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Posts Tagged Nick Bjugstad
5 FA not named Doan … Teams looking for Dmen … Devils short $20 million … Canucks waiting for Panthers … Caps needs
- Adam Gretz of CBS Sports: Gretz lists 5 free agents not named Shane Doan that may be worth signing: Brian Rolston, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jason Arnott, Dominic Moore and Petr Sykora.
- Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News: The Predators, Flyers and Red Wings are among the teams looking for help on the blueline. Tim Panaccio suggested the Flyers contact the Sharks about Dan Boyle or Douglas Murray, or the Canadiens about P.K. Subban. Boyle has only a modified no-trade clause now. Murray will be a UFA following the season. Subban’s contract talks are ongoing, but there is no indication they would consider moving him. The Red Wings have about $13 million in cap space. George Sipple suggested free agents Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Carlo Colaiacovo.
- Josh Koshman of the NY Post: The Post has learned that New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is still about $20 million short for his overdue loans, and there is only a week to go. Creditors are “poised to pounce” on August 14th, and he could lose control of the team.
“He had worked out a deal to raise a certain amount and has not been able to do that,” a source said.
Vanderbeek has been negotiating with lenders and the NHL to remain in control even if he can’t raise the money. Last September Vanderbeek missed an $80 million repayment. He then promised lenders he’d have $40 million by August 14th.
- Ryan Lambert of Yahoo! Sports: There is no doubt the Canucks would like to move Roberto Luongo,
But the longer this summer rolls on, the stranger the scenario seems to be. Back in June, there were several teams mentioned in connection with Luongo’s services, but that number has slowly been whittled away to just one: Florida. And yet there seems to be less movement now than there was even into July. We’re now past 100 days of this saga.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis can sit back and wait for the Panthers to come to him. The Canucks could finish 1st in the Western Conference with or without Luongo. The Panthers may not be in need of a goaltender, as they have Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen, but other teams in their division have improved. Panthers GM Dale Tallon may love what prospect Nick Bjugstad brings the organization, but does he want to improve their chances of making the playoffs again?
- Corey Masisak of NHL.com: Capitals coach Adam Oates:
“When you look at the Finals this year, you saw two teams that were basically in-your-face teams, all over the ice,” Oates said. “I really feel the game today is territory. You have to establish territory and protect it. I look at the Caps lineup and the talent level and I don’t see any reason why we can’t push the pace and be an aggressive team but at the same time not sacrificing defense. It requires commitment all over the ice.”
Mike Ribeiro was the Capitals lone marquee addition. The Capitals need to replace Alexander Semin and to a lesser extent, Mike Knuble. They need a better season from Alexander Ovechkin and a healthy season for Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Yohe would be surprised if Shane Doan signed with the Penguins.
Canadiens reportedly offer Subban a 2 year deal … Doan, the Canucks and Sabres … Ennis talks to resume
- TSN: RDS is reporting the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a 2 year deal worth $5.5 million, but both sides are far apart as Subban is looking for a longer deal. Subban’s agent, Mark Guy told TVA Sports, “I don’t see anything being done in the short term.” L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Subban’s agent denied the report that Subban had a 2 year, $5.5 million offer, ”if that’s what they’re saying, it’s inaccurate.” Jimmy Murphy via twitter: An NHL source, “PK Subban should take Habs’ offer and earn bigger one. But maybe he and agent want more term and are worried about CBA.”
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: There were multiple reports that the Shane Doan visited the Canucks on Tuesday night. This could indicate he’s moving on from the Coyotes, or at least investigating his options more thoroughly. Brad Ziemer via twitter: Doan is the guy the Canucks really want, but they’ve also been talking with Jason Arnott. He could fit in as their 3rd line center.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks are rumored to have interest in Panthers Nick Bjugstad, but they are reluctant to move him. The Canucks “would have interest if Bjugstad came with at least a draft pick because Luongo should command at least that and not merely be a salary dump.” The Canucks are looking for a top 6 forward and have great interest in Doan. If the Canucks were to take on a high Doan salary, it could be offset in the short term by trading Mason Raymond ($2.275 million for 1 year). Until the Doan situation is resolved, Luongo is likely to remain with the Canucks. If Bjugstad is untouchable, Sean Bergenheim could be a nice piece in a Luongo package. He’s 28 with a $2.75 million cap hit for the next 3 years.
- Nick Veronica of the Buffalo News: There is still no meeting scheduled between Doan and the Sabres yet.
“No, we have not met with [Doan], and I don’t know whether we will meet with him,” Regier said, well-versed in general manager lingo. “We’re monitoring the situation, and I’d leave it at that.”
“What I would say about Shane’s situation is that I admire the level of loyalty he’s provided to his club,” Regier said. “He’s spent his whole career with that organization, and I think that’s meaningful, and I admire that, but in the event he’s not going to stay there, we certainly would have an interest.”
GM Darcy Regier on contract talks with Tyler Ennis,
“We spoke with his agent yesterday (Tuesday) and I think that will continue today,” Regier said. “That’s always a hard one [to say how close the sides are]. Close. … The positive is it’s moving in the right direction.”
Some thoughts on Nash … 10 unresolved issues … Rangers could look at Thornton … Repik and Pickard could go to Europe
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Portzline offers 61 thoughts on Rick Nash. Portzline thinks that Nash will play with Derek Stepan over Brad Richards.
There were instances last season, before the trade stuff started, when other NHL players were directly advising Nash to leave. One player tells The Dispatch: “I skated over to him before a faceoff and just told him ‘you have to get out of here. Put your agent to work and get it done.’” Many were surprised last February to learn that Nash had asked to be traded. From what I can glean, players around the league were only shocked that it took him so long.
Some believe it was Nash’s father that was the first to give him some wisdom just before the trade proceedings took shape. Portzline thinks that Nash will hit the 40 goal, 80 point plateau at some point.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen lists 10 unresolved issues that could change the “balance of power” : 1. Shane Doan’s recruitment: some teams will offer him 4 years. 2. Roberto Luongo hasn’t been traded yet: the Panthers are the best fit, but they won’t give up Nick Bjugstad. 3. Bobby Ryan still could be traded: the Ducks will only deal if they are wowed by an offer. The Flyers may like to match the Rangers acquisition of Nash. 4. Lubomir Visnovsky has filed a grievance: he doesn’t think the Ducks had a right to trade him because he had a partial no-trade clause. He had previously waived it in a 2009 trade from Edmonton. 5. Useful players still available: Doan, Jason Arnott, Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, Petr Sykora, Brett Clark, Andrei Kostitsyn, etc. 6. Coyotes ownership isn’t finalized: it’s difficult for Coyotes GM Don Maloney to improve his team. 7. The 2013 free agent class might feel pressure to sign now: there may be restrictions on contract length or a new way to calculate salary cap with the new CBA. 8. Predators still looking for defenseman: GM David Poile is still looking at trade options. Jay Bouwmeester’s name has come up, but he has a no-trade clause. 9. Red Wings pondering a defensive move: they want to give Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl an opportunity to play, and they won’t overpay just to add someone. But they have to look at trade options to add a veteran Dman. 10. Feels like Toronto will make another move: Burke could go after a goalie or more size and grit.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tuukka Rask’s one year deal, “We tried to go longer in term, but . . . ’’ Dupont says not to be surprised if the Rangers look to Joe Thornton. Thornton and Rick Nash played well together during the lockout and with Team Canada at the Olympics.
- George Richards via twitter: Richards believes that Michal Repik will be playing in Europe this year.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: Former 1st round pick of the Predators, goalie Chet Pickard is talking with a SEL team.
Trade rumors on: Visnovsky, Luongo to Florida and Chicago, “leafs not done yet”, Sens liked Michalek, Pens and Martin
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky said that Slovak website interview was before the trade to the NY Islanders. Was asked if he would stay in Slovakia or sign with the KHL is there was a lockout. Staple talked with Visnovsky who said he’s to go to camp and play. “This is my first choice, to play for the Islanders.”
- The Fourth Period: A source is saying the Panthers are serious about bringing in Roberto Luongo. The source also indicated the Luongo is now only willing to waive his no-movement clause to go to Florida. The Canucks are believed to be asking for 2010 1st round pick Nick Bjugstad, but the Panthers are no interested in doing that.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Heard over the weekend at the draft that if the Blackhawks could make the money work, Roberto Luongo to Chicago.
- Paul Hendrick via twitter: After the Luke Schenn-James van Riemsdyk trade, Hendrick tweeted “leafs not done yet.”
- The Fourth Period: The Senators attempted to trade for Zbynek Michalek before he was dealt to the Coyotes. The Sens are looking to add a veteran defenseman.
“(Penguins GM Ray Shero) told me what the contract was and what he was going to do, and I said, ‘That’s great, but unless you take an equal contract back, I can’t do it,’ ” Murray told the Sun. “So I was never really in it.”
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has limited protection. The Penguins know where they can and where they can’t send him.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi thinks it might take Jakub Voracek and draft picks to land Bobby Ryan.