NHL Rumours: Alex Galchenyuk, Jordan Eberle, Alexander Radulov and more

The NHL is entering its busiest part of the off-season. The NHL Draft and free agent frenzy are right around the corner and it keeps the rumour mill churning.  The expansion draft has added a new layer to the normal NHL off-season craziness, with the Vegas Golden Knights wheeling and dealing. The following are some of the rumours and transactions circulating throughout the league, including the Jordan Eberle trade, the latest on Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov and more.

NHL Rumours: Alex Galchenyuk, Jordan Eberle, Alexander Radulov and more

The Vegas Golden Knights announced their expansion roster last night at the NHL awards show. They made several deals with teams to either select or pass on unprotected players. For a complete rundown of the Golden Knights selected roster and moves, click here.

With the expansion draft over, the trade freeze is now lifted and teams can begin to announce trades heading to the NHL draft on June 23rd. Teams are already getting busy!

Alex Galchenyuk

According to L.A. Lariviere, the Montreal Canadiens and Alex Galchenyuk are in contract negotiations. Galchenyuk’s agent, Pat Brison confirmed that he and the team are having discussions.

Bob McKenzie is reporting that Alex Galchenyuk is likely on the move however.

The Islanders and Wild have been the teams most linked with Alex Galchenyuk, but now Pierre LeBrun reports the New Jersey Devils are also interested in the young forward.

Jordan Eberle Traded to Islanders

The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for forward Ryan Strome. The Islanders had been looking to add an offensive weapon before the roster freeze on June 19.

Petr Mrazek

The Detroit Red Wings decision to leave Petr Mrazek unprotected in the expansion draft indicates the team is ready to move on from the goalie. Ansar Khan of mlive.com reports the Wings are looking to move Mrazek. The Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes are options according to Khan.

Alexander Radulov

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on TSN 690 that the Canadiens and UFA Alexander Radulov are still far apart on signing a new deal. Dreger reports that Radulov’s asking price, in terms of salary and length, has not dropped.

My sense is the asking price and the term that’s expected from Radulov and his representation haven’t really changed a whole heck of a lot, it would make sense to me, on the outside anyway, that the Montreal Canadiens would have interest in a three or maybe a four year deal at maybe $5.5-6 million per year, but I’m told as of last night he wants more than that in both term and in money. I don’t see the fit at five or six years. I really don’t. And I don’t think that Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens do either.

Vegas still Dealing

Trevor van Riemsdyk

Bob McKenzie reported via twitter that the Vegas Golden Knights have deals in place and are ready to move on them now that the trade freeze is lifted. Defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk is rumoured to be traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The trade has been confirmed by tsn.ca

Colin Miller

McKenzie tweeted that Colin Miller to the Toronto Maple Leafs would make a lot of sense, but Miller does not seem to be on the teams radar, yet.

Marcus Kruger

According to Bob McKenzie, the Marcus Kruger to Vegas trade scenario is still alive.

Flipping Defence

Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie both reported via twitter that the Golden Knights are exploring trade options for veteran defensemen Marc Methot, Alexei Emelin and David Schlemko.

Well the domino’s are starting of fall, as Vegas has traded David Schlemko to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth round pick in the 2019 draft.

Canadiens in the Market for Defence

According to Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, the Habs are actively shopping for a top four defensemen. The Habs were unsuccessful in acquiring Marco Scandella from the Wild before the trade freeze. The Habs may look to re-start these negotiations with the Wild now that the trade freeze has been lifted.

Bob McKenzie adds to this by saying the trade talks the Habs were having with Minnesota prior to the trade freeze led to the Jonathan Drouin trade with Tampa Bay. He feels the Wild are not too high on Alex Galchenyuk.

The Habs have already started making moves to upgrade their defence, acquiring David Schlemko from the Golden Knights today. Schlemko is not the top tier defender the Canadiens covet, but their blueline had become extremely thin. The team had traded away Nathan Beaulieu and Mikhail Sergachev leading up the expansion draft and then shaw Alexei Emelin was selected by Vegas.

Minnesota Wild to Move Defence

Michael Russo reports the Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is willing to move a defensemen before free agency opens up July 1st. Fletcher said he is willing to part with a defensemen to acquire immediate help to his roster or for picks and prospects that allow him flexibility to pursue free agents. Tampa Bay, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo. Calgary and Dallas are all teams that have expressed interest in acquiring a top-four defensemen. Bob McKenzie tweets that Marco Scandella is the most likely to be dealt by the Wild. He says the team is not comfortable moving Mathew Dumba.

Dallas Stars

Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Dallas Stars are interested in moving their first round pick, third overall, to help with immediate needs.


Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes are another team believed to be very active leading up to the NHL draft and free agency, according to Bob McKenzie. Its believed that they were talking with the New York Rangers before the freeze. Derek Stepan continues to be a name the Coyotes are connected to.

New York Islanders

The Islanders have already made a deal to acquire Jordan Eberle from Edmonton, but they might not be finished adding players. Bob McKenzie is reporting the Islanders are interested in Matt Duchene to help the offence. Alex Galchenyuk is another player that has been linked with the Islanders in recent weeks. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Travis Hamonic may still be dangled by the Islanders to acquire another offensive piece.

Calgary Flames

Pierre LeBrun is reporting that the Calgary Flames are in the market for a top-four defenceman. LeBrun believes the Flames are interested in the Islanders Travis Hamonic and the Golden Knights Marc Methot among others. The Flames are also looking into re-signing Michael Stone.

Boston Bruins

Jimmy Murphy reported on twitter the Boston Bruins are in the market for defence. Murphy thinks the Bruins will land a high end defenceman in the coming weeks.

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