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NHL Rumors II: UFAs That Are Still Available

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Free agency has hit a bit of a lull.

    “There’s a few players that teams are starting to call on to round out the roster,” said one agent on Wednesday. “They go through the initial blast of free agents, then it gets quiet. Then they get into arbitrations and qualifying offers.”

    Some UFAs that are still available:

    Peter Mueller – There is interest and is looking for the right fit.
    David Booth - “I’m talking to a few teams about him,” said Mike Liut, a veteran agent with Octagon. “There’s interest out there for sure.”
    Daniel Winnik – Good bottom six and penalty kill option.
    Martin Brodeur – Drew some interest at the start of free agency and will circle back in the next month.
    Devin Setoguchi – Could look to sign a one-year deal to show he’s better than the 11 goals last season.
    Tomas Vokoun – 100 percent healthy from blood clot issue. Currently has two offers he’s considering.
    Dustin Penner – Has playoff experience and can play in a top-six.

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Top 10 remaining UFAs

    10. Dustin Penner – Could add some scoring and size to bottom-six. Three teams since 2013.
    9. Saku Koivu – Could be a fit in Minnesota or Montreal, back in Finland or retire.
    8. Daniel Winnik – Should be able to find a bottom-six role somewhere.
    7. Andre Benoit – Can’t rule out an Avalanche return.
    6. Devin Setoguchi – Not a lot of talk that there is demand of Setoguchi. Could the Sharks be interested after having some earlier playoff success with them? Maybe the Bruins would be interested to replace the hole left by Jarome Iginla.
    5. Martin Brodeur – Brodeur wants a contender. The Leafs, Blackhawks, Bruins, Penguins and Lightning had kicked tires. The Lightning and Penguins have already signed a backup.
    4. Tomas Vokoun – Has multiple offers.
    3. Lee Stempniak – ESPN saying a handful of teams are intersted. Bruins are not one of the teams interested as they are looking to trade for a winger.
    2. Michael Del Zotto – Teams that missed out on Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen could look at Del Zotto. Cost to sign him shouldn’t be high.
    1. Daniel Alfredsson – Red Wings or retirement.

    Best of the remaining free agents:

    Forwards: Ray Whitney, David Booth, Andrei Loktionov, T.J. Galiardi, Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini

    Defence: Sami Salo, Henrik Tallinder, Cory Sarich, Jamie McBain, Raphael Diaz, Brett Bellemore

    Goaltenders: Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov

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NHL Rumors XV: Lightning, Leafs, Wings, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Flyers

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Times: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

    “Just because we have cap space now and cash available, we’re not going to act out of desperation,” Yzerman said. “But certainly we’re going to inquire and see if there’s anything that makes us better.”

    The Lightning could look to add a forward in free agency or through a trade. They could look at Dominic Moore. They will need bring in a backup goalie. They didn’t qualify Anders Lindback, but they could bring him back. Free agent options include Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun, Tim Thomas and Chad Johnson.

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs qualified James Reimer back in May. Secrecy on it may have been linked to trade talks.
  • David Pagnotta: The Wings would like to re-sign Kyle Quincey, but he’ll do better on the open market. The Wings want to improve their blueline.
  • Will DePaoli: Source saying the Penguins have “expressed some interest” in Martin Brodeur.
  • Will DePaoli: Matt Niskanen will trim his list down to four teams tonight. The Lightning and Capitals are expected to be among the teams. Seven year term will be the key.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta are expected to talk tonight.
  • David Pagnotta: As Paul Stastny’s list gets smaller, can expect Jason Spezza trade talks to increase.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Jets didn’t make Stastny’s shortened list.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Back in December it was estimated that the salary cap could be $71 million. With it only being $69 million, it will leave some teams pretty tight.

    “It affects us for sure,” Hextall said. “It affects every team that is close. We’ve got to find a way to get below it. It was a little lower than we thought and hoped.”

    The Flyers are already over the cap with 19 players signed. Their cap number will drop by $4.94 million at the start of the regular season when they can LTIR Chris Pronger. They have been unsuccessful in trading Vincent Lecavalier so far despite offering to eat part of his salary. He’s due a $2 million bonus tomorrow, which may be scaring teams off. The Predators or Panthers may be interested.

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Top 10 2014 NHL Free Agent Goaltenders

Ryan Miller

Expanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell. Other Top UFA pieces: Centers1-10 Wingers11-20 Wingers and Defenseman.

One of the more interesting things to follow in free agency will be seeing how the goaltending carousal plays out.

If you’re a GM looking for some help between the pipes, there are plenty of options. For a goaltender’s perspective, though, this class is worrisome in that there are quite a few quality goaltenders available and lots of good backups, but there are only 9-10 jobs available.

If a goaltender like Miller starts pricing himself out of consideration for some teams, he may be forced to sign for much less than you’d expect just to land a job.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-10 goaltenders that could be available. Standard stats such as save percentage will be used along with personal opinion.

All numbers are via CapGeek, NHL.com, HockeyAnalysis, and ExtraSkater.

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NHL Rumors II: Thornton, Goalie Market, Malhotra, Caron and Nikitin

  • Louis-Andre Lariviere of TVA Sports: (via google translate) Sharks Joe Thornton has a no-trade clause and holds the final say on where he ends up, and he may not be going anywhere.

    “San Jose is the only team on his list,” informed the agent and the player brother, John Thornton, in an interview with TVA Sports Sunday.

    His agent hinted that he could decide to move on “if he feels that supporters do not want him.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle looks at the goaltender market, and it looks like there are only 10 spots open, with all being backups: Coyotes, Bruins, Flames, Blue Jackets, Stars, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals and Jets. Notable free agent goalies include: Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Justin Peters, Al Montoya, Chad Johnson and Thomas Greiss. Goalies that could be on the trade market: Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, James Reimer, Peter Budaj and Anders Lindback. Notable free agent goalies: James Reimer, Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, Niklas Svedberg, Robin Lehner, Anders Lindback and Michael Hutchinson.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Penguins could look at pending UFA Manny Malhotra to fill out their bottom-six. He’d be a good fourth line center to kill penalties and to be a faceoff specialist. The Bruins have until June 30th to qualify Jordan Caron. If they qualify him, they could look at moving him, as a split could be best for both sides.
  • Aaron Portzline: There is no need for the Blue Jackets to cut off the talks between the Oilers and Nikita Nikitin unless they have another team calling about him.

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NHL Rumors IV: The Stars and Oilers

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars put Aaron Rome on unconditional waivers for the purpose of using the first of their compliance buyouts. Rome had a year left on his contract and was scheduled to make $1.6 million. Instead, he’ll receive $528,000 in each of the next two seasons.

    “We’re not a cap team or a floor team, so it wasn’t necessary to do it this way,” said Stars GM Jim Nil. “We just decided to take this path.”

    “We have a lot of young defensemen who are making a good push and we need to create room for them,” Nill said of the Rome decision.

    The Stars won’t use their last compliance buyout, despite the talk that they could use it on Erik Cole (one year at $4 million) or Sergei Gonchar (one year at $5 million).

    GM Jim Nill said that they made an offer to center Vern Fiddler, but it was rejected. Fiddler will test the open market. They won’t be making offers to Ray Whitney or Tim Thomas.

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could be busy this offseason.

    “I’d like to add four or five players — one or two through trades and two or three unrestricted free agents,” said MacTavish.

    They would like to make some trades before free agency starts.

    “The managers meeting at the final really gets everybody talking a little bit more. This week will be a busy week for everybody to see what the fits are out there.

    “This year there are not so many top free agents available. The guys who would normally be secondary targets are now the primary targets. It’s a good year to be a UFA.”

    They are in a good salary cap position, and will be looking for puck-moving and a defensive defenseman.

    “We need help on defence. We’re looking for a puck-moving defenceman, a guy who can carry the puck north and continue into open ice.”

    “We also need a defending defenceman. We’re not going to compromise our young prospects on defence,” he said of forcing the likes of Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, etc. into the line-up until they are ready.”

    Core players in Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz won’t be going anywhere. The Oilers won’t be using their compliance buyouts.

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NHL Rumors V: Blackhawks, Stars, Canadiens, Panthers, Caps, Pens, Blues and Brodeur

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Some things the Blackhawks will have to handle this offseason.

    1. Sign Kane and Toews to gigantic contract extensions – both have one year left on their $6.3 million deals. They will need a raise and the Blackhawks won’t want to have both get close to unrestricted free agency next summer.  Evgeni Malkin’s eight-year, $76 million ($9.5 million salary cap hit) is a comparable.

    2. Shore up the backup goalie spot – Antti Raanta is a UFA and may be the most logical choice. Needs to improve on his .897 save percentage.

    3. Lay low for a while – They’ve played a lot of hockey in the last two years and they need to get away for a while to heal up and then get ready for next season.

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars should look for a younger goalie to battle 22-year Jack Campbell as their backup instead of veterans like they’ve used in the past (Tim Thomas, Dan Ellis, Andrew Raycroft or Cristopher Nilstorp). 27-year old Chad Johnson is a UFA, same with Devin Dubnyk. They could look at trades: Niklas Svedberg or Malcolm Subban (BOS), Sami Aittokallio (COL), Petr Mrazek or Tom McCollum (DET).
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Canadiens may like to pay P.K. Subban something similar to Kris Letang’s eight years and $58 million. Drew Doughty got eight years and $56 million from the Kings. Letang’s no-trade cluase kicks in on July 1st and he could be dealt before.

    The Panthers are looking at Tom Renney, Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson for their head coaching vacancy. They may be waiting to see what happens to Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh. If they go with Renney, Perry Pearn could be an assistant as the two worked together with the Rangers.

    Matheson thinks there is a 75 percent chance that Capitals Mike Green gets traded at the draft or this offseason. He has one-year left at $6.25 million. He’s dealt with concussion and groin issues in the past. The Lightning, Panthers, Red Wings and Flyers could be options.

    Would Ray Shero take on an advisor role with the Bruins?

    Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois could be the leading candidate for the Penguins GM position.

    The Blues signing free agent winger Joakim Lindstrom may not be good new for Magnus Paajarvi. The Blues are looking for a defensive partner for Kevin Shattenkirk on the second pairing, and have Patrik Berglund to offer up.

    Matheson doesn’t see the Martin Brodeur landing starting job anywhere next season. He may have to split time again somewhere next year.

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NHL Rumors III: Panthers, Kings, Canucks and Jets

  • Craig Custance: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he’s received at least a half dozen legitimate inquiries about the 1st overall pick.
  • Ronnie Shuker of The Hockey News: Sunday’s game could be Mike Richards final game in a Kings uniform as the could be bought out by the team. He has six-years and $29 million remaining on his deal, with a salary cap hit of $5.8 million. A buyout would cost the Kings $19.3 million over 12 years.
  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Canucks GM Jim Benning is open to upgrading in net.

    “We’re going to look at every avenue we have to make our team competitive. Vancouver is a big-market city, we’ve got a passionate fan base, [and] our owners want to win,” Benning told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Brady & Walker when asked directly about signing a free-agent goaltender. “I know they have a lot of confidence in Eddie Lack. For a first-year goalie last year, he had a good season, and we hope that he can take it to the next step this year.”

    Benning scouted and drafted Ryan Miller. Other UFAs include: Jonas Hiller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Alex Stalock, Carter Hutton, Justin Peters, Thomas Greiss, Martin Brodeur and Ray Emery.

    Benning on Ryan Kesler.

    “I touched base with Ryan yesterday. We’re still going back and forth on that. We’re going to listen to Ryan. We’re going to have a good, open, honest communication,” said Benning, who has also been speaking with Kelser’s agent. “Where it leads to, at this point I don’t know.”

  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on trades and free agency.

    “After all the review since the season ended, are you in a dealing mood?” was the question Cheveldayoff was asked.

    “For all the changes happening in the league, I think there’s a strong appetite among teams to want to talk about making changes,” he said, noting there are seven new GMs in place. “We are certainly in that mix of talking, to find out if there’s a way to trade, whether it’s a big asset, a middle asset, whatever asset. You sit and talk to see if there’s a chance that something can fit with something you’re looking for.

    “I think with this year’s crop of free agents, you’re really starting to see where the trend of locking up players for long term has lessened the number of players that would have otherwise entered free agency.

    “And that’s leading a lot of teams to think they might have to make a trade to do something, as opposed to simply relying on free agency. Not that we’ve been huge players in free agency in the past, but I can say it hasn’t been for lack of wanting to be.”

    On if their ninth overall pick is a starting point in trade talks and if it’s in play.

    “I think any time you’re in a situation like this, where there’s lots of talk and there are new GMs in the league… and different organizations are in different cycles that need different things, it would not be factual to say I’ve got a deal in place, but I wouldn’t be totally truthful if I told you I wasn’t openly and actively in conversations in any regard.

    “You always are, but until you know what every other team is thinking, it’s hard to say what the reality is of something happening or not.”

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NHL Rumors II: Ryan Miller and Goalie Market – Who Is Available and Who Could Be Looking For A Goalie

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Brian Elliott’s three-year, $7.5 million deal and Jake Allen set to play in the NHL next year, means that they won’t be bringing Ryan Miller back.

    “At the trade deadline, we took a calculated gamble of bringing in Ryan and we didn’t have the success that we needed as an organization … certainly not all reflective on Ryan,” Armstrong said. “It’s a team game and as an organization we are responsible.

    “But it was additional payments necessary to Buffalo if we signed Ryan. That would have been basically moving back a full round in the draft … and we just felt at this time, it was better for us to go with Elliott and Jake Allen.”

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong met with Miller last week to him know their decision.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Blues-Sabres trade is basically finalized now: Miller and Steve Ott for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, William Carrier, 2015 1st round pick and a 2016 3rd round pick. There are two conditions that could change the deal if the Blues decide to trade Miller’s rights.

    If St. Louis trades Miller prior to the June 27 draft, the deal becomes the following: Buffalo sends Miller, Ott, a 2014 second-round pick originally belonging to Minnesota and a 2014 third-rounder to St. Louis for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, the 2015 first-rounder, the 2016 third-round selection plus a 2014 first-round pick.

    If St. Louis trades Miller after it makes its first-round pick and before the start of free agency July 1, the trade finalizes as Miller and Ott to the Blues for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, the 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round selection.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks could look at trading Antti Niemi and signing Ryan Miller. Miller could be looking to get between $5 and $6 million a year, but that number may drop after his playoff performance. The Sharks may not want to go more than two or three years.
  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Ryan Miller now joins a goalie free agent market that includes: Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov. Cam Ward may be on the trade block. The Ducks look to be going with Frederik Andersen and John Gibson next season. The Sharks could be looking for a new goalie, but would need to trade Antti Niemi first. The Canucks, Capitals and Penguins could be looking for goalie.
  • Lou Korac: Source said that the Blues and Ryan Miller talked contract extension, but Miller was asking for too much money.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Ryan Miller’s agent Mike Liut in an email: “The Blues were unwilling to wait until July to sign Ryan and need to address other concerns they have in their lineup.”
  • Greg Brady: Told yesterday that the Red Wings will “weigh options” with regards to Ryan Miller this off-season. There has always been interest. Jimmy Howard has five years left at $5.25 million. The Wings wouldn’t move him unless they could “upgrade” him. Brady thinks they could trade Howard. Brady doesn’t think the Wings are the front-runners.

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NHL Rumors I: State of Florida Edition

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning’s Ryan Malone is still in the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. It is believed that players in this program can still be bought out. The buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup final or on June 15th, whichever is later, and ends on June 30th. The Lightning have one compliance buyout left as they used their first on Vinny Lecavalier. A Malone buyout would cost them $2.5 million, $1.67 million over two seasons.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Peter Laviolette is on Dale Tallon’s list of people to interview for the Panthers head coaching position. Tallon said last week that he has three candidates, but hasn’t talked to any yet. He wants to have a coach in place by the draft and doesn’t want one who centers around a defensive zone trap. That might eliminate Barry Trotz.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m open for business,” Tallon said. “You have three options, you either take it, move back, or trade it. So that’s what we’re looking at. What’s the best deal for our future, that’s the key.”

    “I definitely will [be shopping the pick], especially this year,” he explained. “We had a couple of nibbles the day after we won [the lottery]. There were a couple guys calling to bust my chops, asking ‘what are you going to do?’ And that’s fine. It’s a good thing.”

    David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Could the Oilers and Panthers talk about switching first round picks? Would a Sam Gagner and the third pick for the first overall work?

  • Harvey Fialkov: Fialkov wouldn’t be surprised if the Panthers signed Tim Thomas to backup Roberto Luongo.

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Afternoon Rumors III: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players

  • Brian Lawton: “Hearing that all talk surrounding Brodeur has ended. He will NOT be Traded…… Finishes yr with Devils.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “NSH C David Legwand in play. PIT, DET, ANA, PIT all possible destinations.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Blue Jackets also looking at defenseman… So are Kings, Penguins, Bruins, etc. etc.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Blue Jackets aren’t done… They’ve been in talks with Calgary on Cammalleri, but at least 4 other teams in that hunt.”
  • Gary Lawless: “Sounds like #nhljets trade talks with Sharks regarding Devin Setoguchi have cooled”
  • Renaud Lavoie: “My friend just told me I made a mistake on Kesler. Its not the Wild but the Ducks who are in Kesler’s derby.”
  • Ken Wiebe: “No surgery required for Scheifele, which is the good news, says Maurice. Chris Thorburn (upper-body) is day-to-day, not serious “
  • Bruce Garrioch: “Senators have had no discussions on Chris Stewart today. “
  • Renaud Lavoie: “Their is a possibility that the Sabres try to sign Jaroslav Halak if they can’t trade him. They need a goalie to rebuild.”

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