With rumors swirling since the trade deadline, and the need for top six forwards around the league, the rumors of Scott Hartnell being traded are back for Columbus.
According to The Hockey Press, there were discussions between the Blue Jackets and the Senators involving his services. THP further discovered a potential deal may have involved Matt Pumpel (former 2011 1st round pick) and a draft pick.
Ottawa is pushing their agenda forward and this move would further enhance that. Giving up a former first round pick is a blow, but the Senators know what he is to them.
The issue with Ottawa is they are a budget team, and Hartnell's contract and salary is an inconvenience to them.
Another team that has been picking up steam in his services is the New York Islanders, according to Eklund of Hockeybuzz.
The Islanders are a team on the rise and may need veteran forwards, besides adding three this summer.
The issues with the Islanders are their desire for his contract and love for development. GM Garth Snow loves drafting and developing guys, especially from the first round.
The other question is who is Columbus interested in and are they willing to trade within the division.
Would they need to take a guy back in salary like Josh Bailey? Or can they go after a guy they like?
Another team that has been rumors according to the Hockey Press is Philadelphia, which I doubt since they got rid of him for RJ Umberger, who they bought out.
Other teams to watch:
1. Nashville. They were the closest to acquiring him at the deadline. They were even offering up Kevin Fiala according to multiple outlets.
2. Los Angeles. The Kings have a good list of ex Flyers that go through there. Jeff Carter. Simon Gagne. Mike Richards. Luke Schenn. Brayden Schenn. Wayne Simmonds. Kris Versteg.
3. St. Louis. The Blues are in need of veteran top six forwards after losing captain David Backes; Troy Brouwer; and Steve Ott. Plus, per Eklund of Hockeybuzz, Ken Hitchcock is a fan of his.
What are your thoughts on the Scott Hartnell rumors?
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