NHL Trade Rumors Rundown 2/5/20
While the hockey world waits on the Jets to put Dustin Byfuglien on waivers to terminate his deal and the Maple Leafs to make a move for a goalie, let’s check out the latest from the rumor mill.
Mike Hoffman on Insider Trading
On TSN’s latest Insider Trading, Pierre Lebrun brought up Florida’s Mike Hoffman as possible trade bait. Apparently the Panthers asked for his no trade list in December and teams are asking for him. The 30 year old forward has 19 goals and 42 points in 52 games this season. Hoffman is a rental being a UFA this summer, and if the Panthers do decide to trade him, it could impact the return for the Rangers on Chris Kreider.
Leafs and Rangers
Yesterday, I wrote how a deal between the Leafs and Rangers for Georgiev just makes too much sense. Well last night Toronto’s AHL affiliate scratched Jeremy Bracco, a LI native rumored to be part of a deal for Georgiev.
So is a deal in the works? Georgiev is not playing tonight unless he is…for Toronto. The deal could come today or after the game.
Changes in Buffalo
Something has got to give for Jack Eichel and the Sabres. They came into this season thinking they would contend for the playoffs and are out of it again. With 6 UFA’s they probably will be selling off as rentals for prospects and picks. I’m just not sure how that is going to change things fast enough unless they make some hockey trades. They could be the most interesting players at the deadline.
Moving in Montreal
Max Domi is a name I didn’t expect to hear this season in trade rumors but still persists. At 24 years old and with 36 points in 55 games, I just don’t see the Habs trading him because he will be an RFA. Honestly, Montreal is the rumor capital of the NHL so I just don’t buy it.