Archive for March 28, 2015

Jagr Wants to Play 7 More Years

Following the Florida Panther’s morning skate, Jaromir Jagr spoke to the media about his desire to continue playing.

“I still think I have at least seven years left in my body, to be honest with you,” the veteran winger said.

“I still feel like I can play the game and I love the game,” Jagr said. “It’s the most important thing. As long as I stay healthy, I feel like I can still produce and help anybody.”

In recent years, Jagr has been a bounty hunter, playing for any team that will provide him with adequate ice time and pay him a fair salary. The Panthers are interested in re-signing Jagr.

Report: Kovalchuk Eyeing NHL Return

Image from Александр Головко via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Александр Головко via Wikimedia Commons

Sportsnet, passing along a report from Finland’s Iltalehti, says that Ilya Kovalchuk may be plotting a return to the NHL in 2016-17.

Because he ‘retired’ from the NHL to get out of his 15 year contract with the Devils, Kovalchuk would need the permission of all 30 NHL teams to return to the league prior to the 2018-19 season.

Kovalchuk will turn 32 next month.

Undressing the Senators Goalie Situation

With the emmergence of Andrew Hammond, the Ottawa Senators are mired in an unintentional goalie controversy. Both Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner are signed through next season, but the team has to consider re-signing Hammond based on his stellar play that has placed the team in a possible playoff spot.

According to Pierre LeBrun, he believes that a market exists for Hammond, but it may not be immediately present.

“I was going to say, I would start with Buffalo because Bryan Murray will tell you this, that Tim Murray was instrumental in signing Andrew Hammond. And it just so happens the Sabres need goaltending. So I wouldn’t be far-fetched to suggest that Tim Murray would probably have an eye there. Although Anders Lindback is certainly trying to signal his case right now with the Buffalo Sabres, playing well of late,” he said. “But yeah, all the obvious teams. I think Edmonton, San Jose, Dallas – those are all teams that need goaltending.”

He suggested that the team re-sign him and worry about the problem next season.

“I think that the only play here for Ottawa is to sign him after the year and then worry about the three-headed goalie monster after that because at the end of the day, it’s asset management. You don’t lose an asset for nothing, if you don’t have to. Sign the asset and then worry about how you’re managing the extra asset and get something in return,” he noted. “That’s really the way to go, I think.”


Sabres Could Move Additional 2015 1st Round Pick

Louis Jean of TVA Sports reports that Sabres’ GM Tim Murray has told other GMs that the Sabres might trade their remaining 1st round pick that isn’t their own.

The Sabres originally had three 2015 first round picks — their own, the Islanders’ (acquired in the Thomas Vanek trade), and the Blues’ (acquired in the Ryan Miller trade). The lowest of those picks was moved in the Evander Kane trade earlier this season.

Canucks Sign College D-Man Ben Hutton

The Vancouver Canucks have signed college defenseman Ben Hutton to an entry level contract. Hutton was a Canucks’ 5th round pick in 2012.

In three seasons with Maine, the 21 year old defenseman has played 108 games, recording 28 goals and 37 assists.

Cox: Wings Aren’t Only Team Interested in Phaneuf

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Damien Cox reports that after trade talks with the Wings about Dion Phaneuf fell apart, at least two other teams showed interest in the Leafs’ captain.

There’s widespread belief the Leafs could have done a deal with Detroit involving Dion Phaneuf at the deadline, but backed off, thinking a better trade option might emerge over the coming months. At least two other teams have since approached Toronto about a Phaneuf trade.

Phaneuf is owed $49.5 million over the next six seasons with a cap hit of $7 million.

Douglas Murray to Practice with Flames

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

The Calgary Flames have announced that defenseman Douglas Murray will practice with the team on a try-out basis.

Murray, 35, played in the NHL most recently last season with the Canadiens. It is highly suspect that he could help an NHL team at this point of his career.

Boychuk, Isles Agree on Seven Year Extension

Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons

Pierre Lebrun reports that although there’s no deal yet, contract talks between the Islanders and defenseman Johnny Boychuk are “getting there”.

Boychuk was acquired by the Islanders on October 4th, the same day they acquired Nick Leddy from the Blackhawks. The two trades have cemented the Islanders blueline, and are a major reason they are fighting for the Metropolitan Division crown at this stage of the season.

UPDATE: Boychuk himself gave a suggestive tweet:

Arthur Staple reports the seven-year contract is worth $42 million [$6M per]. The contract will expire when Boychuk is 39.


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