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NHL News: Leafs, Rangers, Ducks and Flames

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs fire assistant GMs Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin, and hire Kyle Dubas. James Mirtle: Brandan Shanahan’s biggest stamp, one of the sharpest, upcoming executives.  Steve Simmons: There will be one or two more front office hirings for the Leafs this offseason. Greg Brady: Told explicitly that the Leafs had planned to clean up their front office next summer and hire Dubas, but another Eastern team was ready to hire him this summer. Darren Dreger: Poulin and Loiselle reportedly had three years left on their deals.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million salary. Zuccarello could become a UFA next summer, but both sides will continue to work on a long-term contract. He’s not eligible to sign a deal until after January 1st. A long-term deal could come in the $4.5 million range. The Rangers have about $9.5 million in salary cap space with RFAs Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and John Moore. They also need to add a depth player or two.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks and Sami Vatanen agree to a two-year deal: $1.25 million and $1.275 million.
  • Roger Millions: The Flames re-sign Joe Colborne to a two-year deal, $1.275 million per season.

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors IV: Hayes, Rangers, Bruins and Hiller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks are still talking to Kevin Hayes about a contract, but if he’s not signed by August 15th, he’ll become UFA. The Rangers will be just one of the teams that will be interested in signing him if he becomes available.

    The Rangers continue talks with RFAs Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

    Kreider has a July 23rd arbitration hearing and could get a deal in the $2.1 to $2.3 million range.

    Zuccarello has a July 25th hearing and could get a deal in the $3.7 to $4 million range. He is thought to be looking for at least $4.5 million a season.

    Brassard has a July 28th hearing and will likely get between $4.5 and $4.7 million. He’s been looking for a long-term deal in the $5.5 million range.

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins have some cap issues this season, and will have some contract decisions to make for their 2015-16 roster as well. David Krejci will be a UFA and will looking for a nice long-term contract. Johnny Boychuk could ask for Brooks Orpik money, five years and $25 million. Carl Soderberg will be looking for a raise from his $1 million deal.

    “There is wanting to remain with a winning organization, and then there’s wanting to get them to the market. To me, there is a difference and they don’t always merge,” said Chiarelli. “They don’t always merge, people tend to think they have to merge but they don’t always merge. So we have guys coming up that we have to sign and we’re planning for it.

    “[Contract values] will go up, it’ll go up because [the current CBA] is an upwards magnet. That’s not unexpected. When the cap is expected to rise, teams will continue to spend more money. It’s hard to delve into the completely free market because you saw some of [the July 1 free agent] deals. All it takes is one team to pay that money or term and you’re right there with them then. That’s why we’re trying to keep the guys we can keep, and we’re going to have to pay the money. It’s not going to be cheap.”

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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 II: Interesting Free Agents, Gardiner, Subban and the Senators

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen looks at 10 interesting free agents that are still available: 1. Steve Ott 2. Dany Heatley 3. Martin Brodeur 4. Dustin Penner 5. Daniel Winnik 6. Brenden Morrow 7. Lee Stempniak 8. Derek Roy 9. Chris Butler 10. Mike Ribeiro.
  • Andy Strickland: Defenseman Chris Butler is talking with a handful of teams. The Flames haven’t closed the door on re-signing him.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: RFA Jake Gardiner didn’t file for salary arbitration. It is thought that he could get a bridge contract worth between $2 and $3 million. P.K. Subban would likely get an arbitration ruling worth more than $6 million. The Canadiens could opt for a two-year ruling, which would take away one-year of unrestricted free agency. Arbitration hearings run from July 20th to August 4th, unless players sign beforehand.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators could have some decisions this season with regards to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner. Anderson is the current No. 1 and is entering the last year of his deal. Lehner is a pending RFA. Will the Senators look trade Anderson at the deadline or re-sign him and stall Lehner’s emergence for a few years?

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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

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NHL Rumors IV: Caps, Vanek, Cammalleri, Iginla, Vrbata and Weaver

  • Andy Strickland: Some agents saying the free agent talking period is too long and that only two days are needed.
  • Scott Cullen: “Impressed that teams aren’t giving qualifying offers to every RFA. Better to make decisions & live with them rather than go on auto-pilot..”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Thomas Vanek has shortened his list to four, possibly five teams. John Shannon: Vanek was to get his list down to four or teams by last night.
  • Chris Nichols: Bob McKenzie reporting the Flames have presented Mike Cammalleri number of different options on term and money.
  • David Pagnotta: There is lots of interest in Cammalleri. The Flames would like to keep him, but he might get a better deal somewhere else. The Canucks are not in the mix.
  • Will DePaoli: Word is Jarome Iginla expanded his list to include the Lightning, Red Wings, Wild and Anaheim. The Wings and Lightning seem the most likely.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Doesn’t look like the Coyotes and Radim Vrbata were able to get a deal done last night and he’ll got the open market today.

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NHL Rumors III: Avs, Blackhawks, Devils, Capitals, Flames, Leafs and Panthers

  • Andy Strickland: Paul Stastny and the Avalanche will talk this morning before the start of free agency.
  • Andy Strickland: Will be interesting to see of the Blackhawks make a formal offer to Stastny. Stastny is one of Joel Quenneville’s favorite players.
  • John Vogl: Six teams have shown serious interest in Matt Moulson. The Sabres are one of the six teams.
  • Adrian Dater: A Jarome Iginla signing with the Avalanche would make little sense after the trade for Daniel Briere.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said they made a good offer to Mark Fayne and would like to have him back but realizes they “might not be able to compete with the numbers that are out there.”
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals priorities are defense and a goaltender. Mikhail Grabovski and Capitals seems far apart on money. Vingan thinking he’s gone.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Before the Flames hired Brad Treliving as GM, Brian Burke mentioned that the Flames could take on bad contracts to add assets. Treliving obviously is on board with that idea. (two trades they tried to make at the draft mentioned here)
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I imagine the Leafs will be aggressive tomorrow. They’ll sign a few guys with grit & leadership qualities. A Steve Ott type”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “If Dave Bolland hasn’t picked out a real estate in Florida I’ll be shocked by now. Tallon’s fingerprints are all over Bolland” … “Tallon can go 5, 6 or 7 years because that’s what Bolland wants. He knows he gets one pay day. Bolland will get around $5″ …. “Whatever the case is, the Panthers will overpay for Bolland. Similar situation to Clarkson” … “It will be an easier situation for Bolland to be on a bad deal in Florida than Clarkson is in Toronto”

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NHL Rumors XIV: Gorges, Flames, Legwand, Pens, Avs, Wild, Flyers and TBay

  • Louis Jean: The Canadiens desire to trade Josh Gorges is purely a business move. They don’t see him as a top-four defenseman and want to clear the salary cap space.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Cam Ward for the 7th overall pick, but the Hurricanes declined.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Mike Ribeiro for the 12th overall pick at the draft. Ribeiro wouldn’t waive it.
  • Aaron Ward:  Eight to 10 teams are interested in David Legwand, including the Islanders, Panthers, Sabres and Maple Leafs.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins hope to sign one of Nikolai Kulemin or Benoit Pouliot.
  • Bob McKenzie: Speculation that the Avalanche might buy out Daniel Briere is false.
  • Arthur Staples: Don’t think the Islanders will have an interest in Anton Volchenkov.
  • Craig Custance: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on his concern with giving term to free agents: “I’d rather be a little short & have flexibility than be all in and boxed in.”
  • Randy Miller: The Flyers could trade Brayden Schenn and/or Matt Read to help create cap space for UFA signings.
  • Chris Johnston: The Lightning will be looking for a backup goalie after not qualifying Anders Lindback.
  • Chris Botta: Botta doesn’t expect any news regarding the sale of the Islanders over the next seven to 10 days.

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NHL Rumors IX: Gorges, Reimer, Brodeur, Bolland, Komarov and Ward

  • Dave Stubbs: Josh Gorges just said that he’s “deeply disappointed” by what has gone down. Gorges added“I want people to know that I never wanted to leave Montreal. In no way has this been my decision.”
  • J-F Chaumont: Gorges to the Jounal de Montreal: “I have never asked for a trade, this is the call of Marc Bergevin. I am in shock.”
  • The Fourth Period: If Josh Gorges changes his mind and is willing to accept a deal to the Maple Leafs, a deal could happen today. The Canadiens could receive a roster player according to Bob McKenzie.
  • Bob McKenzie: The only solution in McKenzie’s opinion is to find one team on Gorges’ trade list that is interested. All teams are from the U.S.
  • Pat Hickey: If the Canadiens are able to trade Gorges, they should get a top-six forward and let the kids on defense learn on the job.
  • Darren Dreger: The Leafs don’t have a strong offer for James Reimer. That could change, but if it doesn’t, he’s been told to be ready for training camp.
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs will talk to Martin Brodeur, but sense is that their interest is mild.
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs are expected to make another offer to Dave Bolland today. Don’t see the Leafs going more than five years and $25 million, which may not be enough.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Leo Komarov is getting lots of interest. He’s a solid third liner.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Hurricanes were looking at either a trade or buy out (for budgetary reason) of Cam Ward. Looking like he’ll remain with the Hurricanes next year now. The Flames were one team of several teams that talked to the Hurricanes about a deal. Ward will likely be the Hurricanes No. 1 goalie next year.

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