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NHL Rumors: Kevin Hayes and the 2015 Winter Classic

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

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

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

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

    The NHL also inquired about the mall.

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

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

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NHL Rumors III: Devils, Red Wings, Hayes, Burmistrov and Bissonnette

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Both Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo and owner Josh Harris say that there has been no thought of bringing back Ilya Kovalchuk. Lamoriello said that Kovalchuk is unable to return before 2018-19.

    “I’ll answer that the best way you can. He cannot come back until he is 35. He’s (31) now. You’d never look at someone coming back at 35 when he’s (31),” the GM explained.

    Devils Mattias Tedenby was set to play with Lev Praha of the KHL, but will now play for HV 71 of the SEL after Lev Praha ran into financial issues.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings re-signed GM Ken Holland for four more year, and he’ll talk with Mike Babcock soon.

    “I talked briefly to Mike yesterday; we exchanged texts. He’s out west,” Holland said. “When he gets back to town, at training camp, we’ll sit down and talk. It’s best that he and I talk about situation when we’re face to face and both engaged in the conversation. So sometime in September, we’ll talk.”

    Holland will continue to work on RFAs Danny DeKeyser’s new deal.

    “We’ll find a solution. We like Dan a lot; he’s been a real good, young player for us. The hard part is trying to find what’s fair for player and for club. He’s only played 76 games, but he’s a real important part of our team. We’ll get him done.”

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: The Flames are not saying much about their interest in Kevin Hayes, who played with Flames prospects Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold this past season.

    “I’ve heard that natural assumption for a while,” said a tight-lipped Brad Treliving on Thursday, offering a series of summer off-season updates from Flames headquarters at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “I see where people would make the connection.

    “But at this point, we can’t talk about it.”

    Saturday is the deadline for the Blackhawks to sign Hayes before he becomes a UFA.

    “We’ll see what happens in the next day or so,” Treliving said. “Obviously, there’s still time for him to sign in Chicago, but that’s something the player would have to decide.”

  • Igor Eronko: Jets prospect Alexnader Burmistrov to “I will almost certainly return to #NHL; next summer will be defining”
  • Dhiren Mahiban: (s/t to Valtteri Kivinen) Paul Bissonnette says on Team 1040 radio that he is close to a deal with a NHL team, but is waiting for a trade to happen before he is able to sign.

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The Top 10 Best Long-Term NHL Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

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NHL Rumors: Selanne, Staal, Some 2015 UFA Defensemen and Boyle

  • Janne Virtanen: There will be a news conference today with Teemu Selanne and Jokerit today. Szymon Szemberg: Press conference can be watched here11:00 am ET. There were rumors a few days ago that they offered him $10 million for the season, or $5 million for just home games.
  • Andrew Gross of the Record: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will be a UFA at the end of the season, coming off a five-year, $19.875 million deal. A starting point for a contract could be Dan Girardi and his six-year deal worth $33 million, a $5.5 million salary cap hit. Staal is three-years younger than Girardi. Other potential UFAs for next year could include: Christian Ehrhoff, Johnny Boychuk, Johnny Oduya, Marc Methot, Alec Martinez and Mike Green. If Staal hits the open, could he get $6 million or $6.5 million?
  • Steve Zipay of Newsday: Despite the Islanders trading for his rights, Dan Boyle decided to test the free agent market on July 1st.

    “The Islanders came out of the blue; I had no say. Not to sound cocky, but I had plenty of options,” the Ottawa native said last week. “Growing up as a Canadian kid, you’d like to play for an Original Six team; never had a chance. So I’m anxious to get there.”

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NHL Rumors: Bissonnette, Staal, Del Zotto and the Sharks

Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post: UFA Paul Bissonnette’s agent said that the Capitals are one of “five or six teams” that have  some level of interest in him.

“Right now he’s just looking for a good organization where he can contribute more than he’s been able to, to date, in the last couple years in Phoenix,” Mark Guy said Friday by telephone. “He wants to be in a position where he can compete for a solid fourth-line position and be a great team guy. He wants to be in an organization where there’s a chance to win, as most guys do, and looking forward to showing how hard he’s worked to improve his skill level and skating over the last couple years.”

Larry Brooks of the NY Post: There have been no contract extension talks between the Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal. Staal would be a UFA at the end of next season.

“There’s been no discussion at all, but I did get a call from Jeff early in the offseason telling me that they were working on their arbitration cases, so not to interpret it as a sign of disrespect toward Marc,” agent Paul Krepelka told Slap Shots on Thursday, referring to assistant general manager Jeff Gorton. “I expect that we will be talking at some point before training camp.

“Marc’s objective is to sign a long-term deal with the Rangers, and he would like to get it done before the season starts. That hasn’t changed.

“But we’ll see.”

Staal will be 28 in January and could be looking for a deal in the seven-year, $6 million per season range. If the Rangers are going to trade him, they should do it soon than later to avoid situations similar to Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan.

Hard to believe the Islanders haven’t been all over Michael Del Zotto, buying low after a tough season with the Rangers and Predators.

Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson.

“We’ll be a young team,” said GM Doug Wilson. “Maybe the youngest in the league.”

“It’s easier to integrate wingers and even defensemen into the lineup when you have depth at center,” he said. “Especially in our system, where the center is like a third D-man in the defensive zone.”

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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, 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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