NHL Rumors: January 1 start date, Vegas begging teams to take Marc-Andre Fleury, Ekman-Larsson deadline, Domi traded, and Toffoli a UFA

The NHL is unlikely to be able to start in early December as many were speculating months ago. It looks now as if the target will be January 1st. New Year’s Day is traditionally when the Winter Classic is held, but how about a National Hockey Day?

The idea I have is “Hub Stadiums” one in the East and one in the West. Let’s say Yankee Stadium for Rangers vs. Islanders and Buffalo vs. Toronto? Then how about Dodger Stadium for Kings vs. Sharks and Knights vs. Hawks? Just an idea.

NHL Rumors – Take Marc-Andre Fleury…PLEASE!

Apparently the Golden Knights are offering MAF and a 2nd rounder to any team that will take him and half his salary. According to TSN’s Insider Trading, Carolina wanted a 1st and a 2nd to which Vegas balked.


The rumors connected Max Domi and Josh Anderson for awhile. The Jackets and Habs make it official as they swap RFA’s. I expect Columbus will be buyout out Wennberg soon.

NHL Rumors – Ekman-Larsson deadline

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson in Boston? (NHLI/Getty Images)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson just hampered any deal the Coyotes could make. Per his agent, he will only go to Vancouver or Boston and Arizona has till Friday to make the deal.

NHL Rumors – Tyler Toffoli hitting the market

The Canucks like him but don’t have the cap space. They could also be trying to finalize a deal for Ekman-Larsson and need that money for that. Look for Toffoli to be looked at by Toronto and Pittsburgh.