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NHL Rumors II: Gorges, Frolik, Colorado, Ferraro

  • Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier: Former Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Josh Gorges is slowly moving on from the shock that came with Montreal trading him and adjusting to his new life in Buffalo.

“I would’ve loved to stay and try to achieve my ultimate goal in Montreal and win a Stanley Cup there, but that wasn’t meant to be,” Gorges said. “Whatever the reasons, that’s not our job as players to figure out.

“At the end of the day, you live with the decisions that are made above you. We understand that’s the business we’re involved in.”

“Talking with the guys in Buffalo, the management and ownership and some players, that’s our next challenge, is to try to grow a team that can win a championship in Buffalo. That’s where my mindset is, that’s where my head is at.”

  • Gary Lawless: Lawless believes that Winnipeg may be close to re-signing RFA Michael Frolik, as his agent, Larry Walsh, has “gone dark” on Twitter.
  • Mike Halford of NBC Sports: With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga (part 2) over, the Avalanche now turn their attention to RFA Tyson Barrie, who lead the team in goals by a defenseman (13) last season.

“I’m very confident we’ll get something done with Tyson,” Sakic said.

  • Mike Halford of NBC Sports: Detroit has come to an agreement with RFA Landon Ferraro, son of long-time NHL’er and TSN broadcaster Ray Ferraro, on a one-year deal.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Atlantic Division

The NHL’s salary cap system was put in place after the 2004-05 lockout to try to even the playing field between teams and eliminate over-spending.

As you know, over-spending still happens, and there are still teams (Boston, Chicago, LA, etc.) who are far superior to others (Edmonton, Florida, Buffalo, etc.).

The cap has virtually just called for more creative long-term contracts when trying to land, or keep, a marque free agent (think Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane) and shorter, small contracts for mediocre players.

Some teams struggle to hit the cap floor, while some struggle to stay under the max. Let’s take a look at each teams cap situation for the coming 2014-15 season, as well as the 2015-16 season.

This will be written as a four part series over the next week, looking at one division’s teams at a time.

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NHL Rumors I: Ennis-Sabres All But Official … Colburne Expects To Avoid Arbitration

  • Kevin Weekes: Tyler Ennis is believed to have agreed to five-year deal with the Sabres in the $23 million range, a $4.6 million salary cap.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Multiple sources saying the Sabres have signed Ennis, but the team isn’t confirming the deal yet. A $4.6 million cap hit would put him as their 3rd highest player behind Tyler Myers ($5.5 million) and Matt Moulson ($5 million). Cody Hodgson has a $4.25 million cap hit, and there is talk that GM Tim Murray may not like the contract. Ennis eventual deal would leave the Sabres with about $11 million in cap space.
  • Jefferson Hagen of the Calgary Herald: Flames Joe Colborne has a salary arbitration hearing on August 1st, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far.

    “It’s part of the business and it’s just protecting myself financially and that way,” added the restricted free agent who made $600,000 on a one-year deal last season.

    “We’re in a situation where I really want to be here. I love being here,” said the 24-year-old, who produced 10 goals and 28 points in 80 games for the Flames in 2013-14, his first with the Flames after coming over in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. “It’s my hometown, why wouldn’t I? And they want me to be here, so it’s not like some of the past arbitration cases where there’s some hostility involved.

    “It’s two sides of the deal that want to get a deal done. And usually when that happens, it gets done.

    “So I’m looking forward to when we can move on from it and start looking forward to the season. I’m really excited about the direction we’re moving and some new additions we have. It’s going to be an exciting year.”

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NHL Rumors III: Sharks, Dmen That Could Be Available and Kulikov

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Despite saying that the Sharks on in a “rebuild phase,” GM Doug Wilson still wants to win.

    “I never lowered the expectations of making the playoffs, because we’re still a very good team,” Wilson said.

    “I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild,” he said. “We’re not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You’re not going to see us with 50 points next year — we’re too good a team for that.”

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Defenseman that could be available for trade this offseason:

    1. Mike Green – the Avalanche and Red Wings have been mentioned as potential landing spots if the Capitals decide to trade him. If the Caps don’t move him this summer, and if they are out of contention at the trade deadline, they could trade him then.

    2. Dion Phaneuf – carries a big cap hit and was rumored to be part of the Maple Leafs offer to the Panthers for the first overall pick at the 2014 draft.

    3. Tyler Myers – Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t actively shopping his young players, but added that he’d listen to offers. Offers would have to be huge. There have been rumors that the Canucks and Red Wings have had interest.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said they are very close on a deal with defenseman Dmitri Kulikov.

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NHL Rumors III: Trade Candidates, Wings, Green, Brodeur, Hayes and Pokka

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top centers that are rumored to be on the trade block: 1. Vincent Lecavalier 2. Ryan Johansen – there is the unlikely scenario that due to the stalled contract talks that teams may call to see what it would take to get him. 3. Nazem Kadri.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top-six winger trade candidates for this offseason: 1. Evander Kane 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Cody Hodgson.
  • Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit: A team source is saying that the Red Wings have made Mike Green their top trade target and have reached out to the Capitals regarding  Green and his availability. The Capitals have indicated in the past that he’s staying, but it might make sense for them to move him given their salary cap situation. Green is owed $6.2 million this year with a $6 million salary cap hit. The source added that the longer the Capitals hold on to Green, the more likely other teams could inquire about him. Green has a modified no-trade clause. The Red Wings would like to move quickly on a deal and are hopeful they can get something done.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Five landing spots that make sense for Martin Brodeur: 1. Winnipeg Jets – if the Jets trade for James Reimer, swap in Toronto here  2. Columbus Blue Jackets 3. Boston Bruins 4. Arizona Coyotes 5. New Jersey Devils.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes won’t be attending their prospect camp as he’s still without a contract. Hayes has been to four of their previous camps. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign him to an entry-level deal or he will become an unrestricted free agent.
  • Arthur Staple: Understanding that if Ville Pokka doesn’t make the Islanders out of training camp, he’ll return to Karpat of the Finnish league. Staple’s thinks it’s unlikely that he makes the team.

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NHL Rumors I: Canucks, Red Wings, Predators, Flyers and Panthers

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: With Canucks signing Ryan Miller, it’s believed that Jacob Markstrom has asked for a trade if they can.

    “That situation could work itself out over the summer,” Benning said. “The teams that are interested may have to move out another guy.

    “We’re exploring that for Jacob. But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation.

    “Look at Minnesota last year. They went through about five goalies.”

  • Helene St. James: As the Red Wings continue to look for a right-handed defenseman, they could look at Sabres Tyler Myers. He carries a $5.5 million salary cap hit. The asking price for Myers would start with one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Tomas Jurco. The Sabres might ask for Anthony Mantha, but he’s not going anywhere. The Red Wings would also likely need to add a high draft pick and potentially another player.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: With the Senators signing David Legwand, it eliminates one of the Flyers trading partners for Vincent Lecavalier. It could give the Predators a bit of leverage and power in negotiations. The Preds may be the only team interested, so they may not have to rush into a deal.
  • George Richards: (answering question) Hasn’t heard any talk of Panthers trades coming.

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NHL Rumors VI: Oilers, Sabres and Maple Leafs

  • Ryan Rishaug: Getting the sense that the Oilers won’t be signing David Legwand. There is “lukewarm interest” from both sides. The Oilers are more likely to trade for a center.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: On the Oilers potentially looking for a center through the trade route. Ryan Rishaug has previously said the Oilers could look to trade a defensemen, possibly Jeff Petry.

    “We’ll see what happens,” Rishaug told Team 1260′s Jason Gregor, “But I think that if the Oilers can address that centre spot with a quality person on a longer term deal and it costs them Jeff Petry, with the signings they’ve made and what they have coming, I think they would be comfortable moving Jeff Petry.”

    Elliotte Friedman noted before the start of free agency that the Oilers could have Jeff Petry’s name out there.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo Sabres: Teams are calling the Sabres about some of their players, but they’d have to overpay if they were going get one of them.

    “Whatever other surprises come, come,” Murray said Wednesday. “That certainly won’t be me. It’ll be if somebody likes someone on our team.”

    Teams may be calling about Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno.

    “I expect them all to be on the team,” Murray said in First Niagara Center. “Other teams want them, so they call and ask, and you listen. You listen only because they may do something crazy.

    “We don’t make the calls on those guys. We’re not looking to trade those guys. In saying that, when you get a call you listen, as if I would call another team on their good young player, of course they’re going to listen. You’re going to hang up. They’re going to say, ‘He’s crazy,’ or, ‘He’s actually willing to overpay.’ ”

    The Sabres interest in Steve Ott may have waned after some of the moves they’ve made.

  • Luke Fox of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs spoke with Matt Moulson before he signed with the Sabres.

    “I did have a chance to talk to the Leafs. Obviously, growing up in Mississauga, you play a lot of attention to Toronto. I still do even now,” Moulson told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Brady & Walker Thursday morning. “Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

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NHL Rumors VII: Capitals, Penguins, Reimer, Ott, Mueller and Downie

  • Adam Vigan of NBC Washington: In addressing his free agent signings Tuesday, general manager Brian MacLellan reiterated that Mike Green is very much in the Capitals’ immediate plans. MacLellan and coach Barry Trotz have already begun to confer on how they envision the defense lining up. MacLellan said he could see newly signed defenseman Brooks Orpik as Green’s partner.

    “I also think with Mike Green, [Orpik] would help stabilize his game, make him feel a little more confident in the D-zone and maybe give him more confidence to go offensively,” MacLellan said

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins hope to add an assistant coach any day now, but it will not be Travis Green. Green told the Penguins he will be staying with the Vancouver Canucks.A scout on Monday said Christian Ehrhoff the best defenseman who was set to hit the open market. No team on Ehrhoff’s short list of 3-4 teams were willing to go beyond three years for him at the money the he wanted. Getting a one-year deal with a no trade clause was also important for Ehrhoff.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Reimer situation is still up in the air. The goalie market has pretty much dried up” … “Reimer is property of the Leafs” … “Reimer was told when he made his trade request that they would try & maximize him as an asset but not giving him up for free” … “If Reimer wants a fresh start he may have to be patient
  • John Vogl: Though he might fit in better elsewhere, the Sabres haven’t closed the door on Steve Ott returning.
  • Frank Seravalli: Though Peter Mueller’s agent won’t say which teams are interested in him, the Flyers are believed to mix for him.
  • Greg Brady: Source said that the Maple Leafs were in contact with Steve Downie before he signed with the Penguins.

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NHL Rumors IV: Legwand, Stempniak, Vokoun, Ott, Green, Vrbata, Berglund and Petry

  • Hope Smoke: (before the Petri Kontiola signing) Darren Dreger: “We’re waiting on Legwand and so are the Leafs.” … “The Leafs are one of the teams that have put in an offer on Legwand” … “The Leafs think Legwand can be a real good fit as a 3rd line C” … “The question is, what is that offer [for Legwand] RE term and money?” … “I don’t think the Leafs are eager to spend more than $4 m. In fact, I’m pretty sure they want to get him for less” …. “Word on the street is that Ottawa is interested and perhaps the Sabres are interested in Legwand as well” … “Some work to do for Nonis and CO. If he doesn’t get Legwand he may retreat and wait for the bargains to emerge. They always do”
  • 67Sound: “In theory if Legwand signs, having 5 Cs is a good thing. Move one to W for depth. But this is a team that dumped Colborne to keep 2 goons.”
  • David Pagnotta: Expect decisions from David Legwand, Lee Stempniak, Tomas Vokoun and Steve Ott today.
  • Andy Strickland: Lee Stempniak is talking to five or six teams and is not in a rush to sign a deal.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: (answering question) Reports are that Steve Ott wants more term than the Blues are offering.
  • Aaron Ward: Indications are that the Capitals are not looking to trade defenseman Mike Green.
  • Craig Morgan: Radim Vrbata was willing to move money around on a four-year deal with the Coyotes. They couldn’t agree on a no-trade clause/no-movement clause.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson could see a Patrik Bergund for Jeff Petry trade. The Blues have plenty of forwards, and even though they have seven defensemen under contract, Petry is a lot younger than Jordan Leopold.

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NHL Rumors II: Bruins and Boychuk, Red Wings and Capitals

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has a couple of open trade conversations still ongoing with fellow NHL teams, and it’s a safe bet it involves at least one of their defensemen. If the Bruins are forced into making an emergency salary cap maneuver this summer, then Johnny Boychuk would be the most likely trade chip with his $3.36 million cap hit. He should get plenty of  interest.
  • The Fourth Period: The Bruins have a salary cap issue and have RFAs Reilly Smith, Justin Florek, Jordan Caron, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski left to sign. Multiple sources are saying that they could look to trade Johnny Boychuk and is $3.36 million salary. The Flames, Wild and Avalanche are said to be interested. Boychuk’s limited no-trade clause expired on May 31st.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive.com: Detroit Red Wings General manager Ken Holland will continue exploring the trade pissibillties for a right handed shooting defenseman. Mike Green of Washington might be the most viable candidate, and he’s probably available after the Capitals signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. Injuries have hampered Green in recent years, but he’s a tremendous skater who produces offense and can quarterback the power play.

    Other potential trade targets that could cost more to acquire, include right-handed shooters Tyler Myers (Buffalo), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg), Cody Franson (Toronto) and Jeff Petry (Edmonton) and lefties Keith Yandle (Arizona) and Alexander Edler (Vancouver).

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The Capitals made an effort to re-sign center Mikhail Grabovski, but at five years and $5 million per season, MacLellan said the Caps decided the money was better spent on two defensemen than one. With $1.1 million in cap space the Caps still have some room to sign a free-agent center, but unless they plan on adding a fourth-liner like Michal Handzus or an enforcer like Zenon Konopka, they’re more likely to seek depth down the middle through a trade.

    The Caps now have a few extra defensemen to shop around, starting with Mike Green, but his one-year, $6.25 million salary may be a bit restrictive. Dmitry Orlov [2 years, $4 million], John Erskine [1 year, $1.962 million] and Jack Hillen [1 year, $700,000] all could be dangled in an attempt to land a center.

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