NHL Rumor Mill – June 3, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – June 3, 2019

Several new names added to TSN’s trade-bait board. Check out the latest plus updates on Patrick Marleau and the Flames in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

UPDATED TSN TRADE-BAIT LIST

TSN: Frank Seravalli recently updated his NHL trade-bait list. Among the recent additions are Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (10), Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (17) and winger Mitch Marner (25), and Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (23).

Others include Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (15), Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner Jack Johnson (18), Vancouver Canucks winger Loui Eriksson (20), Panthers winger Mike Hoffman (21), Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (22), and center Victor Rask (24). 

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel remains atop TSN’s updated trade-bait list (Photo via NHL Images)

Penguins winger Phil Kessel and Winnipeg Jets rearguard Jacob Trouba remain atop Seravalli’s list. Kessel recently rejected a trade to the Minnesota Wild. The Jets are reportedly talking to clubs interested in acquiring Trouba. He’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer. 

Other noteworthy names include Wild winger Jason Zucker (3), Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (4), and Nashville Predators blueliner P.K. Subban (5). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can view the entire list by clicking the link above. Bear in mind that just because a player is on that list doesn’t mean he’s going to be traded. Many of them have surfaced in recent trade speculation but only a handful could get moved this summer.

Some, however, seem certain to get traded. We know the Penguins are shopping Kessel. Despite nixing a trade to Minnesota, Bob McKenzie isn’t ruling out the possibility of Kessel changing his mind if other suitable trade options don’t materialize. However, McKenzie’s colleague Pierre LeBrun said the Penguins are willing to retain the veteran winger if they don’t find a worthwhile deal. Johnson and Rask were added to this list because they were rumored to be part of that failed Kessel deal.

No word yet which clubs are interested in Trouba. Media speculation linked him to the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers. Marner’s addition is due to recent reports suggesting his camp could entertain offer sheets during the free-agent interview period beginning on June 26. If his contract negotiations grow contentious, Seravalli suggests that could lead to trade talk.

Gostisbehere has come up as a possible trade chip to bring a top-six scorer to the Flyers. However, some Philadelphia pundits are against that idea. Should the Panthers pursue a new starting goalie, Reimer could hit the trade block.

Kadri’s been mentioned as a possible salary-cap casualty if the Leafs must free up room to re-sign Marner. Eriksson was recently linked to the Edmonton Oilers as part of a swap of toxic contracts, with the Canucks acquiring Milan Lucic in return. Hoffman’s come up as a trade chip if the Panthers pursue a defenseman. Anisimov and Henrique are thought to be possible cost-cutting options for their respective clubs. 

MARLEAU TO THE COYOTES?

TSN: Pierre LeBrun took to Twitter yesterday reporting the Leafs and Arizona Coyotes discussed a potential Patrick Marleau deal. “My sense is that for Arizona to get more interested Toronto would have to attach a premium asset in the trade as well,” said LeBrun.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bit of a surprise there. Cap Friendly indicates the Coyotes already have over $74.3 million invested in 20 players for next season. They can afford Marleau’s $6.25-million cap hit and he’s reportedly willing to waive his no-movement clause to go to Arizona. However, their uncertain ownership situation could make them reluctant to take on more salary. 

LATEST FLAMES SPECULATION.

FLAMES NATION: Ryan Pike cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports hearing the Calgary Flames are looking to move a defenseman. “Either Travis Hamonic or TJ Brodie,” said McKenzie. He said the Flames could consider moving one of them to make room for one of their promising young blueliners. Pike notes Rasmus Andersson had a solid rookie season while Oliver Kylington and Juuso Valimaki are also in the pipeline. 

McKenzie also said there’s talk the Flames are trying to move winger Michael Frolik to free up cap space to re-sign Matthew Tkachuk. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Moving Hamonic ($3.857 million for 2019-20) or Brodie ($4.65 million) would also free up cap room for Tkachuk. Frolik ($4.3 million) has a 10-team no-trade list. The Flames might have to include a draft pick or a promising young player, like Kylington or Valimaki, to move him.