NHL Rumor Mill – March 2, 2023

by | Mar 2, 2023 | Rumors | 64 comments

The trade deadline is March 3 at 3 pm ET. Here’s the latest on Brock Boeser, Tyler Bertuzzi, Jonathan Quick and Colton Parayko plus the latest on the Flyers in today’s NHL Rumor Mill.


ESPN.COM: Emily Kaplan reported a lot of teams have an interest in Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser. However, a lot of them have balked at his $6.65 million average annual value through 2024-25. The Canucks are open to retaining part of the 25-year-old winger’s cap hit if it helps them net a good return. They’ve even spoken of including draft capital in the deal.

Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser (NHL Images).

CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal reported yesterday that a Boeser trade is not close. He’s expected to play tonight against the Minnesota Wild. Two teams are calling about the winger but his contract is difficult to move and Dhaliwal doubts the Canucks have much of an appetite to retain much salary. They’re also not about to give him away. Dhaliwal considers Boeser easier to move in the offseason when teams have more cap space to work with.

THE PROVINCE: Patrick Johnston reports Boeser acknowledged hearing his name in trade rumors before but this year it feels more real. Some of that is because the Canucks have authorized his agent to speak with other clubs about trading for him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve been saying the same thing about Boeser since he first surfaced in the rumor mill this season. If the Canucks want to move his entire cap hit from their books, the summer is the best time to do it. However, they’ll have to work quickly. Once the free-agent market opens on July 1, the number of teams with the cap space to take on his cap hit will quickly dwindle.


**UPDATE** The Red Wings traded Bertuzzi this morning to the Boston Bruins for a conditional first-round pick in 2024 (top-10 protected) and a 2025 fourth-rounder. The Wings have retained 50 percent of Bertuzzi’s $4.75 million cap hit for this season.

DETROIT HOCKEY NOW: Bob Duff reports growing speculation regarding Tyler Betuzzi’s future with the Red Wings following the club’s trade of Filip Hronek to Vancouver yesterday. The 28-year-old winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were linked to Bertuzzi but their acquisition of Mikael Granlund may have taken them out of the running. Duff also suggested the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes as possible destinations.

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan considers Bertuzzi the Wings’ best trade chip heading toward Friday’s deadline. They can’t risk losing him this summer to free agency. Bertuzzi could fetch a decent return.

Wings general manager Steve Yzerman would also like to move struggling winger Jakub Vrana. However, he has a year remaining on his contract at $5.25 million and the Wings might have to retain some of his salary to move him. Winger Filip Zadina could also be available but his lack of production and the two years remaining on his contract at $1.825 million annually could hurt his trade value.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bertuzzi should generate interest from playoff contenders or perhaps clubs seeking a top-six winger willing to attempt to sign him to a contract extension. The Leafs, Stars and Oilers all lack sufficient cap space to acquire him. The Hurricanes still have some wiggle room with $2.6 million in projected cap space after acquiring defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere yesterday.


TSN: Darren Dreger yesterday reported the Philadelphia Flyers are taking calls on Ivan Provorov. The 26-year-old defenseman carries an AAV of $6.25 million for two more seasons. Dreger believes it would take a significant offer to convince the Flyers to move him.

ESPN.COM: Emily Kaplan reported the Flyers are trying to move Provorov but a deal hasn’t emerged yet. Meanwhile, she believes there’s a limited market this week for forward Kevin Hayes even if the Flyers retained part of his $7.1 million cap hit. Pending UFA winger James van Riemsdyk remains the most likely to be moved by Friday’s deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could surprise by shipping out Provorov and/or Hayes, which would certainly provide some excitement for what’s shaping up to be a quiet deadline day. However, I agree with Kaplan that van Riemsdyk is the most likely to be traded, and I can see the Flyers retaining part of his $7 million AAV for the right return.


TSN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted on Wednesday that the Columbus Blue Jackets will explore the trade market to see if a playoff team has any interest in Jonathan Quick. The Jackets acquired the 37-year-old pending UFA goaltender early Wednesday morning from the Los Angeles Kings. LeBrun said Quick has been made aware of the Jackets’ intentions.

ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski tweeted that Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he’s communicated with Quick and his agent. He said he has the utmost respect for the goaltender and his career and will “try to do the right thing” for him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick’s performance really declined this season which is why the Kings decided to trade him for Joonas Korpisalo. The rebuilding Jackets will probably retain half of his $5.8 million cap hit for a suitable offer. Perhaps a playoff contender looking for an experienced backup will take a chance on him.


THE ATHLETIC: Jeremy Rutherford reports a source claims the St. Louis Blues want to move a defenseman. Colton Parayko seemed the likely candidate due to his poor performance this season and the Blues desire to free up salary-cap space.

Despite the 29-year-old Parayko’s struggles, there is interest in him around the league. However, a source close to the blueliner, who was born in St. Albert, Alberta, claimed he would only waive his no-trade clause to go to Edmonton.

Rutherford believes this situation could carry over into the offseason if Blues GM Doug Armstrong can’t find a suitable deal by the trade deadline. Of course, it will depend on whether Parayko will agree to be moved.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parayko is signed through 2029-30 with an AAV of $6.5 million. Given his on-ice difficulties this season, that contract could prove difficult to move if the Blues don’t retain part of his salary, which I doubt they want to do. It could come down to swapping him for a comparable contract. If Parayko remains adamant about only going to Edmonton, he’ll be with the Blues for a long time.


  1. i see Bertuzzi going to Dallas due to the GM Nil’s Detroit connections

    • No Mike, gone to Boston.

      I can’t complain, I wanted all in and Sweeney went all in.

      • Imagine when Hall is back a THIRD line of Hall, Coyle, and Bertuzzi! Tremendous depth if everyone gets and stays healthy.

      • Arms race in the East. Bruins forecheck is going to be hard to contain.

      • With how well Boston is playing, I cannot fathom why they’d even fool around with the roster

      • Barry, they placed Hall on LTIR – he may not BE back.

  2. Bruins… Tyler Bertuzzi

    • Un real. Sweeney all in for another cup

    • Bad news is looks like hall going to out for awhile. He is seeking a second opinion. Not good unless back in time playoffs

      • Foligno as well on the IR if rumors are to be believed. And well….Bertuzzi has spent more time on the IR than in the NHL. 28 years old and only 300 games played. I hope he can play Bruins hockey. It’s gonna be a war in the playoffs. Big Bert was less noticeable than a fart Monday/Tuesday night in Ottawa.

      • Pettersson,McGinn,no.1 pick and prospect to ANA for Fowler. Petry to DET for Vrana.

      • Huge overpay for Fowler, no thanks…can’t trade Petry but they could move a left dman

  3. Huge deal fir Bruins

  4. It’s a nice deal for Bruins

  5. Freekin Unbelievable

  6. Bruins give up a 1st rd pk in 24(conditional), and a 4th rd pk in 25.

  7. “The Leafs, Stars and Oilers all lack sufficient cap space to acquire him.”

    I know this is moot because Boston picked him up, but Toronto would’ve had enough cap space that Detroit would’ve only had to retain about 10%.

    • Remember, Toronto needs to leave enough cap space to sign Knies, too.

  8. Heard maybe Vegas gets Quick?

    Nice move by Sweeney to get Bertuzzi

    Would VAN take Doumolin and Zucker and a 3rd for Boeser and a 5th?
    Then trade McGinn to SJ for Bonino?
    Still don’t understand the Granlund move

    • Vegas got Quick. AND Laine. For Lehner, picks and a prospect.

      • Is this speculation? I can’t find anything on this.

      • Read it on my RSS feed last night. Might not be registered with the league yet.

      • That’s possible but still not official.

    • Quick going to Vegas would have Rob Blake saying “what did I just do!” LOL
      A motivated Quick is a dangerous Quick.

      • ➡️ Ducks & Sen’s Trade ❓

        Wonder if the Ottawa team may take a Run at Ducks Goaltender 29 yr old John Gibson when it comes to the Draft….
        maybe before…❓

        Send Back up Anton Forsberg and his $2.75M salary back the other way with young 23yr old d/man Erik Brännström $900,000
        maybe you get the ducks to eat $1.M salary for the next 4 years to make it all work….

        Do they wait till the UFA period begins in July
        and take a Run at Tristan Jarry 27 yr old UFA with the pens…..,🤔
        Do they try the Canucks to see what they want for Thatcher Demko….⁉️

      • I’m not sure what the Sens will do at goal. I thought they had a couple of good young goalie prospects. Forsberg isn’t old and he has a decent cap hit. Gibson’s play has declined in the last few years. The question is, is it because of Gibson? Or is it because of the decline of the team in front of him? Or both?
        Who really knows what the Canucks are up to. They seem to be in a worse place than the Oilers were in the decade of darkness.

    • That’s okay, I never understand your trade proposals

      • Hey KevJam,

        I think he Gibson has been playing on a poor Ducks team now for 3-4 years, Ducks d has Not been good at all especially the past 3 seasons❗️

        Gibson is a B+ goaltender

        Forsberg is a C- Goaltender
        He is also an Expencive Back up at $2.75M pa.
        Ottawa Big hole weakest area on the Team Today is Goaltending 💯 %……

        If the Sens want to make the playoffs next year they have to Address Goaltending and send Forsberg the other way in a Trade as he will be 31 in November and not getting any better🥶
        if they go the UFA Route try and trade him but at $2.75M for 2.5 years they may have a hard time moving him…..⁉️
        he is a Very Expencive back up Goaltender✔️

  9. It’s looking like Hall’s injury might be long term and they don’t know about Foligno yet

  10. Foligno,s injury didn’t look good to me I see Hall back but not Nic. Bertuzzi has always been a player I hoped Boston could get and keep please sign him long term.

    • I agree Hall or Foligno injuries allowed the Bruins to acquire TB … one of them or both could go on long term injury list which got them the cap space

      • Joe, yep.
        This deal doesn’t happen without those injuries IMO. So kinda just replacing who we lost.

      • Agree Ray. Also I feel the 1st round protected was to much, unless they sign him.

  11. Pasta a ruin for life awesome

    • I hope not, for his sake, Obe. A ‘ruin’ that is 🙂

  12. .
    ➡️Re; A Philly & NJ..Trade

    I Wonder if the NJ Could get Sean Couturier, out of the Re-building Philadelphia Flyers,❓

    Philly have $8.M in Cap Space for next year with 5 RFA to Re-sign or replace and 2 UFA’s on there team to Replace…❗️

    Im sure they want to move some Big Salary’s out and they probably have, to kick start the Re-Build
    NJ need a Good Defensive Centre on there 2-or 3rd line who can also score and drive the play🤔

    ▶️ Trade for Sean Couturier $7.75M for 4.5 more yrs

    A 1st Pick & A 2nd rd pick, A Top prospect like Alexander Holtz and Or A Nolan Foote
    A Roster player like a $2.M Jesper Fast,
    would have to retain money like $2.M per year to make it all work…..❓

    • They have Meier and Bratt to sign along with filling out the rest of their roster so unfortunately no room for Court at his current salary. Tatar wood and Severson dollars basically get split into Meier and Bratt and a bottom 6 filler. Nice idea though bc when Court is healthy he is good. Like the player not the injury history.

      Philly also can not afford to retain salary than all their roster problems of building a playoff contender.

    • Willie,

      Coots has had 2 back surgeries and setbacks in recovery. I highly doubt he hits the ice this season.

      • Thanks Ron Jull …

        Ok, I forgot all about that, its called getting Old😳

        Yes he had two Big majoir Back Surgeries
        he is out wonder who they could look at short team, NJ is a young team, they have lots of time to get it going…👍

  13. Actually Bruin was to excited to check spelling lol

      • Ahh, thanks for the update Lyle.

      • The sticking point could have been Lehner’s 8-team no-trade list.

      • Michael Hutchinson! I didn’t know he was even playing still.

  14. The Boston Bruins have placed winger Taylor Hall on long-term injured reserve, giving the team $6 million in LTIR cap space.

    The Bruins also placed forward Nick Foligno on injured reserve and recalled forward Jakub Lauko from AHL Providence.

    The team told reporters there are no timelines for the return of Hall or Foligno.

    I’m still hope Lucic arrives in Boston in the next 27.5 hours

  15. If I was Pierre Dorion I’d inquire about Quick. If Talbot doesn’t want to resign – I’ll take a motivated 2 time cup winner as a back up.

    • Indications are that Talbot wants to re-sign … but has heard zilch from the front office.

  16. If laine to LV is true, wonder if clb would trade gaudreau to flyers. Flyers 2023 1st rd pick (1st overall protected) and provonov. Might have to add other players to make $$ work.

    I assume gaudreau wanted to go to Philly all along anyways.

  17. Something it stirring in CMB
    They just sent Voracek to AZ for a 6th

    Congrats CMB you have cap flexibility to get a #1center now.

    Maybe Quick and Jenner going to vgs for Lehner plus? Just now sure I see a bad contract on VGS they’d give up to make the numbers work.

    • And to think they gave up Atkinson for Voracek! Terrible trade!

      • AMazing how they both have serious injuries now

        Hope they trade a 2nd for Hayes and unite Johnny with Kev.

        They cannot afford to waste Johnny and Laine contracts prime years

  18. Pens fans

    WHat about Karlson and Bonino for zucker petry McGinn and a 2nd?

    Gives you

    • EK is the right age for the Pens

    • Only if pat verbeek is stupid enough to make that trade

  19. ▶️ Re; The Trade

    Dylan Larkin was pretty upset on the raidio about his good freind Bertuzzi this morning getting
    Traded to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 2024 first-round pick & 2025 5th rd pick…👍 nice one Steve Y…

    On the bright side he is a UFA and if….. the
    Red Wings want him back and he wants to come back❓and that could very well happen…🤔

    All part of the Steve Y Plan… stock pilling lots of good young players

    • With the moves that the Red Wings are making, do they make them better for next season? Stevie Y is moving out players with nothing but picks coming back.

  20. Columbus clearing space to add JT Miller

    • Well, who they got for Quick is in – Michael Hutchinson!

    • Very intresting

      T.J.Millar to CBJ……$8.M ⁉️ for who………❓

      1/ Jack @$4.M
      2-Sean Kuraly @2.75M

      CBJ has just over $21M in Cap space this year…and can aford to take a big TJM contract @$8.M X8 years
      i think its Roslovic and they eat 4 M and use him as a centre untill the get Connar Bedard 1st over all…🤔

      Canucks have No Cap space +$3M this year and not much next year Canucks really need yo move players and they have not been able to do that so maybe its a TJ. Millar move

      Canucks haveing No luck with there two big over payed d/men Myers @ $6M & OEL @ $7.26M…‼️

  21. I dont understand why CMB didn’t ask for a 6th for retaining 50% of Quick to replace the one they sent to AZ

    Oh well

    Perhaps Vegas eliminates LA in a best of 7 😂

  22. The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Nick Bjugstad and defenceman Cam Dineen from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick and defenceman Michael Kesselring. As a further condition to the deal, Arizona will retain 50 percent of Bjugstad’s remaining contract.

    • Hi George,

      Yes A Nice pick up bye the Oilers we need help at 3rd line centre,👍 It was being filled bye young Ryan McLeod he has done well but better on the wing at his present stage in his young playing days
      maybe next year the move him back to 3rd Centre again…

      Would Love the Oilers to try to trade for 24 year old RW Taylor Radish from the Hawks❓

      Raddish has play well in his 2nd yr, he was a team mate of connors with the Erie Otters… this year he has 14 goals and 12 assists in 52 games in his 2nd season playing 3rd line mostly…
      when Kane was out he played 2nd line RW……
      come on Ken Holland get it done…❓🤔