Posts Tagged Jussi Jokinen

Morning Rumors and Notes: Bourque, Stastny, Jagr, Jokinen, Stars-Jackets, Bozon, Mitchell and Berra

  • Guillaume Lefrancois of CBC: The Canadiens will have to decide if they will buyout Rene Bourque this offseason. A buyout would cost them $3.67 million in total. Salary cap numbers would be $1.67 million for the first two year and $833,333 for the next two. If bought out, they would have 14 players under contract at a $44.96 million cap number. That number doesn’t include P.K. Subban (RFA) and Andrei Markov (UFA).
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Cooper wonders if this is summer the Predators will go after a big-name scorer. Avs Paul Stastny would fit the Predators style, but he will likely command a lot of money. The Preds could also go the trade route, looking to bring in some skill for some of their grit.
  • Randy Miller of Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda.

    “I don’t want to jump the gun, but I think there’s a really great chance that he’s going to be a New Jersey Devil next year,” the Montreal-based agent told

    “Basically, Jags is very, very happy where he’s at, and I think it’s vice versa,” Svoboda said. “I don’t see why he should not be going back to New Jersey next year.”

    Jagr will be looking for a one-year deal and is not looking to break the bank.

    “I’ll put it to you this way: We’ve never gone to the highest bidder the last three years,” Svoboda said.

    “We’ll see when talks take place. If Lou decides to come to me before the season ends … basically it’s up to him. If Lou wants to talk after the season … whatever. Like I said, Jags really likes it there.”

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Jussi Jokinen is a pending UFA, but he hopes to remain with the Pens.

    “You know, I really do like it here,” Jokinen said. “I like everything about this place.”

    With a week free agent class and his versatility to play all three forward positions, it could put him in a higher demand.

    “I just figure that it will take care of itself in the summer,” Jokinen said. “I don’t mind if we don’t talk until the summer, either. I really don’t care. There are a few free agents on this team, so I know they’ll be busy making decisions.

    “There is a lot they have to handle. So I totally understand that. But I do want to stay here.”

  • Aaron Portzline: The postponed game between the Blue Jackets and Stars will be made up, but dates haven’t been settled on. A third team may be asked to change a date so that they can fit the game in before the season ends on April 13th. Both teams are in the playoff race, so the game would/could affect both conferences.
  • David Staples: “I will be astonished if Garth Snow gives up his first this year to #Sabres. He will bet on his team being better next year.”
  • John Shannon: On Tim Bozon: “He remains in ICU, however doctors have indicated his condition remains critical but stable and improving.”
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche have signed John Mitchell to a three-year extension worth $5.4 million and Reto Berra for three-years and $4.35 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: “Jagr now has 1,000 career professional goals from KHL, NHL, Czech league and international play (including playoffs).”
  • Capitals PR: “The #Caps improved to 22-8-3 this season when scoring first and 19-0-3 this season when leading after two periods.”

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Morning Hits: Waivers, Rielly, Jokinen, Vokoun and Dubinsky

  • Renaud Lavoie: Put on waivers yesterday: Francis Wathier (Dal), Cedrick Desjardins (TB), Riku Helenius (TB) and Marc-Andre Cliche (LA)
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Morgan Rielly: “If he really is ready to play here and he can play a significant role then there’s nothing wrong with keeping (him).”
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins Jussi Jokinen’s best fit is with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: The Penguins would be cap compliant if they put Tomas Vokoun and his $2 million cap hit on the LTIR.
  • Will DePaoli: Brandon Dubinsky “would have been a great fit here if Pens took what NYR were willing to offer for Staal.”

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Free Agent Hits: Letang, Smith, Bickell, Leafs, Kennedy, Dupuis, Burmistrov and Leddy

  • Renaud Lavoie: Kris Letang’s contract with the Penguins is 8-years for $58 million, a $7.25 million cap hit. Has a limited no-trade clause to 15 teams. Dave Molinari: Sides “still working” on it but it’s very close.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Penguins and Letang were debating on two contracts last night: 4-years at $7.5 million per or 8-years at $7.25 million per.
  • Sarah McLellan: Mike Smith contract with the Coyotes (awaiting NHL approval) is for a cap hit of $5.67 million a year.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell are getting closer on a deal, but still not done.
  • Howard Berger: The Leafs are still looking to acquire a center before July 5th, likely through a trade. GM Nonis knows that free agent bidding will be tough and expensive.
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins made a $2 million qualifying offer for Tyler Kennedy.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins plan B options for Pascal Dupuis could be moving Jussi Jokinen into a top-6 role. There is no guarantee that he stays though, could be traded.
  • Wayne Scanlan: If Dupuis hits the open market, the Senators should make a play.
  • Igor Eronko: Jets Alexander Burmistrov’s agent has said that Burmistrov is close to signing a 2-year deal with Ak Bars of the KHL.
  • Chris Kuc: Sources saying the Blackhawk and Nick Leddy haven’t talked about a new contract but plan on meeting soon.

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Injury updates for the Canadiens, Wild and Penguins … Vanek may eye Wild … KHL chasing Voynov

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta skated yesterday and traveled with the team. Coach Michel Therrien said they were day-to-day and could play today.
  • Rachael Blount of the Star Tribune: Wild coach Mike Yeo said he isn’t afraid to break up their top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle.

    “If we think (splitting up the top line) is what we need, then that’s something we would be willing to do, for sure,’’ Yeo said. “Again, we’re coming home. It’s a little bit of a different situation now. … I think because we played one game that wasn’t good, I don’t think we need to reinvent the wheel here.’’

    Goalie Niklas Backstron (lower-body) practiced yesterday but it’s not known if he’ll be able to go in Game 3. No new updates for Jason Pominville (head injury) and Clayton Stoner (upper body).

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Gleason wouldn’t be surprised if Sabres winger Thomas Vanek ended up taking less money to play in Minnesota when his contract expires after next season. They will be contenders, he already has tons of money and he spends there offseasons there as his wife is from the state.
  • Alex Seren Rosso: Russian press are saying that KHL Traktor will make LA Kings Slava Voynov a “can’t refuse offer” this summer.

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Quick Hits: Ribeiro, Smith, Jokinen, Pominville, Bishop, Kings and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: It’s believed that Mike Ribeiro and the Washington Capitals are open to a four-year contract extension. He rejected a three year deal earlier. He’s thought to be looking for a deal in the $4.5 million to $5 million range.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith hopes they can get a contract done, but wouldn’t say if both sides were working on one.
  • Capgeek: Sources say the Penguins will get 30% of Jussi Jokinen’s contract, $227,000 this year and $900,000 next year.
  • Capgeek: Sources say the Wild will get 15% of Jason Pominville’s contract, $200,000 this year and $795,000 in cap next year.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: After trading for Ben Bishop, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he’s not giving up Anders Lindback.

    “By no means am I giving up on Anders Lindback, not a chance,” Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told Thursday. “He’s a good young goalie. And I made a commitment by trading for Anders Lindback, and I believe Anders Lindback has the ability to become a good starter in this league.

    “I want to provide him with the support he needs, and part of that support is having a good partner. I want the best possible tandem I can put together moving forward.”

    The Lightning kicked tires on Jonathan Bernier but the price was too high.

  • The Fourth Period: The Kings tried trading for a 2nd line winger at the deadline but came up empty. They made calls on Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville and Curtis Glencross. The Kings wouldn’t give up the top prospects and high draft picks for Glencross. Source said that they would trade Tyler Toffoli, but not for a rental.
  • Mark Ludviczak of the Globe and Mail: The Sabres are in a rebuild, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller are uncertain about their futures.

    “I haven’t talked to them about anything so it’s hard to say yes or no because no one has let me know what direction this is heading,” Vanek said. “So we’ll finish the year out and I’m sure, at least I would expect them to let me know what the future is.”

    Ryan Miller,

    “I don’t know, I have to talk to Darcy about it,” Miller said. “We’ll just see where everything falls and talk to Darcy about what his plan is or what’s going on because these are conversations we haven’t had time to have.

    “I don’t know if we’ll have a chance to talk about it ‘til after the season.”

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Trade Deadline fallout notes: Red Wings, Wild, Sabres, Coyotes, Leafs and Kings

  • The Fourth Period: The Red Wings were trying to make a deal all week, but weren’t able to put something together. It was believed that the Wings didn’t want to part with any of their top young talent. They wouldn’t give up a first round pick for Jay Bouwmeester. The Wings also looked into Jaromir Jagr. Valtteri Filppula will be a UFA but may have interest in returning.

    “It’s been a great place to be, a great team obviously,” he told the News. “You want to be on that kind of team.”

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Sabres are picking up part of Jason Pominville’s contract. If they weren’t, the Wild would be over the salary cap. Working with Cap geek, they estimate that the Sabres may be covering $225,000 for this year, a pro-rated $900,000.
  • Cap Geek: Not confirmed on the amount, but the Hurricanes could be picking up between $500,000 and $1.5 million of Jussi Jokinen’s now Penguins salary.
  • Bill Watters: According to sources, the Maple Leafs offered the Coyotes Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick for Keith Yandle. (You would assume this was ‘offered’ around Wednesday, but I wonder if it happened in the offseason, or at least sometime well before the trade deadline day)
  • Bill Watters: Years ago, the Flyers offered Claude Giroux to the Lightning for defenseman Paul Ranger but was turned down by then GM Brian Lawton.
  • John Hoven of Mayors Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi when asked if he was close to any trades on deadline day.

    “No. I like our team, and I think we addressed our biggest need. And you see Matt Greene in there – we get him back, that’s like getting a player for nothing now. I didn’t see anything that was really going to improve us. Our depth up front with Toffoli and Brad Richardson, we forget about him, but he’s shown he’s a good depth player. So it wasn’t really anything there that made sense as terms of an upgrade, let alone then get to the part where if you upgrade, what’s it going to do to your cap and everything else. The other thing we were able to do on this that I really liked – and you know I’m confident in how I feel about this – we’ve got 10 picks in this year’s draft. You never want to lose sight of that part. Now, we don’t have a first rounder, but we’re going into this, we were able to keep this nucleus, get this piece here, and have 10 picks going in next year’s draft. Our eye going forward, we haven’t sold the farm by any stretch. I think we’ve got the space to keep our young players. Then hopefully…add the right veterans here going forward also. Now it’s up to our scouts to hit in the middle rounds.

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Trade Deadline Day Trades

Here are all the trades made today. Be sure to continue to visit myNHLtraderumors daily as there will be plenty of news, injuries and rumors to come. For all our first time visitors, we go year round, posting basically every day.

  • The Nashville Predators have trade winger Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Washigton Capitals for Filip Forsberg.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins trade goalie Patrick Killeen to the Columbus Blue Jackets for future considerations.
  • The Anaheim Ducks trade goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations
  • The Phoenix Coyotes trade Matthew Lombardi to the Anaheim Ducks for Brandon MacMillan.
  • The Phoenix Coyotes trade Steve Sullivan to the New Jersey Devils for a 2014 7th round pick.
  • The St. Louis Blues trade defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins for a 2014 conditional 7th round pick. Becomes a 6th if he plays one or more playoff games.
  • The Colorado Avalanche have traded defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2014 4th round pick.
  • The Calgary Flames have traded Blake Comeau to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2013 5th round pick.
  • The Coyotes trade Raffi Torres to the Sharks for a 2013 3rd round pick.
  • The Sabres trade Jason Pominville and a 2014 4th round pick to the Minnesota Wild for goalie Matt Hackett and LW Johan Larsson, a 2013 1st round pick and a 2014 2nd round pick.
  • The Rangers have traded Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle and Blake Partlett to the Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorset and John Moore and a 2014 6th round pick.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets trade Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michael Leighton and a 2015 3rd round draft pick.
  • The Ottawa Senators trade Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Cory Conacher and a 2013 4th round pick.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes trade Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2013 conditional 6th or 7th pick. Carolina is retaining some money. Bob McKenzie: It’s a 7th round pick if the Jokinen plays in 25% of the Penguins playoff games and if the Penguins go to the Stanley Cup final. It’s a 6th round pick if Jokinen plays in 50% of the Penguins playoff games and if the Penguins win the Cup.
  • The Florida Panthers trade forward Jerred Smithson to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2013 4th round pick.
  • The Nashville Predators trade defenseman Scott Hannon to the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 2013 6th/7th round pick.
  • The Boston Bruins trade Maxime Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks for Rob Flick.

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NHL Rumors II: Players in Play, Canucks, Oilers and Blue Jackets

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • TSN:  Players in play:

    Goalies: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Miikka KiprusoffDefenseman: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Filip Kuba, Jamie McBain, Mark Giordano, Adrian Aucoin.

    Forwards: Tomas Fleischmann, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Hemsky, Mason Raymond, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Ryan Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Raffi Torres, Lee Stempniak, Boyd Gordon, Eric Nystrom and Brad Boyes.

  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet: The Canucks adding Derek Roy yesterday, it opened up some options.

    “(We will be) more flexible in the next 24 hours,” Gillis told Vancouver media on Tuesday. “It gives us more flexibility. Instead of being really focused on that one piece (a centre), we can now look at other areas that we’d like to strengthen. We can look at other possibilities and maybe three-way deals. Something along those lines.”

    The Oilers may hang on Ryan Whitney. He’s more valuable now for a playoff push than for the draft picks.

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens are looking to add a gritty forward.
  • Aaron Portzline:  Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen:

    “We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.

    “We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.

    “If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”

    Kekalainen won’t say who he’s targeting. The Blue Jackets could look at Sabres Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a $5.3 million cap hit through next season and Stafford is $4 million hit through 2014-15.

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NHL Rumors V: Flyers, Jagr, Clowe, Bouwmeester, Jokinen, Blue Jackets, Wisniewski, Ribeiro and Oilers

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Sam Carchidi: The Flyers have had exploratory talks for Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe and Jay Bouwmeester.
  • Josh Rimer: Adds that the Flyers are talking with the Hurricanes about Jussi Jokinen.
  • Darren Dreger: The Blue Jackets will be a buyer at the trade deadline and would be willing to move one of their three first round picks. (Kings and Rangers)
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets have depth down the middle and on the blueline. They could use one of those plus a first to acquire a scoring winger.
  • Aaron Portline: Blue Jackets Adrian Aucoin could get them a late-round pick from a team looking for depth. The Blue Jackets may want to keep him for his leadership.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Canadiens had interested in Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard. John Moore has also been a healthy scratch.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets would trade James Wisniewski, but it’s hard to imagine anyone taking on his contract with all him injuries.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Mike Ribeiro’s agent spoke with the Capitals on Friday and will talk again today or tomorrow.
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers are considering keeping Ryan Whitney for their playoff push and signing Nikolai Khabibulin for another season.

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NHL Rumors IV: Bishop, Gonchar, Jokinen, Clarkson, McBain, Regehr, Jagr, Roy and Nonis comments

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Source saying that the Senators have received several calls for Ben Bishop in the last day or so. They may be more inclined to wait until the summer to figure out their goalie situation. If a top-six forward was offered up for Bishop, then he could be moved and they would run with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

    Sergei Gonchar will likely be saying with the Senators.

    Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen is getting interest, but only if the Canes take a player back.

    Still no contract talks between the Devils and pending UFA David Clarkson. Not that surprising with Lou at the helm.

  • Darren Dreger: Hurricanes defensman Jamie McBain is on the trade market. They’ll get some offers for him.
  • Darren Dreger: The Sabres haven’t received an offer for defenseman Robyn Regehr that has been worth approaching Regehr his approval.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Stars debating on whether to trade Jaromir Jagr or sign him. He’s getting lots of interest.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Jaromir Jagr’s agent, ”Jaromir likes Dallas, he likes the team. We’ll have to see if the interest is mutual” There are no contract talks scheduled as of now. On if it’s possible that Jagr is traded, ”anything’s possible right now.
  • Renaud Lavoie: There won’t be anymore contract talks between the Stars and Derek Roy. Canucks are interested.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ’The calls have picked up but its been relatively slow so far’ … ’I would prefer a hockey trade where we’re giving up some assets & getting assets back. Difficult to find that right now.’ On if he wasn’t able to make a deal, ‘I wouldn’t be disappointed at all’
  • Chris Johnston: Nonis, ”Some (available) players it would be a reach just to say they can help you.”

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LeBrun’s Rumblings: Clowe, Jokinen, Visnovsky, Hemsky, Smid and Ribeiro

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ryane Clowe has a full no-trade clause, so the Sharks will have to run any deal by him. Having a solid playoff performance somewhere could help Clowe as he’ll be a UFA. The Canadiens are interested, and he could an option for the Bruins if they don’t get Jarome Iginla. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin may not be in to the idea of giving up prime, future assets for a rental. His cupboard isn’t as deep as some other teams. Unless the price comes down for Clowe, the Canadiens may only be keeping tabs on him. The Rangers are said to be interested. There are some Western Conference teams that are interest in Clowe, including the Canucks. The Sharks may not want to move Clowe within the conference, especially if they are able to squeak into the playoffs.

    One GM told LeBrun that he would have been more interested in Jussi Jokinen if he were an unrestricted free agent after this season. The $3 million hit for next season, and the salary cap going from $70.2 million to $64.3 million, scared teams off. Taking a player back or eating some salary may help land Jokinen somewhere else.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow has reached out Lubomir Visnovsky’s agent Nail Sheehy about a contract extension. If contract talks don’t go anywhere, Snow may look to deal him at the deadline to a team looking for a puck-moving defenseman. The Islanders are still in the race and may decide to keep him even if they can’t get a deal done by April 3rd.

    Ales Hemsky’s name is back in the rumor mill. The Oilers may not be shopping him, but teams may be calling. The Oilers would like to get tougher in their top-six.

    The Oilers and Ladislav Smid’s camp have talked. If the Oilers are out of the playoff race, and can’t sign him by April 3rd, he could be a trade target.

    The Capitals and Mike Ribeiro have talked, and his agent Don Meeham may circle back by the end of the week. He has said he’d like a long-term deal. He would be one of the top free agents if he hit the open market.

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Quick Hits: Jokinen, Daugavins, Merrill, Allen, Anderson, Vanek, Stafford, Letang and MacDonald

From twitter unless noted otherwise

  • Pierre LeBrun: Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers. LeBrun thinks there is a chance that someone trades for Jokinen if the Hurricanes eat a bit of his contract.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Bruins claim Kaspers Daugavin’s from the Senators.
  • Bob McKenzie: Devils prospect Jon Merrill has decided to leave the University of Michigan and has signed with the Devils. He’ll report to the AHL.
  • Steve Zipay: Source saying the Rangers are in the mix for UMass defenseman Conor Allen, who will be leaving after his junior year.
  • Ian Mendes: All three Senators goalies were on the ice this morning. Craig Anderson was taking shots. Anderson said he won’t play tomorrow, but Saturday against the Leafs is possible.
  • Sabres Thomas Vanek suffered an upper-body injury last night. He’ll be re-evaluated today. Mike Harrington: Vanek hasn’t been ruled out for Thursday. Drew Stafford will be back in for sure.
  • The Penguins have put Kris Letang back on the IR after he broke a toe last night.

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