Posts Tagged Carolina Hurricanes

Morning Rumors: Staal’s, Skinner, Ward, Subban, Miller and Maple Leafs

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jim Rutherford is expected to step down as the teams general manager after the season. He could remain on as their president, a position he currently holds as well. Ron Francis is expected to take over the GM position. Francis has been working with Rutherford and handles many of their day-to-day operation duties.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”I was told a couple of weeks ago that Ron Francis will take over as GM in Carolina”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks at least one offensive minded Maple Leafs forward will be moved for a more defensive player.Both P.K. Subban and Ryan Miller have chosen to wait until after the season to talk contract, despite their teams willing to talk.

    After the season the Hurricanes and Eric Staal will see if their relationship is worth preserving. Eric has been playing on the wing with Jordan and Alex Semin.

    It’s likely that the Hurricanes could look to move out some salary this summer. Two players who they could look at moving are Cam Ward (no trade clause) and Jeff Skinner. Other teams have been told that Ward is healthy. The Hurricanes may be willing to eat some salary to move Ward.

    Last summer the Hurricanes put Skinner’s name out there, but didn’t seem that serious about moving him. They wanted to see what value he had.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Hurricanes are going to make everyone available at the draft. The Staals, Skinner, Ward anyone for the right price”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: P.K. Subban is believed to be looking for an $8 million per year deal, and hopes to remain with the Canadiens.

    “I’ll tell you this right now: My goal coming into the NHL was to help the Montreal Canadiens win a Stanley CUp. It still is,” Subban told the Sun on Saturday.

    “If I’m not a Montreal Canadien, it won’t be because I don’t want to be there. I have every intention of being there, playing my entire career there.

    “If it doesn’t happen, it’s because it’s a business and not because I don’t want to be there.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”If Leafs miss the playoffs one of two things will happen, replacing the coach or trading guys like Kadri/Gardiner”
  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”At the end of last season the Leafs needed help down the middle & on D. They then went & spent their money on Clarkson”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Is Spott the eventual replacement for Carlyle? I think the Leafs hired him to be the Marlies coach & he needs time there”

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Hurricanes Sign Justin Faulk To Contract Extension

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million.

  • Michael Smith: The extension will carry a $4.833 million salary cap hit.

The 22-year old was drafted 37th overall in the 2nd round by the Hurricanes.

  • Josh Rimer: Salary breakdown: $2.5 million next year, $3.5 million in 2015-16, $5.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and $6 million in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: ”That was an important signing because he showed very early in his career how good a defenseman he was.”
  • Craig Custance: “Justin Faulk at $4.833 million per season through 2019-20. Like that number for Carolina.”
  • Chris Peters: “Faulk’s deal near identical to Ryan McDonagh’s (a hair more). Two guys with their best years ahead. What value there for CAR and NYR.”
  • Neil Greenberg: “Locking up Justin Faulk at ~$5mil per year for next six years is a good deal for CAR.”

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Oilers, Flyers, Hurricanes, Islanders, Senators, Panthers and Leafs

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Sabres Ted Nolan will likely be signing a three-year contract when they return from their road trip.

    The Sabres may look to buy out Ville Leino.

    The Oilers and Flyers are interested in college free agent Christian Folin.

    Matheson could see the Islanders being interested in Cam Ward if the Hurricanes look to trade him this offseason. The Capitals could also be an option.

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Jason Spezza will be entering the last year of his contact next year, $4 million salary and $7 million cap hit.

    “At this point I haven’t given any thought to it at all,” says, regarding the possibility of contract talks. “We’re so in the thick of things right now, that’s the farthest thing from my mind.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Ryan Callahan appears to be fitting into mold that Lightning coach Jon Cooper wants to play. GM Steve Yzerman hit the right note with Callahan’s camp by not trying to start negotiations right away. Rangers owner James Dolan said on the radio last week that Callahan had demanded a six year deal in the $6.25 to $6.5 million range. Callahan’s agent has said that because the lack of state income tax in Florida means that players can take less
  • George Richards: Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos said that negotiations haven’t started with Dmitry Kulikov and denies that there is an offer on the table.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”The consensus is that Carlyle wanted the beat guys to ask him about Reimer following the Det game”

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Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.

    The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.

    If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.

    Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.

    If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.

    The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.

    It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.

    The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.

    You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.

    Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.

    The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.

    “Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”

    “There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”

  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.

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Morning Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Sabres and Flyers

  • Darren Dreger: The Hurricanes have some big options this offseason. Cam Ward will likely be traded. Jeff Skinner or Eric Staal could become available. It would depend on GM Jim Rutherford’s future and if he’ll move up, stay in the same spot or move out. There could be player, coaching and management changes for the Canes.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Craig Anderson is heading into the final season of his contract. Do they look to re-sign him or wait for next season to play out and potentially lose him for nothing? Looking like Patrick Weicioch could be traded this summer, especially if the Sens re-sign Eric Gryba. The Senators don’t have a first round pick this year from the Bobby Ryan-Ducks trade. If they want one, the only players that are good enough to get one in return are Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. Karlsson isn’t going anywhere. The Ducks were thought to be one of the teams interested in Spezza. Ryan has one year left at $5.562 million and never really fit with Spezza. At times he wasn’t used much by coach Paul MacLean.
  • Mike Halford: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Marian Gaborik.

    “We had thought about it long and hard when we acquired him that we needed a little bit more skill,” Kekalainen told Sportsnet’s HockeyCentral. “I think we still could use a little bit more skill like Marian Gaborik has, but it just didn’t fit and it was time to move on because he was going to go to the unrestricted free agency.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: The Sabres have all but announced they won’t be drafting Aaron Ekblad. Jones wonders why the Oilers and Sabres haven’t been doing business. The Sabres have need forwards and have plenty on the blueline. The Oilers have forwards but need help on the blueline.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Robert Haag will be in the discussion of a D spot next year if Kimmo Timonen retires.

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Injury Notes: Pens, Wings, Caps, Flames, Sabres, Sens, Canes, Coyotes, Avs, Hawks and Leafs

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins James Neal (concussion) received clearance to play and could be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kunitz could also return to the lineup tonight. Beau Bennett skated before practice but hasn’t been given clearance for contact. Paul Martin skated in full gear before practice. Given the day off yesterday: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang wants to pay this season but he hasn’t received anything definitive from his doctors.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury. Darren Helm, out with a concussion, had a setback and it’s not looking like he’ll return soon. Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) is not close to returning and will go get a second opinion. Dan Cleary has had fluid drained from his knee twice and hasn’t been able to practice in a couple weeks. Weiss and Cleary were able to skate. Jonas Gustavsson, out with a groin injury, skated yesterday and is getting close to returning. Joakim Andersson (fractured foot) is out for at least another week. Tomas Jurco will have his broken rib reassessed next week. Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be reassessed in seven to 10 days. Henrik Zetterberg may be able to return for the playoffs if the Wings make it.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Brooks Laich will be out four to six weeks after having a procedure done to release a tight abductor.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Jiri Hudler (upper-body) was out on the ice before practice. Karri Ramo was also out before, and stayed on with main group.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Jhonas Enroth stayed in Buffalo for further evaluation.
  • John Vogl: Not going on the Sabres road trip: Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Sulzer, and Chris Stewart. Myers could meet up with the team at some point.
  • John Vogl: Michal Neuvirth on the possibility of playing tonight: ”I don’t know … but I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping it’s going to be good.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Doesn’t look like Craig Anderson will be ready before Thursday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty won’t play on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, he’s day-to-day. Alex Semin was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Erat skated yesterday morning in a no-contract jersey.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly will play tonight, with Paul Stastny a possibility.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Jonathan Bernier: ”Bernier has a low-grade muscle strain. It is in the groin area. It’s closer to day to day than it is week to week.” James Mirtle: The Leafs haven’t put Bernier on the IR, so it’s possible that he could play in the next few days.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: ”We’re dealing with this on Bolland. Once medically cleared, it’s up to the player to let us know when he’s ready to go” … ”At this point it’s not up to a doctor, it’s up to Bolland. We’re hoping he’s getting stronger and closer to returning” … ”Bolland hasn’t been 100% comfortable in a full practice where there are competition drills and grinding”

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Injury Notes: Kesler, Jurco, Liles, Granlund, Ramo and Hudler

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Ryan Kesler is heading back to Vancouver to have an MRI on his right knee after a Jim Slater knee-on-knee hit.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Tomas Jurco will be out at least two weeks, Teemu Pulkkinen has been called up.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Markus Granlund has been placed on the IR with a suspected shoulder injury.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames Karri Ramo practice yesterday and they are hoping that he’ll be able to return mid-to-late next week.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Jiri Hudler skated yesterday morning in a non-contact jersey. He could return this week though.

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NHL Attendance For Each Team After 30 Home Games: 2013-14

Here is our third installment of tracking home attendance, the 30 game mark, with comparisons from after 20 games this year and last seasons final numbers.

The outdoor games have boosted the attendance for several teams. The Senators and Blues Jackets had their attendance increase without a ‘Stadium’ game.


RK Team
2013-14
30 GMS
% Capacity
2013-14
20 GMS
% Capacity
2012-13
Final
1 Chicago
22,950
120.4
21,459
108.8
21,775
2 Detroit
22,913
114.2
20,066
100
20,066
3 Montreal
21,273
100
21,273
100
21,273
4 Philadelphia
19,821
101.4
19,778
101.2
19,786
5 Toronto
19,369
102.9
19,353
102.8
19,426
6 Los Angeles
19,327
110.4
18,125
100
18,178
7 Calgary
19,289
100
19,289
100
19,289
8 Vancouver
18,919
100.1
18,910
100
18,947
9 Pittsburgh
18,606
101.2
18,591
101.1
18,648
10 Tampa Bay
18,567
96.7
18,367
95.6
19,055
11 Buffalo
18,468
96.8
18,392
96.4
18,970
12 Minnesota
18,362
102.3
18,190
101.3
18,794
13 NY Rangers
18,006
100
18,006
100
17,200
14 Ottawa
17,991
93.9
17,375
90.7
19,408
15 Washington
17,889
96.7
18,506
96.4
17,734
16 Boston
17,565
100
17,565
100
17,565
17 San Jose
17,562
100
17,562
100
17,561
18 Edmonton
16,824
99.9
16,816
99.9
16,839
19 St. Louis
16,625
86.8
16,695
87.2
17,263
20 Nashville
16,487
96.3
16,489
96.4
16,974
21 Anaheim
16,177
94.2
16,059
93.5
15,887
22 Colorado
15,923
88.4
16,236
90.2
15,444
23 New Jersey
15,605
91.6
14,544
82.5
17,114
24 Carolina
15,236
81.6
15,351
82.2
17,558
25 Winnipeg
15,004
100
15,004
100
15,004
26 NY Islanders
14,955
95.7
13,533
83.7
13,306
27 Dallas
14,926
80.5
14,259
76.9
17,063
28 Florida
14,889
87.3
14,586
85.6
16,991
29 Columbus
14,103
77.7
13,608
75
14,564
30 Phoenix
13,269
77.5
13,006
75.9
13,923

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Injury Notes: Peverly, Habs, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Sabres, Avs, Isles, Flyers, Lightning, Canes and Ducks

  • Mark Stepneski of Stars.NHL: Stars forward Rich Peverley is in stable condition in a Dallas hospital after collapsing on the bench last night.

    “We successfully treated him for a cardiac event with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine. “We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.”

    “As soon as we treated him he regained consciousness. He was alert and talking to us after the event and quickly got transported to the hospital. I was actually able to talk to him in the back of the ambulance; he was able to tell me where he was and wanted to get back into the game.”

    Peverley has a history of heart issues. He underwent a procedure in September for an irregular heartbeat.

  • Montreal Canadiens: Canadiens Josh Gorges had surgery yesterday morning to repair his fractured hand. He’ll be out at least four weeks.
  • Mike Heika: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that Kari Lehtonen has a concussion: “When he starts feeling well, he’ll start exercising again.”
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Joakim Andersson has a broken medial malleolus after being hit by a Dominic Moore shot. Andersson wears shot-blockers, but it was still able to fracture part of his left ankle.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers Erik Gudbranson has a knee injury and is waiting to be assessed.
  • Chris Ryndak of the Buffalo News: Tylers Myers injured his right leg Sunday night, but it’s looking like he’ll not miss any time and should be in the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau left last night’s game with a knee injury. He’ll end up missing four to six weeks a MCL injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Michael Grabner (upper-body) will be evaluated when they return to New York.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Ray Emery practiced yesterday, but he’s doubtful for tonight according to GM Paul Holmgren.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos wasn’t on the ice yesterday morning. He’ll take a day off here and there as he works his way back. Team was off Sunday as well.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes who didn’t practice yesterday: Eric Staal, Justin Faulk (upper-body) and John Michael-Liles (upper-body).
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Curtis Glencross practiced yesterday in a contact jersey.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (knee) and Mathieu Perreault (forearm) skated yesterday and hope to travel with the team on their road trip.

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Morning Rumors II: Kesler, Bourque, Cammalleri, Callahan, Hemsky, Maple Leafs and Ruutu

  • Steve Simmons: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has told other GMs that he doesn’t have a deal for Ryan Kesler and isn’t likely going to be making one.
  • David Pagnotta: The Penguins are still in the mix for Canucks Ryan Kesler. They are also looking to add a defenseman. Sabres Henrik Tallinder could be a target.
  • Mark Spector: The Predators are not on Kesler’s list: Red Wings, Penguins and Flyers are.
  • Mark Spector: The Canucks wouldn’t trade Kesler within their division, ruling out the Ducks. They would like to send him to the East.
  • Farhan Lalji: (9:30 last night) Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Ryan Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, were talking at the arena.
  • David Pagnotta: Multiple sources saying the Canadiens have been working on a trade involving Rene Bourque.
  • Randy Sportak: Been told there is no truth to the Mike Cammalleri to the Blue Jackets rumors.
  • Ken Campbell: The Rangers and Ryan Callahan are still talking about a long-term extension. Too early to tell if it will get done.
  • Darren Dreger: No fewer than six teams have shown interest in Oilers Ales Hemsky.
  • Jim Matheson: Can scratch the Coyotes off the list of potential teams for Hemsky after the Erat trade.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin reiterates that rentals are not an option: ”Nothing has changed for us over the course of the day or the past couple of days.”
  • Ken Campbell: The Hurricanes are getting some calls on forward Tuomo Ruutu. Could be moved in right deal.

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Morning Rumors VII: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that there have been a lot of trade calls this week, but wouldn’t say who was drawing the most interest.
  • John Glennon: Predators GM David Poile said that at this point, David Legwand won’t traded. Poile hasn’t taken any offers for Legwand.
  • Mark Spector: Spector thinks the probability of P.K. Subban being traded to the Oilers is “none.”
  • John Vogl: Islanders Thomas Vanek on going on the road right before the trade deadline: ”You pack a few extra clothes for sure. That’s just reality, I guess.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: The prices on the trade market are likely to decrease leading up to tomorrows 3:00 PM EST deadline.
  • Arthur Staples: (as of early afternoon yesterday) Things were all quiet with the Islanders.
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”Whether Gardiner is traded over the next two days or not, I don’t think there is a long future for him in Toronto due to Carlyle”
  • Seth Rorabaugh: “I’m not sure there’s a realistic trade the Pens can make to make them a hands-down favorite to win the Cup. Injuries/cap killing them.”
  • Bob McKenzie: A Jaroslav Halak trade to the Wild is a rumor that won’t go away. Adrian Dater: “If Minny gets Halak it’ll destroy team chemistry IMO. Nothing against him, but Kuemper has support of room. Halak hasn’t earned it”
  • Dan Tencer: Tencer thinks the Oilers can get a second round pick for Ales Hemsky, retaining some salary to do so.
  • Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov will report to the Capitals after his KHL’s last game, which is today.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Rangers priority is resolving the Ryan Callahan situation, but they are monitoring the Ryan Kesler situation.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Andrei Markov has a modified no-trade clause and would likely say no to a trade to the Oilers. The Kings is a more plausible destination.
  • Chad Graff: Gary Bettman said they are “very focused” on Minnesota hosting an outdoor game. He visited Target Field and TCF Bank yesterday.
  • Michael Russo: Bettman said he continues to receive interest in expansion from Seattle, Vegas, Kansas City and Quebec City.

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Morning Rumors IV: Cammalleri, Khudobin, Vrbata, Moss, Morris, Miller and Vanek

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames re-signing Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ever going to happen unless he’d take a pay-cut to remain with the team during a lengthy rebuilding period. He’ll test the open market unless he comes to terms with the team who trades for him. If Brian Burke could get a first round pick for him, it would be a success. A second round pick and a prospect would be suffice.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks with goaltender Anton Khudobin are underway, but he’s not sure if they can get done by tomorrow.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes pending UFAs Radim Vrbata, David Moss and Derek Morris all want to remain in Phoenix. Talks between the Coyotes and Vrbata are still scheduled to take place after the season. There have been no active talks between the Coyotes and Moss and Morris. They could be offseason discussions.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Questions are already being asked to Ryan Miller if he would re-sign with the Blues.

    “I’m very open to it,” Miller told reporters in St. Louis today, “but right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.

    “It’s definitely a possibility.”

  • Steven Marcus: Islanders Thomas Vanek said that if the team was in the ‘top echelon’ that he might stay, adding ”I can tell you that winning does make a big difference.”

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