Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – September 3, 2023

by | Sep 3, 2023 | Rumors | 11 comments

Check out the latest on Ducks goaltender John Gibson and Blues defenseman Colton Parayko in the Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup.


THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Levine observes that we’ve heard less and less about Ducks goaltender John Gibson since he reportedly wanted out of Anaheim earlier in the summer. It’s been dead quiet since, prompting Levine to suggest the 30-year-old netminder may have changed his mind after seeing some of management’s offseason moves.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (NHL Images).

Some of the Ducks’ veteran signings this summer suggest they want to get their rebuild started. Gibson would give them a legitimate option in goal so it’s hoped that he sticks around for the upcoming season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported in early July that Gibson asked management for a trade. The goalie’s agent swiftly and firmly denied that his client wanted to be moved.

Gibson has regularly surfaced in media trade chatter since last summer. As Levine observed, however, there’s been nothing about the netminder since his agent’s statement.

The Ducks could be working on a trade for Gibson. His stats have suffered over the past three seasons as the roster depth was depleted in front of him. His contract also remains a significant obstacle. He’s signed through 2026-27 with an average annual value of $6.4 million and a 10-team no-trade list.

It won’t be easy to move Gibson with all but a handful of clubs carrying less than $5 million in cap space to start the coming season. Unless the Ducks agree to retain a portion, the best opportunity to trade the veteran goalie could be next summer when the cap is projected to rise by at least $4 million for 2024-25.


THE ATHLETIC: Jeremy Rutherford reports Colton Parayko hopes to win back St. Louis Blues fans and quiet trade rumors. As the club has declined since winning the Stanley Cup in 2019, the 6’6”, 228-pounder has been criticized as a soft player who isn’t a No. 1 defenseman.

Parayko, 30, was the subject of trade rumors last season. However, nothing came of them because he has a full no-trade clause. He’s focused on the coming season with the belief it will be a better one for himself and the Blues.

Nevertheless, Parayko is aware that his no-trade clause won’t silence the media trade chatter. He said that his intent is to stay with the Blues and never heard anything about a trade from anyone “around here”, referring to the organization.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was talk that the St. Albert, Alberta native would only waive his NTC to join the Edmonton Oilers. Given the Oilers’ limited cap space and their addition last March of defenseman Mattias Ekholm, we shouldn’t expect to see him suiting up with the Oilers anytime soon.

Maybe Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was calling around last season to gauge potential interest in Parayko. Perhaps it was rival general managers calling to see if the big defenseman was available. Or maybe a pundit was musing about hypothetical trade scenarios involving the Blues and the rumor mill blew it up into Parayko being on the trade block.

Whatever the reason, Parayko isn’t going anywhere for the time being. That possibility will become more remote if the Blues rebound into playoff contenders this season.


  1. Kyrou and Thomas contracts will look pretty good in a couple of years. Parayko is a part of that core. Some good youth in the system .Blues Don’t have to do too much. Let alone trade their best defence man

    Hellybuck and Vladar maybe one of the Bruins move ahead of Gibson

    • I like your comment regarding the parayko trade chatter sources…. This one looks like it’s the most likely source and LOL reading it: ”Or MAYBE a pundit was musing about hypothetical trade scenarios involving the Blues and the rumor mill blew it up”! Yup that sounds about right to me.

      • Agreed, Blues have 4 other defensemen they need to trade before Parayko.

        Army sowed this mess with ntc/nmc now the Blues have to play with what they have, and no one is helping them without a sweetener in a deal.

      • agree with that analogy.

    • I find the blue’s are stuck in an I don’t know which way to go mode right now

  2. Silver

    I assume you meant. Blues not bruins 😏

  3. Wow 9 of 23 players on the Blues have NTC or NMC, talk about handcuffing yourself to make deals.

  4. Tristan Jarry/ Pierre oliver Joseph /chad rudwhedel and a 2025 3rd round pick ti Anaheim for John Gibson.

    $ 7.0 million out

    $6.4 million in

    Lets go

    • Hi BnG


      I know Ruhweedel is gruesome

      But….. that is the king of all sweeteners just to get someone to take him….

      Getting a worse goalie in the Gibson for Harry flip
      P-O J


      All joking aside

      The only benefit Gibson has is that he’s a homie… he’s not as good as Jarry. Gibson Was once. Not now

      Bury Ruhweedel and either bring up Friedman or sign Psyk…. Team already improves a fair amount…. All in Dooby’s control

      If Dooby trades with Ducks…. Should be to somehow get Henriques (for 3C) at 50% … just don’t have space right now

      Fingers crossed Carter gets the Hossa itch ….. then LTIR

      Dooby should sign Tater Tots…. Guentz will be off for 6 games for sure…. Prob 90% he also misses games 7-10 as well… LTIR Guentz; sign Tater Tots; deal with Cap situation on Guentz return…. Burying two players earning at least $1.1 M and going with 22 gets Pens’ Cap compliant when Guentz returns

      • Comtois is signing a PTO with the Vegas Golden knights…would have loved him in black n gold.

        Your argument that Jarry is better rhan Gibson doesnt hold up. I live in La get all the kings ducks game.

        If jarry was on the ducks he would have a 775 save percentage