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NHL Rumors II: Draft Edition – Oilers, Flames, Canucks, Sutter and Hyka

  • Mike Morreale: The Oilers scouting staff have a definitive top-six group of draft prospects. The Flames have a top-eight.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks will check to see what the cost is to move up in the draft.

    “We’re going to talk to the other teams and we’re going to see what the price is to move up,” Benning said.

    “As we get closer to the draft, there’s going to be more dialogue with other teams. It just depends on the price on what it’s going to take to get higher.

    “Right now, we pick six and we’re prepared if we have the six pick. But, also, we’ll be prepared to both move up and move down.”

  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets didn’t sign 2012 2nd round (39th) draft pick Lukas Sutter.
  • Dobber Prospects: The Kings didn’t sign draft pick Tomas Hyka. He’ll re-enter the 2014 NHL draft.

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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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