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Canucks backup options, looking for a center … Sabres looking for center … CBJ not asking for Kreider, McDonagh or Stepan, do the Rangers know?
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Kuzma thinks that once Roberto Luongo is moved, Al Montoya could be an option for the Canucks as their backup. Dan Ellis could also me an option, or they could go the trade route and see if the Coyotes want to move Jason LaBarbera. If the Canucks send Luongo to Florida, getting Jose Theodore back as part of the package is possible.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks added Jason Garrison to their blueline, but they are still looking to fill a hole at center. They may have offered Olli Jokinen a 1 year deal. The Canucks will likely go the trade route to find a center, and there hasn’t been much progress with a Luongo deal.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein says that the Canucks are looking for a playmaking 3rd line center as Kesler is coming off surgery again.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:
“I expect there to be a secondary trade market after this unrestricted market,” Regier said. “We’re looking at any situation that will make us a better team. We’re not locked in. Some guys we certainly would not want to trade under any circumstances, but we’re sitting here in early July and if the opportunity to improve our team is out there, then we want to be able to take advantage of it.”
The Sabres are looking to improve up the middle as they don’t have any experience for their top lines. Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis are both 22. With the addition of Steve Ott, the Sabres now have 6 left wingers: Thomas Vanek, Marcus Foligno, Ott, Ville Leino, Nathan Gerbe and John Scott. Ott can take faceoffs, but is more comfortable on the wing. They also have 9 defenseman on their roster.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline has been told repeatedly that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has NOT demanded Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan in trade talks with the Rangers. Portzline has been told there are lots of way the Rangers could get a deal done without incorporating those 3. McDonagh doesn’t make sense as a centerpiece. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger responds to Portzline by saying that the Blue Jackets should let the Rangers know that then. Multiple trade scenarios have been pitched to the Jackets by the Rangers and have been turned away.
Zidlicky should be ready … Preds-Suter to talk in a couple weeks … Some Habs candidates … Jagr to wait … Koivu re-signs
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils Marek Zidlicky is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but should be ready for the next round.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Ryan Suter said he spoke with GM David Poile Wednesday morning.
“We talked about everything and the future, and how everything will go, and I think we’re going to meet again in a couple of weeks and kind of make a decision,” he said.
Suter wants to take some time unwind.
“Wherever I sign I want to be there for the rest of my career, and that affects my family, my wife, my kid (and) if we have more kids,” Suter said. “Everything plays into it.”
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Canadiens are expected to interview a wide range of candidates: Marc Crawford, Bob Hartley, Patrick Roy, Michel Therrien, Benoit Groulx (Gatineau), Sylvain Lefebvre (Colorado assistant). Bryan Marchment could join the Sharks coaching staff. The Predators must “sit down with Ryan Suter and ask for an honest appraisal of his future. If he won’t sign (or give you enough assurance), it’s time to let teams talk to him in advance of July 1. Get what you can. ” The Blue Jackets will likely pass on taking the LA Kings 1st rounder this year as it will be in the bottom 4.
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: The Flyers will likely have the cap room to re-sign Jaromir Jagr if they want, but Jagr isn’t ready to commit to next year just yet.
“Right now I don’t know,” he said about his future following Game 5. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Botchford wouldn’t be surprised if Roberto Luongo’s list is more than 5 teams. Would he really want to come back to Vancouver and play 30-35 games? Some people claim that Ryan Suter has a list of teams he wants to play for, and the Predators aren’t on it. If Suter leaves, it puts more pressure on the Shea Weber situation. If they aren’t able to lock him up long-term, the Preds will have to either sign him to a 1 year deal or look to trade him. Botchford wonders if the Canucks would have enough to pull off a Weber trade. Ryan Kesler is damaged goods at the moment. Kevin Bieksa is locked up with a no-trade clause. Jannik Hansen might interest the Predators, but only as an add on piece. Defenseman Alex Edler would fit in nice at $3.25 million, but he has only 1 year left before he becomes a UFA.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks have re-signed Saku Koivu to a 1 year deal worth $3 million plus bonuses.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: A decision on Blue Jackets interim coach Todd Richards won’t be made this week, possibly next week.
James Wisniewski signs a 6 year, $33 million deal with the Blue Jackets.
Sami Salo signs a 1 year, $2 million deal with the Canucks.
Patrick Eaves signs a 3 year, $3.6 million deal with the Red Wings.