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Posts Tagged Edmonton Oilers
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Coyotes Mike Smith, GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett don’t have contracts for next season. Smith is seeking $6 million a season.The Sabres could fire GM Darcy Regier and replace him Rick Dudley. Regier could be kept on in a consultants role.The Canucks won’t amnesty buyout Roberto Luongo. GM Mike Gillis still believes that someone will trade for him. Luongo may have to expand his list. The Oilers made a pitch last summer, but he didn’t want to go there. Same with Toronto.
Players in St. Louis may be getting tired of coach Ken Hitchcock’s antics. The picking them apart and calling them out is getting old for some.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may look to make a trade that has immediate results. Two players that teams may target are Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky.
Jarome Iginla could end up signing with the Kings after July 5th.
- James Mirtle: It seems unlikely that the Maple Leafs won’t re-sign Phil Kessel before his contract runs out after next season.
Morning Hits: Oilers Yakupov, Eberle and Smyth … Busy offseason for Preds … Flyers sign two … video: Lowe apologizes
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman suggested in his 30 Thoughts column that the Oilers might be willing to trade Nail Yakupov. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggested that one of Yakupov and Jordan Eberle could be traded. If the Oilers are going to trade one of Yakupov or Eberle, Willis thinks that they should move Eberle, as Yakupov has a higher upside.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s time for Oilers Ryan Smyth to hang them up. He does have one year left at $2.25 million. They could buy him out or tell him he’ll only play 40-50 games next season, possibly in a reduced role.
“I’m under their contract. I can’t sit here and speculate what they’re going to do. I can still help the team,” Smyth said.
Smyth hasn’t scored in 26 games.
“He’s been a warrior, a great warrior,” said the scout, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But when he picks them (this feet) up and puts them down now, they come down in the same spot.
“I don’t know if he’s got the legs anymore.”
Smyth isn’t sure if it’s time to hang them up yet.
“I don’t think of that (quitting). I know I have some life left in me. I can help in different areas,” Smyth said.
“I’m playing a different role and it makes me think of defensive play more than the offensive zone. I’m trying to be an all-around player.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators could have a busy offseason.
“I think you have to put everything in perspective, exactly where we are,” Trotz said. “You have to be realistic in everything that we do. Let’s not sugarcoat it. We want to be a top-level team. We have to go there. We’re going to have to do what’s necessary to do that.
“Obviously (GM David Poile) has a game plan. It’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on it, but I know we’re going to have to have a very busy summer and make sure we fill holes. I know he has a game plan for that. When he wants to divulge that game plan, we’ll unleash him on you I guess.”
The Predators could have close to $22 million in cap space, with only Patric Hornqvist and Roman Josi as their only main free agents.
- Flyers.NHL.com: The Flyers signed forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill to two-year contracts. Tim Panaccio: Rinaldo’s deal has a cap hit of $675,000. Rosehill has a cap hit of $750,000.
- Oilers president Kevin Lowe apologizes for his comments about their fans.
Morning Hits: 6 outdoor games, Oilers rumors, Sakic, Sabres, Briere, Datsyuk, Olympics and Laganiere
- TSN: The NHL is planning on having 6 outdoor games next season. Things could change and details still need to be worked out, but the proposed dates and teams are:
Jan. 1st – Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium
Jan. 25th – Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium
Jan. 26th – Devils and Rangers at Yankee Stadium
Jan. 29th – Islanders and Rangers at Yankee Stadium
March 1st – Penguins and Blackhawks at Soldier Field
March 2nd – Senators and Canucks BC Place
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers could have a different look next season.
“I’m an impatient guy and I bring that impatience to this situation. We’re at the stage… that we have to do some bold things,” Craig MacTavish said at Monday’s news conference introducing him as the Oilers’ new GM. “We have to expose ourselves to some semblance of risk to try and move the team forward in a rapid fashion. We’ve got a lot of primary pieces here, but we’ve got to add some depth to help these young players.
“We’ve got to add competitiveness. I think we lack a true understanding of just how difficult it is to have success at this level.”
The Oilers will go after defenseman Mark Streit if he hits the open market, but so will many other teams. There will be Ales Hemsky rumors. They could look at moving either Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov. They would like to re-sign RFA Gagner. The Oilers could let teams talk to Gagner to see if a deal could be worked out, then talk to the team about a trade. Friedman thinks the Oilers would listen to a “massive offer” for Yakupov.
Friedman thinks that the Avalanche have talked to Joe Sakic about an increased role with the team, but decided that he wasn’t ready. He wants to sure that he’s ready and he still wants to be around his family, he has three kids.
Sabres GM Darcy Regier said he wasn’t close to trading either Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek at the deadline as “the value wasn’t there.” Both will be UFAs after next season, and if an extension can’t be worked out, they’ll be dealt. They’ll meet after the season and see where things go.
Friedman wonders if the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, would the Sabres bring him back?
Sabres Steve Ott on licking Jeff Halpern’s visor: “I was just [bleeping] with him.”
Friedman spoke with Pavel Datsyuk’s agent who said that he’s talked with GM Ken Holland. Rumors are that Datsyuk will head back to Russia after next season. Sounded like the sides may have have talked about the possibility of a contract extension.
For the 2014 Sochi Olympics, NHL and NHLPA estimate travel cost to be between $4-7 million and insurance cost between $7-10 million.
NHL denied reports that the Maloofs are looking to bring a hockey team to Vegas. They haven’t talked about that in about five years.
- John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal: MacKinnon thinks the Oilers could look at trading defenseman Ladislav Smid and Magnus Paajarvi before dangling Sam Gagner.
- Bob McKenzie: The Senators-Bruins has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 28th. The 27th was the previous last day of the schedule.
- Bob McKenzie: College free agent Antoine Laganiere has signed with the Ducks.
Roster Notes and Goalies: Cowen, Kuba, Oshie, Staal, Pens, Oilers, Lightning, Rangers, Hurricanes, Panthers and Islanders
- Brent Wallace: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will be in the lineup tonight.
- George Richards: Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba is out tonight.
- Lou Korac: Blues TJ Oshie didn’t practice today.
- Steve Zipay: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal skated with a non-contract jersey.
- Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Jokinen-Iginla, Morrow-Dupuis-Bennett, Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy, Glass-Vitale-Adams.
- Dan Tencer: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Yakupov, Paajarvi-RNH-Jones, Lander-Horcoff-Hartikainen and Petrell-Smyth-Brown.
- Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Killorn-Stamkos-St Louis; Pouliot-Lecavalier-Malone; Labrie-Panik-Purcell; Crombeen-Thompson-Tyrell
- Steve Zipay: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
- Chip Alexander: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight.
- Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers against Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders tonight.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks that head coach Ralph Krueger’s job is safe. There have been four coaching changes in the last six years. The Oilers could look to trade Ales Hemsky and his $5 million salary, possibly picking up part of his contract to move him. Eric Belanger and his $1.75 million will be on the block. Matheson doesn’t see the Oilers re-signing Ryan Whitney. They will probably re-sign one of Mark Fistric or Theo Peckham. Sam Gagner, RFA, is going to want a new deal in the $4.5 million to $5 million range. Do they re-sign him for that or flip him for a bigger winger or center? They could buyout Ryan Smyth or see if he’d be fine with playing only 40 games.
- Oilers press conference yesterday for the firing of GM Steve Tambellini and hiring of Craig MacTavish.
- Tom Gulitti: Ilya Kovalchuk said yesterday that he needs “a few more days” for his shoulder to gain more strength. He doesn’t think he’ll travel with the team on Sunday to Toronto on Monday night.
- Chris Nichols: Flames winger Alex Tanguay will be out four to six weeks with a grade two MCL sprain.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ales Hemsky will miss at least two more of the teams remaining seven games with a foot injury. The team asked Hemsky not to give details of the injury. He’ll have another MRI later this week.
- Josh Yohe: Penguins Evgeni Malkin was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury. The Penguins confirm the injury is ”100 percent not related to sunburn.”
- Lou Korac: Blues TJ Oshie is close to returning. They didn’t skate yesterday, but skated well in previous days.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Patrice Bergeron could return to the Bruins lineup as early as Monday against the Senators. Bergeron missed his sixth straight game yesterday due to a concussion.
“There’s no limitations anymore,” Bergeron said. “I can initiate contact and take contact and practice, obviously. Teammates always take it easy on you. But I feel fine. It’s good news that I’m cleared for that.”
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Elliott Pap: Canucks Ryan Kesler will play tonight.
- Farhan Lalji: Don’t expect Kesler on the PP and PK tonight. Chris Tanev injured his leg last game and is day-to-day.
- Chicago Blackhawks: Forward Patrick Sharp is travelling with the team to Minnesota. Status for Tuesday’s game could known at tomorrow’s morning skate.
- James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day.
- Dan Seguin: Senators Erik Karlsson was back on the ice for the first time today.
- Roger Millions: Flames Jiri Hudler is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky is out with a foot injury. He’s been bothered by it for several weeks.
- Sam Kasan on Penguins.NHL.com: Head coach Dan Bylsma said that James Neal has a concussion and won’t be going on their three game road trip. Defenseman Kris Letang is back practicing and said it’s up to Bylsma when he returns.
- Michael Vega of the Boston Globe: Bruins Tyler Seguin have been moved from the 2nd line center to the 3rd line with Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Jay Pandolfoat yesterday’s practice.
“Right now, I don’t think we’ve got a [No.] 1, 2, 3 or 4 [line],’’ coach Claude Julien said. “As you can see, there are good players on every line. We move players around a little bit, maybe to balance things for the time being. But right now it’s about playing your game as an individual; you shouldn’t care where you are, you should care what you bring.’’
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.
Here are all the trades made today. Be sure to continue to visit myNHLtraderumors daily as there will be plenty of news, injuries and rumors to come. For all our first time visitors, we go year round, posting basically every day.
- The Nashville Predators have trade winger Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Washigton Capitals for Filip Forsberg.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins trade goalie Patrick Killeen to the Columbus Blue Jackets for future considerations.
- The Anaheim Ducks trade goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations
- The Phoenix Coyotes trade Matthew Lombardi to the Anaheim Ducks for Brandon MacMillan.
- The Phoenix Coyotes trade Steve Sullivan to the New Jersey Devils for a 2014 7th round pick.
- The St. Louis Blues trade defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins for a 2014 conditional 7th round pick. Becomes a 6th if he plays one or more playoff games.
- The Colorado Avalanche have traded defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2014 4th round pick.
- The Calgary Flames have traded Blake Comeau to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2013 5th round pick.
- The Coyotes trade Raffi Torres to the Sharks for a 2013 3rd round pick.
- The Sabres trade Jason Pominville and a 2014 4th round pick to the Minnesota Wild for goalie Matt Hackett and LW Johan Larsson, a 2013 1st round pick and a 2014 2nd round pick.
- The Rangers have traded Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle and Blake Partlett to the Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorset and John Moore and a 2014 6th round pick.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets trade Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michael Leighton and a 2015 3rd round draft pick.
- The Ottawa Senators trade Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Cory Conacher and a 2013 4th round pick.
- The Carolina Hurricanes trade Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2013 conditional 6th or 7th pick. Carolina is retaining some money. Bob McKenzie: It’s a 7th round pick if the Jokinen plays in 25% of the Penguins playoff games and if the Penguins go to the Stanley Cup final. It’s a 6th round pick if Jokinen plays in 50% of the Penguins playoff games and if the Penguins win the Cup.
- The Florida Panthers trade forward Jerred Smithson to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2013 4th round pick.
- The Nashville Predators trade defenseman Scott Hannon to the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 2013 6th/7th round pick.
- The Boston Bruins trade Maxime Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks for Rob Flick.
NHL Rumors VII: Kiprusoff, Yandle, Miller, Vanek, Smith, Nabokov, Bruins, Bishop, Stafford, Pominville, Luongo and Ducks
- Bob McKenzie: As per Dreger, Miikka Kiprusoff struggling with moving and expects to remain with the Flames and may retire at the end of the year.
- Nick Kypreos: The Coyotes are asking for significant pieces back for Keith Yandle if they were to move him. David Pagnotta: If the Flyers want Yandle, it would cost them Sean Couturier plus more. The Red Wings and Blackhawks have shown interest in Yandle. Sam Carchidi: Yandle has 3 years and a $5.25 million cap hit. Flyers could fit him in by moving players to LTIR. Elliotte Friedman: Price is two impact forwards. One who could be a No. 1 center. Won’t be traded unless get a deal they can’t refuse.
- David Pagnotta: “Would the Sabres trade Ryan Miller? Yes. Would they move Thomas Vanek? Yes. Are deals likely to go down today? No… unless someone steps up”
- John Vogl: Source on Thomas Vanek: ”I would be very surprised if he gets traded.”
- Pierre LeBrun: Coyotes unlikely to trade Mike Smith. They still want to re-sign him, today or at a later date.
- Arthur Staple: Source saying the Islanders are after Blackhawks Brandon Saad. Cost would be high. Craig Custance: Has been told that the Blackhawks wouldn’t consider trading Saad.
- Terry Jones: Jones disagrees that the Oilers won’t do anything.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov continue contract talks, but nothing is imminent. They won’t move him.
- Renaud Lavoie: Will be interesting to see what the Bruins do if Patrice Bergeron is injured.
- Bruce Garrioch: 6 teams that are interested in Ben Bishop: Oilers, Flyers, Flames, Coyotes, Lightning and Hurricanes. Bob McKenzie: The Coyotes are one of five teams interested in Bishop. Greater than 50% chance that he traded today.
- Bruce Garrioch: 3 or 4 teams are interested in Sabres Drew Stafford.
- David Pagnotta: The Wild, Blue Jackets, Kings and Red Wings are among the teams interested in Sabres Jason Pominville. The Blue Jackets are the only team of the four that would trade a 1st. (Blue Jackets have Kings 1st and would move it)
- Pierre LeBrun: If Sharks do anything, could add veteran depth.
- Arash Madani: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on adding a goaltender: ”At this point we’re not any closer to a trade in that area than we were a day ago.” … ”We’re not selling. That’s our position right now.”
- L.A. Lariviere: Roberto Luongo hasn’t submitted a list of teams.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks are working trades, but won’t overpay. Unlikely to move their 1st or 2nd for a center/forward.
NHL Rumors VI: Bishop, Mason, Johnson, Yandle, Fedotenko, Burmistrov, Kings, Cammalleri, Bozak, Clarkson and Connolly
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators getting interest in Ben Bishop from the Flyers, Oilers, Hurricanes and Lightning. Would like a draft pick and player.
- Renaud Lavoie: Blue Jackets Steve Mason is available and wouldn’t be expensive to get. Could use a new start.
- Dan Rosen: The Leafs could do nothing regarding their goaltending situation. If it doesn’t work out, they could always revisit Miikka Kiprusoff or Roberto Luongo in the summer.
- David Pagnotta: The Avalanche aren’t shopping defenseman Erik Johnson, same with the Coyotes and Keith Yandle, but for the right price both players could be traded.
- Frank Seravalli: Teams have called the Flyers about Ruslan Fedotenko. He wouldn’t bring a big return if they decide to move him.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Jets are shopping center Alexander Burmistrov.
- David Pagnotta: Pagnotta wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings added a 2nd line winger. They may prefer a left winger.
- David Pagnotta: Teams are calling the Flames about Mike Cammalleri, but nothing is serious.
- Darren Dreger: Oilers will likely stand pat, but could add a depth forward.
- Darren Dreger: There is discussion, but no hard negotiations involving the Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak.
- Pierre LeBrun: Nothing new on David Clarkson contract talks.
- Kevin McGran: Marlies coach Dallas Eakins has made Tim Connolly a healthy scratch for today’s game.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- TSN: Players in play:
Goalies: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Miikka KiprusoffDefenseman: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Filip Kuba, Jamie McBain, Mark Giordano, Adrian Aucoin.
Forwards: Tomas Fleischmann, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Hemsky, Mason Raymond, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Ryan Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Raffi Torres, Lee Stempniak, Boyd Gordon, Eric Nystrom and Brad Boyes.
- Mark Spector of Sportsnet: The Canucks adding Derek Roy yesterday, it opened up some options.
“(We will be) more flexible in the next 24 hours,” Gillis told Vancouver media on Tuesday. “It gives us more flexibility. Instead of being really focused on that one piece (a centre), we can now look at other areas that we’d like to strengthen. We can look at other possibilities and maybe three-way deals. Something along those lines.”
The Oilers may hang on Ryan Whitney. He’s more valuable now for a playoff push than for the draft picks.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens are looking to add a gritty forward.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen:
“We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.
“We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.
“If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”
Kekalainen won’t say who he’s targeting. The Blue Jackets could look at Sabres Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a $5.3 million cap hit through next season and Stafford is $4 million hit through 2014-15.