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NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Schultz and Brookbank

  • Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press: There is some talk that the some free agents may not want to sign with the Red Wings due to coach Mike Babcock’s hard-nosed style. Babcock responded on Detroit Sports 105.1 radio with:

    “Maybe they don’t want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract,” he said. “The way I look at it here, if you don’t want to be coached, don’t come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that’s what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding.”

    “If (the Wings) are concerned about (free agents not liking him), then I should coach somewhere else.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Four issues that RFA Justin Schultz and the Oilers face:

    1. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has identified Schultz, 24, a restricted free agent, as one of the core Oilers, putting him in the same company as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. These three other players are locked into long-term deals that pay $6 million per season.

    2. Schultz is coming off a season with mixed results, a season not worthy as a stand alone season of a big money, long-term deal.

    3. In the NHL, teams pay for point scoring and it’s not unreasonable to expect a 40 to 50 point season soon out of Schultz.

    4. Schultz made $3.7 million last year, and he won’t be keen take  a pay cut, even if his two-way play wasn’t stellar. (Correction: I misinterpreted CapGeek, which listed his potential bonus, not his paid bonus, which was far less, and meant Schultz made about $1.7 to 2.0 million last season.)

    Staple’s thinks signing Schultz to a long-term deal in the $4.5 to $5 million per season range would be a good bet.

  • Chris Kuc: Sheldon Brookbank is talking to a few teams, with a source saying that a return to the Blackhawks is still possible.

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NHL Rumors III: Stars, Blackhawks, Hurricanes and Blues

  • Adrian Dater: Pierre McGuire added the Stars as a team that would like to sign Paul Stastny.
  • Scott Power of ESPN: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman may not be done his pursuit of adding a center.

    “There’s a lot of options we have as we look over the next couple weeks. There’s free agency coming up. There’s trades. There’s a lot of things that can change between now and October. I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying we believe in our team, and we believe in the options we have from within. If there’s other ways to improve the team through a trade or free agency, we’ll look at it, too.

    “We’ve got a great group. The core group of our team has accomplished an awful lot over the last five years, this year included. You’re never happy when you don’t get the whole way. You have to recognize you’re close. There’s a lot of ways to improve your team leading into next year. We’re going to keep working at it, and we’ll be ready to go in October.”

    The Blackhawks have re-signed Jeremy Morni, Ben Smith and Antti Raanta. They are undecided on pending UFAs Sheldon Brookbank and Peter Regin.

  • Chip Alexander of Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said that Manny Malhotra, Justin Peters and Brent Bellemore will test the open market. They are in talks with RFA Jiri Tlusty and will “definitely qualify him.” Heading into free agency Francis said:

    “We’re looking potentially more in the fourth-line need, maybe, or a depth defenseman at this point.”

    Their current plan is to have both Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward, but there is talk of them trying to trade Ward and potentially re-sign Peters.

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues need another scorer. They weren’t able to make a trade Jason Spezza this weekend and could take a run at Paul Stastny on July 1st. Patrik Berglund re-signing only makes sense if he’s part of a trade. The Blues could be thinking about moving David Backes back to the wing.

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NHL Rumors XII: Ribeiro, Myers, Leafs and Panthers, Thornton, Brookbank and Vitale

  • Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes will buyout Mike Riberio’s remaining contract.
  • Matthew Sekeres: Pierre McGuire said the Canucks might be clearing out cap to try and trade for Sabres Tyler Myers and his $5.5 million cap hit for the next five years.
  • Mike Kelly: Hearing the Panthers are seriously considering the Maple Leafs offer for the first overall pick that has James van Riemsdyk and other going to the Panthers.
  • Mark Spector: Would think the Canucks will go hard after Jonas Hiller.
  • David Pagnotta: “Why this Joe Thornton trade chatter keeps popping up is beyond me… The Sharks have not yet approach the Thornton camp about anything.”
  • Chris Kuc: Source saying that Sheldon Brookbank is still waiting to hear from the Blackhawks.
  • Will DePaoli: Over five teams have contacted Penguins pending UFA Joe Vitale.

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NHL Rumors V: Devils, Boyle, O’Reilly, Thornton, Brookbank and Regin

  • Richard Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said yesterday that they are undecided if they will use a compliance buyout on someone. There is speculation that they could buyout Anton Volchenkov (2-years, $8.5 million) or Bryce Salvador (1-year, $3.25 million).

    “Absolutely not. You don’t use something just for the sake of using it. If it is used it will be for the right reasons, but that’s not saying it will be used,” Lamoriello said.

  • Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News: Brian Boyle wants to stay with the Rangers, but it’s looking like he would have to stay in the same role, getting 12 to 14 minutes and being on the top penalty-killing unit.

    “Hopefully I can stay… I think everybody knows how I feel about New York and the New York Rangers and what that means to me,” Boyle said. “But I want to make an impact going forward. I want to have more responsibility sometimes. There’s a lot that goes into that. But I think everybody knows where I want to be. If it can all work out like that, we’ll see.”

  • Chris Nichols: Ryan O’Reilly’s agent, Pat Morris, said that O’Reilly would like to stay in Colorado, but a long-term deal is not close. Nick Cotsonika: Morris added that O’Reilly could go with a two-year deal or go year-to-year for the next two seasons and then become a UFA.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Because of the quality of the character of the man [S.Thornton] absolutely there is going to be tonne of teams that show interest” … “On a one or two year deal why wouldn’t you?” … “I’d be a little surprised if Leafs had keen interest in S.Thornton but they’ll kick tires to see what interest Shawn might have”
  • Chris Kuc: There is still a chance that the Blackhawks bring Sheldon Brookbank back.
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks and pending UFA Peter Regin haven’t had talks yet. Regin hopes to remain with the team, but he realizes it’s a long-shot. They should talk before the draft.

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NHL Rumors V: Toews, Kane and Other Blackhawks, Subban and Bolland

  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane contact extensions that they can begin talking about on July 1st:

    “It’s the highest priority for us,” Bowman said. “Looking at next year, there’s no doubt that’s what we’re going to do. I’ve made it clear. We’ve never wavered from that. There’s no doubting the importance of those two players. The direction this franchise has taken has really been in tandem with those two players. When Patrick and Jonathan came on to the scene, it really sort of breathed life into our franchise and into our team.”

    Toews on signing an extension with the Blackhawks.

    “Absolutely,” Toews said. “Who could ever think of a better situation to be in? (When) I was drafted, I had absolutely no idea all this would be in store for me in my short career so far. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of a group of unbelievable guys.”

    Pat Brisson is the agent for both Toews and Kane, as well as Sidney Crosby.

    “The negotiations, that’s something I’m not going to do publicly, but I have a great relationship with Pat Brisson,” Bowman said. “He’s the best agent in the game — he has a lot of high-profile clients. He gets deals done. I’m excited to work with him and get that worked out.”

    Bowman will look at re-signing pending RFAs: Ben Smith, Antti Raanta and Jeremy Morin. Brandon Saad has one year left but could get a contract extension. Likely on the way out are pending UFAs:  Michal Handzus, Sheldon Brookbank, Peter Regin and Nikolai Khabibulin.

  • Chris Kuc: Pending Blackhawks UFA, Michal Handzus doesn’t plan on retiring: “I’ll be playing.”
  • Chris Nichols of Nichols on Hockey: Bob McKenzie on Team 1040 radio on the Canadiens RFA P.K. Subban:

    “This time around, all the leverage is in his favor. None of it is with the Montreal Canadiens. He’s two years away from being an unrestricted free agent. He’s got salary arbitration rights. If he files for salary arbitration, he’s going to get a Shea Weber number over $7 million a year on a two-year award. He can take $7 million on an arbitration award and basically walk himself to the door for free agency and the Montreal Canadiens would have nothing to show for it.

    “So the Canadiens’ alternative is let him go to arbitration, pay him over $7 million and watch him walk out the door for free in two years, or pay him somewhere between $8-$10 million a year right now on a seven or eight year deal. And as much as they want to try to save the money here or there so they can pay some other players, they really don’t have a lot of leverage here.

    “Where P.K. may take a discount is that he might be within his rights in his new – if you look at Shea Weber’s making $10 million a year, really. Ryan Suter’s making $10 million a year or thereabouts. He probably could demand over 9 and closer to 10 and if he really wants to get it he probably could. But the Montreal Canadiens are going to say, listen P.K., if you do that we’ve got to get rid of this guy, we’ve got to get rid of that guy. It means you’re going to be playing with guys that make 5 and $600,000 on your blueline instead of guys that are making 3, 4, 5 or $6 million a year. What’s it going to be?”

    McKenzie on pending UFA Dave Bolland and the Maple Leafs:

    “Yeah, I think there’s probably a price and a number of years that they’re interested in and my guess is Bolland is looking to hit a home run. The Leafs are probably looking for a ground rule double and it might be difficult to find a meeting of the minds on this, but not impossible. But I’ll be curious to see what happens there.

    “Bolland might have better luck with unrestricted free agency with the Florida Panthers and others. Dale Tallon, of course, was in Chicago with David Bolland. Drafted him as a Blackhawk. They’re going to be spending some money on July 1 and trying to increase the veteran presence and character on that team where there’s so many young guys right now that they probably want to try to make a push this year to get into the playoffs.

    “So my guess is David Bolland is going to get a lot more years and a lot more dollars on the open market than he is from the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s not to preclude a deal with Toronto, but it kind of suggests to me it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up going to market.”

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Rangers still in Nash hunt … Blackhawks open for trade … Kings like Doan … Burke talks Leafs … Senators likely done

  • (Brodeur signed just before I posted this) Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks are out of the running for Parise. There is word that they are interested in Martin Brodeur. It was thought the Blackhawks may be aggressive in free agency, but they have only landed Sheldon Brookbank. The Hawks would prefer to give Brodeur a 1 year deal and have contacted him. Matt Carle is the best free agent defenseman option for the Blackhawks. Best remaining forward options include Olli Jokinen, Shane Doan and Jaromir Jagr.

    ‘We’re open to do a trade at any point if it makes sense,’’ Bowman said recently. ‘‘We’ve got a lot of guys who are attractive to other teams. Depending on how we want to work it, if we can get the right player and it’s the model we’re going with, then we’ll do it.”

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to see the price for Martin Brodeur. Expects him to remain with the Devils though. Burke also expects that improvement will come from trade and not through free agency. Burke said that Joey Crabb wanted too much money. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Burke on updating center and goalies:

    “I felt all along we’d have to address these things through trade and that’s how we’re going to have to do them.”

  • Mark Masters via twitter: Burke on Martin Brodeur:

    ‘My belief is NJ intends to re-sign him & that’s his 1st choice & I’d be surprised if it didn’t go down that way.’

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Brian Burke:

    “I’m not surprised we weren’t able to do more. We could have; we had cap-space, we had the money, ownership has authorized us to spend. I just don’t think it was a prudent way to spend money.”

    The Leafs are a little under $13 million under the salary cap ceiling with Cody Franson and Nikolai Kulemin left to sign.

    “We need to get bigger,” Burke explained of his club’s needs. “We’re still looking to solve or upgrade the goaltending situation. We’re still looking to add at centre or upgrade at centre if we can…I felt all along we’d have to address these things through trade and that’s how we’re going to have to do them.”

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray believes they are done. Needs to get an answer from Daniel Alfredsson if he’s coming back or not.

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Afternoon notes on the Flyers, Keith, Suter, Duchene, DiPietro, Gustavsson, Beagle, Mason … Lines for Rangers, Jets, Wild, Jackets and Caps

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: A source has said that the Flyers are not looking to make a move to bolster their depth. Danny Briere, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn and Chris Pronger are out. Briere is a possibility to play tonight. Buzz started on Tuesday when GM Paul Holmgren, their pro scout Al Hill, and director of player development Dave Brown were at the Capitals-Ducks game. The Flyers were thought to have interest a depth defenseman from the Ducks, possibly Sheldon Brookbank. They appear to be satisfied with their team for now.

    “They’ve made it clear that they are not willing to make a trade to just make a trade,” the source said. “They don’t have that much wiggle room under the salary cap and it’s not as if they’re in a tailspin. No matter, they would have no shortage of teams to deal with, as Columbus, Boston and others try to sort out their problems.”

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: As noted earlier this week, Ryan Suter’s agent will resume talks with the Predators around Nov. 14th-15th.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is still day-to-day and is uncertain for tomorrow. Ray Emery could start in net.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene has been moved to the left wing on a line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. The other lines are Lindstrom-Galiardi-Jones and Landeskog-O’Reilly-Winnik.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Indications are that Jonas Gustavsson will start in net tonight against the Blue Jackets. Mirtle thinks that Reimer will be back on Saturday.
  • Steve Zipay of Newsday: Projected Rangers lines: Dubinsky-Richards-Callahan;  Wolski-Stepan-Gaborik; Prust-Boyle-Fedotenko; Anisimov-Christensen-Deveaux. Healthy scratch: Avery.
  • Brian Compton of NHL.com: Jets lines: Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Kyle Wellwood, Evander Kane – Nik Antropov – Alexander Burmistrov, Kenndal McArdle – Tim Stapleton – Blake Wheeler, Tanner Glass – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn. Defensive pairings: Randy Jones – Dustin Byfuglien, Brett Festerling – Zach Bogosian, Johnny Oduya – Mark Flood.
  • Dan Murphy via twitter: Wild lines: Heatley-Koivu-Latendresse Bouchard-Cullen-Setoguchi Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Johnson Gillies-Powe-Staubitz.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets lines: Prospal – MacKenzie – Nash; Calvert – Vermette – Johansen; Umberger – Pahlsson – Bass; Giroux – Brassard – Dorsett.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals lines at practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin. Eakin-Johansson-Perreault. Chimera-Laich-Ward-King. Hendricks-Halpern-Knuble.

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Salary cap could increase $2 million which would the Penguins and others … James Wisniewski may seek #2 Dman money and/or be traded … NHL Draft Rumors

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pittsburgh Penguins and the rest of the league received some good news in that according to Gary Bettman, the salary cap could be going up by about $2 million from it’s current $56.8 million. This might make it a bit easier for the Penguins to re-sign Sergei Gonchar and Matt Cooke. GM Ray Shero said that Ruslan Fedotenko won’t be back, and that they are talking to Jay McKee, but they might go a different direction. Bill Gurein wants to play next year, but the Pens have to see if he fits in to their plans. No decision has been made on whether they want to bring Alexei Ponikarovsky back or not.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks will retain the negotiating rights with James Wisniewski by offering him a qualifying offer before the June 25th cut off date. Wisniewski may be looking for a nice raise on his one-year, $2.75 million deal he signed last year. He was 20th in ice time and may be seeking #2 Dman money. If that is the case, look for the Ducks to continue to try and trade him (at the deadline they were trying to move him). Ducks GM Bob Murray has yet to meet with Saku Koivu or his agent. Murray has talked to the agent of Sheldon Brookbank.
  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburgh Times: They can’t talk contract extension until after July 1st, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman plans to start conversations with Steven Stamkos. Stamkos agent told the paper he’d “welcome” the discussion.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier said there won’t be a major overhaul of the club. The Canadiens have about 11 million to sign 7 players. They’ll look to trade both Kostitsyn’s but that could be difficult. The 6’5″ Ryan O’Byrne could also be trade bait. Gauthier and Tomas Plekanec’s agent have talked but no offer has been made, and it’s doubtful the Canadiens will overpay for him. He’s rumored to be after $5 million a season. Jaroslav Halak has arbitration rights, and has put up numbers similar to goalies in the $4-5 million range.
  • Gare Joyce of ESPN: The Florida Panthers might be willing to trade down from their #3 draft slot. One Eastern Conference GM said he thinks draft prospect, Jack Campbell, could be a top-10 pick. Kirill Kabanov’s draft stock continues to be surrounded by red flags. One top scout said they won’t interview him, therefore won’t draft him. He met with 17 teams. Brett Connolly who’s draft slot has been in question due battling an injury all season (hip injury), survived the testing and looked good. He’s projected as a top-10 pick, possible a top-5 if further medical tests are good.

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