NHL Rumor Mill – March 9, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – March 9, 2019

Latest on Taylor Hall and Artemi Panarin in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

DEVILS GM DENIED HALL TRADE RUMOR.

THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Pierre LeBrun reported New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said there was never any consideration of moving left wing Taylor Hall at the trade deadline. Hall is a year away from eligibility for unrestricted free agency. Shero said he was asked about trading Hall by someone in the media two weeks before the deadline, adding there was “zero percent” chance of that happening. He also told LeBrun he hasn’t started contract negotiations yet with the Hall camp, suggesting those talks could start this summer. 

Taylor Hall’s future with the New Jersey Devils could become a hot topic in this summer’s rumor mill (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall, winner of the 2018 Hart Trophy, would be among the biggest names in the 2020 UFA market. The reason his name popped up before the trade deadline was based on the assumption Shero might consider shopping him if he felt there was little chance of the winger re-signing with the Devils. 

Once the initial frenzy of signings in this summer’s free-agent market has passed, we’ll likely hear growing speculation over Hall’s future in New Jersey. The longer he goes without a contract extension after this July, the more he’ll feature prominently in the rumor mill. 

WILL RANGERS PURSUE PANARIN THIS SUMMER?

LeBrun also reported New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton seeks a player who will help his club’s rebuild, rather than restrict it. He said he’s not going to promise any big signings to speed things up but admitted if such a player became available he’d look into it.

LeBrun believes someone like Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin would fit the bill, though he acknowledged Gorton will never say it. It’s believed the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers are among Panarin’s list of preferred destinations. At 27, Panarin is the right age to provide immediate help as well as over the long term. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panarin will be the best forward available in this summer’s UFA market and won’t lack for suitors. With over $61 million invested in 17 players, the Rangers have the cap space to make a competitive bid for the latest left winger. So do the Kings, Islanders, and Panthers. There could be quite a bidding war for his services leading up to July 1. 










NHL Rumor Mill – May 31, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – May 31, 2017

New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero not actively shopping goaltender Cory Schneider.

Latest on the New Jersey Devils, Vegas Golden Knights and Ottawa Senators in your NHL rumor mill. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero telling TSN’s Pierre LeBrun that he isn’t actively shopping goaltender Cory Schneider. While Schneider has a no-trade clause, Shero said no one’s untradeable on his club.

That being said, Shero’s told the goalie he’d love to have him bounce back next season. Regarding trade speculation about Schneider, the Devils GM said he hasn’t called other clubs to inquire about moving the netminder. 

Shero also told LeBrun he’s already received some calls about the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Devils won that selection during the draft lottery back in April. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shero didn’t say if he’s getting calls about Schneider, but he doesn’t sound as though he’s looking into moving him. Despite Schneider’s age (31), Shero appears intent to stick with him as his starter. He really doesn’t have anyone in his system to step in and replace Schneider as a reliable starter, nor is there anyone available via free agency or in this summer’s trade market. 

As for that draft pick, if Shero could get a good young defenseman or scoring forward as part of the return, I think he might consider it. However, the last time a first-overall pick was traded at the draft was in 2003, when the Florida Panthers shipped the first overall selection to the PIttsburgh Penguins in exchange for the third overall pick. I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting Shero to move that pick. 

TSN: Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee expects to acquire more draft picks in the 2017 NHL draft. He said he hopes to start announcing trades by next week.

McPhee’s also hoping to use his club’s window for signing free agents to get a better player than one that a team might otherwise expose in the expansion draft. A free agent signing would count as Vegas’ selection from the player’s previous team.

He also said he’d be open to signing an unrestricted free agent and then trading them for draft picks, though each move like that would leave his club with one less pick in the expansion draft. He could also move some players within days of selecting them in the expansion draft.  Though the Golden Knights can select 30 players in the expansion draft, McPhee acknowledged he can’t keep all of them “because we can’t get six or seven players through waivers if we wanted to, most of them are not waiver exempt.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears McPhee will be quite busy throughout June attempting to wheel and deal in hopes of stockpiling assets and trying to add better players to his inaugural roster. It’ll be interesting to see what trades he makes and which players he signs in the coming weeks. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Pierre Dorion intends to renew contract discussions with pending UFA goalie Mike Condon. He admits the two sides aren’t close to a deal, though Condon on Saturday told reporters he hopes to return. Dorion even threw out the possibility of Andrew Hammond returning as their backup next season if unable to re-sign Condon. Hammond has a year remaining on his contract. Garrioch speculates the Sens could pass on Condon if he seeks north of $2 million annually on his next contract.