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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 IX: Sabres, Oilers, Petry, Blues, Stars and Wild

Written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News:  Sabres are about $20 million away from the salary cap floor on the day before NHL free agency, and GM Tim Murray remains unconcerned about his ability to reach it. Murray will start dumping contracts if they get their free-agent targets. That will be benefit the Sabres in their attempt to boost payroll. Murray says he’s been getting a lot of calls from representatives of unrestricted free agents

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels he has “a compelling story to tell” when he’s tried to sell agents on their clients coming here on July 1… you can cross off players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen because will be looking for a lot on term for a new contract that will go with $6-7-million in salary per season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman reports that defender Jeff Petry’s name is making the NHL rounds.

    Assuming that the Oilers aren’t crazy, why would they be willing to deal Petry? Let’s consider three possibilities:

    1. He eants too much money.

    2. The team is confident it can replace Petry in free agency.

    3. As part of a package for a superior defender.

    As much as the possibility of a step forward exists here, there is a very real chance the Oilers take a step back in a Petry deal that they simply cannot afford to make.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars remain very much interested in Jason Spezza. It’s believed the Senators were targeting a good, young player in return along with a first-round pick during Friday’s NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Blues want to see what happens with free agent centre Paul Stastny Tuesday before going any further with the Senators. The Stars were a little confused as to whether they were an acceptable location for Spezza.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune:  Thomas Vanek enjoyed his meeting with Wild coach Mike Yeo late Sunday, and the feeling was said to be mutual. The Wild made Vanek’s short list, but agent Steve Bartlett said there were other good options on it too. The Wild had more conversations Monday with Jarome Iginla’s reps in hopes of selling Iginla on its program and how it’s a Stanley Cup contender. One player who would love Vanek to sign with the Wild is his former Sabres linemate Jason Pominville.

    The Wild has shown interest in Paul Stastny, but  he appears to be destined for St. Louis Blues or elsewhere. Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky, Radim Vrbata, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jussi Jokinen and David Booth are other players that are available.

    The Wild did not inquire about former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Monday, but it might have interest in consistent Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Predators, Devils, Senators, Flyers, Niskanen, Bruins and Pouliot

  • Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile.

    “If we can (sign) a center, that would be a wish list,” Predators general manager David Poile said.

    “There’s not a bunch of guys (available) — and I’m not signing somebody for the sake of signing somebody,” Poile said.

    Potential free agent targets for the Predators: Paul Stastny, Derek Roy, Mikhail Grabovski, Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson

    Potential trade targets: Jason Spezza

  • Rich Chere of NJ.com: The Devils need to go after a free agent forward today. They could make a push for Paul Stastny.

    “It was a decision to free up money and potentially have the ability to get a forward which we feel we’d like to add,” Lamoriello explained. “In order to do that, we had to make this move. Also, our young defensemen have to play. So it was a combination of things.

    “It was nothing against Volchenkov. There’s nothing he didn’t do for us. It was a very, very difficult phone call. It was really to free up cap space.”

    Lamoriello still hopes to re-sign Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta.

  • Alex Prewitt: One agent said he thinks that most signings news could be done by 12:30, will move at warp-speed.
  • Dan Rosen: “Offer sheets can have a negative effect on market, future of team offering it (picks), relationships, etc. That’s why GMs rarely use them.”
  • Don Brennan: Thinking the Senators will make a trade today. Jason Spezza could go to a team that loses out on Paul Stastny or a defenseman for a forward.
  • Lance Hornby: Reminder that Flyers are already $200,000 over the salary cap.
  • Will DePaoli: The Lightning, Red Wings and Capitals are high on Matt Niskanen’s list. The Capitals think they have a better shot at signing Brooks Orpik.
  • Dobber Hockey: Four intriguing players who were not qualified yesterday and have become UFAs: 1. Mathieu Perreault 2. Cory Conacher  3. Michael Del Zotto  4. Jordan Schroeder
  • Nicholas Goss: The Bruins are among the teams interested in Radim Vrbata.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five or six team are interested in Benoit Pouliot. The Senators aren’t alone in their interest.

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NHL Rumors IV: Caps, Vanek, Cammalleri, Iginla, Vrbata and Weaver

  • Andy Strickland: Some agents saying the free agent talking period is too long and that only two days are needed.
  • Scott Cullen: “Impressed that teams aren’t giving qualifying offers to every RFA. Better to make decisions & live with them rather than go on auto-pilot..”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Thomas Vanek has shortened his list to four, possibly five teams. John Shannon: Vanek was to get his list down to four or teams by last night.
  • Chris Nichols: Bob McKenzie reporting the Flames have presented Mike Cammalleri number of different options on term and money.
  • David Pagnotta: There is lots of interest in Cammalleri. The Flames would like to keep him, but he might get a better deal somewhere else. The Canucks are not in the mix.
  • Will DePaoli: Word is Jarome Iginla expanded his list to include the Lightning, Red Wings, Wild and Anaheim. The Wings and Lightning seem the most likely.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Doesn’t look like the Coyotes and Radim Vrbata were able to get a deal done last night and he’ll got the open market today.

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NHL Rumors II: Iginla, Stastny, Robidas, Ehrhoff, Orpik, Gionta, Kulemin and Vanek

  • Richard Labbe: Contrary to reports, the Canadiens haven’t asked about Jarome Iginla. Chris Johnston: Iginla will be testing free agency for the second straight year.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Avs and Paul Stastny couldn’t get a deal done last night, he hit the open market today.
  • Darren Dreger: Stephane Robidas’ agent said that at least eight teams inquired, cutting the list down last night. Robidas is looking for a two or three year deal. His leg is fine and is already skating.
  • Eric Stephens: Doesn’t look like the Ducks are in on Christian Ehrhoff. As of early evening yesterday the sides hadn’t spoken.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks the Ducks could take a run at Brooks Oprik or Willie Mitchell.
  • Richard Labbe: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta couldn’t come to a deal last night. Not expecting anything until this  morning.
  • Chris Johnston: Nikolai Kulemin’s agent said that Kulemin will “miss the Maple Leafs.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I think Vanek to Minnesota will get announced tomorrow. There are 10 teams interested. He’ll get $5/$6 maybe someone goes $7″ … “Say what you want about Vanek in the playoffs but this is a guy who can score 35 goals for fun” …  “Teams won’t worry about April, because Vanek will get you to April and beyond” …  “Vanek is a pretty good goal scorer boys. Gaborik’s playoffs helped Vanek tomorrow.”

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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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NHL Rumors X: Stastny, Vanek, Niskanen, Gorges, Spezza, Sabres, Penguins and Jets

  • Pierre LeBrun: Paul Stastny’s camp is working to shorten their list of teams down today. Would expect that Blues will be on it. Re-signing with Avs is a possibility, but it won’t be for as much as he’ll get elsewhere.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Thomas Vanek is not put off by the Wild only want to go short-term, and he still likes the Wild as an option. He could get a huge offer from someone tomorrow.
  • Alex Prewitt: Matt Niskanen’s agent Nail Sheehy: “I don’t think there’s any question I can get a seven-year contract for Matt.”
  • Mark Spector: Sheehy thinks there is no question that Niskanen will get seven years. Same can be said for Stastny.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are not interested in Niskanen.
  • Pat Hickey: “Can’t understand Josh Gorges trade rumous. He’s the kind of character guy the team wants and needs.”
  • Mark Spector: Jason Spezza trade talks are cooling down as teams wait to see if they can sign a free agent center without having to give up assets.
  • Will DePaoli: The Sabres will be going hard after Matt Moulson and Brooks Orpik tomorrow according to a someone within the organization.
  • Will DePaoli: Source saying offer from Penguins to Nikolai Kulemin will be for three years.
  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins will talk with RFA Brandon Sutter on Wednesday about a new deal. He was qualified at $2.7 million.
  • Dave Molinari: All six of the Penguins RFA received qualifying offers: Sutter, Spaling, Megna, Farhman, Despres and Samuelsson.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Put on waivers for the purpose of a buy out are Tim Gleason, Anton Volchenkov and Shane O’Brien.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Stastny, Vanek, Moulson, Subban, Johansen, Ehrhoff, Parenteau and Peters

  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are in hot pursuit of Paul Stastny. Safe to say that there are a lot of teams after him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Eight to 10 teams are on Thomas Vanek’s radar. The Wild are interested, but not interested in a long-term deal.
  • Chris Botta: Pending UFA Matt Moulson is in a good position. Could get interest from contenders as well as floor teams like the Sabres and Islanders.
  • David Pagnotta: Nothing new to report on the P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens contract talks. Talks will enter the formal stages this week.
  • Aaron Portzline: Saying that talks are going slowly between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen would be putting a positive spin on things. Sides are way apart.

    Player/agent = “We’re not doing a bridge.”
    Club = “We’re not going long-term.”
    Player/agent = “OK, then, talk later.”
    Club = “Yup.”

  • Craig Custance: It only took teams about 10 minutes after word on Christian Ehrhoff’s buy out to start calling on him.
  • Adam Vingan: Hurricanes pending UFA Justin Peters’ agent has spoken with some teams that they would see as a fit. The Capitals were one of those teams.
  • Josh Yohe: Thinks Jeff Zatkoff is a perfectly fine backup goaltender for Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury doesn’t need a mentor.

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NHL Rumors V: Penguins, Wild, Oilers, Jets, Red Wings and Avalanche

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said they have four primary UFA targets for Tuesday. They will go with their younger defensemen, and spend a little more money up front. The Pens have seven forwards under contract for next season with Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling as RFAs. They are looking for a winger for Evgeni Malkin and improving their bottom-six. The Penguins are looking at Malkin’s friend, Nikolai Kulemin. The Penguins plan to be aggressive.

    “You can always be aggressive,” Botterill said. “Are you going for top-end forwards and defensemen? No. But you can be aggressive going after specific needs. That’s what we’re going to do on July 1.”

    Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen won’t be getting new deals from the Penguins.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Multiple sources saying the Wild have reached out the Jarome Iginla. It’s not known if Iginla has interest in the Wild. Iginla would like to return to the Bruins, but they may not able to fit him in. The Wild could look to sign Matt Niskanen.

    “We’ve tried to be aggressive if the move makes sense, but there’s times, too, where you need to take what’s there,” Fletcher said. “Sometimes you have to lay off the pitch. You can’t just swing at everything. This summer could be one of those summers where maybe you just accept what’s there and not try to overpursue or push something that may not make you better.”

    The Wild want to see if Thomas Vanek would be interested in a short term deal.

  • Bob Stauffer: Can see the Oilers looking to bring in another top-nine center, a left winger and another defenseman.
  • Ryan Rishaug: Rishaug believes the Oilers have interest in Kyle Quincey.
  • Ken Wiebe: Hearing the Jets are among the teams interested in Leo Komarov.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing the Red Wings and Christian Ehrhoff have a mutual interest.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avalanche could be targeting Ales Hemsky.

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NHL Rumors IV: Thornton, Sharp, Weaver, Schenn, Canucks, Pens, Havlat and Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s thought that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that are interested in Joe Thornton. Thornton can basically pick and choose where he wants to end up if the Sharks really want to trade him. Teams are calling the Sharks about Patrick Marleau, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be moved.

    There has been lots of controversy surrounding Patrick Sharp, on whether the Blackhawks are looking to move him or not. Sharp’s name is appearing all over the place, with several teams saying he’s available. The Blackhawks will need to move some cap space.

    The Penguins have about $13 million in cap space with nine players to sign.

    The Canadiens are trying to re-sign Mike Weaver. He could be looking for upwards of $2 million.

    The Canucks, Flyers and Maple Leafs tried to trade up for the first overall pick. There was talk that Flyers were trying to package Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier.

    The Panthers could be targeting Dave Bolland.

    The Canucks will look at Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.

    The Wild have spoken with Thomas Vanek and Matt Niskanen.

    Bruins Chris Kelly could be traded.

    Upwards of 15 teams have called on Paul Stastny. The Avs want to re-sign, but the Blues, Predators, Maple Leafs and Red Wings could push hard for him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s unlikely that the Penguins offseason will include contract extensions for Marc-Andre Fleury and Paul Martin. The Penguins are optimistic that will sign Fleury to an extension at some point. The Penguins think that Martin wants to test the open market next summer.Defenseman Kris Letang has not been offered in any trade talks.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks will buy out Martin Havlat. The UFA market for wingers is not deep, so he could be one of the top available.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “There might be a few more deals that we can swing between now and free agency. But that was the most important one.” …. “I wouldn’t say that we’re set but [defence] was the one area we wanted to address and we feel like we did.”
  • Adrian Dater: There is no change regarding the Avs and Paul Stastny, still trying  to make it work.

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