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Evening Rumors: Penguins, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Leafs, Senators, Rangers, Jets and Flyers

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Ryan Kesler remains the Penguins top target. The Penguins are feeling that the Flyers and Blackhawks are gaining interest in Kesler as well. If the Canucks don’t move Kesler at the deadline, the Penguins could still circle back in the offseason. GM Ray Shero wants to make a hockey deal to address their third line scoring and toughness. Shero has ownership’s backing to go all-in for Kesler because he has two remaining years on his contract. The Penguins want to keep Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington and give up draft picks instead. That could obviously change. A deal could also expand to include more players.

    The Penguins are also watching the Matt Moulson situation and could fall back to it if they feel they are going to lose out on Kesler, or if the Canucks plan to keep him. The Penguins won’t overpay for a rental.

    The Penguins are interested in Andrew MacDonald. Upgrading their blueline is their second priority after Kesler. The Pens maybe okay with adding a rental on the blueline.

    The Penguins have sent pro scout Don Waddell to watch the past couple NJ Devils games. The Devils have three pending free agents on the blueline: Marek Zidlicky, Mark Fayne and Eric Gelinas (RFA)

  • Mark Spector of SportNet: The Red Wings like Canucks Alex Edler and plenty of teams like Ryan Kesler. The Penguins are the front-runner for Kesler. The Blackhawks may have trouble fitting Kesler’s cap hit in. The Leafs giving up Nazam Kadri or a first to acquire Kesler in a Stanley Cup hope would be foolish.

    The Senators are still talking about adding Chris Stewart.The Rangers could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a third round pick. The Oilers don’t have a second or third round pick in this year’s draft. They will be looking for second round pick for Hemsky. Nick Schultz, Ryan Smyth and Ilya Bryzgalov could be dealt for picks.

    The Jets are looking for a winger, which could then allow them to move Dustin Byfuglien back to the blueline. It would have to be a money in, money out deal. The Jets could decide to shop Byfuglien. The Flyers would be one of many teams that would be interested.

    The Flyers are interested in Andrew MacDonald.

    The Flames will trade Mike Cammalleri.

    The LA Kings and Matt Moulson remain linked to each other.

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Afternoon Rumors: Red Wings, Canucks, Kesler, Blues, Bruins, Phillips, Flyers and Oilers

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

“The phone lines seem to be heating up,” Holland told Thursday. “We would prefer to do a hockey deal — meaning a player that’s on our roster going forward [past this season].

“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble. It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”

So you can likely rule out Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. They could look at low cost rental defenseman. LeBrun thinks the Ryan Kesler is the type of player that might interest the Red Wings.

Bottom line on Canucks Ryan Kesler.

•  A number of NHL teams have gotten calls from the Canucks on Kesler and vice versa.
•  The price is “significantly high,” says one Western Conference source. Says a different source, “Really high. And I guess I can’t blame them.”
•  The Canucks have made it clear to other teams that they don’t feel the need to move him before Wednesday’s deadline, that they’re more than happy to pick this up again in June if their price isn’t met. Or not move him at all if their price isn’t met.
•  Kesler is signed for two more seasons, which means if you’re trading for him now, you’ve got three more playoffs out of the gritty, two-way star. And at $5 million a year, he’s below market value.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

“We’re not at the area where the window is closing,” he said. “You also have to look at the dynamics of your team. A team like Boston or a team like Pittsburgh, they’ve been cap players for at least a half-decade. We’re a cap team this year, but we’re a team that has to manage our resources differently than the top-spending teams on a year-to-year basis. We’re not a heavily free-agent-based team. It’s my belief that we have to make sure we’re maintaining some view of the future, as well.”

“I’m not saying we won’t do it, but we have to be careful,” said Armstrong. “We’re a team that wants to win, but we still have to understand that our winning comes through drafting and developing.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

“I’d like to get a defenseman,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told Thursday. “If we don’t get one, I’m fine with that, too.”

“But having said that, the way the market has been so far, I don’t want to force a square peg into a round hole,” Chiarelli said.

LeBrun mentions to keep an eye on Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and the Bruins.

Darren DregerChris Phillips contract talks are expected to resume today. A trade is still an option with the Bruins among the teams that are thought to be interested.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will have a decision to make on whether to trade Andrej Meszaros or not. He is a pending UFA, but he does have them depth on the blueline. When asked if he wanted to stay in Philly.

“I love Philadelphia, and I love everything here. It’s my last year of my contract, obviously, and whatever will happen will happen.”

The Flyers would likely get a third round pick or a prospect for him. He carries a $4 million salary cap hit.

Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Oilers would like replace the second and third round picks they sent out to acquire David Perron and Ben Scrivens. The Oilers have nine pending UFAs and Sam Gagner to use as trade bait. They have held preliminary talks with defenseman Justin Schultz. Andrew Ference has a no-movement clause. Pending UFAs: Anton Belov, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mark Fraser, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Corey Potter, Nick Schultz, Ben Scrivens and Ryan Smyth.

Ian Mendes: “If Martin St. Louis is asking for a trade and is only willing to go to NYR, is that any different than what Dany Heatley did in Ottawa?”

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Morning Rumor Round Up From the Past Few Days

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues Chris Stewart name is in the rumor mill. There were rumors that the Rangers and Senators have inquired. Stewart has another year left at $4.2 million, which may appeal to some teams who don’t want to pay the rental price for Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri. The Blues are deep up front and have some RFAs they’ll need to give raises too.

    Sabres Ryan Miller is said to be looking for “Henrik Lundqvist money” (7 years and $59.5 million).

    The Senators would like to add a scoring winger and have a surplus of offensive-minded defensemen.

    The Blue Jackets have shown interest in Ryan Callahan, but not as just a rental.

    The Canadiens have made several attempts to land P.A. Parenteau.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Frans Nielsen will be out for a month with a broken hand.
  • Travis Yost: (Feb. 10th) Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”..there’s a couple of guys on our team who seem to be a target for other managers. they are not people that I want to move.”
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins could use some more speed and a “big, strong veteran defenseman that can block shots and throw bodies around in the defensive zone.” Those types of top-pairing guys are tough to find. They could trade a could trade a couple non-first round picks for Andrew MacDonald, but he’s not the big Dman they would prefer.  They won’t be interested in Dan Girardi if the Rangers want a first round pick. The Senators won’t be dangling Chris Phillips to anyone. The Bruins could consider someone that has term on his contract. Haggerty mentions Mark Giordano, but they would have to give up some good assets to get him. Henrik Tallinder, Willie Mitchell and Mark Stuart could all be available, but they are not really an upgrade to their current top-six.

    “There are really not that many players available, so beggars can’t be choosers really at this point,” Chiarelli said. “With each passing game, I see our D maturing, I see them making fewer mistakes, and it makes it a little easier on me. But I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs.

    “While I’m certainly not going to replace [Dennis] Seidenberg, he’s too good and those players aren’t available, you’d like to think that there is a player with a little bit of Seids’ [Dennis Seidenberg] defending that we could find, and [that could] help us. But this year’s been a story about our depth, and I’ve been happy with it.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have been struggling and will be without Mike Santorelli for the rest of the season, and their blueline has dealt with injuries to Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev. GM Mike Gillis isn’t losing faith in the team though.

    “We’re going to be all right,” Mike Gillis valiantly predicted.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Stephen Weiss continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He will be skating with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers instead of skating on his own and his hoping to be able to return to the lineup on Feb. 26th.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (Feb. 9th mail bag) Panaccio hasn’t heard any rumbling of the Flyers looking for offense leading up to the trade deadline. He doesn’t see the Flyers doing anything major until the summer. The Predators have stocked up on young defenseman and they could be willing to trade Shea Weber this summer. If it happens, the Flyers will be a major player. He won’t be moved at the trade deadline as the Predators will be able to get more at the draft.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames Shane O’Brien is waiting for a trade as he’s playing in the AHL.

    “Obviously, I believe I’m an NHL player,” O’Brien is saying Thursday afternoon from Abbotsford where — after an uninterrupted 528-game stretch in the National Hockey League — he’s again skating in the minors. “So I’ve got to work hard, play hard. Hopefully, some teams see me and are willing to give me another chance. I’m only 30 years old, so I feel I’ve got a couple good years left in me, anyway.

    “Obviously, I realize I’m a (team’s fifth or sixth defenceman) and I’m going to play against the bigger, tougher lines. I’m OK with that.

    “I feel that I can be a regular in the NHL again.”

    O’Brien has another year left on his deal that pays him $2 million. GM Brian Burke has told O’Brien that he’s trying to trade him.

  • The Fourth Period: TVA Sports reported that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello met with Martin Brodeur to discuss his playing future. Brodeur has indicated that he’d be willing to accept a trade if it were to help the team. The Blackhawks and Wild are reportedly interested according to TVA Sports.
  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers and Canadiens have talked several times throughout this season. TFP reported at the end of January that the Canadiens showed interest in Brad Boyes and Dmitry Kulikov.
  • David Pagnotta: (Feb. 8th) The Blue Jackets will be looking to be buyers by the trade deadline. They will also have to decide whether to keep or trade Marian Gaborik.
  • David Pagnotta:  According to Aaron Portzline, there have been no contact talks between Marian Gaborik and the Blue Jackets.
  • Ben Kuzma:  Elliotte Friedman said that Canucks owner Aquilini was with the team on their last road trip. He’s obviously concerned about his struggling team.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur will have some decisions to make leading up to the trade deadline.

    The issue is for Brodeur is two-fold: whether, a) he would feel comfortable leaving the Devils and joining a new team three-quarters of the way through the season; and, b) whether there is a playoff contender with the need for a goaltender of his pedigree to start at least half of its games.

    The Wild or Predators could be an option. The Blue Jackets sent two scouts to watch the Rangers on Thursday and Friday to likely watch Ryan Callahan.

  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: P.A.Parenteau was a healthy scratch last week and has been in the rumor mill, but adds he hasn’t had an issue with head coach Patrick Roy.

    “I have a really good relationship with him,” Parenteau said. “He’s a really good communicator.

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leo Komarov is eyeing a NHL return.

    “I want to get back,” Komarov said of the NHL. “It’s a big goal for me for next season. [But] I’m going to see how it’s going to work out. Dynamo is playing pretty good right now so it’s like everything is good there too, but I really enjoyed it in Toronto. It was really good.”

    Komarov will be a UFA and is open to returning to Toronto. He hasn’t received any offers yet.

  • The Fourth Period: (Feb. 7th) The Oilers and Flyers could be talking about a deal. Top members of the Flyers management scouted the Oilers game in New Jersey. Last year at the draft they talked about a Braydon Coburn deal. The Flyers have been interested Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky in the past. The Oilers have been linked to Coburn, Sean Courier and Luke Schenn. The Oilers have been shopping Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Sam Gagner. They are also getting interest in Eberle and Nail Yakupov.

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Morning Rumors: Eberle, Oilers, Hurricanes, Sharks, Legwand, Canadiens and Scouting Avs-Panthers

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Jordan Eberle knows his name is in the rumor mill.

    “It’s part of the game,” Eberle said. “There are certain things that you read or you see on TSN or Twitter. It’s such a social-media world now, that some guy in his basement starts a rumour and everyone is talking about it.

    “You have to deal with that stuff. I’d love to be an Edmonton Oiler forever and try to turn this thing around. But all I can focus on is trying to focus on my next game and our next win.”

    The Flyers had inquired about Eberle earlier this year. GM Craig MacTavish and owner Daryl Katz have said they are not interested in trading any of their young core for a short-term fix.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Bob McKenzie has stated that there could be some massive changes this offseason for the Oilers, with possibly some big moves at the trade deadline. The Oilers will move Ales Hemsky if they can get something for him. McKenzie added the Oilers have been exploring their options for Sam Gagner. Ryan Smyth could become a rental. McKenzie thinks the Oilers could look at moving their 1st round pick, maybe Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, but that would likely have to happen after the season.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & ObserverCam Ward is getting close to returning to the lineup, and the play of pending UFA Anton Khudobin is presenting the Hurricanes with some options. Khudobin is two years younger than Ward and would be a lot cheaper than Ward’s $6.3 million salary cap hit that runs through 2015-16. Ward has been inconsistent and has been battling injuries. They don’t have to decide now, but will be thinking on it as they get closer to free agency on July 1st. The Canes can’t afford to re-sign Khudobin and keep Ward.
  • Mike Halford: If the Sharks were to buyout Martin Havlat, they would have $16 million to send on free agents this offseason. Dan Boyle will get his contract and Jason Demers will get a raise, but it still leave them with some nice spending money.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Eyes now turn to Sharks pending UFA Dan Boyle after Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau signed their deals yesterday. Boyle:

    “As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”

    GM Doug Wilson on Boyle:

    “There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.

    The 37-year old Boyle is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal.

  • Dirk Hoag: Predators fans may be surprised at the contract David Legwand will get this summer. There will be lots of teams looking for centers and not many centers available.
  • Dave Stubbs: If there comes a time when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes that there is a coaching issue, it is up to him to change it. What the fans may think with regards to this is not relevant to the decision making process. If/when owner Geoff Molson thinks that Bergevin is not able to lead the Canadiens, he’ll be gone.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalache-Panthers game: Blackhawks (4 people including GM Stan Bowman), Senators (3), Blue Jackets (2), Penguins (2), Rangers, Jets and Kings. There were NHL meetings the other in Florida, so that could could explain Blackhawks having four people at the game.

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Morning Rumors: Canes, Oilers, Avs, Stars, Isles, Kings, Sens, Blue Jackets, Canucks and Flames

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If John Tortorella’s reported $2 million salary is correct, his 15 day suspension should cost him about $82,000.

    The Hurricanes and Oilers denied that they talked about Cam Ward.Sense is that teams would be surprised if Avalanche traded Ryan O’Reilly.

    Stars Vernon Fiddler will also be in the rumor mill with Ray Whitney.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Thomas Vanek has enjoyed playing with the Islanders, but LeBrun thinks he’ll get traded by the deadline.

    “There’s no question he has liked his teammates, he has liked his coaches, has been impressed with [Isles GM] Garth Snow and management; two weeks into it he realized there was tons of positives that he liked,” Vanek’s agent, the veteran Stephen Bartlett, told Tuesday. “Does that mean that we’re ready to sign on the dotted line? No that’s still being discussed in a number of ways. They have to make a decision where he fits into their team structure … and Thomas has to decide whether at this stage of his career if that’s the best spot for him. But his decision in the end won’t reflect at all in the fact that he’s found way more positives than negatives about his experience on the Island. He’s had nothing but positives to say to me about the way he’s been treated.”

    The Kings could use some scoring and could look at pending UFAs in Matt Moulson, Thomas Vanek and Mike Cammalleri. Sam Gagner could be an option, but he has two years left at $4.8 million, something the Kings may not be thrilled with. LeBrun thinks the Kings will go the rental route.

    Source saying the Senators are interested in Matt Moulson. The Sens need to decide if they are buyers or sellers though.

  • The Fourth Period: According to TSN, the Senators are looking at Sabres Matt Moulson. Pierre LeBrun on Insider Trading:

    “A little bit of a connection with the Senators, as GM Bryan Murray’s nephew Tim Murray is now GM in Buffalo. Moulson’s a guy that if the Senators can stay in the playoff mix over the next few weeks, I believe they will make inquiries on him.”

    Moulson is also getting interest from the Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Rangers, Red Wings, Canadiens and some others.

  • The Fourth Period: Speculation increasing that the Oilers will trade Ales Hemsky. The Oilers had several representatives at the Kings-Blue Jackets game. The Blue Jackets are looking for a top-six forward, but are also looking to clear some cap space. Oilers Sam Gagner, Ryan Smyth and Nick Schultz are also on the trade block.
  • The Fourth Period: Teams are waiting to see what the Avalanche plan on doing with Ryan O’Reilly. TSN saying the Canucks are looking for a center. If the Avs decide to move O’Reilly, he’ll be one of the top players on the market. His trade freeze doesn’t lift until February 28th. The Avs may also look to move Paul Stastny. The Avs could use a top defenseman.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It’s hard to imagine that O’Reilly gets moved because Roy loves him so much but he’s the type of guy other teams pay for.”
  • Jason Gregor: Price on the Canucks: ”They have said on the record that they will not repeat the Derek Roy trade (give up picks for rental).”
  • Jimmy Murphy: Murphy wonders if the Bruins try to acquire a player like Ray Whitney for “Recchi-like influence of offense and experience.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Doesn’t think the Kings will make a trade in the next five games. Will use these games to help answer a lot of questions.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Answering question about trading Dustin Brown after the Olympics: “with zero depth on LW only makes sense if you get 2 LW back.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Matt Greene may be too banged up for them to trade him, and his value is low.
  • Mike Heika: Scouting the Stars-Wild: Penguins, Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Sharks.
  • Hockey Central: Panel talks about the Flames and possible contract extension for Mike Cammalleri. If they can’t sign him and decide to trade him, asking price will be a 1st round pick and prospect. The Kings, Sharks and Canucks could be interested in Cammalleri if he’s made available. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he has no interest in trading Cam Ward.

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Morning Hits: Cogliano’s deal, Rogers Centre Non-Starter, Smyth, Devils and Capitals Goalies

  • Darren Dreger: Andrew Cogliano’s 4-year, $12 million extension with the Ducks: $2.7 million, $2.9 million, $3.1 million and $3.3 million.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Tim Leiweke said that the Rogers Centre is a “non-starter” as an option for an outdoor game in Toronto.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis thinks the Oilers should consider bringing Ryan Smyth back on a one-year deal. He’s good on the PK, good defensively on 5-on-5, underrated playmaker and is their best net-front player.
  • Brian Hedger: The Blackhawks have sent Jason LaBarbera to the AHL. Antti Raanta will be the backup for Corey Crawford.
  • Randy Miller: Devils Cory Schneider is getting 1.63 goals per game in his 19 starts. Martin Brodeur is getting 2.83 goals per game in his 24 starts.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Part of Capitals coach Adam Oates’ thought process on selecting his starting goalie, giving your team a chance to win in a loss.

    “You’ve got to be honest and fair and I try to be as much as possible. There’s been some times where I told [Holtby] he was going to play and I changed my mind. Ottawa’s one of them,”  Oates said.

    “We lost in Ottawa but I felt Grubi played a good game. I felt bad he didn’t get the win but I don’t feel that he’s not giving us a chance to win,” Oates said. “That’s part of what a goalie’s job is. Obviously every once in a while you want a guy to steal one for you but I just need him to play good and playing good [through the] adjustments we’re trying to make going forward.”

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Injury Notes: Prust, Nash, Khudobin, Kulemin, Gorges, Lehtonen, Brunner, Boyle, Kronwall and Gagner

  • Eric Engels: Canadiens Brandon Prust is out a month with a shoulder injury.
  • Patrick Kearns: “If nothing new is the official statement regarding Nash’s concussion, well, it means nothing really but he’s probably not back anytime soon.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that John Erskine is “very close” to returning. They will see how he is tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is another week or two away from returning. Tim Gleason and Elias Lindholm could return on Thursday.
  • Jonas Siegel: Randy Carlyle said that initial timetable for injured Mark Fraser and Nikolai Kulemin was October 29th, but couldn’t say if they’ll be ready for then.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Josh Gorges said that he experience no concussions effects from Bourque hit.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars GM Jim Nill expects Kari Lehtonen to be ready for Thursday. Mark Stepneski: The Stars activate Lehtonen from the IR. Defenseman Aaron Rome has been recalled from his conditioning assignment. Goalie Jack Campbell has been reassigned to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Damien Brunner said that he feels good and ready to play. Coach Peter DeBoer said he’ll wait to see how he feels tomorrow.
  • Gene Principe: Oilers Ryan Smyth is flying back to Edmonton to be looked by their medical staff.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers Sam Gagner was cleared for contact last week.

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Afternoon Hits: Leafs recall two, Boll, Hodgson, Spezza, Smyth and Garon

  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs have recalled Trevor Smith and Jamie Devane.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Cody Hodgson missed practice.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators Jason Spezza didn’t skate this morning.
  • Igor Eronko: Goalie Mathieu Garon signed a one-year deal with Avangard of the KHL.

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Morning Hits: Oilers Yakupov, Eberle and Smyth … Busy offseason for Preds … Flyers sign two … video: Lowe apologizes

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman suggested in his 30 Thoughts column that the Oilers might be willing to trade Nail Yakupov. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggested that one of Yakupov and Jordan Eberle could be traded. If the Oilers are going to trade one of Yakupov or Eberle, Willis thinks that they should move Eberle, as Yakupov has a higher upside.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s time for Oilers Ryan Smyth to hang them up. He does have one year left at $2.25 million. They could buy him out or tell him he’ll only play 40-50 games next season, possibly in a reduced role.

     “I’m under their contract. I can’t sit here and speculate what they’re going to do. I can still help the team,” Smyth said.

    Smyth hasn’t scored in 26 games.

    “He’s been a warrior, a great warrior,” said the scout, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But when he picks them (this feet) up and puts them down now, they come down in the same spot.

    “I don’t know if he’s got the legs anymore.”

    Smyth isn’t sure if it’s time to hang them up yet.

    “I don’t think of that (quitting). I know I have some life left in me. I can help in different areas,” Smyth said.

    “I’m playing a different role and it makes me think of defensive play more than the offensive zone. I’m trying to be an all-around player.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators could have a busy offseason.

    “I think you have to put everything in perspective, exactly where we are,” Trotz said. “You have to be realistic in everything that we do. Let’s not sugarcoat it. We want to be a top-level team. We have to go there. We’re going to have to do what’s necessary to do that.

    “Obviously (GM David Poile) has a game plan. It’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on it, but I know we’re going to have to have a very busy summer and make sure we fill holes. I know he has a game plan for that. When he wants to divulge that game plan, we’ll unleash him on you I guess.”

    The Predators could have close to $22 million in cap space, with only Patric Hornqvist and Roman Josi as their only main free agents.

  • The Flyers signed forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill to two-year contracts. Tim Panaccio: Rinaldo’s deal has a cap hit of $675,000. Rosehill has a cap hit of $750,000.
  • Oilers president Kevin Lowe apologizes for his comments about their fans.

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Oilers notes and Press Conference video of Tambellini firing, MacTavish hiring

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks that head coach Ralph Krueger’s job is safe. There have been four coaching changes in the last six years. The Oilers could look to trade Ales Hemsky and his $5 million salary, possibly picking up part of his contract to move him. Eric Belanger and his $1.75 million will be on the block. Matheson doesn’t see the Oilers re-signing Ryan Whitney. They will probably re-sign one of Mark Fistric or Theo Peckham. Sam Gagner, RFA, is going to want a new deal in the $4.5 million to $5 million range. Do they re-sign him for that or flip him for a bigger winger or center? They could buyout Ryan Smyth or see if he’d be fine with playing only 40 games.
  • Oilers press conference yesterday for the firing of GM Steve Tambellini and hiring of Craig MacTavish.

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NHL Rumors: Red Wings, Senators, Bruins, Oilers, Blues and Flames

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will determine over the next couple weeks if they will be buyers or sellers. They won’t be looking for depth type players unless they have another string of injuries. If they are to make a move, they could be looking to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward. Finding one of those won’t be easy and won’t come cheap.

    “First off, we got to win some games; we got to be in a position where we think we’re a playoff team and it makes good business sense,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “If we don’t win enough games, that decision is going to be made for me.

    “We got to assess our team over the next 2-3 weeks and see if we’re in a position to be a playoff team. Then we’ll explore.”

    Defenseman that could be available: Jay Bouwmeester, Lubomir Visnovsky, Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Robyn Regehr and Ron Hainsey.

  • Insider Trading Video: Realignment agreed upon, Senators, Soderberg, staged fighting, Senators, Laraque and McKinnon.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Forward Carl Soderberg is hoping to join the Bruins after the Swedish Elite Leagues playoffs are over. He led the SEL in scoring. Agent JP Barry notes Soderberg as the best player in Sweden and should get lots of NHL interest if the Bruins let him go to free agency. One NHL team said that Soderberg is a solid 2nd line center. The Bruins like how Soderberg can also play the wing. Joe Haggerty via twitter: Haggerty confirms that there have been discussions between the Bruins and Soderberg.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: The Bruins third line has been struggling and they could look to bring in a winger that would help fix the problem. The Bruins have been scouting Ryane CloweJarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow and Ryan Smyth are others that might be on their trade watch list.
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Oilers won’t get much for defenseman Ryan Whitney at this rate. His foot speed has taken a big hit.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings defenseman Ian White is having trouble cracking the Red Wings lineup and spoke with GM Ken Holland about it yesterday. He hasn’t asked for a trade, nor expect to be traded. White was a healthy scratch for the fifth time this season last night.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Strickland wonders if the Blues should look at acquiring Avalanche center Paul Stastny. Stastny has one year left on his deal and carries a $6.6 million cap hit. Would the Avs eat some of the contract?
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources are saying the Blues are looking for a left handed top-four defenseman that can play with either Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk. It might have to wait until the summer as it’s not easy to find one.
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: One possibility is the Flames trading Jarome Iginla to a contender and then resigning him in the summer. He may not be ready to start making $3-4 million a season.

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What will the Sens do with Alfredsson? GMs are puzzled with Sherman … O’Reilly’s dad writes email … Friedman’s thoughts

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks that if Daniel Alfredsson became available, the Bruins could be interested. GM Bryan Murray likely doesn’t have any desire to move Alfredsson given what he has meant to the organization, but he would likely let Alfredsson know if teams come calling. The Sharks got off to a hot start, but have struggled lately.

    “It’s getting back to doing the things that allowed us to be successful early in the year,” Wilson told on Tuesday. “It’s been addressed. Our talent level hasn’t changed. But as you know, we’re always looking for ways to improve our hockey team.”

    LeBrun doesn’t think Panthers GM Dale Tallon will wait much longer before he starts making moves, maybe 5 or 6 games. They’ll have to decide if they want to re-sign Stephen Weiss or not.

  • Steve Simmons via twitter: Simmons notes that the Avalanche haven’t told other GMs what the price for Ryan O’Reilly is. They are telling them to make an offer. Most GMs are puzzled by this.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly’s dad, Brian, sent Dater an email about his sons situation, and gave him permission to post it. Here is the first paragraph of it. Click on the above link to finish reading it:

    “Thank you for your kind words. This is not about money and never has been. As you know you don’t build team based on dollars. If you did then the people with the most expensive players would be our champion . You build a team on its character. Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character. I know this for a fact the players he was yesterday will not be the player he was tomorrow he will continue to grow learn and thrive .The world values it less and less, yet everyone is looking for those players that eat sleep and drink the game and are unselfish plus compete because they are intrinsically motivated for excellence. This is another trait humankind is slowly losing! It used to be a bigger part of our game because we used to let kids develop character and test themselves without all the importance put on systems methods and criteria of adults. My children were raised in an environment of sport where Athletics was held up as something you do to develop your sense of personhood, qualities of-collaboration,team play and most important the development of your character, mental toughness as an individual and it was FUN from which you Learn. How many goals you got or how many points you got was not how you measured yourself. What was important was giving your best day in day out. Leadership was shown on a daily bases, by treating people well even those they miss treat you. In the world today we are losing our sense of meaning and purpose my by devaluing people worth in ways that are ridiculous And Absurd.

  • Elliotte Friedman of Friedman had originally thought that the Rangers and Avalanche were discussing a Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O’Reilly and another defenseman, but was later told that Stepan was never discussed. Friedman wouldn’t be surprised if the Avalanche called the Panthers. It doesn’t look like the Red Wings would be interested in Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney. The Oilers may be wondering what to do with Ryan Smyth. It could be just a blip, but he has one year left on his deal and it’s 35+ contract. Penguins GM Ray Shero was scouting the Wild-Avs game last week, and Friedman notes that Matt Cullen has “Penguin written all over him.” The CBA was expected to be complete last Saturday, but they are still working on it.

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