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NHL Rumors VI: Tradeable Vets, Iginla, Coyotes, Lightning and Wild

  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Some veterans that could be available this weekend: Jason Spezza, Ryan Kesler, Dion Phaneuf (Oilers need a centerpiece defenseman), Danny Briere, Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Vincent Lecavalier.
  • Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: The Bruins may not be able offer Jarome Iginla a multi-year offer or as much money as other teams could be willing to offer.

    “We’re going to have to make some harder decisions this year,” general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged to reporters earlier this week. “It’s something that we’re prepared to do.”

    The Bruins were hit with a $4.75 million bonus overage penalty.

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The Coyotes current payroll is at $51.4 million and they expect to be around the middle of the pack for next year.

    “There’s some flexibility right now,” Maloney said. “There are other things we’re doing that might create more flexibility, but right now there’s some flexibility.”

    They don’t plan on bringing Derek Morris back. They will re-engage talks with Radim Vrbata, Dave Moss, Paul Bissonnette, Jeff Halpren and Thomas Greiss.

  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that to move up to the top part of the draft it would cost Jonathan Drouin or Andrei Vasilevskiy, and that is “not an option for us.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said he has nothing imminent, but that can quickly change. There are a couple scenarios he wants to talk to his staff with.
  • Darren Dreger: Teams that are at the high end of the cap are getting nervous over the NHL and NHLPA talks about next seasons salary cap. If it’s less than $70 million, it could be problematic for many teams.

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NHL Rumors X: TSNs Insider Trading, Red Wings, Ducks, Lecavalier and Spezza

  • TSN Insider Trading: McKenzie: Jason Spezza talk has picked up in the last 24-48 hours, with four teams talking to the Sens. Three teams from the West including the Blues and Ducks.

    Dreger: Dave Bolland is asking the Leafs for eight years at $4.9 million a year. Leafs prefer a deal in the five to six year range.

    Dreger: The Oilers are looking for a center and a defenseman. The Oilers 3rd overall pick and Sam Gagner are in play. They are also still in on the first overall pick.

    McKenzie: Not looking like Joe Thornton is on the move at this time. Thornton has no intention of waiving his no-movement clause at this time. There is no list of teams, but you would expect them not to want to trade with the Ducks, Kings or Blackhawks.

    McKenzie: Ryan Kesler’s list has six teams, with the Ducks and Blackhawks the most interested at this time. Nothing is imminent. The Ducks and Blackhawks may feel they are the only two teams in the running, therefore not offering as much as they would if more teams were involved. Canucks won’t deal him unless they get what they want.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings reached out to several players yesterday, and will have a face-to-face meeting with Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle and a few others. Niskanen is likely looking for seven years. Money could be an issues as the Wings may not have a lot of space. Boyle will get interest from the Rangers, Leafs and Lightning as well. Other free agent targets could include: Anton Stralman, Tom Gilbert, Stephane Robidas and Derek Morris. They haven’t ruled out re-signing Kyle Quincey. The Wings have also reached out to some top-six free agents.
  • Darren Dreger: Vincent Lecavalier gets a $2 million bonus on July 1st, so a trade may be tough. Lecavalier’s agent has permission to talk with teams.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Expectation was that P.K. Subban’s camp and the Canadiens were to meet today.

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NHL Rumors III: Morris, Coyotes, Thornton, Engelland, Hiller, Weaver and McClement

  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes will be moving on from Derek Morris, GM Don Maloney: “We wanted to change our mix.”

  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes called on pending UFAs yesterday. They are looking to add a scoring winger or two, improve their speed and team defending.

  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he contacted some defensemen but wouldn’t say who.

  • Damien Cox: There is interest in Shawn Thornton. Douglas Murray may find it difficult in getting an offer.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Six teams have shown interest in Deryk Engelland. At least four teams are interested in Jonas Hiller.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Sources saying that the Oilers reached out to Engelland and are likely to have further talks.

  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks played phone tag with Jonas Hiller’s agent, who also represents Deryk Engelland and Joe Vitale.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Sources saying Mike Weaver has talked with teams, but the Canadiens still remain high on his list.

  • Jonas Siegel: Jay McClement’s agent said there haven’t been talks with the Maple Leafs and there are none planned as of yet.

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NHL Rumors VI: Red Wings, Wild Shopping Two, the Devils and Brodeur

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) Potential targets for the Red Wings. Khan thinks they’d land a secondary scorer in Jussi Jokinen or Matt Moulson on a shorter deal than it would take to bring in a Thomas Vanek, Paul Stastny, Ryan Callahan or Marian Gaborik. If they were to offer a big, longer term deal, it would have to be someone like the 28-year old Stastny. They are not likely to add someone like Steve Ott. Matt Niskanen and Andrei Markov are not really No. 1 defesemen, but they will end up getting paid like one. The Red Wings are likely to look at the cheaper Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Stephane Robidas. Khan doesn’t think they are willing to part with the assets to land a Dustin Byfuglien or Keith Yandle.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Sources saying the Wild are shopping Kyle Brodziak and may be willing to retain some salary in a Niklas Backstrom trade. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been working the phones the past week.

    “Everyone calls everybody,” the Wild GM said. “You don’t see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It’s all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It’ll take a move or two to get the ball rolling, and then there’s usually a domino-type effect. We’re not there yet.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo said it’s unlikely that they will use their remaining compliance buyout. It’s also not looking like Martin Brodeur will be back with the team.

    “It’s unlikely,” Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger. “No decisions have been made yet. We still have time on our side, but it’s unlikely.”

    “Marty has made his decision,” Lamoriello said. “Quite frankly, I’m not going to make it a difficult topic.”

    Lamoreillo on if he has any intention of trying to re-sign Brodeur,

    “No one rules anything out.”

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NHL Rumors II: Red Wings Mailbag, Avalanche and the Maple Leafs

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) The weak free agent market may lead to more trades this offseason. The Red Wings are looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. Trade talk is expected to heat up at the GM meetings this week.

    Predators GM David Poile said he isn’t trading Shea Weber, but if they would consider trading him, the Red Wings would be interested.

    Free agent options for the Wings: (right handed) Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Matt Greene. Left handed free agent option: Andrei Markov.

    The Red Wings have had interest in Cody Franzen in the past, but it’s unlike the Leafs would trade him to their division rivals. The Wings could inquire about Dustin Byfuglien, as well as Mike Green.

    Khan thinks that Gustav Nyquist is basically untouchable. Tomas Tatar isn’t untouchable, but they may not be too interested in trading the 23-year old.

    Khan doesn’t think they should sign free agent winger Radim Vrbata to the three year deal if it meant diminishing Tomas Jurco’s role or causing him to end up in the AHL again.

    Khan thinks they should consider trading for Alex Elder or Keith Yandle, but it would depend on the cost.

    The asking price for Jason Spezza may be too high for someone who could just be a rental for a year.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Paul Stastny’s agent hasn’t been in a rush to get a deal done with the Avalanche. Serious talks aren’t likely to get going until at least the 20th in an attempt to gain some leverage. The Avalanche are optimistic that they can get a deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger:  “There are some big names in play, no question. Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Marleau & every market is going to try & connect the dots” … “I think the Leafs would be apprehensive on the package that it would take to acquire Thornton & you have to look at the salary cap” … “The Leafs are still looking for that top centre.” Dreger also notes that Thornton controls where he goes and the Maple Leafs are probably not an option.

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NHL Rumors II: Potential Red Wings Targets and the Penguins GM Search

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings need a right-handed shooting, top-four defenseman. They will be talking about Matt Niskanen during their three days of management meetings, and he’ll likely be at the top of their wish list. They have close to $20 million in cap space before signing any of their RFAs: Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Danny DeKeyser(Mailbag)

    Don’t expect the Red Wings to offer Niskanen $7 million. The highest they went on Ryan Suter was $6.77 million. Khan doesn’t know if they would go as high as $6 million.

    Even if they were able to sign Niskanen, they should have enough cap space left over to get a top-six winger. If they can’t find a good deal, they could retain the cap space in hopes of an in-season trade or free agency next summer.

    If they can’t sign Niskanen, veteran free agent options could be: Dan Boyle, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris and Tom Gilbert. Left handed defenseman options could be UFA Andrei Markov or trading for Alex Edler if the Canucks are looking to move him.

    Mike Cammalleri could be an option on wing, but size and durability would be a concern.

    Khan doesn’t think they should go after Matt Moulson on a long-term deal. Jussi Jokinen may be a better option than Moulson. Giving Tomas Jurco more ice time and calling up Teemu Pulkkinen at some time during the year may be a better option than Jokinen.

    Trading for P.A. Parenteau could be an option, but what would it cost them?

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Signs pointing to the Penguins hiring a new GM this week, possibly before Game 1 on Wednesday. Some candidates have been given notice that they are no longer under consideration. Jason Botterill is a top candidate. Julien BriseBois has been interviewed twice. There could be a darkhorse candidate. The Penguins may have look at between 12 and 14 potential candidates. Pierre McGuire has had a phone and in-person interview, and is a serious candidate.

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NHL Rumors II: Jagr, Ward, Avalanche, Mantha and Capitals

  • Stephen Whyno: Jaromir Jagr just said that he doesn’t know if next season will be his last in the NHL.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will try to find a take for Cam Ward. He has two years left at a $6.3 million salary cap hit. The Hurricanes can’t afford to pay Ward that much to be a backup.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Chambers thinks pending UFA Matt Niskanen is what the Avalanche need. He will likely double his $2.5 million salary. The right-handed shooting defenseman will get plenty of interest this summer if he hits the open market.

    “Right-shot defensemen are at a premium in the league, and I mean ones that can play on the point on the power play and get points,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Detroit reporters. “We’d like to get a right-handed shot defenseman. Can we make it happen? We’ll find out.”

    The Avs have 17 players under contract for next year at $45.1 million. They have pending free agents: Paul Stastny (UFA), Ryan O’Reilly (RFA), Jamie McGinn (RFA), Tyson Barrie (RFA) and Stefan Elliott (RFA).

    Chambers lists the top five defenseman that the Avalanche could be interested in: Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Dan Boyle, Matt Greene and Andrei Markov. Other pending UFAs include: Nikita Nikitin, Derek Morris, Ron Hainsey, Raphael Diaz, Kyle Quincey, Willie Mitchell, Andrej Meszaros and Marek Zidlicky.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha could be playing in the NHL next year.

    “He’s going to get a chance to make our team,” general manager Ken Holland said Friday. “He’ll play five or six or seven exhibition games, and if he belongs in the NHL, we’ll put him in.”

    Mantha will be 20 next September, so if he doesn’t make the Wings, he’ll be in Grand Rapids.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “There is a fair bit of chatter around the league right now [RE trades] not just with the Leafs, but teams in general”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I did hear Dave Poulin’s name thrown out there as a potential GM in Washington. They haven’t asked for permission yet” … “Poulin is a guy who is ready to be a GM in the NHL”

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NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said they need a “right-handed shot” to improve their blueline. It will be one of their priorities this offseason, either through free agency or trade.

    “Right-shot defensemen are at a premium in the league and I mean ones that can play on the point on the power play and get points,” general manager Ken Holland said.

    “We’d like to get a right-handed shot defenseman. Can we make it happen? We’ll find out.”

    They could fill from within with Alexey Marchenko or Ryan Sproul, but probably not for next season. Some right-handed pending UFAs and potential trade targets: UFAs Matt Niskanen (PIT), Dan Boyle (SJ), Marek Zidlicky (NJ), Derek Morris (PHO), Tom Gilbert (FLA) and Matt Greene (LA). Trade Candidates: Shea Weber (NSH), Tyler Myers (BUF), Dustin Byfuglien (WIN), Cody Franson (TOR) and Dennis Wideman (CAL).

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks head coach Todd McLellan last week.

    “We can’t keep what we have, or at least keep the same approach. Something has to change,” Todd McLellan said on Friday. “It’s two years in a row losing to that team, and it’s a very good team, too. Let me make that very clear.”

    It’s doubtful Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and their recently signed three-year, no-trade clause deals are moved. Logan Couture is still the face of the franchise. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a cornerstone on their blueline. It’s unlikely that Dan Boyle is back as the Sharks are unlikely to offer a multi-year deal. Antti Niemi could backup Alex Stalock if they can’t find a taker for him. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns are intriguing and they could look to sell high on Pavelski. His five-year, $30 million extension with a limited no-trade clause kicks in this summer. They could look at moving Burns back to the point. If the Sharks could get a center to anchor their third line, they may be tempted to move either Pavelski or Burns. Could look for a defensman to fill Boyle’s void.

    “What needs to be done for this organization is what’s right for the organization. Nobody is bigger than this organization. … We now have some very critical decisions to make,” Wilson said.

    “They will be made, but again, it’ll be what’s right for this organization. This organization, this ownership group and our fans deserve that.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Panthers GM Dale Tallon has said he’ll be shopping their first overall draft pick this year. Cox wonders if the Maple Leafs, who hold the eighth overall, would be interested in trading up to No. 1. It make take a Jake Gardiner or Nazem Kadri.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: Former Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s name may be near the top of the Coyotes assistant GM list. He has ties to GM Don Maloney from their days with the Islanders in the early 90′s.

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NHL Rumors I: Vanek, Red Wings, Chara, Selanne, Miller, Blue and Oilers

  • Charley Walters of Twin Cities: Should look for Wild owner Craig Leipold to go after UFA Thomas Vanek this summer. He would replace Dany Heatley in offense and salary slot. Walters said not to be surprised if Brian Lawton ends up getting a GM offer from the Capitals.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings needs this offseason:1. A top-four right handed defenseman – options include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Marek Zidlicky.

    2. A decent-sized scoring winger - Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr and Devin Setoguchi.

    The Wings will have about $20 million in cap space, but have to take care of RFAs Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan.

    They will not use an amnesty buyout on Johan Franzen. If they Wings want to get rid of Franzen, they’ll have to trade him. He has a cap hit of $3.95 million, with six-years remaining and $17.5 million.

    It is doubtful that David Legwand will be back.

    If Daniel Alfredsson wants to play another year, it’s likely the Wings could work out a deal with him.

    Kyle Quincy will probably not be re-signed, though it is possible.

    The Wings would like to re-sign Jonas Gustavsson, but may worry about his injury issues. Other free-agent options include: Brian Elliott, Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Carter Hutton. The Wings plan to keep Petr Mrazek in the AHL for one more year.

    Wings trade candidates include: Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl.

  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: The 37-year old Zdeno Chara knows his playing days are getting shorter.

    “As you get older and you’ve been in the league for a while, you don’t realize how much you’re going to maybe miss that part of the game once you’re gone,” Chara said, per the Metro West Daily News. “So I’m not saying that I’m thinking about being gone or retiring, but I’m kind of realizing that the time is not going to be always there.

    “I enjoy really coming to the rink every day. I enjoy competing in practices against guys and always in the games.

    “I love the game.”

  • Igor Eronko: Teemu Selanne to “It would be a great scenario to play one more season for my home team Jokerit in KHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I’m sure that St.Louis will show interest in keeping Miller” … “As a pending UFA Miller will look at what is available on the market. All along I’ve been told Miller wants a short term 3-5 years” … “Miller has ambition beyond hockey and he’s looking at getting on with things once he’s done with the game”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “The Blues would be able to move some of their forwards, a more complete guy, for someone who scores. Someone like Berglund” … “What would Berglund look like down the middle playing behind Nugent-Hopkins?” … Hope Smoke: Ferraro suggested Jordan Eberle going to the Oilers. Ferraro wonders if the you consider one of the Blues defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund for Eberle and someone else?

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Morning Rumors IV: Cammalleri, Khudobin, Vrbata, Moss, Morris, Miller and Vanek

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames re-signing Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ever going to happen unless he’d take a pay-cut to remain with the team during a lengthy rebuilding period. He’ll test the open market unless he comes to terms with the team who trades for him. If Brian Burke could get a first round pick for him, it would be a success. A second round pick and a prospect would be suffice.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks with goaltender Anton Khudobin are underway, but he’s not sure if they can get done by tomorrow.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes pending UFAs Radim Vrbata, David Moss and Derek Morris all want to remain in Phoenix. Talks between the Coyotes and Vrbata are still scheduled to take place after the season. There have been no active talks between the Coyotes and Moss and Morris. They could be offseason discussions.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Questions are already being asked to Ryan Miller if he would re-sign with the Blues.

    “I’m very open to it,” Miller told reporters in St. Louis today, “but right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.

    “It’s definitely a possibility.”

  • Steven Marcus: Islanders Thomas Vanek said that if the team was in the ‘top echelon’ that he might stay, adding “I can tell you that winning does make a big difference.”

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