Posts Tagged Alec Martinez

Injury Notes: Hartnell, Perry, Fasth, Martinez and Rinne

  • Sam Carchidi: A CT scan on Flyers Scott Hartnell’s foot revealed no damage. He will be in the lineup today.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Corey Perry had a maintenance day yesterday. Viktor Fasth has been on the ice wearing pads. He hasn’t taken shots yet though.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is out with a hyperextended elbow after a collision with Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Quick and the net on Saturday.
  • Ryan B. Miller: Predators Paul Fenton on Center Ice Radio show on Pekka Rinne: “Fenton was asked about Pekka possibly coming down to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment: We’ve done our homework on him. He’ll still be able to have a conditioning stint at some particular time. It could be split into a week at a time so that he could come down and maybe finish before the Olympic break and then just before the Olympic break is over, he could come down. We’ve looked into it, but again, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves here. Pekka is feeling really good. I watch him work out regularly in the gym, but not on the ice.

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Morning Rumors: Byfuglien, Penguins, Girardi, Oilers, Barrie, Kings, Kadri and Sabres

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless thinks the Jets need to trade Dustin Byfuglien and get the most they can for him, whether it be at the deadline or in the summer. He would be a fit for a team looking for a power play specialist, an offensive-minded defenseman to play limited minutes. He’s not a 25-plus minute guy. Return for Byfuglien may be a first round pick and top prospect. Maybe a roster player, second or third pairing defenseman and a third rounder? A top six forward and late pick?
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Penguins are looking to replace Pascal Dupuis through a trade. They plan to see what is out there, and then make a move after the Olympics.
  • Mark Spector: Spector notes that Rangers Dan Girardi is a good defenseman, but why would the Rangers trade him. No chance that they get two top prospects for him. Jimmy Murphy: Murphy responds to Spector that the sad thing is, they might. They won’t get it from the Bruins as (a) Chiarelli is smart and (b) the Bruins don’t have that.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks the Rangers will get more Girardi close to the trade deadline.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) The Oilers have UFAs in Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Jones. Draft picks are the usual compensation for rentals, but the Oilers need prospects over picks. Matheson thinks they will listen to offers for both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov at the deadline.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater thinks that Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie will get traded.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings are looking for a scoring left winger for their top two lines. After the Carcillo trade, they have about $1.7 million in cap space. Trade chips could include: Kyle Clifford, Matt Frattin, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, draft picks and prospects.
  • Howard Berger on Berger Bytes: The Maple Leafs may have to decide whether it will be Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle by the March 5th trade deadline. If they are to continue to develop Kadri, they’ll have to find a new coach. If Carlyle is to stay, Kadri is likely gone.

    “[Kadri] seems to be in a bit of a funk,” offered Carlyle in a early bid for personal understatement-of-the-year. “He seems to be standing still in a lot of situations. He’s falling down a lot… I’ve never seem him fall down on the ice when he’s got 100 per cent possession of the puck. [On Saturday], at the blue line, he finds a way to fall down. He’s surprised and we’re surprised that those types of things are happening to him.

    “Our advice to him is to commit to the time off the ice [workouts in the gym], and when you’re on the ice, you work extremely hard and then you do extra… and that’s what he’s doing now. It’s the same for any pro. When things aren’t going well for yourself, you have to be selfish, take a look in the mirror and say, ‘I’ve got to work my way out of this.’ The old adage is put your nose to the grindstone and work your way through it.”

    A Kadri for Nail Yakupov trade makes sense skill wise, but Yakupov would drive Carlyle nuts. A Kadri for Sam Gagner trade makes some sense. Gagner has two years left at a $4.8 million cap hit. The Leafs would likely have to make another move to make it work.

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason said that they had a handful of teams to think about waiving his no-trade clause for.
  • Nick Kypreos: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray’s name won’t disappear with regards to the Sabres GM position. Bruce Garrioch: Murray’s name may emerge as the top candidate for the Sabres GM position. Hope Smoke: SportsNets Doug MacLean said that Murray will be the Sabres next GM. MacLean added that they haven’t named him yet as Murray was in Sweden for the World Junior Championship and hasn’t been able to get to Buffalo yet. Bob McKenzie: Murray appears to be the frontrunner and has had a second interview. Nobody has been told that they are out: Benning, Treliving and Futa.

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Trade Rumors: Rentals, Canadiens, Kings and Capitals

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rental candidates at the trade deadline: Thomas Vanek, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller and maybe Ryan Callahan. Strang thinks that Jaromir Jagr and possibly Martin Brodeur (citing Rich Chere) could be added to that list.
  • Darren Dreger: Canadiens Daniel Briere isn’t happy with his situation. Dreger wonders before how long before the team and player look for a better fit. Briere had multiple two year offers at $4 million in the offseason, but chose the Canadiens.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens Briere has only 10 points in 28 games and has voiced his unhappiness with the coaching staff and management about how he’s been used. GM Marc Bergevin has let teams know that Briere is available. The Canadiens are looking for some top-six size upfront. The Canadiens have been linked to Evander Kane and Paul Stastny. Briere has a no-trade clause but is believed to be okay with waiving it.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings could use a scoring left winger. Options could include Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Malone and Michael Grabner. The Kings have Alec Martinez to dangle, and have pending UFAs Daniel Carcillo and Trevor Lewis.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Michal Neuvirth has joined Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov in asking for a way out of Washington. The Capitals may not consider moving Erat until Brooks Laich can remain in the lineup on a consistent basis. Orlov is getting into the lineup a lot more since his trade request in November and seems to be happier.

    “I’m playing. I don’t think about what happened before. I don’t think about moving as long as I’m playing,” Orlov, 22, said this week. “I don’t think about the negative. It was tough time, but it’s in the past. It’s done. I just want to keep playing, stay positive and keep working.”

    Neuvirth appears to have fallen to 3rd on their depth chart.

    “They’ve got three goalies that can all play. Everyone can see that. It’s come to the point where it’s getting very unpleasant,” Stefan said in a phone interview. “He just wants to prove he can be the starter, and when he’s been given an opportunity to play he’s shown he can be a number one guy, but now he’s not even on the bench.”

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Morning Rumors: Canadiens, Capitals, Islanders, Rangers, Flames, Panthers and Maple Leafs

  • The Fourth Period: Sources saying that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to make a “big splash” and acquire a “top-tier” player. The Canadiens currently have $1.74 million in cap space, allowing them to take on just over $3 million without moving someone out. They are dangling players to create more cap space. Ottawa Sun saying they are trying to move Rene Bourque and his $3.3 million cap hit. It’s not known who they are targeting. They have been linked to Evander Kane in the past.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals coach said that Martin Eratrequested a trade after he was made a healthy scratch on Saturday. GM George McPhee doesn’t have an issue with Erat asking for a trade eight months after he was acquired.

    “I admire him for it,” McPhee said. “He’s been professional. He’s not pointing fingers or anything like that. He just basically said, ‘These things happen. It’s not working for me and I’d like an opportunity someplace else.’ I said, ‘OK, we’ll try to accommodate you. There’s no promises on when it happens. We’ll see how long it takes.”

    McPhee doesn’t think that his trade request will decrease his market value.

    “He’s a good hockey player and there are teams that would like to have him, so we’ll continue those discussions,” McPhee said. “All I know is it didn’t work for him here. But he’s  good guy, a good player, a good pro. I have no issues with him.

  • Dave Isaac: Thought over a month ago that a Andrei Mezsaros  for Martin Erat made sense, but is not sure there is a fit now.
  • Mike Halford: “There’s something hilarious about Martin Erat and Vern Fiddler having the two most publicized trade demands of the season so far.”
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple’s thinks the Islanders should take a run at Rangers Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers would like a defenseman in return, but the Islanders don’t have many to offer up. Rangers could take a forward from the Islanders and find a defenseman somewhere else.
  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mikael Backlundon trade rumors.

    “I get Twitter, so I saw it on there. And I watch TSN, so I heard it there, too,” Backlund said after Saturday’s practice at the Saddledome. “Watching TV and my name comes up, it’s a little surprising. But at the same time, it’s part of the business and it hasn’t been a great start, so you kind of expect it, too, a little bit.”

  • The Fourth Period: Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a defenseman. Among the defenseman available are: Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alec Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Dmitry Kulikov (FLA).
  • Harvey Fialkov: Even with defenseman Matt Gilroy going on the IR, Fialkov still thinks the Panthers are shopping Dmitry Kulikov.
  • David Pagnotta: 16 teams scouting the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets game, some regular people.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It’s going to be interesting to see how long before Nonis wades into this. Record is good but this team has not played well” … ”Nonis isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. Maybe he does something more significant. Maybe those Gardiner calls are finally answered” … ”Tuomo Ruutu in Carolina may be a good fit in Toronto, but that salary doesn’t fit.” … ”Maybe it’s time for Nonis to finally get that centre that this organization needs.”

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Morning Rumors: Del Zotto, Weber, Oilers, Panthers, Kings, Canucks and Sabres

  • Renaud Lavoie: Rangers Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch tonight and Lavoie is hearing that a trade is a possibility.
  • Patrick Kearns: “What is Michael Del Zotto’s value even at this point? Still young, former first round pick, still getting super sheltered minutes. Very low defensive zone starts, doesn’t push the play. Other than a few nice looking rushes through neutral zone, he doesn’t excel anywhere. Hasn’t been the answer on the PP, does he have much value at all anymore?”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: When Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said he would love to add a “stud defenseman,” it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know he was thinking of Predators Shea Weber. It would take a lot to get him. It would take the Oilers 1st round pick. The Predators would go after Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, and wouldn’t mind Sam Gagner. They would likely have interest in Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom.
  • Jim Diamond: Don’t see it the Weber deal happening. “Surely we’ve beaten to death how dumb trading Weber after giving him so much of the up front bonus money is, right? And that is aside from him probably being the best defenseman in the league too.”
  • Bruce Arthur: “At this point, it’s possible the Oilers will be used as an argument against bottoming out for high picks for a generation.”
  • Ryan Rishaug: The Oilers send Mark Arcobello to the AHL and recall Oscar Klafbom.  Eakins told Arcobello to find a place to live in Edmonton yesterday, so he’s just caught in a roster shuffle and will be back.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: More moves are likely coming for the Panthers.

    “I’m not happy with the situation our team is in as far as wins and losses,” Tallon opened. “The effort has been better lately. We’re going to continue to be aggressive and make changes that are important for our franchise moving forward keeping our focus on the future.

    “We’re excited about where we’re headed, the foundation being built. We added two young pieces to an already deep foundation of players and prospects. This is a step in the right direction for the Florida Panthers.”

    “In this day and age it’s tough – especially midway through or early in a season – to make moves,” Tallon said. “You have to be aggressive, have to be creative. Now with the new CBA we can take money back. That will help future moves.”

    Versteeg indicated that defenseman Brian Campbell may like to join him in heading back to Chicago, but Campbell said he never said anything to Versteeg about wanting to go back Chicago.

  • The Fourth Period: Injuries have hit the Kings. Jonathan Quick will be out four to six weeks, Jeff Carter out another three weeks, Kyle Clifford has a concussion and Matt Green is on the IR. GM Dean Lombardi has had some talks with other teams about possible deals, but nothing appears imminent according to a source. Lombardi had been shopping Clifford and Alec Martinez, but those talks have cooled.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: At last years trade deadline, the Canucks were after Ryane Clowe and reportedly offered their 2013 1st round pick for him. The Canucks ended up using the pick on Hunter Shinkaruk. Clowe had a no-trade clause and chose the Rangers for family reasons and because the Rangers were more likely to offer money closer to what he was looking for as a UFA. The Sharks ended up getting the Rangers 2013 2nd round pick, the Panthers 3rd round pick and 5th round pick.
  • Sam Carchidi: The Sabres haven’t contacted Flyers Ron Hextall about their GM position.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Islanders, Flyers, Blues, Panthers, Canadiens, Sharks, Kings, Leafs and Oilers

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple thinks the Islanders had no intention of re-signing Matt Moulson. He doesn’t see Moulson being with the Sabres beyond the trade deadline. Staple’s had heard rumblings that Moulson and he reps were disappointed GM Garth Snow didn’t start contract extension talks over the summer. Moulson’s starting point could have started at $6 million and there is no way that Snow would give him more than John Tavares’s $5.5 million. The Islanders may have been concerned that the soon to be 30 year old didn’t have the skill set to keep up with their young, fast group. They may want a top line winger that could grow with Tavares. If the Islanders are not in the hunt this season, Snow could flip Thomas Vanek to regain some of the picks he gave up.
  • John Buccigross: If Buccigross was Matt Moulson’s agent, would be asking for five years and $25 million.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Source saying that the Sabres had been willing to make Thomas Vanek the highest paid player in the NHL, but he didn’t want to be part of a rebuild.

    “I enjoyed my time there, but I didn’t want to be a part of that,” Vanek told reporters in New York today following his first practice with the Islanders. “We traded pretty much every veteran. The message was clear that they’re going for draft picks. I think our last game we played four teenagers. Good, young players, but young players take time.”

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Sabres currently have nine draft picks for the 2014 and 2015 drafts. They could add to that by moving Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller and Steve Ott, or they could use the draft picks to bring in other assets.

    “Draft picks are your currency,” Regier said. “You can either use them to select players, or use them in other ways to help your team.”

  • Brian Stubits of CBS Sports: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 960 yesterday:

    “I think the St. Louis Blues were looking at Vanek. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re looking at Miller. I’m hearing that St. Louis is a team that’s going to be interesting, that’s a group that wants to go for it this year.”

    Note: Friedman is saying “wouldn’t be surprised” and not that “they are.”

  • The Fourth Period: Panthers GM Dale Tallon continues to look to make a move. They are believed to be shopping their top forwards for not picks and prospects, but looking for young, NHL-proven players. Rumors of Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tomas Kopecky, Dmitry Kulikov and Mike Weaver could be available. Tallon watched the Canadiens-Sharks game on Saturday. The Canadiens are looking for scoring and the Sharks would like to add to their blueline. Unclear if any talks have taken place.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings only have about $600,000 in cap space, and are looking to trade some of their depth to create more room. Separate sources saying they could move either a forward or a defenseman. The Kings would like to add a second line left winger but currently don’t have the room. GM Dean Lombardi was trying to trade Kyle Clifford and Alec Martinez in the summer. One source said they could be looking for a draft pick for Clifford, Martinez, Keaton Ellerby or Trevor Lewis.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean thinks the Flyers would be a good fit for Ryan Miller. To make sense for the Flyers, MacLean thinks they would need to sign him to a contract extension as it doesn’t make sense for them to give up assets for a rental. Nick Kypreos said that Miller won’t approve a trade to a Canadian team. The Flyers are willing to make a trade before Christmas. The Flyers could send Ray Emery and picks to the Sabres.
  • Nick Kypreos: Kypreos is hearing that the bar has been set in talks between Dion Phaneuf and the Maple Leafs, and it starts at seven years and $50 million.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”For me the Oilers biggest problem is Dubnyk & a blueliner. When they’ve figured that out they need a centre too”
  • Josh Rimer of HockeyBuzz: Thomas Vanek really wants to play with the Wild, and a very good source said he plans to test free agency this summer. Rimer has been told that the Flyers and Sabres have talked about Ryan Miller with the Sabres continually asking for Sean Couturier. John-Michael Liles may be showcased in Edmonton as the Oilers are looking for a defenseman, with the asking price likely a third or fourth round pick. The Oilers may have reached out to the Penguins about a defenseman. Doubtful that the Penguins trade Matt Niskanen now, but could may be move Paul Martin.

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Morning Rumors: Gardiner, Yakupov, Vanek, Oilers goaltending options, Phaneuf, Maata, and Martinez

  • James Mirtle: Mirtle heard that the asking price for Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner was “a ****load.”
  • Tim Panaccio: Addressing Nail Yakupov rumors, why would the Flyers need another Russian head case? Oilers Ales Hemsky makes sense, but the asking price is likely too high. Adam Kimelman: Kimelman responds to Panaccio saying that Yakupov is not a head case, noting there is a big difference between a 19-year old and a the Flyers last goalie.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Coyotes have quietly denied interest in Sabres Thomas Vanek.
  • John Vogl: Vogl notes that Vanek would look good beside John Tavares and countryman Michael Grabner.
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers will need to find a No. 1 goalie, and then have to decide if they would be willing to trade one of their young guns.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bob McKenzie has already reported that the Oilers have already reached out to teams about goaltenders. Options for the Oilers could be: Ryan Miller (sense that GM Darcy Regier may prefer to wait to build a bigger market for Miller), Jonas Hiller (likely too early for the Ducks to consider), Michal Neuvirth (if the Capitals feel they can live without him) and Brian Elliott.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers are at 49 contracts, so trading a draft pick or signing a free agent eliminates some roster flexibility. Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes sense, but the Blues may not want to take back salary. Is it worth an assets to get Elliott or Ryan Miller. Though the Senators likely wouldn’t trade him, Robin Lehner would be a good trade target.Thought is that if Dion Phaneuf comes down on money, the Maple Leafs may go a little longer on term.Trade market is cool with the Avalanche and Flames playing well.With Kris Letang getting close to returning, the Penguins will have to decide whether to keep Olli Maatta or return him to junior. They could keep eight defenseman, put someone on waivers or try to make a trade.

    Some teams have called the Kings about Alec Martinez.

    Three teams have talked about how they would like to add Thomas Vanek.

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Joni Pitkanen Injury and the Fallout for the Hurricanes

  • Josh Rimer: Rimer has been told that Joni’ Pitkanen’s injury could be career threatening.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle is hearing that Pitkanen’s injury could be career ending. A race for an icing claims another.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will have nine NHL defenseman in camp. The Hurricanes have lost Joni Pitkanen. Bernstein wonders if they would be interested in Alec Martinez.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont wonder if the Flames would call the Hurricanes to see if they are interested in Dennis Wideman.
  • Tom Gulitti: Gulitti doesn’t know if the Devils are willing to move a defenseman right now, but they might be in a few weeks.
  • Todd Cordell: Smartest thing for the Hurricanes to do may be to save their assets and sign a UFA like Tom Gilbert or Ron Hainsey.
  • Josh Rimer: The Hurricanes had been talking with Ron Hainsey but didn’t have the cap space for him. Will have the room now once Pitkanen is put on the LTIR. They would also have room for Brenden Morrow now, who they’ve also held talks with.
  • Todd Cordell: Darren Dreger said on the radio that the Hurricanes are a team that may consider an offer sheet for Cody Franson.

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Morning Hits: Mitchell, Martinez, Lindholm, All-Star Game, Oldest and Youngest Teams and Avs Q&A

  • Brian Compton: Opening night was eight weeks away from last night.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Bernstein thinks that if Willie Mitchell can remain healthy, the Kings could look to deal Alec Martinez to a team that incurs an injury to their blueline.
  • Michael Smith: Elias Lindholm has left Brynas to join the Hurricanes.
  • The Stats Guy: The five oldest teams: PIT (29.7), NJ (29.6), NYI (28.6), PHI (28.6), EDM (28.3).
  • The Stats Guy: The five youngest teams: OTT (26.1), CBJ (26.4), TOR (26.5), COL (26.5), LA (26.5).
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: (Q&A from last week)

    Ryan O’Reilly will be a left winger. Is this the wrong decision?” — Could be. He’s been a center his whole life, but now he’ll be expected to be the one who changes position for the good of the team. But with Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon already here as centers, O’Reilly was the odd-man out.

    “If O’Reilly doesn’t play well, is it a foregone conclusion he’ll be traded later in the season?” — Not necessarily. Both he and Stastny are entering their final contract years, but the Avs would retain O’Reilly’s rights after this coming season ends. Not so with Stastny. He can become an unrestricted free agent. If they don’t think the numbers on a future deal add up, Stastny would be prime trade bait at the deadline.

    “Doesn’t it look like either Stastny or O’Reilly will have to go at some point soon?” — Yeah, probably.

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21 Players File for Arbitration

NHLPA: 21 players have filed for salary arbitration. Deadline is today at 5:00 pm ET.

Player Team
Brendan Smith Detroit Red Wings
Sam Gagner Edmonton Oilers
Trevor Lewis Los Angeles Kings
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings
Jake Muzzin Los Angeles Kings
Jordan Nolan Los Angeles Kings
Ryan White Montreal Canadiens
Nick Spaling Nashville Predators
Josh Bailey New York Islanders
Mats Zuccarello New York Rangers
Erik Condra Ottawa Senators
Robert Bortuzzo Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Stewart St. Louis Blues
Mark Fraser Toronto Maple Leafs
Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs
Dale Weise Vancouver Canucks
Zach Bogosian Winnipeg Jets
Bryan Little Winnipeg Jets
Paul Postma Winnipeg Jets
Eric Tangradi Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets

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Morning Hits II: Miller and Vanek, Three Bernier landing spots and Hotstove video

  • Connor Mellas of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek will be UFAs after next season.

    “Ideally, I would like to keep them here, yes,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said at a press conference Thursday. “But again, we have to look at it in the context of when they become unrestricted and whether or not we have the ability to do deals with them, and then the cost of those deals if we do.”

    It is possible that they re-sign both, though no talks have taken place.

    “We’re going to stay, we’re going to explore all of the available options. And we have been,” Regier said. “I have been. I’ll continue to do that. One of those options is that those players will remain here next year, because the market is going to dictate to large part what we’re able to do to help the organization. … They’re exploring their options as well.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: (in the middle of a discussion) A Jonathan Bernier deal with the Wild and Jason Zucker is fair. Could expand the deal to include Alec Martinez and Darcy Kuemper to fill other team needs.
  • Steve Simmons: The Maple Leafs, Wild and Flyers are interested in Jonathan Bernier. The Kings have targeted Jake Gardiner, Brayden Schenn and Charlie Coyle. It’s unlikely the Leafs move Gardiner for Bernier.
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: “VAN to announce Tortorella early next week…IOC agrees to cover players’ Olympic insurance costs, PHI considered favourite for Bernier if that’s what Flyers want to do, but they have told LA Couturier not available, EDM gives Horcoff permission to talk to other teams to gauge interest, Will be wild week in PHO. Details of potential plan to be revealed Monday. “Cautious optimism” it will pass, but foes expected to fight hard.”

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Several Players Sign Overseas … Kane leaving KHL

  • ESPN: Ducks Cam Fowler and Flyers Nicklas Grossman signed with Sodertalje in Sweden. Flyers Matt Read and Rangers Carl Hagelin are already playing for Sodertalje.
  • Winnipeg Sun: Jets Evander Kane has left Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Kane recorded only one goal in 11 games, and was suspended for one game for an illegal hit. Dinamo’s coach criticized Kane for being out of shape.

    “Unfortunately, Evander Kane could not adapt to hockey in the KHL,” athletic director Igor Matushkin said on the team’s website.

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