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

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

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NHL Rumors I: Maple Leafs, Flames and Rangers

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Dave Poulin appeared to know that he would be let go. Claude Loiselle didn’t think he would be let go despite knowing that changes were coming. Talk is that Poulin and Brendan Shanahan didn’t appear to see eye-to-eye right from the start. Some think that Loiselle could take Shanahan’s old position with the NHL.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: James Reimer’s new two year deal will take him to unrestricted free agency and makes him more tradable .

    “He never said: ‘Get me out of here,’ ” said Nonis. “What he did ask was for us to explore opportunities that would make sense for both sides. We did. I went back to him and said: ‘I don’t have something that I would feel comfortable doing and we prefer to sign you.’ We both felt him coming back was good for us and for him. He wouldn’t have signed a two-year-deal if he didn’t feel comfortable coming back to Toronto.”

  • Larry Brooks: If Rangers RFA defenseman John Moore gets a deal around $1 million, and they give the final two forward roster spots to J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast, they could start the season with about $1.3 million in salary cap space.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Metropolitan Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Atlantic Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the other Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan (what a weird name) Division.

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

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

Part 2: Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 20 (11 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $63,080,000
Overages: None
Cap Space: $5,920,000
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: With no RFA’s left to sign, it remains to be seen if the Hurricanes will look to fill out the other forward spot from within, or make a move onto some of the remaining UFA’s. One such player could be Andrei Loktionov, who finished out last season with the team and still finds himself as a UFA. Carolina is in good cap shape heading into next season, despite paying four forwards over $5.75 million (Eric Staal, Alex Semin, Jordan Staal, and Jeff Skinner).

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NHL News: Rangers Sign Kreider … Avalanche Sign O’Reilly

  • Larry Brooks: The Rangers and Chris Kreider avoid salary arbitration after agreeing to two-year contract with a $2.475 million salary cap hit.

  • Darren Dreger: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly agree on a two-year, $12 million contract. He’ll get $5.8 million this year and $6.2 million next year.

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NHL Rumors II: Rangers, Devils, Honka, Sobotka and Mueller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Source saying both Chris Kreider and the Rangers are not willing to move off of their bottom-line numbers. Their arbitration hearing is set for this morning. Kreider submitted a $2.8 million offer, with the Rangers submitting a cap hit of $2.05 million, $1.9 million and $2.2 million on a two-year deal.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils could look to add a veteran or two on a tryout contract heading into training camp, but they don’t have anyone in mind at the moment. GM Lou Lamoriello will look at which players don’t have a contract closer to the start of camp,

    “There are a lot of players out there that haven’t signed. They’re waiting to get contracts before they make a commitment to go to any camp,” the GM said.

    Lamoriello is not looking to bring in a veteran goalie, so don’t expect Martin Brodeur to be at camp if he doesn’t sign anywhere beforehand.

  • Mark Stepneski: Stars GM Jim Nill said there has been no decision made on where 2014 1st round pick Julius Honka will play next season. A decision will be made during training camp.
  • Andy Strickland: Vladimir Sobotka’s KHL out clause is one month after Omsk’s last playoff game.
  • Andy Strickland: UFA Peter Mueller is generating some NHL interest. He led the Swiss league in goals last year, was second in points.

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NHL News: Leafs, Rangers, Ducks and Flames

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs fire assistant GMs Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin, and hire Kyle Dubas. James Mirtle: Brandan Shanahan’s biggest stamp, one of the sharpest, upcoming executives.  Steve Simmons: There will be one or two more front office hirings for the Leafs this offseason. Greg Brady: Told explicitly that the Leafs had planned to clean up their front office next summer and hire Dubas, but another Eastern team was ready to hire him this summer. Darren Dreger: Poulin and Loiselle reportedly had three years left on their deals.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million salary. Zuccarello could become a UFA next summer, but both sides will continue to work on a long-term contract. He’s not eligible to sign a deal until after January 1st. A long-term deal could come in the $4.5 million range. The Rangers have about $9.5 million in salary cap space with RFAs Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and John Moore. They also need to add a depth player or two.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks and Sami Vatanen agree to a two-year deal: $1.25 million and $1.275 million.
  • Roger Millions: The Flames re-sign Joe Colborne to a two-year deal, $1.275 million per season.

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Quick Hits: Maple Leafs, Sobotka, Kreider, O’Reilly and Islanders

  • Steve Simmons: There is something brewing today with regards to the Maple Leafs. Should expect a significant announcement at some point today.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Vladimir Sobotka was awarded $2.725 million in arbitration. He when returns to the Blues/NHL, that is what he’ll make. Lou Korac: It’s unlikely that the Blues will trade Sobotka’s rights.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Chris Kreider requested $2.8 million in arbitration, with the Rangers submitting a two-year offer of $1.9 million and then $2.2 million.
  • Ken Campbell: Ryan O’Reilly requested $6.75 million in arbitration, with the Avalanche submitting $5.525 million.
  • Chris Botta: There are no snags or news regarding the Islanders sale. Andrew Barroway has made a huge offer for the team. There is other interest in the team, but no offers have been submitted.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars re-sign Antoine Roussel to a four-year, $8 million contract: $1.6 million, $1.8 million, $2.2 million and $2.4 million.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues sign defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, two-way deal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NHL Rumors III: Franson and Roussel Going To Arbitration … Zuccarello

  • Elliotte Friedman: 48 hours before arbitration hearings, players and teams submit a dollar figure. The arbitrator can choose any number between or in rare cases, above the numbers submitted.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Cody Franson submitted $4.2 million, with the Maple Leafs submitting $2 million.
  • James Mirtle: Thinking Franson could get $3 million in what could be an ugly hearing.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Antoine Roussel is asking for $2.35 million with the Stars submitting $1.15 million.
  • Patrick Kearns: The Rangers could ask Mats Zuccarello to play left winger even though he’s more comfortable on the right side. They are a little thin down the left side.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins D and Lucic, Staal and The Next To Push Salaries

  • Amalie Benjamin of the Globe: The Bruins have nine NHL/NHL-caliber defenseman, not including Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow who are close.

    “We can’t go into the year with nine NHL defensemen,” Chiarelli said earlier in the offseason. “So at some point I have to do something there, but I’m in no hurry. It may be that we see how the preseason goes, with who’s mixing, who’s matching with whom.”

    Moving 2015 UFA Johnny Boychuk would bring back the biggest return, as well as giving them the most cap relief.

  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Milan Lucic has recently had the pins removed from his offseason surgery and he’ll be starting his physio soon. Lucic won’t apologize for what he said to Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin but realizes he should have handled the handshake line a little differently.

    “I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said,” Lucic said. “But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should turn their attention to locking up Marc Staal after they go through their three potential arbitration cases. He has one year left on his deal. A contract extension could be for six-years in the $5.5 million a year range. Unless he suffered another concussion this season, he could easily fetch that amount on the open market.The next player to push the salary ceilings like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane just did with their $10.5 million contracts is Steven Stamkos in 2016. He could go $12 million plus a season if he chooses too. John Tavares will be looking for a new deal in 2018.

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