This edition of NHL Rumors will cover what’s happening with the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, and Arizona Coyotes. Let’s dig right in.
New York Rangers – Jake DeBrusk Possible Trade
Rumor: Per Jimmy Murphy – bostonhockeynow.com. The New York Rangers found out they will be without gritty forward Sammy Blais for the rest of the season. And, per insider Darren Dreger, the team had already been looking to add a forward. The Blais injury may have expedited that. Enter Jake DeBrusk‘s name into the NHL rumors to possibly fill that spot.
Analysis: DeBrusk could perhaps use a change of scenery as he has again struggled this season with just three goals and one assist in 13 games. He has been the subject of NHL rumors in the past and the Rangers could give the Bruins some cap relief from DeBrusk’s final year of a $3.6 million cap hit.
In return the Bruins could get a second round draft pick, but that may not be enough to convince them to give up on DeBrusk quite yet. Yet, after a disappointing season last year where he just had five goals and nine assists in 41 games, the Bruins may have lost their patience with him.
Minnesota Wild – Jordan Greenway
Analysis: Greenway has not been impressive this season with just three assists in 12 games. While his physical presence may be desirable, his absence from the scoresheet is not. The 6′-6″, 227 pound winger can hit as evidenced by his 22 hits, yet in 222 career NHL games he only shows 88 points.
Teams like the Seattle Kraken, Ottawa Senators, Arizona Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens may be interested in the big guy. He only has this season remaining on his contract at $2.1 million. Keep an eye on NHL rumors to see where this one goes.
Arizona Coyotes – Quebec rumors, place to play
Rumor: Per Nick Geddes FoxNews.com. The Quebec Nordiques may be coming back. According to reports the Quebec Premier Francois Legault is in discussions with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to bring back the defunct franchise.
Analysis: From a quote by Legault, “You have to look to know who is ready to invest,” Legault said. “We have an amphitheater already built in Quebec and we are making contacts with Commissioner Gary Bettman to find out what we need to bring back the Nordiques.”
And, with that the Arizona Coyotes NHL rumors begin again. The Coyotes have not exactly filled the house over the past five seasons ranking 28th in attendance. They are going through a painful rebuild and also have no set place to play hockey games next season. The City of Glendale has terminated their lease. Team president/CEO Xavier Guttierez has stated that the team has no intentions to leave, but they don’t have a place to play next season.
It seems things are in a bit of a disarray in the desert, while folks in Quebec seem enthralled that they may have NHL hockey again. So, the Quebec Coyotes? Really?
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