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Posts Tagged Los Angeles Kings
- John Shannon: Shannon had an email conversation with Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, who confirmed that the Flyers have told him that they won’t be buying out Bryzgalov.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to CSN: ”I didn’t assure Ritch Winter of anything. When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best for our hockey team.“
- David Pagnotta: Holmgren told Winter (after both of the above comments were made public) that his comments were fair based on the earlier conversations they had.
- David Pagnotta: If the Flyers don’t buyout Brygalov, they’ll be out of the Jonathan Bernier race. Reported around the trade deadline that Bernier and Matt Read were the centerpieces of trade talks between the two teams. The Flames, Leafs, Devils and Wild could be in the mix.
- David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that the Flames could pursue Bernier.
- Sarah Baicker: With many teams interested in Bernier, he’ll want to go somewhere that the starter’s job in guaranteed. The Flyers can’t offer that as he’d have to split time with Steve Mason. Odds lessen that he’ll end up in Philadelphia.
- B.D. Gallof: Bernier is still a prospect. He might be a little more developed than some of the Islanders prospects, but can’t lose sight of that.
- Bob McKenzie: Sharks contract extension with Logan Couture is for five years at $6 million a season. Not official until July 5th.
- Lisa Dillman: Kings sign Slava Voynov to a six year, $25 million deal.
- Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues agree to a one-year, two-way deal with Taylor Chorney.
- Mark Stepneski: Tomas Vincour signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.
- Igor Eronko: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey signed with the Ducks after spending a season in Sweden.
- Renaud Lavoie: The Devils have signed Mattias Tedenby to a one-year, $600,000 one-way deal.
- Ted Starkey: Chris Bourque is heading back to the KHL.
- Igor Eronko: Islanders David Ullstrom has signed with Lokomotiv of the KHL.
- Nick Kypreos: Kypreos is hearing that Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier will be traded sooner than later, and that the Flyers and Maple Leafs could be the front-runners. The Flyers if they decided to buyout Ilya Brygalov and there is the Leiweke-LA link for the Leafs.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers were one of 12 teams that Kings GM Dean Lombardi has contacted about Bernier. The Kings source said,
“Basically, we’re running an auction,” the source said.
The Flyers might offer Matt Read, as the Kings are said to be looking for help on the wing.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders are said to be in the mix for Bernier according to sources.
- Sam Carchidi: Thinks that a 1st and Sean Couturier is too much for Jonathan Bernier, but Couturier for Bernier would be tempting, especially with Scott Laughton close.
- Elliott Friedman of CBC: Friedman mentions again about the Avalanche turning down the Flames offer of all their 1st round picks for the 1st overall pick. They rejected it quickly as it didn’t contain a player that is NHL ready. Friedman wonders if the Flames made the same offer to the Panthers, Lightning or Predators.
The Avs may not want to go below No. 3. The Panthers may not want to go below No. 4 if anywhere at all. The Lightning and Predators could be the same.
The Hurricanes at No. 5 could be ready to deal. They would get a very good player at No. 5, but would top 4 defenseman with experience and term may be a better option from where they sit? The Oilers had talks with the Hurricanes, but they may have cooled.
One source on the Hurricanes, ”some players who were previously untouchable may no longer be untouchable.” Doesn’t include anyone with the last night Staal.
The Stars, Red Wings and Maple Leafs have contacted the Panthers about trading for Stephen Weiss’ negotiating rights if the Panthers can’t re-sign him. The Devils could also be a possible destination for Weiss.
Speculation that the Stars could target Jarome Iginla. The Kings are another. Friedman wonders about the Coyotes/Seattle with the Shane Doan connection.
John Tortorella and John Stevens will have second interviews with the Canucks.
Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak contract talks aren’t going that well. GM Dave Nonis took a hard line with Leo Komarov and may be doing the same with Bozak. He could be saving his cap space for someone, either it be Weiss or somebody else.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings and Pavel Datsyukappear to be close on agreeing to a multi-year contract extension. It can’t be official until after July 5th. Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin flew to Detroit yesterday to meet with Holland. Datsyuk tweeted last night “Big day tomorrow …”
“I hope very soon,” Greenstin said. “Everybody knows what Pavel Datsyuk means to Detroit and what he likes about the Red Wings. We’re still talking. Contract cannot be registered with league until July 5. We can negotiate a deal so we have one (before July 5).”
- Gary Lawless: Zach Bogosian’s agent confirms that he spoke again with the Jets last week.
- Ken Wiebe: The Jets haven’t had any talks with RFA defenseman Zach Redmond. Redmond’s agent did say that he continues to progress from his bad skate cut, ”He’s doing great and he feels great.”
- Ken Wiebe: UFA defenseman Derek Meech’s agent, JP Barry, has spoke with the Jets several times and will do so again before free agency starts on July 5th.
- Bob Stauffer: Oilers defenseman Mark Fistric will options. Stauffer thinks the Oilers should re-sign him as they need his size.
- Andy Strickland: Kings RFA Jonathan Bernier fired his agent on Sunday.
- Aaron Portzline: Portzline agrees with the executive who thinks the Blue Jackets needs to make two “pick” trades with a top a top prospect to get into the top 4 or 5. With the draft being so deep, Portzline wonders why would teams give up a lot to move up?
- Louis Jean: Alain Vigneault’s deal with the Rangers is for 5 years in the $2 million a year range.
- Dennis Bernstein: An Ilya Bryzgalov buyout would be $700,000 next year, $1.3 million in 2014-15, $1.3 million in 2015-16, $1.8 million in 2016-17, $1.8 million in 2017-18 and $1.6 million for the remaining 7 years.
- Mike Zeisberger: Tuukka Rask hasn’t allowed a goal at home in 166 minutes, 28 seconds.
- 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.
Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings GM Dean Lombardi will continue to take calls on Jonathan Bernier this offseason.
Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: It’s sounding like Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is virtually untradeable. Accredited Jets blogger Pete Tessier wrote that Byfuglien weighed 302 pounds by the end of the season.
“The Jets have never been, and never will be, in the habit of commenting on rumours started on Twitter,” wrote a team spokesman in a text message.
Byfuglien will make $5.75 million this season. He’s had run-ins with coaching staff and his play regressed last year as his conditioning slipped. He hasn’t been playing a disciplined game. He can’t be traded in is present state. Byfuglien has become a problem for the Jets, one in which the GM Cheveldayoff must try to solve.
Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues could use Kris Russell and Ian Cole as trade chips this summer. Strickland doesn’t see why some want to one of their forwards like a David Perron. Only way they might move one would be if trade makes them immediately better.
Free Agent Hits: Voynov, Wheeler, Little, Komarov, Ranger, Kovalev, Gonchar, Josi, Iginla, Kings and Blues
- Igor Eronko: An exec from Traktor (KHL) said they made an offer to Kings RFA defenseman Slava Voynov, but there is no belief that he would accept it: ‘We know it’s almost unreal, but we’re going to try to sign Voynov until there is a chance’
- Gary Lawless: Blake Wheeler’s camp said there has been no talks with the Jets yet. Bryan Little contract talks are “very preliminary.”
- Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Leo Komarov: “We made him an offer that we thought was fair. If he chooses to play in RUS for more $, nothing we can do about it.” Dmitry Chesnokov: Komarov will sign with Dynamo Moscow today. His Dynamo deal would not preclude him from exploring NHL options.
- Darren Dreger: If Leafs Paul Ranger decides to return to the NHL, the Oilers would be high among the 20 plus teams that would be interested in him due to the Eakins hire.
- Igor Eronko: Alex Kovalev signed in the Swiss league.
- Darren Dreger: Sergei Gonchar’s deal with the Stars includes a full no-movement clause with a limited trade window from January 2015 to the trade deadline in the 2nd year of the deal.
- Craig Custance: Oilers RFA Teemu Hartikainen will play for Ufa of the KHL.
- Nashville Predators: The Predators sign defenseman Roman Josi to a 7-year, $28 million deal. Salary breakdown: 2.5 million in 2013-14, $3 million in 2014-15, $4 million in 2015-16, $4.25 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017-18, $5.25 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis thinks that if Jarome Iginla wants a serious shot at the Stanley Cup, he’d have a take a big pay-cut. It would be due to the fact that Cup contenders would have a tough time fitting in a bigger contract. How many teams would/could fit in more than $3 million a year for him? The Ducks could be a fit, especially his Teemu Selanne retires. San Jose might be able to fit him in on a one-year deal. The Blues could fit him in on the right side, but would he fit in Ken Hitchcock’s system?
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s top priorities will be UFA Rob Scuderi and Dustin Penner. He also has RFA Slava Voynov and Jonathan Bernier to sign. The Kings could let Penner hit the open market and open a top six spot for Tyler Toffoli or Tanner Pearson.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have only had preliminary talks with RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.
“We haven’t really moved ahead with anyone yet,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We’ll probably do that, I’d say, 10 days before the draft (June 28) to two weeks before the draft. We’ll talk to guys if they want to get something done sooner, we’re prepared, but history shows that these guys usually don’t sign until after the free-agency period starts.”
They may get an offer sheet from someone, but that is not a concern for GM Doug Armstrong.
“Offer sheets aren’t a concern,” Armstrong said. “It’s part of the business and you know that they’re there. But the salary cap is coming down, and the mechanisms that would drive (current) teams away … that’s not available in the new CBA.”
- James Murphy on Murphy’s Hockey Law: Murphy says not to be surprised if Rangers GM Glen Sather decides to step down as team GM. Sources say that Sather is considering it. He would keep his role of team President. Jim Schoenfeld or Doug Risebrough could replace him as GM. Larry Brooks: Has been told that there is nothing to the speculation that Sather is stepping down as the Rangers GM.
- Katie Strang: Confirmations that the Rangers have permission to speak with Lindy Ruff.
- James Mirtle: Dallas Eakins could take Marlies assistant coach Derek King with him.
- James Mirtle: Gord Dineen will be closely considered to be the Marlies next head coach.
- John Shannon: Kings John Stevens has been given permission to talk with other teams about any head coaching positions.
Kings Quotes: Kopitar wasn’t injured, Richard’s on his injury, does Scuderi or Voynov get a deal first
- John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings Anze Kopitar didn’t appear to be injured.
“There is not going to be any surgery necessary. In fact, I just talked to Chris (Kingsley, Kings head trainer) and our doctor. I can actually get rid of the knee brace too. So, I’m getting back to no discomfort and good strength in my knee. I should be fine. And in regards to being injured during the playoffs, there was really no significant injuries that I suffered. It was normal, just banged up a little bit, a few bumps and bruises. That’s about it.”
- John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings Mike Richards on his injury in the Western Conference Final:
“Like I said, they scored on their chances that they got. It is frustrating just sitting there, especially with a concussion because you never know – with the way you feel. You think you feel good. Then, I went out and tried to skate and you don’t feel well. I think that’s the most frustrating part of it. Because you think you can play and then you start doing activities and realize you’re not only putting the team at risk, but you’re putting yourself at risk too. So, what’s frustrating the most is that you can’t do anything about it to help the team.”
- John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on whether it’s more important to sign UFA Rob Scuderi or RFA Slava Voynov first.
“Kind of chicken and egg, isn’t it? And part of that too, what you have to factor into that, there’s at least a difference between an unrestricted free agent and a restricted, right? So that enters into who you prioritize also. I don’t have a problem with that. You can say, looking at it as a player, I do this, but there’s also the issue of a guy with seniority and he’s putting in more years, probably deserves consideration, not only morally because he has seniority, but also the agreement dictates that you probably have to move quicker because at least the other guys you have rights to. So, it’s hard to answer your question, but trust me, these last two, three months when I saw what was happening here, and then losing Willie Mitchell, it’s – I’ve talked about having chemistry projects in the back room before, well we’ve taken this to a nuclear science now in terms of how you put these equations together. I’m not disagreeing with what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s cut as black and white as that. It’s really hard, unless you guys want another really long, hour long answer, we just better probably leave it at that.”
Morning Hits: Final starts on Wed., Eakins replacing Kruger, Rangers coaching candidates, Doughty’s bum ankle, MacTavish Presser
- NHL: The Stanley Cup Final gets underway on Wednesday in Chicago at 8:00 pm ET. Game 2 goes on Saturday at 8:00 pm ET.
- Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers fire head coach Ralph Krueger.
- Ryan Rishaug: Sounding like Dallas Eakins will be the next Oilers head coach. David Pagnotta: Eakins has been locked in as Oilers coach and will officially be introduced in the next few days.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Penguins decide to fire head coach Dan Bylsma, he could become the Rangers top candidate if the Penguins would grant them permission to talk. The Rangers have permission to speak with Alain Vigneault, Dallas Eakins and Lindy Ruff. Dave Tippett’s preference is to remain with the Coyotes and Mark Messier is still in the picture. Vigneault seems to be the leading candidate at the moment.
- Lisa Dillman: Kings Drew Doughty had been playing on a bad ankle since the Sharks series.
- Bob McKenzie: If the Blackhawks win today, the Stanley Cup Final starts on Wednesday. If the Kings win, the Final will start next Saturday in either Boston or Chicago. The Final can’t start in LA.
- EJ Hradek: Penguins GM Ray Shero will now have many questions to answer about the Penguins future. From coaching to goaltending to free agents.
- Darren Dreger: Dreger can’t see Dan Bylsma’s job with the Penguins being in jeopardy. Teams looking for a head coach are paying attention.
- Eric Macramalla: In the new CBA, you can’t compliance buyout a player who signed after September 15th 2012.
- Daren Millard: Dallas Eakins met with the Canucks for the second time. There is no timetable on a Canucks decision.
- Bill Waters: Paul Maurice has had three interviews: Canucks, Lightning and Oilers.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche prospect, Joey Hishon, who has been battling concussions the past couple years, said he’s doing “great.” He missed almost two full years with a concussion, and suffered another one late this season. He should be ready for training camp.