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Morning Hits: Coyotes, Outdoor Games, Olympics, Stars, Ducks, Flyers, Flames, Jets and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Nichols: Starting in 2014-15, the Phoenix Coyotes will be known as the Arizona Coyotes.
  • Darren Dreger: There are likely to be four outdoor games next season. Teams that are showing interest are the Sharks, Coyotes, Avalanche, Bruins and the Wild. The Maple Leafs are pushing for a Winter Classic. The Canadiens and Senators want a game, and the Jets are expected to get the 2016 Heritage Classic.
  • Chris Nichols: Bill Daly said they will wait until after the 2014 Sochi Olympics before they start to look at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
  • Mike Heika: The Stars have agreed to a three year contract extension with Ryan GarbuttMark Stepneski: Garbutt gets $5.4 million over three years.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks sign Mark Fistric to a three year deal with $3.8 million: $1.1 million, $1.2 million and $1.5 million.
  • Dave Isaac: The Flyers have put Chris VandeVelde on waivers.
  • Joe Yerdon: The Jets send Paul Postma to the AHL for a conditioning assignment.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Jaroslav Halak will start against the Hurricanes, Brian Elliott will start against the Predators.
  • Sarah McLellan: Thomas Greiss will start in net for the Coyotes against the Sabres.

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Morning Hits: Biron, Staubitz, Leafs, Blackhawks, Canucks and Flames

  • Katie Strang: Martin Biron announced his retirement. Hinted that it was possible when they put him on waivers last week.
  • Paul Hendrick: The Maple Leafs send Trevor Smith, David Broll and Carter Ashton to the AHL.
  • Tim Sassone: The Blackhawks assign Joakim Nordstrom to the AHL.
  • Rob Mixer: The Canucks recalled forward Jeremy Welsh to replace the injured Jordan Schroeder.
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames recall forward Roman Horak and defenseman Chris Breen and assign forward Blair Jones and defenseman Derek Smith to the AHL.
  • Pat Steinberg: Flames Kari Ramo will start today and Joey MacDonald will start tomorrow.

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Morning Rumors: Lundqvist, Sedin, Kessel, Phaneuf, Liles, Cammalleri and Flames future UFAs

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing new to report on contract negotiations.
  • Ben Kuzma: Henrik Sedin on contract negotiations for him and his brother:

    “There’s no news. When they come to us and have something for us, then we’ll talk. I won’t be negotiating, so I’m good. I’m going to play. If we take care of what we can do, everything will take care of itself. I don’t think we’re guys who are focused on what kind of deal we’re going to get. It’s always been about getting better.”

  • Chris Johnston: Part of the $22.5 million in signing bonuses for Phil Kessel, he’ll get a $5 million payment in 2020-21 and in 2021-22.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel had asked for $8.6 million a year. Eight-years was more than the Leafs originally wanted to go. Captain Dion Phaneuf will be a UFA at the end of the season. Phaneuf has a $6.5 million salary cap hit this year, but a $5.5 million salary. The Leafs must decide what they think Phaneuf is worth. $6.5 million or more? Would he be insulted if they offered less? Do they even want him as their top defenseman?
  • Elliotte Friedman: The Maple Leafs may decide at some point if they should eat some of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade to help their salary cap number. Teams can only retain salary for three players in a season and they have already used two up, Matt Frattin and Ben Scrivens.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mike Cammalleri is a UFA at the end of the season and has a limited no-trade clause. His play over the first several months could impact the return they get if they decide to trade him. Other Flames who will be UFAs at the end of the season: Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Blair Jones, Tim Jackman, Chris Butler, Kris Russell and Derek Smith.

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Leighton, Green, Samuelsson, Datsyuk, Franzen, Lehtonen and starting goalies

  • Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Scott Hartnell skated on Friday but there is no change to his 4 to 8 week timetable. He met with doctors on Friday. It’s been 3 weeks since he broke a bone in his foot. Michael Leighton is 7 to 10 days away from returning from an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson will return to the lineup today after missing the last 12 games. The odds of Pavel Datsyuk returning today are greater than 50%. He missed Friday’s game with a bruised shoulder. Johan Franzen was placed on the IR yesterday with a hip flexor. Petr Mrazek will start in net today for the Wings.
  • Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames have re-assisgned goalie Leland Irving and recalled Danny Taylor from Abbotsford of the AHL.

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The Flames missed the playoffs for a 3rd straight year … Is change coming?

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames head coach Brent Sutter takes the blame for Flames missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight year, though he hinted that there is plenty of blame to go around.

    “I don’t really want to get into that right now. There are reasons. They will have to be addressed once the season is over,” Sutter said. “We will go from there. Again, it’s not something that just transpired here. It’s grown. And at some point in time, it has to be addressed head on.”

    The Flames core group of Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff have been around for all 3 of their playoff misses. Gilbertson thinks this team needs more than a tinker.

    “When you aren’t in the playoffs, it’s not good enough,” Sutter said. “There’s reasons for it. We were inconsistent. There were different times throughout the year, in terms of team confidence and taking a step to becoming a good situation, where you don’t deal with this at the end of the year. We failed on it. We never took the stand that this thing would put us over the hump.

    “I’ve played on a lot of winning teams, and you know what you need. At certain times throughout the year, there are times you need it — and we never got it.”

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: The Flames will have some RFAs to deal with this summer: Blake Comeau, Leland Irving, Mikael Backlund and Blair Jones. Both Comeau and Jones have said they hope they are brought back.
  • George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: The biggest question about the Flames offseason will involve Jarome Iginla. Iginla has a no-trade clause so he won’t be moved unless he wants to. Johnson noted:

    He’s obviously extremely comfortable here. This is his team, his town. The safe, familiar place to be. But at what point does getting one more legit shot at a championship before he’s done override comfort? Iginla wants desperately to do just that in Calgary, but given what we’re seeing, and closing in on his 35th birthday, that window is now virtually shut.

    Jarome Iginla said:

    “It’s still (up) in the air,’’ he protested. “I don’t think it’s a pride thing. You just want to be part of a winner, be part of the playoffs. That’s what we all want to do. I look at myself and I know I didn’t have my best year. There’s going to be a lot of motivation. That’s my approach: Play hard this last week and look to rebound.

    “I still think the organization has a lot of good things going for it. This year, when guys went down, everybody said the cupboard was bare, we didn’t have anybody to step in. And you saw a lot of guys that did, gave us a shot to be there, in that position, the last 10 games.

    “So I still think there’s a lot of good things (happening). I think it’s going in the right direction.

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Flames trade Mikkelson to Lightning for Jones

The Calgary Flames have traded defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Blair Jones.

Jones carries a $525,000 cap hit and will be RFA at the end of the season. Mikkelson carries a $721,875 cap hit and will be a RFA at the end of the year.

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