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Posts Tagged Michael Del Zotto
Garrioch’s Rumor Roundup … Kick-starting a Flames Rebuild … Canucks Knew About O’Reilly Waiver Issue
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: On the Flames offer sheet to Ryan O’Reilly,
“Calgary should have known (the Avs) were going to match it no matter what,” said a league insider Friday. “By doing this, what they’ve done is given a division rival one of their best players back instead of having that guy traded elsewhere.
“The Flames have given the Avs a top-six forward and the ammo that could knock Calgary out of a playoff race. This could really end badly for the Flames.”
Had the Flames not made the offer, O’Reilly would have been traded to an Eastern Conference team. The Canucks, Red Wings and Flames tried to trade for him. Avs GM Sherman was trying to trade him to the Rangers, Maple Leafs or Lightning. The Avs wanted a player, prospect and No. 1 pick. Sources say that the Avs asked for Michael Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and a No. 1.
The Rangers, Flames and Flyers are making trade calls. “Teams are thinking they’ve got to do something now if they’re going to stand a chance,” said a league executive Friday.
The Rangers, Blues and Senators are looking for a defenseman.
Many GMs think the Penguins will make a deal for Jarome Iginla.
Unless the Senators get a really good offer for Ben Bishop, don’t expect them to trade him. Robin Lehner won’t be waiver exempt next season.
The clock could be ticking for Lightning coach Guy Boucher.
If the Ducks were to trade Corey Perry, the Maple Leafs would be interested. They would want to have a chance to sign him before giving up top prospects. It is believed that the Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf are getting closer to a deal. Talks are ongoing with Perry, but the sense is that he won’t re-sign.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin may not be done as he’d like to free up a bit more money.
The Rangers may be looking to add a bit more grit. The Rangers may have floated the idea of moving Marian Gaborik. He has a cap hit of $7.5 million through 2014-15.
The Panthers may be active at the trade deadline. It’s believed they won’t be able to sign Stephen Weiss, and there are several teams that will be interested. The Wings have asked about Weiss.
The Stars will have to decide if they want to re-sign Brenden Morrow or trade him.
The Bruins, Blues, Penguins and Flyers are looking for help.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Jay Feaster said over a year ago on if they were to trade Miikki Kiprusoff,
“If we were to trade 34 (Kiprusoff), is there a position lower than 30th?,” was Feaster’s reply just over a year ago. “If we were to trade 34, we’d be sub-30, whatever that number is in a 30-team league.”
Kiprusoff no longer has a no-trade clause, and moving him would kick-start a flames rebuild. One problem is that the Flames don’t have goalie ready to take over the number 1 position. There is some hope that Kari Ramo would return the NHL next season. Also in their system are Danny Taylor, Leland Irving and even Barry Brust, but none have proven that they are NHLers.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: When asked if he knew that Ryan O’Reilly would have to clear waivers if Colorado didn’t match the offer sheet, Cancucks GM Mike Gillis said “yes.”
- Dan Tencer via twitter: When asked if he was close to trading Roberto Luongo prior to the season, Gillis said “Yeah. Yeah, we were.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild forward Matt Cullenwill be a UFA at the end of the season, and knows he could find himself in the trade rumors.
“When I signed here three years ago, I wanted to win a Cup here. I hope we can do that this year,” Cullen said. “I love it here. My family’s from here. It’s a great organization. I love every part of it. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and start thinking about this stuff, and I know it will be on the forefront here before long as we get closer to the deadline.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know what I hope for, though.”
Injury Notes: Wisniewski, McDonald, Steen, Khabibulin, McDonagh, Nash, Del Zotto, Brown, Kuba, Bolland, Salo and Michalek
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was put on the IR and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot.
- St. Louis Blues: The Blues put Andy McDonald on the IR with a left knee injury. Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Steen hasn’t be ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: The Oilers put Nikolai Khabibulin on the IR and have called up Yann Danis.
- BlueShirtsUnited: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced with teammates today for an optional practice and will be returning to the lineup after missing one game. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto also practiced, but are unsure if they’ll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Colton Orr and Mike Brown will return to the lineup tonight. David Steckel is out.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Filip Kuba (upper-body injury) skated with Mike Caruso (wrist) before practice.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is out tomorrow. He hasn’t started skating yet.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning list Sami Salo is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek practice today and will travel with the team. It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow or over the weekend.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Looking like Maple Leafs Matt Frattin is about a week away from returning.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi left last night’s game after blocking a P.K. Subban shot in the foot. BlueShirtsUnited.com: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh left the game after taking a hit from Max Pacioretty. He seemed to be checking his mouth when he left. Michael Del Zotto was scratched from the game with an undisclosed injury.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: As of yesterday morning, Evgeni Malkin was experiencing concussion symptoms, severe headaches and mild disorientation.
What will the Sens do with Alfredsson? GMs are puzzled with Sherman … O’Reilly’s dad writes email … Friedman’s thoughts
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks that if Daniel Alfredsson became available, the Bruins could be interested. GM Bryan Murray likely doesn’t have any desire to move Alfredsson given what he has meant to the organization, but he would likely let Alfredsson know if teams come calling. The Sharks got off to a hot start, but have struggled lately.
“It’s getting back to doing the things that allowed us to be successful early in the year,” Wilson told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “It’s been addressed. Our talent level hasn’t changed. But as you know, we’re always looking for ways to improve our hockey team.”
LeBrun doesn’t think Panthers GM Dale Tallon will wait much longer before he starts making moves, maybe 5 or 6 games. They’ll have to decide if they want to re-sign Stephen Weiss or not.
- Steve Simmons via twitter: Simmons notes that the Avalanche haven’t told other GMs what the price for Ryan O’Reilly is. They are telling them to make an offer. Most GMs are puzzled by this.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Ryan O’Reilly’s dad, Brian, sent Dater an email about his sons situation, and gave him permission to post it. Here is the first paragraph of it. Click on the above link to finish reading it:
“Thank you for your kind words. This is not about money and never has been. As you know you don’t build team based on dollars. If you did then the people with the most expensive players would be our champion . You build a team on its character. Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character. I know this for a fact the players he was yesterday will not be the player he was tomorrow he will continue to grow learn and thrive .The world values it less and less, yet everyone is looking for those players that eat sleep and drink the game and are unselfish plus compete because they are intrinsically motivated for excellence. This is another trait humankind is slowly losing! It used to be a bigger part of our game because we used to let kids develop character and test themselves without all the importance put on systems methods and criteria of adults. My children were raised in an environment of sport where Athletics was held up as something you do to develop your sense of personhood, qualities of-collaboration,team play and most important the development of your character, mental toughness as an individual and it was FUN from which you Learn. How many goals you got or how many points you got was not how you measured yourself. What was important was giving your best day in day out. Leadership was shown on a daily bases, by treating people well even those they miss treat you. In the world today we are losing our sense of meaning and purpose my by devaluing people worth in ways that are ridiculous And Absurd.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC.ca: Friedman had originally thought that the Rangers and Avalanche were discussing a Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O’Reilly and another defenseman, but was later told that Stepan was never discussed. Friedman wouldn’t be surprised if the Avalanche called the Panthers. It doesn’t look like the Red Wings would be interested in Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney. The Oilers may be wondering what to do with Ryan Smyth. It could be just a blip, but he has one year left on his deal and it’s 35+ contract. Penguins GM Ray Shero was scouting the Wild-Avs game last week, and Friedman notes that Matt Cullen has “Penguin written all over him.” The CBA was expected to be complete last Saturday, but they are still working on it.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Yesterday was a key decision day on which direction the Canadiens will take on the P.K. Subban negotiations. A big commitment needs to be made to get him into camp on Sunday.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Negotiations between P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin were ongoing yesterday. Meehan will keep Subban in the loop for the next 24-48 hours when there is something concrete. Subban said that he won’t be at the Canadiens medicals [today]. Louis Jean via twitter: Meehan on Subban contract talks: ”More discussions planned this weekend.” Dave Stubbs via twitter: Meehan on a rumored 4 year, $22 million deal for Subban: “Nothing could be further from the truth & I capitalize all of that”
- Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Rangers Michael Del Zotto may be looking for a contract in the $2.3 to $2.5 million range.
- The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Ducks may have to trade one of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry if the Ducks are not in a playoff run by the trade deadline. Both will be UFA’s at the end of the season. Perry has expressed his interest in remaining in Anaheim, but contract talks haven’t started yet. One of Perry’s agents, Mark Guy, doesn’t expect to have any talks until after the season starts. Perry could sign up to an 8 year deal with Anaheim, and could look for a salary in the $7 million range.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Free agent Jay Pandolfo may be heading to the Bruins training camp.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks coach Vigneault confirms that UFA defenseman Cam Barker has accepted a PTO.
Quick hits on: Luongo, Del Zotto, Red Wings and Rangers lines, camp invites, Whitney’s ankle and Armstrong extension coming
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: Some media suggest the Oilers are interested in Luongo. Stauffer doesn’t see it as it’s Devan Dubnyk’s time.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: Would be surprised if the Rangers traded Michael Del Zotto. He’s a good puck-moving Dman. They need him.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Damien Brunner will start the season with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Valtteri Filppula will center Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson. Darren Helm will center Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi. Justin Abdelkader will center Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo. Patrick Eaves is out with a concussion and won’t be ready to start the season.
- Andrew Gross of the Bergon Record: Early line combo’s for the Rangers: Nash-Richards-Gaborik, Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan, Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Mike Rupp.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Joe Colborne and Carter Ashton won’t be at the Maple Leafs camp. Could tell you a lot as to why the Bruins and Lightning were willing to part with the former 1st round picks.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee on Tuesday: “There’s no sense bringing in the junior players … because they wouldn’t be able to make our team right now.” Capitals confirmed yesterday that Tom Wilson will be at training camp. He’ll play with Plymouth on Friday, then head to Washington on Saturday.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney said his troublesome right ankle is fine.
“I feel very good (recovering from his foot injury). I did so much skating (since last April’s last game of 2012-13) and worked really hard with my trainer. I got to do sprints, things I couldn’t do for a while,” said Whitney.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: There is a chance that Blues GM Doug Armstrong will get 5 year contract extension. He is in the last year of his deal. Armstrong is currently making around $1.3 million. Top GMs are paid in the $2-$3 million range. Forward Chris Stewart has dropped 25 pounds from a year ago.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Michael Del Zotto’s agent says that ”negotiations are ongoing.”
- Mike Heika via twitter: Jamie Benn (RFA) is the only unsigned Stars player.
“We’ve had talks with Jamie for a year and a half, so we know the parameters,” Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said Tuesday. “We’ve made it clear to them that it is a priority for us, and I think Jamie knows we want him in camp…It’s important, but time will dictate whether it gets done.’’
Benn could get a new contract in the $5 to $6 million range.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle has heard that Corey Perry would have seriously considered joining his former GM when he became a UFA at the end of this season.
- Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun: There was talk out of Montreal on Tuesday that P.K. Subban’s camp could be looking for a contract similar to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Doughty signed an 8 year, $56 million deal last year.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks are one of several teams to have contacted free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer. The Canucks could be a more likely destination for Vandermeer.
News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed
- Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s ”pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.
“It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”
- Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.
“I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told ESPNNewYork.com. “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”
Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.
“I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”
- Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.
“No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.
“I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’
The agent added,
“It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.
“He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’
The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Sources are saying that agents are allowed to negotiate with GMs, but contracts can’t be signed until the new CBA is official.
- Liz Mullen via twitter: Agent Don Meehan has said that Michael Del Zotto (NYR), P.K. Subban (MON) and Ryan O’Reilly (COL) are in talks with their teams about re-signing.
- Katie Strang via twitter: RFA Michael Del Zotto’s agent, Don Meehan, plans on talking with him [yesterday] and then with Rangers GM Glen Sather.
- Roger Millions via twitter: The Flames are saying they would like to add some grit to their lineup. They would need to move someone from their roster, maybe a defenseman. Anton Babchuk?
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on making a trade before the season starts: ”With our team? highly unlikely.”
- Cap Geek via twitter: Teams can retain up to $9.6 million in cap money under a $64.3 million cap ceiling.
A list of 2012-13 NHL restricted free agents who have yet to re-sign with their 2011-12 team.
|Player||Team||Pos||Age||Cap Hit||Contract Notes|
|Dmitry Kulikov||Florida Panthers||D||22||$1,325,000|
|Nick Petrecki||San Jose Sharks||D||23||$1,125,000|
|Michael Del Zotto||New York Rangers||D||22||$1,087,500|
|Ryan O’Reilly||Colorado Avalanche||C||21||$900,000|
|P.K. Subban||Montreal Canadiens||D||23||$875,000|
|Jamie Benn||Dallas Stars||C||23||$821,667|
|Nick Palmieri||Minnesota Wild||RW||23||$801,667|
|Cody Franson||Toronto Maple Leafs||D||25||$800,000|
|Brett MacLean||Phoenix Coyotes||LW||23||$735,000|
|James Sheppard||San Jose Sharks||C||24||$725,000|
Player notes involving: Del Zotto, Nash, Braun, Stuart, Koivu, Hecht, Smyth, Hartnell, Hamerlik, Murray and Scheifele
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Rangers Michael Del Zotto has left Rapperswil with a back injury. Larry Brooks via twitter: Del Zott0 has mild back stiffness. Rick Nash’s groin injury is only minor after his weekend examination.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Sharks Justin Braun fractured a bone in his hand and is leaving Finland.
- Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Saku Koivu has been skating with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. He owns a part of the team, along with his brother Mikko and Miikka Kiprusoff. Sources are saying that he won’t be suiting up for them right away, maybe not until after Christmas or possibly only if the NHL season is cancelled.
- Ottawa Sun: Free agent forward Jochen Hecht signed a 2 year deal with Adler Mannheim of the German league. Hecht had spent the last nine seasons playing for the Sabres.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Smyth hasn’t played during the lockout, but it’s possible that he joins Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The Canadians could also have forwards Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Brooks Laich, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Sam Gagner, Jamie Benn and Tyler Ennis. Along the blueline they could have Stephane Robidas, Jared Spurgeon and Andrew Ference. In net, Jonathan Bernier could be an option.
- Ottawa Sun: Flyers Scott Hartnell doesn’t think any of Roman Hamrlik’s Capitals teammates will stick up for him on the ice after the comments Hamrlik has made during the lockout.
“I don’t think anyone other than Roman Hamrlik in Washington — a guy who has made $50-to-$60 million from the (NHL Players’ Association) — has turned on us. You’re going to have guys like that,” Hartnell told the radio station. “I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him. To sell the whole PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be tough.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray’s agent, Rick Valette, told the Columbus Dispatch that Murray’s surgery has been pushed back from yesterday to mid-January.
“If waiting a month allows it to recover to 105 percent, that’s what we’re after. If he’s ready July 1 instead of June 1, no big deal.”
- Terry Koshan via twitter: The Jets have said that Mark Scheifele will remain with the Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, regardless if a new CBA gets done.
Some Red Wings not going overseas … Hall to sign with OKC … Del Zotto and Kelly going to Switzerland
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Patrick Eaves is still experiencing post-concussion problems. He is able to at least do some skating. Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall and Darren Helm all said they are not looking to play overseas during the lockout.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Taylor Hall will sign a 1 year contract with the Oilers AHL team in Oklahoma City today, and will play on Friday night. He said yesterday that he skated with center Chris VandeVelde and right winger Magnus Paajarvi. There is talk that he might try a move to center, but Hall feels he’s been away from game action too long to make a move right now.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Michael Del Zotto left last night to join Rapperswil of the Swiss league.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Bruins Chris Kelly signed for a month with HC Red Ice in Switzerland.