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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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NHL Rumors III: Thornton, Kesler, Panthers, Isles, Habs, Sens, Bruins, Rangers and Wings

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If Joe Thornton agrees to be traded after signing a below market deal (three years, $20.25 million), he’ll only to a ‘five-star lock on paper.” Friedman thinks the only way he’d agree to a trade would be if the Sharks traded to a team like the Blackhawks or Kings.Ryan Kesler has told the Canucks again that he wants to be traded. The Ducks hadn’t been willing to give up some of their roster players in-season to make a deal for Kesler. Would they now? Friedman thinks the Canucks would prefer to trade him, but if they don’t get what they want, they’ll keep him.

    The Panthers will have interest in Dan Bylsma, Gerard Gallant and three coaches who are still working: Willie Desjardins, Ulf Samuelsson and John Stevens. The Canucks are interested in Desjardins and Stevens. The Kings may try to hold on to Stevens by telling him that he’ll be Darryl Sutter’s successor. The Ducks may look to bring in AHLs Trent Yawney to work beside Bruce Boudreau.

    Teams are convinced that the Panthers are serious about trading the first overall pick. Friedman wonders if they would look to trade down twice. Ie., moving down into the three to five range, then if they think the player they want could still be available, move down again to the seven to 10 range. They could be looking at skilled wingers Nikolaj Ehlers or William Nylander.

    Friedman wonders if the Islanders will try to move up in the draft to unite brothers Sam and Griffin Reinhart.

    The Canadiens could start talks with Mike Weaver and Brian Gionta next week.

    The NHL cleared the Canadiens of any wrong doing over their handling of Dale Weise and his concussion.

    The Senators can’t start contract extension talks with Bobby Ryan until July 1st.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Kris Versteeg will make $2.2 million the next two years, and the Blackhawks may to looking for someone to take him. They may need to find a center to replace Michal Handzus, who is a pending UFA.Benoit Pouliot may be in line for a multi-year contract after taking five consecutive one-year deals. He’s been a nice fit with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Brassard could move up the Rangers second line if they decide to buyout Brad Richards.

    The Red Wings could be interested Dan Boyle if he hit the open market.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators Getting Interest in Spezza … Hemsky Talks Break Off

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working the phones, gauging the interest in his captain Jason Spezza. While there is interest, talks won’t likely get serious until the GM meetings in New York next week. Sources say the top candidates are in the West (Ducks, Blues, Predators and Canucks) as they haven’t really be wanting to entertain from the East (Panthers and Rangers).

    “The issue the Senators are facing is they aren’t going to get as good a player back if they deal Jason Spezza,” said a league executive Tuesday.

    “You don’t get No. 1 centres just anywhere. Guys who get those kinds of points are hard to come by. They’ll get a No. 1 pick in the draft but that guy isn’t going to help them anytime soon. He’ll be an impact player down the road.”

    The Senators may be targeting Nick Bonino in talks with the Ducks, as they tried to get him in Bobby Ryan trade.

    “The Senators won’t be getting their best offer until the eve of the draft,” the league executive insisted. “There is no sense of urgency at the moment to get anything done.

    “The draft is still three weeks away. This may take until teams actually start making picks for this deal to happen. The Senators have to maximize their return for this player because teams are also looking at free agency on July 1.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of hte Ottawa Sun: Contract talks between the Senators and Ales Hemsky have broken off and he’s expected to hit the open market on July 1st. Hemsky was believed to be looking for in excess of $5.5 million a season, and the Senators were not interested in going that high. Source said that Hemsky may be wanting to go to an American market where there is less attention.

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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … “Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … “Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: “I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … “I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Capitals and Senators

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Hickey wonders if the Canadiens should give the 35-year old Andrei Markov a three-year contract extension. Markov has been the cornerstone of Canadiens blueline since 2000. He’s averaged over 25 minutes a game this season, 9th overall for defenseman. He’s 13th in points for Dmen with 41, and 9th in power-play point with 22. He kills penalties and has blocked a 160 shots. There are rumors that the Canadiens have made offers of one and two years, but were rejected. Markov has moved away from his initial, unrealistic hope of a five-year deal. A year deal is still somewhat risky given his injury history. There is also the risk of his salary counting against the cap even if he retires, due to it being a 35+ contract.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Responding to question if Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer are the Capitals goaltenders of the future. Two months ago it looked like they would be, but if pending UFA Jaroslav Halak is able to get the team into the playoffs, that could change. Holtby has one year left on his deal. Gormley wouldn’t be surprised if Holtby and Grubauer are their goaltenders next season. Halak will likely be looking for more than the $4.5 million he’s making this season. Gormley thinks there is a better chance that they re-sign Mikhail Grabovski over Dustin Penner. If they could re-sign Grabovski for around $4 million, he’d be a good second line center with Evgeny Kuznetsov and either Tom Wilson or Troy Brouwer next season.
  • Ian Mendes of TSN: Senators GM Bryan Murray on TSN 1200 radio last night. On Paul MacLean’s job security:

    “I don’t have a definite answer to that, but Paul’s got a contract going forward. He was Coach of the Year last year and I don’t know what happened this year necessarily as far as performance is concerned,” Murray said.

    Murray said that Bobby Ryan will be able to resume off-ice training. Ryan will be a UFA after next season and they will be able to start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I think he’s going to be happy to talk to us. We certainly plan to try to keep him, we hope to get something done with Bobby so he will have a long career in Ottawa,” said Murray.

    Murray on pending UFA Ales Hemsky:

    “I’ve said hello to his agent and I’ve talked to Ales a little bit and I get the impression he likes it here, he likes the city and he likes the way he’s been treated. Until you start talking and realize what the commitment is – term and dollar wise – it’s hard to know. Certainly we’ll have conversations and that’s part of the reason why we traded for him at the deadline. We thought if we could get him on board here and he gets to know the group and how we operate, it might be easier for us to negotiate with him and can be an advantage for us.”

    Murray on pending RFA Robin Lehner:

    “I know that Robin has indicated that he likes Ottawa and he wants to stay here,” said Murray. “We’ll get it done with Robin, but it’s just a matter of where he fits into our long-term plans here.”

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NHL Injuries: Luongo, Leino, Mitchell, Gilbert, Ryan and the Capitals

  • George Richards: Panthers Roberto Luongo didn’t come back after the first period after getting hit by Radek Dvorak.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino left last night’s game with light-headedness according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs John Mitchell is not ready to go just yet. Skated yesterday and looks healthy.
  • George Richards: Panthers Tom Gilbert will be out for the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery.
  • Senators.NHL: Bobby Ryan underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday in Montreal. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue, but after yesterday’s practice said that he’ll “absolutely” play tomorrow. Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out for 21 of 22 games with a left ankle injury, said he ready to return tomorrow. It will be up the Caps medical and coaches to determine if he plays. Defenseman Jack Hillen should be in the lineup. Brooks Laich is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season after having groin surgery on March 17th.

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