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Free Agent Hits: Jagr, Grabovski, Clifford, Boedker, Prospal, Rynnas, Stewart and Pietrangelo

  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said on Tuesday that he’s still talking with a “big name free agent” and is trying to create a roster spot for him.

    “There’s one guy that has said he will take less on a one-year contract to come to us, because he likes our team and he’d like to play here,” Rutherford said. “I’ve been continuing to work on ways to do that.

    “We’re going to have to move a player out before we’re able to add a player, and at this point in time I haven’t been able to do it, but the player is still waiting patiently.”

    It’s been rumored that they might be looking at Jaromir Jagr.

  • Josh Rimer: (as of later afternoon yesterday) Rimer is hearing that the Hurricanes have had no discussions with Jagr or Mikhail Grabovski. That could change though. They like Grabovski.
  • John Hoven: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Kyle Clifford talks: ‘It gets closer every day, but is it close enough…don’t think we’re far off w/ any of them’
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said they’ve had “numerous conversations” with Mikkel Boedker’s camp in the last few days and are progressing towards a deal.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said they haven’t extended a contract offer to Vinny Prospal.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Though he’s filed for arbitration, contract talks with the Blues and Chris Stewart have picked up. They have talked about different scenarios, including a long-term deal. The Blues are willing to go $4.1 million, the same they gave T.J. Oshie on a five-year deal last summer. They are not in a rush for an Alex Pietrangelo deal. They are fine with going long-term but Strickland doesn’t see them wanting to give him $7 million when coming off an entry level deal.

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Bruins likely not interested in Iginla … Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t interest the Penguins … Leafs not dealing for goalie … NHL realignment

  • Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins don’t have an interest in Ryan O’Reilly and with the possibility of moving him to the wing for their top-6.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs will call up Jussi Rynnas to backup Ben Scrivens and the Marlies acquired Drew MacIntrye on loan. They won’t pull off a trade while James Reimer is out for the week he’s expected to miss. Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: If Scrivens falters, and if Reimer is out long-term, Kosham lists potential goalies the Leafs could go after. Trading for Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jonas Hiller (ANA) or Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM). Free agent options are Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. Roberto Luongo is highly unlikely due to the asking price of Nazem Kadri and/or Tyler Bozak.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHL’s realignment plan may be known in the next couple weeks.

    “The last two weeks we’ve been in constant communication with the NHLPA on realignment issues,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Tuesday. “We’ve been exchanging information and we’re trying to get to a resolution as soon as possible.”

    They will meet again to discuss realignment next week, with the possibility of putting it to vote in the week of Feb. 25th. LeBrun thinks there are a couple teams moving around from the December 2011 proposal that is listed below.

    Conf. A Conf. B Conf. C Conf. D
    Anaheim Chicago Boston Carolina
    Calgary Columbus Buffalo New Jersey
    Colorado Dallas Florida New York Islanders
    Edmonton Detroit Montreal New York Rangers
    Los Angeles Minnesota Ottawa Philadelphia
    Phoenix Nashville Tampa Bay Pittsburgh
    San Jose St. Louis Toronto Washington
    Vancouver Winnipeg

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Ehrhoff day-to-day … Vinny returns … Price for Nash for Leafs would be steep …Isles sign Grahame … Howard out Friday

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was re-evaluated yesterday.

    “He’ll miss some time,” said Ruff, who declined to elaborate whether it was day-to-day or week-to-week. “It’ll be a period of time.”

  • Howard Berger via twitter: Given what the Blue Jackets wanted for Rick Nash at the trade deadline, it would cost the Leafs Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri and their 1st round pick in June.
  • Steve Conroy of hte Boston Herald: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is progressing well from his March 3rd, groin/abdomen strain.

    “I’m doing exercising, biking, all kinds of stuff. It’s looking really good. I’m just trying to get the strength back and be ready to go,” Rask said yesterday. “I think we’re shooting for (a return for the playoffs) and it’s looking good now.”

    “If everything goes well, I’ll go out there and maybe get some shots, not do much but just go by the feel,” Rask said. “You can’t rush these kind of injuries.”

  • Islanders Point Blank: The Islanders have signed John Grahame for the rest of the year to back up Al Montoya. Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov left Tuesday’s game and is listed day-to-day with a lower-body injury, it looks like he may not play another game this season.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings Jimmy Howard won’t be in the lineup on Friday. Howard missed his 4th straight game on Wednesday with a groin issue.

    “It’s Babs’ call and he’s the coach, he makes the decisions,” Howard said. “That (playing Friday) was the plan all along, but Coach has decided to go in a different direction, and as a player I have to respect that.

    “I hope he changes his mind, but I don’t think it’ll happen.”

  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Ben Scrivens was recalled yesterday on a temporary basis and will be returned today. Jussi Rynnas will likely take his place. The Maple Leafs may have given Scrivens a day of NHL pay. He’s a big part of the Marlies AHL playoff run and they don’t want to disrupt that.

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Backstrom could play Saturday … Letang out at least 2 games … Leafs interested in Abbott … Vokoun ready … Canucks goalies

  • Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said he won’t play on Thursday against Boston. Could be looking at Saturday against the Canadiens.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Word is that the Maple Leafs are close to signing college free agent Spencer Abbott of the Maine Black Bears. A number of teams are interested but he may be leaning towards signing with the Leafs. Abbott had 62 points in 39 games and is a Hobey Baker Award finalist.
  • David ALter via twitter: Maple Leafs line: MacArthur-Grabovski-Frattin, Ashton-Bozak-Kessel, Connolly-Steckel-Crabb, Rosehill-Lombardi-Brown-Armstrong.
  • Ken Warren via twitter: Senators Ben Bishop said his recovery is ahead of schedule and is hoping to skate this weekend. He might be able to play next week.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Cory Schneider will start tonight, and should get another start this weekend as they have a back-to-back starting Friday. There is a chance Schneider plays in 5 of 9 games in a 2 week stretch that follows Roberto Luongo’s worst 4 game stretch this year. “Is it possible there’s a genuine goaltending audition going on here and no one has much noticed or believed it?”

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Dubinsky’s hearing today … Campoli awarded $2.5 million, Blackhawks walk away … Malone to Leafs rumors … Zherdev hopes for NHL … Orpik has surgery

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have elected for a 1 year contract in Brandon Dubinsky’s arbitration hearing today. They have requested a $2.8 million contract, while Dubinsky has requested $4.6 million. It’s expected he’ll be awarded somewhere in the $3.8 to $4.4 million range. GM Glen Sather won’t be attending. After today’s hearing, the Rangers will turn their attention to Ryan Callahan in hopes of getting a multi-year done before next weeks hearing.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Chris Campoli and the Blackhawks have parted ways after he was awarded $2.5 million in a sped up process. Both sides had agreed that they would be parting ways regardless of what the arbitration away was, so they were able to have the hearing 2 weeks before the original date.

    “The decision was made to move the date up to today because Chicago likes Chris and didn’t want him to be in a position where he was suddenly an unrestricted free agent in August,” Campoli’s agent Rich Evans said.

    “As long as the NHL and the Players’ Association were in agreement, and the player and his agent and the team were in agreement, there was nothing holding us up from doing this and moving the date.”

    Several teams have already contacted Campoli’s agent about his availability.

  • Terry Koshan of hte Toronto Sun: The Ryan Malone trade rumors to Toronto have apparently started again, which may not make much sense as the Lightning don’t need to clear salary cap space and they don’t have big body that drives the net that could replace him. If this deal where to happen the Leafs would need to clear some cap space, with suggestions that Mike Komisarek could be sent to the minors. It is rumored that the Leafs could get Malone and Carter Ashton for Jussi Rynnas and a pick.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Nikolai Zherdev’s agent said he’s looking for only NHL offers, but will consider the KHL if he can’t get an NHL contract. Zherdev’s agent: “Nikolai is in Russia now but not to sign a contract in the KHL, but to start training [for the next season].” Slava Malamud via twitter: Zherdev is flying to Moscow today, and seems likely that he’ll sign somewhere soon.
  • Katie Strang of Newsday: Isles GM Garth Snow has said they need a top defenseman to play with Mark Streit and they need to added salary to get to the cap floor. Teams may now have bonus overages from last year and may be looking to clear some cap space.

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Parise hoping to skate soon … Rynnas breaks finger, may change Leafs goalie plans … Cammalleri hopes to be back for Classic … Richards out

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise has his next scheduled medical examination on March 2nd, and is hoping to get the go ahead to begin skating, though it would be a while away before he is able to practice with teammates. They tried to get the date moved up but were unsuccessful.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Burke said the Flyers were the only team to “meet our price” for Versteeg. Burke still hasn’t given up on this season and has the 3rd round pick in play already. “There were multiple offers, multiple inquiries. We shopped this deal hard. In the end, we didn’t think this package would be there on Feb. 28 (at the NHL trade deadline).” Christian Hanson was called up from the Marlies. Marlies goalie Jussi Rynnas broke his finger, Jonas Gustavsson is still out with his heart issue, so trading JS Giguere may have changed.
  • Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres need a backup goalie they can trust as Ryan Miller has started 31 games in a row, and the Sabres play 16 games in 29 days. They don’t have faith in Lalime, so they could go with Jhonas Enroth and find out if he’s capable, and if he’s not they need to trade for one at the deadline. Mike Harrington via twitter: Ruff said this morning on the radio that Enroth will start tonight and Miller will go tomorrow.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Marek Zidlicky took part in his first practice yesterday “where he was engaged in battle drills.” “I feel better, but it’s not ready,” Zidlicky said. “I don’t want to say a couple more days, but we will see. I’d like to play tomorrow, but it’s day-to-day.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Mike Cammalleri took another step close to returning to the Canadiens lineup in time for the Heritage Classic on Saturday. He practiced with teammate for the first time yesterday since suffering a shoulder separation on Jan. 18th. He’s not playing tonight, doubtful for Thursday, but hoping for Saturday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Brad Richards will be out of the Stars lineup tonight, and might miss tomorrows game in Calgary and possibly Saturday against the Canucks. Richards was “shook up” by a hit on Sunday on the last shift of the game. Nicklas Grossman is doubtful for the next 2 games. Matt Niskanen should be able to go in place of Grossman.

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Trade rumors swirling around the Maple Leafs – Versteeg, MacArthur, Beachemin, Rynnas

4:30 PM:

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Sources have told the Dispatch that there have been no discussion involving Francois Beauchemin between Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke.

9:10 AM:

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:  Trade rumors are now circling Maple Leafs winger and power play pointman, Kris Versteeg. They weren’t shopping him, but received a “hard offer” that made them pause. They didn’t accept the offer, but let teams know that he could be available.
  • Damian Cox of the Toronto Star: The 24 year old, Stanley Cup winner, Kris Versteeg is getting some interest around the league, Cox thinks from the Southeast Division. Clarke MacArthur is a UFA at the end of the season and may get some interest. He’s the team’s leading scorer (29 points) and Cox notes (before last night’s games) the MacArthur would also be the leading scorer on Boston, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Phoenix and St. Louis. Francois Beauchemin is also drawing some interest, same with AHL goalie Jussi Rynnas. The Leafs would ideally target a center, 26 years old or younger. Cox speculates on players from the Southeast Division that might intrigue the Leafs: Florida – Stephen Weiss, Tampa – Richard Panik, Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly but they are not centers, Washington – Marcus Johansson, big David Steckel and Mathieu Perreault, Atlanta – Patrice Cormier and Daultan Leveille.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Brian Burke did not deny Pierre LeBrun report that the Maple Leafs received an offer for Kris Versteeg, but did say in an email that any deals are not in the serious stage yet. The real trade action may not take place until the Jan. 27th All-Star break as there are also a Board of Governors meeting scheduled.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Burke on Versteeg, “We’re not shopping him.”. McGran thinks Burke will hold on to his ‘skilled’ forward and look to move defenseman and goalies as they have more depth at those positions.
  • Eric Smith via twitter: There are rumors that the Columbus Blue Jackets have inquired about Francois Beauchemin.
  • Susan Crosby of the Fourth Period: Crosby speculates that the Blues could move Brad Boyes and that the Maple Leafs could be a trade partner. She proposes a Boyes and a prospect for John Mitchell and Tyler Bozak.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks that Beauchemin will end up in San Jose, and that Komisarek is basically untradeable because of his salary, about $2 million overpriced.

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Lots of Roster movement today … 3 teams interested in Morrison … NHL-KHL to play nice

  • Jonas Seigel of AM640: The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned Nazem Kadri, Luca Caputi, Christian Hanson, and Jussi Rynnas to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. John Mitchell was kept over Christian Hanson, who probably had a better camp than Mitchell. From Brian Burke,

    “If you go based on the way training camp went, I think Luca and Christian could both make a real good argument that this isn’t a fair result.  They both played well, but again Luca had to knock out an incumbent—so whether that’s Freddie Sjostrom or whatever—didn’t do it in our estimation and Christian Hanson is not a guy we want playing six minutes a night. We want him to go down and play. He’s a young player, he needs to play. Same with Luca. Those two guys I think can make an argument this isn’t fair.”

    Mike Zigomanis was put on waivers as well today.

  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: The Flyers have sent Johan Backlund, Bourdon, Gustafsson, Kalinski, Testwuide, Laliberte and Holmstrom to the AHL Phantoms.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Viktor Stalberg beat out Jeremy Morin for one of the last Chicago Blackhawks roster spots, Morin was sent to the AHL.
  • Chris Vivlamore via twitter: The Atlanta Thrashers have released Fredrik Pettersson, Patrick Rissmiller, Arturs Kulda and Andrey Zubarev.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: The Anaheim Ducks have sent Maxime Macenauer to Syracuse of the AHL. Left winger Josh Green was put on waivers, and will be sent to Syracuse if he clears.

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Oilers place Sheldon Souray on waivers … J. Staal out 10 weeks? Waiting for Salvador results

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Others who were placed on waivers today: Brett Festerling and Danny Syvret in Anaheim; Brent Krahn in Dallas; Staffan Kronwall in Calgary; Tim Conboy, Derek Whitmore, and Colin Stuart in Buffalo.

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Though choices in Chicago … Gagne to Leafs? No ‘Sweat’ for Leafs? Senators need a tough Dman

  • Tim Sassone of the Chicago Tribune: With the Sharks signing Niklas Hjalmarsson to a 4 year, $14 million offer sheet, the Blackhawks may have to decide if they want to keep Hjalmarsson, Antti Niemi, or possibly Patrick Sharp. The Blackhawks could match the offer and wait for Niemi’s arbitration hearing, if it’s for more than $4 million a season they could decline it and Niemi would be a UFA. They could then go sign Turco or Theodore for less.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: There is a chance that the Maple Leafs won’t be able to sign recently acquired Bill Sweat. If Sweat doesn’t sign by August 15th, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. Sweat was acquired along with Kris Versteeg from the Chicago Blackhawks. It could end up being a 3 for 1 deal.
  • Chuck Gormley of the Courier Journal: With the signing of Nikolai Zherdev, the Flyers are $1.4 million over the cap, and still have RFA’s Daniel Carcillo and Darrol Powe. They are still trying to move Simon Gagne, and have been linked to the Kings for weeks, but they could also be talking to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers could package Gagne and Braydon Coburn ($8.45 million in salary) for Tomas Kaberle ($4.25 million). The Flyers might request goaltending prospect,Jussi Rynnas as well.
  • Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated: Muir thinks that the Flyers could send Simon Gagne to the Kings for defensive prospect, Thomas Hickey. The Kings have a surplus of young defenseman. I could see the Flyers doing this deal, but I’m not sure the Kings are completely sold on Gagne, and Hickey is a top prospect.
  • Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune: Minnesota Wild GM, Chuck Fletcher, has talked with Mike Modano about finishing his career in the city where it all started out. Modano is still undecided if he’ll return next season. The Red Wings and Sharks are also said to be interested. The Wild could be looking for some scoring help, and could consider: Alex Frolov, Lee Stempniak, Paul Kariya, Maxim Afinogenov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Miro Satan.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators could use a rugged defenseman. “I’d like to add one more player,” Murray said at Friday’s news conference to introduce Gonchar. “Maybe (he’s) in the organization. Watching Jared Cowen playing in the development camp, we may already have a defenceman who can play in that more physical spot that we’re looking to fill.” If they decided to sign a free agent, Andy Sutton, Willie Mitchell and Shaone Morrisonn could be possibilities.
  • Peter Adler of the Edmonton Journal: According to a Czech news agents, Ales Kotalik will be joining Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. But according to the official Czech hockey site, Kotalik had this to say “I haven’t heard a thing about that”.

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Free Agent Goalie Jussi Rynnas to Sign with Maple Leafs

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Jussi Rynnas’s agent said today that he’ll be signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rynnas’s agent, Allain Roy, has notified the Stars, Oilers, Red Wings, Flyers, etc, that he’ll be negotiating a deal, that will be finalized over the next 48 hours with the Leafs.

Rynnas will get the opportunity to work with Francois Allair and compete with James Reimer for playing time with the AHL Toronto Marlies next season. The Finnish elite league isn’t all the strong, but the Leafs feel he was the top goalie prospect on the market.

Jonas Gustavsson is signed 2 more years, and JS Giguere’s contract expires after next season. Rynnas deal will be a 3-year entry level deal.

There will be a lot of question marks surround Rynnas as he flew under the radar until this season. Adjusting to a North American style of game may take some time, as well the potential pressure of playing in the Toronto market. One thing that might be on his side is that the Marlies usually fly under the radar in Toronto as well.



European NHL Free Agent Goalie, Jussi Rynnas

One of the top European free agents this year is Finnish goalkeeper, Jussi Rynnas. Though he’s not rated as high as last year’s free agent goalie, Jonas Gustavsson, he still drawing plenty of interest. Last season Rynnas posted a 14-13-1 record, with a 2.50 GAA, and .929SV%. The 6-foot-5, 22-year-old goalie, has an outside shot being a NHL backup next season, but would most likely start the season in the minors. Dallas is still considered to be the front runner.

April 21st:

5:30 PM: Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Jussi Rynnas’s agent said today that he’ll be signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rynnas’s agent, Allain Roy, has notified the Stars, Oilers, Red Wings, and others, that he’ll be negotiating a deal that will be finalized over the next 48 hours with the Leafs. Rynnas will get the opportunity to work with Francois Allair and compete with James Reimer for playing time with the AHL Toronto Marlies. The Finnish elite league isn’t all the strong, but the Leafs feel he was the top goalie prospect on the market.

8:30 am: Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Word out of Toronto is that Jussi Rynnas could be making a decision on where he might play next season in the next couple days. Dallas is still thought to be the front runner ahead of Anaheim, Edmonton, Montreal, Philadelphia and Toronto.

April 16th: Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Brian Burke and No.2, Dave Nonis, snuck of out Toronto and headed to Helsinki, Finland to meet up with Jussi Rynnas. On Rynnas’s trip through potential cities (Edmonton, Dallas, Anaheim, Philadelphia and Montreal), Burke brought along goalie coach Francois Allaire to a Montreal visit, to further the convincing. The Leafs thinking would be to have Rynnas play for the AHL Toronto Marlies for at least next season.

April 7th: Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Finnish free agent goalie Jussi Rynnas has already met with Dallas and talked to Edmonton’s assistant GM on Saturday. Rynnas has meetings with Anaheim, Philadelphia, and Montreal scheduled.

April 3rd: Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Jussi Rynnas was wined and dined by the Dallas Stars Thursday. He has other visits scheduled. Rynnas has said he’s open to playing in the minors if he can’t win a starting or backup position. The Stars think Rynnas will make a decision within 3 weeks.

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