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Afternoon Rumors: Red Wings, Canucks, Kesler, Blues, Bruins, Phillips, Flyers and Oilers

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

“The phone lines seem to be heating up,” Holland told Thursday. “We would prefer to do a hockey deal — meaning a player that’s on our roster going forward [past this season].

“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble. It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”

So you can likely rule out Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. They could look at low cost rental defenseman. LeBrun thinks the Ryan Kesler is the type of player that might interest the Red Wings.

Bottom line on Canucks Ryan Kesler.

•  A number of NHL teams have gotten calls from the Canucks on Kesler and vice versa.
•  The price is “significantly high,” says one Western Conference source. Says a different source, “Really high. And I guess I can’t blame them.”
•  The Canucks have made it clear to other teams that they don’t feel the need to move him before Wednesday’s deadline, that they’re more than happy to pick this up again in June if their price isn’t met. Or not move him at all if their price isn’t met.
•  Kesler is signed for two more seasons, which means if you’re trading for him now, you’ve got three more playoffs out of the gritty, two-way star. And at $5 million a year, he’s below market value.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

“We’re not at the area where the window is closing,” he said. “You also have to look at the dynamics of your team. A team like Boston or a team like Pittsburgh, they’ve been cap players for at least a half-decade. We’re a cap team this year, but we’re a team that has to manage our resources differently than the top-spending teams on a year-to-year basis. We’re not a heavily free-agent-based team. It’s my belief that we have to make sure we’re maintaining some view of the future, as well.”

“I’m not saying we won’t do it, but we have to be careful,” said Armstrong. “We’re a team that wants to win, but we still have to understand that our winning comes through drafting and developing.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

“I’d like to get a defenseman,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told Thursday. “If we don’t get one, I’m fine with that, too.”

“But having said that, the way the market has been so far, I don’t want to force a square peg into a round hole,” Chiarelli said.

LeBrun mentions to keep an eye on Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and the Bruins.

Darren DregerChris Phillips contract talks are expected to resume today. A trade is still an option with the Bruins among the teams that are thought to be interested.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will have a decision to make on whether to trade Andrej Meszaros or not. He is a pending UFA, but he does have them depth on the blueline. When asked if he wanted to stay in Philly.

“I love Philadelphia, and I love everything here. It’s my last year of my contract, obviously, and whatever will happen will happen.”

The Flyers would likely get a third round pick or a prospect for him. He carries a $4 million salary cap hit.

Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Oilers would like replace the second and third round picks they sent out to acquire David Perron and Ben Scrivens. The Oilers have nine pending UFAs and Sam Gagner to use as trade bait. They have held preliminary talks with defenseman Justin Schultz. Andrew Ference has a no-movement clause. Pending UFAs: Anton Belov, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mark Fraser, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Corey Potter, Nick Schultz, Ben Scrivens and Ryan Smyth.

Ian Mendes: “If Martin St. Louis is asking for a trade and is only willing to go to NYR, is that any different than what Dany Heatley did in Ottawa?”

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Morning Hits: Eller, Subban, Burakovsky, Hamilton, Bartkowski, MacKinnon and NHL Records

  • TSN: Canadiens Lars Eller will be healthy when training camp starts. He suffered a concussion and facial fractures in the playoffs from a hit by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

    “Two to three weeks after the incident, I was already back has 100 per cent,” Eller told a scrum.

    P.K. Subban said he hasn’t been focusing on future contract with the Canadiens. He’s deal expires after this season.

  • Erie Otters News: Andre Burakovsky should decide in the next few days where he will play next season.
  • Shawn Hutcheon of The Fourth Period: With the departure of Andrew Ferenece, it opens up a spot on the Bruins blueline, and the battle may come down to Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski. It is possible that Hamilton could find himself in the AHL this season.
  • Adrian Dater: Nathan MacKinnon will wear No. 29 for the Avalanche.
  • John Kreiser of Kreiser looks at seven NHL records that may never be broken. 1. Best winning percentage by a goaltender: Ken Dryden, .650 2. Longest consecutive point-scoring streak: Wayne Gretzky, 51 games 3. Most goals by a rookie: Teemu Selanne, 76 4. Fastest three goals: Bill Mosienko, 21 seconds 5. Best plus-minus total for a career: Larry Robinson, plus-730 6. Most goals by a defenseman in one game: Ian Turnbull, 7. Most penalty minutes, one season: Dave Schultz, 472

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Morning Hits: Edler, Miller, Luongo, Coburn, Ryan, Boyle, Ference, Khudobin, Jones and Coyotes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Several teams were surprised that Alex Edler didn’t get traded to the Hurricanes for No. 5 pick at the draft. The Flyers, Lightning, Senators, and Oilers are all interested in Edler. He has a cap hit of $5 million through 2018-19.

    Several teams are looking at goaltenders, so Ryan Miller could still be moved.

    Roberto Luongo had lunch with Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini on Sunday in Florida.

    The Oilers-Flyers talk on Braydon Coburn isn’t dead. The Flyers could use Coburn as a bargaining chip in Bobby Ryan talks.

    Sharks Dan Boyle could be on the move. He’s in the last year of his deal, $6.6 million cap hit and it’s believed he submitted a list of eight teams back in February. The Senators are interested if the Sharks eat some of the salary.

    Don’t expect Paul Stastny to be traded.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Free agent sleeper picks: Andrew Ference and the Red Wings, Rob Scuderi and the Penguins.

    Anton Khudobin could be a nice fit in Edmonton, or possibly the Islanders.

    Predators coach Barry Trotz said Seth Jones would be partnered with Shea Weber.

    What people were saying at the draft on Bobby Ryan trade rumors: “If he gets traded, it’s because you’ll look at the deal and understand why.”

  • Scott Bordow Arizona Republic: Glendale City Council voted 4-3 in favor of approving the arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment. They will be staying in Phoenix for at least the next five years.

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Free Agent Hits I: DiPietro, Bobrovsky, Devils, Gagne, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs

  • David Pagnotta: After “ongoing discussions,” Rick DiPietro’s agent confirms that the Islanders will be buying him out. Katie Strang: DiPietro will get $1.5 million through 2029.
  • Chris Johnston: Sergei Bobrovsky’s new deal is for $5 million this year and $6.25 million next year.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Just some final details to be ironed out with Patrik Elias’ new deal with the Devils. It appears that David Clarkson will be testing out the free agent market. Lamoriello yesterday:

    “David, I don’t know at this point. We’ll certainly talk and I’ll leave it at that.”

    The Devils and defenseman Peter Harrold are “not far apart.” The Devils have only had one conversation with Marek Zidlicky in the last month, but there is still a chance he re-signs. Lamoriello met with Johan Hedberg, who now is the odd man out.

    “We sat down for quite a while this morning and he’s going to think about some of the things that we talked about and we’re going to talk again,” Lamoriello said.

  • Rich Chere: The Devils made David Clarkson an offer on Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Simon Gagnecould be back with the Flyers for the right price.

    “We’ve had a couple of conversations with his agent, and we will continue to talk,” GM Paul Holmgren said on Monday. “We have interest in bringing him back, but limited cap space.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes added defenseman Andrej Sekera at the draft, but could be looking at the free agent market to add another. They could look at Andrew Ference.

    “If there’s defensemen for the right price in free agency … I don’t expect it’s going to happen on July 5, but we’ll keep looking around,” Rutherford said. “We said we’re going to change our defense around and we started to do that with Sekera, Murphy and Bellemore as three strong possibilities. If somebody else comes along that we think we can upgrade our position, we will.”

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Five free agents the Maple Leafs should look at: 1. David Clarkson RW 2. Andrew Ference D 3. Rob Scuderi D 4. Stephen Weiss C 5. Douglas Murray D.

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Afternoon Hits: Seguin being discussed, Horton, Ference, Coburn, Clutterbuck and Perron

  • Josh Rimer: The Bruins may be making Tyler Seguin available. Bob McKenzie: The Bruins are talking trade and Tyler Seguin’s name has been discussed. Looking like Nathan Horton won’t be back.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that several teams have shown interest in the negotiating rights to Andrew Ference.
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers are pushing for deals. Sources saying they are aggressively going after Braydon Coburn.
  • Chris Nichols: Sources telling Michael Russo that the asking price for Cal Clutterbuck is a 2nd round pick and a prospect.
  • Renaud Lavoie: A few teams have called the Blues about David Perron.

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NHL Rumor Roundup from LeBrun and Garrioch

  • Tim Panaccio: A GM: “Vinny will make up what he lost. I’m glad I sat out 3-plus months for this. What a scam. It’s gonna be a bidding war for him.”
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are allowed to talk to Vincent Lecavalier, but can’t sign him until July 5th

    “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process in trying to understand the various situations and trying to narrow it down.”

    Lecavalier mentioned he like the Red Wings going up, as well as the Canadiens.

    Stephen Weiss could be an option for the Red Wings, but they’ll have plenty of competition. If the Wings can’t find a center, they could always move Henrik Zetterberg to center. Valtteri Filppula is not close to a deal with the Wings, but both sides are expected to talk this weekend.

    Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a veteran forward and is interested in Lecavalier and Weiss.

    Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could be available for the right price. The Ducks aren’t shopping him, but if a deal makes sense for them, they could move on it.

    The Senators are trying to move up to the No. 5 to No. 10 range from their No. 17 slot.

    The Hurricanes are looking to move down from the No. 5 slot for a top four blueliner.

    The Bruins and Tuukka Rask’s agent will meet this weekend.

    Could see some sign-and-trades next week if UFA talks with their current teams breakdown.

  • Bruce Garrioch: On Lecavalier:

    “People want size. They want a big centre and they want to get a guy without having to give up somebody off their roster. That’s really slowed down the trade market in the last 24 hours,” said the executive.

    The Bruins and Jets may look to trade the negotiating rights to Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey.

    The Rangers are quietly shopping J.T. Miller for immediate help.

    If the Leafs are able to move up from No. 21 in the draft, they’ll be interested in Max Domi.

    Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent has spoken with eight teams. The Oilers were one of the teams. Source said not to be surprised if the Islanders studied the option. He could also be a short term fix in with the Panthers.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is trying hard to move Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Several teams have called the Oilers with interest in Nail Yakupov or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    The Bruins are trying to move into the first round.

    The Hurricanes would move the No. 5 pick for a top four defenseman. Thinking is that if they keep the pick, they will pick Darnell Nurse.

    The Panthers are trying to trade Tomas Fleischmann before the draft. He has two years left with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.

    The Islanders have told teams they will listen to offers on the No. 15 pick if they get a warm body back.

    The biggest mover and shaker at the draft could be Flyers:

    “Paul Holmgren is trying to do something big,” said a league executive. “He won’t move Claude Giroux or anything like that — but he wants to make a big deal.”

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Afternoon Hits: Shattenkirk, Rechlicz, Buyouts, Bryzgalov, Miller, Bergeron’s injuries and the Bruins

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: A deal between Kevin Shattenkirk and the Blues is imminent. Source saying it’s for four years and around $17 million. (Update: deal done, 4 years, $17 million, $4.25 million cap hit.)
  • Josh Rimer: The Capitals re-sign Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie estimates that about 18 teams will likely not make compliance buyouts.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers owner Ed Snider on Ilya Bryzgalov: ”It was a very difficult decision from a financial standpoint, but if Bryz remained a Flyer, the dollars would be far greater in a shorter timeframe. We now have cap space, which will allow us to improve our team”
  • Josh Rimer: Rimer is hearing that the Flyers have held discussions with Sabres about Ryan Miller. The Flyers are definitely up to something.
  • Shawn Hutcheon: Hearing the Bruins won’t be re-signing Andrew Ference and could be looking to trade Rich Peverley and Johnny Boychuk.
  • Dan Rosen: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has been under observation at a hospital since Game 6. Boston Globe: It was revealed that Bergeron played with a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder that occurred in Game 6 and has a small hole in his lung according to GM Peter Chiarelli. They think the punctured happened after Monday’s game.Chiarelli confirmed that it’s unlikely that Andrew Ference returns, the same for Jaromir Jagr. Nathan Horton will require shoulder surgery.

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Free Agent Hits: Red Wings, Bickell, Cleary, Stalberg, Horton, Brunner, Langenbrunner, Stafford and Wilson

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell’s play during the playoffs will have many teams interested, including the Red Wings. The Red Wings will be talking with Daniel Cleary next week. The Red Wings may also take a look at Viktor Stalberg who is coming off of a two-year deal for $1.75 million. Bruins Nathan Horton may be an attractive addition, though he’s red-flagged due to his concussion history.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings want to sign Damien Brunner before July 5th, but determining market value hasn’t been easy. The Red Wings may be hesitate for go more than $2.5 million or more than 3 years.

    “I guess I have to think about it in the next couple of weeks and talk to my agent and Kenny (general manager Holland), and then we’ll see what’s going on,” Brunner said during locker clean-out day on May 31.

    “It was exciting and a lot of fun; my first NHL season and I get a chance to play with the Red Wings,” Brunner said. “It was an honor to put that sweater on and I’m happy that it turned out the way it did.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Free agent defenseman that could be available when free agency kicks off July 5th: Ryan Whitney, Marek Zidlickly, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey. Looking to trade for someone like Coyotes Keith Yandle would cost young players or blue-chip prospects. There is a chance that some new names becomes free agents if their current team uses a compliance buyout on them after the Cup Final.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues have let Jamie Langenbrunner know that they won’t be offering him a contract for next season. He hopes to play one more season. The Blues could offer him a PTO.
  • Igor Eronko: Ducks Kyle Wilson signed with Dinamo Riga.

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Quick Hits: Draft, Ference and Stars head coaching position

  • Bob McKenzie: The NHL draft will be June 30th, starting at 3 pm ET with all 7 round.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Andrew Ference: “he’s obviously on the mend. But not ready to say he’s ready to go yet.”
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: A source has said that the Dallas Stars have talked to Lindy Ruff about their vacant head coaching position. GM Jim Nill is expected to talk with Alain Vigneault and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins. Nill said that he’ll have both casual talks and official interviews while he’s in Toronto at the draft combine.


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Injury Notes: Seidenberg, Redden, Ference, Lundqvist, Spezza and Beauchemin

  • Joe McDonald of ESPN: Injured Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden practiced yesterday and travel with the team to New York.

    “Whether it’s next game or not, we’ll see how he feels [today],” Julien said of Seidenberg.

    “Not too bad,” Redden said. “It’s day-to-day still. I’ve got to talk with [the medical staff] and see where we’re at, but it’s progressing good.”

    Their other injured defenseman, Andrew Ference, doesn’t look as lucky. He was seen last week wearing a walking boot.

  • Mike Mazzeo of ESPN: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist injured his shoulder in the 3rd period in Game 2 on Sunday.

    “Yeah, it’s under control,” Lundqvist said after practice Monday. “I landed on the ice awkwardly and hurt it a little bit. It’s under control.

    “Everybody’s sore. It’s the playoffs. You can’t just sit out because it’s hurting a little bit. It happens and you just have to make sure you do the right things to make it good.”

  • Erin Nicks of Senators Jason Spezza played his first game since Jan. 27th on Sunday and seems to be feeling no ill effects.

    “I feel good,” Spezza said Monday. “To play a double-overtime game and coming out no worse for wear is definitely positive for me and encouraging that I made the right decision [to play]. I took a pretty good pounding and played more than we had initially planned, but it’s all positive and I hope to get even better as we go on.”

  • Helene Elliott: The Ducks said that defenseman Francois Beauchemin had surgery to repair his ACL. Surgery went well and he hopes to be ready for next season.


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Injury Notes: Spezza, Seidenberg, Ference and Redden

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is a strong possibility that Jason Spezza will return to the Senators lineup for Game 3 on Sunday. A decision will be made tomorrow morning after their skate. Spezza hasn’t received clearance from doctors yet.

    “He continues to skate on a daily basis and makes progress,” said MacLean Friday. “We’ll go through practice (Saturday) and the pre-game skate and we’ll see where it is. If he’s available to us, it’s Jason Spezza, we’re going to have him in the lineup.”

  • Wayne Scanlan: MacLean on Spezza: “If he’s available he’ll be in the lineup. He’s Jason Spezza.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden haven’t been ruled out of Game 2.

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Injury Notes: Gryba, Spezza, Erat, Seidenberg, Ference and Redden

  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean gave no update on the status of defenseman Eric Gryba, but didn’t rule him out for Game 2 just yet.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Jason Spezzastayed in Ottawa to skate with the other black aces and won’t be returning for Game 2. He’s skated everyday for the last two weeks.

    “Everybody on our team is hopeful and everybody in Ottawa is hopeful,” said centre Kyle Turris. “He’s a player you can’t replace. He’s somebody that adds so much to a team and he’s one of the best players in the league.

    “To have him possibly in the lineup, yeah it’s a huge help, but we understand if he’s not we can carry on and continue to play.”

  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Martin Erat dislocated his elbow when he collided with Alex Ovechkin and Derek Stepan in round one. He would have been ready for round two.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andre Ference and Wade Redden missed practice yesterday. James Murphy of ESPN: GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that they could be without all three tonight. Torey Krughas been recalled.

    “Maybe we have a different look than we’re used to, as far as puck transporting,” Chiarelli said. “Maybe that’s a good thing, but that’s what we’re going to be. We’re calling up Torey Krug today to come along for the ride, so you may see him at a point. Those three D, if they’re in the lineup, give us a little different complexion back there.”

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