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Posts Tagged Washington Capitals
- Hockey Central: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman: ”We respect [St. Louis'] decision whether we agreed with it or not.”
- Darren Dreger: If the Devils miss the playoffs, they will still remain in the NHL draft lottery. If they win the lottery, they would still pick 30th, but the second team moves up to the No. 1 slot. (helps with seeding the remaining rounds)
- Darren Dreger: Some teams are accusing the NHL of doing the new Devils ownership a favor.
- Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov has terminated his contract with Traktor of the KHL. Dmitry Chesnokov: Traktor confirms that Kuznetsov will fly to Washington tomorrow. Katie Carrera: The Capitals decline to comment on Kuznetsov, but getting closer to signing him.
- Nick Kyproes: Canucks Zack Kassian has a phone hearing this morning for his boarding hit on Stars Brenden Dillon.
- Arpon Basu: Canadiens announce that defenseman Josh Gorges returned to Montreal to have his hand injury evaluated.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Brooks Laich re-aggravated his nagging groin injury. He’s heading back to Washington.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks Sami Vatanen could be out two weeks. Rickard Rakell has been recalled.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Dave Schlemko has a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll make the road trip.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett doesn’t see why Martin Hanzal wouldn’t make the trip.
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks and Canucks had serious trade discussions about Ryan Kesler. Sources say that the Ducks offered Sami Vatenen, a first round pick and another player.
“We entertained multiple offers in multiple situations and none of them fit with our long-term vision,” Gillis told the media after the deadline. “When you’re under-performing like we are, you get calls from lots of teams about lots of players.”
The Penguins were also after Kesler. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Penguins were not convinced that Canucks ownership was willing to have Kesler traded a day after Roberto Luongo was traded. Talks with the Ducks could continue after the season. Canucks GM Mike Gillis is believed to be interested in Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem.
- The Fourth Period: The Blue Jackets, Bruins, Devils, Ducks and Penguins showed interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri, but they didn’t go higher than a third round pick.
“I’d rather take a chance on keeping him here and signing him than giving him away on a terrible deal,” Burke said in his post-deadline press conference.
- Sam Carchidi: The Predators got some calls on Shea Weber. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that he didn’t call the Predators about Weber. Weber is due a $13 million bonus on June 30th.
- Chad Graff: “For those asking why Vanek only required one second rounder and Wild gave two for Moulson, the Wild didn’t have to give up a prospect.”
- Chad Graff: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on if Matt Moulson is just a rental: ”You never know. … But this is a move to win now.”
- Wes Gilbertson: The Flames have already reached out to Mike Cammalleri’s agent about continuing contract negotiations.
- Adam Vingan: There were five teams that were interested in Martin Erat, but the Coyotes offer was the most serious.
- Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on TSN Radio: ”I’m not against adding guys at the deadline. I feel the best time to improve your team is in June”
Trade Deadline Fallout II: Ligntning, Flames, Sabres, Pens, Caps, Jets, Hawks, Leafs, Devils and Flyers
- Steve Zipay: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that there were several discussions with Martin St. Louis about the decision to trade him. Tells media to ask St. Louis “why the Rangers.”
- Wes Gilbertson: Flames GM Brian Burke said they agreed on terms of a deal that would have seen them take on a contract, but the other team couldn’t make it happen by the deadline.
- Buffalo Sabres: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I didn’t come into today expecting to trade draft picks.” Liked the forward prospects #Sabres got though. “Heavy, skilled forwards.”
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Ray Shero said they asked about Ryan Kesler, but there was not a deal to be made. Shero added that their goal was to increase their forward depth and they think they’ve done that.
- Sky Kerstein: Capitals GM George McPhee on them getting Rostislav Klesla in the Martin Erat trade: ”it’s the only way Phoenix could do the deal”
- Paul Friesen: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”I was close to paying some of those (high) prices (for a rental player).”
- Ken Wiebe: Cheveldayoff said there was interest in some of their pending UFAs, but they weren’t in a sell-mode. Added that there were plenty of calls made on rental players, mostly forwards. He never talked about trading a first round pick.
- Ed Tait: Cheveldayoff said there were no serious conversations about any of their core players.
- Chris Kuc: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: ”I always just kind of chuckle when I see all these reports. I guess that’s the world we live in today.”
- Dave Feschuk: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said they are not ready for a rental player: ”When you can give up 1st-rd picks or top young players and not feel it, you’re ready.”
- Dave Feschuk: Nonis said that he talked with other GMs whose ”teams with a chance to win the Cup” and they were complaining that the asking prices were too high.
- Randy Miller: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur: ”it’s a shame that with no substance at different times and no facts that people say things.”
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that there were “no real discussions” on Ryan Kesler other than finding out what the Canucks wanted. No real offer was made.
The Coyotes have traded Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a 4th round pick to the Washington Capitals for Martin Erat and John Mitchell.
What do you think of the trade? Was there a winner?
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NHL Trades: Fasth to Oilers, Penner to Caps, Robidas to Ducks, Bryzgalov to Wild, Mullen to Sens, Costello to Canucks
- Darren Dreger: The Ducks trade Viktor Fasth to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2014 5th round pick and a 2015 3rd round pick.
- Nick Kypreos: The Ducks trade Dustin Penner to the Washington Capital for a 2014 4th round pick.
- Eric Stephens: The Ducks trade Washington’s 4th round pick (acquired in Penner trade) to the Stars for defenseman Stephane Robidas. Craig Custance: The 4th round pick is conditional, could become a 3rd.
- Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers trade Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild for a 2014 4th round pick.
- Darren Dreger: The Canucks trade Patrick Mullen to the Senators for Jeff Costello.
- Brian Lawton: Lawton says not to be surprised if Ryan Kesler ends up with the Blackhawks in a three way deal. There is a lot going on behind the scenes on this one.
- David Pagnotta: The Canucks have been telling some teams that Alex Edler is no longer available to them. Teams are still poking around. It would take a big offer to get him. Edler has a no-trade clause. Pagnotta doesn’t know if a list has been submitted. Some of the teams there were told he is not available was due to the lack assets that, that organization has.
- Jimmy Murphy: Told that trade talks involving Roberto Luongo and the Capitals are heating up. One NHL executive on the Capitals and Luongo, ”Caps are desperate. Wouldn’t surprise me.”
- James Mirtle: Mirtle is hearing that the Coyotes are up to something. Coyotes wanting to make a playoff push.
- Bob McKenzie: On waivers: Trevor Smith (TOR), Jake Dowell (MIN), Corey Potter (EDM), Joe Corvo and Cory Conacher (OTT), Derek Smith (CGY), Scott Gomez and Scott Clemmensen (FLA).
- Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”I wouldn’t be surprised if at 3 tomorrow we see deals completed and the NHL shuts them down because the money doesn’t work”
- Steve Zipay: “Hearing it’s not only $$$ that’s separating NYR and Callahan, but no-trade/no-move issue. Of course, that’s bargaining chip for both sides”
- Joe Haggerty: The Bruins will know more about the extent of Adam McQuaid’s injury by the end of the week.
- Jimmy Murphy: The Bruins are one of the teams interested in Stars Stephane Robidas. One NHL executive said it would ”cost definitely a 3rd rd pick maybe a 2nd”.
- David Pagnotta: There is a report that Canadiens have offered Brian Gionta a contract extension. Not true, talks should start after the trade deadline.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The return for Thomas Vanek could be a first round pick (preferably 2015), another pick and a solid prospect. Andrew MacDonald’s trade value increased by Dan Girardi re-signing with the Rangers. Starting point will be a first round pick for MacDonald. He’d be better suited as a No. 4 on a contender. Lubomir Visnovsky has a no-movement clause and Evgeni Nabokov has little trade value. Custance would like to see Garth Snow go after a goalie, maybe Michal Neuvirth from Washington. Custance thinks Martin Erat could make sense for the Coyotes. Despite a $4.5 million salary cap hit, his salary drops to $2.25 million next season.
Tyler Myers might interest some teams, but he has a $5.5 million salary cap hit.
Custance thinks that David Legwand would be a good fit in Chicago. Ryan Kesler is another option. Teuvo Teravainen could be in their lineup by the end of the season.
Custance thinks the Red Wings will go big or do nothing. Christian Ehrhoff would be a great addition, but not sure what it would take for them to land him. The Wings have spoken with the Canucks about Alex Edler in the past.
Capitals GM George McPhee’s first order of business will be to get rid of Erat’s and Neuvirth’s contracts. Either Edler or MacDonald would be nice additions for the Capitals.
- The Fourth Period: The Blue Jackets are looking for a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. They are also looking to trade Marian Gaborik. Forward targets could include: Ryan Callahan, Chris Stewart, Paul Stastny and Mike Cammalleri. They have kicked tires on Chris Ehrhoff and Andrew MacDonald. The Avalanche contacted the Blue Jackets about a deal involving Stastny according to sources. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri might consider a trade to Columbus, but might have other preferred destinations. Gaborik does have a no-trade clause, and no talks have been held with the pending UFA. The Kings, Devils, Senators and Ducks had reportedly shown some interest in Gaborik.
- Francois Gagnon: Gagnon talked with P.K. Subban’s agent on Saturday and he said there was no ongoing negotiations with the Canadiens.
- Mike Brophy of CBC: Some views on trading for a rental and what it can do to a team.
“From our point of view, we always look at players primarily who fit for now and for the future,” said one GM who requested anonymity. “We have done rentals at certain times, though. If somebody is not playing up to speed or you have a suspended or injured player, you may have to make a deal. We try to do everything we can to put our team in the best position to win every year.”
Senators GM Bryan Murray.
“It usually costs you a fairly important draft pick or a good, young prospect,” Murray said. “For the short-term you hope you get the benefit of the trade, but long-term you know in all likelihood you are paying a price.”
“It’s all asset management,” the anonymous GM said. “We want to see our young players step up and take a job. If they do it, great. If they don’t then maybe you have to dabble in the rental market to fill the need for your team. If you are going to pay exorbitant cost because of the supply and demand then in most cases it should be for a guy who fits now and for the future.”
On the effects it can have on team chemistry.
“Absolutely, you have to consider chemistry,” the GM said. “The integration of a player is huge. You’re bringing in a guy who, on paper, looks like he should fit in, but maybe he has played an advanced role on his team. Maybe he was on the No. 1 power play. You plug him into a role and he’s got to be willing to accept that role, be accepted by his teammates and buy into and understand the system.
“People don’t understand the chemistry and dynamics of a team. You can alter that and think you are doing the right thing on paper, but you might be doing the wrong thing in your dressing room. You had better be careful. And remember, you only have 20 games to integrate this person.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: He hasn’t officially been recalled by the Predators, but Pekka Rinne could be returning to the team with week after his second rehab start with Milwaukee of the AHL.
“Now I’m looking forward to getting back to Nashville and hopefully get some ice time there and help the guys make the playoffs,” Rinne told reporters in Milwaukee.
- Bill Hoppe: Sabres GM Tim Murray on interim coach Ted Nolan: ”If he wants to be here, I want him to be our coach.”
- John Vogl: Sabres Predsident Ted Black when asked if Pat LaFontaine resigned to avoid being fired, ”As per comments at the press conference and as was in the release yesterday, Pat resigned.”
- George Richards: There might be some news regarding Panthers management, but there is nothing to confirm just yet. Richards has been hearing some things the past few days.
- Bob McKenzie: The Canadiens put Davis Drewiske on waivers yesterday.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland ruled himself out tonight.
- NHL Player Safety: Capitals Dmitry Orlov will have a phone hearing today for his hit on Flyers Brayden Schenn.
How many games do you think Orlov SHOULD get? How many games do you think he WILL get?
Written by Joe McCormick and can be followed at @joemccormick19.
Well things for the Canucks certainly have been interesting leading into the deadline. The team is in a position where they are not clear as to if they are buyers or sellers. All we know for sure is that Louis Jean of TVA Sports in Montreal says that Ryan Kesler asked for a trade earlier in the season. Louis Jean has been in the business a long time and is not known to embellish the truth.
That being said, this whole situation seems really odd. First off, when is this just leaking now, right before the trade deadline? Secondly, why is it that a reporter from Montreal found out about this first? Maybe I am just seeing the facts that I want to see as I really don’t want to see him in another jersey.
However, there is no denying that trading him could net a good return and help the team re-tool for another cup run in 2-3 years. Twitter has since exploded with people trying to think of where he might go and who might come back.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile.
“I talked to almost everybody before the Olympic break; I’ve probably spoken to half of the teams this week,” Poile told ESPN.com Friday afternoon.
“Everybody knows from my standpoint what we have available. I’m certainly aware that we’ve come from nine points out of the playoffs to four points out. That gives us a chance to make the playoffs. I know we have to leap over some teams to do it, so the odds are against us, but hope springs eternal.
“From my standpoint, I don’t consider myself a buyer, I don’t consider myself a seller. I could just be neutral given where we are.”
Poile on Shea Weber.
“We’re not trading Shea. We’ve told that to everybody. People ask and it’s their right to ask, but we’re not trading him,” Poile said firmly.
The Ducks might be willing to trade one of their goalies, with LeBrun guessing Viktor Fasth. He has another year left at $2.9 million.
The Capitals are still trying to trade Martin Erat.
“The only thing I’m working on that has to be done is moving [Martin] Erat,” Caps GM George McPhee told ESPN.com Friday morning.
“There are some teams interested. He still wants out. I’d love to be able to do it this weekend. But we’ll see.”
The Flyers are interested in both Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. The Canucks would likely ask for Brayden Schenn, and LeBrun isn’t sure if the Flyers would be into that. The Penguins, Red Wings and Blue Jackets could be other teams interested in Kesler.
Tyler Myers could be had for the right price.
Ales Hemsky could be plan B for teams that don’t get Matt Moulson or Thomas Vanek.
The Sam Gagner to LA Kings deal fell through as the Oilers wouldn’t eat any of his salary.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (before last nigh’s trade) Sabres GM Tim Murray.
“There’s still good interest in another four or five guys,” he said. “Nothing specific — kicking tires.”
Christian Ehrhoff has been getting interest. The Sabres would have to be weary of an early retirement and having the salary cap recapture affecting them.
“Part of the return would have to, I guess you could say, recapture the recapture,” Murray said.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to talk with teams. He’s not interested in paying a high price for a rental. Ryan Kesler would interest the Wings, but the price will be high. Teams would be asking the Canucks for players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser. It is unlikely that they would want to part with any of them. Holland may be more interested in adding a defenseman, with Alex Edler possibly being a better Canuck option. The Sabres are open for offers on Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff.
- Darren Dreger: Teams are saying that the Hurricanes could trade one of their goaltender, including Cam Ward.
- David Pagnotta: There is lots of Ryan Kesler trade talk going on. Pagnotta has been told that just about half of the league has called.
- The Fourth Period: Source saying the Red Wings have shown interest in Canucks Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler. It’s unclear what assets GM Ken Holland would consider moving.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance thinks Alex Edler is a more likely player (over Ryan Kesler) to be moved by the Canucks at the deadline. Whether it’s Edler or Kesler, the Canucks are looking for 22-24 year old center. Problem is, basically every team would like one of those guys. Would the Red Wings be interested in Kesler? They have young forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tater that could interest the Canucks. Would the Capitals put Evgeny Kuznetsov in a package?
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Mike Gillis.
“Apparently it came out of Sochi. If he did want out or he didn’t want out, I wouldn’t discuss it publicly anyway,” Gillis said.
“It’s just like any other matter, anything internally, with our players. Whether it’s personal or business, we don’t discuss it outside our offices.
“I’m not going to sit here and debate whether (the report) is accurate or not.”
It will be tough for the Canucks to win on a Kesler trade. The Canucks can’t trade him without getting a center back, preferably 25 or younger.
- David Pagnotta: The Canadiens have received a pretty serious offer for defenseman Andrei Markov. They rejected the offer, but could counter. The Canadiens would prefer to keep him.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Don’t expect any major moves by the Canadiens at the trade deadline. GM Marc Bergervin isn’t going to move any of their young assets, and there isn’t much of a market for players he wouldn’t mind moving.
- TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger on the Senators pending free agent Chris Phillips.
In terms of Phillips, there’s a negotiation that’s ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and Phillips to keep him a lifer in Ottawa. If that doesn’t go well, if Phillips doesn’t like the offer that has been presented, then Bryan Murray may have to make a very difficult decision. There would be interest in Chris Phillips, a veteran player, very sound defensively, maybe he’s a good fit with the Boston Bruins.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray continues to work the phones for a scoring winger. The asking price for Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson remains high, which the Senators will want no part of. The Senators remain interested in Chris Stewart. Murray has players in the system to offer up in deals, but hasn’t found a fit yet. There has been interest in a couple of Senators pending UFAs: Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek. Both players would like to stay in Ottawa, but it’s not known if there have been any talks.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: 10 players who could be traded and a guess as to what will end up happening with them.
1. Martin St. Louis: “St. Louis remains a Bolt until at least the draft.”2. Ryan Kesler: “Kesler stays in Vancouver, for the time being.”
3. Ryan Miller: “Miller in a Bluenote jersey strikes the right chord for us.”
4. Thomas Vanek: “Vanek is a King by week’s end.”
5. Ryan Callahan: “Yes, he stands as a straight rental and there are suggestions the Buffalo Sabres will push hard to sign Callahan come July (he’s from nearby Rochester), but a long run in the sun this spring could change all that, no?”
6. Matt Moulson: “Moulson joins the Penguins’ mighty arsenal.”
7. Mike Cammalleri: “If the Bolts move Martin St. Louis, would Cammalleri be a nice fit with Steven Stamkos? Yes.”
8. Ales Hemsky: “Hemsky had a nice Olympic tournament with three goals and an assist in five games, and a change of scenery could make him a nice deadline steal, assuming the Oilers don’t price themselves out of the marketplace.”
9. David Legwand: “Detroit. And there would also be a chance for the Wings to keep Legwand beyond this season at a modest salary given his connection to the community.”
10. Martin Brodeur: “And what about Chicago, which rode Corey Crawford all the way to the Stanley Cup last spring but had Ray Emery as a Plan B? Not sure Antti Raanta is the same kind of safety net yet, so perhaps Brodeur would fit.”
- Darren Dreger: Flames GM Brian Burke said there is no chance that he’ll be the GM next season.
- Darren Dreger: Based on the trade chatter that is going on, Burke expects league wide activity leading up to next Wednesday.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Edmonton needs 2-3 20-25 minute defenseman” … ”Edmonton also needs a goalie and size up front. There are a lot of pieces needed there”
- Adam Vingan: Vingan would prefer the Capitals to stand pat at the trade deadline, but if they are to bring someone in, Canucks defenseman Alex Edler would be a big upgrade.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Alex Edler to the Leafs makes a lot of sense”