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Morning Rumors III: Luongo, Kesler, Edler, Brodeur and Hotstove Video

  • The Fourth Period: Sources are saying the Canucks have contacted teams regarding Roberto Luongo, though nothing is imminent. Another source, ”I wouldn’t be totally shocked.” Eddie Lack will be given the start at today’s Heritage Classic. Elliotte Friedman also reported that the Canucks were exploring the Luongo market. It is not known if Luongo was approached by the Canucks.

    “I don’t want to start going through this whole thing again,” Luongo said.

    “When I’m on the ice, I try to be the best that I can be. The rest is out of my control. I’m not going to start putting myself in a spot like that again.”

    The Red Wings, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets are interested in both Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. The Rangers and Penguins are interested in Kesler. The Canadiens and Lightning are interested in Edler.

  • David Pagnotta: “You can be sure Luongo’s fully aware of the situation (deja vu). As is his agent, Pat Brisson, who declined to comment on the matter. Brisson acknowledged to me that there is “lots going on,” but would not comment specifically on the situation or potential trade.”
  • Tom Gulitti: (yesterday) “Of waiving his no trade, Martin Brodeur said this afternoon. ““It definitely depends on where it would be” and “I’m not there yet.In other words, if Brodeur waives his no trade it’s going to be team specific/offer specific. He wouldnt waive it completey for all trades. Don’t know exactly what @KevinWeekes reported, but am certain Brodeur wouldn’t waive no-trade completely & give up control where he’d go. So, maybe it’s a case that he’s agreed to waive it to go to certain teams. I have no information on that either way. Or maybe it’s simply Brodeur told Lamoriello he’ll waive the no-trade clause if he gets an offer both of them like. But, to say simply he’s waived his no-trade clause, I don’t know what that means.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Portzline can’t really imagine the Blue Jackets trading Ryan Johansen to the Canucks for Ryan Kesler. Johansen has shown signs of being a No. 1.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The goal for the Canucks is to trade Ryan Kesler by next week, but it won’t be cheap. If they don’t get the right offer, he’ll remain with the team.
  • CBC Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Buffalo management situation, Sabres trade, Canucks and Kesler. Penguins most aggressive on Kesler. Blackhawks aren’t interested in Kesler. Kesler was saying in Sochi that he wanted to be moved. Canucks may be exploring the market for Roberto Luongo. Glen Healy thinks Martin St. Louis will stay in Tampa. Healy thinks the Sabres could be a landing spot for Callahan, drops Chris Stewart’s name. Brad Boyes looking like he’s re-signing in Florida

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Morning Rumors V: Canucks, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Lightning, Markov, Legwand, Reimer, Whitney and Red Wings

  • TSN: Bob McKenzie: the Canucks are not aggressively shopping or trying to move Ryan Kesler, but they are listening. Kesler has a no-movement clause, and he might have a broken finger. If they were going to trade him, they would be looking for a 20-25 year old center that could grow into what Kesler’s role with the team currently is. A reload for the Canucks and not necessarily a rebuild. Would the Blue Jackets give up Ryan Johansen for Kesler? Would the Rangers give up Derek Stepan for Kesler?

    Darren Dreger: Lots of interest in Kesler. He does have a history of injuries.Darren Dreger: A Martin St. Louis deal could happen between now and the trade deadline.

    Bob McKenzie: A St. Louis deal could be more of an offseason deal.

    Bob McKenzie: The Canadiens may not be locked on ”we’re only offering you a one-year deal, that’s it, take it or leave it” for Andrei Markov, as they could do a two-year deal. Markov would be a 35+ player. Word is that Markov could be looking for as much as a four year contract. Would be a surprise if the Canadiens traded him at the deadline, unless they were blown away by an offer.

  • David Boclair of the Nashville Post: As of late last week, there was no conversations between the Predators and pending UFA David Legwand.

    “No one talked to me so I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “I thought we would have had a conversation already but – nothing.”

    Legwand could be dealt, but he will have a say where he goes due to his no-trade clause.

    “Obviously it’s up to me,” Legwand said. “It’s a decision in my hands and my family’s hands so we’ll make it when it’s the point in time to make it.”

    “You always have options,” Legwand said. “Obviously, the ball is in your court. They haven’t said anything all year. Do they really want me here? Or do they want me gone? I don’t know. If they wanted me here, they’d say something. They haven’t said anything.”

    The Fourth Period: The Lightning are thought to be looking for a mobile defenseman and a second or third line winger. The Lightning may have shown interest in Andrew MacDonald, Tom Gilbert, Ales Hemsky and Lee Stempniak.

  • The Fourth Period: Teams have inquired about Maple Leafs James Reimer, but it’s unclear if they will move him.

    “This is definitely a place I’ve dreamed of playing my whole career,” he said. “Who knows what’s going to happen on the horizon. Right now, I don’t know if I want to talk about it too much.”

  • Jimmy Murphy: Sources saying it’s very likely that Stars Ray Whitney is traded. Keep an eye on the Coyotes and Kings.
  • Jimmy Murphy: There is some speculation that the Penguins could look at Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, but Murphy is hearing that isn’t the case. They are focusing on forward help.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he won’t trade a top prospect for a rental.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they won’t be sellers. He’s not interested in rentals, only hockey trades.

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NHL Draft Hits: The Avs, Panthers, Predators, Oilers and Blue Jackets may be listening to offers

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Avalanche (No. 1) and Panthers (No. 2) have already said they could move their picks for the right price. The Predators at No. 4 are keeping their options open.

    “We’ll entertain offers. We’ve already had people inquire with us about it and vice-versa,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said. “We’ll talk about whatever position that can improve us for the whole big picture of things.”

    Still, Fenton was cautious: “In order to move up to that position, you’re going to have to make an offer that you can’t refuse.”

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It’s unlikely that the Oilers at No. 7 would be able to move up to the Panthers No. 2. What makes it a difficult is the drop off in talent from the top two players, Seth Jones and either Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Usually there is a bigger drop off between the top two picks.
  • Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation: If the Oilers are looking to move back and add a player or a few more picks, the Blue Jackets might be a trade partner if they want to move up to grab someone. The Oilers draft at No. 7 with the Blue Jackets holding the No.14, No. 19, No. 27 to 30 and No. 44. Potential players the Oilers could look at are: R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin.


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Five Bruins targets … Weiss and Theodore available? Richards Buyout? Outdoor Games … Scouting Avs-Ducks

  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: The Bruins may be looking to add some scoring depth, a top-6 forward. Murphy lists 5 trade targets: Jarome Iginla – if GM Jay Feaster comes down on a price to say a 1st round pick and prospects. Michael Ryder – could cost a prospect or pick. Stephen Weiss – could move him to the wing and would be depth at center if an injury occurs. Ryane Clowe – Sharks GM Dough Wilson has said no one is untouchable and it may not cost the Bruins a roster player. Ruslan Fedotenko – would be valuable for the playoffs. Peter Chiarelli has scouted the Flyers 3 times in the last 10 days.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The Red Wings and Senators are looking for a center and Panthers center Stephen Weiss is in need of a change in scenery. Jacob Markstrom is ready to get his shot as the Panthers main guy. Scott Clemmensen is under contract through next season. Jose Theodore’s deal expires at the end of this season. TSN pointed out that the Bruins aren’t deep in net.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With Brad Richards‘ early struggles and the salary cap going down from $70.2 million to $64.3 million next season, Brooks floats the idea of the amnesty buyout option of Richards for the Rangers. The Rangers currently have about $10 million in cap space for next season with 5 roster spots to fill. RFA’s include Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. Richards carries a $6.67 million cap hit for the next 6 years.
  • The Fourth Period: Multiple sources are saying that the NHL is considering multiple outdoor games next year, with the first being the Winter Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The NHL may be looking at getting a game at Yankee Stadium. A game at Dodger Stadium in LA has also been discussed. There has been talk of having a game in each of the Canada’s 7 markets, Minnesota, Denver and Washington. The Flyers, Sabres, Penguins, Bruins and Blackhawks have hosted a Winter Classic already and are options for future games. The Heritage Classic could be head in either Vancouver or Edmonton.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Eastern conference teams that scouted the Avalanche-Ducks game last night: Rangers, Sabres, Hurricanes, Flyers, Lightning, Canadiens, Bruins and Jets.

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Market value for Timonen … A Blue Jackets rant … Visnovsky to join Isles … Campoli to Switzerland

  • Bill Meltzer via twitter: On Kimmo Timonen’s reported 1 year, $6 million contract. He got market value, considering the factors: “1) Defensemen leaguewide command a premium. A four-time All-Star, regardless of age, commands an ultra-high premium. 2) Timonen was the best remaining potential UFA Dman. He brings more all-around than Gonchar, Hainsey, Streit, Visnovsky, Regehr, etc. 3) It’s not ideal that Timonen, at age 38 with a lot of wear-and-tear, is still Flyers most important Dman. But that’s the reality. He is. 4) Hometown discounts don’t really exist anyway, but especially not after two NHL lockouts. Timonen got his market value. 5) Flyers have ended up losing 3 UFAs with whom they waited until after season to try to negotiate extension — and found price had jumped.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline goes on a little Blue Jackets rant: “Many expected #CBJ to be 3-6-2, or about that, to this point. Were they expected to thrive? No. But they lack – or defy – defintion so far. Only line or pair that has played w definiton/purpose has been 4th. Other lines just sporadic bursts, the pairs wildly inconsistent. Go ahead & demote Johansen to minors/bench Brassard, if need be. But hard to grasp how Umberger – really struggling – leads Fs in ice time. Biggest question is … who are these guys, what is this team, where are they going? Very aimless. John Davidson scratching his head. Had NHL coach ask me two weeks ago: “How are the new guys fitting in?” Me: “Far as I can tell, good.” Him: “Oh. That’s too bad.” Me: “Meaning … ” Him: “They weren’t brought in to join the group, but to change it.” His point: gotta get ugly to change course sometime.” Many #CBJ fans feel stuck in black hole: UFAs not interested (unless gonzo ocerpaid); draft picks never pan out; good players lose mojo … What will break the cycle? Gotta be something seismic, something that may seem troublesome at the time. Who are these guys?”

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Quick Hits: Goligoski, Johansen and Schneider

  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on making Alex Goligoski a scratch last night: “Alex needs to get back to Alex’s level.”
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets have sent Ryan Johansen to Springfield of the AHL. Johansen had 2 assists in 10 games.

    “He started strong, but we think his play has tailed off,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “He looks like he’s struggling offensively. This isn’t all about getting points, it’s about getting chances and making an impact offensive. I just think he’s struggling confidence-wise offensively. We decided to send him down to find his game.”

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Neuvirth comments on Holtby and Semin … Yakupov looking at KHL? Samsonov looking for a tryout … Some CBJ could be sent to AHL

  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth tells that Braden Holtby is his “weakest competition yet.” Brian Stubits of CBS Sports: (Russian Machine Never Breaks translation) Neuvirth did clarify a little better,

    He sure is a great goalie. But I can’t compare him to Voky or Varlamov, that’s what I meant. In comparison to those two, he played nothing in the NHL and that’s why I take him as the weakest of them three. I’m definitely not saying that he is bad, not at all. I actually like the way he plays. But he is the worst of them three, that’s all.

    Neuvirth’s thoughts on Alexander Semin,

    I see the leaving of Semin as a huge minus for the team, but then again I think it may do some good. He didn’t have the best work ethic. Maybe now when Ovi will be without him, he will put more into hockey. Maybe that’s what the management was going for. … I think it’s nothing that isn’t well known. If Semin wanted to, he could have been the best player in the world, but he doesn’t want to every day. And that’s wrong.

  • Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Nail Yakupov’s agent, Igor Larionov, said that if there is a lockout, Yakupov will head to the KHL instead of returning to Sarnia of the OHL.

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Friedman’s thoughts … Bruins trade unlikely this weekend … Miller to Philly tweet is silly … Ducks-Sabres did talk Miller

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Matt Niskanen declined his qualifying offer. The Hurricanes would like Jordan Staal, but there is no guarantee that Pittsburgh is dealing him yet. They may make a play on Rick Nash. The Blue Jackets may be thankful that Zach Parise said he’s not interested in joining the Rangers, increases the Rangers interest in Nash. There is a lot of talk that Flyers Matt Carle would prefer to play close to his home in Alaska. Ryan Suter’s agent denied reports that he’s not interested in playing for an Eastern Conference team. 2 teams discussed a trade with Blue Jackets about Nash and found there was no match. Friedman wonders if teams would ask Capitals GM George McPhee if they’d be interested in trading the rights to Evgeny Kuznetsov. A couple GMs said they haven’t heard if Evander Kane is available, but would be interested if he was. There seems to be more interest in trading down in the draft rather than up.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said trade talk has been flowing freely in recent days, but added it’s unlikely that they make any deals this weekend.

    “The reality is that the trade market right now is the most active. What’ll happen is, come July, that will take a bit of a backseat to free agency. Then once we go through that first tranche of free agents, then the trade market will re-emerge,” said Chiarelli. “With the trade market the way it is, I’ll make some calls . . . but, frankly, I’m probably more apt to wait till the free agent market and then the secondary trade market.

    “I call it the secondary trade market, but it’s fairly significant. So my objective will probably be to wait unless something falls in my lap.”

  • Mike Harrington via twitter: “The Ryan Miller deal-was-done tweet from Philly is silly. He was never asked for a list of teams to be dealt to. Confirmed that multiple x”
  • Mike Harrington via twitter: The Ducks and Sabres did talk about Ryan Miller, but it never got close to the Sabres approaching Miller about it.

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State of the Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Austin Lutz

With only 23 games remaining in their season, the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, a place that’s been their home for the majority of the season. That being said, the Jackets are the biggest sellers this trade deadline, and the only thing Scott Howson has to look forward to this June is the possibility of adding top prospect Nail Yakupov.

Columbus seems set for another few years of rebuild and that’s not something that 27-year-old captain Rick Nash wants to wait for. He has not openly admitted to wanting a trade, but when asked about being traded, he said “Right now I’m a Blue Jacket.” The words “right now” tell it all and whether Nash is traded before the deadline or at the draft, he seems to be on his way out of Columbus

Many different teams have been linked to Nash, who brings a yearly cap hit of $7.8 million until 2018, but most often it has been the first place Rangers, the Maple Leafs, the Kings, and as always the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Grabovski ignores rumors … JVR could return today … Johansen staying … Kubina to hand in list … Devils looking for D


  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Mikhail Grabovski on recent trade talk:

    “Nope,” he said. “Haven’t heard it. Don’t think about it. Don’t listen to the radio or read the papers.

    “I’m a Toronto Maple Leaf now. I play for the Leafs and I want to keep playing for the Leafs. That’s all I’m thinking about.”

    The Maple Leafs won’t move him unless the deal is significant. The ideal trade would be bring them back a player(s) that would help immediately. Burke thinks he could get an offer for 1st and prospect for Grabovski. A Leaf executive said any deal involving picks/prospects would have to “blow us away.” Coach Ron Wilson thinks Grabovski will be re-signed. Numbers being mentioned are in the $5 – $5.4 million range.

  • Randy Miller via twitter: The Flyers may be getting James van Riemsdyk back from his concussion for today’s game. “We’ll see,” van Riemsdyk said after practicing Friday at Skate Zone. “Maybe.”
  • Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets rookie Ryan Johansen will be a healthy scratch for the 5th time in 7 games. He’ll finish the year with the Blue Jackets rather than return to Portland of the WHL. Brett Lebda was activated from the IR, and goalie Curtis Sanford was put on the IR with back problems.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Pavel Kubina’s agent said that the Lightning could have Kubina’s list of teams he’d accept a trade to as early as Saturday. “Kuby is always a gentleman, so I don’t think it’s going to take seven days. … We’re going to go through some stuff (Saturday) and we’re going to come to some conclusions.”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Luke Schenn was pretty surprised when he was made a healthy scratch this week. His name is also in the rumor mill, being tied to James van Riemsdyk and Rick Nash. “I guess it’s all part of playing in Toronto,” said Schenn. Wilson said Schenn will be back in the lineup on Saturday.
  • Tom Gulitti of The Devils are looking to add a defenseman by the deadline. Adam Larsson and Henrik Tallinder are out with injuries. Marek Zidlicky would waive his no trade clause to go to the Devils. Zidlicky has 1 year left on his deal. Pavel Kubina and Johnny Oduya will be UFAs after the season.

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Rogers and BCE to buy 80% of MLSE … Kane in contract year … 2 loaned to Team Canada for WJC … Greene out 4 weeks

  • Grant Robertson and Tara Perkins of the Globe and Mail: Rogers Communications and BCE are closing in a deal to by the 80% stock in MLSE from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for $1.33 billion. Larry Tanenbaum supports the deal, which is necessary as he has the right to refuse any offer.
    • Update: Rogers is buying 37.5% for approx. $533 million. BCE is buying 37.5% for approx. $533 million. Larry Tanenbaum is buying an additional 5%, bringing him up to 25%.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets forward Evander Kane is on roll, scoring 9 goals in his last 10 games (14 total in 26 games). He’s also in a contract year.

    “In the back of your mind, you’re aware of those things and you have to be aware of what your situation is personally,” said Kane. “I know this is my last year (of his current) contract and you want to have a big year and show what you can do at this level and prove your worth.”

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Nik Antropov could be back in the Jets lineup tonight after missing the last 3 games. He’ll see how he feels at the morning skate. Chris Mason will start in net for the Jets against the Hurricanes.
  • Neate Sager via twitter: The Ducks will loan Devante Smith-Pelly, and the Lightning will loan Brett Connolly to Team Canada for the World Junior Championships.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Johansen and Sean Couturier will not be released by their teams for the World Juniors.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Panthers are worried that if they loan Erik Gudbranson to Team Canada they won’t have a replacement in the AHL if one of their Dmen suffers an injury.
  • Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk was pulled from last night’s game as a precaution, and coach Mike Babcock doesn’t expect him to miss any games.

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Avery clears waivers … Johansen staying … Sabres PP lines … Devils lines … Briere and Read out Wednesday … Green not practicing

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen will stick with the team and won’t be sent back to the WHL.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have taken Marek Zidlicky off the 1st power play unit tonight, with Jared Spurgeon replacing him.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres power play units: Boyes-Vanek-Pominville, with Myers-Roy; and Stafford-Leino-Adam, with Leopold-Ehrhoff.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Kovalchuk-Parise-Clarkson; Tedenby-Henrique-Palmieri; Boulton-Carter-Janssen; Extras: Pelley, Mills. Defensive pairings: Tallinder-Larsson; Greene-Fayne; Salvador-Volchenkov. Extra: Fraser.

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