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Morning Hits: Despres, Lightning, Red Wings, Fraser, 2013 draft picks and St. Louis

  • Dave Molinari: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the “major portion” of the decision to send Simon Despres to the AHL was that he is waiver-exempt.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The sending of Ondrej Palat to the AHL and recalling of Brett Connolly is just a paper trail by the Lightning. Palat will be recalled and Connolly will be sent back down.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings recall goalie Petr Mrazek to replace Jonas Gustavsson (groin). Jared Coreau and Xavier Ouellet were sent to the minors.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser on his helmet negotiation with Canadiens Travis Moen: “To save his hand I was willing to take my helmet off … took a couple secs for him to hear.”
  • Russ Bitely: 2013 1st round draft picks that made opening night rosters: Nathan MacKinnon, Sasha Barkov, Seth Jones, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Rasmus Ristolainen, Valeri Nichushkin and Nikita Zadorov.
  • James Mirtle: The Lightning named Martin St. Louis team captain.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils unanimously voted no to hybrid icing.

    “Surprised would be an understatement,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said today of the rule being approved. “I don’t have anything more to say on it than that. I thought it was pretty clear in exhibition that it was … I’m just surprised.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur will either start the season opener on Thursday or their home opener on Friday. He has started 18 consecutive season openers.

    “Probably, but it’s going to be up to (coach Pete DeBoer),” he said. “We play back-to-backs. I’m not sure what he has in the back of his mind there. We haven’t really talked about it since I’m back as far as which game I’ll play. For sure I’m not going to play both, so it could be to give me an extra day. Who knows?”

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Quick Hits II: Sergei Bobrovsky, Hurricanes No. 5, Coburn, Schneider, Canucks and Fleischmann

  • NHL PR: “In 1st Round, Clubs may not make a trade during their time-out. For Rounds 2-7, Clubs are permitted to make trades during their time-out.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Sergei Bobrovsky deal could be for two years. Expected to be done today, maybe before draft.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he expects to pick at No. 5, though that can change. Scott Morrison: Hurricanes 50-50 on moving the No. 5, working hard on it. Chip Alexander: Rutherford said offers are narrowed down to 3 or 4 teams for the No. 5 pick.
  • JoAnne Ireland: The Oilers are looking to make a move, but not to move up. Price for Cory Schneider is too high right now. Canucks looking for a 1st and 2nd.
  • Darren Dreger: Canucks GM Mike Gillis saying he’s still prepared to be patient and isn’t feeling any pressure to make a deal.
  • Ted Kulfan: The Red Wings could be interested in Panthers Tomas Fleischmann if available. Former Wings pick.

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Quick Hits: Bobrovsky close on deal, Blackhawks, Ducks, Kane, Seguin and Leafs

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blue Jackets are close to signing Sergei Bobrovsky to a new deal.
  • Pierre LeBrun: One team executive: “I bet you we see 10 trades today at least.”
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on trades: “We’re not really close to anything. That could change in 10 minutes if I go talk to a guy and they change their tune.”
  • David Pagnotta: Ducks GM Bob Murray is fairly active. Lots of talk right now. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also a popular guy.
  • Josh Rimer: It’s possible that Evander Kane gets traded today. A couple of teams have approached the Jets.
  • Josh Rimer: Tyler Seguin trade talks have cooled a little.
  • Howard Berger: Berger would consider moving Cody Franson in a deal for the No. 5, but not Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner.

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Trade Hits: Oilers and CBJ, Schneider, Clutterbuck, Kennedy, Canadiens and Vanek

  • Dennis Bernstein: David Pagnotta on the Fan 590 said that the Oilers offered the Blue Jackets a package including goalie Devan Dubnyk and the 7th overall pick for Sergei Bobrovsky.
  • Ryan Rishaug: The demand for Cory Schneider is very high. Oilers could be out unless it comes down.
  • Darren Dreger: The Sharks may looking to add a depth forward and Cal Clutterbuck could be an option.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Penguins Tyler Kennedy is available and could be the type of forward the Sharks are after.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Capitals will talk to Mike Riberio once more but signs pointing to him heading to free agency.
  • Darren Dreger: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin expects to be busy. Sees an opportunity to move up in the draft. They have one play in mind that they would like to draft.
  • John Vogl: Thomas Vanek’s agent says there is nothing new and expects to him to be with the Sabres tomorrow.

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Trade Hits: Bobrovsky being shopped, Ducks getting calls on Ryan, Watch the Jets and Flames

  • Darren Dreger: Blue Jackets are now offering Sergei Bobrovsky to teams. Bobrosky is looking for $6 million a season. Blue Jackets will now be in the market for a goalie.
  • David Pagnotta: Anaheim is still getting calls on Bobby Ryan. Will be interesting to see if anyone pays their price.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless has been told to keep an eye on the Jets and Flames. Both teams have lots of picks and could do some swapping.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild trade a 2014 6th round draft pick and the rights to Justin Falk to the Rangers for the rights to Benn Ferriero.

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Hurricanes shopping No. 5 for a defenseman … Maple Leafs, Sabres and Canucks interested?

  • Roger Millions: “For those wondering. Trades need to be presented by Teams before 5 min Clock starts. Tight Rules on Trades. Before not during”
  • Darren Dreger: The Hurricanes have 3 offers for the 5th overall pick and expect to have 5 or 6 trade options. Decision likely to happen just before the first selection.
  • Darren Dreger: The Leafs and Hurricanes have discussed the No. 5 pick and it could cost the Leafs Morgan Rielly as part of the package.
  • Nick Kypreos: One of the Hurricanes offers comes from the Sabres at No. 8. Trade of picks would involve one of the Sabres defenseman. Tyler Myers?
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun is told the Hurricanes are not interested in Alex Edler.
  • Josh Rimer: The Hurricanes like Jake Gardiner. The Leafs want Max Domi.
  • Josh Rimer: The Hurricanes discussing No. 5 with the Leafs (Jake Gardiner or Morgan O’Rielly), Sabres (Tyler Myers) and Canucks (Alex Edler).

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Evening Hits II: Avs and Lightning, Luongo, Coburn, Vanek and Miller

  • Adrian Dater: One trade rumor that Dater wouldn’t do is Erik Johnson and No. 1 for Viktor Hedman and No. 3.
  • Josh Rimer: If the Canucks don’t trade Roberto Luongo this weekend, Rimer can see him getting bought out. Doubts Cory Schneider gets traded. James Mirtle: Canucks GM Mike Gillis hasn’t ruled out buying out Luongo.
  • Dustin Leed: The Flyers trading Braydon Coburn would only make sense if they got above market value, clear some cap space for a specific reason, targeting another defenseman.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier on Thomas Vanek and Ryan Millerbeing members of the Sabres after this weekend.

    “Right now, I do, yes,” Regier said this afternoon.

    “I entered this weekend recognizing that they both are in the last year of their contracts, and I have a responsibility to see what that means both with those players and also within the marketplace,” Regier said. “Unless you’re a highly competitive team, it’s very difficult to have players on your roster whose contracts are going to expire if you either choose not to or don’t have the ability to re-up them.

    “Just to lose those assets, you try to get a sense of what the marketplace is like, and that’s a process that’s ongoing. I expect it will continue to move through the draft into maybe free agency and maybe beyond that. We’re actively keeping our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the league, and we’ll have to just make our decision.”

    Regier on their No. 8 and No. 16 draft slots:

    “Right now I expect that we will pick where we’re picking, and I say that only because there’s nothing that’s imminent or concrete,” Regier said. “But like I said, there are a lot of conversations, and they will continue right until the draft starts and even beyond that.”

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NHL Rumor Roundup from LeBrun and Garrioch

  • Tim Panaccio: A GM: “Vinny will make up what he lost. I’m glad I sat out 3-plus months for this. What a scam. It’s gonna be a bidding war for him.”
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are allowed to talk to Vincent Lecavalier, but can’t sign him until July 5th

    “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process in trying to understand the various situations and trying to narrow it down.”

    Lecavalier mentioned he like the Red Wings going up, as well as the Canadiens.

    Stephen Weiss could be an option for the Red Wings, but they’ll have plenty of competition. If the Wings can’t find a center, they could always move Henrik Zetterberg to center. Valtteri Filppula is not close to a deal with the Wings, but both sides are expected to talk this weekend.

    Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a veteran forward and is interested in Lecavalier and Weiss.

    Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could be available for the right price. The Ducks aren’t shopping him, but if a deal makes sense for them, they could move on it.

    The Senators are trying to move up to the No. 5 to No. 10 range from their No. 17 slot.

    The Hurricanes are looking to move down from the No. 5 slot for a top four blueliner.

    The Bruins and Tuukka Rask’s agent will meet this weekend.

    Could see some sign-and-trades next week if UFA talks with their current teams breakdown.

  • Bruce Garrioch: On Lecavalier:

    “People want size. They want a big centre and they want to get a guy without having to give up somebody off their roster. That’s really slowed down the trade market in the last 24 hours,” said the executive.

    The Bruins and Jets may look to trade the negotiating rights to Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey.

    The Rangers are quietly shopping J.T. Miller for immediate help.

    If the Leafs are able to move up from No. 21 in the draft, they’ll be interested in Max Domi.

    Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent has spoken with eight teams. The Oilers were one of the teams. Source said not to be surprised if the Islanders studied the option. He could also be a short term fix in with the Panthers.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is trying hard to move Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Several teams have called the Oilers with interest in Nail Yakupov or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    The Bruins are trying to move into the first round.

    The Hurricanes would move the No. 5 pick for a top four defenseman. Thinking is that if they keep the pick, they will pick Darnell Nurse.

    The Panthers are trying to trade Tomas Fleischmann before the draft. He has two years left with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.

    The Islanders have told teams they will listen to offers on the No. 15 pick if they get a warm body back.

    The biggest mover and shaker at the draft could be Flyers:

    “Paul Holmgren is trying to do something big,” said a league executive. “He won’t move Claude Giroux or anything like that — but he wants to make a big deal.”

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Draft Hits: Maple Leafs, Devils, Predators, Kings and Senators

  • Rob Longley: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on moving up at the draft: “Our scouts feel there will be a quality player at 21.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello doesn’t rule out trading up or down, depends on opportunity.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Predators are high on Aleksander Barkov and hope to draft him at No. 4 on Sunday.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they would explore trying to get into the first round but is not optimistic of it happening.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators assist GM Tim Murray said yesterday that they’ve been trying to trade up from the No. 17, but it’s not looking like they can do so.

    “The asking prices are still high,” said Murray in the lobby of the club’s Manhattan hotel during a lunch break. “We’ll just keep talking and see what happens.”

    One team asked for Kyle Turris and the Senators No. 17 to move up.

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NHL Rumor Round up on 14 teams and a top trade candidate list

  • Bruce Garrioch: Trade talk is in full swing.

    “There is so much talk, and so many names, it’s hard to believe that everything that is being talked about could actually happen,” said a league executive Thursday. “Lots of teams are trying to make changes. No question.”

    The Canadiens are the most obvious landing spot for Vincent Lecavalier. At one point the Lightning had a deal in place to send Lecavalier to the Canadiens for Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban and a No. 1 pick, but Lightning ownership wouldn’t allow it.

    If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, look for the Lightning to bring him back on a two year deal.

    The Blues might be seeing what they can get for T.J. Oshie and David Perron. The Blues still need to re-sign RFAs Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo.

    The Sabres are looking to see what they can get for Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.

    Scott Gomez likely won’t be back with the Sharks next year.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergeron may be sniffing around to see if there is a market for Tomas Plekanec. He has a no-trade clause and has a cap hit of $5 million.

    The Stars are offering Erik Cole around the league.

    Avalanche could be trying to send Paul Stastny and his $6.6 million to the Maple Leafs. UFA after next season.

    The Panthers may have tried to get Matt Duchene from the Avalanche, but were turned down quickly.

    Flames have been shopping some of their three first round picks and Mike Cammalleri.

    The Flyers may want to look for a short term goalie solution instead of a longer term one in Mike Smith. The Flyers may call Tim Thomas to see if he’d be interested. Believed that the Flyers have talked to the Sabres about Ryan Miller.

  • James Mirtle: Top trade candidates this weekend: 1. Kris Letang 2. Roberto Luongo 3. Shawn Horcoff 4. Paul Stastny 5. Dion Phaneuf 6. Mike Cammalleri 7. Dave Bolland 8. Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.  Other possibilities: Ales Hemsky, Jeff Schultz, John-Michael Liles, Tom Gilbert and David Booth.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that nobody has called about Mike Cammalleri.
  • Mark Masters: Feaster on trades leading up to the draft: ‘Well, we hope … we’re trying to make some deals. I’ve talked to all 29 other teams.’
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Rangers have three picks in the second round and could be looking to move up into the second round.

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Morning Hits: Luongo, Horcoff, Malone, Emery, Hossa, Miller, Scuderi, Clarkson, Flames, Flyers and Oilers

  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders are not one of the teams inquiring about Roberto Luongo.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Shawn Horcoff’s agent has permission to talk with other teams to see if anyone is interested. Horcoff has to submit a list of 10 teams he would agree to go to by Canada Day. The Lightning are trying to trade Ryan Malone, including a pick  for someone to take him. Malone has a no-movement clause until July 1st, then it turns to a limited no-trade. Brad Richards may get a year under Alain Vigneault. Ray Emery may be an option for the Flyers. Friedman wonders if the Senators would approach the Blackhawks about Marian Hossa. Source on the Coyotes: “There is so much going on behind the scenes, you have no idea.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Sabres would get more for Ryan Miller now than if they waited until the deadline.

    “I just have to prepare myself to be a starting goalie and an Olympian,” Miller said via email. “I want to challenge myself to raise my game back to the highest level. Everything else is out of my control.”

    Ray Emery in Philadelphia makes sense. The Kings and Rob Scuderi continue to talk. The Devils and David Clarkson’s agent spoke on Tuesday, but no numbers were exchanged. The Penguins and Matt Cook’s side are talking.

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: The Flames are looking to trade up in the draft and confirm that they offered all three of their first round picks for the No. 1.

    “Yeah, as a matter of fact,” Feaster replied Tuesday. “I’ve had conversations, not just with Colorado. I’ve had conversations with teams ahead of us, not necessarily offering the same thing in every instance. But certainly, we’ve made not secret about the fact we would like to move up in the draft if we can.”

    “Certainly, the one thing that organizationally we’ve identified for some period of time now is that we need to find a top-two centre,” Feaster said. “We’ve also identified that we need to be better in terms of a third- or fourth-line centre, a player who is very, very good on draws. Certainly, we have some holes that we’d like to fill on our blueline.

    “So, really, we’re open for business at a lot of different positions as we go into this draft.”

  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t rule out drafting a goalie with the Flyers 1st round pick.
  • Sarah Baicker: Holmgren sees Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn as untouchables.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish: ”One of our primary objectives is to get bigger and heavier and that’s something we’re trying to address.”
  • Igor Eronko: Sergei Kostitsyn hasn’t signed with Avangard of the KHL, but he’s “close to agreement.”


Draft Trade Hits: Hurricanes, Senators, Penguins, Oilers and Jets

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford didn’t rule out moving down from the No. 5 slot if the right deal comes along. He doesn’t anticipate moving up.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have the No. 17 draft slot and have been trying to get into the top 10.

    “I think it will be difficult to move up from the indications I’ve gotten,” said Murray in his pre-draft availability Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre. “I’ve talked to a number of teams now and they haven’t even given me a price to move up.

    “As I’ve been told by a couple of managers, ‘It’s hard to move back to No. 17 from where we are.’ Maybe on the day of the draft somebody will come and say, ‘If you give me X player I would consider it.’ I haven’t been given that option so far.”

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins have a first and two third round picks, GM Ray Shero on the doing something at the draft.

    “You never know,” he said. “You always have to be prepared for that.

    “It would be later on in the week, or on the weekend, when we’ll know if we can do that.”

    They could package a player and a pick to net a first-round pick or more.

    “If I want to trade one of our young defensemen, I’ll get a first-round pick back,” he said. “Easily. But that’s counter-productive.”

    The Penguins want to re-sign Kris Letang, but could receive offers that include high draft picks.

  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are willing to trade their No. 7 pick, but GM Craig MacTavish doesn’t want to drop too far down that they miss out on a ‘skilled’ player. MacTavish will look for role players through free agency or by giving up one or both of their 2nd round picks.

    “My sense is that we try and put together some packages,” MacTavish said Tuesday during his pre-draft media briefing. “The division we’re going into next year is a big strong division, and we’re going to need big, strong players who can compete. Our team is modelled more like the current Stanley Cup champions, so we do have that level of skill, but we also need to be able to compete in the tough areas.

    “It’s a matter of entertaining the idea of moving draft choices and also some of the current players we have, to get some bigger strong players.”

  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets are looking to trade up in the draft, but moving down is also an option.

    “I’m trying to move up,” Cheveldayoff said, Monday. “As high as is potentially possible. The reality is a lot of teams are making those calls right now….potentially finding your guy with a later pick and moving down are different options as well.

    “There are teams that have contacted me below us that have asked if we would move down in the draft. But my focus… would be to see if there’s an opportunity to move up.”

    “To move from 13 to a very high pick is a very difficult thing to do. But there are different ways you could potentially go about doing that.”

    The Jets have three 2nd round pick, and one could be up for grabs. They also have two 3rd round picks.

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