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Posts Tagged St. Louis Blues
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk will be shut down for three weeks.
- John Lu: Canadiens Carey Price is progressing with his injury and “is not far.” The Devan Dubnyk trade is not insurance for his recovery.
- Adrian Dater: (Re: Reto Berra trade) The Avalanche wanted some goalie insurance if J.S. Giguere’s back is not able to hold up.
- Boston Bruins: Adam McQuaid will be “shut down” for two to three weeks. Will rest over continuing his rehab.
- David Pollak: There is no injury update on Sharks Tomas Hertl and Brad Stuart.
- Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Sobotka: ”I’m trying to push every day a little more & see how it goes. First two days, I skated for 15-20 minutes. Today I skated for 40.”
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames re-signing Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ever going to happen unless he’d take a pay-cut to remain with the team during a lengthy rebuilding period. He’ll test the open market unless he comes to terms with the team who trades for him. If Brian Burke could get a first round pick for him, it would be a success. A second round pick and a prospect would be suffice.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks with goaltender Anton Khudobin are underway, but he’s not sure if they can get done by tomorrow.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes pending UFAs Radim Vrbata, David Moss and Derek Morris all want to remain in Phoenix. Talks between the Coyotes and Vrbata are still scheduled to take place after the season. There have been no active talks between the Coyotes and Moss and Morris. They could be offseason discussions.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Questions are already being asked to Ryan Miller if he would re-sign with the Blues.
“I’m very open to it,” Miller told reporters in St. Louis today, “but right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.
“It’s definitely a possibility.”
- Steven Marcus: Islanders Thomas Vanek said that if the team was in the ‘top echelon’ that he might stay, adding ”I can tell you that winning does make a big difference.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Trade note on the Blues – Sabres Miller/Ott trade. If the Blues make the Western Conference final or if they re-sign Miller before the draft, the Sabres get a 2014 first round pick. The Blues will then get Minnesota’s second round pick (acquired in the Jason Pomenville deal) and the Sabres third round pick.If they Blues re-sign Miller after the draft, the Sabres get a 2016 second round pick.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Paul Stastny on trade rumors.
“If you go on the Internet, you can read anything you want to read and if you did that it can get in your mind,” Stastny said. “But half the time people just write stuff. I tend not to read (into) anything, whether it’s good or bad. It’s out of your control. Why worry about off the ice when all you can control is what happens on the ice?”
Stastny is a pending UFA and the Avs may not want to lose him for nothing. So if a deal isn’t done by Wednesday, he could be traded. Neither side would comment on how contract talks are going.
- Darren Dreger: The Red Wings are among the teams that are interested in Christian Ehrhoff. The Wings like what they have in their young players and may decide to do nothing if the prices don’t come down.
- John Vogl: Devan Dubnyk on waivers, if claimed by the Sabres, they wouldn’t have trade for one once Jaroslav Halak is dealt.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong indicated on Sunday night that they are were likely done trading, but added, ”you never say never.”
- Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”We would have to move money if we were going to acquire players this year.” … ”We’re the third youngest team in the league and still developing. Because of that there will be no rentals here.”
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: After the Blues and Sabres trade, the Blues for sure will not have an interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald since they likely won’t have a first round pick in the next two drafts. Reports have the Kings and Sharks interested in MacDonald. A half dozen teams have inquired about Thomas Vanek. Islanders GM Garth Snow will be looking for a goaltender this summer.
- David Pagnotta: The Islanders haven’t reached out Andrew MacDonald regarding a contract in a while. Asking price is high, but they are set on trading him.
- Darren Dreger: Sounding like Chris Phillips wants a two year contract extension. The Senators prefer a one-year deal.
- John Vogl: Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan on a contract extension: ”Right now I can’t even discuss that. It’s such an emotional roller coaster.”
- The Fourth Period: Sources saying the Blackhawks are extremely interested in Ryan Kesler. The Penguins put an offer on the table and the Red Wings, Flyers and Blue Jackets are also interested. The Blackhawks are also interested Martin Brodeur.
- Will DePaoli: The Canucks were scouting the Penguins AHL team on Thursday.
- Mark Spector: Doubtful that Kesler would accept a trade to the Maple Leafs.
- Rob Tychkowski: The Predators could send Devan Dubnyk to the AHL when Pekka Rinne returns this week. Interesting as Dubnyk is on a one-way deal and Carter Hutton is on a two-way. Hutton has started 10 of their last 11.
Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.
The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.
The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.
The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.
The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.
Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.
Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.
Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.
The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.
Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.
Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.
Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.
There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.
If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.
The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.
Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.
Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.
Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.
- Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
- Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
- Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
- Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
- Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.
“I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”
Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.
- TSN: Contract talks between the Canadiens and Andrei Markov continue.
“I can’t say much, we agreed not to say much, but talks are ongoing and Andrei wants to stay in Montreal,” agent and former NHL player Sergei Berezin told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on ESPN.com on Friday. “We’ll see where it goes. He’s played 13 seasons with Montreal. He wants to finish his career in Montreal.”
Tony Marinario of TSN Radio 690 reported the Canadiens offered Markov a one-year, $6 million deal. Bob McKenzie said the Canadiens are flexible on a one or two-year deal.
- David Pagnotta: Andrei Markov wants to remain with the Canadiens. Both sides continue to work on an extension.
- Katie Strang: The Rangers and Ryan Callahan’s camp have talked the past few days, but there isn’t much report.
- Wayne Scanlan: Senators Chris Phillips admits that it’s more stressful for him this year leading up to the deadline as he doesn’t have a no-movement clause this year. Bruce Garrioch: Phillips is representing himself.
- Craig Custance: The Sabres would be interested in bringing Steve Ott back when free agency starts.
Morning Hits: Sabres Pay Salary Difference, Entry-Level Deals, Rinne, Perreault, Yakupov and Bolland
- Corey Masisak: The Sabres now have 18 first and second round picks from the 2012 to 2015 drafts. No team in the past two decades have had more than 15. There is still the chance that they could get 20 to 22 before the deadline.
- Bob McKenzie: The Sabres will pick up the difference between Ryan Miller’s and Jaroslav Halak’s salaries. The $1.75 million difference is actually $288,000 for the remainder of the season.
- CapGeek: Today is the first day that teams are able to sign entry-level contracts to start in 2014-15. Meaning: a bunch of entry-level deals will be signed in the next couple weeks.
- Josh Cooper: Pekka Rinne: ”I had a blast tonight, and feel even better now, since I don’t have any symptoms and my body is feeling good and I’m feeling fine.” … ”I think that was the main goal, just get that game conditioning. It was quite an easy game for myself.”
vEric Stephens: Ducks Mathieu Perreault left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Nail Yakupov said there was no cracked bone in his foot. He left practice in a walking boot, but didn’t rule out playing tonight.
- Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland is day-to-day and won’t play tonight against the Canadiens.
The St. Louis Blues have traded Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, William Carrier, a 2015 first round pick and a 2016 3rd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. John Vogl: The Sabres will get a 2014 1st round pick if the Blues make the Western Conference Final or if Miller re-signs.
The 33 year old Miller was drafted 138th overall in the 5th round of the 1999 draft by the Sabres. He carries a $6.25 million salary cap hit.
The 31 year old Ott was drafted 25th overall in the 1st round of the 2000 draft by the Stars. The carries a $2.95 million salary cap hit.
The 28 year old Halak was drafted 271st overall in the 9th round of the 2003 draft by the Canadiens. He carries a $3.75 million salary cap hit.
The 26 year old Stewart was drafted 18th overall in the 1st round of the 2006 draft by the Avalanche. He carries a $4.15 million salary cap hit.
The 19 year old Carrier was drafted 57th overall in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft by the Blues.
Miller talks to the media
Ott talks to the media
Thoughts from twitter:
- Chris Botta: “If Isles defer Vanek pick to next year, the Sabres have 3 first-rounders and 3 2nd-rounders in the 2015 draft.”
- Pierre LeBrun: “Chris Stewart now a good asset for the Sabres. They could keep him, or deal him if price is right. Good position to be in.”
- Bob McKenzie: “I’m told there aren’t likely to be any more BUF moves tonite. I’d say BUF will try to flip Jaro Halak to MIN and Chris Stewart to OTT.”
- L.A. Lariviere: “Honeslty, I can’t think of one single flaw the Blues have now. People in St. Louis have a true Stanley Cup contender.”
- Craig Custance: “Doug Armstrong gets bonus points for pulling off this trade without including Jake Allen.”
- Jason Brough: ‘I always thought Chris Stewart would be a big star. Hasn’t really turned out that way. Still could I guess.”
- Spector’s Hockey: “The #Blues improved their Cup hopes with this move, but don’t anoint them Cup champs yet. Ask the #Penguins how that worked last season.”
- Craig Custance: “Agree. Really no reason to keep him. RT @wwheelz2002 @CraigCustance think they flip Stewart for more also #sabres”
- Adam Proteau: “I like how Tim Murray maximized his assets by pairing them and turning them into pieces he can flip. But I also like the deal for the Blues.”
- John Shannon: “Told that the Sabres will pay difference between Halak and Miller salaries, which is 1.75 mil.”
- Jason Gregor: “Great trade for Blues… Interesting to see how Hawks respond and Kings. Also expect Doug Wilson to make his usual smart moves. “
- The Goalie Guild: “This is just opinion, but I worry about Sabres depth now. Wouldn’t re-sign Halak, Enroth tops out at backup, Hackett still work in progress.”
- Andrew Walker: “Great job Murray for playing game to make it seem Miller market was bigger than it was. Big part of me thinks STL could’ve played hard ball”
- Terry Koshan: “Blues step up. Now interesting to see how/if Ducks, Hawks, Sharks respond in coming days.”
- Bob McKenzie: “I know OTT wants Chris Stewart. I know 3-way STL-BUF-OTT deal was discussed this week. I don’t know (yet) if it’s done or if it will be done”
- Jason Gregor: “With all the assets going to Buffalo have to think Miller will re-sign in St.Louis. No way Armstrong gives up that much for rental.”
- Craig Custance: “Blues one of the trade destinations where I could see Miller opening up contract talks and signing long-term before free agency.”
- Dustin Nielson: “If you’re Ryan Miller why would you not want to sign a long term deal to play for the Blues?”
- Pierre LeBrun: “Love that Blues went for it. Miller all along to me was perfect addition for a great team. Watch out West.”
- St. Louis Blues: “Ryan Miller and Steve Ott will meet the team in Phoenix, where we play on Sunday.”
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- TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger on the Senators pending free agent Chris Phillips.
In terms of Phillips, there’s a negotiation that’s ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and Phillips to keep him a lifer in Ottawa. If that doesn’t go well, if Phillips doesn’t like the offer that has been presented, then Bryan Murray may have to make a very difficult decision. There would be interest in Chris Phillips, a veteran player, very sound defensively, maybe he’s a good fit with the Boston Bruins.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray continues to work the phones for a scoring winger. The asking price for Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson remains high, which the Senators will want no part of. The Senators remain interested in Chris Stewart. Murray has players in the system to offer up in deals, but hasn’t found a fit yet. There has been interest in a couple of Senators pending UFAs: Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek. Both players would like to stay in Ottawa, but it’s not known if there have been any talks.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: 10 players who could be traded and a guess as to what will end up happening with them.
1. Martin St. Louis: “St. Louis remains a Bolt until at least the draft.”2. Ryan Kesler: “Kesler stays in Vancouver, for the time being.”
3. Ryan Miller: “Miller in a Bluenote jersey strikes the right chord for us.”
4. Thomas Vanek: “Vanek is a King by week’s end.”
5. Ryan Callahan: “Yes, he stands as a straight rental and there are suggestions the Buffalo Sabres will push hard to sign Callahan come July (he’s from nearby Rochester), but a long run in the sun this spring could change all that, no?”
6. Matt Moulson: “Moulson joins the Penguins’ mighty arsenal.”
7. Mike Cammalleri: “If the Bolts move Martin St. Louis, would Cammalleri be a nice fit with Steven Stamkos? Yes.”
8. Ales Hemsky: “Hemsky had a nice Olympic tournament with three goals and an assist in five games, and a change of scenery could make him a nice deadline steal, assuming the Oilers don’t price themselves out of the marketplace.”
9. David Legwand: “Detroit. And there would also be a chance for the Wings to keep Legwand beyond this season at a modest salary given his connection to the community.”
10. Martin Brodeur: “And what about Chicago, which rode Corey Crawford all the way to the Stanley Cup last spring but had Ray Emery as a Plan B? Not sure Antti Raanta is the same kind of safety net yet, so perhaps Brodeur would fit.”
- Darren Dreger: Flames GM Brian Burke said there is no chance that he’ll be the GM next season.
- Darren Dreger: Based on the trade chatter that is going on, Burke expects league wide activity leading up to next Wednesday.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Edmonton needs 2-3 20-25 minute defenseman” … ”Edmonton also needs a goalie and size up front. There are a lot of pieces needed there”
- Adam Vingan: Vingan would prefer the Capitals to stand pat at the trade deadline, but if they are to bring someone in, Canucks defenseman Alex Edler would be a big upgrade.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Alex Edler to the Leafs makes a lot of sense”
Hockey Central panel discusses whether the New York Rangers will trade Ryan Callahan. The 28-year old is a pending UFA carries a $4.275 million salary cap hit and $4.825 million salary.
Gord Stellick thinks possible destinations are the Red Wings, Coyotes and Blues. (video from Feb 18th)
Who do you think should go after Callahan, and what should they give up?
Morning Rumors IV: Rangers, Lightning, Sabres, Senators, Blues, Alfredsson, Bruins and Scouting Avs-Kings
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With little progress on talks with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, the Rangers have been looking at what might be available for their pair of pending UFAs. GM Glen Sather is committed to trade both if he can’t sign them to contract extensions. Callahan is believed to be looking for a seven year deal worth between $45 and $50 million, with the Rangers offering five years around $30 million. It is thought that Sabres could be interested in meeting Callahan’s asking price in the offseason. The Rangers are looking for one NHL player and either a prospect or high draft pick for Callahan. The Rangers would trade Callahan straight up for Martin St. Louis, but GM Steve Yzerman is not interested. Sather is not willing to include a young asset or draft pick. The Rangers are getting closer to Girardi’s asking price of six years and $5.5 million per season that he reportedly proposed in November, but Girardi may have changed his mind on those numbers.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: If/when Ryan Miller (and others) is traded, it’s likely the Sabres will look get a goalie back. Their minor league goalies, Matt Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen, are not NHL ready yet.
“We have a couple good young goalies here, and if one of them is the goalie of the future, it’s not the near future,” General Manager Tim Murray said in Rochester this month while watching the Amerks. “It’s a little bit down the road. I don’t think either one of them is ready to step in and start for the Buffalo Sabres.”
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have some interest in Blues Chris Stewart. Stewart could also be included in a deal for Callahan.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Could Daniel Alfredsson play another season?
“I’m going to wait until the end of the year and re-evaluate, especially how the body feels,” said Alfredsson. “I had a couple of minor injuries where I missed some time, but if I feel I’m playing at a level where I’m not struggling too much, I still think it’s fun, I’m contributing, I’ll definitely consider playing another year, there’s no question.
“But the moment, I don’t have an answer and I haven’t thought about it too much. I think that was my mindset, and it has been for a few years, that if the body feels it’s not too much work to get prepared every day for practice and games, I’ll continue.”
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Source confirms that the Bruins have some interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald. The price is high, which means the Bruins may not be as interested. They have no desire to trade their first round pick. Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman and Matt Bartkowski won’t be moved for a rental. Likely that Alex Khokhlachev, Jordan Caron and David Warsofsky are names that could come up in any trade talks. Could move draft picks other than their first. The Bruins could be looking for a “big-bodied, physical defenseman,” which doesn’t really fit MacDonald’s description.
- Hope Smoke: When Bob McKenzie brought up that the Blues may be willing to trade Ty Rattie in a Ryan Miller expanded trade, he also brought up Mikhail Grigorenko as a player who could be involved.
- Mike Chambers: Scouting the Avalanche – Kings: Flames, Cancks, Blue Jackets, Penguins, Hurricanes, Canadiens (2), Red Wings, Lightning and Maple Leafs. A Canadiens and Flames scout live there, and the Canadiens play the Kings next week.
Morning Rumors II: Hope Smoke – Darren Dreger Edition: Rangers, Blues, Pens, Lightning, Leafs, Flames and Sabres
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If you can acquire Callahan for Chris Stewart and a draft pick then that’s a pretty good add for St.L going into the playoffs”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”I’ve heard Pittsburgh for Callahan and the Martin St.Louis for Callahan rumour won’t go away” … ”If the Rangers need to be willing to beef up the Callahan package for St.Louis”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Callahan is looking for upwards of $7 million dollars a year” … ”I can’t see any NHL team giving that money to Callahan”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis has repeatedly said to me that he is beyond acquiring rentals and he wants to make hockey deals to get better”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”There is a very good chance Kulemin is moved. In fact there is so much interest that he can be moved today” … ”Not saying there is anything pressing, but there are a lot of teams that would like to acquire him” … ”I don’t think Toronto wants to pay a third line player like Kulemin upwards of $4 million this summer” … ”Kulemin is very under appreciated by Leaf fans but not by management. He is a hard player to play against:”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis knows what the asking price for Bolland is. There has been some back & forth between these two parties” … ”It’s similar to what Bozak was asking for when neg. began, but he stayed because it was a good fit. Maybe Bolland does the same” … ”If Bolland’s demands don’t soften and there is a quality offer on March 5th the Leafs look at it seriously”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”The Leafs also want a top 4 D, preferably a top 3, and to get that you need to give something big to acquire that”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Toronto isn’t deep enough up front. They want to add a top 9 forward but not a rental”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Cammalleri will be expensive to acquire.”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Prices right now aren’t cheap. For example, the asking price on Steve Ott is a 1st round pick & a top prospect”