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NHL News: Staal, Mueller, Samuelsson, D’Amigo, LaRose and Marchand

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Eric Staal had surgery for a core injury he suffered during offseason training. He should be ready for training camp according to the team.
  • Andy Strickland: The Blues signed Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way deal. He’ll get $700,000 in the NHL, $250,000 in the AHL with $350,000 guaranteed. Mueller can play right wing and center and would need to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL.
  • Chris Johnston: Mikael Samuelsson is leaving the NHL to return home to Sweden to play with Djurgarden.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets re-signed Jerry D’Amigo to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Chip Alexander: Chad LaRose signed an AHL deal with Carolina’s Charlotte Checkers.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Brad Marchand on which NHL player irritates him the most:

    “There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Metropolitan Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Atlantic Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the other Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan (what a weird name) 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 2: Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 20 (11 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $63,080,000
Overages: None
Cap Space: $5,920,000
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: With no RFA’s left to sign, it remains to be seen if the Hurricanes will look to fill out the other forward spot from within, or make a move onto some of the remaining UFA’s. One such player could be Andrei Loktionov, who finished out last season with the team and still finds himself as a UFA. Carolina is in good cap shape heading into next season, despite paying four forwards over $5.75 million (Eric Staal, Alex Semin, Jordan Staal, and Jeff Skinner).

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NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Predators, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Loui Eriksson could find himself on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    “I’m really comfortable with that. It’s a different look, but (Eriksson) is a very smart player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said July 1 when asked about the idea of Eriksson slotting into the vacant first-line spot. “He’s a great two-way player. He plays a very smart game. I saw him play with the Sedins — he can play at that level. He can play on the matchup, so …

    “But having said that, he can move down the lineup and he’s comfortable with it. So I mean, the options are there. It would be nice to get a right shot — that would be a priority at some point — but I have no problem with (Eriksson) playing on that top line, and I’ve talked to (Krejci) about it, and he welcomes it. If you watch how Loui plays, he plays a real give-and-go game, and he’s very smart, passes to areas … He’s very compatible with (Krejci).”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are likely finished with free agency, but there are still a couple UFAs that might help them out: Daniel Alfredsson, Devin Setoguchi and Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators are looking to add some offense through the trade market, they could look at Jets Evander Kane. Cooper thinks the Predators should stay away from Kane due to his character issues. The Predators have pieces like Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis that might interest the Jets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has spoken with Chad LaRose’s agent. Sides are still in the talking stage.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks are still likely to be looking to add an experienced goalie on a two-way deal.
  • Lowetide: “One thing about trading Eberle is current GM didn’t draft him. History tells us it’s easier for a GM to deal a previously procured talent.”

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NHL Rumors: E. Kane, Ott, Ehrhoff, Lecavalier, Franson, Bellemore and LaRose

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Evander Kane could be with the team for the forseeable future, and he wasn’t going to touch trade rumors.

    “It’s very difficult right now in hockey,” began Cheveldayoff. “You’ve got the draft and all the different things like free agency that come up and as you guys all know, there’s rumours that abound each and every day that send everyone in different directions. I can only imagine as a player what goes through your mind when you hear, ‘So and so’s being traded and different things like that.’ It’s got to be difficult. They’re all professional hockey players and they’re all subject to those kind of things. Even when you have your general manager like I’ve been saying, I’m open to look to see if there’s ways to make improvements on this team. Without singling out any individual everyone starts to wonder what’s going on.

    “With specific reference to Evander and the situation where he was asked those questions, I think he’s been asked those questions year after year after year since he’s been here and certainly since the time he’s signed the contract.

    “So, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. What I took from his comments, is he’s excited about being healthy and training this summer and really looking forward to having a solid summer of training. He had some minor surgery last year that derailed some of the training side of things.”

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Steve Ott on the Fan 590 on the Maple Leafs before he signed with Blues.

    “We had maybe one talk with them, and then we called them a bunch of times with no calls back,” Ott said. “That’s about as honest as I can get. I guess they didn’t have much interest at all.”

    Elliotte Friendman on the Fan 960 this week.

    1. Don’t be shocked to see defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, who’s on a one-year deal, re-sign an extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Jan. 1. 2. Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn’t going to give Vinny Lecavalier away in a trade. People forget the veteran scored 20 goals in just 69 games last season. 3. The Winnipeg Jets recognize they need to trade Evander Kane. They also realize it’s “an easy trade to lose.” Kane likely starts the season in a Jets sweater. 4. A divorce between Cody Franson and the Maple Leafs appears like it will happen eventually. The Calgary Flames could be a good fit for the body-checker.

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis continues to talk contract with Brett Bellemore. Nothing imminent.
  • Chip Alexander: Chad LaRose is wanting to meet with Francis to talk about potentially returning to the Hurricanes. He didn’t play last season. Francis said they could end up offering LaRose a training camp tryout or possibly starting the the season in the AHL. Francis: “Obviously, he’d need to earn his way, show he can still do it.”

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Quick Hits: Canucks, Leafs, Hurricanes and Penguins

  • Elliotte Pap: The Canucks re-sign Zack Kassian for two years and a cap hit of $1.75 million.
  • Jason Botchford: Radim Vrbata: “I talked to Jim last night and he said they were looking for someone to play with the Sedins”
  • Jason Brough: Canucks GM Jim Benning suggests moving Alex Burrows to the second line with Nick Bonino and either Zack Kassian or Jannik Hansen.
  • Farhan Lalji: Mike Santorelli wouldn’t sign a one year deal with the Canucks. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Leafs.
  • Darren Dreger: With the Leafs signing Mike Santorelli yesterday, it ends negotiations with David Legwand. The Leafs still have $4 to $5 million in salary cap space.
  • Mike Halford: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis: “[Gleason] went to Toronto and played extremely well early. Then the wheels fell off for that whole organization.”
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford checked in with Mario Lemieux before he traded James Neal.
  • Josh Yohe: Steve Downie said that Rick Tocchet was the “main factor” in his decision to go to the Penguins.

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NHL News: Gleason, Vrbata, Fiddler, Kontiola, Islanders and Wilson

  • Chris Johnston: The Hurricanes have signed Tim Gleason to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. He’ll also be collecting $833,333 from the Maple Leafs from his buyout.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Radim Vrbata will get a $4 million salary and a $1 million bonus in each of the next two seasons. He gets a limited no-trade clause. Renaud Lavoie: Vrbata’s can name eight teams in which he can be traded too as part of his no-trade clause.
  • Mike Heika: Vern Fiddler will get $1 million this year and $1.5 million in 2015-16 from the Stars.
  • Chris Johnston: The Leafs have signed Finnish center Petri Kontiola to a one-year deal. Dobber Hockey: Kontiola led Chelyabinsk of the KHL in scoring last year over Andrei Kostitsyn and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
  • James Mirtle: Talk has it the Islanders were turned down by a lot of other free agents. They are another team that has to overpay to get players to there.
  • Corey Masisak: The Islanders could be a veteran defenseman to two (or two of they their young defensemen showing they are legit NHLers) from being a top three or four team in the Metro division.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Islanders weakness after making the playoffs in 2012-13 was their defense and goaltending. They hope Jaroslav Halak is the answer in net, but they still are weak on the blueline.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Tom Wilson rolled his ankle in a fall. It is not season-threatening. They will no know more in the next day or two.

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Quick Hits: Gagner, Pitkanen, Jovo, Schultz, Larsson, Lecavalier and Weber

  • Dustin Nielson: “I think no trade/movement clauses are ridiculous but at the same time if the players has one it’s his call. GM’s do this to themselves.”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes did not retain Sam Gagner’s no-movement clause in the trade.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he talked to Joni Pitkanen’s agent and was told that Pitkanen can not put his foot in a skate.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers announce they will use a compliance buyout on Ed Jovanovski, clearing $4.1 million in salary cap space. Jovanovski will get $2.7 million over two years.
  • John Hoven: The Kings re-signed defenseman Jeff Schultz.
  • Todd Cordell: The Devils and Adam Larsson agree to a one-year contract extension.
  • David Pagnotta: Vincent Lecavalier will get a $2 million signing bonus tomorrow, as well as next July 1st.
  • Mike Halford: Shea Weber will get a $13 million signing bonus tomorrow.

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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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NHL Rumors VIII: Stastny, Vanek, Moulson, Subban, Johansen, Ehrhoff, Parenteau and Peters

  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are in hot pursuit of Paul Stastny. Safe to say that there are a lot of teams after him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Eight to 10 teams are on Thomas Vanek’s radar. The Wild are interested, but not interested in a long-term deal.
  • Chris Botta: Pending UFA Matt Moulson is in a good position. Could get interest from contenders as well as floor teams like the Sabres and Islanders.
  • David Pagnotta: Nothing new to report on the P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens contract talks. Talks will enter the formal stages this week.
  • Aaron Portzline: Saying that talks are going slowly between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen would be putting a positive spin on things. Sides are way apart.

    Player/agent = “We’re not doing a bridge.”
    Club = “We’re not going long-term.”
    Player/agent = “OK, then, talk later.”
    Club = “Yup.”

  • Craig Custance: It only took teams about 10 minutes after word on Christian Ehrhoff’s buy out to start calling on him.
  • Adam Vingan: Hurricanes pending UFA Justin Peters’ agent has spoken with some teams that they would see as a fit. The Capitals were one of those teams.
  • Josh Yohe: Thinks Jeff Zatkoff is a perfectly fine backup goaltender for Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury doesn’t need a mentor.

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NHL Rumors III: Stars, Blackhawks, Hurricanes and Blues

  • Adrian Dater: Pierre McGuire added the Stars as a team that would like to sign Paul Stastny.
  • Scott Power of ESPN: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman may not be done his pursuit of adding a center.

    “There’s a lot of options we have as we look over the next couple weeks. There’s free agency coming up. There’s trades. There’s a lot of things that can change between now and October. I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying we believe in our team, and we believe in the options we have from within. If there’s other ways to improve the team through a trade or free agency, we’ll look at it, too.

    “We’ve got a great group. The core group of our team has accomplished an awful lot over the last five years, this year included. You’re never happy when you don’t get the whole way. You have to recognize you’re close. There’s a lot of ways to improve your team leading into next year. We’re going to keep working at it, and we’ll be ready to go in October.”

    The Blackhawks have re-signed Jeremy Morni, Ben Smith and Antti Raanta. They are undecided on pending UFAs Sheldon Brookbank and Peter Regin.

  • Chip Alexander of Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said that Manny Malhotra, Justin Peters and Brent Bellemore will test the open market. They are in talks with RFA Jiri Tlusty and will “definitely qualify him.” Heading into free agency Francis said:

    “We’re looking potentially more in the fourth-line need, maybe, or a depth defenseman at this point.”

    Their current plan is to have both Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward, but there is talk of them trying to trade Ward and potentially re-sign Peters.

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues need another scorer. They weren’t able to make a trade Jason Spezza this weekend and could take a run at Paul Stastny on July 1st. Patrik Berglund re-signing only makes sense if he’s part of a trade. The Blues could be thinking about moving David Backes back to the wing.

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