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Maple Leafs notes: Connolly to waivers, Luongo losing steam, JVR returns to practice, Gardiner skates, Aucoin claimed
- James Mirtle via twitter: Randy Carlyle: “I think the goalie decision is our toughest decision. Who gets to start.”
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes will get a $2 million salary cap hit for Matthew Lombardi, and will pay $1.1 of his salary. (Lombardi’s salary this year is $3.5 million)
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Tim Connolly on waivers, and if he goes unclaimed, Mirtle thinks that GM Dave Nonis will try to trade him while retaining salary like he did with Matthew Lombardi. David Alter via twitter: Connolly would be a candidate for a compliance buyout. Coach Randy Carlyle didn’t have high praise for him yesterday. Chris Johnston via twitter: Source says that an accelerated buyout for Tim Connolly “hasn’t been discussed.”
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: With putting Connolly on waivers to create a possible roster spot for Nazem Kadri, and expecting more for Tyler Bozak, a Roberto Luongo trade to the Maple Leafs could be losing steam.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk returns to practice today. Paul Hendrick via twitter: Kadri is skating with JVR and Leo Kormorov today. David Alter via twitter: Defenseman Jake Gardiner skated prior to practice, but didn’t take part in it.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Islanders claim Keith Aucoin from the Maple Leafs.
- David Alter via twitter: James van Riemsdyk intends to play in the Leafs opener on Saturday.
- Rob Longley via twitter: Leafs Jake Gardiner finished his skate after 20 minutes [yesterday] morning. James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle hopes the Leafs aren’t going to rush Gardiner back. Carlyle’s “had to skate” comment if he wanted to play on Saturday was a little odd.
- David Pollak via twitter: Safe bet that the Sharks won’t have Brent Burns and Jason Demers in the lineup for the season opener. Return date is not known.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild Tom Gilbert tweaked his groin yesterday and was kept off the ice for precautionary reasons. He should be ready for the opener.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers forward Daniel Briere said it would a stretch to play this weekend, and he’s not sure if he’ll be ready by the end of the month.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Darren Helm said he’s doubtful for their opener on Saturday. His back still hurts and he’s not sure when he’ll be back on the ice. Mikael Samuelsson is also not skating due to a groin injury.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Colton Orr has a dislocated finger and James van Riemsdyk has a bruised foot.
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets Antti Miettinen is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Philip Larson (elbow) and Aaron Rome (groin) were held out today for precautionary reasons.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: The Canucks will be without David Booth for 4 to 6 weeks. He suffered a groin injury on Sunday during tests for physicals.
Injury updates on Klefbom, Gudbranson and Murray … Crosby thinking about going overseas … Stamkos staying … Tavares to get new deal
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom’s season could be over according to Swedish reporter Johan Eriksson.
“Klefbom will undergo surgery which means his season is over,” Eriksson reports on Twitter. “Should be in Edmonton right now actually.”
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Erik Gudbranson had his first on-ice workout since September, and said “this is tough.” Gudbranson had been out with a shoulder injury. He did add that,
“It felt really good to be out there. I’m a little surprised at how good it felt.”
“Things are coming along. The training staff I’ve been working out with at home [Ottawa, Ontario] are great. This is a tough thing, but I’m excited about it getting better.”
He’s still on a January timetable, and will join the Panthers AHL team in San Antonio when he’s ready to go. Gudbranson originally got hurt falling while wakeboarding, and told GM Dale Tallon that alcohol was involved. He had called each of teammates to tell them what had happened.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray will meet with GM Scott Howson this morning to discuss their options with regards to his shoulder injury. Surgery is an option.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins Sidney Crosby hasn’t decided on a team or country yet, but the odds of him playing overseas have increased of late.
“You know what? It’s a lot more possible right now,” Crosby said after a player-organized workout at Southpointe. “I probably hadn’t thought about it quite as much as I have the past few days.
“It’s definitely been something … with the way things are looking now, it’s not looking too good.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jets Ondrej Pavelec signed a 6 game deal with the Pelicans.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Steven Stamkos’ agent said yesterday that Stamkos has no plans on going overseas to play.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Islanders John Tavares’ deal with SC Bern expires in four days. He’s expected to have the deal extended.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Perreault will join Helsinki HIFK in Finland.
- Mike Morreale via twitter: James van Riemsdyk’s brother, Brendan, is committed to UNH. He’s 2014 draft eligible.
More players heading overseas … Brule and O’Sullivan getting released from their teams … Schneider, JVR considering Europe
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Devils David Clarkson has apparently signed with Salzburg.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Kurtis Foster signed with Tappara of the SM-liiga.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart signed with Liberec of the Czech Extraliga.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Maple Leafs Clark MacArthur joins Crimmitschau of Germany’s Tier 2 League.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Patrick Kane signed with EHC Biel-Bienne in Switzerland.
- David Alter via twitter: James van Riemsdyk said he’s been talking with Tappara in Finland.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Gilbert Brule is expected to be released from his contract with Zurich.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Radim Vrbata is in Phoenix, but he’ll likely be heading to play with BK Mladá Boleslav in the Czech league by the beginning of November. He’s a part owner of the team.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Martin Hanzal is expected to play with HC Mountfield in the Czech league starting tonight.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Patrick O’Sullivan has been released by HIFK.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Cory Schneider is considering heading to Europe. Schneider is also a member of the PA’s bargaining committee.
“It would have to become more realistic, for sure,” Schneider said when asked about the possibility of going to Europe if there’s no CBA next week. “If they decide to go into a deep freeze, who knows when they will talk again or when this will get sorted out.
“If everyone is going to start heading over there with bad news, (jobs) are going to start filling up pretty quickly. It’s something I have to think about more seriously.”
“My agent is out there, talking to teams to see what is available,” Schneider said. “I haven’t really given him the green light to go and try to find something for sure.”
A list of all players/teams who have filed for salary arbitration. All players signed before their arbitration hearing.
|Team||Player||Date and/or Contract Notes|
|Anaheim Ducks||Nick Bonino||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $1.4 million|
|Colorado Avalanche||Jamie McGinn||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $3.55 million|
|Dallas Stars||Richard Bachman||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $625,000|
|Mark Fistric||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $1.475 million|
|Detroit Red Wings||Kyle Quincey||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $7.55 million|
|Edmonton Oilers||Sam Gagner||Signed before hearing. 1 year , $3.2 million|
|Florida Panthers||Kris Versteeg||Signed before hearing. 4 years, $17.2 million|
|Montreal Canadiens||Raphael Diaz||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $2.45 million|
|Nashville Predators||Sergei Kostitsyn||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $6 million|
|New Jersey Devils||Mark Fayne||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $1.6 million|
|New York Rangers||Anton Stralman||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $3.4 million|
|Ottawa Senators||Kaspars Daugavins||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $635,000|
|St. Louis Blues||T.J. Oshie||Signed before hearing. 5 years, $20.875 million|
|David Perron||Signed before hearing. 4 years, $15.25 million|
|San Jose Sharks||T.J. Galiardi||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $950,000|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Nikolai Kulemin||Signed before hearing. 2 years, $5.6 million|
|Vancouver Canucks||Dale Weise||Signed before hearing. 1 year, $615,000|
- Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Fox looks at 6 teams that could trade for Rick Nash. Boston Bruins: They still believe they are a contender and could take a run at their 2nd cup in 3 years. Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, and Dougie Hamilton would likely be targeted by the Blue Jackets. Detroit Red Wings: The Wings lost out on Suter, Parise, Salo, Carle and Schultz and have the cap room to add Nash. They have prospects Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar that might interest the Blue Jackets. They may not be interested as they have a bigger hole on the blueline. Alexander Semin is still available and may be a short term fix. Why would the Blue Jackets trade within their division? New York Rangers: The Rangers have lots of young talent and the Blue Jackets are reportedly interested in Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider. They don’t score a lot of goals and will be without Marian Gaborik for a bit as he recovers from shoulder surgery. They may not do a deal because they may not find it worth giving up so many young assets. Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have the assets (Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn) to make a deal that could improve their chances on getting a cup now. May not happen as they likely won’t want to trade Schenn since they traded for his brother. They may not want to give up Couturier since the moved a young forward in James van Riemsdyk to the Leafs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The trade of Jordan Staal means they have more ice available for an impact forward. Sidney Crosby could use a scoring winger. The Pens could be worried what the Rangers and Flyers would be like if they had Nash. Deal breaker could be Paul Martin. The Pens may have to move his salary in a deal, but the Blue Jackets seem to be looking for forwards over defenseman. It’s doubtful that Martin and prospects would be enough. San Jose Sharks: They are deep in forwards, and the Blue Jackets like Logan Couture. The Sharks don’t want to include Couture. Would the Sharks be willing to a accept a deal included Ryane Clowe instead of Couture?
- Gord Stellick via twitter: With Ryan Suter and Zach Parise going to the Wild and not a “top contender,” it has taken some heat off the better teams to not overpay for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Flames would trade Jay Bouwmeester to the Oilers? Flames GM Jay Feaster:
“When all the dust settles after the first week of free agency, if there are teams still looking on their blueline, we’re going to get a lot of phone calls. I do believe that’s one of the things that will happen is that the trade market will open up.”
Pierre McGuire said that Bouwmeester would be a fit for the Oilers, and they may try to trade for him. Starting points for a deal could be Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney and Nick Schultz. The Flames are looking to shed salary, so Schultz would get the nod over Hemsky, and they would need some prospects. Sam Gagner is one possible player, but it’s hard to image the Oilers trade him within their division. Willis doesn’t think it will happen. Both sides would be worried that a deal could blow up in their faces.
Should Oilers trade Gagner? Blues interested in Morrow and Doan … Kulemin gets arbitration, Franson doesn’t … Purcell signs for $4.5 million per
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It doesn’t make any sense for the Oilers to trade Sam Gagner unless they are able to get an exceptional return. He is still only 23, and is a good player even if he doesn’t improve. He has 220 points in 366 games, a 0.60 ppg pace, and puts him ahead of Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Andrei Kostitsyn, Michael Ryder, Bryan Little and others over the same span. If they were to move him, it should be for either a better center or a high-end defenseman.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged that he has been involved in trade discussions which could lead to a trade being done soon. The Blues want to add a top 4 defenseman, and he may have found a veteran forward to bring in. The Blues have interest in Stars Brenden Morrow, who is said to be available now. The Rangers, Sharks and Kings may also be calling the Stars. The Blues already have LWers in David Perron, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen (could move to center), Matt D’Agostini (Hitchcock prefers him on the right) and Jaden Schwartz (no guarantee he makes the roster next year). Morrow played in 57 games last year and missed time with neck and back issues. He has 1 year left on a 6 year, $24.6 million deal. He has a full no-trade clause. The Blues have also expressed interest in Shane Doan.
- Kevin McGrann of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs filed for salary arbitration for Nikolai Kulemin, but not for defenseman Cody Franson. Kulemin’s agent has had only 1 negotiating session with the Leafs since the end of the season.
“Kulemin loves the city and loves the organization a lot and would like to stay in Toronto,” said Greenstin. “But not everything is in my, and Kulemin’s, hands.
“I believe the Leafs like him, but now it’s strictly business.”
With the trade for James van Riemsdyk, Kulemin may have lost his spot on the 2nd line.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Sportsnet cites a Russian report that Alexander Semin is close on a 1 year deal with the Penguins. No comment from his agent.
- Tampa Bay Lightning via twitter: Teddy Purcell has signed a contract extension for 3 years. ($4.5 million per year)
- Dave Lozo via twitter: “So the Rangers go into next season with Asham, Pyatt, Halpern and without Prust, Fedotenko, Mitchell, Gaborik (for 3 months). Yowser.”
Do the Leafs plan on moving a center? Luongo talks about moving on … Blues search for Dman, won’t break up core
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs plan on experimenting with James van Riemsdyk at center. Does it mean that they plan on moving making a trade or two involving one of their centers. Last season they used 5 centers: Tyler Bozak, David Steckel, Mikhail Grabovski, Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi. Newly signed Jay McClement should be their 3rd line center, with Steckel centering the 4th. Lombardi will see most of the time on the wing. Grabovski will be their 2nd line center. Connolly played some wing last year, and could be playing there this year. Joe Colborne didn’t progress as well as they had hoped last year. Nazem Kadri will likely spend the most time on the wing. Tyler Bozak may be the player who could be part a trade. He would be attractive to some teams as he’ll make $1.5 million season, and a UFA at the end of the year. Shane Doan’s agent said he hasn’t heard from the Maple Leafs. Roberto Luongo in a radio interview:
“I’m okay with that,” Luongo said. “I had a great six years with Vancouver. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup, which is my biggest regret. Florida is definitely one of the spots I would be willing to go to. It’s my home in the off-season and makes sense for family reasons. (But) I have not made any decisions whatsoever. It has to be a place I am comfortable with.”
Luongo didn’t discuss a trade to the Leafs, but seemed open to the idea of going to Chicago.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues had some interest in Matt Carle and Jason Garrison. The Blues will now explore the trade market, and are thought to have some interest in Jay Bouwmeester and Keith Yandle. Teams could ask them for a package that could include a top 6 forward, but GM Armstrong said he wouldn’t move anyone from his core.
“One of the things that this new system has created is you see after a while rob Peter pay Paul,” he said. “If you have a hole, you create another hole to do it. I would rather do it with draft picks if I could. That’s what I tried to do at the entry draft.”
The Blues have assets like Jaden Schwartz and Ty Rattie, and an extra 2nd round pick this year.
“I’d like to try that moving forward, try doing it with non-rostered players if possible because I like our group of forwards but I don’t think we have an excessive amount in any one position,” Armstrong said. “If we can do it with spending a little bit of our future, I think we’re in a spot to do that because of the great work by our amateur scouting staff and Larry Pleau and John Davidson of gaining all of these assets right now. I think our cupboard is fairly stocked that we could go a year if necessary without a pick or two.”
Armstrong didn’t rule out the possibility of going with Barret Jackman, Kris Russel and Ian Cole on the left side.
“Right now, we’re comfortable with Jackman, Russell (and) Cole,” Armstrong said. “If we can add to that group we will. We don’t believe it’s prudent to go out and do something just to add a player. We want to make sure it’s the right player. We think we have some depth in our organization. But that is one area that if we can improve it, more likely now will be a trade than anything, we’ll look at doing.
“But if not, I am satisfied we can start with that group that we have back there and then if we do stub our toe or stumble, we’ll have to get very aggressive in the trading market if necessary. But right now, if this is the group we go to training camp with, this is the group we go to training camp with.”
Senators could look at a Ryan trade … Nash saga could drag on … Red Wing options … JVR to center … Semin looking at Pens
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Don’t rule out the possibility of the Senators trading for Bobby Ryan. The Sens will have Jacob Silfverberg and Mark Stone battling for a roster spot. Even if Daniel Alfredsson decides to come back and possibly signing an extension, the Sens could still add some depth. Alexander Semin is the only legit scoring threat left on the UFA market. Sources are saying the Ducks still aren’t sure what they are going to do with Ryan. They may need a young dman to replace the loss of Justin Schultz. The Sens have a current cap hit of $47 million, so taking on Ryan’s $5.1 million salary isn’t a problem. Sources are saying that the Flyers, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Red Wings, Lightning and Senators will make a run at Ryan. The Ducks may have to move some salary to re-sign Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, who’ll be UFAs after next season.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson continues to say he won’t trade Rick Nash for less that “market value,” even if it drags on until September. Howson hasn’t talked about Nash in the past couple days, and Nash’s agent Joe Resnick has been quiet for months. It was confirmed yesterday that the Bruins are also on Nash’s list, joining the Rangers, Red Wings, Penguins, Flyers and Sharks. Howson has listened to offers from all teams, and he hasn’t come close trading him. GMs are still feeling the asking price is too high for a player who is forcing a trade.
- Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: The Wings have lost Jiri Hudler, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart this offseason. The Red Wings may be better to not make a big splash this summer and hold off until next year. Current UFAs for next year could be led by Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Shea Weber and Jarome Iginla. Hoarding cash and developing players this year may better serve them in the long run. If they are looking for a difference maker this year, they could look at Keith Yandle, Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and Shane Doan. Krupa doesn’t think losing Valtteri Filppula, a top 4 defenseman, a legit prospect and draft pick(s) for Nash is worth it.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings are back to square one in looking for a defenseman and top 6 forward.
“There’s a small list of players out there and a lot of teams in the market,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re happy that we got the guys that we did on July 1.”
“We like our team, we like who we have,” Holland said. “We’ll continue to look over the market, make our (phone) calls, and continue to try and get better.”
If the Wings go the trade route, they could look at Bobby Ryan, Jay Bouwmeester and Keith Yandle, but the prices are steep.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says he now plans on starting James van Riemsdyk at center during training camp and will go from there.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: CSKA has an offer on the table for Alexander Semin, but so do several other teams. Semin wants to remain in the NHL. Josh Yohe via twitter: Semin is interested in playing with the Penguins. He wants a long term deal, but Yohe isn’t sure if the Penguins want to go there. Will DePaoli via twitter: Semin’s camp may see the Penguins as a place for a short-term deal to maximize money. He is looking for a long-term deal.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: As of yesterday, Nash hasn’t been presented with any offers to accept or decline. The Flyers are on Nash’s list, and they have had trade talks for months. The trading of James van Riemsdyk is only a hurdle. The Flyers still have assets to get a deal done. The Rangers make the most sense. Blue Jackets still want to include at least one of Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan. If the Flyers or Penguins land Parise, the Rangers interest may increase. The Red Wings are still in the running. The Sharks have an offer on the table. The Hurricanes want him, but so far Nash doesn’t want them. The Senators have pulled themselves out of the running.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Hurricanes keep coming hard after Rick Nash. As of yesterday, they are not on Nash’s list, but it’s not stopping them. The Sabres are not on Nash’s trade list. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has talked with all teams about Nash with hope that he would expand his list. No sign of that happening.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Sharks are still in on Rick Nash, talks continue.
- Mike Hume via twitter: If Parise signs today, it should ramp up Nash trade talks. Unlikely to see a Nash to Rangers deal today in Hume’s opinion. Sticking point is Howsen’s high demands which the Rangers have balked at. The price will go up for Nash when Parise is signed. Hume thinks that Howsen will give it some more time to let all teams make their best offer. Hume also thinks that Howsen will work on Nash to accept a deal to a team not on his list if it’s the best offer for the Blue Jackets. Could take some time.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger James van Riemsdyk.
“He will provide speed, size, and finesse to our top two lines and we know that he fits those needs that we have wanted to address for some time,” Burke said in a statement.
“It’s obviously a bit of a shock to get traded but Philadelphia is obviously a great organization and they’ve got a lot of great young talent there,” Schenn said on a conference call. “With my brother being there, we’re pretty close. It’s surreal. I can’t even believe it.”
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The deal has been discussed since wintertime according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
“It came up again [Friday] and we talked about it,” he said. “I believe it’s a good trade for both teams. It certainly fills a need for us and I think it fills a need for Brian’s team as well in terms of what they’re looking to do.”
“I’ve told you enough about how strongly I feel about James becoming a good player, and I believe he will become a very good player in our league,” Holmgren said. “Unfortunately for us, I think it’s going to be for Toronto now. The guy we got coming back is going to fill needs on our team and is going to be a good young player on our team. So I think it’s a win-win.”
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