NHL Rumor Mill – September 9, 2021

NHL Rumor Mill – September 9, 2021

The latest on Vladimir Tarasenko, the Hurricanes could face a salary-cap crunch next summer, and an update on the Oilers in today’s NHL rumor mill.

BALLY SPORTS MIDWEST’s Andy Strickland hosted St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube on his “Cam and Strick” podcast on Sept. 7. Asked about Vladimir Tarasenko’s trade request, Berube doesn’t expect the 29-year-old winger to be moved.

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko (NHL Images).

I expect Vladdy will play for us, and I’m gonna treat him like any other player,” said Berube. He added Tarasenko will continue to fill his role on the team and they’ll deal internally with the trade request.

Strickland followed up on Twitter the next day, suggesting a third team might have to get involved if Tarasenko gets traded. “There’s at least one team willing to retain a portion of Tarasenko’s salary,” he said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could take a third team to make a Tarasenko trade happen at this point. We saw those types of moves at last season’s trade deadline (David Savard, Nick Foligno) where three clubs would share portions of a player’s annual cap hit.

Whether it happens before the start of the season is another issue. Tarasenko could end up waiting until the March 21 trade deadline at the earliest for the Blues to honor his trade request.

Strickland didn’t mention which team is willing to pick up part of Taraseko’s $7.5 million cap hit through 2022-23. It could be a rebuilding club with plenty of cap space willing to do so if the Blues or the team receiving Tarasenko kicks in a draft pick. Potential candidates include the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings.

BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Jimmy Murphy recently reported the Carolina Hurricanes may have put themselves into a bind for the next offseason because of their successful signing of Jesperi Kotkaniemi to an offer sheet.

Murphy cites an NHL executive suggesting the addition of Kotkaniemi could create difficulty for the Hurricanes to re-sign him and their other key free agents. Kotkaniemi and Martin Necas are restricted free agents while winger Nino Niederreiter and center Vincent Trocheck are unrestricted.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly shows the Hurricanes with a projected $56.5 million invested in just 12 players for 2022-23. Tony DeAngelo and Ethan Bear are also slated to become RFAs next summer.

A qualifying offer for Kotkaniemi would be $6.1 million but the two sides could agree to a long-term extension for less money in the New Year, depending on his performance this season. The Hurricanes will have to pay raises to Trocheck ($4.75 million AAV) and Niederreiter ($5.25 million) to keep them out of the UFA market. Bear and DeAngelo won’t be expensive to qualify but they possess arbitration rights.

Necas could be the one to watch here. He’s in the final season of his entry-level contract. If he builds on last season’s promising 41-point performance (in 53 games) he’ll be in line for a lucrative pay raise.

He could become an offer-sheet target depending on what the Hurricanes do with their other free agents and how much cap space they’ll have. Unless, of course, they decide to avoid that hassle and ink him to an extension before next summer.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Oilers could bring in a right-hand defenseman on a professional tryout offer. Most likely candidates include Michael Stone and Jason Demers.

NHL Free Agents & Trade Candidates – Carolina Hurricanes

NHL Free Agents & Trade Candidates – Carolina Hurricanes


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, and more heading into the All-Star break in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Nazem Kadri’s hat trick powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals, handing the latter their seventh consecutive defeat. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and tied former teammate and mentor Sergei Fedorov for the most career NHL points (1,179) by a Russian player. 

Nazem Kadri’s hat trick powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the slumping Washington Capitals (Photo via NHL Images)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 30 saves for his 20th win of the season by edging the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. Mike Reilly tallied the tie-breaker in the third period. 

Eric Staal scored two goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 to pick up their fourth victory in their last five games. 

Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros kicked out a career-high 47 saves in a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Predators defenseman P.K. Subban claimed Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare bit his finger during a scrum in front of the Nashville net. Bellemare wasn’t penalized on the play. Speaking of the Golden Knights, they recalled goalie Oscar Dansk and demoted Maxime Legace. 

The St. Louis Blues downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-1, handing the latter their seventh straight home loss. Before the game, the Blues activated forwards Tyler Bozak and Zach Sanford off injured reserve. The pair each scored a goal in this contest. The Ducks, meanwhile, received bad news as winger Ondrej Kase will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum. They also placed defenseman Andrej Sustr on waivers

Nino Niederreiter scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Teuvo Teravainen had a three-point night for the Hurricanes. 

MLIVE.COM: Player agent Dan Milstein recently floated the notion that his client Pavel Datsyuk could return to the NHL. The Arizona Coyotes own Datsyuk’s NHL rights until July 1, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. The Detroit Red Wings traded Datsyuk’s rights to the Coyotes in 2016 after he decided to return to Russia for family reasons. Milstein suggested the future Hall of Famer could consider returning to the Red Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Milstein also indicated Datsyuk hasn’t ruled out staying in the KHL. If he does decide to return to the NHL there’s no certainty the Red Wings will sign him, though I daresay they’ll be willing to consider the option. 

SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s not looking to pick a fight with the NHLPA over the decision not to stage a World Cup of Hockey in 2020. He noted both sides wanted to avoid staging a tournament if negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement are ongoing at that time. The league and the PA have the option this September to opt out of the current agreement, bringing it to an end in September 2020. Bettman remains hopeful of avoiding another work stoppage by working out a new collective bargaining agreement with the PA.  

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2017

New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored twice to lead his club to a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

Game recaps, injury updates, recalls and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Thomas Greiss had a 23-save shutout as the New York Islanders blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0, giving Doug Weight a win in his debut behind the bench as Isles interim head coach.

Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Winnik and Andre Burakovsky each collected two points as the Washington Capitals thumped the St. Louis Blues 7-3. Blues goalie Jake Allen was pulled for the fourth time in six games. Alex Steen and Jaden Schwartz each had three-point performances for the Blues in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s horrible midseason slump could push Blues management into the trade market for a goaltending upgrade. 

Michael Grabner tallied two goal and Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 23 shots to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Ryan Ellis scored twice and Juuse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators took a 4-0 lead and held on to down the Calgary Flames 4-3. For the first time in his young career, Flames center Sam Bennett was a healthy scratch

Nino Niederreitter scored twice as the Minnesota Wild, despite blowing a two-goal lead, went on to edge the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. 

Nick Ritchie’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The game was delayed nearly 45 minutes to replace a pane of broken glass behind the Ducks’ net. Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Aaron Dell turned in a 24-save performance and Logan Couture tallied the game winner in the San Jose Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the game, the Sharks placed forward Micheal Haley on injured reserve while Joonas Donskoi came off IR.

Mike Condon turned aside 42 shot backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  

BOSTON HERALD: Rumors abound suggesting Bruins head coach Claude Julien could be fired, but  the real problem is the limited depth of roster talent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Firing Julien won’t fix that issue. But that’s what general managers of struggling teams sometimes do in hopes of shifting focus away from their roster mistakes. Time will tell if Bruins management goes that route. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes demoted sophomore winger Anthony Duclair to the minors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duclair has only nine points in 41 games this season, a far cry from his 20-goal, 44-point performance in 2015-16.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm, sidelined since Nov. 15 with a dislocated shoulder, could return to action tonight. Forward Steve Ott (shoulder) could be placed on injured reserve to make room for Helm. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Florida Panthers placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers. It’s the third time this season Griffiths has hit the waiver wire. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes recalled goalie Michael Leighton. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: With goaltender Anders Nilsson sidelined by illness, the Buffalo Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark.

OTTAWA SUN: A bus carrying the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League overturned on Interstate 74 near Peoria yesterday. No one on the bus suffered life-threatening injuries, though three are reportedly in serious condition.