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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.
Most of the NHL UFAs left are scrapheap variety. #Sabres top targets should be Damien Brunner or Brenden Morrow
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) July 7, 2013
We know that Jaromir Jagr is going to play in the NHL during the 2013-14 season, we just don’t know where.
One team that seems to be emerging as a favorite, at least in Jagr’s eyes, is the Montreal Canadiens.
Rumeur. Échange Montréal-Philadelphie. Coburn, Simmonds et Talbot pour Plekanec, Beaulieu et Moen.
— Stephane Laporte (@laportestephane) July 5, 2013
While Grabovski was not snapped up during rush hour of Friday’s free agency and is still available as of Sunday, Gary Greenstin says that is partly because he and the player are fielding multiple offers. “I never comment on negotiations, but several teams are interested,” Greenstin said Saturday.
Asked if that meant, say, three, four or five, Greenstin repeated “several.”
Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks
2012-13: 47GP 4G 9A 13Pts
The Stanley Cup champs are in a bit of a pickle against the salary cap.
Teams that could use Tim Thomas, assuming he’s not completely lost his body and mind: Colorado, Edmonton, Calgary, Florida, Dallas and maybe Pittsburgh
Among the free-agent centers still remaining is Mikhail Grabovski, a compliance buyout of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who bought out the final four years of his contract at $14.33 million.
Grabovski set career highs in 2010-11 when he recorded 29 goals and 29 assists, but struggled last season with nine goals, seven assists and a minus-10 rating in 48 games.
Jonathan Bernier sign with Maple Leafs. 2 years / $5.8M #RDS
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 6, 2013
The deal is Silfverberg, Noesen and a first round pick for Bobby Ryan. Confirmed. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 5, 2013
Former Vancouver Giants defenceman Jon Blum, an unrestricted free agent after playing out his contract with the Nashville Predators, says that a “few teams,” have called his agent Johannson to express interest and admits that the Vancouver Canucks are one of them.
And he’s openly keen on playing here. He did also say, “I’m going to let me agent do his job,” as well, for what it’s worth.
“I would love it,” said Blum, 24, who suited up for 248 regular season games with the Giants from 2005-09. “It’s like my second home.
Flyers say they REMAIN in the mix for Halak via trade route …
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) July 4, 2013
The Maple Leafs, who have plenty of cap space, have signed David Clarkson in addition to keeping Tyler Bozak. Bozak re-signed for $21 million over five years. The Leafs bid between $5.5 and $6 million for seven years on Clarkson, reports Doug MacLean, and the UFA agreed to a seven-year deal with Toronto:
#RedWings are working on deal with C Stephen Weiss.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 5, 2013