Posts Tagged Jim Vandermeer

Quick hits: Lecavalier, JF Jacques, waivers, Hillen, Gardiner, Rinaldo, Redden and Leino

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Vincent Lecavalier is playing in his 1,000th game today. He’s the 5th former #1 pick to play 1,000 games with his drafting team. Mike Modano, Gilbert Perreault, Denis Potvin and Chris Phillips are the 4 other players.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner said he feels 100% and he hope to be back in the lineup later this week.

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Free Agent notes: Iginla, Subban, O’Reilly, Kulikov, Kessel, Letoureau-Leblond and Vandermeer

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Jarome Iginla will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. GM Jay Feaster addressed the Iginla situation on Day 1 of training camp, and won’t do so again.

    “The directive here in Calgary, the objective here in Calgary, has not changed. From ownership right on through, our goal and our intent is to have Jarome Iginla spend his entire playing career with the Calgary Flames.

    “The one thing we don’t want is to talk to Jarome’s contract every day.”

    Jarome added to that:

    “I don’t want it to be a distraction to the team, to myself. We have a goal and a mission. We’ve been out of the playoffs three years, with a shortened, intense season, we don’t need a distraction,” said Iginla, who didn’t skate Sunday due to a groin strain. “I believe in this organization and this team.”

    “My preference would be to play here on a great team and win. I think we can do that. My focus is going to be on helping this team to the playoffs and ultimately win.”

  • Louis Jean via twitter: (tweeted at 5:41 PM) Agent Don Meehan said there was no contact with the Canadiens about P.K. Subban [yesterday].
  • Tim Wharnsby of CBC: Wharnsby thinks the Avalanche will have a more difficult time getting Ryan O’Reilly signed, than the Stars will with Jamie Benn and the Canadiens with P.K. Subban. O’Reilly is getting a pro-rated $4 million to play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Metallurg may also be willing to increase his salary if he remains in Russia. O’Reilly and the Avalanche are believed to be far apart. He has 5 goals and 10 points in 10 games.
  • George Richards via twitter: Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos is working on the Dmitry Kulikov deal according to GM Dale Tallon. Tallon said he didn’t know if Kulikov is in Russia or not.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle thinks that Phil Kessel could easily get $7.5 million a year on a long-term contract. Does a contract extension like that work for the Leafs this July?

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Free Agent notes involving Del Zotto, Benn, Perry, Subban and Vandermeer

  • Mike Heika via twitter: Jamie Benn (RFA) is the only unsigned Stars player.

    “We’ve had talks with Jamie for a year and a half, so we know the parameters,” Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said Tuesday. “We’ve made it clear to them that it is a priority for us, and I think Jamie knows we want him in camp…It’s important, but time will dictate whether it gets done.’’

    Benn could get a new contract in the $5 to $6 million range.

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle has heard that Corey Perry would have seriously considered joining his former GM when he became a UFA at the end of this season.
  • Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun: There was talk out of Montreal on Tuesday that P.K. Subban’s  camp could be looking for a contract similar to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Doughty signed an 8 year, $56 million deal last year.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks are one of several teams to have contacted free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer. The Canucks could be a more likely destination for Vandermeer.

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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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Spacek retires … Vandermeer eyes Canucks … Greiss to Germany … Schneider to consider Switzerland

  • The Fourth Period: Jaroslav Spacek retired from hockey yesterday after 13 NHL seasons. The 38 year old played in 880 career games with the Hurricanes, Canadiens, Panthers, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Oilers and Sabres. The Flyers showed some interest in him over the summer.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Pronvince: Defenseman Jim Vandermeer, a UFA, would be interested in joining the Canucks as a depth defenseman, replacing Aaron Rome. His agent and the Canucks did talk before the lockout started. If the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo, a defenseman come back in the deal, closing a spot for Vandermeer.

    “It would be very attractive and work out great,” Vandermeer said Monday after skating with NHL peers and the Thunderbirds at UBC. “We’ve talked a little bit to Vancouver when we could and it was the same as when we talked to other teams. We picked the ones who would have a need for a guy like me. Hopefully, when we start talking they [Canucks] feel the same way.”

    The Canucks do have 7 defenseman (pairings of Kevin Bieksa-Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler-Jason Garrison, Keith Ballard-Chris Tanev and Andrew Alberts as the 7th), but Edler and Garrison have been battling injuries. Adding depth doesn’t hurt.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea: According to the team website, Thomas Greiss (Sharks) has signed with the Hannover Scorpions in Germany.
  • Monte Stewart of the Globe and Mail: Cory Schneider will consider going to Europe if the lockout continues much longer. He will head home for the American Thanksgiving, and then explore options in Switzerland. His grandfather was born there, so he wouldn’t be considered an import player.

    “It’ll be another week, so we’ll see if the talks have gone anywhere, and if not we’ll have to open the door to that possibility again,” he said Monday after skating with some of his teammates at the University of British Columbia.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: In the next wave of cancelled games, the NHL will cancel the Jan. 27th All-Star Game in Columbus according to a source. It was estimated that it would bring in $12 million to the local economy.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Evander Kane was released from his contract with Dinamo Minsk on Friday after recording only one goal in 12 games.

    “I’ve spoken to Evander and he just found the hockey to be different,” Oster said Friday. “The style to be different, the training to be different. I think the coaching was a challenge at times. This arrangement didn’t have a set time limit. It was a month-to-month deal. For both sides it felt like it had run its course.”

  • John Shannon via twitter: The AHL is expected to announce today that they will be using the hybrid icing for the rest of the season.

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Blues goalie question … Pollak on Thornton to Rangers … Who the Sharks, Jets could look at … Huet looking NHL

  • Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Question: Will Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott split time or will one become the traditional starter. Jeremy Rutherford: Rutherford expects them to split time, but GM Doug Armstrong recently noted that he can see Halak playing more than the 46 games he played last year. Dan O’Neill: “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Tom Timmerman: May depend on how well Halak starts the season. If he starts off hot, he could see more game. Elliott may get 30 games. If Halak starts off cold, Elliott will get more games. Andy Strickland: Hard to say, will have to see how they play throughout the season. If they are hot, they’ll play more. Kevin Wheeler: He’d roll with the same setup as last year.
  • Kevin Kurz CSN Bay Area: Wonders if the Sharks are short a defenseman. They have a strong top 5, but questions surround Douglas Murray and Jason Demers. Prospect Taylor Doherty could see some action this season. Some free agent options could be Michal Rozsival, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jim Vandermeer, Scott Hannan, Brett Clark, Matt Gilroy, Jaroslav Spacek, Pavel Kubina, Steve Eminger and Kurtis Foster.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Pollak comment s on Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont’s note on the Rangers possibly looking at Joe Thornton:

    “Don’t be surprised” could be code for, ‘I talked with someone in the Rangers organization’ or it could mean Dupont is just stirring the pot. No problem with that either way.

    Nothing suggests that the Sharks might be receptive to an offer. The Sharks are looking to improve their roster, and the Rangers aren’t going to offer up Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal (overstatement but making a point). Thornton has a no-trade clause. He called the Rangers soft last year, later apologized.

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Tait mentions some free agent names that might look good in a Jets uniform: Shane Doan, Milan Jurcina, Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Kurtis Foster, Mathieu Darche, Petr Sykora and Jonathan Cheechoo.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Flames 1st round pick Mark Jankowski will play with Providence College rather than Dubuque of the USHL.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Cristobal Huet’s agent said he’s “still working on” getting a deal with an NHL team.

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Nash not getting traded … Carter didn’t ask for a trade … Canes shopping Kaberle … Omark and Gagner Leafs rumors … Jagr, Lombardi and Nabokov injured

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has never brought up Rick Nash’s name in trade talks. Other teams have obviously asked about Nash, but were quickly turned down.

    “Rick has never asked for a trade, contrary to what has been reported,” his agent Joe Resnick told on Thursday. “Rick is focused on trying to turn things around in Columbus and help the team get some wins.”

    Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has admitted he’s looking for a goalie:

    “We’re seeing what’s available and seeing what the price tag is,” GM Brian Burke told on Thursday afternoon. “Obviously nothing has tickled our fancy yet.”

    James Reimer has been listed as day-to-day for weeks and still hasn’t started skating. Burke added: “so at some point we have to get a goaltender in here to bridge the gap until he’s healthy.”

    Ryan Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, on contract talks with the Predators: “It’s ongoing; there won’t be a deal while I’m here in town.”  “We’re continuing to talk, and that’s about all I can say at this point.”

  • RDS through google translate: RDS reported that Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter has already asked for a trade. Carter has missed time with a foot injury and has only played in 7 games. Renaud Lavoie of RDSthrough google translate: Teams looking to improve will likely have asked about Carter. The Blue Jackets don’t want to get rid of him. Lavoie contacted Carter’s agent, Rick Curran, who said that Carter didn’t ask for a trade despite the rumors.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: This weekend could determine the fate of Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. Sources are saying that GM Jim Rutherford is looking to trade for a forward and is dangling defenseman Tomas Kaberle and Bryan Allen, even though Joni Pitkanen is out with an injury.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers center Sam Gagner keeps being mentioned in trade rumors, one involving Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson or possibly landing with the Blackhawks, reuniting him with his London Knights linemate, Patrick Kane.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson doesn’t think the Oilers need to trade for a defenseman even with Cam Barker being out till March and with Ryan Whitney having injury issues the last year. Whitney is expected to be back in the lineup next week. When Whitney returns they’ll have 7 defenseman, so they may not have a need for a Cody Franson. The Leafs are hurting for a forward due to recent injuries. Linus Omark is trade chip for Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. Matheson wonders if Omark and a 2nd round pick could get Franson? Burke may rather have Gagner than Omark, but he’s had ankle and back issues so far this season. Other defenseman that aren’t playing much that the Oilers could look at are: Jim Vandermeer (SJ), Matt Walker (PHI), Shaone Morrisson (BUF), Jason Strudwick or their prospect Colten Teubert.
  • Jonas Seigel via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Matthew Lombardi was injured in last night’s game and left the arena with his arm in a sling.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Islanders goalie Nabokov suffered a groin injury in last night’s game and will be re-evaluated today.
  • Adam Jahns via twitter: Brent Seabrook is out tonight and probably won’t play until they head to California. Michael Frolik is questionable against Calgary.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Ryan Kesler has a stiff shoulder. Keith Ballard has back spasms. Mason Raymond has been cleared for contact.

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Sunday Morning NHL Rumor Round Up – Part 1

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Senators and Chris Phillips will continue to talk today, both sides will need to figure out if the gap can be closed. If it’s decided that he won’t be re-signing, options are for him to waive his no trade clause, or finish out the year with the Sens. Garrioch thinks it’s going to be an 11th hour decision. Darren Dreger adds that if the Senators offer just over $3 million for 3 years, Phillips would take it.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: From a Dean Lombardi (Kings GM) text, “Brayden Schenn is not going anywhere,” The Kings are still looking at Ales Hemsky and Brad Richards. Andrei Loktionov who was possible trade bait injured his shoulder and could be done for the year. The Colorado Avalanche told the Calgary Sun that they won’t trade Paul Stastny. Adam Foote and Milan Hejduk will be staying as well. Canucks GM Mike Gillis confirmed that he won’t be trading Cory Schneider or Cody Hodgson. He’ll be looking for a 3rd-4th liner, not a defenseman, John Maddon isn’t a fit due to salary. The Flames are looking for a depth defenseman. Agent Pat Brisson on Sidney Crosby, “We don’t know if it’s two weeks, two months or five months.” Jim Vandermeer and Ladislav Smid are more likely to move than Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: “Take it for what it’s worth… but Kings GM Dean Lombardi says he won’t trade Brayden Schenn.”
  • Detroit Free Press: ESPN reported that there was some chatter that the  Red Wings were interested in Zach Bogosian. Wings GM Ken Holland said he has never talked to Atlanta.
  • Daniel Tolensky via twitter: Tolensky is surprised that Patrick Elias rumors haven’t come up at all, and that he’d look good beside Kopitar.
  • Jim Morris of the Globe and Mail: The Canucks won’t be making a big deal. “I don’t think we have any glaring deficiencies,” Gillis said Saturday, “We think we did a fairly good job and our record seems to indicate we’ve done a good job. Sometimes at the trade deadline you simply don’t have the opportunity to do things. If there is something we can do to improve our team now, it if comes our way and it makes sense, we’re going to do it.” They may look to add one of Marty Reasoner (FLA), Rob Niedermayer (BUF), Chris Neil (OTT) or Cody McLeod (COL).
  • Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: Flames winger Niklas Hagman has the flu but should be good for today. Tim Jackman has an upper body injury from a fight with Ryane Clowe and is day-to-day. Daymond Langkow is progressing and is taking part in light workouts.

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Seabrook and Blackhawks close on extension … Wild look at Penner … Waiver notes … Trade deadline video from Van. Sun

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Brent Seabrook and the Chicago Blackhawks are close to signing a 5 year contract extension believed to be worth just under $30 million.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times: The Chicago Blackhawks waived Nick Boynton, which may mean they are closer to adding a defenseman. Mike Commodore (CBJ) and Craig Rivet (BUF) are on re-entry waivers, and they’ve been linked to Jim Vandermeer (EDM), Ladislav Smid (EDM) and Brett Clark (TB).
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Minnesota Wild have definitely contact the Oilers about Dustin Penner. The Wild are looking to move Chuck Kobesew (Oilers have similar players) and draft picks, but they won’t give up a 2011 1st rounder, and they don’t have a 2nd rounder. Kobesew could be dealt to the Hurricanes who have always liked him. A Wild source said the asking price for Ales Hemsky was “astronomical.” An LA source said that Lombardi is unlikely to make a blockbuster move.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Marco Sturm was placed on waivers yesterday by the LA Kings, but is expected to go unclaimed and could rejoin them today. He was put on waivers to create roster flexibility for Monday’s trade deadline. They are at the max 23 roster players and didn’t want to risk losing one of their younger players. “We have to waive a player now because you cannot do it at the deadline. You need 24 hours,”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Clarke MacArthur may be looking for a 3 year, $9 million. Burke may be looking for something closer to $2 million, Mikhail Grabovski ($2.9 million) and Nikolai Kulemin ($2.35 million). Burke may be able to get more than a 1st and 3rd he got for Versteeg. They are still focused on the defensive help with John-Michael Liles the leading option, it might take a 2nd round pick. Darren Dreger via twitter: Burke said a defenseman is a higher priority than a forward.
  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec left last night’s game in the 1st with an undisclosed injury. He stayed on the bench for most of the game, and “was said to be available if something happened to Mason”.
  • Nick Cotsoinka via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, “If a defenseman came along that made some sense for us, we’d consider that. If not, we’re fine.”
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Waiver notes: “Rivet on re-entry; Bernier cleared; Mike Smith cleared; Marco Sturm on waivers; Nick Boynton on waivers; Kris Newbury (NYR) on waivers, Mike Commodore (CBJ) on re-entry, Todd Ford (Wash) on waivers, Wade Belak (Nash) on waivers”
  • Vancouver Sun: Cam Cole and Iain MacIntyre discuss the Canucks and the NHL trade deadline.

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Richards skates for 1st time since concussion … Oilers not active shoppers … ‘Hawks-Lightning talking … Columbus looking for C and Dman … Leafs and MacArthur

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Brad Richards skated for the 1st time since Feb. 13th yesterday.

    “He skated today, and I haven’t heard anything else besides that,” Crawford said. “I think the news is good on him, and let’s hope the news continues to be good. You hope we get another shot in the arm with the return of Brad and the return of Nick Grossman (at some point). You just have to be patient, because those are injuries where you just have to do what the medical people tell you.”

    Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has talked to Richards about the possibility of a trade, and both understand each other. “It’s a complicated process and there is a lot to consider, but we believe we’re prepared for all possibilities,” Nieuwendyk said. “There is so much speculation out there, but it’s not coming from our side. The bottom line is we are on the same page and Brad understands what we are doing.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is not an active seller these days, and there have not been as many scouts attending Oilers games lately. He’s fine if they don’t make any trades by the deadline. There were 6 scouts watching the Oilers-Wild game (2 from the Blackhawks, 2 from the Rangers, and 1 from the Capitals and Thrashers). In Denver, one scout (Martin Lapointe from Chicago) watched them again, maybe looking at Jim Vandermeer. A scout from the Kings and Penguins was also at the Colorado game. For a Hemsky to LA deal, they may be able to get at least a 1st, 2nd, and a top prospect like Colten Teubert or an NHLer in Wayne Simmonds. Ladislav Smid is getting interest the Predators.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks may be in the market for a 3rd/4th line center, and should take a look at Panthers center Marty Reasoner. Reasoner is 54.5% in the faceoff circle, and kills penalties. He could be had for a likely a late round pick, several teams could be interested.
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: The Blackhawks are on the lookout for a defenseman, and may have targeted Lightning’s Brett Clark according to his sources. Clarke carries a $1.5 million cap hit, is under contract next season, and may require them to give up a forward off their roster. The ‘Hawks could also be looking at Ladislav Smid and Jim Vandermeer according to Jim Matheson.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: “Our team has put itself in position to challenge for a playoff spot,” Howson said yesterday. “We want to try and help if we can; we want to try to add to the team.” They need a playmaking center and power play quarterback. Howson says he’s “one of 25 buyers.” The Blue Jackets have inquired about Brad Richards. Steve Weiss and Tim Connolly could be available, Connolly more affordable. John-Michael Liles could be the top Dman available but he has a limited no-trade clause, and the Blue Jackets are not on his list of preferred teams. Also available are Bryan McCabe (no-trade), Joni Pitkanen (‘Canes still in 8th), and Dennis Wideman. Howson may prefer not to disrupt team chemistry, may have to part with 1st rounder or Nikita Filatov. Canadiens, Kings, and Penguins have inquired about Rostislav Klesla.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs may be looking to do one more deal, with Burke talking to up to 5 teams about a defenseman. He’s not close to anything.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: John-Michael Liles will earn $4.5 million next season with a $4.2 million cap, and the Leafs maybe trying to get him cheap. They may have offered the 3rd round pick they got from the Versteeg deal. The Leafs have been talking to Clarke MacArthur, he may be asking for a 3 year, $9 million deal. If they can’t re-sign MacArthur they may look to move him. Would the Canucks or Kings be interested? Cody Hodgson could be in play for the Canucks. Burke could also be interested in Stephen Weiss and David Booth from Florida. The Leafs could get in on Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky. The problem for the Leafs could be what to give up for these guys.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The NJ Devils are on a 16-1-2 run, and Jason Arnott must decide by Sunday night whether to ask for a trade or remain with the Devils in hope that they can continue to push for the last playoff spot. “Yeah, it does change it. We’re getting closer to the playoffs. It’s going to probably be a tough decision when Sunday comes around,” Arnott said today after practice in Brandon. “I’m sure the next few games will tell a little bit more.


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Lou says no to Souray … Gaborik has a concussion … Asking price for Hemsky huge, Kings still interested … Richard-Stars talking

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Lou Lamoriello said that the Devils haven’t put a claim on Seldon Souray, and won’t be.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Dallas Stars and Brad Richards have quietly been having talks, though there hasn’t been much progress. It’s more likely the Oilers will move Dustin Penner, Gilbert Brule, Jim Vandermeer and  Ladislav Smid than Ales Hemsky. The Islanders are looking to trade Radek Martinek, Bruno Gervais and Zenon Konopka. Expect the Avalanche to make a pitch of Tomas Vokoun who’ll be a UFA in the off-season. Rangers are looking Filip Kuba. Scouts have called Sheldon Souray’s performance in the AHL as “brutal”. Even if Pascal Leclair plays again this season, his NHL career may come to an end as nobody may want to sign the UFA. The Canadiens, Sharks and Canucks have interest in John-Michael Liles.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter:  “If there are three teams interested in Ottawa RW Alexei Kovalev there are three GM’s who haven’t been watching him all year.”
  • Eric Stevens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was was placed on the IR earlier this week after another bout of dizziness and lightheadedness, is “believed to have a balance issue according to a team spokesman.” He is to meet a physical therapist tomorrow and team doctors have ruled out a concussion.
  • Kent Youngblood of the Star-Tribune: Mikko Koivu injured his left hand blocking a shot in the 1st period of Friday’s game. It’s not known at the moment how long he’ll be out, more should be known tomorrow. If the Wild look to make a move for a center, they could look at, Jason Arnott, Tim Connolly or  Rob Niedermayer.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: If the Sabres improve their play they may become buyers, but if they play like they did against the Leafs and Blues, they may look to the future. They have the expiring contracts of Tim Connolly and Steve Montador, and haven’t had any contract talks with either. Team captain Craig Rivet could be moved.

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More Maple Leafs deals coming … Murray told to dump salaries in Ottawa … No pressure in Edmonton to make a deal

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: More Maple Leafs could be on their way out, with Tomas Kaberle’s name at the front again this year,

    “You’re right, about the last few years, you listen to the same stuff all the time,” Kaberle told after the team’s morning skate at Air Canada Centre. “It’s not a thing that a player wants to hear. He just wants to concentrate on hockey. But obviously it’s happening [around the trade deadline], the media analyzes it more and more. I just have to focus on hockey.”

    Kaberle holds the no-trade clause. The Bruins, Canadiens, and Rangers are reportedly interested. The Leafs will eventually approach Kaberle with an offer, and he’ll say either yes or no.

    “That’s the NHL. It’s going to happen or not. I’m up to it, whatever happens, happens. It’s something every player has to go through at the deadline.”

    Kris Versteeg is also wondering about his future as a Leafs as his name is in the trade rumors as well.

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk instructed Bryan Murray to get rid of as much salary as possible. Mike Fisher didn’t really want to leave Ottawa, but Nashville is a great fit, professionally and personally. The Kings and Hurricanes had ‘acceptable offers’ on the table for him. Chris Phillips could be next, and Strickland is still hearing that they could be open to re-signing on July 1st.
  • Corey Masisak of Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson,

    “Right now, we’re showing signs of climbing back in. If we can do a deal that makes sense for the team, we’re going to do it.”

    If the Blue Jackets decide to sell, Jan Hejda and Mathieu Garon could be made available.

    Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini,

    “This year there’s not the pressure to move players in order to make room. We have enough room for our young players,” Tambellini said to the Journal. “But I’m approaching this as I have other deadlines — where I am wide open to listening to ideas of how other teams can help make us a better team now, and maybe importantly, in the future.”

    Jim Vandermeer, Dustin Penner, and Ales Hemsky’s names have been out there.

    Washington is happy with Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth and won’t be adding a ‘potential No. 1 goalie’ this month. Washington may look at adding a center.

  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers GM Tambellini,

    “There’s a lot of different scenarios that will come across the desk in the next couple of weeks and if it’s younger, great,” Tambellini said. “If it’s something that makes sense as far as a veteran, we’ll look at that, too.

    “We’ll make a deal if it’s good for the Oilers moving forward. If not, we’re very comfortable with where we’re at. We have young players in young positions, we have good veterans playing hard in their positions and contributing from a leadership perspective.”

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