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NHL Rumors III: Avs, Blackhawks, Devils, Capitals, Flames, Leafs and Panthers

  • Andy Strickland: Paul Stastny and the Avalanche will talk this morning before the start of free agency.
  • Andy Strickland: Will be interesting to see of the Blackhawks make a formal offer to Stastny. Stastny is one of Joel Quenneville’s favorite players.
  • John Vogl: Six teams have shown serious interest in Matt Moulson. The Sabres are one of the six teams.
  • Adrian Dater: A Jarome Iginla signing with the Avalanche would make little sense after the trade for Daniel Briere.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said they made a good offer to Mark Fayne and would like to have him back but realizes they “might not be able to compete with the numbers that are out there.”
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals priorities are defense and a goaltender. Mikhail Grabovski and Capitals seems far apart on money. Vingan thinking he’s gone.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Before the Flames hired Brad Treliving as GM, Brian Burke mentioned that the Flames could take on bad contracts to add assets. Treliving obviously is on board with that idea. (two trades they tried to make at the draft mentioned here)
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I imagine the Leafs will be aggressive tomorrow. They’ll sign a few guys with grit & leadership qualities. A Steve Ott type”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “If Dave Bolland hasn’t picked out a real estate in Florida I’ll be shocked by now. Tallon’s fingerprints are all over Bolland” … “Tallon can go 5, 6 or 7 years because that’s what Bolland wants. He knows he gets one pay day. Bolland will get around $5″ …. “Whatever the case is, the Panthers will overpay for Bolland. Similar situation to Clarkson” … “It will be an easier situation for Bolland to be on a bad deal in Florida than Clarkson is in Toronto”

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NHL Rumors XV: Lightning, Leafs, Wings, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Flyers

  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Times: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

    “Just because we have cap space now and cash available, we’re not going to act out of desperation,” Yzerman said. “But certainly we’re going to inquire and see if there’s anything that makes us better.”

    The Lightning could look to add a forward in free agency or through a trade. They could look at Dominic Moore. They will need bring in a backup goalie. They didn’t qualify Anders Lindback, but they could bring him back. Free agent options include Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun, Tim Thomas and Chad Johnson.

  • Chris Johnston: The Maple Leafs qualified James Reimer back in May. Secrecy on it may have been linked to trade talks.
  • David Pagnotta: The Wings would like to re-sign Kyle Quincey, but he’ll do better on the open market. The Wings want to improve their blueline.
  • Will DePaoli: Source saying the Penguins have “expressed some interest” in Martin Brodeur.
  • Will DePaoli: Matt Niskanen will trim his list down to four teams tonight. The Lightning and Capitals are expected to be among the teams. Seven year term will be the key.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta are expected to talk tonight.
  • David Pagnotta: As Paul Stastny’s list gets smaller, can expect Jason Spezza trade talks to increase.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Jets didn’t make Stastny’s shortened list.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Back in December it was estimated that the salary cap could be $71 million. With it only being $69 million, it will leave some teams pretty tight.

    “It affects us for sure,” Hextall said. “It affects every team that is close. We’ve got to find a way to get below it. It was a little lower than we thought and hoped.”

    The Flyers are already over the cap with 19 players signed. Their cap number will drop by $4.94 million at the start of the regular season when they can LTIR Chris Pronger. They have been unsuccessful in trading Vincent Lecavalier so far despite offering to eat part of his salary. He’s due a $2 million bonus tomorrow, which may be scaring teams off. The Predators or Panthers may be interested.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Stastny, Vanek, Moulson, Subban, Johansen, Ehrhoff, Parenteau and Peters

  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are in hot pursuit of Paul Stastny. Safe to say that there are a lot of teams after him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Eight to 10 teams are on Thomas Vanek’s radar. The Wild are interested, but not interested in a long-term deal.
  • Chris Botta: Pending UFA Matt Moulson is in a good position. Could get interest from contenders as well as floor teams like the Sabres and Islanders.
  • David Pagnotta: Nothing new to report on the P.K. Subban and Montreal Canadiens contract talks. Talks will enter the formal stages this week.
  • Aaron Portzline: Saying that talks are going slowly between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen would be putting a positive spin on things. Sides are way apart.

    Player/agent = “We’re not doing a bridge.”
    Club = “We’re not going long-term.”
    Player/agent = “OK, then, talk later.”
    Club = “Yup.”

  • Craig Custance: It only took teams about 10 minutes after word on Christian Ehrhoff’s buy out to start calling on him.
  • Adam Vingan: Hurricanes pending UFA Justin Peters’ agent has spoken with some teams that they would see as a fit. The Capitals were one of those teams.
  • Josh Yohe: Thinks Jeff Zatkoff is a perfectly fine backup goaltender for Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury doesn’t need a mentor.

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NHL Rumors VI: Maple Leafs, Reimer, Jets, Lecavalier, Ehrhoff and the Goalie Market

  • Nick Kypreos: James Reimer has requested to be traded. There was talk on the draft floor between the Jets and Maple Leafs. It could be revisited at a later date.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Neither the Leafs or James Reimer’s agent would comment on reports of Reimer requesting a trade. One of Reimer’s friends told the Star that he’s looking for a “fresh start.”Leafs pending UFAs: Nikolai Kulemin, Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger.The Leafs have talked to pending UFAs Martin Brodeur, Milan Michalek and Dan Boyle.

    Kulemin is getting interest from the Penguins. Bolland and Raymond are getting interest from teams.

    “You’ve got competition. You’ve got other teams that want those same players,” Shanahan said at the draft. “I guess I’d be worried if I was reaching out to a player and he said no one else had called him. So there’s nothing definite. We’ll see. We’ll see where it ends up.”

  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: There is an outside chance the Jets re-sign Olli Jokinen. Source saying they could be looking at Jussi Jokinen. Brian Boyle and Derek Roy could be other options for the Jets.
  • Anthony Petrelli: A commenter on MLHS said that Philly Sports Radio 94WIP was saying that the Flyers have three offers from Vincent Lecavalier: Scottie Upshall from the Panthers, Tim Gleason from the Maple Leafs and draft picks from the Stars.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers would be interested in Christian Ehrhoff, but would have to figure out their major salary cap issues first.
  • Andy Strickland: Talk is the Maple Leafs, Penguins and Islanders are looking at free agent goaltenders, likely looking for a 1A/1B tandem.
  • Andy Strickland: The Canucks, Flames and Capitals are thought to be looking for a No. 1 goaltender.
  • Andy Strickland: More talk that the Sharks are trying to trade Antti Niemi.

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NHL Rumors IV: Lecavalier, Stars, Sabres, Hiller and Capitals

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers tried to trade Vincent Lecavalier over the weekend. He has four years left with a $4.5 million cap hit, and is owed a $2 million bonus on July 1st. The last option for GM Ron Hextall could be to buyout Lecavalier at 2/3rds of his salary, a $1.5 million cap hit over the next eight years.

    “The cap just went down $2.1 million,” one source said, “the Flyers are over the cap, so the buyout here is less than the amount the cap went down and far less than they would be paying him without it.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Jim Nill on the start of free agency.

    “None of us really know what’s going to happen, because there are too many teams and too many possibilities, so all you can really do is make sure your due diligence is done and you’re able to react when an opportunity is there,” Nill said. “We are fully aware of our needs and we’re fully aware of the players who can fill those needs, so it’s a matter of going out and finding the right fit.”

    The Stars would like love to add a second line center and maybe a scoring winger. Issue with that is those types of players usually have large contract or the assets to acquire them through trade is high. They would also love to add legitimate No. 1 defenseman.

    The Stars currently have about $48.7 million committed to 15 players.

  • David Strehle: With the Sabres potentially willing to take on bad contracts for draft picks, it could be a big help to the Flyers.
  • Adam VinganNicolas Deschamps, Peter LeBlanc and Brett Flemming didn’t receive qualifying offers from the Capitals, making them free agents.

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NHL Rumors VI: Del Zotto, Niskanen, Ovechkin, Coyotes and Fayne

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Predators are trying to trade defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Yohe: The Penguins have 14 players under contract and about $14.6 million in salary cap space. Sounding like they have four free agent targets.
  • Ken Campbell: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Matt Niskanen“Based on the number of defensemen out there (in free agency), he’ll get what he wants.”
  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that he’ll probably start Alex Ovechkin on the right wing, but will “adjust it as we go along.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that he still has some lines in the water, but it’s more likely that something wouldn’t get done till next week. Maloney added that getting a center or two via trade or free agency would be a priority. After they bought out Mike Ribeiro yesterday, about 10 teams called with potential ideas.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals GM MacLellan on trade talk:  “There were a few things we pursued and they fell through. We didn’t get it done.”
  • Rich Chere of  Mark Fayne is unlikely to return to the Devils next season. He’s getting interest from teams, including the Oilers.

    “All I’ll say is it’s still open. Obviously other teams have inquired about Mark,” Fish told The Star-Ledger Friday. “His preference is to come back to New Jersey, but we’re getting closer to the (July 1 free agency) deadline.

    “You never say never and it’s obviously up to Mark. But at this point we haven’t heard from Lou (Lamoriello) and we’re getting closer. Then it would take on a life of its own. Mark is hopeful that he could remain in New Jersey, but it looks less likely.”

    GM Lou Lamoriello still plans to talk with his agent.

    “We’re going to talk to him. We certainly have to keep things within reason, but we’ll talk to him and see where it goes,” Lamoriello said.

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NHL Rumors V: Senators, Capitals, Blackhawks, Neal, Ducks, Leafs and Michalek

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray has let Jason Spezza’s agent know that it’s possible a deal doesn’t happen this weekend.

    “I told this to the agent and the player, ‘It may happen, there may be conversations that bring us close to it, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the cutoff point by any stretch,’” said Murray.

    “It could go all summer and it could go into the year. If I don’t get the right deal, he has a year left on his contract and that could be the case, yes.”

    Of course, this can all change.”‹

    Tire kickers on Spezza are the Stars and Predators. Serious teams include Ducks, Blues and Blackhawks.

    “I have talked to a number of managers who have expressed interest in certain players on our team and, in a couple of cases, wondered if I was interested that had never been brought up before,” said Murray.

    “It’s just normal, somewhat, leading up to the draft, that there are more calls than you usually get. There hasn’t been (any movement) and I don’t know at this point. There are certainly going to be discussions but whether anything comes of that … One of the managers was kind of laughing because we do a lot of talking and not a lot of things happen on some occasion so we continue to talk.”

  • Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post: Five trade chips for the Capitals: 1. Troy Brouwer 2. Joel Ward 3. Dmitry Orlov 4. Mike Green 5. Any of their young defensemen: Nate Schmidt, Cam Schilling, Connor Carrick, Patrick Wey, Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos.

    “I think there seems to be bigger names being talked about in the trade market,” MacLellan said. “We’ll see if that really comes to fruition. I think with the cap going up, there might be a little more room for trades to happen. I’ve talked to probably half the managers so far, and will continue to have conversations with them throughout the week. If there’s a chance that something’s a good fit for us, I don’t think they’re going to give centers and defensemen away, but I’m going to explore it.”

    “It sounds like there’s more names being talked about than what I’ve heard about in the past,” MacLellan said. “I don’t know if that translates into actual trades, but there seems to be a lot of conversations. There’s more names involved than there has been in the past.”

    Craig Custance: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are not trying to max out their contract extensions as they want a supporting cast.

  • Darren Dreger: Teams continue to call the Penguins about James Neal. There has been nothing worth considering for the Penguins.
  • Eric Stephens: There is a divide between the Ducks and the pieces the Canucks and Senators want for Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza.
  • Spector’s Hockey: Dreger said that the Leafs are interested in Milan Michalek. If they were to sign him, they would have to trade out a salary, possibly Joffrey Lupul.

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NHL Rumors XII: Stars, Orpik, Predators, Jets, Brodeur and Flyers

  • Bruce Garrioch: Lots of chatter that the Stars are kicking tires on Jason Spezza, have been mentioned before.
  • Andy Strickland: 10 to 15 teams have made calls on Paul Stastny. Things could heat up more after the weekend. Stastny won’t sign anywhere before circling back to the Avalanche and giving them one last shot.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Four to five team inquired about Brooks Orpik yesterday including the Capitals, Blues and Sabres. The Penguins haven’t ruled out Orpik and are considering a three year offer.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile said they won’t meet any free agents face-to-face, only over the phone. Paul Stastny and Thomas Vanek are unlikely to land with the Predators unless they throw a lot of money at them. Matt Moulson would be cheaper and would give them some need scoring help.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on trade questions regarding Evander Kane.

    “Again, these kinds of questions are really unfair,” Cheveldayoff said this morning at the team’s downtown Philadelphia hotel, addressing reporters. “There are lots of conversations that go on. I’m sure there were levels of frustration at different points in time for individual players. From our standpoint, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet and I know that there’s obviously been lots of different rumours out there. At this point in time, that’s how we’re going to proceed. As far as any demands, we’re working as normal here.”

    Cheveldayoff is listening to all callers.

    “I’ve been pretty open that from an organization standpoint we’re going to listen to everybody,” he said. “If there’s a guy that a team has an interest in, then my phone is open for a phone call. That shouldn’t be characterized that anything is imminent or that I’ve got deals on the table or not, and if I do, there’s certain things that have to happen.”

    Cheveldayoff on trade speculation.

    “The trade talk is always ramped up around this time of the year,” he said. “I think the uniqueness of the free-agency period where you can actually speak to potential UFAs is a little bit different than in past years. I think there’s a lot of conversations that are going on by general managers on different fronts.

    “Trades sometimes happen at the draft because it seems that that’s where the appetite is, but a lot of times those are involving picks. If they’re just straight hockey deals and players, then certainly there’s other times that those things can happen, as well.”

  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur said he won’t be visiting any cities of teams that show interest in him.
  • Tim Panaccio: (answering question) Panaccio doesn’t think the chances of the Flyers being able to get into the top five tomorrow are good.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Gaborik, Kesler, Isles, Leafs, Jets, Oilers, Blues, Pens, Brodeur and Habs

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Kings and Marian Gaborik could be closing in on a deal. It could be done in the next 48 hours.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Hearing the Kings and Gaborik are talking three years and in the $5.5 to $6 million per season range.Contract extension talks with Kings and coach Darryl Sutter could be underway.

    Friedman thinks the Canucks have offered the Panthers the No. 6th pick, Hunter Shinkaruk and another piece, likely a roster player not named Ryan Kesler.

    Bruce Garrioch reported that Kesler would only go to the Blackhawks or Penguins. It’s not a long list, but it does include the Ducks.

    Friedman wonders if it would take a three-team deal to get Kesler where he wants to be.

    The Islanders are telling people they’ll move the 5th overall pick for a player who can help now. Other teams are in “stealth mode” like the Maple leafs. “Dave Nonis is like a baseball GM, throwing 25 players on the waiver wire to hide the one he really wants to move.”

    The Maple Leafs won’t make a deal for the sake of making a deal, but they are testing the market. They want to add depth up front and make adjustment to their blueline. Teams are getting laughed at when they ask about Morgan Rielly. Teams are calling about Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk.

    Two teams to watch: Hurricanes and Jets.

    The Jets are willing to trade Evander Kane. Zach Bogosian’s name has come up.

    The Flyers are never afraid to be bold and could look to move up in the draft.

    Rumors of the Oilers trying to move up in draft have cooled.

    Lots of talk of Jason Spezza going to St. Louis. Friedman adds Eric Staal would look good in a Blues uniform. Patrick Berglund’s name comes up.

    Penguins Kris Letang won’t be traded unless it’s a ridiculous offer.

  • Randy Miller of Miller lists five possible landing spots for Martin Brodeur: 1. Washington Capitals 2. Minnesota Wild 3. Pittsburgh Penguins 4. New York Islanders 5. Edmonton Oilers
  • Darren Dreger: Teams are throwing names at Penguins GM Jim Rutherford for James Neal. What is the trade value for a 30-40 goal scorer?
  • Jimmy Murphy: Source saying talks between the Canadiens and Mike Weaver are status quo.

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Top 2014 NHL Free Agent Wingers: 11 Through 20

Mason RaymondExpanded look at unrestricted free agency this week by Todd Cordell, who can be found on twitter @ToddCordell. Top 10 wingers will be posted tomorrow

While this is recognized league-wide as a poor free agent class, those hoping to address the wing and add some scoring punch are in luck, as there are quite a few quality players to choose from.

In this post we’ll be looking at the top-11 through 20 wingers whom could test the market come July 1. My top-10 will be posted tomorrow. The rankings will take into account standard stats such as goals, assists, and points as well as advanced stats such as Corsi For% relative to the team, and points per 60 minutes of 5 vs 5 and/or 5 vs 4.

Notes: Corsi For% is simply used to track shot attempts taken while a player is on the ice. If Player X is a 60% Corsi player, that means 60% of all shot attempts when he’s on the ice go towards the opposing net, while only 40% head in the direction of his goaltender’s net. This number is used to see who’s driving play, and generally having higher Corsi numbers leads to more production. Corsi For% relative to the team compares a player’s numbers to those of his team when he’s not on the ice. If Player X is a 60% Corsi player and his team is 55% without him, which gives him a Corsi Relative% of +5%.

Points per 60 minutes is simply how many points Player X records per 60 minutes of any given situation. If Player X had 10 5 vs 5 points in 120 minutes of ice, his 5 vs 5 points/60 would be 5. The same goes for goals and assists.

All numbers are via CapGeek, HockeyAnalysis, and ExtraSkater.

Without further ado, here are my rankings for the top-11 to 20 free agent wingers available this summer.

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