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Morning Hits: Hawks-Pens at Soldier Field, Ribeiro not thinking contract, Jets, Avalanche and Bergeron talks
- Hockey Central: The Blackhawks will host the Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1st.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals UFA Mike Ribeiro said he’s not worried about his next contract. He could earn his next contact with a good playoffs. He’s looking for a long-term deal and has already rejected a Capitals offer of three-years, $14 million.
“I think playoff or not playoff, I’m probably going to have a good deal so I’m really worried about my deal right now,” Ribeiro said. “It’s going to signed at some point. So the focus since the beginning was to get to the playoffs and now that we’re here it’s about how far can we go as a team. But I’m not worried; I’m going to sign and it’s just going to happen when the time is right.”
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets coach Claude Noel has one year left on his contract and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had this to say:
“Claude Noel is the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. He’s under contract. I know you’re going to ask me about an extension. There’s processes that have to go through, there’s different things you discuss, you talk about, you meet as a group, as a staff.”
The Jets have nine RFAs who are “very much priorities” according to Cheveldayoff. No formal contract discussions have taken place with RFAs: Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Alex Burmistrov, Eric Tangradi, Anthony Peluso, Zach Redmond, Paul Postma and Arturs Kulda.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If the Avalanche didn’t win the lottery and get the first overall pick, there were rumors that they would look to trade up. Avs GM Greg Sherman is still with the team, but it may come down to what role Joe Sakic wants to take. If Sakic decides to take over, VP of Player Development Craig Billington could have a bigger role. If Sakic declines for family or other reasons, does Sherman remain? The Avalanche asked for Derek Stepan when they were in talks with the Rangers about Ryan O’Reilly. Sounding like the Bruins and Patrice Bergeron have already talked contract extension. He has one year left on his deal and can’t sign a deal until after July 5th.
- Bob Duff: Panthers Ed Jovanovski on retirement: ”My mindset is work hard in the summer, get my hip strong, but it’s too early to say.”
- Erik Erlendsson: An MRI on Steven Stamkos’s knee came back clean enough to allow him to go to the World Championship.
- NHL.com: The NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of April: Alex Ovechkin, Brian Elliott and Derek Stepan.
- NHL.com: The NHL’s “Three Stars” of the week: Jimmy Howard, Henrik Zetterberg and Nail Yakupov.
- NHL.com: The NHL’s Rookie of the month for April: Nail Yakupov. He beat out Alex Galchenyuk, Justin Schultz, Sven Baertschi, Brandon Saad and Alex Chiasson.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that he hopes to find Jim Nill’s replacement by the end of June. He might not replace him outright, but look within the organization.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that their only untouchables were Sven Baertschi, TJ Brodie, Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano.
- Randy Miller: Don’t understand the Flyers trading for Steve Mason, giving up a 3rd round pick. He’s struggled for years and is an RFA, so they would have to send him a qualifying of $3.2 million to retain his rights.
- Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on the Martin Erat trade: ”Marty came to us in recent days and indicated a trade might be in his best interests.”
- Mike Harrington: Bets that the Wild initially asked the Sabres about Thomas Vanek before moving to Jason Pominville.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t interested in trading picks for short-term help.
“The hardest thing for me is to try and accelerate a process that can’t be accelerated,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t draft players and develop them into assets, then you can’t do anything on a deadline day. If you choose to trade your draft picks for assets for the now, you forgo the opportunity to build a sustainable system with a sustainable flow of players.”
They listened for offers on Alex Burmistrov, but didn’t come up with anything they liked.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Oilers offered Ryan Jones and a draft pick to the Senators for Ben Bishop. The Senators asked for Sean Couturier straight up. Tampa Bay hopes to find a 1a between Bishop and Anders Lindback. Both the Canucks and Canadiens were interested in Raffi Torres. The Coyotes settled with the Sharks offer of Florida’s 3rd round pick. The Rangers gained payroll flexibility for next season by trading Marian Gaborik. They have to re-sign RFAs Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. Also, they now have a better shot at signing Ryane Clowe.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Capitals received lots of interest in Mike Ribeiro, but they continue to work on an extension with him. The Canadiens were after a rugged winger but were unsuccessful. The Blue Jackets tried to get Tomas Fleischmann from the Panthers. The Blue Jackets may have offered one of their 1st round pick and Derek Dorsett for Fleischmann. The Devils, Canucks, Jets and Jackets showed interest in Drew Stafford. The Sabres considered Alex Burmistrov.
What will the Sens do with Alfredsson? GMs are puzzled with Sherman … O’Reilly’s dad writes email … Friedman’s thoughts
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks that if Daniel Alfredsson became available, the Bruins could be interested. GM Bryan Murray likely doesn’t have any desire to move Alfredsson given what he has meant to the organization, but he would likely let Alfredsson know if teams come calling. The Sharks got off to a hot start, but have struggled lately.
“It’s getting back to doing the things that allowed us to be successful early in the year,” Wilson told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “It’s been addressed. Our talent level hasn’t changed. But as you know, we’re always looking for ways to improve our hockey team.”
LeBrun doesn’t think Panthers GM Dale Tallon will wait much longer before he starts making moves, maybe 5 or 6 games. They’ll have to decide if they want to re-sign Stephen Weiss or not.
- Steve Simmons via twitter: Simmons notes that the Avalanche haven’t told other GMs what the price for Ryan O’Reilly is. They are telling them to make an offer. Most GMs are puzzled by this.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly’s dad, Brian, sent Dater an email about his sons situation, and gave him permission to post it. Here is the first paragraph of it. Click on the above link to finish reading it:
“Thank you for your kind words. This is not about money and never has been. As you know you don’t build team based on dollars. If you did then the people with the most expensive players would be our champion . You build a team on its character. Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character. I know this for a fact the players he was yesterday will not be the player he was tomorrow he will continue to grow learn and thrive .The world values it less and less, yet everyone is looking for those players that eat sleep and drink the game and are unselfish plus compete because they are intrinsically motivated for excellence. This is another trait humankind is slowly losing! It used to be a bigger part of our game because we used to let kids develop character and test themselves without all the importance put on systems methods and criteria of adults. My children were raised in an environment of sport where Athletics was held up as something you do to develop your sense of personhood, qualities of-collaboration,team play and most important the development of your character, mental toughness as an individual and it was FUN from which you Learn. How many goals you got or how many points you got was not how you measured yourself. What was important was giving your best day in day out. Leadership was shown on a daily bases, by treating people well even those they miss treat you. In the world today we are losing our sense of meaning and purpose my by devaluing people worth in ways that are ridiculous And Absurd.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC.ca: Friedman had originally thought that the Rangers and Avalanche were discussing a Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O’Reilly and another defenseman, but was later told that Stepan was never discussed. Friedman wouldn’t be surprised if the Avalanche called the Panthers. It doesn’t look like the Red Wings would be interested in Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney. The Oilers may be wondering what to do with Ryan Smyth. It could be just a blip, but he has one year left on his deal and it’s 35+ contract. Penguins GM Ray Shero was scouting the Wild-Avs game last week, and Friedman notes that Matt Cullen has “Penguin written all over him.” The CBA was expected to be complete last Saturday, but they are still working on it.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Penguins scouted the Wild earlier this week. The Penguins are looking for a top-6 forward and may have been looking at Pierre-Marc Bouchard and/or Devin Setoguchi.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have called the Avs about Ryan O’Reilly, but it’s unlikely they will go after him. The asking price of what O’Reilly is looking for will keep them away. The Rangers will have 3 prominent RFAs that they’ll need to re-sign this summer, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t giving up on the season, but he won’t give away their first round pick or a top prospect for a defenseman. Matheson wonders if they’d be interested in Ryan Whitney. Other defensman that may be available are: Tomas Kaberle, Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jonathan Blum. Matheson thinks the Oilers should keep Whitney, but if they got a third rounder or better back, they might have to consider it.
Some thoughts on Nash … 10 unresolved issues … Rangers could look at Thornton … Repik and Pickard could go to Europe
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Portzline offers 61 thoughts on Rick Nash. Portzline thinks that Nash will play with Derek Stepan over Brad Richards.
There were instances last season, before the trade stuff started, when other NHL players were directly advising Nash to leave. One player tells The Dispatch: “I skated over to him before a faceoff and just told him ‘you have to get out of here. Put your agent to work and get it done.’” Many were surprised last February to learn that Nash had asked to be traded. From what I can glean, players around the league were only shocked that it took him so long.
Some believe it was Nash’s father that was the first to give him some wisdom just before the trade proceedings took shape. Portzline thinks that Nash will hit the 40 goal, 80 point plateau at some point.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen lists 10 unresolved issues that could change the “balance of power” : 1. Shane Doan’s recruitment: some teams will offer him 4 years. 2. Roberto Luongo hasn’t been traded yet: the Panthers are the best fit, but they won’t give up Nick Bjugstad. 3. Bobby Ryan still could be traded: the Ducks will only deal if they are wowed by an offer. The Flyers may like to match the Rangers acquisition of Nash. 4. Lubomir Visnovsky has filed a grievance: he doesn’t think the Ducks had a right to trade him because he had a partial no-trade clause. He had previously waived it in a 2009 trade from Edmonton. 5. Useful players still available: Doan, Jason Arnott, Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, Petr Sykora, Brett Clark, Andrei Kostitsyn, etc. 6. Coyotes ownership isn’t finalized: it’s difficult for Coyotes GM Don Maloney to improve his team. 7. The 2013 free agent class might feel pressure to sign now: there may be restrictions on contract length or a new way to calculate salary cap with the new CBA. 8. Predators still looking for defenseman: GM David Poile is still looking at trade options. Jay Bouwmeester’s name has come up, but he has a no-trade clause. 9. Red Wings pondering a defensive move: they want to give Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl an opportunity to play, and they won’t overpay just to add someone. But they have to look at trade options to add a veteran Dman. 10. Feels like Toronto will make another move: Burke could go after a goalie or more size and grit.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tuukka Rask’s one year deal, “We tried to go longer in term, but . . . ’’ Dupont says not to be surprised if the Rangers look to Joe Thornton. Thornton and Rick Nash played well together during the lockout and with Team Canada at the Olympics.
- George Richards via twitter: Richards believes that Michal Repik will be playing in Europe this year.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: Former 1st round pick of the Predators, goalie Chet Pickard is talking with a SEL team.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Trade discussions between the Rangers and Blue Jackets had been ongoing, but heated up late last week. Teams from both conferences made pitches for Rick Nash, but it always came down to them saying GM Scott Howson wanted too much. The Rangers never moved from not willing to include Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin or Michael Del Zotto. Nash never expanded his list, but it was possible that he might have added the Hurricanes and Capitals later this week. It’s unlikely the Rangers would have been willing to increase their offer even if other teams were added. All the pieces the Blue Jackets received were available at the trade deadline and the at the draft. Nashville ownership is expected to meet again today to determine what to do with Shea Weber. Many around the league don’t think they’ll match the offer and may use the draft picks as trade bait for roster players.
- Tom Reed via twitter: Reed doesn’t think the Blue Jackets got fleeced in the trade as much as some are saying. They didn’t win the trade, but it was never going to happen with Nash’s no-trade clause. Howson had limited trading partner which makes it tough.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland had several conversations regarding Nash, but the chances were always slim he’d be moved there. To get the Blue Jackets to trade Nash within the division, they would have had to make a much better offer. Holland wouldn’t mention names, but it would likely have to start with Johan Franzen or Valtteri Filppula and include either Brendan Smith or Gustav Nyquist, one more player and a 1st round pick.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Predators have not talked to Shea Weber since he signed the offer sheet, which leads one to think they won’t match the offer. Though, if they weren’t going to match, shouldn’t they be having daily conversations with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren about making a deal instead of taking the 4 1st round picks. Holmgren and Poile have only talked once. The Flyers won’t confirm or deny that a trade wasn’t discussed when they talked. The deadline is Wednesday night at 11:30 pm. Does the Rangers acquisition of Nash yesterday trigger Holmgren to offer a trade package that was better than before?
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: One of Weber’s agents, Kevin Ebb:
“We have no clue what’s going to happen,” Kevin Epp, one of Weber’s agents, said Monday night. “We’re all in a state of limbo.”
Nashville’s ownership group has 10 people, so Epp thinks that may be slowing the process.
“There’s a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision,” he said. “It’s not like the Flyers with one owner.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Trade talks involving Rick Nash are ongoing, but not that productive. If Weber ends up with the Flyers, the Rangers may step up. Though the Rangers could turn to a Bobby Ryan trade or look to sign Shane Doan. The Blue Jackets have talked to the Kings about Jonathan Bernier. They might have to send the Kings 2013 1st round pick back to the Kings to get him. The Blue Jackets are close to a deal with Ryan Murray.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Flyers get Weber, the Rangers need to get Rick Nash increases. It doesn’t mean that GM Geln Sather would yield to Howson’s demand of including Derek Stepan. Shane Doan toured the Rangers practice facility on Friday. The Rangers are believed to the favorite in landing Doan if he leaves Phoenix. It’s on Sather’s blueprint to land both Doan and Nash.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Shane Doan’s agent: “Shane is going to visit a couple more teams. I’m pretty sure Pittsburgh will be one of them. He is interested in the Pens.”
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Doan met with the Flyers on Saturday, checking out his options. It would be interesting to see how they would make the money work if it went along with landing Shea Weber.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said yesterday that he hopes to meet face-to-face with Shane Doan. Doan has met with the Rangers and Flyers already, he agent said he’ll likely meet with the Penguins and a couple more teams. The Canucks, Sharks, Kings and Sabres are also said to be interested in Doan.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky told Sport.sk that he might file for arbitration after he was traded to the Islanders, who weren’t on his 10 team trade list. Might end up back with the Ducks. Visnovsky also said that Islanders GM Garth Snow once called him to say they were negotiating with Miro Satan.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said on Friday that they have had talks with Alexander Semin. The Hurricanes are only interested if Semin signs a 1 year contract. Semin is said to asking for $7 million or more a year.
Canucks backup options, looking for a center … Sabres looking for center … CBJ not asking for Kreider, McDonagh or Stepan, do the Rangers know?
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Kuzma thinks that once Roberto Luongo is moved, Al Montoya could be an option for the Canucks as their backup. Dan Ellis could also me an option, or they could go the trade route and see if the Coyotes want to move Jason LaBarbera. If the Canucks send Luongo to Florida, getting Jose Theodore back as part of the package is possible.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks added Jason Garrison to their blueline, but they are still looking to fill a hole at center. They may have offered Olli Jokinen a 1 year deal. The Canucks will likely go the trade route to find a center, and there hasn’t been much progress with a Luongo deal.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein says that the Canucks are looking for a playmaking 3rd line center as Kesler is coming off surgery again.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:
“I expect there to be a secondary trade market after this unrestricted market,” Regier said. “We’re looking at any situation that will make us a better team. We’re not locked in. Some guys we certainly would not want to trade under any circumstances, but we’re sitting here in early July and if the opportunity to improve our team is out there, then we want to be able to take advantage of it.”
The Sabres are looking to improve up the middle as they don’t have any experience for their top lines. Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis are both 22. With the addition of Steve Ott, the Sabres now have 6 left wingers: Thomas Vanek, Marcus Foligno, Ott, Ville Leino, Nathan Gerbe and John Scott. Ott can take faceoffs, but is more comfortable on the wing. They also have 9 defenseman on their roster.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline has been told repeatedly that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has NOT demanded Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan in trade talks with the Rangers. Portzline has been told there are lots of way the Rangers could get a deal done without incorporating those 3. McDonagh doesn’t make sense as a centerpiece. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger responds to Portzline by saying that the Blue Jackets should let the Rangers know that then. Multiple trade scenarios have been pitched to the Jackets by the Rangers and have been turned away.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: As of yesterday, Nash hasn’t been presented with any offers to accept or decline. The Flyers are on Nash’s list, and they have had trade talks for months. The trading of James van Riemsdyk is only a hurdle. The Flyers still have assets to get a deal done. The Rangers make the most sense. Blue Jackets still want to include at least one of Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan. If the Flyers or Penguins land Parise, the Rangers interest may increase. The Red Wings are still in the running. The Sharks have an offer on the table. The Hurricanes want him, but so far Nash doesn’t want them. The Senators have pulled themselves out of the running.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Hurricanes keep coming hard after Rick Nash. As of yesterday, they are not on Nash’s list, but it’s not stopping them. The Sabres are not on Nash’s trade list. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has talked with all teams about Nash with hope that he would expand his list. No sign of that happening.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Sharks are still in on Rick Nash, talks continue.
- Mike Hume via twitter: If Parise signs today, it should ramp up Nash trade talks. Unlikely to see a Nash to Rangers deal today in Hume’s opinion. Sticking point is Howsen’s high demands which the Rangers have balked at. The price will go up for Nash when Parise is signed. Hume thinks that Howsen will give it some more time to let all teams make their best offer. Hume also thinks that Howsen will work on Nash to accept a deal to a team not on his list if it’s the best offer for the Blue Jackets. Could take some time.
Avs not done … Pens made offer for Suter … Nash update … Flyers still on Jagr … Blues update … Isles to wait
- Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche made several signings yesterday and Dater thinks they aren’t done yet. Indications are that they will make a move or two before long. The Avs did make calls on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, though it’s not known if they made formal offers. They could use a left winger, and may be thinking about Alexander Semin. Dater, thinking out loud (not suggesting it is happening), maybe the Avs could trade Paul Stastny for Bobby Ryan or Stastny, Elliott and Barrie for Rick Nash.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Confirmation from Ryan Suter’s camp, that despite reports that they didn’t submit an offer, the Penguins did in fact submit one.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are still looking at Rick Nash, but Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson continues to ask for players the Rangers won’t part with. The Rangers have made it clear that they won’t trade Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider or Derek Stepan. Howson continues to demand at least one of them in a package. Howson has entered discussions with at least 3 teams not on Nash’s list: Flyers, Hurricanes and Senators, in an attempt to get some leverage.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray closed discussions with the Blue Jackets regarding Nash.
“I would say we’re out of the talks, yes,” said Murray. “We weren’t on the list. I’d just put it that way. There was no sense in chasing. We just didn’t feel it was necessary.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets didn’t expect to trade Nash yesterday, and likely won’t happen until Parise signs. The Rangers have been flirting for weeks, and the Sharks have an offer on the table. The Red Wings are in the hunt, and indications are they would trade within the division if it were the best offer. The Hurricanes and Senators have strong offers but are not on Nash’s list. Sources told the Dispatch that it’s highly unlikely that Nash would alter his list.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers are still in the mix regarding Jaromir Jagr, less than 50-50 though. If they get Parise, Jagr won’t be back.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong:
“We were active in talking to some players that we thought could help our team,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “But we’re pretty finite on what we need. A lot of the players that were signed (Sunday), they didn’t fill a need or desire for our team.”
The Blues reached out to Jason Garrison before the signed with the Canucks. They also have expressed some interest in Matt Carle, who will likely wait until after Ryan Suter signs somewhere. The defenseman the Blues get may not be through free agency.
“You talk to people that you think are going to be active,” Armstrong said. “You just try and let people know what your needs are. So you just say, ‘If you get into this situation let me know and I might have interest.’ A lot of this is predicated on other teams making decisions on unrestricted free agents, so it’s difficult. I know the fans want to see instant results, but I think this is something that could play out into the fall or into the season.”
- BD Gallof via twitter: The Islanders are now more likely to wait for the new CBA and expected lower ceiling. They will look to improve through trade, using their cap room if possible.
Oilers RFAs … Rangers Nash quest … Karlsson talks contact … Bettman could take over Devils … Pahlsson heading to Sweden
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have until June 25th to decide whether to send qualifying offers to their 9 RFAs. Cam Barker is likely gone. They are trying to trade Linus Omark at the draft rather than qualify him. The Oilers will certainly send offers to Sam Gagner, Jeff Petry and Devan Dubnyk. Theo Peckham will likely get qualified, same with AHLer Chris VandeVelde. Hunter Tremblay and Alex Plante are iffy. The Rangers are doubtful to part with Chris Kreider in a Rick Nash deal, but they could dangle Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto and a 1st round pick. The Blackhawks are asking lots of questions about Malcolm Subban, they draft at #18. Matheson is hearing that the Kings don’t want to trade Jonathan Bernier until they have Jonathan Quick signed to a contract extension. The parameters for Bernier may have been set by the Anders Lindback deal, 2 2nd round picks. The Blue Jackets may not be as sold on Bernier than they were with Lindback. Former Oilers coach Tom Renney spoke with the Capitals about their vacant head coaching position. If the Oilers draft Ryan Murray instead of Nail Yakupov, the Blue Jackets may go with Filip Forsberg over another Russian. Do the small Canadiens then draft another small player in Yakupov (5′ 11″)?
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on contract talks:
“Even though we’re early in the discussions, I think we both have a very good dialogue about how things are going to get done. (GM) Bryan (Murray) is a reasonable person. I respect him a lot. I think he knows what to do and the guys I have on my side are very professional as well. They know what to do. Hopefully, it’s not going to be an issue where we don’t see eye-to-eye and don’t agree on things.
“I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize my future on the team.”
“I think we’re still in the early stages of things, but everything has been going really well,” Karlsson said. “I feel we have no rush. I think we know where we are with each other. I want to stay and they want to keep me. We have no real issues with each other. We also know that there’s a lot of other things that need to be done as well.
“I don’t think we’re going to have any problems when it comes to signing a new contract.”
- Josh Kosman of the NY Post: Gary Bettman is preparing to take control of the New Jersey Devils. A source close to the situation said that Bettman’s office has told potential suitors to be prepared if he moves in, takes over, and pushes Vanderbeek aside. Vanderbeek could be close to a deal to sell a majority stake of the team to a mystery investor, and he would stay on and keep control of the team. The investors money would go towards repaying the lenders some of the $77 million they are owed which is past due. With the Devils making it to the Finals, the lenders extended the deadline from July to August. Before Game 1 of the Finals, Bettman said of Vanderbeek:
“is working to both refinance the debt on the club and equity-raise, and he appears to be fairly confident that he can pull this off in the next few weeks.”
Bettman added, “Since I’ve been in touch with the banks on a regular basis, we seem to be on track.”
If Vanderbeek thinks he’ll lose control of the team, he could put them in bankruptcy and buy himself a couple months. A source added that with their long playoff run, they may break-even rather than lose $20 million.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Radulov’s Russian agent told Izvestiya newspaper the Radulov has made a decision on where he’ll play next year and implied it would be the KHL.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: From separate sources, they said that the Rangers will end up trading for Rick Nash.
- Stefan G:son via twitter: Samuel Pahlsson was just recently announced as a Modo (SEL) player.