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NHL Rumors III: Treliving Talks Flames … Trotz Talks Second Line Center

  • Aaron Vickers of Flames.nhl.com: Flames GM Brad Treliving on their current roster.

    “One of the things that help you improve is creating internal competition at all positions. You look at our team right now. We’ve got some young forwards that are going to push for spots at camp. That internal competition makes us better.

    “We’ve still got some work to do on the blue line before we get to training camp, but it’ll be the same situation there where we have guys fighting to be in the lineup, fighting to be on the team.”

    Treliving is still looking for ways to improve the roster.

    “You’re continuing to look at how to get better,” said Treliving, who also tendered a qualifying offer to Chad Billins in late June. “That’s the job. How do we get better? Sometimes those are little steps you’re taking.

    “By getting these contracts done, it makes us better but we’ve got lots of work to do. This isn’t something we close the book on and say ‘we’re done’. We’ll continue to work here. We’ve got lots of time before training camp.

    “Those days will be spent on finding ways to see if we can get better and see what is out there.”

  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Capitals coach Barry Trotz on how their second line center position could play out.

    “I’m looking at it in a number of different ways. You’ve got Marcus Johansson, who has played wing but he’s a centerman with great speed in the middle. The more I watch Backstrom the more I realize how good he really is and he gets very little credit. I was in the Western Conference for 17 years and I would see him once or twice a year. You knew he was good but you don’t know how good he is until you dissect him a little. He’s really good. But in the two-hole I’m really looking at a number of guys. I’m going to put guys in the middle during camp. I’m going to put Marcus Johansson and [Evgeny] Kuznetsov in the middle. Eric Fehr played in the middle last season but I think he’s probably going to end up on the wing. Organizationally they added Andre Burakovsky [No. 23 pick in 2013 NHL Draft] and I’d like to see him in the middle. We did that during development camp and he was outstanding in the middle. We’ve really got a few options there and I think that’s good. What you’re seeing in the National Hockey League now is the more people who can play center the better. Players can always get to the wall.

    “I’m going to let them play it out. We’re going to try to get the best three up the middle in terms of the people who are really good at distributing the puck and making things happen from the middle of the ice. After those three I think the fourth line will probably have a little more definition, probably more bite to it. I’m going to let them play through the camp, but my vision is that Johansson will play in the middle and Kuznetsov or Burakovsky will play in the middle and one will have to move to the wall. In today’s game, the more options you have the better off you are.

    “Obviously the Backstrom-Ovechkin line gets all the hard matchups, but last year based on performance the Jason Chimera-Joel Ward line probably outperformed any combination that they had in a second line. Through Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer — one of them might have to play on the top line — Kuznetsov, Johansson, Burakovsky, Fehr, I think we can probably establish a pretty good second line. If we can do that the depth of the third line will be very good too.

    “The center-ice position is where I’m going to focus a lot of attention. I think we’re going to be a lot deeper through the middle of the ice then I even expected.”

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NHL Rumors II: Braun, Leafs, Spaling, Stoa and Nelson

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks have started contract extension talks with Justin Braun, though nothing is imminent.

    “Nothing yet. We will be talking more later in the month after Justin’s wedding,” Neil Sheehy said via email.

    Braun has one-year left on his deal before becoming a UFA. He’ll make $1.25 million this year.

  • David Pagnotta: Expect some movement from the Maple Leafs in the near future.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Nick Spaling’s agent, Pat Morris, said there is nothing new to report on contract talks with the Penguins. Arbitration hearing set for July 31st. Both sides will exchange their briefs today.
  • Alex Prewitt: The Capitals have shown “no interest” in re-signing UFA Ryan Stoa according to Stoa’s agent. Stoa is now considering Europe.
  • Brian Compton: Islanders coach Jack Capuano said yesterday that he is a little hesitant to move Brock Nelson from center to wing, but knows what could potentially happen if he plays on the top line.

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Salary Cap Outlook – The Metropolitan Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Atlantic Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the other Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan (what a weird name) 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 2: Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 20 (11 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $63,080,000
Overages: None
Cap Space: $5,920,000
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: With no RFA’s left to sign, it remains to be seen if the Hurricanes will look to fill out the other forward spot from within, or make a move onto some of the remaining UFA’s. One such player could be Andrei Loktionov, who finished out last season with the team and still finds himself as a UFA. Carolina is in good cap shape heading into next season, despite paying four forwards over $5.75 million (Eric Staal, Alex Semin, Jordan Staal, and Jeff Skinner).

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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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The Offseason “Losers” So Far Are ….

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

In part one of this article (which can be found here) we took a look at some of the teams that were blessed with a solid offseason and deserved their title as winners.

It’s time to take a look and see which teams have had far less success and are deemed this year’s losers; some of which may surprise you.

Part 2: Losers

Washington Capitals

One thing is for certain, Washington tried.

Although the Capitals managed to sign the top defenseman available on this year’s market in Matt Niskanen, it’s widely believed that they massively overpaid in the process of doing so. For the time being, this deal should work in the Caps favour, but, near the end of the massive seven-year, $40.25 million deal when Niskanen still has a $5.75 million cap hit in his mid-30’s, it then might really come back to bite them.

Washington didn’t stop there though.

On top of Niskanen, the Caps also elected to sign his 33 year-old (34 when the season starts) teammate from Pittsburgh, defenseman Brooks Orpik, to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. This move quite simply is the reason for Washington making the loser section of this list; it is totally insane.

Losing Mikhail Grabovski and not replacing him didn’t help the Caps either.

The fact that the signing of back-up goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million deal appears to be the best / least risky move the Caps made shows just how rough this offseason was.

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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 II: Capitals, Blackhawks, Oilers and Predators

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Speculation out of Detroit that they are looking at Capitals right-handed Dman Mike Green. The Capitals could use a second line center, and head coach Barry Trotz has spoken highly of Gustav Nyquist. The Caps would have to add more than Green to be able to land Nyquist. If the Caps are looking to trade Green for a second center who are entering the final year of their deals similar to Green, candidates could be: David Krejci, Mike Fisher and Antoine Vermette. They could look at Ryan O’Reilly or possibly Joe Thornton.
  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Agent Pat Brisson on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

    “We had to study, financially, to keep the puzzle together, how we could do this but at the same time get the players compensated the way they should be?” Brisson said. “They could’ve come in at 13.8 million each. At the same time, hockey’s a team sport and the reason why they’re so successful is the environment they’re in — and I give them credit for understanding that – and the role they can play now and in the future.”

    GM Stan Bowman still needs to reduce their cap number by $2 million for this year, and isn’t concerned with Toews and Kane’s future numbers.

    “That’s our job, to make it work,” he said. “We’ve been able to do that in the past and I have a lot of faith in the ability to keep that going. The most important thing for us is… you have star players who have shown the ability to win and they want to be here. It’s not even a discussion point. We’re just thrilled we have two of them; most teams would die to have one of these players on their teams. The rest will work itself out.”

  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals RFA Cam Schilling’s agent on contract talks: “Making progress but nothing imminent.”
  • Jim Matheson: “Not sure why there’s so much angst that Oilers didn’t sign No. 2 centre. Will be addressed via trade after camp if need be.”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Projected lines by Cooper:1st – James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Colin Wilson
    2nd – Viktor Stalberg-Derek Roy-Craig Smith
    3rd – Olli Jokinen-Calle Jarnkrok-Filip Forsberg
    4th – Rich Clune-Paul Gaustad-Eric Nystrom

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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 Injuries: Crosby, Hertl and Wilson

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins Sidney Crosby will have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist in the next few days after therapy on it could not fix the problem. Source said that Crosby “did play with a terrible wrist” during the playoffs. A source close to Crosby said “is not major, but you can’t play the same way.” Crosby is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Tomas Hertl tweaked his knee yesterday and may not play in their prospects game. GM Doug Wilson said it was a minor tweak and just soreness. Hertl missed 45 games last year after a knee-on-knee hit.
  • Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post: It’s not being made public exactly how Capitals Tom Wilson injured his ankle, nor exactly what is wrong with it. They are only saying it happened during a “fall.” Wilson is not expected to be back on the ice until after training camp opens in September.

    “Tom is recovering very well and all indications are that he will be on the ice at some point during camp,” his agent Mark Guy said in an email.

    Capitals head coach Barry Trotz.

    “He’s getting evaluated,” Trotz said. “Right now, basically we want to get a little more information, but it looks like he’ll be ready for training camp, or be coming into that part of training camp. Right now, I have him in training camp.

    “Right now he’s expected to be ready for training camp. I haven’t taken him out of anything. He’s young. Young guys, they’re conservative when you go to doctors, whatever the time frame with young guys, they always beat that. They’re pretty consistent with that. Older guys, sometimes they’re right on as you get older.”

  • Updated after above article was posted: Alex Prewitt: Confirm that Wilson had surgery, and that his agent told Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington that it was a fractured fibula bone.

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NHL Rumors III: Trade Candidates, Wings, Green, Brodeur, Hayes and Pokka

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top centers that are rumored to be on the trade block: 1. Vincent Lecavalier 2. Ryan Johansen – there is the unlikely scenario that due to the stalled contract talks that teams may call to see what it would take to get him. 3. Nazem Kadri.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top-six winger trade candidates for this offseason: 1. Evander Kane 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Cody Hodgson.
  • Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit: A team source is saying that the Red Wings have made Mike Green their top trade target and have reached out to the Capitals regarding  Green and his availability. The Capitals have indicated in the past that he’s staying, but it might make sense for them to move him given their salary cap situation. Green is owed $6.2 million this year with a $6 million salary cap hit. The source added that the longer the Capitals hold on to Green, the more likely other teams could inquire about him. Green has a modified no-trade clause. The Red Wings would like to move quickly on a deal and are hopeful they can get something done.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Five landing spots that make sense for Martin Brodeur: 1. Winnipeg Jets – if the Jets trade for James Reimer, swap in Toronto here  2. Columbus Blue Jackets 3. Boston Bruins 4. Arizona Coyotes 5. New Jersey Devils.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes won’t be attending their prospect camp as he’s still without a contract. Hayes has been to four of their previous camps. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign him to an entry-level deal or he will become an unrestricted free agent.
  • Arthur Staple: Understanding that if Ville Pokka doesn’t make the Islanders out of training camp, he’ll return to Karpat of the Finnish league. Staple’s thinks it’s unlikely that he makes the team.

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