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NHL Rumors III: Treliving Talks Flames … Trotz Talks Second Line Center

  • Aaron Vickers of Flames.nhl.com: Flames GM Brad Treliving on their current roster.

    “One of the things that help you improve is creating internal competition at all positions. You look at our team right now. We’ve got some young forwards that are going to push for spots at camp. That internal competition makes us better.

    “We’ve still got some work to do on the blue line before we get to training camp, but it’ll be the same situation there where we have guys fighting to be in the lineup, fighting to be on the team.”

    Treliving is still looking for ways to improve the roster.

    “You’re continuing to look at how to get better,” said Treliving, who also tendered a qualifying offer to Chad Billins in late June. “That’s the job. How do we get better? Sometimes those are little steps you’re taking.

    “By getting these contracts done, it makes us better but we’ve got lots of work to do. This isn’t something we close the book on and say ‘we’re done’. We’ll continue to work here. We’ve got lots of time before training camp.

    “Those days will be spent on finding ways to see if we can get better and see what is out there.”

  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Capitals coach Barry Trotz on how their second line center position could play out.

    “I’m looking at it in a number of different ways. You’ve got Marcus Johansson, who has played wing but he’s a centerman with great speed in the middle. The more I watch Backstrom the more I realize how good he really is and he gets very little credit. I was in the Western Conference for 17 years and I would see him once or twice a year. You knew he was good but you don’t know how good he is until you dissect him a little. He’s really good. But in the two-hole I’m really looking at a number of guys. I’m going to put guys in the middle during camp. I’m going to put Marcus Johansson and [Evgeny] Kuznetsov in the middle. Eric Fehr played in the middle last season but I think he’s probably going to end up on the wing. Organizationally they added Andre Burakovsky [No. 23 pick in 2013 NHL Draft] and I’d like to see him in the middle. We did that during development camp and he was outstanding in the middle. We’ve really got a few options there and I think that’s good. What you’re seeing in the National Hockey League now is the more people who can play center the better. Players can always get to the wall.

    “I’m going to let them play it out. We’re going to try to get the best three up the middle in terms of the people who are really good at distributing the puck and making things happen from the middle of the ice. After those three I think the fourth line will probably have a little more definition, probably more bite to it. I’m going to let them play through the camp, but my vision is that Johansson will play in the middle and Kuznetsov or Burakovsky will play in the middle and one will have to move to the wall. In today’s game, the more options you have the better off you are.

    “Obviously the Backstrom-Ovechkin line gets all the hard matchups, but last year based on performance the Jason Chimera-Joel Ward line probably outperformed any combination that they had in a second line. Through Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer — one of them might have to play on the top line — Kuznetsov, Johansson, Burakovsky, Fehr, I think we can probably establish a pretty good second line. If we can do that the depth of the third line will be very good too.

    “The center-ice position is where I’m going to focus a lot of attention. I think we’re going to be a lot deeper through the middle of the ice then I even expected.”

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Pacific Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Central Division, it’s now time to take a look at final division in the NHL, the Western Conferences teams, Pacific Division.

*All figures according to CapGeek.com, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 4: Western Conference – Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 22 (11 forwards, 9 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $57,864,167
Overages: $1,150,000
Cap Space: $11,135,833
RFA’s Remaining: Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly
Players for LTIR: Sheldon Souray (if needed)

Overview: The Ducks are one of the NHL’s best teams, and yet, they still find themselves with just over $11 million in cap space. This is a very unfamiliar sight for good teams. With only Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly left to bring back (which should come for around or less than $3 million combined), the Ducks are in an extremely good position financially moving forward.

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NHL Rumors I: Maple Leafs, Flames and Rangers

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Dave Poulin appeared to know that he would be let go. Claude Loiselle didn’t think he would be let go despite knowing that changes were coming. Talk is that Poulin and Brendan Shanahan didn’t appear to see eye-to-eye right from the start. Some think that Loiselle could take Shanahan’s old position with the NHL.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: James Reimer’s new two year deal will take him to unrestricted free agency and makes him more tradable .

    “He never said: ‘Get me out of here,’ ” said Nonis. “What he did ask was for us to explore opportunities that would make sense for both sides. We did. I went back to him and said: ‘I don’t have something that I would feel comfortable doing and we prefer to sign you.’ We both felt him coming back was good for us and for him. He wouldn’t have signed a two-year-deal if he didn’t feel comfortable coming back to Toronto.”

  • Larry Brooks: If Rangers RFA defenseman John Moore gets a deal around $1 million, and they give the final two forward roster spots to J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast, they could start the season with about $1.3 million in salary cap space.

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NHL Rumors I: Calgary, McCann, Bishop, Sens

  • Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald: The Flames have re-signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a new two-year deal, and Cruichskank says to expect RFA’s Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari to be signed in the next few days.

“We really think a lot of Joni,” said Treliving. “This is a young player who took a real big step forward last year.”

  • Jason Botchford of The Province: One of Vancouver’s two first round picks in this year’s draft, Jarred McCann is out to do anything to show he belongs in the NHL. McCann has vowed that his opponents are going to hate him as well.

“I don’t want to be pushed around. If someone is going to stick me, I’m going to give it back.”

“I’ve always had a spur in my game. I’m not afraid to do what it takes. It’s the type of game I play and that’s what I’m good at.”

  • Joe Smith: Ben Bishop says that his rehab is going well and that everything should be fine by the time Tampa Bay’s camp comes around.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Ottawa Senators and RFA goaltender Robin Lehner are closing in on a deal. The two sides have agreed on the term, but not the money as of yet.

“We’re extremely close,” said Pierre Dorion on signing Robin Lehner. “We said we’d give it a week break so that’s what we’ve done.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray will meet with Clarke MacArthur‘s and Bobby Ryan‘s Newport agents sometime next week, trying to work out contract extensions for the upcoming UFA’s. Sen’s have also held talks with Mark Methot‘s agent Larry Kelly about a new deal.

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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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