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Posts Tagged Jamie Oleksiak
Morning hits: Stars, Ducks Canucks, Price, Kaberle, Blues, Coyotes bid rejected, Dion’s days numbered?
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson laughing at a fan site suggesting a Loui Eriksson trade to the Islanders for Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner, and with Islanders fans saying they wouldn’t trade either straight up for Eriksson. Matheson does note that Eriksson could be in play for a front-line center. The Stars also have some defenseman that could be on the move.
The Stars have lots of young defencemen looking for regular work — Jamie Oleksiak, Joe Morrow and Kevin Connauton — which makes trading Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski certainly plausible.
Matheson wonders if the Ducks would take a run at Stephen Weiss.
Matheson thinks with the Canucks at $63.5 million for 16 players for next season, will use their buyouts on David Booth and Keith Ballard. Both have two years left at $4.2 million cap hits. Mason Raymond is likely gone as a UFA.
- Dave Stubbs: Addressing a Canadiens Carey Price rurmor: “Price asking for a trade would need to travel a million miles just to reach ludicrous.”
- John Lu: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said a decision on a compliance buyout for Tomas Kaberle hasn’t been made yet.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues playoff issue. Rutherford knew fans who didn’t buy tickets as they didn’t know when the games were starting soon enough. The Blues didn’t sell out three playoff home games.
- Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat: (h/t Pro Hockey Talk) Blues GM Doug Armstrong on their need for more scoring.
“This is a public cry that for any GMs that have 50-goal scorers that they want to send to St. Louis, give me a call,” he joked. “This doesn’t happen, you have to deal in reality. The reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers.
“They draft them. (Evgeni) Malkin, (Sidney) Crosby, (John) Tavares, (Steven) Stamkos were drafted by those teams.”
The Blues will send qualifying offers to all of their free agents.
“We’re going to negotiate to try to sign every player that’s a restricted free agent,” he said. “Ownership understands that the window is open now and we have to take care of our own. I don’t see this being a huge free-agency off-season for us. I see it more as taking care of our own business — and then seeing if we want to rearrange some of the chairs via trade.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: The NHL has rejected California investment banker Darin Pastor’s bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.
“We have rejected the offer. It didn’t include the elements we had previously discussed were necessary to warrant serious consideration,” Daly said in an email Monday night.
It was rumored that he was willing to pay upwards of $277 million with $42 million in cash at closing, though that seems unlikely as it would be hard for the NHL to walk away from that.
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: (h/t Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News) Shoalts piece was written last Thursday after Dion Phaneuf’s pinch that cost the Leafs the game. Shoalts thinks that Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis should move to Plan B and “The plan should include quietly putting Phaneuf on the trade market no later than the NHL draft at the end of June. Nonis will not hit a home run with a trade, nor should he expect to thanks to Phaneuf’s erratic play.” A deal would may only get a modest return, but Nonis should accept it. Phaneuf has a year left with a $6.5 salary cap hit and may not take a pay cut from the Leafs.
- Tim Wharnsby of CBC: h/t Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News) Wharnsby’s piece was written last Thursday. Wharnsby wonders if Dion Phaneuf’s days in Toronto are numbered. He continues to make the same mistakes he made as a rookie in 2005. Nonis may have to make a decision by draft. The Leafs have organizational depth on the blue line. Nonis would have to feel that Jake Gardiner is ready for a bigger role. Cody Franson may be ready for a bigger role.
- James Mirtle: On Phaneuf: Mirtle would be surprised if the Maple Leafs didn’t re-sign him.
- John Lu: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin on order of positions that mature the fastest: wingers, centers, defensemen and goalies.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Tim Connolly is getting interest, but he might need to clear waivers first. Some teams would prefer a trade with the Leafs, who would need to retain some salary.David Pagnotta via twitter: Connolly’s agent said there are “no plans yet” regarding a buyout. Added, ”We will be discussing options after waiver results.”
- B.D. Gallof via twitter: Source on idea of the Islanders bringing in Connolly, ”Not going to happen. I would be shocked”
- 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)
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie thinks there are likely 3 under-aged rookies playing all season in the NHL: Dougie Hamilton in Boston, Nail Yakupov in Edmonton and Jonathan Huberdeau in Florida. Under-agers likely to get a ‘trial’ are: Rakell (ANA), Grigorenko (ANA), Dumba (MIN), Galchenyuk (MTL), Laughton (PHI), Scheifele (WPG). Final decisions on Murphy (CAR), Matteau (NJD), and Rielly (TOR) will be made this morning.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle is hearing the Maple Leafs will be cutting Morgan Rielly and Matt Frattin today. Should know by their 11:30 am practice. If that is what is happening, it would mean they are starting the season with 8 defenseman: Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Liles, Franson, Kostka, Holzer, Fraser, Komisarek.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Clarifying that the Panthers and Kulikov have agreed on a 2 year deal, but has not officially been signed until he passes a physical.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Wade Redden has narrowed his list to 2 teams. Expected to decide today where he’ll play.
- Ryan Kennedy via twitter: The Stars send goalie Richard Bachman and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the AHL.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Alex Kovalev signs a 1 year deal worth $1 million plus bonuses with the Panthers.
Re-alignment talk … Stars want to talk extension with Benn … CBA topics … Campoli could be a Rangers option … Coyotes were ’10 minutes’ from being Jets
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: From the Board of Governors realignment talk, they prefer the 6 divisions compared to the 4 divisions. 15 alternatives were proposed, and they will narrow it down to 2 or 3 by their December meetings. The Dallas Stars would like to move out of the Pacific division to the Central or Southeast. One of the alternatives presented was to have the Toronto and Winnipeg move to the Northwest with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Detroit would replace Toronto in the Northeast. LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi made a call to Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein to pick his brain on how they were able to re-sign Dustin Pedroia at good price when others were telling him he could make more. The Sharks have 10 players in camp battling for 3 spots on their bottom 6. “The Sharks like to give players within their organization a shot at jobs, but they’re also trying to win the Stanley Cup. If they don’t like the production from their bottom six early in the season, don’t be surprised if GM Doug Wilson works the phone to acquire more experience.” The Stars contacted Jamie Benn’s agent to gauge their interest in talking contract extension.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: During the next CBA talks “Escrow, capping the length of long-term contracts, Olympic participation for NHL players, revenue sharing and reworking the salary cap floor” will likely be debated. The league may add guaranteed contracts to the discussion as a negotiating ploy. Lowering the salary cap floor so that small market teams wouldn’t lose as much money could be an option. The Cap ceiling would be higher, but this scenario may create a loss of parity across the league.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: A league executive on Drew Doughty and the LA Kings: “I just don’t think this will get settled soon.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Chris Campoli could become an option for the NY Rangers depending on Marc Staal’s health status. The Rangers did inquire about Campoli shortly after the Blackhawks walked away from the arbitration ruling, but have haven’t talked to his agent since. Campoli has received calls from some teams.
“Chris is in a situation where he’s looking for a spot where he can grow with an organization, unlike a number of veterans who are on the market,” Evans said. “I don’t know if there’s a perception out there that he’s too expensive because of the $2.5 million, but that was just a salary arbitration number.
“We haven’t really gotten into a price point [discussion] with anybody.”
- Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail: In May of 2010, the Coyotes came within “10 minutes” of becoming the Jets. Mark Chipman of True North was in the NHL New York offices awaiting for the 5 pm deadline, but the City of Glendale decided to give the team $25 million in funds to keep the team. Gary Bettman made it be known to Chipman that they would receive the next NHL team, but it may not be the Coyotes.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars have cut their training camp roster down to 45. Jack Campbell and Jamie Oleksiak were sent back to junior.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: The Blackhawks sent 11 players to the AHL yesterday: David Toews, Lalonde, Bollig, DiDomenico, Froese, Gilbert, Shaw, Zanette, Danis-Pepin, Stanton, Youds. They are down to 41 in camp: 25 forwards, 12 defensemen and 4 goalies.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexei Yashin passed his CSKA physical, now ownership has to decide if they want to sign him.