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NHL Rumors: Devils, Jets, Avalanche, Coyotes and Ducks

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Devils have enough salary cap to bring back Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky. The Jets could be a potential landing spot for Bruins pending UFA goalie Chad Johnson. Jets Al Montoya will be a UFA. It is possible the Ducks let pending UFA Jonas Hiller walk at the end of the season and go with a Frederik Andersen and John Gibson tandem next year.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s camp will have contract discussions when the season is over.

    “Quite honestly, it was not even close from us to move Pauly,” said Roy, who also holds the title of vice president of hockey operations. “We said all along we didn’t want to have rental players, (but) the only one we would keep is Paul, because we believe that Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year. We believe that there’s a good chance for him to re-sign with us. Now, how it will happen, it will be up to Joe and his agent. But I think Paul has the Avs in his heart and I think he’s going to want to be in this town.”

    When asked if he expects to re-sign with the Avalanche.

    “I hope so,” he said Friday. “But I don’t really care about what’s going on with that stuff. That’s down the road. For me right now, it’s all about this team and what we’ve been doing all year and what we want to keep doing.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after next season, but they can start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I like it here,” Vermette said. “I haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s really quick, but we’ll see what’s going to present itself and we’ll listen.”

    Vermette will likely be looking for a raise from his current $3.75 million.

    “Yeah, we’d like to do something,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “But as we’ve learned, whether we’re able to do something, that’s another story.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils might look to bring in Brian Gionta this offseason. GM Lou Lamoriello said he’s always looking for bring in goal-scorers despite their reputation of being a defensive team.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever not thought about offensive players. We always have,” Lamoriello said. “They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.

    “(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. More than we thought.”

    The Canadiens would like to retain their pending UFA, though he’d have to take less than the $5 million he made this season. Brian’s brother Stephen is a pending UFA for the Devils and would like to come back next year. He could help recruit Brian.

  • Lance Pugmire of the LA Time: Ducks Saku Koivu on potential retirement after the season.

    “Well, that’s … I haven’t thought that far away,” Koivu said. “You want [the Cup], I’ve worked for it all these years and retiring would probably be easier if [winning it] happened.

    “But right now, you try to keep the focus on the game and not think about the future. You start doing that, you lose the focus, that intensity you’re trying to find. You hope that’s going to happen.

    “And if it does, then I might have an answer for you.”

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NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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Odds of Winning Tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery Drawing

The NHL will hold their draft lottery drawing tonight at 8:00 PM EST. The odds of obtaining the first overall pick are as follows:

1st – 25.0% – Buffalo Sabres
2nd – 18.8% – Florida Panthers
3rd – 14.2% – Edmonton Oilers
4th – 10.7% – Calgary Flames
5th – 8.1% – NY Islanders
6th – 6.2% – Vancouver Canucks
7th – 4.7% – Carolina Hurricanes
8th – 3.6% – Toronto Maple Leafs
9th – 2.7% – Winnipeg Jets
10th – 2.1% – Anaheim Ducks (via Ottawa)
11th – 1.5% – New Jersey Devils (Forfeit pick but are included in the drawing)
12th – 1.1% – Nashville Predators
13th – 0.8% – Phoenix Coyotes
14th – 0.5% – Washington Capitals

If the NJ Devils win the lottery, the NHL will hold a re-draw. The Devils will select 30th overall.

The Islanders have until June 1st to decide if they will keep their 2014 first round pick or send it to the Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek – Matt Moulson trade. If the Islanders keep the pick, the Sabres will get their 2015 first round pick.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators and Devils

  • Ken Warren: Senators Jason Spezza was non-committal about what is next. He added that both he and Bryan Murray will need some time to “reflect.” Wayne Scanlan: Spezza said that he can see himself with the Senators long-term, but wants to reflect before thinking about a new contract. He has a no-trade clause in his current deal. (expires at the end of next season)
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Jason Spezza on trade talk.

    “I’m not naive to the talk. I’ve been asked the question lots,” said Spezza. “There’s a lot of reflecting to go on here during the months leading up to next season and I’m sure that will be a topic.”

    The Ducks and Blues have shown interest. The asking price would be a first round pick, a player who could play in the NHL right away and a top prospect. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

    “That’s one of the things you have in your contract and it’s there for a reason,” Spezza said about the clause.

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: If the Senators are going to trade Jason Spezza, it would likely cost them Ales Hemsky.

    “I want to play with a good centre,” said Hemsky, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “That’s the most important for me. Jason been great to me. I had a blast to play with him. I would like to know what they want to do.”

    “I came here with high expectations and in the end, we didn’t make it,” said Hemsky.

    “We’re having meetings now (between his agent and Senators general manager Bryan Murray) and we’ll see what’s going on. I’ve got to know what’s the future here and what they’re thinking and I will go from there. It’s just a few talks, nothing really big. I’m not rushing anything. I will see my options.”

  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators Milan Michalek: ”I love it here and I’d like to stay but we’ll see what happens.”
  • Rich Chere: Devils Jaromir Jagr said that his familiarity with the organization and their system would be a factor in where he plays next year: ”When I think about where I’m going to play next year it will be a big factor for me. Hopefully I come back and I’ll have better numbers and help the team make playoffs.”
  • Rich Chere: Devils pending RFA Adam Larsson: ”I’m going home and see what I’m going to do. For sure there’s been some ups and downs, but I’m still a young guy.”
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Indications are that the Devils will try to re-sign Marek Zidlicky.

    “I’d like to stay, but we’ll see,” Zidlicky said. “That’s up to Lou. That’s what I said (last summer), I’d like to say, but it’s not only my decision.”

    It is unclear what they will do with Mark Fayne.

    “I would love to, so I hope so,” Fayne said of re-signing. “But at the same time, who knows?”

    There are questions on what they will do with defenseman Bryce Salvador (one-year left) and Anton Volchenkov (two-years left).

    “All personnel questions are for Lou. I think him and I will sit down like we always do at the end of the year and look at things like that.”

    “I think every NHL team needs to have younger guys in the lineup,” DeBoer continued. “That’s the norm across the board. You need young people, you need young legs. You can’t have a whole team of them, but I think you need those young players.”

    If they will look to trade or buy out Salvador and/or Volchenkov remains to be seen.

    “I think whatever changes you make have to be for the better,” Lamoriello said. “So, whenever you can get better, you make changes. If you can make the right changes to get getter, we certainly will. As far as ‘have to,’ you’d like to do a lot of things, but you might not be able to. So, we’ll do the best we can to make us better.”

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NHL Injuries: Blues, Mitchell, Hillen, Laich, Myers and Clowe

  • Jason Gregor: Blues Federko: ”I believe Backes will start for sure. Oshie is a bit of a question because it was a head injury, but I expect he’ll play.” … ”It looks like Berglund will miss this series so someone like Ott, Paajarvi or Morrow will have to step an produce in that spot.”
  • Adrian Dater: It is unlikely that John Mitchell will play in the first round. They will likely be without two of their top three centers for the series.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen confirmed that he suffered a concussion when he collided with Alex Ovechkin. He still has symptoms.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich did not pass his exit physical.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Tyler Myers has two broken ribs, but hopes to be able to go to the World Championships and play with Canada.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe confirmed that he suffered another concussion: “Hopefully it’s not long term. I don’t know”

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NHL Rumors I: Jets, Canucks, Red Wings, Oilers, Panthers and Brodeur

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Jets have to trade Evander Kane, but they won’t get full value for him. Could the Jets and Canucks work out a deal, Kane for Alex Edler and a prospect?

    The Red Wings are hoping to get Henrik Zetterberg back in the first round (late), but more likely for the second round if they make it that far. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson could be on the same timeline.

    Matheson is sure the Oilers will offer Matt Greene a contract if he hits the open market.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that he would like to add two experienced defenseman at the draft. Tallon’s No. 1 priority is to add a “sniper” for Aleksander Barkov or Nick Bjugstad lines, as well as to help out on the power play.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panther GM Dale Tallon said he will try to re-sign Tom Gilbert and Jesse Winchester.
  • Dan Rosen: Devils Martin Brodeur isn’t ruling out a return to New Jersey. Hasn’t spoken with GM Lou Lamoriello. He believes the Devils will be in good hands with Cory SchneiderTom Gulitti: Brodeur said that Schneider will be the Devils clear cut No. 1 goalie, and that if he returned, it would be as a backup. Katie Strang: If Brodeur takes a backup role, it won’t be for a marginal team, ”It’s going to be a team that contends for the Stanley Cup.”
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur on being a GM: “That’s something that interests me, but I don’t think I’m ready for that. I’m still in the game.”
  • Dan Rosen: Brodeur: “Just the thought about playing against the Devils will kill me. That’s one of the things that bothers me the most.”

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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Rumors I: Kesler, Kane, Brodeur, Ward, Staal and MacLean

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canuck Ryan Kesler has already asked for a trade out of Vancouver. The organization may now realize that he needs to be dealt. Pierre LeBrun on an ESPN podcast:

    “In terms of Kesler, not only do I think that he’ll be traded, but I think maybe even the onus will have changed.

    It began with him asking for a trade, but now I would say that the organization probably realizes that they need him out.

    Not because he’s a bad person or a bad player, but because he’s their best asset to move. You’ll get a lot for him. The Anaheim Ducks and Penguins were extremely interested in him, but couldn’t convince Gillis to do it.

    Now you add in a whole pile of other teams at the June draft and I think that’s the first trade you make if you’re the new GM of the Canucks.”

    Botchford thinks that if the Jets are going to move Evander Kane, the Canucks should be all in. The Canucks need to hope the Kings don’t step in.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils coach Peter DeBoer hasn’t revealed his goaltending plans. Could Martin Brodeur already played his last game as a Devil?

    “Not really. I’ll be honest – I haven’t thought about that game,” Brodeur said. “I might have played my last game here. Who knows? I’m not sure what’s going to happen over the weekend. We’ll see. It’s something that we’ll have to talk about.”

    It is possible that Brodeur does return to the Devils next season, but he understands the if they want to move on without him and run with Cory Schneider as their No. 1

    “I don’t expect them to come running after me,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see. Again, that’s a situation I have to be OK with regardless of it it’s here or somewhere else. But I have to talk to a lot of people in the off-season and make my own decision. Regardless of if I stay or leave, the Devils are in unbelievable hands with Schneids.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin appears set to be their No. 1 goalie next season. Trading Cam Ward and his $6.3 million salary will be their top priority. The Hurricanes may also look at trading Eric Staal. Head coach Kirk Muller could be fired after the season.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said he hasn’t talked to owner Eugene Melney or GM Bryan Murray about his job security. He doesn’t expect to talk to them until after the season.

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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NHL Rumors: Devils, Islanders, Blues, Jets, Maple Leafs, Gilmour and the Bruins

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: It’s very likely the Devils will make a strong attempt to sign Cory Schneider to a long-term contract. His deal expires after next season. If they are not able to sign him to an extension, they could look to trade him before the start of next season and possibly re-sign Martin Brodeur.  Schneider has said he’s not sure if he’d sign an extension this summer if an offer was fair or if he’d rather play out next season. Miller spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Liut. (many questions/answers in link above)

    Q: That sounds like you might think Schneider playing out his contract could be the better route.

    Liut: We don’t know what New Jersey’s thinking. Let’s not be presumptuous. When I get into these conversations with writers, the one thing that scares me is it comes off that Cory is presumptuously deciding today that is what it’s going to be and we’re making decisions. We don’t have anything. We have a clean slate. To say that we haven’t made any decisions would be to overstate our position. There’s no offer.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov would like to continue playing for the Islanders. The Islanders and Nabokov’s camp won’t talk until after the season. He could do a one-year deal. The Isles may look to acquire a young but experience goalie to be their No. 1 next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blues Derek Roy likely won’t be back next year and they could use the $4 million that will be off the books to attempt re-sign Ryan Miller. The Jets may look to deal either Evander Kane or Dustin Byfuglien to shake up their core.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that trade talks involving Jets Evander Kane will pick up this offseason. The Jets will look to retool.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Talk of whether or not Evander Kane will be with the Jets next year has begun again. He has been in the rumor for years, dating back to 2011 and a potential deal with the Flyers. Other teams have also been part of the rumors. It’s not known if Kane has asked for a trade. Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit for the next four seasons. The Jets could keep Kane and hope that he matures both on and off the ice. The Jets could also tire of the situation and move him like the Bruins did with Tyler Seguin.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Go down the list, Nonis may be looking to dangle some guys like Lupul. Maybe he needs to shake up the core to help Bolland” … ”I think there is a strong appetite for Leaf fans, and there should be, to bring back Dave Bolland
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Maybe we need to start talking about likes of Lupul, Phaneuf, go down the list. Some of these guys that have been unable to deliver” … ”Maybe they [players mentioned in previous tweet] should be part of the discussion of change?”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”McClement for the most part has been a good player for the Leafs & mgmt will want him back.” … ”Raymond too, but you won’t get that guy back for $1 mill. He’ll be $2.5-$3.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think the Leafs believe they have players in the AHL that can step in and fill Kulemin’s role”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If I’m Nonis I’m worried. Sure I can fire the coach, but would a new guy fire up and ignite this bunch?” … ”Leiweke said to me, a few months back, that he was very supportive of hockey ops and would stay away”
  • Murray Pam: Agent Darryl Wolski is reporting that Doug Gilmour is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) to coach Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien will rest players this week. All players will travel with the team.
  • CapGeek: There will be quite a few teams that will have bonus overages this year that will be carried over to next year. The Bruins will likely have the biggest cap penalty.

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NHL Injuries: Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Blues, Devils, Senators and Ducks

  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) should be able to start skating next week. The earliest he could return to the lineup would be late in the first round.
  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland indicated that Stephen Weiss is likely done for the year after many setbacks from his sports hernia surgery.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will be out three weeks with an MCL strain.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul skated in track pants yesterday morning. Not expected to play tonight.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins doesn’t expect Nail Yakupov to play again this season.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko skated yesterday.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Jordan Leopold will be in the lineup tonight. Barrett Jackman returns to the lineup, with Carlo Colaiacovo sitting.
  • Rich Chere: Both Devils Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique left last night’s game.
  • Ottawa Senators: Senators Ales Hemsky left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Frederik Andersen left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Rumors: Callahan, Markov, Jagr, Iginla, Torts, Carlyle, Jets, Giordano, Ekblad and McCabe

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ryan Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said that he spoke with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman over the weekend, with Yzerman saying he’d like to talk contract extension after the season.

    “Yeah, we’d love to sign him,” said Yzerman. “He’s a good fit, a good person, a good player, has style of play that really complements our group well; he’s fit in really well. So we hope to sign him. But we won’t talk until after the year.”

    It’s likely that John Tortorella will be fired by the Canucks after the season. There will also be the question whether or not to fire GM Mike Gillis. Both Tortorella and Gillis have four years left on their deals.

    The Canadiens and Andrei Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin, have continued contract talks.

    “I met with Marc a couple of days ago when they were here [in Florida],” Berezin told ESPN.com Tuesday.

    “I don’t think we’re in any rush to get anything done. I have an idea what they’re offering, they know what we want, and I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. I’m hopeful in the end it will work out.”

    Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, met with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello a few days ago to talk about a contract extension. Talks will pick up after the season.

    Contract talks between Peter Chiarelli and Jarome Iginla’s camp will wait until after the season.

    Randy Carlyle’s future with the Maple Leafs could be in doubt if they miss the playoffs.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has some trade chips he could use after the season. Evander Kane would get them a big return, including roster players and picks/prospects. Tobias Enstrom could get a nice return, but they would need a frontline defender in return. Zach Bogosian’s stock might be down at the moment. Lawless wouldn’t move Brian Little or Andrew Ladd.
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”I highly doubt that Gardiner will be dealt considering Nonis believes dealing young D is the biggest mistake a GM can make”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Cal trades Giordano they get rid of their hardest competitor. Giordano embodies what you want from your leaders” … ”I hate the word lifer but Giordano is a lifer in Calgary” … ”If the Leafs want to acquire Giordano what can they trade back? Connor McDavid?” … ”I wouldn’t trade JVR for a top end D because you’re stealing from Peter to pay Paul”
  • Corey Pronman: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”If Ekblad is the best player available that we deem at the end of the year we’ll take Ekblad”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray said they are close to signing Jake McCabe and that he would likely report to Sabres and not to the AHL.

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