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NHL Rumors IV: Callahan, Stastny, Ducks and Subban

  • Pierre LeBrun: Not finalized yet, but Ryan Callahan’s contract extension with the Lightning will be for six years and $34.8 million, a $5.8 million salary cap hit.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Joe Sakic said late last night that Paul Stasnty wants to “see what’s out there.” Stastny’s camp promised to circle back and give the Avs the right of first refusal. Dater speculates the Avs have offered Stastny a deal somewhere between $5 and $6 million.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Paul Stastny’s camp has already received a bunch of calls regarding the pending free agent. The Avs will still be in the mix.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray wants to address their center position and defense as he feels he’s behind I that area compared to other top contenders. He’s armed with two first picks, two seconds and their 2015 first rounder.

    “That’s in the back of my mind all the time,” Murray said. “Where is that guy, can you find that guy, and can you afford that guy? … Is the time now, or do we have to step back and wait to see how these kids develop?

    “It’s a little bit of a game right now in terms of where you really are.”

    Realistic options include: Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza.

    Good but unrealistic options: Paul Stastny, Eric Staal and Joe Thornton.

  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin knows that he underpaid P.K. Subban before and that he’ll have to pay up now. Could get eight years and $9 million per season.

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NHL Rumors II: Sabres, Senators and Hurricanes

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Tim Murray is looking to add another first round pick and is tired of hearing about the salary cap floor as they are currently about $16 million under. If they extend some qualifying offers to some of their RFAs, the Sabres could be about $12 million below the estimated $52 million floor, with only Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to re-sign.

    “I don’t like spending money, but it’s easy to spend money,” Murray said in First Niagara Center. “It’s just are the right players or the guys that we like, are they going to approach us to take our money?

    Murray has already had talks about getting another first round pick.

    “I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first coming back, whether it’s in the 20s or in the teens,” Murray said. “I have been trying hard to do that. The people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this deal.’ ”

  • Ian Mendes: Sounding like the Senators are not interested in trading for the rights to Dan Boyle.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators Bobby Ryan recovery from sports hernia surgery is going well. He’s able to work out now.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “I haven’t heard about any contract talks [between Ott & Ryan]” … “People are saying, whether it matters or not, that Ryan hasn’t bought a house there [in Ottawa]” … “That would be a major concern losing Spezza & Ryan. If that happens potentially we’re talking rebuild or re-establishing in Ott”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Obviously they’re coming off a disappointing year in Carolina but it’s a whole new regime & they’re trying to improve” … “It’s a new regime & they’re in transition. They have a lot of $ tied up in the Staals, Ward, Semin, Skinner” … “There’s been a whole lot of underachieving but there’s also been a lack of depth”

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NHL Rumors X: Capitals, Phaneuf, Flames, Spezza and Cammalleri

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The Capitals won’t be using their compliance buyout according to GM Brian MacLellan, “I don’t think it would make sense,” he said. They’d like to add a backup for Braden Holtby through trade or free agency. There could be a couple players they’ll pursue through free agency, but won’t “get ridiculous” with the offers. They are still in talks with Mikhail Grabovski. They could look at Evgeny Kuznetsov as their No. 2 center. MacLellan will aggressive in attempting to get a top defenseman through trade or free agency. The Capitals are talking to, and hope to re-sign Nate Schmidt, Cam Schilling and Michael Latta.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: If the Capitals are looking to add a top-end defenseman to play with Mike Green, Gormley wonders about Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf carries a seven-year, $49 million salary, so the Maple Leafs may have eat some of his salary. The Capitals would also have to consider the cost to acquire him. Would the Capitals offer the 13th pick, Marcus Johansson and/or Dmitry Orlov for Phaneuf? The Hurricanes are dangling Eric Staal, and the Oilers may be willing to part with Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov. It may be safer for them to look at the left-handed free agent market.

    “We have a couple guys we’re going to pursue,” MacLellan said. “I think everybody is fully aware the free agency market is pretty thin and it’s going to be competitive.

    “There’s a couple guys we’re going to pursue up to a certain point. I don’t think we’re going to get ridiculous with our [contract] offers, but hopefully we can find a good fit and pick up a player or two in free agency.”

    Left-handed free agent options include: Andrei Markov, Kyle Quincey, Brooks Orpik and Willie Mitchell.

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Brad Treliving on the report that he made an offer of Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, “possibly” Dennis Wideman and a second or third round pick for Jason Spezza:

    “It’s categorically false,”

    “I haven’t made any such offers. That’s 100% fantasy island. I saw it early Sunday online and had to read it a couple times and had to remind myself ‘oh ya I’m the Flames GM. Interesting.’ ”

    Treliving doesn’t deny that he’s spoken with Senators GM Bryan Murray about a variety of topics. He’s also spoken with Canucks GM Jim Benning. The Flames aren’t one of the teams Ryan Kesler is interested in going to.

    Treliving confirmed that they are still talking with Mike Cammalleri. A team official, not Trelving, said the Flames are comfortable paying Cammalleri $5 million for a few seasons, but not much more than that.

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NHL Rumors IV: Thornton, Kesler, Toews, Callahan, Gionta, Staal, Flames and Coyotes

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs are at least one of six teams that have interest in Sharks Joe Thornton. That doesn’t mean the teams have exchanged offers. There have been reports out of Chicago about a possible Thornton for Patrick Sharp trade. Thornton has a no-movement clause but might be willing to waive it.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The “center” trade market contains Ryan Kesler, Jason Spezza and potentially Joe Thornton.Canucks GM Jim Benning has already taken calls on Kesler, but if they move him, the price is high. They may be looking for an asset that can help them now and future assets. LeBrun thinks Kesler still wants out of Vancouver.

    Spezza has indicated to management that he’d welcome a change of scenery. Trade talks could heat up closer to the draft.

    The Blackhawks and agent Pat Brisson have held preliminary talks with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane:

    “I have spoken with Stan a few times already, we’ve obviously talked about extending both players,” Brisson told ESPN.com Friday. “We’re working to get something done by July 1, if possible.”

    Talks between the Lightning and Ryan Callahan are ongoing.

    Thomas Vanek will test the open market on July 1st.

    The Canadiens are interested in bring Brian Gionta back.

    “The team has reached out and said they’d definitely want Brian back,” said Bartlett. “It’s a matter of whether the role for the player and the dollars are still a match. We’ll have those discussions with Montreal between now and July 1.”

    Former Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford may have entertained the idea of trading Eric Staal, but new GM Ron Francis may not be interested in doing that. Francis could interview up to 10 head coaching candidates, he’s at around six already. Jacques Martin is one of the ones he’s talked to. He may want to speak with Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson when the Cup Final is over.

  • Kristen Odland: Flames GM Brad Treliving on their interest in the first overall pick: “We’ll see. You’re managing it all the time. Is it realistic?”
  • Sarah McLellan: McLellan doesn’t think the Coyotes will be looking to trade up at the draft, potentially moving down.

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NHL Rumors I: Holy Smoke – Sharks, Leafs, Panthers and Senators

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “The Sharks are obviously trying to go through something of an overhaul” … “Don’t know if that [DW saying he wants players who want to play & not just live in SJ] is a shot about anyone in particular” … “I can tell you this, the sense in SJ when the season ended was if coach & GM would be back then Thornton or Marleau wouldn’t be” … “Now keep in mind, both [Marleau & Thornton] have NMC & they’re not going anywhere if they don’t want to” … “Thornton is not going to be too quickly predisposed to leave SJ even though he might get the sense that they’d like him to leave” … “I think Thornton’s name is going to be eminently available in trade talk, but again he holds the final cards” … “Curious situation for the SJ b/c trying to maybe move forward into a new era but they just signed both guys to 3 year contracts” … “I suspect both guys might think they took hometown discounts in order to stay in SJ & they’ve got NMC that go with it and now, all of a sudden, they may be asked to relocate & I imagine the players would think: whoa, wait a minute we took less than market value to stay in SJ & now you’ve quickly decided you want to move in a new direction?” … “I think that whole Marleau/Thornton v SJ situation is going to be fascinating to see how it plays out” … “I think the first round exit changed everything in terms of the dynamic in SJ” … “But listen we’re watching the Kings going to the Final here & the Sharks had them down 3-0.” … “Whether the combination of the Sharks blowing it or the Kings overtaking them, this Sharks group has never made Final and rarely made the Conf final so same change has to come” … “Kind of torn between looking at SJ & saying you know what they can come back intact next yr & be the team we thought they were, but I don’t think you can sell that to the market in SJ and that’s why change is being looked at harder than it was prior to signing Marleu/Thornton to extensions”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Marleau and Thornton are two names that are legitimately in play and it could get ugly in SJ due to their NMC”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I’m sure Thornton doesn’t want to leave SJ & he’s going to fight, scratch, claw and do everything he can to hold tight” .. “I’m sure in Thornton’s world he’d like to be bought out by the Sharks but that’s not how they do business.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Speculation continues to build that Tallon is keenly interested in Bolland.” … “Nonis & Shanahan are going to try & sign him but if they can’t get him below $5 million they’ll trade his rights” … “Shanahan will lean on Nonis who has spent more time in that GM chair in Toronto”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think Toronto is going to be active in some of those big names that will be out there. Leafs still need that big centre” Dreger says that the Leafs could be looking at Hurricanes Eric Staal.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I’m sure Nonis & Shanahan have spent a long time trying to develop a vision that both agree is best for the Leafs” … “If they’ve done that then they’re not sharing what ultimately that vision is” … “I think Leafs are very realistic and know where they are as an organization. Want to make moves to push things along, not expedite” … “Nonis isn’t one who is willing to blow things up because he sees a quick fix. That’s not him at all. He’s realistic” … “I think Nonis manages in a very methodical fashion. He looks to improve by trade, FA & draft.” … “To get a Sam Bennett you’re going to have to move some pieces to get into that position or it’s going to get real ugly…””…I don’t think there’s much of a stomach to do that”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Every time I’ve spoken to Tallon he has told me that he’ll be active & he won’t be restricted by finances like in the past”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Spezza watch is in full alert. Bryan Murray is telling teams they have to pay the price he paid to get Bobby Ryan”

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NHL Rumors II: Radio Edition: Sharks, Sens, Canucks, Canes, Richards and Canadiens

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think the Sharks are going to trade Joe Thornton anyway, or explore that option” … “Joe is a proud guy and I’m sure he wouldn’t be thrilled to lose the captaincy” … “I believe the Sharks need to make some tangible changes & the tangible changes are more likely to involve Thornton or Marleau…” … “…than a Pavelski or Couture. I think that’s common sense
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think Spezza is available & Thornton will soon be made available. Going to be a lot of teams looking at diff [trade] options” … “The GMs are under the gun some new GMs in charge. The situation in Van we’ve yet to get a handle on. Is Kesler staying or going?” … “So there’s the potential for many significant names out there to be available for trade” … “The closer we get to the Final being over and closer we get to the draft, the more that [trade talk] takes over
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I would have thought that one of the Staal’s in Carolina would have been in play but I’m not entirely convinced Francis wants to take that step forward and blow everything up” … “You know what, I would never say never but I think Francis wants to get a new coach in and see how that group responds to him” … “Carolina is a budget team and I don’t think the new coach is going to get $2 million dollars like he would with another team” … “Sometimes that’s an impediment on getting the people you want to get. Ulf Samuelsson is 1 of the candidates for that Carolina job”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I think Mike Richards is in danger of being bought out, for sure. Maybe he gets what happened to Lecavalier?” … “There were 20 teams that were talking to Lecavalier. Had they not watched him?” … “I remember Lecavalier walking from interview to interview with different teams last year and saying are these GMs high?
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I would not be willing to part with Jake Gardiner right now”
  • Habs Links: Pierre McGuire: “I expect the #Canadiens to be super aggressive this offseason.”
  • Habs Links: McGuire also said that Garard Gallant could leave the organization for a head coaching position.
  • Habs Links: Pierre McGuire: “There is a market for guys like Peter Budaj.”

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NHL Rumors I: Center Options For Stars, Maple Leafs, Moller and BriseBois

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars will be looking at second line center this offseason.

    “It’s a priority for us,” he said of center depth. “I think if you want to be a contender, you have to be deep down the middle. That’s something we’ve talked about over and over again.”

    Do they look at Paul Stastny, trade for Ryan Kesler or go with Cody Eakin until Jason Dickinson and/or Devin Shore is ready? GM Jim Nill went after Vincent Lecavalier last summer. Options for the Stars: Jason Spezza, Paul Stastny and Ryan Kesler. Long-shot options in Eric or Jordan Staal. Bridge scenario in Mikhail Grabovski. Go with Eakin and have third line options in Vern Fiddler, David Legwand, Steve Ott and Jay McClement.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs don’t want to pay Dave Bolland more than the $4.2 million they are paying Tyler Bozak. About 20 teams may be interested Paul Stastny’s services if he becomes a free agent. Simmons thinks the Leafs should re-sign Jay McClement but at less than $1.5 million.
  • Stephen Whyno: Oscar Moller expects the Kings to give him an offer to return to the NHL next year.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said it’s only a matter of time before a team gives Julien BriseBois a chance to be a GM.

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NHL Rumors III: Players Who Could Be Moved at the Draft, Bruins, Booth, Canucks and Richards

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The asking price for Jason Spezza will likely be a player, prospect and a top pick. Spezza has a list of 10 teams that he can’t be traded too. The Maple Leafs could be interested, but there is little chance they’d trade him to their divisional rival. Options for Spezza could be:

    1. Blues – Sens could be interested in Patrik Berglund and Ian Cole.

    2. Predators – the Sens could be interested Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson.

    3. Ducks – the Sens could be interested in Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino.

    4. Panthers – the Sens could be interested in the Panthers 1st overall pick and Dmitry Kulikov.

    5. Coyotes – a longshot.

  • Allen Panzeri: “Oh, BTW, if the #Sens trade Jason Spezza, who is going to replace him as a world-class No. 1 centre? Just asking. And don’t say Zack Smith.”
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: There could be lots of trading going on during the 2014 NHL draft.

    “Some teams are going to be looking to move some salaries, and I just have a feeling there could be a lot of moves,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

    The 1st overall pick is already in play.

    “I’ve already had a few guys kicking tires,” Tallon said. “We are going to get more calls.”

    The Senators are talking offers on Jason Spezza, same with the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf.  The Canucks may look to trade Alex Edler, same with the Sabres and Christian Ehrhoff. New GM Ron Francis may look to deal Cam Ward, and possibly Eric Staal if they got a staggering return.

    Craig Button on possible draft day trades.

    “It’s really hard to get good players now unless you make a big trade and draft picks are a part of it,” said Button, a former NHL general manager. “Plus, teams are looking to get a lot better as quickly as possible.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Bruins are not expected to re-sign Shawn Thornton according to a source. They will look to keep Jarome Iginla.

    “Obviously, he’s a leader, he’s the captain of another team for a long time and he came in and added in an element to our group, especially the forward group,” Bruins team president Cam Neely said in a Tuesday press conference. “He ended up scoring 30 goals, which is not easy in this league anymore, and we would like to try and see if we can figure something out moving forward with him. We will see where that goes, but I thought he fit in really well with our team.”

    The Bruins may also look at the trade market  this off-season. They almost had Alex Edler at the trade deadline but the Canucks ownership apparently nixed the trade. The Canucks ownership may have also nixed a Ryan Kesler trade to the Penguins. The Bruins could re-visit the Edler talks or look at other options via free agency or trade. They could look at moving Brad Marchand and his remaining three years at $4.5 million per season. Two sources saying they would listen to Marchand offers, but there is no guarantee that they trade him.

  • News 1130 Sports: Agent Mike Liut will talk with Canucks GM Jim Benning at the NHL Combine or Draft about David Booth’s future in Vancouver.
  • Will DePaoli: Dreger was on Pittsburgh radio and said that we’re in an era where there are “no untouchable” in the NHL.
  • Jason Botchford: Trevor Linden had a good meeting with Ryan Kesler at the end of the season.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “The fact that B.Richards has played so well will give the Rangers pause to consider, but sense I got a year ago was that the Rangers would buy Richards out this year.” … “That unless Richards was playing like one of your top 2 centres…” “…doing it in such a fashion that you believe he’s going to do it for another 2/3 yrs then you’re almost obliged to buy him out”

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NHL Rumors: Penguins, Capitals, Staal, Gaborik, Phaneuf, Umberger, Marchand and Ovechkin

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Penguins tested James Neal’s trade value. Kris Letang’s health scare may keep teams away.

    Scott Howson was in Vancouver for a second interview. Jim Benning has had two interviews as well.The Bruins may lose another piece of their management as Don Sweeney has interviewed with the Capitals. Predators Paul Fenton also interviewed with the Capitals. Ray Shero would make sense in Washington. The Capitals have had talks with Wayne Gretzky. Doug MacLean was mentioned by Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

    At the GM meetings after the Stanley Cup, it will be proposed to offer a 2nd round draft pick as compensation for a team losing a hockey employee.

    Hurricanes GM Ron Francis on Eric Staal’s future with the team: “It depends on our budget.” The budget should be known in the next week or so. Francis added that he liked seeing Eric on the left wing as it is easier to double shift him.

    The Panthers coaching search should start up this week as GM Dale Tallon is returning from the World Championships.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher will meet with Mike Yeo about a contract extension. Ducks Bruce Boudreau’s contract is up after next season, with his assistants being up in a month.

    Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on Hockey Night in Canada

    “When you’ve been in a place nine years like I have, going into my 10th year, it becomes a mutual thing. You want to be someplace where they want you. If they don’t want you, you move on. I’m going to coach in the league for a long time yet, there’s going to be opportunities for me. I like what we’ve done in Detroit; we’ve rebuilt on the fly…I think we have a chance to be better next year and better in the future. So, I tell people all the time: I’ve got a good place to hunt, I’ve got a good place to water ski, my family’s happy, my youngest girl is finishing school next year so I’m free that way. But there’s no reason to move if you don’t have to move or if it doesn’t excite you to. I’ve always been a believer that the grass is greener right here at home as long as you fertilize and water.”

    Friedman thinks Marian Gaborik won’t get to free agency.

    Friedman thinks that one of the reasons that the Maple Leafs extended Dion Phaneuf as it would help increase his trade value at some point. It is easier to trade a player with term and eating some salary than a UFA. They are probably looking at his trade value.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson confirmed that R.J. Umberger has requested a trade. Davidson added that an Umberger trade would only be made if it strengthens their roster.

    “We don’t get into speculation regarding trades, but I do know this much – when we run a professional sports organization, and you have to look at improving your club – you’re going to look to do anything you possibly can to improve your club,” Davidson said. “If it means moving somebody out, somebody on (to a different team) you do that.

    “If a player talks to you as an organization that he needs a change of scenery, you try to help him and you try to do the right thing. We’ve appreciated what R.J. has done for us, but it has to be something that makes sense for our club.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins may look at if they want to deal with Brad Marchand’s lack of  playoff production and lack of discipline anymore. The 26-year old has three years left at $4.5 million and has trade value. The Bruins may need some cap space this off-season as Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will need new deals. There was talk last off-season involving Marchand, and it  may be louder this off-season.
  • Slava Malamud: Vladislav Tretiak said that Alex Ovechkin didn’t suffer a knee tear: “Diagnosis didn’t reveal a serious ligament damage. The worst is avoided.” Added that Ovechkin is sore and they are considering a special knee brace. He’ll remain in Minsk even if he isn’t playing.
  • Slava Malamud: IIHF president: “Gary Bettman said in Sochi it was unbelievable and if same happens in Korea, (NHL) will come. Puck is in players’ hands.”

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NHL Rumors III: Flyers, Teams In Need of Change and Players That Could Be Available

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Hiring an assistant GM to fill his old position is not high on Flyers GM Ron Hextall’s priority list. Flyers fans shouldn’t expect major changes.

    “I don’t anticipate anything real big,” he said. “. . . I like our team, like our youth up front. I like a lot of things. In saying that, there are a few things we have to take a peek at. But I’m not expecting anything earth-shattering right now.”

    On adding a more productive left winger for Claude Giroux.

    “If there’s something out there, we’d look at it, but I think it’s more left wing in general” where the Flyers need help. “Our right side is real strong, our middle is real strong. The left side is probably our weak spot, so if we can add a left winger, yeah, we’d love to do that.”

    There will be many left winger UFAs this year, and Jets Evander Kane could be on the trade block. Hextall has talked to their pending free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen, though no offer has been made as of yet.

    “My hunch is it will be an ongoing process with Kimmo for the next few weeks or month, for him to see where his body is at and where he’s at, mentally,” Hextall said.

    Carchidi lists some free agent left wingers: Thomas Vanek, Jussi Jokinen, Matt Moulson, Mason Raymond, Mike Cammalleri, Milan Michalek, Benoit Pouliot, Dustin Penner, Dany Heatley and Nikolai Kulemin.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Senators, Maple Leafs, Capitals, Jets and Hurricanes need to make major roster changes. The Penguins, Sharks, Canucks, Predators, Panthers, Oilers and Flames may also need to go through some change.

    Four teams are looking for a GM and five for a head coach.

    Players that could be available for trade this off-season: Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Eric Staal, Dion Phaneuf, Evander Kane, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

    The Maple Leafs are listening more than shopping Dion Phaneuf.

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