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NHL Rumors VII: Neal, Kane, Spezza, Habs, Panthers, Oilers, Sabres and Blues

  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins are listening to offers on James Neal but not actively shopping him. They have let teams know that they are not interested in futures.
  • Gary Lawless: Other teams are saying that Jets are listening to offers for Evander Kane. Been told “it’s a big deal so there is some nervousness.” If the Jets do decide to trade Kane, the price will be high and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t back down from his price.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks GM Bob Murray said he be getting “to some serious talking” in Philadelphia.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Confirming that the Blackhawks have shown interest in Jason Spezza. Six teams could be kicking tires on Spezza.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Heard the Canadiens and Panthers are talking trade that doesn’t involve the first overall pick.
  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are still looking to add another defenseman through a trade. They are unlikely to find a high end puck-mover. The Oilers would take another solid NHL defenseman to allow the young kids to mature.
  • AndyStrickland: The Sabres are considering their options with regards to Chris Stewart, could be on the move.
  • Andy Strickland: The Blues could look to add a defenseman to play on the left side with Kevin Shattenkirk.
  • Joe Smith: Ideally Yzerman would like to acquires a young defenseman that is still under contract, which is not easy to do.

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NHL Rumors II: Blues and Ducks Favorites for Spezza, Lecavalier and the Flyers

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think there are a lot of names that are in play on the trade market and things are going to get interesting”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Jason Spezza has given the Senators a list of 10 teams that he doesn’t want to be traded too.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ducks and Blues are the favorites to land Spezza, with the next group including the Predators and Stars. A couple weeks ago it was suggested in the Citizen that the Senators could be looking at a package that included Andrew Cogliano or Nick Bonino as one of the three pieces they are looking for from the Ducks. One of the Ducks two first round picks would need to be included. The Blues could be willing to part with Patrik Berglund as part of a Spezza deal. Kevin Shattenkirk and Ian Cole could also be available.
  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: From Darren Dreger’s Insider Trading report on Vincent Lecavalier:

    “He’s a fourth-line forward making $4.5 million and I can’t believe that (Flyers general manager) Ron Hextall is going to want to pay him that,” Dreger said on Wednesday’s edition of Insider Trading.

    “So the word on the street is yes, Lecavalier most definitely is in play. But keep in mind that he has a no-move clause. I know that his agent, Kent Hughes, has already talked to Hextall about the possibility of moving his client. There are no specific teams yet, there’s no list, but if they want to move him they are going to have to go to Vinny and identify a specific place.”

    Lecavalier has four years left on his contract. The Flyers may have to retain some of his salary to make a deal happen. There are a few team that will be close to the salary cap floor that might need some scoring help.

  • John Boruk of CSN Philly: Lecavalier is owed $16.5 million over the next four years, $6 million for next season. If the Flyers retained half is salary, the $8.25 million over four years may interest some teams. Moving Lecavalier would free up some cap space for the Flyers and open up a roster spot. They wouldn’t get much for him, maybe a draft pick. Lecavalier would have to waive his no-movement clause. Some potential trading partners could be the Predators, Senators, Panthers, Stars and Flames.

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Morning Hits: Regehr, Moore, Seidenberg, Competition Meetings, Flames and Wild

  • Dan Rosen: Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr is likely to play tonight.
  • Dan Rosen: Rangers John Moore is expected back in the lineup after serving his suspension. He was paired with Kevin Klein at practice yesterday.
  • Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is still rehabbing from his knee injury, but expects to be 100 percent by training camp. He’s five months plus one week into his recovery that is expected to be six to eight months.

    “It would have been probably good enough to play eventually, but still working to get it where it should be, and I’m confident it will be by the time we get started.”

    “We would have had a couple of practices I think after Round 2 and then we would have seen how I’m doing, how I’m feeling, taking contact and battling a little bit harder, and then we would have gone from there,” said Seidenberg. “But there would have been a definite chance, yeah.”

  • John Shannon: The NHL Competition Committee will meet on Monday in New York. Players that will attend are: Mike Cammalleri, Ron Hainsey, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik. GMs and Owners who will attend are: David Poile, Don Maloney, Ken Holland, Peter Chiarelli, Ed Snider, as well as some league personnel.  The GMs will be meeting on Wednesday.
  • Calgary Flames: The Flames name Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall assistant GMs.
  • Minneosta Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Josh Harding is feeling better. Goal is have in be ready for training camp and play well. Niklas Backstrom’s rehab is going well. He feels better than at any part last year and should be putting on the pads sometime in July. Keith Ballard had sports hernia surgery after the season and is doing good.

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NHL Rumors V: Blackhawks, Stars, Canadiens, Panthers, Caps, Pens, Blues and Brodeur

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some things the Blackhawks will have to handle this offseason.

    1. Sign Kane and Toews to gigantic contract extensions – both have one year left on their $6.3 million deals. They will need a raise and the Blackhawks won’t want to have both get close to unrestricted free agency next summer.  Evgeni Malkin’s eight-year, $76 million ($9.5 million salary cap hit) is a comparable.

    2. Shore up the backup goalie spot – Antti Raanta is a UFA and may be the most logical choice. Needs to improve on his .897 save percentage.

    3. Lay low for a while – They’ve played a lot of hockey in the last two years and they need to get away for a while to heal up and then get ready for next season.

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars should look for a younger goalie to battle 22-year Jack Campbell as their backup instead of veterans like they’ve used in the past (Tim Thomas, Dan Ellis, Andrew Raycroft or Cristopher Nilstorp). 27-year old Chad Johnson is a UFA, same with Devin Dubnyk. They could look at trades: Niklas Svedberg or Malcolm Subban (BOS), Sami Aittokallio (COL), Petr Mrazek or Tom McCollum (DET).
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Canadiens may like to pay P.K. Subban something similar to Kris Letang’s eight years and $58 million. Drew Doughty got eight years and $56 million from the Kings. Letang’s no-trade cluase kicks in on July 1st and he could be dealt before.

    The Panthers are looking at Tom Renney, Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson for their head coaching vacancy. They may be waiting to see what happens to Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh. If they go with Renney, Perry Pearn could be an assistant as the two worked together with the Rangers.

    Matheson thinks there is a 75 percent chance that Capitals Mike Green gets traded at the draft or this offseason. He has one-year left at $6.25 million. He’s dealt with concussion and groin issues in the past. The Lightning, Panthers, Red Wings and Flyers could be options.

    Would Ray Shero take on an advisor role with the Bruins?

    Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois could be the leading candidate for the Penguins GM position.

    The Blues signing free agent winger Joakim Lindstrom may not be good new for Magnus Paajarvi. The Blues are looking for a defensive partner for Kevin Shattenkirk on the second pairing, and have Patrik Berglund to offer up.

    Matheson doesn’t see the Martin Brodeur landing starting job anywhere next season. He may have to split time again somewhere next year.

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NHL Rumors II: Penguins and Flyers … Big Money Niskanen and Neal’s Trade Value

  • William DePaoli: Source saying the Penguins have interviewed Julien BriseBois, Jason Botterill, Tom Fitzgerald and Pierre McGuire for the GM vacancy.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Matt Niskanen may be looking for a six year deal in the $33 million range according to a source. There could even be talk that some teams think he’s a $6 million guy. The Flyers are looking for a top four defenseman and may look at Niskanen. Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was thought to have a serious knee injury suffered in round two against the Rangers, but is expected to be ready for training camp according to his agent. The 33-year old Orpik is a pending UFA and believes he has four or five years left in him. There is some talk around the league that he may only have three productive years left.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Looking at the trade value for Penguins James Neal. He has a cap hit of $5 million through 2017-18. His no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1st, 2015. Multiple sources say that management may be having doubts on whether he can play a more disciplined game. The unnecessary penalties, immaturity and arrogance in his game has not gone away. He has trouble creating his own shot when not playing with Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby. He can score 40 goals though, and they may be able to get more complete players for him in a trade. An Eastern Conference scout:

    “Is he a player you build around? I’d lean in the direction of no but I like him,” the senior advisor said. “Goal scorers are at a premium {right now}, he has a good contract and is at the right age.”

    DePaoli lists three trade proposal’s for Neal.

    1. James Neal and Simon Despres to Tampa Bay for Teddy PurcellBrett Connelly and a 1st round pick, 17th overall.

    2. James Neal to Edmonton for David Perron and Mitch Moroz.

    3. James Neal to Winnipeg for Evander Kane.

    Another option may to look to acquire a top four defenseman and not focusing on getting a potential top six forward. What about Blues Kevin Shattenkirk?

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Finding a top defenseman may be the priority for the Flyers against this offseason again. Predators GM David Poile said in April that they won’t be trading Shea WeberTyler Myers’ name was tossed around a few times, but passed on the idea as early as the trade deadline. GM Ron Hextall needs to acquire at least one defenseman through trade or free agency. Do they re-sign Kimmo Timonen given that he’s close to retiring and with a high cap hit? Panaccio thinks that Matt Niskanen would be an attractive option for the Flyers, giving him the $6 million they would have given Timonen.

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Free Agent Rumors: Callahan, Stastny, Elliott, Miller, Bolland and Iginla

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:  The Lightning have made a “good case” for Ryan Callahan to remain with the team according to his agent.

    “There’s no question he did enjoy it,” Bartlett said. “He was impressed by the organization and everybody, from the city and the fans, everything was positive. I think the city made a good case for itself, the team made a good case. There’s always the temptation of July 1st.

    “You don’t get that many times in your career, especially at the peak of your career. Those are what you have to balance, the positive and all the good things he knows about Tampa, and what is his right, you have the opportunity to at least hear other people. That doesn’t mean Tampa wouldn’t be his first choice.”

    Reports were that when he was with the Rangers, he was looking for six-years and $36 to $39 million.

    “I have no doubt that (a lot) of teams will have interest in Ryan Callahan,” Bartlett said. “But, at the same time,  I can say Tampa made a very good case for itself.”

  • Adrian Dater: Though it could still not happen, Dater is more optimistic now that the Avalanche will be able to re-sign Paul Stastny. Stastny will have to decide if he’ll take a little less to remain with the Avs, or get a little more money elsewhere. Need to remember that Stastny-Avs relationship has been a little delicate at times. Stastny’s dad ripped the organization after they traded Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk.
  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Pending UFA goalie Brian Elliott is unsure if the Blues will be interested in bringing him back next year.

    “Honestly, I don’t know,” Elliott said. “From the very beginning of the season, my agent said, ‘Let’s approach the end of the year like you’re going to be a free agent, and if other things happen, that’s fine.’ So I wasn’t hung up on the issue.”

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong has already come out and said that Jake Allen will be in the NHL next season. Ryan Miller has said he’d entertain the option the remain in St. Louis.

  • Rob Longley: Brendan Shanahan on pending UFA Dave Bolland: “I’d like to get him signed. He’s the exact type of player I like and we need.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Iginla had a wonderful year in Boston. It was like he was born to be a Bruin. I expect Meehan & Boston to begin negotiating soon”
  • Chad Grafff: Contract extension talks between the Wild and head coach Mike Yeo haven’t started yet, but are expected to begin soon.

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NHL Rumors I: Vanek, Red Wings, Chara, Selanne, Miller, Blue and Oilers

  • Charley Walters of Twin Cities: Should look for Wild owner Craig Leipold to go after UFA Thomas Vanek this summer. He would replace Dany Heatley in offense and salary slot. Walters said not to be surprised if Brian Lawton ends up getting a GM offer from the Capitals.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings needs this offseason:1. A top-four right handed defenseman – options include: Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Marek Zidlicky.

    2. A decent-sized scoring winger - Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr and Devin Setoguchi.

    The Wings will have about $20 million in cap space, but have to take care of RFAs Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan.

    They will not use an amnesty buyout on Johan Franzen. If they Wings want to get rid of Franzen, they’ll have to trade him. He has a cap hit of $3.95 million, with six-years remaining and $17.5 million.

    It is doubtful that David Legwand will be back.

    If Daniel Alfredsson wants to play another year, it’s likely the Wings could work out a deal with him.

    Kyle Quincy will probably not be re-signed, though it is possible.

    The Wings would like to re-sign Jonas Gustavsson, but may worry about his injury issues. Other free-agent options include: Brian Elliott, Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Carter Hutton. The Wings plan to keep Petr Mrazek in the AHL for one more year.

    Wings trade candidates include: Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl.

  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: The 37-year old Zdeno Chara knows his playing days are getting shorter.

    “As you get older and you’ve been in the league for a while, you don’t realize how much you’re going to maybe miss that part of the game once you’re gone,” Chara said, per the Metro West Daily News. “So I’m not saying that I’m thinking about being gone or retiring, but I’m kind of realizing that the time is not going to be always there.

    “I enjoy really coming to the rink every day. I enjoy competing in practices against guys and always in the games.

    “I love the game.”

  • Igor Eronko: Teemu Selanne to Sport-Express.ru: “It would be a great scenario to play one more season for my home team Jokerit in KHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I’m sure that St.Louis will show interest in keeping Miller” … “As a pending UFA Miller will look at what is available on the market. All along I’ve been told Miller wants a short term 3-5 years” … “Miller has ambition beyond hockey and he’s looking at getting on with things once he’s done with the game”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “The Blues would be able to move some of their forwards, a more complete guy, for someone who scores. Someone like Berglund” … “What would Berglund look like down the middle playing behind Nugent-Hopkins?” … Hope Smoke: Ferraro suggested Jordan Eberle going to the Oilers. Ferraro wonders if the you consider one of the Blues defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund for Eberle and someone else?

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Evening Hits: Bolland, Letang, Vanek, Shattenkirk and Demers

  • Pierre LeBrun: A team has told LeBrun that the Blackhawks are shopping center Dave Bolland.
  • Bob McKenzie: The longer Kris Letang goes unsigned in Pittsburgh, the more reasonable it is to assume a trade is possible. The Penguins have made a substantial offer.
  • John Vogl: Thomas Vanek’s agent, Steve Barlett, on Vanek’s future: “I really don’t have any updates from my end. I am available to meet with Sabres at any time, and hope to see them at Draft.”
  • Chris Johnston: Salary breakdown of Kevin Shattenkirk’s deal with the Blues: $3.3 million, $4.2 million, $4.3 million and $5.2 million.

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Afternoon Hits: Shattenkirk, Rechlicz, Buyouts, Bryzgalov, Miller, Bergeron’s injuries and the Bruins

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: A deal between Kevin Shattenkirk and the Blues is imminent. Source saying it’s for four years and around $17 million. (Update: deal done, 4 years, $17 million, $4.25 million cap hit.)
  • Josh Rimer: The Capitals re-sign Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie estimates that about 18 teams will likely not make compliance buyouts.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers owner Ed Snider on Ilya Bryzgalov: “It was a very difficult decision from a financial standpoint, but if Bryz remained a Flyer, the dollars would be far greater in a shorter timeframe. We now have cap space, which will allow us to improve our team”
  • Josh Rimer: Rimer is hearing that the Flyers have held discussions with Sabres about Ryan Miller. The Flyers are definitely up to something.
  • Shawn Hutcheon: Hearing the Bruins won’t be re-signing Andrew Ference and could be looking to trade Rich Peverley and Johnny Boychuk.
  • Dan Rosen: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has been under observation at a hospital since Game 6. Boston Globe: It was revealed that Bergeron played with a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder that occurred in Game 6 and has a small hole in his lung according to GM Peter Chiarelli. They think the punctured happened after Monday’s game.Chiarelli confirmed that it’s unlikely that Andrew Ference returns, the same for Jaromir Jagr. Nathan Horton will require shoulder surgery.

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Free Agent Hits: Voynov, Wheeler, Little, Komarov, Ranger, Kovalev, Gonchar, Josi, Iginla, Kings and Blues

  • Igor Eronko: An exec from Traktor (KHL) said they made an offer to Kings RFA defenseman Slava Voynov, but there is no belief that he would accept it: ‘We know it’s almost unreal, but we’re going to try to sign Voynov until there is a chance’
  • Gary Lawless: Blake Wheeler’s camp said there has been no talks with the Jets yet. Bryan Little contract talks are “very preliminary.”
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Leo Komarov: “We made him an offer that we thought was fair. If he chooses to play in RUS for more $, nothing we can do about it.” Dmitry Chesnokov: Komarov will sign with Dynamo Moscow today. His Dynamo deal would not preclude him from exploring NHL options.
  • Darren Dreger: If Leafs Paul Ranger decides to return to the NHL, the Oilers would be high among the 20 plus teams that would be interested in him due to the Eakins hire.
  • Igor Eronko: Alex Kovalev signed in the Swiss league.
  • Darren Dreger: Sergei Gonchar’s deal with the Stars includes a full no-movement clause with a limited trade window from January 2015 to the trade deadline in the 2nd year of the deal.
  • Craig Custance: Oilers RFA Teemu Hartikainen will play for Ufa of the KHL.
  • Nashville Predators: The Predators sign defenseman Roman Josi to a 7-year, $28 million deal. Salary breakdown: 2.5 million in 2013-14, $3 million in 2014-15, $4 million in 2015-16, $4.25 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017-18, $5.25 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis thinks that if Jarome Iginla wants a serious shot at the Stanley Cup, he’d have a take a big pay-cut. It would be due to the fact that Cup contenders would have a tough time fitting in a bigger contract. How many teams would/could fit in more than $3 million a year for him? The Ducks could be a fit, especially his Teemu Selanne retires. San Jose might be able to fit him in on a one-year deal. The Blues could fit him in on the right side, but would he fit in Ken Hitchcock’s system?
  • Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s top priorities will be UFA Rob Scuderi and Dustin Penner. He also has RFA Slava Voynov and Jonathan Bernier to sign. The Kings could let Penner hit the open market and open a top six spot for Tyler Toffoli or Tanner Pearson.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have only had preliminary talks with RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.

    “We haven’t really moved ahead with anyone yet,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We’ll probably do that, I’d say, 10 days before the draft (June 28) to two weeks before the draft. We’ll talk to guys if they want to get something done sooner, we’re prepared, but history shows that these guys usually don’t sign until after the free-agency period starts.”

    They may get an offer sheet from someone, but that is not a concern for GM Doug Armstrong.

    “Offer sheets aren’t a concern,” Armstrong said. “It’s part of the business and you know that they’re there. But the salary cap is coming down, and the mechanisms that would drive (current) teams away … that’s not available in the new CBA.”

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