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NHL News: Panthers Re-Sign Dmitri Kulikov

  • TSN Hockey: The Panthers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dmitri Kulikov to a three-year contract worth $13 million.

The deal carries a $4.33 million salary cap hit.

Kulikov was drafted 14th overall in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Panthers.


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NHL Rumors III: Sharks, Dmen That Could Be Available and Kulikov

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Despite saying that the Sharks on in a “rebuild phase,” GM Doug Wilson still wants to win.

    “I never lowered the expectations of making the playoffs, because we’re still a very good team,” Wilson said.

    “I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild,” he said. “We’re not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You’re not going to see us with 50 points next year — we’re too good a team for that.”

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Defenseman that could be available for trade this offseason:

    1. Mike Green – the Avalanche and Red Wings have been mentioned as potential landing spots if the Capitals decide to trade him. If the Caps don’t move him this summer, and if they are out of contention at the trade deadline, they could trade him then.

    2. Dion Phaneuf – carries a big cap hit and was rumored to be part of the Maple Leafs offer to the Panthers for the first overall pick at the 2014 draft.

    3. Tyler Myers – Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t actively shopping his young players, but added that he’d listen to offers. Offers would have to be huge. There have been rumors that the Canucks and Red Wings have had interest.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said they are very close on a deal with defenseman Dmitri Kulikov.

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Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.

    The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.

    The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.

    The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.

    The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.

    Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.

    Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.

    The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.

    Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.

    Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.

    Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.

    There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.

    If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.

    The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.

    Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.

    Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.

    Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
  • Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
  • Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.

    “I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”

    Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.

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Morning Rumors II: St. Louis, Girardi, Boyle, Vanek, MacDonald, Sharks, Cammalleri, Avalanche and Flyers

  • Nick Kypreos: It is believed that Martin St. Louis asked for a trade when he was left off team Canada. Kypreos has been told that some teams are not sure if he feels the same now. St. Louis does have a no-movement clause through next season. As reported by Larry Brooks, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is not interested in a rental player.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should get lots of interest in Dan Girardi, and some for Brian Boyle. Girardi is asking the Rangers for six years and about $5.75 million per season. GM Glen Sather is offering five years and lower than $5.75 million per. Sather has told teams he’ll move Girardi instead of losing him for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Thomas Vanek on some Austrians staying out late partying.

    “Some of the headlines, especially in Europe, that to me was sad and ridiculous,” Vanek told The Post after the Islanders’ Sunday practice in Syosset, his first since returning. “They’re making it sound like there was 25 guys. It was just a few guys stayed out later, and even that, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it wasn’t an issue.

    “We had a practice the next day, Monday night, I think everyone focused all day Monday,” said Vanek, who admitted to staying out until about 2 a.m., but not being affected by game time. “Can you say, ‘Was it a distraction?’ I don’t know, maybe. But we lost the game to a good [Slovenia] team, a team that we could have beat, and that makes it even more hard and tough. But the story made it bigger than it was.”

    GM Garth Snow is looking to get a first round pick, as well as a second round pick or high-level prospect for Vanek. Vanek has already turned down a seven-year, $50 million offer from the Islanders. Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has already turned down a four-year, $16 million deal. Snow is hoping to get a first round pick for MacDonald.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Don’t expect the Sharks to make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline. The Sharks will be getting Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back from injury.

    “On paper, when you add people that you don’t know, you hope that it works. But when you add people that have had playing time together, you know that it works,” Wilson said. “You just hope they’re healthy enough to do it.”

    The Sharks will have to clear some cap space when Couture and Torres return to the lineup as they will be about $1 million over. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t seem eager to trade prospects and/or picks for rental players.

    “We’re still in refresh/reset,” Wilson said, repeating a term he coined at last year’s deadline.

    “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. We think our team, when it’s all healthy, is as good as anybody. We haven’t had the luxury of seeing it all together, but you’ve got to project at some point.

    “Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset/refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but, unlikely.”

  • Adrian Dater: (answering twitter questions) Very unlikely that the Avalanche will do anything at the trade deadline. Doesn’t see the Avs trying to replace Alex Tanguay or at least picking up a replacement. Ryan O’Reilly is definitely not being traded.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs would still be interested in a Dmitri Kulikov type defenseman, but the Panthers are wanting too much for him.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs want to remain a young team. They will not be looking to bring in older (30-years old) players.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland thinks it will be interesting a Tim Thomas market starts to develop.

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Morning Rumors: Kulikov, Tootoo, Leafs, Kings, Alfredsson, Flames, Gardiner and Jets

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “I spoke to Dale Tallon this week & I’d be comfortable saying the Leafs have interest in Kulikov. So do 20 other teams”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: “the market is open in Florida due to new ownership. I’d still link Florida to Detroit for Tootoo”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio:  “there is no doubt, Toronto is looking to add another forward. Nonis is being patient. He’ll trade Gardiner, Rielly or anybody”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio:  “the reason I said Toronto wouldn’t trade Reimer for Yakupov because of how great their current situation is in goal” … “Yakupov is still unproven and developing. Does TO need that kind of player? Probably not.”
  • Dennis Bernstein:  The Kings are now looking for options at left wing for their second line. Matt Frattin and Tyler Toffoli haven’t worked out.  Bernstein doesn’t think they are close to a deal. Notes that they had eight defenseman on the ice yesterday morning, something has to give.
  • Darren Dreger: Daniel Alfredsson presented the Senators a 2 year offer at $6 million a season. The Senators last offer was one-year at $4.5 million.
  • Roger Millions: Flames GM Jay Feater said there have been talks with other teams about possible trades. Teams looking for vets with workable contracts, and Millions thinks it’s more that teams are calling them and not the Flames calling teams. Feaster added that US Thanksgiving is more likely when you see players being traded, still a little too early.

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Morning Rumors: Hiller, Oilers, Liles, Tootoo, Kulikov, Horton, Meszaros, Grigorenko, Green and Miller

  • Mark Spector: Thinks the Oilers have another deal in the works.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “I know there has been some dialogue between Edmonton and Anaheim regarding Jonas Hiller
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: “the Oilers have cooled down their search for a goaltender. I think it’s status quo right now for MacTavish”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “Carlyle didn’t feel great at having to waive Liles because Liles did everything Carlyle asked him to do in the exit meeting” … “I believe the Leafs are willing to eat around $1 million dollars (and that is negotiable) to move Liles”
  • David Alter: If the Leafs retain any money in a John-Michael Liles trade, not using the non-compliance window they had back in August would be a mistake.
  • Darren Dreger on TSN: The Red Wings are believed to be eager to make a trade. Jordin Tootoo is in play to create some cap space to make room for Gustav Nyquist. The Maple Leafs are willing to retain a significant portion of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs have had their eye on Panthers Dmitri Kulikov over the years, and he might be available. He wouldn’t come cheap, and he’ll be looking for a big pay increase from his $2.5 million.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton insinuated last week that part of the reason he left the Bruins in the summer was that the Bruins wanted until the last minute to negotiate with him. At the time he signed with the Blue Jackets (seven-years, $37 million), he agent said that Horton wanted to go somewhere quieter and more laid back than Boston.

    “All year, nothing happened. I waited for a long time,” Horton said of last year in Boston. “When you wait until the last minute, what am I . . . I’m not going to wait around. I’m happy with the way things turned out. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside.

    “That’s kind of what it came down to. I heard a little bit about Columbus. It’s not the Columbus that everyone knows. Columbus is up-and-coming. They’ve got a great team and great people in charge. It’s kind of what I was looking for.”

    The Bruins wouldn’t have offered a seven-year contract with his concussion history. There were negotiations last year about a five-year, around $5 million a year deal. Horton would change his mind daily on if staying in Boston or leaving. Ultimately came down to his wife’s desire to live somewhere warmer and quieter. The Bruins would have traded his rights for a seventh round pick, and had discussed a deal with the Kings. Horton said he was ruling out all Canadian cities and big markets.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Flyers have tried to trade Andrej Meszaros, but his expiring contract may be valuable to the Flyers who sit at $56 million for next season.

    Among the teams the Oilers talked to were the Ducks, Blues and Capitals. Some belief they may have looked at Jake Allen and Thomas Greiss. Allen is staying in St. Louis and Greiss info appears incorrect.

    Did the Oilers consider trading Nail Yakupov for help on the blueline? They may have thought the cost was too high, same as price for goaltending.

    Teams exploring trade market the most are the Flyers, Rangers and maybe the Devils.

    A lot of concern about Tyler Myers play, more and more lately involving Mikhail Grigorenko.

    The Kings have started preliminary talks with Matt Greene.

    Despite having a limited no-trade clause, Ryan Miller may consider going anywhere. Oilers make little sense.

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Injury Notes: Kulikov, Nugent-Hopkins and Glencross

  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is likely done for this week according to coach Kevin Dineen.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is done for the year. He’s expected to the same, or similar, shoulder surgery that Taylor Hall went through.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames winger Curtis Glencross will miss the last week of the season due to a knee injury after a knee-on-knee hit from Ben Lovejoy.

    “I don’t think he’s going to play again (this season),” head coach Bob Hartley said after his team’s practice Saturday at the Saddledome.

    “I don’t have the medical terms but he’s not coming on the trip. Not good.”

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NHL Rumors II: Clowe, Vanek, Luongo, Kiprsuoff, Leafs, Penguins, Blues, Kings, Bruins and Hurricanes

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers and Canucks are in the hunt for Sharks Ryane Clowe. Clowe won’t stand in the way of possible trade. He and management have been working together.

    “It’s a distraction if you let it be a distraction,” coach Todd McLellan said Sunday. “My experience around him this last week has been a good one. He’s been professional, he’s come to the rink and played hard, got himself healthy.”

    GM Doug Wilson on if they are buyers or sellers,

    “We’re both,” the G.M. responded. “Are we going to give up first- or second-round picks in a draft that’s viewed as very strong? The answer is no. This is the time that we’re going to replenish in a very strong draft year.

    “But,” he added, “if there’s younger players that can fit into what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to play, I have no problem acquiring that maybe in lieu of a pick.”

  • Paul Hamilton of WGR 550: Thomas Vanek on if he’d like to be traded,

    “You never like to. I’ve raised my family here and I enjoy where I’m at, but I understand the situation and I’ve not talked to anyone about what their plan is. It’s something you can’t control and if happens, you move on.”

  • Toronto Sun: Roberto Luongo trade talk is increasing.

    “Mike is in discussions with multiple teams … Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media.

    “We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to ‘steal’ Roberto from us,” Gilman told reporters. “We’re not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow.”

    Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak fits their need. Bozak hasn’t been apart of any recent Maple Leafs offer according to the Vancouver Province.

    The Leafs have looked to improve their top-four, and have been linked too: Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester.

  • Lance Hornby: If the Leafs could get Miikka Kiprusoff at a bargain price, they can’t turn it down. No contract strings should be attached.
  • Darren Dreger: There was more talk between the Flames and Maple Leafs this weekend. They are not close but more talks are expected over the next three days. Kiprusoff has maintained that he’d consider all options, including a trade, contract extension, etc.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Penguins are still looking to add a 4th line center who will be a UFA at the end of the season. Coyotes Boyd Gordon, Sharks Michal Handzus and Blues Scott Nichol’s could be a fits for the Pens.The Blues may look to trade Patrik Berglund or David Perron this summer. Alex Steen or Jaden Schwartz could be moved to center if Berglund is traded.

    The LA Kings are a wildcard for Jay Bouwmeester. Since Penner is unlikely to be back, they should be able to fit in his contract for next season.

    Bruins pending UFA goalie Anton Khudobin is likely heading to the KHL and AHL goalie Niklas Svedberg will be their backup next season.

    Kings Dustin Penner could be available. Matheson thinks the Bruins should take a look.

    The Hurricanes are still looking for a defenseman, Ryan Whitney has to be a possibility.

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Trade Rumors: Weiss, Iginla, Kiprusoff, Sabres, Sens, Caps, Flyers, Panthers, Kulemin, Bernier, Steckel and O’Reilly

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Stephen Weiss rumors, who will be a UFA and has a no-movement clause.

    “Ridiculous,” Tallon said. “I’m not trading him, I’m going to try to sign him.”

    Travis Zajac’s 8 year, $46 million contract could be in the ballpark of what Tallon may offer. There are 7 pending UFA centers who, in theory, could center a first line: Ryan Geltzlaf, Valtteri Filppula, Weiss, Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro and Patrik Elias. Would Jarome Iginla be interested in Flyers if he considered moving on? Are they a cup contender this year though? The Penguins may have an opening for him. The Canucks offered Cody Hodgson to the Capitals for John Carlson last year. Flames Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but it doesn’t mean the Flames are in a rush to move him. The Sabres have eight defenseman, and GM Darcy Regier has told teams, “Give me a reason to trade one.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources say it will likely be another week before the trade market shakes loose, more separation between playoff and non-playoff teams. Senators GM Bryan Murray likely won’t find a Jason Spezza replacement unless he gives up a top prospect. Capitals George McPhee and Flyers Paul Holmgren have been working the phones desperately.

    “There’s not many players available,” said a league executive Monday. “If you want one, and one becomes available, you better go snap him up quick cause the market is light.”

  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Even though the Panthers are denying it, Murphy is hearing more and more that Stephen Weiss is available. If Murphy was Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, he’d go after him.
  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Murphy thinks that if any team is looking for a young, skilled defenseman, they should try to pry Dmitri Kulikov from the Panthers. His holdout and bad start may make him available.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The trade market is quiet as GMs aren’t ready to make any moves just yet. Teams aren’t out of it yet. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is working the phones.
  • The Fourth Period: The Penguins could be looking for a winger to play with Evgeni Malkin, and they could once again be looking at Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin. The Penguins asked about him last year, and apparently had a 1st round pick on the table, which was turned down by Brian Burke. The Penguins had 2 scouts at the Leafs-Hurricanes game on Monday.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Matheson doesn’t see the Oilers trading for Jonathan Bernier. There would be a better chance of the Maple Leafs trading for him. The Kings need some scoring and help on the blueline.
  • Bob Stauffer via twitter: Stauffer thinks that Maple Leafs David Steckel makes sense for a short term fix at center for the Oilers. Steckel is likely available as he’s in and out of the Leafs lineup. He’s been one of the top face-off guys for years. Ryan O’Reilly is a type of guy the Oilers should target if his contract stalemate drags on. He’s a strong, skilled two-way center.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: The longer O’Reilly’s stalemate goes on, the more feeling you get that he’s not long for the Avalanche. Matheson doesn’t think he’s a $5 million player though.

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State of the Florida Panthers: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Jordan Gluck of, and can be found at @dylanswisdom (written before the Wojtet Wolski trade)

The Panthers are in a unusual position. They have not made the playoffs since 2000. Dale Tallon and assistant GM Mike Santos have done a great job rebuilding this team. As a result about this they now rank 20th in attendance which should shut down any chance at relocation.

The Panthers are obviously buyers at the deadline. They have been propelled by the great additions of Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann, Brian Campbell, and Jose Theodore. As there roster sits right now they have a tremendous amount of depth but not much frontline talent. They are also ravaged by injuries but have the #1 farm system in the game with the likes of Nick Bjustad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Quinton Howden, Jacob Markstrom, and Luke Shaw.

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