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Free Agent Hits II: Clarkson, Horton, Stalberg, Red Wings, Flyers, Jets and offer sheets

  • Darren Dreger: Little doubt that David Clarkson a seven year deal, and some GMs are thinking he’ll get $6 million plus.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that Clarkson will end up with a Canadian team. He’s visited the Oilers, Senators and Maple Leafs. He also visited the Blue Jackets.
  • David Pagnotta: The Blue Jackets have been busy. They met with Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and others.
  • Will DePaoli: The Red Wings interest in Jarome Iginla is just preliminary at this point as they are a finalist for Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Sam Carchidi via sulia: Carchidi thinks that the Flyers should pass on left winger Simon Gagne and go after Viktor Stalberg. Would be perfect on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Five possible targets for the Jets: Clarke MacArthur, Damien Brunner, Viktor Stalberg, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nathan Gerbe.
  • Ansar Khan: Free agent options for the Red Wings: Mikhail Grabovski, Stephen Weiss (primary target), Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers may not want to trade defenseman Braydon Coburn, but he’s their best trade chip. Seravalli wonders if they’d have interest in Jaromir Jagr again. Will the Flyers be tempted with offer sheets for Alex Pietrangelo, Travis Hamonic or Jonathan Bernier?
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie wonders if there will be offer sheets. The salary cap going down and teams are not able to stash money in the minors, some teams may be vulnerable.
  • Darren Dreger: There is already talks about offer sheets from teams with cap space: Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Brian Little, Josh Baily, Adam Henrique and Travis Hamonic.

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Free Agent Hits IV: Clarkson, Alfredsson, Emery, Flyers and Maple Leafs

  • Allan Walsh: “All NHL GM’s received a memo from the League TODAY informing them no negotiations or verbal offers allowed on pending UFA’s until tomorrow.”
  • Ian Mendes: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Eugene Melnyk has given him the “green light” to go after a top-end forward. Ideal world they could get Daniel Alfredsson and David Clarkson.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flyers, Islanders and Oilers are believed to be after Ray Emery. Blackhawks are still in talks with him.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers are out of the Tim Thomas running, still in on Emery and Evgeni Nabokov. Johan Hedberg is a wild card.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers say they are still in on a possible Jaroslav Halak trade.
  • Josh Rimer: Rimer is hearing the Maple Leafs are in talks with Mike Ribeiro, Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Wouldn’t be able to sign all three, but two could be a possibility. Tyler Bozak is still a possibility.

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Free Agent Hits III: Bozak, Filppula, Weiss, Alfredsson, Scuderi, Briere and the Predators

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
  • Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
  • Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
  • Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.

    “We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”

    Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Trade Hits: Oilers and CBJ, Schneider, Clutterbuck, Kennedy, Canadiens and Vanek

  • Dennis Bernstein: David Pagnotta on the Fan 590 said that the Oilers offered the Blue Jackets a package including goalie Devan Dubnyk and the 7th overall pick for Sergei Bobrovsky.
  • Ryan Rishaug: The demand for Cory Schneider is very high. Oilers could be out unless it comes down.
  • Darren Dreger: The Sharks may looking to add a depth forward and Cal Clutterbuck could be an option.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Penguins Tyler Kennedy is available and could be the type of forward the Sharks are after.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Capitals will talk to Mike Riberio once more but signs pointing to him heading to free agency.
  • Darren Dreger: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin expects to be busy. Sees an opportunity to move up in the draft. They have one play in mind that they would like to draft.
  • John Vogl: Thomas Vanek’s agent says there is nothing new and expects to him to be with the Sabres tomorrow.

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Free Agent Hits: Alfredsson, Lecavalier fits, Bruins and the Maple Leafs

  • Marie Lehmann: Daniel Alfredsson: “I needed a few weeks to see if the necessary urge for summer training and precamp was there. And it is.” Bruce Garrioch: The Senators will make news official later and contract negotiations will start this weekend. Nick Kypreos: Will be interesting to see how quick the Senators sign Alfredsson knowing that it might cost them $6+ million. Darren Dreger: Talk of Alfredsson and a one year deal, but he could ask for two years.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Top 5 fits for Vincent Lecavalier: Canadiens, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Capitals and Blackhawks.
  • Darren Dreger: The Bruins are making progress with contracts for Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask. Rich Peverley could be available for trade.
  • Damien Cox: If Lecavalier is looking for a a six-year plus deal at $6 million plus, would anyone bite? The Maple Leafs prefer to re-sign Tyler Bozak over signing UFAs Lecavalier, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Stephen Weiss. If Bozak wants $5 million or more, the Leafs will likely turn elsewhere. Talks have almost been non-existent.

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Free Agent Rumors: Letang, Bobrovsky, Panthers, Bruins, Lecavalier, Lundqvist, Bickell, Wild, Stars and Ott

  • Will DePaoli: Kris Letang talks haven’t been shut down and the team will circle back one more time. Rob Rossi: The Penguins are willing to go “around” $7 million a season for 8 years.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent talked on Wednesday and Thursday in New York. Indications arethat the talks did not go well at all and there are no further plans to talk. Both are in New York so it could happen.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will let Stephen Weiss, Jose Theodore and Tyson Strachan test the free agent market next week.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: If the Bruins aren’t able to re-sign Nathan Horton, who is reportedly looking for a 5-6 year deal worth around $6 million a season, there are a couple options. Jarome Iginla and David Clarkson could be two options. A source said that Vincent Lecavalier could be an option to play on right side rather than his natural center position.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Vinny Lecavalier would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference. Ready to listen to the Canadiens. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier can’t sign a deal until July 5th but his is allow to talk with teams.
  • Jim Matheson: No chance the Oilers will sign Lecavalier. He’ll sign with an Eastern Conference team.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist’s reps started contract extension talks last night in New York.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s side have started contract talks the past couple days.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild are talking contract extension with the Cal Clutterbuck. They are also talking trades with him. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (UFA) won’t be brought back and Matt Cullen most likely won’t be back.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Possible center free agent targets for the Stars: Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss, Tyler Bozak, Daniel Briere, Valtteri Filppula, Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro.
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Bryan Bickell could get a deal around $3 million, but he’s said something are more important than money and could take a bit of hometown discount.

    “You’ve got to do what makes you happy,” he said. “I know there are a lot of good teams around this league, and a lot of teams you won’t have as much fun [with] as if I stayed here. This is a great city, I enjoy it here, I got drafted here, this is a second home to me. We’re going to work on something, and hopefully it works out for the best.”

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Free Agent Hits: Baily, Hamonic, Thomas, Loktionov, Bordeleau, Ribeiro, Hendricks and Filppula

  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders will start long-term contract talks with RFAs Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic.
  • Josh Rimer: A solid source said that Tim Thomas won’t play hockey next year.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Andrei Loktionov’s agent said there is a 99% chance that he’ll sign with the Devils.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: @25Stanley reported that the Avalanche have signed Patrick Bordeleau to a 3-year deal around $1 million a season. The Avalanche would only say that the deal is not official, but it’s close.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Mike Ribeiro seems no closer to re-signing with the Capitals than he did at the end of the season. According to agent Don Meehan: “There really aren’t any updates.” Ribeiro has rejected a 3-year, $14 million deal from the Capitals. The Capitals are close to the cap and may have trouble getting Ribeiro and/or Matt Hendricks signed, even if they trade Jef Schultz and his $2.75 million. They could look to trade or amnesty Martin Erat.
  • Brendan Savage of MLive: Valtteri Filppula’s days with the Red Wings could be over as the big season they expected didn’t materialize. He’s reportedly looking for $5 million, but the Red Wings may not want to go that high.

    “I gotta go through the next month,” said general manager Ken Holland. “I’m going to meet with the coaches, obviously prior to July 5th (and the start of free agency). I’m going to meet with the coaches (this) week and then shortly after try to get our pro scouts in and make a plan.

    “Obviously some of them we want to re-sign. We’ve got some big decisions because there’s a push from below.”

    Filppula has spent his entire NHL career with the Red Wings.

    “I haven’t thought about that too much,” Filppula said after cleaning out his locker following the Game 7 playoff loss to Chicago. “Obviously, it’s a possibility that could happen. It’d be tough. It’s been a really great place to be. I’ve been so happy here. We’ll see if we go … if that’s what’s going to happen.

    “I’m sure it would be (strange playing elsewhere). It would be different I’m sure. It would be weird at first. I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

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Maple Leafs Notes: Komarov, Gunnarsson, Leafs RFAs, UFAs and Free Agent Fits

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Maple Leafs RFA winger Leo Komarov: “Won’t hide it – I’ve held negotiations with Dynamo [KHL], but I’m waiting for an offer from Toronto.”
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson made $1.35 million last season and will be a RFA.

    “The ball is in their court right now, so they got to get it moving,” Gunnarsson says of the Leafs, who have seven unrestricted and seven restricted free agents to figure out this summer. “The four years I’ve had here have been great. We’ll see what they want from me next year. I haven’t thought about what I want.”

    Gunnarsson will meet with agent this week and go over their plan.

  • Jeff Simmons of SportsNet: The Leafs have a current projected cap room of $19,495,833 according to They have to decide if they want to re-sign UFA Tyler Bozak, and if so, how much do they want to commit to him. They need to re-sign RFAs Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson. Kadri could be a tough sign.

    UFAs: Clarke MacArthur future as a Leaf is up in the air after a disappointing regular season. Colton Orr showed improvement this season. Tim Connolly is gone. Ryan Hamilton could return with the Marlies. The Leafs will likely look for an upgrade on Ryan O’Bryne. Mike Kostka could be back as an No. 7 option.

    RFAs: Joe Colborne is still a project but could be an eventual Bozak fill-in. Leo Komarov is a nice bottom-six piece. Frazer McLaren is a Carlyle favorite but easily replaced. Reliable Carl Gunnarsson should be back. Mark Fraser performed well but future unclear.

    Free Agent Fits: Devils right winger David Clarkson would give the Leafs some size in their top-six. If the Leafs don’t re-sign Bozak, Mike Ribeiro could be a nice fit between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Defenseman Rob Scuderi would bring the Leafs blueline some toughness and experience.

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Morning Hits: Roy, Emelin, Ribeiro and Hemsky

  • L.A. Lariviere: Patrick Roy’s brother said he was wrongly quoted in the Denver Post article and that he expressed only his intuition.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin had surgery on his left knee and will be out for six months.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Carrera ponders if the Capitals should re-sign center Mike Ribeiro. Ribeiro was second on the team in scoring with 49 points. It’s unclear if his contract demands will fit into the Capitals long-term plans. He said again last week that his next contract “has to be four or five years.” He’s looking for stability for his three children who are all in school.

    “If I can stay in the city and retire here, it’s more about the kids. I don’t want to move them too many times. School – they’re going into high school now, so if I can stay here until they go to college, or stay in the city until they go to college, that’s my focus,” Ribeiro said. “I still believe I can get better. I don’t see myself getting worse. It can only get better. I can be out there. I can work out more. There’s a lot of room there to improve and that’s why I don’t think I should have less than four or five years.”

    Ribeiro made $5 million last season. The Capitals currently have just over $58 million committed to 19 players for next season and still need to re-sign Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson.

  • Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation: Willis looks at the possibility of the Oilers trading right winger Ales Hemsky. Though he admits that you may not get a big return back, it doesn’t make sense to trade him for nothing. If they keep Hemsky, it could give them the option to trade Jordan Eberle for a legit number one defenseman. Holding to Hemsky now would also give them the option to move him at the trade deadline where his value may be higher. Hemsky could also bounce back this year, which would obviously benefit the Oilers. If they are able to get good value for him, then it makes sense, but if they are getting little back, it doesn’t make sense.

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Morning Hits: Patrick Roy and the Avs, Canucks Coaches, Avs #1 pick, Flyers draft options and Caps UFA Hendricks

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Patrick Roy’s brother, Stephane, is saying that Patrick will be the next coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

    “They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge,” said Stephane Roy, the younger brother of his famous sibling.

    The Avalanche wouldn’t confirm and Patrick couldn’t be reached.

  • Renaud Lavoie: It’s premature to say that Patrick Roy is the head coach of the Avalanche as it’s not a done deal.
  • Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks coaching staff including Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown, are still waiting to learn their fate from GM Mike Gillis. The trio don’t understand why they haven’t heard anything yet.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche’s chief scout, Rick Parcey, said that Seth Jones being their likely top pick in the draft is premature.

    “The No. 1 spot, it’s open,” Pracey told me. “You know, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and Alexander Barkov, and you can go into other guys. There are others out there – Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm – that are very, very interesting players. It’s by far not a slam dunk. It’s not one player that’s running away with this thing.”

    Dater would still bet on the Avs draft Jones as he fills a big need on the blueline.

    “We have to be looking at the best player available,” Pracey said. “When you’re holding the No. 1 pick, you still have to maintain that philosophy. We’re after not only the most talented kid right now, but long into the future. We hope this is a 10-15 year player for us. We have to make sure we have all our bases covered. They’re all good players, and we’ve had an extreme amount of coverage on these top kids, and now we’re entering the secondary phase.”

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi lists some names who could be there when the Flyers pick 11th overall in the 2013 NHL draft: Darnell Nurse (D), Rasmus Ristolainen (D),  Ryan Pulock (D), Hunter Shinkaruk (C/LW), Frederik Gauthier (C), Sean Monahan (C) and Nikita Zadorov (D).
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals will have tough UFA decisions on Mike Ribeiro and valuable fourth-liner Matt Hendricks. Hendricks kills penalties, drops the gloves if need be and is respected by teammates and coaches. He’s likely due a raise from the $800,000 he earned this past season. He hopes to remain in Washington.

    “It’s a big part of the business when it comes to players’ salaries,” Hendricks said. “You want to get what you feel you deserve and what is right, and that’s what happens in the negotiating process.”

    The Capitals currently sit about $6.2 million under next seasons $64.3 million salary cap.

    “When you’re in a cap world, sometimes you just don’t have choices,” McPhee said. “This is what you have to work with and if it doesn’t fit for them you move on, you get someone else and that’s the world we live in now.”

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Morning Hits: Stalberg, Ribeiro, Hendricks, Clarkson, Elias, Nabokov, Streit, Boyes, Cervenka and the Blues

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks made winger Viktor Stalberg a scratch last night and coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t give details as to the reason. A source said that Stalberg was at odds with the coaches about his roll in round one. He only received 58 seconds total of power play time in the first three games of round one, despite averaging 2:11 per game during the regular season. He only recorded two power play assists all season.

    “I had a conversation with him,” Quenneville said. “He knows how it stands, what the situation is. We’ll leave it at that.”

    Quenneville on if Stalberg could work his way back into the lineup.

    “Absolutely,” he said. “Things change in our business quickly, whether it’s health or decisions based on play. We’ll visit as things go along.”

  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals UFA second line center, Mike Ribeiro (33), is looking for a four or five year deal.

    “I don’t see myself getting worse,” Ribeiro said. “It can only get better. I can be out there. I can work out more. There’s a lot of room there to improve and, you know, that’s why I don’t think I should have less than four or five years.”

    Capitals Matt Hendricks is also looking for a long term deal.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has held talks with UFA David Clarkson, but nothing with regards to Patrik Elias. No financial discussions have taken place with Clarkson though.

    “We’ll continue to work on it. We’ve certainly started the process, but until (contracts) are complete there is nothing done,” Lamoriello said [yesterday].

  • Zach Braziller of the NY Post: Islanders UFAs Evgeni Nabokov, Mark Streit and Brad Boyes all hope to return next season. Nabokov’s agent spoke with GM Garth Snow about four weeks ago, but nothing since then.

    “I think Garth will make his decision,” Nabokov said. “I told him I would like to stay, but we were fighting for the playoffs and nothing was going on. Now we have to see.”

  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames center Roman Cervenka signed a three year contract to return to the KHL. Dmitry Chesnokov: SKA acquired Cervenka’s rights from HC Lev for two players, then signed him.
  • John Shannon: The NHL has announced that there will be two games at Yankee Stadium next Jan. 26th and 29th. The Devils will play the Rangers on the 26th and Islanders will play the Rangers on the 29th, with the Rangers being the away team for both games.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk maxed out their player bonuses again this season. Pietrangelo reached his A-Level bonuses for assists, ice time, blocked shots, and points.

    The are several categories a D-man can earn team bonuses including goals (10), assists (25), points (40), ice time (among top 4 on team), +/- (top 3 on team among D-men), blocked shots (among top 2 D-men on team), points per game (0.49 points per game). Obviously these numbers are pro-rated this season to reflect the 48 game season.

    Strickland thinks the last thing the GM Doug Armstrong needs to do is to overreact to negative things surrounding the Blues. They need to find the right balance of offense and defense. Many of their players were drafted high due to their offensive ability, and they need to utilize their instincts and playmaking ability more often. Being too conservative against the Kings may have been one of their downfalls.

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