NHL Trade Rumours: Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers

Artemi Panarin NHL Trade Rumours
COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of the game against the New York Rangers on January 13, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Another Thursday, another fresh batch of NHL Trade Rumours from Last Word On Hockey! Today we’ll dive into the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL Trade Rumours

Toronto Maple Leafs

Rumour: Bob McKenzie speculated on Toronto 1050 that Auston Matthews contract could be in the range of $11 million for five or six years, or a longer-term deal of $13 million for seven or eight. This may effect NHL Trade Rumours going forward.

Analysis: The saga of Matthews contract has been a focal point of the Leafs organization. The clubs salary cap next year is looking to be around $83 million. If we’re going by McKenzie’s numbers, the five or six-year deal would be about 13% of their cap. The longer-term option is closer to 15%.

The Leafs have a secondary focus on their plate as well: Mitch Marner and his potential cap hit. With that in mind, they’re probably favouring a shorter term deal for Matthews. It’s been a well-argued point that the two deserve matching contracts, so it’s not unfathomable that whatever Matthews gets will have a direct effect on that Marner would accept. Both players are extremely close when it comes down to their value and contributions to the organization. The best case scenario for Toronto is to keep the pair together and with the franchise. Both of these contracts will largely affect the Leafs cap space going forward.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Rumour: TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun was quoted saying that Artemi Panarin could be traded ahead of the deadline to the Nashville Predators or Boston Bruins.

 Analysis: Panarin is a constant topic of discussion lately. He’s a hot commodity and seems to have an endless list of teams knocking at his door. If the Blue Jackets ultimately trade him before the cut-off, Nashville or Boston are clubs that would be a good fit for the top scoring winger. He’s an extremely desirable rental player for either city, especially when you factor in a playoff run.

Philadelphia Flyers

Rumour: Wrapping up NHL Trade Rumours today, Dave Reid discussed the Vegas Golden Knights being a potential landing spot for Wayne Simmonds on NHL Tonight.

 Analysis: With the inevitable trade of Simmonds looming, the number of teams interested in him keeps growing. His physicality and style of play would be a good fit for Vegas if he did slot into the second line alongside Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty.

Philly has had a very disappointing season. However, Simmonds could fetch a very solid return at the deadline. A lesser player that can help them now. But, also a solid pick or prospect for the future. Philly is in a weird spot right now, however, the future will be their main concern.

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  1. Leafs have people a lot smarter than us to figure out the financial side of things. But the real story is that is Kyle done, I hope this is not the case getting Muzzin was excellent and with an extra month to settle into a New System, defensive partner, and of course Steady Freddie. Can he pickup a rhd maybe not the caliber of Muzzin but an upgrade over let’s say Zat’s, maybe he’s even part of a pkg deal for a defenseman or even a forward, apparently they still willing to use Lilygren, Brocco, Brown and a low pick could all still be in play for that right-handed defender and if this was to happen hopefully it happens sooner than later, just more time to settle in especially D. Let’s say Kyle does get a rhd to the Leafs (Gudas) Philadelphia might be interested in let’s say Bracco and a 3rd or 4th rnd pick might get it done but how about Lilygren, Brocco, Brown and a 3rd or 4th rnd pick for Gudas and Simmons. Trade Zat’s and Marcini, and Holl for picks? Just a thought? Then I’ll be ready for a deep playoffs and won’t be booking my T time until late June. “Don’t Stop Now Kyle” GLG CHEERS!!!


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