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Posts Tagged Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Rumors: Flyers and Ryan, Letang, Briere, Bernier, Canucks, Filppula, Sens, Canes, Lundqvist, Richards and Weiss
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Two non-Flyers sources have said that the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan and that the Flyers are interested. Names that have been discussed are defenseman Braydon Coburn and the 11th overall pick.
“Still a lot to be worked out,” said one source.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero and Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes, are set to meet today. Hughes lives in Boston and the GMs are in Boston for the GM meetings. LeBrun doesn’t think that Letang will sign for less than $7 million.
The Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere. An Ilya Bryzgalov buyout has been met with mixed opinions by management. Decision could be whether to do it this year or next. The availability of Jonathan Bernier may push the Flyers into making the move now. One source said that five teams are interested in Bernier.
John Tortorella is one of four final candidates for the Canucks head coaching position. John Stevens, Lindy Ruff and Scott Arniel could be the other candidates. Dave Tippett could also be an option if he doesn’t re-sign.
Red Wings Valtteri Filppula could get more than $5 million on the open market, which might be too much of the Wings. The Wings and Filppula’s agent will meet next week at the draft.
Guillaume Latendresse, Peter Regin and Mike Lundin are likely not to get a contract from the Senators.
The Hurricanes made an offer to UFA goalie Dan Ellis, but he told them he’s heading to the open market.
Teams are calling the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick in the draft, but their intention now may be to keep the pick.
Contract talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi have been ongoing and both sides are expected to meet again during draft week.
- George Malik of Kuklas Korner: Summarizing some of the TSN Insider Trading points:Bob McKenzie is saying that teams are more than kicking tires on Jonathan Bernier. Flyers, Leafs and Islanders are intrigued. Could take Matt Frattin from the Leafs or Matt Read from the Flyers.Bernier, Niklas Backstrom and Ray Emery could be targets of the Flyers if Bryzgalov is bought out.
The Rangers will look to extend Henrik Lundqvist, with GM Glen Sather and agent Don Meehan meeting at or around the draft. Lundqvist may look for Evgeni Malkin money, $9 million, but that would limit what the Rangers could do with the rest of their lineup.
McKenzie thinks the Rangers will wait a year on a Brad Richards buyout to see how he rebounds under Alain Vigneault.
Dreger says that Valtteri Filppula may be looking for $5.5 million per year for seven or eight years.
The Wings may look at Stephen Weiss as Filppula replacement.
- Rob Rossi: Contract discussions have started with the Penguins and Pascal Dupuis’ representatives.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Preliminary talks with Dupuis are underway and he’s looking for a four year deal. Market value for him could be in the $18 to $24 million range.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A source that is close to Daniel Briere said that he was told last week that he would be bought out by the Flyers.
- Adrian Dater: Wouldn’t be surprised if the Avalanche make an offer to Briere. Wouldn’t be a big offer.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning’s center Vinny Lecavalier is preparing for the possibility of being bought out.
“It’s obviously something you think about,” Lecavalier said. “At the same time, there’s nothing I can do about it.”
A Lecavalier buyout would save $54 million in cap space over seven years. It would cost them $30 million over 14 years, $2.14 annually. Ryan Malone has two year left at $4.5 million is also a buyout candidate. It would cost the Lightning $3.35 million over four-years.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Daniel Alfredsson has started working out at the Scotiabank Place, which is a good sign for the team. Will hold talks when Alfredsson decides he wants to play. A one year deal is likely at $4.5 million. Murray told Alfredsson to take all the time he needs.
- John Shannon: Shannon had an email conversation with Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, who confirmed that the Flyers have told him that they won’t be buying out Bryzgalov.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to CSN: ”I didn’t assure Ritch Winter of anything. When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best for our hockey team.“
- David Pagnotta: Holmgren told Winter (after both of the above comments were made public) that his comments were fair based on the earlier conversations they had.
- David Pagnotta: If the Flyers don’t buyout Brygalov, they’ll be out of the Jonathan Bernier race. Reported around the trade deadline that Bernier and Matt Read were the centerpieces of trade talks between the two teams. The Flames, Leafs, Devils and Wild could be in the mix.
- David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that the Flames could pursue Bernier.
- Sarah Baicker: With many teams interested in Bernier, he’ll want to go somewhere that the starter’s job in guaranteed. The Flyers can’t offer that as he’d have to split time with Steve Mason. Odds lessen that he’ll end up in Philadelphia.
- B.D. Gallof: Bernier is still a prospect. He might be a little more developed than some of the Islanders prospects, but can’t lose sight of that.
- Nick Kypreos: Kypreos is hearing that Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier will be traded sooner than later, and that the Flyers and Maple Leafs could be the front-runners. The Flyers if they decided to buyout Ilya Brygalov and there is the Leiweke-LA link for the Leafs.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers were one of 12 teams that Kings GM Dean Lombardi has contacted about Bernier. The Kings source said,
“Basically, we’re running an auction,” the source said.
The Flyers might offer Matt Read, as the Kings are said to be looking for help on the wing.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders are said to be in the mix for Bernier according to sources.
- Sam Carchidi: Thinks that a 1st and Sean Couturier is too much for Jonathan Bernier, but Couturier for Bernier would be tempting, especially with Scott Laughton close.
- Darren Dreger: Mark Streit’s deal with the Flyers is for 4 years at $5.25 million per season.
- Bob McKenzie: Streit’s deal in an over 35 contract, so if he retires before the contract expires, it still counts against the cap.
- Tim Panaccio: Streit’s agent said “no” progress to report on Streit deal as the Flyers need to move out salary because of “tagging.” Frank Seravalli: Can’t sign Streit now as they exceed the cap by more than 10%. Tim Panaccio: Look for at least one buyout and a trade if the Flyers can’t do two buyouts.
- Brodie Brazil of CSN Bay Area: The San Jose Sharks have signed center Logan Couture to a five year contract extension. Couture has one year left on his deal with a $3 million salary.
- Chris Nichols: The Stars have re-signed goalie Cristopher Nilstorp to a year, two-way deal.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild re-sign RFA defenseman Marco Scandella to a two-year deal. Renaud Lavoie: Scandella’s deal is for an average of $1.025 million per season.
- Brad Ziemer: Joacim Eriksson’s deal with the Canucks is a two-way deal, $925,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the minors.
- Andy Strickland: Kings RFA Jonathan Bernier fired his agent on Sunday.
- Aaron Portzline: Portzline agrees with the executive who thinks the Blue Jackets needs to make two “pick” trades with a top a top prospect to get into the top 4 or 5. With the draft being so deep, Portzline wonders why would teams give up a lot to move up?
- Louis Jean: Alain Vigneault’s deal with the Rangers is for 5 years in the $2 million a year range.
- Dennis Bernstein: An Ilya Bryzgalov buyout would be $700,000 next year, $1.3 million in 2014-15, $1.3 million in 2015-16, $1.8 million in 2016-17, $1.8 million in 2017-18 and $1.6 million for the remaining 7 years.
- Mike Zeisberger: Tuukka Rask hasn’t allowed a goal at home in 166 minutes, 28 seconds.
- CP in SportsNet: 229 of the Vancouver rioters from two years ago will be charged, with 56 accused still waiting to learn their fate. Police say they wanted to charge 325 people but 40 charges were not approved. 149 people have entered guilty pleas and 102 have received sentences.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Ray Shero ”I’m not getting rid of Marc-Andre Fleury.”
- Katie Strang: The Islanders last offer to Mark Streit was for three years and $4.75 million.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen said that Marian Gaborik’s recovery from abdominal surgery is progress really well, ”He was on the treadmill before he went home.”
Quick Hits: Stanley Cup final dates, Eakins, McDonald, Nichol, Klimchuk, Morrissey, Richards and Zherdev
- Bob McKenzie: With the Blackhawks win and if both the Blackhawks and Bruins clinch their series in 5 games or less, the Stanley Cup final would start on Wednesday. In other words, if both series are over by Sunday night, the Cup finals will start on Wednesday. If they go past Sunday, it will start next Saturday.
- Darren Dreger: Dallas Eakins spotted at Pearson International (Toronto), appears to be on way to Vancouver for 2nd interview.
- Andy Strickland: Blues Andy McDonald retires from the NHL due to post-concussion concerns.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Scott Nichol retired from the NHL and will be the Predators director of player development.
- Sam Carchidi: There have been talks with the Flyers, Penguins and NHL about an outdoor game at Penn State, but getting it done for next year may be tough.
- Ryan Kennedy: Morgan Klimchuk and Josh Morrissey attended the Sabres combine.
- Pierre LeBrun: Kings Mike Richards didn’t skate yesterday. (He skated on Wednesday with the extras)
- Dmitry Chesnokov: Nik Zherdev’s contract with Atlant will likely be terminated.
Morning Hits: Could the Penguins trade Malkin? Should Oilers consider trading No. 7? Landing spots for Luongo
- Darren Dreger: If the Penguins lose in 4 or 5 games, they could have an interesting offseason. Some people think that Evgeni Malkin could become a trade target. Bruce Arthur points out that Malkin had 10 shots last night and was “magnificent” and doesn’t think he’ll be traded. Dreger responds that it’s hard to imagine, but after the cap goes down for next year, it likely won’t be going up the following year that much and it will force the Penguins into a tough decision with Malkin or Kris Letang.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples thinks the Oilers should consider trading down from the No. 7 slot in this year’s NHL draft unless they are convinced that they are “seven truly remarkable players” in the draft. There is about a 40% chance of drafting a star to a good consistent 2nd liner when drafting in the 6 to 15 range. There is a 60% at each of those slots that he’ll be just average or a bust. About a 20% chance they turn into “top-line aces.” Staples looked at the players drafted from 1990 to 2009. Staples goes into more detail, it’s worth checking out the piece.
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher looks at nine possible destinations for Roberto Luongo: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames and the Wild.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is talk that as many as 10 teams are thinking about their goaltending situation. Among the teams thinking No. 1 goalies are: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames, Wild and Islanders.
Names to watch: Ryan Miller (BUF) – one year left on his deal. Coyotes could be a fit. Mike Smith (PHX) – a UFA and uncertainty of organization is keeping him from re-signing. Ray Emery (CHI) – UFA. Won’t get a long-term deal but may get a shot at being a No. 1. Tim Thomas(NYI) – UFA who may get a pro tryout.
Rangers GM Glen Sather is giving Mark Messier serious thought as their new head coach. They are also interested in Alain Vigneault.
Ducks GM Bob Murray is getting calls for Bobby Ryan. They’d like to keep Ryan who has two years left at $5.1 million. The Flyers and Senators have been interested in the past.
There have been no talks between Ron Hainsey and the Jets.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been working the phones and looking for immediate help. Could be willing to move some of their young assets. Talk that they might trade Nail Yakupov to bring back a package.
Alain Vigneault appears to be the top candidate for the Stars, Lindy Ruff for the Canucks.
- Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com: New Hurricanes logo coming today. The Hurricanes currently sit at No. 5 in this year’s draft. They won’t be trading up, but haven’t ruled out moving back. GM Jim Rutherford will target a top 4 defenseman in free agency or through a trade.
“It’s hard to say. It could come in any manner,” Rutherford said. “It could come in the form of a player that we trade for as a projection who hasn’t done it yet but we think could do it now. It could come in the form of a projection of a (Ryan) Murphy jumping in the top four. It could come many ways, but I do feel that’s an area we have to change.”
- Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky will be a RFA, and it’s possible that his agent is willing to look at offer sheets. The KHL could also offer a pile of money. Talks between Bobrovsky’s agent and the Blue Jackets haven’t gained traction as his agent, Paul Theofanous, wants to wait. Bobrovsky would be worth more if he wins the Vezina and/or gets offer sheet and/or a KHL offer. There is a chance that the KHL money is too much to pass up. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said they will match any offer sheet.
- Joe Yerdon: If Red Wings Valtteri Filppula doesn’t re-sign, Yerdon keeps thinking the Flames.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils have begun contract talks with Patrick Elias, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus.
“We’re talking to all of them and we’ll try and expedite that as best as possibly can,” Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello has also started talking to defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Peter Harrold. He hopes to have them all locked up by the start of free agency on July 5th.
- Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: From CSN Philly reports, the Flyers and Predators are after free agent Austrian winger Michael Raffl. Raffl played in the World Championship for Austria and with Leksands IF in the Swedish second division.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: It was a “prove it” year for Tuukka Rask as he took over the No. 1 job from Tim Thomas. He was left off the Vezina Trophy ballots after posting the third best save percentage (.929) and fourth best goals-against average (2.00). Rask will be getting a nice big contract this summer and GM Peter Chiarelli thinks it’s easier to sign guys after they’ve had a successful season.
“I’m happy for him that he’s playing well and he’s helping the team,” said Chiarelli. “It’s always easier to sign these guys after success. He’s showing some resiliency, which I like, and some durability, which I like.
“I liked [Rask's] big saves. We had some real good games where, I’d have to go back and look, but I think we had a chance in every game.”
Rask could be looking for a 5-6 year deal in the range of $5-$6 million per season. Comparables could be Jimmy Howard’s $5.291 million cap hit and Carey Price’s $6.5 million cap hit.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks thinks the Rangers need to lock up defenseman Ryan McDonagh before the Flyers are able to sheet him after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov. Brooks wonders if the Devils have any choice but to give Patrick Elias whatever he wants. Pascal Dupuis could be one of the most sought after free agents, but will he take less to remain with the Penguins?
- Adrian Dater: Avs center Paul Stastny is in the last year of his deal and has a $6.6 million cap hit. Dater is sure “the Avs would get a whole lot for him.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon outplayed Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin. You obviously don’t draft someone based on a couple of games. It seems like a “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” scenario on deciding between Jones and MacKinnon. Down the middle the Avs have Matt Duchene (not going anywhere), Ryan O’Reilly (can’t trade until Feb. 28th next year) and Paul Stastny (RFA after next season, could be moved). They need more help on the blueline than another young forward.