Posts Tagged Martin St. Louis

Morning Rumors: Canucks, Islanders, Oilers, Sabres, Ducks, Leafs, Sens, Canadiens and Avs

  • Eliotte Friedman of CBC: On the Canucks rumors:

    “Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical.”

    “Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it.”

    “Canuck rumour III: That ownership is courting Trevor Linden. Verdict: God only knows.”

    The six teams that are believed to be in Ryan Kesler’s list: Ducks, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Penguins and Lightning. Only the Ducks and Penguins were really into trading for him at the draft.

    The Islanders will have to let the Sabres know by June first if they will be sending them their first round pick this year as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade.

    The Islanders had targeted Sebastien Colberg with their 34th pick in 2012 but the Canadiens took him at 33. Could be one of the reasons the Islanders took the Canadiens offer over the Wild and Maple Leafs offers.

    A former teammate on Steve Yzerman regarding the Martin St. Louis situation: ”I’ve seen him angry before… but never that angry.”

    Rumor that the Oilers were looking hard at Sabres Tyler Myers. Getting shot down. Name may have come up, but it was determined quickly that there was not a match.

    Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis “took a hatchet” to trade rumors involving the Panthers and Nikolai Kulemin.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is getting a contract extension.

    Quote from trade deadline: ”Want to make Bob Murray laugh? Ask him if John Gibson is available.”

    Teams called the Senators about defenseman Jared Cowen.

    “I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,” Murray said. “He’s lost his confidence. We’re going to send him home in the summer and start fresh next year with a new outlook. That’s all it is.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Thomas Vanek doesn’t want to talk about his pending UFA status.

    “My focus is on helping the Canadiens win,” Vanek said after joining the team in Phoenix. “That’s all I’m thinking about now.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs are confident they will be able to re-sign pending UFA Reto Berra to a multi-year deal.

    “We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.

    Avs J.S. Giguere could be leaning towards retirement.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way,” he said of retirement.”You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have upped their offer to Andrei Markov from one year up to two years, worth around the same as he’s making this season, $5.75 million. It is thought that Markov has been asking for a three or four year deal. Negotiations will continue, but the Canadiens may be holding firm on just two years.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Odd dynamic in Van. Talked to a scout yesterday who said the Canucks D group is a puck moving core & they’re playing a chip & chase”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Canucks told everyone that other than the twins everyone else was available? Why not trade the twins too?” … ”If you’re going to rebuild, why not sit down with the Sedins and blow it up completely?” … ”The twins have not been good since the day they signed their extension, Garrisson and Edler have been brutal. Burrows can’t score” … ”All these players are having career worst seasons. Is this just a coincidence? It goes back to talking about Tortorella”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”Our hands were tied going into the deadline because of cap space” … ”We could have done something but it had to be a perfect fit and we just couldn’t find it”

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Morning Hits II: Garrioch Deadline Roundup, Brodeur, Klesla and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are putting more value on draft picks than in the past.

    “Teams aren’t like they used to be. They want to get value for draft picks,” said a league executive after the deadline. “We found that teams put a much heavier emphasis on picks. They don’t want to just give them away anymore.

    “Teams have put a high value on them. That’s the case and that’s why teams want to pay for the first- round picks for them.”

    Both the Penguins and Blackhawks were working right to the deadline on a potential Ryan Kesler deal.

    The Senators and Maple Leafs were talking to the Islanders about Thomas Vanek.

    A couple of teams asked the Rangers about Derek Dorsett.

    The Flames would have traded Dennis Wideman, but no team wanted his contract.

    Teams were calling the Senators about Curtis Lazar.

    Talk is that Flames GM Brian Burke was demanding a first round pick for Mike Cammalleri right up to the deadline and wasn’t backing down from it.

    The Ducks were in on Thomas Vanek and moved Dustin Penner as they thought they had a good shot. They also may have thought the asking price for Cammalleri was too high.

    The Rangers and Ryan Callahan weren’t far apart when they made the Martin St. Louis trade. The Rangers wouldn’t include a no-trade clause and were in a foul mood. When talks started with Callahan, he reportedly asked for seven years and $56 million, $8 million a season.

    The Blues were willing to trade Derek Roy, but couldn’t find a fit.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Martin Brodeur said he wants to play next year, and he doesn’t have to be a No. 1 goalie.

    “No, just to play more and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Be in the playoffs,” Brodeur said Friday. “Those were some of the requirements I had, not just being outside looking in. I didn’t want to come back to a situation like this.”

  • Darren Dreger: Sabres Rostislav Klesla: ”With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family.”
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove:

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Morning Hits II: St. Louis, Flyers, Weber, Stastny, Spezza and Meszaros Trade

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik when he heard that Martin St. Louis wanted to be traded.

    “A little sadness and disappointment at the time,’’ Vinik said before Thursday night’s game against the Sabres.

    Vinik wanted him to stay.

    “We would’ve loved to have seen Marty finish his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning sweater on,’’ Vinik said. “I was very direct in telling him that my dream is that you finish your career here and you lead us to another Stanley Cup.

    “But I understand Marty’s reasons. It played out the way it did and we wish him well. He’s been a great player for this organization, is arguably the best player we’ve had in our history, and I hope things go great for him and his family in New York.’’

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said they got the defenseman they targeted in Andrew MacDonald and didn’t see the need to bring a high-scoring rental winger.Carchidi thinks they Flyers still need to go all-in this offseason for a No. 1 defenseman. If Kimmo Timonen retires and they don’t re-sign Steve Downie, they’ll have about $12 million in salary cap space.Shea Weber is due a $13 million bonus on July 1st. With the Predators at the bottom of the Central Division, GM David Poile may be ready to shake things up. He might hold a grudge against the Flyers due to the Weber’s offer sheet though.
  • Terry Frei of the Denver Post: Avs GM Joe Sakic received some offers for Paul Stastny at the deadline. Stastny hopes to re-sign.

    Sakic said he got inquiries “from a couple of different teams” about Stastny. “But nothing came out of it,” he added. “We are very happy that Paul’s still here. His agent wants to deal with it, they want to deal with it, in the summer.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he didn’t get a lot of action on Jason Spezza at the deadline. There was talk that the Ducks may have inquired about Spezza.

    “I had two teams call. They said they read the newspapers in their town and there was something in it. Beyond that, I didn’t get any calls,” said Murray

  • Anthony SanFilippo of Flyers Inside Out: The Flyers received a conditional 3rd round pick from the Bruins for defenseman Andrej Meszaros. If the Bruins make the Conference Finals and Meszaros players in two-thirds of their playoff games, the Flyers would get a 2nd round pick.

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Morning Hits and Injuries: Yzerman, Devils, Kuznetsov, Kassian, Gorges, Laich, Vatanen and Hanzal

  • Hockey Central: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman: ”We respect [St. Louis'] decision whether we agreed with it or not.”
  • Darren Dreger: If the Devils miss the playoffs, they will still remain in the NHL draft lottery. If they win the lottery, they would still pick 30th, but the second team moves up to the No. 1 slot. (helps with seeding the remaining rounds)
  • Darren Dreger: Some teams are accusing the NHL of doing the new Devils ownership a favor.
  • Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov has terminated his contract with Traktor of the KHL. Dmitry Chesnokov: Traktor confirms that Kuznetsov will fly to Washington tomorrow. Katie Carrera: The Capitals decline to comment on Kuznetsov, but getting closer to signing him.
  • Nick Kyproes: Canucks Zack Kassian has a phone hearing this morning for his boarding hit on Stars Brenden Dillon.
  • Arpon Basu: Canadiens announce that defenseman Josh Gorges returned to Montreal to have his hand injury evaluated.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Sami Vatanen could be out two weeks. Rickard Rakell has been recalled.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Dave Schlemko has a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll make the road trip.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett doesn’t see why Martin Hanzal wouldn’t make the trip.

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Trade Deadline Fallout II: Ligntning, Flames, Sabres, Pens, Caps, Jets, Hawks, Leafs, Devils and Flyers

  • Steve Zipay: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that there were several discussions with Martin St. Louis about the decision to trade him. Tells media to ask St. Louis “why the Rangers.”
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames GM Brian Burke said they agreed on terms of a deal that would have seen them take on a contract, but the other team couldn’t make it happen by the deadline.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I didn’t come into today expecting to trade draft picks.” Liked the forward prospects #Sabres got though. “Heavy, skilled forwards.”
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Ray Shero said they asked about Ryan Kesler, but there was not a deal to be made. Shero added that their goal was to increase their forward depth and they think they’ve done that.
  • Sky Kerstein: Capitals GM George McPhee on them getting Rostislav Klesla in the Martin Erat trade: ”it’s the only way Phoenix could do the deal”
  • Paul Friesen: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”I was close to paying some of those (high) prices (for a rental player).”
  • Ken Wiebe: Cheveldayoff said there was interest in some of their pending UFAs, but they weren’t in a sell-mode. Added that there were plenty of calls made on rental players, mostly forwards. He never talked about trading a first round pick.
  • Ed Tait: Cheveldayoff said there were no serious conversations about any of their core players.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: ”I always just kind of chuckle when I see all these reports. I guess that’s the world we live in today.”
  • Dave Feschuk: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said they are not ready for a rental player: ”When you can give up 1st-rd picks or top young players and not feel it, you’re ready.”
  • Dave Feschuk: Nonis said that he talked with other GMs whose ”teams with a chance to win the Cup” and they were complaining that the asking prices were too high.
  • Randy Miller:  Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur: ”it’s a shame that with no substance at different times and no facts that people say things.”
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that there were “no real discussions” on Ryan Kesler other than finding out what the Canucks wanted. No real offer was made.

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2014 NHL Trade Deadline Trade Tracker

A list of NHL trades that went down on the 2013-14 NHL trade deadline day, as well as the trades made the day before.

March 5th – Deadline Day
New York Rangers
RW James Livingston
Vancouver Canucks
2016 7th Round Pick
New York Rangers
LW Jonathan Marchessault
LW Dalton Smith
Vancouver Canucks
C Dana Tyrell
D Matt Taormina
New York Rangers
RW Lee Stempniak
Vancouver Canucks
3rd Round Pick
New York Rangers
F Andre Petersson
Vancouver Canucks
D Alex Grant
New York Rangers
G Jaroslav Halak
2015 3rd Round Pick
Vancouver Canucks
G Michal Neuvirth
D Rostislav Klesla
New York Rangers
LW Matt Moulson
C Cody McCormick
Vancouver Canucks
LW Torrey Mitchell
2014 2nd Round Pick (WPG)
2016 2nd Round Pick

New York Rangers
C David Legwand
Vancouver Canucks
F Patrick Eaves
3rd Round Pick
Calle Jarnkrok
New York Rangers
LW Thomas Vanek
Conditional 2014 5th Round Pick
Vancouver Canucks
Conditional 2014 2nd Round Pick
F Sebastien Colberg
(if Habs miss playoffs, no picks)
New York Rangers
G Reto Berra
Vancouver Canucks
2014 2nd Round Pick
New York Rangers
D Raphael Diaz
Vancouver Canucks
5th Round Pick
Boston Bruins
D Andrej Meszaros
Philadelphia Flyers
3rd Round Pick
Columbus Blue Jackets
D Nick Schultz
Edmonton Oilers
5th Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
G Tim Thomas
Carolina Hurricanes
G Dan Ellis
Carolina Hurricanes
F Tuomo Ruutu
Carolina Hurricanes
C Andrei Loktionov
Condiational 2017 3rd Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
C Marcel Goc
Carolina Hurricanes
2015 3rd Round Pick
2014 5th Round Pick

Carolina Hurricanes
F Marian Gaborik
Carolina Hurricanes
F Matt Frattin
2nd Round Pick (TOR)
Conditional 3rd Round Pick (EDM)

(Columbus retains some salary)
Carolina Hurricanes
D Brayden McNabb
F Jonathan Parker

2014 2nd Round Pick (LA)
2015 2nd Round Pick (LA)
Carolina Hurricanes
F Hudson Fasching
D Nicolas Deslauriers
Carolina Hurricanes
G Devan Dubnyk
Carolina Hurricanes
Future Considerations
Carolina Hurricanes
F Ales Hemsky
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 5th Round Pick
2015 3rd Round Pick

(EDM retains salary)
Carolina Hurricanes
RW Martin St. Louis
(If Callahan re-signs, Rangers
get a 2015 2nd Round Pick)
Carolina Hurricanes
RW Ryan Callahan
2015 1st Round Pick
2014 2nd Round Pick *
(* Turns to 2014 1st if the
Rangers make Conf. Final)
(2015 7th if Callahan re-signs)
March 4th
Carolina Hurricanes
D Rostislav Klesla
F Chris Brown
2015 4th Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
F Martin Erat
F John Mitchell
Carolina Hurricanes
D David Rundblad
D Mathieu Brisebois
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 2nd Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
G Roberto Luongo
F Steve Anthony
Carolina Hurricanes
G Jacob Markstrom
F Shawn Matthias
Carolina Hurricanes
D Andrew MacDonald
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 3rd Round Pick
2015 2nd Round Pick
C Matt Mangene
Carolina Hurricanes
G Viktor Fasth
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 5th Round Pick
2015 3rd Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
F Dustin Penner
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 4th Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 Conditional 4th Round Pick (WSH)

– could become a 3rd
Carolina Hurricanes
D Stephane Robidas
Carolina Hurricanes
Ilya Bryzgalov
Carolina Hurricanes
2014 4th Round Pick
Carolina Hurricanes
Jeff Costello
Carolina Hurricanes
Patrick Mullen

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NHL Trade: Tampa Bay Trades St. Louis To Rangers For Callahan And Draft Picks

The Tampa Bay Lighting have traded Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 1st round pick and a 2014 2nd round pick.

If the Rangers get to the Conference Final, the Lightning will receive the Rangers 2014 1st round pick instead of the 2nd round pick.

If the Lightning re-sign Callahan, the Rangers will get a 2015 2nd round and the Lightnings get the Rangers 2015 7th round pick.

What do you think of the trade?

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Morning Rumors IV: Rangers Put In Offer For St. Louis, Callahan Gap Closing, Rental Market High/Low

  • John Shannon: The Rangers have submitted an offer to the Lightning for Martin St. Louis.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Lightning’s asking price remains high. There is a possibility that he finishes the year in Tampa and they revisit at the draft.
  • Nick Cotsonika: “If I were the Rangers, I would make a serious offer for St. Louis. If I were the Lightning, I wouldn’t trade him unless it were huge.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: The gap is closing between Ryan Callahan and the Rangers. Rangers need to decide what they are going to do, sign or trade.
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said the price for rentals is too low. Coyotes GM Don Maloney says they are too high.

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Morning Rumors III: St. Louis, Kings, Brodeur, Vanek, Sharks, Jets, Sabres and Canadiens

  • Bob McKenzie: Talks between the Rangers and Lighting continue regarding Martin St. Louis. Not a guarantee that a deal gets made. Darren Dreger: Multiple draft picks could be included, including a first round pick. Rangers getting creative.
  • Billy Jaffe: Hearing that the Kings may have made an offer to the Blue Jackets. Marian Gaborik? Waiting for a decision.
  • Darren Dreger: Martin Brodeur has submitted a list of eight or nine teams to GM Lou Lamoriello that he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause for. Brodeur is obviously interest in moving and will now wait to see if Lamoriello is able to make a move.
  • Rich Chere: Brodeur said that he spoke with Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr about a potential trade, but hasn’t told teammates about what was discussed during his talk with Lamoriello.
  • Pat Leonard: Brodeur would not rule out a trade or even a contract extension.
  • Kevin Kurz: There have bee some reports of Tomas Vanek to the Sharks. These are totally bogus. Devin Setoguchi to the Sharks is also unlikely. Sounding like they are not going to do much, if anything at all.
  • David Pollak: There is nothing going on with the Sharks and Vanek. It looks like Adam Burish will be sticking around.
  • David Pollak: Dan Boyle’s agent said that Boyle is not in play and no list of teams was asked for.
  • Gary Lawless: If Jets Mark Scheifele’s injury is extensive, they should be sellers today. He’s too important and valuable to the team.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Hearing that the price has dropped for Matt Moulson. Kings Tyler Toffoli is not in the conversation for just Moulson. Toffoli could be in a deal if Christian Ehrhoff.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Canadiens Rene Bourque could now be an option for the Kings if they lose out on Moulson.
  • Ken Campbell: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they have “nothing going” on at the moment. (tweet posted 8:47 pm)

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Afternoon Rumors I: Sharks, Lightning, Rangers, Canucks, Penguins, Avalanche and Canadiens

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Dan Boyle on the rumor mill.

    “No, just because your name’s not out there, that doesn’t mean you’re not going, and vise versa — just because it is doesn’t mean you are going,” said defenseman Dan Boyle. “You just deal with it. It does effect everybody to a certain degree, but you try to not let it.”

    Boyle has a limited no-trade clause and would like to stay in San Jose. Boyle is still looking for a multi-year deal, with the Sharks preferring a one-year deal. GM Doug Wilson said he’s not moving young guys like Tomas Hertl or Micro Mueller.

    “Are we moving our first-round pick? No,” Wilson said. “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset and refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but unlikely.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: If the Lightning are considering sending to Martin St. Louis to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan, the Rangers are going to have to include more. Cristodero wonders what incentive that GM Steve Yzerman has to trade him right now though. Would St. Louis allow the Lightning to talk to more teams than just the Rangers?
  • Bob McKenzie: “I don’t believe for a moment this decision to start Lack is related to any imminent Luongo trade possibility. I also can’t imagine Luongo has any burning desire to remain in VAN any longer than he has to but we’ve been down that road before, eh?”
  • Jim Matheson: The Canucks may like Beau Bennett more in a Ryan Kesler deal than Brandon Sutter.
  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that he didn’t trade Alex Edler before his no-trade clause kicked in because he didn’t want future free agents not to trust the organization. Lalji does point out, “what does the Luongo situation do?”
  • Adrian Dater: Dater notes the Avalanche are not interested in Tyler Myers.
  • Dave Stubbs: Wouldn’t be surprised if Andrei Markov signs by Wednesday.

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Morning Rumors III: Luongo, Kesler, Edler, Brodeur and Hotstove Video

  • The Fourth Period: Sources are saying the Canucks have contacted teams regarding Roberto Luongo, though nothing is imminent. Another source, ”I wouldn’t be totally shocked.” Eddie Lack will be given the start at today’s Heritage Classic. Elliotte Friedman also reported that the Canucks were exploring the Luongo market. It is not known if Luongo was approached by the Canucks.

    “I don’t want to start going through this whole thing again,” Luongo said.

    “When I’m on the ice, I try to be the best that I can be. The rest is out of my control. I’m not going to start putting myself in a spot like that again.”

    The Red Wings, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets are interested in both Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. The Rangers and Penguins are interested in Kesler. The Canadiens and Lightning are interested in Edler.

  • David Pagnotta: “You can be sure Luongo’s fully aware of the situation (deja vu). As is his agent, Pat Brisson, who declined to comment on the matter. Brisson acknowledged to me that there is “lots going on,” but would not comment specifically on the situation or potential trade.”
  • Tom Gulitti: (yesterday) “Of waiving his no trade, Martin Brodeur said this afternoon. ““It definitely depends on where it would be” and “I’m not there yet.In other words, if Brodeur waives his no trade it’s going to be team specific/offer specific. He wouldnt waive it completey for all trades. Don’t know exactly what @KevinWeekes reported, but am certain Brodeur wouldn’t waive no-trade completely & give up control where he’d go. So, maybe it’s a case that he’s agreed to waive it to go to certain teams. I have no information on that either way. Or maybe it’s simply Brodeur told Lamoriello he’ll waive the no-trade clause if he gets an offer both of them like. But, to say simply he’s waived his no-trade clause, I don’t know what that means.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Portzline can’t really imagine the Blue Jackets trading Ryan Johansen to the Canucks for Ryan Kesler. Johansen has shown signs of being a No. 1.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The goal for the Canucks is to trade Ryan Kesler by next week, but it won’t be cheap. If they don’t get the right offer, he’ll remain with the team.
  • CBC Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Buffalo management situation, Sabres trade, Canucks and Kesler. Penguins most aggressive on Kesler. Blackhawks aren’t interested in Kesler. Kesler was saying in Sochi that he wanted to be moved. Canucks may be exploring the market for Roberto Luongo. Glen Healy thinks Martin St. Louis will stay in Tampa. Healy thinks the Sabres could be a landing spot for Callahan, drops Chris Stewart’s name. Brad Boyes looking like he’s re-signing in Florida

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Morning Rumors V: Callahan, St. Louis, Wild, Expansion and Vanek

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The gap between Ryan Callahan and the Rangers remains big. Callahan is still asking for seven years at more than $6.5 million per season. The Rangers are offering five years and $6 million per season. The Rangers may be willing to add another year to close the deal. If Callahan continues to insist on seven years, they could trade him. If the Rangers sweeten the pot, there is a Martin St. Louis deal that could be there.
  • Dan Rosen: Rosen thinks Ryan Callahan will get traded, and it will be a mistake if they do.
  • Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet: Brian Lawton said that Martin St. Louis asked to be traded to the Rangers in 2009.

    “I can tell you when I was in Tampa there was time in 2009 right before the trade deadline when (St. Louis) was waiting in my office for me,” Lawton said. “He told me he was not happy with the way things were going and would like to be traded to one team – the New York Rangers.”

    Back in 2009, Lawton thought there might have been some tampering going on.

    “I had my suspicions at the time that some of the people that were from Tampa Bay prior and then working for the Rangers were contacting (St. Louis) about the possibility of coming to play there,” said Lawton. “Our team was not doing well at that time. I immediately felt that was the issue. I made a couple of phone calls and had a couple of meetings with Marty about how important he is to the organization and eventually everything worked out rather quickly.”

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: There are rumors that the Sabres will try to send Jaroslav Halak to the Wild. The Wild have inquired about Cam Ward and Martin Brodeur. The Oilers have offered Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild. Panthers Tim Thomas is a pending UFA.
  • David Pagnotta: “With all the Seattle buzz lately, Quebec City chatter has been fairly quiet… But I can tell you this the NHL is in talks with Quebecor, who wants to bring a team back to QC, and is building their new arena, operational Sept 2015. A deal is far from done, but return of the Nordiques is going to happen. Just a matter of when. Quebecor’s goal is obviously 2015-16 season. NHL has zero plans to relocate any of its franchises… If/when Quebec City (and/or Seattle) gets a team, it’s by way of expansion.”
  • Chris Botta: The Islanders haven’t received a strong offer for Thomas Vanek yet. They eventually will get one, but it might have if played better.

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