The Philadelphia Flyers wouldn’t mind moving defenceman Andy McDonald but with a cap hit of $5 million through the 2019-20 campaign that’s pretty much an impossible dream … As TSN’s Darren Dreger reported, Phoenix Coyotes GM John Chayka made an offer the Calgary Flames could refuse for defenceman Dougie Hamilton
Nick Kypreos pondered the possibility on Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment Saturday night.
“There’s no indication that Pacioretty wants out of Montreal,” he said. “But it’s clear from a few other teams that they want to watch this situation closely.
*And no, the Flames aren’t shopping Dougie Hamilton.
Rumours, of course, started to swirl when Treliving was spotted at the Leafs game in Toronto against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Given Hamilton’s relationship to the Toronto area (he played junior in Niagara and grew up in Toronto) coupled with his rocky start to the 2016-17 season, the Maple Leafs’ rumoured interest in the top-four blueliner, and the fact the Flames were set to square off with the Leafs on Wednesday, the dots started connecting.
There will be interest in #Leafs‘ James van Riemsdyk whenever things heat up. But Calgary is one of 10 teams on JvR’s limited no-trade list.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 30, 2016
One has to wonder about those possibilities if he continues to be an ill-fitting piece for Claude Julien’s system: would Spooner be one of the main pieces for a top-4 D-man Boston has searched far and wide for over the last couple of seasons, and is it inevitably trending toward an exit with things making the way like perpetual fourth line demotions and an organizational unwillingness to keep him at his preferred center position?
Talks between Holland, his agent Joe Resnick and Lou Lamoriello in the last 72 hours certainly point to the team trying to trade the player.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 29, 2016
The Canucks could potentially trade Burrows, Ryan Miller, and, if they ever wrap their heads around a full-tilt rebuild, Jannik Hansen, Alex Edler and, yes, the Sedin twins.
I imagine Gallant becomes a front-runner for the Golden Knights job.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 28, 2016
The Florida Panthers have relieved coach Gerard Gallant of his duties.
The 53-year-old head coach joined the team in June of 2014. In his first season, he led the Panthers to a 38 win campaign and 91 points.
According to TSN hockey insider Bob Mackenzie Florida has also fired assistant coach Mike Kelly. General Manager Tom Rowe will be taking over head coaching duties.
Nick Kypreos suggested that, despite Vancouver’s placement near the bottom of the NHL standings, they’re not giving up on the season and are in fact looking to acquire more scoring.
“It doesn’t appear Jim Benning and the Vancouver Canucks are ready to mail it in any time soon, they’re looking for scoring,” Kypreos said. “A lot of teams are looking for scoring. Of course, you’re going to have to move something substantial. Teams are calling for Chris Tanev right now, but Vancouver is saying he’s not available. You can pick as many as you want on defence here, but that’s one player we’re not prepared to go down that route with just yet.”
With off-season acquisition Alexander Radulov proving a fast fit with the Montreal Canadiens, his agent is reportedly prepared to consider a long-term extension with the club should general manager Marc Bergevin be interested.
“He likes Montreal and the fans have quickly adopted him. I don’t see why this relationship can’t continue,”
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) November 24, 2016
Coaches with NHL experience who could be in the mix include Bob Hartley and Kevin Dineen. Hot prospects include Phil Housley and Trent Green. One intriguing possibility: former Edmonton Oilers Ralph Krueger. He was the media darling at the World Cup of Hockey because of the job he did with Team Europe. His entertaining personality, coupled with his thorough coaching style, would make him an ideal choice for an expansion team.