Morning Rumors: Panthers, Blackhawks, Rangers, Islanders, Wild, Expansion, Canucks and Leafs

  • Ian Mendes: Panthers GM Dale Talon on pending RFA Erik Gudbranson: “He’s not going anywhere. He is likely going to be the captain of our team some day.”
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: There have been no talks between Ben Smith and the Blackhawks.

    ‘‘You try not to give that too much power,’’ Smith said. ‘‘As long as I keep working hard and show what I can do, that stuff will take care of itself.’’

  • Katie Strang: Rangers owner James Dolan on ESPN radio: “I think Ryan [Callahan] was essentially asking too much for his services”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: It doesn’t sound like pending UFA Matt Moulson will return to the Islanders this offseason.

    “It’s been said that I wasn’t in the future plans, so I don’t think that will quickly change,” Moulson said. “I’m just going to concentrate on helping Minnesota to win right now.”

  • Dobber Prospects: Bob McKenzie said that the Wild are trying hard to sign college UFA Greg Carey.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “When the NHL is looking at expansion they’ll be targeting the pacific northwest”
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: Six of eight commissioners voted in favor of giving the Panthers additional taxes from tourists. The Panthers are asking for and additional $80 million from Broward County. The Panthers are requesting the developmental rights to 22 acres of land next to the arena, is separate from the request for additional tax funds. Panthers President and CEO Michael Yormark.

    “We need help,” he said.

    “We’re losing $100,000 a day,” said Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu, who with Vinnie Viola became the team’s fifth owner in September, with a $250 million purchase. “So where I sit, time is of the essence.”

  • Farhan Lalji: Told that the Canucks ownership definitely will not make a move regarding John Tortorella or Mike Gillis until season.
  • Andy Strickland: From the Ryan Miller trade: some scouts think that William Carrier could play on the Sabres third line next season.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on James Reimer after a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

    “I thought he was okay, you know,” Carlyle said after Reimer made 28 saves against the Wings.

    “Just okay.”

    Reimer’s response?

    “So he said I was just okay?” Reimer said.

    “I thought I was good. I don’t know if I was great, and I would like to be great, but I thought I made some good saves when I needed to.”

    Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau on twitter after the game.

    “As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.”

    Petkau then tweeted 40 minutes later.

    “Apparently that last tweet needs clarification. Notice it’s NOT directed at anyone in particular. It’s a general observation. #BadTiming”


  1. Heavy

    March 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Erik Gudbranson would seem like a good future captain to me.

  2. Chris

    March 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

    That’s what Brian Burke said about Luke Schenn. Gudbrandson will have to be come a good NHLer first and then elite to become captain. Even Dion Phaneuf, who I consider to be a bad captain, is one of the better defensemen in the NHL and Gudbrandson is nowhere near his level.

  3. Heavy

    March 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Being elite has nothing to do with being a captain. Is Ference, Jovo or Giordano elite? I’d like to think not, but yet they are captains of their respective teams.

  4. Canucks fan

    March 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Lol Chris really? Bryce Salvador is captain and he’s barely good.. Mark Streit was captain on the Island and he wasn’t elite.

  5. Chris

    March 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    @Heavy and Canucks fan

    Bryce Salvador is the captain of the Devils. Not in the playoffs.
    Andrew Ference is the captain of the Oilers. Not in the playoffs.
    Mark Streit was the captain of the Islanders. Not a playoff team.
    Giordano is captain of the Flames. Not a playoff team.
    Jovanovski is captain of the Florida Panthers. Not a playoff team.

    All the examples you gave are of the worst teams in the NHL.

    Let’s look at the best teams shall we?

    St. Louis – Captain is David Backes. Elite.
    Boston – Zdeno Chara. Elite.
    San Jose – Joe Thornton. Elite.
    Anaheim – Getzlaf. Elite
    Pittsburgh -Crosby. Elite
    Chicago – Toews. Elite
    Colorado – Landeskog – Elite.
    Tampa Bay -Stamkos – Elite
    LA – Dustin Brown – Elite.
    Minnesota – Mikko Koivu – Elite.

    The top 10 teams all have captains that are in the top 50 in NHL scoring (if they are forward and have played over 65 games) OR in the case of Dustin Brown have captained a Stanley Cup Champion team and been a difference maker in the playoffs, are 3 zone players, represented their countries in the Olympics and are top 6 forwards or top 4 d men.

    So maybe I’ll re-phrase. To be Captain of a GOOD team you have to be an elite player. The only reason guys like Ference or Jovanovski are captains of their teams is because of lack of other options. Those teams you mentioned are mostly bottom 5 NHL teams which are nearly AHL calibre. I highly doubt they qualify as legitimate examples.