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NHL News: Wings Sign Tatar … Leafs Sign Winnik

  • Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have re-signed RFA Tomas Tatar to a three-year contract.

Danny DeKeyser is the lone RFA remaining for the Red Wings. A decision on if Daniel Alfredsson will play next season is expected next month. Remaining UFAs in Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi likely won’t be returning.

Winnik is coming off a two-year deal worth $1.8 million per season.

The Leafs now have 16 forwards on NHL contracts for next season. Jake Gardiner (RFA) is their only remaining free agent.

Leafs fans will like him as long as you don’t expect 30+ points. He’s not going to wow you with his offense.

Scrappy player. Plays hard. Skates hard. I wouldn’t call him a hard hitter but he hits … Will do well with Carlyle.

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Hayes, Subban, Stars

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Now that the Toronto Maple Leafs have locked up goaltender James Reimer on a two-year, $4.6 million deal, the team’s only remaining RFA is Jake Gardiner. General Manager Dave Nonis expects to have Gardiner signed by the start of camp.

“Talks are on-going,” said Nonis. “Things are going fine. I don’t see any hiccups there.”

  • Josh Rimer: Even though Reimer signed for two-years, speculation of a trade still remains as two-year deals are easier to move.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: After coming off career highs in goals (11), assists (7), and points (18) last season in 53 games with the Florida Panthers, RFA Jimmy Hayes was unable to reach an agreement on a new deal with the team. The two parties will settle their dispute at a hearing in front of a neutral arbitrator next week in Toronto.
  • Allen Muir of Sports Illustrated: P.K. Subban is in line to make a lot of money ($10 million or more at some point during his contract), and he deserves it. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner continues to grow, both in maturity and defensively. With no other player like him in the NHL right now, Subban is the most irreplaceable player on the Canadiens.
  • L.A. Lariviere: There appears to be some progress being made on a Subban deal. When asked if any significant progress was being made, his agent responded, “we’re working on it.”
  • Mark Stepneski of NHL.com: Dallas coach Lindy Ruff is extremely excited about all the different possibilities for his forward group after this offseason’s acquisitions of  Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. 

“I’ve thrown out many a napkin where I’ve scribbled down the lines and the next day they didn’t work out,” Ruff said in an interview with Stars radio host Bruce Levine on The Ticket. “I am anticipating there will be a few more crumpled ones.”

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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Gardiner, Penguins and Jets

Scott Powers of ESPN: It seems unlikely that Kevin Hayes will sign with the Blackhawks. One of the reasons he hasn’t signed is that he may not see a quick path the NHL with the Blackhawks. It could take a year or two become a regular in their lineup. The Blackhawks have drafted a bunch of college players in the past, and they may start looking to sign them during their sophomore and junior seasons so that they don’t run into potential losing them to free agency after their senior year. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign Hayes to an entry-level deal or he will become a UFA.

“I’m sure the Blackhawks are going to be disappointed if [Hayes] walks for free,” said an NHL agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It may motivate them to accelerate the process. In Kevin Hayes’ case, he was coming off a so-so junior year. I don’t think they made a mistake with him.”

Chris Johnston: Will be interesting to see how yesterday’s front office events impact their Jake Gardiner contract talks. They had been close on a short-term deal.

Will DePaoli: The Penguins had held talks with the David Booth before he decide to sign with the Maple Leafs. They didn’t present him with an offer.

Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets were among the teams talking with Booth before he signed with the Leafs.

 

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NHL Rumors IV: Friedman Talks Maple Leafs

  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “Obviously the relationship between the Leafs & Franson isn’t easy. Have had contract battles for a few years in a row now” … “It’s pretty clear Franson wasn’t happy at times last year with the team & they weren’t happy with him” … “He’s [Franson] a right shot guy who can score points & those guys are hard to find”… “There have been some teams sniffing around Franson. I think Calgary was one.” … “The Leafs know they just can’t give Franson away, he’s too talented. But the other teams know…””…, are they going to give up a good piece for a guy who is 1 year away from testing the market?” … “The Leafs are in a bit of a tough spot. Teams that are trying to trade with them are in a tough spot”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “I think there were a couple of different options between the Leafs & Habs for Gorges.” … “I think there was also a chance that Montreal would have done it [the Gorges deal] for a draft pick
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “The Leafs still have a bit of [cap] room. They still need to get the Reimer situation sorted out”
  • Hope Smoke: Eliotte Friedman: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bridge deal for Gardiner. A 2 year thing.” … “I would suspect, and this is purely guess work on my end with the number, but in the mid $2s [For Jake Gardiner]” … “They’ve had some conversations [RE Gardiner deal] about it & there aren’t expectations that it will be a brutal deal to get done”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “One of the things I kind of heard that the Leafs around the draft had some cap flexibility and offered to take on some $ to get an asset back in return. I don’t know if that’s still something they would do now.” … “This was widely reported earlier, but I know the Leafs took inquiries on a lot of their players to see what the return would be” … “The Leafs received a couple of calls for Lupul, but he’s a 25 goal guy making $5.25 million.” … “If you trade Lupul are going to be able to replace him for that number? That’s a pretty good cap hit” … “I’m not so convinced the Leafs are willing to do that [trading Lupul] anymore”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “If Reimer is back in Toronto next year I’m sure he’d be disappointed & would prefer to be somewhere else…” … “…but in the end if he isn’t a professional who are you hurting? Yourself. It’s a small league.” … “Who would go out there and make a deal for Reimer if they see him as being a downer? I just don’t see Reimer being like that”

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors II: Nash, Gardiner, Stamkos and Stastny

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks says the Rangers won’t be looking to trade Rick Nash this offseason.

    But I’m here to tell you that a trade is not happening. Nash has a no-move clause in his contract in force through the end of this season that management has no intention of asking him to waive and No. 61 has no intention of volunteering to forfeit.

    Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will each receive a $2 million salary with a $5 million bonus in 2020-21, the year the next lockout could happen.

    Brooks thinks the Islanders should be interested in Jake Gardiner if he’s still being dangled by the Maple Leafs.

  • Adam Proteau: “FWIW, after that Stamkos piece went up, a good source said he really thinks Stamkos could go to Leafs in ’16 & said it’d take a max contract.”

“It was financially prudent not to get caught up in high dollars for Paul Stastny,” Reid said. “Are the Avs better than last year up front? Well, Nathan MacKinnon is not a rookie anymore. So, yes, they are better.”

The Avs could have traded Paul Stastny at the deadline, but they didn’t like the offers they received. They also didn’t the idea of breaking up the chemistry they had.

“We knew we couldn’t get to what he got in St. Louis,” Sakic said. “It was his right, and he’s going home. I had a pretty good idea of what was going on with Paul. I knew there was a great possibility he was going to move on.”

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NHL Rumors II: Interesting Free Agents, Gardiner, Subban and the Senators

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen looks at 10 interesting free agents that are still available: 1. Steve Ott 2. Dany Heatley 3. Martin Brodeur 4. Dustin Penner 5. Daniel Winnik 6. Brenden Morrow 7. Lee Stempniak 8. Derek Roy 9. Chris Butler 10. Mike Ribeiro.
  • Andy Strickland: Defenseman Chris Butler is talking with a handful of teams. The Flames haven’t closed the door on re-signing him.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: RFA Jake Gardiner didn’t file for salary arbitration. It is thought that he could get a bridge contract worth between $2 and $3 million. P.K. Subban would likely get an arbitration ruling worth more than $6 million. The Canadiens could opt for a two-year ruling, which would take away one-year of unrestricted free agency. Arbitration hearings run from July 20th to August 4th, unless players sign beforehand.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators could have some decisions this season with regards to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner. Anderson is the current No. 1 and is entering the last year of his deal. Lehner is a pending RFA. Will the Senators look trade Anderson at the deadline or re-sign him and stall Lehner’s emergence for a few years?

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NHL Rumors XIV: Canucks, Panthers, Sabres, Oilers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets

  • Darren Dreger: “Some on Draft floor are convinced the 1st pick overall is on the move and the Canucks may be the target. Still early and no sign of Tallon.”
  • Matt Brown: Sounding like the Panthers are keeping the first overall pick.
  • Darren Dreger: Doesn’t sound like the Sabres or Oilers are  interested in trading the 2nd or 3rd overall draft picks.
  • Brian Lawton: Told the Senators are looking for additional value on Jason Spezza as he only has a $4 million salary even though he has a $7 million salary cap hit. Some teams are not coming from the same position on this though. Some teams only care about the salary, other only about the salary cap number.
  • Brian Lawton: It doesn’t look like much is happening with the Maple Leafs trading Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner or moving up in the draft.
  • Michael Traikos: (tweet at 5:34 pm)  Maple Leafs assistant Claude Loiselle said “nothing is going on” regarding trades.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres GM Tim Murray said he trying at acquire veteran help through a trade to help with their culture.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Ducks have told the Blue Jackets that they will be keeping the 38th pick in this year’s draft.

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NHL Rumors I: Callahan Deal Close, Maple Leafs and Canucks

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: A long-term contract extension between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Callahan is “imminent.” The deal is believed to be longer than five years and worth as much as $5.5 million a year. Callahan’s agent, Scott Bartlett, said that both sides had found a “common ground towards a new deal.” The Rangers would get the Lightning’s 2015 second round pick once the deal is reached.
  •  Chris Johnston of SportsNet: It’s looking like the Maple Leafs and Nikolai Kulemin will be parting ways. Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin said he’ll be talking with teams as early as today about a potential new home for Kulemin. Greenstin did add there is still time for contract talks to pick up with the Leafs. The role in which Kulemin gets used may become more of an issue than the contract. He was used primarily in a defensive role for the Leafs, with 66 percent of his shifts starting in the defensive zone. He had his lowest career point total last season with 20 points in 70 games.Dave Bolland could also be on his way out. Contract talks have been on and off since January and the sides are at a standstill.

    “Our position hasn’t changed a whole heck of a lot,” Anton Thun, Bolland’s agent, told Sportsnet on Tuesday.

    “At this time it’s just not coming together,” said Thun. “We can’t force the Leafs to accept our terms.”

    Talks between the Leafs and Jake Gardiner are underway and it’s believed they are discussing a two-year bridge deal at somewhere between $2.25 and $3 million a season.

  • News 1130 Sports: The Maple Leafs and Mason Raymond are still talking, but there is a lot of work still left to be done.
  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks qualifying Chris Tanev and Zack Kassian was the easy part, getting them signed to new contracts will be the hard part.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Gaborik, Kesler, Isles, Leafs, Jets, Oilers, Blues, Pens, Brodeur and Habs

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Kings and Marian Gaborik could be closing in on a deal. It could be done in the next 48 hours.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Hearing the Kings and Gaborik are talking three years and in the $5.5 to $6 million per season range.Contract extension talks with Kings and coach Darryl Sutter could be underway.

    Friedman thinks the Canucks have offered the Panthers the No. 6th pick, Hunter Shinkaruk and another piece, likely a roster player not named Ryan Kesler.

    Bruce Garrioch reported that Kesler would only go to the Blackhawks or Penguins. It’s not a long list, but it does include the Ducks.

    Friedman wonders if it would take a three-team deal to get Kesler where he wants to be.

    The Islanders are telling people they’ll move the 5th overall pick for a player who can help now. Other teams are in “stealth mode” like the Maple leafs. “Dave Nonis is like a baseball GM, throwing 25 players on the waiver wire to hide the one he really wants to move.”

    The Maple Leafs won’t make a deal for the sake of making a deal, but they are testing the market. They want to add depth up front and make adjustment to their blueline. Teams are getting laughed at when they ask about Morgan Rielly. Teams are calling about Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk.

    Two teams to watch: Hurricanes and Jets.

    The Jets are willing to trade Evander Kane. Zach Bogosian’s name has come up.

    The Flyers are never afraid to be bold and could look to move up in the draft.

    Rumors of the Oilers trying to move up in draft have cooled.

    Lots of talk of Jason Spezza going to St. Louis. Friedman adds Eric Staal would look good in a Blues uniform. Patrick Berglund’s name comes up.

    Penguins Kris Letang won’t be traded unless it’s a ridiculous offer.

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Miller lists five possible landing spots for Martin Brodeur: 1. Washington Capitals 2. Minnesota Wild 3. Pittsburgh Penguins 4. New York Islanders 5. Edmonton Oilers
  • Darren Dreger: Teams are throwing names at Penguins GM Jim Rutherford for James Neal. What is the trade value for a 30-40 goal scorer?
  • Jimmy Murphy: Source saying talks between the Canadiens and Mike Weaver are status quo.

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