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Morning Hits: Leafs cap situation, Provision 50.10(e), Caron, Thomas and Canucks reassign three

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Maple Leafs would like to move John-Michael Liles, but he has three years at $3.875 million left on his deal. If they were able to move him, they may have to include another piece to entice someone. The Flames do have lots of cap space, and Brian Burke did bring Liles to the Leafs. The Flames may not be that interested in Liles, but if they included center Joe Colborne, they might consider. If the Leafs don’t like any offers, they could send Korbinian Holzer and/or Mark Fraser to the AHL. They could send Liles to the AHL, but it would only give them a cap savings of $925,000
  • Rob Longley: After listening to Claude Loiselle on the radio, it doesn’t sound like the Maple Leafs have any plans to play John-Michael Liles.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Bruins and Red Wings will likely exceed the salary cap by using bonus cushions, moving dollars to next year. Some teams may use only 19 players, one below roster minimum, so that they can recall players that won’t count against the cap. The Leafs could send Liles to the minors, but still would be able to fit Morgan Rielly in. In the CBA, there is a rule  that allows teams to call up players that don’t count against the cap as a “roster emergency exception.” There stipulations to Provision 50.10(e):

    1) Teams have to have less cap room than the league minimum salary (which is $550,000 this season) plus $100,000

    2) A player has to become “unfit or unable to play” or be suspended

    3) The team is unable to recall a player using the long-term injury provision

    4) The team played its last game with fewer than 20 players (18 skaters and two goaltenders)

    If teams meet that stipulations, they can add players who make $650,000 or less without counting against the cap. For the Leafs, they have Joe Colborne, Trevor Smith, Troy Bodie, TJ Brennan and Drew MacIntyre at under $650,000.

  • Joe Haggerty: Waivers is one of the factors when looking at Jordan Caron making the Bruins final roster according to coach Claude Julien.
  • Dan Rosen: Tim Thomas should be the Panthers season opener starter. Jacob Markstrom’s time will come.
  • Elliott Pap: The Canucks send Frank Corrado and Zach Hamill to the AHL. Brendan Gaunce is sent back to junior.

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Playoff hits: Game 1′s, Spezza, Bozak, Holzer, Gunnarson, Blackhawk lines and Vokoun

  • Senators and Penguins – Tuesday May 14th 7:30 pm ET.

    Sharks and Kings – Tuesday May 14th 10:00 pm ET.

    Blackhawks and Red Wings – Wednesday May 15th 8:00 pm ET.

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that they will talk to Jason Spezza after a couple practices. Ian Mendes: Spezza skated with the extras today. Bruce Garrioch: Spezza didn’t make the trip to Pittsburgh, but hasn’t been ruled out for Game 2.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t update Tyler Bozak’s status. Darren Dreger: Bozak didn’t make the trip with the Leafs to Boston.
  • David Alter: Leafs call up Korbinian Holzer. Could be for precautionary reasons as Carl Gunnarson has been battling hip issues.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks lines: Saad-Toews-Hossa, Kane-Bolland-Sharp, Bickell-Shaw-Smith, Frolik-Kruger-Carcillo.
  • Dejan Kovacevic: Penguins Tomas Vokoun hasn’t been told if he’ll be starting or not.

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NHL Rumors I: Maple Leafs, Canucks, Flames, Oilers and Kings

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Bruce Garrioch: A lot of teams will see where they stand after last night to determine what they’ll be doing at the deadline.
  • Bob McKenzie of TSN:  “Under the right circumstances” the Maple Leafs could add a veteran goalie. Nonis may be leaning more towards Miikka Kiprusoff than Roberto Luongo. The Leafs are trying to find out if Kiprusoff would consider leaving Calgary. The Canucks asking price hasn’t dropped that much. Not including Nazem Kadri, but still looking for a center, Tyler Bozak, a prospect and a pick.
  • Damien Cox: Cox guesses there is a 60% chance that the Maple Leafs will stick with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, 15% Miikka Kiprusoff, 15% Robert Luongo and 10% something else.
  • The Fourth Period: The Leafs and Canucks had talks this week, but it may take another team to get a trade done according to a source. Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles, Korbinian Holzer, Tyler Biggs, Stuart Percy and Jesse Blacker have been attached to a possible trade. The Leafs are open to moving Bozak, but would need to find a replacement for him right away. Derek Roy has been tied to the Leafs. Mike Ribeiro may become available, but the price would be higher. The Flames are taking calls on Alex Tanguay. The Oilers aren’t shopping Shawn Horcoff, but they are taking calls. Liles would  have to be apart of the deal due to salaries, $5.5 million to $3.875 million. The Leafs have asked about Sam Gagner, but it would take a package that includes Morgan Reilly.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings have inquired about Flames Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich. The Kings want add a stay-at-home defenseman.  The cost to get Sarich shouldn’t be that high. The Kings are also looking at Sabres Robyn Regehr. Winger Drew Stafford has also been part of talks.

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NHL Rumors I: Bouillon, Clarkson, Sustr, DeKeyser, Gardiner, Scouting the Habs-Sabres and Kings-Coyotes

  • The Fouth Period: Devils winger David Clarkson is a UFA at the end of the season, and he and the Devils have only held very preliminary discussions. Serious talks aren’t expected to happen until after the season. Clarkson will turn 29 at the end of the month.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: The Flyers are interested in signing University of Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Andrej Sustr. The Lightning may have the inside track on Sustr as he attended their prospect camp last summer, along with the Penguins. The Canucks, Red Wings, Kings and Senators are also interested. The Flyers were interested in Danny DeKeyser last spring, so safe to assume they’d be interested again this year. The Red Wings are believed to be the front-runners.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs have recalled defenseman Jake Gardiner. (Korbinian Holzer was assigned to the Marlies)
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Regular scouts at the Kings – Coyotes game: Canucks, Blues, Bruins and Predators. Eastern non-regulars: 2 Jets, Flyers, Lightning, 2 Rangers and Sabres. West non-regulars: 2 Blackhawks, Wild and Blue Jackets.

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Quick Hits: Ekman-Larsson, Leafs, Scouting Flyers-Devils, Ryder, Grigorenko, Allen, Giguere and Luongo

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Oliver Ekman-Larsson signed a 6 year, $33 million contract extension with the Coyotes, a $5.5 million salary cap hit.
  • Michael Traikos via twitter: Korbinian Holzer, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov are the only Maple Leafs that do not have to clear waivers. The team has a “gentleman’s agreement” that Komarov won’t be sent to the AHL. Not an issue right now, but if/when the Leafs recall Jake Gardiner, they have only two options (aside from a trade).
  • Adam Kimelman via twitter: On the scouts seating chart for the Flyers-Devils game: Canadiens, Blackhawks, Stars, Red Wings, Flames and Capitals.

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Blues notes … Avalanche got Burned … Scouting the Flyers, Blues-Hawks, Bruins-Sens … Leafs Will Need to Make Roster Moves

  • Andy Strickland of TrueHockey: A Blues trade of Kevin Shattenkirk for Daniel Briere makes zero sense for the Blues. Shattenkirk will eventually sign a contract extension with Blues. They talked before the lockout and will resume talks at some point, which could be after the season. He has arbitration rights and will get something north of $3 million a year. Comparables for the 22-year old would be Cam Fowler, Tyler Myers, Victor Hedman, John Carlson and Luke Schenn. The Blues could be looking for depth on the blueline, with the Maple Leafs, Jets, Coyotes and Sharks possibly looking to move a defenseman or two. The Blues can take on some salary.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: After matching the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, the Avalanche will now have nearly $58 million tied into next seasons salary cap. That won’t leave them much room for UFA’s under the $64.3 million cap ceiling. They won’t be able to trade O’Reilly until Feb. 28th, 2014. After next season, they’ll have to deal with the expiring contracts of Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Stastny would be a UFA.

    What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years. The Avs let the Flames set the market for O’Reilly’s value – and they had to swallow their pride and accept it because gambling that they’d get a lottery pick with the Flames’ first-round pick this year was too poor a prospect. How awful would it have been for this team if they’d not only let O’Reilly go to Calgary, but then gotten a worse draft pick maybe thanks to his helping them out the rest of the year in the standings? It would have been a humiliating blow.

    And today was humiliating enough for Avs management. They clearly gambled that nobody would break the offer sheet code that most teams live by – especially in the year after a lockout – and that they would be able to dictate to O’Reilly what his market value would be, not the other way around. Well, guess what? They lost that bet.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Oilers president Kevin Lowe, Sr. VP Craig MacTavish and Eastern scout Marey Gare took in the Flyers game on Wednesday. The Oilers are believed to be looking to move Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger downplays their presence at the game as they are scouting for Team Canada before going to sports analytics conference in Boston.
  • Lou Korac via twitter: Scouting the Blues-Blackhawks: Rangers, Predators, Avalanche, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Jets, Lightning, Hurricanes, Canadiens and Canucks.
  • David Alter of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs will need to figure out who they’ll send down to the Marlies when Matt Frattin returns, which may happen any day now. Only Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and Korbinian Holzer don’t need to clear waivers, but all are playing big roles. If it’s a forward, David Steckel is the likeliest choice. John-Michael Liles has been a healthy scratch lately. Mike Komisarek has only played in four games and has s $4.5 million salary cap hit. The Leafs could send Frattin down to the Marlies on a conditioning stint. Joffrey Lupul could be back soon as well, so another decision will have to be made.

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Quick hits: waivers, Gomez signs, Redden and Gardiner activated, White out 2-3 weeks, Eaton gets ETO

  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner will be back in the lineup tonight. Korbinian Holzer was sent down to the Marlies.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Ian White will be out 2-3 weeks after having surgery for a deep cut this morning. Jakub Kindl will be back on Friday.
  • Katie Carerra via twitter: Capitals Mike Ribeiro won’t be disciplined or fined for his comments about last night’s officiating.
  • Lance Hornby via twitter: Toronto Marlies defenseman Paul Ranger is out with a concussion. 5 Marlies defenseman have been hurt or called up in the last 10 days.

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Lines and starting goalies: Senators, Panthers, Devils, Blues, Ducks, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek-Spezza-Silfverberg, Latendresse-Turris-Alfredsson, Greening-Smith-Neil, Regin-O’Brien-Condra. Defensive pairings:  Karlsson-Methot, Gonchar-Phillips, Wiercioch-Benoit. Scratches: Daugavins and Borowiecki.
  • George Richards via twitter: Panthers lines: Flash-Weiss-Upshall; Hubs-Mueller-Kovalev; Kopecky-Matthias-Santo; Skille-Smithson-Parros. Versteeg not on trip.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Darche-Zubrus-Kovalchuk; Tedenby-Elias-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau-Barch-Janssen.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Ducks lines: Perry-Getzlaf-Palmeri; Ryan-Bonino-Selanne; Winnik-Koivu-Cogliano; Beleskey-Rakell-Smith-Pelley Holland(?)
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Mark Fraser and Korbinian Kolzer could be in the Leafs lineup tonight. Cody Franson and Mike Komisarek did some extra work after their morning skate.
  • Mark Masters via twitter: Ben Scrivens is in home net for the Maple Leafs during their pre-game skate, likely starter tonight against the Sabres.

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Morning NHL rumors on Parise (Pens, Wings and Sens) … Flyers talking Nash deal … Possible Leafs targets … Leafs had Schultz

  • Rob Rossi via twitter: The Penguins offer for Zach Parise could be in the $7-8 million range. Not likely to be front loaded or bonus offers. Josh Yohe via twitter: Expects the Penguins to offer something around 10 years and $75-80 million. Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater thinks the Wings will go $100 million. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks the Senators should make a pitch for Zach Parise, and sources are saying they will. It’s highly unlikely that he’d sign with the Sens.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: 2 sources have said the Flyers are in serious discussions with the Blue Jackets about acquiring Rick Nash. Problem for the Flyers is if they have the assets to get Nash without gutting their forwards. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, or one of them with several other players. Since the Flyers just traded for Brayden’s brother, unlikely that he’s dealt. The Rangers want Nash more than the Flyers.
  • Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs tried hard to get Justin Schultz. They made a conditional deal last weekend (2nd round pick) to the Ducks for a 24 hours of exclusive negotiating rights. Schultz wanted to wait so the Leafs didn’t lose anything.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Don’t expect the Maple Leafs to make a big splash when free agency kicks off. GM Brian Burke has made it clear that he may improve his roster through trade over free agency. They could take a look at Brandon Prust, and there have been some talk of Shane Doan though he’d prefer to stay with the Coyotes. Martin Brodeur could help the Leafs. Potential trade targets could be Roberto Luongo (maybe), Rick Nash (no) or Bobby Ryan (you never know). RFAs the Leafs need to re-sign: Nikolai Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson, Ben Scrivens and Korbinian Holzer.

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Free Agent rumors: Schultz, buyout period, Blues, offer sheet for Schneider, Kulemin, Jagr, Oilers and Pavelec

  • James Mirtle via twitter: The deadline to buy players out is Saturday. There hasn’t been much talk about teams buying players out.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues will be looking to add a top 4 defenseman and maybe a couple bottom 6 forwards if they don’t re-sign Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Nichol. The Blues reportedly have interest in Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison, who may be looking for a 5 year, $25 million deal. A trade option could be Jay Bouwmeester. The Blue currently sit about $28 million under the projected cap with 18 players under contract. They are still working on re-signing RFAs T.J. Oshie and David Perron.

    “To me, I’d like to talk to T.J. Oshie about something that might have a little bit of term to it,” Armstrong said recently. “Now when I say ‘term,’ we’re not a team that’s looking for 5-, 6-, 10-, 15-year deals … that’s not in my DNA at this particular time. But I think I owe it to T.J. Oshie, who listened to the organization last year about our desire for him to do certain things. I have no issues with T.J. Oshie now. Whatever learning hurdles he had to go through to get into the NHL, he’s past those now. And I think David’s injury, as an organization, we want to make sure he’s past that.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Sun: Cox suggests the Maple Leafs could lay down a large, multi-year, multi-million offer sheet for Cory Schneider. Vancouver would match the offer, but it may force the Canucks hand. If the offer sheet for Schneider was 8 years at $40 million, the Canucks would have $10 million in 2 goaltenders for next season. The Canucks could then just move Luongo to another team just to spite the Leafs. The Canucks might get Tyler Bozak or a prospect like Jesse Blacker or Korbinian Holzer and a 2nd round pick for Luongo. Burke might have to think about a Nazem Kadri or Stuart Percy and a 2nd round pick.
  • Jason Botchford via twitter: The Canucks wouldn’t panic if Schneider signed an offer sheet. They would match it and then have more time to decide what to do.
  • Toronto Sun: Nikolai Kulemin wants to remain with the Maple Leafs, but contract negotiations could get a little sticky. Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson and Ben Scrivens received qualifying offers.  The Leafs will take a run at Justin Schultz.
  • Robert Tychowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Oilers are looking to add a big, steady defenseman, a puck moving defenseman and some front-line muscle.

    “We’ve been talking to teams,” said Tambellini. “There are many teams with the same goals, looking for the type of forwards we’re looking for and the defencemen we’re looking for.”

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: After the draft Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff climbed through the stands to find Ondrej Pavelec’s agent, Allan Walsh. They talked for a long time and were the last 2 people in the stands. Signing Pavelec is a top priority, but there is a gap. The Jets aren’t going to trade him.

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JVR willing to go to Blue Jackets? Leafs can only improve through trade … Jagr may interest Wings … Pavelec’s KHL offer

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “Have it on good authority Flyers James van Riemsdyk would be more than willing to come to #CBJ if such a trade came to pass.”
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: The only way to improve the Maple Leafs is through the trade route. Burke has no desire to trade Jake Gardiner. Players who aren’t going anywhere are: Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, John-Michael Liles and James Reimer. Rumors will likely surround Luke Schenn until he’s actually traded. Matthew Lombardi, Clarke MacArthur and Colby Armstrong all carry a $3 million cap hit or more, and could help a team get to the salary floor. Tim Connolly carries a $4.5 million cap hit. Clubs may find Tyler Bozak and his $1.5 million salary attractive, though Burke may not want to move him. Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson could be moved to make room for Korbinian Holzer. Nikolai Kulemin, Matt Frattin and Cody Franson are due qualifying offers by Monday.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Jaromir Jagr interested the Red Wings last season, and will likely interest them again this year. They offered him $2.5 million last year before he signed for $3.3 million with the Flyers. The Wings want to add a top 6 forward, and if they can’t land Zach Parise, Jagr could be part of their backup plan. The Red Wings would like to re-sign Jiri Hudler, but he may test free agency.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: If Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is going trade one of his 1st round draft picks, it’s likely to be the 19th overall and not the 10th pick, but “I think it’s more likely we use both picks.” Publicly Yzerman’s philosophy has been to draft the best player available, but the 1st round is defenseman heavily and their organizational depth is shallow along the blueline.  Yzerman said they are “not necessarily” targeting a defenseman.

    “It is not a position where we have a lot of guys coming up,” he said. “But all things being equal, we’re going to pick the best player available with the picks that we have.”

    Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has a 1 year offer worth more than $5 million from St. Petersburg of the KHL. Pavelec reportedly is looking for a 4 year deal worth around $4 million per season. The Jets may be thinking something lower or he may have been re-signed by now. If the Jets don’t want to pay to keep him and decide to look at the trade market, the Maple Leafs would likely be interested, with the Blue Jackets not far behind. Evander Kane’s agent said on Tuesday that there is no truth to the rumor that Kane doesn’t want to re-sign with the Jets, and some talks could happen this weekend.

  • George Malik via twitter: is reporting that Vityaz Chekhov wasn’t successful in bidding for Alexei Kovalev.

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State of the Toronto Maple Leafs: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Brian Huddle of LeafsProspects and can be found on twitter at @BrianHuddle.

Holding onto 8th place by one single point over Washington as I sit down and type words onto the screen, the Leafs look to a playoff berth for the first time since the NHL Lockout. However, the stretch drive doesn’t look easy for the Buds as games start to tighten up and the lack of abilities along the boards begin to shine through.

Brian Burke has always been busy since his arrival and Toronto, and with a young bubble team, fans expect much of the same.

It’s pretty easy to see what the Blue & White are after – size, size and more size. Amongst their Top Nine forwards are the likes of Phil Kessel, Clarke MacArthur and Mikahil Grabovski. Not exactly a group of forwards to strike fear in their opponents.

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