Posts Tagged Anaheim Ducks

Quick Hits: Subban, Bishop, Maroon and Galiardi

  • Renaud Lavoie: P.K. Subban contract breakdown: $7 million, $7 million, $11 million, $11 million, $10 million, $10 million, $8 million, and $8 million.
  • Stephen Whyno: Subban said the Canadiens owner Geoff Molson had a “monumental” impact on the negotiation process.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning signed Ben Bishop to a two-year, $11.9 million contract extension that kicks in after this season.
  • Ducks Prospects: The Ducks have signed Pat Maroon to a three-year, $6 million contract extension. The deal starts after next season.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Ducks, Blue Jackets and Wild

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Things are quiet regarding Torey Krug and the Bruins. Krug and Reilly Smith don’t have a lot of leverage as they are coming off their entry level deals with no arbitration rights and are not able to receive offer sheets. It was initially thought that they were looking for second contracts in the Ondrej Palat/Tyler Johnson range, three-years and $10 million. It’s more likely that they sign one or two year deal worth between $1 and $2 million per season. Jake Gardiner’s five-year, $20.25 million is good news for Krug as he could be a comparable.
  • Andy Strickland: Talk is the Ducks and Pat Maroon are close to a contract extension.
  • Aaron Portzline: No truth to the rumor that Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is having back surgery according to Jarmo Kekalainen.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper:

    “We’ve been sort of working our way on both files, certainly had more conversations with Niederreiter’s representative and we’ve talked about bunch of different scenarios, the process is ongoing. We haven’t had as much time on Kuemper’s file I think in part because we thought he may have filed for arbitration and then he didn’t so we thought that would be a scenario where we would prepare to go to arbitration and have a chance to have several conversations over a short period of time and when that didn’t come to pass, it sort of slowed down a little bit. We will see. There’s a long time until training camp and the Group 2 marketplace right now seems to be focused more on the arbitrations. As those contracts come in typically teams get to work a little bit more on their non-arb guys, so we will just see how it goes. I think the agents for those players are trying to see where the market will settle in at and there really just isn’t much rush right now.”

    Russo thinks that Neiderreiter will sign a two- to four-year deal later this month or early September.

    Fletcher on Kuemper:

    “I don’t know, that’s hard to say,” Fletcher told me on KFAN. “I wouldn’t say there’s been enough conversations to say it’s going to be a battle. I mean I guess every negotiation is a battle, but the agent is always trying to get the best contract he can for the player and we are trying to do what is right for the team. It’s always a little trickier I think on our side, the agent obviously wants to represent his client. We have an obligation to every player on our team and if we do a bad contract or spend too much money on a player it impacts our ability to be competitive in other areas. It’s not that we’re trying to fight the player, we’re trying to protect the team. It’s a pretty big obligation. We are certainly going to take our time to get the right deal.”

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Top 10 “Value” Free Agent Signings

With how rare it is to acquire talent in the NHL, most teams find themselves coming out of the offseason with their pockets emptied by free agents and the ridiculous prices that the market sets on them.

Once free agency hits, mediocre players become hot commodities and teams usually overpay to get them.

Sometimes, however, good deals are signed and both parties come away winners.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 “value” contracts that were signed during this offseason.

Honourable Mentions:

James Reimer – Toronto Maple Leafs – Two-years, $4.6 million / $2.3 million cap hit

With career numbers of a .914 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average, Reimer has established himself as a very capable goalie in the league. While he may not be a true number one goaltender, he is at worst a goalie who is good enough to play 30-40 games in a split role. With a two-year contract for only $2.3 million per season, the Leafs should have no problem finding a trade partner if need be.

Lars Eller – Montreal Canadiens – Four-years, $14 million / $3.5 million cap hit

Never eclipsing 30 points in any of his five seasons in the league, Eller has yet to establish himself as a reliable forward in the NHL. With that said, this past postseason Eller finished behind only Subban in scoring, with 13 points in 17 games. At only $3.5 million until the age of 29, the Canadiens might have gotten themselves a steal if that kind of production continues.

On to the top 10.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Pacific Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Central Division, it’s now time to take a look at final division in the NHL, the Western Conferences teams, Pacific Division.

*All figures according to CapGeek.com, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 4: Western Conference – Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 22 (11 forwards, 9 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $57,864,167
Overages: $1,150,000
Cap Space: $11,135,833
RFA’s Remaining: Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly
Players for LTIR: Sheldon Souray (if needed)

Overview: The Ducks are one of the NHL’s best teams, and yet, they still find themselves with just over $11 million in cap space. This is a very unfamiliar sight for good teams. With only Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly left to bring back (which should come for around or less than $3 million combined), the Ducks are in an extremely good position financially moving forward.

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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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