We are just days away from the trade deadline and NHL rumors are spreading. There are a lot of rumors about the National Hockey League with teams trying to put themselves in the best position. However, some are looking to compete while others are clearing some space. Today’s National Hockey League rumors focus on the Montreal Canadiens, Seattle Kraken and St. Louis Blues.
All NHL rumors come from the original source and are subject to change.
Rumor: Sportsnet’s Eric Engels said General Manager Kent Hughes is looking for flexibility in the salary cap when talking about Shea Weber.
Hughes says Canadians are seeking maximum flexibility in response to a question about Shea Weber trading. He adds that he won’t be specific on how to do it.
Eric Engels March 17, 2022
Analytics: Webber likely played his last game in the National Hockey League after leaving everything on the ice. The veteran helped run confinement in their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993. However, his body sustained extensive damage during that run.
His contract is also a big one with a cap of nearly $8 million and runs until the end of the 2025-26 season. The deal is actually buried on the long-term casualty reserve. However, Montreal would like to take the contract off the books, so it can move forward.
There are teams like the Arizona Coyotes, Seattle Kraken, and Buffalo Sabers that might be willing to take this deal in exchange for sweetener. Salary retention was part of some deadline deals and this would be no different. Weber could join the group of Coyotes legends like Chris Pronger and Pavel Datsyuk who were technically on the team.
Rumor: Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports that the expansion team may not have finished making moves following the transfer of Calle Jarnkrok.
It has begun.
Trading Kali Garnrock for the venture capital needed to build a stronger future is the start of what could be crowded over the next five days for Kraken. # will crack https://t.co/af2kO7e6fs
– Ryan S Clark (@ryan_s_clark) March 17, 2022
Analytics: Jarnkrok’s trade could be a harbinger of things for the first-year team. Captain Mark Giordano will likely be treated to a competitor as well, but there may be other names heading out.
Kraken hasn’t gone crazy and is spending a lot of money on an expansion project. Someone like Carson Sosi could be on the team’s radar for some defensive depth. General Manager Ron Francis would be smart to listen to offers from a lot of players. The team takes the traditional expansion approach of not trying to risk everything as the Vegas Golden Knights did.
It’s not all bleak for Seattle, with Matthew Beners likely to be part of the squad next season. The Kraken will also be a top pick this season and Shane Wright could land if the pingpong balls fall the right way. However, the next few days will be busy with the front office in Seattle.
St. Louis Blues
Rumor: Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford has speculated about 11 commercial goals for the Blues.
Finding the Right Trade Match to Defend the Blues: How 11 potential targets might fit, and what the price might be https://t.co/JUHlMg7Lyx # Longing
– Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 18, 2022
Analytics: Rutherford asserts that some of these names are as far-fetched as Jacob Chicheron, Humpus Lindholm, and Ivan Provorov. Targets like Giordano and Justin Brown could be fine, but the asking price could be too steep for Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong.
The focus shifts to affordable targets like Soucy, Nick Leddy, Jacob Middleton, and Brenden Dillon. All of these players will fill the team’s need for a physical defense man. Susi is a player who has some offensive parts of his game. He tied with former St. Louis defender Vince Dunn in goals with seven.
Leddy has a lot of playoff experience despite not being a classic puck or blueliner player. Detroit has given up a second player and will likely want a similar return. The Red Wings may also keep some salary to facilitate the deal.
Middleton would be a good trading slide for the sharks, which have depth in their pipelines. Dillon is a player who will likely need a transfer at some point before Winnipeg. The focus is on Andrew Cope and Paul Stastney, but Dillon would be a good choice for the team.
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