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Posts Tagged Nazem Kadri
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will have a $5.4 million salary and cap hit. He can’t sign an extension until after July 5th, and Koshan thinks the Leafs would foolish to not extend him. Kessel’s agent indicated that he wants to remain with the Leafs.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis will have some offseason questions to consider. Do the Leafs look to extend Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. Kessel could look for upwards of $7 million a season. Can the Leafs even ask their captain to take a pay cut from his $6.4 million salary? Reimer would be due for a big raise from his $1.8 million salary if he’s a No. 1 goalie.
The Leafs UFA list includes: Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Ryan O’Byrne and Mike Kostka. Bozak could be looking for Mikhail Grabovski-type money. MacArthur didn’t have good regular season and the Leafs are deep on the wings. Orr will likely be back. O’Bryne will likely be gone. Kostka’s play declined as the season went on, but could be brought back for depth.
The Leafs RFA list includes: Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Leo Komarov, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, Carl Gunnarsson and Mark Fraser. The Leafs could play hardball with Kadri in attempt to keep his salary low. Franson led the Leafs defenseman in scoring. The others are likely to be back. Frattin could be MacArthur’s replacement on the third line. Colborne appears to be ready for the next step.
Compliance Buyout Possibilities: Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles. Komisarek may be no-brainer, freeing up his $4.5 million cap hit. Liles has 3 years at $3.875 million a season. Grabovski has 4 years left at $5.5 million a season. Nonis may look to trade both Liles and Grabovski.
- Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: Berger thinks the Leafs should save the money on Tyler Bozak, give Joe Colborne Bozak’s spot, and sign David Clarkson or make a trade.
“Colborne has enviable skill,” an Eastern Conference scout told me this week. “If he can bring his emotional game to a similar level – even half the time – Leafs won’t have to worry about a No. 1 center. From what I hear, they like the kid, and I think he’s worthy of a long look in the NHL. There aren’t going to be a lot of centers with decent price-points on the market in July.”
UFA center options are not that young: Patrick Elias (37), Andy MacDonald (35), Nik Antropov (35) and Mike Ribeiro (33). Stephen Weiss and Derek Roy are 30, and will want more money.
The Leafs and Devils could talk about Clarkson before July 5th about obtaining his rights to discuss a long-term deal before he hit the open market.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Pierre LeBrun: The NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet on Friday to continue their discussions on participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. An agreement is not expected yet.
- Darren Dreger: Carl Soderberg could be Boston this weekend, pending final approval. He agreed to a 3 year contract. He’ll get $600,000 for this season including a signing bonus, and a $1 million for each of the following two seasons.
- Dave Stubbs: Peter Budaj signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens that will pay him $1.4 milliom in each year.
- Daren Millard: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that their on again, off again talks with goalie UFA Jimmy Howard’s agent probably won’t start again until after the season.
- Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: Maple Leafs Nazem Kadriwill be a RFA at the end of the season, and could finish in the top 10 in scoring if he keeps this pace up. Negotiations aren’t expected to start until after the season. In an interview with Sportsnet, Kadri indicated he’d like to sign a long-term contract.
“I’m just thinking straight hockey right now, trying to worry about my play,” said Kadri. “But I’d like to set myself up well for next year because I want to be in a Maple Leafs jersey for a long, long time. Whether they feel the same way is up to them.”
It may be best for the Maple Leafs to try and sign him to a ‘bridge’ deal, a two year contract before going long-term. Matt Duchene signed a 2-year, $7 million contract and P.K. Subban signed a 2-year, $5.75 million deal.
“Nothing’s been said to me as of yet (about the contract), but I’m sure we’ll talk in the summertime,” said Kadri.
- Kirk Luedeke: The Bruins could be looking to extend Tuukka Rask soon, maybe in the 5 year, $5 million per season range.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Renaud Lavoie: Capitals Mike Ribeiro doesn’t expect to sign a contract extension before the end of the season. He does expect talks to start up again after the playoffs.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Lou Lamoriello and the Devils are following the same path as they did with Zach Parise last season, by not talking to key free agents and risking losing them like they did with Parise. The Devils haven’t talked with Patrick Elias, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. Lamoriello has an unwritten policy to not talk to players or agents about a contract extension while the season is in progress. He did make an exception for Martin Brodeur.
“Who wouldn’t want to talk about it during the season?” Elias asked. “Then you would see they have interest. And, if you like the offer, why wouldn’t you sign? But that never came up here.
“If it had happened it would’ve been great, but it didn’t happen. It’s getting kind of late now.”
Elias hinted that he could test the open market.
“It comes pretty quickly right after the season,” Elias said about the start of free agency.
Clarkson may see what the market offers. The Maple Leafs may be interested.
- Jonas Siegel of TSN: Tyler Bozak holds value for the Maple Leafs, but at what price will cost them to retain the UFA.
“I’m not really looking into that stuff right now,” said Bozak, in conversation with TSN.ca on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s more just focusing on the year at hand and trying to do our best to get as far as we can [as a team]. When the season ends and that time comes, I’ll deal with it then. I’ve just got to try and set myself up good, keep playing well, and then the rest should work out fine.”
The Leafs won’t overpay him, but realize what he can and can’t bring. It won’t be at your typical No. 1 center price, but maybe something in the David Desharnais range, $3.5 million per season. The Leafs have about $20 million in cap space for next season, but have to sign RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Carl Gunnarsson and UFAs Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. If Bozak is looking to cash in, he may end up playing elsewhere next season.
“They show confidence in me [and] I’d love to play as big a role as I can. I want to be out there as much as I can be out there, play big minutes, power play, penalty kill and all that stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that still.”
Other center UFA options that could be available this summers include: Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Andy McDonald.
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- Bruce Garrioch: A lot of teams will see where they stand after last night to determine what they’ll be doing at the deadline.
- Bob McKenzie of TSN: “Under the right circumstances” the Maple Leafs could add a veteran goalie. Nonis may be leaning more towards Miikka Kiprusoff than Roberto Luongo. The Leafs are trying to find out if Kiprusoff would consider leaving Calgary. The Canucks asking price hasn’t dropped that much. Not including Nazem Kadri, but still looking for a center, Tyler Bozak, a prospect and a pick.
- Damien Cox: Cox guesses there is a 60% chance that the Maple Leafs will stick with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, 15% Miikka Kiprusoff, 15% Robert Luongo and 10% something else.
- Jimmy Murphy: Murphy’s sleeper deal: Mike Smith to the Leafs. Smith is on the IR, but if he’s OK, he may not cost much more than either Luongo or Kiprusoff.
- The Fourth Period: The Leafs and Canucks had talks this week, but it may take another team to get a trade done according to a source. Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles, Korbinian Holzer, Tyler Biggs, Stuart Percy and Jesse Blacker have been attached to a possible trade. The Leafs are open to moving Bozak, but would need to find a replacement for him right away. Derek Roy has been tied to the Leafs. Mike Ribeiro may become available, but the price would be higher. The Flames are taking calls on Alex Tanguay. The Oilers aren’t shopping Shawn Horcoff, but they are taking calls. Liles would have to be apart of the deal due to salaries, $5.5 million to $3.875 million. The Leafs have asked about Sam Gagner, but it would take a package that includes Morgan Reilly.
- The Fourth Period: The Kings have inquired about Flames Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich. The Kings want add a stay-at-home defenseman. The cost to get Sarich shouldn’t be that high. The Kings are also looking at Sabres Robyn Regehr. Winger Drew Stafford has also been part of talks.
NHL Rumors II: Nonis talks deadline, Maple Leafs, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Khabibulin, Smith, Reimer and Scrivens
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis,
“Last year I had a list of teams I kept in touch with. I did about half. Brian (Burke) did about half. That’s how we operated.
“Now, I pretty much talk to everybody. That’s the plan this year. We bring our hockey staff together. We want to hear everybody’s views on things. Then we get ready for what comes.
“You go into a trade deadline with certain expectations. But you never really know what the next phone call you’re going to get is. I don’t believe in untouchables. There’s always a price for any player. The question is: Is anyone willing to pay it?
“Right now, I can tell you I don’t have anything even interesting on the go. Nothing at all. But I believe there will be something for us to think about by Wednesday.
“Right now, we’re not close on anything.”
Nonis might be interested in 1. A veteran goalie – maybe not Luongo, someone closer a Nikolai Khabibulin. 2. A depth center – can play on various lines. 3. A top-4 defesneman – someone who could take some pressure off of Dion Phaneuf.
Nonis might be able to land a veteran goalie and a depth center without giving up too much. Many teams are looking for a top-four defenseman, there aren’t many available, and if they are, the price is high, see: Dan Boyle.
There are no untouchables on the Leafs roster.
“You always listen no matter who they ask about,” he said. “There’s a price tag for everybody. You just don’t get it very often.”
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Talks between the Maple Leafs and Canucks have quietly resumed this week after weeks of silence. GM Mike Gillis’ asking price may have come down and may no longer be demanding Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner. Tyler Bozak would still be a fit. There are now other goalie options for Nonis. James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have played well for the most part. They could take a run at Miikka Kiprusoff. It likely won’t take a first rounder to get him. Coyotes Mike Smith has a concussion and it’s not clear if the Coyotes are interested in moving him. Kiprusoff may be the Leafs top choice. Remaining with Reimer and Scrivens would allow the Leafs to not create a hole up the middle by trading Bozak to the Canucks.
Quick Hits: Ekman-Larsson, Leafs, Scouting Flyers-Devils, Ryder, Grigorenko, Allen, Giguere and Luongo
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Oliver Ekman-Larsson signed a 6 year, $33 million contract extension with the Coyotes, a $5.5 million salary cap hit.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Korbinian Holzer, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov are the only Maple Leafs that do not have to clear waivers. The team has a “gentleman’s agreement” that Komarov won’t be sent to the AHL. Not an issue right now, but if/when the Leafs recall Jake Gardiner, they have only two options (aside from a trade).
- Adam Kimelman via twitter: On the scouts seating chart for the Flyers-Devils game: Canadiens, Blackhawks, Stars, Red Wings, Flames and Capitals.
- John Bartlett via twitter: Canadiens Michael Ryder will miss their game against the Devils with a lower-body injury.
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: The Sabres have sent Mikhail Grigorenko back to the QMJHL.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: J.S. Giguere is scheduled to start for the Avalanche tonight against the Wild.
- Brad Ziemer via twitter: Roberto Luongo is expected to start for the Canucks.
Roster notes, lines and goalies: waivers, Malkin, Frattin, Devils, Pens, Habs, Caps, Leafs and Coyotes
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Predators claimed Bobby Bulter off waivers. The Penguins have put Zach Boychuk on waivers.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Evgeni Malkin will be back in the Penguins lineup tonight.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Leafs winger Matt Frattin took part in morning rushes on a line with Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur. David Alter via twitter: GM Dave Nonis said that Frattin will be a game-time decision but hinted that ”he may need more time.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Matteau-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Bernier; Barch-Gionta-Carter. Butler extra. Defensive pairings: Salvador-Fayne; Greene-Larsson; Tallinder-Zidlicky; Volchenkov-Harrold.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher, Prust-Plekanec-Ryder, Galchenyuk-Gionta, Moen-White-Armstrong.
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Cooke-Malkin-Neal Jeffrey-Sutter-Kennedy Glass-Vitale-Adams.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals lines: Hendricks-Ribeiro-Ovechkin; Fehr-Backstrom-Brouwer; Chimera-Beagle-Ward; Volpatti/Wolski-Perreault-Crabb.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Mike Smith will start in net for the Coyotes tonight.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils.
Hotstove: The panel discusses the O’Reilly confusion, realignment and injuries in the NHL.
Don Cherry’s Coaches Corner: Don talks about Crosby’s improved discipline and Kadri proving he belongs in the NHL.
Blues notes … Avalanche got Burned … Scouting the Flyers, Blues-Hawks, Bruins-Sens … Leafs Will Need to Make Roster Moves
- Andy Strickland of TrueHockey: A Blues trade of Kevin Shattenkirk for Daniel Briere makes zero sense for the Blues. Shattenkirk will eventually sign a contract extension with Blues. They talked before the lockout and will resume talks at some point, which could be after the season. He has arbitration rights and will get something north of $3 million a year. Comparables for the 22-year old would be Cam Fowler, Tyler Myers, Victor Hedman, John Carlson and Luke Schenn. The Blues could be looking for depth on the blueline, with the Maple Leafs, Jets, Coyotes and Sharks possibly looking to move a defenseman or two. The Blues can take on some salary.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: After matching the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, the Avalanche will now have nearly $58 million tied into next seasons salary cap. That won’t leave them much room for UFA’s under the $64.3 million cap ceiling. They won’t be able to trade O’Reilly until Feb. 28th, 2014. After next season, they’ll have to deal with the expiring contracts of Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Stastny would be a UFA.
What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years. The Avs let the Flames set the market for O’Reilly’s value – and they had to swallow their pride and accept it because gambling that they’d get a lottery pick with the Flames’ first-round pick this year was too poor a prospect. How awful would it have been for this team if they’d not only let O’Reilly go to Calgary, but then gotten a worse draft pick maybe thanks to his helping them out the rest of the year in the standings? It would have been a humiliating blow.
And today was humiliating enough for Avs management. They clearly gambled that nobody would break the offer sheet code that most teams live by – especially in the year after a lockout – and that they would be able to dictate to O’Reilly what his market value would be, not the other way around. Well, guess what? They lost that bet.
- Elliott Pap via twitter: The Canucks said that they did not tender an offer sheet to O’Reilly.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Oilers president Kevin Lowe, Sr. VP Craig MacTavish and Eastern scout Marey Gare took in the Flyers game on Wednesday. The Oilers are believed to be looking to move Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger downplays their presence at the game as they are scouting for Team Canada before going to sports analytics conference in Boston.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Scouting the Blues-Blackhawks: Rangers, Predators, Avalanche, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Jets, Lightning, Hurricanes, Canadiens and Canucks.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Western Conference teams scouting the Bruins-Senators game.
- David Alter of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs will need to figure out who they’ll send down to the Marlies when Matt Frattin returns, which may happen any day now. Only Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and Korbinian Holzer don’t need to clear waivers, but all are playing big roles. If it’s a forward, David Steckel is the likeliest choice. John-Michael Liles has been a healthy scratch lately. Mike Komisarek has only played in four games and has s $4.5 million salary cap hit. The Leafs could send Frattin down to the Marlies on a conditioning stint. Joffrey Lupul could be back soon as well, so another decision will have to be made.
Bernier still waiting on a trade … Senators will have options … Could Doan be moved? Leafs could target Getzlaf
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Last spring Kings goalie, Jonathan Bernier, asked to be traded. GM Dean Lombardi talked to a couple teams, but didn’t get a deal he liked. That, along with Jonathan Quick’s back injury, the trade went on the back burner. Sources say a Bernier trade likely won’t happen until after Roberto Luongo is traded. Rumors are the Kings could be looking for a top four defenseman. Bernier is really the only major asset the Kings are willing to move. The Maple Leafs could be one option for Bernier, and there is one specific player on the Leafs roster that Lombardi has indicated privately that he likes. He isn’t saying but it’s not looking like the Leafs are willing to move him at the moment. The Lightning, Blue Jackets and Devils have looked at Bernier at some point. Bernier will be a RFA at the end of this year.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Senators will have trade options, but will take a week or so for things to shake out.
- Matthew Sekeres via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he thinks that Shane Doan said no to the Canucks in the summer as Doan believed that the Coyotes would be staying in Phoenix. Doan could be traded if the Coyotes aren’t in the hunt at the NHL trade deadline. Maybe the Canucks will take another look at him.
- Howard Berger of BergerBytes: Berger wonders if the Maple Leafs could trade for Ryan Getzlaf if he becomes available. A Western Conference executive,
“He could be available. But, there will be a fair amount of interest in him and he won’t come cheap.”
The Leafs have been looking for No. 1 center since Mats Sundin left in 2007-08. Without having a No. 1 center, it would appear reasonable for GM David Nonis to consider trading Phil Kessel before the trade deadline. If the Maple Leafs were able to get someone like Getzlaf, keeping Kessel would make sense. Ducks GM Bob Murray has said that he wants to re-sign Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but that will be difficult.
“I don’t believe Anaheim will keep both players,” said my source. “I think Bob Murray may be looking for a different mix up front. But, it depends how this season goes. If the Ducks have a great year, all of that could change.”
If the Leafs were looking to trading for him, they would want to have assurance that he’d be interested in a long-term commitment. If the Ducks say that Getzlaf won’t re-sign with them, 3 options for Getzlaf are 1) agree to sign with team that trades for him, 2) become a free agent in July and c) target the Kings in the offseason so he can remain in California (he’s built a home and his family is settled in Anaheim). Nazem Kadri would be starting point in a deal, possibly with Nikolai Kulemin and a 2nd or 3rd round pick. The Leafs won’t trade their 2013 1st round pick or Morgan Rielly.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: The only untouchable for the Maple Leafs should be their 2013 1st round pick. Phil Kessel is off to slow start, it’s becoming more difficult to imagine Kessel remaining with the Leafs beyond this season. It will be easier for Nonis to trade Kessel, than it would have been for Burke. There are some who would call for a Dion Phaneuf trade as well, but at least in that deal, they basically stole him from Calgary. The 25 year old Kessel will be an unrestricted free agent after next season. There should be a market for him and his $5.4 million salary cap hit ($5.1 million salary) at the trade deadline. They could look for something like the Blue Jackets got for Jeff Carter, Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick. He would be an excellent secondary scoring threat for someone.
- Damien Cox via twitter: “Re Kessel: ppl don’t get it. Not about him, or how he’s playing. He does what he does well. Its about managing assets and team-building. Understand Kessel’s contract, and you understand why they have little choice but to move him.”
- Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun: Buffery thinks the Leafs No. 1 priority should be a center.
“The bottom line is this: Without a front-line centre, Kessel’s talents are being wasted. He was a 37-goal scorer last year but with a bonafide first-line centre, he might be a 50-goal scorer. Further to that, the Leafs will not take the next step in becoming a threat to go deep into the playoffs until they address the first-line centre situation.”
Buffery notes that if they are going to give up young assets (hopefully not Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner), it’s for a center and not a goaltender. They have young depth on the blueline with prospects Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, Stuart Percy, Jesse Blacker and Matt Finn. Tyler Bozak is not a number 1 center on a good team. Mikhail Grabovski is a good 2nd line center. Buffery also suggest moving Kadri to the first line and dropping Bozak back the third line.
Three teams contracted Habs about Subban as talks don’t progress … Gardiner to AHL … Perry/Getzlaf the new Suter/Weber
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer is hearing that the Flyers have contacted the Canadiens about P.K. Subban. Center Sean Couturier would likely be a piece going to the Canadiens for Subban. Two other teams have contacted the Canadiens about Subban. Sam Carchidi via twitter: A source said that the Flyers have had NO discussion about making an offer for Subban. Darren Dreger via twitter: The Canadiens are firm on their 2 year deal worth roughly $5 million total.
- Louis Jean via twitter: Source said there is no real progress today on Subban talks. His agent suggested coming down from offer for 5 plus years to Jamie Benn’s numbers. There is still a philosophical divide. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Hearing no progress in negotiations today. Louis Jean via twitter: There was speculation that talks could yield a new offer, but that is not the case. Source suggested that both sides will take the weekend off to re-assess positions. Subban’s camp asked for the meeting. May not have been a step back, but not a step forword. Dave Stubbs via twitter: Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, in a text: ”We met with (
#Habs) Marc B today. P.K. will take weekend to reflect & we will meet P.K. again on Monday”
- David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Jake Gardiner to the AHL. No one has been called up to replace him, and they’ll stay with 22 players for the time being. Darren Dreger via twitter: “Gardiner simply needs the minutes to get back up to speed. Might have been a good idea to give him a few AHL games to warm him up.” Damien Cox via twitter: “Not sure why so many Leaf fans believe playing in the AHL is bad for a player, or somehow an insult. Just part of the process.”
- Damien Cox via twitter: “And since I know this question is coming, no, the Leafs are not more likely to trade Gardiner in a Luongo deal. Won’t happen.”
- Mike Halford via twitter: Halford thinks that Ducks Corey Perry/Ryan Getzlaf will be this years Ryan Suter/Shea Weber. Minus the “Philly’s crippling offer sheet” subplot. Halford could see Getzlaf staying in Anaheim, and Perry signing a huge deal with someone, maybe with Detroit. The Flyers of course would be interested.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons brings up the questionable goaltending by Ben Scrivens, and that James Reimer allowed a pair of weak goals in his only start. The Canucks will eventually have to lower their asking price for Roberto Luongo. There is evidence that the Maple Leafs are playing better under Randy Carlyle. Nazem Kadri is playing well. Despite not scoring often, Phil Kessel is working hard. Dion Phaneuf is gambling less. The goaltending needs to be stabalized if the Leafs want to be in a position to win more often.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: The Oilers waiver claim on goalie Niko Hovinen is not an NHL move, don’t expect him to be added to their roster.