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Morning Rumors: Senators, Team Needs, Flyers and Rangers

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Two sources had said that Senators GM Bryan Murray is working the phones trying to find a top four defenseman that would be able to step in right away.

    “I get the sense Murray would like to do something,” said a league executive before the visit by the Wild. “It might even just be a change for the sake of change.”

    The Senators also need to find a fit in their top 6 as Milan Michalek has struggled, but they hope he will turn it around. The defenseman market is thin and lots of teams are looking to improve in that area. The Rangers are willing to trade Michael Del Zotto, the Penguins could move Matt Niskanen and Stars could move Vernon Fiddler. The Senators have $8.409 million in cap space, but Murray would have move out some salary in a deal.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Matching team needs with trade options. Predators: Might need a goalie – Jose Theodore, Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth. They will likely wait to see what Rinne’s results are from his MRI next week. Capitals: Could use a top 4 defenseman. Senators – A puck moving defenseman. Del Zotto could be an option. Blues – Goalie upgrade with Ryan Miller being mentioned. Red Wings – clear roster space for Gustav Nyquist and clearing some cap space. (written before DeKeyser was put on LTIR, Gustav to be called up)

    “I’d like to get Nyquist up,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said when we chatted Tuesday. “I was hoping to make a trade. Obviously, I put our guys on waivers. Other than big trades, nobody really wants to add money right now.”

  • TSN Radio: Bob McKenzie: The Flyers would want to a really good defenseman if they trade Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier.
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie: “Philly’s not shopping Schenn (or Couturier) but they know that to get what they want they need to move one of those guys. Holmgren is liable to trade anybody so Brayden Schenn isn’t an untouchable. They want a really good defenseman in return”
  • TSN Radio: Darren Dreger: Rangers GM Glen Sather is making calls and taking them on Michael Del Zotto.
  • Patrick Kearns of the Fourth Period: Kearns thinks the Rangers should hold onto Del Zotto as his value is at an all-time low. If they were to move Del Zotto, they may be comfortable with Dylan McIlrath being able to step in a bottom pairing role.

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Morning Rumors: Nolan, Phaneuf, Hiller, Gaborik, Vlasic, Theodore, Havlat and Miller

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The odds are slim that Ted Nolan will be behind the bench for the Sabres next season.

    Shinzawa thinks the Maple Leafs will re-sign captain Dion Phaneuf. He’s 28-years old and is averaging 24.:23 minutes per game. Those types of defenseman are hard to find and are even harder to acquire.

    Jonas Hiller will be a UFA at the end of the season and the Ducks may look to acquire some assets for him. The Islanders and Predators are potential landing spots for him. The Ducks are deep in net with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson in the pipeline.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks it’s doubtful that the Blue Jackets will look to re-sign Marian Gaborik for another four or five years at $6 million. They gave up Derrick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore to get him.

    Marc-Eduoard Vlasic may have played himself ahead of Marc Staal and Dan Hamhuis on the Canadian Olympic team depth chart.

    The Wild may be looking for a backup goalie with experience. Best bet is they bring back Jose Theodore.

    The Sharks will likely buyout Martin Havlat after this season. They may have done it this summer, but he was injured and you can’t buyout injured players.

    Still rumors out there that the Blues will make a play for Sabres Ryan Miller at the trade deadline.

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Afternoon Rumors: Maple Leafs, Downie, Goaltenders and Draft Lottery

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Most likely that the Leafs will look to get something done with a team in the West. There is that relationship in Anaheim”
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs could look at the free agent market if they don’t go in-house on a centerman. They could look at Vinny Prospal, but they are tight against the cap. Putting Dave Bolland on the LTIR will give them some flexibility.
  • Brian Stubits of Eye on Hockey CBS Sports: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 960 Calgary with a little more detail into Steve Downie getting traded out of Colorado:

    “Basically what it goes back to was during training camp Downie got mad at [Captain Gabriel] Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage and he drilled him. I was just told from that day, considering Downie was a bit unrepentanant about it, I just heard the Avalanche decided they were going to make the change at that time. You can’t have guys doing that. The timing is still very odd, it’s an interesting time for the deal, but I was told basically the Avalanche had decided that when that happened and Downie was basically unapologetic about it, the time was going to come where he was going to get dealt.”

  • Matthew Coller: A look at some teams who may need goaltender at some point and goalies who may fit those needs.

    Blues: Their problem is the inconsistency of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Ryan Miller could be a solution.

    Oilers: Devan Dubnyk’s poor start. James Reimer could be a solution.

    Blackhawks: Poor backup play of Nikolai Khabibulin. Scott Clemmensen could be a solution.

    Penguins: Injury to Tomas Vokoun. Signing free agent Jose Theodore could be a solution.

    Islanders: Need someone better than Evgeni Nabokov if you want to complete for the cup. Trading for Jonas Hiller could be a solution.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Since the Devils have to forfeit their 1st round pick, the NHL isn’t a 100 percent sure how they will be handling the draft lottery. They may keep the Devils as part of the lottery to determine the order.


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Morning Rumors: Weber, Hurricanes goalie situation, Stastny and Brodeur

  • Dave Isaac: “You know why Nashville won’t trade Weber? Because as of July 1, they’ll have paid him 38% of a contract that he’s only completed 14% of.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Hurricanes could look to the free agent market as Cam Ward is out three to four weeks and Anton Khudobin still on the IR. Free agent targets could be Jose Theodore, Rick DiPietro, Johan Hedberg and Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Paul Stastny will be a UFA at the end of the season and thought was that he’d be trade bait at the trade deadline or sign elsewhere at the start of free agency. Patrick Roymay have other hopes though.

    “It’s a beautiful problem to have,” Roy said. “I’d rather deal with this than having no centers. Honestly, it hasn’t been a problem so far. Everybody is having their share of ice time. We’re very lucky. You look at all the teams at the top of the standings, they all have three very good centers and four good lines. When you build a team, you want to build it (up) the middle.”

    Stastny’s agent said there have been no talks, and they are fine with that.

    “Whether it’s in the back of my mind or not, it’s something you can’t really worry about,” said Stastny, a former University of Denver star. “It’s out of your control. If you’re part of the solution, then you are. If you’re not, you’re not. I’m just having fun with this team right now and doing anything I can to help it win.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox wonders now that Martin Brodeur appears to the be the backup in New Jersey, is it time for him to moved on? “But now he’s No. 2 and the team is going nowhere. It’s not hard to project that some team, a contender, would be more than happy to have Brodeur, who’s $4.5 million contract expires this season, on the bench as insurance when the playoffs begin. Pittsburgh? Boston? Montreal? Detroit? Washington? Heck, the Carolina Hurricanes, with Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin out with injuries, could use him now.”

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Oilers, Miller, Vanek, Yakupov, Flyers and Goaltenders

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: SportsNets Nick Kypreos has heard that Sabres GM Darcy Regier could be in trouble.

    “In a perfect world, the ownership group in Buffalo would have rather have waited up until Christmas, but I’m hearing that the decision could come a lot sooner, and they ultimately will make the change,” Kypreos said. “They’re feeling the heat from the fans, that’s for sure.”

    There is talk that the Sabres and Oilers are talking about a big that could involve Ryan Miller and/or Thomas Vanek for Nail Yakupov and more. The Oilers may not make the deal unless they are convinced they might be able to re-sign Miller. Vanek may bring the Sabres less as he may only be a rental.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi thinks that Thomas Vanek would be the perfect match with the Flyers. The Flyers have only scored 10 goals and are off to a 1-6 start. GM Paul Holmgren may look to make a move to try and secure his job. A deal could bring the Sabres some prospects (maybe Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, Oliver Lauridsen) and/or draft picks. Craig Berube has only been behind the bench for three games, so they may need some more time to adjust to his systems.

    “I think we have to be patient and let [Berube] implement his system,” said Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. “It makes no sense to panic. We still believe in our players.”

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: Ryan Miller and Ilya Bryzgalov remain the most interesting goalie names out there. Brian Elliott is the odd man out in St. Louis. Jose Theodore is still looking for a team. Bryzgalov wouldn’t cost a team anything except the money. Miller has a limited no-trade clause and won’t come cheap. The Sabres will need to move Miller before the trade deadline as he’s unlikely to re-sign. Burnside drops Nail Yakupov’s name in a potential deal with the Oilers.
  • Chuck Gormley: There is lots of trade chatter going on at the Capitals-Rangers game. There were lots of scouts in the press box, as well as Ray Shero (USA), Steve Yzerman, Kevin Lowe (Canada).
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ilya Bryzgalov’s Las Vegas tryout is over.

    “Bryz will train at home in [New Jersey] until the right NHL job comes around,” his agent Ritch Winter told via email Wednesday night. “He has turned down one NHL offer recently and will wait until the right opportunity presents itself. There is no rush. He is in great shape and ready to go when the right opportunity arises.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are not looking for a top-four defenseman, but are looking for a rugged third pairing defenseman. If the Oilers are not in the playoff race at the trade deadline, Ales Hemsky will likely be dealt. Since they are at 49 contracts, would likely have to be a player for player trade if they were to make a move. Nick Schultz and his $3.5 million salary could be trouble. The Oilers are not giving up on Devan Dubnyk. Matheson notes that Ryan Miller is better than Jonas Hiller, and that the Capitals may be willing to Michal Neuvirth. Matheson isn’t sold on Brian Elliott.
  • William DePaoli: Likely that the Sabres next GM will come from the Penguins organization.

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Afternoon NHL and KHL Rumors: Raanta, Theodore, Prospal, Penguins and Pominville

  • Igor Eronko: Rumors are that KHLs Omsk is looking at Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta instead of Jose Theodore.
  • Spector’s Hockey: Vinny Prospal is still looking for a team. Doesn’t plan on retiring as he feels he can still play.
  • William DePaoli: The Penguins could very well be in the market for a No. 1 goalie this winter. Defenseman Simon Despres could be used as a trade chip.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Jason Pominville will be a UFA at the end of the year and would “prefer” to get a deal done by their opener on Thursday.

    “I don’t want it to be a distraction for me and the way I play, and then you’re always thinking,” Pominville said. “If you know they’re talking and things aren’t going the way you want it to go, then you’re thinking, ‘Oh, are they not wanting to sign me anymore?’ I don’t really want to have that distraction, so hopefully it can get done before [the season]. If not, we’ll see where it goes from there.”

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Free Agent Hits: Franson signs, Thomas and Theodore

  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs and Cody Franson agree on a one-year, $2 million deal. The Leafs wanted a two-year to avoid arbitration next year, but told Franson’s camp that they would got to one-year at $2 million or less.
  • Darren Dreger: With Tim Thomas likely playing today, a contract could be close with the Panthers.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Jose Theodore has a KHL offer but likely holding out for an NHL deal.
  • Jim Diamond of the Examiner: Francois Gagnon of the RDS reported that the Predators are among the teams interested in Theodore. Gagnon said that the Predators, Penguins and Sharks have shown interest “in recent weeks.”

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Free Agent Hits: Raymond, Franson, Morrow, Gagne, Redden, Knuble and Beleskey

  • Michael Augello: SportsNet Doug MacLean said that the Maple Leafs already have a deal in place with Mason Raymond for $925,000 if he makes the team. Darren Dreger: Mason’s agent, J.P. Barry said that there are talks with the Leafs, but no agreement is in place. Raymond is the Leafs ‘property’ under the PTO until the end of September. After that, he can sign with anyone, possibly at well over $1 million. Raymond is a good fit with the Leafs, and they want him, but their cap situation complicates things.
  • James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle on Cody Franson:  “He doesn’t even become part of your thought process. It’s a cruel thing to say but you move on without people.”
  • Chris Johnston: Franson on contract stalemate: “I honestly didn’t think it would come to this.”
  • Josh Rimer: UFA Brenden Morrow:  “I haven’t signed anything yet, considering an offer & some action is happening now. Shouldn’t be too long though.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: Players still unsigned: Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden, and PTO’s Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White (released yesterday).Brenden Morrow may be getting close on a deal. He visited a team on Thursday.

    “Things are starting to happen now,” he said on the line from Dallas. “I’ve got some things starting to evolve a little bit.”

    “I’m thinking about another team visit as well,” Morrow said while not divulging names. “I’ve actually got a few offers that I’m mulling over at the moment. It’s a tough marketplace, they’re not the biggest offers or what I had been hoping for, but at this point I just want to get playing again. So I’m mulling over these offers.”

    Simon Gagne is still hoping for a shot and is working out in Quebec City.

    “This is new for sure, I’ve never gone through this before,” Gagne said from Quebec City. “It feels almost like a lockout in a way. I’m lucky that I’m able to work out every day with the Quebec Remparts, that’s been good.”

    Wade Redden didn’t feel that a PTO was for him.

    “I felt good there for sure. Boston was great,” Redden said on the line from Kelowna, British Columbia, where he’s working out and living with his wife and kids.

    “My plan is still to play,” said Redden. “I’m just waiting. Hopefully something will happen where a team has a need and I know I’ll be ready to go. It’s hard to predict, really, what’s going to happen.”

    “I didn’t think it was my best option. I just thought I’d stay here and skate every day, be ready for when a team calls,” said Redden. “I think teams know how I can play.”

    Mike Knuble may be ready to move on.

    “At the beginning of the summer I was probably 50-50 in terms of playing, but I’ve seen what’s gone on and I’m pretty much in the process of moving on,” Knuble said. “There’s some pretty good players without jobs. I had a lot of fun last year with the Flyers and that might be the last kick at the can. That’s not 100 percent, I’m not announcing my retirement yet, but it’s how it looks right now. It would really have to be the right situation. I’m not sitting beside the phone, let’s put it that way.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Matt Beleskey signed a two-year, $2.7 contract extension.

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PTOs: Boyes, Thomas, Gillies, White, Theodore, Kobasew, Martinek and Johnson

  • Bob McKenzie: The Panthers have offered Tim Thomas a PTO. No decision yet. Pierre LeBrun: Thomas wants to be a No. 1 goalie and not a backup according to his agent. LeBrun thinks that Thomas is holding out for an offer and not a PTO. May not be one out there. Arthur Staple: The Islanders are not involved with Tim Thomas.
  • Joe Yerdon: Colton Gillies will attend the Sabres camp on a PTO.
  • Ken Wiebe: Ian White will attend the Jets camp on a PTO.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Panthers offered Jose Theodore a PTO but he rejected it yesterday. He’s holding out for a contract.
  • Thomas Drance: Chuck Kobasew has been invited to the Penguins camp.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders have invited Radek Martinek and Justin Johnson to camp on a PTO.

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Injury Notes: Helm, Bergeron, Beauchemin, Rinne, Clemmensen, Havlat and Michalek

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Darren Helm didn’t skate yesterday as he has a pulled groin according to GM Ken Holland. Ansar Khan: Holland said that Helm will likely miss the first few days of training camp, they are being cautious.
  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Patrice Bergeron’s ribs are still tender but he’ll be ready for camp. Matt Kalman: Bergeron had been skating for a few weeks and said: “So I feel pretty confident I’ll be good for the start of camp and then good for the season.”
  • Curtis Zupke: There is no ETA on Ducks Francois Beauchemin’s knee. He is still a ways off from skating, but is with the team.
  • Joshua Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne was taking shots yesterday and did not appear limited. Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Rinne was cleared by doctors last Thursday “to do a little bit more.”

    “This last week was the first time I was taking shots, and on my knees, moving laterally and stuff like that,” Rinne said. “Obviously I need to get more repeats, a lot more ice time, but I’m feeling good, and that’s the main thing.”

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that backup goalie Scott Clemmensen had arthroscopic knee surgery last week, but could be ready for the start of the season. They’ll be looking for a veteran free-agent, but there is no indication that they are interested in bringing back Jose Theodore.

    “There will be a lot of transactions during this training camp,” Tallon said between periods of the Panthers-Lightning rookie game Sunday afternoon at Iceplex. “We’re looking at every possibility, the waiver wire, trades, free agents, whatever we can do to improve.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Martin Havlat started skating after off-season groin surgery. He’s likely not progressed enough to handle the rigors of training camp. There is not a timetable for his return.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Milan Michalek said he’s 100%. He opted not for knee surgery in the off-season, going with blood serum therapy in Germany instead. He’s been skating for the last month.

    “I’ve been able to work out and it’s been good up to now. I’m 100% and ready to go,” said Michalek.

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