Posts Tagged Ryan Kesler

NHL Rumors I: Weber, Kesler, Edler, Reimer, Tavares and Ward

  • Nashville Predators: Predators GM David Poile said that Shea Weber will definitely be in Nashville next season.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Ryan Kesler: ”I didn’t ask for a trade. It’s best to keep that in house. Not going to comment — it’s not right.” Farhan Lalji: Kesler wouldn’t comment  on the rumors of “a list” that he provided to Canucks management.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: There is talk that Canucks Alex Edler could be asked to waive his no-trade clause this offseason. He has five years at $5 million a season left on his deal. Edler would like to stay in Vancouver.
  • Toronto Sun: Pending RFA James Reimer is unsure on his future.

    “The hockey world is a crazy place. This has been my team and I have really enjoyed it, and it has been a huge blessing. I always dreamed this would be the organization that I stay with my whole career, so we will see what happens.”

    If Reimer wants a trade, speculated landing spots could be the Jets, Flames, Islanders and Oilers.

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders John Tavares doesn’t want to leave the team despite recent rumblings.

    “I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There’s no part of me that wants to leave,” Tavares told Newsday during Monday’s breakup day. “I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we’ve still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn’t changed.”

    “I’m excited to come back next year and I’ve always loved being here.”

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward and his family consider Raleigh home: ”I want to be here.”

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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Rumors I: Kesler, Kane, Brodeur, Ward, Staal and MacLean

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canuck Ryan Kesler has already asked for a trade out of Vancouver. The organization may now realize that he needs to be dealt. Pierre LeBrun on an ESPN podcast:

    “In terms of Kesler, not only do I think that he’ll be traded, but I think maybe even the onus will have changed.

    It began with him asking for a trade, but now I would say that the organization probably realizes that they need him out.

    Not because he’s a bad person or a bad player, but because he’s their best asset to move. You’ll get a lot for him. The Anaheim Ducks and Penguins were extremely interested in him, but couldn’t convince Gillis to do it.

    Now you add in a whole pile of other teams at the June draft and I think that’s the first trade you make if you’re the new GM of the Canucks.”

    Botchford thinks that if the Jets are going to move Evander Kane, the Canucks should be all in. The Canucks need to hope the Kings don’t step in.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils coach Peter DeBoer hasn’t revealed his goaltending plans. Could Martin Brodeur already played his last game as a Devil?

    “Not really. I’ll be honest – I haven’t thought about that game,” Brodeur said. “I might have played my last game here. Who knows? I’m not sure what’s going to happen over the weekend. We’ll see. It’s something that we’ll have to talk about.”

    It is possible that Brodeur does return to the Devils next season, but he understands the if they want to move on without him and run with Cory Schneider as their No. 1

    “I don’t expect them to come running after me,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see. Again, that’s a situation I have to be OK with regardless of it it’s here or somewhere else. But I have to talk to a lot of people in the off-season and make my own decision. Regardless of if I stay or leave, the Devils are in unbelievable hands with Schneids.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin appears set to be their No. 1 goalie next season. Trading Cam Ward and his $6.3 million salary will be their top priority. The Hurricanes may also look at trading Eric Staal. Head coach Kirk Muller could be fired after the season.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said he hasn’t talked to owner Eugene Melney or GM Bryan Murray about his job security. He doesn’t expect to talk to them until after the season.

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NHL Rumors I: Canucks Offseason Priorities and Trevor Linden Press Conference

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Canucks offseason priorities:
    1. Build a qualified front office
    2. Let the new management team make a call on John Tortorella
    3. Get younger up front. The Canucks re-stock by trading Ryan Kesler, Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa and possibly the Sedin twins. They have lots of no-trade and no-movement clauses to deal with. A young  forward, preferably a center would come back in a Kesler trade. Custance think the Canucks should look at the Ducks first when looking to deal Kesler.

    Three potential free agent targets for the Canucks: 1. Jaroslav Halak 2. Thomas Greiss 3. Andrew MacDonald.

  • Farhan Lalji: Aquilini: ”Mike hired Tortarella and I’m responsible for that and that’s why we have a change in direction today”
  • Mark Spector: “What makes VAN different is they have many assets. Two or three of the right trades and VAN’s rebuild could be a two-year project.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Some want to link Feaster to Van, but the next big story out of there may not be the hiring of a GM but the firing of a coach”
  • Canucks name Trevor Linden team President

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NHL Rumors: Sedin’s, Reimer, Pavelec, Brassard, Grabovski, Bolland and Islanders Sale

  • Adam Proteau of The Hockey News: Proteau thinks the Canucks should look to trade Daniel and Henrik Sedin, as well as Ryan Kesler for the best deals they can get. The Sedin’s will be 34 at the start of next season and are signed through 2018.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Wiebe wonders if the Jets would target Maple Leafs pending RFA James Reimer this offseason. The Jets could buyout the remaining three years of Ondrej Pavelec’s deal or attempt to trade him, while retaining some of the salary.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Senators are trying to trade the rights to goalie Francois Brassard. If they can’t move him, he’ll go back into the draft.
  • Igor Eronko: Mikhail Grabovski’s dad said that contract extension talks are “at the final stage.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I don’t think Nonis is contemplating 7-8 years @ $5. Bozak’s group was looking for similar last year” … ”Leafs need to start putting squeeze on Bolland like Leafs did with Bozak. Difference is, Bolland is a 3rd line C” … ”Leafs have boxed themselves in a bit with the Clarkson deal. If money isn’t fit in Toronto, then good on him. Find it elsewhere” … ”If you’re going to identify your core and pay your core then the Leafs better damn have a coach willing to play the young/cheap guys” … ”I think it will come down to Bolland v Kadri. Problem is you don’t have a crystal ball knowing where Kadri will be in 2 years” … ”We know what Bolland is. He’s proven that in Chicago and he is solid on and off the ice. If you’re asking me? I choose Bolland” … ”If you deem Kadri can’t become the guy who pushes Bozak at that top line C then you get value for him now”
  • Chris Botta of the Sports Business Daily: Islanders may be valued at $370 million according to a financial industry source. Owner Charles Wang has been in talks with Andrew Barroway, but the group may be currently short on funds. The group is looking to raise another $30 to $50 million. There is one scenario that could see Wang remaining the majority owner, with Barroway’s group owning between 30 and 49 percent by this summer. They would start taking on more ownership in future season.

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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … ”Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … ”Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: ”I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … ”I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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NHL Rumors: Bolland, Panthers, Capitals, Seattle, Canucks, Leafs, Gaudreau and Mason

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: There have been no contract talks between Dave Bolland and the Maple Leafs since early February.

    “Nothing is happening right now,” Thun said. “We exchanged proposals prior to the Olympics and we were significantly apart.”

    Bolland is apparently looking for a deal around $40 million over seven or eight years. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Maple Leafs, there is speculation that he could rejoin Dale Tallon in Florida. The Canucks and Canadiens could also have interest in him this offseason. Other centers that could be on the market this summer: Paul Stastny, David Legwand, Marcel Goc and Derek Roy.

  • Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post: There is a mob in Washington that is going after GM George McPhee. Some wonder if head coach Adam Oates in the problem. If McPhee let Oates go, he’d be looking to hire his sixth head coach. If the Capitals chose not to bring Jaroslav Halak, Dustin Penner and Mikhail Grabovski back, they would have the cap space to try and lure from free agent defenseman.
  • Tim Booth of the AP on Yahoo! Sports: There is an investor group looking to bring a NBA franchise to Seattle, but they have no interest in owning an NHL franchise.

    ”No one in our ownership group is interested in being a majority owner in an NHL franchise. That’s been the case since the start,” said Chris Hansen, who led the unsuccessful effort last year to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. ”I’ve certainly queried our ownership group about this. I think if someone really wanted to it would be easier than bringing in an outside party.

    ”But the most important thing is the passion is just not there for the NHL among our ownership group that is there for basketball. Getting involved in hockey solely because basketball hasn’t worked out right now, when it’s not something your heart is in, would be a disservice to the fans here.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Kesler has that full no move clause. There are certainly those around Van that wanted Kesler’s list to be longer at the deadline” … ”There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around that Vancouver organization and Kesler is certainly part of it”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Hitchcock has found a way to adapt his style to accommodate the new game” … ”That’s the biggest beef with Tortorella. He has become less flexible. I was told he used to listen to his players and doesn’t now”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”Nonis will make the decision on Carlyle not MLSE. Despite all the hooey about Leiweke overseeing”
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is a Hobey Bakey Award finalist this year. The dad of the 5 foot 8, 160 pound forward may be a little concerned with his son’s size knowing that Brian Burke is the current GM.

    “If the management they had there before was there, like (former general manager Jay) Feaster, the ones that drafted him, I’d be really comfortable letting him go,” Guy Gaudreau said. “I know that (Calgary president of hockey operations) Brian Burke likes big boys, big hockey players. My son is not a big hockey player. He’s made it clear that he likes him or whatever, but I don’t think he’s sold on him. That’s been John all his life, wherever he tried out. It’s always been, ‘He’s got to prove himself, prove himself, prove himself.’ He’s done that over and over and over.”

  • Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: After the 2012-13 season, now Flyers goalie Steve Mason considered hanging up the pads.

    “My mind was so beat up that I truly did not enjoy playing hockey anymore,” Mason told NHL.com. “It had definitely crossed my mind to consider other options. I was just so beat up mentally that hockey was becoming more of a chore than a passion and something that was fun. … I hadn’t thought about what I’d do, but it definitely crossed my mind to hang the pads up and focus on other aspects of life because hockey was something that was making life not enjoyable.”

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Flyers, Habs, Panthers, Jets, Sharks, Canes, Wild and Canucks

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs have lost eight in a row and changes could be coming. Coach Randy Carlyle could be the scapegoat. A management source indicated that drastic move(s) in the next 24-48 hours was unlikely though.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Flyers gave up a couple draft picks for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, and they plan on trying to re-sign the pending UFA.

    Thought is that the Canadiens will sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension before July 1st.

    Though, then assistant GM Mike Santos (fired) denied there was a offer on the table for Dmitry Kulikov, sources say there was an offer and that Santos wasn’t kept in the loop.

    The Jets could be taking a wait-and-see approach with regards to their coaching. Could they look at Randy Carlyle if the Leafs let him go.

    Neither the Sharks or Dan Boyle are in a rush to get an extension done. They will wait until the off-season. The Lightning could be interested if he hits the open market.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will likely be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

    If the Wild let coach Mike Yeo go at the end of the season, names that could come as replacements are Marc Crawford and Peter Laviolette.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: You have to think there will be a coaching change in Vancouver. David Booth could be bought out after the season. Booth, has been one of their better players of late. The Canucks will also have to decide what to do with Alex Edler, who has a no-trade clause. If they decide to keep Edler, they could look at buying out Jason Garrison. They would like to keep Ryan Kesler. If they do trade him, they will need to find another center.

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Morning Rumors: Sather, Penguins, Kesler, Nieuwendyk, Malone, Murray, Yakupov, Vanek and Naslund

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson has heard the 70-year old Glen Sather could be considering retiring as the Rangers GM.Trading Derrick Pouliot in a package for Ryan Kesler always seemed like a reach. Simon Despres made more sense. His confidence is shaken in Pittsburgh.

    Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t sure if he wants to move his young family from Dallas to Calgary to take the GM post.

    Matheson thinks the Lightning will buy out Ryan Malone after the season. He has a $2.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit.

    Blue Jackets Ryan Murray tore his meniscus, which would keep him out for five weeks. He could return during a first round series.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders what the Oilers will do with Nail Yakupov. Do they see what they can get for Yakupov at the draft? Would the Sabres consider moving their first or possibly the Islanders first?
  • John Hoven: Farhan Lalji of TSN said that Ryan Kesler had only five teams that he was willing to go to.
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on deciding not to re-sign with the Sabres: ”I just asked what direction this team was going in. No one really had an answer.”
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on playing for three teams this year: ”It was different, exciting, weird, all at the same time.”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Markus Naslund resigned from his GM post with MODO. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said on the Team 1040 that he would reach out to Naslund, but Naslund said not to jump to conclusions.

    “This has nothing to do with anything in North America,” he said. “This is a decision made here a little over a month ago, that I was not going to sign another deal. I’m ready to do something different.

    “I can see why there is speculation. But there is nothing to the rumours.”

    On if he’d be interested if Gillis called about joining the Canucks front office.

    “I don’t know at this point,” he said. “I had a couple of inquiries a year ago or so, but it made no sense for me or us as a family. I’m going to take some time…and see what I’d like to do. I’m not ruling out anything. I didn’t take the job with MoDo with the NHL in mind. That was to help out an organization that was in rough shape.”

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Injury Notes: Canucks, Pens, Hawks, Habs, Stars, Jackets, Leafs, Kings, Wings, Oilers, Jets and Ducks

  • Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler is out “at least a couple of weeks” with a sprained knee according to coach John Tortorella.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma on James Neal: “You don’t know if you’re talking about 1-2 days or much longer. You hope the symptoms subside & it’s shorter than longer.”
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Marian Hossa skated yesterday morning. It was the first time that he practiced with the team since his injury. He didn’t play last night, but could return on Sunday or Tuesday. He said his recent injury isn’t back related.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Carey Price practiced yesterday. Ended up having the net to himself, Tokarski and Budaj splitting the one end.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Artem Anisimov traveled with the team and will play tonight.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Jared Boll said he’s feeling better and will travel with the team, though he’s still a week or two away from returning to the lineup.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier’s injury is not considered bad.
  • Eric Engels: “Reimer has concussion history, said he considered leaving game+that he had a headache after. Carlyle says no need for quiet room #progress”
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings coach Darryl  Sutter yesterday on Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick.

    Both of them guys – Quickie’s sick, and Brownie came in. Hopefully get that bug out of our system…We’ll see how they are tomorrow.

    On whether Quick could play against the Ducks.

    Well, he’s not skating today. We felt better if he stayed at home. It doesn’t matter. I mean, it does matter about Jonathan, but at the same time, Jonesy’s ready to go, too.

  • Bill Rouse: Red Wings Darren Helm doesn’t have a timetable on his return to the lineup. He has been seeing the same neurologist that Patrick Eaves and Johan Franzen did in the past.
  • Bill Rouse: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg has stepped up his physical therapy on Thursday. He is still not even in shape to drive a car, but he’s getting there.
  • Sara Orlesky: Jets Ondrej Pavelec has a lower-body injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Chris Thorburn left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. He blocked a shot in the second.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.

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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Islanders, Oilers, Sabres, Ducks, Leafs, Sens, Canadiens and Avs

  • Eliotte Friedman of CBC: On the Canucks rumors:

    “Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical.”

    “Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it.”

    “Canuck rumour III: That ownership is courting Trevor Linden. Verdict: God only knows.”

    The six teams that are believed to be in Ryan Kesler’s list: Ducks, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Penguins and Lightning. Only the Ducks and Penguins were really into trading for him at the draft.

    The Islanders will have to let the Sabres know by June first if they will be sending them their first round pick this year as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade.

    The Islanders had targeted Sebastien Colberg with their 34th pick in 2012 but the Canadiens took him at 33. Could be one of the reasons the Islanders took the Canadiens offer over the Wild and Maple Leafs offers.

    A former teammate on Steve Yzerman regarding the Martin St. Louis situation: ”I’ve seen him angry before… but never that angry.”

    Rumor that the Oilers were looking hard at Sabres Tyler Myers. Getting shot down. Name may have come up, but it was determined quickly that there was not a match.

    Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis “took a hatchet” to trade rumors involving the Panthers and Nikolai Kulemin.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is getting a contract extension.

    Quote from trade deadline: ”Want to make Bob Murray laugh? Ask him if John Gibson is available.”

    Teams called the Senators about defenseman Jared Cowen.

    “I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,” Murray said. “He’s lost his confidence. We’re going to send him home in the summer and start fresh next year with a new outlook. That’s all it is.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Thomas Vanek doesn’t want to talk about his pending UFA status.

    “My focus is on helping the Canadiens win,” Vanek said after joining the team in Phoenix. “That’s all I’m thinking about now.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs are confident they will be able to re-sign pending UFA Reto Berra to a multi-year deal.

    “We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.

    Avs J.S. Giguere could be leaning towards retirement.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way,” he said of retirement.”You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have upped their offer to Andrei Markov from one year up to two years, worth around the same as he’s making this season, $5.75 million. It is thought that Markov has been asking for a three or four year deal. Negotiations will continue, but the Canadiens may be holding firm on just two years.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Odd dynamic in Van. Talked to a scout yesterday who said the Canucks D group is a puck moving core & they’re playing a chip & chase”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Canucks told everyone that other than the twins everyone else was available? Why not trade the twins too?” … ”If you’re going to rebuild, why not sit down with the Sedins and blow it up completely?” … ”The twins have not been good since the day they signed their extension, Garrisson and Edler have been brutal. Burrows can’t score” … ”All these players are having career worst seasons. Is this just a coincidence? It goes back to talking about Tortorella”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”Our hands were tied going into the deadline because of cap space” … ”We could have done something but it had to be a perfect fit and we just couldn’t find it”

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Injury Notes: Kesler, Jurco, Liles, Granlund, Ramo and Hudler

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Ryan Kesler is heading back to Vancouver to have an MRI on his right knee after a Jim Slater knee-on-knee hit.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Tomas Jurco will be out at least two weeks, Teemu Pulkkinen has been called up.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Markus Granlund has been placed on the IR with a suspected shoulder injury.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames Karri Ramo practice yesterday and they are hoping that he’ll be able to return mid-to-late next week.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Jiri Hudler skated yesterday morning in a non-contact jersey. He could return this week though.

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