NHL Rumors I: Flames, Kings, Penguins, Panthers, Hurricanes and Red Wings

  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: The Flames called the Panthers about the 1st first overall pick.

    “Brad’s made the call — and he should make the call to see what the price tag is,” Flames boss Brian Burke said Thursday morning at the Calgary Chamber breakfast at the Hyatt Regency. “But to pay a high price to move up? I don’t think so.”

    Burke on draft prospect Nick Ritchie. 

    “A six-four, 230-pound mean winger with skill. A (Milan) Lucic-type winger. Which I think we can use, last I looked.”

    Burke on free agency.

    “I will tell you that free agency is not a place where you’re going to get a player that makes a dramatic difference on your team. It used to be that there were three contracts in your career — entry level, then you’d sign a bridge contract, then you’d make the big dough when you got arbitration rights (and closer to unrestricted free agency). Well, thanks to the offer sheet to Dustin Penner, there is no second contract now. Now everyone’s paying the kids coming out of entry-level (deals). So the guys you get on July 1 are spare parts mostly. Or over-the-hill guys who get grossly overpaid in terms of term and money. In a hard-cap system, the killer is term.

    “I’ve never viewed (July 1) as a critical time to build my teams anyway. You build championship teams by drafting and trading.”

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks Kings Mike Richards will be bought out or be traded. He has six-years left on his deal with a $5.75 million salary cap hit.
  • Rob Rossi: The NHL has said they wouldn’t have an issue if Pierre McGuire was named as the Penguins GM and continued working the Stanley Cup Final.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers interviewed Ron Wilson for their head coaching position.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think for the most part Jacques Martin has dropped off the radar. Carolina is the only place where he’s an option” … “the Hurricanes are keeping their cards close to the vest” … “There has been a quick reaction by the Hurricanes to say that Ulf Samuelsson isn’t the only option
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Before the summer is out, the Wings and Babcock could agree to a 5 year extension.” … “It could go the other way and the Wings and Babcock might just play the year out & Blashill is a nice insurance policy” … “The Wings are doing with Blashill what they did with Jim Nill. They’re buying his loyalty” … “Babcock has a contract and he plans on honouring it” … “This goes against the grain in the sense of Babcock being the next coach in Pitt or the future coach in Toronto…””…but, I wouldn’t be surprised if Babcock & the Wings do a long term deal for a lot of money this summer”


  1. jeff

    June 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

    LOL! Burke still kicking the Penner can up the alley…

  2. Chris

    June 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

    He’s 100% wrong though.

    It’s not that it wouldn’t have happened without Penner but Penner was the first guy in the new CBA to get the big 2nd contract via the offer sheet.

    Since then it has happened almost every summer. Kids like Nugent Hopkins, Hall and Eberle get these super long lucrative deals based on potential rather than accomplishments.

    When Penner was signed to a 5 year 21 million dollar contract by Lowe it was based on one good year where he put up 45 points on a line with Perry and Getzlaf. In the old system he’d get a 2 or 3 year bridge deal to prove that he could improve on those numbers or at least maintain them. He obviously never became the elite power winger that Lowe thought he would be come and thus the ‘big money for potential’ deal was born.

    In the old system you got your big contract based on accomplishments. You had proven what you could bring to a team and therefore they signed you to big money; not because you ‘could’ be a great goal scorer or you ‘could improve defensively’ or you ‘could be a big time playoff performer’ someday. You got a contract because you had proven that you ARE a goal scorer, you ARE good defensively and you ARE a good playoff performer.

  3. Danny

    June 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Oh Burke! You will always be a loser, not matter what team you join. Go to the US and stay out of the media spotlight please. You are just embarrassing yourself every time you speak.

  4. Chris

    June 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Every team he’s inherited he’s made better. He may be a loudmouth but he’s not afraid to be bold and say what’s on his mind.

    I have immense respect for people who say exactly what they think and don’t simply pretend to be something they are not for the benefit of others.

    Whether you love or hate Brian Burke he literally could not care less; and that’s why I respect the man.

  5. Canucks fan

    June 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Would Burke move down to 6th and take Ritchie?

    To Calgary Tanev and 6th OA
    To Vancouver 4th OA and a 3rd

  6. hotwings

    June 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Sorry Chris, Burke isn’t wrong.. he was obviously just using Penner as the prime and first historical example… Yes, it would have happened to someone else, but you are splitting hairs logically speaking. I wont read the rest of your arm chair, nonsensical rant.

  7. Chris

    June 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    You’ve already explained your limited reading and cognitive abilities.

    I feel like we’ve been over this.

  8. Chris

    June 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Keep trolling though. It’s fun to watch you try.

  9. I_am_I

    June 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    @Chris, that isn’t really true. There are still lots of bridge deals: P.K. Subban, Logan Couture, Nazem Kadri off the top of my head. It is a gamble either way for the teams. Lock them in on the second deal and if they are worth it you have a bargain (Tavares, JVR) but you may get an albatross (Penner). Edmonton seems fond of long term 2nd deals.

  10. Whaaat?

    June 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Love how Burke did the biggest about face when his son said he liked men…. Went from macho man to saying we all now must be tolerant. Pretty selfish reasons to change ur tune, burkie