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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Nylander and the Stars

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks will be $1.3 million or $2.2 million over the salary cap depending on whether Teuvo Teravainen is given a roster spot. The Blackhawks need to shed at least one contract and GM Stan Bowman doesn’t appear to be worried. Trade talk usually picks up in September.

    “Everyone likes their team right now,” Bowman said. “But once training camp rolls around and you start playing some exhibition games, [sometimes] you realize maybe that the way you drew it up in June and July isn’t playing out the way you hoped. I’m not saying we’re waiting until training camp, but that is another time period when things do change more often.”

  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Brandon Saad would love to have a contract  extension by now, but he isn’t really worried about it.

    “Obviously it would be nice to get it done and have that out of the way, I guess, instead of focusing it on the year. But if it doesn’t happen there’s not much you can do. You play the season,” Saad said. “Hopefully it happens during the year and, if not, next summer. So we still have quite a bit of time to get it done, and we’ll see when it happens.”

    Saad is entering the final year of a deal that pays him $832,000 and he’ll be getting a nice raise from that on a new deal.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: At the draft Panthers GM Dale Tallon was considering trading back to draft William Nylander. The Maple Leafs ended up drafting him and may be leaning towards sending Nylander back to Sweden to play next year.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars still have RFAs in Antoine Roussel, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin to re-sign. Once they are locked up, they’ll have 14 forwards under contract including Rich Peverely who may not be able to play and six defensemen. The Stars and Roussel are scheduled to go to arbitration and he could get a deal in the $1.5 million per season range. Heika thinks Dillon could get contract in the $1.5 million per season range as well.

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NHL Rumors IX: Kesler, Blackhawks, How Hartnell Trade Went Down, Michalek and Wild

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: If the Canucks really want either Brandon Saad or Teuvo Teravainen in any package for Ryan Kesler, would likely be a nonstarter for the Blackhawks. If the Canucks want a lesser prospect than Teravinen or a completely different package, it might work. GM Stan Bowman said earlier that they don’t need “wholesale changes,” but later added that if adding a center presented itself, it could be an option. Patrick Sharp’s name has been in the rumor mill the past couple weeks.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources saying the Ducks and Blackhawks are front-runners for Ryan Kesler. He would fit in as a No. 2 center on both teams. Unless the either team offers the Canucks a package they like, they won’t move him. The Penguins did show some interest, and he may have to play the wing, but it’s not clear if he would go to Pittsburgh.
  • Randy Miller of Scott Hartnell called Ron Hextall after the trade to ask him what happened.

    “Hartsy eventually called me,” Hextall said on Tuesday. “One question that he asked me was, ‘When did I fall out of favor?’ I said, ‘No Hartsy, you haven’t fallen out of favor. This is just something that fits for us and we want to move forward with it.’

    “I didn’t really say anymore than that, that we wanted to move forward. That’s as harsh as it got.”

    On how the Hartnell for R.J. Umberger trade went down.

    “Actually, I talked to (Hartnell’s) agent originally, and I wasn’t shopping Scott Hartnell,” Hextall said. “What happened there was when I was circling around with the other (general) managers, I just said, ‘We need some cap relief here, so if you can think of anything let me know.’ And Columbus ended up coming pretty hard after Scott.

    “Now it didn’t give us a lot of cap relief, ironically, but it was a deal that I thought about for a few days before I went to Scotty’s agent because I realized that he had a no-move clause and it’s a sensitive issue. So then I circled back with the agent when I decided that (a trade) was right for this franchise and talked him through how it all happened, and in the end it was the same thing I told you guys (Monday) … that the speed factor and the cap flexibility (were the reasons).”

    In two or three years, the Flyers will have Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Braydon Colburn, Steve Mason and others as free agents.

  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have made Milan Michalek an offer and there will be more talk. He is also likely to see what else is out there.
  • Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that depending what is available at No. 18, they could move back and collect more picks.

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NHL Rumors VI: Spezza, Kesler, Bailey, Gagner, Boychuk and Lecavalier

  • Bob McKenzie: Trade talk involving Jason Spezza is heating up. The Senators are talking with four teams, three from the West and one from the East.
  • Mark Lazerus: Hearing the Canucks are wanting Brandon Saad or Teuvo Teravainen in any trade for Ryan Kesler.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins are not serious contenders for Canucks Ryan Kesler.
  • Darren Dreger: GM’s are saying that Islanders Josh Bailey is a trade target. He has a contract that runs through 2017-18 and it would take a lot to get him. Arthur Staple: GM Garth Snow could easily trade Bailey for little return, but there is no chance of that happening.
  • Cap Geek: Oilers Sam Gagner’s no-movement clause kicks in on July 1st.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that due to their salary cap position, they might have to trade a roster player.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson wonders if the Bruins, who are dealing with some cap issues, would be interested in a Martin Marincin for Johnny Boychuk trade with the Oilers.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Ron Hextall said he’s trying to get them more salary cap space. Meaning, make an offer for Vincent Lecavalier.

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NHL Rumors V: Toews, Kane and Other Blackhawks, Subban and Bolland

  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane contact extensions that they can begin talking about on July 1st:

    “It’s the highest priority for us,” Bowman said. “Looking at next year, there’s no doubt that’s what we’re going to do. I’ve made it clear. We’ve never wavered from that. There’s no doubting the importance of those two players. The direction this franchise has taken has really been in tandem with those two players. When Patrick and Jonathan came on to the scene, it really sort of breathed life into our franchise and into our team.”

    Toews on signing an extension with the Blackhawks.

    “Absolutely,” Toews said. “Who could ever think of a better situation to be in? (When) I was drafted, I had absolutely no idea all this would be in store for me in my short career so far. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of a group of unbelievable guys.”

    Pat Brisson is the agent for both Toews and Kane, as well as Sidney Crosby.

    “The negotiations, that’s something I’m not going to do publicly, but I have a great relationship with Pat Brisson,” Bowman said. “He’s the best agent in the game — he has a lot of high-profile clients. He gets deals done. I’m excited to work with him and get that worked out.”

    Bowman will look at re-signing pending RFAs: Ben Smith, Antti Raanta and Jeremy Morin. Brandon Saad has one year left but could get a contract extension. Likely on the way out are pending UFAs:  Michal Handzus, Sheldon Brookbank, Peter Regin and Nikolai Khabibulin.

  • Chris Kuc: Pending Blackhawks UFA, Michal Handzus doesn’t plan on retiring: “I’ll be playing.”
  • Chris Nichols of Nichols on Hockey: Bob McKenzie on Team 1040 radio on the Canadiens RFA P.K. Subban:

    “This time around, all the leverage is in his favor. None of it is with the Montreal Canadiens. He’s two years away from being an unrestricted free agent. He’s got salary arbitration rights. If he files for salary arbitration, he’s going to get a Shea Weber number over $7 million a year on a two-year award. He can take $7 million on an arbitration award and basically walk himself to the door for free agency and the Montreal Canadiens would have nothing to show for it.

    “So the Canadiens’ alternative is let him go to arbitration, pay him over $7 million and watch him walk out the door for free in two years, or pay him somewhere between $8-$10 million a year right now on a seven or eight year deal. And as much as they want to try to save the money here or there so they can pay some other players, they really don’t have a lot of leverage here.

    “Where P.K. may take a discount is that he might be within his rights in his new – if you look at Shea Weber’s making $10 million a year, really. Ryan Suter’s making $10 million a year or thereabouts. He probably could demand over 9 and closer to 10 and if he really wants to get it he probably could. But the Montreal Canadiens are going to say, listen P.K., if you do that we’ve got to get rid of this guy, we’ve got to get rid of that guy. It means you’re going to be playing with guys that make 5 and $600,000 on your blueline instead of guys that are making 3, 4, 5 or $6 million a year. What’s it going to be?”

    McKenzie on pending UFA Dave Bolland and the Maple Leafs:

    “Yeah, I think there’s probably a price and a number of years that they’re interested in and my guess is Bolland is looking to hit a home run. The Leafs are probably looking for a ground rule double and it might be difficult to find a meeting of the minds on this, but not impossible. But I’ll be curious to see what happens there.

    “Bolland might have better luck with unrestricted free agency with the Florida Panthers and others. Dale Tallon, of course, was in Chicago with David Bolland. Drafted him as a Blackhawk. They’re going to be spending some money on July 1 and trying to increase the veteran presence and character on that team where there’s so many young guys right now that they probably want to try to make a push this year to get into the playoffs.

    “So my guess is David Bolland is going to get a lot more years and a lot more dollars on the open market than he is from the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s not to preclude a deal with Toronto, but it kind of suggests to me it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up going to market.”

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Injury Notes: Saad, Carter, Joensuu, Fowler, Huberdeau, Zucker, Mitchell, Ericsson and Stuart

  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Brandon Saad could possibly play tonight. Michal Rozsival will be out a few games with a lower-body injury.
  • Edmonton OilersJesse Joensuu is out four weeks with a high ankle sprain.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler had an MRI yesterday. Was wearing a knee brace.
  • George Richards: Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau is doubtful for the rest of their trip with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Grad: Wild’s Jason Zucker will miss the rest of the season with an knee injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs John Mitchell went to the hospital to get x-rays on his back after crashing hard into the boards during the second period.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is getting close to returning to the lineup.

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Injury Notes: Pens, Wings, Caps, Flames, Sabres, Sens, Canes, Coyotes, Avs, Hawks and Leafs

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins James Neal (concussion) received clearance to play and could be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kunitz could also return to the lineup tonight. Beau Bennett skated before practice but hasn’t been given clearance for contact. Paul Martin skated in full gear before practice. Given the day off yesterday: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang wants to pay this season but he hasn’t received anything definitive from his doctors.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury. Darren Helm, out with a concussion, had a setback and it’s not looking like he’ll return soon. Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) is not close to returning and will go get a second opinion. Dan Cleary has had fluid drained from his knee twice and hasn’t been able to practice in a couple weeks. Weiss and Cleary were able to skate. Jonas Gustavsson, out with a groin injury, skated yesterday and is getting close to returning. Joakim Andersson (fractured foot) is out for at least another week. Tomas Jurco will have his broken rib reassessed next week. Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be reassessed in seven to 10 days. Henrik Zetterberg may be able to return for the playoffs if the Wings make it.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Brooks Laich will be out four to six weeks after having a procedure done to release a tight abductor.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Jiri Hudler (upper-body) was out on the ice before practice. Karri Ramo was also out before, and stayed on with main group.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Jhonas Enroth stayed in Buffalo for further evaluation.
  • John Vogl: Not going on the Sabres road trip: Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Sulzer, and Chris Stewart. Myers could meet up with the team at some point.
  • John Vogl: Michal Neuvirth on the possibility of playing tonight: “I don’t know … but I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping it’s going to be good.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Doesn’t look like Craig Anderson will be ready before Thursday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty won’t play on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, he’s day-to-day. Alex Semin was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Erat skated yesterday morning in a no-contract jersey.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly will play tonight, with Paul Stastny a possibility.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Jonathan Bernier: “Bernier has a low-grade muscle strain. It is in the groin area. It’s closer to day to day than it is week to week.” James Mirtle: The Leafs haven’t put Bernier on the IR, so it’s possible that he could play in the next few days.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: “We’re dealing with this on Bolland. Once medically cleared, it’s up to the player to let us know when he’s ready to go” … “At this point it’s not up to a doctor, it’s up to Bolland. We’re hoping he’s getting stronger and closer to returning” … “Bolland hasn’t been 100% comfortable in a full practice where there are competition drills and grinding”

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Morning Hits: Weise, Kassian, Clarkson, Waivers, Cliche and the Blackhawks 2nd line center options

  • Bob McKenzie: There will be disciplinary hearing today for Canucks Dale Weise and Zack Kassian. Weise’s hearing is over the phone, the NHL requires an in person hearing for Kassian.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs David Clarkson would lose $507,692.31 for his automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to get into a fight. James Mirtle: If/when Clarkson is suspended, it will cost the Maple Leafs about another $75,000 against the salary cap to bring in another player. Also, Clarkson’s cap number goes against the cap when suspended: “The salary of a player suspended for an on-ice incident continues to count against a team’s cap.” Chris Johnston: With a 10-game suspension, Clarkson’s first game would be October 25th against the Blue Jackets.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Put on waivers yesterday: Nicolas Blanchard (Car), Zach Boychuk (Car), Michael Jordan (Car), Aaron Palushaj (Car), Justin Peters (Car), Jared Staal (Car) and Rob Davidson (SJ).
  • Kevin Allen: The Avalanche claimed Marc-Andre Cliche off waivers from the Kings.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Brandon Saad is still an option as their 2nd line center after playing a game on the left side. Brandon Pirri will play in the second slot today. Mark Lazerus: Quenneville had mentioned Michal Handzus‘ name when asked if there was a new plan for the 2nd line slot. Pirri not in the mix just yet.

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Early Lines and Pairings: Sabres, Senators, Red Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks and Bruins

  • Mike Harrington: The Sabres will start camp with Tyler Myers playing with Christian Ehrhoff and not Henrik TallinderMark Pysyk will play with Tallinder.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Clarke MacArthur will start on a line with Kyle Turris. Mark Stone, Cory Conacher and Mike Hoffman will be considered for the other wing.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Early Red Wings lines:  Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader,  Mikael Samuelsson – Luke Glendening – Jordin Tootoo, Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson, Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves, Anthony Mantha – Andreas Athanisiou – Teemu Pulkkinen, Tyler Bertuzzi. Early Red Wings defensive pairings: Danny DeKeyser-Jakub Kindl, Brian Lashoff – Nathan Paetsch (PTO), Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson, Ryan Oullet – Brennan Evans.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that he’ll start Dustin Penner with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He likes the pairings of Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu, and Nick Bonino with Teemu Selanne.
  • Mark Lazerus: Have to think Brandon Saad is the front-runner over Brandon Pirri for the Blackhawks second line center.
  • Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe: The Bruins third line could be a made up from anyone of Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Craig Cunningham, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight.

    “I think ideally we saw the third line that we liked when we won the Cup,” Julien said of 2011. “Not only were they kind of a dependable line, but they were able to give us some scoring. In a real perfect world, you’ve got your top two lines that you’d like to see score on a regular basis. Your third line should be able to give you some secondary scoring and your third line should also be able to give you some secondary grit that your fourth line gives you. To me they’re caught in the middle where they give you a little bit of both. That’s what we’re looking for from that line.”

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Morning Hits: Devils, Spezza on Alfredsson, Benn to LW, Blackhawks No. 2 center and Ducks sign deal with Utah

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Reports are that Philadelphia 76ers ownership group are interested in buying the Devils. Andrew Barroway’s group was trying to buy the Devils, but their timeframe to negotiate a deal technically expired last month. Barroway’s group is still trying to buy the team and according to one source, they already have deals with the NHL and some banks. Forbes is saying they have loaned the Devils $30 million.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Jason Spezza on Daniel Alfredsson leaving.

    “I spoke to him the night before free agency, and we had a really good conversation, but I was shocked to hear it at that point,” Spezza told the Sun Wednesday from Toronto.

    “We had talked about two weeks before he left and I had a good feeling he was going to come back and play. He still wasn’t even 100% committed. Once he said he was going to play, I just assumed it was going to be for us.”

    Spezza admitted he did try to talk him out of it.

    “At that point his mind was already made up,” said Spezza. “We talked about a few things. I don’t feel 100% comfortable talking about what we talked about. I have too much respect for Alf and the process I know was hard for him.

    “But all I can say is I would have liked to have seen him back with our club. I still feel like we have a very good team. You don’t have to agree with somebody to understand why they’re doing something.”

  • Dan Rosen of Blackhawks Brandon Pirri thinks he should be their second line center between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.

    “It’s something I think I’ve earned the opportunity to do and I have to take advantage of it,” Pirri told “I want to make that jump and I think I’m ready.”

    Coach Joel Quenneville said that Brandon Saad could be given a chance to become their No. 2 center and thinks that Pirri could challenge for the spot.

    “Could [Pirri] do it? I think he could, but that’s a big job, and with him we’re looking for that consistency,” Quenneville told “We know he’s capable of doing a lot of good things offensively and defensively he’s improved over the last few years, but now game in and game out getting to that level of predictability that we want, that’s going to be the challenge. I think he’s capable of it for sure, so he’s one guy under consideration.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: The Ducks signed a multi-year agreement with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

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Quick Hits: Jovanovski, Stamkos, Three Stars, rookie of the month and replacing Nill

  • Bob Duff: Panthers Ed Jovanovski on retirement: “My mindset is work hard in the summer, get my hip strong, but it’s too early to say.”
  • Erik Erlendsson: An MRI on Steven Stamkos’s knee came back clean enough to allow him to go to the World Championship.
  • The NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of April: Alex Ovechkin, Brian Elliott and Derek Stepan.
  • The NHL’s “Three Stars” of the week: Jimmy Howard, Henrik Zetterberg and Nail Yakupov.
  • The NHL’s Rookie of the month for April: Nail Yakupov. He beat out Alex Galchenyuk, Justin Schultz, Sven Baertschi, Brandon Saad and Alex Chiasson.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that he hopes to find Jim Nill’s replacement by the end of June. He might not replace him outright, but look within the organization.

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