In today’s NHL rumors, we take a look at the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and more.
Blue Jackets Making a Push… Stone Too?
The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked a number of fans last night when they landed Ryan Dzingel out of Ottawa, less than 48 hours after also landing Matt Duchene from the Senators. Talk immediately turned to whether or not they might try to go for the trifecta and land Mark Stone as well. From what we understand, there was some actual meat on that bone.
But, the asking price for Stone is incredibly high and the Blue Jackets are realizing that they might not have all the prospects and draft picks available to land the final piece of the Senators former trio.
That leaves Mark Stone on deck for the #Sens and @CraigJButton & @frank_seravalli discuss what the team could get as a return https://t.co/IAgNONEmAM #TradeCentre #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/eI7owcgtm8
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 24, 2019
Chris Johnston said on the Saturday Night Headlines Segment that he doesn’t think the Blue Jackets are done loading up in an effort to compete for the Stanley Cup. They may still decide to move Artemi Panarin and pull in a haul of prospects and picks (recouping some of what they gave up) or they may keep everyone on rental and try to make a run with the team they can put together in the next 24 hours.
No Go on Stone? Try Kevin Hayes…
Kypreos said on Saturday’s Headlines segment, “If you don’t get Stone, Hayes in “Plan B” for a lot of hockey teams, including the Winnipeg Jets. He wouldn’t nearly be the cost of a Stone and certainly, the thought of Hayes coming in and playing in the second center ice position and moving Little off to the wing is certainly appealing to them.”
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 24, 2019
Kypreos added that he believes the lower cost for Hayes could make him a popular option and that in the case of the Winnipeg Jets, the first-rounder from Winnipeg and possibly big prospect defenseman Logan Stanley could be enough to get that kind of deal done.
What About Wayne Simmonds?
Elliotte Friedman believes the trade market for Wayne Simmonds is picking up and suggested, “San Jose, Calgary, and Winnipeg — if Philadelphia feels (a) it wants to make the deal, and (b) is sufficiently out of the playoffs, to do it too.” John Shannon wrote, “Flyer source confirmed that Wayne Simmonds has probably played his last game for the Flyers: “Likely but not 100% decided yet”.
Flyer source confirms that Wayne Simmonds has probably played his last game for the Flyers: “Likely but not 100% decided yet”#TradeDeadline
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) February 24, 2019
John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported that Simmonds is well aware that Saturday’s game was probably his last.
Oilers Tried to Offload Milan Lucic
Larry Brooks reported in a recent New York Post column that in any trade discussions the Edmonton Oilers had about Jesse Puljujarvi, the one thing that remained consistent is that if the Oilers were going to move him, the team acquiring him also had to take on Milan Lucic’s contract.
Oilers interim GM Keith Gretzky was insisting they help the Oilers remove that $6 million burden if they wanted their best prospect.
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