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Posts Tagged Valtteri Filppula
- Alessandro Seren Rosso: Wojtek Wolski signed with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL.
- Renaud Lavoie: The Sabres signed John Scott to a one-year deal at $750,000.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings would like to extend Damien Brunner.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: A source confirmed that Patrick Roy is a strong candidate for the Avalanche head coaching position. Roy was offered the position in 2009, but turned it down.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Ales Hemsky’s days with the Oilers could be coming to an end. GM Craig MacTavish isn’t going to pay $5 million a season for a second line winger with world-class ability. His knock is missing too many games due to injury.
“I don’t think there’s a market for him … I shouldn’t say there’s no market,” said former NHL general Craig Button, who now works for TSN. “But the salary cap is coming down to $64.3 million. He makes $5 million for one more year. Would the Oilers pick up half of that to trade him, 50-50 (with another team)? That would still free up $2.5 million in cap space for the Oilers.
“I don’t know if they can get something tangible in return for Hemsky. Andrew Cogliano got the Oilers a second-round draft (pick). I don’t know if they can get that for Hemsky,” Button said.
“He’d be rolling along, on pace for 80 points, and bang, he gets hurt. He’s not reliable (to possible trade suitors).”
Western Conference teams that might be interested: Predators, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues, Coyotes and Jets (moving next season). If the Red Wings lose Valtteri Filppula, Hemsky could be an option if they only have to pay $4 million.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists some buyout candidates: 1. Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) – $23 million spread out over 14 years. 2. Roberto Luongo (VAN) – $27 million and on the Canucks payroll until 2031. 3. Brad Richards (NYR) – $27 million and on the payroll until 2027.The NHL had meetings to discuss making the nets bigger in an attempt to increase scoring. No one really believes that it will happen.
Terry Murray could replace Peter Laviolette if the Flyers decide to fire him.
There could be house-cleaning this summer in Colorado. President Pierre Lacroix, GM Greg Sherman and coach Joe Sacco could all be fired. Joe Sakic could take over, which could lead to a Patrick Roy return.
It doesn’t look like Jets UFA defenseman Ron Hainsey will be back. The Flyers will be among the teams interested.
The Flyers will make another run at defenseman Keith Yandle.
The Red Wings had calls on Valtteri Filppula at the deadline but decided to keep him. Teams that called were the Penguins, Bruins, Maple Leafs and Rangers.
Two GM’s on the hotseat could be Sabres Darcy Regier and Stars Joe Nieuwendyk. Canadiens assist GM Rick Dudley could be fit in Buffalo. Brian Burke’s name has been mentioned as a possible Stars replacement. Burke has also been linked to the Rangers if Glen Sather steps aside.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Zeisberger lists his top 10 UFAs, but not in order: 1. Jarome Iginla 2. Nathan Horton 3. Stephen Weiss 4. Ryane Clowe 5. Patrik Elias 6. Niklas Backstrom 7. Sergei Gonchar 8. Derek Roy 9. Mike Ribeiro 10. Tyler Bozak
- Eliotte Friedman: The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation was arguing that Carl Soderberg was under contract until May 15th. The NHL ruled that, that wasn’t the case as his Swedish team gave him his release. Dominic Tiano: Soderberg is leaving Sweden on Monday. James Murphy of ESPN Boston: He’ll join the team on Wednesday.
“We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a release. “I would like to thank the President of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big, strong, two-way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week.”
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if the Senators could fit UFA wings David Clarkson into their budget this summer, they should do it. There would be lots of competition for him.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Randy Miller of the Courier-Post: Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov is a candidate to be bought out after the season with the salary cap dropping to $64.3 million. Bryzgalov’s thoughts:
“To be honest, I don’t care,” he said. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”
On if he’d like to be a Flyer next year.
“You know, I have no control in this,” he said. “I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control. I maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”
- James Mirtle: Mirtle thinks it will be interesting to see if the Maple Leafs will keep both Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski next season.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings have moved Valtteri Filppula from the wing to center in hope generating more offense. He’ll center the third line between Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner.
- Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets reassign defenseman Cody Goloubef and center Michael Chaput to the AHL.
- Kirk Luedeke: The Bruins have signed Carl Soderberg and expect him to arrive in the next 7 days for so.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators coach Barry Trotz indicated that Pekka Rinne could start all of their remaining games. That would mean Rinne would have started 45 of their 48 games, and appearing in 46.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes goalie Mike Smithis hopeful that he and the Coyotes can work out a deal.
“We’ll see what happens, but that’s out of my control right now,” he said.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: With the salary cap going down next year, UFA winger Mason Raymond could be one of the casualties. There has been no contract talks between the two sides. Adding the likelihood of Raymond being on his way out, was the 4 year, $10 contract extension given to Chris Higgins last week. The Canucks already have $63.8 million committed to 16 players for next season. The salary cap will be $64.3 million. A buyout our two is possible, and a goalie could be moved to free up more cap space. Other UFAs are Max Lapierre, Andrew Alberts and Derek Roy. RFAs include Chris Tanev, Dale Weise and Tom Sestito.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: As of late last week, there had been no contract talks between the Red Wings and Valtteri Filppula.
“There’s nothing going on right now,” Filppula said.
Asked if it’s important to him to sign before the end of the season, Filppula said, “I think the focus should be on playing right now. And then when the time comes to think about that (contract) stuff I will do that.”
- The Fourth Period: The Red Wings were trying to make a deal all week, but weren’t able to put something together. It was believed that the Wings didn’t want to part with any of their top young talent. They wouldn’t give up a first round pick for Jay Bouwmeester. The Wings also looked into Jaromir Jagr. Valtteri Filppula will be a UFA but may have interest in returning.
“It’s been a great place to be, a great team obviously,” he told the News. “You want to be on that kind of team.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Sabres are picking up part of Jason Pominville’s contract. If they weren’t, the Wild would be over the salary cap. Working with Cap geek, they estimate that the Sabres may be covering $225,000 for this year, a pro-rated $900,000.
- Cap Geek: Not confirmed on the amount, but the Hurricanes could be picking up between $500,000 and $1.5 million of Jussi Jokinen’s now Penguins salary.
- Bill Watters: According to sources, the Maple Leafs offered the Coyotes Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick for Keith Yandle. (You would assume this was ‘offered’ around Wednesday, but I wonder if it happened in the offseason, or at least sometime well before the trade deadline day)
- Bill Watters: Years ago, the Flyers offered Claude Giroux to the Lightning for defenseman Paul Ranger but was turned down by then GM Brian Lawton.
- John Hoven of Mayors Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi when asked if he was close to any trades on deadline day.
“No. I like our team, and I think we addressed our biggest need. And you see Matt Greene in there – we get him back, that’s like getting a player for nothing now. I didn’t see anything that was really going to improve us. Our depth up front with Toffoli and Brad Richardson, we forget about him, but he’s shown he’s a good depth player. So it wasn’t really anything there that made sense as terms of an upgrade, let alone then get to the part where if you upgrade, what’s it going to do to your cap and everything else. The other thing we were able to do on this that I really liked – and you know I’m confident in how I feel about this – we’ve got 10 picks in this year’s draft. You never want to lose sight of that part. Now, we don’t have a first rounder, but we’re going into this, we were able to keep this nucleus, get this piece here, and have 10 picks going in next year’s draft. Our eye going forward, we haven’t sold the farm by any stretch. I think we’ve got the space to keep our young players. Then hopefully…add the right veterans here going forward also. Now it’s up to our scouts to hit in the middle rounds.
Valtteri Filppula – Detroit Red Wings: March 20th
Possible destinations: Flames and Red Wings
Possible destinations: Jets, Ducks, Canucks and Maple Leafs
Possible destinations: Oilers, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Canadiens and Rangers
NHL Rumors II: Ribeiro, Gaborik, Regehr, Bouwmeester, Ryan, Roy, Stafford, Backstrom, Cullen, Leafs and Vinny trade that didn’t happen
- David Pagnotta via twitter: With Corey Perry off the market, players like Mike Ribeiro, Marian Gaborik and Robyn Regehr are getting most of the attention.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: With Jay Bouwmeester’s salary and the high asking price for Keith Yandle, Sabres Robyn Regehr could be the most sought after defenseman at the moment.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun doesn’t think that the Ducks have any intention of wanting to trade Bobby Ryan right now or in the summer just because of Perry’s contract. The Ducks have some expiring contracts and can live with having the contracts of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan. If a team made a monster offer that the Ducks couldn’t refuse for Ryan, you never know. Sense now is that he’s staying.
- Dennis Berstein via twitter: There are whispers that the Rangers have talked with the Kings about Marian Gaborik. The Kings would have to send at least $3 million in salary back if they were to make a deal.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: A league executive sees a Kings trade with the Sabres happening soon. Was told it will happen, just not the timing of it.
- Hockey Central via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on the trade deadline: ”We’re going to be in the mix with a bunch of teams.” Buyer or seller? “Possibility of both.” … ”We have some UFAs; people have asked about them… We’re perfectly prepared to keep them.”
- Sean Fitz-Gerald via twitter: Leafs GM Nonis suggested that the Leafs could be willing to swap picks for players before the trade deadline. “We’re not sold on selling.” Nonis said that the Leafs are fine with going past the trade deadline without adding a goalie.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: (A proposed deal from a few years ago): Carey Price, P.K. Subban (or Ryan McDonagh, Tampa’s choice), Max Pacioretty and a 1st round pick for Vincent Lecavalier. Marek said the Tampa Bay ownership nixed the trade.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings could target Sabres Drew Stafford. The Wings could use some more scoring up front and a right handed shot. It could take a roster player and a prospect or pick. Would the Red Wings want to take on his $4 million salary when they need to re-sign Valtteri Filppula.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: When asked if Niklas Backstrom or Matt Cullenwill be traded,
“Oh God, no,” said General Manager Chuck Fletcher. “Backy’s been outstanding. He’s our No. 1 goalie. Cullen’s been a big part of our team. That’s the type of guy every team in the league wants to add for a playoff run.”
Will the Wild make a splash at the deadline?
“I would like some of our young players to get experience and learn how to play in tough situations,” Fletcher said. “We can’t hide them. They have to go through the process at some point. You can’t just skip it and all of a sudden have these mature players that are just going to come in and play like veterans.”
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings and Jimmy Howard are getting closer to a contract extension. He’s currently making $2.25 million but his new deal will be closer to $5 million a season. It is expected to be for six or seven years. The Wings are also working on contracts for Valtteri Filppula and Damien Brunner, who’ll both be UFAs on July 5th. They may not be close on a deal for Filppula, who is believed to be looking for $5 million a season. They are optimistic with Brunner, but are having trouble determining his market value due to the small sample size. Aaron Ward via twitter: Ward reports that a Red Wings – Howard deal may not be that close as the sides haven’t talked in over a week.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney has said that they’ve had “some conversation” with Oliver Ekman-Larsson regarding a contract extension.
“We’ll pay on performance. We have no problem,” Maloney said. “But we won’t pay on potential. In Oliver’s case, he’s having a terrific season. He’s somebody we expect to sign at some point and hopefully for a long time.”
“You negotiate hard with their agents,” Pang said. “You try to get a hometown discount. At the end of the day, you can ill-afford to let this quality of defenseman walk.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: David Desharnais and the Canadiens are expected to announce a contract extension today.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Top 3 college free agents: Dan DeKeyser (D), Andrej Sustr (D) and Antoine Laganiere (RW).
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Kellan Lain (6′ 6″ center) from Lake State could be the first college free agent to sign. Could be in the next 48 hours.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Ryan Getzlaf signed an eight year, $66 million deal with the Ducks last week. They were hoping to get him signed to salary cap hit of $7.5 million, but there was no way that they could let both Getzlaf and Corey Perry approach the trade deadline without deals. The Ducks now have four options regarding Perry.
1. Sign him: The Ducks have said they want to sign him to an extension, but it’s hard to tell how negotiations have gone. The Ducks were believed to be willing to go long-term before the lockout, but wouldn’t do any ‘back-diving’ deals. It’s not known how much Perry wants to stay in Anaheim. It’s thought that he may want to play closer to Ontario. The Ducks 18-3-3 record may make the decision a little harder. Friedman thinks the Ducks should put forth their best offer in the next couple weeks and see what happens. It could be eight years and between $72 and $80 million.
2. Trade him: A brutual choice. Unless you are able to getting a bidding war, they won’t get a lot for him. If they don’t trade him, they could lose him for nothing like what happened with Justin Schultz. It’s a tough decision since they are Stanley Cup contender.
3. Go for it: They are a contender, so keep him and take a run at the Cup. You are not in position to challenge every year. The Devils did it last year with Zach Parise and made it to the finals. Ryan Suter helped the Predators get into the second round. It didn’t work out will for Brad Richards and the Dallas Stars though.
4. Play ball together: The Ducks have the edge as they can sign him to an eight your deal, while other teams could only go seven years if he hit the open market. Players can talk with teams during a specified time period before free agency begins. He may not like what he hears and decides to re-sign with the Ducks. Or the Ducks could say: ”Look, is it possible you’d tell us the two or three teams you’re interested in, so we can pit them against each other and try to make a trade? In exchange, you get an extra $9-10 million.” Problem is, teams may not trade much since they could sign and not give up anything.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance looks at how Getzlaf’s deal impacts the trade market. Teams covet centers as it’s tough to win without having two good ones. Getzlaf would have been the top center that could have been available at the deadline had he not signed the contract extension. Custance lists top-6 unrestricted centers that could be available leading up to the trade deadline.
1. Mike Ribeiro (WSH): With the Capitals stuck in a hole this season, GM George McPhee could move Ribeiro for a first round pick and a prospect. The Capitals would then need to find a top-6 center for next season. There are concerns about signing Ribeiro to a long-term deal since he is 33-years old. He has 28 points in 24 games but is at 42.6 percent in faceoffs.
2. Derek Roy (DAL): The Stars and Roy have been discussing a long-term deal. If they can’t get a deal done, the Stars can’t afford to let him go for nothing.
3. Stephen Weiss (FLA): Weiss is out for the season after wrist surgery, but someone may want to acquire so they have a longer time period to work out an extension. It would also allow them to go eight years and not seven.
4. Valtteri Filppula (DET): The Red Wings may not be willing to move Filppula, especially in the middle of a playoff run. He plays more on the wing in Detroit, but he has the skill to be a second line center on a good team. He’s the youngest of this group at 28. He could be the piece to get the Red Wings a top four defenseman that they are looking for. He is not easily replaced though, especially if Datsyk heads back to Russia after his contract expires in 2014.
Injuries and Starting Goalies: Sharp, Ruutu, Weber, Filppula, Green, Jets, Ducks, Blackhawks and Red Wings
- James Duthie via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp has a fairly severe AC Joint shoulder separation and will be out for at least three weeks, could be a month. Chris Kuc via twitter: Coach Joel Quenneville said that Sharp will miss three to four weeks.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they hope to have Tuomo Ruutu medically cleared to return to practice by the 15th.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber didn’t finish last night’s game due a knee injury.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula said he’s not playing this weekend. Hopes to return next week in Calgary.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated by himself before practice.
- Gary Lawless via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets tonight.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the Ducks tonight.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks tonight.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings tomorrow.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp will be out for two to three weeks.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Brad Richards said there is no timetable for his return. He said there is no concussion, just soreness and is not a long-term injury.
- Florida Panthers via twitter: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that Ed Jovanovski is still one to two weeks away from returning to the lineup.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon had an MRI done on his lower-body injury and all is good. He will skate on Friday and then re-evaluate.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Darren Helm is at least a couple weeks away from returning to the lineup. He left the ice this morning as soon as they started doing drills. Valtteri Filppula stayed out.
- Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on any further trades: ”Not much out there for us right now. But that could change quickly.”
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: GM Nonis on Mike Komisarek: ”What Mike has said is that if it’s in the best interest of the team he wouldn’t stand in the way but his preference is to try to get back in the lineup here in Toronto.” … ”That to me is a lot different than coming into our office and saying ‘I want to be moved’. That never happened.”
- Rob Longley via twitter: GM Nonis on Komisarek: ”To be clear, Mike Komisarek has not asked for a trade.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is looking for $4.5 million a season according to sources. That might be too much for the Red Wings, but what if Pavel Datsyuk returns to Russia when is contract expires at the end of next season? “They know that’s a possibility,” said one NHL executive.
Flyers Daniel Briere is in play but may not waive his no-trade clause. He has family concerns. He carries a $6.5 million cap hit but only $5 million in salary for the next two seasons.Devils winger David Clarkson could be a $4.5 million guy on the open market this summer. Would be a perfect fit with the Oilers but he’s not moving cross-continent. Matheson thinks the Oilers should make a push for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe.
It’s clear the Maple Leafs are shopping John-Michael Liles. He signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal last year. The Leafs might have to retain part of salary if they trade him.
The Oilers and several other teams may be interested in Blackhawks winger Brian Bickell this summer when he becomes a UFA.
Blues winger David Perron could become available. The Blues need a left handed defenseman to play with Alex Pietrangelo.
The Blue Jackets will look to move R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard for draft picks before the draft. Umberger has four years left with a cap hit of $4.6 million.