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NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Halpern, Bouillon and Schultz

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: The Blackhawks are currently $2.2 over the salary cap for this season. For 2015-16, the Blackhawks have $65 million committed for 15 players, a year in which Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy will need new contracts. The 32-year old Patrick Sharp ($5.9 million cap hit) has been in the rumor mill since before July. He’s scored at least 30 goals in each of the past three seasons. He has a modified no-trade clause.
  • Ben Raby of CSN Washington: UFA Jeff Halpern isn’t ready to retire just yet.

    “If something comes along, I’d definitely jump on it,” Halpern said last week in a phone conversation with

    “My price tag isn’t very high anymore. I feel like I can fit in anywhere, so I’m not saying ‘I have to play for this team or that team.’”

    It would be Halpern’s 15th season. He recorded five goals and seven assists in 69 games last season with the Coyotes.

    “There have been a few conversations [with teams], but that’s about where it stops right now.”

  • RDS: (google translate) The Canadiens and Francis Bouillon are in “intense negotiations” on a one-year deal. They were waiting for the P.K. Subban situation to resolve before moving on to Bouillon.
  • Jim Matheson: Wondering if the Oilers are looking at Jake Gardiner’s new contract (five-years, $20.25 million) and thinking that it would work for Justin Schultz.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Ducks, Blue Jackets and Wild

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Things are quiet regarding Torey Krug and the Bruins. Krug and Reilly Smith don’t have a lot of leverage as they are coming off their entry level deals with no arbitration rights and are not able to receive offer sheets. It was initially thought that they were looking for second contracts in the Ondrej Palat/Tyler Johnson range, three-years and $10 million. It’s more likely that they sign one or two year deal worth between $1 and $2 million per season. Jake Gardiner’s five-year, $20.25 million is good news for Krug as he could be a comparable.
  • Andy Strickland: Talk is the Ducks and Pat Maroon are close to a contract extension.
  • Aaron Portzline: No truth to the rumor that Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is having back surgery according to Jarmo Kekalainen.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper:

    “We’ve been sort of working our way on both files, certainly had more conversations with Niederreiter’s representative and we’ve talked about bunch of different scenarios, the process is ongoing. We haven’t had as much time on Kuemper’s file I think in part because we thought he may have filed for arbitration and then he didn’t so we thought that would be a scenario where we would prepare to go to arbitration and have a chance to have several conversations over a short period of time and when that didn’t come to pass, it sort of slowed down a little bit. We will see. There’s a long time until training camp and the Group 2 marketplace right now seems to be focused more on the arbitrations. As those contracts come in typically teams get to work a little bit more on their non-arb guys, so we will just see how it goes. I think the agents for those players are trying to see where the market will settle in at and there really just isn’t much rush right now.”

    Russo thinks that Neiderreiter will sign a two- to four-year deal later this month or early September.

    Fletcher on Kuemper:

    “I don’t know, that’s hard to say,” Fletcher told me on KFAN. “I wouldn’t say there’s been enough conversations to say it’s going to be a battle. I mean I guess every negotiation is a battle, but the agent is always trying to get the best contract he can for the player and we are trying to do what is right for the team. It’s always a little trickier I think on our side, the agent obviously wants to represent his client. We have an obligation to every player on our team and if we do a bad contract or spend too much money on a player it impacts our ability to be competitive in other areas. It’s not that we’re trying to fight the player, we’re trying to protect the team. It’s a pretty big obligation. We are certainly going to take our time to get the right deal.”

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NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs – Gardiner, Franson, Nonis and Shanahan

  • Kevin McGran: Jake Gardiner said that the Maple Leafs offered a bridge deal and the five year deal he ended up signing. It was his choice.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “You still need a Franson to log some mins. Yeah they want to move him. They don’t probably like the number…” “…eventually Franson will be gone. They’ve tried to move him & fought with him on contracts.” … “I think Franson’s been ok. He’s a valuable guy that can log some minutes. You have to get somebody better before you move him out” … “I don’t see anyone on their depth chart that can come in and take Franson’s minutes. You have to be careful there”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “My biggest question is: where is Dave Nonis? How does an assistant GM get hired & the GM not be there?” … “Dave had some personal things he had to attend to? Ok. Back the hiring off 3 or 5 or 7 days so he can be there” … “The GM should be there when the assistant GM is hired. Are you kidding me?” … “Why the panic? Was there 10 teams lined up that they couldn’t wait 3 days to have the GM in there so he can make the announcement?” … “I’m saying where was he? Make it happen and stall it so he can be there.” … “I listen to the Gardiner announcement yesterday. I’m talking to agents & Shanahan’s doing the negotiations with them” … “I’d just like to know where Dave is. You know, if he’s not the GM then tell us.” … “We’ve seen assistant coaches and GMs get fired but you still have the guy who hired them running the team. It’s bizarre” … “Is this the functional way to run an organization? If Brendan wants to be the GM then name himself as the GM”

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NHL News: Spaling, Green, Gardiner, King and Halischuk

  • Ken Campbell: Nick Spaling filed for $2.85 million, with the Penguins submitting $1.65 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils signed Andy Green to a five year, $25 million contract extension, $5 million in each season.
  • Stephen Whyno: Jake Gardiner salary breakdown: $4.65 this year, $4.05 million for the next three years and $3.45 million in 2018-19.
  • Helene St. James: Dwight King avoided arbitration with the Kings and signed a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.95 million.
  • Winnipeg Jets: The Jets signed Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way deal worth $750,000.

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NHL Rumors I: Jets and Frolik … Carlyle and Gardiner

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said they still hope to eventually sign Michael Frolik to a long-term deal. The Jets can’t sign Frolik to a new long-term deal until January 1st.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff after they avoided arbitration with Michael Frolik.

    “We’ve had many, many discussion’s with Michael’s agent (Allan Walsh) about a multi-year deal,” said Cheveldayoff. “We both felt it was best to agree to a one-year deal at this time and continue conversations as we move forward.”

    Agent Allen Walsh on the contract talks.

    “We talked about a lot of different concepts and spent a lot of time together, Chevy and I,” said Walsh. “We talked about a two-year deal, a three-year deal, a four-year deal and a five-year deal. We spent most of our time talking about a one-year deal and a five-year deal. That’s what the last week of our discussions focused on. All of our discussions were professional and never were there any harsh words or animosity in any way.

    “We can talk but we can’t sign a new deal until January,” said Walsh. “Our sole focus is to get something done long-term in Winnipeg. The goal is to get a long-term deal. Michael’s role this year should increase and he has the opportunity to solidify himself as part of the core.”

  • Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “Whenever rumours about Jake being on block would pop up, Randy would come to me+say: ‘You’re not really considering moving him?’ 

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NHL News: Gardiner Signs Five Year Deal With Maple Leafs

  • David Cooper of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs signed restricted free agent defenseman Jake Gardiner to a five-year contract worth $20.25 million.

    The deal will take the 24-year old defenseman one year into unrestricted free agency, and does not contain a no-trade clause.

    “Randy is one of Jake’s biggest supporters,” said Nonis. “Whenever rumours about Jake being on the trading block would pop up, Randy would come to me and say: ‘You’re not really considering moving him?’

    “Randy thinks a lot of Jake. He does push him in certain ways that Jake had to adjust to, but it’s only because Randy knows how good Jake can be. Having Jake locked up for five years will make Randy very happy.”


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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 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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