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Afternoon Rumors I: Kesler, Edler, Luongo, Coyotes, Waivers, Callahan, McQuaid, Robidas and Gionta

  • Brian Lawton: Lawton says not to be surprised if Ryan Kesler ends up with the Blackhawks in a three way deal. There is a lot going on behind the scenes on this one.
  • David Pagnotta: The Canucks have been telling some teams that Alex Edler is no longer available to them. Teams are still poking around. It would take a big offer to get him. Edler has a no-trade clause. Pagnotta doesn’t know if a list has been submitted. Some of the teams there were told he is not available was due to the lack assets that, that organization has.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Told that trade talks involving Roberto Luongo and the Capitals are heating up. One NHL executive on the Capitals and Luongo, ”Caps are desperate. Wouldn’t surprise me.”
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle is hearing that the Coyotes are up to something. Coyotes wanting to make a playoff push.
  • Bob McKenzie: On waivers: Trevor Smith (TOR), Jake Dowell (MIN), Corey Potter (EDM), Joe Corvo and Cory Conacher (OTT), Derek Smith (CGY), Scott Gomez and Scott Clemmensen (FLA).
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”I wouldn’t be surprised if at 3 tomorrow we see deals completed and the NHL shuts them down because the money doesn’t work”
  • Steve Zipay: “Hearing it’s not only $$$ that’s separating NYR and Callahan, but no-trade/no-move issue. Of course, that’s bargaining chip for both sides”
  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins will know more about the extent of Adam McQuaid’s injury by the end of the week.
  • Jimmy Murphy: The Bruins are one of the teams interested in Stars Stephane Robidas. One NHL executive said it would ”cost definitely a 3rd rd pick maybe a 2nd”.
  • David Pagnotta: There is a report that Canadiens have offered Brian Gionta a contract extension. Not true, talks should start after the trade deadline.

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Morning Rumors III: Senators Edition – Phillips, Corvo, Michalek, Stewart and Hemsky

  • James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators GM Bryan Murray, part of transcript from yesterday on deadline and Chris Phillips.

    On deadline approach:

    “Well, no question. If we lose that game and a couple of other teams in the race win, we’re in a difficult position, but I don’t know whether it makes a big, big difference. But very definitely, it keeps us in the race, and as that is the case, you have to react accordingly and that’s what we will do. We will again review where we are, what we’re hoping to do, what we want to achieve by the end of the year, as well as going forward in this organization and hopefully make the right decision.”

    On Chris Phillips talks:

    “Not really, no. I’ve talked to Chris, I planned to talk to him again today and then have to make a decision. I’ve made a proposal to him, he’s made a proposal to me, I’ve come back to him, we had a conversation after the game last night. It’s the norm, I think, as you try to play out a scenario with a player and, again, you want to make the right decision not for today only, but for the future.”

    On if he’ll trade Phillips if they don’t reach a contract extension:

    “Not necessarily. I think that, what my role in all of this is, at this time of year, is to show the players in the group that, if they’re in the race, that we’re going to try to help them stay in the race. So if you deal a good player, it makes it more difficult for them to believe it, so that’s all. I’m just going to, as I say, we’ll play it out, but we’ll go to the limit. As I say, we’ll talk to Chris again, we’ll try to see where we are. A draft pick at this moment doesn’t help this group, this year, so I’m obviously taking that into consideration.”

    On if they will be active at the deadline:

    “I don’t think overly so, but you know, obviously you’re on the phone and you talk to a variety of managers around the league, and we have a couple of names that we’re interested in talking about, and we will continue to do that until they disappear off the marketplace.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Phillips spoke again yesterday. Sources saying Phillips turned down a one-year deal with just more than $2 million. Sources saying he wants a two-year deal. GM Bryan Murray:

    “My role is, in all of this, at this time of year is to show the players and the group that if they are in the race, we’re going to try to help them stay in the race,” said Murray before the club’s flight here Monday afternoon.

    “If you deal a good player, it makes it more difficult for them to believe that’s all. I’m just going to, as I say, play it out. We’ll go to the limit. I’m going to talk to Chris again and see where are. A draft pick at this moment doesn’t help this group this year so I’m obviously taking that into consideration as well.”

    Sources say the Bruins and Red Wings have shown some interest in Phillips.

    The Senators emailed teams last week to let them know that Joe Corvo is available. They will continue to gauge the interest in Milan Michalek and Phillips. The asking price for Chris Stewart remains high. Ales Hemsky could be an option. Don’t expect any big moves.

    “I don’t think I’ll be overly (active) but (he’s) on the phone and you talk to a variety of managers around the league and we have a couple of names that we’re interested in talking about and we’ll continue to do that until they disappear off the marketplace,” said Murray.

  • James Gordon: Chris Phillips and the Senators have exchanged offers. Both sides spoke after the game on Sunday. Bruce Garrioch: Phillips knows he can get more on the open market, so Garrioch is not sure a deal will get done.
  • Todd Cordell: Bob McKenzie said that trade talks are very cool between the Senators and Sabres regarding Chris Stewart.

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Morning Rumors IV: Stars, Islanders, Senators, Canucks, Rangers, Sabres and Scouting Rangers-Bruins

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have about $2.7 million in salary cap space, which would allow the Stars to take on $13 million in players salaries (cap number). Sergei Gonchar has another year at $5 million and is likely untradeable. It’s unlikely they buy him out after the season or eat half is contract in a trade. The Stars could trade Stephane Robidas if they get a good offer for him. Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler are UFAs and could be moved. Heika doesn’t think Fiddler will be traded despite asking for a trade earlier in the season. It’s still unlikely that they re-sign Fiddler, but will use him to continue their push for a playofff spot.
  • The Fourth Period: The Stars are looking for a top-pair defenseman that has term left and not rental players. Two sources are saying they have interest in Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Edler. Both players have no-trade clauses. Source saying the Stars may not be in on Edler as the cost to acquire him may be too high. The Stars are also looking to trade Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney. Stephane Robidas is getting interest from teams.
  • Darren Dreger: Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is injured and expected back mid-March, but is still getting some trade interest.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald will almost certainly be traded by Wednesday’s deadline.

    “You try to block it out, but it’s hard not to,” said Vanek, who rejected a seven-year, $50-million offer from the Islanders in January.

    MacDonald rejected a four year deal worth $16 million in January.

    “I’ve only ever been here,” he said. “I don’t know anything different. You try not to think about it, but obviously it’s running through your mind. It’s a business and that’s just how it is right now, I guess.

    “This is obviously not how I’d like to go out.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Senators are discussing whether they should trade Milan Michalak or keep the pending UFA. Michalek has a full no-trade clause, but knows what is going on and may consider a trade. Sources saying they haven’t approached Michalek about waiving his NTC. The Senators could look at trading pending UFA Joe Corvo.
  • Jason Brough: “No need to wait til the summer and waste the value Kesler could give a team this postseason.”
  • John Shannon: Shannon wonders if the extent of Daniel Sedin’s injury (left game yesterday) will play a role in whether they can afford to trade Ryan Kesler now.
  • Mark Spector: A lot of teams are saying that any trades need to be money in, money out. Teams either don’t have the salary cap space or they are at their internal salary cap.
  • Mark Spector: The Rangers may be interested in Ales Hemsky, but some of their scouts are split on him. Other teams are split on him as well. A third round pick is probably what teams may want to pay, the Oilers will be asking for a second.
  • Don Brennan: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on the trade deadline: ”We’re easily considered a buyer….we’re definitely not sellers.”
  • Buffalo Sabres: “Tim Murray: We’re continuing to talk trades, continuing to get ready for the draft. Focused on hockey.”
  • Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers – Bruins yesterday: Flyers, Canucks, Sharks, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Penguins.

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Afternoon Rumors II: Wild, Hurricanes, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Devils and Scouting Kings-Canes

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Sabres GM Tim Murray is now trying to trade Jaroslav Halak to the Wild. Some in the Wild organization wonder if Halak’s success had a lot to do with their system. If the price is right, they could make the move. The Wild have talked to the Hurricanes about Cam Ward, but his contract could be an issue. The Oilers have offered Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild. Panthers Tim Thomas and Hurricanes Anton Khudobin could also be available. The Wild could look at Thomas Vanek this summer, but unless the price comes down by the deadline, unlikely to get the Wild’s interest. They haven’t called the Blue Jackets about Marian Gaborik. The Wild could use a scorer, defenseman and some goalie insurance.
  • John Vogl: Newly acquired Chris Stewart and Jaroslav Halak are aware that they may not be in Buffalo for that long. Chris Stewart is expected to play on Monday, Jaroslav Halak is not.
  • The Fourth Period: The Senators could look at trade pending UFA Chris Phillips, Joe Corvo and Milan Michalek. The Senators are trying to sign Phillips to a one-year contract extension. The Bruins are interested in Phillips. The Ducks, Kings and Avalanche could also be interested in Phillips.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Though it change, Senators GM Bryan Murray has stated he’s not that interested in rental players.
  • Rich Chere: “Brodeur said he doesn’t know if he’ll be traded. He said he would not have to be a starter to waive hi no-trade, just play more often. Brodeur said he may want to play next season so he needs to play more often this year than he is right now.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Devils Jaromir Jagr said that he might go home if he is traded. He’s received all of his contract bonuses for the year. Randy Miller:  Jagr hopes he’s not traded: “I’m not going anywhere.”
  • Frozen Royalty: Non-regulars scouting the Kings – Hurricanes game yesterday: Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Lightning, Penguins, Oilers and Hurricanes.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Injuries, IR, Recalls, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tim Wharnsby: The Coyotes put Rostislav Klesla on waivers.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky has gone back to Edmonton to have his ankle further examined.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Steven Stamkos took the morning skate with Lightning teammates for the first time since breaking his shin on Nov. 11th.
  • Chris Nichols: The Jets put Evander Kane on the IR retroactive to Jan. 7th.
  • Allan Walsh: The Devils activate Patrick Elias from the IR.
  • NY Islanders: The Islanders activate Radek Martinek off the IR.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins send Simon Despres, Nick Drazenovic and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to the AHL.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Murphy, Skinner-Lindholm-Ruutu, Nash-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Hudler Backlund Stempniak- Byron Monahan Colborne – Bouma Stajan Galiardi – Westgarth Street McGrattan.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Dowie will be a game-time decision.
  • Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators. Chris Neil will be back in the lineup. Matt Kassian, Joe Corvo and Patrick Wiercioch will be scratched.

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Morning Rumors: Maple Leafs, Rangers, Senators, Flames, Sabres and Expansion

  • Darren Dreger on TSN: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said that he’s received trade offers for James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier. Most GM have only offered older players or packages at are not useful in the long-term. Nonis insists he’s not shopping Gardiner, but a rival management sources have said that his name was been brought up by the Maple Leafs in their search for a top-six forward. At this time, there doesn’t appear to be a fit anywhere. The Rangers continue to shop Michael Del Zotto, with the Leafs showing some interest. Cody Franson could be a target for the Rangers. The Senators are still in the mix for Del Zotto, though their interest may have cooled. The Senators may be willing to trade either Eric Gryba, Joe Corvo or Patrick Wiercioch.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Case for trading: Rangers Dan Girardi seems to have less impact under coach Alain Vigneault. Moving Ryan Callahan would symbolize the Rangers going a different direction under Vigneault. They could trade both and still be able to stay in the playoff hunt. They could get a veteran and a prospect and/or draft pick in return for both. Case to not trade: GMs are always looking for players like Callahan and every coach loves shutdown guys like Girardi. The Rangers are not rebuilding and are suppose to be a contending team.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I know the Rangers love Cody Franson. They could make a Del Zotto for Franson trade tomorrow.” … ”Franson may be a disappointment but he has tremendous trade value around the NHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Nonis is contemplating trades. The guy people want and who Nonis may move is Gardiner and that’s a mistake” … ”Puck moving defenseman are really hard to come by” … ”Unless a center of similar age and talent are offered then moving Gardiner is dangerous.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Seems like everything with Gardiner and Carlyle isn’t hand in glove. When he makes a mistake Carlyle wants to sit him down”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames are not moving quickly in their GM search. Other than Nieuwendyk, Burke hasn’t asked for permission for others” … ”The Sabres won’t hire anybody until the new year and the Flames search may last this entire season” …  “Burke really likes Mike Futa of the Kings. The Leafs were very close to hiring him prior to his going to LA”
  • Louis Jean: Reports of Seattle and Las Vegas being the front-runners for expansion are premature. Source saying nothing has changed since the BOG meetings, they will continue to listen to groups that are interest.
  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators pursued David Clarkson at the start of free agency last year. Scanlan also notes that Clarke MacArthur was “run out of town on a rail by Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle.”
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has a message for his players.

    “If they’re waiting for a coaching change, they’re going to be waiting a long time,” Nonis said in a lengthy interview on Wednesday.

    “It’s not happening. We’re not making a move (player or coach) for the sake of making a move. We’re not trading a young player away that will erode our depth or take youth out of our lineup. We don’t do that.

    “Do I like what’s going on? No. We have to find a way of getting out of this as a group. Players. Coaches. Management. No one is going to help us. I’m getting a lot of offers on players, but the offers are all a joke. I’m not about to trade a quality player for someone who can’t help us. That’s what’s being presented our way.

    “If I could make changes this afternoon I would, but it has to be a positive move for the organization. Look, there’s no one coming over the hill to help us. We have to do it ourselves.”

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Free Agent Hits: Red Wings, Bickell, Cleary, Stalberg, Horton, Brunner, Langenbrunner, Stafford and Wilson

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell’s play during the playoffs will have many teams interested, including the Red Wings. The Red Wings will be talking with Daniel Cleary next week. The Red Wings may also take a look at Viktor Stalberg who is coming off of a two-year deal for $1.75 million. Bruins Nathan Horton may be an attractive addition, though he’s red-flagged due to his concussion history.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings want to sign Damien Brunner before July 5th, but determining market value hasn’t been easy. The Red Wings may be hesitate for go more than $2.5 million or more than 3 years.

    “I guess I have to think about it in the next couple of weeks and talk to my agent and Kenny (general manager Holland), and then we’ll see what’s going on,” Brunner said during locker clean-out day on May 31.

    “It was exciting and a lot of fun; my first NHL season and I get a chance to play with the Red Wings,” Brunner said. “It was an honor to put that sweater on and I’m happy that it turned out the way it did.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Free agent defenseman that could be available when free agency kicks off July 5th: Ryan Whitney, Marek Zidlickly, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey. Looking to trade for someone like Coyotes Keith Yandle would cost young players or blue-chip prospects. There is a chance that some new names becomes free agents if their current team uses a compliance buyout on them after the Cup Final.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues have let Jamie Langenbrunner know that they won’t be offering him a contract for next season. He hopes to play one more season. The Blues could offer him a PTO.
  • Igor Eronko: Ducks Kyle Wilson signed with Dinamo Riga.

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Morning Hits: Briere, Smith, Bryzgalov, Elias, Iginla, Laviolette, Byfuglien, Whitney and the Hurricanes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, he could end up in Montreal.Coyotes Mike Smith is looking for $6 million a year and has refused to sign a deal with the Coyotes.

    Smith could be an option in Philadelphia if they buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers management is split on buying him out now or waiting to see how he does next year, and if it’s not good, then buy him out next spring.

    Garrioch has heard there is about a 50/50 chance that Patrick Elias returns to the Devils. The Flyers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Sharks will all be looking for help upfront.

    Jarome Iginla signing with the Stars could be a good bet.

  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said you can expect Peter Laviolette back as the Flyers coach next season. They will keep the same system in place, and there won’t be an overhaul of players.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has said that Ilya Bryzgalov’s eccentric personality isn’t a problem. Forward Daniel Briere understands the situation. If the Flyers buy him out, it would cost them $3.3 million over four years.
  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers UFA defenseman Ryan Whitney thinks it’s probably in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else next season.

    “I think I can still play, I’ve proven that I can,” Whitney said. “Obviously there were some games where I didn’t play well, but there were a stretch of games where I thought I did play well. It’s been a tough couple of years here, I’m just kind of looking forward to a fresh start.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu will have hip surgery. GM Jim Rutherford likes his core group, but there will be some new faces next year. They have to decide on their UFAs: Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis. Their blue line will be a priority for Rutherford.

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NHL Rumors III: Garrioch Roundup – Eastern Conference

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Top five Eastern Conference players that could be available: Marian Gaborik, Mark Streit, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pominville and Robyn Regehr.

Team Trade Deadline Outlooks

Boston Bruins – The Bruins have the cap room and are looking to bring in an impact forward. They’ll go after Brenden Morrow or Jarome Iginla.

Buffalo Sabres – If GM Darcy Regier is going to be in charge of the rebuild, he’s got a lot of work to do. The word is they want to trade captain Jason Pominville. Drew Stafford and Ryan Miller will be mentioned in trade talk.

Carolina Hurricanes - There is talk they may talk to the Senators about Ben Bishop. They were looking to add a defenseman. Both Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain are available.

Florida Panthers – GM Dale Tallon is ready to sell, but they’ve been hit with injuries. Tomas Fleischmann is available. Jose Theodore could bring a team some goalie depth.

Montreal Canadiens – They would like to add a veteran defenseman and maybe Ryane Clowe. The Canadiens could use a little more grit.

New Jersey Devils – GM Lou Lamoriello has been looking for a top-six forward. They don’t have a lot to trade, and with the NHL in New Jersey this year, they may not want to trade their first round pick.

New York Islanders – GM Garth Snow has trade assets in Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov. They would like to re-sign all three. Streit is being coveted by several teams.

New York Rangers – They’ve been trying to do something for weeks. They’ve dangled Marian Gaborik. John Tortorella could be in trouble if they miss the playoffs.

Ottawa Senators – GM Bryan Murray may look to add a top-six forward. Matt Cullen would be an option. Players that could be traded are Peter Regin, Colin Greening and Ben Bishop.

Philadelphia Flyers – They’ve held talks with the Flames about Jay Bouwmeester. Some wonder if they would dangle Sean Couturier because he could help land a Pronger replacement.

Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins would like to add one more scorer. Iginla could be a fit. A shut-down defenseman would be a nice addition too.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Anyone but Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman could be had at the right price. It may be more of a quick re-tooling compared to a Yzerman trying to unload players. Martin St. Louis is a possibility.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Garrioch wonders if the Leafs will finally go after a goalie as James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have come back to earth. They’ve been linked to Jonathan Bernier and Roberto Luongo.

Washington Capitals – Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward are available.

Winnipeg Jets – They were trying to trade Ron Hainsey, but he’s been valuable and playing big minutes. Alex Burmistrov has been in the doghouse. They may be looking to add over looking to sell.

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Injury Notes: Eaves, Malone, Hedman, Methot, Vanek, Faulk, Corvo and Ruutu

  • Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Patrick Eaves has no fractures in his jaw and is day-to-day.
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning winger Ryan Malone is out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. Defenseman Victor Hedman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Both players were hurt on Monday.

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Garrioch rumor roundup … NHL realignment talks coming … Waiver process … Langenbrunner done for the year

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter:
    • The Ducks are going to have to offer up front loaded deals for Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf if they want to keep both like they say they do. Many don’t think Getzlaf will go anywhere and there was talk they were close a $60 million deal before the lockout started. There were contract discussions with Perry in the summer, but they didn’t go anywhere. If GM Bob Murray can’t get one or both signed, he can’t afford to lose them for nothing.
    • Some NHL types think the NHL should fold the Phoenix Coyotes this summer since the Greg Jamison deal has fallen through and hold a dispersal draft for their players. One NHL executive said the NHL would rather have the expansion money, around $400 million per team, from areas like Quebec City, Kansas City and Seattle instead of relocating them there. They also want to put a second Toronto team in Markham. Moving the Coyotes to Quebec City does make the most sense though.
    • Garrioch wonders if the Capitals should have tried to keep goalie Tomas Vokoun.
    • The Sharks now have 8 healthy defensemen, and they’d like to add a veteran winger before the April 3rd trade deadline.
    • The Wild’s acquisition of winger Devin Setoguchi hasn’t worked out and he could be moved. He has one year left on his deal at $3 million.
    • The Hurricanes would like to add some grit to their blueline. Joe Corvo has been a healthy scratch and could be moved. Jamie McBain could also be moved.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The NHL and NHLPA are expected to talk about realignment next week for the 2013-14 season. The NHL tried to set up a 4 conference (2 with 7 teams and 2 with 8 teams) for this season but the NHLPA would not consent to it.

    “We are working on a realignment plan for next season,” Daly wrote, “but it has not been finalized or approved [by the Board of Governors] yet.”

    “We expect to talk with the league on the subject this week,” Fehr told Slap Shots. “A year ago, when we raised the issue of increased travel for teams, the league did not have mock schedules for us to review that might have alleviated our concern.

    “And we had an issue with the fact that teams would either have a mathematical advantage or disadvantage of qualifying for the playoffs depending upon whether they’d be in a seven-team or eight-team conference.”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: As of yesterday, the NHL waiver claim order will be the ‘current’ day’s standings and not last season’s final standing.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Mathieu Darche said there is no change on his situation with the Devils. Still not signed by the team.

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Morning notes on CBA, O’Reilly, Kovalev, Hurricanes, Galchenyuk, Ohlund, Gionta, Prust, Oilers goalie prospects and Simmonds

  • Aaron Ward via twitter: “Further clarification to NHLPA proposal to limit non player spending by teams.Player concessions in 2005 lowered player costs while” … “non player costs sky rocketed.These costs can be defined as GM/Coaches salaries on down to Jet Fuel.Speaks to proposal theme of shared” … “financial responsibility in the PARTNERSHIP.The extra draft pick for teams in financial trouble is very discretionary and would be” … “mutually agreed upon by NHL/NHLPA on case by case basis with the intent to target the market/team in need.This would be very limited but” … “the pick itself would serve the purpose of helping to revitalize a team.Lastly,a franchise in distress under special circumstances,would” … “be permitted to trade/sell up to $4 million in cap space to another team giving the team a way of getting another ‘paycheck’.This would be” … “VERY limited and only available to teams in need.”
  • Allan Walsh via twitter: Gary Bettman’s response to the NHLPA’s proposal: “The sides are far apart, there’s still a wide gap between us with not much time to go.” Don Fehr on Bettman’s response: “When you start with the proposal the owners made, how could it be otherwise. Consider what the (NHL) proposal was.”
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly’s agent on contract negotiations:

    “I can’t comment on the negotiations, other than to say we are still working on it and will likely speak again next week.”

  • George Malik via twitter: is reporting that Alex Kovalev told a Swiss team (HC Geneva) that he’s received offers from North American teams.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes may still look to add some 4th line muscle. “What’s gone relatively unnoticed is the lack of concrete change on defense, an area where the Hurricanes have struggled since the core of the 2002 and 2006 teams moved on. Corvo is underrated defensively, but of the Hurricanes’ two free-agent departures, he’s more of a replacement for Jaroslav Spacek than he is Bryan Allen.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin thinks it could be difficult for 2012 1st round pick Alex Galchenyuk to make the team.

    “It will be difficult because he didn’t play much hockey last season, but we’ll see how he does in training camp,”

    Brian Gionta have recovered from his torn bicep and Bergevin isn’t concerned with Brandon Prust’s hand surgery this offseason.

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Mattias Ohlund’s hockey career is still up in the air after 6 months of recovery from major knee surgery (“a thin layer of titanium was used to resurface his femur at the patellofemoral joint behind his kneecap. That created a cushion where cartilage had flaked away and bone-on-bone rubbing caused severe pain”).

    “Do I have a dream to still play hockey? Yeah, I do,” Ohlund, 35, said Monday after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum. “I’m slowly getting better. But I don’t know what the end result will be.”

    “Significantly improved,” Poirier said. “When he left me he could only get to 10, 12 reps; it was painful. Now he can do 15 to 20 reps without pain. The next step is to build him up even more.”

    “Nobody has told me this is impossible,” Ohlund said of a comeback in his 14th NHL season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Roy will likely split time with Yann Danis in the AHL. Tyler Bunz will likely take Roy’s spot as the starter in the ECHL.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a 6 year, $23.875 million contract extension. It works out to just over $3.97 million per season.

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