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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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Top 10 2014 NHL Free Agent Wingers

Thomas VanekExpanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell.

While this is recognized league-wide as a poor free agent class, those hoping to address the wing and add some scoring punch are in luck, as there are quite a few quality players to choose from.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-10 wingers whom could test the market come July 1. The rankings will take into account standard stats such as goals, assists, and points as well as advanced stats such as Corsi For% relative to the team, and points per 60 minutes of 5 vs 5 and/or 5 vs 4.

If you missed yesterday’s post with free wingers ranked 11 through 20 and want to view them first, they can be found here.

Without further ado, here are my rankings for the top-10 free agent wingers available this summer.

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Morning Hits: Buyouts, Trading Draft Picks, Injuries and Callahan’s Clauses

  • Dan Rosen: The Lightning use a compliance buyout on Ryan Malone. The move clears $4.5 million off their cap.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong is looking for an offensive forward before or after the draft. The Blues could be willing to trade their first round pick for an established player. If they keep the pick, they’ll take the best players available.
  • Dave Isaac: The Flyers have been talking with teams about potential draft trades. GM Ron Hextall said there is a dropoff after No. 10.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Ron Hextall gave high marks to draft prospects Sonny Milano, Dylan Larkin and Alex Tuch, who may be available at their current No. 17 draft slot.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s open to moving up or down from their No. 25 draft slot.
  • Dan Rosen: Lightning’s Ben Bishop said that his elbow rehab is going well and he expects to be 100 percent by the training camp.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings Jonathan Quick had wrist surgery and will be out for 10 to 12 weeks.
  • Pat Leonard: The first four-years of Ryan Callahan’s deal contains a full no-trade clause. The last two-years he has a partial no-trade clause.

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NHL Rumors IV: Callahan, Stastny, Ducks and Subban

  • Pierre LeBrun: Not finalized yet, but Ryan Callahan’s contract extension with the Lightning will be for six years and $34.8 million, a $5.8 million salary cap hit.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Joe Sakic said late last night that Paul Stasnty wants to “see what’s out there.” Stastny’s camp promised to circle back and give the Avs the right of first refusal. Dater speculates the Avs have offered Stastny a deal somewhere between $5 and $6 million.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Paul Stastny’s camp has already received a bunch of calls regarding the pending free agent. The Avs will still be in the mix.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray wants to address their center position and defense as he feels he’s behind I that area compared to other top contenders. He’s armed with two first picks, two seconds and their 2015 first rounder.

    “That’s in the back of my mind all the time,” Murray said. “Where is that guy, can you find that guy, and can you afford that guy? … Is the time now, or do we have to step back and wait to see how these kids develop?

    “It’s a little bit of a game right now in terms of where you really are.”

    Realistic options include: Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza.

    Good but unrealistic options: Paul Stastny, Eric Staal and Joe Thornton.

  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin knows that he underpaid P.K. Subban before and that he’ll have to pay up now. Could get eight years and $9 million per season.

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NHL Rumors I: Callahan Deal Close, Maple Leafs and Canucks

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: A long-term contract extension between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Callahan is “imminent.” The deal is believed to be longer than five years and worth as much as $5.5 million a year. Callahan’s agent, Scott Bartlett, said that both sides had found a “common ground towards a new deal.” The Rangers would get the Lightning’s 2015 second round pick once the deal is reached.
  •  Chris Johnston of SportsNet: It’s looking like the Maple Leafs and Nikolai Kulemin will be parting ways. Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin said he’ll be talking with teams as early as today about a potential new home for Kulemin. Greenstin did add there is still time for contract talks to pick up with the Leafs. The role in which Kulemin gets used may become more of an issue than the contract. He was used primarily in a defensive role for the Leafs, with 66 percent of his shifts starting in the defensive zone. He had his lowest career point total last season with 20 points in 70 games.Dave Bolland could also be on his way out. Contract talks have been on and off since January and the sides are at a standstill.

    “Our position hasn’t changed a whole heck of a lot,” Anton Thun, Bolland’s agent, told Sportsnet on Tuesday.

    “At this time it’s just not coming together,” said Thun. “We can’t force the Leafs to accept our terms.”

    Talks between the Leafs and Jake Gardiner are underway and it’s believed they are discussing a two-year bridge deal at somewhere between $2.25 and $3 million a season.

  • News 1130 Sports: The Maple Leafs and Mason Raymond are still talking, but there is a lot of work still left to be done.
  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks qualifying Chris Tanev and Zack Kassian was the easy part, getting them signed to new contracts will be the hard part.

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NHL Rumors II: Stastny, O’Reilly, Callahan, Greene, Blue Jackets and Wild

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Patrick Roy is confident that they will be able to re-sign Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly, “I’m certainly very confident things will go well.” He doesn’t really want to go through arbitration, but O’Reilly said at the NHL awards that he’ll let his business people handle that end of it. Roy isn’t concerned with the potential impasse.

    “I’ll tell you why: Joe and I were players, and we also had to be businessmen. At this time of the year, it’s no different for other teams. It’s an unpleasant time. It’s a negotiation, and Ryan has to do what he thinks is the best,” Roy said. “Obviously, as a team, you always wish players are buying in to your structure, buying into your plan, and Joe is doing a super job. He’s the one dealing with the contracts. From a coaching perspective, I don’t see it as a problem.”

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: While they seem to have hope that they can make a deal, and progress has been made, the Lightning and Ryan Callahan don’t appear to be close on an extension.

    “It’s at a critical stage where we have to find a way to close the gap,” Bartlett said.

    At this point it seems likely that Callahan will at least test the market to see what comes his way. Teams are allowed to speak with free agents starting tomorrow, and agent Steve Bartlett expects to hear from teams.

    “We’re never going to close the door on Tampa,” Bartlett said.

  • Lisa Dillman: The Kings and Matt Greene are close on a contract extension.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said that they sent qualifying offers to all of their RFAs yesterday.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild will continue contract talk with defenseman Clayton Stoner. They expect to hear from Cody McCormick as early as yesterday. Both Stoner and McCormick are pending UFAs.

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NHL Rumors VI: Red Wings, Wild Shopping Two, the Devils and Brodeur

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) Potential targets for the Red Wings. Khan thinks they’d land a secondary scorer in Jussi Jokinen or Matt Moulson on a shorter deal than it would take to bring in a Thomas Vanek, Paul Stastny, Ryan Callahan or Marian Gaborik. If they were to offer a big, longer term deal, it would have to be someone like the 28-year old Stastny. They are not likely to add someone like Steve Ott. Matt Niskanen and Andrei Markov are not really No. 1 defesemen, but they will end up getting paid like one. The Red Wings are likely to look at the cheaper Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Stephane Robidas. Khan doesn’t think they are willing to part with the assets to land a Dustin Byfuglien or Keith Yandle.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Sources saying the Wild are shopping Kyle Brodziak and may be willing to retain some salary in a Niklas Backstrom trade. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been working the phones the past week.

    “Everyone calls everybody,” the Wild GM said. “You don’t see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It’s all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It’ll take a move or two to get the ball rolling, and then there’s usually a domino-type effect. We’re not there yet.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo said it’s unlikely that they will use their remaining compliance buyout. It’s also not looking like Martin Brodeur will be back with the team.

    “It’s unlikely,” Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger. “No decisions have been made yet. We still have time on our side, but it’s unlikely.”

    “Marty has made his decision,” Lamoriello said. “Quite frankly, I’m not going to make it a difficult topic.”

    Lamoreillo on if he has any intention of trying to re-sign Brodeur,

    “No one rules anything out.”

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NHL Rumors III: Hurricanes, Red Wings, Yandle, Overpaying UFAs and Tocchet

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has lot of decisions to go over and make this offseason.

    “I don’t foresee a major makeover,” he said. “We’ve got some pretty good pieces in place. I know it’s frustrating we haven’t made the playoffs in five years. We finished just outside (the playoffs) by 10 points, which is one win a month (more) over the course of (the past) season.

    “We may do some things but we feel we have a pretty good group here that can compete and win, so there’s no real need at this point to make a major overhaul, in my eyes.”

    It’s unlikely the Hurricanes will use their compliance buyout.

    “Historically we haven’t done that,” Francis said of a buyout. “We’ll discuss everything with our payroll and where our negotiations are and what we can and can’t do. But we don’t plan to do that at this point, no.”

    The Hurricanes could look to trade Cam Ward. They could move up or down from their No. 7 draft slot if the offer is right.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: St. James has been running a series of potential targets for the Red Wings. If the Wings were to go after Coyotes Keith Yandle, they would be looking for at least one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Anthony Mantha and a high draft pick. The Coyotes could also ask for another player, such as Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm or Jakub Kindl.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Top five unrestricted free agents who will get more money than they should: 1. Paul Stastny 2. Thomas Vanek 3. Ryan Miller 4. Matt Niskanen 5. Ryan Callahan
  • Tim Panaccio: Rick Tocchet said that he’s spoke with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford about a variety of roles with the team and that he’s interested.

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NHL Rumors I: Islanders, Lightning and Flyers

  • Arthur Staples of Newsday: The Islanders are open to trading their No. 5 pick at this years draft.

    “We’re open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away,” Snow said recently.

    The Islanders need a backup goalie or two, a top pairing defenseman and a left winger to play with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Islanders GM Garth Snow called prospect Griffin Reinhart to let him know they won’t be trading him. Potential free agent targets could be: Marian Gaborik, Radim Vrbata, Jussi Jokinen and Thomas Vanek. On the blueline, options could be: Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene, Andre Benoit, Clayton Stoner, Mark Fayne and Mike Kostka. A significant upgrade to their blueline would need to come through a trade and not free agency.

  • Joe Smith: The Lightning won’t be giving Anders Lindback a qualifying offer, though they will consider re-signing him. He’ll be a UFA.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning would have had to offer $2.2 million to retain Anders Lindback. The Lightning will likely look for a veteran to backup Ben Bishop.

    “We are going to look and see what is out there, but (Lindback) is on the list,’’ Yzerman said.

    The Lightning are still talking with pending UFA Ryan Callahan.

    “I’m hopeful that we can get him signed before he reaches free agency,’’ Yzerman said.

    They are unsure if they will use they second compliance buyout.

    “It’s something to consider,’’ Yzerman said. “We haven’t come to any final decision on that. We know when the window closes, and if we choose to go that route, we have time.’’

  • Sarah Baicker and Tim Riday of CSN Philly: Both look at if Nikita Nikitin would be a good addition to the Flyers blueline. He has good size and is defensively responsible., something that the Flyers could use. Riday thinks he’ll be looking for something between $2.5 and $4 million. They do already have at least six NHL defenseman under contract, but at the right price, would be worth taking a risk on him.

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NHL Rumors IV: Lightning – Lindback, Brodeur, Callahan and Richards

  • Joe Smith: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said they are considering re-signing goaltender Anders Lindback. The Lightning like Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis, but they want them to play. Ben Bishop will carry a heavy load as the teams No. 1 goalie.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson can see the Lightning taking a took at Martin Brodeur as a potential backup to Ben Bishop.
  • Joe Smith: Yzerman said they’ve had some “really good discussions” with Ryan Callahan and are hopeful that they can get a deal done by July 1st.
  • Joe Smith: Brad Richards agent said that Richards would “certainly respond positively to interest from Tampa.” Unclear if there is a fit in Tampa.
  • Joe Smith: Not sure if Brad Richards would be a fit for the Lightning. They do have lots of younger forwards and some more veteran leadership.

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