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Afternoon Rumors II: Canucks, Flyers, Rangers, Wings, Sabres, Maple Leafs and Lightning

Recruited some help for a rumors post. Below was written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Vancouver Canucks have continued to take a number of calls on forward Ryan Kesler the past few days, but there’s still no clear indication that he’ll be moved before Wednesday’s deadline.The asking price for Kesler is steep… The Canucks want an established NHLer in his 20s, a first-round pick and another Grade A prospect.

    The Philadelphia Flyers might be willing to give up Brayden Schenn in a Kesler deal.

    The New York Rangers are keeping an eye on the Kesler situation. LeBrun thinks if they can’t re-sign Ryan Callahan, perhaps that will get the Rangers into high gear on the Kesler front. The asking price would likely have to start with Derek Stepan.

    The Detroit Red Wings still have not gotten into any player discussion with Vancouver regarding Kesler. LeBrun wonders if GM Ken Holland is lying in the weeds to see how this Kesler situation plays out, or maybe he’s just more focused on a top-four defenseman.

    The Red Wings are interested in Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff, but that’s changed due to the price tag the Sabres have on him.

    Along with Detroit, Philadelphia’s real need is a top-four defenseman. They like Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, but the Canucks aren’t keen on trading him unless it’s a solid offer.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:  Potential Toronto Maple Leafs on the trading block: Dave Bolland, James Reimer, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri.Contract talks with Bolland aren’t going so well, and according to reports Bolland is seeking a seven or eight year deal, in the neighbourhood of a $5 million a season.

    Reimer is stuck in a backup role with how well Jonathan Bernier has played. Reimer will have arbitration rights this upcoming summer, and will be due a raise from his current $1.8 million cap-hit. However, it’s unlikely Reimer is a Leaf beyond this summer.

    Both Kulemin and Raymond will be seeking raises in the summer, and that makes it unlikely both will be back in Toronto.

    Gardiner and Kadri names keep surfacing in the rumour mill. Dave Nonis will need to land quite an asset to justify trading either player.

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The best possible trade deadline acquisition for the Tampa Bay Lightning will likely come from within the organization, as Steven Stamkos is expected to return as early as Thursday.  Stamkos will have his next checkup on Wednesday.

    ‘’Obviously we are thrilled and hoping he comes back,’’ Yzerman said of Stamkos. “But any opportunity you have to improve your team, you look at it. So, getting Stammer back (helps) and if I could do anything that would improve the team I would.’’

    General Manager Steve Yzerman could be a buyer at the deadline. It’s not exactly a secret the Lightning have been on the lookout for some help on defense, with a top four caliber player on the radar screen since the summer.

    ‘’Generally, teams aren’t trading guys in their prime, or guys with term on their contract who are playing well, for a young player in the minors,” Yzerman said. “You’re not getting an NHL player, a good NHL player, for a kid down the minors; it just doesn’t happen. As part of a bigger package, maybe. So, I’m not opposed the trading a younger player as part of a bigger package.’’

    Yzerman has been in Tampa since Sunday with other members of the management staff, assessing the team’s needs and what could be done to address any holes.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: New York Rangers

Written by Patrick Kearns of The Fourth Period and can be followed on twitter at @PatrickKearns

Rangers-deadlineThe New York Rangers have some extremely difficult decisions to make. This isn’t a typical trade deadline for the team, as Glen Sather has the arduous task of deciding whether or not to move the team’s Captain Ryan Callahan and long-time defenseman Dan Girardi. Clock’s ticking.

The Rangers are battling for a playoff spot in an extremely winnable metropolitan division this season, so they are certainly not selling players off, but with Callahan and Girardi both set to be free agents – and Callahan allegedly asking for a contract that rivals the proceeds of Antwerp Diamond heist – the pressure is on Sather to make a move. One that both benefits the team now and down the line.

The first requirement for the Rangers, should be a player on reasonable term, that is team-controlled beyond this season. They are not in the position to be loading up on rentals, as there is so much uncertainty with guys expiring deals in the next two years.

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Morning Rumors V: Canucks, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Lightning, Markov, Legwand, Reimer, Whitney and Red Wings

  • TSN: Bob McKenzie: the Canucks are not aggressively shopping or trying to move Ryan Kesler, but they are listening. Kesler has a no-movement clause, and he might have a broken finger. If they were going to trade him, they would be looking for a 20-25 year old center that could grow into what Kesler’s role with the team currently is. A reload for the Canucks and not necessarily a rebuild. Would the Blue Jackets give up Ryan Johansen for Kesler? Would the Rangers give up Derek Stepan for Kesler?

    Darren Dreger: Lots of interest in Kesler. He does have a history of injuries.Darren Dreger: A Martin St. Louis deal could happen between now and the trade deadline.

    Bob McKenzie: A St. Louis deal could be more of an offseason deal.

    Bob McKenzie: The Canadiens may not be locked on ”we’re only offering you a one-year deal, that’s it, take it or leave it” for Andrei Markov, as they could do a two-year deal. Markov would be a 35+ player. Word is that Markov could be looking for as much as a four year contract. Would be a surprise if the Canadiens traded him at the deadline, unless they were blown away by an offer.

  • David Boclair of the Nashville Post: As of late last week, there was no conversations between the Predators and pending UFA David Legwand.

    “No one talked to me so I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “I thought we would have had a conversation already but – nothing.”

    Legwand could be dealt, but he will have a say where he goes due to his no-trade clause.

    “Obviously it’s up to me,” Legwand said. “It’s a decision in my hands and my family’s hands so we’ll make it when it’s the point in time to make it.”

    “You always have options,” Legwand said. “Obviously, the ball is in your court. They haven’t said anything all year. Do they really want me here? Or do they want me gone? I don’t know. If they wanted me here, they’d say something. They haven’t said anything.”

    The Fourth Period: The Lightning are thought to be looking for a mobile defenseman and a second or third line winger. The Lightning may have shown interest in Andrew MacDonald, Tom Gilbert, Ales Hemsky and Lee Stempniak.

  • The Fourth Period: Teams have inquired about Maple Leafs James Reimer, but it’s unclear if they will move him.

    “This is definitely a place I’ve dreamed of playing my whole career,” he said. “Who knows what’s going to happen on the horizon. Right now, I don’t know if I want to talk about it too much.”

  • Jimmy Murphy: Sources saying it’s very likely that Stars Ray Whitney is traded. Keep an eye on the Coyotes and Kings.
  • Jimmy Murphy: There is some speculation that the Penguins could look at Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, but Murphy is hearing that isn’t the case. They are focusing on forward help.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he won’t trade a top prospect for a rental.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they won’t be sellers. He’s not interested in rentals, only hockey trades.

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Free Agent Hits: Kessel, Sedin’s, Stepan and Thomas

  • John Shannon: Damien Cox saying that the Maple Leafs want a deal with Phil Kessel done before the start of the season. Canucks wanting to get the Sedin’s locked up too.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis will now try to sign Phil Kessel to a contract extension before the start of the season. Kessel has said he doesn’t want to talk contract during the season. The Leafs could always re-sign him after the season if they can’t work out a deal before Tuesday. Nonis hopes to have at least one serious negotiation meeting with Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, before Monday. There has been little negotiation so far. It could take an eight year deal at between $60 and $64 million.
  • Steve Zipay: The Rangers offered the deal Derek Stepan signed on Monday. He called them on Wednesday to say he would accept it. Andrew Gross: Stepan worked out this summer in Minnesota and had been working out with a Wisconsin team. He said he’s “not that far off.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Stepan will get $2.3 million this year and $3.85 million next year. More money in the second year will mean he would require a higher qualifying offer. Arbitration eligible when his deal expires.
  • CapGeek: Tim Thomas has a no-movement clause in his deal with the Panthers.

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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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Rangers and Derek Stepan “Getting Closer” on a Two-Year Deal

  • Elliotte Friedman: The Rangers and Derek Stepan are “getting closer” and “grinding down” to a final number.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Working on a two-year deal at around $6.5 million. The number is not exact, give or take a little on either side.


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Afternoon Hits: Clarkson, Projecting Blue Jackets roster, Stepan, Jets and Predators

  • Chris Johnston: League spokesman said that Maple Leafs David Clarkson has yet to officially file an appeal. He has until tomorrow night to start the process. John Shannon: Possibility of appeal explains Clarkson’s silence. His comments could have been used in hearing. If there is an appeal, it would go to Gary Bettman first, and then to a Neutral Discipline Arbitrator (James Oldham) if the decision wasn’t overturned by Bettman.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets ‘informed speculation’:FORWARDSLocks (11): Artem Anisimov, Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert, Blake Comeau, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Marian Gaborik, Boone Jenner, Ryan Johansen, Mark Letestu, R.J. Umberger.
    Looking good (1): Jack Skille.
    Bubble (1): Cody Bass.
    Out (2): Michael Chaput, Ryan Craig.
    Injured (3): Jared Boll, Nathan Horton, Derek MacKenzie.


    Locks (5): Jack Johnson, Ryan Murray,  Dalton Prout, Fedor Tyutin, James Wisniewski.
    Looking good (1): Tim Erixon.
    Bubble (3): Cody Goloubef, Ilari Melart, David Savard.
    Out (1): Will Weber.
    Injured (1): Nikita Nikitin.


    Locks (1): Sergei Bobrovsky.
    Bubble (2): Mike McKenna, Jeremy Smith.
    Injured (1): Curtis McElhinney.

  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Derek Stepan’s agent refused to comment on Glen Sather’s comments from yesterday (found here). Both sides have talked in the past 48 hours, but little progress has been made. Stepan is still looking for around $7 million over two year, with Rangers offering around $6 million over two years.
  • Winnipeg Jets: The Jets have reassigned to AHL: Adam Lowry, Eric O’Dell, Ivan Telegin and Andrew Gordon (pending waivers). To WHL: Josh Morrissey.
  • Bob Duff: Predators reassign Austin Watson to the AHL.

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NY Rangers GM Glen Sather on RFA Derek Stepan

  • Katie Strang: Rangers GM Glen Sather on Derek Stepan: ”I hope he starts to get a little wiser about this decision.”
  • Brian Compton of Sather:

    “I don’t think Derek is going to let this thing linger that long,” Sather said in an interview on MSG Network during the Rangers’ preseason game against the Calgary Flames on Monday night. “I don’t think he is a big enough fool to think that he will sit out the year and it will do any good. He is in a gap contract and every one of our players has signed a gap contract.

    “You look at the football players who are making minimum wage, they get paid after they go through that time. I find it frustrating that some teams are in a hurry to sign these guys to big contracts. I think it’s because the owners or managers panic and it’s unfortunate that he has listened to his agent and decided [to do] that.”

    “He is going to get paid, but it isn’t today,” Sather said. “I hope he gets wiser because every day he misses is a big deal. We have offered him a very good deal. When he turned down our qualifying offer, we have stuck with that. He has to start smelling the roses and figure out what is going on. I hope he does.”


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Morning Hits: Stepan, Morrow, Oilers heavyweight seach and Fleury

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan is looking for a two-year deal at $7 million. The Rangers are said to be offering about $6.4 million over two-years.
  • Josh Rimer: The Blues are believed to be offering Brenden Morrow a one-year deal for $1 million. Morrow was looking for $2 million a season when free agency started.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Oilers were looking for a super heavyweight before Saturday night, are now ramping up their search.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons wonders if Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury struggles during the season, if they would consider trading for goaltender, such as Tim Thomas.

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Morning Rumors: Stepan, Franson, Thomas, Lundqvist, Sedin’s, Morrow, NJ Goalies, Raymond, Halak and Miller

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players will be warned if their jersey is tucked in, and then will get a two minute penalty if it happens again.

    It’s unlikely that Derek Stepan will be in the Rangers lineup on opening night. Stepan is holding firm on a two-year bridge deal at $3.5 million per season. The Rangers want to sign him to a two-year deal at $3 million per year.

    The Maple Leafs seem okay with starting the season without Cody Franson, unless they have to deal with an offer sheet. They could let him sit for weeks or months. The Leafs have offered a two-year deal at just under $2.4 million per year. They don’t appear to be willing to go one-year with Franson unless it is in the $2 million range. If Franson agrees to a one-year deal, he’ll have arbitration rights next summer.

    There isn’t going to be an expansion plan anytime soon.

  • Insider Trading on TSN: Panthers GM Dale Tallon wants Tim Thomas come in and mentor Jacob Markstrom like he did for Tuukka Rask in Boston.

    The Canucks and the Sedin’s agent, J.P. Barry, talk on almost a daily basis. The twins Swedish representative has made his way over to Canada. It will be a raise from their $6.1 million, and length of contract is not known. The Sedin’s may be looking for a four or five year deal.

    Henrik Lundqvist will be 33-years old when he’s on the first year of his new deal. Will the Rangers want to go long-term or short-term with him? There could be an issue with term. He’ll get more than $7 million a season.

    Derek Stepan could be looking for more than $3.5 million a year on a two-year deal.

    Brenden Morrow doesn’t want to sign a PTO, he wants a contract. The Flyers and Penguins are monitoring, but they don’t have any cap room. The Hurricanes may be interested, but nothing is imminent.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: On the Martin Brodeur – Cory Schneider tandem:

    “I don’t see an issue,” DeBoer told on Thursday. “We’ve got a league high of back-to-back games, I think 22 of them; which right off the bat lends itself to playing both guys. And I think with the condensed schedule, with the Olympics, I think it’s going to be a real luxury to have two guys. And I think both guys get that.”

    The Maple Leafs and Cody Franson are in a “holding pattern.”

    LeBrun thinks that the Leafs will offer Mason Raymond a contract, but it likely won’t be for much, maybe around $1 million. Raymond could get an offer from another team before the end of camp.

    This is Jaroslav Halak’s year to win or lose with the Blues. He’ll be a UFA at the end of the season. If Halak hasn’t proved to management by March that he can handle it, the Blues could turn to the trade market. Ryan Miller rumors could surface.

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Free Agent and Rumor Hits: Kessel, Liles, Teams over the cap, Stepan, Boyle, Gagne and White

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks Phil Kessel could fall between Corey Perry’s $8.6 million and Ryan Getzlaf’s $8.2 million. Dion Phaneuf’s new contract could be more complicated. Simmons wonders if the Flames would be interested in John-Michael Liles. Teams entering training camp over the salary cap: Red Wings, Flyers, Bruins, Sharks, Kings and Penguins.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers and Derek Stepan are believed to be apart by $1 million over two years. Stepan is thought to be looking for $7 million on a two-year deal, with the Rangers thought to be offering just under $6 million. The Rangers have between $3 and $3.5 million in salary cap space, depending on who earns the final roster spot. Ryan Callahan’s and Carl Hagelin’s injuries could lead to ‘AHL’ replacements, which would increase the cap space. Brian Boyle is entering the final year of his deal. He carries a $1.7 million cap hit and could become available if the Rangers want to make some moves.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Simon Gagne isn’t too happy with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren as he felt he was misled about getting a deal with the Flyers.

    “All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract, and I even told Robert Sauve, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams,” Gagne told LaPresse, a French-language daily in Montreal. “We trusted them. We put all our eggs in one basket and we got caught. We never thought we’d be stuck in this situation at this time of the year.”

  • Gary Lawless: Lawless likes defenseman Ian White’s chances of making the Jets. They only have about $2 million in cap space. He’ll likely have to take a bit more than $1 million.

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Free Agent Hits: Cowen, Stepan, Thomas, Boll and Raymond

  • Bruce Garrioch: Expect Jared Cowen and Senators to come to a four year deal worth around $12 million today.
  • James Gordon: The Senators offered Cowen a four-year deal worth around $3 million yesterday according to assistant GM Tim Murray.
  • John Shannon: Rangers Derek Stepan is prepared to take a two-year short-term deal. There is still a big gap in money.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Tim Thomas’ agent said it’s “not likely” that he would join the Blue Jackets.

    “We haven’t even really discussed it with the Blue Jackets,” said Markus Lehto, who represents Thomas with ACME World Sports. “But he does have offers on the table, and there has been interested from clubs. It’s just finding the right situation for him.”

  • Hockey Central: Jared Boll and the Columbus Blue Jackets agree on a three-year contract extension.
  • Darren Dreger: Mason Raymond’s agent, J.P. Barry, said there is no deal in place with the Maple Leafs. He could still end up elsewhere.

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