Rumor Roundup: Speculation surrounds notables such as Kane, Hamilton, Duchene

Evander Kane continues to be at the center of trade rumors, but he’s not the only major name being talked about in trade circles. Dougie Hamilton and Martin Hanzal also continue to draw interest, and would the Avalanche be desperate enough to move Matt Duchene?

As the NHL nears the quarter-mark of this season and the American Thanksgiving long weekend fast approaching, this is usually when general managers begin making serious trade inquiries. Here’s a look at several notable players who could be available. 

Evander Kane, Buffalo Sabres. It’s believed Sabres GM Tim Murray could move Kane for a defenseman. Since July, the 25-year-old left wing was linked to the Vancouver Canucks. Recent reports, however, indicate trade discussions between the two clubs cooled over the Sabres’ asking price. 

Dougie Hamilton, Calgary Flames. The Flames’ ongoing struggles sparked an increase in the Hamilton trade chatter through November. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos recently reported the Arizona Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins were kicking tires on the 23-year-old defenseman. Despite his defensive struggles and $5.75-million cap hit, there’s a belief Hamilton could improve ona team with better coaching. 

Martin Hanzal and Anthony Duclair, Arizona Coyotes. Hanzal’s eligibility for unrestricted free agency next July has some pundits questioning his future in Arizona. Last week, it was reported the Coyotes were shopping him, but Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports dismissed that possibility

Kypreos recently reported Duclair might be available. The 21-year-old tallied 44 points last season, but is struggling in his sophomore campaign. 

Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche. Prior to missing several games last week with a concussion, there was speculation linking the 26-year-old Duchene to the New York Islanders. Both clubs are struggling and Duchene was mentioned a year ago as a possible trade candidate. It remains to be seen if the Avs are desperate enough to go that route. 

Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders. In late-October, Islanders GM Garth Snow informed his peers Halak was available after his agent publicly criticized Snow for carrying three goalies. The 31-year-old’s inconsistency, injury history and $4.75-million annual cap hit likely account for why he’s still an Islander. 

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Ryan Spooner, Boston Bruins. Earlier this month, Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman speculated the Bruins could move Spooner, 24, for a good young defenseman. He netted 49 points in 2015-16 and carries an affordable $950K cap hit, but he’s mired in a lengthy scoring slump this season.

Ondrej Pavelec and Alexander Burmistrov, Winnipeg Jets. Pavelec, the former Jets’ starting goalie, remains in the minors. While he’s frequently surfaced as a trade candidate, the Jets seem intent on retaining him as they evaluate their current tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson. 

On Nov. 4, TSN’s Gary Lawless reported  the Jets were “gauging interest” in the 25-year-old Burmistrov. Three weeks later, he’s still in Winnipeg. With only two points in 19 games, it’s little wonder they can’t find any takers. 

Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman last week reported the Senators were testing Hammond’s trade value. The 28-year-old has since been waived and demoted, but could still end up on the trade block at some point. 

Ryan Murphy, Carolina Hurricanes. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Hurricanes are shopping the 23-year-old blueliner. Despite his early-career struggles, he’s a right-handed shot earning $787K per season through 2017-18. 

Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website,, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.). For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine.