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Quick Hits: Three Teams File for Arbitration, Petry, Jackets, Boyle, Lightning and Canucks

  • Ken Campbell: The Blues have chosen to take Vladimir Sobotka to arbitration. The Avalanche filed for Ryan O’Reilly and the Jets for Michael Frolik.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Oilers sign Jeff Petry to a one-year, $3.075 million deal.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets signed RFA Corey Tropp to a two-year contract extension.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets signed Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Andrew Gross: Dan Boyle said it’s not that he didn’t want to play for the Islanders and other teams, it just that he wanted to play for the Rangers.
  • Joe Smith: The Lightning hire Jay Feaster as their Executive Director of Community Hockey Development.
  • Ben Kuzma: The Canucks Name John Weisbrod as VP of Player Personnel.

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NHL Rumors I: Arcobello over Roy, Lecavalier and Flyers Potential Lines and Pairings

  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Craig Button and Bob Stauffer were talking about the Oilers depth down the middle. Button doesn’t think Derek Roy could help the Oilers.

    “He can’t play,” Button said of Roy. “He can’t skate, he can’t play, he’s not big enough, he’s been injured. Basically, he’s not good enough. Wouldn’t touch him.

    “Up until about three years ago he was a very good, strong player but he ended up getting injured and the game got quicker and faster and to me he’s just not able to play at the pace and in the Western Conference. Small centreman that can’t skate, I’m not interested.”

    Button on going with Mark Arcobello over a player like Roy.

    “I’d rather go with an unproven guy that skates better, competes, hasn’t been injured. Players have an expiration date, I get that. And they have a period of time leading up to the expiration date. That’s just the nature of pro sports and that’s never going to change. But I’m not prepared to go and take players who are at that point and don’t fit what your needs are just because they have experience.”

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers are still trying to trade Vincent Lecavalier. Teams are asking the Flyers to pay a big part of his salary and include a prospect or pick. If that is the case, it may be a better idea to keep him as he can still be effective on the power play. Carchidi looks at how the Flyers lines could look like next year:

    Line 1: Giroux centering Michael Raffl and Jake Voracek.
    Line 2: Brayden Schenn centering Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.
    Line 3: Sean Couturier centering R.J. Umberger and Matt Read.
    Line 4: Scott Laughton centering Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (or Jason Akeson) and Zac Rinaldo.

    Pairing 1: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen.
    Pairing 2: Nick Grossmann and Mark Streit.
    Pairing 3: Luke Schenn and Andrew MacDonald.

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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Oilers, Some Remaining Free Agents and the Leafs

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: It’s looking like the Blackhawks are going to have to trade someone before season starts as they are already over the cap ceiling. Johnny Oduya’s name come up as a potential candidate to be moved. He has one year left at $3.375 million. Oduya’s agent doesn’t expect him to be dealt and hasn’t heard from the Blackhawks about a potentially trading him. Oduya has a modified no-trade clause.

    “No such discussions,” Meehan wrote in an email on Thursday. “They like him very much.”

    GM Stan Bowman doesn’t seem that concerned with their cap situation at the moment.

    “We have some ideas (on) what we’re going to do,” Bowman said on Tuesday. “That will play itself out here over the summer as we prepare for training camp. It’s not the forum to address what we’re going to do, but obviously we got ideas. We’ll certainly make it work.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: According to Bob Stauffer, the Oilers could look to move a defenseman for a center, but in the meantime they could look to sign a “temp” free agent to compete with Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander. Stauffer on 630 CHED on Thursday night said the Oilers don’t want to rush Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl.

    “I personally wouldn’t rule Draisaitl out, but I understand the hesitation of the organization. I think they’d like to have another guy down the middle. In terms of Nurse, he’s going to have to come in and steal a job away from somebody else, that’s all there is to it. I’m not quite convinced that Draisaitl has to do that. I think there might be a job there for Leon to do lose quite frankly, even though they are setting the expectation levels low.”

    The Blues probably wouldn’t be interest in a Jeff Petry for Patrik Berglund trade as they are deep already on the blueline. Stauffer brought up Josh Bailey of the Islanders.

    “There’s a more likely guy that could come in play, but Bailey has got a tough contract. He’s got four years left at $3.3 million. So maybe you sign a guy as a temp fit, and if the temp fit doesn’t get it done, or Arcobello doesn’t get it done, then you use from your position of strength on defence, assuming one of these guys, Marincin or Klefbom takes a big step forward.”

  • James Mirtle: Top remaining free agents are Daniel Alfredsson (who may retire), Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Dustin Penner, Lee Stempnial, Ray Whitney, Daniel Winnik and Andre Benoit.
  • Josh Rimer: Hearing the could have interest in Nikolai Khabibulin to backup Jonathan Bernier. The Maple Leafs would have to trade James Reimer first before that could happen though.

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Quick Hits: Gretzky and Seattle, Lazar, Ranger, Gibbons and Canucks

  • John Shannon: A source in Wayne Gretzky’s group is downplaying Gretzky’s role in trying to bring a team to Seattle: “Seattle is along way off with a lot of hurdles.” Source said: “Potential ownership groups have reached out, but we certainly haven’t aligned with anyone.”
  • CP in Edmonton Journal: Gretzky’s agent in an email.

    “As you can imagine prospective team owners from various franchises call frequently to gauge his interest in coming on board. Seattle is no different,” said Blake.

    Ken Warren: When the Senators traded Jason Spezza, GM Bryan Murray said they could consider having Curtis Lazar at center pending the arrival of a new center. There is no doubt where he’ll end up now.

  • Steve Simmons: Surprised that the Oilers haven’t signed Paul Ranger. Rangers and head coach Dallas Eakins are really tight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Before Brian Gibbons signed with the Blue Jackets, he said that three to four teams offered him a two-way contract. The Penguins were believed to be one of the teams.
  • Brian Lawton: The Canucks are probably done with free agency. Will continue working on RFAs Chris Tanev and Linden Vey. They have $4 million in cap space.

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NHL News: The Senators Sign David Legwand For Two Years

  • Chris Johnston: The Senators have signed David Legwand to a two-year contract worth $6 million.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Legwand will get $2.5 million this year and $3.5 million next year.
  • Jim Matheson: Legwand’s $6 million over two-years was very doable for the Oilers. They must not have wanted him, or he wasn’t interested in Edmonton.

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NHL Rumors VI: Oilers, Sabres and Maple Leafs

  • Ryan Rishaug: Getting the sense that the Oilers won’t be signing David Legwand. There is “lukewarm interest” from both sides. The Oilers are more likely to trade for a center.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: On the Oilers potentially looking for a center through the trade route. Ryan Rishaug has previously said the Oilers could look to trade a defensemen, possibly Jeff Petry.

    “We’ll see what happens,” Rishaug told Team 1260′s Jason Gregor, “But I think that if the Oilers can address that centre spot with a quality person on a longer term deal and it costs them Jeff Petry, with the signings they’ve made and what they have coming, I think they would be comfortable moving Jeff Petry.”

    Elliotte Friedman noted before the start of free agency that the Oilers could have Jeff Petry’s name out there.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo Sabres: Teams are calling the Sabres about some of their players, but they’d have to overpay if they were going get one of them.

    “Whatever other surprises come, come,” Murray said Wednesday. “That certainly won’t be me. It’ll be if somebody likes someone on our team.”

    Teams may be calling about Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno.

    “I expect them all to be on the team,” Murray said in First Niagara Center. “Other teams want them, so they call and ask, and you listen. You listen only because they may do something crazy.

    “We don’t make the calls on those guys. We’re not looking to trade those guys. In saying that, when you get a call you listen, as if I would call another team on their good young player, of course they’re going to listen. You’re going to hang up. They’re going to say, ‘He’s crazy,’ or, ‘He’s actually willing to overpay.’ ”

    The Sabres interest in Steve Ott may have waned after some of the moves they’ve made.

  • Luke Fox of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs spoke with Matt Moulson before he signed with the Sabres.

    “I did have a chance to talk to the Leafs. Obviously, growing up in Mississauga, you play a lot of attention to Toronto. I still do even now,” Moulson told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Brady & Walker Thursday morning. “Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

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NHL Rumors IV: Legwand, Stempniak, Vokoun, Ott, Green, Vrbata, Berglund and Petry

  • Hope Smoke: (before the Petri Kontiola signing) Darren Dreger: “We’re waiting on Legwand and so are the Leafs.” … “The Leafs are one of the teams that have put in an offer on Legwand” … “The Leafs think Legwand can be a real good fit as a 3rd line C” … “The question is, what is that offer [for Legwand] RE term and money?” … “I don’t think the Leafs are eager to spend more than $4 m. In fact, I’m pretty sure they want to get him for less” …. “Word on the street is that Ottawa is interested and perhaps the Sabres are interested in Legwand as well” … “Some work to do for Nonis and CO. If he doesn’t get Legwand he may retreat and wait for the bargains to emerge. They always do”
  • 67Sound: “In theory if Legwand signs, having 5 Cs is a good thing. Move one to W for depth. But this is a team that dumped Colborne to keep 2 goons.”
  • David Pagnotta: Expect decisions from David Legwand, Lee Stempniak, Tomas Vokoun and Steve Ott today.
  • Andy Strickland: Lee Stempniak is talking to five or six teams and is not in a rush to sign a deal.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: (answering question) Reports are that Steve Ott wants more term than the Blues are offering.
  • Aaron Ward: Indications are that the Capitals are not looking to trade defenseman Mike Green.
  • Craig Morgan: Radim Vrbata was willing to move money around on a four-year deal with the Coyotes. They couldn’t agree on a no-trade clause/no-movement clause.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson could see a Patrik Bergund for Jeff Petry trade. The Blues have plenty of forwards, and even though they have seven defensemen under contract, Petry is a lot younger than Jordan Leopold.

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NHL Rumors XV: Blues, Wings, Jets, Brodeur, Michalek, Oilers, Bruins and Loktionov

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Doug Armstrong talked to Alex Steen and David Backes about the possibility of getting into the free agent market and paying someone more than them.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: David Backes could be moved to right wing next year, Patrik Berglund to left wing.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings offered Matt Niskanen seven-years and $38.5 million, but were told before free agency started that they weren’t on his final list.
  • Ansar Khan: One team source said the Wings would have gone seven-years and $42 million for Niskanen.
  • Ken Wiebe: Sources saying the Jets have showed no interest in defenseman Michael Del Zotto at this point.
  • John Shannon: Martin Brodeur’s camp is still talking to teams and looking for the right fit.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Milan Michalek received a five-year offer. Settled on a three-year deal with the Senators.
  • Dustin Nielson: The Oilers still need to add a center. If they can’t add one through free agency, they’ll need to go the trade route.
  • Nicholas Goss: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is fine with Loui Eriksson replacing Jarome Iginla on the top line.
  • David Pagnotta: Andrei Loktionov has received some interest from the KHL.

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NHL Rumors IX: Sabres, Oilers, Petry, Blues, Stars and Wild

Written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News:  Sabres are about $20 million away from the salary cap floor on the day before NHL free agency, and GM Tim Murray remains unconcerned about his ability to reach it. Murray will start dumping contracts if they get their free-agent targets. That will be benefit the Sabres in their attempt to boost payroll. Murray says he’s been getting a lot of calls from representatives of unrestricted free agents

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels he has “a compelling story to tell” when he’s tried to sell agents on their clients coming here on July 1… you can cross off players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen because will be looking for a lot on term for a new contract that will go with $6-7-million in salary per season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman reports that defender Jeff Petry’s name is making the NHL rounds.

    Assuming that the Oilers aren’t crazy, why would they be willing to deal Petry? Let’s consider three possibilities:

    1. He eants too much money.

    2. The team is confident it can replace Petry in free agency.

    3. As part of a package for a superior defender.

    As much as the possibility of a step forward exists here, there is a very real chance the Oilers take a step back in a Petry deal that they simply cannot afford to make.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars remain very much interested in Jason Spezza. It’s believed the Senators were targeting a good, young player in return along with a first-round pick during Friday’s NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Blues want to see what happens with free agent centre Paul Stastny Tuesday before going any further with the Senators. The Stars were a little confused as to whether they were an acceptable location for Spezza.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:  Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual. The Wild made Vanek’s short list, but agent Steve Bartlett said there were other good options on it too. The Wild had more conversations Monday with Jarome Iginla’s reps in hopes of selling Iginla on its program and how it’s a Stanley Cup contender. One player who would love Vanek to sign with the Wild is his former Sabres linemate Jason Pominville.

    The Wild has shown interest in Paul Stastny, but  he appears to be destined for St. Louis Blues or elsewhere. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jussi Jokinen and David Booth are other players that are available.

    The Wild did not inquire about former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Monday, but it might have interest in consistent Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.

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NHL Rumors V: Rangers, Ducks, Glass, Wings, Lightning, Ehrhoff and Niskanen

  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers don’t plan on re-signing Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore. They are interested in Mark Fayne. The NY Post is reporting they are interested in Ryan Carter. They are believed to have kicked tires on Paul Stastny.
  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a top-four rugged, stay-at-home defenseman and hope to sign one when free agency starts. Options for that type of player are limited in this free agent class. Anton Volchenkov and Brooks Orpik could be get some interest. They are also looking for a top-six winger and a bottom-six forward. They could look at Martin Havlat, Steve Ott and Milan Michalek.
  • Will DePaoli: Some think that Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle are connected. One lands with the Wings, the other with the Lightning.
  • David Pagnotta: Christian Ehrhoff is apparently looking for a deal for around five-years. Some teams are not interested because of this.
  • Jim Matheson: If Ehrhoff is looking for a five-year deal, the Oilers will be definitely out.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings are out on Ehrhoff as he wants more than five-years.
  • David Pagnotta: Matt Niskanen is believed to be wanting a six- or seven-year deal worth at least $6 million a year. Some teams not interested at those numbers. Red Wings and Lightning are among the teams pushing hard.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings are willing to the max seven-years for Matt Niskanen. They may even go has high as $6 million a year. Dan Boyle would be Plan B.

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