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Posts Tagged Erik Cole
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Carolina Hurricanes could be making a trade for a veteran defenseman in the next couple days.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks will be without center Ryan Kesler for four to six weeks. If the Canucks were to trade Roberto Luongo, it would get them at least a center and it would give Cory Schneider the comfort of knowing that even if he has a bad game, he’ll be back in there.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney is trying to stay positive while being a healthy scratch. Some scouts have wondered if the Oilers have diminished Whitney’s trade value by making him a healthy scratch. It doesn’t look like there is a market for Whitney at the moment.
- Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News: Cowlishaw questions if the Stars trading for Erik Cole means it will be the end of Brenden Morrow, who’ll be a UFA at the end of the season. GM Joe Nieuwendy didn’t rule out more trades by the April 3rd deadline.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to add some depth on the wing. Someone with size, offensive ability and veteran experience. A left winger for the third line may be ideal, but also has the ability to move up if need be. Haggerty lists potential trade targets for the Bruins: Jarome Iginla – If they could get Iginla for a 1st round pick and a prospect, they should do it. Daniel Alfredsson – He’ll be a UFA at the end of the year, so he shouldn’t cost a roster player. If it would cost a roster player, they shouldn’t do it. Stephen Weiss – He’ll be a UFA at seasons end and is in the doghouse, so his price tag would be lower than Iginla’s and Alfredsson. Danny Briere – The cost shouldn’t be more than picks and prospects. The Bruins would have to fit his $6.5 million cap in though. Ruslan Fedotenko and Tyler Kennedy – Cost would be low round draft pick or ‘B’ level prospects.
The Dallas Stars have traded winger Michael Ryder and a 2013 3rd round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for winger Erik Cole.
Cole scored a career high 35 goals last season for the Canadiens. He chipped in with 26 assists for 61 points. The 34-year old was off to a slower start this year as he’s only scored 3 goals and 3 assists in 19 games.
The 32-year old Ryder has scored 6 goals and added 8 assists for 14 points in 19 games.
Cole has 2 years left on his deal after this season and carries a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. Ryder will be a UFA at the end of the year and has a $3.5 million cap hit.
Garrioch’s rumor roundup … Liles on borrowed time? Whitney scratched … Clowe suspended pending hearing
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jarome Iginla and Flames haven’t had any serious contract talks. Many believe that Iginla will be traded, but GM Jay Feaster shouldn’t expect to hit a home run with the pending UFA.
“I’m just not sure what kind of impact he would make and you’re going to have to give up a lot if you are going to get him,” said one league executive. “You’re talking about prospects and draft picks. Is it worth it?”
Teams that aren’t happy right now with their play: the Avalanche, Panthers, Flyers and Jets.
There will be a lot of interest in defenseman Ran Hainsey. He plays 24 minutes a game and leads the league in blocked shots. The Jets would likely look for a 2nd round pick in return.
The Canadiens would like to find a taker for Erik Cole and his $4.5 million cap hit through next year. Garrioch suggests the Hurricanes.
If Corey Perry decides to leave the Ducks and come east as a UFA, there will be plenty of interest: Maple Leafs, Sabres, Bruins, Senators and Red Wings.
Capitals GM George McPhee is working the phones and could look to free up money by trading Troy Brouwer ($2.35 million through 2015-16), Joel Ward ($3 million through 2014-15) and Jason Chimera ($1.75 through 2013-14).
The Avalanche could be moving Ryan O’Reilly soon. The Rangers, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes have been involved in talks. Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if O’Reilly ended up in Carolina.
The Flyers have been looking for a defenseman, but there aren’t many available. The Flyers couldn’t find a fit with the Sharks, who have depth on the blueline. Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t shopping players, but he is listening to offers.
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan isn’t suggesting that Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles has played his last game in a Maple Leafs uniform, but he has been a healthy scratch for the last [four] games and could be on borrowed time. Jake Gardiner won’t be with the Marlies for much longer, and Morgan Rielly will be given a chance to make the team next year.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: In addition to the Winter Classic, there will likely be 2 more outdoor games and a heritage classic. Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Source saying Heritage Classic to Vancouver or Edmonton.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Oilers Ryan Whitney was a healthy scratch for the 5th time in the last 9 games. Something has to come to head soon.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Ryan Clowe could be facing a suspension up to 10 games for leaving the bench with less than a minutes to go in a game against the Blackhawks to avenge a hit teammate Joe Pavelski. He was suspended pending a hearing on Monday.
Quick hits: player salaries, realignment, Orlov, Stewart, and players visiting hospitals in Montreal
- Kevin Gibson via twitter: Based on the 2012-13 salaries, players lose $9,729,729 everyday. There are still free agents, so that number would be higher.
- Louis Jean via twitter: Realignment was discussed during the Board of Governors meetings on Wednesday, but it will not be apart of CBA discussions.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Dmitry Orlov suffered an upper-body injury last night, but it may not be serious according Hersey’s coach, Mark French.
- The Stats Guy via twitter: Blues Chris Stewart is leaving Germany and heading back to North America.
Hamrlik sounds off on Fehr … Cole, Gorges sound off on Hamrlik … Ryan to Sweden … ASG could be cancelled Friday
- TSN: Capitals Roman Hamrlik isn’t happy with the way the lockout has gone.
“I am disgusted,” Hamrlik told Daily Sport and translated by Roman Jedlicka of TV Nova. “We have to push Fehr to the wall to get the deal. Time is against us. We lost [one-quarter] of the season, it is $425 million. Who will give it back to us? Mr. Fehr?
There should be voting between players,” Hamrlik told Daily Sport. “If half of the players say let’s play, then they should sign a new CBA. If there is no season, he should leave and we will find someone new. Time is our enemy.”
Canadiens Erik Cole isn’t that happy with Hamrlik.
“If that’s his opinion, then he should just stay over there (in the Czech Republic),” Cole told the Gazette.
“For him to come out and say this, it’s the most selfish thing I’ve heard during the lockout. Without a doubt. It’s just disappointing. You’d think the veteran guys are the guys who’d take more pride in what other veteran guys sacrificed in the last lockout, how we all benefited from that as a group. Some guys never played again.”
- Louis Jean via twitter: Canadiens Josh Gorges on Hamrlik’s comments:
“I think it’s a joke that a guy that hasn’t made any efforts to be informed, hasn’t been on conf calls hasn’t been at any meeting makes a statement like that. It’s so far from reality. We’re 150% behind Don.”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Ducks winger Bobby Ryan will be joining Mora.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The All-Star game in Columbus is expected to be cancelled on Friday.
MacLean gives up hockey career … European signings … Cole, Hall and Edler injury notes … Scouting the WHL
- Sportsnet: Coyotes Brett MacLean (23 years old) will have to give up his hockey career after he went into sudden cardiac arrest during a summer pickup hockey game.
“We still held out some hope that he could help us down the road,” said Coyotes GM Don Maloney. “Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. But the good thing is he’s healthy and he can get on with his life.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Viktor Stalberg signed with Frolunda until December 1st.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Milan Jurcina signed with HC Chomutov of the Czech League.
- Jon Keen via twitter: Dale Weise signed with Tilburg of the Dutch Pro League.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Patrick Kane said that Sweden, Switzerland and Russia are possibilities.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning’s Adam Hall signed with Ravensburg of the German 2nd division. Anders Lindback is in Sweden, but hasn’t signed with a team.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Canadiens Erik Cole is still recoving from a lower-body injury and hopes to be locked out this week.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Taylor Hall will meet with a surgeon this week, and once he gets clearance he could be 10-14 days away from joining the Oilers AHL team.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Alex Edler won’t say anything regarding his injury that Kevin Bieksa broke earlier.
- Cody Nickolet via twitter: Scouts at the WHL’s Portland-Saskatoon game last night: Oilers, Wild, Devils, Rangers, Canucks, Blackhawks, Capitals and Jets.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Sources are Wild center Mikko Koivu has a separated shoulder and will be out 4 to 6 weeks. Coach Mike Yeo called it an upper-body injury and that he’s listed as ‘week-to-week.’ GM Chuck Fletcher has been looking to make a trade before calling someone up. Goaltender Josh Harding maybe the only player who could bring back a top 6 forward. The Wild could look at Rangers Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen. The Blue Jackets may have taken Derick Brassard off the market after Scott Arniel’s firing. Possible rentals for the Wild are: Ales Hemsky, Vinny Prospal, and Tuomo Ruutu.
- Kukla’s Korner via twitter: Doug MacLean said on Fan 590 that he’s heard talk on Ducks tough guy George Parros possibly being traded to Vancouver. Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie says that the Canucks and Ducks have not had a single conversation regarding Parros.
- Bill Watters via twitter: If the Hurricanes are unable to sign Tim Gleason and Tuomu Ruutu to contract extensions, they could move them before the trade deadline. Watter’s thinks they could both bring back a minimum of a 1st round pick.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers could look at bringing back Vinny Prospal from the Blue Jackets if the asking price is reasonable. Brooks thinks the Rangers should also see what it would cost to get Dominic Moore from the Lightning.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz has found himself a healthy scratch for 13 of their past 15 games.
“I just want to play, that’s what it comes down to,” Schultz said. “Whether it’s here or somewhere else, I just want to play.”
NHL free agent rumors involving Jagr, Salo, Bergenheim, Torres, Cole, Rupp, Harding, Fleischmann, Leino, Wisniewski, and Hejda
- Darren Dreger via twitter: There are possibly 4 teams still in on Jaromir Jagr. The Penguins, Red Wings, Canadiens and 1 other team, not the Flyers. The Flyers are still talking about the possibility.
- Jason Botchford via twitter: The Canucks and Sami Salo are still working on a deal, wouldtn’ be a surprise if it gets done today.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Sean Bergenheim agent, Todd Diamond, is “expecting a ton of interest.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Raffi Torres will hit the open market, but communication with the Canucks is still open.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: Erik Cole loved his time in Carolina and may still re-sign with the Hurricanes.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Red Wings hope to re-sign Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche may have an interested in Michael Rupp.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Wallace thinks that Josh Harding would be a perfect fit in Ottawa.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins still in the mix for Jagr, GM Shero won’t pull offer.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks the Kings could kick tires on Tomas Fleischmann and Ville Leino.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Teemu Selanne had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Flyers may look to move defenseman Andrej Meszaros.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Talks involving James Wisniewski, Jan Hejda and the Blue Jackets will resume this morning.
- Daniel Tolensky via twitter: On offer sheets: No 2012 or 2013 1st round picks have been traded. Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Jose and Washington have traded their 2nd round picks. Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver have traded their 3rd round picks.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangerse are believed to be interested in Michael Rupp, Tanner Glass, Anton Babchuk and Jan Hejda.
Jokinen re-signs … Wisniewski talks to continue … Oilers sent damaged goods to Kings … Rumors and Notes: Blackhawks, Vokoun, Arnott, Leafs, Souray, Barker
- Terrell Williams of NHL.com: The Hurricanes have re-signed Jussi Jokinen to a 3 year contract worth $9 million.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: James Wisniewski and his agent have left Columbus, more talks to come. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “We had a good meeting and we’ll continue to talk. We’re hopeful (of getting a deal done).”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: The Kings are angry that Colin Fraser (the player they got in the Ryan Smyth trade) has a unhealed fracture/cyst will require surgery and could be out 4 months. The Kings were going to have Fraser compete for a job and not buy him out, but now neither can happen. The trade won’t be voided, they will try to work something out. The Oilers medical reports said that Fraser’s injury was healed, Kings reports said differently.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets and Jan Hejda’s agents don’t have any plans to talk today, though it could change.
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Forwards that the Blackhawks might be interested in are: Joel Ward, Erik Cole, Mike Rupp, Max Talbot, Matt Bradley, Cody McCormick, Sean Bergenheim, and John Madden. They have shown some interest in Jan Hejda and he may be an option if Montador doesn’t sign.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Tomas Vokoun, “We’re in negotiations with him as we speak and are very hopeful.” Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos,
“He’s made $30 million the last five years,” Santos said. “Does he really need to go out and get an extra $500,000?
“For Vokoun, I don’t think there’s ever been a better time in this organization that looks like we have a chance to win than in the next few years.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater would bet that Tomas Vokoun will sign with the Avalanche.
- Chris Botta via twitter: Christian Ehrhoff’s agent said he wants to go to a team where he can win.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott will be hitting the open market tomorrow. Arnott’s agent/brother said in an email, “although we maintain an open line of communication with the Caps, Jason will test free agency at this point.”
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues are willing to commit long-term to TJ Oshie, but they/he needs to figure out his role, a top 6? Energy guy? 15 or 25 goal score?
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Brian Burke will be with Canadian troops in Afghanistan for the start for free agency.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Sheldon Souray, Cam Barker and Mike Commodore were put on unconditional waivers for the purpose of being bought out.
- Jim Diamond via twitter: The Predators will be buying out JP Dumont.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: The Capitals have bought out Tyler Sloan.
Trouble could be brewing for Predators … Varlamov could head to KHL tomorrow … Cole to test market … Senators options
Nick Kypreos via twitter: Some are questioning Predators missing qualifying offers on RFA’s Cal O’Reilly, Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk and Sergei Kostitsyn.
Pavel Lysenkov via twitter: Semyon Varlamov could sign a KHL contract tomorrow, 99% that it would be with SKA.
Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Erik Cole’s agent confirmed that he’d like to test free agency.
“Erik wants to see what the options are on July 1st,” Bartlett said via email. “That is in no way a slam on the Hurricanes or his appreciation of the role they have played in his career. He has never really explored free agency in his career and feels that he is at the age when it makes sense to see all offers before deciding on what he wants to do.”
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators currently have 15 players under contract at $43 million, and have a couple needs that would help bring them over the salary floor. 1. A forward who can put the puck in the net. 2. They need a backup goalie as they decided to let Curtis McElhinney walk. Some players they may go after are: Tomas Fleischmann, Michael Handzus, Tim Connolly, Josh Harding, Mike Smith, Alex Auld and Jose Theodore.
Kopecky signs with Panthers … Leafs almost acquire Talbot’s rights … Pens could sign Jagr today … Rangers to buyout Drury … Pitkanen re-sign with Canes, their other UFAs may not … Canucks options
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Tomas Kopecky has signed with the Florida Panthers this morning for 4 years, $12 million.
- Damien Cox via twitter: “PITT negotiated Talbot’s neg rights to Leafs for a 5th rounder; Talbot wasn’t interested in around $1.7 mil per.”
- Mike Brophy via twitter: If Jaromir Jagr signs with the Penguins today, Brophy hearing it could be for $2.1 million.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Chris Drury’s buyout from the NY Rangers will become official today. Drury decided against applying for a medical exception for his back knee. Drury will get $3.333 million from the buyout. If Drury decided to apply for the medical exception, the Rangers wouldn’t have been able to buy him out, and his cap number would have applied over the summer.
“It was a great honor and privilege to be a New York Ranger for the past four years, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to fulfill that childhood dream,” Drury said in a statement that was sent to The Post by e-mail. “The Rangers are a first-class organization with great people in the hockey, public relations, team services and community relations departments.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Joni Pitkanen re-signed with the Hurricanes for 3 years at $4.5 million per season. They also signed Patrick Dwyer to a 2 year deal worth $1.25 million. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is now becoming pessimistic about re-signing Erik Cole, Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose. “I’m very, very disappointed,” Rutherford said Tuesday. “It does not look good.” Two years ago both Cole and LaRose tested free agency then re-signed with the Hurricanes, but not this time. “I don’t think we will cross that bridge twice,” he said. “We’ve made substantial offers.”
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks GM Mike Gillis now has to decide if he wants to replace Christian Ehrhoff from within or through free agency. He indicated that he may not jump into the limited free agent pool. “We’ll take it as it comes,” commented Gillis. “I’m unsure if there is going to be a defenceman out there who can help us. We’ll see what’s there and what’s available.” They currently have under contract, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Keith Ballard, Aaron Rome and Chris Tanev, and are close on bringing back Sami Salo. Jason Botchford via twitter: Gillis and Salo’s agent will talk today.
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks are looking to rebuild their bottom 6 forwards again. Raffi Torres, Chris Higgins, Tanner Glass and Jeff Tambellini are all UFAs. 5 forwards that might intrigue the Canucks are: Joel Ward (Nash), Tyler Kennedy (Pit), Tomas Fleischmann (Col), Anthony Stewart (Win) and Sean Bergenheim (TB).
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Bruins sent out an email yesterday afternoon offering Tomas Kaberle’s negotiating rights.
- David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period: With the Wild putting Cam Barker on waivers, they may be planning on buying him out.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabers have about $15 million that they can spend on free agency starting Friday. The Sabres would like to add a forward and defenseman. They currently have 15 players under contract for $51.8 million. They have $3.9 committed to 6 RFAs, and are left with $8.6 million in cap room. The $15 million comes from the ability to go over the cap by 10% during the summer. The Sabres and Tim Connolly’s side haven’t exchanged offers, and plan to have a chat soon.
“We haven’t gotten into the stage of making offers to each other,” Barry said by phone. “We’re just talking about whether or not there’s a chance and whether or not it makes sense for them and for us to do something.”
Canucks-Ehrhoff working on deal … Leafs had interest in Laich … Hamrlik gets 1 year offer from Habs … Canes-Cole not close … Penguins notes
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There has been an offer and counteroffer between the Canucks and Christian Ehrhoff. An Ehrhoff deal would be around Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis money, a $4.5-4.6 million cap hit. Unlikely that he’d take less than either player. The Red Wings could be waiting if he doesn’t re-sign with the Canucks.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Tim Brent will join Fredrik Sjostrom, Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb and Jay Rosehill as Maple Leafs UFAs. “We have made it clear that Tim would like to remain in Toronto to improve upon last year’s strong season,” Morris said in an e-mail to QMI Agency Monday night. “However, as of this late date, we would expect that Tim will be a free agent on Friday to look at his alternatives.”
- Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs were one of the teams that were very interested in Brooks Laich.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHL president Medvedev says that he will “help” younger players like Varlamov, Shirokov and Filatov come back to the KHL.
- Tom Reed via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson made several inquiries at the draft about defenseman, but couldn’t get anything done.
- JF Chaumont via twitter: Defenseman Roman Hamrlik has received a 1 year contract offer from the Canadiens.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: It’s not sounding like the Hurricanes and Erik Cole are close on a deal, things can change quickly though.
- Josh Yohe and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Even though Tyler Kennedy wasn’t qualified yesterday, GM Shero wants to re-sign him by Friday. Shero also hopes to sign Jagr by then. The Pens may also be interested in re-signing Mike Rupp.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, is in Montreal and confirms that he spoke with Penguins GM Ray Shero this morning.
- Thomas Reed via twitter: Tyler Kennedy could make sense for the Blue Jackets if he doesn’t come to terms with the Penguins.
- NHL.com: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on Sidney Crosby,
“He came back to Pittsburgh after a hiatus or vacation with some of his teammates,” Bylsma said. “The doctors here cleared him to go home and work out as he normally would be working out. He’s been working out two times a day and progressing along his normal road of summer activity. That’s what Sid has been doing. He’s got another two and a half months ahead of doing that.”
Bylsma on Evgeni Malkin,
“He really believed — and was trying to convince everyone involved — that he was going to be coming back as soon as possible to play in the playoffs if we could have moved on (to the next round),” Bylsma said. “He was progressing to the point where that was actually a real possibility. He was really doing very well strength-wise and he was ahead of schedule in terms of what the doctors could do with his rehab.”