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NHL Rumors I: KHL Option, Mueller, Leafs, Red Wings and Analytics

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals coach Barry Trotz has been accused in the past of clashing with players from Russia. The Caps have three Russians, including Alex Ovechkin. Trotz has said that he’ll have to sit down with Ovechkin to get to know him before he could get him to play the style he wants.

    “It can’t happen until I have a relationship with him because there’s no trust,” Trotz said. “For me, Alex has to trust that I’m giving him the best advice for the team, for him, to grow his game.”

    Trotz on drafting Russians and the treat of the KHL.

    “They have options over there,” Trotz said. “You want your whole foot in the water if you’re going to play in the National Hockey League.

    “I don’t want your toe. If you’re just going to put your toe in the water … A couple Russian players have come over and they don’t put their whole foot in the NHL sometimes, and that holds them back.

    “… If it’s just about the money, then probably the KHL is a better option.”

  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks were interested in Peter Mueller two years ago, but GM Jim Benning has let Mueller’s agent know that they are not interested this time around.
  • James Mirtle: Brendan Shanahan will look to revamp the Maple Leafs scouting department next. No reason they shouldn’t have one of best.
  • News 1130 Sports: David Booth said that he talked with several teams, but he couldn’t pass up playing close to home in Toronto.
  • Dan Rosen: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that they don’t have an analytics guys yet, “but yet is the key word.” Babcock said that they “will for sure” add one and that he’s a fan of it.

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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Gardiner, Penguins and Jets

Scott Powers of ESPN: It seems unlikely that Kevin Hayes will sign with the Blackhawks. One of the reasons he hasn’t signed is that he may not see a quick path the NHL with the Blackhawks. It could take a year or two become a regular in their lineup. The Blackhawks have drafted a bunch of college players in the past, and they may start looking to sign them during their sophomore and junior seasons so that they don’t run into potential losing them to free agency after their senior year. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign Hayes to an entry-level deal or he will become a UFA.

“I’m sure the Blackhawks are going to be disappointed if [Hayes] walks for free,” said an NHL agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It may motivate them to accelerate the process. In Kevin Hayes’ case, he was coming off a so-so junior year. I don’t think they made a mistake with him.”

Chris Johnston: Will be interesting to see how yesterday’s front office events impact their Jake Gardiner contract talks. They had been close on a short-term deal.

Will DePaoli: The Penguins had held talks with the David Booth before he decide to sign with the Maple Leafs. They didn’t present him with an offer.

Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets were among the teams talking with Booth before he signed with the Leafs.

 

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NHL News: Leafs, Rangers, Ducks and Flames

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs fire assistant GMs Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin, and hire Kyle Dubas. James Mirtle: Brandan Shanahan’s biggest stamp, one of the sharpest, upcoming executives.  Steve Simmons: There will be one or two more front office hirings for the Leafs this offseason. Greg Brady: Told explicitly that the Leafs had planned to clean up their front office next summer and hire Dubas, but another Eastern team was ready to hire him this summer. Darren Dreger: Poulin and Loiselle reportedly had three years left on their deals.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million salary. Zuccarello could become a UFA next summer, but both sides will continue to work on a long-term contract. He’s not eligible to sign a deal until after January 1st. A long-term deal could come in the $4.5 million range. The Rangers have about $9.5 million in salary cap space with RFAs Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and John Moore. They also need to add a depth player or two.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks and Sami Vatanen agree to a two-year deal: $1.25 million and $1.275 million.
  • Roger Millions: The Flames re-sign Joe Colborne to a two-year deal, $1.275 million per season.

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NHL Rumors III: Penguins, Avalanche and Jets

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Source saying it’s the Penguins intentions to keep Rob Scuderi. They haven’t been actively been shopping him. The Penguins haven’t approached Scuderi about waiving his modified no-trade clause. Scuderi can block trades to 15 teams.

    The Penguins have made a two-year offer to RFA Nick Spaling, who has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31st. Spaling is looking for at least $2.5 million a season.

    Brandon Sutter is a year away from unrestricted free agency. The Penguins have given Sutter three different offers (short and long-term) over the past 10 to 14 days.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: It’s looking like the Avs and Ryan O’Reilly will be headed to arbitration next Wednesday. O’Reilly gets to pick if he wants a one or two year deal, and he has to do this before the judgement is given. Dater thinks it could end up being close to $6 million a season. If it’s only a one-year deal, it may be harder the Avs to get full trade value for him if they decide to move him afterwards.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets have been looking to add another forward, with one being Lee Stempniak (signed this morning by the Rangers). They could also look at David Booth or Daniel Winnik. They still haven’t reached out to Michael Del Zotto. Michael Frolik has an arbitration hearing set for July 31st. Wiebe thinks a four-year deal worth between $12 and $14 million should work for both sides.

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NHL Rumors II: UFAs That Are Still Available

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Free agency has hit a bit of a lull.

    “There’s a few players that teams are starting to call on to round out the roster,” said one agent on Wednesday. “They go through the initial blast of free agents, then it gets quiet. Then they get into arbitrations and qualifying offers.”

    Some UFAs that are still available:

    Peter Mueller – There is interest and is looking for the right fit.
    David Booth - “I’m talking to a few teams about him,” said Mike Liut, a veteran agent with Octagon. “There’s interest out there for sure.”
    Daniel Winnik – Good bottom six and penalty kill option.
    Martin Brodeur – Drew some interest at the start of free agency and will circle back in the next month.
    Devin Setoguchi – Could look to sign a one-year deal to show he’s better than the 11 goals last season.
    Tomas Vokoun – 100 percent healthy from blood clot issue. Currently has two offers he’s considering.
    Dustin Penner – Has playoff experience and can play in a top-six.

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Top 10 remaining UFAs

    10. Dustin Penner – Could add some scoring and size to bottom-six. Three teams since 2013.
    9. Saku Koivu – Could be a fit in Minnesota or Montreal, back in Finland or retire.
    8. Daniel Winnik – Should be able to find a bottom-six role somewhere.
    7. Andre Benoit – Can’t rule out an Avalanche return.
    6. Devin Setoguchi – Not a lot of talk that there is demand of Setoguchi. Could the Sharks be interested after having some earlier playoff success with them? Maybe the Bruins would be interested to replace the hole left by Jarome Iginla.
    5. Martin Brodeur – Brodeur wants a contender. The Leafs, Blackhawks, Bruins, Penguins and Lightning had kicked tires. The Lightning and Penguins have already signed a backup.
    4. Tomas Vokoun – Has multiple offers.
    3. Lee Stempniak – ESPN saying a handful of teams are intersted. Bruins are not one of the teams interested as they are looking to trade for a winger.
    2. Michael Del Zotto – Teams that missed out on Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen could look at Del Zotto. Cost to sign him shouldn’t be high.
    1. Daniel Alfredsson – Red Wings or retirement.

    Best of the remaining free agents:

    Forwards: Ray Whitney, David Booth, Andrei Loktionov, T.J. Galiardi, Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini

    Defence: Sami Salo, Henrik Tallinder, Cory Sarich, Jamie McBain, Raphael Diaz, Brett Bellemore

    Goaltenders: Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov

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NHL Rumors I: Booth, Del Zotto and the Oilers

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The agent for David Booth, Mike Luit, has reached out to the Penguins in recent weeks. Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin coached Booth for two years in Florida. Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton also has Panthers ties with Booth. The Penguins are working on deals for RFA Nick Spaling and Brandon Sutter before moving on to others according to sources. They haven’t closed the door on Booth on a one-year, low salaried deal.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: The 24-year old Michael Del Zotto is still looking for a team for next season after not having a good year.

    “The whole season overall wasn’t how I wanted it to be. It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It’s a confidence game. So I’m just trying to get it back this summer,” he says. “I know what I can do and can provide a team. I’ve done it in the past; I’m just trying to get there again.”

    Del Zotto said that he’s talking to “a bunch” of teams and that “obviously there’s interest.” He wouldn’t say how many or which teams are interested.

  • Bob Stauffer: “Some late night Oilers thoughts for U. #1 The biggest off-season addition in the short term will be Craig Ramsay…good add for Eakins. #2 The biggest addition long-term will be Leon Draisaitl. Under-stated personality will compliment Hall, RNH, Eberle, Yak and Schultz. #3 Jujhar Khaira has a legit shot to be Oilers #3 C by 2016. His #’s weren’t great in Everett but he played for Kevin Constantine. The Oilers have to make sure Khaira Centers 1 of the top 2 lines in OKC and gets a lot of minutes right from the get go as a Pro. #4 2010 2nd round picks Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton fought injuries and a deep depth chart in first 2 pro years…progressed last season…but now they really have to take the next step…but the Oilers also need to ensure farm team is about developing players. #5 The Goaltending situation is not “fixed”. It would be fixed in Henrik Lundqvist was an Oiler. Nonetheless I fully expect a highly competitive battle between Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens which should help the Oil get off to a better start than last season. #6 the player I get asked about the most around the League is David Perron. Not surprising as he is the Oilers 2nd most competitive player. #7 I would not trade J. Schultz for a #2 C like say O Reilly. Oilers finished 29th in D scoring last season. Patience!

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Top 10 Remaining Free Agent Forwards

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91

July 15 marked the day that the once bountiful NHL free agent market got extremely thin.

With the top two centres remaining in Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro both signing one year deals to take their tiny frames to Music City, the market for players left who can be plugged into a lineup and make a difference is dwindling.

However, there are still a few free agents out there for the taking who could be useful to teams in lesser roles. Let’s first take a look at the top 10 remaining forwards, followed by a top 10 remaining defensemen / goalies list tomorrow.

Honourable mention:  Ray Whitney – At age 42 he might be ready to call it quits, if not, he could contribute to a team desperate for veteran scoring help.

Teemu Selanne – The 44 year old “Finnish Flash” may finally be ready to hang up his skates after posting a single digit goal total (9 in 64 games) for the first time in his career.

Now on to the top 10 remaining UFA fowards.

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NHL Rumors IX: Sabres, Oilers, Petry, Blues, Stars and Wild

Written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News:  Sabres are about $20 million away from the salary cap floor on the day before NHL free agency, and GM Tim Murray remains unconcerned about his ability to reach it. Murray will start dumping contracts if they get their free-agent targets. That will be benefit the Sabres in their attempt to boost payroll. Murray says he’s been getting a lot of calls from representatives of unrestricted free agents

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels he has “a compelling story to tell” when he’s tried to sell agents on their clients coming here on July 1… you can cross off players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen because will be looking for a lot on term for a new contract that will go with $6-7-million in salary per season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman reports that defender Jeff Petry’s name is making the NHL rounds.

    Assuming that the Oilers aren’t crazy, why would they be willing to deal Petry? Let’s consider three possibilities:

    1. He eants too much money.

    2. The team is confident it can replace Petry in free agency.

    3. As part of a package for a superior defender.

    As much as the possibility of a step forward exists here, there is a very real chance the Oilers take a step back in a Petry deal that they simply cannot afford to make.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars remain very much interested in Jason Spezza. It’s believed the Senators were targeting a good, young player in return along with a first-round pick during Friday’s NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Blues want to see what happens with free agent centre Paul Stastny Tuesday before going any further with the Senators. The Stars were a little confused as to whether they were an acceptable location for Spezza.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:  Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual. The Wild made Vanek’s short list, but agent Steve Bartlett said there were other good options on it too. The Wild had more conversations Monday with Jarome Iginla’s reps in hopes of selling Iginla on its program and how it’s a Stanley Cup contender. One player who would love Vanek to sign with the Wild is his former Sabres linemate Jason Pominville.

    The Wild has shown interest in Paul Stastny, but  he appears to be destined for St. Louis Blues or elsewhere. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jussi Jokinen and David Booth are other players that are available.

    The Wild did not inquire about former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Monday, but it might have interest in consistent Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators, Bruins, Leafs and UFAs To Avoid

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray.

    “I don’t think there is anything else I can do as far as approach is concerned,” said Murray.

    “I took calls from teams and we talked about the return and the type of deal we wanted to make.

    “In a couple of cases, there was real interest and it went away. We’ll continue to talk and I’m sure over the course of time the people who miss out on July 1 will come knocking.”

    Murray wants to get a trade done.

    “I’m hoping that we can get a fair return so that we can put a player on the ice and maybe have a prospect or two and go from there,” said Murray.

    “I don’t think it gets any more difficult.

    “What happens is I’m sure disappointing for him, disappointing for me because I’d like to accommodate him.”

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins are having a tough time trying to get Jarome Iginla back in the fold for next year despite both sides wanting to get it down.

    “Jarome wants to stay. We’re trying to find a spot for him,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “But we’re both big boys. If we can’t, we can’t. Certainly we’re both trying to work at it.”

    It is likely that another teams will give him more term and money than the Bruins can offer. The Bruins may only be offering a one-year deal but loading up on bonuses to keep his salary cap number low. Players that are over 35 are not allowed to have bonuses on multi-year deals. If they were going to move out salary, Johnny Boychuk (one-year at $3.67) and Chris Kelly (two-years at $3 million per) are likely candidates.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs interest in Martin Brodeur is curious, unless he’s fine with signing a deal in the $1 million range. The Leafs would also need to trade James Reimer. The Leafs have 11 players to sign and less than $20 million available. They need a top-six forward, a top-four defenseman and a new third line. The only way that Dave Bolland will be back is if he takes less than market value. Free agents that Simmons wouldn’t touch: Thomas Vanek, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Lee Stempniak and David Booth.

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Top 2014 NHL Free Agent Wingers: 11 Through 20

Mason RaymondExpanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell. Top 10 wingers will be posted tomorrow

While this is recognized league-wide as a poor free agent class, those hoping to address the wing and add some scoring punch are in luck, as there are quite a few quality players to choose from.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-11 through 20 wingers whom could test the market come July 1. My top-10 will be posted tomorrow. The rankings will take into account standard stats such as goals, assists, and points as well as advanced stats such as Corsi For% relative to the team, and points per 60 minutes of 5 vs 5 and/or 5 vs 4.

Notes: Corsi For% is simply used to track shot attempts taken while a player is on the ice. If Player X is a 60% Corsi player, that means 60% of all shot attempts when he’s on the ice go towards the opposing net, while only 40% head in the direction of his goaltender’s net. This number is used to see who’s driving play, and generally having higher Corsi numbers leads to more production. Corsi For% relative to the team compares a player’s numbers to those of his team when he’s not on the ice. If Player X is a 60% Corsi player and his team is 55% without him, which gives him a Corsi Relative% of +5%.

Points per 60 minutes is simply how many points Player X records per 60 minutes of any given situation. If Player X had 10 5 vs 5 points in 120 minutes of ice, his 5 vs 5 points/60 would be 5. The same goes for goals and assists.

All numbers are via CapGeek, HockeyAnalysis, and ExtraSkater.

Without further ado, here are my rankings for the top-11 to 20 free agent wingers available this summer.

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