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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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NHL Rumors II: Thornton, Goalie Market, Malhotra, Caron and Nikitin

  • Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports: (via google translate) Sharks Joe Thornton has a no-trade clause and holds the final say on where he ends up, and he may not be going anywhere.

    “San Jose is the only team on his list,” informed the agent and the player brother, John Thornton, in an interview with TVA Sports Sunday.

    His agent hinted that he could decide to move on “if he feels that supporters do not want him.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle looks at the goaltender market, and it looks like there are only 10 spots open, with all being backups: Coyotes, Bruins, Flames, Blue Jackets, Stars, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals and Jets. Notable free agent goalies include: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Justin Peters, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Thomas Greiss. Goalies that could be on the trade market: Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, James Reimer, Peter Budaj and Anders Lindback. Notable free agent goalies: James Reimer, Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, Niklas Svedberg, Robin Lehner, Anders Lindback and Michael Hutchinson.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Penguins could look at pending UFA Manny Malhotra to fill out their bottom-six. He’d be a good fourth line center to kill penalties and to be a faceoff specialist. The Bruins have until June 30th to qualify Jordan Caron. If they qualify him, they could look at moving him, as a split could be best for both sides.
  • Aaron Portzline: There is no need for the Blue Jackets to cut off the talks between the Oilers and Nikita Nikitin unless they have another team calling about him.

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NHL Rumors III: Hurricanes, Red Wings, Yandle, Overpaying UFAs and Tocchet

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has lot of decisions to go over and make this offseason.

    “I don’t foresee a major makeover,” he said. “We’ve got some pretty good pieces in place. I know it’s frustrating we haven’t made the playoffs in five years. We finished just outside (the playoffs) by 10 points, which is one win a month (more) over the course of (the past) season.

    “We may do some things but we feel we have a pretty good group here that can compete and win, so there’s no real need at this point to make a major overhaul, in my eyes.”

    It’s unlikely the Hurricanes will use their compliance buyout.

    “Historically we haven’t done that,” Francis said of a buyout. “We’ll discuss everything with our payroll and where our negotiations are and what we can and can’t do. But we don’t plan to do that at this point, no.”

    The Hurricanes could look to trade Cam Ward. They could move up or down from their No. 7 draft slot if the offer is right.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: St. James has been running a series of potential targets for the Red Wings. If the Wings were to go after Coyotes Keith Yandle, they would be looking for at least one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Anthony Mantha and a high draft pick. The Coyotes could also ask for another player, such as Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm or Jakub Kindl.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Top five unrestricted free agents who will get more money than they should: 1. Paul Stastny 2. Thomas Vanek 3. Ryan Miller 4. Matt Niskanen 5. Ryan Callahan
  • Tim Panaccio: Rick Tocchet said that he’s spoke with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford about a variety of roles with the team and that he’s interested.

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NHL Rumors II: Kings, Rangers, Avalanche, Penguins and Jets

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Kings have offered Marian Gaborik a three year deal worth $15 million. By keeping Mike Richards and attempting to re-sign Gaborik, it will likely come at the expense of Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The $6.67 million savings they received from buyout out Brad Richards will mostly go to retaining their Stanley Cup finalist roster, and likely not to acquire a Paul Stastny or trading for a Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Eric Staal. They have pending free agents in Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot who could double their combined salaries from $5.65 million to $12 million. Brassard could get between $4.5 and $5 million. Zuccarello could ask for $4 million on a multi-year deal. Pouliot could get at least $2.5 million. The only way the Rangers would go after one of the big centers would be if they felt Brassard wasn’t a No. 1 center they could win the Cup with. The Rangers hope to retain Anton Stralman, around $4 million on a three or four year deal. They are expected to qualify Justin Falk.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Patrick Roy:

    “Nothing is changing for us. We haven’t changed our approach,” Roy said of the team’s overall blueprint. “We put together a plan, as far as salary structure, long and short term, but we also have a plan for our team and what kind of players we’d like to have. Obviously, we have to give the time for these guys to develop. We certainly don’t want to go on the fast track. Time will tell, but I think right now we still need to remain very patient.”

    Contract talks with Paul Stastny will start in the next couple days. Other teams can talk to Stastny on Wednesday. Roy said they have some potential targets in mind if they become available. The Avs could look at Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Dan Boyle.

  • William DePaoli: Marc Crawford removes himself from the Penguins coaching search and Todd Nelson emerges as a candidate according to a source.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless thinks the Evander Kane trade talk is a over-hyped right now, but his name is out there. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would want a young top-six forward or a young top-four defenseman in return. The player coming back would have to coming into his prime and locked up.

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NHL Rumors II: The Top Centers, Gryba and the Hurricanes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray will have to wait to get the best offer for Jason Spezza. Spezza isn’t the only center available, so the market is a little crowded at the moment.

    “I’ve talked to other teams that have centres, they don’t know what they’re doing any more than I do as far as what value they can get for these people,” said Murray Thursday. “It does give a team that’s trying to acquire one a little leverage, there’s no doubt about that.”

    The Canucks are trying to trade Ryan Kesler. Joe Thornton could be available. Paul Stastny could be UFA on July 1st. Brad Richards was bought out, but not really included in the group above.

    Kesler wants to go the Blackhawks or Penguins. Stastny is still talking with the Avalanche about a contract. Any deal for Spezza may have to wait as teams could have other options that they are considering as well.

    “A lot of teams might be waiting to see what happens with those guys,” said a league executive Friday. “They might be waiting to get their mind around the market a little bit.

    “Teams might want to see what kind of movement there is high in the draft and who is going to have their first round pick.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators are expected to sign Eric Gryba next week.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said they’d be open to moving up or down in the first round, depending on what is offered.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said they’ve made decisions on qualifying offers for their RFAs, but would like to speak with new head coach Bill Peters first.

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NHL Rumors II: Sabres, Senators and Hurricanes

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Tim Murray is looking to add another first round pick and is tired of hearing about the salary cap floor as they are currently about $16 million under. If they extend some qualifying offers to some of their RFAs, the Sabres could be about $12 million below the estimated $52 million floor, with only Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to re-sign.

    “I don’t like spending money, but it’s easy to spend money,” Murray said in First Niagara Center. “It’s just are the right players or the guys that we like, are they going to approach us to take our money?

    Murray has already had talks about getting another first round pick.

    “I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first coming back, whether it’s in the 20s or in the teens,” Murray said. “I have been trying hard to do that. The people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this deal.’ ”

  • Ian Mendes: Sounding like the Senators are not interested in trading for the rights to Dan Boyle.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators Bobby Ryan recovery from sports hernia surgery is going well. He’s able to work out now.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I haven’t heard about any contract talks [between Ott & Ryan]” … “People are saying, whether it matters or not, that Ryan hasn’t bought a house there [in Ottawa]” … “That would be a major concern losing Spezza & Ryan. If that happens potentially we’re talking rebuild or re-establishing in Ott”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Obviously they’re coming off a disappointing year in Carolina but it’s a whole new regime & they’re trying to improve” … “It’s a new regime & they’re in transition. They have a lot of $ tied up in the Staals, Ward, Semin, Skinner” … “There’s been a whole lot of underachieving but there’s also been a lack of depth”

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