Posts Tagged Brent Sutter

Sutter hasn’t heard from Oilers … Flyers may address D … Kane may need help … Maple Leafs notes

  • TSN: Brent Sutter on the Oilers coaching vacancy:

    “I know him really well. But I have not had one conversation with the Oilers. We never discussed this (coaching) once over there (Helsinki at the worlds). No contact with the Oilers since I’ve been home either. They may be interested, they may not. Kevin and Steve know where I’m at.”

  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Flyers may look to address their defense this offseason, as age and injury problems are increasing.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks weren’t thrilled with Patrick Kane’s partying episodes in Madison, which some suggesting he get some help.

    “He’s obviously got some issues,” the source said. “How many more times can these things happen? It’s a much bigger thing than some photographs in a 48-hour window.”

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs could look at signing veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun or possibly trading for Roberto Luongo.

    “It’s certainly nothing we can discuss publicly,” said Burke, emerging from the league’s general managers’ meeting. “We’re trying to evaluate what we have and what we can get and go from there.”

    Burke on recently signed 25 year old Leo Komarov:

    “He’s a pain in the ass,” said Burke, who signed the winger this week. “He’s really hard to play against. He’s big and he skates and makes life miserable for people. My kind of guy.”

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Hejduk re-signs … Another week for Suter … No Kelly-Bruins talks … Habs, Oils coaching vacancy … Giroux has surgery

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche have re-signed Milan Hejduk to a 1 year, $2 million deal. Hedjuk is coming off a career low 37 points in 81 games. He has 794 career points in 991 games.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators defenseman Ryan Suter said he wanted to wait 2 weeks after they were eliminated from the playoffs to unwind. GM David Poile said he will try to meet with Suter after the 2 week period.
  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: Contract talks with Chris Kelly and the Boston Bruins have hit a stalemate. There have been no talks between the two sides since the end of the playoffs for the Bruins. Kelly was offered a contract by the Bruins in February, but tabled talks until after the season.

    “We haven’t heard from Peter yet so we’re just waiting for his call and we’ll hopefully get the dialogue going,” Morris said Friday. “Chris obviously has a warm spot in his heart for Boston since he won the Cup here and loves this team, so he has made it clear he’d like to stay, but we’re also going to have to keep our options open the closer we get to July 1.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin won’t comment on rumors that Bob Hartley or Patrick Roy are the leading candidates for the head coaching position. A decision on a new coach could come quickly, or it could take a while.
  • Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will have a decision by mid-June: “I know they (the Wings) want to know and I want to be fair to the Wings, too.”
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets will not be signing 2010 draft picks Petr Straka (# 55) and Brandon Archibald (# 94). They are still undecided on #102 pick, goalie Mathieu Corbeil. They’ll decide after he plays in the Memorial Cup. A couple weeks ago it looked like they wouldn’t sign him, but Portzline is getting the sense they might.

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Oilers – Renney part ways … 2 names the Wings could consider … Gillis reviewing Canucks … Wideman will be sought after

  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers won’t renew the contract of head coach Tom Renney.

    “I’m not going to dissect Tom as a coach. He’s done a good job for us,” said Tambellini. “We’re just trying to find a way to get better.

    “We want to make sure we’re doing all we can as we enter this next phase of development so that we are putting ourselves in a spot where we are competing for playoff spots.”

    Former Flames coach Brent Sutter’s name has come up as a possible replacement.

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Kulfan looks at free agent options for the Red Wings not named Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. Capitals winger Alexander Semin and Blue defenseman Barrett Jackman are interesting names. Both have some baggage, but wouldn’t cost as much. It sounds like Jackman would like to say in St. Loius. Kulfan says not to be shocked if Rick Nash ends up with the Rangers.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coyotes Raffi Torres had his suspension hearing yesterday, and it’s not known when Gary Bettman will give his decision.
  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said yesterday that a review of the organization is underway. A look at how he and the Alain Vigneult work together is also underway. Gillis won’t rush the process.

    “Alain and I have been meeting the last couple of days and we have a lot of things to discuss over the last couple of years about where we’re headed, how we work together and how we view the world of hockey,” said Gillis.

    Gillis on Roberto Luongo:

    “I talked to Roberto today. We had a really good conversation. I told him — again — I’m going to take my time and think about everything that’s happened.

    “I haven’t really had an opportunity to do that much in the last couple of weeks but I’m going to do that now and we’re going to start making some decisions and solidifying our plans. I will speak to him again when we get to that point.”

    “I think trades are very difficult to make. You have to work really hard at making a transaction and you have to do it for a lot of different reasons that often aren’t completely apparent to everybody analyzing it.

    “We’ll see how things go and progress for the next few weeks up to the draft.”

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks forward Ryan Kelser on his shoulder surgery:

    “It’s going to take six months and the surgeon [Dr. Anthony Miniaci of the Cleveland Clinic] is not going to release me until I’m at full strength and mobility. I’m doing rehab two or three times a week with my therapist and rehab on my own every day to get my range of motion back slowly. I’ve started working out this week so my legs are more sore than my shoulder right now, but I’m not going to rush anything.”

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The free agent pool for puck-moving, offensive minded defenseman is limited, which may make Dennis Wideman a target of teams. He only had 3 points in the playoffs, and was a -7, but he be sought after and may have played his last game in a Capitals jersey.

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Questions for Predators … Sens should have some interest Penner … Extension for Gillis, Vigneault next? ‘Hawks, Oilers coaching notes

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Questions now turn to the Predators free agents. Will Shea Weber and Ryan Suter be back? Will Radulov be re-signed? Does he even want to stay in the NHL? Predators GM David Poile brought in players at the deadline to improve the teams chances, and to show Weber and Sutur they want win. Did they make to many changes at the deadline which changed the chemistry:

    “I think we had a great group in here, just as good as we’ve had in the past,” Weber said, disagreeing with that notion. “It definitely wasn’t the case [of the additions hurting the team]. We didn’t accomplish what we thought we could have. It’s due in part to a great team in Phoenix, and don’t discredit them at all. They deserve to be going on and they’re going to do well.”

    Suter will be a UFA, Weber will be a RFA. Alexander and Andrei Kostitsyn won’t likely be back.

    “We’ll have to see,” Poile said. “There’s certain things that the club has rights to under the CBA and there’s certain things that we don’t. It’s a free world for some players. We have to hope and believe that what we’ve done this year and the growth of our franchise, whether it’s a player like Suter who’s an unrestricted free agent, that he sees that commitment and he wants to play with us and play for us. That he wants to play with Shea Weber as his partner and Shea wants to play [for the Predators] in the future. That’s why we signed Pekka Rinne and that’s why we’ve been trying to sign these guys. We’re going to have to see what we can do.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: It shouldn’t come as a shock if the Senators show some interest in Kings UFA Dustin Penner. Penner will likely have to take a pay cut to the $1.5 million range, down from his $4.25 million. Penner had only 7 goals and 10 assists in 65 regular season games this past season, but has added 2 goals and 5 assists in 9 playoff games.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks GM Mike Gillis received a contract extension yestreday and he hopes that one will be coming soon for coach Alain Vigneault.

    “I feel very comfortable with Alain as the coach, I told everybody that at my season-ending press conference,” Gillis said. “I think he has done an excellent job and I don’t know why you wouldn’t want somebody back who has done an excellent job and has the results to show for it.”

  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: There is some friction between the Blackhawks and their coac Joel Quenneville, and there is speculation that they wouldn’t stand in the Canadiens way if they came calling. Quenneville is a close ally of new GM Marc Bergevin.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The perception is the Oilers are looking for a new head coach, though they haven’t informed their current head coach, Tom Renney, of anything. Brent Sutter could one option they are considering.

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Sedins to Montreal?

A possible destination for the Sedin twins is Montreal according to Eklund of Hockeybuzz.com. “I am chasing a rumor that the Canadiens are pursuing the Sedins, and a rumor involving Komisarek to Boston. I will be blogging more before 3pm. I will put up my rumor update at that point”…

We’ll keep an eye on this as it develops. Sutter to coach The Flames also being suggested in this article.

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