NHL Rumors: 12 teams called about Dubois, NBCSN shutting down, and Penguins close to trading for a defenseman

Twelve teams are believed to have inquired about Pierre-Luc Dubois. Per Pierre LeBrun he lists Anaheim, Minnesota, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa, NYR, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington and Arizona as suitors.


NHL Rumors: A dozen teams in on Dubois

There are probably more than the dozen teams Pierre LeBrun is mentioning, but what remains to be seen is what kind of a deal Columbus is looking for.

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Pierre-Luc Dubois wants to play for the Canadiens (Photo: Canadian Press)

“Now the question is which teams can satisfy what the CBJ want,” LeBrun also said. “This won’t be a futures-only deal. I think Columbus wants this to be a hockey deal if/when they proceed.”

NHL Rumors: NBCSN shutting down

A new report in the Sports Business Journal indicated NBC will shut down NBC Sports Network which broadcasts a majority of the nationally televised games by the end of 2021. It is believed that the USA Network will be picking up those games.

NHL Rumors: Penguins looking for a defenseman

On the latest Insider Trading on TSN, Darren Dreger gave the following update:

[Penguins GM, Jim Rutherford] is looking for a defenseman and part of that is through urgency and necessity and the fact he’s already experienced injuries to the Pittsburgh Penguins blueline. But you’re right, Jimmy Rutherford historically, traditionally, has always tried to get his shopping out of the way early. He’s in the market for the best available defenceman but, in reality, he knows that he’s going to have to settle for a third-pairing defenceman. He’s definitely in the market looking for some help.


The rumor is buzzing that Rutherford is working with 3-4 teams on a deal for a defender. This one could shake out soon.