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NHL Rumors VIII: Jokinen, Canadiens, Penguins and Blackhawks

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: As of yesterday, the Jets and pending UFA Olli Jokinen have had limited contact. Should expect the Jets payroll next year to be around $65 million. The Jets could take the $3 million or so it may have used on Jokinen, invest it elsewhere, and potentially have a spot open for prospect Adam Lowry if he’s ready. Issues remains that if you do that and he’s not ready, you now have a hole at the third line.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: When P.K. Subban’s gets his new contract, it will eat of most of their remaining cap space. Brian Gionta wants to return, but how much of pay cut will he take and is he fine with a one-year deal? Lars Ellar could take a short-term deal and a raise from his $1.5 million. Mike Weaver could serve as an insurance policy behind youngsters Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi. Now that Andrei Markov is back, don’t expect any big moves from the free agent market. Peter Budaj could be traded. At the draft, they could focus on size, especially up front, and character players with potential.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wants to upgrade their third and fourth lines, but he hasn’t really said who he want to keep and who he wants to replace. Tanner Glass’s agent,

    “Some preliminary discussions with Jason [Botterill, now the associate GM] a few months ago” but that he has “not spoken with Jim or Jason since [the Penguins’] management/coaching changes.”

    Joe Vitale and defenseman Deryk Engelland’s agent said they have not had any contract talks with the Penguins.

  • SportsNet: The Blackhawks could be looking to trade Patrick Sharp, using as trade chip to land a center. Sharp has a modified no-trade clause and carries a $5.9 million cap hit.

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NHL Rumors II: Thornton, Goalie Market, Malhotra, Caron and Nikitin

  • Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports: (via google translate) Sharks Joe Thornton has a no-trade clause and holds the final say on where he ends up, and he may not be going anywhere.

    “San Jose is the only team on his list,” informed the agent and the player brother, John Thornton, in an interview with TVA Sports Sunday.

    His agent hinted that he could decide to move on “if he feels that supporters do not want him.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle looks at the goaltender market, and it looks like there are only 10 spots open, with all being backups: Coyotes, Bruins, Flames, Blue Jackets, Stars, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals and Jets. Notable free agent goalies include: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Justin Peters, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Thomas Greiss. Goalies that could be on the trade market: Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, James Reimer, Peter Budaj and Anders Lindback. Notable free agent goalies: James Reimer, Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, Niklas Svedberg, Robin Lehner, Anders Lindback and Michael Hutchinson.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Penguins could look at pending UFA Manny Malhotra to fill out their bottom-six. He’d be a good fourth line center to kill penalties and to be a faceoff specialist. The Bruins have until June 30th to qualify Jordan Caron. If they qualify him, they could look at moving him, as a split could be best for both sides.
  • Aaron Portzline: There is no need for the Blue Jackets to cut off the talks between the Oilers and Nikita Nikitin unless they have another team calling about him.

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NHL Rumors I: Subban, Price, Budaj, and the Panthers Coaching Vacancy

  • CP on SportsNet: Canadiens P.K. Subban.

    “I’m sure everybody in hockey wants a long-term contract, but for me, it’s not just about that,” he said. “It’s about being part of a team that can win a championship, and I believe we have that in this dressing room. “When it comes to contract stuff, that’s why I hire my agent (Don Meehan). That’s why we pay him. That’s his job and I’ll let him do his job. I’ve done mine, and he’ll do his.”

    Predators Shea Weber has a $7.8 million cap hit through 2020-21. Drew Doughty has a $7 million cap hit through 2018-19. Duncan Keith has a $5.5 million cap hit through 2020-21. Erik Karlsson has a $6.5 million cap hit through 2018-19.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Canadiens Carey Price said if they would have made the Stanley Cup Final, he could have played.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Peter Budaj: “I have one year left in my contract and I hope to play here.”
  • Harvey Fialkov: Red Wings assistant coach Bill Peters and Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant are on the Panthers head coaching candidates list. The Panthers have also shown interest in Marc Crawford and Tom Renney.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Jimmy Murphy reports that Panthers GM Dale Tallon interviewed Bill Peters for the head coaching position.

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NHL Rumors II: Radio Edition: Sharks, Sens, Canucks, Canes, Richards and Canadiens

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think the Sharks are going to trade Joe Thornton anyway, or explore that option” … “Joe is a proud guy and I’m sure he wouldn’t be thrilled to lose the captaincy” … “I believe the Sharks need to make some tangible changes & the tangible changes are more likely to involve Thornton or Marleau…” … “…than a Pavelski or Couture. I think that’s common sense
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think Spezza is available & Thornton will soon be made available. Going to be a lot of teams looking at diff [trade] options” … “The GMs are under the gun some new GMs in charge. The situation in Van we’ve yet to get a handle on. Is Kesler staying or going?” … “So there’s the potential for many significant names out there to be available for trade” … “The closer we get to the Final being over and closer we get to the draft, the more that [trade talk] takes over
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I would have thought that one of the Staal’s in Carolina would have been in play but I’m not entirely convinced Francis wants to take that step forward and blow everything up” … “You know what, I would never say never but I think Francis wants to get a new coach in and see how that group responds to him” … “Carolina is a budget team and I don’t think the new coach is going to get $2 million dollars like he would with another team” … “Sometimes that’s an impediment on getting the people you want to get. Ulf Samuelsson is 1 of the candidates for that Carolina job”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I think Mike Richards is in danger of being bought out, for sure. Maybe he gets what happened to Lecavalier?” … “There were 20 teams that were talking to Lecavalier. Had they not watched him?” … “I remember Lecavalier walking from interview to interview with different teams last year and saying are these GMs high?
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “I would not be willing to part with Jake Gardiner right now”
  • Habs Links: Pierre McGuire: “I expect the #Canadiens to be super aggressive this offseason.”
  • Habs Links: McGuire also said that Garard Gallant could leave the organization for a head coaching position.
  • Habs Links: Pierre McGuire: “There is a market for guys like Peter Budaj.”

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NHL Rumors I: Stewart, Canadiens, Burmistrov, Penguins and Yeo

  • Chris Ryndak of Sabres Chris Stewart knows his name will be in the rumor mill and that he could be on the move again.

    “I don’t think it’s going to take that long to turn it around here. Obviously you’re subject to all those trade rumors and all the stuff like that, but that’s out of my control,” Stewart said. “Like I’ve said before, as long as I’m a Buffalo Sabre, I’m just going to worry about helping this team win hockey games and that’s all that’s on my mind.”

  • TSN: There will likely be some changes in Montreal. Re-signing P.K. Subban will be their biggest priority. Canadiens UFAs: Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta, Thomas Vanek, Mike Weaver, Francis Bouillon, Douglas Murray and George Parros. Vanek has repeatedly said he’ll test the market and they’ll have to decide if they want to bid for him. Bouillon may have reached the end of his playing career. Peter Budaj has one year left on his deal at $1.4 million, but was passed over by Dustin Tokarski during the playoffs.
  • Ken Wiebe: Alex Burmistrov’s agent said he’ll play next year with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL. His agent did leave the door open for a possible NHL return after next season.
  • Dejan Kovacevic: “Repeat after me: Trades are not punitive. Trades are not punitive. Goal is to get value back. Also, ALL Scuderi trade proposals = LOL.”
  • Dejan Kovacevic: Been told to expect a new Penguins GM by early/middle of next week. William DePaoli: Pierre McGuire had his second interview with the Penguins yesterday.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild are close to signing head coach Mike Yeo to multi-year contract.

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Olympic and Free Agent Notes: Soderberg, Budaj, Howard, Kadri and Rask

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Pierre LeBrun:  The NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet on Friday to continue their discussions on participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. An agreement is not expected yet.
  • Darren Dreger: Carl Soderberg could be Boston this weekend, pending final approval. He agreed to a 3  year contract. He’ll get $600,000 for this season including a signing bonus, and a $1 million for each of the following two seasons.
  • Dave Stubbs: Peter Budaj signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens that will pay him $1.4 milliom in each year.
  • Daren Millard: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that their on again, off again talks with goalie UFA Jimmy Howard’s agent probably won’t start again until after the season.
  • Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: Maple Leafs Nazem Kadriwill be a RFA at the end of the season, and could finish in the top 10 in scoring if he keeps this pace up. Negotiations aren’t expected to start until after the season. In an interview with Sportsnet, Kadri indicated he’d like to sign a long-term contract.

    “I’m just thinking straight hockey right now, trying to worry about my play,” said Kadri. “But I’d like to set myself up well for next year because I want to be in a Maple Leafs jersey for a long, long time. Whether they feel the same way is up to them.”

    It may be best for the Maple Leafs to try and sign him to a ‘bridge’ deal, a two year contract before going long-term. Matt Duchene signed a 2-year, $7 million contract and P.K. Subban signed a 2-year, $5.75 million deal.

    “Nothing’s been said to me as of yet (about the contract), but I’m sure we’ll talk in the summertime,” said Kadri.

  • Kirk Luedeke: The Bruins could be looking to extend Tuukka Rask soon, maybe in the 5 year, $5 million per season range.

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Recalls, waivers, projected lines and starting goalies

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Barch-Loktionov-Butler.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Greening-Costa-Daniel Alfredsson, Grant-Turris-Silfverberg, Dziurzynski-Smith-Neil, DaugavinsO’Brien-Condra.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning lines: Conacher-Stamkos-Purcell; Pouliot-Lecavalier-St Louis; Killorn-Thompson-Pyatt; Panik-Hall-Crombeen.
  • Jon Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Pacioretty – Desharnais – Eller; Prust – Galchenyuk – Cole; Moen – White – Armstrong. Defensive pairings: Markov – Emelin; Gorges – Diaz; Bouillon – Subban.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Stepan-Nash Gaborik-Richards-Callahan Pyatt-Boyle-Miller Asham-Halpern-Kreider/Mashinter.
  • Mark Masters via twitter: Jose Theodore is the likely starter for the Panthers. Kris Versteeg remains out with an upper-body injury.

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Waivers, Injuries, Lines and Starting goalies all in one

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Yann Danis clears waivers. The Hurricanes put Zach Boychuk on waivers. The Sharks put Frazer McLaren on waivers. The Devils put Cam Janssen on waivers.
  • Wayne Scanlan via twitter: P.K. Subban is skating with teammates at an optional practice, but not expected to play against the Senators. Ian Mendes via twitter: Subban said there was no timetable for his return to the lineup. Would like to get in some practices with the team first.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Clarke MacArthur is getting closer. Mike Komisarek is available. Mike Brown has a shoulder injury. Colton Orr. Chris Johnston via twitter: Komisarek smashed his stick on the boards in frustration yesterday and got a piece stuck in his eye.
  • Kevin McGran via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel; McC-Grab-Kule; Frattin-Kadri-Komarov; MacArthur-Steckel (No Orr, Brown). All D present.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Jeffrey-Malkin-Neal Cooke-Sutter-Glass Adams-Vitale-Kennedy (Tangradi) 7 D rotating.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Gaborik Hagelin-Stepan-Pyatt Rupp-Boyle-Ferriero Bickel-Halpern-Asham.

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Burmistrov having injury checked out … Hodgson to return next week … Eriksson and Budaj sign overseas

  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: St. John’s Ice Caps coach Keith McCambridge said that everything looks good with Alex Burmistrov, but he’ll be staying in Winnipeg for a week. Burmistrov is in Winnipeg to have an upper-body injury checked out.
  • Chris Nichols via twitter: Sabres Cody Hodgson, who has been out with a broken hand, is no longer in a no contact jersey, and is expected to return next week. He’s been out since November 2nd.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Stars Loui Eriksson signed with Davos in the Swiss league. Peter Budaj signed with HC Banska in the Slovak Extraliga.

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Afternoon notes on Giroux, Flyers PP, Koivu, Ballard, Green, Gagner and starting goalies

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Josh Harding is expected to start for the Wild. They are not expecting Mikko Koivu to be in the lineup. If Koivu can’t go, they will likely go with 7 defenseman.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard is still having back issues and will be held out. Andrew Ebbett may play against the Wings.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Sam Gagner suffered whiplash in last night’s game and is questionable for Thursday.

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