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NHL Rumors VIII: Flyers, Hawks, Bruins, Stralman, Callahan, Cap Overages and the Caps

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Due to the Flyers cap situation, they may look at moving some players to be able to re-sign Brayden Schenn and possibly Steve Downie. Some trade options could be: Jakub Voracek (2-years at $4.25 million), Wayne Simmonds (5-years at $3.97 million), Braydon Coburn (2-years at $4.5 million), Luke Schenn (2-years at $3.6 million) and Nicklas Grossman (2-years at $3.5 million). The Blackhawks could have future salary cap concerns with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane needing contract extensions. Some players they could make available could include: Patrick Sharp (3-years at $5.9 million), Bryan Bickell (3-years at $4 million), Brent Seabrook (2-years at $5.8 million) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (5-years at $4.1 million). The Bruins could have some cap issues and may look to move some bodies out. Trade chips could be: Brad Marchand (3-years at $4.5 million), Chris Kelly (2-years at $3 million) and Johnny Boychuk (1-year at $3.3 million).
  • Jason Gregor: Ray Ferraro: “Stralman is a solid #4, but I think he is a candidate to be grossly overpaid. He had 1 goal. He won’t bring much offence.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “If the numbers are even close to what he wanted to stay as Captain in NY, up around that $5 plus – $6 plus range” … “I can’t imagine that TB would invest that $. Not that they wouldn’t want to. Lots of interest in Callahan around the league” … “Callahan’s a useful player & character guy and he’s not going to have too much trouble finding a job” … “Callahan has to come down a bit [in salary demands] and I believe he will”
  • Cap Geek: Estimating bonus overages: Bruins at $3.7 million, Red Wings at $3 million and the Devils at $3 million. James Mirtle: Heard the Red Wings overages may be around $3.2 million.
  • Adam Vingan: The Captials see Braden Holtby as their starter next season and having Philipp Grubauer start in the AHL.
  • Andrew Gross: The Rangers say they have no players who will be schedule for offseason surgery as of now.
  • John Shannon: Expect there to be two outdoor games next season, with one being in Washington.

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Morning Rumors: Leafs, Oilers, Flyers, Flames, Jets and Penguins

  • Nick Kypreos: “In wake of Carlyle rant this morning 2 #NHL clubs have confirmed for me #Leafs have made Kadri available in any trade discussion.” (If you missed some of what Carlyle said, can read some of it here by Michael Traikos of the National Post)
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Though there may have been Wayne Simmonds to the Oilers rumors, the Flyers are not trading him now. Ales Hemsky will be traded to a team looking for a top-six winger. The Penguins might look at Hemsky, along with Mike Cammalleri of the Flames. When asked if the Oilers are shopping Nail Yakupov: GM Craig MacTavish is wanting to ride it out with Yakupov in hopes of him improving his defensive side. He’s not going anywhere, especially when his market value is low.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Penguins GM Ray Shero is said to have some interest in Jets forwards Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler. If Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff thinks that any of those players are part of the Jets future, talks won’t last long. Any trade talks would likely include the Penguins defensive prospects and draft picks. It would take a big package to get any of those players out of Winnipeg. The Jets may be looking to add forwards instead, but adding blueline depth doesn’t hurt. Olli Maata’s name came up in talks, but he is believed to be untouchable. Other names that might come up: Derrick Pouliot, Simon Depres, Scott Harrington, Brian Dumoulin and Beau Bennett. A first rounder and either Pouliot or Depres might be a conversation starter.
  • Toronto Sun: Leo Komarov would like to come back to the NHL and with the Maple Leafs.

    “I enjoyed it there, it was probably the best time of my life,” Komarov told KHL.hr. “I was really happy to play with the Leafs and I hope they are going to take me back, but you never know what’s going to happen. They hold my rights until July and I would love to get an offer from the Leafs.”

    “I’m not that kind of a player,” he said. “Everything was good with the Leafs and I really enjoyed it there. But I didn’t get the offer I maybe wanted, and I wanted to play a lot of minutes over here (in the KHL) because it’s an Olympic year and I knew that if I came back to Dynamo I’d get a lot of ice time. It’s hard to say really, I liked the team, the city, everything – coming back (to Russia) was a hard decision.”

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Morning Rumors: Yakupov, Lundqvist, Goalie Market, Hemsky, Candiens, Leafs, Panthers, Caps and Flyers

  • Craig Custance: Nail Yakupov’s agent said that if the Oilers are unhappy with Yakupov, they are open to a trade: “We’re willing to make a move. Any team. That happens and that’s part of life.”
  • Bob Stauffer: On Larionov and Yakupov: “#1. Igor probably isn’t too pleased that Nail has played under 12 mins last 3 games. #2. A coach spotting Yakupov and limiting defensive zone starts given a -14 rating is completely logical. #3. Not every agent goes to the media to discuss frustrations with a team’s handling of their client. Going direct to the GM works better.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Expectation is that Rangers GM Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent, Don Meehan, for contract talks while he’s in town for the Hockey Hall of Fame and GM meetings.
  • Craig Custance: Ducks GM Bob Murray on the goalie trade market: “The phone is not ringing.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Blues have shopped Brian Elliott, but he may not moved until later in the season as the goalie market is thin at the moment.
  • The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Oilers have talked with teams, including the Rangers, about Ales Hemsky.
  • Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on trading Martin Brodeur.

     “We’ve never had any conversations about it. I’ve never talked to anyone else about it and I’m not going to waste any time on it.”

    Canadiens pending UFA, Andrei Markov, is changing agents. This is something some GM hate.

    “You’re always worried the new guy is telling him how much better a deal he can get,” one GM said. “Then, he has to live up to it.”

    If P.K. Subban says he’ll go for a two-year arbitration deal that would take him to unrestricted free agency, which could be worth $7 million per season, then you know he’s unhappy in Montreal. The Canadiens will look for a longer deal.

    The Maple Leafs may be looking for right-shooting defenseman. It’s been an on-again/off-again situation. At one point they looked at Mike Weaver, but may be looking for someone that can play higher up in their lineup.

    The Senators and Stars are said to be looking for a defenseman.

    Friedman isn’t sure if the Senators would consider trading Craig Anderson. If they were to move him, would need a goalie coming back.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been trying hard to make a trade, but he wants to move guys with bad contracts. Players that could interest teams are Marcel Goc ($1.7 million) and Shawn Matthias ($1.75 million).

    The Predators looked at Ilya Bryzgalov before he signed with the Oilers but were denied.

    The Oilers may have looked at Jonas Hiller, but Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t like trading within the division.

    The Capitals may have had some interest in Ladislav Smid before he was traded to the Flames.

    Some executives would be surprised if the Flyers traded Wayne Simmonds, though you can never predict what the Flyers will do.

    Some teams are looking at undrafted free agent Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals). He attended the Canadiens camp, is from Florida which may make them a possibility, and Rangers may be looking at him.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers and Panthers

  • Jim Matheson: Everyone has laughed off the rumor of Ales Hemsky and a 2nd to the Flyers for Wayne Simmonds.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Wayne Simmonds reads papers and knows there are rumors out there.

    “Rumors are rumors,” Simmonds said. “It’s a business. You never know what’s going to go on.”

    “We’ve got a good squad in here,” the 25-year-old winger said. “We’ve got a really good team in here. We all know that. The onus is on us to play. We’ve already had a coaching change. It’s time that the players start owning up to what’s going on here. We’ve got to be responsible.”

  • Jonathan Willis: Willis wonders if there is any reason the Oilers GM Craig MacTavish shouldn’t call Panthers GM Dale Tallon to see what the cost of defenseman Tom Gilbert would be. Could fit on their second pairing.
  • Jim Matheson: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in Oklahoma City on Tuesday and let the Oilers knows how he feels. He may been more AHL game time or need some practices with the Oilers.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers and Flyers, Scouting Avs-Flames and Ducks goaltenders

  • Ryan Rishaug: Don’t hold your breath on another Oilers trade coming soon. Sense is they are done for the time being, nothing imminent.
  • Dan Tencer: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on the rumor mill: “Certainly no moves imminent and hopefully none for quite some time.”
  • Derek Van Diest: MacTavish said that rumors of them trading Jordan Eberle are ridiculous.
  • Brian Lawton: (8:31 PM last night) Ales Hemsky on the move to the Flyers for a forward and a defenseman, with their names starting with “S” … (8:50 PM – his next tweet) “For those wondering tonight we are putting out every rumour we hear because you can feel the desperation from some clubs with realization”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Some wild stuff out there…Eberle and Hemsky stuff. Total BS.”
  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are crazy about Flyers Wayne Simmonds. Spector thinks they would move Eberle or Yakupov for him.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Custance doesn’t think it makes sense for the Oilers to trade Yakupov when his value is so low.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Penguins and Blue Jackets were scouting the Avalanche-Flames game last night. The Blue Jackets are rumored to be looking to make a move.
  • Dejan Kovacevic: “Watching debacle in Anaheim. Ryan Miller needs to get out of Buffalo. Doesn’t matter where. Doesn’t deserve this. Sabres don’t deserve him.”
  • Craig Custance: (mailbag) When asked about what the Ducks would do with their surplus of goalies … They would send one of their goalies for a defenseman in a perfect world. Teams that may need a goalie are not deep on the blueline. Teams that may be looking for a goalie would prefer to send prospects and picks. Custance thinks the Ducks should be patient. Teams like the Blues or Penguins may want to shore up between the pipes later on in the season. An injury may hit another team.

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VIDEO: Line Brawl Between The Flyers and Capitals

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Morning Rumors: Ducks, Senators, Sabres, Leafs, Flyers, Stars, Sharks and Oilers

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are calling the Ducks to see if they’d move either Jonas Hiller or Viktor Fasth. The Hurricanes (written before DiPietro signed tryout), Predators, Oilers, Panthers and Islanders could be looking for a goalie. “His best bet is to wait for the deadline because you find out pretty quickly it’s hard to get value for a goalie,” said a league executive Saturday. “Historically it just always has been.”

    Could Rangers GM Glen Sather be on the hot seat? Talk that the Rangers are looking for a puck moving defenseman.

    Senators Zack Smith is getting some interest. Some in the organization think he’s part of the solution. The Senators are hoping someone would take Jim O’Brien and his one-way contract.

    NHL VP Colin Campbell could be a candidate if Sabres GM Darcy Regier is fired. Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley could be the top candidate.

    The Maple Leafs and Canucks would be interested in Avs Paul Stastny if he became available.

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello emailed teams offering up a “veteran defenseman.” Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold and Andy Greene would qualify as veterans.

    Teams have shown interest in Flyers Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, but they are unlikely to be traded.

    The Flyers would love to move Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossman.

    The Stars would be willing to trade Alex Goligoski. He has three years at $4.6 million per season left on his deal.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Vogl thinks the Sabres have missed their best chance to trade goalie Ryan Miller. There have only been 23 goaltending trades since 2005-06, with only 12 happening during the season. Return on deals in-season were less lucrative. Fans hoping for a 1st round pick or a star player in return are likely dreaming too big. Only five trades landed a 1st round pick. Likely return could be a 2nd round pick. Only way for the Sabres to get a big return for Miller may be if a team loses their goalie to injury or if they are desperate for a playoff run.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Sharks Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were longshots for Team Canada, but not anymore. Same goes for Matt Duchene.

    One-time argument between Tie Domi and John Ferguson. Ferguson: “You’re trying to get me fired.” Domi: “No John, I think you’re doing a pretty good job of that yourself.”

  • David Pagnotta: If the Oilers were able trade for a top-two defenseman, they would. Looking to improve their overall team defense.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Rangers, Sabres and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks the two best options for the Oilers in net are Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth.
  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet: Both the Flyers and Oilers may be looking for a change. The Oilers have the scoring wingers in Ales Hemsky and Nail Yakupov that the Flyers could use. The Flyers have the size and grit of Wayne Simmonds, a defenseman in Braydon Coburn and a young center with size, Sean Couturier. Thomas Vanek could be a short-term fix in Philadelphia.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Jouranl: What Darren Dreger said to Dave Naylor on TSN 1050.

    Dreger: “Now you look at the need that the Edmonton Oilers have and there’s obvious interest in Jonas Hiller in Anaheim and there’s some speculation around (goalie Michael) Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, but both those general managers have to be sitting here going, ‘Really? You know, I know I have an asset here.’ And Toronto is the same. I’m sure there would be interest in James Reimer if (Leafs GM) Dave Nonis were willing to consider it, but it is way, way, way too early in the season to do that, and you might get to the point, which is the trade deadline, where you also say, ‘Well, which one do I trade? Both of these guys have been very solid and I’d like to have both of these guys if I have a chance of contending for the Stanely Cup,’ or you’re certainly in the playoff mix. So when you’ve got a quality goaltender, you hold on tight. We have two of them. You’re very careful before you move one.”

    Naylor: “Dregs, if things got really desperate in Edmonton and we know the expectations are there, ‘Hey, we’re not the young Oilers. This is not development, this is not moral victories and we want to win,’ and they’re off to a rough start. They play tonight in Long Island. If things got really desperate there, and they said, ‘We got to do something. This goaltending thing is just a disaster. We’re willing to peel off a Nail Yakupov for a Reimer,’ would the Leafs do that?”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so.”

    Naylor: “Wow.”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so because I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov. And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy. And automatically you’d be wondering, ‘Why is Edmonton picking Nail Yakupov among all of their young stars, or potential young stars, and all of the assets that the Oilers have worked hard at over the years of accruing, why is Nail Yakupov the first guy that is thrown at us?’ There’d be some skepticism.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Panthers are willing to move any of their veterans: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov. Their top young prospects won’t be going anywhere.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish didn’t have any luck finding a goalie. Two league executives said their options are Michal Neuvirth, James Reimer and Brian Elliott. They may have looked at Craig Anderson and Cam Ward, but the sense is that neither Anderson or Ward are going anywhere. They won’t sign Ilya Bryzgalov.

    The Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are dangling Chris Kreider.

    The Rangers may take a run at Thomas Vanek (if he goes to free agency) if they decide to buyout Brad Richards during the next buyout period after the season.

    Ryan Miller is expected to head towards the West Coast if he hits free agency.

    Devils coach Peter DeBoar could be on the hot seat if they continue to slide.

    The Rangers may have offered Henrik Lundqvist a long-term deal at $6 million per season. He’ll likely end up with an eight-year deal in the $7.5-$8 million range.

    The Flyers have tried since the summer to trade Andrej Mezsaros and his $5.5 million salary, $4 million cap hit. The Flyers would also like to move Nicklas Grossman.

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Quick Hits: Simmonds, Wisniewski, Goligoski, Lander, Gunnarsson, Halak, Letang, Burns, Rangers lines, and Hiller starts

  • Stars PR via twitter: Alex Goligoski will be back in the Stars lineup and will be paired with Jamie Oleksiak.
  • David Alter via twitter: There is still no timetable on when Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson will return to the lineup. He has a hip issue, some days are better than others.
  • Lou Korac via twitter: Blue Jaroslav Halak has skated the last two days and plans to stop pucks tomorrow. The earliest he would play is Monday.
  • Boston Bruins via twitter: Brad Marchand is “day-to-day” and Claude Julien said “he felt really good today, to the point where we have to consider him being a possibility for tomorrow.”
  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was paired with Brad Stuart today in practice. Coach McLellan confirmed that Burns will play “very soon.” The Sharks will have to make a roster move before Burns is able to return.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Stepan-Nash, Gaborik-Richards-Pyatt, Kreider-Miller-Callahan, Boyle/Powe-Halpern-Asham.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks tonight against the Stars. Viktor Fasth will likely start tomorrow against the Blues.

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Injury notes: Helm, Gunnarsson, Brown, Simmonds, Lander, Eager, Bogosian, Byfuglien and Miettinen

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: On Red Wings Darren Helm back injury:

    “They ruled out everything bad,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “It’s a small strain or tear in a lower back ligament. He got an injection, said he felt better right away.”

  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Carl Gunnarsson on the IR yesterday. It will allow Mike Brown to return to the lineup, which will happen likely by the weekend. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Gunnarsson could return next week and it shouldn’t be a long-term issue.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Wayne Simmonds is “probably” cleared for contact, but is not 100% yet. A Saturday return is possible.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian is getting close to returning. There is no set date, but he’ll travel with the team to Ottawa for Saturday’s game. Once his injured wrist passes a few more tests in practice, he’ll get the green light to return. Dustin Byfuglien is still out with an undisclosed injury. Antti Miettinen is out with an upper-body injury. There is no timetable for when Byfuglien or Miettinen could return.

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