NHL Rumors VI: Del Zotto, Niskanen, Ovechkin, Coyotes and Fayne

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Predators are trying to trade defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Yohe: The Penguins have 14 players under contract and about $14.6 million in salary cap space. Sounding like they have four free agent targets.
  • Ken Campbell: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Matt Niskanen“Based on the number of defensemen out there (in free agency), he’ll get what he wants.”
  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that he’ll probably start Alex Ovechkin on the right wing, but will “adjust it as we go along.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that he still has some lines in the water, but it’s more likely that something wouldn’t get done till next week. Maloney added that getting a center or two via trade or free agency would be a priority. After they bought out Mike Ribeiro yesterday, about 10 teams called with potential ideas.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals GM MacLellan on trade talk:  “There were a few things we pursued and they fell through. We didn’t get it done.”
  • Rich Chere of NJ.com:  Mark Fayne is unlikely to return to the Devils next season. He’s getting interest from teams, including the Oilers.

    “All I’ll say is it’s still open. Obviously other teams have inquired about Mark,” Fish told The Star-Ledger Friday. “His preference is to come back to New Jersey, but we’re getting closer to the (July 1 free agency) deadline.

    “You never say never and it’s obviously up to Mark. But at this point we haven’t heard from Lou (Lamoriello) and we’re getting closer. Then it would take on a life of its own. Mark is hopeful that he could remain in New Jersey, but it looks less likely.”

    GM Lou Lamoriello still plans to talk with his agent.

    “We’re going to talk to him. We certainly have to keep things within reason, but we’ll talk to him and see where it goes,” Lamoriello said.


  1. Jacob

    06/28/2014 at 10:19 pm

    As a New Jersey Devils fan, I’d like to take this opportunity and congratulate whichever team lands Mark Fayne. His statistics (traditional and advanced) will not initially overwhelm anybody, but his quality starts to show itself when you look at those statistics with the knowledge that he put them up with a -7.4% Relative Zone Start Percentage (which confirms what us fans have thought to be true, that he was out in tough situations against tough opponents). He plays consistent, reliably solid hockey, and he’s a legitimate no.3 or 3.5 defenseman in this league.

  2. Keith

    06/29/2014 at 11:36 am

    Edmonton has already over paid in dollars for 1 Dman this year (I do like the term). Can the Oil realistically get one of Del Zotto, Fayne or Nistkanen

  3. rolf

    07/02/2014 at 11:31 am

    I hear that a trade between the Hawks and Caps is coming. Ovi for Kane. Streight trade.