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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Predators, Wild and the Coyotes

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Chris Kreider suffered his hand injury during the Blue Jackets game. He played two games after that with minimal pain. Pat Leonard: Coach Alain Vigneault said they are still determining what the next step is, if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion last Friday from a  Blake Comeau hit. Moore said he’s feels that he is improving every day. There is no timetable yet.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader hopes to return to the lineup no later than next Wednesday.
  • Helene St. James: There is no set time for Pavel Datsyuk’s return, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that it ”looks like he can play.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said that he plans on returning for the playoffs. He is doing some off-ice workouts, but there is no timetable on when he will start skating.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the possibility of Steve Downie having concussion: “He’s got a lot of things going on. That might be one, but we haven’t diagnosed it as such.”
  • Nick Cole: Predators Seth Jones, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Eaves are out tonight.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom had successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday and is out the rest of the year. Jason Zucker had surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps and is out for the rest of the year.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: It was reported on Tuesday that Coyotes Mike Smith has a leg strain and would be out two weeks. GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett said that details and a timeline won’t be known until their doctors see Smith.

    “Until doctor (Gary) Waslewski and our medical staff get their hands on Mike, we won’t have a clear idea,” Maloney said Wednesday. “The encouraging thing is he is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. It’s all trending positively.”

    Lauri Korpikoski could return tonight.

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VIDEO: Coyotes Goalie Mike Smith Scores A Goal

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender, Mike Smith, scored an empty net goal against the Detroit Red Wings just before time expired.

NHL Humor: Smith now has more goals than 334 players.

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Quick Hits: Dupuis signs, Salary breakdown for Smith and Lecavalier, Jones to start with Preds and Avs lines

  • Chris Johnston: Salary breakdown for Mike Smith’s six year contract extension with the Coyotes: $4 million next season followed by $6 million, $6.5 million, $6.5 million, $6 million and $5 million.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Salary breakdown for Vincent Lecavalier’s five year deal with the Flyers: $6 million, $6 million, $4.5 million, $3 million and $3 million.
  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets sign defenseman Grant Clitsome to a 3 year deal worth $6.2 milllion.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile indicated that Seth Jones is likely to start the season in Nashville.
  • Cody Nickolet: Avalanche defensive pairing for next season: Wilson-Johnson, Hejda-Barrie, Elliott-Sarich. Duncan Seimens likely to start the year in the AHL.

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Free Agent Hits: Letang, Bickell, Smith, Elias, Bobrovsky, Scuderi, Alfredsson, Lecavalier and more

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: The framework of Kris Letang’s 8 year, $56 million contract extension is done, but the Penguins have balked at Letang’s push for an agreement that he won’t be traded before next summer when the contract kicks in.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bryan Bickell’s deal with the Blackhawks is 4 years and $16 million.
  • Sarah McLellan: Mike Smith’s deal with the Coyotes has been approved by the league and should be announced today.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils are close to re-signing Patrik Elias.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets John Davidson on Sergei Bobrovsky: “We’re close, we’re real close. We feel good about where we are with it & hopefully it gets taken care of (soon).” … “He wants to be a Blue Jacket & play in the best league in the world, and hopefully that’s going to happen.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Briere should have a list of teams down to 4 or 5 by Tuesday. 15 teams have called him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Progress in talks between Rob Scuderi and the Kings this weekend.
  • Ken Warren: Senators GM Bryan Murray talked with Daniel Alfredsson’s agent for 45 minutes yesterday and said contract may “not necessarily” be one year long.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Vincent Lecavalier is back home going over is options. Three more teams called yesterday after he met with the Red Wings and Flames. Lecavalier is hoping to narrow it down to 3 or 4 teams over the next two days or so.
  • Eric Stephens: There is some debate on a couple issues for Saku Koivu and the Ducks negotiations. GM Murray expects the deal done this week.
  • Eric Stephen: Nothing new on Teemu Selanne. GM Murray will talk with him now that the draft is done.
  • Igor Eronko: Leo Komarov has signed a two year deal with Dynamo of the KHL.
  • Craig Custance: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: “We’ll be announcing some of our free agent signings in the very near future.”
  • Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile said that Chris Mueller and Brandon Yip won’t be back.
  • Craig Custance: Stars GM Jim Nill expects Eric Nystrom to test free agency.

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Free Agent Hits: Letang, Smith, Bickell, Leafs, Kennedy, Dupuis, Burmistrov and Leddy

  • Renaud Lavoie: Kris Letang’s contract with the Penguins is 8-years for $58 million, a $7.25 million cap hit. Has a limited no-trade clause to 15 teams. Dave Molinari: Sides “still working” on it but it’s very close.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Penguins and Letang were debating on two contracts last night: 4-years at $7.5 million per or 8-years at $7.25 million per.
  • Sarah McLellan: Mike Smith contract with the Coyotes (awaiting NHL approval) is for a cap hit of $5.67 million a year.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell are getting closer on a deal, but still not done.
  • Howard Berger: The Leafs are still looking to acquire a center before July 5th, likely through a trade. GM Nonis knows that free agent bidding will be tough and expensive.
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins made a $2 million qualifying offer for Tyler Kennedy.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins plan B options for Pascal Dupuis could be moving Jussi Jokinen into a top-6 role. There is no guarantee that he stays though, could be traded.
  • Wayne Scanlan: If Dupuis hits the open market, the Senators should make a play.
  • Igor Eronko: Jets Alexander Burmistrov’s agent has said that Burmistrov is close to signing a 2-year deal with Ak Bars of the KHL.
  • Chris Kuc: Sources saying the Blackhawk and Nick Leddy haven’t talked about a new contract but plan on meeting soon.

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Free Agent Hits: Smith, Letang, Gagner, Duchene, Bobrovsky, Nabokov, Briere, Alfie, Weiss, Pens, Rangers and Devils

  • Darren Dreger: Mike Smith’s contract with the Coyotes is still being finalized, but sounding like it’s 6-years around $5.7 million per season.
  • Darren Dreger: Sam Gagner’s agent, Jeff Jackson, met with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish yesterday. Still work to be done. A deal in the 3 to 5 year range makes sense.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Matt Duchene’s agent met with the Avalanche yesterday to talk contract contract extension. Talks will continue.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Paul Theofanous, Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent, had a 90 minute talk yesterday.
  • Katie Strang: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov will “probably” test the free agent market. Strang wonders if the Flyers will be interested on July 5th.
  • Craig Custance: Custance thinks that Daniel Briere to the Islanders makes sense. Gets to play with John Tavares and stay close to home.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Alfredsson’s agent, JP Barry, met with Senators GM Bryan Murray briefly last night.
  • Howard Berger: Stephen Weiss may be a more viable option for the Maple Leafs than Vincent Lecavalier.
  • Rick Moffat: Colby Armstrong won’t be back with the Canadiens.
  • Mike Halford: Viktor Stalberg’s agent confirms that he’s “highly likely” done in Chicago.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn’t know if he’ll be giving a qualifying offer to Yannick Weber.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Talks between the Penguins and Pascal Dupuis’ agent, Allan Walsh, haven’t progressed much. Talks started last week with Dupuis wanting $5 million. Dupuis’ side may be looking for a 4-year deal in the $18-22 million range. Penguisns are confident they will have a deal in place with Craig Adams early this week. Matt Cooke is looking for a 3-year deal and the Hurricanes could be interested if the Penguins don’t re-sign him before July 5th. The Pens have offered a 2-year deal. The Pens have had no talks with Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow and Mark Eaton.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is hopeful on re-signing David Clarkson and Patrick Elias. The Devils uncertain ownership isn’t helping things. Red Wings GM and Valtteri Filppula’s agent have talked and plan on talking again. If talks don’t go well, they could look to trade his rights, with the Blue Jackets possibly interested. Brad Boyes is expected to test free agency. The Kings haven’t ruled out re-signing Dustin Penner. As of Friday, talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi were a “work in progress.”

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Free Agent Hits: Rask, Smith, Letang, Clarkson, Bickell, Mikkelson, Red Wings and Pietrangelo

  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie figures Tuukka Rask’s new deal will be in the $7 million range.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Positive talks between the Coyotes and Mike Smith. Could be a 6-year deal. The franchises future is still a factor.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes and Penguins GM Ray Shero are expected to meet this afternoon.
  • Bob McKenzie: Unless the Devils make a substantial offer to David Clarkson, looking like he could hit the open market. They haven’t given him any numbers yet.
  • Howard Berger: With each passing hour Berger thinks more and more that Clarkson will be a Maple Leaf.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins GM Ray Shero is still negotiating with Kris Letang. No deadline for getting it resolved.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s camp had a conversation today.
  • Paul Hendrick: Leafs have sent qualifying offs to all of their RFAs.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Lightning have told Brendan Mikkelson that they won’t be qualifying him and he’ll be a UFA.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are interested in Jarome Iginla. If Valtteri Filppula leaves, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen and Patrik Elias could be options. They don’t appear to be interested in David Clarkson and Nathan Horton.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is looking for at $7 million a year and word is that he won’t entertain anything with a $6 in front of it. GM Doug Armstrong has already said they would match any offer sheet.

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NHL Rumor Round up on 14 teams and a top trade candidate list

  • Bruce Garrioch: Trade talk is in full swing.

    “There is so much talk, and so many names, it’s hard to believe that everything that is being talked about could actually happen,” said a league executive Thursday. “Lots of teams are trying to make changes. No question.”

    The Canadiens are the most obvious landing spot for Vincent Lecavalier. At one point the Lightning had a deal in place to send Lecavalier to the Canadiens for Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban and a No. 1 pick, but Lightning ownership wouldn’t allow it.

    If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, look for the Lightning to bring him back on a two year deal.

    The Blues might be seeing what they can get for T.J. Oshie and David Perron. The Blues still need to re-sign RFAs Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo.

    The Sabres are looking to see what they can get for Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.

    Scott Gomez likely won’t be back with the Sharks next year.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergeron may be sniffing around to see if there is a market for Tomas Plekanec. He has a no-trade clause and has a cap hit of $5 million.

    The Stars are offering Erik Cole around the league.

    Avalanche could be trying to send Paul Stastny and his $6.6 million to the Maple Leafs. UFA after next season.

    The Panthers may have tried to get Matt Duchene from the Avalanche, but were turned down quickly.

    Flames have been shopping some of their three first round picks and Mike Cammalleri.

    The Flyers may want to look for a short term goalie solution instead of a longer term one in Mike Smith. The Flyers may call Tim Thomas to see if he’d be interested. Believed that the Flyers have talked to the Sabres about Ryan Miller.

  • James Mirtle: Top trade candidates this weekend: 1. Kris Letang 2. Roberto Luongo 3. Shawn Horcoff 4. Paul Stastny 5. Dion Phaneuf 6. Mike Cammalleri 7. Dave Bolland 8. Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.  Other possibilities: Ales Hemsky, Jeff Schultz, John-Michael Liles, Tom Gilbert and David Booth.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that nobody has called about Mike Cammalleri.
  • Mark Masters: Feaster on trades leading up to the draft: ‘Well, we hope … we’re trying to make some deals. I’ve talked to all 29 other teams.’
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Rangers have three picks in the second round and could be looking to move up into the second round.

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NHL Trade Hits: Hemsky, Neuvirth, Clutterbuck, Byfuglien, Ballard, Luongo and the goalie market

  • Bruce Garrioch: There have been no talks between the Senators and Oilers regarding Ales Hemsky in months.
  • Bruce Garrioch: With teams need to cut salary, a league executive said trade talks are heating up, ”There is a lot happening right now. Could be an active week.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals GM George McPhee said they are not interested in trading goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
  • Chris Nichols: According to @Russostrib, the Oilers are after RFA Cal Clutterbuck and have talked about a deal including Tyler Pitlick, who is from Minnesota.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will have 14 forwards under contract for next season, but may not carry those 14 when the season opens next year.

    “I’m going to explore a trade or two,” Holland said Monday. “Maybe a two-for-one deal, maybe a three-for-one, or three-for-two.”

  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that he is not seriously exploring a Dustin Byfuglien trade.

    “Buff is a very unique player,” Cheveldayoff said. “He has the size a lot of players, a lot of teams, would covet in this league, with respect to the push to get a bigger, harder player to play against. I could see where teams would have interest. I could see where rumours would start.

    “But it’s not something I’ve contemplated or I’ve talked about in great detail with any other team about trading him.”

    “Last summer we were talking about this situation, this summer it seems we’re talking about it, and if I could venture a guess, next summer we’ll be talking about it as well,” Cheveldayoff said, adding no player is untouchable.

    “You would explore anything when it comes to trying to make a trade,” he said. “We want to build through some stability, as well. Players that want to be here, we want to make sure we continue to build through those kinds of players.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are still confident that they can trade Roberto Luongo around the NHL Draft this Sunday. It’s rumored that Luongo expanded his list, but it’s unconfirmed. The Maple Leafs are out after trading for Jonathan Bernier. The Panthers, Islanders and Oilers have expressed interest at some point. The Islanders and Oilers weren’t on Luongo’s original list. The goalie market is crowded with Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak are being offered around the league. Mike Smith and Ray Emery could hit the open market on July 5th. The Canucks are also shopping Keith Ballard.

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Free Agent Hits: Wild, Coyotes, Leafs, Islanders, Penguins and Red Wings

  • Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom’s 3-year contract extension is for $10.25 million, a $3.42 million salary cap hit.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that management and coaches had talks with Mike Smith and his agent last week.
  • Jeff Simmons of SportsNet: John Shannon said the Leafs made a qualifying offer to Jonathan Bernier. The sides will be working on a longer deal later his week. Qualifying offer is for $1.525 million.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders sent qualifying offers to Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic, Kevin Poulin, Thomas Hickey and David Ullstrom. They are working on long term deals for Bailey and Hamonic and shorter term deals for Poulin and Hickey.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are expected to extend qualifying offers to Harry Zolnierczyk, Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey and Robert Bortuzzo before the July 2nd deadline. The Penguins are also working on deals for UFAs Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke.

    “I know [Pittsburgh] wants to keep Matt if it’s economically possible.”

    Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, said in an email that he spoke with Penguins GM Ray Shero about Iginla re-signing, but his future ”may very well be an issue which will be determined only after the start of free agency.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will extend qualifying offers to Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl. GM Ken Holland has had talks with UFAs Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner.

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Trade Rumors: Kessel, Penguins trio, Goligoski or Daly and the Leafs should move up in the draft

  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Feschuk thinks it’s time for the Maple Leafs to trade Phil Kessel.

    There’d be no better time to trade Kessel, considering his excellent run of play as the league’s sixth-leading regular-season scorer has put his value at an all-time high. Don’t for a moment believe that Nonis, fresh off delivering a no-Leaf-is-untouchable post-season message, isn’t thinking hard about the possibility.

    The Leafs need to give up value to get their “long-sought No. 1 center.” Kessel, along with Dion Phaneuf will be UFAs after next season. Dion’s stock is weighed down by his $6.5 million salary. Nonis’ shopping list isn’t short, which should include an upgrade in net. They should consider UFA Mike Smith and possibly revisit Roberto Luongo. The Leafs will look at UFA David Clarkson, but he’ll be looking for big money. The Leafs blueline needs more high-end talent at low prices. Moving up in the draft would make sense, along with trolling for compliance buyouts that may come cheap.

  • Spector’s Hockey: Richardson thinks that IF the Penguins were to move any of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, Fleury is the likely one to move. Malkin is too valuable to the them and Letang is their best puck-moving defenseman. IF the Penguins were to trade or buy out Fleury, they would need to find a young, affordable backup for Tomas VokounDmitry Chesnokov: Chesnokov suggests Michal Neuvirth.
  • Bob Stauffer: Stauffer see the Stars trying to trade Alex Goligoski or Trevor Daley for a centerman if they can get Sergei Gonchar signed.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Leafs need a center like Sean Monahan and should look at moving up in the draft. The Predators are dangling the No. 4 pick, the Oilers at No. 7 could also move their pick. Trading youth-for-youth would make sense, and they could use Jake Gardiner. It would be a type of move that wouldn’t help them next year, but more of building move.

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Morning Rumors: Goalies, Coaches, Ryan, Hainsey, Yakupov, Hurricanes and Bobrovsky

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is talk that as many as 10 teams are thinking about their goaltending situation. Among the teams thinking No. 1 goalies are: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames, Wild and Islanders.

    Names to watch: Ryan Miller (BUF) – one year left on his deal. Coyotes could be a fit. Mike Smith (PHX) – a UFA and uncertainty of organization is keeping him from re-signing. Ray Emery (CHI) – UFA. Won’t get a long-term deal but may get a shot at being a No. 1. Tim Thomas(NYI) – UFA who may get a pro tryout.

    Rangers GM Glen Sather is giving Mark Messier serious thought as their new head coach. They are also interested in Alain Vigneault.

    Ducks GM Bob Murray is getting calls for Bobby Ryan. They’d like to keep Ryan who has two years left at $5.1 million. The Flyers and Senators have been interested in the past.

    There have been no talks between Ron Hainsey and the Jets.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been working the phones and looking for immediate help. Could be willing to move some of their young assets. Talk that they might trade Nail Yakupov to bring back a package.

    Alain Vigneault appears to be the top candidate for the Stars, Lindy Ruff for the Canucks.

  • Michael Smith of New Hurricanes logo coming today. The Hurricanes currently sit at No. 5 in this year’s draft. They won’t be trading up, but haven’t ruled out moving back. GM Jim Rutherford will target a top 4 defenseman in free agency or through a trade.

    “It’s hard to say. It could come in any manner,” Rutherford said. “It could come in the form of a player that we trade for as a projection who hasn’t done it yet but we think could do it now. It could come in the form of a projection of a (Ryan) Murphy jumping in the top four. It could come many ways, but I do feel that’s an area we have to change.”

  • Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky will be a RFA, and it’s possible that his agent is willing to look at offer sheets. The KHL could also offer a pile of money. Talks between Bobrovsky’s agent and the Blue Jackets haven’t gained traction as his agent, Paul Theofanous, wants to wait. Bobrovsky would be worth more if he wins the Vezina and/or gets offer sheet and/or a KHL offer. There is a chance that the KHL money is too much to pass up. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said they will match any offer sheet.

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