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NHL Rumors I: Center Options For Stars, Maple Leafs, Moller and BriseBois

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars will be looking at second line center this offseason.

    “It’s a priority for us,” he said of center depth. “I think if you want to be a contender, you have to be deep down the middle. That’s something we’ve talked about over and over again.”

    Do they look at Paul Stastny, trade for Ryan Kesler or go with Cody Eakin until Jason Dickinson and/or Devin Shore is ready? GM Jim Nill went after Vincent Lecavalier last summer. Options for the Stars: Jason Spezza, Paul Stastny and Ryan Kesler. Long-shot options in Eric or Jordan Staal. Bridge scenario in Mikhail Grabovski. Go with Eakin and have third line options in Vern Fiddler, David Legwand, Steve Ott and Jay McClement.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs don’t want to pay Dave Bolland more than the $4.2 million they are paying Tyler Bozak. About 20 teams may be interested Paul Stastny’s services if he becomes a free agent. Simmons thinks the Leafs should re-sign Jay McClement but at less than $1.5 million.
  • Stephen Whyno: Oscar Moller expects the Kings to give him an offer to return to the NHL next year.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said it’s only a matter of time before a team gives Julien BriseBois a chance to be a GM.

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Bergeron needs medical clearance … Contract talks for Gorges and Markov next … Coaching candidates

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron just needs medical clearance before he can get back in the Bruins lineup. He took contact at yesterday’s practice, and will take part in this mornings practice before deciding if he’s in or not. He’d most likely center Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand. Shawn Thornton would likely be the odd man out. Tyler Seguin would likely remain with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: If Drew Miller is back with the Red Wings next year or not, it will come down to price. He made $650,000 this past season, and was a valuable penalty killer. He added 10 goals and 8 assists in 67 games. “Hopefully we can work something out. I’d definitely like to stay — I mean, it’s a great organization here. They have a lot of depth, but that’s what happens when you have a good team.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens now have 3 defenseman under contract for next season, Alexei Yemelin, PK Subban and Jaroslav Spacek. Negotiations for Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov are next. Because of the salary cap, it’s unlikely that James Wisniewski or Brent Sopel will be back. Hal Gill and Roman Hamrlik could be back at the right price.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Salary cap issues could prevent the Penguins from re-signing Tyler Kennedy. They’d like to keep him, but the RFA may be in the $1.5 – $2 million range. He had 21 goals and 45 points last season. Kennedy could be traded before the team has to send him a qualifying offer.
  • Tony Marinaro via twitter: Bob Boughner stepped down as the Blue Jackets assistant coach. Marinaro is hearing that Florida or Dallas could be possible teams he could coach.
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Oscar Moller update. He’s expected to sign 2 year deal with a team in Sweden, and the Kings would almost certain retain the RFA’s rights. To retain his rights they would just have to extend a qualifying offer by June 27th.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Dave Cameron (Mississauga OHL head coach) is being strongly considered as the next Ottawa Senators head coach. Minnesota and Florida are possible destinations for former NY Islanders head coach Scott Gordon. A source tells Strickland to not completely write off Brad Richards to Tampa. Strickland (and myself) doesn’t see it happening. A $4-5 million price tag for Jaromir Jagr could be a hefty price if a potential 3rd line NHL winger. Strickland is told that Mike Modano will officially retire at some point this off-season. Chris Osgood could do the same.

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Bergeron traveling with team to Tampa … Kubina not progressing well … Moller to Sweden … Vishneskiy to KHL … No contract news for Parise

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: A team spokesman said that he believes Patrice Bergeron will travel with the club to Tampa today. He’s progressing well and could be in the lineup for Game 3 or 4.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Pavel Kubina is still listed as ‘day-to-day’ with an upper body injury. He’s been out since Game 1 of the Washington series after hitting his head against the boards. “He’s not even here, so the update is not very good,” Boucher said. “Every day when there seems to be a little progression, it kind of slips back a bit. So, it’s kind of an injury that you never know. You wake up the next day and everything’s great or just keeps on going the same way, so it’s very hard to monitor what’s going on with him.”
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Penguins GM Ray Shero said he’s “had a few conversations” some of their soon to be free agents representatives. Negotiations for most of their free agents will have to wait until after their amateur scouting meetings are over (running June 6-8). He didn’t rule out doing a deal or two before. The Penguins have about $55.7 million committed to 17 players for next year. Sidney Crosby is scheduled to meet with his concussion specialist before the end of the month.
  • Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy signed with Atlanta of the KHL. He was acquired with a 2nd round pick for Andrew Ladd. His entry level deal expired after this season. Vishneskiy had 15 points in 46 game in the AHL.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings prospect Oscar Moller has been talking to teams in Sweden and could be signing a 2 year contract. Any contract he signs would have an ‘out’ clause so that he could return to the NHL. The Kings don’t really mind this, as it will allow him to play professionally and gain some experience against older players.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: There is still no indication if Vladimir Tarasenko is looking to buyout his KHL contract and sign a NHL deal.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have contacted several potential coaching candidates but don’t have a timetable to the hiring. “The ownership situation is a huge part of this, and it’s something we’re going to have to be aware of,” said Nieuwendyk.
  • Kevin Allen via twitter: A group interested in keeping the Thrashers in Atlanta have submitted a term sheet outlining their offer. The 2nd group is serious but not are not as far along in the financial process compared to the True North group.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHL’s Avagnard is still interested in signing Jaromir Jagr unless he wants more money. The Alexander Frolov signing doesn’t affect Jagr’s situation.

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Winger for Malkin? Crosby to be ready for camp … Less money for Doughty … A deal for Crawford at the Draft … Will Umberger want to return?

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins have 3 areas to address this off-season. 1. Hire a power play coach. 2. Find a winger for Evgeni Malkin. 3. Upgrade secondary skill. The Penguins have 17 players under contract for next year at just over $55.4 million. They’ll need to add 6 players for under $7 million.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Shero on Crosby,

    “He’s certainly going to be ready for camp,” Pens GM Ray Shero told Saturday. “He had really ramped it up before taking a week off. I know you don’t totally know with these things, but Dr. Collins has maintained the whole time that this is a manageable injury and that Sid will be fine. He’s got lots of time now.”

    Chris Drury has a no movement clause so he won’t be sent to the minors which had been rumored last week.  What the Sabres could be looking for this off-season, “If we can add a little more offense, we need a bit more,” Regier said. “And maybe someone who can add a little experience on the back end because we’re a little young there.” Senators GM Bryan Murray will start their coaching search next week, he already has about 6 applicants.

  • Dan Arritt of ESPN Los Angeles: LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty struggled this past season when comparing to his 2009-10 campaign, and it might hit him in the pocket book. “The drop-off could wind up costing Doughty some dough if he stays with the Kings. He’ll be a restricted free agent on July 1 and free to accept offer sheets from other teams, though the Kings have the right to match.” The Kings also have Alec Martinez, Trevor Lewis, Oscar Moller, Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson as RFA’s. It’s likely that Moller will be the only one not returning. The Kings will also likely to take a run at Brad Richards. There were interested in him at the deadline but the Stars where still in the playoff hunt.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons wonders is the Maple Leafs could sign one of Shea Weber, Steven Stamkos or Drew Doughty to an offer sheet, costing them 4 1st round picks. The Phoenix Coyotes lost $36.6 million this past season.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Blackhawks and Corey Crawford will get a deal done at the draft. They are expected to offer deals in the 2,3, and 4 year range. There are rumors that the Canadiens could bury Scott Gomez and his $7.3 million cap hit in the minors next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wouldn’t be surprised if Alex Kovalev is in the KHL next year. Canadiens forward Lars Eller played Game 7 with a dislocated shoulder. Matheson doesn’t see the Bruins re-signing Tomas Kaberle unless he “gets his act in gear.”
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: RJ Umberger’s contract expires at the end of next season, and can start negotiating with the Blue Jackets after July 1st, but will he want to re-sign with the team. When asked about if he has concerns about the teams direction,

    “That’s an important question for me to ask myself,” he said. “It’s something I need to consider. You only have so many years to play this game. I’m entering the stage of my career where these are the prime years. It’s important to me.

    “I’d like to see how the summer plays out. From the end-of-the-year meetings (with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and coach Scott Arniel), I know what they expect to do. They said they’re going to be active. But you want to see something done to feel better about the situation.”

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Kings planning something big? Flyers looking at Versteeg … Kovalev could fit in Pittsburgh … Anderson back Monday … NHL Sources Say Video

    • It was noted on twitter last night that several LA Kings prospects were deleted from their website (prospects page) and later added back. Players mentioned were Braydon Schenn, Oscar Moller and Colten Teubert.
    • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford believes his team will make the playoffs, becoming buyer and not sellers, which may take Erik Cole off the market for the Flyers. The Flyers will have about $3.5 million to add at the deadline, but may not want to tinker with the chemistry too much. One player who may be on their radar is Maple Leafs forward Kris Versteeg. It may cost them James van Riemsdyk though.
    • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins now have plenty of cap space since Evgeni Malkin went down with his season ending injury. They have been looking for a goal scoring winger for a couple years, and may look at Alex Kovalev. The Penguins have come out and said they are interested in Kovalev but he fits what they could be after. He shouldn’t cost more than a late draft pick, and will be a UFA at the end of the year.
    • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Bryan McCabe wants to stay with the Florida Panthers. “I have a no-move clause and I’m committed to staying here helping this team make the playoffs and build this team in the future,” said McCabe, 35. “I love being here with an organization heading in the right direction. I’m an older guy who I think can help out with leadership. My family loves it here.”
    • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Hurricanes make look to move soon-to-be UFA Joni Pitkanen regardless if they are in the playoffs or not.
    • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson pulled R.J. Umberger aside and asked him about one or more Philadelphia Flyers (Umberger played for the Flyers a couple years ago). The Flyers are said to be interested in Jake Voracek, and Blue Jackets were shopping Steve Mason hard last month. Howson has been talking to Sens GM Bryan Murray often in the last couple weeks. The Blue Jackets have been looking for one or two puck moving defenseman.
    • NHL Sources Say video – Panel looking at buyers and sellers.

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    No truth to Kaberle, Rosehill for Brown … Another Forsberg comeback? Donovan, Pisani looking for a deal

    • There was a rumor floating around the internet last night that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Tomas Kaberle and Jay Rosehill to the Los Angeles Kings for Dustin Brown. The report was tied to Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider but he had nothing to do it. All of it was false.  Spector’s Hockey via twitter sums it up the best: “So, to sum up, folks: No truth to rumor the Leafs were about to trade Kaberle to the Kings for Dustin Brown. Total BS.” Daniel Tolensky (of TSN) via twitter: “Does anyone really think Kings will trade their 25-year old Captain who scored 81 G over 3 yrs & has 4 yrs left @ $3.175 mil for Kaberle?”. Tolensky tweets that a top-6 forward for Kaberle would be bad contract (Malone)/project (Stafford)/prospect (Moller) and a pick, either a 1st or 2nd. Tolensky also thinks that Drew Stafford and a pick could be fair option for Kaberle.
    • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Murphy can see Kaberle going to Boston, and Marc Savard going to Ottawa. (A 3-team, inter-division trade, unheard of. I don’t know what Toronto would get/want from Ottawa’s roster.)
    • Kevin Allen via twitter: There’s a Swedish media report that Peter Forsberg is thinking about returning to the NHL.
    • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Answering some questions from a reader. The Stars have 20 players under contract for next season at $40.6 million, and they should be able to get James Neal,  Nicklas Grossman, and Matt Niskanen under contract, under their internal cap ceiling. The Stars will probably hold tough on their offers. Heika thinks the Stars could be offering Neal a 2 year deal for $5 million, Grossman at around $2 million per season for 3-4 years, and Niskanen a 1-year deal for around $1 million.
    • George Malik of MLive: Andreas Lilja finds it “tough” and “a little frustrating” being without an NHL contract for season. The frustration comes from the family side of things and not on the professional side, finding a home, enrolling kids in school. Lilja’s theory as to why there are still so many free agents out there, “They want to drive down salaries.  At the same time, I believe that there are many teams that want to attract younger players and give them a chance to play”
    • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Shean Donovan is hoping to get one more shot at the NHL. He’s 49 games short of 1,000. He’s talked to a couple teams, not no solid offers yet. He has 2 offers in Europe but will wait it out for a bit.
    • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The 33-year Fernando Pisani is still hoping to play in the NHL next season, on a 1-way contract. He’s unsure if he’d take a 2-way deal or a training camp invite.

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