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NHL News: Ovechkin and Hextall on Del Zotto

  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Alex Ovechkin in an interview:

    His injury at the World Championship, “A knee ligaments tear.”

    He continued playing in the tournament: “We did some X-rays, sent them to Washington. At first I thought: ‘That’s it. My cruciate ligaments are done.’ But thank God, nothing serious. It was just a tear. I was lucky. That’s why I decided to keep playing. Because I could.”

  • Hope Smoke: Flyers GM Ron Hextall: “We looked at him [Del Zotto] right from the start. We were, quite honestly, surprised someone didn’t step up sooner” … “I talked to him [Del Zotto] yesterday. He seems to understand that last year wasn’t a good year for him & he needs to bounce back” … “Del Zotto’s played some good hockey in this game & I think we all forget sometimes just how young a kid is” …. “For Michael [Del Zotto] everything came pretty easy for him. He was living in NYC, playing in the NHL & making $” … “I think somehow Del Zotto did what the rest of us did (or would) in his situation and he got a little bit distracted” … “I think this summer was a shocking experience for him [Del Zotto] & we look forward to big things from him.”

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NHL Rumors I: KHL Option, Mueller, Leafs, Red Wings and Analytics

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals coach Barry Trotz has been accused in the past of clashing with players from Russia. The Caps have three Russians, including Alex Ovechkin. Trotz has said that he’ll have to sit down with Ovechkin to get to know him before he could get him to play the style he wants.

    “It can’t happen until I have a relationship with him because there’s no trust,” Trotz said. “For me, Alex has to trust that I’m giving him the best advice for the team, for him, to grow his game.”

    Trotz on drafting Russians and the treat of the KHL.

    “They have options over there,” Trotz said. “You want your whole foot in the water if you’re going to play in the National Hockey League.

    “I don’t want your toe. If you’re just going to put your toe in the water … A couple Russian players have come over and they don’t put their whole foot in the NHL sometimes, and that holds them back.

    “… If it’s just about the money, then probably the KHL is a better option.”

  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks were interested in Peter Mueller two years ago, but GM Jim Benning has let Mueller’s agent know that they are not interested this time around.
  • James Mirtle: Brendan Shanahan will look to revamp the Maple Leafs scouting department next. No reason they shouldn’t have one of best.
  • News 1130 Sports: David Booth said that he talked with several teams, but he couldn’t pass up playing close to home in Toronto.
  • Dan Rosen: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that they don’t have an analytics guys yet, “but yet is the key word.” Babcock said that they “will for sure” add one and that he’s a fan of it.

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NHL Rumors VI: Del Zotto, Niskanen, Ovechkin, Coyotes and Fayne

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Predators are trying to trade defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Yohe: The Penguins have 14 players under contract and about $14.6 million in salary cap space. Sounding like they have four free agent targets.
  • Ken Campbell: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Matt Niskanen“Based on the number of defensemen out there (in free agency), he’ll get what he wants.”
  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that he’ll probably start Alex Ovechkin on the right wing, but will “adjust it as we go along.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that he still has some lines in the water, but it’s more likely that something wouldn’t get done till next week. Maloney added that getting a center or two via trade or free agency would be a priority. After they bought out Mike Ribeiro yesterday, about 10 teams called with potential ideas.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals GM MacLellan on trade talk:  “There were a few things we pursued and they fell through. We didn’t get it done.”
  • Rich Chere of  Mark Fayne is unlikely to return to the Devils next season. He’s getting interest from teams, including the Oilers.

    “All I’ll say is it’s still open. Obviously other teams have inquired about Mark,” Fish told The Star-Ledger Friday. “His preference is to come back to New Jersey, but we’re getting closer to the (July 1 free agency) deadline.

    “You never say never and it’s obviously up to Mark. But at this point we haven’t heard from Lou (Lamoriello) and we’re getting closer. Then it would take on a life of its own. Mark is hopeful that he could remain in New Jersey, but it looks less likely.”

    GM Lou Lamoriello still plans to talk with his agent.

    “We’re going to talk to him. We certainly have to keep things within reason, but we’ll talk to him and see where it goes,” Lamoriello said.

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Morning Hits: Ovechkin, Letang, Elliott, Murray, Beleskey and Andersen

  • Darren Dreger: Canadiens Therrien: “Really disappointed. He’s our best player. Looking at incident it’s a reckless play. Not first time Kreider goes at goalies.
  • Mike Morreale: Reports are that Alex Ovechkin will miss only one game at the World Championships. Evgeni Malkin arrived yesterday.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Penguins Kris Letang broke his foot in Game 6 and broke his hand in Game 7. He’s not able to workout for four weeks.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues signed Brian Elliott to a three year contract extension.
  • Curtis Zupke: The Ducks signed GM Bob Murray to a four year contract extension.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Matt Beleskey has a torn abdominal muscle and may require surgery.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Frederik Andersen suffered a sprained MCL in Game 3, but was close to returning.

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NHL Rumors: Penguins, Capitals, Staal, Gaborik, Phaneuf, Umberger, Marchand and Ovechkin

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Penguins tested James Neal’s trade value. Kris Letang’s health scare may keep teams away.

    Scott Howson was in Vancouver for a second interview. Jim Benning has had two interviews as well.The Bruins may lose another piece of their management as Don Sweeney has interviewed with the Capitals. Predators Paul Fenton also interviewed with the Capitals. Ray Shero would make sense in Washington. The Capitals have had talks with Wayne Gretzky. Doug MacLean was mentioned by Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

    At the GM meetings after the Stanley Cup, it will be proposed to offer a 2nd round draft pick as compensation for a team losing a hockey employee.

    Hurricanes GM Ron Francis on Eric Staal’s future with the team: “It depends on our budget.” The budget should be known in the next week or so. Francis added that he liked seeing Eric on the left wing as it is easier to double shift him.

    The Panthers coaching search should start up this week as GM Dale Tallon is returning from the World Championships.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher will meet with Mike Yeo about a contract extension. Ducks Bruce Boudreau’s contract is up after next season, with his assistants being up in a month.

    Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on Hockey Night in Canada

    “When you’ve been in a place nine years like I have, going into my 10th year, it becomes a mutual thing. You want to be someplace where they want you. If they don’t want you, you move on. I’m going to coach in the league for a long time yet, there’s going to be opportunities for me. I like what we’ve done in Detroit; we’ve rebuilt on the fly…I think we have a chance to be better next year and better in the future. So, I tell people all the time: I’ve got a good place to hunt, I’ve got a good place to water ski, my family’s happy, my youngest girl is finishing school next year so I’m free that way. But there’s no reason to move if you don’t have to move or if it doesn’t excite you to. I’ve always been a believer that the grass is greener right here at home as long as you fertilize and water.”

    Friedman thinks Marian Gaborik won’t get to free agency.

    Friedman thinks that one of the reasons that the Maple Leafs extended Dion Phaneuf as it would help increase his trade value at some point. It is easier to trade a player with term and eating some salary than a UFA. They are probably looking at his trade value.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson confirmed that R.J. Umberger has requested a trade. Davidson added that an Umberger trade would only be made if it strengthens their roster.

    “We don’t get into speculation regarding trades, but I do know this much – when we run a professional sports organization, and you have to look at improving your club – you’re going to look to do anything you possibly can to improve your club,” Davidson said. “If it means moving somebody out, somebody on (to a different team) you do that.

    “If a player talks to you as an organization that he needs a change of scenery, you try to help him and you try to do the right thing. We’ve appreciated what R.J. has done for us, but it has to be something that makes sense for our club.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins may look at if they want to deal with Brad Marchand’s lack of  playoff production and lack of discipline anymore. The 26-year old has three years left at $4.5 million and has trade value. The Bruins may need some cap space this off-season as Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will need new deals. There was talk last off-season involving Marchand, and it  may be louder this off-season.
  • Slava Malamud: Vladislav Tretiak said that Alex Ovechkin didn’t suffer a knee tear: “Diagnosis didn’t reveal a serious ligament damage. The worst is avoided.” Added that Ovechkin is sore and they are considering a special knee brace. He’ll remain in Minsk even if he isn’t playing.
  • Slava Malamud: IIHF president: “Gary Bettman said in Sochi it was unbelievable and if same happens in Korea, (NHL) will come. Puck is in players’ hands.”

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NHL Rumors II: Blue Jackets, Capitals, Islanders, Hurricanes, Leafs, Stalock and Gretzky

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some things that could happen with the Blue Jackets this offseason.

    1. Lock up Ryan Johansen – Johansen is a RFA and they’ll have to decide if they want to do a bridge deal or a long-term deal.

    2. Extend the contract for Todd Richards – Richards signed a one-year deal last June.

    3. Consider naming a captain – they’ve been without one since they traded Rick Nash. Both Jack Johnson and Brandon Dubinsky should be candidates.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: It would be surprising if the Capitals went with a rookie NHL coach because of Alex Ovechkin. Barry Trotz could be on their list. Mike Gillis could get consideration for the GM position.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow to one fan at a season-ticket holder event last week: “It would be a safe wager on his part that we would utilize this year’s (first-round draft) pick.”  The Islanders have until June 1st to let the Sabres know if they’ll get the Islanders 2014 or 2015 first round pick.

    Garth Snow also said that they had a deal worked out for a goalie at the trade deadline until they asked for Brock Nelson.

    Steven Stamkos on Martin St. Louis.

    “When you have close friends, you support them…Did I totally agree with it? Maybe not,” he said. “I wish he would have stayed for selfish reasons …That was his decision, and he made that in the best interests of himself and his family. You have to respect him for that.”

    Teams think that the crowds at the Bell Centre in Montreal influence more calls than any other building.

  • Michael Smith: New Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he hasn’t made a decision on his coaching staff yet.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Leafs are not in a big rush to make decisions on anything right now. They also have to have an idea of a replacement in mind” … “If you’re going to fire a proven winner like Carlyle you have to have someone in mind to replace him” … “I still think it’s likely that Carlyle is fired but there is no one leaping off the page as to who will replace him”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I think Doug Armstrong has to seriously consider making a change with Hitchcock”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I spoke to a player on that Capitals team & he told me Ovechkin comes to the weight room does curls and then walks out” Nick Kypreos: “Gretzky would surround Ovechkin with 3 or 4 high character guys who would embarrass Ovechkin into being better”
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie wonders if Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will reach out to Wayne Gretzky to discuss a potential executive position. McKenzie thinks that Washington may be one of four or five teams where Gretzky might seriously consider. McKenzie notes that to his knowledge, there has been zero contact between the two, and there may never be.
  • Cap Geek: If Sharks Alex Stalock plays more than 30 minutes in four (three after last night) more games, he’d become a RFA and not a UFA this summer.

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NHL Rumors: Lightning, Capitals, Avalanche, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Penguins and Flames

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Three things the Lightning will have to decide on this offseason: 1. Make a decision of Ryan Callahan - the Lightning would like to keep him, but there will be a limit on what they will want to pay him. He should be able to get about $6.25 million on the open market. A team like the Sabres may be willing to go max term for Callahan. 2. Add depth on defense – Sami Salo will be a UFA and GM Steve Yzerman may look for a defenseman who is not closing in on 40. Maybe Yzerman could try to convince Dan Boyle to return. 3. Get Jonathan Drouin acclimated.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (chat) When asked about his suggestion for the Capitals to trade Mike Green despite the fact that he might not be an attractive package due to declining play, contract and injury history … “No, they definitely wouldn’t be maxing out his value. But something has to change there in DC. You can’t move OV, you shouldn’t move Backstrom. You can’t keep bringing back the same core over and over and expect different results.”

    The Avs have to re-sign both Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny this offseason. Custance thinks Stastny could get a deal in the $7 million range. There are not a lot of 28-year old center on the free agent market this year.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Artus Irbe could replace Jim Corsi as the Sabres goalie coach.

    Pending UFA Nick Schultz may be one and done with the Blue Jackets as he hasn’t been able to get into their top six along the blueline since being traded from the Oilers.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Most definitely the Lightning are going to need help on their blueline moving forward.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I don’t think Fleury has totally recovered. I think MAF still had the yips.” … “Now that teams can retain $, there will be a lot of teams willing to take on Fleury as a rehabilition project if he’s available”
  • Hope Smoke: Jamie McLennan: “The capologist for the Flames should have been shown the door after the ROR offer sheet. I know who it is”

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NHL Rumors: Coyotes, Jets, Capitals, Canucks, Lightning and Penguins

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The free agent pool is year is not deep and the price tags may be too high for the Coyotes. The Coyotes have some young players like Connor Murray, Brandon Gormley and Max Domi that might be ready to make the jump. The Coyotes may also be open to making some trades. They could look be looking players in the 23 to 25 year range to complement enthusiasm with experience.

    “We have to look at our group and say we need more energy,” Maloney said. “We need more hunger into our group, and maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.”

  • Brian McNally of the Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Mike Green knows that the organization could go in a different direction with GM George McPhee and their coaching staff, and that his days with the Capitals could be numbered. Green is entering the last year of his three deal. He’ll make $6.25 million next year with a cap hit of $6.083 million.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: (mailbag) Vingan thinks that the Capitals could get some assets back for Mike Green instead of buying him out. If they traded him, it would be because they think the core needs some retooling. It seems unlikely that GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates return.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin said that he would never ask for a trade. Only July 1st his limited no-trade clause kicks in. Each year he lists 10 teams that he would accept a trade too. There has been no indication that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would consider trading Ovechkin.
  • Iain MacIntyre: MacIntyre is hearing nothing regarding John Tortorella and that Ron Hextal is in the mix for the Canucks GM job.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Callahan is what he is. The Rangers at one point were willing to pay him $6 million a year and he wanted more” … “Keep something in mind, Fla is a no tax state. He may be able to take a deal that is more palatable to TB & Callahan makes his $”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think Bylsma and Fleury are very much on the radar if things don’t go well for Pitt” … “Losing to CBJ would be not going well for Pitt. There are a lot of different scenarios beyond that”

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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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