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NHL Rumors V: Bertuzzi, Red Wings, Lehner, Kane, Jets, Gaustad and Tanev

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Todd Bertuzzi won’t be getting a contract offer from them.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Wings currently have about $50 million committed towards next seasons roster. After bonus overages, they’ll have about $17 million in cap space and need to re-sign pending RFAs Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan and hopefully add a top-four defenseman and top-six forward.
  • Ken Warren: The Senators are talking with Robin Lehner about short and long term contract extensions.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Some players need a bit more time to mature & that might be the case with Evander Kane” … “What most believe is that this guy [E.Kane] is a high skilled talent” … “That’s why Cheveldayoff is reluctant to engage in any trade scenarios with Kane up to this point.” … “Even now, when you talk to GMs around league, Cheveldayoff isn’t identifying exactly what it’s going to take to make such a deal” … “Cheveldayoff isn’t suggesting that it’s going to be a multi-piece part or any of that” … “So, managers are not confused but they’re wondering if this is just the same old thing” … “There seems to be more of an appetite for Wpg to deal E.Kane whereas before it was more media driven speculation” … “What I know is, Wpg is a team that is starting to feel the pressure. They have to contend and get a playoff spot” … “Obviously Cheveldayoff is looking for better players” … “So when you throw out a name like Kane you better get a couple or more pieces that make you better long-term.”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Though Paul Gaustad is still in the Predators plans, even GM David Poile recognizes that he is better served on a good team than a bad team.

    “Paul does what he does. He’s a checking center, best in the league at faceoffs and penalty killing. To me this is the good and bad news. Paul Gaustad is way more effective when our team has a lead, way more effective on our team as a shutdown guy. Give us the leads in the third period and the leads out of the gate and I think his role is better.”

  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Pending RFA Chris Tanev hasn’t heard from the Canucks about a contract. The Canucks need to send him a qualifying offer by June 25th. Tanev is coming off a one-year, $1.5 million deal and is able to file for arbitration up to July 5th. The Canucks can file for arbitration by July 6th.

One Comment

  1. Cole

    June 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    How much do you want to bet that the “appetite for Wpg to deal E.Kane” is more because of stuff like the money phone thing or the constant dine-and-dash rumours, rather than a belief in what it could do to help the team? I personally think we shouldn’t deal Kane, because I have zero faith in the organization and believe fully that Chevy would get hozed.