas) doubters that said Leafs players weren’t worth anything?

    Sandin and Engvall netted a 1st, 3rd, and Erik Gustafsson

    That’s pretty tidy work by Dubas, no?

    Could they pry Boone Jenner and Jonathan Quick from Columbus with the 1st, 3rd, Kerfoot and a prospect? That would be their LW and goalie needs taken care of. Kerfoot could be flipped by CLB for a 2nd round pick

    • I don’t think Dubas is done yet, Daryl.

      Tidy bit of wheeling and dealing I must admit by getting some grit (and here I include Schenn) and moving a couple of “soft” players.

      Does Timmins have options left without going on waivers? If so, he could be sent to the Marlies for some consistent work and be ready to come up as, if and when needed.

      That still leaves 8 D, with Brodie and Holl both having NTC clauses. Could Giordano be the odd one out in a trade?

      • George, Giordano isn’t going anywhere. Justin Holl has a 10 team no trade list. Also, Gustafsson can be moved. Add a forward and the roster will be 13 forwards and 8 D.

        Activate Murray, send Woll back to the Marlies, then cap space will be in $1 M range. Package Holl or Gustafsson with a prospect / draft pick and swap for a decent forward. May require 2 transactions – send D to a playoff team for a pick, then trade with a lottery bound team.

      • Timmins isn’t waiver exempt and 100% gets claimed after what he has shown in the recent weeks.
        As crazy as it sounds Gustafson has the most points by a D-man on the Leafs roster at this time. Reilly is very frustrating to see on the PP where he refuses to shoot. I’d really like to see what Gus can bring and long term, next year, I’d like to see Liljgren get a shot at PP1.

        I really don’t know for certain who gets moved. Holl has been playing the toughest minutes on defense for the Leafs, wonder what happens when he plays a slightly diminished role.

        Either way, something needs to happen and quick. Just too many bodies on the back end at this time.

  13. Ray Bark good assessment of The Avalanche! Sometimes all on here are back east hockey, we have good hockey out here , too:

    Chicago 3x SC Champs
    L.A. 2X SC Champs
    St. Louis 1x SC Champ
    Colorado 3X SC Champ and current one
    I grew up in NY state and Massachusetts. So I know how good hockey is there being an old Bruins fan: 70-72 Lost to the Flyers in 73-74. Should have won that but they had Clarke and Parent. But so far Toronto, NY Rangers, Boston and N.J. haven’t won anything? Will see, I would still be worried about Tampa Bay if I were you?

    So, as the guy in Jurrassic Park says

    “show a little respect”

    GO AVS!!!!!!!!

    • avs have to get makar & landy back ..if they do and get to the final again they will be a handful to handle again!

    • As you know, tommy boy, the past few days I have said on more than one occasion that the Avalanche are on a late season mission and, in my opinion, will be well established in 1st in the West, which means, of course, full home advantage. And when Landeskog gets back – just in time for the playoffs – I don’t see anyone in the west challenging them – including Edmonton and their new D – not with that goaltending.

      They and Boston are going to meet in the finals and whoever comes through the grind healthier will win.

      Oh, and I bet Sakic comes up with a surprise deal in the next 3 days that strengthens his roster even more.

      • I appreciate the luv BOS is getting on here, but IMO there are 5 -6 teams that could come out of the east this year. The only reason I would bet on BOS is because I have to.

        Injuries and goaltending, again, but even more so this year.

        Ullmark looked like Vasy in an elimination game last night, so that was promising!

      • i know George O you have been saying that and you’re right. Anyone planning on going to the SC finals are going to have to deal with the Avalanche. Even with the injuries, the Avalanche have played decent hockey and they’re now just getting healthy. The question will be can they stay healthy? We will see. If they are healthy and the “juggernaut” get’s going, watch out. GO AVS!!!!!

        Lars Eller to the mix, good pick up!!!!!!

      • As I say in the other thread, tommyboy, Eller won’t give them a ton of offense … but he can skate and check and so will prove valuable on the pk and in getting 4th line minutes.

      • Eller not afraid to get dirty and can spot even in the top 6 when needed. not a liability.
        solid in the dots too.
        cant have enough of those guys

  14. After having to hear about Chychrun all year, and beyond, I hope he doesn’t get traded before the deadline.
    Then they’ll be nothing left to say about him till summer.

  15. After themovesby NYR, TBL, TML, BB, and the NJD, there should be some monster playoff series in the East this year…?…still waiting to see if Carolina makes a significant move as well.

  16. CapFriendly is reporting that Filip Hronek has been dealt by the Red Wings to Vancouver … no trade details yet

  17. Just in, apparently for the conditional 1st round draft pick acquired in the Bo Horvat trade with the New York Islanders and Vancouver’s 2nd rd pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

    • Sure sounds like Yzerman is tossing in the towel despite being just 5 points out of a WC spot.

      • Or, after the two games in Ottawa, he realizes that the Wings need to get bigger, and Hronek is unlikely to grow anymore.

      • Weird timing for Hronek though?
        He has term left, so could have waited I guess. Must not have liked something Iago, you are likely on to something.
        Wonder if more moves coming in Det?

      • He’s not huge, Iago, but not exactly small either at 6′ and 190 lbs. As Ray says – timing for him is strange.

      • Well, most of the Wings were terrible in Ottawa, but Hronek may have been the worst. I guess I am thinking (and hoping) that those 2 picks that Detroit acquired will not be used by Detroit, and there is more coming between now and Friday.

  18. Shayne Gostisbehere gets traded before Chychrun!! Good lord almighty when will Jake finally just get moved?!!?

    • I hope he holds out for a trade in the fall.

  19. As far as the TSN and Sportsnet coverage goes…Friday is going to be pretty quiet after all this wheeling and dealing…so their hours long dedicated trade deadline show WILL be about all the stuff the Leafs did analyzed from every angle and every person including the driver of the ice resurfacer.

  20. if quick doesnt report to the blue jackets and they cant trade him what are the jackets options. does he still count against the salary cap

  21. Chychrun to OTT for a 1st and 2 2nds.
    Not confirmed.

    Good for him, seems like a good deal for OTT if he stays healthy.

    • Ray. As usual, the return is nothing like rumored ask.

    • Sigh, you’re right Ray – “The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Jakob Chychrun from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in 2023, a conditional second-round pick in 2024 and a second-round pick in 2026.”

      Hoo-boy – here we go – countdown to IR time. With 8 D showing at CapFriendly, I guess Larsson goes back to Belleville.

      Be interesting to see who they pair him with.

      • Wonder if he gets to NY in time to be in the line-up tomorrow night.

      • The fact that Dorion really did not give up too much and managed to swap out Zaitsev contract for this one is okay by me. It’s a gamble but who knows? Dorion still has trade chips to shore things up i the offseason and some money coming off books to handle Timmy’s raise.

        We will see.

      • Don’t sleep on the Sens next year!
        Unlikely, but not quite out of it this year either.

  22. Seeings how’s I seem to be on George’s 💩 list this probably won’t help….

    But damn. It is funny.

    I’m imagining the old silent films with the damsel tied to the tracks with a train coming. But this time she got creamed.

    Hope he helps your d George.

    • I agree – it IS damned funny after months and months of endless speculation.

      He tied her up – he put her on the railroad tracks – the train was coming … and then? and then? uh-uh and then along came Jones ….


      And what’s past is past Chrisms – I don’t harbor grudges.

      • “The 2023 first-round pick is top-five protected, and if met, becomes a 2024 unprotected first-round pick. Also, the second-round pick in 2024 will become a 2024 first-round pick top-10 protected if the Senators make the 2023 Eastern Conference finals. And if that condition is met, the pick becomes an unprotected 2025 first-round pick.”

        I doubt that condition will evolve.

  23. And Man on TV – who the heck is your inside source? LOL.

    At least I was right on one score – it didn’t cost 2 1sts, a top prospect and an established roster player.

    • Hey George well done you got your man. I have no inside source just thought Ottawa was one of the only ones left. It sounds like the price was lowered good for you guy’s just in time your team is hot

  24. When it comes to wining the Stanley Cup, read my lips…goaltending !

  25. Edmonton could send Nurse to St. Louis for Parayko. An Edmonton lad comes home!