Posts Tagged David Perron

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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NHL Rumors II: The Avalanche and O’Reilly At Standstill Again

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Source saying contract talks between the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly are at a standstill and they could be heading towards an arbitration hearing on July 23rd. They could agree to deal beforehand, but it seems unlikely. There haven’t been any substantial talks since the team filed for arbitration last month.O’Reilly can’t make less than $5.525 million through arbitration and would have the option to pick either a one- or two-year deal. He would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of a two year deal.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater’s prediction on how the O’Reilly-Avs situation will eventually play out …

    “The Avs will keep him only so long as they don’t get a great trade offer for him. There is no question, though, that they have to trade him within two years if they know they can’t sign him. O’Reilly controls the cards on that if he wants. He can reject all offers by Colorado, with the mindset of “They never valued me for what I was really worth, so screw them, I’ll leave in two years max” and essentially force the Avs to trade him before then. Otherwise, he’ll leave for nothing. Just like Paul Stastny did.”

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Oilers would be interested in O’Reilly if the Avs decide it’s best to move on. The Avs could be interested Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Nail Yakupov and possibly Justin Schultz. If the Avs want to trade him, they may prefer to send to the East.

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NHL Rumors IX: Stastny, Panthers, Perron, Ducks, Thornton, Kulikov and Schroeder

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Talks between the Avalanche and Paul Stastny are expected to begin at the NHL Awards next week in Las Vegas.The Panthers continue to listen to offers on the first overall pick.

    “We’ve had one, maybe two, concrete offers,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon told “About 8-10 teams have showed interest but at this point nothing I would do. We’ll see what happens next week.”

    The Panthers hope to have coach in place by Monday.

  • Jim Matheson: If the Oilers were looking to trade David Perron, it would be because it’s a workable contract at $3.8 million for teams that have extra defenseman. Buffalo would be an example.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks GM Bob Murray: “I’m not afraid to use them [assets and draft picks], but I won’t put ourselves behind the eight ball.”
  • Chris Nichols: Elliotte Friedman said the Ducks are willing to pay more for Ryan Kesler now than they were at the trade deadline.
  • Chris Nichols: Elliotte Friedman said that the Sharks are trying to get Joe Thornton to go and that he thinks Thornton is resisting. He’s wounded and only wants to go to a contender.
  • Andy Strickland: The Panthers and Dmitry Kulikov haven’t been on the same page for awhile now and they could look to move him.
  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks will try to trade former first round pick Jordan Schroeder by the draft.

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NHL Rumors V: Red Wings, Canucks, Oilers, Penguins, Senators and Sabres

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are exploring trade and rating pending free agents. They are expected to have between $10 to $12 million in cap space after re-signing restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar. They’ll be looking to add a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. GM Ken Holland said yesterday that he has spoken with a few teams about potential trades, and more could happen at next weeks’ GM meetings.

    “I’m moving along slow to keep our options open,” Holland said. “We’ll see what’s out there via trade. But we feel good about our team, and our fallback position is our kids.

    “We’re trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets.”

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks may be giving Ryan Kesler some indication this week who they might be hiring as their next coach could be. He wouldn’t withdraw his trade request, which he’s still denying he made, without knowing who the coach could be. He’s butted heads with the past two. They could look to bring in a high-profile free agent to play with Kesler if he stays. The Canucks will have to decide on a whether to use a compliance buyout on someone or not. Buyout candidates include: David Booth, and long-shots Jason Garrison and Alex Burrows. New GM Jim Benning may explore if players who hold no-trade clauses would be interested in exploring other options. The Canucks will need to decide if/what they want to offer pending free agent Mike Santorelli. RFAs Chris Tanev and Zack Kassian will need to be re-signed.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Would the Oilers be interested in trading for Penguins defenseman Kris Letang? There is the health concern and the cost to acquire him. The Oilers would have to trade someone like Justin Schultz or Jeff Petry. Others that might be included could be: Sam Gagner, David Perron and Nail Yakupov.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators had talked to the Sabres about Chris Stewart, but the Sabres were asking for one of the Senators top prospects, including Curtis Lazar.

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NHL Rumors II: Penguins and Flyers … Big Money Niskanen and Neal’s Trade Value

  • William DePaoli: Source saying the Penguins have interviewed Julien BriseBois, Jason Botterill, Tom Fitzgerald and Pierre McGuire for the GM vacancy.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Matt Niskanen may be looking for a six year deal in the $33 million range according to a source. There could even be talk that some teams think he’s a $6 million guy. The Flyers are looking for a top four defenseman and may look at Niskanen. Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was thought to have a serious knee injury suffered in round two against the Rangers, but is expected to be ready for training camp according to his agent. The 33-year old Orpik is a pending UFA and believes he has four or five years left in him. There is some talk around the league that he may only have three productive years left.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Looking at the trade value for Penguins James Neal. He has a cap hit of $5 million through 2017-18. His no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1st, 2015. Multiple sources say that management may be having doubts on whether he can play a more disciplined game. The unnecessary penalties, immaturity and arrogance in his game has not gone away. He has trouble creating his own shot when not playing with Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby. He can score 40 goals though, and they may be able to get more complete players for him in a trade. An Eastern Conference scout:

    “Is he a player you build around? I’d lean in the direction of no but I like him,” the senior advisor said. “Goal scorers are at a premium {right now}, he has a good contract and is at the right age.”

    DePaoli lists three trade proposal’s for Neal.

    1. James Neal and Simon Despres to Tampa Bay for Teddy PurcellBrett Connelly and a 1st round pick, 17th overall.

    2. James Neal to Edmonton for David Perron and Mitch Moroz.

    3. James Neal to Winnipeg for Evander Kane.

    Another option may to look to acquire a top four defenseman and not focusing on getting a potential top six forward. What about Blues Kevin Shattenkirk?

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Finding a top defenseman may be the priority for the Flyers against this offseason again. Predators GM David Poile said in April that they won’t be trading Shea WeberTyler Myers’ name was tossed around a few times, but passed on the idea as early as the trade deadline. GM Ron Hextall needs to acquire at least one defenseman through trade or free agency. Do they re-sign Kimmo Timonen given that he’s close to retiring and with a high cap hit? Panaccio thinks that Matt Niskanen would be an attractive option for the Flyers, giving him the $6 million they would have given Timonen.

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NHL Rumors III: Dion Phaneuf – Oilers, Stars, Jets, Sharks, Avalanche, Flames and Blues

  • CapGeek: Dion Phaneuf has a no-movement clause (voided after trade to Toronto) for current 2013-14 contract. His new contract (seven years and $49 million) has a no-movement clause and a modified no-trade clause in which he submits a 12-team trade list.
  • Mike Johnston of SportsNet: Johnston thinks the Maple Leafs would have to retain some salary if they were to trade Dion Phaneuf. Johnston lists some possible trade destinations for Phaneuf:1. Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers blueline is a mess. The Oilers have lots of young talent including Sam Gagner, who has long been rumored to interest the Leafs. Potential trade chips: Gagner, Nail Yakupov and David Perron.

    2. Dallas Stars: The Stars would like to add a top one or two top defenseman according to GM Jim Nill. Potential trade chips: Alex Goligoski and Rich Peverley.

    3. Winnipeg Jets: A change of scenery for Evander Kane may do him well. The Leafs may lose Nikolai Kulemin and Mason Raymond to free agency and may need to bring in a winger. The Jets power play was 25th last year. Potential trade chips: Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Stuart.

    4. San Jose Sharks: Dan Boyle and Scott Hannan are pending UFAs. Marc-Edouard Vlasic could use some veteran help. With the way the Sharks season ended, they could look to move out one of their veterans. Potential trade chips: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns.

    5. Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche need to improve their blueline. If the Avalanche are able to re-sign Paul Stastny, they may need to trade one of their young stars so they don’t run into salary cap trouble. Potential trade chips: Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.

    6. Calgary Flames: Brian Burke is a big fan of Phaneuf. Do the Flames have anyone the Leafs would be interested in? Potential trade chips: Jiri Hudler and Mikael Backlund.

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Leafs GM Dave Nonis isn’t going to trade Dion Phaneuf unless he gets a significant return. Hormby notes some scenarios:1. If they are going to trade Phaneuf, and if possible, keep him away from the Eastern conference. It shrinks your options though. The Sharks and Oilers are teams looking for depth on the blueline.

    2. The Leafs can let teams approach them, especially after free agency starts and some UFAs come off the market.

    3. If they can’t make a deal, they could look to reduce Phaneuf’s profile in Toronto. They could look at bringing in another workhorse defenseman, possibly by trading Jake Gardiner or a forward. They could also change captains or go to a rotating captain.

  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: If Dion Phaneuf’s contract was for two or three years and not seven, he’d be more attractive. The Oilers could use a defenseman that plays tough minutes, but Staples isn’t sure if Phaneuf could handle being the top defensive defensman in Edmonton. If he can, he may be a good partner for Justin Schultz. Staples doesn’t hate the idea of the Oilers looking at Phaneuf, as long as they don’t give up a major piece to get him. He doesn’t see how Phaneuf’s contract warrants a big return.
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Based on teams wants and needs I’d think there will be more teams interested in Phaneuf than Spezza. D is at a premium”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “No doubt about that [Panthers being in on Phaneuf or Spezza]. There is always a team willing to make a bold move & that’s Florida”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “It really has been a tough fit for Dion here to the point where a lot of teams tell me they want to put him Dion in a position to succeed and not fail. Around the league ppl think Dion is asked to do too much in Toronto … playing the toughest competition, QB both the PP and PK.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Right now Dion will need to consent to a deal or else he isn’t going anywhere. On July 1st he has to submit a list of 10-12 teams” … “You would think that Dion’s list would only be contenders. Teams like SJ or Stl may be interested with $ coming back” … “For example, Blues would need to move out $ like Shattenkirk who just signed a new deal & Leafs need someone to replace the minutes”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Everybody has warts but how long did it take TB to get rid of Lecavalier? Vinny was such a polarizing guy like Dion is” … “The moment Vinny was bought out the Lecavalier sweepstakes began and teams lined up to try and sign him”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I think Shanahan may not be sold on Phaneuf going forward but there is a lot of value out there for Phaneuf” … “Dion’s just not the type of guy who should be a #1 or captain. There is a lot of value for teams that want to slot him properly” … “This is all post-Shanahan internal meetings.” … “Let’s face it, when you make your decision to keep your coach, then the changes come down to personnel.” … “Those weren’t Shanahan’s moves or signings. Shanahan has the approval to do what is necessary moving forward”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “The bottom line is, Leafs don’t see the true value of Phaneuf at that $ & they don’t see him bringing them to the promised land” … “It’s not easy to find D in this league and not many guys can play the mins Dion can. There is value there” … “This is basically Shanahan looking at the team and needing to make changes and they’ve established it won’t be the coach”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “What I know, is what has been reported about these Phaneuf rumours, could have been reported a month ago or 6 months ago” … “Nonis makes it abundantly clear that anyone is available at a price.” … “What we know in terms of Phaneuf is nothing has changed, nothing is new. He is not on the block or being shopped” … “Would the Leafs move Phaneuf? ABSOLUTELY. But it has to be for the right offer. I’ve been told no trade talks since the deadline” … “Anytime you tweet or report something that is borderline sensational and it’s got a Leaf logo wrapped around it … guess what? We have to talk about it for three or four days. That’s just the way it is in the NHL”

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Afternoon Rumors: Red Wings, Canucks, Kesler, Blues, Bruins, Phillips, Flyers and Oilers

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

“The phone lines seem to be heating up,” Holland told Thursday. “We would prefer to do a hockey deal — meaning a player that’s on our roster going forward [past this season].

“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble. It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”

So you can likely rule out Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. They could look at low cost rental defenseman. LeBrun thinks the Ryan Kesler is the type of player that might interest the Red Wings.

Bottom line on Canucks Ryan Kesler.

•  A number of NHL teams have gotten calls from the Canucks on Kesler and vice versa.
•  The price is “significantly high,” says one Western Conference source. Says a different source, “Really high. And I guess I can’t blame them.”
•  The Canucks have made it clear to other teams that they don’t feel the need to move him before Wednesday’s deadline, that they’re more than happy to pick this up again in June if their price isn’t met. Or not move him at all if their price isn’t met.
•  Kesler is signed for two more seasons, which means if you’re trading for him now, you’ve got three more playoffs out of the gritty, two-way star. And at $5 million a year, he’s below market value.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

“We’re not at the area where the window is closing,” he said. “You also have to look at the dynamics of your team. A team like Boston or a team like Pittsburgh, they’ve been cap players for at least a half-decade. We’re a cap team this year, but we’re a team that has to manage our resources differently than the top-spending teams on a year-to-year basis. We’re not a heavily free-agent-based team. It’s my belief that we have to make sure we’re maintaining some view of the future, as well.”

“I’m not saying we won’t do it, but we have to be careful,” said Armstrong. “We’re a team that wants to win, but we still have to understand that our winning comes through drafting and developing.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

“I’d like to get a defenseman,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told Thursday. “If we don’t get one, I’m fine with that, too.”

“But having said that, the way the market has been so far, I don’t want to force a square peg into a round hole,” Chiarelli said.

LeBrun mentions to keep an eye on Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and the Bruins.

Darren DregerChris Phillips contract talks are expected to resume today. A trade is still an option with the Bruins among the teams that are thought to be interested.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will have a decision to make on whether to trade Andrej Meszaros or not. He is a pending UFA, but he does have them depth on the blueline. When asked if he wanted to stay in Philly.

“I love Philadelphia, and I love everything here. It’s my last year of my contract, obviously, and whatever will happen will happen.”

The Flyers would likely get a third round pick or a prospect for him. He carries a $4 million salary cap hit.

Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Oilers would like replace the second and third round picks they sent out to acquire David Perron and Ben Scrivens. The Oilers have nine pending UFAs and Sam Gagner to use as trade bait. They have held preliminary talks with defenseman Justin Schultz. Andrew Ference has a no-movement clause. Pending UFAs: Anton Belov, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mark Fraser, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Corey Potter, Nick Schultz, Ben Scrivens and Ryan Smyth.

Ian Mendes: “If Martin St. Louis is asking for a trade and is only willing to go to NYR, is that any different than what Dany Heatley did in Ottawa?”

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Predators, Leafs, Habs, Hurricanes, Canucks, Jets, Sabres, Oilers, Ducks, Pens and Islanders

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche and Panthers did have serious talks about Dmitry Kulikov, and may do so again.

    Panthers Tim Thomas could be a trade deadline target. He has a no-movement clause in his contract.

    Predators GM David Poile on if they are ready to see what they could get for some of their players: “No, we just have to start winning some games.” Names that have been mentioned by other teams are Matt Cullen and David Legwand.

    Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf were to take place at some point this week.

    There was a real attempt by the Canadiens and P.K. Subban to find some common ground.

    The Hurricanes will go with three goalies until they decide what to do with one of Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters.

    After three wins, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has pulled back on his trade hunt. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Jake Gardiner are players up his alley, but the Rangers and Maple Leafs don’t want to take on salary.

    Friedman wonders how many GMs called the Canucks about Alex Edler have coach John Tortorella chewed him out.

    Jets Evander Kane’s contract makes him extremely valuable with the cap going up.

    The Sabres could use a compliance buyout on Ville Leino in the offseason. They now know what the market is for Ryan Miller after Henrik Lundqvist’s signing. Coach Ted Nolan would like to see Miller stay.

    Oilers coach Dallas Eakin’s said he considered using forward David Perron on defense in late game 5-on-5 situations if the Oilers need offense.

  • The Fourth Period: Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf’s camp are expected to pick up this week if they haven’t already. It was reported in late October that he was looking to get around $7 million a year in a new deal. It is uncertain if the Maple Leafs would be willing to accept a $7+ million deal.
  • Dennis Bernstein: “Ducks G Jonas Hiller now 12-4-4, only goalie on roster with playoff experience and they should trade him because……”
  • James Mirtle: One interesting name that may be available is Panthers Shawn Matthias. If the Leafs are looking to change up their forward mix, he is big and can play center.
  • Bucky Gleason: Sabres coach Ted Nolan is committed to fixing Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Ryan Miller is integral to the Sabres, either by re-signing him or by trading him to acquire assets. Nobody is untouchable in Buffalo. Steve Ott and Matt Moulson will be UFAs at the season and could be gone before the end of the season. Gleason thinks the Sabres need to package some of the draft picks they’ve stockpiled and acquire top-line talent they lost when they traded them away.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins Brooks Orpik is their only top four defenseman that doesn’t have a deal for next season.

    “We’ll see,” Shero said, when asked about what that means for a potential Orpik deal. “We’ll sit down and talk about it internally and see where we are. Who knows? Players might see where the cap might be, [and say] ‘I might just wait it out and see what happens.’”

  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I see the Blues going all in for a goalie like Miller at the trade deadline. They ordained Halak the #1 but that’s just mind games.”
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Source said that GM Garth Snow does not perceive that head coach Jack Capuano is the problem with the Islanders and won’t be fired any time soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Islander management does not believe that coaching has anything to do with their struggles this season” … “Like most  GM’s Snow is eager to make a change. He’s looking for a top 2-3 defenseman. Not easy to get those pieces”

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Injury Notes: Ovechkin, Schneider, Koivu, Fasth, Perron, Mills and Callahan

  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Alex Ovechkin will be out of lineup on Friday with an upper-body injury.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Cory Schneider hope to play in one of their games this weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu and Viktor Fasth are unlikely to get back into the lineup during their road trip.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers David Perron is sick, as well as having stiffness in his back and neck, is day-to-day.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Brad Mills is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and not likely to play on Saturday.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryan Callahan (thumb) practiced yesterday in a no-contract jersey.

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Morning Hits: Bruins, Hemsky and Barkov

  • CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli:

    “I think right now we’re going to stand pat. I like the fact that we’re going to have competition on the third line. We have some good young players already in the organization that we just recently acquired,” said Chiarelli. “You never know what happens after the summer, but [off-season transactions] will slow down. It has slowed down [already].

    “As of right now, we’re going to stand pat. Things may change, but that’s just where we are right now.”

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The next move for the Oilers may be to move winger Ales Hemsky. That deal could replace the asset in the draft pick (2nd round) they included in the David Perron-Magnus Paajarvi deal.
  • Aaron Ward: The Panthers and 2nd overall pick Aleksander Barkov could announce a deal as early as today.

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