Rumor Roundup: As Matt Duchene’s play picks up, trade rumors die down

Matt Duchene. (Getty Images)

The trade rumors that arose last month over Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene have died down. Duchene, 24, was red hot through November, netting 20 points.

Duchene was linked to several clubs, notably the Ottawa Senators, but it appears nothing will come of it. A rumor blog had the Avs center being offered to the Philadelphia Flyers, but’s Randy Miller wasted little time picking that one apart.

Miller cited Duchene’s $6-million annual cap hit as the biggest impediment, noting that’s a problem for a team like the Flyers with limited cap room. Parting with promising young prospects was another.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Oilers desperate for help but Chiarelli not rushing into any deals

Lyle Richardson
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

In an interview with the Edmonton Oilers website on Saturday, GM Peter Chiarelli downplayed the recent trade chatter swirling about his club. He expressed disappointment with his club’s performance and acknowledged several players are underachieving, though he refused to single any of them out.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector believes forwards like Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are “soft skill” players Chiarelli will eventually ship out. The Edmonton Journal’s David Staple disagrees, suggesting wingers Teddy Purcell, Nail Yakupov or Benoit Pouliot as more likely trade candidates.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Desperate Blue Jackets could deal Ryan Johansen

Lyle Richardson
Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is considered “softly in play” in the NHL trade market. Dreger claims Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn’t actively shopping the 23-year-old Johansen, but he is at least listening when teams call with offers.

Johansen’s name first surfaced in the rumor mill during the Jackets season-opening seven-game losing skid. That chatter died down after Todd Richards was replaced as head coach by John Tortorella.

Under Tortorella, the Jackets are 9-7-0 after 16 games. However, they remain mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. If they don’t start gaining ground against the clubs ahead of them soon, their post-season hopes will once again fade away by the New Year.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Jets remain at center of trade speculation


With New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic’s trade request dominating the rumor mill of late, several other recent rumors went overlooked. Here’s a look at some you may have missed.

The Winnipeg Jets remain a team of interest in this season’s NHL rumor mill. The status of pending UFAs Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd has many observers wondering if they’ll move or re-sign them. They’re also considered a destination of choice for Hamonic, a Manitoba native.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Cam Ward and Eric Staal could move on from Hurricanes

Cam Ward and Eric Staal. (Getty Images)

The future of forward Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward with the Carolina Hurricanes could be determined soon. Both are eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency, and their status remains fodder for the rumor mill.

During Saturday’s ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ telecast, Damien Cox reported Staal and Ward expect to hear from GM Ron Francis at the end of this month if they’ll try to negotiate new contracts. If the ownership situation proves so difficult that they cannot, Cox believes the duo will depart via trade or free agency next summer.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Travis Hamonic expands list of trade destinations to Wild, Avalanche

Lyle Richardson
Travis Hamonic. (Getty Images)

The New York Islanders’ efforts to honor defenseman Travis Hamonic’s trade request continues to dominate the NHL rumor mill. There’s growing consensus among the pundits that it could take time for GM Garth Snow to find a suitable deal.

While the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets are considered the likely destinations for Hamonic, finding the right return is another matter. Snow’s asking price is believed to be a comparable defenseman.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Lots of interest in Travis Hamonic but getting deal done proving difficult

Lyle Richardson
Travis Hamonic (Al Bello/Getty Images)

News of New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic requesting a trade to a Western Canadian NHL club is dominating the NHL rumor mill. A native of St. Malo, Man., Hamonic told reporters on Thursday a family matter is behind the request.

Islanders GM Garth Snow doesn’t intend to just give Hamonic away, as it’s believed he wants a comparable blueliner in return, not draft picks and prospects. Ken Campbell handicapped the 25-year-old’s preferred destinations of the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, suggesting the Oilers as the best fit.

Read more

Rumor Roundup: Teams seeking help on defense waiting for trade chips to fall

Lyle Richardson
Travis Hamonic and Trevor Daley. (Getty Images)

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports GM Bryan Murray is working the phones in search of help for his defense corps. Garrioch says the struggles of Patrick Wiercioch and Jared Cowen have contributed to the Senators blueline issues this season.

The Senators aren’t the only club in the market for defensive help. Earlier this week, Garrioch included the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins among those shopping for defensemen.

Read more