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NHL Free Agent Rumors: Kassian, Hainsey, Loktionov, Grabovski and Timonen

  • Ian Mendes:: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Matt Kassian’s not in our plans — and we’re not in his plans.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes pending UFA Ron Hainsey likes the fit and will ”see how it goes.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Andrei Loktionov wants to remain in the NHL next season and with the Hurricanes.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski wouldn’t mind remaining in Washington, but would want to know which way the organization is going.

    “Nobody knows what’s going to happen here, so it’s made me disappointed too,” Grabovski said Tuesday. “I want to know, first before I sign, who’s going to be coach, who’s going to be general manager, because nobody knows and lots of stuff is being said.”

    “I just don’t want to have same experience I have before in Toronto when [former coach] Ron Wilson is gone just after I sign, and they bring in a coach who don’t really want me,” Grabovski said. “For me it’s important that people believe in you and trust. Adam Oates, he bring me here with McPhee. They trust me as a player, and I do my best in the half-season I played. I can do better. [When] people trust me, I feel this and I play better, good hockey.”

    Grabovski is believed to be looking for a four or five year deal in the $5 million per season range.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on if he wants pending UFA Kimmo Timonen back next season.

    “Absolutely,” he said, though it’s highly probable the defenseman would take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. “We’ve talked a couple times during the year and put it on the shelf, and we’ll talk again in a couple months. I know his family is very big in his life, and his kids are getting older and he wants to be around them more. But he loves to compete, and if he wants to come back, we’ll figure it out.”

    Timonen doesn’t want to start thinking about retirement.

    “Once you start thinking about it, you don’t think about the game as much,” he said. “During the Olympics, I knew it was my last game and it was really emotional. I knew it was the last time I put the Finland jersey on. But I haven’t made up my mind yet here.”

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Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
  • Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Boston Bruins

Written by John Sheppard and can be followed at @jisheppard.

USATSI_7776882_154224518_lowresAs we are now back from the Olympic break and getting close to the trade deadline, it is time to take a look at the Boston Bruins.

First of all before I write any more I want to thank Mark for this opportunity.  For the foreseeable future I shall be writing about the Boston Bruins.  I will talk about this year, the playoffs, the team, and what they’ll need in the playoffs.

The Boston Bruins are a team that builds for the playoff grind, they’re deep and roll all four lines.  They love to play a North/South style

In their most recent game you saw Boston at their just about best.  Strong defensive schemes, allow the goalie to see the puck, make it physical and if the other team answers with physicality then all the better.  Teams like Boston and LA both know that when both teams are hitting hard, there is a higher chance of the ref putting the whistle in the pocket and fans get to see great hockey.

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Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.

    The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.

    The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.

    The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.

    The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.

    Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.

    Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.

    The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.

    Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.

    Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.

    Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.

    There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.

    If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.

    The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.

    Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.

    Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.

    Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
  • Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
  • Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.

    “I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”

    Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.

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Morning Rumors III: Senators, Bruins, Blues, Oilers, Sharks, Leafs, Canucks and Some Scouting

  • Amalie Benjamin: Source confirms there have not been discussions between the Senators and Bruins regarding Chris Phillips just yet. The Bruins are interested.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: There have been lots of rumors about the Bruins interest in Senators Chris Phillips but “there have been no conversations” according to a source. Ryan Spooner has been rumored to be a possible trade chip. Same source said that Spooner won’t be used for a rental. The Bruins have also been linked to Andrew MacDonald, Andrej Meszaros, Tom Gilbert, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Christian Ehrhoff.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: A source is saying that the Bruins have contracted the Senators about Chris Phillips. A more likely option for the Bruins is Andrej Meszaros. Other targets could be Henrik Tallinder, Ron Hainsey and Andrew MacDonld. The high cost to acquire MacDonald may scare the Bruins off.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Bruins, Blues, Oilers and Sharks are believed to have shown interest in Chris Phillips. The Senators have shown interest in Chris Stewart.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”For the right person both Kadri or Gardiner could be traded but I don’t think that kind of player is out there” … “Leafs are looking for a C or a top 4 and I don’t see that player falling into their lap”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “No secret, the Leafs have been looking to upgrade defensively. Nobody would have expected that at the beginning of the year” … ”At times, through stretches, one of their best performers on the blueline has been the rookie Morgan Rielly” … ”I’d be a little surprised if the Leafs are able to get that top 4 D by the deadline” … ”The Leafs untouchable list would include Phil Kessel but I don’t think there is anyone beyond that” … ”Nonis continues to preach that if you make the right offer any player is available” … ”Sure it’s possible that Kadri/Gardiner could be moved in a blockbuster. I don’t get the sense that anything like that is happening” … ”I don’t see the fit with Van & TO because Gillis is loathe to deal with the Leafs. Nonis, like everyone else, is making that call”
  • Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avalanche – Coyotes game last night: Canucks, Blackhawks, Blues, Stars, Sharks, Senators, Panthers, Red Wings, Lightning (2), Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.
  • Highland Park Hockey: Scouting AHL affiliates  for the Lightning – Penguins last night: Blues, Canadiens, Blue Jackets, Canucks and Oilers.

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Morning Rumors: Caps, Isles, Oilers, Bruins, Jets, Sabres, Leafs, Spartak and Dmen Trade Possibilities

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if it’s time for the Capitals to make a trade. They’ve lost seven of nine, and have Michael Neuvirth and Martin Erat looking for a change of scenery. The Islanders could be looking for a goaltender with Evgeni Nabokov injured again. The Islanders have pending UFA defenseman Andrew MacDonald as a possible trade chip. The Islanders have the cap space to take on Neuvirth’s $2.5 million in salary, but may require a defenseman going back. Maybe Dmitry Orlov or Steve Oleksy? Other defensemen who could be available at the trade deadline: Dan Girardi, Chris Phillips, Ron Hainsey, Henrik Tallinder, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Stuart.
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    “It’s going to be important we make the right move.

    “There have only been 12 deals made this year and we’ve made four of them. You can argue the pluses and minus of the four deals we made.

    “We’re trying to do something. We’d be crazy not to. We just have to keep grinding away, having conversations until there’s something that makes sense.”

    MacTavish wouldn’t comment on the Sam Gagner rumors. MacTavish on what they could use.

    “We need big, strong, heavy guys who can give us what we don’t have now.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty looks at possible replacements for Bruins Dennis Seidenberg if they decide to go the trade route: Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto,  Mark Stuart, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips, Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hainsey, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Rostislav Klesla.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets are a team that needs to do something, they are “a team begging for a shakeup.” Either it be a coaching change or a significant trade.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that Burke is interested in Darcy Regier, Futa, Treliving and Dave Poulin” … ”Burke probably won’t hire a GM until the draft. He may hire an assistant GM first”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Bernier v Reimer battle has never been an even race. Leafs view them differently.” … ”I’m not saying Bernier is a #1, but that’s who the Leafs want to be the guy”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Carlyle has had a free ride since he came to Toronto. The screws are going to turn on him really fast here”
  • Adrian Dater: Eastern teams scouting the Avalanche-Senators game: Capitals (1) and Rangers (2).
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: KHL’s Spartak Moscow may fold as they don’t have enough money to pay players and to go on road trips.

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Morning Rumors: Bruins, Sabres, Habs, Coyotes, Canes, Avs, Pens, Isles, Kings, Rangers and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHL trade deadline is March 5th. The Olympic roster freeze is February 8th till February 23rd.

    “The roster freeze will act as a deadline, especially for those teams that want to save a little bit of money,” said a league executive.

    “There’s a chance to get deals done in the next few weeks that will get money off the books.”

    The Bruins have said they will try to fill the loss of Dennis Seidenberg from within. If that doesn’t work out as planned, they could look at Dan Girardi.

    Ryan Miller may not be going anywhere as the new GM may look to re-sign him, and they may not be able to get what they want for him on the trade market. The asking price is three prospects and a first round pick. The Blues may be the only option for Miller, and they may not be looking to trade.

    The Canadiens are looking for forward depth. GM Marc Bergevin may have looked at Flames Curtis Glencross, who has two years left at $2.55 million. The Canadiens are looking to trade Daniel Briere.

    The Coyotes for looking for forward depth and may look at Sabres Matt Moulson.

    Thought is the Hurricanes are not done trading. A couple teams have said the Hurricanes are willing to trade anyone but Eric and Jordan Staal. Teams will call about Jeff Skinner, but he isn’t going anywhere. Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo Ruuttu and Ron Hainsey will likely be traded by the deadline.

    The Avs will have to make a decision on Paul Stastny before the trade deadline. If they are able to get a 1st round pick and a prospect for him, they may move him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the March 5th trade deadline day.

    “A lot can happen between now and then,” Shero said this past week. “But I like our team. I don’t feel like we have to do something.”

    Sense withing the organization is that if they make a move, it would be a “hockey trade,” giving up someone significant to get someone of worth and under contract. Shero may be looking for a winger for either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Shero will listen to all offers, but doesn’t mean he’d be actively looking to trade someone like Olli Maata. The Jets are reportedly willing to trade Evander Kane, who has four years left with a $5.25 million cap hit. Shero and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have not talked about Kane.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: To retain Ryan O’Reilly’s rights, the Avalanche would have to pay the pending RFA at least $6.5 million. He can’t be traded until after February 28th. Matt Duchene will have a cap hit of $6 million for the next five years. There has been an “uneasy truce” between O’Reilly and the Avalanche since they matched his offer sheet with the Flames. The Avs could sign O’Reilly to an contract extension at any time, but they should draw a line saying, ”We won’t pay anyone a dime more than Duchene, no matter what.” Dater doesn’t think they should trade him anytime soon.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is on pace for a career year in points and is a pending UFA. GM Garth Snow wouldn’t comment on if there have been contract extension talks. He could become the Islanders best trade chip at the deadline if they are out of the playoff picture.

    “I think you realize it’s there, that it’s possible or whatever,” MacDonald said. “I’m hopeful things get done. We’ve dug ourselves a pretty big hole here so there isn’t really time to worry about that.”

  • David Pagnotta: As Dennis Bernstein pointed out, the Kings are not finished trading. Nothing is imminent, but they are looking for a scorer.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Oilers Scott Howson was scouting the Kings game last night. Talk is the Oilers are very active and looking to make a move now. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner are in the mix.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Rangers had two scouts at the Avalanche-Sharks game. There are rumors they are interested in Tyson Barrie, but he, along with Ryan Wilson, were not in the lineup. There Rangers were the only Eastern team scouting the game.
  • Chip Alexander: Elias Lindholm could rejoin the Hurricanes in Buffalo for Tuesday’s game.
  • Hotstove: The Sabres are getting closer to naming a new GM, with Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning being the leading candidate. The Oilers could be looking at trading Sam Gagner. Before last night’s game, Michael Del Zotto’s camp and the Rangers hadn’t met yet.

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Injury Notes: Fraser, Visnovsky, Semin, Korpikoski, Khudobin, DeKeyser, Kessel, Seidenberg and Burns

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser is day-to-day with a knee injury. It is another MCL issues, but in a different area of the ligament.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky is “still not close” to returning to the lineup.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski has an upper-body injury. Zbynek Michalek is still out with an upper-body injury. Both could skate tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is about a week away from being able to play.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser left last night’s game with an left shoulder injury. Helene St. James: He’ll see a doctor today but they are estimating it will will be at least a week or two.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel on his wrist being taped: ”I don’t really want to talk about it.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins Dennis Seidenberg and his lower-body injury have skated that past two days. To be determined if he plays on Thursday.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Brent Burns could return to the lineup on Thursday. It will be up to Burns and their medical to clear him to return.

    Wilson said: “Could he play Thursday? I think he could. I think there’s a chance. … I think he’s really close, and it could be as soon as this week. But, that will be decided by him and the medical staff.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Mike Green skate pain-free yesterday, but may not be ready just yet.

    “He’s missed a lot of time and it’s a big game,” Oates said after an 80-minute practice at Kettler.

    “I don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s behind the 8-ball. He hasn’t been able to do a lot of cardio, so I’m a little worried about his conditioning.”

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Joni Pitkanen Injury and the Fallout for the Hurricanes

  • Josh Rimer: Rimer has been told that Joni’ Pitkanen’s injury could be career threatening.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle is hearing that Pitkanen’s injury could be career ending. A race for an icing claims another.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will have nine NHL defenseman in camp. The Hurricanes have lost Joni Pitkanen. Bernstein wonders if they would be interested in Alec Martinez.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont wonder if the Flames would call the Hurricanes to see if they are interested in Dennis Wideman.
  • Tom Gulitti: Gulitti doesn’t know if the Devils are willing to move a defenseman right now, but they might be in a few weeks.
  • Todd Cordell: Smartest thing for the Hurricanes to do may be to save their assets and sign a UFA like Tom Gilbert or Ron Hainsey.
  • Josh Rimer: The Hurricanes had been talking with Ron Hainsey but didn’t have the cap space for him. Will have the room now once Pitkanen is put on the LTIR. They would also have room for Brenden Morrow now, who they’ve also held talks with.
  • Todd Cordell: Darren Dreger said on the radio that the Hurricanes are a team that may consider an offer sheet for Cody Franson.

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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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Free Agent Hits: Franson, Kadri, O’Bryne, Kessel and 10 Intriguing Names

  • Jonas Siegel: If Cody Franson were to opt for a one-year contract, instead of a longer deal that he’s looking for, he could cash in next season when the salary cap rises next year if he were to have another good year.
  • Darren Dreger: There is no change in talks involving the Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri. There is still time for deal to be worked out, but his attending training camp is in question.
  • TSN: Former Avs and Maple Leafs defenseman Ryan O’Bryne has signed a two-year deal with HC Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: 10 intriguing free agents: Brenden Morrow, Ron Hainsey, Damien Brunner, Brad Boyes, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Whitney, Hal Gill, Jose Theodore, Milan Hejduk and Ilya Bryzgalov. Phil Kessel is on record saying he doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal during the season. He could be looking for $8 million a season. The Leafs could go eight-years for around $60 to $64 million. Kessel said to the Sun’s Lance Hornby,

    “If you make it to the end [of your contract], you are more likely to leave.’’

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Morning Hits: Long List of Ex-Leafs Free Agents, Campbell and Eakin

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Lists ex-Leaf free agents that are still looking for a home: Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Hal Gill, Steve Sullivan, Brad Boyes, David Steckel, Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Jamal Mayers, Ryan O’Byrne and Mikhail Grabovski. Ron Hainsey is still available and it may only take $1 million to land him. Grabovski is still unsigned and according to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and term in the early days for free agency.

    “He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

  • Matt Kalman of NHL.com: Bruins Gregory Campbell got mixed results from the x-ray taken of his surgically repaired right foot a couple of weeks ago. Things are looking good, but have not healed enough for him to start skating. He is scheduled for another x-ray on Tuesday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika looks at Stars center Cody Eakin, noting that he could be the teams second line center, but also may slide in as their third or possibly their fourth center. Heika names eight wingers that Eakin could end up playing with at some point this season. The Stars added depth down the middle this offseason with the acquisitions of Shawn Horcoff and Rich Peverley.

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