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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Blues, Isles, Kings, Pens, Canucks, Preds, Leafs, Devils, Wild and Oilers

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Ryan Miller haven’t had any contract talks.

    “I still don’t know what to say. There’s been a change here even since there was a change here before,” he said, referring to the hiring of new GM Tim Murray. “So it’s like I’m waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven’t talked about anything with regard to contracts and we haven’t talked about anything with regard to trades. They’re doing their business.”

    On if Miller has said he wants out or if he’s willing to stay.

    “That’s not really something I want to discuss with you guys,” Miller said. “It’s a private conversation about a business transaction. Really, that’s what it comes down to. I’m waiting to see kind of what the plans are around here. that would kind of give a little more indication.”

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: Ryan Callahan could be looking for a seven-year contract in the $6.5 to $7 million range. That is too much money for the Rangers. 50/50 that he gets moved before the Olympic break. A Callahan to the Blues for a Chris Stewart package deal is still there. If Dan Girardi doesn’t get done soon, could mean he’s interested in testing the market.

    Bob McKenzie: Looking like Thomas Vanek wants to at least test the free agent market. Islanders GM Garth Snow will continue to try and sign him, but he’s at least talking to teams to see what he could get for him. The Kings and Penguins are looking for a scoring winger. The Penguins have cap issues.

    Bob McKenzie: The Canucks blueline is dealing with some injuries, so the Raphael Diaz acquisition may not mean another defenseman is on his way out, ie, trying to get Alex Elder to waive his no trade clause.

    Bob McKenzie: The Predators are trying to get a 1st or 2nd round pick for David Legwand.

  • TSN Insider Trading: LeBrun: It’s possible that the Islanders trade Vanek before the deadline and save themselves his salary. The Kings and Penguins are interested, but with being so close to the cap, it’s harder for them to take him on beforehand. The asking price is three assets, any combination of a first-round pick, a young player, and a prospect.

    Bob McKenzie: The Islanders have another asset in defenseman Andrew MacDonald. They could try to sign to a deal in the $4 to $5 million range, but they have lots of young defenseman in the pipeline.

    Bob McKenzie: A lot of teams are calling the Sabres about Steve Ott, maybe more so than Matt Moulson. Other Sabres who could be on the move are Ryan Miller, Henrik Tallinder, Drew Stafford and Cody McCormick.

    Darren Dreger: The Leafs have three options with Dave Bolland: re-sign him now, if they don’t like his salary wishes they can use him as their own rental, and lastly they could look to trade him.

  • Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers goalie Tim Thomas would consider re-signing with the Panthers if they want him back.

    “I’m certainly willing to entertain the idea. I haven’t talked to the club about that,” Thomas said Monday as the Panthers returned to work following three one-sided losses on the road.

    “I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success. That’s been a little bit difficult. Having said that, it’s a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year. I bought into this process, and what we’re trying to do is turn it around.”

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils are showing interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri according to Elliotte Friedman. The Flames are looking for prospects and/or draft picks. The Devils don’t have 1st round pick or a 4th round pick.
  • Sarah McLellan of the AZ Republic: Stars Ray Whitney is in the last year of his deal, and the Coyotes could be interested. Both the player and the team are familiar with each other. With also wanting to score 400 career goals, he could play another season.
  • Brian Compton: Arthur Staple saying that Thomas Vanek turned down a seven-year deal worth $50 million.
  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Thomas Vanek carries a big salary cap hit, so it might take some creativity for a team to add him. The Sabres retained $1.4 million of Vanek’s salary cap hit, bringing it down to $5.75 million for the Islanders. If the Islanders retained half of that, he would be about a $2.9 million hit for a new team. With about 80 percent of the season done by trade deadline day, he would only cost about $590,000. A reason the Islanders may want to do something like that as a team, like the Wild , may offer a little more like Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Justin Fontaine, Matt Dumba or Mario Lucia. There is talk that the Wild could get Vanek for nothing in the summer, but they are in the playoff race. Another reason of the Wild is not to let the Kings or Penguins get him. The Wild would then be able to offer an eight year deal if they acquired him by trade.
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher wonders if the Canucks could get into the running with Thomas Vanek. It would give the Sedin’s a sniper. Ryan Kesler could then center Zack Kassian and Alex Burrows or Chris Higgins. To get Vanek they would likely have to lose someone from their blueline and likely more. Would be a difficult move to make.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Bruins talked trade at last years draft, but a Vanek for Tyler Seguin deal fell through. The Bruins were looking for another NHL-ready player off the Sabres roster.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs Nikolai Kulemin’s name keeps coming up in trade talk as they look to clear cap space for Dave Bolland’s return. The Oilers and maybe the Panthers could be a good fit. The Leafs would be looking for picks and prospects.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Steven Stamkos’ return on Saturday is still not set in stone, still may not happen until after the Olympics.
  • Mark Spector: Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Kings and Oilers could be talking Sam Gagner. If Spector were the with the Oilers, he’d want Dwight King.
  • Dan Tencer: The Kings need scoring help and Tencer thinks the Oilers would be nice trading partners.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will need to work on their blueline this summer. Options if they don’t sign before hand could be Andrew MacDonald, Dan Girardi and Brooks Orpik. They currently don’t have a true No.2 to play with Doughty. Jake Muzzin will be a solid 2nd pairing in time, but he is still developing.
  • Jason Gregor: There are only five times that are more than four points out of the playoffs (before last night’s games):  Islanders, Panthers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres. Should be a sellers market.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: No update on Penguins Kris Letang’s illness and will not travel with the team to Buffalo.
  • Mike Heika: Scouting the Coyotes – Stars: Blue Jackets, Leafs, Ducks, Canucks, Lightning, Flyers, Rangers.

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Morning Hits: Wilson, Dumba, Eriksson, Brodeur and Elliott

  • Mike Chambers: The Avalanche send defenseman Ryan Wilson to the AHL on a 14-day conditioning stint.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild haven’t officially sent Matt Dumba back to Portland of the WHL just yet, but it’s sounding like it’s close. He hasn’t been assigned as the Wild want him to see their doctors regarding his injury/virus (weight loss).
  • Elliott Pap: The Canucks recall goaltender Joacim Eriksson.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against the Flyers.
  • Andy Strickland: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues. Jaroslav Halak is feeling better and will be their backup.

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Morning Rumors: Steen, Miller, Gleason, Del Zotto, Dumba and Alfredsson

  • The Fouth Period: The Blues will have to wait until the season is over to negotiate with pending UFA Alexander Steen.

    “Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that,” Steen’s agent, Jeff Kowall, told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.

    If Steen keeps up this pace, the could be looking for a deal of at least $5 million per season. David Backes is the highest paid Blues forward with a cap hit of $4.5 million.

  • B.D. Gallof: “As for Miller rumor which is 2 league execs (not GMs, mind you) say Garth working phones on goalies, Garrioch puts forth Miller scenario. It ignores a few items #isles people should know – Garth always talks to other GMs and inquires on costs. Don’t see it as anything
  • Darren Dreger: It is sounding like a trade could go down when Hurricanes Tim Gleason returns to the lineup. He would have to OK the move.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Hearing that Rangers Michael Del Zotto won’t be traded soon and that it could take longer than expected.
  • Bob McKenzie: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba could be the most probable NHL player to be loaned to the Canadian Junior team. Even if there are no NHLers named to Canada’s camp today, they could be added later.
  • Damien Cox: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk chose to be a Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa.

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Morning Hits: Meszaros, Wild, Domi, Lindholm and Rielly

  • John Boruk: If Hal Gill makes the Flyers, it may open the door for an Andrej Meszaros trade once he is cleared to play.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild coach Mike Yoe: Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund will battle for the second line center spot. Matt Dumba will have a shot to make the team. Yoe said not to be surprised if you see Dany Heatley on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise at some point this season.
  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes 2013 first round pick Max Domi isn’t worried about making the team. He could get into some regular season games but could be returned junior before he plays 10 games.

    “We don’t see the first five, seven, nine games as trial games, throw-away games,” Maloney said.

  • Mike Morreale: If Hurricanes Elias Lindholm is healthy enough, coach Kirk Muller will try him at center and right wing.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly on where he fits in the depth chart: “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know what @capgeek is.”

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Roster notes: Benn waiting for visa, Arnott fails physical, Dumba and Laughton returned, Ducks recall two

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The application for Jamie Benn’s work visa wasn’t submitted until Friday, and since they don’t work on the weekends, it hasn’t been granted yet. Benn can’t be on the Stars roster until it’s granted. If the visa isn’t granted by 5 pm EST today, he won’t be able to play tonight. If Benn is able to play, he may find himself on a line with Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr. Center Derek Roy is questionable with a groin issue. Jagr is expected to be back in the lineup after missing a game with a sore back. Backup goalie Cristopher Nistorp is on the IR with a groin injury.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it was in the “best interest” of Scott Laughton to return him to junior.
  • Jesse Spector via twitter: The Ducks have called up forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the AHL. Peter Holland and Jordan Hendry were sent to down.

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

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

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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 ESPNNewYork.com. “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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