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Morning Rumors III: Ovechkin, Halak, Flames Free Agents, Maple Leafs and Torts

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Alex Ovechkin on “which coach provided the best way to play”

    “I was not comfortable playing with [Dale] Hunter’s system and I’m comfortable with [Adam Oates’] system and I was comfortable with Bruce [Boudreau’s] system as well. Be honest with you, I don’t know if you can put something on the system right now. You have to put it on players. It doesn’t matter what system you’re going to play.”

    Ovechkin on if he wants to remain with the Capitals.

    “That’s why I signed [a 13-year, $124 million contract]. I feel comfortable, I love the fans, I love the city. This organization gave me a lot and I want to bring Cup here.”

  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Jaroslav Halak: ”I wouldn’t be against coming back.”
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Pending Flames UFA Mike Cammalleri.

    “I don’t have anything to report,” said Michael Cammalleri, one of the team’s biggest assets who could be on the market July 1 if a contract agreement isn’t reached. “I am far from having ruled Calgary out as my future.

    “It’s really, at this point, all there is to say about that as far as the organization’s gone and I think they have had the same approach with me.”

    Cammalleri may be interested in returning.

    “I’d still like to talk to Calgary and see where things are at moving forward a little bit,” he said “I really don’t know how I feel about (free agency).”

    The Flames and Chris Butler (UFA) have touched base about term and dollar value, but not a lot more.

    “It’s something I’ll think about, but it’s still a few months away,” Butler said of the July 1 free agent frenzy. “It’s kind of hard to think about right now after just playing (Sunday) and wearing that jersey for the last three years.

    “It’s not unsettling, but it’s a little unnerving and a little intriguing and something that’s kind of in the back of your mind.”

    Pending RFAs that may or may not be apart of the Flames future: T.J. Galiardi, Paul Byron, Joe Colborne, Lance Bouma, Chad Billins, and Mark Cundari.

  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”We have to get better at all areas, scouting in particular. We’re not going to become a contender through free agency.”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland“For sure it was a tough year for me… A fluke injury gets the best of you.” “It’s Toronto, it’s my hometown. Love to come back.”
  • Mike Zeisberger: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner on being a RFA: ”This is where I want to be.”
  • Rob Longley: Maple Leafs James Reimer on his future: ”will come down to a couple of circumstances.”
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach John Tortorella: ”I may not be here, but you can’t say you want kids and depth. It takes time. We have a good core, need to surround it.”

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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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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Jets, Panthers and A Bunch On The Capitals

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darrren Dreger: Don’t expect any decisions on Dave Nonis and/or Randy Carlyle to made in the near future.Dreger: Safe bet is that Paul Maurice will be back in Winnipeg next season.

    Pierre LeBrun: There haven’t been any talks between the Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee. No decision has been made, but there could be a change in GM for them.

    The Panthers may look for a more experienced coach, and if Randy Carlyle is fired by the Leafs, he could be high on their list.

  • Pierre LeBrun of EPSN: LeBrun wonders if a KHL will try to lure Alex Ovechkin this summer or in the next few years. When asked about it, KHL president Alexander Medvedev said through a spokesman:

    “Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Capitals owner will conduct a “comprehensive review” before deciding if he’ll extend GM George McPhee. Gormley doesn’t see the Capitals moving Alex Ovechkin. Can’t see Leonsis letting a GM trade Ovi, even if he’ll make $10 million until he’s 35. Gormley thinks Mike Green could be wearing a different jersey next season. The Capitals need to add a gritty top four defenseman this offseason. Do the Caps add someone like Brooks Orpik and play him with Green, or do they trade Green  in a package to get a better D? The blueline free agent market is thin: Andrei Markov, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Niskanen. Mikhail Grabovski is believed to be looking for $5 million a season. If the Caps could get him at around $4 million, they might consider it.

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Morning Hits: Torts, Ovechkin Responds, Klesla, Blue Jackets Viewership and the Preds want an ASG

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks coach John Tortorella on GM Mike Gillis’ comments: ”I not going to comment on what happened yesterday. That’s a discussion Mike and I will have internally.”
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin on Adam Oates’ comments that he “quit” on the play on Thursday’s game winning goal.

    “He’s the head coach and I get the blame from it, but in that moment I think everybody quit on the play,” Ovechkin said following the Capitals’ morning skate at Prudential Center on Friday in his first public comments since Oates criticized his lackluster defensive play against the Stars.

    “To be honest with you I didn’t see him, I kind of lost the position. It is what it is,” Ovechkin said. “We make lots of mistakes, it’s not about one mistake. You can’t blame one mistake in the whole game.”

  • Tim Wharnsby: The Sabres put Rostislav Klesla on unconditional waivers.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets sit 29th of 30 in attendance. They are only getting an average of 6,000 households watching their games on Fox Sports Ohio. They were at 9,000 last year. The Cincinnati Reds are averaging 18,000 households, 9,285 for the Indians and 5,400 for the Cavaliers. The Blue Jackets will host the 2015 All-Star game.

    “The Blue Jackets are doing just fine,” Bettman said in an email exchange with The Dispatch. “They have put together a strong young team, they have built momentum on the ice and in the community, and we are truly excited about their present as well as their future.”

  • Nate Rau and Michael Cass of the Tennessean: The All-Star game could be in Nashville as soon as 2016.

    “We’ve made it clear that we deserve it, and it would be really good for the franchise,” he said. “They’ve sort of implied that they appreciate the mayor and the city stepping up to keep the team here, so the conversation’s always been, ‘Well, we did that; we want this in return.”

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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … ”Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … ”Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: ”I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … ”I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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Quick Hits: Murray, Loiselle, Lieweke, Ovechkin and Umberger

  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Douglas Murray will have a phone hearing at 11:00 am.
  • Jeff Marek: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle said on HC @ noon that Leafs CEO Tim Lieweke has met with the players.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: Claude Loiselle.

    “We’ve had meetings,” Loiselle told the station. “Dave Nonis has had meetings. Tim Leiweke has had meetings. We’ve had meetings.”

    “Everybody’s always talking to players,” Loiselle said. “We’re always mingling around, and we’re always trying to be positive and trying to convey, ‘guys, we’re better than we are right now, and we need a win — mathematically, we’re not out of the playoffs, but we need a win.”

  • Mike Hume: Capgeek points out that Alex Ovechkin’s no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1st.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger was a healthy scratch for the fourth time in seven games.

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Morning Notes: Olympic Fallout, Kuznetsov, Partying Austrian’s and the 2018 Olympics

  • John Shannon: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Semin didn’t return to the US on the NHL/NHLPA charter plane as originally planned. Sounding like they will remain in Russia for the closing ceremonies.
  • Craig Custance: An agent suggested that the summer Olympics may be a better for NHL players.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals GM George McPhee of Evgeni Kuznetsov: ”We’re proceeding as if he’s not going to be here. Until he’s no longer playing in KHL, not a lot I can comment on.”
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders GM Garth Snow on John Tavares’ injury: ”Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?” … ”It wouldn’t matter if we were 10 points up on a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn’t playing for us.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that even after Henrik Zetterberg left the Olympics due to an injury, he still supports the NHL participating in the Olympics.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Some Austrian players were out partying at a bar until 6:00 am the night before their elimination game. Their names will be released soon.

    “Chose Vanek as team captain to have an experienced player and this obviously went wrong,” Austrian Ice Hockey Federation President Dieter Kalt said at a news conference.

    “After internal discussions there will be consequences,” said coach Manny Viveiros in this Eishockey.at story that was translated through Google. “I am very disappointed by the team. … The behavior of individual players is inexcusable.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”let’s not kid anybody, the whole notion of going to Korea in 2018 the NHL wants no part of it.” … ”Yes, Tavares is injured, but FLA lost Barkov and Kopecky and the Rangers lost a very important player in Zuccarello” … ”The NHL does not want to go to Korea. It makes no sense for them to go to Korea. I don’t think they’re going”

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Injury Notes: Vokoun, Greene, Ovechkin, Ebbett, Tallinder, Howard and Barkov

  • Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is off the blood thinners and is planning to skate today. Will DePaoli: Vokoun may be a month away from the Penguins knowing if he can play at all this season.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Matt Greene is “feeling better” but not skating yet.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Alex Ovechkin was injured in the third period while battling with Rangers Dan Girardi.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Andrew Ebbett has been skating separately and practiced with the team for the first time since breaking his ankle.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Henrik Tallinder returned to the lineup, replacing Mark Pysyk.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jimmy Howard has fluid in his left knee, but it is not as serious as the when he first injured it in December. He’ll be out for at least a week.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Panthers Aleksander Barkov suffered a lower-body injury against the Sabres.

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Injury Notes: Ovechkin, Schneider, Koivu, Fasth, Perron, Mills and Callahan

  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Alex Ovechkin will be out of lineup on Friday with an upper-body injury.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Cory Schneider hope to play in one of their games this weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu and Viktor Fasth are unlikely to get back into the lineup during their road trip.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers David Perron is sick, as well as having stiffness in his back and neck, is day-to-day.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Brad Mills is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and not likely to play on Saturday.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryan Callahan (thumb) practiced yesterday in a no-contract jersey.

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Morning Hits: Vanek, Burke, Hull, Ovechkin and Dvorak

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabers Thomas Vanek is entering his the last year of deal and has been surrounded by trade talks.

    “No, not at all,” he said. “My end-of-the-year meeting was good. I just said my thoughts. I never asked for a trade, so from that point on I’m not surprised that I’m still here. But at the same time, if they would have moved me, I wouldn’t have been surprised either way.

    “This is just a story that until something happens people want to know. To me, it’s not an issue.”

    Vanek hasn’t shut the door on a contract extension, but wants to see how the young does before deciding.

    “I just want to see where it goes,” Vanek said. “I have that right, and I’m taking it. I don’t feel like I’m doing a disservice to anyone. Some people might agree with me, some don’t. That’s the way it goes either way.”

  • Calgary Flames: Flames GM  Jay Feaster will report to Brian Burke, the President of Hockey Operations. David Shoalts: “Call the titles what you like but Brian Burke was just named general manager of the Calgary Flames and Jay Feaster drops to assistant GM.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Multiple reports that Brett Hull will be named at the Blue Vice President and will focus on the business side of operations. The deal isn’t finalized, but it could be done as early as next week.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Alex Ovechkin on the KHL rumors, ”I have a contract” with a Capitals. Ovechkin said that there is no problems with his foot that had a hairline fracture in the playoffs.
  • Allan Walsh: Radek Dvorak has accepted the Hurricanes offer to attend their training camp.

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Morning Hits: Crawford, Ovechkin, Maidens and Zykov

Nick Kypreos: Chicago Blackhawks Corey Crawford signs a six year, $36 million contract extension.

Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Moscow Dynamo’s general director, Andrewy Safronov, on Alex Ovechkin following Ilya Kovalchuk’s ‘retiring’ decision.

“Ovechkin has a current contract with the Capitals. Can we try to pull him out? We’ll talk, we’ll look at each other and will have some result,” Safronov said,

“Right now all Russian national team players want to come back to their homeland. KHL shows its force and credibility. And finances are important too. Taking taxes in account, playing in Russia has become way more attractive for players.”

Owen Sound Attach: Senators prospect Jarrod Maidens was sent home due to recurring concussion symptoms. There is no timetable for his return.

Corey Pronman: Indications are that Kings prospect Valentin Zykov wants to play in North America.

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Morning Hits: Ponikarovsky, Bryzgalov, Rangers, Eller and Teravainen

  • Igor EronkoAlexei Ponikarovsky is united with Ilya Kovalchuk with SKA, after he signed a two-year deal with them. Ponikarovsky: ’We spent summer together with Kovalchuk, he praised #SKA, told me about the organization, and that helped to make decision’
  • Slava Malamud: Ilya Bryzgalov to 59.ru: ”Finances aren’t as important to me as spiritual comfort… So, I am 50/50 (between NHL and KHL)”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have been reluctant to start contract talks with their 2014 free agents: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. There have been no talks at all. Brooks’ thoughts on this:

    “But there is nothing to be gained by stalling or procrastinating. There is nothing good that can come of allowing these players to go into this season without extensions or by negotiating during a season that’s going to be challenging enough even if all goes well.”

  • Igor Eronko: (from a couple days ago. S/T DobberHockey and Pro Hockey Talk) Evgeni Malkin told SovSport that he had a pact with Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk to bolt to the KHL if the NHL lockout lasted ”another couple of weeks.”
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Lars Ellerhas passed all the neurological tests and has been training hard for the past couple months.

    “I feel great, completely healed,” Eller said. “I did some more testing in Brossard (in mid- to late May) to make sure everything was back to normal, to make sure there were no symptoms related to the concussion. There haven’t been any.”

  • Cory Pronman: Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen said he needs at least one more season in Finland before coming over.

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