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Posts Tagged Pittsburgh Penguins
- Chris Nichols: Slava Voynov’s agent tells R-Sport that he should be re-signing with the Kings “in the very near future.” His agent confirms that there is an offer from Traktor.
- The Fourth Period: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the Wild and goalie Niklas Backstrom have started contract talks. If they are not able to lock up Backstrom, GM Chuck Fletcher may look at the trade market. On the goalie trade market are: Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott (STL), Jonas Hiller (ANA), Ryan Miller (BUF) and maybe James Reimer (TOR) if they land Roberto Luongo. The Wild have also started contract talks with RFAs Cal Clutterbuck and Jared Spurgeon.
- Lance Hornby: Elliott Friedman reporting that the Maple Leafs will be wooing Stephen Weiss if the meetings between the Panthers and Weiss breakdown this week.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins are expected to being talks with Pascal Dupuis’ agent, Allan Walsh, next week. The Penguins may want to know if Dupuis plans on testing the open market. He’s coming off a deal where he made $1.5 million in each of the past two seasons. Dupuis is looking for a four-year deal, with the Penguins preferring a three-year deal. If the Penguins offered a three-year deal in the $10.5 million range, he might sign before July 5th.
Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins will now turn to Kris Letang who will be looking for a big raise from his $3.5 million. There has been speculation that he could be dealt if both sides can’t get a deal done. GM Ray Shero clarified his statement, and notes that Letang is under contract from next season.
“That gives us some latitude and leeway,” Shero said. “We’ll certainly turn our attention to Kris over the next little bit and see where we are and see if we’re in the same ballpark, what we’re thinking. He certainly is a key player for us, and he’s a young player. I do believe his best days in his career are ahead of him.
“But, until we get to those discussions … it’s hard for me exactly to know what Kris’ intentions are until I get into discussions with his agent and with Kris.”
“If we don’t have a deal by the draft, does that mean we’re trading him?” Shero said of Letang. “I can’t speculate. You never want to say a player can’t be traded or will never be traded. It’s hard to do that.
“If we get into July or August or next [season] with Kris Letang on [essentially] a one-year contract … I would say we’d like to keep him. He’s a very good defenseman, and they’re very hard to find.”
Louis Jean: Source is saying that it is not a “slam dunk” that Kris Letang signs an extension with the Penguins. His agent and GM Ray Shero will have a meeting next week. Letang’s asking price could easily be $8 million.
David Alter: Colton Orr re-signed with the Maple Leafs for 2 years at $925,000 per season.
Damian Cristodero: The Lightning sign Reto Suri for 2013-14 on a 1-year, two-way deal
The Penguins will sign Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension. The deal can’t become official until July 5th.
The deal carries a $9.5 million salary cap hit, the second highest in the NHL behind Alex Ovechkin’s $9.538 million. It won’t kick in until after next season.
- 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.”
- Rob Rossi: Penguins extend Dan Bylsma for two years. Assistants Granato and Reirden also extended.
- Darren Dreger: Sharks extend head coach Todd McLellan.
- Darren Dreger: Alain Vigneault met with the Rangers on Tuesday and is expected to talk again with the Stars soon.
- Bob McKenzie: The Canucks are expected to interview Kings John Stevens this week.
- Darren Dreger: As of Tuesday the Maple Leafs received over 20 resumes and interview requests for the AHL Marlies head coaching position. That number is expected to double. NHL, AHL, College and Junior coaches are interested in the Marlies position. They hope to get the under down to under 10 for interviews next week.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero wants settle their coaching situation so he can focus on Evgeni Malkin, then Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang. It could cost the Penguins around $10 million a year to keep Malkin, and ownership has given Shero authorization to keep him at almost any cost. Shero had a “productive” meeting with Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks have picked up the past couple days. The sides have been waiting to see if Bobrovsky wins the Vezina Trophy, but Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has found away around it.
“I said, ‘Let’s just proceed as if he’s already won it,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch today. “Let’s take that out of the equation. Let’s assume he’s won it, and move forward from there. But … “
It doesn’t appear that a deal is imminent.
“His representation is doing what they feel is best; I don’t blame them,” Kekalainen said. “We’re doing what we think is best. I’m not discouraged at all. This is part of the process that both sides have to go through to get a deal done.
“But it’s something we’d like to work at, get settled and put behind us.”
- Chris Nichols of Sportsnet: Daniel and Henrik Sedin were on TEAM1040 radio on Monday and said they hope to remain with the Canucks beyond next season. The Sedin’s haven’t talked with their agents or the Canucks yet. Henrik:
“No, we haven’t talked about it yet, actually. It’s only been a few weeks since we lost here. We’ve always been in a position where everything is going to get worked out if both sides agree that they want the same thing. We’re not panicking. Like Daniel said, we’ve been very up front that we like it here. That’s all we can do.”
- Katie Strang: The Rangers and Ryan McDonagh have held preliminary talks, but nothing is serious yet.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said he’ll do “everything we can” to keep Bryan Bickell.
- Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Bickell said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Blackhawks.
“Yeah, definitely, (I’d like to re-sign with the Blackhawks),” Bickell said during the Stanley Cup finals media day. “I got drafted in ’04 with this team. I think this is a second home to me. To be brought up through the minor leagues and being here the last couple years has been an honor. I feel this is a home to me. I have a lot of friends and family with me in the city. I enjoy it a lot here.”
When asked about a hometown discount.
“I don’t know about that,” Bickell said of giving the Blackhawks a hometown discount. “We’ll see. We’re just concentrating on the finals. Me and my agent will come together, and we’ll negotiate that at the end of the season.”
- Chip Alexander: There is no offer on the table, but Dan Ellis and the Hurricanes are “talking back and forth.” In a “holding pattern.”
- Katie Strang: John Tortorella was in Vancouver yesterday for an interview with the Canucks.
- Renaud Lavoie: The Canucks have talked with Jacques Martin about their coaching position.
- Josh Rimer: Both the Stars and Canucks have spoken with Jacques Martin. The Stars over the phone and in person last week with the Canucks.
- David Amber: Stars GM Jim Nill said he’s already interviewed 6 potential coaching candidates. Plans on talking to John Tortorella.
- Josh Rimer: Source said that Paul Maurice could be an associate coach with the Oilers this year.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma spoke with Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle yesterday, with GM Ray Shero meeting with them afterwards (excluding Bylsma). Shero made a push to sign Bylsma to an extension.
Free Agent Hits: Voynov, Wheeler, Little, Komarov, Ranger, Kovalev, Gonchar, Josi, Iginla, Kings and Blues
- Igor Eronko: An exec from Traktor (KHL) said they made an offer to Kings RFA defenseman Slava Voynov, but there is no belief that he would accept it: ‘We know it’s almost unreal, but we’re going to try to sign Voynov until there is a chance’
- Gary Lawless: Blake Wheeler’s camp said there has been no talks with the Jets yet. Bryan Little contract talks are “very preliminary.”
- Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Leo Komarov: “We made him an offer that we thought was fair. If he chooses to play in RUS for more $, nothing we can do about it.” Dmitry Chesnokov: Komarov will sign with Dynamo Moscow today. His Dynamo deal would not preclude him from exploring NHL options.
- Darren Dreger: If Leafs Paul Ranger decides to return to the NHL, the Oilers would be high among the 20 plus teams that would be interested in him due to the Eakins hire.
- Igor Eronko: Alex Kovalev signed in the Swiss league.
- Darren Dreger: Sergei Gonchar’s deal with the Stars includes a full no-movement clause with a limited trade window from January 2015 to the trade deadline in the 2nd year of the deal.
- Craig Custance: Oilers RFA Teemu Hartikainen will play for Ufa of the KHL.
- Nashville Predators: The Predators sign defenseman Roman Josi to a 7-year, $28 million deal. Salary breakdown: 2.5 million in 2013-14, $3 million in 2014-15, $4 million in 2015-16, $4.25 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017-18, $5.25 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis thinks that if Jarome Iginla wants a serious shot at the Stanley Cup, he’d have a take a big pay-cut. It would be due to the fact that Cup contenders would have a tough time fitting in a bigger contract. How many teams would/could fit in more than $3 million a year for him? The Ducks could be a fit, especially his Teemu Selanne retires. San Jose might be able to fit him in on a one-year deal. The Blues could fit him in on the right side, but would he fit in Ken Hitchcock’s system?
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s top priorities will be UFA Rob Scuderi and Dustin Penner. He also has RFA Slava Voynov and Jonathan Bernier to sign. The Kings could let Penner hit the open market and open a top six spot for Tyler Toffoli or Tanner Pearson.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have only had preliminary talks with RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.
“We haven’t really moved ahead with anyone yet,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We’ll probably do that, I’d say, 10 days before the draft (June 28) to two weeks before the draft. We’ll talk to guys if they want to get something done sooner, we’re prepared, but history shows that these guys usually don’t sign until after the free-agency period starts.”
They may get an offer sheet from someone, but that is not a concern for GM Doug Armstrong.
“Offer sheets aren’t a concern,” Armstrong said. “It’s part of the business and you know that they’re there. But the salary cap is coming down, and the mechanisms that would drive (current) teams away … that’s not available in the new CBA.”
Free Agent Rumors: Leafs – Bozak, Orr, Kostka, MacArthur and Komarov .. Pens – Letang, Iginla, Malkin and Dupuis
- The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs appear to be trying to re-sign UFAs Tyler Bozak, Colton Orr and Mike Kostka. It’s likely that Clarke MacArthur and Ryan O’Bryne won’t be brought back. Leo Komarov is expected to head back to the KHL. Bozak is reportedly looking for a long-term deal worth $5.5 million a season, so it’s possible that he may not be back. One team source the Leafs won’t go over $4 million a year.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he doesn’t know if the rumors of Leo Komarov signing with Dynamo Moscow were true, but added “It wouldn’t surprise me,” in an email with the Star.
“Leo Komarov will not continue in the NHL,” tweeted Finnish sports reporter Emil Elo. “He will join (Moscow) next season.”
- Chris Nichols: Contract extension talks with the Penguins and Kris Letang should begin this month. He is looking for a 5 to 8 year deal with a full no-movement clause. The Penguins believe he’s for $7-$8 million per year.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarome Iginla: “It’s been very positive & would be open (to re-signing). Even though we didn’t win, it was a great experience.”
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Pascal Dupuis: ”Obviously I want to stay a Pittsburgh Penguin.”
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Contract negotiations between GM Ray Shero and Evgeni Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry, will start this week. A Malkin deal wouldn’t be able to be official until after July 5th as he has one year left on his deal. Malkin currently makes $8.7 million and his full no-movement clause kicks in for the final year. The maximum that Malkin could sign for is $102.88 million over 8 years. GM Shero told Sidney Crosby when they were working on his extension, that Malkin would likely end up with a higher salary cap number. Talks between Shero and Kris Letang’s camp should begin this month. Letang doesn’t have a no-movement in his deal, so if they can’t agree on a new deal, they could look to move him. The Penguins hope to keep both Malkin and Letang, along with UFA Pascal Dupuis, who could get at least $4 million on the open market. The Penguins hope to keep him at a little less than $4 million and on a 3 year deal.
Quick Hits: Eakins to be introduced today, Rangers coaching odds, No Bylsma decision yet, Fleury is Penguins No. 1
- James Mirtle: The Oilers will introduce Dallas Eakins as their next head coach this afternoon.
- Andrew Gross: Gross goes through possible Rangers coaches: Dan Bylsma (5-1), Wayne Gretzky (20-1), Mark Messier (7-1), Lindy Ruff (10-1), Dave Tippett (5-1) and Alain Vigneault (3-1).
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: As of yesterday, GM Ray Shero and ownership haven’t reached a decision regarding Dan Bylsma or his coaching staff. Bylsma has one year left on his deal. Shero won’t be giving his season-in-review media session on Wednesday.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on Marc-Andre Fleury: ”He’s our No. 1 goalie for this franchise and he will be going forward.”
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that the Oilers will deal their No. 7 overall pick, as well as some players.
- Bob McKenzie: The Flyers are in the market for a defenseman and could be willing to move one of Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier in the right deal.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the Flyers to use a compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Brian Wilde: The Canadiens could see what the trade market would give for defenseman Andrei Markov and likely get a good return. His contract isn’t looking as expensive now though.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks that Tuukka Rask will get a 4 or 5 year contract at about $6.5 million.
- Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater thinks the Avalanche could make Jarome Iginla a free agent offer if/when he hits the open market. The Avs could buy out David Jones. Iginla’s offer wouldn’t be crazy, and word is Joe Sakic is intrigued with idea of adding Iginla.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Mario Lemieux and the Penguins ownership aren’t that impressed with how the season ended and Dan Bylsma may be on the hotseat. A league executive thinks that the Penguins may move Chris Kunitz or James Neal with the cap going down, giving them more room to keep Evgeni Malkin. Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke are both UFAs. UFA Douglas Murray will walk. The Pens want to keep Kris Letang. The Pens could look to trade Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild, Avalanche or Panthers, or they could buy him out. They could make a pitch for Ryan Miller.
Morning Hits: Final starts on Wed., Eakins replacing Kruger, Rangers coaching candidates, Doughty’s bum ankle, MacTavish Presser
- NHL: The Stanley Cup Final gets underway on Wednesday in Chicago at 8:00 pm ET. Game 2 goes on Saturday at 8:00 pm ET.
- Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers fire head coach Ralph Krueger.
- Ryan Rishaug: Sounding like Dallas Eakins will be the next Oilers head coach. David Pagnotta: Eakins has been locked in as Oilers coach and will officially be introduced in the next few days.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Penguins decide to fire head coach Dan Bylsma, he could become the Rangers top candidate if the Penguins would grant them permission to talk. The Rangers have permission to speak with Alain Vigneault, Dallas Eakins and Lindy Ruff. Dave Tippett’s preference is to remain with the Coyotes and Mark Messier is still in the picture. Vigneault seems to be the leading candidate at the moment.
- Lisa Dillman: Kings Drew Doughty had been playing on a bad ankle since the Sharks series.