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Posts Tagged David Perron
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coach Paul Jerrard.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks GM Murray said the team will be different next year. He indicated that he’d like Saku Koivu to return, and will talk to Teemu Selanne over the next little while.
- Anaheim Ducks: Murray on Teemu Selanne: “I’ll wait a while, go hit a few (golf) balls, go play with him and let him beat me, and then we’ll decide.”
- Brian Costello: The Dallas Stars were cheering for the Bruins. If the Bruins make the Eastern Conference final, the Stars will get their 1st round pick. If they don’t, they’ll get a 2nd round pick. From the Jaromir Jagr trade.
- B.D. Gallof: “Just to make this VERY clear… Nino Niederreiter is NOT being actively shopped. See his name coming up like forgone conclusion. To expand on Nino thoughts: yes, he is a tradable asset. however, when has Garth ever just traded off asset? Has to be right scenario. Also do not believe #isles will spend ANY rebuild assets for a goalie when vets aplenty.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A couple Blues GM Doug Armstrong quotes in case you missed them.
“This is a public cry that for any GMs that have any 50-goal scorers that want to just send them to St. Louis, give me a call,” Armstrong said. “I spent the last two days going over the top 20 scorers the last few years, and most of them are drafted by their own teams. Reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers.
“If I can find a guy that can come in and help us score goals, certainly we’re going to look at doing it. But to think that that player is out there and teams say, ‘Geez, it’s St. Louis’ time to win, we’ll give you (Alex) Ovechkin,’ you’ve got to deal in reality. … It’s incumbent upon the players in this room to find out how to produce when the lights are the brightest to score those goals.”
“We have players that have produced in the past that haven’t been able to get us over the hump in the playoffs, but they’re still in those prime years,” Armstrong said. “I believe that the home-grown talent can produce at those times. The easiest thing is to show somebody the door. It’s foolish if you’re not bringing in somebody that’s better.”
Andy McDonald will be a UFA and is not expected to re-sign. Armstrong said they expect to re-sign all their RFAs including Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.
“I don’t see this being a huge free agency offseason for us,” he said. “I see it more taking care of our own business and then seeing if we want to re-arrange some of the chairs via trade.”
Stewart, Berglund and David Perron could be players the Blues consider trading.
Roster Notes: Blues, Wild, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Penguins, Bruins, Capitals, Canadiens, and Ducks
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues T.J. Oshie was skating with Patrik Berglund and David Perron this morning.
- Michael Russo: Wild’s Jason Pominville has been ruled out of Game 1.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak said he’ll play in Game 1 against the Bruins. Mark Masters: Bozak isn’t sure if he’ll be able to take face-offs.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks Cory Schneider said he’s ready to go and will let the coaches know when they have their meeting today.
- Dan Rosen: Rangers Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) and Brian Boyle (knee) didn’t practice today. Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) is still wearing a non-contact jersey. Defenseman Marc Staal practiced again, but there is no timetable.
- Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak skated between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel today. Other lines: Komarov-McClement-Orr … McLaren now skating with extras Hamilton & Colborne, Lupul with Grabovski-Kulemin for the 1st time … Frattin reunited with good buddy Kadri & MacArthur
- Dan Rosen: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Zuccarello; Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan; Kreider-Brassard-Pyatt; Powe-Newbury-Asham.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins lines: Kunitz – Malkin – Neal, Dupuis – Jokinen – Iginla, Morrow – Sutter – Cooke, Glass – Adams – Kennedy/Bennett.
- Boston Bruins: Bruins lines: Lucic-Krejci-Horton/gold: Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin/grey: Daugavins-Kelly-Jagr/merlot: Paille-Campbell-Thornton.
- Ken Wiebe: Capitals lines: Ovechkin, Backstrom+Johansson, Brouwer, Ribeiro+Erat, Fehr, Perreault+Chimera and Volpatti, Hendricks, Beagle. Defensive pairings: Green and Alzner, Carlson and Erskine and Oleksy and Hillen. Ward and Wolski the extra F’s, Poti and Schultz the extra D.
- John Lu: Canadiens lines: Ryder – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Bourque Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher Moen/White/Prust Armstrong/Halpern/Weber.
- Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Higgins-Kesler-Kassian; Raymond-Roy-Hansen; Ebbett-Lapierre-Weise. Defensive pairings: Hamhuis-Garrison; Edler-Bieksa; Alberts-Corrado; Ballard-Barker.
- Craig Custance: Jonas Hiller will start Game 1 for the Ducks against the Red Wings.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Tracey Bowman: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that it’s unlikely that he’d move any of his roster: ”This group has earned the right to see what we can do as a group.” … ”The focus is to keep this group together and add to it.”
- Mark Spector: Blues David Perron (3 years at $3.8 million left) is Spector’s vote for who is most likely to be dealt next by the Blues.
- Andy Strickland: The Blues now have nine defenseman and 24 roster players, will need to make a move. Immigration will take a couple days, so a move won’t have to made right away. May not be a trade, as they could send Ian Cole to the AHL.
- Pass it to Bulis: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said they need a ”versatile forward” who can play center, wing, kill penalties and play on the power-play.
- Josh Rimer: (before the Kiprusoff talk picked up) Rimer is hearing that there is good chance that Roberto Luongo could end with the Maple Leafs.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that ”it might not be the right time” to trade Luongo and suggested that it might be easier to trade him in the summer. Gillis added, “we’re talking to 4 teams with varying levels of activity and various proposals”
- Gary Lawless: The Jets were in the hunt for center Michal Handzus but not able to land him.
- Jim Diamond: Diamond expects a quiet trade deadline for the Predators. The players they would move don’t have much market value.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: It’s unlikely that Rangers GM Glen Sather will take a run at any of the bigger names available on the trade market. They aren’t good enough to deal young assets or draft picks for veteran help. It’s doubtful they would get into a bidding war for Ryane Clowe or able/willing to put together a package for Dan Boyle. A Boyle deal might make sense if Marian Gaborik was going the other way. Sources are saying there is lots of interest in center Brian Boyle. Sather will look to improve their blueline.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets could be both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline.
You can be both, I think. It just depends on what you’re looking for,” said Cheveldayoff. “If you’re just buying rentals, it’s one thing. If you’re looking for things with term, it’s another.
“We’re going into a unique situation here too, with the salary cap moving down. You have to be open for anything, at this point and time. There are lots of different options out there. It’s one of those things where if any action is going to happen, it’s probably going to happen late.”
The Jets could be looking for top-six right winger, but GM Cheveldayoff isn’t limiting this search to that one area. They have some extra draft picks and the cap room.
NHL Rumors II: Clowe, Vanek, Luongo, Kiprsuoff, Leafs, Penguins, Blues, Kings, Bruins and Hurricanes
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers and Canucks are in the hunt for Sharks Ryane Clowe. Clowe won’t stand in the way of possible trade. He and management have been working together.
“It’s a distraction if you let it be a distraction,” coach Todd McLellan said Sunday. “My experience around him this last week has been a good one. He’s been professional, he’s come to the rink and played hard, got himself healthy.”
GM Doug Wilson on if they are buyers or sellers,
“We’re both,” the G.M. responded. “Are we going to give up first- or second-round picks in a draft that’s viewed as very strong? The answer is no. This is the time that we’re going to replenish in a very strong draft year.
“But,” he added, “if there’s younger players that can fit into what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to play, I have no problem acquiring that maybe in lieu of a pick.”
- Paul Hamilton of WGR 550: Thomas Vanek on if he’d like to be traded,
“You never like to. I’ve raised my family here and I enjoy where I’m at, but I understand the situation and I’ve not talked to anyone about what their plan is. It’s something you can’t control and if happens, you move on.”
- Toronto Sun: Roberto Luongo trade talk is increasing.
“Mike is in discussions with multiple teams … Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media.
“We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to ‘steal’ Roberto from us,” Gilman told reporters. “We’re not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow.”
Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak fits their need. Bozak hasn’t been apart of any recent Maple Leafs offer according to the Vancouver Province.
The Leafs have looked to improve their top-four, and have been linked too: Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester.
- Lance Hornby: If the Leafs could get Miikka Kiprusoff at a bargain price, they can’t turn it down. No contract strings should be attached.
- Darren Dreger: There was more talk between the Flames and Maple Leafs this weekend. They are not close but more talks are expected over the next three days. Kiprusoff has maintained that he’d consider all options, including a trade, contract extension, etc.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Penguins are still looking to add a 4th line center who will be a UFA at the end of the season. Coyotes Boyd Gordon, Sharks Michal Handzus and Blues Scott Nichol’s could be a fits for the Pens.The Blues may look to trade Patrik Berglund or David Perron this summer. Alex Steen or Jaden Schwartz could be moved to center if Berglund is traded.
The LA Kings are a wildcard for Jay Bouwmeester. Since Penner is unlikely to be back, they should be able to fit in his contract for next season.
Bruins pending UFA goalie Anton Khudobin is likely heading to the KHL and AHL goalie Niklas Svedberg will be their backup next season.
Kings Dustin Penner could be available. Matheson thinks the Bruins should take a look.
The Hurricanes are still looking for a defenseman, Ryan Whitney has to be a possibility.
- Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on any further trades: ”Not much out there for us right now. But that could change quickly.”
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: GM Nonis on Mike Komisarek: ”What Mike has said is that if it’s in the best interest of the team he wouldn’t stand in the way but his preference is to try to get back in the lineup here in Toronto.” … ”That to me is a lot different than coming into our office and saying ‘I want to be moved’. That never happened.”
- Rob Longley via twitter: GM Nonis on Komisarek: ”To be clear, Mike Komisarek has not asked for a trade.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is looking for $4.5 million a season according to sources. That might be too much for the Red Wings, but what if Pavel Datsyuk returns to Russia when is contract expires at the end of next season? “They know that’s a possibility,” said one NHL executive.
Flyers Daniel Briere is in play but may not waive his no-trade clause. He has family concerns. He carries a $6.5 million cap hit but only $5 million in salary for the next two seasons.Devils winger David Clarkson could be a $4.5 million guy on the open market this summer. Would be a perfect fit with the Oilers but he’s not moving cross-continent. Matheson thinks the Oilers should make a push for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe.
It’s clear the Maple Leafs are shopping John-Michael Liles. He signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal last year. The Leafs might have to retain part of salary if they trade him.
The Oilers and several other teams may be interested in Blackhawks winger Brian Bickell this summer when he becomes a UFA.
Blues winger David Perron could become available. The Blues need a left handed defenseman to play with Alex Pietrangelo.
The Blue Jackets will look to move R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard for draft picks before the draft. Umberger has four years left with a cap hit of $4.6 million.
A list of all players/teams who have filed for salary arbitration. All players signed before their arbitration hearing.
|Team||Player||Date and/or Contract Notes|
|Anaheim Ducks||Nick Bonino||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $1.4 million|
|Colorado Avalanche||Jamie McGinn||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $3.55 million|
|Dallas Stars||Richard Bachman||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $625,000|
|Mark Fistric||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $1.475 million|
|Detroit Red Wings||Kyle Quincey||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $7.55 million|
|Edmonton Oilers||Sam Gagner||Signed before hearing. 1 year , $3.2 million|
|Florida Panthers||Kris Versteeg||Signed before hearing. 4 years, $17.2 million|
|Montreal Canadiens||Raphael Diaz||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $2.45 million|
|Nashville Predators||Sergei Kostitsyn||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $6 million|
|New Jersey Devils||Mark Fayne||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $1.6 million|
|New York Rangers||Anton Stralman||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $3.4 million|
|Ottawa Senators||Kaspars Daugavins||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $635,000|
|St. Louis Blues||T.J. Oshie||Signed before hearing. 5 years, $20.875 million|
|David Perron||Signed before hearing. 4 years, $15.25 million|
|San Jose Sharks||T.J. Galiardi||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $950,000|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Nikolai Kulemin||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $5.6 million|
|Vancouver Canucks||Dale Weise||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $615,000|
Should Oilers trade Gagner? Blues interested in Morrow and Doan … Kulemin gets arbitration, Franson doesn’t … Purcell signs for $4.5 million per
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It doesn’t make any sense for the Oilers to trade Sam Gagner unless they are able to get an exceptional return. He is still only 23, and is a good player even if he doesn’t improve. He has 220 points in 366 games, a 0.60 ppg pace, and puts him ahead of Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Andrei Kostitsyn, Michael Ryder, Bryan Little and others over the same span. If they were to move him, it should be for either a better center or a high-end defenseman.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged that he has been involved in trade discussions which could lead to a trade being done soon. The Blues want to add a top 4 defenseman, and he may have found a veteran forward to bring in. The Blues have interest in Stars Brenden Morrow, who is said to be available now. The Rangers, Sharks and Kings may also be calling the Stars. The Blues already have LWers in David Perron, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen (could move to center), Matt D’Agostini (Hitchcock prefers him on the right) and Jaden Schwartz (no guarantee he makes the roster next year). Morrow played in 57 games last year and missed time with neck and back issues. He has 1 year left on a 6 year, $24.6 million deal. He has a full no-trade clause. The Blues have also expressed interest in Shane Doan.
- Kevin McGrann of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs filed for salary arbitration for Nikolai Kulemin, but not for defenseman Cody Franson. Kulemin’s agent has had only 1 negotiating session with the Leafs since the end of the season.
“Kulemin loves the city and loves the organization a lot and would like to stay in Toronto,” said Greenstin. “But not everything is in my, and Kulemin’s, hands.
“I believe the Leafs like him, but now it’s strictly business.”
With the trade for James van Riemsdyk, Kulemin may have lost his spot on the 2nd line.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Sportsnet cites a Russian report that Alexander Semin is close on a 1 year deal with the Penguins. No comment from his agent.
- Tampa Bay Lightning via twitter: Teddy Purcell has signed a contract extension for 3 years. ($4.5 million per year)
- Dave Lozo via twitter: “So the Rangers go into next season with Asham, Pyatt, Halpern and without Prust, Fedotenko, Mitchell, Gaborik (for 3 months). Yowser.”
Sens should look at Semin, but love to play with Pens … Sharks clauses … What’s Oshie worth … Stastny for Ryan?
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are about $5 million below the salary floor, and Brennan suggests they should make Alexander Semin an offer, but only if it’s a 1 year deal. Shane Doan may be a nicer catch, but many teams will be after him if he becomes available. The Devils and Red Wings have been said to be interested in Semin.
- Mike Morreale via twitter: Alexander Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, said his “priority remains NHL.” Josh Cooper via twitter: The longer the wait for Semin, the price drops, which may interest more teams. Josh Yohe via twitter: Gandler: “No question, playing in Pittsburgh would be great. Alex would love to play with either Malkin or Crosby.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Pollak reminds people when rumor-mongering that Patrick Marleau and Marty Havlat have no-movement clauses, and Dan Boyle has a modified no-trade clause. Boyle can rule out 8 teams, but he’s not been asked for a list.
- St. Louis Post Dispatch: If Perron is worth a 4 year, $15.25 million deal, what is T.J. Oshie worth? Jeremy Rutherford thinks about $4.25 million per season. Dan O’Neill thinks in the $3.5-4 million range. Jeff Gordon says more than Perron. Tom Timmermann thinks a 4 year deal with similar numbers to Perron.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: From a poll done on Mile High Hockey, Avs fans are thinking they should trade a player like Paul Stastny for Bobby Ryan. The Avs could use a left winger after the departure of Peter Mueller. P.A. Parenteau is more comfortable on the right side. Dater doesn’t think they are ready to move Stastny yet. If they were offering Anaheim Stastny for Ryan, Dater thinks a deal may have been done already. The Ducks need a center, and could handle his $6.6 million cap hit. The Avs do have 2 other good centers in Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly, so if Stastny does stay, one of them will have to be a 3rd line center.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Rangers are still very interested in Rick Nash, but they aren’t going to wait forever. They are looking at other options as well.
Free Agent rumors: Schultz, buyout period, Blues, offer sheet for Schneider, Kulemin, Jagr, Oilers and Pavelec
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: A lot of teams will be going after UFA defenseman Justin Schultz, including the Flyers.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The deadline to buy players out is Saturday. There hasn’t been much talk about teams buying players out.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues will be looking to add a top 4 defenseman and maybe a couple bottom 6 forwards if they don’t re-sign Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Nichol. The Blues reportedly have interest in Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison, who may be looking for a 5 year, $25 million deal. A trade option could be Jay Bouwmeester. The Blue currently sit about $28 million under the projected cap with 18 players under contract. They are still working on re-signing RFAs T.J. Oshie and David Perron.
“To me, I’d like to talk to T.J. Oshie about something that might have a little bit of term to it,” Armstrong said recently. “Now when I say ‘term,’ we’re not a team that’s looking for 5-, 6-, 10-, 15-year deals … that’s not in my DNA at this particular time. But I think I owe it to T.J. Oshie, who listened to the organization last year about our desire for him to do certain things. I have no issues with T.J. Oshie now. Whatever learning hurdles he had to go through to get into the NHL, he’s past those now. And I think David’s injury, as an organization, we want to make sure he’s past that.”
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Sun: Cox suggests the Maple Leafs could lay down a large, multi-year, multi-million offer sheet for Cory Schneider. Vancouver would match the offer, but it may force the Canucks hand. If the offer sheet for Schneider was 8 years at $40 million, the Canucks would have $10 million in 2 goaltenders for next season. The Canucks could then just move Luongo to another team just to spite the Leafs. The Canucks might get Tyler Bozak or a prospect like Jesse Blacker or Korbinian Holzer and a 2nd round pick for Luongo. Burke might have to think about a Nazem Kadri or Stuart Percy and a 2nd round pick.
- Jason Botchford via twitter: The Canucks wouldn’t panic if Schneider signed an offer sheet. They would match it and then have more time to decide what to do.
- Toronto Sun: Nikolai Kulemin wants to remain with the Maple Leafs, but contract negotiations could get a little sticky. Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson and Ben Scrivens received qualifying offers. The Leafs will take a run at Justin Schultz.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says the chances of re-signing Jaromir Jagr are 50-50.
- Robert Tychowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Oilers are looking to add a big, steady defenseman, a puck moving defenseman and some front-line muscle.
“We’ve been talking to teams,” said Tambellini. “There are many teams with the same goals, looking for the type of forwards we’re looking for and the defencemen we’re looking for.”
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: After the draft Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff climbed through the stands to find Ondrej Pavelec’s agent, Allan Walsh. They talked for a long time and were the last 2 people in the stands. Signing Pavelec is a top priority, but there is a gap. The Jets aren’t going to trade him.
Twitter NHL rumors and notes: Maple Leafs draft, Bouwmeester, Nash, Sharks, Blackhawks, Garrison, Devils, Souray and Blues
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said he’s willing to trade up or down a couple picks. Dan Rosen via twitter: Burke added the thinks they may have to address their needs through trade, and all looks quiet on that front right now. Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Burke said he might consider drafting for need instead of the best player for the first time. Dan Rosen via twitter: Burke added he hasn’t had discussions with the Oilers about the #1 pick. He also isn’t looking for someone who can play right away.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: There is no way the Flames would send Jay Bouwmeester to the Oilers. If Bouwmeester is moved, it will be to a contender. The Flames will have to take back a contract.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets would like 3 to 5 assets in return for Rick Nash. The return varies with each team, depending on their assets.
- David Pollak via twitter: Rick Nash won’t be heading to the Sharks as long as Logan Couture is included in the asking price, and for now that appears to be the case.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: “If there are deals to be made we’re not hesitant to do that.” Bowman on Marian Hossa and Steve Montador: “They’re both on the mend and starting their summer training programs.”
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said they have made a contract offer to UFA defenseman Jason Garrison.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said on Monday that defenseman Mark Fayne has received a contract offer, but not all RFAs will.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Heika is hearing that the Stars and Sheldon Souray were discussing a 1 year, $3 million deal. Deal wasn’t offered, therefore not officially declined.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues have extended qualifying offers to T.J. Oshie and David Perron.
Suter-Weber notes … Wings waiting for Lidstrom and Stuart … Blues priorities … Flyers notes … Sens and Karlsson … Michalek surgery
- Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators GM David Poile said about Ryan Suter: “Based on yesterday, I really feel he wants to play in Nashville.” Darren Dreger via twitter: “Why wouldn’t Suter go to July 1? He’s earned right to consider his options. If deal with Preds isn’t best, Nashville will trade his rights.”
- John Glennon of the Tennessean: Shea Weber options: Sign a multi-year deal, sign an offer sheet after July 1st with the Preds having the right to match or take the draft picks, or go to salary arbitration for a 1 or 2 year deal.
“Right now, I really don’t think we’re thinking about that side of things,” Weber said. “It was tough (to lose to the Coyotes). … It’s not easy to be going home right now.”
When asked if the Preds multiple trade acquisitions at the deadline will play any role in his decision:
“Yeah, who knows? When the time (comes) to think about that, I’ll think about it. But obviously the team was committed and that’s what you want. Every year you want to fill in holes you have and I think we did a great effort in trying to make things better. It just didn’t work out.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he doesn’t really need to know Nicklas Lidstrom’s decision until mid-June. Despite the talk that defenseman Brad Stuart could be looking to sign with a West Coast team to be closer to his family, the Wings are leaving the door open. Holland said he’d speak with Stuart’s agent before the draft.
- Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: On what will be done to try and get the Blues to the next level. Jeremy Rutherfored – The Blues will get a budget soon and will likely be higher than in the past. They should look for a #2 defenseman to play beside Alex Pietrangelo. A scorer is one area that they could improve on, but Armstrong has said he believes in a scoring by committee approach. There is going to be some turnover with 7 UFAs (Arnott, Langenbrunner, Nichol, Porter, Colaiacovo, Jackman and Huskins). T.J. Oshie, David Perron and Chris Stewart will be RFAs. Jeff Gordon thinks bringing in Vladimir Tarasenko is the top priority of the Blues. Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz will bring in some needed skill. Tom Timmermann thinks they need to bring in an “experience high-quality goalscorer.” Dan O’Neill and Andy Strickland think stabilizing the teams financials is the top priority. Strickland then adds signing their own free agents, and it’s possible that one of the young core players is traded this summer to improve their roster.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed was told that numerous Flyers will be getting MRI’s and decisions on whether surgery will be needed or not will be determined after.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren isn’t sure if he needs address defense for next season as he expects Chris Pronger to return from his concussion, but he’s aware Pronger still has issues.
“He’s doing probably the same and any chance of returning, I would say your guess is as good as mine,” Holmgren said of Pronger. “ … at some point, I’ll sit down with Chris and see where he’s at. Probably prior to July 1st, we’ll make an assessment on where he’s at.”
The Flyers will be 1 of several teams that will be interested in Ryan Suter. If the Predators feel they can’t re-sign Suter, they’ll look to deal his rights before or at the draft. Holmgren on free agent Matt Carle:
“I’ve said that before, if Matt wants to be here, we’d like to have him back,” Holmgren said. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t work out a deal. We’re in a position now where we can’t sign him because of tagging space, but this is something that could be done quickly, I think.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: As of early this week, there have been no formal talks between the Senators and Erik Karlsson. It may be in the best interest of the Sens to get something done as soon as possible so they can focus on other possible summer moves. Some league executives think don’t think anything will get done quickly unless they get to $7 million per season immediately.“People in Ottawa should be prepared for this to take until training camp,” said one league executive requesting anonymity. “It could happen if both sides decide to dig in their heels on this one.”
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek had hip surgery and it’s believed he’ll be ready for the start of next year.
I’ll continue to add Rick Nash trade rumors to this post, bumping old ones to a jump page when it gets to long. Here are links to 2 previous entries HC Rick Nash Trade Tracker Videos and Rumors, and Blue Jackets put Rick Nash on the trade market.
Feb. 26th 8:15 PM
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Obviously possible Rick Nash could move by tomorrow but it were close in any way do you think CBJ would’ve played him today?”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Teams that have the most interest in Nash don’t think he’ll be moved and are looking at other players.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Rangers weren’t willing to pay the price for Nash prior to today, and today the Blue Jackets asked for more than they initially asked for. Can’t really blame the Rangers for not wanting to blow up their team to make a Nash deal.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Sportsnet Marty McSorley said that latest word is the Rangers are out on Nash.
- David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper: The Predators have made an offer Nash. It’s unlikely the Blue Jackets would want to trade within their division. The Preds offer could include: Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis or Jonathan Blum and multiple picks and/or prospects
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Blue Jackets haven’t spoken with the Maple Leafs in days. Leafs will keep trying, but Gardiner remains untouchable.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Belief before the Maple Leafs loss to the Capitals that the Leafs interest in Nash was minimal, and they they were driving up the price for the Rangers.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers are still talking with Blue Jackets about Nash, but nothing serious has developed. The Jackets want several of the Flyers young players.
- The Fourth Period: The Rangers may include Carl Hagelin (Rangers want Stepan) to go along with Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. The Blue Jackets are asking the Maple Leafs for Jake Gardiner, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Leafs, Rangers, and Sharks have offers in on Rick Nash, and have all said the offer could be better in the summer. The Rangers and Leafs are being aggressive as they have more parts to offer than the Sharks.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Sharks are still interested in Nash, but could probably make a better offer in the offseason. The Maple Leafs and Rangers are still in.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson should go after Derek Stepan over Brandon Dubinsky. Howson wants Chris Kreider, the Rangers best prospect. He also wants either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, but McDonagh isn’t going anywhere. Dylan McIlray or Tim Erixon are also options. After the Carter deal, defense is not a top priority for Howson. He could use some 1st round picks to take a run at Canucks Cory Schneider this offseason. They already have their own and the Kings.
Feb. 25th 9:50 PM:
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Elliotte Friedman suggested on the Hotstove that the Blue Jackets might not move Nash by Monday. They’ve shifted their focus to forwards for Nash.
- Chris Botta via twitter: Botta can see the Rangers best offer for Nash as Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, a 2012 1st round pick and a conditional pick based on Rangers success the next 2 years.
- Todd Cordell via twitter: Bob McKenzie reported that the Canucks are jumping into the trade market, with Nash a possibility.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Rick Nash’s agent spoke with TSN and said the following: “We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…” .. “However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date.”
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Rangers remain firm that they aren’t going to trade Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh in a deal with Columbus for Nash.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Hearing that the Blue Jackets want Derek Stepan badly, but might settle for Carl Hagelin. Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider, Stepan or Hagelin, and a pick (may not be a 1st). There could be more coming from the Blue Jackets. May boil today to Stepan or Hagelin.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: “No guarantees #CBJ captain Rick Nash is traded by Monday’s deadline, but might be best for all parties to have a quick ending to this.” …”#CBJ have set the bar very high and are waiting for other teams to meet their requirements. So far, none of them have done so.” … “#CBJ approach is that they don’t have to trade Nash, but several possible suitors and the Nash camp are getting impatient w the process.” … “Might be best if #CBJ fans come to terms with the fact that Nash is likely going to be traded. Might not happen at deadline, but …” … “… chances of Nash being with the Blue Jackets at the start of next season are slim.”