Posts Tagged Jamal Mayers

Morning Hits: Thornton, Clarkson, Gudbranson, Mayers, Haula, Drouin and the KHL

  • Joe Haggery: Bruins Shawn Thornton’s suspension decision will almost certainly be today.
  • Nick Kypreos: Maple Leafs David Clarkson will have a hearing at 9 am this morning.
  • George Richards: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he would call Brendan Shanahan to try and Erik Gudbranson’s match penalty rescinded.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild recall Erik Haula and reassign Jason Zucker.
  • Bob McKenzie: Jonathan Drouin (concussion) was symptom free yesterday after riding a stationary bike. He could skate by Tuesday.
  • Igor Eronko: Four KHL teams are in financial trouble. Spartak lost a financial source and another team received loans from the league to pay their player salaries. Atlata and Traktor still owe their players part of their salaries.

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Free Agent Hits: Kessel, Franson, Lundqvist, Stepan, Brunner, Hodgson, Gagne, Mayers, LaRose and Wellwood

  • Caroline Cameron: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Phil Kessel: ”If Phil wants to play in Toronto and we want to have him, we’ll find a way to get something done.” Nonis on Kessel possibly becoming a free agent: ”If that’s the direction it goes, there’s nothing you can really do it to stop it”
  • Jonas Siegel: An offer sheet is possibility for Cody Franson at this point.
  • Jonas Siegel: Any offer sheet for Franson up to $3,364,391 would give the Maple Leafs a second round pick. Just over $3,364,391 would give them a first and third round pick.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Cody Franson,

    “I really like playing in Toronto,” he said. “I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like my game took a step forward. I understand the cap situation this team faces and have been ready to sign a one-year deal for some time. I hope this gets worked out soon so I can get back on the ice with my teammates”

    Franson is believed to be fine with a one-year, $3 million deal. The Leafs would rather sign him to a two-year deal.

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing to report regarding contract extension talks. Both sides are talking and he doesn’t want it to be a distraction during the season.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan’s agent, Matt Oates yesterday:

    “Derek isn’t interested in negotiating his contract through the press, but there’s been a lot of speculation out there about what he’s asking for, and this and that,” Oates said in a phone conversation. “We just want to make sure there are no misconceptions.

    “Derek has put himself in a category with all those guys coming out of Entry Level who received long-term contracts,’’ he said. “He’s earned that, but we have never said that we wouldn’t explore a short-term deal, either. We’re just looking for a deal that will reflect his performance.

    “I think it’s beneficial for the Rangers to lock him up long-term, but if that’s not possible at this time, we’re certainly willing to engage management on a short-term deal in order to get this done and get Derek on the ice.”

    It’s believed that the Rangers have offered a two-year deal at between $2.5 and $2.7 million. The Rangers don’t have a lot of cap space available, with anything over $3 million could make things difficult for them.

  • Helene St. James: Damien Brunner may be talking to the Stars, Devils and possibly the Canucks.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Cody Hodgson’s salary breakdown: 2013-14 $3 million, 2014-15 $3.5 million, 2015-16 $4 million, 2016-17 $4.5 million, 2017-18 $5 million, 2018-19 $5.5 million.
  • Louis Jean: Sources say that Simon Gagne’s agent spoke with Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley yesterday. The Canadiens aren’t sure if there is a fit, will get back to him. Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun doesn’t think the Canadiens are interested in Gagne.
  • Chris Kuc: Some teams have shown interest in Jamal Mayers but he’s not at anyone’s camp. Still hoping for an opportunity.
  • Frank Seravalli: UFA Chad LaRose contacted the Flyers after Daniel Cleary signed with the Red Wings. The Flyers will stand pat.
  • Hockey Central: Kyle Wellwood signs with EV Zug of the Swiss National League.

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Morning Hits: Long List of Ex-Leafs Free Agents, Campbell and Eakin

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Lists ex-Leaf free agents that are still looking for a home: Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Hal Gill, Steve Sullivan, Brad Boyes, David Steckel, Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Jamal Mayers, Ryan O’Byrne and Mikhail Grabovski. Ron Hainsey is still available and it may only take $1 million to land him. Grabovski is still unsigned and according to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and term in the early days for free agency.

    “He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

  • Matt Kalman of Bruins Gregory Campbell got mixed results from the x-ray taken of his surgically repaired right foot a couple of weeks ago. Things are looking good, but have not healed enough for him to start skating. He is scheduled for another x-ray on Tuesday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika looks at Stars center Cody Eakin, noting that he could be the teams second line center, but also may slide in as their third or possibly their fourth center. Heika names eight wingers that Eakin could end up playing with at some point this season. The Stars added depth down the middle this offseason with the acquisitions of Shawn Horcoff and Rich Peverley.

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Some GMs want to “Dismantle” their teams … Was a deal close on Wednesday? Some progress has been made

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Gary Bettman has apparently told some NHLPA members on Thursday that the some general managers have told him they regret some of the contracts they had previously handed out and would welcome the chance to “dismantle” their team to get below the $60 million cap limit the NHL is proposing. The players were angered and demanded to know which GMs said this.
  • Michael Grange of Sportsnet: Sources are saying that a new CBA was close on Wednesday night but league sources say that the NHLPA “pulled the chute.” The PA said they didn’t nothing. Talks have leveled off the last couple days, and hope of a deal getting done by the 5th with the season starting on the 12th, are now gone. If they could have reached a deal and started on the 12th, $130 million in revenue may have been generated. That’s $65 million for the players, averaging about $100,000 per player. If a deal gets done and the season starts on Jan. 19th, the players will have lost approximately $700 million since Nov. 2nd, or about $1 million per players on average.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Despite the positive tone leaving in the last couple days, both sides have made some progress.

    • The NHLPA agreed to go to 10 years in CBA length, finally matching the NHL’s desire on term for the deal (although the NHLPA has an opt out after Year 7 while the NHL would prefer one after Year 8).
    • The NHLPA asked the NHL to up its compliance buyout to two per team, up from one per team before the 2013-14 season. The league agreed.
    • The NHL upped its salary variance rule to 30 percent, up from the 5 percent and then 10 percent demands it had had in previous offers.

    There are still 7 or 8 issues that are unresolved, with the most meaningful ones being the salary cap for next season, max term on player contracts and the players pension.

  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: For the NHLPA to agree on a 10 year CBA, they have a couple conditions: an opt out after 7 years and a minimum salary of $800,000 in the 9th year.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: The players had asked for 2 compliance buyouts. The players are not apparently upset at how GMs would use the buyouts to get rid of contracts they regret.
  • NHLPA: Players attending yesterday’s meetings: Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Andrew Ference, Ron Hainsey, Jamal Mayers, George Parros, Kevin Westgarth.

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No proposal from NHL … A 48 game schedule ready to go? Mayers on “won’t or can’t give anymore”

  • Louis Jean via twitter: Sources are saying that the NHL has no plans on presenting the NHLPA a new proposal when mediation starts today.
  • John Buccigross via twitter: A NHL player told Buccigross that a NHL team front office employee told the player that a 48 game schedule starting at the beginning of January is already outlined.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline talked with many people in different hockey capacities, and none of them thought that mediation would be any kind of remedy.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Jamal Mayers responded to one of Dreger’s tweets about how some owners say they won’t or can’t give anymore: 1) “Owners can’t give anymore? What have they given? We’re conceding in every area and expected to keep giving? Share 57-50. Make Whole they signed contracts,system issues?We offered solution to back diving they don’t need other issues let Mngrs manage. Pension it would be at our cost they still say no…so many more issues they have not given anything just take take take! biggest complaint is us not using same language. We did last Wed and they shoot it down in 2hrs?$182 M over 5 yrs? Makes sense? ALL players are now willing to dig in.”

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Blackhawks re-sign Johnny Oduya and Jamal Mayers

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12:54 PM:

  • Tracey Myers via twitter: The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a 3 year extension and forward Jamal Mayers to a 1 year deal.
  • Chris Boden via twitter: It’s to Boden’s understanding that Oduya took a pay cut from the $3.5 million he made last year in exchange for the 3 years.
  • Tab Bamford via twitter: Bamford thinks that with the Oduya signing, it might mean that Nik Hjalmarsson could be on the trade block between now and the draft.
  • Tab Bamford via twitter: Defenseman Shawn Lalonde’s days could be numbered as well. He has 1 year left on his entry level deal and NHL roster is full.

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Twitter rumors and notes involving: Ryan Smyth and the Oilers, Varlamov, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Flyers, Sharks and Jagr

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray said they haven’t ruled out moving into the top 3, though it could be difficult to do.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Leafs GM Brian Burke on trying to trade up in the NHL draft, “We haven’t had any success, but it’s still early. There is still a possibility it might happen.” Sean Fitz-Gerald via twitter: Burke on pre-draft trades, “Right now, I got nothing. Lots of lines in the water, no bites.”
  • Michael Traikos via twitter: The Maple Leafs announce that Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin are their new assistants. Keith Acton and Tim Hunter not returning. Greg Brady via twitter: Brady is hearing the Leafs wouldn’t have let Tim Hunter go without Scott Gordon available.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: A source inside the Red Wings tells Strickland that he believes Nicklas Lidstrom will play 2 more seasons.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Red Wings GM Ken Holland says they are looking to be active and have the money to spend. But adds that they won’t spend just to spend.
  • Mike Brophy via twitter: Red Wings forward Kris Draper is still waiting to hear if the Wings want him back next year.
  • Dustin Leed via twitter: From Holmgren’s conference call, he’d like to acquire a 1st or 2nd round pick, would like to re-sign Ville Leino and sign Bryzgalov.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Red Wings, Penguins and a few others are in on Jaromir Jagr, Canadiens “not so much anymore.”

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Turco to ‘Hawks if they walk away or trade Niemi … Bieksa and Kaberle getting interest …

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Richard Bloch could be the arbitrator in Kovalchuk case. Wednesday could be the start date, possibly concluding on Thursday.
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Sources are saying Antti Niemi could be getting between $3 and $4 million from arbitration, which won’t be a good number for the ‘Hawks. Before arbitration the ‘Hawks offered Niemi a 3 year, $8 million deal. 3 teams that could be interested in Niemi are the Sharks, Capitals and Flyers.
  • NHLSourcesSay via twitter: If the Blackhawks walk away or trade Antti Niemi, they have a verbal agreement with Marty Turco for 1 year, $1.5 million.
  • Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: The Calgary Flames are currently about $2.35 million over the cap ceiling after the Ian White signing. That doesn’t include Mikael Backlund (about $1.27 million) but does include Ales Kotalik ($3 million). Kotalik could be sent to the minors or head back to Europe, both options would take Kotalik’s number off the cap. They have 8 defenseman under contract, which could mean one of them could be dealt.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: After Blake Wheeler’s arbitration ruling, the Bruins are currently over the salary cap ceiling. They aren’t expected to buyout a player. The Bruins will most likely send a player to the minors, with Michael Ryder and his $4 million contract the leading candidate, or make a trade.

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Audio of Players Reactions in the Aftermath of Huge Trade

Feb. 3rd: Flames Coach, Brent Sutter, and GM, Darryl Sutter on FAN960 with Rob Kerr

Feb. 1: Damien Cox of the Toronto Star talks with Gord Stellick and Don Landry Monday morning about the acquisitions of Dion Phaneuf and JS Giguere.

Peter Maher, the Voice of the Calgary Flames talks about the trade.

Not Audio, but numerous comments made via media conference calls from the JS Giguere/Vesa Toskala/Jason Blake trade. Worth a read. Also, a nice touch by the Ducks thanking Jiggy.

Jan. 31st: Here’s a link to The Fan590 Toronto Sports Radio website where you can listen to audio of the player reactions to the huge deal today between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames. (For those unaware of the trade, the details are listed below.)

You can also listen to Leafs GM Brian Burke discuss both deals made today (another trade took place between the Leafs and the Anaheim Ducks, details of which are also available below), and audio of Maple Leaf coach Ron Wilson discussing the the development from the coaching point of view.

Audio of Sutter’s Press conference at

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Dion Phaneuf Traded to Leafs – J.S. Giguere also traded to Leafs

Details to be released as available.. The posts will be as up-to-date as possible.

Update 1:01 JS Giguere for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake. No pick involved, confirmed.

Players contracts below;

JS Giguere – $6 million salary, $6.5 million cap number. $7 million next season.

Vesa Toskala – UFA at seasons end. $4 million salary and cap number this year.
Jason Blake – $4.5 million this season. Cap number is $4 million. Under contract for 2 more years.

Update 12:34: JS Giguere and first round pick for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake. Not confirmed.

Update 12:01: Confirmed moves include Ian White, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, and Nic Hagman to Calgary Flames for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom, and prospect Keith Aulie to the Leafs.

Players contracts below;

Matt Stajan – UFA at the end of the season. His contract is $1.75 million this season, his cap number is the same.
Niklas Hagman – $3 million this season, cap number is the same. 2 more years on his contract.
Ian White – RFA at the end of the season. $950,000 this year, cap number is $850,000
Jamal Mayers – UFA at the end of the season. $1.4 million this year, cap number is $1.333 million.

Phaneuf – $6.5 million this year (cap number the same). $7 million next year, $6.5 million in 11-12 and 12-13, $5.5 in 13-14.
Sjostrom – $750,000 this season, cap number the same. Under contract next season as well.
Aulie – signed an entry level contract this year. Playing the AHL.

Update 11:53: Phaneuf and a Calgary prospect to Toronto for Ian White and Matt Stajan. Prospect not named yet.

Update 11:46: Dion Phaneuf from Calgary Flames to Toronto Maple Leafs for Ian White and Matt Stajan. Details to be released as available..

Update 11:45 am: Vesa Toskala traded to Anaheim for J.S. Giguere and a first round pick.

Update 11:40 am: J.S. Giguere to Leafs..Details not released yet.

Update 11:25 am: Dion Phaneuf has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Details to follow…

“While details are few, sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of completing at least one trade today that will be viewed as a “major change.”

Specifics as to whether the deal will be for an upgrade in goal, or for offensive help, weren’t provided, however this deal and potentially others are very close to being completed.

When asked if these “major changes” were imminent, the source replied, “they should start happening today.”

Details to follow on”(Source: Darren Dreger of TSN)

Something has to give in the Big Smoke of Toronto, and according to Darren Dreger (who is a very reliable source for inside information) today is going to be very active, in fact “major changes” are imminent.

We’ll be covering this situation closely as the story breaks….

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Globe Sports talks some rumors on their Podcast, Lightning getting new owner that might want to move Vinny, Plenty of teams interested in Whitney

  • Globe Sports Podcast: A 1/2 hour podcast talking about the ‘Hockey Summit’ and the NHL’s participation in the Olympics. They also talk about Dion Phaneuf, Ilya Kovalchuk, and other things happening on the trade front. Trade talk starts around the 10 minute mark.
  • Ken Campbell and Adam Proteau of The Hockey News: The Tampa Bay Lightning ownership was been a mess for awhile, and there have been reports that the NHL covered their last payroll. But some better news may be on the way, as the NHL might have found a new owner in Boston based financier, Jeffery Vinik. The team, and 5 acres of land beside the arena are being sold for an estimated $170 million. It is also rumored that if Vinik gets the team he’ll want to trim payroll, and will be asking Vincent Lecavalier to waive his no-trade clause.
  • The Penguins or Senators could be a great fit for Ray Whitney. Other clubs that might be interested are Buffalo, Boston, New Jersey, Vancouver and Los Angeles.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Mike Modano was asked on a recent road trip if he’d consider moving to a Stanley Cup contender in what could be his last season,  he said he’d prefer to finish his career with the Stars.
  • Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is fine with Jamal Mayers and Garnet Exelby asking for trade. They approached him privately and in a professional manner.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Dan Boyle missed his 3rd straight game with an upper-body injury, and is day-to-day. He’ll see how it feels before Saturday’s game, and if it’s a no go, he’ll try again on Tuesday.
  • Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom is day-to-day with a stiff back. He missed last nights game, and will be re-evaluated before their next game.

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Is Ron Wilson Serious?

Ok, Garnet Exelby has joined Jamal Mayers in expressing his desire to be moved out of Toronto. This really doesn’t come as a big surprise considering neither player has really had much playing time this season.

The Maple Leafs are deep in defencemen making more money then Exelby, with $21.925 million tied up in Mike Komisarek ($4.5 mil), Tomas Kaberle ($4.25 mil), Francois Beauchemin ($3.8 mil), Jeff Finger ($3.5 mil), Luke Schenn ($2.975 mil), and Mike Van Ryn ($2.9 mil) all against the salary cap. This pretty much put Exelby in the press box. The consistently good play of Ian White at $850 000 didn’t help Exelby’s chances either.

All that said, the really amazing part was how Ron Wilson was doing his thing with the media again. He more or less blames all of the problems in Leaf-land on the media, in one way or another, and chalked all the hype to “negative reporting” on our part… What? Should we not cover this situation? Do Leaf fans not want to hear about potential movement of players on a team that desperately needs change? Like it or not Ron, you coach in Toronto and people care about what’s going on with the Leafs. It’s not the media’s fault that there really isn’t anything “positive” to talk about. Instead of worrying about what the media is saying you should be worried about how long until it’s all been said, and no one is saying anything anymore.

 The opposite of love isn’t hate, Mr. Wilson, it’s apathy.

Exelby was speaking candidly about his time in Toronto, and was really pretty politically correct in stating his wishes, as was Mayers…

“”It’s funny how things change and never quite work out the way you hope they might,” said Exelby on Wednesday. “I understand we have a team that’s deep in defencemen and it’s tough for me to get in the lineup and stay in the lineup. It’s been that way all year.”

A seldom-used defenceman who was acquired in an off-season deal that saw Pavel Kubina sent to the Atlanta Thrashers, Exelby added that he just wants a chance to play somewhere and doesn’t feel that will happen in Toronto.

“If there’s not much use for me here then I’ll be happy to go somewhere if it helps the team and do something that’s right for the organization,” he said.

Much like Exelby, Mayers says he is not pleased with his lack of playing time and thinks his rambunctious style could be put to better use on another team. But he vows his unhappiness will not manifest itself in a lack of effort on the ice with the blue and white.

“The reality is that I am a Leaf and I’m going to continue to work hard. That won’t change and hopefully people notice that,” said Mayers, who was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in 2008 for a third round pick.”" (Source: TSN)

As far as Exelby and Mayers are concerned, Wilson said that their numbers speak for themselves. It’s true, their numbers were weak. I was of the impression they were acquired to add toughness but I’ll entertain Wilson’s spin of the situation.

If it is fair to measure the players performance’s based on their numbers then the same rule should apply to evaluate Mr. Wilson himself. His numbers in Toronto are less then impressive to say the least. In 136 games coached in the last season and a half in Toronto, Wilsons record is 51 wins against 85 losses (including OT losses). This season their penelty kill is ranked 30th at 69.4% under Wison’s direction, a team system widely viewed as a coachable skill. The powerplay is clicking along at 16.5%, good for 25th overall.

How can that be spun to blame the media? Then again, maybe I’m just being negative.

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