It’s the time of the year where we take a look at some NHL off-season rumours. This will encompass any trades or talked-about signings before July 1. We take a look at what it will take to get Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes and Ryan O’Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres. We also take a look at who may give Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer a look.
Let’s get started.
Rumour: The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Carolina wants a first-round pick in exchange for the 2010-11 Calder Trophy-winner.
The Hurricanes are looking for ways to snap the sport’s longest playoff drought. Skinner’s name has been tossed around in trade rumours for the last couple of seasons. The 26-year-old Markham, Ontario native is a three-time 30-goal scorer and would be a welcome addition to any team.
He still has one year left on his deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. A team would like him for more than just a rental and look to lock him up after July 1st.
Rumour: TSN’s Darren Dreger speculated that Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is going to ask for a lot before he’ll deal O’Reilly.
.@darrendreger on Ryan O'Reilly: The price tag is going to be very high. It's starting to feel like it's more likely now. (Botterill) is going to need several pieces. It's going to likely be a young NHL player or a prospect, a high pick, and maybe something on top of that
— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) June 5, 2018
Dreger went on to say that Botterill would need a young player or prospect, a high pick and possibly more. The high asking price makes sense because O’Reilly has been the main offensive option for Buffalo. The Sabres have been stuck in rebuild mode and need a lot of pieces to climb the Atlantic Division ladder.
A Skinner trade is more likely to happen than an O’Reilly one.
Grubauer played in 35 games this season and went 15-10-3 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. He even started the first two playoff games of the Capitals playoff run before Braden Holtby took over in net.
Washington is up against the salary cap and does need money to try to sign John Carlson and Michal Kempny in off-season. Carolina and New York were towards the bottom of the league in goals against last season. Both teams are desperately seeking an upgrade and Grubauer would fill that need.
Main Photo: PITTSBURGH, PA – JANUARY 23: Carolina Hurricanes Left Wing Jeff Skinner (53) skates with the puck during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes on January 23, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)