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Archive for July, 2012
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Official announcement that Daniel Alfredsson will be returning next season. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Alfredsson will decide after the season if it will be his last, “I think the decision will be easier next year.”
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers trading for Bobby Ryan make no sense. They don’t need Ryan, they needed Ryan Suter or Shea Weber. They need 35 less goals more than 35 more goals. The Flyers have a big hole on the blue line.
- Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: SanFilippo agrees with Panaccio that the Flyers need help on the blue line, but disagrees that they don’t need a scoring forward as well. Also notes that you don’t replace James van Reimsdyk and Jaromir Jagr with Ruslan Fedotenko and depth forwards. Sarah Baicker via twitter: Baicker agrees with SanFilippo, and adds that they need to get rid of defenseman as they have too many.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: The Blues are looking for a defenseman through trade.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Shane Doan spoke with potential Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison on Saturday to get an update on the process. Jamison continues to work on purchasing the team.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Confirms that Doan and Jamison spoke on Saturday. Jamison asked Doan for more time and less “noise.”
- Jon Keen via twitter: Keen noted that Doal told Rick Wile of @RadioNLHews in Kamloops that he still wants to get something done in Phoenix.
- Stu Hackel of Hockey Inside/Out: The Canadiens are still interested in Doan. Doan has been reluctant to fully explore his options while Jamison still pushes to buy the team. Details of their weekend conversation are not known. Jamison could be $20 million short to buy the team. Doan could be visiting the Canadiens this week.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are still waiting on Shane Doan. Wings GM Ken Holland has spoken with Doan and agent Terry Bross numerous times this month. The Wings won’t give Doan a deal where he becomes the highest paid player on the team.
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The Coyotes could have learned [yesterday] if Doan has run out of patience with the situation, and looked at the 6 offers he’s received. There was also a court hearing yesterday about the petition to put a sales-tax increase on a Glendale November ballot. The NHL has extended their agreement to manage the Jobing.com Arena, but if the NHL ends up owning the Coyotes for another year, it’s unlikely to get the $25 million from Glendale.
Blues goalie question … Pollak on Thornton to Rangers … Who the Sharks, Jets could look at … Huet looking NHL
- Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Question: Will Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott split time or will one become the traditional starter. Jeremy Rutherford: Rutherford expects them to split time, but GM Doug Armstrong recently noted that he can see Halak playing more than the 46 games he played last year. Dan O’Neill: “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Tom Timmerman: May depend on how well Halak starts the season. If he starts off hot, he could see more game. Elliott may get 30 games. If Halak starts off cold, Elliott will get more games. Andy Strickland: Hard to say, will have to see how they play throughout the season. If they are hot, they’ll play more. Kevin Wheeler: He’d roll with the same setup as last year.
- Kevin Kurz CSN Bay Area: Wonders if the Sharks are short a defenseman. They have a strong top 5, but questions surround Douglas Murray and Jason Demers. Prospect Taylor Doherty could see some action this season. Some free agent options could be Michal Rozsival, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jim Vandermeer, Scott Hannan, Brett Clark, Matt Gilroy, Jaroslav Spacek, Pavel Kubina, Steve Eminger and Kurtis Foster.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Pollak comment s on Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont’s note on the Rangers possibly looking at Joe Thornton:
“Don’t be surprised” could be code for, ‘I talked with someone in the Rangers organization’ or it could mean Dupont is just stirring the pot. No problem with that either way.
Nothing suggests that the Sharks might be receptive to an offer. The Sharks are looking to improve their roster, and the Rangers aren’t going to offer up Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal (overstatement but making a point). Thornton has a no-trade clause. He called the Rangers soft last year, later apologized.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Tait mentions some free agent names that might look good in a Jets uniform: Shane Doan, Milan Jurcina, Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Kurtis Foster, Mathieu Darche, Petr Sykora and Jonathan Cheechoo.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Flames 1st round pick Mark Jankowski will play with Providence College rather than Dubuque of the USHL.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Cristobal Huet’s agent said he’s “still working on” getting a deal with an NHL team.
Some thoughts on Nash … 10 unresolved issues … Rangers could look at Thornton … Repik and Pickard could go to Europe
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Portzline offers 61 thoughts on Rick Nash. Portzline thinks that Nash will play with Derek Stepan over Brad Richards.
There were instances last season, before the trade stuff started, when other NHL players were directly advising Nash to leave. One player tells The Dispatch: “I skated over to him before a faceoff and just told him ‘you have to get out of here. Put your agent to work and get it done.’” Many were surprised last February to learn that Nash had asked to be traded. From what I can glean, players around the league were only shocked that it took him so long.
Some believe it was Nash’s father that was the first to give him some wisdom just before the trade proceedings took shape. Portzline thinks that Nash will hit the 40 goal, 80 point plateau at some point.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen lists 10 unresolved issues that could change the “balance of power” : 1. Shane Doan’s recruitment: some teams will offer him 4 years. 2. Roberto Luongo hasn’t been traded yet: the Panthers are the best fit, but they won’t give up Nick Bjugstad. 3. Bobby Ryan still could be traded: the Ducks will only deal if they are wowed by an offer. The Flyers may like to match the Rangers acquisition of Nash. 4. Lubomir Visnovsky has filed a grievance: he doesn’t think the Ducks had a right to trade him because he had a partial no-trade clause. He had previously waived it in a 2009 trade from Edmonton. 5. Useful players still available: Doan, Jason Arnott, Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, Petr Sykora, Brett Clark, Andrei Kostitsyn, etc. 6. Coyotes ownership isn’t finalized: it’s difficult for Coyotes GM Don Maloney to improve his team. 7. The 2013 free agent class might feel pressure to sign now: there may be restrictions on contract length or a new way to calculate salary cap with the new CBA. 8. Predators still looking for defenseman: GM David Poile is still looking at trade options. Jay Bouwmeester’s name has come up, but he has a no-trade clause. 9. Red Wings pondering a defensive move: they want to give Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl an opportunity to play, and they won’t overpay just to add someone. But they have to look at trade options to add a veteran Dman. 10. Feels like Toronto will make another move: Burke could go after a goalie or more size and grit.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tuukka Rask’s one year deal, “We tried to go longer in term, but . . . ’’ Dupont says not to be surprised if the Rangers look to Joe Thornton. Thornton and Rick Nash played well together during the lockout and with Team Canada at the Olympics.
- George Richards via twitter: Richards believes that Michal Repik will be playing in Europe this year.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: Former 1st round pick of the Predators, goalie Chet Pickard is talking with a SEL team.
- Kevin Paul Dupont if the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have to deal with some big name RFAs/UFAs next July 1st if they don’t re-sign before then:
RFAs — Milan Lucic ($4.1 million); Tyler Seguin ($3.5 million); Brad Marchand ($2.5 million), Jordan Caron ($1.1 million), and Tuukka Rask ($3.5 million).
UFAs — Nathan Horton ($4 million), Andrew Ference ($2.25 million), and Tim Thomas ($5 million).
Canucks GM Mike Gillis is in no rush to move Roberto Luongo, perhaps focusing more on trying to bring in Shane Doan.
- Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal: Potential Phoenix Coyotes owner is about $20 million short to buy the team. The deal is on “tenuous ice” but could still happen. Jamison is looking for new investors and partners. The NHL is looking for $170 million, they bought the team for $140 million. Bill Daly said they are still confident the sale will be completed and the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix. The article was posted on Saturday but Sunnucks reported
The prospective Coyotes buyer met with free agent Coyotes captain Shane Doan last night. Doan is pondering leaving the Coyotes if Jamison can’t assure him a sale is near.
The Kings and Predators have been said to be new players on Doan.
Links From Jeff Miller OC Register on where Bobby Ryan could end up.
- Elliot Olshanshy of Sports World Report: The Flyers make the most sense, as Ryan could flourish beside Daniel Briere. It’s unsure of what they could offer. The Red Wings have the pieces to land Ryan. The price for Western Conference team may be than for an Eastern team.
- Benjamin Klein of the Bleacher Report: Klein thinks the Avalanche should make a move for Ryan. They have a nice young core with Duchene, Landeskog, Parenteau, O’Reilly and Johnson. Adding Ryan could move them up in the West. Adrian Dater in the Denver Post said the Avs would be foolish not to trade Paul Stastny for Ryan.
- The Fourth Period: The Sabres are dreaming of Shane Doan, but there are no guarantees there. The Buffalo News said the Sabres could turn their attention to Ryan. They are not willing to offer up Tyler Ennis or any of their other young forwards. They may offer defenseman like Andrej Sekera, Jordan Leopold or Mark Pysyk. The Ducks would still want 1 or 2 forwards though.
Enstrom sign 5 year deal … Jamison doesn’t call Doan … Pens have 4 year offer for Doan … Giroux blames Crosby
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets have re-signed Tobias Enstrom to a 5 year contract extension. TSN is reporting the deal is worth $28.75 million. Enstrom would have been a free agent after next season.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: If Shane Doan continues to visit teams after [yesterday], it’ll be clear that Greg Jamison has no financial plan to buy the Coyotes. If Doan doesn’t reach an agreement with the Coyotes [yesterday], signs point to him looking elsewhere. Agent confirms, “unless Shane (says) otherwise.” Potential owner Greg Jamison did not reach out to Doan at all yesterday. It’s basically over, agent can’t believe it. Doan’s agent is now waiting for permission to start negotiations elsewhere. Visits could resume as early as Monday.
- David Shoalts via twitter: Source says that Doan wants a 4 year deal worth $30 million. Will scare more than just the Red Wings off. There are teams that will be willing to go $7 million on a 1 year deal, maybe 2 for Doan. At 36 years old, 4 years is scary. Doan’s agent said they have never demanded 4 years and $30 million.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Butler cleared waivers and was bought out. The Penguins are prepared to offer Shane Doan a 4 year deal worth $24 million, if they haven’t done so already. The Senators didn’t show any interest in Alexander Semin. Once the new CBA is in place, there could be plenty of players available.
“My guess is you’re either going to see a lot of players bought out or moved,” said a league executive. “There are going to be teams that have spent to the cap who will have to scramble to get below it.
“I would anticipate we’re going see a lot of players who are on the move. Not sure we’re going to see a lot of trades before then, but the teams that are sitting at — or below — the floor are in a good situation.”
- CSN Philly: Flyers Claude Giroux had 2 surgeries on his wrists this summer, and told the Timmins Press that they are because of Sidney Crosby.y
“Those are from [Sidney] Crosby,” Giroux told the paper. “Every time we’d line up against each other for a face-off during our series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he’d hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is being patient to when it comes to trying to fill the hole left by Zach Parise. The Devils still hope to re-sign Petr Sykora. Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby may get bigger roles. Chances are that Lou at least inquired about Semin, as well as Doan. It’s more likely that the the Devils will look to a trade to bring in a forward. They have 8 defenseman under contract for next year and could use one in a deal.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Shane Doan will speak with potential Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison today over the phone. Doan will hopefully gain some insight into the status of Jamison’s bid to buy the team. If he doesn’t come away reassured, talks with other teams will increase.
“We’re expecting some type of announcement or debriefing (Friday) regarding the ownership group, and hopefully we get good news and (General Manager) Don (Maloney) and I can start putting pencil to paper,” said Doan’s agent, Terry Bross. “If we don’t, I think we’re going to start to negotiate with some of the other clubs.”
16 teams have expressed interest, 6 have made formal offers.
“I say there are three or four that he’s very serious about,” Bross said. “There’s probably two more that he has a lot of interest in.”
“I wouldn’t be shocked if we had a decision next week,” Bross said.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: Indications are the Red Wings are out on Doan as the asking price is to high.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: A 3 year deal is the lowest term he’d accept, and it will likely take a 4 or 5 year deal. A list of interested teams are the Penguins, Flyers, Red Wings, Sharks, Canadiens, Rangers and Canucks.
“If it’s not the Coyotes, and we hope it is, we’re not going to chase the market,” Bross said. “You look at what happened last week. Shea Weber signed an offer sheet, but did not go to Philadelphia, and Rick Nash was traded to New York. The whole landscape changed. We have no problem slowing this train down.
“The teams that have been interested in [Doan], have all been great and understanding. No one has put pressure on him looking for an answer. The teams have been a pleasure to deal with.”
He won’t visit Vancouver as he’s already familiar with the area.
Morning notes on Bernier, Predators want a top 4 Dman, 5 Questions, Laviolette, Semin, Butler and CSKA
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Sources tell TVA Sports that Jonathan Bernier hasn’t spoken with Kings GM Dean Lombardi since he said he wanted a trade. Bernier has the mindset that he’ll be a member of the of the Kings at training camp. The Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs and a few Eastern teams are interested.
- Jim Diamond of the Examiner: Predators GM David Poile said he wants the give the his young players the opportunity to earn a roster spot.
“Going into training camp, we are not done adding pieces if we can add another piece, especially in a top four defense we are going to try and do that,” Trotz said later Wednesday on a conference call discussing the matching of Weber’s offer sheet. “There is limited value out there in terms of free agency, but there are guys we are looking at a possibility of a trade. There could be a piece there.”
- Dan Rosen of the NHL.com: 5 Questions still to be answered. 1. Where will Shane Doan sign? 2. Is Bobby Ryan going to be traded, and to which team? 3. When will the Canucks trade Roberto Luongo? 4. Will the Toronto Maple Leafs get a goalie?
5. Which team will take the gamble on Alexander Semin?
- Sarah Baicker via twitter: The Flyers have been working on an extension with coach Laviolette since the draft. Contract expires after next season.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Alexander Semin on the appeal of playing with the Hurricanes: “Carolina has a good team. We want it to be a good playoff team.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will be buying Bobby Butler out. They’ve been trying to trade him since February.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Putin has criticized CSKA’s spending. Noted their salaries can be crazy, more than NHL teams, and would like to create some general rules.
- Carolina Hurricanes via twitter: The Hurricanes have signed Alexander Semin to a 1 year, $7 million deal.
- Jim Rutherford via twitter: “Alex’s elite skill level & ability to score fill important needs, & we hope a fresh start will serve both him & our team well. “
- Mike Sundheim via twitter: Semin is 1 of 16 NHL players to average 30 or more goals over the past 6 seasons, 31.2 goals per year.
- EJ Hradek via twitter: This signing makes sense. The Hurricanes are very familiar with him, high skill guy, and 1 year deal is very low risk.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers have re-signed Jakub Voracek for 4 years at a $4.25 million cap hit per year.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren sees Voracek replacing Jagr on Claude Giroux’s line.
- CapGeek via twitter: After the Voracek signing, the Flyers have $66.6 million committed to 23 players.
- Anthony SanFilippo of NHL.com: The Flyers are moving on from Shea Weber, and will continue to attempt to make it better.
“Now we move forward and see what we can do,” Holmgren said. “We like our team; we think it’s a good, up-and-coming young team, and we will continue to try and add to it and make it better, which is what we tried to do with the offer sheet. We’ll move forward.”
It seems unlikely that they pursue a top-end defenseman at this point, Dan Boyle or Keith Yandle are names that had been mentioned in the past.
“We tried to add, in our minds, one of the best defenseman in the game to a good, young, up-and-coming team, and it didn’t work,” Holmgren said. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t like our defense moving forward. As I said, we have a good up-and-coming young team, and we’re trying to add to it without subtracting and we’ll continue to try and do that with the mindset that we’ll do what we think is necessary to make our team as good as it can be.”
The Flyers remain interested in Shane Doan. GM Holmgren wouldn’t answer questions about Bobby Ryan.
- John Boruk via twitter: Even without Weber, the Flyers have more money committed to their defense than any other team at $28.4 million. San Jose is 2nd at $24.1 million.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: The Predators are trying to recruit Shane Doan.
“He is an outstanding player and outstanding person,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said of Doan. “He really would be a type of player we would want on our hockey club and we are exploring that like a lot of other teams.”
“If he is available, I know we will be high on his list because I know one of the things he’s looking for is a team with a chance to win,” Trotz said. “I’d check that off because he believes we are.”
- Maurice Patton of the Tennessean: Al Morganti (former Flyers writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and current postgame analyst for the Flyers Comcast telecasts) on Shea Weber:
“Long term, they have a laser on this guy,” he said. “Eventually he’ll wind up here. When they target someone like that, one way or another the guy comes to town.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Doan’s agent Terry Bross confirmed in email a couple days ago that he’s had multiple conversations with Sabres GM Darcy Regier. At the moment, there is no visit scheduled. The Sabres have wanted Bobby Ryan for months. The Flyers would have to part with Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn to get Ryan. The Sabres may not be interested in trading Tyler Ennis or many of their young forwards. They have a bunch of defenseman but the Ducks are looking for a forward or two.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Shane Doan and his agent is waiting for a new information this week from Greg Jamison as they continue to wait for positive developments.
Morning notes on Nash, Flyers, Voracek, Maple Leafs, Alfredsson, Subban, Dubinsky, Repik and Brunnstrom
- Columbus Dispatch Audio: Dispatch hockey writers talk about the Rick Nash trade.
- Sarah Baicker via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the Flyers interest in Nash: “We stuck our toe on the water at the trade deadline, a little bit again at the draft … ” “...Kind of hanging around the outside.”
- The Fourth Period: GM Holmgren confirmed the Flyers are close to re-signing Jakub Voracek to a multi-year deal.
- The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke told Darren Dreger that he hasn’t even held talks with the LA Kings recently.
Dreger tweeted: “Ok…I’ll weigh in from Sask on speculation Leafs are closing in on Bernier deal. Burke says they’re not even talking with LA. As you were,”
The Blue Jackets and Devils have also expressed in Jonathan Bernier.
- Jason Gregor via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky’s contract had a modified clause that as of May 15th, the team could request him to send a list of 10 teams he’d accept a trade too. The issue may be that he never sent a list in. Gregor thinks that may the Ducks felt because he didn’t send a list in, he was breaking the deal.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Sun confirms that Daniel Alfredsson is working out in Sweden as talks between GM Bryan Murray and his agent are ongoing regarding a 1 year contract extension. Alfredsson is scheduled to only make $1 million next, hence why they are talking contract extension. If he signs a deal with a signing bonus, and then decides to retire at the end of next season, it doesn’t count against the salary cap as it’s only a 1 year deal and not multi-year. The current CBA over-35 rule doesn’t apply. The Senators have been trying to get a top 6 forward and have set sights on Bobby Ryan, though it’s a longshot.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they don’t have a policy against offer sheets, just believes they do no good since the team is bound to match it.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren declined to comment on whether he’d consider offering P.K. Subban an offer sheet.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky on trade rumors: “It’s a relief. I’m not going to have to deal with those … at least for the next month or so.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Michal Repik told Sport.cz that he’s fed up with being stuck in the minors despite playing well and that he didn’t get the trade he requested.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Fabian Brunnstrom signed a 3 year deal with Frolunda.