NHL Rumors XIII: Toews and Kane, Niskanen, Mitchell, Canucks, Gionta, Oilers and Jets

  • Bob McKenzie: It is believed that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each initially asked the Blackhawks for a contract extension worth around $12 million per year. Toews and Kane will get less than that, but could still end up around $10 million a year.
  • Cap Geek: If the Blackhawks were able to sign Toews and Kane at $10 million cap hits, the Blackhawks 2015-16 salary cap payroll would be about $62 million for 12 players.
  • Neil Sheehy: Matt Niskanen talked to the Penguins and he’ll be testing the open market in July 1st.
  • Craig Custance: The Kings won’t be re-signing Willie Mitchell as: “Unfortunately, no room.”
  • Vancouver Canucks: Canucks GM Jim Benning: “We’re inquiring about what it takes to move up, but we’re happy at six if we stay there”
  • Jason Brough: Benning on the chance that Jacob Markstrom could be picked up off waivers if they send him down to the AHL: “We don’t have to try and figure that out right now.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Brian Gionta’s agent expected to talk to a few teams today and he’ll talk to Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin afterwards.
  • John Shannon: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is downplaying that they are free agent shopping. They are still wanting to get a defenseman and “a forward or two.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Source saying the Jets are no closer to re-signing goaltender Al Montoya. He is getting lots of interest from other teams.
  • Tim Campbell: The Jets won’t use their compliance buyouts, “Not doable for small-market team.”
  • John Shannon: The Penguins have received permission to talk with Travis Green about joining their coaching staff.


  1. Ryan

    June 27, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Response to everything; Unless Hossa, Sharp, Hjalmarsson, or Seabrook the Hawk will only be able to bring one back, also they will each get something similar to Ovechkin’s contract, but shorter term. Niskanes goes to red wings for 6 years, 30 mil (same as Neal). Willie Mitchell, I could see him in a Capitals jersey for a cheap 1 yr deal. Markstrom stays or goes to Sharks. Craig McTavish will overpay for someone. Montoya backs up Corey Crawford, Jets replace him with Chad Johnson. Green gets hired by pens.

  2. AJ

    June 27, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Now we will see how real team players they are. If they wanna keep wining and leave room for roster improvement, they’ll both take deals like Getzlaf and Perry in th 8.5M range.

  3. Shawn ferris

    June 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Any chance some of these high priced superstars start following the “big 3” in the NBA and take lesser deals to get more talent around them to win a (or more) Stanley Cups???

  4. Andrew

    June 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

    In my dreams…kane leaves Chitown for Buffalo to play with Mcdavid. He takes a fat contract and becomes the hometown hero he was born to be.

  5. Hankbemis

    June 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    In the NBA the players make a lot more money. Lebron James will make around $25m next year. These two are setting it up so $10m looks like a discount from $12m

  6. Jeff

    June 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Im surprised they kept Greene over Mitchell. Im surprised they overpaid Gaborik for that matter, over keeping Mitchell.

  7. Jeff

    June 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    If Patrick Kane gets $12m, that Kessel deal will looking pretty terrific.

  8. Shawn ferris

    June 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Overpaid gaborik? I thought they got him at a great price? A million less than Callahan, I’m a rangers fan and I still don’t understand what Callahan does to make him worth close to that. Look at Kariya when he was near end of career, small short contracts so he would be free every year but no one else would go all-in with him to get it done. You get 3 top players to go 1 or 2 years on a small contract to go to an already good team and look out. Would be fun to watch, think the penguins (regular season) to the extreme!

  9. Jeff

    June 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Gaborik has 23 Regular Season Goals since 2011-12. And he just recv’d a 7 year deal. Comedy.