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News and Rumors: Hayes, Shanahan and Milano

  • Mark Divver: Kevin Hayes agent had meetings set up for yesterday afternoon at his office with NHL teams. They could be spending this morning narrowing down teams and then talk with the four or five finalists on Monday.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Word has it Brendan Shanahan’s deal with the Maple Leafs is for five-years and $2.5 million a year.Shanahan met with Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf for a couple days in PEI. Shanahan also met with Phil Kessel over a three hour dinner.

    This is what Shanahan is doing with the Maple Leafs: In every department, in every way. He is talking but more than that he is listening. He is asking all kind of questions. He wants to know what everybody does, more than that, he wants to know what everybody is thinking.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets 2014 1st round pick, Sonny Milano, pulled out of his commitment with Boston College and will play for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL). The Blue Jackets said they wouldn’t get involved in Milano’s decision process.
  • Corey Pronman: Pronman thinks it would be good option if the Blue Jackets and Sonny Milano are considering having him play in the AHL next season.

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NHL Rumors II: Stars, Blackhawks, Bruins and Maple Leafs

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (mailbag) Question brings up rumors of Patrick Sharp and possibly Brent Seabrook being available through trade in the Blackhawks attempt to get under the salary cap. Though Sharp’s name has been in the rumors, Heika notes that defensemen seem to be the focus now, mainly Johnny Oduya and his $3.375 million cap hit (one-year left). Sharp doesn’t really fit in with the Stars. Heika doesn’t see the Stars going after a Dman like Oduya. Seabrook would be a long-shot to moved this offseason, and but you never know next offseason. Seabrook would definitely fit in with the Stars though.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: (mailbag) Haggerty thinks that defenesmen David Warsofsky and Adam McQuaid are the favorites to be traded when they look to lessen their surplus on the blueline. GM Peter Chiarelli should wait until teams start calling them. Johnny Boychuk could also be moved to help with their cap issue, but he’s an important part of the team.David Krejci could be worth $7 million a season on his next deal.There is a mutual interest between the Bruins and Kevin Hayes, but some people close to Hayes said a few weeks ago that the Avalanche and Predators are the favorites.

    There is no reason to trade Carl Soderberg.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Leafs should be adding another assistant GM in the next week or so.

    “There’s always more to do,” Shanahan said Thursday. “Once you get something accomplished, it’s always on to the next thing. I think we made some good changes, but it’s about getting on the ice and playing and competing and seeing what you have and developing.
    “For me, once you do something it’s always: What’s next?”

  • James Mirtle: Brendan Shanahan plans on sitting down with Dion Phaneuf soon to talk about the team, etc.

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The Top 10 Best Long-Term NHL Contracts

The NHL is a league that is notorious for its ugly, bad, and sometimes mind-boggling contracts.

With all of the bad contracts seemingly always in the headlines (bad news makes for better stories), it’s easy to forget that even the NHL has its fair share of deals that can be considered gems.

For this list, because it’s harder for teams to sign good long-term deals, only current players who are on deals consisting of six or more years apply.

Honourable mentions: Taylor Hall (7 years, $42M total, $6M cap hit, injury prone but an elite offensive talent), Tyler Seguin (6 years, $34.5M total, $5.75M cap hit, party animal wildcard with outstanding offensive flair), James Neal (6 years, $30M total, $5M cap hit, put up near point per game numbers with Penguins but is now is part of a more defensive team in Nashville ) and James van Riemsdyk (6 years, $25.5M total, $4.25M cap hit, with the Leafs he has developed into everything that the Flyers thought he could be).

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 long-term contracts in the NHL.

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NHL Rumors: Methot, Bissonnette, Isles, Holland and Weber

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Marc Methot is scheduled to become a UFA at the season. They had been talking about a contract extension, but they are at a stalemate, so don’t expect a long-term deal anytime soon. Methot is scheduled to make $3.75 million this season, and has been compared to Brooks Orpik and Matt Carle. The Senators are also talking to pending 2015 UFAs Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Craig Anderson. The Sens could look to trade Methot later in the season if they can’t agree on an extension.
  • Craig Morgan: Sources saying the Capitals, Wild and Penguins are teams showing interest in Paul Bissonnette.
  • Daniel Friedman: Thinks one of the biggest reasons the Islanders should look at adding a defenseman is that he’s not sure you can rely on Lubomir Visnovsky to remain healthy all season.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Peter Holland is almost assured to the make the Maple Leafs out of camp as he would have to clear waivers. He’d likely be claimed and the Leafs don’t want to lose him.
  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: Dadoun looks at if it would make sense for the Predators to trade Shea Weber. Predators GM David Poile has said he won’t move him.

    “We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around him,” Poile said in June. He added, “Why wouldn’t we build our team around him?”

    Weber’s cap hit is $7.9 million, but his contract was heavily front loaded. He’ll get $14 million for two more years, $12 million for another two, then it drops further. The Preds have some nice young defensemen in Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Seth Jones. If the Predators are not a great bet to make the playoffs in the future, why not make the move? Weber seems to be on board with remaining with the Predators and is optimistic with their future, but would more losing change that thought.

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NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Halpern, Bouillon and Schultz

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: The Blackhawks are currently $2.2 over the salary cap for this season. For 2015-16, the Blackhawks have $65 million committed for 15 players, a year in which Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy will need new contracts. The 32-year old Patrick Sharp ($5.9 million cap hit) has been in the rumor mill since before July. He’s scored at least 30 goals in each of the past three seasons. He has a modified no-trade clause.
  • Ben Raby of CSN Washington: UFA Jeff Halpern isn’t ready to retire just yet.

    “If something comes along, I’d definitely jump on it,” Halpern said last week in a phone conversation with

    “My price tag isn’t very high anymore. I feel like I can fit in anywhere, so I’m not saying ‘I have to play for this team or that team.’”

    It would be Halpern’s 15th season. He recorded five goals and seven assists in 69 games last season with the Coyotes.

    “There have been a few conversations [with teams], but that’s about where it stops right now.”

  • RDS: (google translate) The Canadiens and Francis Bouillon are in “intense negotiations” on a one-year deal. They were waiting for the P.K. Subban situation to resolve before moving on to Bouillon.
  • Jim Matheson: Wondering if the Oilers are looking at Jake Gardiner’s new contract (five-years, $20.25 million) and thinking that it would work for Justin Schultz.

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NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Leafs, Penguins and UFA Goalies

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: A couple weeks ago the Blue Jackets and RFA Ryan Johansen were making some progress on a bridge deal, but were about $3 million apart. Two weeks later, not much progress has been made. When asked on the weekend if they were still far apart on a deal, one of the parties said in a text, “hectares.” Training camp starts on September 18th. Johansen is planning to return to Columbus later this month. If the Blue Jackets sign Johansen to a two- or three-year deal, he’ll still be a RFA, but will have arbitration rights. A four-year deal would put him into unrestricted free agency.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: If the Maple Leafs pair Dion Phaneuf with Roman Polak, Phaneuf would be moved back to the left side. The Leafs started talking with Daniel Winnik on July 1st but he was looking for too much money. Hearing that Joe Bowen won’t be calling Leafs games on TV, only radio.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford last week on Brandon Sutter:

    “The best way to characterize the process is it’s moving in the right direction,” Rutherford said. “I would suspect by next week we might be able to get something done.”

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Some UFA goaltenders that are still available: Martin Brodeur, J.S. Giguere, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, Cal Heeter and David LeNeveu.
  • Jeff Marek: Blue Jackets 1st round pick Sonny Milano will play in with Plymouth (OHL) this season instead of going to Boston College. Adam Kimelman: Milano confirms that he’ll be going to Boston College in the fall.
  • Corey Pronman: The Maple Leafs are working on signing 2014 1st round pick, William Nylander.

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Top 10 “Value” Free Agent Signings

With how rare it is to acquire talent in the NHL, most teams find themselves coming out of the offseason with their pockets emptied by free agents and the ridiculous prices that the market sets on them.

Once free agency hits, mediocre players become hot commodities and teams usually overpay to get them.

Sometimes, however, good deals are signed and both parties come away winners.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 “value” contracts that were signed during this offseason.

Honourable Mentions:

James Reimer – Toronto Maple Leafs – Two-years, $4.6 million / $2.3 million cap hit

With career numbers of a .914 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average, Reimer has established himself as a very capable goalie in the league. While he may not be a true number one goaltender, he is at worst a goalie who is good enough to play 30-40 games in a split role. With a two-year contract for only $2.3 million per season, the Leafs should have no problem finding a trade partner if need be.

Lars Eller – Montreal Canadiens – Four-years, $14 million / $3.5 million cap hit

Never eclipsing 30 points in any of his five seasons in the league, Eller has yet to establish himself as a reliable forward in the NHL. With that said, this past postseason Eller finished behind only Subban in scoring, with 13 points in 17 games. At only $3.5 million until the age of 29, the Canadiens might have gotten themselves a steal if that kind of production continues.

On to the top 10.

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NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs – Gardiner, Franson, Nonis and Shanahan

  • Kevin McGran: Jake Gardiner said that the Maple Leafs offered a bridge deal and the five year deal he ended up signing. It was his choice.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “You still need a Franson to log some mins. Yeah they want to move him. They don’t probably like the number…” “…eventually Franson will be gone. They’ve tried to move him & fought with him on contracts.” … “I think Franson’s been ok. He’s a valuable guy that can log some minutes. You have to get somebody better before you move him out” … “I don’t see anyone on their depth chart that can come in and take Franson’s minutes. You have to be careful there”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “My biggest question is: where is Dave Nonis? How does an assistant GM get hired & the GM not be there?” … “Dave had some personal things he had to attend to? Ok. Back the hiring off 3 or 5 or 7 days so he can be there” … “The GM should be there when the assistant GM is hired. Are you kidding me?” … “Why the panic? Was there 10 teams lined up that they couldn’t wait 3 days to have the GM in there so he can make the announcement?” … “I’m saying where was he? Make it happen and stall it so he can be there.” … “I listen to the Gardiner announcement yesterday. I’m talking to agents & Shanahan’s doing the negotiations with them” … “I’d just like to know where Dave is. You know, if he’s not the GM then tell us.” … “We’ve seen assistant coaches and GMs get fired but you still have the guy who hired them running the team. It’s bizarre” … “Is this the functional way to run an organization? If Brendan wants to be the GM then name himself as the GM”

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NHL News: Spaling, Green, Gardiner, King and Halischuk

  • Ken Campbell: Nick Spaling filed for $2.85 million, with the Penguins submitting $1.65 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils signed Andy Green to a five year, $25 million contract extension, $5 million in each season.
  • Stephen Whyno: Jake Gardiner salary breakdown: $4.65 this year, $4.05 million for the next three years and $3.45 million in 2018-19.
  • Helene St. James: Dwight King avoided arbitration with the Kings and signed a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.95 million.
  • Winnipeg Jets: The Jets signed Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way deal worth $750,000.

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NHL Rumors III: P.K. on Arbitration and Toronto … Wild on Nino and Kuemper

Ken Campbell: P.K. Subban asked for $8.5 million in arbitration, with the Canadiens filing for $5.25 million.

Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: P.K. Subban on if he’s ever considered playing in his hometown of Toronto.

“Um, I’d be wrong to say that I haven’t thought about it. But one thing’s for sure: Montreal’s a great place to play. The start to a tremendous career — hopefully — has been great in Montreal, when you think that we’ve put together a team that’s been in the playoffs in three out of four years. I’ve been a big part of it. I’ve had individual success as well as team success. You look at last year, what we accomplished. And really, just setting the stage for a legacy there that, possibly, some players will never have in any organization. So I look at that first. But definitely, to think that, at some point, you may have the opportunity to play in your hometown? Yeah, it’s unique. But I’m not in a position to elaborate any more on that. All I can say is that I’ve heard a lot about it, I’ve thought about it — but I’m very happy where I am right now, and they’ve treated me so well.”

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild and Nino Niederreiter’s agent have talked about a “bunch of different scenarios” on two to four year contracts. GM Chuck Fletcher has not spoken with Darcy Kuemper’s agent since July 5th.

“Darcy has great potential and played very well in stretches for us [last] season, but at the end of the day I think he’s played around 30 games in the NHL,” Fletcher said. “Usually this isn’t the time to fight for the big contract. We feel Darcy right now is trying to establish himself in the league, and once he does that it’ll be a little simpler to come up with terms.

“Our focus right now is on getting good deals with both [Kuemper and Niederreiter]. If we can get the right deal for the player and for the team, then it’ll give us a chance to be competitive. If we spend too much money on players before they’re ready to get the money they feel they deserve, it impacts a lot of other things down the road. If we can get a deal done tomorrow, great. If it takes even into training camp, it’s really not a big deal. We’ve got great depth, we got lots of players. We’re going to have to do what’s right financially to keep this thing going forward.”

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