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Put Your GM Hat On - Would You Pay Claude Giroux $8M+ Per Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Career stats for Giroux at TSN.

added 1:46pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Just ironing out a few wrinkles and it will be announced within a day or 2. Sources suggest closer to $8.3 per.

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Wings Still Interested In Filppula

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Elias Will Be Back With The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Numerous reports stating Patrik Elias has agreed to a three-year contract with the Devils. Sounds like AAV is $5.5M ($16.5M for 3 years).

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UFA Talk The Day Before Players Can Sign

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• The Wings have kicked tires all over the place, I hear, getting a sense of the marketplace. They’ve checked in on Weiss and Bozak, plus Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Alfredsson et al., and all the while keeping tabs as well on their own free agents Dan Cleary, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula. It could go all kinds of different ways there in Detroit on Friday when the market opens. 

• UFA power forward Ryane Clowe's preference is to stay on the East Coast and I think he’s zeroed in on some options. Expect him to sign Friday, the first day of the market opening. 

• Bought-out UFA Mike Komisarek is going to be a bargain-basement addition and he’s generating sizable attention because of that cheap price tag. 

• TSN colleague Darren Dreger is hearing there is action on Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery. Philly, Isles and Oilers are believed to be chasing. The Hawks are also in discussions to re-sign Emery, Dreger is hearing.


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Paul MacLean Signs Three-Year Extension With Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Lund of OttawaSenators.com,

The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension. The 2013 Jack Adams winner signed a three-year deal when he was hired as head coach of the Sens on June 14, 2011. The new deal will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.

In his two season with the Senators, MacLean has coached the team to a 66-48-16 record (a .592 win percentage) and has been a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL Coach of the Year twice, winning his first this past June. The Sens have made the playoffs both seasons, winning their 2013 first round matchup as a seven seed over the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in five games.

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Waiver Wire Action Today

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Ryan Rishuag of TSN tweets...

Mikhael Grabovski on unconditional waivers

Eric Belanger also on waivers, unconditional, buyout coming

Darrel Powe, Johan Hedberg, Aaron Asham, also on waivers

Hal Gill and Greg Zanon placed on unconditional waivers as well today likely for buyout purposes. All players cleared from yesterday.

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Notable Tweets Of The Morning

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Where Will Matt Cooke Land?

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It's not official yet and can't be for another day, at least.

But the evidence is accumulating that Matt Cooke won't be with the Penguins in 2013-14.

Cooke, a blue-collar winger, is on the cusp of unrestricted free agency, and will be eligible to sign with any team Friday.

General manager Ray Shero acknowledged Wednesday evening that precedent strongly suggests that, now that Cooke is about to be free to move on, he almost certainly will do so.

"Most guys, if they get [to unrestricted free agency], there's more money, or they want a change," Shero said.


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Happy Independence Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Enjoy the day and the very long weekend too and be careful with the fireworks.

I will be monitoring all the hockey news today and of course will be around tomorrow and the weekend as the UFA signings start.

added 8:52am, Thanks to a Sean Leahy tweet for this pointer...

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Today’s Talking Points

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Sorry to be late with this, but George is sick and I have been trying to conserve some energy, anticipating a big day tomorrow when UFA Day starts...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings continue talking to Filppula's agent, but it doesn't appear as if he's lowered his asking price of 5-7 years at $5 million or more a season.

Tampa Bay and Columbus might have interest. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman knows Filppula well from his days in Detroit. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen also has ties with Filppula, his fellow Finnish native.

If the Red Wings lose Filppula and are unable to land Weiss or Ribeiro, they might offer Cullen a short-term deal (two years). He is 36, but is a decent skater and playmaker and can play all forward positions. But, he has limited offensive ability.

The Red Wings have some interest in right wing Jarome Iginla, who brings many desirable qualities (offense, toughness, leadership), but also raises some concerns (he's 36 and has a lot of mileage). Detroit wasn't on his list of four teams he agreed to waive his no-trade clause to join when Calgary dealt him to Pittsburgh late in the season.

Detroit is not prepared to make huge offers to top free agents David Clarkson (New Jersey) or Nathan Horton (Boston). Clarkson could command a seven-year deal worth more than $5 million per season. Horton reportedly is seeking $6 million or more a season.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Why aren’t the Wings getting any of the bigger names out there? Because they all want too much. Vincent Lecavalier wanted a five-year contract. There were almost a dozen teams interested in him, and all but the Philadelphia Flyers balked at giving a slow-paced 33-year-old that much term. The Wings would have given Lecavalier $4.5 million per if he’d taken a two-year deal. Boston’s Nathan Horton is hotly pursued, but he wants to play someplace warm. New Jersey’s David Clarkson is pushing for a seven-year deal in the $6 million per season range.

Have the Wings lost their appeal as a go-to destination? The Wings are willing to pay when the player is worth it — they just extended Datsyuk for $22.5 million and three years, for example. They didn’t lose out on Ryan Suter or Zach Parise because of money. They would have matched what the Wild gave each player last summer (13 years, $98 million). They lost out on those two because Parise is from Minneapolis and Suter is from Madison, Wisc., and his wife is from Bloomington, Minn. They both opted to play at or near what is home for them. Just like Danny DeKeyser did when he picked the Wings out of all the suitors he had in March. Can’t control geography.


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