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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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NHL Rumors II: Kane, Bruins, Shinkaruk and Frattin-D’Amigo Trade Conditions

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets Evander Kane on Vancouver’s Team 1040 radio yesterday.

    [1040 host] Matt Sekeres: Evander, do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?

    Kane: Well, I think I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now and there’s been speculation and rumors for the three years since I got there. So we’ll see what happens and we’ll carry on as I’m a Winnipeg Jet.

    Sekeres: There’s not a yes in there, and some Jets fans might say you know, why doesn’t he want to play for us? Why isn’t he absolutely fully on board for playing for us? [To Kane] You’re shaking your finger at me.

    Kane: No, I think… I’m training hard and getting ready for this season. Last summer I didn’t have a full summer of training due to some surgery I had, so I found it really important for me to start training early and get myself in the best shape possible for the upcoming season.

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Goss notes that Kane would look very good in a Bruins uniform, surrounded by experienced veterans in a winning environment. He has $5.25 million salary cap hit through 2017-18. Goss adds to not be surprised if Kane is still with the Jets at the start of the season due to GM Keven Cheveldayoff’s conservative nature.
  • Adrian Dater: “People making too much of Evander Kane’s radio comments. But of course we know he wants out of Winnipeg.”
  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Cam Tucker of Metro West reported:

    “I don’t know where that came from. We were never actively looking to trade Hunter Shinkaruk. This stuff gets started out there,” said Benning. “That’s not true.”

  • James Mirtle: For the Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets trade involving Matt Frattin and Jerry D’Amigo the Leafs sent a conditional 7th round pick. The Blue Jackets get the 7th if the don’t keep him. Sense is the Blue Jackets will keep D’Amigo and the Leafs keep the pick.

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NHL Rumors II: Dmen Options for Red Wings, McCann and the Islanders

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: After the Capitals signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik at the start of free agency, it appears that Mike Green’s days in Washington could be numbered. The Red Wings are looking for a right-handed, power play QB, and Green would be an ideal fit. The Wings have inquired about Tyler Myers, Jeff Petry, Cody Franson and others.

    Green has a year left at $6 million, and wouldn’t cost the Red Wings as much as some of the others. The Capitals currently have eight defenseman and just 12 forwards under contract, with about $1.1 million in salary cap space.

    If the Red Wings bring in another defenseman, they would likely want to move out Jakub Kindl, who has three years left at $2.4 million. The Capitals don’t need another defenseman though.

    The Capitals may not be in a rush to trade Green. There are about 10 teams that could fit Green’s salary in without having to move out a contract. Green has a no-trade clause.

    The Stars could use another defenseman, same with the Sharks.

  • Dave Davis of Kuklas Korner: Red Wings reporter Helene St. James was on WGR Sprots Radio, talking about whether the Wings should go after Tyler Myers, Alex Edler or Keith Yandle.

    “The {Detroit} defense just isn’t as good as others in the Eastern Conference, much less the West.  I think they need to take a look at somebody in Tyler Myers.  He’s still only 25.  Many of his best years are ahead of him.  He’s got a really appealing contract.  He’s the only guy who can look Chara in the eye… unfortunately, for Detroit’s sake, if you’re going to pick up a franchise defenseman like Myers, or maybe they try to see if they can pry Keith Yandle from Arizona, you’re going to have to give up one of your young players.  I don’t think they would trade Mantha for pretty much anything, but no doubt the other team would ask for someone like Nyquist or Tatar. or Jurco and a pick and maybe another player as well.”

  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning on Jared McCann: “Since drafting him, I’ve had 2 or 3 GMs call me who are interested in him. Those conversations weren’t long”
  • Daniel Friedman: There’s talk that the Islanders don’t need to trade anyone before the start of the season. Looking at their depth chart, they kind of have to.

    Strome – Tavares – Okposo
    Kulemin – Grabovski – Neslon
    Bailey – Nielsen – Grabner
    Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

    Lee, Conacher, McDonald and Boulton

    Hamonic – De Haan
    Strait – Visnovsky
    Hickey – Reinhart

    Donovan, Brennan and Carkner


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Quick Hits: Three Teams File for Arbitration, Petry, Jackets, Boyle, Lightning and Canucks

  • Ken Campbell: The Blues have chosen to take Vladimir Sobotka to arbitration. The Avalanche filed for Ryan O’Reilly and the Jets for Michael Frolik.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Oilers sign Jeff Petry to a one-year, $3.075 million deal.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets signed RFA Corey Tropp to a two-year contract extension.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets signed Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Andrew Gross: Dan Boyle said it’s not that he didn’t want to play for the Islanders and other teams, it just that he wanted to play for the Rangers.
  • Joe Smith: The Lightning hire Jay Feaster as their Executive Director of Community Hockey Development.
  • Ben Kuzma: The Canucks Name John Weisbrod as VP of Player Personnel.

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NHL Rumors I: Canucks, Red Wings, Predators, Flyers and Panthers

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: With Canucks signing Ryan Miller, it’s believed that Jacob Markstrom has asked for a trade if they can.

    “That situation could work itself out over the summer,” Benning said. “The teams that are interested may have to move out another guy.

    “We’re exploring that for Jacob. But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation.

    “Look at Minnesota last year. They went through about five goalies.”

  • Helene St. James: As the Red Wings continue to look for a right-handed defenseman, they could look at Sabres Tyler Myers. He carries a $5.5 million salary cap hit. The asking price for Myers would start with one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Tomas Jurco. The Sabres might ask for Anthony Mantha, but he’s not going anywhere. The Red Wings would also likely need to add a high draft pick and potentially another player.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: With the Senators signing David Legwand, it eliminates one of the Flyers trading partners for Vincent Lecavalier. It could give the Predators a bit of leverage and power in negotiations. The Preds may be the only team interested, so they may not have to rush into a deal.
  • George Richards: (answering question) Hasn’t heard any talk of Panthers trades coming.

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Morning Hits: Avoiding Nashville and Tanev Re-signs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler are two recent players who haven’t wanted to go to Nashville.

    “I’m not going to pitch somebody if they don’t want to play for us. You have to be committed,” Poile said.

    Cooper offers some reasons as to why players may have Nashville on their “no-go lists.”

    1. Feel of an expansion team – a former players recently in an interview: “Are the Predators still rebuilding?”

    2. Shea Weber situation – the way the Preds have handled Weber hasn’t always looked good. They took him through arbitration and he’s signed an offer sheet with the Flyers.

    3. Lack of recent success – have missed the playoffs the past two seasons. They lack an offensive superstar.

  • Elliott Pap: The Canucks sign Chris Tanev to a one-year, $2 million deal: “I would have liked a longer term deal but new GM, new coach don’t know me.”
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Jim Benning on Tanev.

    “He had a good season last year,” Benning said. “He had a couple of injuries along the way, but he kind of took the next step. He’s still a young player.

    “We wanted to see another full season, another body of work this next season.

    “If he has another good season, then we’ll try to lock him up long-term.”

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Quick Hits: Gretzky and Seattle, Lazar, Ranger, Gibbons and Canucks

  • John Shannon: A source in Wayne Gretzky’s group is downplaying Gretzky’s role in trying to bring a team to Seattle: “Seattle is along way off with a lot of hurdles.” Source said: “Potential ownership groups have reached out, but we certainly haven’t aligned with anyone.”
  • CP in Edmonton Journal: Gretzky’s agent in an email.

    “As you can imagine prospective team owners from various franchises call frequently to gauge his interest in coming on board. Seattle is no different,” said Blake.

    Ken Warren: When the Senators traded Jason Spezza, GM Bryan Murray said they could consider having Curtis Lazar at center pending the arrival of a new center. There is no doubt where he’ll end up now.

  • Steve Simmons: Surprised that the Oilers haven’t signed Paul Ranger. Rangers and head coach Dallas Eakins are really tight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Before Brian Gibbons signed with the Blue Jackets, he said that three to four teams offered him a two-way contract. The Penguins were believed to be one of the teams.
  • Brian Lawton: The Canucks are probably done with free agency. Will continue working on RFAs Chris Tanev and Linden Vey. They have $4 million in cap space.

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Quick Hits: Canucks, Leafs, Hurricanes and Penguins

  • Elliotte Pap: The Canucks re-sign Zack Kassian for two years and a cap hit of $1.75 million.
  • Jason Botchford: Radim Vrbata: “I talked to Jim last night and he said they were looking for someone to play with the Sedins”
  • Jason Brough: Canucks GM Jim Benning suggests moving Alex Burrows to the second line with Nick Bonino and either Zack Kassian or Jannik Hansen.
  • Farhan Lalji: Mike Santorelli wouldn’t sign a one year deal with the Canucks. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Leafs.
  • Darren Dreger: With the Leafs signing Mike Santorelli yesterday, it ends negotiations with David Legwand. The Leafs still have $4 to $5 million in salary cap space.
  • Mike Halford: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis: “[Gleason] went to Toronto and played extremely well early. Then the wheels fell off for that whole organization.”
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford checked in with Mario Lemieux before he traded James Neal.
  • Josh Yohe: Steve Downie said that Rick Tocchet was the “main factor” in his decision to go to the Penguins.

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