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Posts Tagged Sam Gagner
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile.
“I talked to almost everybody before the Olympic break; I’ve probably spoken to half of the teams this week,” Poile told ESPN.com Friday afternoon.
“Everybody knows from my standpoint what we have available. I’m certainly aware that we’ve come from nine points out of the playoffs to four points out. That gives us a chance to make the playoffs. I know we have to leap over some teams to do it, so the odds are against us, but hope springs eternal.
“From my standpoint, I don’t consider myself a buyer, I don’t consider myself a seller. I could just be neutral given where we are.”
Poile on Shea Weber.
“We’re not trading Shea. We’ve told that to everybody. People ask and it’s their right to ask, but we’re not trading him,” Poile said firmly.
The Ducks might be willing to trade one of their goalies, with LeBrun guessing Viktor Fasth. He has another year left at $2.9 million.
The Capitals are still trying to trade Martin Erat.
“The only thing I’m working on that has to be done is moving [Martin] Erat,” Caps GM George McPhee told ESPN.com Friday morning.
“There are some teams interested. He still wants out. I’d love to be able to do it this weekend. But we’ll see.”
The Flyers are interested in both Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. The Canucks would likely ask for Brayden Schenn, and LeBrun isn’t sure if the Flyers would be into that. The Penguins, Red Wings and Blue Jackets could be other teams interested in Kesler.
Tyler Myers could be had for the right price.
Ales Hemsky could be plan B for teams that don’t get Matt Moulson or Thomas Vanek.
The Sam Gagner to LA Kings deal fell through as the Oilers wouldn’t eat any of his salary.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (before last nigh’s trade) Sabres GM Tim Murray.
“There’s still good interest in another four or five guys,” he said. “Nothing specific — kicking tires.”
Christian Ehrhoff has been getting interest. The Sabres would have to be weary of an early retirement and having the salary cap recapture affecting them.
“Part of the return would have to, I guess you could say, recapture the recapture,” Murray said.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to talk with teams. He’s not interested in paying a high price for a rental. Ryan Kesler would interest the Wings, but the price will be high. Teams would be asking the Canucks for players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser. It is unlikely that they would want to part with any of them. Holland may be more interested in adding a defenseman, with Alex Edler possibly being a better Canuck option. The Sabres are open for offers on Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff.
Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Edmonton Oilers will trade Sam Gagner. The 24-year will carry a $4.8 million salary cap hit through 2015-16.
Doug MacLean thinks it’s time for him to move on. Is he a No. 2 or No. 3 center?
MacLean thinks possible destinations are the Kings, Predators and Devils. Scott Morrison thinks possible destinations are the Kings and Predators.
Who do you think should go after Gagner, and what should they give up for him?
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland.
“The phone lines seem to be heating up,” Holland told ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com 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 Dreger: Chris 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?”
- Louis Jean: Ryan Kesler denies that he asked for a trade, but Jean stands “100% behind what I reported because it is true.”
- Elliotte Friedman: “Kesler says it is “completely false” he has asked for a trade.” Kesler added that he doesn’t want to be asked about it again, same goes for his team.
- Rob Rossi: The Penguins did make a pitch for Ryan Kesler before the Olympics. Talks involved Brandon Sutter and Derrick Pouliot. This was before Kris Letang’s situation.
- Nick Kypreos: Indication from one team was that the Canucks are asking for as many as three pieces: 1st round pick, roster player/prospect.
- Jason Brough: A reasonable return for Kesler would be a first round pick, a ‘youngish’ NHLer and good prospect.
- Nick Kypreos: The Rangers, Red Wings and Penguins are interested in Kesler. Offers are starting to come in. Kypreos is leaning towards seeing Kesler dealt by Wednesday.
- MyNHLTradeRumors: Elliotte Friedman said on the Fan 590 that the Oilers and Rangers could be interested in Kesler. Later adds that the Penguins could be a potential interested team. The Penguins have a cap situation that they would have to deal with.
- Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs and Canucks haven’t talked about a Kesler trade. The Leafs have some interest. Back in 2006, it was Nonis who matched the offer sheet the Flyers signed Kesler too.
- TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger:
There has to have been some level of dialogue between Ryan Kesler and the Vancouver Canucks, or the Canucks telling Kesler that they need to improve, they need to get younger, they need to add a bit more offensive punch. They’re going to start sifting some names out there to rival teams and his name is going to be among them.
Because here’s what I know. I know that teams were contacted as far back as a month ago to say ‘have a look at our roster. If there is a member of this organization that you want to take a run at then we’re listening, we’re open for business.’ And that includes Ryan Kesler.
Dreger on if a deal can be done by next week.
It’s a complicated deal because Kesler is a valuable asset of the Vancouver Canucks. He’s got a contract that makes a lot of sense. Financially, he is sound. He is a bargain, frankly, as long as he plays up to his level of potential. But is it realistic? Yes, because of the interest that will be out there. There will be interest from so many different teams, and we know as I said earlier that the Canucks have reached out.
But the Canucks need premium return to make this deal a reality and six days away from the trade deadline is not a lot of time to close on such a big deal.
- Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”Kesler is not crazy about being a winger, so I would suspect Tortorella’s desire to play him there didn’t go over well” … ”I can tell you one thing, he’s not going to the Rangers. Him and Vigneault didn’t have the chummiest of relationships” … ”If the Leafs were interested in Kesler it would cost them Kadri for sure and someone else in that 21-25 age range”
- Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: ”I haven’t heard specifically about the Leafs being interested in Kesler but they did have two people at the game last night” … ”Nonis knows Kesler better than anybody and he doesn’t need to scout him” … ”The thing is, has Kesler given a blanket agreement to go anywhere or is he willing to only go to certain places” … ”Gillis is getting a lot of calls right now. I saw him at the game last night & I got the impression he’s very busy” … ”I think there are a lot of teams that would be interested in Kesler, but a big question is whether he’s healthy right now” … ”If you’re Edmonton though, it doesn’t matter if he’s healthy right now because you’re looking for him to help you in yrs to come” … ”There are a lot of reasons why Edm is interested in Kesler” … ”They have a #1 C in RNH, but it’s pretty clear that Gagner won’t be long for Edm & they don’t have a lot of depth at C” … ”Edm is a team that is really easy to play against and they’re trying to change that and Kesler isn’t easy to play against”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I can say this, when talking to people around the NHL they’ve indicated that Kesler has let it be known which teams he’ll go to” … ”Many media in Sochi that were around Kesler said they heard Kesler say he wanted to be traded and I’ve talked to them” … ”A Kadri for Kesler trade does not make sense in a one for one” … ”Van had interest in Kadri during the Luongo talks. I’ve never heard that the Leafs got down to brass tax on talk for Kesler” … ”I heard Columbus and Detroit have contacted and had talks for Kesler” … ”The Leafs haven’t had talks about Kesler but I’ve heard that is a player they’d be interested in”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If Kesler comes to Toronto he’s still a #2. Bozak would remain on the top line” … ”There is no way the owner of the Canucks wants to see Kelser have success on a national basis in Toronto” … ”That’s what ultimately derailed the Luongo to TO deal thirty minutes before the deadline last year”
- Corey Pronman: “With Kesler you pretty much get the top UFA quality player w/o handing out massive term into their mid 30s. That’s going to cost.”
Morning Rumors: Blues, Rangers, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Avs, Oilers, Hurricanes, Canucks and Top 5 Grinders
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) If the Blues are looking to bring a bigger name in, it will have to include salary going out. If the Blues are looking at Ryan Callahan, the Rangers will want someone that could step right into their lineup (ie. Chris Stewart) and not just picks and prospects. The emergence of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, and with Dmitrij Jaskin on his way, has made Stewart expendable. If Stewart isn’t dealt at the deadline, he could be moved in the summer.
Custance thinks it’s in the best interest of the Blue Jackets to trade Marian Gaborik at the deadline and that he might be able to land them a 1st round pick.
Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will deplete their system to land Ryan Miller.
Custance thinks there could be at least on trade at the deadline that nobody saw coming. GMs appear to be wanting to make “hockey deals” rather than rentals.
There’s the sense that the Avalanche will keep Ryan O’Reilly as Patrick Roy really likes him.
Oilers Sam Gagner is all but assured to be traded. There could be a bigger deal to be made if Oilers GM Criag MacTavish can find a taker. Still a long-shot that one of the Oilers other stars gets traded, but it is possible.
If the Hurricanes are willing to retain some salary,and if he’d waive his no-trade clause, they might be able to find a taker for goalie Cam Ward. If the Hurricanes wanted to move Anton Khudobin, they could get a draft pick for him for a contender who is looking for a goaltending depth.
Custance thinks it will be interesting to see if the Canucks will look to trade Alex Edler at the deadline. It could benefit them in both the short-term and long-term if they could get a young center for him.
- Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Grinders: 1. Ryan Callahan – maybe looking for an NHL regular to place him if they decide to trade him. 2. Andrew Ladd – could bring the Jets a substantial return. The Penguins could use a big winger and have the assets. 3. Tuomo Ruutu – will teams want to take on his salary. 4. Troy Brouwer – the Capitals could use either a top four defenseman, prospects and/or picks. 5. Erik Cole
- Dennis Bernstein: Gary Bettman on WFAN: ”we hope there are World Cups in future because we can control the timing of event.” Added a switch to the Summer Olympics is not feasible.
The situation: A 9-1-0 run through early December had the Kings in position to take the lead in the NHL’s hotly contested Pacific Division but their Achilles’ heel, consistent offense has taken hold for the six weeks prior to the Olympic break. As a result, they’ve dropped to third in the Pacific behind the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks in the division. Pending a big rally in the season’s final quarter, they will start the playoffs on the road. While Los Angeles yields the lowest goals per game in the league, their 29th ranked offense and power play removes them from contender status unless there are significant changes down the stretch.
- John Shannon: Trades can start happening as of midnight on February 23rd.
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: The Kings were in discussion with the Oilers about Sam Gagner before the Olympic’s, but it apparently wasn’t close and it is now doubtful that they will pursue him when the roster freeze is lifted.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Allan Muir of SI notes:
“That may open a window for the Predators, who have also been rumored to have an interest in Gagner. Nashville is thought to be looking for a young, offensive-minded center and it has a surplus of what Edmonton needs: young, talented defenders. The name of 2009 first rounder Ryan Ellis has been mentioned, but while he has a proven chemistry with Oilers winger Taylor Hall from their Memorial Cup-winning days in Windsor of the OHL, Edmonton might be looking for a blueliner who is a bit more defensively responsible. Jonathan Ismael-Daiby might be intriguing to the Oilers as part of a package, as would defensive center Austin Watson.”
Staples adds that it may make more sense for the Oilers to hold onto Gagner, waiting until the end of the season to decide what to do with him. If he continues to play better, it will only increase his trade value. Teams may also have more cap space available. Ryan Ellis may not be the type of defenseman the Oilers really need as they already have several “finesse type d-men.” The Oilers could use a defensive defenseman.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said that if they are to be buyers, it will happen right at the deadline.
“Some teams need three or four more games before they say, ‘We don’t have a shot and we’re not in,’” said Melnyk. “Right now, there are six teams that aren’t in and I think by March 5 there will be eight teams that will basically say they’re not going to get there.
“(Murray’s) looking. If we can get a power forward in there that’s the only piece we need subject to any injuries. Knock on wood with that one because we’ve had a very good year with injuries compared to some other ones.”
Melnyk doesn’t think the salary cap will keep rising, that it will max out at some point.
“At some point you could be stuck because the cap has come down. Then, you go, ‘Wait a minute, it’s come down and I’ve got to unload $5 or $10 million worth of salary.’ That day will come,” said Melnyk. “It’s like the stock market. You can’t go straight up all the time. Eventually there’s correction and it rebuilds. You’ve got to leave yourself with some room.
“I don’t care if people criticize me. The fact is the team has survived in very difficult circumstances.”
- The Fourth Period: The Sharks could be looking for a scoring left winger. They have more than $3 million in cap space. GM Doug Wilson could look at Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Ales Hemsky.
- Hope Smoke: On the Fan 590, Damien Cox said he thinks the NHL can skip the 2018 Olympics and go back in 2022.
- Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top five center trade targets: 1. David Legwand – The Blackhawks and Red Wings could inquire. 2. Steve Ott 3. Sam Gagner 4. Olli Jokinen 5. Nazem Kadri
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a stay-at-home defenseman. Talks could heat up next week. The Ducks have talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi. The Rangers are still trying to re-sign him, but if they can’t get a deal done, they will likely look to trade him. They could also look at Andrew MacDonald, Henrik Tallinder, Dmitry Kulikov and Nick Schultz. The Bruins, Avalanche and Red Wings also have some interest in Girardi.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney on the inconsistent Coyotes:
“I really look at it and say it comes back to the leadership in your locker room,” Maloney said. “This is not a condemnation of (captain) Shane (Doan). I’m not pointing a finger at Shane whatsoever. This is the collective group … this group that’s been here for the last four, five years, that knows how we have to play and the focus we have to put in to have that group drag along the rest of the players. And that’s what has me doing a lot of soul searching right now.”
Maloney may be looking to increase their offense but …
“I don’t expect any massive changes with us,” Maloney said.
- Hope Smoke: James Mirtle on TSN Radio: ”If the Leafs were being outshot by 2 a game then that’s ok. This is an extreme. They’re getting outshout by 8-9 a night” … ”This is a problem that is ingrained in this team and that’s the main thing they need to fix to become a top 10 team in the league” … ”I think the problem is three pronged: the blueline needs an upgrade, the system is a problem & they lack two way forwards”
- Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”I don’t expect Reimer to be here next year. They’re going to lose good players this summer. Maybe Kulemin too”
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Linus Omark has not yet reported to the AHL after being waived by the Sabres last week. Omark has said in the past that he would rather play in Sweden than in the minors.
“I’m not really sure what the exact next steps are,” Epp said, “just trying to figure out where he can go, where they can reassign him, where they want to have him, where he’s going to be best-suited for them and their situation.”
The Sabres could assign him to a Swedish team.
“There’s a chance they could assign him there,” said Epp, who hopes to have a resolution in the next few days. “There’s a chance he’ll still report to Rochester and a chance they’ll have him back in Buffalo. Who knows right now? It’s kind of up in the air.”
- 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.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Rutherford says the Blues have some interest in Sabres Ryan Miller, but isn’t sure what the Sabres want in return.
- 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.
Darren Dreger: Provided that Dan Girardi isn’t focused on hitting the open market, there is a deal to be made with the Rangers. Both Girardi and Ryan Callahan could be traded by the deadline if they are interested in testing the market.
Darren Dreger: The Oilers are not that eager to retain any salary in a Sam Gagner trade. It is thought that they are getting some interest from some other teams now.
Darren Dreger: The Kings – Oilers deal for Gagner could still go down, but what is the rush? He’s playing well and they may be able to get more for him at the deadline or even at the draft.
Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Roster freeze until Febrary 23rd.
“My sense is that teams are retrenching for the deadline,” John Davidson, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, said in a telephone interview.
On if the Blue Jackets will be buyers or sellers.
“If we’re going to do something, it’s going to be something to help us long term,” Davidson said. “I know, it’s getting repetitive. But that’s where we are.”
The Blue Jackets don’t seem to be a fit for Ryan Callahan, but there have been rumors.
“We’re not doing rentals because the price is too high. It’s not worth doing,” Davidson said. “We like our team, and we have to figure out what we’re doing with Gabby.”
TSN: Penguins Kris Letang will be out for at least six weeks after having a stroke last week. It isn’t believed to be career threatening and he has been cleared to travel with his family for a vacation.
“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Penguins GM Ray Shero said. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition.
“Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”
Morning Rumors: Rangers, Kings, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Flames, Maple Leafs and Letang’s Illness
- Harvey Fialkov: GMs don’t really want to trade for a big contract before the break and pay for players that won’t be playing for the next three weeks.
- Larry Brooks: Has been told that a) no progress has been made in contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan. b) there is little chance he’s traded before the trade freeze. The gap between both sides is as substantial as ever. Callahan is still asking for seven-years and upwards of $6.5 million. Source saying the GM Glen Sather will want something in return rather than let him walk for nothing. Sather hasn’t received a good enough offer to make a deal yet. Callahan is expected to be in the Rangers lineup tonight. The Rangers and Dan Girardi closed the gap on an extension last week, but there has been no progress since. Source said that the Rangers may be able to get more for Girardi as a rental than for Callahan.
- AJ Jakubec: Second source said that the Oilers would get more than just Kyle Clifford for Sam Gagner, a complicated deal. The Kings are tight to the cap and the deal may have to wait until after the Olympic break. The Oilers would retain some of Gagner’s salary. The Kings were thought to be reviewing Gagner’s medical records yesterday.
- Bob McKenzie: Also hearing a deal between the Kings and Oilers involving Sam Gagner and Kyle Clifford is possible. It is a complicated deal because of the Kings cap situation. The Oilers may have to retain some salary and the Kings may have to give up another piece. It is not guaranteed, but it’s being discussed: Clifford and a pick or prospect for Gagner and the Oilers retaining some salary.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Kings are desperate for offense. There are the talks with the Oilers about Gagner, but they are also thought to be interested in Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Thomas Vanek.
- David Pagnotta: The Kings are also talking with the Islanders about some of their players.
- Dennis Bernstein: The Kings-Islanders intensified talks may be reason the Kings – Gagner hasn’t closed yet.
- Bruce Garrioch: Kings GM Dean Lombardi, assistant GM Rob Blake and chief scout Mike O’Connell scouted the Oilers and Bruins last Saturday.
- Ben Kuzma: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that no player has approached him about waiving their no-trade clause.
- Ian Mendes: After talking with Sabres GM Tim Murray, sounding like they are asking for 2015 1st round picks and not from this years draft.
- John Vogl: Sabres Tim Murray on having trade talks with Bryan Murray: “It hasn’t been much fun because I’ve asked him for certain things and he won’t give it to me”
- Shawn McKenzie: Sabres Tim Murray on trading Ryan Miller: ”I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along. It’s not when, it’s if more so than when. There has to be certain types of players and prospects involved in a deal like that. So I just need a team that thinks the same way”
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: GM Tim Murray doesn’t expect much movement today. Teams don’t want to pay a high priced player not to play if they don’t have too. There is also the risk of injury for Olympic players.
“I never expected this to be a deadline,” Murray said Thursday. “If we don’t trade anybody, we pay them through the Olympic break and you can make a deal after it. The economics of the game and the possibility of injuries at the Olympics for those players, I never expected anything to get done quickly.”
On the March 5th deadline.
“I’m just listening and hopefully get an offer that I think is worthwhile on a couple of our guys, and if not then that’s the way it goes,” he said. “I’m making a lot of calls, but I’m making them to guys that called me first. The teams that have showed the most interest in certain players, I’m obviously trying to keep in contact with them every day to see where we’re going.
“I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along,” he said in regards to Miller. “It’s not ‘when,’ it’s ‘if’ more so than ‘when.’ I just think there has to be certain types of prospects and players involved in a deal like that, so I just need a team that thinks the same way.”
- Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders offered Andrew MacDonald a four-year contract worth $16 million over a month ago, which he rejected and will now likely be sold to the highest bidder. MacDonald is looking for a four- or five-year deal and closer to $5 million per season. The Islanders came up from $3.5 million. GM Garth Snow has already turned down one substantial offer in hopes of getting more.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have been unable to find a top-six forward, preferably a winger. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t found a willing partner and the asking prices have been high.
“I’d like to find another forward to at least send a message to our team that management and coaches are trying to help (them),” said Murray. “We have lots of assets, lots of young prospects … over the last few years we’ve accumulated a really good group of prospects.
“I guess it depends on the return that is expected from other teams if you try to acquire that kind of player. I’ve done lots of talking to people but there’s nobody at the moment that appears willing to pull the trigger.”
Making a trade isn’t easy.
“Today the prices may be a tough higher than they will on the actual deadline day when the competition for the guy isn’t quite the same,” said Murray. “There’s so many teams so close together here we’re all little hesitant to make a move that isn’t the right move.”
- Brian Costello of the Hockey News: Flames Mike Cammalleri could be a nice fit with the Kings, Ducks and Sharks. The Canucks could also make a push for him. The Flames could be looking for a 1st round pick and a B-list prospect, or a 2nd round pick and a A-list prospect.
- Michael Traikos of the National Post: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin knows the rumors, but would like to stay with the Leafs.
“I would love to stay,” Kulemin said. “I like everything here. It’s the only team I’ve played for. I like the organization and everything. We’ll see how it goes.”
Darren Dreger has said that the Leafs have told teams he’s available, and they are asking for a “substantial player” in return. The Penguins have been mentioned due to Kulemin’s history with Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins had a scout watching the Leafs game against the Panthers.
- David Strehle: Scouting the Flyers – Avalanche: Capitals, Flames (play Philly on Saturday), Stars, Lightning, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Blues.
- Ed Tait: Scouting the Jets – Capitals: Ducks, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Wild, Blues, Lighting and Sharks.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Kris Letang is still out with an mystery illness which is not life threatening, but it’s not known when he’ll be able to return. There were concerns last week that it could season ending and possibly career ending. Dan Bylsma would “not allude” to anything “until we’ve got more and all the information.” Letang won’t be traded before the deadline.
Morning Rumors: Isles, Kings, Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Devils, Bruins, Stars, Wings, Sabres, Flames and Leafs
- Pierre LeBrun: The Islanders have taken a number of calls on Thomas Vanek and he could be dealt by tomorrow, but it’s far from certain. Vanek’s agent confirmed with ESPN that he’ll likely be testing out the free agent market. Asking price could be any three of a 1st round pick, prospects or a player. If one of the assets is high enough, it could only take two assets and not three. GM Garth Snow still hopes to sign him. The Kings are one team watching the situation, but Matt Moulson may be their top target. There are also reports of Sam Gagner and Mike Cammalleri interesting them.
- Brett Cyrgalis: Vanek on testing the open market for the first time in his career.
“I like it here in the organization, but there’s more to it than that,” Vanek told The Post on Wednesday, his team coming off a much-needed 1-0 win over the Capitals in Washington the night before and preparing for the Flames at the Coliseum on Thursday. “It’s the business part of it, and sometimes it sucks.”
“For me right now, hopefully I can stay here and finish the year, and if I get moved, I understand that side of it, too,” Vanek said. “But right now, I feel like I want to hit free agency.”
There is still a small chance that the Islanders will be able to re-sign him this summer.
“I think the chances are a lot higher now that I have been here, that’s for sure,” he said. “They’re definitely a team I would like to look again in the summer, but for me, being a little selfish I guess, I just want to hit [free agency] once.”
- Elliotte Freidman: Some teams may be disappointed not to see Marian Gaborik play at the Olympics. He wouldn’t cost has much as Vanek or Moulson.
The Canucks won’t trade future assets for rentals.
One reason the Kings are looking at Sam Gagner is that their power play is the 3rd worst in the league and Gagner was 28th in power play points last season with 15. Gagner’s $4.8 million cap hit is the issue. The Oilers would have to eat some of the contract, and they may not be willing to do that.
The Panthers have only 10 players under contract for next season. They are in no rush to trade Brad Boyes, Tom Gilbert and Marcel Goc just yet.
Hearing the Devils could be interested in Mike Cammalleri.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has had trade talks, but doesn’t see them making any deals before the Olympic roster freeze tomorrow.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff are caught in the middle of the Stars looking to be competitive in the immediate future and in the long run. Both players are 35-years old.
“My experience is that if you have younger players, you need a few veterans to show them the way,’’ Nill said. “I just feel there’s room for a good mix of players in your locker room.’’
Both players have one year left on their deals. They might look at moving Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney and keeping Cole and Horcoff.
- The Fourth Period: The Wings would like to add some depth before the trade deadline according to the Detroit News, but it’s unlikely to happen before the Olympic break.
“I don’t envision us trading away players who could be part of our future,” Wings GM Ken Holland told the paper. “Those are the players other teams will be asking about.
“I don’t know if there are many players on the market who we feel are better than (young players the Red Wings currently have).”
The Wings have shown interest in Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Lee Stempniak and Ray Whitney.
- Dennis Bernstein: “For those Kings fans running for exits on Toffoli, here’s definition of untouchable. Lombardi hangs up phone when name comes up. So like 99% of the players in NHL, Toffoli is mentioned by rival GM and Deano listens. It does not mean he is on the verge of being dealt.”
- Paul Hamilton: Sabres GM Tim Murray said he’s had talks with teams about Ryan Miller, including on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks Patrick Kane will miss Friday’s game against the Coyotes due to the passing of his paternal grandfather.
- Bob McKenzie: The Flames and Mike Cammalleri continue contracts talks. It is too early to know which way they are going. Logic suggests that if he goes UFA and gets traded, but both sides are not at that stage yet.
- Bob McKenzie: The Flames are also working on a contract extension for defenseman Kris Russell.
- Dave McCarthy of TSN 1050: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland’s injury isn’t healing as fast as he’d hoped. He’s more concerned about getting back into the lineup than a new contract (pending UFA).
“I don’t know if I’m missing anything, I think in the past few years I’ve won two Stanley Cups,” said Bolland. “I’ve been to the finals and know what it’s like to get there; I’ve been through those battles so I don’t think this should hinder any kind of contract. I think they know what I do and what kind of heart I have out there.”
- Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Corey Schneider has one-year left on his deal and will be a UFA after the 2014-15 season. Will he re-sign with the Devils or look to test the free agent market next year?
“I don’t know,” he told NJ.com. “That’s something that I really haven’t put a lot of thought into. I still have a lot to hopefully prove this season. We’re still trying to make the playoffs. That’s not even an option for another five or six months, so I’m not thinking about that at all right now.”
- Ken Campbell: Panthers Tim Thomas earned $250,000 with his 15th win. He’ll get another $250,000 at 20 and 25 wins. A $500,000 bonus if they make the playoffs.
- Mike Harrington: Scouting the Sabres – Penguins: Oilers, Blackhawks, Flyers, Avs, Bruins, Predators, Jets, Blues Stars, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Sharks, Panthers, Red Wings (2), Senators and Lightning.
- Dennis Bernstein: Non-regulars scouting the Blackhawks – Ducks: Jets, Oilers, Lightning, Red Wings, Flyers, Leafs and Canucks.
- James Mirtle: Leafs Dave Bolland on still experiencing some ankle pain: ”It’s going to be like that for probably the rest of this year and maybe in the summer.”
- Puckarinen: According to Michael Russo, Mikko Koivu has ”not even cleared to practice with the team”. Don’t expect him playing for Finland at the Olympics.