We are now just 16 days away from February Christmas. It’s been a fun week for rumors and we even had a trade between the Leafs and Kings to get the festivities started. Let’s see what else is new around the NHL.
Add Calgary to teams interested in Alec Martinez
The Flames are dealing with an injury to Mark Giordano and he has no timetable to return. It looks like they have entered the market for a rental defenseman and Alec Martinez (1 year left) may fit that bill. Of course they will have stiff competition in Winnipeg who will have some cap space to play with soon. They aren’t the only ones as both Carolina and Florida have shown interest as per Pierre Lebrun.
Is Kyle Connor Available?
Rumors out of Winnipeg is that teams are calling on Kyle Connor with the Jets scouring the open market for a defenseman. The article from the Winnipeg Free Press suggests that Colorado could be a match with Bo Byram. Listen, the name Kyle Connor who has 25 goals and 52 points in 55 games being available would make anyone jump. He’s 23 years old and locked up at $7M per until 2026. Let me just say this, Colorado isn’t the only team with a wealth of talent on defense. If the Rangers trade Kreider, they will need a LW and players like Tony DeAngelo or Brady Skjei plus prospects would be an interesting conversation. Regardless, I don’t think the Jets trade him.
Dallas ready to buy
The Dallas Stars know they have their work cut out for them in the Western Conference and in their division. If they want to make a run at the Cup they will need to get by St. Louis and Colorado. Add their name to the Chris Kreider Sweepstakes, but if they miss there they will be hot after the likes of Tyler Toffoli, Kyle Palmieri, Jean Pierre Pageau and Mike Hoffman is he’s available.