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More players heading overseas … Brule and O’Sullivan getting released from their teams … Schneider, JVR considering Europe
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Devils David Clarkson has apparently signed with Salzburg.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Kurtis Foster signed with Tappara of the SM-liiga.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart signed with Liberec of the Czech Extraliga.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Maple Leafs Clark MacArthur joins Crimmitschau of Germany’s Tier 2 League.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Patrick Kane signed with EHC Biel-Bienne in Switzerland.
- David Alter via twitter: James van Riemsdyk said he’s been talking with Tappara in Finland.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Gilbert Brule is expected to be released from his contract with Zurich.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Radim Vrbata is in Phoenix, but he’ll likely be heading to play with BK Mladá Boleslav in the Czech league by the beginning of November. He’s a part owner of the team.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Martin Hanzal is expected to play with HC Mountfield in the Czech league starting tonight.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Patrick O’Sullivan has been released by HIFK.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Cory Schneider is considering heading to Europe. Schneider is also a member of the PA’s bargaining committee.
“It would have to become more realistic, for sure,” Schneider said when asked about the possibility of going to Europe if there’s no CBA next week. “If they decide to go into a deep freeze, who knows when they will talk again or when this will get sorted out.
“If everyone is going to start heading over there with bad news, (jobs) are going to start filling up pretty quickly. It’s something I have to think about more seriously.”
“My agent is out there, talking to teams to see what is available,” Schneider said. “I haven’t really given him the green light to go and try to find something for sure.”
Flames cut ties with Sutter, Lowery … Stars interested in Parise and a Dman … Some Ducks won’t be back … Brodeur wants to play next year …Bitz gets 2 games
- Vicki Hall of hte Calgary Herald: The Calgary Flames have mutually parted ways with head coach Brent Sutter yesterday. Assistant coach Dave Lowry will not have his contract renewed. Sutter,“After discussions with Jay since the season ended, it was in the best interest of the organization and myself to part ways. I wish the Calgary Flames all the best.”
- Ian Busby of QMI Agency: Busby names some possible targets for the Flames next head coach. 1. Troy Ward (head coach of Abbotsford, AHL) 2. Bob Boughner (head coach Windsor, OHL) 3. Bob Hartley (head coach ZSC, Switzerland) 4. Craig MacTavish (head coach Chicago, AHL) 5. Mike Sullivan (assistant coach, NY Rangers).
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (Mailbag) If the Stars are able to land a Zach Parise, they may have to unload some contracts, and Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott could be the guys. Other teams will have interest in Morrow and Ott. Richard Bachman will have to battle Jack Campbell for the backup roll next season. Campbell may be better with 1 more year of development. Heika thinks they could land Parise and make a trade for a defenseman. They might have to wait for a new CBA before they make a move on a defenseman.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Corey Perry, Jonas Hiller, Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa aren’t going anywhere. Ryan Getzlaf is entering a contract year and would be hard to replace. Bobby Ryan could be used to improve defense and depth. The Ducks have 8 unrestricted free agents, and hope to re-sign Saku Koivu. Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman and Dan Ellis are as good as gone. Center Rod Pelley may not be re-signed either. They will have decisions to make on George Parros and Sheldon Brookbank.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Coyotes Radim Vrbata is day-to-day with an injury.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Predators defenseman Hal Gill didn’t practice yesterday and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Canadiens have called the Red Wings about Jim Nill for their vacant GM position. In the past the Red Wings have said no to any team calling about him. The L.A .Times reported on Wednesday that the Canadiens are interested in Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall and Kings executive Luc Robitaille. The Canadiens have also inquired about Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin, Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois and Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Odds are Martin Brodeur will be back with the Devils next year.“I don’t know what the future will bring me. I want to play more, but a lot of circumstances could happen that I won’t,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to this.”
“I’m not 100 percent sure about next year because I don’t have a contract and I’m not negotiating or anything,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see what the future brings after these playoffs. But this season definitely answered a lot of questions in the way I’m able to perform and my willingness to do it every day. That was one of the things that was worrying me a little bit.
“You need to want to come to the rink. You need to want to travel. I’ve been doing it for a long time and I really regained that desire this season. That’s why I didn’t want to lean one way or the other for the longest time. Just because I wanted to see if I was up for the grind.”
- Canucks Byron Bitz suspended for 2 games.
Free agent news and rumors involving: Realignment, Penguins, Yandle, Canucks, Predators and Canadiens … Could Canadiens block a Stamkos to Leafs move?
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Gary Bettman presented a major realignment proposal to the board of governors for the 2012-13 season. It involved cutting the divisions down to 4, and possibly moving the Red Wings and Blue Jackets to the Eastern Conference. It is still in the discussion stages. It would be a balanced schedule with home-and-home’s against teams outside their division. Top 4 teams in each division make the playoffs, 1st round is divisional play, then re-seed for conference play. In each conference, 1 division would have 8 teams and the other 7. One league executive, “Nobody is happy with the current format so I would expect something like this is going to be adopted.”
- Will DePaoi of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: If the Penguins don’t bring Tyler Kennedy back, and don’t come to terms with Jaromir Jagr, Radim Vrbata could be an option if the price and length are right. He’s coming off a 3 year, $9 million deal, which might mean he’d want more than the Pens could offer.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Strickland looks at some ‘what if’s’ involving the Leafs, Stamkos and the Canadiens. The Lightning won’t let Steven Stamkos to go over a few million bucks if some team puts in an offer sheet. Strickland wonders if the Canadiens would try to block the Maple Leafs attempt to acquire Stamkos (through an offer sheet if Burke is being pressured by ownership to sign Stamkos) by trading for Vinny Lecavalier? The Canadiens would have send Scott Gomez plus others. “Montreal knows if Toronto gets Stamkos, the balance of power immediately shifts.”
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Sources are saying that Keith Yandle won’t sign before July 1st, and won’t sign before at least one of Drew Doughty or Shea Weber get a deal done. The Coyotes can’t afford to lose Yandle. His salary wasn’t high enough last year for the Coyotes to offer him arbitration, so he’s open for offer sheets. LA is trying hard to lock up Doughty, some goes for Nashville and Weber. Weber may be waiting to see what moves the Predators will make to prove that they want to be a contender. It’s unlikely that the Sharks will re-sign Ian White and Ben Eager. They are working on re-signing Devin Setoguchi. The Canucks may put Keith Ballard on waivers and send him to the minors, as they are attempting to re-sign both Kevin Bieksa and Christian Ehrhoff. Roman Hamrlik expect to get a contract offer from the Canadiens by July 1st. The Florida Panthers are about $30 million below the salary floor, and may have to take on some bad contracts as long as they come with some draft picks. Maybe Ballard could head to Florida. The Blues may look to move Barrett Jackman who’s in the last year of his contract and could be looking for something in the $5 million range. Rob Niedermayer could be dangle to Blues who are looking for an experience player or 2.
- Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: Duhatschek offers up a bunch of questions. Could the Flames find someone to take Jay Bouwmeester? Might look good in Columbus. Would Rangers look to move Marian Gaborik to free up money for Brad Richards? Would the Senators be interested in Gaborik? Would the Coyotes be interested in Evgeni Nabokov?
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks there is a less than 50% chance that the Kings move one of their goalies at the draft. He believes that Jonathan Bernier will be in play at some point.
Coyotes 3-pronged goalie stategy … Hiller to skate in July … Callahan talks “just begining” … Balsillie could get team if he’s good
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Not re-signing Ilya Bryzgalov opens up some new windows for the Coyotes.
“It’s an opportunity to potentially spend less, hopefully find a way to be as good and use that excess resource in other ways to put a better team in front of our goaltending,” Maloney said. “So this to me isn’t something that we’re staring into our lemonade and going, ‘Woe is us.’ “Coyotes GM Don Maloney has a 3-pronged strategy for his goaltending search. 1. Acquire top young goalie by trade: “There’s three or four in other organizations that may be available in a trade that would cost a good asset but may potentially solidify your goaltending for a long time; that’s one obvious way to look at it.” 2. Sign a UFA: “There’s two or three players in that grouping that we like. We think in our system with (goaltending coach) Sean Burke would be good fits for us.” Tomas Vokoun’s price may be too high. 3. Bring in a veteran goalie: “I’ve had a couple conversations (this week) regarding some very good established goaltenders on other clubs that for financial reasons they might be looking to make some changes.” The Coyotes expect to re-sign RFA Keith Yandle, and expect to pay a high price. Re-signing Vernon Fiddler, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski are also on the Coyotes wish-list. Ed Jovanovski’s return is doubtful, Maloney hasn’t spoken with Jovo or his agent.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The decision has been made by the Rangers to buyout Chris Drury, a source added “He’s gone.” The buyout will save the Rangers $3.3 million, he was scheduled to have a $7.05 million cap hit. Ryan Callahan contract talks are “just beginning”
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller will resume skating in July. Hiller has been bother by vertigo since Feb.
“He’s fine,” Murray said. “He’s in good spirits. We talked about a couple of things. He’ll be skating on the ice sometime around the middle of July. “He’ll be doing a camp early in the week and then skate with some pros after that.”
Ducks GM Bob Murray hasn’t spoken with UFA goalie Ray Emery. “I haven’t really thought about it at this time,” Murray said when asked about re-signing Emery. “We have Jonas and Dan Ellis. Until something tells me we don’t have that, then I’ll deal with that.”
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has been ‘talking out loud’ about the possibility of trading the 1st overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft. “I’ve had a few calls of people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team,” Tambellini told reporters. “For me to move the No. 1 pick would have to be something exceptional. This is a huge building block again.” Staples thinks that if they were to trade the 1st pick, they would still need to pick in the top 5 or 6. The Oilers top scout sees Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Larsson as a cut above the rest (Jonathan Huberdeau, Dougie Hamilton, Gabriel Landeskog or possibly Sean Couturier).
- TSN: Forbes magazine is reporting that Gary Bettman has told Jim Balsillie that he could get an NHL team if he does not “create any more spectacles or bad publicity for the league”.
Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: There are 3 key parts to the Phoenix Coyotes that are free agents, 2 are unrestricted and 1 is restricted. Ilya Bryzgalov (UFA) will be looking for a big raise from his previous 3 year, $12.75 million deal. GM Don Maloney said the team won’t break the bank for 1 player. If Bryzgalov signs for a “hometown discout”, it would give the Coyotes more options for bringing in other players or re-signing their own. Keith Yandle is a restricted free agent and will be wanting a big raise from his current deal which paid him $1.2 million. He’ll be looking for a long-term deal, and Maloney has maintained he’ll be back. Ed Jovanovski would have to take a pay cut to return to the Coyotes, $6.5 million last year. If he leaves, he would free up several millions. The Coyotes total payroll will likely be around the $56 million range. They have 13 total free agents, 8 are unrestricted, so they could be a totally different looking team next year. 3 other UFA’s are Radim Vrbata, Vernon Fiddler and Eric Belanger. Players who could be good fits for the Coyotes are Jussi Jokinen (Car), Ville Leino (Phi) and Brooks Laich (Was). The Coyotes could trade the rights to Ilya Bryzgalov if they feel they can’t get him re-signed and gamble on Jason LaBarbera. Tomas Vokoun is likely too expensive to bring in. Mike Smith has some potential. UFA defenseman that could fit are Christian Ehrhoff, Kevin Bieksa and James Wisniewski.
Boogaard passes away … Barnaby arrested … Osgood likely to retire … Why Radulov could be back with the Preds
New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard passed away last night at the age 28. He was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment by his brothers. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune writes and excellent piece about the Boogeyman and is a must read. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the his family and friends.
- T.J. Pignataro of the Buffalo News: Former Buffalo Sabres and current ESPN/TSN analyst will be arraigned this morning on multiple charges from a domestic violence incident. He’s being charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, harassment, criminal contempt and aggravated harassment.
- Chris Johnston of the Globe and Mail: Ken Hitchcock is ready to coach in the NHL again. 5 teams are currently looking for a new head coach. He has been linked to the New Jersey devils. Also looking for a head coach are Ottawa, Minnesota, Dallas and Florida.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland has been told that Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood will likely retire before next year.
- Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: Krupa thinks the biggest need for the Red Wings this off-season is add some scoring. The best UFA fits may be Marco Sturm, Radim Vrbata and Brooks Laich, with Laich probably being the best fit.
- Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Whether or not Alexander Radulov returns to the NHL next season is still unknown. Chesnokov thinks it’s a real possibility that he’ll be back with the Predators next year. He was the KHL MVP last year, and won the championship this year. He plays for Salavat Yulaev, and the team has been backed by the local government in the oil rich region of the Republic of Bashkortostan. But the financial backing “will be cut considerably.” KHL teams rely on sponsorship and other fundings as gate receipts don’t generate a lot. KHL contracts are not guaranteed, both the player or team can terminate at any time. “KHL contracts don’t contain “out” clauses.” With the financial situation in Salavat, it’s likely both sides could reach a mutual agreement to terminate the contact. 11 other players won’t be returning to the team.
Bruins would consider trading Leafs 1st round pick … Will need to offer-up to get Bogosian … Seabrook being shopped … Ballard out a month
- Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post: The Philadelphia Flyers have about $3.5 million in cap space, and may look to find a winger that can play on their 3rd line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk (how many teams would like to have them on their 1st line?). Rental players they may look at include: PA Parenteau, Alex Tanguay, Radek Dvorak, Chris Higgins, Milan Hejduk and Radim Vrbata. The Flyers don’t have a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft. Talks are ongoing with Ville Leino, and the Flyers are believed to have offered a 3 years and $9 million or 4 years, $12 million.
- Roger Millions via twitter: A source told Millions that the Blackhawks might be talking about trading Brent Seabrook, possibly to the Oilers. Million’s responds, “Really? C’mon.”
- Mark Spector via twitter: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he’d consider trading the 1st round pick they got from the Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal: “Yeah, I’d look at it. Sure.” Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Confirms that Chiarelli told WEEI that he’d considering trading Toronto’s 1st round pick.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Zach Bogosian’s name has come up recently in trade rumors. Bogosian was the 3rd overall pick in 2008 behind Stamkos and Doughty. Is he really available? Yes, but it would take a big offer to get the Thrashers to move him. Thrashers GM Rick Dudley would say nobody on his team is an untouchable. They are not shopping him around either, but would listen to anything. It’s a longshot that he’s traded. Bogosian has struggled this year, recording only 11 points in 45 games so far, though he has played better of late.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky was wearing a no-contact jersey at practice yesterday. He’s still recovering from a severely separated shoulder that he chose to rehab over surgery. His return is still unknown, it could a week, two, or longer. Guillaume Latendresse is skating by himself, but it’s unsure when he’ll start practicing with the team.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Keith Ballard only suffered a knee sprain after being tangled up (some say slew foot) with Milan Michalek on Monday. He’ll be out 3 to 4 weeks. Sami Salo is eligible to return for Saturday’s game against the Flames.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: It looks like the Calgary Flames won’t be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. They are in the playoff race, and they don’t have the draft picks or the prospects.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Islanders forward Trent Hunter had surgery on his torn MCL and should be ready for training camp next year.
- David Neal of the Miami Herald: Scouts attending last night’s Blues-Panthers game were from: the Devils, Hurricanes, Penguins, Senators, Bruins, Rangers, Canucks, and Kings.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Tyler Seguin may be a healthy scratch tonight.
Savard done for year … Forsberg signs … Forwards Penguins could add … Byfuglien and Thrashers talking … Kessel comments
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins have officially said that Marc Savard will be shut down for the remainder of the season. He is expected to talk to reporters today.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Peter Forsberg signed a pro-rated, $1 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He likely won’t make his debut until Friday or Saturday, and will start on the wing.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The Penguins could be looking to add some offensive help at the deadline, and available players that might interest them are; PA Parenteau (NYI), Alex Kovalev (OTT), Cory Stillman (FLA), Radek Dvorak (FLA), and Chris Higgins (FLA). If their teams fall out of the playoff race or decided they need to get assets for their UFAs, Brad Richards (DAL), Milan Hejduk (COL) and Radim Vrbata (PHO) could become available.
- Tim Panaccio of the CSNPhilly: Sources are saying the Flyers are offering a contract extension to Ville Leino for 3 and 4 years and between $9-12 million. Leino’s agent, Bill Zito is confident they’ll get a deal done before free agency. “If there’s been an offer, it hasn’t come to me,” Leino said. “We haven’t really gone that far. I don’t think we have really talked numbers. We don’t have anything on paper.”
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Atlanta Thrashers have started preliminary talks with Dustin Byfuglien. He will likely be getting a raise from his current $3 million salary. His numbers have dipped lately, but he’ll surely put up at least 20 goals. If they can’t get a long-term deal done, Byfuglien may not have a problem going to arbitration and getting a 1-year deal and becoming a UFA the following season.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators likely won’t look to bring in another goalie until after the season (rumored that they might like to add one before then). Only Robin Lehner is under contract beyond this season. GM Bryan Murray said they are getting “a fair amount of interest” from contending teams on some players, and added “I wouldn’t even like to predict when it will come down,” he said. “We continue to talk, but I just wait and see.”
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Phil Kessel on whether coach Ron Wilson has given advice on his recent struggles,
“No, me and Ron don’t really talk,” Kessel told a group of reporters after practice. “So that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”
Kessel is now on a line with Darryl Boyce and Joey Crabb. Kessel added,
“I don’t know,” Kessel said. “We’ve got to change something, so I’m not sure if that’s it, but maybe. I don’t know.
“I don’t really know what to say about [the scoring slump] any more. I’m trying. Obviously it’s not going right. Like I said, might not be working out here. What are you going to do?”
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: JS Giguere will be in net for the Maple Leafs tonight versus the Thrashers. James Reimer will get the start tomorrow against the Islanders.
- Tarik El-Bashir via twitter: Alexander Semin hopes to play on Tuesday versus the Sharks.
- Ranaud Lavoie (RDS) via twitter: Doctors haven’t ruled out that Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov might have to have surgery again. More will known later this week.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Bob Hartley hasn’t been contacted by the Islanders about coaching the team.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: The Phoenix Coyotes are in “holding pattern” with UFAs Ilya Bryzgalov, Ed Jovanovski, Radim Vrbata, Scottie Upshall and Vernon Fiddler, as the ownership issue is still not solved.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Sharks should trade Devin Setoguchi for a puck moving defenseman. Senators GM Bryan Murray says he’s called 14 or 15 teams about possible trades, response was always ‘No, not really.’
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: If the Flyers sign Ville Leino, “the Flyers near or above the cap – and that’s for just 19 players on their 22- or 23-player roster for 2011-12.” The Flyers may have to trade one of their high-priced defensemen. Leino, “I like being here; it’s a good fit and I play with good players, so hopefully we get something done.”
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault says that Keith Ballard is behind in his conditioning due to his off-season surgery and concussion. Could be in the lineup for the Canucks against Pittsburgh.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson faced shots today for the first time since injuring his knee 3 weeks ago.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: JS Giguere will start in net for the Leafs tomorrow night against the Predators.