June 12, 2017
Insider Pierre Lebrun was a guest on TSN 1050 AM in Toronto this morning and stated that there is “no chance” that the Chicago Blackhawks trade defenseman Brent Seabrook this offseason. In fact, he says there have been no discussions with any teams around the NHL about Seabrook.
Later in the day it was Darren Dreger’s turn to hit the TSN 1050 AM airwaves, on the Naylor and Landsberg show, and he feels that Niklas Hjalmarsson is more likely to be traded than Seabrook.
“As strange as it sounds, I feel like Hjalmarsson is the more likely [to be traded] of the two [Seabrook or Hjalmarsson] and there are some that believe that maybe that process is already underway in that he has submitted his list of teams he would be willing to waive to,” Dreger said, per Maple Leafs Hot Stove. “I’m just speculating on that because we’ve been immersed in the Stanley Cup Finals and I haven’t had an opportunity to connect with anyone from the Chicago Blackhawks to verify that. That is some of the rumbling.
“Where might he go? Who are the teams that might be on his list? I don’t know that, but — based on the whispers I’m hearing — if it comes between those two guys, it’s likely Hjalmarsson.”
While trading Hjalmarsson would hurt more in the short-term, his contract is much easier to move than Seabrook’s and he would fetch a much better return. Stay tuned…….