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Posts Tagged Michal Neuvirth
- Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf’s two-game suspension will cost him $66,666.66 in salary.
- Bob McKenzie: Bruins Shawn Thornton’s in-person hearing is tentatively set for Friday afternoon.
- Arthur Staple: Plan now is for Islanders Ryan Strome to meet up with the team in Phoenix. Weather issues delaying original plan.
- John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino will be scratched for tonight’s game. Leino: ’I'm not exactly sure what he wants out of me.’
- Brett Cyrgalis: Pierre-Marc Bouchard clears waivers and assigned to the AHL by the Islanders.
- Chuck Gormley: Capitals Brooks Laich hasn’t skated since Sunday. Michal Neuvirth is practicing today but is still on the IR.
- Jon Rosen: Kings Jonathan Quick may test his groin injury on Thursday.
- New York Rangers: Rangers Alain Vigneault on Marc Staal: ”diagnosed with a concussion…doctors feel it isn’t as serious as in the past.”
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Boucher-Zajac-Jagr; Zubrus-Elias-Brunner; Bernier-Henrique-Ryder; Sestito-Loktionov-Janssen. Extra: Tedenby, Josefson.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Kadri-Kessel, Raymond-Smith-Clarkson, Lupul-Holland-Kulemin, McLaren-McClement-D’Amigo-Ashton. Paul Hendrick: Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson and franson. Gardiner and liles. Fraser and ranger. Rielly and phaneuf is the extra pairing. Jonas Siegel: Franson and Gardiner are on the 1st PP unit. Liles and Gunnarsson on the 2nd PP unit.
- Roger Millions: Flames lines: Cammalleri Stajan Stempniak, Bouma Backlund D. Jones, Baertschi Colborne Hudler, B. Jones Byron McGrattan.
- Don Brennan: Senators new line: MacArthur-Spezza-Ryan.
- Shelly Anderson: Penguins Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day and not traveling with the team to Boston. Pascal Dupuis is day-to-day and traveling with the team to Boston. Andrew Ebbett has a broken ankle.
- Rich Chere: Devils Ryane Clowe took part in their morning skate. Tom Gulitti: Clowe said that he considers both of his concussions with the Rangers as “one big” one as he came back too quick from the first one.
- Chuck Gormley: Capitals Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) skated yesterday and could come off the IR today. Adam Vingan: Doesn’t sound like Neuvirth is ready to go this weekend.
- Dan Wood: Ducks Francois Beauchemin and Jakob Silfverberg won’t play this weekend, but both are with the team to “get in shape” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Victor Hedman is out at least a week and will be day-to-day after that. Eric Brewer and Radko Gudas are expected to play tonight.
- Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley is expected to be out “weeks.”
- TSN: The Maple Leafs put Tyler Bozak on the LTIR.
- Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell is making progress and could start skating next week.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Islanders GM Garth Snow is working the phones. The ideal scenario for the Islanders would be for Sabres Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause to join the Islanders for the remainder of the season.
Teams have only shown mild interest in Capitals Martin Erat. GM George McPhee may need to a find a team that needs to stay near the salary floor: Islanders, Panthers and Sabres.
P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract extension talks are expected to heat up. Starting point may be Drew Doughty’s eight-year deal worth $56 million.
Predators GM David Poile has shown interest in Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas.
Avs Joe Sakic is looking around the league for a defenseman. Left winger Jamie McGinn has fallen into Patrick Roy’s doghouse and is being shopped for blueline help. He has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be a RFA at the end of the season.
Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for a defenseman and may have also looked at Kings Matt Frattin. Murray is looking for someone to play with Jason Spezza.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: On Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner:
The talented but erratic Gardiner would represent a challenge for any coach. But for a coach who demands specifics as much as Carlyle does, this almost seems like a relationship doomed to fail.
This is where Nonis fits in. He has the patience of Job. He’s not willing to make a determination of Gardiner, either way, this early.
He believes too many teams have made mistakes determining the fate of young defencemen, way too soon. It’s his inclination to allow Gardiner to develop at whatever speed is necessary. Carlyle, who hasn’t said as much, can’t possibly agree.
Rangers owner James Dolan said that Glen Sather is the teams GM as long as he wants.
- Chuck Gormley of the Washington Times: (mailbag) Gormley thinks that Capitals should be looking for a “hard-edge defenseman” in a Martin Erat trade. The Canucks may be interested in Erat and have Dan Hamhuis (he may not be available). Would an offer of Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth for Hamhuis work? Other Dmen options could be: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), Michael Del Zotto (NYR), Andrej Meszaros (PHI), Luke Schenn (PHI), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alex Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Paul Ranger (TOR).
- David Pagnotta: Was told that there was group that was trying to buy the Coyotes and bring them to the Toronto. Not sure if tied to the Markham group. Obviously, the NHL rejected the offer. The rejected offered was believed to be in the $500 million range for relocation and territorial rights to the Maple Leafs.
- CBC Sports: Friedman said that the Maple Leafs may revisit talks with the Panthers about Dmitry Kulikov.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Two sources had said that Senators GM Bryan Murray is working the phones trying to find a top four defenseman that would be able to step in right away.
“I get the sense Murray would like to do something,” said a league executive before the visit by the Wild. “It might even just be a change for the sake of change.”
The Senators also need to find a fit in their top 6 as Milan Michalek has struggled, but they hope he will turn it around. The defenseman market is thin and lots of teams are looking to improve in that area. The Rangers are willing to trade Michael Del Zotto, the Penguins could move Matt Niskanen and Stars could move Vernon Fiddler. The Senators have $8.409 million in cap space, but Murray would have move out some salary in a deal.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Matching team needs with trade options. Predators: Might need a goalie – Jose Theodore, Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth. They will likely wait to see what Rinne’s results are from his MRI next week. Capitals: Could use a top 4 defenseman. Senators – A puck moving defenseman. Del Zotto could be an option. Blues – Goalie upgrade with Ryan Miller being mentioned. Red Wings – clear roster space for Gustav Nyquist and clearing some cap space. (written before DeKeyser was put on LTIR, Gustav to be called up)
“I’d like to get Nyquist up,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said when we chatted Tuesday. “I was hoping to make a trade. Obviously, I put our guys on waivers. Other than big trades, nobody really wants to add money right now.”
- TSN Radio: Bob McKenzie: The Flyers would want to a really good defenseman if they trade Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier.
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”Philly’s not shopping Schenn (or Couturier) but they know that to get what they want they need to move one of those guys. Holmgren is liable to trade anybody so Brayden Schenn isn’t an untouchable. They want a really good defenseman in return”
- TSN Radio: Darren Dreger: Rangers GM Glen Sather is making calls and taking them on Michael Del Zotto.
- Patrick Kearns of the Fourth Period: Kearns thinks the Rangers should hold onto Del Zotto as his value is at an all-time low. If they were to move Del Zotto, they may be comfortable with Dylan McIlrath being able to step in a bottom pairing role.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks the two best options for the Oilers in net are Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth.
- Mark Spector of Sportsnet: Both the Flyers and Oilers may be looking for a change. The Oilers have the scoring wingers in Ales Hemsky and Nail Yakupov that the Flyers could use. The Flyers have the size and grit of Wayne Simmonds, a defenseman in Braydon Coburn and a young center with size, Sean Couturier. Thomas Vanek could be a short-term fix in Philadelphia.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Jouranl: What Darren Dreger said to Dave Naylor on TSN 1050.
Dreger: “Now you look at the need that the Edmonton Oilers have and there’s obvious interest in Jonas Hiller in Anaheim and there’s some speculation around (goalie Michael) Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, but both those general managers have to be sitting here going, ‘Really? You know, I know I have an asset here.’ And Toronto is the same. I’m sure there would be interest in James Reimer if (Leafs GM) Dave Nonis were willing to consider it, but it is way, way, way too early in the season to do that, and you might get to the point, which is the trade deadline, where you also say, ‘Well, which one do I trade? Both of these guys have been very solid and I’d like to have both of these guys if I have a chance of contending for the Stanely Cup,’ or you’re certainly in the playoff mix. So when you’ve got a quality goaltender, you hold on tight. We have two of them. You’re very careful before you move one.”
Naylor: “Dregs, if things got really desperate in Edmonton and we know the expectations are there, ‘Hey, we’re not the young Oilers. This is not development, this is not moral victories and we want to win,’ and they’re off to a rough start. They play tonight in Long Island. If things got really desperate there, and they said, ‘We got to do something. This goaltending thing is just a disaster. We’re willing to peel off a Nail Yakupov for a Reimer,’ would the Leafs do that?”
Dreger: “I don’t think so.”
Dreger: “I don’t think so because I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov. And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy. And automatically you’d be wondering, ‘Why is Edmonton picking Nail Yakupov among all of their young stars, or potential young stars, and all of the assets that the Oilers have worked hard at over the years of accruing, why is Nail Yakupov the first guy that is thrown at us?’ There’d be some skepticism.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Panthers are willing to move any of their veterans: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov. Their top young prospects won’t be going anywhere.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish didn’t have any luck finding a goalie. Two league executives said their options are Michal Neuvirth, James Reimer and Brian Elliott. They may have looked at Craig Anderson and Cam Ward, but the sense is that neither Anderson or Ward are going anywhere. They won’t sign Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are dangling Chris Kreider.
The Rangers may take a run at Thomas Vanek (if he goes to free agency) if they decide to buyout Brad Richards during the next buyout period after the season.
Ryan Miller is expected to head towards the West Coast if he hits free agency.
Devils coach Peter DeBoar could be on the hot seat if they continue to slide.
The Rangers may have offered Henrik Lundqvist a long-term deal at $6 million per season. He’ll likely end up with an eight-year deal in the $7.5-$8 million range.
The Flyers have tried since the summer to trade Andrej Mezsaros and his $5.5 million salary, $4 million cap hit. The Flyers would also like to move Nicklas Grossman.
- Nick Kypreos: Sabres Ryan Miller has a limited no-trade clause and the Oilers are one of the teams on his no-trade list.
- Mark Spector: “OK: Who really believes Ryan Miller would go to EDM? Or that EDM would trade Yakupov for two pending UFAs, with a $13-plus M cap hit?”
- Bob Stauffer: “The Yakupov for Miller-Vanek RUMOUR is absolutely absurd! Makes no sense on numerous fronts…ain’t happening!”
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: The Oilers are looking for goalie depth but are not giving up on Devan Dubnyk.
“We’re lacking at the position in our organization, there’s no dancing around it. It’s a positional weakness as an organization. It’s important to understand where we’re at and to do something about it,” the new GM told your correspondent on his cell phone from New York Thursday.
“We’ve been making calls to know the market. We have a good idea who is out there and available. We’re at a very critical point where Devan Dubnyk has to get back to the level he’s played at before. Priority No. 1 is to get Devan to play better as I expect he will.
“We were sent a list of four-game stretches involving a lot of goalies in the last couple of years and there’s some pretty good names on that list who had lower save percentages than Devan,” he said.
“The thing here is that with Devan, it’s been from the start of the season. If it had happened in the middle of the season, there’s a track record of that success in season like those guys on that list.”
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: At Wednesday’s Capitals-Rangers game there were plenty of scouts: two from each of Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks and Penguins and one scout from the Flames, Avalanche, Flyers, Kings, Canadiens, Senators, Coyotes, Blues, Maple Leafs and Jets. Bob McKenzie noted before the game that the Oilers might be interested in Michal Neuvirth. The Capitals could use a left-handed defenseman, possibly Ladislav Smid. Neuvirth has a $2.5 million cap hit and Smid has four years left at $3.5 million.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle heard that the asking price for Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner was “a ****load.”
- Tim Panaccio: Addressing Nail Yakupov rumors, why would the Flyers need another Russian head case? Oilers Ales Hemsky makes sense, but the asking price is likely too high. Adam Kimelman: Kimelman responds to Panaccio saying that Yakupov is not a head case, noting there is a big difference between a 19-year old and a the Flyers last goalie.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Coyotes have quietly denied interest in Sabres Thomas Vanek.
- John Vogl: Vogl notes that Vanek would look good beside John Tavares and countryman Michael Grabner.
- Darren Dreger: The Oilers will need to find a No. 1 goalie, and then have to decide if they would be willing to trade one of their young guns.
- Pierre LeBrun: Bob McKenzie has already reported that the Oilers have already reached out to teams about goaltenders. Options for the Oilers could be: Ryan Miller (sense that GM Darcy Regier may prefer to wait to build a bigger market for Miller), Jonas Hiller (likely too early for the Ducks to consider), Michal Neuvirth (if the Capitals feel they can live without him) and Brian Elliott.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers are at 49 contracts, so trading a draft pick or signing a free agent eliminates some roster flexibility. Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes sense, but the Blues may not want to take back salary. Is it worth an assets to get Elliott or Ryan Miller. Though the Senators likely wouldn’t trade him, Robin Lehner would be a good trade target.Thought is that if Dion Phaneuf comes down on money, the Maple Leafs may go a little longer on term.Trade market is cool with the Avalanche and Flames playing well.With Kris Letang getting close to returning, the Penguins will have to decide whether to keep Olli Maatta or return him to junior. They could keep eight defenseman, put someone on waivers or try to make a trade.
Some teams have called the Kings about Alec Martinez.
Three teams have talked about how they would like to add Thomas Vanek.
- Bruce Garrioch: There have been no talks between the Senators and Oilers regarding Ales Hemsky in months.
- Bruce Garrioch: With teams need to cut salary, a league executive said trade talks are heating up, ”There is a lot happening right now. Could be an active week.”
- Katie Carrera: Capitals GM George McPhee said they are not interested in trading goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
- Chris Nichols: According to @Russostrib, the Oilers are after RFA Cal Clutterbuck and have talked about a deal including Tyler Pitlick, who is from Minnesota.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will have 14 forwards under contract for next season, but may not carry those 14 when the season opens next year.
“I’m going to explore a trade or two,” Holland said Monday. “Maybe a two-for-one deal, maybe a three-for-one, or three-for-two.”
- Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said that he is not seriously exploring a Dustin Byfuglien trade.
“Buff is a very unique player,” Cheveldayoff said. “He has the size a lot of players, a lot of teams, would covet in this league, with respect to the push to get a bigger, harder player to play against. I could see where teams would have interest. I could see where rumours would start.
“But it’s not something I’ve contemplated or I’ve talked about in great detail with any other team about trading him.”
“Last summer we were talking about this situation, this summer it seems we’re talking about it, and if I could venture a guess, next summer we’ll be talking about it as well,” Cheveldayoff said, adding no player is untouchable.
“You would explore anything when it comes to trying to make a trade,” he said. “We want to build through some stability, as well. Players that want to be here, we want to make sure we continue to build through those kinds of players.”
- The Fourth Period: The Canucks are still confident that they can trade Roberto Luongo around the NHL Draft this Sunday. It’s rumored that Luongo expanded his list, but it’s unconfirmed. The Maple Leafs are out after trading for Jonathan Bernier. The Panthers, Islanders and Oilers have expressed interest at some point. The Islanders and Oilers weren’t on Luongo’s original list. The goalie market is crowded with Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak are being offered around the league. Mike Smith and Ray Emery could hit the open market on July 5th. The Canucks are also shopping Keith Ballard.
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Feschuk thinks it’s time for the Maple Leafs to trade Phil Kessel.
There’d be no better time to trade Kessel, considering his excellent run of play as the league’s sixth-leading regular-season scorer has put his value at an all-time high. Don’t for a moment believe that Nonis, fresh off delivering a no-Leaf-is-untouchable post-season message, isn’t thinking hard about the possibility.
The Leafs need to give up value to get their “long-sought No. 1 center.” Kessel, along with Dion Phaneuf will be UFAs after next season. Dion’s stock is weighed down by his $6.5 million salary. Nonis’ shopping list isn’t short, which should include an upgrade in net. They should consider UFA Mike Smith and possibly revisit Roberto Luongo. The Leafs will look at UFA David Clarkson, but he’ll be looking for big money. The Leafs blueline needs more high-end talent at low prices. Moving up in the draft would make sense, along with trolling for compliance buyouts that may come cheap.
- Spector’s Hockey: Richardson thinks that IF the Penguins were to move any of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, Fleury is the likely one to move. Malkin is too valuable to the them and Letang is their best puck-moving defenseman. IF the Penguins were to trade or buy out Fleury, they would need to find a young, affordable backup for Tomas Vokoun. Dmitry Chesnokov: Chesnokov suggests Michal Neuvirth.
- Bob Stauffer: Stauffer see the Stars trying to trade Alex Goligoski or Trevor Daley for a centerman if they can get Sergei Gonchar signed.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Leafs need a center like Sean Monahan and should look at moving up in the draft. The Predators are dangling the No. 4 pick, the Oilers at No. 7 could also move their pick. Trading youth-for-youth would make sense, and they could use Jake Gardiner. It would be a type of move that wouldn’t help them next year, but more of building move.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources saying that Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill will replace GM Joe Nieuwendyk in Dallas. Andy Strickland: Confirms reports that Nill will replace Nieuwendyk.
- Erik Erlendsson: Erlendsson doesn’t see the Lightning buying out Ryan Malone or Teddy Purcell. Trading Malone is a possibility.
- The Fourth Period: It’s thought that the Flames were close to trading Cory Sarich at the deadline. Teams also called about Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay. GM Jay Feaster has indicated that he isn’t really interested in trading Glencross. If Miikka Kiprusoff retires, the Flames will be on the lookout for a new No.1 goalie.
- Mike Vogl: The Capitals signed Michal Neuvirth to a 2-year, $5 million extension. He’ll earn $2.4 million next year, and $2.6 million the following year.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau won’t name is starting goalie for Game 1, but added that he’s known who it will be for awhile.
- Andi Petrilli: (Canucks lose 7-2, 6 goals in the third) Canucks Roberto Luongo was off the ice, undressed, showered and out of the arena in 12 minutes. Jason Botchford: “I’m not sure how furious Luongo is. He should be used to getting hung out there and embarrassed by now.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets have nine RFAs, including: Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. Wiebe thinks they should lock up Bogosian to a max-length eight year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $48 to 50 million.
“You never know. It’s a negotiation. It’s not something that usually happens overnight. “I don’t really know what I’m expecting as far as how smooth or how not smooth it’s going to go,” said Bogosian. “Yeah, I’ve really kind of settled in here and I’ve enjoyed my time. Whether it’s two years, eight years or 10 years, I’m going to enjoy playing here.
“I’m looking forward to that next step. I want to be part of the solution moving forward, as far as getting in the playoffs and winning a championship.”
Wheeler will be looking for a raise from his $2.55 million, and could get a long-term deal.
Little should get a multi-year deal for more than the $3 million he was making.
Alex Burmistrov is an interesting case, as some think he could bolt for the KHL or could use a fresh start with a new organization.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Thomas Vanek has thought that Friday’s game could have been his last in a Sabres uniform.
“Let’s be honest,” Vanek said. “I’m not stupid. I know I have a year left and they can probably deal me for prospects, young guys, whatever else is out there. Yeah, I’ve thought about it. If it looks like it’s a long rebuild, then it probably makes sense for both parties to move on.”
“I don’t know what the plan is,” Vanek said. “If they’re turning it over to the younger guys, it’s a turnover. Or are they going to build around us again? It’s all speculation at this point because you guys don’t know and I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Sabres Ryan Miller also realizes that his days could be number.
“Around this stage of a contract, you have to be realistic,” Miller said. “In the last year of your deal, if you’re not part of the plan, you become an asset that’s tradable. So I’m just trying to stay open to coming back and trying to stay excited about playing hockey games in the NHL if it’s not going to work out.”
Roster and Goalie Notes: Senators, Canes, Bruins, Pens, Leafs, Canucks, Devils, Caps, Panthers, Blues and Predators
- Darren Dreger: Senators confirm that Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup tonight. Sidney Crosby is having more dental work done today.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alexander Semin has a concussion.
- Boston Bruins: Nathan Horton not on the ice today. Last update, still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Paul Martin is with the team. Pittsburgh Penguins: Martin won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday. Penguins: Brooks Orpik (lower-body), Joe Vitale (lower-body) and Sidney Crosby (dental work), remained in Pittsburgh. James Neal and Martin are back to full practice, but won’t play tonight.
- Michael Traikos: Looking like both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren won’t play tonight for the Maple Leafs. Chris Johnston: McLaren has some neck soreness.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks Keith Ballard will play forward tonight.
- Andrew Gross: Jared Staal will be on a line with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Greening-Smith-Alfredsson; Michalek-Turris-Conacher; Condra-Zibanejad-Silfverberg; Latendresse-Pageau-Neil. Brent Wallace: Defensive pairings: Methot Karlsson; Gryba Phillips; Gonchar-Cowen.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Kostopoulos.
- Randy Sportak: Flames lines: Cammalleri-Stajan-Stempniak; Baertschi-Backlund-Hudler; Byron-Horak-Cervenka; Reinhart-Jones-Jackman. Randy Sportak: Defensive pairing: Giordano-Wideman; Brodie-Cundari; Butler-Babchuk.
- Stephen Whyno: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals.
- Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
- Lou Korac: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues, with Jaroslav Halak backing him up.
- Randy Sportak: Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames.
- Preds Radio: Chris Mason will start in net for the Predators.
- Mike Morreale: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils.
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- The Fourth Period: Coyotes GM Don Maloney would move Keith Yandle if he received the right offer, and Shane Doanis the only untouchable.
“Our game plan has been the same. We’re driven to get into the playoffs,” Maloney said, while speaking Saturday afternoon on The Fourth Period LIVE on NHL Network Radio.
“Other than Shane Doan, there’s nobody that we wouldn’t trade if the deal was right for us. Some players obviously more than others.”
It’s possible that the Coyotes are buyers and sellers at the deadline. Maloney added that he’s mainly talked to Eastern Conference teams about trades. The Coyotes are not close to re-signing goalie Mike Smith.
”The long and short of it is until we have out ownership settled, to look a contract that is of the term and the dollar amount that (Smith) certainly has in his mind, I’m just not comfortable looking at that until you have an ownership in place, you sit down, you look at what your budgets are going to be, and how you can structure a team going forward,” Maloney admitted.
“We would like to retain Mike, that would be our goal, but we’re certainly not in a position to do that now. The sooner our ownership gets settled, the better for everybody.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smidis looking for a long-term deal.
“I’d like a five years, around that term. Yeah five years at $3.5 million (a season), that would be nice. I’d be more than happy with that. Obviously you look around and see what other guys are making,” said Smid,
“I do think we’re getting closer (to a deal). Negotiations are pretty good right now. We have three days left and I’m really hopeful we’ll get a deal done. Obviously we have to have something done by Wednesday. I would hate to be traded. We have a great thing going on now and I’d hate to leave.”
The Oilers have come up recently in with their offers. Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will also have to decide what to do with their other UFAs: Ryan Whitney, Ryan Jones, Mark Fistric and Nikolai Khabibulin.
Whitney on trade talk,
“I’m trying not to think of things (trade destinations), but you hear things. If I don’t get traded, they want me here, I think. If I do get traded, it means another team wants me. It’s a win-win,” he said.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers would consider drafting Aleksander Barkov with their first pick, but they’d need to get into the top five to do so. Canucks Roberto Luongo turns 34 on Thursday. Matheson can’t see them getting more than a 2nd round pick and a prospect for Luongo. They might be able to get Tyler Bozak from the Maple Leafs or they might have to take on someone’s mistake. Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis is available.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The emergence of Braden Holtby doesn’t necessarily mean that Michal Neuvirth is on the block at the trade deadline according to Capitals GM George McPhee.