Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – August 3, 2014

The latest on Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto, plus the latest on the Capitals. 

Will the Rangers start contract talks soon with Marc Staal?

Will the Rangers start contract talks soon with Marc Staal?

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports there’s been no contract talks so far between the Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal, who is eligible for UFA status next summer. Staal’s agent said he’s heard from the club, saying they were putting priority on their arbitration cases and not to interpret it as a sign of disrespect toward the blueliner. Staal’s intent is to re-sign a long-term deal with the Rangers and hopes to have a deal in place before the start of the season. Brooks believes the sooner the Rangers determine the cost of re-signing Staal the sooner they can decide to either re-sign him or trade him. If it’s the latter, Brooks feels they should do so sooner rather than later to avoid his contract status being an unnecessary distraction.

Brooks also reports one club claims former Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s reputation is in tatters following “his fizzle in Nashville”.  He feels this is a good time to buy low on Del Zotto and can’t believe the Islanders haven’t pursued him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Brooks notes, it could cost $5.5 million per season for the Rangers to re-sign Staal. His injury history could factor into whatever decision the Rangers make with the blueliner…I suspect Del Zotto will have to accept a training-camp tryout next month to earn himself an NHL contract, which will be less (perhaps considerably so) from his $2.55 million salary of last season. 

WASHINGTON POST: Alex Prewitt reports the agent for enforcer Paul Bissonnette claims five or six teams, including the Capitals, have interest in his client. Mark Guy claims Bissonnette “wants to be in a position where he can compete for a solid fourth-line position and be a great team guy. He wants to be in an organization where there’s a chance to win”.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley wonders if gritty left wing Dan Carcillo might be a good fit with the Capitals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It sounds like the Capitals seek an affordable enforcer who can also play a regular shift at left wing on their fourth line. Given the choice between Bissonnette and Carcillo, the former might be the better option, as the latter has a reputation as a loose cannon. 


  1. Bissonnette=plug life

    • Lol nice.

      He’s alright if you need an enforcer. But that role is getting smaller and smaller in the NHL today. Couldn’t believe how fast John Scott got another job.

  2. The day of the “enforcer” is rapidly closing.

    • I have to agree, enforcers are a rapidly dying breed. It is more of an agitator era now, with the majority of them able/willing to fight if need be. The embarrassing reality of this is that true enforcers had a code, or honor, that they played the game with, and agitators seem to lack this quality. Goating players into taking stupid penalties and diving is too prevalent these days.

      Like I said, it’s embarrassing to watch at times.

      • That’s more an issue with the officiating than the player. The league has gone out of its way to tell players it’s okay to take a dive if an opponent gets a stick in him because the worst-case scenario is a 4-on-4 situation. Trash-talk exists at every level, so expecting players not to goad each other into stupid penalties is a lot like expecting 90 degree weather in December in New England.

        Not to say that it isn’t embarrassing, it’s just reality.

        • What’s worse, alotta these trash talkers today wear visors – they will not be dropping their gloves. The code will die with the enforcer. Pretty soon, nobody will be puttin’ on the foil anymore.

  3. And yet the Sharks signed John Scott in the bizarre move of the summer.

  4. Paul Bissonette would not be a liability when on the ice. He is a good defensive forward that doesn’t bring any offense to the team. He is a physical shut down d’man playing the forward position and is great in the club house. Because he didn’t bring any offense to the Coyotes, Coach Tippet used him sparingly. He wants to play more regularly and he couldn’t get any ice time in Arizona. I can see him signing with the Caps.

  5. how about philly going after del zotto….still decent dman….needs a change of scenery to rekindle his game, give him incentive to play against rival rangers and sting them in the ass like carbomb did vs. philly in the playoffs

    • Not a bad idea. But they already have Streit, MacDonald, Coburn, Schenn, Timonen, Schultz and Grossman. That’s 7 NHL defensemen. They can’t be sent down without being on waivers I believe. So I put the chances of MDZ in a Flyers uni at 0% right now.

      • I agree that MDZ will not become a Flyer.

        Wouldn’t mind seeing a few of “7” dmen move along.

        Kimmo will be done after this season. Grossmann and Coburn would only have a year left, and Streit would only have 2 years left.

        I can see the Flyers cutting ties with Grossmann in the coming months, as his position can easily be done by another, younger, cheaper player,

        I can see Coburn be moved for draft picks in the next year or so.

        But that would be for making room for the young guys we have. Morin Sanheim, Hagg and Ghost should be the backbone of the team for the next decade plus.

        MDZ is not needed.
        Neither is Buffy.
        Neither is Phaneuf.