NHL Rumor Mill – April 8, 2017
Updates on the Canucks, Red Wings and Devils in your NHL rumor mill.
SPORTSNET: Mike Johnston recently reported Henrik and Daniel Sedin don’t see themselves playing anywhere except the Vancouver Canucks. The twins turn 37 later this year. They each have one season remaining on their contracts and are coming off their least-productive season since the 2004 lockout.
Henrik suggested they might return for another year after next season if the Canucks still sees a future for them. Otherwise, he said he doesn’t think he and his brother are prepared to go anywhere else. Both have full no-movement clauses and the notion that they’ll waive them appears slim. “If we’re healthy and if management wants us to be a part of the future, we can see ourselves playing more years but for us, it’s Vancouver or nothing. We’re not going to go anywhere else to play,” said Daniel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t a trade rumor but I felt it worth noting here. The possibility of the Canucks asking the Sedins to waive their NMCs this summer surfaced a couple of times this season in the rumor mill, but it sounds as though the twins intend to finish their careers in Vancouver. If they don’t improve in 2017-18, it could be the final season of their careers. Both rejected the notion of finishing their careers in Sweden.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman recently reported the most important topic for Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is figuring out what happened this season to forwards Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist, defenseman Danny DeKeyser and goaltender Petr Mrazek. Holland believes those players are better than the way they performed this season and must figure out why they underachieved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those four are supposedly part of the rebuilding Red Wings’ young core. Their lousy play was a big reason why the Wings missed the playoffs this season. One of them, perhaps Nyquist, could become a trade candidate this summer as Holland seeks to shore up his blueline.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross recently reported center Jacob Josefson faces an uncertain future with the New Jersey Devils. Injuries sidelined him for 28 games this season. He’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights completing a one-year, $1.1 million contract. He remains hopeful the Devils re-sign him.