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NHL Rumors VIII: Flyers, Hawks, Bruins, Stralman, Callahan, Cap Overages and the Caps

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Due to the Flyers cap situation, they may look at moving some players to be able to re-sign Brayden Schenn and possibly Steve Downie. Some trade options could be: Jakub Voracek (2-years at $4.25 million), Wayne Simmonds (5-years at $3.97 million), Braydon Coburn (2-years at $4.5 million), Luke Schenn (2-years at $3.6 million) and Nicklas Grossman (2-years at $3.5 million). The Blackhawks could have future salary cap concerns with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane needing contract extensions. Some players they could make available could include: Patrick Sharp (3-years at $5.9 million), Bryan Bickell (3-years at $4 million), Brent Seabrook (2-years at $5.8 million) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (5-years at $4.1 million). The Bruins could have some cap issues and may look to move some bodies out. Trade chips could be: Brad Marchand (3-years at $4.5 million), Chris Kelly (2-years at $3 million) and Johnny Boychuk (1-year at $3.3 million).
  • Jason Gregor: Ray Ferraro: “Stralman is a solid #4, but I think he is a candidate to be grossly overpaid. He had 1 goal. He won’t bring much offence.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “If the numbers are even close to what he wanted to stay as Captain in NY, up around that $5 plus – $6 plus range” … “I can’t imagine that TB would invest that $. Not that they wouldn’t want to. Lots of interest in Callahan around the league” … “Callahan’s a useful player & character guy and he’s not going to have too much trouble finding a job” … “Callahan has to come down a bit [in salary demands] and I believe he will”
  • Cap Geek: Estimating bonus overages: Bruins at $3.7 million, Red Wings at $3 million and the Devils at $3 million. James Mirtle: Heard the Red Wings overages may be around $3.2 million.
  • Adam Vingan: The Captials see Braden Holtby as their starter next season and having Philipp Grubauer start in the AHL.
  • Andrew Gross: The Rangers say they have no players who will be schedule for offseason surgery as of now.
  • John Shannon: Expect there to be two outdoor games next season, with one being in Washington.

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Injury Notes: Kane, Moen, Parise, Pitkanen, McQuaid, Sbisa, Voracek, Hanzel, Parenteau and Howard

  • Paul Friesen: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Evander Kane will return to the lineup today, and will be on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Has another line mind for Kane too.
  • Michael Russo: There is a chance that Wild’s Zach Parise returns to the lineup on Thursday.
  • Chris Nichols: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen can “a little bit of weight” on his injured foot. Rutherford thinks that Pitkanen hopes that he has a chance to play next year.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed yesterday’s game with a leg injury. They don’t play again until Saturday. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (concussion) could return on Saturday.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (hand) practiced yesterday and was paired with Francois Beauchemin.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Jakub Voracek has an upper-body injury and will be evaluated when they return to Philadelphia.
  • Chris Johnston: Coyotes Martin Hanzal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup tonight on a line with Marc-Andre Cliche and Patrick Bordeleau. Alex Tanguay is getting close to returning.
  • Bub Duff: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Ansar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that Howard injured the same knee in December and is not sure of the extent of the injury. GM Ken Holland said that Howard’s injury is minor and he’ll be day-to-day. Babcock said that he isn’t sure if Jonas Gustavsson will be ready to play on Wednesday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames winger Paul Byron left last night’s game after only one shift in the second period after he blocked a shot.

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Morning Rumors: Ducks, Senators, Sabres, Leafs, Flyers, Stars, Sharks and Oilers

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are calling the Ducks to see if they’d move either Jonas Hiller or Viktor Fasth. The Hurricanes (written before DiPietro signed tryout), Predators, Oilers, Panthers and Islanders could be looking for a goalie. “His best bet is to wait for the deadline because you find out pretty quickly it’s hard to get value for a goalie,” said a league executive Saturday. “Historically it just always has been.”

    Could Rangers GM Glen Sather be on the hot seat? Talk that the Rangers are looking for a puck moving defenseman.

    Senators Zack Smith is getting some interest. Some in the organization think he’s part of the solution. The Senators are hoping someone would take Jim O’Brien and his one-way contract.

    NHL VP Colin Campbell could be a candidate if Sabres GM Darcy Regier is fired. Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley could be the top candidate.

    The Maple Leafs and Canucks would be interested in Avs Paul Stastny if he became available.

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello emailed teams offering up a “veteran defenseman.” Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold and Andy Greene would qualify as veterans.

    Teams have shown interest in Flyers Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, but they are unlikely to be traded.

    The Flyers would love to move Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossman.

    The Stars would be willing to trade Alex Goligoski. He has three years at $4.6 million per season left on his deal.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Vogl thinks the Sabres have missed their best chance to trade goalie Ryan Miller. There have only been 23 goaltending trades since 2005-06, with only 12 happening during the season. Return on deals in-season were less lucrative. Fans hoping for a 1st round pick or a star player in return are likely dreaming too big. Only five trades landed a 1st round pick. Likely return could be a 2nd round pick. Only way for the Sabres to get a big return for Miller may be if a team loses their goalie to injury or if they are desperate for a playoff run.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Sharks Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were longshots for Team Canada, but not anymore. Same goes for Matt Duchene.

    One-time argument between Tie Domi and John Ferguson. Ferguson: “You’re trying to get me fired.” Domi: “No John, I think you’re doing a pretty good job of that yourself.”

  • David Pagnotta: If the Oilers were able trade for a top-two defenseman, they would. Looking to improve their overall team defense.

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Injury Notes: Stalberg, Tropp, Bolland, Red Wings, Jagr, Voracek, Brown, Torres, Handzus, Hornqvist and Horton

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Viktor Stalberg will be out three to four weeks with a AC sprain in his right shoulder.
  • Elliotte Friendman: Sabres Corey Tropp is out five to six weeks with a broken jaw from Sunday’s fight with Jamie DevaneMike Harrington: Tropp passed concussion testing.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs didn’t practice yesterday, but center Dave Bolland (leg) skated by himself. Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects Bolland to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out with a thigh contusion. Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) are still out. Ericsson said that his injury wasn’t serious and is expected to played Friday.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr decided that he’d skate yesterday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Jakub Voracek is status quo with regards to his upper-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown took part in practice yesterday. Skated as an extra with the Clifford-Stoll-Lewis-Regehr-Doughty unit.
  • David Pollak: No update yesterday on Sharks Raffi Torres‘ ACL injury. Could find out today if surgery is required.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks second line center, Michal Handzus said he almost ready and should be ready for the opener.
  • Mike Vogl: Predators Patric Hornqvist left last nights game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that Joel Armia has a hand issue.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader received stitches to his left hand after being in a fight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Recovery is slow for Blue Jackets Nathan Horton. Shoulder surgery was bigger than first expected. His shoulder had been dislocated so many times that the bone around the socket had been chipped/worn away. Had bone taken from the front of shoulder and fused with the glenoid cavity to hopefully make the joint more stable.

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Injury Notes: Gagner, Voracek, Stalberg, Boll, Laich, MacKenzie, Daley and MacKinnon

  • Bob McKenzie: The doctors who did Oilers Sam Gagner’s jaw surgery said he’ll be out the lineup for two months.
  • David Strehle: Flyers Jakub Voracek left last nights game with an upper-body injury. Sam Carchidi: Injured his lower-back after crashing into the post.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Predators Viktor Stalberg left last nights game with an upper-body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Jared Boll will miss at least the final three preseason games with an upper-body injury.
    “He’s going to be sidelined for a bit,” coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know exactly (how long) — it could be a few days, it could be a week or two weeks. Something like that.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich left practice with tightness in his left hip flexor again.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley is not expected to be ready by the start of the season because of his upper-body injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs coach Patrick Roy hints that Nathan MacKinnon will be in the lineup tomorrow.

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Quick Hits: Staal, Grossman, Clarkson, Allen, Scouting Capitals-Bruins and Hurricanes-Sabres

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal took a puck by his right eye after a Kimmo Timonen slapshot was deflected by Jakub Voracek. Staal doesn’t wear a shield. The Rangers didn’t release any information last night.

    “I’m praying it’s not the worst,” Brian Boyle told The Post. “I said a couple of prayers [on the bench] when it happened.

    “It’s scary. It makes you queasy. He’s a friend, not only a teammate.”

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman left after the first period last night after suffering a hip flexor injury according to sources.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils winger David Clarkson grew up in Toronto and it’s his favorite place to play. He’ll be a UFA at the end of the season and gets asked often if he’d consider signing with the Maple Leafs.

    “You always have people who’ll ask you things and say things,” Clarkson said. “My focus is winning and doing what we did last year. I leave all that other stuff to (agent) Pat Morris. I just go out and play. Everything else is second to me. I want this team to be successful.

    “My focus right now is right here (with the Devils). We’ve got to get this turned around. We have something special in here. I want to win. All those other things will fall into place in summertime.”

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Talks to resume Wed./Thurs … Frolunda get money for Lundqvist … Voracek injured … Bryzgalov thinks some will remain in KHL

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Looking like talks will resume on Wednesday or Thursday, but it’s not finalized yet. John Shannon via twitter: There was little or no contact between the NHL or NHLPA yesterday. NHL and NHLPA will talk today to finalize plans and agenda.
  • Jeff Klein of the NY Times: Frolunda has been able to get about the $30,000 per month needed to sign hometown hero Henrik Lundqvist, according to Goteborge-Posten and other news outlets. Lundqvist’s agent said last night that there is “nothing to report.”
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Jakub Voracek badly sprained his knee in a KHL game Saturday night. Voracek was telling HC Lev Praha teammates that it is worse that his agent is saying. The team is saying he’ll miss 4 weeks and will undergo more test this week.
  • TSN: Ilya Bryzgalov thinks that some Russian players will not return to the NHL.

    “(NHL) owners…they create this situation and they put themselves into this situation,” explained Bryzgalov. “Like I said before, they have to take responsibility for their own actions.

    “If you watch what they did consistently, like saying: ‘It’s going to be (a) lockout. We’re not happy with the system, we can’t operate with the system that we had’…and (yet) they continued to sign the players during the negotiation process, signing the players to long-term contracts for big amounts.”

    “I think some of the players may not return to the NHL because you have everything here and major companies are going to pay the top players here big money. And, especially for Russians players who can play at home in front of their own fans and families and [earn] even bigger money than they have in the National Hockey League,” said Bryzgalov.

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The Flyers re-sign Jakub Voracek for 4 years

  • CapGeek via twitter: After the Voracek signing, the Flyers have $66.6 million committed to 23 players.




Silence from the Predators on Weber … Could they be thinking of a trade with the Flyers?

  • Jim Diamond of the Examiner: The Predators have not said a word regarding Shea Weber’s offer sheet since they the put out a statement last Thursday.

    “We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.”

    Diamond thinks the Preds are losing the PR battle, and the longer they don’t say anything, the worse the organization looks.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Predators GM David Poile and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren have spoken “just once” since the Weber offer sheet. That fuels speculation that the Predators might be thinking about a trade. There would be no need for the 2 sides to talk if they were going to match the offer. A deal could be worked out that Nashville does not match the offer. The Preds would get the 4 1st round picks, and maybe some players. The Preds have until 11:30 PM on Wednesday.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Only 1 of 6 players who have signed offers sheets, has not returned to their original team. If the Flyers don’t get Weber, will they throw a boat-load of money at Shane Doan? Go after Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash? Or maybe talk about an offer sheet for Evander Kane or P.K. Subban? The Predators could tell the Flyers they won’t sign the offer sheet for Weber in exchange for some players. They would get the 4 1st round picks, but could 2nd 2 1st rounders back for players. The Flyers could give them a list of players to pick from, maybe 2 from: Matt Read, Andrej Meszaros, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustaffson and Nick Cousins. If the Predators would look for Sean Couturier, Luke Scheen or Brayden Schenn, Holmgren could call their bluff and hope they don’t match the offer sheet.
  • John Boruk via twitter: Boruk thinks Weber will be a Flyer, and that they could end up sending Meszaros and Voracek back to the Predators.
  • John Boruk via twitter: If the Predators match the offer, Boruk thinks the Flyers could stand pat. He may look to improve their blueline, maybe looking at Keith Yandle or Dan Boyle.

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Trade rumors on: Visnovsky, Luongo to Florida and Chicago, “leafs not done yet”, Sens liked Michalek, Pens and Martin

  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky said that Slovak website interview was before the trade to the NY Islanders. Was asked if he would stay in Slovakia or sign with the KHL is there was a lockout. Staple talked with Visnovsky who said he’s to go to camp and play. “This is my first choice, to play for the Islanders.”
  • The Fourth Period: A source is saying the Panthers are serious about bringing in Roberto Luongo. The source also indicated the Luongo is now only willing to waive his no-movement clause to go to Florida. The Canucks are believed to be asking for 2010 1st round pick Nick Bjugstad, but the Panthers are no interested in doing that.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Heard over the weekend at the draft that if the Blackhawks could make the money work, Roberto Luongo to Chicago.
  • The Fourth Period: The Senators attempted to trade for Zbynek Michalek before he was dealt to the Coyotes. The Sens are looking to add a veteran defenseman.

    “(Penguins GM Ray Shero) told me what the contract was and what he was going to do, and I said, ‘That’s great, but unless you take an equal contract back, I can’t do it,’ ” Murray told the Sun. “So I was never really in it.”

  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has limited protection. The Penguins know where they can and where they can’t send him.

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