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Posts Tagged P.K. Subban
- Louis Jean: There is nothing imminent with the Canadiens and P.K. Subban. Things can obviously change quickly, but it’s looking like it could take a couple more days.
- Hope Smoke: Claude Loiselle: “Liles is the best defenseman outside of the NHL right now. At this point there is no way to fit him into our roster”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Belief is that MLSE want Gretzky as an ambassador. More than a token position. They are very happy with Nonis’ job.”
- YYZ Sports Media: James Duthie, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie all signed new long-term deals with TSN.
- Eric Macramalla: If the Rangers were to buyout the final year of Henrik Lundqvist’s new contract, it would cost them only $2,833,333.
- Don Brennan: Robin Lehner will start in net for the Senators.
- Chip Alexander: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes.
- 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.
- The Fourth Period: The Panthers continue to get calls on Dmitry Kulikov, who is in the final year of his deal. The Oilers, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Ducks are teams who are believed to have shown interest. The Panthers are also taking offers for Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for offensive help. He’s asked about a few players, but the cost is too high. They have inquired about Jets Evander Kane. Bergevin continues to talk with some of his free agents: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
- The Fourth Period: The Flames may be looking to make more trades, but they’ll be selling. The Calgary Sun said that trade candidates are: Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler. GM Jay Feaster is looking for young players and draft picks. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri and Stajan have limited no-trade clauses.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are still trying to find another top-6 forward. GM Bryan Murray has tried to fill the hole internally, and has also been looking outside the organization. A source said that they have talked to the Sharks about Martin Havlat. The Rangers have also talked to the Sharks about Havlat, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t want to give up on Havlat just yet. Havlat has a no-trade clause (which he may waive for Ottawa) and a $5 million salary cap hit.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jaroslav Halak got off to a hot start (9-2-1, 2.19 GAA and .913 SV%) but he’s had a rough three games. He now sits at 10-2-3 with a 2.48 GAA (23rd in the league) and .900 save percentage (34th). The Blues play Ryan Miller’s Sabres tonight. The Blues are thought to be one of the teams that could be interested in Miller, “but it appears that that ship has sailed.” The Blues would have issues with Miller’s $6.25 million salary cap hit and the Sabres are searching for a new GM. For now the Blues will ride it out with Halak and Brian Elliott, and have Jake Allen in the AHL if a replacement is needed.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the fact that the Oilers pick is in play certainly interests people but it’s not easy to acquire stud defenseman”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: “MacTavish has been talking, and talking a lot, but nothing appears to be imminent”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I don’t necessarily see the Islanders doing something to address their goaltending situation”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”for the most part the Leafs have stopped looking to upgrade via trade after the Holland move”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I still think there is a deal to be made between the Leafs & Carolina for Liles. Nonis is prepared to eat about $1 mill in salary”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”if Raymond continues to produce, it’s unlikely the Leafs would be able to re-sign him. Will he command $2 mill – $3 mill?”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I’m thinking the Leafs get Dion at 6-7 years at around $7 million. Maybe $7.2 on the upside”
- John Vogl: Quebec Remparts spokesperson said that the Sabres have not spoken with coach Philippe Boucher about the possibility of Mikhail Grigorenko returning to the QMJHL.
- Martin Biron: Translating RDS’s Stephane Leroux tweet that he talked to a source last week who said that Grigorenko would be heading back to the QMJHL.
- Sara Orlesky: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was at the Flames – Jets game last night.
- TSN: Some quotes from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:
“I have not seen the same, beat-up, negative group that I’ve seen here in the past. If I thought for one instant it was a lack of work ethic on the players’ part, we’d be having a much different conversation.
“I’m going to continue to support this group, and I think the players deserve my support… I feel and see progress,” added MacTavish.
“The blueline needs to be improved upon… do we need a big stud defenceman? It would help immensely,” said MacTavish.
- Bob Stauffer: MacTavish said he would be prepared to move their 2014 1st round pick, preferable a player on an entry level contract.
- Jason Gregor: MacTavish: ”I don’t view another first round draft choice as what we need. Whether I can get suitable value for that remains to be seen.” … ”Our default is to kick out and not go to the net or tough areas. We need to get our group there or bring guys in who will go there.”
- Darren Dreger: The Oilers had offered three 2nd round picks for Braydon Coburn at the 2013 draft and couldn’t get the deal done.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames at this moment in time do not want to move Cammalleri”
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Someone started that the Jets are taking calls for Evander Kane. A Montreal radio station floated a Kane for Max Pacioretty deal. A Vancouver TV type said the Canucks may want to package some prospects for Kane.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Ranking Sabres GM candidates: 1. Claude Loiselle 2. Jason Botterill 3. Laurence Gilman 4. Brad Treliving 5. Paul Fenton Wild Card: Bill Zito.
- Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: The Canadiens will soon find out what it will cost them to potentially sign P.K. Subban to contract extension. It is likely to cost $8 million or more per season. What Subban brings: “no other defenceman brings quite the same combination of rise-out-of-your-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive intelligence.” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8-years, $56 million) and Blues Alex Pietrangelo (7-years, 45.5 million) may be the closest comparables. Penguins Kris Letang signed for 8-years and $58 million. Before the lockout, Senators Erik Karlsson signed for 7-years and $45 million. Shea Weber has a salary cap hit of $7.8 million, followed by Ryan Suter and Letang at $7.5 million.
- Adrian Dater: Scouting the Avalanche – Blues games: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Lightning.
Morning Rumors I: Yakupov, Subban, Diaz, Lightning, Cammalleri, Scouting the Habs-Lightning, Avs-Canes
- Yahoo Sports NHL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Nail Yakupov is becoming a distraction, but nothing has changed, so don’t expect a trade. TSN Radio: Darren Dreger said that MacTavish is trying move Ales Hemsky and not Yakupov.
“There’s nothing changed from our perspective on Yak,” MacTavish said after the NHL GMs meeting at the league office in Toronto. “The only thing I will say is that adversity, in my mind, is something that helps spur development. Yak’s facing a little bit of adversity, but there aren’t too many players of that age that haven’t. That’s really all I have to say about it.”
- ESPN: Yakupov’s agent Igor Larionov.
“I’m going to Edmonton on Thursday to watch a couple games. Obviously a lot of questions, and I want to have some answers,” Larionov said.
“Let the kid play, enjoy the game. He’s a hard-working kid. He’s not lazy. He’s got to be part of that team. You have to understand he’s only 20 years old, he needs some support,” Larionov said. “He’s a goal-scorer. You’ve got to understand that and let the kid develop and play.”
“I asked Craig, I said, ‘If you guys [are] not happy with him or you have no room for him … we’re willing to make a move. Any team,’ ” Larionov said. “That happens and that’s part of life. Let’s move on.”
- Renaud Lavoie: Preliminary contract talks between the Canadiens and defensemen P.K. Subban and Rafael Diaz started yesterday.
- Ryan Dixon of SportsNet: Three players who could help the Lightning fill the Stamkos void: Mike Cammalleri, Marian Gaborik (and move Teddy Purcell to center) or David Desharnais.
- Chris Stevenson: Stevenson wonders if the Lightning would go after Mike Cammalleri.
- James Mirtle: Brian Burke thinks that Bobby Ryan likely ended up with the Senators as Tim Murray was on the Ducks staff when they were doing their homework on him.
- Dave Stubbs: Scouting the Canadiens – Lightning game: Stars, Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Blues, Jets, Canucks, Blackhawks, Wild and Senators.
- Adrian Dater: Scouting the Avalanche – Hurricanes game: Blackhawks, Ducks, Lightning, Flames and Capitals.
Morning Rumors: Yakupov, Lundqvist, Goalie Market, Hemsky, Candiens, Leafs, Panthers, Caps and Flyers
- Craig Custance: Nail Yakupov’s agent said that if the Oilers are unhappy with Yakupov, they are open to a trade: “We’re willing to make a move. Any team. That happens and that’s part of life.”
- Bob Stauffer: On Larionov and Yakupov: “#1. Igor probably isn’t too pleased that Nail has played under 12 mins last 3 games. #2. A coach spotting Yakupov and limiting defensive zone starts given a -14 rating is completely logical. #3. Not every agent goes to the media to discuss frustrations with a team’s handling of their client. Going direct to the GM works better.”
- Bob McKenzie: Expectation is that Rangers GM Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent, Don Meehan, for contract talks while he’s in town for the Hockey Hall of Fame and GM meetings.
- Craig Custance: Ducks GM Bob Murray on the goalie trade market: “The phone is not ringing.”
- The Fourth Period: The Blues have shopped Brian Elliott, but he may not moved until later in the season as the goalie market is thin at the moment.
- The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Oilers have talked with teams, including the Rangers, about Ales Hemsky.
- Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on trading Martin Brodeur.
”We’ve never had any conversations about it. I’ve never talked to anyone else about it and I’m not going to waste any time on it.”
Canadiens pending UFA, Andrei Markov, is changing agents. This is something some GM hate.
“You’re always worried the new guy is telling him how much better a deal he can get,” one GM said. “Then, he has to live up to it.”
If P.K. Subban says he’ll go for a two-year arbitration deal that would take him to unrestricted free agency, which could be worth $7 million per season, then you know he’s unhappy in Montreal. The Canadiens will look for a longer deal.
The Maple Leafs may be looking for right-shooting defenseman. It’s been an on-again/off-again situation. At one point they looked at Mike Weaver, but may be looking for someone that can play higher up in their lineup.
The Senators and Stars are said to be looking for a defenseman.
Friedman isn’t sure if the Senators would consider trading Craig Anderson. If they were to move him, would need a goalie coming back.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been trying hard to make a trade, but he wants to move guys with bad contracts. Players that could interest teams are Marcel Goc ($1.7 million) and Shawn Matthias ($1.75 million).
The Predators looked at Ilya Bryzgalov before he signed with the Oilers but were denied.
The Oilers may have looked at Jonas Hiller, but Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t like trading within the division.
The Capitals may have had some interest in Ladislav Smid before he was traded to the Flames.
Some executives would be surprised if the Flyers traded Wayne Simmonds, though you can never predict what the Flyers will do.
Some teams are looking at undrafted free agent Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals). He attended the Canadiens camp, is from Florida which may make them a possibility, and Rangers may be looking at him.
Morning Rumors: Subban, MacDonald, Bruins, Heatley, Fiddler, Niskanen, Bryzgalov, Prospal, Flyers and Markstrom
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Talks between the Canadiens and P.K. Subbanare expected to start in about three weeks.The Islanders will have decisions regarding Andy MacDonald. He’s a pending UFA and will get interest from teams. Expect him to remain with the Islanders while they are in playoff contention.Nine teams are spending into the long-term injury allowance and 10 have less than a $1 million in cap space.Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been looking around for a forward.
Dany Heatley’s days in Minnesota could be numbered. Europe may be his only option when he becomes a UFA. GM Chuck Fletcher has had no luck in finding a team interested in his $7.5 million contract.
The Stars have shopped Vernon Fiddler. The Maple Leafs looked at him, but decided they couldn’t fit his $1.8 million salary into their cap space.
Penguins GM Ray Shero has been looking around the league to see what he could get for defenseman Matt Niskanen, who will be a UFA at the end of the season.
Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards is on the hotseat.
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Ilya Bryzgalov will start for Oklahoma in the AHL.
“I am leaving in the morning. I think it’s going to be one week to get myself in good shape to go to Edmonton. I must play a couple games. If I’m not playing any games, I wouldn’t know what things to work on. Only the games show that.”
- Aaron Portzline: Despite interest from Vinny Prospal’s side, Portzline doesn’t see the Blue Jackets trying to sign him. Will wait to get healthy and let the younger kids play.
- Ryan Bright: According to a report: “Holmgren is listening to offers on any Philadelphia player not named Claude Giroux or Steve Mason.”
- Harvey Fialkov and Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers Jacob Markstrom will likely be heading back to the AHL.
- Chris Nichols: Louis Jean said that P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will begin contract extension talks within the next two weeks. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the critical question that needs to be asked: is Therein giving PK tough love or is he disrespecting him?” … ”if Subban takes it as disrespect he’ll take a short deal and walk as a UFA in two years”
- Darren Dreger on TSN (team – needs): Maple Leafs - Center, Oilers - Defenseman and Goalie, Jets - Power Forward, Ducks - Puck moving defenseman, Hurricanes - Defenseman and Goalie, Panthers - Defenseman and Forward
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”the Leafs have bodies that they’re going to have to find room for on the blueline” … ”one thing the Leafs do as well or better than most teams is make sure they recognize that” … ”people will laugh at that comment considering how Gardiner was treated last year”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say what happens to the blueline when Mark Fraser returns. Mirtle guesses that either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner sits one or both games this weekend. Michael Traikos: Traikos guesses Rielly will sit as Gardiner has been playing a lot lately.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Florida’s GM Dale Tallon is trying hard to make some roster moves. He sent an email to all teams last week saying that defenseman Ryan Whitney is available. There are about 20 teams with $2 million of less in salary cap space. Friendman wonders if anyone would take a chance on Penguins Deryk Engelland and his $566,667 salary cap hit. Predators GM David Poile: Q: “After the trade embargo was lifted on Shea Weber, did you ever get an offer that made you think about doing it?” A: “No.”
- Elliotte Friedman: Oilers Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish were at the Flyers – Hurricanes game Tuesday night.
- Seth Rothman: At the Rangers game last night: Oilers Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish.
- Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers-Penguins game: Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets, Coyotes, Oilers (3), Stars (2) and Lightning
- Brian Staubit of CBS Sports: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Nail Yakupov and trade rumors.
“The thing with Yak is simple. I see him trying so hard to be better defensively and to learn this defensive system that we’re trying to implement. I thought he made a couple of good plays defensively yesterday. I saw the thought process go through his head on the ice so that’s encouraging for me.
“And then wanted also to let him know all these reports in the media where people are making up trades for him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue. This kid is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid here Stamkos; those guys struggled early in their careers and boy they turned out to be pretty good players.
“Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eyes and let him know ‘hey, we’re attached at the hip.’ We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and and Stamkos. That’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old. We’re not just going to suddenly give up on a guy because he’s going through a rough stretch. People writing their columns and their blogs; listen, they can create their excitement that way. But all of what’s out there is 100 percent untrue.”
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked with Yakupov and his agent, Igor Larianov yesterday morning. At no time has MacTavish tried to trade Yakupov.
“We never once mentioned that. I’ve had calls since the rumours started asking if I wanted to discuss that. But the answer has been ‘No!’
“We are committed to him. His ice time may go up and down. But we have no plans to send him to the press box in Tampa Bay, at least the coach didn’t mention that as part of his plans when I talked to him in the morning.
“And we have no thoughts of moving him down to the AHL,” he said of Wednesday’s speculation.
“I told Nail that he made a commitment to us and we’ve made a commitment to him.”
Morning Hits II: Subban, Emelin, Nugent-Hopkins, Pominville, Giroux, Kane, Kuznetsov, Phaneuf and Hjalmarsson
- TSN: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would like to get P.K. Subban signed and may be fine with extending him during the season.
“I would like to get something done,” he told reporters, adding he did not want to discuss contracts in public. “It takes two to tango.”
Defenseman Alexei Emelin likely won’t be ready until December at the earliest.
- Jim Matheson: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shoulder is feeling really good following surgery.
“Time will tell if I’m ready for Oct. 1. We’ll talk to the doctors and go from there,” said Nugent-Hopkins, who went under the knife April 23 to repair a labrum tear in his shoulder. “Everybody will be a little bit cautious. It’s important the shoulder is good for the rest of my career.
“I think I’ll be on the ice pretty much with the guys right away (when camp opens Sept. 12) but I’ll probably wear a yellow (no hitting me, please) jersey to start, but it feels really good. I have 100 per cent range of motion. No pain.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild and Jason Pominville are talking contract extension. He said he’s over his head injury and whiplash from a Dustin Brown elbow at the end of last season.
“They’ve talked a few times for sure and are going back and forth about what the plans are,” Pominville said. “We’ll just go day by day and see if both sides can make progress and go from there.”
“They committed to getting me, so just that means a lot to me and being part of a group that is committed to having success and being in a city that loves hockey, that makes it even better,” he said. “I want to stay and be part of what they’re building.”
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Claude Giroux won’t be ready for the start of training camp, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season.
“I think everything will be back to 100 percent. I have no worries at all,” said the Flyers captain. “The doctor says everything will be good.”
- Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane admits he isn’t in the physical condition he normally is at this time of year, but adds there is still a month from the start of the season. His wrist and foot injuries have prevented him from working like he normally would. His mid-June foot surgery took longer to heal than originally thought.
- Allan Muir of SI: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov told Sovietsky Sport that he’d seriously consider staying in the KHL if he was offered the right contract.
“If I am offered a contract here for five-to-seven years, then I would seriously think about it,” he said. “A long-term contract guarantees stability, and I want to feel confident about the future.”
- Luke Fox: Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf is hoping they can get a deal done that would keep him in Toronto.
“I want to be part of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a long time. I love playing in the city, but the business side will take care of itself,” Phaneuf said at the Leafs and Legends Charity Gold Classic, the club’s annual pre-training-camp get-together. “I’m sure that we’ll get something done.”
“We haven’t talked yet, but there’s lots of time left,” Phaneuf. “I think you’re open to everything. For me, I have no problem with doing it during the year. That’s what happened with my last deal.”
Phaneuf is entering the last year of a six-year, $39 million deal he signed with Calgary.
- Bob McKenzie: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan is seeking Ryan McDonagh money, six-years and $4.7 million a season, but he has no arbitration rights. The Rangers are holding firm on a P.K. Subban bridge deal.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle thinks it’s possible that Maple Leafs can get Cody Franson signed by the start of training camp next week. He’d be surprised if Nazem Kadri is there, making of a hold out. Mirtle thinks a fair deal for both is in the $3 to $3.5 million range on a short-term deal. Leafs do not have that kind of cap space at the moment to pull that off.
- Nazem Kadri: Kadri tells “bobo” (Bob McKenzie) that it is “false” that he’s looking for a long-term deal in the John Tavares range, and the Leafs wanting a P.K. Subban type deal.
- Bobo: McKenzie’s take on the Leafs-Kadri situation: “As long as TOR holds firm on wanting 2 yr bridge deal, Kadri has no leverage other than witholding services and hoping his absence impacts. Failing that, Kadri makes case for closer to Matt Duchene $ ($3.5M per) than P.K. Subban $ ($2.875M per). We’ll see if TOR moves off that #.”
- Lou Korac: Nothing new on Alex Pietrangelo and talks with the Blues. Both sides continue to talk.
- Bob McKenzie: Talks between Pietrangelo and the Blues, and between Jared Cowen and the Senators are ongoing.
- Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still scouring the free agents. Meaning, he’s looking for bargains.
- Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes continue to be interested in Brenden Morrow, but money is the hangup.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin, said they don’t expect Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson to be in training camp if they remain unsigned.
- David Alter: Poulin said that they made a fair offer to Kadri and that it’s plenty of money for him.
- Jonas Siegel: Poulin suggests that the offer they made to Kadri is based on their perceived market value and not the Leafs cap situation.
- Rob Longley: Kadri is feeling like some are portraying him unfairly in this situation.
- Chris Johnston: Kadri said that he is waiting for the Maple Leafs to make the next move in contract talks.
- Darren Dreger: Dreger thinks a two-year deal for Franson makes sense and a that a one-year deal is also a good possibility. He could walk into free with more leverage.
- Bob McKenzie: It’s not sounding like the Maple Leafs and RFAs Kadri and Franson are even in the same ballpark with regards to negotiations.
- Bob McKenzie: Kadri is thought to be looking for a long-term deal in the John Tavares range, six-years at $5.5 million per. The Leafs are looking for a shorter term deal, in the P.K. Subban area, two-years at $2.875 million per season.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he treats players who are not at training camp because of a holdout as the same as an injured player. You go with what you have.
- Rob Longley: Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf on his free agent year: ”the contract stuff will take care of itself.”
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs RFA Nazem Kadri won’t be talking about contract talks “until the deal gets done.” He did say that “negotiations are continuing and the lines of communication are open”. Assistant GM Claude Loiselle (handling most of the talks) added, “We’re talking, we’re going back and forth, but historically, we don’t comment on specifics.”
- Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers Matt Read is entering the last year of his deal and will get a nice raise from the $900,000. He would like to stay with the Flyers.
“I would love to stay here,” Read said. “Philadelphia’s obviously a great market to play hockey in. It’s a great bunch of guys here.
“If it comes down to the line, I would fight for everyone in our locker room. I enjoy being here and I’d love to stay here for longer if the right opportunity presents itself.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Cody Hodgson is looking for a long-term, big money contract. The Sabres would prefer giving Hodgson a ‘bridge’ contract, maybe something similar to Tyler Ennis’s two-year, $5.6 million deal from 2012.
- Sarah McLellan of the AZ Central: Coyotes RFA Mikkel Boedker is still looking for a new deal.
“There’s still time before camp starts,” said Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving, who is handling the negotiations with Boedker’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet. “There’s still time before we play games that count for points. We’d like to get it done. It’s not done, but we’ll continue to sort of grind away at it here.”
If they don’t have a deal done by September 11th, he won’t be able to participate in the start of their training camp.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals RFA Marcus Johansson is thought to be looking for an extension worth more than Rangers Carl Hagelin signed, two-years and $4.5 million. The Capitals have 21 players signed with just under $2.665 million salary cap space available.
- Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is still looking for a new deal. Gordon looks at some player contracts. Drew Doughty: $56 million over eight years. Erik Karlsson: $45.5 million over seven years. Tyler Myers: $38.5 million over seven years. Zach Bogosian: $36 million over seven years. Oliver Ekman-Larson: $33 million over six years. P.K. Subban: $5.75 million over two years. If they go long-term, Pietrangelo could fall between Doughty and Myers, maybe in the Karlsson range.
- Igor Eronko: Former Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger has agreed to terms with Admiral of the KHL, pending a physical.
- Igor Eronko: Predators RFA Daniel Bang signed one-year deal with Lausanne of the Swiss league.