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NHL Rumors: Lineup Adjustments for Flyers D, Burrows and Campbell

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers will need to figure out their blueline with the recent loss of Kimmo Timonen and addition of Michael Del Zotto. Head coach Craig Berube,

    “MacDonald and Coburn played together some games last year and I really liked what I saw there as a shutdown pair,” Berube said.

    “[Mark] Streit and [Nick] Grossmann played together for quite some time. We’ll see. Maybe with Luke Schenn. Just going into camp you’ve got to look at some combinations and see what looks good.”

    Berube could use Luke Schenn with Del Zotto as he likes having a stay-at-home defenseman with a puck-mover. The Flyers see signing Del Zotto as a similar situation when they brought in Steve Mason, someone who needs a fresh start for a chance to earn a bigger contract.

  • Luke Fox of SportsNet: Canucks Alex Burrows had been playing beside the Sedin’s but with the Canucks signing Radim Vrbata earlier this offseason, he knows he’ll be dropping down in the lineup. Burrow’s will likely be on the second line with Nick Bonino and either Zack Kassian or Jannik Hansen.
  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: The Bruins could move Gregory Campbell from center to wing this season. Campbell on WEEI in Boston,

    “I’ve been a center for the last four years, but I’€™m not going to [demand anything]. I want to be in a spot where I can complement other guys,” Campbell said. “If they throw me with whoever it is and I have to play wing and we’™re a successful line, then so be it. That’€™s where I want to be. I have played center for a long time, so it may take me a few games, but I’™m sure I can do it.”

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NHL Rumors I: Subban and Del Zotto

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: P.K. Subban on TSN Radio: “I let my agent take care of that … in terms of a negotiation, this is business.”
  • Ken Campbell: (10:58 last night) Don’t believe everything that you read about P.K. Subban and the Canadiens. It was all quiet with nothing going on.
  • Renaud Lavoie: If Subban and the Canadiens go to arbitration today (9:00 am), the arbitrator will have a decision within 48 hours.
  • Brian Wilde: If they go to arbitration, they can still work on a long-term deal until the arbitrator makes his ruling.
  • News 1130 Sports: The agent for Michael Del Zotto, Mark Guy, said there is no chance the Del Zotto signs with the Canucks. Added that he’s never had serious talks with them.

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NHL Rumors IV: Jets, Bissonnette, Halpern and the Canucks

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets and Michael Frolik had discussed a five-year contract before settling for a one-year. $3.3 million deal on Tuesday. Neither side would say what held a long-term deal up, but can guarantee that it had to do with money. Frolik may play in the Jets top-six, but he’s more of a third line player. If they are able to agree on a long-term deal at a later date, it can’t be made official until January 1st, 2015. If they can’t agree on a deal, the Jets could look to trade him at the deadline for a prospect and/or draft picks.

    “We’ve had many, many discussion’s with Michael’s agent (Allan Walsh) about a multi-year deal,” said Cheveldayoff. “We both felt it was best to agree to a one-year deal at this time and continue conversations as we move forward.”

  • Sarah McLellan of Arizona Republic: Coyotes UFA Paul Bissonnette on the being unsigned in a slowing free agent market.

    “There’s a stalemate right now where some are either at the cap, maybe a little bit below it or over it where they want to make moves, but teams are waiting,” Bissonnette said. “I find that one or two trades are going to spark more movement.”

    “I would have liked to stay but sometimes you gotta move on and if you’re not in their future plans, whatever,” Bissonnette said. “It’s a business.”

    UFA Jeff Halpern would have liked to stay with the Coyotes. Halpern still thinks he can play and is waiting for a team to call with an offer.

  • Matthew Sekeres: Canucks president Trevor Linden said they are done with the free agency.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Pacific Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Central Division, it’s now time to take a look at final division in the NHL, the Western Conferences teams, Pacific Division.

*All figures according to CapGeek.com, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 4: Western Conference – Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 22 (11 forwards, 9 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $57,864,167
Overages: $1,150,000
Cap Space: $11,135,833
RFA’s Remaining: Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly
Players for LTIR: Sheldon Souray (if needed)

Overview: The Ducks are one of the NHL’s best teams, and yet, they still find themselves with just over $11 million in cap space. This is a very unfamiliar sight for good teams. With only Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly left to bring back (which should come for around or less than $3 million combined), the Ducks are in an extremely good position financially moving forward.

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NHL Rumors I: Calgary, McCann, Bishop, Sens

  • Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald: The Flames have re-signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a new two-year deal, and Cruichskank says to expect RFA’s Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari to be signed in the next few days.

“We really think a lot of Joni,” said Treliving. “This is a young player who took a real big step forward last year.”

  • Jason Botchford of The Province: One of Vancouver’s two first round picks in this year’s draft, Jarred McCann is out to do anything to show he belongs in the NHL. McCann has vowed that his opponents are going to hate him as well.

“I don’t want to be pushed around. If someone is going to stick me, I’m going to give it back.”

“I’ve always had a spur in my game. I’m not afraid to do what it takes. It’s the type of game I play and that’s what I’m good at.”

  • Joe Smith: Ben Bishop says that his rehab is going well and that everything should be fine by the time Tampa Bay’s camp comes around.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Ottawa Senators and RFA goaltender Robin Lehner are closing in on a deal. The two sides have agreed on the term, but not the money as of yet.

“We’re extremely close,” said Pierre Dorion on signing Robin Lehner. “We said we’d give it a week break so that’s what we’ve done.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray will meet with Clarke MacArthur‘s and Bobby Ryan‘s Newport agents sometime next week, trying to work out contract extensions for the upcoming UFA’s. Sen’s have also held talks with Mark Methot‘s agent Larry Kelly about a new deal.

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NHL Rumors I: KHL Option, Mueller, Leafs, Red Wings and Analytics

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals coach Barry Trotz has been accused in the past of clashing with players from Russia. The Caps have three Russians, including Alex Ovechkin. Trotz has said that he’ll have to sit down with Ovechkin to get to know him before he could get him to play the style he wants.

    “It can’t happen until I have a relationship with him because there’s no trust,” Trotz said. “For me, Alex has to trust that I’m giving him the best advice for the team, for him, to grow his game.”

    Trotz on drafting Russians and the treat of the KHL.

    “They have options over there,” Trotz said. “You want your whole foot in the water if you’re going to play in the National Hockey League.

    “I don’t want your toe. If you’re just going to put your toe in the water … A couple Russian players have come over and they don’t put their whole foot in the NHL sometimes, and that holds them back.

    “… If it’s just about the money, then probably the KHL is a better option.”

  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks were interested in Peter Mueller two years ago, but GM Jim Benning has let Mueller’s agent know that they are not interested this time around.
  • James Mirtle: Brendan Shanahan will look to revamp the Maple Leafs scouting department next. No reason they shouldn’t have one of best.
  • News 1130 Sports: David Booth said that he talked with several teams, but he couldn’t pass up playing close to home in Toronto.
  • Dan Rosen: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that they don’t have an analytics guys yet, “but yet is the key word.” Babcock said that they “will for sure” add one and that he’s a fan of it.

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NHL Video: Canucks Talking Kesler and Garrison Trades

Canucks TV going behind-the-scenes. Canucks management talking about what the returns for Ryan Kesler would be, along with talk about trading Jason Garrison.

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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 Rumors III: Sharks, Dmen That Could Be Available and Kulikov

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Despite saying that the Sharks on in a “rebuild phase,” GM Doug Wilson still wants to win.

    “I never lowered the expectations of making the playoffs, because we’re still a very good team,” Wilson said.

    “I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild,” he said. “We’re not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You’re not going to see us with 50 points next year — we’re too good a team for that.”

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Defenseman that could be available for trade this offseason:

    1. Mike Green – the Avalanche and Red Wings have been mentioned as potential landing spots if the Capitals decide to trade him. If the Caps don’t move him this summer, and if they are out of contention at the trade deadline, they could trade him then.

    2. Dion Phaneuf – carries a big cap hit and was rumored to be part of the Maple Leafs offer to the Panthers for the first overall pick at the 2014 draft.

    3. Tyler Myers – Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t actively shopping his young players, but added that he’d listen to offers. Offers would have to be huge. There have been rumors that the Canucks and Red Wings have had interest.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said they are very close on a deal with defenseman Dmitri Kulikov.

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NHL Rumors I: Stamkos, Subban, Demers, Schwartz, Eriksson and Johnson

  • Erik Erlendsson: Price range for Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ next contract is now set after Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane signed their eight year, $84 million contracts.
  • HabsLinks: Bob McKenzie said on TSN 690 radio that P.K. Subban’s salary cap hit will end up between $8 and $9 million.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Jason Demers filed for salary arbitration last week, but they hope to signed.

    “We’ll get him under contract — it’s just trying to find a middle ground that works for him and works for us as far as dollars and term,” Wilson said. “He’s another guy who had a good season, probably wasn’t overly pleased with his playoffs but will learn from it.”

  • Andy Strickland: Blues RFA Jaden Schwartz doesn’t have any negotiating rights, which is why either side has been in a rush to get a deal done. With rookie camp ending today, they’ll continue contract discussions soon.
  • News 1130 Sports: Canucks goalie prospect Jocim Eriksson has a clause in his contract that allows him to return to Europe if he’s sent to the AHL. His agent, Anton Thun, said he’ll be talking with the Canucks about Eriksson’s future.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson said he’ll return to the Swedish league next year if he doesn’t make Leafs.

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