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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 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 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.
Posted on: February 3, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 6:35 pm

Waddell to Kovalchuk: Pack your bags

Ilya Kovalchuk's days in Atlanta are done.

Thrashers GM Don Waddell met with Kovalchuk Wednesday and informed him to expect a trade within the next few hours or days, TSN reports.

"It certainly appears to be the direction the club is moving in," Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Ilya's disappointed. But we appreciate the fact they've been honest about what their plans are."

TSN's Bob McKenzie says about six teams are in the mix for Kovalchuk and that a deal may take a couple days to sort itself out.

Waddell has been busy scouting players in recent days, the Canadian Press and Journal-Constitution report.

The Canadian Press said Waddell scouted the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday during their trip to New Jersey, and took in an New York Islanders-Philadelphia Flyers game last week in Philadelphia. The Journal-Constitution confirms the latter.

The Kings are frequently linked to Kovalchuk talks due to their wealth of cap space and young prospects. The Islanders are in a similar situation, but GM Garth Snow has said he does not want to break up his team's core

Sources within the Flyers organization told Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia they are "all but out" of the bidding for Kovalchuk. A previous report in the Camden Courier Post suggested a deal would have to involve Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux and/or James vanRimesdyk.

According to Canadian network RDS, Waddell says the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers are among the teams after Kovalchuk.

Blogger and former Islanders VP of Communications Chris Botta says the Bruins have made a legitimage pitch to Atlanta. Sun Media's Bruce Garrioch also notes Boston GM Peter Chiarelli stepped up his efforts to land Kovalchuk. Boston Globe beat writer Kevin Paul Dupont, however, reports the Bruins are not considered one of the serious bidders.

The Chicago Blackhawks have also been mentioned as possible suitors for the five-time 40-goal scorer. Former Thrashers beat writer Craig Custance reports this is not the case. TSN's McKenzie says the Calgary Flames, also mentioned as an interested party, are out of the mix, too.

The teams that try to acquire Kovalchuk will have to do it somewhat blindly in regards to a contract extension. Waddell will not allow other teams to negotiate a new deal for the forward prior to any trade.

Another report in the Journal-Contitution, citing local sports radio host John Kincade, says Atlanta offered their captain a long-term deal that would have paid $10 million a season. The paper notes it would have been the largest contract ever offered to an unrestricted free agent.

Journal-Constitution sports columnist Jeff Schultz, also a former Thrashers beat writer, reports Kovalchuk wanted the maximum salary allowed under the collective bargaining agreement -- 20 percent of Atlanta's payroll or $11.3 million. The captain also sought a deal in the 10-to-12 year range. Atlanta's last offer was $101 million for 12 years, which breaks down to a little more than $8.4 million a season.
Posted on: February 1, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2010 2:32 pm

Flames-Rangers deal in limbo

The Calgary Flames nearly matched the Toronto Maple Leafs in blockbuster deals on Sunday.

The Flames arranged a trade with the New York Rangers which would have sent forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to Broadway in exchange for Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik, Canadian network TSN and the Calgary Herald reports.

Rangers GM Glen Sather was ready to make the deal, but the Flames pulled back at the last moment. Calgary apparently held off because they wanted Jokinen in the lineup Monday night against the Flyers. TSN says the deal could be made official after the game. There's also talk Kotalik declined to waive his no-trade clause.

Update: The teams completed the deal early Tuesday morning.
Posted on: February 1, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2010 3:59 pm

Odds & Ends: Feb. 1

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs' acquisition of Dion Phaneuf could lead to Tomas Kaberle being traded. Kaberle would have to waive his no-trade clause, which expires this summer. If the Leafs are unable to move him at the trade deadline, Kaberle would likely be traded at the NHL draft. Toronto is looking to receive a first-line forward, or a top-6 and a first-round pick in return. [Source: TSN]
  • The New York Rangers were in hot pursuit of Edmonton's Sheldon Souray, but those negotiations have broken off since the Oilers defenseman broke his hand Saturday night. He is out indefinitely and may require surgery. [Source: New York Daily News]
  • The Vancouver Canucks have ended negotiations with center Ryan Kesler. GM Mike Gillis plans to resume talks after the season is over. "It is actually a good thing because it keeps everyone focused and working toward [the playoffs]," Gillis said. [Source: Vancouver Province]
  • Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton denied reports suggesting the team would trade Vincent Lecavalier to facilitate a sale to businessman Jeffrey Vinik. Lecavalier would have to waive a no-trade clause before the Lightning could trade him. "We have no plans on doing anything," Lawton said. "I have no plans and I have not approached him." [Source: Tampa Tribune]
  • Sun Media suggests Anaheim could trade veteran Scott Niedermayer after the Olympics if the Ducks are out of the playoff race. Anaheim GM Bob Murray refuted the report Monday on XM's NHL Live, saying Niedermayer would likely retire as a Duck. [Source: Sun Media]
  • Teams seeking help on in their own end or the power play could target Mathieu Schnieder a at the trade deadline. The defenseman is currently playing for the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks' AHL affiliate. [Source: Edmonton Journal]
  • Atlanta's Slava Kozlov, a healthy scratch for three straight games and a soon-to-be free agent, is likely to be moved before the trade deadline. [Source: Edmonton Journal]
Posted on: January 26, 2010 11:10 am
Edited on: January 26, 2010 2:26 pm

Souray provides Oilers with list of teams

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray talked with team management about teams he would be willing to move his no-trade clause for, the Edmonton Sun reports.

Souray, who hails from nearby Elk Point, Alberta, said he would like to stay with the Oilers. The defenseman's extended family lives nearby and playing in the Western Conference allows him to see his daughters, who live in California. Souray is willing to allow Edmonton to trade him if it is a good situation and helps the franchise.

"It's everything," Souray told the Sun. "I would like to be on a good team, or at least in a good situation for myself. It's no secret that my family is as important as the game for me. It's important to be able to see them and make sure it's easy on the kids. With two young kids it's tough."

Update: According to the Edmonton Journal, the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals are believed to be the teams Souray is willing to waive his no-trade clause for.

Dallas could be a trading partner. The Sun indicates they are one of the teams interested in Souray. The Stars are without a veteran offensive defenseman, they have the cap room to absorb Souray's $5.4 million cap hit and may be willing to part with youngsters Fabian Brunnstrom or Matt Niskanen.

The Rangers, who always seem to be in the market for defense, could also pursue Souray. New York may have a tough time finding cap room for the defenseman unless Edmonton is willing to take a player like Michal Rozsival in return. The Oilers would probably want a younger player with experience, such as Brandon Dubinsky or Dan Girardi.

Los Angeles, which is stocked at the blue line, is not believed to be interested. Neither are the cash-strapped Coyotes, who want to keep their payroll trim.

Posted on: January 20, 2010 4:15 pm

2010 free agent lists

The NHL trade deadline is March 3 and due to the upcoming Olympic break, the league is imposing a two-week trade moratorium. That leaves a little more than three weeks for general managers to make a move.

Most of the rumors that surface this time of year involve players slated to become unrestricted free agents. Teams gearing up for the playoffs tend to target UFA's at the deadline because they bring experience, can be had for little more than journeymen, prospects or draft picks and don't carry the burden of a long-term deal.

We've done some preemptive heavy lifting by compiling a list of players whose contracts expire at season's end. Chances are, you'll see these names mentioned in the rumor mill over the next few weeks. If you don't, you'll at least have an idea of who could be on the trading block.

Unrestricted Free Agents
Restricted Free Agents

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