Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Isles & Bruins In Talks About Spooner; Kulemin

From Joe Haggerty of

The 23-year-old Spooner was mentioned casually a few months ago as possible fodder in a Jacob Trouba deal with the Winnipeg Jets, but that deal never really materialized prior to the Jets signing their young, frontline D-man to a two-year deal. The Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks have all expressed interest in Spooner, per one hockey source, as it appears that things simply aren’t going to work out for him in Boston. 

My Thoughts: Stick tap to Spector’s Hockey. Spooner has played left-wing when his natural position is at center. Sound familiar? Spooner is also on the fourth line because he simply does not fit into Claude Julien’s system and there really isn’t a spot for him. Who the Islanders would want to give up is anybody’s guess, but the Bruins are looking for a “Top 6 forward” in return. The fact that the Islanders have expressed interest is nothing more than them calling up the Bruins and saying hello. Is he an answer for John Tavares? Nope, but there’s nothing wrong with adding a third line center with some potential to the lineup.

From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

The Islanders have been trying to move winger Nikolay Kulemin …


My Thoughts: Stick tap to I’ve actually have known about this rumor for a while, but the importance of this rumor is the realization that Mikhail Grabovski’s playing career, at least with the Islanders, could be over. Kulemin and Grabovski signed with the Islanders signed as package deal a few years back. If Kulemin is indeed on the block, the odds of Grabovski returning are slim. Whether or not Kulemin is traded remains to be seen as he still has another year at roughly 4 million and that might be too expensive for certain teams, unless the Isles take another bad contract in return.


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