Tag:New Jersey Devils
Posted on: March 8, 2010 3:04 pm

Odds & Ends: March 8

  • Jordan Eberle, the Edmonton Oilers' first round pick in 2008, could make his NHL debut this season. The Regina Pats, forward's junior club, are out of the running for the playoffs, and their season ends on Saturday. Eberle is expected to join Edmonton's AHL affiliate, Springfield, at that time. [Sources: Edmonton Journal]
  • Flames coach Brent Sutter is still fending off gossip suggesting his sudden departure from New Jersey and hiring in Calgary was a planned one. "[Coaching in New Jersey] became difficult because of other people, people more important than the game. Did I expect to be in Calgary after I resigned? No. It was such a quick turnaround because they were given permission within five days to talk to me. They wanted a coach in place and they had a timetable they wanted to adhere to." [Source: New York Post]
Posted on: March 3, 2010 12:48 pm

Hamhuis staying in Nashville?

Barring an outstanding offer to the Predators, Dan Hamhuis is expected to remain in Nashville.

According to CSNPhilly.com, Predators GM David Poile turned down three offers for the defenseman. The pitches were believed to have come from the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs

Poile told each team Hamhuis would not be moved unless he received an offer that "knocks his socks off."

Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:38 am

Odds & Ends: Deadline Day, 11:30 a.m.

Some bits from Ottawa Sun writer Bruce Garrioch:

  • Carolina's Ray Whitney is still one of the most sought-after players this deadline. An un-named source says Whitney will probably agree to being a rental. If that is the case, expect him to land in Los Angeles.
  • The Bruins, Kings, Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks have all made pitches to Nashville for Dan Hamhuis. GM David Poile may be reconsidering trading the defenseman.
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2010 3:02 pm

Odds & Ends: March 2

A little more than 24 hours before the NHL trade deadline...

  • Should a rumored deal between the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers fall through, defenseman Dan Hamhuis could end up with in Vancouver. The Canucks might be willing to part with prospect Michael Grabner. The Canucks intend to target Hamhuis when free agency begins in July at the very least. The Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils are also interested in Hamhuis. [Source: Vancouver Province]
  • Speaking of the Canucks... they may be looking for an upgrade up the middle, which could make center Kyle Wellwood expendable. [Source: Vancouver Sun]
  • Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini says trade talks have become more intense over the past couple days. "Things were kind of flat the last month or so because people were still trying to make sense of things, most teams didn't know if they were buyers or sellers." [Source: Edmonton Sun]
  • Veteran defenseman are a hot commodity, and Buffalo's Tony Lydman and Henrik Tallinder are aware they could be moved before Wednesday. Sabres GM Darcy Regier has not extended the unrestricted free agents offers. [Source: Buffalo News]
  • Colorado's Marek Svatos has his bags packed, just in case. The winger has been rumored as trade bait given his expiring contract and diminished playing time. The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks scouted Monday's Avalanche game. [Source: Denver Post]
Posted on: March 1, 2010 5:10 pm

Odds & Ends: March 1

Less than 48 hours to go before the trade deadline...

  • The Minnesota Wild have not yet given up trying to re-sign defenseman Marek Zidlicky. "Our preference is for him to sign a deal and stay in Minnesota," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "They've been realistic in their demands, and I think we've been fair in our offer. I don't think there's any deal breakers at this point." If Zidlicky is not signed before Wednesday, he will be traded. [Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
  • Predators goalie Dan Ellis has not given up on the idea of playing in Nashville next season, but is not convinced it is a likely scenario. "Unless our ownership chooses to go much higher [on a contract offer] than they usually have, I don't see [re-signing] as a possibility," Ellis told The Tennessean. "But I won't really close the door on that either." [Source: The Tennessean]
  • The Buffalo Sabres could be looking to add a puck-moving, veteran defenseman or a scoring winger before the deadline. A couple players who may fit the bill include: Carolina's Joe Corvo and Florida's Nathan Horton. [Source: Buffalo News]
  • Phoenix GM Don Maloney wouldn't mind adding a piece for a playoff run, but isn't ready to sacrifice the team's future for a rental. "We think we're good enough, and we like the group. If we can find a way to be better, we'll do it." Malone said. The Coyotes are looking to add defensive depth. A scorer who can improve the power play is a secondary need. [Source: Arizona Republic]
  • Raffi Torres is another player on the block. The winger met with Columbus GM Scott Howson during the Olympic break and the two were unable to agree on a new contract. The Philadelphia Flyers are would like to land Torres, but they don't have the second-round pick the Blue Jackets are looking for in return. Another Columbus player attracting interest is defenseman Milan Jurcina. [Source: Columbus Dispatch]
  • The Boston Bruins are looking for a puck-moving defenseman and a scoring winger. They have inquired about the availability of Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, who is expected to retire at the end of the season. [Source: Boston Globe]
  • A defenseman is at the top of the Ottawa Senators needs, but GM Bryan Murray is worried about tinkering with the team's chemistry. [Source: Ottawa Citizen]
  • KHL president Alexander Medvedev confirmed the league intends to aggressively court New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk when his NHL contract expires. [ESPN]
Posted on: March 1, 2010 4:19 pm

2010 free agent lists (updated)

For those who missed our post in January, we've compiled a list of players due to become free agents this summer. We've updated these to reflect recent signings and trades that have already taken place.

Most trade rumors that have already surfaced (and will probably pop up in the next couple days) involve these players. Teams preparing for a cup run often look to add players whose contract are about to expire (i.e. Jordan Leopold) since they can be had for draft picks or little else in return.

Unrestricted Free Agents
Restricted Free Agents
Posted on: February 4, 2010 8:05 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2010 9:00 pm

Kovalchuk traded to New Jersey

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded Ilya Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils.

The Thrashers, who also sent defenseman Anssi Salmela to New Jersey, will receive winger Niclas Bergfors , defenseman Johnny Oduya , troubled prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The teams will also swap second-round picks in 2010.

"You're getting one of the best goal-scorers in the league for many years," Devils forward Patrik Elias told the Newark Star-Ledger . "He can win a lot of hockey games . He's a threat every time he's on the ice."

Thrashers GM Don Waddell released a statement Thursday afternoon stating the team reached an impasse with Kovalchuk on a contract extension. Atlanta offered the first overall pick in 2001 a 12-year deal worth $101 million. It would have been the second-largest contract in NHL history. Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin inked a 13-year, $124 million contract in 2008.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:34 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 3:17 pm

Three remain in Kovalchuk bidding war

Less than 24 hours after the Atlanta Thrashers announced Ilya Kovalchuk is on the trading block, the potential suitors have been whittled down to three: the Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.

Kovalchuk spoke with the media Thursday and said he has not ruled out re-signing with Atlanta. When asked if he thought there was still a chance to get a deal done, Kovalchuk responded, "Yeah, why not? You never know." [audio, 10:17]

"It should be a good deal for everyone, not just for one side," Kovalchuk said. "I play hockey, but I've got a family and three kids, too. ... I like everything here. It's a great city, the organization did everything for me."

Waddell issued a statement Thursday afternoon recapping his negotiations with Kovalchuk, utimately stating, "we are aggressively exploring all of our options as we move forward."

ESPN's Pierre Lebrun reports Atlanta Associate GM Rick Dudley attended Wednesday night's AHL matchup between the the Devils' farm team, the Lowell Devils, and the Rangers', the Hartford Wolfpack.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post said via Twitter the Rangers would be expected to part with either Ryan Callahan or Brandon Dubinsky, with the rest of the package determined by who is the main player. If it is Callahan, New York would have to also give up Marc Staal or Michael Del Zotto. If it is Dubinsky, the Rangers would have to surrender one of the following: a first-round pick, Evgeny GrachevChris Kreider or Derek Stepan. Rangers GM Glen Sather is not prepared to do either.

Reports from Lebrun and Kings Insider suggest Los Angeles is definitely in the mix, but may be waiting for the Thrashers to lower their asking price. The Sporting News' Craig Custance, a former Atlanta beat writer, noted if the Kings are serious about acquiring Kovalchuk, they may have to part with Wayne Simmonds, whose game the Thrashers "like and respect." 

CBC's Elliott Friedman says its Simmonds who may be the player Los Angeles is not ready to part with to make this deal happen. The Kings' offer is believed to include Alexander Frolov and Jack Johnson.

According to the Ottawa Sun, Atlanta GM Don Waddell received one deal "he can stomach," but is holding out for more since the Thrashers are still vying for the playoffs.

Initial reports indicated the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were among those looking to land Kovalchuk. Also mentioned were the Vancouver Canucks, who momentarily joined the fray and left it as quickly.

The Bruins are still interested in Kovalchuk, although their pitch to Atlanta is not considered one of the more aggressive ones, says the Boston Globe.

"It's not a done deal yet and thus far Boston really hasn't been in the thick of it," an anonymous source told the Globe. They're in it, with 7-8 other teams, but their offer hasn't been near the top."

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday the Flames not in the mix for Kovalchuk. Custance said the Blackhawks are not interested, either. The media in Calgary and Chicago, however, has been rather silent in the wake of the Kovalchuk news, so it is hard to determine whether the Flames and Hawks are truly out of the running.

Lebrun reported the Flyers were still in the mix as of last night. Reports out of Philadelphia suggest otherwise. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, team sources said there is no interest in Kovalchuk. Philadelphia has the kind of players and prospects Atlanta would probably want in return, but the Flyers would need to make significant changes to its salary cap-strapped roster. That is not something GM Paul Holmgren has indicated he is willing to do.

Last night, the Camden Courier Post reported any deal would probably involve Jeff CarterClaude Giroux and/or James vanRimesdyk. Friedman reports it is Scott Hartnell who has been mentioned in proposals, as Holmgren will not trade Carter.

Custance speculates the San Jose Sharks could be a "mystery team" involved in the bidding for Kovalchuk. He notes GM Doug Wilson's history of pulling off big deals to get star players (Joe Thornton, Brian Campbell, Dany Heatley) and the Sharks' focus on the Stanley Cup after past postseason letdowns.

Be sure to keep checking back throughout the day. We're staying on top of any news that breaks. Looking for the rundown of Kovalchuk's contract situation and how he ended up on the trading block? Check out Wednesday's post.
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