Posts Tagged Bobby Ryan

Rumors: Predators, Senators, Sharks, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Avs

  •  Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Cooper thinks it would be a low risk move for the Predators to attempt to sign Ryan Johansen to an offer sheet. The success rate is low for them though. It would cost them some big money, but would be a good long-term solution down the middle.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators GM Bryan Murray said earlier this week that a Bobby Ryan contract extension won’t come easy. Newly re-signed Clarke MacArthur will try to convince to stay.

    “He’s a natural, he’s a player we want on the team,” MacArthur said Wednesday, “If I can nudge him to stay, I’m going to try to.”

  • Ken Warren: Clarke MacArthur’s contract extension includes a modified no-trade clause where he submits a list of 10 teams that he can’t be traded too.
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman on the Fan 590: “A year and a half ago at the deadline the Sharks made some big moves in trading Clowe & Murray & I heard the Leafs called and asked about Thornton” … “The Leafs said, if Thornton’s available we’d like to talk about this with you and him.” … “It didn’t go anywhere because the Sharks were interested in shaking things up but didn’t want to move Thornton” … “Even though Nonis is still there & was involved, I don’t know where things are now. I know they had interest a year & a half ago”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman:  “Here are my thoughts on Phaneuf. He’s a lightning rod here, but he likes to play here” … “In Canada now, if you have guys who like and can handle your market you have to keep them.” … “I look at Gardiner & Rielly. The best thing that can happen to those guys is Dion carrying the load until they’re ready.” … “If Dion’s not there playing all your tough minutes, who’s doing it?” … “Until you give me a satisfactory answer to that question I wouldn’t trade him.”
  • Dan Rosen: Looking at potential Rangers lines after the signing of Kevin Hayes: Kreider-Stepan-Nash, Hagelin-Brass-St. Louis, Zuccarello-Miller-Hayes, Lombardi-Moore-Stempniak.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Joe Sakic had asked Alex Tanguay to help convince Jarome Iginla to sign with the Avalanche:  “Wasn’t too difficult.”

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NHL Rumors I: Ellis, DeKeyser, Leddy and Ryan

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have only one RFA unsigned, defenseman Ryan Ellis. It all comes down to money. GM David Poile is hopeful a deal can be reached soon.

    “Like 99 percent of negotiations that aren’t done at this time we just don’t agree exactly on what the dollars should be,” Poile said. “Hopefully it will be done by training camp. That’s what our target is.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings RFA Danny DeKeyser isn’t worried that they haven’t reached an agreement yet.

    “I’m not really worried,” DeKeyser said. “We’re just kind of going back and forth, and we’ll see what happens. It’d be nice to figure out something long term.”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland said the sides spoke earlier this week and will do so again by the end of this week.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Custance thinks the Blackhawks will trade Nick Leddy to help get under the salary cap.Going to hear a lot about Senators pending UFA Bobby Ryan this season. Ottawa doesn’t have a lot of money and he’s going to get paid.

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NHL Rumors: Methot, Bissonnette, Isles, Holland and Weber

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Marc Methot is scheduled to become a UFA at the season. They had been talking about a contract extension, but they are at a stalemate, so don’t expect a long-term deal anytime soon. Methot is scheduled to make $3.75 million this season, and has been compared to Brooks Orpik and Matt Carle. The Senators are also talking to pending 2015 UFAs Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Craig Anderson. The Sens could look to trade Methot later in the season if they can’t agree on an extension.
  • Craig Morgan: Sources saying the Capitals, Wild and Penguins are teams showing interest in Paul Bissonnette.
  • Daniel Friedman: Thinks one of the biggest reasons the Islanders should look at adding a defenseman is that he’s not sure you can rely on Lubomir Visnovsky to remain healthy all season.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Peter Holland is almost assured to the make the Maple Leafs out of camp as he would have to clear waivers. He’d likely be claimed and the Leafs don’t want to lose him.
  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: Dadoun looks at if it would make sense for the Predators to trade Shea Weber. Predators GM David Poile has said he won’t move him.

    “We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around him,” Poile said in June. He added, “Why wouldn’t we build our team around him?”

    Weber’s cap hit is $7.9 million, but his contract was heavily front loaded. He’ll get $14 million for two more years, $12 million for another two, then it drops further. The Preds have some nice young defensemen in Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Seth Jones. If the Predators are not a great bet to make the playoffs in the future, why not make the move? Weber seems to be on board with remaining with the Predators and is optimistic with their future, but would more losing change that thought.

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NHL Rumors II: Wild, Sens, Hawks, Caps, Selanne and Pens

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The health of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding may leave Darcy Kuemper as their number one. A bit of risk, but carried the team for stretches last season.

    Custance thinks the Senators waited too long to trade Jason Spezza. Moving him at the deadline would have been the best.

    Custance thinks the Blackhawks would like to move Kris Versteeg to gain some cap space, but that isn’t easy. Nick Leddy could be an option, he has value and will be getting expensive to keep.  They could move him for the right price.

    If the Senators aren’t able to lock up Bobby Ryan and are out of the playoff race, Ryan could be one of the better players that could be available at the trade deadline.

    There is no urgency for the Capitals to trade defenseman Mike Green. If they are offered the right deal for him though, they should act on it. The Red Wings are a natural fit and have the assets to make it happen.

  • Juha Hiitela: Sources saying that Jokerit (Finnish team in the KHL) have offered Teemu Selanne $10 million US to play next season. Have had also offered him $5 million just to play home games.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: DePaoli thinks that Brandon Sutter’s best value to the Penguins could be as a trade chip. DePaoli adds that the Penguins may have made a mistake last July when they pulled a verbal offer to Clarke MacArthur off the table once they signed Rob Scuderi.
  • Adam Vingan: Contract between the Capitals and RFA defenseman Cam Schilling are ongoing, “nothing is imminent,” according to his agent.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators – Anderson, Ryan, MacArthur and Methot

  •  Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators confirmed that they have had talks with Craig Anderson about an extension. He’s entering the final year of his deal and they’d like to retain him, even with the re-signing of Robin Lehner to a three-year deal.

    “I did talk to (Duberman) a few weeks back and said we’d like to get Robin Lehner done first and then we could talk about an extension,” said Dorion.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have also spoken with Newport Sports about Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.

    “We had really productive talks on Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan. As you guys know these deals don’t get done in a day, Bryan had preliminary talks with the agents beforehand and (Wednesday) I’d call it productive talks on both sides of things,” said assistant GM Pierre Dorion.”

    “I’d like to get these deals done yesterday and I’d like them done July 1 at 12:01 pm but they take a little while. They’re guys that are both going to be pending UFAs so you have to make sure it works well for both parties.”

    The Senators also want to re-sign defenseman Marc Methot before he becomes a UFA next summer.

    “I think Marc has said it, Marc wants to be here and we want to keep Marc as part of our core of veterans,” said Dorion. “We feel that Marc has been a valuable player for us for the past two seasons and it’s just finding a way where we can make it work for them and for us and trying to stay fair and within our budgets.”

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NHL Rumors I: Calgary, McCann, Bishop, Sens

  • Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald: The Flames have re-signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a new two-year deal, and Cruichskank says to expect RFA’s Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari to be signed in the next few days.

“We really think a lot of Joni,” said Treliving. “This is a young player who took a real big step forward last year.”

  • Jason Botchford of The Province: One of Vancouver’s two first round picks in this year’s draft, Jarred McCann is out to do anything to show he belongs in the NHL. McCann has vowed that his opponents are going to hate him as well.

“I don’t want to be pushed around. If someone is going to stick me, I’m going to give it back.”

“I’ve always had a spur in my game. I’m not afraid to do what it takes. It’s the type of game I play and that’s what I’m good at.”

  • Joe Smith: Ben Bishop says that his rehab is going well and that everything should be fine by the time Tampa Bay’s camp comes around.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Ottawa Senators and RFA goaltender Robin Lehner are closing in on a deal. The two sides have agreed on the term, but not the money as of yet.

“We’re extremely close,” said Pierre Dorion on signing Robin Lehner. “We said we’d give it a week break so that’s what we’ve done.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray will meet with Clarke MacArthur‘s and Bobby Ryan‘s Newport agents sometime next week, trying to work out contract extensions for the upcoming UFA’s. Sen’s have also held talks with Mark Methot‘s agent Larry Kelly about a new deal.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators, Wings, Leafs, Avalanche and Canadiens

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Before the Senators traded Jason Spezza to Dallas, they had been working on trading another forward. The deal may have fallen through or put on the back burner. Teams have told the Sun that Colin Greening and Eric Condra are available.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Red Wings right handed defenseman Alexey Marchenko will get a shot to make the big club if they don’t pull off a trade for a defenseman. The Bruins need to move one of their eight defensemen out. Senators Bobby Ryan is entering the last year of his deal and could be the next big name leaving Ottawa. The Maple Leafs could be the front-runner for Mike Babcock if he doesn’t re-sign with the Red Wings next summer.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly is happy they didn’t have to sit through an arbitration hearing, arguing back and forth. The Avalanche were confident they would have won, but they also knew it may not sit well with agent Pat Morris and possibly O’Reilly.

    “I said to Joe, ‘If you win, you also lose,’ and that everybody would lose — the club, the player and the fans,” Morris said. “Joe was very professional about it and very prepared, as was Greg Sherman. We both knew what our upside and our downside was, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see the path to where the middle point was.

    “It’s always a positive when we create a free negotiation based on what we do as opposed to a third party.”

    Joe Sakic said it won’t be a sign-and-trade situation.

  • Mike Chambers: Before the O’Reilly signing yesterday, the Avalanche had about $8,844,000 in salary cap space. When they are able to sign Tyson Barrie, they will be very close to the salary cap.
  • Craig Morgan: Hearing that the Canadiens submitted a $1.65 salary arbitration number for Lars Eller, who submitted $3.1 million.

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NHL Video: Coaching, Spezza, Brodeur, Ryan and Campbell

From Thursday: Bob McKenzie on NHL Live talking the Penguins, Canucks and Florida coaching positions, Jason Spezza and Martin Brodeur.

From Thursday: Darren Dreger on NHL Live talking John Stevens, Willie Desjardins, Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan and Brian Campbell.

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NHL Rumors II: Sabres, Senators and Hurricanes

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Tim Murray is looking to add another first round pick and is tired of hearing about the salary cap floor as they are currently about $16 million under. If they extend some qualifying offers to some of their RFAs, the Sabres could be about $12 million below the estimated $52 million floor, with only Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to re-sign.

    “I don’t like spending money, but it’s easy to spend money,” Murray said in First Niagara Center. “It’s just are the right players or the guys that we like, are they going to approach us to take our money?

    Murray has already had talks about getting another first round pick.

    “I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first coming back, whether it’s in the 20s or in the teens,” Murray said. “I have been trying hard to do that. The people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this deal.’ ”

  • Ian Mendes: Sounding like the Senators are not interested in trading for the rights to Dan Boyle.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators Bobby Ryan recovery from sports hernia surgery is going well. He’s able to work out now.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I haven’t heard about any contract talks [between Ott & Ryan]” … “People are saying, whether it matters or not, that Ryan hasn’t bought a house there [in Ottawa]” … “That would be a major concern losing Spezza & Ryan. If that happens potentially we’re talking rebuild or re-establishing in Ott”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Obviously they’re coming off a disappointing year in Carolina but it’s a whole new regime & they’re trying to improve” … “It’s a new regime & they’re in transition. They have a lot of $ tied up in the Staals, Ward, Semin, Skinner” … “There’s been a whole lot of underachieving but there’s also been a lack of depth”

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NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Iginla, Ducks, Maple Leafs, Subban and Callahan

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Reports out of Montreal have the Bruins and Jarome Iginla talking contract extension. Nothing appears to be imminent, but the signs are positive that he’ll be returning next season.

    “I thought he started out a little slow when he came on, but he came on late and he came on strong. Obviously he’s a leader, he’s the captain of another team for a long time and he came in and added in an element to our group, especially the forward group,” said Bruins President Cam Neely during the end-of-season press conference last month. “He ended up scoring 30 goals, which is not easy in this league anymore.

    “We would like to try and see if we can figure something out moving forward with him. We will see where that goes but I thought he fit in really well with our team.”

    The Bruins currently have about $7.9 million in cap space with restricted free agents Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to re-sign and they need to find a backup goalie.

  • Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: The Ducks are believed to be looking for a No. 2 center, and will be likely tied to three centers who are said to be available: Ryan Kesler, Jason Spezza and Joe Thornton. The Ducks have plenty of young assets. Spezza would be a nice fit as he only has a $4 million salary to go along with his $7 million cap hit. A package for Spezza would be similar to what the Ducks received from the Senators when they sent Bobby Ryan there: a first, a prospect and a player. The Ducks would likely prefer to trade their first round pick and not the one they received from the Senators.  The cost to acquire Kesler would likely be similar to the it would cost to get Spezza. Acquiring Thornton would be a long-shot. The Maple Leafs are rumored to be a potential landing spot for Thornton. Leafs GM Dave Nonis would be fine with moving one of Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner in the right deal, but is Thornton the right deal?
  • David Pagnotta: Contract talks between the Canadiens and P.K. Subban haven’t started yet, but should begin soon.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Can’t image that Lightning’s Ryan Callahan won’t test the free agent market at this point.

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