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Morning Rumors and Notes: Flyers, Predators, Red Wings, Flames, Panthers, Canada, Sweden and Russia

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (mailbag) Panaccio would not include Samuel Morin in a Shea Weber trade. He would give up a couple first round picks and/or Scott Laugton and more for Weber. Panaccio thinks the Flyers may only make one deal at the deadline, maybe an upgrade to the blueline but it won’t be significant.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) The Red Wings haven’t said if Henrik Zetterberg will require surgery to repair his herniated disc. He’s still in Russia as he’s not able to fly yet, but is expected to later this week. There are only five teams that are currently out of the playoff picture which will increase the asking prices: Buffalo, Florida, Islanders, Edmonton and Calgary. If the Red Wings were going to bring in someone, they would have to send out salary. If Zetterberg ends up being put on the LTIR or is out for the season, they would get some extra cap space. If Zetterberg is out, Khan could see them looking for a scorer. There are not a lot of options and there would be several teams bidding against them: Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Brad Boyes. Khan doesn’t think the Blue Jackets will look to trade Marian Gaborik. If made available, his $7.5 million salary cap hit is likely too high for the Wings. Khan doesn’t see the Wings trading for Brian Campbell. The Wings have some interest in Islanders Andrew MacDonald.
  • Matthew Coller: Sabres GM Tim Murray said there have been no trade talks during the Olympics so far.
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Injured Flames forward Curtis Glencross skated several times before the Olympics, and more will be known on his status when the team starts practicing again on Wednesday.
  • Chris Johnston: Team Canada won’t announce if there are any lineup changes until after Wednesday’s morning skate.
  • Helene St. James in USA Today: Sweden’s Erik Karlsson crashed in to Henrik Lundqvist at the end of practice. Lundqvist was crouched down for several minutes before skating over to the boards. They say he is fine.

    “That’s a tough thing,” Alfredsson said, “because he really wanted to catch Loui on the breakaway and threw himself down, and Henrik was trying to make the save, and they just pummeled each other. We can laugh at it now because it wasn’t too serious, but it gave everybody a big scare.”

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers Tomas Kopecky didn’t play for Slovakia yesterday as he probably has a concussion. He took an elbow to the head.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk is not practicing with the team today. Viktor Tikhonov is skating in Kovalchuk’s place along side Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Redulov.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Oilers, Miller, Vanek, Yakupov, Flyers and Goaltenders

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: SportsNets Nick Kypreos has heard that Sabres GM Darcy Regier could be in trouble.

    “In a perfect world, the ownership group in Buffalo would have rather have waited up until Christmas, but I’m hearing that the decision could come a lot sooner, and they ultimately will make the change,” Kypreos said. “They’re feeling the heat from the fans, that’s for sure.”

    There is talk that the Sabres and Oilers are talking about a big that could involve Ryan Miller and/or Thomas Vanek for Nail Yakupov and more. The Oilers may not make the deal unless they are convinced they might be able to re-sign Miller. Vanek may bring the Sabres less as he may only be a rental.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi thinks that Thomas Vanek would be the perfect match with the Flyers. The Flyers have only scored 10 goals and are off to a 1-6 start. GM Paul Holmgren may look to make a move to try and secure his job. A deal could bring the Sabres some prospects (maybe Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, Oliver Lauridsen) and/or draft picks. Craig Berube has only been behind the bench for three games, so they may need some more time to adjust to his systems.

    “I think we have to be patient and let [Berube] implement his system,” said Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. “It makes no sense to panic. We still believe in our players.”

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: Ryan Miller and Ilya Bryzgalov remain the most interesting goalie names out there. Brian Elliott is the odd man out in St. Louis. Jose Theodore is still looking for a team. Bryzgalov wouldn’t cost a team anything except the money. Miller has a limited no-trade clause and won’t come cheap. The Sabres will need to move Miller before the trade deadline as he’s unlikely to re-sign. Burnside drops Nail Yakupov’s name in a potential deal with the Oilers.
  • Chuck Gormley: There is lots of trade chatter going on at the Capitals-Rangers game. There were lots of scouts in the press box, as well as Ray Shero (USA), Steve Yzerman, Kevin Lowe (Canada).
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ilya Bryzgalov’s Las Vegas tryout is over.

    “Bryz will train at home in [New Jersey] until the right NHL job comes around,” his agent Ritch Winter told ESPN.com via email Wednesday night. “He has turned down one NHL offer recently and will wait until the right opportunity presents itself. There is no rush. He is in great shape and ready to go when the right opportunity arises.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are not looking for a top-four defenseman, but are looking for a rugged third pairing defenseman. If the Oilers are not in the playoff race at the trade deadline, Ales Hemsky will likely be dealt. Since they are at 49 contracts, would likely have to be a player for player trade if they were to make a move. Nick Schultz and his $3.5 million salary could be trouble. The Oilers are not giving up on Devan Dubnyk. Matheson notes that Ryan Miller is better than Jonas Hiller, and that the Capitals may be willing to Michal Neuvirth. Matheson isn’t sold on Brian Elliott.
  • William DePaoli: Likely that the Sabres next GM will come from the Penguins organization.

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Afternoon Hits: Two Roy Videos, Urbom, Malhotra, Orr, Laughton, Jeffrey, Elias, Boll and Neal

  • Louis Jean: Source saying that the league is looking into Patrick Roy’s antics last night. (videos at bottom of post)
  • Mike Vogl: The Capitals have claimed Alexander Urbom off waivers from the Devils.
  • Bob McKenzie: Manny Malhotra is signing a PTO with the Hurricanes AHL team in Charlotte.
  • David Strehle: Not looking like any supplementary discipline for Colton Orr for his cross check on Jay Rosehill last night.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: The Flyers have sent Scott Laughton back to junior and recalled Kris Newbury.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Patrick Elias will be off the IR today.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Jared Boll (upper-body) is practicing today. Rob Mixer: Boll said he’s not likely going to be ready for tomorrow’s opener, and not sounding like Saturday will be a go either.
  • William DePaoli: Sense is Dustin Jeffrey won the Penguins fourth line center job in camp. Look for Joe Vitale to be odd man out tonight unless James Neal can not go.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins James Neal isn’t skating this morning, with Vitale is taking his spot.

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Flyers, Maple Leafs and Islanders said to be in the mix for Jonathan Bernier

  • Nick Kypreos: Kypreos is hearing that Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier will be traded sooner than later, and that the Flyers and Maple Leafs could be the front-runners. The Flyers if they decided to buyout Ilya Brygalov and there is the Leiweke-LA link for the Leafs.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers were one of 12 teams that Kings GM Dean Lombardi has contacted about Bernier. The Kings source said,

    “Basically, we’re running an auction,” the source said.

    The Flyers might offer Matt Read, as the Kings are said to be looking for help on the wing.

  • Sam Carchidi: Thinks that a 1st and Sean Couturier is too much for Jonathan Bernier, but Couturier for Bernier would be tempting, especially with Scott Laughton close.

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Roster notes: Benn waiting for visa, Arnott fails physical, Dumba and Laughton returned, Ducks recall two

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The application for Jamie Benn’s work visa wasn’t submitted until Friday, and since they don’t work on the weekends, it hasn’t been granted yet. Benn can’t be on the Stars roster until it’s granted. If the visa isn’t granted by 5 pm EST today, he won’t be able to play tonight. If Benn is able to play, he may find himself on a line with Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr. Center Derek Roy is questionable with a groin issue. Jagr is expected to be back in the lineup after missing a game with a sore back. Backup goalie Cristopher Nistorp is on the IR with a groin injury.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it was in the “best interest” of Scott Laughton to return him to junior.
  • Jesse Spector via twitter: The Ducks have called up forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the AHL. Peter Holland and Jordan Hendry were sent to down.

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Gretzky not interested in Leafs … Free agents Benn, Subban and O’Reilly … “Cup of Hope”

  • Bob McCown via twitter: (tweeted this morning) Gretzky talked to a MLSE board member about the Maple Leafs presidents job. Gretzky not interested.
  • Sportsnet: Nick Kypreos, Damien Cox and Bob McCown talked about Wayne Gretzky becoming the Maple Leafs president on the Fan 590′s Prime Time Sports.

    “I’ve often thought Wayne Gretzky was coming back to Toronto,” Cox said on Prime Time Sports Wednesday. If you’re Bell and Rogers, who would be better than Wayne Gretzky as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

    “Only chance we see Wayne back in NHL in that type of capacity,” Kypreos told Cox and McCown. “If not, ownership again and I don’t know if he would be interested (in that) with everything he’s gone through with Phoenix.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: On talk of Gretzky being Leafs president: “TML presidency one of few jobs in hockey 99 would seriously consider but no direct contact between MLSE and Gretzky camp has been made. There likely was informal 3rd party inquiries – after Bell/Rogers took over Aug but none in last 2 months – and perhaps internal MLSE talks. Bottom line for me: Gretzky would be all ears if MLSE wants to go down that road but nothing tangible with MLSE seems to have taken place.”
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun thinks that Jamie Benn could be the first of P.K. Subban and Ryan O’Reilly to re-sign. Comparables: John Tavares (6 years, $33 million), Evander Kane (6 years, $31.5 million) and Phil Kessel (5  years, $27 million). Benn won’t do 6 years. He’s willing to do 5 years. LeBrun thinks that if the Stars would go a bit higher than Kessel’s contract, a deal would get done. O’Reilly is making good money in Russia, tax-free, so he has that leverage. There has been nothing between Subban and the Canadiens for a while. Subban wants a long term deal, the Canadiens want a 2 year deal. Habs GM Bergevin insists he won’t trade Subban, but LeBrun wonders that if this drags on that he might reconsider.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle responds “One rumour: Dallas,” to Bruce Garrioch saying that lots of people are wondering where former Leafs GM Brian Burke will resurface.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced they will have a “Cup of Hope” playoffs for non-playoff teams. David Pagnotta via twitter: Pagnotta spoke with several KHLers today, and they are not happy with the playoff tournament. Players were never consulted.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on burning the first year of 3 for Scott Laughton in a short season: ”No. I think about the Flyers. That’s all.”

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Teams looking at Redden and Gomez … Flames send two to Abbotford … Leonsis will let Ovechkin go to Sochi Olympic

  • Daren Millard via twitter: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said they’ve talked about the waiver process when asked about interest in defenseman Wade Redden.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers could start the season without defenseman Andrej Meszaros, Erik Gustafsson and Marc-Andre Bourdon.

    “I am of the belief that you can never have too many defensemen,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said last week.

    Would the Flyers be interested? The Flyers would have been more interested in Redden if he was bought out went the CBA was ratified. They signed Kurtis Foster to a 1 year, $950,000 deal on Sunday. The Flyers are at 49 of 50 contracts. If Scott Laughton sticks and player more than 6 NHL games, he would contract #50. They could move a player to bring in Redden if they chose. If Redden looks for a contract under $1 million, the Flyers could be in the mix, along with the Islanders, Oilers, and Blue Jackets.

  • Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Flames have sent Ben Street and Chris Breen back to the Abbotsford of the AHL. Brad Winchester was released from his PTO. Feaster said the decision on the backup goalie would be decided [last night] and revealed today after the wavier process.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was adamant that he will let Alex Ovechkin go to the Sochi Olympics even if the NHL doesn’t allow players to go.

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Training camp notes involving the Sabres, Stars, Canadiens, Panthers and Flyers

  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that Mikhail Grigorenko will be going to training camp. “Burning” a year of his entry level contract for half a season won’t factor into the decision whether to keep him in the NHL or returning him to Junior.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: There is a chance that Mike Commodore will be at the Canadiens training camp. He’s been playing with the AHL Bulldogs.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The 40 year old Alex Kovalev will be invited to the Panthers training camp. Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers haven’t confirmed any camp invites yet.

    “No one has promised me anything,” said Kovalev, who has 428 goals and 596 assists in 1,302 regular-season games over 17 NHL seasons for New York, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Ottawa. “They just want me to come in and make the team.

    “I can’t predict anything. I’m just going to do what I’m able to do and we’ll see how it’s going to go. They could say we may go with the younger guys or something.”

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Morning notes on: Wings talking with Flames about Bouwmeester, Doan, Weber, Flyers, Tarasenko, Colaiacovo,

  • Brendan Savage of MLive: A team source confirms that the Red Wings have talked to the Flames about a trade involving Jay Bouwmeester. The Red Wings are $13 million under the salary cap, Bouwmeester carries a $6.68 million cap hit. The Wings only have 6 defenseman under contract: Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White, Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: The Rangers remain one of the favorites to land Shane Doan. He’s only visited the Canucks, Flyers and Rangers. Doan’s agent has confirmed that a team outside of New York has offered him a 4 year deal worth at least $7 million per season.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Shea Weber and the Predators are still talking about adding a no-trade or no-movement clause. One wasn’t included in the initial offer sheet from Philadelphia.
  • Sam Carchidi via Sulia: Based on what Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said the other day, Carchidi wouldn’t be surprised if the Flyers stand pat with their defense, and went with the kids. They could make a move during the season when they have more cap space.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: If a lockout occurs for the start of the NHL season, sources say that Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko would start the year in the KHL and not in the AHL. It’s not uncommon for Europeans to remain in their homeland during lockouts. Strickland has been told that there is a European assignment clause in his contract should the NHL season not start on time. Carlo Colaiacovo appears to be close to signing a NHL deal, though nothing is imminent. The Red Wings and Flyers have shown some interest. Both teams are also looking at trade possibilities. The Blues haven’t shut the door on bringing Colaiacovo back.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Bill Daly described yesterday’s CBA talks as “tense” but added there were some “strongly-held views.” Daly said that supplementary discipline was an important issue but wasn’t sure if their suggestions would improve the system. The overarching supp. discipline system was apart of the talks, not the appeals process.

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