Posts Tagged Derrick Brassard

Morning Rumors: Miller, Wild, Caps, Oilers, Pens, Rangers, Vanek, MacDonald, Habs, Sharks and Callahan

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ryan Miller situation likely won’t be resolved until after the Olympic break, the asking price will be high, but there might be more teams involved. The Wild and Capitals are believed to be at the top of the list. Before Tim Murray took over as GM, it’s believed that Pat LaFontaine asked the Ducks for John Gibson and a 1st round pick for Miller.  The Wild seem the most likely landing spot. Caps GM George McPhee is desperate to make a move and may offer more. Garrioch thinks the Kings and Canucks should at least see what the asking price is.

    Expect the Oilers to try and move Ryan Jones, Nick Schultz, Corey Potter and Ales Hemsky.

    The Penguins have some interest in Hemsky.

    Rangers UFAs: Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. Derrick Brassard will be a RFA. A Brad Richards buyout is basically inevitable, and some others are likely to go as well. It’s doubtful the Rangers will give Callahan $6.85 million on a seven-year deal. The Blues, Wings and Kings need help up front. Dan Girardi wants $6 million a long-term deal.

    The Islanders need to realize they are finished and need to look for a someone to trade for Thomas Vanek. They need to get a 1st round pick. Would think that if he wanted to re-sign with the Islanders, he would have done so by now. The Islanders have also been trying to trade Andrew MacDonald.

    Colorado have been denying that they are wanting to trade P.A. Parenteau, but teams are calling. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has made three offers for Parenteau.

    The Sharks have had contract extension talks with Dan Boyle, but there is no sense of urgency to get a deal done. There has been some trade interest in Boyle, but he’s doubtful to get traded. If he’s not re-signed, the Senators and Lightning could be interested this summer.

  • Larry Brooks of NY Post: Brooks wonders if Blue Jackets include Cam Atkinson in a Callahan trade. Atkinson played with Chris Kreider at Boston College.

    Looking like Thomas Vanek will end up testing the open market this summer.

    The Kings are desperate for scoring, were interested in signing Marian Gaborik as a free agent in 2009, but not when the Rangers were shopping him last year.

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Trade talks is likely going to increase surrounding Ryan Callahan.

    “I’m not going to talk about that stuff now,” he said. “I don’t think it’s productive to the process, the negotiations or anything.”

  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Only one team has been given permission to speak with Ryan Callahan about a contract extension. No hard deadline is in place.

    “My focus is to continue to talk to the Rangers and deal with the Rangers,” Bartlett said by phone on Saturday, adding that he is “optimistic” and that Callahan will make any final decision. “We won’t close any doors.

    “I respect that they have to make the best decision for the team, and I know they respect I have to make the best decision for my player.”

    That team is not the Blue Jackets, who have been reported to have interest.

  • Randy Miller on It is possible that the Devils trade Martin Brodeur, but he hopes to stay.

    “We’ll see,” Brodeur told “I don’t expect anything to happen and I hope not. The next three weeks or four weeks, we’ll know.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: Non-regular scouts at the Flyers – Kings game: Flames, Jets and Lightning.
  • Aaron Portzline: Scouting the Blue Jackets – Panthers: Penguins (2), Sharks and Rangers.

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Afternoon Hits: Flames, Sabres, Senators, Rangers, Kings, Lightning, Blue Jackets and Ducks

  • Calgary Flames: The Flames have relieved GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod of their duties.
  • Josh Rimer: Hearing the Sabres are speeding up their GM search process now.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Alain Vigneault confirms that Dylan McIlarth is in, along with Aaron Asham, Benoit Pouliot and Tom Pyatt. Justin Falk and Derrick Brassard are out.
  • Helene Elliott: Dean Lombardi told USA Olympic GM David Poile that goalie Jonathan Quick will be back by the end of the year.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jimmy Howard said that he’s hoping to only be out for a one to two weeks, but will not know for sure until after his MRI tomorrow.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Cody Hodgson will miss tonight’s game with a lower-body injury. Ville Leino is back in the lineup.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Victor Hedman’s lower-body injury is not progressing and will be out at least another week.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators lines: MacArthur-Spezza-Zibanejad, Conacher-Turris-Ryan, Greening-Pageau-Neil, Michalek-Smith-Condra.
  • Blue Jackets: Lines, pairing and goalie: Foligno – Johansen – Umberger, Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson, Jenner – Anisimov – Comeau, Letestu – MacKenzie – Tropp … Tyutin – Johnson, Murray – Savard, Nikitin – Prout …. McElhinney
  • Igor Eronko: KHL’s Avtomobilist terminated the contract of Anthony Stewart.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks have sent David Steckel, Alex Grant and Nolan Yonkman to the AHL.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.

    The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.

    It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.

    Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.

    The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.

    The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.

    The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.

    Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.

    The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
  • Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
  • Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’

    “I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.

    He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’

    He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.

    And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’

    Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”

    “So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!

    No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.

    After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’

    I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.

    They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’

    I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.

    You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”

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Morning Rumors: Nolan, Phaneuf, Hiller, Gaborik, Vlasic, Theodore, Havlat and Miller

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The odds are slim that Ted Nolan will be behind the bench for the Sabres next season.

    Shinzawa thinks the Maple Leafs will re-sign captain Dion Phaneuf. He’s 28-years old and is averaging 24.:23 minutes per game. Those types of defenseman are hard to find and are even harder to acquire.

    Jonas Hiller will be a UFA at the end of the season and the Ducks may look to acquire some assets for him. The Islanders and Predators are potential landing spots for him. The Ducks are deep in net with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson in the pipeline.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks it’s doubtful that the Blue Jackets will look to re-sign Marian Gaborik for another four or five years at $6 million. They gave up Derrick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore to get him.

    Marc-Eduoard Vlasic may have played himself ahead of Marc Staal and Dan Hamhuis on the Canadian Olympic team depth chart.

    The Wild may be looking for a backup goalie with experience. Best bet is they bring back Jose Theodore.

    The Sharks will likely buyout Martin Havlat after this season. They may have done it this summer, but he was injured and you can’t buyout injured players.

    Still rumors out there that the Blues will make a play for Sabres Ryan Miller at the trade deadline.

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Morning Hits: Ekman-Larsson, Grabovski, Brassard, Pietrangelo and McLaren

  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larson will arrive in camp today.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski’s visa situation will be resolved and he’ll be at practice on Sunday.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers assistant coach Scott Arniel said there never was really any problem between him and Derrick Brassard. It was more due to the situation “created” by his agent Allan Walsh.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Alex Pietrangelo’s contract comes with a no-trade clause for the entire length of the deal.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs may be considering using tough guy Frazer McLarenon the penalty kill this season.

    “Frazer McLaren did kill penalties in the American Hockey League for the Worcester IceCats. And we knew that and we have evidence of that over the course of his young career.”

    “That’s where the growth is possible for him to take the next step,” Carlyle said. “To use him in the exhibition season killing penalties. He’s had that role before at the lower level.

    “Is it time to experience that now? Give him a little bit of opportunity? We’re not afraid to do that with those guys.”

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Market value for Timonen … A Blue Jackets rant … Visnovsky to join Isles … Campoli to Switzerland

  • Bill Meltzer via twitter: On Kimmo Timonen’s reported 1 year, $6 million contract. He got market value, considering the factors: “1) Defensemen leaguewide command a premium. A four-time All-Star, regardless of age, commands an ultra-high premium. 2) Timonen was the best remaining potential UFA Dman. He brings more all-around than Gonchar, Hainsey, Streit, Visnovsky, Regehr, etc. 3) It’s not ideal that Timonen, at age 38 with a lot of wear-and-tear, is still Flyers most important Dman. But that’s the reality. He is. 4) Hometown discounts don’t really exist anyway, but especially not after two NHL lockouts. Timonen got his market value. 5) Flyers have ended up losing 3 UFAs with whom they waited until after season to try to negotiate extension — and found price had jumped.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline goes on a little Blue Jackets rant: “Many expected #CBJ to be 3-6-2, or about that, to this point. Were they expected to thrive? No. But they lack – or defy – defintion so far. Only line or pair that has played w definiton/purpose has been 4th. Other lines just sporadic bursts, the pairs wildly inconsistent. Go ahead & demote Johansen to minors/bench Brassard, if need be. But hard to grasp how Umberger – really struggling – leads Fs in ice time. Biggest question is … who are these guys, what is this team, where are they going? Very aimless. John Davidson scratching his head. Had NHL coach ask me two weeks ago: “How are the new guys fitting in?” Me: “Far as I can tell, good.” Him: “Oh. That’s too bad.” Me: “Meaning … ” Him: “They weren’t brought in to join the group, but to change it.” His point: gotta get ugly to change course sometime.” Many #CBJ fans feel stuck in black hole: UFAs not interested (unless gonzo ocerpaid); draft picks never pan out; good players lose mojo … What will break the cycle? Gotta be something seismic, something that may seem troublesome at the time. Who are these guys?”

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State of the Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Austin Lutz

With only 23 games remaining in their season, the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, a place that’s been their home for the majority of the season. That being said, the Jackets are the biggest sellers this trade deadline, and the only thing Scott Howson has to look forward to this June is the possibility of adding top prospect Nail Yakupov.

Columbus seems set for another few years of rebuild and that’s not something that 27-year-old captain Rick Nash wants to wait for. He has not openly admitted to wanting a trade, but when asked about being traded, he said “Right now I’m a Blue Jacket.” The words “right now” tell it all and whether Nash is traded before the deadline or at the draft, he seems to be on his way out of Columbus

Many different teams have been linked to Nash, who brings a yearly cap hit of $7.8 million until 2018, but most often it has been the first place Rangers, the Maple Leafs, the Kings, and as always the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Teams interested in Bourque, Brassard and Vermette … Lightning looking for Top 4 Dman … Canes may move Ruutu … Burke scouting Bruins-Canes … Rick Rypien Tribute video

  • TSN Insider Trading video link: The Flames have 12 players who’ll be free agents, but they are looking to make some roster changes now. Teams are interested in Rene Bourque. Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu and his $3.8 million contract could be on the trade block at some point as he’ll be a free agent at the end of the year. The Lightning are looking for a top 4 defenseman. Mattias Ohlund injury is looking like it will take the full 6 weeks, maybe up to 7 weeks. LeBrun isn’t sure what the Lightning would be willing to give up to get a top 4. Teams are calling the Blue Jackets about Derrick Brassard and Antoine Vermette, but it’s unlikely they would move one of their top 6 with Jeff Carter out.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger isn’t suggesting that Flames GM Jay Feaster is shopping Rene Bourque, but his name is out there and teams are interested in him.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: There has been more ‘chatter’ about early season trades this year than most years by teams who may stumble to start the season. Bernstein couldn’t add specifics but sources in both conferences said their may be early moves.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi doesn’t think the Flyers Scott Hartnell will be traded between now and the trade deadline, that his huge contract hurts.
  • Tim Sassone via twitter: Sassone notes that Rostislav Olesz at $3.1 million is becoming an expensive regular scratch for the Blackhawks.
  • Canucks Rick Rypien Tribute video:

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Afternoon twitter notes involving Doughty, Crosby and a couple Pens, Schenn, Lombardi, Brodeur, Redden, Markov, Kesler and others

  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider posted a transcipt of a phone interview with Kings GM Dean Lombardi about Drew Doughty, and you should check it out in it’s entirety. A couple quick quotes from Lombardi:

    “The problem we have, and we’re going to have to see how this evolves, is that generally with a player, you establish his market value and he signs up for 275 days of work. That was the one thing that changed during the CBA, that players were paid during training camp. So, quite frankly, it’s the way we have to approach this. Let alone missing a day or work, as well as getting behind your teammates in terms of preparation. It probably makes this a little more difficult, but you have to factor that in now. You’re not getting a full year’s work as of today.”

    “Yeah. Well, it’s not that one [previous offer]. It doesn’t mean, certainly, that there isn’t going to be dialogue. The point is that missing days of work has to now factor into this negotiation. There’s no doubt in my mind that this kid is going to play here and play here a long time. But now, like I said, missing a day of work has to be factored into this. It’s no different than any other player. The lines of communication are certainly open. There was a cordial discussion last night, and that’s it.”

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The $3.6 million for 5 years the Maple Leafs gave Luke Schenn is more than they wanted to spend. They could have signed Schenn for 3 years at around $3 million, but they wanted to a do a longer term. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Leafs GM Brian Burke said that they explored 2, 3, and 5 year contracts with Schenn. A 4  year deal was never discussed as it would take Schenn to unrestricted free agency.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Martin Brodeur said the thought that this could be his last training camp has crossed his mind. Contract is up and retirement is a possibility … But …  Rich Chere via twitter: Brodeur added “Even (if) there was a work stoppage (after this season), I might be interested to keep going.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Dmitry asks Bob McKenzie when he thinks the Maple Leafs will start talking to Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. Bob McKenzie doesn’t think that there is no rush, that Burke will want to see “their full body of work” during the season before they make any commitments.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Steve Bernier said that he turned down a 2-way contract offer from other teams but decided to “risk everything” and take a tryout offer from the Devils.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Blue Jackets coach Arniel said that Prospal, Vermette, Brassard, Umberger are early candidates to be on the big line.
  • Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov: “I won’t be ready tomorrow but I will be ready one day.”. October 6th? “There’s always a chance.”
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Canucks coach Vigneault said that Ryan Keslser is “out indefinitely,” he won’t be skating when camp opens. Mason Raymond is also out indefinitely.
  • Don Brennan via twitter: Though Pascal Leclaire is not under contract with the Senators (or anyone else), but they are responsible for helping bring him back to health as he was injured while under contract with them.

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Sunday Morning NHL Rumor Roundup – Part 2

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:The Kings are targeting in order: Brad Richards, Ales Hemsky, and David Booth. Richards is complicated deal as he is out with a concussion with no timetable, and has a no-trade clause. The Rangers are also interested in Richards. A source it would likely be a Monday deal, if at all. The Stars have made a contract offer to Richards yet, but could do so on Sunday night. The Oilers won’t move off of Brayden Schenn in a Hemsky deal.On Sidney Crosby: “Sidney is still not symptom-free,” his agent, Pat Brisson, told on Saturday. “We have to go a day at a time. Anyone in the media speculating that his season is over is jumping the gun. No one knows. That’s the truth. All we know is that we have to be extremely cautious.”

    Chris Phillip’s name came up in a Canucks-Senators call but didn’t go very far.

    The Avalanche may not be looking looking to move John-Michael Liles. Maple Leafs interested if they do. The Leafs and Clarke MacArthur have had contract talks but not close as of Saturday. Teams are calling about him.

    The Predators and Shea Weber have had serious contract talks. They need to lock him up.

    Detroit will not put a claim on Ty Conklin.

    The Blackhawks looking at adding a Dman.

    Capitals thought that picking up Marco Sturm for offensive help was a good idea as they didn’t have to give up anything.

    The Coyotes are looking for defensive depth.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:New Buffalo Sabres owner, Terry Pegula, has given GM Darcy Regier the green light to spend to the salary cap, so don’t be surprised if they go after Brad Richards or Paul Stastny. Garrioch believes pretty much everyone on the the Avs roster is available, including Stastny despite what they are saying. Regier would have to compete with at least the Leafs and Kings on a top center. Stastny would likely cost 2 top prospects and a top pick.Kings GM Dean Lombardi (accused tire kicker) is under pressure to make a big move. Brayden Schenn is a non-starter in Ales Hemsky talks, and the Oilers don’t really want to trade Hemsky. Lombardi will either cave in an pay a big price for Brad Richards or Ales Hemsky, or will add to his reputation as being afraid to make a big deal.

    The Dallas Stars are still unsure what the next move Brad Richards wants to take. The Rangers and Leafs are interested.

    Joni  Pitkanen is likely staying in Carolina as they’re still in the playoff race.

    Canucks looking at Panthers Marty Reasoner.

    The Avalanche will likely ask John-Michael Liles to waive his no-movement clause.

    There was some talk that the Red Wings could look at Tomas Vokoun, but they don’t have the salary space. They appear confident that Chris Osgood will be back and okay.

    The Blue Jackets are getting calls for Jakub Voracek and Derrick Brassard but they don’t really want to move them. They deny it, but apparently they have been shopping Steve Mason.

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