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Free Agent Hits: Raymond, Franson, Morrow, Gagne, Redden, Knuble and Beleskey

  • Michael Augello: SportsNet Doug MacLean said that the Maple Leafs already have a deal in place with Mason Raymond for $925,000 if he makes the team. Darren Dreger: Mason’s agent, J.P. Barry said that there are talks with the Leafs, but no agreement is in place. Raymond is the Leafs ‘property’ under the PTO until the end of September. After that, he can sign with anyone, possibly at well over $1 million. Raymond is a good fit with the Leafs, and they want him, but their cap situation complicates things.
  • James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle on Cody Franson:  “He doesn’t even become part of your thought process. It’s a cruel thing to say but you move on without people.”
  • Chris Johnston: Franson on contract stalemate: ”I honestly didn’t think it would come to this.”
  • Josh Rimer: UFA Brenden Morrow:  “I haven’t signed anything yet, considering an offer & some action is happening now. Shouldn’t be too long though.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: Players still unsigned: Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden, and PTO’s Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White (released yesterday).Brenden Morrow may be getting close on a deal. He visited a team on Thursday.

    “Things are starting to happen now,” he said on the line from Dallas. “I’ve got some things starting to evolve a little bit.”

    “I’m thinking about another team visit as well,” Morrow said while not divulging names. “I’ve actually got a few offers that I’m mulling over at the moment. It’s a tough marketplace, they’re not the biggest offers or what I had been hoping for, but at this point I just want to get playing again. So I’m mulling over these offers.”

    Simon Gagne is still hoping for a shot and is working out in Quebec City.

    “This is new for sure, I’ve never gone through this before,” Gagne said from Quebec City. “It feels almost like a lockout in a way. I’m lucky that I’m able to work out every day with the Quebec Remparts, that’s been good.”

    Wade Redden didn’t feel that a PTO was for him.

    “I felt good there for sure. Boston was great,” Redden said on the line from Kelowna, British Columbia, where he’s working out and living with his wife and kids.

    “My plan is still to play,” said Redden. “I’m just waiting. Hopefully something will happen where a team has a need and I know I’ll be ready to go. It’s hard to predict, really, what’s going to happen.”

    “I didn’t think it was my best option. I just thought I’d stay here and skate every day, be ready for when a team calls,” said Redden. “I think teams know how I can play.”

    Mike Knuble may be ready to move on.

    “At the beginning of the summer I was probably 50-50 in terms of playing, but I’ve seen what’s gone on and I’m pretty much in the process of moving on,” Knuble said. “There’s some pretty good players without jobs. I had a lot of fun last year with the Flyers and that might be the last kick at the can. That’s not 100 percent, I’m not announcing my retirement yet, but it’s how it looks right now. It would really have to be the right situation. I’m not sitting beside the phone, let’s put it that way.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Matt Beleskey signed a two-year, $2.7 contract extension.

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Don’t change P.K. … No Progress on O’Reilly … Knuble signs with Flyers … Benn re-signs with Stars

  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: From Hal Gill: “The problem with P.K. is that everyone wanted to fix him. P.K. is P.K. You don’t fix him…”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly is leaving the KHL, but he’s not any closer to a deal with the Avalanche, no progress there.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jamie Benn has signed a 5 year, $26.25 million deal with the Stars, $5.25 million per season. Mark Stepneski via twitter: Benn is on his way to Dallas. He has to wait for immigration issues to be resolved, so he won’t be in the lineup on Saturday. He is expected to play on Monday against the Blue Jackets. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Salary breakdown: $4.5 million, $5 million, $5.25 million, $5.75 million and $5.75 million.

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Flames to talk to Iginla … O’Reilly waiting in Russia … Might be the end for some … Hecht signs with Sabres

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is in the last year of his 5 year, $35 million deal, and GM Jay Feaster won’t waste any time addressing the situation.

    “We determined internally the first day of camp we’re going to address that right off the hop and ask Jarome to do the same,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster.
    “We want to make sure everybody (in the media) is there, address it all at that time, and then neither party will talk about it again. Will that stop questions in Detroit and Colorado about it? No, but in saying that, it gives Jarome the ability to say he’s sorry but he already addressed it and won’t talk about it.”
    “Jarome has a contract. Donnie and I will sit down and proceed to see if we can get something done. In the meantime, we have a season to get ready for.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: RFA Ryan O’Reilly will remain with Magnitigorsk of the KHL until he receives an offer from the Avalanche.
  • Mike Chambers via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly’s agent Mark Guy: “All that I can say at this time is that we are having ongoing discussions.”
  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Eric Fehr is on his way to Winnipeg, but not to join the jets. He’s still looking for a job, and if he can’t find one in the NHL, he’ll head back to Finland.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: There are more than 50 players that are unsigned, and most may not play again, including Andrew Brunette and Brian Rolston. Other players whose careers may be over: Jason Blake, Mike Knuble, Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Dwayne Roloson and Sean O’Donnell.

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Kane mulling 6 year offer … Doan to visit the Canadiens, Flyers offered $25 million? Eerily quiet for Knuble … Campoli a fit for Wings?

  • TSN: TVA Sports in Quebec is reporting that Shane Doan will be visiting the Canadiens next week. A source is saying that Doan has been in discussion with the Canadiens and wants to have a visit. He’s already visited the Rangers and Flyers.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Free agent Mike Knuble said it’s been eerily quiet. “I guess this is how I thought it might go, but it is pretty calm.” Knuble has moved back to Michigan and would like to finish his career where it started, with the Red Wings.
  • Brian Hedger via twitter: Assuming the Red Wings can’t make a major deal for a top pair defenseman, signing a guy like Chris Campoli might be a good fit.

 

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Some intriguing UFA names left … Flyers notes … Maple Leafs top priorities … Subban – Canadiens talks ongoing

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: There are really only 3 places for Canucks to trade Roberto Luongo to: the Blackahwks, Panthers and Maple Leafs no matter how long it drags out. Simmons wonders if someone will sign the 38 year old Jason Blake. Some intriguing names still out there: Peter Mueller, Wojtek Wolski, Cal O’Reilly, Chris Campoli and Alex Semin.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers tried and failed to sign Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Matt Carle, and Jaromir Jagr. They did sign Ruslan Fedotenko and 3rd pairing Bruno Gervais. They might still add a veteran piece or two. They are interested in Shane Doan if he becomes available. Mike Knuble could be a possibility. Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan won’t be coming to the Flyers unless the Blue Jackets and Ducks lower their demands.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s top 3 priorities: “(a) getting bigger (b) adding a veteran goaltender and (c) adding another top two centre.” Not easy holes to fill even with $12 million in cap space. This Leafs team needs more top end talent, and to keep the puck out of their net. Mirtle thinks their top 3 priorities should be: “1. A top four (and preferably top two) defenceman. 2. Another NHL calibre goaltender. 3. A top six forward (preferably a centre) who has the ability to play against other team’s top lines.”

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Rumors and Notes: Jets, Wild, Flyers, Parise, Suter, Prust, Luongo, Jagr, Semin, Hemsky, Brodeur and Knuble

  • Craig Custance via twitter: Custance has been told that even with the re-signing of Scott Clemmensen, it doesn’t rule them out of doing a Roberto Luongo trade.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Several teams interested in Alexander Semin. May circle back in a day after seeing where the market goes.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: If the Devils lose Martin Brodeur because they don’t have the money, it’s unlikely they’d be in on Roberto Luongo. Jonathan Bernier could be an option. Brodeur may be an ideal fit in Chicago. Predators GM David Poile on Ryan Suter:

    “Both parties have stated their case and fondness of each other,” Poile told the Tennessean. “Starting (Sunday) in the next couple of days, there’s going to be a marriage or a separation.

    “Ryan has told me (a lot of) times it’s not about the money, and I feel he’s going to be compensated very well with us or anywhere else. I don’t think we’re going to be losing out on Ryan Suter’s decision based on money. That’s what he has told me and I firmly believed (that) by what I would be prepared to put forth in an offer.”

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Morning Free Agent notes: Capitals send out qualifying offers … No buyouts for Sens, not too active on July 1 …”Cutdown” candidates

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals GM George McPhee confirmed that Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern won’t be back next season, but wouldn’t say the same for pending UFAs Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman. If all 4 are not back, that would have made up over $10.6 million in salary last year. The Capitals sent out qualifying offers for Mike Green, John Carlson, Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray on Erik Karlsson negotiations: “We have time. We will get it done – it’s just a matter of getting the right number.” Murray added they don’t plan on buying any players out and that they don’t expect to be too active on July 1st.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland thinks other candidates for “cutdown” arbitration are Nikolai Kulemin, Wojtek Wolski, Peter Mueller and Guilluame Latendresse.

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Afternoon notes: Devils, Tambellini, Luongo, Panthers, Flames, Parise, Knuble and Red Wings

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder will be back in the Devils lineup tonight. Josefson and Harrold are out.
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: With Tomas Vokoun signing with the Penguins, and Tim Thomas taking a year off, the value from trading Roberto Luongo may have increased. The Maple Leafs had some interest in Vokoun and may now look more seriously at Luongo. The Canucks may have to take some salary back. There has been talk of Columbus being interested, but it’s not likely that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go there.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Some with SportsNet believe that Eric Veilleux is still in the mix for a Flames coaching position. He and Hartley are still close.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Zach Parise on Adam Oates getting a head coaching position: “I think he’d do great, but, hopefully, that’s not the case. Hopefully, he sticks around here.” … Sure doesn’t sound like someone planning to play for another organization next season.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings have been evaluating their roster, free agents and possible trade targets:

    “A lot can happen before June 30 (the day before free agency begins on July 1),” Holland said. “We’ve had discussions on a lot of players who could be available.”

    The Wings may be looking for a backup goalie as there have been some health concerns for Joey MacDonald (partially herniated disc). Patrick Eaves should be recovered from his concussion by training camp. GM Ken Holland will meet with Brad Stuart’s agent at the draft.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings could be aggressive this offseason, but beyond Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, there is a dropoff. Teams like the Sharks, Canucks, Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks and Predators could also be looking to make changes, making it a crowded market. Rick Nash wants out but he would cost 4 or 5 assets. The Wings brain trust will meet again shortly.

    “It was a good start,” Holland said. “We talked about a lot of players, including our own in Grand Rapids, and where some of those guys fit in. We talked about some players that we’ve heard might be available, through the rumor mill, and we looked at teams that might have cap issues.”

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Dubinsky could return … Parise a fit for Wings and Rangers … Flyers could move Bob … Could Caps move Green if lose Semin?

  • Andrew Gross of the Record: Rangers Brandon Dubinsky skated again yesterday and could be available for Game 5. Mats Zuccarello could be available tonight as well.
  • Ted Kulfan via twitter: Kulfan points out for those who think Zach Parise is a lock for the Red Wings … The Rangers are an ideal fit, and he wouldn’t have to move. Alex Semin played well with Pavel Datsyuk and could be option B, but Kulfan isn’t sold on Semin under Babcock.
  • Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal: Through a spokesman, Rangers GM Glen Sather declined to comment on whether they will chase Zach Parise if he hits the open market on July 1st. There have been no formal talks between Parise’s side and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. Parise has said he solely wants to focus on hockey. The Rangers would be $16 million under the cap based on a $64.3 million cap number.
  • John Boruk of CSN Philly: Boruk would be surprised is Sergei Bobrovsky is back in a Flyers uniform next season. His play after the all-star break has decreased his trade value. The Flyers need to find a reliable veteran backup for next season. Possible candidates are: Tomas Vokoun, Johan Hedberg, Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Chris Mason.
  • The Fourth Period: If the Capitals chose not to re-sign Alexanders Semin, and they can’t replace his skill through free agency, they could look at the trade market. If they re-signed Dennis Wideman, they could make RFA Mike Green available. It’s believed they won’t re-sign UFAs Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern.
  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: As of several days ago, Dennis Wideman hadn’t meet with agent to discuss “what is going to happen or what’s going on.” Wideman is coming off a 4 year, $15.75 million deal. He’ll likely be looking for $4 million plus, and it could be hard for the Capitals to go up to $5 million if that is what he wants.

    “Obviously, I like it here. I’ve had a lot of fun here in the last year,” Wideman said. “Obviously, I like where we’re going, the core group of guys is really, really good. So why not? I’d love to be back.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to meet with Tomas Holmstrom in the next couple weeks, and the Wings may have some tough decisions if he wants to come back. He’s played a lot of hockey and has knee issues. He still has a knack around the net, but he’s not the same as he use to be. The Wings have 11 forwards under contract for next season and want to upgrade their top 6.
  • Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater is hearing that the Stars will be busy during free agency, and he thinks they will go after Ryan Suter hard.

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Coaches up in the air … Hossa hopes to be ready for next year … Improving FAs … Thinking Price at $5.5 million

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks and Sharks future coaching situations are still up in the air. Alain Vigneault and Todd McLellan could be looking for new jobs this offseason. McLellan could interest the Canucks and Flames. Vigneault would get interest from the Canadiens. If the Canucks let Vigneault go, they could also look at Craig MacTavish and Scott Arniel. They could also wait it out and see what happens with the disgruntled Joel Quenneville in Chicago. Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: Vigneault left town before having a his ‘postseason court’ with the media and isn’t available to talk about his future. He has 1 year remaining on his contract.
  • Brian Hedger via twitter: Blackhawks Marian Hossa said that this is the “biggest concussion” he’s ever had. He’s feeling better and progressing. He also added that there is quite awhile until training camp and he’s confident that he’ll be ready to play by then.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Potential free agents who have been increase value during the playoffs: Dustin Penner (LA), Francis Bouillon (NASH), Alexander Semin (WAS), Bryce Salvador (NJ), Matt Carle (PHI) and Mike Knuble (WAS).
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Many people don’t think that Dale Hunter will be back in Washington. GM George McPhee said he would like him to stay. Once the Kings made the playoffs, coach Darryl Sutter told his team the worst was over and it’s time to relax and have fun. The average that some league executives think Carey Price will get on a new deal is $5.5 million per season. Some noted that Price has leverage which could drive up the price. Some GMs aren’t certain the Bruins will keep Tim Thomas, and there would be a market for him. The annual “Trade Marleau” watch is on.

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Leafs have firm offers … Not much cooking for Wings … Custance list of trades he’d like to see

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Maple Leafs have a couple firm offers on a number of players. They are getting interest in their 2nd line but nothing is imminent.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Wings are looking to add a decent-sized forward. GM Ken Holland has had some talks but wasn’t close t a deal as of yesterday afternoon. Holland is not looking for a depth defenseman.

    “I’ve talked to a few managers today, but nothing’s really cooking,” Holland said. “There’s not a lot of players (available). Maybe things change in the next 18 or 24 hours. We’ll see. So many teams are in the playoff hunt.”

    Sabres Paul Gaustad and Canadiens Travis Moen could be options. Other players available are Sammy Pahlsson, Steve Ott, Mike Knuble, Mikael Samuelsson, David Jones, Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Admits deals are long-shots, but lists 10 trades he’d like to see: 1. Ryan Getzlaf for Matt Frattin, Luke Schenn and a 1st round pick. 2. Roberto Luongo for Jacob Markstrom and a 1st round pick 3. James van Riemsdyk for Steve Ott and a 1st round pick. 4. Patrick Kane for Derek Roy and Andrej Sekera 5. Ryan Malone for Paul Martin 6. Rick Nash for Tyler Seguin and a 1st round pick 7. Alexander Semin for Ryan Ellis 8. Jonathan Bernier for Clark MacArthur and Joe Colborne 9. Lubomir Visnovsky for Andrew MacDonald and a 2nd round pick 10. Dustin Byfuglien for Erik Gudbranson and 1st round pick.

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Morning rumors involving: Maple Leafs, Wild, Sabres, Islanders, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Stars, Red Wings and Predators

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Maple Leafs, Penguins and Senators are checking out the goalie market.The Pens and Sens are looking for depth, and have shown interest in Josh Harding. The Wild are looking for a top pick and prospect. The Leafs have talked to the Islanders about Evgeni Nabokov, but GM Garth Snow is saying he won’t be moved. There is plenty of interest in Sabres Derek Roy. The Leafs, Canadiens, Blackhawks and Kings were interested in Antoine Vermette before he was dealt to Phoenix. The Canadiens could be open to trading center Tomas Plekanec. The Islanders want to wait until after today’s game to decide whether they are buyers or sellers. P.A. Parenteau is interested in re-signing with the Islanders, but the Senators, Blackhawks, Bruins and Maple Leafs have shown interest in him. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Bryan Allen, they may move Jaroslav Spacek. It’s sounding like Steve Ott won’t be moved, Canucks and Leafs interested. Looking like Mike Ribeiro could be moved.
  • The Fourth Period: One league executive is saying the Maple Leafs are looking to add 2 top 6 forwards, which may result in the Leafs dealing Mikhail Grabovski. It’s looking unlikely that he’ll be re-signing with the Leafs before the deadline. The Leafs have been offered a 2nd and a prospect. The Leafs are also eyeing Steve Ott, James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have a couple inquiries on Brian Rolston, so it won’t be a surprise if he gets claimed off waivers.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likes his roster, but realizes you can’t have enough depth up front.

    “We’re all focused on if we can improve our team,” Babcock said. “At the same time, we like our team. If there’s something there that can help us and makes sense, then that’s a great thing.

    “Change just to change isn’t going to be the approach. We’ve already done a good job in giving ourselves depth on the back end (by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey on Tuesday). We want to get healthy up front, but if there’s something available to make us better, we’d like to acquire that.”

    A list of players could include: Travis Moen, Paul Gaustad, Sammy Pahlsson, Steve Ott, Mike Knuble and Mikael Samuelsson.

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile:

    “This trading deadline is not setting up anywhere near the same, in my memory, as past trading deadline,” Poile said. “Now we have more situations where more teams are in the playoffs or ‘I’m two points out of the playoffs … I’m not sure If I’m a buyer or a seller.’ What we know for sure is how close the standings are and it’s really hard to identify very many sellers at this point.”

    The Predators continue to look for a forward.

    “We certainly could use more depth on our forwards,” Poile said. “You talk two things, a higher-end deal for a top-six or top-nine forward or you talk about your depth.”

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