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Posts Tagged Valtteri Filppula
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss and Valtteri Filppula all turned down the Blues.
“We were a little bit less (than Detroit and Tampa Bay), but not a lot,” he said. “We didn’t low-ball anybody … we were certainly in the neighborhood that our offer was good enough if they wanted to be here.”
Mikhail Grabovski could be option, but he doesn’t really fit the “play-maker” they are looking for.
- Andy Strickland: The Blues wanted Weiss or Filppula. Not an easy sell to get a player to go to St. Louis compared to Detroit or Tampa Bay.
- Andy Strickland: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said he’s not concerned about a Alex Pietrangelo offer sheet. The new CBA protects teams from deals like Weber’s.
- Chuck Gormly: Mikhail Grabovski could be an option for the Capitals.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if Grabovski ended up in the KHL. He’d get a big payday there. Only a couple NHL fits left: Blues and Capitals.
- Jim Matheson: Hearing Stephen Weiss is looking for $6 million year.
- Aaron Ward: David Clarkson met with the Oilers in Edmonton yesterday.
- Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Alfredsson decision will come today.
- Craig Custance: The Red Wings are one of about six teams in on Valtteri Filppula. David Pagnotta: Filppula getting a lot of interest. Going to have a tough choice.
- Pierre LeBrun: It’s looking like Ray Emery will be moving on from the Blackhawks. He’s looking for a No. 1 or No. 1A role. The Flyers could be the frontrunners.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild center Matt Cullen will not be re-signed.
- Darren Dreger: Paul Ranger hasn’t ruled out returning to the NHL. Unlikely to decide by tomorrow. Many teams will be interested.
- David Pagnotta: The Stars will be out of the Tyler Bozak running after adding Seguin, Peverley and Horcoff yesterday.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
- Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
- Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
- Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
- Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
- Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.
“We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”
Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.
- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets are pursuing Nathan Horton. Sources saying that Horton visited Columbus yesterday. One issue with Horton is that he’s waiting to have shoulder surgery and won’t do so until he’s signed with a new team. He won’t be ready for the start of training camp.
- Spector’s Hockey: Tuukka Rask’s new deal is rumored to be for 8 years and $56 million.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is “confident” that Rask’s deal will get real soon.
“I feel confident we’ll get a deal done with Rask in short order,” said Chiarelli. “I’ve got a place-holder number that I can work around as far as cap-building. I would think [a deal will be done] before [July 5], but I’m okay if it’s done after that too. I’m confident regardless [of the scenario].”
- Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Five potential free agent targets for the Flames: Jonathan Blum (D), Tyler Bozak (C) Valtteri Filppula (C/LW), Mason Raymond (LW) and Jeff Schultz (D).
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins could be close on an extension that would pay him between $52-$54 million. Three teams reached out to Tim Thomas’ agent yesterday. Nathan Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, said they are looking for a non-traditional hockey market as he’s looking for a quieter place to play.
- Steve Zipay: Rangers GM Glen Sather said that negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist are continuing.
- Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
- The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
- Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
- The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
- Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
- Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
- Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.
- L.A. Lariviere: The Ducks are said to be out of the Vincent Lecavalier sweepstakes as they are not willing to pay that much.
- Tom Gulitti: Dainius Zubrus signed a 3-year, $9.1 million deal with the Devils.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders are among the teams interested in Daniel Briere. Will pick his finalists soon. “Wants a top-6 spot, wants to win.”
- James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs qualified Leo Komarov to retain his rights, even though he’ll be in the KHL next season. He’d be a UFA next year.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to meet with Daniel Cleary today. Valtteri Filppula wants to test the free agent waters. Talks with Damien Brunner have been ongoing. The Wings met with Vincent Lecavalier over the weekend. St. James thinks the Lecavalier will end up in Dallas. He’s believed to be looking for a 5 year, $25 million deal. Intriguing forwards could be Nathan Horton and David Clarkson. They haven’t made a decision on compliance buyouts yet. Candidates could be Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Carlo Colaiacovo.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Tyler Bozak is looking for $5 million plus per season for as much as 8 years. The Leafs haven’t been told by Lecavalier that the are out. The Maple Leafs were in trade talks with the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick. Rumors were that it would have cost them a young player and the No. 21 pick.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers are still looking for a goalie. They may have to scratch Ray Emery off their list. The Blackhawks did meet with Emery on Sunday night after the draft. They are confident that he can remain the Blackhawks as Crawford’s backup. The Islanders won’t be tolling Tim Thomas’contract, so he’ll be a UFA on Friday.
“I think we’ve got to look at anything and everything to try and make our team better, and that includes goaltending,” general manager Paul Holmgren told the Daily News. “That includes both the free-agent and trade market.”
Thomas not playing for a year would concern the Flyers. Other UFA options could be Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Ellis and Jose Theodore. The Flyers could look at the trade route. They were talking with the Oilers about Braydon Coburn and maybe Devan Dubnyk’s name was discussed. The Flyers made qualifying offers too Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Eric Wellwood and Brandon Manning.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie figures Tuukka Rask’s new deal will be in the $7 million range.
- Pierre LeBrun: Positive talks between the Coyotes and Mike Smith. Could be a 6-year deal. The franchises future is still a factor.
- Pierre LeBrun: Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes and Penguins GM Ray Shero are expected to meet this afternoon.
- Bob McKenzie: Unless the Devils make a substantial offer to David Clarkson, looking like he could hit the open market. They haven’t given him any numbers yet.
- Howard Berger: With each passing hour Berger thinks more and more that Clarkson will be a Maple Leaf.
- Dave Molinari: Penguins GM Ray Shero is still negotiating with Kris Letang. No deadline for getting it resolved.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s camp had a conversation today.
- Paul Hendrick: Leafs have sent qualifying offs to all of their RFAs.
- Bob McKenzie: The Lightning have told Brendan Mikkelson that they won’t be qualifying him and he’ll be a UFA.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are interested in Jarome Iginla. If Valtteri Filppula leaves, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen and Patrik Elias could be options. They don’t appear to be interested in David Clarkson and Nathan Horton.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is looking for at $7 million a year and word is that he won’t entertain anything with a $6 in front of it. GM Doug Armstrong has already said they would match any offer sheet.
- Tim Panaccio: A GM: “Vinny will make up what he lost. I’m glad I sat out 3-plus months for this. What a scam. It’s gonna be a bidding war for him.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are allowed to talk to Vincent Lecavalier, but can’t sign him until July 5th
“We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told ESPN.com Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process in trying to understand the various situations and trying to narrow it down.”
Lecavalier mentioned he like the Red Wings going up, as well as the Canadiens.
Stephen Weiss could be an option for the Red Wings, but they’ll have plenty of competition. If the Wings can’t find a center, they could always move Henrik Zetterberg to center. Valtteri Filppula is not close to a deal with the Wings, but both sides are expected to talk this weekend.
Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a veteran forward and is interested in Lecavalier and Weiss.
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could be available for the right price. The Ducks aren’t shopping him, but if a deal makes sense for them, they could move on it.
The Senators are trying to move up to the No. 5 to No. 10 range from their No. 17 slot.
The Hurricanes are looking to move down from the No. 5 slot for a top four blueliner.
The Bruins and Tuukka Rask’s agent will meet this weekend.
Could see some sign-and-trades next week if UFA talks with their current teams breakdown.
- Bruce Garrioch: On Lecavalier:
“People want size. They want a big centre and they want to get a guy without having to give up somebody off their roster. That’s really slowed down the trade market in the last 24 hours,” said the executive.
The Bruins and Jets may look to trade the negotiating rights to Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey.
The Rangers are quietly shopping J.T. Miller for immediate help.
If the Leafs are able to move up from No. 21 in the draft, they’ll be interested in Max Domi.
Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent has spoken with eight teams. The Oilers were one of the teams. Source said not to be surprised if the Islanders studied the option. He could also be a short term fix in with the Panthers.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is trying hard to move Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Several teams have called the Oilers with interest in Nail Yakupov or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Bruins are trying to move into the first round.
The Hurricanes would move the No. 5 pick for a top four defenseman. Thinking is that if they keep the pick, they will pick Darnell Nurse.
The Panthers are trying to trade Tomas Fleischmann before the draft. He has two years left with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.
The Islanders have told teams they will listen to offers on the No. 15 pick if they get a warm body back.
The biggest mover and shaker at the draft could be Flyers:
“Paul Holmgren is trying to do something big,” said a league executive. “He won’t move Claude Giroux or anything like that — but he wants to make a big deal.”
Free Agent Rumors: Letang, Bobrovsky, Panthers, Bruins, Lecavalier, Lundqvist, Bickell, Wild, Stars and Ott
- Will DePaoli: Kris Letang talks haven’t been shut down and the team will circle back one more time. Rob Rossi: The Penguins are willing to go “around” $7 million a season for 8 years.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent talked on Wednesday and Thursday in New York. Indications arethat the talks did not go well at all and there are no further plans to talk. Both are in New York so it could happen.
- Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will let Stephen Weiss, Jose Theodore and Tyson Strachan test the free agent market next week.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: If the Bruins aren’t able to re-sign Nathan Horton, who is reportedly looking for a 5-6 year deal worth around $6 million a season, there are a couple options. Jarome Iginla and David Clarkson could be two options. A source said that Vincent Lecavalier could be an option to play on right side rather than his natural center position.
- L.A. Lariviere: Vinny Lecavalier would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference. Ready to listen to the Canadiens. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier can’t sign a deal until July 5th but his is allow to talk with teams.
- Jim Matheson: No chance the Oilers will sign Lecavalier. He’ll sign with an Eastern Conference team.
- Bob McKenzie: The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist’s reps started contract extension talks last night in New York.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s side have started contract talks the past couple days.
- Bob McKenzie: The Wild are talking contract extension with the Cal Clutterbuck. They are also talking trades with him. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (UFA) won’t be brought back and Matt Cullen most likely won’t be back.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Possible center free agent targets for the Stars: Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss, Tyler Bozak, Daniel Briere, Valtteri Filppula, Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins have started contract talks with Craig Adams.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Steve Ott’s agent “hopes and expects” to begin contract extension talks with the Sabres next month.
- Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Bryan Bickell could get a deal around $3 million, but he’s said something are more important than money and could take a bit of hometown discount.
“You’ve got to do what makes you happy,” he said. “I know there are a lot of good teams around this league, and a lot of teams you won’t have as much fun [with] as if I stayed here. This is a great city, I enjoy it here, I got drafted here, this is a second home to me. We’re going to work on something, and hopefully it works out for the best.”
- Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom’s 3-year contract extension is for $10.25 million, a $3.42 million salary cap hit.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that management and coaches had talks with Mike Smith and his agent last week.
- Jeff Simmons of SportsNet: John Shannon said the Leafs made a qualifying offer to Jonathan Bernier. The sides will be working on a longer deal later his week. Qualifying offer is for $1.525 million.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders sent qualifying offers to Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic, Kevin Poulin, Thomas Hickey and David Ullstrom. They are working on long term deals for Bailey and Hamonic and shorter term deals for Poulin and Hickey.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are expected to extend qualifying offers to Harry Zolnierczyk, Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey and Robert Bortuzzo before the July 2nd deadline. The Penguins are also working on deals for UFAs Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke.
“I know [Pittsburgh] wants to keep Matt if it’s economically possible.”
Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, said in an email that he spoke with Penguins GM Ray Shero about Iginla re-signing, but his future ”may very well be an issue which will be determined only after the start of free agency.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will extend qualifying offers to Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl. GM Ken Holland has had talks with UFAs Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner.
Stars talked about trading up, undecided on Bachman … Penguins careful with Dupuis … Nonis talks Leafs
- Mark Stepneski: The Stars have the 10th overall pick in the draft and have held discussions to move up, but the price hasn’t been right.
“We’re looking at all options,” said Nill. “I talked to a team today about the possibility of trading up and the price was so high that it made it easy to say, ‘That’s OK, you go ahead and do what you need to do.’ I’ve heard that from a couple of teams. We’re ready; we know what we have to do. We’re open to all options.”
There has been no decision yet on whether they’ll re-sign goaltender Richard Bachman.
“He’s in the mix,” Stars GM Jim Nill said of Bachman. “We’ve talked to other teams. Our job this time of year is trying to find the best we can and Bachman is in that mix. We’re just going through our process to see what else is out there.”
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are not big fans of handing three – four year deals to players in their mid 30′s. The 34-year old Pascal Dupuis is looking for a three – year deal, and the Penguins will have to keep Chris Kunitz in mind when dealing with Dupuis according to sources. Kunitz will be 34 next season, the last year of his deal. The Penguins have discussed internally what a three – four year deal at $3.5 – $4 million for Dupuis could mean for Kunitz negotiations. The Pens may be looking for $3.25-$3.5 million and not going beyond three years. The Penguins will begin talks with Kunitz this summer. Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, has had no talks with Penguins. The Penguins may be offering Kris Letang a full no-trade clause on a deal five years or less. Letang prefers a max eight year deal with full no trade but could be open to a five or six year deal.
- James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis has four unrestricted and six restricted free agents to deal with.
“I can’t stress this enough: The cap is coming down,” Nonis said when asked about stalled talks with centre Tyler Bozak, talks which CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported this week weren’t going all that well. “It’s the first time in history that it’s come down, and we have to make sure we’re spending our money wisely.
“Not to just retain all the players you have but be in a position where you can try to get a different piece or two. We have to make sure if we’re spending a significant amount of money and term on players that they line up [with what we want to spend] and that it makes sense for us.”
If the Leafs buyout Mike Komisarek, they could have $22 million in salary cap space. Their RFAs could eat $10-$11 million of that.
“You never know what’s going to become available in terms of player movement. Even if there’s a player [on your team] that may be bought out, there’s always potential for money moving back and forth in deals. So we’re not at that point of making a decision yet.
“It’s my experience you never know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what other teams are thinking or what players might be available. So for us to make that decision on a compliance buyout or two until we actually have to – it doesn’t make sense to do it.”
If talks with Tyler Bozak don’t go well, they’ll look to other option at center. Some potential UFAs are: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen, Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Briere and Boyd Gordon.
NHL Rumors: Flyers and Ryan, Letang, Briere, Bernier, Canucks, Filppula, Sens, Canes, Lundqvist, Richards and Weiss
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Two non-Flyers sources have said that the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan and that the Flyers are interested. Names that have been discussed are defenseman Braydon Coburn and the 11th overall pick.
“Still a lot to be worked out,” said one source.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero and Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes, are set to meet today. Hughes lives in Boston and the GMs are in Boston for the GM meetings. LeBrun doesn’t think that Letang will sign for less than $7 million.
The Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere. An Ilya Bryzgalov buyout has been met with mixed opinions by management. Decision could be whether to do it this year or next. The availability of Jonathan Bernier may push the Flyers into making the move now. One source said that five teams are interested in Bernier.
John Tortorella is one of four final candidates for the Canucks head coaching position. John Stevens, Lindy Ruff and Scott Arniel could be the other candidates. Dave Tippett could also be an option if he doesn’t re-sign.
Red Wings Valtteri Filppula could get more than $5 million on the open market, which might be too much of the Wings. The Wings and Filppula’s agent will meet next week at the draft.
Guillaume Latendresse, Peter Regin and Mike Lundin are likely not to get a contract from the Senators.
The Hurricanes made an offer to UFA goalie Dan Ellis, but he told them he’s heading to the open market.
Teams are calling the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick in the draft, but their intention now may be to keep the pick.
Contract talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi have been ongoing and both sides are expected to meet again during draft week.
- George Malik of Kuklas Korner: Summarizing some of the TSN Insider Trading points:Bob McKenzie is saying that teams are more than kicking tires on Jonathan Bernier. Flyers, Leafs and Islanders are intrigued. Could take Matt Frattin from the Leafs or Matt Read from the Flyers.Bernier, Niklas Backstrom and Ray Emery could be targets of the Flyers if Bryzgalov is bought out.
The Rangers will look to extend Henrik Lundqvist, with GM Glen Sather and agent Don Meehan meeting at or around the draft. Lundqvist may look for Evgeni Malkin money, $9 million, but that would limit what the Rangers could do with the rest of their lineup.
McKenzie thinks the Rangers will wait a year on a Brad Richards buyout to see how he rebounds under Alain Vigneault.
Dreger says that Valtteri Filppula may be looking for $5.5 million per year for seven or eight years.
The Wings may look at Stephen Weiss as Filppula replacement.