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Morning Hits: Briere, Smith, Bryzgalov, Elias, Iginla, Laviolette, Byfuglien, Whitney and the Hurricanes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, he could end up in Montreal.Coyotes Mike Smith is looking for $6 million a year and has refused to sign a deal with the Coyotes.

    Smith could be an option in Philadelphia if they buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers management is split on buying him out now or waiting to see how he does next year, and if it’s not good, then buy him out next spring.

    Garrioch has heard there is about a 50/50 chance that Patrick Elias returns to the Devils. The Flyers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Sharks will all be looking for help upfront.

    Jarome Iginla signing with the Stars could be a good bet.

  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said you can expect Peter Laviolette back as the Flyers coach next season. They will keep the same system in place, and there won’t be an overhaul of players.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has said that Ilya Bryzgalov’s eccentric personality isn’t a problem. Forward Daniel Briere understands the situation. If the Flyers buy him out, it would cost them $3.3 million over four years.
  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers UFA defenseman Ryan Whitney thinks it’s probably in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else next season.

    “I think I can still play, I’ve proven that I can,” Whitney said. “Obviously there were some games where I didn’t play well, but there were a stretch of games where I thought I did play well. It’s been a tough couple of years here, I’m just kind of looking forward to a fresh start.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu will have hip surgery. GM Jim Rutherford likes his core group, but there will be some new faces next year. They have to decide on their UFAs: Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis. Their blue line will be a priority for Rutherford.

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NHL Rumors I: Iginla, Stars, Babchuk, Sarich, Ribeiro and Lightning

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Through translation of a Renaud Lavoie entry, Jarome Iginla submitted a list of four teams he’d accept a trade too: Bruins, Blackhawks, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Stars were looking for a major overhaul, could they look at trading Loui Eriksson? The Rangers would be interested. The Stars could make Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Eric Nystrom available.
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster sent an email to all teams letting them know that defenseman Anton Babchuk and Cory Sarich are available. Both players have no-trade clauses.
  • Lisa Dillman via twitter: Dillman would be surprised if the Kings didn’t take a look at Cory Sarich. Sarich was a Sutter point at one point in time.
  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Mike Ribeirosaid he’d like to re-sign but it would be on him terms/long-term. He is looking for a 4 or 5 year deal.

    “If we can agree to a long-term [contract], then I’ll be more than happy to stay here,” Ribeiro said. “But I don’t know if I’m looking for two years and change place and then another two years. I don’t think I want that. So we’ll see what we’re going to come to.”

    “Five years for me is long term,” he said. “Two, three years I don’t think it’s long term. It’s short-term. Two, three is short term. Four, five, six [is] long-term. Then 10 years like Ovi, that’s a marriage thing.”

    “I didn’t think it was the right time to talk about contract then, but now that we’re getting closer to the trade deadline and team’s doing better now, there will be big decisions next week to be made,” Ribeiro said.

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: It may be a slow trade deadline day for the Lightning. Nate Thompson may have received the most interest, but he isn’t going anywhere now. Some teams might be interested in Marc-Andre Bergeron as a depth defenseman. Erlendsson doesn’t see Martin St. Louis being traded. Ryan Malone’s shoulder injury may keep teams away. Sami Salo has a modified no-movement and would leave a veteran hole on the blue line next season if he were traded. Eric Brewer may get some interest, but he has two years left on his contract and has a modified no-trade clause.

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Penguins scouting Wild? O’Reilly unlikely for Rangers … Dmen for Senators

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Penguins scouted the Wild earlier this week. The Penguins are looking for a top-6 forward and may have been looking at Pierre-Marc Bouchard and/or Devin Setoguchi.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have called the Avs about Ryan O’Reilly, but it’s unlikely they will go after him. The asking price of what O’Reilly is looking for will keep them away. The Rangers will have 3 prominent RFAs that they’ll need to re-sign this summer, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t giving up on the season, but he won’t give away their first round pick or a top prospect for a defenseman. Matheson wonders if they’d be interested in Ryan Whitney. Other defensman that may be available are: Tomas Kaberle, Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jonathan Blum. Matheson thinks the Oilers should keep Whitney, but if they got a third rounder or better back, they might have to consider it.

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Simmons says there will be coaching change in Toronto … Karlsson will get a big deal … No contract talks for Jets … Should Nystrom be suspended for Letang hit?

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons looks at the Leafs under Burke’s reign. Next year will be his 5th season managing the teams. Simmons notes that it is clear now that there will be a coaching change. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Many people would be shocked to see Burke fire Ron Wilson. Garrioch notes it would make no sense to have Scott Gordon as an interim coach, Rick Dudley would lighten up the room.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Erik Karlsson will be a RFA at the end of the season, and will be in line for a big, long-term contract. Karlsson may be in the same situation like Steven Stamkos was, with rumblings of teams sniffing around with possible offer sheets.
  • Greg Brady via twitter: Brady is hearing that it’s very likely that Mikhail Grabovski’s contract extension will be done by the end of March.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that they’ll get to contract talks for their 7 UFAs (Chris Mason, Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Tim Stapleton, Randy Jones and Mark Flood) in due time, but right now they are focusing on getting to the payoffs.
  • Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews did some physical activity yesterday, but there is still no timetable for his return.
  • Peter Pupello of NHL.com: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is out with an upper-body injury, but it may not be a concussion. The injury hasn’t been diagnosed, and he’ll see more doctors in the next few days. Vincent Lecavalier could be back in 10 days. Marc-Andre Bergeron is still being bothered by a bad back and it’s possible he’s done for the year.
  • Jason Gregor via twitter: The Oilers have returned Yann Danis back to the AHL. Nikolai Khbabibulin will be ready to return on Friday.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Kris Letang left last night’s game with a head injury after taking a hit from Eric Nystrom. Coach Dan Bylsma said Letang is day-to-day. Video below has the hit. Do you think Nystrom should be suspended?

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State of the Phoenix Coyotes: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Jordan Gluck of dylanswisdom.com, and can be found at @dylanswisdom

When looking at the Coyotes at the start of the season, I and probably most of you think the same thing. Which players are going to be in there fire sale at the deadline? To the surprise of many they Dave Tippets team stays competitive and makes the playoffs as they’ve done the past 2 seasons and are on pace to again this season. Although they have no owner, GM Don Maloney have put a competitive team on the ice with a budget payroll.

With 73 points on top of the pacific division they will be looking to add but on a budget. They have already acquired Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets. One big area of concern is they’re last ranked power play. Radim Vrbata has had a tremendous season already reaching the 30 goal plateau. All star Keith Yandle has also had a very impressive season, so has coyotes points leader Ray Whitney and captain Shane Doan. I also look at how goalie Mike Smith is performing and who needs Bryzgolov (enjoy Philly only 8 years left). If not for Panthers coach Kevin Dineen and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, Dave Tippet would be favored for the Jack Adams award.

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Not so fast on Smyth to Rangers … Kubina, Malone and Moore linked to teams … Kings interested in Kulemin and MacArthur … ‘Hawks to wait

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: A source is saying that Ryan Smyth would consider waiving his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Rangers. Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Ryan Smyth said he hasn’t heard from the Rangers and may not be that interested in a short stay there.

    “I haven’t even really thought about it to be honest,” he continued. “They would have to approach me first and nobody’s approached me. It’s not something that I’ve thought much about.”

    “I’ve moved four times in the last five years,” he said. “I wanted to come back here for a reason?”

    Ales Hemsky hasn’t talked contract with the Oilers, and wouldn’t mind staying, depending on the money.

    “Of course I would like to stay, but it depends on the terms. I like the guys here, I like the city, the fans are great and I have lots of friends here. I’ve always been happy here so I’d like to stay.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: The next 5 games will likely determine if the Lightning will be a buyer or seller.  Yzerman said many teams are in a feeling out pattern. Pavel Kubina has been linked to the Rangers and Flames. Ryan Malone has been mentioned with the Kings. The Penguins and Senators may have interest in Dominic Moore. Adam Hall and Marc-Andre Bergeron may be ready to return during this homestand.
  • John MacKinnon of Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky and Andy Sutton as UFAs at seasons end. Sam Gagner could get some interest, but the Oilers may realize that he’s better suited in a 2nd line role.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Cordell made note that Darren Dreger said on TSN1050 radio that the Kings are interested in Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman will wait and see how the Brendan Morrison trade works out before making a move for another center, maybe Sam Gagner. Islanders Steve Staios and Mark Eaton could get some trade interest. The Islanders would rather sign P.A. Parenteau than trade him.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison will be a UFA after the season, and signs are pointing to him hitting the open market. It’s possible the Panthers could move him, rather than lose him for nothing. Sources are saying he could be looking for something in the $4.5 million range.
  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: With Jimmy Howard’s hand injury, Burnside notes a Evgeni Nabokov deal makes sense.
  • Ben Meyer-Abbott of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks have dropped 5 straight, and GM Stan Bowman said there is no help coming. “I like our personnel. We’re trying to upgrade. It’s not like we’ve got guys playing that can’t play in the NHL. We certainly have guys that can improve on their level of play. But at the same time, we’re just trying to enhance our group as opposed to completely remake it.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Kyle Brodziak hasn’t had contract talks with the Wild yet. “As long as things make sense, why wouldn’t we want to sign Kyle Brodziak?” Fletcher said. “He’s been a good player for us, he fits in well, I think he’s enjoyed playing in Minnesota, and he’s had success here. We enjoy having him here, so hopefully we can make it work.”

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Oils want a Dman … Bruins want depth … MacArthur “Rumors suck” … CSKA wants Radulov … Koivu close … Filatov demoted … Starting goalies

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Don’t be surprised if Predators GM David Poile announces that he won’t trade Ryan Suter. The Preds were one team who sent a private jet to pick up there All-Stars: Suter, Shea Weber and Craig Smith. The Oilers are letting teams know they want a defenseman if/when they trade some of their assets. Bruins coach Claude Julien would like to see them add an experienced depth defenseman and a depth forward.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs and Mikhail Grabovski are not involved in serious contract talks. Grabovski shrugs off trade rumors that involve him as part of a package. Clarke MacArthur’s name is also coming up in rumors.

    “There is always something every day,” MacArthur said. “Usually if I don’t hear it, I get a text message from someone saying they heard a rumour. It’s tiring, it’s hard on you, but it is a part of the job.

    “(Rumours) suck, but what are you going to do? If you look close, I have a few grey hairs.”

    The Leafs have been linked to Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Ales Hemsky, Tuomo Ruutu and Ryane Clowe recently.

  • Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks need to add a top 4 defenseman as insurance and some grit up front. Mason Raymond will hear is name is rumors often. The Canucks could use someone like Travis Moen.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: CSKA is making a pitch for Alexander Radulov with intent of signing him to a long-term contract. CSKA has lots of oil money. Radulov has a “gentleman’s agreement” with Salavat that he can leave for the NHL (Preds) this summer despite his contract. CSKA is trying to buy his rights.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild Guillaume Latendresse and Mikko Koivu were practicing yesterday, but neither’s return is imminent. Josh Harding will start tonight.

    “They’re going to need some time getting acclimated to the group again and getting involved in practices and doing things at game speed and executing at that level before they can jump into the lineup,” said Yeo, adding that he believes Koivu is “much closer” to playing than Latendresse.

  • Paul Hendrick via twitter: Leafs coach Ron Wilson doesn’t expect John-Michael Liles, Colby Armstrong and Darryl Boyce to play tonight. Wednesday is a possibility.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning’s Ryan Malone and Marc-Andre Bergeron won’t play tonight. Mathieu Garon will start in net.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tonight against the Blackhawks.
  • David Alter via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net tonight against the Penguins. Wednesday’s starter is not determined yet.

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Brooks Laich re-signs with the Capitals … Dupuis re-signs with Penguins … Lightning re-sign two

  • The forward free agent market just got thinner as Brooks Laich re-signed with the Washington Capitals. Laich signed a 6 year deal worth $27 million. The deal carries a $4.5 million salary cap hit. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Salary breakdown: $6.5 million next year, $4 million in following 2 seasons, $4.5 million in 2014-15, and $ million in last 2 years.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Pascal Dupuis to a 2 year, $3 million deal.
  • Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron re-signed with the Lightning for 2 years and $2 million. The Lightning also signed Adam Hall to a 1 year contract.

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Langenbrunner on the move soon? New lines in LA … Beauchemin-Setoguchi rumor a fabrication … Tarasenko N.A. bound next year … Clouston day-to-day

  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Lou Lamoriello may be getting closer to asking Jamie Langenbrunner if he’d waive his no-trade clause. It may be soon rather than later, with Langenbrunner the Devil most teams are targeting. The LA Kings and SJ Sharks could be the leading candidates for Langenbrunner, but Eastern teams such as the Capitals, Penguins, and Bruins could also be in the mix.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Yesterday Mike Commodore asked the Blue Jackets to trade him, and they put Kyle Wilson on waivers. Sources have said that GM Scott Howson has been one of the busiest GM’s looking for a trades in recent days. Ethan Moreau is likely headed to the IR, freeing up 2 roster spots. There is the possibility that they claim Marc-Andre Bergeron off waivers from the Lightning.
  • Helene Elliot of the LA Times: Loser of 4 straight, the Kings are shaking up their lines. 1st line is now Wayne Simmonds, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Marco Surm, Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford make up the 2nd line. Ryan Smyth, Michael Handzus and Justin Williams are on the 3rd line. The 4th line is Brad Richardson, Trevor Lewis and Kevin Westgarth.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: “Sources say that once his season is over Tarasenko will be in position to buyout the remaining year left on his KHL deal before officially signing an NHL contract with the St. Louis Blues.” He could head over to North America and play in the AHL on a pro tryout contract. If he plays in the World Championship, he may not come over. It doesn’t make sense for him to suit up for the Blues, possibly burning a year of his entry level contract. Sources told Strickland that Tarasenko still wants to play in North America next year.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Cory Clouston’s days as the Senators head coach could be numbered,
    “I’m not going to answer a question like that, because I don’t know,” Murray said, when asked if Clouston would finish the season. “We go to Chicago (Friday). We come home and play Tampa (Saturday). We go on the road the following week. I can’t answer that honestly and I’ve talked to the (coaching) staff about that. We’re all in a position where we have to do a better job.”

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Lightning sign Bergeron … Leighton clears waivers … Elias to center Kovalchuk … Avs looking for D?

  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: With Michael Leighton clearing waivers and going to the AHL, the Philadelphia Flyers have $3.6 million of available cap space for future acquisitions.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The New Jersey Devils have moved Patrick Elias to center a line with Ilya Kovalchuk. Johan Hedberg and Jose Theodore will be between the pipes tonight.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche may look to add another defenseman after the loss of Kyle Quincey. The Avs have the cap space to add someone with size and toughness.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Dwayne Roloson will make his first start for the Lightning tonight. Steve Downie will be in the lineup, Randy Jones and Mattias Ritola are out.

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Blues dangling D for Scoring, also inquiring about Bergeron … No contract talks yet for Parise … Blues look into Kovalev … Laperriere clears room for Leighton

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues continue to look for scoring help and could be moving out a defenseman. The Blues have also inquired about Marc-Andre Bergeron, and could bring in the power play specialist if they move a Dman out.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergeron Record: Zach Parise has shed is immobilizing leg cast that he’s had on for 6 weeks. It will still be some time before he’s able to begin skating. Early February is when he might be able to return. The Devils have yet to approach Parise about a new contract.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues have looked into Senators forward Alexei Kovalev, and are not the only team. Ottawa isn’t looking for a contract that goes beyond this year. Kovalev has a no-movement clause. Still no word on when David Perron could return from his concussion. Tim Kennedy has been given permission to seek a trade by Glen Sather. The Penguins will be looking to sign Mark Letestu to an extension soon. Mike Modano is still hoping to return in March, but there is no guarantee, and the Red Wings may have concerns on the shape he’ll be in as he didn’t arrive at training camp in great shape.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Dupont wonders if teams will call Panthers GM Dale Tallon about Erik Gudbranson. Florida was unable to come to terms with him before this season. Teams, such as the Bruins, may offer a roster player and swapping first round picks. Gudbranson isn’t going anywhere in my opinion.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Luke Schenn appears to be fine after taking a puck on the “unpadded part of the inside of his knee.” Mike Komisarek took part in the full practice and could play tonight if Ron Wilson chooses to insert him back in. Mike Brown will be out at least another 2 weeks.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Philadelphia Flyers placed Ian Laperriere on LTIR yesterday. Laperriere hasn’t played a game this season due to post-concussion symptoms. Matt Walker could be added to the IR as he was injured over the weekend. The Flyers had about $550,000 in cap space as of yesterday, and by placing Laperriere’s $1.166 million on LTIR, they’ll be able to add Michael Leighton’s $1.55 cap hit.
  • Buffalo News: Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford practiced yesterday and could go on Wednesday night versus the Bruins.

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Bruins need to clear about $3.2 million more … Line changes for the Blues … Chris Stewart out 4-6 weeks … Slewfoot by Crosby (video)?

  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: After trading Matt Hunwick yesterday, the Bruins now have $300,000 in extra cap space (after Marc Savard returns for LTIR), and will need to clear about $3.2 million more when Marco Sturm is ready to return. According to Murphy’s sources the Bruins have been unable to trade Michael Ryder and his $4 million cap hit the last couple weeks. Daniel Paille and his $1 million cap hit have also been offered around with no takers.

    “The trade market in general is slow, but we’ve seen a few deals,” Chiarelli said. “It’s relatively early from that perspective. But what happens too is that there seems to be even more parity this year, so some teams are proactive and they get on it early rather than waiting to the very end. So there’s some teams that are proactive — and I’m not saying whether it’s right or wrong — but it’s my job to identify those teams and try and get the best fit and best return.”

    • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Colorado Avalanche leading goal scorer Chris Stewart will be out 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair his broken left hand. Stewart broke his hand in a fight on Saturday with Wild’s Kyle Brodziak. Stewart had 11 goals and 25 points in 25 games.
    • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson should be ready to return between the pipes on Friday versus the Hurricanes.
    • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues have moved Alex Steen to the top line with Andy MacDonald and Brad Boyes. David Backes was dropped to the 2nd line with Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka.
    • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Marc-Andre Bergeron is considering offers from as many as 4 teams, with a deal expected to be done by the end of the week. The Washington Capitals aren’t going to trade Alexander Semin. The Dallas Stars won’t move Brad Richards while they are in the playoff hunt. The Ottawa Senators would trade Chris Campoli in the right deal.
    • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Despite battling pneumonia and losing 8 pounds, Kevin Bieksa is planning on playing Wednesday against the Flames.
    • Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is happy with his team so far. He doesn’t plan on sending struggling forward Nikita Filatov to the minors, has no trades imminent for an offensive defenseman, and will not go after a trade specialist.
    • Dan Tencer via twitter: The Edmonton Oilers won’t be sending Magnus Paajarvi to the World Junior tournament in Buffalo. Tencer thinks it might not be a bad idea to send him, he has no points in his last 13 games and could use a confidence boost.
    • Was it a Slewfoot by Sidney Crosby?

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