In today’s NHL rumors and trade buzz, there are reports coming out of Carolina that they are now looking at both Josh Ho-Sang and Jesse Puljujarvi. The Minnesota Wild are looking to make a trade and the Buffalo Sabres have taken a d-man off the trade market.
Carolina Weighing Trade Options
Pierre LeBrun reported last night on Insider Trading on TSN that the Carolina Hurricanes are looking at Josh Ho-Sang to fill the void in their top nine. They are now the second team rumored to be interested, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While the Hurricanes look at Ho-Sang, there are still rumors they remain interested in Jesse Puljujarvi of the Edmonton Oilers. Puljujarvi is playing well overseas and waiting for a trade out of Edmonton.
LeBrun said of Ho-Sang:
“Talk about a guy who needs a change of scenery. The Hurricanes are looking at whether or not Ho-Sang would be a good fit. They’re not the only team, of course. Jesse Puljujarvi, speaking of change of scenery, is another player, I’ve been told, the Hurricanes have kicked tires on to see what the price would be and whether he’d be a good fit.
Ristolainen Off the Trade Market
LeBrun also revealed that Rasmus Ristolainen is now hoping to stay in Buffalo after making the comments that Ralph Krueger is the best coach he has ever had in his professional career.
This is a huge change from what was rumored all summer that Ristolainen wanted out. Both the Sabres and the defenseman now appear to be on the same page and trying to make things work.
“It’s been a lot of losing for him over the years in Buffalo and it’s eaten away at his soul. The Sabres did talk to teams this summer, but obviously a trade never materialized and you have the sense that, well, maybe it would happen at some point early this season. Well, hold on. Here’s a guy in Ristolainen that sounds happy playing for head coach Ralph Krueger and right now that’s the case. I don’t see a trade happening at this point, and we’ll see if Ristolainen continues to be happy.”
Krueger has a way of motivating people. In Edmonton, where he didn’t get much of a chance to prove his worth, he was highly regarded as one of the most uplifting player’s coaches the team had ever had. And, the Oilers had a lot of coaches.
Wild Willing to Listen on Any Trade Offers
We earlier reported that new GM Bill Guerin would not make a trade simply for the sake of making a trade in Minnesota, but Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports in his “31 Thoughts” column that Guerin and the Wild will “listen on everything.”
He also sat down for a lengthy interview on the new Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast.
Guerin wants to make his mark on the team and eager to make a move to try and turn things around. He’s hoping to fix a few mistakes his predecessor, Paul Fenton made.
Devils: Hall, Boyle and Schneider
Corey Masisak of The Athletic used his recent mailbag segment to cover a number of rumors surrounding the New Jersey Devils. He discussed pending UFA Taylor Hall, trade rumors surrounding Corey Schneider and the team adding Brian Boyle.
Hall Trade Rumors
Masisak says the buzz surrounding Hall trade talks is premature. He isn’t going to base the next eight years of life off of the first six games of the Devils’ young season. He says, if the Devils do consider moving Hall, it would be three to four weeks before the trade deadline, not sooner.
Adding Brian Boyle
Masisak says free agent Brian Boyle doesn’t really fill a need for the Devils, but they may consider adding him for the veteran leadership he could provide the team.
Don’t Believe Schneider Trade Buzz
He also says, point blank, don’t believe the trade rumors involving goaltender Cory Schneider are coming from a credible source.
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