It is NHL commerce rumor season. Every week earlier than the Feb. 26 commerce deadline, Lyle Richardson’s Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop information to the most recent rumblings across the league.
The Rangers are transferring nearer to changing into sellers earlier than the Feb. 26 commerce deadline. Reviews emerged Monday indicating veteran winger Rick Nash submitted his 18-team no-trade listing.
Over the weekend, the New York Publish’s Larry Brooks reported the Rangers had been prepared to soak up as much as half of the rest of Nash’s $7.eight million wage cap hit. He speculated the Predators, Stars, Blues, Sharks, Penguins and Blue Jackets (Nash’s former membership) may very well be within the 33-year-old winger.
Whereas former Predators captain Mike Fisher just lately introduced he was popping out of retirement, normal supervisor David Poile might nonetheless store for a top-six scoring winger. Rumors concerning the Blues and Sharks in search of a scorer have circulated for weeks, however they may very well be reluctant to half with younger gamers for an getting old playoff rental.
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When the Penguins had been struggling again in December, there was discuss of GM Jim Rutherford purchasing for scoring depth. However together with his membership having improved in current weeks, Rutherford might as a substitute contemplate including an skilled third-line heart. The Stars might contemplate Nash as an choice to bolster struggling veteran heart Jason Spezza’s scoring sport.
Sitting 29th in goals-for per sport (2.52) and 31st in power-play proportion (14.four), the Jackets want offensive assist. Clinging to a wild-card berth within the Jap Convention, they’re in peril of tumbling out of postseason rivalry. It stays to be seen, nevertheless, if a reunion with Nash is within the playing cards.
Nash is not the one notable Ranger who might quickly be on the transfer. Brooks additionally reported there’s mutual curiosity between the Blueshirts and Lightning relating to a potential deal involving defenseman Ryan McDonagh. As with Nash, the Rangers are prepared to soak up as much as half of the 28-year-old McDonagh’s annual cap hit ($four.7 million) for an appropriate return.
The Rangers need to get youthful and the Bolts are deep in promising expertise. They’ve handled different prior to now and will achieve this once more. On the 2014 commerce deadline, the Lightning shipped Martin St. Louis to New York for Ryan Callahan.
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Isles need assistance reaching playoffs
With Islanders heart John Tavares eligible to change into an unrestricted free agent July 1, his commerce standing turned a focal point within the NHL rumor mill. If Tavares and the Islanders could not agree upon a brand new contact by the commerce deadline, some pundits questioned if normal supervisor Garth Snow would commerce his captain, fairly that danger dropping him to free company this summer time for nothing.
Snow, nevertheless, is prepared to take that danger. Final Thursday, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the Isles GM would not intend to maneuver Tavares by Feb. 26. The Islanders will as a substitute spend the time main as much as July 1 trying to get him beneath contract.
This should not come as any shock. Tavares, 27, is in his enjoying prime and on tempo for a career-best 40-goal, 90-point marketing campaign. They need to guarantee he spends his whole profession as an Islander. They’re additionally loaded with promising younger expertise and can quickly be setting up a brand new area at Belmont Park.
Tavares and the Islanders aren’t near hammering out a brand new deal but, however preliminary discussions between the 2 sides are reportedly cordial. In the meantime, he is publicly praised the group for its depth and potential and is happy concerning the coming new area.
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Whereas Tavares will not be moved on the deadline, his free-agent standing is reportedly affecting the commerce market. The Athletic’s Craig Custance believes some groups, such because the Sharks and Blues, need to retain enough salary-cap area this summer time in case Tavares exams the UFA market. They may very well be reluctant to accumulate gamers with time period remaining on their contracts.
With the Islanders battling to stay in playoff rivalry this season, Snow might try to enhance his roster by the deadline. Choosing up a key participant or two couldn’t solely assist the Isles clinch a playoff spot, however maybe persuade Tavares that the entrance workplace is intent on constructing a winner.
The Isles desperately want to enhance their defensive sport. As for Feb. 5, their goals-against per sport (three.63) and shot-against per sport (35.6) had been the very best within the league. If these stats do not enhance quickly, they’ll neglect about reaching the playoffs.
The marketplace for high quality goaltenders is skinny this season, with Detroit’s Petr Mrazek probably the most notable believed accessible. Buffalo’s Robin Lehner briefly surfaced within the rumor mill, however his efficiency is among the many few brilliant spots in an in any other case depressing season for the Sabres. They will probably retain him. Identical goes for Carolina’s Cam Ward because the Hurricanes jockey with the Islanders for a wild-card berth within the Jap Convention.
Snow might discover a higher marketplace for defensemen. The Crimson Wings are anticipated to maneuver impending free agent Mike Inexperienced, although he’d must waive his no-trade clause to simply accept a commerce to the Isles. Blue Jackets rearguard Jack Johnson just lately requested a commerce if he did not get extra enjoying time. The Jackets, nevertheless, might search a scoring ahead for Johnson, or maybe ask for one of many Isles’ two first-round picks within the 2018 Draft after which flip it elsewhere for a scorer.