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NHL Rumors I: Red Wings, Panthers, Penguins, Wild and Predators

  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have yet to sign RFAs Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser, and they don’t appear to be close. Tatar is looking over a recent offer.

    “We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close,” Holland said Friday.

    “Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holland said. “On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process.”

    The Wings are also working on a deal with RFA Landon Ferraro.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still talking about trading a young defenseman for a veteran defenseman or scorer. Sounding like Robak and Petro could be on the block. Tallon is praising Jonathan Racine, who could have a shot at the sixth or seventh spot along with Olsen, Robak and Petro.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have $6.4 million in salary cap space, with most of that likely going to RFAs Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling, as well as signing a 13th forward.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild have decided not to re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser to one-way contract. They had been debating whether to do so or not.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Potential defensive pairing for the Predators: Roman Josi – Shea Weber, Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis, Anton Volchenkov – Seth Jones.

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NHL Rumors II: UFAs That Are Still Available

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Free agency has hit a bit of a lull.

    “There’s a few players that teams are starting to call on to round out the roster,” said one agent on Wednesday. “They go through the initial blast of free agents, then it gets quiet. Then they get into arbitrations and qualifying offers.”

    Some UFAs that are still available:

    Peter Mueller – There is interest and is looking for the right fit.
    David Booth - “I’m talking to a few teams about him,” said Mike Liut, a veteran agent with Octagon. “There’s interest out there for sure.”
    Daniel Winnik – Good bottom six and penalty kill option.
    Martin Brodeur – Drew some interest at the start of free agency and will circle back in the next month.
    Devin Setoguchi – Could look to sign a one-year deal to show he’s better than the 11 goals last season.
    Tomas Vokoun – 100 percent healthy from blood clot issue. Currently has two offers he’s considering.
    Dustin Penner – Has playoff experience and can play in a top-six.

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Top 10 remaining UFAs

    10. Dustin Penner – Could add some scoring and size to bottom-six. Three teams since 2013.
    9. Saku Koivu – Could be a fit in Minnesota or Montreal, back in Finland or retire.
    8. Daniel Winnik – Should be able to find a bottom-six role somewhere.
    7. Andre Benoit – Can’t rule out an Avalanche return.
    6. Devin Setoguchi – Not a lot of talk that there is demand of Setoguchi. Could the Sharks be interested after having some earlier playoff success with them? Maybe the Bruins would be interested to replace the hole left by Jarome Iginla.
    5. Martin Brodeur – Brodeur wants a contender. The Leafs, Blackhawks, Bruins, Penguins and Lightning had kicked tires. The Lightning and Penguins have already signed a backup.
    4. Tomas Vokoun – Has multiple offers.
    3. Lee Stempniak – ESPN saying a handful of teams are intersted. Bruins are not one of the teams interested as they are looking to trade for a winger.
    2. Michael Del Zotto – Teams that missed out on Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen could look at Del Zotto. Cost to sign him shouldn’t be high.
    1. Daniel Alfredsson – Red Wings or retirement.

    Best of the remaining free agents:

    Forwards: Ray Whitney, David Booth, Andrei Loktionov, T.J. Galiardi, Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini

    Defence: Sami Salo, Henrik Tallinder, Cory Sarich, Jamie McBain, Raphael Diaz, Brett Bellemore

    Goaltenders: Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov

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NHL Rumors I: Letang, E. Kane, Lightning, Gunnarson and Prosser

  • Elizabeth Rancourt of TVA Sports: (s/t - L.A. Lariviere and Google translate) Kris Letang was asked by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford last month to submit a list of 15 teams that he’d accept a trade too. Letang said that the Canadiens were one team on his list.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that if anyone was the Jets GM other than the “just-happy-to-be-there” Kevin Cheveldayoff, Evander Kane would have been traded by this point.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has been one of the busiest GMs this offseason, and was close on a several big trades that didn’t get done.

    The Blues view Carl Gunnarson as a top-four defenseman. They didn’t view Roman Polak as a top-four defenseman.

  • Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press: The Wild and free agent defenseman Nate Prosser are still talking.

    “They’re still talking,” Prosser said regarding his agent and the Wild. “We’re waiting to see what (Wild GM) Chuck (Fletcher) has to say.

    “It’s a waiting game, and we’re kind of waiting on a few teams to step up.”

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NHL Rumors IV: Maple Leafs, Wild and Penguins

  • The Fourth Period: The Leafs appear to be ready to trade both Cody Franson and James Reimer. They have been trying to trade Reimer for months, and have increased their efforts after he requested a trade. Both could be moved for draft picks if they can’t land a third two-way center. It is rumored that they have some interest in Steve Ott, who is getting some interest from the Rangers, Red Wings and others.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Cody Franson won’t sign his qualifying offer. It was for $2 million, and if they keep him, it would at least be in the $2.5 million range.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild thought they could replace Clayton Stoner with Willie Mitchell, but couldn’t come close to the two-year, $4.25 million a season the Panthers gave him.

    “I didn’t expect this. Maybe I’m naive. We were consistently underbidding on a few other players, I’ll tell you that,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said, chuckling. “The prices caught me a little off guard for maybe what you would consider role players or bottom-of-the-lineup type players. But I definitely think some mistakes have been made today on some players, so I think we’ll be a little bit patient and let things sort out.”

    The Wild need to add a physical presence to their blueline, but the market is a little thin: Anton Volchenkov, Doug Murray, Shane O’Brien and Cory Sarich.

    “Right now, it’s been insanity out there,” Fletcher said. “I think this is the biggest spending day, if not the history of the world, the history of the NHL. I mean, it’s just been crazy. So my first thought is to just go home and come back [Wednesday] and maybe the tide will turn and management will get the upper hand and we’ll get some better deals.

    “The prices are high. The terms are long. Thomas [Vanek] may be one of the only players who took a pay cut and a term cut to come anywhere. Everybody else is doubling or tripling their salary, so it’s good for the players, but it’s maybe not the market we want to be in right now.”

  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have had some talks with the agent of Steve Downie.

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NHL Rumors IX: Sabres, Oilers, Petry, Blues, Stars and Wild

Written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News:  Sabres are about $20 million away from the salary cap floor on the day before NHL free agency, and GM Tim Murray remains unconcerned about his ability to reach it. Murray will start dumping contracts if they get their free-agent targets. That will be benefit the Sabres in their attempt to boost payroll. Murray says he’s been getting a lot of calls from representatives of unrestricted free agents

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels he has “a compelling story to tell” when he’s tried to sell agents on their clients coming here on July 1… you can cross off players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen because will be looking for a lot on term for a new contract that will go with $6-7-million in salary per season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman reports that defender Jeff Petry’s name is making the NHL rounds.

    Assuming that the Oilers aren’t crazy, why would they be willing to deal Petry? Let’s consider three possibilities:

    1. He eants too much money.

    2. The team is confident it can replace Petry in free agency.

    3. As part of a package for a superior defender.

    As much as the possibility of a step forward exists here, there is a very real chance the Oilers take a step back in a Petry deal that they simply cannot afford to make.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars remain very much interested in Jason Spezza. It’s believed the Senators were targeting a good, young player in return along with a first-round pick during Friday’s NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Blues want to see what happens with free agent centre Paul Stastny Tuesday before going any further with the Senators. The Stars were a little confused as to whether they were an acceptable location for Spezza.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:  Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual. The Wild made Vanek’s short list, but agent Steve Bartlett said there were other good options on it too. The Wild had more conversations Monday with Jarome Iginla’s reps in hopes of selling Iginla on its program and how it’s a Stanley Cup contender. One player who would love Vanek to sign with the Wild is his former Sabres linemate Jason Pominville.

    The Wild has shown interest in Paul Stastny, but  he appears to be destined for St. Louis Blues or elsewhere. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jussi Jokinen and David Booth are other players that are available.

    The Wild did not inquire about former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Monday, but it might have interest in consistent Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.

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NHL Rumors IV: Caps, Vanek, Cammalleri, Iginla, Vrbata and Weaver

  • Andy Strickland: Some agents saying the free agent talking period is too long and that only two days are needed.
  • Scott Cullen: “Impressed that teams aren’t giving qualifying offers to every RFA. Better to make decisions & live with them rather than go on auto-pilot..”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Thomas Vanek has shortened his list to four, possibly five teams. John Shannon: Vanek was to get his list down to four or teams by last night.
  • Chris Nichols: Bob McKenzie reporting the Flames have presented Mike Cammalleri number of different options on term and money.
  • David Pagnotta: There is lots of interest in Cammalleri. The Flames would like to keep him, but he might get a better deal somewhere else. The Canucks are not in the mix.
  • Will DePaoli: Word is Jarome Iginla expanded his list to include the Lightning, Red Wings, Wild and Anaheim. The Wings and Lightning seem the most likely.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Doesn’t look like the Coyotes and Radim Vrbata were able to get a deal done last night and he’ll got the open market today.

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NHL Rumors II: Iginla, Stastny, Robidas, Ehrhoff, Orpik, Gionta, Kulemin and Vanek

  • Richard Labbe: Contrary to reports, the Canadiens haven’t asked about Jarome Iginla. Chris Johnston: Iginla will be testing free agency for the second straight year.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Avs and Paul Stastny couldn’t get a deal done last night, he hit the open market today.
  • Darren Dreger: Stephane Robidas’ agent said that at least eight teams inquired, cutting the list down last night. Robidas is looking for a two or three year deal. His leg is fine and is already skating.
  • Eric Stephens: Doesn’t look like the Ducks are in on Christian Ehrhoff. As of early evening yesterday the sides hadn’t spoken.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks the Ducks could take a run at Brooks Oprik or Willie Mitchell.
  • Richard Labbe: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta couldn’t come to a deal last night. Not expecting anything until this  morning.
  • Chris Johnston: Nikolai Kulemin’s agent said that Kulemin will “miss the Maple Leafs.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I think Vanek to Minnesota will get announced tomorrow. There are 10 teams interested. He’ll get $5/$6 maybe someone goes $7″ … “Say what you want about Vanek in the playoffs but this is a guy who can score 35 goals for fun” …  “Teams won’t worry about April, because Vanek will get you to April and beyond” …  “Vanek is a pretty good goal scorer boys. Gaborik’s playoffs helped Vanek tomorrow.”

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NHL Rumors XVI: 15 Free Agents, Lecavalier, Sens, Gorges, Phaneuf, Sharks and Leafs

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: 15 interesting free agents and possible landing spots.

    1. Paul Stastny – Blues
    2. Dan Boyle – Red Wings
    3. Christian Ehrhoff – Lightning
    4. Thomas Vanek – Wild
    5. Ryan Miller – Canucks
    6. Matt Niskanen – Capitals
    7. Anton Stralman – Red Wings or Lightning
    8. Matt Moulson – Islanders
    9. Jussi Jokinen – Winnipeg
    10. Jarome Iginla – Canadiens
    11. Brad Richards – Predators
    12. Jonas Hiller – Winnipeg
    13. Mike Ribeiro – Predators or Blackhawks
    14. Ville Leino – Predators
    15. Steve Ott – Sabres

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A deal with the Panthers for Vincent Lecavalier fell through at the draft.  They almost had a deal with the Predators as well. The Predators would have been fine with taking the full cap hit for half of Lecavalier’s contract, two of the four years.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five free agents Garrioch thinks the Senators will look at: Matt Moulson, Martin Havlat, Benoit Pouliot, Jussi Jokinen and keeping Milan Michalek.
  • Darren Dreger: Brendan Shanahan continues to try to encourage Josh Gorges to accept a trade from the Canadiens to the Maple Leafs. He’s not having any luck yet, but there still is a chance.
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Gorges has a great reputation as a leader. I think they would have dearly loved to have brought him in” … “Not only could Gorges give you quality mins but he can give you something in leadership dept They have some questions on this team”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “For the Leafs to have traded Phaneuf at the draft or up until tomorrow he would have to sign off” … “My understanding is that it’s easier to move him after [the new deal kicks in]…” … “Because he has a list of 12 and they are free to move him outside of his list of 12″
  • David Pollak: Don’t expects to see the Sharks actively go after any free agents tomorrow.
  • Larry Brooks: When Burke was the GM in Toronto he offered to take Wade Redden and a first round pick from the Rangers after Redden’s first year in New York.

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NHL Rumors XIV: Gorges, Flames, Legwand, Pens, Avs, Wild, Flyers and TBay

  • Louis Jean: The Canadiens desire to trade Josh Gorges is purely a business move. They don’t see him as a top-four defenseman and want to clear the salary cap space.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Cam Ward for the 7th overall pick, but the Hurricanes declined.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flames offered to take Mike Ribeiro for the 12th overall pick at the draft. Ribeiro wouldn’t waive it.
  • Aaron Ward:  Eight to 10 teams are interested in David Legwand, including the Islanders, Panthers, Sabres and Maple Leafs.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins hope to sign one of Nikolai Kulemin or Benoit Pouliot.
  • Bob McKenzie: Speculation that the Avalanche might buy out Daniel Briere is false.
  • Arthur Staples: Don’t think the Islanders will have an interest in Anton Volchenkov.
  • Craig Custance: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on his concern with giving term to free agents: “I’d rather be a little short & have flexibility than be all in and boxed in.”
  • Randy Miller: The Flyers could trade Brayden Schenn and/or Matt Read to help create cap space for UFA signings.
  • Chris Johnston: The Lightning will be looking for a backup goalie after not qualifying Anders Lindback.
  • Chris Botta: Botta doesn’t expect any news regarding the sale of the Islanders over the next seven to 10 days.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Stastny, Vanek, Moulson, Subban, Johansen, Ehrhoff, Parenteau and Peters

  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are in hot pursuit of Paul Stastny. Safe to say that there are a lot of teams after him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Eight to 10 teams are on Thomas Vanek’s radar. The Wild are interested, but not interested in a long-term deal.
  • Chris Botta: Pending UFA Matt Moulson is in a good position. Could get interest from contenders as well as floor teams like the Sabres and Islanders.
  • David Pagnotta: Nothing new to report on the P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens contract talks. Talks will enter the formal stages this week.
  • Aaron Portzline: Saying that talks are going slowly between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen would be putting a positive spin on things. Sides are way apart.

    Player/agent = “We’re not doing a bridge.”
    Club = “We’re not going long-term.”
    Player/agent = “OK, then, talk later.”
    Club = “Yup.”

  • Craig Custance: It only took teams about 10 minutes after word on Christian Ehrhoff’s buy out to start calling on him.
  • Adam Vingan: Hurricanes pending UFA Justin Peters’ agent has spoken with some teams that they would see as a fit. The Capitals were one of those teams.
  • Josh Yohe: Thinks Jeff Zatkoff is a perfectly fine backup goaltender for Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury doesn’t need a mentor.

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