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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Subban, Erixon, Kings and Boyle

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Contract talks between the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane continue.

    “The talks are and have been going for a little while, and, yes, the Hawks are making it a priority,” Brisson wrote in an email on Tuesday.

  • Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports: (via google translate) By P.K. Subban filing for arbitration, it means that he can’t sign an offer sheet with anyone.

    “Negotiations will continue before the date of the arbitration” has also referred to the agent defenseman, Don Meehan, the TVA Sports.

    It’s likely they will get a deal done before their arbitration hearing.

  • Aaron Portzline: A deal between the Blue Jackets and RFA defenseman Tim Erixon should be done shortly. Other than Ryan Johansen, other RFA deals should come together quickly.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking to add a veteran goaltender in case Jonathan Quick hasn’t fully recovered from his wrist surgery. Tomas Vokoun and Nikolai Khabibulin are being considered. The Kings likely won’t decide on a goalie until later on this summer.
  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning signed Brian Boyle to a three year, $6 million deal last week. Boyle turned down more money from the Maple Leafs.

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Quick Hits: Malone, Clifford, Quick, Boyle, Rynnas, Noreau and Lidster

  • Joe Smith: Former Lightning Ryan Malone had his DUI and cocaine possession disposition hearing moved from yesterday to August 11th.
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings Kyle Clifford had successful surgery to fix a small fracture to one of his bones in his wrist. The surgery may have taken place on June 24th, the same day Jonathan Quick had wrist ligament surgery. Quick’s recovery is expected to be 10-12 weeks, while Clifford is expected recovery is six to eight weeks.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Brian Boyle said he was talking to wife before the start of free agency about how nice it would be to play in Tampa. “We jumped on it” when offered a three year deal from the Lightning.
  • Josh Rimer: The Stars have signed Jussi Rynnas to a two-year deal.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs sign Maxim Noreau to a minor league contract, a two-year deal at $625,000 per season.
  • Elliott Pap: Doug Lidster has been named as an assistant coach to Willie Desjardins’ coaching staff.

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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

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Quick Hits: Gagner, Pitkanen, Jovo, Schultz, Larsson, Lecavalier and Weber

  • Dustin Nielson: “I think no trade/movement clauses are ridiculous but at the same time if the players has one it’s his call. GM’s do this to themselves.”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes did not retain Sam Gagner’s no-movement clause in the trade.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he talked to Joni Pitkanen’s agent and was told that Pitkanen can not put his foot in a skate.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers announce they will use a compliance buyout on Ed Jovanovski, clearing $4.1 million in salary cap space. Jovanovski will get $2.7 million over two years.
  • John Hoven: The Kings re-signed defenseman Jeff Schultz.
  • Todd Cordell: The Devils and Adam Larsson agree to a one-year contract extension.
  • David Pagnotta: Vincent Lecavalier will get a $2 million signing bonus tomorrow, as well as next July 1st.
  • Mike Halford: Shea Weber will get a $13 million signing bonus tomorrow.

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NHL Rumors V: Sabres Buying Out Ehrhoff, Kings, Coyotes and Leafs

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres will be buying out defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff has declined the waiver process. The fear of the cap recapture penalty made him virtually untradable.

    “Since I got here we’ve talked about this,” Murray, who was hired in January, told The News this morning in Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “We’ve talked about his contract. We’ve talked about the repercussions of the contract with the penalties that the league has put on it. It’s been an ongoing discussion.”

    Ehrhoff was also not interested in being in Buffalo during their rebuild.

    “The fact that he quite frankly doesn’t want to be here makes it easy,” Murray told The News. “I’ve said at the start that if you don’t want to be here we’ll make it happen. He’s made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we’re not going in the right direction, but he really hasn’t had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on.”

    The Sabres currently sit just about $20.6 million under the salary cap floor. They have Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.

  • Robert Paredes: The Kings would be able to afford Christian Ehrhoff if they dumped Robyn Regehr.
  • Sarah McLellan: Eight teams have called on Coyotes pending UFA Thomas Greiss, still in talks with a few.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs have kicked tires on at least six UFAs so far including: Milan Michalek and Martin Brodeur.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Without the Ducks and Predators in on Jason Spezza, price for him would seemingly be shrinking.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on signing 2014 1st round pick Sam Reinhart“They’re going to ask for a lot. I’m going to think it’s too much, and they’re going to get it.”

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NHL Rumors XIII: Toews and Kane, Niskanen, Mitchell, Canucks, Gionta, Oilers and Jets

  • Bob McKenzie: It is believed that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each initially asked the Blackhawks for a contract extension worth around $12 million per year. Toews and Kane will get less than that, but could still end up around $10 million a year.
  • Cap Geek: If the Blackhawks were able to sign Toews and Kane at $10 million cap hits, the Blackhawks 2015-16 salary cap payroll would be about $62 million for 12 players.
  • Neil Sheehy: Matt Niskanen talked to the Penguins and he’ll be testing the open market in July 1st.
  • Craig Custance: The Kings won’t be re-signing Willie Mitchell as: “Unfortunately, no room.”
  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning: “We’re inquiring about what it takes to move up, but we’re happy at six if we stay there”
  • Jason Brough: Benning on the chance that Jacob Markstrom could be picked up off waivers if they send him down to the AHL: “We don’t have to try and figure that out right now.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Brian Gionta’s agent expected to talk to a few teams today and he’ll talk to Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin afterwards.
  • John Shannon: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is downplaying that they are free agent shopping. They are still wanting to get a defenseman and “a forward or two.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets are no closer to re-signing goaltender Al Montoya. He is getting lots of interest from other teams.
  • Tim Campbell: The Jets won’t use their compliance buyouts, “Not doable for small-market team.”
  • John Shannon: The Penguins have received permission to talk with Travis Green about joining their coaching staff.

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Morning Hits: Message to GMs, Gaborik, Kings, Leafs and Couturier

  • Ryan Rishaug: “All GM’s.. Am told by league that commenting publicly on ufa players will not be considered tampering during this period. So no dodging.”
  • Chris Johnston: Marian Gaborik’s new contract with the the Kings doesn’t include a no-trade clause.
  • Chris Johnston: The Kings are the only team that doesn’t have a player with a no-trade or no-movement clause.
  • Greg Beacham: Marian Gaborik: “I know I could get maybe more money if I’d gone to free agency, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to be part of a great team.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs have talked to Tony Granato already and will do so again. They hope to make a decision on their vacant assistant coaches positions this week.
  • Randy Miller of Flyers Sean Couturier had abdominal surgery earlier this month as well as surgery on this ankle.

    “I had to get something removed … a bump on my ankle that was just bothering me,” Couturier told “It’s been a week. I can start walking again. It’s just from the stiches they don’t want me to put pressure so it opens up again, but it doesn’t hurt. It’s nothing serious.”

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NHL Rumors VII: Wild, Stastny, Boyle, Gionta, Komarov, Babcock and Lecavalier

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild will be talking with Thomas Vanek’s agent, but are also believed to significantly interested in Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen. Both Stastny and Niskanen will want big, long-term deals, so they wouldn’t be able to get both. Vanek is also looking for a long-term deal, but his he wants to play of the Wild, he may have to settle on a shorter deal.

    “I don’t think we’re absolutely entrenched on anything,” Bartlett said. “Vanek is a very confident guy, somebody that is, I think, going to look at everything – the financial side, the family side, the team side.
    “I don’t think we have anything cast in stone come Wednesday or July 1.”

    If the Wild don’t re-sign Clayton Stoner, they could pursue Kings Willie Mitchell. Cody McCormick and the Wild will talk today. The Wild continue to shop Kyle Brodziak.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are interested in Dan Boyle.

    “Good deal of interest, there are going to be good options for him,” Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, said Wednesday. “We’ll sift through it the next few days and see where it all leads.”

    Players can’t sign until July first, but teams can layout the parameters of a potential deal.

    “We’re just trying to figure out what the place for me would be and there’s definitely a few options out there,” Boyle said.

    The 38-year old Boyle is looking for a two-year deal. Sources saying the Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Rangers are interested, with one sources saying the Leafs interest was “serious.” The Islanders remain interested. Rangers could be more interested in talks with Anton Stralman don’t go well.

    Teams were calling Paul Stastny’s agent at 12:01 AM.

    “Paul’s first choice is to re-sign in Colorado but we’ll listen to what teams have to say and make an informed decision,” Keator told on Wednesday morning.

    The Blues were one of the teams calling on Stastny.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still listening to offers for the top pick.

    “Not much new,” Tallon told “There’s some offers from teams in the middle of the pack. But I want to stay top 10 if I can.”

    The Canadiens and Brian Gionta continue to talk, with Gionta’s agent saying he was “cautiously optimistic” that they can get a deal done.

  • Damien Cox: Sense in Philadelphia is that the Maple Leafs will make a strong push to bring winger Leo Komarov back. It will cost more than it would have last year.
  • Dan Rosen: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock expects Ken Holland’s future contract extension to be worked out before his.
  • Chris Johnston: On Ryan Malone’s buyout. He had a no-movement clause and chose to not go through the waiver process.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Ron Hextall hinting that he’s spoken with Vincent Lecavalier’s agent about a possible trade.

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NHL News: Marian Gaborik Re-signs With Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed pending UFA Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract extension. The deal is worth $34.125 million with a salary cap hit of $4.875 million.

Gaborik is coming off a five-year, $37.5 million deal with a $7.5 million salary cap hit.

The 32-year old Gaborik was drafted 3rd overall in the first round of the 2000 draft by the Wild.


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Top 10 2014 NHL Free Agent Wingers

Thomas VanekExpanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell.

While this is recognized league-wide as a poor free agent class, those hoping to address the wing and add some scoring punch are in luck, as there are quite a few quality players to choose from.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-10 wingers whom could test the market come July 1. The rankings will take into account standard stats such as goals, assists, and points as well as advanced stats such as Corsi For% relative to the team, and points per 60 minutes of 5 vs 5 and/or 5 vs 4.

If you missed yesterday’s post with free wingers ranked 11 through 20 and want to view them first, they can be found here.

Without further ado, here are my rankings for the top-10 free agent wingers available this summer.

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