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NHL Rumors I: Calgary, McCann, Bishop, Sens

  • Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald: The Flames have re-signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a new two-year deal, and Cruichskank says to expect RFA’s Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari to be signed in the next few days.

“We really think a lot of Joni,” said Treliving. “This is a young player who took a real big step forward last year.”

  • Jason Botchford of The Province: One of Vancouver’s two first round picks in this year’s draft, Jarred McCann is out to do anything to show he belongs in the NHL. McCann has vowed that his opponents are going to hate him as well.

“I don’t want to be pushed around. If someone is going to stick me, I’m going to give it back.”

“I’ve always had a spur in my game. I’m not afraid to do what it takes. It’s the type of game I play and that’s what I’m good at.”

  • Joe Smith: Ben Bishop says that his rehab is going well and that everything should be fine by the time Tampa Bay’s camp comes around.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Ottawa Senators and RFA goaltender Robin Lehner are closing in on a deal. The two sides have agreed on the term, but not the money as of yet.

“We’re extremely close,” said Pierre Dorion on signing Robin Lehner. “We said we’d give it a week break so that’s what we’ve done.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray will meet with Clarke MacArthur‘s and Bobby Ryan‘s Newport agents sometime next week, trying to work out contract extensions for the upcoming UFA’s. Sen’s have also held talks with Mark Methot‘s agent Larry Kelly about a new deal.

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Leafs Dmen getting interest … Avs knew Quincey would be flipped … Stars getting calls on Ott and Ribeiro … Hemsky’s worth … plus more notes

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: The Maple Leafs blueline continues to get interest. Jake Gardiner is not available. Teams are looking at Luke Schenn, but Burke won’t move him unless they get an offer he can’t refuse. Carl Gunnarsson, Cody Franson and Keith Aulie are getting interest. The Blackhawks, Red Wings, Devils, Oilers and Jets are looking for defenseman. The Oilers are looking for a roster player for Ales Hemsky, which is too steep for many given his struggles.
  • John Shannon via twitter: Avalanche GM Greg Sherman knew that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was going to flip Kyle Quincy to a Western Conference team, but didn’t know where.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Stars have gotten calls on Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro, and would consider moving them if the price is right. Ribeiro has a limited no trade clause, he selects 10 teams he won’t go to. Ribeiro has one more year left on his deal with a $5 million cap hit. Ott has 2  years left on his deal with a $2.95 million cap hit, but a salary of $3.2 million. GM Joe Nieuwendyk is looking at the big picture and is looking long-term. LeBrun notes that he could make a move or 2 that surprises people.
  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: Ales Hemsky is available but comes with “a lack of durability and questionable work ethic.” He hasn’t scored in 16 games, so his asking price is modest now. It may take a small collection of mid-round picks and/or a prospect. Possible teams interested are: Rangers, Predators, Bruins, Kings and Red Wings.
  • Rob Longley via twitter: Colby Armstrong was a healthy scratch last night again. You have to wonder what the rest of the season holds for him.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will get his $2-$3 million, but he needs to know if Rick DiPietro is still in the plans to get NHL starts while rehabbing.
  • Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski hasn’t heard anything regarding contract talks between his agent and the Leafs. He’d like to stay in Toronto.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski on is name in trade rumors:

    “I know I’m supposed to be getting traded, I hear it all the time,” said Wolski, who becomes a restricted free agent after his two-year, $7.6 million expires at the end of the season. “I know I have a big contract. If they could trade me and free some space and get some value, I’m sure it’s possible. But I have no control over any of that.”

  • Helene Elliott via twitter: Scouting the Kings-Coyotes: 2 Lightning, Blue Jackets, Blues, Hurricanes, Stars, Canucks, Avalanche and Rangers.

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Devils may not be for sale … Sabres sold … Blues-Avs postponed … Beauchemin gave list to Burke, Kaberle could be next

  • There was a report that the New Jersey Devils were for sale. Tom Gulitti via twitter: He isn’t sure if the story is accurate. Darren Dreger is hearing the same thing. Craig Custance has been told by multiple sources that the story isn’t accurate. Update from Rich Chere: The Devils will release a statement shortly that the team is not for sale, and the Bloomberg report was wrong.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Buffalo Sabres are being sold for $189 million, $175 million cash and $14 million in liabilities.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The Sabres will announce on Thursday that the team will be sold to Terrence Pegula. GM Darcy Regier said last week he plans on shipping some veterans out before the Feb. 28th trade deadline. Tim Connolly, Mike Grier, Rob Niedermayer, Craig Rivet and Steve Montador could be on their way out. The Senators would trade anyone not named Aldredsson, Spezza or Karlsson. Burke should hear this week if Kaberle would waive his no-trade clause and submit a list of teams he’d go to, which may only be 2 or 3 Eastern Conference teams. It’s unlikely Burke could move him to San Jose for under-achieving Devin Setoguchi. Burke is said to have a list of 12 teams Francois Beauchemin wouldn’t mind playing for.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Dwayne Roloson will be in net tonight for the Lightning, and expect Roloson to go on Friday against the Capitals as well.

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Lou needs to do something with the Devils … Kings lineup moves … Miller in as backup … Will Chara be 2nd tallest one day?

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: Lou Lamoriello is going to have to shake things up after the Devils terrible start.

    “I take full responsibility,” Lamoriello told “I put those people on the ice. Certainly we’re not happy with where we stand. The good news is that we have time to correct this.”

    Lou won’t make changes for the sake of making changes.

    “I have no issue with the coaching staff. You don’t know how close you are. That’s why you have to be careful,” he said, citing the fine line between wins and losses. “I think we’re close to that line.”

  • JP Hoornstra of the LA Times: Brad Richardson will take Alexei Ponikarovsky’s spot on the 3rd line. Rob Scuderi will fill in for Willie Mitchell alongside Drew Doughty. Jake Muzzin was recalled yesterday. Kyle Clifford will make his 10th appearance on Thursday, which means he’ll likely remain with the club. Coach Murray and GM Lombardi will talk today about Clifford and Brayden Schenn. Schenn has played 8 games and has been scratched lately.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Colorado Avalanche now have 4 players out with a concussion after Kyle Quincey’s was announced. He joins Peter Mueller, Adam Foote and Kyle Cuminskey. Foote skated yesterday and is the closest to returning.
  • Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times: Simon Gagne had a nerve conduction test yesterday (results not released yet) to possibly help determine what is wrong with his neck. An MRI showed some fluid in the back of his neck but that is not believed to be the root of the problem. Steve Downie (back) said he’s good to go, coach Boucher “He’s nuts, in a good way.”
  • Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail: One day Zdeno Chara may not be the tallest NHLer. 18 year old Sean Sanford, playing in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, is 6-9 1/4, a quarter inch taller than Chara, and he’s still growing.

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