With the NHL season now in week three, it's becoming clear some teams need to make changes. There are plenty of rumors making the early part of this year's campaign already interesting and among them are the LA Kings who might be forced to make some moves based on their early-season struggles. So too, the Vancouver Canucks may not be a playoff team and if they choose to move defenseman Alex Edler, there are some interested parties already watching his game unfold. Finally, the Toronto Maple Leafs may have to decide what to do about William Nylander who has until Dec. 1, 2018, to join the club or risk missing the entire year.
Here are the biggest rumors in the NHL this week.
LA Kings On The Verge Of Change?
Darren Dreger on TSN said while the early buzz is that John Stevens might be in trouble as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the team is not looking at firing the coach as the first change the franchise will make. There are other moves the Kings intend to make first including possibly trading a player like Alec Martinez.
Trades may not come right away as general manager Rob Blake would like to make sure things can't be salvaged, but if they can't be, watch for a name like Martinez to pop up as a trade possibility. In response to the report, Blake said, "Listen, when you start a season like this, you’re going to have a lot of different rumors. That’s all I can say." When Martinez was asked about the rumors, he said, “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not worth giving any thought because it’s not going to make things any better." Martinez simply wants to get things turned around for the better and he said, "I don’t give a … about the rest.”
Alex Edler Being Scouted
Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet 650 and talked about how many scouts were at the Vancouver Canucks game on Monday night. With a surplus of d-men on the roster, the Canucks may be ok with potentially moving someone like Alexander Edler. Scouts are aware of this and keeping an eye on his season.
Friedman explained that rival scouts and GM's know Edler is in the last year of his deal and there’s not a lot floating out there about him being extended in Vancouver. Thus, if Vancouver isn't interested in keeping him past this season, he's bound to be moved by the trade deadline this season. Friedman suggested the Tampa Bay Lightning or Pittsburgh Penguins might be a fit.
Maple Leafs Have Continual Dialogue With Nylander
Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas met with William Nylander in Switzerland to relay the message he wanted the forward in Toronto. Dubas met with Nylander's agent again in New York while he was on hand for the recent New York Rangers-Calgary Flames game. This has led to speculation that a deal might be in the works and some have said should be announced in the next 24-48 hours.
If a deal is not coming, it's not for a lack of trying and at the very least, it shows the team has kept the dialogue “open” according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. There has been speculation the deal will be a bridge contract of two years and others have said the two sides have worked out a long-term contract for six years at around $6.5 million per season.
Bruins Want Depth Scoring
Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports that while the Boston Bruins have one of the most dangerous top lines in hockey, the remaining Bruins have not contributed much on the scoresheet and the lack of depth scoring has started to concern Bruins management. There are rumors the team may look externally for offensive help.
The Bruins are looking to trade for a center and fill the role of the recently departed Riley Nash. This would bring more stability to the third line. There are also some who think the Bruins might go big-fish hunting and look at Artemi Panarin, but that could cost them a young forward like Jake DeBrusk.