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The two marquee names on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, are both slated for unrestricted free agency next July. Which means somewhere out there are agents and lawyers working for the players and on management’s side, furiously trying to determine exactly what the two are worth and what kind of contract each can reasonably expect on the open market.
Here’s an educated guess at where they’re going to end up.
The Vancouver Canucks are not the only NHL club that is facing a peculiar situation when it comes to their starting goaltender.
Told Sam Gagner has asked for $5.5 in arbitration.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 20, 2013
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) July 17, 2013
It still makes sense that Hemsky will find a better fit and a trade will happen…
If we put two and two together from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish’s interview with sports radio podcaster Brad Bartko, it looks like Ales Hemsky might just be an Edmonton Oilers hockey player in 2013-14 after all.
Source: Penner to the Ducks could be done as soon as today – 1 year / $2 million range
— Lawrence Dushenski (@LD10) July 16, 2013
The Bruins have opened and closed the door for Jaromir Jagr a couple of times this summer, but Peter Chiarelli officially sealed it again on Sunday afternoon.
Red Wings would like to make another move or two, but that’s not likely to happen before training camp
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland ideally would like to trim a couple of players and maybe sign another unrestricted free agent.
But he concedes that’s probably not going to happen. And that’s fine with him.
— Fred Poulin (@FredPoulin98) July 11, 2013
Here is a brief rundown of the latest UFA buzz:
Here’s a thought floating around on Twitter: Mikhail Grabovski to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks’ highest-profile agent, Brian Burke, was of course the hockey man so high on Grabo’s talents that the former Maple Leafs shot-caller inked him to a contract cumbersome enough that current Leafs GM Dave Nonis decided to buy it out. Anaheim is looking to upgrade its second-line centre.
As with every chat with Regier, the topic of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek came up again and the response was much the same. Asked if he’s getting resigned to the fact he may have both of them at training camp, Regier said, “I think that’s fair. The nature of this business is that as we move through July lineups get more and more settled, there’s less movement. Once training camp starts, things begin to change some again.”
Former Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters was interviewed on Oilers Now on Friday, and he had both an interesting rumour and some harsh words for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. In part, here’s what he had to say:
Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and the story I hear is that Edmonton’s interested and if they are tell [general manager Craig MacTavish] to take him and have fun with him. I find him to be the most overrated, undernourished hockey player in the history of the NHL and whoever made him the captain of the Maple Leafs should have been fired six years ago.
Is there an update on any negotiations with Dustin Penner that you’d be able to provide?
DL: It’s one of those cap things, and I guess it’s safe to say I have a limited amount of cap space left, and there certainly isn’t going to be enough to – I mean his requirements. I talked to him the other day, and I just told him. I talked to his agent a couple days ago and [said] ‘This is where we’re at. I’ve only got X amount left.’
Been told 2 guys the Hurricanes are talking to are Ryan Whitney & Ron Hainsey. They'll only sign 1 of them, & less then their asking for.
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) July 12, 2013
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) July 13, 2013
While “several” NHL teams have shown an interest in Mikhail Grabovski, the just-married centre remains in no hurry to decide his fate, according to his agent.
“I have several teams talking to Grabovksi,” said agent Gary Greenstin. “We’ll see what direction we go.
“He’s not worried.”
Hard as it is to picture, it is possible Colorado Avalanche fans will see Milan Hejduk playing in another NHL uniform next season.
As the dust settles, we look at who remains without a contract. Here are the best of remaining free agents:
Cleary remains likely to return, at a rate of around $2.5 million to $2.75 million per for three years, but the Wings need to get someone off their roster of forwards, first. Alfredsson and Weiss have put Detroit at 14 forwards, a number that will grow by two when restricted free agents Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist get new deals.