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NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs and Hope Smoke Edition: Staal, Tavares and Stastny

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If Eric Staal is available, is that type of player the guy who entices Nonis to trade Kadri and Gardiner and whatever else for him?”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger added that it’s possible that Islanders John Tavares could reach a point where he doesn’t want to be in New York any longer. No intel on the matter, just a feeling by Dreger. Dreger: ”Rick Nash didn’t want to be the guy to come home to Toronto. Tavares is the type of guy who could handle Toronto
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think one way or another Kadri or Gardiner get addressed this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I don’t think the Leafs pay Bolland over $5 million in the summer.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”Colorado is prepared to pay Stastny $5 million this summer. If he wants more, he’s going to go somewhere else” ….  Adrian Dater responded ”the Toronto Maple Leafs”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I don’t know how the Leafs win a lottery like the Ducks did when they acquired Pronger. Those guys aren’t moved & don’t hit UFA” … ”The Leafs are off to a good start in fixing their blueline with Gardiner & Rielly”

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Injury Notes: Pronger, Spezza, Rome, Calvert, Staal, Penguins and Maple Leafs

  • Dave Isaac: Chris Pronger is coaching his kids team and hasn’t “regressed in 3 or 4 months.”
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Aaron Rome left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Rome is expected to be out a week according to Lindy Ruff.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets hope to have Matt Calvert back in the lineup on Monday.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Eric Staal was injured against the Capitals. He tried to play through in the injury in their game against the Islanders, but wasn’t able too.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Paul Martin skated yesterday for the first time since breaking his tibia on November 25th. Chris Conner is expected to be out for six to eight weeks after having surgery on his broken hand. Chuck Kobasew is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Jayson Megna (lower-body) skated for the first time since his injury on December 16th.
  • CP in the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs David Clarkson (lower-body) and Carl Gunnarsson(upper-body) left last night’s game with injuries.

    “Both players were taken out,” Carlyle said. “With Gunnarsson he fell awkwardly, an upper body. Clarkson blocked the shot, couldn’t get the pain to settle down, so we lost two players. It just seemed to magnify that we weren’t skating to get inside, and we didn’t check.”

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Most Minutes Played (TOI) and Highest Minutes Per Game (TOI/G) In A Single NHL Season

Yesterday I was tweeted some of Ryan Suter’s impressive minutes played numbers from this season. For those that should be following but aren’t:

- Suter had three straight games last week where he played over 35 minutes and 28 seconds. Two of those games were over 36 minutes.
- Suter is averaging 29:36 minutes per game, 2:25 minutes more than the next player, Erik Karlsson.
- In 10 of Suter’s 21 games, he has averaged over 30 minutes.

It was pointed out to me by follower Matt Horner that Suter is on pace to play over 2,400 minutes this season, something that hasn’t been done that often. I decided to look into it to see who had the most minutes in a season.

The first chart is ranked by TOI and the second is by TOI/G, showing where Suter and Karlsson rank for this season. (I only took the TOI/G for the top 10 TOI players for each season)

A couple interesting notes:

- Nicklas Lidstrom had 6 seasons of 2,200 minutes or more. Chris Pronger had 5 seasons.
- Pavel Bure and Paul Kariya are the only forwards to be  listed in the top 10 in TOI at the end of a season. Bure cracked the top 30 all-time list for minutes played.
- Dan Boyle’s TOI ranking with such little SH TOI.

Below the chart is a link to view the top 10 players from each season. NHL.com listing the 1997-98 season as the first season they tracked time-on-ice.

RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI
SH
TOI
PP
TOI
TOI
TOI/G
1 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
1,695:07
272:50
494:22
2,462:19
30:01
2 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
1,630:31
306:40
512:08
2,449:19
29:52
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
1,642:35
374:15
429:33
2,446:23
30:12
4 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
1,530:54
360:52
515:30
2,407:16
29:21
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
1,513:35
485:48
406:34
2,405:57
29:20
6 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
1,517:58
329:23
543:08
2,390:29
29:30
7 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
1,529:21
408:17
451:25
2,389:03
30:14
8 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
1,558:35
416:51
412:26
2,387:52
29:07
9 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
1,571:13
423:37
345:35
2,340:25
28:53
10 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
1,458:33
428:04
446:01
2,332:38
28:26
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
1,614:56
349:35
363:48
2,328:19
28:44
12 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
1,320:45
371:11
618:18
2,310:14
28:10
13 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
1,478:21
412:06
408:31
2,298:58
29:28
14 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
1,525:14
305:03
436:58
2,267:15
29:49
15 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
1,626:52
332:58
292:38
2,252:28
27:28
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
1,308:35
418:40
521:27
2,248:42
28:06
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
1,439:03
405:11
402:53
2,247:07
28:48
18 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
1,500:57
348:43
390:22
2,240:02
27:39
19 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
1,290:59
414:40
533:33
2,239:12
27:59
20 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
1,426:13
392:41
418:25
2,237:19
27:57
21 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
1,571:25
253:49
395:11
2,220:25
28:50
22 Dan Boyle
2006-07
TBL
82
1,633:52
57:06
527:09
2,218:07
27:03
23 Jay Bouwmeester
2008-09
FLA
82
1,582:17
279:48
350:56
2,213:01
26:59
24 Chris Pronger
1997-98
STL
81
1,720:35
298:13
193:43
2,212:31
27:18
25 Chris Pronger
2008-09
ANA
82
1,522:03
321:57
365:11
2,209:11
26:56
26 Scott Niedermayer
2008-09
ANA
82
1,501:34
377:35
328:20
2,207:29
26:55
27 Brian Campbell
2011-12
FLA
82
1,760:51
104:59
339:41
2,205:31
26:53
28 Duncan Keith
2010-11
CHI
82
1,743:37
216:05
244:51
2,204:33
26:53
29 Pavel Bure
2000-01
FLA
82
1,574:36
152:49
475:44
2,203:09
26:52
30 Bryan McCabe
2006-07
TOR
82
1,405:07
311:33
483:21
2,200:01
26:49
RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI/G
SH
TOI/G
PP
TOI/G
TOI
TOI/G
1 Chris Pronger
1998-99
STL
67
21:05
5:19
4:11
2,050:36
30:36
2 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
19:21
5:10
5:42
2,389:03
30:14
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
20:16
4:37
5:18
2,446:23
30:12
4 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
20:40
3:19
6:01
2,462:19
30:01
5 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
19:53
3:44
6:14
2,449:19
29:52
6 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
20:04
4:00
5:44
2,267:15
29:49
7 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
18:44
4:03
6:42
2,390:29
29:30
8 Ryan Suter
2013-14
MIN
22
22:29
2:58
4:01
648:42
29:29
9 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
18:57
5:17
5:14
2,298:58
29:28
10 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
18:40
4:24
6:17
2,407:16
29:21
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
18:27
5:55
4:57
2,405:57
29:20
12 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
19:00
5:05
5:01
2,387:52
29:07
13 Adrian Aucoin
2002-03
NYI
73
17:29
6:03
5:27
2,117:50
29:00
14 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
19:23
5:13
4:15
2,340:25
28:53
15 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
20:24
3:17
5:07
2,220:25
28:50
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
18:26
5:11
5:09
2,247:07
28:48
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
19:56
4:18
4:29
2,328:19
28:44
18 Rob Blake
1999-00
LAK
77
19:00
3:57
5:32
2,193:52
28:29
19 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
17:47
5:13
5:26
2,332:38
28:26
20 Bryan McCabe
2005-06
TOR
73
16:26
4:22
7:28
2,065:35
28:17
21 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
16:06
4:31
7:32
2,310:14
28:10
22 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
16:21
5:14
6:31
2,248:42
28:06
23 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
16:08
5:11
6:40
2,239:12
27:59
24 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
17:49
4:54
5:13
2,237:19
27:57
25 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
18:31
4:18
4:49
2,240:02
27:39
26 Rob Blake
2001-02
COL
75
18:43
3:47
5:03
2,068:23
27:34
27 Scott Niedermayer
2006-07
ANA
79
17:41
3:58
5:50
2,173:22
27:30
28 Nicklas Lidstrom
2006-07
DET
80
17:17
4:32
5:39
2,199:06
27:29
29 Erik Karlsson
2013-14
OTT
21
21:33
1:13
4:42
577:28
27:29
30 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
19:50
4:03
3:34
2,252:28
27:28

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Injury Notes: Pronger, Calvert, Neal, Lindholm, Helm, Pacioretty and JVR

  • James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk: (citing a Hockey News feature) Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has finally admitted that defenseman Chris Prongerwill never play in the NHL again.

    “I’ll say it, Chris is never going to play again,” Holmgren said. “I have no problems saying it.”

    Issues could arise by the Flyers keeping him on the LTIR to avoid the cap hit if he were to retire from his 35+ contract. Pronger has a cap hit of $4.94 million that ends after the 2016-17 season.

  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert will be out about six weeks after abdominal surgery.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Elias Lindholm skated yesterday morning.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Darren Helm will go to Grand Rapids of the AHL on a conditioning stint. Helm will practice today, play two games, then be activated for Oct. 26th against the Rangers.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Max Pacioretty left last night with a lower-body injury. Wilde thinks it looks more like a groin injury than a knee injury.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James van Riemsdyk’s injury didn’t happen during a game and added  ”Upper body. We’re surprised what happened.”

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NHL Rumors III: Garrioch Roundup – Eastern Conference

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Top five Eastern Conference players that could be available: Marian Gaborik, Mark Streit, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pominville and Robyn Regehr.

Team Trade Deadline Outlooks

Boston Bruins – The Bruins have the cap room and are looking to bring in an impact forward. They’ll go after Brenden Morrow or Jarome Iginla.

Buffalo Sabres – If GM Darcy Regier is going to be in charge of the rebuild, he’s got a lot of work to do. The word is they want to trade captain Jason Pominville. Drew Stafford and Ryan Miller will be mentioned in trade talk.

Carolina Hurricanes - There is talk they may talk to the Senators about Ben Bishop. They were looking to add a defenseman. Both Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain are available.

Florida Panthers – GM Dale Tallon is ready to sell, but they’ve been hit with injuries. Tomas Fleischmann is available. Jose Theodore could bring a team some goalie depth.

Montreal Canadiens – They would like to add a veteran defenseman and maybe Ryane Clowe. The Canadiens could use a little more grit.

New Jersey Devils – GM Lou Lamoriello has been looking for a top-six forward. They don’t have a lot to trade, and with the NHL in New Jersey this year, they may not want to trade their first round pick.

New York Islanders – GM Garth Snow has trade assets in Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov. They would like to re-sign all three. Streit is being coveted by several teams.

New York Rangers – They’ve been trying to do something for weeks. They’ve dangled Marian Gaborik. John Tortorella could be in trouble if they miss the playoffs.

Ottawa Senators – GM Bryan Murray may look to add a top-six forward. Matt Cullen would be an option. Players that could be traded are Peter Regin, Colin Greening and Ben Bishop.

Philadelphia Flyers – They’ve held talks with the Flames about Jay Bouwmeester. Some wonder if they would dangle Sean Couturier because he could help land a Pronger replacement.

Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins would like to add one more scorer. Iginla could be a fit. A shut-down defenseman would be a nice addition too.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Anyone but Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman could be had at the right price. It may be more of a quick re-tooling compared to a Yzerman trying to unload players. Martin St. Louis is a possibility.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Garrioch wonders if the Leafs will finally go after a goalie as James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have come back to earth. They’ve been linked to Jonathan Bernier and Roberto Luongo.

Washington Capitals – Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward are available.

Winnipeg Jets – They were trying to trade Ron Hainsey, but he’s been valuable and playing big minutes. Alex Burmistrov has been in the doghouse. They may be looking to add over looking to sell.

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BOG to vote on Wednesday … Memo about camp and schedule … NHLPA wanted expansion … Entry level players have to share a room

  • Elliotte Friendman via twitter: The NHL sent a memo to teams indicating that there will be no training camps before Saturday and may not open until Monday. A 48 game season could start on January 19th.
  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Any NHL contract that is over $900,000 will count against the salary cap if sent to the minors. One-way deals that are minimum salary plus $375,000 are exempt from the salary cap.
  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: Bill Daly confirmed that you can’t use a compliance buyout on a player who has LTIR, status such as Chris Pronger.
  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Confirms that realignment is not part of the CBA. The Jets will be in the Eastern Conference this year, with the NHL looking at realignment for next season.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Players had a conference call yesterday afternoon to go over the details of the CBA.

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NHL reviewing 28 page offer, will get back to them this morning … League executive furious at Bettman

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: The NHLPA submitted a “comprehensive” proposal to the NHL yesterday afternoon. Gary Bettman said that the NHL would study the offer and get back to Don Fehr this morning.

    “Their response was a comprehensive one, dealing with the full slate of issues that we raised and proposals that we put forth,” said Bettman, amidst a horde of passersby eager to ring in the New Year. “We’re in the process of reviewing their response.”

    Fehr said they moved off their last offer, but wouldn’t provide any details of the offer.

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Players who were at yesterday’s meetings included: Ron Hainsey, Chris Campoli, Jamal Mayers, Rick DiPietro, Martin St. Louis and eventually Shane Doan. The group showed up at the NHL office shortly after 2:00 PM, and had left before 5:00 PM.

    “There was an opportunity for the players association to highlight the areas that they thought we should focus on,” Bettman said. “Now that is something we have to look at very closely.”

  • John Shannon via twitter: The NHLPA’s proposal was 26 pages long compared to the NHL’s 288 page offer. May lead you to think there might be some common ground.
  • Ken Campbell via twitter: Campbell has heard that part of the PA’s proposal is that the PA will try to get future expansion and relocation fees part of HRR. David Shoalts via twitter: Was told PA never considered or discussed asking for future expansion or relocation money.
  • John Shannon via twitter: A team executive said that he’s been hearing that the players were impressed with the Bettman’s demeanor last night.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Fehr would not speculate as to whether the two sides were any closer or characterize the league’s response.
  • Tracey Myers via twitter: Bettman: ”We need to drop the puck by Jan. 19 if we’re going to play a 48-game season.”
  • Allan Walsh via twitter: A furious team executive told Walsh yesterday morning that Bettman because he refuses to consult or update teams on the negotiations. The executive said they only get skeleton memos with no real info. Added that he gets all his info from his players. He is furious that the guys who build teams, and that know the business inside and out are completely frozen out by Bettman. Executive added: ”Do you understand how infuriating it is for me to have to call a player for a negotiation update? We don’t know what’s in the 288 pages the league proposed. Every one of my players do.”

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Mediators will be at today’s meetings … A “sum-zero amnesty buyout” option by Allen … Teams calling employees

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: The NHL wasn’t interested in having the federal mediators when the NHLPA offered last week, but this week Daly said,  “Different circumstances. Different stage of negotiations.”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The owners are not looking to include amnesty buyouts in the new CBA. They are looking to bring the salary cap ceiling down from $70.2 to $60 million, more than a 14.5 percent drop. This could pose a big challenge to at least 10 teams. The Flyers would have $7.5 million to fill eight spots after Chris Pronger is put on LTIR. The Canucks would have $4.6 million for 10 roster spots. The Canadiens would be over the cap with seven spots to fill. The Penguins would have $7.4 million for eight spots. The Lightning would have $2.5 million for eight spots. The Bruins would be in big trouble. The Rangers would have $2.7 million for seven players if they are forced to count Wade Redden’s contract. The NHLPA could propose a “sum-zero amnesty buyout.” It could work where it wouldn’t cost the owners a dime outside of the 50-50:

    Players bought out under this program before this season at either one-third or two-thirds depending upon their age could be re-signed only for the difference between the buyout amount and the full contract. The entire amount would count against the players’ collective share but the buyout team would not be charged a cap hit.

  • Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Wyshynski is hearing that two more teams have called their staff back or have them on standby. That is four teams total. This could just be a precaution as things will happen fast if a deal gets done.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: Roman Hamrlik said he would support the NHLPA voting on the NHLs last offer. Hamrlik on a vote, ”maybe this week something is going to happen, we should see how many guys will be with or without them.”

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Jagr says he and Selanne don’t have many games left … Pronger collects $8.2 million … Luongo talks trade rumors

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West talked with Jaromir Jagr,

    “Hopefully the season’s going to start. It would be very sad for everybody for us me and Teemu especially,” Jagr said. “We don’t have many games left. The separation, the goal separation is only two goals. It’s the final countdown. It would be kind of special, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Injured NHLers still collect their pay, including Chris Pronger who received a $1 million bonus last month and will get his full salary of $7.2 million. He likely won’t play again and has $19.2 million left on his contract.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Tribune: Jahns notes the fans deserve better than this and both sides are to blame, with most of the fault on the owners side.

    But the fans — especially the die-hards — deserve better. The NHL’s lockout of its players insults them. It insults their loyalty and their financial sacrifices.

    They deserve to root for a league not plagued by work stoppages. Fan-driven events such as the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips.

    Both sides are to blame for this mess.

    But if you had to assign fault, 85 percent belongs to the owners. Maybe it’s because the players are allowed to explain their side while the owners have been silenced by commissioner Gary Bettman and his bylaws, but it’s tough to see where the owners are coming from.

  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Roberto Luongo touches on trade rumors.

    “I don’t want to speculate on anything because there are a lot of rumours,” Luongo said.

    “Obviously, when the time comes and I do have to make a decision we’ll make one with the best interests for myself, the team and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “But for now I think my focus is just on being ready to play no matter where that is.”

    “Mike never asked me for a specific list, so I have never given him a list of five teams or anything like that.” he said. “We did speak over the summer about certain teams, but that was nothing concrete.”

    “At this point in time, I think we all know what the situation is with me, but there are many teams out there that I’ll consider for sure.”

    “We’re just going to wait and see. I’m getting ready as if I am coming back here for training camp when it’s over and if things change we’ll take care of that when it comes.”

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Quick notes on Kovalchuk, Hall, Pronger, Wilson and Hudon

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Taylor Hall is returning to Edmonton to meet with doctors.

    “I’ll see the doctor Monday and hopefully be back here as soon as possible and be back next weekend to play my first games.”

    “It feels good. It’s felt good for a long time. I’m sure I could have started the season in the NHL. I just haven’t been cleared yet. That’s up to the doctor Monday. I’m pretty hopeful I will be.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Capitals prospect Tom Wilson of Plymouth will miss 2-3 weeks with fractured knuckles. Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon is out with a concussion.

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Canucks backup options, looking for a center … Sabres looking for center … CBJ not asking for Kreider, McDonagh or Stepan, do the Rangers know?

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Kuzma thinks that once Roberto Luongo is moved, Al Montoya could be an option for the Canucks as their backup. Dan Ellis could also me an option, or they could go the trade route and see if the Coyotes want to move Jason LaBarbera. If the Canucks send Luongo to Florida, getting Jose Theodore back as part of the package is possible.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks added Jason Garrison to their blueline, but they are still looking to fill a hole at center. They may have offered Olli Jokinen a 1 year deal. The Canucks will likely go the trade route to find a center, and there hasn’t been much progress with a Luongo deal.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein says that the Canucks are looking for a playmaking 3rd line center as Kesler is coming off surgery again.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:

    “I expect there to be a secondary trade market after this unrestricted market,” Regier said. “We’re looking at any situation that will make us a better team. We’re not locked in. Some guys we certainly would not want to trade under any circumstances, but we’re sitting here in early July and if the opportunity to improve our team is out there, then we want to be able to take advantage of it.”

    The Sabres are looking to improve up the middle as they don’t have any experience for their top lines. Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis are both 22. With the addition of Steve Ott, the Sabres now have 6 left wingers: Thomas Vanek, Marcus Foligno, Ott, Ville Leino, Nathan Gerbe and John Scott. Ott can take faceoffs, but is more comfortable on the wing. They also have 9 defenseman on their roster.

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline has been told repeatedly that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has NOT demanded Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan in trade talks with the Rangers. Portzline has been told there are lots of way the Rangers could get a deal done without incorporating those 3. McDonagh doesn’t make sense as a centerpiece. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger responds to Portzline by saying that the Blue Jackets should let the Rangers know that then. Multiple trade scenarios have been pitched to the Jackets by the Rangers and have been turned away.

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Rick Nash rumor update

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: As of yesterday, Nash hasn’t been presented with any offers to accept or decline.  The Flyers are on Nash’s list, and they have had trade talks for months. The trading of James van Riemsdyk is only a hurdle. The Flyers still have assets to get a deal done. The Rangers make the most sense. Blue Jackets still want to include at least one of Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan. If the Flyers or Penguins land Parise, the Rangers interest may increase. The Red Wings are still in the running. The Sharks have an offer on the table. The Hurricanes want him, but so far Nash doesn’t want them. The Senators have pulled themselves out of the running.
  • Mike Hume via twitter: If Parise signs today, it should ramp up Nash trade talks. Unlikely to see a Nash to Rangers deal today in Hume’s opinion. Sticking point is Howsen’s high demands which the Rangers have balked at. The price will go up for Nash when Parise is signed. Hume thinks that Howsen will give it some more time to let all teams make their best offer. Hume also thinks that Howsen will work on Nash to accept a deal to a team not on his list if it’s the best offer for the Blue Jackets. Could take some time.

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