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NHL Rumors I: Bruins D and Lucic, Staal and The Next To Push Salaries

  • Amalie Benjamin of the Globe: The Bruins have nine NHL/NHL-caliber defenseman, not including Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow who are close.

    “We can’t go into the year with nine NHL defensemen,” Chiarelli said earlier in the offseason. “So at some point I have to do something there, but I’m in no hurry. It may be that we see how the preseason goes, with who’s mixing, who’s matching with whom.”

    Moving 2015 UFA Johnny Boychuk would bring back the biggest return, as well as giving them the most cap relief.

  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Milan Lucic has recently had the pins removed from his offseason surgery and he’ll be starting his physio soon. Lucic won’t apologize for what he said to Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin but realizes he should have handled the handshake line a little differently.

    “I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said,” Lucic said. “But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should turn their attention to locking up Marc Staal after they go through their three potential arbitration cases. He has one year left on his deal. A contract extension could be for six-years in the $5.5 million a year range. Unless he suffered another concussion this season, he could easily fetch that amount on the open market.The next player to push the salary ceilings like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane just did with their $10.5 million contracts is Steven Stamkos in 2016. He could go $12 million plus a season if he chooses too. John Tavares will be looking for a new deal in 2018.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Jokinen, Canadiens, Penguins and Blackhawks

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: As of yesterday, the Jets and pending UFA Olli Jokinen have had limited contact. Should expect the Jets payroll next year to be around $65 million. The Jets could take the $3 million or so it may have used on Jokinen, invest it elsewhere, and potentially have a spot open for prospect Adam Lowry if he’s ready. Issues remains that if you do that and he’s not ready, you now have a hole at the third line.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: When P.K. Subban’s gets his new contract, it will eat of most of their remaining cap space. Brian Gionta wants to return, but how much of pay cut will he take and is he fine with a one-year deal? Lars Ellar could take a short-term deal and a raise from his $1.5 million. Mike Weaver could serve as an insurance policy behind youngsters Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi. Now that Andrei Markov is back, don’t expect any big moves from the free agent market. Peter Budaj could be traded. At the draft, they could focus on size, especially up front, and character players with potential.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wants to upgrade their third and fourth lines, but he hasn’t really said who he want to keep and who he wants to replace. Tanner Glass’s agent,

    “Some preliminary discussions with Jason [Botterill, now the associate GM] a few months ago” but that he has “not spoken with Jim or Jason since [the Penguins’] management/coaching changes.”

    Joe Vitale and defenseman Deryk Engelland’s agent said they have not had any contract talks with the Penguins.

  • SportsNet: The Blackhawks could be looking to trade Patrick Sharp, using as trade chip to land a center. Sharp has a modified no-trade clause and carries a $5.9 million cap hit.

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NHL News: Canadiens Re-Sign Andrei Markov

Andrei Markov and Carey PriceThe Montreal Canadiens have re-signed pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension.

The 35-year old Markov will get $17.25 million over the three-years, a $5.75 million salary cap. Markov was originally drafted by the Canadiens, 162nd overall in the sixth round of the 1998 draft.

Do you think this was a good deal for the Canadiens?


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NHL Rumors VI: Red Wings, Wild Shopping Two, the Devils and Brodeur

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) Potential targets for the Red Wings. Khan thinks they’d land a secondary scorer in Jussi Jokinen or Matt Moulson on a shorter deal than it would take to bring in a Thomas Vanek, Paul Stastny, Ryan Callahan or Marian Gaborik. If they were to offer a big, longer term deal, it would have to be someone like the 28-year old Stastny. They are not likely to add someone like Steve Ott. Matt Niskanen and Andrei Markov are not really No. 1 defesemen, but they will end up getting paid like one. The Red Wings are likely to look at the cheaper Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Stephane Robidas. Khan doesn’t think they are willing to part with the assets to land a Dustin Byfuglien or Keith Yandle.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Sources saying the Wild are shopping Kyle Brodziak and may be willing to retain some salary in a Niklas Backstrom trade. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been working the phones the past week.

    “Everyone calls everybody,” the Wild GM said. “You don’t see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It’s all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It’ll take a move or two to get the ball rolling, and then there’s usually a domino-type effect. We’re not there yet.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo said it’s unlikely that they will use their remaining compliance buyout. It’s also not looking like Martin Brodeur will be back with the team.

    “It’s unlikely,” Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger. “No decisions have been made yet. We still have time on our side, but it’s unlikely.”

    “Marty has made his decision,” Lamoriello said. “Quite frankly, I’m not going to make it a difficult topic.”

    Lamoreillo on if he has any intention of trying to re-sign Brodeur,

    “No one rules anything out.”

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NHL Rumors IV: Boyle, Nabokov, Gaborik, Markov, Callahan, Leafs, Caps and Flyers

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Islanders are aggressively shopping the rights to Dan Boyle. The Sharks received 2015 5th round pick from the Islanders earlier this month for Boyle’s rights.

“Garth’s done a great job, he’s kept us abreast of everything along the way, we understand he’s got to protect his interests,” Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, told “That being said, we haven’t closed the door on talking to them. The Islanders gave Dan a lot to think about.”

Boyle will be looking for a two-year deal.

The Islanders had hoped to bring back Evgeni Nabokov, but it’s looking like that won’t happen.

“We couldn’t come to an agreement, it looks like he’s headed to July 1,” Snow said of Nabokov.

The Kings have already reached out to Marian Gaborik about a contract extension.

On Canadiens pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov:

“No news. I don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon,” Markov’s agent, former NHLer Sergei Berezin, told via text Wednesday morning. “But you never know.”

Ryan Callahan’s agent:

“Good-faith talks with Tampa continue, hard to handicap at this point,” Bartlett said via email Wednesday morning

Darren Dreger: The Islanders did offer Dan Boyle a two-year deal. The dollar amount is not known, but he’ll likely get upwards of $5 million.

Howard Berger: The Maple Leafs have spoken with the Islanders about trading for Dan Boyle’s rights.

Dave Molinari: If healthy, Tomas Vokoun is a logical candidate to backup Braden Holtby in Washington.

CapGeek: @Davegisaac confirms that the Flyers will have $345,000 in bonus overages.

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NHL Rumors X: Capitals, Phaneuf, Flames, Spezza and Cammalleri

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The Capitals won’t be using their compliance buyout according to GM Brian MacLellan, “I don’t think it would make sense,” he said. They’d like to add a backup for Braden Holtby through trade or free agency. There could be a couple players they’ll pursue through free agency, but won’t “get ridiculous” with the offers. They are still in talks with Mikhail Grabovski. They could look at Evgeny Kuznetsov as their No. 2 center. MacLellan will aggressive in attempting to get a top defenseman through trade or free agency. The Capitals are talking to, and hope to re-sign Nate Schmidt, Cam Schilling and Michael Latta.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: If the Capitals are looking to add a top-end defenseman to play with Mike Green, Gormley wonders about Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf carries a seven-year, $49 million salary, so the Maple Leafs may have eat some of his salary. The Capitals would also have to consider the cost to acquire him. Would the Capitals offer the 13th pick, Marcus Johansson and/or Dmitry Orlov for Phaneuf? The Hurricanes are dangling Eric Staal, and the Oilers may be willing to part with Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov. It may be safer for them to look at the left-handed free agent market.

    “We have a couple guys we’re going to pursue,” MacLellan said. “I think everybody is fully aware the free agency market is pretty thin and it’s going to be competitive.

    “There’s a couple guys we’re going to pursue up to a certain point. I don’t think we’re going to get ridiculous with our [contract] offers, but hopefully we can find a good fit and pick up a player or two in free agency.”

    Left-handed free agent options include: Andrei Markov, Kyle Quincey, Brooks Orpik and Willie Mitchell.

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Brad Treliving on the report that he made an offer of Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, “possibly” Dennis Wideman and a second or third round pick for Jason Spezza:

    “It’s categorically false,”

    “I haven’t made any such offers. That’s 100% fantasy island. I saw it early Sunday online and had to read it a couple times and had to remind myself ‘oh ya I’m the Flames GM. Interesting.’ ”

    Treliving doesn’t deny that he’s spoken with Senators GM Bryan Murray about a variety of topics. He’s also spoken with Canucks GM Jim Benning. The Flames aren’t one of the teams Ryan Kesler is interested in going to.

    Treliving confirmed that they are still talking with Mike Cammalleri. A team official, not Trelving, said the Flames are comfortable paying Cammalleri $5 million for a few seasons, but not much more than that.

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NHL Rumors V: Kings, Red Wings, Senators, Canadiens, Flames, Lightning and Capitals

  • Mark Spector: Agents are loving that they are able to talk with GMs starting on June 25th. One agent: “Multi-million $ decision that used to be within an hour.”
  • Lisa Dilman of the LA Times: The Kings have UFAs Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. Dwight King will be a RFA. The Kings will have to decide whether they want to buyout Mike Richards or not, and to use some of the money to re-sign Marian Gaborik. Richards might not get a buyout. It may be hard to fit Green and/or Mitchell in. The 37-year old Mitchell is thought to be looking for a two-year deal. He may look elsewhere if the Kings only offer a one -year deal. Gaborik will be their top priority.
  • David Pagnotta: The Kings will have decisions to make on pending UFA defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. They want to re-sign Marian Gaborik.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings could be re-signing pending UFA Jonas Gustavsson soon.

    “I’ve been talking to Gustavsson’s agent,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today. “He played good for us. We’d like to keep him.”

    Gustavsson may be looking for a two-year deal, with the Red Wings more interested in a one-year deal.

  • Bob McKenzie: The Senators offered Ales Hemsky a three-year deal worth about $10 million. Hemsky rejected it. The Senators are now prepared to trade his rights for a draft pick.
  • Bob McKenzie: Andrei Markov is asking the Canadiens for a three -year deal at $6 million per season.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames and Mike Cammalleri are still talking. The issues is more with term than with money. Mark Spector: Flames GM Brad Treliving said that Cammalleri is his “biggest priority.” There has been no offer from the Flames yet.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Lightning and Ryan Callahan are still talking about a contract extension, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he hits the open market.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan: “We like the job Grabovski did for us last year but we’re also balancing what we’re going to do with our roster.”

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NHL Rumors II: Red Wings Mailbag, Avalanche and the Maple Leafs

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) The weak free agent market may lead to more trades this offseason. The Red Wings are looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. Trade talk is expected to heat up at the GM meetings this week.

    Predators GM David Poile said he isn’t trading Shea Weber, but if they would consider trading him, the Red Wings would be interested.

    Free agent options for the Wings: (right handed) Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Matt Greene. Left handed free agent option: Andrei Markov.

    The Red Wings have had interest in Cody Franzen in the past, but it’s unlike the Leafs would trade him to their division rivals. The Wings could inquire about Dustin Byfuglien, as well as Mike Green.

    Khan thinks that Gustav Nyquist is basically untouchable. Tomas Tatar isn’t untouchable, but they may not be too interested in trading the 23-year old.

    Khan doesn’t think they should sign free agent winger Radim Vrbata to the three year deal if it meant diminishing Tomas Jurco’s role or causing him to end up in the AHL again.

    Khan thinks they should consider trading for Alex Elder or Keith Yandle, but it would depend on the cost.

    The asking price for Jason Spezza may be too high for someone who could just be a rental for a year.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Paul Stastny’s agent hasn’t been in a rush to get a deal done with the Avalanche. Serious talks aren’t likely to get going until at least the 20th in an attempt to gain some leverage. The Avalanche are optimistic that they can get a deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger:  “There are some big names in play, no question. Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Marleau & every market is going to try & connect the dots” … “I think the Leafs would be apprehensive on the package that it would take to acquire Thornton & you have to look at the salary cap” … “The Leafs are still looking for that top centre.” Dreger also notes that Thornton controls where he goes and the Maple Leafs are probably not an option.

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NHL Rumors II: Markov, Bruins, Selanne, Regier and Flames

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: from Richard Labbe of La Presse and Chantal Ledoux. Andrei Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin

    “We know what Habs management wants, and they know what Andrei wants,” Berezin said. “There are no surprises and I am optimistic in this case, the main reason being that I feel the team wishes to keep Andrei, and Andrei wants to remain with this team. That’s what’s important to understand. The rest are just details we need to work out.”

  • Renaud Lavoie: Andrei Markov is not close to signing a deal with the Canadiens.
  • Anthony Travalgia of the Boston Globe: Jarome Iginla hopes he’s able to remain with the Bruins.

    “It’s a great group and I hope to be able to come back and I know it’s something that I hope that works and there’s a deal there for everyone. But I know the Bruins need to look at what they want to do and whatever, but yeah, I really enjoyed it and hope there’s something worked out there because I also think it’s a team that has a good of a shot as any to win and I think that next year the team can have that.”

    The Bruins will have to decide if they want to bring back Shawn Thornton.

    “I am hoping I am back. I don’t know,” Thornton said at breakup day. “I haven’t had my meetings yet, but if not I am still going to be in the community. I am still going to be here. This is where we live now. This is home. That stuff will not change. I’ll be here, trying to get back when I can. I love it here.”

    The Bruins have six defenseman already under contract for next season and have trade deadline acquisitions in pending UFAs in Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros. It wouldn’t be a surprise if either Matt Bartkowski or Torey Krug is with another team next season.

    Backup goalie Chad Johnson could be let go as they have Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban on the way.

  • Daren Milard: Talked with Teemu Selanne who said he will talk to Jokerit of the KHL next week but thinks he’s done.
  • Elliotte Friedman: The Coyotes are close to bringing in a new assistant GM for Don Maloney and it could be Darcy Regier.
  • Sean Kelso: The Flames didn’t renew the contracts of their AHL coaches Troy Ward and Robbie Ftorek.

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NHL Rumors II: Callahan, Stalock, Markov, Sobotka and Tikhonov

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning and Ryan Callahan continue to talk about a contract extension. Talks have been good, but nothing is imminent. It was expected that he would test the open market, but with them continuing talks, it’s a good sign that he might want to stay. It’s unclear if he’s still looking for a six-year, $39 million deal. No state taxes could help the Lightning.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Contract talks between the Sharks and UFA goaltender Alex Stalock have started. Both sides are hoping to get a deal done before the draft at the end of the month. Stalock is expected battle Antti Niemi for the starting job, if Niemi returns.

    “I really like it here. It’s the only organization I’ve been with, and they’ve been great to me since day one, and everything I’ve been through, it’s been handled great,” Stalock said on May 2. “I can only say good stuff.”

  • Renaud Lavoie: Andrei Markov wants to finish his career in Montreal. Contract talks will resume in the next few days.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Vladimir Sobotka said that he’s fine after the injury he suffered at the World Championships. It’s likely that he and the Blues agree to a contract extension over the next few weeks.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Viktor Tikhonov has one year left on his KHL deal that he can’t get out of.

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