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NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … ”It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … ”Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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NHL Rumors: Devils, Islanders, Blues, Jets, Maple Leafs, Gilmour and the Bruins

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: It’s very likely the Devils will make a strong attempt to sign Cory Schneider to a long-term contract. His deal expires after next season. If they are not able to sign him to an extension, they could look to trade him before the start of next season and possibly re-sign Martin Brodeur.  Schneider has said he’s not sure if he’d sign an extension this summer if an offer was fair or if he’d rather play out next season. Miller spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Liut. (many questions/answers in link above)

    Q: That sounds like you might think Schneider playing out his contract could be the better route.

    Liut: We don’t know what New Jersey’s thinking. Let’s not be presumptuous. When I get into these conversations with writers, the one thing that scares me is it comes off that Cory is presumptuously deciding today that is what it’s going to be and we’re making decisions. We don’t have anything. We have a clean slate. To say that we haven’t made any decisions would be to overstate our position. There’s no offer.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov would like to continue playing for the Islanders. The Islanders and Nabokov’s camp won’t talk until after the season. He could do a one-year deal. The Isles may look to acquire a young but experience goalie to be their No. 1 next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blues Derek Roy likely won’t be back next year and they could use the $4 million that will be off the books to attempt re-sign Ryan Miller. The Jets may look to deal either Evander Kane or Dustin Byfuglien to shake up their core.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that trade talks involving Jets Evander Kane will pick up this offseason. The Jets will look to retool.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Talk of whether or not Evander Kane will be with the Jets next year has begun again. He has been in the rumor for years, dating back to 2011 and a potential deal with the Flyers. Other teams have also been part of the rumors. It’s not known if Kane has asked for a trade. Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit for the next four seasons. The Jets could keep Kane and hope that he matures both on and off the ice. The Jets could also tire of the situation and move him like the Bruins did with Tyler Seguin.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Go down the list, Nonis may be looking to dangle some guys like Lupul. Maybe he needs to shake up the core to help Bolland” … ”I think there is a strong appetite for Leaf fans, and there should be, to bring back Dave Bolland
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Maybe we need to start talking about likes of Lupul, Phaneuf, go down the list. Some of these guys that have been unable to deliver” … ”Maybe they [players mentioned in previous tweet] should be part of the discussion of change?”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”McClement for the most part has been a good player for the Leafs & mgmt will want him back.” … ”Raymond too, but you won’t get that guy back for $1 mill. He’ll be $2.5-$3.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think the Leafs believe they have players in the AHL that can step in and fill Kulemin’s role”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If I’m Nonis I’m worried. Sure I can fire the coach, but would a new guy fire up and ignite this bunch?” … ”Leiweke said to me, a few months back, that he was very supportive of hockey ops and would stay away”
  • Murray Pam: Agent Darryl Wolski is reporting that Doug Gilmour is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) to coach Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien will rest players this week. All players will travel with the team.
  • CapGeek: There will be quite a few teams that will have bonus overages this year that will be carried over to next year. The Bruins will likely have the biggest cap penalty.

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Potential Scenarios From the Ryan Miller Sabres-Blues Trade

Ian Ott  Sabres PR: Potential trade scenarios for the Ryan Miller trade to St. Louis.

Miller trade

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NHL Rumors: Clarkson, Leafs, Hemsky, Miller, Iginla, Greiss and Old Habs-Lightning Trade Rumor

  • Greg Brady: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean said yesterday morning on the Fan 590 that there will be serious discussions from the Maple Leafs about the possibility of buying out David Clarkson this summer for salary cap relief.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Five members of the Maple Leafs organization who are on the hot seat as playoffs slip away: 1. Dion Phaneuf 2. Randy Carlyle 3. Jonathan Bernier (not due to his play) 4. David Clarkson 5. Dave Nonis.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t started contract talks with pending UFA Ales Hemsky. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t said whether he plans on trying to re-sign Hemsky or not. Murray has been happy with Hemsky’s play since they acquired him.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I would say the odds of Miller staying in St.Louis are reasonable to more than that.” … ”I’ve been led to believe that the term Miller is seeking as a UFA is much shorter than people would think.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Iginla is likely to stay in Boston. Chiarelli has reached out to Newport Sports.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Contract talks between the Coyotes and Thomas Greiss will resume once the season is over.
  • Hope Smoke: Jeff Marek on #MvsW again yesterday: “Montreal was going to send Price, Pacioretty & one of Subban or McDonagh to TB for Lecavalier”  … ”Reason deal didn’t go through is because a Montreal investor was interested in buying the Lightning & wanted Lecavalier on team.”

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Hemsky, Vanek, Iginla, Folin, Carlyle, Maple Leafs and Oilers

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues have let Ryan Miller’s agent, Mike Liut, know they’d like to re-sign him. Miller will wait until after the season to talk. Miller’s wife is an actress in LA. He has been linked to the Ducks, but they have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and pending UFA Jonas Hiller.

    The Senators are planning on talking to Ales Hemsky about a contract extension. The money would need to be right for the Sens.

    Thomas Vanek is still planning on testing the free agent market.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger: The Bruins have reached out to Jarome Iginla’s agent last week. There hasn’t been any back-and-forth talk. The Bruins don’t have the tag room to do a deal in-season.

    Bob McKenzie: Ryan Miller may want to wait until July 1st to see if there is any interest from the Ducks. Talk is the Ducks talked to the Sabres earlier this year about Miller, but weren’t able to get a deal done.

    The Flyers, Wild, Lightning and Oilers are among the front-runners for college UFA Christian Folin. Folin is still playing and hasn’t fully committed to a decision just yet.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If Reimer closes out Boston they don’t trade for Bernier. I don’t think Randy has ever gotten over those ten minutes in Boston” … ”Randy is credited, and rightly so, for being a defensive minded coach. When you see the mistakes this team makes it’s unbelievable” … ”Absolutely, without question Randy will be under review this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”The Oilers don’t have enough guys who understand that the right thing is to get out of their own zone. They cheat too much” …. ”Nobody wants to say it, but they [Edmonton] have had the same guy in charge for 8 years in a row while they missed the playoffs” … ”If I was in charge of a team that missed the playoffs 8 years in a row I would have been fired after 4” … ”You can’t have big players that can’t skate and small players that try to trick the puck into the net”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carlyle is fired. I’m not saying his neck is on the chopping black”
  • Hope Smoke: “Ferraro thinks the Leafs are a top centre, a #1 defenseman, a really good bottom 6 F & a depth D away from being a contender. Is that all?”

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Morning Rumors: Staal’s, Skinner, Ward, Subban, Miller and Maple Leafs

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jim Rutherford is expected to step down as the teams general manager after the season. He could remain on as their president, a position he currently holds as well. Ron Francis is expected to take over the GM position. Francis has been working with Rutherford and handles many of their day-to-day operation duties.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”I was told a couple of weeks ago that Ron Francis will take over as GM in Carolina”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks at least one offensive minded Maple Leafs forward will be moved for a more defensive player.Both P.K. Subban and Ryan Miller have chosen to wait until after the season to talk contract, despite their teams willing to talk.

    After the season the Hurricanes and Eric Staal will see if their relationship is worth preserving. Eric has been playing on the wing with Jordan and Alex Semin.

    It’s likely that the Hurricanes could look to move out some salary this summer. Two players who they could look at moving are Cam Ward (no trade clause) and Jeff Skinner. Other teams have been told that Ward is healthy. The Hurricanes may be willing to eat some salary to move Ward.

    Last summer the Hurricanes put Skinner’s name out there, but didn’t seem that serious about moving him. They wanted to see what value he had.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Hurricanes are going to make everyone available at the draft. The Staals, Skinner, Ward anyone for the right price”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: P.K. Subban is believed to be looking for an $8 million per year deal, and hopes to remain with the Canadiens.

    “I’ll tell you this right now: My goal coming into the NHL was to help the Montreal Canadiens win a Stanley CUp. It still is,” Subban told the Sun on Saturday.

    “If I’m not a Montreal Canadien, it won’t be because I don’t want to be there. I have every intention of being there, playing my entire career there.

    “If it doesn’t happen, it’s because it’s a business and not because I don’t want to be there.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”If Leafs miss the playoffs one of two things will happen, replacing the coach or trading guys like Kadri/Gardiner”
  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”At the end of last season the Leafs needed help down the middle & on D. They then went & spent their money on Clarkson”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Is Spott the eventual replacement for Carlyle? I think the Leafs hired him to be the Marlies coach & he needs time there”

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Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.

    The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.

    If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.

    Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.

    If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.

    The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.

    It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.

    The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.

    You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.

    Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.

    The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.

    “Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”

    “There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”

  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.

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Morning Rumors: Capitals, Halak, Jets, Reimer and the Maple Leafs

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: There have been no contract talks between the Capitals and Jaroslav Halak’s camp, and there won’t be until the season is over.

    “We’re not going to approach those discussions until the end of the season,” Walsh said. “It makes absolutely no sense to be talking when a team is on the cusp of making the playoffs and trying to make the playoffs. It’s just not the right time.”

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless looks at the Jets goaltending situation. There are questions about Ondrej Pavelec and Al Montoya. Montoya is a pending UFA. Pavelec has three years left at $3.9 million per. Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller and Jaroslav Halak are pending UFA, but would be expensive and they would have to clear some salary to bring them in.  Manitoba native James Reimer could interest the Jets. Reimer’s SV% and GAA are slightly better then Pavelec’s, and he could be available this summer.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”There’s still a chance Reimer comes back next year. The Leafs are still comfortable with this duo” … ”We expected this tension from Reimer earlier in the year” … ”Between the Leafs coaching staff & mgmt they don’t believe Reimer can lead them to the promise land. They just don’t” … ”Reimer is an interesting guy. He’s very likeable. That night against Det was a microcosm of what the Leafs feel about him” … ”Against Det Reimer was good and kept the Leafs in the game, but just couldn’t steal the game. They don’t feel he can win them games”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think there are probably more GMs that felt Reimer was a #1 G Last summer than they do now”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”I think the Leafs will be ultra aggressive this summer to address their blueline they need a top 4 guy. Loom for size in top 6 too”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”This summer is a drop-dead date for Kadri and Bolland long-term in Toronto. Not an absolute drop-dead date here”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think Holland could be a good player if used but Carlyle would prefer to play McClement than him” … ”They’re in the market for a better C and a top 4 D. If they need to use Kadri or Gardiner as currency for that they would”

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Blackhawks, Rangers, Islanders, Wild, Expansion, Canucks and Leafs

  • Ian Mendes: Panthers GM Dale Talon on pending RFA Erik Gudbranson: ”He’s not going anywhere. He is likely going to be the captain of our team some day.”
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: There have been no talks between Ben Smith and the Blackhawks.

    ‘‘You try not to give that too much power,’’ Smith said. ‘‘As long as I keep working hard and show what I can do, that stuff will take care of itself.’’

  • Katie Strang: Rangers owner James Dolan on ESPN radio: ”I think Ryan [Callahan] was essentially asking too much for his services”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: It doesn’t sound like pending UFA Matt Moulson will return to the Islanders this offseason.

    “It’s been said that I wasn’t in the future plans, so I don’t think that will quickly change,” Moulson said. “I’m just going to concentrate on helping Minnesota to win right now.”

  • Dobber Prospects: Bob McKenzie said that the Wild are trying hard to sign college UFA Greg Carey.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”When the NHL is looking at expansion they’ll be targeting the pacific northwest”
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: Six of eight commissioners voted in favor of giving the Panthers additional taxes from tourists. The Panthers are asking for and additional $80 million from Broward County. The Panthers are requesting the developmental rights to 22 acres of land next to the arena, is separate from the request for additional tax funds. Panthers President and CEO Michael Yormark.

    “We need help,” he said.

    “We’re losing $100,000 a day,” said Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu, who with Vinnie Viola became the team’s fifth owner in September, with a $250 million purchase. “So where I sit, time is of the essence.”

  • Farhan Lalji: Told that the Canucks ownership definitely will not make a move regarding John Tortorella or Mike Gillis until season.
  • Andy Strickland: From the Ryan Miller trade: some scouts think that William Carrier could play on the Sabres third line next season.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on James Reimer after a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

    “I thought he was okay, you know,” Carlyle said after Reimer made 28 saves against the Wings.

    “Just okay.”

    Reimer’s response?

    “So he said I was just okay?” Reimer said.

    “I thought I was good. I don’t know if I was great, and I would like to be great, but I thought I made some good saves when I needed to.”

    Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau on twitter after the game.

    “As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.”

    Petkau then tweeted 40 minutes later.

    “Apparently that last tweet needs clarification. Notice it’s NOT directed at anyone in particular. It’s a general observation. #BadTiming”

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Flames, Downie, Vanek, Stastny, Cammalleri, Draft Lottery and Hotstove Video

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHLPA would like to see the trapezoid removed to help protect defenseman.

Whether Ryan Miller is with Blues next year will depend on what post-season success they have and what his salary demands are. The Canucks may be a good option for Miller. The Ducks could be another option if he would take a three or four year deal in the $5 million per season range.

Joe Nieuwendyk may be at the top of the Flames GM search list. George McPhee could become a candidate. He doesn’t have a contract beyond July 1st.

The Flyers haven’t held contract talks with Steve Downie. He’d like to stay. Talk is they offered him around the league at the deadline.

The Canadiens were the only team that would take Thomas Vanek without having the Islanders pick up money. The Kings, Penguins, Senators, Wild and Sharks were interested.

The Avalanche and Paul Stastny won’t hold talks until the offseason. Stastny may get offers in the $6.5 to $7 million if he goes to the open market.

A third round pick was the best a team offered the Flames for Mike Cammalleri.

Corey Pronman: “Elliotte Friedman says consideration for draft lottery include draws for top 3/5, and weighing 1-14 picks by 5 year history of those slots Win%”

Hotstove: Backstrom and the Olympics … Markus Nasland and the Canucks … GM meetings

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.

    Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

    The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.

    The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.

    “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

    “You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

    “For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

    It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

  • Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.

    “I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”

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