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NHL Rumors II: Dmen Options for Red Wings, McCann and the Islanders

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: After the Capitals signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik at the start of free agency, it appears that Mike Green’s days in Washington could be numbered. The Red Wings are looking for a right-handed, power play QB, and Green would be an ideal fit. The Wings have inquired about Tyler Myers, Jeff Petry, Cody Franson and others.

    Green has a year left at $6 million, and wouldn’t cost the Red Wings as much as some of the others. The Capitals currently have eight defenseman and just 12 forwards under contract, with about $1.1 million in salary cap space.

    If the Red Wings bring in another defenseman, they would likely want to move out Jakub Kindl, who has three years left at $2.4 million. The Capitals don’t need another defenseman though.

    The Capitals may not be in a rush to trade Green. There are about 10 teams that could fit Green’s salary in without having to move out a contract. Green has a no-trade clause.

    The Stars could use another defenseman, same with the Sharks.

  • Dave Davis of Kuklas Korner: Red Wings reporter Helene St. James was on WGR Sprots Radio, talking about whether the Wings should go after Tyler Myers, Alex Edler or Keith Yandle.

    “The {Detroit} defense just isn’t as good as others in the Eastern Conference, much less the West.  I think they need to take a look at somebody in Tyler Myers.  He’s still only 25.  Many of his best years are ahead of him.  He’s got a really appealing contract.  He’s the only guy who can look Chara in the eye… unfortunately, for Detroit’s sake, if you’re going to pick up a franchise defenseman like Myers, or maybe they try to see if they can pry Keith Yandle from Arizona, you’re going to have to give up one of your young players.  I don’t think they would trade Mantha for pretty much anything, but no doubt the other team would ask for someone like Nyquist or Tatar. or Jurco and a pick and maybe another player as well.”

  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning on Jared McCann: “Since drafting him, I’ve had 2 or 3 GMs call me who are interested in him. Those conversations weren’t long”
  • Daniel Friedman: There’s talk that the Islanders don’t need to trade anyone before the start of the season. Looking at their depth chart, they kind of have to.

    Strome – Tavares – Okposo
    Kulemin – Grabovski – Neslon
    Bailey – Nielsen – Grabner
    Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

    Lee, Conacher, McDonald and Boulton

    Hamonic – De Haan
    Strait – Visnovsky
    Hickey – Reinhart

    Donovan, Brennan and Carkner


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NHL Rumors II: Bruins and Boychuk, Red Wings and Capitals

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has a couple of open trade conversations still ongoing with fellow NHL teams, and it’s a safe bet it involves at least one of their defensemen. If the Bruins are forced into making an emergency salary cap maneuver this summer, then Johnny Boychuk would be the most likely trade chip with his $3.36 million cap hit. He should get plenty of  interest.
  • The Fourth Period: The Bruins have a salary cap issue and have RFAs Reilly Smith, Justin Florek, Jordan Caron, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski left to sign. Multiple sources are saying that they could look to trade Johnny Boychuk and is $3.36 million salary. The Flames, Wild and Avalanche are said to be interested. Boychuk’s limited no-trade clause expired on May 31st.
  • Ansar Khan of Detroit Red Wings General manager Ken Holland will continue exploring the trade pissibillties for a right handed shooting defenseman. Mike Green of Washington might be the most viable candidate, and he’s probably available after the Capitals signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. Injuries have hampered Green in recent years, but he’s a tremendous skater who produces offense and can quarterback the power play.

    Other potential trade targets that could cost more to acquire, include right-handed shooters Tyler Myers (Buffalo), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg), Cody Franson (Toronto) and Jeff Petry (Edmonton) and lefties Keith Yandle (Arizona) and Alexander Edler (Vancouver).

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The Capitals made an effort to re-sign center Mikhail Grabovski, but at five years and $5 million per season, MacLellan said the Caps decided the money was better spent on two defensemen than one. With $1.1 million in cap space the Caps still have some room to sign a free-agent center, but unless they plan on adding a fourth-liner like Michal Handzus or an enforcer like Zenon Konopka, they’re more likely to seek depth down the middle through a trade.

    The Caps now have a few extra defensemen to shop around, starting with Mike Green, but his one-year, $6.25 million salary may be a bit restrictive. Dmitry Orlov [2 years, $4 million], John Erskine [1 year, $1.962 million] and Jack Hillen [1 year, $700,000] all could be dangled in an attempt to land a center.

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NHL Rumors IV: Red Wings, Canucks, Panthers, Oilers, Islanders and Bolland

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Wings are exploring potential trades.

    “We’re going to explore,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who is looking for a goal-scoring winger capable of playing on the top two lines or a top-four righthanded defenseman. “There’s a bunch of names out there.”

    Sounding like Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza are heading to the West. Keith Yandle, Alex Edler and Dustin Byfuglien could be available. GM Ken Holland isn’t ready to part with prospects Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco.

    GM Holland met with some agents yesterday.

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Ryan Kesler’s trade list could be a short as the Blackhawks, Ducks and Penguins. Despite attempts to trade up to No. 1, GM Jim Benning said yesterday that they were likely to remain at No. 6.

    “We’re talking to teams,” Benning told reporters. “But at the end of the day, we’re going to do what makes sense for us and to try to help Ryan out. If we don’t think we can get a fair deal for him, we’re going to keep him and he’s a Vancouver Canuck. And we’re happy to have him back because he’s such a great player.”

    “We’ve had communication with him throughout the process,” Benning said. “We’ve talked to the agent and stuff. That part of it, (Kesler) is a professional and he understands that part of it.

    “I can’t predict what other teams are going to do. In talking to him and his agent, we want a fair deal, something that makes sense for us as an organization. We’ll see how that goes. If Ryan comes back and plays for us next year, we’ll be happy with that.”

    The Blues and Flyers are also said to be interested in Kesler.

  • George Richards: If the Panthers keep the first overall pick, they already know who they will take.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers GM Craig TacTavish on his free agent shopping list: “We need one more defenceman, ideally, and possibly a forward or two.”
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders are not looking to move up in the draft – they’ll either keep the pick, move down or trade for a young player.
  • Ken Campbell: Told that Dave Bolland was in contact with eight teams yesterday.

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NHL Rumors II: Red Wings Mailbag, Avalanche and the Maple Leafs

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) The weak free agent market may lead to more trades this offseason. The Red Wings are looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. Trade talk is expected to heat up at the GM meetings this week.

    Predators GM David Poile said he isn’t trading Shea Weber, but if they would consider trading him, the Red Wings would be interested.

    Free agent options for the Wings: (right handed) Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Matt Greene. Left handed free agent option: Andrei Markov.

    The Red Wings have had interest in Cody Franzen in the past, but it’s unlike the Leafs would trade him to their division rivals. The Wings could inquire about Dustin Byfuglien, as well as Mike Green.

    Khan thinks that Gustav Nyquist is basically untouchable. Tomas Tatar isn’t untouchable, but they may not be too interested in trading the 23-year old.

    Khan doesn’t think they should sign free agent winger Radim Vrbata to the three year deal if it meant diminishing Tomas Jurco’s role or causing him to end up in the AHL again.

    Khan thinks they should consider trading for Alex Elder or Keith Yandle, but it would depend on the cost.

    The asking price for Jason Spezza may be too high for someone who could just be a rental for a year.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Paul Stastny’s agent hasn’t been in a rush to get a deal done with the Avalanche. Serious talks aren’t likely to get going until at least the 20th in an attempt to gain some leverage. The Avalanche are optimistic that they can get a deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger:  “There are some big names in play, no question. Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Marleau & every market is going to try & connect the dots” … “I think the Leafs would be apprehensive on the package that it would take to acquire Thornton & you have to look at the salary cap” … “The Leafs are still looking for that top centre.” Dreger also notes that Thornton controls where he goes and the Maple Leafs are probably not an option.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins Could Be Looking At Trades … Brodeur Unlikely For Leafs

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Johnny Boychuk is entering the final season of his deal that pays him $3.67 million and will be looking for a big raise on his next deal. The current range for him could be $4.5 to $5 million over six years. The Bruins could look at moving him this summer. He has a no-trade clause with a list of 15 teams that he can’t be traded too. The Bruins will be tight to the cap next season and they’ll have to give Carl Soderberg and David Krejci new deals next year. The Bruins need to be cautious when players like Alex Edler and Keith Yandle are being mentioned.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Sources saying the Bruins could be active on the trade market leading up to free agency. Brad Marchand ($4.5 million) and/or Johnny Boychuk ($3.67 million) could be on the move due to the teams salary cap situation and their high value. The Bruins have about $9 million in cap space to find a right winger for David Krejci and Milan Lucic if they don’t bring back Jarome Iginla and to re-sign free agents Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Shawn Thornton. They also need to find a backup goaltender.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Brodeur in Toronto would be interesting. Marty is looking at the reality of being a backup but in the right circumstance” … “If Brodeur is willing to be a backup than he wants to be on a contender. I don’t think the Leafs are an option at this time”

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NHL Rumors III: Canucks Offseason Options and Thoughts on a Richards Buyout

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: It sounds like the Canucks won’t be trading Alex Edler this offseason.

    “He’s got all the tools to be a dominant No. 1 defenceman,” Linden said Tuesday from Ottawa where he addressed a Canadian Men’s Health Foundation national launch of a fitness initiative.

    “He’d be the first to admit he didn’t have a good year, and part of our job is to recapture the Alex Edler that we all know he can be. He has the skill-set that every team wants and we just have to get him back where he should be.

    “There isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t have its hand up for the opportunity to have an Alex Edler. It’s not in our consideration. We want to work with Alex; we have to get his game back, and I know he’s committed to doing that.”

    The Canucks may consider trading Jason Garrison (back to the Panthers?) or possibly using a compliance buyout on him. Garrison carries a $4.6 million salary cap hit. David Booth is another potential compliance buyout candidate. Booth has one year left at a $4.25 million cap hit. Trading Garrison and buying out Booth could be the big changes this team has been talking about.

    Ryan Kelser should get plenty of interest leading up to the draft. He has two years left at $5 million and was coveted by the Ducks and Penguins.

    On the coaching front, Kings assistant John Stevens will be in the Stanley Cup Final and Willie Desjardins will be coaching the Texas Stars in the AHL Final.

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rangers GM Glen Sather will have a tough decision this offseason, to buyout Brad Richards or not. Richards deal runs through 2020, and they could face a cap recapture penalty if he retires beforehand. Internally they have already started thinking and talking about it.

    “I’ve thought about it a lot. But it’s not something that we’re thinking about right now. We’re focused on what we’re doing, what the team is doing, how we’re going to play, who we’re playing against,” Sather said Tuesday. “Certainly haven’t thought much about it lately. But that decision will come in the summer. It’s like all the decisions, we’ve got lots of free agents to sign. We’re happy with the way it is right now.”

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NHL Rumors II: Potential Red Wings Targets and the Penguins GM Search

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings need a right-handed shooting, top-four defenseman. They will be talking about Matt Niskanen during their three days of management meetings, and he’ll likely be at the top of their wish list. They have close to $20 million in cap space before signing any of their RFAs: Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Danny DeKeyser(Mailbag)

    Don’t expect the Red Wings to offer Niskanen $7 million. The highest they went on Ryan Suter was $6.77 million. Khan doesn’t know if they would go as high as $6 million.

    Even if they were able to sign Niskanen, they should have enough cap space left over to get a top-six winger. If they can’t find a good deal, they could retain the cap space in hopes of an in-season trade or free agency next summer.

    If they can’t sign Niskanen, veteran free agent options could be: Dan Boyle, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris and Tom Gilbert. Left handed defenseman options could be UFA Andrei Markov or trading for Alex Edler if the Canucks are looking to move him.

    Mike Cammalleri could be an option on wing, but size and durability would be a concern.

    Khan doesn’t think they should go after Matt Moulson on a long-term deal. Jussi Jokinen may be a better option than Moulson. Giving Tomas Jurco more ice time and calling up Teemu Pulkkinen at some time during the year may be a better option than Jokinen.

    Trading for P.A. Parenteau could be an option, but what would it cost them?

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Signs pointing to the Penguins hiring a new GM this week, possibly before Game 1 on Wednesday. Some candidates have been given notice that they are no longer under consideration. Jason Botterill is a top candidate. Julien BriseBois has been interviewed twice. There could be a darkhorse candidate. The Penguins may have look at between 12 and 14 potential candidates. Pierre McGuire has had a phone and in-person interview, and is a serious candidate.

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NHL Rumors IV: Vegas, Sabres, Senators, Canucks, Sharks and Penguins

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Las Vegas has already started building a 20,000 seat area on the Vegas strip by MGM and AEG.

    “I haven’t been there to look at the arena,” Bettman said during a conversation last week. “I was in Vegas for a 60th birthday weekend for one of my college buddies, with four or five couples. I don’t know if that was before or after the last awards to be perfectly accurate. I have not been there on business other than the awards.”

    Bettman did say that there are interested groups in Vegas, and the same can be said for other cities as well. The NHL has not started any expansion processes. There are more risks in a Vegas market when compared to Seattle.

    The Sabres own three second round picks and are looking to add another first round pick. Some teams have a draft pick value chart when trading draft picks. Trading roster players to get back into the first round may be a more likley scenario. The Sabres will get calls on Christian Ehrhoff, but a team may have to pay big as he a good cap number of $4 million and because of the cap recapture penalty if he retires early.

    The Senators could be looking to trade Jason Spezza at the draft.

    Will the Canucks go into the full rebuild? If they do, Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler could be available.

    The Sharks could be looking at a shake-up after another disappointing playoff.

    If the Penguins re-sign Matt Niskanen and bring in some bottom six depth, it could put them in a good place.

  • Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson:

    “I want players that want to play here,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told me, “not just live here.”

    Kawakami thinks it was directed towards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and a few other established players who might not be in Wilson future plans. Both Thornton and Marleau have no-trade clauses. If back, Kawakami doesn’t think Thornton would be the captain.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “When organizations get to point where they’re asking players to give up the C, is there a bigger character assassination than that?” … “Maybe right at the end of a career when it’s the passing of the torch. Thornton is inching towards that place but not there yet” … “If they’re trying to push Thornton out then this type of speculation [rumours about stripping him of the C] might encourage that”

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NHL Rumors II: Canadiens, Rangers, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Canadiens have P.K. Subban, Lars Eller, Dale Weise and Ryan White as restricted free agents. Do they look to re-sign Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov and Mike Weaver? Do they try to re-sign Thomas Vanek? Wharnsby can see the Canadiens re-signing Gionta and Weaver, but thinks if might be the right time to part ways with Markov. They have young depth on the blueline with Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, Greg Pateryn and Morgan Ellis.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brian Boyle’s play this post-season will mean he’ll be in demand if he hits the open market. The Rangers and Boyle will be faced with the questions: how much would they want to pay him in a fourth line role and would he be fine with playing in a fourth line role or would he rather getting more ice time with another team? The Rangers are also going to have to pay to keep Anton Stralman. Also looking for new deals will be Dominic Moore, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Marc Staal will be entering the last year on his deal.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings management will meet for three days to look at trades and how best to spend their money. They’ll meet from Monday to Wednesday to look at what might be available. They are waiting to hear if Daniel Alfredsson wants to play next season. Kyle Quincey will likely test the open market.

    “I want to hear what our scouts think of our young players, talk about what we need, and formulate a plan,” Holland said.

    “It’s going to be an important three days,” Holland said. “I respect the opinions of our pro scouts, I want to hear how they evaluate our team, and go over the other 29 teams, especially the ones in the east.

    “We’re hoping to be active, we’re planning to be active.”

    They will look at how they can add a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. Options could include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Andrei Markov, Alex Edler, Thomas Vanek and Paul Stastny.

  • Dave McCarthy: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland on TSN radio said he wasn’t close to 100% when he returned to the lineup, but he wanted to get back and help the team. Bolland said he would take less money to remain in Toronto if the fit is good.

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NHL Rumors IV: Kesler and the Canucks, Penguins, Blues, Stars and Kings

  • Jim Jamieson and Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province:  Six questions GM Jim Benning and Trevor Linden need to answer:

    1. The Kesler conundrum -  Ryan Kesler could expand or contract his list of teams he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause for by the draft. Kesler doesn’t want a rebuild and won’t be happy if they don’t have coach in place by the draft. Kesler and the Canucks could talk again this week.

    2. The enigma of Daniel Sedin – what happened to his scoring ability?

    3. Coach with the most – the Canucks are looking someone that is a teacher, tactician, communicator, uptempo, upbeat, winner. John Stevens, Willie Desjardins and Doug Houda are coaching options.

    4. Beefing up the bottom six – Bo Horvat could be an option. Benning could use his scouting knowledge and find an AHLer who won’t be re-signed by their current team.

    5. How Swede is it? Swedish goaltending trio of Eddie Lack, Jacob Markstrom and Joacim Eriksson.

    6. Attacking the NTCs – The Canucks have 10 players on their roster that have no-trade clauses. Management will approach players that have them if they feel it would help the organization. Alex Edler, Jason Garrison and Kesler could all be asked to waive their NTC. Could they look at trading Dan Hamhuis?

  • The Fourth Period: The Blues will consider the trade market as they look to add a top-six scorer. They had shown interest in Senators Jason Spezza and are expected to have talks again. They could look at the free agent market: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Paul Stastny and Milan Michalek.
  • Andy Strickland: Stars Rich Peverley hasn’t given up on playing next season. There has been at least one doctor that said he could play.
  • Igor Eronko: Kings 2012 121st overall pick Nikolai Prokhorkin has terminated his contract with CSKA and plans to join the team. Corey Pronman: Prokhorkin tried to come over in 2012-13 but wasn’t able to due to contractual issues.

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