Posts Tagged Guillaume Latendresse

NHL Rumors: Flyers and Ryan, Letang, Briere, Bernier, Canucks, Filppula, Sens, Canes, Lundqvist, Richards and Weiss

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Two non-Flyers sources have said that the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan and that the Flyers are interested. Names that have been discussed are defenseman Braydon Coburn and the 11th overall pick.

    “Still a lot to be worked out,” said one source.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero and Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes, are set to meet today. Hughes lives in Boston and the GMs are in Boston for the GM meetings. LeBrun doesn’t think that Letang will sign for less than $7 million.

    The Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere. An Ilya Bryzgalov buyout has been met with mixed opinions by management. Decision could be whether to do it this year or next. The availability of Jonathan Bernier may push the Flyers into making the move now. One source said that five teams are interested in Bernier.

    John Tortorella is one of four final candidates for the Canucks head coaching position. John Stevens, Lindy Ruff and Scott Arniel could be the other candidates. Dave Tippett could also be an option if he doesn’t re-sign.

    Red Wings Valtteri Filppula could get more than $5 million on the open market, which might be too much of the Wings. The Wings and Filppula’s agent will meet next week at the draft.

    Guillaume Latendresse, Peter Regin and Mike Lundin are likely not to get a contract from the Senators.

    The Hurricanes made an offer to UFA goalie Dan Ellis, but he told them he’s heading to the open market.

    Teams are calling the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick in the draft, but their intention now may be to keep the pick.

    Contract talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi have been ongoing and both sides are expected to meet again during draft week.

  • George Malik of Kuklas Korner: Summarizing some of the TSN Insider Trading points:Bob McKenzie is saying that teams are more than kicking tires on Jonathan Bernier. Flyers, Leafs and Islanders are intrigued. Could take Matt Frattin from the Leafs or Matt Read from the Flyers.Bernier, Niklas Backstrom and Ray Emery could be targets of the Flyers if Bryzgalov is bought out.

    The Rangers will look to extend Henrik Lundqvist, with GM Glen Sather and agent Don Meehan meeting at or around the draft. Lundqvist may look for Evgeni Malkin money, $9 million, but that would limit what the Rangers could do with the rest of their lineup.

    McKenzie thinks the Rangers will wait a year on a Brad Richards buyout to see how he rebounds under Alain Vigneault.

    Dreger says that Valtteri Filppula may be looking for $5.5 million per year for seven or eight years.

    The Wings may look at Stephen Weiss as Filppula replacement.

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Morning Hits: Bickell, Canucks, Rangers, Top 3 draft slots, Gudbranson, Duchene, Flyers, DiPietro and the Islanders

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: The Blackhawks would like to re-sign Bryan Bickell for around $1.5-$2 million a season, but he would get more than that if he hit the open market.

    The Canucks will interview former Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. LA Kings assistant John Stevens could get an interview. Dallas Eakinsmay get a second interview.

    Rangers GM Glen Sather will wait and see what happens with Dave Tippett.

    On the Avs first overall pick: ”To pass below (No. 3 overall) will take a heck of an offer, something we are going to say … no choice but to take it,” Roy said.

    Patrick Roy said they’ve already reached out to Matt Duchene about starting contract extension talks.

    It would take huge offer to get the Panthers to move down from No. 2. One executive has heard that the Panthers and Lightning could be talking Erik Gudbranson for the No. 3. Friedman mentioned it someone who said “nothing to it.”

    The Coyotes are looking for offense.

    Hide your RFA defenseman from the Flyers.

    Guillaume Latendresse could end up in Europe.

    The Islanders are telling teams they would make it worthwhile if they took Rick DiPietro. They would take a bad contract in return, and might include picks or prospects. One GM said it would have to be one heck of an asset.

    Tim Thomas’ agent, Bill Zito, said it’s “status quo.”

  • Dustin Leed: Last summer the Flyers were in trade talks with prior to the Shea Weber offer sheet. It could heat up with the Blues this summer. The Blues won’t trade RFA Alex Pietrangelo, but something could be worked out involving RFA Kevin Shattenkirk.
  • Arthur Staple: Staple doesn’t think the Islanders will be trading for Roberto Luongo. At age 34 and a killer contract, it’s not worth giving up the assets. Sense is that the Islanders will go to training camp with Nabokov/Poulin/Nilsson as their goalies. On the blueline, Matt Donovan likely to fill Streit’s spot.

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Morning Hits: Spezza, Quick, Sharks fined, trade options for Miller and a look at the Canucks

  • Bruce Garrioch: With Jason Spezza returning to the Senators lineup today, would have to assume that Guillaume Latendresse will be sitting.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings Jonathan Quick received a game misconduct that the end of last night’s game. He receives an automatic $200 fine and “the case shall be reported to the commissioner, who shall have full power to impose such further penalties by way of suspension or fine.” Because it was for abuse of an official, if a player receives two of them, they can be suspended. It was Quick’s first abuse of an official.
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: The NHL didn’t like Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s comments regarding the Raffi Torres suspension and have fined the organization $100,000.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: It sounds like the Sabres would like to keep Tomas Vanek, but he may be looking to get out. The Sabres may be more interested in trading goalie Ryan Miller. The 33-year old Miller is set to make $6 million next year and may not be easy to move with the salary cap going down. Harrington thinks a team that is close to the winning the Cup may be interested in Miller. Could the Ducks be interested? Jonas Hiller has a year left on his deal and was only OK in their first round loss. The Blues might be interested. Brian Elliott lost four straight in the first round, and Jaroslav Halak may not be getting along with coach Ken Hitchcock. Sabres GM Darcy Regier is unlikely to move Miller to an Eastern Conference team, so that would eliminate the Capitals and perhaps the Penguins. If a non-Cup contending team is interest, maybe the Avalanche. Miller would be an improvement over Semyon Varlamov and JS Giguere.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks are already over next year’s salary cap with 17 players under contract. Trading Roberto Luongo and buying out Keith Ballard would free up $9.5 million. They would have to be cautious free agent spenders. They probably can’t afford Ryane Clowe, Nathan Horton or David Clarkson. They may have to look at cheaper options like Guillaume Latendresse, Raffi Torres, Eric Nystrom and Bryan Bickell. There isn’t much help from within the organization coming up. Six current Canucks have no-trade clauses, and another three kick in on July 1st: Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins and Alex Edler. Edler may be used as a trade chip. Would the Flyers deal Sean Couturier for Edler? Could the Canucks get a package including Justin Abdelkader from the Red Wings or Jamie McGinn is a deal with the Avalanche.

    “In order to get players to play for less than market value, you have to give them something they can rely upon,” Gillis explained. “I think if a player was unhappy here, he’d waive his no-trade. If we were unhappy with him, it would be obvious and he would waive his no-trade. But that’s not a path we’re looking to right now. I think we need to supplement our core group of players that are here as best we can, and then look at possibilities down the road.”

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Quick Hits and Injuries: Realignment, waivers, Latendresse, Lupul, Malkin, Brodeur, Michalek, Benn and Morrow

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Board of Governor will vote on realignment by fax this week. Should be done by the end of the week.
  • ESPN: Evgeni Malkin will miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. It is not concussion related.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur’s sore back is getting better but is under doctors care and not skating yet.

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Quick Hits: Mikkelson, Dubnyk, Ennis, Latendresse and Arnott

  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk left yesterday’s game against the Blackhawks with a stinger after he was run over by  teammate Teemu Hartikainen. He expect to be able to go on Tuesday, but will be re-evaluated today in Denver.

    “From the top of my head to the back of my neck it was burning. I’d never had that happen before,” said Dubnyk. “I could move my fingers and stuff, so I knew I was OK but I didn’t want to move because everything was on fire.

    “I couldn’t feel the back of my head for 25 minutes, but they said that was just part of the nerve thing. That’s gone now.

    “It’s still stiff to look over one of my shoulders.”

    Buffalo Sabres via twitter: Sabres Tyler Ennis left yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury.

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse is getting closer to returning to the lineup. A Specialist told him two weeks ago that his headaches weren’t concussion related. It will be a coaches decision if he’ll get into the lineup tonight.

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Roster notes, lines and Starting goalies: Sens, Coyotes, Habs, Pens, Flames, Devils, Canucks, Caps and Canes

  • Don Brennan via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek-Turris-Alfredsson, Greening-Smith-Neil, O’Brien-Zibanejad-Condra.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson-Benn-Jagr, Whitney(Wandell)-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Vincour, Morrow-Roussel-Garbutt.
  • Shelly Anderson via twitter: Penguins lines: Boychuk with Malkin, Neal; Jeffrey with Crosby, Dupuis (Kunitz ill); Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy, Glass-Vitale-Adams.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Henrique-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Zubrus-Elias-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Barch-Josefson-Anderson; Extra: Matteau, Darche. Defensive pairings: Salvador-Volchenkov; Greene-Larsson; Tallinder-Zidlicky; Harrold-Fayne.

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Meszaros, Hanzal, Klesla, White, Lombardi, Smith and Latendresse

  • Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be out at least a month with a shoulder injury according to GM Paul Holmgren. Meszaros hurt his shoulder in the last shift of the second period on Thursday night.
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter:  Martin Hanzal and Rostislav Klesla both skated [yesterday]. Hanzal is questionable for [today] and Klesla is still on the IR. Both have lower-body injuries. If Hanzal is able to play, he’ll slot in for Lombardi, if not, coach Tippettt said they’ll look at possibilities tomorrow.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Ian White hopes that he can resume skating next week, and return to the lineup the following week.
  • Dave Vest via twitter: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Mike Smith remains day-to-day and that Lombardi ”may be out for a significant amount of time.”

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Quick hits: player salaries, realignment, Orlov, Stewart, and players visiting hospitals in Montreal

  • Kevin Gibson via twitter: Based on the 2012-13 salaries, players lose $9,729,729 everyday. There are still free agents, so that number would be higher.
  • Louis Jean via twitter: Realignment was discussed during the Board of Governors meetings on Wednesday, but it will not be apart of CBA discussions.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Dmitry Orlov suffered an upper-body injury last night, but it may not be serious according Hersey’s coach, Mark French.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Players who may be visiting hospitals in Montreal today (and old list): Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche, Francis Bouillon, Steve Bégin, Erik Cole, Josh Gorges, Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque, Guillaume Latendresse, Colby Armstrong and Petteri Nokelainen.

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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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Wild continue trade talk and with their free agents … Parise keeping quiet … Bowman says ‘Hawks only getting minor tweaks

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: “Final player interviews, meetings with the agents for unsigned players (Pavelec) or trade targets (Nash) expected to take place today.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: As of last night, Wild GM Fletcher had nothing big on the trade front despite continued trade talk.

    “There’s nothing out there I’ve seen where there’s easy ways to get better,” Fletcher, the Wild’s general manager, said earlier this week. “There’s ways of getting players and paying a big price, but I don’t know if they make us better right now.”

    Fletcher won’t offer up many of their top prospects for a top forward. The Wild could be interested Jordan Staal if he becomes available. Fletcher expects to meets with Guillaume Latendresse’s agent today. Latendresse was cleared by doctors on Tuesday. The Wild agreed to contracts with Chad Rau and Chay Genoway. Met with Justin Falk yesterday.

  • Brian Stensaas of the Star-Tribune: When asked if there have been any talks with Devils since the end of the season, Zach Parise responded:

    “We’ve kept everything pretty quiet, and we’re going to do the same thing for however long it takes.”

    It’s no secret that the Wild would be interested if he doesn’t sign by July 1st.

    “As a player, [free agency is] something you work hard to try and take advantage of, but at the same time it might get a little stressful,” Parise said of the next 10 days.

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Some names in the rumor mill: Rick Nash, Jordan Staal, Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas and Bobby Ryan. The Bruins, Blackhawks, Penguins and Flyers don’t have a lot of cap space at the moment. Gary Bettman said last night that they are working on a date to begin CBA talks.
  • Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Tuesday,

    “for the most part we know what our roster is going to be with some minor tweaks here and there.”

    The Blackhawks still don’t have a legit #2 center, and Patrick Kane may be a better trade chip than a #2 center. Even if they still make the error of having Kane at center, they are still 2 forwards short in their top 6. Bowman says that Marian Hossa continues to improve.

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Morning notes on Crosby, Nash, Oilers-Leafs rumor, Selanne, Schultz, Kostitsyn, Latandresse, Canadiens and Oilers

  • Elliotte Freidman of CBC: The Penguins and Sidney Crosby’s side haven’t gotten that far in negotiations, despite the 10 year, $90 million deal that is rumored. The cap hit could be around the $9 million mark though. It’s highly unlikely that Crosby’s deal will be insured against concussions. GMs are saying there is lots of conversations about who might be available and what is wanted for them.

    “There are a lot of guys who don’t like their teams,” one exec said. “And the free-agent market isn’t great. Right now, it seems like most feel if you really want to fix your team, a trade is the best way to go.”

    There is one theory that if John Davidson goes to Columbus, Rick Nash may change his mind. On the rumors of Luke Schenn and swap of 1st round picks between the Oilers and Maple Leafs: “And I do believe the Oilers like Schenn and have discussed his availability before. But I just can’t see it happening for the first-overall selection. That’s not enough. It’ll be interesting, though, to see how many teams think Schenn will be better off outside Toronto. Sounds like the Maple Leafs are aware of that and, as a result, ask for a lot in return.” Justin Schultz informed the Ducks he will test free agency. Ducks GM Bob Murray will meet with Teemu Selanne this week.

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was furious at reports from Hockey Night in Canada that Leafs could trade Luke Schenn to the Oilers for the 1st overall pick.

    “Typical of Hockey Night,” said Burke. “I have never discussed this trade or any trade involving Luke Schenn to Edmonton.”

  • Toronto Sun: Predators GM David Poile confirmed they won’t be bringing Andrei Kostitsyn back next year. The Goldwater Institute will go to court over the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. They will fight the City of Glendale on the approval of a 20 year, $300 million management fee. Wild Guillaume Latendresse is healthy but realizes he won’t get a qualifying offer from the Wild.  Latendresse still wants to work something out so that he can stay.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: It may make sense for the Canadiens to trade their #3 overall pick or to move down in the draft only if they get an established player back. The Canadiens shouldn’t trade P.K. Subban.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: 4 moves the Oilers must make if they want to contend for the 2013 playoffs. 1. Bring in a veteran goalie who can compete with Devan Dubnyk for the #1 spot. 2. Sign or trade for a as strong a defenseman as they can get. 3. Make the safest pick with the #1 pick — Nail Yakupov. 4. Put Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger on the checking lines — make them the Oilers 3rd and 4th line centers.

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Rumors involving: Thomas, Luongo, Vokoun, Flyers, Capitals, Staal, Schultz, Suter, Enstrom and Alfredsson

  • TSN: Pierre LeBrun on Tim Thomas: The Bruins may look to trade him when his no-trade clause expires, but Thomas may also be considering not playing next year, taking a year off. He’s had a stressful year. Darren Dreger on Roberto Luongo: GM Mike Gillis will meet with Luongo this week to see if his views have changed for his future. There has been interest for Luongo but there is an equal chance they don’t do anything and he remains a Canuck. Pierre LeBrun on Tomas Vokoun: The Leafs could still look at Luongo. but UFA Vokoun or trading for Anders Lindback may be more likely. Vokoun turned down a KHL offer, and LeBrun thinks that Vokoun sees a fit in Toronto. Bob McKenzie on Flyers: Vokoun may be an option for Flyers as well. The Flyers may not think Sergei Bobrovsky has enough experience needed to be Ilya Bryzgalov’s backup. Bob McKenzie on Canadiens coaching search: The Canadiens search is likely down to Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford. Darren Dreger on Calagry: You don’t hire a coach like Hartley if you’re going to trade away veteran players like Jarome Iginla. Darren Dreger on Capitals coaching search: The Capitals could hire their new coach from within the organization, with Dean Evason and Jim Johnson as strong candidates. Pierre LeBrun on Jordan Staal: The Penguins have had calls regarding Staal’s availability, but they may be still hoping to re-sign him and Sidney Crosby to contract extensions. If they can’t get both deals done, then Staal could go on the market. Bob McKenzie on Justin Schultz: It’s going to be hard for the Ducks to make a deal involving Schultz. He’s trying to make it happen and there are many teams that are interested in him if he becomes a UFA. McKenzie thinks the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Oilers are extremely interested. It’s going to be hard for the Ducks to get anything for him, and will likely hit free agency.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: With Nicklas Lidstrom retiring, it may “throw a wrinkle” into the Wild’s plan to pursue Ryan Suter if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Red Wings are now expected to pursue Suter as well. The Wings can’t talk to him, but he has to know there is a spot for him there if he’s interested. The Predators have a tendency to trade UFAs that won’t re-sign with them, and they have past of doing so with the Flyers. The Flyers are also interested in Suter. Guillaume Latendresse tweeted: “Doc send me home saying that im at 100% and better than before my concussion, he predict my best season haha really exciting.” Latendresse will be a RFA and requires a $2.5 million qualifying offer, which doesn’t look like will happen. They may try to re-sign him at different number.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom has a cap hit of $3.75 million next season in the last year of his deal, and will be looking for a nice raise on his next deal. Wiebe isn’t suggesting that the Jets are or will be putting him on the trade block, but they’ll likely have to listen to offers when teams come calling. Enstrom could bring back a top 6 forward that they are looking for. The Jets have Dustin Byfuglien under contract at a $5.2 million cap hit until 2015-16 and Zach Bogosian will be a RFA at the end of next season. Paul Postma was an AHL all-star and is ready for NHL duty.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson indicated at the World Championships that he may have played his last game in a Senators uniform. He has one year left on his deal at $1 million.

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