NHL Rumors: Devils, Oilers, Canadiens, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is still fallout from the first day of free agency. The New Jersey Devils aren’t done, the Oilers have more to do but are working at an experienced pace, and was there more to the Nazem Kadri trade than people realized?

Devils Not Done Adding

Mike Morreale of NHL.com says the New Jersey Devils will continue to look at adding to their roster despite having added Jack Hughes, P.K. Subban and Wayne Simmonds in the past few weeks.

Nashville Predators P.K. Subban
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

Devils general manager Ray Shero said he’s made a ton of calls and will continue to make more. “We certainly would want to see what’s out there,” Shero said. He added:

“If you have a chance to improve your team you will. We’re still in good shape, cap wise, and we’ve utilized that space well. Our managing partners (Josh Harris and David Blitzer) have been very supportive, and we’ve kind of laid out that when the time is right, we’ll take advantage of a couple opportunities and will continue to do so, if it’s available.”

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Ken Holland Has a Plan For Oilers

While the Edmonton Oilers signed a few players on the first day of free agency, there were no big blockbuster names headed to Edmonton. This despite the fact the Oilers need some dramatic improvements in certain places.

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland
Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

According to Mark Spector of Sportsnet, Holland said of his lack of action:

“In the short term we’re going to try to compete for the playoffs in 2020. Long-term, it’s about building. But short term we need more competition and more pace on the bottom of the roster.

I’ve been a general manager for 22 years. I know when it’s time to pay, and when it’s not time to pay. Ultimately I’m trying to build this team to be an elite team in the Western Conference.

As Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic pointed out, Holland had lots of holes to fill and he prioritized goaltending and depth forwards on the first day of free agency. He’ll now move to finding a scoring winger and it might not be acquired through free agency.

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Calgary Flames Interested in Nazem Kadri

Regarding the Nazem Kadri trade to Colorado, Pierre LeBrun reported there were two teams showing interest on Nazem Kadri but were on his 10-team no-trade list. Kadri wouldn’t waive it for those teams and obviously, the Colorado Avalanche weren’t one of them.

Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dec. 12, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Ryan Pike says he believes the Calgary Flames were one of the teams he refused to accept a trade to.

Canadiens Interested in Kyle Turris and Jake Gardiner?

Eric Engels of Sportsnet says that after the Carolina Hurricanes announced they would match the Montreal Canadiens offer sheet on Sebastian Aho, they wouldn’t go the offer sheet route again.

Predators center Kyle Turris
Predators center Kyle Turris (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Engels wondered if Bergevin would have interest in Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris. Or, Engels proposes pursuing free-agent defenseman, Jake Gardiner. Engels suggested seeing if the Predators will add another asset in the deal or convince them to pick up part of Turris’ $6 million annual salary-cap hit.

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Penguins to Clear Some Space

Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes the Penguins will make another cost-cutting trade. After signing Brandon Tanev, they only have around $1.6 million in salary-cap space. Vensel speculates Nick Bjugstad or Bryan Rust could become trade candidates.

Penguins forward Nick Bjugstad
Penguins forward Nick Bjugstad (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

He writes:

Rutherford admitted Monday that there is a “good chance” they’ll have to trade somebody to ensure they are cap compliant for next season.

… So it seems logical that if they need to subtract somebody, it would be a forward pulling in significant paychecks.

source – ‘Five questions left for the Penguins after busy period’ – Matt Vensel – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 07/02/2019