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Re-Visiting A Blues – Avalanche Trade Over Three Years Later

A little under three and a half years ago, the St. Louis Blues completed a trade that saw the 1st overall pick from the 2006 NHL Draft, Erik Johnson, shipped to the Colorado Avalanche, just two and a half seasons into his NHL career.

At the time it was viewed as a shock for the Blues to give up the immensely talented, 6’4” defenseman so early in his career, especially with Alex Pietrangelo now in the mix to partner with him for the future.

Instead, the Blues decided that an offensive upgrade was needed, and on February 19, 2011, Johnson was traded to the Avalanche for a combination of picks and young players. It’s time to take a look back on the deal, and assess the outcome.

The Trade:

The Colorado Avalanche acquire Erik Johnson, Jay McClement, and a 2011 or 2012 conditional 1st round pick (2011 #11- Duncan Siemens) from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart, and a 2011 or 2012 conditional 2nd round pick (2011 #32 Ty Rattie).

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NHL Rumors I: Canucks, Red Wings, Predators, Flyers and Panthers

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: With Canucks signing Ryan Miller, it’s believed that Jacob Markstrom has asked for a trade if they can.

    “That situation could work itself out over the summer,” Benning said. “The teams that are interested may have to move out another guy.

    “We’re exploring that for Jacob. But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation.

    “Look at Minnesota last year. They went through about five goalies.”

  • Helene St. James: As the Red Wings continue to look for a right-handed defenseman, they could look at Sabres Tyler Myers. He carries a $5.5 million salary cap hit. The asking price for Myers would start with one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Tomas Jurco. The Sabres might ask for Anthony Mantha, but he’s not going anywhere. The Red Wings would also likely need to add a high draft pick and potentially another player.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: With the Senators signing David Legwand, it eliminates one of the Flyers trading partners for Vincent Lecavalier. It could give the Predators a bit of leverage and power in negotiations. The Preds may be the only team interested, so they may not have to rush into a deal.
  • George Richards: (answering question) Hasn’t heard any talk of Panthers trades coming.

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NHL Rumors XVI: 15 Free Agents, Lecavalier, Sens, Gorges, Phaneuf, Sharks and Leafs

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: 15 interesting free agents and possible landing spots.

    1. Paul Stastny – Blues
    2. Dan Boyle – Red Wings
    3. Christian Ehrhoff – Lightning
    4. Thomas Vanek – Wild
    5. Ryan Miller – Canucks
    6. Matt Niskanen – Capitals
    7. Anton Stralman – Red Wings or Lightning
    8. Matt Moulson – Islanders
    9. Jussi Jokinen – Winnipeg
    10. Jarome Iginla – Canadiens
    11. Brad Richards – Predators
    12. Jonas Hiller – Winnipeg
    13. Mike Ribeiro – Predators or Blackhawks
    14. Ville Leino – Predators
    15. Steve Ott – Sabres

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A deal with the Panthers for Vincent Lecavalier fell through at the draft.  They almost had a deal with the Predators as well. The Predators would have been fine with taking the full cap hit for half of Lecavalier’s contract, two of the four years.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five free agents Garrioch thinks the Senators will look at: Matt Moulson, Martin Havlat, Benoit Pouliot, Jussi Jokinen and keeping Milan Michalek.
  • Darren Dreger: Brendan Shanahan continues to try to encourage Josh Gorges to accept a trade from the Canadiens to the Maple Leafs. He’s not having any luck yet, but there still is a chance.
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Gorges has a great reputation as a leader. I think they would have dearly loved to have brought him in” … “Not only could Gorges give you quality mins but he can give you something in leadership dept They have some questions on this team”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “For the Leafs to have traded Phaneuf at the draft or up until tomorrow he would have to sign off” … “My understanding is that it’s easier to move him after [the new deal kicks in]…” … “Because he has a list of 12 and they are free to move him outside of his list of 12″
  • David Pollak: Don’t expects to see the Sharks actively go after any free agents tomorrow.
  • Larry Brooks: When Burke was the GM in Toronto he offered to take Wade Redden and a first round pick from the Rangers after Redden’s first year in New York.

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NHL Rumors VII: Spezza, Stars, Predators, Penguins, Avs, Leafs and Miller

  • Dallas Morning News: The Stars inquired about Jason Spezza at the draft, but talks didn’t go far. Mike Heika of the DMN thinks that if the Stars and Senators discussed players, the Senators could be interested in Trevor Daley, Brenden Dillon or Alex Chiasson, to go along with a prospect and pick. If the Senators need to take on salary to stay above the salary floor, maybe the Stars could include Sergei Gonchar.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray wasn’t too happy that he couldn’t move Jason Spezza for a deal that included the Predators first round pick and Patric Hornqvist.

    “We’ll continue to talk and over the course of time I’m sure the people that miss out on July 1 will come knocking but we’ll have to wait and see,” said Murray as the draft wrapped up.

    “He’s got a year left on a contract. If we can find a good package — something that is somewhat comparable — and I’ve said all along we won’t get full value. Jason’s an 80-to-90 point guy and you don’t get that kind of return in any kind of trade in this league today.

    “I’m hoping that we get something fair in return for the player.”

    Options for Spezza could be the Blues (want to see if they can get Paul Stastny), Coyotes (written before Gagner trade), Stars and Blackhawks ($7 million cap hit would be an issues, but less of one if they can trade Patrick Sharp).

    Murray isn’t giving up on trading Spezza.

    “I think, going forward, there will be discussion. This is a quality player in the NHL. If we can do something, we’ll do something. From point of view, I’d like to get a couple of guys I can put on the ice.”

  • Josh Yohe: Have heard nothing with regards to the Penguins being interested in Martin Brodeur. Make zero sense for them.
  • Adrian Dater: Silence from the Avs and Paul Stastny’s camp last night.
  • Lance Hornby: The Leafs haven’t commented on reports of James Reimer asking for a trade.
  • David Pagnotta: Surprising the number of teams that are very interested in Ryan Miller. He’ll get several offers tomorrow.

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NHL Rumors II: Flames and Predators

Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Brad Treliving on the free agent interview period slowing trade talk.

“It stalls a lot of things,” Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving said after completing the NHL Draft. “You look at the number of signings, the lack of signings, of players that are their own free agents. I would assume those teams that want players back have made offers, and now everybody’s waiting. I don’t necessarily know if the market is being driven by it, but it’s slowing the market, without question.”

“It’s sort of like the stars are aligning here. I think this free-agent courting period has given people pause, not only to see what’s out there and what those terms might be, but also stalling getting their own people done because they’re out looking,” Treliving said.

“I said it coming in here that not everything’s going to happen in the next two days, but we’re going to still see some business and some deals getting done leading up to July 1.”

The Flames could use some help on the blueline and a backup goaltender. They may need some help up front if Mike Cammalleri leaves. Free agent options in net could include: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Ray Emery, Chad Johnson, Anders Lindback and Thomas Greiss. Cam Ward could be an option in the trade market.

“I’m not set in stone there,” Treliving said of what direction he’d prefer to take. “That may be something you look for in free agency. That may be something that still comes in the trade market. We’ve done a lot of work and we’ll see how it falls.

“It’s an interesting market for goaltenders. You have to find goaltenders that you like, but there’s options out there.”

Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile said that defenseman Michael Del Zotto is “not a fit” for them. Options for him include a trade, sign a contract extension or not qualifying him, making him a UFA.

“Del Zotto is a good player. He’s a good offensive player. He couldn’t get ahead of (Roman) Josi, (Shea) Weber, (Seth) Jones and (Ryan) Ellis in the offensive situations,” Poile said Sunday. “We have all these balls in the air. We’ll see what happens.”

The Predators also have a group of young defenseman in their system. Del Zotto does have potential and is likely to get some interest in the trade market.

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NHL Rumors I: Ehrhoff, Richards, Moulson, Michalek, Hemsky, Miller and the Canucks

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Red Wings and a lot of Western Conference teams could be interested Christian Ehrhoff.NHL Executive on players no-trade clauses.

    “It complicates your life, no question,” an NHL team exec said of players’ having no-go lists. “It’s just another restriction we have to put up with in a cap system — and more players are getting full no-movement clauses in their contracts.

    “Some teams benefit from that at times, like when an agent calls up and says: ‘We want to come to your team’ and you weren’t really aware of it. But it can be a double-edged sword if they just want to come (for a sunset season or strictly personal satisfaction). So you have to be careful.”

    The Islanders have contacted Brad Richards.

    The Islanders and Sabres are interested in Matt Moulson.

    Milan Michalek could be interested in joining his brother Zbynek in Arizona. The Coyotes are one of 12 interested.

    Ales Hemsky could be looking to $5+ million, but he might not be able to get it.

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks need scoring help and will likely look at adding a veteran goalie. They could be interested in signing the 34-year old Ryan Miller.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have about $18 million in salary cap space.

    “Some of the things we’ve done (in Philadelphia) is supply depth to our organization. Now, we want to sign guys who can make an impact,” Benning said. “We’ve cleared out money and we can be active. That’s what we wanted — so that in free agency, if we see something we want to do, we can now do it.”

    “We are going to go after pieces that we think can make the team better.

    Could one of those pieces be a starting goalie, say Ryan Miller?
    “It could be,” Benning said. “He could be the guy.”

    Miller is in Vancouver and is expected to meet with the team today.

    Two potential scoring free agents that might be of interest to the Canucks are Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri.

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NHL Rumors IV: Thornton, Sharp, Weaver, Schenn, Canucks, Pens, Havlat and Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s thought that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that are interested in Joe Thornton. Thornton can basically pick and choose where he wants to end up if the Sharks really want to trade him. Teams are calling the Sharks about Patrick Marleau, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be moved.

    There has been lots of controversy surrounding Patrick Sharp, on whether the Blackhawks are looking to move him or not. Sharp’s name is appearing all over the place, with several teams saying he’s available. The Blackhawks will need to move some cap space.

    The Penguins have about $13 million in cap space with nine players to sign.

    The Canadiens are trying to re-sign Mike Weaver. He could be looking for upwards of $2 million.

    The Canucks, Flyers and Maple Leafs tried to trade up for the first overall pick. There was talk that Flyers were trying to package Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier.

    The Panthers could be targeting Dave Bolland.

    The Canucks will look at Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.

    The Wild have spoken with Thomas Vanek and Matt Niskanen.

    Bruins Chris Kelly could be traded.

    Upwards of 15 teams have called on Paul Stastny. The Avs want to re-sign, but the Blues, Predators, Maple Leafs and Red Wings could push hard for him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s unlikely that the Penguins offseason will include contract extensions for Marc-Andre Fleury and Paul Martin. The Penguins are optimistic that will sign Fleury to an extension at some point. The Penguins think that Martin wants to test the open market next summer.Defenseman Kris Letang has not been offered in any trade talks.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks will buy out Martin Havlat. The UFA market for wingers is not deep, so he could be one of the top available.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “There might be a few more deals that we can swing between now and free agency. But that was the most important one.” …. “I wouldn’t say that we’re set but [defence] was the one area we wanted to address and we feel like we did.”
  • Adrian Dater: There is no change regarding the Avs and Paul Stastny, still trying  to make it work.

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Top 10 2014 NHL Free Agent Goaltenders

Ryan Miller

Expanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell. Other Top UFA pieces: Centers1-10 Wingers11-20 Wingers and Defenseman.

One of the more interesting things to follow in free agency will be seeing how the goaltending carousal plays out.

If you’re a GM looking for some help between the pipes, there are plenty of options. For a goaltender’s perspective, though, this class is worrisome in that there are quite a few quality goaltenders available and lots of good backups, but there are only 9-10 jobs available.

If a goaltender like Miller starts pricing himself out of consideration for some teams, he may be forced to sign for much less than you’d expect just to land a job.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-10 goaltenders that could be available. Standard stats such as save percentage will be used along with personal opinion.

All numbers are via CapGeek,, HockeyAnalysis, and ExtraSkater.

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NHL Rumors IV: Miller, Canucks, Rangers, Oilers, Leafs, Wild, Habs and Islanders

  • News 1130 Sports: Sources saying Ryan Miller wouldn’t have a problem playing in Vancouver.
  • Wayne Scanlan: The Senators are interested in bringing Milan Michalek back, but only at the right price. He is exploring all his options.
  • Katie Strang: There is a mutual interest in between the Rangers and pending UFA Benoit Pouliot. There has been talks between the two sides since the playoffs ended. Pouliot is looking for a deal longer than one-year.
  • Ryan Rishaug: The Oilers will meet with Mark Fayne’s camp today. There are six or seven teams that are interested in him. He’ll likely be looking for a four or five year deal. Jason Gregor: Gregor thinks a short-term deal with bigger money would work better than a long-term deal at less money. He is a No. 4 defenseman.
  • Ryan Rishaug: The Maple Leafs are not one of the teams that has a planned talk with Mark Fayne’s representatives. That could still change though.
  • Ryan Rishaug: Wild’s pending UFA Clayton Stoner is getting some interest and will meet with several teams this week. The Oilers are not one of those teams at this point.
  • Renaud Lavoie: From Lavoie’s understanding, pending UFA Mike Weaver is asking the Canadiens for more money than they are wanting to pay.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders contacted numerous free agents, possibly including Matt Niskanen.
  • Katie Strang:  After talking to agents and other hockey people, getting the sense that the Islanders have been one of the most aggressive teams during the free agent interview period.

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NHL Rumors II: Thornton, Goalie Market, Malhotra, Caron and Nikitin

  • Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports: (via google translate) Sharks Joe Thornton has a no-trade clause and holds the final say on where he ends up, and he may not be going anywhere.

    “San Jose is the only team on his list,” informed the agent and the player brother, John Thornton, in an interview with TVA Sports Sunday.

    His agent hinted that he could decide to move on “if he feels that supporters do not want him.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle looks at the goaltender market, and it looks like there are only 10 spots open, with all being backups: Coyotes, Bruins, Flames, Blue Jackets, Stars, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals and Jets. Notable free agent goalies include: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Justin Peters, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Thomas Greiss. Goalies that could be on the trade market: Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, James Reimer, Peter Budaj and Anders Lindback. Notable free agent goalies: James Reimer, Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, Niklas Svedberg, Robin Lehner, Anders Lindback and Michael Hutchinson.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Penguins could look at pending UFA Manny Malhotra to fill out their bottom-six. He’d be a good fourth line center to kill penalties and to be a faceoff specialist. The Bruins have until June 30th to qualify Jordan Caron. If they qualify him, they could look at moving him, as a split could be best for both sides.
  • Aaron Portzline: There is no need for the Blue Jackets to cut off the talks between the Oilers and Nikita Nikitin unless they have another team calling about him.

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