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The Offseason “Winners” So Far Are ….

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

Despite the recent drop of in activity, the offseason in the NHL is an exciting time for both teams and fans. It provides each and every team with a period to reflect on what they have and determine what they need going forward to take the next step.

Some teams hit the jackpot and land their man, while others miss out and end up signing players or making trades simply to say they did something.

Let’s take this break in the action to look at this offseason’s winners and losers.

First up, the winners ….

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors IX: Sabres, Oilers, Petry, Blues, Stars and Wild

Written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News:  Sabres are about $20 million away from the salary cap floor on the day before NHL free agency, and GM Tim Murray remains unconcerned about his ability to reach it. Murray will start dumping contracts if they get their free-agent targets. That will be benefit the Sabres in their attempt to boost payroll. Murray says he’s been getting a lot of calls from representatives of unrestricted free agents

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels he has “a compelling story to tell” when he’s tried to sell agents on their clients coming here on July 1… you can cross off players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen because will be looking for a lot on term for a new contract that will go with $6-7-million in salary per season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman reports that defender Jeff Petry’s name is making the NHL rounds.

    Assuming that the Oilers aren’t crazy, why would they be willing to deal Petry? Let’s consider three possibilities:

    1. He eants too much money.

    2. The team is confident it can replace Petry in free agency.

    3. As part of a package for a superior defender.

    As much as the possibility of a step forward exists here, there is a very real chance the Oilers take a step back in a Petry deal that they simply cannot afford to make.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars remain very much interested in Jason Spezza. It’s believed the Senators were targeting a good, young player in return along with a first-round pick during Friday’s NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Blues want to see what happens with free agent centre Paul Stastny Tuesday before going any further with the Senators. The Stars were a little confused as to whether they were an acceptable location for Spezza.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:  Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual. The Wild made Vanek’s short list, but agent Steve Bartlett said there were other good options on it too. The Wild had more conversations Monday with Jarome Iginla’s reps in hopes of selling Iginla on its program and how it’s a Stanley Cup contender. One player who would love Vanek to sign with the Wild is his former Sabres linemate Jason Pominville.

    The Wild has shown interest in Paul Stastny, but  he appears to be destined for St. Louis Blues or elsewhere. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jussi Jokinen and David Booth are other players that are available.

    The Wild did not inquire about former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Monday, but it might have interest in consistent Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.

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NHL Rumors V: Penguins, Wild, Oilers, Jets, Red Wings and Avalanche

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said they have four primary UFA targets for Tuesday. They will go with their younger defensemen, and spend a little more money up front. The Pens have seven forwards under contract for next season with Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling as RFAs. They are looking for a winger for Evgeni Malkin and improving their bottom-six. The Penguins are looking at Malkin’s friend, Nikolai Kulemin. The Penguins plan to be aggressive.

    “You can always be aggressive,” Botterill said. “Are you going for top-end forwards and defensemen? No. But you can be aggressive going after specific needs. That’s what we’re going to do on July 1.”

    Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen won’t be getting new deals from the Penguins.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Multiple sources saying the Wild have reached out the Jarome Iginla. It’s not known if Iginla has interest in the Wild. Iginla would like to return to the Bruins, but they may not able to fit him in. The Wild could look to sign Matt Niskanen.

    “We’ve tried to be aggressive if the move makes sense, but there’s times, too, where you need to take what’s there,” Fletcher said. “Sometimes you have to lay off the pitch. You can’t just swing at everything. This summer could be one of those summers where maybe you just accept what’s there and not try to overpursue or push something that may not make you better.”

    The Wild want to see if Thomas Vanek would be interested in a short term deal.

  • Bob Stauffer: Can see the Oilers looking to bring in another top-nine center, a left winger and another defenseman.
  • Ryan Rishaug: Rishaug believes the Oilers have interest in Kyle Quincey.
  • Ken Wiebe: Hearing the Jets are among the teams interested in Leo Komarov.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing the Red Wings and Christian Ehrhoff have a mutual interest.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avalanche could be targeting Ales Hemsky.

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NHL Rumors I: Ehrhoff, Richards, Moulson, Michalek, Hemsky, Miller and the Canucks

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Red Wings and a lot of Western Conference teams could be interested Christian Ehrhoff.NHL Executive on players no-trade clauses.

    “It complicates your life, no question,” an NHL team exec said of players’ having no-go lists. “It’s just another restriction we have to put up with in a cap system — and more players are getting full no-movement clauses in their contracts.

    “Some teams benefit from that at times, like when an agent calls up and says: ‘We want to come to your team’ and you weren’t really aware of it. But it can be a double-edged sword if they just want to come (for a sunset season or strictly personal satisfaction). So you have to be careful.”

    The Islanders have contacted Brad Richards.

    The Islanders and Sabres are interested in Matt Moulson.

    Milan Michalek could be interested in joining his brother Zbynek in Arizona. The Coyotes are one of 12 interested.

    Ales Hemsky could be looking to $5+ million, but he might not be able to get it.

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks need scoring help and will likely look at adding a veteran goalie. They could be interested in signing the 34-year old Ryan Miller.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have about $18 million in salary cap space.

    “Some of the things we’ve done (in Philadelphia) is supply depth to our organization. Now, we want to sign guys who can make an impact,” Benning said. “We’ve cleared out money and we can be active. That’s what we wanted — so that in free agency, if we see something we want to do, we can now do it.”

    “We are going to go after pieces that we think can make the team better.

    Could one of those pieces be a starting goalie, say Ryan Miller?
    “It could be,” Benning said. “He could be the guy.”

    Miller is in Vancouver and is expected to meet with the team today.

    Two potential scoring free agents that might be of interest to the Canucks are Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators, Bruins, Leafs and UFAs To Avoid

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray.

    “I don’t think there is anything else I can do as far as approach is concerned,” said Murray.

    “I took calls from teams and we talked about the return and the type of deal we wanted to make.

    “In a couple of cases, there was real interest and it went away. We’ll continue to talk and I’m sure over the course of time the people who miss out on July 1 will come knocking.”

    Murray wants to get a trade done.

    “I’m hoping that we can get a fair return so that we can put a player on the ice and maybe have a prospect or two and go from there,” said Murray.

    “I don’t think it gets any more difficult.

    “What happens is I’m sure disappointing for him, disappointing for me because I’d like to accommodate him.”

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins are having a tough time trying to get Jarome Iginla back in the fold for next year despite both sides wanting to get it down.

    “Jarome wants to stay. We’re trying to find a spot for him,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “But we’re both big boys. If we can’t, we can’t. Certainly we’re both trying to work at it.”

    It is likely that another teams will give him more term and money than the Bruins can offer. The Bruins may only be offering a one-year deal but loading up on bonuses to keep his salary cap number low. Players that are over 35 are not allowed to have bonuses on multi-year deals. If they were going to move out salary, Johnny Boychuk (one-year at $3.67) and Chris Kelly (two-years at $3 million per) are likely candidates.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs interest in Martin Brodeur is curious, unless he’s fine with signing a deal in the $1 million range. The Leafs would also need to trade James Reimer. The Leafs have 11 players to sign and less than $20 million available. They need a top-six forward, a top-four defenseman and a new third line. The only way that Dave Bolland will be back is if he takes less than market value. Free agents that Simmons wouldn’t touch: Thomas Vanek, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Lee Stempniak and David Booth.

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Top 10 2014 NHL Free Agent Wingers

Thomas VanekExpanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell.

While this is recognized league-wide as a poor free agent class, those hoping to address the wing and add some scoring punch are in luck, as there are quite a few quality players to choose from.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-10 wingers whom could test the market come July 1. The rankings will take into account standard stats such as goals, assists, and points as well as advanced stats such as Corsi For% relative to the team, and points per 60 minutes of 5 vs 5 and/or 5 vs 4.

If you missed yesterday’s post with free wingers ranked 11 through 20 and want to view them first, they can be found here.

Without further ado, here are my rankings for the top-10 free agent wingers available this summer.

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NHL Rumors V: Canucks and Penguins

  • Daniel Wagner of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have cleared a lot of cap space off their books, and that number could increase if they trade Ryan Kesler. They have over $21 million in cap space with technically only five roster posts to fill. Some of the space could be taken by free agent Mike Santorelli, RFAs Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev, and possibly Jordan Schroeder and Yannick Weber. The Canucks would still have plenty of room for a big-name free agent or two if they choose. Ducks players attached to Kesler rumors include: Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell and Devante Smith-Pelly. If Kesler is traded, could they be relying on Bo Horvat or Shawn Matthias as their second line center? They also would have some holes in their bottom six. Do they look at pending free agents if available: Paul Stastny, Ales Hemsky, Mike Cammalleri or Mikhail Grabovski?
  • Matthew Sekeres: Sekeres was told that Willie Desjardins spurned the Penguins as they only offered two years and he would have no authority to hire his own assistants.
  • William DePaoli: Desjardins camp interpreted the Penguins offer to be for two years, with the Penguins officials calling it a three year deal. Doesn’t really matter now.
  • William DePaoli: Things could change, but Ulf Samuelsson has told associates that the Penguins job isn’t right for him at this point.

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NHL Rumors V: Kings, Red Wings, Senators, Canadiens, Flames, Lightning and Capitals

  • Mark Spector: Agents are loving that they are able to talk with GMs starting on June 25th. One agent: “Multi-million $ decision that used to be within an hour.”
  • Lisa Dilman of the LA Times: The Kings have UFAs Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. Dwight King will be a RFA. The Kings will have to decide whether they want to buyout Mike Richards or not, and to use some of the money to re-sign Marian Gaborik. Richards might not get a buyout. It may be hard to fit Green and/or Mitchell in. The 37-year old Mitchell is thought to be looking for a two-year deal. He may look elsewhere if the Kings only offer a one -year deal. Gaborik will be their top priority.
  • David Pagnotta: The Kings will have decisions to make on pending UFA defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. They want to re-sign Marian Gaborik.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings could be re-signing pending UFA Jonas Gustavsson soon.

    “I’ve been talking to Gustavsson’s agent,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today. “He played good for us. We’d like to keep him.”

    Gustavsson may be looking for a two-year deal, with the Red Wings more interested in a one-year deal.

  • Bob McKenzie: The Senators offered Ales Hemsky a three-year deal worth about $10 million. Hemsky rejected it. The Senators are now prepared to trade his rights for a draft pick.
  • Bob McKenzie: Andrei Markov is asking the Canadiens for a three -year deal at $6 million per season.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames and Mike Cammalleri are still talking. The issues is more with term than with money. Mark Spector: Flames GM Brad Treliving said that Cammalleri is his “biggest priority.” There has been no offer from the Flames yet.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Lightning and Ryan Callahan are still talking about a contract extension, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he hits the open market.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan: “We like the job Grabovski did for us last year but we’re also balancing what we’re going to do with our roster.”

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NHL Rumors II: Boyle, Niskanen, Senators, Sharks, Hurricanes, Leafs and Lightning

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Dan Boyle has a short list of teams that he might be interested in signing with if he goes to the open market. Sources saying the Penguins are one of those teams. Boyle doesn’t plan on re-signing with the Islanders. He’s not ruling out the Western Conference, but he may like to return to an Eastern Conference and with a contender. The Penguins could be a good option and fit, especially if Matt Niskanen goes elsewhere. Boyle could be looking for a two year deal at around $5 million.
  • William DePaoli: The Penguins and Matt Niskanen won’t start contract talks until a new coach is hired according to a source.
  • William DePaoli: The Penguins will start interviewing head coaching candidates next week. The process could be quick.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta expects some interesting things coming out of the Senators this offseason. Jason Spezza will likely be traded and it’s doubtful that Ales Hemsky and Milan Michalek will be back.
  • David Pagnotta: The Sharks are trying to trade Martin Havlat instead of buying him out. They are listening to offers on Patrick Marleau and Antti Niemi. The Hurricanes are trying to trade Cam Ward. The Maple Leafs are looking at multiple options.
  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The 34-year old Ryan Malone could receive a compliance buyout from the Lightning. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

    “Obviously, injuries he’s had — some serious injuries over the past three, four years since I’ve been with the organization — have limited the number of games that he could play,” Yzerman said. “It does take its toll on a player. We’re taking everything into consideration for the offseason in improving our team, and we’re looking at all different (options), whether it be the draft, free agency, trades, buyouts. We’ll take it all into consideration.”

    A Malone buyout would cost the Lightning $1.67 million over the next two years, but would save them the $4.5 million salary cap hit.

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