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Hurricanes Sign Justin Faulk To Contract Extension

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million.

  • Michael Smith: The extension will carry a $4.833 million salary cap hit.

The 22-year old was drafted 37th overall in the 2nd round by the Hurricanes.

  • Josh Rimer: Salary breakdown: $2.5 million next year, $3.5 million in 2015-16, $5.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and $6 million in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: ”That was an important signing because he showed very early in his career how good a defenseman he was.”
  • Craig Custance: “Justin Faulk at $4.833 million per season through 2019-20. Like that number for Carolina.”
  • Chris Peters: “Faulk’s deal near identical to Ryan McDonagh’s (a hair more). Two guys with their best years ahead. What value there for CAR and NYR.”
  • Neil Greenberg: “Locking up Justin Faulk at ~$5mil per year for next six years is a good deal for CAR.”


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Morning Rumors and Notes: Canucks, Reimer, Islanders, Sabres and Coyotes

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher thinks that if the Canucks bring back John Tortorella and his coaching staff, Zack Kassian needs to request a trade out of Vancouver if is he reach his potential in the NHL. They may tell him that they are not going to trade him. He’s a RFA and could ignore all their contract offers, going to arbitration and put in place is way out of town. He has the talent, but is not getting the respect and opportunity from the coaching staff.
  • Ben Kuzma and Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Recently looked at potential coaching and GM candidates if the Canucks go a different direction this offseason. Coaching Candidates: John Stevens (LA assistant coach), Kevin Dineen (National women’s team), Brad Shaw (STL associate coach), Kirk Muller (CAR head coach) and Mike Johnston (GM/coach of Portland). GM Candidates: Jason Botterill (PIT assistant GM), Laurence Gilman (VAN assistant GM), Ray Ferraro (TSN analyst), Julien BriseBois (TB assistant GM) and Wayne Gretzky.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Bernier knew his only chance to be a starting goalie was to leave LA and the same thing needs to happen with Reimer this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”My understanding is the Isles need to let the NHL and the Sabres know by June 1st whether they’re giving the pick up” … ”If the pick is top 2 or 3 I think the Isles keep it” … ”I think the Islanders can be a playoff team next year. Last year was closer to what I believe they are than this year”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes signed Greg Carey to a one-year deal, a UFA from St. Lawrence. He report to the AHL.

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Bourque, Stastny, Jagr, Jokinen, Stars-Jackets, Bozon, Mitchell and Berra

  • Guillaume Lefrancois of CBC: The Canadiens will have to decide if they will buyout Rene Bourque this offseason. A buyout would cost them $3.67 million in total. Salary cap numbers would be $1.67 million for the first two year and $833,333 for the next two. If bought out, they would have 14 players under contract at a $44.96 million cap number. That number doesn’t include P.K. Subban (RFA) and Andrei Markov (UFA).
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Cooper wonders if this is summer the Predators will go after a big-name scorer. Avs Paul Stastny would fit the Predators style, but he will likely command a lot of money. The Preds could also go the trade route, looking to bring in some skill for some of their grit.
  • Randy Miller of Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda.

    “I don’t want to jump the gun, but I think there’s a really great chance that he’s going to be a New Jersey Devil next year,” the Montreal-based agent told

    “Basically, Jags is very, very happy where he’s at, and I think it’s vice versa,” Svoboda said. “I don’t see why he should not be going back to New Jersey next year.”

    Jagr will be looking for a one-year deal and is not looking to break the bank.

    “I’ll put it to you this way: We’ve never gone to the highest bidder the last three years,” Svoboda said.

    “We’ll see when talks take place. If Lou decides to come to me before the season ends … basically it’s up to him. If Lou wants to talk after the season … whatever. Like I said, Jags really likes it there.”

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Jussi Jokinen is a pending UFA, but he hopes to remain with the Pens.

    “You know, I really do like it here,” Jokinen said. “I like everything about this place.”

    With a week free agent class and his versatility to play all three forward positions, it could put him in a higher demand.

    “I just figure that it will take care of itself in the summer,” Jokinen said. “I don’t mind if we don’t talk until the summer, either. I really don’t care. There are a few free agents on this team, so I know they’ll be busy making decisions.

    “There is a lot they have to handle. So I totally understand that. But I do want to stay here.”

  • Aaron Portzline: The postponed game between the Blue Jackets and Stars will be made up, but dates haven’t been settled on. A third team may be asked to change a date so that they can fit the game in before the season ends on April 13th. Both teams are in the playoff race, so the game would/could affect both conferences.
  • David Staples: “I will be astonished if Garth Snow gives up his first this year to #Sabres. He will bet on his team being better next year.”
  • John Shannon: On Tim Bozon: “He remains in ICU, however doctors have indicated his condition remains critical but stable and improving.”
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche have signed John Mitchell to a three-year extension worth $5.4 million and Reto Berra for three-years and $4.35 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: “Jagr now has 1,000 career professional goals from KHL, NHL, Czech league and international play (including playoffs).”
  • Capitals PR: “The #Caps improved to 22-8-3 this season when scoring first and 19-0-3 this season when leading after two periods.”

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Panthers, Callahan, Jagr, Orpik, Bolland, Timonen, Yapukov, Stamkos and Flames

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The current UFA list will shrink from now until July 1st.

    “I have the preliminary list,” said Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray, who is going to have a lot of money to work with this summer. “You can look at that and say, ‘OK, we have 10 guys on that list we like, they can sign between now and then.’ So I don’t get too excited about that list.”

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon.

    “There’s some assets we’re interested in,” he said. “We’ve identified who we like, who fit into our player allotment, where they would fit into our organization and how they would help our young guys develop quicker.”

    There have been no contract talks between Ryan Callahan and the Lightning. The Lightning are interested in re-signing him.

    “He said, ‘Look, let’s not even think about contract now. He’s been through a couple tough weeks. Let’s get him down here and show him what we’re about,’ ” Steve Bartlett, Callahan’s agent, said.

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Jaromir Jagr.

     ”There’s no question we would want him back,” he said. “That’s not a question.”

    Penguins GM Ray Shero said there haven’t been any contract talks with Brooks Orpik.

    “We haven’t done much with any of our free agents at all. It’s by design,” Shero said. “Even with Brooks, last time six years ago, he went into free agency and wanted to see what was there. We’ll see what happens. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. We want to see how our team does.”

    Dave Bolland’s agent.

    “No recent talks,” his agent, Anton Thun of MFIVE Sports Management, wrote in an email Wednesday night.

    Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Kimmo Timonen.

    “My conversations with Kimmo — he doesn’t know right now if he wants to play next year,” Holmgren said. “Obviously, if he wants to play, we’d like to have him back.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Darren Dreger on Nail Yakupov on TSN last night:

    “I would say it’s unlikely that he’s an Edmonton Oiler next season. So it makes sense that they’ll try and move him. They were trying to move him at various points this season. Word is out that Nail Yakupov is available. The problem is, no one really wants him. Certainly not for the value that the Edmonton Oilers are going to need to get back in return. And you can see why. He had opportunities in this game early on. He scored one goal in his last 11 games. He was on the ice late in the game when the Blues scored to tie the hockey game. He’s an NHL worst -30. He lacks commitment. He thinks that skill is enough to be an NHL player. And the unfortunate reality for Nail Yakupov is that, yes, he’s a skilled player, but not an elite level skill player. And until he finds a way to absorb the message, the market on Nail Yakupov isn’t going to be great. They might have to package him with a collection of assets to get something better in return.”

  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos could be moved to the wing to reduce stress on his leg.
  • Gary Lawless: There were not many centers traded at the deadline, with no legit No. 1′s. David Legwand was the top center moved and he wasn’t going to end up in Winnipeg.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals GM Georger McPhee on Mikhail Grabovski’s future with the team: “We’ll see.”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The faceoff tweek from the GM meetings has the potential to be very controversial”
  • Hope Smoke: Brian Burke on his Flames situation: ”Given where I am career-wise and family-wise this current role [being a President] it’s perfect in my mind” … ”We will have a new GM by shortly after the draft at the latest”


Injury Notes: MacArthur, Lehtonen, Stralman, Richards, Hossa, Murray, Gustavsson, Stastny and Sbisa

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur won’t need surgery to fix his injured tendon in his hand. He suffered the injury fighting Flames Chris Butler. He won’t play tomorrow, and could return next Saturday.

    “The only update I have is they don’t need to do surgery so that’s as positive as it could be,” said coach Paul MacLean before Saturday’s game.

    “It’s more to do with pain threshold and ability to hang onto the stick. Those will be the factors that go into it.”

  • Mike Heika: Stars Kari Lehtonen left after being hit by Erik Haula: “Obviously, it’s not good. He went in hard, hit the crossbar hard. The likelihood is it’s a concussion on just a dirt play. It should be suspended. A fourth liner takes out our goaltender.”

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is not concerned about Anton Stralman’s ankle or Brad Richards’ wrist.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Marian Hossa could return to the ice this week and possibly be back in the lineup next week.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray will be out four to six weeks after having knee surgery.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonas Gustavsson is out with a sore groin. Petr Mrazek has been recalled.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy on Paul Stastny’s injury: ”We’ll know more next few days”

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Morning Rumors IV: Cammalleri, Khudobin, Vrbata, Moss, Morris, Miller and Vanek

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames re-signing Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ever going to happen unless he’d take a pay-cut to remain with the team during a lengthy rebuilding period. He’ll test the open market unless he comes to terms with the team who trades for him. If Brian Burke could get a first round pick for him, it would be a success. A second round pick and a prospect would be suffice.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks with goaltender Anton Khudobin are underway, but he’s not sure if they can get done by tomorrow.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes pending UFAs Radim Vrbata, David Moss and Derek Morris all want to remain in Phoenix. Talks between the Coyotes and Vrbata are still scheduled to take place after the season. There have been no active talks between the Coyotes and Moss and Morris. They could be offseason discussions.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Questions are already being asked to Ryan Miller if he would re-sign with the Blues.

    “I’m very open to it,” Miller told reporters in St. Louis today, “but right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.

    “It’s definitely a possibility.”

  • Steven Marcus: Islanders Thomas Vanek said that if the team was in the ‘top echelon’ that he might stay, adding ”I can tell you that winning does make a big difference.”

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Afternoon Rumors I: Spezza, Stars, Hawks, Wings, Sens, Bruins, Wild, Goalies and Top 10 Rentals

  • TSN: Sources telling Darren Dreger that the Senators are ‘quietly gauging interest’ in Jason Spezza. Spezza has a no-trade clause. Spezza has one-year left on his deal and carries a $7 million salary cap hit. He has a salary of $4 million next season.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars won’t be looking at rentals, looking for hockey deals.

    “Correct, we’re not going to be in the rental market,” Stars GM Jim Nill told Monday. “But if there’s a hockey deal that makes sense, we’ll look at it.”

    “We’re open for business, I’m always looking at things, but I’m not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick,” said Nill.

    LeBrun thinks the Blackhawks will stand pat. Can always change quickly though.

    The Red Wings are among the teams interested in Christian Ehrhoff. He’s a $4 million salary cap hit, but is only owed $17 million over the next seven seasons.

    Nothing new to report on Chris Phillips one-year offer from the Senators. He’s believed to be looking for a two-year extension. The Bruins could be interested, but it’s not known if the Senators would want to trade him to a division rival.

    The Bruins are among the teams interested in Andrew MacDonald.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Wild seem like a fit for Martin Brodeur. Darcy Kuemper has looked really good, but what if he falters or gets hurt? Niklas Backstrom has battled injuries all season and Josh Harding has his MS flare ups. They looked at Ryan Miller before he was dealt. Jaroslav Halak could be an option. Two questions are: Does Lamoriello want to trade Marty and will the Wild give the Devils what they would want for Marty? Viktor Fasth could be available. Same with Tim Thomas, Justin Peters and Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: Top 10 rental players: 1. Thomas Vanek 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Ryan Callahan 4. Andrew MacDonald 5. Brad Boyes 6. David Legwand 7. Matt Moulson 8. Ales Hemsky 9. Chris Phillips 10. Mike Cammalleri

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Morning Rumors III: Ryan Callahan Edition – Demands Lowered, Rangers Holding Pat

  • Pierre LeBrun: Ryan Callahan’s last offer was just south of $6.5 million for six years. It is still too high for the Rangers.
  • Katie Strang: Confirms that Callahan has moved off of his seven year request. They are still apart on money.
  • Bob McKenzie: Looking like the Rangers are holding firm on $6 million per season.
  • Bob McKenzie: “Callahan demands to NYR have decreased from 7 x $7M+ he was asking. Now open to 6 years at less than $7M per, maybe in $6.5-6.75M range?” … “In any case, Callahan still looking for more than what NYR offered — 6 years at $6M per. So gap has shrunk some but still exists.” … “Is gap enough for NYR to trade captain by Wed? Or enough for captain to want to go elsewhere? Or could 6 x $6.25M make both unhappily happy?”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: The Rangers have played their final game leading up to trade deadline. Was it Ryan Callahan’s last in a Rangers uniform?

    “No, I didn’t look at it like that. This is where I want to be. I’m just focused on doing what I can for the team.”

    Callahan’s demands have come down a bit, but GM Glen Sather could still move him if they don’t come to terms.

    After all the speculation, Callahan is looking to put everything behind soon.

    “Yeah, definitely,” Callahan said. “It’s been on my mind — there’s no secret there — so it’ll be nice to get it done with and move past it.”

    “Just wait and see, I guess,” Callahan said. “Obviously my heart’s still here and I want to be here, so we’ll see what happens.”


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Morning Rumors I: Free Agent Edition: Markov, Callahan, Phillips and Ott

  • TSN: Contract talks between the Canadiens and Andrei Markov continue.

    “I can’t say much, we agreed not to say much, but talks are ongoing and Andrei wants to stay in Montreal,” agent and former NHL player Sergei Berezin told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on on Friday. “We’ll see where it goes. He’s played 13 seasons with Montreal. He wants to finish his career in Montreal.”

    Tony Marinario of TSN Radio 690 reported the Canadiens offered Markov a one-year, $6 million deal. Bob McKenzie said the Canadiens are flexible on a one or two-year deal.

  • David Pagnotta: Andrei Markov wants to remain with the Canadiens. Both sides continue to work on an extension.
  • Katie Strang: The Rangers and Ryan Callahan’s camp have talked the past few days, but there isn’t much report.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators Chris Phillips admits that it’s more stressful for him this year leading up to the deadline as he doesn’t have a no-movement clause this year. Bruce Garrioch: Phillips is representing himself.
  • Craig Custance: The Sabres would be interested in bringing Steve Ott back when free agency starts.

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The Rangers Sign Dan Girardi To A Six Year Extension

The New York Rangers have taken one defenseman off the trade marketing by signing Dan Girardi to a six year contract extension for $33 million, a $5.5 million salary cap hit.

Katie Strange: The deal has a full no-movement clause in the first three years, and a modified no-trade clause in the final three three years.


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Morning Rumors III: Sabres Edition: Myers, Ehrhoff Asked For List And Others On The Block

  • TSN Insider Trading: Sabres Tyler Myers is getting plenty of interest. The Maple Leafs, Ducks and Avalanche could be interested teams. The price could be high for him.
  • Craig Custance: The Sabres are getting calls on Christian Ehrhoff. He has a no-trade clause, but has submitted a list.
  • The Fourth Period: Christian Ehrhoff has a limited no-movement clause, and has already submitted his list. Teams looking for a defenseman include the Kings, Red Wings, Flyers, Blue Jackets and Bruins. For the right price, it’s believed that Tyler Myers could be had. Other Sabres on the block include Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Henrik Tallinder, Cody McCormick and Drew Stafford.
  • Bob McKenzie: There is no guarantee that Ehrhoff will be traded, but the Sabres asked for a list of eight teams he doesn’t want to be traded too.
  • Bob McKenzie: Sabres GM Tim Murray is basically open to trading anyone on his roster. Teams that are looking for defenseman will be calling on Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Ryan Miller is not playing in Edmonton. I can’t see him playing anywhere in Canada for that matter”

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Morning Rumors II: Free Agent Edition: Girardi, Callahan, Sutter, Cammalleri and O’Reilly

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: The Rangers and Dan Girardi’s camp have been talking the past week and a half. Agent, Don Meehan, said that it’s “still too early to tell” whether a deal can get done before the deadline. The two sides are reportedly not significantly far apart.
  • Larry Brooks: The Rangers continue to work on an extension for Dan Girardi. Agent Don Meehan, ”Some more negotiating to do.”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Ryan Callahan’s agent said on Wednesday that he hadn’t spoken with the Rangers during the Olympic break, but did plan on touching base with them in the next few days.

    “I haven’t talked to them since before the Olympics,” Bartlett said. “There’s really been no dialogue since I left. Either we talk this week or it’ll be pretty clear what direction they’ve decided to take.”

    Bartlett added that it was “a little disappointing” there hasn’t been more talk.

    “They are certainly within their rights to do what is best for the team,” he said. “I’m not going to speculate what they will or won’t do.”

    There is still some hope a deal can get done.

    “I continue to stay upbeat and positive. Our first choice is to make a deal with the Rangers, but if it goes in the other direction, I’m not going to throw up the white flag,” Bartlett said. “I’m not saying I’m inflexible … my job is to help [Callahan] decide what fair market value is and help him make the best decision.”

  • William DePaoli: The Penguins had exploratory talks with pending RFA Brandon Sutter in December, but have pulled back on talks. Barring a trade, talks are likely on hold until the summer. The Penguins are high on Sutter, but there are mixed opinions on what his value it.
  • Darren Dreger: Flames GM Brian Burke admits that signing Mike Cammalleri to a contract extension might be unlikely, but both sides have agreed to keep talking while trade offers come in.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly’s trade freeze ends today, but he is expected to sign an long-term contract extension this summer.

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