NHL Rumour Roundup: Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Ferland

Updated: January 17, 2019 at 1:03 am by Brady Trettenero

The Feb.25 NHL Trade Deadline is fast-approaching and the rumours are running rampant.

From Wayne Simmonds trade speculation to the latest on Matt Duchene, the NHL Rumour Roundup brings you the latest updates and speculation from around the hockey world.

Wayne Simmonds being traded?

Twitter went into a frenzy this week when a Philadelphia beat writer put out a tweet claiming TSN reported Wayne Simmonds had been traded to the Edmonton Oilers for goaltender Cam Talbot and forward Jesse Puljujarvi.

This was proven to not be true. There was never a story or a report from TSN. Carchidi simply got duped by a terrible photoshop edit. For most people who are on Twitter everyday, it was very obvious this was a fake tweet. But if you’re taking a quick glance or not too familiar with Twitter, it’s reasonable to think this screencap was of a real tweet.

Whatever the case, Simmonds definitely hasn’t been traded — yet.

But Claude Giroux got moved?

At least after this week, the chances of Carchidi falling for another fake trade significantly decreased.

So what is the latest on Simmonds?

According to Darren Dreger on NBCSN Wednesday, GM Chuck Fletcher still isn’t sold on moving Simmonds, but the return would be multiple pieces if he were to go that route. The Bruins, Lightning, Maple Leafs, Jets, Predators and Golden Knights would be likely trading partners, but the option of re-signing him is still on the table.

Nikita Zaitsev’s future in Toronto

How much longer will Nikita Zaitsev be a Toronto Maple Leaf?

Not much longer according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson.

“I think it’s more likely, honestly, that we see Nikita Zaitsev move”, Johnson told Sportsnet 650.

Zaitsev has had a strange season in Toronto, sitting on just three assists through 45 contests. He’s been a solid defender, but he certainly hasn’t been living up to that monstrous seven-year contract.

Johnson added the Leafs would probably need to attach an asset and would need to bring back a RDH in a separate trade. Zaitsev is signed for 4.5 million for the next five years.

The 27-year-old puck-moving right-handed blueliner would surely have some suitors and would likely fetch a struggling Toronto squad a solid return.

Matt Duchene contract update

The Ottawa Senators are hoping to re-sign forward Matt Duchene, but it could be a lengthy process.

According to Dreger, GM Pierre Dorion and Duchene’s agent Pat Brisson met Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dorion made it clear Ottawa intends on signing Duchene.

Duchene recently welcomed a baby son into his family, but that didn’t take away from his strong play on the ice. Duchene had two goals and an assist as the Senators took down the Avalanche on Wednesday.

It’s evident the Senators are intent on re-signing one of their top forwards, but judging by the latest updates, it’s going to take some time to get it done.

Michael Ferland on the market

Boston, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are among teams interested in Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Michael Ferland, according to Elliotte Friedman and his 31 Thoughts Column.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound power forward is in the last year of a contract carrying a $1.75 million cap hit and is due for a major pay day.

Friedman reports that the both sides are far apart in contract negotiations, stating Carolina is not in a position to allow its potential unrestricted free agents to walk for nothing.

It looks like “when” not “if” for him [Ferland].

Considering the Hurricanes are sitting seven points out of a playoff position and are rebuilding, the Hurricanes may look to deal the 26-year-old feisty forward sooner rather than later.

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