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Heard from another team that the Blackhawks are shopping center Dave Bolland…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 27, 2013
The Lightning will use it’s compliance buyout on captain Vinny Lecavalier, ending a relationship with the player who has been an iconic community figure since he was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1998 draft.
The buyout price is $32.667 million over 14 years, or $1.76 million per year. That breaks down to two-thirds of the $37 million Lecavalier is owed on the final seven years of his contract ($24.667 million) plus the $8 million he still has remaining in signing bonuses.
Jay Feaster taped an interview with TSN, and the Calgary Flames GM couldn’t conceal a grin when asked if it was true he’d offered his hat-trick of first-round picks in Sunday’s NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for the No. 1 selection.
“Yeah, as a matter of fact,” Feaster replied Tuesday. “I’ve had conversations, not just with Colorado. I’ve had conversations with teams ahead of us, not necessarily offering the same thing in every instance. But certainly, we’ve made not secret about the fact we would like to move up in the draft if we can.”
This just in, player agent Ritch Winter telling Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now that his client Ilya Bryzgalov might well consider signing with the Edmonton Oilers now that he’s been bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that Winter said doesn’t know how to support its goalies.
Would Bryzgalov really like Edmonton, Stauffer asked?
If Norris Trophy-nominated defenceman Kris Letang can’t come to a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, his preferred landing spot would be with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Speaking to Jim Tatti and Mike Hogan on TSN Radio 1050′s Game Night on Wednesday, Rossi explained why such a scenario could take shape.
The Bruins will have to take measures to re-sign Horton and Rask. They might have to place Savard on long-term injured reserve, which would allow them to exceed the cap by his $4,007,143 annual hit. That might not be enough. The Bruins might have to trim salary.
Bottom-six forwards Rich Peverley ($3.25 million annual hit) and Chris Kelly ($3 million) could be moved to clear space. Peverley is the more likely trade candidate of the two. He had a disappointing season. The versatile forward had 6 goals and 12 assists during the regular season, then 2 goals and no assists in the playoffs.
Ahead of Sunday’s NHL Draft, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee expects that ”there may be more [trade] activity in this one than other drafts” as all 30 teams have to adjust to a reduced salary cap, one that will slide from $70.2 million to $64.3 million next season.
“Particularly this year, teams are sort of more forthcoming on what they want to do,” he said at a pre-draft press conference at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “Now, they have to get the guys they want to move out there because you only have so much flexibility.”
Yet McPhee made it clear Monday that if there is a deal to be made, it won’t involve goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
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With the Stanley Cup winding down to its final stages, sports betting online was in its full swing until today, when the Blackhawks managed to steal the show for the fifth time. The game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs gave something to cherish to all the Chicago supporters for a lifetime. The Chicago Blackhawks managed to pull off certainly one of the most doubtful comebacks in the history of this championship. With just 76 seconds left on the clock, Blackhawks gave bettors a reason to spend the next couple of days in delight. With a lead of 3-2 already in their hands after Game 5, it wasn’t a surprise to see them picking up the trophy and bringing summers two days earlier than what the Bruins expected.
The final performance of the surging Blackhawks can be dedicated to some critical aspects of their game that showed the desperate Bruins the way back home.
First, Coburn is a good fit for Edmonton’s needs. He has size (6’5″, 220 pounds), a physical game, skates well, and has some ability to move the puck. He’s primarily a defensive defenceman and plays on both sides of the ice but has a left-handed shot. It’s a mixture that – particularly with a weak free agent crop – the Oilers are going to have trouble finding.
You all know the news by now — the Philadelphia Flyers will use a compliance buyout on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
It could be that management already has a plan in place to address the starting goaltending for next season, so don’t be surprised if there’s more to this story soon.
But here are five potential options, for discussion’s sake:
With their run to the Stanley Cup Final now in the hockey history books, the Bruins are making over their roster to deal with the NHL’s decreased salary cap for the 2013-14 season.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien will be conducting exit interviews with all of the players at TD Garden on Wednesday morning as they pack up their bags for the last time before a two-month summer break.
The NHL on Monday moved to close a loophole left in the allegedly airtight collective bargaining agreement by notifying general managers the league would deem re-signing a player following a trade and a subsequent amnesty buyout as circumvention, and thus would not register the contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed the Lightning and Maple Leafs had discussed such a maneuver regarding Vincent Lecavalier, who has seven years and $45 million remaining on his contract, with the buyout thus worth slightly more than $30 million.
While Tuukka Rask’s season ultimately ended in disappointment, the Finnish goaltender will be able to take solace in the fact that this summer will see him make a serious amount of money.
The goaltender signed a one-year deal at the start of this shortened season, challenged by the management to prove himself as the No.1 goalie and earn a new contract. And, boy, did he do that.
With Rask’s contract at the Boston Bruins now expired, the 26-year old has reportedly quoted fellow goalie, Carey Price’s $39 million contract with the Montreal Canadians as “the starting point for negotiations”, with Rask well aware of how strong a position he finds himself in this summer.
Bryan Murray has tried to reach for the top.
He hasn’t had any luck.
The Senators GM confirmed Tuesday he’s attempted to get into the top 10 of Sunday’s NHL entry draft at Prudential Center in New Jersey, but right now it looks like the club will have to be content with selecting 17th overall.
The Philadelphia Flyers are parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov after just two seasons. The club used the second of their two compliance buyout options on Tuesday to buy out the Russian netminder.
— Juha Hiitelä (@jhiitela) June 25, 2013
Speculation heating up that Florida really wants MacKinnon. But Avs own the first pick. So they’d need to give up something off roster to make Avs do a swap to No. 2. The Avs I’m hearing want Erik Gudbranson, a young D. That probably is asking too much, but I hear that’s the price for now
The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade goalie Roberto Luongo and seem confident they’ll be able to do so in and around the NHL Draft.
Several teams have expressed an interest in Luongo, but the veteran netminder has a say in where he gets dealt to.
Some rumors today about Dion Phaneuf possibly being on the trade block. If the Avs got him, they’d almost certainly have to deal Paul Stastny to get him – in large part just to make the math work on the salary cap. Phaneuf’s cap hit is $6.5 million, just under Stastny’s $6.6 million. Like Stastny, Phaneuf can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
But could it be Oilers will announce on Tuesday signing up Gagner long-term?
The alarm and excitement of Edmonton Oilers fans is starting to get a bit crazy, with wild rumours sprouting up about the Oilers trying to acquire players like Dion Phaneuf or Jake Gardiner from Toronto and Zack Smith from Ottawa, with Sam Gagner or Ales Hemsky moving in the other direction.