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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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Morning Hits: Senators, Panthers, Blues, Flyers, Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets and Rangers

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Looking at if “every team in the league would take that guy right now,” for the Senators. Craig Anderson – probably not. Jason Spezza – no. If he’s not on your top two lines, he’s not on your team. Bobby Ryan – maybe as a right winger, but would unseat Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in Chicago. Kyle Turris – maybe as a 3rd or 4th liner. Erik Karlsson – for sure. Chris Neil – absolutely. Zack Smith – possibly. Jared Cowen – maybe, maybe not. Marc Methot – maybe, maybe not. Clark MacArthur – yes.
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers are saying they are losing over $20 million a year and need more public money to survive. They are looking to redo their lease with Broward County. They also want to create a hotel and casino on the 22 acres north of the BB&T arena.

    “This organization has lost between $20 [million] and $30 million on an annual basis,” Yormark said, “and those dollars have been funded by our owners.”

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues signed Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings have recalled Riley SheahanAnsar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that if Darren Helm isn’t ready for Saturday, he’d like to have Sheahan in at center. Wants to keep Justin Abdelkader on the wing.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks recall John Gibson and send Frederik Andersen to the AHL.
  • ESPN Chicago: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Winnipeg Sun Sports: The Jets have Dustin Byfulgien on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.

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Afternoon Hits: Futa, Thornton and Neal, Forsberg, Dumba, Rielly, Devils Injuries, Lupul and Duchene

  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: The Sabres have asked permission to speak with Kings Director of Amateur Scouting, Mike Futa, as they continue their search for a new GM.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Bruins Shawn Thornton will get more games than Penguins James Neal, but many NHL team employees and media “insiders” think what Neal did was just as bad or worse than what Thornton did.
  • Sunaya Sapurji: According to @UffeBodin, the Predators will loan Filip Forsberg to Sweden for the WJC.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Nonis told me that if Rielly wasn’t playing we would have to consider sending him to the WJC. It’s unlikely but we would consider” … “Since Rielly has suddenly become a healthy scratch every game it is definitely something Nonis will look at.”
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils Lou Lamoriello said that Peter Harrold has a non-displaced fracture in his foot and will be in a cast for a week.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe worked out off-ice today and will likely practice on Thursday. Steven Gionta (ankle) is skating but not ready to practice yet. Ryan Carter (leg) and Adam Larsson (lower-body) are not skating yet.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul confirms that he’ll be in the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater thinks that Matt Duchene could be hurt or somethings as he doesn’t have his normal speed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afternoon Hits: Eaves, Mills, Scott, Forsberg, Beck and Zherdev

  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings have put Patrick Eaves on waivers.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “when I spoke to the Leafs brass and informed them that John Scott would be playing on Friday their only response was: good”
  • K Wilson Preds: Filip Forsberg called up by the Predators. Taylor Beck will be assigned to the AHL.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Looking like Nikolai Zherdev will be ending his relationship with his third KHL team since the end of last season.

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Afternoon Hits: Giroux, Tootoo, Ness, Forsberg, Letourneau-Leblond, Thomas and Anderson

  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Claude Giroux said that teammates don’t believe that they are a good team.
  • Darren Dreger: Red Wings Jordin Tootoo and Panthers Steve Pinizzotto have cleared waivers.
  • Ansar Khan: Tootoo will remain in Detroit until they have to send him to the AHL when Jonathan Ericsson comes off the LTIR.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators assign Filip Forsberg to the AHL and call up Taylor Beck.
  • Joe McDonald: Panthers Tim Thomas will remain on the IR and won’t play against the Bruins.
  • Bruce Garrioch: If Craig Anderson is able to backup tonight, likely will be ready for Saturday.

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NHL Rookie Watch: Filip Forsberg – Nashville Predators

Filip ForsbergFilip Forsberg Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 08/14/1994
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190
Position: RW
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall in 2012 by Washington

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus - @coreypronman

Year in Review: Forsberg was the top U20 player in the Allsvenskan league, and was an All Star at the World Juniors. He saw some time with Sweden’s senior national team.

The Good: Forsberg is the kind of big forward with skill that many teams covet. He is extremely gifted with the puck and he can maintain possession very well thanks to a high amount of creativity, balance, work ethic, and coordination. His ability to make plays is high end, be it by himself, or as a playmaker. Forsberg has a powerful stride with a good first step. He plays the game with a powerful style. He uses his solid frame to protect the puck well, and he pressures opponents with his body.

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Afternoon Hits: Forsberg, OEL, Morris, Miller, Hodgson, Ruutu, Spaling, Latta and McClement

  • Brian Compton: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Derek Morris both skated this morning and looking like they will play.
  • Mike Harrington: Both Ryan Miller and Cody Hodgson were on the ice at practice this morning.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu skating in a regular practice jersey today.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Nick Spaling will be out tonight.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jay McClement status for tonight is unclear as his wife is in labour with their first child.

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Injury Notes: Nugent-Hopkins, Neal, Leino, Alfredsson, Forsberg and Salo

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: There have been multiple reports that Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is progressing well and could be back in the lineup sooner than later. Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 tweeted “RNH to play next Thursday? Had contact today. Week of contact looks highly likely to go vs. Habs, minor chance vs.Devils on Monday.” When he returns, the Oilers lines could look like: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Taylor Hall, Jesse Joensuu, Nail Yakupov, Mark Arcobello, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky and Boyd Gordon, Mike Brown, Luke Gazdic.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins James Neal missed the final five minutes of the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t come back for the second.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Ville Leino has a cracked rib and is out indefinitely.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson (groin) didn’t practice yesterday but expects to play this weekend.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Sami Salo was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Hits: Avs top line, Predators forwards and Tolchinsky turns heads in Carolina

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Matt Duchene has a new contract in hand (5 years, $30 million) and a new line. Duchene will center Ryan O’Reilly, who will be on the left, with P.A. Parenteau on the right.

“I just talked some with Ryan today, and he’s going to be great on the wing. I think he’s played some there before, and I think he can be really strong there,” Duchene said.

Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: After signing Nick Spaling over the weekend (1 year, $1.5 million), the Predators now have 15 forwards under contract. Spaling may move to the wing, and could be the odd man out. Rich Clune, Filip Forsberg and Taylor Beck could be on the outside looking in as well.

Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Sergey Tolchinsky (5′ 8″, 164 pounds) was not drafted, but attended the Hurricanes orientation camp and turned some heads.

“He’s probably the biggest surprise or explosive guy this week who made people look at him,” Kirk Muller, coach of the Hurricanes said Saturday. “He didn’t get drafted – let’s be honest, probably people said it was his size. There’s a good example of you look at him, you get to know him, he’s got a great attitude and is a fun-loving guy and he plays hard and he produces.

“He’s a guy that I would say that really made us turn our heads.”

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