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NHL Rumors VI: Maple Leafs, Reimer, Jets, Lecavalier, Ehrhoff and the Goalie Market

  • Nick Kypreos: James Reimer has requested to be traded. There was talk on the draft floor between the Jets and Maple Leafs. It could be revisited at a later date.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Neither the Leafs or James Reimer’s agent would comment on reports of Reimer requesting a trade. One of Reimer’s friends told the Star that he’s looking for a “fresh start.”Leafs pending UFAs: Nikolai Kulemin, Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger.The Leafs have talked to pending UFAs Martin Brodeur, Milan Michalek and Dan Boyle.

    Kulemin is getting interest from the Penguins. Bolland and Raymond are getting interest from teams.

    “You’ve got competition. You’ve got other teams that want those same players,” Shanahan said at the draft. “I guess I’d be worried if I was reaching out to a player and he said no one else had called him. So there’s nothing definite. We’ll see. We’ll see where it ends up.”

  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: There is an outside chance the Jets re-sign Olli Jokinen. Source saying they could be looking at Jussi Jokinen. Brian Boyle and Derek Roy could be other options for the Jets.
  • Anthony Petrelli: A commenter on MLHS said that Philly Sports Radio 94WIP was saying that the Flyers have three offers from Vincent Lecavalier: Scottie Upshall from the Panthers, Tim Gleason from the Maple Leafs and draft picks from the Stars.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers would be interested in Christian Ehrhoff, but would have to figure out their major salary cap issues first.
  • Andy Strickland: Talk is the Maple Leafs, Penguins and Islanders are looking at free agent goaltenders, likely looking for a 1A/1B tandem.
  • Andy Strickland: The Canucks, Flames and Capitals are thought to be looking for a No. 1 goaltender.
  • Andy Strickland: More talk that the Sharks are trying to trade Antti Niemi.

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NHL Rumors III: Morris, Coyotes, Thornton, Engelland, Hiller, Weaver and McClement

  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes will be moving on from Derek Morris, GM Don Maloney: “We wanted to change our mix.”

  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes called on pending UFAs yesterday. They are looking to add a scoring winger or two, improve their speed and team defending.

  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he contacted some defensemen but wouldn’t say who.

  • Damien Cox: There is interest in Shawn Thornton. Douglas Murray may find it difficult in getting an offer.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Six teams have shown interest in Deryk Engelland. At least four teams are interested in Jonas Hiller.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Sources saying that the Oilers reached out to Engelland and are likely to have further talks.

  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks played phone tag with Jonas Hiller’s agent, who also represents Deryk Engelland and Joe Vitale.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Sources saying Mike Weaver has talked with teams, but the Canadiens still remain high on his list.

  • Jonas Siegel: Jay McClement’s agent said there haven’t been talks with the Maple Leafs and there are none planned as of yet.

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NHL Video: Maple Leafs Outlook and Team Needs

SportsNet looks at the Toronto Maple Leafs and what Leafs fans could look forward to this offseason. They would like to upgrade at center and have decisions to make on Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond and Jay McClement. Dion Phaneuf could net them a nice return if they decide to move him. They can’t bring James Reimer back. Potential free agent targets could be Brad Richards, Paul Stastny and Leo Komarov.

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NHL Rumors VI: Penguins, Bruins and Maple Leafs

  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford:

    “Some people came after me today and there’s ideas out there,” said Rutherford, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. “I haven’t been throwing any ideas out, but I’ll listen. Obviously there’s going to be some new players there because just the position we’re in with the cap.”

    The Maple Leafs are said to be one of the teams that has checked in on James Neal. Rutherford doesn’t have a mandate to trade Kris Letang. Re-signing Matt Niskanen won’t be easy, but the likelihood of it happening would increase if they could clear some cap space out. Rutherford won’t bring in an enforcer to play two or three minutes. Upgrading their bottom-six is a priority, especially their bottom-three. Rutherford is comfortable with Marc-Andre Fleury in net.

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Rutherford:

    “I’d prefer to [clear some cap space], but I’m not going to look at it as being ‘urgent,’ ” he said. “I’m not going to do it just to do it.”

    On their blueline:

    “We have to look at what we think we have as a top four or five,” he said. “If we get a comfort level with that, I’m not sure we have to bring anyone in right away.

    On trade calls:

    “Teams are going to be calling,” he said. “They always do. If we could get a little more grit up front to be able to be prepared for a couple of those teams in the East that are a little tougher to play, I may make a deal sooner than later.”

  • Joe Haggery of CSNNE: The Bruins are focusing on Jarome Iginla contract talks before they turn to their other free agents. Both sides are trying to close a deal. The Bruins have about $9 million for three forwards, two defensemen and a backup goalie. If/when they get Iginla’s deal done, they’ll turn to RFAs Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Source said the Bruins haven’t had contact with pending UFA Shawn Thornton.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on the draft:

    “You’ve got a pretty good chance of getting a good player at eight or four,” he said. “For us to move up the price tag would have to reflect that fact.”

    “I wouldn’t say it’s a priority that we’re going to go for the most skilled player,” Nonis explained, “but I think the players that are going to be available in the top eight by and large are skill players so because of that fact there’s a good chance that’s what you end up with.”

    The Leafs have held preliminary talks with Dave Bolland. Nonis wouldn’t rule out the return of Mason Raymond, Nik Kulemin, Bolland and Jay McClement. Leo Komarov could be bought back at the right price.

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NHL Rumors I: Center Options For Stars, Maple Leafs, Moller and BriseBois

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars will be looking at second line center this offseason.

    “It’s a priority for us,” he said of center depth. “I think if you want to be a contender, you have to be deep down the middle. That’s something we’ve talked about over and over again.”

    Do they look at Paul Stastny, trade for Ryan Kesler or go with Cody Eakin until Jason Dickinson and/or Devin Shore is ready? GM Jim Nill went after Vincent Lecavalier last summer. Options for the Stars: Jason Spezza, Paul Stastny and Ryan Kesler. Long-shot options in Eric or Jordan Staal. Bridge scenario in Mikhail Grabovski. Go with Eakin and have third line options in Vern Fiddler, David Legwand, Steve Ott and Jay McClement.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs don’t want to pay Dave Bolland more than the $4.2 million they are paying Tyler Bozak. About 20 teams may be interested Paul Stastny’s services if he becomes a free agent. Simmons thinks the Leafs should re-sign Jay McClement but at less than $1.5 million.
  • Stephen Whyno: Oscar Moller expects the Kings to give him an offer to return to the NHL next year.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said it’s only a matter of time before a team gives Julien BriseBois a chance to be a GM.

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NHL Rumors III: Center Targets for Stars … Wild and Their Goaltending

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars will be looking for a No. 2 center this offseason, and there could be plenty of options.

    1. Jason Spezza – the Stars would not be interest if it were for only a year. They may want to talk about an extension first before make a deal. The Senators may be interested in Trevor Daley, Brenden Dillon or Alex Chiasson, a prospect and a draft pick. The Senators may need to add salary to get to the cap floor. Would they be able to work out a deal to include Sergei Gonchar and his $5 million contract? Would the Stars be willing to give up Alex Goligoski, Brett Ritchie or Jason Dickinson, as well as their first round pick?

    2. Paul Stastny – he could be available on July 1st and the Stars wouldn’t have to give up anything to get him.

    3. Ryan Kesler – he has had shoulder and foot issues that past couple seasons. The Stars and Canucks ownership have some negative history. The Canucks may be interested in Alex Chiasson or Brenden Dillon, prospects Brett Ritchie or Jamie Oleksiak.

    4. Could the Hurricanes shop Eric or Jordan Staal? Cost for either would be high.

    5. Mikhail Grabovski – he may like the Stars up-tempo play.

    6. Leave Cody Eakin at No. 2 and add a solid No. 3 – free agent options – Vern Fiddler, David Legwand, Steve Ott and Jay McClement.

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher’s top priority this offseason will be to figure out his goaltending situation for next season. At points this past season, Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper and Ilya Bryzgalov were all used as their No. 1 goalie. Backstrom has two years left at $3.5 million per season. The Wild would still be on the hook for his deal if he retired. Harding has not thought of retiring due to his health concerns. Kuemper is a RFA and will be looking for one-way deal. Bryzgalov is a UFA. Thomas Vanek speculation will continue. Would GM Chuck Fletcher consider trading Mikko Koivu?

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NHL Rumors: Nash, Stepan, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Trotz and Blue Jackets

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Rick Nash is hearing the boo birds. He’s owed $7.8 million per season through 2017-18, so the Rangers may not be able to do much with him. Nash has a no-trade clause. He may decide if it’s better to move on if provided an attractive option. If GM Glen Sather is able to find a team that is interested in Nash, there won’t be a sweepstakes for him. The Rangers have only one compliance buyout left, so if used on Nash, they would be committing to Brad Richards through 2019-20. Derek Stepan is having his third bad playoffs, and if it continues, Brooks thinks Sather may have to test the trade market for Stepan.
  • The Fourth Period: Pending UFAs Nikolai Kulemin and Paul Ranger are not expected to be back next season. Pending UFAs Dave Bolland, Jay McClement, Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie could be re-signed. Bolland’s contract demands may be too high for the Leafs. Trade talk will heat up, with the names of Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri and James Reimer likely to come up.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I believed last year that Nonis would look seriously at moving Kadri/Gardiner. Logic would suggest that’s just as likely or more”
  • Darren Dreger: Hearing that the Canucks met with Jim Benning on Wednesday. Considered the front-runner for the vacant GM position. Some think that the job is Benning’s and that Linden is waiting for the end of the second round to make the announcement. Garry Valk: Source saying that Trevor Linden met with Jim Benning last week and the meeting went great. Capitals are also in on Benning.
  • Elliott Pap: Barry Trotz said on Team 1040 that he’s interested in “every job that is out there” but has had “no contact with the Canucks.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Capitals, Panthers and Hurricanes have all contacted Barry Trotz.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets pending UFA Derek MacKenzie said that both sides have shown interest in a new deal.

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NHL Rumors II: Panthers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Avs

  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers are hoping to re-sign pending RFAs Dmitry Kulikov and Eric Gudbranson, as well as pending UFA Tom Gilbert. Gilbert and the Panthers will talk about an extension before July 1st. The Panthers have already had trade talks involving Kulikov before the deadline, and could revisit those if they can’t get him locked up.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is doing all he can to keep pending UFA Andrew MacDonald with the team. MacDonald has enjoyed his time with the Flyers.

    “I’m not going to comment on anything that is ongoing,” Holmgren told the Daily News yesterday. “It just doesn’t make any sense [to comment]. We’d like to get something done. We want to sign him.”

    “I like what I see so far. It’s been great,” MacDonald said. “From an organizational standpoint, the team has been competitive. As a player, that’s all you can ask. That and to make you feel welcome. I’ve been really happy. We’ll see if something can get done here.”

    Money could become an issue. MacDonald would be one of the top Dmen available on July 1st. The Flyers will likely need to pay market price or higher for him. He turned down a four year, $16 million from the Islanders before he was traded at the deadline.

  • Sam Carchidi: MacDonald said that his agent and GM Paul Holmgren have been talking contract extension.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Randy Carlyle’s future as the Leafs coach won’t be determined quickly. GM Dave Nonis knew before he signed his five-year extension with the Leafs last year that it was possible that they would bring in another senior executive. Nonis may wait and see what other coaches come available after the season, possibilities include: Barry Trotz, John Tortorella, Kirk Muller, Dan Bylsma and Peter DeBoer. The Leafs and Dave Bolland’s camp don’t appear to be close. Bolland may be looking for an eight year deal in the $5 million range. Thought is that he won’t get that anywhere. A deal in the five year range and closer to the $4.2 million that Tyler Bozak makes, makes more sense. The Leafs would like Bolland back, but only at a reasonable price. Nonis will have to decide if he wants to bring pending UFAs Nikolai Kulemin and Jay McClement back. James Reimer will most likely ask to be traded, but it may not be easily made.
  • Josh Yohe of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is in the AHL on a conditioning assignment is not sure if he’ll be called up to backup Marc-Andre Fleury. It could also be his last season playing hockey.

    “That’s up to the coaches,” Vokoun said. “When we talked back in January, I told them I’m open-minded. Regardless of what happened, I was 90 percent sure it was going to be my last season anyway.”

  • Chris Johnston: Leafs GM Dave Nonis is expected to remain GM after the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president.
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “If Shanahan goes in and fires Carlyle then he should just fire Nonis too. If that’s the way then Nonis is just a puppet” … “Nonis will not be a puppet. That’s not his style. There is a fighter there that I don’t think people realize.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: The people that I’ve spoken to have told me that it’s Patrick Roy making the decisions there”

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NHL Rumors: Devils, Islanders, Blues, Jets, Maple Leafs, Gilmour and the Bruins

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: It’s very likely the Devils will make a strong attempt to sign Cory Schneider to a long-term contract. His deal expires after next season. If they are not able to sign him to an extension, they could look to trade him before the start of next season and possibly re-sign Martin Brodeur.  Schneider has said he’s not sure if he’d sign an extension this summer if an offer was fair or if he’d rather play out next season. Miller spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Liut. (many questions/answers in link above)

    Q: That sounds like you might think Schneider playing out his contract could be the better route.

    Liut: We don’t know what New Jersey’s thinking. Let’s not be presumptuous. When I get into these conversations with writers, the one thing that scares me is it comes off that Cory is presumptuously deciding today that is what it’s going to be and we’re making decisions. We don’t have anything. We have a clean slate. To say that we haven’t made any decisions would be to overstate our position. There’s no offer.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov would like to continue playing for the Islanders. The Islanders and Nabokov’s camp won’t talk until after the season. He could do a one-year deal. The Isles may look to acquire a young but experience goalie to be their No. 1 next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blues Derek Roy likely won’t be back next year and they could use the $4 million that will be off the books to attempt re-sign Ryan Miller. The Jets may look to deal either Evander Kane or Dustin Byfuglien to shake up their core.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that trade talks involving Jets Evander Kane will pick up this offseason. The Jets will look to retool.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Talk of whether or not Evander Kane will be with the Jets next year has begun again. He has been in the rumor for years, dating back to 2011 and a potential deal with the Flyers. Other teams have also been part of the rumors. It’s not known if Kane has asked for a trade. Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit for the next four seasons. The Jets could keep Kane and hope that he matures both on and off the ice. The Jets could also tire of the situation and move him like the Bruins did with Tyler Seguin.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Go down the list, Nonis may be looking to dangle some guys like Lupul. Maybe he needs to shake up the core to help Bolland” … “I think there is a strong appetite for Leaf fans, and there should be, to bring back Dave Bolland
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Maybe we need to start talking about likes of Lupul, Phaneuf, go down the list. Some of these guys that have been unable to deliver” … “Maybe they [players mentioned in previous tweet] should be part of the discussion of change?”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “McClement for the most part has been a good player for the Leafs & mgmt will want him back.” … “Raymond too, but you won’t get that guy back for $1 mill. He’ll be $2.5-$3.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think the Leafs believe they have players in the AHL that can step in and fill Kulemin’s role”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “If I’m Nonis I’m worried. Sure I can fire the coach, but would a new guy fire up and ignite this bunch?” … “Leiweke said to me, a few months back, that he was very supportive of hockey ops and would stay away”
  • Murray Pam: Agent Darryl Wolski is reporting that Doug Gilmour is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) to coach Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien will rest players this week. All players will travel with the team.
  • CapGeek: There will be quite a few teams that will have bonus overages this year that will be carried over to next year. The Bruins will likely have the biggest cap penalty.

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NHL Rumors: Brodeur, Maple Leafs FAs and Coaches, and Jones

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur is “80 percent sure” that he’ll play next season and hasn’t ruled out remaining with the Devils.

    “I’m not closing (the door) here at all,” Brodeur told The Star-Ledger. “It will be a decision I’ll make after offers are brought to me. It might be July 1st or it might be way after July 1st.

    “It all depends on what is on the table, whether it’s in New Jersey or somewhere else. I’m open-minded about it. I’m looking for specific things some teams probably can’t give me. And that’s understandable at my age. But if I feel I can play and people want me, we’ll see.”

    Brodeur’s requirements:

    “I’m not going to sit more than I sit this year. That’s not something I want,” Brodeur said. “If I come back, it’s not a question of money. It’s because I still love it and I still enjoy the game.

    “And I want to be in a position to have another shot (at winning), no matter what role I’m in. To me it would seem empty to leave without having a chance of winning something. Hopefully it will be this year and that will change a lot about my decision and what I’m going to do in my future.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “When you look at the 4 UFAs that the Leafs will key on are Bolland, McClement, Kulemin & Raymond” … “Bolland still identifies for me the identity that this team will play with.” … “It’s up to Bolland does he chase the dollars that will pay him $5 million elsewhere? That’s up to him” … “The only given that stays of those 4 UFAs is McClement and that’s only if Carlyle stays because of the appreciation RC has for him”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “How do you replace a man like Carlyle? Is there anyone better out there than Carlyle? Are Trotz or Laviolette better than him?” … “Do the Leafs look at Steve Spott or Luke Richardson? Those are drastic moves”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Seth Jones thinks he could be ready to return on Friday.

    “It’s a process. You think you’re good, and the brain will tell you otherwise sometimes,” Jones said. “There are steps that are required to come back and I’m kind of in the midst of those right now.”

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