Rumor Roundup

  

Those who have followed me for any period of time know that I will only report what I actually hear—and even then, some of it never gets out because it doesn’t pass the smell test.

I will also tell you when it’s been quiet. And today, the last full workday before the Monday 3PM trade deadline, my inbox is empty. At least as of this posting.

So what follows is a roundup—arranged chronologically from most recent to oldest—of rumors I’ve heard over the last week (with some commentary):

 

Newer:

Columbus

Apparently made another run at Artem Anisimov in the last 24 hours or so. Columbus and Montreal I was told had made offers on Anisimov previously, that the Hawks rejected.

Corey Crawford injury

I received confirmation from a reliable team source that his injury is, in fact, concussion related. It had nothing to do with 12-ounce curls or snowmobiles.

My comment: let’s move on.

As reported here first:

Philadelphia

Some time in the last few days, the Hawks talked to Philadelphia about a deal that would send Ryan Hartman and Anisimov (and possibly Cody Franson, probably just for contract space) to the Flyers for Val Fillipula, Michael Raffl and either Travis Sanheim or Samuel Morin. And the Hawks might have to retain salary on Anisimov.

My comment: a lot of fans thought this would be a bad trade for Chicago. I disagree. Although he’s older, Fillipula is a much better faceoff guy (something the Hawks desperately need), who plays with more speed than AA. Nick Schmaltz is your 2C, Fillipula fits the 3C profile better—as long as the Hawks retain him. But the jewel of this deal for Chicago would be Sanheim or Morin, each a recent first round pick with size and skating ability—and the kind of D prospect the Hawks simply don’t have.

Hartman

A source told me he’s “as good as gone.” Might be extreme and premature. But I do hear the Hawks are listening on offers for him and along with Connor Murphy, he is a high possibility to move.

Washington and/or Tampa Bay

The Hawks had two scouts at a game between these two teams the other night. Both are rumored to be looking for defensemen. Murphy? Dunno, no names were mentioned.

Brandon Saad

The Hawks received offers from Pittsburgh (which in light of the Derrick Brassard deal today now makes more sense) and Montreal. Both offers were rejected.

My comment: no surprise teams are offering, nor that the Hawks are rejecting. It’s the smart move on everyone’s part. I doubt Saad moves unless there is an exceptional offer on the table.

Ottawa

The Hawks have been talking to the Sens off and on for several weeks about various players—mostly Chicago defensemen. Two players mentioned to me (among several apparently discussed) were Connor Murphy and Zack Smith. These teams may revisit these discussions after the season’s end.

Tommy Wingels

Very possible Tommy rejoins the Sharks for a playoff run (or the Wild) then returns home this summer as a free agent.

 

All I have for now. Follow me @jaeckel for real-time updates on rumors as I hear them, 24/7. Between now and the deadline.

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  • #5529
    John Jaeckel
    Keymaster

    Those who have followed me for any period of time know that I will only report what I actually hear—and even then, some of it never gets out because i
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    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

    #5530
    Jeff Osborn
    Keymaster

    Scoops!!!

    @PuckinHostile on Twitter

    #5531
    jr_howie
    Participant

    J.J.

    Great read as per the norm. I like the Murphy for Zack Smith swap. If this trade happens then would you still do the trade with Flyers ? I think this gives the HAWKS a nice new  look.

    Saad-Toews- Sikura

    Debrincat-Schmaltz-Kane

    Z.Smith-Fillipula-Duclair

    Hinostroza-Kampf-Wingels

     

    Keith – Osterle

    Gustafsson – Seabrook

    Sanheim/Morin -Jokiharju

    CRAWFORD

     

    >>>>> Is this good enough ?        What do you think ?

    #5534
    Hank_Greenberg
    Participant

    I think it might be early to give up on Murphy. I like Hartman, but he’s a replaceable part.

     

    #5535
    Tyler Majewski
    Participant

    J.J. Great read as per the norm. I like the Murphy for Zack Smith swap. If this trade happens then would you still do the trade with Flyers ? I think this gives the HAWKS a nice new look. Saad-Toews- Sikura Debrincat-Schmaltz-Kane Z.Smith-Fillipula-Duclair Hinostroza-Kampf-Wingels Keith – Osterle Gustafsson – Seabrook Sanheim/Morin -Jokiharju CRAWFORD >>>>> Is this good enough ? What do you think ?

     

    would still like more upgrades on the back end as opposed to the forwards, but i like what your thinking. need upgrades at center big time, especially if schmaltz is gunna stay there

    #5538
    Tim M.
    Participant

    I agree with you J.J. about Philly trade. D is the real problem. Hartman plays when he wants, which isn’t often. I think he got pissed when he was dropped from Kane and Schmaltz line. Anisimov is good, but not being able to win face offs is a killer, especially on the power play.

    #5544
    Under Qs moustache
    Participant

    Saad will get another half year or more to get his game back. Sadly AA looks like a goner, his FO% is better this year and is offset by his willingness to stand infront of the net, plus he is a big body something that is missing from the top 6 forwards. Durability is an issue. 3rd line center is a vacancy since dat bum Krooger was traded.

    It might be noted that the Hawks won the SC with big wingers now departed. (Bickell, Brower, Buff, Eager, Hossa to name a few) They made room for 19,88, and 10. Who is going to provide size for 12, 8, and 48? The loss of 15 makes this problem worse. Not that 15 intimidates anyone but he has size infront of the net, something that has not been addressed this year from last year’s early exit from the playoffs. I doubt this is a role DuClaire can play effectively. So the top 6 has NOBODY with size after AA is traded. Towes and Kane are more at risk going forward. That’s 21M of cap left to fend for themselves. It isn’t going to work over 82 games and playoffs( if they make it next year) A big rookie dman doesn’t fix it either. Kamph, Sikura(if signed), and Hayden are not top 6 players yet if ever.

    #5563
    Hank_Greenberg
    Participant

    It might be noted that the Hawks won the SC with big wingers now departed. (Bickell, Brower, Buff, Eager, Hossa to name a few) They made room for 19,88, and 10.

    It’s not talked about enough, but the loss of Hossa has been brutal for this team.

    #5571
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Hossa’s presence masked so many problems for this team. Wish he could miraculously return to the lineup.

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