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Posts Tagged Andrei Markov
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that there have been a lot of trade calls this week, but wouldn’t say who was drawing the most interest.
- John Glennon: Predators GM David Poile said that at this point, David Legwand won’t traded. Poile hasn’t taken any offers for Legwand.
- Mark Spector: Spector thinks the probability of P.K. Subban being traded to the Oilers is “none.”
- John Vogl: Islanders Thomas Vanek on going on the road right before the trade deadline: ”You pack a few extra clothes for sure. That’s just reality, I guess.”
- Bruce Garrioch: The prices on the trade market are likely to decrease leading up to tomorrows 3:00 PM EST deadline.
- Arthur Staples: (as of early afternoon yesterday) Things were all quiet with the Islanders.
- Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”Whether Gardiner is traded over the next two days or not, I don’t think there is a long future for him in Toronto due to Carlyle”
- Seth Rorabaugh: “I’m not sure there’s a realistic trade the Pens can make to make them a hands-down favorite to win the Cup. Injuries/cap killing them.”
- Bob McKenzie: A Jaroslav Halak trade to the Wild is a rumor that won’t go away. Adrian Dater: “If Minny gets Halak it’ll destroy team chemistry IMO. Nothing against him, but Kuemper has support of room. Halak hasn’t earned it”
- Dan Tencer: Tencer thinks the Oilers can get a second round pick for Ales Hemsky, retaining some salary to do so.
- Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov will report to the Capitals after his KHL’s last game, which is today.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Rangers priority is resolving the Ryan Callahan situation, but they are monitoring the Ryan Kesler situation.
- Brian Wilde: Canadiens Andrei Markov has a modified no-trade clause and would likely say no to a trade to the Oilers. The Kings is a more plausible destination.
- Chad Graff: Gary Bettman said they are “very focused” on Minnesota hosting an outdoor game. He visited Target Field and TCF Bank yesterday.
- Michael Russo: Bettman said he continues to receive interest in expansion from Seattle, Vegas, Kansas City and Quebec City.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Dan Boyle on the rumor mill.
“No, just because your name’s not out there, that doesn’t mean you’re not going, and vise versa — just because it is doesn’t mean you are going,” said defenseman Dan Boyle. “You just deal with it. It does effect everybody to a certain degree, but you try to not let it.”
Boyle has a limited no-trade clause and would like to stay in San Jose. Boyle is still looking for a multi-year deal, with the Sharks preferring a one-year deal. GM Doug Wilson said he’s not moving young guys like Tomas Hertl or Micro Mueller.
“Are we moving our first-round pick? No,” Wilson said. “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset and refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but unlikely.”
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: If the Lightning are considering sending to Martin St. Louis to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan, the Rangers are going to have to include more. Cristodero wonders what incentive that GM Steve Yzerman has to trade him right now though. Would St. Louis allow the Lightning to talk to more teams than just the Rangers?
- Bob McKenzie: “I don’t believe for a moment this decision to start Lack is related to any imminent Luongo trade possibility. I also can’t imagine Luongo has any burning desire to remain in VAN any longer than he has to but we’ve been down that road before, eh?”
- Jim Matheson: The Canucks may like Beau Bennett more in a Ryan Kesler deal than Brandon Sutter.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that he didn’t trade Alex Edler before his no-trade clause kicked in because he didn’t want future free agents not to trust the organization. Lalji does point out, “what does the Luongo situation do?”
- Adrian Dater: Dater notes the Avalanche are not interested in Tyler Myers.
- Dave Stubbs: Wouldn’t be surprised if Andrei Markov signs by Wednesday.
Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.
The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.
The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.
The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.
The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.
Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.
Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.
Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.
The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.
Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.
Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.
Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.
There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.
If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.
The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.
Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.
Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.
Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.
- Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
- Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
- Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
- Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
- Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.
“I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”
Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.
Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami
As the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.
San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?
- Darren Dreger: Teams are saying that the Hurricanes could trade one of their goaltender, including Cam Ward.
- David Pagnotta: There is lots of Ryan Kesler trade talk going on. Pagnotta has been told that just about half of the league has called.
- The Fourth Period: Source saying the Red Wings have shown interest in Canucks Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. It’s unclear what assets GM Ken Holland would consider moving.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance thinks Alex Edler is a more likely player (over Ryan Kesler) to be moved by the Canucks at the deadline. Whether it’s Edler or Kesler, the Canucks are looking for 22-24 year old center. Problem is, basically every team would like one of those guys. Would the Red Wings be interested in Kesler? They have young forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tater that could interest the Canucks. Would the Capitals put Evgeny Kuznetsov in a package?
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Mike Gillis.
“Apparently it came out of Sochi. If he did want out or he didn’t want out, I wouldn’t discuss it publicly anyway,” Gillis said.
“It’s just like any other matter, anything internally, with our players. Whether it’s personal or business, we don’t discuss it outside our offices.
“I’m not going to sit here and debate whether (the report) is accurate or not.”
It will be tough for the Canucks to win on a Kesler trade. The Canucks can’t trade him without getting a center back, preferably 25 or younger.
- David Pagnotta: The Canadiens have received a pretty serious offer for defenseman Andrei Markov. They rejected the offer, but could counter. The Canadiens would prefer to keep him.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Don’t expect any major moves by the Canadiens at the trade deadline. GM Marc Bergervin isn’t going to move any of their young assets, and there isn’t much of a market for players he wouldn’t mind moving.
- TSN: Contract talks between the Canadiens and Andrei Markov continue.
“I can’t say much, we agreed not to say much, but talks are ongoing and Andrei wants to stay in Montreal,” agent and former NHL player Sergei Berezin told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on ESPN.com on Friday. “We’ll see where it goes. He’s played 13 seasons with Montreal. He wants to finish his career in Montreal.”
Tony Marinario of TSN Radio 690 reported the Canadiens offered Markov a one-year, $6 million deal. Bob McKenzie said the Canadiens are flexible on a one or two-year deal.
- David Pagnotta: Andrei Markov wants to remain with the Canadiens. Both sides continue to work on an extension.
- Katie Strang: The Rangers and Ryan Callahan’s camp have talked the past few days, but there isn’t much report.
- Wayne Scanlan: Senators Chris Phillips admits that it’s more stressful for him this year leading up to the deadline as he doesn’t have a no-movement clause this year. Bruce Garrioch: Phillips is representing himself.
- Craig Custance: The Sabres would be interested in bringing Steve Ott back when free agency starts.
Morning Rumors V: Canucks, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Lightning, Markov, Legwand, Reimer, Whitney and Red Wings
- TSN: Bob McKenzie: the Canucks are not aggressively shopping or trying to move Ryan Kesler, but they are listening. Kesler has a no-movement clause, and he might have a broken finger. If they were going to trade him, they would be looking for a 20-25 year old center that could grow into what Kesler’s role with the team currently is. A reload for the Canucks and not necessarily a rebuild. Would the Blue Jackets give up Ryan Johansen for Kesler? Would the Rangers give up Derek Stepan for Kesler?
Darren Dreger: Lots of interest in Kesler. He does have a history of injuries.Darren Dreger: A Martin St. Louis deal could happen between now and the trade deadline.
Bob McKenzie: A St. Louis deal could be more of an offseason deal.
Bob McKenzie: The Canadiens may not be locked on ”we’re only offering you a one-year deal, that’s it, take it or leave it” for Andrei Markov, as they could do a two-year deal. Markov would be a 35+ player. Word is that Markov could be looking for as much as a four year contract. Would be a surprise if the Canadiens traded him at the deadline, unless they were blown away by an offer.
- David Boclair of the Nashville Post: As of late last week, there was no conversations between the Predators and pending UFA David Legwand.
“No one talked to me so I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “I thought we would have had a conversation already but – nothing.”
Legwand could be dealt, but he will have a say where he goes due to his no-trade clause.
“Obviously it’s up to me,” Legwand said. “It’s a decision in my hands and my family’s hands so we’ll make it when it’s the point in time to make it.”
“You always have options,” Legwand said. “Obviously, the ball is in your court. They haven’t said anything all year. Do they really want me here? Or do they want me gone? I don’t know. If they wanted me here, they’d say something. They haven’t said anything.”
The Fourth Period: The Lightning are thought to be looking for a mobile defenseman and a second or third line winger. The Lightning may have shown interest in Andrew MacDonald, Tom Gilbert, Ales Hemsky and Lee Stempniak.
- The Fourth Period: Teams have inquired about Maple Leafs James Reimer, but it’s unclear if they will move him.
“This is definitely a place I’ve dreamed of playing my whole career,” he said. “Who knows what’s going to happen on the horizon. Right now, I don’t know if I want to talk about it too much.”
- Jimmy Murphy: Sources saying it’s very likely that Stars Ray Whitney is traded. Keep an eye on the Coyotes and Kings.
- Jimmy Murphy: There is some speculation that the Penguins could look at Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, but Murphy is hearing that isn’t the case. They are focusing on forward help.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he won’t trade a top prospect for a rental.
- Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they won’t be sellers. He’s not interested in rentals, only hockey trades.
Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Montreal Canadiens will trade Andrei Markov. The 35-year old will be a UFA and carries a $5.75 million cap hit.
Doug MacLean doesn’t think he’s going anywhere. Gord Stellick thinks the Sharks are a potential destination if the Canadiens decide to trade him.
Should the Canadiens trade Markov? Who would be interested?
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Jets have a lot of options if they look to make some moves. A lot of their key players are still under contract from two to six years. Talk is that the younger they are, the harder it is to get them. Friedman wouldn’t trade Evander Kane unless the return was massive.
Friedman thinks Dustin Byfuglien would be a defenseman that Capitals Adam Oates would love to coach.
Sabres GM Tim Murray said there are no untouchables on his team, but prepare to make a big offer if you want someone like Zemgus Girgensons, Tyler Myers or Rasmus Ristolainen.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Senators GM Bryan Murray may look to move some of their young talent to bring in some missing pieces.
“I think we do have a good number of young people I would think other organizations would be interested in,” Murray said. “The Bobby Ryan deal [last summer] required us to give up a young player, a couple of young players. I think it’s been a good thing for us, and I believe it’ll be a good thing for Anaheim.
“But, yes, we’re open to talking about moving a young part or two to get the required player that we would need.”
They won’t trade Curtis Lazar though. Murray would like to add a forward that could have an impact, either through scoring or physical aspect.
- CP on SportsNet: Senators GM Bryan Murray:
“We do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games or playing in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here that we would talk to teams about for a more veteran-type player,” Murray said.
“We hope to have kind of an objective by the trading deadline, by the Olympic break, whatever the case may be, and then we’ll see where we go,” Murray said.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Kurz thinks the Sharks are already looking for a scoring winger, but not to expect anything until closer to the trade deadline, possibly just before the Feb. 8th Olympic break. Kurz doesn’t think it would be a big name. The Sharks have their first and second round picks, along with the Penguins second round pick from the Douglas Murray trade.
- Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The biggest question surrounding the Blues is their goaltending despite how productive they’ve been. Ryan Miller’s name keeps coming up, but they are tight against the salary cap and it may be difficult to move out enough money to offset Miller’s cap hit. The Blues may also not be willing to part with the young prospects/players and picks the Sabres would want in return. The Blues could look trade one of Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak and bring up Jake Allen to be their backup.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If the Sabres decide to part with Ryan Miller, teams like the Blues, Islanders, Panthers, Flames and Oilers could use a frontline goalie. The Sabres can’t let Miller go for nothing. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to improve their goaltending situation. The Ducks have four goaltenders: Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth, Frederik Anderssen, and John Gibson. The Kings have three goalies behind Jonathan Quick: Ben Scrivens, Martin Jones, and Jean-Francois Berube. Even if it requires a Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane, so be it.
- Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov would like to stay with the Canadiens.
“Maybe I’m going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We’ll see,” he said. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don’t want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”
Preliminary talks have begun.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp haven’t talked contract since the summer. They will talk again after the season, and things seem to be good between two sides. There is optimism that a new deal could get done. Things are different now with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Senators gave been available to make a deal all year. Speculation has always been money is limiting them.” … ”If right offer comes along & it requires Melnyk to loosen the purse strings. I believe that he will do that if its within reason”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think the guys that run the Jets are aware that they are not a Western Conf juggernaut.” … ”With their roster though, they expected better play. They were basically underperformimg. Pavelec’s goaltending now in focus”
- Brian Wilde: “McGuire on the Jets: They’re built with wingers. Nobody wins with great wingers. Build down the middle and with defence. That’s how to win.”
- Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:
“I think we still need to acquire pieces to either establish a larger core, or maybe move some pieces that re-establish some different things,” Cheveldayoff said this afternoon on TSN 1050 radio.
“This is still a project that’s in the works.”
- Darren Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruuttu name is back in trade talk, as he could draw some interest.
- Howard Berger: A Western Conference source said the Maple Leafs are looking for a “big body” forward.
Morning Rumors: Kings, Canadiens, Jets, Panthers, Oilers, Canes, Senators and Scouting the Avs-Stars
- The Fourth Period: The Kings don’t appear to be close to making a trade, though they are looking at add. GM Dean Lombardi has had a few discussion about potential deals this season, but nothing that could be labelled as serious. Any deal is likely to happen in the new year, closer to the trade deadline. It’s thought that they would like to add another winger and to bolster their blueline. They currently have $2.4 million in cap space.
- The Fourth Period: It’s taking the Canadiens longer to acquire some size and offense than they would have liked. GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for a top-six scoring winger. The Canadiens have about $3.5 million in cap space. Multiple reports saying they have been shopping Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta in order to free up cap space and to improve their roster. They have been linked to Jets Evander Kane, but it’s not known how in-depth trade talks have gotten. Bergevin is also in contract talks with P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
- Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel: Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola.
“We intend on being in the free-agent market in a significant way” Viola said. “We’re here to build a winner. … We want to patiently win now. I don’t know if we can resolve the two logically, but that’s how I would say it.”
On if there is a premier free agent that is available that GM Dale Tallon wants, “We won’t hesitate, not at all,” Viola said.
“Dale Tallon will teach me the hockey side of this challenge, and he will execute it as its principal leader. The more I learn the better I will be able to support his commandership of the execution of that. But it’s been very exciting so far, and we are committed to winning now — patiently.”
- Jonathan Willis: Willis on Bruce Garrioch’s rumor that the Oilers could be interested in Hurricanes Justin Peters.
It’s an odd rumour, for a few reasons, including the fact that Edmonton has a full depth chart in net and just sent a comparable player in Jason LaBarbera to Chicago.
Most importantly, though, Justin Peters isn’t an especially good goaltender, despite his numbers this season. In 64 career NHL games the 27-year-old has a 0.905 save percentage. Among goalies with more than 50 games since 2009-10, that ties him with Scott Clemmensen, Joey MacDonald, Marty Turco and Antero Niitymaki. That’s two third-string goalies and two guys who have since been pushed into retirement.
The only scenario that may make sense is if they deal a deal basically in place to move someone out. A team like the Islanders may want to give Devan Dubnyk a test run.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ales Hemsky on trade rumors:
“You know, I always used to pay attention at the deadline,” Hemsky said Monday in Los Angeles as the Oilers prepared to face the host Kings on Tuesday. “You check Twitter, you listen to what you guys (media) are tweeting. It can get you in your head.
“There have been rumours for so long, but I have to say this is the first year I’m not really thinking about it,” said Hemsky, whose two-year, $10 million contract ends July 1 when he’ll be an unrestricted free-agent — for the second time as an Oiler.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Robin Lehner on the No.1 goalie situation in Ottawa.
“This year, I’m the backup, I’ve said that a bunch of times,” Lehner says. “I’ve played a bunch of games, but it’s been weird circumstances – to go take over, because it’s not that time yet.”
“It’s not my time yet,” Lehner says. “There’s been a few times this year where people have said, ‘maybe now you can start running with him.’ But it’s not about that right now. It’s about us as a team – to get better.”
- Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avalanche – Stars game: Flames, Blues (2), Oilers, Canadiens (2), Lightning and Penguins.
- The Fourth Period: The Panthers continue to get calls on Dmitry Kulikov, who is in the final year of his deal. The Oilers, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Ducks are teams who are believed to have shown interest. The Panthers are also taking offers for Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for offensive help. He’s asked about a few players, but the cost is too high. They have inquired about Jets Evander Kane. Bergevin continues to talk with some of his free agents: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
- The Fourth Period: The Flames may be looking to make more trades, but they’ll be selling. The Calgary Sun said that trade candidates are: Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler. GM Jay Feaster is looking for young players and draft picks. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri and Stajan have limited no-trade clauses.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are still trying to find another top-6 forward. GM Bryan Murray has tried to fill the hole internally, and has also been looking outside the organization. A source said that they have talked to the Sharks about Martin Havlat. The Rangers have also talked to the Sharks about Havlat, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t want to give up on Havlat just yet. Havlat has a no-trade clause (which he may waive for Ottawa) and a $5 million salary cap hit.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jaroslav Halak got off to a hot start (9-2-1, 2.19 GAA and .913 SV%) but he’s had a rough three games. He now sits at 10-2-3 with a 2.48 GAA (23rd in the league) and .900 save percentage (34th). The Blues play Ryan Miller’s Sabres tonight. The Blues are thought to be one of the teams that could be interested in Miller, “but it appears that that ship has sailed.” The Blues would have issues with Miller’s $6.25 million salary cap hit and the Sabres are searching for a new GM. For now the Blues will ride it out with Halak and Brian Elliott, and have Jake Allen in the AHL if a replacement is needed.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the fact that the Oilers pick is in play certainly interests people but it’s not easy to acquire stud defenseman”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: “MacTavish has been talking, and talking a lot, but nothing appears to be imminent”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I don’t necessarily see the Islanders doing something to address their goaltending situation”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”for the most part the Leafs have stopped looking to upgrade via trade after the Holland move”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I still think there is a deal to be made between the Leafs & Carolina for Liles. Nonis is prepared to eat about $1 mill in salary”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”if Raymond continues to produce, it’s unlikely the Leafs would be able to re-sign him. Will he command $2 mill – $3 mill?”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I’m thinking the Leafs get Dion at 6-7 years at around $7 million. Maybe $7.2 on the upside”
- John Vogl: Quebec Remparts spokesperson said that the Sabres have not spoken with coach Philippe Boucher about the possibility of Mikhail Grigorenko returning to the QMJHL.
- Martin Biron: Translating RDS’s Stephane Leroux tweet that he talked to a source last week who said that Grigorenko would be heading back to the QMJHL.
- Sara Orlesky: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was at the Flames – Jets game last night.
Morning Rumors: Yakupov, Lundqvist, Goalie Market, Hemsky, Candiens, Leafs, Panthers, Caps and Flyers
- Craig Custance: Nail Yakupov’s agent said that if the Oilers are unhappy with Yakupov, they are open to a trade: “We’re willing to make a move. Any team. That happens and that’s part of life.”
- Bob Stauffer: On Larionov and Yakupov: “#1. Igor probably isn’t too pleased that Nail has played under 12 mins last 3 games. #2. A coach spotting Yakupov and limiting defensive zone starts given a -14 rating is completely logical. #3. Not every agent goes to the media to discuss frustrations with a team’s handling of their client. Going direct to the GM works better.”
- Bob McKenzie: Expectation is that Rangers GM Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent, Don Meehan, for contract talks while he’s in town for the Hockey Hall of Fame and GM meetings.
- Craig Custance: Ducks GM Bob Murray on the goalie trade market: “The phone is not ringing.”
- The Fourth Period: The Blues have shopped Brian Elliott, but he may not moved until later in the season as the goalie market is thin at the moment.
- The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Oilers have talked with teams, including the Rangers, about Ales Hemsky.
- Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on trading Martin Brodeur.
”We’ve never had any conversations about it. I’ve never talked to anyone else about it and I’m not going to waste any time on it.”
Canadiens pending UFA, Andrei Markov, is changing agents. This is something some GM hate.
“You’re always worried the new guy is telling him how much better a deal he can get,” one GM said. “Then, he has to live up to it.”
If P.K. Subban says he’ll go for a two-year arbitration deal that would take him to unrestricted free agency, which could be worth $7 million per season, then you know he’s unhappy in Montreal. The Canadiens will look for a longer deal.
The Maple Leafs may be looking for right-shooting defenseman. It’s been an on-again/off-again situation. At one point they looked at Mike Weaver, but may be looking for someone that can play higher up in their lineup.
The Senators and Stars are said to be looking for a defenseman.
Friedman isn’t sure if the Senators would consider trading Craig Anderson. If they were to move him, would need a goalie coming back.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been trying hard to make a trade, but he wants to move guys with bad contracts. Players that could interest teams are Marcel Goc ($1.7 million) and Shawn Matthias ($1.75 million).
The Predators looked at Ilya Bryzgalov before he signed with the Oilers but were denied.
The Oilers may have looked at Jonas Hiller, but Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t like trading within the division.
The Capitals may have had some interest in Ladislav Smid before he was traded to the Flames.
Some executives would be surprised if the Flyers traded Wayne Simmonds, though you can never predict what the Flyers will do.
Some teams are looking at undrafted free agent Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals). He attended the Canadiens camp, is from Florida which may make them a possibility, and Rangers may be looking at him.