Free Agent Hits: Kessel, Franson, Lundqvist, Stepan, Brunner, Hodgson, Gagne, Mayers, LaRose and Wellwood


  • Caroline Cameron: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Phil Kessel: “If Phil wants to play in Toronto and we want to have him, we’ll find a way to get something done.” Nonis on Kessel possibly becoming a free agent: “If that’s the direction it goes, there’s nothing you can really do it to stop it”
  • Jonas Siegel: An offer sheet is possibility for Cody Franson at this point.
  • Jonas Siegel: Any offer sheet for Franson up to $3,364,391 would give the Maple Leafs a second round pick. Just over $3,364,391 would give them a first and third round pick.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Cody Franson,

    “I really like playing in Toronto,” he said. “I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like my game took a step forward. I understand the cap situation this team faces and have been ready to sign a one-year deal for some time. I hope this gets worked out soon so I can get back on the ice with my teammates”

    Franson is believed to be fine with a one-year, $3 million deal. The Leafs would rather sign him to a two-year deal.

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing to report regarding contract extension talks. Both sides are talking and he doesn’t want it to be a distraction during the season.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan’s agent, Matt Oates yesterday:

    “Derek isn’t interested in negotiating his contract through the press, but there’s been a lot of speculation out there about what he’s asking for, and this and that,” Oates said in a phone conversation. “We just want to make sure there are no misconceptions.

    “Derek has put himself in a category with all those guys coming out of Entry Level who received long-term contracts,’’ he said. “He’s earned that, but we have never said that we wouldn’t explore a short-term deal, either. We’re just looking for a deal that will reflect his performance.

    “I think it’s beneficial for the Rangers to lock him up long-term, but if that’s not possible at this time, we’re certainly willing to engage management on a short-term deal in order to get this done and get Derek on the ice.”

    It’s believed that the Rangers have offered a two-year deal at between $2.5 and $2.7 million. The Rangers don’t have a lot of cap space available, with anything over $3 million could make things difficult for them.

  • Helene St. James: Damien Brunner may be talking to the Stars, Devils and possibly the Canucks.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Cody Hodgson’s salary breakdown: 2013-14 $3 million, 2014-15 $3.5 million, 2015-16 $4 million, 2016-17 $4.5 million, 2017-18 $5 million, 2018-19 $5.5 million.
  • Louis Jean: Sources say that Simon Gagne’s agent spoke with Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley yesterday. The Canadiens aren’t sure if there is a fit, will get back to him. Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun doesn’t think the Canadiens are interested in Gagne.
  • Chris Kuc: Some teams have shown interest in Jamal Mayers but he’s not at anyone’s camp. Still hoping for an opportunity.
  • Frank Seravalli: UFA Chad LaRose contacted the Flyers after Daniel Cleary signed with the Red Wings. The Flyers will stand pat.
  • Hockey Central: Kyle Wellwood signs with EV Zug of the Swiss National League.

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  1. #1 by Jon at September 13th, 2013

    The Leafs are playing with fire once again with possibly their best player. Even if another team is willing to take him on at the deadline, it won’t be for much because he’ll be a UFA at the end of the season. If that happens while still with Leafs – with the team failing to make any sort of run in the playoffs – he’ll be very tempted by Free Agency. He’s not Bozak… other teams will be willing to overpay on Kessel. Imagine if he walked away with no compensation coming back… Leafs nation will be pissed!!

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