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NHL Rumors I: Bruins D and Lucic, Staal and The Next To Push Salaries

  • Amalie Benjamin of the Globe: The Bruins have nine NHL/NHL-caliber defenseman, not including Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow who are close.

    “We can’t go into the year with nine NHL defensemen,” Chiarelli said earlier in the offseason. “So at some point I have to do something there, but I’m in no hurry. It may be that we see how the preseason goes, with who’s mixing, who’s matching with whom.”

    Moving 2015 UFA Johnny Boychuk would bring back the biggest return, as well as giving them the most cap relief.

  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Milan Lucic has recently had the pins removed from his offseason surgery and he’ll be starting his physio soon. Lucic won’t apologize for what he said to Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin but realizes he should have handled the handshake line a little differently.

    “I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said,” Lucic said. “But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should turn their attention to locking up Marc Staal after they go through their three potential arbitration cases. He has one year left on his deal. A contract extension could be for six-years in the $5.5 million a year range. Unless he suffered another concussion this season, he could easily fetch that amount on the open market.The next player to push the salary ceilings like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane just did with their $10.5 million contracts is Steven Stamkos in 2016. He could go $12 million plus a season if he chooses too. John Tavares will be looking for a new deal in 2018.

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NHL Rumors II: The Blackhawks and Their Salary Cap Situation

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: With the Blackhawks being $1.3 million over the salary cap, they will have to trade at least one player, and the players are aware of the teams situation.

    “Yeah, I know,” Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell said about someone having to go before the season. “I haven’t really looked too much into it. There’s a couple adjustments that need to take part to get through this cap thing, but I’m not hearing anything, which is good. It’s going to work out the way it is, and, hopefully, it will work for the best.”

    Johnny Oduya has one year left at $3.375 million and has been rumored as a potential player to be moved.

    “I wouldn’t say nervous, but you know the reality of the business,” Oduya said. “And I’ve been around it for a couple of these situations where you might be a little bit over. Or, on the other hand, you’re the cheaper player and you can fit in in a different way. It’s not really much you can do but realize the situation and you prepare for the season the same way.”

    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on their cap situation.

    “We certainly have to be ready to go by October,” Bowman said. “That’s the goal. A lot of things change between now and then. You have to display some patience.

    “Like I said all along, we have some ideas of what we’re going to do. A lot of things happen once camps open both for us and for other teams, in terms of players maybe you expect to meet expectations don’t quite do it and certain teams are looking around trying to find players. I always think you’re always in a good position when you have a lot of established players. I think that’s better than the other way around.”

  • Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya broke his foot in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final and likely wouldn’t have been able to play if they had advanced. He should be ready for the start of training camp, if he’s still with the team. The Blackhawks are around $2 million over the cap and need to shed some salary by the start of the season. Oduya’s name has been in the rumor mill, but he hasn’t heard anything from the Blackhawks.

    “We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’m very, very happy to be here. This is the place where I really enjoy playing hockey, I’ve loved it here so far and I think I’ll like it in the future, too. If that’s not the case, I’ll go somewhere else.”

  • Mark Lazerus: Patrick Sharp: “If you start worrying about it, start paying attention to the rumors, you’re going to drive yourself crazy.” … “There’s going to be talk, discussion, rumors. It’s part of the business. I think what my agent said was pretty self-explanatory.”

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NHL Rumors IV: Hayes, Rangers, Bruins and Hiller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks are still talking to Kevin Hayes about a contract, but if he’s not signed by August 15th, he’ll become UFA. The Rangers will be just one of the teams that will be interested in signing him if he becomes available.

    The Rangers continue talks with RFAs Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

    Kreider has a July 23rd arbitration hearing and could get a deal in the $2.1 to $2.3 million range.

    Zuccarello has a July 25th hearing and could get a deal in the $3.7 to $4 million range. He is thought to be looking for at least $4.5 million a season.

    Brassard has a July 28th hearing and will likely get between $4.5 and $4.7 million. He’s been looking for a long-term deal in the $5.5 million range.

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins have some cap issues this season, and will have some contract decisions to make for their 2015-16 roster as well. David Krejci will be a UFA and will looking for a nice long-term contract. Johnny Boychuk could ask for Brooks Orpik money, five years and $25 million. Carl Soderberg will be looking for a raise from his $1 million deal.

    “There is wanting to remain with a winning organization, and then there’s wanting to get them to the market. To me, there is a difference and they don’t always merge,” said Chiarelli. “They don’t always merge, people tend to think they have to merge but they don’t always merge. So we have guys coming up that we have to sign and we’re planning for it.

    “[Contract values] will go up, it’ll go up because [the current CBA] is an upwards magnet. That’s not unexpected. When the cap is expected to rise, teams will continue to spend more money. It’s hard to delve into the completely free market because you saw some of [the July 1 free agent] deals. All it takes is one team to pay that money or term and you’re right there with them then. That’s why we’re trying to keep the guys we can keep, and we’re going to have to pay the money. It’s not going to be cheap.”

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NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Schultz and Brookbank

  • Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press: There is some talk that the some free agents may not want to sign with the Red Wings due to coach Mike Babcock’s hard-nosed style. Babcock responded on Detroit Sports 105.1 radio with:

    “Maybe they don’t want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract,” he said. “The way I look at it here, if you don’t want to be coached, don’t come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that’s what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding.”

    “If (the Wings) are concerned about (free agents not liking him), then I should coach somewhere else.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Four issues that RFA Justin Schultz and the Oilers face:

    1. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has identified Schultz, 24, a restricted free agent, as one of the core Oilers, putting him in the same company as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. These three other players are locked into long-term deals that pay $6 million per season.

    2. Schultz is coming off a season with mixed results, a season not worthy as a stand alone season of a big money, long-term deal.

    3. In the NHL, teams pay for point scoring and it’s not unreasonable to expect a 40 to 50 point season soon out of Schultz.

    4. Schultz made $3.7 million last year, and he won’t be keen take  a pay cut, even if his two-way play wasn’t stellar. (Correction: I misinterpreted CapGeek, which listed his potential bonus, not his paid bonus, which was far less, and meant Schultz made about $1.7 to 2.0 million last season.)

    Staple’s thinks signing Schultz to a long-term deal in the $4.5 to $5 million per season range would be a good bet.

  • Chris Kuc: Sheldon Brookbank is talking to a few teams, with a source saying that a return to the Blackhawks is still possible.

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NHL Rumors II: UFAs That Are Still Available

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Free agency has hit a bit of a lull.

    “There’s a few players that teams are starting to call on to round out the roster,” said one agent on Wednesday. “They go through the initial blast of free agents, then it gets quiet. Then they get into arbitrations and qualifying offers.”

    Some UFAs that are still available:

    Peter Mueller – There is interest and is looking for the right fit.
    David Booth - “I’m talking to a few teams about him,” said Mike Liut, a veteran agent with Octagon. “There’s interest out there for sure.”
    Daniel Winnik – Good bottom six and penalty kill option.
    Martin Brodeur – Drew some interest at the start of free agency and will circle back in the next month.
    Devin Setoguchi – Could look to sign a one-year deal to show he’s better than the 11 goals last season.
    Tomas Vokoun – 100 percent healthy from blood clot issue. Currently has two offers he’s considering.
    Dustin Penner – Has playoff experience and can play in a top-six.

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Top 10 remaining UFAs

    10. Dustin Penner – Could add some scoring and size to bottom-six. Three teams since 2013.
    9. Saku Koivu – Could be a fit in Minnesota or Montreal, back in Finland or retire.
    8. Daniel Winnik – Should be able to find a bottom-six role somewhere.
    7. Andre Benoit – Can’t rule out an Avalanche return.
    6. Devin Setoguchi – Not a lot of talk that there is demand of Setoguchi. Could the Sharks be interested after having some earlier playoff success with them? Maybe the Bruins would be interested to replace the hole left by Jarome Iginla.
    5. Martin Brodeur – Brodeur wants a contender. The Leafs, Blackhawks, Bruins, Penguins and Lightning had kicked tires. The Lightning and Penguins have already signed a backup.
    4. Tomas Vokoun – Has multiple offers.
    3. Lee Stempniak – ESPN saying a handful of teams are intersted. Bruins are not one of the teams interested as they are looking to trade for a winger.
    2. Michael Del Zotto – Teams that missed out on Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen could look at Del Zotto. Cost to sign him shouldn’t be high.
    1. Daniel Alfredsson – Red Wings or retirement.

    Best of the remaining free agents:

    Forwards: Ray Whitney, David Booth, Andrei Loktionov, T.J. Galiardi, Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini

    Defence: Sami Salo, Henrik Tallinder, Cory Sarich, Jamie McBain, Raphael Diaz, Brett Bellemore

    Goaltenders: Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov

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NHL Rumors II: Capitals, Blackhawks, Oilers and Predators

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Speculation out of Detroit that they are looking at Capitals right-handed Dman Mike Green. The Capitals could use a second line center, and head coach Barry Trotz has spoken highly of Gustav Nyquist. The Caps would have to add more than Green to be able to land Nyquist. If the Caps are looking to trade Green for a second center who are entering the final year of their deals similar to Green, candidates could be: David Krejci, Mike Fisher and Antoine Vermette. They could look at Ryan O’Reilly or possibly Joe Thornton.
  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Agent Pat Brisson on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

    “We had to study, financially, to keep the puzzle together, how we could do this but at the same time get the players compensated the way they should be?” Brisson said. “They could’ve come in at 13.8 million each. At the same time, hockey’s a team sport and the reason why they’re so successful is the environment they’re in — and I give them credit for understanding that – and the role they can play now and in the future.”

    GM Stan Bowman still needs to reduce their cap number by $2 million for this year, and isn’t concerned with Toews and Kane’s future numbers.

    “That’s our job, to make it work,” he said. “We’ve been able to do that in the past and I have a lot of faith in the ability to keep that going. The most important thing for us is… you have star players who have shown the ability to win and they want to be here. It’s not even a discussion point. We’re just thrilled we have two of them; most teams would die to have one of these players on their teams. The rest will work itself out.”

  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals RFA Cam Schilling’s agent on contract talks: “Making progress but nothing imminent.”
  • Jim Matheson: “Not sure why there’s so much angst that Oilers didn’t sign No. 2 centre. Will be addressed via trade after camp if need be.”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Projected lines by Cooper:1st – James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Colin Wilson
    2nd – Viktor Stalberg-Derek Roy-Craig Smith
    3rd – Olli Jokinen-Calle Jarnkrok-Filip Forsberg
    4th – Rich Clune-Paul Gaustad-Eric Nystrom

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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Panthers, Devils, Wings, Leafs and Penguins

  • Jason Greger: Shannon said that he’s hearing that the Blackhawks are looking to trade Johnny Oduya to get under the salary cap. He has one year left on his deal. Gregor thinks the Oilers should be calling.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is looking trade some of their organizational “assets” for a goal scorer.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Going off of Tallon looking to trade some of their assets for a scorer and with the Blackhawks in a little bit of cap crunch, Halford wonders if the Panthers would be interested in Patrick Sharp. Sharp’s name has been in the rumor mill. He has a $5.9 million cap hit though 2017.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Lou Lamoriello on free agent Ryan Carter.

    “We’re still interested in bringing Ryan back. He’s still interested in here. Nothing has happened at this point,” the GM said.

    Lamoriello on a potential trade.

    “We felt we had to do some things with our offense (in free agency) but we’re constantly looking at what we can do to get better, whether it’s now, during the summer, in training camp or the beginning of the season. If there is something we can do today or tomorrow to get better, we will do that.

    “Right now we feel very good about what has transpired… Right now our goaltending is set, we have our defense set and right now, for the most part, our offense is pretty well intact. But I could not say something won’t happen.”

  • Greg Brady: Brady wonders why the Red Wings rushed to sign backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson when the Maple Leafs could be looking to trade Cody Franson and James Reimer. Would have been ideal for the Red Wings. Franson would have fit in as their fourth or fifth defenseman and on their second power play unit. Reimer would have pushed Howard and potentially could have been a better option.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Former Penguin Aleksey Morozov has had his contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL terminated.

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NHL News: Toews and Kane Get Eight Year Extensions

The Chicago Blackhawks sign Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to eight-year contract extensions worth $84 million.

  • Darren Dreger: Toews and Kane will each come with an annual salary cap hit of $10.5 million.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews: I could not be more grateful for the amazing moments and opportunities I’ve been given by the Chicago #Blackhawks. There’s no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players.””
  • Mike Zeisberger: Patrick Kane: “Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing.”
  • James Mirtle: When the contract extension starts in 2015-16, the cap hit could be $75 million. That $10.5 million cap hit is like a $7 million salary cap hit on a $50 million salary cap.
  • Jason Gold: The top five salary cap hits in 2015-16 so far: T1) Toews & Kane $10.5 million 2) Ovechkin $9.54 million 3) Malkin $9.5 million 4) Crosby $8.7 million 5) Perry $8.265 million.
  • James Mirtle: Jaromir Jagr and Paul Kariya were making $11 million in 1999-2000. “How are stars not worth $10.5-million now, 14 years later?”
  • David Alter: The Blackhawks will now have $65.8 million committed to 15 players for 2015-16.
  • James Mirtle: “That year, Brad Richards’s contract was 16% of the cap. These Toews/Kane ones will be roughly 14% when they begin.”
  • David Pagnotta: ” Solid pay day for Toews & Kane… Based on % towards cap, these deals aren’t as out there as you may think.”

The 26-year old Toews was drafted 3rd overall by the Blackhawks in the 2006 draft.

The 25-year old Kane was drafted 1st overall by the Blackhawks in the 2007 draft.

Jonathan Toews

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NHL Rumors III: Trade Candidates, Wings, Green, Brodeur, Hayes and Pokka

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top centers that are rumored to be on the trade block: 1. Vincent Lecavalier 2. Ryan Johansen – there is the unlikely scenario that due to the stalled contract talks that teams may call to see what it would take to get him. 3. Nazem Kadri.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top-six winger trade candidates for this offseason: 1. Evander Kane 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Cody Hodgson.
  • Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit: A team source is saying that the Red Wings have made Mike Green their top trade target and have reached out to the Capitals regarding  Green and his availability. The Capitals have indicated in the past that he’s staying, but it might make sense for them to move him given their salary cap situation. Green is owed $6.2 million this year with a $6 million salary cap hit. The source added that the longer the Capitals hold on to Green, the more likely other teams could inquire about him. Green has a modified no-trade clause. The Red Wings would like to move quickly on a deal and are hopeful they can get something done.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Five landing spots that make sense for Martin Brodeur: 1. Winnipeg Jets – if the Jets trade for James Reimer, swap in Toronto here  2. Columbus Blue Jackets 3. Boston Bruins 4. Arizona Coyotes 5. New Jersey Devils.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes won’t be attending their prospect camp as he’s still without a contract. Hayes has been to four of their previous camps. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign him to an entry-level deal or he will become an unrestricted free agent.
  • Arthur Staple: Understanding that if Ville Pokka doesn’t make the Islanders out of training camp, he’ll return to Karpat of the Finnish league. Staple’s thinks it’s unlikely that he makes the team.

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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Subban, Erixon, Kings and Boyle

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Contract talks between the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane continue.

    “The talks are and have been going for a little while, and, yes, the Hawks are making it a priority,” Brisson wrote in an email on Tuesday.

  • Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports: (via google translate) By P.K. Subban filing for arbitration, it means that he can’t sign an offer sheet with anyone.

    “Negotiations will continue before the date of the arbitration” has also referred to the agent defenseman, Don Meehan, the TVA Sports.

    It’s likely they will get a deal done before their arbitration hearing.

  • Aaron Portzline: A deal between the Blue Jackets and RFA defenseman Tim Erixon should be done shortly. Other than Ryan Johansen, other RFA deals should come together quickly.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking to add a veteran goaltender in case Jonathan Quick hasn’t fully recovered from his wrist surgery. Tomas Vokoun and Nikolai Khabibulin are being considered. The Kings likely won’t decide on a goalie until later on this summer.
  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning signed Brian Boyle to a three year, $6 million deal last week. Boyle turned down more money from the Maple Leafs.

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