Posts Tagged Adam Oates

NHL Rumors I: Islanders Could Trade Pick To Fill Holes, Flames, Leafs and Oates

  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: After signing Jaroslav Halak to a four year deal, Islanders GM Garth Snow said that talks between the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov are “still ongoing.” The Islanders will keep the 5th overall pick this year and will send the Sabres their 2015 1st round pick as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade. Snow is open to trading the 5th pick.

    “Absolutely. We’re open to any deal that might make the team better. If that’s trading the pick for a player, standing pat and picking a quality player at No. 5, or trading it to move up or down, we’re open.”

  • Rory Boylen of The Hockey News: Secondary scoring remains an issue for the Islanders, they lack a proven leader on the blueline and need improve their overall depth. It is looking like GM Garth Snow could be active this summer. Could the Islanders make their 5th overall pick available to fill a roster hole or two? Teams that could be looking to do something big at the draft are the Penguins, Sharks, Canucks and Islanders.
  • SportsNet: Flames executive Craig Conroy said they have a specific player in mind at the No. 4 slot at this years draft, but are excited at the group of players that could be there for them.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “There hasn’t been any contact with the Leafs & Oates. Leafs are respectful that Oates wants to be a head coach.” … “The Leafs will allow that process to continue with interest from Carolina.” … “Although I’m told Carolina really wants to go cheap in the hiring of their coach” … “and what interest Tallon may have in Florida [with regards to Oates]” … “So there’s a process the Leafs are comfortable waiting for Oates & others to go through” … “I know that the Leafs are still working on the fact finding side of things. Putting names on paper” … “They’ll get to the interview process very shortly”

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NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs, Capitals, Predators, Selanne, Spezza, Byfuglien and Giguere

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: If the Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle, some coaches that they may be interested in: Mike Keenan, John Hynes (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach), Peter Laviolette and Kevin Dineen. The Leafs have $49 million committed to 12 players next season, leaving about $22 million for 11 more players. Low cost players like Petter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam, Jerry D’Amigo and Spencer Abbott could be used. That would leave about $18 million for eight players. UFAs: Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement, Mason Raymond, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger. RFAs: James Reimer, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland, Carter Ashton, D’Amigo and Abbott. The Leafs could use their RFAs as trade bait. Reimer is likely gone, especially if Randy Carlyle stays. Gardiner may want $3 million a year, and could be used as trade bait for a top center.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis may not bring GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates back. Leonsis must also look at Alex Ovechkin, is he part of the solution or part of the problem? Do they look to see if a new coach could change him or look to move him out?

    It’s hard to see John Tortorella returning to the Canucks.

    Randy Carlyle will likely be fired by Maple Leafs. The Leafs appear to be ready to make some major moves this offseason, with Nazem Kadri possibly the center piece of a deal.

    The Predators may look at firing coach Barry Trotz. He won’t be out of work long if they let him go.

  • Chris Johnston: “I would not be surprised to see Teemu Selanne return to the NHL next year. In Sochi, he made it clear that he still has more to give.”
  • Sens Chirp: TSNs Brent Wallace on whether Jason Spezza will be back with the Senators next year, “probably not.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Dustin Byfuglien will start next year at forward.
  • Lisa Hillary: When asked if last night’s game against the Ducks would be his last regular season game, Avs J.S. Giguere said: “Well I have flown in my family for the game.” Eric Stephens: When talking with Giguere a few weeks ago, Giguere said it’s most certainly it for him. Didn’t want it to get out there.
  • David Pagnotta: Sabres coach Ted Nolan: “I’m a strong believer in laying a foundation… Timmy and I will have a good chance to reevaluate what we’ve got (this off-season).”

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Morning Rumors I: Canucks, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Coaching Hotseat

  • Pierre LeBrun: Hearing that changes with the Canucks could happen as soon as today or tomorrow.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have a bonus overage penalty next season and have some RFA and UFA that will be needing new deals. They have $62 million already committed for next season. The Bruins may have trouble re-signing Jarome Iginla to a mulit-year contract. Would Iginla take a one-year deal from the Bruins? Bonuses are not allowed to be included in multi-year deals for players over 35.
  • James Mirtle: Dave Bolland is wanting to become the Maple Leafs highest paid center. Mirtle doesn’t think the Leafs should bring Bolland back on an expensive long-term deal with his bad ankle and battered body.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins and pending UFA Brooks Orpik are keeping their plans quiet. Orpik:

    “That’s something Ray and I agreed we wouldn’t talk about in the media. We’ll just let it play out and see what happens.”

  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I don’t like Bolland at $5 million dollars. If that’s what he wants I let him go and replace him with someone else” … “Say you’re paying Holland $1 mill and Bolland $5 something. Is Bolland $4 million better? Use that money to fix the D

Coaching Hotseat:

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think Trotz’s time has come in NSH. Sense is he can feel it. There is a mood around office that coaches can sense”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I think McPhee is just as likely to go as Oates. Could see full scale change in WSH”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I would look at Bylsma. If Pitt were to go out with a whimper I think Byslma could be vulnerable there”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I think Carlyle’s job is obviously in jeopardy. Can’t go through this type of disappointment without that happening.” … “If Carlyle loses his job I’m sure there will be some teams that will have some interest”
  • Hope Smoke: “I believe Maurice is the man for Wpg.”

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NHL Rumors: Canucks, Flames, Isles, Caps, Canes, Canadiens, Panthers, Leafs, Predators and Bruins

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Canucks ownership will need to decide if one or both of John Tortorella and Mike Gillis will be back.

    Expect Flames coach Bob Hartley to return next season. Top candidates to for the Flames GM position: George McPhee, Laurece Gilman, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle.

    There could be at least three groups that have spoken with Charles Wang about buying the Islanders.

    Capitals coach Adam Oates may be fired after the season.

    The Hurricanes may look to trade Cam Ward (two-years with a $6.7 million cap hit). The Flames, Islanders, Sabres and Capitals could be looking for a goalie this offseason.

    Ron Francis (pending Hurricanes GM) will have to decide if they will buy out the remaining four years and $28 million left on Alex Semin’s contract.

    Ken Hitchcock’s job may be on the line if they have an early playoff exit.

    Rumors are that the Canadiens and P.K. Subban’s camp have only held preliminary talks, with serious negotiations talking place after the playoffs. He could get an eight-year contract worth around $7.5 million per season.

    There are rumors that the Panthers will try to sign pending UFAs Dave Bolland and Matt Moulson.

    Thought is that Dallas Eakins will be back with the Oilers next year. Mark Messier could be a coaching option for them down the road.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the Leafs top priority this offseason should be to re-sign Dave Bolland.

    Simmons thinks Randy Carlyle will be the Leafs coach next season.Simmons wonders if the Predators will fire Barry Trotz and if the Penguins don’t have a successful playoffs, will they fire Dan Bylsma?

    The Leafs, Avalanche and Lightning will be interested in Leo Komarov this offseason.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have about a  $4.5 million salary cap penalty next season for bonus overages for Jarome Iginla, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. They have $62 million already committed for next year. Pending RFAs: Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: John Tortorella won’t be back as the Canucks coach unless ownership chooses him over GM Mike Gillis. Tortorella may be spreading word that Jay Feaster is a GM that he could work with.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller could be let go by incoming GM Ron Francis.

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NHL Rumors: Bolland, Panthers, Capitals, Seattle, Canucks, Leafs, Gaudreau and Mason

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: There have been no contract talks between Dave Bolland and the Maple Leafs since early February.

    “Nothing is happening right now,” Thun said. “We exchanged proposals prior to the Olympics and we were significantly apart.”

    Bolland is apparently looking for a deal around $40 million over seven or eight years. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Maple Leafs, there is speculation that he could rejoin Dale Tallon in Florida. The Canucks and Canadiens could also have interest in him this offseason. Other centers that could be on the market this summer: Paul Stastny, David Legwand, Marcel Goc and Derek Roy.

  • Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post: There is a mob in Washington that is going after GM George McPhee. Some wonder if head coach Adam Oates in the problem. If McPhee let Oates go, he’d be looking to hire his sixth head coach. If the Capitals chose not to bring Jaroslav Halak, Dustin Penner and Mikhail Grabovski back, they would have the cap space to try and lure from free agent defenseman.
  • Tim Booth of the AP on Yahoo! Sports: There is an investor group looking to bring a NBA franchise to Seattle, but they have no interest in owning an NHL franchise.

    ”No one in our ownership group is interested in being a majority owner in an NHL franchise. That’s been the case since the start,” said Chris Hansen, who led the unsuccessful effort last year to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. ”I’ve certainly queried our ownership group about this. I think if someone really wanted to it would be easier than bringing in an outside party.

    ”But the most important thing is the passion is just not there for the NHL among our ownership group that is there for basketball. Getting involved in hockey solely because basketball hasn’t worked out right now, when it’s not something your heart is in, would be a disservice to the fans here.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Kesler has that full no move clause. There are certainly those around Van that wanted Kesler’s list to be longer at the deadline” … “There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around that Vancouver organization and Kesler is certainly part of it”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Hitchcock has found a way to adapt his style to accommodate the new game” … “That’s the biggest beef with Tortorella. He has become less flexible. I was told he used to listen to his players and doesn’t now”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: “Nonis will make the decision on Carlyle not MLSE. Despite all the hooey about Leiweke overseeing”
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is a Hobey Bakey Award finalist this year. The dad of the 5 foot 8, 160 pound forward may be a little concerned with his son’s size knowing that Brian Burke is the current GM.

    “If the management they had there before was there, like (former general manager Jay) Feaster, the ones that drafted him, I’d be really comfortable letting him go,” Guy Gaudreau said. “I know that (Calgary president of hockey operations) Brian Burke likes big boys, big hockey players. My son is not a big hockey player. He’s made it clear that he likes him or whatever, but I don’t think he’s sold on him. That’s been John all his life, wherever he tried out. It’s always been, ‘He’s got to prove himself, prove himself, prove himself.’ He’s done that over and over and over.”

  • Adam Kimelman of After the 2012-13 season, now Flyers goalie Steve Mason considered hanging up the pads.

    “My mind was so beat up that I truly did not enjoy playing hockey anymore,” Mason told “It had definitely crossed my mind to consider other options. I was just so beat up mentally that hockey was becoming more of a chore than a passion and something that was fun. … I hadn’t thought about what I’d do, but it definitely crossed my mind to hang the pads up and focus on other aspects of life because hockey was something that was making life not enjoyable.”

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Nothing scheduled … 3 road block issues … Hull on Oates

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There are 3 road block issues right now. 1. The core economic issue:  The NHL offered $211 million in deferred payments plus interested to ‘make whole.’ The NHLPA maybe looking for something closer to $600 million. They are looking for $1.883 billion plus 1.75% in the first year of the deal. 2.  Player contracting rights: It has become a bigger issue over the last week. The NHL won’t move on this until it has the ‘make whole’ figured out. The NHLPA doesn’t won’t to move on the current player rights since they are going down to 50% from 57%. The NHL wants the NHLPA to counter on this area, but the NHLPA say they are not interested in any of it. LeBrun thinks the NHL should move to 8 years/28 years old old to 7 and 27, and not to change the entry-level or salary arbitration systems. Also to give up on 5 year contract max. Aspects that the NHL should hold firm on are the 5% rule for contracts (year-to-year can only go up or down 5%), stashing NHL contracts in the AHL, and the  back-diving rule in which if a player retires before his contract expires, the original team gets his cap hit. 3. The damage of the lockout: After cancelling November games, Bill Daly estimates they’ve lost $720 million, and that doesn’t include the Winter Classic. They need to figure out how to “share in the pain” of the lockout damage for a shortened season (if there is one). The NHL will see as a 50-50 split. The NHLPA may say it’s more of an NHL issue since they locked the players out. They did get close on revenue sharing, with the NHL coming up to $220 million from $150 million, with the NHLPA may be wanting to modify how the program is run.
  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: The Bruins have 12 players under contract for 2014-15 (excluding Doug Hamilton), the Flyers have 10, the Maple Leafs and Rangers have 3. Great little story from Brett Hull on Adam Oates:

    “I always felt bad for the guy on our left wing. He would come to the bench and he’d ask Adam, ‘Did you see me? I was wide open.’ He’d look at the guy and go, ‘Yeah I saw you, but who do you think I want to pass to — you or Brett?’”

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Rumors and notes on: $70.2 million cap, Nichol, Doan, Stars, Maple Leafs, Capitals, Bouwmeester, Glendale extension, Garrison, Rask and Carkner

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues have extended head coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2013-14 season. They are close to re-signing forward Scott Nichol. Things have gone quiet with Jamie Langenbrunner, and it’s not as likely that he’ll be re-signed as it once was.
  • Sportsnet: Brian Burke on his free agency plans:

    “With the salary cap and the new collective bargaining agreement that’s coming up, I don’t know what our plans are for filling out our roster,” Burke said. “Free agency starts on July 1, it’s a really thin group.

    “Teams are locking all these quality players up now, so the group that is getting to the market is thin, it’s shallow. There are really two high-end players and that’s about it, (Nashville defenceman) Ryan Suter and (New Jersey forward) Zach Parise.

    “I don’t think we are going to be in on either one of them,” Burke said.

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if the hiring of Adam Oates could help the Capitals lure a free agent like Zach Parise. Parise could be looking for something in the $9 million range. The Caps are currently about $20.9 million under the cap with 17 players signed. One problem is that the Capitals could use a scorer from the right side, Parise plays and shoots left. If the price is too high for Parise, maybe the Capitals would be interested in trading for right winger Bobby Ryan.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Heika wonders if the Stars could be interested in Jay Bouwmeester. 2 years at $6.6 million per season doesn’t sound as bad.
  • John Shannon via twitter: Source confirms that the NHL and Glendale have extended an agreement for an extra 30 days to work out various issues.
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: Panthers pending UFA defenseman Jason Garrison will likely command up to $5.5-$6 million on the open market.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Garrioch expects Senators defenseman Matt Carkner to test the UFA market. Carkner turned down a 1 year deal from the Sens.

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