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Posts Tagged CSKA
- Katie Strang via twitter: There are no formal CBA meetings scheduled for today. Steve Fehr and Bill Daly will speak today.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: “Question to hockey world: if players were so hopeful that this lockout would be resolved soon, why is there a mass exodus to Europe already?”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league said they won’t sign NHL players, will re-evaluate at later date.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Niklas Backstrom was injured yesterday at practice and may not join Dinamo Minsk.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Valtteri Filppula signed with Jokerit.
- Lisa Dillman via twitter: There are reports that Jonas Hiller is going to Switzerland, but that is not the case according to his agent. Going to wait and see.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will join Pavel Datsyuk on CSKA.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: R-Sport is reporting that CSKA will sign Mikhail Grabovski instead of Anton Volchenkov. 3 player limit.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Vladimir Tarasenko will sign with SKA.
Morning notes on Bernier, Predators want a top 4 Dman, 5 Questions, Laviolette, Semin, Butler and CSKA
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Sources tell TVA Sports that Jonathan Bernier hasn’t spoken with Kings GM Dean Lombardi since he said he wanted a trade. Bernier has the mindset that he’ll be a member of the of the Kings at training camp. The Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs and a few Eastern teams are interested.
- Jim Diamond of the Examiner: Predators GM David Poile said he wants the give the his young players the opportunity to earn a roster spot.
“Going into training camp, we are not done adding pieces if we can add another piece, especially in a top four defense we are going to try and do that,” Trotz said later Wednesday on a conference call discussing the matching of Weber’s offer sheet. “There is limited value out there in terms of free agency, but there are guys we are looking at a possibility of a trade. There could be a piece there.”
- Dan Rosen of the NHL.com: 5 Questions still to be answered. 1. Where will Shane Doan sign? 2. Is Bobby Ryan going to be traded, and to which team? 3. When will the Canucks trade Roberto Luongo? 4. Will the Toronto Maple Leafs get a goalie?
5. Which team will take the gamble on Alexander Semin?
- Sarah Baicker via twitter: The Flyers have been working on an extension with coach Laviolette since the draft. Contract expires after next season.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Alexander Semin on the appeal of playing with the Hurricanes: “Carolina has a good team. We want it to be a good playoff team.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will be buying Bobby Butler out. They’ve been trying to trade him since February.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Putin has criticized CSKA’s spending. Noted their salaries can be crazy, more than NHL teams, and would like to create some general rules.
Rumors and notes: “a hell of an offer” for Nash, Semin, Weber, Kostitsyn, Doan, Parise, Suter, Streit, Luongo, Bernier, Kane and Boyle
- Ansar Khan of MLive: According to someone with knowledge of the situation, the Red Wings made “a hell of an offer” to the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash. Which got them no counteroffer, no negotiating, nothing. It’s unclear what the Red Wings offered. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson likely doesn’t want to see Nash in a Red Wings jersey 6 times a year. Howson told TSN that he’s looking for at least 2 NHL ready forwards. Though it’s unlikely that Detroit would move them both, the Blue Jackets may be interested in guys like Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: You can’t really fault the Blue Jackets for not dealing with the Red Wings, but one less team hampers ability to get value for Nash.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: CSKA GM Sergei Fedorov said they are negotiating with Alexander Semin, but “there are more questions than answers”.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile said he spoke with Shea Weber’s agents on Monday.
“It’s ongoing and hopefully we’ll talk later in the week,” Poile said. “I would say (we discussed) everything about the Predators, where we are and where we’re going and what part Shea has with that.”
“Right now my priority is to see Shea signed and hopefully finalize a longer term deal with Shea,” Poile said. “To me it all revolves around that decision.”
The Predators and Sergei Kostitsyn have a arbitration hearing set for August 2nd.
“We’re talking to his agent (Don Meehan) on one hand. On the other hand, we’re preparing with our counsel for arbitration, and that’s August 2,” Poile said. “We still have time on that, but we’re preparing for that.”
If Shane Doan decides to move on the Coyotes, that Predators would be interested:
“First of all, I’m hoping the Phoenix situation gets resolved and he can stay there and finish his career in Phoenix,” Poile said. “If he decides it’s not a fit for him and would like to pursue other opportunities, the Predators would be very interested.”
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: The Penguins are the front-runners for Doan, not far from the Sharks and Canadiens. The history, tradition and market are key.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Zach Parise got several $100 million offers immediately. Buffalo reportedly let both Parise and Ryan Suter know that they would give them $100 million. Suter wasn’t interested in going to the Eastern Conference. By July 2nd other teams figured it was down to the Wild and Red Wings. It’s believed that Parise considered at least 9 teams to varying degrees: Devils, Wild, Penguins, Flyers, Bruins, Sabres, Red Wings, Blackhawks and Kings. One source said Parise eliminated Eastern teams as he was unwilling to compete directly with the Devils. Parise later said it came down to the Devils and Wild. About 24 hours before the Wild signed the pair, they signed Jake Dowell, a close friend of Suter with the same agent. With some big name UFA/RFA’s for next year, some may look to get a deal done before the new CBA in case there is a term limit. The Oilers look a long look at Mark Streit, Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a text, “I have no intention to trade Streit.” The Panthers feel the Canucks are wanting too much for Roberto Luongo, and the Canucks feel the Panthers are squeezing too hard. The Panthers are unwilling to move Jacob Markstrom, Erik Gudbranson or Jonathan Huberdeau. The Canucks may have interest in Nick Bjugstad or Quinton Howden, and it’s unlikely the Panthers like that idea. The Canucks don’t want to take on a bad salary. If a deal with the Panthers doesn’t happen, they’ll have to ask him for more teams. Have to believe that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke did inquire about Jonathan Bernier, wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t. There are doubts about Burke’s seriousness in Bernier. The Predators may have to ultimately ask Shea Weber: “Look, we just went through this with Ryan Suter. We need an honest answer.” The Coyotes are looking for offensive help and really like David Krejci. Friedman isn’t sure if the Bruins are shopping him. This could be where all Keith Yandle rumors came from. Teams have been told that Patrick Kane isn’t going anywhere. The 36 year old Dan Boyle’s name has popped up, his no-trade is now limited, so teams are calling.
Sharks hire Robinson … Avs should trade Duchene? Rangers could trade for Weber … Wings and others want Doan … Keep Nash?
- David Pollak via twitter: The Sharks have hired Larry Robinson as an assistant coach.
- Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Kiszla thinks that one of Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly needs to be trade bait for Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash. The Avalanche need someone to put the puck in the net, and Kiszla thinks Duchene is the center that makes the most sense to be dealt. He’s only 21 and just signed a 2 year, $7 million deal.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks says the only 2 options for the Predators and Shea Weber are to give a big front-loaded contract (14 years) or trade him. A 14 year deal worth between $112 million and $119 million, a cap hit between $8-8-5 million. Brooks thinks that any one other than Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider should be available to trade for Weber. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik have no-movement/no-trade clauses and not included.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will be pitching hard for the services of Shane Doan. Some issues regarding the Coyotes and their sale should come to an end today, but they could end up dragging on a bit. A couple days ago Doan said he’d start taking offers from teams starting this week. He doesn’t want to leave the Coyotes, but if there isn’t going to be long-term stability in Phoenix, he may look elsewhere. He could be looking for a deal in the $5 million range and he’ll get interest from the Kings, Penguins, Canadiens, Rangers and Blackhawks.
- Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch: Oller thinks that if the Blue Jackets can’t get a deal that “exceedingly benefits the organization,” they should remove the “C” from his jersey and keep him. Nash has been unhappy, but he’s always acted professionally.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: There are unconfirmed reports yesterday that CSKA offered 3 years and $30 million to Alexander Semin.
Rimer interviews Parise … Wings options if they don’t get Suter … Martin to Nashville if Pens get Suter? Ducks after #2 C
- Josh Rimer of NextSportStar.com interviews Zach Parise.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Wings offered Ryan Suter a 13 year, $90 million deal, as they see him as the best transition from Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. Red Wings GM Ken Holland met with Suter yesterday at Suter’s farm in Madison Wisconsin. If Suter signs elsewhere, their next best options are Matt Carle and Carlo Colaiacovo. The Wings currently have $17 million in cap space with about $5 million set for RFAs Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey. Though the cap is now set at $70.2 million, that could change with a new CBA and they don’t want to be handcuffed. If they don’t get Zach Parise, they may wait until July 9th to see what Shane Doan will do.
- Detroit Free Press via twitter: No decision is imminent with regards to Ryan Suter. Probably won’t come before Thursday.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Yohe has been told that if the Penguins land Ryan Suter, look for them to trade Paul Martin to the Predators. That said, Yohe thinks Suter will end up in Detroit.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The Ducks are still looking hard for a #2 center after Derek Roy was traded to the Stars. Matheson wonders about a David Krejci for Bobby Ryan deal?
- Slava Malamud via twitter: CSKA GM Sergei Fedorov tells @ru_sportexpress that they are actively pursuing Alexander Semin.
Radulov’s KHL rights traded … Kovalchuk confirms injury … Rangers may look at Nash again … Oilers need to pursue Schultz and keep pick
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Radulov’s KHL rights have been traded to CSKA from Salavat.
- Andrew Gross and Tom Gulitti of North Jersey: Ilya Kovalchuk confirmed that he played through a back injury.
“It was quite a bit under 100 percent,” DeBoer said when asked how healthy Kovalchuk was during the playoffs. “It’s a back injury. It’s not like a broken bone where you have a real handle on it, but it wasn’t close to 100 percent.”
Bryce Salvador didn’t sound convinced that he’ll be back with the Devils next year as they have Parise and Brodeur to take care of first. Lou Lamoriello confirmed that they will be keeping this years 1st round pick. They’ll have to surrender it in either 2013 and 2014 as punishment from their initial Ilya Kovalchuk contract.
- Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News: If the Rangers don’t pursue Zach Parise, they may turn to Rick Nash again.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The Oilers needs to be pro-active in convincing Justin Schultz to sign with them without guaranteeing a roster spot, and also to not trade the 1st overall pick.
- B.D. Gallof of CBS New York: Bob McKenzie thinks that Mikhail Grigorenko may fall out of the top 5, maybe even out of the top 10.
U.S. company interested in MLSE … Stewart has hearing this morning … Filatov looking to return to KHL … Suter’s agent in Nashville
- Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star: The Star is reporting that a U.S. investment company, Providence Equity Partners, has inquired about buying the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plans 80% stake in the Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment. ““Now it’s all about the financial play and the investment, not the emotion or getting into the locker room,” said Brian Cooper, a former Maple Leaf Sports executive, who is now president of S&E Sponsorship Group, a sports consulting company.” Rogers has shown interest in purchasing MLSE as well. The Teachers’ are believed to be looking for $1.5 billion. The Star has learned that “MLSE estimated it would make a profit of $105 million this year on revenue of $477 million. “
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Blues forward Chris Stewart will have a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan today at 11 am for his hit on Niklas Kronwall. (video at bottom of post)
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Flames GM Jay Feaster were trying to get deal done yesterday at the GMs meetings. Garrioch’s sources said they were both working the room big time.
- David Alter via twitter: Marty Turco’s camp is looking at options beyond Toronto at this point.
- DB Galiof via twitter: I asked Galiof if the Islanders were just looking for a draft pick for Evgeni Nabokov or possibly in a bigger package. Galiof thinks they’ll eventually want to get something of value. GM Garth Snow really hasn’t been a guy to put together trade packages. They’d likely be fine with a draft pick.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ryan Suter’s agent is in Nashville, which was planned several weeks ago. It doesn’t sound like anything is imminent but it is a positive sign that discussion are ongoing. Suter’s agent also represents 2 other Predators – Colin Wilson and Jack Hillen.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Senators forward Nikita Filatov’s Russian agent has said that Filatov is considering returning to Russia after another demotion to the AHL. Filatov’s agents says that the Senators will have to make a decision whether to allow him to join CSKA of the KHL.
- Do you think Stewart should be suspended? How many games?
Leiweke talks Doughty … Homophobic slur towards Avery, who could be sent to the AHL … Yashin signs with CSKA … Sabres get cap space
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The president of the Kings’ parent company AEG, Tim Leiweke, supports Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s stance with Drew Doughty. Leiweke said the Kings plan to spend to the cap but paying Doughty $7+ million would change the allocation of their budget and would have long-term implications.
“The difference of opinion here is that Drew may see this as disrespect, and it’s not at all. We have offered to make him the fourth-highest-paid defenseman in the NHL and equal the highest-paid King in our history. When I look at that, I think there either has to be a miscommunication or Drew’s a 21-year-old and probably hasn’t done what he may need to do here, which is stand up and take charge of the decision.”
“More importantly, tell me which player we’re now starting to carve this $300,000 or $400,000 out of. We’re carving it out of someone’s salary next year and it’s no secret we’ve got some restricted and unrestricted free agents that we have to deal with in the next two years. So who is it on this team we go look at and say, ‘We just gave Drew your extra money, because $6.8 [million] wasn’t good enough’? That’s not good for team chemistry.
“I support Dean on what he’s trying to do here. He’s not trying to be cheap. He’s not trying to be disrespectful. We love Drew. It’s an allocation issue here and everyone, including most of the players I’ve run into in the last week, they get that we are desperate to try to keep enough resources to keep this team together long term.”
“Let’s not destroy this relationship or his reputation or our reputation over something like this. We need to get this done. He needs to get back in here.
- CP in the Globe and Mail: NY Rangers forward Sean Avery told ESPN that Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds made a homophobic slur at him during Monday night’s game. Simmonds didn’t deny making the remark:
“We were going back-and-forth for the rest of the game and emotions ran high,” he said. “I don’t recall every single thing that I did say to him. He said some things to me that I didn’t like, and I guess I said some things that he didn’t like.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexei Yashin will be signing with the CSKA of the KHL later today.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres forward Ales Kotalik and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn cleared waivers yesterday and were assigned to Rochester of the AHL. It will save the team a $5.075 million cap space this season. The Sabres were unsuccessful in their attempt to trade the two. They are currently about $930,000 below the cap. 14 other players were sent to Rochester: forwards Zack Kassian, Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp Jonathan Parker, Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart, Phil Varone and Derek Whitmore; defensemen T.J. Brennan, Brayden McNabb Dennis Persson, Joe Finley and Drew Schiestel. and goaltender Drew MacIntyre.
- Chris Botta of the NY Times: If Sean Avery doesn’t impress Rangers management, he could find himself on waivers and sent to the AHL.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs still have 9 defenseman in camp, battling for the 6 starting positions. In camp remain: Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie (on a two-way), Luke Schenn, John-Michael Liles, Cody Franson, Mike Komisarek, Carl Gunnarsson (could be on the bubble), Jake Gardiner (can also be sent to minors without going on waivers), and Matt Lashoff (long shot).
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Yesterday at practice the the Blackhawks tried Patrick Kane at center between Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette. “I don’t know, (we’ll) try it for a couple of games and see how it goes. It’s preseason, so why not? I’m willing to try it out, I guess. I’m going to try to do my best there and see what happens.” Kane said.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that forward Jan Mursak has a broken left ankle and will be out around 3 months. There are several non-displaced fractures and some stretched ligaments. Fabian Brunnstrom or Ryan Johnson could benefit from the injury.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Sam Gagner had an MRI done to determine if he has a high ankle sprain. Results not know yet.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators will trim their camp roster to 25-27 players. Likely to be sent to the AHL are “goalies Mike McKenna, Brian Stewart, and Robin Lehner; defencemen Tim Conboy, Bob Raymond, Josh Godfrey, Craig Schira, Patrick Wiercioch, Mark Borowiecki, and Eric Gryba; and forwards Mike Hoffman, David Dziurzynski, Derek Grant, Corey Cowick, Corey Locke, Mark Parrish, Darren Kramer, Jim O’Brien, Patrick Cannone, Francis Lessard, Wacey Hamilton, Jack Downing, Maxime Gratchev, Louie Caporusso, and possibly Andre Petersson.”
Re-alignment talk … Stars want to talk extension with Benn … CBA topics … Campoli could be a Rangers option … Coyotes were ’10 minutes’ from being Jets
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: From the Board of Governors realignment talk, they prefer the 6 divisions compared to the 4 divisions. 15 alternatives were proposed, and they will narrow it down to 2 or 3 by their December meetings. The Dallas Stars would like to move out of the Pacific division to the Central or Southeast. One of the alternatives presented was to have the Toronto and Winnipeg move to the Northwest with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Detroit would replace Toronto in the Northeast. LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi made a call to Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein to pick his brain on how they were able to re-sign Dustin Pedroia at good price when others were telling him he could make more. The Sharks have 10 players in camp battling for 3 spots on their bottom 6. “The Sharks like to give players within their organization a shot at jobs, but they’re also trying to win the Stanley Cup. If they don’t like the production from their bottom six early in the season, don’t be surprised if GM Doug Wilson works the phone to acquire more experience.” The Stars contacted Jamie Benn’s agent to gauge their interest in talking contract extension.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: During the next CBA talks “Escrow, capping the length of long-term contracts, Olympic participation for NHL players, revenue sharing and reworking the salary cap floor” will likely be debated. The league may add guaranteed contracts to the discussion as a negotiating ploy. Lowering the salary cap floor so that small market teams wouldn’t lose as much money could be an option. The Cap ceiling would be higher, but this scenario may create a loss of parity across the league.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: A league executive on Drew Doughty and the LA Kings: “I just don’t think this will get settled soon.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Chris Campoli could become an option for the NY Rangers depending on Marc Staal’s health status. The Rangers did inquire about Campoli shortly after the Blackhawks walked away from the arbitration ruling, but have haven’t talked to his agent since. Campoli has received calls from some teams.
“Chris is in a situation where he’s looking for a spot where he can grow with an organization, unlike a number of veterans who are on the market,” Evans said. “I don’t know if there’s a perception out there that he’s too expensive because of the $2.5 million, but that was just a salary arbitration number.
“We haven’t really gotten into a price point [discussion] with anybody.”
- Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail: In May of 2010, the Coyotes came within “10 minutes” of becoming the Jets. Mark Chipman of True North was in the NHL New York offices awaiting for the 5 pm deadline, but the City of Glendale decided to give the team $25 million in funds to keep the team. Gary Bettman made it be known to Chipman that they would receive the next NHL team, but it may not be the Coyotes.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars have cut their training camp roster down to 45. Jack Campbell and Jamie Oleksiak were sent back to junior.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: The Blackhawks sent 11 players to the AHL yesterday: David Toews, Lalonde, Bollig, DiDomenico, Froese, Gilbert, Shaw, Zanette, Danis-Pepin, Stanton, Youds. They are down to 41 in camp: 25 forwards, 12 defensemen and 4 goalies.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexei Yashin passed his CSKA physical, now ownership has to decide if they want to sign him.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Slava Kozlov is talking to 3 KHL teams, with CSKA the front runner.
- NHL Sources Say: Senators and Kings are talking. Kings looking for a top forward, Senators looking for 2 roster players and a pick. Spezza/Fisher/Michalek have been discussed, no knowledge of what Kings are offering.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: On Spezza to the Kings … hasn’t heard anything, and would be shocked if it happened.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be in Ottawa next week, and could announce that Ottawa will host the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. More than 25 teams put in bids to host the 2011-12 All-Star game.
- Pavel Lysenkov via twitter: Kovalchuk plans to play all 15 years, and doesn’t exclude that can play in the KHL if there is an NHL lockout.