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Posts Tagged Clarke MacArthur
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will have a $5.4 million salary and cap hit. He can’t sign an extension until after July 5th, and Koshan thinks the Leafs would foolish to not extend him. Kessel’s agent indicated that he wants to remain with the Leafs.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis will have some offseason questions to consider. Do the Leafs look to extend Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. Kessel could look for upwards of $7 million a season. Can the Leafs even ask their captain to take a pay cut from his $6.4 million salary? Reimer would be due for a big raise from his $1.8 million salary if he’s a No. 1 goalie.
The Leafs UFA list includes: Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Ryan O’Byrne and Mike Kostka. Bozak could be looking for Mikhail Grabovski-type money. MacArthur didn’t have good regular season and the Leafs are deep on the wings. Orr will likely be back. O’Bryne will likely be gone. Kostka’s play declined as the season went on, but could be brought back for depth.
The Leafs RFA list includes: Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Leo Komarov, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, Carl Gunnarsson and Mark Fraser. The Leafs could play hardball with Kadri in attempt to keep his salary low. Franson led the Leafs defenseman in scoring. The others are likely to be back. Frattin could be MacArthur’s replacement on the third line. Colborne appears to be ready for the next step.
Compliance Buyout Possibilities: Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles. Komisarek may be no-brainer, freeing up his $4.5 million cap hit. Liles has 3 years at $3.875 million a season. Grabovski has 4 years left at $5.5 million a season. Nonis may look to trade both Liles and Grabovski.
- Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: Berger thinks the Leafs should save the money on Tyler Bozak, give Joe Colborne Bozak’s spot, and sign David Clarkson or make a trade.
“Colborne has enviable skill,” an Eastern Conference scout told me this week. “If he can bring his emotional game to a similar level – even half the time – Leafs won’t have to worry about a No. 1 center. From what I hear, they like the kid, and I think he’s worthy of a long look in the NHL. There aren’t going to be a lot of centers with decent price-points on the market in July.”
UFA center options are not that young: Patrick Elias (37), Andy MacDonald (35), Nik Antropov (35) and Mike Ribeiro (33). Stephen Weiss and Derek Roy are 30, and will want more money.
The Leafs and Devils could talk about Clarkson before July 5th about obtaining his rights to discuss a long-term deal before he hit the open market.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Renaud Lavoie: Capitals Mike Ribeiro doesn’t expect to sign a contract extension before the end of the season. He does expect talks to start up again after the playoffs.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Lou Lamoriello and the Devils are following the same path as they did with Zach Parise last season, by not talking to key free agents and risking losing them like they did with Parise. The Devils haven’t talked with Patrick Elias, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. Lamoriello has an unwritten policy to not talk to players or agents about a contract extension while the season is in progress. He did make an exception for Martin Brodeur.
“Who wouldn’t want to talk about it during the season?” Elias asked. “Then you would see they have interest. And, if you like the offer, why wouldn’t you sign? But that never came up here.
“If it had happened it would’ve been great, but it didn’t happen. It’s getting kind of late now.”
Elias hinted that he could test the open market.
“It comes pretty quickly right after the season,” Elias said about the start of free agency.
Clarkson may see what the market offers. The Maple Leafs may be interested.
- Jonas Siegel of TSN: Tyler Bozak holds value for the Maple Leafs, but at what price will cost them to retain the UFA.
“I’m not really looking into that stuff right now,” said Bozak, in conversation with TSN.ca on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s more just focusing on the year at hand and trying to do our best to get as far as we can [as a team]. When the season ends and that time comes, I’ll deal with it then. I’ve just got to try and set myself up good, keep playing well, and then the rest should work out fine.”
The Leafs won’t overpay him, but realize what he can and can’t bring. It won’t be at your typical No. 1 center price, but maybe something in the David Desharnais range, $3.5 million per season. The Leafs have about $20 million in cap space for next season, but have to sign RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Carl Gunnarsson and UFAs Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. If Bozak is looking to cash in, he may end up playing elsewhere next season.
“They show confidence in me [and] I’d love to play as big a role as I can. I want to be out there as much as I can be out there, play big minutes, power play, penalty kill and all that stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that still.”
Other center UFA options that could be available this summers include: Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Andy McDonald.
- Ian Mendes: Thomas Vanek missed his 5th game last night with an upper-body injury.
- Hockey Central: Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day and wouldn’t use the work “concussion.” James Mirtle: Lupul won’t play tonight. Mark Masters: Carlyle on concussion concerns, ’No, that’s a bad word. We don’t use that word until we’re 100% sure.’
- Maple Leafs: The Leafs are expected to have Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov back in the lineup tonight.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid may return to practice from his shoulder strain next week. The injury occurred on March 11th and it was thought that he could miss up to 6 weeks.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Defenseman Kris Letang skated on his own yesterday. (He’s getting close to returning)
- Pierre LeBrun: The Sharks are close to acquiring defenseman Scott Hannon, likely for a mid-round pick.
- Mark Masters: Clarke MacArthur on contract talks with Leafs: ”Not that I’m aware of.” Hockey Central: MacArthur as been medically cleared.
- Bruce Garrioch: Blues offering up Wade Redden. Flames offering up Anton Babchuk.
- Kevin Allen: Despite rumors, the Red Wings are not looking for a defenseman today.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Jets claim Mike Santorelli off waivers. Darren Dreger: Santorelli offsets the loss of Nik Antropov for the next two weeks with a lower-body injury.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets are dangling the the 1st round pick that they acquired from the LA Kings. They won’t trade it for a rental player.
- John Vogl: Sabres Ryan Miller won’t say if he’s handed in his eight-team no-trade list and won’t comment if he’s talked with Darcy Regier. Seth Rorabaugh: Miller on possibly being traded: ”I’m not going to worry about it… It’s part of the business… You don’t have a say in anything.” On approving a trade: “I’m not going to comments on conversations I’ve had with (GM) Darcy (Regier), real or imagined.”
- Damien Cox: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis didn’t talk to the Canucks yesterday about Roberto Luongo.
- David Pagnotta: The Maple Leafs and Canucks will resume talks today. The Canucks are now asking about Nikolai Kulemin or Clarke MacArthur.
- Darren Dreger: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will be out for three months with an ankle injury.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris confirmed that he’s submitted a list of 8 teams that he’d waive his no-trade clause for. From Morris: ”Whatever management does is what they think will make this organization and this team better. But that being said, we don’t want to see anybody in this locker room move.”
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: It would take a significant offer for the Senators to move goalie Ben Bishop. Daniel Alfredsson said he’d be okay if the Senators were quiet.
“We like the situation we are in, with more players returning from injuries and joining us on trips, so even if we don’t anything, we still have some nice additions.”
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- TSN: Players in play:
Goalies: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Miikka KiprusoffDefenseman: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Filip Kuba, Jamie McBain, Mark Giordano, Adrian Aucoin.
Forwards: Tomas Fleischmann, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Hemsky, Mason Raymond, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Ryan Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Raffi Torres, Lee Stempniak, Boyd Gordon, Eric Nystrom and Brad Boyes.
- Mark Spector of Sportsnet: The Canucks adding Derek Roy yesterday, it opened up some options.
“(We will be) more flexible in the next 24 hours,” Gillis told Vancouver media on Tuesday. “It gives us more flexibility. Instead of being really focused on that one piece (a centre), we can now look at other areas that we’d like to strengthen. We can look at other possibilities and maybe three-way deals. Something along those lines.”
The Oilers may hang on Ryan Whitney. He’s more valuable now for a playoff push than for the draft picks.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens are looking to add a gritty forward.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen:
“We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.
“We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.
“If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”
Kekalainen won’t say who he’s targeting. The Blue Jackets could look at Sabres Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a $5.3 million cap hit through next season and Stafford is $4 million hit through 2014-15.
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- Philadelphia Flyers on NHL.com: Flyers Max Talbot is out indefinitely with a broken leg.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders have put defenseman Joe Finley on the IR retroactive to March 22nd.
- Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will travel with the Senators. There is no timetable, but it’s sounding like he could return this week.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa “could play” on Thursday according to Joel Quenneville. Sharp said that he hasn’t been approached to move to center when he returns to the lineup.
- Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov will be re-evaluated today and hopeful that they will be cleared for contact soon.
- Chris Nichols: The Avalanche put Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny on the IR.
- Michael Smith: The Hurricanes activate Dan Ellis from the IR.
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- Josh Yohe: Evgeni Malkin sounds like he’ll be playing tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins: Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury are game-time decisions. Tomas Vokoun will start.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma expects to keep Kunitz, Crosby and Dupuis together.
- Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Leo Komarov out skating this morning. He was expected to be out 7-10 days, been 7 days now.
- Jonas Siegel: Clarke MacArthur (upper-body) didn’t skate this morning and appears that he won’t be in the Leafs lineup tonight.
- Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that John-Michael Liles is available and they could go with 7 defenseman.
- Brent Wallace: Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t foresee Craig Anderson on Saturday, but he will travel with the team on their road trip.
- John Glennon: Predators Paul Gaustad is “getting very close” according to Barry Trotz.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski looks to be back in the lineup after a 14 game absence.
- Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin; Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer; Chimera-Perreault-Ward; Hendricks-Beagle-Wolski.
- David Alter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
- George Richards: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers.
- Gene Principe: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers.
- Jeff Rimer: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
- Mark Lazerus: Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks.
Scouting the Leafs-Panthers, Flames-’Hawks and Blues-Oilers … Injury notes on MacArthur, Sharp, Hossa and Fleury
- George Richards: Oilers Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe attended the Maple Leafs and Panthers game. Others scouting the game: Avalanche, Ducks, Canadiens, Blues, Kings, Blackhawks, Bruins, Flames, Blue Jackets, Stars, Canucks, Coyotes and Predators.
- Chris Kuc: Scouting the Flames-Blackhawks game: Ducks, Red Wings, Oilers, Panthers, Kings, Devils, Islanders, Senators, Flyers, Penguins, Sharks, Lightning, Canucks and Jets.
- Lou Korac: Scouting the Blues-Oilers game: Blackhawks, Canadiens, Canucks and Stars. The Blackhawks, Canadiens and Canucks are regulars.
- David Alter: Clarke MacArthur is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and was held out of last night’s game as a precaution.
- Tracey Myers: It would a “stretch” if Blackhawks Patrick Sharp is ready to go on Friday.
- Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Marian Hossa could be ready to get back into the lineup on Friday against the Ducks.
- Renaud Lavoie: Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury’s neck was sore after being hit last night. Will know later today if the injury is serious or not.
Valtteri Filppula – Detroit Red Wings: March 20th
Possible destinations: Flames and Red Wings
Possible destinations: Jets, Ducks, Canucks and Maple Leafs
Possible destinations: Oilers, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Canadiens and Rangers
Scouting the Stars … Nonis on Bozak and MacArthur … Oshie Sued … Granlund Reassigned … Montador Clears Waivers
- Dallas Morning News: From Dennis Bernstein and Mike Heika: the Bruins, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Wild and Rangers have scouted the Dallas Stars the last two games. The Stars scouted the Bruins-Senators game on Monday. Bruce Garrioch noted that the Bruins, Penguins and Flyers are looking for scoring help, and that the Stars have a decision to make regarding Brenden Morrow. Morrow has a no-trace clause.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is unlikely to offer contract extensions to Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthurin the next month, though that can change, nor is he going to trade them just because they will be free agents at the end of the year. Nonis is open to trading both players, as he is with many others, but a deal would happen because of what they could get back and not about their contracts.
“I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said on Monday.
“Right now both Tyler and Clarke are playing well and seem to be happy.”
“Right now, I don’t feel compelled to move anyone by April 3. And I would have to say, at least at this time, I don’t expect anything to happen (extension-wise) by that date either, although things can change.”
The Leafs are open to bringing in a rental player, but it has to make sense in the short and long term.
“But here’s the thing with that,” he explained. “If you are willing to bring in a rental player, why wouldn’t you keep guys (like Bozak and MacArthur) who are already on your team? They have the same contract status as rent-a-players.”
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is being sued by his landlord for $12,000 after his dogs damaged the apartment.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have assigned Mikael Granlund to the AHL. He’d been a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Blackhawks Steve Montador cleared waivers.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Ray Whitney is in tonight. Brenden Morrow and Jamie Benn are likely out.
NHL Rumors: Malkin, Smid, Hemsky, Horcoff, Blackhawks, Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Lightning, Leafs, Devils and Scouting LA-CAL
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Penguins can talk to Evgeni Malkin about a contract extension, but can’t re-sign him until the summer. Same goes for the Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews. There hasn’t seemed to be much conversation between the Oilers and soon to be UFA Ladislav Smid. Ales Hemsky’s name will likely come up again this year in trade rumors. Friedman wonders if the Oilers would consider moving Shawn Horcoff.
- The Fourth Period: The Blackhawks would like to add a 2nd or 3rd line center, and their options are growing. Though it’s unlikely he’ll be dealt, the Blackhawks have shown interest in Blue Jackets Derick Brassard. GM Stan Bowman could look at Capitals Mike Ribeiro, who will be a UFA at the end of the season. The Hawks could also look to add a depth defenseman for their 3rd pairing.
- The Fourth Period: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has been trying to bring in an impact player for awhile. He’s looked at Flames Jay Bouwmeester and Coyotes Keith Yandle, but the asking price has been too high. The Wings could look at Sabres Robyn Regehr and Oilers Ladislav Smid. Holland wouldn’t overpay for Ducks Corey Perry as a rental, but may look at Sabres Drew Stafford or someone from the Flames.
- Jeff Gordon of the Post Dispatch: The Panthers are looking to move salary, and the Capitals and Lightning are falling out of the playoff race. The Blue Jackets are in rebuild mode, and the Flames could be following suit. The Blues are looking for a top-four defenseman, but there aren’t many options at the moment. Trade targets for teams that might be interested in adding salary are: Corey Perry, Roberto Luongo, Mike Ribeiro, Jarome Iginla, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryane Clowe, Kris Versteeg, Clarke MacArthur, Jack Johnson, Brian Campbell, Jay Bouwmeester, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Komisarek, Tyler Bozak and Keith Ballard.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t giving up on the season just yet. He’s been working the phones.
“To sit here and say, ‘I’m going to do something big,’ there’s nothing big that can be done at this time,” Yzerman said. “It’s not like we just sit here and do nothing all day. You talk to people, you see if there’s anything that makes sense. For a lot of reasons it’s difficult to find a fit, to find the right players, the right salaries to make a trade. You don’t just do something to do it.”
If Yzerman is to make a deal, look for it to be a traditional hockey deal and not a move for a rental.
“Rental players cost you draft picks or young players, we’re not interested in that,” Yzerman said. “That’s why we signed free agents in the summer, to fill those places. If there’s a trade that makes sense where a team has a need and we have a need, then it would be addressed that way.”
The Panthers will listen to offers for Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann has two years left at $4.5 million per season and he has a modified no-trade clause. Versteeg has three years left with a cap hit of $4.4 million, but salaries of $4.6 and 4.7 million.
- Bill Watters via twitter: Watters wonders if it’s time to move Phil Kessel. He’s a UFA after next season and this trade deadline may be the ideal time to move him. You’re not going to build a team around him so you do it.
- Bill Watters via twitter: Why are people on Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis to trade John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek? He couldn’t give them away due to their lackluster play and bad contracts.
- Brian Huddle via twitter: TSN lists Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin as names likely to move at the deadline
- Todd Cordell via twitter: Doug MacLean named the Devils as a potential suitor for Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier.
- Vicki Hall via twitter: Scouting the Kings – Flames game: Rangers, 2 from Boston, Sabres, Penguins, Lightning, Canucks, Blues, Ducks, Predators and Avalanche.