Posts Tagged Jonathan Drouin

Morning Hits: Thornton, Clarkson, Gudbranson, Mayers, Haula, Drouin and the KHL

  • Joe Haggery: Bruins Shawn Thornton’s suspension decision will almost certainly be today.
  • Nick Kypreos: Maple Leafs David Clarkson will have a hearing at 9 am this morning.
  • George Richards: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he would call Brendan Shanahan to try and Erik Gudbranson’s match penalty rescinded.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild recall Erik Haula and reassign Jason Zucker.
  • Bob McKenzie: Jonathan Drouin (concussion) was symptom free yesterday after riding a stationary bike. He could skate by Tuesday.
  • Igor Eronko: Four KHL teams are in financial trouble. Spartak lost a financial source and another team received loans from the league to pay their player salaries. Atlata and Traktor still owe their players part of their salaries.

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Morning Hits: Rising Salary Cap, McIlrath, Mrazek and Drouin

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Impact of the rising cap.

    “It’s going to loosen up talks for the higher-end players,” one agent said. “It’s going to expand opportunities for players to start signing contracts now. Most GMs I’ve spoken with have been reluctant to move forward on contract talks until they have some kind of idea.”

    Canucks GM Mike Gillis indicated they can spend beyond the long-term deals they already have.

    “The projected number in that range just adds flexibility for us and adds the opportunity to spend that money wisely. If we can do it wisely, we look at it as opportunity,” Gillis said.

    “When the twins signed, it was obviously a huge transaction for our organization and for them,” Gillis said. “We were doing that on the basis of what we projected the number to be … None of us know what the actual number will be at the end of the day.”

    For the 2015-16 season.

    “I’ve got to believe it’s going to be 75 [million],” said the most conservative responder. Another guess came in around $78 million, with the highest prediction at $80 million.

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

    “I think you have to look at it from a holistic point of view,” Armstrong said when I asked him what the cap number meant for the small market teams. “If the cap increases, that means revenue is increasing and the pie is getting bigger. I think we all have to be excited about that.”

  • Patrick Kearns: The Rangers have recalled defenseman Dylan McIlarth from the AHL.
  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings have recalled Petr Mrazek from the AHL. Jimmy Howard was ‘bumped” into during practice.
  • John Moore: Jonathan Drouin is “getting better and better” and will leave for Team Canada’s WJC camp today. He’s confident he’ll be able to play.

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Morning Hits: Devils, Ryan, Maatta, Drouin and Hamrlik

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Lou Lamoriello on the Devils,

    “You’ve always heard me say that when you have success, you have your best players consistently playing the best, and that’s what we need to have on a consistent basis,” Lamoriello said. “Not one on one night and the other on another night; it has to be consistent.”

    “There’s no question we brought in four, five new people. Sometimes it takes time even though you don’t like to admit it,” the Devils GM said. “But I don’t look for excuses. We’ve had time to get them in, and they have to respond. They’re all quality people and quality players. If it takes a little more time, so be it. But we can’t dwell on it right now. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we just have to do what we need to do to get back on track.”

    Senators coach Paul MacLean on moving Bobby Ryan off Jason Spezza’s line.

    “All along we said we wanted to be patient and allow them to develop chemistry, but if it doesn’t appear to be there, you don’t want to force it to happen either,” MacLean said. “Maybe we’ll go back to it further down the road. Right now, I think we’ll leave Bobby with Turris and MacAthur and Spezza with Conacher and Michalek, because we seem to be a dangerous team.”

  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins don’t plan on returning defenseman Olli Maatta back to junior after nine games. Doesn’t guarantee that he’ll be in the NHL all season though.
  • Mike Morreale: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on their decision to return Jonathan Drouin back to junior: ”The way we’re structured now; we feel we made right long term decision for our team and Jonathan”
  • Roman Jedlicka: Roman Hamrlik will officially retire from hockey at a press conference next week in Montreal.

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Draft Hits: The Avalanche stirred up the market and Hurricanes could move back

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The Avalanche stirred up the market when Joe Sakic said they would be taking a forward with the first overall pick.

    “He’s trying to drum up a market,” Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said Wednesday. “It’s going to garnish a lot of attention … virtually everybody will be contacting Colorado about what their intention is.”

    The Avs are close to getting back into playoff contention. By trading the pick and moving down a little while picking up some other assets would help get them there quicker. By saying that they are taking a forward and not Seth Jones, it makes other teams go through them and not the Panthers at No. 2.

  • Chip Alexander: Alexander is hearing that if the Hurricanes target is not there at No. 5, they could trade down. They are unlikely to move up.

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Draft and Trade Rumors: Avalanche, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Senators, Penguins and Ducks

  • Adrian Dater: Lots of talk that the Avalanche are trying to create a smokescreen by saying they are taking a forward at No. 1. General managers aren’t buying it.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Joe Sakic didn’t back down from saying they would take a forward with the first overall pick.

    “He’s a great player, he’s going to be good,” Sakic said over the phone from Denver. “But after we had our internal meetings we came up with these three forwards, (Nathan) McKinnon, (Jonathan) Drouin and (Alexander) Barkov. We’re really leaning towards one of those three forwards.”

    Asked for clarification if they’ll pick one of those three forwards,

    “If we’re picking first overall, yes,” he said firmly.

    Sakic was asked about why telling people what they are planning.

    “It was more really for our fans here, to let our fans know what we’re thinking going into the draft,” said Sakic, the Avs’ vice-president of hockey operations. “That’s really what the purpose was, let them know where we’re leaning. What I said is that we’re picking first overall and this is what we’re doing.”

  • Jason Brough: If reports of the Panthers and Maple Leafs interested Jonathan Bernier are true, are the Leafs and Panthers still potential destinations for Roberto Luongo? Kind of shows the level of confidence the Leafs have in James Reimer and the Panthers in Jacob Markstrom.
  • Howard Berger: Berger still thinks that Leafs GM Dave Nonis will inquire about Avs Paul Stastny. Leafs could steal a true No. 1 center who needs a fresh start. Berger wrote last month that he’d trade Carl Gunnarsson and Nikolai Kulemin for Stastny. The Avalanche need to make cap room for Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog. Trading Stastny’s contract makes too much sense.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: If the Penguins sign Kris Letang and need to trade out some salary, Senators GM Bryan Murray should be calling about James Neal. Senators trade chips Stefan Noesen, Matt Puempel and Shane Prince. The Ducks may have to move Bobby Ryan, who has two years and $10.2 million left on his deal. Bryan should call Bob to see what it would take to bring Ryan to Ottawa. Should Daniel Alfredsson retire, Daniel Briere may be a nice replacement.

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Avalanche to pass on Jones … Little chance of Letang in Colorado … Wild trade and buyout rumors

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:The Avalanche will pass on Seth Jones and draft one of the top three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Aleksander Barkov.

    “If we do pick first, we’re leaning more toward one of those three forwards,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post.

    “We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up,” Sakic said.

    The Avalanche could look to the free agent or trade market to address their defensive issues.

  • Adrian Dater: There is no chance of the Avalanche trading for defenseman Kris Letang if he’s after $7 million a year.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Trade talk around the league is picking up. Several teams will need to shed some salary. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher:

    “This is the tightest market the league’s ever seen. There’s just not a lot of money in the marketplace to spend, so it will be really interesting to see what happens this summer. The available dollars are a fraction of what they normally are. It’ll certainly have a big impact on what happens and more importantly what doesn’t happen.”

    When you throw in the fact that a number of players will be added to the free-agent crop by way of compliance and regular buyouts, Fletcher said, “There could be a pretty vicious game of musical chairs. Come July 15, it could be a scary environment to be a player. You can analyze it all you want, but that’s just common sense when you consider the reduction of overall dollars available.”

    The Wild can’t buy Dany Heatley out as he’s been deemed a “injured player.” It wouldn’t shock Russo if Cal Clutterbuck were traded this offseason and they’ve been actively looking to trade Zenon Konopka. If Tom Gilbert isn’t traded, he could be bought out by the Wild.

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NHL Draft Hits: The Avs, Panthers, Predators, Oilers and Blue Jackets may be listening to offers

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Avalanche (No. 1) and Panthers (No. 2) have already said they could move their picks for the right price. The Predators at No. 4 are keeping their options open.

    “We’ll entertain offers. We’ve already had people inquire with us about it and vice-versa,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said. “We’ll talk about whatever position that can improve us for the whole big picture of things.”

    Still, Fenton was cautious: “In order to move up to that position, you’re going to have to make an offer that you can’t refuse.”

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It’s unlikely that the Oilers at No. 7 would be able to move up to the Panthers No. 2. What makes it a difficult is the drop off in talent from the top two players, Seth Jones and either Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Usually there is a bigger drop off between the top two picks.
  • Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation: If the Oilers are looking to move back and add a player or a few more picks, the Blue Jackets might be a trade partner if they want to move up to grab someone. The Oilers draft at No. 7 with the Blue Jackets holding the No.14, No. 19, No. 27 to 30 and No. 44. Potential players the Oilers could look at are: R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin.


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Morning Hits: Rask, McDonagh, Bryzgalov, Elias, Dupuis, Stastny and the Avs draft options

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: It was a “prove it” year for Tuukka Rask as he took over the No. 1 job from Tim Thomas. He was left off the Vezina Trophy ballots after posting the third best save percentage (.929) and fourth best goals-against average (2.00). Rask will be getting a nice big contract this summer and GM Peter Chiarelli thinks it’s easier to sign guys after they’ve had a successful season.

    “I’m happy for him that he’s playing well and he’s helping the team,” said Chiarelli. “It’s always easier to sign these guys after success. He’s showing some resiliency, which I like, and some durability, which I like.

    “I liked [Rask's] big saves. We had some real good games where, I’d have to go back and look, but I think we had a chance in every game.”

    Rask could be looking for a 5-6 year deal in the range of $5-$6 million per season. Comparables could be Jimmy Howard’s $5.291 million cap hit and Carey Price’s  $6.5 million cap hit.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks thinks the Rangers need to lock up defenseman Ryan McDonagh before the Flyers are able to sheet him after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov. Brooks wonders if the Devils have any choice but to give Patrick Elias whatever he wants. Pascal Dupuis could be one of the most sought after free agents, but will he take less to remain with the Penguins?
  • Adrian Dater: Avs center Paul Stastny is in the last year of his deal and has a $6.6 million cap hit. Dater is sure “the Avs would get a whole lot for him.”
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon outplayed Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin. You obviously don’t draft someone based on a couple of games. It seems like a “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” scenario on deciding between Jones and MacKinnon. Down the middle the Avs have Matt Duchene (not going anywhere), Ryan O’Reilly (can’t trade until Feb. 28th next year) and Paul Stastny (RFA after next season, could be moved). They need more help on the blueline than another young forward.

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Morning Hits: Patrick Roy and the Avs, Canucks Coaches, Avs #1 pick, Flyers draft options and Caps UFA Hendricks

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Patrick Roy’s brother, Stephane, is saying that Patrick will be the next coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

    “They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge,” said Stephane Roy, the younger brother of his famous sibling.

    The Avalanche wouldn’t confirm and Patrick couldn’t be reached.

  • Renaud Lavoie: It’s premature to say that Patrick Roy is the head coach of the Avalanche as it’s not a done deal.
  • Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks coaching staff including Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown, are still waiting to learn their fate from GM Mike Gillis. The trio don’t understand why they haven’t heard anything yet.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche’s chief scout, Rick Parcey, said that Seth Jones being their likely top pick in the draft is premature.

    “The No. 1 spot, it’s open,” Pracey told me. “You know, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and Alexander Barkov, and you can go into other guys. There are others out there – Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm – that are very, very interesting players. It’s by far not a slam dunk. It’s not one player that’s running away with this thing.”

    Dater would still bet on the Avs draft Jones as he fills a big need on the blueline.

    “We have to be looking at the best player available,” Pracey said. “When you’re holding the No. 1 pick, you still have to maintain that philosophy. We’re after not only the most talented kid right now, but long into the future. We hope this is a 10-15 year player for us. We have to make sure we have all our bases covered. They’re all good players, and we’ve had an extreme amount of coverage on these top kids, and now we’re entering the secondary phase.”

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi lists some names who could be there when the Flyers pick 11th overall in the 2013 NHL draft: Darnell Nurse (D), Rasmus Ristolainen (D),  Ryan Pulock (D), Hunter Shinkaruk (C/LW), Frederik Gauthier (C), Sean Monahan (C) and Nikita Zadorov (D).
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals will have tough UFA decisions on Mike Ribeiro and valuable fourth-liner Matt Hendricks. Hendricks kills penalties, drops the gloves if need be and is respected by teammates and coaches. He’s likely due a raise from the $800,000 he earned this past season. He hopes to remain in Washington.

    “It’s a big part of the business when it comes to players’ salaries,” Hendricks said. “You want to get what you feel you deserve and what is right, and that’s what happens in the negotiating process.”

    The Capitals currently sit about $6.2 million under next seasons $64.3 million salary cap.

    “When you’re in a cap world, sometimes you just don’t have choices,” McPhee said. “This is what you have to work with and if it doesn’t fit for them you move on, you get someone else and that’s the world we live in now.”

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Nothing Scheduled … Hishon cleared … Varlamov returns … Draft rankings and what could happen with the draft

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: There is still lots of optimism that the season will be saved in early 2013. Dreger is hopeful, but less optimistic.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: As of the 24th, no meetings were scheduled between the NHL and NHLPA.

    “We haven’t talked about meetings later this week,” Daly said in an e-mail.  “I guess we will see.”

  • Brad Shade via twitter: Joey Hishon has been cleared to practice after being out 19 months with a concussion.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie asked 10 scouts about 2013 draft eligibles. 7 have Nate MacKinnon at number 1, 3 had Seth Jones.  Top 10 rankings: 1. MacKinnon (CAN); 2. Jones (USA); 3. Aleksander Barkov (FIN); 4. Elias Lindholm (SWE); 5. Jonathan Drouin (CAN); 6. Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN); 7. Valeri Nichushkin (RUS); 8. Alex Wennberg (SWE); 9. Jacob De La Rose (SWE); 10. Linus Arnesson (SWE).
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: So what happens to the NHL draft if the season is cancelled?

    “Anybody who says they have a clue, they’re lying,” said Al Murray, Tampa Bay Lightning’s head of amateur scouting.

    Before the 2005 draft, the NHL held a lottery to see who would get the chance to draft Sidney Crosby. It was held 5 weeks after the normal date, and 17 days after the CBA was agreed upon. If there is no CBA during the summer, there could be no draft.

    “There can’t be a draft without a CBA. That’s one of the things collectively bargained,” said former NHL general manager Craig Button, now a draft guru for TSN.

    “The NHL could still implement a draft regardless of having no CBA, but the NHLPA could say no and then everybody’s a free agent. That would be messy. What if they say there’s a bidding situation for the junior players? It’s far-fetched and I don’t think it would happen, but …”

    If a CBA gets done after the season is cancelled, and they do look to hold a draft, they could go with a lottery like they did after the last lockout.

    “If they go on the same format for the lottery, Columbus would have five balls, three of their own and they’ve also got L.A.’s pick (for Jeff Carter) and the Rangers (for Rick Nash). They would be the overwhelming favourite,” said Button.

    The Flames, Wild, Stars, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Jets would each have three balls.

  • The Fouth Period: Last Friday the City of Glendale signed a lease agreement with Greg Jamison’s group, Hockey Partners LLC. Jamison now has until Jan. 31st to purchase the team.

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