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NHL Rumors II: Offers Sheets, Johansen, Del Zotto, Brodeur, Roy and the Penguins

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that James Reimer should avoid salary arbitration. Shouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs two assistant hires aren’t internal promotions.Simmons thinks GM should get a little nasty and sign rival players to offer sheets.

    It isn’t about getting the player, necessarily. History has shown most teams match RFA offers. It’s about altering the competitive nature of your competition. Like playing billiards, it isn’t just the shots you make, it’s what you leave behind that matters as well.

    If you’re the Maple Leafs, for example, didn’t it make sense to make an $11 million or $12 million offer per year for Subban? If you get him, you’re acquiring a game changing player. If you don’t, you’re messing up the payroll of one of your chief rivals. There’s no lose in this kind of deal.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are $18 million under the salary cap and could easily match any offer sheet that Ryan Johansen signs.

    “If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet,” Kekalainen said. “Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that’s fine for them. We’d just match it and keep the player.”

    The Blue Jackets and Johansen are still at odds on term, and haven’t really started on the money part of it.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Thinks the Stars and Red Wings could be good fits for defenseman Michael Del Zotto. EJ Hradek: Adds the Sharks under Larry Robinson would also be a good fit.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Del Zotto is still waiting for someone to buy low on him. He is the most intriguing free agent out there as he’s still young and has ability.Martin Brodeur may be a victim of both the salary cap and the shadow he could cast over a teams No. 1 goalie. Brooks wonders about the Blue Jackets behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Brodeur behind Marc-Andre Fleury may have been better than Thomas Greiss.Bruins Torey Krug is not eligible for salary arbitration nor offer sheets.
  • Josh Rimer: Derek Roy is getting close to signing a deal. Down to two teams, with one in the East and one in the West.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said that 2014 1st round draft pick Kasperi Kapanen could make the team next year.

    “We have to keep in mind that Kapanen could come in and make this team,” he said. “He’s played with men [in Finland] for two years. He’s a good player.”

    Their roster is work-in-progress, and could be up until next years trade deadline.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Stastny, Vanek, Moulson, Subban, Johansen, Ehrhoff, Parenteau and Peters

  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are in hot pursuit of Paul Stastny. Safe to say that there are a lot of teams after him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Eight to 10 teams are on Thomas Vanek’s radar. The Wild are interested, but not interested in a long-term deal.
  • Chris Botta: Pending UFA Matt Moulson is in a good position. Could get interest from contenders as well as floor teams like the Sabres and Islanders.
  • David Pagnotta: Nothing new to report on the P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens contract talks. Talks will enter the formal stages this week.
  • Aaron Portzline: Saying that talks are going slowly between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen would be putting a positive spin on things. Sides are way apart.

    Player/agent = “We’re not doing a bridge.”
    Club = “We’re not going long-term.”
    Player/agent = “OK, then, talk later.”
    Club = “Yup.”

  • Craig Custance: It only took teams about 10 minutes after word on Christian Ehrhoff’s buy out to start calling on him.
  • Adam Vingan: Hurricanes pending UFA Justin Peters’ agent has spoken with some teams that they would see as a fit. The Capitals were one of those teams.
  • Josh Yohe: Thinks Jeff Zatkoff is a perfectly fine backup goaltender for Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury doesn’t need a mentor.

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NHL Rumors IV: Thornton, Sharp, Weaver, Schenn, Canucks, Pens, Havlat and Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s thought that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that are interested in Joe Thornton. Thornton can basically pick and choose where he wants to end up if the Sharks really want to trade him. Teams are calling the Sharks about Patrick Marleau, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be moved.

    There has been lots of controversy surrounding Patrick Sharp, on whether the Blackhawks are looking to move him or not. Sharp’s name is appearing all over the place, with several teams saying he’s available. The Blackhawks will need to move some cap space.

    The Penguins have about $13 million in cap space with nine players to sign.

    The Canadiens are trying to re-sign Mike Weaver. He could be looking for upwards of $2 million.

    The Canucks, Flyers and Maple Leafs tried to trade up for the first overall pick. There was talk that Flyers were trying to package Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier.

    The Panthers could be targeting Dave Bolland.

    The Canucks will look at Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.

    The Wild have spoken with Thomas Vanek and Matt Niskanen.

    Bruins Chris Kelly could be traded.

    Upwards of 15 teams have called on Paul Stastny. The Avs want to re-sign, but the Blues, Predators, Maple Leafs and Red Wings could push hard for him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s unlikely that the Penguins offseason will include contract extensions for Marc-Andre Fleury and Paul Martin. The Penguins are optimistic that will sign Fleury to an extension at some point. The Penguins think that Martin wants to test the open market next summer.Defenseman Kris Letang has not been offered in any trade talks.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks will buy out Martin Havlat. The UFA market for wingers is not deep, so he could be one of the top available.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “There might be a few more deals that we can swing between now and free agency. But that was the most important one.” …. “I wouldn’t say that we’re set but [defence] was the one area we wanted to address and we feel like we did.”
  • Adrian Dater: There is no change regarding the Avs and Paul Stastny, still trying  to make it work.

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NHL Rumors IX: Penguins, Garrison, Ducks, Canadiens and Sabres

  • Rob Rossi: Hearing that Marc-Andre Fleury is not in play and that James Neal definitely is. GM Jim Rutherford is looking to find some cap space in other deals.
  • Will DePaoli: Rob Scuderi’s camp hasn’t heard from the Penguins if they are trying to trade him, but it’s not a secret that they are looking to clear some cap space.
  • Bob McKenzie: There is a legit chance that the Canucks trade defenseman Jason Garrison despite him having a full no-trade clause. He could reluctantly waive it for the right location.
  • Farhan Lalji: It is very possible that Garrison ends up with the Lightning and Ryan Kesler ends up with the Ducks.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Lightning and Canadiens could be potential landing spots for Garrison. The Lightning were interested when he was a UFA.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I’m not shopping our players. Truthfully, I have gotten calls on a couple of our players. I just said I’ll listen.”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I’ve tried to trade for a couple veteran players that I think will either A) and most importantly help our culture and B) bring some skill to our lineup. That is going, right now, nowhere.”
  • Kevin McGran: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler“I think everyone’s expecting (the top players) will be moved but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not.”
  • Hockey Central: The Canadiens are open to moving up or down in the draft.

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NHL Rumors VI: Penguins, Bruins and Maple Leafs

  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford:

    “Some people came after me today and there’s ideas out there,” said Rutherford, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. “I haven’t been throwing any ideas out, but I’ll listen. Obviously there’s going to be some new players there because just the position we’re in with the cap.”

    The Maple Leafs are said to be one of the teams that has checked in on James Neal. Rutherford doesn’t have a mandate to trade Kris Letang. Re-signing Matt Niskanen won’t be easy, but the likelihood of it happening would increase if they could clear some cap space out. Rutherford won’t bring in an enforcer to play two or three minutes. Upgrading their bottom-six is a priority, especially their bottom-three. Rutherford is comfortable with Marc-Andre Fleury in net.

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Rutherford:

    “I’d prefer to [clear some cap space], but I’m not going to look at it as being ‘urgent,’ ” he said. “I’m not going to do it just to do it.”

    On their blueline:

    “We have to look at what we think we have as a top four or five,” he said. “If we get a comfort level with that, I’m not sure we have to bring anyone in right away.

    On trade calls:

    “Teams are going to be calling,” he said. “They always do. If we could get a little more grit up front to be able to be prepared for a couple of those teams in the East that are a little tougher to play, I may make a deal sooner than later.”

  • Joe Haggery of CSNNE: The Bruins are focusing on Jarome Iginla contract talks before they turn to their other free agents. Both sides are trying to close a deal. The Bruins have about $9 million for three forwards, two defensemen and a backup goalie. If/when they get Iginla’s deal done, they’ll turn to RFAs Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Source said the Bruins haven’t had contact with pending UFA Shawn Thornton.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on the draft:

    “You’ve got a pretty good chance of getting a good player at eight or four,” he said. “For us to move up the price tag would have to reflect that fact.”

    “I wouldn’t say it’s a priority that we’re going to go for the most skilled player,” Nonis explained, “but I think the players that are going to be available in the top eight by and large are skill players so because of that fact there’s a good chance that’s what you end up with.”

    The Leafs have held preliminary talks with Dave Bolland. Nonis wouldn’t rule out the return of Mason Raymond, Nik Kulemin, Bolland and Jay McClement. Leo Komarov could be bought back at the right price.

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NHL Rumors IV: Penguins, Blackhawks, Blues, Ducks, Canucks, Senators and Bruins

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The unrestricted free agent pool is not deep, so teams may look towards the trade market. The Penguins and Sharks could be looking to make some big changes. Blues GM Doug Armstrong isn’t afraid to make a big move, and may look to do so again.

    Penguins winger James Neal may become available. Pending UFA Jussi Jokinen will get some interest this summer. Rutherford may be interested in keeping him around. Gordon thinks Jokinen could be a “bad contract waiting to happen.” Marc-Andre Fleury has one-year left on his contract at $5 million. He has limited no-trade clause, but if an inquiring team offered a contract extension, he may be more receptive to waive it. Could the Penguins look at bringing in Martin Brodeur? Kris Letang’s eight year, $58 million contract with a no-trade clause that kicks in on July 1st. Matt Niskanen will get big money, and could lead to the Penguins trading Letang or letting Brooks Orpik hit the open market.

    If Dan Boyle hits the open market, the Red Wings and Lightning will be interested.

    The Blackhawks need to find a second line center to replace Michal Handzus.

    Blackhawks Nick Leddy has one year left at $2.7 million and could become a trade target of some teams as he’ll be looking for nice raise next year and might be available.

    The Ducks would love to get Ryan Kesler, but it’s hard to see new GM Jim Benning wanting to send him to the Ducks or to the Blackhawks. Can expect at least six teams, including the Flyers, to make a serious bid for him.

    The Canucks may be looking for a veteran goalie and to move up in the draft.

    The Senators want a player, prospect and a first round pick for Jason Spezza. The Ducks and Blues could be good fits.

    If the Rangers buy out Brad Richards, the Blues, Ducks and Blackhawks could kick tires on him.

    Teams in the East could be interested in Sabres Chris Stewart. He has one year left at $4.1 million and has said he wouldn’t mind staying in Buffalo.

    Salary cap concerns may lead Bruins to look at moving Brad Marchand and his three year, $13.5 million contract. Added cap space would make the re-signing of Jarome Iginla a little easier.

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Penguins pending UFA Matt Niskanen is paying attention to their coaching search. Niskanen had a close relationship with fired coach Dan Bylsma.

    “Dan being dismissed won’t affect my decision,” Niskanen said. “However, I will pay attention to what the coaching staff is going to look like. It’s not the only factor in the decision. But it is a factor.”

    Retaining Niskanen won’t be easy for the Penguins.

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NHL Rumors II: Panthers, Flyers, Kesler, Thornton, Fleury, Letang and Neal

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers are said to be on Ryan Kesler’s trade list. The Flyers have only about $6.5 million in cap space with some holes to fill and free agents to re-sign. A potential trade made little sense for the Flyers at the trade deadline, and continues to make little sense now. The Flyers have too many centers as it is. They need a scoring left winger and a No. 1 defenseman that can play 21 minutes a night. Fixing the blueline is a priority for GM Ron Hextall this offseason.
  • Damien Cox: The Maple Leafs have not kicked tires on Sharks Joe Thornton according to sources.
  • David Pagnotta: The Sharks haven’t approached Thornton about waiving his no-movement clause.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury would have been gone if Pierre McGuire had taken the GM position.
  • William DePaoli: The Penguins may make a few tweaks to their roster this offseason. The ownership may be recommending to new GM Jim Rutherford to keep Kris Letang.
  • William DePaoli: The interest in Penguins James Neal is said to be sky high.

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NHL Rumors I: Rutherford, Penguins and Some Coaching Candidates

  • Chip Alexander: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on when he stepped down from the Hurricanes, he knew he had to “either cut way back or look for a new challenge.” … “It didn’t take long for that new challenge to come along. I wasn’t planning to jump back in this quickly.”
  • Chip Alexander: Rutherford said he’ll be in Pittsburgh for three years, but it could end up being a little longer: “If the right thing to do is continue, I’ll do that.”
  • Josh Yohe: There were a couple team officials who were furious that there were reports that Pierre McGuire was offered the GM position a few days ago. They are in complete denial.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “So he’s not afraid to tackle some of the big dogs & MAF would be at the top of that list” … “Saying that, Rutherford’s always said to me when you’re replacing your coach or player, 1) make sure that’s your problem & 2) if you’re making that move that you’re getting someone who’s better.” …  “What we don’t know is who is better [than Fleury] that’s available to Rutherford & the Penguins?”
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some of the top candidates for the Penguins replacement of head coach Dan Bylsma: 1. Ulf Samuelsson – Rangers assistant 2. John Stevens – Kings assistant 3. Ron Wilson 4. Willie Desjardin – Texas Stars (AHL) 5. The field – they missed out on Barry Trotz. John Hynes in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton or Jacques Martin. Would love Mike Babcock, but he’s not going anywhere.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rutherford would like to have a coach in place before July 1st: “I have a short list of coaches in mind.”

    “We’re going to have to have a coach who can make the proper adjustments during a game,” he said, “or during a certain period of time in the regular season or a playoff series.

    “Because of the talent of the Penguins, the Penguins can play whatever way you want.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I don’t believe that Lemieux & Burkle believed that Rutherford was a viable candidate because they didn’t think he was out there”
  • Dave Molinari: Rutherford on potential personnel changes: “I will say that I think our supporting cast has to be improved”

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NHL Rumors III: Panthers, Canucks, Leafs, Sens, Flyers, Oilers, Pens, Caps and Isles

Better late than never …

  • Mike Hume of ESPN: Hume makes note of trade chips as the draft approaches.

    1. The Panthers 1st overall pick – the Canucks could be interested and have veteran defenseman that could get the conversation started: Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison or Dan Hamhuis.

    2. Ryan Kesler – the Canucks may want to get younger and decrease their cap number.

    3. Dion Phaneuf – Phaneuf has a no-trade clause where he submits a 12-team trade list.

    4. Jason Spezza – Has a $4 million salary and $7 million cap hit. The Blues and Ducks could be interested according to Bruce Garrioch. Spezza has 10-team list where he can’t be traded too.

    5. Brayden Schenn (or someone else) – The Flyers don’t have a lot of salary cap space and Schenn is a RFA that will be looking for a big raise.

    6. Nail Yakupov – the Oilers could use a high-end top-four defenseman.

    Teams to Watch:

    1. Penguins – still looking for a GM. They could look at moving Marc-Andre Fleury, with Craig Custance suggesting the Flames could be a landing spot. If they re-sign Matt Niskanen, they could have a logjam on the blueline.

    2. Capitals – Mike Green could become a trade candidate, but they already have a need to a top four defenseman. His trade value is not that high due to past injuries and his salary. The Capitals could look to cash in on Joel Ward’s or Troy Brouwer’s successful season. Their new GM could look to package a pick and a young defenseman for some veteran help.

    3. Islanders – GM Garth Snow could go on a full press to improve the team to make the playoffs as they owe the Sabres their 2015 1st round pick. They could use some of their picks and young prospects to bring in a supporting cast for John Tavares.

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NHL Rumors IV: Kesler and the Canucks, Penguins, Blues, Stars and Kings

  • Jim Jamieson and Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province:  Six questions GM Jim Benning and Trevor Linden need to answer:

    1. The Kesler conundrum -  Ryan Kesler could expand or contract his list of teams he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause for by the draft. Kesler doesn’t want a rebuild and won’t be happy if they don’t have coach in place by the draft. Kesler and the Canucks could talk again this week.

    2. The enigma of Daniel Sedin – what happened to his scoring ability?

    3. Coach with the most – the Canucks are looking someone that is a teacher, tactician, communicator, uptempo, upbeat, winner. John Stevens, Willie Desjardins and Doug Houda are coaching options.

    4. Beefing up the bottom six – Bo Horvat could be an option. Benning could use his scouting knowledge and find an AHLer who won’t be re-signed by their current team.

    5. How Swede is it? Swedish goaltending trio of Eddie Lack, Jacob Markstrom and Joacim Eriksson.

    6. Attacking the NTCs – The Canucks have 10 players on their roster that have no-trade clauses. Management will approach players that have them if they feel it would help the organization. Alex Edler, Jason Garrison and Kesler could all be asked to waive their NTC. Could they look at trading Dan Hamhuis?

  • The Fourth Period: The Blues will consider the trade market as they look to add a top-six scorer. They had shown interest in Senators Jason Spezza and are expected to have talks again. They could look at the free agent market: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Paul Stastny and Milan Michalek.
  • Andy Strickland: Stars Rich Peverley hasn’t given up on playing next season. There has been at least one doctor that said he could play.
  • Igor Eronko: Kings 2012 121st overall pick Nikolai Prokhorkin has terminated his contract with CSKA and plans to join the team. Corey Pronman: Prokhorkin tried to come over in 2012-13 but wasn’t able to due to contractual issues.

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