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Posts Tagged Christian Ehrhoff
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.
“He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”
Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.
Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.
The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.
There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.
The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.
John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.
One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.
“I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.
- Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
- George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
- Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.
- Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is finished for the season with a torn muscle.
- Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Andrew Ladd missed last night’s game and he could be finished for the year as well according to Paul Maurice.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets top 9 injuries: Nathan Horton, Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger.
- Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger has an upper-body injury and will be out “for probably at least a couple of weeks” according to Todd Richards.
- Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin who had been bothered with a lower-body injury has been cleared to play two games ago.
- Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green missed practice with an upper-body injury.
- Lou Korac: Blues Alex Steen remains day-to-day, no update yesterday.
- Elliotte Friedman: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul will have knee surgery and is will be out three weeks.
- AP in ESPN: Sabres Chad Ruhwedel and Nathan Lieuwen will be out for the remainder of the season with concussions. Christian Ehrhoff status for tonight is not known after taking a puck to the ear. Marcus Foligno (knee), Chris Stewart (lower-body) and Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed) could return tonight.
- Dan Wood: Ducks Cam Fowler “will play this week” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.
The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.
If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.
Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.
If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.
The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.
It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.
The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.
You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.
Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.
The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.
“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”
“There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.
- Elliotte Friedman: The NHL is looking into altering their draft lottery process. Under the current system, any team in the lottery could ‘win’ the lottery and select first overall, as well as not being able fall back more than one draft slot. There are talks of altering the systems so that teams could drop to the fourth or possibly the six slot. Odds of winning the lottery are 25 percent for the worst team to 0.5 percent for the 14th seed. This could be altered too. They are also looking at the possibility of looking at a team over a five year span.The NHL may get rid of having ‘lists’ for shooters taking part in the shootout.Illegal testing of draft prospects could be $250,000.
Sabres GM Tim Murray will look to start contract extension talks with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to see if they are interested in signing on long-term.
Murray said there were no offers that were remotely close for Tyler Myers or Christian Ehrhoff at the deadline. Cap recapture on Ehrhoff’s deal are a concern and affects trade scenarios.
Five years ago the Panthers asked the Flyers for Claude Giroux when the Flyers inquired about Jay Bouwmeester. The Flyers obviously said no. The Kings asked the Flyers for Sean Couturier when they were shopping Jonathan Bernier.
Oilers owner Daryl Katz is thought to be the driving force behind the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray.
Friedman asked Ilya Kovalchuk at the Olympics if he would return to the NHL, Kovalchuk laughed and said he has three years left on his KHL deal and we’ll see.
- Mike Harrington: “No shock the NHL is worried about tanking for top picks, given what’s gone on in the NBA and the charade #Sabres pulled in October.” … “@JeremyWGR et al – charade was starting season w/4 teen-agers, first team in NHL to play a single game in 18 years. Trading UFAs is fine. The Sabres have traded their UFAs and have bad NHL players now. Fair enough. Starting 4 teen-agers was an open tank. That’s my point.”
- Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Martin Brodeur said back when he, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were unrestricted free agent in 2012, Parise was “pretty close” to remaining with the Devils and luring Suter. Brodeur signed a two-year $9 million deal with the Devils, Parise and Suter signed with the Wild.
“Listen, I was on the phone with Zach while I was doing my thing two years ago,” Brodeur said. “We were in the same boat. We’d talk and he’d ask me, ‘Are you going to come back?’ We had a lot of conversations. I was supposed to get on the phone with Suter. I never got to the phone with him, but we were talking about it.”
“Zach was pretty close to coming back here,” Brodeur said. “It’s not something that he wanted at no cost getting out of New Jersey, like other guys when they hit free agency you knew it was all over for them. He and Suter were pretty close, and anywhere they were going to go, it was a package deal probably.”
- Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.
Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.
The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.
The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.
“I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.
“You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’
“For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”
It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.
- Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.
“I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”
- Bob McKenzie: Talks between the Rangers and Lighting continue regarding Martin St. Louis. Not a guarantee that a deal gets made. Darren Dreger: Multiple draft picks could be included, including a first round pick. Rangers getting creative.
- Billy Jaffe: Hearing that the Kings may have made an offer to the Blue Jackets. Marian Gaborik? Waiting for a decision.
- Darren Dreger: Martin Brodeur has submitted a list of eight or nine teams to GM Lou Lamoriello that he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause for. Brodeur is obviously interest in moving and will now wait to see if Lamoriello is able to make a move.
- Rich Chere: Brodeur said that he spoke with Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr about a potential trade, but hasn’t told teammates about what was discussed during his talk with Lamoriello.
- Pat Leonard: Brodeur would not rule out a trade or even a contract extension.
- Kevin Kurz: There have bee some reports of Tomas Vanek to the Sharks. These are totally bogus. Devin Setoguchi to the Sharks is also unlikely. Sounding like they are not going to do much, if anything at all.
- David Pollak: There is nothing going on with the Sharks and Vanek. It looks like Adam Burish will be sticking around.
- David Pollak: Dan Boyle’s agent said that Boyle is not in play and no list of teams was asked for.
- Gary Lawless: If Jets Mark Scheifele’s injury is extensive, they should be sellers today. He’s too important and valuable to the team.
- Dennis Bernstein: Hearing that the price has dropped for Matt Moulson. Kings Tyler Toffoli is not in the conversation for just Moulson. Toffoli could be in a deal if Christian Ehrhoff.
- Dennis Bernstein: Canadiens Rene Bourque could now be an option for the Kings if they lose out on Moulson.
- Ken Campbell: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they have “nothing going” on at the moment. (tweet posted 8:47 pm)
Evening Rumors I: Sabres, Canucks, Leafs, Islanders, Flyers, Wild, Kings, Jets, Sharks, Avs and Ducks
- Craig Custance: Sounding like the Sabres may prefer prospects to draft picks in a Christian Ehrhoff deal.
- Darren Dreger: A year ago the Maple Leafs offered Ben Scrivens and a draft pick for Roberto Luongo, with the Canucks retaining a $1 million per year.
- Nick Kypreos: The Maple Leafs are making calls about Dave Bolland. He is still looking for a long-term deal at over $5 million.
- Elliotte Friedman: Thomas Vanek could be held out of the Islanders lineup tonight.
- Darren Dreger: A one point, the Panthers and Canucks had at least three different trade scenarios. Luongo may have knew yesterday.
- Nick Kypreos: After the Flyers addition of Andrew MacDonald, look for them to trade someone, with Andrej Meszaros and Luke Schenn having their names out there.
- Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher indicated that he was talking with other teams about goalies, but wasn’t willing to give up the young assets or draft picks to acquire them. James Mirtle: It was sounding like the Wild kicked tires on every goalie that could have been available. Mirtle wonders where Jaroslav Halak’s fit is now.
- Chris Stevenson: Doesn’t sound like the Kings and Andre Markov are a possibility at this point.
- Bob McKenzie: The Jets and Sharks have talked about Devin Setoguchi.
- Adrian Dater: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s agent were expected to talk today.
- Jimmy Murphy: The Ducks are in on Thomas Vanek.
- Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that if Vanek is traded, it won’t be to the Ducks.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Stars Stephane Robidas may be a riskier pickup than some due to his injury, but he may only cost you a second round pick though.
“A lot of teams covet [Robidas],” said the exec. “He’s a veteran right-hander that competes like a bastard. He’d be a perfect fit for the Bruins.”
The Bruins top scout, Adam Creighton, watched three Blue Jackets games. The Jackets are looking to move Marian Gaborik. On the blueline, Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson would be natural choices for the Bruins.
- Joe Haggerty: The Blue Jackets had two scouts at the Bruins – Capitals game.
- CSNNE: The Bruins are looking to add at least one defenseman. They are interested in Andrew MacDonald but won’t give up a first round pick. Bruins potential targets: MacDonald, Chris Phillips, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrej Meszaros, Nick Schultz, Tom Gilbert, Henrik Tallinder, Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Edler.
- Aaron Portzline: The Bruins interest in Marian Gaborik may just be insurance if other Eastern Conference teams are looking to add him.
- The Fourth Period: Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been active in his search for a top-six goal scoring forward and a top-four defenseman. They have been eyeing Andrew MacDonald and Christian Ehrhoff.
The Kings have been interested in Matt Moulson. Others interested in Moulson include the Senators, Ducks, Coyotes, Devils and Bruins. The Sabres are looking for a first and a prospect as part of package for Moulson. Sources saying the Sabres like Kings Tyler Toffoli.
The Kings have also looked at Thomas Vanek, Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Kesler and Marian Gaborik. The price for Vanek may be too high for the Kings and the Canucks are not really interested in trading Kesler to a team within division. Cammalleri may be a last resort for the Kings.
The Kings have scouted the Blue Jackets recently, and had two scouts scheduled in Toronto last night to watch Gaborik.
- Dennis Bernstein: A Matt Moulson deal could also expand to include Christian Ehrhoff, would fit both of their needs.
- Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are still interest in Islanders Andrew MacDonald. The cost is a draft pick (not a first round pick) and a decent prospect. There is lots of competition for MacDonald.
- Dennis Bernstein: The Kings had two scouts watching Gaborik, but Kings trying hard to land Moulson though.
- Chris Botta: The Kings have inquired about Tomas Vanek, but are looking at Matt Moulson and others. The Kings have the assets.
- Dennis Bernstein: (answering question) Have not heard any Sean Bergenheim rumors to Kings. Could be a last resort.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Trade note on the Blues – Sabres Miller/Ott trade. If the Blues make the Western Conference final or if they re-sign Miller before the draft, the Sabres get a 2014 first round pick. The Blues will then get Minnesota’s second round pick (acquired in the Jason Pomenville deal) and the Sabres third round pick.If they Blues re-sign Miller after the draft, the Sabres get a 2016 second round pick.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Paul Stastny on trade rumors.
“If you go on the Internet, you can read anything you want to read and if you did that it can get in your mind,” Stastny said. “But half the time people just write stuff. I tend not to read (into) anything, whether it’s good or bad. It’s out of your control. Why worry about off the ice when all you can control is what happens on the ice?”
Stastny is a pending UFA and the Avs may not want to lose him for nothing. So if a deal isn’t done by Wednesday, he could be traded. Neither side would comment on how contract talks are going.
- Darren Dreger: The Red Wings are among the teams that are interested in Christian Ehrhoff. The Wings like what they have in their young players and may decide to do nothing if the prices don’t come down.
- John Vogl: Devan Dubnyk on waivers, if claimed by the Sabres, they wouldn’t have trade for one once Jaroslav Halak is dealt.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong indicated on Sunday night that they are were likely done trading, but added, ”you never say never.”
- Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”We would have to move money if we were going to acquire players this year.” … ”We’re the third youngest team in the league and still developing. Because of that there will be no rentals here.”
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The return for Thomas Vanek could be a first round pick (preferably 2015), another pick and a solid prospect. Andrew MacDonald’s trade value increased by Dan Girardi re-signing with the Rangers. Starting point will be a first round pick for MacDonald. He’d be better suited as a No. 4 on a contender. Lubomir Visnovsky has a no-movement clause and Evgeni Nabokov has little trade value. Custance would like to see Garth Snow go after a goalie, maybe Michal Neuvirth from Washington. Custance thinks Martin Erat could make sense for the Coyotes. Despite a $4.5 million salary cap hit, his salary drops to $2.25 million next season.
Tyler Myers might interest some teams, but he has a $5.5 million salary cap hit.
Custance thinks that David Legwand would be a good fit in Chicago. Ryan Kesler is another option. Teuvo Teravainen could be in their lineup by the end of the season.
Custance thinks the Red Wings will go big or do nothing. Christian Ehrhoff would be a great addition, but not sure what it would take for them to land him. The Wings have spoken with the Canucks about Alex Edler in the past.
Capitals GM George McPhee’s first order of business will be to get rid of Erat’s and Neuvirth’s contracts. Either Edler or MacDonald would be nice additions for the Capitals.
- The Fourth Period: The Blue Jackets are looking for a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. They are also looking to trade Marian Gaborik. Forward targets could include: Ryan Callahan, Chris Stewart, Paul Stastny and Mike Cammalleri. They have kicked tires on Chris Ehrhoff and Andrew MacDonald. The Avalanche contacted the Blue Jackets about a deal involving Stastny according to sources. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri might consider a trade to Columbus, but might have other preferred destinations. Gaborik does have a no-trade clause, and no talks have been held with the pending UFA. The Kings, Devils, Senators and Ducks had reportedly shown some interest in Gaborik.
- Francois Gagnon: Gagnon talked with P.K. Subban’s agent on Saturday and he said there was no ongoing negotiations with the Canadiens.
- Mike Brophy of CBC: Some views on trading for a rental and what it can do to a team.
“From our point of view, we always look at players primarily who fit for now and for the future,” said one GM who requested anonymity. “We have done rentals at certain times, though. If somebody is not playing up to speed or you have a suspended or injured player, you may have to make a deal. We try to do everything we can to put our team in the best position to win every year.”
Senators GM Bryan Murray.
“It usually costs you a fairly important draft pick or a good, young prospect,” Murray said. “For the short-term you hope you get the benefit of the trade, but long-term you know in all likelihood you are paying a price.”
“It’s all asset management,” the anonymous GM said. “We want to see our young players step up and take a job. If they do it, great. If they don’t then maybe you have to dabble in the rental market to fill the need for your team. If you are going to pay exorbitant cost because of the supply and demand then in most cases it should be for a guy who fits now and for the future.”
On the effects it can have on team chemistry.
“Absolutely, you have to consider chemistry,” the GM said. “The integration of a player is huge. You’re bringing in a guy who, on paper, looks like he should fit in, but maybe he has played an advanced role on his team. Maybe he was on the No. 1 power play. You plug him into a role and he’s got to be willing to accept that role, be accepted by his teammates and buy into and understand the system.
“People don’t understand the chemistry and dynamics of a team. You can alter that and think you are doing the right thing on paper, but you might be doing the wrong thing in your dressing room. You had better be careful. And remember, you only have 20 games to integrate this person.”
- TSN: Sources telling Darren Dreger that the Senators are ‘quietly gauging interest’ in Jason Spezza. Spezza has a no-trade clause. Spezza has one-year left on his deal and carries a $7 million salary cap hit. He has a salary of $4 million next season.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Stars won’t be looking at rentals, looking for hockey deals.
“Correct, we’re not going to be in the rental market,” Stars GM Jim Nill told ESPN.com Monday. “But if there’s a hockey deal that makes sense, we’ll look at it.”
“We’re open for business, I’m always looking at things, but I’m not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick,” said Nill.
LeBrun thinks the Blackhawks will stand pat. Can always change quickly though.
The Red Wings are among the teams interested in Christian Ehrhoff. He’s a $4 million salary cap hit, but is only owed $17 million over the next seven seasons.
Nothing new to report on Chris Phillips one-year offer from the Senators. He’s believed to be looking for a two-year extension. The Bruins could be interested, but it’s not known if the Senators would want to trade him to a division rival.
The Bruins are among the teams interested in Andrew MacDonald.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Wild seem like a fit for Martin Brodeur. Darcy Kuemper has looked really good, but what if he falters or gets hurt? Niklas Backstrom has battled injuries all season and Josh Harding has his MS flare ups. They looked at Ryan Miller before he was dealt. Jaroslav Halak could be an option. Two questions are: Does Lamoriello want to trade Marty and will the Wild give the Devils what they would want for Marty? Viktor Fasth could be available. Same with Tim Thomas, Justin Peters and Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Pat Pickens of SportsNet: Top 10 rental players: 1. Thomas Vanek 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Ryan Callahan 4. Andrew MacDonald 5. Brad Boyes 6. David Legwand 7. Matt Moulson 8. Ales Hemsky 9. Chris Phillips 10. Mike Cammalleri