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NHL Rumors: Lightning, Capitals, Avalanche, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Penguins and Flames

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Three things the Lightning will have to decide on this offseason: 1. Make a decision of Ryan Callahan - the Lightning would like to keep him, but there will be a limit on what they will want to pay him. He should be able to get about $6.25 million on the open market. A team like the Sabres may be willing to go max term for Callahan. 2. Add depth on defense – Sami Salo will be a UFA and GM Steve Yzerman may look for a defenseman who is not closing in on 40. Maybe Yzerman could try to convince Dan Boyle to return. 3. Get Jonathan Drouin acclimated.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (chat) When asked about his suggestion for the Capitals to trade Mike Green despite the fact that he might not be an attractive package due to declining play, contract and injury history … “No, they definitely wouldn’t be maxing out his value. But something has to change there in DC. You can’t move OV, you shouldn’t move Backstrom. You can’t keep bringing back the same core over and over and expect different results.”

    The Avs have to re-sign both Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny this offseason. Custance thinks Stastny could get a deal in the $7 million range. There are not a lot of 28-year old center on the free agent market this year.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Artus Irbe could replace Jim Corsi as the Sabres goalie coach.

    Pending UFA Nick Schultz may be one and done with the Blue Jackets as he hasn’t been able to get into their top six along the blueline since being traded from the Oilers.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Most definitely the Lightning are going to need help on their blueline moving forward.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”I don’t think Fleury has totally recovered. I think MAF still had the yips.” … ”Now that teams can retain $, there will be a lot of teams willing to take on Fleury as a rehabilition project if he’s available”
  • Hope Smoke: Jamie McLennan: ”The capologist for the Flames should have been shown the door after the ROR offer sheet. I know who it is”

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NHL Rumors: Coyotes, Jets, Capitals, Canucks, Lightning and Penguins

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The free agent pool is year is not deep and the price tags may be too high for the Coyotes. The Coyotes have some young players like Connor Murray, Brandon Gormley and Max Domi that might be ready to make the jump. The Coyotes may also be open to making some trades. They could look be looking players in the 23 to 25 year range to complement enthusiasm with experience.

    “We have to look at our group and say we need more energy,” Maloney said. “We need more hunger into our group, and maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.”

  • Brian McNally of the Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Mike Green knows that the organization could go in a different direction with GM George McPhee and their coaching staff, and that his days with the Capitals could be numbered. Green is entering the last year of his three deal. He’ll make $6.25 million next year with a cap hit of $6.083 million.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: (mailbag) Vingan thinks that the Capitals could get some assets back for Mike Green instead of buying him out. If they traded him, it would be because they think the core needs some retooling. It seems unlikely that GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates return.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin said that he would never ask for a trade. Only July 1st his limited no-trade clause kicks in. Each year he lists 10 teams that he would accept a trade too. There has been no indication that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would consider trading Ovechkin.
  • Iain MacIntyre: MacIntyre is hearing nothing regarding John Tortorella and that Ron Hextal is in the mix for the Canucks GM job.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Callahan is what he is. The Rangers at one point were willing to pay him $6 million a year and he wanted more” … ”Keep something in mind, Fla is a no tax state. He may be able to take a deal that is more palatable to TB & Callahan makes his $”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think Bylsma and Fleury are very much on the radar if things don’t go well for Pitt” … ”Losing to CBJ would be not going well for Pitt. There are a lot of different scenarios beyond that”

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NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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NHL Free Agent Rumors: Kassian, Hainsey, Loktionov, Grabovski and Timonen

  • Ian Mendes:: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Matt Kassian’s not in our plans — and we’re not in his plans.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes pending UFA Ron Hainsey likes the fit and will ”see how it goes.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Andrei Loktionov wants to remain in the NHL next season and with the Hurricanes.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski wouldn’t mind remaining in Washington, but would want to know which way the organization is going.

    “Nobody knows what’s going to happen here, so it’s made me disappointed too,” Grabovski said Tuesday. “I want to know, first before I sign, who’s going to be coach, who’s going to be general manager, because nobody knows and lots of stuff is being said.”

    “I just don’t want to have same experience I have before in Toronto when [former coach] Ron Wilson is gone just after I sign, and they bring in a coach who don’t really want me,” Grabovski said. “For me it’s important that people believe in you and trust. Adam Oates, he bring me here with McPhee. They trust me as a player, and I do my best in the half-season I played. I can do better. [When] people trust me, I feel this and I play better, good hockey.”

    Grabovski is believed to be looking for a four or five year deal in the $5 million per season range.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on if he wants pending UFA Kimmo Timonen back next season.

    “Absolutely,” he said, though it’s highly probable the defenseman would take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. “We’ve talked a couple times during the year and put it on the shelf, and we’ll talk again in a couple months. I know his family is very big in his life, and his kids are getting older and he wants to be around them more. But he loves to compete, and if he wants to come back, we’ll figure it out.”

    Timonen doesn’t want to start thinking about retirement.

    “Once you start thinking about it, you don’t think about the game as much,” he said. “During the Olympics, I knew it was my last game and it was really emotional. I knew it was the last time I put the Finland jersey on. But I haven’t made up my mind yet here.”

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Odds of Winning Tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery Drawing

The NHL will hold their draft lottery drawing tonight at 8:00 PM EST. The odds of obtaining the first overall pick are as follows:

1st – 25.0% – Buffalo Sabres
2nd – 18.8% – Florida Panthers
3rd – 14.2% – Edmonton Oilers
4th – 10.7% – Calgary Flames
5th – 8.1% – NY Islanders
6th – 6.2% – Vancouver Canucks
7th – 4.7% – Carolina Hurricanes
8th – 3.6% – Toronto Maple Leafs
9th – 2.7% – Winnipeg Jets
10th – 2.1% – Anaheim Ducks (via Ottawa)
11th – 1.5% – New Jersey Devils (Forfeit pick but are included in the drawing)
12th – 1.1% – Nashville Predators
13th – 0.8% – Phoenix Coyotes
14th – 0.5% – Washington Capitals

If the NJ Devils win the lottery, the NHL will hold a re-draw. The Devils will select 30th overall.

The Islanders have until June 1st to decide if they will keep their 2014 first round pick or send it to the Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek – Matt Moulson trade. If the Islanders keep the pick, the Sabres will get their 2015 first round pick.

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Morning Rumors III: Ovechkin, Halak, Flames Free Agents, Maple Leafs and Torts

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Alex Ovechkin on “which coach provided the best way to play”

    “I was not comfortable playing with [Dale] Hunter’s system and I’m comfortable with [Adam Oates’] system and I was comfortable with Bruce [Boudreau’s] system as well. Be honest with you, I don’t know if you can put something on the system right now. You have to put it on players. It doesn’t matter what system you’re going to play.”

    Ovechkin on if he wants to remain with the Capitals.

    “That’s why I signed [a 13-year, $124 million contract]. I feel comfortable, I love the fans, I love the city. This organization gave me a lot and I want to bring Cup here.”

  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Jaroslav Halak: ”I wouldn’t be against coming back.”
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Pending Flames UFA Mike Cammalleri.

    “I don’t have anything to report,” said Michael Cammalleri, one of the team’s biggest assets who could be on the market July 1 if a contract agreement isn’t reached. “I am far from having ruled Calgary out as my future.

    “It’s really, at this point, all there is to say about that as far as the organization’s gone and I think they have had the same approach with me.”

    Cammalleri may be interested in returning.

    “I’d still like to talk to Calgary and see where things are at moving forward a little bit,” he said “I really don’t know how I feel about (free agency).”

    The Flames and Chris Butler (UFA) have touched base about term and dollar value, but not a lot more.

    “It’s something I’ll think about, but it’s still a few months away,” Butler said of the July 1 free agent frenzy. “It’s kind of hard to think about right now after just playing (Sunday) and wearing that jersey for the last three years.

    “It’s not unsettling, but it’s a little unnerving and a little intriguing and something that’s kind of in the back of your mind.”

    Pending RFAs that may or may not be apart of the Flames future: T.J. Galiardi, Paul Byron, Joe Colborne, Lance Bouma, Chad Billins, and Mark Cundari.

  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”We have to get better at all areas, scouting in particular. We’re not going to become a contender through free agency.”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland“For sure it was a tough year for me… A fluke injury gets the best of you.” “It’s Toronto, it’s my hometown. Love to come back.”
  • Mike Zeisberger: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner on being a RFA: ”This is where I want to be.”
  • Rob Longley: Maple Leafs James Reimer on his future: ”will come down to a couple of circumstances.”
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach John Tortorella: ”I may not be here, but you can’t say you want kids and depth. It takes time. We have a good core, need to surround it.”

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NHL Injuries: Blues, Mitchell, Hillen, Laich, Myers and Clowe

  • Jason Gregor: Blues Federko: ”I believe Backes will start for sure. Oshie is a bit of a question because it was a head injury, but I expect he’ll play.” … ”It looks like Berglund will miss this series so someone like Ott, Paajarvi or Morrow will have to step an produce in that spot.”
  • Adrian Dater: It is unlikely that John Mitchell will play in the first round. They will likely be without two of their top three centers for the series.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen confirmed that he suffered a concussion when he collided with Alex Ovechkin. He still has symptoms.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich did not pass his exit physical.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Tyler Myers has two broken ribs, but hopes to be able to go to the World Championships and play with Canada.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe confirmed that he suffered another concussion: “Hopefully it’s not long term. I don’t know”

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NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs, Capitals, Predators, Selanne, Spezza, Byfuglien and Giguere

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: If the Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle, some coaches that they may be interested in: Mike Keenan, John Hynes (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach), Peter Laviolette and Kevin Dineen. The Leafs have $49 million committed to 12 players next season, leaving about $22 million for 11 more players. Low cost players like Petter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam, Jerry D’Amigo and Spencer Abbott could be used. That would leave about $18 million for eight players. UFAs: Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement, Mason Raymond, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger. RFAs: James Reimer, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland, Carter Ashton, D’Amigo and Abbott. The Leafs could use their RFAs as trade bait. Reimer is likely gone, especially if Randy Carlyle stays. Gardiner may want $3 million a year, and could be used as trade bait for a top center.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis may not bring GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates back. Leonsis must also look at Alex Ovechkin, is he part of the solution or part of the problem? Do they look to see if a new coach could change him or look to move him out?

    It’s hard to see John Tortorella returning to the Canucks.

    Randy Carlyle will likely be fired by Maple Leafs. The Leafs appear to be ready to make some major moves this offseason, with Nazem Kadri possibly the center piece of a deal.

    The Predators may look at firing coach Barry Trotz. He won’t be out of work long if they let him go.

  • Chris Johnston: “I would not be surprised to see Teemu Selanne return to the NHL next year. In Sochi, he made it clear that he still has more to give.”
  • Sens Chirp: TSNs Brent Wallace on whether Jason Spezza will be back with the Senators next year, “probably not.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Dustin Byfuglien will start next year at forward.
  • Lisa Hillary: When asked if last night’s game against the Ducks would be his last regular season game, Avs J.S. Giguere said: ”Well I have flown in my family for the game.” Eric Stephens: When talking with Giguere a few weeks ago, Giguere said it’s most certainly it for him. Didn’t want it to get out there.
  • David Pagnotta: Sabres coach Ted Nolan: ”I’m a strong believer in laying a foundation… Timmy and I will have a good chance to reevaluate what we’ve got (this off-season).”

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Jets, Panthers and A Bunch On The Capitals

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darrren Dreger: Don’t expect any decisions on Dave Nonis and/or Randy Carlyle to made in the near future.Dreger: Safe bet is that Paul Maurice will be back in Winnipeg next season.

    Pierre LeBrun: There haven’t been any talks between the Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee. No decision has been made, but there could be a change in GM for them.

    The Panthers may look for a more experienced coach, and if Randy Carlyle is fired by the Leafs, he could be high on their list.

  • Pierre LeBrun of EPSN: LeBrun wonders if a KHL will try to lure Alex Ovechkin this summer or in the next few years. When asked about it, KHL president Alexander Medvedev said through a spokesman:

    “Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Capitals owner will conduct a “comprehensive review” before deciding if he’ll extend GM George McPhee. Gormley doesn’t see the Capitals moving Alex Ovechkin. Can’t see Leonsis letting a GM trade Ovi, even if he’ll make $10 million until he’s 35. Gormley thinks Mike Green could be wearing a different jersey next season. The Capitals need to add a gritty top four defenseman this offseason. Do the Caps add someone like Brooks Orpik and play him with Green, or do they trade Green  in a package to get a better D? The blueline free agent market is thin: Andrei Markov, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Niskanen. Mikhail Grabovski is believed to be looking for $5 million a season. If the Caps could get him at around $4 million, they might consider it.

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NHL Rumors III: Predators, Senators, Oilers, Capitals and Rangers

  • The Fourth Period: The Predators will be looking at add another dynamic goal-scorer this offseason. The Preds may look at the trade route rather through free agency. They could dangle Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis again. They could go big and look at moving Shea Weber. Sources saying that management may be concerned about the bonus payments in Weber’s contract. Weber is due $13 million on July 1st and will receive lesser bonuses in for the next three years.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators coach Paul MacLean will be on the hotseat. GM Bryan Murray wouldn’t give MacLean a vote of confidence a couple weeks ago when he was on TSN 1200. The Senators will also have decisions on Jason Spezza. The Ducks and Blues were interested at the trade deadline. He’ll be a UFA at end of next season and has a no-trade clause. A league executive:

     ”Maybe they need to put better players around him. Weren’t they looking for a winger to play with Spezza all year? Perhaps Ales Hemsky is the guy.”

  • Chris Nichols: Oilers Craig MacTavish on SportsNet during intermission on Tuesday.

    “I think my mandate really when I came in as manager was try to turn the team over to the group of players that I really feel, and the organization feels, has to lead us out of this malaise that we’ve been in the last number of years. And what I’ve seen out of that line of Taylor Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle tells me that we’re going to have a pretty dynamic first line.

    “And now we’ve got to find the pieces to make a very solid second line. I think that’ll be a primary focus of mine going into the off-season.”

    On potentially drafting Leon Draisaitl or Aaron Ekblad:

    “Well, I think both areas are areas of need for our hockey club and we’d be fortunate to get any one of those players that you mentioned. I don’t currently have a real preference one way or the other. We’ll see how the draft lottery unfolds, where we’re picking, what’s available and then we’ll be better served to make that decision.”

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos “NY had every intention of bringing back Torts but then 4-5 guys on that Rangers team said not so fast”

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NHL Rumors I: Canucks Offseason Priorities and Trevor Linden Press Conference

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Canucks offseason priorities:
    1. Build a qualified front office
    2. Let the new management team make a call on John Tortorella
    3. Get younger up front. The Canucks re-stock by trading Ryan Kesler, Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa and possibly the Sedin twins. They have lots of no-trade and no-movement clauses to deal with. A young  forward, preferably a center would come back in a Kesler trade. Custance think the Canucks should look at the Ducks first when looking to deal Kesler.

    Three potential free agent targets for the Canucks: 1. Jaroslav Halak 2. Thomas Greiss 3. Andrew MacDonald.

  • Farhan Lalji: Aquilini: ”Mike hired Tortarella and I’m responsible for that and that’s why we have a change in direction today”
  • Mark Spector: “What makes VAN different is they have many assets. Two or three of the right trades and VAN’s rebuild could be a two-year project.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Some want to link Feaster to Van, but the next big story out of there may not be the hiring of a GM but the firing of a coach”
  • Canucks name Trevor Linden team President

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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