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NHL Free Agent Rumors: Kassian, Hainsey, Loktionov, Grabovski and Timonen

  • Ian Mendes:: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Matt Kassian’s not in our plans — and we’re not in his plans.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes pending UFA Ron Hainsey likes the fit and will ”see how it goes.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Andrei Loktionov wants to remain in the NHL next season and with the Hurricanes.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski wouldn’t mind remaining in Washington, but would want to know which way the organization is going.

    “Nobody knows what’s going to happen here, so it’s made me disappointed too,” Grabovski said Tuesday. “I want to know, first before I sign, who’s going to be coach, who’s going to be general manager, because nobody knows and lots of stuff is being said.”

    “I just don’t want to have same experience I have before in Toronto when [former coach] Ron Wilson is gone just after I sign, and they bring in a coach who don’t really want me,” Grabovski said. “For me it’s important that people believe in you and trust. Adam Oates, he bring me here with McPhee. They trust me as a player, and I do my best in the half-season I played. I can do better. [When] people trust me, I feel this and I play better, good hockey.”

    Grabovski is believed to be looking for a four or five year deal in the $5 million per season range.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on if he wants pending UFA Kimmo Timonen back next season.

    “Absolutely,” he said, though it’s highly probable the defenseman would take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. “We’ve talked a couple times during the year and put it on the shelf, and we’ll talk again in a couple months. I know his family is very big in his life, and his kids are getting older and he wants to be around them more. But he loves to compete, and if he wants to come back, we’ll figure it out.”

    Timonen doesn’t want to start thinking about retirement.

    “Once you start thinking about it, you don’t think about the game as much,” he said. “During the Olympics, I knew it was my last game and it was really emotional. I knew it was the last time I put the Finland jersey on. But I haven’t made up my mind yet here.”

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Injury Notes: Gagne, Jagr, Loktionov, Tedenby, Giroux and Okposo

  • Chris Nichols: Oilers Sam Gagne is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
  • Rich Chere: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said he hopes to get Jaromir Jagr into a preseason game or two, ”I believe he’ll be ready (for the season opener).”
  • Rich Chere: DeBoer said that Andrei Loktionov has a “lower-body tweak” and that Mattias Tedenby received a “positive report” with regards to his lower body injury.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Claude Giroux plans to play on Tuesday.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders Kyle Okposo required some stitches over his eye after getting high-sticked on Saturday. He practiced yesterday.

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Free Agent Hits: Pietrangelo, Franson, Sedin’s, Toews, Kane and Loktionov

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie said that the ”Blues are looking for 8 years at $6 million for Pietrangelo while the player wants $7 m if he’s going to commit for that long.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on the Alex Pietrangelo situation: ”I’ll take Alex’s perspective … he thinks he’s made us a hell of an offer. I disagree. We think we’ve made him a hell of an offer…he’s disagreed. That’s where we’re at.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues will start camp without Alex Pietrangelo. Talks broke off Tuesday night.

    “We’ve worked in earnest with his representative trying to get him into training camp,” Armstrong said. “We gave it a last-ditch kick at the can around 8 or 9 o’clock at night. It didn’t hold. So from this point forward, he’s not in camp and we treat him like an injured player.”

    “Sidney Crosby missed a lot of time with concussions (and) the Penguins went on. That’s our job responsibility. If he misses a week, a month, a year, we’re not really sure … but he’s not here now and we have to move forward.”

  • Darren Dreger Insider Trading: Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent will meet with management today to work aggressively on a contract extension. They carry a $6.1 million cap hit and could be in for a nice raise. It’s unlikely that the Maple Leafs move from a two-year offer at over $2 million per season to the a one-year deal that Cody Franson is requesting. The Leafs may want to avoid a one-year deal as they have several defenseman who have expiring contracts after this season: Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Cody Franson: ”There’s the realities of where you are. We have x amount of cap space. There’s only so much we can do to get a deal done”
  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs will have to hold firm on Franson negotiations as they don’t have a lot of cap space left.
  • Brian Hamilton: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: ”We’re going to keep them around for a long, long time.”
  • Tracey Myers: Toews on his Blackhawks future: ”Right now, it’s tough to find a reason to play somewhere else.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils center Andrei Loktionov said yesterday that he turned down a $3 million offer to remain in the KHL before he re-signed with the Devils. On the offer: ”Some teams they wanted to give me that money, a few teams actually. The money is not interesting for me right now. I’m more interested in playing in the NHL. I know money is very important but to me I wanted to play here.”

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Free Agents Hits: Malkin, Gonchar, Loktionov, Crabb, Clarkson, Elias, Bickell and Stalberg

  • Darren Dreger: There is speculation that Evgeni Malkin could command $15 million a season from the KHL, all tax free.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators UFA Sergei Gonchar has an offer from Metallurg of the KHL. Waiting to see what his NHL options are. The Senators would like to bring him back at a lower salary. Magnitogorsk’s offer is higher than $6 million a season. He made $5.5 million last year.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils deal with Andrei Loktionov is “imminent.”

    “He will be coming back,” Lamoriello said. “He will not be going to Russia.”

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Joey Crabb won’t be back with the Capitals next season.

    “He has no intentions to sign back with the Capitals,” Crabb’s agent, Kevin Epp, wrote in an e-mail to the Post. “I don’t think it worked out for either party.”

  • The Fourth Period: Sources are saying some of the Devils top free agents won’t be back next season. David Clarkson and Patrik Elias will get the most attention. Clarkson and Elias are expected to test the waters and it’s unclear if they’ll be able to come to terms with the Devils after July 5th. Clarkson is thought to command over $5 million per season. Elias could get something in the $5 to $6 million range. Both would like to return, but there is the ongoing financial issues.
  • Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: Bryan Bickell’s free agent stock is on the rise while Viktor Stalberg’s is falling.

    ‘‘Certainly there’s more eyes on you at this point of the year,’’ Stalberg said. ‘‘You try not to think too much about it. It’s about winning right now and doing everything you can for the team. Whatever happens will take care of [itself]. Right now, it’s about this group, winning right now.’’

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Free Agent Hits: Baily, Hamonic, Thomas, Loktionov, Bordeleau, Ribeiro, Hendricks and Filppula

  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders will start long-term contract talks with RFAs Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic.
  • Josh Rimer: A solid source said that Tim Thomas won’t play hockey next year.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Andrei Loktionov’s agent said there is a 99% chance that he’ll sign with the Devils.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: @25Stanley reported that the Avalanche have signed Patrick Bordeleau to a 3-year deal around $1 million a season. The Avalanche would only say that the deal is not official, but it’s close.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Mike Ribeiro seems no closer to re-signing with the Capitals than he did at the end of the season. According to agent Don Meehan: “There really aren’t any updates.” Ribeiro has rejected a 3-year, $14 million deal from the Capitals. The Capitals are close to the cap and may have trouble getting Ribeiro and/or Matt Hendricks signed, even if they trade Jef Schultz and his $2.75 million. They could look to trade or amnesty Martin Erat.
  • Brendan Savage of MLive: Valtteri Filppula’s days with the Red Wings could be over as the big season they expected didn’t materialize. He’s reportedly looking for $5 million, but the Red Wings may not want to go that high.

    “I gotta go through the next month,” said general manager Ken Holland. “I’m going to meet with the coaches, obviously prior to July 5th (and the start of free agency). I’m going to meet with the coaches (this) week and then shortly after try to get our pro scouts in and make a plan.

    “Obviously some of them we want to re-sign. We’ve got some big decisions because there’s a push from below.”

    Filppula has spent his entire NHL career with the Red Wings.

    “I haven’t thought about that too much,” Filppula said after cleaning out his locker following the Game 7 playoff loss to Chicago. “Obviously, it’s a possibility that could happen. It’d be tough. It’s been a really great place to be. I’ve been so happy here. We’ll see if we go … if that’s what’s going to happen.

    “I’m sure it would be (strange playing elsewhere). It would be different I’m sure. It would be weird at first. I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

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Quick Hits: waivers, Pitkanen, Frattin, Lecavalier, Zubrus, Rakell, Isles and Pens lines, Allen and Theodore

  • Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and ”We do have to be careful because we rely very heavily on him. He plays a lot of minutes & he’s a very important player for us.”
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning Vincent Lecavalier (left ankle) is not skating today. There haven’t been any setbacks, just a “body maintenance” day.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders lines: Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo, Grabner-Aucoin-McDonald, Martin-Cizikas-Ullstrom/Boulton.

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Panthers trade Keaton Ellerby to the Kings

The Florida Panthers have traded defenseman Keaton Ellerby to the Los Angeles Kings for a New Jersey’s 2013 5th round draft pick. The Kings acquired the Devils pick for Andrei Loktionov on Wednesday.

Ellerby was a drafted by the Panthers, 10th overall in 2007. He carries a cap hit of $700,000.

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The Devils acquire Loktionov from the Kings

The New Jersey Devils have sent a 2013 5th round draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings for center Andrei Loktionov.

Loktionov was drafted by the Kings, #123 overall in the 5th round of the 2008 NHL draft.

He carries a $816,666 salary cap hit.

  • Lisa Dillman via twitter: Kings GM Dean Lombardi: ”You’ve got the issue is that after his contract is up he could go back to Russia.You just try to make the best deal you can”

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Trade Rumors involving: O’Reilly, Loktionov, Streit and Luongo

  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Lots of teams calling the Avalanche about Ryan O’Reilly, but the Avs are saying they are not dealing him.
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: Sources are saying that Islanders are getting calls on 35 year old defenseman Mark Streit, despite the Islanders being 3-2-1 so far. The Flyers and Rangers will have significant interest. Streit will be a UFA at the end of the season.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors

I’ll continue to add Rick Nash trade rumors to this post, bumping old ones to a jump page when it gets to long. Here are links to 2 previous entries HC Rick Nash Trade Tracker Videos and Rumors, and Blue Jackets put Rick Nash on the trade market.

Feb. 26th 8:15 PM

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Obviously possible Rick Nash could move by tomorrow but it were close in any way do you think CBJ would’ve played him today?”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Teams that have the most interest in Nash don’t think he’ll be moved and are looking at other players.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Rangers weren’t willing to pay the price for Nash prior to today, and today the Blue Jackets asked for more than they initially asked for. Can’t really blame the Rangers for not wanting to blow up their team to make a Nash deal.

11:15 AM

  • David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper: The Predators have made an offer Nash. It’s unlikely the Blue Jackets would want to trade within their division. The Preds offer could include: Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis or Jonathan Blum and multiple picks and/or prospects
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Blue Jackets haven’t spoken with the Maple Leafs in days. Leafs will keep trying, but Gardiner remains untouchable.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Belief before the Maple Leafs loss to the Capitals that the Leafs interest in Nash was minimal, and they they were driving up the price for the Rangers.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers are still talking with Blue Jackets about Nash, but nothing serious has developed. The Jackets want several of the Flyers young players.

9:00 AM

  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers may include Carl Hagelin (Rangers want Stepan) to go along with Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. The Blue Jackets are asking the Maple Leafs for Jake Gardiner, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Leafs, Rangers, and Sharks have offers in on Rick Nash, and have all said the offer could be better in the summer. The Rangers and Leafs are being aggressive as they have more parts to offer than the Sharks.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Sharks are still interested in Nash, but could probably make a better offer in the offseason. The Maple Leafs and Rangers are still in.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson should go after Derek Stepan over Brandon Dubinsky. Howson wants Chris Kreider, the Rangers best prospect. He also wants either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, but McDonagh isn’t going anywhere. Dylan McIlray or Tim Erixon are also options. After the Carter deal, defense is not a top priority for Howson. He could use some 1st round picks to take a run at Canucks Cory Schneider this offseason. They already have their own and the Kings.

Feb. 25th 9:50 PM:

  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Elliotte Friedman suggested on the Hotstove that the Blue Jackets might not move Nash by Monday. They’ve shifted their focus to forwards for Nash.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Botta can see the Rangers best offer for Nash as Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, a 2012 1st round pick and a conditional pick based on Rangers success the next 2 years.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Bob McKenzie reported that the Canucks are jumping into the trade market, with Nash a possibility.

4:40 PM

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Rick Nash’s agent spoke with TSN and said the following: “We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…” .. “However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date.”

2:05 PM

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Rangers remain firm that they aren’t going to trade Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh in a deal with Columbus for Nash.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Hearing that the Blue Jackets want Derek Stepan badly, but might settle for Carl Hagelin. Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider, Stepan or Hagelin, and a pick (may not be a 1st). There could be more coming from the Blue Jackets. May boil today to Stepan or Hagelin.

9:00 AM

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “No guarantees #CBJ captain Rick Nash is traded by Monday’s deadline, but might be best for all parties to have a quick ending to this.” …”#CBJ have set the bar very high and are waiting for other teams to meet their requirements. So far, none of them have done so.” … “#CBJ approach is that they don’t have to trade Nash, but several possible suitors and the Nash camp are getting impatient w the process.” … “Might be best if #CBJ fans come to terms with the fact that Nash is likely going to be traded. Might not happen at deadline, but …” … “… chances of Nash being with the Blue Jackets at the start of next season are slim.”

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State of the Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Austin Lutz

With only 23 games remaining in their season, the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, a place that’s been their home for the majority of the season. That being said, the Jackets are the biggest sellers this trade deadline, and the only thing Scott Howson has to look forward to this June is the possibility of adding top prospect Nail Yakupov.

Columbus seems set for another few years of rebuild and that’s not something that 27-year-old captain Rick Nash wants to wait for. He has not openly admitted to wanting a trade, but when asked about being traded, he said “Right now I’m a Blue Jacket.” The words “right now” tell it all and whether Nash is traded before the deadline or at the draft, he seems to be on his way out of Columbus

Many different teams have been linked to Nash, who brings a yearly cap hit of $7.8 million until 2018, but most often it has been the first place Rangers, the Maple Leafs, the Kings, and as always the Philadelphia Flyers.

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HC Rick Nash Trade Tracker Video … Plus other Rick Nash trade rumors

  • John Shannon on where Nash could land: Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canucks, and Kings. Lawton lists: Rangers, Kings, Red Wings and Flyers. Both say they need to get a young starting goalie back.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Sure the Maple Leafs will be interested in Nash, but it would take a lot to pull it off, with the price getting higher with each passing day. Zeisberger lists some factors that will come into play: 1. Nash’s no-movement clause. He drives the bus. 2. Nash is in the 2nd year of a 8 year, $62.4 million deal, a $7.8 million cap hit. 3. The Blue Jackets are not actively shopping Nash, but will consider offers, and the price will be huge. Maple Leafs names you’ll hear will at least be Mikhail Grabovski, Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri, James Reimer and Carl Gunnarsson.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Blue Jackets met last week to discuss Nash’s future, and decide to explore a trade. Apparently, they went to Nash a couple weeks ago about the idea, and were waiting for him to submit a list. Nash was willing to waive his no-movement as they were looking at another rebuild. The Blue Jackets currently have more than $50 million committed against the salary cap next year. 3 aspects that make a Nash deal complicated are: Nash must want to go there, that team has to pay the high asking price, and Nash has to fit into that teams cap structure and dressing room. On the surface the Canucks could be a perfect match with Cory Schneider, Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev and maybe another piece, but don’t look for that to happen. The Rangers, Maple Leafs, and Flyers may not be scared of adding him. “The tough thing about trades like this one,” said another GM, “is that Columbus is starting in a bad position. Chances are, you’re giving up the best player.” The Maple Leafs may not have what GM Scott Howson wants, mainly goaltending. The Flyers and Kings may have the goalie the Blue Jackets need.
  • Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets management came to Rick Nash, he did not request a trade. Nash had a feeling they might come asking. Nash did not want a trade, and until last week, they were telling teams he wasn’t going to be traded. There is a chance nothing happens at the deadline and they wait until the summer. Arace wonders that if president Mike Priest and GM Scott Howson put the team in this predicament, how can they be the ones to fix it?
  • Adam Kimelman of G Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch:

    “We’re open to all options to try to improve the team,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson told the newspaper this morning. “As far as rumors go, we’re just not going to comment.”

    and Rick Nash said to the Dispatch:

    “The last couple of weeks there have been so many rumors,” Nash told the newspaper following the team’s morning skate. “And when a team loses, more rumors keep on surfacing. That’s what it seems to be right now, is just rumors.

    “I’m a Blue Jacket right now. I’ve played my whole career here and it’s a special place to me. So as of right now I’m a Blue Jacket.”

    Scott Howson to on Saturday:

    “I’m not going to disclose what we’re going to do, but we certainly have a plan in place,” Howson told “We’re working on it, we’re talking to teams. We’ll see … it’s not just a pre-deadline plan. It’s a plan leading up to the draft and leading into next season. We’ll see what happens before the 27th and we expect to be active.”

  • TSN Tradecenter video link: McKenzie notes it could be a 5 team list, and that they could be looking for a young goalie, defenseman and forward for Nash. Canucks, Maple Leafs, Kings, Rangers and Flyers could be the teams. Too many assets to give up, cap number, and how it affects the dressing room are concerns for teams. Brandon Dubinsky’s name has come up with the Rangers. James van Riemsdyk would have be in the mix for the Flyers. The Kings have pieces like Jonathan Bernier, Andrei Loktionov and Slava Voynov. Wild card teams could be the Bruins and Sharks.

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