Posts Tagged Steve Mason

Morning Rumors: Mason, Flames, Coyotes, Philips, Maple Leafs, Islanders and Bouchard

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgran wants to get a deal done with goalie Steve Mason, and Mason would like to stay. Mason is making $1.5 million this season, and could get no less than $4 million in a long-term deal. Mason’s agent:

    “He’s under contract and the Flyers have the right to qualify him come end of June,” Thun said. “If they qualify him, he has one year before unrestricted free agency. We could go to arbitration.

    “Assuming he continues to play well an arbitrator could award him a pretty big number compared to where he is right now.”

    “I think Price is a very good comparable,” Thun said.

  • Chris Nichols of SportsNet: Brian Burke on Hockey Central about the rising salary cap and the Flames

    “Well, we’re budgeted to spend to the cap now. I know if you look at where we are now salary-wise, we’ve got cap room. We’re able to make some significant moves here at the trade deadline if they present themselves.

    “That being said, Jay hasn’t seen the value yet. We’re not just going to spend money to spend money. But our ownership group is committed to cap dollars. We are prepared to spend to the cap the moment we see value there.

    “As the cap goes up, that’s something from a revenue standpoint we should be able to keep pace with. Once we see the value, we intend to be a cap team at all times.”

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Source saying the Coyotes have pitched the NHL on idea of having an outdoor game next season in conjunction with the Cardinals hosting the Super Bowl. Brian Burke’s Christmas freeze has gone into effect for the Flames. NHL Christmas freeze starts Dec. 19th at 11:59 pm.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Chris Philips is entering the final year of his three-year, $9,25 million deal, and preliminary discussions have take place on a contract extension.

    “There have been a couple of talks (with agent J.P. Barry), but it’s quiet right now,” Phillips said before Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Put it this way: I’m not planning on retiring, I’m planning on playing. Hopefully, (a contract) gets done. Obviously, sooner rather than later. It has been a thought, for sure. It’s not weighing me down and I’m trying not to think about it too much, but obviously it’s there.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “What I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything” … “Nonis isn’t looking for a small little move, big players are available which is why you hear Gardiner’s name thrown out there”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Islanders need a goaltender & a defenseman. People that watch the Isles say you can fire the coach but Snow needs to address G/D”
  • John Vogl: Source saying the Sabres have no interest in claiming Islanders Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are looking for a top-six forward to play with Jason Spezza and may consider claiming Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers. The would have to clear some salary if they do so.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Leafs coaching issue is an off-season thing for me.” … “If when all is said and done mgmt decides there is an un-reparable disconnect between Carlyle & the players they’ll make a move.”

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Morning Rumors: Khudobin, Peters, Mason, Vanek, Diaz, Callahan, Gleason, Dubnyk, Bryzgalov and World Juniors

  • Craig Custance: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is close to returning to the lineup, and the Hurricanes are getting some trade interest in both Khudobin and Justin Peters.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it could be to distracting to have heavy contract negotiations with Steve Mason during the season.
  • Matt Larkin: “Time to fire up the Thomas Vanek trade rumor circus again.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens and Raphael Diaz continue to work on a new contract. Diaz is in the final year of a his two-year, $2.45 million contract. Diaz could get over $2 million a year in a new deal. GM Marc Bergevin continues to get inquiries about potential trades. Scott Mellanby, the Canadians Director of Player Development was at the Jets-Rangers game last night.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: When asked if there were any contract talks with the Rangers about an extension, Ryan Callahan responded with:

    “There’s absolutely nothing going on with that.”

    “It’s something that will take care of itself,” Callahan said when asked if he is bothered by the lack of progress toward an extension. “I’ll play this year and see what happens after that.”

    The Senators, along with the Blackhawks, had two scouts watching the Rangers. The Senators have talked the Rangers about Michael Del Zotto.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Trade speculation around Gleason has been constant. I’ve been told something was close.” … “At the moment though he still hasn’t been approached about waiving his NTC. Dicey situation with a veteran guy like Gleason”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov will be UFAs at the end of the season and one will likely be available for trade by the trade deadline.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are implying that Morgan Rielly won’t be made available for the World Juniors. Flames Sean Monahan is still out with an injury. Can’t see the Avalanche allowing Nathan MacKinnon to go. Capitals Tom Wilson isn’t playing much for them. Chris Stevenson: Hockey Canada’s Scott Salmond said that at this point, he been informed that MacKinnon and Wilson will not be made available by their NHL teams.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think that Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson have played well together, Clarkson moved to the checking line at practice yesterday.

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Morning Rumors: Subban, MacDonald, Bruins, Heatley, Fiddler, Niskanen, Bryzgalov, Prospal, Flyers and Markstrom

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Talks between the Canadiens and P.K. Subbanare expected to start in about three weeks.The Islanders will have decisions regarding Andy MacDonald. He’s a pending UFA and will get interest from teams. Expect him to remain with the Islanders while they are in playoff contention.Nine teams are spending into the long-term injury allowance and 10 have less than a $1 million in cap space.Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been looking around for a forward.

    Dany Heatley’s days in Minnesota could be numbered. Europe may be his only option when he becomes a UFA. GM Chuck Fletcher has had no luck in finding a team interested in his $7.5 million contract.

    The Stars have shopped Vernon Fiddler. The Maple Leafs looked at him, but decided they couldn’t fit his $1.8 million salary into their cap space.

    Penguins GM Ray Shero has been looking around the league to see what he could get for defenseman Matt Niskanen, who will be a UFA at the end of the season.

    Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards is on the hotseat.

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Ilya Bryzgalov will start for Oklahoma in the AHL.

    “I am leaving in the morning. I think it’s going to be one week to get myself in good shape to go to Edmonton. I must play a couple games. If I’m not playing any games, I wouldn’t know what things to work on. Only the games show that.”

  • Aaron Portzline: Despite interest from Vinny Prospal’s side, Portzline doesn’t see the Blue Jackets trying to sign him. Will wait to get healthy and let the younger kids play.
  • Ryan Bright: According to a report: “Holmgren is listening to offers on any Philadelphia player not named Claude Giroux or Steve Mason.”

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Lines and Goalies: Senators, Devils, Stars, Wings, Wild, Lightning, Flyers, Penguins and Blues

  • Brent Wallace: Senators lines: Conacher-Spezza-Neil MacArthur-Turris-Ryan Michalek-Smith-Zibanejad Greening/Kassian-Grant-Condra.
  • Rich Chere: Devils lines: Elias-Loktionov-Jagr; Olesz-Henrique-Ryder; Zubrus-Zajac-Brunner; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Tedenby-Josefson.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Cole; Whitney-Eakin-Chiasson; Nichushkin-Horcoff-Peverley; MacDermid-Fiddler-Roussel.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings lines: Datsyuk centering Zetterberg and Bertuzzi. Johan Franzen centering Cleary and Alfredsson. Weiss centering Tatar and Abdelkader. Andersson with Miller and Eaves.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Wild lines: Parise-Coyle-Heatley, Niederreiter-Koivu-Brodziak, Cooke-Granlund-Pominville, Fontaine-Konopka-Mitchell.
  • Damian Cristodero: New Lightning lines: Killorn with Stamkos, St. Louis; Connolly with Johnson, Palat; Malone with Filppula; Purcell.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Robin Lehner will start in net for the Senators against the Islanders.
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers.

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Lines and Goalies: Oilers, Senators, Blackhawks, Canucks, Devils, Flyers, Ducks and Rangers

  • Ryan Rishaug: Oilers lines: Eberle Gagner Yakupov, Perron RNH Arcobello, Smyth Gordon Hemsky, Eager Acton Gazdik.
  • Don Brennan: Senators lines: Ryan-Spezza-Michalek, Zibanejad-Turris-MacArthur, Conacher-Smith-Neil, Greening-Grant-Condra.
  • Don Brennan: Blackhawks lines and defensive pairings: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Pirri-Kane, Bickell-Shaw-Morin, Bolig-Kruger-Mills, Keith-Seabrook, Oduya-Hjalmarsson, Leddy-Brookbank
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks lines: twins-Kesler; Higgins-Santo-Burrows; Welsh-Richardson-Kassian; Sestito-Archibald-Weber.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid will back up.
  • Tim Panaccio: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers.
  • Steve Zipay: Cam Talbot will start in net for the Rangers.

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Lines and Goalies: Canes, Leafs, Devils, Kings, Rangers, Stars, Senators, Avs, Flyers, Isles, Lightning and Wild

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines:  Ruutu-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Tlusty, Skinner-Nash-Dwyer, Bowman-Sutter-Dvorak. Chip Alexander: Faulk-Sekera, Harrison-Murphy, Hainsey-Bellemore on D.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes power play units: PP1: Bowman, E. Staal, Semin, Ruutu, Sekera. PP2: Skinner, J. Staal, Gerbe, Murphy, Faulk.
  • David Alter: Projected Maple Leafs lines if JVR plays: JVR-Bozak-Kessel Broll-Kadri-Lupul Raymond-Bolland-Leivo Ashton-McClement-Orr.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Elias-Jagr; Tedenby-Zajac-Ryder; Zubrus-Loktionov-Brunner; Carter-Gionta-Bernier. Olesz-Josefson.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings morning lines: Kopitar back with Brown, Williams; Richards with King, Carter.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines: Richards-Brassard-Callahan, Pyatt-Boyle-Fast, Pouliot-Stepan-Zuccarello, Miller-DMoore-Dorsett.
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Peverley, Whitney-Eakin-Chiasson, Roussel-Horcoff-Cole, MacDermid-Fiddler-Garbutt.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Michalek-Spezza-Ryan; MacArthur-Turris-Conacher; Greening-Smith-Neil and Kasssian-Pageau-Condra.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-​Stastny-Ta​nguay , O’Re​illy-Duche​ne-Downie ​, McGinn-Mac​Kinnon-Par​enteau , McL​eod-Mitche​ll-Bordele​au
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight.
  • Bill Roose: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard said he’ll likely start on Thursday.

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Lines and Starters: Flyers, Penguins, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Lightning, Leafs and Sabres

  • Adam Kimelman: New Flyers lines: Hartnell-Giroux-Simmonds, Talbot-Couturier-Read, Voracek-Lecavalier-B.Schenn.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers defensive pairings: Meszaros-Streit, Timonen-Schenn, Coburn-Grossmann.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Jokinen-Malkin-Bennett Jeffrey-Sutter-Kobasew Glass-Vitale-Adams.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin, Gerbe-JStaal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Dvorak.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks lines: Bickell-Toews-Kane, Sharp-Handzus-Hossa, Saad-Shaw-Hayes, Bollig-Kruger-Nordstrom.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Tom Pyatt will start on a line with Killorn and Filppula. Richard Panik will be a scratch.
  • Dave Isaac: Steve Mason is the likely starter for the Flyers.
  • James Mirtle: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs against the Avalanche.
  • Josh Yohe: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Joe Yerdon: Ben Bishop will start in net for the Lightning.
  • Joe Yerdon: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Penguins, Kobasew, Hurricanes, Islanders, Rangers, Mason and Bernier

  • Darren Dreger: On waivers today: Scott Clemmensen (Fla), Kevan Miller (Bos), Alexander Urbom (NJ) and Ben Eager (Edm).
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins recall Beau Bennett. Chris Conner and Harrison Ruopp have been reassigned to the AHL.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins sign Chuck Kobasew to a one-year $550,000 contract.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes power play units: Tlusty, Lindholm, Semin, E. Staal, Murphy; Skinner, J. Staal, Gerbe, Faulk, Harrison.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders power play units: 1st — Moulson-Tavares-Nielsen-Okposo-Visnovsky; 2nd — Bailey-Martin-McDonald-Bouchard-Donovan.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers lines: Richards-Stepan-Nash Pouilot-Brassard-Zuccarello Pyatt-Boyle-Fast Miller-D. Moore-Dorsett.
  • Stephen Whyno: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers against Jonathan Bernier and the Maple Leafs.

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Morning Hits: Brodeur on Kovalchuk, Avalanche, Flames, Flyers, Hurricanes, Senators and Kinkaid

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Martin Brodeur on his disappointment that Ilya Kovalchuk left:

    “Oh, definitely … Look what [the Devils] did to get him to New Jersey. Losing some of the draft picks, some of the current players, the money that was thrown at him, for him just to walk out like that … I know him and it’s just not like him to do that. The lockout created everything — the taste of what his life would be in Russia and he liked it … But it affects us, so that’s why I’m disappointed … As a guy, he’s a great guy, still going to have a lot of fun with him, but at the end of the day, it’s a tough one for what the organization did to get him.”

    Avs Matt Duchene is expected to center Ryan O’Reilly. Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be the third center behind Duchene and Paul Stastny.

  • Chris Nichols: Miikka Kiprusoff: “I decided to retire at the end of last season. I appreciated Jay Feaster & Flames permitting me to take summer to be 100 % sure.”
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames have about $12 million in cap space and 46 players under contract. If Sean Monahan and Patrick Sieloff are sent back to junior, they’ll have 44 under contract.
  • Sam Carchidi: Expected Flyers lines: Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek; Schenn-Lecavalier-Simmonds; Cleary-Couturier-Read; Talbot-Hall-Rinaldo. Extra: Rosehill.
  • Bill Meltzer: Flyers goalie Steve Mason said that he’s talked to Ray Emery about what the best ways are to take advantage of their puckhandling skills, saving some wear and tear on their defensemen.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes will have 48 players at training camp, 12 of which were at Traverse City.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators will have 57 players at training camp, including seven goalies.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid was shocked and upset when the Devils traded for Cory Schneider at the draft.

    “At first, I was pretty upset,” Kinkaid told me. “But I don’t think it changes the situation here at all. We’re still fighting for the top job in Albany and anything could happen and we just have to keep working at it.”

    “You always want to be up there as soon as possible, but it takes time for goalies to mature and be ready for the NHL,” Kinkaid said. “It just gives us another year, I guess. Whether Marty re-signs or not, it just gives us more time to develop in the minors and then if there happens to be an injury one of us can maybe get a shot up there.”

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Free Agent Hits: Whitney, Cowen, Thomas, Ranger, Brule, Weise and Winchester

  • Jim Matheson: The Hurricanes and Islanders seem like a possible fit for Ryan Whitney. He may have to take a one-year deal.
  • Gord Holder of the Ottawa Citizen: Negotiations between the Senators and defenseman Jared Cowen will pick up soon.

    “It’s fine,” Rick Valette of Octagon Sports said Wednesday from his office in High River, Alta. “(The Senators) went through free agency, and they had a lot of things going on. We agreed early in July that we’d wait for a week or three and let things settle out.

    “We have talked a couple of times, and we are going to move the process along now.”

  • Allan Muir of SI: It may be hard for Tim Thomas to find a team that needs a goalie, that can afford him and that would be a place that would make him happy. There was talk earlier that the Flyers could be interested, but they decided to go with Ray Emery and Steve Mason. The Islanders had some interest, but they could have tolled his contract. They re-signed Evgeni Nabokov and Kevin Poulin. The Flames have the cap space, but the rebuilding team will go with Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald. The Panthers and Oilers have the cap room, but they have a goalie tandem in place. Jacob Markstrom is likely the starter in Florida, but he’s on a two-way deal. The Panthers could use a boost to their credibility. Thomas may not get a big deal from them, but possibly a training camp invite.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Paul Ranger to a one-year deal ($1 million), pushing TJ Brennan down the depth chart.
  • Bob Stauffer: Gilbert Brule will attend the Coyotes training camp.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks and Dale Weise avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks have signed Brad Winchester to a one-year deal.

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