Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – June 4, 2023

by | Jun 4, 2023 | Rumors | 18 comments

The latest on Jets stars Connor Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois as well as updates on Ducks goalie John Gibson, Devils defenseman Damon Severson, Flyers blueliner Ivan Provorov and Canadiens winger Cole Caufield in the Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup.


SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reported the Winnipeg Jets will be listening to offers for Connor Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois. All three are a year away from unrestricted free-agent eligibility.

Friedman claims the Jets aren’t throwing in the towel on being a contender. He said they’ve made it clear that this isn’t going to be a rebuild this summer. They could get some futures (draft picks, prospects) as part of the return if any of those players get traded. However, they also have several good players on long-term contracts that they want to support.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli has Hellebuyck sitting second on his updated list of offseason trade targets with Scheifele at fourth and Dubois seventh.

Seravalli suggested Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa, Toronto, Carolina, Pittsburgh and Vegas all have openings for a goaltender “based on play or contractual status”. Of these, I suggest Los Angeles, New Jersey, Carolina and Pittsburgh as more viable destinations for Hellebuyck.

Hellebuyck lacks no-trade protection so the Jets can send him anywhere. However, I think Ottawa would want assurances that he would agree to a contract extension before trading away valuable assets to get him.

Toronto’s cap constraints make acquiring him difficult unless they shed one of their expensive “core four” forward to clear space for him. They could instead stick with the promising (and affordable) tandem of Ilya Samsonov and Joseph Woll.

Winnipeg Jets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (NHL Images).

Vegas also lacks cap space plus they seem to be managing just fine with their goaltenders of Logan Thompson, Laurent Brossoit and current playoff hero (and possible Conn Smythe Trophy contender) Adin Hill. They’ve also got sidelined Robin Lehner’s $5 million cap hit on their books.

As for Dubois, the Winnipeg Sun’s Scott Billeck noted the ongoing rumors linking the 24-year-old center to his hometown Montreal Canadiens. However, he also suggested the Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins as possible destinations.

Billeck noted the Kings could need a new No.1 center if Anze Kopitar comes off their books next summer. However, I expect Kopitar will sign a contract extension to finish his career in Los Angeles.

The Rangers need a scoring right winger. Dubois doesn’t address that issue unless they shift second-line center Vincent Trocheck to the right wing.

Keep an eye on the Avalanche and Bruins. They both have limited cap space but I wouldn’t be shocked to see one of those clubs finding a way to land Dubois. I also wouldn’t rule out the Canadiens but that might depend on how much he’d want on a contract extension as well as the Jets’ asking price.


THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Lisa Dillman recently reported John Gibson is ready to move on from the Anaheim Ducks. It’s believed the 29-year-old goaltender met last month with Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek to express those sentiments.

Gibson has four seasons remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $6.4 million plus a 10-team no-trade clause. He wants to play for a winning club but that won’t be possible over the next several years with the Ducks engaged in rebuilding their roster.

Dillman noted the Kings and Penguins could use help between the pipes but both clubs could find it difficult to accommodate his salary or meet Verbeek’s potential asking price.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seravalli has Gibson sitting 10th on his trade targets list. He also wrote that the Ducks goalie was available last summer but the asking price was high.

Seravalli wondered if the Ducks would be willing to retain part of his cap hit to bring it down to around $5 million to make a move more palatable. Four years is a long time to retain $1.4 million annually but it might have to be done unless Verbeek can find a way to pull off a three-team deal.


THE ATHLETIC: Charlie O’Connor wonders if Ivan Provorov still has a place on the Philadelphia Flyers blueline. He’s regressed since his stellar 2019-20 performance.

Provorov remains a strong skater and good puck-mover who flashes high-end skill but his offensive game has not progressed nor does he drive the play at even strength. The Flyers have tried different defense partners with him to no avail.

O’Connor mused over whether Provorov remains a fit with a rebuilding Flyers team under a demanding head coach like John Tortorella. A trade seems likely if general manager Daniel Briere can find a rival GM who thinks Provorov could improve with a change of scenery. However, it’s hard to predict what he might fetch in a trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Provorov sits 18th on Seravalli’s trade list. He anticipates the Flyers will receive calls about the 26-year-old defenseman. Like O’Connor, however, he’s not sure they’ll move him or what Provorov’s stature is among general managers around the league.


MONTREAL HOCKEY NOW: Marco D’Amico cited Montreal broadcaster Tony Marinaro’s recent report on the status of Cole Caufield’s contract talks with the Canadiens. The 22-year-old winger is completing his entry-level contract.

According to Marinaro, he’s heard that the average annual value of Caufield’s next contract will not exceed that of linemate Nick Suzuki. The Canadiens captain’s AAV is $7.875 million.

Marinaro followed up by reporting the contract talks are progressing with all signs pointing to a seven- or eight-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Canadiens fans and pundits are worried that a rival club might swoop in on July 1 and sign Caufield to an expensive offer sheet that the Habs might have difficulty matching.

TSN’s Darren Dreger recently dismissed that notion saying the word around the league is the Canadiens would match any offer. A Caufield offer sheet is quite unlikely this summer. Nineteen teams have less than $15 million in cap space for 2023-24. Several others lack sufficient draft picks to pay the high compensation rate for successfully signing him away. That’s assuming Caufield would sign one in the first place.

I didn’t dismiss the possibility of Caufield’s cap hit being slightly higher than Suzuki’s as the latter signed his contract two years ago. It will be a big win for the Canadiens to get him signed for less than Suzuki’s AAV on a long-term deal.


SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the New Jersey Devils could be opening to trading the rights of pending UFA defenseman Damon Severson if they can’t sign him to an extension before July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They won’t get much of a return for Severson because of his UFA status but better than losing him to the free-agent market for nothing. That’s assuming he’ll sign with whatever club acquires him.


  1. As I’ve said before, Lyle is very careful to only post links and reports from trusted sources. He doesn’t platform clowns on his site (Yeah Eklund, we’re looking at you).
    Montreal Hockey Now is a solid site. I frankly, though, have my doubts about Marinaro’s reliability. I certainly hope that the Habs and Caufield are close to a long-term deal at less than $8m. AAV, and they may well do so, but I’m a bit skeptical of Marinaro’s reporting. I agree, though, that it is very unlikely they’ll lose him to an offer sheet.
    As far as PLD is concerned, we can shoot down the Winnipeg Sun’s speculation of Kirby Dach or the #5 overall pick being part of any deal. Not.Gonna.Happen. I believe that Hughes would be willing to trade Florida’s 1st round pick, a decent prospect and a middle 6 forward like Dvorak if he can get Dubois to agree to a reasonable extension. But if the Jets want a top of the lineup player in return, they’ll have to look elsewhere.

    • I just hope the Jets look elsewhere. Of course there is a lot of speculation but you don’t get a very good good player for other teams rejects but as usual everyone one wants something good for nothing…LA is a good landing spot for Dubois…and as for Caufield he will get over 8 easily but is not worth it.

    • Dvorak as a trade chip for Dubois makes sense since Chevy will need centers if he moves PLD.

      Dvorak, Florida 1st this year, CGY 1st 2025 and Hoffman?

      • Overpayment. Dubois is a good center but his max point production is 63, on a Jets team with a lot more scoring power than the Habs.

        As fun as it is to speculate – a reason this site exists – people need to reflect not only on the price but the role for the traded player.

        The Habs have Suzuki and Dach. While Dach could play wing he was drafted and will be developed as a center. So which of the three becomes a very expensive third line center?

      • LJ, I see Dach as a winger in the long run. He established great chemistry with Caufield and Suzuki and the Habs should keep that going. I don’t see Dach as good enough on faceoffs to play center.

    • If I was a Habs fan I wouldn’t be worried about a team giving Caufield an offer sheet, I’d be worried about giving him an 8 year $64 million contract. His best performance was this year’s .78 ppg which over a full season is 64 pts. He’s only 22, why not give him a 2 or 3 year bridge contract at $4.5 million per year and see how he does.

      • Why would Caufield take less than a 8 X $64 contract?..He would be 30yrs old when he can parlay that into another big long term contract which is rare a player could get two 8yr contracts in their career and productive for most of the second contract….I know I wouldn’t.

      • Gored, no team is signing Caufield to an 8 year deal at $8m.AAV because they know the Habs will match in an instant.
        Why go long-term with Caufield? Because he has all the makings of an elite goal scorer. During the 83 games he’s played under St. Louis following the Ducharme shitshow, he’s scored 48 goals. Only 5 players scored more this past season.
        Elite goal scorers get paid. That’s why teams are locking up their young stars long-term. If the Habs give Caufield a short-term deal now, the eventual long-term deal may top $10m.

  2. I’m all in on Dubois to the Avalanche! In the same division is where I have my doubts? But if they can work it out and Dubois will sign an extension with the Avalanche, I say go for it! GO AVS!!!!!

  3. Is Debrincat for Helly a sensible base for trade discussions?

    Wheeler will be a UFA end of season so the cap space is there to extend the younger Debrincat.

    Helly is NJ is intriguing too. Blackwood, Holz, Nemec and a pick?

    • I would do if I was the Sens.

      But both players are the same player with the same issues and headaches for each team after this year.
      They have the same problem….American, a year away from UFA, and will want to sign a long term deal south of the border, like Matty did in FLA.

      • So would I … but if DeBrincat is hedging about signing long-term in Ottawa, what makes anyone think he would in Winnipeg?

        If he’s dealt – and I’m reasonably sure he will be – it will be to a U.S.-based team – likely somewhere out west. Anaheim?

    • Vanacek. Nemec or Holz would suffice.

    • No way they’ll trade Nemec

  4. We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Winnipeg.

    Been anywhere from 27 to 32 degrees that be 80 to 89 for the southern folks.

    I was trying to figure out away for Boston to trade with Winnipeg. The issue is it can’t and won’t happen.

    The only player Boston could trade without permission is Jake Debrusk and Matt Grzelcyk or Trent Frederick.

    Lindholm, Carlo, Hall, Ullmark or have some control.

    As great of a spring (weather wise) it’s been. I would guess Winnipeg name is on all the ntc agreements. Not to say it can’t be don’t but highly unlikely.

    Boston has no draft capital.

    Another question to ask, is why did Chevy put himself in this position.

    Wheeler, Scheifele,Hellebuyck, Dillon all on expiring Contracts.

    PlD rfa and one year away, won’t sign long term so basically on an expiring contract.

    That’s not the best way to setup your team.

  5. Unless you want to give an 8 year contract why trade for rights?

  6. I would be very shocked if the Avs traded for DuBois. They can’t afford a new contract for him unless Landy is off the books for good and they can’t afford to make that sort of trade unless they know they can re-sign him. They likely won’t make any long-term moves until they know what’s going on with Landy.

  7. I’ll say it again:

    Nylander & Samsonov for Hellebuyck + draft pick / prospect?

    Woll can continue to develop.

    Murry bought out.