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Archive for category NHL Free Agents
- 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”
- Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (lower-body) is day-to-day.
- 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.”
- 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 ESPN.com 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
- 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.”
- 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 ESPN.com 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.
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.
- 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”
- 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.
Morning Rumors: Predators, Oilers, Penguins, Canadiens, Coyotes, Sharks, Panthers, Blackhawks and the Olympics
- The Fourth Period: The Predators have been shopping center pending UFA David Legwand and are looking for at least a first round pick for him. The Predators have been looking for young center and have shown interest in Oilers Sam Gagner. They have been dangling defenseman Ryan Ellis and forward Colin Wilson. Gagner almost landed in LA before the Olympic break. Talks could continue with the Oilers and Kings.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers radio host and analyst Bob Stauffer is saying that the Penguins and Canadiens may be interested in trading for Ales Hemsky. On his radio show on Thursday.
I would suggest that if the Oilers were to get creative in terms of retaining a certain amount of salary that will assist in perhaps getting a better deal for some of their free agents, pending unrestricted free agents like an Ales Hemsky or a Nick Schultz. Case in point, if you were to take on half of the contract remaining for Ales Hemsky, you change the complexion of the deal greatly for a team like Phoenix that has got some financial issues. I think Pittsburgh might be in on Ales Hemsky. I don’t know if you’d get a prospect as good as Henrik Samuelsson – that’s a first round draft choice, I’m not sure you’d get that guy out of Phoenix, frankly. And I think Montreal might be in on Ales Hemsky. I will say this: the San Jose Sharks have been birddogging the Oilers a lot over about the last three weeks, so we saw a lot of the San Sharks Jose pro scouts on the road.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon wouldn’t comment if they would be buyers or sellers leading up to the trade deadline.
“We’re not going to blow this team up,” Tallon said. “We got some great pieces and we got some pieces we have to change and make better as we move forward to March 5, the draft and free agency. All these moves will benefit us and make us a Stanley Cup team for many years to come.”
Tallon has started talking to pending UFA Tim Thomas.
“We spoke in the last week and he wants to be here,” Tallon said. “The feeling is mutual. I like his competitiveness and his overall performance, very good, so we’ll see.”
Tallon also noted that he’s had preliminary talks with Brad Boyes and Tom Gilbert.
“We’ve had preliminary talks with all of them and we have an interest in signing them,” Tallon said. “They had something to prove and as a result they did it.”
Tallon on interim coach Peter Horachek, who is 19-20-3 since taking over.
“I like what Peter has done, so we’ll talk to Peter this week and continue to have discussions, and we’ll sit down at the end of the season,” Tallon said.
- Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Tallon has specific free agents in mind that that would interest them, but of course he can not say who they are.
- George Richards: Panther GM Tallon said that he would like to talk with RFA Dmitry Kulikov about a new contract. He plans on reaching out to Kulikov’s agent.
- Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Brandon Pirriis not sure where he fits in with the team any longer, especially after they acquired Peter Regin and made him their second line center. Pirri has heard that the Blackhawks may be shopping him.
“I don’t know how to feel,” said the 22-year-old Pirri after the team’s morning skate in Rockford on Friday. “It’s the first time I’ve been involved in something like this where there have been rumors flying around. But at the same time, I’m not worrying about it. Just come down and help this team win.
“It’s out of my control. It’s up to the management in Chicago to do what they feel is right. I’m just looking for that opportunity wherever it may be.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Contract talks between the Rangers and Dan Girardi are expected to resume next week.
- Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times: The players love the opportunity to play for their country in the Olympics, but it may not be the case for the NHL. Gary Bettman has brought up bringing back the World Cup, and would prefer it over the Olympics as they control the location and timing of the event.
- Jonas Siegel: Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said that he will talk with his two goalies tonight about who will be starting tomorrow against Finland.
- Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues Chris Stewart name is in the rumor mill. There were rumors that the Rangers and Senators have inquired. Stewart has another year left at $4.2 million, which may appeal to some teams who don’t want to pay the rental price for Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri. The Blues are deep up front and have some RFAs they’ll need to give raises too.
Sabres Ryan Miller is said to be looking for “Henrik Lundqvist money” (7 years and $59.5 million).
The Senators would like to add a scoring winger and have a surplus of offensive-minded defensemen.
The Blue Jackets have shown interest in Ryan Callahan, but not as just a rental.
The Canadiens have made several attempts to land P.A. Parenteau.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Rutherford says the Blues have some interest in Sabres Ryan Miller, but isn’t sure what the Sabres want in return.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Frans Nielsen will be out for a month with a broken hand.
- Travis Yost: (Feb. 10th) Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”..there’s a couple of guys on our team who seem to be a target for other managers. they are not people that I want to move.”
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins could use some more speed and a “big, strong veteran defenseman that can block shots and throw bodies around in the defensive zone.” Those types of top-pairing guys are tough to find. They could trade a could trade a couple non-first round picks for Andrew MacDonald, but he’s not the big Dman they would prefer. They won’t be interested in Dan Girardi if the Rangers want a first round pick. The Senators won’t be dangling Chris Phillips to anyone. The Bruins could consider someone that has term on his contract. Haggerty mentions Mark Giordano, but they would have to give up some good assets to get him. Henrik Tallinder, Willie Mitchell and Mark Stuart could all be available, but they are not really an upgrade to their current top-six.
“There are really not that many players available, so beggars can’t be choosers really at this point,” Chiarelli said. “With each passing game, I see our D maturing, I see them making fewer mistakes, and it makes it a little easier on me. But I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs.
“While I’m certainly not going to replace [Dennis] Seidenberg, he’s too good and those players aren’t available, you’d like to think that there is a player with a little bit of Seids’ [Dennis Seidenberg] defending that we could find, and [that could] help us. But this year’s been a story about our depth, and I’ve been happy with it.”
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have been struggling and will be without Mike Santorelli for the rest of the season, and their blueline has dealt with injuries to Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev. GM Mike Gillis isn’t losing faith in the team though.
“We’re going to be all right,” Mike Gillis valiantly predicted.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Stephen Weiss continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He will be skating with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers instead of skating on his own and his hoping to be able to return to the lineup on Feb. 26th.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (Feb. 9th mail bag) Panaccio hasn’t heard any rumbling of the Flyers looking for offense leading up to the trade deadline. He doesn’t see the Flyers doing anything major until the summer. The Predators have stocked up on young defenseman and they could be willing to trade Shea Weber this summer. If it happens, the Flyers will be a major player. He won’t be moved at the trade deadline as the Predators will be able to get more at the draft.
- Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames Shane O’Brien is waiting for a trade as he’s playing in the AHL.
“Obviously, I believe I’m an NHL player,” O’Brien is saying Thursday afternoon from Abbotsford where — after an uninterrupted 528-game stretch in the National Hockey League — he’s again skating in the minors. “So I’ve got to work hard, play hard. Hopefully, some teams see me and are willing to give me another chance. I’m only 30 years old, so I feel I’ve got a couple good years left in me, anyway.
“Obviously, I realize I’m a (team’s fifth or sixth defenceman) and I’m going to play against the bigger, tougher lines. I’m OK with that.
“I feel that I can be a regular in the NHL again.”
O’Brien has another year left on his deal that pays him $2 million. GM Brian Burke has told O’Brien that he’s trying to trade him.
- The Fourth Period: TVA Sports reported that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello met with Martin Brodeur to discuss his playing future. Brodeur has indicated that he’d be willing to accept a trade if it were to help the team. The Blackhawks and Wild are reportedly interested according to TVA Sports.
- The Fourth Period: The Panthers and Canadiens have talked several times throughout this season. TFP reported at the end of January that the Canadiens showed interest in Brad Boyes and Dmitry Kulikov.
- David Pagnotta: (Feb. 8th) The Blue Jackets will be looking to be buyers by the trade deadline. They will also have to decide whether to keep or trade Marian Gaborik.
- David Pagnotta: According to Aaron Portzline, there have been no contact talks between Marian Gaborik and the Blue Jackets.
- Ben Kuzma: Elliotte Friedman said that Canucks owner Aquilini was with the team on their last road trip. He’s obviously concerned about his struggling team.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur will have some decisions to make leading up to the trade deadline.
The issue is for Brodeur is two-fold: whether, a) he would feel comfortable leaving the Devils and joining a new team three-quarters of the way through the season; and, b) whether there is a playoff contender with the need for a goaltender of his pedigree to start at least half of its games.
The Wild or Predators could be an option. The Blue Jackets sent two scouts to watch the Rangers on Thursday and Friday to likely watch Ryan Callahan.
- Pat Pickens of SportsNet: P.A.Parenteau was a healthy scratch last week and has been in the rumor mill, but adds he hasn’t had an issue with head coach Patrick Roy.
“I have a really good relationship with him,” Parenteau said. “He’s a really good communicator.
- Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leo Komarov is eyeing a NHL return.
“I want to get back,” Komarov said of the NHL. “It’s a big goal for me for next season. [But] I’m going to see how it’s going to work out. Dynamo is playing pretty good right now so it’s like everything is good there too, but I really enjoyed it in Toronto. It was really good.”
Komarov will be a UFA and is open to returning to Toronto. He hasn’t received any offers yet.
- The Fourth Period: (Feb. 7th) The Oilers and Flyers could be talking about a deal. Top members of the Flyers management scouted the Oilers game in New Jersey. Last year at the draft they talked about a Braydon Coburn deal. The Flyers have been interested Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky in the past. The Oilers have been linked to Coburn, Sean Courier and Luke Schenn. The Oilers have been shopping Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Sam Gagner. They are also getting interest in Eberle and Nail Yakupov.
Morning Rumors: Vanek, Callahan, Girardi, Stuart, Scouting the Oilers-Sabres, Hawks-Kings … And A Dreger Video
- Chris Nichols: Thomas Vanek’s agent: ”I understand we’re getting close to the time where Garth may feel he needs to act.”
- Dennis Bernstein: Vanek would be a costly rental and his salary cap number doesn’t really work for the Kings.
- Jason Brough: Vanek to the Kings makes sense. Brough is not sure though what the Kings would, or could, give up for Vanek though.
- Chris Botta: The Islanders may have to consider benching Vanek until a trade is made, and to get it done before the Olympics. He’s a player that doesn’t need to be showcased.
- Katie Strang: Vanek has never had the opportunity to test the free agent market. Hard to blame him for wanting have the opportunity too.
- Katie Strang of ESPN: Ryan Callahan is reportedly looking for a seven-year deal in the $42 million range, and the Rangers reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $30 million.
“I’m going to circle back with the Rangers this week,” Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett told ESPNNewYork.com when reached by phone Monday morning.
The Rangers gave them permission to talk with multiple teams, but there has been ”Nothing in the last couple of days,” he said.
Bartlett plans to talk with Callahan on Tuesday. The Rangers have three games before the Olympic break and head coach Alain Vigneault expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: “Status quo” from Ryan Callahan’s agent. One source on Callahan’s asking price: “On the open market, he’ll get it.”
- Custance on the Rangers allowing Callahan’s agent to talk to teams,
The move to allow dialogue between Bartlett and other teams is one that comes with risk for the Rangers and GM Glen Sather. If teams that might have been interested in trading for him sour at the potential price tag, that could eliminate one possible trade partner the Rangers would have had otherwise.
And if it’s strictly a negotiating ploy by the Rangers to lower the asking price, there’s risk there too. Pierre LeBrun reported that Callahan’s camp is seeking a seven-year deal worth $6 million per season. It’s a steep price for a winger with a history of injuries and a skill set that typically doesn’t age well. Even so, with a rising salary cap and talent at a premium, the expectation is that it’s a contract demand in line with what he could land.
Callahan’s talks with the Rangers have stalled. Dan Girardi’s camp may be looking at the open market this summer.
One veteran agent:
“You have to consider cost of living in New York — 55 percent of every dollar isn’t theirs.”
“You pay strangers and then ask family to take less,” said the agent. “It’s not acceptable.”
- Dan Rosen: “Re. Callahan, I get the point of getting assets in a trade if NYR won’t sign him, but trading him would be a gutpunch to an improving team.”
- Gary Lawless: Jets pending UFA defenseman Mark Stuart said he wants to stay with the team beyond trade deadline day and into the future.
- Mike Harrington: Scouting the Oilers – Sabres: Red Wings, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Flyers, Avalanche, Bruins, Penguins, Ducks, Jets, Blues, Sharks, Predators, Stars and Maple Leafs.
- Dennis Bernstein: Non-regular scouts at the Blackhawks – Kings game: Lightning, Stars, Jets, Hurricanes and Wild.
Darren Dreger on NHL Live: Vanek, Kings, Stamkos, Callahan and Girardi
The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year contract extension worth $29.5 million, a $5.9 million salary cap hit.
The 25-year old Varlamov was drafted 23rd overall in the 2006 draft by the Capitals. He carries a $2,833,333 cap hit this season.
“Undoubtedly, Semyon has been an impact player for us this season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “At only 25 years old, he is entering the prime years of his career and he wants to be part of this franchise moving forward. We are very excited to have come to terms with him and the fact that he has agreed to a five-year extension demonstrates his commitment to the Avalanche and what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Do you think it is a good deal for the Avalanche, Varlamov or both?