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Posts Tagged Martin Havlat
Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami
As the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.
San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?
- Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Jordan Eberle knows his name is in the rumor mill.
“It’s part of the game,” Eberle said. “There are certain things that you read or you see on TSN or Twitter. It’s such a social-media world now, that some guy in his basement starts a rumour and everyone is talking about it.
“You have to deal with that stuff. I’d love to be an Edmonton Oiler forever and try to turn this thing around. But all I can focus on is trying to focus on my next game and our next win.”
The Flyers had inquired about Eberle earlier this year. GM Craig MacTavish and owner Daryl Katz have said they are not interested in trading any of their young core for a short-term fix.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Bob McKenzie has stated that there could be some massive changes this offseason for the Oilers, with possibly some big moves at the trade deadline. The Oilers will move Ales Hemsky if they can get something for him. McKenzie added the Oilers have been exploring their options for Sam Gagner. Ryan Smyth could become a rental. McKenzie thinks the Oilers could look at moving their 1st round pick, maybe Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, but that would likely have to happen after the season.
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Cam Ward is getting close to returning to the lineup, and the play of pending UFA Anton Khudobin is presenting the Hurricanes with some options. Khudobin is two years younger than Ward and would be a lot cheaper than Ward’s $6.3 million salary cap hit that runs through 2015-16. Ward has been inconsistent and has been battling injuries. They don’t have to decide now, but will be thinking on it as they get closer to free agency on July 1st. The Canes can’t afford to re-sign Khudobin and keep Ward.
- Mike Halford: If the Sharks were to buyout Martin Havlat, they would have $16 million to send on free agents this offseason. Dan Boyle will get his contract and Jason Demers will get a raise, but it still leave them with some nice spending money.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Eyes now turn to Sharks pending UFA Dan Boyle after Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau signed their deals yesterday. Boyle:
“As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”
GM Doug Wilson on Boyle:
“There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.
The 37-year old Boyle is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal.
- Dirk Hoag: Predators fans may be surprised at the contract David Legwand will get this summer. There will be lots of teams looking for centers and not many centers available.
- Dave Stubbs: If there comes a time when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes that there is a coaching issue, it is up to him to change it. What the fans may think with regards to this is not relevant to the decision making process. If/when owner Geoff Molson thinks that Bergevin is not able to lead the Canadiens, he’ll be gone.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalache-Panthers game: Blackhawks (4 people including GM Stan Bowman), Senators (3), Blue Jackets (2), Penguins (2), Rangers, Jets and Kings. There were NHL meetings the other in Florida, so that could could explain Blackhawks having four people at the game.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers Steve Downie donated over $1,200 of Hartnelldown books to the Children’s Hospital yesterday.
- Adrian Dater: Sharks Martin Havlat was a healthy scratch last night.
- Igor Eronko: Zach Hamill signed a one year deal with Barys of the KHL.
- Dallas Eakins: “Clarity. Today my passion for our Jersey was clearly on display. Our Jersey is sacred and the passion for it will never calm.”
— Oilogosphere.com (@MyOilogosphere) December 24, 2013
- Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.
“If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”
The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.
- Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
- Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
- Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
- Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.
“Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”
A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
- Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
- Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
- Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
- Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
- Dennis Bernstein: Maple Leafs need help up front, but nothing is close.
- Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.
Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.
The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.
It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.
The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.
The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.
The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.
Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.
The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
- Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
- Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
- Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’
“I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.
He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’
He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.
And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’
Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”
“So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!
No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.
After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’
I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.
They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’
I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.
You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”
Morning Rumors: Oilers, Panthers, Canucks, Flyers, Rangers, Leafs, Preds, Wings, Sens, Sharks and Canes
- Elliotte Friedman: If the Oilers were to trade their 2014 1st round pick, they’d want a big center or a game-changing defenseman.
It’s thought that the Oilers had interest in Nikita Nikitin. Blue Jackets looking for speed, but it doesn’t look like talks went very far.
Talk is that the Panthers are not interested in trading defenseman Brian Campbell.
Contract extension talks between the Panthers and Marcel Goc will start soon.
The Canucks may have interest in Panthers Shawn Matthias. Friedman thought the Flyers might, but was told that was “bad info.”
- TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: two names on the trade market lately are Brayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto. The Flyers may look to move Luke Schenn as well. Five or six teams have talked to the Rangers about Del Zotto.
LeBrun: The Senators are looking for a puck moving defenseman and LeBrun thinks the Senators are one of the teams that called the Rangers about Del Zotto.
LeBrun: Pekka Rinne will have an MRI on his hip next week. If it’s not good news, trade talk may heat up.
- myNHLtraderumor: Kypreos said during the intermission last night that Brayden Schenn could be available and there is talk of the Oilers. He said he thinks the Maple Leafs have called, and that it would likely cost Jake Gardiner.
- Bob McKenzie: Red Wings are close to signing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a contract extension. McKenzie thinking it could be four or five years in the $4 million per year range.
- Chris Stevenson: On the Martin Havlat to Senators rumors … according to a scout it was Milan Michalek and his expiring contract going back to the Sharks.
- Allan Walsh: “Hearing several media reports today regarding trade talks involving Martin Havlat. Martin has a full No Move Clause and no one has ever suggested to himanything about a trade. He is happy in San Jose and solely focused on playing hockey.”
- Patrick Kearns: “Uh I don’t see Havlat with Rangers at all. Unless the Sharks are taking back Richards contract, no chance. Unless of course Rangers secretly plan on letting either Lundqvist, Girardi or Callahan walk to bring in a diminished, broken player. So yeah, move on from that one.”
- Chip Alexander: With Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin about a week away, GM Jim Rutherford said they are considering their options. Rutherford said their options are to carry three goalies, trade one or risk putting Justin Peters on waivers: ”All are on our radar screen.”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis told Clarkson that he didn’t care if he was a 20 goal scorer when he signed him” … ”There is always that GMthat is willing to give you more in term and money. The Oilers offered him 7 years & $4 million more total”
- Ken Campbell: Only four pro scouts at the Maple Leafs – Islanders game, “smallest contingent I’ve ever seen.”
- The Fourth Period: The Panthers continue to get calls on Dmitry Kulikov, who is in the final year of his deal. The Oilers, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Ducks are teams who are believed to have shown interest. The Panthers are also taking offers for Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for offensive help. He’s asked about a few players, but the cost is too high. They have inquired about Jets Evander Kane. Bergevin continues to talk with some of his free agents: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
- The Fourth Period: The Flames may be looking to make more trades, but they’ll be selling. The Calgary Sun said that trade candidates are: Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler. GM Jay Feaster is looking for young players and draft picks. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri and Stajan have limited no-trade clauses.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are still trying to find another top-6 forward. GM Bryan Murray has tried to fill the hole internally, and has also been looking outside the organization. A source said that they have talked to the Sharks about Martin Havlat. The Rangers have also talked to the Sharks about Havlat, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t want to give up on Havlat just yet. Havlat has a no-trade clause (which he may waive for Ottawa) and a $5 million salary cap hit.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jaroslav Halak got off to a hot start (9-2-1, 2.19 GAA and .913 SV%) but he’s had a rough three games. He now sits at 10-2-3 with a 2.48 GAA (23rd in the league) and .900 save percentage (34th). The Blues play Ryan Miller’s Sabres tonight. The Blues are thought to be one of the teams that could be interested in Miller, “but it appears that that ship has sailed.” The Blues would have issues with Miller’s $6.25 million salary cap hit and the Sabres are searching for a new GM. For now the Blues will ride it out with Halak and Brian Elliott, and have Jake Allen in the AHL if a replacement is needed.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the fact that the Oilers pick is in play certainly interests people but it’s not easy to acquire stud defenseman”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: “MacTavish has been talking, and talking a lot, but nothing appears to be imminent”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I don’t necessarily see the Islanders doing something to address their goaltending situation”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”for the most part the Leafs have stopped looking to upgrade via trade after the Holland move”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I still think there is a deal to be made between the Leafs & Carolina for Liles. Nonis is prepared to eat about $1 mill in salary”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”if Raymond continues to produce, it’s unlikely the Leafs would be able to re-sign him. Will he command $2 mill – $3 mill?”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I’m thinking the Leafs get Dion at 6-7 years at around $7 million. Maybe $7.2 on the upside”
- John Vogl: Quebec Remparts spokesperson said that the Sabres have not spoken with coach Philippe Boucher about the possibility of Mikhail Grigorenko returning to the QMJHL.
- Martin Biron: Translating RDS’s Stephane Leroux tweet that he talked to a source last week who said that Grigorenko would be heading back to the QMJHL.
- Sara Orlesky: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was at the Flames – Jets game last night.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The odds are slim that Ted Nolan will be behind the bench for the Sabres next season.
Shinzawa thinks the Maple Leafs will re-sign captain Dion Phaneuf. He’s 28-years old and is averaging 24.:23 minutes per game. Those types of defenseman are hard to find and are even harder to acquire.
Jonas Hiller will be a UFA at the end of the season and the Ducks may look to acquire some assets for him. The Islanders and Predators are potential landing spots for him. The Ducks are deep in net with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson in the pipeline.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks it’s doubtful that the Blue Jackets will look to re-sign Marian Gaborik for another four or five years at $6 million. They gave up Derrick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore to get him.
Marc-Eduoard Vlasic may have played himself ahead of Marc Staal and Dan Hamhuis on the Canadian Olympic team depth chart.
The Wild may be looking for a backup goalie with experience. Best bet is they bring back Jose Theodore.
The Sharks will likely buyout Martin Havlat after this season. They may have done it this summer, but he was injured and you can’t buyout injured players.
Still rumors out there that the Blues will make a play for Sabres Ryan Miller at the trade deadline.
- Igor Eronko: Countries to name a preliminary 15-man roster for the Olympics by the end of December. Full rosters are to be named closer to the start of the Sochi Olympics.
- Josh Rimer: The Oilers have recalled Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Adrian Dater: The Avalanche recall Tyson Barrie.
- Elliotte Friedman: The Stars claim Dustin Jeffrey off waivers from the Penguins.
- David Pollak: Sharks Martin Havlat had no comment on being a healthy scratch against the Oilers.
- Helene Elliott: Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said he’s on schedule to return from his ACL injury and is hoping to be ready for the opener. He added that he’ll play with a brace on his right knee.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers Mark Alt said he’s feeling “no symptoms” from his concussion.
- Sam Carchidi: When asked if the Flyers will make a trade soon: after the health of their blueline is known, may happen in about two weeks.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks winger Martin Havlat won’t be ready opening night according to GM Doug Wilson, but should return from pelvic reconstruction surgery at some point during the season. Havlat has a different opinion:
“If there were a game tomorrow, I’d want to be in it. And I would be playing. Feels great right now.”
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings Jarret Stoll suffered a seizure back on July 3rd and was skating a few weeks after.
“I wish I have a little bit of an explanation,” Stoll said Wednesday. “Nothing really. Even with the concussion in the playoffs, I thought maybe those were connected. But they weren’t. That’s the good news, I guess.”
“It took about three weeks to see doctors,” he said. “I went to Seattle to see doctors there. Got great care here. Everything looks normal, 100%. Just for peace of mind, I guess. I feel good. I feel healthy.”
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Darren Helm didn’t skate yesterday as he has a pulled groin according to GM Ken Holland. Ansar Khan: Holland said that Helm will likely miss the first few days of training camp, they are being cautious.
- Joe McDonald: Bruins Patrice Bergeron’s ribs are still tender but he’ll be ready for camp. Matt Kalman: Bergeron had been skating for a few weeks and said: “So I feel pretty confident I’ll be good for the start of camp and then good for the season.”
- Curtis Zupke: There is no ETA on Ducks Francois Beauchemin’s knee. He is still a ways off from skating, but is with the team.
- Joshua Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne was taking shots yesterday and did not appear limited. Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Rinne was cleared by doctors last Thursday “to do a little bit more.”
“This last week was the first time I was taking shots, and on my knees, moving laterally and stuff like that,” Rinne said. “Obviously I need to get more repeats, a lot more ice time, but I’m feeling good, and that’s the main thing.”
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that backup goalie Scott Clemmensen had arthroscopic knee surgery last week, but could be ready for the start of the season. They’ll be looking for a veteran free-agent, but there is no indication that they are interested in bringing back Jose Theodore.
“There will be a lot of transactions during this training camp,” Tallon said between periods of the Panthers-Lightning rookie game Sunday afternoon at Savelogy.com Iceplex. “We’re looking at every possibility, the waiver wire, trades, free agents, whatever we can do to improve.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Martin Havlat started skating after off-season groin surgery. He’s likely not progressed enough to handle the rigors of training camp. There is not a timetable for his return.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Milan Michalek said he’s 100%. He opted not for knee surgery in the off-season, going with blood serum therapy in Germany instead. He’s been skating for the last month.
“I’ve been able to work out and it’s been good up to now. I’m 100% and ready to go,” said Michalek.
- Bruce Arthur: Bruins Patrice Bergeron had a broken rib, torn cartilage and separated his shoulder during last night’s game.
- Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Michal Handzus was playing with a broken wrist and torn MCL.
- George Malik of Kukla’s Korner: Malik summarizes some injuries to the Blackhawks and Bruins. Jonathan Toews “got his bell rung.” Marian Hossa had a pinched nerve and couldn’t feel his right foot. Andrew Shaw continued to bleed all game after taking a puck in the face. Claude Julien would only say that Zdeno Chara was pretty banged up. Jaromir Jagr suffered an injury in Game 6. Nathan Horton was playing with a separated shoulder. Tyler Seguin suggested he had a hip injury.
- David Pollak: Sharks Martin Havlat had pelvic area surgery. There is no timetable for his return and the Sharks can’t use a compliance buyout on him.