As many teams are finalizing their rosters and announcing their taxi squads, the NHL Rumor Mill is going into overdrive. Here’s some of the latest chatter breaking today.
NHL Rumors: Keith Yandle on the block?
Keith Yandle currently owns the longest ironman streak in the NHL at 866 games. He is chasing down Doug Jarvis incredible record of 964 straight games played.
Problem; he’s currently not slated in the team’s top six and that’s before they made two waiver claims.
According to Elliotte Friedman, “Yandle has ultimate control over his situation with a no-move clause, so only he can decide if he’s willing to go elsewhere, but it’s very hard to move money right now. I’d heard there were some talks with the Islanders (Florida taking back money to ease New York’s cap crunch), but that obviously didn’t happen.”
Right now, if Yandle wants to play and keep his streak alive he will need to waive his clause. Then it will require a lot of work on the Panthers and Yandle’s part to facilitate a trade. Can he keep his chase for Jarvis going? We will have to see.
NHL Rumors: Jets trying to move Jack Roslovic
On the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading, Darren Dreger mentioned that the Jets have had conversations with teams about Jack Roslovic. He currently is at home in Columbus without a contract and no intention of signing one with the Jets.
I followed up with Claude Lemieux almost two weeks ago to ask what’s the latest on the situation. He seemed pretty confident that Roslovic will be traded but to where remains to be seen. Lemieux then informed that at least half a dozen teams have expressed interest in him.
The 23 year-old RFA was not happy with the way the Winnipeg Jets were utilizing him before asking to be traded. He was a first round pick back in 2015 and saw career highs with 12 goals and 29 points playing primarily as a third liner. He is looking for a more prominent role with his next club.
Why the change of heart for Pierre-Luc Dubois
Pierre-Luc Dubois is the hottest name on the trade block right now. Earlier today we noted Elliotte Friedman said sources told him teams are “not screwing around.” More importantly, the Jackets have received serious offers for him too.
In his latest 31 Thoughts blog, Friedman also dropped this very interesting nugget:
“Hopefully, there’s eventual clarity on why Dubois wanted the change of scenery. He bought a place in Columbus last season. There’s something we’re not seeing.”
Speculation is going to fly now, but it’s hard to not think that John Tortorella’s tongue lashing last season didn’t come into play here.