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Medvedev needs to say less … Connolly to remain in AHL … Sharks defensive pairings … Stars bringing in Modano and Recchi

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks that KHL president, Alexander Medvedev should tone down his criticism of the NHL. The NHL hasn’t committed to sending players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Some of Medvedev’s comments:

    “Not all the people who govern NHL teams have a hockey heart,” Medvedev was quoted as saying in some Russian media reports.

    Their hearts, he added, are made “from another material and has money signs stuck to it.”

    “Several clubs look down on the international aspects of hockey development and think that it’s better to stew in your own stock. They could have released the players without any harm, but greed has strangled them and they didn’t allow it,” Medvedev was quoted as saying.

  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Defensive pairings at [yesterday's] Sharks camp: Vlasic-Stuart, Murray-Braun, Boyle-Irwin.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: The Stars will announce on Thursday that Mike Modano and Mark Recchi will be apart of their management team.

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Blue Jackets want to trade and spend money this offseason … Avs could pass on Larsson … Ramsay interviews for his position

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are looking to move their 8th overall pick, and have money to spend on free agents. They could have traded Steve Mason to Philadelphia and others, but have decided to keep him for now. GM Scott Howson will look for a backup, but not one that may not initially challenge for the #1 spot. The Jackets need to add a player that could be on the top defensive pairing.

    “We’re talking to a lot of teams about defensemen,” Howson said. “Certainly we’re going to get to free agency and see what’s there, too, but there are a number of avenues we might take. We’ve made it clear that we want to change our back end, but you can only do so much. If you don’t have a willing trade partner, and if the free agents aren’t what you thought they’d be, there’s not much you can do.”

    Christian Ehrhoff, Andrei Markov, Ed Jovanovski, Tomas Kaberle, Kevin Bieksa and James Wisniewski. Mike Commodore is expected to be bought out. The Blue Jackets could also use a top 6 center. Howson tried to get Jeff Carter but that didn’t work out. Signing Brad Richards would be nice, but a really though sell. Tim Connolly could be an option for the Jackets. If they bring in a top center, Antoine Vermette could move to the wing. Scottie Upshall wants to stay but he’ll likely move on. They’ll look to add a 3rd line player. Portzline thinks that if someone offers a 4th round pick, a middling prospect or a veteran for Nikita Filatov, they’d send him packing.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Adam Larsson will likely be a top 4 pick in this year’s draft, and could be the pick for the Colorado Avalanche. Larsson may not come over to North America for next season. From his agent, “Our belief is we’ll stay another year or two in Sweden.” Dater thinks that if he wants to stay in Sweden next year, the Avs may not want to draft him.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: If the Lightning aren’t able to re-sign Eric Brewer, they could bring in Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Roman Hamrlik or Tomas Kaberle.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators would like to move up in the draft, they hold the 6th overall pick, and the Devils at #4 are said to be dangling the pick. The Sens are would rather trade one of their 3 2nd round pick instead of their 21st overall pick they acquired from Nashville. The Senators have tried to trade defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba with no luck so far. They look to sign a backup for Craig Anderson.
  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Winnipeg interviewed their coach Craig Ramsay yesterday, who has 1 year left on his contract. “It was a good talk,” Ramsay told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I enjoyed the conversation. There was no commitment and no timeline [for a hire]. Nothing has been decided.” GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has also interviewed Mike Haviland (CHI assistant), Claude Noel (AHL Manitoba), and Craig MacTavish.
  • Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald: After Game 7 Mark Recchi said he’d be retiring, and several days of celebrating hasn’t changed his mind, “No, that’s it.” He’ll take some time off now and hopes to find a management position at some point.
  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Tanner Glass is one of Vancouver UFAs that hopes to be able to return. 3 other UFA forwards for the Canucks are Chris Higgins, Raffi Torres and Jeff Tambellini. Chris Higgins has also said he’d like to be back.

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Recchi to retire if Bruins win the Cup … Red Wings off-season options … Could Rangers look at Weiss

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Pronvince: If the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, Mark Recchi will retire.

    “Yes, I will,” Recchi said Sunday from Boston as his Bruins prepare for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks. “If we win, there’s definitely no doubt I’m going to walk away. I want to stay in the game and work with a general manager and learn the development side of the game. I think I understand some parts as a player.”

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Rumors are that the Red Wings will use the $6 million from the retired Brian Rafalski to go after Predators Dman Shea Weber, though Dupont thinks the Predators would match. The salary cap could be going up around 6-7%, from $59.4 million to around $63.5 million.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Canucks should sign Kevin Bieksa over Christian Ehrhoff. Matheson proposes a trade and wonders if the Flames would do it, Devin Setoguchi and Jason Demers for Robyn Regehr.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the wings need to get younger to push Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom. Jiri Hudler may be trade bait. The best free agent options for them could be Brooks Laich and Ville Leino, with Alex Tanguay as a possibility. WHL MVP and recently signed goalie Darcy Kuemper will likely start next season in the AHL. The Wild could go with German goalie Dennis Endras as Niklas Backstom’s backup, letting Jose Theodore and Josh Harding go as UFA’s. Matheson thinks the Wild should trade Backstrom and keep Theodore, but his $6 million price tag makes it extremely difficult.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks wonders if the NY Rangers are unable to bring in Brad Richards, they might look to Florida and Stephen Weiss.

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Hiller still has Vertigo symptoms … Miller could return on weekend … Kaberle and Bruins to talk after season … Oshie to meet GM and coach today

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller admitted that he’s still having some vertigo related symptoms. He doesn’t know when he’ll be fully recovered or when he could return to game action.

    “Yeah, it’s something that’s still up and down,” Hiller said in his first extended comments since that start. ”Some days are better, some days are not so good. I guess it’s just going to take its time. I still found out that I’m not quite where I wanted to be. All I can do is give myself time. Do my exercise. Do my stuff.

    “Hopefully it’s going to get better. I kind of like stopped setting myself a timeline or anything because nobody can really tell me how long it’s going to take.”

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller could return on Saturday against the Capitals or Sunday against the Hurricanes.

    “He has an upper-body injury that we list currently day-to-day, not week-to-week. Right now we’re on day-to-day,” said Regier, who declined to say whether Miller underwent concussion testing. “I’m going to comment on only an upper-body injury. That’s the extent of it.”

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski (broken orbital bone) could return in the next couple days, possibly tomorrow. Center Martin Hanzal (undisclosed) could be back before the end of the season.
  • Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tomas Kaberle contract situation,

    “There hasn’t been any beyond the initial discussion I had with his agent and we decided to talk after the season,” Chiarelli said. “I have a good relationship with his agent and I expect there to be good negotiations once the season is over. This period is also a feeling-out period for both Tomas and for us, so that’s the way we’re approaching it.”

  • Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston: Mark Recchi has played 23 seasons and had this to say, “If we win a championship, I’m gone.” If the Bruins don’t win this year, he said he’d consider coming back for another year.

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Rumors from Beantown

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins backup goalie, Tim Thomas, plans on bouncing back from a sub-par season, and thinks he can be a number 1 goalie again. Where he could be the number 1 is the bigger question. Though he has a no-trade clause, he won’t just waive it to anywhere as his family would play an important role. The Bruins would have $6.25 million for both Thomas and Rask, so it’s a good number and would provide them insurance with the 23-year old Rask.
  • James Murphy of NESN: Tim Thomas indicated that he might not mind staying with the Bruins and help ‘finish what they’ve started’ with the current team. He also added this when talking about his no-trade clause, “There’s a lot of other factors in every decision that people make,” he added. “Not just you guys but us guys too. You know I have family, I have kids in school — I have other things to think of. So having that kind of control of a no-trade clause is comforting.”
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins and Dennis Seidenberg’s agent have begun contract negotiations last week, and Seidenberg is confident something will get  done. He’s coming off a 1 year, $2.25 million deal, and might be looking for something around $4 million. I’d be surprised if it was that high, maybe in the $3-3.5 range.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will make some changes for next season, some younger players will be a given a chance. Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin could be a new addition. 2009 1st round pick Jordan Caron will get a serious look. The Bruins will also use patience with their young guys if they feel they are not quite ready, and could bring back Mark Recchi and Shawn Thornton.

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Senators looking ahead to Draft … Gonchar is key piece to Penguins off-season

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators are preparing for the NHL Draft and Bryan Murray has said, “Ideally, if we could get a skilled centre, that’d be great. If we can’t, then it’s the best player available.” The Sens are picking at #16, and feel there is a drop off after #20-21, according to their lists. They traded away the two 2nd round picks they had for Matt Cullen and Andy Sutton. The Sens contract talks with UFAs Volchenkov, Cullen, and Sutton haven’t progressed that much. Murray’s top priorities are to sign RFAs: Regin, Foligno and Campoli. They are close to signing their 2004 5th round selection, RWerRoman Wick of Switzerland.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s more and more unlikely that Sergei Gonchar will not be back with the Penguins if he’s wanting $5 million or more. Despite Kris Letang’s solid play, and extension he signed during the season, the Pens may not see him as a replacement for the the #1 spot Gonchar occupied.  The Penguins need to find a stay-at-home defenseman that can be used to shut down their oppositions number one line. They also need to improve on the wings. The 32-year old Matt Cook is looking for a 3 year deal, which he might not get from Pittsburgh.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The 36-year old Sergei Gonchar is probably looking at his last NHL contract, and even though he loves playing in Pittsburgh, he knows he could have played his last game in Penguins jersey. “It’s not [just] about the length of it,” Gonchar said. “It’s going to be a little bit about everything. I want to be happy. This is a place I was happy the last five years … but at the same time you do have to work and both sides have to be fair. When I’m going to look at my contract, it’s the last one, so I’m going to weigh in everything.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Last night could have been the last game in Bruins jersey for 5 free agents: Steve Begin, Mark Recchi, Miroslav Satan, Shawn Thornton, and Trent Whitfield. The 42-year old Mark Recchi could be back if he decides not to retire.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Trivia question: Who’s Martin Brodeur backup? He’s a UFA and has been no indicaton if he’ll be back next, though Lou Lamoriello say he was happy with everything he did this past season, and his attitude. He’d love to re-sign with the Devils.. Answer, Yann Danis.

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Firing Sutter Would Still Leave the Flames in Trouble … Wings FA’s will have to wait … Seidenberg’s and Kuba’s seasons could be over

  • Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: If the Flames were to fire Sutter, it still wouldn’t come close to solving the Calgary Flames issues. Questionable trades and some key players with several years left on their contracts will handcuff the team in some ways. Kotalik, Hagman, Stajan, and Higgins were brought in to help score some goals, they combined totalled 11 goals and 86 games.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis put chances of GM Darryl Sutter getting fired at 50%, chances of coach Brent Sutter getting fired at 25%, the chances of Iginla getting traded at 20%.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Contract talks involving any of the Detroit Red Wings free agents will have to wait until after the season, as they don’t hold talks during the playoffs. If Nicklas Lidstrom retires or not will be the big decision coming out of Detroit. If Jiri Hudler returns from Russia to join the Wings will also have an effect on what they will do. The Wings currently have 13 players signed for next year at $40.8 million. Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi are both most likely to be re-signed. RFA’s Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller will most likely all be resigned.
  • The Fourth Period: Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne are unsure if they are going to return next season, or retire. The Ducks would welcome both back. The fates of Saku Koivu and Aaron Ward returning to the Ducks next season is uncertain.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Dennis Seidenberg, picked up at the trade deadline, will be out for 8 weeks after he had surgery earlier this week repairing the “flexor carpi radialis tendon in his left forearm.” Seidenberg joins Mark Stuart, Andrew Ference and Marc Savard as injured Bruins.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Filip Kuba underwent surgery on a herniated disc on Tuesday and will be out for a minimum of 4 weeks. So at the earliest he’ll be back in the second round, but most likely it would be longer. Kuba has already been out for the last month.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The 42-year old Mark Recchi hopes to be back with the Bruins next season. Recchi has played in every game so far this season, recording 17 goals and adding 25 assists. Recchi is third in goals and points for the offensively challenged Bruins.

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