Morning Hits: Maple Leafs, Sharks, Callahan, Seattle Expansion and Palffy

  • David Alter: Two days until the start of the non-compliance buyout period, August 2nd to 4th. There will be a 48 hour span where the Maple Leafs could buyout John-Michael Liles if they wish. If the Leafs bought out Liles, he would count against their cap for the next six years. It would give them an extra $2,583,333 this season.
  • David Alter of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs now have only $4.6 million left to sign RFAs Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri. Alter notes that Franson’s agent could use Zach Bogosian’s seven-year, $36 million as a comparable. That Bogosian and Franson played similar roles, with Bogosian playing over four minutes per game more, but 12 less total games. If the Leafs are able to get Franson and Kadri for around $3 million per season, they will have to make a move or two to free up some salary cap space. They could be get a decent return for Franson if they decide to move him. A Liles buyout would be a $1,291,666.67 for the next seasons if they went that route. They could try to trade while retaining some salary.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sources say that Joe Pavelski’s deal (5 years, $30 million) includes a very limited no-trade clause that is similar to Logan Couture’s.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that there have been conversations with the agents for Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.
  • Dan Rosen of Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is on schedule after his shoulder surgery, but may not be ready for the start of the season.

    “As the schedule goes, it’s going to dip into training camp and it’s possible it could dip into the regular season, too,” Callahan said. “The biggest thing with this is the contact. I should be able to be fully skating and shooting in training camp, but it’s when you can take contact and I don’t think you know that until you get further on and they evaluate it and check it out. As of now, how the rehab is going, I’m right on schedule.”

    Callahan hasn’t had any talks with the Rangers about a contract extension. He’s entering the last year of his deal.

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Seattle sports-talk radio host, Mitch Levy, said that Gary Bettman is pushing the Board of Governors for expansion and to include Seattle. The team would begin play in 2014-15 and would cost $275 million. Seattle would need to build a new arena. Bill Daly recently said that the Pacific Northwest was getting “serious consideration” for expansion or relocation. This would put the NHL at 31 teams, so another addition may follow with the usual suspects: Quebec City, Toronto, Portland, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.


  1. I_am_I

    July 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

    David Alter needs to be introduced to capgeek:
    Liles buyout would carry a cap hit of $875,000 next season freeing up $3M. (
    The Leafs probably are not going with 8 defencemen on the NHL roster so likely Holtzer to the A freeing up ~750K to add to the $4.8M they have now, but they have to sign one more forward to occupy the press box. So Kadri, Franson + bench warmer for $5.68M… tough but not impossible.

  2. I_am_I

    July 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

    *Holzer, not Holtzer.

  3. hotwings

    July 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    i think bogosian’s deal is a bit of a stretch… i think the leafs are looking for these bridge type deals with kadri+franson…

    if they cant get it done, hopefully tampa or someone will overpay a bit for franson w/ picks/prospects

  4. Leaf_Fan

    July 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

    picking on tampa and stevey y haha

  5. Tyler

    July 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Ziggy Palffy just retired??? I thought that dude was done playing years ago.

  6. I_am_I

    July 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

    @hotwings: Agree that Bogosian is a stretch, what about Shattenkirk or J. Johnson? Franson is 25 and UFA next year, plus this is his 4th contract already (3yr, 2yr, 1yr). I think he might want some term. That is going to make it complicated with the Leafs close to the cap.
    Kadri should get a 2 yr. bridge deal. The 2nd contract is the one you need to bear down and beat players up on, see PK Subban for example.
    I maintain they can sign both and get in under the cap with some tough negotiations, unless they go 4+ years on Franson.

  7. I_am_I

    July 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Oh and Tampa Bay is a divisional rival, probably have to try and swindle a different team. How about Feaster?

  8. Matt

    July 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Nonis has a lot of work to be done over the next couple days. I think someone like biggs or leivo will fill the 3rd line RW hole which will basically be the same price as holtzer is so there wont be any cap savings there. But i believe they should hold 1 – 1.5 mill of liles’s contract and trade him for a 3rd or 4th round pick. That would give them just over 7 mill to sign kadri for a max 3 mill and franson for 4.

  9. hotwings

    July 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    secretly, i hope feaster gets dicked around by another gm some way.. like, they got nothing going on in terms of the future… i’d put them in the top 3 of teams with bleak outlooks. they dropped the ball last year by dropping out of the top 4 draft slots, and i expect they are gonna do the same again the next 2 years..

    ya, subban got fleeced imho… good signing if you are a penny pinching oligarch.

    complicating the franson signing, is phaneuf’s situation… does Nonis really want to lock him up for 5 or so more years? if not, you gotta think he would want to find a way to keep franson in the fold..

    i dont always but into this “trading w/in the conference” rhetoric… tampa and the leafs have traded quite a bit in the past… it’s not like we are comparing the kings/oilers here…

    hopefully they can give franson some term… he is young enough and still has lots of potential .. 4 years would be ok.. dont think nonis would do 5

  10. Tyler

    July 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Does anyone think that Cheveldayoff (sp?) is doing a good job in Winnipeg? He lost Burmistrov to the KHL for nothing. He definitely overpaid for Bogosian and Little. He hasn’t really done much in terms of bringing in solid talent through free agency or trade (Setoguchi may be an exception there).

    Also, Nonis didn’t deserve that extension. He rode what Burke built into the playoffs and now is struggling to get “good” deals done.

  11. hotwings

    July 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    the jets seem to have a good “core” with bog/kane/pavelec/ladd… i dont think you can fault them for the burmistrov situation.. blame it on the KHL factor… it has happened to lots of teams.. its nice to see them putting mark scheifele down in the minors for another year… trouba was defintely another good pickup…

    i think sometimes you just have to “see what you got” and not do anything crazy… at the very least, he isnt screwing things up, like they did in calgary or vancouver…

    i liked the deals nonis has put together… we may have overpaid for clarkson… but there is also a good chance that he becomes our “dustin brown” type figure come playoff time. bolland too… another character guy… and with bernier… you get one of the most sought after young backups in the game, if not the most, who has been signed to a reasonable 2 year deal… i think Nonis has took what burke did and basically took the team to the next step… we have a team now, that unless you are a brainless leaf-basher, will see at least 2 more years of playoff appearances…

  12. Phil

    July 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Good to know that ziggurat palffy retired.
    Breaking news he has been gone for a decade

  13. Dave the Jew

    July 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Didn’t the leafs give up a 2nd round pick to Colorado for liles? Another Burke beauty

  14. Dave the Jew

    July 31, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Hotwings… I have always found your comments as insightful as a retarded chimp. Someone should take away your dell computer.
    By the way… I think your Dustin brown comment was meant for pancake penner

  15. hotwings

    July 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    do you enjoy insulting random people on the internet? turn down the negativity just a tad… i’m just a fan of the game here, commenting on a website. enjoy the rest of your bad day.

  16. I_am_I

    August 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Another reason for acquiring Bernier is that Reimer hasn’t played more than 60 games since 2007 and has been injured every season in the NHL.

    Extending Nonis from 3 years to 5 was odd. I assumed it was to encourage him to think longer term.

  17. david the jew

    August 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

    your comments usually don’t make sense

  18. hotwings

    August 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    im not pretending to offer some erudite and prescient opinion in the vein of some hockey media professional… just a fan dude… sorry you dont care for my comments, but there is no need to throw dirt around… isn’t there better things to do in life?

  19. D

    August 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    whats with all the hate? don’t have to agree with him if you dont want. sometimes i agree with hotwings, sometimes i dont. can say that about a lot of people that respond here. no need to be a richard

  20. Tyler

    August 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Hotwings – I’m just thinking the Jets are struggling with their deals. They should’ve handled the Burmistrov deal a better. He obviously wasn’t working with his coach but is a prized young asset. If he’s not going to play for you, trade him. They’re giving guys long-term deals with some decent cap. Better hope they pan out as a Jets fan.

    Nonis too. I like the Bernier trade, but the Clarkson deal will blow up on him. The Bozak cap hit is a little crazy too. If they deal Franson there’s another. Meanwhile Kadri and Kessel/Phaneuf are still waiting on new contracts.


  21. I_am_I

    August 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    @Tyler: I agree that Jets are overpaying a little but until they get success on the ice they probably have too. Winnipeg isn’t the most desirable place to play and they’ve missed the playoffs for a number of years (if you include Atlanta).

    My only hope on the Clarkson deal is that he is good for the next 3 seasons and the cap hit rises enough that it doesn’t kill us. I don’t think they’ll deal Franson, they’ll buy out Liles first. Bozak is OK, he’s a useful player, but he is overpaid.

    Kessel and Phaneuf should be locked up to long term deals before the season starts if Nonis is doing his job.


  22. shawn

    August 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    the leafs should trade phaneuf it would open alot of money and he is a piece of shit who fucks us up in the playoffs and then sign franson and kadri

  23. Dave the Jew

    August 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Shawn do you watch hockey?
    Dion is maligned more for his contract than for his play.