Posts Tagged Jay Bouwmeester

NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Rangers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: There has been talk that the Hurricanes could look to trade Eric Staal this offseason.

    “I’ve been here a long time. I love it here. I’ve had success here. I know and I believe we can again, and I can be a part of that,” Staal told reporters on Tuesday.

    “I think I can be part of the right things going forward. Obviously, my career isn’t going to be forever, and I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t want to continually miss the playoffs and have these types of interviews at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if they can find the fit, they should trade Craig Anderson. If they move him, they should be able to fill a roster needs or add to their draft picks. He is entering his final season of his deal and could be looking for a three or four year contract.  If re-signed, where would that leave Robin Lehner? Brennan also doesn’t think that Jason Spezza will be back.
  • Larry Brooks: It is possible that the Rangers will use an amnesty buy out on Brad Richards.

    “It’s been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn’t there,” the 33-year-old center said. “But it’s not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that the Flames could have had Nyquist and Tatar for Bouwmeester or another player but chose not to” … ”Based on my information, that was the Wings’ package for Bouwmeester, but not for Iginla”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on the possibility of buying out Ville Leino: ”Very good possibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: ”Changes will need to happen,”
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish listed his four core players: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers MacTavish on pending RFA Justin Schultz: ”I’m open to both scenarios either a longterm or a bridge contract.” Jim Matheson: MacTavish on Shultz: ”He is developing player. Potential is limitless. I would consider long-term deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”I want to rebuild properly, which takes time. It doesn’t have to take years.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray reaffirmed that they could draft Aaron Ekblad, not a guarantee that they draft a forward.

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Morning Rumors: Draft Lottery, Sabres, Panthers, Flyers, Oilers, Kovalchuk and the Devils

  • Elliotte Friedman: The NHL is looking into altering their draft lottery process. Under the current system, any team in the lottery could ‘win’ the lottery and select first overall, as well as not being able fall back more than one draft slot. There are talks of altering the systems so that teams could drop to the fourth or possibly the six slot. Odds of winning the lottery are 25 percent for the worst team to 0.5 percent for the 14th seed. This could be altered too. They are also looking at the possibility of looking at a team over a five year span.The NHL may get rid of having ‘lists’ for shooters taking part in the shootout.Illegal testing of draft prospects could be $250,000.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray will look to start contract extension talks with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to see if they are interested in signing on long-term.

    Murray said there were no offers that were remotely close for Tyler Myers or Christian Ehrhoff at the deadline. Cap recapture on Ehrhoff’s deal are a concern and affects trade scenarios.

    Five years ago the Panthers asked the Flyers for Claude Giroux when the Flyers inquired about Jay Bouwmeester. The Flyers obviously said no. The Kings asked the Flyers for Sean Couturier when they were shopping Jonathan Bernier.

    Oilers owner Daryl Katz is thought to be the driving force behind the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray.

    Friedman asked Ilya Kovalchuk at the Olympics if he would return to the NHL, Kovalchuk laughed and said he has three years left on his KHL deal and we’ll see.

  • Mike Harrington: “No shock the NHL is worried about tanking for top picks, given what’s gone on in the NBA and the charade #Sabres pulled in October.” … “@JeremyWGR et al – charade was starting season w/4 teen-agers, first team in NHL to play a single game in 18 years. Trading UFAs is fine. The Sabres have traded their UFAs and have bad NHL players now. Fair enough. Starting 4 teen-agers was an open tank. That’s my point.”
  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Martin Brodeur said back when he, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were unrestricted free agent in 2012, Parise was “pretty close” to remaining with the Devils and luring Suter. Brodeur signed a two-year $9 million deal with the Devils, Parise and Suter signed with the Wild.

    “Listen, I was on the phone with Zach while I was doing my thing two years ago,” Brodeur said. “We were in the same boat. We’d talk and he’d ask me, ‘Are you going to come back?’ We had a lot of conversations. I was supposed to get on the phone with Suter. I never got to the phone with him, but we were talking about it.”

    “Zach was pretty close to coming back here,” Brodeur said. “It’s not something that he wanted at no cost getting out of New Jersey, like other guys when they hit free agency you knew it was all over for them. He and Suter were pretty close, and anywhere they were going to go, it was a package deal probably.”

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Morning Rumors: Top Snipers, Ducks, Accepting Fate, Brodeur and the Lightning Spending Money

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Snipers: 1. Thomas Vanek – the Kings have been rumored to be interested and there are ties to Minnesota. 2. Marian Gaborik – could be plan B for teams that don’t land Vanek. 3. Mike Cammalleri – the Penguins have been rumored to be interested in Cammalleri and the Pens do have some young defenseman they could move 4. Matt Moulson – the Penguins, Kings and up to 12 teams have been tied to Moulson. 5. Ales Hemsky – the Canadiens, Sharks, Penguins and Coyotes are believed to be interested.
  • The Fourth Period: Ducks GM Bob Murray told ESPN that he won’t be trading Jonas Hiller before the end of the season. The Ducks are looking to add a stay-at-home defenseman and could look at Dan Girardi.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five teams have accepted their fate leading up to the trade deadline. Two or three teams will wait until March 5th.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur could be spending his last two weeks in a Devils uniform as he could be asked to waive his no-trade clause or even ask for a trade.

    “It won’t be (different) if I don’t say so. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur said Wednesday as the Devils’ non-Olympians practiced at AmeriHealth Pavilion. “If I don’t say so, it’s going to be the same as the last 20 years.”

    Brodeur hasn’t talked to GM Lou Lamoriello and hasn’t decided if he’d waive his no-trade clause if asked.

    “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it until I talk to people, and there is nothing planned yet. I’m probably going to wait,” Brodeur said.

    “I have no indication one way or the other that anything is going to happen. I haven’t discussed it with anybody really about what my plans are going to be for the next 23 games. I haven’t talked to the coach about playing time, either. I’m just going to get back into playing shape for the next seven days and we’ll see if I’m able to get the net.”

  • George Richards: Several years ago there was a James van Riemsdyk (PHI) for Jay Bouwmeester (FLA) offer on the table.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said that even though they are operating in the red, it won’t stop him from spending higher towards the cap.

    “I don’t want to predict out because things can change,” Vinik said. “But for the foreseeable future our strategy is to have a great team on the ice and spend at or near the salary cap.”

    Vinik wouldn’t say how much they are losing.

    “We want to have an extremely competitive hockey team,” Vinik said. “It’s part of a strategy. First of all, I’m competitive. We want to win. We want to win a Stanley Cup. It’s a lot more fun for our fans, but it also helps us make the playoffs and, hopefully, go deep into the playoffs which is good for the financials.”

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Morning Rumors III: Rangers, Sharks, Leafs, Pens, Stars, Sabres, Blues, Wild, Coyotes and Canadiens

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Trade talk is picking up.

    “There’s definitely more talking going on,” one team executive told ESPN.com Monday night. ”Some of the bubble/lower teams have begun to share their lists of players they might move if they fall out of it.”

    Salary cap will play a big part this year.

    “Because of that, I still think most of the action, like 90 percent of it, happens after the Olympics, closer to March,” said one player agent who has a player or two who likely will be on the move.

    Contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan have not gone well and he could be moved. GM Glen Sather called some teams over the weekend to say Callahan could be available.

    Talks between the Sharks and Dan Boyle are ongoing, but a deal may not be close. The Sharks could be worried about the 35+ rule. Boyle may be looking for a two year deal.

    Teams have called Maple Leafs about Nazem Kadri.

    The Penguins will have some decisions to make on their blueline with pending UFAs Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. They have prospects Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson and Derrick Pouliot. It wouldn’t be surprising if they moved someone for a winger. LeBrun wonders if any team will calling the Penguins about Kris Letang before the draft. His big contract kicks in next season.

    Ray Whitney may welcome a trade if the Stars fall out of the race.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: the Rangers are gauging interest on Ryan Callahan, and less so on Dan Girardi. The Rangers may be more confident in re-signing Girardi, though he’s getting a lot of interest. Bob McKenzie: If the Rangers don’t re-sign one or both, they could trade one or both. Even though they are in the playoff race, the Rangers realize they are not a contender and don’t want to let them walk for nothing. Girardi may be looking for a seven year deal in the Jay Bouwmeester ranger, $5.4 million. Callahan is looking for a seven year deal in the $6 million range.

    Bob McKenzie: there has been some interest in Ryan Miller. The Wild haven’t made an offer. They are waiting to see what happens with Josh Harding. The Blues have lukewarm interest in Miller.

    Some bubble teams have started sending out lists of players who might be available and to say ”If we pull the plug right before the Olympic break, here is the list of players that we’re willing to move.” Those teams are also using the next 10 days to see if they are buyers or sellers.

    Dreger thinks there will be at least two outdoor games (Winter and Heritage Classic) next year, maybe four.

  • Elliotte Friedman: A $5 million player will cost about $410,000 during the Olympic break. Some owners won’t care about the extra salary to pay out in a pre-Olympic trade, but some might.

    Blackhawks Brandon Pirri will lose his waiver exception next season. The Ducks and Peter Holland were in a similar situation and they decided to trade him before they could have lost him for nothing.

    Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe offered to step away from the team, owner Daryl Katz refused.

    The Blues were interested in Thomas Vanek in October, Friedman doesn’t see why they would be interested now.

    Erik Cole’s agent is denying his client wants out of Dallas.

    Interest in Ray Whitney will likely pick up.

    Coyotes Derek Morris‘ name has come up recently. He’s a pending UFA and the Coyotes would like some scoring. One problem would that it would leave only Zbynek Michalek as their only veteran right-handed shot.

    The Canadiens and Penguins are looking for size.

    Many don’t think Sam Gagner is suited to play the wing. There was talk of the Penguins possibly interested.

    Anyone that signed post-lockout is not eligible for compliance buyouts.

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Most Minutes Played (TOI) and Highest Minutes Per Game (TOI/G) In A Single NHL Season

Yesterday I was tweeted some of Ryan Suter’s impressive minutes played numbers from this season. For those that should be following but aren’t:

- Suter had three straight games last week where he played over 35 minutes and 28 seconds. Two of those games were over 36 minutes.
- Suter is averaging 29:36 minutes per game, 2:25 minutes more than the next player, Erik Karlsson.
- In 10 of Suter’s 21 games, he has averaged over 30 minutes.

It was pointed out to me by follower Matt Horner that Suter is on pace to play over 2,400 minutes this season, something that hasn’t been done that often. I decided to look into it to see who had the most minutes in a season.

The first chart is ranked by TOI and the second is by TOI/G, showing where Suter and Karlsson rank for this season. (I only took the TOI/G for the top 10 TOI players for each season)

A couple interesting notes:

- Nicklas Lidstrom had 6 seasons of 2,200 minutes or more. Chris Pronger had 5 seasons.
- Pavel Bure and Paul Kariya are the only forwards to be  listed in the top 10 in TOI at the end of a season. Bure cracked the top 30 all-time list for minutes played.
- Dan Boyle’s TOI ranking with such little SH TOI.

Below the chart is a link to view the top 10 players from each season. NHL.com listing the 1997-98 season as the first season they tracked time-on-ice.

RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI
SH
TOI
PP
TOI
TOI
TOI/G
1 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
1,695:07
272:50
494:22
2,462:19
30:01
2 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
1,630:31
306:40
512:08
2,449:19
29:52
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
1,642:35
374:15
429:33
2,446:23
30:12
4 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
1,530:54
360:52
515:30
2,407:16
29:21
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
1,513:35
485:48
406:34
2,405:57
29:20
6 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
1,517:58
329:23
543:08
2,390:29
29:30
7 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
1,529:21
408:17
451:25
2,389:03
30:14
8 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
1,558:35
416:51
412:26
2,387:52
29:07
9 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
1,571:13
423:37
345:35
2,340:25
28:53
10 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
1,458:33
428:04
446:01
2,332:38
28:26
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
1,614:56
349:35
363:48
2,328:19
28:44
12 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
1,320:45
371:11
618:18
2,310:14
28:10
13 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
1,478:21
412:06
408:31
2,298:58
29:28
14 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
1,525:14
305:03
436:58
2,267:15
29:49
15 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
1,626:52
332:58
292:38
2,252:28
27:28
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
1,308:35
418:40
521:27
2,248:42
28:06
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
1,439:03
405:11
402:53
2,247:07
28:48
18 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
1,500:57
348:43
390:22
2,240:02
27:39
19 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
1,290:59
414:40
533:33
2,239:12
27:59
20 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
1,426:13
392:41
418:25
2,237:19
27:57
21 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
1,571:25
253:49
395:11
2,220:25
28:50
22 Dan Boyle
2006-07
TBL
82
1,633:52
57:06
527:09
2,218:07
27:03
23 Jay Bouwmeester
2008-09
FLA
82
1,582:17
279:48
350:56
2,213:01
26:59
24 Chris Pronger
1997-98
STL
81
1,720:35
298:13
193:43
2,212:31
27:18
25 Chris Pronger
2008-09
ANA
82
1,522:03
321:57
365:11
2,209:11
26:56
26 Scott Niedermayer
2008-09
ANA
82
1,501:34
377:35
328:20
2,207:29
26:55
27 Brian Campbell
2011-12
FLA
82
1,760:51
104:59
339:41
2,205:31
26:53
28 Duncan Keith
2010-11
CHI
82
1,743:37
216:05
244:51
2,204:33
26:53
29 Pavel Bure
2000-01
FLA
82
1,574:36
152:49
475:44
2,203:09
26:52
30 Bryan McCabe
2006-07
TOR
82
1,405:07
311:33
483:21
2,200:01
26:49
RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI/G
SH
TOI/G
PP
TOI/G
TOI
TOI/G
1 Chris Pronger
1998-99
STL
67
21:05
5:19
4:11
2,050:36
30:36
2 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
19:21
5:10
5:42
2,389:03
30:14
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
20:16
4:37
5:18
2,446:23
30:12
4 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
20:40
3:19
6:01
2,462:19
30:01
5 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
19:53
3:44
6:14
2,449:19
29:52
6 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
20:04
4:00
5:44
2,267:15
29:49
7 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
18:44
4:03
6:42
2,390:29
29:30
8 Ryan Suter
2013-14
MIN
22
22:29
2:58
4:01
648:42
29:29
9 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
18:57
5:17
5:14
2,298:58
29:28
10 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
18:40
4:24
6:17
2,407:16
29:21
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
18:27
5:55
4:57
2,405:57
29:20
12 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
19:00
5:05
5:01
2,387:52
29:07
13 Adrian Aucoin
2002-03
NYI
73
17:29
6:03
5:27
2,117:50
29:00
14 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
19:23
5:13
4:15
2,340:25
28:53
15 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
20:24
3:17
5:07
2,220:25
28:50
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
18:26
5:11
5:09
2,247:07
28:48
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
19:56
4:18
4:29
2,328:19
28:44
18 Rob Blake
1999-00
LAK
77
19:00
3:57
5:32
2,193:52
28:29
19 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
17:47
5:13
5:26
2,332:38
28:26
20 Bryan McCabe
2005-06
TOR
73
16:26
4:22
7:28
2,065:35
28:17
21 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
16:06
4:31
7:32
2,310:14
28:10
22 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
16:21
5:14
6:31
2,248:42
28:06
23 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
16:08
5:11
6:40
2,239:12
27:59
24 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
17:49
4:54
5:13
2,237:19
27:57
25 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
18:31
4:18
4:49
2,240:02
27:39
26 Rob Blake
2001-02
COL
75
18:43
3:47
5:03
2,068:23
27:34
27 Scott Niedermayer
2006-07
ANA
79
17:41
3:58
5:50
2,173:22
27:30
28 Nicklas Lidstrom
2006-07
DET
80
17:17
4:32
5:39
2,199:06
27:29
29 Erik Karlsson
2013-14
OTT
21
21:33
1:13
4:42
577:28
27:29
30 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
19:50
4:03
3:34
2,252:28
27:28

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Quick Hits: Miller, Bouwmeester, Leafs recall three and Reinhart

  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Ryan Miller will be ready for tomorrow’s nights game.
  • Corey Pronman: The Leafs recall Josh Leivo, David Broll and TJ Brennan and return Jamie Devane and Trevor Smith.

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Free Agent Hits: Bouwmeester, Pietrangelo, an agents view on the market, Bryzgalov, Thomas and Greening

  • David Pagnotta: The Blues have signed Jay Bouwmeester to a five-year contract extension worth $27 million, a $5.4 million cap hit. Lou Korac: GM Doug Armstrong said they wanted to work something out this summer as they didn’t want to talk during the season. Andy Strickland: Bouwmeester has a no-trade clause.
  • David Pagnotta: Talks between the Blues and Alex Pietrangelo are ongoing, nothing is imminent.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: After the free agent frenzy, things have slowed down.

    “This has gone exactly how we expected it would go,” said a league executive Wednesday. “Everybody blew the brains out on free agency in the first couple of days. Now, it’s hard for anybody to get a contract done.

    “The money has been spent. Now, there are some guys who are looking for work, and some of those guys are starting to panic (with training camps set for next month.”

    On why some players haven’t signed yet.

    “You’ve got a situation, in some cases, where teams simply have to move money if they’re going to sign unrestricted free agents. There are a few teams that are going to have to shed some cash,” said one high-profile agent.

    “This always happens after free agency opens. Teams take a break from signing guys. A few guys are left waiting and they get signed once GM’s pick up their phones sometime in August and start making deals again.”

    League executive doesn’t think that Ilya Bryzgalov and Tim Thomas will sign a deal before training camp. The Senators and Colin Greening have held talks but are not close to a deal.

Jay Bouwmeester

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Morning Hits: Holland talks Wings, MacTavish talks Oilers and Alfredsson talks about retirement decision process

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings didn’t make a lot a changes/additions last offseason and at the trade deadline.

“I make decisions based on all the information available to me, whether it’s the trade deadline, whether it’s free agency,” Holland said. “When we were at the trade deadline, I explored three or four different players. One of the assets that everybody wanted was our first-round pick. We traded a first-round pick last year for Kyle Quincey, and it turned out to be the 18th pick in the draft.

“This year, we did nothing. Some of the teams around us ended up trading away some unrestricted free agents. We made a decision that we were prepared to hang onto our unrestricted free agents and our young guys. I had teams calling for them, teams that were trying to go for it. Ultimately, I look at it that we hung onto our assets.”

St. James notes that the Red Wings did have interest in Jay Bouwmeester, Jason Pominville, Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline.

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

“Well, we’re going to be very active in finding at least a couple goalies.” …. “The problem with Nik, from our perspective, is that he’s a 40 year old body who wasn’t able to stay as healthy as what you need.”

The Oilers will be looking for a big centerman this summer.

“Absolutely, and we’ll be trying to acquire that piece.”

MacTavish on free agency.

“I approach that market very cautiously. I think there are a lot of mistakes made with the UFA’s when you sign players who are diminishing in terms of what their contribution can be and they’re always inflated contracts.”

MacTavish on Sam Gagner.

“Sam likes it here, he has been a valuable member of our team and is always trending up and he’ll be a guy that we’ll be looking to sign.”

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson will take his time, talking to his wife, GM Bryan Murray and Paul MacLean before deciding on his future.

“We’ll have our meetings. Then I’ll take some time. I’ll talk to (Murray) to see what he thinks, what timeline and then go from there,” said Alfredsson, a father of four.

“All I can say is it’s been a great year in terms of the group we had, the adversity we faced. We’ve become a tight group. We stuck together all along. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ll definitely take that with me when I think about what to do.”

“My wife takes a heavy load at home, and without her I would never be able to play this long,” said Alfredsson. “At times, I definitely feel like I miss out at home. You miss a lot of stuff. The first goal in your son’s career, birthdays. But … this game has given me so much, on and off the ice. When I make the decision I know it’s definite, and that’s why I want to take some time.”

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Trade Deadline fallout notes: Red Wings, Wild, Sabres, Coyotes, Leafs and Kings

  • The Fourth Period: The Red Wings were trying to make a deal all week, but weren’t able to put something together. It was believed that the Wings didn’t want to part with any of their top young talent. They wouldn’t give up a first round pick for Jay Bouwmeester. The Wings also looked into Jaromir Jagr. Valtteri Filppula will be a UFA but may have interest in returning.

    “It’s been a great place to be, a great team obviously,” he told the News. “You want to be on that kind of team.”

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Sabres are picking up part of Jason Pominville’s contract. If they weren’t, the Wild would be over the salary cap. Working with Cap geek, they estimate that the Sabres may be covering $225,000 for this year, a pro-rated $900,000.
  • Cap Geek: Not confirmed on the amount, but the Hurricanes could be picking up between $500,000 and $1.5 million of Jussi Jokinen’s now Penguins salary.
  • Bill Watters: According to sources, the Maple Leafs offered the Coyotes Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick for Keith Yandle. (You would assume this was ‘offered’ around Wednesday, but I wonder if it happened in the offseason, or at least sometime well before the trade deadline day)
  • Bill Watters: Years ago, the Flyers offered Claude Giroux to the Lightning for defenseman Paul Ranger but was turned down by then GM Brian Lawton.
  • John Hoven of Mayors Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi when asked if he was close to any trades on deadline day.

    “No. I like our team, and I think we addressed our biggest need. And you see Matt Greene in there – we get him back, that’s like getting a player for nothing now. I didn’t see anything that was really going to improve us. Our depth up front with Toffoli and Brad Richardson, we forget about him, but he’s shown he’s a good depth player. So it wasn’t really anything there that made sense as terms of an upgrade, let alone then get to the part where if you upgrade, what’s it going to do to your cap and everything else. The other thing we were able to do on this that I really liked – and you know I’m confident in how I feel about this – we’ve got 10 picks in this year’s draft. You never want to lose sight of that part. Now, we don’t have a first rounder, but we’re going into this, we were able to keep this nucleus, get this piece here, and have 10 picks going in next year’s draft. Our eye going forward, we haven’t sold the farm by any stretch. I think we’ve got the space to keep our young players. Then hopefully…add the right veterans here going forward also. Now it’s up to our scouts to hit in the middle rounds.

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Kiprusoff, Red Wings, Flyers and Oilers

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Damien Cox: The Maple Leafs and Miikka Kiprusoff’s agent will continue talks this morning. Could be 50-50 at best.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if the Maple Leafs did little today. GM Dave Nonis may be looking for bargains.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward, but won’t give up a first round pick. Several options have already been traded.

    “With the people that were moved the last couple of days, in most cases I talked to those general managers,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “I don’t know that there’s a lot out there. We’ll see what happens (Wednesday).”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland won’t be looking for depth players.

    “We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,” Holland said. “Some players we couldn’t get in the mix on. I’ll explore until the deadline.”

    The Wings inquired about Jaromir Jagr and Jay Bouwmeester. Players the Red Wings might be interested in: Derek Morris, Mark Streit,  Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Curtis Glencross, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Pominville, Mike Ribeiro and Drew Stafford.

  • Kevin Allen: GM Holland is still looking, but would be fine if he ends the day with the same team.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t think the Flyers are on edge about the deadline. GM Paul Holmgrem said on Saturday that he didn’t expect to be a buyer. The Flyers are six points out. They don’t have much to offer up if they decide they want to make a playoff push. Possible trade bait in Daniel Briere, Max Talbot and Braydon Coburn are all out with injuries. If they are looking to add a defenseman, they could look at: Jamie McBain, Ryan O’Byrne, Erik Johnson, Ryan Whitney, Derek Morris and Keith Yandle.
  • Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini on if it will be a busy trade deadline day.

    “Hard to tell. We’re talking to a lot of teams about different options, short-term, long-term … I really won’t know until I get there on Wednesday.”

    McCurdy lists some Oilers who could be traded: Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Mark Fistric, Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi and Theo Peckham.

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NHL Rumors IV: Hurricanes, Bruins, Red Wings, Oilers and Blackhawks

  • Chip Alexander: GM Jim Rutherford said the deadline day could be quiet for the Hurricanes. Not expecting to add another defenseman after the Bergeron acquisition. Rutherford added, ”We can’t make a trade that would help us more than getting Justin (Faulk) back.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: Murphy doens’t think the Bruins are done, still want to a defenseman.
  • Craig Custance: With Jaromir Jagr and Jay Bouwmeester traded, Custance isn’t sure if the Red Wings will do much by tomorrow.
  • Craig Cusance: There is nothing imminent on the Keith Yandle front. A trade would have to make a lot of sense for the Coyotes to move him. They would need a legit top-six center.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Having more than one team involved with Ryan Clowe is slowing the deal down.
  • Bob Stauffer: Stauffer doesn’t see the Oilers moving Ryan Whitney. They could trade pending UFA Randy Jones or depth defenseman like Theo Peckham.
  • Patrick King: If King were the Leafs or Canadiens, would jump in an grab a big name, the prices are reasonable.
  • James Duthie: Nice acquisition for the Blackhawks, both Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa will be back in the lineup on Thursday.

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Calgary Flames trade Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues

The Calgary Flames have traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues for a 2013 1st round pick, defenseman Mark Cundari and goalie Reto Berra.

According to David Pagnotta, if the Blues miss the playoffs, the Flames will get a 2013 4th round pick and the and the 2013 1st round pick will be deferred to 2014.

The 29-year old Bouwmeester was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers, 3rd overall in 2002. He carries a $6.68 million salary cap hit this year and next.

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