Posts Tagged Ilya Kovalchuk

Morning Rumors: Draft Lottery, Sabres, Panthers, Flyers, Oilers, Kovalchuk and the Devils

  • Elliotte Friedman: The NHL is looking into altering their draft lottery process. Under the current system, any team in the lottery could ‘win’ the lottery and select first overall, as well as not being able fall back more than one draft slot. There are talks of altering the systems so that teams could drop to the fourth or possibly the six slot. Odds of winning the lottery are 25 percent for the worst team to 0.5 percent for the 14th seed. This could be altered too. They are also looking at the possibility of looking at a team over a five year span.The NHL may get rid of having ‘lists’ for shooters taking part in the shootout.Illegal testing of draft prospects could be $250,000.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray will look to start contract extension talks with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to see if they are interested in signing on long-term.

    Murray said there were no offers that were remotely close for Tyler Myers or Christian Ehrhoff at the deadline. Cap recapture on Ehrhoff’s deal are a concern and affects trade scenarios.

    Five years ago the Panthers asked the Flyers for Claude Giroux when the Flyers inquired about Jay Bouwmeester. The Flyers obviously said no. The Kings asked the Flyers for Sean Couturier when they were shopping Jonathan Bernier.

    Oilers owner Daryl Katz is thought to be the driving force behind the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray.

    Friedman asked Ilya Kovalchuk at the Olympics if he would return to the NHL, Kovalchuk laughed and said he has three years left on his KHL deal and we’ll see.

  • Mike Harrington: “No shock the NHL is worried about tanking for top picks, given what’s gone on in the NBA and the charade #Sabres pulled in October.” … “@JeremyWGR et al – charade was starting season w/4 teen-agers, first team in NHL to play a single game in 18 years. Trading UFAs is fine. The Sabres have traded their UFAs and have bad NHL players now. Fair enough. Starting 4 teen-agers was an open tank. That’s my point.”
  • Randy Miller of Devils Martin Brodeur said back when he, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were unrestricted free agent in 2012, Parise was “pretty close” to remaining with the Devils and luring Suter. Brodeur signed a two-year $9 million deal with the Devils, Parise and Suter signed with the Wild.

    “Listen, I was on the phone with Zach while I was doing my thing two years ago,” Brodeur said. “We were in the same boat. We’d talk and he’d ask me, ‘Are you going to come back?’ We had a lot of conversations. I was supposed to get on the phone with Suter. I never got to the phone with him, but we were talking about it.”

    “Zach was pretty close to coming back here,” Brodeur said. “It’s not something that he wanted at no cost getting out of New Jersey, like other guys when they hit free agency you knew it was all over for them. He and Suter were pretty close, and anywhere they were going to go, it was a package deal probably.”

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NHL Alters Devils Penalty For The Kovalchuk Cap Circumvention

The NHL has changed the New Jersey Devils penalty for the salary cap circumvention involving Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract back in July of 2010.

The sanctions originally imposed on the Club included a significant fine, the forfeiture of the Club’s third-round draft selection in 2011 (which was forfeited) and the forfeiture of a first-round draft selection which has been deferred by the Club until this year in accordance with the terms of the original penalty. As a result, as it relates to the portion of the discipline relating to the first-round draft pick, the Devils stand to forfeit it entirely in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft. The Devils recently applied to the League for reconsideration and relief from a portion of the original penalty, citing primarily changes in circumstances which, in the Club’s view, changed the appropriateness of the sanctions initially imposed. After due and thorough consideration, the League has decided that a modification of the original circumvention penalty associated with the Kovalchuk contract is warranted and, accordingly, has amended the sanctions as follows:

The New Jersey Devils will now be entitled to the 30th selection overall in the 2014 NHL Draft (the last pick in the first round), regardless of the Devils’ final standing following the 2013/14 season.

The Club will not be permitted to trade or transfer its right to the 30th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Club’s fine has been partially reduced.

The League intends to have no further comment on this matter.

As of this morning, and without the alteration, the Devils would have had to forfeit the 10th overall pick this year.


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Morning Rumors: Leafs, Canadiens, Devils, Avs, Rangers, Ducks, Senators and Top Trade Targets

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs are done trading until the deadline unless there are more injuries. Despite the trade rumors, Cox doesn’t think Nazem Kadri is any more available now than he was at the start of the season. If they are offered a young center in return, they would listen.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The Canadiens would match any offer sheet for P.K. Subban as they have money and cap space. Custance doesn’t see the Devils having motivation to trade Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. Without their first round pick from the Ilya Kovalchuk punishment, they will push for a playoff spot.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing that the Rangers have asked the Avalanche about Tyson Barrie.
  • Darren Dreger: With the Rangers in Toronto, you can expect Michael Del Zotto’s agents (Newport) to meet with management to discuss the Rangers efforts to trade him. Nothing official has been planned, just convenient since they are in town.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It hasn’t been the right fit though for him so far. Any team that is looking for a little extra playoff boost should look at Briere.”
  • Scott (@Wham_City): Elliotte Friendman on the radio on Wednesday talking about Brian Burke and Bobby Ryan

    Brian Burke has had something with Bobby Ryan for a long time. A few years ago before Luke Schenn was traded for James van Riemsdyk, I heard a rumour that they were going to trade Luke Schenn to Anaheim for Ryan. And in history, it made kind of sense because that’s the player they kind of got, a scorer. And so I looked into it, and somebody who would know told me “there is no freaking way Brian Burke is making that trade because he hates Ryan, never liked him, didn’t want to draft him and wanted Jack Johnson instead.” So, I went to check on it and I was told no, and I never went with it. It was probably going to go in one of my 30 Thoughts blogs or something, and I couldn’t prove it. And today or actually last night after the team got announced and those articles appeared online as I was driving back to my hotel from Ann Arbor, I got a call from the guy who told me that, and he was like “see? I told you, never doubt me.”

  • Frank Provenzano of ESPN: (Dec. 26th) Top trade targets. Scoring Forwards: Marian Gaborik (CBJ), Matt Moulson (BUF) and Thomas Vanek (NYI). Potential teams looking for scoring forwards are: Kings, Canucks, Canadiens, Rangers and Wild. Two-way/Playoff grit forwards: Steve Ott (BUF), Vernon Fiddler (DAL) and David Legwand (NSH). Potential teams looking for two-way forwards are: Penguins, Lightning, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Red Wings. Top-four defenseman: Cody Franson (TOR), Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) and Stephane Robidas (DAL). Potential teams looking for a top-four defenseman: Capitals, Avalanche, Coyotes, Hurricanes and Flyers. Goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF) and Martin Brodeur (NJ). Potential teams looking for a goalie are: Penguins, Blues and Capitals.

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Injury Notes: Red Wings, Hurricanes, Devils, Penguins, Rangers, Islanders and Kovalchuk

  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Darren Helm will go on the LTIR, with Jordin Tootoo and Jonas Gustavsson going on the IR. Ansar Khan: Patrick Eaves on LTIR gives the Wings $1.2 million in cap relief.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they are “keeping fingers crossed” that Alex Semin and Elias Lindholm will be ready for the opener.  Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu won’t play.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils put Mattias Tedenby on the non-roster IR.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils put Patrick Elias on the IR, and is backdated to last Tuesday, when the injury occurred. GM Lou Lamoriello on if Elias will be able to play in the opener.

    “We’re certainly hoping and he sounds good and if that happens we’ll have to make a move.”

  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Carl Hagelin on the LTIR puts them about $1.3 million under the cap ceiling.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders may be treating Travis Homonic for a possible concussion. Not thought to be long-term.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes haven’t put Joni Pitkanen on the LTIR yet, could happen today.
  • Igor Eronko: Ilya Kovalchuk will be out at least two games with an upper-body injury after being hit by teammate Alex Ponikarovsky.

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Morning Hits: Brodeur on Kovalchuk, Avalanche, Flames, Flyers, Hurricanes, Senators and Kinkaid

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Martin Brodeur on his disappointment that Ilya Kovalchuk left:

    “Oh, definitely … Look what [the Devils] did to get him to New Jersey. Losing some of the draft picks, some of the current players, the money that was thrown at him, for him just to walk out like that … I know him and it’s just not like him to do that. The lockout created everything — the taste of what his life would be in Russia and he liked it … But it affects us, so that’s why I’m disappointed … As a guy, he’s a great guy, still going to have a lot of fun with him, but at the end of the day, it’s a tough one for what the organization did to get him.”

    Avs Matt Duchene is expected to center Ryan O’Reilly. Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be the third center behind Duchene and Paul Stastny.

  • Chris Nichols: Miikka Kiprusoff: “I decided to retire at the end of last season. I appreciated Jay Feaster & Flames permitting me to take summer to be 100 % sure.”
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames have about $12 million in cap space and 46 players under contract. If Sean Monahan and Patrick Sieloff are sent back to junior, they’ll have 44 under contract.
  • Sam Carchidi: Expected Flyers lines: Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek; Schenn-Lecavalier-Simmonds; Cleary-Couturier-Read; Talbot-Hall-Rinaldo. Extra: Rosehill.
  • Bill Meltzer: Flyers goalie Steve Mason said that he’s talked to Ray Emery about what the best ways are to take advantage of their puckhandling skills, saving some wear and tear on their defensemen.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes will have 48 players at training camp, 12 of which were at Traverse City.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators will have 57 players at training camp, including seven goalies.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid was shocked and upset when the Devils traded for Cory Schneider at the draft.

    “At first, I was pretty upset,” Kinkaid told me. “But I don’t think it changes the situation here at all. We’re still fighting for the top job in Albany and anything could happen and we just have to keep working at it.”

    “You always want to be up there as soon as possible, but it takes time for goalies to mature and be ready for the NHL,” Kinkaid said. “It just gives us another year, I guess. Whether Marty re-signs or not, it just gives us more time to develop in the minors and then if there happens to be an injury one of us can maybe get a shot up there.”

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Morning Hits: Hedberg, Datsyuk, KHL Salary Cap, Burakovsky, Jarry and Howse

  • Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg said that he doesn’t have any firm offers yet, but is willing to wait. Tom Gulitti: He has been talking with the Devils about an off-ice job, ”nothing is concrete” yet.
  • Igor Eronko: Pavel Datsyuk’s apartment in Russia was ransacked with about $50,000 in damages.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: The salaries for Anton Babchuk, Alex Burmistrov, Leo Komarov, Sergei Kostitsyn, Alexander Radulov, Ruslan Fedotenko & Ilya Kovalchuk are removed from their KHL teams salary cap. They make a combined $30 million. One player for each team can be excluded from the salary cap, like a ‘star’ or ‘franchise’ player.
  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals have signed 2013 1st round pick Andre Burakovsky to a three-year entry level deal. He’ll get $832,500 in the NHL, $70,000 in the AHL.
  • Cody Nickolet: The Penguins have signed 2013 draft pick Tristan Jarry to a three-year entry level deal.

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Morning Hits: Crawford, Ovechkin, Maidens and Zykov

Nick Kypreos: Chicago Blackhawks Corey Crawford signs a six year, $36 million contract extension.

Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Moscow Dynamo’s general director, Andrewy Safronov, on Alex Ovechkin following Ilya Kovalchuk’s ‘retiring’ decision.

“Ovechkin has a current contract with the Capitals. Can we try to pull him out? We’ll talk, we’ll look at each other and will have some result,” Safronov said,

“Right now all Russian national team players want to come back to their homeland. KHL shows its force and credibility. And finances are important too. Taking taxes in account, playing in Russia has become way more attractive for players.”

Owen Sound Attach: Senators prospect Jarrod Maidens was sent home due to recurring concussion symptoms. There is no timetable for his return.

Corey Pronman: Indications are that Kings prospect Valentin Zykov wants to play in North America.

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Morning Hits: Bergeron, Luongo and Kovalchuk

  • Dan Rosen: Bruins Patrice Bergeron said he’s 95 percent healthy and will be ready for training camp. He has been working out and feeling good.
  • Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun: Roberto Luongo on if he’ll be a happy camper with the Canucks or if he’ll be playing under protest:

    “I don’t think it matters,” … “I’m happy to be playing and being a starter, that’s what matters for now, and that’s what I’m focused on. At the end of the day, that’s all you really need, right?”

    GM Mike Gillis failed to Luongo a fresh start after they determined that Cory Schneider was their goaltender of the future. Luongo’s contract running till he’s 43-years old was part of the problem. Gillis believed that some team would come around if they continue to wait it out. Obviously, it didn’t happen. Luongo has good reason to feel betrayed.

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Ilya Kovalchuk on a NHL return: “I didn’t forget about the Stanley Cup. It is still a goal. I’m only 30 and everything is ahead of me.”

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Morning Hits: Ponikarovsky, Bryzgalov, Rangers, Eller and Teravainen

  • Igor EronkoAlexei Ponikarovsky is united with Ilya Kovalchuk with SKA, after he signed a two-year deal with them. Ponikarovsky: ’We spent summer together with Kovalchuk, he praised #SKA, told me about the organization, and that helped to make decision’
  • Slava Malamud: Ilya Bryzgalov to ”Finances aren’t as important to me as spiritual comfort… So, I am 50/50 (between NHL and KHL)”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have been reluctant to start contract talks with their 2014 free agents: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. There have been no talks at all. Brooks’ thoughts on this:

    “But there is nothing to be gained by stalling or procrastinating. There is nothing good that can come of allowing these players to go into this season without extensions or by negotiating during a season that’s going to be challenging enough even if all goes well.”

  • Igor Eronko: (from a couple days ago. S/T DobberHockey and Pro Hockey Talk) Evgeni Malkin told SovSport that he had a pact with Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk to bolt to the KHL if the NHL lockout lasted ”another couple of weeks.”
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Lars Ellerhas passed all the neurological tests and has been training hard for the past couple months.

    “I feel great, completely healed,” Eller said. “I did some more testing in Brossard (in mid- to late May) to make sure everything was back to normal, to make sure there were no symptoms related to the concussion. There haven’t been any.”

  • Cory Pronman: Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen said he needs at least one more season in Finland before coming over.

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Free Agent Hits: Pietrangelo, Henrique, Jagr, Grabovski and Lewis

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Blues RFA Alex Pietrangelo is reportedly looking for nearly $7 million a season, with the Blues hoping to settle on $6 million or less. The Blues are getting close to the cap ceiling and still have RFAs Jake Allen and Magnus Paajarvi to sign.

    “There’s been communication. I’m not going to say it’s done yet; there’s definitely a ways to go. It’s kind of a fun thing to go through, the first time you go through these negotiations,” Pietrangelo explained, shortly after chatting privately about his contract status with teammate Brian Elliott. “You try to keep it as internal as you can because you don’t know what direction it’s going, but I enjoy talking to (my teammates) about it. They’re all interested, which means they want me back and they all care.”

  • Andrew Gross: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said there is no update on Adam Henrique,but they remain hopeful about negotiations.
  • Chris JohnstonJaromir Jagr’s deal with the Devils is for $2 million base salary with up to $2 million more in bonuses for games played. He’ll get $250,000 for every five games played from games 10 to 45.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN WashintonBrooks Laich is the Capitals current second line, but he could move the left side, which is a little weak, if they bring in a center. Center Mikhail Grabovski is an intriguing option for the Capitals. GM George McPhee has said that the free agent market didn’t interest him this summer.
  • Darren Dreger: The Kings and Trevor Lewis avoid arbitration with a one-year, $1.325 million deal.

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Morning Hits: Gagner, Grabovski, Hainsey, Jagr, Little, Wheeler, Bogosian and Spaling

  • Dan Tencer: The Oilers and Sam Gagner are listed as having an “AM” arbitration hearing today. May not be a good sign (for Oilers fans) if we don’t hearing anything by mid-morning in Alberta time. Tencer thinks arbitration is likely. Doesn’t get why both sides don’t have their best offer on the table by this point.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the mostly likely landing spots for Mikhail Grabovski are with the Capitals, Jets, Panthers or Flames. Simmons wonders if Ron Hainsey’s CBA involvement is keeping teams away from signing the UFA.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the USA Today: Czech broadcaster Roman Jedicka reported yesterday that there was a “99 percent” chance that Jaromir Jagr would sign with the Devils. Jagr would fit in on the right wing nicely for the Devils as they lost Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson down the right side.
  • Winnipeg Free Press: Bryan Little’s arbitration hearing is this Wednesday. Blake Wheeler is scheduled for next Monday (July 29th) and Zach Bogosian next Friday (Aug 2nd).
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators signed RFA Nick Spaling to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Spaling was coming off a two-year, $2.1 million.

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Quick Hits: Grabovski, Hainsey, Morrow and Henrique

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Former Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski has only received one KHL offer. He’s not considering the KHL, only the NHL. Igor Eronko: Atlant GM on Grabovski: “We made an offer to Grabovski, but he wants to stay in #NHL, so we won’t see him in our team”
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes continue to sniff around free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey. Trading Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason to make room for Hainsey on the blueline doesn’t make a lot of sense. Brenden Morrow’s agent confirmed that he has spoken with the Hurricanes. Thought the Hurricanes have $5 million in cap space, they are close to their internal cap number of $59.3 million. Morrow would fit nice with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
  • Rich Chere of the Star Ledger: Adam Henrique and the Devils could reach a reach a deal by the end of the week.

    “Could be. It’s close. It’s coming along well,” Henrique confirmed. “There is no huge rush or deadline, so we’re just going at it a day at a time.”

    After Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the Devils, it could have given Henrique more leverage.

    “I should just ask for the rest of his contract,” Henrique joked in a conversation today with The Star-Ledger.

    “I never really looked at it as giving me more power or anything like that. We’re just trying to get something fair for myself and for the team. It obviously opens up a little more cap space.”

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