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NHL Injuries: Robidas, Morrow, Getzlaf, Kreider, Zetterberg and Gibbons

  • Mike Heika: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Stephane Robidas probably won’t require surgery for his fractured leg. Recovery will likely be quicker.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Brenden Morrow was trying to play through a fractured foot, has now been ruled out for the rest of the series. He suffered the injury on April 10th after blocking a shot in practice.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Chris Kreider is improving, but is not skating with the team. Won’t be in the lineup for Game 4.
  • Craig Custance: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said they’ll talk to doctors about Henrik Zetterberg: ”They’ll let us know – if he’s available, he’ll be going.”
  • Pens Insider Scoop: Penguins Brian Gibbons (undisclosed injury) didn’t skate yesterday after skating the previous two days.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Predators, Wild and the Coyotes

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Chris Kreider suffered his hand injury during the Blue Jackets game. He played two games after that with minimal pain. Pat Leonard: Coach Alain Vigneault said they are still determining what the next step is, if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion last Friday from a  Blake Comeau hit. Moore said he’s feels that he is improving every day. There is no timetable yet.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader hopes to return to the lineup no later than next Wednesday.
  • Helene St. James: There is no set time for Pavel Datsyuk’s return, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that it ”looks like he can play.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said that he plans on returning for the playoffs. He is doing some off-ice workouts, but there is no timetable on when he will start skating.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the possibility of Steve Downie having concussion: “He’s got a lot of things going on. That might be one, but we haven’t diagnosed it as such.”
  • Nick Cole: Predators Seth Jones, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Eaves are out tonight.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom had successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday and is out the rest of the year. Jason Zucker had surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps and is out for the rest of the year.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: It was reported on Tuesday that Coyotes Mike Smith has a leg strain and would be out two weeks. GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett said that details and a timeline won’t be known until their doctors see Smith.

    “Until doctor (Gary) Waslewski and our medical staff get their hands on Mike, we won’t have a clear idea,” Maloney said Wednesday. “The encouraging thing is he is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. It’s all trending positively.”

    Lauri Korpikoski could return tonight.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: New York Rangers

Written by Patrick Kearns of The Fourth Period and can be followed on twitter at @PatrickKearns

Rangers-deadlineThe New York Rangers have some extremely difficult decisions to make. This isn’t a typical trade deadline for the team, as Glen Sather has the arduous task of deciding whether or not to move the team’s Captain Ryan Callahan and long-time defenseman Dan Girardi. Clock’s ticking.

The Rangers are battling for a playoff spot in an extremely winnable metropolitan division this season, so they are certainly not selling players off, but with Callahan and Girardi both set to be free agents – and Callahan allegedly asking for a contract that rivals the proceeds of Antwerp Diamond heist – the pressure is on Sather to make a move. One that both benefits the team now and down the line.

The first requirement for the Rangers, should be a player on reasonable term, that is team-controlled beyond this season. They are not in the position to be loading up on rentals, as there is so much uncertainty with guys expiring deals in the next two years.

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Morning Rumors: Rangers, Sens, Jackets, Leafs, Oilers, Flames, Wings, Canes, Avs, Canadiens and Isles

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Rangers are said to be the most desperate team to make a deal. GM Glen Sather has been working the phones, looking at deals involving Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi. Girardi will be a UFA and the Rangers may be seeing what they could get for him. The Senators are interested Del Zotto, but they have to send contracts the other way, either Patrick Wiercioch or Eric Gryba. The Rangers are willing to talk about anyone other than Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Chris Kreider.The Blue Jackets are looking for a goalie. Justin Peters could be a good fit.The Maple Leafs may have shown some interest in Sam Gagner and would be a good fit, but he has a two years with a $4.8 million cap hit. The Devils may have called the Oilers on Gagne as well.The Sabres may be getting close on naming a new GM, with Jim Benning the top candidate.

    Flames that could be on the move: Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi, Mike Cammalleri or Lee Stempniak.

    The Kings have depth upfront and could look to move: Trevor Lewis, Colin Fraser and Dan Carcillo.

    The Wings have been looking to bring in a top-end defenseman. They may have looked at Alex Edler, but he’s likely not going anywhere.

    Talk is the Maple Leafs are looking to sweeten the pot in a John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason deal with the Hurricanes.

    Avs GM Joe Sakic is ready to trade. There have been no contract talks between the Avs and pending UFA Paul Stastny.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: There continues to be talk that the Canadiens are willing to trade Max Pacioretty. The Rangers are interest, but there doesn’t appear to be a match. The don’t appear to be a landing spot for Del Zotto. The Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, but GM Marc Bergeron isn’t likely to want to trade him in the East, if at all.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Not usual visitors scouting the the Kings-Avalanche game: Maple Leafs and Penguins.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.

    The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.

    It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.

    Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.

    The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.

    The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.

    The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.

    Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.

    The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
  • Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
  • Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’

    “I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.

    He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’

    He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.

    And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’

    Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”

    “So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!

    No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.

    After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’

    I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.

    They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’

    I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.

    You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Rangers, Sabres and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks the two best options for the Oilers in net are Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth.
  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet: Both the Flyers and Oilers may be looking for a change. The Oilers have the scoring wingers in Ales Hemsky and Nail Yakupov that the Flyers could use. The Flyers have the size and grit of Wayne Simmonds, a defenseman in Braydon Coburn and a young center with size, Sean Couturier. Thomas Vanek could be a short-term fix in Philadelphia.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Jouranl: What Darren Dreger said to Dave Naylor on TSN 1050.

    Dreger: “Now you look at the need that the Edmonton Oilers have and there’s obvious interest in Jonas Hiller in Anaheim and there’s some speculation around (goalie Michael) Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, but both those general managers have to be sitting here going, ‘Really? You know, I know I have an asset here.’ And Toronto is the same. I’m sure there would be interest in James Reimer if (Leafs GM) Dave Nonis were willing to consider it, but it is way, way, way too early in the season to do that, and you might get to the point, which is the trade deadline, where you also say, ‘Well, which one do I trade? Both of these guys have been very solid and I’d like to have both of these guys if I have a chance of contending for the Stanely Cup,’ or you’re certainly in the playoff mix. So when you’ve got a quality goaltender, you hold on tight. We have two of them. You’re very careful before you move one.”

    Naylor: “Dregs, if things got really desperate in Edmonton and we know the expectations are there, ‘Hey, we’re not the young Oilers. This is not development, this is not moral victories and we want to win,’ and they’re off to a rough start. They play tonight in Long Island. If things got really desperate there, and they said, ‘We got to do something. This goaltending thing is just a disaster. We’re willing to peel off a Nail Yakupov for a Reimer,’ would the Leafs do that?”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so.”

    Naylor: “Wow.”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so because I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov. And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy. And automatically you’d be wondering, ‘Why is Edmonton picking Nail Yakupov among all of their young stars, or potential young stars, and all of the assets that the Oilers have worked hard at over the years of accruing, why is Nail Yakupov the first guy that is thrown at us?’ There’d be some skepticism.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Panthers are willing to move any of their veterans: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov. Their top young prospects won’t be going anywhere.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish didn’t have any luck finding a goalie. Two league executives said their options are Michal Neuvirth, James Reimer and Brian Elliott. They may have looked at Craig Anderson and Cam Ward, but the sense is that neither Anderson or Ward are going anywhere. They won’t sign Ilya Bryzgalov.

    The Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are dangling Chris Kreider.

    The Rangers may take a run at Thomas Vanek (if he goes to free agency) if they decide to buyout Brad Richards during the next buyout period after the season.

    Ryan Miller is expected to head towards the West Coast if he hits free agency.

    Devils coach Peter DeBoar could be on the hot seat if they continue to slide.

    The Rangers may have offered Henrik Lundqvist a long-term deal at $6 million per season. He’ll likely end up with an eight-year deal in the $7.5-$8 million range.

    The Flyers have tried since the summer to trade Andrej Mezsaros and his $5.5 million salary, $4 million cap hit. The Flyers would also like to move Nicklas Grossman.

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Garrioch’s Rumor Roundup … Kick-starting a Flames Rebuild … Canucks Knew About O’Reilly Waiver Issue

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: On the Flames offer sheet to Ryan O’Reilly,

    “Calgary should have known (the Avs) were going to match it no matter what,” said a league insider Friday. “By doing this, what they’ve done is given a division rival one of their best players back instead of having that guy traded elsewhere.

    “The Flames have given the Avs a top-six forward and the ammo that could knock Calgary out of a playoff race. This could really end badly for the Flames.”

    Had the Flames not made the offer, O’Reilly would have been traded to an Eastern Conference team. The Canucks, Red Wings and Flames tried to trade for him. Avs GM Sherman was trying to trade him to the Rangers, Maple Leafs or Lightning. The Avs wanted a player, prospect and No. 1 pick. Sources say that the Avs asked for Michael Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and a No. 1.

    The Rangers, Flames and Flyers are making trade calls.  “Teams are thinking they’ve got to do something now if they’re going to stand a chance,” said a league executive Friday.

    The Rangers, Blues and Senators are looking for a defenseman.

    Many GMs think the Penguins will make a deal for Jarome Iginla.

    Unless the Senators get a really good offer for Ben Bishop, don’t expect them to trade him. Robin Lehner won’t be waiver exempt next season.

    The clock could be ticking for Lightning coach Guy Boucher.

    If the Ducks were to trade Corey Perry, the Maple Leafs would be interested. They would want to have a chance to sign him before giving up top prospects. It is believed that the Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf are getting closer to a deal. Talks are ongoing with Perry,  but the sense is that he won’t re-sign.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin may not be done as he’d like to free up a bit more money.

    The Rangers may be looking to add a bit more grit. The Rangers may have floated the idea of moving Marian Gaborik. He has a cap hit of $7.5 million through 2014-15.

    The Panthers may be active at the trade deadline. It’s believed they won’t be able to sign Stephen Weiss, and there are several teams that will be interested. The Wings have asked about Weiss.

    The Stars will have to decide if they want to re-sign Brenden Morrow or trade him.

    The Bruins, Blues, Penguins and Flyers are looking for help.

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Jay Feaster said over a year ago on if they were to trade Miikki Kiprusoff,

    “If we were to trade 34 (Kiprusoff), is there a position lower than 30th?,” was Feaster’s reply just over a year ago. “If we were to trade 34, we’d be sub-30, whatever that number is in a 30-team league.”

    Kiprusoff no longer has a no-trade clause, and moving him would kick-start a flames rebuild. One problem is that the Flames don’t have goalie ready to take over the number 1 position. There is some hope that Kari Ramo would return the NHL next season. Also in their system are Danny Taylor, Leland Irving and even Barry Brust, but none have proven that they are NHLers.

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: When asked if he knew that Ryan O’Reilly would have to clear waivers if Colorado didn’t match the offer sheet, Cancucks GM Mike Gillis said “yes.”
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: When asked if he was close to trading Roberto Luongo prior to the season, Gillis said  “Yeah. Yeah, we were.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild forward Matt Cullenwill be a UFA at the end of the season, and knows he could find himself in the trade rumors.

    “When I signed here three years ago, I wanted to win a Cup here. I hope we can do that this year,” Cullen said. “I love it here. My family’s from here. It’s a great organization. I love every part of it. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and start thinking about this stuff, and I know it will be on the forefront here before long as we get closer to the deadline.

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know what I hope for, though.”

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Roster notes, lines, goalies: Sulzer, Miller, Giguere, Backes, Devils, Senators, Leafs, Stars, Oilers PP, Flyers, Bruins and Blue Jackets

  • Steve Zipay via twitter: Rangers Chris Kreider is being returned to the CT Whalers of the AHL. Looks like J.T. Miller is sticking with the team.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche goalie J.S. Giguere has left the team for personal reason. He’ll return on Sunday. Calvin Pickard has been recalled.
  • Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues David Backes has a groin strain: ”We’ll see how it goes hour to hour. Hopefully I can play tonight. I think it passed the test.”
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau/Barch-Josefson-Butler.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Condra-Turris-Silfverberg, Zibanejad-Da Costa-Alfredsson, Daugavins-Smith-Neil, Dziurzynski-Grant-O’Brien. Greening is the extra skater. Defensive pairings: Gryba-Methot, Wiercioch-Phillips, Lundin-Gonchar are defence pairings.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Kadri-Komarov, Orr-Steckel-McLaren-Brown.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Probable Blues lines: Blues Perron Backes Oshie-Schwartz Berglund Stewart -McDonald Steen Tarasenko-Sobotka Nicol Reeves.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Smith-Roy-Eriksson, Roussel-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers powerplay: Smyth-Gagner-Yakupov-Eberle-Whitney + Hall-RNH-Hartikainen-Hemsky-Potter.

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Sharks interest in Doan has its limits … Doan could be down to 3 teams … Canucks still listening to Luongo offers … Preds options

  • Kevin Kurz of the CSN California: A source confirmed that if Shane Doan is seeking a 4 year deal worth $30 million, the Sharks won’t be among the teams that would go that high. The Sharks won’t offer more than 3 years at about $4.5 million per season according to the source. If he wants to stay close to Phoenix, the Sharks and Canucks are the only Western Conference teams that are pursuing him.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin still learning, and with Marian Gaborik likely out for the 1st quarter of the season, the Rangers remain interested in Doan. Doan has narrowed his sights on the Rangers, Penguins and Canucks, but it’s unclear if GM Glen Sather will go 4 years. It’s also not known if Doan would come to the Rangers on a 3 year deal.Brooks summarizes the CBA negotiations to basically, “The big-market teams don’t want to pay the small-market teams, the small-market teams don’t want to pay the players, and so, of course, the NHL is stuck in its flawed approach that satisfies both of these constituencies while reaching deep into the athletes’ pockets but doing nothing to generate revenue for cash-poor franchises.”
  • Dan Rosen of Canucks GM Mike Gillis’ first and best option is to trade Roberto Luongo. Gillis is still looking for fair market value for Luongo, and said that any deal would change the Canucks depth chart at the both the NHL and prospect level.

    “We’re listening,” Gillis said. “We have been listening to teams that are interested in acquiring him. If we get what we torshink the value is there we’ll trade him. I don’t have a timetable. In fact, in hockey things can change in five minutes with one phone call. It’s unrealistic to put a timetable on it.”

    Gillis also didn’t rule out Luongo remaining with the team. With Ryan Kesler being out for the start of the season (mid to late November), Jordan Schroeder could fill the hole on the 2nd line. Other top 6 candidates are David Booth, Mason Raymond, and Zach Kassian.

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators don’t land Shane Doan, they’ll look to the trade market to address their needs. If they aren’t able to bring anyone in, look for youngsters like Craig Smith and Gabriel Bourque to have bigger roles. This is a crucial year for Colin Wilson who was scratched for 6 of their 10 playoff games. A Bobby Ryan trade is possible, though the Ducks may be unwilling to trade him to a Western Conference team. The Preds may need to make a deal for a blueline. Jonathan Blum and Ryan Ellis may be their 5th and 6th defensemen. They did have interest in Paul Martin earlier in the off-season, but it appears he’s remaining with the Penguins.

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Morning notes on Rick Nash and Shea Weber

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Trade discussions between the Rangers and Blue Jackets had been ongoing, but heated up late last week. Teams from both conferences made pitches for Rick Nash, but it always came down to them saying GM Scott Howson wanted too much. The Rangers never moved from not willing to include Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin or Michael Del Zotto. Nash never expanded his list, but it was possible that he might have added the Hurricanes and Capitals later this week. It’s unlikely the Rangers would have been willing to increase their offer even if other teams were added. All the pieces the Blue Jackets received were available at the trade deadline and the at the draft. Nashville ownership is expected to meet again today to determine what to do with Shea Weber. Many around the league don’t think they’ll match the offer and may use the draft picks as trade bait for roster players.
  • Tom Reed via twitter: Reed doesn’t think the Blue Jackets got fleeced in the trade as much as some are saying. They didn’t win the trade, but it was never going to happen with Nash’s no-trade clause. Howson had limited trading partner which makes it tough.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland had several conversations regarding Nash, but the chances were always slim he’d be moved there. To get the Blue Jackets to trade Nash within the division, they would have had to make a much better offer. Holland wouldn’t mention names, but it would likely have to start with Johan Franzen or Valtteri Filppula and include either Brendan Smith or Gustav Nyquist, one more player and a 1st round pick.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Predators have not talked to Shea Weber since he signed the offer sheet, which leads one to think they won’t match the offer. Though, if they weren’t going to match, shouldn’t they be having daily conversations with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren about making a deal instead of taking the 4 1st round picks. Holmgren and Poile have only talked once. The Flyers won’t confirm or deny that a trade wasn’t discussed when they talked. The deadline is Wednesday night at 11:30 pm. Does the Rangers acquisition of Nash yesterday trigger Holmgren to offer a trade package that was better than before?
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: One of Weber’s agents, Kevin Ebb:

    “We have no clue what’s going to happen,” Kevin Epp, one of Weber’s agents, said Monday night. “We’re all in a state of limbo.”

    Nashville’s ownership group has 10 people, so Epp thinks that may be slowing the process.

    “There’s a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision,” he said. “It’s not like the Flyers with one owner.”

  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Dreger said on TSN radio that the Flyers offered Matt Read, Andrej Meszaros, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick for Weber before the offer sheet.

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A look at 6 teams that could trade for Rick Nash … Could Flames deal Bouwmeester to the Oilers?

  • Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Fox looks at 6 teams that could trade for Rick Nash. Boston Bruins: They still believe they are a contender and could take a run at their 2nd cup in 3 years. Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, and Dougie Hamilton would likely be targeted by the Blue Jackets. Detroit Red Wings: The Wings lost out on Suter, Parise, Salo, Carle and Schultz and have the cap room to add Nash. They have prospects Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar that might interest the Blue Jackets. They may not be interested as they have a bigger hole on the blueline. Alexander Semin is still available and may be a short term fix. Why would the Blue Jackets trade within their division? New York Rangers: The Rangers have lots of young talent and the Blue Jackets are reportedly interested in Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider. They don’t score a lot of goals and will be without Marian Gaborik for a bit as he recovers from shoulder surgery. They may not do a deal because they may not find it worth giving up so many young assets.  Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have the assets (Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn) to make a deal that could improve their chances on getting a cup now. May not happen as they likely won’t want to trade Schenn since they traded for his brother. They may not want to give up Couturier since the moved a young forward in James van Riemsdyk to the Leafs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The trade of Jordan Staal means they have more ice available for an impact forward. Sidney Crosby could use a scoring winger. The Pens could be worried what the Rangers and Flyers would be like if they had Nash. Deal breaker could be Paul Martin. The Pens may have to move his salary in a deal, but the Blue Jackets seem to be looking for forwards over defenseman. It’s doubtful that Martin and prospects would be enough. San Jose Sharks: They are deep in forwards, and the Blue Jackets like Logan Couture. The Sharks don’t want to include Couture. Would the Sharks be willing to a accept a deal included Ryane Clowe instead of Couture?
  • Gord Stellick via twitter: With Ryan Suter and Zach Parise going to the Wild and not a “top contender,” it has taken some heat off the better teams to not overpay for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Flames would trade Jay Bouwmeester to the Oilers? Flames GM Jay Feaster:

    “When all the dust settles after the first week of free agency, if there are teams still looking on their blueline, we’re going to get a lot of phone calls. I do believe that’s one of the things that will happen is that the trade market will open up.”

    Pierre McGuire said that Bouwmeester would be a fit for the Oilers, and they may try to trade for him. Starting points for a deal could be Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney and Nick Schultz. The Flames are looking to shed salary, so Schultz would get the nod over Hemsky, and they would need some prospects. Sam Gagner is one possible player, but it’s hard to image the Oilers trade him within their division. Willis doesn’t think it will happen. Both sides would be worried that a deal could blow up in their faces.

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Avs not done … Pens made offer for Suter … Nash update … Flyers still on Jagr … Blues update … Isles to wait

  • Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche made several signings yesterday and Dater thinks they aren’t done yet. Indications are that they will make a move or two before long. The Avs did make calls on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, though it’s not known if they made formal offers. They could use a left winger, and may be thinking about Alexander Semin. Dater, thinking out  loud (not suggesting it is happening), maybe the Avs could trade Paul Stastny for Bobby Ryan or Stastny, Elliott and Barrie for Rick Nash.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Confirmation from Ryan Suter’s camp, that despite reports that they didn’t submit an offer, the Penguins did in fact submit one.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are still looking at Rick Nash, but Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson continues to ask for players the Rangers won’t part with. The Rangers have made it clear that they won’t trade Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider or Derek Stepan. Howson continues to demand at least one of them in a package. Howson has entered discussions with at least 3 teams not on Nash’s list: Flyers, Hurricanes and Senators, in an attempt to get some leverage.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray closed discussions with the Blue Jackets regarding Nash.

    “I would say we’re out of the talks, yes,” said Murray. “We weren’t on the list. I’d just put it that way. There was no sense in chasing. We just didn’t feel it was necessary.”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets didn’t expect to trade Nash yesterday, and likely won’t happen until Parise signs. The Rangers have been flirting for weeks, and the Sharks have an offer on the table. The Red Wings are in the hunt, and indications are they would trade within the division if it were the best offer. The Hurricanes and Senators have strong offers but are not on Nash’s list. Sources told the Dispatch that it’s highly unlikely that Nash would alter his list.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers are still in the mix regarding Jaromir Jagr, less than 50-50 though. If they get Parise, Jagr won’t be back.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong:

    “We were active in talking to some players that we thought could help our team,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “But we’re pretty finite on what we need. A lot of the players that were signed (Sunday), they didn’t fill a need or desire for our team.”

    The Blues reached out to Jason Garrison before the signed with the Canucks. They also have expressed some interest in Matt Carle, who will likely wait until after Ryan Suter signs somewhere. The defenseman the Blues get may not be through free agency.

    “You talk to people that you think are going to be active,” Armstrong said. “You just try and let people know what your needs are. So you just say, ‘If you get into this situation let me know and I might have interest.’ A lot of this is predicated on other teams making decisions on unrestricted free agents, so it’s difficult. I know the fans want to see instant results, but I think this is something that could play out into the fall or into the season.”

  • BD Gallof via twitter: The Islanders are now more likely to wait for the new CBA and expected lower ceiling. They will look to improve through trade, using their cap room if possible.

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