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Quick Hits: Maple Leafs, Sobotka, Kreider, O’Reilly and Islanders

  • Steve Simmons: There is something brewing today with regards to the Maple Leafs. Should expect a significant announcement at some point today.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Vladimir Sobotka was awarded $2.725 million in arbitration. He when returns to the Blues/NHL, that is what he’ll make. Lou Korac: It’s unlikely that the Blues will trade Sobotka’s rights.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Chris Kreider requested $2.8 million in arbitration, with the Rangers submitting a two-year offer of $1.9 million and then $2.2 million.
  • Ken Campbell: Ryan O’Reilly requested $6.75 million in arbitration, with the Avalanche submitting $5.525 million.
  • Chris Botta: There are no snags or news regarding the Islanders sale. Andrew Barroway has made a huge offer for the team. There is other interest in the team, but no offers have been submitted.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars re-sign Antoine Roussel to a four-year, $8 million contract: $1.6 million, $1.8 million, $2.2 million and $2.4 million.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues sign defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, two-way deal.

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NHL Rumors IV: Friedman Talks Maple Leafs

  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “Obviously the relationship between the Leafs & Franson isn’t easy. Have had contract battles for a few years in a row now” … “It’s pretty clear Franson wasn’t happy at times last year with the team & they weren’t happy with him” … “He’s [Franson] a right shot guy who can score points & those guys are hard to find”… “There have been some teams sniffing around Franson. I think Calgary was one.” … “The Leafs know they just can’t give Franson away, he’s too talented. But the other teams know…””…, are they going to give up a good piece for a guy who is 1 year away from testing the market?” … “The Leafs are in a bit of a tough spot. Teams that are trying to trade with them are in a tough spot”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “I think there were a couple of different options between the Leafs & Habs for Gorges.” … “I think there was also a chance that Montreal would have done it [the Gorges deal] for a draft pick
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “The Leafs still have a bit of [cap] room. They still need to get the Reimer situation sorted out”
  • Hope Smoke: Eliotte Friedman: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bridge deal for Gardiner. A 2 year thing.” … “I would suspect, and this is purely guess work on my end with the number, but in the mid $2s [For Jake Gardiner]” … “They’ve had some conversations [RE Gardiner deal] about it & there aren’t expectations that it will be a brutal deal to get done”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “One of the things I kind of heard that the Leafs around the draft had some cap flexibility and offered to take on some $ to get an asset back in return. I don’t know if that’s still something they would do now.” … “This was widely reported earlier, but I know the Leafs took inquiries on a lot of their players to see what the return would be” … “The Leafs received a couple of calls for Lupul, but he’s a 25 goal guy making $5.25 million.” … “If you trade Lupul are going to be able to replace him for that number? That’s a pretty good cap hit” … “I’m not so convinced the Leafs are willing to do that [trading Lupul] anymore”
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: “If Reimer is back in Toronto next year I’m sure he’d be disappointed & would prefer to be somewhere else…” … “…but in the end if he isn’t a professional who are you hurting? Yourself. It’s a small league.” … “Who would go out there and make a deal for Reimer if they see him as being a downer? I just don’t see Reimer being like that”

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NHL Rumors II: Leafs Could Still Be Looking To Trade Franson … Oilers?

  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Cody Franson received his third straight one-year deal ($3.3 million) from the Maple Leafs. His new deal doesn’t mean the Maple Leafs won’t continue looking at moving him.

    “Toronto’s obviously where I want to be so I’m always hopeful there wasn’t a ton of truth to all those rumours,” Franson said in a conference call with reporters. “For me it’s all rumours until the phone rings. . . . You try to avoid it as best you can.”

  • James Mirtle: Was told over the weekend that the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson would settle on a deal in the $3.25 million range, with the same source saying that he would then be traded.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Franson will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The Maple Leafs could lose him for nothing if they don’t trade him or re-sign him before.

    “There’s no reason why we couldn’t sign him during the year, or at the end of the year,” said Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. “Part of it is, if the player wants to be with you, it makes it a lot easier to reach a deal.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples wonders if the Oilers should look at Franson. Franson is a right handed shot, and the Oilers already have Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne. He could fit in if one of the previous three is moved to the left side or traded. His trade value should not be high. If the Oilers can’t find a No. 1 defensemen, bringing in guys like Franson or Blackhawks Johnny Oduya is not a bad thing. The Leafs may be asking too much for him.

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NHL Rumors III: Friedman’s Final Thoughts of the Summer

  • Elliotte Friedman: Teams could be eyeing Coyotes Antoine Vermette, who has one year left on his deal. GM Don Maloney would like to sign to an extension.Have to think Ryan O’Reilly will follow Paul Stastny out of town. There is a $1.225 million salary gap in their arbitration filings, which is a less gap than what their contract talks were rumored to be.

    Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s linemate may depend on who their second line center is. They want to move Tom Wilson up in the lineup. Braden Holtby is their No. 1 starter. The Caps are lukewarm on the idea of trading Mike Green. They want to see how he does in Barry Trotz’s system.

    Shouldn’t be surprised if Christian Ehrhoff gets an extension after January 1st from the Penguins.

    The Islanders offered Jarome Iginla a four year contract.

    The Islanders will give Brock Nelson a shot with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    The sale of the Islanders may have hit a snag last week.

    The Oilers are still looking for a center as they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl.

    Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner could sign bridge deals.

    The Flames continue to tell teams they can take on players with a tough cap hit. The Flames would like adjust their blueline. Dennis Wideman’s name has been out there. They may have looked at Cody Franson.

    Rumors that the Canadiens asked the Maple Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. Sounding like the Leafs will keep him.

    Talk from teams that Evander Kane may start the season on Winnipeg.

    Canucks GM Jim Benning is concerned with their depth due to the heavy travel schedule. Benning on rumors that he is not a Chris Tanev fan:  “I don’t know where this comes from. I’m a big fan of his, he made big strides last year.”

    It’s thought that the Canucks and Oilers tried to trade for Blues Patrik Berglund. Berglund more likely to remain in St. Louis after the departure of Vladimir Sobotka.

    Talk that the Blues tried to trade for Jason Garrison before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

    If Jason Spezza accepted the trade to Nashville, it would have been similar to what the Predators gave up for James Neal. (Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling)

    Ales Hemsky will start the season with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin could lineup with Jason Spezza.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Braydon Coburn rumors: “He’s a big man who can skate. Not surprised people ask about him.” Teams saying Flyers are looking at other options first.

    If he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks, the Bruins and Penguins could be favorites to land Kevin Hayes over the Panthers.

    Dmitry Kulikov’s three-year contract with the Panthers may not mean trade rumors are over.

    Teammate said that striping Joe Thornton of his captaincy may not force him out. Thornton got the “C” when they striped it from Patrick Marleau.

    There has never been talks between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, about returning.

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NHL News: Maple Leafs and Franson Agree On One-Year Deal

  • Lance Hornby: The Maple Leafs and Cody Franson avoid salary arbitration and agree to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

Franson is coming off a career high in assists (28) and points (33) last season. He had filed a $4.2 million salary with arbitration, with the Leafs submitting $2 million.

Franson is scheduled to become a UFA at the end of next season, and there are rumors that they will continue to shop him around the league.

Where do you think he’ll end up? What can the Leafs expect to get in return for him?


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NHL Rumors II: Johansen, Five Arbitration Cases and No Setoguchi For Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen may still be far apart in contract talks, but at least they have been in contact after weeks of no communication. A source saying that Johansen’s camp recently sent a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, a two-year deal. Johansen said last month that the Blue Jackets “bridge” offer was a slap in the face. To date, term has been the major stumbling block, with the Johansen looking long-term and the Blue Jackets looking short term.

    “Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus,” said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. “That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

    “He was very excited to see the club wrap up Brandon Dubinsky with such a long-term contract (earlier this month). That’s the kind of player he wants as a teammate, the kind of player he wants beside him.”

    It’s unclear what both sides are offering on a two-year deal, and how far apart they are on salary.

  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Five interesting salary arbitration cases that are schedule to begin today.Vladimir Sobotka – determining salary for when he decides to return to the NHL.

    Ryan O’Reilly – had a $6.5 million salary last season, with the Avalanche trying to get much lower than that. Recorded 28 goals and 64 points, while picking up the Lady Byng Trophy.

    James Reimer – had 3.29 GAA last year, but a .911 save percentage. Had $1.8 million salary cap hit last year, $1.6 million in salary.

    Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard – the Rangers have about $12.3 million available for four roster players.

    P.K. Subban – comparable to when the Predators and Shea Weber went to arbitration. Weber was awarded $7.5 million in 2011. Subban could break Weber’s ruling record.

  • Andrew Walker: Free agent Devin Setoguchi won’t be signing with the Maple Leafs. He is considering two teams in the East.

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs and Franson Close … Arbitration Looming for Reimer and Sobotka

  • James Mirtle: Sounding like the Maple Leafs and Cody Franson will likely avoid their arbitration hearing with a last minute deal today. Will likely split the difference. Mirtle thinks the Leafs still intend to trade Franson. There are lots of decisions that are still up in the air.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: James Reimer and Cody Franson have been on the trade block all offseason. Some executives have been frustrated with the Maple Leafs as they feel they are overvaluing their players, which may not be the case when it comes to Reimer and Franson.

    Franson is looking for $4.2 million in arbitration, the Leafs submitted $2 million. Franson has recorded 62 points in the past two seasons, 20th overall by defensemen over that span. Talk that they could agree to a $3.2 million one-year deal before the hearing.

    Reimer should have a good arbitration due to the numbers he’s put up on defensively weak team.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Though he signed a three year, $12 contract with Omsk of the KHL, Vladimir Sobotka is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing today. Sobotka’s agent Petr Svoboda said recently that Sobotka asked for a trade before he signed the KHL deal when the two sides couldn’t come to a contract agreement. Czech website,, reported that Sobotka indicated he’ll return to the NHL after one year, but with a team other than the Blues. Sobotka has been quoted as saying he had no choice but to sign in the KHL since the Blues wouldn’t trade him. His agent said the Blues “didn’t even want to hear about (a trade).” Blues GM Doug Armstrong was recently unsuccessful in getting a hold of Sobotka.

    “We haven’t talked yet,” Armstrong said. “I think he actually might have already gone to training camp. I left him a message, just thanking him, wishing him well and telling him we’d stay in touch … but no need to call back.”

    The Blues best offer was one-year deal worth $2.7 million, with Sobotka asking for $3 million. The Blues also offered two-years and $6 million. Sobotka is one year away from being a UFA. Sobotka’s KHL deal has an out clause after each season.

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NHL Rumors III: Franson and Roussel Going To Arbitration … Zuccarello

  • Elliotte Friedman: 48 hours before arbitration hearings, players and teams submit a dollar figure. The arbitrator can choose any number between or in rare cases, above the numbers submitted.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Cody Franson submitted $4.2 million, with the Maple Leafs submitting $2 million.
  • James Mirtle: Thinking Franson could get $3 million in what could be an ugly hearing.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Antoine Roussel is asking for $2.35 million with the Stars submitting $1.15 million.
  • Patrick Kearns: The Rangers could ask Mats Zuccarello to play left winger even though he’s more comfortable on the right side. They are a little thin down the left side.

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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Nylander and the Stars

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks will be $1.3 million or $2.2 million over the salary cap depending on whether Teuvo Teravainen is given a roster spot. The Blackhawks need to shed at least one contract and GM Stan Bowman doesn’t appear to be worried. Trade talk usually picks up in September.

    “Everyone likes their team right now,” Bowman said. “But once training camp rolls around and you start playing some exhibition games, [sometimes] you realize maybe that the way you drew it up in June and July isn’t playing out the way you hoped. I’m not saying we’re waiting until training camp, but that is another time period when things do change more often.”

  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Brandon Saad would love to have a contract  extension by now, but he isn’t really worried about it.

    “Obviously it would be nice to get it done and have that out of the way, I guess, instead of focusing it on the year. But if it doesn’t happen there’s not much you can do. You play the season,” Saad said. “Hopefully it happens during the year and, if not, next summer. So we still have quite a bit of time to get it done, and we’ll see when it happens.”

    Saad is entering the final year of a deal that pays him $832,000 and he’ll be getting a nice raise from that on a new deal.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: At the draft Panthers GM Dale Tallon was considering trading back to draft William Nylander. The Maple Leafs ended up drafting him and may be leaning towards sending Nylander back to Sweden to play next year.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars still have RFAs in Antoine Roussel, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin to re-sign. Once they are locked up, they’ll have 14 forwards under contract including Rich Peverely who may not be able to play and six defensemen. The Stars and Roussel are scheduled to go to arbitration and he could get a deal in the $1.5 million per season range. Heika thinks Dillon could get contract in the $1.5 million per season range as well.

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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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