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Posts Tagged Jordan Eberle
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils David Clarkson isn’t sure what to expect when it comes to unrestricted free agency.
“I’m going to have my meeting with Lou and see what happens, I haven’t really even touched on it,” Clarkson said. “I’m sure I’ll have a meeting with my agent (Pat Morris) this week when I get back to Toronto and go through everything. But to be honest with you, I haven’t even sat down with (Morris) once this year. He’s somebody that let me play as well and just wanted to wait until this was over with.
“Unfortunately, it’s earlier than we expected. But I’m sure when I get home in the next week we’ll have some meetings and figure things out a little more.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: It’s unlikely that the Wild will be able to re-sign Cal Clutterbuck because of salary cap reasons. Matheson thinks the Oilers should go after him. Matheson also thinks the Oilers will go after Nathan Horton, and possibly Blackhawks Bryan Bickell or Viktor Stalberg.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: New Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has said changes will be coming, but it’s unlikely to involve Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz. That could change if Shea Weber comes available.
“I’ve always been of the belief that everything has a price, everything’s for sale. Is it likely, given the high regard we have for these players, given the punitive price we paid to get them? Highly, highly unlikely they would be part of any trade discussion, largely because we value them more highly than anybody else,” said MacTavish.
Sam Gagner could be a trade chip this summer. There have been some talks with Gagner regarding a contract extension. The Oilers could take a run at Sabres Drew Stafford. Free agents Viktor Stalberg or David Clarkson could get a look at from the Oilers.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren knows he has to makeover their defense, add more size up front and add more speed. Panaccio wonders if the Flyers should put an offer sheet in on Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
“My job is to make this team the best it can be,” Holmgren said of offering an RFA sheet or any other move. “So I will look at any and every way to do that.”
Morning Hits: Oilers Yakupov, Eberle and Smyth … Busy offseason for Preds … Flyers sign two … video: Lowe apologizes
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman suggested in his 30 Thoughts column that the Oilers might be willing to trade Nail Yakupov. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggested that one of Yakupov and Jordan Eberle could be traded. If the Oilers are going to trade one of Yakupov or Eberle, Willis thinks that they should move Eberle, as Yakupov has a higher upside.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s time for Oilers Ryan Smyth to hang them up. He does have one year left at $2.25 million. They could buy him out or tell him he’ll only play 40-50 games next season, possibly in a reduced role.
“I’m under their contract. I can’t sit here and speculate what they’re going to do. I can still help the team,” Smyth said.
Smyth hasn’t scored in 26 games.
“He’s been a warrior, a great warrior,” said the scout, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But when he picks them (this feet) up and puts them down now, they come down in the same spot.
“I don’t know if he’s got the legs anymore.”
Smyth isn’t sure if it’s time to hang them up yet.
“I don’t think of that (quitting). I know I have some life left in me. I can help in different areas,” Smyth said.
“I’m playing a different role and it makes me think of defensive play more than the offensive zone. I’m trying to be an all-around player.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators could have a busy offseason.
“I think you have to put everything in perspective, exactly where we are,” Trotz said. “You have to be realistic in everything that we do. Let’s not sugarcoat it. We want to be a top-level team. We have to go there. We’re going to have to do what’s necessary to do that.
“Obviously (GM David Poile) has a game plan. It’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on it, but I know we’re going to have to have a very busy summer and make sure we fill holes. I know he has a game plan for that. When he wants to divulge that game plan, we’ll unleash him on you I guess.”
The Predators could have close to $22 million in cap space, with only Patric Hornqvist and Roman Josi as their only main free agents.
- Flyers.NHL.com: The Flyers signed forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill to two-year contracts. Tim Panaccio: Rinaldo’s deal has a cap hit of $675,000. Rosehill has a cap hit of $750,000.
- Oilers president Kevin Lowe apologizes for his comments about their fans.
Quick hits: Gudbranson, Clune, Hickey, White, Tangradi, Bennett, Oilers, Redden, Hybrid icing, Bailey and Joensuu
- George Richards via twitter: The Panthers have suspended defenseman Erik Gudbranson until he’s cleared to play, and not just practice. He could start the season with San Antonio in the AHL.
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: The Predators claimed Rich Clune from the Kings. The Islanders claimed Thomas Hickey from the Kings.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Blues have invited Colin White to camp on a PTO.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Looking like Eric Tangradi and Beau Bennett are in competition to be on a line with Evgeni Malkin. Both will be playing with him tomorrow during their scrimmage.
- Sportscenter via twitter: (via @TSNRyanRishaug) Jordan Eberle will become an assistant captain in Edmonton. Taylor Hall and Nick Schultz will rotate A’s and Shawn Horcoff will remain as captain. Ales Hemsky and Ryan Whitney lost their A’s.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: The new compliance buyout agreement basically only had two players in mind, Redden and Gomez.
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: After 584 games, the AHL has ended their hybrid icing experiment. It was ‘positive’ but they want the players to have some consistency between the AHL and NHL.
- NY Islanders via twitter: The Islanders suspend Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu for getting injured while playing overseas. Their suspensions will be lifted when they pass their physicals.
- Josh Wingrove via twitter: Taylor Hall is getting stitches to a cut above his eye after he tripped on the stairs and banged heads with Jordan Eberle.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Dynamo Moscow of the KHL say that Alex Ovechkin has left for the Capitals early as he’s nursing a minor injury according to SovSport.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Nikolai Khabibulin said that he’s hopeful to be ready for the start of the season. He still needs see an improvement, so there is no guarantees.
- Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: Flyers Matt Walker is still suffering from a bad back and likely won’t pass his physical. He could be looking at time on the LTIR.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom’s status for the start of the season remains uncertain. On Dec. 26th he crashed awkwardly into the boards, injuring his neck. GM George McPhee said he can’t update the situation until the CBA is ratified.
“There are some things we can talk about, some things we can’t, and we can’t talk about the fitness or health of any players until training camp,” McPhee said Tuesday. “I’d be happy then.”
If Backstrom isn’t ready to start the season, the Capitals won’t have pay his contract since he was injured during the lockout.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: It’s all but certain the Kings will be without Anze Kopitar to start the season due to a sprained right MCL. He’ll undergo more tests when he arrives in LA. GM Dean Lombardi estimated 2 or 3 weeks, though these types of injuries can take longer to heal. Goalie Jonathan Quick had back surgery in August and is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Brodeur won’t retire … Bogus Eberle-Luongo rumor … Wild’s Brodin and Granlund injured … Helm injury update
- Matt Larkin via twitter: Martin Brodeur told Ken Campbell that he’s not retiring, even if the season is cancelled.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: “I don’t know what’s dumber: rumours of Eberle for Luongo (never, ever, ever) or those few Canucks fans who say that would be a “bad return”. Tencer doesn’t know where the rumor started, but it’s not from a credible place.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune:The Wild lost a couple top prospects to injury Friday night. Defenseman Jonas Brodin has a broken clavicle and will be out several weeks. Mikael Granlund has a strained muscle in his lower right leg and will be out a few weeks.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Darren Helm suffered a fractured cheekbone on Friday and will now see a specialist on Monday to see if surgery is required.
Edmonton Oilers via twitter:The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jordan Eberle to a 6 year, $36 million contract extension.
Edmonton Oilers via twitter: GM Steve Tambellini, “I’m happy for the organization and I’m proud of Jordan, because he deserves it.”
Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Tambellini, “We’re trying to solidify the core of this team … We’re very happy to have Taylor and Jordan signed long-term.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Negotiations between the Oilers and Jordan Eberle continue. He’ll likely get something similar to the $6 million that Taylor Hall got, but unlikely the 7 years, maybe 5 years. An extension could happen in the next few days, but likely not until after the long weekend. Eberle, Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could play in Oklahoma City of the AHL if there is a lockout.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Senators have signed Kyle Turris to a 5 year, $17.5 million deal, a $3.5 million cap hit.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Linus Omark signed a 1 year deal with a Swiss team.
- Adam Gretz of CBS Sports: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said that Rene Bourque had abdominal surgery yesterday and will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Bourque was injured during his offseason training, suffering an “abdominal wall tear.” He should be ready by the end of November.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Derek Roy said his shoulder rehab is going well and that he hopes to start skating in 3 weeks or so, and is on target for a November return.
- Brian Comptom of the NHL.com: Brad Boyes is expected to replace the departed P.A. Parenteau on the Islanders top line beside John Tavares and Matt Moulson.
Free Agent and trade notes on: Subban, Hall, Eberle, Seguin, Doan, Franzen, Luongo, Carlson and Fistric
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: P.K. Subban’s agent said there is no truth the report that Subban asked for a 5 year deal at $30 million, ”Another erroneous report. PK has not made any such request” Lariviere adds that his sources said that talks have been going on for a month, and they are moving very slow right now.
- Dan Tener via twitter: Taylor Hall’s agent approached Oilers GM Steve Tambellini at the draft about starting contract extension talks.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers GM Tambellini on Jordan Eberle’s contract extension: “We’ve had some discussions, but I really don’t have anything to report.” Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Would expect that Eberle’s deal will get done shortly. Will likely be the same money as Hall, but the term could be shorter.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Talks between the Tyler Seguin and the Boston Bruins have been fluid, should pick up after the Taylor Hall signing.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Sources close to the Shane Doan camp say that Phoenix is still his number one priority, regardless of the other offers he has. Sources also said that he and his agent have received some good news on that front, his agent Terry Bross wouldn’t confirm.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Johan Franzen’s production and reasonable cap hit ($3.9 million, runs through 2019-20) gives the Red Wings high value in a potential trade for a top 4 defenseman that they badly need.
- Jesse Spector of the Sporting News: Talks regarding a Roberto Luongo trade have been quiet lately.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed was told earlier this offseason that there are certain players the Flyers will always keep a close eye on, John Carlson was one player mentioned.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: If the Stars ever decide to trade Mark Fistric, the could look at what they got last year from the Flyers for Nicklas Grossman, a 2nd and 3rd round pick.
- John Buccigross via twitter: Buccigross was told that the Sabres 4 year, $30 offer to Shane Doan is legit. The Coyotes are only looking to go 2 years for now. Mike Harrington via twitter: Harrington notes again that the Sabres may not be that attractive to Doan if he hasn’t signed the big 4 year offer already.
- Kevin Durz of CSN Bay Area: Jeff Skinner’s 6 year contract with an annual cap hit of $5.725 million will be of interest for Sharks forward Logan Couture, who is entering the first year of a 2 year deal that paid him $5.75 over 2 years. Skinner beat out Couture for the Rookie of the Year in 2010-11.
- TSN: Ryan Rishaug is reporting that the Oilers are close to signing Taylor Hall to a contract extension, and negotiations with Jordan Eberle are ongoing.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Not everyone likes Scott Hartnell’s 6 year, $28.5 million extension, mainly the agents who feel he sold himself short,
“Everyone is asking what the [bleep] he just did,” said one agent.
Hartnell has a limited no-movement clause. He may have been able to $5.5 million plus if hit the open market next summer, though he may not have gotten the 6 years.
Some points from the NHLPA proposal … Oilers looking to extend Hall and Eberle … Wings looking for Dmen … Bergevin won’t talk Subban
- Larry Brooks via twitter: From the NHLPA’s proposal to the NHL: “Clubs could go up to $4M over cap and drop to $4M under floor by adding or trading cap space.” … Teams that are in financial trouble would get extra draft picks that could be used, traded or sold. Also proposed a limit on non-player spending by teams. The NHLPA plans on submitting own proposals on systemic issues like free agency, entry level and salary arbitration. The NHLPA proposed eliminating team walkaways from salary arbitration. John Shannon via twitter: Proposal includes ability to trade salary cap space. Same amount of money/cap remains in the system but it can be traded or “bought.” It’s a minor part of the proposal and doesn’t have a lot of use, just for teams in distress.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are intending to sign Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle to contract extensions, and have started the process. Jeff Skinner’s 6 year deal at an $5.725 million average may be used. The Oilers may look at using John Tavares’s 5 year deal with a $5.5 million cap hit. There is nothing on the contract offer the Oilers sent Linus Omark.
- Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: There was a report out of Calgary last week that the Red Wings offered Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a prospect for Jay Bouwmeester. It’s doubtful the Wings would do this. Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle is more attractive to the Red Wings, but it would cost more to get him. The Wings have inquired about Yandle. Several defenseman who’ll be UFAs next summer that might become available at some point are Alex Edler, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky and Kimmo Timonen.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Canadiens GM Bergevin confirms that they are interested in Shane Doan but adds that Doan goal is to remain with the Coyotes. He didn’t visit the Canadiens.
- Arpon Basu via twitter: Canadiens GM Bergevin won’t discuss P.K. Subban talks and he didn’t see the report that Subban rejected a 2 year offer.
- Daniel Kaplan via twitter: The Devils lenders could put the club into bankruptcy now, but they won’t.
- Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: The Ducks will have some decisions to make between now and September 15th (CBA expiration date) with regards to Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Both will be UFAs after this upcoming season. Getzlaf struggled last season with only 11 goals, had under 50 assists for the 1st time in 5 years, and was a -11. If Perry and Getzlaf were UFAs this season, what type of deals would they have received? 2013 RFAs who might be looking for big deals before the new CBA are Milan Lucic, Max Pacioretty, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Seguin, Alex Pietrangelo, Jeff Skinner, Ryan McDonagh, Adam Henrique and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are looking to make some more moves, and have lots of salary cap space to do it. Their current cap number is $53,711,310, with the floor set at $54.2 million according to CapGeek.com.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Contract talks with Ryan O’Reilly and the Avalanche will likely resume in a week or two according to his agent.
- Chris Botta via twitter: Islanders Rick DiPietro was taken off the IR yesterday. If he was on the IR and there was a lockout, they’d have to pay him.
- Sarah Baicker via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Marc-Andre Bourdon is “fine” from his concussion last season.
- Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette signed a 2 year contract extension, and is signed through 2014-15.
- Jason Gregor via twitter: The Oilers will likely offer Ryan Smyth a 1 year contract with bonuses. He’s unlikely to get a 2 year deal. GM Steve Tambellini has said as much. Dan Tencer via twitter: GM Tambellini has said he hasn’t gotten a offer that he’s even close to considering for the #1 pick, and he thinks he’ll end up keeping it. Tambellini added he’ll draft by position in the later rounds and not with the 1st overall pick. He’ll take the best player available on their boards.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov, Matheson would expect them to shift to the left-wing to get into their top 6. He shoots left but has played on his off-wing. Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky play the right side. Is Sam Gagner a #2 center, a right winger or trade bait? Matheson wonders where Magnus Paajarvi fits in. Is he a top 6 or 9? He only scored 11 goals in 89 total games last year. Matheson doesn’t think that the Oilers would move any further back than 5th overall if they decided to move the pick.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks thinks “it’s all but impossible to imagine No.9 will stay.” Brooks is referring to Zach Parise re-signing with the Devils. At least a dozen teams will inquire about him. This will likely be the last summer in which teams can sign players to front-loaded contracts and with no restrictions on term. Parise can expect to get offers similar to what Brad Richards got year, 9 years and $60 million. Richards receives $24 million in the first 2 years, including a $10 million and $8 million signing bonus. Parise is 28 years old and could get a 12 year offer. The Wild, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Bruins could be teams that are interested.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Jay Feaster insists he’s able to spend to the salary cap ceiling if he wants to. Roger Millions had tweeted “Told #Flames will not be cap team anymore. In fact, expect them to be around 55 Million when hockey is played again.” Feaster said while addressing season ticket holders:
“We will be a cap team,” Feaster told the Sun yesterday. “Ownership has not wavered from that commitment.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators likely don’t have much leverage in a Alexander Radulov trade. Will not bringing Radulov back change Ryan Suter’s thinking? Shea Weber had pushed had to bring Radulov back, and have his thoughts changed now?
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Brian Burke dismissed the rumors that he was about to be fired, or asked to resign or taking a sabbatical, ”No, it’s never been discussed.” On whether he’s considering any type of hiatus, “The answer is no,” he said.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Jaromir Jagr is hoping to re-sign with the Flyers. and the 2-sides are working on a 1 year deal. Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda,
“I’ve talked to Jaromir and I have talked to Paul [Holmgren] and we hope to get something done before the draft,”
Svoboda is also optimistic that Jakub Voracek will re-sign with the Flyers around draft time.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The Panthers have signed GM Dale Tallon to a contract extension. Tallon has said he has made contract offers to RFA Kris Versteeg and UFA Scott Clemmensen. He is close to making offers to UFAs Jason Garrison and Mikael Samuelsson. With the contract offer made to Clemmensen, it appears they are planning on having Jacob Markstrom in the AHL for 1 more season.
- Toronto Sun: Greg Jamison is trying to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, but according to Forbes, he having trouble raising cash to complete the $170 million sale. The City of Gendale is putting a $15 million a year taxpayer subsidy, but investors are doubting a profit can be turned.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: The Rangers are reporting issue free surgeries for forwards Marian Gaborik and Brandon Prust.