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The Offseason “Losers” So Far Are ….

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

In part one of this article (which can be found here) we took a look at some of the teams that were blessed with a solid offseason and deserved their title as winners.

It’s time to take a look and see which teams have had far less success and are deemed this year’s losers; some of which may surprise you.

Part 2: Losers

Washington Capitals

One thing is for certain, Washington tried.

Although the Capitals managed to sign the top defenseman available on this year’s market in Matt Niskanen, it’s widely believed that they massively overpaid in the process of doing so. For the time being, this deal should work in the Caps favour, but, near the end of the massive seven-year, $40.25 million deal when Niskanen still has a $5.75 million cap hit in his mid-30’s, it then might really come back to bite them.

Washington didn’t stop there though.

On top of Niskanen, the Caps also elected to sign his 33 year-old (34 when the season starts) teammate from Pittsburgh, defenseman Brooks Orpik, to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. This move quite simply is the reason for Washington making the loser section of this list; it is totally insane.

Losing Mikhail Grabovski and not replacing him didn’t help the Caps either.

The fact that the signing of back-up goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million deal appears to be the best / least risky move the Caps made shows just how rough this offseason was.

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NHL Rumors XV: Lightning, Leafs, Wings, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Flyers

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Times: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

    “Just because we have cap space now and cash available, we’re not going to act out of desperation,” Yzerman said. “But certainly we’re going to inquire and see if there’s anything that makes us better.”

    The Lightning could look to add a forward in free agency or through a trade. They could look at Dominic Moore. They will need bring in a backup goalie. They didn’t qualify Anders Lindback, but they could bring him back. Free agent options include Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun, Tim Thomas and Chad Johnson.

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs qualified James Reimer back in May. Secrecy on it may have been linked to trade talks.
  • David Pagnotta: The Wings would like to re-sign Kyle Quincey, but he’ll do better on the open market. The Wings want to improve their blueline.
  • Will DePaoli: Source saying the Penguins have “expressed some interest” in Martin Brodeur.
  • Will DePaoli: Matt Niskanen will trim his list down to four teams tonight. The Lightning and Capitals are expected to be among the teams. Seven year term will be the key.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta are expected to talk tonight.
  • David Pagnotta: As Paul Stastny’s list gets smaller, can expect Jason Spezza trade talks to increase.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Jets didn’t make Stastny’s shortened list.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Back in December it was estimated that the salary cap could be $71 million. With it only being $69 million, it will leave some teams pretty tight.

    “It affects us for sure,” Hextall said. “It affects every team that is close. We’ve got to find a way to get below it. It was a little lower than we thought and hoped.”

    The Flyers are already over the cap with 19 players signed. Their cap number will drop by $4.94 million at the start of the regular season when they can LTIR Chris Pronger. They have been unsuccessful in trading Vincent Lecavalier so far despite offering to eat part of his salary. He’s due a $2 million bonus tomorrow, which may be scaring teams off. The Predators or Panthers may be interested.

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NHL Rumors II: Flames and Predators

Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Brad Treliving on the free agent interview period slowing trade talk.

“It stalls a lot of things,” Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving said after completing the NHL Draft. “You look at the number of signings, the lack of signings, of players that are their own free agents. I would assume those teams that want players back have made offers, and now everybody’s waiting. I don’t necessarily know if the market is being driven by it, but it’s slowing the market, without question.”

“It’s sort of like the stars are aligning here. I think this free-agent courting period has given people pause, not only to see what’s out there and what those terms might be, but also stalling getting their own people done because they’re out looking,” Treliving said.

“I said it coming in here that not everything’s going to happen in the next two days, but we’re going to still see some business and some deals getting done leading up to July 1.”

The Flames could use some help on the blueline and a backup goaltender. They may need some help up front if Mike Cammalleri leaves. Free agent options in net could include: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Ray Emery, Chad Johnson, Anders Lindback and Thomas Greiss. Cam Ward could be an option in the trade market.

“I’m not set in stone there,” Treliving said of what direction he’d prefer to take. “That may be something you look for in free agency. That may be something that still comes in the trade market. We’ve done a lot of work and we’ll see how it falls.

“It’s an interesting market for goaltenders. You have to find goaltenders that you like, but there’s options out there.”

Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile said that defenseman Michael Del Zotto is “not a fit” for them. Options for him include a trade, sign a contract extension or not qualifying him, making him a UFA.

“Del Zotto is a good player. He’s a good offensive player. He couldn’t get ahead of (Roman) Josi, (Shea) Weber, (Seth) Jones and (Ryan) Ellis in the offensive situations,” Poile said Sunday. “We have all these balls in the air. We’ll see what happens.”

The Predators also have a group of young defenseman in their system. Del Zotto does have potential and is likely to get some interest in the trade market.

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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, NHL.com, HockeyAnalysis, and ExtraSkater.

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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 II: Flames Try For Spezza, Blues, Rangers, Sharks, Avs and Kings

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Flames have made a pitch to the Senators for center Jason Spezza, but a deal is unlikely to happen. Sources saying Spezza isn’t really interested in playing in Canada, with the Flames, Canucks, Oilers and Jets on Spezza’s list of 10 teams that he doesn’t want to be traded too. The Flames are thought to be offering Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, maybe Dennis Wideman and one of their several second and third round draft picks. The Senators would be looking to get a better deal for Spezza.The Blues have been talking to the Canucks about Ryan Kesler.The Sharks are listening to offers on Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Rangers should use their compliance buyout on Brad Richards as they would likely be stuck with a cap recapture penalty as it’s unlikely that he plays until he’s 40 and earning only $1 million in each of the last three years of the deal. His legs are starting to fade and it has shown in his play.The Rangers could look at Joe Thornton.Teams can start talking to pending UFAs from June 25th to June 30th.

    Backup goalie Chad Johnson could be an option for the Jets.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: There was speculation that the Avalanche would get an outdoor game next season, but sources saying that is unlikely. Source added they are likely to get one during the 2015-16 season.
  • Steve Simmons: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on if assistant coach John Stevens is leaving:  “Why would anyone want to leave here?” Lombardi added that nobody has asked for permission to speak with him.
  • Steve Simmons: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Marian Gaborik“We want him back. It all depends on what he wants.”
  • Steve Simmons: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Mike Richards“We’ve got to prepare for July 1st in a hurry. Everything is up in air right now.”
  • Andy Strickland: It is unlikely that the Blues will trade the rights to Ryan Miller before July 1st.

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NHL Rumors II: Markov, Bruins, Selanne, Regier and Flames

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: from Richard Labbe of La Presse and Chantal Ledoux. Andrei Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin

    “We know what Habs management wants, and they know what Andrei wants,” Berezin said. “There are no surprises and I am optimistic in this case, the main reason being that I feel the team wishes to keep Andrei, and Andrei wants to remain with this team. That’s what’s important to understand. The rest are just details we need to work out.”

  • Renaud Lavoie: Andrei Markov is not close to signing a deal with the Canadiens.
  • Anthony Travalgia of the Boston Globe: Jarome Iginla hopes he’s able to remain with the Bruins.

    “It’s a great group and I hope to be able to come back and I know it’s something that I hope that works and there’s a deal there for everyone. But I know the Bruins need to look at what they want to do and whatever, but yeah, I really enjoyed it and hope there’s something worked out there because I also think it’s a team that has a good of a shot as any to win and I think that next year the team can have that.”

    The Bruins will have to decide if they want to bring back Shawn Thornton.

    “I am hoping I am back. I don’t know,” Thornton said at breakup day. “I haven’t had my meetings yet, but if not I am still going to be in the community. I am still going to be here. This is where we live now. This is home. That stuff will not change. I’ll be here, trying to get back when I can. I love it here.”

    The Bruins have six defenseman already under contract for next season and have trade deadline acquisitions in pending UFAs in Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros. It wouldn’t be a surprise if either Matt Bartkowski or Torey Krug is with another team next season.

    Backup goalie Chad Johnson could be let go as they have Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban on the way.

  • Daren Milard: Talked with Teemu Selanne who said he will talk to Jokerit of the KHL next week but thinks he’s done.
  • Elliotte Friedman: The Coyotes are close to bringing in a new assistant GM for Don Maloney and it could be Darcy Regier.
  • Sean Kelso: The Flames didn’t renew the contracts of their AHL coaches Troy Ward and Robbie Ftorek.

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NHL Rumors V: Blackhawks, Stars, Canadiens, Panthers, Caps, Pens, Blues and Brodeur

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some things the Blackhawks will have to handle this offseason.

    1. Sign Kane and Toews to gigantic contract extensions – both have one year left on their $6.3 million deals. They will need a raise and the Blackhawks won’t want to have both get close to unrestricted free agency next summer.  Evgeni Malkin’s eight-year, $76 million ($9.5 million salary cap hit) is a comparable.

    2. Shore up the backup goalie spot – Antti Raanta is a UFA and may be the most logical choice. Needs to improve on his .897 save percentage.

    3. Lay low for a while – They’ve played a lot of hockey in the last two years and they need to get away for a while to heal up and then get ready for next season.

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars should look for a younger goalie to battle 22-year Jack Campbell as their backup instead of veterans like they’ve used in the past (Tim Thomas, Dan Ellis, Andrew Raycroft or Cristopher Nilstorp). 27-year old Chad Johnson is a UFA, same with Devin Dubnyk. They could look at trades: Niklas Svedberg or Malcolm Subban (BOS), Sami Aittokallio (COL), Petr Mrazek or Tom McCollum (DET).
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Canadiens may like to pay P.K. Subban something similar to Kris Letang’s eight years and $58 million. Drew Doughty got eight years and $56 million from the Kings. Letang’s no-trade cluase kicks in on July 1st and he could be dealt before.

    The Panthers are looking at Tom Renney, Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson for their head coaching vacancy. They may be waiting to see what happens to Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh. If they go with Renney, Perry Pearn could be an assistant as the two worked together with the Rangers.

    Matheson thinks there is a 75 percent chance that Capitals Mike Green gets traded at the draft or this offseason. He has one-year left at $6.25 million. He’s dealt with concussion and groin issues in the past. The Lightning, Panthers, Red Wings and Flyers could be options.

    Would Ray Shero take on an advisor role with the Bruins?

    Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois could be the leading candidate for the Penguins GM position.

    The Blues signing free agent winger Joakim Lindstrom may not be good new for Magnus Paajarvi. The Blues are looking for a defensive partner for Kevin Shattenkirk on the second pairing, and have Patrik Berglund to offer up.

    Matheson doesn’t see the Martin Brodeur landing starting job anywhere next season. He may have to split time again somewhere next year.

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NHL Rumors IV: Penguins and Bruins

Update: Penguins GM Ray Shero is fired, Dan Bylsma hasn’t been fired.

  • Bob McKenzie: The Penguins will announce this morning that GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma have been fired.
  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports(posted before this mornings news on Shero) Marc-Andre Fleury’s future with the team could be in question if a new GM is brought in. Many think he won’t be back. Jussi Jokinen would like to come back next year. Some think that Jokinen could ask for at least $4 million a season. Beau Bennett will have another surgery on his wrist this off-season.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins Tanner Glass: “I’d like to come back. Lot of factors that go into it. We’ll see”
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins need to get faster and quicker. They need to find another defenseman who can make a quick transition out of their own zone with a pass or rushing the puck.  Coyotes Keith Yandle and Canucks Alex Edler fit that profile. If Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning ends up being the Canucks new GM, he would know what is in the Bruins system, which would help make a deal easier. Yandle has a $5.25 million cap hit and Edler has a $5 million cap hit. Both would require high price to get them. Both could ask for Brad Marchand, who has three years left at $4.5 million. Johnny Boychuk could also get some interest. Prospects that could get some interest are: Ryan Spooner, Alexander Khokhlachev, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky and Malcolm Subban. If Jarome Iginla would come back on a one-year deal that includes bonuses, the Bruins would be interested. The Bruins could trade Matt Bartkowski. They may not qualify Jordan Caron. Free agents that are unlikely to return: Caron, Chad Johnson, Andrej Meszaros, Corey Potter and Shawn Thornton.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Yeah they could look to move some guys like Marchand, but I don’t expect radical changes”

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NHL Rumors I: Vanek, Red Wings, Chara, Selanne, Miller, Blue and Oilers

  • Charley Walters of Twin Cities: Should look for Wild owner Craig Leipold to go after UFA Thomas Vanek this summer. He would replace Dany Heatley in offense and salary slot. Walters said not to be surprised if Brian Lawton ends up getting a GM offer from the Capitals.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings needs this offseason:1. A top-four right handed defenseman – options include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Marek Zidlicky.

    2. A decent-sized scoring winger - Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr and Devin Setoguchi.

    The Wings will have about $20 million in cap space, but have to take care of RFAs Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan.

    They will not use an amnesty buyout on Johan Franzen. If they Wings want to get rid of Franzen, they’ll have to trade him. He has a cap hit of $3.95 million, with six-years remaining and $17.5 million.

    It is doubtful that David Legwand will be back.

    If Daniel Alfredsson wants to play another year, it’s likely the Wings could work out a deal with him.

    Kyle Quincy will probably not be re-signed, though it is possible.

    The Wings would like to re-sign Jonas Gustavsson, but may worry about his injury issues. Other free-agent options include: Brian Elliott, Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Carter Hutton. The Wings plan to keep Petr Mrazek in the AHL for one more year.

    Wings trade candidates include: Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl.

  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: The 37-year old Zdeno Chara knows his playing days are getting shorter.

    “As you get older and you’ve been in the league for a while, you don’t realize how much you’re going to maybe miss that part of the game once you’re gone,” Chara said, per the Metro West Daily News. “So I’m not saying that I’m thinking about being gone or retiring, but I’m kind of realizing that the time is not going to be always there.

    “I enjoy really coming to the rink every day. I enjoy competing in practices against guys and always in the games.

    “I love the game.”

  • Igor Eronko: Teemu Selanne to Sport-Express.ru: “It would be a great scenario to play one more season for my home team Jokerit in KHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I’m sure that St.Louis will show interest in keeping Miller” … “As a pending UFA Miller will look at what is available on the market. All along I’ve been told Miller wants a short term 3-5 years” … “Miller has ambition beyond hockey and he’s looking at getting on with things once he’s done with the game”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “The Blues would be able to move some of their forwards, a more complete guy, for someone who scores. Someone like Berglund” … “What would Berglund look like down the middle playing behind Nugent-Hopkins?” … Hope Smoke: Ferraro suggested Jordan Eberle going to the Oilers. Ferraro wonders if the you consider one of the Blues defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund for Eberle and someone else?

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