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NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … ”It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … ”Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”

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Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
  • Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.

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Morning Rumors IV: Cammalleri, Khudobin, Vrbata, Moss, Morris, Miller and Vanek

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames re-signing Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ever going to happen unless he’d take a pay-cut to remain with the team during a lengthy rebuilding period. He’ll test the open market unless he comes to terms with the team who trades for him. If Brian Burke could get a first round pick for him, it would be a success. A second round pick and a prospect would be suffice.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks with goaltender Anton Khudobin are underway, but he’s not sure if they can get done by tomorrow.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes pending UFAs Radim Vrbata, David Moss and Derek Morris all want to remain in Phoenix. Talks between the Coyotes and Vrbata are still scheduled to take place after the season. There have been no active talks between the Coyotes and Moss and Morris. They could be offseason discussions.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Questions are already being asked to Ryan Miller if he would re-sign with the Blues.

    “I’m very open to it,” Miller told reporters in St. Louis today, “but right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.

    “It’s definitely a possibility.”

  • Steven Marcus: Islanders Thomas Vanek said that if the team was in the ‘top echelon’ that he might stay, adding ”I can tell you that winning does make a big difference.”

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Afternoon Rumors II: Wild, Hurricanes, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Devils and Scouting Kings-Canes

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Sabres GM Tim Murray is now trying to trade Jaroslav Halak to the Wild. Some in the Wild organization wonder if Halak’s success had a lot to do with their system. If the price is right, they could make the move. The Wild have talked to the Hurricanes about Cam Ward, but his contract could be an issue. The Oilers have offered Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild. Panthers Tim Thomas and Hurricanes Anton Khudobin could also be available. The Wild could look at Thomas Vanek this summer, but unless the price comes down by the deadline, unlikely to get the Wild’s interest. They haven’t called the Blue Jackets about Marian Gaborik. The Wild could use a scorer, defenseman and some goalie insurance.
  • John Vogl: Newly acquired Chris Stewart and Jaroslav Halak are aware that they may not be in Buffalo for that long. Chris Stewart is expected to play on Monday, Jaroslav Halak is not.
  • The Fourth Period: The Senators could look at trade pending UFA Chris Phillips, Joe Corvo and Milan Michalek. The Senators are trying to sign Phillips to a one-year contract extension. The Bruins are interested in Phillips. The Ducks, Kings and Avalanche could also be interested in Phillips.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Though it change, Senators GM Bryan Murray has stated he’s not that interested in rental players.
  • Rich Chere: “Brodeur said he doesn’t know if he’ll be traded. He said he would not have to be a starter to waive hi no-trade, just play more often. Brodeur said he may want to play next season so he needs to play more often this year than he is right now.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Devils Jaromir Jagr said that he might go home if he is traded. He’s received all of his contract bonuses for the year. Randy Miller:  Jagr hopes he’s not traded: “I’m not going anywhere.”
  • Frozen Royalty: Non-regulars scouting the Kings – Hurricanes game yesterday: Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Lightning, Penguins, Oilers and Hurricanes.

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Rangers, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Avs, Oilers, Hurricanes, Canucks and Top 5 Grinders

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) If the Blues are looking to bring a bigger name in, it will have to include salary going out. If the Blues are looking at Ryan Callahan, the Rangers will want someone that could step right into their lineup (ie. Chris Stewart) and not just picks and prospects. The emergence of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, and with Dmitrij Jaskin on his way, has made Stewart expendable. If Stewart isn’t dealt at the deadline, he could be moved in the summer.

    Custance thinks it’s in the best interest of the Blue Jackets to trade Marian Gaborik at the deadline and that he might be able to land them a 1st round pick.

    Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will deplete their system to land Ryan Miller.

    Custance thinks there could be at least on trade at the deadline that nobody saw coming. GMs appear to be wanting to make “hockey deals” rather than rentals.

    There’s the sense that the Avalanche will keep Ryan O’Reilly as Patrick Roy really likes him.

    Oilers Sam Gagner is all but assured to be traded. There could be a bigger deal to be made if Oilers GM Criag MacTavish can find a taker. Still a long-shot that one of the Oilers other stars gets traded, but it is possible.

    If the Hurricanes are willing to retain some salary,and if he’d waive his no-trade clause, they might be able to find a taker for goalie Cam Ward. If the Hurricanes wanted to move Anton Khudobin, they could get a draft pick for him for a contender who is looking for a goaltending depth.

    Custance thinks it will be interesting to see if the Canucks will look to trade Alex Edler at the deadline. It could benefit them in both the short-term and long-term if they could get a young center for him.

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Grinders: 1. Ryan Callahan – maybe looking for an NHL regular to place him if they decide to trade him. 2. Andrew Ladd – could bring the Jets a substantial return. The Penguins could use a big winger and have the assets. 3. Tuomo Ruutu – will teams want to take on his salary. 4. Troy Brouwer – the Capitals could use either a top four defenseman, prospects and/or picks. 5. Erik Cole
  • Dennis Bernstein: Gary Bettman on WFAN: ”we hope there are World Cups in future because we can control the timing of event.” Added a switch to the Summer Olympics is not feasible.

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Morning Rumors II: Goaltender Edition: Hurricanes and Leafs

  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on Hockey Central on his goaltenders Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters.

    “There’s enough interest in any one of the three,” Rutherford confirmed.

    “I think the real question is, do we carry three or do we make a move and move one? The biggest thing for me is if we move one, it makes it better for two goalies. With three goalies, they just don’t get enough practice time, they don’t get their own net. That’s a decision we’re going to have to make prior to the deadline.”

    Cam Ward has been sent to the AHL to get a couple games on a conditioning assignment. Ward has a no-trade clause, but sources saying he could be open to a change of scenery. Ward has two years left on his deal. Khudobin and Peters are pending UFAs. It’s thought the Hurricanes would like to re-sign Khudobin.

  • Hope Smoke: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: ”I wouldn’t put one of our three goalies on waivers because I know there is enough interest out there.”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I don’t think it’s out of the question that Cam Ward is dealt but I don’t think it’s likely either.” … ”Cam Ward has a no trade and he’s not going anywhere if he doesn’t want to.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Bernier’s play may have changed how teams look at James Reimer as an available asset” … ”The teams that do view Reimer as a starting goalie may have had enough examples to change that opinion”

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Afternoon Hits: Miller, Moulson, Stamkos, Zetterberg, Grabovski, JVR, Isles, Lines and Goalies

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Regarding Ryan Miller ... Rutherford thinks the Blues are interested, but no reason to believe something is imminent.
  • Josh Yohe: Sabres Matt Moulson: “People have been trading me since the day I showed up in Buffalo. It’s out of my control.”
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos had off-ice rehab today.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg tweaked his back and is day-to-day.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich gets a maintenance day. Mikhail Grabovski is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Sky Kerstein: Coach Adam Oates said that he expects Laich to play tomorrow and Grabovski to miss the game.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders activate Lubomir Visnovksy and Evgeni Nabokov from the IR and return Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson to the AHL.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Trevor Smith and Dave Bolland both practiced today in no-contact jerseys.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs James van Riemsdyk left practice with an apparent injury. Seemed to tweak something in his leg. James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle said that Phil Kessel and van Riemsdyk have been nursing injuries injuries lately.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs Peter Holland hasn’t played much wing, but he’s willing to try. Leafs will have an extra center when Dave Bolland is able to return.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Megna Pyatt-Adams-Engelland (Ebbett-Kobasew)
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty Desharnais Gallagher, Eller Plekanec Gionta, Bourque Brière Prust, Moen Bournival Parros.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt; Whitney-Fiddler-Cole; Peverley-Horcoff-Chiasson. Defensive pairings: Goligoski-Daley; Benn-Dillon; Rome-Gonchar.
  • Michael Smith: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes.
  • Josh Yohe: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.

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Morning Rumors: Eberle, Oilers, Hurricanes, Sharks, Legwand, Canadiens and Scouting Avs-Panthers

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Jordan Eberle knows his name is in the rumor mill.

    “It’s part of the game,” Eberle said. “There are certain things that you read or you see on TSN or Twitter. It’s such a social-media world now, that some guy in his basement starts a rumour and everyone is talking about it.

    “You have to deal with that stuff. I’d love to be an Edmonton Oiler forever and try to turn this thing around. But all I can focus on is trying to focus on my next game and our next win.”

    The Flyers had inquired about Eberle earlier this year. GM Craig MacTavish and owner Daryl Katz have said they are not interested in trading any of their young core for a short-term fix.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Bob McKenzie has stated that there could be some massive changes this offseason for the Oilers, with possibly some big moves at the trade deadline. The Oilers will move Ales Hemsky if they can get something for him. McKenzie added the Oilers have been exploring their options for Sam Gagner. Ryan Smyth could become a rental. McKenzie thinks the Oilers could look at moving their 1st round pick, maybe Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, but that would likely have to happen after the season.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & ObserverCam Ward is getting close to returning to the lineup, and the play of pending UFA Anton Khudobin is presenting the Hurricanes with some options. Khudobin is two years younger than Ward and would be a lot cheaper than Ward’s $6.3 million salary cap hit that runs through 2015-16. Ward has been inconsistent and has been battling injuries. They don’t have to decide now, but will be thinking on it as they get closer to free agency on July 1st. The Canes can’t afford to re-sign Khudobin and keep Ward.
  • Mike Halford: If the Sharks were to buyout Martin Havlat, they would have $16 million to send on free agents this offseason. Dan Boyle will get his contract and Jason Demers will get a raise, but it still leave them with some nice spending money.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Eyes now turn to Sharks pending UFA Dan Boyle after Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau signed their deals yesterday. Boyle:

    “As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”

    GM Doug Wilson on Boyle:

    “There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.

    The 37-year old Boyle is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal.

  • Dirk Hoag: Predators fans may be surprised at the contract David Legwand will get this summer. There will be lots of teams looking for centers and not many centers available.
  • Dave Stubbs: If there comes a time when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes that there is a coaching issue, it is up to him to change it. What the fans may think with regards to this is not relevant to the decision making process. If/when owner Geoff Molson thinks that Bergevin is not able to lead the Canadiens, he’ll be gone.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalache-Panthers game: Blackhawks (4 people including GM Stan Bowman), Senators (3), Blue Jackets (2), Penguins (2), Rangers, Jets and Kings. There were NHL meetings the other in Florida, so that could could explain Blackhawks having four people at the game.

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Morning Rumors II: Stars, Rangers, Kings, Hurricanes, Canucks, Lightning, Penguins, Leafs and Senators

  • TSN Insider Trading: McKenzie: Two Stars who may be okay with being traded are Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Whitney would be a rental, but Gonchar as two years left at $5 million.

    LeBrun: A Dan Girardi extension may be more likely than a Ryan Callahanextension.

    Dreger:  The Kings would like to add some scoring but will likely have to wait until closer to the trade deadline due to cap space available. They are looking at rentals: Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek and maybe Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Moulson.

    Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu is in play. GM Jim Rutherford told Ruutu he will push for a trade. Ruutu has a no-trade clause.

    McKenzie: Rutherford sent an email to teams saying Jiri Tlusty, Riley Nash, Drayson Bowman and Brett Bellemore are available.  The Canucks did the same with Dale Weise. The Lightning did the same with Keith Aulie and Tom Pyatt.

  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins sent Simon Despres back to the AHL, and some within the organization are souring on him. Trade speculation will mount as they may be higher on prospects Derrick Pouliot, Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin.
  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are looking for a third line winger and a top-six winger. They don’t have a second round pick and are lukewarm on the idea of trading their first round pick for any rental that might be available. There is some thought of playing James Neal with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby, and then finding a winger for Evgeni Malkin by the deadline. There are better fits out there for Malkin than Crosby.
  • ESPN Slide Show: Players who could be traded: Ryan Miller, Sam Gagner, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters, David Legwand, Martin Erat, Andrew MacDonald, Ryan Callahan and Nazem Kadri.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Canucks need more strength down the middle. Probably going to have to use one of their good D to get it done.”
  • Damien Cox: A rumor that was floating around the prospects game that was going on during the summer, was a James Reimer for Nail Yakupov deal.
  • MyNHLTradeRumors: Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch said on Hockey Central that the Rangers wanted Marc Methot and another piece (likely an AHL player) for Michael Del Zotto. The Senators were fine with the other piece, but not with trading Methot.

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Morning Rumors II: Hurricanes, Predators, Leafs, Oilers, Avs, Rangers, Penguins and Coyotes

  • Mark Spector: Cam Ward has a no-trade clause and a long history with the Hurricanes. GM Jim Rutherford really likes him. Seems like it would be a long shot for them to move him. Darren Dreger: A Cam Ward trade is possible, but it would require a big return for an in-season trade. He should return to the lineup next week.
  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes goalies Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters have been in the rumors, and now it appears that Cam Ward may consider a change of scenery. Both Khudobin and Peters will be UFAs at the end of the season. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Khudobin, they could explore a Ward trade in the summer. They are currently looking for a top-six forward.
  • Mark Spector: Spector has heard the Predators may be interested in Oilers Sam Gagner.
  • The Fourth Period: Nazem Kadri could be the odd man out as the Maple Leafs look for a top-line center. It is thought that the Leafs could package Kadri and Jake Gardiner for a proven first line center, then move Tyler Bozak to the second line. This type of move may have to wait until the offseason. The Oilers and Leafs have talked, but Sam Gagner isn’t a top-line center. The Leafs have shown interest in Jeff Skinner and Paul Stastny in the past. They wouldn’t move Kadri for a pending UFA in Stastny.
  • James Mirtle: Darren Dreger said that if the Maple Leafs are going to trade Nazem Kadri, and there is a chance that they will, they will need a center to come back in the deal.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Rangers decide to go the route of sellers by the trade deadline, they don’t have a lot to deal off their roster. They also don’t have a lot of resources in their system to bring in players if they want to go that route. They do need to get bigger. They could trade Michael Del Zotto for a defenseman that could play 16 minutes and have the ability to play in the top-four if need be. They are not deep enough to trade a J.T. Miller, Pavel Buchnevich or a 1st round pick. Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan could be rental chips. If they think they could contend, they won’t move either of them. GM Glen Sather could look at what the Penguins may offer for Callahan to play along side Sidney Crosby.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on taking the next step.

    “You look at the last four years, we’ve been in survival mode,” Tippett said when we chatted before Tuesday night’s loss. “Where we are now, we want to take the next step as an organization. To do that, you have to be more than just scratch and claw. You have to be able to compete in all facets of the game. The facets of our game that were lacking were offensive production, power play, things like that. What we’ve done is we’ve enhanced some of that, but it’s taken away our bread and butter.”

    They will need to add more offense and skill if they want to compete with the top teams in the West.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: LA Kings scout Alyn McCauley was at the Leafs-Sabres game. John Ferguson Jr. was also there. Mike Harrington: Scouts from 14 teams at the game. A lot of them live in the area. Greg Brady: At the game: Sabres, Ducks, Kings, Predators, Flyers, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Stars and Coyotes.

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Afternoon Hits: Senators, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Flames, Sabres, Penguins and Lightning

  • Dan Rosen: Bryan Murray will remain as the Senators GM for the next two seasons, then will stay on with the team as an adviser for the following two years.
  • Michael Smith: Eric Staal practicing on the Hurricanes top power play unit.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Ruutu-Malhotra-Lindholm, Tlusty-Nash-Dvorak. Bowman absent.
  • Michael Smith: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Moen – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Brière – Eller – Bourque Bournival – Prust – Parros. Defensive pairings: Gorges – Subban Markov – Emelin Murray – Bouillon Diaz
  • Calgary Flames: Mike Cammalleri suffered a concussion and is not traveling with the team.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Drew Stafford said he’s day-to-day after feeling better the last few days.
  • Dave Molinari: Five injured Penguins on the ice with their conditioning coach: Paul Martin, Jayson Megna, Beau Bennett, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett.
  • Pens Inside Scoop: Penguins Beau Bennett has been out for seven weeks. After his hand/wrist surgery, recovery timetable was eight to 10 weeks.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that tests on Sami Salo revealed only a bruise, out day-to-day. Victor Hedman is fine.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Sabres, Avs, Capitals, Flames, Leafs, Lightning, Blue Jackets, Oilers and Hurricanes

  • Harvey Fialkov: Despite the fact that the Panthers have asked for money from Broward County, GM Dale Talon has the green light to spend to the salary cap ceiling.
  • Mike Harrington: Matt Moulson is the Sabres most attractive asset. Many teams need a scorer. Not a lot of teams need a goalie unless an  injury happens.
  • Brian Wilde: On the trade block: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Boyes, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri. The Canadiens could use a No. 3 defenseman and a big bodied right winger. They don’t have the cap space, so salary must go out.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko is refusing to report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.  Harrington’s inquiries say that the KHL is a possibility. The AHL is not an option.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater thinks it wouldn’t be a good idea to trade Ryan O’Reilly. “If the Avs trade O’Reilly because they don’t want to pay him a dollar more than Matt Duchene or any other artificial reason, then they will be very, very dumb.”You hear the ….

    “They’ll deal him by the March 5 deadline for a D-man or some other “need” go the rumors. “The Avs are loaded at center, so they deal O’Reilly to a team where he’ll be used as a center, and therefore the Avs will get trade value in return befitting a top-six center.”

    but ….

    Oh that one makes a lot of sense. First off, O’Reilly is a winger now, and a great winger. So, if the Avs trade him, they are trading a great WINGER, which would create an immediate void of a great WINGER. This idea that, well, the Avs have so much up the middle already, so that makes O’Reilly expendable in some ways…no. He’s a great left wing right now. So, you trade him, you’re trading a winger that very few teams can match in overall game.

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals and Mikhail Grabovski are in the early stages of contract extension talks.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: The Capitals are in the early stages of talking about a contract extension with center Mikhail Grabovski.

    “He’s comfortable here,” Greenstin said Saturday at the Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington. “Good coaching staff, he fits here very well, but Grabo is very talented center. He’s able to play in a lot of organization the same role. He’s a first-two liner, he reads the game very well, but we’ll see what’s happening. Most likely he’ll stay here.”

    “Why not?” Greenstin said when asked if he could envision Grabovski remaining with the Capitals. “Depends on the management. Coach [Adam Oates] likes him, we just begin talking about future contract. It’s not easy process. It will take some time, I believe.

    “He’s very comfortable in Washington. … We’ll see. Good coach, good organization, we go from this.”

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Brian Burke

    “We’re open for business. A lot is going to depend on when we complete the GM search, but in the meantime, we are open for business.”

    Coach Bob Hartley

    “We know it’s coming,” Hartley explained after Saturday’s morning skate.

    “We know we have a bunch of unrestricted free agents and Burkie will want to improve the team, that’s for sure. Burkie will make decisions — just like me, just like everybody else — for the best of the organization. Obviously, there is going to be some question marks. There is going to be some speculation.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources are saying the Maple Leafs are looking for depth up front. Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be used as trade bait.Penguins GM Ray Shero may be the second most actvie GM and he’s dangling prospects.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has let teams know that Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie are available.

    There is heat on Capitals GM George McPhee to do something. He’s not going to be fired. Former GM Brian Lawton said that Martin Erat could be headed for the Coyotes.

    Newport Sports agent Craig Oster could be the Sabres assistant GM.

    The Avs haven’t had contract talks with center Paul Stastny, but they are not likely to trade him. The Senators and Canucks would be calling if he’s available. The  Flames, Oilers, Leafs, Jets and Canadiens would also be interested. The price would be high. If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, they’ll be looking for a center.

    The Blue Jackets will be willing to trade Brandon Dubinsky.

    Oilers Sam Gagner could be traded to the Hurricanes for a goalie: Cam Ward , Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin.

    Someone could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a  draft pick.

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