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NHL Video: Canucks Talking Kesler and Garrison Trades

Canucks TV going behind-the-scenes. Canucks management talking about what the returns for Ryan Kesler would be, along with talk about trading Jason Garrison.

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NHL News: Leafs, Rangers, Ducks and Flames

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs fire assistant GMs Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin, and hire Kyle Dubas. James Mirtle: Brandan Shanahan’s biggest stamp, one of the sharpest, upcoming executives.  Steve Simmons: There will be one or two more front office hirings for the Leafs this offseason. Greg Brady: Told explicitly that the Leafs had planned to clean up their front office next summer and hire Dubas, but another Eastern team was ready to hire him this summer. Darren Dreger: Poulin and Loiselle reportedly had three years left on their deals.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million salary. Zuccarello could become a UFA next summer, but both sides will continue to work on a long-term contract. He’s not eligible to sign a deal until after January 1st. A long-term deal could come in the $4.5 million range. The Rangers have about $9.5 million in salary cap space with RFAs Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and John Moore. They also need to add a depth player or two.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks and Sami Vatanen agree to a two-year deal: $1.25 million and $1.275 million.
  • Roger Millions: The Flames re-sign Joe Colborne to a two-year deal, $1.275 million per season.

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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 News: Wings, Penguins, Lightning, Coyotes, Ducks and Sens

  • Cap Geek: Red Wings Dan Cleary will get a $1 million bonus for 10 games played.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: The Penguins have signed 2014 1st round pick Kasperi Kapanen.
  • Missy Zielinski: The Lightning re-sign Philippe Paradis to a one-year contract.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes sign David Moss to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 according to source.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks sign Louis Leblanc to a one-year contract worth $550,000.
  • Igor Eronko: Senators RFA Stephane Da Costa signed a one-year deal with CSKA of the KHL.

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NHL Rumors V: Rangers, Ducks, Glass, Wings, Lightning, Ehrhoff and Niskanen

  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers don’t plan on re-signing Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore. They are interested in Mark Fayne. The NY Post is reporting they are interested in Ryan Carter. They are believed to have kicked tires on Paul Stastny.
  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a top-four rugged, stay-at-home defenseman and hope to sign one when free agency starts. Options for that type of player are limited in this free agent class. Anton Volchenkov and Brooks Orpik could be get some interest. They are also looking for a top-six winger and a bottom-six forward. They could look at Martin Havlat, Steve Ott and Milan Michalek.
  • Will DePaoli: Some think that Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle are connected. One lands with the Wings, the other with the Lightning.
  • David Pagnotta: Christian Ehrhoff is apparently looking for a deal for around five-years. Some teams are not interested because of this.
  • Jim Matheson: If Ehrhoff is looking for a five-year deal, the Oilers will be definitely out.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings are out on Ehrhoff as he wants more than five-years.
  • David Pagnotta: Matt Niskanen is believed to be wanting a six- or seven-year deal worth at least $6 million a year. Some teams not interested at those numbers. Red Wings and Lightning are among the teams pushing hard.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings are willing to the max seven-years for Matt Niskanen. They may even go has high as $6 million a year. Dan Boyle would be Plan B.

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NHL Rumors IV: Caps, Vanek, Cammalleri, Iginla, Vrbata and Weaver

  • Andy Strickland: Some agents saying the free agent talking period is too long and that only two days are needed.
  • Scott Cullen: “Impressed that teams aren’t giving qualifying offers to every RFA. Better to make decisions & live with them rather than go on auto-pilot..”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Thomas Vanek has shortened his list to four, possibly five teams. John Shannon: Vanek was to get his list down to four or teams by last night.
  • Chris Nichols: Bob McKenzie reporting the Flames have presented Mike Cammalleri number of different options on term and money.
  • David Pagnotta: There is lots of interest in Cammalleri. The Flames would like to keep him, but he might get a better deal somewhere else. The Canucks are not in the mix.
  • Will DePaoli: Word is Jarome Iginla expanded his list to include the Lightning, Red Wings, Wild and Anaheim. The Wings and Lightning seem the most likely.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Doesn’t look like the Coyotes and Radim Vrbata were able to get a deal done last night and he’ll got the open market today.

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NHL Rumors II: Iginla, Stastny, Robidas, Ehrhoff, Orpik, Gionta, Kulemin and Vanek

  • Richard Labbe: Contrary to reports, the Canadiens haven’t asked about Jarome Iginla. Chris Johnston: Iginla will be testing free agency for the second straight year.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Avs and Paul Stastny couldn’t get a deal done last night, he hit the open market today.
  • Darren Dreger: Stephane Robidas’ agent said that at least eight teams inquired, cutting the list down last night. Robidas is looking for a two or three year deal. His leg is fine and is already skating.
  • Eric Stephens: Doesn’t look like the Ducks are in on Christian Ehrhoff. As of early evening yesterday the sides hadn’t spoken.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks the Ducks could take a run at Brooks Oprik or Willie Mitchell.
  • Richard Labbe: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta couldn’t come to a deal last night. Not expecting anything until this  morning.
  • Chris Johnston: Nikolai Kulemin’s agent said that Kulemin will “miss the Maple Leafs.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I think Vanek to Minnesota will get announced tomorrow. There are 10 teams interested. He’ll get $5/$6 maybe someone goes $7″ … “Say what you want about Vanek in the playoffs but this is a guy who can score 35 goals for fun” …  “Teams won’t worry about April, because Vanek will get you to April and beyond” …  “Vanek is a pretty good goal scorer boys. Gaborik’s playoffs helped Vanek tomorrow.”

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NHL Rumors XIV: Gorges, Flames, Legwand, Pens, Avs, Wild, Flyers and TBay

  • Louis Jean: The Canadiens desire to trade Josh Gorges is purely a business move. They don’t see him as a top-four defenseman and want to clear the salary cap space.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Cam Ward for the 7th overall pick, but the Hurricanes declined.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Mike Ribeiro for the 12th overall pick at the draft. Ribeiro wouldn’t waive it.
  • Aaron Ward:  Eight to 10 teams are interested in David Legwand, including the Islanders, Panthers, Sabres and Maple Leafs.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins hope to sign one of Nikolai Kulemin or Benoit Pouliot.
  • Bob McKenzie: Speculation that the Avalanche might buy out Daniel Briere is false.
  • Arthur Staples: Don’t think the Islanders will have an interest in Anton Volchenkov.
  • Craig Custance: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on his concern with giving term to free agents: “I’d rather be a little short & have flexibility than be all in and boxed in.”
  • Randy Miller: The Flyers could trade Brayden Schenn and/or Matt Read to help create cap space for UFA signings.
  • Chris Johnston: The Lightning will be looking for a backup goalie after not qualifying Anders Lindback.
  • Chris Botta: Botta doesn’t expect any news regarding the sale of the Islanders over the next seven to 10 days.

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NHL Rumors V: Sabres Buying Out Ehrhoff, Kings, Coyotes and Leafs

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres will be buying out defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff has declined the waiver process. The fear of the cap recapture penalty made him virtually untradable.

    “Since I got here we’ve talked about this,” Murray, who was hired in January, told The News this morning in Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “We’ve talked about his contract. We’ve talked about the repercussions of the contract with the penalties that the league has put on it. It’s been an ongoing discussion.”

    Ehrhoff was also not interested in being in Buffalo during their rebuild.

    “The fact that he quite frankly doesn’t want to be here makes it easy,” Murray told The News. “I’ve said at the start that if you don’t want to be here we’ll make it happen. He’s made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we’re not going in the right direction, but he really hasn’t had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on.”

    The Sabres currently sit just about $20.6 million under the salary cap floor. They have Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.

  • Robert Paredes: The Kings would be able to afford Christian Ehrhoff if they dumped Robyn Regehr.
  • Sarah McLellan: Eight teams have called on Coyotes pending UFA Thomas Greiss, still in talks with a few.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs have kicked tires on at least six UFAs so far including: Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Without the Ducks and Predators in on Jason Spezza, price for him would seemingly be shrinking.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on signing 2014 1st round pick Sam Reinhart“They’re going to ask for a lot. I’m going to think it’s too much, and they’re going to get it.”

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