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Morning Rumors IV: Hurricanes, Kesler, Edler, Red Wings, Capitals and Canadiens

  • Darren Dreger: Teams are saying that the Hurricanes could trade one of their goaltender, including Cam Ward.
  • David Pagnotta: There is lots of Ryan Kesler trade talk going on. Pagnotta has been told that just about half of the league has called.
  • The Fourth Period: Source saying the Red Wings have shown interest in Canucks Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. It’s unclear what assets GM Ken Holland would consider moving.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance thinks Alex Edler is a more likely player (over Ryan Kesler) to be moved by the Canucks at the deadline. Whether it’s Edler or Kesler, the Canucks are looking for 22-24 year old center. Problem is, basically every team would like one of those guys. Would the Red Wings be interested in Kesler? They have young forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tater that could interest the Canucks. Would the Capitals put Evgeny Kuznetsov in a package?
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Mike Gillis.

    “Apparently it came out of Sochi. If he did want out or he didn’t want out, I wouldn’t discuss it publicly anyway,” Gillis said.

    “It’s just like any other matter, anything internally, with our players. Whether it’s personal or business, we don’t discuss it outside our offices.

    “I’m not going to sit here and debate whether (the report) is accurate or not.”

    It will be tough for the Canucks to win on a Kesler trade. The Canucks can’t trade him without getting a center back, preferably 25 or younger.

  • David Pagnotta: The Canadiens have received a pretty serious offer for defenseman Andrei Markov. They rejected the offer, but could counter. The Canadiens would prefer to keep him.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Don’t expect any major moves by the Canadiens at the trade deadline. GM Marc Bergervin isn’t going to move any of their young assets, and there isn’t much of a market for players he wouldn’t mind moving.

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Morning Rumors VII: Kesler, St. Louis, Erat, Panthers, Devils, Islanders, Senators, Leafs and Kuznetsov

  • Eric Macramalla: “Kesler/St. Louis have no-trades; ok to give to player; BUT trade demand should trigger a list of teams he can be traded to, otherwise the team will have difficulty getting a return on that player – so no trades are fine so long as qualified if trade demanded.”
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Martin Erat said yesterday that he is still hoping to be traded. GM George McPhee said he planned to touch base with Erat.

    “If he still wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate it,” McPhee said, acknowledging that with the NHL salary cap AT a low $64.3 million this season it’s been a challenge to oblige Erat. “It’s been a difficult year with transactions. had this been a typical year, we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request but that wasn’t the case this year.”

  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Panthers don’t plan on having a big fire sale.

    “We’re going to do what’s best for the Panthers to build a championship team,” Tallon said during the recent Olympic break. “We’re not blowing this thing up. If we can sell some assets to get better, we’ll do that. It depends what happens in the next few weeks. We’ll be aggressive either way.”

    Interim head coach is hoping Tallon doesn’t trade his key players for draft picks.

    “I don’t really want any draft picks. They don’t do me any good,” Horachek said. “I want to win these games, I want the guys to care about winning these games. I want the guys to put it on the line whether we have an opportunity or mathematically out. I want to make sure we care about winning these games.”

  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur hasn’t spoken with Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo, but expects to at some point.

    “There’s nothing that’s planned, so I’m just kind of sitting and waiting it out and we’ll see,” Brodeur said. “I’m sure I’ll be talking somewhat to him regardless of what happens in the next four games. But there’s no plan on doing anything.”

    Jaromir Jagr continues to say that he’s not thinking about the trade deadline.

    “If something were to happen, I think the other team would call first (to talk to him), like they did before,” Jagr said. “If they give up something, they have to make sure I want to go there. I don’t have a contract. I have one month left, so if I decide I’m not going (a team wouldn’t trade for him).”

  • Chris Botta: The Islanders are insisting on a first round pick for Andrew MacDonald. He carries a low cap hit of $550,000. There is lots of interest.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have spoken with several teams about potential trades, but there hasn’t been a fit.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think Raymond is a possible trade piece over the next six days”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”The same applies to Raymond as it does to Kulemin. If there is a deal to be made that is a hockey deal Nonis will make it”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”If someone makes the Leafs a real solid offer on Bolland and he hasn’t softened on his contract demands Nonis will make that trade”
  • Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov: ’Those 3 upcoming home games will be one of the last for me here. Ovi told me i’ll live in his house’
  • ESPNs John Buccigross and Craig Custance talk trade deadline.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Washington Capitals

Submitted by Patrick O’Connor, and can be found on twitter at @PatOConnor28

Sabres-deadlineWith the trade deadline fast approaching,  after the Olympic break the Capitals should be very active if they want to make a run this season. The Caps currently find themselves sitting in fifth place in the Metropolitan, however only three points out of a playoff position. The Capitals fall in the middle of the pack in just about every statistically team category except for their fifth ranked power play. The sore spot comes with the 19 regulation/overtime wins, only five teams in the league are worse, Florida, Buffalo, New York Islanders, Calgary, and Edmonton. If this team wants to make a playoff run, they are going to need be better 5 on 5 play and avoid overtime games.

George McPhee finds himself in a very difficult position to make moves that will really benefit the team this season. Three roster players have requested trades at one or multiple points this season, Michal Neuvirth, Martin Erat, and Dmitry Orlov. Neuvirth and Orlov have seen their playing time increase and have proved that they belong on the roster for now. Orlov has been playing with Mike Green and Neuvirth has been splitting the net with Holtby since the rookie Phillip Grubauer was sent back down (where he will probably remain for the rest of the season barring injury). Leading up to the Olympic break Martin Erat had been playing like he did not want to be on the team, taking foolish offensive zone penalties and showing little to no heart in games. Although he has played close to 800 games in the NHL his trade value may be at an all time low. Erat has one goal this season, an empty netter, and has seen playing time on the fourth line for long stretches at a time.

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Bruins, Coyotes, Oilers, Kings, Capitals, Sabres and Penguins

  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins won’t be trading Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Spooner or their 1st round pick for a defenseman. Prices are high right now.
  • Chris Nichols: Coyotes GM Don Maloney: “We’re not looking to sell. We’d like to add. But right now there are 25 other NHL teams in the exact same situation.”
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis notes that if the Oilers are looking to trade pending UFA Nick Schultz, they should keep him in their third pairing. When he’s moved up to the second pairing, “his game collapses.”
  • The Fourth Period: Kings GM Dean Lombardi is in the market for scoring and have shown interest in Matt Moulson, Thomas Vanek and Evander Kane.
  • The Fourth Period: The Capitals have been looking to trade Martin Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth. They would like trade for a two-way forward and a stay-at-home defenseman. They have also looked at bringing in a goalie, and have inquired about Ryan Miller. The Wild and Blues are also showing interest in Miller. Steve Ott may also be a player the Capitals are looking at.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: If Evgeny Kuznetsov decides to join the Capitals, he’ll carry a $900,000 salary cap hit. His current KHL sits in eight place with four games to go, and would face the top seed. Seven game Quarterfinals would run from March 8th to 18th, Semifinals: March 21st to 31st, Final: April 3rd to 15th and League Championship: April 18th to 30th.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins Pascal Dupuis underwent successful knee surgery on his torn right ACL.

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Morning Hits: Flyers, Sedin’s, Vokoun, Rinaldo, Theodore, Senators and Kuznetsov

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: There have been rumors that the Flyers are looking to move a defenseman. They’ve been impressed with the play of Hal Gill, and have currently nine defenseman in camp. Erik Gustafsson would have to clear waivers and they really like him. GM Paul Holmgren on if there have been any trade talks.

    “I’ve had conversations with people, but are they specifically asking (about defensemen)? No,” Holmgren said. “This time of year, you always ask questions like ‘What are you looking for?’ and ‘What do you need?’ It’s just general talk.

    “This time of year, waivers everyday, there’s a lot of teams slipping guys down to the minors that way. It’s a critical time for every team as they try to fill out their roster.”

    It’s unlikely that the Flyers are interested in UFA Simon Gagne.

  • Nick Kypreos: New contracts for Henrik and Daniel Sedin could be in place by the start of the season if Canucks ownership accept the latest proposal.
  • Allan Walsh: Comments made by Tomas Vokoun to Czech media were not reported accurately. He is feeling good and will begin light workouts next week. After meeting with doctors and the Penguins, a timeline for his return to action will made.
  • Tim Panaccio: Was told not to expect any supplementary discipline for Zac Rinaldo regarding an elbow he threw last night.
  • Igor Eronko: Reports that Jose Theodore signed a one-year deal with Omsk.
  • Joe Yerdon: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said they are over budget.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Evgeny Kuznetsov won’t be conscripted into the Russian army despite an Army official saying it was possible.

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Afternoon Hits: Stastny-Miller, Ohlund, Wilson, Kuznetsov, Caputi and Kadri

Apologies for the delay, no internet connection this morning.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: “Reputable” sources have told Dater that there is nothing to the Paul Stastny – Ryan Miller trade rumors, the deal won’t happen. The Avalanche will give Semyon Varlamov a shot again this year.
  • Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Kiszla thinks that the Avalanche need Ryan Miller to get back into the playoffs. Varlamov is a competent goalie, but he’s not at the level to carry a team. Kiszla said back in May that a Stastny-Miller makes sense.
  • Paul of Kukla’s Korner: A report is saying that Mattias Ohlund, who hasn’t played in 823 days , is now thinking his hockey career is over. He had been hoping to make a return. Ohlund is under contract until the end of the 2015-16 season, so he likely won’t retire until then.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley thinks that it’s unlikely that right winger Tom Wilson is sent back to Plymouth of the OHL. He could battle Joel Ward for a third line spot, possibly bumping Ward to the 4th line. Evgeny Kuznetsov won’t attend the Capitals prospect camp as he is committed to another season in the KHL. He has assured GM George McPhee that he’ll come to the NHL after the KHL season.

    “He’s indicated to us that he’s definitely coming over, so we do see a light at the end of the tunnel, and he indicated that as recently as two weeks ago,” McPhee told “We’re hoping we see him late this season and that he is as good as advertised.”

  • Dobber Hockey: Luca Caputi has signed with a Swedish team for this season.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons wonders when the 11th hour is for Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs: The start of training camp? The start of the season?

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Top 5 trade targets … Capitals willing to move top prospects … Senators have prospects for Perry … Pens looking to add scoring

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

  • A few GMs may be wondering if their jobs are safe.

    “I would think there’s a few guys around the league who are wondering,” said a league executive. “Teams often copy each other and firing the GM could become vogue if an owner believes it can turn the team around.”

    Capitals GM George McPhee and Sabres Darcy Regier could be on the hotseat after their teams slow start.

  • The league won’t announce anything regarding re-alignment until a deal has been agreed upon with the players.

    “We will probably brief the board when we and (the union) have agreement on what we intend to propose for approval,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail. “Hopefully, we have reached a decision by the end of the month.”

  • Many believe the Canucks won’t move Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider during this season.
  • Two Ducks scouts showed up to watch a Senators-Sabres game this week fueling speculation. The Senators haven’t had any talks with the Ducks regarding Corey Perry. The Ducks will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t, Sens GM Bryan Murray needs to know what it would take to get him. They were the front-runner to land Rick Nash before he was dealt to the Rangers. They do have the prospects to land Perry.

    “The Ducks are just trying to identify what everybody has,” said a league executive. “They are going to try to sign him.”

  • The Flames are willing to move Jay Bouwmeester, but would anyone want to take on his $6.8 million salary next year?
  • The Penguins have the money and would like to add a scoring winger at the trade deadline.
  • Capitals GM George McPhee is frantically trying to add some immediate help and they might be willing to trade 2012 first round pick, Filip Forsberg and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. McPhee found out he wouldn’t get much return for Roman Hamrlik.
  • The Maple Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins, Senators and several other teams have shown interest in Ryan O’Reilly. The asking price is a top prospect and a draft pick.

Top 5 Trade Targets:

  • 1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim: The Ducks are rolling along quite nicely and he is a unrestricted free agent. Teams are going to call, but if the Ducks continue at their current pace, it’s going to take a huge deal to get him.

    2. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary: The Flames have to sit down with Iginla and decide what direction they want to take. If he’s going to sign an extension, they should get it done at a reasonable price and move on. Many believe Iginla should accept a trade and allow the Flames to rebuild.

    3. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa: This will be interesting to watch. If the Senators fall out of the race, does GM Bryan Murray give the 40-year-old the option to try to go win the Stanley Cup? The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are both going to be looking for a scoring winger.

    4. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida: His name has come up lately because of his status as a UFA. If the Panthers don’t get back into the playoff race, Weiss is going to be targeted by teams looking for a rental. The two sides have a lot of work to get done to make a deal

    5. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders: Teams are going to be looking for a puck-moving defenceman and a lot of teams like Streit. He had success in Montreal, he has been a winner in the past and he understands playing with pressure. Look for a lot of teams to try to get Streit.

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Doan has contract done, needs to sign it … Ryan regrets interview … Eaves skating … CBJ wanted Jagr … Kuznetsov wanted invite

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Shane Doan said on XTRA 910 that a contract is done between him and the Coyotes, and all he has to do is sign it when Greg Jamison acquires the team. Doan also confirmed that Jamison has the money to purchase the team. The list of teams that he’d consider joining is down to 2 or 3 teams if a deal with the Coyotes can’t be worked out. Doan’s radio interview.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Bobby Ryan now regrets the interview where he said he told management to trade him if it was in the best interest of the team.

    “But about 10 minutes after the interview, I was like, ‘Gosh, I shouldn’t have done that, seeing that I’m teeing off on the 37th hole of the day after 11 o’clock.’ It was kind of stupid.

    “At that point, you can’t kick yourself for too long. I knew that if (Ducks general manager Bob Murray) really had a problem with it, he would reach out to me. That never happened.”

    Ryan, nor his agent Mark Guy, formally asked the Ducks for a trade.

    “You know, I was glad,” Ryan said. “I was kind of expecting a phone call at some point. And then I knew with the (possible) lockout, things could change. I was really excited that it didn’t because I didn’t want to book a flight anywhere else.”

    ESPN reported in the summer that the Flyers wanted to trade James van Riemsdyk in a package for Ryan, but the Ducks wanted Brayden Schenn.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Patrick Eaves hasn’t played since suffering a concussion last November. His headaches are ‘fewer and further between’, but he still hasn’t been cleared by team doctors. Eaves said,

    “that the bad part is behind me now. This is part of the progress, skating with other guys and trying to get used to that. The speed is, obviously, not what it is at training camp. I’m just happy to be out there with the guys.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Blue Jackets offered Jaromir Jagr a 1 year deal worth $4.2 million before he signed a 1 year deal worth $4.5 million with the Stars.
  • CSN Washington: Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov wasn’t happy that he wasn’t invited to the teams development camp in July.

    “I really wanted to [to go],” Kuznetsov told Sport-Express, whose interview is translated here by Russian Machine Never Breaks. “It’s just very interesting to get another look at how it is there [in Washington].  Even if I wouldn’t be able to go, just to get the invitation would be nice.  I don’t know whether they gave up on me altogether or not, but it’s somewhat strange.”

    The Capitals have tried to sign him, he announced in May that he signed a 2 year deal with Traktor of the KHL.

  • Chris Johnston via twitter: After Malcolm Subban signed with the Bruins, 18 of the top 30 2012 1st round picks have signed entry-level deals.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks continue with Jeremy Welsh, and that he’d thinks they can get it done by next week.

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Friedman’s thoughts … Bruins trade unlikely this weekend … Miller to Philly tweet is silly … Ducks-Sabres did talk Miller

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Matt Niskanen declined his qualifying offer. The Hurricanes would like Jordan Staal, but there is no guarantee that Pittsburgh is dealing him yet. They may make a play on Rick Nash. The Blue Jackets may be thankful that Zach Parise said he’s not interested in joining the Rangers, increases the Rangers interest in Nash. There is a lot of talk that Flyers Matt Carle would prefer to play close to his home in Alaska. Ryan Suter’s agent denied reports that he’s not interested in playing for an Eastern Conference team. 2 teams discussed a trade with Blue Jackets about Nash and found there was no match. Friedman wonders if teams would ask Capitals GM George McPhee if they’d be interested in trading the rights to Evgeny Kuznetsov. A couple GMs said they haven’t heard if Evander Kane is available, but would be interested if he was. There seems to be more interest in trading down in the draft rather than up.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said trade talk has been flowing freely in recent days, but added it’s unlikely that they make any deals this weekend.

    “The reality is that the trade market right now is the most active. What’ll happen is, come July, that will take a bit of a backseat to free agency. Then once we go through that first tranche of free agents, then the trade market will re-emerge,” said Chiarelli. “With the trade market the way it is, I’ll make some calls . . . but, frankly, I’m probably more apt to wait till the free agent market and then the secondary trade market.

    “I call it the secondary trade market, but it’s fairly significant. So my objective will probably be to wait unless something falls in my lap.”

  • Mike Harrington via twitter: “The Ryan Miller deal-was-done tweet from Philly is silly. He was never asked for a list of teams to be dealt to. Confirmed that multiple x”
  • Mike Harrington via twitter: The Ducks and Sabres did talk about Ryan Miller, but it never got close to the Sabres approaching Miller about it.

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State of the Washington Capitals: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Jeff Kleiman of Capitals Outsider (@J_dizzle_caps) and Jake Ware of DC Pro Sports Report (@JacobWare95).

Through 59 games of the 2011/12 NHL season, the perennial playoff contending Washington Capitals sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a decidedly average 29-24-5 record. The Caps look like a shell of the team that they once were, and with the trade deadline now on the horizon, General Manager George McPhee is likely to be very active as he prepares his team for the long months ahead.

With some big free agent signings this past offseason, fans and journalists were lauding the Caps, naming them as runaway Stanley Cup favorites. But with the team not nearly playing up to expectations (despite sprinting out to a 7-0-0 start), the Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau and brought in team legend Dale Hunter to take over behind the bench. They are 17-15-4 since the change, and are still struggling to keep up in the playoff race.

With the Florida Panthers pacing the Southeast Division and the Winnipeg Airplanes hot on their tail, this year’s trade deadline is shaping up to become the most important one in recent memory for the Caps. If they want to bring back the crown they have owned for the past four seasons, the Caps must improve at the deadline.

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Kuznetsov doesn’t know when he’s coming to N.A. … All quiet on Marchand front … A terrible list of NHL relocation/expansion cities

  • Alessandro Seren Rosso via twitter: Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov will head to the NHL but he doesn’t know when, “maybe tomorrow, maybe in 3 years, maybe in 1 year.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: “Only crickets are being heard on the Brad Marchand front, with neither side amenable to disclosing information regarding negotiations.” Marchand’s deal could have an effect on what Tyler Ennis of the Sabres gets/is looking for in his next deal after this upcoming season. In Shea Weber’s arbitration hearing, Nashville used Keith Yandle and Dustin Byfuglien as comparables.
  • Steve MacFarland of the Calgary Sun: “The Business Journal” put out a list of cities that were the best candidates for NHL expansion or relocation. Quebec City was 31 of 58 North American cities. Hamilton was 33 behind Honlulu, Orlando and Tulsa.

    The Business Journals’ Top 10 markets for NHL expansion/relocation:
    1. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
    2. Houston, Texas
    3. Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn.
    4. Las Vegas, Nev.
    5. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Va.
    6. Providence, RI
    7. Austin, Texas
    8. Hartford, Conn.
    9. Sacramento, Calif.
    10. Richmond, Va.

    Here’s our list of five North American cities in which we’d like to see an NHL team:
    1. Quebec City
    2. Hamilton, Ont.
    3. Seattle, Wash.
    4. Hartford, Conn.
    5. Saskatoon, Sask.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Darren Helm had 32 points in 82 games last season. “Helm could end up centering the third line along with headlining the penalty-killing forward group in 2011-12. He’s a hard worker wherever he goes and is only going to get better.”

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Bettman’s press conference break down … Bettman contacted True North about Coyotes … Giguere an option for Leafs … Blues, Wings notes

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun breaks down Gary Bettman’s press conference. Re-alignment will wait another year, and they will look at all kinds of possibilities. The NHL may more towards a more balanced schedule, each team playing each other at least twice. Though Bettman wouldn’t confirm, re-alignment may have been delayed to see how the Phoenix situation unfolds. 2011-12 NHL schedule should come out at the end of June. Bettman said that if the True North and Atlanta sale didn’t happen on Tuesday morning, it may not have happened. In the next collective bargaining talks, drug testing may get tougher. NHLPA’s exectutive director, Donald Fehr, expects CBA talks to begin next winter. Bettman says it makes sense to wait until the NFL, NBA, and MLB have ironed out there CBA’s before the NHL talks about theirs. Bill Daly said that next year’s salary cap could be as high as $63.3 million. Rule 48 could get expanded, will be discussed at next weeks GMs meetings. No update on participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics or a return of the World Cup. Bettman on Phoenix,

    “The city of Glendale stepped up and said they want the team to stay another year while they try to complete the sales process with us and will be funding the losses,” Bettman said. “Any suggestion that the league is funding this club or carrying the burden is not true. Last season, the city of Glendale did it. … Hopefully the club will be sold in due course, and there will be a new owner in there to start turning things around.

    “You have a city in Glendale that built the building and has invested in it and wanting the club to stay there. As long as they’re prepared to carry the burden of doing this while we try to effectuate a solution, there’s no reason to move.”

  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Gary Bettman approached True North about buying the Phoenix Coyotes before the 2009-10 season. “It was too late in the year to consider it for the fall of 2009,” Chipman told the Winnipeg Sun. “Pulling together in that time frame was not realistic.” The NHL bought the Coyotes that fall. “Now they owned the team and were looking for a solution in Glendale, and would we consider it?” Chipman recalled the league asking. “The answer was yes.” In May 2010 they met again. Chipman figured out the new NHL economics could work in Winnipeg. They had an agreement in principle but were the backup plan. If Glendale hadn’t decided to agree to pay $25 million in loses before last season, the Coyotes might have moved north.
  • Chris Johnston in the Globe and Mail: J.S. Giguere has moved out of his Toronto home, and isn’t sure if he’ll be back. Six weeks ago he had his 2nd sports hernia surgery. Burke confirmed in an email that Giguere still remains an option for the Maple Leafs. Giguere would love to return to be re-signed by the Leafs,

    “I would love to, but I don’t know what the management have in mind,” said Giguere. “I feel like I could be a good fit in Toronto working with (James Reimer). It’s going to be a tough season for him next year having that pressure of coming back to Toronto. We all know that all the journalists when we go back to camp are going to be after him — asking him questions and stuff like that.

    “I think I can be helpful to him. I have no doubt that he can handle it himself, but I think a veteran presence might help him a little bit.”

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: If the Devils are interested in having Ken Hitchcock coach the team, they should contact the guy. “I haven’t heard anything from New Jersey,” said Hitchcock. “I don’t know what’s going on with New Jersey.” Minnesota and Dallas have already asked the Blue Jackets for permission to speak with Hitchcock. Hitchcock has let it be known his interest in hearing from Lou Lamoriello. “I’ve said that before,” Hitchcock said. “I know the people that coached for him very well. I knew Pat (Burns), obviously, very well. I know Brent (Sutter) very well and I know Jacques very well. Coaches talk.”
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: With Patrik Berglund locked up for 2 years, the Blues are expected to turn their attention to T.J. Oshie. Strickland thinks they will sign Oshie to a 1 or 2 year deal and around $500,000 less than Berglund (Berglund signed a 2 year for $4.5 million). Strickland also mentions he expects the Blues to re-sign Matt D’Agostini to a 1 year deal. Roman Polak could get a raise to $2 million from the $1.1 million he made last year. The Blues may be forced to give Nikita Nikitin a one-way deal to keep him from heading to the KHL. Talks with Ben Bishop should begin in a few weeks.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have met with Jonathan Ericsson’s agent, “a step in a long process. We’ll talk again, but negotiating a contract takes time.” They would like to sign him to a multi-year deal, Ericsson rejected one around Christmas time. He’ll be looking for a raise from the $1.25 million he made last season.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Sovetsky Sport is reporting that Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov signed a 1 year deal with Traktor of the KHL and remain in Russia for another year. The Capitals are “fine” with the decision as they felt after they drafted him that he’d need 2 years of development before he’d be ready for the NHL.

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