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NHL Rumors IV: Maple Leafs, Wild and Penguins

  • The Fourth Period: The Leafs appear to be ready to trade both Cody Franson and James Reimer. They have been trying to trade Reimer for months, and have increased their efforts after he requested a trade. Both could be moved for draft picks if they can’t land a third two-way center. It is rumored that they have some interest in Steve Ott, who is getting some interest from the Rangers, Red Wings and others.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Cody Franson won’t sign his qualifying offer. It was for $2 million, and if they keep him, it would at least be in the $2.5 million range.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild thought they could replace Clayton Stoner with Willie Mitchell, but couldn’t come close to the two-year, $4.25 million a season the Panthers gave him.

    “I didn’t expect this. Maybe I’m naive. We were consistently underbidding on a few other players, I’ll tell you that,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said, chuckling. “The prices caught me a little off guard for maybe what you would consider role players or bottom-of-the-lineup type players. But I definitely think some mistakes have been made today on some players, so I think we’ll be a little bit patient and let things sort out.”

    The Wild need to add a physical presence to their blueline, but the market is a little thin: Anton Volchenkov, Doug Murray, Shane O’Brien and Cory Sarich.

    “Right now, it’s been insanity out there,” Fletcher said. “I think this is the biggest spending day, if not the history of the world, the history of the NHL. I mean, it’s just been crazy. So my first thought is to just go home and come back [Wednesday] and maybe the tide will turn and management will get the upper hand and we’ll get some better deals.

    “The prices are high. The terms are long. Thomas [Vanek] may be one of the only players who took a pay cut and a term cut to come anywhere. Everybody else is doubling or tripling their salary, so it’s good for the players, but it’s maybe not the market we want to be in right now.”

  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have had some talks with the agent of Steve Downie.

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NHL Rumors II: Iginla, Stastny, Robidas, Ehrhoff, Orpik, Gionta, Kulemin and Vanek

  • Richard Labbe: Contrary to reports, the Canadiens haven’t asked about Jarome Iginla. Chris Johnston: Iginla will be testing free agency for the second straight year.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Avs and Paul Stastny couldn’t get a deal done last night, he hit the open market today.
  • Darren Dreger: Stephane Robidas’ agent said that at least eight teams inquired, cutting the list down last night. Robidas is looking for a two or three year deal. His leg is fine and is already skating.
  • Eric Stephens: Doesn’t look like the Ducks are in on Christian Ehrhoff. As of early evening yesterday the sides hadn’t spoken.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks the Ducks could take a run at Brooks Oprik or Willie Mitchell.
  • Richard Labbe: The Canadiens and Brian Gionta couldn’t come to a deal last night. Not expecting anything until this  morning.
  • Chris Johnston: Nikolai Kulemin’s agent said that Kulemin will “miss the Maple Leafs.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I think Vanek to Minnesota will get announced tomorrow. There are 10 teams interested. He’ll get $5/$6 maybe someone goes $7″ … “Say what you want about Vanek in the playoffs but this is a guy who can score 35 goals for fun” …  “Teams won’t worry about April, because Vanek will get you to April and beyond” …  “Vanek is a pretty good goal scorer boys. Gaborik’s playoffs helped Vanek tomorrow.”

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NHL Rumors XI: Vrbata, Spezza, Carter, Jets, Michalek, Robidas, Niskanen and Glass

  • Pierre LeBrun: Seven to eight teams are interested in Radim Vrbata. Coyotes are still in the mix and should speak again at some point today.
  • Tom Gulitti: Ryan Carter’s agent plans on speaking with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello later today. Hopes to remain in New Jersey.
  • Ken Wiebe: Expects the Jets to look for a top-four defenseman through free agency or trade. They could also feel they can fill their second pair with someone from within.
  • Bruce Garrioch: 12 teams have shown interest in Milan Michalek. He’ll give the Senators a chance to re-sign him.
  • Craig Custance: Defenseman Stephane Robidas is getting interest. He could end up in the East.
  • Josh Yohe: Matt Niskanen may stay around with the Penguins for around $5 million if they go seven years. Less years would mean money.
  • Brian Lawton: An agent this morning: “It is not a matter of who you want to sign but a matter of who you can get”
  • News 1130 Sports: Six teams have called on Tanner Glass. Four to five teams called about Willie Mitchell.
  • Kevin Kurz: Don’t be surprised if Scott Hannan returns to the Sharks on a cheap one-year deal to be their seventh or eighth defenseman.
  • News 1130 Sports: The Canucks made a “significant push” for Ryan Miller. The Sharks and Ducks should be in the mix.
  • Arthur Staple:  Islanders are not inquiring about Michael Del Zotto.

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NHL Rumors XIII: Toews and Kane, Niskanen, Mitchell, Canucks, Gionta, Oilers and Jets

  • Bob McKenzie: It is believed that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each initially asked the Blackhawks for a contract extension worth around $12 million per year. Toews and Kane will get less than that, but could still end up around $10 million a year.
  • Cap Geek: If the Blackhawks were able to sign Toews and Kane at $10 million cap hits, the Blackhawks 2015-16 salary cap payroll would be about $62 million for 12 players.
  • Neil Sheehy: Matt Niskanen talked to the Penguins and he’ll be testing the open market in July 1st.
  • Craig Custance: The Kings won’t be re-signing Willie Mitchell as: “Unfortunately, no room.”
  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning: “We’re inquiring about what it takes to move up, but we’re happy at six if we stay there”
  • Jason Brough: Benning on the chance that Jacob Markstrom could be picked up off waivers if they send him down to the AHL: “We don’t have to try and figure that out right now.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Brian Gionta’s agent expected to talk to a few teams today and he’ll talk to Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin afterwards.
  • John Shannon: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is downplaying that they are free agent shopping. They are still wanting to get a defenseman and “a forward or two.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets are no closer to re-signing goaltender Al Montoya. He is getting lots of interest from other teams.
  • Tim Campbell: The Jets won’t use their compliance buyouts, “Not doable for small-market team.”
  • John Shannon: The Penguins have received permission to talk with Travis Green about joining their coaching staff.

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NHL Rumors XI: Kesler, Preds, Stastny, Spezza, Blues, Avs and Top Dmen

  • Darren Dreger: Sounding like a Ryan Kelser trade is inching closer, could happen in the next 24 hours.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile is dangling the 11th overall pick for a top-six forward as the free agent market is a slim. Pros of trading the No. 11 pick:

    1. You tend to get a greater return with an NHL-level player you acquire in a trade than with a draft pick.
    2. You don’t have to wait for production.
    3. It’s something for the fans to get excited about.

    Cons of trading the No. 11 pick:

    1. It lessens your farm system.
    2. It gives you fewer assets for trades.
    3. Nashville needs a forward in its system.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Paul Stastny would fit in nice as the Blues No. 2 center, but it could be pricey, in the $6 – $7 million a season range. The Wild and Rangers are also said to be interested. The Blues are also in talks with the Senators about Jason Spezza – who are said to be looking for a 1st round pick, top-six forward and a prospect.
  • Adrian Dater: Paul Stastny’s agent will circle back to the Avs before a final decision is made. If the Avs can’t come close to the offer, they can move one. Dater notes,

    “There are a lot of plates spinning on this whole thing. The Avs are interested in other potential forwards, but they don’t know if they can get them or not (they’re the same names everyone else is interested in). If they think they can, they’d feel more comfortable letting Stastny go. If not, they might feel they have to come up to match the offers for Stastny.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle’s top 10 free agent defenseman: 1. Matt Niskanen 2. Dan Boyle 3. Tom Gilbert 4. Anton Stralman 5. Willie Mitchell 6. Kyle Quincey 7. Mark Fayne 8. Andre Benoit 9. Stephane Robidas 10. Mike Weaver

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NHL Rumors VIII: Stastny, Niskanen, Vanek, Stralman, Hiller, Jokinen and Hayes

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Paul Stastny wanted to “see what’s out there” and Joe Sakic is fine with that. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports there is significant interest in Stastny.

    “It’s his right. I respect that,” Sakic said.

    If the Avs lose Stastny to free agency, they could fill that hole with Nathan MacKinnon or Ryan O’Reilly, which would then open up a hole at wing. The Avs currently have 17 players under contract at around $46 million.

  • Larry Brooks: Source saying the Rangers haven’t inquired about Paul Stastny. They don’t have the salary cap space.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has contacted at least the agents for Matt Niskanen, Willie Mitchell, Thomas Vanek and Paul Stastny. If Vanek wants to come to Minnesota, he may have to take a one- to three- year deal. The Wild have significant interest in Niskanen. Niskanen will want a long-term deal, likely north of $5 million. The Wild have many young players that will need new deals in a couple years, so they’ll have to watch what they spend.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wild were among the teams that called on Thomas Vanek.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Contract talks between Anton Stralman and the Rangers are not going as expected, though it could change in the next few days.
  • Will DePaoli: As of early evening yesterday, five teams had called on Jonas Hiller.
  • Will DePaoli: Up to 12 teams called on Matt Niskanen. The Islanders were one of the first teams to call on Niskanen.
  • Will DePaoli: Three teams called on Jussi Jokinen yesterday, with more teams expected to call in the next few days.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks and Kevin Hayes will get back to talking contract soon.

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NHL Rumors VII: Wild, Stastny, Boyle, Gionta, Komarov, Babcock and Lecavalier

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild will be talking with Thomas Vanek’s agent, but are also believed to significantly interested in Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen. Both Stastny and Niskanen will want big, long-term deals, so they wouldn’t be able to get both. Vanek is also looking for a long-term deal, but his he wants to play of the Wild, he may have to settle on a shorter deal.

    “I don’t think we’re absolutely entrenched on anything,” Bartlett said. “Vanek is a very confident guy, somebody that is, I think, going to look at everything – the financial side, the family side, the team side.
    “I don’t think we have anything cast in stone come Wednesday or July 1.”

    If the Wild don’t re-sign Clayton Stoner, they could pursue Kings Willie Mitchell. Cody McCormick and the Wild will talk today. The Wild continue to shop Kyle Brodziak.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are interested in Dan Boyle.

    “Good deal of interest, there are going to be good options for him,” Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, said Wednesday. “We’ll sift through it the next few days and see where it all leads.”

    Players can’t sign until July first, but teams can layout the parameters of a potential deal.

    “We’re just trying to figure out what the place for me would be and there’s definitely a few options out there,” Boyle said.

    The 38-year old Boyle is looking for a two-year deal. Sources saying the Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Rangers are interested, with one sources saying the Leafs interest was “serious.” The Islanders remain interested. Rangers could be more interested in talks with Anton Stralman don’t go well.

    Teams were calling Paul Stastny’s agent at 12:01 AM.

    “Paul’s first choice is to re-sign in Colorado but we’ll listen to what teams have to say and make an informed decision,” Keator told on Wednesday morning.

    The Blues were one of the teams calling on Stastny.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still listening to offers for the top pick.

    “Not much new,” Tallon told “There’s some offers from teams in the middle of the pack. But I want to stay top 10 if I can.”

    The Canadiens and Brian Gionta continue to talk, with Gionta’s agent saying he was “cautiously optimistic” that they can get a deal done.

  • Damien Cox: Sense in Philadelphia is that the Maple Leafs will make a strong push to bring winger Leo Komarov back. It will cost more than it would have last year.
  • Dan Rosen: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock expects Ken Holland’s future contract extension to be worked out before his.
  • Chris Johnston: On Ryan Malone’s buyout. He had a no-movement clause and chose to not go through the waiver process.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Ron Hextall hinting that he’s spoken with Vincent Lecavalier’s agent about a possible trade.

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NHL Rumors IV: Blues Looking for Offense and Kings Could Be Busy Next Offseason

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues are looking for someone to add some scoring and could look to add a top-end center. They have checked in on Jason Spezza, Ryan Kesler and others.

    “You hear the names being bandied around, but that’s mostly in social media,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We’re obviously in contact with all 29 other teams. Some players that you hear about are maybe in play and some aren’t. You just have to deal with reality.”

    Spezza would be intriguing for the Blues, but the asking price is a top-six forward, top prospect and a first round pick.

    “Teams always ask for a lot,” Armstrong said. “That’s why there’s no deals made until the deadlines, whether it’s the trade deadline or the draft. It’s because the marketplace is usually higher. If there’s a need, you pay that price. If there’s not a hard desire, you let it play out. If you let it play out and get too cute, you don’t get the player. But if you’re not comfortable with the price, that’s probably the best decision.”

    If the Blues don’t work out a trade, they could be forced to overpay in the free agent market. Paul Stastny and Thomas Vanek are the top names that could be available.

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Kings have about $12.1 million to re-sign Marian Gaborik, Willie Mitchell, Dwight King and re-sign or replace Matt Greene. The Kings will have to watch their numbers for 2015 as they’ll be busy with future RFAs: Jake Muzzin, Kyle Clifford, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Nolan. They’ll 2015 UFAs in: Alec Martinez, Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Robyn Regehr. Anze Kopitar is scheduled to become a UFA in 2016.

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NHL Rumors II: Kings, Rangers, Avalanche, Penguins and Jets

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Kings have offered Marian Gaborik a three year deal worth $15 million. By keeping Mike Richards and attempting to re-sign Gaborik, it will likely come at the expense of Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The $6.67 million savings they received from buyout out Brad Richards will mostly go to retaining their Stanley Cup finalist roster, and likely not to acquire a Paul Stastny or trading for a Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Eric Staal. They have pending free agents in Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot who could double their combined salaries from $5.65 million to $12 million. Brassard could get between $4.5 and $5 million. Zuccarello could ask for $4 million on a multi-year deal. Pouliot could get at least $2.5 million. The only way the Rangers would go after one of the big centers would be if they felt Brassard wasn’t a No. 1 center they could win the Cup with. The Rangers hope to retain Anton Stralman, around $4 million on a three or four year deal. They are expected to qualify Justin Falk.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Patrick Roy:

    “Nothing is changing for us. We haven’t changed our approach,” Roy said of the team’s overall blueprint. “We put together a plan, as far as salary structure, long and short term, but we also have a plan for our team and what kind of players we’d like to have. Obviously, we have to give the time for these guys to develop. We certainly don’t want to go on the fast track. Time will tell, but I think right now we still need to remain very patient.”

    Contract talks with Paul Stastny will start in the next couple days. Other teams can talk to Stastny on Wednesday. Roy said they have some potential targets in mind if they become available. The Avs could look at Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Dan Boyle.

  • William DePaoli: Marc Crawford removes himself from the Penguins coaching search and Todd Nelson emerges as a candidate according to a source.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless thinks the Evander Kane trade talk is a over-hyped right now, but his name is out there. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would want a young top-six forward or a young top-four defenseman in return. The player coming back would have to coming into his prime and locked up.

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NHL Rumors I: Islanders, Lightning and Flyers

  • Arthur Staples of Newsday: The Islanders are open to trading their No. 5 pick at this years draft.

    “We’re open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away,” Snow said recently.

    The Islanders need a backup goalie or two, a top pairing defenseman and a left winger to play with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Islanders GM Garth Snow called prospect Griffin Reinhart to let him know they won’t be trading him. Potential free agent targets could be: Marian Gaborik, Radim Vrbata, Jussi Jokinen and Thomas Vanek. On the blueline, options could be: Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene, Andre Benoit, Clayton Stoner, Mark Fayne and Mike Kostka. A significant upgrade to their blueline would need to come through a trade and not free agency.

  • Joe Smith: The Lightning won’t be giving Anders Lindback a qualifying offer, though they will consider re-signing him. He’ll be a UFA.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning would have had to offer $2.2 million to retain Anders Lindback. The Lightning will likely look for a veteran to backup Ben Bishop.

    “We are going to look and see what is out there, but (Lindback) is on the list,’’ Yzerman said.

    The Lightning are still talking with pending UFA Ryan Callahan.

    “I’m hopeful that we can get him signed before he reaches free agency,’’ Yzerman said.

    They are unsure if they will use they second compliance buyout.

    “It’s something to consider,’’ Yzerman said. “We haven’t come to any final decision on that. We know when the window closes, and if we choose to go that route, we have time.’’

  • Sarah Baicker and Tim Riday of CSN Philly: Both look at if Nikita Nikitin would be a good addition to the Flyers blueline. He has good size and is defensively responsible., something that the Flyers could use. Riday thinks he’ll be looking for something between $2.5 and $4 million. They do already have at least six NHL defenseman under contract, but at the right price, would be worth taking a risk on him.

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