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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Gardiner, Penguins and Jets

Scott Powers of ESPN: It seems unlikely that Kevin Hayes will sign with the Blackhawks. One of the reasons he hasn’t signed is that he may not see a quick path the NHL with the Blackhawks. It could take a year or two become a regular in their lineup. The Blackhawks have drafted a bunch of college players in the past, and they may start looking to sign them during their sophomore and junior seasons so that they don’t run into potential losing them to free agency after their senior year. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign Hayes to an entry-level deal or he will become a UFA.

“I’m sure the Blackhawks are going to be disappointed if [Hayes] walks for free,” said an NHL agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It may motivate them to accelerate the process. In Kevin Hayes’ case, he was coming off a so-so junior year. I don’t think they made a mistake with him.”

Chris Johnston: Will be interesting to see how yesterday’s front office events impact their Jake Gardiner contract talks. They had been close on a short-term deal.

Will DePaoli: The Penguins had held talks with the David Booth before he decide to sign with the Maple Leafs. They didn’t present him with an offer.

Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets were among the teams talking with Booth before he signed with the Leafs.

 

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The Offseason “Winners” So Far Are ….

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

Despite the recent drop of in activity, the offseason in the NHL is an exciting time for both teams and fans. It provides each and every team with a period to reflect on what they have and determine what they need going forward to take the next step.

Some teams hit the jackpot and land their man, while others miss out and end up signing players or making trades simply to say they did something.

Let’s take this break in the action to look at this offseason’s winners and losers.

First up, the winners ….

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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 III: Penguins, Avalanche and Jets

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Source saying it’s the Penguins intentions to keep Rob Scuderi. They haven’t been actively been shopping him. The Penguins haven’t approached Scuderi about waiving his modified no-trade clause. Scuderi can block trades to 15 teams.

    The Penguins have made a two-year offer to RFA Nick Spaling, who has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31st. Spaling is looking for at least $2.5 million a season.

    Brandon Sutter is a year away from unrestricted free agency. The Penguins have given Sutter three different offers (short and long-term) over the past 10 to 14 days.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: It’s looking like the Avs and Ryan O’Reilly will be headed to arbitration next Wednesday. O’Reilly gets to pick if he wants a one or two year deal, and he has to do this before the judgement is given. Dater thinks it could end up being close to $6 million a season. If it’s only a one-year deal, it may be harder the Avs to get full trade value for him if they decide to move him afterwards.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets have been looking to add another forward, with one being Lee Stempniak (signed this morning by the Rangers). They could also look at David Booth or Daniel Winnik. They still haven’t reached out to Michael Del Zotto. Michael Frolik has an arbitration hearing set for July 31st. Wiebe thinks a four-year deal worth between $12 and $14 million should work for both sides.

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NHL Rumors I: Red Wings, Panthers, Penguins, Wild and Predators

  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have yet to sign RFAs Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser, and they don’t appear to be close. Tatar is looking over a recent offer.

    “We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close,” Holland said Friday.

    “Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holland said. “On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process.”

    The Wings are also working on a deal with RFA Landon Ferraro.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still talking about trading a young defenseman for a veteran defenseman or scorer. Sounding like Robak and Petro could be on the block. Tallon is praising Jonathan Racine, who could have a shot at the sixth or seventh spot along with Olsen, Robak and Petro.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have $6.4 million in salary cap space, with most of that likely going to RFAs Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling, as well as signing a 13th forward.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild have decided not to re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser to one-way contract. They had been debating whether to do so or not.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Potential defensive pairing for the Predators: Roman Josi – Shea Weber, Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis, Anton Volchenkov – Seth Jones.

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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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NHL Rumors I: Booth, Del Zotto and the Oilers

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The agent for David Booth, Mike Luit, has reached out to the Penguins in recent weeks. Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin coached Booth for two years in Florida. Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton also has Panthers ties with Booth. The Penguins are working on deals for RFA Nick Spaling and Brandon Sutter before moving on to others according to sources. They haven’t closed the door on Booth on a one-year, low salaried deal.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: The 24-year old Michael Del Zotto is still looking for a team for next season after not having a good year.

    “The whole season overall wasn’t how I wanted it to be. It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It’s a confidence game. So I’m just trying to get it back this summer,” he says. “I know what I can do and can provide a team. I’ve done it in the past; I’m just trying to get there again.”

    Del Zotto said that he’s talking to “a bunch” of teams and that “obviously there’s interest.” He wouldn’t say how many or which teams are interested.

  • Bob Stauffer: “Some late night Oilers thoughts for U. #1 The biggest off-season addition in the short term will be Craig Ramsay…good add for Eakins. #2 The biggest addition long-term will be Leon Draisaitl. Under-stated personality will compliment Hall, RNH, Eberle, Yak and Schultz. #3 Jujhar Khaira has a legit shot to be Oilers #3 C by 2016. His #’s weren’t great in Everett but he played for Kevin Constantine. The Oilers have to make sure Khaira Centers 1 of the top 2 lines in OKC and gets a lot of minutes right from the get go as a Pro. #4 2010 2nd round picks Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton fought injuries and a deep depth chart in first 2 pro years…progressed last season…but now they really have to take the next step…but the Oilers also need to ensure farm team is about developing players. #5 The Goaltending situation is not “fixed”. It would be fixed in Henrik Lundqvist was an Oiler. Nonetheless I fully expect a highly competitive battle between Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens which should help the Oil get off to a better start than last season. #6 the player I get asked about the most around the League is David Perron. Not surprising as he is the Oilers 2nd most competitive player. #7 I would not trade J. Schultz for a #2 C like say O Reilly. Oilers finished 29th in D scoring last season. Patience!

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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 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: Crosby’s Wrist and Lamoriello on Brodeur

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford: “Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season. Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week.”
  • William DePaoli: Sidney Crosby’s camp is saying that he was only experiencing a little discomfort in his wrist during the playoffs. The leak come from within the Penguins organization and they are not happy about it.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur after signing Cory Schneider to a seven-year extension.

    “I wouldn’t use the word sadness. Marty has had a tremendous career here and Marty will always be a Devil. Marty realizes what is necessary as far as the decision going forward with Cory… He was excited for the organization when we acquired Cory because he had so much respect for Cory as a player and also, through the conversations Marty and I had throughout the year at different times, the respect he had for him as an individual.

    “I don’t want to look at this as sadness. He had a great career. He’ll always be a Devil. Just in a different way. Right now it’s going forward. Time has a way of taking care of that and decisions have to be made. Marty’s legacy is what he is. Cory is not here to replace Marty. Cory is here to establish his own identity, which he has done, and to go forward with that.

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