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Posts Tagged Ales Hemsky
Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.
The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.
It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.
The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.
The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.
The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.
Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.
The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
- Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
- Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
- Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’
“I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.
He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’
He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.
And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’
Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”
“So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!
No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.
After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’
I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.
They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’
I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.
You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”
Hockey Night in Canada: Panel talking about the Winter Classic and Board of Governors. The Maple Leafs have begun talks with Jay McClement and Dave Bolland. If Dion Phaneuf get the term he wants, he may have to take a little less money. Reports of the Flames talking to teams regarding Mikael Backlund appear to be true. The Flames will likely adopt Brian Burke’s early Christmas roster freeze. Friedman thinks the Senators and Rangers have talked about Michael Del Zotto, but doesn’t think talks may be going anywhere. Doesn’t think Ales Hemsky to the Senators works because of his money. Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle watched the Hurricanes this week, maybe Tim Gleason. A John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason deal may not work, may have to add another piece.
Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner:
Morning Rumors I: Yakupov, Subban, Diaz, Lightning, Cammalleri, Scouting the Habs-Lightning, Avs-Canes
- Yahoo Sports NHL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Nail Yakupov is becoming a distraction, but nothing has changed, so don’t expect a trade. TSN Radio: Darren Dreger said that MacTavish is trying move Ales Hemsky and not Yakupov.
“There’s nothing changed from our perspective on Yak,” MacTavish said after the NHL GMs meeting at the league office in Toronto. “The only thing I will say is that adversity, in my mind, is something that helps spur development. Yak’s facing a little bit of adversity, but there aren’t too many players of that age that haven’t. That’s really all I have to say about it.”
- ESPN: Yakupov’s agent Igor Larionov.
“I’m going to Edmonton on Thursday to watch a couple games. Obviously a lot of questions, and I want to have some answers,” Larionov said.
“Let the kid play, enjoy the game. He’s a hard-working kid. He’s not lazy. He’s got to be part of that team. You have to understand he’s only 20 years old, he needs some support,” Larionov said. “He’s a goal-scorer. You’ve got to understand that and let the kid develop and play.”
“I asked Craig, I said, ‘If you guys [are] not happy with him or you have no room for him … we’re willing to make a move. Any team,’ ” Larionov said. “That happens and that’s part of life. Let’s move on.”
- Renaud Lavoie: Preliminary contract talks between the Canadiens and defensemen P.K. Subban and Rafael Diaz started yesterday.
- Ryan Dixon of SportsNet: Three players who could help the Lightning fill the Stamkos void: Mike Cammalleri, Marian Gaborik (and move Teddy Purcell to center) or David Desharnais.
- Chris Stevenson: Stevenson wonders if the Lightning would go after Mike Cammalleri.
- James Mirtle: Brian Burke thinks that Bobby Ryan likely ended up with the Senators as Tim Murray was on the Ducks staff when they were doing their homework on him.
- Dave Stubbs: Scouting the Canadiens – Lightning game: Stars, Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Blues, Jets, Canucks, Blackhawks, Wild and Senators.
- Adrian Dater: Scouting the Avalanche – Hurricanes game: Blackhawks, Ducks, Lightning, Flames and Capitals.
Morning Rumors: Yakupov, Lundqvist, Goalie Market, Hemsky, Candiens, Leafs, Panthers, Caps and Flyers
- Craig Custance: Nail Yakupov’s agent said that if the Oilers are unhappy with Yakupov, they are open to a trade: “We’re willing to make a move. Any team. That happens and that’s part of life.”
- Bob Stauffer: On Larionov and Yakupov: “#1. Igor probably isn’t too pleased that Nail has played under 12 mins last 3 games. #2. A coach spotting Yakupov and limiting defensive zone starts given a -14 rating is completely logical. #3. Not every agent goes to the media to discuss frustrations with a team’s handling of their client. Going direct to the GM works better.”
- Bob McKenzie: Expectation is that Rangers GM Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent, Don Meehan, for contract talks while he’s in town for the Hockey Hall of Fame and GM meetings.
- Craig Custance: Ducks GM Bob Murray on the goalie trade market: “The phone is not ringing.”
- The Fourth Period: The Blues have shopped Brian Elliott, but he may not moved until later in the season as the goalie market is thin at the moment.
- The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Oilers have talked with teams, including the Rangers, about Ales Hemsky.
- Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on trading Martin Brodeur.
”We’ve never had any conversations about it. I’ve never talked to anyone else about it and I’m not going to waste any time on it.”
Canadiens pending UFA, Andrei Markov, is changing agents. This is something some GM hate.
“You’re always worried the new guy is telling him how much better a deal he can get,” one GM said. “Then, he has to live up to it.”
If P.K. Subban says he’ll go for a two-year arbitration deal that would take him to unrestricted free agency, which could be worth $7 million per season, then you know he’s unhappy in Montreal. The Canadiens will look for a longer deal.
The Maple Leafs may be looking for right-shooting defenseman. It’s been an on-again/off-again situation. At one point they looked at Mike Weaver, but may be looking for someone that can play higher up in their lineup.
The Senators and Stars are said to be looking for a defenseman.
Friedman isn’t sure if the Senators would consider trading Craig Anderson. If they were to move him, would need a goalie coming back.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been trying hard to make a trade, but he wants to move guys with bad contracts. Players that could interest teams are Marcel Goc ($1.7 million) and Shawn Matthias ($1.75 million).
The Predators looked at Ilya Bryzgalov before he signed with the Oilers but were denied.
The Oilers may have looked at Jonas Hiller, but Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t like trading within the division.
The Capitals may have had some interest in Ladislav Smid before he was traded to the Flames.
Some executives would be surprised if the Flyers traded Wayne Simmonds, though you can never predict what the Flyers will do.
Some teams are looking at undrafted free agent Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals). He attended the Canadiens camp, is from Florida which may make them a possibility, and Rangers may be looking at him.
- Jim Matheson: Everyone has laughed off the rumor of Ales Hemsky and a 2nd to the Flyers for Wayne Simmonds.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Wayne Simmonds reads papers and knows there are rumors out there.
“Rumors are rumors,” Simmonds said. “It’s a business. You never know what’s going to go on.”
“We’ve got a good squad in here,” the 25-year-old winger said. “We’ve got a really good team in here. We all know that. The onus is on us to play. We’ve already had a coaching change. It’s time that the players start owning up to what’s going on here. We’ve got to be responsible.”
- Jonathan Willis: Willis wonders if there is any reason the Oilers GM Craig MacTavish shouldn’t call Panthers GM Dale Tallon to see what the cost of defenseman Tom Gilbert would be. Could fit on their second pairing.
- Jim Matheson: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in Oklahoma City on Tuesday and let the Oilers knows how he feels. He may been more AHL game time or need some practices with the Oilers.
- Ryan Rishaug: Don’t hold your breath on another Oilers trade coming soon. Sense is they are done for the time being, nothing imminent.
- Dan Tencer: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on the rumor mill: “Certainly no moves imminent and hopefully none for quite some time.”
- Derek Van Diest: MacTavish said that rumors of them trading Jordan Eberle are ridiculous.
- Brian Lawton: (8:31 PM last night) Ales Hemsky on the move to the Flyers for a forward and a defenseman, with their names starting with “S” … (8:50 PM – his next tweet) “For those wondering tonight we are putting out every rumour we hear because you can feel the desperation from some clubs with realization”
- Bob Stauffer: “Some wild stuff out there…Eberle and Hemsky stuff. Total BS.”
- Mark Spector: The Oilers are crazy about Flyers Wayne Simmonds. Spector thinks they would move Eberle or Yakupov for him.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Custance doesn’t think it makes sense for the Oilers to trade Yakupov when his value is so low.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Penguins and Blue Jackets were scouting the Avalanche-Flames game last night. The Blue Jackets are rumored to be looking to make a move.
- Dejan Kovacevic: “Watching debacle in Anaheim. Ryan Miller needs to get out of Buffalo. Doesn’t matter where. Doesn’t deserve this. Sabres don’t deserve him.”
- Craig Custance: (mailbag) When asked about what the Ducks would do with their surplus of goalies … They would send one of their goalies for a defenseman in a perfect world. Teams that may need a goalie are not deep on the blueline. Teams that may be looking for a goalie would prefer to send prospects and picks. Custance thinks the Ducks should be patient. Teams like the Blues or Penguins may want to shore up between the pipes later on in the season. An injury may hit another team.
- Jim Matheson: Matheson wonders about a Ales Hemsky for Michael Del Zotto deal. Hemsky’s $5 million salary could be an issue though.
- Jim Matheson: Matheson wonders if the Oilers would be interested in Rangers Chris Kreider.
- Patrick Kearns: “I think there’s a good chance they were eyeing Ducks players more so because Messier is probably pretty damn familiar with NYR players.”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”the chatter around the league has really picked up. MacTavish is working the phones hard for a defenseman”
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis thinks the Oilers have been looking at a Rangers defenseman: Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi or Michael Del Zotto. Staal and McDonagh seem unlikely. Girardi is a UFA at the end of the season and has struggled. McDonagh is basically a left-handed version of Justin Schultz. Del Zotto is also a pending a free agent. Chris Kreider would be a nice fit for the Oilers. J.T. Miller might have the Oilers interest too. The Rangers also have some other guys who have size but play in a lesser role: Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot and Derek Dorsett. Nail Yakupov is a player the Rangers GM Glen Sather would be interested in.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If the Oilers and Rangers are discussing a trade, it’s unlikely the Rangers would give up Chris Kreider unless Nail Yakupov is involved. A source did say that Kreider could be their best player this season. He’s a big, fast winger, something the Oilers could use. He’s something the Rangers need too though. Odds are the Oilers are pitching Ales Hemsky. The Oilers have liked Michael Del Zotto for awhile.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I wouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs made a move. They need another body down the middle. It won’t be a panic move” … ”I would imagine that Nonis is looking to see what is out there for the short-term” … “don’t start jumping to conclusions like the Leafs are going to move Jake Gardiner“
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis are looking for a forward, preferably a center. Talk talks are increasing, but there isn’t a lot available now. They have the assets for a higher end player where the return requires a premium of a young roster player, top prospect and a pick. They may be willing to pay that price for the right players, but more likely to use their depth on the blueline or draft picks in a smaller trade. Dreger Insider Video.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Oilers management at the Rangers-Ducks game: president Kevin Lowe, GM Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier. The Oilers are believed to accepting offers on Ales Hemsky and exploring the market for Nail Yakupov. If the Rangers were interested in Hemsky, they would have find a way to accommodate his $5 million salary. It’s not known if the Rangers would be willing to move the assets to acquire a player like Yakupov. The Rangers may not have an immediate need of a top-six forward with Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan returning to the lineup. Some people think that he’s Yakupov is difficult to coach and could bolt back to the KHL. The Rangers level of interest in Yakupov could depend on Rick Nash’s medical reports.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks the two best options for the Oilers in net are Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth.
- Mark Spector of Sportsnet: Both the Flyers and Oilers may be looking for a change. The Oilers have the scoring wingers in Ales Hemsky and Nail Yakupov that the Flyers could use. The Flyers have the size and grit of Wayne Simmonds, a defenseman in Braydon Coburn and a young center with size, Sean Couturier. Thomas Vanek could be a short-term fix in Philadelphia.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Jouranl: What Darren Dreger said to Dave Naylor on TSN 1050.
Dreger: “Now you look at the need that the Edmonton Oilers have and there’s obvious interest in Jonas Hiller in Anaheim and there’s some speculation around (goalie Michael) Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, but both those general managers have to be sitting here going, ‘Really? You know, I know I have an asset here.’ And Toronto is the same. I’m sure there would be interest in James Reimer if (Leafs GM) Dave Nonis were willing to consider it, but it is way, way, way too early in the season to do that, and you might get to the point, which is the trade deadline, where you also say, ‘Well, which one do I trade? Both of these guys have been very solid and I’d like to have both of these guys if I have a chance of contending for the Stanely Cup,’ or you’re certainly in the playoff mix. So when you’ve got a quality goaltender, you hold on tight. We have two of them. You’re very careful before you move one.”
Naylor: “Dregs, if things got really desperate in Edmonton and we know the expectations are there, ‘Hey, we’re not the young Oilers. This is not development, this is not moral victories and we want to win,’ and they’re off to a rough start. They play tonight in Long Island. If things got really desperate there, and they said, ‘We got to do something. This goaltending thing is just a disaster. We’re willing to peel off a Nail Yakupov for a Reimer,’ would the Leafs do that?”
Dreger: “I don’t think so.”
Dreger: “I don’t think so because I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov. And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy. And automatically you’d be wondering, ‘Why is Edmonton picking Nail Yakupov among all of their young stars, or potential young stars, and all of the assets that the Oilers have worked hard at over the years of accruing, why is Nail Yakupov the first guy that is thrown at us?’ There’d be some skepticism.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Panthers are willing to move any of their veterans: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov. Their top young prospects won’t be going anywhere.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish didn’t have any luck finding a goalie. Two league executives said their options are Michal Neuvirth, James Reimer and Brian Elliott. They may have looked at Craig Anderson and Cam Ward, but the sense is that neither Anderson or Ward are going anywhere. They won’t sign Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are dangling Chris Kreider.
The Rangers may take a run at Thomas Vanek (if he goes to free agency) if they decide to buyout Brad Richards during the next buyout period after the season.
Ryan Miller is expected to head towards the West Coast if he hits free agency.
Devils coach Peter DeBoar could be on the hot seat if they continue to slide.
The Rangers may have offered Henrik Lundqvist a long-term deal at $6 million per season. He’ll likely end up with an eight-year deal in the $7.5-$8 million range.
The Flyers have tried since the summer to trade Andrej Mezsaros and his $5.5 million salary, $4 million cap hit. The Flyers would also like to move Nicklas Grossman.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle heard that the asking price for Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner was “a ****load.”
- Tim Panaccio: Addressing Nail Yakupov rumors, why would the Flyers need another Russian head case? Oilers Ales Hemsky makes sense, but the asking price is likely too high. Adam Kimelman: Kimelman responds to Panaccio saying that Yakupov is not a head case, noting there is a big difference between a 19-year old and a the Flyers last goalie.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Coyotes have quietly denied interest in Sabres Thomas Vanek.
- John Vogl: Vogl notes that Vanek would look good beside John Tavares and countryman Michael Grabner.
- Darren Dreger: The Oilers will need to find a No. 1 goalie, and then have to decide if they would be willing to trade one of their young guns.
- Pierre LeBrun: Bob McKenzie has already reported that the Oilers have already reached out to teams about goaltenders. Options for the Oilers could be: Ryan Miller (sense that GM Darcy Regier may prefer to wait to build a bigger market for Miller), Jonas Hiller (likely too early for the Ducks to consider), Michal Neuvirth (if the Capitals feel they can live without him) and Brian Elliott.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers are at 49 contracts, so trading a draft pick or signing a free agent eliminates some roster flexibility. Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes sense, but the Blues may not want to take back salary. Is it worth an assets to get Elliott or Ryan Miller. Though the Senators likely wouldn’t trade him, Robin Lehner would be a good trade target.Thought is that if Dion Phaneuf comes down on money, the Maple Leafs may go a little longer on term.Trade market is cool with the Avalanche and Flames playing well.With Kris Letang getting close to returning, the Penguins will have to decide whether to keep Olli Maatta or return him to junior. They could keep eight defenseman, put someone on waivers or try to make a trade.
Some teams have called the Kings about Alec Martinez.
Three teams have talked about how they would like to add Thomas Vanek.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Contract extension talks between the Oilers and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are underway. An extension will likely be in the six to seven year range.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mail bag) Asked if he would trade Ales Hemsky for Steve Ott. Matheson thinks the Oilers would do it, but Sabres likely wouldn’t be interested in it. Both sides would likely prefer to have the sandpaper that Ott brings.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings Tomas Tatar will likely make the Red Wings according to GM Ken Holland.
“It’s an important preseason for a guy like Tats because there’s a lot of depth,” Holland said. “We got decisions to make, but he’ll probably be one of the guys that’s one of the 14 left standing because he’s young, there’s upside potential.
“I like Tats. He plays hard, he goes to the hard areas. He wants the puck, he wants to score.”
- Darren Dreger: Oilers Anton Belov finally had his Visa clear and arrived in Edmonton last night.
- Chuck Gormley: Flyers Claude Giroux said that he shot the puck hard for the first time yesterday since he severed his tendons, felt fine doing so.
- Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren has a fractured pinky finger and will be out at least two weeks.
- Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun: With getting Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson locked up long-term, GM Stan Bowman will look to extend Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane next summer. Both currently have two years remaining on their deals that pay them both $6.3 million per season.
- Andy Strickland: There are some free agents that still have lucrative KHL offers in their back pockets. Some players will choose the KHL over a non-guaranteed tryout.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and Ales Hemsky held a little media conference yesterday:
“At the end of last season, Ales and I sat down and I advised him that it might be in both our interests to move in separate directions,” MacTavish said.
“It wasn’t a negative reaction to how Ales was playing. I had a similar conversation with Shawn Horcoff. Players who’ve gone through the seven years of losing here, it’s emotionally tough to overcome that. In this game you need energy to play well … the losing and the frustration of losing can sap the energy level.”
“So this summer, there was a potential to move Ales and Horc. I found, at the end of the day, I had a greater appreciation of his skill set than most people I talked to … I’ve seen him at the best. Albeit it was seven years ago (playoff run), but he was spectacular when we went to the finals,” MacTavish said.
“Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make and I view this as potentially that,” MacTavish said.
“I know how good a player Ales is. If this team turns it around and there’s lots to do, Ales will have a prominent part.”
“At the end of the year we could be doing another contract with Ales but that will be determined over time.”
When asked if Hemsky is off the trade market:
“Yes, he is,” MacTavish said.