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Posts Tagged Devan Dubnyk
Lines and Starting Goalies: Senators, Hurricanes, Leafs, Devils, Blackhawks, Stars, Ducks and Oilers
All from twitter
- Brent Wallace: Senators lines: Latendresse Turris Alfredsson; Greening Zibanejad Silfverberg; Dziurzynski Smith Neil; Kassian Regin Condra. Defensive pairings: Methot Gryba; Wiercioch Gonchar; Phillips Lundin.
- Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Skinner-J. Staal-LaRose, Ruutu-Nash-Dwyer, Bowman-Jokinen-Wallace/Westgarth-Brent-Hall.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabovski-Frattin, Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin, Orr-McClement-McLaren. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Gardiner-Kostka, Fraser-Franson.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Henrique-Loktionov-D’Agostini; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Pesonen-Sestito-Kostopoulos; Extra: Barch.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks lines: Saad-Toews-Frolik; Hayes-Bolland-Kane; Bickell-Shaw-Stalberg; Bollig-Kruger-Mayers.
- Mike Heika: Stars lines: Nystrom-Benn-Jagr. Whitney-Roy-Eriksson. Smith-Eakin-Cole. Roussel-Fiddler-Vincour. Defensive pairings: Dillon-Robidas. Goligoski-Daley. Rome-Larsen.
- Jonas Siegel: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
- Eric Stephens: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the Ducks.
- Edmonton Oilers: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers.
- Mike Heika: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Lightning put Brendan Mikkelson on waivers.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk left yesterday’s game against the Blackhawks with a stinger after he was run over by teammate Teemu Hartikainen. He expect to be able to go on Tuesday, but will be re-evaluated today in Denver.
“From the top of my head to the back of my neck it was burning. I’d never had that happen before,” said Dubnyk. “I could move my fingers and stuff, so I knew I was OK but I didn’t want to move because everything was on fire.
“I couldn’t feel the back of my head for 25 minutes, but they said that was just part of the nerve thing. That’s gone now.
“It’s still stiff to look over one of my shoulders.”
Buffalo Sabres via twitter: Sabres Tyler Ennis left yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse is getting closer to returning to the lineup. A Specialist told him two weeks ago that his headaches weren’t concussion related. It will be a coaches decision if he’ll get into the lineup tonight.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: The Blues have decided they won’t be signing Jason Arnott.
Lines and Starting Goalies: Pens, Caps, Sens, Habs, Rangers Leafs, Lightning, Wings, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Oilers, and Wild
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Cooke-Malkin-Neal Bennett-Sutter-Kennedy Glass-Jeffrey-Adams.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Lines: Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer, Chimera-Ribeiro-Ovechkin, Fehr-Perreault-Ward, Hendricks-Beagle-Crabb. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Kundratek, Erskine-Carlson, Schultz-Poti.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Silfverberg-Turris-Alfredsson; Greening-Da Costa-Condra; Alphabet-Smith-Neil and Daugavins-Regin-Zibanejad.
- John Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole; Galchenyuk – Eller – Prust; Moen – White – Armstrong. Defensive pairing: Markov – Emelin; Gorges – Diaz; Bouillon – Subban
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: It will be Craig Anderson and the Senators against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Ben Scrivens will start in net for the Maple Leafs against the Sabres.
- Defensive pairing: Carey Price will start in net for the Canadiens.
- Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Anders Lindback will start in net for the Lightning.
- George Sipple via twitter: Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Red Wings.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders.
- Jeff Rimer via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild.
Scratches, Lines and goalies: Oils, Rangers, Sabres, Sens, Devils, Caps, Pens, Isles, Ducks, Blackhawks, Stars, Bruins and Jets
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers winger Ryan Smyth and defenseman Ryan Whitney appear to be scratched tonight.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Brian Boyle will be scratched again. Eminger and Bickel are also out.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Tyler Myers will return to the Sabres lineup tonight.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek-Zibanejad-Alfredsson;Greening-Turris-Silfverberg;Condra-Smith-Neil;Daugavins-Da Costa-O’Brien. Defensive pairings: Karlsson-Methot; Gonchar-Lundin;Wiercioch-Phillips. Benoit could be sitting.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Matteau-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Barch-Josefson-Butler.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Chimera-Ribeiro-Ovechkin, Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer, Fehr-Perreault-Ward, Hendricks-Beagle-Crabb.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-RNH-Eberle Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky Paajarvi-Belanger-Hartikainen Eager-Smyth-Petrell.
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Boychuk-Malkin-Neal Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy Glass-Jeffrey-Adams (Tangradi, Vitale). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Engelland-Bortuzzo Despres-Reese Niskanen-Letang.
- New York Islanders via twitter: Islanders lines:Moulson-Tavares-Boyes, Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo, Grabner-Aucoin-McDonald-Reasoner, Ullstrom-Cizikas-Martin-Boulton.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks lines: Kyle Palmieri-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry, Emerson Etem-Bobby Ryan-Teemu Selanne, Andrew Cogliano-Saku Koivu-Daniel Winnik. Matt Beleskey-Nick Bonino-Brad Staubitz. Defensive pairings: Sheldon Souray-Francois Beauchemin, Luca Sbisa-Toni Lydman, Bryan Allen-Ben Lovejoy.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Chicago lines: Brandon Saad-Jonathan Toews-Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp-Dave Bolland-Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell-Andrew Shaw-Viktor Stalberg, Brandon Bollig/Jamal Mayers-Marcus Kruper-Michael Frolik. Defensive pairings: Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalarmasson-Johnny Oduya, Nick Leddy-Michal Rozsival.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Eriksson-Roy-Ryder, Smith-Eakin-Vincour, Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt. Defensive pairings: Dillon-Robidas, Rome-Daley, Goligoski-Larsen.
- Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Bruins lines: Lucic-Krejci-Horton, Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Scott Clemmensen will be in net for the Panthers against Braden Holtby and the Capitals.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Viktor Fasth will face Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars Kari Lehtonen will face Devan Dubnyk and the Oilers.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for the Rangers tonight.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.
- Update: Gary Lawless via twitter: Al Montoya will start in net for the Jets tonight.
Trade Rumors: No rush on Bishop … Perreault didn’t ask for a trade … Case to move Subban … Dubnyk not worried about Luongo rumors
- Andy Strickland via twitter: There is no rush for the Senators to trade goalie Ben Bishop. He’s a valuable asset and they’ll look to maximize any return for him. The Senators may wait for a team that’s desperate for a goalie.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Mathieu Perreault clarified that he didn’t ask for a trade, which was reported by two French reports.
“I didn’t ask for a trade. Obviously I like it here, been around for four years, all my chums are [here]. I don’t wanna go anywhere. All I want is a little bit more ice time and I talked to Adam Oates and George [McPhee] today about it,” Perreault said (listen to full audio here). “All I want is to play. I wanna be here. I don’t wanna go anywhere. If you guys read the article in French it doesn’t say that I asked for a trade. Never.”
“I’m obviously not too happy. No one would be happy to be playing that much minutes,” Perreault said. “The headline says Perreault asks for a trade or something, but I never said I wanted to get traded. All I want is a little more minutes, that’s all.”
- Sean Gordon via twitter: There is a strong case for the Canadiens to trade P.K. Subban if they could get a forward that is capable to scoring 50 goals. Gordon drops Taylor Hall’s name, the quickly adds that it’s not going to happen. Getting another top young defenseman who is already signed to a deal could be an option, players like Tyler Myers or Victor Hedman, but that is unlikely as well. ”Bottom line: if the rumours end up being true, it’s because Bergevin was presented with a deal so good he couldn’t refuse.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk on at what point does he think he’ll will have solidified himself as a No. 1 NHL goalie:
“Maybe when I’m 39 or 40 and I’m about to hang them up. I’m sure there’ll probably be some trade rumours and questions about the games I’ve played,” he said with a laugh.“Everybody likes things to talk about and I’m sure it’ll be that way for years to come. It’s certainly frustrating at times, but I’ve always said I’m confident I can do this job. I feel like my teammates feel the same way and so does the organization.”
If Tambellini has pulled Dubnyk aside to tell him that the Roberto Luongo rumors are false.
“No, he hasn’t,” Dubnyk said with a broad grin. “That’s OK. It’s not my spot to worry about.”
There are rumors that the Canucks are looking for a center. Oilers Sam Gagner’s dad works for the Canucks. A “connect-the-dots-moment”
“Me? Jeez, I hadn’t heard that,” said Gagner, who set up Nail Yakupov’s first NHL goal on Tuesday.
“Last year, I went through the trade talk and that was tougher. It was the first time I’d been through it,” he said. “Now? I know what I have to focus on. That’s playing my game, helping the Oilers win. We’ve got a good group and it’s exciting to be part of this.”
“I think my dad wants me to stay away from him,” said Gagner.
Quick hits on: Luongo, Del Zotto, Red Wings and Rangers lines, camp invites, Whitney’s ankle and Armstrong extension coming
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: Some media suggest the Oilers are interested in Luongo. Stauffer doesn’t see it as it’s Devan Dubnyk’s time.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: Would be surprised if the Rangers traded Michael Del Zotto. He’s a good puck-moving Dman. They need him.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Damien Brunner will start the season with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Valtteri Filppula will center Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson. Darren Helm will center Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi. Justin Abdelkader will center Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo. Patrick Eaves is out with a concussion and won’t be ready to start the season.
- Andrew Gross of the Bergon Record: Early line combo’s for the Rangers: Nash-Richards-Gaborik, Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan, Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Mike Rupp.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Joe Colborne and Carter Ashton won’t be at the Maple Leafs camp. Could tell you a lot as to why the Bruins and Lightning were willing to part with the former 1st round picks.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee on Tuesday: “There’s no sense bringing in the junior players … because they wouldn’t be able to make our team right now.” Capitals confirmed yesterday that Tom Wilson will be at training camp. He’ll play with Plymouth on Friday, then head to Washington on Saturday.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney said his troublesome right ankle is fine.
“I feel very good (recovering from his foot injury). I did so much skating (since last April’s last game of 2012-13) and worked really hard with my trainer. I got to do sprints, things I couldn’t do for a while,” said Whitney.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: There is a chance that Blues GM Doug Armstrong will get 5 year contract extension. He is in the last year of his deal. Armstrong is currently making around $1.3 million. Top GMs are paid in the $2-$3 million range. Forward Chris Stewart has dropped 25 pounds from a year ago.
Trade activity could be heated … Leafs say no to Bernier, others could be interested … Sens could look for a Dman … Iginla and free agency
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said that trade activity could be heavy before the season starts. He was already getting calls. Clarifying, that he was referring to trade activity in the NHL and not necessarily for the Capitals.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: The shortened schedule and the drop in salary cap for next season could mean an active trade market at the deadline. There should be enough separation in the standings to determine if teams will be sellers or buyers.
“As long as a guy’s contract is up this year, you can take on salary galore,” said one general manager, adding the one important caveat: “If you want to give the assets away.”
Former GM Neal Smith:
“You don’t want to make the mistake of giving away a guy who will be around for four or five years haunting you, particularly a younger guy,” Smith said. “A smart GM would be very, very careful at the deadline this year unless he can find a deal out there where he can catch a guy napping.”
A team could take on a bad contract at the trade deadline, and then buy him out after the season.
“You could, but you won’t have a very happy owner if you do that,” Smith said. “You took a buyout from somebody else.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Brian Burke pushed the idea of retaining salary in trades for years. Teams will now be able to do this.
A club cannot absorb more than 50 percent of the players’ annual cap hit/salary in any trade. Any NHL club can only have up to three contracts on their payroll in which the contract was traded away under the retaining salary proviso. Also, only up to 15 percent of your upper limit cap amount can be used up by the money you have retained in trades.
An example of how this works: The Maple Leafs want to trade Mike Komisarek who has a $4.5 million salary cap hit and $3.5 million salary. The Maple Leafs could retain half the cap hit and salary, so $2.25 million and $1.75 million. The trading team would take on the other half. This should result in more trades taking place.
- James Cybulski via twitter: Cybulski was told that the Maple Leafs have said no thanks to Kings Jonathan Bernier.
- The Fourth Period: It’s thought that the Kings will look again at trade options for Jonathan Bernier. The Kings talked with Maple Leafs, but they said no thanks according to Cybulski. The Devils could be a team interested as Brodeur is on his last contract. Bernier would be able to learn from one of the best goalies of all-time. Miikka Kiprusoff has one year left on his deal in Calgary. The Red Wings will look at signing Jimmy Howard to a contract extension, but if they are unable to get him looked up, GM Ken Holland may have to look elsewhere. The Oilers have said they are going with Devan Dubnyk, but if that doesn’t work out as planned, they may look elsewhere.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Jose Theodore is not fazed by the Roberto Luongo to Florida rumors. Theodore said that Tomas Vokoun would also still want to play from the Panthers.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: With Senators defenseman Jared Cowen out for the year, and Mike Lundin out for 3 or 4 weeks, GM Bryan Murray might look at a trade or free agent to fill the hole.
“I’m not sure,” Murray said in an interview with the Citizen. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to, but from the looks of it, with Lundin out for a bit of time, too, we probably will have to do something.”
Murray has already received calls from free agents, and has talked with a few teams about a trade.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers could re-sign Marco Sturm, and at least 2 camp invitees could make the team. Mike Santorelli could be in trouble.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass and Matt Cooke could play with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Chris Kunitz played with Malkin and Neal last season, but he’ll be along side Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. GM Ray Shero could make a move for a winger for the line. Prospect Beau Bennett could make the team and fill that slot.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames captain Jarome Iginla will be a free agent at the end of they year and will be questioned about his plans all year.
“I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said Monday after skating with a whack of teammates and fellow pros at WinSport.
“I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.
“It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here. It is home.
“That’s where my focus is, to get ready and have a great season as a team and play well for this team.”
There was no talks between Iginla, his agents Don Meehan and Jay Feester over the summer, and they weren’t allowed to talk during the lockout.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t thought about those different scenarios. Right now, it’s really just getting ready for training camp,” he said. “Once the season comes, I’d like the focus to definitely be just on winning games. I don’t know with Don Meehan, when he and Jay are going to talk.
Canucks scouting Marlies-Heat game last night, Burke and Nonis there as well … A “wow factor move” by the Oilers coming?
- Pass it to Bullis via twitter: The Toronto Marlies played the Abbotsford Heat last night, drawing Vancouver Canucks scouts and management. Strombone1 via twitter: Strombone (Roberto Luongo?) responded with “That’s weird?” Pass it to Bullis via twitter: At the Marlies-Heat game: Dave Nonis, Brian Burke, Laurence Gilman, Stan Smyl.
- Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation: A couple days ago Bob Stauffer said on “Oilers Now” that he expects the Oilers to make a “wow factor move” on 630 CHED:
Stauffer: “I believe the Edmonton Oilers will make a move that makes people say ‘wow’ upon the CBA being completed, between then and the start of the season.”
Reid Wilkins: “This is a player personnel move?”
Stauffer: “Yeah. Believe that’s going to occur.”
And then a little later on, Stauffer added this:
“I believe there will be a wow factor move coming. And it’ll make for some entertaining discussion, let’s just say that.”
Willis then noted that the Oilers have some depth at wing, that could return the names Magnus Paajarvi and Ales Hemsky to the rumor mill. Sam Gagner is another name that may come up, though it would likely require them to bring back another center. Along the blueline is the most obvious need for the Oilers. They have Devan Dubnyk and Nikolai Khabibulin in net, which could be upgraded.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Kevin Lowe spoke with Bob Stauffer yesterday, and talked about the “wow factor move” that Stauffer suggested a couple days before. With many young assets, could a trade (excluding Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov) speed up the process of turning around the Oilers:
“You’re going into a game with lots of trump cards,” Lowe said. “That’s the only way you can make deals is if you have assets that are attractive to other teams. When you have assets then you can make deals.
“So, absolutely, we’re at some point, whenever that is, we’re probably not too far down the road, we’re going to have to make some touch choices and maybe move some players, or a player, draft picks, to get a piece or two that finishes off the formation of what you feel is a championship team. I mean, we need to get to the playoffs first (laughed) so you can’t put the cart ahead of the horse, but no question. I don’t talk to managers on a regular basis any more, that’s Steve Tambellini’s job, but I do know from my past experiences that we won’t have a tough job selling anybody on anybody that we have in the event we’re interested in a player on another team.”
Lowe’s comments on the biggest question marks for the Oilers:
“There’s a number of them. Are we strong enough defence? Goaltending is a question mark, and I say that in all respect to Devan Dubnyk and Khabi (Nikolai Khabibulin). Khabi has been injured and he’s approaching 40. He’s given us stretches of strong goaltending but his health is one thing.”
Wings get big fine … Leafs have assets to get Luongo deal done … Coyotes player update … Some overseas notes
- TSN: The Red Wings organization has been fined in the neighborhood of $250,000 for comments made by senior VP Jim Devellano in an interview with Island Sports News.
“It’s very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this,” said Devellano. “The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That’s the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren’t going to let a union push them around. It’s not going to happen.”
“Yes, they are billionaires,” Devellano said. “Good on them, they deserve it, but they also make their employees millionaires. Not a bad tradeoff for a guy like (Milan) Lucic getting what, $6 million a year? I mean good on him too, but he should be grateful. Understand, though, that these players want for nothing … it’s first class this, first class that, meal allowances, travel money on the road, the whole shebang.”
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Roberto Luongo may have come to the realization that getting to traded back to Florida is “hanging on by a thread, if at all.” The Maple Leafs have already made a solid offer for Luongo, and when Canucks GM Mike Gillis was asked about the deal, he said “there were several assets the Buds have which can get it done.” Before the CBA expired, there were reports that a mystery team or 2 may have entered the Luongo sweepstakes. The Oilers were mentioned as one team that could be interested. Nikolai Khabibulin may retire if the season is wiped out. Devan Dubnyk has improved, but is not a sure thing as a #1.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson is expected to head to their AHL training camp this Friday. Keith Yandle is skating in Boston, and plans to stay there for the time being. Yandle on playing overseas, “I’m not sure,” he said. “I haven’t really even thought about that too much, to be honest. Right now I’m preparing as if the season will start.” What other Coyotes are thinking. David Moss will be staying Phoenix for the time being. Antoine Vermette will stay for a bit, but may join the traveling league in Quebec that some NHLers are trying to put together. David Schlemko isn’t sure about Europe and will wait until mid-late October to decide on anything. Raffi Torres is undecided. Derek Morris is unsure. Zbynek Michalek is considering Europe. Martin Hanzal has a couple options with Czech and other European teams. Mike Smith and his pregnant wife don’t have a problem with going to Europe. Boyd Gordon would consider playing in Europe. Paul Bissonnette will stay. Steve Sullivan doesn’t want to leave his family. Shane Doan isn’t sold on leaving.
- The Fourth Period: Steven Stamkos’ agent, Mark Guy, confirmed that Stamkos “has been contacted by many teams,” but is not close to making a decision. HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A League is one of the teams that is reportedly interested in Stamkos.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Dmitry Kulikov may be close to signing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There have been no goalies to head overseas, and it may be hard for them to find work. Henrik Lundqvist should be joining Frolunda. Senators Craig Anderson will have to be patient.
“It’s not just a matter of finding a job … it’s a matter of finding a job and making sure that the player is protected now and in the future,” Anderson’s agent, Justin Duberman, said from his Chicago office Saturday.
“There is a lot of risk in going over. There’s a lot of great things about going over as well from a hockey standpoint, but you have to make sure you protect yourself from an insurance standpoint to make sure it’s a great opportunity.”
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Players may not be in a rush to make a deal as their escrow checks are coming, 8% of their base salary from last year. Average checks will be about $163,000.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: “There is no way, kids, that Crosby is coming to the KHL. Not with teams like Vityaz roaming around, specializing on injuring opposing stars.”… “The KHL can and will protect Russian NHLers against goons, but Crosby? If anything, Sid-hunting will be encouraged. No reason for him to go.” … “Guys like Shea Weber (big, scary D-man) and Patrick Kane (you know, vodka) would be welcome and do well in KHL. But finesse stars, stay away.”
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.
Morning notes on Crosby, Nash, Oilers-Leafs rumor, Selanne, Schultz, Kostitsyn, Latandresse, Canadiens and Oilers
- Elliotte Freidman of CBC: The Penguins and Sidney Crosby’s side haven’t gotten that far in negotiations, despite the 10 year, $90 million deal that is rumored. The cap hit could be around the $9 million mark though. It’s highly unlikely that Crosby’s deal will be insured against concussions. GMs are saying there is lots of conversations about who might be available and what is wanted for them.
“There are a lot of guys who don’t like their teams,” one exec said. “And the free-agent market isn’t great. Right now, it seems like most feel if you really want to fix your team, a trade is the best way to go.”
There is one theory that if John Davidson goes to Columbus, Rick Nash may change his mind. On the rumors of Luke Schenn and swap of 1st round picks between the Oilers and Maple Leafs: “And I do believe the Oilers like Schenn and have discussed his availability before. But I just can’t see it happening for the first-overall selection. That’s not enough. It’ll be interesting, though, to see how many teams think Schenn will be better off outside Toronto. Sounds like the Maple Leafs are aware of that and, as a result, ask for a lot in return.” Justin Schultz informed the Ducks he will test free agency. Ducks GM Bob Murray will meet with Teemu Selanne this week.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was furious at reports from Hockey Night in Canada that Leafs could trade Luke Schenn to the Oilers for the 1st overall pick.
“Typical of Hockey Night,” said Burke. “I have never discussed this trade or any trade involving Luke Schenn to Edmonton.”
- Toronto Sun: Predators GM David Poile confirmed they won’t be bringing Andrei Kostitsyn back next year. The Goldwater Institute will go to court over the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. They will fight the City of Glendale on the approval of a 20 year, $300 million management fee. Wild Guillaume Latendresse is healthy but realizes he won’t get a qualifying offer from the Wild. Latendresse still wants to work something out so that he can stay.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: It may make sense for the Canadiens to trade their #3 overall pick or to move down in the draft only if they get an established player back. The Canadiens shouldn’t trade P.K. Subban.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: 4 moves the Oilers must make if they want to contend for the 2013 playoffs. 1. Bring in a veteran goalie who can compete with Devan Dubnyk for the #1 spot. 2. Sign or trade for a as strong a defenseman as they can get. 3. Make the safest pick with the #1 pick — Nail Yakupov. 4. Put Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger on the checking lines — make them the Oilers 3rd and 4th line centers.
Rumors and notes: Senators, Tarasenko, Salvador, Canucks, Oilers, Thomas, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets goalie options
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Serious contract discussions between the Erik Karlsson and the Senators won’t take place until well after July 1st. The Senators will have to decide whether they want to re-sign defenseman Filip Kuba or not. There have been no discussions between the 2 sides yet, but talks must begin soon. A starting point on a Kuba deal could be Johnny Oduya’s new 3 year, $10.125 million deal. Kuba is 36 years old and may be looking for a 3 year deal. Sergei Gonchar will make $5.5 million and GM Bryan Murray will be looking to move him, though it will be unlikely that someone wants him at that number.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko told his KHL team on Saturday that he was planning on heading to North America for next season. The CBA prevents him from officially signing with the Blues until July 1st. He may still be negotiating a KHL contract in case there is an NHL lockout. The Blues may look to get a contract signed before July 1st and push the NHL to put it through. Devils Bryce Salvador might be able to get a 2 year deal at over $3 million per season on the open market, but may take less to stay with the Devils. Talks between the Canucks and Cory Schneider are on hold until they decide what to do with Roberto Luongo. He won’t sign for as long of term as long as Luongo is there. There have been little talks between the Oilers and Devan Dubnyk.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Tim Thomas agent, Bill Zito, denies that Thomas decision to sit out the season is a move to protect him from being traded. Thomas’s no-trade clause expires on July 1st. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he isn’t inclined to make a deal, other teams believe he’ll be available. Friedman doens’t think teams will be scared off on Thomas. Zito also represents Tuukka Rask. Under Dallas Eakins new contract, he is not able to leave next year. The Maple Leafs didn’t want to add a 2nd year to a Tomas Vokoun deal. The Flyers were interested in Vokoun but cap issues hold them back until July 1st. If the Oilers were offered a good enough defenseman or even a goalie, would they move down in the draft to take a defenseman? In 2006, the Devils and Patrik Elias couldn’t get a deal worked out. He had a verbal agreement with the Rangers but they wouldn’t agree on a no-movement clause. Elias went back to the Devils and they did a deal.
- Damian Cox of the Toronto Star: Scott Clemmensen may be a good fit for the Maple Leafs. Johan Hedberg could be an option as well.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets only have 2 goaltenders under contract for next season, Steve Mason and Allen York, and it’s their goal to have 5. Mason will likely only be back as a backup. They could trade him, but he’s due $3.2 million. He could be put on waivers or possibly bought out. The Blue Jackest could call the Canucks about Roberto Luongo, but he wouldn’t be their first choice. The Blue Jackets may only be lukewarm on Jonathan Bernier. Sergei Bobrovsky is another option. Free agents to keep in mind are Jonas Gustavsson, Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Martin Biron.