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Wild Put Konopka On Waivers … Could the Jets, Oilers and Flames Be Interested? Wild Notes

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild have put center Zenon Konopka of waivers today. Coach Yeo said it was because they needed to call up a goalie (recalled Darcy Kuemper. Josh Harding not ready yet.), but Russo doesn’t buy that.  Michael Rupp could have been put on waivers. Keith Ballard will be a healthy scratch as they activated Clayton Stoner. They could have kept Stoner on the IR for one more game. They could have also returned Stephane Veilleux to the minors.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless wonders if the Jets will put a claim in on Konopka. He’d bring an element they are missing. Good on the faceoffs and carries a $925,000  cap hit.
  • Mark Spector: Spector responds to Lawless saying how he doesn’t see how Konopka gets past the Oilers or Flames: “Cheap, tough, wins face-offs. 4th line C.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector does note that both the Oilers and Flames have had a couple chances to sign Konopka in the past and didn’t show much interest in doing so.

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Morning Hits: GM Meetings, Hejduk, Hockey Canada, Colaiacovo, Brown, Varlamov, Zadorov, Rupp and Ballard

  • John Shannon: Talk that some GMs are proposing a tweak to the playoff format. More division rivalries than cross-overs.  Darren Dreger: Bullying, coaches fines, additional video review, hybrid icing, extending OT to 10 minutes, protective equipment and team’s ability to have players where them (mandatory shotblockers) are also being discussed. Renaud Lavoie: The PA and BOG approved the current realignment and playoff structure for three years.
  • Igor Eronko: Milan Hejduk said he’s finally ready to retire, official announcement coming soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN: “hockey Canada management may now shift to looking at Patrick Sharp or Tyler Seguin in place of Stamkos”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues have signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year, one-way deal worth $550,000.  Will get a $66,000 bonus if he plays in 70% of their remaining games, another $66,000 for 80% and another $66,000 for 90% of their games.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning have recalled JT Brown and Dmitry Korobov.
  • Chris Nichols: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov has retained a new lawyer according to the Denver Post. Bond return date has been extended to December 2nd, so he is still able to travel with the team.
  • WGR 550: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said they haven’t made up their mind on whether to keep Nikita Zadorov up or return him to junior.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild assign Mike Rupp to the AHL on a conditioning loan. Keith Ballard was put on the IR.

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Injury Notes: Carter, Schneider, Gustavsson, Franzen, Morrow, Parros, Pacioretty, Wild and Callahan

  • Andrew Walker: Hearing that Kings Jeff Carter has a broken foot.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that a decision will come tomorrow morning on Cory Schneider’s availability for this weekends back-to-back games. Brodeur starting against the Flyers.
  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Brenden Morrow didn’t skate on Wednesday and Thursday. Morrow will stay in St. Louis and will be evaluated on Monday to see if he can join the team in Montreal. Magnus Paajarvi was put on the IR retroactive to last Sunday. Parrjarvi will skate with the team today and is eligible to come off the IR tomorrow. He could play if he’s ready, but that seems unlikely.
  • TSN: Both George Parros and Max Pacioretty will return the Canadiens lineup this weekend.
  • Minnesota Wild PR: Wild’s Charlie Coyle has been activated from the IR. Michael RussoJonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle and Keith Ballard will return to the Wild’s lineup.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Ryan Callahan practiced today with a contact jersey on.

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Injury Notes: Red Wings, Skinner, Skille, Korpikoski, Schlemke, Coyle, Brodin and Ballard

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Johan Franzen will be back on Friday, with Luke Glendening likely going back to the AHL. Darren Helm could return on Saturday, with Jonathan Ericsson likely moving to the IR with his sore shoulder. Ansar Khan: Ericsson will start practicing next week.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on Jeff Skinner: ”He’ll return by next week. We’re hoping for the weekend, but we’re not sure.”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes will have make a roster move when Lauri Korpikoski comes off the IR. No decision has been made yet.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes David Schlemko is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Korpikovski should be back today.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Charlie Coyle is expected to return on Friday. Both Jonas Brodin and Keith Ballard could return on Friday as well.

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Free Agent Signings: Giroux, Briere and Ballard

  • Pierre LeBrun: Claude Giroux’s Flyers deal is finalized: 8 years for $66.2 million. $8.275 million salary cap hit with a full no-trade clause.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Briere will be signing with the Canadiens for 2 years and $8 million.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Keith Ballard will sign a 2 year, $3 million deal with the Wild.

    “This isn’t a big homecoming celebration,” said Ballard, 30. “There’s a lot of work to be done to re-establish my career. It’s an important year for me. I’m not overly wrapped up in [the returning home] side of it. I’m just focused on putting all my efforts into having a good year and helping the team do well.”

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Afternoon Hits: Unconditional waivers, Scuderi, Alfredsson, Thomas, Adams and Flyers

  • Bob McKenzie: 12 noon today was the last chance for teams to put players on unconditional waivers for purpose of compliance buyout. Players that have no-movement clauses, like Mike Komisarek, can be bought out without going through waivers.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Rob Scurderi’s camp has received calls from teams today. Kings are still in the mix.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has already reached out to Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins haven’t made an offer to Craig Adams yet, his agent: “We will speak later. In the meantime, we are open to other opportunities.”
  • Will DePaoli: An agent of a 3rd line winger who he thought at draft time that the Penguins may be interested: “Not sure Pitt has any $$ left.”
  • Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers extended qualifying offers to Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning and Eric Wellwood. They didn’t extend qualifying offers to Blake Kessel and Mitch Wahl.

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Quick Hits: Thomas, Ballard, Rielly and Avs 4th line

  • Pierre LeBrun: An announcement that Tim Thomas is exploring options to come back next season could be coming shortly.
  • Brad Ziemer: Canucks GM Mike Gillis indicated that if Keith Ballard isn’t claimed on waivers, he will be bought out.
  • James Mirtle: If Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly returns to junior for another season, the Leafs could be fine with the it. Too young for the AHL.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs fourth line could look like: McLeod-Mitchell-Bordeleau. (their top 3 lines were posted yesterday)

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Trade Hits: Avs No. 1, Letang, Canadiens, Ballard, Clutterbuck, Omark and Red Wings

  • Adrian Dater: Starting to hear talk from a few people that the 1st overall may be in play for a trade. “Personally, I think Avs will outsmart themselves by trading pick if they do. MacKinnon will be a superstar”
  • Paul Hendrick: Both Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy had an early morning meeting with Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management.
  • Bruce Garrioch: A couple of teams have called Penguins GM Ray Shero to say “keep them in mind” if they are going to trade Kris Letang. Still wants to sign him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens have three second round picks and would like to move up in the draft.
  • David Pagnotta: The Canucks are still looking to trade Keith Ballard. If they can’t, expect him to be bought out.
  • Bob McKenzie: Confirming Russo that Cal Clutterbuck is likely to be dealt this weekend.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on Linus Omark: “I have not had a team inquire about him, but I would be open to moving his rights.” (from Tuesday’s press conference)
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has talked with some teams about trades, but nothing is imminent.

    “This is the weekend that teams are motivated to make a move, and we’re motivated to make a move or two between now and unrestricted free agency (which starts next Friday) that we think will make our team a little better,” Holland said.

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Trade Rumors: Letang, Bolland, BlackHawks, Panthers, Wild, Canucks, Oilers and Flyers

  • Josh Rimer: IF Toronto was going to trade for Kris Letang, it would take at least Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Blackhawks are said to be looking for a Jason Pominville like return for Dave Bolland.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on if a big name could be traded: “It’s always possible. Nothing imminent at this point.”
  • John Shannon: The Panthers have many teams calling about the No. 2 pick. Steve Goldstein: Panthers GM Tale Tallon said they are ready for anything, to trade up or down.
  • Katie Strang: Though it could be nothing at all, Rangers GM Glen Sather and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stepped out of the BOG meetings yesterday and had a conversation.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild have a lot of balls in play. They are not able to buy Dany Heatley out as he’s injured. They will need to shed some money. Defenseman Tom Gilbert is in play but there have been no takers. He’s a possible buyout candidate.
  • The Fourth Period: Aside from Roberto Luongo, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard and David Booth. Ballard could be bought out if they can’t find a trade partner.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players that are available for the right price: Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Not to mention the possibility of Kris Letang. The Oilers and Maple Leafs are eager to make trades. The Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings will be interested in Vincent Lecavalier and could offer up a 3-year deal in the $4.5 to $5 million range.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Once the Flyers officially sign Mark Streit to his 4-year, $21 million deal, they will have eight NHL defenseman on their roster. They have $27.675 million tied up in seven defenseman. The best case scenario could be that Andrej Meszaros is not healthy enough to play and could go on the LTIR. The Flyers would love to trade him but it would be hard given his injury history. They need to shed some salary along the blueline. Braydon Coburn will get interest and he has a modified no-trade clause. The Flames could have interest. Luke Schenn could be next line, but the sense is the Flyers don’t want to trade him. Seravalli thinks the Flyers should consider trading Nicklas Grossman.

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NHL Trade Hits: Hemsky, Neuvirth, Clutterbuck, Byfuglien, Ballard, Luongo and the goalie market

  • Bruce Garrioch: There have been no talks between the Senators and Oilers regarding Ales Hemsky in months.
  • Bruce Garrioch: With teams need to cut salary, a league executive said trade talks are heating up, ”There is a lot happening right now. Could be an active week.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals GM George McPhee said they are not interested in trading goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
  • Chris Nichols: According to @Russostrib, the Oilers are after RFA Cal Clutterbuck and have talked about a deal including Tyler Pitlick, who is from Minnesota.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will have 14 forwards under contract for next season, but may not carry those 14 when the season opens next year.

    “I’m going to explore a trade or two,” Holland said Monday. “Maybe a two-for-one deal, maybe a three-for-one, or three-for-two.”

  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that he is not seriously exploring a Dustin Byfuglien trade.

    “Buff is a very unique player,” Cheveldayoff said. “He has the size a lot of players, a lot of teams, would covet in this league, with respect to the push to get a bigger, harder player to play against. I could see where teams would have interest. I could see where rumours would start.

    “But it’s not something I’ve contemplated or I’ve talked about in great detail with any other team about trading him.”

    “Last summer we were talking about this situation, this summer it seems we’re talking about it, and if I could venture a guess, next summer we’ll be talking about it as well,” Cheveldayoff said, adding no player is untouchable.

    “You would explore anything when it comes to trying to make a trade,” he said. “We want to build through some stability, as well. Players that want to be here, we want to make sure we continue to build through those kinds of players.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are still confident that they can trade Roberto Luongo around the NHL Draft this Sunday. It’s rumored that Luongo expanded his list, but it’s unconfirmed. The Maple Leafs are out after trading for Jonathan Bernier. The Panthers, Islanders and Oilers have expressed interest at some point. The Islanders and Oilers weren’t on Luongo’s original list. The goalie market is crowded with Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak are being offered around the league. Mike Smith and Ray Emery could hit the open market on July 5th. The Canucks are also shopping Keith Ballard.

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Morning Hits: Talks heating up, Bernier, Backstrom, Lightning, Clarkson, MacKinnon, Stastny and Ballard

  • Dan Rosen: Trade talks are heating up. Leafs GM Dave Nonis has said it and Capitals GM George McPhee said he’s expecting a flurry of activity soon.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier yesterday:

    “I’m still part of the L.A. Kings and it’s been a great ride, but I feel really confident and I want to get to the next level to get a real chance to hopefully be a No. 1 somewhere,” Bernier told over the phone Wednesday. “I’m sure the Kings will make the right decision. If I’m staying there, I’m staying there. If not, I’m ready for the challenge.”

    “It’s actually exciting,” Bernier said. “But I really can’t control anything. It’s up to Dean. If there’s the right trade for him, I’m sure he’ll make the right call.

    “I spoke with Dean at the end of the season, and he told me he can keep me there but also feels he kind of owed me the chance to be somewhere else (as a starter). So I guess we’ll know in the next few weeks.”

    The Panthers, Wild, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Islanders are interested in varying degrees. The Wild would depend on if they can re-sign Niklas Backstrom. The Flyers would only be in if they plan on moving out Ilya Bryzgalov.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has spoken with Backstrom’s agent. Money is one concern for the Wild, another is durability.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn’t believe in drafting by need only. The Lightning need a No. 1 defenseman.

    “We believe in taking the best player available,” Yzerman said after the GMs meeting. “That’s been our philosophy. Your needs change from year to year. When these kids are available to play, your needs may be entirely different for various reasons. So that’s a rule of thumb we’ve had.”

    Yzerman on trading the third overall pick.

    “We’re quite comfortable with the third pick, but we’re open to any scenario which we think makes us a better organization,” Yzerman said.

    Yzerman on using his compliance buyout options.

    “It’s something to consider. … Given that we finished in 28th place, we should be looking at every possibility of improving our team and what are options are. Other than that, I can’t say much.”

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on UFA David Clarkson.

    “We’ll do everything we can to sign him,” Lamoriello said Wednesday. “We’re not looking to do anything else.”

  • Twitter conversation between Michael Traikos and Ryan Kennedy:
    Kennedy: “Speaking with a Denver insider, it really sounds like Colorado is going to take Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick now.”  Traikos: “makes sense. Roy would have seen him a ton in the Q.” Kennedy: “Guess the question now is what, if anything, happens with Paul Stastny” Traikos: “Toronto-bound?” Kennedy: “Intriguing. The Buds do have a lot of defensemen as assets to move” Traikos: “would Avs take Liles back?” Kennedy: “They’re not exactly flush with puckmovers back there…”
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Keith Ballard agent, Ben Hankinson, said that it may be good if the Canucks buyout Ballard, giving him a fresh start somewhere.

    “My guess is they are going to push the trade front as hard as they can, probably up to the (June 30) draft, and see where that takes them,”

    It would cost the Canucks $5.6 million to buyout Ballard. There was speculation that they might buyout David Booth, but he is injured.

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