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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: San Jose Sharks

Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami

USATSI_7774508_154224518_lowresAs the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.

San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?

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Free Agent Signings: Kunitz, Anisimov, Sheppard and Desjardins

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins signed Chris Kunitz to a 3-year contract extension with a salary cap hit of $3.85 million. Bob McKenzie: He has one year left at $3.725 million.
  • Bob McKenzie: Artem Anisimov re-signed with the Blue Jackets, 3-years, $9.85 million.
  • Josh Rimer: The Sharks re-signed RFA James Sheppard to a one-year deal.
  • Josh Rimer: The Sharks re-signed Andrew Desjardins to a two-year deal.

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NHL Rumors I: Courturier, Clowe looking for 7-8 years, Boyle and the Stars

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • David Pagnotta: The Flyers are not actively shopping Sean Couturier, but if they are able to land a top-two defenseman or a top-line scorer, they could move him.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Ryane Clowe’s agent wouldn’t say if the Canadiens are among the front-runners, ”I’ll let Marc Bergevin comment on their involvement.” The Canadiens were still in on Clowe (as of late last night). Clowe’s agent said it could go down to the trade deadline day with the other bidders.
  • David Pagnotta: RDS is reporting that Clowe wants a 7 or 8 year contract extension. Adrian Dater: “If Ryane Clowe gets a 7-year contract extension, which GM agrees to that, please hand in your playbook now.”
  • Andy Strickland: Teams that have shown some interest in Clowe: Bruins, Flyers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Wild and Canucks.
  • David Pollak: With the Sharks looking to trade Clowe, it’s good sign that they like James Sheppard on the 3rd line.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk:

    On if there’s any news on potential extensions on Jaromir Jagr, Eric Nystrom or Derek Roy

    “I don’t really have any update on that. No.”

    On if that would affect how they might deal with things in the next two days

    “I think so. I think it’s all part of it. Have to see where we’re at. Listening to calls.”

    On how hard it is to balance things

    “I think so [it’s hard to balance what is being offered and the like]. I think that’s accurate. So we’ll just have to wait and see. We’ve got 48 hours here.”

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Remaining 2012-13 NHL Restricted Free Agents

A list of 2012-13 NHL restricted free agents who have yet to re-sign with their 2011-12 team.

Player Team Pos Age Cap Hit Contract Notes
Dmitry Kulikov Florida Panthers D 22 $1,325,000
Nick Petrecki San Jose Sharks D 23 $1,125,000
Michael Del Zotto New York Rangers D 22 $1,087,500
Ryan O’Reilly Colorado Avalanche C 21 $900,000
P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens D 23 $875,000
Jamie Benn Dallas Stars C 23 $821,667
Nick Palmieri Minnesota Wild RW 23 $801,667
Cody Franson Toronto Maple Leafs D 25 $800,000
Brett MacLean Phoenix Coyotes LW 23 $735,000
James Sheppard San Jose Sharks C 24 $725,000

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Pronger hopes to be ready for start of season … Murray talks Selanne rehab … Zherdev says he’ll return … Comrie has setback

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Chris Pronger held a conference call with reporters yesterday as he continues to rehab his back and right hand.

    “the goal is to be ready for Game 1 of the regular season. I’m starting to progress. . . . Once I get cleared, I can start getting into a full-lifting program.”

    He feels his hand is 80-85% healed, which has put him 2 months behind in his strength program. He hopes to get clearance in a week to begin lifting weights.

    “I don’t know that you could say I was breaking down with broken bones and being hit by pucks and all the rest,” he said. “Those are things that sometimes can be avoided. Perhaps now I may not block as many shots. I might just get out of the way and let our million-dollar goalie stop those things.”

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray said yesterday that Teemu Selanne “has been struggling a bit” with his knee and thought “he was getting depressed” about the rehab. Murray noted that Selanne “intends to go pretty hard this week” and they’ll be in touch after. Murray added that there were a few days “where it wasn’t bugging him,” there is no timetable on when Selanne will make a decision to play or not.
  • National Post: Mike Comrie recently suffered a setback in his rehab from hip surgery.

    “In wanting to return to play after surgery, I pushed myself too early and that has not helped my recovery,” Comrie said in a statement. “I will return to the NHL when I am healthy and able to play at the level I have come to expect of myself.”

  • Glen Andresen of NHL.com: With the Wild trading James Sheppard to the Sharks, it “further solidifies Fletcher’s intent to let younger Wild players like Colton Gillies, Cody Almond and Casey Wellman battle for roster spots among forwards.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexei Kovalev to SovSport: “In two season w/the #Sens I still couldn’t get Clouston’s game plan. It appeared he scoffed at some players.”

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Sharks trade for Sheppard … Pronger likely to miss start of training camp … Savard unlikely to retire

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks have sent a 2013 3rd round pick to the Wild for forward James Sheppard. Sheppard was a 1st round pick of the Wild in 2006, scoring 11 goals and 38 assists in 224 career games for the Wild. He was suspended all of last season by the Wild after suffering a knee injury in an ATV accident. Sheppard had another procedure this summer, and won’t be ready for the start of training camp.
  • Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that defenseman Chris Pronger may not be ready for the start of training camp. He is recovering well from back and hand surgery, and has been given permission by doctors to step up his rehab.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Even if Marc Savard continues to experience post-concussion symptoms, he’s unlikely to retire as he’s still owed $21.05 million.. “If Savvy retires, he would not be entitled to the benefits of the contract,’’ GM Peter Chiarelli said in an email. A more likely scenario would be for him to fail the physical each year and go on LTIR.
  • Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that contract negotiations with Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker are ongoing and expects to have them signed before training camp.

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Spezza’s groin injury … Souray to report to AHL today … Hodgson to AHL

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Jason Spezza tweaked his groin in Wednesday’s practice, sat out yesterday, and it’s unsure if he’ll go in tonight’s opener. The Ottawa Senators also play tomorrow in Toronto and against the Capitals on Monday. The Senators won’t rush him back in fear of causing a longer term injury. Spezza didn’t talk to media but Clouston doesn’t seem that concerned about it. If Spezza is a no go, Ryan Shannon will step in.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Sheldon Souray is expected to report to the AHL’s Hersey Bears today. It’s unsure if he’ll play in any games this weekend as he hasn’t really had a training camp. Bears coach doesn’t know when Souray will suit up, they’ll have a better idea after he arrives. The Oilers may leave him in the minors all season, not putting him on re-entry waivers.I personally think this goes beyond the money/trade demand aspect. I believe it’s also about making a statement for players coming to Edmonton (and current Oilers) then deciding they don’t want to play there. Players publicly saying they are unhappy or asking for a trade, basically handcuffing the team (something they tried to take advantage of last year with Danny Heatly). It may also send a message to other players on other teams to be careful what you wish for, as the consequences may not end up in your favor.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Souray is costing the Edmonton Oilers $25,000 a day to with the Hershey Bears. Kypreos thinks he’ll be re-entry waivers within 2 weeks, possibly saving the team half his salary/cap if he’s claimed.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: After Cody Hodgson practiced with the Canucks yesterday, he was assigned to the Manitoba Moose and will be in the lineup for them tonight. Peter Schaefer received a 2 way deal from the Canucks, $600,000 NHL, $105,000 AHL. The Canucks could announce their new captain Saturday night.
  • Jeff Klein of the NY Times: New York Rangers forward Tim Kennedy’s future is up in the air. He cleared waivers on Wednesday, but still remains with the club as an extra forward. When Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal return possibly later this month, his situation becomes even foggier.

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Injury notes for Milan Lucic, James Sheppard, and Canucks prospects Sauve and Hodgson

  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Milan Lucic was plagued with an injured left ankle for most of last season, and it sounds like it might not be 100% yet. Lucic originally hurt his ankle in November, and was told it could take a year and a half to fully heal.“It feels better,” Lucic said. “I can skate on it now without tape on it. It feels strong. I’ve been on the ice now for almost a month. I’m definitely feeling good about it, feeling pretty confident with the ankle that it will hold up all year and I can put whatever happened last year behind me. Hopefully there’ll be no problems with it. I’ve still got to do my exercises with it to keep it strong.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: James Sheppard was training in Vail Colorado, when he was involved in an ATV accident. He underwent surgery on his left knee cap on Saturday and could be out for up to 4 months. The Wild are looking into the incident, as well as potential courses of action. The Wild may have the right to suspend Sheppard without pay. He signed a one year deal worth $803,250.
  • Ian Walker of the Vancouver Province: Vancouver Canucks defenseman prospect, Yann Sauve was hit by a car while crossing the street in downtown Vancouver on Saturday. Sauve was taken to the hospital but quickly released, with abrasions to his face and body.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Pronvince: Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson’s back is hot topic heading in to training camp again this year. He is scheduled to have his first training camp medical exam today. Hodgson missed most of last year with what was thought to be a bulging disc, which later turned out to be a torn lower back muscle. Hodgson will miss rookie camp.

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Selanne not with Ducks yet … Ducks and Kariya talking? … Some Wild talk

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The deal hasn’t been finalized for Chris Chelios to take a front office position with the Red Wings. He also has a similar offer from the Blackhawks, and possibly a “huge KHL offer”.
  • Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: Reports that Teemu Selanne has signed with the Anaheim Ducks are a little premature. He’s close to a desicion, but nothing official yet. Selanne is pitching the Ducks and Paul Kariya for another reunion. “I’ve talked to Paul and the Ducks,” Selanne told the publication. “Paul has been waiting for my decision and I hope things move forward.”
  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: According to Oilers assistant GM, Rick Olczyk, the rumors are false that they are looking for a loophole to get out of Nikolai Khabibulin’s contract. The signing of Martin Gerber had nothing to do with the possibility that Khabibulin could be sentenced to prison, “It had nothing at all to do with that,” Olczyk said of Khabibulin’s impending trial on extreme DUI charges in Scottsdale. “He had a tremendous year in the KHL and we needed to fill a void. We felt it was the right move and the right player at this particular point in time. It has nothing at all, and I’d like to stress that, it has nothing to do with Khabby.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Russo’s initial thought after the Wild signed John Madden was that it was the end of James Sheppard, but maybe not according to GM Fletcher, “Not necessarily at all. The performance of players in training camp will determine what we do.” Pierre-Marc Bouchard will start skating soon in Montreal. Fletcher doens’t much else happening for the Wild this offseason, he not actively pursuing anything.
  • Ansar Khan of Mlive: The Red Wings are one of six teams interested in Willie Mitchell, but that number could shrink when dollars are discussed according to Mitchell’s agent.

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Rangers need Kovalchuk? Modano has more options … Burke still looking for more … Bruins remaining off-season issues

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers don’t have any young, blue chip prospects coming up that would need to receive big contracts once Marc Staal is done, so they don’t need to conserve money on that front. They need to sign Ilya Kovalchuk. Glen Sather has been in touch with Kovalchuk’s camp. If the Rangers don’t get Kovalchuk, they may look to Simon Gagne.

    Tell me the Rangers’ top six forwards consist of a permutation of The Great Gabby, Erik Christensen, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and maybe Vinny Prospal, Artem Anisimov or Sean Avery or Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, and then try to convince me Sather shouldn’t get in the game on Kovalchuk.

  • Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: Mike Modano has heard from Detroit and will listen to offers from San Jose and Minnesota. The Wings have about $3 million to re-sign Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and Derek Meech. Early last week it appeared Modano was just deciding if he wanted to retire or play for the Wings. As of late last week the ‘playing for the Wings’ part may have changed, according to Ken Holland.
  • Michael Traikos of the National Post: Brian Burke isn’t finished with the Maple Leafs this off-season, as there are still some free agents that intrigue him, and there’s the Tomas Kaberle situation. As it stands, their top-6 appears to be Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong and rookie Nazem Kadri, with only Armstrong being over 25. Ideally Armstrong would be on the 3rd line, and Kadri brought along slowly. Kadri is currently pencilled in but …“But he has to prove it. He is indeed pencilled in, but that pencil’s not going to come out when training camp ends. If it comes out, it won’t be until the 20-game mark.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: How things could unfold before the start of the season for the Bruins: 1. Trade Marc Savard, Shinzawa thinks a Savard-for-Kaberle deal makes sense. The Bruins could put him on waivers, and if claimed, would only be gaining salary cap space.  2. Extend Blake Wheeler before their arbitration hearing, maybe between $1.8-2.2 million per season. 3. Re-sign Gregory Campbell and Adam McQuaid. 4. Assign Michael Ryder to the AHL, since they won’t buy out his $4 million salary. 5. Make sure Tim Thomas is healthy after hip surgery, and hope that he can prove to other GM’s that he’s worth trading for.

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Could Spezza end up in Edmonton? Volchenkov not going to Washington

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if Jason Spezza would be good fit for the Oilers, and if the same players they offered up for Dany Heatley could get it done? Spezza is due to make $35 million over the next 5 years, so his $7 million salary would basically be the same as Dustin Penner’s ($4.25 million), Ladislav Smid ($1.3 million) and Andrew Cogliano (RFA, $1.13 million last season). The Oilers would then have Spezza and Horcoff down the middle, and could draft Taylor Hall. With the Senators adding Smid, it could help off-set the loss of Anton Volchenkov if they can’t re-sign him.
  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen senses the Oilers would prefer a young center over a young winger, therefore maybe favoring Seguin over Hall. This would please the Bruins, but them may consider moving up to ensure they get Hall. Allen wonders if the Lightning would be interested in trading for Carey Price, with the Canadiens trading for a young goalie or drafting Calvin Pickard. Depending on how much Evgeni Nabokov wants (and Marty Turc), the Sharks could go with a Thomas Greiss and Turco combo in net. Allen thinks the Kings will go after Patrick Marleau, instead of Ilya Kovalchuk, mainly due to their familiarity for their San Jose days.
  • Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: The Minnesota Wild’s management and coaching staff have already discussed free agency, and potential trade partner, but they’ll be meeting soon to discuss their own potential roster. Potential young guys that could move up, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella, Tyler Cuma and Justin Falk. UFA that probably won’t be are Shane Hnidy and John Scott. The Wild are already at about $45.5 million for next year for 15 players, not including RFAs Guillaume Latendresse, Josh Harding and James Sheppard. Those 3 should be re-signed for somewhere inthe $5-6 million range, leaving $7-8 million to fill out the roster. Due to the weak free agent market and limited cap space, trades are more likely than free agent signings.
  • Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post: It has been rumored that the Washington Capitals were going to take a run at signing Anton Volchenkov in the $5 million per season range. A source close with the team told El-Bashir “are not going to make him an offer”.
  • Dave Molinari of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: It had been rumored that the Penguins were hoping on signing Swedish defeseman Johan Fransson, but his rights are still owned by the LA Kings, and would have had to forfeit those rights by June 1st. It’s also reported that he signed a 2-year deal with Dynamo Minsk of the KHL.

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