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NHL Rumors II: Panthers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Avs

  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers are hoping to re-sign pending RFAs Dmitry Kulikov and Eric Gudbranson, as well as pending UFA Tom Gilbert. Gilbert and the Panthers will talk about an extension before July 1st. The Panthers have already had trade talks involving Kulikov before the deadline, and could revisit those if they can’t get him locked up.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is doing all he can to keep pending UFA Andrew MacDonald with the team. MacDonald has enjoyed his time with the Flyers.

    “I’m not going to comment on anything that is ongoing,” Holmgren told the Daily News yesterday. “It just doesn’t make any sense [to comment]. We’d like to get something done. We want to sign him.”

    “I like what I see so far. It’s been great,” MacDonald said. “From an organizational standpoint, the team has been competitive. As a player, that’s all you can ask. That and to make you feel welcome. I’ve been really happy. We’ll see if something can get done here.”

    Money could become an issue. MacDonald would be one of the top Dmen available on July 1st. The Flyers will likely need to pay market price or higher for him. He turned down a four year, $16 million from the Islanders before he was traded at the deadline.

  • Sam Carchidi: MacDonald said that his agent and GM Paul Holmgren have been talking contract extension.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Randy Carlyle’s future as the Leafs coach won’t be determined quickly. GM Dave Nonis knew before he signed his five-year extension with the Leafs last year that it was possible that they would bring in another senior executive. Nonis may wait and see what other coaches come available after the season, possibilities include: Barry Trotz, John Tortorella, Kirk Muller, Dan Bylsma and Peter DeBoer. The Leafs and Dave Bolland’s camp don’t appear to be close. Bolland may be looking for an eight year deal in the $5 million range. Thought is that he won’t get that anywhere. A deal in the five year range and closer to the $4.2 million that Tyler Bozak makes, makes more sense. The Leafs would like Bolland back, but only at a reasonable price. Nonis will have to decide if he wants to bring pending UFAs Nikolai Kulemin and Jay McClement back. James Reimer will most likely ask to be traded, but it may not be easily made.
  • Josh Yohe of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is in the AHL on a conditioning assignment is not sure if he’ll be called up to backup Marc-Andre Fleury. It could also be his last season playing hockey.

    “That’s up to the coaches,” Vokoun said. “When we talked back in January, I told them I’m open-minded. Regardless of what happened, I was 90 percent sure it was going to be my last season anyway.”

  • Chris Johnston: Leafs GM Dave Nonis is expected to remain GM after the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president.
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Shanahan goes in and fires Carlyle then he should just fire Nonis too. If that’s the way then Nonis is just a puppet” … ”Nonis will not be a puppet. That’s not his style. There is a fighter there that I don’t think people realize.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: The people that I’ve spoken to have told me that it’s Patrick Roy making the decisions there”

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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: 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 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 II: Islanders, Bruins, Panthers, Maple Leafs and Canucks

  • Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Islanders owner Charles Wang is talking with Andrew Barroway, a Philadelphia lawyer, about a potential sale of the team. The price could be $225 million and potentially another $75 million if certain revenue targets are met. Wang has been open to the idea of selling the team for years, but there has been limited interest. They lose more than $10 million a year and have one of the lowest attendance. The Islanders will be moving to the Barclays Center in 2015, and Barclay’s is paying them $50 million in annual revenue for regular season games. Barclay’s would keep any revenue from sponsorship, suite and tickets sales over the $50 million. Playoff money would go to the team an not Barclay’s.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Hearld: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wants to keep Jarome Iginla and have held preliminary talks with him. A deal can’t be completed as they don’t have the cap room to get deal done now.

    “It’s a function of cap space and ongoing multiple-year contracts,” Chiarelli said before his team’s 4-3 shootout win against the Flyers. “So it would have to wait ’til a minute after free agency begins (July 1). It’s an anti-inflationary thing. Basically it restricts you from going overboard on your future contracts. It prevents you from spending money you haven’t got.”

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Panthers offseason priorities: 1. Find the right head coach 2. Bring in veteran to surround young talent 3. Develop a culture and identity.  Potential free agent targets: Ales Hemsky, Steve Ott and Brooks Orpik.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs pending UFA Nikolai Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin, has had informal talks with director of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle. Kulemin is in the last year of deal in which he’s getting $2.8 million. Kulemin wants to play in the NHL over the KHL.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis won’t go out and spend a pile of money to replace Kulemin when he has an Ashton ready to step in”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I look at Ashton who is apparently doing very well of late in the AHL. Holland who is exiled as well to the Marlies at times” … ”Leafs mgmt sees those guys as real NHL players. They will be in the NHL next year” … ”The expectations are that the coaching staff, if it is Randy Carlyle, will use those players” … ”Nonis just needs a coach that is going to play these players”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: There is a good chance that the Canucks will fire head coach John Tortorella. He has four-years and $8 million left on his deal.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Could see significant changes in TO. There has been much debate over the future of Carlyle and that isn’t going away” … ”There is going to be an exhaustive discussion and review at the conclusion of this season about the coaching staff”

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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Islanders, Oilers, Sabres, Ducks, Leafs, Sens, Canadiens and Avs

  • Eliotte Friedman of CBC: On the Canucks rumors:

    “Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical.”

    “Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it.”

    “Canuck rumour III: That ownership is courting Trevor Linden. Verdict: God only knows.”

    The six teams that are believed to be in Ryan Kesler’s list: Ducks, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Penguins and Lightning. Only the Ducks and Penguins were really into trading for him at the draft.

    The Islanders will have to let the Sabres know by June first if they will be sending them their first round pick this year as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade.

    The Islanders had targeted Sebastien Colberg with their 34th pick in 2012 but the Canadiens took him at 33. Could be one of the reasons the Islanders took the Canadiens offer over the Wild and Maple Leafs offers.

    A former teammate on Steve Yzerman regarding the Martin St. Louis situation: ”I’ve seen him angry before… but never that angry.”

    Rumor that the Oilers were looking hard at Sabres Tyler Myers. Getting shot down. Name may have come up, but it was determined quickly that there was not a match.

    Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis “took a hatchet” to trade rumors involving the Panthers and Nikolai Kulemin.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is getting a contract extension.

    Quote from trade deadline: ”Want to make Bob Murray laugh? Ask him if John Gibson is available.”

    Teams called the Senators about defenseman Jared Cowen.

    “I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,” Murray said. “He’s lost his confidence. We’re going to send him home in the summer and start fresh next year with a new outlook. That’s all it is.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Thomas Vanek doesn’t want to talk about his pending UFA status.

    “My focus is on helping the Canadiens win,” Vanek said after joining the team in Phoenix. “That’s all I’m thinking about now.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs are confident they will be able to re-sign pending UFA Reto Berra to a multi-year deal.

    “We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.

    Avs J.S. Giguere could be leaning towards retirement.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way,” he said of retirement.”You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have upped their offer to Andrei Markov from one year up to two years, worth around the same as he’s making this season, $5.75 million. It is thought that Markov has been asking for a three or four year deal. Negotiations will continue, but the Canadiens may be holding firm on just two years.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Odd dynamic in Van. Talked to a scout yesterday who said the Canucks D group is a puck moving core & they’re playing a chip & chase”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Canucks told everyone that other than the twins everyone else was available? Why not trade the twins too?” … ”If you’re going to rebuild, why not sit down with the Sedins and blow it up completely?” … ”The twins have not been good since the day they signed their extension, Garrisson and Edler have been brutal. Burrows can’t score” … ”All these players are having career worst seasons. Is this just a coincidence? It goes back to talking about Tortorella”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”Our hands were tied going into the deadline because of cap space” … ”We could have done something but it had to be a perfect fit and we just couldn’t find it”

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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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Morning Rumors VII: Kesler, St. Louis, Erat, Panthers, Devils, Islanders, Senators, Leafs and Kuznetsov

  • Eric Macramalla: “Kesler/St. Louis have no-trades; ok to give to player; BUT trade demand should trigger a list of teams he can be traded to, otherwise the team will have difficulty getting a return on that player – so no trades are fine so long as qualified if trade demanded.”
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Martin Erat said yesterday that he is still hoping to be traded. GM George McPhee said he planned to touch base with Erat.

    “If he still wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate it,” McPhee said, acknowledging that with the NHL salary cap AT a low $64.3 million this season it’s been a challenge to oblige Erat. “It’s been a difficult year with transactions. had this been a typical year, we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request but that wasn’t the case this year.”

  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Panthers don’t plan on having a big fire sale.

    “We’re going to do what’s best for the Panthers to build a championship team,” Tallon said during the recent Olympic break. “We’re not blowing this thing up. If we can sell some assets to get better, we’ll do that. It depends what happens in the next few weeks. We’ll be aggressive either way.”

    Interim head coach is hoping Tallon doesn’t trade his key players for draft picks.

    “I don’t really want any draft picks. They don’t do me any good,” Horachek said. “I want to win these games, I want the guys to care about winning these games. I want the guys to put it on the line whether we have an opportunity or mathematically out. I want to make sure we care about winning these games.”

  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur hasn’t spoken with Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo, but expects to at some point.

    “There’s nothing that’s planned, so I’m just kind of sitting and waiting it out and we’ll see,” Brodeur said. “I’m sure I’ll be talking somewhat to him regardless of what happens in the next four games. But there’s no plan on doing anything.”

    Jaromir Jagr continues to say that he’s not thinking about the trade deadline.

    “If something were to happen, I think the other team would call first (to talk to him), like they did before,” Jagr said. “If they give up something, they have to make sure I want to go there. I don’t have a contract. I have one month left, so if I decide I’m not going (a team wouldn’t trade for him).”

  • Chris Botta: The Islanders are insisting on a first round pick for Andrew MacDonald. He carries a low cap hit of $550,000. There is lots of interest.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have spoken with several teams about potential trades, but there hasn’t been a fit.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think Raymond is a possible trade piece over the next six days”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”The same applies to Raymond as it does to Kulemin. If there is a deal to be made that is a hockey deal Nonis will make it”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”If someone makes the Leafs a real solid offer on Bolland and he hasn’t softened on his contract demands Nonis will make that trade”
  • Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov: ’Those 3 upcoming home games will be one of the last for me here. Ovi told me i’ll live in his house’
  • ESPNs John Buccigross and Craig Custance talk trade deadline.

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Morning Rumors II: Hope Smoke – Darren Dreger Edition: Rangers, Blues, Pens, Lightning, Leafs, Flames and Sabres

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If you can acquire Callahan for Chris Stewart and a draft pick then that’s a pretty good add for St.L going into the playoffs”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”I’ve heard Pittsburgh for Callahan and the Martin St.Louis for Callahan rumour won’t go away” … ”If the Rangers need to be willing to beef up the Callahan package for St.Louis”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis has repeatedly said to me that he is beyond acquiring rentals and he wants to make hockey deals to get better”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”There is a very good chance Kulemin is moved. In fact there is so much interest that he can be moved today” … ”Not saying there is anything pressing, but there are a lot of teams that would like to acquire him” … ”I don’t think Toronto wants to pay a third line player like Kulemin upwards of $4 million this summer” … ”Kulemin is very under appreciated by Leaf fans but not by management. He is a hard player to play against:”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis knows what the asking price for Bolland is. There has been some back & forth between these two parties” … ”It’s similar to what Bozak was asking for when neg. began, but he stayed because it was a good fit. Maybe Bolland does the same” … ”If Bolland’s demands don’t soften and there is a quality offer on March 5th the Leafs look at it seriously”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”The Leafs also want a top 4 D, preferably a top 3, and to get that you need to give something big to acquire that”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Toronto isn’t deep enough up front. They want to add a top 9 forward but not a rental”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Cammalleri will be expensive to acquire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Prices right now aren’t cheap. For example, the asking price on Steve Ott is a 1st round pick & a top prospect”

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Morning Rumors: Rangers, Kings, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Flames, Maple Leafs and Letang’s Illness

  • Harvey Fialkov: GMs don’t really want to trade for a big contract before the break and pay for players that won’t be playing for the next three weeks.
  • Larry Brooks: Has been told that a) no progress has been made in contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan. b) there is little chance he’s traded before the trade freeze. The gap between both sides is as substantial as ever. Callahan is still asking for seven-years and upwards of $6.5 million. Source saying the GM Glen Sather will want something in return rather than let him walk for nothing. Sather hasn’t received a good enough offer to make a deal yet. Callahan is expected to be in the Rangers lineup tonight. The Rangers and Dan Girardi closed the gap on an extension last week, but there has been no progress since.  Source said that the Rangers may be able to get more for Girardi as a rental than for Callahan.
  • AJ Jakubec: Second source said that the Oilers would get more than just Kyle Clifford for Sam Gagner, a complicated deal. The Kings are tight to the cap and the deal may have to wait until after the Olympic break. The Oilers would retain some of Gagner’s salary. The Kings were thought to be reviewing Gagner’s medical records yesterday.
  • Bob McKenzie: Also hearing a deal between the Kings and Oilers involving Sam Gagner and Kyle Clifford is possible. It is a complicated deal because of the Kings cap situation. The Oilers may have to retain some salary and the Kings may have to give up another piece. It is not guaranteed, but it’s being discussed: Clifford and a pick or prospect for Gagner and the Oilers retaining some salary.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Kings are desperate for offense. There are the talks with the Oilers about Gagner, but they are also thought to be interested in Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Thomas Vanek.
  • David Pagnotta: The Kings are also talking with the Islanders about some of their players.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings-Islanders intensified talks may be reason the Kings – Gagner hasn’t closed yet.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Kings GM Dean Lombardi, assistant GM Rob Blake and chief scout Mike O’Connell scouted the Oilers and Bruins last Saturday.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that no player has approached him about waiving their no-trade clause.
  • Ian Mendes: After talking with Sabres GM Tim Murray, sounding like they are asking for 2015 1st round picks and not from this years draft.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Tim Murray on having trade talks with Bryan Murray: “It hasn’t been much fun because I’ve asked him for certain things and he won’t give it to me”
  • Shawn McKenzie: Sabres Tim Murray on trading Ryan Miller: ”I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along. It’s not when, it’s if more so than when. There has to be certain types of players and prospects involved in a deal like that. So I just need a team that thinks the same way”
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: GM Tim Murray doesn’t expect much movement today. Teams don’t want to pay a high priced player not to play if they don’t have too. There is also the risk of injury for Olympic players.

    “I never expected this to be a deadline,” Murray said Thursday. “If we don’t trade anybody, we pay them through the Olympic break and you can make a deal after it. The economics of the game and the possibility of injuries at the Olympics for those players, I never expected anything to get done quickly.”

    On the March 5th deadline.

    “I’m just listening and hopefully get an offer that I think is worthwhile on a couple of our guys, and if not then that’s the way it goes,” he said. “I’m making a lot of calls, but I’m making them to guys that called me first. The teams that have showed the most interest in certain players, I’m obviously trying to keep in contact with them every day to see where we’re going.

    “I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along,” he said in regards to Miller. “It’s not ‘when,’ it’s ‘if’ more so than ‘when.’ I just think there has to be certain types of prospects and players involved in a deal like that, so I just need a team that thinks the same way.”

  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders offered Andrew MacDonald a four-year contract worth $16 million over a month ago, which he rejected and will now likely be sold to the highest bidder. MacDonald is looking for a four- or five-year deal and closer to $5 million per season. The Islanders came up from $3.5 million. GM Garth Snow has already turned down one substantial offer in hopes of getting more.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have been unable to find a top-six forward, preferably a winger. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t found a willing partner and the asking prices have been high.

    “I’d like to find another forward to at least send a message to our team that management and coaches are trying to help (them),” said Murray. “We have lots of assets, lots of young prospects … over the last few years we’ve accumulated a really good group of prospects.

    “I guess it depends on the return that is expected from other teams if you try to acquire that kind of player. I’ve done lots of talking to people but there’s nobody at the moment that appears willing to pull the trigger.”

    Making a trade isn’t easy.

    “Today the prices may be a tough higher than they will on the actual deadline day when the competition for the guy isn’t quite the same,” said Murray. “There’s so many teams so close together here we’re all little hesitant to make a move that isn’t the right move.”

  • Brian Costello of the Hockey News: Flames Mike Cammalleri could be a nice fit with the Kings, Ducks and Sharks. The Canucks could also make a push for him. The Flames could be looking for a 1st round pick and a B-list prospect, or a 2nd round pick and a A-list prospect.
  • Michael Traikos of the National Post: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin knows the rumors, but would like to stay with the Leafs.

    “I would love to stay,” Kulemin said. “I like everything here. It’s the only team I’ve played for. I like the organization and everything. We’ll see how it goes.”

    Darren Dreger has said that the Leafs have told teams he’s available, and they are asking for a “substantial player” in return. The Penguins have been mentioned due to Kulemin’s history with Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins had a scout watching the Leafs game against the Panthers.

  • David Strehle: Scouting the Flyers – Avalanche: Capitals, Flames (play Philly on Saturday), Stars, Lightning, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Blues.
  • Ed Tait: Scouting the Jets – Capitals: Ducks, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Wild, Blues, Lighting and Sharks.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Kris Letang is still out with an mystery illness which is not life threatening, but it’s not known when he’ll be able to return. There were concerns last week that it could season ending and possibly career ending. Dan Bylsma would “not allude” to anything “until we’ve got more and all the information.” Letang won’t be traded before the deadline.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Blues, Isles, Kings, Pens, Canucks, Preds, Leafs, Devils, Wild and Oilers

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Ryan Miller haven’t had any contract talks.

    “I still don’t know what to say. There’s been a change here even since there was a change here before,” he said, referring to the hiring of new GM Tim Murray. “So it’s like I’m waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven’t talked about anything with regard to contracts and we haven’t talked about anything with regard to trades. They’re doing their business.”

    On if Miller has said he wants out or if he’s willing to stay.

    “That’s not really something I want to discuss with you guys,” Miller said. “It’s a private conversation about a business transaction. Really, that’s what it comes down to. I’m waiting to see kind of what the plans are around here. that would kind of give a little more indication.”

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: Ryan Callahan could be looking for a seven-year contract in the $6.5 to $7 million range. That is too much money for the Rangers. 50/50 that he gets moved before the Olympic break. A Callahan to the Blues for a Chris Stewart package deal is still there. If Dan Girardi doesn’t get done soon, could mean he’s interested in testing the market.

    Bob McKenzie: Looking like Thomas Vanek wants to at least test the free agent market. Islanders GM Garth Snow will continue to try and sign him, but he’s at least talking to teams to see what he could get for him. The Kings and Penguins are looking for a scoring winger. The Penguins have cap issues.

    Bob McKenzie: The Canucks blueline is dealing with some injuries, so the Raphael Diaz acquisition may not mean another defenseman is on his way out, ie, trying to get Alex Elder to waive his no trade clause.

    Bob McKenzie: The Predators are trying to get a 1st or 2nd round pick for David Legwand.

  • TSN Insider Trading: LeBrun: It’s possible that the Islanders trade Vanek before the deadline and save themselves his salary. The Kings and Penguins are interested, but with being so close to the cap, it’s harder for them to take him on beforehand. The asking price is three assets, any combination of a first-round pick, a young player, and a prospect.

    Bob McKenzie: The Islanders have another asset in defenseman Andrew MacDonald. They could try to sign to a deal in the $4 to $5 million range, but they have lots of young defenseman in the pipeline.

    Bob McKenzie: A lot of teams are calling the Sabres about Steve Ott, maybe more so than Matt Moulson. Other Sabres who could be on the move are Ryan Miller, Henrik Tallinder, Drew Stafford and Cody McCormick.

    Darren Dreger: The Leafs have three options with Dave Bolland: re-sign him now, if they don’t like his salary wishes they can use him as their own rental, and lastly they could look to trade him.

  • Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers goalie Tim Thomas would consider re-signing with the Panthers if they want him back.

    “I’m certainly willing to entertain the idea. I haven’t talked to the club about that,” Thomas said Monday as the Panthers returned to work following three one-sided losses on the road.

    “I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success. That’s been a little bit difficult. Having said that, it’s a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year. I bought into this process, and what we’re trying to do is turn it around.”

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils are showing interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri according to Elliotte Friedman. The Flames are looking for prospects and/or draft picks. The Devils don’t have 1st round pick or a 4th round pick.
  • Sarah McLellan of the AZ Republic: Stars Ray Whitney is in the last year of his deal, and the Coyotes could be interested. Both the player and the team are familiar with each other. With also wanting to score 400 career goals, he could play another season.
  • Brian Compton: Arthur Staple saying that Thomas Vanek turned down a seven-year deal worth $50 million.
  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Thomas Vanek carries a big salary cap hit, so it might take some creativity for a team to add him. The Sabres retained $1.4 million of Vanek’s salary cap hit, bringing it down to $5.75 million for the Islanders. If the Islanders retained half of that, he would be about a $2.9 million hit for a new team. With about 80 percent of the season done by trade deadline day, he would only cost about $590,000. A reason the Islanders may want to do something like that as a team, like the Wild , may offer a little more like Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Justin Fontaine, Matt Dumba or Mario Lucia. There is talk that the Wild could get Vanek for nothing in the summer, but they are in the playoff race. Another reason of the Wild is not to let the Kings or Penguins get him. The Wild would then be able to offer an eight year deal if they acquired him by trade.
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher wonders if the Canucks could get into the running with Thomas Vanek. It would give the Sedin’s a sniper. Ryan Kesler could then center Zack Kassian and Alex Burrows or Chris Higgins. To get Vanek they would likely have to lose someone from their blueline and likely more. Would be a difficult move to make.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Bruins talked trade at last years draft, but a Vanek for Tyler Seguin deal fell through. The Bruins were looking for another NHL-ready player off the Sabres roster.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs Nikolai Kulemin’s name keeps coming up in trade talk as they look to clear cap space for Dave Bolland’s return. The Oilers and maybe the Panthers could be a good fit. The Leafs would be looking for picks and prospects.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Steven Stamkos’ return on Saturday is still not set in stone, still may not happen until after the Olympics.
  • Mark Spector: Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Kings and Oilers could be talking Sam Gagner. If Spector were the with the Oilers, he’d want Dwight King.
  • Dan Tencer: The Kings need scoring help and Tencer thinks the Oilers would be nice trading partners.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will need to work on their blueline this summer. Options if they don’t sign before hand could be Andrew MacDonald, Dan Girardi and Brooks Orpik. They currently don’t have a true No.2 to play with Doughty. Jake Muzzin will be a solid 2nd pairing in time, but he is still developing.
  • Jason Gregor: There are only five times that are more than four points out of the playoffs (before last night’s games):  Islanders, Panthers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres. Should be a sellers market.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: No update on Penguins Kris Letang’s illness and will not travel with the team to Buffalo.
  • Mike Heika: Scouting the Coyotes – Stars: Blue Jackets, Leafs, Ducks, Canucks, Lightning, Flyers, Rangers.

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Morning Rumors II: Shopping Lists, Kings, Canucks, Maple Leafs and Moulson

  • John Shannon: The Olympic trade freeze is on Friday February the 7th at 3:00 PM ET.
  • Corey Masisak of NHL.com: Top teams shopping list:

    St. Louis Blues Projected cap space: $1,545,246 - goaltending. Little cap room, would have to move a goalie in a deal. They could look at adding another forward for insurance.

    Chicago Blackhawks Projected cap space: $495,822 - a No. 2 center.

    Anaheim Ducks Projected cap space: $7,174,986 - they could look for depth down the middle. They have plenty of cap space.

    San Jose Sharks Projected cap space: $1,055,000 - have health concerns up front, so could look for some cheap help. Not a lot salary cap space.

    Pittsburgh Penguins Projected cap space: $560,000 - scoring depth.

    Boston Bruins Projected cap space: $1,615,833 -  a 17-18 minutes defenseman to help with the loss of Dennis Seidenberg.

    Los Angeles Kings Projected cap space: $1,359,523 - scoring forward.

    Tampa Bay Lightning Projected cap space: $4,515,916 - GM Steve Yzerman might make a minor addition. Organization has a lot of depth.

    Colorado Avalanche Projected cap space: $31,850,985 - puck possession players, a second pairing defenseman. Uncertainty surrounding Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.

    Minnesota Wild Projected cap space: $2,722,636 - speculation of Ryan Miller, help up front. Forward and defensive depth.

    Vancouver Canucks Projected cap space: $2,155,232 - help up front, depth.

    New York Rangers Projected cap space: $4,582,303- an offensive defenseman could help them.

    Detroit Red Wings  Projected cap space: $1,111,833 - not a lot of cap space and have plenty of injuries. Lots of trade chips if they want to make a trade.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Projected cap space: $561,425 - little cap room. Could they add and move Marian Gaborik?

    Dallas Stars Projected cap space: $7,121,177 - could use another defenseman. They could be buyers and sellers. Ray Whitney and Vern Fiddler could be moved as rentals.

    Winnipeg Jets Projected cap space: $1,525,188 - won’t likely be looking for short-term fixes. They could move one of their core players. Could use some depth up front and another top-four defenseman.  Ondrej Pavalec is their biggest question mark.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Bob McKenzie: The Kings desperately need scoring. Matt Moulson would be a good fit, but the cost is high, a 1st and a prospect. Mike Cammalleri could be a fit, but he’s still talking with the Flames about a contract. The Islanders have to decide what they will do with Thomas Vanek. Oilers Sam Gagnercould be an option, but he has two years left at $4.8 million.

    Pierre LeBrun: The Canucks will not be in on the rental market. They are not giving up, but may need a retool. Alexander Edlerwill get lots of interest.

    Darren Dreger: The Leafs have told teams they would be willing to trade Nikolai Kulemin, but it wouldn’t just be to get rid of his salary. They need player in return, but there have been no offers that have made sense.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Matt Moulson’sagent said that there haven’t really been any substantial contract talks with the Sabres. There is no concern about his injury affecting his trade status.

    “It’s something that we can’t control anyway, so to that end we’re not overly concerned about it,” Arnott told The News by phone. “Obviously, we’re fully aware that we have a standard trade deadline on March 5, but we also have a trade freeze for the upcoming Olympic break before that. I am aware that managers have been talking and are maybe trying to do something prior to this freeze, but in Matt’s case I’m not sure anything was or would get done anyway.”

  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs said that they can sign Teemu Hartikainen and if he doesn’t make the team next year, they can loan him back to the KHL.

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