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NHL Injuries: Crosby, Hertl and Wilson

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins Sidney Crosby will have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist in the next few days after therapy on it could not fix the problem. Source said that Crosby “did play with a terrible wrist” during the playoffs. A source close to Crosby said “is not major, but you can’t play the same way.” Crosby is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Tomas Hertl tweaked his knee yesterday and may not play in their prospects game. GM Doug Wilson said it was a minor tweak and just soreness. Hertl missed 45 games last year after a knee-on-knee hit.
  • Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post: It’s not being made public exactly how Capitals Tom Wilson injured his ankle, nor exactly what is wrong with it. They are only saying it happened during a “fall.” Wilson is not expected to be back on the ice until after training camp opens in September.

    “Tom is recovering very well and all indications are that he will be on the ice at some point during camp,” his agent Mark Guy said in an email.

    Capitals head coach Barry Trotz.

    “He’s getting evaluated,” Trotz said. “Right now, basically we want to get a little more information, but it looks like he’ll be ready for training camp, or be coming into that part of training camp. Right now, I have him in training camp.

    “Right now he’s expected to be ready for training camp. I haven’t taken him out of anything. He’s young. Young guys, they’re conservative when you go to doctors, whatever the time frame with young guys, they always beat that. They’re pretty consistent with that. Older guys, sometimes they’re right on as you get older.”

  • Updated after above article was posted: Alex Prewitt: Confirm that Wilson had surgery, and that his agent told Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington that it was a fractured fibula bone.

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NHL News: Signings by Sharks, Blues, Senators, Jackets and Panthers

  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks have signed Tommy Wingels to a three-year, $7.4 million contract. Carries a $2.47 million salary cap hit.
  • David Pollak: The Sharks sign James Sheppard to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues have signed Sebastian Wannstrom to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues also sign Pat Cannone and John McCarthy to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Ottawa Senators: The Senators sign Alex Grant to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets sign RFA Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way contract.

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NHL Rumors II: Dmen Options for Red Wings, McCann and the Islanders

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: After the Capitals signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik at the start of free agency, it appears that Mike Green’s days in Washington could be numbered. The Red Wings are looking for a right-handed, power play QB, and Green would be an ideal fit. The Wings have inquired about Tyler Myers, Jeff Petry, Cody Franson and others.

    Green has a year left at $6 million, and wouldn’t cost the Red Wings as much as some of the others. The Capitals currently have eight defenseman and just 12 forwards under contract, with about $1.1 million in salary cap space.

    If the Red Wings bring in another defenseman, they would likely want to move out Jakub Kindl, who has three years left at $2.4 million. The Capitals don’t need another defenseman though.

    The Capitals may not be in a rush to trade Green. There are about 10 teams that could fit Green’s salary in without having to move out a contract. Green has a no-trade clause.

    The Stars could use another defenseman, same with the Sharks.

  • Dave Davis of Kuklas Korner: Red Wings reporter Helene St. James was on WGR Sprots Radio, talking about whether the Wings should go after Tyler Myers, Alex Edler or Keith Yandle.

    “The {Detroit} defense just isn’t as good as others in the Eastern Conference, much less the West.  I think they need to take a look at somebody in Tyler Myers.  He’s still only 25.  Many of his best years are ahead of him.  He’s got a really appealing contract.  He’s the only guy who can look Chara in the eye… unfortunately, for Detroit’s sake, if you’re going to pick up a franchise defenseman like Myers, or maybe they try to see if they can pry Keith Yandle from Arizona, you’re going to have to give up one of your young players.  I don’t think they would trade Mantha for pretty much anything, but no doubt the other team would ask for someone like Nyquist or Tatar. or Jurco and a pick and maybe another player as well.”

  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning on Jared McCann: “Since drafting him, I’ve had 2 or 3 GMs call me who are interested in him. Those conversations weren’t long”
  • Daniel Friedman: There’s talk that the Islanders don’t need to trade anyone before the start of the season. Looking at their depth chart, they kind of have to.

    Strome – Tavares – Okposo
    Kulemin – Grabovski – Neslon
    Bailey – Nielsen – Grabner
    Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

    Lee, Conacher, McDonald and Boulton

    Hamonic – De Haan
    Strait – Visnovsky
    Hickey – Reinhart

    Donovan, Brennan and Carkner


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NHL Rumors II: Offers Sheets, Johansen, Del Zotto, Brodeur, Roy and the Penguins

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that James Reimer should avoid salary arbitration. Shouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs two assistant hires aren’t internal promotions.Simmons thinks GM should get a little nasty and sign rival players to offer sheets.

    It isn’t about getting the player, necessarily. History has shown most teams match RFA offers. It’s about altering the competitive nature of your competition. Like playing billiards, it isn’t just the shots you make, it’s what you leave behind that matters as well.

    If you’re the Maple Leafs, for example, didn’t it make sense to make an $11 million or $12 million offer per year for Subban? If you get him, you’re acquiring a game changing player. If you don’t, you’re messing up the payroll of one of your chief rivals. There’s no lose in this kind of deal.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are $18 million under the salary cap and could easily match any offer sheet that Ryan Johansen signs.

    “If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet,” Kekalainen said. “Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that’s fine for them. We’d just match it and keep the player.”

    The Blue Jackets and Johansen are still at odds on term, and haven’t really started on the money part of it.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Thinks the Stars and Red Wings could be good fits for defenseman Michael Del Zotto. EJ Hradek: Adds the Sharks under Larry Robinson would also be a good fit.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Del Zotto is still waiting for someone to buy low on him. He is the most intriguing free agent out there as he’s still young and has ability.Martin Brodeur may be a victim of both the salary cap and the shadow he could cast over a teams No. 1 goalie. Brooks wonders about the Blue Jackets behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Brodeur behind Marc-Andre Fleury may have been better than Thomas Greiss.Bruins Torey Krug is not eligible for salary arbitration nor offer sheets.
  • Josh Rimer: Derek Roy is getting close to signing a deal. Down to two teams, with one in the East and one in the West.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said that 2014 1st round draft pick Kasperi Kapanen could make the team next year.

    “We have to keep in mind that Kapanen could come in and make this team,” he said. “He’s played with men [in Finland] for two years. He’s a good player.”

    Their roster is work-in-progress, and could be up until next years trade deadline.

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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

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NHL Rumors VI: Bruins, Vrbata and Blue Jackets

  • Nicholas Goss of The Boston Bruins have a surplus of NHL-caliber defensemen, which is a problem every other team wishes it had.

    “I think we have a good group right now, and I include (David) Warsofsky because I believe he’s as close to an NHL player as you’re going to get from Providence,” Chiarelli said Tuesday during a conference call.

    With the overload of D-men, it will likely result in the Bruins making a few roster moves prior to the regular-season opener, including the possibility of a trade(s).

    “As I said, we have nine (D-men), so I’ve got to do something,” Chiarelli said. “I can do it now. I can do it during the summer. … You saw what (free agent) prices were today for defensemen. I’m happy with the (D-men) that we have. We have more than enough. I’ve had guys call me for our (D-men) from the moment we lost (to Montreal). They want our (D-men). They’re coached well, they’ve developed well, so I’m pretty comfortable with that we have. (We have) to figure out the right formula; that’s what our jobs are.”

  • Sarah McLellan of AZ Central: The Vancouver Canucks weren’t the only team in the mix to land the 33-year old Radim Vrbata. Although his agent, Rich Evans wouldn’t confirm it, Montreal, Boston and San Jose were also rumored to be interested. At various times, Vrbata’s camp was speaking to more than nine teams. One offer tabled was a four-year deal.

    “The free agent process, it ended up wearing him down a bit,” Evans said. “But once we agreed to terms with Vancouver, he got his energy right back.”

    Vrbata didn’t receive an offer from the Coyotes prior to July 1st. The Coyotes proposed a four-year deal but the money was way less than what Vrbata ended up accepting from the Canucks. The Coyotes were prepared to include only a limited no-movement clause and not a full one.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has said he will match any offer sheet Ryan Johansen could sign, and he can, because the team is about $18 million under the salary cap.

    “If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet,” Kekalainen said. “Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign.’’

    Only 10 clubs have the draft picks and appear to have the salary cap space to make a run at Johansen: Arizona, Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, San Jose and Winnipeg.

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NHL Rumors V: Predators, Flyers, Senators, Murray, Thornton and Teravainen

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Predators signed Olli Jokinen yesterday, but talks about bringing in Vincent Lecavalier could still be ongoing. Source saying that Flyers GM Ron Hextall and Predators GM David Poile revisited talks yesterday afternoon. The Predators remain interested, but nothing was imminent as of last night.

    “We’ll keep looking at the situation and deal with it internally,” Hextall said. “As far as I’m concerned right now, Vinny Lecavalier could be in a Flyer uniform in September.

    If the Flyers were to retain half of Lecavalier’s salary, they would have to eat a total of $7.25 million in salary and a $2.25 million salary cap hit in each of the next four seasons.

  • Tim Panaccio: The Senators are wanting the Flyers to pick up some salary as well as something else for trading for him.
  • David Pagnotta: “As I stated days ago, same thing applies today. If SJ wants to trade Thornton, they should relay that msg to him. He won’t waive NMC anyway.”
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Teuvo Teravainen hopes to make the Blackhawks out of camp next year, but the odds may be against him.

    “We’re going to see where he’s at when he gets to training camp,” Bowman said. “[Richards] obviously gives us an established player who has played many years in the NHL at an important position at center. Now we have some latitude with Teuvo. He’s going to dictate as to when he’s ready to go. We don’t have to force anything.

    “It’s always nice when players make it known when they’re ready to be here. When that happens, we always accommodate them. We’ve seen it before with young players. Some of them take half a year. Some of them take one year. Some of them are ready right out of the gate. We don’t need to predict that one. We’ll just let it play out and be patient with it.”

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NHL Rumors III: Available for Trade, Maple Leafs and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

    “I don’t think you’ll see many trades until after July 6,” he predicted.

    One agent yesterday:

    “The sense I get are teams, after going at warp speed yesterday, took a deep breath last night and are settling into ‘Where are we at?’ mode,” he said. “I suspect there’s a lot of trade talk going on today, where yesterday there was not a lot because they were focused on getting to the UFAs [unrestricted free agents].”

    Some players who could be on the move:

    1. Mike Green: The Capitals signed Matt Nishanen and Brooks Orpik to big deals, and now have eight defensemen under contract. Trading Green would give them cap space and money to spend on a center. The Avalanche could be a good fit, same with the Red Wings. Green has a limited no-trade clause.

    2. James Reimer: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he’s willing to trade Reimer for the right price. As of Monday, there were no serious talks with the Jets. The Sharks could be another potential destination. The Sharks are shopping Antti Neimi.

    3. Evander Kane: Normally teams don’t like to trade players like Kane, but the Jets are listening to offers. It could be a way to fill their other team needs, especially down the middle.

    4. Vincent Lecavalier: Olli Jokinen signing in Nashville may have lessened the chances of a trade between the two teams.  One team that was interested in him before he signed with the Flyers doesn’t like his contract. The Flyers cap situation makes it difficult to retain a lot of his salary.

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: It’s believed the Maple Leafs asking price from the Winnipeg Jets for James Reimer has been steep.

    “Did he struggle at times? He did, but he was also very good at times,” Nonis said. “He’s not far removed from having some spectacular numbers.

    “If there’s not a deal out there that makes sense, then James will be back in Toronto (behind Jonathan Bernier). No one should feel bad about that. I don’t. If he’s back, he’s well-liked by his teammates and he’s a quality goalie. We’re not about to let a guy who could be a starter somewhere else just walk out the door.”

    The Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL gave the Leafs another development option for their No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in William Nylander, as he was drafted in the CHL import draft. Leafs VP Dave Poulin told the Sun, the Steelheads are taking this gamble on their own, with the Leafs hoping Nylander does well enough at next week’s prospects gathering and the September rookie tournament to earn a spot at the main camp.

  • David Pagnotta: Sounding like Devils Mattias Tedenby is heading to the KHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Ryan Carter is still unsigned, but his agent said that there is nothing new to report, but the Devils are “still in the mix”

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NHL Rumors I: Blues, Stars, Richards, Canadiens, Volchenkov, Leafs and Legwand

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues goal was to sign Paul Stastny on Tuesday, but a source added that they were going to go to back to the Senators after to see what it would take to add Jason Spezza as well. LeBrun doesn’t think they would have offered more than the Stars did. Stastny centering Alex Steen and David Backes could make up their top line.

    Saturday night, Stars GM Jim Nill was under the impression that Spezza didn’t want to go to Dallas. Once the things were straightened out, talks started again. The Stars did ask about Joe Thornton, but he isn’t ready to leave yet.

    The Islanders and Flyers were interested in Brad Richards before he signed with the Blackhawks.

    Some Canadiens were not happy to see Josh Gorges get traded. The Canadiens wouldn’t offer Brian Gionta anything more than a one-year deal, so it was easy for him to move on.

    The Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Lightning and Red Wings were interested in Dan Boyle before he signed with the Rangers.

  • David Pagnotta: If defenseman Anton Volchenkov doesn’t sign with a NHL team, he’ll head to the KHL, where he already has an offer from SKA St. Petersburg.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs Dave Poulin: “We’ll be in the trade market and scour to see if we can fill those openings. We didn’t have to fill everything yesterday”
  • Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs are “heavily in the mix” for David Legwand.

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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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