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Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Daily Skate: Jagr loves Mario; Bryzgalov money

We present to you the return of the Morning Skate here at the Eye on Hockey blog, where we catch you up on what you might have missed while you were sleeping.

JAGR WATCH CONTINUES: First, it was contacting the Red Wings. In the last couple of days, it's been all about the Penguins. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sheds some light on Jagr's interest in returning to Pittsburgh: "A longing to reconnect with the Penguins could be part of what brings back legendary forward Jaromir Jagr. He loves that team, that city," agent Petr Svoboda said Tuesday from the Czech Republic. "And he loves Mario [Lemieux], so that is all on his mind." Jagr is expected to speak with the Penguins some time today.

BRYZGALOV LOVE: The Flyers and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov are still working on getting a deal done to help cover Philly's Achilles' heel, but as of yet, nyet. There has been talk that Bryz wanted to be the highest-paid goalie in the NHL and reports are starting to leak that he could become just that as the ballpark number right now is $7 million. Seems a bit much, don't you think?

LONG FOR LONG ISLAND: The Islanders are getting closer and closer to solidifying their home in New York as sides work toward a new arena. According to Newsday, details of the deal have emerged, and it would call for Nassau County to receive 11.5 percent of all revenue from a new Nassau Coliseum and would give owner Charles Wang a 30-year lease, beginning in 2015.

SHIRTS AND SKINNER: A finalist for the Calder Award as the NHL's top rookie, Carolina Hurricanes teen-sensation Jeff Skinner agreed to let readers of Seventeen dress him for the occasion (tonight at 7 ET on Versus). He and his family had a good laugh when reading Skinner was referred to as "The Justin Bieber of hockey."

NEVER TOO SOON FOR SNUBS: The Calder hasn't even been handed out yet (it will go to Skinner), but that doesn't stop Ricky Doyle at NESN from thinking Brad Marchand not only should have been invited, but maybe even should be the front-runner. He makes the argument, but I just don't see it. If we included playoffs, sure, but Skinner, Logan Couture and Michael Grabner all earned their spots.

PERRY GOES BLUE: Ducks star Corey Perry is in Las Vegas too as he's up for the biggest trophy of them all, the Hart. If his name isn't called for that award, at least he won't leave Vegas without making an appearance on a stage. Perry was called onto stage by the Blue Man Group and took part in their show. I was very excited to watch this video when I came across it, until I saw the footage and was left wondering what exactly Perry did. That was the equivalent of an empty-netter.

DEALIN' DAYS OF SUMMER: This is always a busy time for trades across the NHL, what with the draft on the docket and all. One team that could be an active participant is the Blue Jackets. The Columbus Dispatch says GM Scott Howson is surprised at some of the names available, and it would be wise for him to look at trades since the team's needs are plentiful.

NOT SMITTEN FOR SMYTH: There's been some debate on whether Kings forward Ryan Smyth asked L.A. for a trade to Edmonton, where he began and played most of his career. Smyth himself denied it, but media sources like Bob McKenzie of TSN wouldn't back off their reports. John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal says it shouldn't matter; Smyth isn't a good fit for the rebuilding club anyway.

TRADE TRACKER: Trying to remember who exactly your team traded to get that backup goalie in November? Want to forget that organization-crippling move your GM made? Here's a handy, dandy look at all the NHL trades made last season, thanks to hockeyinsideout.com.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: June 19, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Bryzgalov says deal with Flyers could be set soon

Last week, Ilya Bryzgalov and his wife visited Philadelphia as contract negotiations between he and the Flyers began. Apparently they covered a lot of ground.

The goaltender, whose exclusive negotiating rights were acquired by the Flyers from the Coyotes earlier this month, told Russian news outlet sports.ru that things are moving along well.

"Everything was constructive and we understood each other. However, detailed comments on the negotiation process is not ready to give."

Bryzgalov also said Tuesday or Wednesday -- his 31st birthday -- could be the day a deal is reached and "we are waiting for solutions," which would hint he is waiting to hear back from Philly. Or at least that's how I'm interpreting the google translation. My Russian isn't exactly polished.

"We have spoken with Ilya and his agent Ritch Winter about many different scenarios," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said on Friday. "As for now, we both know each other's position and have agreed to speak again next week. There will be no further comment at this time."

Bryzgalov has shared his desire to be one of, if not the top-paid goalie in the NHL. The one-time Vezina finalist is said to be looking for a deal in the $6 million-plus range, but in their current situation the Flyers couldn't sign him and be under the cap. So before they can actually ink Bryzgalov, they will have to make a move or two first. It will be a busy few weeks for Philly.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

To make way for Ilya Bryzgalov and to help shore up their goaltending problems, the Flyers will have to clear space on the roster. That's a given. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets could be willing to help Philly shed some salary by chasing Jeff Carter.

Multiple NHL sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have discussed a trade that would send Flyers center Jeff Carter, an All-Star in 2009, to Columbus for a top-six forward and the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft. That top-six forward, presumably, is 21-year-old Blue Jackets winger Jake Voracek, a restricted free agent.

Though it could occur sooner, it's likely such a trade wouldn't be completed until the first round of the entry draft is held on June 24 in St. Paul, Minn.

While the Flyers are still under the cap at this point, if they are to sign Bryzgalov to a deal he's looking for -- in the $6 million-per-year range -- they will need to do some trimming. Carter becomes an obvious target. The first reason being he has an annual salary of $5.27 million. Secondly, they are tied down to Carter for a long time as his contract doesn't run out until 2020-21. Third, he doesn't have the no-trade clause that would hamper a deal. Add in the fact he has plenty of ability (see his team-leading 36 goals this season) to intrigue teams despite his massive deal, you can understand why Carter is the target to ship. While Philadelphia probably isn't keen on shipping one of its best players, it's a move they need to make and Carter is the most logical.

The deal from Columbus' end is a bit of a risk, tying your organization to one player for so long. But it's a franchise in need of a jolt. Bringing a player like Carter, who is just 26, and pairing him with Rick Nash could help attract attention to a team that has made the postseason only once in 10 seasons. The nature of the game forces the hands of teams like Columbus to have to go for the bold move to make it. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes it doesn't. Adding a consistent 30-plus goal scorer in his prime, the chances of it panning out are pretty good.

Carter, while he has been outstanding in Philadelphia, has been a bit maligned by the team's faithful for his lackluster postseason showings. In the playoffs he has 21 points in 47 career games and a minus-14.

It has also been suggested by USA Today's Kevin Allen that Florida could be a place for the Flyers to look to shed salary. The Panthers are well below the salary floor at this point and will have to spend just to get there.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Bryzgalov eyeing Flyers, Lightning and Caps?

We're still a few weeks away from free agency beginning and have the draft to come first, but the rumor mill is starting to spin.

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov could be on his way out of the desert -- especially after the Coyotes just re-signed Jason LaBarbera -- so the question is where will he go? His services will be highly sought after considering he's one of top goalies available.

According to a report from Russia's Sport-Express (thankfully it was translated by a Sports-Exchange reporter on Twitter), the leaders for his services are the usual suspects: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington.

The first two have some questions in net, but the Capitals are a little surprising. They seem to have serious promise with three youngsters in Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov and Braden Holtby. The other teams, though, have some issues to solve in net. The Lightning's two goaltenders (Dwayne Roloson and Mike Smith) are both able to hit the free market and the Flyers, well, they have been trying to solve their net issue for a few years. The hope is that Sergei Bobrovsky can be the answer, and he certainly could be, but his stumbles down the stretch raised questions.

The other big name available this offseason in goal is Tomas Vokoun, who is yet to sign an extension with the Florida Panthers. It will be interesting to see which of the two goaltenders will be the first target, setting the way for the other. Both had comparable numbers this last season (Vokoun .922 save percentage/2.55 goals against, Bryzgalov .921/2.48) and figure to have the same suitors and comparable contract offers.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg


The minute the Coyotes lost -- OK, well before they lost -- it was rumored a move to Winnipeg would be next for the struggling franchise. That's been the topic of discussion and the fear among Coyotes fans. Apparently it's a fear among some players, too.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, a large reason Phoenix has reached the postseason the last couple of seasons, isn't interested in being a Jet.

Courtesy of the Winnipeg Sun

"You don't want to go to Winnipeg, right?" Bryzgalov said after the Coyotes lost to Detroit, Wednesday night. "Not many people live there, not many Russian people there. Plus it's cold. There's no excitement except the hockey. No park, no entertaining for the families, for the kids. It's going to be tough life for your family."
It's an interesting take, to say the least. It validates what some say, that, even though the fan support and interest aren't there, some players like playing in Southern markets where it's warm and hockey isn't the only draw in town. You would think a Coyote, who had to listen to his "home" crowd cheer when he surrendered any score to the Red Wings, might like the idea of a fervent fan base behind him.

So if the Coyotes do become the Jets -- or whatever nickname they would take -- what's next for Bryzgalov, a free agent this offseason? His home would be in play.

"I better go to somewhere in Russia, KHL, to be honest. Because KHL is Russian people, it's family, friends. Even as a cold place, I can speak to people in Russian language."
Losing Bryzgalov would be a blow for the franchise, but I don't think the fans in Winnipeg would be taken off their cloud if they get a team back in town. But just know, Coyotes fans, you aren't alone in not wanting the team to leave the desert.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Playoff Watch: Ducks can further tighten West


Phoenix Coyotes (35-23-11) at Anaheim Ducks (37-26-5) 


Honda Center, 8 pm ET

SERIES: Phoenix 2-3-0; Anaheim 3-2-0

IMPLICATIONS: The Coyotes, one of three teams  -- Angeles and Calgary are the others --  to enter Sunday night's action tied with 81 points in the West, could jump to fourth with a victory, depending how today's other games shake out. (Chicago also started the day with 81 points, but earned a point via an OT loss Washington in early action Sunday.) Anaheim could hop back into the top-8 with a victory. 

BREAKDOWN: The Ducks have 14 games left, eight against Pacific Division opponents counting tonight’s contest. (Eleven of those games are also against teams ahead of them in the conference standings. The Ducks are 19-9-1 since forward Ryan Getzlaf (out 14 games with a sinus injury) returned to the lineup on Dec. 28. Anaheim has made the run largely without No. 1 goalie Jonas Hiller, who has played only twice since the All-Star break due to vertigo. Dan Ellis is 5-1-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average since he was acquired before the trading deadline from Tampa Bay. Ray Emery is also up with the club and waiting for his first NHL start in 13 months. 

After a five-game skid, the Coyotes are 2-0-1 over the last three. Former Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in net. The Coyotes have been outshot in 41 of the last 69 games, so  Bryzgalov has a lot to do with the the Coyotes being in contention. Defenseman Keith Yandle, a Norris Trophy candidate, enters Sunday tied with Anaheim's Lubomir Visnovsky and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom in scoring with 55 points. 

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Phoenix F Shane Doan vs. Anaheim F Corey Perry. Doan leads the Coyotes with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the first five meetings and he has 56 career points against Anaheim. Perry, who began the day tied for fifth in in the NHL in scoring (73 points), has 22 points over the last 16 games. 

KEY STAT: Plus-30. The plus-minus for Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, tops in the NHL. 

-- A.J. Perez

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