Posts Tagged 2013 NHL Draft

Morning Hits: Avs lines, Kostitsyn, Sabres, Coyotes and Seguin

  • Adrian Dater: Patrick Roy told Dater what their top three line for next season could be: Ryan O’Reilly-Matt Duchene-P.A. Parenteau, Gabe Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Alex Tanguay, Jamie McGinn-Nathan MacKinnon-Steve Downie.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile said there is nothing finalized yet with Sergei Kostitsyn and Omsk.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said again that they won’t be using a compliance buyout this year.
  • Tery Koshan: 211 players taken yesterday. 96 Canadians, 57 Americans, 23 Swedes, 11 Finns, 8 Russians.
  • Pierre LeBrun: People with knowledge of the Glendale situation predict a wild finish with the vote on Tuesday. It could go either way. If they are to re-locate, LeBrun thinks Seattle is the most likely destination. Andy Strickland: Strickland has been told that even if the Coyotes deal is voted down, the team may not be going anywhere next season.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tyler Seguin:

    “He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli said. “He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds.

    “I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”

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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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Trade Hits: Avs No. 1, Letang, Canadiens, Ballard, Clutterbuck, Omark and Red Wings

  • Adrian Dater: Starting to hear talk from a few people that the 1st overall may be in play for a trade. “Personally, I think Avs will outsmart themselves by trading pick if they do. MacKinnon will be a superstar”
  • Paul Hendrick: Both Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy had an early morning meeting with Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management.
  • Bruce Garrioch: A couple of teams have called Penguins GM Ray Shero to say “keep them in mind” if they are going to trade Kris Letang. Still wants to sign him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens have three second round picks and would like to move up in the draft.
  • David Pagnotta: The Canucks are still looking to trade Keith Ballard. If they can’t, expect him to be bought out.
  • Bob McKenzie: Confirming Russo that Cal Clutterbuck is likely to be dealt this weekend.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on Linus Omark: “I have not had a team inquire about him, but I would be open to moving his rights.” (from Tuesday’s press conference)
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has talked with some teams about trades, but nothing is imminent.

    “This is the weekend that teams are motivated to make a move, and we’re motivated to make a move or two between now and unrestricted free agency (which starts next Friday) that we think will make our team a little better,” Holland said.

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Trade Rumors: Letang, Bolland, BlackHawks, Panthers, Wild, Canucks, Oilers and Flyers

  • Josh Rimer: IF Toronto was going to trade for Kris Letang, it would take at least Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Blackhawks are said to be looking for a Jason Pominville like return for Dave Bolland.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on if a big name could be traded: “It’s always possible. Nothing imminent at this point.”
  • John Shannon: The Panthers have many teams calling about the No. 2 pick. Steve Goldstein: Panthers GM Tale Tallon said they are ready for anything, to trade up or down.
  • Katie Strang: Though it could be nothing at all, Rangers GM Glen Sather and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stepped out of the BOG meetings yesterday and had a conversation.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild have a lot of balls in play. They are not able to buy Dany Heatley out as he’s injured. They will need to shed some money. Defenseman Tom Gilbert is in play but there have been no takers. He’s a possible buyout candidate.
  • The Fourth Period: Aside from Roberto Luongo, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard and David Booth. Ballard could be bought out if they can’t find a trade partner.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players that are available for the right price: Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Not to mention the possibility of Kris Letang. The Oilers and Maple Leafs are eager to make trades. The Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings will be interested in Vincent Lecavalier and could offer up a 3-year deal in the $4.5 to $5 million range.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Once the Flyers officially sign Mark Streit to his 4-year, $21 million deal, they will have eight NHL defenseman on their roster. They have $27.675 million tied up in seven defenseman. The best case scenario could be that Andrej Meszaros is not healthy enough to play and could go on the LTIR. The Flyers would love to trade him but it would be hard given his injury history. They need to shed some salary along the blueline. Braydon Coburn will get interest and he has a modified no-trade clause. The Flames could have interest. Luke Schenn could be next line, but the sense is the Flyers don’t want to trade him. Seravalli thinks the Flyers should consider trading Nicklas Grossman.

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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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Morning Hits and Rumors: NHL Draft, Weiss, Iginla, Canucks, Leafs, Datsyuk, Fistric and the Jets

  • Elliott Friedman of CBC: Friedman mentions again about the Avalanche turning down the Flames offer of all their 1st round picks for the 1st overall pick. They rejected it quickly as it didn’t contain a player that is NHL ready. Friedman wonders if the Flames made the same offer to the Panthers, Lightning or Predators.

    The Avs may not want to go below No. 3. The Panthers may not want to go below No. 4 if anywhere at all. The Lightning and Predators could be the same.

    The Hurricanes at No. 5 could be ready to deal. They would get a very good player at No. 5, but would top 4 defenseman with experience and term may be a better option from where they sit? The Oilers had talks with the Hurricanes, but they may have cooled.

    One source on the Hurricanes, “some players who were previously untouchable may no longer be untouchable.” Doesn’t include anyone with the last night Staal.

    The Stars, Red Wings and Maple Leafs have contacted the Panthers about trading for Stephen Weiss’ negotiating rights if the Panthers can’t re-sign him. The Devils could also be a possible destination for Weiss.

    Speculation that the Stars could target Jarome Iginla. The Kings are another. Friedman wonders about the Coyotes/Seattle with the Shane Doan connection.

    John Tortorella and John Stevens will have second interviews with the Canucks.

    Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak contract talks aren’t going that well. GM Dave Nonis took a hard line with Leo Komarov and may be doing the same with Bozak. He could be saving his cap space for someone, either it be Weiss or somebody else.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings and Pavel Datsyukappear to be close on agreeing to a multi-year contract extension. It can’t be official until after July 5th. Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin flew to Detroit yesterday to meet with Holland. Datsyuk tweeted last night “Big day tomorrow …”

    “I hope very soon,” Greenstin said. “Everybody knows what Pavel Datsyuk means to Detroit and what he likes about the Red Wings. We’re still talking. Contract cannot be registered with league until July 5. We can negotiate a deal so we have one (before July 5).”

  • Gary Lawless: Zach Bogosian’s agent confirms that he spoke again with the Jets last week.
  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets haven’t had any talks with RFA defenseman Zach Redmond. Redmond’s agent did say that he continues to progress from his bad skate cut, “He’s doing great and he feels great.”
  • Ken Wiebe: UFA defenseman Derek Meech’s agent, JP Barry, has spoke with the Jets several times and will do so again before free agency starts on July 5th.
  • Bob Stauffer: Oilers defenseman Mark Fistric will options. Stauffer thinks the Oilers should re-sign him as they need his size.

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Trade Rumors: MacTavish talking Hemsky, Horcoff and the No. 7 … Rutherford getting calls on No. 5

  • TSN: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on Team 1260 radio in Edmonton on Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff:

    “I think both those players are at a similar crossroads,” MacTavish told the radio station.

    “Sometimes change is good for both the organization and the player, but at the same time they’re valuable players and we’re not in a position where we’re able to move them without getting something substantial in return…I have a lot of allegiance and a lot of loyalty to ‘Horc’ and to Ales. I have a lot of respect for both those players. But from both those perspectives, I think the ideal scenario would be to move them on and wish them the best in their next destination.”

    Hemsky has one year left at $5 million. Horcoff has two years left at $5.5 million.

    “Would we welcome those players back if the right circumstance presented itself? Absolutely,” added MacTavish. “But I think in talking to both those players, I think the best situation would be to move on.”

  • Jason Gregor: In any Hemsky and Horcoff trade, the Oilers would have to take some salary back. The Oilers could use some veterans.
  • Jonathan Willis: Sounding like Oilers Shawn Horcoff wants a trade. Add a top-nine forward to GM MacTavish’s shopping list if he’s moved.
  • Cody Nickolet: The Oilers seem keen on trading the No. 7 pick. MacTavish saying many GM’s want to wait, but he might be ready now.
  • Dylan Howlett: (RT from @ToddCordell) Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said on the Mark Spector Show that multiple teams are interested in moving into the top 5. The Hurricanes have received several inquiries. Rutherford said on The Team 1260 on Tuesday that the Hurricanes would entertain offers for the 5th pick in hopes of landing a top-four defenseman.

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Morning Rumors: Goalies, Coaches, Ryan, Hainsey, Yakupov, Hurricanes and Bobrovsky

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is talk that as many as 10 teams are thinking about their goaltending situation. Among the teams thinking No. 1 goalies are: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames, Wild and Islanders.

    Names to watch: Ryan Miller (BUF) – one year left on his deal. Coyotes could be a fit. Mike Smith (PHX) – a UFA and uncertainty of organization is keeping him from re-signing. Ray Emery (CHI) – UFA. Won’t get a long-term deal but may get a shot at being a No. 1. Tim Thomas(NYI) – UFA who may get a pro tryout.

    Rangers GM Glen Sather is giving Mark Messier serious thought as their new head coach. They are also interested in Alain Vigneault.

    Ducks GM Bob Murray is getting calls for Bobby Ryan. They’d like to keep Ryan who has two years left at $5.1 million. The Flyers and Senators have been interested in the past.

    There have been no talks between Ron Hainsey and the Jets.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been working the phones and looking for immediate help. Could be willing to move some of their young assets. Talk that they might trade Nail Yakupov to bring back a package.

    Alain Vigneault appears to be the top candidate for the Stars, Lindy Ruff for the Canucks.

  • Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com: New Hurricanes logo coming today. The Hurricanes currently sit at No. 5 in this year’s draft. They won’t be trading up, but haven’t ruled out moving back. GM Jim Rutherford will target a top 4 defenseman in free agency or through a trade.

    “It’s hard to say. It could come in any manner,” Rutherford said. “It could come in the form of a player that we trade for as a projection who hasn’t done it yet but we think could do it now. It could come in the form of a projection of a (Ryan) Murphy jumping in the top four. It could come many ways, but I do feel that’s an area we have to change.”

  • Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky will be a RFA, and it’s possible that his agent is willing to look at offer sheets. The KHL could also offer a pile of money. Talks between Bobrovsky’s agent and the Blue Jackets haven’t gained traction as his agent, Paul Theofanous, wants to wait. Bobrovsky would be worth more if he wins the Vezina and/or gets offer sheet and/or a KHL offer. There is a chance that the KHL money is too much to pass up. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said they will match any offer sheet.

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Morning Hits: Ian White, 2011 unsigned draft picks and Colin Wilson

  • Red Wings Front: (h/t Pro Hockey Talk) It doesn’t sound like Ian White will be back with the Red Wings next season.

    “It didn’t go the way Whitey wanted it,” Babcock said. “Whitey’s a real good person, a real good man. We wish him luck.”

    “It’s real disappointing to have it end this way,” White continued. “When I came here, and after last year, I thought I might be able to have a long future here, but we’ll see how everything goes in the next month.”

  • Corey Pronman: Pronman lists all the 2011 NHL draft picks who will go back into the draft as they did not sign: BOS: Volden, BUF: Lepkowski, CAR: Hofmann, Mahalek, CHI: Mattsson, COL: Nermark and Donnelly, DET: Quine, EDM: Perhonen, FLA: Bengtsson & Pakarinen, LAK: Gibson, Schumacher, MTL: Archambault & Pribyl, NSH: Andrews and Karlsson, NYI: Kichton & Theoret, NYR: Ceresnak & McColgan, OTT: Fransoo, PHI: Sullentrop, PHX: Ruuttu & Fritsch, SJ: Sefton, STL: Eronen, VAN: Honzik & Westerholm, WSH: Soberg, and WPG: Yuen.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Colin Wilson had his second shoulder stabilization surgery at the beginning of May. He had surgery on his left shoulder mid-April, followed by the right side in the first week of May. He hopes to be ready for training camp.

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Draft Hits: Tallon open for offers, “a lot of high end talent”, Monahan attending five camps, Nichushkin wants NHL

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn’t actively shopping the 2nd overall pick, but he’s open for offers.

    “We’re in good position,” the Florida Panthers’ general manager said this morning at the NHL scouting combine. “We’ll take advantage of it.”

    Tallon has already had a couple of short talks about the pick.

    “You see what they’re willing to pay, and that’s the fun part of the job,” Tallon said. “I’ve had a couple of mild conversations here and there this week, ‘Are you going to move the pick?’ Make me an offer. That’s the way it goes. You start the process early, and you work it all the way through till the five minutes before you make the pick, maybe a minute before the pick.

    “Colorado’s in the driver’s seat right there, and we know we’re going to get a hell of a player at two or three or four. It’s a deep draft. We’ve already drawn a line in the sand. We’ve gone through every process and every situation with our staff already this week, and we’ll continue to rehash this throughout the month of June. We’ll be ready for any and every situation on June 30.”

  • Tony Ambrogio: From the draft combine a scout said that the top 10 picks are as good as he’s seen in years with “a lot of high end talent.” Another scout said that there are 8 to 12 players who could play in the NHL next season.
  • Mark Masters: Draft prospect Sean Monahan will attend camps held by the Sabres, Maple Leafs, Devils, Flames and Oilers.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Russian draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin’s agent, Mark Gandler, said he is serious about playing in North American next season. Gandler confirmed that Nichushkin’s two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL has been terminated. The deal was terminated with the condition that if he doesn’t make the NHL, he’ll return to the KHL.

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