Posts Tagged Josh Gorges

NHL Rumors I: Blues, Stars, Richards, Canadiens, Volchenkov, Leafs and Legwand

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues goal was to sign Paul Stastny on Tuesday, but a source added that they were going to go to back to the Senators after to see what it would take to add Jason Spezza as well. LeBrun doesn’t think they would have offered more than the Stars did. Stastny centering Alex Steen and David Backes could make up their top line.

    Saturday night, Stars GM Jim Nill was under the impression that Spezza didn’t want to go to Dallas. Once the things were straightened out, talks started again. The Stars did ask about Joe Thornton, but he isn’t ready to leave yet.

    The Islanders and Flyers were interested in Brad Richards before he signed with the Blackhawks.

    Some Canadiens were not happy to see Josh Gorges get traded. The Canadiens wouldn’t offer Brian Gionta anything more than a one-year deal, so it was easy for him to move on.

    The Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Lightning and Red Wings were interested in Dan Boyle before he signed with the Rangers.

  • David Pagnotta: If defenseman Anton Volchenkov doesn’t sign with a NHL team, he’ll head to the KHL, where he already has an offer from SKA St. Petersburg.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs Dave Poulin: “We’ll be in the trade market and scour to see if we can fill those openings. We didn’t have to fill everything yesterday”
  • Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs are “heavily in the mix” for David Legwand.

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NHL Rumors XIV: Franson For Gorges, Boyle, Green, Vrbata and Gionta

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens waited until this morning to get the final word that Josh Gorges wouldn’t change his mind and accept deal to Toronto, they then worked out a deal with the Sabres.
  • Steve Simmons: The Leafs were hoping to trade Cody Franson for Josh Gorges.
  • Bob McKenzie: You would have to think that Franson is still in play after their recent acquisitions of Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas.
  • Joe Smith: Dan Boyle felt the Lightning were the best fit for his role, and his wife is from Tampa. Bob McKenzie: The Maple Leafs were a finalist for Boyle and they offered more money.
  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings offered Boyle three year and $12.5 million: $5 million, $5 million and then $2.5 million. He took two-years and $9 million from the Rangers.
  • Adam Vingan: Craig Custance suggests that Mike Green could be “Plan B” for teams that lost out on defensemen. Two executives have said they’ve heard his as being available.
  • Sarah McLellan: Radim Vrbata said in a text that a deal is unlikely to happen today. Jason Brough: Thinks that Vrbata would be good pickup for the Canucks. Adds that they might have to outbid the Bruins.
  • J-F Chaumont: The Canadiens offered Brian Gionta a one-year deal. He wanted a two year deal to stay in Montreal. Got three from the Sabres.

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NHL Rumors I: Trade Notes Gorges, Petry and Caron

  • Louis Jean: Sources saying the Maple Leafs offered a forward to the Canadiens for Josh Gorges. They have been very aggressive.
  • Elliotte Friedman: (just after midnight EST) Doesn’t look like Josh Gorges will change his mind about accepting a trade to Toronto.
  • Hope Smoke: Renaud Lavoie: “It would be a surprise if Josh [Gorges] is traded to the Leafs. I don’t see it happening right now.” … “Josh is gone. I don’t see him coming back with the Canadiens next season” … “My understanding is that there is one key player who Montreal wants that is on the market right now & they need to free up $” … “They realized that when Gorges is making $4m with 4 yrs left he is the one to go Not that they don’t like him,but need to free up $” … “Is Gorges going to be traded in the next few hours? It’s possible. Is it going to be something that he’ll appreciate? Nope.” … “It began with Toronto calling about Josh Saturday and it turned into Josh being put on the market for those 15 teams on his list” …  “Josh modified his list today and put a couple more teams on his list. There is at least 1 Canadian team there, it’s not Toronto
  • Dave Stubbs: “A player can bargain at least some control in where he may be traded. #Habs Gorges has Leafs, 12 others on a “no” list. His negotiated right”
  • Jim Matheson: If Oilers Jeff Petry is available, GM Craig MacTavish’s feelings have changed. They loved him heading into last season. If he is available, they need to get a young center for him.
  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins are looking to trade Jordan Caron. They feel he could use a fresh start somewhere.

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NHL Rumors XVI: 15 Free Agents, Lecavalier, Sens, Gorges, Phaneuf, Sharks and Leafs

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: 15 interesting free agents and possible landing spots.

    1. Paul Stastny – Blues
    2. Dan Boyle – Red Wings
    3. Christian Ehrhoff – Lightning
    4. Thomas Vanek – Wild
    5. Ryan Miller – Canucks
    6. Matt Niskanen – Capitals
    7. Anton Stralman – Red Wings or Lightning
    8. Matt Moulson – Islanders
    9. Jussi Jokinen – Winnipeg
    10. Jarome Iginla – Canadiens
    11. Brad Richards – Predators
    12. Jonas Hiller – Winnipeg
    13. Mike Ribeiro – Predators or Blackhawks
    14. Ville Leino – Predators
    15. Steve Ott – Sabres

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A deal with the Panthers for Vincent Lecavalier fell through at the draft.  They almost had a deal with the Predators as well. The Predators would have been fine with taking the full cap hit for half of Lecavalier’s contract, two of the four years.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five free agents Garrioch thinks the Senators will look at: Matt Moulson, Martin Havlat, Benoit Pouliot, Jussi Jokinen and keeping Milan Michalek.
  • Darren Dreger: Brendan Shanahan continues to try to encourage Josh Gorges to accept a trade from the Canadiens to the Maple Leafs. He’s not having any luck yet, but there still is a chance.
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Gorges has a great reputation as a leader. I think they would have dearly loved to have brought him in” … “Not only could Gorges give you quality mins but he can give you something in leadership dept They have some questions on this team”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “For the Leafs to have traded Phaneuf at the draft or up until tomorrow he would have to sign off” … “My understanding is that it’s easier to move him after [the new deal kicks in]…” … “Because he has a list of 12 and they are free to move him outside of his list of 12″
  • David Pollak: Don’t expects to see the Sharks actively go after any free agents tomorrow.
  • Larry Brooks: When Burke was the GM in Toronto he offered to take Wade Redden and a first round pick from the Rangers after Redden’s first year in New York.

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NHL Rumors XIV: Gorges, Flames, Legwand, Pens, Avs, Wild, Flyers and TBay

  • Louis Jean: The Canadiens desire to trade Josh Gorges is purely a business move. They don’t see him as a top-four defenseman and want to clear the salary cap space.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Cam Ward for the 7th overall pick, but the Hurricanes declined.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Mike Ribeiro for the 12th overall pick at the draft. Ribeiro wouldn’t waive it.
  • Aaron Ward:  Eight to 10 teams are interested in David Legwand, including the Islanders, Panthers, Sabres and Maple Leafs.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins hope to sign one of Nikolai Kulemin or Benoit Pouliot.
  • Bob McKenzie: Speculation that the Avalanche might buy out Daniel Briere is false.
  • Arthur Staples: Don’t think the Islanders will have an interest in Anton Volchenkov.
  • Craig Custance: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on his concern with giving term to free agents: “I’d rather be a little short & have flexibility than be all in and boxed in.”
  • Randy Miller: The Flyers could trade Brayden Schenn and/or Matt Read to help create cap space for UFA signings.
  • Chris Johnston: The Lightning will be looking for a backup goalie after not qualifying Anders Lindback.
  • Chris Botta: Botta doesn’t expect any news regarding the sale of the Islanders over the next seven to 10 days.

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NHL Rumors X: Stastny, Vanek, Niskanen, Gorges, Spezza, Sabres, Penguins and Jets

  • Pierre LeBrun: Paul Stastny’s camp is working to shorten their list of teams down today. Would expect that Blues will be on it. Re-signing with Avs is a possibility, but it won’t be for as much as he’ll get elsewhere.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Thomas Vanek is not put off by the Wild only want to go short-term, and he still likes the Wild as an option. He could get a huge offer from someone tomorrow.
  • Alex Prewitt: Matt Niskanen’s agent Nail Sheehy: “I don’t think there’s any question I can get a seven-year contract for Matt.”
  • Mark Spector: Sheehy thinks there is no question that Niskanen will get seven years. Same can be said for Stastny.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are not interested in Niskanen.
  • Pat Hickey: “Can’t understand Josh Gorges trade rumous. He’s the kind of character guy the team wants and needs.”
  • Mark Spector: Jason Spezza trade talks are cooling down as teams wait to see if they can sign a free agent center without having to give up assets.
  • Will DePaoli: The Sabres will be going hard after Matt Moulson and Brooks Orpik tomorrow according to a someone within the organization.
  • Will DePaoli: Source saying offer from Penguins to Nikolai Kulemin will be for three years.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins will talk with RFA Brandon Sutter on Wednesday about a new deal. He was qualified at $2.7 million.
  • Dave Molinari: All six of the Penguins RFA received qualifying offers: Sutter, Spaling, Megna, Farhman, Despres and Samuelsson.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Put on waivers for the purpose of a buy out are Tim Gleason, Anton Volchenkov and Shane O’Brien.

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NHL Rumors IX: Gorges, Reimer, Brodeur, Bolland, Komarov and Ward

  • Dave Stubbs: Josh Gorges just said that he’s “deeply disappointed” by what has gone down. Gorges added“I want people to know that I never wanted to leave Montreal. In no way has this been my decision.”
  • J-F Chaumont: Gorges to the Jounal de Montreal: “I have never asked for a trade, this is the call of Marc Bergevin. I am in shock.”
  • The Fourth Period: If Josh Gorges changes his mind and is willing to accept a deal to the Maple Leafs, a deal could happen today. The Canadiens could receive a roster player according to Bob McKenzie.
  • Bob McKenzie: The only solution in McKenzie’s opinion is to find one team on Gorges’ trade list that is interested. All teams are from the U.S.
  • Pat Hickey: If the Canadiens are able to trade Gorges, they should get a top-six forward and let the kids on defense learn on the job.
  • Darren Dreger: The Leafs don’t have a strong offer for James Reimer. That could change, but if it doesn’t, he’s been told to be ready for training camp.
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs will talk to Martin Brodeur, but sense is that their interest is mild.
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs are expected to make another offer to Dave Bolland today. Don’t see the Leafs going more than five years and $25 million, which may not be enough.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Leo Komarov is getting lots of interest. He’s a solid third liner.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Hurricanes were looking at either a trade or buy out (for budgetary reason) of Cam Ward. Looking like he’ll remain with the Hurricanes next year now. The Flames were one team of several teams that talked to the Hurricanes about a deal. Ward will likely be the Hurricanes No. 1 goalie next year.

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NHL Rumors I: Senators, Predators, Blues, Blackhawks, Canadiens, Stars and Penguins

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Landing spots for Jason Spezza appear less after the Kesler trade to Anaheim and his refusal to go to Nashville.

    “They’ve done their James Neal trade, so that has gone away,” Murray said. “Anaheim’s gone away with Kesler, so the field narrows a little bit. But yeah, they might need to have a little change in approach, as well as I do.”

    Source last night saying that Spezza has no intention of changing his mind about going to Nashville. GM David Poile would have loved to add a center like Spezza, or perhaps a Paul Stastny on Tuesday.

    “If I had it on my wish list, I would like to get a No. 1 center, and we’re going to try to get that,” Poile said. “If that happens the next couple of days or it happens in free agency or it happens through a trade that would be great. If it doesn’t happen right now, I have patience. I don’t think we really have an age problem on our team, but I think we’re really getting the correct pieces in place to be a more competitive club than we’ve been in the last couple of years.”

    Teams that will lose out on Stastny, may circle back to Murray for Spezza.

    “We’ll continue to talk and, over the course of time, I’m sure people that miss out on July 1 may come knocking, but we’ll have to wait and see,” Murray said.

    “Jason’s a 80-90 point guy, and you don’t get that return in any kind of trade in this league today, but I’m hoping we get something fair for the organization, so that we can put a player on the ice and maybe get a prospect or two and go from there.”

    The Blues talked to the Senators on Saturday morning with the Sens trying to get the Blues second round pick, but the Blues  wouldn’t budge. The Blackhawks are also said to be interested, but they wouldn’t have to move out salary.

    Canadiens Josh Gorges (four years at a $3.9 million salary cap hit) could be in play. He has a 15 team no-trade list which includes the Maple Leafs.

    The $69 million salary cap is about a $1 million less than teams had been planing for. Teams like the Blackhawks, Bruins, Flyers and Rangers will be affected. The league wanted it to be $70 million, but the NHLPA wanted it at $69 to lessen the amount of escrow.

    The Stars are looking to add a forward or two. Sources say they have interest in Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza.

    The Avs are likely to talk with Paul Stastny again today.

    “We’re going to continue talking, I’m going to talk to him probably tomorrow,” Avs executive Joe Sakic said Saturday. “We’ll see where we’re at.”

    If Daniel Alfredsson plays next season, it would likely only be for the Red Wings.

    Don’t be surprised if Matt Niskanen gets more than $5 million on a five or six year deal.

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Injury Notes: Peverly, Habs, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Sabres, Avs, Isles, Flyers, Lightning, Canes and Ducks

  • Mark Stepneski of Stars.NHL: Stars forward Rich Peverley is in stable condition in a Dallas hospital after collapsing on the bench last night.

    “We successfully treated him for a cardiac event with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine. “We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.”

    “As soon as we treated him he regained consciousness. He was alert and talking to us after the event and quickly got transported to the hospital. I was actually able to talk to him in the back of the ambulance; he was able to tell me where he was and wanted to get back into the game.”

    Peverley has a history of heart issues. He underwent a procedure in September for an irregular heartbeat.

  • Montreal Canadiens: Canadiens Josh Gorges had surgery yesterday morning to repair his fractured hand. He’ll be out at least four weeks.
  • Mike Heika: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that Kari Lehtonen has a concussion: “When he starts feeling well, he’ll start exercising again.”
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Joakim Andersson has a broken medial malleolus after being hit by a Dominic Moore shot. Andersson wears shot-blockers, but it was still able to fracture part of his left ankle.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers Erik Gudbranson has a knee injury and is waiting to be assessed.
  • Chris Ryndak of the Buffalo News: Tylers Myers injured his right leg Sunday night, but it’s looking like he’ll not miss any time and should be in the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau left last night’s game with a knee injury. He’ll end up missing four to six weeks a MCL injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Michael Grabner (upper-body) will be evaluated when they return to New York.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Ray Emery practiced yesterday, but he’s doubtful for tonight according to GM Paul Holmgren.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos wasn’t on the ice yesterday morning. He’ll take a day off here and there as he works his way back. Team was off Sunday as well.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes who didn’t practice yesterday: Eric Staal, Justin Faulk (upper-body) and John Michael-Liles (upper-body).
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Curtis Glencross practiced yesterday in a contact jersey.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (knee) and Mathieu Perreault (forearm) skated yesterday and hope to travel with the team on their road trip.

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Morning Hits and Injuries: Yzerman, Devils, Kuznetsov, Kassian, Gorges, Laich, Vatanen and Hanzal

  • Hockey Central: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman: “We respect [St. Louis'] decision whether we agreed with it or not.”
  • Darren Dreger: If the Devils miss the playoffs, they will still remain in the NHL draft lottery. If they win the lottery, they would still pick 30th, but the second team moves up to the No. 1 slot. (helps with seeding the remaining rounds)
  • Darren Dreger: Some teams are accusing the NHL of doing the new Devils ownership a favor.
  • Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov has terminated his contract with Traktor of the KHL. Dmitry Chesnokov: Traktor confirms that Kuznetsov will fly to Washington tomorrow. Katie Carrera: The Capitals decline to comment on Kuznetsov, but getting closer to signing him.
  • Nick Kyproes: Canucks Zack Kassian has a phone hearing this morning for his boarding hit on Stars Brenden Dillon.
  • Arpon Basu: Canadiens announce that defenseman Josh Gorges returned to Montreal to have his hand injury evaluated.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Sami Vatanen could be out two weeks. Rickard Rakell has been recalled.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Dave Schlemko has a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll make the road trip.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett doesn’t see why Martin Hanzal wouldn’t make the trip.

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