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Top 5 trade targets … Capitals willing to move top prospects … Senators have prospects for Perry … Pens looking to add scoring
- A few GMs may be wondering if their jobs are safe.
“I would think there’s a few guys around the league who are wondering,” said a league executive. “Teams often copy each other and firing the GM could become vogue if an owner believes it can turn the team around.”
Capitals GM George McPhee and Sabres Darcy Regier could be on the hotseat after their teams slow start.
- The league won’t announce anything regarding re-alignment until a deal has been agreed upon with the players.
“We will probably brief the board when we and (the union) have agreement on what we intend to propose for approval,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail. “Hopefully, we have reached a decision by the end of the month.”
- Many believe the Canucks won’t move Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider during this season.
- Two Ducks scouts showed up to watch a Senators-Sabres game this week fueling speculation. The Senators haven’t had any talks with the Ducks regarding Corey Perry. The Ducks will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t, Sens GM Bryan Murray needs to know what it would take to get him. They were the front-runner to land Rick Nash before he was dealt to the Rangers. They do have the prospects to land Perry.
“The Ducks are just trying to identify what everybody has,” said a league executive. “They are going to try to sign him.”
- The Flames are willing to move Jay Bouwmeester, but would anyone want to take on his $6.8 million salary next year?
- The Penguins have the money and would like to add a scoring winger at the trade deadline.
- Capitals GM George McPhee is frantically trying to add some immediate help and they might be willing to trade 2012 first round pick, Filip Forsberg and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. McPhee found out he wouldn’t get much return for Roman Hamrlik.
- The Maple Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins, Senators and several other teams have shown interest in Ryan O’Reilly. The asking price is a top prospect and a draft pick.
Top 5 Trade Targets:
1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim: The Ducks are rolling along quite nicely and he is a unrestricted free agent. Teams are going to call, but if the Ducks continue at their current pace, it’s going to take a huge deal to get him.
2. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary: The Flames have to sit down with Iginla and decide what direction they want to take. If he’s going to sign an extension, they should get it done at a reasonable price and move on. Many believe Iginla should accept a trade and allow the Flames to rebuild.
3. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa: This will be interesting to watch. If the Senators fall out of the race, does GM Bryan Murray give the 40-year-old the option to try to go win the Stanley Cup? The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are both going to be looking for a scoring winger.
4. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida: His name has come up lately because of his status as a UFA. If the Panthers don’t get back into the playoff race, Weiss is going to be targeted by teams looking for a rental. The two sides have a lot of work to get done to make a deal
5. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders: Teams are going to be looking for a puck-moving defenceman and a lot of teams like Streit. He had success in Montreal, he has been a winner in the past and he understands playing with pressure. Look for a lot of teams to try to get Streit.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “Matt Cooke no longer considered a repeat offender for purposes of calculating forfeited salary resulting from suspensions CBA rule is that repeat offender status is reset if there’s no suspension in 18 months. Cooke was last suspended in March 2011. Obviously that doesn’t mean B. Shanahan wouldn’t consider Cooke’s past if something were to happen again.
Doan has contract done, needs to sign it … Ryan regrets interview … Eaves skating … CBJ wanted Jagr … Kuznetsov wanted invite
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Shane Doan said on XTRA 910 that a contract is done between him and the Coyotes, and all he has to do is sign it when Greg Jamison acquires the team. Doan also confirmed that Jamison has the money to purchase the team. The list of teams that he’d consider joining is down to 2 or 3 teams if a deal with the Coyotes can’t be worked out. Doan’s radio interview.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Bobby Ryan now regrets the interview where he said he told management to trade him if it was in the best interest of the team.
“But about 10 minutes after the interview, I was like, ‘Gosh, I shouldn’t have done that, seeing that I’m teeing off on the 37th hole of the day after 11 o’clock.’ It was kind of stupid.
“At that point, you can’t kick yourself for too long. I knew that if (Ducks general manager Bob Murray) really had a problem with it, he would reach out to me. That never happened.”
Ryan, nor his agent Mark Guy, formally asked the Ducks for a trade.
“You know, I was glad,” Ryan said. “I was kind of expecting a phone call at some point. And then I knew with the (possible) lockout, things could change. I was really excited that it didn’t because I didn’t want to book a flight anywhere else.”
ESPN reported in the summer that the Flyers wanted to trade James van Riemsdyk in a package for Ryan, but the Ducks wanted Brayden Schenn.
- George Richards via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis has not asked Roberto Luongo for a list of teams he’d accept a trade too.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Patrick Eaves hasn’t played since suffering a concussion last November. His headaches are ‘fewer and further between’, but he still hasn’t been cleared by team doctors. Eaves said,
“that the bad part is behind me now. This is part of the progress, skating with other guys and trying to get used to that. The speed is, obviously, not what it is at training camp. I’m just happy to be out there with the guys.”
- The Fourth Period: The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Blue Jackets offered Jaromir Jagr a 1 year deal worth $4.2 million before he signed a 1 year deal worth $4.5 million with the Stars.
- CSN Washington: Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov wasn’t happy that he wasn’t invited to the teams development camp in July.
“I really wanted to [to go],” Kuznetsov told Sport-Express, whose interview is translated here by Russian Machine Never Breaks. “It’s just very interesting to get another look at how it is there [in Washington]. Even if I wouldn’t be able to go, just to get the invitation would be nice. I don’t know whether they gave up on me altogether or not, but it’s somewhat strange.”
The Capitals have tried to sign him, he announced in May that he signed a 2 year deal with Traktor of the KHL.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: After Malcolm Subban signed with the Bruins, 18 of the top 30 2012 1st round picks have signed entry-level deals.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks continue with Jeremy Welsh, and that he’d thinks they can get it done by next week.
Friedman’s thoughts … Bruins trade unlikely this weekend … Miller to Philly tweet is silly … Ducks-Sabres did talk Miller
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Matt Niskanen declined his qualifying offer. The Hurricanes would like Jordan Staal, but there is no guarantee that Pittsburgh is dealing him yet. They may make a play on Rick Nash. The Blue Jackets may be thankful that Zach Parise said he’s not interested in joining the Rangers, increases the Rangers interest in Nash. There is a lot of talk that Flyers Matt Carle would prefer to play close to his home in Alaska. Ryan Suter’s agent denied reports that he’s not interested in playing for an Eastern Conference team. 2 teams discussed a trade with Blue Jackets about Nash and found there was no match. Friedman wonders if teams would ask Capitals GM George McPhee if they’d be interested in trading the rights to Evgeny Kuznetsov. A couple GMs said they haven’t heard if Evander Kane is available, but would be interested if he was. There seems to be more interest in trading down in the draft rather than up.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said trade talk has been flowing freely in recent days, but added it’s unlikely that they make any deals this weekend.
“The reality is that the trade market right now is the most active. What’ll happen is, come July, that will take a bit of a backseat to free agency. Then once we go through that first tranche of free agents, then the trade market will re-emerge,” said Chiarelli. “With the trade market the way it is, I’ll make some calls . . . but, frankly, I’m probably more apt to wait till the free agent market and then the secondary trade market.
“I call it the secondary trade market, but it’s fairly significant. So my objective will probably be to wait unless something falls in my lap.”
- Mike Harrington via twitter: “The Ryan Miller deal-was-done tweet from Philly is silly. He was never asked for a list of teams to be dealt to. Confirmed that multiple x”
- Mike Harrington via twitter: The Ducks and Sabres did talk about Ryan Miller, but it never got close to the Sabres approaching Miller about it.
Through 59 games of the 2011/12 NHL season, the perennial playoff contending Washington Capitals sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a decidedly average 29-24-5 record. The Caps look like a shell of the team that they once were, and with the trade deadline now on the horizon, General Manager George McPhee is likely to be very active as he prepares his team for the long months ahead.
With some big free agent signings this past offseason, fans and journalists were lauding the Caps, naming them as runaway Stanley Cup favorites. But with the team not nearly playing up to expectations (despite sprinting out to a 7-0-0 start), the Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau and brought in team legend Dale Hunter to take over behind the bench. They are 17-15-4 since the change, and are still struggling to keep up in the playoff race.
With the Florida Panthers pacing the Southeast Division and the Winnipeg Airplanes hot on their tail, this year’s trade deadline is shaping up to become the most important one in recent memory for the Caps. If they want to bring back the crown they have owned for the past four seasons, the Caps must improve at the deadline.
Kuznetsov doesn’t know when he’s coming to N.A. … All quiet on Marchand front … A terrible list of NHL relocation/expansion cities
- Alessandro Seren Rosso via twitter: Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov will head to the NHL but he doesn’t know when, “maybe tomorrow, maybe in 3 years, maybe in 1 year.”
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: “Only crickets are being heard on the Brad Marchand front, with neither side amenable to disclosing information regarding negotiations.” Marchand’s deal could have an effect on what Tyler Ennis of the Sabres gets/is looking for in his next deal after this upcoming season. In Shea Weber’s arbitration hearing, Nashville used Keith Yandle and Dustin Byfuglien as comparables.
- Steve MacFarland of the Calgary Sun: “The Business Journal” put out a list of cities that were the best candidates for NHL expansion or relocation. Quebec City was 31 of 58 North American cities. Hamilton was 33 behind Honlulu, Orlando and Tulsa.
The Business Journals’ Top 10 markets for NHL expansion/relocation:
1. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
2. Houston, Texas
3. Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn.
4. Las Vegas, Nev.
5. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Va.
6. Providence, RI
7. Austin, Texas
8. Hartford, Conn.
9. Sacramento, Calif.
10. Richmond, Va.
Here’s our list of five North American cities in which we’d like to see an NHL team:
1. Quebec City
2. Hamilton, Ont.
3. Seattle, Wash.
4. Hartford, Conn.
5. Saskatoon, Sask.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Darren Helm had 32 points in 82 games last season. “Helm could end up centering the third line along with headlining the penalty-killing forward group in 2011-12. He’s a hard worker wherever he goes and is only going to get better.”
Bettman’s press conference break down … Bettman contacted True North about Coyotes … Giguere an option for Leafs … Blues, Wings notes
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun breaks down Gary Bettman’s press conference. Re-alignment will wait another year, and they will look at all kinds of possibilities. The NHL may more towards a more balanced schedule, each team playing each other at least twice. Though Bettman wouldn’t confirm, re-alignment may have been delayed to see how the Phoenix situation unfolds. 2011-12 NHL schedule should come out at the end of June. Bettman said that if the True North and Atlanta sale didn’t happen on Tuesday morning, it may not have happened. In the next collective bargaining talks, drug testing may get tougher. NHLPA’s exectutive director, Donald Fehr, expects CBA talks to begin next winter. Bettman says it makes sense to wait until the NFL, NBA, and MLB have ironed out there CBA’s before the NHL talks about theirs. Bill Daly said that next year’s salary cap could be as high as $63.3 million. Rule 48 could get expanded, will be discussed at next weeks GMs meetings. No update on participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics or a return of the World Cup. Bettman on Phoenix,
“The city of Glendale stepped up and said they want the team to stay another year while they try to complete the sales process with us and will be funding the losses,” Bettman said. “Any suggestion that the league is funding this club or carrying the burden is not true. Last season, the city of Glendale did it. … Hopefully the club will be sold in due course, and there will be a new owner in there to start turning things around.
“You have a city in Glendale that built the building and has invested in it and wanting the club to stay there. As long as they’re prepared to carry the burden of doing this while we try to effectuate a solution, there’s no reason to move.”
- Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Gary Bettman approached True North about buying the Phoenix Coyotes before the 2009-10 season. “It was too late in the year to consider it for the fall of 2009,” Chipman told the Winnipeg Sun. “Pulling together in that time frame was not realistic.” The NHL bought the Coyotes that fall. “Now they owned the team and were looking for a solution in Glendale, and would we consider it?” Chipman recalled the league asking. “The answer was yes.” In May 2010 they met again. Chipman figured out the new NHL economics could work in Winnipeg. They had an agreement in principle but were the backup plan. If Glendale hadn’t decided to agree to pay $25 million in loses before last season, the Coyotes might have moved north.
- Chris Johnston in the Globe and Mail: J.S. Giguere has moved out of his Toronto home, and isn’t sure if he’ll be back. Six weeks ago he had his 2nd sports hernia surgery. Burke confirmed in an email that Giguere still remains an option for the Maple Leafs. Giguere would love to return to be re-signed by the Leafs,
“I would love to, but I don’t know what the management have in mind,” said Giguere. “I feel like I could be a good fit in Toronto working with (James Reimer). It’s going to be a tough season for him next year having that pressure of coming back to Toronto. We all know that all the journalists when we go back to camp are going to be after him — asking him questions and stuff like that.
“I think I can be helpful to him. I have no doubt that he can handle it himself, but I think a veteran presence might help him a little bit.”
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: If the Devils are interested in having Ken Hitchcock coach the team, they should contact the guy. “I haven’t heard anything from New Jersey,” said Hitchcock. “I don’t know what’s going on with New Jersey.” Minnesota and Dallas have already asked the Blue Jackets for permission to speak with Hitchcock. Hitchcock has let it be known his interest in hearing from Lou Lamoriello. “I’ve said that before,” Hitchcock said. “I know the people that coached for him very well. I knew Pat (Burns), obviously, very well. I know Brent (Sutter) very well and I know Jacques very well. Coaches talk.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek confirmed that he interviewed with the Dallas Stars this week.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: With Patrik Berglund locked up for 2 years, the Blues are expected to turn their attention to T.J. Oshie. Strickland thinks they will sign Oshie to a 1 or 2 year deal and around $500,000 less than Berglund (Berglund signed a 2 year for $4.5 million). Strickland also mentions he expects the Blues to re-sign Matt D’Agostini to a 1 year deal. Roman Polak could get a raise to $2 million from the $1.1 million he made last year. The Blues may be forced to give Nikita Nikitin a one-way deal to keep him from heading to the KHL. Talks with Ben Bishop should begin in a few weeks.
- Bill Roose of DetoritRedWings.com: Red Wings GM Ken Holland indicated that he would like to re-sign both Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have met with Jonathan Ericsson’s agent, “a step in a long process. We’ll talk again, but negotiating a contract takes time.” They would like to sign him to a multi-year deal, Ericsson rejected one around Christmas time. He’ll be looking for a raise from the $1.25 million he made last season.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Sovetsky Sport is reporting that Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov signed a 1 year deal with Traktor of the KHL and remain in Russia for another year. The Capitals are “fine” with the decision as they felt after they drafted him that he’d need 2 years of development before he’d be ready for the NHL.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov said to SovSport about coming to NHL next year,
“Because I am not ready. Everyone including me, the coaches, the [Caps] ownership understand that I need to grow up to the NHL level, to mature physically. 82 games in a season is a serious [number]. . . Both our leagues – the KHL and the MHL [Russian junior league] are actively evolving and maybe in a year or two I may not even want to go to the NHL at all…”
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers prospect Jacob Markstrom underwent knee surgery and he is done for the year. He will be ready for training camp.
- Jesse Spector of NY Daily News: The New York Rangers have signed their 2010 1st round pick Dylan McIlrath and their 2009 3rd round pick Ryan Bourque to entry level deals. The 6-5, 215 pound McIlrath has 23 points and 141 PIMs with Moose Jaw (WHL) this season. The 5-9, 170 pound Bourque has 26 goals and 31 assists with Quebec (QMJHL).
Crosby’s father refutes retirement pressure report … Green back late this month and other Capitals notes … Paul Stastny clears air about is dad’s comments
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: GM meetings today are all about head shots and concussions.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun talked to Sidney Crosby’s father on Friday and there was no truth to Bob McCown’s reports that Crosby’s family was trying to get him to retire. Still no timetable on a possible return. “Not at all,” Troy Crosby, from his Halifax, Nova Scotia, home, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get him healthy again. However long that takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: As the Red Wings get closer to another playoff run, coach Mike Babcock is fine-tuning his line combinations. At home when Babcock has better control of the line combinations, he have Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together. On the road, he’ll have them on 2 lines. Friday at home they were together with Johan Franzen. Saturday in St. Louis Datsyuk was with Franzen and Holmstrom, Zetterberg centered Bertuzzi and Cleary.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Flyer forward Ian Laperriere’s playing days are likely over. He hasn’t played since last season after blocking a shot with his face. “I still have some nerve damage in my right eye and the light bothers it.” New Sabres owner Terry Pegula is worth $3 billion according to Forbes. Sergei Bobrovsky is playing more than Brian Boucher now, but that might change in the playoffs. Mike Green may return to the Capitals lineup late this month as he’s still suffering concussion symptoms. Tom Poti could return next week, he’s been battling groin issues for hte last 2 months. Since Mike Knuble will be coming off the books for the Capitals, and if he’d take a pay cut to around $2.5 million, Jason Arnott could be back with the Capitals next year. As the playoffs get closer, Tyler Seguin has become a healthy scratch more often. The Capitals are 17-0-0 when Alexander Semin scores. It’s likely that Capitals’ 1st round pick Evgeny Kuznetsov will be playing in North America next season.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Herald: The Flames have already begun to look at upcoming free agents, identifying players and their team needs. They have UFA’s Alex Tanguay, Curtis Glencross and Brendan Morrison, Anton Babchuk and Feaster noted “We’re not any further along,” about those negotiations.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Antti Niemi is expected to get the start tonight against the Blackhawks. Antero Niittymaki could get the start on start on Tuesday, ending Niemi’s 25 consecutive game run.
- Terry Frei of the Denver Post: Avalanche Paul Stastny talked to Eric Johnson about the negative comments his dad made about the trade that brought Johnson to Colorado. Paul said, “I talked to (Johnson). I told him it had nothing to do with him or Jay. I think it was more about losing Stewie, a rare power forward. When I talked with my dad, he said he meant no disrespect at all and he loves both players.”
- Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks winger Tanner Glass suffered an upper body injury in practice last week and tried to play through it. “I tried to play; I was treating it like a playoff game so if there was any chance I could go I would have but there was no way,” said Glass, 6-1 and 210-pounds. “It’s gotten progressively worse since the San Jose game and it’s one of those things … It’s muscular and if I keep pushing it, it’s going to get worse so I have to give it a few days.”