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NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Predators, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Loui Eriksson could find himself on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    “I’m really comfortable with that. It’s a different look, but (Eriksson) is a very smart player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said July 1 when asked about the idea of Eriksson slotting into the vacant first-line spot. “He’s a great two-way player. He plays a very smart game. I saw him play with the Sedins — he can play at that level. He can play on the matchup, so …

    “But having said that, he can move down the lineup and he’s comfortable with it. So I mean, the options are there. It would be nice to get a right shot — that would be a priority at some point — but I have no problem with (Eriksson) playing on that top line, and I’ve talked to (Krejci) about it, and he welcomes it. If you watch how Loui plays, he plays a real give-and-go game, and he’s very smart, passes to areas … He’s very compatible with (Krejci).”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are likely finished with free agency, but there are still a couple UFAs that might help them out: Daniel Alfredsson, Devin Setoguchi and Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators are looking to add some offense through the trade market, they could look at Jets Evander Kane. Cooper thinks the Predators should stay away from Kane due to his character issues. The Predators have pieces like Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis that might interest the Jets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has spoken with Chad LaRose’s agent. Sides are still in the talking stage.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks are still likely to be looking to add an experienced goalie on a two-way deal.
  • Lowetide: “One thing about trading Eberle is current GM didn’t draft him. History tells us it’s easier for a GM to deal a previously procured talent.”

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NHL Rumors II: Capitals, Blackhawks, Oilers and Predators

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Speculation out of Detroit that they are looking at Capitals right-handed Dman Mike Green. The Capitals could use a second line center, and head coach Barry Trotz has spoken highly of Gustav Nyquist. The Caps would have to add more than Green to be able to land Nyquist. If the Caps are looking to trade Green for a second center who are entering the final year of their deals similar to Green, candidates could be: David Krejci, Mike Fisher and Antoine Vermette. They could look at Ryan O’Reilly or possibly Joe Thornton.
  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Agent Pat Brisson on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

    “We had to study, financially, to keep the puzzle together, how we could do this but at the same time get the players compensated the way they should be?” Brisson said. “They could’ve come in at 13.8 million each. At the same time, hockey’s a team sport and the reason why they’re so successful is the environment they’re in — and I give them credit for understanding that – and the role they can play now and in the future.”

    GM Stan Bowman still needs to reduce their cap number by $2 million for this year, and isn’t concerned with Toews and Kane’s future numbers.

    “That’s our job, to make it work,” he said. “We’ve been able to do that in the past and I have a lot of faith in the ability to keep that going. The most important thing for us is… you have star players who have shown the ability to win and they want to be here. It’s not even a discussion point. We’re just thrilled we have two of them; most teams would die to have one of these players on their teams. The rest will work itself out.”

  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals RFA Cam Schilling’s agent on contract talks: “Making progress but nothing imminent.”
  • Jim Matheson: “Not sure why there’s so much angst that Oilers didn’t sign No. 2 centre. Will be addressed via trade after camp if need be.”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Projected lines by Cooper:1st – James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Colin Wilson
    2nd – Viktor Stalberg-Derek Roy-Craig Smith
    3rd – Olli Jokinen-Calle Jarnkrok-Filip Forsberg
    4th – Rich Clune-Paul Gaustad-Eric Nystrom

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins Could Be Looking At Trades … Brodeur Unlikely For Leafs

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Johnny Boychuk is entering the final season of his deal that pays him $3.67 million and will be looking for a big raise on his next deal. The current range for him could be $4.5 to $5 million over six years. The Bruins could look at moving him this summer. He has a no-trade clause with a list of 15 teams that he can’t be traded too. The Bruins will be tight to the cap next season and they’ll have to give Carl Soderberg and David Krejci new deals next year. The Bruins need to be cautious when players like Alex Edler and Keith Yandle are being mentioned.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Sources saying the Bruins could be active on the trade market leading up to free agency. Brad Marchand ($4.5 million) and/or Johnny Boychuk ($3.67 million) could be on the move due to the teams salary cap situation and their high value. The Bruins have about $9 million in cap space to find a right winger for David Krejci and Milan Lucic if they don’t bring back Jarome Iginla and to re-sign free agents Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Shawn Thornton. They also need to find a backup goaltender.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Brodeur in Toronto would be interesting. Marty is looking at the reality of being a backup but in the right circumstance” … “If Brodeur is willing to be a backup than he wants to be on a contender. I don’t think the Leafs are an option at this time”

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Injury Notes: Parros, Vokoun, Neal, Callahan, D’Agostini, Soderberg, Krejci, Tyutin and Boll

  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens George Parros has no bone fracture. First indications for CT Scan were negative. Only a concussion as of right now.  Dave Stubbs: Parros has been released from the hospital and is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun will be out for three to six months. He could return this season, but that won’t be known for awhile.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins James Neal is dealing with an upper-body injury.
  • Rangers captain Ryan Callahan won’t be in the Rangers lineup for their season opener on Thursday.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins Carl Soderberg is on the IR retroactive to last Friday. David Krejci skated today and will be a game-time decision tomorrow.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Injuries could keep Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin and Jared Boll out of the lineup with weekend.

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Morning Hits: Vanek, Skinner, Iginla, Lightning’s Goaltending Duo, Staal and Krupp

  • Paul Hamilton of WGR 550: Sabres Tomas Vanek is back in town and skated with teammates this week. Vanek said that he never asked to be traded, nor is he looking for a contract extension right now.

    “No, I never asked to be traded so when people do mention it, I’m surprised. Did I think I was going to get traded, no because I never once went in there and said I don’t want to be here. I said, ‘Right now I’m not looking for an extension, but not saying that I wouldn’t want one down the road, but right now I just want to see where it goes’.” Vanek added, “We’re a young team, we’re rebuilding and those are my words, so I’m keeping my options open.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner’s new deal kicks in this year: six-years with a $5.75 million cap hit. Skinner on the weight of the bigger deal,

    “It is what it is, I guess. I don’t know. Everyone is aware of it.

    “I mean, it’s not going to change the way I play or change my attitude toward the game. Just because you’re on a new contract doesn’t change your attitude or your perspective. Going into the offseason, just like last offseason, my goal was to get better and come to camp as prepared as you can be. I think I’ve done that.”

    Skinner had trained with Gary Roberts in the past, but switched to the same strength and fitness trainer that Sidney Crosby uses.

  • Damian Cristodero: The Lightning’s plan is to have Ben Bishop and Andres Lindback share duties in net to start the season.
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal’s eye injury is doing well.

    “Everything’s back to normal and I’m feeling really good.”

  • Darren Dreger: The Wild have put Bjorn Krupp on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.

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Evening Hits: Bergeron, Horton, Seguin, Lecavalier, Miller, Coburn, Blue Jackets and Senators

  • Bob McKenzie: Patrice Bergeron is likely to get an 8-year contract extension worth about $6.5 million a season.
  • Bob McKenzie: Nathan Horton has informed the Bruins that he’s moving on and will be exploring the free agent market. The Bruins will now shop his negotiating rights. Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka: “Nathan has told BOS he wants to explore free agency. It’s not a financial issue, just a decision to move on.”
  • EJ Hradek: Shopping Tyler Seguin makes sense for the Bruins as he’s a center and stuck behind Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Wings will look at Vincent Lecavalier but won’t get into a bidding war for him.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier and agent Mike Liut expect Ryan Miller to remain with the team through the draft weekend.
  • Tim Panaccio: Braydon Coburn to Edmonton trade talk is not about their 7th overall pick, it’s about their two second round picks.
  • David Pagnotta: The Blue Jackets are working a few deals and have discussed moving more than just their 1st round picks.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he hasn’t made any calls to Lecavalier’s camp.

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Injury and Roster Notes: Malkin, Lindback, Carkner, Grabner, Enstrom, Backlund, Methot, Krejci, Vanek, Ruutu and Green

  • Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin took his first hit during practice yesterday. He said he’s “not 100 percent” and added,

    “Of course, yes, because (I’m) close,” Malkin said. “I (will) try to play Friday, but it’s hard to say now because it’s just (a) couple days more. We’ll see.”

  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is not ready yet but “it’s coming soon” according to coach Claude Noel.
  • George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: Flames Mikael Backlund played on Monday despite have a cracked bone in his right foot.

    “It went better than I thought,” he reported Wednesday. “Not too bad. Obviously the medication kicked in a little later and made it feel better. It’s still sore but once the game started, I felt pretty good. I didn’t think about it too much.”

  • Ken Warren via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot could return to the lineup tonight. If he can’t go, Mike Lundin will return to the lineup after missing the last eight games.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Thomas Vanek didn’t skate this morning and is likely to miss tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.

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Injury notes: Brodeur, Hossa, Krejci, Havlat, Kennedy, Quincey, Helm and Bertuzzi

  • Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Marian Hossa left last night’s game in first period after taking a hit along the boards. Coach Joel Quenneville said “not bad, day to day,” and that more will be known today.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herarld: Bruins David Krejci’s status is not known after he took a shot off the knee on Sunday. He did leave the arena with a slight limp, but didn’t appear to have brace on.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings forward Darren Helm hopes it is only a minor setback. There is no decision on whether he’ll go on the Californian trip or not.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi (disc issues) skated for five minutes last week and didn’t feel good. He’s still hoping to avoid surgery.

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Trades coming soon? Coyotes talking trade … Krejci aware of rumors … Luongo fine with waiting … Sens should target Kane

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie thinks that some GM’s are sitting on trades and signings that are done or close to being done. As soon as they are allowed to make moves, there will be some activity.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: “For those asking, NHL GM’s are still forbidden from negotiating trades until players ratify CBA. Expect dealing when allowed.” David Pagnotta via twitter: Pagnotta asks: “Loose rule, no? Considering how many of them have started talking…”
  • The Fourth Period: Coyotes GM Don Maloney has said he’s had some trade talks, and that some deals could happen soon. Maloney told the Arizona Republic,

    “The good thing for us is they’re asking about our players and would you do this, would you look at that, would you think of this, and I’m like, ‘Absolutely, if that makes us better,’” Maloney said.

  • James Murphy of ESPN: Bruins David Krejci said he’s aware of the persistent rumors of a potential trade to Phoenix or Anaheim. He wants to remain with the Bruins.

    “I’ve seen it and I have time to go on the Internet, so I know what’s going on,” Krejci said. “I went through lots of things and saw my name there, but there’s nothing I can control. I am happy here, and I hope I haven’t given them any reasons to trade me. So I can’t control it, and I just want to go out there and play my best.”

  • Iain MacIntyre via twitter: Roberto Luongo on a trade: “Whether a couple of days, week, 2 weeks or the end of the season, I’m totally fine.”
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Vigneault added that Andrew Ebbett and Jordan Schroeder will compete for the 2nd line center spot, unless someone arrives by trade.

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Negotiations could start on the 26th or 27th … Daly-Fehr spoke yesterday

  • TSN: Bill Daly and Steve Fehr spoke on the phone yesterday, but still have no plans to meet face to face.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Matias Strozyk reported that Ales Hemsky, Jakub Kindl and David Krejci have left Pardubice. Hemsky’s insurance ran out, and it’s possible that he and Krejci return in the new year if the NHL season is cancelled.

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