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NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs, Capitals, Predators, Selanne, Spezza, Byfuglien and Giguere

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: If the Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle, some coaches that they may be interested in: Mike Keenan, John Hynes (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach), Peter Laviolette and Kevin Dineen. The Leafs have $49 million committed to 12 players next season, leaving about $22 million for 11 more players. Low cost players like Petter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam, Jerry D’Amigo and Spencer Abbott could be used. That would leave about $18 million for eight players. UFAs: Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement, Mason Raymond, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger. RFAs: James Reimer, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland, Carter Ashton, D’Amigo and Abbott. The Leafs could use their RFAs as trade bait. Reimer is likely gone, especially if Randy Carlyle stays. Gardiner may want $3 million a year, and could be used as trade bait for a top center.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis may not bring GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates back. Leonsis must also look at Alex Ovechkin, is he part of the solution or part of the problem? Do they look to see if a new coach could change him or look to move him out?

    It’s hard to see John Tortorella returning to the Canucks.

    Randy Carlyle will likely be fired by Maple Leafs. The Leafs appear to be ready to make some major moves this offseason, with Nazem Kadri possibly the center piece of a deal.

    The Predators may look at firing coach Barry Trotz. He won’t be out of work long if they let him go.

  • Chris Johnston: “I would not be surprised to see Teemu Selanne return to the NHL next year. In Sochi, he made it clear that he still has more to give.”
  • Sens Chirp: TSNs Brent Wallace on whether Jason Spezza will be back with the Senators next year, “probably not.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Dustin Byfuglien will start next year at forward.
  • Lisa Hillary: When asked if last night’s game against the Ducks would be his last regular season game, Avs J.S. Giguere said: ”Well I have flown in my family for the game.” Eric Stephens: When talking with Giguere a few weeks ago, Giguere said it’s most certainly it for him. Didn’t want it to get out there.
  • David Pagnotta: Sabres coach Ted Nolan: ”I’m a strong believer in laying a foundation… Timmy and I will have a good chance to reevaluate what we’ve got (this off-season).”

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NHL Rumors II: Jets, Predators, Canucks, Panthers, Hurricanes, Oilers and Maple Leafs

  • Elliotte Friedman: Evander Kane’s recent benching doesn’t mean he’ll be traded by the Jets. There would be plenty of teams interested if they decide to trade him. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff may quietly test the trade market for Kane. The Jets could look to trade a defenseman for a forward to increase their options.

    Friedman thinks the Predators may take a run at Thomas Vanek.

    For the Canucks: “the Aquilini family’s gone quiet, letting the season play out before announcing any decisions. One owner said last week he thinks they are looking at the financial implications of a “clean sweep,” starting all over again. It’s a big number, because you also have to factor in the replacements and how much that will affect your on-ice business. Do you want to buy out anyone? What do you want to add? Mike Gillis was telling the truth last week when he said he didn’t know if he’d be back. I don’t think anyone there knows yet what ownership will do.”

    Friedman could see the Panthers having interest in Dave Bolland.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Hurricanes Eric Staal could be made available, but the cost would be huge. If the Oilers were interested, the Hurricanes would likely be looking for something other than Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov. They would be interested in getting a high end defenseman back. Staal has a cap hit of $8.25 million cap hit with salaries of $9.25 million and $9.5 million. The Hurricanes may be more interested in moving Cam Ward. If Paul Maurice remains with the Jets, Matheson could see them taking a run at Ward. The Jets would then need to find a taker for Ondrej Pavelec.
  • The Fourth Period: The Hurricanes are expected to move goalie Cam Ward this offseason. Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner’s name has been in the rumor mill. The Leafs were among the teams that inquired about Skinner earlier this season. The Canes had spoken with a few teams about Ward, who holds a no-trade clause.
  • The Fourth Period: Nikolai Kulemin doesn’t appear to be in the Leafs future. They did have him on the trade market earlier in the season, but decided to hold on to him. It has been rumored that the Penguins could have interest in the pending UFA. James Reimer and Nazem Kadri are expected to be traded this summer.

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NHL Rumors: Sedin’s, Reimer, Pavelec, Brassard, Grabovski, Bolland and Islanders Sale

  • Adam Proteau of The Hockey News: Proteau thinks the Canucks should look to trade Daniel and Henrik Sedin, as well as Ryan Kesler for the best deals they can get. The Sedin’s will be 34 at the start of next season and are signed through 2018.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Wiebe wonders if the Jets would target Maple Leafs pending RFA James Reimer this offseason. The Jets could buyout the remaining three years of Ondrej Pavelec’s deal or attempt to trade him, while retaining some of the salary.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Senators are trying to trade the rights to goalie Francois Brassard. If they can’t move him, he’ll go back into the draft.
  • Igor Eronko: Mikhail Grabovski’s dad said that contract extension talks are “at the final stage.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I don’t think Nonis is contemplating 7-8 years @ $5. Bozak’s group was looking for similar last year” … ”Leafs need to start putting squeeze on Bolland like Leafs did with Bozak. Difference is, Bolland is a 3rd line C” … ”Leafs have boxed themselves in a bit with the Clarkson deal. If money isn’t fit in Toronto, then good on him. Find it elsewhere” … ”If you’re going to identify your core and pay your core then the Leafs better damn have a coach willing to play the young/cheap guys” … ”I think it will come down to Bolland v Kadri. Problem is you don’t have a crystal ball knowing where Kadri will be in 2 years” … ”We know what Bolland is. He’s proven that in Chicago and he is solid on and off the ice. If you’re asking me? I choose Bolland” … ”If you deem Kadri can’t become the guy who pushes Bozak at that top line C then you get value for him now”
  • Chris Botta of the Sports Business Daily: Islanders may be valued at $370 million according to a financial industry source. Owner Charles Wang has been in talks with Andrew Barroway, but the group may be currently short on funds. The group is looking to raise another $30 to $50 million. There is one scenario that could see Wang remaining the majority owner, with Barroway’s group owning between 30 and 49 percent by this summer. They would start taking on more ownership in future season.

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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … ”Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … ”Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: ”I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … ”I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs and Hope Smoke Edition: Staal, Tavares and Stastny

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If Eric Staal is available, is that type of player the guy who entices Nonis to trade Kadri and Gardiner and whatever else for him?”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger added that it’s possible that Islanders John Tavares could reach a point where he doesn’t want to be in New York any longer. No intel on the matter, just a feeling by Dreger. Dreger: ”Rick Nash didn’t want to be the guy to come home to Toronto. Tavares is the type of guy who could handle Toronto
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think one way or another Kadri or Gardiner get addressed this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I don’t think the Leafs pay Bolland over $5 million in the summer.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”Colorado is prepared to pay Stastny $5 million this summer. If he wants more, he’s going to go somewhere else” ….  Adrian Dater responded ”the Toronto Maple Leafs”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I don’t know how the Leafs win a lottery like the Ducks did when they acquired Pronger. Those guys aren’t moved & don’t hit UFA” … ”The Leafs are off to a good start in fixing their blueline with Gardiner & Rielly”

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Morning Rumors: Staal’s, Skinner, Ward, Subban, Miller and Maple Leafs

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jim Rutherford is expected to step down as the teams general manager after the season. He could remain on as their president, a position he currently holds as well. Ron Francis is expected to take over the GM position. Francis has been working with Rutherford and handles many of their day-to-day operation duties.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”I was told a couple of weeks ago that Ron Francis will take over as GM in Carolina”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks at least one offensive minded Maple Leafs forward will be moved for a more defensive player.Both P.K. Subban and Ryan Miller have chosen to wait until after the season to talk contract, despite their teams willing to talk.

    After the season the Hurricanes and Eric Staal will see if their relationship is worth preserving. Eric has been playing on the wing with Jordan and Alex Semin.

    It’s likely that the Hurricanes could look to move out some salary this summer. Two players who they could look at moving are Cam Ward (no trade clause) and Jeff Skinner. Other teams have been told that Ward is healthy. The Hurricanes may be willing to eat some salary to move Ward.

    Last summer the Hurricanes put Skinner’s name out there, but didn’t seem that serious about moving him. They wanted to see what value he had.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Hurricanes are going to make everyone available at the draft. The Staals, Skinner, Ward anyone for the right price”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: P.K. Subban is believed to be looking for an $8 million per year deal, and hopes to remain with the Canadiens.

    “I’ll tell you this right now: My goal coming into the NHL was to help the Montreal Canadiens win a Stanley CUp. It still is,” Subban told the Sun on Saturday.

    “If I’m not a Montreal Canadien, it won’t be because I don’t want to be there. I have every intention of being there, playing my entire career there.

    “If it doesn’t happen, it’s because it’s a business and not because I don’t want to be there.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”If Leafs miss the playoffs one of two things will happen, replacing the coach or trading guys like Kadri/Gardiner”
  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”At the end of last season the Leafs needed help down the middle & on D. They then went & spent their money on Clarkson”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Is Spott the eventual replacement for Carlyle? I think the Leafs hired him to be the Marlies coach & he needs time there”

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Morning Rumors: Capitals, Halak, Jets, Reimer and the Maple Leafs

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: There have been no contract talks between the Capitals and Jaroslav Halak’s camp, and there won’t be until the season is over.

    “We’re not going to approach those discussions until the end of the season,” Walsh said. “It makes absolutely no sense to be talking when a team is on the cusp of making the playoffs and trying to make the playoffs. It’s just not the right time.”

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless looks at the Jets goaltending situation. There are questions about Ondrej Pavelec and Al Montoya. Montoya is a pending UFA. Pavelec has three years left at $3.9 million per. Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller and Jaroslav Halak are pending UFA, but would be expensive and they would have to clear some salary to bring them in.  Manitoba native James Reimer could interest the Jets. Reimer’s SV% and GAA are slightly better then Pavelec’s, and he could be available this summer.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”There’s still a chance Reimer comes back next year. The Leafs are still comfortable with this duo” … ”We expected this tension from Reimer earlier in the year” … ”Between the Leafs coaching staff & mgmt they don’t believe Reimer can lead them to the promise land. They just don’t” … ”Reimer is an interesting guy. He’s very likeable. That night against Det was a microcosm of what the Leafs feel about him” … ”Against Det Reimer was good and kept the Leafs in the game, but just couldn’t steal the game. They don’t feel he can win them games”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think there are probably more GMs that felt Reimer was a #1 G Last summer than they do now”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”I think the Leafs will be ultra aggressive this summer to address their blueline they need a top 4 guy. Loom for size in top 6 too”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”This summer is a drop-dead date for Kadri and Bolland long-term in Toronto. Not an absolute drop-dead date here”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think Holland could be a good player if used but Carlyle would prefer to play McClement than him” … ”They’re in the market for a better C and a top 4 D. If they need to use Kadri or Gardiner as currency for that they would”

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Afternoon Rumors II: Canucks, Flyers, Rangers, Wings, Sabres, Maple Leafs and Lightning

Recruited some help for a rumors post. Below was written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Vancouver Canucks have continued to take a number of calls on forward Ryan Kesler the past few days, but there’s still no clear indication that he’ll be moved before Wednesday’s deadline.The asking price for Kesler is steep… The Canucks want an established NHLer in his 20s, a first-round pick and another Grade A prospect.

    The Philadelphia Flyers might be willing to give up Brayden Schenn in a Kesler deal.

    The New York Rangers are keeping an eye on the Kesler situation. LeBrun thinks if they can’t re-sign Ryan Callahan, perhaps that will get the Rangers into high gear on the Kesler front. The asking price would likely have to start with Derek Stepan.

    The Detroit Red Wings still have not gotten into any player discussion with Vancouver regarding Kesler. LeBrun wonders if GM Ken Holland is lying in the weeds to see how this Kesler situation plays out, or maybe he’s just more focused on a top-four defenseman.

    The Red Wings are interested in Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff, but that’s changed due to the price tag the Sabres have on him.

    Along with Detroit, Philadelphia’s real need is a top-four defenseman. They like Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, but the Canucks aren’t keen on trading him unless it’s a solid offer.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:  Potential Toronto Maple Leafs on the trading block: Dave Bolland, James Reimer, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri.Contract talks with Bolland aren’t going so well, and according to reports Bolland is seeking a seven or eight year deal, in the neighbourhood of a $5 million a season.

    Reimer is stuck in a backup role with how well Jonathan Bernier has played. Reimer will have arbitration rights this upcoming summer, and will be due a raise from his current $1.8 million cap-hit. However, it’s unlikely Reimer is a Leaf beyond this summer.

    Both Kulemin and Raymond will be seeking raises in the summer, and that makes it unlikely both will be back in Toronto.

    Gardiner and Kadri names keep surfacing in the rumour mill. Dave Nonis will need to land quite an asset to justify trading either player.

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The best possible trade deadline acquisition for the Tampa Bay Lightning will likely come from within the organization, as Steven Stamkos is expected to return as early as Thursday.  Stamkos will have his next checkup on Wednesday.

    ‘’Obviously we are thrilled and hoping he comes back,’’ Yzerman said of Stamkos. “But any opportunity you have to improve your team, you look at it. So, getting Stammer back (helps) and if I could do anything that would improve the team I would.’’

    General Manager Steve Yzerman could be a buyer at the deadline. It’s not exactly a secret the Lightning have been on the lookout for some help on defense, with a top four caliber player on the radar screen since the summer.

    ‘’Generally, teams aren’t trading guys in their prime, or guys with term on their contract who are playing well, for a young player in the minors,” Yzerman said. “You’re not getting an NHL player, a good NHL player, for a kid down the minors; it just doesn’t happen. As part of a bigger package, maybe. So, I’m not opposed the trading a younger player as part of a bigger package.’’

    Yzerman has been in Tampa since Sunday with other members of the management staff, assessing the team’s needs and what could be done to address any holes.

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Evening Rumors: Penguins, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Leafs, Senators, Rangers, Jets and Flyers

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Ryan Kesler remains the Penguins top target. The Penguins are feeling that the Flyers and Blackhawks are gaining interest in Kesler as well. If the Canucks don’t move Kesler at the deadline, the Penguins could still circle back in the offseason. GM Ray Shero wants to make a hockey deal to address their third line scoring and toughness. Shero has ownership’s backing to go all-in for Kesler because he has two remaining years on his contract. The Penguins want to keep Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington and give up draft picks instead. That could obviously change. A deal could also expand to include more players.

    The Penguins are also watching the Matt Moulson situation and could fall back to it if they feel they are going to lose out on Kesler, or if the Canucks plan to keep him. The Penguins won’t overpay for a rental.

    The Penguins are interested in Andrew MacDonald. Upgrading their blueline is their second priority after Kesler. The Pens maybe okay with adding a rental on the blueline.

    The Penguins have sent pro scout Don Waddell to watch the past couple NJ Devils games. The Devils have three pending free agents on the blueline: Marek Zidlicky, Mark Fayne and Eric Gelinas (RFA)

  • Mark Spector of SportNet: The Red Wings like Canucks Alex Edler and plenty of teams like Ryan Kesler. The Penguins are the front-runner for Kesler. The Blackhawks may have trouble fitting Kesler’s cap hit in. The Leafs giving up Nazam Kadri or a first to acquire Kesler in a Stanley Cup hope would be foolish.

    The Senators are still talking about adding Chris Stewart.The Rangers could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a third round pick. The Oilers don’t have a second or third round pick in this year’s draft. They will be looking for second round pick for Hemsky. Nick Schultz, Ryan Smyth and Ilya Bryzgalov could be dealt for picks.

    The Jets are looking for a winger, which could then allow them to move Dustin Byfuglien back to the blueline. It would have to be a money in, money out deal. The Jets could decide to shop Byfuglien. The Flyers would be one of many teams that would be interested.

    The Flyers are interested in Andrew MacDonald.

    The Flames will trade Mike Cammalleri.

    The LA Kings and Matt Moulson remain linked to each other.

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VIDEO: SportsNet HC Trade Tracker: Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri

Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Toronto Maple Leafs should trade Nazem Kadri. The 23-year old has a $2.9 million salary cap hit through next season.

John Shannon notes, you need to give up something to get something. He’s third in team scoring. Possible destinations are the Flames, Canucks and remaining with the Maple Leafs.

Should the Maple Leafs trade Kadri? If you think they should, what should they get back in return?

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Morning Rumors III: Senators, Bruins, Blues, Oilers, Sharks, Leafs, Canucks and Some Scouting

  • Amalie Benjamin: Source confirms there have not been discussions between the Senators and Bruins regarding Chris Phillips just yet. The Bruins are interested.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: There have been lots of rumors about the Bruins interest in Senators Chris Phillips but “there have been no conversations” according to a source. Ryan Spooner has been rumored to be a possible trade chip. Same source said that Spooner won’t be used for a rental. The Bruins have also been linked to Andrew MacDonald, Andrej Meszaros, Tom Gilbert, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Christian Ehrhoff.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: A source is saying that the Bruins have contracted the Senators about Chris Phillips. A more likely option for the Bruins is Andrej Meszaros. Other targets could be Henrik Tallinder, Ron Hainsey and Andrew MacDonld. The high cost to acquire MacDonald may scare the Bruins off.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Bruins, Blues, Oilers and Sharks are believed to have shown interest in Chris Phillips. The Senators have shown interest in Chris Stewart.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”For the right person both Kadri or Gardiner could be traded but I don’t think that kind of player is out there” … “Leafs are looking for a C or a top 4 and I don’t see that player falling into their lap”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “No secret, the Leafs have been looking to upgrade defensively. Nobody would have expected that at the beginning of the year” … ”At times, through stretches, one of their best performers on the blueline has been the rookie Morgan Rielly” … ”I’d be a little surprised if the Leafs are able to get that top 4 D by the deadline” … ”The Leafs untouchable list would include Phil Kessel but I don’t think there is anyone beyond that” … ”Nonis continues to preach that if you make the right offer any player is available” … ”Sure it’s possible that Kadri/Gardiner could be moved in a blockbuster. I don’t get the sense that anything like that is happening” … ”I don’t see the fit with Van & TO because Gillis is loathe to deal with the Leafs. Nonis, like everyone else, is making that call”
  • Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avalanche – Coyotes game last night: Canucks, Blackhawks, Blues, Stars, Sharks, Senators, Panthers, Red Wings, Lightning (2), Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.
  • Highland Park Hockey: Scouting AHL affiliates  for the Lightning – Penguins last night: Blues, Canadiens, Blue Jackets, Canucks and Oilers.

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Morning Rumors IV: Ryan Kesler Edition: Rangers, Wings, Pens, Leafs, Oilers and Jackets

  • Louis Jean: Ryan Kesler denies that he asked for a trade, but Jean stands “100% behind what I reported because it is true.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: “Kesler says it is “completely false” he has asked for a trade.” Kesler added that he doesn’t want to be asked about it again, same goes for his team.
  • Rob Rossi: The Penguins did make a pitch for Ryan Kesler before the Olympics. Talks involved Brandon Sutter and Derrick Pouliot. This was before Kris Letang’s situation.
  • Nick Kypreos: Indication from one team was that the Canucks are asking for as many as three pieces: 1st round pick, roster player/prospect.
  • Jason Brough: A reasonable return for Kesler would be a first round pick, a ‘youngish’ NHLer and good prospect.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Rangers, Red Wings and Penguins are interested in Kesler. Offers are starting to come in. Kypreos is leaning towards seeing Kesler dealt by Wednesday.
  • MyNHLTradeRumors: Elliotte Friedman said on the Fan 590 that the Oilers and Rangers could be interested in Kesler. Later adds that the Penguins could be a potential interested team. The Penguins have a cap situation that they would have to deal with.
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs and Canucks haven’t talked about a Kesler trade. The Leafs have some interest. Back in 2006, it was Nonis who matched the offer sheet the Flyers signed Kesler too.
  • TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger:

    There has to have been some level of dialogue between Ryan Kesler and the Vancouver Canucks, or the Canucks telling Kesler that they need to improve, they need to get younger, they need to add a bit more offensive punch. They’re going to start sifting some names out there to rival teams and his name is going to be among them.

    Because here’s what I know. I know that teams were contacted as far back as a month ago to say ‘have a look at our roster. If there is a member of this organization that you want to take a run at then we’re listening, we’re open for business.’ And that includes Ryan Kesler.

    Dreger on if a deal can be done by next week.

    It’s a complicated deal because Kesler is a valuable asset of the Vancouver Canucks. He’s got a contract that makes a lot of sense. Financially, he is sound. He is a bargain, frankly, as long as he plays up to his level of potential. But is it realistic? Yes, because of the interest that will be out there. There will be interest from so many different teams, and we know as I said earlier that the Canucks have reached out.

    But the Canucks need premium return to make this deal a reality and six days away from the trade deadline is not a lot of time to close on such a big deal.

  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”Kesler is not crazy about being a winger, so I would suspect Tortorella’s desire to play him there didn’t go over well” … ”I can tell you one thing, he’s not going to the Rangers. Him and Vigneault didn’t have the chummiest of relationships” … ”If the Leafs were interested in Kesler it would cost them Kadri for sure and someone else in that 21-25 age range”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: ”I haven’t heard specifically about the Leafs being interested in Kesler but they did have two people at the game last night” … ”Nonis knows Kesler better than anybody and he doesn’t need to scout him” … ”The thing is, has Kesler given a blanket agreement to go anywhere or is he willing to only go to certain places” … ”Gillis is getting a lot of calls right now. I saw him at the game last night & I got the impression he’s very busy” … ”I think there are a lot of teams that would be interested in Kesler, but a big question is whether he’s healthy right now” … ”If you’re Edmonton though, it doesn’t matter if he’s healthy right now because you’re looking for him to help you in yrs to come” … ”There are a lot of reasons why Edm is interested in Kesler” … ”They have a #1 C in RNH, but it’s pretty clear that Gagner won’t be long for Edm & they don’t have a lot of depth at C” … ”Edm is a team that is really easy to play against and they’re trying to change that and Kesler isn’t easy to play against”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I can say this, when talking to people around the NHL they’ve indicated that Kesler has let it be known which teams he’ll go to” … ”Many media in Sochi that were around Kesler said they heard Kesler say he wanted to be traded and I’ve talked to them” … ”A Kadri for Kesler trade does not make sense in a one for one” … ”Van had interest in Kadri during the Luongo talks. I’ve never heard that the Leafs got down to brass tax on talk for Kesler” … ”I heard Columbus and Detroit have contacted and had talks for Kesler” … ”The Leafs haven’t had talks about Kesler but I’ve heard that is a player they’d be interested in”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If Kesler comes to Toronto he’s still a #2. Bozak would remain on the top line” … ”There is no way the owner of the Canucks wants to see Kelser have success on a national basis in Toronto” … ”That’s what ultimately derailed the Luongo to TO deal thirty minutes before the deadline last year”
  • Corey Pronman: “With Kesler you pretty much get the top UFA quality player w/o handing out massive term into their mid 30s. That’s going to cost.”

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