- The Fourth Period: The Red Wings were trying to make a deal all week, but weren’t able to put something together. It was believed that the Wings didn’t want to part with any of their top young talent. They wouldn’t give up a first round pick for Jay Bouwmeester. The Wings also looked into Jaromir Jagr. Valtteri Filppula will be a UFA but may have interest in returning.
“It’s been a great place to be, a great team obviously,” he told the News. “You want to be on that kind of team.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Sabres are picking up part of Jason Pominville’s contract. If they weren’t, the Wild would be over the salary cap. Working with Cap geek, they estimate that the Sabres may be covering $225,000 for this year, a pro-rated $900,000.
- Cap Geek: Not confirmed on the amount, but the Hurricanes could be picking up between $500,000 and $1.5 million of Jussi Jokinen’s now Penguins salary.
- Bill Watters: According to sources, the Maple Leafs offered the Coyotes Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick for Keith Yandle. (You would assume this was ‘offered’ around Wednesday, but I wonder if it happened in the offseason, or at least sometime well before the trade deadline day)
- Bill Watters: Years ago, the Flyers offered Claude Giroux to the Lightning for defenseman Paul Ranger but was turned down by then GM Brian Lawton.
- John Hoven of Mayors Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi when asked if he was close to any trades on deadline day.
“No. I like our team, and I think we addressed our biggest need. And you see Matt Greene in there – we get him back, that’s like getting a player for nothing now. I didn’t see anything that was really going to improve us. Our depth up front with Toffoli and Brad Richardson, we forget about him, but he’s shown he’s a good depth player. So it wasn’t really anything there that made sense as terms of an upgrade, let alone then get to the part where if you upgrade, what’s it going to do to your cap and everything else. The other thing we were able to do on this that I really liked – and you know I’m confident in how I feel about this – we’ve got 10 picks in this year’s draft. You never want to lose sight of that part. Now, we don’t have a first rounder, but we’re going into this, we were able to keep this nucleus, get this piece here, and have 10 picks going in next year’s draft. Our eye going forward, we haven’t sold the farm by any stretch. I think we’ve got the space to keep our young players. Then hopefully…add the right veterans here going forward also. Now it’s up to our scouts to hit in the middle rounds.