Posts Tagged Marek Svatos

Free Agent Hits: Morrow, Markov, Franson, Daugavins and Svatos

  • William DePaoli: Brenden Morrow has been looking for $3 million a season, which is likely why he’s still unsigned.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Andrei Markov is entering the final year of his contract.

    “I will be happy to stay with the Canadiens, but you never know what’s going to happen. You can’t read the mind of management. All I can do is play my game the best I can. That’s all I can say about the situation. Deep in your mind you know it’s the last year of your contract, but I don’t want to think about that and lose my focus on my game. I’m going to try to take one game at a time and we’ll see what happens.”

    On if talks could happen during the season.

    “I’m going to leave that between my agent and the team. It’s not my priority. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow, or what management thinks about the future or about particular players on the team. All I can do is play my game.”

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs Cody Franson on how the Leafs would like to sign him to a multi-year deal.

    “I just think with the current cap situation we’re in, a one-year (deal) would suit the team the best,” Franson told TSN on Tuesday after working out with the Ryerson Rams. “They’ve got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and I’m trying to make it happen for both sides.

    “I think it’s in my best interests and the team’s best interests to do it (sign a one-year deal). That’s part of negotiations. We’ll see how it goes.”

    Franson is said to be looking for a one-year, $3 million deal. The Leafs are looking for a longer deal as they already will have four defensemen in the last year of their deals: Dion Phaneuf, Mark Fraser, Paul Ranger and Jake Gardiner.

  • Didzis Rudmanis: Kaspars Daugavins signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League.
  • Corey Pronman: Marek Svatos signed with a team in Slovakia. He has only played in eight games the past two years.

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Players on waivers … Blue Jackets, Senators, Islanders, Blackhawks, Wild reassign players … Svatos released

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: On waivers today: Angelidis, Wyman, Wilson, Taormina (TB). Cannone (OTT). Chorney (STL). Tardif (BOS). Van Der Gulik (COL). Holden (CBJ). Connolly (TOR). Joslin, Gordon (VAN). Wallace (CAR). Bodnarchuk (LAK). N Palimieri, Dowell, Veilleux (MIN). Blunden, St. Denis (MTL). Byron, Carson, Irving, Karlsson (CGY), Connor, C Johnson, N Johnson, Klinkhammer, Rechlicz (PHX). Elkins (ANA). Yonkman, Wright, Caruso (FLA). Pelech, McCarthy, Kearns (SJ). Plante, Byers, House (EDM). Porter, Tarnasky, Pardy (BUF). Smith, Holzapfel, Peters, Reese, Grant, Phil Dupuis, Strait, Ferriero (PIT). Anderson, Frazee, Leach, Sestito, Wiseman, Zalewski (NJD). Santorelli (FLA). Everybody put on waivers yesterday except Keith Aucoin (TOR to NYI) cleared.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: The Blackhawk assign Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Stanton to Rockford of the AHL.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: Russo is hearing that defenseman Steve Kampfer will be reassigned. Matt Dumba could be sticking for now.

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Training camp notes involving the Sabres, Stars, Canadiens, Panthers and Flyers

  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that Mikhail Grigorenko will be going to training camp. “Burning” a year of his entry level contract for half a season won’t factor into the decision whether to keep him in the NHL or returning him to Junior.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: There is a chance that Mike Commodore will be at the Canadiens training camp. He’s been playing with the AHL Bulldogs.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The 40 year old Alex Kovalev will be invited to the Panthers training camp. Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers haven’t confirmed any camp invites yet.

    “No one has promised me anything,” said Kovalev, who has 428 goals and 596 assists in 1,302 regular-season games over 17 NHL seasons for New York, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Ottawa. “They just want me to come in and make the team.

    “I can’t predict anything. I’m just going to do what I’m able to do and we’ll see how it’s going to go. They could say we may go with the younger guys or something.”

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Training Camp notes: Svatos, Rielly, van Riemsdyk, Tarasenko, Yakupov, Zibanejad, Barker and Zetterberg

  • Rich Evans via twitter: Marek Svatos will attend the Panthers training camp. He didn’t play last year as he sat out to heal from injuries.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on defenseman Morgan Rielly: ”We’re not afraid to play an 18-year-old in the NHL.”
  • David Alter via twitter: Carlyle added that James van Riemsdyk will start on the wing, but if the opportunity arise to try him at center, they will explore it.
  • Wayne Scanlan via twitter: Senators GM Murray said that Mika Zibanejad is healthy enough to come to training camp, but likely won’t be invited. Stone, Silfverberg and Hoffman will be there instead.
  • Ken Warren via twitter: The Senators season ticket base is at 10,500, with hopes of getting to 11,300 by the end of the year.

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Rangers lock up Boyle, Dubinsky and Callahan remain … Jackets looking at FA wingers, maybe Hemsky? Alzner talks continue … Yzerman – Purcell talks continue

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers locked up another one of their RFAs yesterday, signing Brian Boyle to a 3 year deal worth $5.1 million, a $1.7 million cap hit. Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky have both filed for salary arbitration. Dubinsky’s hearing is next Thrusday and the Rangers are expected to select a 2 year arbitration award. Dubinsky is scheduled to be a UFA in 2 years. Callahan would be a UFA after next season. Dubinsky and Callahan are expected to get between a $3.7 and $4.4 million arbitration award. The Rangers are looking for a veteran 3rd pair defenseman.
  • Steve Zipay of Newsday: The Rangers have about $11.2 million remaining, so there is plenty of room to get Dubinsky and Callahan signed. Both players are expected to sign multi-year contracts worth around $4 million per season.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Kristian Huselius had surgery yesterday to repair his torn pectoral muscle. GM Scott Howson will meet up with Huselius today, in between phone calls where he’ll be looking for a free agent winger.

    “We’re going to be active,” Howson said. “We’re going to do our best to find somebody who can help us get through this stretch of games without (Huselius) – however long that may be.”

    They will be seeking to sign someone to a 1 year deal worth $2 million or less. Some possibilities are: Cory Stillman, Vaclav Prospal, Brendan Morrison, Steve Bernier, Sergei Samsonov, J.P. Dumont, Marek Svatos and Jason Williams.

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline wouldn’t be surprised if Kristian Huselius’ injury sparked talk on the long-whispered Ales Hemsky to Columbus deal.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Karl Alzner’s agent in a text: “We are still talking and will continue the negotiations [yesterday].”
  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times:  Teddy Purcell’s arbitration hearing is set for July 20th, but GM Steve Yzerman hopes to get a deal done before that. The sides are not far apart after they had a “good, long” conversation last night.

    “I fully expect to see Teddy in the lineup in September and have a contract done,” Yzerman said. ”Whether it’s through the arbitration process or before that, we’ll have a contract in place next week.”

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Audio and Video rumor reports … Richards won’t return before Deadline Day … Atlanta Division problems and fixes

  • Darren Dreger Audio on Team 990 : (Feb. 24th) Dreger talks Brad Richards, Peter Stastny’s comments, Ottawa Senators, Nik Zherdev, Craig Rivet, Marek Svatos, Ales Hemsky asking price, Andrei Kostitsyn, and John-Michael Liles
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: The Leafs are looking for a Dman, but won’t overpay for it. Sens GM Bryan Murray has talked to Chris Phillips’ agent about possible contract extensions, though he could still waive his no-trade clause and be moved out. The Canadiens could have an interest in Bryan McCabe. The Canucks may need to add a 3rd/4th line center. Though there’s interest in Smid, Penner, and Hemsky, nothing is imminent. The Flames may look to add a forward.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Brad Richards hasn’t skated since Feb. 13th and is suffering concussion-like symptoms. GM Nieuwendyk does not expect Richards to play a game before Monday’s trade deadline, and that he’s not shopping him around. “It’s the same answer it has been. Our first priority is to re-sign Brad Richards to a long-term contract. That is what we would like to do,” Nieuwendyk said. “However, we have to be open to any possibility and we have to be open to situation that could improve our team.”
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The Daily News has learned that the Brad Richards is likely staying in Dallas as the team is said to be buyers and not sellers. If the Stars decide to move him, and he waives his no-trade, the Rangers may not be willing to part with the young players the Stars want in return. The Rangers are more likely to look for low cost veteran rental.
  • Tim Seppa (hockey prospectus) on ESPN: Seppa looks at “Problems” and “Fixes” for the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia Flyers: Problem is goaltending, with Tomas Vokoun as a possible fix. Pittsburgh Penguins: Problem with Penguins is the 2nd line center spot and PP due to injuries. Tim Connolly could be an option. New York Rangers: Need 1 or 2 top 6 forwards. Leafs Clarke MacArthur could be an option if they don’t plan on re-signing him. New Jersey Devils: Problem is the lack of a puck moving defenseman. John-Michael Liles could be an option, Lou may need to trade away David Clarkson to clear cap space. New York Islanders: They need to keep stockpiling prospects/picks. Milan Jurcina could be moved out, possibly to Anaheim for Luca Sbisa.
  • NHL Sources Say video from Tuesday: “The Hockeycentral panel take a look at a current Oiler and a former Leaf who could be traded before Monday’s deadline.”

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Nieuwendyk comments on Brad Richards … Peter Stastny Audio … Emery recalled, Hiller may practice tomorrow … Zherdev, Rivet, Svatos hit the waiver wire … plus plenty more

  • Peter Stastny Audio posted from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Paul Stastny’s dad is not happy about the Avs-Blues trade from last week.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “Nieuwendyk was asked on NHL Live ! about possibly trading Richards”:

    “I’ve discussed it with some teams. All options are in play here. It’s certainly not my first choice, I’ve maintained all along that we’d like to keep Brad as a Dallas Star for a long period of time. There’s a lot of uncertainty with our side as far as ownership that are a concern for them. But, all options are open. It’s certainly going to have to be a good type of deal in order to pry him away from us because we are sitting tied for eighth right now and have a lot of home games coming up in March.”

    Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Nieuwendyk added that all is quiet on the trade front right now.

  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN: LeBrun notes that if Richards does become available, the Kings will definitely be talking with the Stars. The Rangers and Leafs would be interested in him if/when he becomes a free agent, and may need him to sign an extension before they made a trade for him. The Dallas wanted Jack Johnson from the Kings in a deal for James Neal. Ales Hemsky and David Booth are on the Kings wish list. Everyone seems to ask for Brayden Schenn. LeBrun thinks only a sign and trade that nets Richards would include Schenn. Burnside wouldn’t be surprised if Paul Stastny is being shopped around the league. LeBrun adds there has been no talks between the Kings and Avalanche regarding Stastny (as of Tuesday night). Toronto has kicked the tires on John-Michael Lieles. The Rangers are interested in Bryan McCabe but not at a high price. Atlanta may be interested in moving Ron Hainsey, but he has a limited no-trade and 2 years left with a cap hit $4.5 million. Johnny Oduya may also become available if the Thrashers continue to fall out of it. The Hurricanes aren’t shopping Joni Pitkanen, but teams are calling about him.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray said they hope to have Jonas Hiller cleared for practice tomorrow. Helene Elliott via twitter: Ray Emery was called up by the Ducks today, and is expected to be the backup. Anaheim Ducks via twitter: GM Murray, “We hope to have Jonas by the weekend, but [now] is a good time [for Emery] to come up and work with our coaches and shooters.”
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is looking to add a defenseman who can kill penalties, and it would be a bonus if he was physical. “I think some teams are going to try to hold their guys close to the deadline,” Bowman said. “We don’t necessarily want to wait that long. If we find a guy we’re comfortable with, we’ll make it work.”
  • Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Other teams have initiated trade talks with the Blue Jackets about Steve Mason, and those inquiries may be been made when the team was struggling last month.

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Feaster “There’s no plan to trade Jarome” … Stars and Richards to talk … Kadri to minors … Whitney, Zidlicky hurt … Salo “close”

  • Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: New Calgary Flames GM, Jay Feaster,

    “There’s no plan to trade Jarome,”  “There’s no desire on my part to trade Jarome.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a 6 year, $19.8 million contract extension. The 27 year old will carry a $3.3 million salary cap hit. GM Joe Nieuwendyk got the blessings from the lenders to make this deal, and received the okay from them to open negotiations with Brad Richards.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Kyle Cuminsky, out the past 25 games with a concussion, is nearing a return to the Colorado Avalanche lineup. He traveled with the team, but won’t play in the team’s 2 Alberta games. Chris Stewart, recovering from his broken hand, is skating but they don’t know when he’ll return to the lineup.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped Nazem Kadri back to the AHL Marlies. Kadri recorded 6 assists in 17 games. From Ron Wilson,

    “He still needs to get stronger. (And) there are aspects of the game he still is struggling with at the NHL level. Strength. Little areas like faceoffs. Being quick. Avoiding turnovers.

    “He knows the things he has to work on. Now he’s got to practise them, work on them, and execute them in games.”

  • The Globe and Mail: Sami Salo is back practicing with the Vancouver Canucks. Salo has been skating on his own for the past 2 weeks and is getting “close” to returning.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney may be lost for an indefinite period of time with an ankle injury, the team is not counting on having him back any time soon.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Nashville Predators claimed Marek Svatos after the St. Louis Blues tried to sign him to a 1 year, $800,000 ($105,000 AHL) deal.

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Sutter steps down in Calgary …. Rolston assigned to AHL with purpose of re-entry waivers … Svatos signs with Blues … Starting goalies

  • TSN: Darryl Sutter has stepped down as the Calgary Flames general manager effective immediately. Jay Feaster, who was the teams assistant GM, will take over as GM .

    “We will move forward under a new administration with Jay leading our hockey operations as Acting General Manager,” said King. “For the remainder of this season, Jay will be provided the opportunity to evaluate the team from the GM’s chair and build a long term plan. We believe that while we continue to compete for a playoff position this season, this period will provide both the organization and Jay time to decide on critical future decisions.”

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Brian Rolston has been assigned to the AHL and will be placed on re-entry waivers. Darren Dreger via twitter: Rolston will be available for half price, a couple teams said they would be interested in him on re-entry when he was originally waived. Capgeek via twitter: If he’s claimed on re-entry waivers, he’ll still count $2,531,250 against the cap.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Marek Svatos signs with the St. Louis Blues. A 2-way deal that will pay him $800,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL. He must clear waivers first because he was playing in the KHL before.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Michael Del Zotto did not practice due to groin injury, and may not play tomorrow (may not have played even if groin was fine).
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: It doesn’t look like Jordan Staal will be playing in the Winter Classic. He’ll have more x-rays tonight.

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Burke looking for a power forward … Time to Blowup the Flames? Svatos and Avangard split

  • Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Is the patience of Brian Burke running thin in Toronto? They are currently 28th with 28 points, 3 points fewer than they had last year at the same point.

    “Inexcusable lapses have cost them too many games and too many points. A putrid start here, a late goal to blow a lead there and the Leafs have squandered opportunities to ease their way into a respectable spot in the standings.”

    At the top of Burke’s wishlist is big power forward with some offensive talent. Finding a trade partner has been difficult but, “The tightness of the (Western Conference) probably helps us right now,” Poulin said. “There are teams that won’t wait until the trade deadline because they will want to make a push much earlier.”

  • Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star: Change is coming according to Brian Burke. He’s been working the phones looking for size and scoring.

    “We need a big forward,” Burke says, as a couple of suits stroll past and nod hello. “Everyone points to the center position. But I think if we had a Top 6 forward with size, center or wing, it would help us. Right now we’re not getting to enough loose pucks in front of the net. We’re not creating enough traffic in front of the net. So that to me is our biggest need.”

    “I think Ron brushes some people the wrong way with his mannerisms when in fact he’s a great guy and a great teacher and a great coach,” says Burke. “But I think his mannerisms with the media – which, by the way, have been developed over a very frustrating period of time – have led some people to turn on Ron unfairly.

    “That doesn’t change my thinking. We are not looking at a coaching change.”

  • Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Is it time to blowup the Calgary Flames? LeBrun would blowup the Flames, putting Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff on the market. The Kings would be interested in Iginla, the Canadiens might be too. Would he waive his no-trade though? He has another 2 years left at $7 million. Burnside wonders if a team would part with a 1st round pick, a top prospect or “tidy little package” for Iginla? Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay might get some interest, though both have a no-movement clause. To quote Burnside “how does that happen, by the way?”, referring to Jokinen and Tanguay’s no-movement clause. It may be time to replace management as well.
  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Zach Bogosian missed last night’s game with multiple nagging injuries. The Thrashers play 4 games in 6 days after Christmas, so he was given some extra time to heal. Niclas Bergfor was scratched again, along with Nic Antropov.

I may be able to sneak in an update later on today. Traveling begins shortly, will be on the road for the majority of the day so I may not get a chance. If not, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our readers. No posting tomorrow, and we’ll see about boxing day.

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Scenarios for Souray … Teams calling about Greiss? Seguin back to center? Varlamov not a #1 lock?

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are not really interested in sending Sheldon Souray to their AHL club in Oklahoma City. GM Steve Tambellini said that waivers are an option, but would rather make a trade that would help the Oilers. If they don’t trade him by October 6th, they could put him on the roster, taking the $5.4 cap hit, but would have to drop a defenseman, one who may have to go through waivers. The AHL is an option but they don’t want to go there yet. The Islanders may not want to spend the money. The Avalanche may be looking at Jamie Langenbrunner to get over the cap floor. Columbus is the best bet.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Several teams have called the San Jose Sharks about their goaltending situation. They have 3 capable NHL goalies, with Thomas Greiss the likely target, possibly Minnesota as one of the teams.
  • Scott Cullen via twitter: Semyon Varlamov is not entrenched as the number 1 goalie in Washington, Michal Nuervith could be at one point.
  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: Tyler Seguin has been playing on the wing along side Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. Coach Claude Julien said on Monday that he likes the idea of having Seguin play center while Marc Savard is out. Blake Wheeler could also be an option at center. Zach Hamill, Joe Colborne and Jordan Caron are also getting a look at center.

    “To be honest with you, I’d still like to see Tyler Seguin [at center] again, seeing now that he’s got a few games under his belt,” Julien said. “He handles it in the middle. I’d still like to see Blake Wheeler play center as well at some point and see if he can recapture his comfort zone that he had when he played that position when he was in school.”

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Matt Beleskey will start the season on the top  line in Anaheim with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman won’t be ready for the start of the season, and could be out for a lengthy period. Lydman experienced double vision a couple weeks ago, and the cause of the episode has yet to be found.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk are battling each other to back up Nikolai Khabibulin in Edmonton. The Oilers haven’t hinted at who has the upper hand, but Dubnyk may get the nod as Deslauriers could draw more interest on the trade market. Deslauriers is on a 1 year deal at $1.05 million, Dubnyk signed a 2 year deal. GM Steve Tambellini wouldn’t say if he’s talked to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher or not, the Wild may prefer to get Deslauriers off waivers.
  • Brian Compton via twitter: With Kyle Okposo injury, Compton wonders if Nino Niederreiter will stick with the Islanders or be sent back to junior after 9 games, therefore not burning a year on his contract.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Manny Legace, who has been skating with the Islanders to stay in shape, is receiving some interest from the Minnesota Wild.

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Leighton out a month … Okposo out indefinitely … Islanders sign Mottau … Burrows will miss 1st 10 games …

  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced today that goaltender Michael Leighton will be out a month with a bulging disc. His initial MRI came back negative but a 2nd and 3rd opinion revealed the injury. The Flyers won’t look outside the organization for a replacement.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: The New York Islanders have lost Kyle Okposo indefinitely with a right shoulder injury that will require surgery.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: On Wednesday, Alex Burrows will have a ‘cybex test’ on his shoulder. Burrow’s will be on the IR for the first 10 games of the season.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: It’s not a surprise that the New Jersey Devils are trying to trade Bryce Salvador, Colin White and Bryan Rolston. No market for them according to one team.

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