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NHL Rumors II: UFAs That Are Still Available

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Free agency has hit a bit of a lull.

    “There’s a few players that teams are starting to call on to round out the roster,” said one agent on Wednesday. “They go through the initial blast of free agents, then it gets quiet. Then they get into arbitrations and qualifying offers.”

    Some UFAs that are still available:

    Peter Mueller – There is interest and is looking for the right fit.
    David Booth - “I’m talking to a few teams about him,” said Mike Liut, a veteran agent with Octagon. “There’s interest out there for sure.”
    Daniel Winnik – Good bottom six and penalty kill option.
    Martin Brodeur – Drew some interest at the start of free agency and will circle back in the next month.
    Devin Setoguchi – Could look to sign a one-year deal to show he’s better than the 11 goals last season.
    Tomas Vokoun – 100 percent healthy from blood clot issue. Currently has two offers he’s considering.
    Dustin Penner – Has playoff experience and can play in a top-six.

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Top 10 remaining UFAs

    10. Dustin Penner – Could add some scoring and size to bottom-six. Three teams since 2013.
    9. Saku Koivu – Could be a fit in Minnesota or Montreal, back in Finland or retire.
    8. Daniel Winnik – Should be able to find a bottom-six role somewhere.
    7. Andre Benoit – Can’t rule out an Avalanche return.
    6. Devin Setoguchi – Not a lot of talk that there is demand of Setoguchi. Could the Sharks be interested after having some earlier playoff success with them? Maybe the Bruins would be interested to replace the hole left by Jarome Iginla.
    5. Martin Brodeur – Brodeur wants a contender. The Leafs, Blackhawks, Bruins, Penguins and Lightning had kicked tires. The Lightning and Penguins have already signed a backup.
    4. Tomas Vokoun – Has multiple offers.
    3. Lee Stempniak – ESPN saying a handful of teams are intersted. Bruins are not one of the teams interested as they are looking to trade for a winger.
    2. Michael Del Zotto – Teams that missed out on Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen could look at Del Zotto. Cost to sign him shouldn’t be high.
    1. Daniel Alfredsson – Red Wings or retirement.

    Best of the remaining free agents:

    Forwards: Ray Whitney, David Booth, Andrei Loktionov, T.J. Galiardi, Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini

    Defence: Sami Salo, Henrik Tallinder, Cory Sarich, Jamie McBain, Raphael Diaz, Brett Bellemore

    Goaltenders: Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov

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Top 10 Remaining Free Agent Forwards

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91

July 15 marked the day that the once bountiful NHL free agent market got extremely thin.

With the top two centres remaining in Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro both signing one year deals to take their tiny frames to Music City, the market for players left who can be plugged into a lineup and make a difference is dwindling.

However, there are still a few free agents out there for the taking who could be useful to teams in lesser roles. Let’s first take a look at the top 10 remaining forwards, followed by a top 10 remaining defensemen / goalies list tomorrow.

Honourable mention:  Ray Whitney – At age 42 he might be ready to call it quits, if not, he could contribute to a team desperate for veteran scoring help.

Teemu Selanne – The 44 year old “Finnish Flash” may finally be ready to hang up his skates after posting a single digit goal total (9 in 64 games) for the first time in his career.

Now on to the top 10 remaining UFA fowards.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Wings, Canucks, Panthers, Avs, Leafs and Isles

  •  Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins are not looking at the free agent market and are focusing on their own. They could stand pat, but if they want to add a right winger, it’s likely to come through a trade according to source.

    “If we do anything at all it would be a trade rather than a free agent signing at this stage,” said the source. “We’ll see what happens.”

    The source shot down free agent Peter Mueller and there wasn’t must enthusiasm for Lee Stempniak. Daniel Alfredsson may intrigue them, but all signs pointing to him remaining with the Red Wings if he plays next year. If they look to add depth, some trade chips could be: Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and David Warsofsky. If they are looking for a higher end player, Johnny Boychuk or Brad Marchand may come up in talks. There had been twitter talk of a Boychuk for Tomas Jurco trade, but there no indications if the division rivals would help each other out.

  • News 1130 Sports: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom“I did not ask for a trade after the Ryan Miller signing. I could have stopped training, complained and asked for trade after Miller signing but I see this as a challenge.”
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon reiterated yesterday that he’s willing to trade some young assets for a goal-scoring forward.
  • Adrian Dater: (answering a question) Haven’t heard of any talk about a Ryan O’Reilly for Dion Phaneuf trade.
  • Daniel Friedman: “Between Tavares, Okposo, Strome, Nelson, Lee, Dal Colle, Ho-Sang — would #Isles even need Evander Kane 3-4 years from now? Not convinced. And you can add Grabovski to that mix too (and Kulemin, depending on how he plays) because he’s here for the next four years as well. To me, defense is the bigger priority right now. The offense is there and will probably be for the next decade or so.”

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Blackhawks, Devils, Oilers and Leafs

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Lee Stempniak and Peter Mueller could be free agent options for the Bruins. They likely won’t be considering Dany Heatley.

    “I think a guy that’s interesting is Lee Stempniak,” said Haggerty. “Probably one of the favorites to be signed by the Bruins. He’s not a perfect solution to be signed as a top line player, he’ll probably end up being the third line guy.

    “He’s double digit in goals every year. He’s a solid producer, he’s a good, smart, two-way player… He would give you a good player on your third line, and allow you boost up Loui Eriksson to the first line.”

  • David Pagnotta: There were late night reports that the Blackhawks were close on eight-years contract at $10.8 million per season with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. According to their agent, “it’s not true.” Contract talks continue.
  • Aaron Portzline: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have not gone past the initial offers from both sides. They are “galaxies” apart on both term and money.
  • Jonathan Willis: Bob Stauffer on Justin Schultz contract talks: “I would suggest to you that the two sides are not close to a deal.”
  • James Mirtle: For those fans hoping that the Maple Leafs will offer sheet someone, will be difficult in some cases as the Kings have their 2015 second round pick from the Jonathan Bernier trade.

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NHL Rumors VII: Capitals, Penguins, Reimer, Ott, Mueller and Downie

  • Adam Vigan of NBC Washington: In addressing his free agent signings Tuesday, general manager Brian MacLellan reiterated that Mike Green is very much in the Capitals’ immediate plans. MacLellan and coach Barry Trotz have already begun to confer on how they envision the defense lining up. MacLellan said he could see newly signed defenseman Brooks Orpik as Green’s partner.

    “I also think with Mike Green, [Orpik] would help stabilize his game, make him feel a little more confident in the D-zone and maybe give him more confidence to go offensively,” MacLellan said

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins hope to add an assistant coach any day now, but it will not be Travis Green. Green told the Penguins he will be staying with the Vancouver Canucks.A scout on Monday said Christian Ehrhoff the best defenseman who was set to hit the open market. No team on Ehrhoff’s short list of 3-4 teams were willing to go beyond three years for him at the money the he wanted. Getting a one-year deal with a no trade clause was also important for Ehrhoff.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Reimer situation is still up in the air. The goalie market has pretty much dried up” … “Reimer is property of the Leafs” … “Reimer was told when he made his trade request that they would try & maximize him as an asset but not giving him up for free” … “If Reimer wants a fresh start he may have to be patient
  • John Vogl: Though he might fit in better elsewhere, the Sabres haven’t closed the door on Steve Ott returning.
  • Frank Seravalli: Though Peter Mueller’s agent won’t say which teams are interested in him, the Flyers are believed to mix for him.
  • Greg Brady: Source said that the Maple Leafs were in contact with Steve Downie before he signed with the Penguins.

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NHL Rumors I: Lacavalier, Grabovski, Isles, Jets, Blackhawks, Wings and Mueller

  • Sam Carchidi: Nothing is imminent, but Flyers GM Ron Hextall on the market for Vincent Lecavalier: “changes a little bit because all of a sudden, players are in place.” Hextall added that it wouldn’t be awkward if Lecavalier was still with the team at the start of next season.
  • Randy Miller: The Flyers want to “add a veteran defenseman, if we can,” according to GM Ron Hextall.
  • Alex Prewitt: The Capitals decided against re-signing Mikhail Grabovski and going with two defenseman instead of one center and one defenseman.
  • Arthur Staple: Sources saying the Islanders offered Dan Boyle three years and Jarome Iginla a four year contract.
  • Ken Wiebe: Expects the Jets will look to add a top-nine forward through trade or free agency.
  • Scott Powers: Contract talks between the  Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are ongoing.
  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings were talking with Tom Gilbert, but he was offered two years and $5.6 million from the Canadiens and they told him not to wait for them.
  • Dave Isaac: The Flyers had interest in T.J. Brennan as a depth defenseman, but the Islanders were a better fit for him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Peter Mueller is still available. He’s healthy and looking to return to the NHL.

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NHL Rumors I: Sharp and the Blackhawks, Byfuglien and Kane, Komarov and Mueller

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Patrick Sharp’s agent, Rick Curran, was told my Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman that Sharp wouldn’t be going anywhere.

    “There’s no truth to any rumor that Patrick Sharp is available to trade,” Curran told the Sun-Times. “He absolutely is not available. I had a meeting with Stan Bowman a week ago to ask him what was going to happen. He said, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can tell you that Patrick Sharp is not available right now.’ When the Sportsnet guy, Nick Kypreos, erroneously made a statement and everyone went crazy, I called Stan again. I asked, ‘Has anything changed?’ He said, ‘absolutely not.’ He’s full of [expletive].”

    The Blackhawks are looking for a second line center and are looking at Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastny and possibly Jason Spezza. The Blackhawks are close to the cap and may have to move out salary. Curran on Sharp’s name in rumors again.

    “Stan Bowman said he’s the last guy that would be traded,” Curran said. “As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing’s a fabrication from a puke out of Toronto trying to make headlines, an absolutely, completely irresponsible report, based on absolutely nothing other than his own whim or fancy.”

  • Craig Custance: The Jets are listening to calls on their players. Don’t see them having a big interest in trading Dustin Byfuglien as they see him as a game-changer.
  • Craig Custance: If the Jets are going to move Evander Kane, the price is going to be high. “Hard to win any deal when you’re trading a 22-year-old capable of scoring 40 goals on a good team.”
  • Craig Custance: Interesting free agents looking to return to the NHL this year – Leo Komarov and Peter Mueller.

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Morning Hits II: Pietrangelo, Couture’s thoughts for Kadri, Pitkanen, Hainsey, Lindholm and Mueller

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Alex Pietrangelo’s only leverage in contract talks is his talent. The Blues have leverage on service time, his desire to play in the Olympic and how the Blues are a rising team. They could do a deal ranging from two to eight years. A shorter deal may be in the $3 million range, with a longer deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Pietrangelo and the Blues have until December 1st to agree on a deal. The Blues believe a deal will get done and would match any offer sheet. Pietrangelo’s agents are likely comparing with Drew Doughty who got a six-year, $42 million deal. Pietrangelo: 121 points and a +25 in 224 games. Doughty: 126 points and a +16 in 239 games. Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants,

    “to get this done as quickly as possible.” He continued: “We want our fans to know we’re working hard to come to resolution with a player we trust and respect and who wants to be in St. Louis. We don’t’ take it personally. We think Alex understands it’s a business.”

    “We’re going to sign him when we’re comfortable and he’s comfortable — and not before that,” Armstrong said. “It’s not going to be influenced by win-loss record.”

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Sharks Logan Courture thinks that Nazem Kadri should follow what he did when he was in that situation, sign a short-term deal and look to hit a home run on the next deal.

    “I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told sportsnet.ca on Thursday during the NHL’s player media tour. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

    Couture signed a two-year, $5.75 million in 2012 and signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension this past summer.

    Matt Duchene did something similar and has no regrets about it.

    “At the end of the day, maybe I lost a few bucks at the end of my career in those two years that I could have potentially made if my third year had gone differently,” Duchene said. “But that’s not what I’m about, that’s not what it’s about for me. We’re all making great livings here and it’s not going to make a difference in the way I live my life and my well-being.

    “I’m not too worried about it – the motivation was more beneficial than those extra dollars would have been.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The long-term future of Joni Pitkanen and his heal injury are still in question and they might have to look at finding a defensive replacement, taking the money that could be available away from bringing in a forward.

    “Especially with Joni’s situation, we have to keep our eyes on how much cap room we have,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. “There’s a little more priority for a defenseman.”

    Ron Hainsey is still available and could be a capable replacement for Pitkanen if needed. Hainsey could be still available due to the role he played for the NHLPA during the lockout. Up front, the Hurricanes could use some size, penalty killers, fourth line depth, and a top nine player. The Hurricanes continue to have discussions with Brenden Morrow, Hainsey and others.

    “Until we have an idea how long (Pitkanen) is out, we’ll try to replace him with what we’ve got,” Rutherford said. “We’re pretty sure he’s not going to be starting the season.”

  • Mike Morreale: Hurricanes 2013 1st round pick Elias Lindholm’s shoulder is almost ready for game action.
  • Dobber Hockey: Peter Meuller signed with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss League.

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Morning Hits II: Alfredsson, McDonagh, Sabres, Flames, Jagr, Cleary, Raymond and Grabovski

  • Bruce Garrioch: Garrioch thinks that the Stars were one of the six teams that called Daniel Alfredsson, joining the Sharks, Canadiens, Bruins and Red Wings.
  • Larry Brooks: The Rangers and Ryan McDonagh are “getting closer to a deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Harrington thinks the Sabres should target Damien Brunner or Brenden Morrow.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Sportak lists six centers who the Flames should target: Marcus Kruger, Paul Stastny, Peter Mueller, David Perron, Sean Couturier and Damien Brunner.
  • Larry Lage of the Globe and Mail: Teams are “very interested” in Jaromir Jagr, but it could take some time before he signs.

    “He definitely still wants to play and there is some interest in him,” Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told The Associated Press on Saturday afternoon. “I think it’s going to take some time, but you never know for sure because there are three teams that are very interested.”

    It might also be some time before Daniel Cleary and Mason Raymond sign. Their agent, J.P. Barry

    “We’ve touched based with several teams and many of them are being patient at this point,” Barry said Saturday. “We’ve got options for (Cleary and Raymond), but we’re in a holding pattern with each of them because I think everyone is taking a breath this weekend.

    “I’ve been through about 15 of these, and there is always a frenzy of moves then a pause to reassess and then a second wave. It’s tough to predict when that second wave will happen, so we’re always on call when teams are ready.”

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, “I never comment on negotiations, but several teams are interested.”

    “He’s going to stay here, he’s not going back to the KHL. He wants to win a Stanley Cup. Toronto is a nice spot and he played with great respect for the fans. He wants to come back to that place (the Air Canada Centre) and a score a goal against the Leafs. That would be really fun.”

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Quick Hits: Bergeron, Heatley, Rinaldo, Plekanec, Bjustad, Hossa, Bolland, Gaborik, Dubinsky and Soderberg

  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that center Patrice Bergeron has a concussion.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Dany Heatley will be out for a while after what looks to be a wrist injury from an altercation with Sharks Marc-Edward Vlasic.
    “He just swung at me and I swung at him,” Vlasic said. “He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before. If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself and swung back.
    “… Unfortunately I got him in the wrist or shoulder. I’m not sure where I got him. That was not my intent. My intent was just to defend myself.”
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Zach Rinaldo suffered a lower-body and left last night’s game.
  • Dave Stubbs: Tomas Plekanec has a groin injury and is day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play tonight and on Saturday.
  • Harvey Fialkov:  Dale Tallon said that Nick Bjustad is on his way to Florida and will play on Saturday. He’s also confident that he can re-sign Peter Mueller after the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland will play on Thursday, Patrick Sharp won’t.
  • Dan Rosen: Marian Gaborik confirms that he’ll be in the Blue Jackets lineup against the Predators.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets activated center Brandon Dubinsky and winger Nick Foligno from the IR.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Expect the Bruins to go with Rich Peverley centering Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Kaspers Daugavins to center the 3rd line.
  • Jimmy Murphy: No updates on Bruins Carl Soderberg’s status. They hope to get him over before the end of the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.

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