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Posts Tagged 2013 NHL Draft
- Elliott Friedman of CBC: Friedman mentions again about the Avalanche turning down the Flames offer of all their 1st round picks for the 1st overall pick. They rejected it quickly as it didn’t contain a player that is NHL ready. Friedman wonders if the Flames made the same offer to the Panthers, Lightning or Predators.
The Avs may not want to go below No. 3. The Panthers may not want to go below No. 4 if anywhere at all. The Lightning and Predators could be the same.
The Hurricanes at No. 5 could be ready to deal. They would get a very good player at No. 5, but would top 4 defenseman with experience and term may be a better option from where they sit? The Oilers had talks with the Hurricanes, but they may have cooled.
One source on the Hurricanes, ”some players who were previously untouchable may no longer be untouchable.” Doesn’t include anyone with the last night Staal.
The Stars, Red Wings and Maple Leafs have contacted the Panthers about trading for Stephen Weiss’ negotiating rights if the Panthers can’t re-sign him. The Devils could also be a possible destination for Weiss.
Speculation that the Stars could target Jarome Iginla. The Kings are another. Friedman wonders about the Coyotes/Seattle with the Shane Doan connection.
John Tortorella and John Stevens will have second interviews with the Canucks.
Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak contract talks aren’t going that well. GM Dave Nonis took a hard line with Leo Komarov and may be doing the same with Bozak. He could be saving his cap space for someone, either it be Weiss or somebody else.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings and Pavel Datsyukappear to be close on agreeing to a multi-year contract extension. It can’t be official until after July 5th. Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin flew to Detroit yesterday to meet with Holland. Datsyuk tweeted last night “Big day tomorrow …”
“I hope very soon,” Greenstin said. “Everybody knows what Pavel Datsyuk means to Detroit and what he likes about the Red Wings. We’re still talking. Contract cannot be registered with league until July 5. We can negotiate a deal so we have one (before July 5).”
- Gary Lawless: Zach Bogosian’s agent confirms that he spoke again with the Jets last week.
- Ken Wiebe: The Jets haven’t had any talks with RFA defenseman Zach Redmond. Redmond’s agent did say that he continues to progress from his bad skate cut, ”He’s doing great and he feels great.”
- Ken Wiebe: UFA defenseman Derek Meech’s agent, JP Barry, has spoke with the Jets several times and will do so again before free agency starts on July 5th.
- Bob Stauffer: Oilers defenseman Mark Fistric will options. Stauffer thinks the Oilers should re-sign him as they need his size.
- TSN: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on Team 1260 radio in Edmonton on Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff:
“I think both those players are at a similar crossroads,” MacTavish told the radio station.
“Sometimes change is good for both the organization and the player, but at the same time they’re valuable players and we’re not in a position where we’re able to move them without getting something substantial in return…I have a lot of allegiance and a lot of loyalty to ‘Horc’ and to Ales. I have a lot of respect for both those players. But from both those perspectives, I think the ideal scenario would be to move them on and wish them the best in their next destination.”
Hemsky has one year left at $5 million. Horcoff has two years left at $5.5 million.
“Would we welcome those players back if the right circumstance presented itself? Absolutely,” added MacTavish. “But I think in talking to both those players, I think the best situation would be to move on.”
- Jason Gregor: In any Hemsky and Horcoff trade, the Oilers would have to take some salary back. The Oilers could use some veterans.
- Jonathan Willis: Sounding like Oilers Shawn Horcoff wants a trade. Add a top-nine forward to GM MacTavish’s shopping list if he’s moved.
- Cody Nickolet: The Oilers seem keen on trading the No. 7 pick. MacTavish saying many GM’s want to wait, but he might be ready now.
- Dylan Howlett: (RT from @ToddCordell) Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said on the Mark Spector Show that multiple teams are interested in moving into the top 5. The Hurricanes have received several inquiries. Rutherford said on The Team 1260 on Tuesday that the Hurricanes would entertain offers for the 5th pick in hopes of landing a top-four defenseman.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is talk that as many as 10 teams are thinking about their goaltending situation. Among the teams thinking No. 1 goalies are: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames, Wild and Islanders.
Names to watch: Ryan Miller (BUF) – one year left on his deal. Coyotes could be a fit. Mike Smith (PHX) – a UFA and uncertainty of organization is keeping him from re-signing. Ray Emery (CHI) – UFA. Won’t get a long-term deal but may get a shot at being a No. 1. Tim Thomas(NYI) – UFA who may get a pro tryout.
Rangers GM Glen Sather is giving Mark Messier serious thought as their new head coach. They are also interested in Alain Vigneault.
Ducks GM Bob Murray is getting calls for Bobby Ryan. They’d like to keep Ryan who has two years left at $5.1 million. The Flyers and Senators have been interested in the past.
There have been no talks between Ron Hainsey and the Jets.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been working the phones and looking for immediate help. Could be willing to move some of their young assets. Talk that they might trade Nail Yakupov to bring back a package.
Alain Vigneault appears to be the top candidate for the Stars, Lindy Ruff for the Canucks.
- Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com: New Hurricanes logo coming today. The Hurricanes currently sit at No. 5 in this year’s draft. They won’t be trading up, but haven’t ruled out moving back. GM Jim Rutherford will target a top 4 defenseman in free agency or through a trade.
“It’s hard to say. It could come in any manner,” Rutherford said. “It could come in the form of a player that we trade for as a projection who hasn’t done it yet but we think could do it now. It could come in the form of a projection of a (Ryan) Murphy jumping in the top four. It could come many ways, but I do feel that’s an area we have to change.”
- Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky will be a RFA, and it’s possible that his agent is willing to look at offer sheets. The KHL could also offer a pile of money. Talks between Bobrovsky’s agent and the Blue Jackets haven’t gained traction as his agent, Paul Theofanous, wants to wait. Bobrovsky would be worth more if he wins the Vezina and/or gets offer sheet and/or a KHL offer. There is a chance that the KHL money is too much to pass up. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said they will match any offer sheet.
- Red Wings Front: (h/t Pro Hockey Talk) It doesn’t sound like Ian White will be back with the Red Wings next season.
“It didn’t go the way Whitey wanted it,” Babcock said. “Whitey’s a real good person, a real good man. We wish him luck.”
“It’s real disappointing to have it end this way,” White continued. “When I came here, and after last year, I thought I might be able to have a long future here, but we’ll see how everything goes in the next month.”
- Corey Pronman: Pronman lists all the 2011 NHL draft picks who will go back into the draft as they did not sign: BOS: Volden, BUF: Lepkowski, CAR: Hofmann, Mahalek, CHI: Mattsson, COL: Nermark and Donnelly, DET: Quine, EDM: Perhonen, FLA: Bengtsson & Pakarinen, LAK: Gibson, Schumacher, MTL: Archambault & Pribyl, NSH: Andrews and Karlsson, NYI: Kichton & Theoret, NYR: Ceresnak & McColgan, OTT: Fransoo, PHI: Sullentrop, PHX: Ruuttu & Fritsch, SJ: Sefton, STL: Eronen, VAN: Honzik & Westerholm, WSH: Soberg, and WPG: Yuen.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Colin Wilson had his second shoulder stabilization surgery at the beginning of May. He had surgery on his left shoulder mid-April, followed by the right side in the first week of May. He hopes to be ready for training camp.
Draft Hits: Tallon open for offers, “a lot of high end talent”, Monahan attending five camps, Nichushkin wants NHL
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn’t actively shopping the 2nd overall pick, but he’s open for offers.
“We’re in good position,” the Florida Panthers’ general manager said this morning at the NHL scouting combine. “We’ll take advantage of it.”
Tallon has already had a couple of short talks about the pick.
“You see what they’re willing to pay, and that’s the fun part of the job,” Tallon said. “I’ve had a couple of mild conversations here and there this week, ‘Are you going to move the pick?’ Make me an offer. That’s the way it goes. You start the process early, and you work it all the way through till the five minutes before you make the pick, maybe a minute before the pick.
“Colorado’s in the driver’s seat right there, and we know we’re going to get a hell of a player at two or three or four. It’s a deep draft. We’ve already drawn a line in the sand. We’ve gone through every process and every situation with our staff already this week, and we’ll continue to rehash this throughout the month of June. We’ll be ready for any and every situation on June 30.”
- Tony Ambrogio: From the draft combine a scout said that the top 10 picks are as good as he’s seen in years with ”a lot of high end talent.” Another scout said that there are 8 to 12 players who could play in the NHL next season.
- Mark Masters: Draft prospect Sean Monahan will attend camps held by the Sabres, Maple Leafs, Devils, Flames and Oilers.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Russian draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin’s agent, Mark Gandler, said he is serious about playing in North American next season. Gandler confirmed that Nichushkin’s two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL has been terminated. The deal was terminated with the condition that if he doesn’t make the NHL, he’ll return to the KHL.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson will need off-season shoulder surgery. Jimmy Howard was playing with a pulled hamstring which happened at the end of the Ducks series. Niklas Kronwall injured his shoulder in the Blackhawks series and injured his hand against the Ducks. Daniel Cleary had a second-degree separated left shoulder and fractured left finger.
- Craig Custance: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula suffered a high ankle sprain in Game 7.
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: The Panthers hold the No. 2 pick in the draft and they hope that their pick will be able to play right away.
“We’re hopeful,” Tallon told NHL.com. “We’re going to be a young team. It’s going to be a necessary part of our puzzle moving forward. I would hope the guy we select can play for us next year.”
“It’s a pretty evenly balanced draft,” Tallon said. “Looks like there’s an equal number of forwards and defensemen that are very good. We have four picks in the first 97, so we feel we’re going to get four really good players and really fix our depth chart.”
- Sarah McLellan: Only one coaching plan at the moment for Coyotes GM Don Maloney: “We’re not thinking about other coaches. We’re thinking one guy, and that’s all we want.” Both sides are close on terms of a new deal, but there is still the issue of ownership clarity.
- Bob McKenzie: The Canucks interviewed Dallas Eakins yesterday.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils hold the No. 9 pick in the NHL draft. They are deep in young defensemen and have an obvious need for skilled scoring forwards. Don’t expect the Devils to be serious talks for the Avs first overall pick.
“From where we are, to move up they’d probably want our house,” Lamoriello joked.
- Bob McKenzie: A GM on the Avalanche shopping their first overall pick: ”Who are we supposed to call there?” Greg Sherman may be the GM in name only.
- Bob McKenzie: The NHL draft will be June 30th, starting at 3 pm ET with all 7 round.
- Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Andrew Ference: “he’s obviously on the mend. But not ready to say he’s ready to go yet.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: A source has said that the Dallas Stars have talked to Lindy Ruff about their vacant head coaching position. GM Jim Nill is expected to talk with Alain Vigneault and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins. Nill said that he’ll have both casual talks and official interviews while he’s in Toronto at the draft combine.
- Craig Custance: Defenseman Andy Sutton retired from the the NHL yesterday.
- Quebecor Media: “The rumour that Quebecor is currently in negotiations with the #NHL to buy a franchise is completely false.”
- Corey Pronman: 2013 NHL draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin told RSport.ru that he’ll be transferring to North America. His KHL team, Dynamo, have no issues with terminating his contract. Dmitry Chesnokov: Nichushkin and his camp say that the Hurricanes and Lightning have shown interest in him. Nichushkin’s godfather had mentioned the Hurricanes and Lightning, Nichushkin himself mentions the Predators.
- Dmitry Chesnokov: Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani signed with HC Lev in the KHL.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: The NHL draft lottery will held on April 29th and the NHL draft will be held on June 30th in New Jersey.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The Penguins sign winger Tom Kostopoulos to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract. Will DePaoli via twitter: Kostopolous will have to clear waivers and then will be re-assigned to Wilkes Barre.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Predators have claimed Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Penguins. The Capitals put Roman Hamrlik on waivers.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Hamrlik is in the last year of his contract. He has a $3.5 million salary cap hit. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hamrlik lost his job with the Capitals as there are four left handed defenseman ahead of him on the depth chart: Alzner, Erskine, Poti and Schultz. Coach Adam Oates insists that lefties play the left side.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has headed back to Slovakia to attend a family tragedy. He’s expected to be back by the weekend.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The Penguins have recalled winger Beau Bennett.
- Joanne Ireland via twitter: Sounding like Shawn Horcoff won’t require surgery to repair his broken knuckle. Expected to be out a month.
- Sarah Baicker via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Homgren said there is no update on winger Wayne Simmonds’ condition. He’s day-to-day with a concussion.
- Elliotte Freidman via twitter: The Flames said that Miikka Kiprusoff didn’t finish the game due to a lower-body injury.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis is was at the Prudential Center last night. He’s making rounds in the East.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHL awards won’t be held in Las Vegas this year. Lack of available dates in June, and that the Stanley Cup finals could go well into the month. Not official, but the 2013 NHL draft could be a one day event on Sunday, June 30th. Free agency starts July 5th this year.
Quick Hits: Palushaj, Bolduc, Atkinson, Gonchar, Ehrhoff, Lecavalier, Smith-Pelly, Rundblad and Ristolainen
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: The Avalanche claim Aaron Palushaj from the Canadiens. The Coyotes put Alexandre Bolduc on waivers.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson is looking to return to the lineup on Sunday or Monday.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar is skating with the team today.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff suffered an undisclosed injury on Sunday and won’t play tonight against the Senators.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Vinny Lecavalier is back skating with the team today.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: The Ducks assign Devante Smith-Pelly to Norfolk of the AHL.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: The Coyotes assign David Rundblad to Portland of the AHL.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: 2013 NHL draft eligible Rasmus Ristolainen signed with TPS (Finland) through 2015.