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NHL Trade: Coyotes Trade David Rundblad To Blackhawks For Pick

Sarah McLellan: The Phoenix Coyotes trade defenseman David Rundblad to the Blackhawks for a 2014 2nd round pick.

Rich Hairn: The Blackhawks will also get defenseman Mathieu Brisebois.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Avalanche, Panthers and Sabres

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: After trading Ladislav Smid to the Flames, the Oilers have a hole on defense. Defensemen who could be available: Kyle Quincey (DET), Tim Gleason (CAR), Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) and David Rundblad (PHO). Rumors that Avalanche could be interested in Kulikov. The Oilers are at 49 contracts and would likely want to move one out if they were to bring in someone.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Rangers GM Glen Sather has spoken with seven of their pending UFAs, including Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman.

    “We’ve been speaking to all their agents,” said Sather, who clarified that all other contract negotiations are a work in progress because “in my mind, Henrik was the one who had to be signed first.”

    Sather will also have to decide if they will use their second compliance buyout on Brad Richards.

    “That’s the business we live in,” Richards, a close friend of Lundqvist’s, told the Daily News of a potential buyout. “I wouldn’t change it for the world. We play hockey every day. That’s out of my control. But like I told you last year, I plan on playing the next six, seven years, and hopefully it’s all here (in New York). That’s never gonna change. If it does, you move on.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Sabres aren’t getting closer to hiring a GM. In fact, I think they’re expanding their list”

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Quick Hits: Palushaj, Bolduc, Atkinson, Gonchar, Ehrhoff, Lecavalier, Smith-Pelly, Rundblad and Ristolainen

  • Tim Wharnsby via twitter: The Avalanche claim Aaron Palushaj from the Canadiens. The Coyotes put Alexandre Bolduc on waivers.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff suffered an undisclosed injury on Sunday and won’t play tonight against the Senators.

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Roster notes, lines and Starting goalies: Sens, Coyotes, Habs, Pens, Flames, Devils, Canucks, Caps and Canes

  • Don Brennan via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek-Turris-Alfredsson, Greening-Smith-Neil, O’Brien-Zibanejad-Condra.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson-Benn-Jagr, Whitney(Wandell)-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Vincour, Morrow-Roussel-Garbutt.
  • Shelly Anderson via twitter: Penguins lines: Boychuk with Malkin, Neal; Jeffrey with Crosby, Dupuis (Kunitz ill); Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy, Glass-Vitale-Adams.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Henrique-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Zubrus-Elias-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Barch-Josefson-Anderson; Extra: Matteau, Darche. Defensive pairings: Salvador-Volchenkov; Greene-Larsson; Tallinder-Zidlicky; Harrold-Fayne.

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2012 NHL Draft Notes: Leafs looking at both Yakupov and Galchenyuk … CBJ like Yakupov … Oilers should draft Yakupov, trade for Dman

  • Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports and Andrey Osadchenko of Oilers Nation: Igor Larionov has said that the Maple Leafs may want to trade up in the draft for Nail Yakupov and/or Alex Galchenyuk, as neither may be there when they draft at #5. Larionov added the Blue Jackets are also interested in Yakupov, “Scott Howson, Craig Patrick and Tyler Wright spent two days in Sarnia with Yakupov and his family. It’s a serious indication they really want him.” Larionov:

    Tambellini told me: ‘We like him. We want him. But we’re going to make a decision the day before the draft’. I also know the Habs want to get one of my guys – either Nail or Alex [Galchenyuk]. So do the Leafs. It is possible that the Leafs are going to trade their draft pick and get both of them. There is a possibility like that. Nail and Alex went to New Jersey for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After this they met Leafs GM Brian Burke. Then Nail met with the Habs.

  • Cory Pronman of ESPN: The Oilers have some nice pieces along the blueline like Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry and Nick Schultz, and some nice prospects in Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Martin Marincin and Martin Gernat. Pronman thinks the Oilers need to draft Nail Yakupov with the 1st overall pick. Yes, the Oilers could use a top end defenseman, but the draft isn’t the place to fill that need. Murray may have the potential to be one at some point, but it can take defensemen a few years to get there. Going the trade route may be their best option. The Predators and Coyotes could use some scoring help and are stocked with good, young Dmen. The Coyotes have 3 nice Dmen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Rundblad and Brandon Gormley. Some think that Jordan Eberle may be looking for a contract more than he’s worth when he becomes a RFA after 2013-14.

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Senators GM Murray talks Kuba and the trade deadline … No talks with Karlsson yet

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: It looks like the Senators will be keeping defenseman Filip Kuba, GM Bryan Murray:

    “He’s played penalty-killing, power play, been Erik Karlsson’s partner. (He) plays a lot of minutes, has great respect on the team. I’m not sure why his name has ever come up, but at this point in time, unless I got something awfully, awfully good, it wouldn’t do us any service to not keep him here.”

    Murray wouldn’t say much regarding re-signing Kuba:

    “I’m not trying to do anything with anybody at this point,” he said. “I’d have to talk to his agent. I don’t think I want to give them that kind of answer at this point.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t had talks with Erik Karlsson, who’ll be a RFA at the end of the season. GM Murray on the deadline:

    “I expect to talk to teams, which I’ve been doing, a fair amount,” Murray said when asked for an update on his pursuit of making the team better before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. “I don’t know that we’re doing anything. A lot of managers seem to be like me, in that they’re not sure what they want to do. They’re in the race, but they’re not convinced if they’re going to be in or out. So I think we’re all trying to be somewhat cautious.

    “I don’t know that there’s going to be a lot of trades. The price they’d have to pay to finish ninth … that’s what we all worry about.”

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators GM Bryan Murray made several points clear:

    1. He might have made his biggest deal already, bringing in centre Kyle Turris from Phoenix in a trade for defenceman David Rundblad.

    2. With any depth additions for a playoff run, he’d rather acquire a younger player with upside than a veteran spring rental.

    3. Murray respects the chemistry and rejuvenated atmosphere of the Senators dressing room, and will only add a player he knows will mesh with the group he has.

    4. Murray won’t part with pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Filip Kuba unless some GM makes a very enticing offer.

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Turris traded to Ottawa for Rundblad and pick

The Phoenix Coyotes have traded forward Kyle Turris to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick.

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: The Coyotes have a nice young defensive core: Yandle, Ekman-Larsson, Rundblad, Gormley. The Senators also have excellent depth on the blueline, which allowed them to gamble on a player with a big upside.
  • Gus Katsaros via twitter: Katsaros thinks it was a little over fair market value for Turris, which you could assume was driven by competition from other teams. The 2012 draft is rich in defenseman. The Senators may have felt they could replace Rundblad’s spot with another project.

Scouting notes on Turris (both the below scouts are worth a follow on twitter)

  • Corey Pronman via twitter:

    “Turris has high-end hockey sense, good skater, good puck handler, shooter etc. who needed lot of physical work.”
    On-ice work ethic was never a issue. Really seemed like a case of where the puzzle pieces didn’t fit together.”
    He’s still likely projects as a good #2 or 3, that is a top PP man. Both are still in their “projection” stage, but Rundblad has lower risk.”

  • Gus Katsaros via twitter:

    “Turris’ NHL point totals are a non-issue. Product of mismanagement and stagnated development .. Ottawa resets & uses their development plans”

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Parise could test UFA market … Semin practices with 4th line … CBJ-CAR talking … Isles shopping Okposo? What is Gagner worth?

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils would like to lock up Zach Parise long-term, but it’s likely he’ll test the free agent market. Parise wants to win a Cup, but are the Devils close enough?

    “When you’re here for seven years and have never been past the second round, you realize it’s going by quick,” he said. “You see how hard it is. There are 29 teams every year that are disappointed, so it’s not easy. You’ve got to get lucky, you have to have a great team and you have to have a healthy team and avoid injuries at key times. A lot of things have to fall into place.”

    “Some players want to go and get the most money they can, which is fine,” Parise said. “Do whatever you want. Then you have a lot of players who want to be somewhere where you’re going to have the best chance to win.

    “I think any player in the situation I’m in has to look at everything. For me, most importantly you look at the team. You look at the area you live in. You look at everything from top to bottom because it’s hopefully where you’re going to spend the rest of your career. So you have to be sure you do your research on everything and make sure it’s somewhere you want to be and where you are comfortable.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Stars are expected to lose $30 million this season. There is talk of the Blue Jackets sending Antoine Vermette to the Hurricanes for defenseman Bryan Allen. Derick Brassard has been a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets, but carries a $3.3 million salary year, and $3.7 million next year. The Islanders are said to be looking for a 2nd line center, and may be shopping winger Kyle Okposo, who has been a healthy scratch the past couple games. If the Blackhawks are interested in Sam Gagner, what would the Oilers want in return? They could use a big bodied top 9 forward or high-end prospect. Matheson names Mark McNeill, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg. The Hurricanes are showcasing Tomas Kaberle but with 2 more years at $4 million, not many are interested.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Alexander Semin found himself practicing in rotation on the 4th line. Usually one of the four players practicing on the 4th line is a healthy scratch. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau:

    “Infer what you want,” Boudreau said. “I don’t know who, if everybody’s healthy two guys have got to sit, so we have to figure out who it’s going to be.”

    Mike Green won’t be in the lineup on Monday. He hasn’t skated in 10 days.

    “It hasn’t worsened; just hasn’t improved at the rate we would have liked it to improve,” Boudreau said when asked about Green’s status. “We’re hoping that he skates at some point this week.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators aren’t looking to make any trades while they remain in the thick of things. Matt Carkner is getting close to returning, but he’ll require a conditioning stint first. They’ll have 8 defenseman when he returns. David Rundblad is on a 2-way contract, so he could be sent to down to the AHL when Carkner returns.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blue forward T.J. Oshie is listed as day-to-day with a wrist injury. Oshie jammed his right wrist in the 1st period of Saturday’s game. The Blue have called up Brett Sterling in case Oshie can’t go on Tuesday against the Kings.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Blackhawks are eating $8.5 million in salary (Huet and Olesz), which gives them $5.5 million to make some moves. Bernstein thinks the Kings should consider this with their “nonproductive big $ dudes.”

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Afternoon twitter notes on waiver claims, Smyth, Methot, Peverley, Spacek, Franson, Connolly, Malkin, Stralman, Backstrom, Rundblad and Filatov

  • Brian Wilde via twitter: The Canadiens won’t call anyone up to replace Jaro Spacek who’ll be out 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Anton Stralman has been practicing with the Devils without a contract, is not practicing today. He is at immigration working on getting visa. Patrick Elias is not practicing, resting his lower body.
  • Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Lines at Canadiens practice today: Moen-Plekanec-Cole, Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta, Darche-Desharnais-Kostitsyn, Palushaj-Engqvist-Eller
  • David Alter via twitter: Lines at Leafs practice today: MacArthur-Grabo-Kulie, Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Frattin-Lombardi-Armstrong, Steckel-Dupuis-Brown, Connolly-Kadri-Rosehill-Orr

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Staal to skate with AHL team … Lombardi could play this weekend … Notes on Komisarek, Rundblad, Brunnstrom, Jackman, Foster and Stalberg

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will skate with Rangers AHL team in Connecticut today. Staal has been suffering from intermittent headaches this summer, stemming from a Jan. 22nd concussion after taking a hit from his brother. It’s still not known if he’ll be able to join the Rangers in Europe for their season opener, or in their 2nd game.
  • Lance Hornby and Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: It’s looking like Matthew Lombardi will get into an exhibition game this weekend.

    “If I’m feeling 100% and confident, there’s a good chance I could play,” Lombardi said of facing the Detroit Red Wings in the coming home-and-home pre-season games. “But if we’re not sure and maybe things aren’t going as well, then we’ll make a decision. I don’t think it’s a negative either way. The progress has been great (far ahead of off-season projections). Whether I get in this week or on the next little while (Toronto opens the regular season on Oct. 6), it’s great.”

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek is in better shape this year, and may have cemented his spot in the top 6. Koshan mentions there has been speculation from the outside that Komisarek and his $4.5 million salary could be sent to the Marlies. (Problem is it sounds like he has a no-movement and limited trade clause, so he would probably have to agree to be sent down, which he wouldn’t do.)
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: David Rundblad is close to making the Senators, but if he doesn’t, he has made noise about heading back to Sweden for the season. Defenseman Erik Karlsson can relate and had this to say:

    “It’s up to (Rundblad) and management to see how close he is to making the team and if it’s worth it for him to go down there or to go back to Sweden and come back next year. If you want to make the team, you’ve got to stay here.”

    “If you go home, you’ve got to wait until next year to make the team and even then you may have to go down (to the AHL) anyways,” said Karlsson. “It’s just a personal thing — what’s best for you and what you think is best for you.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland on Fabian Brunnstrom:

    “Right now, he looks like he’s playing his way into a contract. We’ll determine if he’s played his way onto the roster. There’s no rush to do anything now, so we’ll address the situation on Monday. But he has stated a pretty darn good case for a contract and for the roster, especially considering the injury to Jan Mursak.”

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Nothing new on Marchand, Schenn contract talks … Some want out of Winnipeg … top 2012 free agents … Sens have 9 Dman for 7 spots

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: There hasn’t been much movement on RFA Brad Marchand’s contract talks with the Bruins. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Marchand’s agent wouldn’t comment on the situation.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Fan 590 radio host Bob McCown said that at least 3 members of the Winnipeg Jets are actively trying to get out of Winnipeg.

    “Guys are not going to want to play there,” said McCown.

    “I have first-hand knowledge of no less than three members of the Atlanta Thrashers, no fewer than three, who are now Winnipeg Jets, who are actively pursuing alternatives. Not the least of the problems, there’s no place to live, in the style that an NHL player has become accustomed to. Are there upscale homes? I’m sure there are. But they’re not available and they’re not for rent.”

    Captain Andrew Ladd, who signed a 5 year deal with the team, had this to say in response:

    “I haven’t heard that, but if there are guys that don’t want to be in Winnipeg then we don’t want them anyway,” said Ladd. “We want people that want to be part of a good hockey organization that’s going to create a winning culture. From everyone I’ve talked to — I haven’t heard any of that.”

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen lists his top 10 2012 free agents. 1. Ryan Suter 2. Zach Parise 3. Niklas Kronwall 4. Alexander Semin 5. R.J. Umberger 6. Ales Hemsky 7. Brad Stuart 8. Chris Kunitz 9. Shane Doan 10. Mikhail Grabovski
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have 9 defenseman under contract and expect at least 1 to be dealt. 6 are on 1-way contracts and Jared Cowen and David Rundblad have a good shot at making the club. They reportedly were shopping Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba at the draft but found no takers. Gonchar has 2 years at $5.5 million, Kuba has 1 year at $3.7 million. “They can’t afford to just give Kuba away if they are going to trade him,” said a league executive. “They’re going to have to be willing to take some salary back.”
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: There are still some veteran UFAs out there who could be looking for a tryout. “We haven’t ruled out an invitation,” Burke told Sun Media. “But most likely we will give the kids a look.” Some of their young players include Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Luca Caputi, Matt Frattin, Jerry D’Amigo and defencemen Jake Gardiner and Jesse Blacker. Tyler Biggs, Stuart Percy, Brad Ross and Greg McKegg are at least a year away. Agent Don Meehan said there is “Nothing new” on contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Luke Schenn.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Michel Nylander says he wants to return to the NHL after his playing his first game since he broke his neck.

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