Archive for April, 2012

Pens should keep their “Big Three” … Dubinsky, Boyle updated … Seguin has detached tendon … Bruins offseason decisions

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Rossi thinks the Penguins cannot abandon their “Big Three” formula of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal because there aren’t many prospects worthy of playing with them or replacing one of them on the horizon. They have traded many prospects over the years to upgrade their current roster. Of the Penguins top 10 prospects, only 3 of them are forwards and none were drafted for 2010. In the next 2 years, Staal, Crosby, Letang and Malkin will be up for free agency.
  • Andrew Gross of the Bergon Record: Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky didn’t take part in the Rangers optional practice yesterday, and was seen around the practice facility on crutches. Forward Brian Boyle skated for the 3rd consecutive day, no timetable is set:

    “I feel better each day but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Boyle said. “There have been no setbacks. It’s progressed. But it’s not consistent with each guy, there are different symptoms. I’m trying to be honest with myself. But I wouldn’t have skated if I still felt foggy.”

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Tyler Seguin will likely have surgery on this left hand. Seguin suffered a detached tendon on March 15th. Doctors told him that he couldn’t do any more damage if he continued to play, he would just have to tolerate the pain.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins may have trouble improving their top 6 due to a weak market, and may have better luck with their bottom 6.  They’ll need to decide whether or not to trade Tim Thomas, as it could free up as much as $5 million off their cap. The Bruins will look to re-sign Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. Brian Rolston and Daniel Paille may be let loose. Benoit Pouliot is a RFA and will be looking for a raise. Currently only Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron are under contract.

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Sunday notes on Pietrangelo, Staal, Oilers, Lightning, Senators, Cleary, Coyotes, Leafs and Canucks

  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo left in the 2nd period after being hit face first into the boards by Dwight King. He’ll be evaluated over tonight and an update should be given today.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: From officiating supervisor Kay Whitmore on King’s hit:

    Question: As far as the aftermath, Pietrangelo being cut, did that warrant a five-minute major?
    WHITMORE: “In these situations, if a player is cut to the face, and it’s visible right away, instantly, they’ll call a major … in most cases. In this case, they didn’t see the cut, the small cut, under his chin from what I’ve been told until up to a minute or so after when they were over by the bench. So it was a delay, a period of time that went by, and it’s tough for them to go over and say, ‘It’s a major now’ … because they didn’t see it after the scrum. He got off the ice. There was no visible blood. If it was running down his forehead or his cheek, it’s automatic. It’s a major game-misconduct. In this instance, they didn’t see it initially right away. They didn’t see the blood running down his chin, in his beard … one of those things.”

  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Should the Oilers trade the 1st overall pick for Jordan Staal? (Poll: 141-No, 80-Yes) Speculation out there is that Staal could become available for the right price. Staple’s:

    Staal is a big, strong and fairly aggressive two-way centre, still in his prime, capable of playing the toughest minutes. He won’t come cheap, but he’ll likely be worth the money over the next six or seven years if he can stay healthy.

    He is exactly the kind of player the Oilers need at centre, giving the team an excellent one-two punch with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. While the Oilers have been a weak team, the thought of playing with wingers like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky might be enticing for Staal. He’d certainly have a bigger role here.

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning need to acquire a long-term goalie this offseason. They were acquiring assets in hope that they could do a deal with the Canucks for Cory Schneider, but now it appears that Schneider is staying. Roberto Luongo is expected to submit a list to Canucks with teams he’d be willing to accept a trade too, and the Lightning are expected to be on it. 10 years left on his deal may be too much of the Lightning, especially with Vinny Lecavalier’s contract, unless he’s apart of the deal. So their may not be a match for the Lightning and Canucks. Other possibilities could be: Tim Thomas (1 year left on contract), Tomas Vokoun (UFA), Jonathan Bernier, Josh Harding, Anders Lindback and Riku Helenius.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said they need to add a defenseman and maybe a top 6 forward to play with Kyle Turris.

    “Our goaltending was really solid, we’ve got depth there, no question some decisions have to be made on the blueline. Offensively on the blueline, we’re really good,” said Murray. “We have to find out if one of these (UFAs) we have will come back and be solid or do we have to go get another guy? Up front, we’re always looking for somebody to step in and score goals. That line with (captain Daniel Alfredsson) played with Turris, if we had one more guy that could score consistently or be a 20-to-25 goal scorer would make our team different.”

    Erik Karlsson may be looking for a deal in the $6.5-7.5 million per season range.

    “I’m not worried about Erik. We’ll get a deal done. It’s not going to be hurried up by any means,” he said. “We’ll talk over the next few weeks, probably to his agent to start. There’s no immediate demand. We’re not playing for awhile.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Danny Cleary will under knee surgery this week. He now wishes he had surgery on it last November is it got progressively worse over the season. The surgery will fix “significant issues — tears, loose cartilage, bone-on-bone, lot of fluid. The buildup of fluid was a major issue. I’m hoping to get it resolved.”
  • Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic: Glendale’s chief negotiator told City Council last week that any deal to keep the Coyotes in Glendale will require millions of taxpayers money each year, and taking on the costs of managing the Jobing.com arena. It’s not the type of deal Glendale had envisioned when they built the arena.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: If the Maple Leafs and Cancuks talk about Roberto Luongo, and the Canucks had to take back a bad contract, they may rather have Matthew Lombardi over Mike Komisarek. Lou Lamoriello told Simmons that Zach Parise isn’t going anywhere, but others think he’ll sign with another team that has a chance at the cup.

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Boyle and Dubinsky questionable … Chiarelli talks Bruins, Thomas … Could Stars look at Boyes? Oilers blueline

  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Rangers forward Brian Boyle took part in a full-contract skate yesterday and is questionable for today. It was his first day back on the ice after suffering a concussion in Game 5. Brandon Dubinsky is also questionable with a leg injury he suffered in Game 7. Dubinsky hasn’t been practicing.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli:

    “From the makeover perspective, certainly we’re not going to do anything to make over this team,” said Chiarelli, who met the press alongside coach Claude Julien. “You’ve heard me talk about parity in this league. A first-round loss this year (for the Bruins), and there could be another Stanley Cup final next year. It’s that close.

    “I’d like to maybe look at a forward to bolster our top-nine. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to look at re-signing (free agent Benoit) Pouliot or putting (Jordan) Caron up there (on a top line). But we’re going to look at the trade and free agent markets.

    “But in the major-change front, I’m not looking to do anything like that. I’d like to add some pieces.

    “We lost in the first round, after having won the Cup last year, (but) to me we can go after the Cup again next year. I have every confidence we can do that.”

    It doesn’t sound like the Bruins will be looking at Zach Parise or Ryan Suter.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron suffered an oblique injury in Game 3 and re-aggravated it in Game 5. He also had a broken nose. GM Chiarelli on Tim Thomas trade rumors:

    “I know I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie and all that stuff,” Chiarelli said. “Certainly, I’m not inclined to do that. Tim didn’t have, statistically, the year he had the year before. But I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top two or three goalie tandems in the league.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (mailbag) Heika notes that if the Stars decide move Mike Ribeiro and/or Branden Morrow, they could look at Brad Boyes as a replacement. Heika points out he has no knowledge if they plan on moving Ribeiro or Morrow, but if they wanted to shake things up, those 2 could be candidates.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis expands on Dejan Kovacevic’s article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about how the Penguins blueline needs to be blown up, and that the Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek signings haven’t worked out. Willis points out that either Martin or Michalek would help stabilize the Oilers blueline. The Oilers would have to include salary in any deal, and the Pens wouldn’t take on Shawn Horcoff’s contract. Other than Eric Belanger, the Oilers may not have an expendable player with a contract. So there may not be a good fit between the 2 teams. The Pens will likely want to get a meaningful asset back.

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Grossman not cleared yet … 2 or 3 weeks for Habs GM? Alfie to take some time … Could Bruins trade Thomas? Seguin needs surgery

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Flyers Nicklas Grossman said he hasn’t been cleared yet. Hopes to play on Sunday.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson will take some time deciding his future:

    “I will see how I feel physically and mentally after taking some time off.”

    “This year has been unbelievable. I’ve had a lot of fun. It’s been great to be part of a great group of guys. They kept me upbeat and happy when I’m a grumpy old man. They’ve made this year very enjoyable.”

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Tim Thomas’s no-movement clause will expire on July 1st. Thomas has 1 year left on his 4 year, $20 million contract. Tuukka Rask will be a RFA on July 1st as well. If the Bruins were to move Thomas, Anton Khudobin would backup Rask if/when they re-sign him. If they moved Thomas’s $5 million cap hit, they could use the money elsewhere. Zach Parise will be a UFA, has played for Julien before, but may be looking for $7 million plus. Toronto, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Florida, Edmonton, and Columbus may be looking for goaltending help this summer. The Bruins may not get much return for Thomas due to age and contract, but would give the B’s cap relief.

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More on Luongo Rumors … Grossman could be ready for round 2 … Gill could return … Tarasenko decision soon

  • Gord McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said on Team 1040 that he hasn’t been given a list of teams that Roberto Luongo is willing to waive his no trade clause.

    “We’ve met, but we’ve decided we’ll take our time and talk in the next few days over the phone,” Gillis said. “I’m not quite sure why something like that [the reports] would be out there.”

    “I think we all need to take a deep breath,” Gillis said. “The early exit from the playoffs, not meeting our expectations, can lead you to make some pretty poor decisions in a real hurry.

    “I think we all need to step back for a couple of days and not do anything – think about it then begin to plan out what we want to do with this team over the summer for the coming season.

    “It’s a little premature to start down that path already.”

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: It is believed that Luongo would prefer be traded to a Florida team. The Maple Leafs and Blackhawks are also on the list, though Luongo could be leery of heading to the competitive market of Toronto and the “emotional scars” that may exist with the Blackhawks. The Leafs, Blackhawks and Lightning could use goaltending help. The Canucks may have to take salary back to move Luongo. With regards to the Maple Leafs, the Canucks may have to take a contract like Mike Komisarek, who has 2 years at $4.5 million per.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: If Luongo was to make his way to Tampa Bay, the Canucks may have to take some salary back. Vinny Lecavalier is on a 11 year, $85 million deal. Many think that Ryan Malone and his $4.5 million cap hit could be key to a deal. Yzerman and Guy Boucher are big fans of him though. If they did move Lecavalier or Malone for Luongo, it would create an even bigger hole in their top 6. It’s an area they are already looking to improve, even before a potential trade.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: One way for the Maple Leafs to fit Luongo into their salary cap would be to buy out Mike Komisarek and Matthew Lombardi/Colby Armstrong. In an ideal situation they would trade them.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Nicklas Grossmann took part in practice yesterday in a ‘contact’ jersey. It appears he’ll be ready to start of their round 2 series. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros skated for a bit at the end of practice wearing a back brace.
  • Greg Sullivan of the Tennessean: Predators defenseman Hal Gill is progressing with his lower body injury.

    “He’s moving pretty good,” Trotz said. “He’s practiced and he’s had a little more of the grind and the battles that he needed to have to see where he is. Right now he’s on track and I expect him to play in the series.”

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: At the end of the IIHF World Championships, the Blues and their fans may find out if prospect Vladimir Tarasenko will sign with the team or head back to the KHL.
  • Tom Reed via twitter: Reed points out that it’s easy to see why the Blue Jackets wanted to have Chris Kreider in a Rick Nash deal. If he wasn’t off the market then, he will be now.

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Canucks need to lock up Schneider before dealing Luongo … More on Luongo … Theodore starts … Norris finalists

  • Craig Custance via twitter: One GM noted that the return the Canucks get for Roberto Luongo may be better than we think. Only takes 2 teams to drive up the price. Jim Matheson via twitter: Tampa Bay already has 1 long contract in Vinny Lecavalier, would they really want another in Luongo? Matheson thinks they’ll look younger with Jonathan Bernier. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger thinks the Canucks will have to take a contract back in a Luongo trade. He’s still an elite goalie, but may only have 4 good years left and lots of term. James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle points out (through capgeek) that you just can’t buy Luongo out after 6 year under the currently CBA:
    SEASON SALARY CAP HIT BUYOUT SAVINGS BUYOUT CAP HIT
    2018-19 $3,382,000 $5,333,333 $583,333 $2,798,667 $2,534,667
    2019-20 $1,618,000 $5,333,333 $583,333 $1,034,667 $4,298,667
    2020-21 $1,000,000 $5,333,333 $583,333 $416,667 $4,916,667
    2021-22 $1,000,000 $5,333,333 $583,333 $416,667 $4,916,667
    2022-23 $0 $0 $583,333 -$583,333 $583,333
    2023-24 $0 $0 $583,333 -$583,333 $583,333
    2024-25 $0 $0 $583,333 -$583,333 $583,333
    2025-26 $0 $0 $583,333 -$583,333 $583,333

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Random NHL Facts

#RandomNHLfact posted by @NHLHistoryGirl today. Jen is an excellent twitter follow for NHL random facts and history tidbits.

  • December 15, 2010, Nicklas Lidstrom recorded his 1st career hat trick, at 40 years of age, making him oldest player to do so.
  • P.J. Stock tried to interview his pet hamster Richard Gere on-air when he was a co-host for CHOM-FM radio.
  • Mark Recchi won his first #StanleyCup in 1991. #Bruins teammate Tyler Seguin hadn’t been born yet.
  • The 1989 Calgary #Flames were the first relocated #NHL team to win the #StanleyCup. They began as the Atlanta Flames.
  • In 1990, #Caps John Druce notched 14 goals and 3 assists in 15 playoff games. Rest of his career: 6 pts in 37 playoff games.
  • Historically, teams holding a 2-1 Final series lead have won the Cup 34 of 39 times, or 87 % of the time.
  • In 1990, #Caps John Druce notched 14 goals and 3 assists in 15 playoff games. Rest of his career: 6 pts in 37 playoff games.
  • The 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars were the last sub-.500 team to play in the Cup Final.
  • The #Flyers have only swept 3 best-of-7-series in franchise history. #NYR in 1995, #Leafs in 1975 & Atlanta Flames in1974.

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From her site, NHLhistoryGirl.com on why she is running:

The people at DTBL do amazing work to support military families who want to participate in hockey. I support them because I come from a family with a long history of military service; like Boogaard, I once had hopes of joining the armed forces. Supporting DTBL is a way to meaningfully show appreciation not just to the military, but to their families who sacrifice much as well.

About Defending the Blue Line:

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey. Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization DTBL Tax ID# 27-0711063.

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Luongo to submit list … Thomas could hit market as well … Stars may look at Nash … Could Hawks gauge interest in Keith or Sharp?

  • James Duthie via twitter: Sources are saying that Roberto Luongo will submit a short list of teams the he would waive his no-trade clause to go to next week. The Maple Leafs will be on it. Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Canucks didn’t even have to ask Luongo to waive his no-trade. He tells them during his exit meeting with he wants out of Vancouver. Dan Murphy via twitter: Murphy confirms that the Maple Leafs will be on Luongo’s list. Tampa Bay will also be on it. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle thinks that the Canucks and their fans should expect a homerun if they trade Luongo. There are not a lot of teams that will be interested, and he has 10 years left on his contract. Tim Thoams, Miikka Kiprusoff and others could become available. Mirtle thinks if the Canucks could get a late 1st rounder or a middling prospect, it could be a fair deal. They might even have to take back some salary. Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun: Buffery doesn’t think trading for Luongo is a good idea. “Besides the fact he’s 33 years old and has 10 more years in his deal, there is a reason why he is expendable in Vancouver … because he’s 33 years old and has 10 years left on his contract.”He notes that the Leafs aren’t close to a cup, so why not go with the youngsters – James Reimer, Ben Scrivens, Mark Owuya and Jussi Rynnas.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika thinks the Stars may be open to the idea of trading for a player like Rick Nash due to the limited number of scores on the free agent market. One key point regarding Nash is whether is okay numbers are a result of being in a bad system in Columbus or if he could break out on a line with Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson. What the Blue Jackets would want is another question. Would the Stars be willing to part is a solid player, a top prospect or 2 and a high draft pick? The Stars may think higher of Zach Parise and may see what he’ll do if he hits the open market.
  • David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune: Haugh thinks the Blackhawks should look at the trade interest in defenseman Duncan Keith or forward Patrick Sharp. Keith hasn’t been the same since 2010 and could bring more back than Brent Seabrook. Sharp is a more tradeable asset than Marian Hossa, and Toews and Kane remain untouchable.
  • Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom on whether his 39-year old body can handle another summer of training and long season:

    “I love the game, I would love to play three, four more years,” Holmstrom said. “It’s so much fun to come to the rink and everything. It’s just if the body can take it one more year or two more years. There’s lots of wear and tear on the body. Mentally, the last couple of years, you’ve got to go through the soreness, aches and pain, and it can be pretty tough during the regular season.”

    Possibly the only way that Holmstrom is in a Wings uniform next season is if Nicklas Lidstrom says he’d like to have him come back too.

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: At the trade deadline, the Maple Leafs were given a choice between 24-year old Steve Downie (a RFA looking for more than $3 million) or 20-year old Carter Ashton for defenseman Keith Aulie.
  • Toronto Sun: Reports are that Patrick Roy has met with Serge Savard at a restaurant recently, but Savard denied they met in-person, but spoke on the phone.

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Afternoon notes on Luongo, Schneider, Hodgson, Filppula, Kane, Jagr, Petrov, Vezina finalists, Konopka and Boyle

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Despite having 10 years left on his deal, it doesn’t mean the Canucks won’t be able to trade Roberto Luongo. Jeff Carter had 11 years and was dealt. The biggest factors holding a deal back may be what the Canucks want for him or what other goalies are available. There could be between 5 and 9 teams that are interested. His top 2 landing spots would be Tampa Bay and Florida. He may not want to play in the spotlight of Toronto. Cory Schneider will not be blocked from an offer sheet from July 1st to July 5th because he made under $1.5 million. The Canucks would offer him arbitration but due to his salary, if Schneider and another team worked out a deal before July 5th, the Canucks would have the choice to match. The Canucks targeted 6 players they would have traded Cody Hodgson for at the deadline before they did the deal with the Sabres for Zack Kassian (Kassian obviously being one). Brandon Sutter of the Hurricanes was one, and John Carlson of the Capitals was another. The 4th was Erik Gudbrason of the Panthers and Kyle Clifford of the Kings was the 5th according to sources. The 6th is unknown. The Canadiens may be interested in Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Friedman wonders if the Red Wings will make Valtteri Filppula available this offseason.
  • Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: Rosenbloom thinks the Blackhawks should at least see what they could get for Patrick Kane. He notes that Kane’s goal production doesn’t match the hype or salary.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov: “It’s my dream to play in the NHL. My contract expires on April 30. Then I will decide what to do.”

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Could Canucks move Kesler? Sharks injuries … Did Hodgson want out? Blackhawks notes … Luongo issues for Leafs … Pens blueline

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: MacIntyre wonders if the Canucks would consider trading Ryan Kesler. Kesler antics bother some, he didn’t have a great season, and his no-trade clause starts before next season. The Canucks may look at improving their image. Kesler wouldn’t talk about the injury that is bothering him, and they’ll know in the next 10 days if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The job security of Sharks GM Doug Wilson and coach Todd McLellan won’t be known until likely sometime next week. Patrick Marleau on if he’d be open to exploring other options if asked: “We’ll cross that bridge if it ever comes up.” Dan Boyle said there was a window opening for his NMC but he said he doesn’t want to think about it or go anywhere. Logan Couture requires shoulder surgery at some point. Joe Pavelski was getting injections for his foot and had a thumb ligament and knee ligament issues. Brent Burns had abdominal discomfort, Ryan Clowe had a groin strain, TJ Galiardi had a lower back issue, Machal Handzus had a groin strain, Doug Murray had a groin strain, Colin White and Tommy Wingels had a shoulder injuries.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Canucks GM Mike Gillis on trading Cody Hodgson at the deadline for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani:

    “There clearly were issues that were ongoing,” Gillis said when asked about Hodgson during Tuesday’s season ending press conference. “I spent more time on Cody’s issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years.

    “We made a determination that he didn’t want to be here; we built him into something we could move. There were six young players that I would have traded him for if any of them were ever made available. One was made available at the trade deadline and it was Zack.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings would like to keep UFA Brad Stuart, but he may be heading to back to California to be closer to his family:

    “I’ve been living here while my family has spent a lot of time in California,” Stuart said. “I’ve got a step-daughter that needs to finish high school. That’s how it is. There’s really no way to get around that. I guess it will be up to me to decide what needs to be done, because it’s been a tough couple of years. As much fun and as great as it’s been to play here, it’s been equally as tough on the family side of it.”

    GM Ken Holland has approached Stuart about a contract extension, but he said he needed to consider his family.

    “I guess the decision I’ll have to make is, am I going to go to free agency and see what happens, or not?” he said. “I haven’t talked to Kenny yet. I’m sure there might be a point where he wants to know one way or the other. It’ll be within a month-a-half, I guess. I love it here. If it was a purely hockey decision, I would stay.”

  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks core will remain, and if the salary cap in the new CBA remains around $64 million, they’ll have around $7 million is space. Not returning next year will likely be Andrew Brunette, Brendan Morrison, Jamal Mayers, Sean O’Donnell and Sami Lepisto. Bubble players are Brandon Bollig, Bryan Bickell, Steve Montador and Johnny Oduya. Oduya made $3.5 million and may be looking for a raise.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: So Roberto Luongo said he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause yesterday. The Maple Leafs are looking for a goalie and may be interested, but there are some issues to run through. 1. Could Luongo help the Leafs? Yes. 2. Is Luongo in his prime? Nope. He is 33 but still in the top 1/3 in the league, likely top 5 goalie in the East. 3. Is the contract a crippling deal to any team? It’s cap friendly at $5.33 for 10 years. Salary decreases in the last 4 to $7 million total, can buy him out at 39. Can look at it as a 6 year deal for around $40 million. 4. Would the Leafs have to give up the 5th overall pick or Jake Gardiner for Luongo? Absolutely not. Belief is the Canucks wouldn’t get much of a return. 5. Would it be a better play to go after Cory Schneider? Maybe, but the Canucks are expected to keep Schneider. 6. Is Luongo the best option for the Leafs to get a true No. 1 goalie? It will create some discussions in the Leaf office. Dave Nonis acquired Luongo in Vancouver. Debate could increase if other goalies become available. Can the Blues keep both Halak and Elliott? Could the Penguins move Marc-Andre Fleury? Will Miikka Kiprusoff become available? What about Nikolai Khabibulin? Would the Sabres be ready to trade Ryan Miller?
  • Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins core isn’t the issue. Penguins GM Ray Shero is too smart to trade Evgeni Malkin, and he’ll look to keep both Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal. Kovacevic thinks there blue line must be blown up. Shero spent $45 million on Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek, both have 3 years left, and both have been busts. Their defense needs to “get younger, faster, stronger and more skilled.”
  • Cody Nickolet via twitter: GMs Steve Yzerman and Brian Burke were in Moose Jaw last night watching top 10 draft picks Morgan Rielly and Griffin Reinhart. There were also scouts from Edmonton, Phoenix, LA, and others from Toronto and Tampa Bay.

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Roberto Luongo talks to the media about his future

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo talks to the media today about his future today, if it’s with the Canucks or elsewhere. He would be willing to waive his no-trade clause.

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Luongo would waive his NTC … Pens want to re-sign Crosby and Staal … Grabovski gets offer before Leafs deal … Kesler injury

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: It’s no secret the the Blue Jackets need a starting goalie, but due to Roberto Luongo’s age and contract, he would be a last resort.
  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Penguins GM Ray Shero said that it is their goal to re-sign both Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby. Shero added that his is “not sure” if he can do it until he speaks with Staal and Crosby, and has a better idea of the landscape. The CBA will be a factor as well. Shelly Anderson via twitter: Shero on trading one of their 3 big centers: “We have to take a look over the next couple months.”
  • Brian Hedger via twitter: Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom: “I want to take a few weeks and get over this. It’s hard when you’re just a few days away from losing.”
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks Ryan Kesler has a shoulder injury. Doctors will look at it further to determine if surgery is needed. He injured it in February.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Panthers Jose Thoedore wasn’t at their morning skate. Jacob Markstrom was on the ice with Scott Clemmensen. Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Theodore is with the team, and the injury is not serious. He had the injury before.

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