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Archive for category NHL Rumors
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow has been talking with other GMs. Here are some names that have been mentioned in the past few weeks.
Goaltenders: Jonas Hiller: cost was a draft pick and prospect before the season started. If the pick was a mid-pick, Snow might be more interested. Ryan Miller: the price is still high, believed to be a high pick and an A/B level prospect. Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters: either would likely be claimed by the Islanders or Oilers if put on waivers. The Hurricanes are carrying three goalies. Joey MacDonald: available for basically nothing.
Defenseman: Jake Gardiner: asking price is a top-six forward. Teams may not be interested in Josh Bailey and his big contract. Same with Michael Grabner. Michael Del Zotto: they have talked with the Rangers, but Snow wasn’t interested. Tim Gleason: no chance with too much money and term left on his deal. John-Michael Liles: see Gleason.
- B.D. Gallof: Islanders trade talk: “And when i say “talk” the talk that’s coming from projected opinion instead of actual reports. 1. Trade is only made if clearly makes team better now & tomorrow. Not just for immediate issues. 2. Notice that NO top D are hitting the rumor circuit or being offered. Almost all top D really are developed in-house by teams. 3. Stop being size whores. This isn’t the 90s anymore of big Dmen. 2 way dmen leads to wins. This is what is coveted & in pipeline.”
- Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Sabres Steve Ott had talked with the Sabres during the summer about an extension, but Ott realizes that he may be dealt.
“You’ve got to look at it: Who are your assets?” says Ott, who calls it an honour to be mentioned in rumours and wanted by other teams. “We understand the whole asset side of things. Myself, (Miller) and (Moulson) are the unrestricted guys in this dressing room, and we’re going to probably cause a little stir because of where we are—in a rebuilding atmosphere we’re usually guys (the team) will get pieces for. Otherwise, that’s bad business.”
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers pending RFA Steve Mason, ”this is where I want to be.” Negotiations can’t start before January 1st.
“At some point, we’ll touch base with Steve’s agent, but a lot of players don’t like to do anything during the season,” said general manager Paul Holmgren.
- Luke Fox of SportsNet: Hockey Central saying the Canadiens are warming to a long-term extension for P.K. Subban, who is looking for an eight-year deal in the $65 to $70 million range. The Canadiens and Avs may have something brewing.
“The Canadiens have been scouting the Avs all year long,” writes Adrain Dater of the Denver Post. “While I don’t believe something ‘major’ is imminent, I do believe Montreal has targeted the Avs for a while now for something. It could be as little as trying to get John Mitchell, or something as big as a package involving Paul Stastny.”
- The Fourth Period: Teams are calling the Sabres about Ryan Miller, but they aren’t in a rush to trade him. He can list up to eight teams that he won’t accept a trade with his limited no-trade clause. It’s thought Miller would like to play out West, but the Sabres might be hoping that he stays.
“You build around him versus using him as a pawn to try to get something to try to make you better,” Nolan said of Miller, speaking to WGR Sports Radio 550 Sabres Reporter Paul Hamilton, who released the quotes via Twitter.
“I talked to Pat about this, the one thing we want to do is create an environment where people want to come here and stay here, so hopefully Miller likes what we’re doing and you never know.”
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The Coyotes, Senators, Canadiens, Penguins, Flyers and two from the Jets scouted the Capitals-Hurricanes game. Gormley wonders if the Jets could be interested in Martin Erat or Dmitry Orlov and what they may be willing to give to get them. One scout said teams may stay away from Erat since he’s asked to be traded twice in eight months. Evander Kane’s name has come up in the rumor mill. It would take more than Erat and Orlov to get Kane. Gormley wonders if the Jets would be willing to move defenseman Mark Stuart. There was rumors of the Canucks having interest in Erat. Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis fit what the Capitals could use, with Hamhuis more of a fit as he’s left handed shot. It would take more than Erat and Orlov to get Hamhuis and the Capitals aren’t deep in prospects.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers still have pending UFAs to lock up, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. David Clarkson got seven years at $36.75 million, so Brooks wonders what Callahan could get. Dennis Wideman got five years at $26.25 million, and Brooks wonders what Girardi would get.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Del Zotto will be traded”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”There has been dialogue between the Leafs, Rangers, Capitals, Kings and Gretzky about coming back to hockey in some capacity”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Easy to say that a shake-up is required and look at the injuries and say Nonis should have done something by now” … “Nonis has done a great job working the phones. He’s let it be known that guys like Gardiner can be had”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”I don’t know that Kulemin doesn’t fit into the Leafs plans. Carlyle’s view of him must be different than ours. He’s useful” … ”He’s a solid def forward who has been slotted in that role. There is always trade interest in Kulemin & he’ll be an attractive UFA”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Things can change. We’ve heard that Carolina is prepared to just about do anything” … ”It is possible that Rutherford makes a coaching change or moves a big time player”
- Bruce Garrioch: Panthers Dmitry Kulikov was a healthy scratch last night as the Panthers have stepped up their efforts to trade him. George Richards: Panthers coach Peter Horachek said that Kulikov “needs to be accountable.”
- Bruce Garrioch: (tweet sequence) “Panthers are pushing hard on Kulikov. Dale Tallon working the phones. Has called several teams. Don’t believe it? You should.” Damien Cox: “Leafs have long liked Kulikov. Wary of fact he’s RFA at season’s end. Salary demands and threat of KHL.” Michael Traikos: “I’m not sure the KHL is a huge threat. He played in the Q as a junior and has been in the NHL for the past 5 years.” Damien Cox: “It’s just leverage other players don’t have.”
- Steve Zipay and Spectors Hockey: Del Zotto? Both 23, same cap hit RT @SpectorsHockey: Crank up the Dmitry Kulikov rumors. He’s a healthy scratch tonight.
- Hope Smoke: SportsNet’s Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman think the Maple Leafs are willing to trade Jake Gardiner for a center, both said “how could you not?”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle all want to re-sign with the Sharks, and the Sharks would like to have them back. Boyle would be on a 35+ deal, so they may be looking for a one or two year deal. Marleau has yet to hire a new agent, and could be looking to do his own deal. The Sharks have traded numbers with Thornton and Boyle.
The Canucks considered Martin Erat, but decided to pass. Same with the Senators.
Avs Jamie McGinn’s name has been in the rumor mill.
The Panthers have Tomas Fleischmann and Scottie Upshall on the block. Fear with Dmitry Kulikov is that he could want big money or head back to Russia.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: An executive said that the salary cap could go up to $90 million in four or five years. A few others said it’s possible.
The Panthers came close last season to trading Dmitry Kulikov to the Maple Leafs, but one team backed away.
Two scouts and a coach said they’d try Jake Gardiner at forward.
Islanders GM Garth Snow would like to make a trade before replacing his coach, with goalie being the obvious position. Sources indicating he open to several ideas.
Teams close to the salary made it difficult to trade for Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla.
- Insider Trading TSN: McKenzie: The Panthers are kicking up Kulikov trade talk.
Dreger: The Islanders, Canucks and Oilers are thought to be the most active in those trade discussions. The Canucks want to add a top-six forward. Oilers are looking for a defenseman.
McKenzie: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford’s patience is wearing thin.
LeBrun: The Avalanche would like to get a defenseman or veteran checking forward for Jamie McGinn.
McKenzie: There have been no talks between the Predators and pending UFA David Legwand.
- David Pagnotta: Scouts/Management at the Leafs-Sharks: Capitals, Flames, Blues, Sabres (2), Bruins, Oilers, Canadians (3), Rangers (2), Canucks (2), Flyers, Jets, Penguins, Panthers, Predators and Senators.
- Katie Strang of ESPN: Preliminary talks between the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist have yielded little, and the Rangers may be digging in.
The Rangers seemed to take a hard line in negotiations — a somewhat surprising stance considering Lundqvist has often been considered their most valuable asset — but in doing so, may have acquired some leverage. Lundqvist is not performing on par with previous seasons and Talbot is giving the club something to think about. Lundqvist is 31, which may make a max eight-year contract prohibitive. Meanwhile, Talbot is burgeoning into a bona fide NHL goaltender worthy of consideration.
Morning Rumors: Khudobin, Peters, Mason, Vanek, Diaz, Callahan, Gleason, Dubnyk, Bryzgalov and World Juniors
- Craig Custance: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is close to returning to the lineup, and the Hurricanes are getting some trade interest in both Khudobin and Justin Peters.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it could be to distracting to have heavy contract negotiations with Steve Mason during the season.
- Matt Larkin: “Time to fire up the Thomas Vanek trade rumor circus again.”
- The Fourth Period: The Canadiens and Raphael Diaz continue to work on a new contract. Diaz is in the final year of a his two-year, $2.45 million contract. Diaz could get over $2 million a year in a new deal. GM Marc Bergevin continues to get inquiries about potential trades. Scott Mellanby, the Canadians Director of Player Development was at the Jets-Rangers game last night.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: When asked if there were any contract talks with the Rangers about an extension, Ryan Callahan responded with:
“There’s absolutely nothing going on with that.”
“It’s something that will take care of itself,” Callahan said when asked if he is bothered by the lack of progress toward an extension. “I’ll play this year and see what happens after that.”
The Senators, along with the Blackhawks, had two scouts watching the Rangers. The Senators have talked the Rangers about Michael Del Zotto.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Trade speculation around Gleason has been constant. I’ve been told something was close.” … ”At the moment though he still hasn’t been approached about waiving his NTC. Dicey situation with a veteran guy like Gleason”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov will be UFAs at the end of the season and one will likely be available for trade by the trade deadline.
- James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are implying that Morgan Rielly won’t be made available for the World Juniors. Flames Sean Monahan is still out with an injury. Can’t see the Avalanche allowing Nathan MacKinnon to go. Capitals Tom Wilson isn’t playing much for them. Chris Stevenson: Hockey Canada’s Scott Salmond said that at this point, he been informed that MacKinnon and Wilson will not be made available by their NHL teams.
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think that Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson have played well together, Clarkson moved to the checking line at practice yesterday.
- The Fouth Period: The Blues will have to wait until the season is over to negotiate with pending UFA Alexander Steen.
“Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that,” Steen’s agent, Jeff Kowall, told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.
If Steen keeps up this pace, the could be looking for a deal of at least $5 million per season. David Backes is the highest paid Blues forward with a cap hit of $4.5 million.
- B.D. Gallof: “As for Miller rumor which is 2 league execs (not GMs, mind you) say Garth working phones on goalies, Garrioch puts forth Miller scenario. It ignores a few items #isles people should know – Garth always talks to other GMs and inquires on costs. Don’t see it as anything
- Darren Dreger: It is sounding like a trade could go down when Hurricanes Tim Gleason returns to the lineup. He would have to OK the move.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if Ryan Miller would be interested playing with the Islanders or Predators.
- Renaud Lavoie: Hearing that Rangers Michael Del Zotto won’t be traded soon and that it could take longer than expected.
- Bob McKenzie: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba could be the most probable NHL player to be loaned to the Canadian Junior team. Even if there are no NHLers named to Canada’s camp today, they could be added later.
- Damien Cox: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk chose to be a Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa.
- Mark Stepneski: Stars Tyler Seguin is out with concussion-like symptoms. Injury happened during the Blackhawks game.
- Ken Wiebe: Jets Evander Kane did some off-ice work but he’s questionable for tonight’s game against the Rangers.
- Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Boyd Gordon was injured on Friday and missed last night’s game.
- Eye on Hockey: Oilers Ilya Bryzgalov left last night’s game after a collision with Ryan Garbutt.
- Darren Dreger: Hurricanes Tim Gleason should return to the lineup this week.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Islanders GM Garth Snow is working the phones. The ideal scenario for the Islanders would be for Sabres Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause to join the Islanders for the remainder of the season.
Teams have only shown mild interest in Capitals Martin Erat. GM George McPhee may need to a find a team that needs to stay near the salary floor: Islanders, Panthers and Sabres.
P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract extension talks are expected to heat up. Starting point may be Drew Doughty’s eight-year deal worth $56 million.
Predators GM David Poile has shown interest in Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas.
Avs Joe Sakic is looking around the league for a defenseman. Left winger Jamie McGinn has fallen into Patrick Roy’s doghouse and is being shopped for blueline help. He has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be a RFA at the end of the season.
Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for a defenseman and may have also looked at Kings Matt Frattin. Murray is looking for someone to play with Jason Spezza.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: On Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner:
The talented but erratic Gardiner would represent a challenge for any coach. But for a coach who demands specifics as much as Carlyle does, this almost seems like a relationship doomed to fail.
This is where Nonis fits in. He has the patience of Job. He’s not willing to make a determination of Gardiner, either way, this early.
He believes too many teams have made mistakes determining the fate of young defencemen, way too soon. It’s his inclination to allow Gardiner to develop at whatever speed is necessary. Carlyle, who hasn’t said as much, can’t possibly agree.
Rangers owner James Dolan said that Glen Sather is the teams GM as long as he wants.
- Chuck Gormley of the Washington Times: (mailbag) Gormley thinks that Capitals should be looking for a “hard-edge defenseman” in a Martin Erat trade. The Canucks may be interested in Erat and have Dan Hamhuis (he may not be available). Would an offer of Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth for Hamhuis work? Other Dmen options could be: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), Michael Del Zotto (NYR), Andrej Meszaros (PHI), Luke Schenn (PHI), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alex Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Paul Ranger (TOR).
- David Pagnotta: Was told that there was group that was trying to buy the Coyotes and bring them to the Toronto. Not sure if tied to the Markham group. Obviously, the NHL rejected the offer. The rejected offered was believed to be in the $500 million range for relocation and territorial rights to the Maple Leafs.
- CBC Sports: Friedman said that the Maple Leafs may revisit talks with the Panthers about Dmitry Kulikov.
- David Pagnotta: The Rangers will trade Michael Del Zotto at some point, and they’d obviously like to do so, sooner than later.
- The Fourth Period: A perfect world would have the Rangers trading Del Zotto for a second line scorer. The Senators, Oilers and Hurricanes have shown interest. Tuomo Ruutu doesn’t interest the Rangers. The Flames, Stars and Sabres are said to have some interest.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think defensively this team is lost. It’s becoming more and more evident that Nonis is going to have to step in here”
- Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons and Dreger ripping Nikolai Kulemin on TSN Radio: ”This is a player that the Leafs package. Many around the league really like Kulemin”
- Corey Sznajder: Dreger on NHL on the Fly: ”It’s my sense that Tim Gleason will be moved very soon.”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”LaFontaine is going down the path of exploring young assistant GMs who have been around for awhile”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Relationships are very important when making deals but it starts with $. Everything needs to be dollar in and dollar out” … ”This is a big reason Ottawa hasn’t made a deal yet. There is great interest there in Del Zotto but they’re also a budget team”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”I look at a team like the Blues as a good fit for Ryan Miller“
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: “Tyler Myers’ name, believe it or not, has crept into trade talk”
- Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Bob McKenzie on Jets forward Evander Kane.
“Curious situation in Winnipeg because he’s not asked for a trade, and the Jets aren’t shopping him so why is his name even out there? Well, one goal in twelve games, you saw the Claude Noel news conference in the last week or two and it was after a game Kane had played particularly poorly… Noel froze and thought better of [commenting on Kane's performance] and said ‘not going there.’
There’s tension and people can’t figure out fully whether it’s that Evander does not really like it in Winnipeg or with the Jets? Are the coaches unhappy with him, how has he fit in with the team? And so outside people looking in are saying ‘one goal in the last 12 games, minus player more than not, still playing 21-25 minutes a night…is he available?’ And nobody’s really gotten to that point yet, but they’re kind of waiting to see if this guy might be available.”
- The Fourth Period: Sources saying talks between P.K. Subban and the Canadiens are still in the beginning stages. The Canadiens reached out at the beginning of the month, but a new deal is not close. It is thought that Subban is looking for a deal in the $8 million range. The Canadiens have also had talks with pending free agents, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
Morning Rumors: Orlov, Miller, Del Zotto, Oilers and Bishop, Avs, Brodeur, Habs, Kane, Gardiner and Devils
- Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Capitals GM George McPhee on Dmitry Orlov: ”He’s very similar to [Slava] Voynov from L.A. … three full years in the minors and now a really good NHL player,” McPhee said. “He is ready for the NHL and it is time to find a full-time spot for him.” … ”With us or somebody else — ideally, with us — he wants to get playing.” McPhee has been working the phones. He also has Martin Erat’s trade request.Friedman thinks Ryan Miller in a Ducks uniform might make sense.The Rangers want a fair price for Michael Del Zotto but his value is a little low right now. Doesn’t seem like there is a fit with Senators and the Oilers. Oilers would like some size on their blueline.
From what Friedman understands, the Oilers offered a 2nd, 3rd and Ryan Jones to the Senators for Ben Bishop before he was dealt to the Lightning. The 2nd round pick was the Ducks (ended up being 56th) and the Senators wanted the Oilers pick (ended up being 37th).
There is some interest in Flames Mikael Backlund.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been recalled five times this month without playing in a game. The Capitals are doing so to retain his rights. If he isn’t on the Capitals for at least 30 days by January 1st, he has clause that would allow him to return to the KHL. He has spent 19 days on the so far this season. He’s in the last year of his entry level deal.
“It’s becoming increasingly hard for Dmitry to continue with this shuttle without any hope of playing a game,” Orlov’s agent, Mark Gandler, said. “The coach can’t see him in the lineup. He’s been around. Everybody knows what he can bring, there’s no question marks here. I think that the team can get something for him at this point and move forward. I think that would be the best solution for everybody.”
- Chuck Gormley: First Martin Erat and now Dmitry Orlov.
“Obviously, what Dmitry would like is to be traded,” agent Mark Gandler told CSNWashington.com Wednesday, “because he has no future in Washington whatsoever, zero chance for him.
“I think his value as a player is diminishing with every day and the team is losing valuable time and also ruining his career.”
Orlov has been recalled 5 times in the last month without playing a game. He’s been with tean for 19 days and hasn’t played.
“He has to train hard, and then he has to get in the car and drive hours back to Hershey and work hard there and keep his head in the game and play hard and play well. That is very, very difficult to do for no reason whatsoever.
“If he’s not an NHL player there’s no reason to marinate him in the minors,” Gandler continued. “Let him go. The easier solution, and it’s a great solution for everybody, is for him to be traded. I’ve been in this business 25 years. I don’t think there is a problem finding a team that would like him.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Michael Del Zotto was scratched for the fourth time in the last seven games. It’s become clear that Del Zotto doesn’t fit into Alain Vigneault’s plans and he’s been part of trade talks for weeks. The Rangers haven’t received an offer they like enough to move the 23-year old. They don’t have the organizational depth to take a discounted return.
- Andrew Gross: Seems clear that Michael Del Zotto’s future isn’t with the Rangers. Trading him now would be selling when his value is low. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Rangers are going to trade Del Zotto they just haven’t found the fit yet”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: (mailbag) If the Avs are in a good spot at the trade deadline, Dater thinks they will become a buyer. If they are not, guys like Paul Stastny could be on the trading block. If they are serious about being a contender, they need to improve their defense. If they want to take a run this year and a defenseman is available that could really help, they could think about trading one of Chris Bigras, Duncan Siemens or Stefan Elliott and/or trading a draft pick.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I can’t see Brodeur moving because Lamoriello doesn’t want to be the guy to move Marty from New Jersey”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: “Montreal wants to make a move and outside of their young core guys they’re willing to move anybody including Pacioretty”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”The Jets aren’t shopping Evander Kane but his name is out there too. There’s tension with the player and the team” … ”Kane is a scary player to move considering his tools, but the player and that team and that city just don’t seem like a fit”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Teams around the NHL are telling me that Gardiner’s name is being discussed a little more” … ”There is less resistance on the Leafs part when it comes to including Gardiner in a deal”
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: (mailbag) Rosen thinks the Devils should look for a defenseman with an expiring contract: examples Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Tom Gilbert (FLA) or Nick Schultz (EDM). They are not linked to those players, but just the type of players they could look at.
Morning Rumors II: Coyotes, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Flames, Red Wings and Olympic Rosters
- Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes are at their salary limit. If Rostislav Klesla is claimed off waivers, the freed up salary could help them make a trade.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Hurricanes Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu are being discussed with other teams. Gleason is getting more interest at this point. Both players have no-movement clauses. Ruutu has two more years at $4.75 million cap hit (salary of $5 million) and Gleason has two more years at $4 million (salary of $4.5 million and $3.5 million). The Maple Leafs can’t take on the salary of both players.
Canadiens source said that teams are calling about Max Pacioretty, but they are not shopping him.
Dion Phaneuf’s agents (Newport Sports) made a presentation to the Maple Leafs last week, with a ‘ballpark offer.’ The Leafs are expected to counter next week. Term could be a sticking point, but most like money will be the issue. The next month of talks could be important.
The Flames have already turned down an offer for Mikael Backlund. They won’t move him for the sake of trading someone.
With the new TV deal, it would average to about $14.5 million each year, except Canadian teams get a bigger piece due to “invasion fees.” These fees “ are designed to compensate the Canadian teams for the local inventory lost to the national TV deals.”
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin isn’t going to rush into any deals. They had four members of their management staff, including assistant GMs Rick Dudley and Larry Carriere, watching the Maple Leafs – Blue Jackets game on Monday. There were several reports that they may be interested in Evander Kane, but it’s unclear if there have been any talk since the offseason.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk won’t play on Friday, but there is a chance for Sunday.
- Pierre LeBrun: The NHL, NHLPA and IIHF had originally agreed to submit Olympic rosters by December 31st, but they may be changing that date to Jan. 6th or 7th.
Morning Rumors: Pacioretty, Kane, Erat, Canes, Leafs, Hiller, Del Zotto, Sens, Expansion and Kulikov
- TSN: Bob McKenzie: The Canadiens are “absolutely not” shopping Max Pacioretty, but teams may be calling about him. They are listening to offers on him, but not saying he’s available. The Evander Kane and Jets situation is the same as Pacioretty and the Canadiens. Kane hasn’t asked for a trade.
Pierre LeBrun: Teams are interested in Martin Erat as his salary is $2.25 million next season. The Canucks are one of the teams that has some interest in him. Erat would be an easier trade that Martin Havlat.
Darren Dreger: The Hurricanes have Tuomo Ruutu, Jiri Tlusy and Tim Gleason on the block. Gleason could be the first to go. They could likely trade him for John-Michael Liles, but they Canes may need the Leafs to take back Ruutu as well. The Leafs currently are not interested in taking on Ruutu.
McKenzie: Bettman said no to expansion again yesterday. The earliest it could take place would be 2015-16, so if anything was to happen, it would have to escalate in the next 10 months.
LeBrun: With Viktor Fasth’s recent injury, don’t expect Jonas Hiller to be traded in the near future.
McKenzie: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is close to signing a contract extension.
- Darren Dreger: There are daily rumors for the Rangers, but defenseman Dylan McIlrath has earned a shot to play in the NHL.
- Darren Dreger: There is no fit between the Senators and Rangers. Was told that Eric Gryba, Colin Greening and Erik Condra were made available.
- David Pagnotta: Should expect the NHL to make the expansion “process” formal in the near future. Quebec and Seattle will be on the list. Dan Rosen: Gary Bettman confirmed yesterday that expansion is not something they are looking at right now. Allan Walsh: Everyone knows expansion is coming. “Does anyone think NHL will say no to hundreds of millions in expansion fees?”
- L.A. Lariviere: Jose Theodore’s agent said he still hopes to sign with an NHL team and is not looking to retire.
- Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers aren’t actively shopping defenseman Dmitri Kulikov. Kulikov agreed that he has a fresh start with a new and realized that he needs to be more consistent.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”The Phaneuf contract will probably end up being 7 or 8 years between $7-$7.2 million a year”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis will absolutely embrace a big time change on the D.”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”I know there were discussions between the Leafs and Rangers about a Del Zotto for Gardiner swap”
Injury Notes: Duchene, Semin, Lupul, Rinne, Gleason, Glass, Bennett, Parise, Neuvirth, Kobasew and Giordano
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs Matt Duchene won’t play tonight, but there is a good chance he can return from his oblique injury on Friday against the Wild.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Alex Semin (concussion) could be back on the ice next week.
- James Mirlte: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul has a Grade 2 groin strain. Coach Randy Carlyle said “it would take a miracle” for Lupul to play this weekend. Sounding like he could be out awhile. Jonas Siegel: Lupul won’t travel with the team on their upcoming trip. Brian Huddle: Huddle points out the Kings Jonathan Quick has a Grade 2 groin strain, and that it’s more long-term than short-term.
- Nick Cole: Predators Pekka Rinne was expected to have his MRI this week but it has been rescheduled for Dec. 5th.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Tim Gleason will be out a week with a lower-body injury.
- Rob Rossi: Penguins Tanner Glass has a broken hand and is out three to four weeks. Paul Martin has a lower-body injury and is out tonight.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Penguins Beau Bennett will be out eight to 10 weeks having surgery on his broken wrist/hand on Monday.
- ESPN: Wild’s Zach Parise will be out two to three weeks with a foot contusion. He bruised his left foot blocking a shot.
- Adam Vingan: Capitals Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) practiced yesterday.
- Shelly Anderson: Penguins Chuck Kobasew skated before practice yesterday.
- Roger Millions: Flames Mark Giordano skated yesterday, shouldn’t be long.
- The Fourth Period: Sources saying that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to make a “big splash” and acquire a “top-tier” player. The Canadiens currently have $1.74 million in cap space, allowing them to take on just over $3 million without moving someone out. They are dangling players to create more cap space. Ottawa Sun saying they are trying to move Rene Bourque and his $3.3 million cap hit. It’s not known who they are targeting. They have been linked to Evander Kane in the past.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals coach said that Martin Eratrequested a trade after he was made a healthy scratch on Saturday. GM George McPhee doesn’t have an issue with Erat asking for a trade eight months after he was acquired.
“I admire him for it,” McPhee said. “He’s been professional. He’s not pointing fingers or anything like that. He just basically said, ‘These things happen. It’s not working for me and I’d like an opportunity someplace else.’ I said, ‘OK, we’ll try to accommodate you. There’s no promises on when it happens. We’ll see how long it takes.”
McPhee doesn’t think that his trade request will decrease his market value.
“He’s a good hockey player and there are teams that would like to have him, so we’ll continue those discussions,” McPhee said. “All I know is it didn’t work for him here. But he’s good guy, a good player, a good pro. I have no issues with him.
- Dave Isaac: Thought over a month ago that a Andrei Mezsaros for Martin Erat made sense, but is not sure there is a fit now.
- Mike Halford: “There’s something hilarious about Martin Erat and Vern Fiddler having the two most publicized trade demands of the season so far.”
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple’s thinks the Islanders should take a run at Rangers Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers would like a defenseman in return, but the Islanders don’t have many to offer up. Rangers could take a forward from the Islanders and find a defenseman somewhere else.
- Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mikael Backlundon trade rumors.
“I get Twitter, so I saw it on there. And I watch TSN, so I heard it there, too,” Backlund said after Saturday’s practice at the Saddledome. “Watching TV and my name comes up, it’s a little surprising. But at the same time, it’s part of the business and it hasn’t been a great start, so you kind of expect it, too, a little bit.”
- The Fourth Period: Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a defenseman. Among the defenseman available are: Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alec Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Dmitry Kulikov (FLA).
- Harvey Fialkov: Even with defenseman Matt Gilroy going on the IR, Fialkov still thinks the Panthers are shopping Dmitry Kulikov.
- David Pagnotta: 16 teams scouting the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets game, some regular people.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It’s going to be interesting to see how long before Nonis wades into this. Record is good but this team has not played well” … ”Nonis isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. Maybe he does something more significant. Maybe those Gardiner calls are finally answered” … ”Tuomo Ruutu in Carolina may be a good fit in Toronto, but that salary doesn’t fit.” … ”Maybe it’s time for Nonis to finally get that centre that this organization needs.”