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Posts Tagged Tim Thomas
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.
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.
No Devils changes … Thomas confirms year off … Rangers D targets … Wings-Caps rumor … Nash update … Possible Flyers targets
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: It doens’t look like there will be any lineup changes for the Devils tonight if going by lines at practice yesterday.
“We’re not making a change based on the hole we’re in,” he said. “We’ll make a change if we feel there’s someone that can make us a better lineup for tomorrow night. That’s what we’re making the decision on. We thought our group played a good game last night.”
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins Tim Thomas confirmed yesterday that he will not play next year due to personal concerns. Posted on his facebook page:
“From the earliest age I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a hockey player. I’ve been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.
At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F’s.
Friends, Family, and Faith.
This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.
What does this portend for the future?
We’ll see….God’s will be done.
The Bruins will now be stuck with his $5 million cap hit.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers will target Justin Schultz if he becomes a UFA. If he signs elsewhere, the Rangers may look at trading for Shea Weber over trying to sign Ryan Suter.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Red Wings will target Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and they may look at trading for their draft rights. The Wings are also part of web trade proposal: Mike Green and Brooks Laich for Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl. Matheson wonders why anyone would not think that Brian Burke won’t make a trade for Roberto Luongo. Burke loves making the big trade, Loungo would help the Maple Leafs get into the playoffs, which would help his job security. Matheson doesn’t think that Tomas Vokoun would go the Leafs as a veteran sidekick. The Oilers are looking at Henrik Samuelsson with the 32nd pick. Brandon Prust would look good in a Oilers uniform if he becomes a free agent. The Flyers may look at trading Sergei Bobrovsky.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Several teams not on Rick Nash’s trade list have contacted the Blue Jackets. There is hope that if the Jackets and a ‘non-list’ make a deal, that Nash would consider it to end the relationship with Columbus. The ‘unofficial trade destination rankings’: 1. Rangers 2. Sharks 3. Maple Leafs 4. Bruins 5. Hurricanes 6. Capitals. The Blue Jackets are not dead set on getting a goalie back in a deal. Portzline left the draft combine thinking that the Jackets are higher on Filip Forsberg that many would think, and that they may be willing to trade down a few slots.
- John Boruk of CSN Philly: The chances of Flyers trading for Sergei Gonchar are “slim to none.” They would love to get Ryan Suter. Defenseman targets for the Flyers could be: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Edler.
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Possible Jets targets on draft night at #9: Alex Galchenyuk, Cody Ceci, Griffin Reinhart, Brendan Gaunce, Radek Faksa and Tanner Pearson (a stretch, Jets-Barrie connection).
Rangers interested in Radulov … Oilers, Blue Jackets looking at Murray … No Nash talks … Wings holes … Bruins-Kelly talking
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather has talked to the Predators about RFA Alexander Radulov. Radulov has a big offer on the table from CKSA of the KHL. A source has told the Post that Radulov would rather play in the NHL next season. The Rangers are more than just kicking tires on Radulov.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants to draft defenseman Ryan Murray with the 2nd overall pick. The Oilers need a defenseman more than they need another other forward, and may pick on position rather than best player available.
“I think you have to draft a defenceman because nobody’s going to give you one,” said Hockey Canada chief scout Kevin Prendergast.
Prendergast also thinks that only Nail Yakupov and Murray are the only 2 players that could play in the NHL next season.
- The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he hasn’t had any formal discussions with any team about Rick Nash and added:
“We might not even trade him,” Howson half-jokingly admitted.
The Sharks, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Kings have shown some interest in the past. The Blue Jackets desperately need a #1 goalie and could ask for one in part of a package. Only the Kings have a goalie that could be included in the deal, Jonathan Berner.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings will have a different look next season. Lidstrom is retired, Holmstrom could be next, Brad Stuart is likely heading west to be closer to his family and Jiri Hudler may want too much money. They are one of many teams interested in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The Rangers could have between $20-$25 million in cap space as well, and may be interested Parise and Suter as well. Zach’s dad has already said that he’d be a good fit in New York.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: After Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom retired last week, eyes have turned towards teammate Tomas Holmstrom. On Thursday Holmstrom said:
“I go back and forth,” he said. “I haven’t really decided yet, but for sure it’s going to happen soon. My wife wants me to play and the kids want me to play. I have to see if I can do it, and if my body is fresh enough to battle through a new season.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said on Friday that he is working on re-signing Chris Kelly.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: One option for Bruins with Tim Thomas is if he decides he doesn’t want to play next season for the Bruins, they could maybe give another team permission to try and convince him to play, and then work out a trade after. The Lightning, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets are just a few teams looking for a goalie.
Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: The Blues and Vladimir Tarasenko have agreed in principle to a contract. It will be signed on July 1st.
Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Rangers Marian Gaborik had a torn rotator cup that will require surgery and will be out 5-6 months.
Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said at the Draft Combine that they are still considering 4 or 5 guys at the #2 spot.
Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: The Bruins are not able to file salary arbitration for Tuukka Rask before July 1st. There is approximately a week where he can field RFA offers.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and David Jones’ agent have held preliminary discussions on a new deal.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile met with Ryan Suter and his agent on Thursday.
“I think there’s good progress, we talked about some of the same things, also some new things,” Poile told ESPN.com on Friday. “He’s not saying anything that makes me feel that he doesn’t want to play in Nashville. I think we’re all on the same page. But he has to make a decision. He wants to talk to his family and to Neil Sheehy some more. The process will just continue.”
“We talked about many issues,” Sheehy told ESPN.com on Friday. “Both sides were candid with each other. What we agreed to do is to continue our dialogue. Ryan, it’s no secret, loves Nashville. Ryan is just considering a lot of things. But David gave us more things to think about.”
“Based on the conversations, I do not feel that’s going to happen, no,” Poile said.
“I don’t want to speak for Ryan, but there’s nothing that indicates that there’s anything that’s negative with him re-signing with Nashville. The conversations are always pro-Nashville, our city, our team, his role …”
Steve Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that goalie Tim Thomas is considering sitting out next year.
“Tim came to me toward the beginning or middle of May and told me he’s seriously considering taking the year off,” said Chiarelli. “The reason why, I’m not exactly sure. He did give some reasons regarding his family.When you hear someone say, ‘Seriously considering,’ he’s probably going to do it.
“Right now I’m operating under the probability that he’ll take the year off and we’ll have to operate without Tim Thomas. I’m a little disappointed — more than a little. But these things happen and you’ve got to deal with them. When someone talks about their family, you’ve got to respect it.”
The Bruins would likely suspend him, but the $5 million salary cap hit would still be on the books. Thomas would owe the Bruins another year of service.
Craig Custance of ESPN: If the Devils can’t lock up Zach Parise, and the same for Ryan Suter and the Predators, both teams may look at dealing their rights. Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they may pursue trading for someones rights.
“If they’re available — you can’t force things,” Holland said Thursday. “I’m back to planning, sitting here with our people and making our plan, putting things on our board. Are we prepared to acquire somebody’s [negotiating] rights at the draft? Yeah, absolutely, if the price is right and it’s a player we’re interested in.”
Rumors involving: Thomas, Luongo, Vokoun, Flyers, Capitals, Staal, Schultz, Suter, Enstrom and Alfredsson
- TSN: Pierre LeBrun on Tim Thomas: The Bruins may look to trade him when his no-trade clause expires, but Thomas may also be considering not playing next year, taking a year off. He’s had a stressful year. Darren Dreger on Roberto Luongo: GM Mike Gillis will meet with Luongo this week to see if his views have changed for his future. There has been interest for Luongo but there is an equal chance they don’t do anything and he remains a Canuck. Pierre LeBrun on Tomas Vokoun: The Leafs could still look at Luongo. but UFA Vokoun or trading for Anders Lindback may be more likely. Vokoun turned down a KHL offer, and LeBrun thinks that Vokoun sees a fit in Toronto. Bob McKenzie on Flyers: Vokoun may be an option for Flyers as well. The Flyers may not think Sergei Bobrovsky has enough experience needed to be Ilya Bryzgalov’s backup. Bob McKenzie on Canadiens coaching search: The Canadiens search is likely down to Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford. Darren Dreger on Calagry: You don’t hire a coach like Hartley if you’re going to trade away veteran players like Jarome Iginla. Darren Dreger on Capitals coaching search: The Capitals could hire their new coach from within the organization, with Dean Evason and Jim Johnson as strong candidates. Pierre LeBrun on Jordan Staal: The Penguins have had calls regarding Staal’s availability, but they may be still hoping to re-sign him and Sidney Crosby to contract extensions. If they can’t get both deals done, then Staal could go on the market. Bob McKenzie on Justin Schultz: It’s going to be hard for the Ducks to make a deal involving Schultz. He’s trying to make it happen and there are many teams that are interested in him if he becomes a UFA. McKenzie thinks the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Oilers are extremely interested. It’s going to be hard for the Ducks to get anything for him, and will likely hit free agency.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: With Nicklas Lidstrom retiring, it may “throw a wrinkle” into the Wild’s plan to pursue Ryan Suter if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Red Wings are now expected to pursue Suter as well. The Wings can’t talk to him, but he has to know there is a spot for him there if he’s interested. The Predators have a tendency to trade UFAs that won’t re-sign with them, and they have past of doing so with the Flyers. The Flyers are also interested in Suter. Guillaume Latendresse tweeted: “Doc send me home saying that im at 100% and better than before my concussion, he predict my best season haha really exciting.” Latendresse will be a RFA and requires a $2.5 million qualifying offer, which doesn’t look like will happen. They may try to re-sign him at different number.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom has a cap hit of $3.75 million next season in the last year of his deal, and will be looking for a nice raise on his next deal. Wiebe isn’t suggesting that the Jets are or will be putting him on the trade block, but they’ll likely have to listen to offers when teams come calling. Enstrom could bring back a top 6 forward that they are looking for. The Jets have Dustin Byfuglien under contract at a $5.2 million cap hit until 2015-16 and Zach Bogosian will be a RFA at the end of next season. Paul Postma was an AHL all-star and is ready for NHL duty.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson indicated at the World Championships that he may have played his last game in a Senators uniform. He has one year left on his deal at $1 million.
Devils switch up lines … Not much cap space for Bruins … Could Ovechkin, Plekanec, Krejci be traded? Prust suspension video
- Dave Caldwell of the NY Times: The Devils made some line changes at practice yesterday. Dainius Zubrus skated with Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. Ilya Kovalchuck was moved to a line with Adam Henrique and Patrick Elias. Jacob Josefson was between David Clarkson and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins have a current cap hit at about $58 million for next year. That number could drop if Marc Savard is put on the LTIR. The summer cap number could jump to $68-69 million but drop below the $64.3 million with the new CBA. They need to re-sign Tuukka Rask, and won’t have much room for Benoit Pouliot, Chirs Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Brian Rolston, Greg Zanon, Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau. Trading Tim Thomas would create some more cap space. Greg Zanon’s agent said he thinks the Bruins would like to bring him back. They currently have 5 Dmen under contract, and prospect Dougie Hamilton could make the team. Tomas Vokoun could be a cheap free agent pickup, the Maple Leafs could be interested.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Capitals would trade Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin will get $9 million for 2 more years, then $10 million for 7 years. It likely wouldn’t happen, but someone suggested a Rick Nash-Alex Ovechkin. Possible candidates for the Capitals head coaching vacancy could be Tom Renney, Craig MacTavish, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Ron Wilson and Jon Cooper. Milan Hejduk’s 1 year, $2 million deal may have some bearing on a Ryan Smyth-Oilers deal. The Canadiens may look to deal Tomas Plekanec rather than pay him $5 million next season. Some think that the Islanders may look at Alexander Semin. The Jets could be looking for a new backup goalie. Matheson wonders if the Coyotes should look at trading for David Krejci this offseason, sending Brandon Gormley and a pick to Boston.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Though it could just be posturing, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said last week that a Schneider-Luongo goaltending tandom is still possible for next season.
“Having both goalies back in Vancouver next year is definitely a possibility and probably the leading possibility,” Mike Liut, Cory Schnieder’s agent, told The Province.
“Cory will approach the season as he did this year — you focus on what you can control.”
There will be a 4 day window where teams could sign Schneider to an offer sheet, between July 1st and 5th. Schneider is eligible to become a UFA on July 1st 2013.
- Rangers Brandon Prust suspended 1 game:
Coaches up in the air … Hossa hopes to be ready for next year … Improving FAs … Thinking Price at $5.5 million
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks and Sharks future coaching situations are still up in the air. Alain Vigneault and Todd McLellan could be looking for new jobs this offseason. McLellan could interest the Canucks and Flames. Vigneault would get interest from the Canadiens. If the Canucks let Vigneault go, they could also look at Craig MacTavish and Scott Arniel. They could also wait it out and see what happens with the disgruntled Joel Quenneville in Chicago. Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: Vigneault left town before having a his ‘postseason court’ with the media and isn’t available to talk about his future. He has 1 year remaining on his contract.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: Blackhawks Marian Hossa said that this is the “biggest concussion” he’s ever had. He’s feeling better and progressing. He also added that there is quite awhile until training camp and he’s confident that he’ll be ready to play by then.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Potential free agents who have been increase value during the playoffs: Dustin Penner (LA), Francis Bouillon (NASH), Alexander Semin (WAS), Bryce Salvador (NJ), Matt Carle (PHI) and Mike Knuble (WAS).
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Many people don’t think that Dale Hunter will be back in Washington. GM George McPhee said he would like him to stay. Once the Kings made the playoffs, coach Darryl Sutter told his team the worst was over and it’s time to relax and have fun. The average that some league executives think Carey Price will get on a new deal is $5.5 million per season. Some noted that Price has leverage which could drive up the price. Some GMs aren’t certain the Bruins will keep Tim Thomas, and there would be a market for him. The annual “Trade Marleau” watch is on.
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- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov signed a contract extension with with Ak Bars.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Ak Bars has also signed Blue Jackets defenseman Maxim Mayorov. Aaron Portzline via twitter: It’s believed that the Blue Jackets will qualify Mayorov and keep his rights.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The two 2011 Stanley Cup Finals goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, could find themselves on the trading block this summer. Luongo has given the Canucks a short list of teams he’s accept a trade too: possibly the Panthers, Lightning, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has heard the rumors on Thomas:
“I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie, but I’m certainly not inclined to do that,” Chiarelli said.
“Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had the year before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top goaltending tandems in the league.”
The Predators still believe they’ll be able to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran:
“We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran told the Tennessean. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a vote of confidence from ownership, but the coaching staff hasn’t received one yet. Wilson is still in the review process, which should be completed over the next couple weeks. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coach Todd McLellan has 2 years left on his deal, and LeBrun thinks he’ll remain with the team. New Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would definitely be interested in Alain Vigneault if the Canucks fired him. Marc Crawford could also be in the mix for the Canadiens job. Darren Dreger reported that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are in consideration. The sale of the St. Louis Blues to minority owner Tom Stillman is “very close.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators top 5 offseason priorities: 1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson 2. Sign defenceman Erik Karlsson 3. Re-sign center Chris Kelly as a UFA 4. Trade defenceman Sergei Gonchar 5. Buy out winger Bobby Butler.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues tried to upgrade their blueline at the trade deadline, but were unsuccessful. Kent Huskins will likely replace Ian Cole tonight. Matt D’Agostini could replace Alex Steen on the line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wanted to rule Jaroslav Halak out of the series to eliminate any potential distraction.