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NHL Rumors: Devils, Jets, Avalanche, Coyotes and Ducks

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Devils have enough salary cap to bring back Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky. The Jets could be a potential landing spot for Bruins pending UFA goalie Chad Johnson. Jets Al Montoya will be a UFA. It is possible the Ducks let pending UFA Jonas Hiller walk at the end of the season and go with a Frederik Andersen and John Gibson tandem next year.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s camp will have contract discussions when the season is over.

    “Quite honestly, it was not even close from us to move Pauly,” said Roy, who also holds the title of vice president of hockey operations. “We said all along we didn’t want to have rental players, (but) the only one we would keep is Paul, because we believe that Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year. We believe that there’s a good chance for him to re-sign with us. Now, how it will happen, it will be up to Joe and his agent. But I think Paul has the Avs in his heart and I think he’s going to want to be in this town.”

    When asked if he expects to re-sign with the Avalanche.

    “I hope so,” he said Friday. “But I don’t really care about what’s going on with that stuff. That’s down the road. For me right now, it’s all about this team and what we’ve been doing all year and what we want to keep doing.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after next season, but they can start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I like it here,” Vermette said. “I haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s really quick, but we’ll see what’s going to present itself and we’ll listen.”

    Vermette will likely be looking for a raise from his current $3.75 million.

    “Yeah, we’d like to do something,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “But as we’ve learned, whether we’re able to do something, that’s another story.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils might look to bring in Brian Gionta this offseason. GM Lou Lamoriello said he’s always looking for bring in goal-scorers despite their reputation of being a defensive team.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever not thought about offensive players. We always have,” Lamoriello said. “They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.

    “(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. More than we thought.”

    The Canadiens would like to retain their pending UFA, though he’d have to take less than the $5 million he made this season. Brian’s brother Stephen is a pending UFA for the Devils and would like to come back next year. He could help recruit Brian.

  • Lance Pugmire of the LA Time: Ducks Saku Koivu on potential retirement after the season.

    “Well, that’s … I haven’t thought that far away,” Koivu said. “You want [the Cup], I’ve worked for it all these years and retiring would probably be easier if [winning it] happened.

    “But right now, you try to keep the focus on the game and not think about the future. You start doing that, you lose the focus, that intensity you’re trying to find. You hope that’s going to happen.

    “And if it does, then I might have an answer for you.”

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NHL Rumors: Coyotes, Jets, Capitals, Canucks, Lightning and Penguins

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The free agent pool is year is not deep and the price tags may be too high for the Coyotes. The Coyotes have some young players like Connor Murray, Brandon Gormley and Max Domi that might be ready to make the jump. The Coyotes may also be open to making some trades. They could look be looking players in the 23 to 25 year range to complement enthusiasm with experience.

    “We have to look at our group and say we need more energy,” Maloney said. “We need more hunger into our group, and maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.”

  • Brian McNally of the Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Mike Green knows that the organization could go in a different direction with GM George McPhee and their coaching staff, and that his days with the Capitals could be numbered. Green is entering the last year of his three deal. He’ll make $6.25 million next year with a cap hit of $6.083 million.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: (mailbag) Vingan thinks that the Capitals could get some assets back for Mike Green instead of buying him out. If they traded him, it would be because they think the core needs some retooling. It seems unlikely that GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates return.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin said that he would never ask for a trade. Only July 1st his limited no-trade clause kicks in. Each year he lists 10 teams that he would accept a trade too. There has been no indication that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would consider trading Ovechkin.
  • Iain MacIntyre: MacIntyre is hearing nothing regarding John Tortorella and that Ron Hextal is in the mix for the Canucks GM job.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Callahan is what he is. The Rangers at one point were willing to pay him $6 million a year and he wanted more” … ”Keep something in mind, Fla is a no tax state. He may be able to take a deal that is more palatable to TB & Callahan makes his $”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think Bylsma and Fleury are very much on the radar if things don’t go well for Pitt” … ”Losing to CBJ would be not going well for Pitt. There are a lot of different scenarios beyond that”

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NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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Odds of Winning Tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery Drawing

The NHL will hold their draft lottery drawing tonight at 8:00 PM EST. The odds of obtaining the first overall pick are as follows:

1st – 25.0% – Buffalo Sabres
2nd – 18.8% – Florida Panthers
3rd – 14.2% – Edmonton Oilers
4th – 10.7% – Calgary Flames
5th – 8.1% – NY Islanders
6th – 6.2% – Vancouver Canucks
7th – 4.7% – Carolina Hurricanes
8th – 3.6% – Toronto Maple Leafs
9th – 2.7% – Winnipeg Jets
10th – 2.1% – Anaheim Ducks (via Ottawa)
11th – 1.5% – New Jersey Devils (Forfeit pick but are included in the drawing)
12th – 1.1% – Nashville Predators
13th – 0.8% – Phoenix Coyotes
14th – 0.5% – Washington Capitals

If the NJ Devils win the lottery, the NHL will hold a re-draw. The Devils will select 30th overall.

The Islanders have until June 1st to decide if they will keep their 2014 first round pick or send it to the Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek – Matt Moulson trade. If the Islanders keep the pick, the Sabres will get their 2015 first round pick.

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NHL Rumors I: Weber, Kesler, Edler, Reimer, Tavares and Ward

  • Nashville Predators: Predators GM David Poile said that Shea Weber will definitely be in Nashville next season.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Ryan Kesler: ”I didn’t ask for a trade. It’s best to keep that in house. Not going to comment — it’s not right.” Farhan Lalji: Kesler wouldn’t comment  on the rumors of “a list” that he provided to Canucks management.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: There is talk that Canucks Alex Edler could be asked to waive his no-trade clause this offseason. He has five years at $5 million a season left on his deal. Edler would like to stay in Vancouver.
  • Toronto Sun: Pending RFA James Reimer is unsure on his future.

    “The hockey world is a crazy place. This has been my team and I have really enjoyed it, and it has been a huge blessing. I always dreamed this would be the organization that I stay with my whole career, so we will see what happens.”

    If Reimer wants a trade, speculated landing spots could be the Jets, Flames, Islanders and Oilers.

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders John Tavares doesn’t want to leave the team despite recent rumblings.

    “I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There’s no part of me that wants to leave,” Tavares told Newsday during Monday’s breakup day. “I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we’ve still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn’t changed.”

    “I’m excited to come back next year and I’ve always loved being here.”

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward and his family consider Raleigh home: ”I want to be here.”

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NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs, Capitals, Predators, Selanne, Spezza, Byfuglien and Giguere

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: If the Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle, some coaches that they may be interested in: Mike Keenan, John Hynes (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach), Peter Laviolette and Kevin Dineen. The Leafs have $49 million committed to 12 players next season, leaving about $22 million for 11 more players. Low cost players like Petter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam, Jerry D’Amigo and Spencer Abbott could be used. That would leave about $18 million for eight players. UFAs: Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement, Mason Raymond, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger. RFAs: James Reimer, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland, Carter Ashton, D’Amigo and Abbott. The Leafs could use their RFAs as trade bait. Reimer is likely gone, especially if Randy Carlyle stays. Gardiner may want $3 million a year, and could be used as trade bait for a top center.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis may not bring GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates back. Leonsis must also look at Alex Ovechkin, is he part of the solution or part of the problem? Do they look to see if a new coach could change him or look to move him out?

    It’s hard to see John Tortorella returning to the Canucks.

    Randy Carlyle will likely be fired by Maple Leafs. The Leafs appear to be ready to make some major moves this offseason, with Nazem Kadri possibly the center piece of a deal.

    The Predators may look at firing coach Barry Trotz. He won’t be out of work long if they let him go.

  • Chris Johnston: “I would not be surprised to see Teemu Selanne return to the NHL next year. In Sochi, he made it clear that he still has more to give.”
  • Sens Chirp: TSNs Brent Wallace on whether Jason Spezza will be back with the Senators next year, “probably not.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Dustin Byfuglien will start next year at forward.
  • Lisa Hillary: When asked if last night’s game against the Ducks would be his last regular season game, Avs J.S. Giguere said: ”Well I have flown in my family for the game.” Eric Stephens: When talking with Giguere a few weeks ago, Giguere said it’s most certainly it for him. Didn’t want it to get out there.
  • David Pagnotta: Sabres coach Ted Nolan: ”I’m a strong believer in laying a foundation… Timmy and I will have a good chance to reevaluate what we’ve got (this off-season).”

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NHL Rumors I: Jets, Canucks, Red Wings, Oilers, Panthers and Brodeur

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Jets have to trade Evander Kane, but they won’t get full value for him. Could the Jets and Canucks work out a deal, Kane for Alex Edler and a prospect?

    The Red Wings are hoping to get Henrik Zetterberg back in the first round (late), but more likely for the second round if they make it that far. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson could be on the same timeline.

    Matheson is sure the Oilers will offer Matt Greene a contract if he hits the open market.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that he would like to add two experienced defenseman at the draft. Tallon’s No. 1 priority is to add a “sniper” for Aleksander Barkov or Nick Bjugstad lines, as well as to help out on the power play.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panther GM Dale Tallon said he will try to re-sign Tom Gilbert and Jesse Winchester.
  • Dan Rosen: Devils Martin Brodeur isn’t ruling out a return to New Jersey. Hasn’t spoken with GM Lou Lamoriello. He believes the Devils will be in good hands with Cory SchneiderTom Gulitti: Brodeur said that Schneider will be the Devils clear cut No. 1 goalie, and that if he returned, it would be as a backup. Katie Strang: If Brodeur takes a backup role, it won’t be for a marginal team, ”It’s going to be a team that contends for the Stanley Cup.”
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur on being a GM: “That’s something that interests me, but I don’t think I’m ready for that. I’m still in the game.”
  • Dan Rosen: Brodeur: “Just the thought about playing against the Devils will kill me. That’s one of the things that bothers me the most.”

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NHL Rumors II: Avalanche, Jets, Flames and Phaneuf

  • Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post: Josh Kroenke, the Avs president, on if he sees the Avalanche making a big free-agent splash with offseason:

    “We’re always looking for ways to improve our team,” he said. “I think the players we’ve had this year have done an un- believable job. They play every night, don’t take nights off, guys take pride in the logo they’re wearing — and those are the guys that we want. The future does look bright; we have a really exciting young core of players. And our cap is very well structured right now, and could go a lot of different ways, but we’ll continue to be patient.

    “And, if the opportunity comes along where we can get a guy who can put us at another level, it’s something we would definitely talk about. But we’re not going to say something just to say something.”

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have a busy offseason:

    1. Hire a coach.
    2. Solve that pesky goaltending problem.
    3. Sign Olli Jokinen or begin to look at replacement options.
    4. Figure out whether Alex Burmistrov is ready to come back to Winnipeg, and if so, how to make it happen.
    5. Decide whether it’s time to shake up this underachieving core and swap out one of the Jets big names.

  • Hope Smoke: Eric Francis: ”Burke will hire someone experienced like David Poile as the GM in Calgary” … ”Burke made it very clear to me yesterday that he is going to wait until he speaks to every single candidate & guy on his list” … ”That may cause the Flames GM position to not get filled until after the draft. When all the candidates will be available” … ”Feaster was a dead man walking in Calgary. There are a lot of people who believe Feaster’s days of being a GM in the NHL are over”
  • James Murphy of XN Sports: A Maple Leafs source said that Dion Phaneuf is not looked upon as a lead in the Leafs dressing room. His seven-year deal at $7 million starts next season, so he would be difficult to trade. The could retain some salary. Teams like the Islanders, Avalanche, Oilers or maybe the Flames might be interested.

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Jets, Panthers and A Bunch On The Capitals

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darrren Dreger: Don’t expect any decisions on Dave Nonis and/or Randy Carlyle to made in the near future.Dreger: Safe bet is that Paul Maurice will be back in Winnipeg next season.

    Pierre LeBrun: There haven’t been any talks between the Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee. No decision has been made, but there could be a change in GM for them.

    The Panthers may look for a more experienced coach, and if Randy Carlyle is fired by the Leafs, he could be high on their list.

  • Pierre LeBrun of EPSN: LeBrun wonders if a KHL will try to lure Alex Ovechkin this summer or in the next few years. When asked about it, KHL president Alexander Medvedev said through a spokesman:

    “Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Capitals owner will conduct a “comprehensive review” before deciding if he’ll extend GM George McPhee. Gormley doesn’t see the Capitals moving Alex Ovechkin. Can’t see Leonsis letting a GM trade Ovi, even if he’ll make $10 million until he’s 35. Gormley thinks Mike Green could be wearing a different jersey next season. The Capitals need to add a gritty top four defenseman this offseason. Do the Caps add someone like Brooks Orpik and play him with Green, or do they trade Green  in a package to get a better D? The blueline free agent market is thin: Andrei Markov, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Niskanen. Mikhail Grabovski is believed to be looking for $5 million a season. If the Caps could get him at around $4 million, they might consider it.

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NHL Rumors I: Kesler, Kane, Brodeur, Ward, Staal and MacLean

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canuck Ryan Kesler has already asked for a trade out of Vancouver. The organization may now realize that he needs to be dealt. Pierre LeBrun on an ESPN podcast:

    “In terms of Kesler, not only do I think that he’ll be traded, but I think maybe even the onus will have changed.

    It began with him asking for a trade, but now I would say that the organization probably realizes that they need him out.

    Not because he’s a bad person or a bad player, but because he’s their best asset to move. You’ll get a lot for him. The Anaheim Ducks and Penguins were extremely interested in him, but couldn’t convince Gillis to do it.

    Now you add in a whole pile of other teams at the June draft and I think that’s the first trade you make if you’re the new GM of the Canucks.”

    Botchford thinks that if the Jets are going to move Evander Kane, the Canucks should be all in. The Canucks need to hope the Kings don’t step in.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils coach Peter DeBoer hasn’t revealed his goaltending plans. Could Martin Brodeur already played his last game as a Devil?

    “Not really. I’ll be honest – I haven’t thought about that game,” Brodeur said. “I might have played my last game here. Who knows? I’m not sure what’s going to happen over the weekend. We’ll see. It’s something that we’ll have to talk about.”

    It is possible that Brodeur does return to the Devils next season, but he understands the if they want to move on without him and run with Cory Schneider as their No. 1

    “I don’t expect them to come running after me,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see. Again, that’s a situation I have to be OK with regardless of it it’s here or somewhere else. But I have to talk to a lot of people in the off-season and make my own decision. Regardless of if I stay or leave, the Devils are in unbelievable hands with Schneids.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin appears set to be their No. 1 goalie next season. Trading Cam Ward and his $6.3 million salary will be their top priority. The Hurricanes may also look at trading Eric Staal. Head coach Kirk Muller could be fired after the season.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said he hasn’t talked to owner Eugene Melney or GM Bryan Murray about his job security. He doesn’t expect to talk to them until after the season.

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NHL Rumors III: Jones, Michalek, Gaborik, Leino and McKenzie on NHL Live

  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Ryan Jones when asked where he’ll be playing next season: “Not here.”

    “When you look at the team and you look at me, it’s that time for both,” said the 29-year-old. “They haven’t said anything to me, but when you look at the organization you can say maybe it’s time for them to not bring me back and I totally understand that.

    “And, from my side, I think it’s the right time for me to kind of seek other opportunities.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Milan Michalek would like to return next year, but doesn’t know if he is in their plans.

    “I like it here but I also understand I didn’t have good season so I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Michalek before Tuesday’s visit here.

    “I don’t know whether they want to re-sign me or not. I really like it here, the guys in the room and the city, so I would like to stay here if possible. We’ll see what happens.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: When asked what are the chances Marian Gaborik re-signs with the Kings: “Good and better with strong playoff. I’d rather deal for Evander Kane.
  • The Fourth Period: The Sabres will have to decide this if they want to buy out the remaining four years of Ville Leino’s contract. This is the final year teams can use their compliance buyouts (not counting against the salary cap). The Sabres still have the option to buy out two players.
  • Bob McKenzie on NHL Live yesterday

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NHL Rumors III: Jets Evander Kane Edition

  • Ken Wiebe: Evander Kane when asked if he wants to be traded: “I’m here to answer hockey questions, in terms of the game tonight.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Wpg still needs some pieces. Need a C, W and a top D. How do you acquire guys like that when you don’t spend big in FA?” … ”To get at least one or two of those pieces you need to move out a prime piece and, to me, that’s E.Kane” … ”I’ll tell you this: from conversations I’ve had with Maurice & Cheveldayoff they have all the time in the world for a guy like Kane”
  • Mark Spector: There is a lot drama surrounding Evander Kane. There is likely lots more going on as the public usually only hears about half of it.
  • Dustin Nielson: Nielson doesn’t see Evander Kane starting the season with the Jets next year. What team needs him the most and what would the cost be?
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Jets are going to have to think long and hard on E.Kane this summer. Can’t be a knee jerk reaction” … ”Jets need to realize if Kane is all in on Wpg and whether they’re all in on him” … ”Here’s the thing: Kane is a really good hockey player. You don’t move good hockey players and get equal value” … ”If Kane were to request a move and that’s always been percolating there. I’ve always been told he hasn’t” … ”If Kane did say he wants to, then that reflects more on Kane and less on the city/organization of Winnipeg” … ”Winnipeg has had no problem keeping their other players” … ”Jets are building, they’re a little thin in the middle but they’re getting better all the time & continue to draft well”
  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets coach Paul Maurice:

    “The player’s individual play, other players’ play — somebody else takes their job for that night… adherence to all policies of the hockey club,” Maurice said. “This situation with Evander Kane has been addressed three times. He’s not the only one.

    “I have dealt with it directly and clearly with the team and player.”

  • Evander Kane on his benching

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