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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL Rumors: E. Kane, Ott, Ehrhoff, Lecavalier, Franson, Bellemore and LaRose

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Evander Kane could be with the team for the forseeable future, and he wasn’t going to touch trade rumors.

    “It’s very difficult right now in hockey,” began Cheveldayoff. “You’ve got the draft and all the different things like free agency that come up and as you guys all know, there’s rumours that abound each and every day that send everyone in different directions. I can only imagine as a player what goes through your mind when you hear, ‘So and so’s being traded and different things like that.’ It’s got to be difficult. They’re all professional hockey players and they’re all subject to those kind of things. Even when you have your general manager like I’ve been saying, I’m open to look to see if there’s ways to make improvements on this team. Without singling out any individual everyone starts to wonder what’s going on.

    “With specific reference to Evander and the situation where he was asked those questions, I think he’s been asked those questions year after year after year since he’s been here and certainly since the time he’s signed the contract.

    “So, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. What I took from his comments, is he’s excited about being healthy and training this summer and really looking forward to having a solid summer of training. He had some minor surgery last year that derailed some of the training side of things.”

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Steve Ott on the Fan 590 on the Maple Leafs before he signed with Blues.

    “We had maybe one talk with them, and then we called them a bunch of times with no calls back,” Ott said. “That’s about as honest as I can get. I guess they didn’t have much interest at all.”

    Elliotte Friendman on the Fan 960 this week.

    1. Don’t be shocked to see defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, who’s on a one-year deal, re-sign an extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Jan. 1. 2. Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn’t going to give Vinny Lecavalier away in a trade. People forget the veteran scored 20 goals in just 69 games last season. 3. The Winnipeg Jets recognize they need to trade Evander Kane. They also realize it’s “an easy trade to lose.” Kane likely starts the season in a Jets sweater. 4. A divorce between Cody Franson and the Maple Leafs appears like it will happen eventually. The Calgary Flames could be a good fit for the body-checker.

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis continues to talk contract with Brett Bellemore. Nothing imminent.
  • Chip Alexander: Chad LaRose is wanting to meet with Francis to talk about potentially returning to the Hurricanes. He didn’t play last season. Francis said they could end up offering LaRose a training camp tryout or possibly starting the the season in the AHL. Francis: “Obviously, he’d need to earn his way, show he can still do it.”

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NHL Rumors III: Trade Candidates, Wings, Green, Brodeur, Hayes and Pokka

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top centers that are rumored to be on the trade block: 1. Vincent Lecavalier 2. Ryan Johansen – there is the unlikely scenario that due to the stalled contract talks that teams may call to see what it would take to get him. 3. Nazem Kadri.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top-six winger trade candidates for this offseason: 1. Evander Kane 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Cody Hodgson.
  • Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit: A team source is saying that the Red Wings have made Mike Green their top trade target and have reached out to the Capitals regarding  Green and his availability. The Capitals have indicated in the past that he’s staying, but it might make sense for them to move him given their salary cap situation. Green is owed $6.2 million this year with a $6 million salary cap hit. The source added that the longer the Capitals hold on to Green, the more likely other teams could inquire about him. Green has a modified no-trade clause. The Red Wings would like to move quickly on a deal and are hopeful they can get something done.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Five landing spots that make sense for Martin Brodeur: 1. Winnipeg Jets – if the Jets trade for James Reimer, swap in Toronto here  2. Columbus Blue Jackets 3. Boston Bruins 4. Arizona Coyotes 5. New Jersey Devils.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes won’t be attending their prospect camp as he’s still without a contract. Hayes has been to four of their previous camps. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign him to an entry-level deal or he will become an unrestricted free agent.
  • Arthur Staple: Understanding that if Ville Pokka doesn’t make the Islanders out of training camp, he’ll return to Karpat of the Finnish league. Staple’s thinks it’s unlikely that he makes the team.

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NHL Rumors III: Predators Options and Petry Could Still Be Traded

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: With the loss of Mike Fisher extending into the early part of next season, it creates a hole down the middle for the Predators. They have Olli Jokinen and their youngsters (Calle Jarnkrok, Colin Wilson or Colton Sissons) may have to take a bigger role according to GM David Poile.

    “We’re not going to sign a player for the sake of signing,” Poile said. “It has to be a fit.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Two options for the Predators at center could be:1. Vincent Lecavalier – money is the biggest stumbling block with regards to this potential trade. At 34-years old, his best years are behind him, but he would be a viable option.

    2. Derek Roy – the 31-year old is coming off a down year where he didn’t reach 40 points. Roy could be a low risk signing like Olli Jokinen. His passing skills may be a good fit with James Neal.

  • Jonathan Willis: Even though the Oilers signed Jeff Petry to a one-year contract yesterday, but Willis thinks a trade is still possible. If they are considering trading him, it would be better to do it sooner than later. There have been trade rumors surrounding Petry for awhile. If they trade him now, they likely could get a roster player back in return, as opposed to a pick or prospect at the trade deadline.

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NHL News and Rumors: Predators Sign Volchenkov, Lose Fisher

  • Nashville Predators: The Predators sign defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    “Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely,” Poile said. “He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties.”

  • Joosh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators center Mike Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be out four to six months. He suffered the injury during a training session, and had successful surgery last Thursday.

    “We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice,” general manager David Poile said.

  • Josh Cooper: Cooper thinks this may add urgency to potentially trading for Vincent Lecavalier.

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NHL Rumors I: Arcobello over Roy, Lecavalier and Flyers Potential Lines and Pairings

  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Craig Button and Bob Stauffer were talking about the Oilers depth down the middle. Button doesn’t think Derek Roy could help the Oilers.

    “He can’t play,” Button said of Roy. “He can’t skate, he can’t play, he’s not big enough, he’s been injured. Basically, he’s not good enough. Wouldn’t touch him.

    “Up until about three years ago he was a very good, strong player but he ended up getting injured and the game got quicker and faster and to me he’s just not able to play at the pace and in the Western Conference. Small centreman that can’t skate, I’m not interested.”

    Button on going with Mark Arcobello over a player like Roy.

    “I’d rather go with an unproven guy that skates better, competes, hasn’t been injured. Players have an expiration date, I get that. And they have a period of time leading up to the expiration date. That’s just the nature of pro sports and that’s never going to change. But I’m not prepared to go and take players who are at that point and don’t fit what your needs are just because they have experience.”

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers are still trying to trade Vincent Lecavalier. Teams are asking the Flyers to pay a big part of his salary and include a prospect or pick. If that is the case, it may be a better idea to keep him as he can still be effective on the power play. Carchidi looks at how the Flyers lines could look like next year:

    Line 1: Giroux centering Michael Raffl and Jake Voracek.
    Line 2: Brayden Schenn centering Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.
    Line 3: Sean Couturier centering R.J. Umberger and Matt Read.
    Line 4: Scott Laughton centering Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (or Jason Akeson) and Zac Rinaldo.

    Pairing 1: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen.
    Pairing 2: Nick Grossmann and Mark Streit.
    Pairing 3: Luke Schenn and Andrew MacDonald.

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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 Video: The Vinny Problem for the Flyers … Senators Could Be Interested

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers need to pick up part of the Vincent Lecavalier’s contract if they want to move him. Source saying the Flyers only want to eat $1 million, where others teams want them to eat more and throw in something else, either a pick or player.

    “Philly won’t pick up a good portion of the contract with many teams,” a source said, which is why the Flyers are struggling to move Lecavalier.

  • Bruce Garrioch: With Vincent Lecavalier set to make $4.5 million over four years, the Senators don’t want to take on the entire contract, and the Flyers don’t want to eat $2 million of it.

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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 V: Predators, Flyers, Senators, Murray, Thornton and Teravainen

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Predators signed Olli Jokinen yesterday, but talks about bringing in Vincent Lecavalier could still be ongoing. Source saying that Flyers GM Ron Hextall and Predators GM David Poile revisited talks yesterday afternoon. The Predators remain interested, but nothing was imminent as of last night.

    “We’ll keep looking at the situation and deal with it internally,” Hextall said. “As far as I’m concerned right now, Vinny Lecavalier could be in a Flyer uniform in September.

    If the Flyers were to retain half of Lecavalier’s salary, they would have to eat a total of $7.25 million in salary and a $2.25 million salary cap hit in each of the next four seasons.

  • Tim Panaccio: The Senators are wanting the Flyers to pick up some salary as well as something else for trading for him.
  • David Pagnotta: “As I stated days ago, same thing applies today. If SJ wants to trade Thornton, they should relay that msg to him. He won’t waive NMC anyway.”
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Teuvo Teravainen hopes to make the Blackhawks out of camp next year, but the odds may be against him.

    “We’re going to see where he’s at when he gets to training camp,” Bowman said. “[Richards] obviously gives us an established player who has played many years in the NHL at an important position at center. Now we have some latitude with Teuvo. He’s going to dictate as to when he’s ready to go. We don’t have to force anything.

    “It’s always nice when players make it known when they’re ready to be here. When that happens, we always accommodate them. We’ve seen it before with young players. Some of them take half a year. Some of them take one year. Some of them are ready right out of the gate. We don’t need to predict that one. We’ll just let it play out and be patient with it.”

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