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Morning Hits: Briere, Smith, Bryzgalov, Elias, Iginla, Laviolette, Byfuglien, Whitney and the Hurricanes
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, he could end up in Montreal.Coyotes Mike Smith is looking for $6 million a year and has refused to sign a deal with the Coyotes.
Smith could be an option in Philadelphia if they buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers management is split on buying him out now or waiting to see how he does next year, and if it’s not good, then buy him out next spring.
Garrioch has heard there is about a 50/50 chance that Patrick Elias returns to the Devils. The Flyers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Sharks will all be looking for help upfront.
Jarome Iginla signing with the Stars could be a good bet.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said you can expect Peter Laviolette back as the Flyers coach next season. They will keep the same system in place, and there won’t be an overhaul of players.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has said that Ilya Bryzgalov’s eccentric personality isn’t a problem. Forward Daniel Briere understands the situation. If the Flyers buy him out, it would cost them $3.3 million over four years.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless thinks that Jets Dustin Byfuglien needs to “either commit to excellence or be traded.”
- Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers UFA defenseman Ryan Whitney thinks it’s probably in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else next season.
“I think I can still play, I’ve proven that I can,” Whitney said. “Obviously there were some games where I didn’t play well, but there were a stretch of games where I thought I did play well. It’s been a tough couple of years here, I’m just kind of looking forward to a fresh start.”
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu will have hip surgery. GM Jim Rutherford likes his core group, but there will be some new faces next year. They have to decide on their UFAs: Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis. Their blue line will be a priority for Rutherford.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Top five Eastern Conference players that could be available: Marian Gaborik, Mark Streit, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pominville and Robyn Regehr.
Team Trade Deadline Outlooks
Boston Bruins – The Bruins have the cap room and are looking to bring in an impact forward. They’ll go after Brenden Morrow or Jarome Iginla.
Buffalo Sabres – If GM Darcy Regier is going to be in charge of the rebuild, he’s got a lot of work to do. The word is they want to trade captain Jason Pominville. Drew Stafford and Ryan Miller will be mentioned in trade talk.
Carolina Hurricanes - There is talk they may talk to the Senators about Ben Bishop. They were looking to add a defenseman. Both Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain are available.
Florida Panthers – GM Dale Tallon is ready to sell, but they’ve been hit with injuries. Tomas Fleischmann is available. Jose Theodore could bring a team some goalie depth.
Montreal Canadiens – They would like to add a veteran defenseman and maybe Ryane Clowe. The Canadiens could use a little more grit.
New Jersey Devils – GM Lou Lamoriello has been looking for a top-six forward. They don’t have a lot to trade, and with the NHL in New Jersey this year, they may not want to trade their first round pick.
New York Islanders – GM Garth Snow has trade assets in Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov. They would like to re-sign all three. Streit is being coveted by several teams.
New York Rangers – They’ve been trying to do something for weeks. They’ve dangled Marian Gaborik. John Tortorella could be in trouble if they miss the playoffs.
Ottawa Senators – GM Bryan Murray may look to add a top-six forward. Matt Cullen would be an option. Players that could be traded are Peter Regin, Colin Greening and Ben Bishop.
Philadelphia Flyers – They’ve held talks with the Flames about Jay Bouwmeester. Some wonder if they would dangle Sean Couturier because he could help land a Pronger replacement.
Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins would like to add one more scorer. Iginla could be a fit. A shut-down defenseman would be a nice addition too.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Anyone but Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman could be had at the right price. It may be more of a quick re-tooling compared to a Yzerman trying to unload players. Martin St. Louis is a possibility.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Garrioch wonders if the Leafs will finally go after a goalie as James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have come back to earth. They’ve been linked to Jonathan Bernier and Roberto Luongo.
Washington Capitals – Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward are available.
Winnipeg Jets – They were trying to trade Ron Hainsey, but he’s been valuable and playing big minutes. Alex Burmistrov has been in the doghouse. They may be looking to add over looking to sell.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Patrick Eaves has no fractures in his jaw and is day-to-day.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning winger Ryan Malone is out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. Defenseman Victor Hedman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Both players were hurt on Monday.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Aaron Ward via twitter: Early reports on Methot’s injury is that it’s a slight knee sprain.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabures Thomas Vanek left last night’s game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo is out another week.
- Michael Smith via twitter: There is no timetable on Tuomo Ruutu, day-to-day evaluation process.
Garrioch rumor roundup … NHL realignment talks coming … Waiver process … Langenbrunner done for the year
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter:
- The Ducks are going to have to offer up front loaded deals for Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf if they want to keep both like they say they do. Many don’t think Getzlaf will go anywhere and there was talk they were close a $60 million deal before the lockout started. There were contract discussions with Perry in the summer, but they didn’t go anywhere. If GM Bob Murray can’t get one or both signed, he can’t afford to lose them for nothing.
- Some NHL types think the NHL should fold the Phoenix Coyotes this summer since the Greg Jamison deal has fallen through and hold a dispersal draft for their players. One NHL executive said the NHL would rather have the expansion money, around $400 million per team, from areas like Quebec City, Kansas City and Seattle instead of relocating them there. They also want to put a second Toronto team in Markham. Moving the Coyotes to Quebec City does make the most sense though.
- Garrioch wonders if the Capitals should have tried to keep goalie Tomas Vokoun.
- The Sharks now have 8 healthy defensemen, and they’d like to add a veteran winger before the April 3rd trade deadline.
- The Wild’s acquisition of winger Devin Setoguchi hasn’t worked out and he could be moved. He has one year left on his deal at $3 million.
- The Hurricanes would like to add some grit to their blueline. Joe Corvo has been a healthy scratch and could be moved. Jamie McBain could also be moved.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The NHL and NHLPA are expected to talk about realignment next week for the 2013-14 season. The NHL tried to set up a 4 conference (2 with 7 teams and 2 with 8 teams) for this season but the NHLPA would not consent to it.
“We are working on a realignment plan for next season,” Daly wrote, “but it has not been finalized or approved [by the Board of Governors] yet.”
“We expect to talk with the league on the subject this week,” Fehr told Slap Shots. “A year ago, when we raised the issue of increased travel for teams, the league did not have mock schedules for us to review that might have alleviated our concern.
“And we had an issue with the fact that teams would either have a mathematical advantage or disadvantage of qualifying for the playoffs depending upon whether they’d be in a seven-team or eight-team conference.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: As of yesterday, the NHL waiver claim order will be the ‘current’ day’s standings and not last season’s final standing.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Jamie Langenbrunner has a torn labrum. He’ll have surgery and be out for the season.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Mathieu Darche said there is no change on his situation with the Devils. Still not signed by the team.
Morning notes on CBA, O’Reilly, Kovalev, Hurricanes, Galchenyuk, Ohlund, Gionta, Prust, Oilers goalie prospects and Simmonds
- Aaron Ward via twitter: “Further clarification to NHLPA proposal to limit non player spending by teams.Player concessions in 2005 lowered player costs while” … “non player costs sky rocketed.These costs can be defined as GM/Coaches salaries on down to Jet Fuel.Speaks to proposal theme of shared” … “financial responsibility in the PARTNERSHIP.The extra draft pick for teams in financial trouble is very discretionary and would be” … “mutually agreed upon by NHL/NHLPA on case by case basis with the intent to target the market/team in need.This would be very limited but” … “the pick itself would serve the purpose of helping to revitalize a team.Lastly,a franchise in distress under special circumstances,would” … “be permitted to trade/sell up to $4 million in cap space to another team giving the team a way of getting another ‘paycheck’.This would be” … “VERY limited and only available to teams in need.”
- TSN Video Link: Aaron Ward on that’s hockey talking about CBA.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Gary Bettman’s response to the NHLPA’s proposal: “The sides are far apart, there’s still a wide gap between us with not much time to go.” Don Fehr on Bettman’s response: “When you start with the proposal the owners made, how could it be otherwise. Consider what the (NHL) proposal was.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly’s agent on contract negotiations:
“I can’t comment on the negotiations, other than to say we are still working on it and will likely speak again next week.”
- George Malik via twitter: Allhockey.ru is reporting that Alex Kovalev told a Swiss team (HC Geneva) that he’s received offers from North American teams.
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes may still look to add some 4th line muscle. “What’s gone relatively unnoticed is the lack of concrete change on defense, an area where the Hurricanes have struggled since the core of the 2002 and 2006 teams moved on. Corvo is underrated defensively, but of the Hurricanes’ two free-agent departures, he’s more of a replacement for Jaroslav Spacek than he is Bryan Allen.”
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin thinks it could be difficult for 2012 1st round pick Alex Galchenyuk to make the team.
“It will be difficult because he didn’t play much hockey last season, but we’ll see how he does in training camp,”
Brian Gionta have recovered from his torn bicep and Bergevin isn’t concerned with Brandon Prust’s hand surgery this offseason.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Mattias Ohlund’s hockey career is still up in the air after 6 months of recovery from major knee surgery (“a thin layer of titanium was used to resurface his femur at the patellofemoral joint behind his kneecap. That created a cushion where cartilage had flaked away and bone-on-bone rubbing caused severe pain”).
“Do I have a dream to still play hockey? Yeah, I do,” Ohlund, 35, said Monday after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum. “I’m slowly getting better. But I don’t know what the end result will be.”
“Significantly improved,” Poirier said. “When he left me he could only get to 10, 12 reps; it was painful. Now he can do 15 to 20 reps without pain. The next step is to build him up even more.”
“Nobody has told me this is impossible,” Ohlund said of a comeback in his 14th NHL season.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Roy will likely split time with Yann Danis in the AHL. Tyler Bunz will likely take Roy’s spot as the starter in the ECHL.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a 6 year, $23.875 million contract extension. It works out to just over $3.97 million per season.
Radulov on plane for U.S. … Gomez expects to be bought out … Meszaros out 6-8 weeks … Thornton signs extension … Flames getting healthy
- Alexander Radulov via twitter: Radulov tweeted (and included a photo) that he’s one a plane for New York, then to Nashville.
- TVA Sports (google translate): Canadiens forward Scott Gomez expects to be bought out by the team at the end of the season according to Patrice Brisebois, and that he might want to make a comeback with the Devils next year. Gomez has apparently told relatives this.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will have surgery to remove a small disc fragment from his lower back and will be out 6 to 8 weeks.
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins have signed Shawn Thornton to a 2 year contract extension worth $1.1 million per year. GM Peter Chiarelli has talked about re-signing Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If college defenseman Justin Schultz doesn’t take the Ducks offer, and becomes a UFA on July 1st, the Rangers will be interested. Rangers forward Brandon Prust has put contract extension talks on hold so he can just focus on playing.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Mathieu Darche has been out with an inner-ear infection, but has also been battling concussion-like symptoms. “I had an inner-ear infection and we treated that with antibiotics, but when that cleared up, I still had symptoms,” Darche said. “So we looked at the symptoms and treated it as a concussion. Right now, I feel great and every day on the ice we ramp up the intensity and length of the workout. My wife is sick of me being at home, so I want to get back and play.” Darche hopes to begin practicing with teammates by the end of this week or early next week.
- John Down of the Calgary Herald: The Flames are likely to get Tim Jackman, Lance Bouma and Chris Butler back in the lineup some time this week during their 3 game road trip.
- Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: The Flames had no choice but to send Sven Baertschi back to junior because of the NHL-CHL player agreement. If/when the Winterhawks are out of the playoff, Baertschi can rejoin the Flames.
Predators hearing tomorrow … Doughty wants to be highest paid King … Gorges’ hopes to avoid arbitration … Burke audio … Stamkos/MacArthur agent audio
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The grievance hearing over the Predators qualifying offers starts tomorrow.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Answering a question on Drew Doughty: The Kings want to do over a 7 year deal, Doughty wants to do less. Bernstein says that Doughty wants to the highest paid LA King. (Anze Kopitar has a cap hit of $6.8 million)
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Josh Gorges’ agent hopes to get a deal done with the Canadiens before they go to salary arbitration. Arbitration hearings run from July 20th to August 4th. Last year only 4 of 19 players that filed for arbitration went to the hearing. Gorges earlier rejected a qualifying offer of $1.3 million. Money shouldn’t be issue, it’s the term that could be a problem.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Alexander Semin is being shopped around the league, he won’t end up in San Jose.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joe Corvo suggested at trade, but didn’t demand one. Dan Rosen via twitter: Rutherford told Rosen that “the idea to sign Kaberle actually came about through a phone conversation with Joe Corvo’s agent.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle and Michael Sauer all filed for salary arbitration, but the Rangers hope to get all signed before their hearing dates.
It’s fair to project that bookend foundation pieces Callahan and Dubinsky will come in at somewhere between $3.7 million and $4.4 million per season. It’s safe to say Sauer, prime for an offer sheet that inexplicably did not materialize over the last four days, will be in at between $1.5 million and $2 million. Boyle is a tougher case, coming off his first productive year in the NHL, but he likely will come in between $1.25 million and $1.75 million.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: 5 free agents who might interest the Jets: Cory Stillman, Ryan Shannon, Jason Jaffray, Mike Grier, and John Madden.
- Scott Howson via twitter: After signing Radek Martinek, the Blue Jackets will “sit tight for now.” Will assess the market and talk to teams about trades.
- Fan 590 Audio: Don Meehan, the agent for Steven Stamkos and Clarke MacArthur.
- TSN Audio: Brian Burke press conference.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Brian Burke: “We haven’t written off Jeff Finger … If he can come in and take a job that’s great.”
Coyotes re-sign Yandle … Hurricanes sign Kaberle, trade Corvo … Leafs re-sign MacArthur … Weber looking short term … Nothing new on Doughty
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Coyotes have re-signed Keith Yandle to a 5 year, $26.5 million contract. Andy Strickland via twitter: Salary breakdown: $4.75 million, $5 million, $5.25 million, $5.5 million, and $5.75 million. The Coyotes never shopped Yandle.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: The Hurricanes have signed Tomas Kaberle to a 3 year, $12.74 million contract. The Bruins wouldn’t move off of 2 years.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: The Hurricanes have traded Joe Corvo to the Bruins for a 4th round pick (2012).
- Howard Berger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have re-signed Clark MacArthur to a 2 year, $6.5 million contract.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Predators are looking to re-sign Shea Weber to a long term deal but he’s only looking for short term at the moment.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets have re-signed Marc Methot to a 4 year, $12 million contract.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: The Predators have signed Zack Stortini to a 1 year, 2-way $550,000 ($75,000 AHL) contract.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Drew Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, said there’s nothing new to report on discussions.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The LA Kings are intrigued by Oilers forward Ales Hemsky. The Oilers are listening to offers but are not desperate to trade him. The Kings hope more teams fall out of the playoff race, increasing the amount of talent that might be available. Money is once again an issue for the Dallas Stars at the deadline, as it’s unknown if the lenders will give them the go ahead to add some help, they have struggled of late and are dropping in the standings. If they continue to drop in the standings and are on the playoff bubble, they make look for Brad Richards packages. As of yesterday, Senators GM Murray still hadn’t heard what Chris Phillips was thinking regarding waiving his no-trade. Sharks aren’t saying much about what they are planning on doing, have been looking for a top 4 defenseman in the past. Seabrook rumors were a “total fabrication.”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: The LA Kings are still looking for a high-end forward. They were not in the late discussions with Ottawa for Mike Fisher.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, “We’re trying to find a defenseman that can be a penalty-killing type and eat up some minutes on the PK.”
- Darren Dreger of TSN: If the Red Wings continue to struggle defensively in the next 2 weeks, GM Ken Holland may look to make a deal. Though the Hurricanes would need a defenseman as part of the deal, they could consider trading Joe Corvo, Joni Pitkanen or Ian White.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: McGuire (I’m guessing Pierre) on Sheldon Souray, “There’s some talk about Montreal for Sheldon.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: UFA’s Chris Phillips and Jarkko Ruutu are as good as gone by the trade deadline. The Senators are also getting some interest in Filip Kuba, Chris Kelly, and Chris Neil. Garrioch doesn’t think anyone will want Alex Kovalev. The Canadiens, Bruins, Sharks and Ducks are looking for defenseman and could be interested in Phillips. Chris Campoli may be a good fit in Anaheim, a UFA at season’s end. If they dealt Phillips to Montreal, they may want Max Pacioretty in the deal.
- Ian Walker via twitter: Dan Hamhuis is out indefinitely with a concussion.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will be out at least a week after he underwent a heart ablation procedure yesterday (his 3rd since the beginning of last year).
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: JS Giguere will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight against the Canadiens. Giguere met with GM Brian Burke to discuss if they’ll look to trade him or not. He’d like to remain with the Leafs but would want to play if he does. “Hopefully I can give them a reason to keep me. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t even know if there’s a trade market for me anywhere. I still make a lot of money, so it’s something that can be tricky. I haven’t asked – anyway, I’m going to stop there.”
- Chris Vivlamore via twitter: Teams scouting the Thrashers-Rangers games last night were the Flyers, Red Wings and Canadiens. Steve Zipay adds the the Bruins were also there.
- Thomas Reed via twitter: Scouts at the Blue Jackets-Avalanche game last night were the Thrashers, Flyers, Coyotes, Canucks, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Senators, Bruins, and Capitals.
- David Rogers via twitter: John Davidson is reporting the David Perron is taking part in light workouts, but isn’t at the stage to begin skating.
Bogosian rumored to Edmonton … Possible Penguins targets … Bruins looking for D … Brodeur day-to-day … Emery Clears
- Gene Principe via twitter: Rumored talk of Zach Bogosian possibly heading to Edmonton, 2 Thrashers scouts drove to Nashville in a snowstorm to see the Oilers play. Ben Wright via twitter: Wright says to stop this Ales Hemsky to Atlanta talk, not going to happen, he’s extremely confident it’s not happening.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: The Penguins could be looking for a top 6 forward, preferably a center with Malkin don’t for the year, and questions surrounding Crosby. Cap number is not an issue, and they could look at players like Stephen Weiss or Devin Setoguchi as examples. It might take Alex Goligoski in a deal to get Setoguchi. Jason Arnott could draw some interest. The Bruins are still interested in Tomas Kaberle but it’s hard to see them paying a premium to the Leafs. Chiarelli could look at Eric Brewer, Chris Phillips, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen. With the uncertainty of Dallas ownership it doesn’t look like they’ll get a deal done before the trade deadline, but it’s unlikely Brad Richards will get moved. But there is the small possibility that Dallas could look to move him, and he might consider, especially if an extension was in place.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Martin Brodeur is day-to-day with a ‘non-operable injury’ to his right knee.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Ray Emery clears waivers and will start is comeback with Syracuse of the AHL. Ducks put Aaron Voros on waivers.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Alexander Semin will be in the lineup for the Capitals tonight, Michal Neurvirth will be in net. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Mike Green won’t play tonight be should be able to go on Saturday.
- Thomas Reed via twitter: Steve Mason will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
Helene Elliott via Twitter: “Kings believed to have gotten a proposal from Kovalchuk, but nothing has been settled and no response is imminent.”
Aaron Portzline via Twitter: Flyers and Zherdev deal could be finalized tonight.
Pierre LeBrun via Twitter: Joe Corvo and the Carolina Hurricanes reach a 2 year deal worth $4.5 million.
Dmitry Chesnokov via Twitter: Evgeni Nabokov signs with the SKA St. Peterburgh.
Dmitry Chesnokov via Twitter: Nikolai Zherdev may be signing with the Philadelphia Flyers according to reports from Russia.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, would not comment on the talks with the LA Kings. Maple Leafs still searching for a top 6 forward. “We continue to listen on Kaberle and to explore other trade opportunities,” Leafs GM Brian Burke told ESPN.com via e-mail. If they don’t get a top 6 forward, they’ll keep Kaberle. Nabokov is close to signing with SKA. Paul Kariya still wants to play and will wait for a good fit. The Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price have had talks, but no serious progress has been made, there is no rush to get a deal done. Buffalo Sabres have signed Rob Niedermayer.
- George Malik of MLive: If Nicklas Lidstrom retires, Brian Rafalski could step up into a larger role. One option available for the Red Wings would be to call up the Maple Leafs and see what it would take for Tomas Kaberle. They could also look at 2nd tier defenseman like Henrik Tallinder, Toni Lydman, Derek Morris, Joe Corvo, and Kim Johnsson.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: There are mixed reports on if Steve Yzerman is still considered a candidate or interested in the Tampa Bay Lightning GM position. It was report earlier that he wasn’t interested, but that may not be the case. When asked about it, “My response has always been not to comment,” Yzerman said. That might lead one to speculate that it’s still an option for him.
- Mike Brophy of Sportsnet: The Sharks are down 3-0, and it will take a miracle for them to come back and win the series versus the Blackhawks. Big changes could be coming from them in the off-season. Odds are looking good that Patrick Marleau won’t be back with the Sharks next season. Evgeni Nabokov is 34 and a UFA, and despite solid regular season numbers, he has a history of not performing in the playoffs. No one questions Joe Thornton’s talent, but the playoffs have a tendency of not bringing out the best of him, he’s a -10 heading into last night. GM Doug Wilson will also be on the hotseat as he’s the one who’s put together this team that has had some playoff woes the past couple seasons.