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Morning Hits: Fraser, Sullivan, Cowen, Campoli, Hagman, Brent, Foster and Some Season Ticket Renewals

  • Lance Hornby: It is unlikely that Mark Fraser and the Maple Leafs will reach a deal before their arbitration today’s hearing. There had been no contract in the past week as of yesterday morning.
  • Chris Ribau of the Daily Press (Timmins): (s/t rotoworld) Steve Sullivan has had “very informal” talks with several teams.

    “I’m preparing as if next year is going to go on and then we’ll go from there.”

    Retirement could be an option for the 39-year old.

    “I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%,” he said. “I’ve had an unbelievable run.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Jared Cowen’s camp will talk again this week.

    “We still have plenty of time,” said Valette. “We’ve only had a couple of conversations.”

    It’s likely Cowen will be looking for something more than the $2 million that Patrick Wiercioch signed last week.

  • Corey Pronman: Chris Campoli signed a one-year deal with a Swiss team. He was part of the NHLPA group that worked on the CBA.
  • TSN: The Kings signed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a two-year deal and Colin Miller to a three-year entry level deal.
  • Lance Hornby: Niklas Hagman will be playing in Finland next season.
  • Igor Eronko: Tim Brent signed with Torpedo of the KHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Kurtis Foster signed with Medvescak of the KHL.
  • Chris Botta: Penguins season ticket renewal is 98 percent. They capped full season tickets at 15,300. Their waiting list has 4,400 accounts.
  • Chris Botta: Sharks season ticket renewal is 93 percent. They have 14,000 season ticketholders.

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Morning Hits: Briere, Smith, Bryzgalov, Elias, Iginla, Laviolette, Byfuglien, Whitney and the Hurricanes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, he could end up in Montreal.Coyotes Mike Smith is looking for $6 million a year and has refused to sign a deal with the Coyotes.

    Smith could be an option in Philadelphia if they buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers management is split on buying him out now or waiting to see how he does next year, and if it’s not good, then buy him out next spring.

    Garrioch has heard there is about a 50/50 chance that Patrick Elias returns to the Devils. The Flyers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Sharks will all be looking for help upfront.

    Jarome Iginla signing with the Stars could be a good bet.

  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said you can expect Peter Laviolette back as the Flyers coach next season. They will keep the same system in place, and there won’t be an overhaul of players.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has said that Ilya Bryzgalov’s eccentric personality isn’t a problem. Forward Daniel Briere understands the situation. If the Flyers buy him out, it would cost them $3.3 million over four years.
  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers UFA defenseman Ryan Whitney thinks it’s probably in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else next season.

    “I think I can still play, I’ve proven that I can,” Whitney said. “Obviously there were some games where I didn’t play well, but there were a stretch of games where I thought I did play well. It’s been a tough couple of years here, I’m just kind of looking forward to a fresh start.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu will have hip surgery. GM Jim Rutherford likes his core group, but there will be some new faces next year. They have to decide on their UFAs: Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis. Their blue line will be a priority for Rutherford.

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Injury and Roster Notes: Senators, Blues, Panthers, Flames and Hurricanes

  • Don Brennan via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson practiced this morning. Coach Paul MacLean said “as of now” he doesn’t see Anderson playing this weekend.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Panthers coach Kevin Deneen said that defenseman Filip Kuba is expected to return against the Sabres. Forward Scottie Upshall is questionable.

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Injury updates: Red Wings, Hurricanes and Blackhawks

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left in the first period of last night’s game. Howard apparently was experiencing blurry vision after getting hit with a puck in practice.

    “I didn’t know about that,” Mike Babcock said. “He wasn’t seeing good or something like that.

    “He’ll get tested tomorrow, we’ll find out more.”

    Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson, who just returned from a groin injury, missed the game with a hand injury after getting hit by an Ian White shot during the morning skate. Johan Franzen expects to get back in the lineup on Thursday. Carlo Colaiacovo is skating and should return soon. Brendan Smith is hoping to return next week.

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will skate today and could return to practice soon according to coach Kirk Muller. Jeff Skinner, Tim Gleason, Tim Brent and Tim Wallace are all day-to-day. Gleason could skate today. It’s unlikely that Skinner will, ”there isn’t anything that tells me he’s going to skate tomorrow.”
  • Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is day-to-day after taking a puck “Uh, somewhere” according to coach Quenneville. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t practiced since last Thursday with an upper-body injury. He skated on his own before yesterday’s practice.

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Canucks-Ehrhoff working on deal … Leafs had interest in Laich … Hamrlik gets 1 year offer from Habs … Canes-Cole not close … Penguins notes

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There has been an offer and counteroffer between the Canucks and Christian Ehrhoff. An Ehrhoff deal would be around Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis money, a $4.5-4.6 million cap hit. Unlikely that he’d take less than either player. The Red Wings could be waiting if he doesn’t re-sign with the Canucks.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Tim Brent will join Fredrik Sjostrom, Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb and Jay Rosehill as Maple Leafs UFAs. “We have made it clear that Tim would like to remain in Toronto to improve upon last year’s strong season,” Morris said in an e-mail to QMI Agency Monday night. “However, as of this late date, we would expect that Tim will be a free agent on Friday to look at his alternatives.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHL president Medvedev says that he will “help” younger players like Varlamov, Shirokov and Filatov come back to the KHL.
  • Tom Reed via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson made several inquiries at the draft about defenseman, but couldn’t get anything done.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: It’s not sounding like the Hurricanes and Erik Cole are close on a deal, things can change quickly though.
  • Thomas Reed via twitter: Tyler Kennedy could make sense for the Blue Jackets if he doesn’t come to terms with the Penguins.
  • Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on Sidney Crosby,

    “He came back to Pittsburgh after a hiatus or vacation with some of his teammates,” Bylsma said. “The doctors here cleared him to go home and work out as he normally would be working out. He’s been working out two times a day and progressing along his normal road of summer activity. That’s what Sid has been doing. He’s got another two and a half months ahead of doing that.”

    Bylsma on Evgeni Malkin,

    “He really believed — and was trying to convince everyone involved — that he was going to be coming back as soon as possible to play in the playoffs if we could have moved on (to the next round),” Bylsma said. “He was progressing to the point where that was actually a real possibility. He was really doing very well strength-wise and he was ahead of schedule in terms of what the doctors could do with his rehab.”

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Horton may want to play, but still has symptoms … Bryzgalov to meet with Flyers this week … CBJ free agent notes … Schenn next for Leafs

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: “Perception has #Bruins Horton in Van just 2 inspire but told he feels healthy enough to play and wants to convince Dr’s/team to let him play.” Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Nathan Horton was still experiencing post-concussion symptoms as of yesterday. Players have to be symptom free for 7 days.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: On Thursday and Friday, Ilya Bryzgalov will meet with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and other organizational members. Bryzgalov’s agent Ritch Winter will continue to negotiate, not much progress has been made since the trade. He’s seeking more than $6 million a season, and it’s expected to be at least 5 years.
  • Aaron Portline of the Columbus Dispatch: Defenseman Jan Hejda and the Columbus Blues Jackets are talking about a new contract, and hope to get something done by July 1st. Three UFA’s (Scottie Upshall, Andrew Murray, and Mathieu Garon) are likely to hit the open market. “With Scottie, we’ve said we’re certainly open to having him back with our club. I’m not sure we’re going to do anything before July 1, but we’re certainly open to talking after July 1.” GM Scott Howson has  made it clear that the 8th overall pick could be had for immediate help. The Blue Jackets have already sent qualifying offers to RFA’s Jake Voracek and Marc Methot. It’s unsure if Anton Stralman and Sami Lepisto will get qualifying offers.  They will try to re-sign UFA’s Kyle Wilson, Trevor Frischmon and Ben Guite, but they may test the market. Minor league RFA’s that are expected to get qualifying offers are: Mike Blunden, Tomas Kana and Nick Holden.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers will likely try to trade 4th line agitator Zack Stortini at the NHL entry draft for a pick. If they can’t trade him they could either send him a qualifying offer to retain his rights or let him become a UFA. The Stars were interested in Stortini at one point last year but didn’t have an open roster spot. The Oilers can buyout Sheldon Souray starting today.
  • Michael Traikos of the National Post: The Maple Leafs re-signed Carl Gunnarsson to a 2 year deal worth $2.6 million. “We’re very happy with his development,” said general manager Brian Burke, “and what he needs to do is come up with an 82-game season. He had a real good second-half each of the last two years. But he’s got to start better than he has.” Expect the Leafs to turn their focus to RFA Luke Schenn now. They are also expected to try and re-sign Clarke MacArthur, Tyler Bozak and Tim Brent.

    “It’s not time-sensitive, for either player,” Burke said of negotiations with Schenn and MacArthur. “We’ve told Clarke if he wants to file for arbitration he can go ahead and file for arbitration. That’s part of the process. That’s part of the collective bargaining agreement. But we anticipate that he’s going to be under contract and play for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fall.”

  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Possible candidates for the Winnipeg coaching spot are Kirk Muller, Claude Noel and Bob Woods.
  • Josh Coope of The Tennessean: After making it into the 2nd round of the playoffs, the Predators are having their highest season-ticket renewal rate. The team is planning on unveiling new uniforms later this summer.

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Saturday morning free agent notes

Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun: Stevenson thinks with the Devils payroll situation, Zach Parise could get an offer sheet.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Andrew Ladd and the Atlanta Thrashers continue to talk contract. Both sides are “on the same page”, but he’s been more focused on trying to help the Thrashers get into the playoffs than on the contract.

Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan thinks the Leafs should re-sign both Tim Brent and Darryl Boyce, both will be UFA at seasons end. Brent made $575,000 and Boyce $527,000. Koshan also thinks the Leafs should give Reimer a shot at the starting job next year, and not go after Ilya Bryzgalov. They might have look at bringing in an experience backup.

Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks forward Bobby Ryan will see how he feels at their morning skate today before determining if be in the lineup today or not against the Sharks. He injuryed his knee towards the end of Wednesday’s game against the Flames.

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Kadri will be sent down to the Marlies … Ryan back on LW … O’Brien odd man out? Fowler makes Ducks, for now?

  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: According to Shoalts, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the decision awhile ago that Nazem Kadri will be heading to the Marlies. Kadri’s 3 point night against the Senators didn’t change anything, nor would a solid effort tonight. Kadri has been outplayed by Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovsky, and is not suited for the 3rd line roll. Tim Brent holds the upper hand over John Mitchell for the 3rd line center position, with Christian Hanson locked in on the 4th line.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: By the end of the weekend, the Maple Leafs roster will be down to 23. Kadri looks to be in for an AHL-NHL season.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Shane O’Brien will make $1.6 million this season, and because Andrew Alberts will $1.05 million, he may get the nod over O’Brien. The Vancouver Canucks are $3 million over the cap, and if they decide to carry 7 defenseman, one will be on the move. When Sami Salo returns mid way through the season, another D will have to be moved. O’Brien, Alberts and Aaron Rome are battling for 6th spot. Rome makes $750,000, so most likely isn’t going anywhere. Coach Vigneault complimented Alberts play so far, and was luke warm towards O’Brien.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that they are still unsure if they will carry 21 or 22 players to start the season (23 is the max).
  • Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: The Bobby Ryan experiment at center may be over as coach Randy Carlyle had him back on left wing with Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne yesterday at practice. For the time being he’ll play on the left side.
  • Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: After waiving 2 more defenseman yesterday, the Anaheim Ducks are down to 7 healthy defenseman. So it appears, for at least the time being, that 2010 1st round draft pick Cam Fowler will start the year with the team. It looks like he’ll be with the team for at least the first 9 games of the season.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: If the Minnesota Wild put in a claim on Martin Gerber (will know today), he’ll earn $500,000 in the NHL, $200,000 in the AHL and a $15,000 claiming fee.
  • QMI Agency, Toronto Sun: Quebec City is moving ahead with their $400 million arena project, despite only have commitment for 55% of the funding. The Federal government haven’t said yet if they’ll contribute the remaining 45%.

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Dallas Stars sale could drag on … Theodore interested in Minny but are they intersted in him? Parise open to talks during season

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The sale of the Dallas Stars may drag on for months as the lenders may wait for a deal they deem worthy. Monarch Investment Group and Galatioto Sports Group are the leading lenders involved, and are in control of the team. They have not gotten into serious negotiations, as potential buyers are not interested in purchasing the team at the current asking price. The longer this drags on, the harder it will be to sign Brad Richards to a contract extension. If they don’t have him signed by the trade deadline, they could look at dealing him, rather than losing him for nothing. Forbes valued the team at $246 million last year. The Tampa Bay Lightning were sold for between $110-170 million this year, after being sold for $206 million in 2008.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen will not play in Tuesday’s pre-season game as he has an groin injury. It sounds like it’s minor as he may play in Thursday game.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Jose Theodore’s agent has said his client would be interested in being the backup in Minnesota if the team decides to go that route.

    “I told Chuck to keep me in mind. I think they’ll probably get their staff together and assess where they go from here, but I’d say, ‘It’s a consideration for them, yes, and Jose would be intrigued by Minnesota.’”

    Theodore, who was the NHL’s 2002 winner of the Hart (MVP) and Vezina (best goaltender) trophies, is training every day as he waits for an opportunity. Meehan said Theodore, 34, hasn’t ruled out playing in Europe.

    GM Cliff Fletcher said he’s received several calls from teams that could be interested in sending them their 2nd or 3rd goalies. Pierre-Marc Bouchard practiced for the first time in a year. He hopes to be ready for the start of the year, but that is doubtful.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise has said he’s open to contract talks with the New Jersey Devils during the season, if the team is open to doing that. Parise will be a RFA on July 1st 2011, a UFA in 2012. He currently doesn’t have an agent, but could hire one quickly if needed.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: At some point the New York Rangers will buyout Wade Redden, as he’s not going to play 4 years in the AHL.
  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Vancouver Canucks winger Sergei Shirokov may have lost his chance to make the opening day roster because of poor conditioning. Shirokov was held out of practice and worked with their fitness and skills coaches. The 24 year old turned down more money from the KHL for a chance to play in the NHL.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs winger Fredrik Sjostrom will play his 1st pre-season game this weekend. Sjostrom has been recovering from shoulder surgery. The battle for the 3rd line center position has comes down to John Mitchell, Tim Brent, or Nazem Kadri.
  • John Wawrow (AP) on The Globe and Mail: The Buffalo Sabres have resumed talks with 2009 1st round pick, Zack Kassian. The Sabres had suspended talks after Kassian was charged with assault for punching a man at a bar in Windsor. He’s close to reaching an out-of-court settlement in that matter. I’ve seen him play a couple pre-season games this year, he looks like he can be a solid NHLer, and might be ready this year.

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