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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … ”Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … ”Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: ”I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … ”I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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Injury Notes: Peverly, Stewart, Harding, Gudbranson, MacArthur, Salo, Bergenheim, Jurco and JVR

  • Dallas Stars: Stars GM Jim Nill on Rich Peverley.

    “Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.

    The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.

    We do not have any more specifics at the moment.

    Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike.”

  • Amy Mortiz of the Buffalo News: It’s looking like Sabres Chris Stewart is finished for the season with a lower-body injury.

    “Stewart doesn’t look good right now,” interim coach Ted Nolan said today. “There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks.”

    Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed) and Torrey Mitchell (lower-body) are still not close to returning.

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding took to the ice yesterday. He’s been out since the end of December because of effects from his multiple sclerosis.

    “I saw him this morning, and I can’t say that I have a plan right now,” coach Mike Yeo said.  “The first step was just to see him at the rink and I know he was here last game and I had heard how much better he was doing. And when I got a chance to talk to him this morning, you could see it. You could see it in his face, you could see the relief. You could just see he’s in a much better place right now. I think it’s great. It’s great to have him around. The next step is getting him on the ice and talk more about what the plan is. We haven’t discussed that.”

    Niklas Backstrom also skated yesterday.

    “I don’t know with Backy,” Yeo said, laughing. “We don’t want to shut him down because you never know, he might all of a sudden come back and feel great. We don’t have a plan there. I know that he’s still not feeling great, so he’s going out there and keeping sharp just in case he can come back.”

  • Steve Goldstein: Panthers Erik Gudbranson and Jesse Winchester are out at least a week.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Clarke MacArthur (hand) took part in his first practice since last week’s injury.
  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Sami Salo (lower-body) is day-to-day. Joe Smith: Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Salo’s injury is not long-term. He’s questionable for Thursday. Radko Gudas is also questionable.
  • George Richards: Panthers Sean Bergenheim is out with a lower-body injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Tomas Jurco said he’s day-to-day with injured ribs from a cross-check.
  • Chris Johnston: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James van Riemsdyk went to the ‘quiet room” and passed the concussion test.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs Cody Franson has a stomach flu. He stayed overnight in San Jose and will travel by himself to LA.

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Morning Rumors I: Senators, Blues, Oilers, Leafs and Canucks

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators scouting meetings ended yesterday, draft and trade deadline lists have been created. The Senators are able to rent a top a top-six forward, but there may not be a lot available. Only the Sabres and maybe the Panthers are out of the race in the East. In the West, the Oilers and Flames will be sellers.

    “You’re going to have a lot of teams all going after the same players and that will make the asking prices high,” said a league executive Wednesday.

    Trade options for the Senators: The Sens do have interest in Matt Moulson, with the asking price believed to be a 1st and a prospect. The Rangers would like to re-sign Ryan Callahan, but he may be available. The Sens have always liked Ales Hemsky’s game, but not his salary. Sabres Drew Stafford wouldn’t be a rental as he has a $4 million cap hit through next season. Tuomo Ruutu has been available all year, and the Blue Jackets could also be interested in him.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues recent struggles have led to more speculation whether they need to upgrade on Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Do they go with Jake Allenfrom within (16-10-2 with a 2.14 GAA) or the trade route?

    “We know that we have very good players in the American Hockey League, whether it’s Allen or (Dmitrij) Jaskin and (Chris) Porter,” Armstrong said. “But I think right now, we’re going with this group. They’ve put themselves in a good position this year. We’re going through a downturn. I can’t act like it’s not happening. We’re not getting the results that are needed to be a successful team. But I don’t think every time you hit a bump in the road you want to reinvent the wheel.”

    Blue GM Doug Armstrong said it’s on the team leaders to help turn them around and not by making changes.

    “This now becomes on the fabric of the leadership to grab a hold of the team and get it going,” he said. “Ken can give them the game plan, but he can’t give them the desire and the drive. That has to come internally. The desire to compete for the guy beside you, that has to come from inside the room.”

  • Eric Engels: On TSN panel saying Oilers should trade Jordan Eberle: “Only player they should and can trade for great value is Nail Yakupov. Sam Gagner is another. You don’t touch RNH, Hall, Eberle” David Staples: (responding to Eberle) “Yeah, instead of getting rid of guys who aren’t performing, trade one guy (Eberle) who has for the last 4 years. Brilliant! Trade Gagner. Trade Hemsky. Petry or Yak even. Trade the 1st overall. But trade Eberle? Why? He’s a real two-way NHL player.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”I wouldn’t say that I would ever move either one of the goalies, but I don’t envision it right now”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think it’s fair to say the Leafs were considered a serious trading partner for Del Zotto. Talks never got very heavy.” … ”Leafs had interest in Del Zotto & there was some Gardiner talk but the Rangers wanted Franson. Leafs scared by MDZ’s inconsistency”
  • Dan Murphy: The Canucks are looking to bring in Vinny Prospal on an AHL PTO. SportsNet Pacific: GM Mike Gillis: ”Based on our injury situation, and not sure what the future may hold it was an option worth looking at.” Aaron Portzline: On Prospal: “Can’t skate, but he never could. Knows where to stand. Passionate, smart player. Has a love/hate thing w Torts.”

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Morning Rumors: Leafs, Canadiens, Devils, Avs, Rangers, Ducks, Senators and Top Trade Targets

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs are done trading until the deadline unless there are more injuries. Despite the trade rumors, Cox doesn’t think Nazem Kadri is any more available now than he was at the start of the season. If they are offered a young center in return, they would listen.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The Canadiens would match any offer sheet for P.K. Subban as they have money and cap space. Custance doesn’t see the Devils having motivation to trade Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. Without their first round pick from the Ilya Kovalchuk punishment, they will push for a playoff spot.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing that the Rangers have asked the Avalanche about Tyson Barrie.
  • Darren Dreger: With the Rangers in Toronto, you can expect Michael Del Zotto’s agents (Newport) to meet with management to discuss the Rangers efforts to trade him. Nothing official has been planned, just convenient since they are in town.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It hasn’t been the right fit though for him so far. Any team that is looking for a little extra playoff boost should look at Briere.”
  • Scott (@Wham_City): Elliotte Friendman on the radio on Wednesday talking about Brian Burke and Bobby Ryan

    Brian Burke has had something with Bobby Ryan for a long time. A few years ago before Luke Schenn was traded for James van Riemsdyk, I heard a rumour that they were going to trade Luke Schenn to Anaheim for Ryan. And in history, it made kind of sense because that’s the player they kind of got, a scorer. And so I looked into it, and somebody who would know told me “there is no freaking way Brian Burke is making that trade because he hates Ryan, never liked him, didn’t want to draft him and wanted Jack Johnson instead.” So, I went to check on it and I was told no, and I never went with it. It was probably going to go in one of my 30 Thoughts blogs or something, and I couldn’t prove it. And today or actually last night after the team got announced and those articles appeared online as I was driving back to my hotel from Ann Arbor, I got a call from the guy who told me that, and he was like “see? I told you, never doubt me.”

  • Frank Provenzano of ESPN: (Dec. 26th) Top trade targets. Scoring Forwards: Marian Gaborik (CBJ), Matt Moulson (BUF) and Thomas Vanek (NYI). Potential teams looking for scoring forwards are: Kings, Canucks, Canadiens, Rangers and Wild. Two-way/Playoff grit forwards: Steve Ott (BUF), Vernon Fiddler (DAL) and David Legwand (NSH). Potential teams looking for two-way forwards are: Penguins, Lightning, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Red Wings. Top-four defenseman: Cody Franson (TOR), Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) and Stephane Robidas (DAL). Potential teams looking for a top-four defenseman: Capitals, Avalanche, Coyotes, Hurricanes and Flyers. Goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF) and Martin Brodeur (NJ). Potential teams looking for a goalie are: Penguins, Blues and Capitals.

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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, ”It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • NHL.com: Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Morning Rumors: Maple Leafs, Rangers, Senators, Flames, Sabres and Expansion

  • Darren Dreger on TSN: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said that he’s received trade offers for James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier. Most GM have only offered older players or packages at are not useful in the long-term. Nonis insists he’s not shopping Gardiner, but a rival management sources have said that his name was been brought up by the Maple Leafs in their search for a top-six forward. At this time, there doesn’t appear to be a fit anywhere. The Rangers continue to shop Michael Del Zotto, with the Leafs showing some interest. Cody Franson could be a target for the Rangers. The Senators are still in the mix for Del Zotto, though their interest may have cooled. The Senators may be willing to trade either Eric Gryba, Joe Corvo or Patrick Wiercioch.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Case for trading: Rangers Dan Girardi seems to have less impact under coach Alain Vigneault. Moving Ryan Callahan would symbolize the Rangers going a different direction under Vigneault. They could trade both and still be able to stay in the playoff hunt. They could get a veteran and a prospect and/or draft pick in return for both. Case to not trade: GMs are always looking for players like Callahan and every coach loves shutdown guys like Girardi. The Rangers are not rebuilding and are suppose to be a contending team.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I know the Rangers love Cody Franson. They could make a Del Zotto for Franson trade tomorrow.” … ”Franson may be a disappointment but he has tremendous trade value around the NHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Nonis is contemplating trades. The guy people want and who Nonis may move is Gardiner and that’s a mistake” … ”Puck moving defenseman are really hard to come by” … ”Unless a center of similar age and talent are offered then moving Gardiner is dangerous.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Seems like everything with Gardiner and Carlyle isn’t hand in glove. When he makes a mistake Carlyle wants to sit him down”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames are not moving quickly in their GM search. Other than Nieuwendyk, Burke hasn’t asked for permission for others” … ”The Sabres won’t hire anybody until the new year and the Flames search may last this entire season” …  “Burke really likes Mike Futa of the Kings. The Leafs were very close to hiring him prior to his going to LA”
  • Louis Jean: Reports of Seattle and Las Vegas being the front-runners for expansion are premature. Source saying nothing has changed since the BOG meetings, they will continue to listen to groups that are interest.
  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators pursued David Clarkson at the start of free agency last year. Scanlan also notes that Clarke MacArthur was “run out of town on a rail by Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle.”
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has a message for his players.

    “If they’re waiting for a coaching change, they’re going to be waiting a long time,” Nonis said in a lengthy interview on Wednesday.

    “It’s not happening. We’re not making a move (player or coach) for the sake of making a move. We’re not trading a young player away that will erode our depth or take youth out of our lineup. We don’t do that.

    “Do I like what’s going on? No. We have to find a way of getting out of this as a group. Players. Coaches. Management. No one is going to help us. I’m getting a lot of offers on players, but the offers are all a joke. I’m not about to trade a quality player for someone who can’t help us. That’s what’s being presented our way.

    “If I could make changes this afternoon I would, but it has to be a positive move for the organization. Look, there’s no one coming over the hill to help us. We have to do it ourselves.”

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Afternoon Hits: Neuvirth, Kane, Talbot, Franson, Dubinsky, Nabokov, Laich, Sens, Wild, Canes and Hawks

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals put Michal Neuvirth on the IR with a right leg injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Evander Kane remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers goalie Cam Talbot the first goalie off the ice this morning, let the controversy begin.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Cody Franson and Jay McClement didn’t practice today. David Alter: Coach Randy Carlyle said both are options for tomorrow.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky practiced this morning and could play tomorrow.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov were on the ice this morning. It is the first time that both have skated since their injuries.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich will miss his third straight game with a lower body injury.
  • Ian Mendes: The Senators recalled Mike Hoffman and returned Mark Borowiecki and Derek Grant to the AHL.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Pominville; Nino-Coyle-Heatley; Cooke-Brodziak-Mitchell; Haula/Rupp-Konopka-Fontaine.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-E. Staal-Ruutu, Tlusty-J. Staal-Westgarth, Gerbe-Nash-Lindholm, Bowman-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Handzus-Kane, Versteeg-Pirri-Shaw, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.

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Injury Notes: Robidas, Pyatt, Giordano, Kopecky, Franson, Tanguay, Vokoun and Kaleta

  • Dallas Stars: The Stars put defenseman Stephane Robidas on the IR and will be out four to six months with a fractured leg. Jamie Oleksiak has been recalled.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning coach Cooper said that Tom Pyatt (collarbone) will be out another two weeks. Pyatt had been hoping to play on Tuesday.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano skated with the team again. Not ready just yet.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying that Panthers Tomas Kopecky has a torn ligament in his elbow, but will try to play through it.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Cody Franson is out with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Alex Tanguay skated yesterday and Patrick Roy said he could be back in a week or two.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Penguins Tomas Vokoun said he’s recovering slowly from major blood clot surgery and will meet with a hematologist in a month.
  • Mike Harrington: Patrick Kaleta (playing in AHL) tore his right ACL and is out for the remainder of the year.

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Morning Hits: If Thornton scored four goals …. Bernier and Franson

  • Jason Botchford: Sharks Joe Thornton would have an interesting celebration if he scored four goals in a game. After hearing reporters asking Thomas Hertl if he was showboating on his fourth goal of the game the other night, Thornton said “Shut up, have you ever played the game?”When they turned away from him, Thornton added: “I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.”
  • David Pollak: A Vancouver reporter did ask Thornton if he was annoyed that his line went public yesterday: ”No, that’s OK,” Thornton said. “Thanks for asking.”
  • Rob Longley: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on if Jonathan Bernier is their No. 1: ”This is the fifth game of the year, it’s kind of early guys.”
  • Chris Johnson: Leafs Cody Franson left the arena smiling last night. He didn’t know how many stitches his nose received.

Mike Fisher’s hit on Fanson.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Erat, lots on the Gardiner, Miller, Giroux and Messier

  • TSNs Insider Trading: The Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may not be panicking but they need help on the blueline after allowing 15 goals in three games. There is some concern. MacTavish said this offseason that he wanted to make a “bold” move and he could be waiting in the weeds to do so. Dreger on Gardiner: they are interested in offers, but are not shopping him. Teams had been calling the Leafs about Cody Franson (while he was unsigned) and some turned to Jake Gardiner, but GM Dave Nonis told teams to make an offer and it would take an elite forward. There have not been any serious offers for Gardiner as of yet. Capitals Martin Erat is playing on the fourth line and getting limited minutes, things could come to a head soon.
  • James Mirtle: Why moving Gardiner makes sense: “They’ve got a lot of similar elements in their top six, and they’re not particularly heavy on Randy Carlyle elements.” They have three cheap, young, offensive over defensive minded defensemen in Cody Franson, Gardiner and Morgan Rielly. Dion Phaneuf and Mark Fraser are their only physical bluelines, and coach Randy Carlyle likes physical Dmen. One of the reasons John-Michael Liles didn’t make it in Toronto is that he’s a small, puck-moving, left-handed defenseman. The Leafs don’t have a lot of cap room to added a two-way defenseman to log some minutes. Moving Gardiner in a deal that brings that in, it might make sense, but it’s not likely to work.
  • Howard Berger on Berger Bytes: Berger thinks that if the Maple Leafs are going to trade Jake Gardiner, a deal with the Avalanche for Paul Stastny would work. The Leafs would then have to try to move out about $5 million in cap space in a deal with the Avs or with another team(s).
  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Gleason thinks the Sabres should be playing Jhonas Enroth  and shopping Ryan Miller. They need Miller’s groin to improve and for him to remain healthy to help preserve his trade value. Sabres GM Darcy Regier needs to have Flyers GM Peter Laviolette on speed-dial.
  • Katie Strang: Flyers Claude Giroux denies the report that there was a rift between him and former coach Peter Laviolette.
  • John Shannon: Mark Messier could re-surface in Edmonton doing some part-time scouting/project work. Messier already has full-time job with the Kingsbridge Arena project in New York, but want to stay in the NHL loop.
  • Igor Eronko: CSKA of the KHL acquired the rights to Capitals Dmitry Orlov and Jets Ivan Telegin who has refused to report to the AHL.

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Rumors and Pending UFAs: Ducks, Phaneuf, Miller, Vanek, Lundqvist, Callahan, Gaborik and Three Sharks

  • Todd Cordell: According to Darren Dreger on TSN, the Ducks are looking for a defenseman and the Leafs, Penguins and Flyers have been involved. The Ducks could part with a young forward for help on the blueline.
  • Damien Cox: One difference between the Phil Kessel free agent situation compared to Dion Phaneuf is that the Maple Leafs didn’t have a replacement for Kessel if he left. With Phaneuf they may have more than one. Cody Franson’s early play is looking like he could take over the No. 1 role. It’s hard to see the Leafs wanting to pay Phaneuf more than $6.5 million he’s making this year. The Leafs are deep in young defensemen: Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, Stuart Percy, Andrew MacWilliam and Petter Granberg.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some teams will have some decisions to make about their big named pending free agents. The Sabres will have to figure out what they want to do with Ryan Miller and Tomas Vanek. There have been no talks between the sides.

    “Right now, I”m not interested in an extension,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I’m not willing to [discuss it] in a few months. But it takes two sides to make a deal. Right now, the two sides are just focused on winning games.”

    The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist remain apart in both term and money. Ryan Callahan would likely be worth more than $6 mllion on the open market.

    Dion Phaneuf doesn’t have a problem with contract talks during the season.

    “I really like what we’re doing here, what direction the team is headed in,” Phaneuf told LeBrun, saying talks are now in the hands of Newport. “They’ll get together and talk, they’ll handle it.”

    Marian Gaborik’s status with the Blue Jackets may depend on where they sit at the trade deadline and if Gaborik is a part of that success. Gaborik’s agent has indicated that his client would like to stay.

    “We’ll see how it goes. We have to analyze this whole thing and see how we are and how it goes,” Davidson said when we spoke last week. “We need a scoring threat. We need him to play hard which we hope he will. I think he will… we expect some scoring. Obviously that’s what he likes to do best.”

    The Sharks will have three big UFAs to deal with: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. Thornton is the likeliest to get an extension done, and there is not rush for it.

    “I still think Joe is a franchise player but he’s not going to go for those big numbers,” his agent and brother, John Thornton, said Wednesday afternoon. “On an open market, he would get large offers. I don’t think that’s what he’s looking for. I still see him being in San Jose after this year.”

    Term for Thornton will be interesting. The Sharks and Boyle talked over the summer, but nothing is imminent. It may be the 37-year old’s last contract, so term may be important to him, three or four years maybe. Marleau has said that a hometown discount has “been done already.” He could be the hardest deal for the Sharks do get done.

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Franson Fallout for the Maple Leafs and Other Teams

  • Pierre LeBrun: “Technically speaking, told that Leafs could be cap compliant on opening night without a trade but it would mean bare bones roster (20). Obviously the more comfortable option would be a trade. Liles is most obvious guy to move but very little interest in that contract. Said an NHL team exec from another team: “They’ll be getting lots of calls now for sure because everyone knows their cap situation.” Key moment in the week could be Sunday, last day to put guys on waivers before Monday’s deadline to be cap compliant for opening day. Lots of teams, not just Toronto, likely will try to slide a number of guys on waivers that day… should be interesting.”
  • Mark Masters: Cody Franson:

     ’It’s just business. They have a job to do … This is my dream place to play.’

  • James Mirtle: Franson’s signing makes it difficult to keep Morgan Rielly around. The Leafs would have to make a trade to keep both.

About $925,000 of Liles salary can be buried if they send him to the minors. The remainder counts against the Maple Leafs cap. Liles has a cap hit of $3,875,000, salary of $4,250,000.

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