Archive for July, 2011

Khabibulin doesn’t have to wear pink underwear … Hints on Modano … Canucks could make moves … Savard doubtful for this year

  • Edmonton Journal: Nikolai Khabibulin arrived at jail yesterday for his 15 day stay. Officials have said he won’t have to wear the “black and white stripped uniform and pink underwear” during his stay at the tent city jail.
  • Jeff Miller of the OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks are still waiting to hear if Teemu Selanne will retire or come back for another season. If he does decide to play, it will be with the Ducks. Some players still remain unsigned: Mike Modano, John Madden, Chris Drury, JP Dumont, Cory Stillman, Nikolai Zherdev, Bryan McCabe, Scott Hannan, Nick Boynton, Chris Campoli, Paul Mara.
  • Detroit Free Press: Mike Modano was on a Dallas radio show on Friday, and when asked if he’ll play again, Modano responded: “I don’t know. I think that was the swan song.” He later answered “Not yet” when asked if he wanted to make a retirement announcement on the show.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said “We’re still looking at areas to improve the hockey team,” … “There is money to be spent.” A Brad Winchester signing is not imminent, the interest may be more from Winchester’s side and not from the Canucks. The Canucks could look at a trade as they have “a glut of borderline second liners and a backup goalie who is ready to be a starter for another team.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli won’t comment on Brad Marchand contract negotiations, but he’ll most likely be signed to a 2 year deal, possibly in the $2.25 million per season range. Center David Krejci is entering the final year of his 3 year, $11.25 million contract. They may begin talks with Krejci, who could be looking for a deal in the $5 million per year range. It is doubtful that Marc Savard plays this year. “As a layperson,’’ Chiarelli said, “I’d be very surprised if Marc will be playing this coming year.’’

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Kings file grievance of Fraser … Devils re-sign Parise … Doughty update … NHL gets offer for Stars … Zherdev likes Jets

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: The LA Kings have filed a grievance over the health issues of Colin Fraser, who was acquired from the Oilers for Ryan Smyth.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: The NJ Devils and Zach Parise avoided arbitration and signed a 1 year deal worth $6 million.

    “Knowing that nothing was going to get done long-term right now, this gives us a springboard for further negotiations,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

    “There was no question that [Parise] was going to get a one-year contract, and settling it where both parties feel good about it is a platform to get something longer done,” Lamoriello said.

    If Parise isn’t signed to a long-term deal, he’ll become a UFA after this season.

  • E.J. Hradek of NHL.com: LA King GM Dean Lombardi on Drew Doughty contract talks,

    “I’m fairly confident that we’ll be able to get this done.”

    “We’ve been talking,” Lombardi said. “We’re trying to hammer it out, but I don’t think I really have a handle on it yet.”

    One of the problems involved is the lack of comparables for Doughty. Dion Phaneuf’s 6 year, $39 million deal could be the best comparable. Shea Weber is still working on a new deal with the Predators. Phaneuf had 54 goals, 105 assists and was a +27 after 243 games. Doughty has 33 goals, 93 assists and a +16 after 239 games. Doughty has better puck skills and skating ability than Phaneuf. It was reported a couple weeks ago that the Kings offered up to 9 years at more than $6.5 million a season. Doughty could become a UFA in 4 years under the current CBA.

  • Mike Hieka of the Dallas Morning News: 2 sources have said that Tom Gaglardi and Monarch Investments have sent an offer to the NHL to buy the Dallas Stars. There are over 40 lenders involved and everyone may not get paid as the sale price could be lower than the debt.

    “In a traditional sale, you have a seller who is trying to negotiate with a buyer, and you have traditional sale practices. But this isn’t a traditional sale,” said one source. “You have a group of sellers who have different opinions, and that really means you don’t have a seller, per se. Into that vacuum has stepped a lot of lawyers, and that has made the process very complicated.”

    Other offers can still be put forth, Gaglardi would have the option to increase his offer or walk away. The NHL allowed at least 4 groups to look at the Stars’ books.

  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Nikolai Zherdev would like to play for the Winnipeg Jets. There hasn’t been any indication if the Jets are interested.

    “The weather is not a priority to me,” Zherdev told broadstreethockey.com. “The most important thing is to get a good role on the team, a good coach and a good contract. Everything related to climate and geography doesn’t basically mean anything.

    “I don’t know all the details of the situation. The agent does,” said Zherdev. “But I can say that I’m seriously considering all offers from both NHL and KHL.”

  • Toronto Sun: Alexei Kovalev has signed a 2 year deal with Atlant Mytischi of the KHL. Brent Sopel signed a 2 year with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL.

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Savard still has headaches … Parise update … Isles fallout after Rolston trade involving Yashin, Comeau and Komisarek

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins center Marc Savard is still complaining of headaches according to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. Unless things turnaround soon, it doesn’t look like he’ll be at training camp.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise said he doesn’t know “one way or the other” if they can reach a deal before their arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

    “I think it’s the same,” Parise said. “We’re working on it. We’re trying to get it figured out so we can avoid that.”

  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: After yesterday’s trade, the Devils have about $8.5 million in cap space. Parise comments on his contract:

    “I’ve said all along that’s where I want to be, that’s where I want to play so I haven’t planned on anything different,” Parise told NHL.com Thursday night.

    “You know what it is, it’s a pretty unique situation and I don’t know,” Parise said. “The whole time I’ve kept the negotiating pretty private, but it does start to get a little nerve-wracking at this time just because so many different things can happen and you just don’t know what direction it’s going to go right now.”

  • Chris Botta via twitter: Sources are saying that the Brian Rolston trade was a prelude to another trade that the Islanders are working on. BD Gallof via twitter: About the Islanders rumored interest in Mike Komisarek, the Isles wanted him badly as a free agent. Gallof heard that he didn’t want to play for his hometown due to the added pressure. (and there are less pressures playing in Toronto?)
  • Brian Compton via twitter: Compton thinks the Rolston trade should end the Yashin rumors. Andy Strickland via twitter: There is nothing imminent between Alexei Yashin and the Islanders. If they do a deal, it likely wouldn’t be until next week. Brian Compton via twitter: GM Garth Snow on Yashin: “I think I said what I had to say last week. I’m not gonna go down that avenue again.” Craig Custance of the Sporting News: Yashin’s agent thinks there is there is room for him on the Islanders. “As far as I’m concerned, it does not affect what we’re doing with the Islanders,” Gandler told Sporting News on Thursday. Agent Mark Gandler hasn’t spoken to any other NHL teams.
  • Katie Strang of Newsday: It looks like Islanders forward Blake Comeau won’t get a deal done before their arbitration hearing next Thursday. Comeau is coming off a 24 goal, 22 assist season where he made $800,000.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Gallof sees the Isles 3rd line as Rolston, Bailey and Nino. Comeau could be used a trade bait for a defenseman.

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Devils trade Brian Rolston to the Islanders for Trent Hunter

The New Jersey Devils have sent forward Brian Rolston to the New York Islanders for forward Trent Hunter.

Brian Rolston had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. He has a cap hit of $5,062,500 in the last year of his deal. His salary is $5 million.

Trent Hunter carries a $2 million cap hit (salary is the same) for the next 2 years.

This deal looks to be all about the cap numbers. The Islanders needed to take on salary to get to the salary floor which is just over $48 million. The Devils needed some cap relief to make is easier to re-sign Zach Parise.

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LA Kings videos on Mike Richards, Drew Doughty, Brad Richards, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams

A series of videos from Mike Richards and LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi.

Mike Richards talks to the media:

GM Dean Lombardi on Drew Doughty:

Lombardi talks about Brad Richards and bringing in other big name free agents:

Lombardi talks about injury updates on Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar:

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Shea Weber update … Emery gets tryout from ‘Hawks … Khabibulin heading to ‘Tent City’ … Some remaining UFAs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Shea Weber and the Predators have their arbitration hearing on August 2nd if a deal can’t get done before.

    “It would be way better for the player and the team to negotiate a contract,” Predators General Manager David Poile said. “But the arbitration gives you that ability if you can’t do that. And right now that’s where we fall if we can’t get a contract done.”

    Yesterday morning Poile said he tried contacting Weber’s agents but hadn’t heard back from them.

    “We are preparing to go to Toronto (for arbitration),” Poile said. “Would I like to sign Shea to a longer-term contract vs. going to arbitration? Absolutely.”

  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Goalie Ray Emery will be attending the Chicago Blackhawks training camp on a tryout. He’ll battle Alexander Salak for the backup position. The Blackhawks will have until Oct. 1st to decide whether to sign him or not. “He’s an NHL goalie,” Barry said. “He’s there to play in the NHL. That’s what the plan is. He would not want to start in the ‘A.’ He certainly intends to be worthy of a one-way deal.”
  • Conal Pierse of the Edmonton Journal: Nikolai Khabibulin will spend 15 days in Arizona’s Tent City Jail. “There will be no coffee, no salt, no cigarettes, no porno, no movies,” Arpaio said. “The only television we give them is the weather channel, so they can see how hot it is.”
  • Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star: There are some big names left on the free agent market, but their better years may be behind them. Some may be forced to leave the league, take big pay cuts or retire. Teemu Selanne still hasn’t informed the Ducks what he plans on doing. Some other players available are: Bryan McCabe, Chris Drury, Scott Hannan, Cory Stillman, Nikolai Zherdev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Samsonov, John Madden, Marty Turco, Mike Modano.
  • Winnipeg Sun: A Russian news organization is saying that Nikolai Zherdev wants to play for the Jets. No word if they want him or not.

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Lamoriello will everything he can to re-sign Parise … Callahan-Rangers hope to get deal done … Gauthier cautious with Gorges … Isles-Yashin still talking

Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: “We’ll do everything we can,” Lou Lamoriello said in regards to re-signing Zach Parise before his August 3rd arbitration hearing. “That’s the total focus right now,” Lamoriello said. Lamoriello is also still talking with RFA defenseman Maxim Noreau, who’s also considering playing in Switzerland.

Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The Rangers will now turn their attention to RFA Ryan Callahan. They have an arbitration hearing set for Thursday but both sides would like to a deal done before then. There is a 48 hour buyout window later that the Rangers may take advantage of if they are unable to a make a trade to clear some money off the books.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier “took the cautious route” in his negotiations with Josh Gorges who is coming of knee surgery. The 1 year, $2.5 million will leave Gorges a UFA after this season. Will the Canadiens be able to re-sign him or would have it been better to offer him a 4 year, $12 million deal? Gorges could have a good season and another team could give him an offer he can’t refuse. There are rumblings that Gauthier could be looking to add another forward. So far their lines could look like: “Tomas Plekanec between Michael Cammalleri and Erik Cole, while Scott Gomez centres newlywed Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta. Lars Eller will start with Andrei Kostitsyn and Travis Moen, with David Desharnais centring Ryan White and Mathieu Darche.

Katie Strang of Newsday: Alexei Yashin and the Islanders are still talking.

“The thing is, I’m an unrestricted free agent,” Yashin said by phone Monday. “I’ll look at all situations. We’ll see what is the right decision for me.”

Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks and Jannik Hansen’s agent will exchange briefs before Friday’s arbitration hearing.

“You see the opposing side’s case, you then have two days to prepare your presentation and rebuttal,” Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said Tuesday. “You know what the other side’s position is at that point.”

Hansen earned $825,000 and could be looking to double his salary.
Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Don’t expect the Maple Leafs to re-sign Luke Schenn this week. “It’s more of an August issue,” Schenn’s agent, Don Meehan, said on Tuesday. Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle will likely be part of negotiations and he’s on vacation.

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Camping time

There won’t be any posts Monday or Tuesday mornings as I am camping.

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‘Collusion’ surrounding Stamkos and Doughty? Malone ready for training camp … Prospal signs with Blue Jackets

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: 3 ex-Bruins are still on the market: Sergei Samsonov, Nick Boynton, and Paul Mara. Dupont brings up the word ‘collusion’, as he wonders about no one putting forth an offer sheet for Steven Stamkos as “they simply opt not to violate the wink-wink, nudge-nudge gentlemen’s agreement that mysteriously has GMs unwilling to raid their competitors’ rosters.” A realistic comparison for RFA Brad Marchand could be Lightning’s Teddy Purcell who signed a 2 year deal with a cap hit of $2.36 million. Could also do a 3 year, $9 million deal. The Winnipeg Jets told Manitoba native Shane Hnidy that there may not be room for him on their blueline after he asked them if they needed help.  The Lightning have a lot of money tied up in there top 3, and not a lot left to for $2-3 million 3rd liners. Ryan Malone and  his $4.5 million cap hit could be moved. Rumors have Craig MacTavish possibly coaching Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Chicago.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons also throws out the ‘collusion’ word with regards to Stamkos and Drew Doughty. “it’s not the job of hockey general managers to act as the conscience of the game. It’s their job to make their teams better.” There were no offers made to Stamkos and there haven’t been any exploratory calls to Doughty.

    Stamkos, we’re told, would have seriously considered signing a one-year, $12-million deal. But the problem with an offer like that is that Tampa would have matched it. The longer-term, larger-money deal, might have been too rich for the Lightning to match. That’s probably where the Leafs had to go if they wanted to play that game.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning via twitter: Lightning PR on Ryan Malone: “The 4-6 months is inaccurate. He did have shoulder surgery, but he should be fine for the start of training camp.”

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What do you think of new Winnipeg Jets logo?

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Nabokov would need to clear waivers before a trade … Red Wings done for now … Coyotes interested in Campoli … Stamkos press conference video

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Evgeni Nabokov’s agent said he’ll stick it out in the NHL this season. He has a 1 year deal worth $570,000 and is property of the NY Islanders. The Islanders already have 5 goalies in their organization, so where Nabokov fits in a good good question. He will likely be traded by the Islanders. Capgeek via twitter: If Nabokov was traded, he would have to clear waivers first.
  • Josh Gorges signed a 1 year, $2.5 million deal with the Canadiens before their arbitration hearing. Brian Wilde via twitter adds “Of course there’s no guarantee he’ll leave as UFA now. But I can guarantee one thing – he wouldn’t with a long term deal. Why roll dice?”
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t expect to make any more signings or trades before the season starts. The Wings have about $5.8 million in cap space, which would allow them to make a move or two during the season.

    “I think we can compete and I like our cap space,” Holland said. “If, after 60 games, we get to the (trade) deadline and are in a playoff position, we can make a deal. We haven’t had that (cap space) the last couple of years.”

    The Red Wings tried to sign a top 6 forward. They made an offer to Jaromir Jagr, and had interest in Tomas Fleischmann and Scott Upshall.

    “I’d like to add a top-six forward, but so would every other team in the league,” Holland said. “We wanted to add a guy like (Danny) Cleary, a good, two-way forward. We explored but came up short on a few (players), either in dollars or term.”

    Holland will meet with Kris Draper soon and it should be known by next week if he’ll be back or not.

    “If he plays another year, his role is diminishing,” Holland said. “We need young players to push and eventually take away older players’ jobs. If that’s not happening, we’re not doing our job.
    “We’re talking about (whether) he’s comfortable with the (diminished) role.”

  • Steven Stamkos, Steve Yzerman Press Conference

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Islanders and Yashin talking comeback … Blue Jackets likely don’t have interest in Campoli

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: From Alexei Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler, “At this time we are negotiating with the Islanders…and are seriously considering their offer.” Katie Strang via twitter: Both Islanders GM Garth Snow and Yashin’s agent have confirmed they have had discussions on Yashin’s return to the Isles. Though talks have been exploratory to this point, Gandler say that they are “growing in seriousness.” Both Snow and Gandler believe they are not breaking any CBA rules despite the fact they the Islanders bought Yashin out.
  • Tom Reed via twitter: Reed doesn’t think the Blue Jackets would have any interest in defenseman Chris Campoli as they already have 6 defenseman on 1-way contracts.

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