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Posts Tagged Tim Thomas
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.
- Eklund via twitter: The Islanders have traded for goalie Tim Thomas.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders send a conditional 2nd round pick in either 2014 or 2015 to the Bruins for Tim Thomas.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: 2nd round pick is conditional on Thomas playing at least 1 game for the Islanders. GM Garth Snow: ”This move gives us roster flexibility.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: “The Boston Bruins only get a draft pick from the Islanders for Tim Thomas if he reports to them or any other team if NYI trade his rights.”
- Arthur Staple via twitter: “Move is cap-related — #Isles needed to be over the floor by tomorrow, needed insurance against not being cap compliant the entire season.”
- Dan Tencer via twitter: “Cap circumvention at its finest: Islanders get above floor just in time for deadline by trading for a guy they know they don’t have to pay.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Bill Daly: “As long as a Player has an active contract that he has the right to return to absent unusual circumstances, our view is that he remains a “hockey asset” that a Club has a right to trade or acquire.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders are unlikely to “toll” Thomas’ contract.
- B.D. Gallof via twitter: “What is not SAID here is if future trades would happen to place #isles under the cap.”
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Matheson thinks that this is the type of deal that Bettman should step in and squash.
Thomas carries a $5 million salary cap hit and a $3 million salary.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Panthers have shown interest in Roberto Luongo, but GM Dale Tallon would have to sweeten the pot to land him. Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis hasn’t been as aggressive as many had thought. They know that it would take Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a 2nd round pick to get him. The Blackhawks could be interested if they struggle to start the season. Tim Thomas wants to play next year, and the Bruins could either let him be a UFA after the season, or ‘toll’ his contract, forcing him to honor the last year on his contract. Some teams were interested in Thomas last July, but he said he wasn’t going to play. The Flames are willing to move defenseman Anton Babchuk.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika answers on why Stars forward Jamie Benn hasn’t been re-signed yet, piecing together info and speculating in some cases. Benn’s agent, Rich Evans, may be looking for a 3 year or shorter contract. His next deal would obviously be in the millions, but a 3 year deal would allow him to go for a homerun deal on his next deal when he’ll be 26. The Stars won’t go 4 years as he would be a UFA at the end of that. It appears that the Stars are willing to go with 2, 3, 5 or 6 year terms. The sides are off on money for all years. The Stars don’t want to pay a premium price for a RFA. Comparables for RFA years are in the $3.75 to $5 million range. Longer term deal increase to $6.8 on the high end.
- Sean Gentille via twitter: Gentille thinks Red Wings GM Ken Holland send P.K. Subban a 6 year, $30 million offer sheet.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi could miss weeks recovering from mononucleosis. It could be a month before he’s able to skate again. Mono is highly contagious, so he won’t be around the team.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson is bothered by a lower-body injury but will play through it.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Brent Burns and Jason Demers are both travelling with the Sharks, but that doesn’t mean they will be playing.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Bob McKenzie said the Sharks were meeting with Scott Gomez yesterday. David Pollak via twitter: Confirms that Sharks GM Doug Wilson were exploring the fit of Gomez. There is no timetable or rush. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: No other teams are in on Gomez right now, sole focus is with the Sharks.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have 4 defenseman for 2 spots: Martinek, B. Strait, Finley, Hickey
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Bobby Butler cleared waivers yesterday.
- Dejan Kovacevic via twitter: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Penguins today against the Rangers.
Habs send Gomez home, buyout in summer … P.K. and Canadiens not close … Caps lines … Nonis on Leafs goaltending
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Canadiens will be releasing Scott Gomez. He’ll be sent home for the season. The Canadiens will be buying his contract out this summer. Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Gomez will get a pro-rated $5.5 million this year and will buyout his $4.5 million in the summer for 2/3′s the amount.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Things could change quickly, but LeBrun is told that things aren’t close between the Canadiens and P.K. Subban.
- Naoko Funayama via twitter: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that Tim Thomas won’t be playing this year, but says that Thomas wants to play next year.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson; Wolski-Ribeiro-Brouwer; Chimera-Beagle-Wilson/Ward; Hendricks-Perreault-Fehr/Crabb.
- Tony Ambrogio via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on their goaltending: ”we don’t need to make a move.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Islanders sign Radek Martinek to a 1 year, $600,ooo deal with bonuses up to another $150,000 for games played. Has a cap hit of $600,000.
Player notes involving: Luongo rumors, Selanne, Thomas, O’Reilly, Kesler, Lack, Moore and Holmstrom … Datsyuk shootout goal
- TSN Video link: Roberto Luongo talks about the Lockout and possibility of being traded. Bob McKenzie said there is not a deal in place to trade Roberto Loungo to the Maple Leafs, but the Leafs are interested. It could take Tyler Bozak, a pick and player for the Leafs to get Luongo. Luongo may not want to go to Toronto. The Leafs will explorer other options as well. Jonathan Bernier could be available. Pang mentions that the Panthers would be interested, budget may be a concern. (If someone from TSN reads this, please enable the ‘embed’ option on your videos.)
- The Fourth Period: The Canucks will continue to look at trading Luongo. The Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Panthers and Oilers had been rumored to be interested before the lockout. It’s believed that the Canucks are reluctant to trade him to the Oilers or Blackhawks. Maple Leaf players that have been mentioned as possibly being included in some sort of package are: Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Tim Connolly, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Komisarek, Cody Franson, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Biggs. Luongo’s preference has been to play in Florida, but the Panthers haven’t been willing to part with what the Canucks want in return.
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: Teams will explore the idea of trading players to cap hungry teams to avoid the buyout cost.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Teemu Selanne said he hasn’t decided on whether this will be his last year and only worried “here and there” about his NHL career being over because of the lockout. Selanne: ”Either way, I would be a happy camper. But obviously, of course, you always want to play your last game.”
- Toronto Sun: Bob McKenzie tweeted yesterday that Tim Thomas still doesn’t plan on playing this year: ”As of now, subject to usual ‘could change mind later’ qualifiers, Tim Thomas is not interested in ending his self-imposed hockey exile.” McKenzie added that Thomas has no intention of fulfilling the final year of his 4 year, $20 million deal. The Bruins will be on the hook for his $5 million cap hit as he signed his contract after he was 35.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche are not able to negotiate with Ryan O’Reilly yet. Ratification from the league is needed before teams can negotiate.
- TSN: There is still no timetable for Canucks Ryan Kesler to return.
“Our goal for Ryan is that he’s able to play the next 10 years, not the next two months,” Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt said. “We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we are all on the same page.”
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks Eddie Lack is still out with a groin injury he suffered on November 27th. He is expected to meet with Canucks doctors soon.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore had been out with a concussion. He has been cleared to resume skating and could be ready for the start of the season.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom is expected to announce his retirement soon. He has already told the Wings, but they did not want to announce it during the lockout.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Though not official, it may be unlikely that the Penguins invite any junior players to camp as there are no jobs open for them.
- Pavel Datsyuk amazing shootout goal.
A Canada-Russia series in the works … NHL-CHL reach agreement … Kane, Fowler, Ennis, Klein and Smith sign extensions
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Players will receive 8% escrow in October, receiving an average of $204,000.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Hockey Canada and the NHLPA are discussing a Canada-Russia series as part of the 40th anniversary of their 1972. They still need to more about it, and it’s far from done. Glenn Schiiler via twitter: Schiiler said the deal is close.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: The NHL and CHL have a one year agreement that deal with placement of players. 1. “Any 18 year old player who played in the NHL last season may be assigned to the AHL.” 2. “When the lockout ends NHL teams can either sign unsigned picks and keep them in the NHL, or recall signed picks playing in the CHL and keep them in the NHL. This must be done within 7 days of the date NHL’ers have to report after the lockout. “
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Dupont wonders that if there is a prolonged lockout, that Tim Thomas may reconsider sitting out a year, finishing out the last year of his contract. If the season started on January 1st, he’d have 8 months of rest. He would receive a pro-rated salary of $3 million. If GM Peter Chiarelli were to deal him, he’d likely only get “a dollar bill or a bag of pucks.”
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: Evander Kane signed a 6 year, $31.5 million with the Winnipeg Jets.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks signed Cam Fowler to a 5 year contract extension worth $20 million.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres signed Tyler Ennis to a 2 year deal worth $5.625 million.
“I think the biggest significance for us prior to [the lockout] was that it allows once we know we’re going to get started to get started with the full group,” Regier said, “and not have to concern ourselves with, in any kind of hurrying fashion, try and get a deal done with Tyler Ennis. It allows us to focus on the preparation of the game versus any contractual issues.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have signed Kevin Klein to a 5 year contract extension worth $14.5 million, and Craig Smith to a 2 year deal worth $4 million. Klein will get $3 million in the first 3 years, and $2.75 million in the last 2.
Flames lease close to expiring … 6 Predators and Hurricanes questions … Lilja out … Klefbom not ready … Horton cleared
- Tamara Gignac of the Calgary Herald: The Flames lease at the Scotiabank Saddledome expires in 2014 and the Flames would like a modern building to enable them to compete financially with other NHL teams. They are being tight-lipped about when or where they could break new ground. The Flames can extend their lease until a new arena is built.
“We certainly won’t be ready to move by 2014,” King said.
“If we dropped the flag and started building today, I don’t think we’d meet the deadline. We have an arrangement to be here as long or frankly, as short, as required.”
- Brian Compton of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Predators heading into this season. 1. Can the Predators overcome the loss of Ryan Suter? 2. Can anyone on this roster score 30 goals? 3. Can Pekka Rinne duplicate his success? 4. Is this the year Mattias Ekholm makes an impact? 5. Is Colin Wilson ready to take the next step? 6. Can the Predators reach 100 points again?
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers confirmed that defenseman Andreas Lilja had a hip injury and will miss the start of the season. Lilja told a Swedish newspaper that he might be out until December, but GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t agree.
“He did have surgery [and] should be back late October or early November,” Holmgren texted CSNPhilly.com on Sunday afternoon.
- Mike Morreale of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes. 1. How will coach Kirk Muller use Jordan Staal? 2. Where does Alexander Semin fit in? – they could have Eric Staal center Semin and Chad LaRose, Jordan Staal centering Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen. Tuomo Ruutu centering Jiri Tlusty and Patrick Dwyer. 3. Do the acquisitions of Staal and Semin make Carolina a Cup contender? 4. How will Muller fare in his first full season behind the bench? 5. Do the Hurricanes have enough depth on defense? 6. Who will serve as Cam Ward’s backup?
- Josh Yohe via twitter: If the Penguins have any interest in the Ducks Bobby Ryan, now might be the time to make a move as the Flyers may have to concentrate on defensemen.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom to NHL.com: “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Nothing new on Tim Thomas. Another team may look at him to reach the salary floor depending on the new CBA. Nathan Horton has been cleared to resume full contact once training camp opens.
Morning notes on: Doan and his agent, Thomas, Oilers defense, Kane, Ryan, Bouwmeester, Coyotes arena deal, and Kucherov
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Rosen lists 5 teams Shane Doan should consider if he leaves Phoenix: Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: There are some teams that are frustrated with Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross. He’s used the media to drive up the price on Doan, and he has negotiated through the media. It is his job to drive up the price, but some teams don’t like how his publicly stated which teams have “strong interest.”
- Matt Kalman of CBSBoston: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has said he’d consider trading Tim Thomas, but you have to wonder how many teams would still be interested in adding him just to get to the salary floor, even if it’s just a paper transaction. If Thomas continues to post controversial things to Facebook or beyond, it could embarrass the team.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could use 1 more defenseman. Their current depth chart right now looks like Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid, Nick Schultz, Ryan Whitney, Justin Schultz, Andy Sutton, Corey Potter and Theo Peckham. A Shea Weber type would have been perfect. Whitney’s health, and Justin Schultz inexperience are question marks. Finding a veteran who could play 2nd pair minutes would be good insurance. Willis writes another article noting that Oilers prospects Colten Teubert and Oscar Klefbom are getting close to being NHL ready. Klefbom will remain in Sweden this year, and could make the jump next season. Taylor Fedum, Martin Marincin and Alex Plante are also coming up the pipeline.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets gave Evander Kane a 6 year offer worth around $29 million weeks ago, but he hasn’t said yes or no. Jets fans shouldn’t worry about another team getting Kane through an offer sheet, as they basically know it would get matched. It would have happened by now if some team was going to try.
- Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News: Richardson (Spector’s Hockey) summarizes the Bobby Ryan rumor mill over the last month.
- Calgary Herald: The latest rumor involving Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had the Red Wings reportedly made a pitch for him.
- John Shannon via twitter: The arena agreement with the NHL and Glendale was to expire yesterday, but was extended for another 31 days.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: Through google translate from KHL.ru, CSKA “terminates contract with Nikita Kucherov”
Duchene re-signs … Panthers lukewarm on Luongo … Prust done in NY? Teams calling about Dubinsky … Flyers, Wings like Yandle
- Colorado Avalanche via twitter: The Avalanche have re-signed Matt Duchene to a 2 year contract. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Duchene gets $3.25 million next year and $3.75 million the following year.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Panthers interest in Roberto Luongo is lukewarm at best. It’s unlikely they take on the $6.7 million salary over the next 6 years. Maple Leafs remain the most logical choice.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brandon Prust’s days as a Ranger are likely over.
“I don’t think we’re going to get that one done,” said the GM … “I like him, the team likes him, everybody likes him … but I’m not married to him.”
Prust is believed to be looking for a 3 year deal worth $6.6 million. The Rangers may be offering 3 years and $5.4 million. Trade talks with the Blue Jackets about Rick Nash have hit a wall again due to the “laughable demands.” Talks with the Ducks about Ryan haven’t advanced. Staal talks didn’t get far. 2 sources are saying the Rangers received a significant number of inquiries for Brandon Dubinsky. Teams that are looking to acquire him, are interested in moving him back to center, he’s been a LWer for the last 2 years. Jordan Staal had rejected a 10 year, $60 million deal from the Penguins on Thursday.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Dreger is reporting that the Penguins and Rangers were talking earlier yesterday about Jordan Staal, which put pressure on the Hurricanes to do a deal.
- Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Coyotes GM Don Maloney was canvassing for offers for defenseman Keith Yandle. The Flyers would be interested, but so would the Red Wings and others. Yandle has 4 years left on his deal with a $5.25 million salary cap hit. The Flyers are still interested in Ducks Bobby Ryan, but a source said the price is very high, Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier plus James van Riemsdyk. The Flyers at the moment don’t want to part with Schenn or Couturier.
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Teams don’t normally call the Bruins about trades:
“I’ve been pretty clear over the last year and a bit that I really like a large part of the makeup of our team,” said Chiarelli. “I really don’t get a lot of calls. Guys come and cherry-pick once in a while on some of our high-end guys, and I don’t blame them for doing that. But I don’t get a lot of calls.”
Several teams have called the Bruins about Tim Thomas. Teams that are looking to use his use salary cap hit to get close to the salary floor.
- Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet: The Flames have held trade talks with teams about Jay Bouwmeester. Moving Bouwmeester would give the Flames a lot more financial flexibility.
Wild continue trade talk and with their free agents … Parise keeping quiet … Bowman says ‘Hawks only getting minor tweaks
- Darren Dreger via twitter: “Final player interviews, meetings with the agents for unsigned players (Pavelec) or trade targets (Nash) expected to take place today.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: As of last night, Wild GM Fletcher had nothing big on the trade front despite continued trade talk.
“There’s nothing out there I’ve seen where there’s easy ways to get better,” Fletcher, the Wild’s general manager, said earlier this week. “There’s ways of getting players and paying a big price, but I don’t know if they make us better right now.”
Fletcher won’t offer up many of their top prospects for a top forward. The Wild could be interested Jordan Staal if he becomes available. Fletcher expects to meets with Guillaume Latendresse’s agent today. Latendresse was cleared by doctors on Tuesday. The Wild agreed to contracts with Chad Rau and Chay Genoway. Met with Justin Falk yesterday.
- Brian Stensaas of the Star-Tribune: When asked if there have been any talks with Devils since the end of the season, Zach Parise responded:
“We’ve kept everything pretty quiet, and we’re going to do the same thing for however long it takes.”
It’s no secret that the Wild would be interested if he doesn’t sign by July 1st.
“As a player, [free agency is] something you work hard to try and take advantage of, but at the same time it might get a little stressful,” Parise said of the next 10 days.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Some names in the rumor mill: Rick Nash, Jordan Staal, Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas and Bobby Ryan. The Bruins, Blackhawks, Penguins and Flyers don’t have a lot of cap space at the moment. Gary Bettman said last night that they are working on a date to begin CBA talks.
- Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Tuesday,
“for the most part we know what our roster is going to be with some minor tweaks here and there.”
The Blackhawks still don’t have a legit #2 center, and Patrick Kane may be a better trade chip than a #2 center. Even if they still make the error of having Kane at center, they are still 2 forwards short in their top 6. Bowman says that Marian Hossa continues to improve.
Morning notes on: Luongo, Maple Leafs, Thomas, Schultz, Sabres, Stastny, Blue Jackets, Nash, Islanders and Rangers trade targets
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Roberto Luongo is now the best option for Maple Leafs after the Penguins trading/signing Tomas Vokoun and the Lightning trading for Anders Lindback. Free agent options for the Leafs could be Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Chris Mason. The Bruins could trade Tim Thomas to a low cap team like the Avalanche or Islanders. Zach Parise is leaning towards staying in New Jersey. If he’s unsigned on July 1st, he’ll get interest from the Kings and Red Wings.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs are expected to be one of the leading teams after Justin Schultz. Brian Burke drafted him. The Ducks may look to trade his rights before June 24th.
- Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Gleason thinks Zach Parise is too expensive for the Sabres. A couple players who would look good in a Sabres uniform are Ryan Malone and Jarret Stoll. Jordan Staal would be nice, but the cost to acquire and re-sign would be high. The Cost to acquire Paul Stastny would be less. If Gleason were the GM, he’d be aggressively shopping Derek Roy and Andrej Sekera and listening to offers for Ryan Miller. Stastny carries a $6.6 million hit, while only producing 21 goals and 53 points. He did produce over 70 points in 3 of his first 4 years. Gleason offers one of the Sabres 1st round picks and Roy and/or Sekera?
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Source confirms that the Rangers are after Rick Nash again. At the trade deadline, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was after Chris Kreider; Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin; Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto; plus Brandon Dubinsky and a 1st round pick. The Sharks, Flyers, Hurricanes, and maybe the Maple Leafs and Bruins are interested. If the Rangers included Kreider, a deal would likely get done. Alexander Radulov is believed to heading back to the KHL.
- Daren Millard via twitter: Heard Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is talking to all teams about a lot of players. He’s not limiting teams to Rick Nash’s “list.”
- Matthew Coller of ESPN: Offseason need and fixes. Boston Bruins – backup goalie, sign Dominik Hasek. Buffalo Sabres – defensive center, sign Sami Pahlsson. Toronto Maple Leafs – veteran goalie, sign Josh Harding. Montreal Canadiens – playmaking right winger, sign P.A. Parenteau. Ottawa Senators – Stay-at-home defenseman, sign Barret Jackman.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said this week that he has no plans to trade the 1st overall pick, but will listen to offers. The Rangers could be looking at trade targets like: Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, Shea Weber and Tobias Enstrom. Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking hard for a defenseman. Possible defenseman could be Jay Bouwmeester, Keith Ballard, Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek.
- Katie Strang via twitter: The Rangers have extended qualifying offers to Mats Zuccarello, Anton Stralman and Michael Del Zotto.
Rangers interested in Radulov and others … Top 5 pre-draft trade possibilities … 10 year deal for Crosby? KHL interested in Pavelec
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are interested in Alexander Radulov, but are internally weighing the upside of acquiring over players like Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and Zach Parise. There is reportedly one other team that is closer to acquiring Radulov’s rights. A problem with trading for Nash would what you have to give up to get him and his $7.8 million cap hit. In the new CBA, there is no guarantee that there will be a player salary rollback. The Rangers are not as confident anymore that Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov are 2nd line centers. They may have an interest in Ryan Getzlaf if the Ducks are looking to move him. Jordan Staal would interest them as well. If the Rangers were able to sign Justin Schultz, Michael Del Zotto could become available.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists the top 5 pre-draft trade possibilities: 1. Rick Nash – The Rangers, Maple Leafs and Sharks looked at Nash at the trade deadline. Don’t be surprised if the Sabres show some interest. 2. Roberto Luongo – The Lightning, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets and Blackhawks may be looking for goaltending help. Luongo has a $5.3 million cap hit through 2021-22. 3. Jordan Staal – The Sabres and Blues could be 2 of the many teams interested in Staal. 4. Jonathan Bernier – The Blue Jackets tried to trade for him a last year but couldn’t work out a deal. 5. Tim Thomas – Thomas has said he’s going to sit out next year. He may be dealt to a team looking to get to the salary floor.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Murphy doesn’t think the Bruins will be interested in Alexander Radulov as he doesn’t fit their team style or concept.
- HNIC Hotstove Link: Spector’s Hockey via twitter summary: Elliotte Friedman suggested that Sidney Crosby’s new contract could be 10 years. The Penguins and Crosby’s agent are working on a deal that could come by July 1st. Glen Healy thinks that if Crosby is re-signed, Jordan Staal could be traded. Wharnsby believes the Hurricanes could be interested. Wharnsby said the Oilers coaching search could go past the entry draft. Friedman said that there could be increase in trade activity this year as GMs aren’t thrilled with the depth in the free agent crop.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Elliotte Friedman suggested on the Hotstove that SKA St. Petersburg has made an offer to Jets goalie, Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec’s agent, Allan Walsh, would not comment. Pavelec made $1.3 million last year and will be looking for a nice raise. Signing Pavelec is a priority for the Jets.