Stamkos talks continue, unfounded twitter trade rumor … Semin being shopped … Doughty talks moving slowly … Leafs re-sign Bozak


  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburgh Times: The Lightning and Steven Stamkos continued negotiating yesterday. It’s “A work in progress” according to GM Steve Yzerman. Stamkos’ agent Mark Guy in a text, “Still working on it.” There was an unfounded twitter rumor that Stamkos’ rights would be sent to the Maple Leafs, and Evgeni Malkin would end up in Tampa Bay.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Capitals are rumored to be shopping Alex Semin around the league with the Canadiens, Predators, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks possibly interested. Jets Dman Zach Bogosian’s name has been linked to Semin.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Negotiations between Drew Doughty and the LA Kings aren’t moving along quickly. Kings GM Dean Lombardi,

    “I am getting the feeling on Drew that unfortunately this could take a while. As we just saw this past week free agency produces a frenzy for players at all levels. We must be judicious about not getting into this market for our own players. Therefore it is critical with Drew that the dollars reflect a fair rate of return regarding the term of the contract. We must be prepared to do what it takes to get it right.”

    Lombardi added that they’d match any offer sheet. The Kings may be waiting to see what kind of deal the Predators and Shea Weber come too. Doughty’s agent Don Meehan in an email, “There is nothing new to report concerning any further discussions concerning Drew Doughty.”

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Tyler Bozak re-signs with the Maple Leafs for 2 years, $3 million. (Last night there were reports that he signed for 2 years, $1.9 million)
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals are about $545,000 under the salary cap with RFAs Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner still unsigned. They are able to go over the cap by 10% during the summer, and in the fall they might put Tom Poti and Eric Fehr on LTIR if they are not fully healed. The Capitals could also look at some trades to create some flexibility. Ted Leonsis wrote, “We will look to make some trades in the off season maybe even sign another free agent. We will continue to look at all of our options. We may not be able to get anything done. We may be able to do something. Time will tell.”
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: After locking up Andrew Ladd yesterday, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is hopeful to get a deal done with Blake Wheeler soon,

    “We had great conversations with his representative (Tuesday) and those will be ongoing,” said Cheveldayoff. “The fact he filed for salary arbitration doesn’t mean much at this time. We have a lot of time to get a deal done.”

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dipatch: The Blue Jackets are still looking to add a defenseman to play with newly re-signed Marc Methot on the 2nd pairing. They are talking with Bryan McCabe, Brent Sopel, Scott Hannan and some others.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: Ales Hemsky will be in the last year of his deal and will make $4.1 million. It’s sounding like he’d like to re-sign with Oilers.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: Semyon Varlamov’s agent has said that Varlamov has signed a deal with the Avalanche, and that talk about door being open to the KHL are lies.
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  1. #1 by Jeff at July 6th, 2011

    i still dont understand why semin signed a 1 year deal. he left about 50mm on the table.

  2. #2 by Wunschkind89 at July 6th, 2011

    The entire trade proposal that’s nearly impossible to believe is:

    To Pittsburgh: Bozak, Kadri, Percy (2011 1st round choice) and a conditional pick.

    To Tampa Bay: Evgeni Malkin

    To Toronto: Steven Stamkos

    Given Malkin’s serious injury, Pittsburgh would probably have to add a 2nd round pick. Toronto would either have to replace Bozak with Grabovski, or the conditional pick be made a 1st rounder.

    There’s no truth to the rumor, but it’s fun to play with.

  3. #3 by Mark Easson at July 6th, 2011

    Wunschkind89,

    Out of curiousity, where did that come from? Don’t put the link as I don’t think it should get extra page views for that one.

  4. #4 by GoCaps8 at July 6th, 2011

    What do people think of Washington sending Semin, Shultz, and a 2nd/3rd pick to SJ for Pavelski and Murray. I heard GMGM was dangling Semin and SJ happened to be interested. I believe this deal would benefit both teams: SJ gets the better offensive player, Caps get better defensive player and add a pick to make up the difference. SJ is clearly looking to shake up their top 6 (evidenced by the Heatley trade) and this would be another way to try and overcome the playoff hump that the Caps are also dealing with. The Caps shake up their top 6 and get some snarl on the back end. Shultz is expendable because of their abundance in D and by trading Semin they free up cap space to resign Alzner. With this trade I think the Caps are a favourite to win the Cup with a lineup that looks like this:

    Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
    Laich-Pavelski-Fehr (former 59 goal scorer in WHL deserves a chance on a scoring line)
    Brouwer-Johanson-Ward
    Chimera-Halpern-Hendricks

    Carlson-Alzner
    Green-Hamerlik
    Murray-Erskine
    Wideman (possible trade candidate)

    Vokoun-Neuvirth

    Or what about adding Krejci for Fehr, Shultz, Caps 1st. Or Bergland for Shultz and 2nd. Washington needs a #2 C and both these trades would give them that along with freeing up cap space for Alzner.

    Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
    Laich-Krejci/Bergland-Semin
    Brouwer-Johanson-Ward
    Chimera-Halpern-Hendricks
    Fehr as trade candidate with Bergland deal.

  5. #5 by GoCaps8 at July 6th, 2011

    Another option could be Semin, Shultz, 3rd/4th for Staal and Orpik. Pittsburgh has expressed interest in Semin and both teams would get what they need (Pit – scoring winger. Caps- #2C and defensive dman). Slot Staal in at 2C and Orpik as D partner for Green, the. Have Hamerlik and Wideman/Erskine as 3rd pair. 

  6. #6 by simon powell at July 7th, 2011

    semin hates crosby, no way the even try trading for him

  7. #7 by AJ at July 7th, 2011

    well, that 3 team swap is unbalanced. Pittsburgh doesn’t get any real proven roster player, while it gives up a franchise forward. TOR giving up Kessel would be the only way it would be considered IMO.

  8. #8 by GoCaps8 at July 7th, 2011

    But Malkin and Semin are both Russians, they would play on the same line.

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