Sunday NHL Post-Draft Rumor Roundup – June 25, 2017

Sunday NHL Post-Draft Rumor Roundup – June 25, 2017

Could Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf waive his no-move clause?

Latest on Dion Phaneuf, Matt Duchene, Alex Galchenyuk and more in your Sunday NHL Post-Draft Roundup. 

TSN: Bob McKenzie reports the Ottawa Senators came close to moving Dion Phaneuf prior to the recent expansion draft roster freeze. During the draft weekend, they received interest in Phaneuf from clubs not on his list of acceptable trade destinations. General manager Pierre Dorion spoke with the defenseman’s representatives about expanding his trade list but nothing doing thus far.

McKenzie said this remains a work in progress and we should allow for the possibility of Phaneuf being dealt. With the Sens losing Marc Methot in the expansion draft and with Phaneuf maybe on the move, they could be talking to defensemen in the upcoming free-agent market. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Dorion confirmed he’s received calls regarding Phaneuf. The club would prefer to retain him but Garrioch believes that could change with one phone call. Dorion acknowledged exploring all options for the blueliner. Garrioch feels it could take until after July 1 to see how the free-agent market shakes out to see if those interested clubs remain keen to do a deal. The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly showed “more than a passing interest” in Phaneuf.

Ultimately, Dorion said it’s up to Phaneuf if he’s willing to waive his no-move clause. The Sens GM said he’d have no problem with the veteran defenseman opting to stay in Ottawa and denied any suggestion that his refusal to waive the clause for the recent expansion draft would be a problem.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting development regarding Phaneuf. If he’s unwilling to broaden his wish list of trade destinations there’s nothing the Sens can do about it. That being said, the recent reports seem to suggest it’s possible. Sounds to me like the Sens are waiting for a club that he would accept getting dealt to.

If the Kings are interested in Phaneuf they must either shed salary or get the Sens to pick up part of his $7 million cap hit to make this work. They have around $9 million invested in 17 players. 

Pierre LeBrun reports the Colorado Avalanche aren’t budging from their high asking price for center Matt Duchene. His agent, Pat Brisson, had had discussions with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. There hasn’t been a trade request by the Duchene camp. The Nashville Predators are interested, but GM David Poile insists he’s not trading one of his top-four defensemen. LeBrun anticipated Poile could get creative to get a deal done. 

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports New York Islanders GM Garth Snow pitched defenseman Travis Hamonic along with his 2018 first-round pick to the Avs for Duchene but Sakic balked. The Toronto Maple Leafs “reportedly offering a package that included forward James van Riemsdyk and a 2018 first-round pick” for Hamonic, who was ultimately shipped to the Calgary Flames. Staple also cites two league sources claiming Brisson is “seriously unhappy” over Sakic’s foot-dragging on a deal. 

PUCK DADDY: Sean Leahy reports Snow will “100 percent” look at using the draft picks he received in return for Hamonic to add another high-end talent, if possible. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regarding Duchene, Sakic will have to lower his asking price (reportedly a top defenseman, a top prospect and a first-round pick) if he intend to move the center. If Poile wants Duchene I think he could try to get a third team involved to get a deal done. As for the Isles interest in Duchene, I think trading away Hamonic takes them out of that sweepstakes. 

McKenzie reports Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galcheyuk is still out there. A “juicy rumor” linked Galchenyuk to Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, but he called it “just a rumor”. While Flyers GM Ron Hextall is willing to listen to offers for his players there’s no indication Giroux is available. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still expect the Canadiens will move Galchenyuk for a top-four defenseman, but they could also try to use him to add a proven scoring center. Giroux had a no-movement clause and could nix any attempt to move him. His high cap hit ($8.25 million annually) and the steady erosion in his production screams “buyer beware.”   

NHL.COM: Dan Rosen believes the Avalanche, Canadiens, New York Rangers, Vegas Golden Knights and New York Islanders could make more moves before free agency opens on July 1. Galchenyuk remains in the rumor mill, linked to “the New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks, among other teams.” The Habs ideally want a defenseman in return.

The Rangers seek a top-four right-handed defenseman to skate alongside Ryan McDonagh. Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith could be free-agent options. They also need a backup goaltender. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks wonders if the Rangers are willing to sacrifice one of their top-two young forwards (J.T.Miller or Chris Kreider) to land a top-pairing defenseman. I daresay it’ll take one of those guys to get that return. It could end up pushing the Blueshirts into the free-agent market. 

It’s expected the Islanders could pursue a No. 2 center. They’ve been linked to Colorado’s Matt Duchene. 

Golden Knight’s GM George McPhee is getting calls regarding blueliner Marc Methot, 


NHL Draft Trade Rumors (Day Two) – June 24, 2017

NHL Draft Trade Rumors (Day Two) – June 24, 2017

Colorado Avalanche still setting a high asking price for Matt Duchene.

Latest on Matt Duchene, Travis Hamonic, Marco Scandella, Noah Hanifin and more in your NHL rumor mill. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic wants a significant return for center Matt Duchene and needs a good defenseman as part of it. So far, that hasn’t materialized.

He reports Duchene’s agent, Pat Brisson, had brief meetings yesterday with Sakic and Nashville Predators GM David Poile. It’s believed Poile has keen interest in Duchene as a replacement for the departed James Neal but they don’t want to part with a blueliner.

Pierre LeBrun followed up saying Sakic hasn’t received any offers to his liking yet and hasn’t ruled out keeping Duchene. He wonders if perhaps a third team might have to get involved to make a deal happen. 

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the New York Islanders had an offer of Travis Hamonic, their 2018 first-round pick and a prospect on the table for Duchene. However, Sakic wanted 20-year-old Isles center Matthew Barzal included in the deal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Sakic hasn’t lowered his asking price for Duchene since the trade deadline back in March. And it appears no one is willing to pay up. If Sakic can’t find what he’s looking for and won’t slash the price tag for Duchene, he could very well end up keeping him.

This has to be tough for Duchene. He knows he’s a trade candidate, is probably expecting a trade call, and yet he’s stuck in limbo right now wondering where he’ll be playing next season. 

Dreger also believes it seems likely New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic could be moved this weekend. The Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs were interested but not at the asking price of two first-round picks. 

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan notes there were reports including the Detroit Red Wings among several teams looking at Hamonic. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Joe Smith reports the Lightning were also reported in on Hamonic.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Isles GM Garth Snow obviously couldn’t find anyone willing to part with two first-round picks for Hamonic. He might have to change it to a first rounder in 2018 plus a prospect if he’s not seeking any salary in return. 

LeBrun reports the Vegas Golden Knights could flip defensemen Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin at some point. Methot is very much in demand by most Canadian teams but he’s only willing to waive his 10-team no-trade clause for his former club, the Ottawa Senators, and he can’t return to them (if they’re interested) until after January 1. 

SPORTSNET: Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was unsuccessful in his efforts to convince Marc Methot to waive his no-trade clause. Bergevin also reportedly had interest in Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella and briefly chatted with Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford and Anaheim GM Bob Murray last night.

Contract talks with Alexander Radulov are on the back burner for now and things are quiet in contract discussions with Andrei Markov. Left wing Alex Galchenyuk remains the center of trade speculation, with recent reports claiming the New Jersey Devils had interest. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Again, I don’t see the Devils as a suitable trade partner for Galchenyuk. It’s rumored Bergevin wants a top-four defenseman as part of the return and the Devils don’t have any to spare. If reports of Radulov seeking $7 million per season for six years are true, it’s unsurprising Bergevin has put those discussions on hold for now. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Dane Mizutani reports there were rumors Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella could be on the move. However, GM Chuck Fletcher didn’t get any offers to his liking. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports the Boston Bruins were among several teams with interest in Scandella. The Montreal Canadiens are also believed interested in him. Haggerty also reports Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin was among the names rumored to be available. The Hurricanes are in need of a scoring forward. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fletcher will likely continue fielding offers for Scandella this weekend. Surprised to hear Hanifin’s name surface in the rumor mill. Most of the recent Hurricanes speculation suggests Justin Faulk as a possible trade candidate. 


NHL Draft Day Rumor Mill (Part Two) – June 23, 2017

NHL Draft Day Rumor Mill (Part Two) – June 23, 2017

Could Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane be traded this weekend?

Updates on Evander Kane, Travis Hamonic, Alex Galchenyuk, Marc Methot and Jason Demers in Part Two of your NHL Draft Day rumor mill. 

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and TSN’s Darren Dreger commented on the latest trade speculation regarding Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane. Both believe Kane could be moved.

Friedman noted the Los Angeles Kings had interest in Kane but only on a “one-year thing” so he doesn’t know what that stands now.

Dreger said he hasn’t been able to nail down the specific clubs with interest in Kane but said they’re believed in “win-now mode”. He noted the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers are among the teams in that mode, though he doesn’t know if they’re targeting Kane. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kane rumors simply won’t die, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s on the move. I think Sabres GM Jason Botterill is doing the right thing by listening to offers but I don’t think he’s under pressure to move Kane, who carries a $5.25 million cap hit next season and is eligible next July for UFA status.

Friedman may have been referring to Kane’s current contract when he spoke of that “one-year thing” the Kings were interested in. Perhaps he was talking about a one-year extension. 

Friedman also wouldn’t be surprised if teams were asking the Sabres about forward Sam Reinhart and suggested Buffalo could be a destination for Washington Capitals pending UFA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reinhart struggled at times last season but still finished with a respectable 47 points in his sophomore campaign. Botterill could listen but I don’t think he’s that keen to move this kid.

As for Shattenkirk, if he prefers to sign close to New York City, Buffalo would be a good option. However, are they prepared to pony up over $6 million per season for him? And does he want to join a rebuilding team? Not sure he could be a fit there. 

Dreger notes the New Jersey Devils remain a contender for Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored the Habs seek a top-four defenseman as part of the return. The Devils don’t have any to spare. 

If you’re a Canadian team with interest in Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Marc Methot, forget about pursuing him via trade. Dreger reports all but the Ottawa Senators are on his 10-team “no-trade” list. The Senators (if interested) can’t get him back until after January 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, Methot could waive it to join another Canadian team, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. 

Friedman also considers the rumor of the Calgary Flames with interest in New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic to be 100 percent accurate. He thinks the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the mix but isn’t sure about the Dallas Stars. He’s also heard rumors the Isles seek two first-round picks for Hamonic and speculates they want to keep sufficient cap space clear for John Tavares. Friedman reports Florida Panthers defenseman Jason Demers is “definitely available” and wouldn’t be surprised if the Flames were checking him out. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two first round picks is a very high price for Hamonic. Still, he could be worth it for the Flames if they hope to strengthen their top-four defense as they attempt to rise toward Stanley Cup contention. The Leafs have plenty of youth to draw upon in their pipeline and hold two second-round picks this year and next. The Stars have that third overall selection this year and are in the market for an established top-four blueliner.  Demers, meanwhile, could be a more affordable option for clubs that lose out on Hamonic. 

Stick tap to FanRag Sports Network’s Chris Nichols for the links.


NHL Rumor Mill (Part Two) – June 22, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill (Part Two) – June 22, 2017

New Jersey Devils reportedly have interest in Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Latest on Matt Duchene, Alex Galchenyuk, Travis Hamonic and more in your latest NHL rumor mill update. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Nashville Predators are “definitely interested” in Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene. However, the Preds could balk if the Avs’ asking price is a defenseman. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Preds giving up Ryan Ellis or Mattias Ekholm as part of a deal for Duchene. They certainly won’t part with Roman Josi or P.K. Subban. 

Pierre LeBrun reports he doesn’t get the impression the New York Islanders are under any urgency to move defenseman Travis Hamonic but they could do so for the right deal. LeBrun also reports the Calgary Flames looked into Hamonic as well as Vegas Golden Knights blueliner Marc Methot. They’re also still trying to re-sign Michael Stone.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles’ asking price for Hamonic could be a good young scoring forward. Maybe someone like Galchenyuk but the Habs seem to prefer someone such as Minnesota’s Marco Scandella.  

LeBrun reports the New Jersey Devils are among the clubs that contacted the Montreal Canadiens regarding forward Alex Galchenyuk. He’s not sure there’s a fit there. He also said the Florida Panthers are open to moving defenseman Jason Demers for the right price.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t see a deal where the Habs ship Galchenyuk to the Devils. My guess Montreal wants a good defenseman as part of the return. The Devils don’t have any suitable to spare. 

Speaking of the Canadiens, Sportsnet’s Eric Engels believes GM Marc Bergevin will want “multiple pieces” as a return for Galchenyuk.  TVA Sports’ Louis Jean reports Bergevin isn’t ruling out trading the rights of pending unrestricted free agent winger Alexander Radulov if he can’t re-sign him. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could be wrong but, since the Drouin trade last week, I get the feeling that Radulov’s a goner. 

Bob McKenzie reports the Arizona Coyotes are active on a number of fronts. Noting they were talking with the New York Rangers before the roster freeze (“Stepan?”), he wonders if they’ll revisit those discussions. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks believes the Rangers are better off sticking with Stepan unless they can get a certain top-pairing right-side defenseman. The only one that fits the bill on the Coyotes is Oliver Ekman-Larsson and they certainly aren’t moving their new captain. And no, I’m not saying Stepan’s worth Ekman-Larsson! 

McKenzie also notes the trade chatter regarding Marc Methot since last night’s expansion draft. He points out the blueliner still has a 10-team no-trade list. McKenzie gets the sense Methot would rather stay in Vegas than alter his list. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild might not be keen to move defenseman Jonas Brodin, who’s attracted trade interest. Marco Scandella could be a possibility. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens were reportedly keen on Scandella before the roster freeze but the two sides couldn’t get a deal done. Perhaps they’ll revisit this on the draft floor this weekend?


NHL Rumor Mill – June 22, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – June 22, 2017

Could Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene get dealt to the New York Islanders by this weekend?

Latest on Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle, Alex Galchenyuk, Marco Scandella & more in your NHL rumor mill.

TSN: Darren Dreger reports the New York Islanders are in search of a top-six forward and “perhaps more.”  Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene could be among their targets. The Avs want to move him and are in need of blueline help and Dreger notes the Isles have a couple of defensemen in Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic that could be considered trade bait.

Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle and Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk could also be of interest to the Isles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s widely assumed the Islanders will make a big move or two very soon. It could come today or during the upcoming NHL Draft weekend. Duchene, Eberle or Galchenyuk could be joining the Isles with Hamonic possibly heading out. 

Pierre LeBrun speculates the Dallas Stars are shopping their first-round pick (third overall) in this year’s draft. They’re in win now mode and prefer a young NHL defenseman as part of a package. He thinks it’s a long shot for the Vegas Golden Knights to tempt the Stars by offering up left-shot defenseman Marc Methot. He believes it’ll have to take a big deal for the Stars to move their pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vegas is loading up on draft picks and the Hurricanes have three second-round picks. They could dangle one of them to the Golden Knights for van Riemsdyk. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said last night he could “absolutely” trade a defenseman before next week. “Teams looking for a top-four blue-liner include Tampa Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Calgary and Dallas. Fletcher said he’s open to making a trade for an immediate player or picks and prospects that allow him the flexibility to pursue free agents.”

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports the Canadiens are actively shopping for a top-four defenseman. He notes they unsuccessfully attempted to acquire blueliner Marco Scandella from the Wild prior to the expansion draft roster freeze on Saturday. The roster freeze is lifted at 8 am ET today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Scandella is the likely trade candidate. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canadiens revisit their interest in him, perhaps by dangling Galchenyuk as trade bait. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports center Marcus Kruger remains with the Blackhawks but it remains to be seen for how long. Despite rumors in recent weeks sending him to the Vegas Golden Knights, it appears Marian Hossa’s decision not to play next season due to a skin allergy may have made the Hawks less desperate to move Kruger. The Blackhawks lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like van Riemsdyk (as noted above) could be heading to Carolina. While Hossa’s $5.25 million cap hit could come off their books via LTIR, that won’t occur until the second day of the 2017-18 season. The Hawks could be forced to get creative to keep Kruger and his $3.083 million cap hit. 

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings decision to leave goaltender Petr Mrazek unprotected in the expansion draft indicates their preference for Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau as their goalies for next season. “Now, they will continue trying to trade Mrazek. Few teams are in the market for a starting goalie — Arizona and Philadelphia are perhaps among the select group.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the lack of limited goaltending options in the trade and UFA market, the Wings might be able to find a taker for Mrazek. His inconsistency, however, could make it difficult to move him.



Potential Vegas Golden Knights Roster

Potential Vegas Golden Knights Roster

Here’s a list of the players reportedly joining the Vegas Golden Knights,. The roster will be officially unveiled later tonight at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.


Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins)

The Golden Knights could also receive goaltender Jean-Francois Berube (New York Islanders).


Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)

Derek Engelland (Calgary Flames)

Jason Garrison (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Brayden McNabb (Los Angeles Kings)

Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils)

Marc Methot (Ottawa Senators)

Colin Miller (Boston Bruins)

Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oilers)

David Schlemko (San Jose Sharks)

Nate Schmidt (Washington Capitals)

Clayton Stoner (Anaheim Ducks)

The Golden Knights could also receive blueliners Shea Theodore from the Anaheim Ducks and Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Chicago Blackhawks.


Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, left wing/center. (Philadelphia Flyers)

William Carrier (Buffalo Sabres)

Cody Eakins, center (Dallas Stars)

Mikhail Grabovski, center (New York Islanders)

Erik Haula, center/left wing (Minnesota Wild)

William Karlsson, center (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Marcus Kruger, center (Chicago Blackhawks)

Brendan Leipsic, center (minors) (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Oscar Lindberg, center (New York Rangers)

Jonathan Marchessault, right wing (Florida Panthers)

James Neal, right wing (Nashville Predators)

Tomas Nosek, left wing (minors) (Detroit Red Wings)

David Perron, winger (St. Louis Blues)

The Golden Knights could end up with winger Reilly Smith from the Panthers. They also received right wing Alex Tuch from the Wild. They are also expected to acquire the contract of winger David Clarkson from the Blue Jackets.

Note: This list will be updated periodically leading up to tonight’s NHL Awards at 8 pm ET.  Bear in mind this list is based on the latest reports from various media sources around the league. The official roster could be different than what is listed above.