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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Let’s assume that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is earnest in his pursuit of a left-handed defenseman who can play alongside the right-handed shooting Mike Green on the Caps’ blue line....
At 29, Phaneuf is in the prime of his NHL career but comes with a killer contract -- seven years, $49 million beginning next season. Phaneuf was beaten up by the Toronto media last season and is in desperate need of a change of scenery. His no-movement clause kicks in on July 1, so the clock is ticking for the Leafs to move him now.
Phaneuf is big (6-foot-3, 214 pounds), productive (eight goals, 23 assists) and can eat up big minutes (23:33), but unless the Leafs agree to pay a large portion of his salary, Phaneuf could be a financial albatross to any NHL suitor.
The Caps also would need to consider the price it would take to get Phaneuf. The Hurricanes reportedly are dangling Eric Staal, while the Oilers reportedly would part with Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov. Would the Caps be willing to move their 13th pick overall and Marcus Johansson and/or Dmitry Orlov in exchange for Phaneuf?
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
A lot of people expect the New York Rangers to buy out Brad Richards, but the most emotionally invested part of Pat Morris still isn’t convinced it will happen.
Morris, the Newport Sports Management agent who represents Richards, joined the Hockey Central at Noon panel Tuesday to discuss his client’s much-talked about future. He said nothing has been settled in his talks with New York GM Glen Sather but wouldn’t rule out a return to Broadway for Richards.
“Maybe that’s my heart rather than my head [talking],” said Morris, “but with the commentary from Glen Sather, he was pretty positive about Brad’s role, especially after [former captain Ryan] Callahan left.”...
Another of Morris’s clients, Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly, has also been in the headlines lately.
It’s a situation worth keeping an eye on, both because of what’s already happened and what may occur in the not-too-distant future....
Morris said O’Reilly, 23, wasn’t entirely unprepared for this development, but it certainly sounds like he and his client hoped they could avoid going down this path.
“We’re now preparing for an arbitration case we didn’t think we’d have to tend to,” he said.
more on each of the players...
... while the Canadiens just had their second 100-point season since 1993, they were also a team that ranked in the bottom third in terms of possession and responded to that by signing their coach to a four-year contract extension. For the Habs' sake, they better hope Michel Therrien has some ideas about how to reverse that puck possession trend because if the plan is to rely on Carey Price to play out of his mind in goal, well, it's possible that will work, but it's a risky approach to bank on a goaltending advantage to overcome a puck possession deficit.
-Scott Cullen of TSN in his Off-Season Game Plan for the Montreal Canadiens. Read much more from Cullen regarding the Canadiens.
NEW YORK (June 17, 2014) – The Los Angeles Kings set a record by winning three Game 7s on the road, tied a record by playing 26 postseason games and won their second Stanley Cup in three years to cap a playoff season that featured multi-goal comebacks, last-minute heroics and countless overtime thrills.
A playoff season that spanned 59 days and 93 games in pursuit of the most-cherished trophy in professional sports – and the most difficult to win – provided a host of highlights. Among them:
* The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured a record-setting 93 games, surpassing the previous single-year mark of 92 established in 1991.
* Twenty-six of the 93 total games required overtime (28.0%), including three in the five-game Stanley Cup Final. Of those 26 contests, six featured more than one overtime period.
* The 26 total overtime games tied for the third-most in one playoff year (with 2001), two off the record of 28 set in 1993.
* Fourteen of the 15 total series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured at least one overtime game. Last year, each of the 15 total series had at least one overtime contest, the first time that has happened since all four rounds went to the best-of-seven format in 1987.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to talk to Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson about their head coaching vacancy, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday.
Crawford was the head coach of the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars and coached 529 games with the Vancouver Canucks....
Wilson, 59, coached four NHL teams over the last two decades, including the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs with a 648-561-101-91 record. He led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.
Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat today...
What will LA do with Greene and Mitchell, considering they have McNabb waiting in the wings. Do they re-sign one or both? I would love to see Greene as a Leaf to add some toughness, grit, and winning mentality.
Craig Custance I know Lombardi was talking to both camps at some point during the season. You need depth on defense to win a Stanley Cup, because the nature of the game means you'll lose at least one of your defensemen to injury over the course of a playoff run. I think they'd like to bring both back but it won't be easy, especially if they re-sign Gaborik. I like Greene, but I'm not sure he's the solution in Toronto, a team that too-often got hemmed in their own zone for long stretches during the season.
Craig, I am quite worried that the Avs will be heading in to the season without Stastny or O'Reilly. Should I be so concerned? I'd rather have O'Reilly long term, but losing both has to mean a step backwards for the division winning Avs.
Craig Custance I don't think O'Reilly is going anywhere. I know Patrick Roy loves him and, as it turns out, he has some pull in that organization. Stastny likes it in Denver and is very popular in the room but has a chance to really cash in free agency, something that comes along once a career for players. It might be hard for him to pass an opportunity to test the market. If the Avs use Stastny money on defense, I don't think it would be the end of the world considering how deep they are down the middle. But if they lose him without addressing their hole on D, it would be a step back.
from Mike Brophy of CBC,
From this little corner of the hockey universe, I see only four players on the Maple Leafs who should be considered untouchables: Bernier, defencemen Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner and left-winger James van Riemsdyk.
All others should be made available to allow Toronto to become a better defensive team that is willing to pay a price for victory. That doesn't mean Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis necessarily has to clean house. But if somebody comes knocking at his door inquiring about the availability of, say, Phil Kessel or Joffrey Lupul, he must listen to offers. If somebody wants to take Phaneuf's seven-year contract that kicks in next season off his hands, Nonis should be all ears.
That said, I am not among those who believe Phaneuf must go. I feel Toronto fans are too tough on the 29-year-old veteran. He is a defenceman who logs more ice time than any other member of the Maple Leafs and plays every game against the opposition's best offensive players. In fact, Phaneuf was having a pretty good year until the final quarter, when the wheels inexplicably came off.
Is he the best choice as captain? Debate among yourselves. But keep in mind, the Maple Leafs don't have many qualified candidates for the job.
After watching this season's playoffs, it should be abundantly clear to those running the Maple Leafs that Tyler Bozak is not the guy who should be centring the top line.
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the club used a compliance buyout, as allowed by the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, on defenseman Aaron Rome. Rome had one year remaining on his current, three-year contract with Dallas.
Rome, 30, earned one assist in 25 games with Dallas during the 2013-14 regular season, and appeared in one postseason contest with the club. He also recorded one assist in eight regular season contests with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. In his two seasons with Dallas, the Nesbitt, Manitoba native earned six points, all assists, in 52 regular-season contests.
Rome has tallied 28 career points (6-22=28) in 226 regular-season games with Anaheim, Columbus, Vancouver and Dallas. Originally selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound defenseman was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2012.
From the Montreal Canadiens:
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Dale Weise (2014-15 and 2015-16).
“The acquisition of Dale Weise contributed to the success of our team this season. A young veteran with a lot of character, Dale is an intense player with a strong work ethic. We’re very pleased to have him as part of our team moving forward,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
In 61 games with the Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14, Weise recorded 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists). One of his goals was tallied on the powerplay and he scored one winning goal. The 6’02’’ and 210 lbs winger registered 59 penalty minutes, 103 hits and a +3 differential, while averaging 8:25 of ice time per game. Weise added seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 16 playoffs games, leading the Canadiens with two winning goals (tied with Max Pacioretty and Rene Bourque).
Weise, 25, has produced 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 179 regular season contests since his NHL debut with the New York Rangers in 2010-11. He has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 22 playoff games.
A native of Winnipeg, Weise was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round, 111th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from the Canucks on February 3, 2014, in return for defenseman Raphael Diaz.
TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie reports that it's a 2-year, $2 million deal.
From TSN's Bob McKenzie, it appears that David Booth and Ville Leino will have new employers next season:
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