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NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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NHL Rumors II: Panthers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Avs

  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers are hoping to re-sign pending RFAs Dmitry Kulikov and Eric Gudbranson, as well as pending UFA Tom Gilbert. Gilbert and the Panthers will talk about an extension before July 1st. The Panthers have already had trade talks involving Kulikov before the deadline, and could revisit those if they can’t get him locked up.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is doing all he can to keep pending UFA Andrew MacDonald with the team. MacDonald has enjoyed his time with the Flyers.

    “I’m not going to comment on anything that is ongoing,” Holmgren told the Daily News yesterday. “It just doesn’t make any sense [to comment]. We’d like to get something done. We want to sign him.”

    “I like what I see so far. It’s been great,” MacDonald said. “From an organizational standpoint, the team has been competitive. As a player, that’s all you can ask. That and to make you feel welcome. I’ve been really happy. We’ll see if something can get done here.”

    Money could become an issue. MacDonald would be one of the top Dmen available on July 1st. The Flyers will likely need to pay market price or higher for him. He turned down a four year, $16 million from the Islanders before he was traded at the deadline.

  • Sam Carchidi: MacDonald said that his agent and GM Paul Holmgren have been talking contract extension.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Randy Carlyle’s future as the Leafs coach won’t be determined quickly. GM Dave Nonis knew before he signed his five-year extension with the Leafs last year that it was possible that they would bring in another senior executive. Nonis may wait and see what other coaches come available after the season, possibilities include: Barry Trotz, John Tortorella, Kirk Muller, Dan Bylsma and Peter DeBoer. The Leafs and Dave Bolland’s camp don’t appear to be close. Bolland may be looking for an eight year deal in the $5 million range. Thought is that he won’t get that anywhere. A deal in the five year range and closer to the $4.2 million that Tyler Bozak makes, makes more sense. The Leafs would like Bolland back, but only at a reasonable price. Nonis will have to decide if he wants to bring pending UFAs Nikolai Kulemin and Jay McClement back. James Reimer will most likely ask to be traded, but it may not be easily made.
  • Josh Yohe of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is in the AHL on a conditioning assignment is not sure if he’ll be called up to backup Marc-Andre Fleury. It could also be his last season playing hockey.

    “That’s up to the coaches,” Vokoun said. “When we talked back in January, I told them I’m open-minded. Regardless of what happened, I was 90 percent sure it was going to be my last season anyway.”

  • Chris Johnston: Leafs GM Dave Nonis is expected to remain GM after the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president.
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Shanahan goes in and fires Carlyle then he should just fire Nonis too. If that’s the way then Nonis is just a puppet” … ”Nonis will not be a puppet. That’s not his style. There is a fighter there that I don’t think people realize.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: The people that I’ve spoken to have told me that it’s Patrick Roy making the decisions there”

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Flyers, Habs, Panthers, Jets, Sharks, Canes, Wild and Canucks

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs have lost eight in a row and changes could be coming. Coach Randy Carlyle could be the scapegoat. A management source indicated that drastic move(s) in the next 24-48 hours was unlikely though.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Flyers gave up a couple draft picks for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, and they plan on trying to re-sign the pending UFA.

    Thought is that the Canadiens will sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension before July 1st.

    Though, then assistant GM Mike Santos (fired) denied there was a offer on the table for Dmitry Kulikov, sources say there was an offer and that Santos wasn’t kept in the loop.

    The Jets could be taking a wait-and-see approach with regards to their coaching. Could they look at Randy Carlyle if the Leafs let him go.

    Neither the Sharks or Dan Boyle are in a rush to get an extension done. They will wait until the off-season. The Lightning could be interested if he hits the open market.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will likely be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

    If the Wild let coach Mike Yeo go at the end of the season, names that could come as replacements are Marc Crawford and Peter Laviolette.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: You have to think there will be a coaching change in Vancouver. David Booth could be bought out after the season. Booth, has been one of their better players of late. The Canucks will also have to decide what to do with Alex Edler, who has a no-trade clause. If they decide to keep Edler, they could look at buying out Jason Garrison. They would like to keep Ryan Kesler. If they do trade him, they will need to find another center.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Oilers, Flyers, Hurricanes, Islanders, Senators, Panthers and Leafs

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Sabres Ted Nolan will likely be signing a three-year contract when they return from their road trip.

    The Sabres may look to buy out Ville Leino.

    The Oilers and Flyers are interested in college free agent Christian Folin.

    Matheson could see the Islanders being interested in Cam Ward if the Hurricanes look to trade him this offseason. The Capitals could also be an option.

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Jason Spezza will be entering the last year of his contact next year, $4 million salary and $7 million cap hit.

    “At this point I haven’t given any thought to it at all,” says, regarding the possibility of contract talks. “We’re so in the thick of things right now, that’s the farthest thing from my mind.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Ryan Callahan appears to be fitting into mold that Lightning coach Jon Cooper wants to play. GM Steve Yzerman hit the right note with Callahan’s camp by not trying to start negotiations right away. Rangers owner James Dolan said on the radio last week that Callahan had demanded a six year deal in the $6.25 to $6.5 million range. Callahan’s agent has said that because the lack of state income tax in Florida means that players can take less
  • George Richards: Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos said that negotiations haven’t started with Dmitry Kulikov and denies that there is an offer on the table.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”The consensus is that Carlyle wanted the beat guys to ask him about Reimer following the Det game”

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Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.

    The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.

    If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.

    Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.

    If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.

    The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.

    It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.

    The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.

    You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.

    Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.

    The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.

    “Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”

    “There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”

  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.

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Morning Rumors: Top Centers, Ducks, Rangers, Bruins, Avs, Wings, Coyotes, Leafs and Sabres

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top five center trade targets: 1. David Legwand – The Blackhawks and Red Wings could inquire. 2. Steve Ott 3. Sam Gagner 4. Olli Jokinen 5. Nazem Kadri
  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a stay-at-home defenseman. Talks could heat up next week. The Ducks have talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi. The Rangers are still trying to re-sign him, but if they can’t get a deal done, they will likely look to trade him. They could also look at Andrew MacDonald, Henrik Tallinder, Dmitry Kulikov and Nick Schultz. The Bruins, Avalanche and Red Wings also have some interest in Girardi.
  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney on the inconsistent Coyotes:

    “I really look at it and say it comes back to the leadership in your locker room,” Maloney said. “This is not a condemnation of (captain) Shane (Doan). I’m not pointing a finger at Shane whatsoever. This is the collective group … this group that’s been here for the last four, five years, that knows how we have to play and the focus we have to put in to have that group drag along the rest of the players. And that’s what has me doing a lot of soul searching right now.”

    Maloney may be looking to increase their offense but …

    “I don’t expect any massive changes with us,” Maloney said.

  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle on TSN Radio: ”If the Leafs were being outshot by 2 a game then that’s ok. This is an extreme. They’re getting outshout by 8-9 a night” … ”This is a problem that is ingrained in this team and that’s the main thing they need to fix to become a top 10 team in the league” … ”I think the problem is three pronged: the blueline needs an upgrade, the system is a problem & they lack two way forwards”
  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”I don’t expect Reimer to be here next year. They’re going to lose good players this summer. Maybe Kulemin too”
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Linus Omark has not yet reported to the AHL after being waived by the Sabres last week. Omark has said in the past that he would rather play in Sweden than in the minors.

    “I’m not really sure what the exact next steps are,” Epp said, “just trying to figure out where he can go, where they can reassign him, where they want to have him, where he’s going to be best-suited for them and their situation.”

    The Sabres could assign him to a Swedish team.

    “There’s a chance they could assign him there,” said Epp, who hopes to have a resolution in the next few days. “There’s a chance he’ll still report to Rochester and a chance they’ll have him back in Buffalo. Who knows right now? It’s kind of up in the air.”

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Morning Rumor Round Up From the Past Few Days

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues Chris Stewart name is in the rumor mill. There were rumors that the Rangers and Senators have inquired. Stewart has another year left at $4.2 million, which may appeal to some teams who don’t want to pay the rental price for Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri. The Blues are deep up front and have some RFAs they’ll need to give raises too.

    Sabres Ryan Miller is said to be looking for “Henrik Lundqvist money” (7 years and $59.5 million).

    The Senators would like to add a scoring winger and have a surplus of offensive-minded defensemen.

    The Blue Jackets have shown interest in Ryan Callahan, but not as just a rental.

    The Canadiens have made several attempts to land P.A. Parenteau.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Frans Nielsen will be out for a month with a broken hand.
  • Travis Yost: (Feb. 10th) Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”..there’s a couple of guys on our team who seem to be a target for other managers. they are not people that I want to move.”
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins could use some more speed and a “big, strong veteran defenseman that can block shots and throw bodies around in the defensive zone.” Those types of top-pairing guys are tough to find. They could trade a could trade a couple non-first round picks for Andrew MacDonald, but he’s not the big Dman they would prefer.  They won’t be interested in Dan Girardi if the Rangers want a first round pick. The Senators won’t be dangling Chris Phillips to anyone. The Bruins could consider someone that has term on his contract. Haggerty mentions Mark Giordano, but they would have to give up some good assets to get him. Henrik Tallinder, Willie Mitchell and Mark Stuart could all be available, but they are not really an upgrade to their current top-six.

    “There are really not that many players available, so beggars can’t be choosers really at this point,” Chiarelli said. “With each passing game, I see our D maturing, I see them making fewer mistakes, and it makes it a little easier on me. But I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs.

    “While I’m certainly not going to replace [Dennis] Seidenberg, he’s too good and those players aren’t available, you’d like to think that there is a player with a little bit of Seids’ [Dennis Seidenberg] defending that we could find, and [that could] help us. But this year’s been a story about our depth, and I’ve been happy with it.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have been struggling and will be without Mike Santorelli for the rest of the season, and their blueline has dealt with injuries to Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev. GM Mike Gillis isn’t losing faith in the team though.

    “We’re going to be all right,” Mike Gillis valiantly predicted.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Stephen Weiss continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He will be skating with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers instead of skating on his own and his hoping to be able to return to the lineup on Feb. 26th.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (Feb. 9th mail bag) Panaccio hasn’t heard any rumbling of the Flyers looking for offense leading up to the trade deadline. He doesn’t see the Flyers doing anything major until the summer. The Predators have stocked up on young defenseman and they could be willing to trade Shea Weber this summer. If it happens, the Flyers will be a major player. He won’t be moved at the trade deadline as the Predators will be able to get more at the draft.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames Shane O’Brien is waiting for a trade as he’s playing in the AHL.

    “Obviously, I believe I’m an NHL player,” O’Brien is saying Thursday afternoon from Abbotsford where — after an uninterrupted 528-game stretch in the National Hockey League — he’s again skating in the minors. “So I’ve got to work hard, play hard. Hopefully, some teams see me and are willing to give me another chance. I’m only 30 years old, so I feel I’ve got a couple good years left in me, anyway.

    “Obviously, I realize I’m a (team’s fifth or sixth defenceman) and I’m going to play against the bigger, tougher lines. I’m OK with that.

    “I feel that I can be a regular in the NHL again.”

    O’Brien has another year left on his deal that pays him $2 million. GM Brian Burke has told O’Brien that he’s trying to trade him.

  • The Fourth Period: TVA Sports reported that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello met with Martin Brodeur to discuss his playing future. Brodeur has indicated that he’d be willing to accept a trade if it were to help the team. The Blackhawks and Wild are reportedly interested according to TVA Sports.
  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers and Canadiens have talked several times throughout this season. TFP reported at the end of January that the Canadiens showed interest in Brad Boyes and Dmitry Kulikov.
  • David Pagnotta: (Feb. 8th) The Blue Jackets will be looking to be buyers by the trade deadline. They will also have to decide whether to keep or trade Marian Gaborik.
  • David Pagnotta:  According to Aaron Portzline, there have been no contact talks between Marian Gaborik and the Blue Jackets.
  • Ben Kuzma:  Elliotte Friedman said that Canucks owner Aquilini was with the team on their last road trip. He’s obviously concerned about his struggling team.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur will have some decisions to make leading up to the trade deadline.

    The issue is for Brodeur is two-fold: whether, a) he would feel comfortable leaving the Devils and joining a new team three-quarters of the way through the season; and, b) whether there is a playoff contender with the need for a goaltender of his pedigree to start at least half of its games.

    The Wild or Predators could be an option. The Blue Jackets sent two scouts to watch the Rangers on Thursday and Friday to likely watch Ryan Callahan.

  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: P.A.Parenteau was a healthy scratch last week and has been in the rumor mill, but adds he hasn’t had an issue with head coach Patrick Roy.

    “I have a really good relationship with him,” Parenteau said. “He’s a really good communicator.

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leo Komarov is eyeing a NHL return.

    “I want to get back,” Komarov said of the NHL. “It’s a big goal for me for next season. [But] I’m going to see how it’s going to work out. Dynamo is playing pretty good right now so it’s like everything is good there too, but I really enjoyed it in Toronto. It was really good.”

    Komarov will be a UFA and is open to returning to Toronto. He hasn’t received any offers yet.

  • The Fourth Period: (Feb. 7th) The Oilers and Flyers could be talking about a deal. Top members of the Flyers management scouted the Oilers game in New Jersey. Last year at the draft they talked about a Braydon Coburn deal. The Flyers have been interested Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky in the past. The Oilers have been linked to Coburn, Sean Courier and Luke Schenn. The Oilers have been shopping Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Sam Gagner. They are also getting interest in Eberle and Nail Yakupov.

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Morning Rumors: Leafs, Canadiens, Devils, Avs, Rangers, Ducks, Senators and Top Trade Targets

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs are done trading until the deadline unless there are more injuries. Despite the trade rumors, Cox doesn’t think Nazem Kadri is any more available now than he was at the start of the season. If they are offered a young center in return, they would listen.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The Canadiens would match any offer sheet for P.K. Subban as they have money and cap space. Custance doesn’t see the Devils having motivation to trade Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. Without their first round pick from the Ilya Kovalchuk punishment, they will push for a playoff spot.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing that the Rangers have asked the Avalanche about Tyson Barrie.
  • Darren Dreger: With the Rangers in Toronto, you can expect Michael Del Zotto’s agents (Newport) to meet with management to discuss the Rangers efforts to trade him. Nothing official has been planned, just convenient since they are in town.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It hasn’t been the right fit though for him so far. Any team that is looking for a little extra playoff boost should look at Briere.”
  • Scott (@Wham_City): Elliotte Friendman on the radio on Wednesday talking about Brian Burke and Bobby Ryan

    Brian Burke has had something with Bobby Ryan for a long time. A few years ago before Luke Schenn was traded for James van Riemsdyk, I heard a rumour that they were going to trade Luke Schenn to Anaheim for Ryan. And in history, it made kind of sense because that’s the player they kind of got, a scorer. And so I looked into it, and somebody who would know told me “there is no freaking way Brian Burke is making that trade because he hates Ryan, never liked him, didn’t want to draft him and wanted Jack Johnson instead.” So, I went to check on it and I was told no, and I never went with it. It was probably going to go in one of my 30 Thoughts blogs or something, and I couldn’t prove it. And today or actually last night after the team got announced and those articles appeared online as I was driving back to my hotel from Ann Arbor, I got a call from the guy who told me that, and he was like “see? I told you, never doubt me.”

  • Frank Provenzano of ESPN: (Dec. 26th) Top trade targets. Scoring Forwards: Marian Gaborik (CBJ), Matt Moulson (BUF) and Thomas Vanek (NYI). Potential teams looking for scoring forwards are: Kings, Canucks, Canadiens, Rangers and Wild. Two-way/Playoff grit forwards: Steve Ott (BUF), Vernon Fiddler (DAL) and David Legwand (NSH). Potential teams looking for two-way forwards are: Penguins, Lightning, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Red Wings. Top-four defenseman: Cody Franson (TOR), Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) and Stephane Robidas (DAL). Potential teams looking for a top-four defenseman: Capitals, Avalanche, Coyotes, Hurricanes and Flyers. Goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF) and Martin Brodeur (NJ). Potential teams looking for a goalie are: Penguins, Blues and Capitals.

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Morning Rumors: Canes, Jackets, Habs, Sabres, Ducks, Hawks, Leafs, Avs, Panthers, Kings, Pens and Lucic

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has been calling around to see what the market for Justin Peters is like. The Oilers are said to have more than a passing interest in Peters.

    Pat LaFontaine’s GM search has grown, with two league executives saying he’s asked permission to speak with 15 to 20 people. Some teams don’t like the idea of losing someone mid-season, with some refusing permission. Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning is the leading candidate.

    Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen wants to make a move. They could use a forward.

    The Canadiens would like a skilled scorer up front, but they don’t have a lot to give up. They have tried to move Brian Gionta in the past, but he won’t get them the return they’d like.

    The Blues, Blackhawks and possibly the Ducks have shown some interest in Sabres Ryan Miller. Miller’s value will be at it’s highest at the trade deadline. The Sabres will have to make a decision on Steve Ott as well.

    The Blackhawks have been sniffing around for help down the middle.

    The Maple Leafs want to do something, especially down the middle.

    Talk is that anyone on the Hurricanes could be available except for: Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner or Cam Ward. They are pushing for a playoff spot, but they’d like to make some changes. Names that keep coming up: Tim Gleason, Jiri Tlusty and Tuomo Ruutu.

    The Avalanche are looking for a defenseman. It’s believed they have shown some interest Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a top-four defenseman in return and the Avs don’t have that.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still trying to make moves. At some point he’ll be able to trade Dmitry Kulikov, Tom Gilbert, Shawn Matthias and Marcel Goc.

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Avalache are looking for a defenseman, but Dater doesn’t think that Michael Del Zotto will be the guy.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Kings might see what they can get for Ben Scrivens once Jonathan Quick returns from injury.

    Matheson thinks the Ducks will look to re-sign Jonas Hiller as long as he isn’t looking for too much money. The Ducks could then look to trade Viktor Fasth.

  • The Fourth Period: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting the Penguins will look at extending some players “over the next little bit.” Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen will be UFAs at the end of the season. The Penguins currently have about $16 million in cap space for next season.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Most of Leafs nation see the value of Clarkson aside from the suspensions.”
  • Brian Stubits on CBS Sports: Youtube video from Vancouver on Saturday night. An incident involving Bruins Milan Lucic, who says that he was hit three times but didn’t hit the guy back. Language warning.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Predators, Leafs, Habs, Hurricanes, Canucks, Jets, Sabres, Oilers, Ducks, Pens and Islanders

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche and Panthers did have serious talks about Dmitry Kulikov, and may do so again.

    Panthers Tim Thomas could be a trade deadline target. He has a no-movement clause in his contract.

    Predators GM David Poile on if they are ready to see what they could get for some of their players: “No, we just have to start winning some games.” Names that have been mentioned by other teams are Matt Cullen and David Legwand.

    Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf were to take place at some point this week.

    There was a real attempt by the Canadiens and P.K. Subban to find some common ground.

    The Hurricanes will go with three goalies until they decide what to do with one of Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters.

    After three wins, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has pulled back on his trade hunt. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Jake Gardiner are players up his alley, but the Rangers and Maple Leafs don’t want to take on salary.

    Friedman wonders how many GMs called the Canucks about Alex Edler have coach John Tortorella chewed him out.

    Jets Evander Kane’s contract makes him extremely valuable with the cap going up.

    The Sabres could use a compliance buyout on Ville Leino in the offseason. They now know what the market is for Ryan Miller after Henrik Lundqvist’s signing. Coach Ted Nolan would like to see Miller stay.

    Oilers coach Dallas Eakin’s said he considered using forward David Perron on defense in late game 5-on-5 situations if the Oilers need offense.

  • The Fourth Period: Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf’s camp are expected to pick up this week if they haven’t already. It was reported in late October that he was looking to get around $7 million a year in a new deal. It is uncertain if the Maple Leafs would be willing to accept a $7+ million deal.
  • Dennis Bernstein: “Ducks G Jonas Hiller now 12-4-4, only goalie on roster with playoff experience and they should trade him because……”
  • James Mirtle: One interesting name that may be available is Panthers Shawn Matthias. If the Leafs are looking to change up their forward mix, he is big and can play center.
  • Bucky Gleason: Sabres coach Ted Nolan is committed to fixing Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Ryan Miller is integral to the Sabres, either by re-signing him or by trading him to acquire assets. Nobody is untouchable in Buffalo. Steve Ott and Matt Moulson will be UFAs at the season and could be gone before the end of the season. Gleason thinks the Sabres need to package some of the draft picks they’ve stockpiled and acquire top-line talent they lost when they traded them away.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins Brooks Orpik is their only top four defenseman that doesn’t have a deal for next season.

    “We’ll see,” Shero said, when asked about what that means for a potential Orpik deal. “We’ll sit down and talk about it internally and see where we are. Who knows? Players might see where the cap might be, [and say] ‘I might just wait it out and see what happens.’”

  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I see the Blues going all in for a goalie like Miller at the trade deadline. They ordained Halak the #1 but that’s just mind games.”
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Source said that GM Garth Snow does not perceive that head coach Jack Capuano is the problem with the Islanders and won’t be fired any time soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Islander management does not believe that coaching has anything to do with their struggles this season” … “Like most  GM’s Snow is eager to make a change. He’s looking for a top 2-3 defenseman. Not easy to get those pieces”

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Morning Rumors: Kulikov, Islanders, Michalek, Del Zotto, Clowe, Predators and Moulson

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Dater has also heard that an Avs-Panthers deal involving Dmitry Kulikov may have fell through due to the fear that Kulikov may bolt for the KHL on a big contract offer at the end of the season.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang watched the team extend their winless streak to nine games in LA on Saturday.

    “We’re looking at all our options,” he told Newsday on Sunday just before he and Wang flew to Northern California for the league’s Board of Governors meeting at Pebble Beach. “The one thing we don’t do, whether it’s with the coaches or the players, is discuss conversations with anyone in the media. All the interactions I have with our team remain private.

    “Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level. I understand the frustrations of our fans. We have those same frustrations in our locker room, in the coaches’ room, for myself. We felt we had guys who were ready to take the next step. Now we’re just trying to right the ship and win a few games.”

    Sources saying he’s been looking for a goaltender for weeks. Evgeni Nabokov could be returning from his groin injury in the next few days. Snow would not comment on promoting Ryan Strome (9 goals and 24 assists) from the AHL, but sources saying that they are trying to find a way to bring him up. They would have to trade or waive someone.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Senators will look to move Milan Michalek, maybe to the Coyotes for a young defenseman and a different type of forward. Though they’ve been taking calls on Michael Del Zotto, with Marc Staal’s injury, the Rangers may have to keep him. Devils Ryane Clowe said he’s only had two concussions and not the four or five that have been reported.
  • Josh Cooper: You have to wonder if Predators coach Barry Trotz’s job is in danger at the end of the season if they fail to make the playoffs again. Cooper thinks the Predators need to make a trade for scoring, maybe looking at ‘renting’ winger Matt Moulson. Cooper thinks the Predators should send Filip Forsberg to the AHL when he’s ready to return from his injury.

    “He’s a tremendous young kid. He has a lot of ability. He has a long way to go to play in the National Hockey League on a regular basis. I shouldn’t say play in the National Hockey League — to produce in the National Hockey League,” Trotz said. “I think he has a lot of great tools, exceptional hands and is a quality young man, but there’s still a long way for him to go.”

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Avalanche, Panthers and Sabres

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: After trading Ladislav Smid to the Flames, the Oilers have a hole on defense. Defensemen who could be available: Kyle Quincey (DET), Tim Gleason (CAR), Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) and David Rundblad (PHO). Rumors that Avalanche could be interested in Kulikov. The Oilers are at 49 contracts and would likely want to move one out if they were to bring in someone.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Rangers GM Glen Sather has spoken with seven of their pending UFAs, including Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman.

    “We’ve been speaking to all their agents,” said Sather, who clarified that all other contract negotiations are a work in progress because “in my mind, Henrik was the one who had to be signed first.”

    Sather will also have to decide if they will use their second compliance buyout on Brad Richards.

    “That’s the business we live in,” Richards, a close friend of Lundqvist’s, told the Daily News of a potential buyout. “I wouldn’t change it for the world. We play hockey every day. That’s out of my control. But like I told you last year, I plan on playing the next six, seven years, and hopefully it’s all here (in New York). That’s never gonna change. If it does, you move on.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Sabres aren’t getting closer to hiring a GM. In fact, I think they’re expanding their list”

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