NHL Rumor Mill – August 5, 2020

NHL Rumor Mill – August 5, 2020

A look at possible off-season targets for the Sharks and the cost to the Red Wings of trying to move Justin Abdelkader or Frans Nielsen to the Kraken in today’s NHL rumor mill.

THE MERCURY NEWS: Curtis Pashelka reports San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson will be looking to add depth to his roster in the off-season. He’s expressed interest in acquiring a forward.

Could the San Jose Sharks attempt to acquire Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson in the off-season? (Photo via NHL Images)

Pashelka listed Florida Panthers winger Evgenii Dadonov, Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson, Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kaspari Kapanen, St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz, and Vancouver Canucks winger Tyler Toffoli as potential targets.

Dadonov and Toffoli are unrestricted free agents at season’s end. Schwartz has a year left on his contract with an annual average value of $5.35 million, Kapanen is earning $3.2 million per season through 2020-21, and Johnson is signed through 2023-24 worth $5 million annually.

Pashelka wonders if the Panthers will be willing to pay out another big salary to re-sign Dadonov when they’ve already got $60 million invested in 13 players for next season. The Lightning might consider moving Johnson to free up cap space. If he’s unavailable, perhaps Alex Killorn could be a worthwhile target.

The Leafs would likely want an affordable, right-shot defenseman in return for Kapanen. It might take a third team getting involved for the Sharks to land him. The Blues also need to shed some salary. They might prefer shopping center Tyler Bozak or goalie Jake Allen, but Schwartz would draw more interest. If the Canucks fail to re-sign Toffoli, perhaps he’d consider returning to a California-based club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pashelka also noted the Sharks have cap issues of their own, with 15 players under contract and roughly $14.9 million available next season. Adding Dadonov or Toffoli would take a big bite out of that cap room, forcing Wilson to make a salary-dumping deal. Probably better off to look at the trade market.

Kapanen carries the most affordable contract, but the asking price could be a sticking point. Johnson has a full no-trade clause and could be unwilling to waive it, whereas Killorn has a 16-team no-trade and might be amenable to moving to San Jose. The Blues could move Schwartz if push came to shove, but I see them shopping Allen and perhaps someone else.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James examined the cost to the Red Wings of trying to tempt the Seattle Kraken into acquiring Justin Abdelkader or Frans Nielsen next summer by packaging either player with a draft pick or prospect.

She believes it doesn’t make sense for the Wings if it means including a top prospect or a first-round pick. It also wouldn’t make sense for the Kraken to take on Abdelkader’s annual cap hit ($4.25 million through 2022-23) or Nielsen’s ($5.25 million through 2021-22) for a third- or fourth-round selection or a middling prospect.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the Wings could be stuck with both players beyond next season. Perhaps GM Steve Yzerman can find a budget team looking to reach the cap floor, but those teams would also want something decent in the package deal.










NHL Buyout Barometer – Atlantic Division (Part 1)

NHL Buyout Barometer – Atlantic Division (Part 1)

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 7, 2017

New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Brock Nelson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the New York Islanders a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. All of the Leafs goals were scored by rookies such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. 

Pavel Zacha scored his first NHL game-winning goal as the New Jersey Devils edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Sabres re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650K and brought back center Derek Grant by claiming him off waivers from the Nashville Predators. 

Carter Hutton turned in a 26-save shutout performance backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Flyers. 

SPORTSNET: Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Sebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending February 5, 2017. 

SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL: The Columbus Blue Jackets are among nine American-based NHL clubs to see a boost in their television ratings. The New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers also enjoyed a ratings boost. Twelve clubs saw a decline, notably the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.  The decline in some markets was the result of last fall’s U.S. Presidential election. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In most cases, improved or declining ratings were tied to team performance from last season and the current campaign. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings activated winger Steve Ott from injured reserved, but placed center Frans Nielsen (shoulder) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) on IR. 

AZCENTRAL.COM:  Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald took to the ice for the first time yesterday, joining a handful of Coyotes players (including captain Shane Doan). Fitzgerald, who was co-winner of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, will be honored by the Coyotes on Saturday with a bobblehead night depicting him in Coyotes gear.