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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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Five Restricted Free Agents Who Could Receive An Offer Sheet

P.K. Subban Written by Dale Lamontagne, can be found on twitter @Dale_Lamontagne.

With the NHL offseason just beginning, I have put together a list of RFAs that could receive an offer sheet this summer. Starting on June 25th, Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) can start contract talks with other teams during the NHL’s interview process. (free agent interview period rule revision)

If you are not sure how this works, let me tell you by using an unrealistic example:

An offer sheet is a contract offered to an RFA (P.K. Subban) by a team other than the one he played for (Montreal Canadiens) during the prior season (Toronto Maple Leafs). Basically, if the player (Subban) signs the offer sheet, his current NHL team (Canadiens) will have seven days to match the contract offer (7 years, $70 million total), and keep the player, or if the team (Canadiens) don’t match the offer, the player (Subban) will go to the team that offered him the contract (Maple Leafs), along with draft pick compensation going to his first team (Canadiens).

Below is the draft pick compensation chart:

Cap Hit of offer sheet Draft Pick Compensation
$1,110,249 or below None
Over $1,110,249 to $1,682,194 Third-round pick
Over $1,682,194 to $3,364,391 Second-round pick
Over $3,364,391 to $5,046,585 First-round and third-round pick
Over $5,046,585 to $6,728,781 First-round, second-round and third-round pick
Over $6,728,781 to $8,410,976 Two first-round picks, second-round pick, third-round pick
Over $8,410,976 Four first-round picks

Anyways, without further ado, here are 5 players that I think could receive an offer sheet this offseason.

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NHL Rumors XVI: Canucks-Panthers Talking, Oilers, Sens, Stars, Sharks, Avs, Canes and Alfie

  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks and Panthers are still talking. Canucks offered believed to be the 6th, 24th and Hunter Shinkaruk for the 1st overall.
  • Bob Stauffer: If both Aaron Ekblad and Leon Draisaitl were available at No. 3 for the Oilers, not a slam dunk that they pick Ekblad.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Have been told that the Senators insisted until the end that the Ducks include the 10th overall in a Jason Spezza deal.
  • Kevin Kurz of the San Jose Mercury News: The Stars would be interested in Joe Thornton if he becomes available. The Stars approached the Sharks. The Sharks are negotiating with pending RFA Tommy Wingels, Jason Demers and James Sheppard.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Avs Patrick Roy said he’s still hopeful to re-sign Paul Stastny and Andre Benoit.
  • Luke DeCock: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis: “We’re not very active at this point.”
  • Ted Kulfan: Doesn’t sound like the Red Wings and Daniel Alfredsson are in a rush to get a deal done by July 1st.

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NHL Rumors XIII: Ribeiro, Yandle, Canucks, Draisaitl, Lightning, Ward, Sabres and Jackets

  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said the Mike Ribeiro buyout was purely about behavior issues and not a cost saving move. Maloney added that Ribeiro is seeking help this summer.
  • Craig Custance: After the Ribeiro buyout, the Coyotes have a hole at center. Custance wonders if this increases the likelihood of a Keith Yandle trade.
  • Darren Dreger: Speculation on the draft floor shifting to the Canucks focus on acquiring the first overall pick.
  • Michael Traikos: Hearing that Leon Draisaitl is the top selection for a lot of teams.
  • Billy Jaffe: Expecting the Lightning to add another veteran top four defenseman between today and July 2nd. They have the draft picks and room to make a deal.
  • David Pagnotta: The Hurricanes are still exploring the trade market for Cam Ward and Sharks are doing the same for Antti Niemi.
  • Chris Botta: The Panthers and Islanders are among the most aggressive teams when it comes to trade and free agent talks. Both teams likely to improve over the coming weeks.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray has talked to the agents of Steve Ott and Matt Moulson.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen said he’s talked to the 15 teams that are ahead of them, inquiring about moving up.
  • Aaron Portzline: GM Kekelainen: “I asked the top three teams what it would take. They say Ryan Johansen. I just said, ‘Okay. That’s not gonna happen. Click.’”

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NHL Rumors I: Kesler, Stastny, Wild, Iginla, Thornton, Pouliot and Oilers

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources saying the list of teams interested in trading for Ryan Kesler has grown. The Ducks and Blackhawks have been the front-runners all week, but despite more teams interested, does he want to go there?

    As of late yesterday afternoon, about 15 teams inquired about Paul Stastny. The Blues, Jets and Blackhawks are among the teams. Jets interest is legit. Not sure how the Blackhawks could afford Stastny as they are telling teams he’s not looking for a paycut from his $6.66 million cap hit this past season.

    With Dany Heatley’s $7.5 million cap hit off the books, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher can get back in the game.

    “Yes, it’s nice to be able to get involved more, I spoke with several agents yesterday,” Fletcher told on Thursday morning.

    Sources say Thomas Vanek was among the players Fletcher talked too. As of late yesterday afternoon, sources say eight to 10 teams called on Vanek.

    “If we don’t re-sign [winger] Matt Moulson and [defenseman] Clayton Stoner, then we have to replace those players,” Fletcher said of his two pending UFAs. “In an ideal world, we’re looking for a guy who can chip in offensively up front and a fifth/sixth defenseman. Obviously there’s options in both those areas where the price tag might vary a little bit.”

  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins pending UFA Jarome Iginla’s agent has started talking to other teams about potentially playing there next season. John Shannon: The only way Iginla remains in Boston is if they move out some bodies. Would it be worth trading Johnny Boychuk or Gregory Campbell just to keep Iginla?
  • Joe Haggerty: Several teams have shown interest in Shawn Thornton.
  • Benoit Lavoie: About 10 teams have shown interest in Rangers Benoit Pouliot. He is looking for a long-term deal.
  • News 1130 Sports: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish: “Size is a factor. It’s no secret we play in a big conference, and we need size to compete.”
  • Cap Geek: Canadiens Andre Markov received a full no-trade clause for this season, and a modified no-trade clause for his final two seasons. Hurricanes Ron Hainsey received a modified no-trade clause.

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Top 10 2014 NHL Free Agent Goaltenders

Ryan Miller

Expanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell. Other Top UFA pieces: Centers1-10 Wingers11-20 Wingers and Defenseman.

One of the more interesting things to follow in free agency will be seeing how the goaltending carousal plays out.

If you’re a GM looking for some help between the pipes, there are plenty of options. For a goaltender’s perspective, though, this class is worrisome in that there are quite a few quality goaltenders available and lots of good backups, but there are only 9-10 jobs available.

If a goaltender like Miller starts pricing himself out of consideration for some teams, he may be forced to sign for much less than you’d expect just to land a job.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-10 goaltenders that could be available. Standard stats such as save percentage will be used along with personal opinion.

All numbers are via CapGeek,, HockeyAnalysis, and ExtraSkater.

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NHL Rumors IV: Callahan, Stastny, Ducks and Subban

  • Pierre LeBrun: Not finalized yet, but Ryan Callahan’s contract extension with the Lightning will be for six years and $34.8 million, a $5.8 million salary cap hit.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Joe Sakic said late last night that Paul Stasnty wants to “see what’s out there.” Stastny’s camp promised to circle back and give the Avs the right of first refusal. Dater speculates the Avs have offered Stastny a deal somewhere between $5 and $6 million.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Paul Stastny’s camp has already received a bunch of calls regarding the pending free agent. The Avs will still be in the mix.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray wants to address their center position and defense as he feels he’s behind I that area compared to other top contenders. He’s armed with two first picks, two seconds and their 2015 first rounder.

    “That’s in the back of my mind all the time,” Murray said. “Where is that guy, can you find that guy, and can you afford that guy? … Is the time now, or do we have to step back and wait to see how these kids develop?

    “It’s a little bit of a game right now in terms of where you really are.”

    Realistic options include: Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza.

    Good but unrealistic options: Paul Stastny, Eric Staal and Joe Thornton.

  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin knows that he underpaid P.K. Subban before and that he’ll have to pay up now. Could get eight years and $9 million per season.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Gaborik, Kesler, Isles, Leafs, Jets, Oilers, Blues, Pens, Brodeur and Habs

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Kings and Marian Gaborik could be closing in on a deal. It could be done in the next 48 hours.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Hearing the Kings and Gaborik are talking three years and in the $5.5 to $6 million per season range.Contract extension talks with Kings and coach Darryl Sutter could be underway.

    Friedman thinks the Canucks have offered the Panthers the No. 6th pick, Hunter Shinkaruk and another piece, likely a roster player not named Ryan Kesler.

    Bruce Garrioch reported that Kesler would only go to the Blackhawks or Penguins. It’s not a long list, but it does include the Ducks.

    Friedman wonders if it would take a three-team deal to get Kesler where he wants to be.

    The Islanders are telling people they’ll move the 5th overall pick for a player who can help now. Other teams are in “stealth mode” like the Maple leafs. “Dave Nonis is like a baseball GM, throwing 25 players on the waiver wire to hide the one he really wants to move.”

    The Maple Leafs won’t make a deal for the sake of making a deal, but they are testing the market. They want to add depth up front and make adjustment to their blueline. Teams are getting laughed at when they ask about Morgan Rielly. Teams are calling about Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk.

    Two teams to watch: Hurricanes and Jets.

    The Jets are willing to trade Evander Kane. Zach Bogosian’s name has come up.

    The Flyers are never afraid to be bold and could look to move up in the draft.

    Rumors of the Oilers trying to move up in draft have cooled.

    Lots of talk of Jason Spezza going to St. Louis. Friedman adds Eric Staal would look good in a Blues uniform. Patrick Berglund’s name comes up.

    Penguins Kris Letang won’t be traded unless it’s a ridiculous offer.

  • Randy Miller of Miller lists five possible landing spots for Martin Brodeur: 1. Washington Capitals 2. Minnesota Wild 3. Pittsburgh Penguins 4. New York Islanders 5. Edmonton Oilers
  • Darren Dreger: Teams are throwing names at Penguins GM Jim Rutherford for James Neal. What is the trade value for a 30-40 goal scorer?
  • Jimmy Murphy: Source saying talks between the Canadiens and Mike Weaver are status quo.

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