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Morning Hits: Monahan, Street, Heatley, Gagne and Scouting Flames-Coyotes

  • Craig Custance: If the Flames keep Sean Monahan up, it will be strictly based on his development. They are not concerned about burning a year.
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames sent Ben Street to the AHL. Monahan’s decision will come today.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have settled their grievance with former winger Dany Heatley. The terms are confidential.
  • Louis Jean: Simon Gagne still wants to play and is not ready to retire. If he doesn’t sign with a team soon, he could take the rest of the year off.

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Morning Hits: Flyers, Sedin’s, Vokoun, Rinaldo, Theodore, Senators and Kuznetsov

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: There have been rumors that the Flyers are looking to move a defenseman. They’ve been impressed with the play of Hal Gill, and have currently nine defenseman in camp. Erik Gustafsson would have to clear waivers and they really like him. GM Paul Holmgren on if there have been any trade talks.

    “I’ve had conversations with people, but are they specifically asking (about defensemen)? No,” Holmgren said. “This time of year, you always ask questions like ‘What are you looking for?’ and ‘What do you need?’ It’s just general talk.

    “This time of year, waivers everyday, there’s a lot of teams slipping guys down to the minors that way. It’s a critical time for every team as they try to fill out their roster.”

    It’s unlikely that the Flyers are interested in UFA Simon Gagne.

  • Nick Kypreos: New contracts for Henrik and Daniel Sedin could be in place by the start of the season if Canucks ownership accept the latest proposal.
  • Allan Walsh: Comments made by Tomas Vokoun to Czech media were not reported accurately. He is feeling good and will begin light workouts next week. After meeting with doctors and the Penguins, a timeline for his return to action will made.
  • Tim Panaccio: Was told not to expect any supplementary discipline for Zac Rinaldo regarding an elbow he threw last night.
  • Igor Eronko: Reports that Jose Theodore signed a one-year deal with Omsk.
  • Joe Yerdon: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said they are over budget.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Evgeny Kuznetsov won’t be conscripted into the Russian army despite an Army official saying it was possible.

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Free Agent Hits: Raymond, Franson, Morrow, Gagne, Redden, Knuble and Beleskey

  • Michael Augello: SportsNet Doug MacLean said that the Maple Leafs already have a deal in place with Mason Raymond for $925,000 if he makes the team. Darren Dreger: Mason’s agent, J.P. Barry said that there are talks with the Leafs, but no agreement is in place. Raymond is the Leafs ‘property’ under the PTO until the end of September. After that, he can sign with anyone, possibly at well over $1 million. Raymond is a good fit with the Leafs, and they want him, but their cap situation complicates things.
  • James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle on Cody Franson:  “He doesn’t even become part of your thought process. It’s a cruel thing to say but you move on without people.”
  • Chris Johnston: Franson on contract stalemate: “I honestly didn’t think it would come to this.”
  • Josh Rimer: UFA Brenden Morrow:  “I haven’t signed anything yet, considering an offer & some action is happening now. Shouldn’t be too long though.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: Players still unsigned: Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden, and PTO’s Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White (released yesterday).Brenden Morrow may be getting close on a deal. He visited a team on Thursday.

    “Things are starting to happen now,” he said on the line from Dallas. “I’ve got some things starting to evolve a little bit.”

    “I’m thinking about another team visit as well,” Morrow said while not divulging names. “I’ve actually got a few offers that I’m mulling over at the moment. It’s a tough marketplace, they’re not the biggest offers or what I had been hoping for, but at this point I just want to get playing again. So I’m mulling over these offers.”

    Simon Gagne is still hoping for a shot and is working out in Quebec City.

    “This is new for sure, I’ve never gone through this before,” Gagne said from Quebec City. “It feels almost like a lockout in a way. I’m lucky that I’m able to work out every day with the Quebec Remparts, that’s been good.”

    Wade Redden didn’t feel that a PTO was for him.

    “I felt good there for sure. Boston was great,” Redden said on the line from Kelowna, British Columbia, where he’s working out and living with his wife and kids.

    “My plan is still to play,” said Redden. “I’m just waiting. Hopefully something will happen where a team has a need and I know I’ll be ready to go. It’s hard to predict, really, what’s going to happen.”

    “I didn’t think it was my best option. I just thought I’d stay here and skate every day, be ready for when a team calls,” said Redden. “I think teams know how I can play.”

    Mike Knuble may be ready to move on.

    “At the beginning of the summer I was probably 50-50 in terms of playing, but I’ve seen what’s gone on and I’m pretty much in the process of moving on,” Knuble said. “There’s some pretty good players without jobs. I had a lot of fun last year with the Flyers and that might be the last kick at the can. That’s not 100 percent, I’m not announcing my retirement yet, but it’s how it looks right now. It would really have to be the right situation. I’m not sitting beside the phone, let’s put it that way.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Matt Beleskey signed a two-year, $2.7 contract extension.

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Free Agent and Rumor Hits: Kessel, Liles, Teams over the cap, Stepan, Boyle, Gagne and White

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks Phil Kessel could fall between Corey Perry’s $8.6 million and Ryan Getzlaf’s $8.2 million. Dion Phaneuf’s new contract could be more complicated. Simmons wonders if the Flames would be interested in John-Michael Liles. Teams entering training camp over the salary cap: Red Wings, Flyers, Bruins, Sharks, Kings and Penguins.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers and Derek Stepan are believed to be apart by $1 million over two years. Stepan is thought to be looking for $7 million on a two-year deal, with the Rangers thought to be offering just under $6 million. The Rangers have between $3 and $3.5 million in salary cap space, depending on who earns the final roster spot. Ryan Callahan’s and Carl Hagelin’s injuries could lead to ‘AHL’ replacements, which would increase the cap space. Brian Boyle is entering the final year of his deal. He carries a $1.7 million cap hit and could become available if the Rangers want to make some moves.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Simon Gagne isn’t too happy with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren as he felt he was misled about getting a deal with the Flyers.

    “All summer, the Philadelphia Flyers kept hinting that they wanted to offer me a new contract, and I even told Robert Sauve, my agent, not to negotiate with other teams,” Gagne told LaPresse, a French-language daily in Montreal. “We trusted them. We put all our eggs in one basket and we got caught. We never thought we’d be stuck in this situation at this time of the year.”

  • Gary Lawless: Lawless likes defenseman Ian White’s chances of making the Jets. They only have about $2 million in cap space. He’ll likely have to take a bit more than $1 million.

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Free Agent Hits: Kessel, Franson, Lundqvist, Stepan, Brunner, Hodgson, Gagne, Mayers, LaRose and Wellwood

  • Caroline Cameron: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Phil Kessel: “If Phil wants to play in Toronto and we want to have him, we’ll find a way to get something done.” Nonis on Kessel possibly becoming a free agent: “If that’s the direction it goes, there’s nothing you can really do it to stop it”
  • Jonas Siegel: An offer sheet is possibility for Cody Franson at this point.
  • Jonas Siegel: Any offer sheet for Franson up to $3,364,391 would give the Maple Leafs a second round pick. Just over $3,364,391 would give them a first and third round pick.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Cody Franson,

    “I really like playing in Toronto,” he said. “I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like my game took a step forward. I understand the cap situation this team faces and have been ready to sign a one-year deal for some time. I hope this gets worked out soon so I can get back on the ice with my teammates”

    Franson is believed to be fine with a one-year, $3 million deal. The Leafs would rather sign him to a two-year deal.

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing to report regarding contract extension talks. Both sides are talking and he doesn’t want it to be a distraction during the season.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan’s agent, Matt Oates yesterday:

    “Derek isn’t interested in negotiating his contract through the press, but there’s been a lot of speculation out there about what he’s asking for, and this and that,” Oates said in a phone conversation. “We just want to make sure there are no misconceptions.

    “Derek has put himself in a category with all those guys coming out of Entry Level who received long-term contracts,’’ he said. “He’s earned that, but we have never said that we wouldn’t explore a short-term deal, either. We’re just looking for a deal that will reflect his performance.

    “I think it’s beneficial for the Rangers to lock him up long-term, but if that’s not possible at this time, we’re certainly willing to engage management on a short-term deal in order to get this done and get Derek on the ice.”

    It’s believed that the Rangers have offered a two-year deal at between $2.5 and $2.7 million. The Rangers don’t have a lot of cap space available, with anything over $3 million could make things difficult for them.

  • Helene St. James: Damien Brunner may be talking to the Stars, Devils and possibly the Canucks.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Cody Hodgson’s salary breakdown: 2013-14 $3 million, 2014-15 $3.5 million, 2015-16 $4 million, 2016-17 $4.5 million, 2017-18 $5 million, 2018-19 $5.5 million.
  • Louis Jean: Sources say that Simon Gagne’s agent spoke with Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley yesterday. The Canadiens aren’t sure if there is a fit, will get back to him. Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun doesn’t think the Canadiens are interested in Gagne.
  • Chris Kuc: Some teams have shown interest in Jamal Mayers but he’s not at anyone’s camp. Still hoping for an opportunity.
  • Frank Seravalli: UFA Chad LaRose contacted the Flyers after Daniel Cleary signed with the Red Wings. The Flyers will stand pat.
  • Hockey Central: Kyle Wellwood signs with EV Zug of the Swiss National League.

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Morning Hits: Champions Cup, Hybrid icing, Grabovski, Maple Leafs, Gagne, Kaberle and Woywitka

  • Chris Botta: In an internal memo, the NHL details a staff re-organization and plan to add $1 billion in national revenue in three years.
  • Chris Botta: The NHL plans on having a Champions Cup tournament with the top NHL and European teams by 2016.
  • Matt Kalman: The NHL will use hybrid icing during preseason games.
  • Chuck Gormley: Mikhail Grabovski is having visa issues and may not get to camp until the end of the week.
  • CapGeek: The Maple Leafs are paying out $5.4 million in salary and $2.5 million in cap hits for players that are no longer in their organization.
  • David Alter: The Maple Leafs will have 59 players in training camp.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Simon Gagne is still looking for a contract. He’ll wait and see what options he’ll have in the next few days.
  • Daren Millard: Tomas Kaberle said on Hockey Central @ Noon that he signed with Kladno of the Czech league over the KHL because it contains an out clause to return to the NHL.
  • Andy Strickland: Jeff Woywitka is skating with the Oilers and hoping to remain in North America. He turned down a offer from Sweden.

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Free Agent Hits: Devils, Hurricanes, Canucks, Remaining Free Agents and Brown’s Contract Breakdown

  • Igor Eronko: iSport.cz is reporting that winger Jaromir Jagr had “inspected” the Devils arena yesterday.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they are close to re-signing Zac Dalpe and confirmed that they have talked to Brenden Morrow.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks could look at free agent Mark Fistric if they decide not to re-sign Andrew Alberts.

    “A number of teams have expressed interest in Mark,” his agent Gerry Johannson said Thursday. “There’s a healthy market for him and it’s just about being patient. It was an interesting year in Edmonton and I don’t think Mark was disillusioned; it’s just the reality of the business that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. A contract (offer) is going to depend on the team, the situation and a lot of other variables.”

    The Canucks have just under $5.2 million to sign Dale Weise, Chris Tanev, Jordan Schroeder and one other depth defenseman.

  • Toronto Sun: Top remaining free agents: Ilya Bryzgalov, Jaromir Jagr, Mikhail Grabovski, Brenden Morrow, Damien Brunner, Mason Raymond, Simon Gagne, Vinny Prospal, Teemu Selanne and Rick DiPietro.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils re-signed Jacob Josefson to a one-year deal wroth $725,000. Adam Henrique agent said in an email that he had a “long discussion” with Lou Lamoriello last Friday and are “trying to work out a fair deal for both sides.” Lamoriello said on Wednesday that he hoped to have all his RFAs signed by the end of this week.
  • Chris Johnston: Dustin Brown’s salary breakdown: $7.25 million, $7.25 million, $7 million, $6.5 million, $5.5 million, $5.5 million, $4 million and $4 million.

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Free Agent Hits II: Clarkson, Horton, Stalberg, Red Wings, Flyers, Jets and offer sheets

  • Darren Dreger: Little doubt that David Clarkson a seven year deal, and some GMs are thinking he’ll get $6 million plus.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that Clarkson will end up with a Canadian team. He’s visited the Oilers, Senators and Maple Leafs. He also visited the Blue Jackets.
  • David Pagnotta: The Blue Jackets have been busy. They met with Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and others.
  • Will DePaoli: The Red Wings interest in Jarome Iginla is just preliminary at this point as they are a finalist for Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Sam Carchidi via sulia: Carchidi thinks that the Flyers should pass on left winger Simon Gagne and go after Viktor Stalberg. Would be perfect on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Five possible targets for the Jets: Clarke MacArthur, Damien Brunner, Viktor Stalberg, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nathan Gerbe.
  • Ansar Khan: Free agent options for the Red Wings: Mikhail Grabovski, Stephen Weiss (primary target), Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers may not want to trade defenseman Braydon Coburn, but he’s their best trade chip. Seravalli wonders if they’d have interest in Jaromir Jagr again. Will the Flyers be tempted with offer sheets for Alex Pietrangelo, Travis Hamonic or Jonathan Bernier?
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie wonders if there will be offer sheets. The salary cap going down and teams are not able to stash money in the minors, some teams may be vulnerable.
  • Darren Dreger: There is already talks about offer sheets from teams with cap space: Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Brian Little, Josh Baily, Adam Henrique and Travis Hamonic.

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Free Agent Hits I: DiPietro, Bobrovsky, Devils, Gagne, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs

  • David Pagnotta: After “ongoing discussions,” Rick DiPietro’s agent confirms that the Islanders will be buying him out. Katie Strang: DiPietro will get $1.5 million through 2029.
  • Chris Johnston: Sergei Bobrovsky’s new deal is for $5 million this year and $6.25 million next year.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Just some final details to be ironed out with Patrik Elias’ new deal with the Devils. It appears that David Clarkson will be testing out the free agent market. Lamoriello yesterday:

    “David, I don’t know at this point. We’ll certainly talk and I’ll leave it at that.”

    The Devils and defenseman Peter Harrold are “not far apart.” The Devils have only had one conversation with Marek Zidlicky in the last month, but there is still a chance he re-signs. Lamoriello met with Johan Hedberg, who now is the odd man out.

    “We sat down for quite a while this morning and he’s going to think about some of the things that we talked about and we’re going to talk again,” Lamoriello said.

  • Rich Chere: The Devils made David Clarkson an offer on Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Simon Gagnecould be back with the Flyers for the right price.

    “We’ve had a couple of conversations with his agent, and we will continue to talk,” GM Paul Holmgren said on Monday. “We have interest in bringing him back, but limited cap space.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes added defenseman Andrej Sekera at the draft, but could be looking at the free agent market to add another. They could look at Andrew Ference.

    “If there’s defensemen for the right price in free agency … I don’t expect it’s going to happen on July 5, but we’ll keep looking around,” Rutherford said. “We said we’re going to change our defense around and we started to do that with Sekera, Murphy and Bellemore as three strong possibilities. If somebody else comes along that we think we can upgrade our position, we will.”

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Five free agents the Maple Leafs should look at: 1. David Clarkson RW 2. Andrew Ference D 3. Rob Scuderi D 4. Stephen Weiss C 5. Douglas Murray D.

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Free Agent Hits: Torres, Enroth, Briere, Canadiens, Kostitsyn and Gagne

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Sabres re-sign Jhonas Enroth to a 2-year deal worth $1.25 million per season.
  • Kevin Kurz: Don’t expect the Sharks to pursue Daniel Briere. Belief is he wants to stay in the East.
  • TSN: Don’t look for the Canadiens to make any big moves through free agency.

    “History shows that free agency isn’t the best tool,” he said. “Free agency to me is a tool but it’s not a way to make your team a top team. It’s overplayed. You have to be careful.”

  • Josh Cooper: A report from izvestia.ru is saying that the Predators Sergei Kostitsyn is in talks with Avaangard Omsk of the KHL. The report is saying that the Predators would not object to this. He has a $3 million salary with the Predators for next season. The Predators could suspended him, therefore, not paying him or having this salary cap hit.

    “If player is suspended and not being paid, there is no cap charge,” Daly said.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Simon Gagne is waiting to hear from the Flyers regarding a new contract.

    “I had two really good meetings, with both ‘Lavy’ [coach Peter Laviolette] and ‘Homer’ after the season ended,” Gagne said yesterday from Quebec City. “They thought that I did a lot of good things toward the end of the season and liked what I brought to the team.

    “Right now, they have some money issues, which would prevent us from doing anything. The salary cap is complicated and there are rules.

    “My agent has kept in touch with ‘Homer’ and he told us that he would call us before the draft.”

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