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Quick Hits: Arbitration, Winnik, Tatar, Stats and Brassard

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Remaining arbitration hearing dates: Jimmy Hayes (FLA) – July 29th, Nick Spaling (PIT) – July 31st, Michael Frolik (WIN) – July 31st (update – just signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal)Dwight King (LA) – Aug. 1st, Justin Fontaine (MIN) – Aug. 1st, P.K. Subban (MON) – Aug. 1st.
  • Alex Seixeiro: Daniel Winnik said on the Fan 590 that the deal with the Maple Leafs came together quickly over the past couple days.
  • Helene St. James: Due to Tomas Tatar’s December birthday, he’ll have one-year of restricted free agency after his contract expires in 2017.
  • Allan Walsh: One NHL GM said that advanced stats are now central when evaluating prospects and ranking players for the draft.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Derick Brassard’s deal with the Rangers contains a limited no-trade clause. Salary breakdown: $7 million, $6 million, $5 million, $3.5 million and $3.5 million.

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NHL Rumors: Subban, Alfredsson, Leafs, Capitals

“I’ll answer one question about the negotiation,” Subban told a media scrum at Royal Montreal Golf Club.“It’s been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it’s going to remain that way until a deal is done.”

“As of right now today I’m sitting here and trying to just enjoy the day. Just not thinking about anything,” he said.

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: At age 41, Daniel Alfredsson will decide in late August whether to return for another season. The 18-year NHL veteran missed 14 regular season and two playoff games last season due to back problems. 
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: With all that he has done since taking over the reigns of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan has shown that he is thinking for the future and not afraid of change. With the hiring of Assistant GM Kyle Dubas, Shanahan proved that he is willing to try something new and break the chains from traditions.
  • Chuck Gormley of Comcast Sportsnet Washington: The Washington Capitals, barring a re-signing or a trade, have one roster spot and just over $1 million in cap space left. The biggest holes on the Capitals roster are down the middle at the centre position and on the left-wing. Some names that might yet be acquired to fill one of those spots are UFA’s Saku Koivu or Daniel Carcillo. Antoine Vermette of the Arizona Coyotes is another potential fit, although with a $3.75 million salary the Caps would have to move salary to get him.

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Hayes, Subban, Stars

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Now that the Toronto Maple Leafs have locked up goaltender James Reimer on a two-year, $4.6 million deal, the team’s only remaining RFA is Jake Gardiner. General Manager Dave Nonis expects to have Gardiner signed by the start of camp.

“Talks are on-going,” said Nonis. “Things are going fine. I don’t see any hiccups there.”

  • Josh Rimer: Even though Reimer signed for two-years, speculation of a trade still remains as two-year deals are easier to move.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: After coming off career highs in goals (11), assists (7), and points (18) last season in 53 games with the Florida Panthers, RFA Jimmy Hayes was unable to reach an agreement on a new deal with the team. The two parties will settle their dispute at a hearing in front of a neutral arbitrator next week in Toronto.
  • Allen Muir of Sports Illustrated: P.K. Subban is in line to make a lot of money ($10 million or more at some point during his contract), and he deserves it. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner continues to grow, both in maturity and defensively. With no other player like him in the NHL right now, Subban is the most irreplaceable player on the Canadiens.
  • L.A. Lariviere: There appears to be some progress being made on a Subban deal. When asked if any significant progress was being made, his agent responded, “we’re working on it.”
  • Mark Stepneski of NHL.com: Dallas coach Lindy Ruff is extremely excited about all the different possibilities for his forward group after this offseason’s acquisitions of  Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. 

“I’ve thrown out many a napkin where I’ve scribbled down the lines and the next day they didn’t work out,” Ruff said in an interview with Stars radio host Bruce Levine on The Ticket. “I am anticipating there will be a few more crumpled ones.”

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NHL Rumors II: Gorges, Frolik, Colorado, Ferraro

  • Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier: Former Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Josh Gorges is slowly moving on from the shock that came with Montreal trading him and adjusting to his new life in Buffalo.

“I would’ve loved to stay and try to achieve my ultimate goal in Montreal and win a Stanley Cup there, but that wasn’t meant to be,” Gorges said. “Whatever the reasons, that’s not our job as players to figure out.

“At the end of the day, you live with the decisions that are made above you. We understand that’s the business we’re involved in.”

“Talking with the guys in Buffalo, the management and ownership and some players, that’s our next challenge, is to try to grow a team that can win a championship in Buffalo. That’s where my mindset is, that’s where my head is at.”

  • Gary Lawless: Lawless believes that Winnipeg may be close to re-signing RFA Michael Frolik, as his agent, Larry Walsh, has “gone dark” on Twitter.
  • Mike Halford of NBC Sports: With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga (part 2) over, the Avalanche now turn their attention to RFA Tyson Barrie, who lead the team in goals by a defenseman (13) last season.

“I’m very confident we’ll get something done with Tyson,” Sakic said.

  • Mike Halford of NBC Sports: Detroit has come to an agreement with RFA Landon Ferraro, son of long-time NHL’er and TSN broadcaster Ray Ferraro, on a one-year deal.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators, Wings, Leafs, Avalanche and Canadiens

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Before the Senators traded Jason Spezza to Dallas, they had been working on trading another forward. The deal may have fallen through or put on the back burner. Teams have told the Sun that Colin Greening and Eric Condra are available.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Red Wings right handed defenseman Alexey Marchenko will get a shot to make the big club if they don’t pull off a trade for a defenseman. The Bruins need to move one of their eight defensemen out. Senators Bobby Ryan is entering the last year of his deal and could be the next big name leaving Ottawa. The Maple Leafs could be the front-runner for Mike Babcock if he doesn’t re-sign with the Red Wings next summer.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly is happy they didn’t have to sit through an arbitration hearing, arguing back and forth. The Avalanche were confident they would have won, but they also knew it may not sit well with agent Pat Morris and possibly O’Reilly.

    “I said to Joe, ‘If you win, you also lose,’ and that everybody would lose — the club, the player and the fans,” Morris said. “Joe was very professional about it and very prepared, as was Greg Sherman. We both knew what our upside and our downside was, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see the path to where the middle point was.

    “It’s always a positive when we create a free negotiation based on what we do as opposed to a third party.”

    Joe Sakic said it won’t be a sign-and-trade situation.

  • Mike Chambers: Before the O’Reilly signing yesterday, the Avalanche had about $8,844,000 in salary cap space. When they are able to sign Tyson Barrie, they will be very close to the salary cap.
  • Craig Morgan: Hearing that the Canadiens submitted a $1.65 salary arbitration number for Lars Eller, who submitted $3.1 million.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Atlantic Division

The NHL’s salary cap system was put in place after the 2004-05 lockout to try to even the playing field between teams and eliminate over-spending.

As you know, over-spending still happens, and there are still teams (Boston, Chicago, LA, etc.) who are far superior to others (Edmonton, Florida, Buffalo, etc.).

The cap has virtually just called for more creative long-term contracts when trying to land, or keep, a marque free agent (think Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane) and shorter, small contracts for mediocre players.

Some teams struggle to hit the cap floor, while some struggle to stay under the max. Let’s take a look at each teams cap situation for the coming 2014-15 season, as well as the 2015-16 season.

This will be written as a four part series over the next week, looking at one division’s teams at a time.

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NHL Rumors IV: Friedman Talks Maple Leafs

  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “Obviously the relationship between the Leafs & Franson isn’t easy. Have had contract battles for a few years in a row now” … “It’s pretty clear Franson wasn’t happy at times last year with the team & they weren’t happy with him” … “He’s [Franson] a right shot guy who can score points & those guys are hard to find”… “There have been some teams sniffing around Franson. I think Calgary was one.” … “The Leafs know they just can’t give Franson away, he’s too talented. But the other teams know…””…, are they going to give up a good piece for a guy who is 1 year away from testing the market?” … “The Leafs are in a bit of a tough spot. Teams that are trying to trade with them are in a tough spot”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “I think there were a couple of different options between the Leafs & Habs for Gorges.” … “I think there was also a chance that Montreal would have done it [the Gorges deal] for a draft pick
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “The Leafs still have a bit of [cap] room. They still need to get the Reimer situation sorted out”
  • Hope Smoke: Eliotte Friedman: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bridge deal for Gardiner. A 2 year thing.” … “I would suspect, and this is purely guess work on my end with the number, but in the mid $2s [For Jake Gardiner]” … “They’ve had some conversations [RE Gardiner deal] about it & there aren’t expectations that it will be a brutal deal to get done”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “One of the things I kind of heard that the Leafs around the draft had some cap flexibility and offered to take on some $ to get an asset back in return. I don’t know if that’s still something they would do now.” … “This was widely reported earlier, but I know the Leafs took inquiries on a lot of their players to see what the return would be” … “The Leafs received a couple of calls for Lupul, but he’s a 25 goal guy making $5.25 million.” … “If you trade Lupul are going to be able to replace him for that number? That’s a pretty good cap hit” … “I’m not so convinced the Leafs are willing to do that [trading Lupul] anymore”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “If Reimer is back in Toronto next year I’m sure he’d be disappointed & would prefer to be somewhere else…” … “…but in the end if he isn’t a professional who are you hurting? Yourself. It’s a small league.” … “Who would go out there and make a deal for Reimer if they see him as being a downer? I just don’t see Reimer being like that”

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors II: Johansen, Five Arbitration Cases and No Setoguchi For Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen may still be far apart in contract talks, but at least they have been in contact after weeks of no communication. A source saying that Johansen’s camp recently sent a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, a two-year deal. Johansen said last month that the Blue Jackets “bridge” offer was a slap in the face. To date, term has been the major stumbling block, with the Johansen looking long-term and the Blue Jackets looking short term.

    “Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus,” said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. “That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

    “He was very excited to see the club wrap up Brandon Dubinsky with such a long-term contract (earlier this month). That’s the kind of player he wants as a teammate, the kind of player he wants beside him.”

    It’s unclear what both sides are offering on a two-year deal, and how far apart they are on salary.

  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Five interesting salary arbitration cases that are schedule to begin today.Vladimir Sobotka – determining salary for when he decides to return to the NHL.

    Ryan O’Reilly – had a $6.5 million salary last season, with the Avalanche trying to get much lower than that. Recorded 28 goals and 64 points, while picking up the Lady Byng Trophy.

    James Reimer – had 3.29 GAA last year, but a .911 save percentage. Had $1.8 million salary cap hit last year, $1.6 million in salary.

    Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard – the Rangers have about $12.3 million available for four roster players.

    P.K. Subban – comparable to when the Predators and Shea Weber went to arbitration. Weber was awarded $7.5 million in 2011. Subban could break Weber’s ruling record.

  • Andrew Walker: Free agent Devin Setoguchi won’t be signing with the Maple Leafs. He is considering two teams in the East.

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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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