ANA – Vatanen drawing the most interest from teams. Leafs, Sabres, Oilers and Lightning have the most interest. Vatanen will be dealt. Manson & Fowler will not be traded. Also heard that the Ducks have a deal in place with the Golden Knights that would send Bieksa to Vegas but nothing is confirmed as of yet.
ARI – Hearing the Coyotes are taking calls on Mike Smith. Flyers, Flames and Jets have expressed interest in Smith but deal is not imminent. Also heard the Yotes are talking to a number of teams to take on some salary but would like a significant piece back… that includes teams: CBJ (Hartnell), BUF (Moulson), OTT (Phaneuf). On another note, heard from a source that Shane Doan wants to come back for another season, however it may not be with the Arizona Coyotes.. Wants to go to a contender (SJS/PIT/NYR/EDM)
BOS – The Bruins are trying hard to try and land a dman via trade, if nothing materializes I’ve heard they will go hard after Alzner and Shattenkirk but their first priority is Brodin. They are trying to trade away Spooner+1st rounder in 2017 in hopes of getting a top-4 Dman. Another possibility is Jacob Trouba. Pastrnak deal is very close per source, betting my $$ its between 6-8 years with an AAV between $6.5M-$7M.
BUF – Heard from a source that everyone except Ristolainen, Eichel, and O’Reilly are available. Major culture shift is coming in Buffalo… They will be targeting Kevin Shattenkirk and heard rumblings they are going hard after another dman via trade. They have their eyes set on one of Dumba, Harmonic, De Haan, Tanev or Vatanen. Willing to gamble their 8th overall pick. Onto Evander Kane news.. heard their is some interest in him but not a lot.. LAK/SJS/OTT/MTL/CAR like him but Sabres are asking for way too much. Robin Lehner is also available per source and the Flyers seem very interested in his services.
CGY – First thing first, they are trying to acquire a #1 goalie via trade, have significant interest in Raanta and Fleury but much more in Raanta. Backup options are: Mrazek, Howard, Halak, Lehner, and Smith. They are trying to move Sam Bennett for a top-4 dman. Have interest in Tanev, Dumba and Barrie.
CAR – Really trying to acquire a top line player. Hurricanes love Landeskog and E. Kane. Willing to trade away first round pick to get immediate help. Darkhorses for JVR (if signed), Galchenyuk and Duchene. A source also told me they have interest in Derek Stepan and if the asking price isn’t that high, that they would make a huge push for him if all else fails.
CHI – Ah… Chicago. Let me be the first to say, Keith, Hossa, Toews and Kane are not going anywhere. Crawford was on the block before trading away Darling so we can shut those rumours down as well. Even thought Pierre LeBrun, whom I have a lot of respect for, said they won’t trade Seabrook, i’ve been told that the Hawks are definitely listening to offers but that it would take a kings ransom to get him out of Chicago. I don’t know why but I have a feeling someone like Benning will overpay for Seabrook. (CGY/TOR should have interest as well) The other names I have been hearing are Anisimov’s and Hjalrmarsson’s. Nothing has changed but there are trades coming in Chicago and will hurt them in the short run..
COL – Everyone already knows this but Landeskog, Duchene and Barrie all available. Heard deal with NYI re: Duchene was close but NYI are not willing to give up Barzal along side Harmonic. PIT/TOR/CAR/MTL also have interest in Duchene. CAR/LAK/BOS have interest in Landeskog. TOR/CGY/EDM has interest in Barrie.
CBJ – Really quiet in Columbus. Only heard of two rumours. Clarkson to a cap floor team like Vegas or Arizona… or… Hartnell to Vegas. Other than that the organization has been very quiet.
DAL – Hearing Dallas has had multiple offers for the 3rd overall pick and are willing to trade it for a top-4 d and another significant piece. They are in the market for a LHD but not that many are available: Brodin/DeHaan. Which means they will likely keep the pick. Other than that the Stars have also been quiet, they made their biggest move already in Ben Bishop.
DET – Not much brewing in Detroit. They are trying to trade one of Mrazek and Howard before the expansion draft. PHI/CGY/WPG have significant interest. No other news out of Detroit, rebuilding stage, will try to acquire as many draft picks as possible.
EDM – Don’t look for the Oilers to do too much this off season. It will be a quiet one, however they have interest in acquiring a top-4 dman via F/A or Trade. Alzner/Dumba/Brodin/Hamonic/DeHaan all come to mind. Dangling Eberle and RNH in hopes of acquiring one of the dman above (except Alzner obviously).
FLA – Hearing Jagr has a 1-year deal on the table from the club but wants to see his interest on the market before making a choice. Heard the Panthers may elect to expose Demers in the expansion draft. Other than that, just expect minor moves in Florida, nothing too big.
LAK – Kings are trying to acquire a top-6 forward and are dangling Muzzin/Martinez. Have significant interest in Drouin, Killorn, Landeskog, E. Kane and JVR. They are not dangling their 11th overall pick and Doughty is staying in LA.
MIN – Hearing that the Wild have plenty of offers on the table for both Brodin and Dumba. Teams are also calling on Nino Niederreiter and Granlund. (i’ve talked about what teams have contacted the wild regarding brodin/dumba/niederreiter/granlund on other teams section please refer to those for more information). Also heard from one source close to the organization that Zach Parise is available but there is not much interest in the forward because of his salary, unless Wild eat some, he will stay a Wild.
MTL – Beaulieu and Galchenyuk are done in MTL per a close source to the organization. Beaulieu has been getting interest from mostly western conference teams but could be packaged along side Galchenyuk in order to get a bigger return. Habs like Stepan, Drouin, Johnson and Duchene. Deals for Markov and Radulov are done, if you would like to see details, just go to my Twitter account @RumorBreak 🙂
NSH – Not much rumours with the Predators as they just finished the Stanley Cup Final, but heard that the Preds have significant interest in both Drouin and Johnson and they are willing to give up Ryan Ellis, not so much Roman Josi, but if the Lightning add then I am sure they wouldn’t mind trading Josi.
NJD – Shero is quiet as of right now. He has rejected multiple offers for the first overall pick, but heard some rumblings of them being interested in Patrick Kane, but he will not be traded per multiple sources (Look at CHI for more info). NJD will make a bush push for both Shattenkirk and Alzner. They also have a lot of draft picks, so don’t be surprised if they ship some to get some help on D. Sources couldn’t get much out of the organization but Shero will be one of the busiest GM’s for the next couple of days.
NYI – The islanders are trying to acquire a top-6 forward really badly. Have interest in JVR, Duchene, E. Kane and Eberle. As many of you already know, in hopes of getting a top-6 forward they are willing to deal De Haan and Harmonic, hearing they will not trade Pulock. Halal’s name has come up once again, look for CGY/WPG to be interested.
NYR – As I have said before many times, Rangers are trying to shed salary. They are trying to unload Nash and Stepan. Stepan is generating a lot of interest from MTL, COL and CAR. Hearing that they are going to gear up for Shattenkirk and are close to re-signing Smith. Raanta is good as gone, CGY/WPG have the most interest, NYR just looking for a high draft pick.
OTT – Hearing the Senators are trying to add to their forward group after the expansion draft. They like Eberle, E. Kane and Duchene. No offers for any of those players yet but they will go after them hard. Team is trying had to move Phaneuf before Ceci or Methot. I know that the Flames would be open to a reunion with Phaneuf if the Senators are willing to eat up some salary. Other than that, not much to report with the Sens.
PHI – Nothing new with the Flyers. Same old. Trying to look for a goalie, and have interest in Halak, Smith, Raanta. Plan B: Mrazek or Howard. They are not trading their 2nd overall pick. Other than that, haven’t heart a peep out of Philly.
PIT – Again, same with NSH, just came off of winning the Stanley Cup, so not that many rumours floating around. Fleury to Vegas is 90% done, hearing return is a 2nd round pick. They would also like to sign Schultz to a 3-4 year deal, but top priority is trading Fleury. Other than that no news surrounding the Penguins.
SJS – Hearing the Sharks have significant interest in Ilya Kovalchuk, haven’t heard anything else regarding this though. Looks to me like Marleau will not be back with the club and close sources have told me that the club has a 1 year offer on the table for jumbo Joe but he would like to test the market, I am constantly hearing he wants to go to TOR. The Sharks backup option if they miss out on Kovalchuk is JVR and E. Kane.
STL – Not a surprise here, Blues are looking for some goal scoring. They have some interest in Eberle/Drouin but look for them to sign someone this off season without having to give up any significant assets. Blues will not be busy this off season, sorry to the fans.
TBL – Hearing Drouin for Galchenyuk has legs but MTL wants Johnson in the deal, TB wants more if Johnson is included (1st rounder + Beaulieu). If deal falls through with the Canadiens, TBL have other options. TBL are also trying to acquire a top-4 dman: Dumba/Vatanen/Brodin/Tanev.
TOR: Hearing there is an offer on the table for Vatanen and it includes the 17th overall selection in this years draft. Team has significant interest in other dman: Tanev, Dumba, Barrie, Hamonic and De Haan if deal if ANA falls through. As it is known, they have interest in Kovalchuk as well as J. Williams. If they are acquired/signed by the Leafs, look for JVR to be shipped out. JVR could also be a part of a package for a top-4 Dman (just saying). Not hearing anything else in Leaf land but I am sure Lou has many moves up his sleeve.
VAN – Really have nothing on Canucks, not that many sources that are linked to the organization, i apologize for that. As everyone already knows Tanev is available for the right price and Ryan Miller will not be back with the club per source.
VGK – Fans will have to wait after the expansion draft for this one… but hearing deals are in place with multiple teams (ANA, CHI, PIT, CBJ)…. Bieksa, Kruger, Fleury, Hartnell/Clarkson.
WSH – Hearing the Capitals are close to signing Oshie and Orlov. Both will be long term per source 4+ years. They will let Williams walk as well as Shattenkirk (shocker right?). Hearing more and more everyday that teams are going to gear up and throw a package for Ovechkin, wouldn’t be shocked if hes dealt this off season.
WPG – No surprise here but the Jets are trying to acquire a #1 goaltender and are dangling J. Trouba. Source said the clubs first priority is Raanta, then Halak. Other options include Mrazek, Smith and Mason. Other than that, expect a quiet off season regarding the Jets.