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Posts Tagged Edmonton Oilers
- TSN: Sources telling Darren Dreger that the Senators are ‘quietly gauging interest’ in Jason Spezza. Spezza has a no-trade clause. Spezza has one-year left on his deal and carries a $7 million salary cap hit. He has a salary of $4 million next season.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Stars won’t be looking at rentals, looking for hockey deals.
“Correct, we’re not going to be in the rental market,” Stars GM Jim Nill told ESPN.com Monday. “But if there’s a hockey deal that makes sense, we’ll look at it.”
“We’re open for business, I’m always looking at things, but I’m not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick,” said Nill.
LeBrun thinks the Blackhawks will stand pat. Can always change quickly though.
The Red Wings are among the teams interested in Christian Ehrhoff. He’s a $4 million salary cap hit, but is only owed $17 million over the next seven seasons.
Nothing new to report on Chris Phillips one-year offer from the Senators. He’s believed to be looking for a two-year extension. The Bruins could be interested, but it’s not known if the Senators would want to trade him to a division rival.
The Bruins are among the teams interested in Andrew MacDonald.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Wild seem like a fit for Martin Brodeur. Darcy Kuemper has looked really good, but what if he falters or gets hurt? Niklas Backstrom has battled injuries all season and Josh Harding has his MS flare ups. They looked at Ryan Miller before he was dealt. Jaroslav Halak could be an option. Two questions are: Does Lamoriello want to trade Marty and will the Wild give the Devils what they would want for Marty? Viktor Fasth could be available. Same with Tim Thomas, Justin Peters and Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Pat Pickens of SportsNet: Top 10 rental players: 1. Thomas Vanek 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Ryan Callahan 4. Andrew MacDonald 5. Brad Boyes 6. David Legwand 7. Matt Moulson 8. Ales Hemsky 9. Chris Phillips 10. Mike Cammalleri
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have about $2.7 million in salary cap space, which would allow the Stars to take on $13 million in players salaries (cap number). Sergei Gonchar has another year at $5 million and is likely untradeable. It’s unlikely they buy him out after the season or eat half is contract in a trade. The Stars could trade Stephane Robidas if they get a good offer for him. Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler are UFAs and could be moved. Heika doesn’t think Fiddler will be traded despite asking for a trade earlier in the season. It’s still unlikely that they re-sign Fiddler, but will use him to continue their push for a playofff spot.
- The Fourth Period: The Stars are looking for a top-pair defenseman that has term left and not rental players. Two sources are saying they have interest in Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Edler. Both players have no-trade clauses. Source saying the Stars may not be in on Edler as the cost to acquire him may be too high. The Stars are also looking to trade Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney. Stephane Robidas is getting interest from teams.
- Darren Dreger: Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is injured and expected back mid-March, but is still getting some trade interest.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald will almost certainly be traded by Wednesday’s deadline.
“You try to block it out, but it’s hard not to,” said Vanek, who rejected a seven-year, $50-million offer from the Islanders in January.
MacDonald rejected a four year deal worth $16 million in January.
“I’ve only ever been here,” he said. “I don’t know anything different. You try not to think about it, but obviously it’s running through your mind. It’s a business and that’s just how it is right now, I guess.
“This is obviously not how I’d like to go out.”
- The Fourth Period: The Senators are discussing whether they should trade Milan Michalak or keep the pending UFA. Michalek has a full no-trade clause, but knows what is going on and may consider a trade. Sources saying they haven’t approached Michalek about waiving his NTC. The Senators could look at trading pending UFA Joe Corvo.
- Jason Brough: “No need to wait til the summer and waste the value Kesler could give a team this postseason.”
- John Shannon: Shannon wonders if the extent of Daniel Sedin’s injury (left game yesterday) will play a role in whether they can afford to trade Ryan Kesler now.
- Mark Spector: A lot of teams are saying that any trades need to be money in, money out. Teams either don’t have the salary cap space or they are at their internal salary cap.
- Mark Spector: The Rangers may be interested in Ales Hemsky, but some of their scouts are split on him. Other teams are split on him as well. A third round pick is probably what teams may want to pay, the Oilers will be asking for a second.
- Don Brennan: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on the trade deadline: ”We’re easily considered a buyer….we’re definitely not sellers.”
- Buffalo Sabres: “Tim Murray: We’re continuing to talk trades, continuing to get ready for the draft. Focused on hockey.”
- Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers – Bruins yesterday: Flyers, Canucks, Sharks, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Penguins.
Written by John Sheppard and can be followed at @jisheppard.
First of all before I write any more I want to thank Mark for this opportunity. For the foreseeable future I shall be writing about the Boston Bruins. I will talk about this year, the playoffs, the team, and what they’ll need in the playoffs.
The Boston Bruins are a team that builds for the playoff grind, they’re deep and roll all four lines. They love to play a North/South style
In their most recent game you saw Boston at their just about best. Strong defensive schemes, allow the goalie to see the puck, make it physical and if the other team answers with physicality then all the better. Teams like Boston and LA both know that when both teams are hitting hard, there is a higher chance of the ref putting the whistle in the pocket and fans get to see great hockey.
Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Toronto Maple Leafs should trade Jake Gardiner. The 23-year old will be a RFA at the season of the season. He carries a $875,000 cap hit this season.
Doug MacLean thinks it could be an offseason move as his contract demands could be high. Nick Kypreos thinks possible destinations are the Oilers and Flyers.
Afternoon Rumors II: Wild, Hurricanes, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Devils and Scouting Kings-Canes
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Sabres GM Tim Murray is now trying to trade Jaroslav Halak to the Wild. Some in the Wild organization wonder if Halak’s success had a lot to do with their system. If the price is right, they could make the move. The Wild have talked to the Hurricanes about Cam Ward, but his contract could be an issue. The Oilers have offered Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild. Panthers Tim Thomas and Hurricanes Anton Khudobin could also be available. The Wild could look at Thomas Vanek this summer, but unless the price comes down by the deadline, unlikely to get the Wild’s interest. They haven’t called the Blue Jackets about Marian Gaborik. The Wild could use a scorer, defenseman and some goalie insurance.
- John Vogl: Newly acquired Chris Stewart and Jaroslav Halak are aware that they may not be in Buffalo for that long. Chris Stewart is expected to play on Monday, Jaroslav Halak is not.
- The Fourth Period: The Senators could look at trade pending UFA Chris Phillips, Joe Corvo and Milan Michalek. The Senators are trying to sign Phillips to a one-year contract extension. The Bruins are interested in Phillips. The Ducks, Kings and Avalanche could also be interested in Phillips.
- Bruce Garrioch: Though it change, Senators GM Bryan Murray has stated he’s not that interested in rental players.
- Rich Chere: “Brodeur said he doesn’t know if he’ll be traded. He said he would not have to be a starter to waive hi no-trade, just play more often. Brodeur said he may want to play next season so he needs to play more often this year than he is right now.”
- Renaud Lavoie: Devils Jaromir Jagr said that he might go home if he is traded. He’s received all of his contract bonuses for the year. Randy Miller: Jagr hopes he’s not traded: “I’m not going anywhere.”
- Frozen Royalty: Non-regulars scouting the Kings – Hurricanes game yesterday: Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Lightning, Penguins, Oilers and Hurricanes.
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.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are on the lookout for another top-four defenseman to go along with Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Danny DeKeyser.For the Wings to get Ryan Kesler, it would likely cost Justin Abdelkader, one of Gustav Nyquist/Tomas Tatar/Tomas Jurco and either a first round pick or a prospect like Ryan Sproul, Calle Jarnkrok or Teemu Pulkkinen.
Thomas Vanek would cost the Wings high draft picks and GM Ken Holland said he’s done trading first round picks.
There are not a lot of defenseman available: Christian Ehrhoff (signed through 2021 at $4 million), Nick Schultz and Andrew MacDonald.
It is unlikely that the Red Wings do anything dramatic at the deadline.
- Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Ales Hemsky is a pending UFA and knows what could happen.
“I had a lot of talks with (GM Craig MacTavish),” he said. “It’s between me and him what we talked about, but I think you guys will figure it out closer to the deadline.
“I know what will happen and I’m ready for it, I’m excited.”
- Renaud Lavoie: Lots of talk regarding Sabres Tyler Myers. He has a no-movement clause.
- Chris Botta: Still early, but if the Islanders were to finish in the sixth or seventh draft slot, they could give it to the Sabres so that they keep their 2015 first round draft pick.
- Chris Botta: The Islanders are looking for a 2015 first round pick in a Thomas Vanek deal. So far teams have been reluctant to include that.
- Sportsology: Scouting the Flyers – Rangers: Flames, Lightning and Oilers.
- Paul Hamilton: Sabres coach Ted Nolan was offered a three-year contract extension, negotiations to continue.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile.
“I talked to almost everybody before the Olympic break; I’ve probably spoken to half of the teams this week,” Poile told ESPN.com Friday afternoon.
“Everybody knows from my standpoint what we have available. I’m certainly aware that we’ve come from nine points out of the playoffs to four points out. That gives us a chance to make the playoffs. I know we have to leap over some teams to do it, so the odds are against us, but hope springs eternal.
“From my standpoint, I don’t consider myself a buyer, I don’t consider myself a seller. I could just be neutral given where we are.”
Poile on Shea Weber.
“We’re not trading Shea. We’ve told that to everybody. People ask and it’s their right to ask, but we’re not trading him,” Poile said firmly.
The Ducks might be willing to trade one of their goalies, with LeBrun guessing Viktor Fasth. He has another year left at $2.9 million.
The Capitals are still trying to trade Martin Erat.
“The only thing I’m working on that has to be done is moving [Martin] Erat,” Caps GM George McPhee told ESPN.com Friday morning.
“There are some teams interested. He still wants out. I’d love to be able to do it this weekend. But we’ll see.”
The Flyers are interested in both Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. The Canucks would likely ask for Brayden Schenn, and LeBrun isn’t sure if the Flyers would be into that. The Penguins, Red Wings and Blue Jackets could be other teams interested in Kesler.
Tyler Myers could be had for the right price.
Ales Hemsky could be plan B for teams that don’t get Matt Moulson or Thomas Vanek.
The Sam Gagner to LA Kings deal fell through as the Oilers wouldn’t eat any of his salary.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (before last nigh’s trade) Sabres GM Tim Murray.
“There’s still good interest in another four or five guys,” he said. “Nothing specific — kicking tires.”
Christian Ehrhoff has been getting interest. The Sabres would have to be weary of an early retirement and having the salary cap recapture affecting them.
“Part of the return would have to, I guess you could say, recapture the recapture,” Murray said.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to talk with teams. He’s not interested in paying a high price for a rental. Ryan Kesler would interest the Wings, but the price will be high. Teams would be asking the Canucks for players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser. It is unlikely that they would want to part with any of them. Holland may be more interested in adding a defenseman, with Alex Edler possibly being a better Canuck option. The Sabres are open for offers on Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The gap between Ryan Callahan and the Rangers remains big. Callahan is still asking for seven years at more than $6.5 million per season. The Rangers are offering five years and $6 million per season. The Rangers may be willing to add another year to close the deal. If Callahan continues to insist on seven years, they could trade him. If the Rangers sweeten the pot, there is a Martin St. Louis deal that could be there.
- Dan Rosen: Rosen thinks Ryan Callahan will get traded, and it will be a mistake if they do.
- Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet: Brian Lawton said that Martin St. Louis asked to be traded to the Rangers in 2009.
“I can tell you when I was in Tampa there was time in 2009 right before the trade deadline when (St. Louis) was waiting in my office for me,” Lawton said. “He told me he was not happy with the way things were going and would like to be traded to one team – the New York Rangers.”
Back in 2009, Lawton thought there might have been some tampering going on.
“I had my suspicions at the time that some of the people that were from Tampa Bay prior and then working for the Rangers were contacting (St. Louis) about the possibility of coming to play there,” said Lawton. “Our team was not doing well at that time. I immediately felt that was the issue. I made a couple of phone calls and had a couple of meetings with Marty about how important he is to the organization and eventually everything worked out rather quickly.”
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: There are rumors that the Sabres will try to send Jaroslav Halak to the Wild. The Wild have inquired about Cam Ward and Martin Brodeur. The Oilers have offered Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild. Panthers Tim Thomas is a pending UFA.
- David Pagnotta: “With all the Seattle buzz lately, Quebec City chatter has been fairly quiet… But I can tell you this the NHL is in talks with Quebecor, who wants to bring a team back to QC, and is building their new arena, operational Sept 2015. A deal is far from done, but return of the Nordiques is going to happen. Just a matter of when. Quebecor’s goal is obviously 2015-16 season. NHL has zero plans to relocate any of its franchises… If/when Quebec City (and/or Seattle) gets a team, it’s by way of expansion.”
- Chris Botta: The Islanders haven’t received a strong offer for Thomas Vanek yet. They eventually will get one, but it might have if played better.
- Amalie Benjamin: Source confirms there have not been discussions between the Senators and Bruins regarding Chris Phillips just yet. The Bruins are interested.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: There have been lots of rumors about the Bruins interest in Senators Chris Phillips but “there have been no conversations” according to a source. Ryan Spooner has been rumored to be a possible trade chip. Same source said that Spooner won’t be used for a rental. The Bruins have also been linked to Andrew MacDonald, Andrej Meszaros, Tom Gilbert, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Christian Ehrhoff.
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: A source is saying that the Bruins have contracted the Senators about Chris Phillips. A more likely option for the Bruins is Andrej Meszaros. Other targets could be Henrik Tallinder, Ron Hainsey and Andrew MacDonld. The high cost to acquire MacDonald may scare the Bruins off.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Bruins, Blues, Oilers and Sharks are believed to have shown interest in Chris Phillips. The Senators have shown interest in Chris Stewart.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”For the right person both Kadri or Gardiner could be traded but I don’t think that kind of player is out there” … “Leafs are looking for a C or a top 4 and I don’t see that player falling into their lap”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “No secret, the Leafs have been looking to upgrade defensively. Nobody would have expected that at the beginning of the year” … ”At times, through stretches, one of their best performers on the blueline has been the rookie Morgan Rielly” … ”I’d be a little surprised if the Leafs are able to get that top 4 D by the deadline” … ”The Leafs untouchable list would include Phil Kessel but I don’t think there is anyone beyond that” … ”Nonis continues to preach that if you make the right offer any player is available” … ”Sure it’s possible that Kadri/Gardiner could be moved in a blockbuster. I don’t get the sense that anything like that is happening” … ”I don’t see the fit with Van & TO because Gillis is loathe to deal with the Leafs. Nonis, like everyone else, is making that call”
- Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avalanche – Coyotes game last night: Canucks, Blackhawks, Blues, Stars, Sharks, Senators, Panthers, Red Wings, Lightning (2), Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.
- Highland Park Hockey: Scouting AHL affiliates for the Lightning – Penguins last night: Blues, Canadiens, Blue Jackets, Canucks and Oilers.
Morning Hits: Sabres Pay Salary Difference, Entry-Level Deals, Rinne, Perreault, Yakupov and Bolland
- Corey Masisak: The Sabres now have 18 first and second round picks from the 2012 to 2015 drafts. No team in the past two decades have had more than 15. There is still the chance that they could get 20 to 22 before the deadline.
- Bob McKenzie: The Sabres will pick up the difference between Ryan Miller’s and Jaroslav Halak’s salaries. The $1.75 million difference is actually $288,000 for the remainder of the season.
- CapGeek: Today is the first day that teams are able to sign entry-level contracts to start in 2014-15. Meaning: a bunch of entry-level deals will be signed in the next couple weeks.
- Josh Cooper: Pekka Rinne: ”I had a blast tonight, and feel even better now, since I don’t have any symptoms and my body is feeling good and I’m feeling fine.” … ”I think that was the main goal, just get that game conditioning. It was quite an easy game for myself.”
vEric Stephens: Ducks Mathieu Perreault left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Nail Yakupov said there was no cracked bone in his foot. He left practice in a walking boot, but didn’t rule out playing tonight.
- Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland is day-to-day and won’t play tonight against the Canadiens.
Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Edmonton Oilers will trade Sam Gagner. The 24-year will carry a $4.8 million salary cap hit through 2015-16.
Doug MacLean thinks it’s time for him to move on. Is he a No. 2 or No. 3 center?
MacLean thinks possible destinations are the Kings, Predators and Devils. Scott Morrison thinks possible destinations are the Kings and Predators.
Who do you think should go after Gagner, and what should they give up for him?