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Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.

    Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

    The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.

    The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.

    “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

    “You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

    “For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

    It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

  • Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.

    “I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”

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Morning Rumors I: Senators, Blues, Oilers, Leafs and Canucks

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators scouting meetings ended yesterday, draft and trade deadline lists have been created. The Senators are able to rent a top a top-six forward, but there may not be a lot available. Only the Sabres and maybe the Panthers are out of the race in the East. In the West, the Oilers and Flames will be sellers.

    “You’re going to have a lot of teams all going after the same players and that will make the asking prices high,” said a league executive Wednesday.

    Trade options for the Senators: The Sens do have interest in Matt Moulson, with the asking price believed to be a 1st and a prospect. The Rangers would like to re-sign Ryan Callahan, but he may be available. The Sens have always liked Ales Hemsky’s game, but not his salary. Sabres Drew Stafford wouldn’t be a rental as he has a $4 million cap hit through next season. Tuomo Ruutu has been available all year, and the Blue Jackets could also be interested in him.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues recent struggles have led to more speculation whether they need to upgrade on Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Do they go with Jake Allenfrom within (16-10-2 with a 2.14 GAA) or the trade route?

    “We know that we have very good players in the American Hockey League, whether it’s Allen or (Dmitrij) Jaskin and (Chris) Porter,” Armstrong said. “But I think right now, we’re going with this group. They’ve put themselves in a good position this year. We’re going through a downturn. I can’t act like it’s not happening. We’re not getting the results that are needed to be a successful team. But I don’t think every time you hit a bump in the road you want to reinvent the wheel.”

    Blue GM Doug Armstrong said it’s on the team leaders to help turn them around and not by making changes.

    “This now becomes on the fabric of the leadership to grab a hold of the team and get it going,” he said. “Ken can give them the game plan, but he can’t give them the desire and the drive. That has to come internally. The desire to compete for the guy beside you, that has to come from inside the room.”

  • Eric Engels: On TSN panel saying Oilers should trade Jordan Eberle: “Only player they should and can trade for great value is Nail Yakupov. Sam Gagner is another. You don’t touch RNH, Hall, Eberle” David Staples: (responding to Eberle) “Yeah, instead of getting rid of guys who aren’t performing, trade one guy (Eberle) who has for the last 4 years. Brilliant! Trade Gagner. Trade Hemsky. Petry or Yak even. Trade the 1st overall. But trade Eberle? Why? He’s a real two-way NHL player.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”I wouldn’t say that I would ever move either one of the goalies, but I don’t envision it right now”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think it’s fair to say the Leafs were considered a serious trading partner for Del Zotto. Talks never got very heavy.” … ”Leafs had interest in Del Zotto & there was some Gardiner talk but the Rangers wanted Franson. Leafs scared by MDZ’s inconsistency”
  • Dan Murphy: The Canucks are looking to bring in Vinny Prospal on an AHL PTO. SportsNet Pacific: GM Mike Gillis: ”Based on our injury situation, and not sure what the future may hold it was an option worth looking at.” Aaron Portzline: On Prospal: “Can’t skate, but he never could. Knows where to stand. Passionate, smart player. Has a love/hate thing w Torts.”

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Morning Rumors: Jets, Sabres, Caps, Sens, Sharks, Blues, Canadiens, Avs, Canes and Leafs

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Jets have a lot of options if they look to make some moves. A lot of their key players are still under contract from two to six years. Talk is that the younger they are, the harder it is to get them. Friedman wouldn’t trade Evander Kane unless the return was massive.

    Friedman thinks Dustin Byfuglien would be a defenseman that Capitals Adam Oates would love to coach.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray said there are no untouchables on his team, but prepare to make a big offer if you want someone like Zemgus Girgensons, Tyler Myers or Rasmus Ristolainen.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Senators GM Bryan Murray may look to move some of their young talent to bring in some missing pieces.

    “I think we do have a good number of young people I would think other organizations would be interested in,” Murray said. “The Bobby Ryan deal [last summer] required us to give up a young player, a couple of young players. I think it’s been a good thing for us, and I believe it’ll be a good thing for Anaheim.

    “But, yes, we’re open to talking about moving a young part or two to get the required player that we would need.”

    They won’t trade Curtis Lazar though. Murray would like to add a forward that could have an impact, either through scoring or physical aspect.

  • CP on SportsNet: Senators GM Bryan Murray:

    “We do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games or playing in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here that we would talk to teams about for a more veteran-type player,” Murray said.

    “We hope to have kind of an objective by the trading deadline, by the Olympic break, whatever the case may be, and then we’ll see where we go,” Murray said.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Kurz thinks the Sharks are already looking for a scoring winger, but not to expect anything until closer to the trade deadline, possibly just before the Feb. 8th Olympic break. Kurz doesn’t think it would be a big name. The Sharks have their first and second round picks, along with the Penguins second round pick from the Douglas Murray trade.
  •  Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The biggest question surrounding the Blues is their goaltending despite how productive they’ve been. Ryan Miller’s name keeps coming up, but they are tight against the salary cap and it may be difficult to move out enough money to offset Miller’s cap hit. The Blues may also not be willing to part with the young prospects/players and picks the Sabres would want in return. The Blues could look trade one of Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak and bring up Jake Allen to be their backup.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If the Sabres decide to part with Ryan Miller, teams like the Blues, Islanders, Panthers, Flames and Oilers could use a frontline goalie. The Sabres can’t let Miller go for nothing. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to improve their goaltending situation. The Ducks have four goaltenders:  Jonas HillerViktor FasthFrederik Anderssen, and John Gibson. The Kings have three goalies behind Jonathan Quick: Ben ScrivensMartin Jones, and Jean-Francois Berube. Even if it requires a Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane, so be it.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov would like to stay with the Canadiens.

    “Maybe I’m going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We’ll see,” he said. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don’t want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”

    Preliminary talks have begun.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp haven’t talked contract since the summer. They will talk again after the season, and things seem to be good between two sides. There is optimism that a new deal could get done. Things are different now with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Senators gave been available to make a deal all year. Speculation has always been money is limiting them.” … ”If right offer comes along & it requires Melnyk to loosen the purse strings. I believe that he will do that if its within reason”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think the guys that run the Jets are aware that they are not a Western Conf juggernaut.” … ”With their roster though, they expected better play. They were basically underperformimg. Pavelec’s goaltending now in focus”
  • Brian Wilde: “McGuire on the Jets: They’re built with wingers. Nobody wins with great wingers. Build down the middle and with defence. That’s how to win.”
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:

    “I think we still need to acquire pieces to either establish a larger core, or maybe move some pieces that re-establish some different things,” Cheveldayoff said this afternoon on TSN 1050 radio.

    “This is still a project that’s in the works.”

  • Darren Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruuttu name is back in trade talk, as he could draw some interest.
  • Howard Berger: A Western Conference source said the Maple Leafs are looking for a “big body” forward.

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Quick Hits: Coyotes, Flyers, Bruins, Blues and Maple Leafs

  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Keith Yandle has been told to be ready if there is an injury to any of the USA defenseman.
  • David Strehle: The Flyers have lost 106 games due to injury this season, but only 29 have been for non-LTIR.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: The Bruins have sent Niklas Svedberg back to the AHL.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: ”We’ve been through some interesting negotiation for the past year/year and a half” … ”If the player wants to be a Leaf then we’ll find a way to get the deal done”
  • Hope Smoke: Poulin: ”We get asked a lot about analytics or statistics and we use them a lot when it comes to contract negotiations”

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Afternoon Notes: Blue Jackets, Sabres, Pens, Canucks, Blues, Coyotes, Bruins, Flames and Caps

  • Jeff Rimer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton will make his Blue Jackets debut tonight against the Coyotes. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be their backup.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Henrik Tallinder will be out one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. Suffered the injury on Sunday.
  • Dan Rosen: The Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers from the Rangers.
  • Farhan Lalji: The Canucks send Joachim Eriksson to the AHL. Looking like Roberto Luongo could return to the lineup this weekend.
  • Jim Fox: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that David Backes will be a game time decision. Chris Stewart is possible for tonight, but he still has to clear ‘protocol’ first. Lou Korac: Korac doesn’t count on Backes playing tonight. Sounded more like someone who could play soon, but not tonight.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Shane Doan skated today and will see a doctor this afternoon. His return hasn’t been categorized as imminent.
  • Boston Bruins: Niklas Svedberg will start tonight. Claude Julien on Svedberg: ”so I’m looking forward to seeing to him in net tonight”
  • Wes Gilbertson: Chris Breen cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL by the Flames. Defenseman Dennis Wideman is expected to return.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Philipp Grubauer will start in net for the Capitals and Brooks Laich will be in the lineup. It will be Grubauer’s fifth straight game.

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Morning Rumors: Hiller, Oilers, Liles, Tootoo, Kulikov, Horton, Meszaros, Grigorenko, Green and Miller

  • Mark Spector: Thinks the Oilers have another deal in the works.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I know there has been some dialogue between Edmonton and Anaheim regarding Jonas Hiller
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the Oilers have cooled down their search for a goaltender. I think it’s status quo right now for MacTavish”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Carlyle didn’t feel great at having to waive Liles because Liles did everything Carlyle asked him to do in the exit meeting” … ”I believe the Leafs are willing to eat around $1 million dollars (and that is negotiable) to move Liles”
  • David Alter: If the Leafs retain any money in a John-Michael Liles trade, not using the non-compliance window they had back in August would be a mistake.
  • Darren Dreger on TSN: The Red Wings are believed to be eager to make a trade. Jordin Tootoo is in play to create some cap space to make room for Gustav Nyquist. The Maple Leafs are willing to retain a significant portion of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs have had their eye on Panthers Dmitri Kulikov over the years, and he might be available. He wouldn’t come cheap, and he’ll be looking for a big pay increase from his $2.5 million.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton insinuated last week that part of the reason he left the Bruins in the summer was that the Bruins wanted until the last minute to negotiate with him. At the time he signed with the Blue Jackets (seven-years, $37 million), he agent said that Horton wanted to go somewhere quieter and more laid back than Boston.

    “All year, nothing happened. I waited for a long time,” Horton said of last year in Boston. “When you wait until the last minute, what am I . . . I’m not going to wait around. I’m happy with the way things turned out. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside.

    “That’s kind of what it came down to. I heard a little bit about Columbus. It’s not the Columbus that everyone knows. Columbus is up-and-coming. They’ve got a great team and great people in charge. It’s kind of what I was looking for.”

    The Bruins wouldn’t have offered a seven-year contract with his concussion history. There were negotiations last year about a five-year, around $5 million a year deal. Horton would change his mind daily on if staying in Boston or leaving. Ultimately came down to his wife’s desire to live somewhere warmer and quieter. The Bruins would have traded his rights for a seventh round pick, and had discussed a deal with the Kings. Horton said he was ruling out all Canadian cities and big markets.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Flyers have tried to trade Andrej Meszaros, but his expiring contract may be valuable to the Flyers who sit at $56 million for next season.

    Among the teams the Oilers talked to were the Ducks, Blues and Capitals. Some belief they may have looked at Jake Allen and Thomas Greiss. Allen is staying in St. Louis and Greiss info appears incorrect.

    Did the Oilers consider trading Nail Yakupov for help on the blueline? They may have thought the cost was too high, same as price for goaltending.

    Teams exploring trade market the most are the Flyers, Rangers and maybe the Devils.

    A lot of concern about Tyler Myers play, more and more lately involving Mikhail Grigorenko.

    The Kings have started preliminary talks with Matt Greene.

    Despite having a limited no-trade clause, Ryan Miller may consider going anywhere. Oilers make little sense.

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Free Agent Hits: Wheeler, Bogosian, Kadri, Franson, Bryzgalov, Allen, Stuart, Hamill and Goloubef

  • Gary Lawless: The agents for both Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian said there is “nothing new” to report on contract talks as of yesterday morning. An agent said that as the hearing gets closer, both sides usually get closer as neither side wants a hearing.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he doesn’t see deals for Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson anytime soon. He isn’t that concerned by it.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues have signed Jake Allen to a two-year deal. Jeremy Rutherford: The first year is a two-way deal ($750,000 and $125,000). The second year is a one-way deal at $850,000.
  • Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks have signed left winger Colin Stuart and center Zach Hamill.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets sign Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way deal.

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Morning Hits: RNH, Blues Goaltending, Gretzky, Lindholm and a Detroit Arena

  • Jim Matheson: If Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not able to play until November 1st after his shoulder surgery, he’ll miss a total of 14 games.
  • Jason Gregor: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: ”Our plan is to have Halak as starter, Elliott as the back up and Jake Allen will start the season in the AHL.”
  • Howard Berger: Source saying there is a “very big chance” that Wayne Gretzky will become a top executive at MLSE.
  • Igor Eronko: Hurricanes 1st round pick, Elias Lindholm, said he doesn’t want to play in the AHL and is considering playing another year in Brynas.
  • AP on SportsNet: The city of Detroit is going through bankruptcy proceeding, but they will build a new arena with tax dollars. Some agree with this, but not all. Some feel it will be a catalyst for more development.

    “This is part of investing in Detroit’s future,” Snyder said. “That’s the message we need to get across. … As we stabilize the city government’s finances, as we address those issues and improve services, Detroit moves from a place where people might have had a negative impression — although there are great things already going on — to being a place that will be recognized across the world as a place of great value and a place to invest.”

    The estimated cost of the complex is $650 million, 56 percent to be paid for privately, 44 percent public. Completion date is expected to be in 2017.

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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: Avalanche, Blues RFAs, and Maple Leafs notes

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The trade front for the Avs is currently quiet. If they want to improve their blueline, Paul Stastny may be their best trade chip.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues salary cap number currently sit at $56.4 million. They have just under $8 million to sign RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Jake Allen. Teams can go over the cap by 10 percent during the summer, but must be under when the season starts.

“I think we’re going to be able to get everyone under the umbrella,” Armstrong said, “and if need be, we have very valuable pieces — if we have to move players, that’s not going to be an issue finding a home for them.”

Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: David Clarkson’s deal with the Maple Leafs has a limited no-movement clause. Salary breakdown: $4.5 million, $4.75 million, $5.5 million, $7 million, $7 million, $4.75 million and $3.25 million. Tyler Bozak’s salary breakdown: $3.5 million,  $4 million, $5 million, 4.5 million and $4 million. GM Dave Nonis still has to deal with RFAs: Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson and Mark Fraser.

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Trade Hits: Clearing cap space, Blues goaltenders and Edler

  • Tom Gulitti: An agent speculated that free agent talk is quiet as teams are talking trades to clear cap space.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues GM Doug Armstrong indicated that he expects both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott to start the season with the Blues. Armstrong had been shopping both goalies. Strickland wonders if a team would sign Jake Allen to an offer sheet. The Flyers, Panthers and Islanders could all use goaltending help.
  • The Fourth Period: Blues GM Armstrong has been trying for weeks to trade Jaroslav Halak. He’s talked with the Flyers and Islanders.

    “I would say now that all indications are that Jaro, Brian and Jake (Allen) will be the three games at camp,” Armstrong told the newspaper. “And that’s an interesting one.

    “When the season ended, and the emotion subsides….I talked to (head coach Ken Hitchcock) probably about this situation more than anything….where we would have been if we didn’t have one of these three guys last year? So if there’s something that’s a way to improve our team, we always look at doing that. But it’s a strength, for me, after a time of reflection.”

  • The Fourth Period: Teams are still talking to the Canucks about Alex Edler. Teams include the Red Wings, Lightning, Canadiens and Hurricanes. It’s not clear if anything is imminent.

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Morning hits: Keenan, Selanne, Yeo, Backstrom, Blues goaltending, Islanders and the Flyers draft

  • Mike Keenan: Will coach Magnitogorsk of the KHL next season.
  • Craig Custance: Teemu Selanne after last night’s game: “I don’t really have to play but this has been so much fun. I just have to decide when it’s time.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on head coach Mike Yeo.

    “He’s our coach, he’s our coach,” Fletcher said by phone this morning.

    Yeo will return for his third year. The Wild will also have decisions on UFA Niklas Backstrom.

    “Like anybody pending unrestricted free agency, they’re going to have a vote in the matter too. We’ll sit down and talk with all of them and see whether they want to be here and what they’re looking to do and see what fits. That’s what the next two months will be about. We’ll obviously have to make some decision, but before, we have to break down our year and see where we need to put the money the most.”

    No decision has been made if they’d buyout Dany Heatley or anyone else.

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said their goaltending situation is “cloudy” with Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Multiple sources have said that Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock “had a heated disagreement outside the club’s locker room” in the morning before Game 4. Halak was late for a meeting, then vented about lack of ice during the season. Halak was unhappy about not getting into the last game of the season after returning from a groin injury. Halak’s unhappiness was noted by the organization as early as Game 1, as he wasn’t giving full effort during their morning skate. He has only one year left on his deal with a $4.5 million salary and $3.75 million cap hit. Brian Elliott has one year left with a $1.9 million salary and $1.8 million salary cap hit. Jake Allen will be a RFA after this season.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Both Travis Hamonic and Josh Bailey (RFAs) are almost certain to return, but UFAs Mark Streit and Evgeni Nabokov and are not as certain. Streit is looking for a three year deal worth around $16 million. UFA Brad Boyes could be back, but only if he’s looking for a reasonable number.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: On what the Flyers could do come draft day. The Flyers could use a cornerstone defenseman. Many mocks have them targeting a tough Dman, either Rasmus Ristolainen or Darnell Nurse. With the 11th pick, GM Paul Holmgren is “confident” they’ll get a good player.

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