Posts Tagged Dan Girardi

Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • 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”

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Afternoon Rumors II: Islanders, Blackhawks, Wings, Caps, Blue Jackets, Canadiens and Rental Effects

  • 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.”

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Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.

    The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.

    The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.

    The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.

    The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.

    Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.

    Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.

    The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.

    Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.

    Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.

    Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.

    There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.

    If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.

    The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.

    Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.

    Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.

    Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
  • Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
  • Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.

    “I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”

    Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.

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The Rangers Sign Dan Girardi To A Six Year Extension

The New York Rangers have taken one defenseman off the trade marketing by signing Dan Girardi to a six year contract extension for $33 million, a $5.5 million salary cap hit.

Katie Strange: The deal has a full no-movement clause in the first three years, and a modified no-trade clause in the final three three years.

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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 II: Free Agent Edition: Girardi, Callahan, Sutter, Cammalleri and O’Reilly

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: The Rangers and Dan Girardi’s camp have been talking the past week and a half. Agent, Don Meehan, said that it’s “still too early to tell” whether a deal can get done before the deadline. The two sides are reportedly not significantly far apart.
  • Larry Brooks: The Rangers continue to work on an extension for Dan Girardi. Agent Don Meehan, ”Some more negotiating to do.”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Ryan Callahan’s agent said on Wednesday that he hadn’t spoken with the Rangers during the Olympic break, but did plan on touching base with them in the next few days.

    “I haven’t talked to them since before the Olympics,” Bartlett said. “There’s really been no dialogue since I left. Either we talk this week or it’ll be pretty clear what direction they’ve decided to take.”

    Bartlett added that it was “a little disappointing” there hasn’t been more talk.

    “They are certainly within their rights to do what is best for the team,” he said. “I’m not going to speculate what they will or won’t do.”

    There is still some hope a deal can get done.

    “I continue to stay upbeat and positive. Our first choice is to make a deal with the Rangers, but if it goes in the other direction, I’m not going to throw up the white flag,” Bartlett said. “I’m not saying I’m inflexible … my job is to help [Callahan] decide what fair market value is and help him make the best decision.”

  • William DePaoli: The Penguins had exploratory talks with pending RFA Brandon Sutter in December, but have pulled back on talks. Barring a trade, talks are likely on hold until the summer. The Penguins are high on Sutter, but there are mixed opinions on what his value it.
  • Darren Dreger: Flames GM Brian Burke admits that signing Mike Cammalleri to a contract extension might be unlikely, but both sides have agreed to keep talking while trade offers come in.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly’s trade freeze ends today, but he is expected to sign an long-term contract extension this summer.

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Evening Rumors: Kings Look AT Forwards and Dmen … Wings Looking For D … Risks/Rewards for Six

The Fourth Period: The Kings have shown interest in forwards: Matt Moulson, Thomas Vanek, Mike Cammalleri and Ray Whitney. On the blueline they have shown interest in: Andrew MacDonald, Henrik Tallinder and Dan Girardi. Multiple sources saying they even discussed a deal with Islanders involving both Vanek and MacDonald. The Islanders are looking for a 1st round pick or top prospect in a Vanek deal, and a defenseman and high draft pick for MacDonald. This is thought the Islanders had interest in Kings defenseman Alec Martinez earlier this year.

The Fourth Period: The Red Wings are looking for a veteran defenseman, but GM Ken Holland isn’t looking to give up top prospects or draft picks.

“What’s the expense of the rental,” Holland asked MLive. “When you’re one point up on the last playoff spot it’s hard to trade a top prospect or a first-round draft pick to rent a player.

“At the same time we’re always looking to upgrade. If there’s a hockey trade out there — I call a hockey trade a trade that affects your team going into next season – I’m obviously open to it.”

The Wings have spoken to the Canucks in the past about Alex Edler, and could have some interest in Christian Ehrhoff.

“I think this time of year you’re always looking for defensemen, but obviously there’s a lot of teams looking for defensemen,” Holland said. “We’ll see. It depends on what’s available. I don’t see us playing a big price on a rental. I don’t believe that’s the direction we should go but you never know when you get to Wednesday.”

Neil Greenberg of ESPN: Six potential trade candidates who come with a risk/reward proposition:

Thomas Vanek: Risk – “doesn’t do much in terms of puck possession.” Reward – “does a lot in terms of scoring.”

Ryan Miller: Risk – “is 33 years old, and, for goalies, that is near the end of the line.” Reward – “would be a candidate for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender, if he played for any other team.”

Martin Brodeur: Risk – “Compared to Miller, Brodeur is well past his prime, and could very well be costing the Devils a playoff spot.” Reward – “Little.”

Mike Cammalleri: Risk – “Injuries.” Reward – “Despite playing for the Flames, who rank 26th in the NHL in goals per game (2.3), Cammalleri has 21 points in 41 games.”

Matt Moulson: Risk – Pessimists were right in that his goal scoring would decrease when not playing with John Tavares. Reward – “A team looking to bet that his shooting percentages will trend back to his career norms could end up with a steal at the deadline.”

Andrew MacDonald: Risk – “At even strength, the left-handed blueliner has been on the ice for 824 shot attempts against (team high) and the Islanders see just 43 percent of shots in their favor.” Reward – “There aren’t too many defensemen available who play more than 25 minutes per game, as MacDonald does.”

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Morning Rumors IV: Rangers, Lightning, Sabres, Senators, Blues, Alfredsson, Bruins and Scouting Avs-Kings

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With little progress on talks with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, the Rangers have been looking at what might be available for their pair of pending UFAs. GM Glen Sather is committed to trade both if he can’t sign them to contract extensions. Callahan is believed to be looking for a seven year deal worth between $45 and $50 million, with the Rangers offering five years around $30 million. It is thought that Sabres could be interested in meeting Callahan’s asking price in the offseason. The Rangers are looking for one NHL player and either a prospect or high draft pick for Callahan. The Rangers would trade Callahan straight up for Martin St. Louis, but GM Steve Yzerman is not interested. Sather is not willing to include a young asset or draft pick. The Rangers are getting closer to Girardi’s asking price of six years and $5.5 million per season that he reportedly proposed in November, but Girardi may have changed his mind on those numbers.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: If/when Ryan Miller (and others) is traded, it’s likely the Sabres will look get a goalie back. Their minor league goalies, Matt Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen, are not NHL ready yet.

    “We have a couple good young goalies here, and if one of them is the goalie of the future, it’s not the near future,” General Manager Tim Murray said in Rochester this month while watching the Amerks. “It’s a little bit down the road. I don’t think either one of them is ready to step in and start for the Buffalo Sabres.”

    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have some interest in Blues Chris Stewart. Stewart could also be included in a deal for Callahan.

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Could Daniel Alfredsson play another season?

    “I’m going to wait until the end of the year and re-evaluate, especially how the body feels,” said Alfredsson. “I had a couple of minor injuries where I missed some time, but if I feel I’m playing at a level where I’m not struggling too much, I still think it’s fun, I’m contributing, I’ll definitely consider playing another year, there’s no question.

    “But the moment, I don’t have an answer and I haven’t thought about it too much. I think that was my mindset, and it has been for a few years, that if the body feels it’s not too much work to get prepared every day for practice and games, I’ll continue.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Source confirms that the Bruins have some interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald. The price is high, which means the Bruins may not be as interested. They have no desire to trade their first round pick. Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman and Matt Bartkowski won’t be moved for a rental. Likely that Alex Khokhlachev, Jordan Caron and David Warsofsky are names that could come up in any trade talks. Could move draft picks other than their first. The Bruins could be looking for a “big-bodied, physical defenseman,” which doesn’t really fit MacDonald’s description.
  • Hope Smoke: When Bob McKenzie brought up that the Blues may be willing to trade Ty Rattie in a Ryan Miller expanded trade, he also brought up Mikhail Grigorenko as a player who could be involved.
  • Mike Chambers: Scouting the Avalanche – Kings:  Flames, Cancks, Blue Jackets, Penguins, Hurricanes, Canadiens (2), Red Wings, Lightning and Maple Leafs. A Canadiens and Flames scout live there, and the Canadiens play the Kings next week.

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Morning Rumors II: St. Louis, Girardi, Boyle, Vanek, MacDonald, Sharks, Cammalleri, Avalanche and Flyers

  • Nick Kypreos: It is believed that Martin St. Louis asked for a trade when he was left off team Canada. Kypreos has been told that some teams are not sure if he feels the same now. St. Louis does have a no-movement clause through next season. As reported by Larry Brooks, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is not interested in a rental player.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should get lots of interest in Dan Girardi, and some for Brian Boyle. Girardi is asking the Rangers for six years and about $5.75 million per season. GM Glen Sather is offering five years and lower than $5.75 million per. Sather has told teams he’ll move Girardi instead of losing him for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Thomas Vanek on some Austrians staying out late partying.

    “Some of the headlines, especially in Europe, that to me was sad and ridiculous,” Vanek told The Post after the Islanders’ Sunday practice in Syosset, his first since returning. “They’re making it sound like there was 25 guys. It was just a few guys stayed out later, and even that, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it wasn’t an issue.

    “We had a practice the next day, Monday night, I think everyone focused all day Monday,” said Vanek, who admitted to staying out until about 2 a.m., but not being affected by game time. “Can you say, ‘Was it a distraction?’ I don’t know, maybe. But we lost the game to a good [Slovenia] team, a team that we could have beat, and that makes it even more hard and tough. But the story made it bigger than it was.”

    GM Garth Snow is looking to get a first round pick, as well as a second round pick or high-level prospect for Vanek. Vanek has already turned down a seven-year, $50 million offer from the Islanders. Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has already turned down a four-year, $16 million deal. Snow is hoping to get a first round pick for MacDonald.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Don’t expect the Sharks to make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline. The Sharks will be getting Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back from injury.

    “On paper, when you add people that you don’t know, you hope that it works. But when you add people that have had playing time together, you know that it works,” Wilson said. “You just hope they’re healthy enough to do it.”

    The Sharks will have to clear some cap space when Couture and Torres return to the lineup as they will be about $1 million over. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t seem eager to trade prospects and/or picks for rental players.

    “We’re still in refresh/reset,” Wilson said, repeating a term he coined at last year’s deadline.

    “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. We think our team, when it’s all healthy, is as good as anybody. We haven’t had the luxury of seeing it all together, but you’ve got to project at some point.

    “Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset/refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but, unlikely.”

  • Adrian Dater: (answering twitter questions) Very unlikely that the Avalanche will do anything at the trade deadline. Doesn’t see the Avs trying to replace Alex Tanguay or at least picking up a replacement. Ryan O’Reilly is definitely not being traded.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs would still be interested in a Dmitri Kulikov type defenseman, but the Panthers are wanting too much for him.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs want to remain a young team. They will not be looking to bring in older (30-years old) players.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland thinks it will be interesting a Tim Thomas market starts to develop.

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Morning Rumors I: Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis Rumor … Rangers – Callahan Contract Talks Stalled

  • From Feb. 22nd – twitter exchange, followed by two tweets: @pux19: “Parise and Bylsma take a big hit too. Leadership??!! Where, when? Not helping Cally’s trade stock/leverage either.” Boomer Esiason responds: “That’s already a done deal. The only thing that will hurt a trade now is an injury.”Esiason: “Marty, Marty , Marty in a good way? Hard to believe.” … “Its coming and it will be huge. Surprising, shocking, inevitable, and all about business. $$$ #NHL #tradedeadline”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: There is no pending trade that would send Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers. Rangers GM Glen Sather did ask the Lightning if they would be interested in a Ryan Callahan – St. Louis trade, but Yzerman made it clear he wouldn’t do a trade for a rental player. The Rangers have made no progress in signing Callahan to a contract extension. He’s believed to be looking for $6.75 million, which is more than the Lightning would be potentially interested in paying him. The Rangers have been unwilling to go over five years and maybe a bit more than $6 million per season. The Rangers don’t appear to be willing to send young players, prospects and/or draft picks with Callahan for St. Louis. Callahan has stated he wants to stay with the Rangers, but hasn’t moved off his asking price. He should get lots of interest by the deadline.
  • Steve Zipay: “Not close” regarding the rumor of the Rangers trading Callahan for St. Louis.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Rangers haven’t made any contract progress with Callahan or Dan Girardi during the Olympic break. Term is still an issue for both.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Rangers don’t have any trades imminent for either Callahan or Girardi. Expect it will go on for another seven to 10 days.
  • David Pagnotta: The Lightning are not trading Martin St. Louis to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan.
  • David Pagnotta: Rangers Ryan Callahan is almost certainly getting traded at the deadline, if not sooner.
  • David Pagnotta: Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said that he had been open to talking to the Rangers during the break, but didn’t sound optimistic. Nothing has changed.

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Morning Rumors: Top Snipers, Ducks, Accepting Fate, Brodeur and the Lightning Spending Money

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Snipers: 1. Thomas Vanek – the Kings have been rumored to be interested and there are ties to Minnesota. 2. Marian Gaborik – could be plan B for teams that don’t land Vanek. 3. Mike Cammalleri – the Penguins have been rumored to be interested in Cammalleri and the Pens do have some young defenseman they could move 4. Matt Moulson – the Penguins, Kings and up to 12 teams have been tied to Moulson. 5. Ales Hemsky – the Canadiens, Sharks, Penguins and Coyotes are believed to be interested.
  • The Fourth Period: Ducks GM Bob Murray told ESPN that he won’t be trading Jonas Hiller before the end of the season. The Ducks are looking to add a stay-at-home defenseman and could look at Dan Girardi.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five teams have accepted their fate leading up to the trade deadline. Two or three teams will wait until March 5th.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur could be spending his last two weeks in a Devils uniform as he could be asked to waive his no-trade clause or even ask for a trade.

    “It won’t be (different) if I don’t say so. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur said Wednesday as the Devils’ non-Olympians practiced at AmeriHealth Pavilion. “If I don’t say so, it’s going to be the same as the last 20 years.”

    Brodeur hasn’t talked to GM Lou Lamoriello and hasn’t decided if he’d waive his no-trade clause if asked.

    “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it until I talk to people, and there is nothing planned yet. I’m probably going to wait,” Brodeur said.

    “I have no indication one way or the other that anything is going to happen. I haven’t discussed it with anybody really about what my plans are going to be for the next 23 games. I haven’t talked to the coach about playing time, either. I’m just going to get back into playing shape for the next seven days and we’ll see if I’m able to get the net.”

  • George Richards: Several years ago there was a James van Riemsdyk (PHI) for Jay Bouwmeester (FLA) offer on the table.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said that even though they are operating in the red, it won’t stop him from spending higher towards the cap.

    “I don’t want to predict out because things can change,” Vinik said. “But for the foreseeable future our strategy is to have a great team on the ice and spend at or near the salary cap.”

    Vinik wouldn’t say how much they are losing.

    “We want to have an extremely competitive hockey team,” Vinik said. “It’s part of a strategy. First of all, I’m competitive. We want to win. We want to win a Stanley Cup. It’s a lot more fun for our fans, but it also helps us make the playoffs and, hopefully, go deep into the playoffs which is good for the financials.”

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Morning Rumors: Top Centers, Ducks, Rangers, Bruins, Avs, Wings, Coyotes, Leafs and Sabres

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top five center trade targets: 1. David Legwand – The Blackhawks and Red Wings could inquire. 2. Steve Ott 3. Sam Gagner 4. Olli Jokinen 5. Nazem Kadri
  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a stay-at-home defenseman. Talks could heat up next week. The Ducks have talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi. The Rangers are still trying to re-sign him, but if they can’t get a deal done, they will likely look to trade him. They could also look at Andrew MacDonald, Henrik Tallinder, Dmitry Kulikov and Nick Schultz. The Bruins, Avalanche and Red Wings also have some interest in Girardi.
  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney on the inconsistent Coyotes:

    “I really look at it and say it comes back to the leadership in your locker room,” Maloney said. “This is not a condemnation of (captain) Shane (Doan). I’m not pointing a finger at Shane whatsoever. This is the collective group … this group that’s been here for the last four, five years, that knows how we have to play and the focus we have to put in to have that group drag along the rest of the players. And that’s what has me doing a lot of soul searching right now.”

    Maloney may be looking to increase their offense but …

    “I don’t expect any massive changes with us,” Maloney said.

  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle on TSN Radio: ”If the Leafs were being outshot by 2 a game then that’s ok. This is an extreme. They’re getting outshout by 8-9 a night” … ”This is a problem that is ingrained in this team and that’s the main thing they need to fix to become a top 10 team in the league” … ”I think the problem is three pronged: the blueline needs an upgrade, the system is a problem & they lack two way forwards”
  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”I don’t expect Reimer to be here next year. They’re going to lose good players this summer. Maybe Kulemin too”
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Linus Omark has not yet reported to the AHL after being waived by the Sabres last week. Omark has said in the past that he would rather play in Sweden than in the minors.

    “I’m not really sure what the exact next steps are,” Epp said, “just trying to figure out where he can go, where they can reassign him, where they want to have him, where he’s going to be best-suited for them and their situation.”

    The Sabres could assign him to a Swedish team.

    “There’s a chance they could assign him there,” said Epp, who hopes to have a resolution in the next few days. “There’s a chance he’ll still report to Rochester and a chance they’ll have him back in Buffalo. Who knows right now? It’s kind of up in the air.”

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