NHL Rumors Atlantic Division: Jonathan Toews to Boston? Leafs want O’Reilly, and more
Today’s NHL Rumors looks at each team in the Atlantic Division and their outlook a month away from the NHL Trade Deadline set for March 3.
NHL Rumors: Jonathan Toews to the Bruins?
Boston Bruins: As they continue to demolish the competition on a nightly basis, the Bruins still have a need to deepen themselves down the middle. They seem like a perfect landing spot for Jonathan Toews if he agrees to waive his no-move clause.
“We have tried to get out of the rental mode,” Bruins President Cam Neely told The Athletic. “When you give up a lot of assets for a player that’s on an expiring contract, you have to decide, ‘OK, are we willing to do that?’”
Buffalo Sabres: The team is ahead of schedule on their latest retool of the roster. They may be in the mix for some mid-tier rentals or make a huge splash by acquiring Timo Meier. Just keep your eyes on the Sabres because they’re a very intriguing team down the stretch.
Detroit Red Wings: They’ll be sellers at the deadline moving pending UFA’s like defenseman Olli Maatta. The big questions are centered around captain and pending UFA Dylan Larkin although it’s expected he will re-sign. Tyler Bertuzzi is also heading to UFA status and is more likely to be moved.
Florida Panthers: Flip a coin here. The team is fighting for a wild card spot but could still opt to move players like Patric Hornqvist and possibly Anthony Duclair for cap space. If they do add, it will be for depth.
Montreal Canadiens: The Habs will be big time sellers at the deadline with center Sean Monahan likely to land them a nice return.
Ottawa Senators: Ottawa says they won’t be doing any major moves despite the lack of progress on a new deal for pending RFA Alex DeBrincat. The Sens do have several pending UFAs like Tyler Motte and Travis Hamonic they can move at the deadline.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Back in the Stanley Cup hunt, Tampa will most assuredly be adding at least a depth piece on defense. They’ve been closely tied to Luke Schenn of the Vancouver Canucks.
Toronto Maple Leafs: It’s the Maple Leafs, so cap squeeze are not they’ll be making a move at the deadline. It is believed they want to add Ryan O’Reilly’s Stanley Cup winning experience for the playoffs.