NHL Rumors: Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins

MONTREAL, QC – NOVEMBER 29: Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) skates towards the play during the Vancouver Canucks versus the Montreal Canadiens game on November 29, 2021, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This edition of NHL rumors will cover the happenings of the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, and Boston Bruins. Let’s dig in.

Montreal Canadiens – Brendan Gallagher

Rumor: Per Stu Montreal Gazette – The Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher isn’t sure he’d stick around if the team goes into a rebuild under new management. He signed a six-year $39 million deal in October of 2020.

Analysis: “This is my 10th season now, and I’ve always come in with the expectation to win,” said Gallagher. He said he loves the team and the city and hadn’t thought about what he’d do if the club undergoes a roster teardown. Gallagher felt that was a conversation that will have to be had down the road.

With all the turmoil and lack of success that the Montreal club has experienced this season… what a difference a year makes. They were in the Stanley Cup Final last year and that seems eons ago now. While Gallagher states he may not like a rebuild, plenty of other NHL teams have experienced that and have survived.

This will be an NHL rumor to follow, so stay right here and we will do just that for you.

San Jose Sharks – Evander Kane

Rumor: Per Pierre LaBrun – The Athletic – The San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane’s agent, Dan Milstein, has been given permission by the San Jose Sharks to speak with other NHL clubs about a possible trade. He added several teams have expressed a certain level of interest in the 30-year-old winger.

Analysis: Milstein mentioned that one of the teams he was discussing Kane’s possible future was the struggling Vancouver Canucks.

There’s no doubt that Kane is a talented good scoring forward. His off-ice behavior could be an issue, but the way the Canucks have been playing that could be overlooked.

As far as salary is concerned, LeBrun said, one proposed idea could be a three-team deal in which Kane’s $7 million annual average value is divided three ways. Under that scenario, the Sharks would absorb $3.5 million, then a middle team absorbs $1.75 million, leaving the third club only having to take on $1.75 million.

With that kind of salary flexibility, could Evander Kane be packing his bags soon? NHL rumors are swimming deep in Sharks territory.

Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk

Rumor: Per TSN’s Ryan Rishaug – The Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk has requested a trade.

Analysis: While this is assuredly not a big surprise, this makes it official that DeBrusk wants out of Boston. His agent Rick Valette will do all he can to move DeBrusk, but his trade value has decreased due to his lack offensive production. A change of scenery may do DeBrusk well, with perhaps a third round draft choice being the return value.

The other option would be for the Bruins to receive another player seeking a new address. The Bruins will be cautious here but Debrusk’s $3.675 million salary through this season could be a stumbling block.

That does it for this edition of NHL rumors, be sure to join us for the next one!

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