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Morning Rumors I: Habs Turn Down Bourque-Parenteau Offer? Other Avs and Canadiens Notes

  • Louis Jean: The Canadiens turn down a trade offer from the Avalanche, Rene Bourque for P.A. ParenteauAdrian Dater: “Not true”
  • Adrian Dater: The Avalanche made P.A. Parenteau a healthy scratch last night. Coach Patrick Roy said the decision was based on Parenteau just coming off the IR and the need for him to get stronger.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Parenteau came back early from his knee injury and hasn’t looked right. Healthy scratch tonight due to performance” … ”There are a lot of rumblings that the Avs aren’t married to him. I would say he’s available.”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”Therien is not going anywhere” …  ”I’m telling you right now, unless the Canadiens go horribly downhill, Bergevin will not make a coaching change in season”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”Bergevin is trying to make a deal but so are all the other teams right now”
  • The Fourth Period: Sounding like the Canadiens are onto something soon. They’ve been looking for a top-six winger. They’ve been in talks with a few teams lately and talks with one team have increased. Sounding like it could be close.
  • The Fourth Period: Rene Bourque, Daniel Briere and Brian Gionta’s names are part of the Canadiens rumors. Gionta has a no-trade clause. Briere has a no-movement clause. Bourque has a limited no-trade clause. GM Marc Bergevin won’t overpay for a rental, but is willing to move young prospects to improve their roster. Though unlikely to be moved, teams are calling about P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller.
  • The Fourth Period: Sources saying the Canadiens, Senators and Red Wings are among the teams interested in Parenteau.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater could see the Avalanche trading Parenteau, but they already have a lot forwards and have worries on their blueline. If they were able to get a nice defenseman for Parenteau, Dater could see it happening. Dater wonders if the Canadiens would give up a defenseman or another forward like Brian Gionta. Dater would only trade Parenteau for a defenseman.

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Late Morning Rumors: Kadri, Gardiner, Gagner, Skinner, Briere, Kane and some Goaltenders

  • The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is still looking for a top-six forward. It is thought that he could be willing to trade Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner if they get the right offer. The Rangers, Devils, Flyers and Oilers have reportedly inquired about Gardiner. The Oilers are actively shopping Sam Gagner. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season, but it’s not known if trade talks have progressed. The Leafs had shown interest in Jeff Skinner in the past, but Hurricanes are not looking to trade him at this time.
  • The Fourth Period: There were rumors that the Sabres and Canadiens were discussing a deal involving Daniel Briere, but talks have quieted. With Alex Galchenyuk breaking his hand and out for six weeks, Briere may be staying put for the time being. The Canadiens have inquired about Jets Evander Kane.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: (mailbag) Rosen can see the Capitals and Blues making goaltender moves. The Hurricanes shouldn’t do anything while Cam Ward is injured. The same can be said for the Ducks and Viktor Fasth. Trading Jonas Hiller would obviously be a mistake. Philipp Grubauer’s play has made Michal Neuvirth available. Neuvirth to the Islanders makes sense.

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Morning Rumors: Bruins, Sabres, Habs, Coyotes, Canes, Avs, Pens, Isles, Kings, Rangers and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHL trade deadline is March 5th. The Olympic roster freeze is February 8th till February 23rd.

    “The roster freeze will act as a deadline, especially for those teams that want to save a little bit of money,” said a league executive.

    “There’s a chance to get deals done in the next few weeks that will get money off the books.”

    The Bruins have said they will try to fill the loss of Dennis Seidenberg from within. If that doesn’t work out as planned, they could look at Dan Girardi.

    Ryan Miller may not be going anywhere as the new GM may look to re-sign him, and they may not be able to get what they want for him on the trade market. The asking price is three prospects and a first round pick. The Blues may be the only option for Miller, and they may not be looking to trade.

    The Canadiens are looking for forward depth. GM Marc Bergevin may have looked at Flames Curtis Glencross, who has two years left at $2.55 million. The Canadiens are looking to trade Daniel Briere.

    The Coyotes for looking for forward depth and may look at Sabres Matt Moulson.

    Thought is the Hurricanes are not done trading. A couple teams have said the Hurricanes are willing to trade anyone but Eric and Jordan Staal. Teams will call about Jeff Skinner, but he isn’t going anywhere. Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo Ruuttu and Ron Hainsey will likely be traded by the deadline.

    The Avs will have to make a decision on Paul Stastny before the trade deadline. If they are able to get a 1st round pick and a prospect for him, they may move him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the March 5th trade deadline day.

    “A lot can happen between now and then,” Shero said this past week. “But I like our team. I don’t feel like we have to do something.”

    Sense withing the organization is that if they make a move, it would be a “hockey trade,” giving up someone significant to get someone of worth and under contract. Shero may be looking for a winger for either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Shero will listen to all offers, but doesn’t mean he’d be actively looking to trade someone like Olli Maata. The Jets are reportedly willing to trade Evander Kane, who has four years left with a $5.25 million cap hit. Shero and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have not talked about Kane.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: To retain Ryan O’Reilly’s rights, the Avalanche would have to pay the pending RFA at least $6.5 million. He can’t be traded until after February 28th. Matt Duchene will have a cap hit of $6 million for the next five years. There has been an “uneasy truce” between O’Reilly and the Avalanche since they matched his offer sheet with the Flames. The Avs could sign O’Reilly to an contract extension at any time, but they should draw a line saying, ”We won’t pay anyone a dime more than Duchene, no matter what.” Dater doesn’t think they should trade him anytime soon.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is on pace for a career year in points and is a pending UFA. GM Garth Snow wouldn’t comment on if there have been contract extension talks. He could become the Islanders best trade chip at the deadline if they are out of the playoff picture.

    “I think you realize it’s there, that it’s possible or whatever,” MacDonald said. “I’m hopeful things get done. We’ve dug ourselves a pretty big hole here so there isn’t really time to worry about that.”

  • David Pagnotta: As Dennis Bernstein pointed out, the Kings are not finished trading. Nothing is imminent, but they are looking for a scorer.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Oilers Scott Howson was scouting the Kings game last night. Talk is the Oilers are very active and looking to make a move now. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner are in the mix.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Rangers had two scouts at the Avalanche-Sharks game. There are rumors they are interested in Tyson Barrie, but he, along with Ryan Wilson, were not in the lineup. There Rangers were the only Eastern team scouting the game.
  • Chip Alexander: Elias Lindholm could rejoin the Hurricanes in Buffalo for Tuesday’s game.
  • Hotstove: The Sabres are getting closer to naming a new GM, with Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning being the leading candidate. The Oilers could be looking at trading Sam Gagner. Before last night’s game, Michael Del Zotto’s camp and the Rangers hadn’t met yet.

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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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Trade Rumors: Rentals, Canadiens, Kings and Capitals

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rental candidates at the trade deadline: Thomas Vanek, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller and maybe Ryan Callahan. Strang thinks that Jaromir Jagr and possibly Martin Brodeur (citing Rich Chere) could be added to that list.
  • Darren Dreger: Canadiens Daniel Briere isn’t happy with his situation. Dreger wonders before how long before the team and player look for a better fit. Briere had multiple two year offers at $4 million in the offseason, but chose the Canadiens.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens Briere has only 10 points in 28 games and has voiced his unhappiness with the coaching staff and management about how he’s been used. GM Marc Bergevin has let teams know that Briere is available. The Canadiens are looking for some top-six size upfront. The Canadiens have been linked to Evander Kane and Paul Stastny. Briere has a no-trade clause but is believed to be okay with waiving it.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings could use a scoring left winger. Options could include Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Malone and Michael Grabner. The Kings have Alec Martinez to dangle, and have pending UFAs Daniel Carcillo and Trevor Lewis.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Michal Neuvirth has joined Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov in asking for a way out of Washington. The Capitals may not consider moving Erat until Brooks Laich can remain in the lineup on a consistent basis. Orlov is getting into the lineup a lot more since his trade request in November and seems to be happier.

    “I’m playing. I don’t think about what happened before. I don’t think about moving as long as I’m playing,” Orlov, 22, said this week. “I don’t think about the negative. It was tough time, but it’s in the past. It’s done. I just want to keep playing, stay positive and keep working.”

    Neuvirth appears to have fallen to 3rd on their depth chart.

    “They’ve got three goalies that can all play. Everyone can see that. It’s come to the point where it’s getting very unpleasant,” Stefan said in a phone interview. “He just wants to prove he can be the starter, and when he’s been given an opportunity to play he’s shown he can be a number one guy, but now he’s not even on the bench.”

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Morning Hits: Steckel, Briere, Downie, Whitney, Mottau, Beleskey, Fasth and Berra

  • Ryan Kennedy: Ducks signed Dave Steckel to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Daniel Briere will be back in the Canadiens lineup tonight.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Steve Downie has been cleared to play.
  • George Richards: The Panthers send Ryan Whitney to the AHL and recall Mike Mottau.
  • Helene Elliott: Matt Beleskey and Viktor Fasth have been assigned to the AHL by the Ducks on a long-term injury conditioning loan.

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Injury Notes: Hall, Gagner, Cammalleri, Penner, Briere, Neal, Lacavalier and Hartnell

  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Taylor Hall has flown back to Edmonton for further evaluation on his knee injury. Jonathan Willis: The Oilers haven’t called anyone up yet as they are waiting to get a better handle on the timeline for the injury.
  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Sam Gagner has been cleared for light contact.
  • Pat Steinberg: Flames Mike Cammalleri skated yesterday and will be a game-time decision.
  • Bill Meltzer: Ducks Dustin Penner pretty much out on his feet as he’s helped off the ice after taking a hit from Garbutt.
  • TSN: Canadiens Daniel Briere is out with a concussion.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell both skated yesterday and were shooting pucks. Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Lecavalier (lower body/likely groin or abdominal pull)  is “hopeful” to play on Thursday against the Rangers. Hartnell isn’t ready yet.

    “Not bad. I have to be a little careful what I can do out there. It’s amazing how fast you can get out of shape. It’s been just over a week for me and I was really sucking wind out there.”

    “Once I start battling and see how everything feels. Hopefully, I can get back in the lineup soon. that’s my main focus. … My first time skating. I’m not anywhere near 100 percent.”

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Free Agent Signings: Giroux, Briere and Ballard

  • Pierre LeBrun: Claude Giroux’s Flyers deal is finalized: 8 years for $66.2 million. $8.275 million salary cap hit with a full no-trade clause.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Briere will be signing with the Canadiens for 2 years and $8 million.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Keith Ballard will sign a 2 year, $3 million deal with the Wild.

    “This isn’t a big homecoming celebration,” said Ballard, 30. “There’s a lot of work to be done to re-establish my career. It’s an important year for me. I’m not overly wrapped up in [the returning home] side of it. I’m just focused on putting all my efforts into having a good year and helping the team do well.”

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Free Agent Hits III: Bozak, Filppula, Weiss, Alfredsson, Scuderi, Briere and the Predators

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
  • Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
  • Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
  • Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.

    “We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”

    Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.

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Free Agent Hits I: Clarkson, Stewart, Iginla, Thomas, Alfredsson and Briere

  • Rich Chere: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t say whether he would send David Clarkson one more offer before noon tomorrow.
  • Josh Rimer: Doug MacLean on Rimer’s NiteCap show: “The two teams pushing hard for David Clarkson are Toronto & Edmonton.”
  • Lou Korac: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on free agency: “We’re going to make a deal that will stand the test of time economically.”
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Sounding like Chris Stewart and the Blues are heading to arbitration. A last minute deal could get worked out. Could assume that Stewart is looking for more than $4.5 million a season.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Alex Pietrangelo’s agent, Don Meehan: “Nothing new to report. Doug indicated to me at the Draft he would be in touch with us within the near future.”
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing the Blues are interested in Jarome Iginla.
  • Tim Panaccio: Tim Thomas’ agent called the Flyers yesterday. They have little cap room and may want to go cheaper.
  • Darren Dreger: Teams are allowed to spend over the cap with 35+ year old players by using a bonus cushion. Overages would be applied to next seasons cap.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Multiple teams reached out to Alfredsson yesterday. He may decide his fate today. LeBrun doesn’t think he’ll leave Ottawa.
  • Arthur Staple: Source saying that the Islanders are not part of Daniel Briere final teams that he’s considering.

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Quick Free Agent Hits: Clarkson, Bozak, Weiss, Briere, Giroux, Alfredsson, Henricks and Raymond

  • @Hope_Smoke: Darren Dreger on David Clarkson’s next deal: “Clarkson will get 7 years if that’s what he’s after. I’ll thrown out a number of around $6.5 per season”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Tyler Bozak: “We have things we can do to make [cap] room and Bozie was an important part of our team.”
  • George Richards: Panthers GM Dale Talon said they probably won’t be active when free agency starts on Friday. He’s not going to overpay for players. Will make deals in August. Talon is also hanging onto the hope that they can re-sign Stephen Weiss.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens have shown interest in Daniel Briere.
  • The Fourth Period: The Flyers and Claude Giroux are having an ongoing dialogue about a contract extension. Giroux is believed to be looking for an eight year deal worth well north of $7 million a season.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Daniel Alfredsson still doesn’t have a deal with the Senators and is able to talk to other teams.  The Bruins could be one of teams making a call to Alfredsson’s agent. The Canadiens, Devils, Islanders and Predators are said to have interest in Daniel Briere.
  • John Vogl: The Sabres will allow defenseman Alexadner Sulzer to become a UFA.
  • Stephen Whyno: Forward Matt Hendricks will go to free agency even if the Capitals call back. Both sides haven’t talked in a long time.
  • Mark Spector: The agent of Canucks UFA Mason Raymond: “Right now we’re proceeding as if he’ll be going to free agency.”
  • Igor Eronko: Flyers Ruslan Fedotenko signed with Donbass of the KHL.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets signed Blake Comeau to a one-year deal.

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