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Morning Rumors II: Ducks, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Stars, Jets, Oilers, Sharks and Avs

  • Pierre LeBrun: Ducks GM Bob Murray on Jonas Hiller trade rumors:

    “There’s not a chance in hell that I’m moving Jonas Hiller,” Murray told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “I’m tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Tim Leiweke and the Maple Leafs will be targeting Steven Stamkos in 2016 when he could become a UFA. If he’s not re-signed before, the Leafs could be in a position to offer him a huge deal, maybe close to the 20 percent max. If the salary cap his around $80 million, that could be around $16 million a season.
  • Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston: The Bruins may have to look for a defenseman before the trade deadline. They will try from within for now, but even though they have depth at the position now, it may not be enough for a playoff run.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are said to be looking for a top-nine forward, a center for their third line. Pierre LeBrun said they could use their blueline depth to acquire a center. Brad Richardson is their current third line center, so they could add a forth line center or a top-nine winger.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams may look to get the jump on the trade deadline and make a deal before the February 7th Olympic trade freeze. One issue for teams acquiring a player(s) before the deadline is that they would have to pay their salary during the two week break.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: GM Jim Nill is looking at deals, but it’s really hard to find a match. If the Stars are out if it by the trade deadline, players that could become available are: Vern Fiddler, Ray Whitney and Erik Cole. Nill brought in Shawn Horcoff and Sergei Gonchar, so it’s unlikely they move. Heika thinks the Stars will look to improve their blueline, but that isn’t easy to do. They could also look at moving Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski.
  • Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: A source said that the Maple Leafs are looking for depth and size up front.

    “From what I understand, David is looking for a big body… someone that can spark a more aggressive forecheck, which the Leafs have been lacking, and – just as importantly – can be relied upon in the playoffs,” said a Western Conference scout. “Acquiring a skilled player of that ilk is difficult, but Toronto could have a big [trading] chip on the blue-line.”

    Berger doesn’t think the Maple Leafs will trade James Reimer before the trade deadline, but wonders if they could get Dustin Byfuglien for Reimer and Carl Gunnarsson.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t be trading all their draft picks and good young players for immediate help according to Tim Leiweke.

    “What we will not do, I promise you, is we’re not going to knee-jerk,” Leiweke told the Fan 590. “We will not give away our good kids, we’re not going to give away all of our draft picks. This is a long-term vision. And what we’re not going to do is panic and do a bad deal…

    “This organization in the past has had a bad track record of knee-jerking and doing deals that were bad deals and using good young assets. We won’t do that anymore.”

  • SportsNet: Scott Morrison, Nick Kypreos and Mark Spector: Joe Nieuwendyk may be the Flames main GM target. Capitals GM George McPhee may be their ‘Plan B’ GM target as he’s in the last year of his deal. Jets trade chips could be Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane. The Oilers are overvaluing Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky. Hemsky may only bring a 3rd round pick. Sharks Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are both expected to re-sign. Paul Stastny may their odd man out in Colorado. They may not look to move Stastny at the deadline if they are in the playoff race, unless they are able to fill another hole like a big winger or a top-four defenseman. The Sabres may give Ted Nolan a contract extension soon.

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Morning Rumors: Canes, Ducks, Rangers, Bruins, Sabres, Blues, Devils, Leafs, Jets, Isles and Capitals

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Hurricanes would consider trading Cam Ward. Ward has two years left at $6.3 million salary cap hit.

    Speculation is that the Ducks are looking to upgrade their blueline, and are looking at Rangers Dan Girardi. They have assets like Luca Sbisa, Sheldon Souray, prospects and two first round picks (theirs and Ottawa’s).

    The Bruins need a top-four defenseman and could include Adam McQuaid in a deal.

    Could the Sabres deal Tyler Myers for offensive help?

    The Blues could offer up Jaroslav Halak and a prospect or young forward for Ryan Miller. They won’t trade Dmitrij Jaskin.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Martin Brodeur is already thinking about next season, and he might be thinking about playing.

    “My heart is,”  Brodeur said today. “My body could be a different story. We’ll see.”

    If he does return for another year, he realizes it may not be with the Devils.

    “That’s something that more and more I see, regardless of if it’s wherever because I’m done after this year with my contract,” he said. “Depending on what’s going to happen in the next few months, if I feel my body’s (willing), I’ll see what’s best scenario for me if it’s back in New Jersey or somewhere else. That’s something the future will bring. But right now my heart is here to try to finish strong and prove that I can still be a big impact in hockey games.”

  • The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has been looking for a top-six forward. Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson are said to be being dangled. Cody Franson and James Reimer may also be available at the right price. Center Dave Bolland is expected to start skating this week. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season. The Oilers like Gardiner, and the Leafs could be looking at Sam Gagner. It’s thought that the Leafs could also be talking with the Jets about one of Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler.
  • The Fourth Period: The Jets have had trade talks with the Penguins, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Red Wings, Bruins and others. They are actively shopping Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, and have been getting calls on Andrew Ladd, Devin Setoguchi, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian.

    “Will further changes have to be made over the course of time? Sure,” Cheveldayoff told the local media, as quoted by the Winnipeg Free Press. “It’s just now trying to figure out what is going to be the best direction for those changes moving forward.”

  • Arthur Staple: Contract talks between the Islanders and Thomas Vanek haven’t started, and he’s not concerned.

    “I’m sure we’ll talk, but I’m trying to stay out of it,” Vanek said. “Until something gets close, I need to focus on the games.”

    “We had just one baby then, so things were different,” he said. “I would be lying if I said it doesn’t come down to money and term. You’ve got to sell yourself for what you’re worth, because you can’t play forever. But at the same time, there are other concerns, like what’s best for my family.

    “We’ve been on the road a lot, but when we’re home, the family has been with me [on Long Island]. We’ve taken the train to the city, things like that. It’s a new place and it’s nice. We loved Buffalo, too, even though everyone said we’d hate it. When you can call a place home, you start to find the good things about it.”

  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: ”Leafs are better off missing the playoffs then making a bad trade”
  • Chuck Gormley: Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, was seen at the Capitals game again.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Sabres, Avs, Capitals, Flames, Leafs, Lightning, Blue Jackets, Oilers and Hurricanes

  • Harvey Fialkov: Despite the fact that the Panthers have asked for money from Broward County, GM Dale Talon has the green light to spend to the salary cap ceiling.
  • Mike Harrington: Matt Moulson is the Sabres most attractive asset. Many teams need a scorer. Not a lot of teams need a goalie unless an  injury happens.
  • Brian Wilde: On the trade block: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Boyes, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri. The Canadiens could use a No. 3 defenseman and a big bodied right winger. They don’t have the cap space, so salary must go out.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko is refusing to report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.  Harrington’s inquiries say that the KHL is a possibility. The AHL is not an option.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater thinks it wouldn’t be a good idea to trade Ryan O’Reilly. “If the Avs trade O’Reilly because they don’t want to pay him a dollar more than Matt Duchene or any other artificial reason, then they will be very, very dumb.”You hear the ….

    “They’ll deal him by the March 5 deadline for a D-man or some other “need” go the rumors. “The Avs are loaded at center, so they deal O’Reilly to a team where he’ll be used as a center, and therefore the Avs will get trade value in return befitting a top-six center.”

    but ….

    Oh that one makes a lot of sense. First off, O’Reilly is a winger now, and a great winger. So, if the Avs trade him, they are trading a great WINGER, which would create an immediate void of a great WINGER. This idea that, well, the Avs have so much up the middle already, so that makes O’Reilly expendable in some ways…no. He’s a great left wing right now. So, you trade him, you’re trading a winger that very few teams can match in overall game.

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals and Mikhail Grabovski are in the early stages of contract extension talks.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: The Capitals are in the early stages of talking about a contract extension with center Mikhail Grabovski.

    “He’s comfortable here,” Greenstin said Saturday at the Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington. “Good coaching staff, he fits here very well, but Grabo is very talented center. He’s able to play in a lot of organization the same role. He’s a first-two liner, he reads the game very well, but we’ll see what’s happening. Most likely he’ll stay here.”

    “Why not?” Greenstin said when asked if he could envision Grabovski remaining with the Capitals. “Depends on the management. Coach [Adam Oates] likes him, we just begin talking about future contract. It’s not easy process. It will take some time, I believe.

    “He’s very comfortable in Washington. … We’ll see. Good coach, good organization, we go from this.”

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Brian Burke

    “We’re open for business. A lot is going to depend on when we complete the GM search, but in the meantime, we are open for business.”

    Coach Bob Hartley

    “We know it’s coming,” Hartley explained after Saturday’s morning skate.

    “We know we have a bunch of unrestricted free agents and Burkie will want to improve the team, that’s for sure. Burkie will make decisions — just like me, just like everybody else — for the best of the organization. Obviously, there is going to be some question marks. There is going to be some speculation.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources are saying the Maple Leafs are looking for depth up front. Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be used as trade bait.Penguins GM Ray Shero may be the second most actvie GM and he’s dangling prospects.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has let teams know that Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie are available.

    There is heat on Capitals GM George McPhee to do something. He’s not going to be fired. Former GM Brian Lawton said that Martin Erat could be headed for the Coyotes.

    Newport Sports agent Craig Oster could be the Sabres assistant GM.

    The Avs haven’t had contract talks with center Paul Stastny, but they are not likely to trade him. The Senators and Canucks would be calling if he’s available. The  Flames, Oilers, Leafs, Jets and Canadiens would also be interested. The price would be high. If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, they’ll be looking for a center.

    The Blue Jackets will be willing to trade Brandon Dubinsky.

    Oilers Sam Gagner could be traded to the Hurricanes for a goalie: Cam Ward , Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin.

    Someone could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a  draft pick.

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Afternoon Notes: Maple Leafs, Oilers, Devils, Wild, Avalanche, Capitals, Senators and Rangers

  • Elliotte Friedman: The Rangers have put goalie Martin Biron on waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jerry D’Amigo took David Clarkson’s spot on their 3rd line. Clarkson briefly tested out his injured foot. Chris Johnston: Clarkson will have a CT Scan on the bone in his left foot.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson didn’t practice today, awaiting an MRI.
  • David Alter: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle all but confirms that newly acquired Tim Gleason will make his debut tomorrow night.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Corey Potter (groin) and Philip Larsen (illness) were on the ice before their 8 AM practice.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils put Patrik Elias on the IR. Eric Gelinas has been recalled.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Mikko Koivu and Josh Harding on the IR and recall Erik Haula and Jon Blum.
  • Roger Millions: Avs Alex Tanguay skated today before practice and was not moving well.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Laich-Backstrom-Brouwer; Fehr-Grabovski-Ovi; Chimera-Johansson-Ward; Erat/Volpatti-Beagle/Latta-Wilson.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators lines: MacArthur-Turris-Ryan: Smith-Spezza-Stone: Michalek-Zibanejad-Conacher; Greening-Pageau-Condra
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Clowe-Henrique-Ryder; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Boucher-Loktionov-Sislo. Extras: Josefson, Janssen. Defensive pairings: Greene-Fayne; Salvador-Volchenkov; Merrill-Zidlicky; Gelinas-Larsson.
  • Roger Millions: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-Stastny-O’Reilly, McGinn-Duchene-Talbot, McLeod-Mitchell-MacKinnon, Malone-Cliche-Bordeleau
  • Rob Mixer: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers.

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Injury Notes: Loungo, Sedin, Staal, Clarkson, Gunnarsson, Petrovic, Bishop, Brown and Kassian

  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Roberto Luongo’s injury is from the Dustin Brown collision and he could be longer than day-to-day. Chris Higgins has the flu. Renaud Lavoie: Luongo will have a MRI today to determine the extent of the injury.
  • Kurt Dusterberg of NHL.com: The Hurricanes were without Eric Staal last night, and could be without him for five or six days according to coach Kirk Muller. Staal left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs David Clarkson (foot) and Carl Gunnarsson (upper-body) didn’t practice yesterday. Clarkson’s foot is just bruised and they are hopeful that he’ll be able to go on Tuesday.
  • Florida Panthers: Panthers Alex Petrovic (upper-body) and Dylan Olsen (lower-body) won’t travel with the team.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop left last night’s game. Jim Matheson: It’s Bishop’s right (blocker) hand. Stayed on the bench. He injured the hand back in November.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s JT Brown had his right shoulder wrapped after the game. He doesn’t think he’ll miss any time.
  • Curtis Zupke: Coach John Tortorella said that Zack Kassian is day-to-day.

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Injury Notes: Pronger, Spezza, Rome, Calvert, Staal, Penguins and Maple Leafs

  • Dave Isaac: Chris Pronger is coaching his kids team and hasn’t “regressed in 3 or 4 months.”
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Aaron Rome left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Rome is expected to be out a week according to Lindy Ruff.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets hope to have Matt Calvert back in the lineup on Monday.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Eric Staal was injured against the Capitals. He tried to play through in the injury in their game against the Islanders, but wasn’t able too.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Paul Martin skated yesterday for the first time since breaking his tibia on November 25th. Chris Conner is expected to be out for six to eight weeks after having surgery on his broken hand. Chuck Kobasew is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Jayson Megna (lower-body) skated for the first time since his injury on December 16th.
  • CP in the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs David Clarkson (lower-body) and Carl Gunnarsson(upper-body) left last night’s game with injuries.

    “Both players were taken out,” Carlyle said. “With Gunnarsson he fell awkwardly, an upper body. Clarkson blocked the shot, couldn’t get the pain to settle down, so we lost two players. It just seemed to magnify that we weren’t skating to get inside, and we didn’t check.”

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Nash, Ryan, Bogosian, Lightning, Merrill, Hossa, Leafs and Semin

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash is hoping to play either Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday against the Stars.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan practiced yesterday and is feeling no ill effects from Dennis Seidenberg’s hit.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian (lower-body) had more tests yesterday to determine the extent of the injury. Looking more like day-to-day.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Mark Barberio and Keith Aulie could be ready to return to the lineup before the end of their road trip.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Jon Merrill isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup. He has “no idea” if he’ll go with the team on their road trip. Added that he feels “great” now and that he’s “not really sure” if he lost consciousness.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is day-to-day. Mark Lazerus: There is a still a chance he could play today. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be “a bit.”
  • Mark Masters: Carl Gunnarsson fell awkwardly on Friday night: ”My leg went numb for a little bit but after a couple mins it was fine & then nothing this morning”
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is likely 10 days away from returning to the lineup. Dave Bolland’s status won’t be known from at least another three weeks.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser will be assessed today. Coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think it’s serious and more likely to be day-to-day than week-to-week. When asked if it’s related to his previous knee issue, Carlyle said: ”It’s a lower-body [injury] & he had a lower-body [injury] before.”
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop said he left the game to get his bearings after taking a shot off his mask. He said he is feeling no ill effects.
  • Lou Korac: Hurricanes Alex Semin (upper body) left last night’s game.

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Morning Hits: Franson, Gunnarsson, Tootoo, Hemsky and Armstrong

  • Steve Simmons: Cody Franson trade rumors don’t make sense to Simmons unless the Maple Leafs started them in hopes of driving down his price. Paul Ranger was on an AHL deal last season and free to sign with anyone, at any point. 18 teams contacted him but he always said no. The Kings tried to get Jake Gardiner in the deal with the Leafs for Jonathan Bernier. They moved on to Carl Gunnarsson after it was apparent the Leafs wouldn’t move Gardiner. (Kings ended up getting Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a pick)
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have spoken with the Predators about Jordin Tootoo. The Red Wings have extra forwards and will be over the salary cap once they sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson. They’ve been trying move some forwards for over a month. Tootoo has two-years left at $1.9 million a season. The Red Wings could use a big, skilled defenseman like Cody Franson. If he is available, it seems unlikely the Leafs would trade him within their division.
  • Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey: Richardson wonders why anyone would trade for Ales Hemsky. Why would a GM want to give up an asset or two for someone who will make $5 million next year and has an injury history. If the OIlers were to eat half his salary, then maybe someone would be interested. If Hemsky is healthy and playing well, half way through the season teams may get interested.
  • Colby Armstong: Tweet that he’ll be going to play in Sweden next season.

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Free Agent Hits: Jagr, Grabovski, Wheeler, Little, Raymond and Gunnarsson

  • Pierre LeBrun: Jaromir Jagr has signed with the New Jersey Devils, should be announced today. Andrew Gross: (early afternoon yesterday) Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: ”It’s all rumors right now. If we have anything to report, we’ll do that.”
  • Craig Custance: Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, said that three teams are “very interested.” A decision is not expected until August.
  • Gary Lawless: Blake Wheeler’s agent, Mat Keator, said they’ve had some conversations with the Jets and will continue to do so: ”Hopefully we will avoid going to Toronto. We’ll see how the week unfolds.”
  • Nick Kypreos: Bryan Little was believed to be going to ask for $5.5 million in salary arbitration, while the Jets were to counter with $3.25 million.
  • News 1130 Sports: Mason Raymond’s agent said it will take some time for Raymond to sign a deal.
  • Tim Wharnsby: The Maple Leafs sign Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year deal worth $8.45 million. A $3.15 million salary cap hit: $2.85 million, $3.15 million and $3.45 million.

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21 Players File for Arbitration

NHLPA: 21 players have filed for salary arbitration. Deadline is today at 5:00 pm ET.

Player Team
Brendan Smith Detroit Red Wings
Sam Gagner Edmonton Oilers
Trevor Lewis Los Angeles Kings
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings
Jake Muzzin Los Angeles Kings
Jordan Nolan Los Angeles Kings
Ryan White Montreal Canadiens
Nick Spaling Nashville Predators
Josh Bailey New York Islanders
Mats Zuccarello New York Rangers
Erik Condra Ottawa Senators
Robert Bortuzzo Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Stewart St. Louis Blues
Mark Fraser Toronto Maple Leafs
Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs
Dale Weise Vancouver Canucks
Zach Bogosian Winnipeg Jets
Bryan Little Winnipeg Jets
Paul Postma Winnipeg Jets
Eric Tangradi Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets

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Morning Hits: Avalanche, Blues RFAs, and Maple Leafs notes

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The trade front for the Avs is currently quiet. If they want to improve their blueline, Paul Stastny may be their best trade chip.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues salary cap number currently sit at $56.4 million. They have just under $8 million to sign RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Jake Allen. Teams can go over the cap by 10 percent during the summer, but must be under when the season starts.

“I think we’re going to be able to get everyone under the umbrella,” Armstrong said, “and if need be, we have very valuable pieces — if we have to move players, that’s not going to be an issue finding a home for them.”

Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: David Clarkson’s deal with the Maple Leafs has a limited no-movement clause. Salary breakdown: $4.5 million, $4.75 million, $5.5 million, $7 million, $7 million, $4.75 million and $3.25 million. Tyler Bozak’s salary breakdown: $3.5 million,  $4 million, $5 million, 4.5 million and $4 million. GM Dave Nonis still has to deal with RFAs: Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson and Mark Fraser.

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Afternoon Hits I: Bergeron, Horton, Scuderi, Leafs, Sabres, Penguins and Senators

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Patrice Bergeron suffered torn cartilage in Game 4, broken rib Game 5, separated shoulder/collapsed lung in Game 6. He wouldn’t have been able to play in Game 7. Joe Haggerty: Bergeron said that he won’t require surgery and should be ready for camp.
  • Tim Panaccio: Panaccio has heard that the Flyers would love to get Nathan Horton. Talk is that he has a couple teams in mind and the Flyers are not one of them.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Sources saying that the Penguins could be looking at defenseman Rob Scuderi to be Kris Letang’s partner. Scuderi could be looking for a 3 year deal around $4 million.
  • Howard Berger: The Leafs top priority this week is getting a No. 1 center, which almost certainly will come by a multi-player trade. Vincent Lecavalier is still a possible UFA option. A deal doesn’t need to made this week, it’s a long offseason.
  • Howard Berger: Has said many times that a Leafs trade for Paul Stastny would take Carl Gunnarsson, Nik Kulemin and 4th round pick.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that Mikhail Grigorenko won’t be returned to junior next year and is not eligible for the AHL.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Kris Letang’s deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins remains in limbo as there is still a snag. Letang is looking for a verbal guarantee that the Penguins won’t trade him in the next year before his new deal kicks in. The 8 year deal with a $7.25 million cap hit comes with a limited no-movement clause which he names 15 teams that he could be traded too.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Ottawa Senators offseason to-do list: 1. Signing Daniel Alfredsson 2. Finding a top-6 forward and blueliner: they made a play of Bobby Ryan but the price was too high. They could look at Pascal Dupuis if he hits the open market. They may rather trade a prospect for a blueliner than get into a bidding war for a free agent. 3. Check the health of injured players: mainly Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. 4. Contract matters: talk extension with head coach Paul MacLean. Colin Greening could be extended. Jim O’Brien could be dealt.

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