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NHL Rumors III: Jason Spezza Looking To Move On From Ottawa

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed that Jason Spezza has asked out.

    “There are a few teams that have asked me about him, what the cost is,” Murray said after the GMs meeting Wednesday. “I suggested at least we’ll have discussions. I don’t want to trade the guy, really, and I know I won’t get the value, in all likelihood that I should get for him. But I think that Jason feels maybe there’s a change that he would like to have happen, and if that’s the case we’ll try to do what we can.”

    On what they might be looking for in return.

    “Obviously I’d like to win a hockey game next year, so getting a player back that can play in the league, that has played in the league, would be important,” Murray said.

    There hasn’t been a lot of time to talk trade with GMs at the GM meetings so far this week.

    “It’s such a short time together,” he said. “You get a chance to talk to two guys, but not widespread by any means. We’re all kicking tires right now. It’ll probably be another few weeks, at least, before anything comes down that might be a worthwhile trade talking about.”

  • Matt Larkin of the Hockey News: Spezza has a list of 10 teams he can’t be traded too. Five teams that could be trading partners for the Senators and Spezza.

    1. Nashville Predators: the Preds have the cap space, would fit Peter Laviolette’s offensive system and he would be familiar with former teammate Mike Fisher.

    2. St. Louis Blues – the Blues have some free agents to re-sign, but they still should have room to add Spezza. The Blues lack an offensive weapon and he would look real good beside Vladimir Tarasenko.

    3. Anaheim Ducks – if they are able to fit Ryan Kesler in, they could also fit in Spezza. They are familiar trade partners. Spezza isn’t the two-center that Kesler is. Could Spezza handle the Western Conference playoff warfare?

    4. Dallas Stars – the Stars desperately need a second line center. A trade with the Stars would need to come with a contract extension though.

    5. Toronto Maple Leafs – it would be a homecoming for Spezza, but GM Bryan Murray would rather not send him to a team they have to play so often.

  • Bruce Garrioch: Murray on Spezza: “change is something he’d like to have happen.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Murray said that four to five teams are interested, with two or three being serious.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Murray has taken calls on Spezza, but nothing is close at this point. A trade has to help them short and long term.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Murray on where they may prefer to trade Spezza: “send him somewhere we don’t have to play him every night.”
  • Roger Millions: AJ Jakubec (TSN radio in Ottawa) says the Flames have no interest in Spezza.

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Morning Hits: Toews, Mitchell, Pokka, Miller Trade Recap, Poti and Tarasenko’s Rights Traded

  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews was under the weather yesterday but is expected to be ready for Game 1.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings coach Sutter on defenseman Willie Mitchell’s status: “hasn’t skated yet, we’ll see [today].”
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders can’t sign Ville Pokka until after the World Championship ends on May 25th, but must sign him before June 1st.
  • Andy Strickland: (trade recap) If Ryan Miller re-signs with the Blues before the draft, the Sabres get the Blues 2014 1st round pick and the Blues would get the Wild’s 2nd round pick and the Sabres 3rd round pick. If the Sabres re-sign Miller after the draft the Blues get a 2016 3rd round pick and the Sabres get the Blues 2nd round round pick. Strickland isn’t suggesting the Blues will or won’t re-sign him.
  • Slava Malamud: Sibir Novosobirsk of the KHL trade the rights to Vladimir Tarasenko to SKA St Petersburg for a draft pick.

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NHL Rumors: Miller, Blues, Stars, Flames and Hurricanes

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Ryan Miller on what his next few days and weeks will be like:

    “I don’t know,” he said. “Just have to take them as they come now. I guess I’m free to go to my sister-in-law’s wedding. That’s about it.”

    Miller said that contract extension talks with the Blues have never become “very serious.” Added that he wouldn’t mind staying.

    “We’re through with the hockey part now, and we’ll have to see where we’re at, see how they feel about me,” Miller said. “I definitely like St. Louis. Like the guys, like the team, but we’ll see what they feel about the playoffs.”

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gordon thinks the Blues should hand the crease over to Jake Allen, re-sign Brian Elliott to be the backup and let Miller walk. Re-sign Steve Ott but not for a lot of money or term. Give Ken Hitchcock at least one more year. If Patrik Berglund is willing to re-sign for moderate third line money, then they should consider it. If Berglund is looking for bigger money, they should look at trading him. The Blues don’t need to get into a free agent bidding war for Paul Stastny. Magnus Paajarvi, Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie should get opportunities to make the team next year.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance suggests some moves that might help out the Blues for next season.

    1. Hand the goalie keys to Jake Allen – use Allen instead of re-signing Ryan Miller and use that money elsewhere. Sign a veteran backup, possibly re-signing Brian Elliott. Jonas Hiller would make some sense at a reasonable price and term.

    2. Sign Paul Stastny – if he hits the open market. Derek Roy ($4 million) and Brenden Morrow ($1.5 million) are coming off the books. Use Vladimir Sobotka as their 3rd line center.

    3. Make r0om for Dmitrij Jaskin – they could look at bring Steve Ott back, but they need to continue playing some of their young guys, like they did this year with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance suggests some moves that might help out the Stars for next season.

    1. Construct a legitimate second line to ease pressure on the top line – Ray Whitney ($4.5 million) will come off the books. Rich Peverley ($3.25 million) health is not known. They may need to look at some free agent wingers to help with scoring.

    2. Add another veteran defenseman - need to add at least one more veteran.

    3. Trade Sergei Gonchar - he makes $5 million next season, so the Stars may have to eat some of his contract.

  • The Fourth Period: The Calgary Herald suggested that the Flames could consider buying out defenseman Dennis Wideman, though it would be costly. The Flames will continue to try to re-sign Mike Cammalleri. A source said that Cammalleri is likely to test the free agent market.
  • Mike Sundheim: The Hurricanes will hold a hockey operations news conference at noon today. John Shannon: Hearing that Hurricanes announcing Ron Francis will replace Jim Rutherford as GM.

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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates and Practice Notes From Today

  • Dan Rosen: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf is expected to be able to go in Game 2. X-rays were negative, suffered only a deep facial laceration that received several stitches.
  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Ben Bishop spent over 30 minutes on the ice this morning in full equipment. Missy Zielinski: Lightning coach Cooper on Bishop: “I don’t think we’ll be seeing Bishop anytime soon.” He hasn’t been completely ruled out of the series if it goes the distance.
  • Joe McDonald: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg is practicing today. Ansar Khan: Zetterberg skated for about 20 minutes today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Not practicing for the Bruins today are Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Matt Bartkowski. Kevan Miller returned. Haggerty can’t see Paille playing tomorrow.
  • Katie Strang: Flyers Steve Mason is doing better and will join the team in New York. His status for Game 2 is still uncertain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jordan Leopold and Roman Polak were working as the third defensive pair at practice.
  • Lou Korac: Blues T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund will be out. Vladimir Tarasenko is in.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on Matt Belesky’s injury: “Lower – body that’s been nagging him for awhile. Hopefully ready for Friday”
  • Andy Strickland: Blackhawks Patrick Kane is skating today with a notable brace on his left leg.
  • Chris Johnson: Lightning’s Ondrej Palat isn’t practicing. He only had one shift in the third period.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Don’t expect Canadiens Travis Moen to be in the lineup for Game 2. Needs more practice time.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers lines: Hartnell-G-Voracek; Raffl-Schenn-Simmonds; Read-Coots-Akeson; Rinaldo-Lecavalier-Hall.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blues lines: Ott-Backes-Steen, Schwartz-Sobotka-Tarasenko, Morrow-Roy-Reaves, Porter-Lapierre-Cracknell.
  • Arpon Basu: Lightning lines: Killorn-Johnson-Stamkos; Panik-Filppula-Callahan; Purcell-Thompson-Brown; Kucherov-Paquette-Pyatt

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NHL Injuries: Flyers, Red Wings, Blues, Avs, Sharks and Bruins

  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Helene Ste. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg skated before practice yesterday. Felt good but didn’t push it. Zetterberg said it’s unlikely he’ll be ready before round 2.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko still needs doctors clearance. He feels good and today will determine if he can play or not. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Tarasenko is right on time with his six week timeline.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that John Mitchell is doing better and could play at some point during the series.
  • Michael Kelly: Avs Matt Duchene is just over two weeks into his four to six weeks recovery.
  • David Pollak: No decision has been made if Raffi Torres will play in Game one.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “the Bruins are having some flu issues right now. Kelly is having some back issues & Paille took that hard hit. Some things there”

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NHL Injuries: Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Blues, Devils, Senators and Ducks

  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) should be able to start skating next week. The earliest he could return to the lineup would be late in the first round.
  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland indicated that Stephen Weiss is likely done for the year after many setbacks from his sports hernia surgery.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will be out three weeks with an MCL strain.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul skated in track pants yesterday morning. Not expected to play tonight.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins doesn’t expect Nail Yakupov to play again this season.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko skated yesterday.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Jordan Leopold will be in the lineup tonight. Barrett Jackman returns to the lineup, with Carlo Colaiacovo sitting.
  • Rich Chere: Both Devils Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique left last night’s game.
  • Ottawa Senators: Senators Ales Hemsky left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Frederik Andersen left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Rangers, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Avs, Oilers, Hurricanes, Canucks and Top 5 Grinders

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) If the Blues are looking to bring a bigger name in, it will have to include salary going out. If the Blues are looking at Ryan Callahan, the Rangers will want someone that could step right into their lineup (ie. Chris Stewart) and not just picks and prospects. The emergence of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, and with Dmitrij Jaskin on his way, has made Stewart expendable. If Stewart isn’t dealt at the deadline, he could be moved in the summer.

    Custance thinks it’s in the best interest of the Blue Jackets to trade Marian Gaborik at the deadline and that he might be able to land them a 1st round pick.

    Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will deplete their system to land Ryan Miller.

    Custance thinks there could be at least on trade at the deadline that nobody saw coming. GMs appear to be wanting to make “hockey deals” rather than rentals.

    There’s the sense that the Avalanche will keep Ryan O’Reilly as Patrick Roy really likes him.

    Oilers Sam Gagner is all but assured to be traded. There could be a bigger deal to be made if Oilers GM Criag MacTavish can find a taker. Still a long-shot that one of the Oilers other stars gets traded, but it is possible.

    If the Hurricanes are willing to retain some salary,and if he’d waive his no-trade clause, they might be able to find a taker for goalie Cam Ward. If the Hurricanes wanted to move Anton Khudobin, they could get a draft pick for him for a contender who is looking for a goaltending depth.

    Custance thinks it will be interesting to see if the Canucks will look to trade Alex Edler at the deadline. It could benefit them in both the short-term and long-term if they could get a young center for him.

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Grinders: 1. Ryan Callahan – maybe looking for an NHL regular to place him if they decide to trade him. 2. Andrew Ladd – could bring the Jets a substantial return. The Penguins could use a big winger and have the assets. 3. Tuomo Ruutu – will teams want to take on his salary. 4. Troy Brouwer – the Capitals could use either a top four defenseman, prospects and/or picks. 5. Erik Cole
  • Dennis Bernstein: Gary Bettman on WFAN: “we hope there are World Cups in future because we can control the timing of event.” Added a switch to the Summer Olympics is not feasible.

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Afternoon Hits: Stajan, Waivers, Grubauer, Tarasenko, Hanzal, Dupuis, Mottau, Brunner and Line Combos

  • Elliotte Friedman: Matt Stajan is expected to sign a contract extension with the Flames soon.
  • Renaud Lavoie: On waivers: Cam Janssen (NJ) and Steve Oleksy (WSH).
  • Chuck Gormley: The Capitals send goalie Philipp Grubauer to the AHL.
  • John Kelly: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko is questionable tonight with the flu.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Mike Mottau is on the IR, which allows for Jesse Winchester to return to the lineup. Mottau has been out since December 3rd.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils Damien Brunner and Peter Harrold are practicing today. Rich Chere: Brunner said his knee injury was his MCL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Boucher-Zubrus-Jagr; Zubrus-Elias-Brunner; Clowe-Henrique-Ryder; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Extras: Loktionov, Josefson.
  • Ansar Khan: Nyquist-Zetterbeg-Abdelkader, Jurco-Sheahan-Bertuzzi, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. Samuelsson also skating. Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson and Joakim Andersson not practicing. Johan Franzen is skating but is not ready to return to the lineup.
  • John Vogl: Sabres lines: Moulson-Ennis-Stafford, Ott-Hodgson-Omark, Foligno-Flynn-Girgensons, Scott-Leino-Ellis. Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman at practice:  Ehrhoff, McBain, McNabb, Myers, Pysyk, Sulzer, Tallinder, Weber.
  • Roger Millions: Sharks lines: Pavelski thornton Burns-Nieto Marleau Wingels-Kearns Desjardins Kennedy- Sheppard McCarthy Hayes/Brown.
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Roussel-Seguin-Peverley, Benn-Eakin-Chiasson, Cole-Fiddler-Garbutt, Jeffrey-Horcoff-Whitney.
  • George Richards: Looking like it will be Scott Clemmensen against Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Afternoon Hits: Red Wings, Polak and Tarasenko and some lines from today

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are currently $2.4 million over the salary cap. They have 26 players under contract, 17 forwards, three more than they plan on carrying. Darren Helm will start the year on injured reserve. They will still have to have to lessen their roster by two. Gustav Nyquist and/or Danny DeKeyser could be sent to the AHL. They could trade or waive Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Eaves, Cory Emmerton or Mikael Samuelsson. They could trade Tomas Tatarif they feel he doesn’t fit into their long-term plans. GM Ken Holland gave support behind Nyquist and Tatar,

    “Both played well for us last year. We like them both,” Holland said. “Tats was the AHL (playoff) MVP with 16 goals; that’s a lot of goals in a league where it’s hard to score. Certainly, the expectations are they’re going to be on the team.”

    But, Holland also said of Nyquist, “There’s a chance he could go to the American League. He’s a good player. We want to win. We’re going to try to ice our best team against Buffalo (in the season opener Oct. 2).”

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues strength coach stopped Roman Polak and Vladimir Tarasenko at 305 pounds as he doesn’t think hockey players need to bench more.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Group B lines: J. Staal with Ruutu, Dalpe. Lindholm with Skinner, Dvorak. Double-shifting on Tolchinsky’s line.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines, defensive pairings and goalie for today’s scrimmage:RED TEAM - Forwards: Michael Ryder-Adam Henrique-Ryan Clowe; Reid Boucher-Andrei Loktionov-Joe Whitney; Ryan Carter-Ryan Kujawinski-Harry Pesonen; Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Chris McKelvie. Defensemen:  Bryce Salvador-Marek Zidlicky; Brandon Burlon-Raman Hrabarenka; Seth-Helgeson-Damon Severson. Goaltenders: Martin Brodeur

    WHITE TEAM - Forwards: Mattias Tedenby-Travis Zajac-Rostislav Olesz; Stefan Matteau-Stephen Gionta-Mike Sislo; Krys Barch-Jacob Josefson-Myles Bell Ben Johnson-Graham Black-David Wohlberg. Defensemen: Anton Volchenkov-Corbin McPherson; Jon Merrill-Mark Fayne;  Eric Gelinas-Dan Kelly. Goaltenders: Cory Schneider

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Quick Hits: Raycroft trade, Campbell, Tarasenko, Jones and Gonchar

  • Elliotte Friedman: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that the Andrew Raycroft trade to the Maple Leafs was going to be either Tuukka Rask or Jiri Tlusty. The Leafs wanted it to be Tlusty, while the Bruins wanted Rask.
  • Naoko Funayama: Bruins Gregory Campbell had successful surgery on his broken right fibula.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have told Vladimir Tarasenko that he must improve his conditioning.

    “We’ve given him a clear mandate on what we expect when he gets back here, what we’re going to see from him on a conditioning level, the grind that he’s going to have to do,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said recently.

  • Gare Joyce: Joyce spoke with three scouts on Monday. None had Seth Jones at No. 1. Two didn’t have him at No. 2. One had him at No. 4 behind Barkov.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika on the Sergei Gonchar trade/signing for the Stars:

    Had this happened last summer, I would’ve pooh-poohed the trade and said, “No way, too old.” But watching Ray Whitney last season, watching Jagr last season, these guys can do it. I don’t know how they do it, but they keep themselves in shape and I guess when you’re that level of player, even if you’re 90 percent of what you once were, you’re still pretty darn good in the NHL.

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