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NHL Rumors: E. Kane, Ott, Ehrhoff, Lecavalier, Franson, Bellemore and LaRose

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Evander Kane could be with the team for the forseeable future, and he wasn’t going to touch trade rumors.

    “It’s very difficult right now in hockey,” began Cheveldayoff. “You’ve got the draft and all the different things like free agency that come up and as you guys all know, there’s rumours that abound each and every day that send everyone in different directions. I can only imagine as a player what goes through your mind when you hear, ‘So and so’s being traded and different things like that.’ It’s got to be difficult. They’re all professional hockey players and they’re all subject to those kind of things. Even when you have your general manager like I’ve been saying, I’m open to look to see if there’s ways to make improvements on this team. Without singling out any individual everyone starts to wonder what’s going on.

    “With specific reference to Evander and the situation where he was asked those questions, I think he’s been asked those questions year after year after year since he’s been here and certainly since the time he’s signed the contract.

    “So, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. What I took from his comments, is he’s excited about being healthy and training this summer and really looking forward to having a solid summer of training. He had some minor surgery last year that derailed some of the training side of things.”

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Steve Ott on the Fan 590 on the Maple Leafs before he signed with Blues.

    “We had maybe one talk with them, and then we called them a bunch of times with no calls back,” Ott said. “That’s about as honest as I can get. I guess they didn’t have much interest at all.”

    Elliotte Friendman on the Fan 960 this week.

    1. Don’t be shocked to see defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, who’s on a one-year deal, re-sign an extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Jan. 1. 2. Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn’t going to give Vinny Lecavalier away in a trade. People forget the veteran scored 20 goals in just 69 games last season. 3. The Winnipeg Jets recognize they need to trade Evander Kane. They also realize it’s “an easy trade to lose.” Kane likely starts the season in a Jets sweater. 4. A divorce between Cody Franson and the Maple Leafs appears like it will happen eventually. The Calgary Flames could be a good fit for the body-checker.

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis continues to talk contract with Brett Bellemore. Nothing imminent.
  • Chip Alexander: Chad LaRose is wanting to meet with Francis to talk about potentially returning to the Hurricanes. He didn’t play last season. Francis said they could end up offering LaRose a training camp tryout or possibly starting the the season in the AHL. Francis: “Obviously, he’d need to earn his way, show he can still do it.”

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NHL News: Blues Sign Ott …. Lose Sobotka

11:53 am:

  • Roman Jedlicka: Vladimir Sobotka signed a three-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. He’ll get $4 million per season with Omsk and can leave for the NHL after any season (per isport.cz)
  • Andy Strickland: Armstrong said that Sobotka will still owe the Blues one-year of service after the arbitration hearing  if/when he returns to the NHL.
  • Greg Wyshynski: Blues saying Sobotka fired his agent recently and hired Petr Svoboda.
  • Andy Strickland: Armstrong said they offered Sobotka contracts ranging from a year up to five-years. Offered a three-year deal at over $3 million per season.
  • Lou Korac: Armstrong said that they will go ahead with Sobotka’s arbitration hearing on July 21st.

10:47 am:

  • Andy Strickland: The Blues re-signed Steve Ott to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million per season.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Hearing that Blues RFA center Vladimir Sobotka has signed with Omsk of the KHL.

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NHL Rumors II: Interesting Free Agents, Gardiner, Subban and the Senators

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen looks at 10 interesting free agents that are still available: 1. Steve Ott 2. Dany Heatley 3. Martin Brodeur 4. Dustin Penner 5. Daniel Winnik 6. Brenden Morrow 7. Lee Stempniak 8. Derek Roy 9. Chris Butler 10. Mike Ribeiro.
  • Andy Strickland: Defenseman Chris Butler is talking with a handful of teams. The Flames haven’t closed the door on re-signing him.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: RFA Jake Gardiner didn’t file for salary arbitration. It is thought that he could get a bridge contract worth between $2 and $3 million. P.K. Subban would likely get an arbitration ruling worth more than $6 million. The Canadiens could opt for a two-year ruling, which would take away one-year of unrestricted free agency. Arbitration hearings run from July 20th to August 4th, unless players sign beforehand.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators could have some decisions this season with regards to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner. Anderson is the current No. 1 and is entering the last year of his deal. Lehner is a pending RFA. Will the Senators look trade Anderson at the deadline or re-sign him and stall Lehner’s emergence for a few years?

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NHL Rumors VI: Oilers, Sabres and Maple Leafs

  • Ryan Rishaug: Getting the sense that the Oilers won’t be signing David Legwand. There is “lukewarm interest” from both sides. The Oilers are more likely to trade for a center.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: On the Oilers potentially looking for a center through the trade route. Ryan Rishaug has previously said the Oilers could look to trade a defensemen, possibly Jeff Petry.

    “We’ll see what happens,” Rishaug told Team 1260′s Jason Gregor, “But I think that if the Oilers can address that centre spot with a quality person on a longer term deal and it costs them Jeff Petry, with the signings they’ve made and what they have coming, I think they would be comfortable moving Jeff Petry.”

    Elliotte Friedman noted before the start of free agency that the Oilers could have Jeff Petry’s name out there.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo Sabres: Teams are calling the Sabres about some of their players, but they’d have to overpay if they were going get one of them.

    “Whatever other surprises come, come,” Murray said Wednesday. “That certainly won’t be me. It’ll be if somebody likes someone on our team.”

    Teams may be calling about Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno.

    “I expect them all to be on the team,” Murray said in First Niagara Center. “Other teams want them, so they call and ask, and you listen. You listen only because they may do something crazy.

    “We don’t make the calls on those guys. We’re not looking to trade those guys. In saying that, when you get a call you listen, as if I would call another team on their good young player, of course they’re going to listen. You’re going to hang up. They’re going to say, ‘He’s crazy,’ or, ‘He’s actually willing to overpay.’ ”

    The Sabres interest in Steve Ott may have waned after some of the moves they’ve made.

  • Luke Fox of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs spoke with Matt Moulson before he signed with the Sabres.

    “I did have a chance to talk to the Leafs. Obviously, growing up in Mississauga, you play a lot of attention to Toronto. I still do even now,” Moulson told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Brady & Walker Thursday morning. “Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

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NHL Rumors III: Senators, Avalanche, Blue Jackets and Blues

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have eight defensemen under contract, so they look at trading one of them, possibly Patrick Wiercioch. The Senators are looking to add some help upfront.They’ve held talks with center David Legwand and have talked to the Flyers about Vincent Lecavalier. The chances of the Senators trading for Lecavalier aren’t good. If the Senators did trade for Vinny, they would want the Flyers to eat $2 million, and possibly taking on another contract. Lecavalier does have a no-movement clause. The Predators are thought to be the leading candidates for Lecavalier.

    The Sabres are also in talks with Legwand. The Senators may have talked to the Sabres about Chris Stewart again according to sources.

    Colin Greening and Erik Condra could be available for the right price.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avs will be looking to lock up Ryan O’Reilly to a long-term contract.

    “We’re going to focus on getting Ryan signed,” Sakic said. “We want Ryan to be here, and be here a long time. Now that we’re done with the draft and free agency, we’ll be getting in contact with (Pat Morris, his agent).”

    The Avs have already file for salary arbitration. O’Reilly can ask for a one- or two-year ruling, and will make at least $5.525 million if they go to arbitration.

  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets have begun exploratory contract extension talks with Sergei Bobrovsky and Brandon Dubinsky. Both players would be UFAs at the end of next season.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues were interested in Steve Ott, but have appeared to move on. They are currently at 15 forwards.

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NHL Rumors VII: Capitals, Penguins, Reimer, Ott, Mueller and Downie

  • Adam Vigan of NBC Washington: In addressing his free agent signings Tuesday, general manager Brian MacLellan reiterated that Mike Green is very much in the Capitals’ immediate plans. MacLellan and coach Barry Trotz have already begun to confer on how they envision the defense lining up. MacLellan said he could see newly signed defenseman Brooks Orpik as Green’s partner.

    “I also think with Mike Green, [Orpik] would help stabilize his game, make him feel a little more confident in the D-zone and maybe give him more confidence to go offensively,” MacLellan said

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins hope to add an assistant coach any day now, but it will not be Travis Green. Green told the Penguins he will be staying with the Vancouver Canucks.A scout on Monday said Christian Ehrhoff the best defenseman who was set to hit the open market. No team on Ehrhoff’s short list of 3-4 teams were willing to go beyond three years for him at the money the he wanted. Getting a one-year deal with a no trade clause was also important for Ehrhoff.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The Reimer situation is still up in the air. The goalie market has pretty much dried up” … “Reimer is property of the Leafs” … “Reimer was told when he made his trade request that they would try & maximize him as an asset but not giving him up for free” … “If Reimer wants a fresh start he may have to be patient
  • John Vogl: Though he might fit in better elsewhere, the Sabres haven’t closed the door on Steve Ott returning.
  • Frank Seravalli: Though Peter Mueller’s agent won’t say which teams are interested in him, the Flyers are believed to mix for him.
  • Greg Brady: Source said that the Maple Leafs were in contact with Steve Downie before he signed with the Penguins.

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NHL Rumors IV: Legwand, Stempniak, Vokoun, Ott, Green, Vrbata, Berglund and Petry

  • Hope Smoke: (before the Petri Kontiola signing) Darren Dreger: “We’re waiting on Legwand and so are the Leafs.” … “The Leafs are one of the teams that have put in an offer on Legwand” … “The Leafs think Legwand can be a real good fit as a 3rd line C” … “The question is, what is that offer [for Legwand] RE term and money?” … “I don’t think the Leafs are eager to spend more than $4 m. In fact, I’m pretty sure they want to get him for less” …. “Word on the street is that Ottawa is interested and perhaps the Sabres are interested in Legwand as well” … “Some work to do for Nonis and CO. If he doesn’t get Legwand he may retreat and wait for the bargains to emerge. They always do”
  • 67Sound: “In theory if Legwand signs, having 5 Cs is a good thing. Move one to W for depth. But this is a team that dumped Colborne to keep 2 goons.”
  • David Pagnotta: Expect decisions from David Legwand, Lee Stempniak, Tomas Vokoun and Steve Ott today.
  • Andy Strickland: Lee Stempniak is talking to five or six teams and is not in a rush to sign a deal.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: (answering question) Reports are that Steve Ott wants more term than the Blues are offering.
  • Aaron Ward: Indications are that the Capitals are not looking to trade defenseman Mike Green.
  • Craig Morgan: Radim Vrbata was willing to move money around on a four-year deal with the Coyotes. They couldn’t agree on a no-trade clause/no-movement clause.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson could see a Patrik Bergund for Jeff Petry trade. The Blues have plenty of forwards, and even though they have seven defensemen under contract, Petry is a lot younger than Jordan Leopold.

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NHL Rumors IV: Maple Leafs, Wild and Penguins

  • The Fourth Period: The Leafs appear to be ready to trade both Cody Franson and James Reimer. They have been trying to trade Reimer for months, and have increased their efforts after he requested a trade. Both could be moved for draft picks if they can’t land a third two-way center. It is rumored that they have some interest in Steve Ott, who is getting some interest from the Rangers, Red Wings and others.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Cody Franson won’t sign his qualifying offer. It was for $2 million, and if they keep him, it would at least be in the $2.5 million range.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild thought they could replace Clayton Stoner with Willie Mitchell, but couldn’t come close to the two-year, $4.25 million a season the Panthers gave him.

    “I didn’t expect this. Maybe I’m naive. We were consistently underbidding on a few other players, I’ll tell you that,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said, chuckling. “The prices caught me a little off guard for maybe what you would consider role players or bottom-of-the-lineup type players. But I definitely think some mistakes have been made today on some players, so I think we’ll be a little bit patient and let things sort out.”

    The Wild need to add a physical presence to their blueline, but the market is a little thin: Anton Volchenkov, Doug Murray, Shane O’Brien and Cory Sarich.

    “Right now, it’s been insanity out there,” Fletcher said. “I think this is the biggest spending day, if not the history of the world, the history of the NHL. I mean, it’s just been crazy. So my first thought is to just go home and come back [Wednesday] and maybe the tide will turn and management will get the upper hand and we’ll get some better deals.

    “The prices are high. The terms are long. Thomas [Vanek] may be one of the only players who took a pay cut and a term cut to come anywhere. Everybody else is doubling or tripling their salary, so it’s good for the players, but it’s maybe not the market we want to be in right now.”

  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have had some talks with the agent of Steve Downie.

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NHL Rumors V: Rangers, Ducks, Glass, Wings, Lightning, Ehrhoff and Niskanen

  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers don’t plan on re-signing Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore. They are interested in Mark Fayne. The NY Post is reporting they are interested in Ryan Carter. They are believed to have kicked tires on Paul Stastny.
  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a top-four rugged, stay-at-home defenseman and hope to sign one when free agency starts. Options for that type of player are limited in this free agent class. Anton Volchenkov and Brooks Orpik could be get some interest. They are also looking for a top-six winger and a bottom-six forward. They could look at Martin Havlat, Steve Ott and Milan Michalek.
  • Will DePaoli: Some think that Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle are connected. One lands with the Wings, the other with the Lightning.
  • David Pagnotta: Christian Ehrhoff is apparently looking for a deal for around five-years. Some teams are not interested because of this.
  • Jim Matheson: If Ehrhoff is looking for a five-year deal, the Oilers will be definitely out.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings are out on Ehrhoff as he wants more than five-years.
  • David Pagnotta: Matt Niskanen is believed to be wanting a six- or seven-year deal worth at least $6 million a year. Some teams not interested at those numbers. Red Wings and Lightning are among the teams pushing hard.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings are willing to the max seven-years for Matt Niskanen. They may even go has high as $6 million a year. Dan Boyle would be Plan B.

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NHL Rumors XVI: 15 Free Agents, Lecavalier, Sens, Gorges, Phaneuf, Sharks and Leafs

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: 15 interesting free agents and possible landing spots.

    1. Paul Stastny – Blues
    2. Dan Boyle – Red Wings
    3. Christian Ehrhoff – Lightning
    4. Thomas Vanek – Wild
    5. Ryan Miller – Canucks
    6. Matt Niskanen – Capitals
    7. Anton Stralman – Red Wings or Lightning
    8. Matt Moulson – Islanders
    9. Jussi Jokinen – Winnipeg
    10. Jarome Iginla – Canadiens
    11. Brad Richards – Predators
    12. Jonas Hiller – Winnipeg
    13. Mike Ribeiro – Predators or Blackhawks
    14. Ville Leino – Predators
    15. Steve Ott – Sabres

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A deal with the Panthers for Vincent Lecavalier fell through at the draft.  They almost had a deal with the Predators as well. The Predators would have been fine with taking the full cap hit for half of Lecavalier’s contract, two of the four years.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five free agents Garrioch thinks the Senators will look at: Matt Moulson, Martin Havlat, Benoit Pouliot, Jussi Jokinen and keeping Milan Michalek.
  • Darren Dreger: Brendan Shanahan continues to try to encourage Josh Gorges to accept a trade from the Canadiens to the Maple Leafs. He’s not having any luck yet, but there still is a chance.
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “Gorges has a great reputation as a leader. I think they would have dearly loved to have brought him in” … “Not only could Gorges give you quality mins but he can give you something in leadership dept They have some questions on this team”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “For the Leafs to have traded Phaneuf at the draft or up until tomorrow he would have to sign off” … “My understanding is that it’s easier to move him after [the new deal kicks in]…” … “Because he has a list of 12 and they are free to move him outside of his list of 12″
  • David Pollak: Don’t expects to see the Sharks actively go after any free agents tomorrow.
  • Larry Brooks: When Burke was the GM in Toronto he offered to take Wade Redden and a first round pick from the Rangers after Redden’s first year in New York.

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