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- Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Through translation of a Renaud Lavoie entry, Jarome Iginla submitted a list of four teams he’d accept a trade too: Bruins, Blackhawks, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Stars were looking for a major overhaul, could they look at trading Loui Eriksson? The Rangers would be interested. The Stars could make Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Eric Nystrom available.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster sent an email to all teams letting them know that defenseman Anton Babchuk and Cory Sarich are available. Both players have no-trade clauses.
- Lisa Dillman via twitter: Dillman would be surprised if the Kings didn’t take a look at Cory Sarich. Sarich was a Sutter point at one point in time.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Mike Ribeirosaid he’d like to re-sign but it would be on him terms/long-term. He is looking for a 4 or 5 year deal.
“If we can agree to a long-term [contract], then I’ll be more than happy to stay here,” Ribeiro said. “But I don’t know if I’m looking for two years and change place and then another two years. I don’t think I want that. So we’ll see what we’re going to come to.”
“Five years for me is long term,” he said. “Two, three years I don’t think it’s long term. It’s short-term. Two, three is short term. Four, five, six [is] long-term. Then 10 years like Ovi, that’s a marriage thing.”
“I didn’t think it was the right time to talk about contract then, but now that we’re getting closer to the trade deadline and team’s doing better now, there will be big decisions next week to be made,” Ribeiro said.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: It may be a slow trade deadline day for the Lightning. Nate Thompson may have received the most interest, but he isn’t going anywhere now. Some teams might be interested in Marc-Andre Bergeron as a depth defenseman. Erlendsson doesn’t see Martin St. Louis being traded. Ryan Malone’s shoulder injury may keep teams away. Sami Salo has a modified no-movement and would leave a veteran hole on the blue line next season if he were traded. Eric Brewer may get some interest, but he has two years left on his contract and has a modified no-trade clause.
Injury Notes: Wisniewski, McDonald, Steen, Khabibulin, McDonagh, Nash, Del Zotto, Brown, Kuba, Bolland, Salo and Michalek
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was put on the IR and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot.
- St. Louis Blues: The Blues put Andy McDonald on the IR with a left knee injury. Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Steen hasn’t be ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: The Oilers put Nikolai Khabibulin on the IR and have called up Yann Danis.
- BlueShirtsUnited: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced with teammates today for an optional practice and will be returning to the lineup after missing one game. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto also practiced, but are unsure if they’ll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Colton Orr and Mike Brown will return to the lineup tonight. David Steckel is out.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Filip Kuba (upper-body injury) skated with Mike Caruso (wrist) before practice.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is out tomorrow. He hasn’t started skating yet.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning list Sami Salo is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek practice today and will travel with the team. It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow or over the weekend.
- Ira Podell (AP) in the Toronto Star: The NHL and NHLPA met for the 3rd straight day yesterday, but they didn’t discuss money.
“We did not discuss core economic issues, as was the plan,” NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said after meeting for five hours with the NHL. “We discussed health and safety, drug testing, including more discussion of drug testing, medical care, etc. Also a number of things in the CBA legal area of player movements.”
“I hate to sound like a broken record, but we need some movement on the economic issues. We need some movement on the system issues,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “We need them to be scheduled as the subject of a meeting, and right now the union is not prepared to do that.”
Gary Bettman and Don Fehr weren’t at yesterday’s meetings, they met privately on Friday and Saturday. It was thought that both sides may meet again on Monday, but that won’t be happening. Tuesday is a possibility.
“We covered a lot of things over the last three days,” Daly said. “We both have a lot of homework projects to do and drafts we owe each other on certain things. We think (Monday) would be best used for that purpose.
“What we did today, and the last two days, I don’t think any of that is going to get a deal done. But they are all necessary elements of the deal.”
- Adrian Dater via twitter: How the NHL works, “19 of 30 owners could be in favor of making CBA deal, but majority wouldn’t rule. Bettman changed charter “
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: “Conundrum for #NHLPA. If they give in like before, NHL owners will keep squeezing them for more. If they don’t, the season could be lost.”
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Even if the NHL season is cancelled, the Lightning will still have a payroll of $20.36 million:
Mattias Ohlund $5 million salary (injured)
Vinny Lecavalier $3 million signing bonus
Steven Stamkos $3 million signing bonus
Matt Carle $3 million signing bonus
Marty St. Louis $2 million signing bonus
Victor Hedman $1.5 million signing bonus
Vinny Prospal $1.17 million buyout
Sami Salo $1 million signing bonus
Dana Tyrell $600,000 salary (injured)
Brett Connolly $90,000 signing bonus*
* Assigned to minor-league operating budget
It’s a gridlock … Suter’s offer from the Wings … Wings tried for Salo … Nash and Luongo’s could expand … Jagr talking with Stars
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Free agency is a gridlock waiting for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to sign. The trade market is also at stand still. The Rangers, Wings and Flyers are the top 3 Nash trade targets. The Hurricanes are also interested and may intrigue Nash if he decides to expand his list. The Sharks won’t make a deal if Logan Couture has to be included. GM Scott Howson is counting on a bidding war once Parise signs.
- Detroit Free Press via twitter: The Red Wings initial offer to Suter was 13 years and $80 million, but is now up to $90 million. They Red Wings made a 2 year offer to Sami Salo on Sunday but lost out to Tampa Bay.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: If not traded by mid-July, Nash’s “approved” list could be expanded. Mark Spector via twitter: Spector adds that they suspect Roberto Luongo’s list could expand too.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Multiple teams were interested in Bryce Salvador, 6 at one point.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Source saying Jaromir Jagr isn’t interested in the Canadiens or Bruins. Talking with the Stars.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets will likely head into next season with Sergei Bobrovsky and Steve Mason.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Howson expects contract talks to begin soon with recently acquired RFA Nick Foligno.
Rumors and Notes: Schneider, Parenteau, Ducks and defenseman, Penguins, Latendresse, Doan, Schultz, Stajan and Blues
- Chris Johnston in the Globe and Mail: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (RFA) is in no hurry to sign a new deal.
“Either way, I’m sure I’ll end up with a contract,” Schneider said during the NHLPA meetings this week in Chicago. “I don’t think that’s an issue. I think if I was facing the possibility of not being in the league next year I’d be a little more concerned. I’m comfortable with the idea that it may not be a deal now or in the next week, but eventually I think something will happen.
“I think you just have to remain patient and you can’t panic.”
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators director of player development, Pierre Dorion, suggested that the Senators could be interested in P.A. Parenteau.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks could definitely use a guy like Ryan Suter on their blueline, but they’ll likely have to go with the 2nd tier Dmen. Possible targets could be: Jason Garrison, Filip Kuba, Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle, Bryce Salvador and Sami Salo. 3rd tier options could be: Sheldon Souray, Chris Campoli, Bryan Allen, Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill, Greg Zanon and Cory Sarich. Jay Bouwmeester may now be available for trade.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero is still looking for a defensive partner for Kris Letang, and a winger for Sidney Crosby. The Pens have assets on the blueline that could be moved. Matt Niskanen could be signed to a long-term deal if the Penguins are successful in moving Paul Martin.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Guillaume Latendresse will become a UFA on Sunday.
“I’ve been here with my son in Montreal for two months. He’s four years old now,” Latendresse said. “It’s pretty hard for me during the wintertime, so I think it would be best if I can try and land somewhere that would be closer to him.”
The Wild offered Latendresse an incentive based 1 year deal according to sources.
“It’s not that I didn’t want to go back,” Latendresse said. “It’s not that the contract was not good. It’s not that I didn’t like the way the team was working or anything. It’s really a personal matter more than anything. I would have loved to go back to Minnesota, but sometimes you have to make decisions for your family and for your future.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: James thinks the 36 year old Shane Doan would be a nice fit for the Red Wings if he tests free agency. Doan is coming off a 5 year, $22.75 million deal.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Teams that are known to be on Justin Schultz list are the Canucks, Oilers, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Senators. The Flyers are not on his list.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames may look to see if anyone would be interested in Matt Stajan’s $3.5 million salary cap and $2.5 million salary to get to the floor.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues still have interest in bringing Jamie Langenbrunner back. Scott Nichol re-signs with the Blues for $650,000 and bonuses up to $700,000.
NHL terminating CBA … Canucks and Panthers notes … Shero wants big 3 … Top 5 FA targets for Sens … Semin’s agent audio
- Jason Kay via twitter: The NHL has officially let the NHLPA know they are terminating the CBA on Sept. 15th. Talks are expected to start after the draft. Liz Mullen via twitter: A source said that one side must let the other side know if they want to make changes to a CBA 120 days before it expires.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: With a possible lockout looming, the fall prospects tournament for Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets in B.C. has been cancelled.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison will be a UFA on July 1st, and will be looking for a nice raise from the $675,000 he made this past season. He’d like to re-sign with the Panthers, and they are saying the right things, but their priorities list may lie with Kris Versteeg and bolstering their offense. Garrison is from BC, and may hope the Canucks are interested:
“It’s always nice to be wanted and if that’s the case and you have a quality that they like, obviously it’s my hometown team and I grew up watching them play,” said Garrison, who played with Canucks winger Mason Raymond at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. “My friends and family are big Canuck fans and would love to see me play at home but you’ve got to be the right fit for a team. You want to be able to contribute.”
Cap space for the Canucks would depend on a Roberto Luongo deal, and the re-signing of Cory Schneider. They need a top 6 forward, a 3rd line center and a top 4 defenseman. Sami Salo and Aaron Rome are UFAs, Marc-Andre Gragnani is a RFA.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The door is still open for Scott Clemmensen to return to the Panthers next season with Jose Theodore, and that GM Dale Tallon would like to Jacob Markstrom to spend a full year in the AHL. Fialkov doesn’t sense they will bring back Marco Sturm, John Madden or Wojtek Wolski. Mikael Samuelsson and Krys Barch are possibilities. Jonathan Huberdeau and Quinton Howden will be given every opportunity to make the Panthers next season. Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak will likely start next year in the AHL. Keaton Ellerby and possibly Shawn Matthias could be packaged to move up in the draft.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Ray Shero isn’t about to give up on the 3-center model that helped them win the Cup in 2009. Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby have 1 year left on their deals, Evgeni Malkin has 2.
“I’d like to do that, if possible,” he said. “We’re looking at hopefully getting extensions with [Crosby and Staal].”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists the top 5 free agent targets for the Senators. 1. Zach Parise 2. Chris Kelly 3. Bryan Allen 4. David Jones 5. Jiri Hudler.
- 106.7 The Fan Audio: Alexander Semin’s agents talks about the Capitals and Semin.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Responding to Todd Cordell’s question, Chesnokov thinks Semin will end up “somewhere west.”
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Zach Parise will be the Red Wings top goal scoring priority, but if they can’t land him, Khan wonders if they should look at Alexander Semin? Would his motivation increase playing with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg?
- David Pollak via twitter: New reports are saying that Todd McLellan is coming back as the Sharks coach, but likely with new assistants.
Written by Errol N. Hannigan and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
At this point in the season the Vancouver Canucks are a win away from tying Detroit for first place in the NHL. Last year Vancouver finished first overall with a record of 54-19-9 for a total of 117 points and based on their current production are on pace to equal that amount again this year. If that will be enough to be first again remains to be seen, as the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers also look like strong contenders.
Vancouver has made a few personnel changes from the team that came within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup last year, and they look like a team that should be able to contend again without making any deadline changes.
Since last year the Canucks have added some grit to their line-up in the form of Byron Bitz, Mike Duco and if he is able to return from the injury list Aaron Volpatti. Vancouver has two lines that can put up points with regularity. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, and the ever improving Alexandre Burrows are the number one line. With line number two being one of the fastest lines in hockey right now with the all USA born Kesler, Higgins and Booth. They also have good third and fourth lines that they can roll and use to wear down their opponents. They have one of the best face-off men in all of hockey in Manny Malhotra, who they use almost exclusively to win defensive zone face-offs.
The NHL suspends Bruins forward Brad Marchand for 5 games for clipping Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.
Alfie getting closer … Raymond skates for 1st time since compression fracture … Connolly speaks … Parse injured last night
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson skated yesterday for the 2nd consecutive day and was meeting with doctors to see where he stands regarding his concussion. He won’t play tonight, but could join on the team on their 5 game road trip that starts on Friday. He won’t get results from his baseline test until this morning. If he passes, he’s expected to start practicing with the team.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks forward Mason Raymond skated with teammates yesterday for the first time since he suffered a compression fracture in his back in the Stanley Cup final. Defenseman Sami Salo may practice today and Alex Burrows is still day-to-day.
- Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly spoke yesterday about his most recent injury.
“It was just a little bit of a cross check … I kind of felt right away that there was something wrong but I just tried to battle through it,” Connolly said of the injury. “I’m just giving it a couple of days to settle down and then I’ll be right back to working out, skating and getting prepared to get back in the lineup.”
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings forward Scott Parse left last night’s game in the 1st period with a lower-body injury. Terry Murray said he’s “a little more than day-to-day.”
We’ll be updating NHL free agents signings from today in the chart below and in (hit F5 to refresh page) our Top 25 free agents page.
|Players||Old Team||New Team||Contract Notes|
|Ruslan Fedotenko||Rangers||Rangers||1 year, $1.4 million|
|Sean Bergenheim||Lightning||Panthers||4 years, $11 million|
|Michael Handzus||Kings||Sharks||2 years, $5 million|
|Andrew Ebbett||Coyotes||Canucks||1 year, $525,000|
|Tanner Glass||Canucks||Jets||1 year, $750,000|
|Dan Carcillo||Flyers||Blackhawks||1 year, $775,000|
|Corey Potter||Penguins||Oilers||1 year|
|Francis Lessard||Senators||Senators||1 year|
|Chuck Kobasew||Wild||Avalanche||2 years, $2.5 million|
|Brian Elliott||Avalanche||Blues||1 year, $600,000|
|Eric Belanger||Coyotes||Oilers||3 years, $5.25 million|
|Curtis Sanford||Canadiens||Blue Jackets||1 year, $600,000|
|Tomas Fleischmann||Avalanche||Panthers||4 years, $18 million|
|Jim Vandermeer||Oilers||Sharks||1, year, $1 million|
|Sheldon Souray||Oilers||Stars||1 year, $1.65 million|
|Ryan Potulny||Senators||Capitals||2 years, $1.05 million|
|JS Giguere||Maple Leafs||Avalanche||2 years , $2.5 million|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky||Kings||Hurricanes||1 year, $1.5 million|
|Marco Sturm||Capitals||Canucks||1 year, $2.25 million|
|Ville Leino||Flyers||Sabres||6 years, $27 million|
|Benoit Pouliot||Canadiens||Bruins||1 year, $1.1 million|
|Michael Ryder||Bruins||Stars||2 years, $7 million|
|Alex Auld||Canadiens||Senators||1 year, $1 million|
|Cam Barker||Wild||Oilers||1 year, $2.25 million|
|Darcy Hordichuk||Panthers||Oilers||1 year, $825,000|
|Erik Cole||Hurricanes||Canadiens||4 years, $18 million|
|Roman Hamrlik||Canadiens||Capitals||2 years, $7 million.|
|Marty Reasoner||Panthers||Islanders||2 years, $2.7 million|
|Joel Ward||Predators||Capitals||4 years, $12 million|
|Steve Sullivan||Predators||Penguins||1 year, $1.5 million|
|Mike Commodore||Blue Jackets||Red Wings||1 year, $1 million|
|Michael Rupp||Penguins||Rangers||3 years, $4.5 million|
|Peter Budaj||Avalanche||Canadiens||2 years, $2.3 million|
|Brian Boucher||Flyers||Hurricanes||2 years, $1.9 million|
|Derek Meech||Red Wings||Jets||1 year, 2-way $700,000|
|Max Talbot||Penguins||Flyers||5 years, $9 million|
|Radim Vrbata||Coyotes||Coyotes||3 years, $9 million|
|Marcel Goc||Predators||Panthers||3 years, $5.1 million|
|Andreas Lilja||Ducks||Flyers||1 year|
|Andrew Brunette||Wild||Blackhawks||1 year, $2 million|
|Vern Fiddler||Coyotes||Stars||3, years, $5.4 million|
|Ed Jovanovski||Coyotes||Panthers||4 years, $16.5 million|
|Tim Brent||Maple Leafs||Hurricanes||2 years, $1.5 million|
|Radek Dvorak||Jets||Stars||1 year, $1.5 million|
|Jan Hejda||Blue Jackets||Avalanche||4 years, $13 million|
|Boyd Gordon||Capitals||Coyotes||2 years, $2.65 million|
|Mark Mancari||Sabres||Canucks||1 year, $525,000|
|Matt D’Agostini||Blues||Blues||2 years, $2.3 million|
|Raffi Torres||Canucks||Coyotes||2 years, $3.5 million|
|Jaromir Jagr||KHL||Flyers||1 year, $3.3 million|
|Mike Smith||Lightning||Coyotes||2 years, $4 million|
|Jeff Halpern||Canadiens||Capitals||1 year, $825,000|
|Scottie Upshall||Blue Jackets||Panthers||4 years, $14 million|
|Chris Butler||Flames||Flames||2 years, $2.5 million|
|Sean O’Donnell||Flyers||Blackhawks||1 year, $850,000|
|Adam Pardy||Flames||Stars||2 years, $4 mllion|
|Jose Theodore||Wild||Panthers||2 years, $3 million|
|Brett McLean||Blackhawks||1 year, 2-way $525,000|
|Ben Eager||Sharks||Oilers||3 years, $3.3 million|
|Jamal Mayers||Sharks||Blackhawks||1 year, $550,000|
|Mathieu Garon||Columbus||Lightning||2 years, $2.6 million|
|Cody McCormick||Sabres||Sabres||3 years, $3.6 million|
|Andy Greene||Devils||Devils||4 years,|
|Drew Miller||Red Wings||Red Wings||2 years, $1.65 million|
|Tyler Kennedy||Penguins||Penguins||2 years, $4 million|
|Chris Higgins||Canucks||Canucks||2 years, $3.8 million.|
|James Wisniewski||Columbus||Columbus||6 years, $33 million.|
|Sami Salo||Canucks||Canucks||1 year, $2 million.|
|Josh Harding||Wild||Wild||1 year, $750,000|
|Patrick Eaves||Wings||Wings||3 years, $3.6 million.|
James Wisniewski signs a 6 year, $33 million deal with the Blue Jackets.
Sami Salo signs a 1 year, $2 million deal with the Canucks.
Patrick Eaves signs a 3 year, $3.6 million deal with the Red Wings.
NHL free agent rumors involving Jagr, Salo, Bergenheim, Torres, Cole, Rupp, Harding, Fleischmann, Leino, Wisniewski, and Hejda
- Darren Dreger via twitter: There are possibly 4 teams still in on Jaromir Jagr. The Penguins, Red Wings, Canadiens and 1 other team, not the Flyers. The Flyers are still talking about the possibility.
- Jason Botchford via twitter: The Canucks and Sami Salo are still working on a deal, wouldtn’ be a surprise if it gets done today.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Sean Bergenheim agent, Todd Diamond, is “expecting a ton of interest.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Raffi Torres will hit the open market, but communication with the Canucks is still open.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: Erik Cole loved his time in Carolina and may still re-sign with the Hurricanes.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Red Wings hope to re-sign Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche may have an interested in Michael Rupp.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Wallace thinks that Josh Harding would be a perfect fit in Ottawa.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins still in the mix for Jagr, GM Shero won’t pull offer.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks the Kings could kick tires on Tomas Fleischmann and Ville Leino.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Teemu Selanne had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Flyers may look to move defenseman Andrej Meszaros.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Talks involving James Wisniewski, Jan Hejda and the Blue Jackets will resume this morning.
- Daniel Tolensky via twitter: On offer sheets: No 2012 or 2013 1st round picks have been traded. Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Jose and Washington have traded their 2nd round picks. Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver have traded their 3rd round picks.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangerse are believed to be interested in Michael Rupp, Tanner Glass, Anton Babchuk and Jan Hejda.