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Morning Rumors: Caps, Isles, Oilers, Bruins, Jets, Sabres, Leafs, Spartak and Dmen Trade Possibilities

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if it’s time for the Capitals to make a trade. They’ve lost seven of nine, and have Michael Neuvirth and Martin Erat looking for a change of scenery. The Islanders could be looking for a goaltender with Evgeni Nabokov injured again. The Islanders have pending UFA defenseman Andrew MacDonald as a possible trade chip. The Islanders have the cap space to take on Neuvirth’s $2.5 million in salary, but may require a defenseman going back. Maybe Dmitry Orlov or Steve Oleksy? Other defensemen who could be available at the trade deadline: Dan Girardi, Chris Phillips, Ron Hainsey, Henrik Tallinder, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Stuart.
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    “It’s going to be important we make the right move.

    “There have only been 12 deals made this year and we’ve made four of them. You can argue the pluses and minus of the four deals we made.

    “We’re trying to do something. We’d be crazy not to. We just have to keep grinding away, having conversations until there’s something that makes sense.”

    MacTavish wouldn’t comment on the Sam Gagner rumors. MacTavish on what they could use.

    “We need big, strong, heavy guys who can give us what we don’t have now.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty looks at possible replacements for Bruins Dennis Seidenberg if they decide to go the trade route: Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto,  Mark Stuart, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips, Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hainsey, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Rostislav Klesla.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets are a team that needs to do something, they are “a team begging for a shakeup.” Either it be a coaching change or a significant trade.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that Burke is interested in Darcy Regier, Futa, Treliving and Dave Poulin” … ”Burke probably won’t hire a GM until the draft. He may hire an assistant GM first”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Bernier v Reimer battle has never been an even race. Leafs view them differently.” … ”I’m not saying Bernier is a #1, but that’s who the Leafs want to be the guy”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Carlyle has had a free ride since he came to Toronto. The screws are going to turn on him really fast here”
  • Adrian Dater: Eastern teams scouting the Avalanche-Senators game: Capitals (1) and Rangers (2).
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: KHL’s Spartak Moscow may fold as they don’t have enough money to pay players and to go on road trips.

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Russian Hits: Jets prospect Burmistrov, two KHL coaches fired and another close

  • Igor Eronko: Alex Burmistrov on a return to the Jets: ’Let’s try but we’ll see in 2 years when my contract will expire. Now my thoughts are with #AkBars.’
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless points out that Burmistrov’s stats for Jets fans are relevant as he’s still an asset for the team. Even if he doesn’t play another game for the Jets, his trade value could rise.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: KHLs Avangard and Atlant fired their coaches yesterday. Former Hurricanes assistant coach and current Lokomotiv coach Tom Rowe could be next in line.

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Free Agent Hits: Cowen, Kaberle and Cleary

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray on Jared Cowen: ”We’d love to have him in camp but we played a lot of games without him last year.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Jared Cowen have some work to do on a new deal according to his agent. They haven’t had talks since last Friday.

    “The talks are ongoing. We’re continuing to work on the deal. We’re trying to bridge the gap,” said Valette.

    The Senators have tabled an eight-year, $28 million offer and is still on the table as Cowen’s side hasn’t turned it down. They have also talked about Travis Hamonic’s seven-year, $28 million offer. A one-year deal has been ruled out. Can expect them to try and get a deal done in the three to five-year range.

  • Igor Eronko: Have been told that Tomas Kaberle didn’t sign with Minsk of the KHL due to family reasons. Nick Kypreos: Sounding like Kaberle will now join Kladno, his old team. Deal could be one-year for $1 million with an out clause.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Daniel Cleary has an open invitation to attend the Wings training camp next week. Cleary hasn’t said if he’ll attend or not. Cleary turned down a three-year offer from the Wings before the start of free agency. After he didn’t sign, the Wings added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, are now over the salary cap and would have to move out three players to get under the NHL roster limit if they were to sign him. Jim Matheson: The Wings offer was for three-years with a cap hit of $1.7 million, down from the $2.8 million cap hit he had on his last contract.

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Morning Hits: Theodore, Erat, Bourdon, Lombardi, Komarov and Brunner

  • Patrick Caisse: Citing a TVA Sports report, Jose Theodore will be signing a one-year deal worth between $800,000 and $1.1 million. Bob McKenzie: Still on holidays, McKenzie reports that there is zero truth to Theodore signing with the Bruins.
  • Brian McNally of CSN Washington: The Capitals expect Martin Erat to play left wing on the second line with Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer. He’ll also be used on the power play and penalty kill.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon has been training hard this summer in his comeback from his second concussion. He hasn’t played since last November. Bourdon still hasn’t been medically cleared. The Flyers would have nine defenseman on one-way contracts if/when Bourdon gets clearance.
  • Dobber of Dobber Hockey: Citing a report that Matthew Lombardi is apparently close to signing a deal with HC Geneva.
  • SportsNet: Translating a SovSport report, Leo Komarovplans on returning to the NHL.

    “I have not finished the NHL. I want to go back there. After this season, I’m a free agent.”

    The Maple Leafs were not able to sign the RFA Komarov before he signed a deal with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL.

    “There were serious differences on the contract,” Komarov said about his negotiations with the Maple Leafs. “The club has not fulfilled the conditions that I had requested.”

  • George Malik of Kuklas Korner: (via Kyle Richardon’s THN piece) Damien Brunner still hopes to sign a NHL deal according to his agent Neil Sheehy. They understand they will have to wait to get a $3+ million deal. Translated from a German article:

    “There’s a lot of speculation regarding Damien because he hasn’t found a new employer. People who believe that he hasn’t received an offer because he wants too much money have no idea [what's going on]. Money was not and is not the priority for him. He wants to play where he has the best opportunity. In that sense, nothing’s changed,” explains the Canadian [agent].

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Morning Hits: Fraser, Sullivan, Cowen, Campoli, Hagman, Brent, Foster and Some Season Ticket Renewals

  • Lance Hornby: It is unlikely that Mark Fraser and the Maple Leafs will reach a deal before their arbitration today’s hearing. There had been no contract in the past week as of yesterday morning.
  • Chris Ribau of the Daily Press (Timmins): (s/t rotoworld) Steve Sullivan has had “very informal” talks with several teams.

    “I’m preparing as if next year is going to go on and then we’ll go from there.”

    Retirement could be an option for the 39-year old.

    “I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%,” he said. “I’ve had an unbelievable run.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Jared Cowen’s camp will talk again this week.

    “We still have plenty of time,” said Valette. “We’ve only had a couple of conversations.”

    It’s likely Cowen will be looking for something more than the $2 million that Patrick Wiercioch signed last week.

  • Corey Pronman: Chris Campoli signed a one-year deal with a Swiss team. He was part of the NHLPA group that worked on the CBA.
  • TSN: The Kings signed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a two-year deal and Colin Miller to a three-year entry level deal.
  • Lance Hornby: Niklas Hagman will be playing in Finland next season.
  • Igor Eronko: Tim Brent signed with Torpedo of the KHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Kurtis Foster signed with Medvescak of the KHL.
  • Chris Botta: Penguins season ticket renewal is 98 percent. They capped full season tickets at 15,300. Their waiting list has 4,400 accounts.
  • Chris Botta: Sharks season ticket renewal is 93 percent. They have 14,000 season ticketholders.

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Free Agent Hits: Selanne, Bryzgalov, Henrique, Wheeler, Gerbe and Palmieri

  • Helene Elliott: There is still no word if Teemu Selanne will return next season. He is reportedly skating back in Finland.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Ilya Bryzgalov did not receive a contract offer from Alex Mogilny and Admiral Vladivostok. Mogilny made the comment in context of the Olympics, etc. and that Bryzgalov is a good player and would want him. (translation issue)
  • Tom Gulitti: No deal between the Devils and Adam Henrique yet. He said last week that a deal was “close.”
  • Gary Lawless: The Jets re-sign Blake Wheeler to a 6-year deal worth $33.6 million, a $5.6 million salary cap hit.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes signed Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way deal. Michael Smith: Gerbe will get $550,000 in the NHL, $150,000 in the AHL, $250,000 guaranteed. Chip Alexander: Gerbe wants to prove people wrong this season, ”especially a team in the Northeast I want to prove it to.”
  • Curtis Zupke: The Ducks sign Kyle Palmieri to a 3 year deal, $4.41 million, a $1.47 million cap hit.

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Free Agent Hits: Wheeler, Bogosian, Kadri, Franson, Bryzgalov, Allen, Stuart, Hamill and Goloubef

  • Gary Lawless: The agents for both Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian said there is “nothing new” to report on contract talks as of yesterday morning. An agent said that as the hearing gets closer, both sides usually get closer as neither side wants a hearing.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he doesn’t see deals for Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson anytime soon. He isn’t that concerned by it.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues have signed Jake Allen to a two-year deal. Jeremy Rutherford: The first year is a two-way deal ($750,000 and $125,000). The second year is a one-way deal at $850,000.
  • Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks have signed left winger Colin Stuart and center Zach Hamill.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets sign Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way deal.

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Quick Hits: Grabovski, Hainsey, Morrow and Henrique

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Former Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski has only received one KHL offer. He’s not considering the KHL, only the NHL. Igor Eronko: Atlant GM on Grabovski: “We made an offer to Grabovski, but he wants to stay in #NHL, so we won’t see him in our team”
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes continue to sniff around free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey. Trading Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason to make room for Hainsey on the blueline doesn’t make a lot of sense. Brenden Morrow’s agent confirmed that he has spoken with the Hurricanes. Thought the Hurricanes have $5 million in cap space, they are close to their internal cap number of $59.3 million. Morrow would fit nice with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
  • Rich Chere of the Star Ledger: Adam Henrique and the Devils could reach a reach a deal by the end of the week.

    “Could be. It’s close. It’s coming along well,” Henrique confirmed. “There is no huge rush or deadline, so we’re just going at it a day at a time.”

    After Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the Devils, it could have given Henrique more leverage.

    “I should just ask for the rest of his contract,” Henrique joked in a conversation today with The Star-Ledger.

    “I never really looked at it as giving me more power or anything like that. We’re just trying to get something fair for myself and for the team. It obviously opens up a little more cap space.”

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Kovalchuk’s mom talks, the Fallout, Gonchar and Datsyuk were close to leaving and the KHL cap

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: SKA is denying they had a deal in place with Ilya Kovalchuk in January. Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport spoke with Kovalchuk’s mom, who was not surprised with what transpired.

    “I knew about it, to be honest. Of course Ilya discussed this matter with me. It was back in January when my son was thinking about staying with SKA. But he went back to New Jersey to finish the season. Everything had to be done in a civilized manner; all legal questions must have been resolved.”

    Is it true his salary was delayed by the Devils? [ed.: The question is unclear as it may be interpreted a number of ways]

    “Yes, it happened. Now, after the lockout, there are a lot of restrictions at all teams. They are also underpaid 20% [of their salary]. The League takes it as an escrow that may not be paid back if the NHL does not make profit. And then there’s government tax of 50%. That means on paper you are being paid $10 million a year, but in reality only 3. So the pendulum swung for Russia.”

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Kovalchuk fallout could be an isolated case.

    For now, this appears to be an isolated case. At least that has to be the hope, especially for teams built around a standout Russian player.

    When I asked one general manager Thursday evening if teams should be concerned, he admitted uncertainty.

    “I don’t know,” he said. “I would suspect this is a unique situation.”

    Another GM said the bigger impact will be in the draft, where he’d be less likely to use a top pick on a Russian player after Kovalchuk’s decision to leave for the KHL. And if teams aren’t using top picks on the best Russian players, there’s even less motivation for them to come to the NHL. The NHL might not be losing its biggest stars now, but the eventual problem might be that the stars never go to North America in the first place.

  • Alexander Zaytsev: Sergei Gonchar and Pavel Datsyuk were close to leaving the NHL for the KHL is summer according the GM of Metallurg.
  • Igor Eronko: The KHL would like to raise their salary cap to $40 million, which must be approved by most of the teams.

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Gretzky not interested in Leafs … Free agents Benn, Subban and O’Reilly … “Cup of Hope”

  • Bob McCown via twitter: (tweeted this morning) Gretzky talked to a MLSE board member about the Maple Leafs presidents job. Gretzky not interested.
  • Sportsnet: Nick Kypreos, Damien Cox and Bob McCown talked about Wayne Gretzky becoming the Maple Leafs president on the Fan 590′s Prime Time Sports.

    “I’ve often thought Wayne Gretzky was coming back to Toronto,” Cox said on Prime Time Sports Wednesday. If you’re Bell and Rogers, who would be better than Wayne Gretzky as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

    “Only chance we see Wayne back in NHL in that type of capacity,” Kypreos told Cox and McCown. “If not, ownership again and I don’t know if he would be interested (in that) with everything he’s gone through with Phoenix.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: On talk of Gretzky being Leafs president: “TML presidency one of few jobs in hockey 99 would seriously consider but no direct contact between MLSE and Gretzky camp has been made. There likely was informal 3rd party inquiries – after Bell/Rogers took over Aug but none in last 2 months – and perhaps internal MLSE talks. Bottom line for me: Gretzky would be all ears if MLSE wants to go down that road but nothing tangible with MLSE seems to have taken place.”
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun thinks that Jamie Benn could be the first of P.K. Subban and Ryan O’Reilly to re-sign. Comparables: John Tavares (6 years, $33 million), Evander Kane (6 years, $31.5 million) and Phil Kessel (5  years, $27 million). Benn won’t do 6 years. He’s willing to do 5 years. LeBrun thinks that if the Stars would go a bit higher than Kessel’s contract, a deal would get done. O’Reilly is making good money in Russia, tax-free, so he has that leverage. There has been nothing between Subban and the Canadiens for a while. Subban wants a long term deal, the Canadiens want a 2 year deal. Habs GM Bergevin insists he won’t trade Subban, but LeBrun wonders that if this drags on that he might reconsider.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle responds “One rumour: Dallas,” to Bruce Garrioch saying that lots of people are wondering where former Leafs GM Brian Burke will resurface.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced they will have a “Cup of Hope” playoffs for non-playoff teams. David Pagnotta via twitter: Pagnotta spoke with several KHLers today, and they are not happy with the playoff tournament. Players were never consulted.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on burning the first year of 3 for Scott Laughton in a short season: ”No. I think about the Flyers. That’s all.”

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Medvedev needs to say less … Connolly to remain in AHL … Sharks defensive pairings … Stars bringing in Modano and Recchi

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks that KHL president, Alexander Medvedev should tone down his criticism of the NHL. The NHL hasn’t committed to sending players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Some of Medvedev’s comments:

    “Not all the people who govern NHL teams have a hockey heart,” Medvedev was quoted as saying in some Russian media reports.

    Their hearts, he added, are made “from another material and has money signs stuck to it.”

    “Several clubs look down on the international aspects of hockey development and think that it’s better to stew in your own stock. They could have released the players without any harm, but greed has strangled them and they didn’t allow it,” Medvedev was quoted as saying.

  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Defensive pairings at [yesterday's] Sharks camp: Vlasic-Stuart, Murray-Braun, Boyle-Irwin.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: The Stars will announce on Thursday that Mike Modano and Mark Recchi will be apart of their management team.

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Four big name Russians offered big money to stay in KHL … KHL president Medvedev may challenge CBA

  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Last Friday, Evgeny Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk were preparing a press release that would announce their intention to stay in the KHL regardless. Brooks was told that the four had been promised an immense amount of money (with a guarantee from Putin) to remain in the KHL and not to return to the NHL. The NHLPA was able to talk the four out of issuing the statement. Ovechkin has already returned. Datsyuk has pledged to honor the 2 years of his contract with the Red Wings.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL president Alexander Medvedev to SportsDaily.ru: The new NHL CBA could be the basis for terminating existing contracts, and some players will stay. Medvedev: ”NHL’s opinion of itself is so high… OK, let them get drunk on their greatness. We’ll see how many Euros look our way … Our league will act according to our own and international rules. If players decide to stay, we will help them … (Not going to Sochi) will be a big financial loss for NHL.. If they decide differently, that’s their problem … There is no reason to fear (IIHF’s sanctions against players who decide to stay) … Number of players have either decided to stay or are looking into it.. Can’t divulge their names, will cause speculation … Some players asked their NHL teams to stay for the (KHL) All-Star Game, but were denied. The selfishness is understandable.”
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Bill Daly on Medvedev’s comments about KHL possibly challenging NHL contracts: ”We have no response. We will see what happens.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: No NHLers are on the KHL all-star rosters that were announced last night. Indication that Kovalchuk and others are on their way back to North America. UPDATE: Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL revised their All-Star rosters, Ilya Kovalchuk is the only NHLer on the roster.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: “Neil Sheehy adds this: Visnovsky’s wish is to stay in Bratislava. But if the KHL says he can’t stay, he will come and play for #Isles.”

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