Posts Tagged Filip Kuba

Morning Rumors: Vanek, Chaisson, Depres, Ducks, Penguins, Gardiner, Ryan, Glencross and the Flyers

  • Jim Matheson: Lots of people think that Thomas Vanek may take a pay-cut and sign with the Wild in the summer. He went to school in Minnesota and is good friends with Jason Pominville.

    Nathan MacKinnon is living J.S. Giguere’s basement.

    The Bruins tried to get Alex Chaisson included in the Loui Eriksson-Tyler Seguin trade. The Stars sent Rielly Smith and Matt Fraser instead.

    With the strong play of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, Simon Despres may now be used as trade bait.

    The Ducks need a defenseman with Sheldon Souray and Luca Sbisa out. The Leafs are looking to move John-Michael Liles, the Flyers have Andrej Meszros and the Penguins have Despres.

    The Penguins will look for a backup goalie.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Filip Kuba is still hoping to get an NHL deal.

    Mark Messier will be re-joining that Oilers as a consultant.

    Before Cory Schneider was sent to the Devils, one rumored deal was to the Oilers for their 1st and 2nd round picks, as well as Martin Marincin. Big asking price but would be trading a goalie within their division.

    There has been some talk between the Maple Leafs and some teams about Jake Gardiner. If the Leafs are going to consider trading Gardiner, it would be for a young asset or assets. Friedman speculates that teams like the Stars, Panthers and Wild might be interested. Gardiner was impressive during the Boston series last year, but some scouts still have questions.

    Word is the Ducks received four serious offers for Bobby Ryan. A couple reasons as to why he landed in Ottawa are that the Senators didn’t need to send salary back and that the Ducks wanted a 1st round pick included.

    If Ilya Bryzgalov signed in the KHL, he’d have to clear waivers if he returned to the NHL.

  • Frank Seravlli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers have been “sniffing around” but may have trouble finding a partner this early in the season. The Flyers have been looking at Curtis Glencross. The Flames are desperate for someone to play with Mark Giordano, and the Flyers have a bunch of high-priced defensemen. Glencross has a no-trade clause. The Flyers scouted the Flames last week, Ron Hextall (assistant GM) and Chris Pryor (director of scouting) attended. Dave Brown (head pro scout) watched the Flames in Columbus. The Flames scouted the Flyers home opener last week. The Flyers also had a scout at the Flames home opener. The Flames had a scout watching the Flyers and Hurricanes. The Flyers may also be interested in Sven Baertschi.
  • Bob McKenzie on NHL Live: Flyers coaching change, Holmgren’s future and the spin-o-rama.

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Roster Notes and Goalies: Cowen, Kuba, Oshie, Staal, Pens, Oilers, Lightning, Rangers, Hurricanes, Panthers and Islanders

From twitter

  • Brent Wallace: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will be in the lineup tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Blues TJ Oshie didn’t practice today.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal skated with a non-contract jersey.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Jokinen-Iginla, Morrow-Dupuis-Bennett, Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy, Glass-Vitale-Adams.
  • Dan Tencer: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Yakupov, Paajarvi-RNH-Jones, Lander-Horcoff-Hartikainen and Petrell-Smyth-Brown.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Killorn-Stamkos-St Louis; Pouliot-Lecavalier-Malone; Labrie-Panik-Purcell; Crombeen-Thompson-Tyrell
  • Steve Zipay: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Chip Alexander: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight.
  • Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers against Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders tonight.

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NHL Rumors I: Friedman’s thoughts, Decisions for Jets, Islanders to talk with Visnovsky and Nabokov

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Canucks are bringing their entire scouting staff to the GM meetings in Toronto on Wednesday.Teams like the Canucks (looking for centres), Philadelphia (defencemen), Rangers (a defenceman and depth forwards) and Nashville (offence) are looking to make a move before the April 3rd trade deadline.Teams will wait to see if Jarome Iginla becomes available.

    Teams are chasing: Ryane Clowe, Brenden Morrow, Robyn Regehr and Nate Thompson.

    Filip Kuba makes sense for the Rangers, but he’s owed $4 million next season.

    Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow have been mentioned in Dallas, but don’t forget about Jaromir Jagr.

    The Hurricanes plan on re-signing Alex Semin.

    Teams may be nervous about Clowe. Was he more injured than was let on? He left Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury.

    Sabres GM Darcy Regier is extremely cautious and intensely thinks things through before reacting. Friedman guesses that he won’t blow it up, but may make one big move and get a significant return back. Can’t see him moving all of Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.

    The Leafs won’t make a move that will jeopordize their playoff chances.

    The Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod has chased Flyers winger Matt Read for years.

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong on RFA defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk, ”You sign bad contracts when you sign contracts out of fear. We have stable ownership. We’ll match any offer sheet…We will get them signed at contracts everyone is comfortable with.” Armstrong added that “we’ve yet to see an offer sheet work with top-end players.”

    The Blues also have RFAs Chris Stewart and Patrick Berglund.

    Former CEO of AEG, Tim Leiweke, may be interested in being the CEO of MLSE.

    Friedman is starting to think that Oilers Ryan Whitney may not be going anywhere.

  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: If the Jets were to make a move, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff may look to acquire:

    “I’d love to be able to acquire something that could inspire some more scoring for us,” Cheveldayoff said. “Our left side with Ladd and Kane has played well. Wheeler on the right side has played well. And the guys that have been auditioning up and down the lineup on the right side, you’ve seen some good things and you’ve seen some times where you wish you had more.”

    “There’s a long line,” Cheveldayoff conceded. “But we’ve positioned ourselves well. We do have the assets that if the right deal comes along we can pounce on it.”

    If the Jets are out the playoff hunt, they could dangle UFAs Ron Hainsey and Nik Antropov.

  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: It’s possible that the Jets could trade defenseman Ron Hainsey before the trade deadline if the price is right, but it’s far from certain that they will.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders began preliminary talks with defenseman Mark Streit last month. Sources are saying the Islanders will begin talks with Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov shortly. The 37-year old Nabokov has no plans to retire after the season.

    “I’m enjoying it, I want to continue to play,” the 37-year-old goaltender said. “And I feel the same as last year — I like the guys here, I like the direction of the team. When the time will come, we will definitely talk [about next season].”

    Despite not reporting to the Islanders right away this season, he did say on Friday that he’s willing to listen to an offer.

    “Sure, why not? I’m open for anything,” he said. “Next year is far off, and right now I’m thinking about the next game here, this team here. I was never thinking about the [trade] deadline. I’m playing for the Islanders and I’m happy here.”

    Indications are that the Islanders would like to extend Brad Boyes as well.

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Injury and Roster Notes: Senators, Blues, Panthers, Flames and Hurricanes

  • Don Brennan via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson practiced this morning. Coach Paul MacLean said “as of now” he doesn’t see Anderson playing this weekend.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Panthers coach Kevin Deneen said that defenseman Filip Kuba is expected to return against the Sabres. Forward Scottie Upshall is questionable.

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Injury Notes: Wisniewski, McDonald, Steen, Khabibulin, McDonagh, Nash, Del Zotto, Brown, Kuba, Bolland, Salo and Michalek

  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was put on the IR and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues put Andy McDonald on the IR with a left knee injury. Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Steen hasn’t be ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
  • BlueShirtsUnited: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced with teammates today for an optional practice and will be returning to the lineup after missing one game. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto also practiced, but are unsure if they’ll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow.
  • Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek practice today and will travel with the team. It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow or over the weekend.

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Rumors and Notes: Parise, Crosby and Quick salaries, Kuba, Pyatt, Langkow, Coyotes, Salvador, New Jersey, Predators

  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: With Zach Parise meeting with many suitors today at his agents office, will likely need a day to decide what he wants to do, similar to what Brad Richards did last year.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Sidney Crosby will get $12 million for the 1st 3 seasons. He’ll make close to $11 million salary cap hit for the 1st 9 years of the deal.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Jonathan Quick’s contract totals: $7 million a year for the 1st 7 years, $3 million a year for the next 3 years.
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter: Pyatt and Langkow want to return to Phoenix, but Coyotes unsure until they know what happens with Shane Doan and Ray Whitney.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Bryce Salvador on Devils big UFAs:

    “In a perfect world, we’d be able to keep the team we had this last year,” Salvador said. “The reality is it’s tough to do. Up until Marty got an agent, you’d never have thought Marty would not be playing for the Devils. But there is the possibility.

    “Those guys are a big part of the team. Everybody knows that and everybody wants to see what happens. I know I’m waiting to see what happens.”

  • Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators GM David Poile:

    “I don’t think we have too many holes on our hockey club. I think we have the one big hole, and that’s Ryan Suter,”

    “I’m not expecting a quick resolution on (the Suter) situation,” Poile said. “It could be a couple of days. We have to go about our business and fill the holes of what needs to be filled based on the players available and the value that’s out there.”

    “We’re looking for a veteran goaltender to back up Pekka (Rinne). We have Plan B in terms of if Suter is not coming back on defense. We have a couple of forwards we’re looking at. You just never know,” Poile said.

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Rumors and Notes: Schneider, Parenteau, Ducks and defenseman, Penguins, Latendresse, Doan, Schultz, Stajan and Blues

  • Chris Johnston in the Globe and Mail: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (RFA) is in no hurry to sign a new deal.

    “Either way, I’m sure I’ll end up with a contract,” Schneider said during the NHLPA meetings this week in Chicago. “I don’t think that’s an issue. I think if I was facing the possibility of not being in the league next year I’d be a little more concerned. I’m comfortable with the idea that it may not be a deal now or in the next week, but eventually I think something will happen.

    “I think you just have to remain patient and you can’t panic.”

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks could definitely use a guy like Ryan Suter on their blueline, but they’ll likely have to go with the 2nd tier Dmen. Possible targets could be: Jason Garrison, Filip Kuba, Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle, Bryce Salvador and Sami Salo. 3rd tier options could be: Sheldon Souray, Chris Campoli, Bryan Allen, Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill, Greg Zanon and Cory Sarich. Jay Bouwmeester may now be available for trade.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero is still looking for a defensive partner for Kris Letang, and a winger for Sidney Crosby. The Pens have assets on the blueline that could be moved. Matt Niskanen could be signed to a long-term deal if the Penguins are successful in moving Paul Martin.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Guillaume Latendresse will become a UFA on Sunday.

    “I’ve been here with my son in Montreal for two months. He’s four years old now,” Latendresse said. “It’s pretty hard for me during the wintertime, so I think it would be best if I can try and land somewhere that would be closer to him.”

    The Wild offered Latendresse an incentive based 1 year deal according to sources.

    “It’s not that I didn’t want to go back,” Latendresse said. “It’s not that the contract was not good. It’s not that I didn’t like the way the team was working or anything. It’s really a personal matter more than anything. I would have loved to go back to Minnesota, but sometimes you have to make decisions for your family and for your future.”

  • Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames may look to see if anyone would be interested in Matt Stajan’s $3.5 million salary cap and $2.5 million salary to get to the floor.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues still have interest in bringing Jamie Langenbrunner back. Scott Nichol re-signs with the Blues for $650,000 and bonuses up to $700,000.

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Leafs talked to Schultz? Tough for Panthers to trade for Luongo, ownership backs … Any offer sheets? Canes D targets

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Justin Schultz is free to talk to all teams, but he’s not able to sign until July 1st. Friedman heard that the Ducks allowed a window for the Maple Leafs to try and sign Schultz at the draft, with the Ducks getting some compensation if they did. No side would discuss it. Schultz wants to test free agency, and is believed to be meeting with his agents to today to formulate a short list of teams. Some teams are wondering if the Ducks will file tampering charges if they sign him. Trading for a Robert Luongo will be a tough one for the Panthers. They believe Jacob Markstrom will be a difference-maker. It’s easier to build around the lower salary of Markstrom. Luongo to Toronto makes sense for all sides. Reports are that Luke Schenn was offered for Luongo, but the Canucks may have wanted the 5th overall pick. Will Cory Schneider get an offer sheet? 2 players that might get some offer sheet action are Sam Gagner and Shea Weber. If someone gives Gagner something between $3,364,391 and $5,046,585, it would cost a 1st and 3rd round pick. Friedman thinks that Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan will end up getting traded after Zach Parise signs. One GM said there are 8-10 good players available for trade. The Senators will be looking for a new partner for Erik Karlsson as it’s unlikely that Filip Kuba will return.
  • Blake Price via twitter: (via @NHLGossip) Pierre LeBrun said that Panthers ownership ok’d adding Luongo’s salary, as long as the trade makes sense. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Clarifying his comments, Panthers GM Dale Tallon has full support from ownership but he’d still need to circle back to ownership for the green light if they can work out a deal.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Alexander thinks the Hurricanes have interest in Justin Schultz, Jason Garrison and may make an offer on Ryan Suter.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Regarding the Islanders offering the Blue Jackets all their picks for the 2nd overall: the only people who can actually confirm what was said between GMs Garth Snow and Scott Howson are not confirming. Some believe that if it had truly been offered, Howson would have accepted.

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Nash’s agent to meet Howson today … Same teams in on Nash and Ryan … Sabres need size … Martin wants to stay

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Rick Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick will meet with Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson this afternoon. You have to think that he’ll be encouraging a trade.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The same teams are in on both Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. If one player is moved, the other may go quickly afterwards.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres need to add some size up front. Last year their top 2 centers were 5′ 9″ and their 3rd line center weighs 185 pounds. Either through the draft or trade, they hope to get bigger up the middle this weekend.

    “If there is a position that we’re focused in on it’s probably in the middle still,” Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier said. “Tyler Ennis obviously did an excellent job, and so did Cody Hodgson. Derek Roy is a known commodity. You can look at a size factor, and that’s certainly one area we’re looking in.”

    “I’m not talking about a one-year fix or a player that is going to be looking at becoming an unrestricted free agent and you don’t think you’re going to have the ability to sign and keep, then you’re going to lean more toward the draft,” Regier said. “If you have the opportunity to add someone who’s either under contract or is a high-profile player at a reasonable – whatever reasonable accounts for these days – cost, then certainly that’s something we’ll pursue.”

  • Mike Brophy of Sportsnet: One of Brian Burke’s priorities is to get some experience to fill some holes in his lineup. There has been more talk on Roberto Luongo and Rick Nash than the #5 pick. The Leafs are not a big team, nor are they hard to play against. The Canucks have to trade Luongo, and the Maple Leafs getting him would be a step in the right direction to make the playoffs. Other targets could be: Brandon Prust, Bobby Ryan, Jordan Staal and James van Riemsdyk.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has struggled since signing a 5 year, $25 million deal 2 years ago. He was playing hurt in the playoffs, suffering concussion-like symptoms during the 1st 3 games of the Flyers series. Martin knows his name is in trade rumors and that they won’t go away this summer.

    “I know there are going to be rumors about me and Z (defenseman Zbynek Michalek),” Martin said. “I’ve talked with Z. We both want to stay. We both went to Pittsburgh because we wanted to win, and we still want that. I love the city. I love the passion of the fans. I love the team. It’s on me to play better, and I realize that.”

    “I’d be lying if I said I don’t think about them,” Martin said. “Do I think the same team is going to be back in Pittsburgh next year? No. But I hope I’m one of the guys who is back. I want to prove to myself and to reestablish to everyone the player that I am. Ray is a good GM. I can’t control what he’s going to do.”

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: If the Red Wings don’t get Ryan Suter, Jason Garrison, Dennis Wideman or Matt Carle, Filip Kuba could be an option.

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Twitter notes on: Radulov, Kuba, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Islanders, Canadiens … Video debunking Burke rumor

  • Dirk Hoag via twitter: Wonders if the Predators will extend a qualifying offer to Alexander Radulov in order to retain his rights past July 1st. If not, he’d be a UFA.
  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed thinks the Flyers will be able to re-sign Carle and will go after Ryan Suter, but in the end, won’t be able to sign him.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Though there is little chance he’ll be drafted by the Islanders at #4, Mikhail Grigorenko visited the team.
  • Puck Daddy Yahoo! Sports: Video and quote posted on Puck Daddy debunking the rumor that Brian Burke will be leaving the Maple Leafs after the draft.

“A couple of rumors that are out there in a big way. Rumor No. 1 is that at some point after the draft, Brian Burke is going to step down and take a leave of absence as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There’s not a chance in the world Brian Burke is leaving his job with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The other rumor that’s out there, and it’s spreading like wildfire, is that Brian Burke may be fired by Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment either in the next 48 hours or after the draft. Our best information from MLSE is that there’s absolutely no appetite to make a general manager change at this time.”

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Rumors and notes: Senators, Tarasenko, Salvador, Canucks, Oilers, Thomas, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets goalie options

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Serious contract discussions between the Erik Karlsson and the Senators won’t take place until well after July 1st. The Senators will have to decide whether they want to re-sign defenseman Filip Kuba or not. There have been no discussions between the 2 sides yet, but talks must begin soon. A starting point on a Kuba deal could be Johnny Oduya’s new 3 year, $10.125 million deal. Kuba is 36 years old and may be looking for a 3 year deal. Sergei Gonchar will make $5.5 million and GM Bryan Murray will be looking to move him, though it will be unlikely that someone wants him at that number.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko told his KHL team on Saturday that he was planning on heading to North America for next season. The CBA prevents him from officially signing with the Blues until July 1st. He may still be negotiating a KHL contract in case there is an NHL lockout. The Blues may look to get a contract signed before July 1st and push the NHL to put it through. Devils Bryce Salvador might be able to get a 2 year deal at over $3 million per season on the open market, but may take less to stay with the Devils. Talks between the Canucks and Cory Schneider are on hold until they decide what to do with Roberto Luongo. He won’t sign for as long of term as long as Luongo is there. There have been little talks between the Oilers and Devan Dubnyk.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Tim Thomas agent, Bill Zito, denies that Thomas decision to sit out the season is a move to protect him from being traded. Thomas’s no-trade clause expires on July 1st. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he isn’t inclined to make a deal, other teams believe he’ll be available. Friedman doens’t think teams will be scared off on Thomas. Zito also represents Tuukka Rask. Under Dallas Eakins new contract, he is not able to leave next year. The Maple Leafs didn’t want to add a 2nd year to a Tomas Vokoun deal. The Flyers were interested in Vokoun but cap issues hold them back until July 1st. If the Oilers were offered a good enough defenseman or even a goalie, would they move down in the draft to take a defenseman? In 2006, the Devils and Patrik Elias couldn’t get a deal worked out. He had a verbal agreement with the Rangers but they wouldn’t agree on a no-movement clause. Elias went back to the Devils and they did a deal.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets only have 2 goaltenders under contract for next season, Steve Mason and Allen York, and it’s their goal to have 5. Mason will likely only be back as a backup. They could trade him, but he’s due $3.2 million. He could be put on waivers or possibly bought out. The Blue Jackest could call the Canucks about Roberto Luongo, but he wouldn’t be their first choice. The Blue Jackets may only be lukewarm on Jonathan Bernier. Sergei Bobrovsky is another option. Free agents to keep in mind are Jonas Gustavsson, Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Martin Biron.

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