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Morning Hits: Buyouts, Awards, Canadiens and Murray Not Worried About Draft Lottery Change

  • David Pagnotta: “Players signed to new deals under new CBA can be bought out this summer, but don’t count towards compliance buyouts.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Talked to 16 coaches about some NHL awards. Jack Adams: 11 of 16 voted for Patrick Roy, finishing ahead of Julien, Babcock, Cooper and Boudreau. Calder: Nathan MacKinnon was unanimous. He was well ahead of Palat, Krug, Tyler Johnson. Next group: Monahan, Maatta, H Lindholm, Jones, Kreider. Selke: 10 of 16 voted for Patrice Bergeron, then followed by Toews, Kopitar and Backes.
  • Habs Links: Elliotte Friedman: ”I think Therrien has enormous standards for Subban & he’s not going to bend them” Implying that  he’s harder on his better players.
  • Tony Marinaro: Carey Price, Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin remaining in Montreal as team heads to Chicago.
  • Mark Spector: “In the end, the highest % for building is at draft. Free agency has lost value. Trading can work, but augments. Rebuilds slower under cap”
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: There has been talk of adjusting the draft lottery system to avoid teams from tanking. Sabres GM Tim Murray is worried about it.

    “We’ve all heard that talk of the five-team, five-year rotation, things like that, but there’s been really no appetite to do that,” Murray said. “They don’t think there’s any appetite right now to change it. I believe if there is an appetite to change it, if they’re going to make a drastic change, it has to be something like three to five years out so it doesn’t affect somebody that’s in that position now.

    “From what I understand, they’re not worried about tanking for McDavid and Eichel.”

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Morning Rumors: Subban, Sabres, Rangers, Kane, Canucks, Stastny, Expansion, Jets and Scouting Avs-Coyotes

  • Insider Trading TSN: LeBrun: The rising salary cap could help P.K. Subban. He may have to decide if he should sign an eight year deal, with the cap potentially being $100 when that deal is done or to sign a three or four year deal and see what he could get after that. The Canadiens will be looking long-term.McKenzie: If the cap rises to $75-80 million, max deals could go as high as $15-16 million a year. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews can start negotiating new deal this summer. Steven Stamkos will be a free agent in 2016. Agents and players think it’s only a matter of time before some are making between $12-14 million.

    Dreger: There is nothing imminent with the firing of Islanders coach Jack Capuano. GM Garth Snow is looking for a top-pairing defenseman.

    McKenzie: The Sabres GM search list may have now grown to six to 10 names.

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Alain Vigneault on what he wants the Rangers to look like and what might have to happen.

    “I look at the Detroit Red Wings—who I know well, because I coached against them for the last seven years—they’ve had no toughness, per se, as far as that type of personality, at no point other than [Jordin] Tootoo the last couple of years, but those guys play hard,” Vigneault explained, as per Newsday. “They have the puck and they say “Try and get it from me” or if they don’t have it, they battle like hell to get it back. That’s the team toughness that I’m hoping we get here.

    “Maybe we’ll get there by changing some personnel, adding a little more toughness, we’re at .500, I’m trying.”

  • Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: Willis notes that there seems to be a riff between the Jets and Evander Kane and that Kane is from Vancouver. Trading for Kane would not be easy.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater poses the question if the Avalanche should sign Paul Stastny to a contract extension or look to trade him? If Stastny remains, Nathan MacKinnon would then be their 3rd line center or move to wing and play on one of the top two lines. The Canadiens have been scouting the Avalanche and Dater has been told they are looking hard at Stastny. The Maple Leafs could use a center and you have to think they’ve been considering making an offer. There have been no talks between the Avs and Stastny.
  • Darren Dreger: Gary Bettman said there is lots of expressions of interest in expansion. The NHL is willing to listen, but a decision on expansion hasn’t been made.
  • Mark Spector: Bettman: ”We’ve gone from people saying we should relocate to talk now of expansion. People need to slow down.”
  • Chris Stevenson: Bettman on the potential of having an outdoor game in Winnipeg: “It’s still a work in progress, but at some point in the next few years. Perhaps ’16, perhaps not, we’ll have an outdoor game in Winnipeg.”
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets chairman Mark Chipman confirmed that they’ll be holding the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg.

    “The NHL has confirmed to me they are going to do an outdoor game in Winnipeg. I don’t have a specific date to announce but it would be our preference that we do it in the 2015-16 season,” Chipman told the Free Press Monday evening in the lobby of the Inn at Spanish Bay. “The date hasn’t been confirmed but our preference is to do it then. The league’s commitment to doing an outdoor game in our city is fantastic. It’s something we’ve been talking about for some time and it’s part of a significant strategy to do outdoor games and it will be great to be a part of it. We just have to firm up some details and hopefully we’ll have a date to announce fairly soon.”

  • Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avs – Coyotes: Flames, Canucks, Jets, Penguins, Canadiens, and Lightning (2).

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Morning Rumors: Khudobin, Peters, Mason, Vanek, Diaz, Callahan, Gleason, Dubnyk, Bryzgalov and World Juniors

  • Craig Custance: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is close to returning to the lineup, and the Hurricanes are getting some trade interest in both Khudobin and Justin Peters.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it could be to distracting to have heavy contract negotiations with Steve Mason during the season.
  • Matt Larkin: “Time to fire up the Thomas Vanek trade rumor circus again.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens and Raphael Diaz continue to work on a new contract. Diaz is in the final year of a his two-year, $2.45 million contract. Diaz could get over $2 million a year in a new deal. GM Marc Bergevin continues to get inquiries about potential trades. Scott Mellanby, the Canadians Director of Player Development was at the Jets-Rangers game last night.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: When asked if there were any contract talks with the Rangers about an extension, Ryan Callahan responded with:

    “There’s absolutely nothing going on with that.”

    “It’s something that will take care of itself,” Callahan said when asked if he is bothered by the lack of progress toward an extension. “I’ll play this year and see what happens after that.”

    The Senators, along with the Blackhawks, had two scouts watching the Rangers. The Senators have talked the Rangers about Michael Del Zotto.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Trade speculation around Gleason has been constant. I’ve been told something was close.” … ”At the moment though he still hasn’t been approached about waiving his NTC. Dicey situation with a veteran guy like Gleason”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov will be UFAs at the end of the season and one will likely be available for trade by the trade deadline.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are implying that Morgan Rielly won’t be made available for the World Juniors. Flames Sean Monahan is still out with an injury. Can’t see the Avalanche allowing Nathan MacKinnon to go. Capitals Tom Wilson isn’t playing much for them. Chris Stevenson: Hockey Canada’s Scott Salmond said that at this point, he been informed that MacKinnon and Wilson will not be made available by their NHL teams.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think that Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson have played well together, Clarkson moved to the checking line at practice yesterday.

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Morning Hits: 2012 Draft, Backlund, New Avs lines, Dubnyk and the Sabres

  • Aaron Portzline: Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was thrilled when the Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray in 2012. The Blue Jackets wouldn’t have drafted Yakupov at No 2. Portzline thinks (if remembers correctly) that Howson would have taken Alex Galchenyuk at No. 2 if the Oilers had taken Murray at No. 1. Howson liked Murray so much, he had turned down all of the Islanders draft picks for the No. 2 slot.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames forward Mikael Backlund was benched for a good part of the 2nd period and was demoted to the 4th line.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon is likely to replace Matt Duchene on the teams first line, centering Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. Paul Stastny will center Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau. John Mitchell centering Cody McLeod and Max Talbot.
  • Jason Gregor: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Sabres coach Ted Nolan:

    “There’s some maneuvering room we can do here. We checked the farm team, see who’s going well down there. There’s a couple players playing exceptionally well down there that deserve an opportunity. We’ve been tweaking. We’re going to meet right after this and see what we can do.”

    Former GM Darcy Regier’s plan was to use young players and get a high draft pick.

    “We’re going to try to get this thing on proper footing going forward and putting people in position of success versus force-feeding them,” Nolan said. “You see some good organizations and how they go about it. You don’t force-feed somebody and say we’re rebuild. Rebuild is important, but how you rebuild is really important.

    “Like I said, Patty and I have been talking about it since we got involved. I think you can have some young kids, a few of them, but not as many as we have.”

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Morning Hits: Sutter, Kaleta, Rakell, Holland and MacKinnon

  • Bob McKenzie: The Hurricanes put Brett Sutter on waivers. Jon Hoven: If a  put a claim on Brett Sutter, he’d have to stay on the roster for 30 days. Dennis Bernstein: “Why would Kings claim Brett Sutter? Other than family connection, makes zero sense.”
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks have recalled Rickard Rakell and returned Peter Holland.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avs moved Nathan MacKinnon to the right side with Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog when Alex Tanguay was injured. It makes sense if he sees some more action there.

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NHL Rookie Watch: Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnonNathan MacKinnon Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 09/01/1995
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 182
Position: C
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round, 1st overall in 2013 by Colorado

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus - @coreypronman

Year in Review: MacKinnon was a dominant player in the QMJHL, and he elevated his game in the postseason.

The Good: MacKinnon is one of the best skaters to ever emerge from the NHL Entry Draft, an elite and arguably a generational player in that area. He accompanies that with a high level of skill, vision, finishing ability, and grit. He plays with a high level of competitiveness, be it driving the net, or trying to win battles.

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Morning Rumors: Vanek, Chaisson, Depres, Ducks, Penguins, Gardiner, Ryan, Glencross and the Flyers

  • Jim Matheson: Lots of people think that Thomas Vanek may take a pay-cut and sign with the Wild in the summer. He went to school in Minnesota and is good friends with Jason Pominville.

    Nathan MacKinnon is living J.S. Giguere’s basement.

    The Bruins tried to get Alex Chaisson included in the Loui Eriksson-Tyler Seguin trade. The Stars sent Rielly Smith and Matt Fraser instead.

    With the strong play of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, Simon Despres may now be used as trade bait.

    The Ducks need a defenseman with Sheldon Souray and Luca Sbisa out. The Leafs are looking to move John-Michael Liles, the Flyers have Andrej Meszros and the Penguins have Despres.

    The Penguins will look for a backup goalie.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Filip Kuba is still hoping to get an NHL deal.

    Mark Messier will be re-joining that Oilers as a consultant.

    Before Cory Schneider was sent to the Devils, one rumored deal was to the Oilers for their 1st and 2nd round picks, as well as Martin Marincin. Big asking price but would be trading a goalie within their division.

    There has been some talk between the Maple Leafs and some teams about Jake Gardiner. If the Leafs are going to consider trading Gardiner, it would be for a young asset or assets. Friedman speculates that teams like the Stars, Panthers and Wild might be interested. Gardiner was impressive during the Boston series last year, but some scouts still have questions.

    Word is the Ducks received four serious offers for Bobby Ryan. A couple reasons as to why he landed in Ottawa are that the Senators didn’t need to send salary back and that the Ducks wanted a 1st round pick included.

    If Ilya Bryzgalov signed in the KHL, he’d have to clear waivers if he returned to the NHL.

  • Frank Seravlli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers have been “sniffing around” but may have trouble finding a partner this early in the season. The Flyers have been looking at Curtis Glencross. The Flames are desperate for someone to play with Mark Giordano, and the Flyers have a bunch of high-priced defensemen. Glencross has a no-trade clause. The Flyers scouted the Flames last week, Ron Hextall (assistant GM) and Chris Pryor (director of scouting) attended. Dave Brown (head pro scout) watched the Flames in Columbus. The Flames scouted the Flyers home opener last week. The Flyers also had a scout at the Flames home opener. The Flames had a scout watching the Flyers and Hurricanes. The Flyers may also be interested in Sven Baertschi.
  • Bob McKenzie on NHL Live: Flyers coaching change, Holmgren’s future and the spin-o-rama.

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Morning Rumors: Vrbata, Stastny, Reimer-Bernier and Yakupov-Murray

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Radim Vrbata and the Coyotes have shelved contract talks until the end of the season. Vrbata is in the last year of three-year, $9 million deal. He’s scored 90 goals over the past four seasons.

    “Radim’s intent at this time is to focus on playing,” Evans said. “We had some discussion with the team. I’m not going to get into details, but we had discussions with them up until the day before the season started and when it didn’t lead to a new deal, we made it clear that from that point forward Radim was going to focus on playing.

    “So any type of contract discussion would be a distraction for him. It’s an important season for him and an important season for the Coyotes, and he’s focused on playing the game and helping his team win.”

    Vrbata had hoped to get a deal done before the season started.

    “If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to get paid more,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “We have no problem paying on performance. We’ve always been able to find ways, for the most part, to keep the people we want to keep. So he seems comfortable with it and if (Thursday) night is any indication, he’s going to have a monster year, and I hope he does.”

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Many people think the Avalanche will have to trade one of their centers, Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny or Nathan MacKinnon, with the odds on favorite being Stastny. Stastny is in the last year of his deal that is paying him $6.6 million. If Stastny changed his game into more of third line role (and took less money) and was happy with that, may be the only hope for him remaining with the team. Unlikely. The Avs need help on the blueline and Stastny could be that trade chip. The Avs play over the first two-thirds of the season could determine what happens with Stastny. He could be a rental if they are out of it.
  • Michael Grange: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle after James Reimer was pulled after allowing four goals and Jonathan Bernier coming in and not allowing a goal and picking up the shootout win: ”It makes is easier, it makes it easier.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “To answer @FriedgeHNIC‘s on air question, re: Yakupov vs Murray, and I suspect he knew answer: Yes, majority of EDM scouts wanted Murray. Decision to take Yakupov over Murray came from a higher authority. That’s not indictment of decision, only saying how it was arrived at.”

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Morning Hits: Dvorak, Morrow, MacKinnon, Stewart, Scouting Avs-Ducks and Erat

  • Michael Smith: The Hurricanes sign Radek Dvorak to a one-year deal, $600,000 NHL deal. He’ll get $125,000 in the AHL, $250,000 is guaranteed.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Brenden Morrow is still having visa issues with his status for tonight up in the air.
  • Dobber Hockey: Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon had his first NHL shift last night with Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau.
  • Igor Eronko: Anthony Stewart signed a one-year deal with Avtomobilist of the KHL.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche – Ducks game: St. Louis, Winnipeg, Toronto, two from Montreal, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Interesting that Montreal had two scouts present.
  • Katie Carerra of the Washington Post: Capitals Martin Erat seems unsure of his role with the team.

    “It’s very frustrating. I don’t know what to think about it. It’s hard, I have no idea what’s happening,” Erat said following practice Wednesday. “If you played 11 years in the league, I don’t think you lose your position in three or four games in the preseason. I don’t know.”

    Erat played the right side in Nashville. Was moved to the left side when he arrived in Washington last year. Played two games at center this preseason.

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Morning Hits: Despres, Lightning, Red Wings, Fraser, 2013 draft picks and St. Louis

  • Dave Molinari: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the “major portion” of the decision to send Simon Despres to the AHL was that he is waiver-exempt.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The sending of Ondrej Palat to the AHL and recalling of Brett Connolly is just a paper trail by the Lightning. Palat will be recalled and Connolly will be sent back down.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings recall goalie Petr Mrazek to replace Jonas Gustavsson (groin). Jared Coreau and Xavier Ouellet were sent to the minors.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser on his helmet negotiation with Canadiens Travis Moen: “To save his hand I was willing to take my helmet off … took a couple secs for him to hear.”
  • Russ Bitely: 2013 1st round draft picks that made opening night rosters: Nathan MacKinnon, Sasha Barkov, Seth Jones, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Rasmus Ristolainen, Valeri Nichushkin and Nikita Zadorov.
  • James Mirtle: The Lightning named Martin St. Louis team captain.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils unanimously voted no to hybrid icing.

    “Surprised would be an understatement,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said today of the rule being approved. “I don’t have anything more to say on it than that. I thought it was pretty clear in exhibition that it was … I’m just surprised.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur will either start the season opener on Thursday or their home opener on Friday. He has started 18 consecutive season openers.

    “Probably, but it’s going to be up to (coach Pete DeBoer),” he said. “We play back-to-backs. I’m not sure what he has in the back of his mind there. We haven’t really talked about it since I’m back as far as which game I’ll play. For sure I’m not going to play both, so it could be to give me an extra day. Who knows?”

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Injury Notes: Gagner, Voracek, Stalberg, Boll, Laich, MacKenzie, Daley and MacKinnon

  • Bob McKenzie: The doctors who did Oilers Sam Gagner’s jaw surgery said he’ll be out the lineup for two months.
  • David Strehle: Flyers Jakub Voracek left last nights game with an upper-body injury. Sam Carchidi: Injured his lower-back after crashing into the post.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Predators Viktor Stalberg left last nights game with an upper-body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Jared Boll will miss at least the final three preseason games with an upper-body injury.
    “He’s going to be sidelined for a bit,” coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know exactly (how long) — it could be a few days, it could be a week or two weeks. Something like that.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich left practice with tightness in his left hip flexor again.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley is not expected to be ready by the start of the season because of his upper-body injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs coach Patrick Roy hints that Nathan MacKinnon will be in the lineup tomorrow.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Red Wings, Rangers, Avs, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Devils, Stars, Bruins, Flyers and Sharks

  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning Teddy Purcell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Johan Franzen (hip) practiced yesterday and will play today.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson (groin) practiced yesterday. Darren Helm (groin/back) practiced yesterday morning.
  • Helene St. James: Patrick Eaves is out two to four weeks with a slight ankle sprain and MCL sprain.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are doing everything in practice but contact. There is no timetable on when they will start contact. Callahan is able to shoot a little harder than Hagelin.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon won’t play this weekend due to a hip flexor. The Avs say it’s not serious.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin has a ‘dent’ on the right side of his foot. He’s limping a bit, but said “it’s really not bad.”
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier has irritation on his knee from his new equipment.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is out one to two weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • David Alter: Leafs Joffrey Lupul might play this weekend.
  • David Alter: Leafs Nazem Kadri said his hand is fine, just a bruise.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is ‘day-to-day’ and not concerned about it long-term.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Scott Glennie is expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
  • Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has missed the first three preseason games, but will get into the lineup on Saturday. He’s recovering from a punctured lung, a separated shoulder, a broken rib and torn rib cartilage that he suffered during the Stanley Cup final.
  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers Claude Girouxcould be ready for Tuesday’s preseason game against the Devils.

    “I’d love to, that’s for sure,” Giroux said. “As long as my hand lets me be 100 percent Tuesday, I’d love to play. We’ll see how I feel then.”

  • Tim Sassone: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews said he was battling a hip flexor.
  • David Pollak: Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Raffi Torres’ injury: ”I have no idea right now. Don’t even want to speculate.” Torres was seen leaving the dressing room with his right knee bandaged and walking with a limp.

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