Bruins, Panthers, Blues, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Plus

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In today’s NHL rumors, the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers made a trade that opens the door for the Panthers to shop before the trade deadline. Meanwhile, there are questions about what the Boston Bruins will do before the April 12 deadline, as one of Kyle Palmieri’s alleged targets is off the board and has gone to the New York Islanders. Surprisingly, the Edmonton Oilers are connected to Taylor Hall and there is more talk of a trade between Nick Foligno and Columbus.

Panthers ready to swing for the fences?

According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, a trade between the Panthers and Blackhawks is now over and it’s Brett Connolly, Riley Stillman and Henrik Borgstrom plus a 7th Rd pick going to Chicago in exchange for Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Wallmark. He adds, “Connolly has another 2 years at $ 3.5 million AAV. Florida frees up space for ceilings in this frame. The hawks use their limited space to attract 2 young players. “

What’s interesting about all of this is that the Panthers were already a team that could make some noise before Monday’s deadline thanks to the ceiling space that was cleaned up with Aaron Ekblad’s injury. The movement of Connolly’s money suggests that the team will be really trying to make a splash and may land one of the biggest fish in the commercial market. The question will be: do they choose a defender or a striker?

Bruins in limbo?

There’s a lot of talk about what the Boston Bruins will do. They could be big players this season by the deadline and they could hold on. With lingering injuries to Tuukka Rask, Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy and a real need for a secondary score, it makes sense the Bruins try to add.

At the same time, no one seems to really know what this team is capable of. They could be a group that bounce back in the first round of the playoffs quite easily or manage to get through a few rounds and clashes. They are top tier heavy and badly need more production from players like Jake DeBrusk and Craig Smith, but it’s unclear if they’ll get it.

There were talks about Kyle Palmieri before he was traded to the New York Islanders and maybe there is something to talk about regarding Taylor Hall. That said, don’t be surprised if the Bruins are doing very little.

Blues Scratch Hoffman

Mike Hoffman was a healthy scratch from last night’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights and it sparked a lot of trade talk. Blues coach Craig Berube said the decision was made to put Sammy Blais into the roster, but most people believe St. Louis is working on a deal after general manager Doug Armstrong said that he would be ready to move the waiting FMUs.

“Reasonable source,” says oil tankers on Taylor Hall

We discussed this in our Edmonton Oilers news and rumors article yesterday, but just to provide a quick update here, Edmonton Journal scribe David Staples quotes NHL insider Doug MacLean, telling CHED radio host Reid Wilkins that he heard the Oilers were interested in Hall.

Taylor Hall, Sabres de Buffalo (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

While it seems unrealistic that the Oilers could make the money work, MacLean said his “reasonable source” indicated that the Oilers were considering a deal in which Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were both under contract with the Oilers for the next season, and no more. over $ 12 million combined. In other words, if these talks take place, it’s a trade-and-sign scenario where Hall takes around $ 5.5-6 million.

As Staples points out, the money should go back to Buffalo, which means advancing a striker like Zack Kassian or James Neal, perhaps a goalie like Mikko Koskinen. The Oilers’ first-round pick is also expected to be included in the deal.

In other Oilers news, the games against Vancouver on April 12 and 14 have been postponed and it does not appear that any replacement games are scheduled. The Oilers will have some free time after Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Blue Jackets want Foligno approval for trade

While the player has a modified no-move clause for 10 teams in his contract, Aaron Portzline of The Athetlic reports that a deal to kick Nick Foligno out of Columbus is more complicated than that. Portzline reports that Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen will not trade Foligno without the captain’s approval and that it must be a situation of desire on Foligno’s side.

Buffalo Sabers goaltender Linus Ullmark is shortlisted by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno (THE CANADIAN PRESS / AP / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The 32-year-old is likely ready to move to a handful of destinations. Portzline writes:

Colorado, Toronto, Minnesota and New York Islanders are believed to be interested in Foligno, but there will likely be other contenders as well. A trade with the Wild would see Foligno play with his brother, Marcus Foligno, who is currently out of the roster due to injury.

source – Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen won’t trade Nick Foligno without captain’s approval ”- Aaron Portzline – The Athletic – 07/04/2021

Portzline also notes that a source indicated Athletic Foligno is reportedly set to sign with the Blue Jackets again this summer as an unrestricted free agent after getting a Stanley Cup kick with another club.

Jeff Liberty Blue Jackets media team notes defenseman Michael Del Zotto is hoping to stay in Columbus. Del Zotto said: “I enjoyed my stay here. … I would love to stay and I said it very clearly along the way here.

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Jim Parsons is a freelance writer who covers the Edmonton Oilers and articles on news and rumors here at The Hockey Writers.

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