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NHL Rumors II: Senators – Anderson, Ryan, MacArthur and Methot

  •  Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators confirmed that they have had talks with Craig Anderson about an extension. He’s entering the final year of his deal and they’d like to retain him, even with the re-signing of Robin Lehner to a three-year deal.

    “I did talk to (Duberman) a few weeks back and said we’d like to get Robin Lehner done first and then we could talk about an extension,” said Dorion.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have also spoken with Newport Sports about Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.

    “We had really productive talks on Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan. As you guys know these deals don’t get done in a day, Bryan had preliminary talks with the agents beforehand and (Wednesday) I’d call it productive talks on both sides of things,” said assistant GM Pierre Dorion.”

    “I’d like to get these deals done yesterday and I’d like them done July 1 at 12:01 pm but they take a little while. They’re guys that are both going to be pending UFAs so you have to make sure it works well for both parties.”

    The Senators also want to re-sign defenseman Marc Methot before he becomes a UFA next summer.

    “I think Marc has said it, Marc wants to be here and we want to keep Marc as part of our core of veterans,” said Dorion. “We feel that Marc has been a valuable player for us for the past two seasons and it’s just finding a way where we can make it work for them and for us and trying to stay fair and within our budgets.”

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Top 10 “Value” Free Agent Signings

With how rare it is to acquire talent in the NHL, most teams find themselves coming out of the offseason with their pockets emptied by free agents and the ridiculous prices that the market sets on them.

Once free agency hits, mediocre players become hot commodities and teams usually overpay to get them.

Sometimes, however, good deals are signed and both parties come away winners.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 “value” contracts that were signed during this offseason.

Honourable Mentions:

James Reimer – Toronto Maple Leafs – Two-years, $4.6 million / $2.3 million cap hit

With career numbers of a .914 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average, Reimer has established himself as a very capable goalie in the league. While he may not be a true number one goaltender, he is at worst a goalie who is good enough to play 30-40 games in a split role. With a two-year contract for only $2.3 million per season, the Leafs should have no problem finding a trade partner if need be.

Lars Eller – Montreal Canadiens – Four-years, $14 million / $3.5 million cap hit

Never eclipsing 30 points in any of his five seasons in the league, Eller has yet to establish himself as a reliable forward in the NHL. With that said, this past postseason Eller finished behind only Subban in scoring, with 13 points in 17 games. At only $3.5 million until the age of 29, the Canadiens might have gotten themselves a steal if that kind of production continues.

On to the top 10.

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NHL News: Senators Re-sign Lehner … Penguins Re-sign Spaling

  • Ottawa Senators: The Senators re-signed goaltender Robin Lehner to three-year, $6.675 million contract. The deal carries a $2.225 million salary cap hit, with a salary breakdown of: $1.5 million, $2.025 million and $3.15 million.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins have avoided salary arbitration with forward Nick Spaling. The deal is for two-years with a cap hit of $2.2 million.

Robin Lehner

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NHL Rumors I: Calgary, McCann, Bishop, Sens

  • Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald: The Flames have re-signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a new two-year deal, and Cruichskank says to expect RFA’s Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari to be signed in the next few days.

“We really think a lot of Joni,” said Treliving. “This is a young player who took a real big step forward last year.”

  • Jason Botchford of The Province: One of Vancouver’s two first round picks in this year’s draft, Jarred McCann is out to do anything to show he belongs in the NHL. McCann has vowed that his opponents are going to hate him as well.

“I don’t want to be pushed around. If someone is going to stick me, I’m going to give it back.”

“I’ve always had a spur in my game. I’m not afraid to do what it takes. It’s the type of game I play and that’s what I’m good at.”

  • Joe Smith: Ben Bishop says that his rehab is going well and that everything should be fine by the time Tampa Bay’s camp comes around.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Ottawa Senators and RFA goaltender Robin Lehner are closing in on a deal. The two sides have agreed on the term, but not the money as of yet.

“We’re extremely close,” said Pierre Dorion on signing Robin Lehner. “We said we’d give it a week break so that’s what we’ve done.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray will meet with Clarke MacArthur‘s and Bobby Ryan‘s Newport agents sometime next week, trying to work out contract extensions for the upcoming UFA’s. Sen’s have also held talks with Mark Methot‘s agent Larry Kelly about a new deal.

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NHL Rumors II: Senators, Wings, Leafs, Avalanche and Canadiens

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Before the Senators traded Jason Spezza to Dallas, they had been working on trading another forward. The deal may have fallen through or put on the back burner. Teams have told the Sun that Colin Greening and Eric Condra are available.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Red Wings right handed defenseman Alexey Marchenko will get a shot to make the big club if they don’t pull off a trade for a defenseman. The Bruins need to move one of their eight defensemen out. Senators Bobby Ryan is entering the last year of his deal and could be the next big name leaving Ottawa. The Maple Leafs could be the front-runner for Mike Babcock if he doesn’t re-sign with the Red Wings next summer.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly is happy they didn’t have to sit through an arbitration hearing, arguing back and forth. The Avalanche were confident they would have won, but they also knew it may not sit well with agent Pat Morris and possibly O’Reilly.

    “I said to Joe, ‘If you win, you also lose,’ and that everybody would lose — the club, the player and the fans,” Morris said. “Joe was very professional about it and very prepared, as was Greg Sherman. We both knew what our upside and our downside was, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see the path to where the middle point was.

    “It’s always a positive when we create a free negotiation based on what we do as opposed to a third party.”

    Joe Sakic said it won’t be a sign-and-trade situation.

  • Mike Chambers: Before the O’Reilly signing yesterday, the Avalanche had about $8,844,000 in salary cap space. When they are able to sign Tyson Barrie, they will be very close to the salary cap.
  • Craig Morgan: Hearing that the Canadiens submitted a $1.65 salary arbitration number for Lars Eller, who submitted $3.1 million.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Atlantic Division

The NHL’s salary cap system was put in place after the 2004-05 lockout to try to even the playing field between teams and eliminate over-spending.

As you know, over-spending still happens, and there are still teams (Boston, Chicago, LA, etc.) who are far superior to others (Edmonton, Florida, Buffalo, etc.).

The cap has virtually just called for more creative long-term contracts when trying to land, or keep, a marque free agent (think Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane) and shorter, small contracts for mediocre players.

Some teams struggle to hit the cap floor, while some struggle to stay under the max. Let’s take a look at each teams cap situation for the coming 2014-15 season, as well as the 2015-16 season.

This will be written as a four part series over the next week, looking at one division’s teams at a time.

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NHL Rumors II: Red Wings Trade Candidates … Yandle Talks Quieting

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are done with the free agent market, and trade talks have slowed down. The Wings are still hoping to trade for a top-four right-handed defenseman. There is still the chance that they re-sign Daniel Alfredsson next month. They have about $8 million in cap space remaining, and RFAs Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser still to sign. GM Ken Holland will still be working the phones for a defenseman.

    “Had the odd call, but for the most part it’s slowed down,” Holland said. “It goes slow now for July and August. In past years once (top) free agents are off the market and money is spent things get slow.”

    Trade candidates include Mike Green, Tyler Myers, Jeff Petry and Cody Franson. Teams are asking about Gustav Nyquist, Tatar and Anthony Mantha.

    “I explored trades through June, couldn’t find a fit,” Holland said. “Now I sense a quiet three, four, five weeks. In the meantime I’ll reach out to some of those (GMs).”

    They did have some interest in Michael Del Zotto, who is a left-handed shot, but there doesn’t appear to be a fit.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) UFAs didn’t turn the Red Wings down because of the money that was offered.Khan thinks that Gustav Nyquist is close to being untouchable, but might consider it if they get a bona fide star back. Tomas Tatar is likely not an untouchable. They could be less inclined to trade Tomas Jurco than Tatar. Anthony Mantha isn’t going anywhere. They are unlikely to trade their 2015 first round pick. They could be willing to trade their second round pick. They might be willing to trade Brendan Smith. Jakub Kindl and Joakim Andersson would need to have other assets included if they wanted to get a good return.

    Khan doesn’t think the Red Wings wanted to include their 2014 second round pick in a deal for defenseman Brad Stuart before the draft.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Sources say that Keith Yandle trade talks have quieted down. Murphy thinks Yandle would be a good fit for the Red Wings, Senators and Stars.

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NHL News: Wings, Penguins, Lightning, Coyotes, Ducks and Sens

  • Cap Geek: Red Wings Dan Cleary will get a $1 million bonus for 10 games played.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: The Penguins have signed 2014 1st round pick Kasperi Kapanen.
  • Missy Zielinski: The Lightning re-sign Philippe Paradis to a one-year contract.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes sign David Moss to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 according to source.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks sign Louis Leblanc to a one-year contract worth $550,000.
  • Igor Eronko: Senators RFA Stephane Da Costa signed a one-year deal with CSKA of the KHL.

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NHL News: Signings by Sharks, Blues, Senators, Jackets and Panthers

  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks have signed Tommy Wingels to a three-year, $7.4 million contract. Carries a $2.47 million salary cap hit.
  • David Pollak: The Sharks sign James Sheppard to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues have signed Sebastian Wannstrom to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues also sign Pat Cannone and John McCarthy to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Ottawa Senators: The Senators sign Alex Grant to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets sign RFA Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way contract.

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NHL News: Senators GM Bryan Murray Diagnosed With Cancer

Our thoughts and prayers are with Senators GM Bryan Murray.

Ottawa Senators: Murray has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Statement from the Senators

“Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team’s doctors in collaboration with specialists.

Mr. Murray’s treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators office periodically. During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department.

On behalf of the entire Senators family, the team is asking that the thoughts, prayers and support of the entire hockey community are with Bryan and his family.

The Senators and Mr. Murray ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this time.

There will be no further comment from the Senators organization.”


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