Morning Rumors: Miller, Wild, Caps, Oilers, Pens, Rangers, Vanek, MacDonald, Habs, Sharks and Callahan


  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ryan Miller situation likely won’t be resolved until after the Olympic break, the asking price will be high, but there might be more teams involved. The Wild and Capitals are believed to be at the top of the list. Before Tim Murray took over as GM, it’s believed that Pat LaFontaine asked the Ducks for John Gibson and a 1st round pick for Miller.  The Wild seem the most likely landing spot. Caps GM George McPhee is desperate to make a move and may offer more. Garrioch thinks the Kings and Canucks should at least see what the asking price is.

    Expect the Oilers to try and move Ryan Jones, Nick Schultz, Corey Potter and Ales Hemsky.

    The Penguins have some interest in Hemsky.

    Rangers UFAs: Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. Derrick Brassard will be a RFA. A Brad Richards buyout is basically inevitable, and some others are likely to go as well. It’s doubtful the Rangers will give Callahan $6.85 million on a seven-year deal. The Blues, Wings and Kings need help up front. Dan Girardi wants $6 million a long-term deal.

    The Islanders need to realize they are finished and need to look for a someone to trade for Thomas Vanek. They need to get a 1st round pick. Would think that if he wanted to re-sign with the Islanders, he would have done so by now. The Islanders have also been trying to trade Andrew MacDonald.

    Colorado have been denying that they are wanting to trade P.A. Parenteau, but teams are calling. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has made three offers for Parenteau.

    The Sharks have had contract extension talks with Dan Boyle, but there is no sense of urgency to get a deal done. There has been some trade interest in Boyle, but he’s doubtful to get traded. If he’s not re-signed, the Senators and Lightning could be interested this summer.

  • Larry Brooks of NY Post: Brooks wonders if Blue Jackets include Cam Atkinson in a Callahan trade. Atkinson played with Chris Kreider at Boston College.

    Looking like Thomas Vanek will end up testing the open market this summer.

    The Kings are desperate for scoring, were interested in signing Marian Gaborik as a free agent in 2009, but not when the Rangers were shopping him last year.

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Trade talks is likely going to increase surrounding Ryan Callahan.

    “I’m not going to talk about that stuff now,” he said. “I don’t think it’s productive to the process, the negotiations or anything.”

  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Only one team has been given permission to speak with Ryan Callahan about a contract extension. No hard deadline is in place.

    “My focus is to continue to talk to the Rangers and deal with the Rangers,” Bartlett said by phone on Saturday, adding that he is “optimistic” and that Callahan will make any final decision. “We won’t close any doors.

    “I respect that they have to make the best decision for the team, and I know they respect I have to make the best decision for my player.”

    That team is not the Blue Jackets, who have been reported to have interest.

  • Randy Miller on NJ.com: It is possible that the Devils trade Martin Brodeur, but he hopes to stay.

    “We’ll see,” Brodeur told NJ.com. “I don’t expect anything to happen and I hope not. The next three weeks or four weeks, we’ll know.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: Non-regular scouts at the Flyers – Kings game: Flames, Jets and Lightning.
  • Aaron Portzline: Scouting the Blue Jackets – Panthers: Penguins (2), Sharks and Rangers.

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  1. #1 by Will at February 2nd, 2014

    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is a tool.
    “Garrioch thinks the Kings and Canucks should at least see what the asking price is”.

    Why the hell would the Kings need or want? They have a goalie who is in the top 3 best in the world and Jones.

    Vancouver Is stuck with Bobby Lou for quite some time and Lack is perfectly capable.

    Like is tis Garrioch guy smoking crack with my mayor?

  2. #2 by Habs at February 2nd, 2014

    The habs need to stop signing french canadian players. They simply just do not perform well under pressure here in Montreal. Enough with this french shit, sign someone who is actually decent for once. Briere over Jagr, what a sick joke.

  3. #3 by Chingo at February 2nd, 2014

    Habs are a fucking joke in general. The Briere pickup was the best thing the Habs have done in a while. He’s a clutch performer and quite the leader. Can’t help it if the offense is stretched thin, the goal tending is spotty, and the defense can’t stop a fucking puck to save its life/contains the most overrated fucking player in fucking Subban.

  4. #4 by * at February 3rd, 2014

    I’m not a Habs fan, but they need to stop hiring French-only coaches too. They need to realize that all that fans want is a winning team, and not strictly their fellow country-men. No one needs to learn how to speak French to talk to the media or fans in Quebec. Get the best talent available, hire a translator, and realize this is the 21st century.

  5. #5 by Brian at February 3rd, 2014

    I am so mind boggled as to why the kings or Canucks should look into the asking price of Ryan miller? Did I even read that right? 1. Kings have quick who is arguably top 5 goalies in the league, along with jones who has had a remarkable rookie year as a backup. And 2. Vancouver has luongo? Why would they want another goalie, just as good, same age, and same salary? That doesn’t make sense. Why do you think we traded Schneider? Like fuck can’t stand retards that say stupid shit like that

  6. #6 by tdeuce92 at February 3rd, 2014

    That Kings/Canucks line is a joke. Some of these reporters, man …

    No kidding the Sabres wouldn’t be interested in Callahan. Why would that ever make sense for them as a rebuilding team? Callahan’s contract demands are crazy, but unfortunately, he could get the deal he’s looking for as evidenced by Clarkson’s deal last summer.

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