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NHL Rumors: Kevin Hayes and the 2015 Winter Classic

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Source confirms that the Bruins have interest in UFA Kevin Hayes. Hayes is looking for a situation where he could compete for an NHL roster spot this season. That wouldn’t happen in Chicago. Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton leaving the Bruins has opened up a forward roster spot or two, and with Hayes getting a entry-level deal, it could work financially as well. The Panthers and Flames are said to be among the teams interested in him. The Panthers have his brother Jimmy, and he has former college linemates in Calgary. Sources several weeks ago said the Predators and Avalanche were also interested. Other teams that have been mentioned include the Rangers, Coyotes and Penguins.
  • Alex Prewitt and Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post: (s/t Chris Peters of CBS Sports) The Capitals will face the Blackhawks at this years Winter Classic, but the venue for the January 1st game has not been officially announced yet. Nationals Park is the likely venue for the game, but they have also looked at RFK Stadium and FedEx Field.

    The chief executive of Events DC, the city authority that administers RFK Stadium, said his agency has had no direct role in the Winter Classic site discussions in months.

    Under the Nationals’ lease with the city, the team would have final say in allowing the use of the publicly financed, city-owned ballpark. Events DC CEO Greg O’Dell said Friday he understands negotiations between the Nationals and the NHL are ongoing. “I have not been told definitively by anybody that they have ceased discussions,” he said.

    O’Dell said his agency floated RFK Stadium as a possible location for the Winter Classic months ago and had some discussions with the NHL about that site, but the league has not approached Events DC about RFK since talks with the Nationals began.

    The NHL also inquired about the mall.

    According to a spokesperson for the National Parks Service, the NHL made an informal enquiry about using the National Mall, but no permit applications have been issued.

    The Redskins and Cowboys play at FedEx Field on the December 28th, so that wouldn’t leave much time to get the rink ready.

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NHL Rumors II: Stars, Blackhawks, Bruins and Maple Leafs

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (mailbag) Question brings up rumors of Patrick Sharp and possibly Brent Seabrook being available through trade in the Blackhawks attempt to get under the salary cap. Though Sharp’s name has been in the rumors, Heika notes that defensemen seem to be the focus now, mainly Johnny Oduya and his $3.375 million cap hit (one-year left). Sharp doesn’t really fit in with the Stars. Heika doesn’t see the Stars going after a Dman like Oduya. Seabrook would be a long-shot to moved this offseason, and but you never know next offseason. Seabrook would definitely fit in with the Stars though.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: (mailbag) Haggerty thinks that defenesmen David Warsofsky and Adam McQuaid are the favorites to be traded when they look to lessen their surplus on the blueline. GM Peter Chiarelli should wait until teams start calling them. Johnny Boychuk could also be moved to help with their cap issue, but he’s an important part of the team.David Krejci could be worth $7 million a season on his next deal.There is a mutual interest between the Bruins and Kevin Hayes, but some people close to Hayes said a few weeks ago that the Avalanche and Predators are the favorites.

    There is no reason to trade Carl Soderberg.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Leafs should be adding another assistant GM in the next week or so.

    “There’s always more to do,” Shanahan said Thursday. “Once you get something accomplished, it’s always on to the next thing. I think we made some good changes, but it’s about getting on the ice and playing and competing and seeing what you have and developing.
    “For me, once you do something it’s always: What’s next?”

  • James Mirtle: Brendan Shanahan plans on sitting down with Dion Phaneuf soon to talk about the team, etc.

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NHL News: Coyotes, Seattle, Fisher and Karlsson

  • Craig Morgan Fox Sports Arizona: The Coyotes Arena will now be known as Gila River Arena, pending approval from the Glendale City Council vote on September 9th. The deal is believed to be worth $30 million over 10 years. The naming of the arena will be just part of their partnership. The deal could mean $600,000 a year for the City of Glendale.
  • Craig Morgan: “No issues are expected with the Glendale City Council vote on Sept. 9 so name should be in place by Sept. 10 for the start of training camp. That last tweet is logical. Why would the City of Glendale oppose a deal that will bring it more money off the arena?”
  • Stephen Cohen of the Seattle PI: A KING/5 TV is reporting that potential Seattle Sonic owner Chris Hensen has a “non-binding” agreement with a potential NHL owner that is from Vancouver with regards to a potential arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood.

    “the two potential ownership groups have signed a ‘non-binding’ agreement which lays out the terms for Coleman’s contribution to the project and his potential revenue streams for a hockey franchise.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Mike Fisher is on track from his ruptured Achilles that happened in early July. Recovery was expected to be four to six months.

    “He’s working out on a regular basis here,” Poile said. “Everything is tracking to date, but the bottom line is still a four- to six-month injury. Optimistically, Thanksgiving and end of November. That’s an optimistic target.”

  • Uffe Bodin: Coyotes third round draft pick Anton Karlsson signed a two-year deal with Skelleftea in Sweden.

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NHL Rumors I: Ellis, DeKeyser, Leddy and Ryan

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have only one RFA unsigned, defenseman Ryan Ellis. It all comes down to money. GM David Poile is hopeful a deal can be reached soon.

    “Like 99 percent of negotiations that aren’t done at this time we just don’t agree exactly on what the dollars should be,” Poile said. “Hopefully it will be done by training camp. That’s what our target is.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings RFA Danny DeKeyser isn’t worried that they haven’t reached an agreement yet.

    “I’m not really worried,” DeKeyser said. “We’re just kind of going back and forth, and we’ll see what happens. It’d be nice to figure out something long term.”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland said the sides spoke earlier this week and will do so again by the end of this week.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Custance thinks the Blackhawks will trade Nick Leddy to help get under the salary cap.Going to hear a lot about Senators pending UFA Bobby Ryan this season. Ottawa doesn’t have a lot of money and he’s going to get paid.

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The Top 10 Best Long-Term NHL Contracts

The NHL is a league that is notorious for its ugly, bad, and sometimes mind-boggling contracts.

With all of the bad contracts seemingly always in the headlines (bad news makes for better stories), it’s easy to forget that even the NHL has its fair share of deals that can be considered gems.

For this list, because it’s harder for teams to sign good long-term deals, only current players who are on deals consisting of six or more years apply.

Honourable mentions: Taylor Hall (7 years, $42M total, $6M cap hit, injury prone but an elite offensive talent), Tyler Seguin (6 years, $34.5M total, $5.75M cap hit, party animal wildcard with outstanding offensive flair), James Neal (6 years, $30M total, $5M cap hit, put up near point per game numbers with Penguins but is now is part of a more defensive team in Nashville ) and James van Riemsdyk (6 years, $25.5M total, $4.25M cap hit, with the Leafs he has developed into everything that the Flyers thought he could be).

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 long-term contracts in the NHL.

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NHL Rumors II: Krug and Smith, Molson and Subban, Ellis and Bishop

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: It’s all quiet with regards to the Bruins and RFA defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith. Both don’t have a options or leverage. Krug is probably looking at one- or two-year deal with a cap of between $1.5 and $2.5 million. After bonuses last year, Krug hit $1.7 million. Source said that Krug has been given a sizable offer from the KHL that includes a big signing bonus. Krug’s agent wouldn’t confirm or deny the KHL offer.
  • Jack Todd of the Ottawa Citizen: A highly placed source said that Canadiens owner Geoff Molson overruled GM Marc Bergevin when it came to P.K. Subban’s new contract. When both sides headed to arbitration and it looked like Subban would be getting a one-year deal and potentially an unhappy defenseman, Molson stepped in and made the decision on the eight-year, $72 million contract.
  • Josh Cooper: Appearing that the Predators and RFA defenseman Ryan Ellis are not close on a new contract (as of yesterday morning).
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop took shots last week, the first time since his wrist surgery. He’s hoping to be ready for training camp.

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NHL Rumors: Methot, Bissonnette, Isles, Holland and Weber

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Marc Methot is scheduled to become a UFA at the season. They had been talking about a contract extension, but they are at a stalemate, so don’t expect a long-term deal anytime soon. Methot is scheduled to make $3.75 million this season, and has been compared to Brooks Orpik and Matt Carle. The Senators are also talking to pending 2015 UFAs Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Craig Anderson. The Sens could look to trade Methot later in the season if they can’t agree on an extension.
  • Craig Morgan: Sources saying the Capitals, Wild and Penguins are teams showing interest in Paul Bissonnette.
  • Daniel Friedman: Thinks one of the biggest reasons the Islanders should look at adding a defenseman is that he’s not sure you can rely on Lubomir Visnovsky to remain healthy all season.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Peter Holland is almost assured to the make the Maple Leafs out of camp as he would have to clear waivers. He’d likely be claimed and the Leafs don’t want to lose him.
  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: Dadoun looks at if it would make sense for the Predators to trade Shea Weber. Predators GM David Poile has said he won’t move him.

    “We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around him,” Poile said in June. He added, “Why wouldn’t we build our team around him?”

    Weber’s cap hit is $7.9 million, but his contract was heavily front loaded. He’ll get $14 million for two more years, $12 million for another two, then it drops further. The Preds have some nice young defensemen in Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Seth Jones. If the Predators are not a great bet to make the playoffs in the future, why not make the move? Weber seems to be on board with remaining with the Predators and is optimistic with their future, but would more losing change that thought.

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Top 10 “Value” Free Agent Signings

With how rare it is to acquire talent in the NHL, most teams find themselves coming out of the offseason with their pockets emptied by free agents and the ridiculous prices that the market sets on them.

Once free agency hits, mediocre players become hot commodities and teams usually overpay to get them.

Sometimes, however, good deals are signed and both parties come away winners.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 “value” contracts that were signed during this offseason.

Honourable Mentions:

James Reimer – Toronto Maple Leafs – Two-years, $4.6 million / $2.3 million cap hit

With career numbers of a .914 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average, Reimer has established himself as a very capable goalie in the league. While he may not be a true number one goaltender, he is at worst a goalie who is good enough to play 30-40 games in a split role. With a two-year contract for only $2.3 million per season, the Leafs should have no problem finding a trade partner if need be.

Lars Eller – Montreal Canadiens – Four-years, $14 million / $3.5 million cap hit

Never eclipsing 30 points in any of his five seasons in the league, Eller has yet to establish himself as a reliable forward in the NHL. With that said, this past postseason Eller finished behind only Subban in scoring, with 13 points in 17 games. At only $3.5 million until the age of 29, the Canadiens might have gotten themselves a steal if that kind of production continues.

On to the top 10.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Central Division

Continuing on from where we left off on Thursday with the Metropolitan Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the Western Conference teams, starting today with the Central Division.

*All figures according to, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 3: Western Conference – Central Division 

Chicago Blackhawks 2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 23 (14 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $71,216,795
Overages: $60,000
Cap Space: -$2,216,795
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: The Blackhawks are in a very familiar position for this time of year, over the salary cap maximum. With no RFA’s remaining and 23 players onboard for next season, the current group is basically what you will see on the ice once October comes along. Being just over $2 million over the cap obviously means that a few moves have to be made, but that shouldn’t be a problem for GM Stan Bowman; it never has been before. Read the rest of this entry »

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NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Predators, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Loui Eriksson could find himself on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    “I’m really comfortable with that. It’s a different look, but (Eriksson) is a very smart player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said July 1 when asked about the idea of Eriksson slotting into the vacant first-line spot. “He’s a great two-way player. He plays a very smart game. I saw him play with the Sedins — he can play at that level. He can play on the matchup, so …

    “But having said that, he can move down the lineup and he’s comfortable with it. So I mean, the options are there. It would be nice to get a right shot — that would be a priority at some point — but I have no problem with (Eriksson) playing on that top line, and I’ve talked to (Krejci) about it, and he welcomes it. If you watch how Loui plays, he plays a real give-and-go game, and he’s very smart, passes to areas … He’s very compatible with (Krejci).”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are likely finished with free agency, but there are still a couple UFAs that might help them out: Daniel Alfredsson, Devin Setoguchi and Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators are looking to add some offense through the trade market, they could look at Jets Evander Kane. Cooper thinks the Predators should stay away from Kane due to his character issues. The Predators have pieces like Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis that might interest the Jets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has spoken with Chad LaRose’s agent. Sides are still in the talking stage.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks are still likely to be looking to add an experienced goalie on a two-way deal.
  • Lowetide: “One thing about trading Eberle is current GM didn’t draft him. History tells us it’s easier for a GM to deal a previously procured talent.”

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