NHL Rumors Roundup: Avs called on Patrick Kane, Panthers want Claude Giroux, Islanders, and Canucks

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Today’s NHL Rumors Roundup for Sunday March 6, 2022 digs into the latest trade talk from around the league. We also look back and update some of the biggest rumors from last week.

We start off with some big news coming out of Colorado, where the Avalanche apparently called the Blackhawks about acquiring Patrick Kane.

NHL Rumors Roundup: Avalanche called on Patrick Kane

On a recent spot for NHL Network, David Pagnotta of TFP dropped a little bomb on hockey fans.

“The [Avalanche] want to go all in and are looking at a variety of options up front,” Pagnotta said. “We know that they are connected to Claude Giroux, but they have other options as well. Colorado has had discussion with Vancouver about J.T. Miller, and they’re one of the teams that reached out to Chicago and asked ‘if Patty Kane is looking to move– give us a call we want to make that happen.'”

Kane, 33, is having a fine season for the Blackhawks with 56 points in 52 games. The Buffalo, NY native has called Chicago his home for 15 years and spoke openly on last Wednesday about where he sees himself.

“Let’s be honest, I love Chicago. I love the City and the fans,” Kane said. “I think there’s always business decisions. I know in the game of hockey there’s not many guys that play their whole career with one team. So it would be a privilege and an honor to do that. But I guess we’ll see how it all plays out.”

The Blackhawks top scorer said he has yet to speak with Davidson about his future but knows they will. Is it possible he could be traded? The answer is yes, but he has a full no-move clause and any transaction requires his blessing.

Florida Panthers in on Claude Giroux

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Feb 22, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) skates on the ice during introductions against the St. Louis Blues at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday Night’s HNIC 32 Thoughts Segment went into detail on Flyers captain and pending UFA Claude Giroux. Jeff Marek reported that the executive team of the Flyers were heavily scouting the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate and when things are said and done, Giroux may land with the Panthers.

“Who were they there to see? We believe it is Owen Tippet,” Marek said. “We’ve talked before how Tippet’s name is very much out there and the Panthers have said he’s available.”

Tippet, 23, has 6 goals and 14 points in 42 games with the Panthers this season. The first round pick, 10th overall, from the 2017 NHL Draft has 33 points in 94 career games.

New York Islanders trade rumors

The Islanders are in some unfamiliar territory this trade deadline as potential sellers. Several players are of interest as pending UFA’s that include Cal Clutterbuck, Zach Parise, and Zdeno Chara.

Chara is a very intriguing name, and at 44 years of age one would expect he’d be interested in a trade to a playoff team. However, Emily Kaplan of ESPN warns speculators to pump the brakes.

New York is likely missing the postseason, but I’m told Chara isn’t asking out. He views it as having signed a one-year commitment to the organization, and he plans to see it through. If a team goes to GM Lou Lamoriello with a trade proposal, Lamoriello has enough respect for Chara that he will bring it to the player and his representatives and they’ll talk it out. Chara will have some family considerations — his wife and kids are still in Boston.

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Vancouver Canucks talking to their players

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Feb 12, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller (9) skates out as the third star of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena. Vancouver won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Canucks have dominated the NHL Trade Rumors Mill thanks to the possibility of trading J.T. Miller. Despite the fact his ask is astronomically high, which is believed to be a top young player, top prospect, and a first round pick to start, speculation still persists.

Elliotte Friedman addressed the Canucks on last night’s HNIC to note that Miler isn’t the only player they are shopping. He notes that aside from their untouchables of Elias Petterssen, Quinn Hughes, and Thatcher Demko they are gauging the market on the rest.

At the same time, President Jeremy Rutherford is talking to his players to assess what many will be looking for in new deals.

“So, I think Jim Rutherford is taking all that information, the players’ value on the market, their value in terms of staying and their next contracts, and he’s going to make their decisions from there. And I think the thing that could tip all of this is if the Canucks can get a young defenseman out of this. And I think that could determine the route that they go.”

Elliotte Friedman, Sportsnet