Archive for July, 2013

Morning Hits: Maple Leafs, Sharks, Callahan, Seattle Expansion and Palffy

  • David Alter: Two days until the start of the non-compliance buyout period, August 2nd to 4th. There will be a 48 hour span where the Maple Leafs could buyout John-Michael Liles if they wish. If the Leafs bought out Liles, he would count against their cap for the next six years. It would give them an extra $2,583,333 this season.
  • David Alter of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs now have only $4.6 million left to sign RFAs Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri. Alter notes that Franson’s agent could use Zach Bogosian’s seven-year, $36 million as a comparable. That Bogosian and Franson played similar roles, with Bogosian playing over four minutes per game more, but 12 less total games. If the Leafs are able to get Franson and Kadri for around $3 million per season, they will have to make a move or two to free up some salary cap space. They could be get a decent return for Franson if they decide to move him. A Liles buyout would be a $1,291,666.67 for the next seasons if they went that route. They could try to trade while retaining some salary.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sources say that Joe Pavelski’s deal (5 years, $30 million) includes a very limited no-trade clause that is similar to Logan Couture’s.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that there have been conversations with the agents for Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is on schedule after his shoulder surgery, but may not be ready for the start of the season.

    “As the schedule goes, it’s going to dip into training camp and it’s possible it could dip into the regular season, too,” Callahan said. “The biggest thing with this is the contact. I should be able to be fully skating and shooting in training camp, but it’s when you can take contact and I don’t think you know that until you get further on and they evaluate it and check it out. As of now, how the rehab is going, I’m right on schedule.”

    Callahan hasn’t had any talks with the Rangers about a contract extension. He’s entering the last year of his deal.

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Seattle sports-talk radio host, Mitch Levy, said that Gary Bettman is pushing the Board of Governors for expansion and to include Seattle. The team would begin play in 2014-15 and would cost $275 million. Seattle would need to build a new arena. Bill Daly recently said that the Pacific Northwest was getting “serious consideration” for expansion or relocation. This would put the NHL at 31 teams, so another addition may follow with the usual suspects: Quebec City, Toronto, Portland, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.

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Free Agent Hits: Fraser, Zuccarello, Cuma, Kenins and Jorris

  • Greg Brady: The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year deal worth $1.275 million avoiding arbitration. The Leafs now have eight NHL defenseman on their NHL roster at $18.75 million, with Cody Franson not included. Morgan Rielly and Jesse Blacker are not included either and they could play this season.
  • Darren Dreger: The Rangers signed forward Mats Zuccarello to a one-year deal worth $1.15 million avoiding arbitration.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild have re-signed defenseman Tyler Cuma to a one-year deal.
  • Chris Nichols: The Flames signed Josh Jorris to a two-year, two-way entry-level deal.

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Sharks Sign Joe Pavelski To A Five-Year Contract Extension

  • San Jose Sharks: The Sharks have signed center Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension. The deal will kick in on July 1st, 2014.

    “Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” said Wilson.

    Pavelski was drafted by the Sharks, 205th overall in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.

  • Craig Custance: Pavelski’s five-year deal is worth $30 million. $6 million salary cap hit.

 

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Morning Hits: Fraser, Sullivan, Cowen, Campoli, Hagman, Brent, Foster and Some Season Ticket Renewals

  • Lance Hornby: It is unlikely that Mark Fraser and the Maple Leafs will reach a deal before their arbitration today’s hearing. There had been no contract in the past week as of yesterday morning.
  • Chris Ribau of the Daily Press (Timmins): (s/t rotoworld) Steve Sullivan has had “very informal” talks with several teams.

    “I’m preparing as if next year is going to go on and then we’ll go from there.”

    Retirement could be an option for the 39-year old.

    “I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%,” he said. “I’ve had an unbelievable run.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Jared Cowen’s camp will talk again this week.

    “We still have plenty of time,” said Valette. “We’ve only had a couple of conversations.”

    It’s likely Cowen will be looking for something more than the $2 million that Patrick Wiercioch signed last week.

  • Corey Pronman: Chris Campoli signed a one-year deal with a Swiss team. He was part of the NHLPA group that worked on the CBA.
  • TSN: The Kings signed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a two-year deal and Colin Miller to a three-year entry level deal.
  • Lance Hornby: Niklas Hagman will be playing in Finland next season.
  • Igor Eronko: Tim Brent signed with Torpedo of the KHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Kurtis Foster signed with Medvescak of the KHL.
  • Chris Botta: Penguins season ticket renewal is 98 percent. They capped full season tickets at 15,300. Their waiting list has 4,400 accounts.
  • Chris Botta: Sharks season ticket renewal is 93 percent. They have 14,000 season ticketholders.

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Jets Re-sign Zach Bogosian To A Seven-Year Deal

The Winnipeg Jets have signed restricted free agent defenseman, Zach Bogosian to a seven-year contract worth $36 million. The deal carries a $5,142,857 cap hit.

Bogosian was drafted 3rd overall in 2008 by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Tim Wharnsby: Salary breakdown: $4 million, $4 million, $5.25 million, $5.25 million, $5.5 million, $6 million and $6 million.

What do you think of the deal?

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Morning Hits: Red Wings and a Blackhawks Injury Update

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings had offered Damien Brunner a two-year deal with $2.5 million a season. Brunner is looking for a multi-year deal at $3.5 million per season. There is a still a chance that the Wings re-sign Daniel Cleary, but Khan thinks it’s doubtful that they will be able to clear out enough salary to do so.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell had surgery on his thumb earlier this month and is recovering well.

    “It has been three or four weeks and it’s a lot better than it was,” Bickell said. “Every day it’s getting better. I think it will be ready for the regular season.”

    Michal Handzus has had two surgeries this offseason.

    “I’m healing,” said Handzus, who signed a one-year deal earlier this month to return to the Hawks. “Right now, (with my) wrist I still can’t do anything. It’s in a cast for one more week. After four weeks I can start to do something. It’s a little bit slower. My knee is pretty much rehabbing right now.”

    Patrick Sharp met with doctors this weekend to see how his shoulder is progressing.

    “No surgery,” Sharp said. “Just some rehab to strengthen it and fix it up. Everything is on schedule.”

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Quick Hits: Wild, Fraser, Hemsky, Franson, Kearns and Grebeshkov

  • Charly Walters of the Pioneer Press: (s/t Adrian Dater) Walters notes that a “little birdie” says that the Wild lost $30 million last season. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter had bonuses totaling $20 million.
  • Darren Dreger: For Mark Fraser’s arbitration hearing with the Maple Leafs: he’s looking for $2 million, the Leafs are offering $855,000.
  • Jim Matheson: Quiet on the Ales Hemsky trade front. Matheson thinks he’d look good on the right side on the Senators top two lines.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater said there is no chance that the Avalanche will inquire about Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks re-signed Bracken Kearns to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers GM Craig MacTavis is anxious to see Denis Gresbeshkov back on the Oilers blueline.

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Morning Hits: Franson, Gunnarsson, Tootoo, Hemsky and Armstrong

  • Steve Simmons: Cody Franson trade rumors don’t make sense to Simmons unless the Maple Leafs started them in hopes of driving down his price. Paul Ranger was on an AHL deal last season and free to sign with anyone, at any point. 18 teams contacted him but he always said no. The Kings tried to get Jake Gardiner in the deal with the Leafs for Jonathan Bernier. They moved on to Carl Gunnarsson after it was apparent the Leafs wouldn’t move Gardiner. (Kings ended up getting Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a pick)
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have spoken with the Predators about Jordin Tootoo. The Red Wings have extra forwards and will be over the salary cap once they sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson. They’ve been trying move some forwards for over a month. Tootoo has two-years left at $1.9 million a season. The Red Wings could use a big, skilled defenseman like Cody Franson. If he is available, it seems unlikely the Leafs would trade him within their division.
  • Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey: Richardson wonders why anyone would trade for Ales Hemsky. Why would a GM want to give up an asset or two for someone who will make $5 million next year and has an injury history. If the OIlers were to eat half his salary, then maybe someone would be interested. If Hemsky is healthy and playing well, half way through the season teams may get interested.
  • Colby Armstong: Tweet that he’ll be going to play in Sweden next season.

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Free Agent Hits: Selanne, Bryzgalov, Henrique, Wheeler, Gerbe and Palmieri

  • Helene Elliott: There is still no word if Teemu Selanne will return next season. He is reportedly skating back in Finland.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Ilya Bryzgalov did not receive a contract offer from Alex Mogilny and Admiral Vladivostok. Mogilny made the comment in context of the Olympics, etc. and that Bryzgalov is a good player and would want him. (translation issue)
  • Tom Gulitti: No deal between the Devils and Adam Henrique yet. He said last week that a deal was “close.”
  • Gary Lawless: The Jets re-sign Blake Wheeler to a 6-year deal worth $33.6 million, a $5.6 million salary cap hit.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes signed Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way deal. Michael Smith: Gerbe will get $550,000 in the NHL, $150,000 in the AHL, $250,000 guaranteed. Chip Alexander: Gerbe wants to prove people wrong this season, ”especially a team in the Northeast I want to prove it to.”
  • Curtis Zupke: The Ducks sign Kyle Palmieri to a 3 year deal, $4.41 million, a $1.47 million cap hit.

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Morning Hits: Franson, Bogosian, Kuznetsov and Toews

  • Darren Dreger: Cody Franson trade speculation will heat up. The Maple Leafs would like to keep him, but the money may be too high. Would a prospect and draft pick be fair return? Howard Berger: Mentioned last month that Franson’s name has come up in trade talk.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta doesn’t see Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian being in Winnipeg long-term. Other teams are interested, but a trade is not imminent. Pagnotta doesn’t see him staying in Winnipeg beyond his next contract. This is all just Pagnotta’s personal opinion. He wouldn’t be surprised if there was a trade at some point. There is no rush to move him, and the Jets will listen.
  • Igor Eronko: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov on Ilya Kovalchuk to Sovsport.ru: ’I think i’ll return to Russia from NHL when i’m 30′
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews: ”It’s a huge relief not to see half of your team traded away or sign with other teams in the offseason.”

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Morning Hits: Kessel, Phaneuf, Vanek, Luongo’s new and old agents speak and 10 years left for MSG

  • Stephen Whyno: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on if he’d consider contract extensions for Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf this summer: ”It’s not on the front burner right now.”
  • Kevin Snow of Sabres.com: Thomas Vanek expects to be with the Sabres at training camp.

    “As of right now, yeah. I haven’t heard anything differently. I’m preparing myself like I’m going back to Buffalo, so that’s what I’m doing.

    “I’m not flattered by (trade speculation) by any means. I’ve enjoyed my time in Buffalo and I’m looking forward to going back. In this business you can’t look into that stuff, read the internet or look at the papers too much. If something happens, I’m sure my agent or the GM in Buffalo will call me and tell me where I’m going.”

  • TSN: Roberto Luongo’s new agent, Pat Brisson:

    “Roberto has a contract and is preparing to be at training camp.”

    Brisson and CCA partner J.P. Barry still plan on talking with Canucks GM Mike Gillis an assistant Laurence Gilman next week.

  • Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail: Luongo’s former agent Gilles Lupien

    “I played on a team [Montreal] with nine Hockey Hall of Famers,” he says. “I’ve never seen a star treated like that. I think personally he’s been treated like a piece of paper, a fourth-line player.”

    Lupien to Luongo when the Canucks were trying to trade him.

    “Every team knows your contract,” Lupien told Luongo. “It’s not your contract that’s the problem – it’s what they’re asking for.”

  • Charles Bagli of the NY Times: New York City Council voted 47 to 1 to extend MSG’s operating permit for only 10 years. Meaning the Rangers will need to find a new home.

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Free Agent Hits: Wheeler, Bogosian, Kadri, Franson, Bryzgalov, Allen, Stuart, Hamill and Goloubef

  • Gary Lawless: The agents for both Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian said there is “nothing new” to report on contract talks as of yesterday morning. An agent said that as the hearing gets closer, both sides usually get closer as neither side wants a hearing.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he doesn’t see deals for Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson anytime soon. He isn’t that concerned by it.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues have signed Jake Allen to a two-year deal. Jeremy Rutherford: The first year is a two-way deal ($750,000 and $125,000). The second year is a one-way deal at $850,000.
  • Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks have signed left winger Colin Stuart and center Zach Hamill.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets sign Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way deal.

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