Boston Bruins interested in Artemi Panarin
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont suggests Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin would be a dream fit on the Boston Bruins’ second line alongside center David Krejci. He believes Panarin, who appears reluctant to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets, could return to Chicago or “or maybe LA or somewhere in the Ranger-Islander-Devil metro-NY area”, a big city with a “large, vibrant Russian population”. However, he points out Boston is “a world-class city with a perennial playoff contender” that can accommodate his salary. Dupont speculates the Blue Jackets will be forced to move Panarin before the February 2019 trade deadline for a player, a draft pick and a prospect. If the Bruins were to pursue Panarin, Dupont believes the asking price from Columbus would be “two young plug-in, ready-to play roster players” such as winger Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo.
Latest San Jose Sharks trade rumors
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien thinks the San Jose Sharks could still make a big move despite losing out to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the bidding for free-agent center John Tavares. While the Sharks have just over $4 million in salary-cap space, he believes they should “swing for the fences” while they still can. While the Sharks lack a first-round pick in 2019, they carry two second-rounders in 2019 that could perhaps be packaged for someone like Carolina’s Jeff Skinner or Montreal’s Max Pacioretty.
Latest New Jersey Devils Rumors
NJ.COM: Chris Ryan believes there are still ways for New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero to improve his roster before the puck drops on the new season on Oct. 3. He suggested Shero could get involved as a third-party in a possible Erik Karlsson trade by taking one or two contracts from clubs hoping to acquire the Senators defenseman. Another option is pursuing a trade with the Minnesota Wild for a veteran forward (such as Jason Zucker or Nino Niederreiter) if GM Paul Fenton is in the mood to shake up his roster. Ryan also suggested trading for Montreal’s Max Pacioretty or Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel, or perhaps signing a free agent such as winger Rick Nash.