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NHL Rumors III: Thornton, Kesler, Panthers, Isles, Habs, Sens, Bruins, Rangers and Wings

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If Joe Thornton agrees to be traded after signing a below market deal (three years, $20.25 million), he’ll only to a ‘five-star lock on paper.” Friedman thinks the only way he’d agree to a trade would be if the Sharks traded to a team like the Blackhawks or Kings.Ryan Kesler has told the Canucks again that he wants to be traded. The Ducks hadn’t been willing to give up some of their roster players in-season to make a deal for Kesler. Would they now? Friedman thinks the Canucks would prefer to trade him, but if they don’t get what they want, they’ll keep him.

    The Panthers will have interest in Dan Bylsma, Gerard Gallant and three coaches who are still working: Willie Desjardins, Ulf Samuelsson and John Stevens. The Canucks are interested in Desjardins and Stevens. The Kings may try to hold on to Stevens by telling him that he’ll be Darryl Sutter’s successor. The Ducks may look to bring in AHLs Trent Yawney to work beside Bruce Boudreau.

    Teams are convinced that the Panthers are serious about trading the first overall pick. Friedman wonders if they would look to trade down twice. Ie., moving down into the three to five range, then if they think the player they want could still be available, move down again to the seven to 10 range. They could be looking at skilled wingers Nikolaj Ehlers or William Nylander.

    Friedman wonders if the Islanders will try to move up in the draft to unite brothers Sam and Griffin Reinhart.

    The Canadiens could start talks with Mike Weaver and Brian Gionta next week.

    The NHL cleared the Canadiens of any wrong doing over their handling of Dale Weise and his concussion.

    The Senators can’t start contract extension talks with Bobby Ryan until July 1st.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Kris Versteeg will make $2.2 million the next two years, and the Blackhawks may to looking for someone to take him. They may need to find a center to replace Michal Handzus, who is a pending UFA.Benoit Pouliot may be in line for a multi-year contract after taking five consecutive one-year deals. He’s been a nice fit with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Brassard could move up the Rangers second line if they decide to buyout Brad Richards.

    The Red Wings could be interested Dan Boyle if he hit the open market.

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NHL Rumors II: Canadiens, Rangers, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Canadiens have P.K. Subban, Lars Eller, Dale Weise and Ryan White as restricted free agents. Do they look to re-sign Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov and Mike Weaver? Do they try to re-sign Thomas Vanek? Wharnsby can see the Canadiens re-signing Gionta and Weaver, but thinks if might be the right time to part ways with Markov. They have young depth on the blueline with Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, Greg Pateryn and Morgan Ellis.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brian Boyle’s play this post-season will mean he’ll be in demand if he hits the open market. The Rangers and Boyle will be faced with the questions: how much would they want to pay him in a fourth line role and would he be fine with playing in a fourth line role or would he rather getting more ice time with another team? The Rangers are also going to have to pay to keep Anton Stralman. Also looking for new deals will be Dominic Moore, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Marc Staal will be entering the last year on his deal.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings management will meet for three days to look at trades and how best to spend their money. They’ll meet from Monday to Wednesday to look at what might be available. They are waiting to hear if Daniel Alfredsson wants to play next season. Kyle Quincey will likely test the open market.

    “I want to hear what our scouts think of our young players, talk about what we need, and formulate a plan,” Holland said.

    “It’s going to be an important three days,” Holland said. “I respect the opinions of our pro scouts, I want to hear how they evaluate our team, and go over the other 29 teams, especially the ones in the east.

    “We’re hoping to be active, we’re planning to be active.”

    They will look at how they can add a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. Options could include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Andrei Markov, Alex Edler, Thomas Vanek and Paul Stastny.

  • Dave McCarthy: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland on TSN radio said he wasn’t close to 100% when he returned to the lineup, but he wanted to get back and help the team. Bolland said he would take less money to remain in Toronto if the fit is good.

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Morning Hits: Rangers and Canadiens Notes

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Daniel Carcillo will appeal his 10-game suspension.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said the Daniel Carcillo incident was avoidable, especially if Brandon Prust was given a penalty. Vigneault added that Carcillo understands the situation and that it may cast some doubt on Carcillo’s NHL future.
  • James Mirtle: Canadiens Brandon Prust said he was suspended because the hit was late more than the hit itself. Rob Longley: Prust: “If there was no injury I was thinking no games.”
  • Darren Dreger: Rangers Derek Stepan had a plate inserted to stabilize his jaw. Unclear if he can play.
  • NY Rangers: Derick Brassard said he’s good to play today. Head coach Alain Vigneault: “That’s good to know! He didn’t tell me! That’s good news”
  • Katie Strang: Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said that he was upset that the Rangers assistant coaches were watching the Canadiens practice and that it’s not accepted on non-game days. Bruce Arthur: Therrien added that there is a gentleman’s agreement that you do not watch the other teams practice.

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NHL Rumors III: Leafs, Sabres, Mason extension close, Blue Jackets-Rangers trade call video

  • Mark Spector: The Roberto Luongo to Maple Leafs deal fell through because the Canucks refused to take on some of his salary. The Maple Leafs would have given Ben Scrivens with a 2nd and 3rd round pick as long as they took back some salary.
  • The Fourth Period: Several teams were interested in Ryan Miller yesterday according to a source. The Flyers inquired about Thomas Vanek.

     “(Talks) will continue after the season,” Regier told the Buffalo News. “To what extent has yet to be determined.”

    “It’s difficult standing here right now to say (the rebuild is) going to be a year or two years. We’re going to work as hard as we can at this and get it done as quickly as possible.”

  • Randy Miller: The Flyers are close to signing newly acquired Steve Mason to a one year contract extension.
  • Video: Trade call between the NY Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets: Marian Gaborik trade.

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The Rangers trade Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets

The New York Rangers trade winger Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for C Derick Brassard, RW Derek Dorsett and D John Moore and a 6th round pick.

The 33-year old Gaborik was drafted 2000 round 1 #3 overall by Minnesota Wild. He carries a $7.5 million cap hit.

25-year old Brassard was drafted 2006 round 1 #6 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets. $3.2 million salary cap hit.

26-year old Dorsett was drafted 2006 round 7 #189 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets. A $1,633,333 salary cap hit.

22-year old Moore was drafted 2009 round 1 #21 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets

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NHL Rumors I: Crowded goalie market, Regehr, Blackhawks and Yandle, Bruins and Ducks

  • Damien Cox: The simple facts are: the Leafs talked to the Canucks this week about Roberto Luongo, they have some interest, and the price has dropped. Darren Dreger: Sources say the Canucks called the Maple Leafs to revisit talks. The Flames hope to have a better gauge on Miikka Kiprusoff this weekend. Dreger thinks that although there is interest in goalie options for the Maple Leafs, they are likely to nothing. TSN Radio: Bob McKenzie thinks the Maple Leafs want to bring in a veteran goaltender.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: If someone offers a draft pick and a low-end prospect, the Canucks wouldn’t take it. They still think they can get a player that can help them now, and a piece or two for the future. The goalie market is crowded. Mike Smith, Jimmy Howard and Niklas Backstrom could all be free agents. The trade market could include Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier, Jaroslav Halak and either Ben Bishop or Craig Anderson.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Sabres are listening to offers for defenseman Robyn Regehr, but they haven’t ruled out giving him a contract extension.
  • The Fourth Period: The Blackhawks had sent multiple scouts to watch Keith Yandle this week. He has three years left at $5.25 million. It’s unclear how deep talks have been. The Red Wings, Oilers and Flyers also like Yandle. The Blackhawks could offer Niklas Hjalmarsson, a young NHL player or top prospect and a draft pick. The Blackhawks are also interested in Derek Roy.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: An agent on the possibility of trading Martin St. Louis,

    “No way,’’ said the agent. “Yzerman’s got kids there who he wants to be around St. Louis. He’s not going anywhere.’’

    The Bruins could look at Sharks Dan Boyle, if they want to make their blue line a priority.

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray is keeping quiet on their needs. They’ve gotten by without a second line center so far this season. Mike Ribeiro could be a rental option if he doesn’t re-sign with the Capitals. Derek Roy and Derick Brassard are other options.

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NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Penguins, Flames, Lightning, Bruins, Jets, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch: The Blue Jackets now find themselves battling for a playoff spot. It’s not sounding like the Blue Jackets will be buyers at the trade deadline. They could be sellers despite being in the hunt. Players that are getting talked about are: R.J. Umberger – $4.6 million through 2016-17 and has a no trade clause. Derick Brassard – one year left at $3.2 million. He could get a decent return for a team looking for a No. 2 center. Vinny Prospal – had a gentleman’s agreement with former GM Scott Howson that he could play as long as he wanted, then join the front office. Not sure if ‘agreement’ remains with new management. He has a no trade clause. Adrian Aucoin – veteran defenseman always get interest at the deadline. President of hockey operations John Davidson scouted the Penguins-Rangers game.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari list some potential rental players that teams could look at: Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Leopold, Anton Babchuk, Ladislav Smid, Mark Fistric and Milan Hejduk.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jarome Iginla is often linked to the Penguins, but he may not be a good fit for them. Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz have played well with Sidney Crosby, and bringing in Iginla would put Dupuis back to the third line, which would be foolish. There also wouldn’t be a spot for Iginla on the power-play.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Cristodero wonders if Martin St. Louis would leave the Lightning or if GM Steve Yzerman would ever consider trading him. There has been no indication that any conversations have taken place, pure speculation. It only makes sense if St. Louis thinks he has a better chance at winning a cup somewhere else. The 37-year old has a no-trade clause.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Moving Marian Gaborik from the right wing to left wing hasn’t worked for the Rangers. He has only three goals in the last 22 games. They are looking to move Gaborik and his $7.5 million cap hit through next year. He has a no-trade clause in which he provides a list of 10 teams that he can’t be dealt too, something he’s already done.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s shopping list probably contains help for his 3rd and 4th lines. He’ll also look for help on the blueline.

    “It’s the same list every year, it really is,’’ said Chiarelli. “You look to add depth, and rather than target, say, a top six forward, I like to define [the process] as looking right through the lineup.’’

    Rumors are out there that the Bruins are in the hunt for Jarome Iginla, but Dupont thinks the Bruins would have Daniel Alfredsson higher on the list.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets should play Alex Burnistrov more. He needs to get back into the lineup. He’s still an asset, and if they are not going to give him a shot, they should look to move him for equal value.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Khan thinks the Red Wings could target Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid at the trade deadline. They have been scouting him. He would strengthen their top-four and bring some grit. It could take a second round pick or a second tier prospect.
  • Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: The Leafs have only two points in the last five games. Is it time to make a trade to turn things around? There have been Corey Perry and Mike Ribeiro rumors. They are said to be looking for a center and top-four defenseman.

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NHL Rumors: Malkin, Smid, Hemsky, Horcoff, Blackhawks, Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Lightning, Leafs, Devils and Scouting LA-CAL

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Penguins can talk to Evgeni Malkin about a contract extension, but can’t re-sign him until the summer. Same goes for the Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews. There hasn’t seemed to be much conversation between the Oilers and soon to be UFA Ladislav Smid. Ales Hemsky’s name will likely come up again this year in trade rumors. Friedman wonders if the Oilers would consider moving Shawn Horcoff.
  • The Fourth Period: The Blackhawks would like to add a 2nd or 3rd line center, and their options are growing. Though it’s unlikely he’ll be dealt, the Blackhawks have shown interest in Blue Jackets Derick Brassard. GM Stan Bowman could look at Capitals Mike Ribeiro, who will be a UFA at the end of the season. The Hawks could also look to add a depth defenseman for their 3rd pairing.
  • The Fourth Period: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has been trying to bring in an impact player for awhile. He’s looked at Flames Jay Bouwmeester and Coyotes Keith Yandle, but the asking price has been too high. The Wings could look at Sabres Robyn Regehr and Oilers Ladislav Smid. Holland wouldn’t overpay for Ducks Corey Perry as a rental, but may look at Sabres Drew Stafford or someone from the Flames.
  • Jeff Gordon of the Post Dispatch: The Panthers are looking to move salary, and the Capitals and Lightning are falling out of the playoff race. The Blue Jackets are in rebuild mode, and the Flames could be following suit. The Blues are looking for a top-four defenseman, but there aren’t many options at the moment. Trade targets for teams that might be interested in adding salary are: Corey Perry, Roberto Luongo, Mike Ribeiro, Jarome Iginla, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryane Clowe, Kris Versteeg, Clarke MacArthur, Jack Johnson, Brian Campbell, Jay Bouwmeester, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Komisarek, Tyler Bozak and Keith Ballard.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t giving up on the season just yet. He’s been working the phones.

    “To sit here and say, ‘I’m going to do something big,’ there’s nothing big that can be done at this time,” Yzerman said. “It’s not like we just sit here and do nothing all day. You talk to people, you see if there’s anything that makes sense. For a lot of reasons it’s difficult to find a fit, to find the right players, the right salaries to make a trade. You don’t just do something to do it.”

    If Yzerman is to make a deal, look for it to be a traditional hockey deal and not a move for a rental.

    “Rental players cost you draft picks or young players, we’re not interested in that,” Yzerman said. “That’s why we signed free agents in the summer, to fill those places. If there’s a trade that makes sense where a team has a need and we have a need, then it would be addressed that way.”

    The Panthers will listen to offers for Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann has two years left at $4.5 million per season and he has a modified no-trade clause. Versteeg has three years left with a cap hit of $4.4 million, but salaries of $4.6 and 4.7 million.

  • Bill Watters via twitter: Watters wonders if it’s time to move Phil Kessel. He’s a UFA after next season and this trade deadline may be the ideal time to move him. You’re not going to build a team around him so you do it.
  • Bill Watters via twitter: Why are people on Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis to trade John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek? He couldn’t give them away due to their lackluster play and bad contracts.
  • Vicki Hall via twitter: Scouting the Kings – Flames game: Rangers, 2 from Boston, Sabres, Penguins, Lightning, Canucks, Blues, Ducks, Predators and Avalanche.

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Trade and Free Agent Rumors: Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Flyers, Devils, Oilers, Blues and Blue Jackets

  • Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on any further trades: “Not much out there for us right now. But that could change quickly.”
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: GM Nonis on Mike Komisarek: “What Mike has said is that if it’s in the best interest of the team he wouldn’t stand in the way but his preference is to try to get back in the lineup here in Toronto.” … “That to me is a lot different than coming into our office and saying ‘I want to be moved’. That never happened.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is looking for $4.5 million a season according to sources. That might be too much for the Red Wings, but what if Pavel Datsyuk returns to Russia when is contract expires at the end of next season? “They know that’s a possibility,” said one NHL executive.

    Flyers Daniel Briere is in play but may not waive his no-trade clause. He has family concerns. He carries a $6.5 million cap hit but only $5 million in salary for the next two seasons.Devils winger David Clarkson could be a $4.5 million guy on the open market this summer. Would be a perfect fit with the Oilers but he’s not moving cross-continent. Matheson thinks the Oilers should make a push for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe.

    It’s clear the Maple Leafs are shopping John-Michael Liles. He signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal last year. The Leafs might have to retain part of salary if they trade him.

    The Oilers and several other teams may be interested in Blackhawks winger Brian Bickell this summer when he becomes a UFA.

    Blues winger David Perron could become available. The Blues need a left handed defenseman to play with Alex Pietrangelo.

    The Blue Jackets will look to move R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard for draft picks before the draft. Umberger has four years left with a cap hit of $4.6 million.

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Franzen, Smith, Quincey, Filppula, Lehtonen and Brassard

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Matt Duchene missed last night’s game with a groin injury. The Avs are hoping that it isn’t long-term, but no timetable is set.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey are all returning to the Red Wings lineup. Valtteri Filppula was injured on Sunday and it’s hoped that he won’t be out long.

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