Archive for October 31, 2014

Flyers Sign Carlo Colaiacovo

The Flyers have signed UFA defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

Lebrun: Kings, Martinez Talking Contract

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Alec Martinez have begun contract talks.

Martinez, 27, is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Lebrun reports that the Kings would like to get Martinez signed for less than a $4 million annual cost and the Martinez camp is looking for more than $4 million per.

Lebrun notes that Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli will be due for raises coming off their entry-levels deals this summer, so cap space is not unlimited for the Kings.

Staal Wants to Remain with the Hurricanes

According to Elliotte Friedman, Eric Staal wants to remain with the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I had a good meeting with Ronnie (Francis) in the summer…Ron’s going to be a very good GM. We all know this is a business and things can change at any time. For me, as a player, I want to be where I am…I believe in this team and this organization. I want to see it turn around and believe it will. We’re not throwing in the towel after seven games,” said Staal.

Staal is an attractive trading piece as he is a respectable first line center who is over the age of 30. Toronto was rumored to have immense interest in acquiring him, but it seems unlikely that they are willing to trade the pieces required to obtain his services.

Senators and Bruins Are Interested in Forward Chris Stewart

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins are interested in landing Chris Stewart from the Buffalo Sabres.

Both teams are looking to increase their forward depth and believe that Stewart adds the perfect mix of skill and toughness.

Report: Ryan Whitney Willing to Accept Two-Way Contract from Flyers

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Flyers have kicked the tires on defenseman Ryan Whitney, but nothing has materialized thus far.

Servalli reports that Whitney would likely agree to a two-way contract for the Flyers, though no specific terms have been discussed to this point.

The Flyers reportedly want to see Whitney in game action before committing to signing him. Whitney’s HC Sochi club in the KHL doesn’t play again until Wednesday. Whitney has an NHL opt-out clause on his KHL contract.

Report: Hurricanes Expected to Make Moves

TSN Insider Darren Dreger reports that the Carolina Hurricanes have emerged as likely candidates to shake up their roster amidst the team’s horrendous start to the season.

With both their top centers out of the lineup due to injury, the Hurricanes have struggled mightily and are still seeking their first win of the young season. To make matters worse, trade rumors regarding long-time franchise cornerstone Eric Staal emerged again, with the Maple Leafs possibly being interested in acquiring the all-star pivot.

The team will soon get help as the aforementioned Staal is expected back by Tuesday, along with forward Nathan Gerbe. Both players will help an anemic offense that is ranked 27th in goals scored per game.

Change might be inevitable regardless if the team turns things around as owner Peter Karmanos prefers a tighter budget and the team is currently sitting at $66.2 million in payroll (according to capgeek.com).

GM Rutherford wants to keep Marc-Andre Fleury with the Penguins

According to Elliotte Friedman, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wants to re-sign pending UFA Marc-Andre Fleury.

“Jim Rutherford came right out and said he wants to keep Marc-Andre Fleury as his goaltender, and there’ve been some early talks to see where everyone stands,” wrote Friedman.

Fleury has a spotted history with the team, depending who you ask. However, the team has no promising goalie prospects in the pipeline. Due to this, Fleury will likely stay with the team for a few more years.

Friedman: Buffalo Wants Two Young Pieces for Chris Stewart

Elliotte Friedman reports that the Sabres are looking for two young pieces if they are going to trade Chris Stewart:

Boston and Buffalo did talk quite seriously about Chris Stewart, but it doesn’t appear at this time to be a match. According to other teams, the Sabres want two young players (or a young player and a draft pick) for the winger and couldn’t reach an agreement with the Bruins. Buffalo won’t make the move early unless it gets what it wants.

The Sabres acquired Stewart last season as part of the trade that saw them send Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Blues. Stewart can be a UFA at the end of the season.

  

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