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Morning Rumors: Eberle, Oilers, Hurricanes, Sharks, Legwand, Canadiens and Scouting Avs-Panthers

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Jordan Eberle knows his name is in the rumor mill.

    “It’s part of the game,” Eberle said. “There are certain things that you read or you see on TSN or Twitter. It’s such a social-media world now, that some guy in his basement starts a rumour and everyone is talking about it.

    “You have to deal with that stuff. I’d love to be an Edmonton Oiler forever and try to turn this thing around. But all I can focus on is trying to focus on my next game and our next win.”

    The Flyers had inquired about Eberle earlier this year. GM Craig MacTavish and owner Daryl Katz have said they are not interested in trading any of their young core for a short-term fix.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Bob McKenzie has stated that there could be some massive changes this offseason for the Oilers, with possibly some big moves at the trade deadline. The Oilers will move Ales Hemsky if they can get something for him. McKenzie added the Oilers have been exploring their options for Sam Gagner. Ryan Smyth could become a rental. McKenzie thinks the Oilers could look at moving their 1st round pick, maybe Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, but that would likely have to happen after the season.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & ObserverCam Ward is getting close to returning to the lineup, and the play of pending UFA Anton Khudobin is presenting the Hurricanes with some options. Khudobin is two years younger than Ward and would be a lot cheaper than Ward’s $6.3 million salary cap hit that runs through 2015-16. Ward has been inconsistent and has been battling injuries. They don’t have to decide now, but will be thinking on it as they get closer to free agency on July 1st. The Canes can’t afford to re-sign Khudobin and keep Ward.
  • Mike Halford: If the Sharks were to buyout Martin Havlat, they would have $16 million to send on free agents this offseason. Dan Boyle will get his contract and Jason Demers will get a raise, but it still leave them with some nice spending money.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Eyes now turn to Sharks pending UFA Dan Boyle after Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau signed their deals yesterday. Boyle:

    “As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”

    GM Doug Wilson on Boyle:

    “There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.

    The 37-year old Boyle is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal.

  • Dirk Hoag: Predators fans may be surprised at the contract David Legwand will get this summer. There will be lots of teams looking for centers and not many centers available.
  • Dave Stubbs: If there comes a time when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes that there is a coaching issue, it is up to him to change it. What the fans may think with regards to this is not relevant to the decision making process. If/when owner Geoff Molson thinks that Bergevin is not able to lead the Canadiens, he’ll be gone.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalache-Panthers game: Blackhawks (4 people including GM Stan Bowman), Senators (3), Blue Jackets (2), Penguins (2), Rangers, Jets and Kings. There were NHL meetings the other in Florida, so that could could explain Blackhawks having four people at the game.

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Evening Hits: Bolland, Letang, Vanek, Shattenkirk and Demers

  • Pierre LeBrun: A team has told LeBrun that the Blackhawks are shopping center Dave Bolland.
  • Bob McKenzie: The longer Kris Letang goes unsigned in Pittsburgh, the more reasonable it is to assume a trade is possible. The Penguins have made a substantial offer.
  • John Vogl: Thomas Vanek’s agent, Steve Barlett, on Vanek’s future: “I really don’t have any updates from my end. I am available to meet with Sabres at any time, and hope to see them at Draft.”
  • Chris Johnston: Salary breakdown of Kevin Shattenkirk’s deal with the Blues: $3.3 million, $4.2 million, $4.3 million and $5.2 million.

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Injury notes and lines: Crosby, Staal, Clowe, Bozak, Pominville, Demers, Ward, Phillips, Rangers and Leafs

  • Bob McKenzie: The Penguins likely won’t know until tomorrow afternoon if Sidney Crosby will be medically cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Marc Staal practiced today in a regular jersey. Derek Dorsett was in a non-contract jersey.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryane Clowe and Brian Boyle did not practice today.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak was on the ice before practice with their strength coach. He was testing the shoulder and he doesn’t appear to be full strength. Maple Leafs: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Bozak remains day-to-day with an upper body injury.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Jason Demers didn’t skate today and he won’t be in the lineup on Wednesday.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward is improving. It’s still not known when Brooks Laich will resume skating.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Thinks there should be no reason  that Chris Phillips won’t be ready for Game 1.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Zuccarello Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan Kreider-Brassard-Pyatt Asham-Newbury-Powe.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Kadri-Kessel, Lupul-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Komarov-Frattin, McLaren-McClement-Orr.. Extra: Bozak, Colborne, Hamilton. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Fraser-Franson, Liles-Kostka, Gardiner-O’Byrne.

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Sharks could offer a defenseman for a scoring forward … Should ‘Hawks worry about Hossa? Hansen suspended one game

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: TSN’s Darren Dreger said on “Insider Trading” earlier this week,

    “Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play,” Dreger said of the Sharks. “Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenseman – Dan Boyle’s name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.”

    Dreger also mentioned that Joe Thornton’s name has come up, though admitted that it didn’t make much sense. Sharks with no-movement/no-trade clauses: Thornton, Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart. Kurz notes that trading Boyle, despite being 36 years old, could be playing with fire since he’s their best defenseman. They definitely could use a scoring forward. TJ Galiardi may have fallen out of favor with the coaching staff. If the Sharks were to acquire a scoring forward, they would likely part with a defenseman. The Ottawa Sun reported Jason Demers may be used as trade bait.

  • Kelly Chase via twitter: “If Hansens hit (as weak as it was was) really hurt Hossa then the Hawks should have some real concern of how long this great player can play”
  • Canucks Jannik Hansen received a one game suspension for his forearm to the back of Marian Hossa’s head.

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Sunday morning hits: Luongo, Thomas, Babchuk, Benn, Subban, Bertuzzi, Atkinson, Gomez and Islanders

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Panthers have shown interest in Roberto Luongo, but GM Dale Tallon would have to sweeten the pot to land him. Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis hasn’t been as aggressive as many had thought. They know that it would take Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a 2nd round pick to get him. The Blackhawks could be interested if they struggle to start the season. Tim Thomas wants to play next year, and the Bruins could either let him be a UFA after the season, or ‘toll’ his contract, forcing him to honor the last year on his contract. Some teams were interested in Thomas last July, but he said he wasn’t going to play. The Flames are willing to move defenseman Anton Babchuk.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika answers on why Stars forward Jamie Benn hasn’t been re-signed yet, piecing together info and speculating in some cases. Benn’s agent, Rich Evans, may be looking for a 3 year or shorter contract. His next deal would obviously be in the millions, but a 3 year deal would allow him to go for a homerun deal on his next deal when he’ll be 26. The Stars won’t go 4 years as he would be a UFA at the end of that. It appears that the Stars are willing to go with 2, 3, 5 or 6 year terms. The sides are off on money for all years. The Stars don’t want to pay a premium price for a RFA. Comparables for RFA years are in the $3.75 to $5 million range. Longer term deal increase to $6.8 on the high end.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi could miss weeks recovering from mononucleosis. It could be a month before he’s able to skate again. Mono is highly contagious, so he won’t be around the team.
  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Brent Burns and Jason Demers are both travelling with the Sharks, but that doesn’t mean they will be playing.

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Injury notes: van Riemsdyk, Gardiner, Burns, Demers and Gilbert

  • Rob Longley via twitter: Leafs Jake Gardiner finished his skate after 20 minutes [yesterday] morning. James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle hopes the Leafs aren’t going to rush Gardiner back. Carlyle’s “had to skate” comment if he wanted to play on Saturday was a little odd.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Safe bet that the Sharks won’t have Brent Burns and Jason Demers in the lineup for the season opener. Return date is not known.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: Wild Tom Gilbert tweaked his groin yesterday and was kept off the ice for precautionary reasons. He should be ready for the opener.

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Injury updates on Quick, Ruutu, Demers and Gudbranson … Spezza, Handzus and 3 others leaving Europe

  • Craig Custance via twitter: Kings Jonathan Quick will be heading back to LA [today] to have his back looked at by doctors in hopes of getting cleared medially.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season. His hip surgery will keep him out until May 1st at the earliest.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks will be without Jason Demers for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken wrist that he suffered at the Spengler Cup. Kevin Kurz via twitter: Kurz wouldn’t be surprised if the Demers injury leads the Sharks to bringing back Jim Vandermeer on a 1 year deal.
  • Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Erik Gudbranson has been cleared for contact. He suffered a serious shoulder injury back in August while wakeboarding.
  • HC Banska (google translate): Dana Tyrell, Clayton Stoner and Tanner Glass are heading back to North America. If the NHL season is cancelled, they would be interested in returning. Michal Handzus is also leaving. Handzus was playing for no money and covered his own insurance costs.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jason Spezza has left Switzerland to return to North America. He is open to returning to Raperswill if the NHL season is cancelled.

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NHL responds with another counter offer … If sides aren’t far apart, NHLPA won’t file disclaimer

  • David Alter via twitter: Fehr said they received a comprehensive response from the NHL and hopes to respond to them [today]. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA will speak on the phone this morning and will decide when to meet. Gary Bettman: ”we anticipate being back together tomorrow.”
  • TSN: The NHL made another proposal last night, giving a 30 minute presentation on it.

    “They did make a comprehensive response to what we gave them,” players’ association executive director Donald Fehr said. “We asked a couple of questions. Now what we have to do is go through the document, try to make some sense out of it, compare it and see what the appropriate thing is to do next.”

    Gary Bettman wouldn’t give any details of their latest offer.

    “There were certain things that the players’ association asked for that we agreed to, there were some things that we moved in their direction, and there were other things that we said no,” he said. “That’s part of the process.”

  • NHLPA via twitter: Players in meetings: Craig Adams, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Rick DiPietro, Shane Doan, Andrew Ference, Ron Hainsey, Jamal Mayers & Martin St. Louis.
  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: “The players have authorized the #NHLPA to disclaim interest by tomorrow; however if NHLPA doesn’t it can do it later – no real deadline. NHLPA will only disclaim interest if it believes the sides are too far apart;Fehr has said they are close – so would be a surprise to see it. A precursor to a disclaimer is union statements like “we are just too far apart” and “this just isn’t going to get done”; haven’t heard that. So if the sides are close to a deal, don’t expect the NHLPA to disclaim interest by Jan 2 deadline; but if deal not close expect disclaimer. So disclaimer threat may act as catalyst to get a deal done – NHLPA will not hold another player vote authorizing disclaimer – now or never. There are still big issues that need resolving like the cap in 2013, escrow and make whole – this is a concern #nhl #nhlpa. On bad faith disclaimer issue – Fehr may have said sides are close – however Bettman has said they have been far apart – so may help PA. If Fehr dissolves NHLPA it may not be re-formed and may stay trade association – this may not be same as NBPA and NFLPA.”

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Fire up the Luongo rumors again … Sharks could be in cap crunch … Bryzgalov leaves KHL … Briere injures wrist

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Pronvince: If the season starts on January 19th, and even with a $70.2 million salary cap, the Canucks may be better served to move Roberto Luongo. The Canucks need a third line center, depth on the blueline, and a backup goalie. The Toronto Maple Leafs remain the top landing spot for Luongo. Kuzma would target Tyler Bozak and RFA defenseman Cody Franson. Bozak is in the last year of his deal and has a $1.5 million salary. Franson made $800,000 last year and is currently playing in the Swedish Elite League. The Canucks would then need to find a backup a goalie. Eddie Lack should finish the season in the AHL. There are about a half dozen, affordable veteran options out there. Dan Ellis should get some consideration. Barry Brust and Marty Turco could be two other free agent options.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: If there is a $60 million salary cap ceiling next season, it could mean a large escrow payment for the players. Players who would be UFA’s in 2013 may not have a lot of options. The Sharks currently have 14 players under contract for next year at $54 million. That would leave them $6 million for 9 players. One player who is not signed past this season is Ryane Clowe. Clowe will make $4 million this season, and they would like to re-sign him, but getting him at a reduced number would be difficult. Defenseman Jason Demers will be a RFA at the end of the season. If Patrick Marleau struggles for the next four months, like he did in the 2nd half 2012-13, the Sharks may look at buying his $6.9 million salary out. Martin Havlat could be another option as he’s set to make $5 million through 2014-15.
  • Dave Issac of the Courier Post: According to Sportbox.ru via google translate, Ilya Bryzgalov has broke his contract with CSKA, and is leaving the team.
  • CSN Philly: Flyers Daniel Briere injured his wrist on Friday and is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks.

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Another list of players heading overseas during lockout

  • Szymon Szemberg via twitter: The coach/GM/owner of Geneva-Servette of the Swiss league said he’s in negotiations with Anze Kopitar.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Nikolai Kulemin will be finalizing a deal with Metallurg. Michal Handzus will play with Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Jussi Jokinen has a contract with Karpat in Finland for 1 month. He’ll be taking it 1 month at a time.
  • Juha Hittela via twitter: Scott Hartnell said he wants to play in KalPa. Kalpa’s GM said that Adam Hall is a possibility.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Weaker rumors of players going overseas: M. Koivu, Korpikoski to TPS; Filppula, Selänne to Jokerit; Ekman-Larsson to Tingsryd; Grossmann to Södertälje.

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Quick rumor hits on: Staal, Nash, Senators, Sharks, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets #2 pick, Maple Leafs, and Price

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hearing Penguins Jordan Staal turned down 10 year mega offer from the Penguins. Staal has indicated to the Penguins that he doesn’t plan on signing an extension now.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Senators names being speculated in a potential Rick Nash deal: Robin Lehner, Mika Zibanejad and a 1st round pick.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Sharks names being speculated in a potential Rick Nash deal: Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers, and a 1st round pick.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he’s not getting the offers he likes for Nash. Topic of Nash staying with the Blue Jackets didn’t come up in his discussions with his agent. Something has to give with Nash and Howson. Howson has to lower his demands (he shouldn’t) or convince Nash that things will change with the Blue Jackets.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that there are a lot of teams looking to make deals. Added, that teams are asking them about Faulk, Sutter and Skinner.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets are considering at least 1 offer that would have them trading down from the #2 spot. Cody Nickolet via twitter: Sounds like Blue Jackets are interested in trading down. Would expect the Maple Leafs are a team wanting to move up.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Darren Dreger believes the Maple Leafs have “considerable interest” in Bobby Ryan and James van Riemsdyk.
  • Cody Nickolet via twitter: Maple Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis said that they haven’t had serious talks about trades and are not close on that front. Things should pick up in the next 12 hours.
  • Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: “Source tells me the 40 M figure suggested by Sportsnet in regards to a Habs offer to Price is incorrect. But hey, as long as they talk…”

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Blues looking at Dmen … Suter and Preds communicating, but will test market … Nash trade could wait for Parise … Panthers and Luongo

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues still need to address their defense, and will do so through trade or free agency. They are looking for someone to play with Alex Pietrangelo. They may not be able to afford Matt Carle who will be looking for $4+ million. Bryce Salvador could be an option, though he may return to New Jersey. The Blue have told defenseman Ian Cole that he has a top 7 position, but it’s up to him to crack the top 6. Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Nichol could both re-sign this week or next. Sources are saying that Ryan Suter has been in close communication with Predators GM David Poile. Suter has been told by the team that they plan to be aggressive in free agency. Suter wants to see what the Predators are able to do. If they strike out, he may move on. Zach Parise will give the Devils every opportunity to re-sign him.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: He lists the chances of the Canadiens drafting Filip Forsberg with the 3rd overall pick at 40%. The Canadiens may be more interested in getting help up the middle.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile to ESPN:

    “It appears that Suter is going to go to July 1,” Poile told ESPN.com Tuesday afternoon from Las Vegas. “I’m going to meet with Neil on Friday, and we’re going to talk again next week to see where we are. But it appears that’s where he’s heading. I’m keeping the faith. I don’t think I’m going to trade his rights. It’s all based on the fact that there’s no indication to me that Ryan doesn’t think Nashville is the right fit for him.”

    “I don’t know how it’s going to pan out, but we’re going to do the best we can to keep talking and keep believing that we’re the right choice,” Poile said. “Hopefully, when he compares it to other teams July 1 and compares it to Nashville, what’s important to him in his life and for his family, I think we’re a real good fit on and off the ice. I don’t see where the grass is any greener.”

    If the Blue Jackets don’t get what they want for Rick Nash this weekend, they may wait until the Zach Parise free agent period ends. The Flyers are part of the “in” crowd when it comes to Nash. The Sharks are interested, but not if Logan Couture is involved. The Hurricanes are interested in Jordan Staal and Nash, but can’t do both. LeBrun believes the Panthers and Canucks have talked about Roberto Luongo, but the Panthers would require salary to head back the other way. The Kings are not in a hurry to move Jonathan Bernier and are fine with keeping him next year if they have to. The Kings and Jarret Stoll could have a deal within a week. They have also had talks with Colin Fraser, and are still deciding on Dustin Penner. The Sharks could dangle a defenseman, maybe Jason Demers, in a deal for a winger. The Red Wings offered Brad Stuart 3 and 4 year deals worth more than the $3.6 million per year he got from the Sharks after the trade.

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