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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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NHL Rumors II: Interesting Free Agents, Gardiner, Subban and the Senators

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen looks at 10 interesting free agents that are still available: 1. Steve Ott 2. Dany Heatley 3. Martin Brodeur 4. Dustin Penner 5. Daniel Winnik 6. Brenden Morrow 7. Lee Stempniak 8. Derek Roy 9. Chris Butler 10. Mike Ribeiro.
  • Andy Strickland: Defenseman Chris Butler is talking with a handful of teams. The Flames haven’t closed the door on re-signing him.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: RFA Jake Gardiner didn’t file for salary arbitration. It is thought that he could get a bridge contract worth between $2 and $3 million. P.K. Subban would likely get an arbitration ruling worth more than $6 million. The Canadiens could opt for a two-year ruling, which would take away one-year of unrestricted free agency. Arbitration hearings run from July 20th to August 4th, unless players sign beforehand.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators could have some decisions this season with regards to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner. Anderson is the current No. 1 and is entering the last year of his deal. Lehner is a pending RFA. Will the Senators look trade Anderson at the deadline or re-sign him and stall Lehner’s emergence for a few years?

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NHL Rumors I: Canucks, Red Wings, Predators, Flyers and Panthers

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: With Canucks signing Ryan Miller, it’s believed that Jacob Markstrom has asked for a trade if they can.

    “That situation could work itself out over the summer,” Benning said. “The teams that are interested may have to move out another guy.

    “We’re exploring that for Jacob. But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation.

    “Look at Minnesota last year. They went through about five goalies.”

  • Helene St. James: As the Red Wings continue to look for a right-handed defenseman, they could look at Sabres Tyler Myers. He carries a $5.5 million salary cap hit. The asking price for Myers would start with one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Tomas Jurco. The Sabres might ask for Anthony Mantha, but he’s not going anywhere. The Red Wings would also likely need to add a high draft pick and potentially another player.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: With the Senators signing David Legwand, it eliminates one of the Flyers trading partners for Vincent Lecavalier. It could give the Predators a bit of leverage and power in negotiations. The Preds may be the only team interested, so they may not have to rush into a deal.
  • George Richards: (answering question) Hasn’t heard any talk of Panthers trades coming.

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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

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