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Afternoon Rumors III: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players

  • Brian Lawton: “Hearing that all talk surrounding Brodeur has ended. He will NOT be Traded…… Finishes yr with Devils.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “NSH C David Legwand in play. PIT, DET, ANA, PIT all possible destinations.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Blue Jackets also looking at defenseman… So are Kings, Penguins, Bruins, etc. etc.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Blue Jackets aren’t done… They’ve been in talks with Calgary on Cammalleri, but at least 4 other teams in that hunt.”
  • Gary Lawless: “Sounds like #nhljets trade talks with Sharks regarding Devin Setoguchi have cooled”
  • Renaud Lavoie: “My friend just told me I made a mistake on Kesler. Its not the Wild but the Ducks who are in Kesler’s derby.”
  • Ken Wiebe: “No surgery required for Scheifele, which is the good news, says Maurice. Chris Thorburn (upper-body) is day-to-day, not serious “
  • Bruce Garrioch: “Senators have had no discussions on Chris Stewart today. “
  • Renaud Lavoie: “Their is a possibility that the Sabres try to sign Jaroslav Halak if they can’t trade him. They need a goalie to rebuild.”

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NHL Rookie Watch: Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets

Mark ScheifeleMark Scheifele Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 3/15/1993
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 190
Position: C
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round, 8th overall in 2011 by Winnipeg.

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus@coreypronman

Year in Review: Scheifele was a top player in the OHL regular season and playoffs, and he was also also one of Canada’s top players at the World Juniors.

The Good: Scheifele has high-end hockey sense, and he is a top-of-the-line passer who NHL sources praise for his ability to make plays. His good set of hands ensures that his ability to maintain puck possession is very good, and he creates a lot of scoring chances. He also has an above-average to plus shot. Scheifele is a decent defensive center, and he shows the ability to fill in a variety of roles. He has a good on-ice work ethic, and he will not shy away from laying the body on opponents.

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Morning Hits: Poile, Cleary, Jones, Couturier, Flames, Oilers, Jets and Anselmi

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: The Flames approached Predators GM David Poile about the position that Brian Burke had just took with the team. The Flames were given permission to speak with the Poile, but he wished to remain with Nashville. Brendan Shanahan was also interviewed for the position but he turned it down as he wanted to stay in a larger city.
  • The Wheel Deal: Daniel Cleary skated at Joe Louis Arena with a bunch of Red Wings players yesterday. Ansar Khan: Cleary said that he won’t go to the Red Wings camp on a tryout, only on a signed contract, which is not likely not to happen. George Sipple: Cleary said he should make a decision by Sunday. He hopes to remain with the Red Wings but has offers from multiple teams. Ted Kulfan: Cleary said that three teams have given him legitimate offers.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators coach Barry Trotz had Seth Jones working on playing the left side this summer (normally played the right side) and envisions him playing with Shea Weber.

    “In your long-term vision you’d like to see that, both of them at some point playing together,” Trotz said. “You’re going to see that in the preseason, and some of the scrimmages. I’ll do that on purpose to let them rub shoulders a little bit.”

  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers center Sean Couturier has added some very obvious muscle this summer.
  • Bob McKenzie: A theme from the Oilers and Flames training camp will be wingers trying to play center. The Flames asked T.J. Galiardi to work on faceoffs this offseason. The Oilers did the same with Taylor Hall.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames will give long looks at  Sean Monahan, Max Reinhart, Markus Granlund and Corban Knight down the middle. There may only be room for one of them, maybe two.
  • Bob McKenzie: Jets Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba are two young players with the best chance to compete for a roster spot.

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Morning Hits: Kessel, Gill, Jagr, Scheifele and a Rising Salary Cap

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Indications are that Phil Kessel wants to stay in Toronto and that they want to keep him. An eight-year deal in the $70 million range could be in the offering. If this is the case, the Maple Leafs need to get it done by Christmas.
  • Mark Masters: Unrestricted free agent Hal Gill on why teams haven’t been calling: “There’s a lot of good, young players coming up & they want to see what they can do. To be honest with you, I have a lot to prove coming off a bad yr on a team that didn’t make the playoffs.”
  • Toronto Sun: Looking like this will be Jaromir Jagr’s last season in the NHL.

    “It looks like it will be my last season, so I can’t be too risky,” Jagr said.

  • Tyler Harper of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets prospect Mark Scheifele is gunning for a roster spot with the team.

    “My goal is to earn a spot on the Jets, and that’s what I’m going to go to camp and do, and do whatever it takes to get that spot,” he said Monday.

    He had 39 goals and 40 assists in 45 games with the Barrie Colts (OHL) last season. He added 41 points in the playoffs.

  • The Score: Elliotte Friedman said on The Fan’s “Prime Time Sports” that there are some people that expect the salary cap could go up to $80 million by the 2017-18 season, four years from now.

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Quick hits: Waivers, Bruins injuries, Baertschi, Nikitin and Scheifele

  • John Lu via twitter: Bruins injuries, out tonight are: Shawn Thornton (concussion), Brad Marchand (shoulder/back) and Dan Paille (eye).

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News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed

  • Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s ”pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.

    “It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.

    “I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”

    Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.

    “I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”

  • Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.

    “No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.

    “I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’

    The agent added,

    “It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.

    “He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’

    The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.

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Player notes involving: Del Zotto, Nash, Braun, Stuart, Koivu, Hecht, Smyth, Hartnell, Hamerlik, Murray and Scheifele

  • Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Saku Koivu has been skating with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. He owns a part of the team, along with his brother Mikko and Miikka Kiprusoff. Sources are saying that he won’t be suiting up for them right away, maybe not until after Christmas or possibly only if the NHL season is cancelled.
  • Ottawa Sun: Free agent forward Jochen Hecht signed a 2 year deal with Adler Mannheim of the German league. Hecht had spent the last  nine seasons playing for the Sabres.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Smyth hasn’t played during the lockout, but it’s possible that he joins Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The Canadians could also have forwards Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Brooks Laich, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Sam Gagner, Jamie Benn and Tyler Ennis. Along the blueline they could have Stephane Robidas, Jared Spurgeon and Andrew Ference. In net, Jonathan Bernier could be an option.
  • Ottawa Sun: Flyers Scott Hartnell doesn’t think any of Roman Hamrlik’s Capitals teammates will stick up for him on the ice after the comments Hamrlik has made during the lockout.

    “I don’t think anyone other than Roman Hamrlik in Washington — a guy who has made $50-to-$60 million from the (NHL Players’ Association) — has turned on us. You’re going to have guys like that,” Hartnell told the radio station. “I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him. To sell the whole PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be tough.”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray’s agent, Rick Valette, told the Columbus Dispatch that Murray’s surgery has been pushed back from yesterday to mid-January.

    “If waiting a month allows it to recover to 105 percent, that’s what we’re after. If he’s ready July 1 instead of June 1, no big deal.”

  • Terry Koshan via twitter: The Jets have said that Mark Scheifele will remain with the Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, regardless if a new CBA gets done.

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Morning notes on: Toews, Bolland, Brunette, Kassian, Sedin, Ballard, Jets, Blues ownership and Schneider starts

  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday.

    “There’s still signs of the concussion lingering and, when that’s completely gone, I’ll be comfortable playing,” said Toews.

    Dave Bolland is day-to-day with a n upper-body injury. Andrew Brunette (foot) is questionable for tonight.

  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Zach Kassian is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Byron Bitz has been recalled. Coach Vigneault when asked if Daniel Sedin has begun light skating,

    “He’s following the protocol. . .there’s nothing to report there. That’s where we are.”

    GM Mike Gillis has said he hopes Daniel is ready for the playoffs. Keith Ballard travelled with the team but won’t play tonight. Kevin Bieksa has missed the last 4 games.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets need to find a #1 center either through a draft and develop or through free agency. Brian Little, Alex Burmistrov and Kyle Wellwood have been used in the top 6, but are not top-line centers. Top draft pick Mark Scheifele still needs to grow physically and learn to against men.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Minority owner of the Blues, Tom Stillman, is still working on finalizing a deal to buy the team. No closing date is set. One area that hasn’t been settled with the NHL yet is who guarantees/funds the losses.

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Jets send Scheifele down … Connolly closer, Reimer doubtful … Struggles in Montreal and Columbus … Doughty could return this week

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: With the addition of winger David Booth, the Canucks will likely shift Cody Hodgson back to his natural position and center the 3rd line. Chris Higgins will likely shift to right wing and play with Ryan Kesler and Booth.
  • Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly believes he’s much closer to making his Leafs debut. He’s been cleared for contact. Connolly said:

    “I had a few contact drills and some one-on-one stuff in the corners with some of our bigger defencemen.

    “I’ll probably have to do a few more contact days and kind of work into it and after that I should be ready to go. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow and do a little bit more and get bumped a little bit harder. Today was a step in the right direction for me.”

    He probably won’t get into any games during this 4 game road trip. Tyler Bozak is being bothered by a bone bruise after blocking a shot on Thursday.

  • Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: It’s looking like Jonas Gustavsson will be starting for the Maple Leafs tonight against the Flyers. Coach Ron Wilson said that James Reimer is day-to-day but could be ready for Thursday’s game against the Rangers. Ben Scrivens will probably be called up to be the backup. Michael Traikos via twitter: Reimer is doubtful for tonight, will be re-evaluate today.
  • David Alter via twitter: Lines at Maple Leafs practice yesterday: Lupul-Lombardi-Kessel;MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin;Kadri-Steckel-Frattin;Dupuis-Brown-Rosehill;Connolly-Orr-Bozak.
  • Jack Todd in the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens only have 4 points after 7 games. If they continue to struggle Todd can see them firing coach Jacques Martin. GM Pierre Gauthier may fire Martin to save his own job.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are off to a 0-7-1 start and there are questions surrounding the team. “How many more can this team lose? How much longer can coach Scott Arniel keep his job? For that matter, what about GM Scott Howson? Is a trade shake-up coming?” James Wisniewski will return from suspension on Tuesday. Jeff Carter could play this week.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Kyle Turris was never apart of the Canadiens-Coyotes trade talks before they made the small trade over the weekend.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Jakob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight in Montreal. Jose Theodore left Saturday’s game with a lower body injury.

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Brodeur out 7-10 days … Flames may be better off keeping Bourque … Seguin to 1st line … Flyers made need to make move … Kadri demoted, then recalled … Starting goalies

  • Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Jay Feaster declines to comment on trade rumors involving his team. In the past he has said that anyone not named Iginla, Kiprusoff, Giordano and maybe Glencross are fair game. Rene Bourque’s name has come up recently. He carries a $3.33 million cap hit for this year and the next 4 years, and has a modified no-trade clause. They may be better off to keep him unless they can get a something that would help the team now and in the future. Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Olli Jokinen have also been in the rumors, but Jokinen has been one of their more consistent forwards so far.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Tyler Seguin found himself on the top line at yesterday’s Bruins practice: Milan Lucic-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton, Jordan Caron-David Krejci/Rich Peverley-Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Jets rookie Mark Scheifele scored his first NHL goal last night against the Maple Leafs, but the decision on whether to send him to back to junior or keep him up for the year is fast approaching. Next Thursday will likely mark his 9th game, if he plays 10, he can’t go back. There are indications that the Jets don’t want to rush him along, so he may end up back with Barrie.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: After recalling Brayden Schenn yesterday, the Flyers are extremely close to the salary cap ceiling. At some point they are going to have to shed some major salary if they want to have some flexibility at the trade deadline.
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Wojtek Wolski is in the final year of his deal, he carries $3.8 million cap hit, and appears to “becoming an unmistakable object of derision by coach John Tortorella.” Wolski has been out for 3 games with a groin issue. When Tortorella was asked if Wolski would be in against the Flames, Torts responded: “We can’t get him out of the tub.” When asked if it was part of treatment for the groin, he responded: “I guess.” Marty Biron might get the start tonight.

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Twitter notes involving the Devils, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Panthers, Jets and Hurricanes

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Reportedly on waivers for the NJ Devils: Corrente, Harrold, Leach, Sestito, Fraser, Zharkov, Veilleux.
  • Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks assign Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Pirri, and Dylan Olsen to Rockford of the AHL.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs assign Keith Aulie and Mike Zigomanis to the Marlies of the AHL. Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb and Matt Lashoff were put on waivers.
  • Terry Koshan via twitter: Leafs forward Tim Connolly skated by himself this morning but is not ready for team practices yet.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Jets forward Mark Scheifele signs an entry level deal. He gets a $925,000 salary and signing bonus and $700,000 average in bonuses. Carries a $1.625 million cap hit.
  • Harveyt Fialkov via twitter: Panthers likely won’t name a captain until a day before the season. Leading candidates are Stephen Weiss, Ed Jovanovski and Brian Campbell.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen has been moved to center to help improve faceoff percentage according to coach Paul Maurice.

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Leafs still after top forward … Touch icing breaks another leg (with video) … Scheifele making case, but no contract yet … Wings promised move to East

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Brendan Shanahan said he’s not pushing to have fighting removed from hockey. The Leafs will put Nazem Kadri on the IR, which allows them to keep an extra player around for the time being. They will keep 8 defenseman, Matt Lashoff will likely go down, Keith Aulie and Jake Gardiner will be closely monitored. The Leafs are interested in adding another top forward. They are looking for a someone with size and a track record of making an impact, and are willing to trade two younger guys. A deal may not happen until November after teams have more time to assess their talent.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Players on waivers yesterday: Daugavins, OTT; A Campbell,L.A; Desbiens, CGY; Kennedy, FLA; Maroon, ANA; Sloan, NSH; Festerling, WPG; Machacek, WPG.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils coach Peter DeBoer did not say it directly, but it sounds like defenseman Adam Larsson will make the team.
  • Helene Elliott via twitter: Drew Doughty’s salary breakdown: 2011-12 $6 million, 2012-13 $6.5 million, 2013-14 $6.7 million, 2014-15 $7.0 million, 2015-16 $7.1 million, 2016-17 $7.45 million, 2017-18 $7.6 million, 2018-19 $7.65 million. There is no no-trade clause.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackawks forward Dave Bolland is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, it not serious according to coach Quenneville.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris’ agent has spoken with Coyotes GM Don Maloney a couple times and continue to have positive discussions. Agent Kurt Overhardt wouldn’t comment on whether Turris wants to be traded.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Touch icing took it’s toll on Oilers rookie defenseman Taylor Fedun. Fedun was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right femur after being spilled by Wild’s Eric Nystrom. (video at the bottom of the post)
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: 2011 1st round pick Mark Scheifele is making a big statement in camp with 4 goals and 4 assists in 5 games. If he makes the team, Scheifele will still need to sign a contract.

    “It’s not in my hands anymore. I worked my hardest and I’m happy with my effort,” he said. “I don’t really understand the whole contract thing. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I trust my agent will do what’s best for me so hopefully something can get done.

    “I want to be here so bad. I hope I can stick around.”

  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets cut 4 players yesterday. David Koci was released from his tryout, Carl Klingberg was sent to the AHL, and Spencer Machacek and Brett Festerling were put on waivers.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Patrick Sharp still plans getting into the Blackhawks season opener on Oct. 7th. “I’m supposed to take it easy with the shooting and skating, but I feel fine out there,” said Sharp, who practiced for the first time Friday. “There are no limitations.” He won’t play in the teams final exhibition game on Sunday.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Aaron Volpatti and Victor Oreskovich have made the Canucks for the time being. An injury to Steve Pinizzotto may have handed the spot to Oreskovich. Volpatti beat out Mike Duco and Todd Fedoruk. Cody Hodgson will start the season centering Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm on the 2nd line. Manny Malhotra will center Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins on the 3rd line. Defensive pairing will likely be Bieksa and Hamhuis, Salo and Edler, Ballard and Tanev.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: The NY Rangers will make some cuts today. Rosen is curious to see if both Tim Erixon and Michael Del Zotto make it. Rosen would be surpised if Weise, Bourque, Hagelin, Newbury and Mitchell weren’t cut.

Detroit News: Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch was interviewed. Ilitch was asked if the Wings will move out of the Western Conference:

The commissioner (Gary Bettman) promised me I was next. We even had a meeting over lunch this past season, and he had all his people here, and he goes, ‘Yeah, I promised Mike he’d be the next one to go in the Eastern Conference.’ So I expect to be in next year. Jimmy D (Devellano) is on the phone every other week reminding them.

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