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The Detroit Red Wings want to improve their defense and are looking at Wade Redden as a possible solution.
The decision is being discussed internally, especially with assistant coach Tom Renney, who coached Redden in 2008-09 with the New York Rangers.
The Rangers made a big splash signing Redden to a six-year, $39-million deal in 2008, but things got so sour after two seasons that Redden spent 2010-11 and ’11-12 in the minors. The Rangers have until Saturday’s start of the 2013 season to buy out his contract, which would give Redden, 35, a shot at finding a new employer.
Leafs trade Lombardi to Phx for a conditional pick. Toronto also retains some salary in deal.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 17, 2013
Lubomir Visnovsky‘s agent sent a Tweet late on Tuesday that suggests that the defenceman will soon return to North America to honour his contract with the New York Islanders.
Player agent Neil Sheehy said via Twitter, “Lubomir Visnovsky said he looks forward to reporting to the NYI after tending to “personal reasons” which have kept him from reporting.”
The status of the 36-year-old defenceman has been up in the air since he originally announced last week that he would be staying to play in the KHL in his native Slovakia for the rest of the season.
However, the KHL and NHL have an agreement on honouring contracts that prevents players with existing deals in one league from playing in the other.
Outside the organization, another theory is that Burke was unsure about including Nazem Kadri in any potential Roberto Luongo trade. Reason? What if Anaheim decided to move Perry or Getzlaf? It’s harder to do it without Kadri in return. It comes down to priorities — if you do decide to trade him, who is your first choice?
Bozak, Kadri and a second rounder? Wayyy too much for Luongo. And there’s no other team willing to pay that price either.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) January 16, 2013
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) January 15, 2013
This is great as it will make it so that players such as Redden and Gomex will still have chance to play somewhre else this season rather than sitting at home.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have come to an agreement on players being forced to stay home for salary cap reasons this season.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, teams are now eligible to exercise an “accelerated compliance buyout” on one player with a salary cap hit of $3 million or more before the regular season begins on Saturday.
If a compliance buyout is used this week, a team will have only one left to use next summer.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Murray confirmed he has been working the phones, but the asking prices are high if he wants to make a deal. That’s because blueliners are at a premium and a lot of teams are looking.
“We keep talking. I’ve been talking to a variety of teams about what they might have available,” said Murray. “It doesn’t sound promising at the moment. Not a lot of people are going to give unless you give a lot back.
“We’ll keep looking and talking. The priority right now is to promote our own people. We’ve got a number of young guys that are probably deserving of a look early on in particular, and then we’ll have to see.”
Asked about his expectations for a 48-game season, he added: “I don’t know. Have the best year possible. Do whatever I can to help this team win.”
This is obviously going to be an interesting year for Kessel for at least three main reasons.
No. 1 will be his relationship with new coach Randy Carlyle, who is notoriously tough on players who cheat in their defensive play.
It’s possible Lamoriello waits to see how his team plays early in the season before making a move. Having extra defensemen in reserve over the course of a contracted schedule of 48 games after a four-month lockout certainly can’t hurt in case one or two are injured.
But with only 48 games, it can get late pretty early if the team struggles to score goals and gets off to a slow start.
Defense is clearly an area of depth for the Devils now, though, and moving forward. They have Alex Urbom and Eric Gelinas waiting on their AHL team in Albany for an opening on the NHL club and 2010 second-round pick Jon Merrill, probably their best prospect on defense, might be ready to leave the University of Michigan after this season.
I imagine Kessel could easily get $7.5-million a season on a long-term deal. But does an extension like that work for Toronto this July?
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 14, 2013
Jason Arnott (C)
The 38-year-old is coming off a decent season with the Blues in which he scored 17 times and added 17 assists. Not surprisingly, a number of teams have been kicking the tires; however, there will be concerns about his ability to keep up and, also, to stay healthy. (Salary in 2011-12: $2.5 million)
Chris Campoli (D)
One of the NHLPA’s most outspoken members during the lockout, Campoli is hoping his commitment to the cause won’t cost him a job. Slowed by a leg injury last season, the 28-year-old appeared in just 43 games for Montreal, averaging 17:12 of ice time per game. Given the market for depth defensemen, Campoli should find a home somewhere. (Salary in 2011-12: $1.75 million)
Brett Clark (D)
Another potential depth d-man. Clark, 36, played all 82 games for the Lightning in 2011-12. His minus-26 rating was the fifth worst in the league, and that won’t look great on his résumé. But as always with plus-minus, it may not tell the whole story if he was playing tough minutes. (Salary in 2011-12: $1.3 million)
Daymond Langkow (C)
Just as depth on the back end is important, so is depth down the middle. Langkow, 36, appeared in all 16 playoff games for Phoenix last season, scoring once and adding six assists while playing 15:25 per game. He probably won’t score 77 points again like he did with Calgary in 2006-07, but if he wants a job, he should be able to find one. We hear the Coyotes are looking for a center. (Salary in 2011-12: $4.5 million)
Petr Sykora (RW)
Despite scoring 21 times last season in New Jersey, Sykora doesn’t fit in the Devils’ plans, according to GM Lou Lamoriello. The 36-year-old slowed down in the playoffs with just two goals in 18 games. (Salary in 2011-12: $650,000)
**UPDATED NHL RUMORS**Source: Kings in contact with 4 teams in regards to trading (G) Bernier -… fb.me/2sjEQLTzM
— NJ DEVILS BLOG (@njdevilsblog) January 14, 2013
NHL rumors: Might Avs forward and restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly be staying in KHL longer? cbsprt.co/UlohgT
— Eye on Hockey (@EyeOnHockey) January 14, 2013
The Edmonton Oilers added some needed depth to their defence Monday, acquiring Mark Fistricfrom the Dallas Stars in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
“A lot of people are looking for the same type of addition to their depth chart,” Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. “Defenceman at this time are difficult to find. We want to be in a proactive mindset, if we could get something now, obviously work him into this group as quick as possible, the better we will be.”
Fistric, an Edmonton native, joins an Oilers team with a wounded defence corps. Already missing blue-liner Andy Sutton, Edmonton was dealt another blow when defenceman Theo Peckham left the ice with an injury during Monday’s practice. Tambellini said he Peckham aggravated a hip flexor.
Tambellini called it “a typical type of injury you would see when guys are trying to ramp up for an NHL season.”
As training camp opened Sunday, Gillis said the team isn’t rushing into trade discussions but has fielded multiple offers. As of Sunday, Gillis said Luongo would be part of the Canucks unless trade offers improve.
“We’re at a point with this team where we want specific types of players coming back to us that can help us today and down the road,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun. “I think that’s a reasonable request so we’re going to stick to it.”
Gillis on Luongo trade scenarios:”I haven’t talked to anybody about taking a portion of his contract. Everything is on the table.”
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) January 13, 2013
Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier could finally get his wish this season and get traded out of Los Angeles, though a deal might come sooner than later.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been looking to trade Bernier since the early part of last season, when the young netminder requested to be moved.
But what we have to consider here is that the Leafs are looking at other options; options that may not cost as much as Luongo in the short term and long term.
What about Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis? He went 26-12-7 last season with a 1.97 GAA and .925 save percentage and still sits second on the depth chart behind Brian Elliott. Or what if Nonis and company felt like Jonathan Bernier was ready for prime time but never got the chance to show it behind Jonathan Quick.
Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has yet to see the 2013 version of his team practice, let alone compete in a game, but that hasn’t stopped Maloney from seeking personnel improvement.
In the days leading up to the start of training camp on Sunday, Maloney thought he might have been able to orchestrate a trade and have it waiting in the hopper to execute once the NHL and players’ association agreed to a memorandum of understanding Saturday night that officially ended the lockout.