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Posts Tagged Florida Panthers
The Calgary Flames have acquired the rights for center Corban Knight from the Florida Panthers for a 2013 4th round pick.
Knight was drafted by the Panthers 135th overall in the 5th round of the 2009 draft.
- Gare Joyce: On the Flames offer of all 3 1st picks for the 1st overall pick. Flames would pick Nathan MacKinnon over Seth Jones as a it’s position of need. “Trade would never get made. Picks and a player of established value, then a discussion. Otherwise non-starter.” Sean Monahan would be the Flames fallback with the 6th selection. Could look to Nashville at No. 4 to get Aleksander Barkov. The Flames don’t have ’that’ player of established value to make the deal. The Hurricanes could be the wildcard as they are not taking Valeri Nichushkin. They might take Barkov if he’s there. They are looking for immediate help.
- Adrian Dater: Dater has heard along that if the Avalanche trade down from the 1st overall, they still want to remain in the top 3. To trade down, the Avalanche also want a very good established player or two, as well as the 2nd or 3rd overall pick. The Panthers and Lightning have the 2nd and 3rd overall picks, and are not really interested in giving up an established player plus their own pick to get the 1st overall. Dater thinks at this time, it’s more likely that the Avalanche will keep the 1st overall pick. There was no chance the Avalanche would accept the Flames offer, as they hate the Flames for the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet.
- John Vogl of Buffalo News: The Sabres are trying to move up from the 8th overall pick in this year’s draft, according to their director of amateur scouting, Kevin Devine, “We’re really trying to move up.” To get the No. 1 pick, the Sabres could make a deal with the Predators at No. 4, then make a deal with the Avalanche for the No. 1. The Sabres also have the No. 16 pick, a pair of 2nd round picks (No. 38 and 53), as well as Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.
“The preliminary talks are that everybody’s talking about our young players to move up,” Devine said during an appearance on WGR 550 AM. “We’ve got to decide if it makes sense to move some of those players to move up. So it’s a difficult conversation, but if you’re really honed in on one guy and he can be a franchise changer, then you have to look at it.”
- Chris Nichols: Slava Voynov’s agent tells R-Sport that he should be re-signing with the Kings “in the very near future.” His agent confirms that there is an offer from Traktor.
- The Fourth Period: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the Wild and goalie Niklas Backstrom have started contract talks. If they are not able to lock up Backstrom, GM Chuck Fletcher may look at the trade market. On the goalie trade market are: Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott (STL), Jonas Hiller (ANA), Ryan Miller (BUF) and maybe James Reimer (TOR) if they land Roberto Luongo. The Wild have also started contract talks with RFAs Cal Clutterbuck and Jared Spurgeon.
- Lance Hornby: Elliott Friedman reporting that the Maple Leafs will be wooing Stephen Weiss if the meetings between the Panthers and Weiss breakdown this week.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins are expected to being talks with Pascal Dupuis’ agent, Allan Walsh, next week. The Penguins may want to know if Dupuis plans on testing the open market. He’s coming off a deal where he made $1.5 million in each of the past two seasons. Dupuis is looking for a four-year deal, with the Penguins preferring a three-year deal. If the Penguins offered a three-year deal in the $10.5 million range, he might sign before July 5th.
The Florida Panthers have traded defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Nashville Predators for forward Bobby Butler.
The 24-year old Brennan was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, 31st overall in the second round of the 2007 draft. Brennan is a RFA and is coming off of a $550,000 one-year deal.
The 26-year old Butler signed as a free agent with the Senators out of the University of New Hampshire. He started last season with the Devils organization. Butler is also a RFA and is coming off a $525,000 one-year deal.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that the Oilers will deal their No. 7 overall pick, as well as some players.
- Bob McKenzie: The Flyers are in the market for a defenseman and could be willing to move one of Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier in the right deal.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the Flyers to use a compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Brian Wilde: The Canadiens could see what the trade market would give for defenseman Andrei Markov and likely get a good return. His contract isn’t looking as expensive now though.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks that Tuukka Rask will get a 4 or 5 year contract at about $6.5 million.
- Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater thinks the Avalanche could make Jarome Iginla a free agent offer if/when he hits the open market. The Avs could buy out David Jones. Iginla’s offer wouldn’t be crazy, and word is Joe Sakic is intrigued with idea of adding Iginla.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Mario Lemieux and the Penguins ownership aren’t that impressed with how the season ended and Dan Bylsma may be on the hotseat. A league executive thinks that the Penguins may move Chris Kunitz or James Neal with the cap going down, giving them more room to keep Evgeni Malkin. Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke are both UFAs. UFA Douglas Murray will walk. The Pens want to keep Kris Letang. The Pens could look to trade Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild, Avalanche or Panthers, or they could buy him out. They could make a pitch for Ryan Miller.
Morning Hits: Could the Penguins trade Malkin? Should Oilers consider trading No. 7? Landing spots for Luongo
- Darren Dreger: If the Penguins lose in 4 or 5 games, they could have an interesting offseason. Some people think that Evgeni Malkin could become a trade target. Bruce Arthur points out that Malkin had 10 shots last night and was “magnificent” and doesn’t think he’ll be traded. Dreger responds that it’s hard to imagine, but after the cap goes down for next year, it likely won’t be going up the following year that much and it will force the Penguins into a tough decision with Malkin or Kris Letang.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples thinks the Oilers should consider trading down from the No. 7 slot in this year’s NHL draft unless they are convinced that they are “seven truly remarkable players” in the draft. There is about a 40% chance of drafting a star to a good consistent 2nd liner when drafting in the 6 to 15 range. There is a 60% at each of those slots that he’ll be just average or a bust. About a 20% chance they turn into “top-line aces.” Staples looked at the players drafted from 1990 to 2009. Staples goes into more detail, it’s worth checking out the piece.
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher looks at nine possible destinations for Roberto Luongo: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames and the Wild.
Morning Hits: Bickell, Canucks, Rangers, Top 3 draft slots, Gudbranson, Duchene, Flyers, DiPietro and the Islanders
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: The Blackhawks would like to re-sign Bryan Bickell for around $1.5-$2 million a season, but he would get more than that if he hit the open market.
The Canucks will interview former Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. LA Kings assistant John Stevens could get an interview. Dallas Eakinsmay get a second interview.
Rangers GM Glen Sather will wait and see what happens with Dave Tippett.
On the Avs first overall pick: ”To pass below (No. 3 overall) will take a heck of an offer, something we are going to say … no choice but to take it,” Roy said.
Patrick Roy said they’ve already reached out to Matt Duchene about starting contract extension talks.
It would take huge offer to get the Panthers to move down from No. 2. One executive has heard that the Panthers and Lightning could be talking Erik Gudbranson for the No. 3. Friedman mentioned it someone who said “nothing to it.”
The Coyotes are looking for offense.
Hide your RFA defenseman from the Flyers.
Guillaume Latendresse could end up in Europe.
The Islanders are telling teams they would make it worthwhile if they took Rick DiPietro. They would take a bad contract in return, and might include picks or prospects. One GM said it would have to be one heck of an asset.
Tim Thomas’ agent, Bill Zito, said it’s “status quo.”
- Dustin Leed: Last summer the Flyers were in trade talks with prior to the Shea Weber offer sheet. It could heat up with the Blues this summer. The Blues won’t trade RFA Alex Pietrangelo, but something could be worked out involving RFA Kevin Shattenkirk.
- Arthur Staple: Staple doesn’t think the Islanders will be trading for Roberto Luongo. At age 34 and a killer contract, it’s not worth giving up the assets. Sense is that the Islanders will go to training camp with Nabokov/Poulin/Nilsson as their goalies. On the blueline, Matt Donovan likely to fill Streit’s spot.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Avalanche (No. 1) and Panthers (No. 2) have already said they could move their picks for the right price. The Predators at No. 4 are keeping their options open.
“We’ll entertain offers. We’ve already had people inquire with us about it and vice-versa,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said. “We’ll talk about whatever position that can improve us for the whole big picture of things.”
Still, Fenton was cautious: “In order to move up to that position, you’re going to have to make an offer that you can’t refuse.”
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It’s unlikely that the Oilers at No. 7 would be able to move up to the Panthers No. 2. What makes it a difficult is the drop off in talent from the top two players, Seth Jones and either Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Usually there is a bigger drop off between the top two picks.
- Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation: If the Oilers are looking to move back and add a player or a few more picks, the Blue Jackets might be a trade partner if they want to move up to grab someone. The Oilers draft at No. 7 with the Blue Jackets holding the No.14, No. 19, No. 27 to 30 and No. 44. Potential players the Oilers could look at are: R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin.
Draft Hits: Tallon open for offers, “a lot of high end talent”, Monahan attending five camps, Nichushkin wants NHL
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn’t actively shopping the 2nd overall pick, but he’s open for offers.
“We’re in good position,” the Florida Panthers’ general manager said this morning at the NHL scouting combine. “We’ll take advantage of it.”
Tallon has already had a couple of short talks about the pick.
“You see what they’re willing to pay, and that’s the fun part of the job,” Tallon said. “I’ve had a couple of mild conversations here and there this week, ‘Are you going to move the pick?’ Make me an offer. That’s the way it goes. You start the process early, and you work it all the way through till the five minutes before you make the pick, maybe a minute before the pick.
“Colorado’s in the driver’s seat right there, and we know we’re going to get a hell of a player at two or three or four. It’s a deep draft. We’ve already drawn a line in the sand. We’ve gone through every process and every situation with our staff already this week, and we’ll continue to rehash this throughout the month of June. We’ll be ready for any and every situation on June 30.”
- Tony Ambrogio: From the draft combine a scout said that the top 10 picks are as good as he’s seen in years with ”a lot of high end talent.” Another scout said that there are 8 to 12 players who could play in the NHL next season.
- Mark Masters: Draft prospect Sean Monahan will attend camps held by the Sabres, Maple Leafs, Devils, Flames and Oilers.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Russian draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin’s agent, Mark Gandler, said he is serious about playing in North American next season. Gandler confirmed that Nichushkin’s two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL has been terminated. The deal was terminated with the condition that if he doesn’t make the NHL, he’ll return to the KHL.
Trade Rumors: Luongo to Islanders, Shultz wants out of Washington, Yzerman and the No. 3, Tallon: “you never know”
- Bob McKenzie: Under the right circumstances, the Islanders may consider Roberto Luongo. Their are trying to figure out the cost for UFA Evgeni Nabokov first. Circumstance for a Luongo deal would mean the Canucks taking Rick DiPietro for a compliance buyout. A DiPietro buyout would be $1.5 million a year for 16 years. A Luongo buyout would be just over $1.5 million a season for 18 years. McKenzie thinks Luongo would be a good “hockey” fit for the Islanders, but it’s not known if the Islanders and Canucks could work out a deal.
- Brian McNally: Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz requested a trade in mid-March when he dropped on the depth chart according to his agent.
- Craig Custance: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn’t expect to trade up from the No. 3 spot. Added that he doesn’t have the ammunition to get the No. 1 pick from the Avalanche.
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on trades at the draft:
“You never know,” he said of potential trades. “You just don’t know until you get to the table, and what leads up to it or precedes it as far as moving back or moving up. Usually what you do is you identify a line in the sand, and if this guy is still available then you might move forward and package a deal to move up, or if they fall behind the line than maybe you move back and pick up an asset. Just depends on how the draft really falls in.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson will need off-season shoulder surgery. Jimmy Howard was playing with a pulled hamstring which happened at the end of the Ducks series. Niklas Kronwall injured his shoulder in the Blackhawks series and injured his hand against the Ducks. Daniel Cleary had a second-degree separated left shoulder and fractured left finger.
- Craig Custance: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula suffered a high ankle sprain in Game 7.
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: The Panthers hold the No. 2 pick in the draft and they hope that their pick will be able to play right away.
“We’re hopeful,” Tallon told NHL.com. “We’re going to be a young team. It’s going to be a necessary part of our puzzle moving forward. I would hope the guy we select can play for us next year.”
“It’s a pretty evenly balanced draft,” Tallon said. “Looks like there’s an equal number of forwards and defensemen that are very good. We have four picks in the first 97, so we feel we’re going to get four really good players and really fix our depth chart.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Some potential trade scenarios involving the Avalanche’s 1st overall pick.1. Trade the 1st pick to the Panthers (No. 2) or Lightning (No. 3) for an establish player or two and their own 1st round pick. Avs take whatever player is left.
Let’s make an offer here to the Lightning: “We’ll trade you the No. 1 pick for the No. 3 pick and Victor Hedman. What do you say, Steve Yzerman? If you want Nathan MacKinnon really bad, this is the price to have him. Maybe we’ll throw in David Jones too.”
2. Offer the Panthers Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson for the 2nd overall pick. Panthers may counter with Matt Duchene instead of Stastny. Would that Avs part with Duchene and Johnson?
3. Avs first and Stastny for Panthers first and Jonathan Huberdeau?
Dater admits that the trade scenarios likely wouldn’t work.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Former Oilers assistant coach, Craig Simpson, thinks that it is time for the Oilers to part ways with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky.
“I think the Oilers have always been the opposite where you’ll get three back that are questions or rookies or draft picks and you don’t necessarily get the best player. I think at some point there has to be a deal or two from Craig where you’re giving up more of the volume and the potential, but you’ve got the best player in the deal. That hasn’t happened a whole lot.”
Simpson thought the Oilers should have traded Hemsky at the trade deadline last year.
- Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks made some move during the season, and there may not be a need or efficient way to blow it up. The roster is well structured with Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski, Antti Niemi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Joe Thornton had an good playoff run, and they have veterans like Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. Kawakami thinks the Sharks will likely try to trade Martin Havlat and his $10 million over two years. They could amnesty him for $6.67 million if they can’t find any takers.