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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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NHL Rumors XI: Vrbata, Spezza, Carter, Jets, Michalek, Robidas, Niskanen and Glass

  • Pierre LeBrun: Seven to eight teams are interested in Radim Vrbata. Coyotes are still in the mix and should speak again at some point today.
  • Tom Gulitti: Ryan Carter’s agent plans on speaking with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello later today. Hopes to remain in New Jersey.
  • Ken Wiebe: Expects the Jets to look for a top-four defenseman through free agency or trade. They could also feel they can fill their second pair with someone from within.
  • Bruce Garrioch: 12 teams have shown interest in Milan Michalek. He’ll give the Senators a chance to re-sign him.
  • Craig Custance: Defenseman Stephane Robidas is getting interest. He could end up in the East.
  • Josh Yohe: Matt Niskanen may stay around with the Penguins for around $5 million if they go seven years. Less years would mean money.
  • Brian Lawton: An agent this morning: “It is not a matter of who you want to sign but a matter of who you can get”
  • News 1130 Sports: Six teams have called on Tanner Glass. Four to five teams called about Willie Mitchell.
  • Kevin Kurz: Don’t be surprised if Scott Hannan returns to the Sharks on a cheap one-year deal to be their seventh or eighth defenseman.
  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks made a “significant push” for Ryan Miller. The Sharks and Ducks should be in the mix.
  • Arthur Staple:  Islanders are not inquiring about Michael Del Zotto.

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NHL Rumors VI: Maple Leafs, Reimer, Jets, Lecavalier, Ehrhoff and the Goalie Market

  • Nick Kypreos: James Reimer has requested to be traded. There was talk on the draft floor between the Jets and Maple Leafs. It could be revisited at a later date.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Neither the Leafs or James Reimer’s agent would comment on reports of Reimer requesting a trade. One of Reimer’s friends told the Star that he’s looking for a “fresh start.”Leafs pending UFAs: Nikolai Kulemin, Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger.The Leafs have talked to pending UFAs Martin Brodeur, Milan Michalek and Dan Boyle.

    Kulemin is getting interest from the Penguins. Bolland and Raymond are getting interest from teams.

    “You’ve got competition. You’ve got other teams that want those same players,” Shanahan said at the draft. “I guess I’d be worried if I was reaching out to a player and he said no one else had called him. So there’s nothing definite. We’ll see. We’ll see where it ends up.”

  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: There is an outside chance the Jets re-sign Olli Jokinen. Source saying they could be looking at Jussi Jokinen. Brian Boyle and Derek Roy could be other options for the Jets.
  • Anthony Petrelli: A commenter on MLHS said that Philly Sports Radio 94WIP was saying that the Flyers have three offers from Vincent Lecavalier: Scottie Upshall from the Panthers, Tim Gleason from the Maple Leafs and draft picks from the Stars.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers would be interested in Christian Ehrhoff, but would have to figure out their major salary cap issues first.
  • Andy Strickland: Talk is the Maple Leafs, Penguins and Islanders are looking at free agent goaltenders, likely looking for a 1A/1B tandem.
  • Andy Strickland: The Canucks, Flames and Capitals are thought to be looking for a No. 1 goaltender.
  • Andy Strickland: More talk that the Sharks are trying to trade Antti Niemi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Panthers could be targeting Dave Bolland.

    The Canucks will look at Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.

    The Wild have spoken with Thomas Vanek and Matt Niskanen.

    Bruins Chris Kelly could be traded.

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

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

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NHL Rumors I: Senators, Predators, Blues, Blackhawks, Canadiens, Stars and Penguins

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Landing spots for Jason Spezza appear less after the Kesler trade to Anaheim and his refusal to go to Nashville.

    “They’ve done their James Neal trade, so that has gone away,” Murray said. “Anaheim’s gone away with Kesler, so the field narrows a little bit. But yeah, they might need to have a little change in approach, as well as I do.”

    Source last night saying that Spezza has no intention of changing his mind about going to Nashville. GM David Poile would have loved to add a center like Spezza, or perhaps a Paul Stastny on Tuesday.

    “If I had it on my wish list, I would like to get a No. 1 center, and we’re going to try to get that,” Poile said. “If that happens the next couple of days or it happens in free agency or it happens through a trade that would be great. If it doesn’t happen right now, I have patience. I don’t think we really have an age problem on our team, but I think we’re really getting the correct pieces in place to be a more competitive club than we’ve been in the last couple of years.”

    Teams that will lose out on Stastny, may circle back to Murray for Spezza.

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

    “Jason’s a 80-90 point guy, and you don’t get that return in any kind of trade in this league today, but I’m hoping we get something fair for the organization, so that we can put a player on the ice and maybe get a prospect or two and go from there.”

    The Blues talked to the Senators on Saturday morning with the Sens trying to get the Blues second round pick, but the Blues  wouldn’t budge. The Blackhawks are also said to be interested, but they wouldn’t have to move out salary.

    Canadiens Josh Gorges (four years at a $3.9 million salary cap hit) could be in play. He has a 15 team no-trade list which includes the Maple Leafs.

    The $69 million salary cap is about a $1 million less than teams had been planing for. Teams like the Blackhawks, Bruins, Flyers and Rangers will be affected. The league wanted it to be $70 million, but the NHLPA wanted it at $69 to lessen the amount of escrow.

    The Stars are looking to add a forward or two. Sources say they have interest in Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza.

    The Avs are likely to talk with Paul Stastny again today.

    “We’re going to continue talking, I’m going to talk to him probably tomorrow,” Avs executive Joe Sakic said Saturday. “We’ll see where we’re at.”

    If Daniel Alfredsson plays next season, it would likely only be for the Red Wings.

    Don’t be surprised if Matt Niskanen gets more than $5 million on a five or six year deal.

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NHL Rumors XVI: Canucks-Panthers Talking, Oilers, Sens, Stars, Sharks, Avs, Canes and Alfie

  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks and Panthers are still talking. Canucks offered believed to be the 6th, 24th and Hunter Shinkaruk for the 1st overall.
  • Bob Stauffer: If both Aaron Ekblad and Leon Draisaitl were available at No. 3 for the Oilers, not a slam dunk that they pick Ekblad.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Have been told that the Senators insisted until the end that the Ducks include the 10th overall in a Jason Spezza deal.
  • Kevin Kurz of the San Jose Mercury News: The Stars would be interested in Joe Thornton if he becomes available. The Stars approached the Sharks. The Sharks are negotiating with pending RFA Tommy Wingels, Jason Demers and James Sheppard.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Avs Patrick Roy said he’s still hopeful to re-sign Paul Stastny and Andre Benoit.
  • Luke DeCock: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis: “We’re not very active at this point.”
  • Ted Kulfan: Doesn’t sound like the Red Wings and Daniel Alfredsson are in a rush to get a deal done by July 1st.

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