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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Rumors I: Kypreos, MacLean, Ferraro and Dreger Talk Maple Leafs

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If I look at the Leafs I say Kessel, Bozak, JVR, Phaneuf, Bernier and Rielly are safe and everyone else can be moved” … ”When you’re locked into some of these long-term deals it makes it very difficult to improve. Could be a long process here in TO”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”If you get a #1 C & a #1 D then the Leafs have the making of a good team. There’s a reason guys like Dion & Phil were traded here” … ”There are warts on these players and that’s why they became available”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”#1 priority for the Leafs is a big Centre.”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Bieksa is no doubt available and he’s a guy who could come to Toronto and make a difference”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Is Bolland coming back? I keep hearing rumblings he’s going to Florida”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Nonis fires Carlyle his replacement is probably his last hire. Think it’s more likely goes with someone he’s more familiar with” … ”Would Nonis look at a guy like Dineen? Who’s the next hot young coach? It used to be Cooper & Boucher” … ”I’d think John Stevens and Davis Payne are guys that get interviewed for top jobs shortly”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think there is enough evidence to suggest and I believe Carlyle will lose his job”

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Sabres and Kings

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan McDonagh: ”He’s day-to-day, and I don’t think it’s going to be very long.”
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore said he’s ready to go, and with McDonagh out, they really need him.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is considered day-to-day.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich getting into a regular season game: ’I don’t think so, no.’
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen and Patrick Wey won’t travel with the team this week. There is no timetable for their return.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Steve Downie missed his sixth consecutive game with a head injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    “I think he’s close, but he’s not ready yet,” Berube said after Thursday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Marcus Foligno left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Was not putting any pressure on his left leg as he left the ice. David Pagnotta: Bernier will have an MRI this afternoon to find out the extent of the injury.
  • David Pollak: Kings Drew Doughty left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Injuries: Peverley, Luongo, Bieksa, Goc, Smid, Pitlick and Bernier

  • Dallas Stars: Rich Peverley: “I went on the ice yesterday. My goal would be to come back.”
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers Roberto Luongo is day-to-day. They have recalled Scott Clemmensen.
  • Dan Murphy: Canucks Kevin Bieksa suffered a leg injury last night. Frank Corrado has been recalled.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Marcel Goc will be for three weeks with a foot/ankle injury.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Ladislav Smid left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Tyler Pitlick left last night’s game with a leg injury.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier on his groin: “It’s good enough.”

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NHL Rumors: Clarkson, Leafs, Hemsky, Miller, Iginla, Greiss and Old Habs-Lightning Trade Rumor

  • Greg Brady: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean said yesterday morning on the Fan 590 that there will be serious discussions from the Maple Leafs about the possibility of buying out David Clarkson this summer for salary cap relief.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Five members of the Maple Leafs organization who are on the hot seat as playoffs slip away: 1. Dion Phaneuf 2. Randy Carlyle 3. Jonathan Bernier (not due to his play) 4. David Clarkson 5. Dave Nonis.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t started contract talks with pending UFA Ales Hemsky. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t said whether he plans on trying to re-sign Hemsky or not. Murray has been happy with Hemsky’s play since they acquired him.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I would say the odds of Miller staying in St.Louis are reasonable to more than that.” … ”I’ve been led to believe that the term Miller is seeking as a UFA is much shorter than people would think.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Iginla is likely to stay in Boston. Chiarelli has reached out to Newport Sports.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Contract talks between the Coyotes and Thomas Greiss will resume once the season is over.
  • Hope Smoke: Jeff Marek on #MvsW again yesterday: “Montreal was going to send Price, Pacioretty & one of Subban or McDonagh to TB for Lecavalier”  … ”Reason deal didn’t go through is because a Montreal investor was interested in buying the Lightning & wanted Lecavalier on team.”

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Hemsky, Vanek, Iginla, Folin, Carlyle, Maple Leafs and Oilers

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues have let Ryan Miller’s agent, Mike Liut, know they’d like to re-sign him. Miller will wait until after the season to talk. Miller’s wife is an actress in LA. He has been linked to the Ducks, but they have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and pending UFA Jonas Hiller.

    The Senators are planning on talking to Ales Hemsky about a contract extension. The money would need to be right for the Sens.

    Thomas Vanek is still planning on testing the free agent market.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger: The Bruins have reached out to Jarome Iginla’s agent last week. There hasn’t been any back-and-forth talk. The Bruins don’t have the tag room to do a deal in-season.

    Bob McKenzie: Ryan Miller may want to wait until July 1st to see if there is any interest from the Ducks. Talk is the Ducks talked to the Sabres earlier this year about Miller, but weren’t able to get a deal done.

    The Flyers, Wild, Lightning and Oilers are among the front-runners for college UFA Christian Folin. Folin is still playing and hasn’t fully committed to a decision just yet.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If Reimer closes out Boston they don’t trade for Bernier. I don’t think Randy has ever gotten over those ten minutes in Boston” … ”Randy is credited, and rightly so, for being a defensive minded coach. When you see the mistakes this team makes it’s unbelievable” … ”Absolutely, without question Randy will be under review this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”The Oilers don’t have enough guys who understand that the right thing is to get out of their own zone. They cheat too much” …. ”Nobody wants to say it, but they [Edmonton] have had the same guy in charge for 8 years in a row while they missed the playoffs” … ”If I was in charge of a team that missed the playoffs 8 years in a row I would have been fired after 4” … ”You can’t have big players that can’t skate and small players that try to trick the puck into the net”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carlyle is fired. I’m not saying his neck is on the chopping black”
  • Hope Smoke: “Ferraro thinks the Leafs are a top centre, a #1 defenseman, a really good bottom 6 F & a depth D away from being a contender. Is that all?”

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Canucks, Reimer, Islanders, Sabres and Coyotes

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher thinks that if the Canucks bring back John Tortorella and his coaching staff, Zack Kassian needs to request a trade out of Vancouver if is he reach his potential in the NHL. They may tell him that they are not going to trade him. He’s a RFA and could ignore all their contract offers, going to arbitration and put in place is way out of town. He has the talent, but is not getting the respect and opportunity from the coaching staff.
  • Ben Kuzma and Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Recently looked at potential coaching and GM candidates if the Canucks go a different direction this offseason. Coaching Candidates: John Stevens (LA assistant coach), Kevin Dineen (National women’s team), Brad Shaw (STL associate coach), Kirk Muller (CAR head coach) and Mike Johnston (GM/coach of Portland). GM Candidates: Jason Botterill (PIT assistant GM), Laurence Gilman (VAN assistant GM), Ray Ferraro (TSN analyst), Julien BriseBois (TB assistant GM) and Wayne Gretzky.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Bernier knew his only chance to be a starting goalie was to leave LA and the same thing needs to happen with Reimer this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”My understanding is the Isles need to let the NHL and the Sabres know by June 1st whether they’re giving the pick up” … ”If the pick is top 2 or 3 I think the Isles keep it” … ”I think the Islanders can be a playoff team next year. Last year was closer to what I believe they are than this year”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes signed Greg Carey to a one-year deal, a UFA from St. Lawrence. He report to the AHL.

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Injury Notes: Stars, Hawks, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jets, Canucks, Avs, Leafs and Predators

  • Dallas Stars: Stars GM Jim Nill on Rich Peverley:

    “Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Patrick Kane will be out three weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler will be out three to five weeks with a sprained left knee.
  • Nick Kypreos: Oilers Jordan Eberle will have a MRI on a suspected knee injury. He’s doubtful for tonight.
  • Mike Halford: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson breaks his finger and will be out two weeks.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Joakim Andersson (broken foot) and Daniel Cleary (knee) skated yesterday.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Dustin Byfuglien missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury. They expect him to play on Saturday.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Chris Tanev has a broken finger and is out three to four weeks.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs John Mitchell missed last night’s game and is day-to-day with a sore back.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will “more than likely” skate in full equipment tomorrow.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Paul Gaustad left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian should be able to return on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Injury Notes: Pens, Wings, Caps, Flames, Sabres, Sens, Canes, Coyotes, Avs, Hawks and Leafs

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins James Neal (concussion) received clearance to play and could be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kunitz could also return to the lineup tonight. Beau Bennett skated before practice but hasn’t been given clearance for contact. Paul Martin skated in full gear before practice. Given the day off yesterday: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang wants to pay this season but he hasn’t received anything definitive from his doctors.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury. Darren Helm, out with a concussion, had a setback and it’s not looking like he’ll return soon. Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) is not close to returning and will go get a second opinion. Dan Cleary has had fluid drained from his knee twice and hasn’t been able to practice in a couple weeks. Weiss and Cleary were able to skate. Jonas Gustavsson, out with a groin injury, skated yesterday and is getting close to returning. Joakim Andersson (fractured foot) is out for at least another week. Tomas Jurco will have his broken rib reassessed next week. Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be reassessed in seven to 10 days. Henrik Zetterberg may be able to return for the playoffs if the Wings make it.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Brooks Laich will be out four to six weeks after having a procedure done to release a tight abductor.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Jiri Hudler (upper-body) was out on the ice before practice. Karri Ramo was also out before, and stayed on with main group.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Jhonas Enroth stayed in Buffalo for further evaluation.
  • John Vogl: Not going on the Sabres road trip: Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Sulzer, and Chris Stewart. Myers could meet up with the team at some point.
  • John Vogl: Michal Neuvirth on the possibility of playing tonight: ”I don’t know … but I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping it’s going to be good.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Doesn’t look like Craig Anderson will be ready before Thursday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty won’t play on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, he’s day-to-day. Alex Semin was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Erat skated yesterday morning in a no-contract jersey.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly will play tonight, with Paul Stastny a possibility.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Jonathan Bernier: ”Bernier has a low-grade muscle strain. It is in the groin area. It’s closer to day to day than it is week to week.” James Mirtle: The Leafs haven’t put Bernier on the IR, so it’s possible that he could play in the next few days.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: ”We’re dealing with this on Bolland. Once medically cleared, it’s up to the player to let us know when he’s ready to go” … ”At this point it’s not up to a doctor, it’s up to Bolland. We’re hoping he’s getting stronger and closer to returning” … ”Bolland hasn’t been 100% comfortable in a full practice where there are competition drills and grinding”

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Injury Notes: Canucks, Pens, Hawks, Habs, Stars, Jackets, Leafs, Kings, Wings, Oilers, Jets and Ducks

  • Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler is out “at least a couple of weeks” with a sprained knee according to coach John Tortorella.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma on James Neal: “You don’t know if you’re talking about 1-2 days or much longer. You hope the symptoms subside & it’s shorter than longer.”
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Marian Hossa skated yesterday morning. It was the first time that he practiced with the team since his injury. He didn’t play last night, but could return on Sunday or Tuesday. He said his recent injury isn’t back related.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Carey Price practiced yesterday. Ended up having the net to himself, Tokarski and Budaj splitting the one end.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Artem Anisimov traveled with the team and will play tonight.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Jared Boll said he’s feeling better and will travel with the team, though he’s still a week or two away from returning to the lineup.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier’s injury is not considered bad.
  • Eric Engels: “Reimer has concussion history, said he considered leaving game+that he had a headache after. Carlyle says no need for quiet room #progress”
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings coach Darryl  Sutter yesterday on Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick.

    Both of them guys – Quickie’s sick, and Brownie came in. Hopefully get that bug out of our system…We’ll see how they are tomorrow.

    On whether Quick could play against the Ducks.

    Well, he’s not skating today. We felt better if he stayed at home. It doesn’t matter. I mean, it does matter about Jonathan, but at the same time, Jonesy’s ready to go, too.

  • Bill Rouse: Red Wings Darren Helm doesn’t have a timetable on his return to the lineup. He has been seeing the same neurologist that Patrick Eaves and Johan Franzen did in the past.
  • Bill Rouse: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg has stepped up his physical therapy on Thursday. He is still not even in shape to drive a car, but he’s getting there.
  • Sara Orlesky: Jets Ondrej Pavelec has a lower-body injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Chris Thorburn left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. He blocked a shot in the second.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.

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Afternoon Rumors II: Canucks, Flyers, Rangers, Wings, Sabres, Maple Leafs and Lightning

Recruited some help for a rumors post. Below was written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Vancouver Canucks have continued to take a number of calls on forward Ryan Kesler the past few days, but there’s still no clear indication that he’ll be moved before Wednesday’s deadline.The asking price for Kesler is steep… The Canucks want an established NHLer in his 20s, a first-round pick and another Grade A prospect.

    The Philadelphia Flyers might be willing to give up Brayden Schenn in a Kesler deal.

    The New York Rangers are keeping an eye on the Kesler situation. LeBrun thinks if they can’t re-sign Ryan Callahan, perhaps that will get the Rangers into high gear on the Kesler front. The asking price would likely have to start with Derek Stepan.

    The Detroit Red Wings still have not gotten into any player discussion with Vancouver regarding Kesler. LeBrun wonders if GM Ken Holland is lying in the weeds to see how this Kesler situation plays out, or maybe he’s just more focused on a top-four defenseman.

    The Red Wings are interested in Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff, but that’s changed due to the price tag the Sabres have on him.

    Along with Detroit, Philadelphia’s real need is a top-four defenseman. They like Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, but the Canucks aren’t keen on trading him unless it’s a solid offer.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:  Potential Toronto Maple Leafs on the trading block: Dave Bolland, James Reimer, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri.Contract talks with Bolland aren’t going so well, and according to reports Bolland is seeking a seven or eight year deal, in the neighbourhood of a $5 million a season.

    Reimer is stuck in a backup role with how well Jonathan Bernier has played. Reimer will have arbitration rights this upcoming summer, and will be due a raise from his current $1.8 million cap-hit. However, it’s unlikely Reimer is a Leaf beyond this summer.

    Both Kulemin and Raymond will be seeking raises in the summer, and that makes it unlikely both will be back in Toronto.

    Gardiner and Kadri names keep surfacing in the rumour mill. Dave Nonis will need to land quite an asset to justify trading either player.

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The best possible trade deadline acquisition for the Tampa Bay Lightning will likely come from within the organization, as Steven Stamkos is expected to return as early as Thursday.  Stamkos will have his next checkup on Wednesday.

    ‘’Obviously we are thrilled and hoping he comes back,’’ Yzerman said of Stamkos. “But any opportunity you have to improve your team, you look at it. So, getting Stammer back (helps) and if I could do anything that would improve the team I would.’’

    General Manager Steve Yzerman could be a buyer at the deadline. It’s not exactly a secret the Lightning have been on the lookout for some help on defense, with a top four caliber player on the radar screen since the summer.

    ‘’Generally, teams aren’t trading guys in their prime, or guys with term on their contract who are playing well, for a young player in the minors,” Yzerman said. “You’re not getting an NHL player, a good NHL player, for a kid down the minors; it just doesn’t happen. As part of a bigger package, maybe. So, I’m not opposed the trading a younger player as part of a bigger package.’’

    Yzerman has been in Tampa since Sunday with other members of the management staff, assessing the team’s needs and what could be done to address any holes.

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