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Posts Tagged Derrick Brassard
- Bill Meltzer via twitter: On Kimmo Timonen’s reported 1 year, $6 million contract. He got market value, considering the factors: “1) Defensemen leaguewide command a premium. A four-time All-Star, regardless of age, commands an ultra-high premium. 2) Timonen was the best remaining potential UFA Dman. He brings more all-around than Gonchar, Hainsey, Streit, Visnovsky, Regehr, etc. 3) It’s not ideal that Timonen, at age 38 with a lot of wear-and-tear, is still Flyers most important Dman. But that’s the reality. He is. 4) Hometown discounts don’t really exist anyway, but especially not after two NHL lockouts. Timonen got his market value. 5) Flyers have ended up losing 3 UFAs with whom they waited until after season to try to negotiate extension — and found price had jumped.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline goes on a little Blue Jackets rant: “Many expected #CBJ to be 3-6-2, or about that, to this point. Were they expected to thrive? No. But they lack – or defy – defintion so far. Only line or pair that has played w definiton/purpose has been 4th. Other lines just sporadic bursts, the pairs wildly inconsistent. Go ahead & demote Johansen to minors/bench Brassard, if need be. But hard to grasp how Umberger – really struggling – leads Fs in ice time. Biggest question is … who are these guys, what is this team, where are they going? Very aimless. John Davidson scratching his head. Had NHL coach ask me two weeks ago: “How are the new guys fitting in?” Me: “Far as I can tell, good.” Him: “Oh. That’s too bad.” Me: “Meaning … ” Him: “They weren’t brought in to join the group, but to change it.” His point: gotta get ugly to change course sometime.” Many #CBJ fans feel stuck in black hole: UFAs not interested (unless gonzo ocerpaid); draft picks never pan out; good players lose mojo … What will break the cycle? Gotta be something seismic, something that may seem troublesome at the time. Who are these guys?”
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky passed his physical and will join the team tomorrow for practice.
- John Shannon via twitter: Chris Campoli is signed with Geneva of the Swiss League.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Senators want their young guys playing, won’t be keeping 8 defenseman for long.
Written by Austin Lutz
With only 23 games remaining in their season, the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, a place that’s been their home for the majority of the season. That being said, the Jackets are the biggest sellers this trade deadline, and the only thing Scott Howson has to look forward to this June is the possibility of adding top prospect Nail Yakupov.
Columbus seems set for another few years of rebuild and that’s not something that 27-year-old captain Rick Nash wants to wait for. He has not openly admitted to wanting a trade, but when asked about being traded, he said “Right now I’m a Blue Jacket.” The words “right now” tell it all and whether Nash is traded before the deadline or at the draft, he seems to be on his way out of Columbus
Many different teams have been linked to Nash, who brings a yearly cap hit of $7.8 million until 2018, but most often it has been the first place Rangers, the Maple Leafs, the Kings, and as always the Philadelphia Flyers.
Teams interested in Bourque, Brassard and Vermette … Lightning looking for Top 4 Dman … Canes may move Ruutu … Burke scouting Bruins-Canes … Rick Rypien Tribute video
- TSN Insider Trading video link: The Flames have 12 players who’ll be free agents, but they are looking to make some roster changes now. Teams are interested in Rene Bourque. Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu and his $3.8 million contract could be on the trade block at some point as he’ll be a free agent at the end of the year. The Lightning are looking for a top 4 defenseman. Mattias Ohlund injury is looking like it will take the full 6 weeks, maybe up to 7 weeks. LeBrun isn’t sure what the Lightning would be willing to give up to get a top 4. Teams are calling the Blue Jackets about Derrick Brassard and Antoine Vermette, but it’s unlikely they would move one of their top 6 with Jeff Carter out.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger isn’t suggesting that Flames GM Jay Feaster is shopping Rene Bourque, but his name is out there and teams are interested in him.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: There has been more ‘chatter’ about early season trades this year than most years by teams who may stumble to start the season. Bernstein couldn’t add specifics but sources in both conferences said their may be early moves.
- Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Due to the Kris Letang suspension, the Penguins had to put Brooks Orpik on the IR.
- James Murphy via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was in the press box for the Bruins-Hurricanes game last night.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi doesn’t think the Flyers Scott Hartnell will be traded between now and the trade deadline, that his huge contract hurts.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: Sassone notes that Rostislav Olesz at $3.1 million is becoming an expensive regular scratch for the Blackhawks.
- Canucks Rick Rypien Tribute video:
Afternoon twitter notes involving Doughty, Crosby and a couple Pens, Schenn, Lombardi, Brodeur, Redden, Markov, Kesler and others
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider posted a transcipt of a phone interview with Kings GM Dean Lombardi about Drew Doughty, and you should check it out in it’s entirety. A couple quick quotes from Lombardi:
“The problem we have, and we’re going to have to see how this evolves, is that generally with a player, you establish his market value and he signs up for 275 days of work. That was the one thing that changed during the CBA, that players were paid during training camp. So, quite frankly, it’s the way we have to approach this. Let alone missing a day or work, as well as getting behind your teammates in terms of preparation. It probably makes this a little more difficult, but you have to factor that in now. You’re not getting a full year’s work as of today.”
“Yeah. Well, it’s not that one [previous offer]. It doesn’t mean, certainly, that there isn’t going to be dialogue. The point is that missing days of work has to now factor into this negotiation. There’s no doubt in my mind that this kid is going to play here and play here a long time. But now, like I said, missing a day of work has to be factored into this. It’s no different than any other player. The lines of communication are certainly open. There was a cordial discussion last night, and that’s it.”
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Sidney Crosby has been cleared to practice but with no contact. Brooks Orpik is okay to skate but it doesn’t look like he’s 100%. Dustin Jeffery has been cleared to skate but with no contact.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The $3.6 million for 5 years the Maple Leafs gave Luke Schenn is more than they wanted to spend. They could have signed Schenn for 3 years at around $3 million, but they wanted to a do a longer term. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Leafs GM Brian Burke said that they explored 2, 3, and 5 year contracts with Schenn. A 4 year deal was never discussed as it would take Schenn to unrestricted free agency.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Wade Redden isn’t listed on the Rangers training camp roster.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Martin Brodeur said the thought that this could be his last training camp has crossed his mind. Contract is up and retirement is a possibility … But … Rich Chere via twitter: Brodeur added “Even (if) there was a work stoppage (after this season), I might be interested to keep going.”
- Kevin McGran via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Matthew Lombardi won’t be taking contact for awhile. Rob Longley via twitter: Leafs coach Ron Wilson said that he could see Lombardi starting as a 3rd line winger.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Dmitry asks Bob McKenzie when he thinks the Maple Leafs will start talking to Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. Bob McKenzie doesn’t think that there is no rush, that Burke will want to see “their full body of work” during the season before they make any commitments.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Steve Bernier said that he turned down a 2-way contract offer from other teams but decided to “risk everything” and take a tryout offer from the Devils.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Blue Jackets coach Arniel said that Prospal, Vermette, Brassard, Umberger are early candidates to be on the big line.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov: “I won’t be ready tomorrow but I will be ready one day.”. October 6th? “There’s always a chance.”
- Mark Spector via twitter: Canucks coach Vigneault said that Ryan Keslser is “out indefinitely,” he won’t be skating when camp opens. Mason Raymond is also out indefinitely.
- Don Brennan via twitter: Though Pascal Leclaire is not under contract with the Senators (or anyone else), but they are responsible for helping bring him back to health as he was injured while under contract with them.
- TSN’s “Insider Trading” video link: Come on TSN, enable the embed code.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:The Kings are targeting in order: Brad Richards, Ales Hemsky, and David Booth. Richards is complicated deal as he is out with a concussion with no timetable, and has a no-trade clause. The Rangers are also interested in Richards. A source it would likely be a Monday deal, if at all. The Stars have made a contract offer to Richards yet, but could do so on Sunday night. The Oilers won’t move off of Brayden Schenn in a Hemsky deal.On Sidney Crosby: “Sidney is still not symptom-free,” his agent, Pat Brisson, told ESPN.com on Saturday. “We have to go a day at a time. Anyone in the media speculating that his season is over is jumping the gun. No one knows. That’s the truth. All we know is that we have to be extremely cautious.”
Chris Phillip’s name came up in a Canucks-Senators call but didn’t go very far.
The Avalanche may not be looking looking to move John-Michael Liles. Maple Leafs interested if they do. The Leafs and Clarke MacArthur have had contract talks but not close as of Saturday. Teams are calling about him.
The Predators and Shea Weber have had serious contract talks. They need to lock him up.
Detroit will not put a claim on Ty Conklin.
The Blackhawks looking at adding a Dman.
Capitals thought that picking up Marco Sturm for offensive help was a good idea as they didn’t have to give up anything.
The Coyotes are looking for defensive depth.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:New Buffalo Sabres owner, Terry Pegula, has given GM Darcy Regier the green light to spend to the salary cap, so don’t be surprised if they go after Brad Richards or Paul Stastny. Garrioch believes pretty much everyone on the the Avs roster is available, including Stastny despite what they are saying. Regier would have to compete with at least the Leafs and Kings on a top center. Stastny would likely cost 2 top prospects and a top pick.Kings GM Dean Lombardi (accused tire kicker) is under pressure to make a big move. Brayden Schenn is a non-starter in Ales Hemsky talks, and the Oilers don’t really want to trade Hemsky. Lombardi will either cave in an pay a big price for Brad Richards or Ales Hemsky, or will add to his reputation as being afraid to make a big deal.
The Dallas Stars are still unsure what the next move Brad Richards wants to take. The Rangers and Leafs are interested.
Joni Pitkanen is likely staying in Carolina as they’re still in the playoff race.
Canucks looking at Panthers Marty Reasoner.
The Avalanche will likely ask John-Michael Liles to waive his no-movement clause.
There was some talk that the Red Wings could look at Tomas Vokoun, but they don’t have the salary space. They appear confident that Chris Osgood will be back and okay.
The Blue Jackets are getting calls for Jakub Voracek and Derrick Brassard but they don’t really want to move them. They deny it, but apparently they have been shopping Steve Mason.