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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Islanders, Oilers, Sabres, Ducks, Leafs, Sens, Canadiens and Avs

  • Eliotte Friedman of CBC: On the Canucks rumors:

    “Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical.”

    “Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it.”

    “Canuck rumour III: That ownership is courting Trevor Linden. Verdict: God only knows.”

    The six teams that are believed to be in Ryan Kesler’s list: Ducks, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Penguins and Lightning. Only the Ducks and Penguins were really into trading for him at the draft.

    The Islanders will have to let the Sabres know by June first if they will be sending them their first round pick this year as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade.

    The Islanders had targeted Sebastien Colberg with their 34th pick in 2012 but the Canadiens took him at 33. Could be one of the reasons the Islanders took the Canadiens offer over the Wild and Maple Leafs offers.

    A former teammate on Steve Yzerman regarding the Martin St. Louis situation: ”I’ve seen him angry before… but never that angry.”

    Rumor that the Oilers were looking hard at Sabres Tyler Myers. Getting shot down. Name may have come up, but it was determined quickly that there was not a match.

    Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis “took a hatchet” to trade rumors involving the Panthers and Nikolai Kulemin.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is getting a contract extension.

    Quote from trade deadline: ”Want to make Bob Murray laugh? Ask him if John Gibson is available.”

    Teams called the Senators about defenseman Jared Cowen.

    “I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,” Murray said. “He’s lost his confidence. We’re going to send him home in the summer and start fresh next year with a new outlook. That’s all it is.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Thomas Vanek doesn’t want to talk about his pending UFA status.

    “My focus is on helping the Canadiens win,” Vanek said after joining the team in Phoenix. “That’s all I’m thinking about now.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs are confident they will be able to re-sign pending UFA Reto Berra to a multi-year deal.

    “We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.

    Avs J.S. Giguere could be leaning towards retirement.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way,” he said of retirement.”You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have upped their offer to Andrei Markov from one year up to two years, worth around the same as he’s making this season, $5.75 million. It is thought that Markov has been asking for a three or four year deal. Negotiations will continue, but the Canadiens may be holding firm on just two years.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Odd dynamic in Van. Talked to a scout yesterday who said the Canucks D group is a puck moving core & they’re playing a chip & chase”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Canucks told everyone that other than the twins everyone else was available? Why not trade the twins too?” … ”If you’re going to rebuild, why not sit down with the Sedins and blow it up completely?” … ”The twins have not been good since the day they signed their extension, Garrisson and Edler have been brutal. Burrows can’t score” … ”All these players are having career worst seasons. Is this just a coincidence? It goes back to talking about Tortorella”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”Our hands were tied going into the deadline because of cap space” … ”We could have done something but it had to be a perfect fit and we just couldn’t find it”

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Morning Hits: Senators, Panthers, Blues, Flyers, Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets and Rangers

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Looking at if “every team in the league would take that guy right now,” for the Senators. Craig Anderson – probably not. Jason Spezza – no. If he’s not on your top two lines, he’s not on your team. Bobby Ryan – maybe as a right winger, but would unseat Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in Chicago. Kyle Turris – maybe as a 3rd or 4th liner. Erik Karlsson – for sure. Chris Neil – absolutely. Zack Smith – possibly. Jared Cowen – maybe, maybe not. Marc Methot – maybe, maybe not. Clark MacArthur – yes.
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers are saying they are losing over $20 million a year and need more public money to survive. They are looking to redo their lease with Broward County. They also want to create a hotel and casino on the 22 acres north of the BB&T arena.

    “This organization has lost between $20 [million] and $30 million on an annual basis,” Yormark said, “and those dollars have been funded by our owners.”

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues signed Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings have recalled Riley SheahanAnsar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that if Darren Helm isn’t ready for Saturday, he’d like to have Sheahan in at center. Wants to keep Justin Abdelkader on the wing.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks recall John Gibson and send Frederik Andersen to the AHL.
  • ESPN Chicago: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Winnipeg Sun Sports: The Jets have Dustin Byfulgien on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.

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Morning Rumors: Senators, Oilers, Jets, Hurricanes, Leafs, Panthers, Sharks, Vokoun, Flames and Expansion

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Senators have been looking for a puck moving defenseman over the past month. The improved play of Jared Cowen and the call-up of Cody Ceci, may have cooled the search for now. They have switched their focus to a top-six forward. Nothing is imminent.
  • The Fourth Period: The Oilers are trying to trade Linus Omark, who has asked to be traded according to a Swedish paper. GM Craig MacTavish is looking for a defenseman, but unless they can make a bigger deal, they will likely only get a draft pick.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff still believes in his teams core, and isn’t going to make a move just to silence the critics.

    “You have to develop a core and to develop it, you have to make some commitments to have some players around,” said Cheveldayoff, who spoke to a pair of print reporters prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres. “We would like our core to get larger, to expand and that’s all part of the process.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes will have to move out an goalie. Cam Ward isn’t going anywhere. Both Justin Peters and Anton Khudobin’s contracts expire at the end of the season. Currently, Peters has more trade value than Khudobin.
  • Michael Smith: It is still possible that the Hurricanes send Anton Khudobin to the AHL on a conditioning assignment now that he’s been medically cleared to play.
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf agent continue to work on a long-term contract extension. Darren Dreger said on TSN that a ”deal will get done to keep him captain of the Maple Leafs” but ”it’s not quite done yet.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Sooner rather than later Nonis is going to have to step into this mess. Rival GMs tell me that Gardiner is available”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Gardiner’s value is going to plummet if stapled to the bench. Time for Leafs to ask what Garinder’s long-term future is with club” … ”Nonis isn’t going to waive a magic wand and have a deal materialize. Leafs asking price for Gardiner is a top-six forward”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Let’s be mindful and respectful of Carlyle’s resume. There is no chance that Nonis makes a coaching change in season.”
  • Hockey Central: Panthers GM Dale Tallon: ”It’s hard to buy a team. I tried that and it failed miserably in Chicago…. You have to build a team.” … ”We’ll be players, no doubt, in free agency…. We have a lot of money to spend.”
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland has been told that Joe Thornton re-signing with the Sharks could be tied into them re-signing Patrick Marleau as well.
  • Josh Yohe: Tomas Vokoun told a Czech paper that he might retire.
  • Roger Millions: On the Flames game last night: “When you watch this game..you know why Brian Burke insists this team needs to be bigger. Little battles lost constantly. Size matters”
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro on Maple Leafs David Bolland: ”I don’t think there’s a chance that David Bolland hits the open market. I think he gets 6 years for $30 million”
  • Travis Yost: Bob McKenzie floated the next two spots for expansion could be Seattle and then Las Vegas.
  • Kevin McGran: Scouting the Maple Leafs – Panthers: Avalanche, Oilers, Coyotes, Lightning, Stars, Rangers, Flyers, Blues, Panthers, Canucks, Canadiens and Predators.

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VIDEO: Cowen Suspended For Two Games For Check On Girgensons

The NHL has suspended Senators defenseman Jared Cowen for two games for an illegal check to the head of Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons.

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VIDEO: Senators Jared Cowen To Have Hearing For Hit on Zemgus Girgensons

Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit on Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons.

The hit came in the third period last night and no penalty was called on the play.

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Free Agent Hits: Boyle, Vrbata, Cowen and Whitney

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Dan Boyle said yesterday that he would like to sign a multi-year deal with the Sharks. He is entering the final year of his six-year, $40 million deal. He’ll make $6.67 million this year.

    “Ideally, I think we would all like it to be done before the season starts, but there’s three of us that are in the same boat,” Boyle said, referring to Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, also in their final contracted seasons. “We just kind of let our agents deal with that, and that’s what they’re there for. We just try not to think about it.

    “Obviously, we’re going to be asked, but ideally, in order not to get asked, you finalize something before the season starts. We’ll see what happens.”

    Boyle turned 37 in July and he thinks he can play until he’s at least 40.

  • Sarah McLellan of Arizona Republic: The Coyotes and Radim Vrbata have been talking about a contract extension.

    “I’d prefer to get it done as soon as possible before the season starts, so we don’t have to worry about it,” Vrbata said. “We can focus on hockey.”

    “It’s really more exploring what we’re thinking,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “I don’t feel anxious about it at all. I think at the end of the day, my intent is to see if there’s a deal. It always comes back to money and term, but we know Vrby has been a good player for us.

    “We like the player. He likes us, but the market now — it’s so all over the map. We haven’t gotten down to, ‘OK, what do you want? What do you need?’ ”

    Talk would likely be put off until the end of the season if they can’t agree on a deal before the start of the season.

  • Bruce Garrioch: Breakdown of Jared Cowen’s salary: $1.5 million, $2.7 million, $3.7 million and $4.5 million.
  • Andy Strckland: Blues GM Doug Armstrong was up front with defenseman Ryan Whitney, telling him he thought he’d be able to get him signed soon.

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Free Agent Hits: Cowen, Stepan, Thomas, Boll and Raymond

  • Bruce Garrioch: Expect Jared Cowen and Senators to come to a four year deal worth around $12 million today.
  • James Gordon: The Senators offered Cowen a four-year deal worth around $3 million yesterday according to assistant GM Tim Murray.
  • John Shannon: Rangers Derek Stepan is prepared to take a two-year short-term deal. There is still a big gap in money.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Tim Thomas’ agent said it’s “not likely” that he would join the Blue Jackets.

    “We haven’t even really discussed it with the Blue Jackets,” said Markus Lehto, who represents Thomas with ACME World Sports. “But he does have offers on the table, and there has been interested from clubs. It’s just finding the right situation for him.”

  • Hockey Central: Jared Boll and the Columbus Blue Jackets agree on a three-year contract extension.
  • Darren Dreger: Mason Raymond’s agent, J.P. Barry, said there is no deal in place with the Maple Leafs. He could still end up elsewhere.

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Free Agent Hits II: Pietrangelo, Cowen, Hodgson, Brunner, Petrecki, Seidenberg and Sedin

  • Stephen Whyno: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alex Pietrangelo talks: “Talks between the Blues and Alex’s camp have broken off for now.” He won’t be at the start of training camp. Andy Strickland: The start of the season appears to be the tipping point.
  • Bruce Garrioch: A deal between the Senators and Jared Cowen is not imminent.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier has discussed short- and long-term contracts with Cody Hodgson’s camp. Both sides would like to get a deal done. Mike Harrington: Regier is hopeful that they can get Hodgson on the ice for the start of camp tomorrow. Both sides are working on a deal.
  • Szymon Szemberg: Damien Brunner is still looking for a contract after rejecting the Red Wings offer. May find one in the Swiss league.
  • David Pollak: The Sharks have re-signed defenseman Nick Petrecki to a one-year deal worth $715,000.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said there hasn’t been any negotiations for a contract extension yet. He is entering the last year of his deal and wants to stay.
  • Farhan Lalji: Henrik Sedin said there has been one meeting with management about a contract extension. He is optimistic and hopes it’s their last contract.

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Free Agent Hits: Sedin’s, Cleary, Gill, Whitney, Boedker and Cowen

  • Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said that Henrik and Daniel Sedin are close to signing contract extensions and he doesn’t see anything getting in the way of their new deals.

    “They’re Canucks,” he said. “They’re what we want this team to be about.”

    Mark Spector: Look for UFA Daniel Cleary to make his way to Dallas. He has connections with Stars GM Jim Nill and Shawn Horcoff.

  • Tim Panaccio: Hal Gill on Flyers invite: ”I am not looking at it as trying to get a roster spot. I am looking at it as a chance to play.”
  • Chris Nichols: The Blues have confirmed that Ryan Whitney will be in camp on a tryout.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Mikkel Boedker will arrive on Monday and will get a chance to play with Mike Ribeiro. The Coyotes and Boedker spent a lot of time talking about a long-term contract but couldn’t agree on the money. A two-year deal is what they could agree on.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators are waiting for Jared Cowen’s response to any of the four contract proposals they have sent him.

    “I felt that we continued to put something out there,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said during the first intermission of Saturday’s rookie tournament game against the Chicago Blackhawks. “I’m not sure if we can continue to do that. I guess the term is you ‘negotiate against yourself’.

    So, there’s some hope we can get some communication going here fairly quickly, so Jared can give us an indication (of something), one way or another.”

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Free Agent Hits: Johansson, Boedker, Kadri, Gilbert, Cammalleri, Cowen, Hodgson, Franson, Pietrangelo and Stepan

  • Mike Vogl: The Capitals have signed RFA Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million deal. He’ll get $1.825 million this season and $2.175 million in 2014-15.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Coyotes RFA Mikkel Boedker is close to agreeing to a two-year deal. Not official but likely imminent. Sarah McLellan: McLellan thinks it would be interesting if Boedker signed for two-years. His camp wanted a long-term deal and that is why he didn’t go to an arbitrator. Two-year deal is what it may take to get him in camp.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks there is no way that Nazem Kadri can win this “catfight” with the Maple Leafs. One good season doesn’t mean $5 million in a long term deal.
  • Jim Matheson: Wild sources saying that Tom Gilbert could play in Switzerland this season.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flames forward Mike Cammalleri is entering the last year of his deal and could be open to a contract extension.

    “Who knows? We’ll see,” he said of his future in Calgary. “We’ll see what they want to do. Truthfully, I got a lot of respect for (GM) Jay (Feaster) and (assistant GM) John (Weisbrod), I’ve had an open dialogue with them. Nothing to report, but we’ll see what they want to do. I like it there, it’s a good place. I’m open (to an extension).”

  • Allan Muir of SI: RFA’s like Nazem Kadri, Jared Cowen, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Johansson,  and Cody Franson are finding they don’t have a lot of leverage. Their hopes of cashing in are fading. The lower salary cap has hurt their chances of getting a bigger deal. The Senators have determined that Cowen is worth less than the $3 million they are paying Marc Methot on a short-term deal. Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons can fill the empty role left if Hodgson isn’t signed right away. The Leafs feel they have options in Paul Ranger and Morgan Rielly if Franson isn’t signed by the start of the season. Alex Pietrangelo and Derek Stepan have a bit more leverage due to their abilities/value to the team. The Rangers have less than $3 million in cap space with 14 forwards on one-way contracts. Stepan could make a case for Ryan Callahan’s six-year, $28.2 million deal.

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Free Agent Hits: Cowen, Kaberle and Cleary

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray on Jared Cowen: ”We’d love to have him in camp but we played a lot of games without him last year.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Jared Cowen have some work to do on a new deal according to his agent. They haven’t had talks since last Friday.

    “The talks are ongoing. We’re continuing to work on the deal. We’re trying to bridge the gap,” said Valette.

    The Senators have tabled an eight-year, $28 million offer and is still on the table as Cowen’s side hasn’t turned it down. They have also talked about Travis Hamonic’s seven-year, $28 million offer. A one-year deal has been ruled out. Can expect them to try and get a deal done in the three to five-year range.

  • Igor Eronko: Have been told that Tomas Kaberle didn’t sign with Minsk of the KHL due to family reasons. Nick Kypreos: Sounding like Kaberle will now join Kladno, his old team. Deal could be one-year for $1 million with an out clause.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Daniel Cleary has an open invitation to attend the Wings training camp next week. Cleary hasn’t said if he’ll attend or not. Cleary turned down a three-year offer from the Wings before the start of free agency. After he didn’t sign, the Wings added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, are now over the salary cap and would have to move out three players to get under the NHL roster limit if they were to sign him. Jim Matheson: The Wings offer was for three-years with a cap hit of $1.7 million, down from the $2.8 million cap hit he had on his last contract.

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Free Agent Hits: Stepan, Franson, Kadri, Pietrangelo, Cowen, Panthers and Morrow

  • Bob McKenzie: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan is seeking Ryan McDonagh money, six-years and $4.7 million a season, but he has no arbitration rights. The Rangers are holding firm on a P.K. Subban bridge deal.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle thinks it’s possible that Maple Leafs can get Cody Franson signed by the start of training camp next week. He’d be surprised if Nazem Kadri is there, making of a hold out. Mirtle thinks a fair deal for both is in the $3 to $3.5 million range on a short-term deal. Leafs do not have that kind of cap space at the moment to pull that off.
  • Nazem Kadri: Kadri tells “bobo” (Bob McKenzie) that it is “false” that he’s looking for a long-term deal in the John Tavares range, and the Leafs wanting a P.K. Subban type deal.
  • Bobo: McKenzie’s take on the Leafs-Kadri situation: “As long as TOR holds firm on wanting 2 yr bridge deal, Kadri has no leverage other than witholding services and hoping his absence impacts. Failing that, Kadri makes case for closer to Matt Duchene $ ($3.5M per) than P.K. Subban $ ($2.875M per). We’ll see if TOR moves off that #.”
  • Lou Korac: Nothing new on Alex Pietrangelo and talks with the Blues. Both sides continue to talk.
  • Bob McKenzie: Talks between Pietrangelo and the Blues, and between Jared Cowen and the Senators are ongoing.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still scouring the free agents. Meaning, he’s looking for bargains.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes continue to be interested in Brenden Morrow, but money is the hangup.
  • Josh Rimer: Morrow in a text to Rimer on if he’s close to signing a deal: ”No, not yet. Still talking to a number of teams and staying patient.” … ”Teams I’d perfer to play on are having a tough time moving Cap space. I’m in No hurry.”

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