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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Chicago Blackhawks

Written by Taylor Giffin, who can be followed on twitter at @TOGiffin

Blackhawks-deadlineA simple question usually evokes a simple answer. How tall are you? Easy. What colour is your shirt? Even easier. However, when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks there are no simple answers.

Any Blackhawks fan will tell you the only real need for the team come the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 is a second line centre. That’s the simple part. Just how the organization goes about making that happen is the tough part. A simple question but not a simple answer.

You can bet, however, GM Stan Bowman is trying hard to crack the case. He would love to be able to concoct a deal that would bring a defensively capable, yet offensively gifted centreman to the Blackhawks (as every team does).

Although the team is pushed right up against the salary cap, and has very little wiggle room, Bowman has been able to work some magic twice in the trade department already this year.

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NHL Trade: Islanders Trade Bouchard and Regin to Blackhawks for Pick

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded for center/winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard and center Peter Regin from the New York Islanders for a 2014 4th round draft pick. The Islanders retain half of their cap hits and salaries.

The 29-year old Bouchard was drafted 8th overall in 2002 by the Wild.

The 27-year old Regin was draft 87th overall in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft by the Senators.

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Morning Rumors: Mason, Flames, Coyotes, Philips, Maple Leafs, Islanders and Bouchard

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgran wants to get a deal done with goalie Steve Mason, and Mason would like to stay. Mason is making $1.5 million this season, and could get no less than $4 million in a long-term deal. Mason’s agent:

    “He’s under contract and the Flyers have the right to qualify him come end of June,” Thun said. “If they qualify him, he has one year before unrestricted free agency. We could go to arbitration.

    “Assuming he continues to play well an arbitrator could award him a pretty big number compared to where he is right now.”

    “I think Price is a very good comparable,” Thun said.

  • Chris Nichols of SportsNet: Brian Burke on Hockey Central about the rising salary cap and the Flames

    “Well, we’re budgeted to spend to the cap now. I know if you look at where we are now salary-wise, we’ve got cap room. We’re able to make some significant moves here at the trade deadline if they present themselves.

    “That being said, Jay hasn’t seen the value yet. We’re not just going to spend money to spend money. But our ownership group is committed to cap dollars. We are prepared to spend to the cap the moment we see value there.

    “As the cap goes up, that’s something from a revenue standpoint we should be able to keep pace with. Once we see the value, we intend to be a cap team at all times.”

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Source saying the Coyotes have pitched the NHL on idea of having an outdoor game next season in conjunction with the Cardinals hosting the Super Bowl. Brian Burke’s Christmas freeze has gone into effect for the Flames. NHL Christmas freeze starts Dec. 19th at 11:59 pm.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Chris Philips is entering the final year of his three-year, $9,25 million deal, and preliminary discussions have take place on a contract extension.

    “There have been a couple of talks (with agent J.P. Barry), but it’s quiet right now,” Phillips said before Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Put it this way: I’m not planning on retiring, I’m planning on playing. Hopefully, (a contract) gets done. Obviously, sooner rather than later. It has been a thought, for sure. It’s not weighing me down and I’m trying not to think about it too much, but obviously it’s there.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “What I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything” … “Nonis isn’t looking for a small little move, big players are available which is why you hear Gardiner’s name thrown out there”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Islanders need a goaltender & a defenseman. People that watch the Isles say you can fire the coach but Snow needs to address G/D”
  • John Vogl: Source saying the Sabres have no interest in claiming Islanders Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are looking for a top-six forward to play with Jason Spezza and may consider claiming Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers. The would have to clear some salary if they do so.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Leafs coaching issue is an off-season thing for me.” … “If when all is said and done mgmt decides there is an un-reparable disconnect between Carlyle & the players they’ll make a move.”

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Afternoon Hits: Malkin, Bouchard, Lecavalier, Erixon, Dumoulin, Hedman and Line Combos

  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Evgeni Malkin said he’ll play tonight.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers. Ryan Strome will join the Islanders if Bouchard is claimed or cleared.
  • Adam Kimelman: The Flyers have put Vinny Lecavalier on the IR and recalled Tye McGinn.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Tim Erixon.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins have recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from the AHL and put Brooks Orpik on the IR.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Jokinen-Malkin-Megna, Conner-Sutter-Vitale, Adams-Sill-Kobasew. Defensive pairings: Maatta-Letang, Engelland-Niskanen. Despres, Dumoulin and Bortuzzo rotated.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: MacArthur-Spezza-Condra;Michalek-Turris-Ryan;Greening-Smith-Neil and Kassian-Zibanejad-Conacher. Defensive pairings: Methot-Karlsson; Phillips-Corvo; Cowen-Wiercioch.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Palat-Johnson-St Louis; Killorn-Filppula-Purcell; Brown-Thompson-Kucherov; Crombeen-Tyrell (Pyatt)-Labrie (Panik).
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Bournival – Eller – Brière Moen-Prust-White/Parros. Defensive pairings: Markov – Subban, Gorges – Emelin, Murray – Diaz, Bouillon.
  • John Vogl: Sabres lines: Moulson-Ennis-Girgensons, Foligno-Ott-Stafford, Adam-Hodgson-D’Agostini, Scott-Leino/McCormick-Flynn. Buffalo Sabres: Sabres penalty killing lines: 1st unit. McCormick-Flynn. Sulzer-Pysyk. 2nd unit. Girgensons-Adam/D’Agostini. Weber-Tallinder.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt; Cole-Horcoff-Chiasson/Sceviour; Whitney-Jeffrey-Peverley. Defensive pairings: Goligoski-Dillon; Benn-Gonchar; Connauton-Oleksiak; Rome.
  • Brent Wallace: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.

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Morning Hits: Chiarelli, Lombardi, Islanders, Gagner, Ward, Sjostrom and Maidens

  • Stephen Whyno: The Bruins have signed GM Peter Chiarelli to a contact extension through 2017-18.
  • Chris Johnston: Matthew Lombardi signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette in Switzerland.
  • B.D. Gallof: The Islanders only have a few roster spots open: 3rd line center, one defenseman and a backup goalie. The Isles will like give Pierre-Marc Bouchard the first shot on the top line. Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck will get a shot at the third line.
  • Jonathan Willis: Kevin Lowe is saying that Sam Gagner as the Oilers captain is a little premature. It will be Dallas Eakins’ decision and hasn’t made it yet.
  • Chip Alexander: Consensus is that Cam Ward is in the best physical condition in his career, which is good for the Hurricanes.
  • Alex Nunn: Fredrik Sjostrom (30) has retired from hockey. He will be a scout with Frolunda in Sweden and North America.
  • Brendan Ross: Senators prospect Jarrod Maidens is skating after sitting out two years with a concussion.

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Free Agent Hits II: Clarkson, Horton, Stalberg, Red Wings, Flyers, Jets and offer sheets

  • Darren Dreger: Little doubt that David Clarkson a seven year deal, and some GMs are thinking he’ll get $6 million plus.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that Clarkson will end up with a Canadian team. He’s visited the Oilers, Senators and Maple Leafs. He also visited the Blue Jackets.
  • David Pagnotta: The Blue Jackets have been busy. They met with Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and others.
  • Will DePaoli: The Red Wings interest in Jarome Iginla is just preliminary at this point as they are a finalist for Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Sam Carchidi via sulia: Carchidi thinks that the Flyers should pass on left winger Simon Gagne and go after Viktor Stalberg. Would be perfect on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Five possible targets for the Jets: Clarke MacArthur, Damien Brunner, Viktor Stalberg, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nathan Gerbe.
  • Ansar Khan: Free agent options for the Red Wings: Mikhail Grabovski, Stephen Weiss (primary target), Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers may not want to trade defenseman Braydon Coburn, but he’s their best trade chip. Seravalli wonders if they’d have interest in Jaromir Jagr again. Will the Flyers be tempted with offer sheets for Alex Pietrangelo, Travis Hamonic or Jonathan Bernier?
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie wonders if there will be offer sheets. The salary cap going down and teams are not able to stash money in the minors, some teams may be vulnerable.
  • Darren Dreger: There is already talks about offer sheets from teams with cap space: Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Brian Little, Josh Baily, Adam Henrique and Travis Hamonic.

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Free Agent Rumors: Letang, Bobrovsky, Panthers, Bruins, Lecavalier, Lundqvist, Bickell, Wild, Stars and Ott

  • Will DePaoli: Kris Letang talks haven’t been shut down and the team will circle back one more time. Rob Rossi: The Penguins are willing to go “around” $7 million a season for 8 years.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent talked on Wednesday and Thursday in New York. Indications arethat the talks did not go well at all and there are no further plans to talk. Both are in New York so it could happen.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will let Stephen Weiss, Jose Theodore and Tyson Strachan test the free agent market next week.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: If the Bruins aren’t able to re-sign Nathan Horton, who is reportedly looking for a 5-6 year deal worth around $6 million a season, there are a couple options. Jarome Iginla and David Clarkson could be two options. A source said that Vincent Lecavalier could be an option to play on right side rather than his natural center position.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Vinny Lecavalier would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference. Ready to listen to the Canadiens. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier can’t sign a deal until July 5th but his is allow to talk with teams.
  • Jim Matheson: No chance the Oilers will sign Lecavalier. He’ll sign with an Eastern Conference team.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist’s reps started contract extension talks last night in New York.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s side have started contract talks the past couple days.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild are talking contract extension with the Cal Clutterbuck. They are also talking trades with him. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (UFA) won’t be brought back and Matt Cullen most likely won’t be back.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Possible center free agent targets for the Stars: Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss, Tyler Bozak, Daniel Briere, Valtteri Filppula, Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro.
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Bryan Bickell could get a deal around $3 million, but he’s said something are more important than money and could take a bit of hometown discount.

    “You’ve got to do what makes you happy,” he said. “I know there are a lot of good teams around this league, and a lot of teams you won’t have as much fun [with] as if I stayed here. This is a great city, I enjoy it here, I got drafted here, this is a second home to me. We’re going to work on something, and hopefully it works out for the best.”

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Injury and Roster Notes: Blackhawks, Wild, Blues, Red Wings and Senators

  • Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Ray Emery will miss Game 1 of their series with the Wild. Both are out with lower-body injuries.

    “We’re going to rule them out for (Tuesday),” Quenneville said. “We’ll say day-to-day. We’re hopeful they’re going to be on the ice real soon. We expect them on the ice real soon.”

    Henrik Karlsson will back up Corey Crawford. Michael Handzus will center Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Jason Pominville, who had been out with a head injury, practiced yesterday on a line with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Coach Mike Yeo wouldn’t say for sure that he’ll be available for Game 1 against the Blackhawks.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues T.J. Oshie feels he’s ready to go, but coach Ken Hitchoch isn’t giving him the green light just yet.

    “We’ll get an evaluation to see how ‘Osh’ feels (after practice) and how he looked and then we’ll evaluate it (Tuesday),” Hitchcock said.

    Adam Cracknell may come out of the lineup if Oshie is back. Vladimir Tarasenko  could also be the odd man out. Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues.

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: It’s unlikely that Jason Spezza will get back into the Senators lineup, unless they go deep into the playoffs.

    “I suspect we would probably have to go a little distance (in the playoffs) for that to happen,” Murray said Monday.

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NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Ducks, Flames, Maple Leafs and top 20 UFAs that could be traded

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks could have some cap issues in the future. Marian Hossa contract runs through 2020-21, but if the 34-year old retires before it expires, they could get hit with a minimum of $4.6 million to a max of $9.2 million salary cap hit. They have about $4.6 million to fill 6 roster spots for next season. Brooks suggests the Blackhawks may have to use an amnesty buyout on Hossa to avoid future issues. Brooks thinks the asking price for Corey Perry on the open market would be for $9.5 – $10 million for 7 years.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: With each loss, it makes it easier to trade Jarome Iginla. “The frustration of staying loyal to an organization that continually spins its wheels as time ticks away on your chance to win a Stanley Cup is clearly mounting, as Iginla takes one final week or two to decide if he wants to end his 18-year relationship with the Flames.” Iginla hasn’t yet told his agent which direction he wants to pursue. It would have to be tempting to put the Penguins, Bruins and Blackhawks on his wish it he decides to move on. The Kings could also be tempting.
  • Michael Traikos of the National Post: The Maple Leafs could be both buyers and sellers leading up to the April 3rd trade deadline day. Will GM Dave Nonis look to trade their healthy scratches (Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles)? Turn their pending UFAs into draft picks? Acquire a top-line center like Avalanche’s Paul Stastny or stay the course? Nonis’ priority is to get the Leafs into the playoffs, and he’s made it clear he won’t mortgage the future to get there. He does realize though that they have 6 UFAs and 6 RFAs. Clarke MacArthur will be a big decision as he’s in the last year of a 3 year, $9.75 million deal. Nonis may not trade MacArthur for picks, but would he move him to the Sharks for Ryane Clowe? The Leafs will have to decide on Tyler Bozak as well.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson lists the top 20 unrestricted free agents that could be dealt: 1. Corey Perry (Ana) 2. Jarome Iginla (Cal) 3. Ryane Clowe (SJ) 4. Valterri Filppula (Det) 5. David Clarkson (NJ) 6. Daniel Alfredsson (Ott) 7. Mark Streit (NYI) 8. Brenden Morrow (Dal) 9. Robyn Regehr (Buf) 10. Nik Antropov (Wpg) 11. Ron Hainsey (Wpg) 12. Ryan Whitney (Edm) 13. Nikolai Khabibulin (Edm) 14. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Min) 15. Matt Cullen (Min) 16. Ian White (Det) 17. Ryan Jones (Edm) 18. Jordan Leopold (Buf) 19. Ryan O’Byrne (Col) 20. Stephen Weiss (Fla)

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Penguins scouting Wild? O’Reilly unlikely for Rangers … Dmen for Senators

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Penguins scouted the Wild earlier this week. The Penguins are looking for a top-6 forward and may have been looking at Pierre-Marc Bouchard and/or Devin Setoguchi.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have called the Avs about Ryan O’Reilly, but it’s unlikely they will go after him. The asking price of what O’Reilly is looking for will keep them away. The Rangers will have 3 prominent RFAs that they’ll need to re-sign this summer, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t giving up on the season, but he won’t give away their first round pick or a top prospect for a defenseman. Matheson wonders if they’d be interested in Ryan Whitney. Other defensman that may be available are: Tomas Kaberle, Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jonathan Blum. Matheson thinks the Oilers should keep Whitney, but if they got a third rounder or better back, they might have to consider it.

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News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed

  • Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s ”pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.

    “It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.

    “I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”

    Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.

    “I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”

  • Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.

    “No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.

    “I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’

    The agent added,

    “It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.

    “He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’

    The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.

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Quick hits on Bourchard, Huselius, Mattias, Noesen and the Islanders

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said in the last few weeks he’s ”pretty much symptom free” from the season ending concussion he suffered on January 4th. Bouchard isn’t a locked out player yet. He’ll be visiting doctors later this week.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Panthers Shawn Mattias is playing in Austria and may have suffered a concussion. He’s being looked at, and may end up returning home.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Team USA’s Stefan Noesen has been deemed ineligible for the World Junior Championship by the IIHF due to his OHL suspension. He’d have 7 of 10 games left on his suspension. Chris Peters via twitter: Noesen would have likely played in a top-six role, and is not easily replaced.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Officials at Barclays gave a “no comment” on the rumor that the Islanders could move to Brooklyn before the end of the 2015 season. Gallof thought it was worth noting because the media departments usually give a stock answer from the original press conference or denying a change.

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