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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: San Jose Sharks

Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami

USATSI_7774508_154224518_lowresAs the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.

San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?

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Morning Rumors II: St. Louis, Girardi, Boyle, Vanek, MacDonald, Sharks, Cammalleri, Avalanche and Flyers

  • Nick Kypreos: It is believed that Martin St. Louis asked for a trade when he was left off team Canada. Kypreos has been told that some teams are not sure if he feels the same now. St. Louis does have a no-movement clause through next season. As reported by Larry Brooks, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is not interested in a rental player.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should get lots of interest in Dan Girardi, and some for Brian Boyle. Girardi is asking the Rangers for six years and about $5.75 million per season. GM Glen Sather is offering five years and lower than $5.75 million per. Sather has told teams he’ll move Girardi instead of losing him for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Thomas Vanek on some Austrians staying out late partying.

    “Some of the headlines, especially in Europe, that to me was sad and ridiculous,” Vanek told The Post after the Islanders’ Sunday practice in Syosset, his first since returning. “They’re making it sound like there was 25 guys. It was just a few guys stayed out later, and even that, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it wasn’t an issue.

    “We had a practice the next day, Monday night, I think everyone focused all day Monday,” said Vanek, who admitted to staying out until about 2 a.m., but not being affected by game time. “Can you say, ‘Was it a distraction?’ I don’t know, maybe. But we lost the game to a good [Slovenia] team, a team that we could have beat, and that makes it even more hard and tough. But the story made it bigger than it was.”

    GM Garth Snow is looking to get a first round pick, as well as a second round pick or high-level prospect for Vanek. Vanek has already turned down a seven-year, $50 million offer from the Islanders. Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has already turned down a four-year, $16 million deal. Snow is hoping to get a first round pick for MacDonald.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Don’t expect the Sharks to make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline. The Sharks will be getting Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back from injury.

    “On paper, when you add people that you don’t know, you hope that it works. But when you add people that have had playing time together, you know that it works,” Wilson said. “You just hope they’re healthy enough to do it.”

    The Sharks will have to clear some cap space when Couture and Torres return to the lineup as they will be about $1 million over. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t seem eager to trade prospects and/or picks for rental players.

    “We’re still in refresh/reset,” Wilson said, repeating a term he coined at last year’s deadline.

    “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. We think our team, when it’s all healthy, is as good as anybody. We haven’t had the luxury of seeing it all together, but you’ve got to project at some point.

    “Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset/refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but, unlikely.”

  • Adrian Dater: (answering twitter questions) Very unlikely that the Avalanche will do anything at the trade deadline. Doesn’t see the Avs trying to replace Alex Tanguay or at least picking up a replacement. Ryan O’Reilly is definitely not being traded.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs would still be interested in a Dmitri Kulikov type defenseman, but the Panthers are wanting too much for him.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs want to remain a young team. They will not be looking to bring in older (30-years old) players.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland thinks it will be interesting a Tim Thomas market starts to develop.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Giguere, Islanders, Red Wings, Sabres and Couture

  • Joe Yerdon: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has been cleared for light contact.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s J.S. Giguere is dealing with back issues.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Islanders Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov all skated yesterday morning and could play on Wednesday. Nabokov is probable to be a backup on Monday and play at Yankee Stadium.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings are getting healthy. Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and Daniel Alfredsson should be back this week. Johan Franzen and Joakim Andersson are likely for Sunday or Tuesday.  GM Ken Holland said Franzen will be back today. He hasn’t played since December 15th.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ted Nolan had no update on Ville Leino or Drew Stafford and doesn’t sound like they will be able to go on Monday.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:  Sharks Logan Couturehas started testing out his hand after surgery.

    “I know the guys were ribbing him,” McLellan said. “I know some of the guys told him it looks like he was almost all the way back with his shot already. That’s them playing games with him obviously, but he looks better every day.”

    Couture had the surgery on January 8th, and was expected to be out for three to four weeks.

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Quick Hits: Sabres, Redden, Couture, Tennyson and Erat

  • Pierre LeBrun: Before hiring Tim Murray as their new GM, the Sabres interviewed 10 people in total. Bruce Garrioch: Talk is that Murray’s deal is for five years.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”Good drafting allows you trade well, and then you use free agency to put you over the top. That’s my philosophy.”
  • David Pollak: The Sharks have put Logan Couture on the IR and recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the AHL.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Martin Erat was a healthy scratch last night.

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Injury Notes: Wild, Canucks, Wings, Sharks, Avs, Habs, Flames, Lightning, Isles, Jackets and Flyers

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery and will be out for at least a month.
  • Elliott Pap: James Duthie on TSN said that Roberto Luongo had an MRI on his ankle and that “early indications are not serious.” Dan Murphy: Hearing that the specialist has confirmed that there is no real damage to Luongo’s ankle. Sounding like he could be able to start skating once he’s pain free. Renaud Lavoie: Luongo should be out for seven to 14 days.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen has been cleared to practice. He’s been out with a concussion since Dec. 15th. He’s possible for the weekend.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Sharks Logan Couture has an injury issue, but sense is that he should be okay for the Olympics. David Pollak: Confirms that Couture has an injury. He’s basically been off the ice except for games. Pierre LeBrun: Couture will have surgery tomorrow on his hand and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Olympics are still a possibility.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Alex Tanguay skated this morning and the session went well. He is scheduled to skate again today.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Ryan White will be out two weeks.
  • Roger Millions: Flames David Jones suffered an eye injury on Friday and could be out for a while.
  • Mike Chambers: Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin is out with an ankle injury.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators Chris Neil will travel with the team, with hope that he’ll be ready by the end of the trip.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day. He said that he was originally hurt by a pregame shot and re-aggravated it when his stick got caught between Johnson’s legs.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula and J.T. Brown could return against the Jets. Brown’s right shoulder injury is more questionable.
  • Mike Heika: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov left last night’s game. He originally tried to stay in, but had to leave. NY Islanders: The Islanders put Nabokov on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Anders Nilsson on an emergency basis.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Carey Price confirmed he tweaked his groin a bit in the first.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Michael Raffl might return tonight.

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Injury Notes: Thomas, Doan, Islanders, Devils, Couture and McElhinney

  • Jerry Brown of NHL.com: Coyotes Shane Doan as been out with an illness and it’s looking like he’ll be out for an extended period of time.

    “He’s still under the weather and he’s still not going to be available for the foreseeable future,” Tippett said. “He’s still getting some tests done, so hopefully it’s not long, long-term.”

  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Radek Martinek (back) on the IR and activate Brian Strait off the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders send Anders Nilsson back to the AHL and activate Evgeni Nabokov from the IR.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils Bryce Salvador practiced on Wednesday for the first time since his non-displaced stress fracture in his foot on Oct. 22nd. Peter Harrold will wear a cast on his foot for a week. Adam Larsson (lower-body) hasn’t started skating yet. Ryane Clowe has been out since Oct. 13th with a concussion, has received medical clearance to practice and play.

Michael Russo: Sharks Logan Couture has hit in the face with a slap shot and left the ice bleeding.

  • Todd Sharrock: Blue Jackets Curtis McElhinney left last night’s game in the first period with a lower-body injury.

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Suspension Notes: Burns, Lapierre and Kaleta

  • John Shannon: Brent Burns hit on Brenden Morrow was looked at but NHL viewed that Morrow threw a reverse hit and Burns won the physical battle.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Maxim Lapierre will have an in person hearing for his hit on Dan Boyle. He can refuse an do it over the phone.
  • Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports: Sharks Logan Couture on Lapierre:

    “After the first shift he’s yelling at us from their bench he’s coming after us, then he does that, it’s pretty gutless,” Couture said. “Then he turtles. Be a man if you’re going to make a hit like that. Fight someone. Don’t turtle. Ran right behind the linesman. Nothing else to say about that.”

  • Nick Cotsonika: “Lapierre case is interesting. He doesn’t have much of a rap sheet officially, but has long history of borderline hits from behind. This wasn’t the worst boarding incident, but it was an illegal play (suspension) and Boyle was hurt (longer sentence). Remember, request for in-person hearing means only that NHL reserves the right to suspend for six or more. Doesn’t mean it will.”
  • David Pollak: Dan Boyle via text: ”I’m OK. That was scary. Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor if any going forward.” Boyle is still in St. Louis and will fly back to San Jose later today.
  • Hockey Central: Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Boyle: he was knocked out for ”a considerable amount of time.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Patrick Kaleta will be appealing his 10-game suspension. The first appeal goes to Gary Bettman. If Bettman shoots the appeal down, they are allowed to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.

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Morning Hits II: Pietrangelo, Couture’s thoughts for Kadri, Pitkanen, Hainsey, Lindholm and Mueller

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Alex Pietrangelo’s only leverage in contract talks is his talent. The Blues have leverage on service time, his desire to play in the Olympic and how the Blues are a rising team. They could do a deal ranging from two to eight years. A shorter deal may be in the $3 million range, with a longer deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Pietrangelo and the Blues have until December 1st to agree on a deal. The Blues believe a deal will get done and would match any offer sheet. Pietrangelo’s agents are likely comparing with Drew Doughty who got a six-year, $42 million deal. Pietrangelo: 121 points and a +25 in 224 games. Doughty: 126 points and a +16 in 239 games. Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants,

    “to get this done as quickly as possible.” He continued: “We want our fans to know we’re working hard to come to resolution with a player we trust and respect and who wants to be in St. Louis. We don’t’ take it personally. We think Alex understands it’s a business.”

    “We’re going to sign him when we’re comfortable and he’s comfortable — and not before that,” Armstrong said. “It’s not going to be influenced by win-loss record.”

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Sharks Logan Courture thinks that Nazem Kadri should follow what he did when he was in that situation, sign a short-term deal and look to hit a home run on the next deal.

    “I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told sportsnet.ca on Thursday during the NHL’s player media tour. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

    Couture signed a two-year, $5.75 million in 2012 and signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension this past summer.

    Matt Duchene did something similar and has no regrets about it.

    “At the end of the day, maybe I lost a few bucks at the end of my career in those two years that I could have potentially made if my third year had gone differently,” Duchene said. “But that’s not what I’m about, that’s not what it’s about for me. We’re all making great livings here and it’s not going to make a difference in the way I live my life and my well-being.

    “I’m not too worried about it – the motivation was more beneficial than those extra dollars would have been.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The long-term future of Joni Pitkanen and his heal injury are still in question and they might have to look at finding a defensive replacement, taking the money that could be available away from bringing in a forward.

    “Especially with Joni’s situation, we have to keep our eyes on how much cap room we have,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. “There’s a little more priority for a defenseman.”

    Ron Hainsey is still available and could be a capable replacement for Pitkanen if needed. Hainsey could be still available due to the role he played for the NHLPA during the lockout. Up front, the Hurricanes could use some size, penalty killers, fourth line depth, and a top nine player. The Hurricanes continue to have discussions with Brenden Morrow, Hainsey and others.

    “Until we have an idea how long (Pitkanen) is out, we’ll try to replace him with what we’ve got,” Rutherford said. “We’re pretty sure he’s not going to be starting the season.”

  • Mike Morreale: Hurricanes 2013 1st round pick Elias Lindholm’s shoulder is almost ready for game action.
  • Dobber Hockey: Peter Meuller signed with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss League.

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Morning Hits: Maple Leafs, Sharks, Callahan, Seattle Expansion and Palffy

  • David Alter: Two days until the start of the non-compliance buyout period, August 2nd to 4th. There will be a 48 hour span where the Maple Leafs could buyout John-Michael Liles if they wish. If the Leafs bought out Liles, he would count against their cap for the next six years. It would give them an extra $2,583,333 this season.
  • David Alter of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs now have only $4.6 million left to sign RFAs Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri. Alter notes that Franson’s agent could use Zach Bogosian’s seven-year, $36 million as a comparable. That Bogosian and Franson played similar roles, with Bogosian playing over four minutes per game more, but 12 less total games. If the Leafs are able to get Franson and Kadri for around $3 million per season, they will have to make a move or two to free up some salary cap space. They could be get a decent return for Franson if they decide to move him. A Liles buyout would be a $1,291,666.67 for the next seasons if they went that route. They could try to trade while retaining some salary.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sources say that Joe Pavelski’s deal (5 years, $30 million) includes a very limited no-trade clause that is similar to Logan Couture’s.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that there have been conversations with the agents for Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is on schedule after his shoulder surgery, but may not be ready for the start of the season.

    “As the schedule goes, it’s going to dip into training camp and it’s possible it could dip into the regular season, too,” Callahan said. “The biggest thing with this is the contact. I should be able to be fully skating and shooting in training camp, but it’s when you can take contact and I don’t think you know that until you get further on and they evaluate it and check it out. As of now, how the rehab is going, I’m right on schedule.”

    Callahan hasn’t had any talks with the Rangers about a contract extension. He’s entering the last year of his deal.

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Seattle sports-talk radio host, Mitch Levy, said that Gary Bettman is pushing the Board of Governors for expansion and to include Seattle. The team would begin play in 2014-15 and would cost $275 million. Seattle would need to build a new arena. Bill Daly recently said that the Pacific Northwest was getting “serious consideration” for expansion or relocation. This would put the NHL at 31 teams, so another addition may follow with the usual suspects: Quebec City, Toronto, Portland, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.

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Free Agent Signings: Couture, Voynov, Chorney, Vincour, Cumiskey, Tedenby, Bourque and Ullstrom

  • Bob McKenzie: Sharks contract extension with Logan Couture is for five years at $6 million a season. Not official until July 5th.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings sign Slava Voynov to a six year, $25 million deal.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues agree to a one-year, two-way deal with Taylor Chorney.
  • Igor Eronko: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey signed with the Ducks after spending a season in Sweden.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Devils have signed Mattias Tedenby to a one-year, $600,000 one-way deal.
  • Ted Starkey: Chris Bourque is heading back to the KHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Islanders David Ullstrom has signed with Lokomotiv of the KHL.

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Free Agent news: Streit, Couture, Nilstorp, Scandella and Eriksson

  • Darren Dreger: Mark Streit’s deal with the Flyers is for 4 years at $5.25 million per season.
  • Bob McKenzie: Streit’s deal in an over 35 contract, so if he retires before the contract expires, it still counts against the cap.
  • Tim Panaccio: Streit’s agent said “no” progress to report on Streit deal as the Flyers need to move out salary because of “tagging.” Frank Seravalli: Can’t sign Streit now as they exceed the cap by more than 10%. Tim Panaccio: Look for at least one buyout and a trade if the Flyers can’t do two buyouts.
  • Brodie Brazil of CSN Bay Area: The San Jose Sharks have signed center Logan Couture to a five year contract extension. Couture has one year left on his deal with a $3 million salary.
  • Chris Nichols: The Stars have re-signed goalie Cristopher Nilstorp to a year, two-way deal.
  • Brad Ziemer: Joacim Eriksson’s deal with the Canucks is a two-way deal, $925,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the minors.

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Playoff Hits: Start times, Stoll, Vlasic and Couture

  • Dan Rosen: The Eastern Conference finals will start in Pittsburgh on Saturday at 8 pm ET. Mark Lazerus: If the Blackhawks win tonight, Game 1 would be on Saturday at 5 pm ET, with Game 2 going on Sunday at 8 pm ET.
  • John Shannon: Hearing that there was lots of pressure to have the Eastern Conference Final start on Thursday.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Kings Jarret Stoll could be back as early as Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, barring any setback.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was playing through a hairline fracture in his right foot that he suffered in Game 4. It was frozen every game so that he was able to play.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Sharks Logan Couture had an ankle injury that received a shot every game. Couture said it didn’t affect his performance.

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