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NHL News: Leafs, Rangers, Ducks and Flames

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs fire assistant GMs Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin, and hire Kyle Dubas. James Mirtle: Brandan Shanahan’s biggest stamp, one of the sharpest, upcoming executives.  Steve Simmons: There will be one or two more front office hirings for the Leafs this offseason. Greg Brady: Told explicitly that the Leafs had planned to clean up their front office next summer and hire Dubas, but another Eastern team was ready to hire him this summer. Darren Dreger: Poulin and Loiselle reportedly had three years left on their deals.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million salary. Zuccarello could become a UFA next summer, but both sides will continue to work on a long-term contract. He’s not eligible to sign a deal until after January 1st. A long-term deal could come in the $4.5 million range. The Rangers have about $9.5 million in salary cap space with RFAs Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and John Moore. They also need to add a depth player or two.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks and Sami Vatanen agree to a two-year deal: $1.25 million and $1.275 million.
  • Roger Millions: The Flames re-sign Joe Colborne to a two-year deal, $1.275 million per season.

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NHL Rumors II: Johansen, Five Arbitration Cases and No Setoguchi For Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen may still be far apart in contract talks, but at least they have been in contact after weeks of no communication. A source saying that Johansen’s camp recently sent a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, a two-year deal. Johansen said last month that the Blue Jackets “bridge” offer was a slap in the face. To date, term has been the major stumbling block, with the Johansen looking long-term and the Blue Jackets looking short term.

    “Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus,” said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. “That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

    “He was very excited to see the club wrap up Brandon Dubinsky with such a long-term contract (earlier this month). That’s the kind of player he wants as a teammate, the kind of player he wants beside him.”

    It’s unclear what both sides are offering on a two-year deal, and how far apart they are on salary.

  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Five interesting salary arbitration cases that are schedule to begin today.Vladimir Sobotka – determining salary for when he decides to return to the NHL.

    Ryan O’Reilly – had a $6.5 million salary last season, with the Avalanche trying to get much lower than that. Recorded 28 goals and 64 points, while picking up the Lady Byng Trophy.

    James Reimer – had 3.29 GAA last year, but a .911 save percentage. Had $1.8 million salary cap hit last year, $1.6 million in salary.

    Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard – the Rangers have about $12.3 million available for four roster players.

    P.K. Subban – comparable to when the Predators and Shea Weber went to arbitration. Weber was awarded $7.5 million in 2011. Subban could break Weber’s ruling record.

  • Andrew Walker: Free agent Devin Setoguchi won’t be signing with the Maple Leafs. He is considering two teams in the East.

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NHL Rumors IV: Hayes, Rangers, Bruins and Hiller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks are still talking to Kevin Hayes about a contract, but if he’s not signed by August 15th, he’ll become UFA. The Rangers will be just one of the teams that will be interested in signing him if he becomes available.

    The Rangers continue talks with RFAs Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

    Kreider has a July 23rd arbitration hearing and could get a deal in the $2.1 to $2.3 million range.

    Zuccarello has a July 25th hearing and could get a deal in the $3.7 to $4 million range. He is thought to be looking for at least $4.5 million a season.

    Brassard has a July 28th hearing and will likely get between $4.5 and $4.7 million. He’s been looking for a long-term deal in the $5.5 million range.

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins have some cap issues this season, and will have some contract decisions to make for their 2015-16 roster as well. David Krejci will be a UFA and will looking for a nice long-term contract. Johnny Boychuk could ask for Brooks Orpik money, five years and $25 million. Carl Soderberg will be looking for a raise from his $1 million deal.

    “There is wanting to remain with a winning organization, and then there’s wanting to get them to the market. To me, there is a difference and they don’t always merge,” said Chiarelli. “They don’t always merge, people tend to think they have to merge but they don’t always merge. So we have guys coming up that we have to sign and we’re planning for it.

    “[Contract values] will go up, it’ll go up because [the current CBA] is an upwards magnet. That’s not unexpected. When the cap is expected to rise, teams will continue to spend more money. It’s hard to delve into the completely free market because you saw some of [the July 1 free agent] deals. All it takes is one team to pay that money or term and you’re right there with them then. That’s why we’re trying to keep the guys we can keep, and we’re going to have to pay the money. It’s not going to be cheap.”

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NHL News: Salary Arbitration Dates and Free Agent Signings

  • NHLPA: Salary Arbitratoin Dates

    PLAYER ELECTED FILINGS
    Arizona CoyotesBrandon McMillan – July 29, 2014
    Boston BruinsMatt Bartkowski – July 30, 2014
    Calgary FlamesJoe Colborne – August 1, 2014
    Dallas StarsCameron Gaunce – July 25, 2014, Antoine Roussel – July 22, 2014
    Florida PanthersJimmy Hayes – July 29, 2014
    Los Angeles KingsDwight King – August 1, 2014
    Minnesota WildJustin Fontaine – August 1, 2014
    Montreal CanadiensLars Eller – July 25, 2014, P.K. Subban – August 1, 2014
    Nashville PredatorsMattias Ekholm – July 22, 2014 (signed before hearing)
    New York Islanders -Kevin Poulin – July 30, 2014
    New York RangersDerick Brassard – July 28, 2014, Chris Kreider – July 23, 2014, Mats Zuccarello – July 25, 2014
    Ottawa SenatorsDerek Grant – July 24, 2014
    Pittsburgh PenguinsNick Spaling – July 31, 2014
    San Jose SharksJason Demers – July 22, 2014
    Toronto Maple LeafsCody Franson – July 21, 2014, James Reimer – July 28, 2014

    CLUB ELECTED FILINGS
    Colorado AvalancheRyan O’Reilly – July 23, 2014
    St. Louis BluesVladimir Sobotka – July 21, 2014
    Winnipeg JetsMichael Frolik – July 31, 2014

  • Tom Gulitti: Cory Schneider’s contract carries a $6 million salary for each of the seven seasons. Deal also includes a no-trade clause.
  • Josh Rimer: The Predators re-sign defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a two-year, $2.075 million contract.
  • Darren Dreger: The Ducks sign Dany Heatley to a one-year deal for $1 million.
  • Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers have re-signed Richard Bachman to a one-year contract.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Will Weber to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues have signed defesneman David Shields to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Capitals PR: The Capitals sign Edward Pasquale to a one-year contract.

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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

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NHL Rumors I: Rangers, Toews and Kane, Nielsen and Del Zotto

  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: The Rangers are down five players, including a couple centermen. They still have Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore, but still lack depth. They didn’t have the cap space to throw at a big named center, instead they’ll be planning on filling the position from within. Rookie Oscar Lindback will get a shot. J.T. Miller played the wing and has played center, but he wouldn’t be able to handle the defensive responsibilities.

    “We’ve got a couple possibilities,” coach Alain Vigneault said in a conference call on Tuesday. “(Third-year forward) J.T. (Miller) is one, and Lindberg is another, and there’s still work to be done. (Assistant general manager) Jeff (Gorton) signed (free agent Chris) Mueller also. He’s got some experience and some potential. So we’ve got quite a few possibilities there.”

    GM Glen Sather has about $15 million to sign RFAs Brassrd, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider and John Moore.

  • Chris Kuc: Source saying that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane won’t get their contract extensions done until after the long weekend.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Toews and Kane continue their negotiations with the Blackhawks, and have not been delayed due to tagging space issues according to a source. They do have around $26 million in expiring contracts for 2015-16, so they can fit the extensions in.

    “As in terms of the negotiations, I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying that I’m not going to comment on them other than it’s ongoing,” Bowman said on Tuesday. “Nothing has changed from my original expectation that they’re both going to be signed. We’re looking forward to that.”

  • Brian Compton: Hearing that Islanders forward Frans Nielsen isn’t and won’t be in play.
  • David Pagnotta: Defenseman Michael Del Zotto had received interest from multiple teams. Considering his options and offers.

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NHL Rumors II: Kings, Rangers, Avalanche, Penguins and Jets

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Kings have offered Marian Gaborik a three year deal worth $15 million. By keeping Mike Richards and attempting to re-sign Gaborik, it will likely come at the expense of Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The $6.67 million savings they received from buyout out Brad Richards will mostly go to retaining their Stanley Cup finalist roster, and likely not to acquire a Paul Stastny or trading for a Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Eric Staal. They have pending free agents in Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot who could double their combined salaries from $5.65 million to $12 million. Brassard could get between $4.5 and $5 million. Zuccarello could ask for $4 million on a multi-year deal. Pouliot could get at least $2.5 million. The only way the Rangers would go after one of the big centers would be if they felt Brassard wasn’t a No. 1 center they could win the Cup with. The Rangers hope to retain Anton Stralman, around $4 million on a three or four year deal. They are expected to qualify Justin Falk.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Patrick Roy:

    “Nothing is changing for us. We haven’t changed our approach,” Roy said of the team’s overall blueprint. “We put together a plan, as far as salary structure, long and short term, but we also have a plan for our team and what kind of players we’d like to have. Obviously, we have to give the time for these guys to develop. We certainly don’t want to go on the fast track. Time will tell, but I think right now we still need to remain very patient.”

    Contract talks with Paul Stastny will start in the next couple days. Other teams can talk to Stastny on Wednesday. Roy said they have some potential targets in mind if they become available. The Avs could look at Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Dan Boyle.

  • William DePaoli: Marc Crawford removes himself from the Penguins coaching search and Todd Nelson emerges as a candidate according to a source.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless thinks the Evander Kane trade talk is a over-hyped right now, but his name is out there. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would want a young top-six forward or a young top-four defenseman in return. The player coming back would have to coming into his prime and locked up.

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NHL Rumors VI: Preds, Nikitin, Umberger, Richards, Grabovski, Rangers and Flyers

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Cooper thinks that the Predators will land a top-six forward this offseason. Unfortunately for them, they don’t really have a chance to get Jason Spezza as they are on his no-trade list.
  • Aaron Portzline: The agent for the Oilers recently acquired defenseman Nikita Nikitin: “Unless it’s 4 years and major money, I don’t know why he wouldn’t go to July 1, see what’s there.”
  • Jason Gregor: Aaron Portzline: “Umberger impacts a lot. If they trade him, they will try to be active in UFA. They are contemplating a buyout if no trade.”
  • Lisa Dillman: The Kings said they won’t be buying out Mike Richards.
  • Craig Custance: Talks between the Capitals and Mikhail Grabovski are ongoing. Grabovski’s agent Gary Greenstin: “We’re still talking. It’s a good organization. He’s very comfortable.”
  • Dan Rosen: After buying out Brad Richards, Rosen thinks the Rangers should try to trade for Ryan Kesler. Jason Spezza could work as well. They need to find a center that fits with Rick Nash. They won’t find one on the free agent market. Brian Compton: Compton responds to Rosen, agree but asks “for who/what?” and points out they have no first round picks for the next two years. Dan Rosen: That is the question. They would have to move someone of their current roster, listing: Derick Brassard, John Moore, JT Miller, Dylan McIlrath and possibly Derek Stepan.
  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Baicker doesn’t see the Flyers having interest in pending UFA defenseman Dan Boyle. Baicker thinks that GM Ron Hextall may move away from signing aging veterans for too much money and for too long of a deal.

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NHL Rumors IX: Rangers, Senators and Blues

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Priorities for Rangers this offseason.

    1. Use a compliance buyout on Brad Richards: It’s more about the math and not about his performance. They can’t risk the cap recapture penalty.

    2. Sign Anton Stralman: His playoff performance increased the money he’ll get as a free agent.

    3. Sign Derick Brassard and other restricted free agents: Mats Zuccarello is a pending RFA that needs to be re-signed. It would be smart if the Rangers also re-signed pending UFA Benoit Pouliot. A comparable for Brassard could be Bryan Little’s five-year, $23.5 million deal.

    Three potential free agent targets for the Rangers

    1. Paul Stastny – If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, they’ll need bring in a center to replace him.

    2. Dan Boyle – If Stralman leaves, they’ll need to add a top-four defenseman.

    3. Mikhail Grabovski – Grabovski could thrive in Alain Vigneault’s system.

  • Ian Mendes: Senators GM Bryan Murray sounded pretty optimistic that he’d be able to re-sign pending UFA Milan Michalek. There is an offer on the table and are awaiting a response.
  • Jeremy Rutherford:  Blues GM Doug Armstrong on pending UFAs: “The one player we’re hoping to have a little more dialogue w/ is Ott. We had initial conversations but that’s gone quiet. The other players we told we’ll wait till we get into free agency. We never shut off (talks) but I think we’ll get into free agency.”

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NHL Rumors VI: Thornton, Rangers, Flames, Cammalleri and Phaneuf

  • David Pollak: “Understand skepticism and disbelief surrounding #SJSharks “rebuild,” but that is the message. Yea, could be just diminishing expectations.  Or getting someone — pick a name — to agree to waive a no-movement clause. #SJSharks seem to be serious about that.”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “It seems that right now Joe Thornton only really wants to go to 1 team & that’s NY [Rangers]. That’s the scuttlebutt”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Joe’s [Thornton] interesting because he signed that extension & there is some talk that Wilson told him he isn’t going anywhere” … “Now he’s hearing that he is being shopped. Is the push to move him [Thornton]? Ya, it is” … “When you make a commitment to your GM to bring him back there’s only way you can go to show fans your progressing & moving forward and that’s to change the personnel in your locker room.” … “Say what you will about Joe. I look at Joe now at this point of his career & I put him in that Iginla category” … “The last thing Joe needs, & that’s why the Leafs aren’t an option, is for him to go to a team where he’s THE guy” … “I probably think a Stl situation is good for Thornton. They need to get bigger. They can’t compete with just Backes”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “In NY Thornton would have to be the guy. Stepan’s a good #2 and Brassard is a real good #3″
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames GM Brad Treliving wouldn’t comment on if they would use a compliance buyout on anyone. Qualifying offer to their UFAs and RFAs haven’t been sent out yet as …

    “For no other reason because we have time to do that.”

    On contract talks with pending UFA Mike Cammalleri.

    “No real update,” Treliving said. “We’re continuing to talk to see if there’s a deal there and if there is, we’ll announce it and if there’s not, we won’t. Not a whole lot to report. We’re continuing to see if there’s a deal there that makes sense.”

  • Arash Madani: Flames president Brian Burke: “There have been no discussions between the Toronto Maple and the Calgary Flames about Dion Phaneuf” … “It’s not tampering to diffuse a rumour. It’s tampering to talk about it, but I can tell you there have been no (talks) like that.”

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