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NHL Rumors III: Sabres, Jackets, Ducks, Canucks and Kings

  • Chris Ryndak of The Sabres have started contract talks with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. GM Tim Murray on Ennis and Foligno.

    “I like his approach to the game. I like his compete level. I like his speed,” Murray said of Ennis. “There’s a lot of things I like about him and if we can do a long-term deal with him then obviously the decision we’ve made is we’d go forward with him.”

    “I think that Marcus is somebody that we want to go forward with here. He’s a big body with skill,” Murray said. “When we’re looking at the draft or we’re looking at free agency, that’s the type of player we’re trying to acquire. We have him in the organization. We have to work with him.”

  • Aaron Portzline: Talks between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen are moving very slowly.
  • Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have held preliminary talks with RFA Mathieu Perrault and talks will continue this week.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks GM Bob Murray said that Saku Koivu, Jonas Hiller and Daniel Winnik have been informed that they won’t be offered contracts.
  • News 1130 Sports: Jonas Hiller’s agent has said he has talked to Hiller about the Canucks. It could be a good fit for him.
  • Jason Brough: The Canucks signing Jonas Hiller makes a lot of sense as it: 1. Takes pressure off Eddie Lack 2. Lets Jacob Markstrom find his game in AHL 3. Shouldn’t cost too much anyway.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Bernstein thinks the Kings have a 95 percent chance of re-signing Marian Gaborik.

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NHL Rumors III: Panthers, Kings, Canucks and Jets

  • Craig Custance: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he’s received at least a half dozen legitimate inquiries about the 1st overall pick.
  • Ronnie Shuker of The Hockey News: Sunday’s game could be Mike Richards final game in a Kings uniform as the could be bought out by the team. He has six-years and $29 million remaining on his deal, with a salary cap hit of $5.8 million. A buyout would cost the Kings $19.3 million over 12 years.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Canucks GM Jim Benning is open to upgrading in net.

    “We’re going to look at every avenue we have to make our team competitive. Vancouver is a big-market city, we’ve got a passionate fan base, [and] our owners want to win,” Benning told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Brady & Walker when asked directly about signing a free-agent goaltender. “I know they have a lot of confidence in Eddie Lack. For a first-year goalie last year, he had a good season, and we hope that he can take it to the next step this year.”

    Benning scouted and drafted Ryan Miller. Other UFAs include: Jonas Hiller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Alex Stalock, Carter Hutton, Justin Peters, Thomas Greiss, Martin Brodeur and Ray Emery.

    Benning on Ryan Kesler.

    “I touched base with Ryan yesterday. We’re still going back and forth on that. We’re going to listen to Ryan. We’re going to have a good, open, honest communication,” said Benning, who has also been speaking with Kelser’s agent. “Where it leads to, at this point I don’t know.”

  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on trades and free agency.

    “After all the review since the season ended, are you in a dealing mood?” was the question Cheveldayoff was asked.

    “For all the changes happening in the league, I think there’s a strong appetite among teams to want to talk about making changes,” he said, noting there are seven new GMs in place. “We are certainly in that mix of talking, to find out if there’s a way to trade, whether it’s a big asset, a middle asset, whatever asset. You sit and talk to see if there’s a chance that something can fit with something you’re looking for.

    “I think with this year’s crop of free agents, you’re really starting to see where the trend of locking up players for long term has lessened the number of players that would have otherwise entered free agency.

    “And that’s leading a lot of teams to think they might have to make a trade to do something, as opposed to simply relying on free agency. Not that we’ve been huge players in free agency in the past, but I can say it hasn’t been for lack of wanting to be.”

    On if their ninth overall pick is a starting point in trade talks and if it’s in play.

    “I think any time you’re in a situation like this, where there’s lots of talk and there are new GMs in the league… and different organizations are in different cycles that need different things, it would not be factual to say I’ve got a deal in place, but I wouldn’t be totally truthful if I told you I wasn’t openly and actively in conversations in any regard.

    “You always are, but until you know what every other team is thinking, it’s hard to say what the reality is of something happening or not.”

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NHL Rumors III: Sharks, Coyotes, Canucks, Jagr and Sekac

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks GM Doug Wilson on the free agent market.

    “We will look. We’ll explore everything. But, when you’re turning the team over to a younger core, you’ve got to be careful who you bring in from the outside that ends up superseding them. We’re giving them the opportunity. Here’s your team,” Wilson said.

    “It doesn’t mean we won’t add people, whether it be trades or potential free agency going forward, but if you asked me right now, I would say probably not.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The Coyotes have six pending UFAs and Thomas Greiss is the only one that has received a phone call.

    “I did have a conversation with Thomas Greiss’ agent,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “That was a brief conversation, but he’s the only one so far.”

    Re-signing Radim Vrbata could be difficult as the two sides could not come to terms during their training camp talks. The Coyotes are still looking for an assistant GM to replace Brad Treliving who left to become the Flames GM. The Coyotes hold the 12th overall pick at the draft and have already identified four or five players they really like at around that range. They will look at drafting players at every position and will go with the best player available.

    “We certainly have a group of very good young defensemen we really like but after Connor Murphy and Brandon Gormley, now it starts to get thin again,” Maloney said. “So, really, no position is particularly strong that we would avoid it at all. I think every team is the same. We’re going to pick the best player available.”

  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks going after pending UFA Thomas Vanek makes little sense. Jamieson lists some free agents the Canucks should “have a look” at: Matt Moulson, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Santorelli, Steve Ott, Brian Boyle, James Reimer (RFA) and Dan Boyle. Free agents the Canucks “don’t have a look” at: Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik, Paul Stastny, Ryan Callahan, Dany Heatley, Jonas Hiller and Mike Cammalleri.
  • Bruce McCurdy: Jaromir Jagr said that this will be his last World Championships.
  • Allan Walsh: Look for Czech free agent forward Jiri Sekac to sign a NHL contract soon.

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NHL Rumors II: Ryan Miller and Goalie Market – Who Is Available and Who Could Be Looking For A Goalie

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Brian Elliott’s three-year, $7.5 million deal and Jake Allen set to play in the NHL next year, means that they won’t be bringing Ryan Miller back.

    “At the trade deadline, we took a calculated gamble of bringing in Ryan and we didn’t have the success that we needed as an organization … certainly not all reflective on Ryan,” Armstrong said. “It’s a team game and as an organization we are responsible.

    “But it was additional payments necessary to Buffalo if we signed Ryan. That would have been basically moving back a full round in the draft … and we just felt at this time, it was better for us to go with Elliott and Jake Allen.”

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong met with Miller last week to him know their decision.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Blues-Sabres trade is basically finalized now: Miller and Steve Ott for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, William Carrier, 2015 1st round pick and a 2016 3rd round pick. There are two conditions that could change the deal if the Blues decide to trade Miller’s rights.

    If St. Louis trades Miller prior to the June 27 draft, the deal becomes the following: Buffalo sends Miller, Ott, a 2014 second-round pick originally belonging to Minnesota and a 2014 third-rounder to St. Louis for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, the 2015 first-rounder, the 2016 third-round selection plus a 2014 first-round pick.

    If St. Louis trades Miller after it makes its first-round pick and before the start of free agency July 1, the trade finalizes as Miller and Ott to the Blues for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, the 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round selection.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks could look at trading Antti Niemi and signing Ryan Miller. Miller could be looking to get between $5 and $6 million a year, but that number may drop after his playoff performance. The Sharks may not want to go more than two or three years.
  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Ryan Miller now joins a goalie free agent market that includes: Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov. Cam Ward may be on the trade block. The Ducks look to be going with Frederik Andersen and John Gibson next season. The Sharks could be looking for a new goalie, but would need to trade Antti Niemi first. The Canucks, Capitals and Penguins could be looking for goalie.
  • Lou Korac: Source said that the Blues and Ryan Miller talked contract extension, but Miller was asking for too much money.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Ryan Miller’s agent Mike Liut in an email: “The Blues were unwilling to wait until July to sign Ryan and need to address other concerns they have in their lineup.”
  • Greg Brady: Told yesterday that the Red Wings will “weigh options” with regards to Ryan Miller this off-season. There has always been interest. Jimmy Howard has five years left at $5.25 million. The Wings wouldn’t move him unless they could “upgrade” him. Brady thinks they could trade Howard. Brady doesn’t think the Wings are the front-runners.

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NHL Rumors I: Thornton, Marleau, Niemi, Spezza, Panthers No. 1, Umberger, Brisson, Hiller and Koivu

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks GM Doug Wilson has said there will be some changes next year. Some are speculating that Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau could be traded. Goalie Antti Niemi is entering the final year of his deal ($3.8 million) and could be moved. Pending UFA Alex Stalock is likely to be re-signed. Dan Boyle won’t be back and a Martin Havlat buyout is looming.
  • The Fourth Period: Sources saying the Sharks will look at trading Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Antti Niemi this off-season. Thornton and Marleau have no-movement clauses. One source said they haven’t approached Thornton about waiving his NMC. A source said the Sharks met with Marleau on Friday, but it’s not known what was discussed. There is no guarantee that they move Thornton and Marleau. The Sharks would like to get younger in net.Other big name players who could be on the move this off-season: Jason Spezza, Dion Phaneuf, Evander Kane, Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler.
  • Sean Gentile of the Sporting News: Since the Blues won’t be re-signing Ryan Miller, than can use the savings and target an offensive player like Jason Spezza. The Score reported that their is a mutual interest between the two.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Panthers have let it be known that they would trade their No. 1 overall pick. They may be interested in moving back and drafting William Nylander. If GM Dale Tallon thinks he’d be there in the No. 5 to No. 7 range, that would bring in the Islanders, Canucks and Hurricanes. The Flames draft at No. 4 and may look to make a splash and move up to No. 1. The Oilers will likely get what they like by staying at No. 3, either Leon Draisaitl or Aaron Ekblad.Matheson thinks that Joe Thornton may be more willing to waive his no-trade clause than Patrick Marleau. The Leafs would most certainly take a run at Thornton. The Predators and Lightning may also be interested.
  • Bob Stauffer: Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger has the size and compete level, but is slow and doesn’t have a great contract. The Oilers need to add players you are big and who can skate.
  • Bob McKenzie: Player agent Pat Brisson will not go after the vacant Penguins GM position and will remain an agent. Brisson: “Ron (Burkle), Mario (Lemieux) and I have been friends for a very long time. We’ve been linked to each other for many years and have exchanged ideas on many fronts and the business of hockey especially. They reached out on possible candidates for the vacant GM job on Friday. As for me, I am happy with what I do at CAA and will continue on the path of representing players.”
  • Eric Stephens: Jonas Hiller said that his Game 7 appearance was likely his last in Ducks uniform.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Saku Koivu: “I’ll take a couple of weeks to decide [on my future]. Get away for a little bit and then take it from there.”

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NHL Rumors III: Ducks, Trade Talk, Sharks, Penguins, Gretzky and Canucks

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Three priorities for the Anaheim Ducks this off-season.

    1. Target Jason Spezza or Ryan Kesler in a trade – GM Bob Murray should bring in a No. 2 center. The Ducks have lots of young assets and the Senators 10th overall pick in this year’s draft.

    2. Add a veteran defenseman – The Ducks will have about $22 million in cap space. It’s not a deep year for free agent defenseman though. Dan Boyle would be one option.  Trade route may be the best option.

    3. Add goaltending depth – Jonas Hiller is likely done with the Ducks. The tandem of John Gibson and Frederik Andersen are very inexperienced. Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ray Emery and Justin Peters are veteran options.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I’ll argue all day long that the hottest time for trade speculation & talk is this time of year as opposed to deadline” … “There is so much trade talk right now. Teams know what they have now. There is too much indecision right before deadline” … “Prior to deadline there are too many question marks, so teams don’t make moves. There are no question marks now.”
  • Nicholas Goss: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on adding some speed: “It’s something we’re going to look at.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I expect substance this summer. I can’t imagine SJ will go into next season with the same players, I just can’t” … “My gut tells me one of Couture, Pavelski, Thornton or Marleau is going to be on the move somewhere”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I do think Pittsburgh will have to do something with their players.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I don’t know where Gretzky wants to go moving forward but Washington is a possibility”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think the Van process is too far along for this news to impact it” … “Benning had his second interview with Vancouver over the last 24 hours.” … “It may or may not be an issue if the Bruins want to release Benning prior to or after the draft”

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NHL Rumors I: Vanek, Red Wings, Chara, Selanne, Miller, Blue and Oilers

  • Charley Walters of Twin Cities: Should look for Wild owner Craig Leipold to go after UFA Thomas Vanek this summer. He would replace Dany Heatley in offense and salary slot. Walters said not to be surprised if Brian Lawton ends up getting a GM offer from the Capitals.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings needs this offseason:1. A top-four right handed defenseman – options include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Marek Zidlicky.

    2. A decent-sized scoring winger - Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr and Devin Setoguchi.

    The Wings will have about $20 million in cap space, but have to take care of RFAs Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan.

    They will not use an amnesty buyout on Johan Franzen. If they Wings want to get rid of Franzen, they’ll have to trade him. He has a cap hit of $3.95 million, with six-years remaining and $17.5 million.

    It is doubtful that David Legwand will be back.

    If Daniel Alfredsson wants to play another year, it’s likely the Wings could work out a deal with him.

    Kyle Quincy will probably not be re-signed, though it is possible.

    The Wings would like to re-sign Jonas Gustavsson, but may worry about his injury issues. Other free-agent options include: Brian Elliott, Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Carter Hutton. The Wings plan to keep Petr Mrazek in the AHL for one more year.

    Wings trade candidates include: Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl.

  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: The 37-year old Zdeno Chara knows his playing days are getting shorter.

    “As you get older and you’ve been in the league for a while, you don’t realize how much you’re going to maybe miss that part of the game once you’re gone,” Chara said, per the Metro West Daily News. “So I’m not saying that I’m thinking about being gone or retiring, but I’m kind of realizing that the time is not going to be always there.

    “I enjoy really coming to the rink every day. I enjoy competing in practices against guys and always in the games.

    “I love the game.”

  • Igor Eronko: Teemu Selanne to “It would be a great scenario to play one more season for my home team Jokerit in KHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I’m sure that St.Louis will show interest in keeping Miller” … “As a pending UFA Miller will look at what is available on the market. All along I’ve been told Miller wants a short term 3-5 years” … “Miller has ambition beyond hockey and he’s looking at getting on with things once he’s done with the game”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “The Blues would be able to move some of their forwards, a more complete guy, for someone who scores. Someone like Berglund” … “What would Berglund look like down the middle playing behind Nugent-Hopkins?” … Hope Smoke: Ferraro suggested Jordan Eberle going to the Oilers. Ferraro wonders if the you consider one of the Blues defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund for Eberle and someone else?

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NHL Rumors: Miller, Blues, Stars, Flames and Hurricanes

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Ryan Miller on what his next few days and weeks will be like:

    “I don’t know,” he said. “Just have to take them as they come now. I guess I’m free to go to my sister-in-law’s wedding. That’s about it.”

    Miller said that contract extension talks with the Blues have never become “very serious.” Added that he wouldn’t mind staying.

    “We’re through with the hockey part now, and we’ll have to see where we’re at, see how they feel about me,” Miller said. “I definitely like St. Louis. Like the guys, like the team, but we’ll see what they feel about the playoffs.”

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gordon thinks the Blues should hand the crease over to Jake Allen, re-sign Brian Elliott to be the backup and let Miller walk. Re-sign Steve Ott but not for a lot of money or term. Give Ken Hitchcock at least one more year. If Patrik Berglund is willing to re-sign for moderate third line money, then they should consider it. If Berglund is looking for bigger money, they should look at trading him. The Blues don’t need to get into a free agent bidding war for Paul Stastny. Magnus Paajarvi, Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie should get opportunities to make the team next year.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance suggests some moves that might help out the Blues for next season.

    1. Hand the goalie keys to Jake Allen – use Allen instead of re-signing Ryan Miller and use that money elsewhere. Sign a veteran backup, possibly re-signing Brian Elliott. Jonas Hiller would make some sense at a reasonable price and term.

    2. Sign Paul Stastny – if he hits the open market. Derek Roy ($4 million) and Brenden Morrow ($1.5 million) are coming off the books. Use Vladimir Sobotka as their 3rd line center.

    3. Make r0om for Dmitrij Jaskin – they could look at bring Steve Ott back, but they need to continue playing some of their young guys, like they did this year with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance suggests some moves that might help out the Stars for next season.

    1. Construct a legitimate second line to ease pressure on the top line – Ray Whitney ($4.5 million) will come off the books. Rich Peverley ($3.25 million) health is not known. They may need to look at some free agent wingers to help with scoring.

    2. Add another veteran defenseman - need to add at least one more veteran.

    3. Trade Sergei Gonchar - he makes $5 million next season, so the Stars may have to eat some of his contract.

  • The Fourth Period: The Calgary Herald suggested that the Flames could consider buying out defenseman Dennis Wideman, though it would be costly. The Flames will continue to try to re-sign Mike Cammalleri. A source said that Cammalleri is likely to test the free agent market.
  • Mike Sundheim: The Hurricanes will hold a hockey operations news conference at noon today. John Shannon: Hearing that Hurricanes announcing Ron Francis will replace Jim Rutherford as GM.

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NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … “It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … “Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: “My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”

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NHL Rumors: Devils, Jets, Avalanche, Coyotes and Ducks

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Devils have enough salary cap to bring back Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky. The Jets could be a potential landing spot for Bruins pending UFA goalie Chad Johnson. Jets Al Montoya will be a UFA. It is possible the Ducks let pending UFA Jonas Hiller walk at the end of the season and go with a Frederik Andersen and John Gibson tandem next year.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s camp will have contract discussions when the season is over.

    “Quite honestly, it was not even close from us to move Pauly,” said Roy, who also holds the title of vice president of hockey operations. “We said all along we didn’t want to have rental players, (but) the only one we would keep is Paul, because we believe that Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year. We believe that there’s a good chance for him to re-sign with us. Now, how it will happen, it will be up to Joe and his agent. But I think Paul has the Avs in his heart and I think he’s going to want to be in this town.”

    When asked if he expects to re-sign with the Avalanche.

    “I hope so,” he said Friday. “But I don’t really care about what’s going on with that stuff. That’s down the road. For me right now, it’s all about this team and what we’ve been doing all year and what we want to keep doing.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after next season, but they can start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I like it here,” Vermette said. “I haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s really quick, but we’ll see what’s going to present itself and we’ll listen.”

    Vermette will likely be looking for a raise from his current $3.75 million.

    “Yeah, we’d like to do something,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “But as we’ve learned, whether we’re able to do something, that’s another story.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils might look to bring in Brian Gionta this offseason. GM Lou Lamoriello said he’s always looking for bring in goal-scorers despite their reputation of being a defensive team.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever not thought about offensive players. We always have,” Lamoriello said. “They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.

    “(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. More than we thought.”

    The Canadiens would like to retain their pending UFA, though he’d have to take less than the $5 million he made this season. Brian’s brother Stephen is a pending UFA for the Devils and would like to come back next year. He could help recruit Brian.

  • Lance Pugmire of the LA Time: Ducks Saku Koivu on potential retirement after the season.

    “Well, that’s … I haven’t thought that far away,” Koivu said. “You want [the Cup], I’ve worked for it all these years and retiring would probably be easier if [winning it] happened.

    “But right now, you try to keep the focus on the game and not think about the future. You start doing that, you lose the focus, that intensity you’re trying to find. You hope that’s going to happen.

    “And if it does, then I might have an answer for you.”

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