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Posts Tagged Steve Mason
- 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.
Morning Hits: New Canucks lines … Hurricanes to spend, could they trade Skinner? Flyers goalies worn and beaten down
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have moved Ryan Kesler from center to right wing with Derek Roy and Chris Higgins. Max Lapierre centered Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen on the third line. Zack Kassian moved to a line with Andrew Ebbett and Dale Weise. 2012 1st round pick Brendan Gaunce will be practicing with the team.
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes will be spending closer to the $64.3 salary cap next season, something that hasn’t happened in awhile.
“We have been a budget team for a long time,” Rutherford acknowledged. “But we are now at the point where we’re going to be a lot closer to the cap than not. We’ll probably be at about $60, $61 million next year. Now we’re getting into that area. We know we had to do that with the change of divisions.”
The Hurricanes spent $57 million this past season, and sit at $56 million already for next year. If they move out Drayson Bowman, Justin Peters and Jamie McBain, it could clear out $2.9 million.
DeCock wonders if the Hurricanes should explore trading Jeff Skinner, but only if it brings back a “defenseman of comparable quality. He has defensive issues, a history of concussions and his contract goes up to $5.75 million next season.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov said he wore down this season. At one point in he started 31 of 32 games, including 22 in a row. Steve Mason is happy with a fresh start in Philly.
“The last three years in Columbus beat me down, mentally, more than anything else,” he said in a phone interview the other day. “There were a lot of expectations we couldn’t meet, and you work hard to get them, and we couldn’t get results.
“I left the baggage there and got a fresh start.”
Flyers Notes: To buyout Bryzgalov or not, Daily evaluation, Briere could be playing last Flyers home game tonight
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: 5 reasons to let Ilya Bryzgalov go:
1. The goalie’s zany personality can be a distraction to his teammates. To restore order, buy him out and use his annual cap hit ($5.7 million) to sign/acquire a quality winger or puck-moving defenseman.
2. The buyout is expensive, but it can be spread over 14 years (twice the remaining length of his contract). If you average it out, it’s $1.6 million per year.
3. Cutting ties with Bryzgalov would send a confidence-building message to Mason: You are our guy.
4. In his brief time here, Mason seems to have developed a quick rapport with goalie coach Jeff Reese, who has tweaked the goalie’s game by moving him back in the crease to utilize his 6-foot-4 frame. Mason seems to exude confidence.
5. Even though he has already played five seasons, Mason is just 24. Goalies have been known to bloom later in their careers. (See Parent, Bernard). In addition, Mason is more athletic than Bryzgalov, better at steering a puck to a teammate to start a rush, and better at stopping breakaways.
5 reasons to keep Bryzgalov:
1. By having Bryzgalov and Mason, the goalies would push each other in an attempt to win the starting job.
2. A more-than-capable backup would be waiting in the wings in case of an injury to the starter.
3. Money. To buy out Bryzgalov, the Flyers would have to pay him $23 million – two-thirds of the remaining seven years ($34.5 million) on his contract.
4. Teams are allowed a total of two buyouts over the next two offseasons. If Mason wins the job and regains his rookie-of-the-year form from 2008-09, the Flyers can always buy out Bryzgalov next year. If Mason struggles, then Bryzgalov is an attractive option.
5. Keeping Bryzgalov would be a reward of sorts for his workhorse season. He is not the reason the Flyers have failed to make the playoffs.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:
“It’s the evaluation process you go through this time of year whether you’re in the playoff race or not, it’s a daily thing,” Holmgren said. “Once the season ends, you have conversations with everybody. Even when you’re in the playoffs, you’re talking to other teams about what they might be looking to do in the summertime. You’re busy with your amateur guys preparing your draft list. It doesn’t stop.”
Injuries took their toll on the blue line, but allowed for the development of guys like Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson. There really isn’t an urgency to buyout Bryzgalov, and if they are going to buy him out, it may be better to wait until the end of next year.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Daniel Briere may be playing his last home game in Flyers uniform tonight. He is expected to be bought out or traded this offseason due to his $6.5 million salary cap hit.
“I’m not thinking about that….Things change fast in the hockey world,” the always-classy Briere said after Wednesday’s practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. “For me, it’s just another game. Nobody knows what’s going to happen. I can’t start thinking about all those rumors. It’s just like at the trade deadline. If you start getting into that trap, it gets you off your game.”
“Everybody knows I want to stay here,” said Briere, who has two years left on his contract, “but it’s a business and I also understand that part.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers and Canucks are among the teams monitoring the Milan Lucic situation. Lucic didn’t show up in good shape after more than four months of “living the soft life” during the lockout. Lucic has scored one goal in the last 26 games, six on the season. His 3-year, $18 million deal kicks in next season.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Ducks would call the Oilers this summer to see if Sam Gagner is available to fill their hole in the second line center spot. The Ducks could look into the free agent market: Stephen Weiss, Derek Roy or Mike Ribeiro. The Oilers don’t really want to trade him, but they will be getting offers. He’ll be a restricted free agent after next season, and will be looking for a long-term deal. He’s set to make $3.2 million next season. He’d like to remain with the Oilers, but management knows he’ll be looking for something in the $4.5 million to $5 million range. Would sending Cam Fowler for Gagner be too much?
- The Fourth Period: Predators coach Barry Trotz said that they have “too many similar players” and some moves need to be made.
“To build a really nice house you need a foundation, you need a roof, you need a plumber, you need all different elements, so you need a balance,” he said. “Through injuries and what have you, we had too many similar … we have to get bigger, we have to do a lot of things. We’ve got lots of work.”
The Preds are second last in scoring at 2.27 goals per game. GM Dave Poile will be looking for offensive help this summer.
- The Fourth Period: Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix is debating big changes that could affect GM Greg Sherman and coach Joe Sacco. Reports are that Lacroix has attended some games and is weighing options both on and off the ice.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that the acquisition of Steve Mason at the deadline was to add depth and not as a replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov next season.
“Steve is a guy that we’ve liked. When the opportunity came up to make the trade for him, it was the intention of having good goaltending,” Holmgren said. “I think right now with Ilya and Steve, we’ve got good goaltending moving forward. Any talk of anything other than that I think is out of bounds.”
When asked about the rumors of a potential amnesty buyout for Bryzgalov, Holmgren responded with a “No.”
- Chicago Blackhawks: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp missed last night’s game, but coach Joel Quenneville said that he could play on Wednesday.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Kirk Luedeke: It’s looking like Carl Soderberg has a deal in place with the Bruins and is working on his release from his Swedish team. Two of three things may have happened yesterday, he signed with the Bruins and signed his transfer card, now just needs his Swedish teams release. Hearing that he signed a only a one year contract and could be a UFA at the end of the season.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers signed goalie Steve Mason to a one-year, $1.5 million contract extension. He’s making $3.2 million this year.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Steve Ott is a UFA after next season, and like Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller, he wants to talk with GM Darcy Regier to see what the teams ‘rebuilding’ plans are about.
“I think we all are [interested], absolutely,” Ott said. “I’m 30 years old. I don’t know like everybody else where everybody stands. In these type of moments, you look at where you are. Obviously I came in here with aspirations of staying hopefully for a long time and that’s up to Darcy and management to do so. I go out there and I’m just a hockey player. We’ll let the management do their job.”
- Mark Spector: The Roberto Luongo to Maple Leafs deal fell through because the Canucks refused to take on some of his salary. The Maple Leafs would have given Ben Scrivens with a 2nd and 3rd round pick as long as they took back some salary.
- The Fourth Period: Several teams were interested in Ryan Miller yesterday according to a source. The Flyers inquired about Thomas Vanek.
”(Talks) will continue after the season,” Regier told the Buffalo News. “To what extent has yet to be determined.”
“It’s difficult standing here right now to say (the rebuild is) going to be a year or two years. We’re going to work as hard as we can at this and get it done as quickly as possible.”
- Randy Miller: The Flyers are close to signing newly acquired Steve Mason to a one year contract extension.
- Video: Trade call between the NY Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets: Marian Gaborik trade.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that their only untouchables were Sven Baertschi, TJ Brodie, Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano.
- Randy Miller: Don’t understand the Flyers trading for Steve Mason, giving up a 3rd round pick. He’s struggled for years and is an RFA, so they would have to send him a qualifying of $3.2 million to retain his rights.
- Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on the Martin Erat trade: ”Marty came to us in recent days and indicated a trade might be in his best interests.”
- Mike Harrington: Bets that the Wild initially asked the Sabres about Thomas Vanek before moving to Jason Pominville.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t interested in trading picks for short-term help.
“The hardest thing for me is to try and accelerate a process that can’t be accelerated,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t draft players and develop them into assets, then you can’t do anything on a deadline day. If you choose to trade your draft picks for assets for the now, you forgo the opportunity to build a sustainable system with a sustainable flow of players.”
They listened for offers on Alex Burmistrov, but didn’t come up with anything they liked.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Oilers offered Ryan Jones and a draft pick to the Senators for Ben Bishop. The Senators asked for Sean Couturier straight up. Tampa Bay hopes to find a 1a between Bishop and Anders Lindback. Both the Canucks and Canadiens were interested in Raffi Torres. The Coyotes settled with the Sharks offer of Florida’s 3rd round pick. The Rangers gained payroll flexibility for next season by trading Marian Gaborik. They have to re-sign RFAs Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. Also, they now have a better shot at signing Ryane Clowe.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Capitals received lots of interest in Mike Ribeiro, but they continue to work on an extension with him. The Canadiens were after a rugged winger but were unsuccessful. The Blue Jackets tried to get Tomas Fleischmann from the Panthers. The Blue Jackets may have offered one of their 1st round pick and Derek Dorsett for Fleischmann. The Devils, Canucks, Jets and Jackets showed interest in Drew Stafford. The Sabres considered Alex Burmistrov.
NHL Rumors VI: Bishop, Mason, Johnson, Yandle, Fedotenko, Burmistrov, Kings, Cammalleri, Bozak, Clarkson and Connolly
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators getting interest in Ben Bishop from the Flyers, Oilers, Hurricanes and Lightning. Would like a draft pick and player.
- Renaud Lavoie: Blue Jackets Steve Mason is available and wouldn’t be expensive to get. Could use a new start.
- Dan Rosen: The Leafs could do nothing regarding their goaltending situation. If it doesn’t work out, they could always revisit Miikka Kiprusoff or Roberto Luongo in the summer.
- David Pagnotta: The Avalanche aren’t shopping defenseman Erik Johnson, same with the Coyotes and Keith Yandle, but for the right price both players could be traded.
- Frank Seravalli: Teams have called the Flyers about Ruslan Fedotenko. He wouldn’t bring a big return if they decide to move him.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Jets are shopping center Alexander Burmistrov.
- David Pagnotta: Pagnotta wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings added a 2nd line winger. They may prefer a left winger.
- David Pagnotta: Teams are calling the Flames about Mike Cammalleri, but nothing is serious.
- Darren Dreger: Oilers will likely stand pat, but could add a depth forward.
- Darren Dreger: There is discussion, but no hard negotiations involving the Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak.
- Pierre LeBrun: Nothing new on David Clarkson contract talks.
- Kevin McGran: Marlies coach Dallas Eakins has made Tim Connolly a healthy scratch for today’s game.
NHL Rumors III: Backups that could be available, Neuvirth, Ribeiro rejects offer, Sharks and Predators
- Justin Goldman of NHL.com: Goldman lists 5 backups who could be moved by the deadline.
1. Jonathan Bernier (LA): 7-2-0 with a 1.94 and .923 SV%.
2. Michal Neuvirth (WSH): Only five appearances since Feb. 1st. Career 53-35-10 record, 2.68 GAA and .908 SV%
3. Ben Bishop (OTT): The Senators will be back to the three-headed monster when Craig Anderson returns. Could dangle Bishop for help up-front. Has a 2.54 GAA and .923 SV% in 11 games this season.
4. Steve Mason (CBJ): The more Sergei Bobrovsky plays, the lower Mason’s value gets. Will be a free agent and likely not qualified by the Blue Jackets.
5. Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM): The 40-year just posted a 43-save shut. He can still play despite and age and health. A good mentor for a young starter. Has won a Stanley Cup before. The Blue Jackets and Capitals could value someone like Khabibulin.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Michal Neuvirth is set to be a restricted free agent after the season. He hasn’t played much and isn’t focusing on being traded at the deadline.
“I’m not worried about these things if something’s going to happen, if not. I’m just practicing hard to be ready,” Neuvirth said. “It’s my goal to be No. 1 — if not here, maybe somewhere else. Now I am here and I am focusing on playing for Capitals right now.”
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Mike Ribiero has made it known that he’s looking for a four or five year deal, so it’s not much of surprise that he turned down a 3-year, $14 million offer, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.
“I can put things in different places at the right time,” Ribeiro said Thursday. “I don’t think about it before the game or during the next few days or so. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. So we’ll see what this week brings us and then we’ll go from there.”
- Pierre LeBurn of ESPN: Ryane Clowe might be dealt by the deadline, but the Sharks aren’t giving up on the playoffs.
“We just feel like we’re still going to make the playoffs, to be honest with you,” captain Joe Thornton told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “We feel like we have a real good team still. There’s no reason for us not to make the playoffs. We’re sitting in eighth right now. We think if we take care of business at home right now we’ll be in.”
Sharks pending UFA Michal Handzus could also be on the move. When looking at what the Sharks might do in the offseason, it’s fair to ask where Joe Thornton fits in. The 33-year old has one year left at $7 million.
“Yeah, but you’re so caught up in the moment right now. You can’t think about tomorrow,” said Thornton. “We’ll wait and see. Right now I’m just focused on the next game.”
What are the Predators plans for the trade deadline?
“I’m day-to-day,” said Poile with a chuckle in a conversation with ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Call me after all the games are over on the night of April 2. It’ll be a touch bit clearer.”
“This 48-game schedule is not normal. Everything about it is not normal. The condensed schedule, the travel, especially for us in the West, it’s all different,” said Poile. “And consequently I have to imagine the trade deadline is different. …
“Maybe for the majority of teams, status quo might be a good position to be in come the trading deadline, based on the closeness of the races.”
The Predators could use scoring help, and have been linked to Stars Derek Roy.
Quick Hits: Grabovski, waivers, Malone, Johansson, Laich, lines and starting goalies for today and tomorrow
- Bob McKenzia via twitter: There will be no supplemental discipline for Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski. The NHL said that it couldn’t determine conclusively if Grabrovski bit Max Pacioretty or not. Darren Dreger via twitter: The safety department said that it went to great lengths in search of the truth.
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Sabres Matt Ellis clears waivers. The Oilers put Darcy Hordichuk on waivers.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Ryan Malone suffered a lower-body injured before the Lightning-Rangers game. He was injured during their “pregame kick-around with a soccer ball.”
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals Marcus Johansson will not travel with the team on their trip to Florida. He’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals Brooks Laich will travel with the team to Florida. As of this morning, coach Adam Oates wasn’t sure if he has been cleared for contact yet.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Canadiens lines: Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Gallagher; Prust-Desharnais-Cole, Moen-Eller-Armstrong.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek Zibanejad Alfredsson; Silfverberg Turris Greening; Condra Smith Neil; O’Brien Da Costa Daugavins
- NY Islanders via twitter: Rick DiPietro will start in net for the Islanders tonight.
- David Alter via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
- David Pollak via twitter: Steve Mason will start in net for the Blue Jackets tonight. Kevin Kurz via twitter: Thomas Greiss is expected to start tonight.
- Jon Rosen via twitter: Jonathan Bernier was the first off the ice for the Kings, and likely starter.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals tomorrow.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tomorrow.
- Wayne Scanlan via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tomorrow.
Roster notes and Starting goalies: Sens, Sabres, Isles, Panthers, Stars, Leafs, Rangers, Flyers, Pens and Wild
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators Jason Spezza didn’t practice yesterday, and didn’t take part in the morning skate. Brett Wallace via twitter: Spezza is out. Daniel Alfredsson and Mika Zibanejad are in.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Sabres Thomas Vanek will be back in the lineup tonight. Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres Robyn Regehr is out tonight with a lower-body injury. Weber and Brennan are in.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs defesneman Mike Komisarek got a fibreglass chip in his eye at practice yesterday. (Won’t play tonight)
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle is back in the lineup tonight. Yannick Weber will sit.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Casey Cizikas will be in the lineup for Eric Boulton. Travis Hamonic is a game-time decision.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Drew Shore is back in the lineup. Strachan and Santorelli will be scratched.
- John Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Eller – Desharnais – Cole; Prust – Galchenyuk – Gallagher; Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Moen – White – Armstrong; Blunden out.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Johan Hedberg will start in net tonight for the Devils against the Bruins.
- David Alter via twitter: Ryan Miller is first off the ice, and likely starter for the Sabres against the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will start of the Rangers against Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins tonight.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight against the Penguins.
- George Richards via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
Rumors and notes: Senators, Tarasenko, Salvador, Canucks, Oilers, Thomas, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets goalie options
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Serious contract discussions between the Erik Karlsson and the Senators won’t take place until well after July 1st. The Senators will have to decide whether they want to re-sign defenseman Filip Kuba or not. There have been no discussions between the 2 sides yet, but talks must begin soon. A starting point on a Kuba deal could be Johnny Oduya’s new 3 year, $10.125 million deal. Kuba is 36 years old and may be looking for a 3 year deal. Sergei Gonchar will make $5.5 million and GM Bryan Murray will be looking to move him, though it will be unlikely that someone wants him at that number.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko told his KHL team on Saturday that he was planning on heading to North America for next season. The CBA prevents him from officially signing with the Blues until July 1st. He may still be negotiating a KHL contract in case there is an NHL lockout. The Blues may look to get a contract signed before July 1st and push the NHL to put it through. Devils Bryce Salvador might be able to get a 2 year deal at over $3 million per season on the open market, but may take less to stay with the Devils. Talks between the Canucks and Cory Schneider are on hold until they decide what to do with Roberto Luongo. He won’t sign for as long of term as long as Luongo is there. There have been little talks between the Oilers and Devan Dubnyk.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Tim Thomas agent, Bill Zito, denies that Thomas decision to sit out the season is a move to protect him from being traded. Thomas’s no-trade clause expires on July 1st. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he isn’t inclined to make a deal, other teams believe he’ll be available. Friedman doens’t think teams will be scared off on Thomas. Zito also represents Tuukka Rask. Under Dallas Eakins new contract, he is not able to leave next year. The Maple Leafs didn’t want to add a 2nd year to a Tomas Vokoun deal. The Flyers were interested in Vokoun but cap issues hold them back until July 1st. If the Oilers were offered a good enough defenseman or even a goalie, would they move down in the draft to take a defenseman? In 2006, the Devils and Patrik Elias couldn’t get a deal worked out. He had a verbal agreement with the Rangers but they wouldn’t agree on a no-movement clause. Elias went back to the Devils and they did a deal.
- Damian Cox of the Toronto Star: Scott Clemmensen may be a good fit for the Maple Leafs. Johan Hedberg could be an option as well.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets only have 2 goaltenders under contract for next season, Steve Mason and Allen York, and it’s their goal to have 5. Mason will likely only be back as a backup. They could trade him, but he’s due $3.2 million. He could be put on waivers or possibly bought out. The Blue Jackest could call the Canucks about Roberto Luongo, but he wouldn’t be their first choice. The Blue Jackets may only be lukewarm on Jonathan Bernier. Sergei Bobrovsky is another option. Free agents to keep in mind are Jonas Gustavsson, Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Martin Biron.