NHL Rumours: Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 21: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

It’s time for another edition of NHL rumours. We’re almost ready for training camp and things are starting to heat up. The logjam of restricted free agents may finally be moving. The dominoes may finally be falling and we may get a glut of deals sooner rather than later. Today we talk about NHL rumours surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres. 

All NHL rumours are taken from the original source and are subject to change. 

NHL Rumours 

Toronto Maple Leafs 

Rumour: Could our long international nightmare in the Mitch Marner saga finally be over? TSN’s Bob McKenzie speculated that the Leafs and Marner could work out a three-year bridge deal. He said the average value would be around $9 million or $10 million, but the interesting thing would be year three. 

The dollar figure in year three could be $12 million or $13 million and Marner would still be an RFA. However, the Leafs would have to qualify Marner at least that number. Those dollar figures could cause a big headache for Kyle Dubas. 

The Marner camp also said they won’t use other wingers like Mikko Rantanen and his possible deal with the Colorado Avalanche. 

Analysis: Toronto is really trying to avoid another William Nylander situation where someone holds out for a portion of the season. Nylander never really got going and there was a lot of vitriol directed at the Swede. 

Marner is an important cog for the Leafs and they want him in camp. The former London Knight is trying to maximize his value, but there must be some give-and-take. There may be a deal, but this issue may rear its head again in a three or four years time. 

Vancouver Canucks 

Rumour: Speaking of RFAs, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver said that things will be picking up with the young players. He went on to say that nothing has happened with Brock Boeser and the team, but there should be movement with the start of training camp less than a week away. 

Many are probably still waiting to see if Marner will set the market for others like Boeser and Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames

Analysis: Boeser and other players may start signing now that camp is coming soon. Missing time in training camp is a big pressure point and some will want to get in as quick as they can. Getting reps in before the season starts can help players get off on the right foot. The last thing players want is to sign a new deal and start slow out of the gate.

It’s been slow going and the Canucks only have just over $4.1 million of cap space left. Vancouver does have time to get under the $81.5 million number by the start of the season. There will likely be a corresponding move to clear some cap space to get Boeser’s contract to fit. However, there are ways to get rid of contracts in the NHL. Whether that be burying them or trading a lesser contract off. No doubt the focus is to get him signed to a fair deal for both sides.

Buffalo Sabres 

Rumour: Bob McKenzie of TSN jokes to colleague Frank Seravalli about starting an off-season trade bait board. McKenzie then went on to say that Justin Faulk and Rasmus Ristolainen would be the two names at the top of the list. 

The Finnish defenceman has been rumoured to be on his way out of Western New York. Buffalo has plenty of blueliners after making some off-season moves. 

Analysis: The Sabres are prepared to have Ristolainen come to camp, but probably must address his future at some point. The Fourth Period reported that the Detroit Red Wings could be in the market for the 24-year-old. 

Ristolainen causes a lot of stir online. He puts up a lot of points for a defenceman. However, looking past that into other stats may suggest he isn’t as good as his point totals suggest. Ristolainen struggles heavily in his own end and has for a while now in Buffalo. He is a great powerplay quarterback, however. This is something the Wings may want heading forward.

Ristolainen did say he’ll be at a camp of whatever team holds his rights, but it’s got to be annoying to deal with the continued speculation about where he’ll end up. 

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 21: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

8 COMMENTS

  1. Based on this proposed contract there is not enough give and take from the Marner camp. Paul Marner and Darren Ferris crying murder that Mitch is going to get raked over the coals in contract negotiations compared to Tavares, Matthews and Nylander. Thing is they all gave term, Nylander is under 7 and Tavares left 2M per season on the table. Matthews is high but he’s a more valuable player (centermen, goal scorers and award winners get paid more).

    This three year contract could potentially have a very high qualifying offer and buys zero UFA years, with a high cap hit. Absolutely all take and no give from the Marner camp. IMO I’d rather trade him at this point for another RFA or some valuable pieces to further build the team. Because it seems to be that Marner may not be a team player after all.

    • I totally agree with what you have said. I’m sick and tired of having Marner not speaking up and saying just get this done so I can join my team mates and make a serious run this year. Im guessing his dad is wondering what he’s going to do with all if his kids money once he cashes in. Does Mitch even have his own bank account or will he ask his dad for lunch money when he’s going to work where as his dad will give him $20 and tell him to make that last for 3 days. Ship him off to somewhere anywhere else so someone else can have this headache. Kyle has restructured one third the team to actually make a run in this salary cap era because let me tell you something leafs fans, after this year more than one third of this team will not be here. Barrie, Muzzin, and a number of forwards won’t be part of this team come next year as the salary cap will stay almost dormant before the big US tv deal comes into play in 2 years from now but then we’ll also lose a player or 2 to the expansion draft. If there was any year that the leafs have got a legitimate chance it has to be this year. No question about it. It’s not even a question of letting Marner sit the year anymore. Trade the brat for either other restricted free agents or top end prospects and let’s get on with our year. If you thought that it was really bad how Tavares got boo’d in Long Island when he returned there for the first time since joining our beloved Maple Leafs that’s nothing compared to what Marner has in store for him if he signs or doesn’t sign with his home town team. When Long Island boo’d Tavares even through his video tribute I thought it was demoralizing and down right disgusting and brought tears to my eyes but I was at the very next home game where Tavares was given a standing ovation by our home town pajama wearing kid and that was a class act on all Torontonians. Way to go Toronto. We have the best and most loyal fans in the world. If Mitch doesn’t want to be part of the solution then please please please ship him out of town where he can watch from afar our Matthews and Tavares lead team drive this team to the promise land. We will succeed with or without Marner and that’s a promise. Shanahan said that these are good problems to have but the shanaplan never envisioned a home town kid holding their team hostage when the time was now. I hope Mitch, father and agent read this because there’s a point of where outlook changes from the love of the game to just plain greed. Mitch you said in an interview after you handed a kid a signed stick for beating cancer in the stands that it’s a privilege to put on the blue and white jersey everyday, what happened to your perspective from then until now? Also what will happen when Matthews gets awarded the C on his jersey with Tavares and Reilly given the A’s. Stomp up and down and cry on daddy’s shoulder. Give it a rest. You’re playing a game thats going to pay you more in one year than what most of us will make in a lifetime. My choice is trade all the way. Not letting him sit for a year or sign him to what his father and agents demands. Then he can think back to what it couldve been. Thanks to all. Everyone has their own opinion and rightfully so but if Kyle and co are going to be handcuffed for how many number of years and you’re going to have to deplete your team of everyone then someone has to go and that one person is Marner. Seeya. Thanks for reading. Go Leafs Go!!

      • One of the biggest problems hockey has today is fans are always talking cap and $$$. It becomes very polarizing. We need the hard cap for the smaller market teams and the Canadian dollar, however how we get around always talking money instead of hockey i don’t know. If Mitch’s camp stays unrealistic you could see him sit for a year or a trade. I think the deal will get done and all will be fine in Leaf Nation. Now on to more important things like my Vancouver Canucks…….crap Brock isn’t signed either.

  2. I 100% agree with you but I will take it 1 step further! For a kid that wants to play and stay for the Leafs they are making Zero Effort to do so ! Too you point it’s all their way or the highway!
    So let it be the highway….have him sit the entire year and see how Marner looks at Ferris and his Dad after watching the Leafs play hockey on TV from his couch! This kid and his team is killing his reputation in TORONTO and the rest of the league! Dubas has to stand his ground and not give in to the same crap that went down with Nylander !!

  3. As far as conceited Brock Boeser goes.
    If he does not sign before camp , they should include a clause in contract that for everyday late to camp is a month of much lessor pay in minors…
    Look what happened with Nylander and his big ego.

    • Brock has been nothing but a good and humble citizen here, so your name calling is uncalled for. He will get signed. Everyone needs to take a chill pill.

  4. One of the biggest problems hockey has today is fans are always talking cap and $$$. It becomes very polarizing. We need the hard cap for the smaller market teams and the Canadian dollar, however how we get around always talking money instead of hockey i don’t know. If Mitch’s camp stays unrealistic you could see him sit for a year or a trade. I think the deal will get done and all will be fine in Leaf Nation. Now on to more important things like my Vancouver Canucks…….crap Brock isn’t signed either.

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