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NHL Rumors: Devils, Islanders, Blues, Jets, Maple Leafs, Gilmour and the Bruins

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: It’s very likely the Devils will make a strong attempt to sign Cory Schneider to a long-term contract. His deal expires after next season. If they are not able to sign him to an extension, they could look to trade him before the start of next season and possibly re-sign Martin Brodeur.  Schneider has said he’s not sure if he’d sign an extension this summer if an offer was fair or if he’d rather play out next season. Miller spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Liut. (many questions/answers in link above)

    Q: That sounds like you might think Schneider playing out his contract could be the better route.

    Liut: We don’t know what New Jersey’s thinking. Let’s not be presumptuous. When I get into these conversations with writers, the one thing that scares me is it comes off that Cory is presumptuously deciding today that is what it’s going to be and we’re making decisions. We don’t have anything. We have a clean slate. To say that we haven’t made any decisions would be to overstate our position. There’s no offer.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov would like to continue playing for the Islanders. The Islanders and Nabokov’s camp won’t talk until after the season. He could do a one-year deal. The Isles may look to acquire a young but experience goalie to be their No. 1 next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blues Derek Roy likely won’t be back next year and they could use the $4 million that will be off the books to attempt re-sign Ryan Miller. The Jets may look to deal either Evander Kane or Dustin Byfuglien to shake up their core.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that trade talks involving Jets Evander Kane will pick up this offseason. The Jets will look to retool.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Talk of whether or not Evander Kane will be with the Jets next year has begun again. He has been in the rumor for years, dating back to 2011 and a potential deal with the Flyers. Other teams have also been part of the rumors. It’s not known if Kane has asked for a trade. Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit for the next four seasons. The Jets could keep Kane and hope that he matures both on and off the ice. The Jets could also tire of the situation and move him like the Bruins did with Tyler Seguin.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Go down the list, Nonis may be looking to dangle some guys like Lupul. Maybe he needs to shake up the core to help Bolland” … ”I think there is a strong appetite for Leaf fans, and there should be, to bring back Dave Bolland
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Maybe we need to start talking about likes of Lupul, Phaneuf, go down the list. Some of these guys that have been unable to deliver” … ”Maybe they [players mentioned in previous tweet] should be part of the discussion of change?”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”McClement for the most part has been a good player for the Leafs & mgmt will want him back.” … ”Raymond too, but you won’t get that guy back for $1 mill. He’ll be $2.5-$3.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think the Leafs believe they have players in the AHL that can step in and fill Kulemin’s role”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If I’m Nonis I’m worried. Sure I can fire the coach, but would a new guy fire up and ignite this bunch?” … ”Leiweke said to me, a few months back, that he was very supportive of hockey ops and would stay away”
  • Murray Pam: Agent Darryl Wolski is reporting that Doug Gilmour is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) to coach Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien will rest players this week. All players will travel with the team.
  • CapGeek: There will be quite a few teams that will have bonus overages this year that will be carried over to next year. The Bruins will likely have the biggest cap penalty.

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NHL Rumors: Bolland, Panthers, Capitals, Seattle, Canucks, Leafs, Gaudreau and Mason

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: There have been no contract talks between Dave Bolland and the Maple Leafs since early February.

    “Nothing is happening right now,” Thun said. “We exchanged proposals prior to the Olympics and we were significantly apart.”

    Bolland is apparently looking for a deal around $40 million over seven or eight years. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Maple Leafs, there is speculation that he could rejoin Dale Tallon in Florida. The Canucks and Canadiens could also have interest in him this offseason. Other centers that could be on the market this summer: Paul Stastny, David Legwand, Marcel Goc and Derek Roy.

  • Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post: There is a mob in Washington that is going after GM George McPhee. Some wonder if head coach Adam Oates in the problem. If McPhee let Oates go, he’d be looking to hire his sixth head coach. If the Capitals chose not to bring Jaroslav Halak, Dustin Penner and Mikhail Grabovski back, they would have the cap space to try and lure from free agent defenseman.
  • Tim Booth of the AP on Yahoo! Sports: There is an investor group looking to bring a NBA franchise to Seattle, but they have no interest in owning an NHL franchise.

    ”No one in our ownership group is interested in being a majority owner in an NHL franchise. That’s been the case since the start,” said Chris Hansen, who led the unsuccessful effort last year to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. ”I’ve certainly queried our ownership group about this. I think if someone really wanted to it would be easier than bringing in an outside party.

    ”But the most important thing is the passion is just not there for the NHL among our ownership group that is there for basketball. Getting involved in hockey solely because basketball hasn’t worked out right now, when it’s not something your heart is in, would be a disservice to the fans here.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Kesler has that full no move clause. There are certainly those around Van that wanted Kesler’s list to be longer at the deadline” … ”There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around that Vancouver organization and Kesler is certainly part of it”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Hitchcock has found a way to adapt his style to accommodate the new game” … ”That’s the biggest beef with Tortorella. He has become less flexible. I was told he used to listen to his players and doesn’t now”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”Nonis will make the decision on Carlyle not MLSE. Despite all the hooey about Leiweke overseeing”
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is a Hobey Bakey Award finalist this year. The dad of the 5 foot 8, 160 pound forward may be a little concerned with his son’s size knowing that Brian Burke is the current GM.

    “If the management they had there before was there, like (former general manager Jay) Feaster, the ones that drafted him, I’d be really comfortable letting him go,” Guy Gaudreau said. “I know that (Calgary president of hockey operations) Brian Burke likes big boys, big hockey players. My son is not a big hockey player. He’s made it clear that he likes him or whatever, but I don’t think he’s sold on him. That’s been John all his life, wherever he tried out. It’s always been, ‘He’s got to prove himself, prove himself, prove himself.’ He’s done that over and over and over.”

  • Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: After the 2012-13 season, now Flyers goalie Steve Mason considered hanging up the pads.

    “My mind was so beat up that I truly did not enjoy playing hockey anymore,” Mason told NHL.com. “It had definitely crossed my mind to consider other options. I was just so beat up mentally that hockey was becoming more of a chore than a passion and something that was fun. … I hadn’t thought about what I’d do, but it definitely crossed my mind to hang the pads up and focus on other aspects of life because hockey was something that was making life not enjoyable.”

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.

    Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

    The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.

    The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.

    “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

    “You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

    “For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

    It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

  • Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.

    “I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”

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Morning Hits II: Garrioch Deadline Roundup, Brodeur, Klesla and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are putting more value on draft picks than in the past.

    “Teams aren’t like they used to be. They want to get value for draft picks,” said a league executive after the deadline. “We found that teams put a much heavier emphasis on picks. They don’t want to just give them away anymore.

    “Teams have put a high value on them. That’s the case and that’s why teams want to pay for the first- round picks for them.”

    Both the Penguins and Blackhawks were working right to the deadline on a potential Ryan Kesler deal.

    The Senators and Maple Leafs were talking to the Islanders about Thomas Vanek.

    A couple of teams asked the Rangers about Derek Dorsett.

    The Flames would have traded Dennis Wideman, but no team wanted his contract.

    Teams were calling the Senators about Curtis Lazar.

    Talk is that Flames GM Brian Burke was demanding a first round pick for Mike Cammalleri right up to the deadline and wasn’t backing down from it.

    The Ducks were in on Thomas Vanek and moved Dustin Penner as they thought they had a good shot. They also may have thought the asking price for Cammalleri was too high.

    The Rangers and Ryan Callahan weren’t far apart when they made the Martin St. Louis trade. The Rangers wouldn’t include a no-trade clause and were in a foul mood. When talks started with Callahan, he reportedly asked for seven years and $56 million, $8 million a season.

    The Blues were willing to trade Derek Roy, but couldn’t find a fit.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Martin Brodeur said he wants to play next year, and he doesn’t have to be a No. 1 goalie.

    “No, just to play more and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Be in the playoffs,” Brodeur said Friday. “Those were some of the requirements I had, not just being outside looking in. I didn’t want to come back to a situation like this.”

  • Darren Dreger: Sabres Rostislav Klesla: ”With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family.”
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove:

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Morning Rumors: Canes, Oilers, Avs, Stars, Isles, Kings, Sens, Blue Jackets, Canucks and Flames

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If John Tortorella’s reported $2 million salary is correct, his 15 day suspension should cost him about $82,000.

    The Hurricanes and Oilers denied that they talked about Cam Ward.Sense is that teams would be surprised if Avalanche traded Ryan O’Reilly.

    Stars Vernon Fiddler will also be in the rumor mill with Ray Whitney.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Thomas Vanek has enjoyed playing with the Islanders, but LeBrun thinks he’ll get traded by the deadline.

    “There’s no question he has liked his teammates, he has liked his coaches, has been impressed with [Isles GM] Garth Snow and management; two weeks into it he realized there was tons of positives that he liked,” Vanek’s agent, the veteran Stephen Bartlett, told ESPN.com Tuesday. “Does that mean that we’re ready to sign on the dotted line? No that’s still being discussed in a number of ways. They have to make a decision where he fits into their team structure … and Thomas has to decide whether at this stage of his career if that’s the best spot for him. But his decision in the end won’t reflect at all in the fact that he’s found way more positives than negatives about his experience on the Island. He’s had nothing but positives to say to me about the way he’s been treated.”

    The Kings could use some scoring and could look at pending UFAs in Matt Moulson, Thomas Vanek and Mike Cammalleri. Sam Gagner could be an option, but he has two years left at $4.8 million, something the Kings may not be thrilled with. LeBrun thinks the Kings will go the rental route.

    Source saying the Senators are interested in Matt Moulson. The Sens need to decide if they are buyers or sellers though.

  • The Fourth Period: According to TSN, the Senators are looking at Sabres Matt Moulson. Pierre LeBrun on Insider Trading:

    “A little bit of a connection with the Senators, as GM Bryan Murray’s nephew Tim Murray is now GM in Buffalo. Moulson’s a guy that if the Senators can stay in the playoff mix over the next few weeks, I believe they will make inquiries on him.”

    Moulson is also getting interest from the Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Rangers, Red Wings, Canadiens and some others.

  • The Fourth Period: Speculation increasing that the Oilers will trade Ales Hemsky. The Oilers had several representatives at the Kings-Blue Jackets game. The Blue Jackets are looking for a top-six forward, but are also looking to clear some cap space. Oilers Sam Gagner, Ryan Smyth and Nick Schultz are also on the trade block.
  • The Fourth Period: Teams are waiting to see what the Avalanche plan on doing with Ryan O’Reilly. TSN saying the Canucks are looking for a center. If the Avs decide to move O’Reilly, he’ll be one of the top players on the market. His trade freeze doesn’t lift until February 28th. The Avs may also look to move Paul Stastny. The Avs could use a top defenseman.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It’s hard to imagine that O’Reilly gets moved because Roy loves him so much but he’s the type of guy other teams pay for.”
  • Jason Gregor: Price on the Canucks: ”They have said on the record that they will not repeat the Derek Roy trade (give up picks for rental).”
  • Jimmy Murphy: Murphy wonders if the Bruins try to acquire a player like Ray Whitney for “Recchi-like influence of offense and experience.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Doesn’t think the Kings will make a trade in the next five games. Will use these games to help answer a lot of questions.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Answering question about trading Dustin Brown after the Olympics: “with zero depth on LW only makes sense if you get 2 LW back.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Matt Greene may be too banged up for them to trade him, and his value is low.
  • Mike Heika: Scouting the Stars-Wild: Penguins, Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Sharks.
  • Hockey Central: Panel talks about the Flames and possible contract extension for Mike Cammalleri. If they can’t sign him and decide to trade him, asking price will be a 1st round pick and prospect. The Kings, Sharks and Canucks could be interested in Cammalleri if he’s made available. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he has no interest in trading Cam Ward.

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Afternoon Hits: Stepan, Thomas, Schneider, Waivers, Blues, Lightning and Gaborik

  • Pierre LeBrun: Derek Stepan’s deal with the Rangers is for two-years and $6.15 million.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Panthers and Tim Thomas have a deal in place and the signing will occur after the Panthers ownership change is official. If the deal is signed today, he could be in the lineup tonight. Should be a one-year deal in the $3 to $4 million range. Deal should have a lower salary base with performances bonuses to get it above $3 million.
  • Todd Cordell: Bob McKenzie said on the radio yesterday that the Devils wouldn’t hesitate to give Cory Schneider the starting job if necessary.
  • Tim Wharnsby: Put on waivers today: Ott – Cowick, O’Brien, Eckford, Lawson; Mtl – Tarnasky, St-Pierre, Blunden; LA – Bodnarchuk; SJ – Petrecki.
  • Lou Korac: Blues reassign to the AHL: Rattie, Jaskin, Andronov, Aucoin, Hakanpaa, Edmundson & Allen.
  • Andy Strickland: There is a decent chance that Brenden Morrow starts the year with Derek Roy and Chris Stewart.
  • Damian Cristoder: Lightning’s J.T. Brown replacing Ryan Malone (upper-body) on a line with Tom Pyatt and Nikita Kucherov.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik is not injured. Will rejoin the team next week as he’s away for family reason.

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Free Agent Hits III: Bozak, Filppula, Weiss, Alfredsson, Scuderi, Briere and the Predators

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
  • Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
  • Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
  • Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.

    “We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”

    Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Free Agent Hits: Alfredsson, Lecavalier fits, Bruins and the Maple Leafs

  • Marie Lehmann: Daniel Alfredsson: “I needed a few weeks to see if the necessary urge for summer training and precamp was there. And it is.” Bruce Garrioch: The Senators will make news official later and contract negotiations will start this weekend. Nick Kypreos: Will be interesting to see how quick the Senators sign Alfredsson knowing that it might cost them $6+ million. Darren Dreger: Talk of Alfredsson and a one year deal, but he could ask for two years.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Top 5 fits for Vincent Lecavalier: Canadiens, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Capitals and Blackhawks.
  • Darren Dreger: The Bruins are making progress with contracts for Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask. Rich Peverley could be available for trade.
  • Damien Cox: If Lecavalier is looking for a a six-year plus deal at $6 million plus, would anyone bite? The Maple Leafs prefer to re-sign Tyler Bozak over signing UFAs Lecavalier, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Stephen Weiss. If Bozak wants $5 million or more, the Leafs will likely turn elsewhere. Talks have almost been non-existent.

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Free Agent Rumors: Letang, Bobrovsky, Panthers, Bruins, Lecavalier, Lundqvist, Bickell, Wild, Stars and Ott

  • Will DePaoli: Kris Letang talks haven’t been shut down and the team will circle back one more time. Rob Rossi: The Penguins are willing to go “around” $7 million a season for 8 years.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent talked on Wednesday and Thursday in New York. Indications arethat the talks did not go well at all and there are no further plans to talk. Both are in New York so it could happen.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will let Stephen Weiss, Jose Theodore and Tyson Strachan test the free agent market next week.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: If the Bruins aren’t able to re-sign Nathan Horton, who is reportedly looking for a 5-6 year deal worth around $6 million a season, there are a couple options. Jarome Iginla and David Clarkson could be two options. A source said that Vincent Lecavalier could be an option to play on right side rather than his natural center position.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Vinny Lecavalier would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference. Ready to listen to the Canadiens. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier can’t sign a deal until July 5th but his is allow to talk with teams.
  • Jim Matheson: No chance the Oilers will sign Lecavalier. He’ll sign with an Eastern Conference team.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist’s reps started contract extension talks last night in New York.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s side have started contract talks the past couple days.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild are talking contract extension with the Cal Clutterbuck. They are also talking trades with him. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (UFA) won’t be brought back and Matt Cullen most likely won’t be back.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Possible center free agent targets for the Stars: Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss, Tyler Bozak, Daniel Briere, Valtteri Filppula, Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro.
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Bryan Bickell could get a deal around $3 million, but he’s said something are more important than money and could take a bit of hometown discount.

    “You’ve got to do what makes you happy,” he said. “I know there are a lot of good teams around this league, and a lot of teams you won’t have as much fun [with] as if I stayed here. This is a great city, I enjoy it here, I got drafted here, this is a second home to me. We’re going to work on something, and hopefully it works out for the best.”

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Stars talked about trading up, undecided on Bachman … Penguins careful with Dupuis … Nonis talks Leafs

  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars have the 10th overall pick in the draft and have held discussions to move up, but the price hasn’t been right.

    “We’re looking at all options,” said Nill. “I talked to a team today about the possibility of trading up and the price was so high that it made it easy to say, ‘That’s OK, you go ahead and do what you need to do.’ I’ve heard that from a couple of teams. We’re ready; we know what we have to do. We’re open to all options.”

    There has been no decision yet on whether they’ll re-sign goaltender Richard Bachman.

    “He’s in the mix,” Stars GM Jim Nill said of Bachman. “We’ve talked to other teams. Our job this time of year is trying to find the best we can and Bachman is in that mix. We’re just going through our process to see what else is out there.”

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are not big fans of handing three – four year deals to players in their mid 30′s. The 34-year old Pascal Dupuis is looking for a three – year deal, and the Penguins will have to keep Chris Kunitz in mind when dealing with Dupuis according to sources. Kunitz will be 34 next season, the last year of his deal. The Penguins have discussed internally what a three – four year deal at $3.5 – $4 million for Dupuis could mean for Kunitz negotiations. The Pens may be looking for $3.25-$3.5 million and not going beyond three years. The Penguins will begin talks with Kunitz this summer. Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, has had no talks with Penguins. The Penguins may be offering Kris Letang a full no-trade clause on a deal five years or less. Letang prefers a max eight year deal with full no trade but could be open to a five or six year deal.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis has four unrestricted and six restricted free agents to deal with.

    “I can’t stress this enough: The cap is coming down,” Nonis said when asked about stalled talks with centre Tyler Bozak, talks which CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported this week weren’t going all that well. “It’s the first time in history that it’s come down, and we have to make sure we’re spending our money wisely.

    “Not to just retain all the players you have but be in a position where you can try to get a different piece or two. We have to make sure if we’re spending a significant amount of money and term on players that they line up [with what we want to spend] and that it makes sense for us.”

    If the Leafs buyout Mike Komisarek, they could have $22 million in salary cap space. Their RFAs could eat $10-$11 million of that.

    “You never know what’s going to become available in terms of player movement. Even if there’s a player [on your team] that may be bought out, there’s always potential for money moving back and forth in deals. So we’re not at that point of making a decision yet.

    “It’s my experience you never know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what other teams are thinking or what players might be available. So for us to make that decision on a compliance buyout or two until we actually have to – it doesn’t make sense to do it.”

    If talks with Tyler Bozak don’t go well, they’ll look to other option at center. Some potential UFAs are: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen, Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Briere and Boyd Gordon.

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Morning Hits: MacDonald, Price, Vokoun, Predators and Canucks

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald suffered a broken hand and is likely done for the playoffs.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Carey Price suffered a lower-body injury, possibly a hamstring or groin at the end of regulation and was replaced by Peter Budajfor overtime.

    “When your starting goalie goes down … it’s tough to lose him and it’s tough on the guy who has to come in,” Gorges said. “He’s been sitting there for two-and-a-half hours and we expect him to go in there and be stellar. It’s a tough position to be in, and it’s unfortunate it unfolded that way.

    “Plays get thrown to the front of the net,” he added of the scramble that produced the winning goal, “and a lot of times it’s a 50-50 puck. We have to be stronger.”

  • Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Kovacevic is one of many who is calling for Tomas Vokoun to be the Penguins starter for Game 5. Marc-Andre Fleuryhas allowed 14 goals on 102 shots, and 40 goals in his last 10 playoff games. Coach Dan Bylsma:

    “Certainly, Tomas Vokoun is a guy that can step in and play and has had success and won hockey games against this team, was successful this year. We’re going to come out for Game 5 with a refocus.”

    “One of the reasons we wanted Tomas Vokoun was to play hockey games and win hockey games for us. Marc-Andre Fleury is our starting goaltender and started this series and won us some hockey games, made a lot of saves for us … but we’re not going to talk about our starting goaltender for Game 5.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are currently $18 million under next year’s salary cap. Cooper lists four players who could be good options for the Predators: Stephen Weiss,  Nathan Horton, Sergei Gonchar and Derek Roy.
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher mentions some possible moves that the Canucks could look at, with some being a little radical. Trade Alex Edler to a team like the Flyers. The Flyers have some young forwards that they might consider moving for someone like Edler. Could they look at moving Ryan Kesler or Dan Hamhuis? Though both have a no-trade clause. Alex Burrows’ no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1st. They could trade Roberto Luongo for whatever you can get for him, which may not be a lot. Cory Schneider would bring more return. The Sedin’s are heading into the last year of their deals.

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