What will Ottawa, Edmonton and Montreal do at the Trade Deadline?
TSN 1050: Bob McKenzie was on the radio talking about the disappointment of the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. McKenzie feels the Edmonton Oilers will not make any player moves at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. He thinks the Oilers could make a management or coaching change in the off-season if the Oilers do miss the playoffs. McKenzie also states the Canadiens will not trade Max Pacioretty at the trade deadline but it will be at the 2018 NHL entry draft/off-season. Bob does feel the Senators will likely trade Mike Hoffman at the NHL trade deadline and explore options for Erik Karlsson in the off-season.
What will the Leafs do with James van Riemsdyk?
TSN Leafs Lunch: NHL insider Darren Dreger appeared on Leafs Lunch discussing what it might cost the Toronto Maple Leafs to re-sign James van Riemsdyk, who’s due to become an UFA on July 1, 2018. Noting colleague Bob McKenzie suggested it could take a five-year deal in the range of $6 million annually as the starting point in negotiations, Dreger believes JVR would take $6 million annually to stay with the Leafs on a six-year deal. He doesn’t think there’s been any serious contract talks between the two sides thus far.
Evander Kane likely to be traded
TSN Insider Trading: Pierre LeBrun reports the Buffalo Sabres’ asking price for pending UFA left wing Evander Kane “will be a first-round pick, plus a prospect, plus potentially a conditional pick in case he signs with that new team.” While there’s no firm timeline as to when the Sabres could move Kane, LeBrun suspects it’ll be near the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.