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NHL Rumors II: Senators, Wings, Leafs, Avalanche and Canadiens

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Before the Senators traded Jason Spezza to Dallas, they had been working on trading another forward. The deal may have fallen through or put on the back burner. Teams have told the Sun that Colin Greening and Eric Condra are available.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Red Wings right handed defenseman Alexey Marchenko will get a shot to make the big club if they don’t pull off a trade for a defenseman. The Bruins need to move one of their eight defensemen out. Senators Bobby Ryan is entering the last year of his deal and could be the next big name leaving Ottawa. The Maple Leafs could be the front-runner for Mike Babcock if he doesn’t re-sign with the Red Wings next summer.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly is happy they didn’t have to sit through an arbitration hearing, arguing back and forth. The Avalanche were confident they would have won, but they also knew it may not sit well with agent Pat Morris and possibly O’Reilly.

    “I said to Joe, ‘If you win, you also lose,’ and that everybody would lose — the club, the player and the fans,” Morris said. “Joe was very professional about it and very prepared, as was Greg Sherman. We both knew what our upside and our downside was, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see the path to where the middle point was.

    “It’s always a positive when we create a free negotiation based on what we do as opposed to a third party.”

    Joe Sakic said it won’t be a sign-and-trade situation.

  • Mike Chambers: Before the O’Reilly signing yesterday, the Avalanche had about $8,844,000 in salary cap space. When they are able to sign Tyson Barrie, they will be very close to the salary cap.
  • Craig Morgan: Hearing that the Canadiens submitted a $1.65 salary arbitration number for Lars Eller, who submitted $3.1 million.

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The Offseason “Winners” So Far Are ….

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

Despite the recent drop of in activity, the offseason in the NHL is an exciting time for both teams and fans. It provides each and every team with a period to reflect on what they have and determine what they need going forward to take the next step.

Some teams hit the jackpot and land their man, while others miss out and end up signing players or making trades simply to say they did something.

Let’s take this break in the action to look at this offseason’s winners and losers.

First up, the winners ….

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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Morning Hits: Avoiding Nashville and Tanev Re-signs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler are two recent players who haven’t wanted to go to Nashville.

    “I’m not going to pitch somebody if they don’t want to play for us. You have to be committed,” Poile said.

    Cooper offers some reasons as to why players may have Nashville on their “no-go lists.”

    1. Feel of an expansion team – a former players recently in an interview: “Are the Predators still rebuilding?”

    2. Shea Weber situation – the way the Preds have handled Weber hasn’t always looked good. They took him through arbitration and he’s signed an offer sheet with the Flyers.

    3. Lack of recent success – have missed the playoffs the past two seasons. They lack an offensive superstar.

  • Elliott Pap: The Canucks sign Chris Tanev to a one-year, $2 million deal: “I would have liked a longer term deal but new GM, new coach don’t know me.”
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Jim Benning on Tanev.

    “He had a good season last year,” Benning said. “He had a couple of injuries along the way, but he kind of took the next step. He’s still a young player.

    “We wanted to see another full season, another body of work this next season.

    “If he has another good season, then we’ll try to lock him up long-term.”

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Quick Hits: Gretzky and Seattle, Lazar, Ranger, Gibbons and Canucks

  • John Shannon: A source in Wayne Gretzky’s group is downplaying Gretzky’s role in trying to bring a team to Seattle: “Seattle is along way off with a lot of hurdles.” Source said: “Potential ownership groups have reached out, but we certainly haven’t aligned with anyone.”
  • CP in Edmonton Journal: Gretzky’s agent in an email.

    “As you can imagine prospective team owners from various franchises call frequently to gauge his interest in coming on board. Seattle is no different,” said Blake.

    Ken Warren: When the Senators traded Jason Spezza, GM Bryan Murray said they could consider having Curtis Lazar at center pending the arrival of a new center. There is no doubt where he’ll end up now.

  • Steve Simmons: Surprised that the Oilers haven’t signed Paul Ranger. Rangers and head coach Dallas Eakins are really tight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Before Brian Gibbons signed with the Blue Jackets, he said that three to four teams offered him a two-way contract. The Penguins were believed to be one of the teams.
  • Brian Lawton: The Canucks are probably done with free agency. Will continue working on RFAs Chris Tanev and Linden Vey. They have $4 million in cap space.

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NHL Rumors II: Stars, Devils, Stempniak and Berglund

  • Pat Pickens of Sportsnet: Stars GM Jim Nill on how the Jason Spezza trade went down.

    When it became public knowledge he wanted to be traded, like every GM in the league, I looked into what it was going to take to make a trade and get him to come to our team. We did our homework; we kept in touch. There were a lot of other situations going on around us. There was the [Canucks centre Ryan] Kesler thing going on and other pieces going on at the same time. At the draft, things started to heat up. When you get a deadline, it’s usually when things pick up in pace. Kesler got traded [to Anaheim], which took another team out of the mix. [Senators GM] Bryan [Murray] and I started to talk a little bit more, and it started to heat up some more.

    Spezza will be a UFA after next season, but the sides have talked about it.

    I’m not too worried about the contract. His agent [Rick Curran] and I have spoken, and we’re going to get Jason in here to show him around the area. I’m pretty confident we’re going to get a contract done.

    The Stars are out of the free agent market. Any roster spots will be fill internally with six or seven forwards that are very close, and four defensemen who are close.

  • Rich Chere: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on contract extension talks with Cory Schneider: “Not yet, but I feel very comfortable saying we’ll get it done very soon.”
  • Rich Chere: Ryan Carter is still in the Devils plans, with both Lou Lamoriello and Carter saying nothing has been finalized.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: When asked about Patrik Berglund: the Blues can’t consider trading him unless they are comfortable with Lehtera/Lindstrom.

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NHL Rumors I: Blues, Stars, Richards, Canadiens, Volchenkov, Leafs and Legwand

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues goal was to sign Paul Stastny on Tuesday, but a source added that they were going to go to back to the Senators after to see what it would take to add Jason Spezza as well. LeBrun doesn’t think they would have offered more than the Stars did. Stastny centering Alex Steen and David Backes could make up their top line.

    Saturday night, Stars GM Jim Nill was under the impression that Spezza didn’t want to go to Dallas. Once the things were straightened out, talks started again. The Stars did ask about Joe Thornton, but he isn’t ready to leave yet.

    The Islanders and Flyers were interested in Brad Richards before he signed with the Blackhawks.

    Some Canadiens were not happy to see Josh Gorges get traded. The Canadiens wouldn’t offer Brian Gionta anything more than a one-year deal, so it was easy for him to move on.

    The Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Lightning and Red Wings were interested in Dan Boyle before he signed with the Rangers.

  • David Pagnotta: If defenseman Anton Volchenkov doesn’t sign with a NHL team, he’ll head to the KHL, where he already has an offer from SKA St. Petersburg.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs Dave Poulin: “We’ll be in the trade market and scour to see if we can fill those openings. We didn’t have to fill everything yesterday”
  • Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs are “heavily in the mix” for David Legwand.

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NHL Rumors II: Spezza, Stuart, Brodeur, Lightning, Lehtera and Some UFAs

  • Ian Mendes of TSN: Jason Spezza to make it clear that the pressure of playing in Canada was not the reason he wanted to be traded.

    “I don’t think that’s accurate,” Spezza told TSN.ca. “My biggest motivator for a trade was to win. It will be portrayed however they want it to be portrayed, but the last thing I was worried about was coming out and doing interviews in front of my stall.”

    “It was more circumstance than anything of why those (Canadian) teams were on my list. I have one year left on my deal and I wanted to go someplace where I could win a Cup,” Spezza said.

    Spezza has one year left on his deal and was not interested in re-sign with the Senators.

    “I didn’t have any interest in signing an extension and that kind of hinted to them that maybe it was time to move on. I met with Bryan and had some really good and frank discussions. And I was being honest with them when I said it was best for me and best for them if I moved on,” Spezza explained.

  • Helene St. James: The Sharks had been trying to trade Brad Stuart for a couple days. The Wings were on his list of teams that he would waive his no-trade clause for, but they didn’t want to give up a 2nd and 6th round pick. At the time the deal was offered, they were trying to save money in attempt to land a right-shot defenseman. Stuart was traded to the Avalanche before all the Red Wings options fell through.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Hearing the Penguins did speak with Martin Brodeur but they couldn’t make the money work.
  • Joe Smith: There were free agents that the Lightning were no able to sign, but they are happy with who they were able to sign.
  • Andy Strickland: The Blues signed Jori Lehtera to a $3.25 million salary for next season, and he’ll get a $1.6 million signing bonus. Igor Eronko: Lehtera owe Sibir of the KHL $1.2 million for the preterm contract termination. The buyout was by Lehtera.
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes had been talking with Joe Vitale for three or four days before signing him yesterday.
  • Rob Vollman: Look at the top of the free agent market:

    Goalies left: Thomas, Bryz
    Top-4 Def left: None
    Top-6 Fwd left: Vrbata, Grabovski, Legwand
    Bottom-6 Fwd left: Moss, Winnik, Stempniak +more

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NHL Trade: Stars Acquire Jason Spezza From Senators

The Ottawa Senators have traded center Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson to the Dallas Stars for Alex Chaisson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a 2015 2nd round pick.

Spezza was drafted 2nd overall in the 2001 draft by the Ottawa Senators. He carries a $7 million salary cap hit but only $4 million in salary.

Chaisson was drafted 38th overall in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft by the Stars.

Guptill was drafted 77th overall in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by the Stars.

Paul was drafted 101st overall in the 4th round of the 2013 draft by the Stars.

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NHL Rumors IX: Sabres, Oilers, Petry, Blues, Stars and Wild

Written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News:  Sabres are about $20 million away from the salary cap floor on the day before NHL free agency, and GM Tim Murray remains unconcerned about his ability to reach it. Murray will start dumping contracts if they get their free-agent targets. That will be benefit the Sabres in their attempt to boost payroll. Murray says he’s been getting a lot of calls from representatives of unrestricted free agents

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels he has “a compelling story to tell” when he’s tried to sell agents on their clients coming here on July 1… you can cross off players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen because will be looking for a lot on term for a new contract that will go with $6-7-million in salary per season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman reports that defender Jeff Petry’s name is making the NHL rounds.

    Assuming that the Oilers aren’t crazy, why would they be willing to deal Petry? Let’s consider three possibilities:

    1. He eants too much money.

    2. The team is confident it can replace Petry in free agency.

    3. As part of a package for a superior defender.

    As much as the possibility of a step forward exists here, there is a very real chance the Oilers take a step back in a Petry deal that they simply cannot afford to make.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars remain very much interested in Jason Spezza. It’s believed the Senators were targeting a good, young player in return along with a first-round pick during Friday’s NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Blues want to see what happens with free agent centre Paul Stastny Tuesday before going any further with the Senators. The Stars were a little confused as to whether they were an acceptable location for Spezza.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:  Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual. The Wild made Vanek’s short list, but agent Steve Bartlett said there were other good options on it too. The Wild had more conversations Monday with Jarome Iginla’s reps in hopes of selling Iginla on its program and how it’s a Stanley Cup contender. One player who would love Vanek to sign with the Wild is his former Sabres linemate Jason Pominville.

    The Wild has shown interest in Paul Stastny, but  he appears to be destined for St. Louis Blues or elsewhere. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jussi Jokinen and David Booth are other players that are available.

    The Wild did not inquire about former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Monday, but it might have interest in consistent Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.

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