NHL Rumors: Ryan Getzlaf on the block, Islanders still pushing players, and more
The Anaheim Ducks are over the cap ceiling by almost $1 million and could be trying to salary dump. Also, we know the Islanders are in a pickle with limited cap space and Mat Barzal unsigned. Let’s jump into all of today’s NHL rumors.
NHL Rumors: Ryan Getzlaf on the block
Jimmy Murphy of Florida Hockey Now is reporting that the Anaheim Ducks are aggressively shopping players. That’s because they are trying to get cap compliant and he suggests that Ryan Getzlaf is being shopped.
Is there a market for a 35 year-old center with one year left at $8.25 million? The answer is yes, but the Ducks will likely have to eat half that salary AND throw in a draft pick. Apparently three teams have checked in on his availability.
Other Ducks that could be on the move are Jakob Silferberg and Rickard Rakell.
What’s up with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins extension?
The general consensus is that both parties want to come to a deal but there hasn’t been much progress in talks. Adam Gretz at NBC Sports believes that a fair extension would be in the $7 million range.
I spoke with Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey on a podcast recently about Nugent-Hopkins possibly as trade bait. He told me the Oilers love “the Nuge” and want to keep him.
Frank Seravalli also reported that the Oilers and Nugent-Hopkins are working on a longterm deal. It does sounds like this could get worked out soon and he will avoid being a UFA next summer.
Islanders….what’s the hold up?
Last week we noted that there’s some rumors around the Isles regarding Mat Barzal. The Islanders have been real aggressive in trying to shop veterans Johnny Boychuk and Leo Komarov, but no takers.
Florida Hockey Now says that a source suggest the Islanders may trade forward Josh Bailey. He makes $5 million AAV for the next three seasons, so the Islanders may need to eat salary or throw in a high draft pick to facilitate a move.
Yes, the Islanders are in as much of a bind as are the Lightning.