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NHL Rumors III: Morris, Coyotes, Thornton, Engelland, Hiller, Weaver and McClement

  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes will be moving on from Derek Morris, GM Don Maloney: “We wanted to change our mix.”

  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes called on pending UFAs yesterday. They are looking to add a scoring winger or two, improve their speed and team defending.

  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he contacted some defensemen but wouldn’t say who.

  • Damien Cox: There is interest in Shawn Thornton. Douglas Murray may find it difficult in getting an offer.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Six teams have shown interest in Deryk Engelland. At least four teams are interested in Jonas Hiller.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Sources saying that the Oilers reached out to Engelland and are likely to have further talks.

  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks played phone tag with Jonas Hiller’s agent, who also represents Deryk Engelland and Joe Vitale.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Sources saying Mike Weaver has talked with teams, but the Canadiens still remain high on his list.

  • Jonas Siegel: Jay McClement’s agent said there haven’t been talks with the Maple Leafs and there are none planned as of yet.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Jokinen, Canadiens, Penguins and Blackhawks

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: As of yesterday, the Jets and pending UFA Olli Jokinen have had limited contact. Should expect the Jets payroll next year to be around $65 million. The Jets could take the $3 million or so it may have used on Jokinen, invest it elsewhere, and potentially have a spot open for prospect Adam Lowry if he’s ready. Issues remains that if you do that and he’s not ready, you now have a hole at the third line.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: When P.K. Subban’s gets his new contract, it will eat of most of their remaining cap space. Brian Gionta wants to return, but how much of pay cut will he take and is he fine with a one-year deal? Lars Ellar could take a short-term deal and a raise from his $1.5 million. Mike Weaver could serve as an insurance policy behind youngsters Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi. Now that Andrei Markov is back, don’t expect any big moves from the free agent market. Peter Budaj could be traded. At the draft, they could focus on size, especially up front, and character players with potential.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wants to upgrade their third and fourth lines, but he hasn’t really said who he want to keep and who he wants to replace. Tanner Glass’s agent,

    “Some preliminary discussions with Jason [Botterill, now the associate GM] a few months ago” but that he has “not spoken with Jim or Jason since [the Penguins’] management/coaching changes.”

    Joe Vitale and defenseman Deryk Engelland’s agent said they have not had any contract talks with the Penguins.

  • SportsNet: The Blackhawks could be looking to trade Patrick Sharp, using as trade chip to land a center. Sharp has a modified no-trade clause and carries a $5.9 million cap hit.

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NHL Rumors II: Penguins Checklist and the Oilers

  • Dean Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: A checklist for the new GM whenever he is hired.

    1. Fire the coach.

    2. Hire a coach – Kovacevic suggests Rick Tocchet.

    3. Trade Kris Letang – Letang’s limited no-trade clause starts on July 1st. Trading Letang’s eight-year, $58 million contract would free up money for concerns in other areas.

    4. Trade James Neal – You have to give up something to get something. The Penguins have to many perimeter scorers and not enough drive the net types. Neal is only 26-years old with a $5 million cap hit.

    5. Sign Matt Niskanen – they must re-sign him and possibly have the new coach put a letter on his sweater.

    6. Wish Brooks Orpik and Jussi Jokinen well – both are UFAs and should not be brought back.

  • David Staples: If the Oilers are going to be looking to sign a big, slow, hard hitting bottom pairing defenseman, Matt Greene is better than Deryk Engelland. GM Craig MacTavish should be able to do better though.
  • Jonathan Willis: Anton Belov said he was offered a contract by the Oilers, but he decided not to sign it. David Staples: Staples was sent a transcript from Adler that said Belov was not offered a contract. Dmitry Chesnokov: From an interview before the World Championships: When asked if he was offered a contract by the Oilers before signing with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

    “Yes… And another point is that not to re-sign with Edmonton means having to wait until July 1. And going to the World Championships I wanted to be under contract. Coming back to Russia was the only way out.”

    Also added:

    “The other point is that I could have re-signed with Edmonton, but I didn’t want to stay with that coach [Dallas Eakins]…”

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Morning Rumors II: Penguins, Flyers and Red Wings

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Brooks Orpik’s plan would have been to play in the Stanley Cup if the Penguins had made it that far. Orpik’s future with the Penguins is now on hold until a new GM is hired.

    “We still have time,” Orpik’s agent, Lewis Gross, told the Tribune-Review. “Brooks isn’t a free agent until July. We’re not worried about Pittsburgh not having a GM right now.”

    Orpik’s agent thinks there will lots of interest in him if he hits the open market. Matt Niskanen, Jussi Jokinen and Deryk Engelland are also waiting for the team to hire a new GM.

  • Tim Panaccio:  Brayden Schenn’s (RFA) agent said he hasn’t heard from Flyers GM Ron Hextall, but is not worried at the moment.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers don’t have a lot of cap space to work with, only $6.55 million in space with the ceiling at $71.1 million (and it will be lower than that). They’ll need to decide if they are going to re-sign Ray Emery. It might make sense if they package Luke ($3.6 million) and Brayden Schenn (RFA) for a defenseman or left winger that would complement Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit NewsDaniel Alfredsson and Jonas Gustavsson may be the only pending UFAs the Red Wings may consider bringing back from their list of: David LegwandDaniel AlfredssonTodd BertuzziDaniel Cleary, Mikael Samuelsson, Kyle Quincey and Jonas Gustavsson.

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Injury Notes: Malkin, Edler, Harding, Schenn, Lecavalier, Smith, Abdelkader, Clowe and the Blue Jackets

  • Mike Halford: Penguins Evgeni Malkin will miss their next two games.
  • Brad Ziemer: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Alex Edler: “He’s still a ways away. I can’t even say day to day. It’s after the (Xmas) break and who knows where from there.”
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild goalie Josh Harding was put on the IR and they have recalled Johan Gustafsson.

    “Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”

  • Courier Post: Flyers Brayden Schenn does not have a concussion and could play tonight. Marc Narducci: Schenn said he has some stiffness in his upper back and neck, but no concussion symptoms.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is still two-three weeks away according to GM Paul Holmgren.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Trevor Smith broke his hand and will but put on the IR. Jonas Siegel: Dreger said that he could be out for two months. Jared Smithson will fill in for the time being.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated yesterday. His headaches and dizziness are gone. He isn’t sure when he’ll be cleared to return, but is hoping for Monday. Deryk Engelland was suspended for five games for the hit on Abdelkader.
  • Randy Miller: Devils Ryane Clowe is hoping to play on Friday.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (upper-body) and Marian Gaborik (knee) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Both are expecting to play on Saturday. Dalton Prout (upper-body) is out at least two weeks. Derek McKenzie (lower-body) is day-to-day and is out this weekend. He hopes to be able to return before Christmas.

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Morning Hits: Thornton, Clarkson, Porter, Peluso and Engelland

  • Josh Yohe: Bruins Shawn Thornton: “I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about my next steps.”
  • Cap Geek: Maple Leafs David Clarkson has forfeited $397,280 in salary this season due to suspensions.
  • Bob McKenzie: Jets Anthony Peluso will have a noon hearing today with the NHL.
  • NHL Player Safety: Penguins Deryk Engelland will have an in-person hearing on Wednesday for his hit on Justin Abdelkader.
  • How many game do you think Engelland SHOULD get? How many games do you think he WILL get?

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Morning Rumors: Subban, Team Needs, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Predators, Oilers and Yakupov

  • Chris Nichols: Louis Jean said that P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will begin contract extension talks within the next two weeks. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: “the critical question that needs to be asked: is Therein giving PK tough love or is he disrespecting him?” … “if Subban takes it as disrespect he’ll take a short deal and walk as a UFA in two years”
  • Darren Dreger on TSN (team – needs): Maple Leafs - Center, Oilers - Defenseman and Goalie, Jets - Power Forward, Ducks - Puck moving defenseman, Hurricanes - Defenseman and Goalie, Panthers - Defenseman and Forward
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “the Leafs have bodies that they’re going to have to find room for on the blueline” … “one thing the Leafs do as well or better than most teams is make sure they recognize that” … “people will laugh at that comment considering how Gardiner was treated last year”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say what happens to the blueline when Mark Fraser returns. Mirtle guesses that either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner sits one or both games this weekend. Michael Traikos: Traikos guesses Rielly will sit as Gardiner has been playing a lot lately.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Florida’s GM Dale Tallon is trying hard to make some roster moves. He sent an email to all teams last week saying that defenseman Ryan Whitney is available. There are about 20 teams with $2 million of less in salary cap space. Friendman wonders if anyone would take a chance on Penguins Deryk Engelland and his $566,667 salary cap hit. Predators GM David Poile: Q: “After the trade embargo was lifted on Shea Weber, did you ever get an offer that made you think about doing it?” A: “No.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: Oilers Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish were at the Flyers – Hurricanes game Tuesday night.
  • Seth Rothman: At the Rangers game last night: Oilers Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish.
  • Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers-Penguins game: Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets, Coyotes, Oilers (3), Stars (2) and Lightning
  • Brian Staubit of CBS Sports: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Nail Yakupov and trade rumors.

    “The thing with Yak is simple. I see him trying so hard to be better defensively and to learn this defensive system that we’re trying to implement. I thought he made a couple of good plays defensively yesterday. I saw the thought process go through his head on the ice so that’s encouraging for me.

    “And then wanted also to let him know all these reports in the media where people are making up trades for him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue. This kid is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid here Stamkos; those guys struggled early in their careers and boy they turned out to be pretty good players.

    “Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eyes and let him know ‘hey, we’re attached at the hip.’ We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and and Stamkos. That’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old. We’re not just going to suddenly give up on a guy because he’s going through a rough stretch. People writing their columns and their blogs; listen, they can create their excitement that way. But all of what’s out there is 100 percent untrue.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked with Yakupov and his agent, Igor Larianov yesterday morning. At no time has MacTavish tried to trade Yakupov.

    “We never once mentioned that. I’ve had calls since the rumours started asking if I wanted to discuss that. But the answer has been ‘No!’

    “We are committed to him. His ice time may go up and down. But we have no plans to send him to the press box in Tampa Bay, at least the coach didn’t mention that as part of his plans when I talked to him in the morning.

    “And we have no thoughts of moving him down to the AHL,” he said of Wednesday’s speculation.

    “I told Nail that he made a commitment to us and we’ve made a commitment to him.”

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Morning rumors with video: Panthers, Oilers, Kaleta, Eller, Phaneuf, Noel and Gardiner

  • Harvey Fialkov: “Kulikov to Leafs trade rumors eminated from Toronto Sun. So early for these rumors. Panthers are easy target b/c of good young players.” … “Tallon said Ottawa Sun report about dealing veterans was absolute hearsay as is today’s Toronto Sun report on trading Kulikov.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: With Mike Brown’s trade to the Sharks, the Oilers now have 48 contracts. There is some talk that the Oilers should go after Red Wings Jordin Tootoo. There have been some calls made, but he carries a cap hit of $1.9 million, which is a lot for a fourth-liner. The Oilers need an abrasive third pairing defenseman (Deryk Engelland) more than they need a fourth-liner.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: A decision on Patrick Kaleta should be known today or tomorrow. If the suspension stays longer that six games, he has seven days to decide if he wants to take it to an independent arbitrator.

    The Canadiens had talks with Lars Ellerover the summer. No offer was made as Eller’s camp wanted to see how this season went after his injury late last season.

    Sources saying the Panthers are open to make some moves. GM Dale Tallon won’t wait long to make some players available. More of a retool and not a rebuild.

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: There haven’t been serious talks between the Maple Leafs and pending UFA Dion Phaneuf. Money and term could be tricky, but they will make an offer to keep him.
  • SportsNet Hockey Central: Is the writing on the wall for Claude Noel and Jake Gardiner?

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Morning Rumors: Bernier, Reimer, Oilers, Engelland and scouting the Jets-Stars

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Jonathan Bernier.

    “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Lombardi told ESPN.com Friday. “We knew this guy. After the trade, he sent me a text to thank me for trading him. I replied back, ‘I just wish I could have been Glen Sather and had Moog and Fuhr but that is impossible today.’”

    Lombardi knew he couldn’t keep both Bernier and Jonathan Quick, and promised Bernier a trade.

    “What makes this tough is that it’s procedural, you have to move him, it’s not even a hockey deal, you’re looking for an asset deal.”

    “You’ve got something that’s valuable that you have to move, but the market doesn’t recognize it,” Lombardi said.

    “[Toronto GM] Dave Nonis was really the only one who was seriously interested in him. Everyone else was just tire-kicking. I was shocked at the lack of real interest. He had proven himself again last season. The other reason I think people overlook Bernier is because he is small; they overlook his hockey sense, which is his best asset.

    “I give Nonis a lot of credit. A week after he got the [GM] job [in Toronto], he was all over Bernier.”

    Lombardi said they almost traded Bernier to Toronto before the start of last season, but was nervous with Quick coming back off back surgery. Without Bernier last year, they wouldn’t make the playoffs.

  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: With the early play of Jonathan Bernier, the Leafs have two capable No. 1 goalies. Feschuk wonders:

    It could mean the Maple Leafs explore a trade that includes James Reimer, since there’s no point in keeping around a perfectly deal-able No. 1-calibre talent when you’ve got holes in the lineup. There are plenty of teams looking for goaltenders and defencemen — heck, one will be at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. Wouldn’t a package of Reimer and the still-not-extended Dion Phaneuf render a choice young asset from, say, the Oilers?

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: One Eastern Conference executive doesn’t think Devan Dubnyk can be a No. 1 goalie, and aside from Justin Schultz, their blueline has  “neither depth nor dimension.” LeBrun thinks that GM Craig MacTavish will wait 10 to 15 games before deciding if he needs to look for a goalie elsewhere or not. LeBrun thinks their bigger need is on the blueline and that MacTavish will look to add one or two by the trade deadline.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are looking for third pairing Dman that brings some muscle and toughness. Penguins Deryk Engelland’s name keeps coming up in trade talk.
  • Darrin Bauming: Scouting the Jets-Stars game: Blues, Flames, Oilers, Penguins and two from the Swedish National team.

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Davidson to meet with Blue Jackets … Edler and Garrison’s injuries revealed … Engelland to Norway

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: John Davidson is heading to Columbus this weekend to meet with majority owner John McConnell and president Mike Priest. Davidson met with both on May 29th while he was the president of the Blues. He worked out a buyout with the Blues last week, and in an interview, expressed interest in working with the Blue Jackets. What Davidson’s role would be is not known. On could assume that he could be the president of hockey operations, with Priest running the business side of things.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks admitted yesterday that Alex Edler has a bulging disc and Jason Garrison has a groin injury. Both will be getting paid until they are deemed healthy. Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said both players were injured while training for the season and before the players were locked out. Ziemer via twitter: Have to wonder how the Canucks felt after Edler was kicking field goals after a Lions game.

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