NHL Morning Rumor Mill (Free Agent Frenzy Edition) – July 5, 2013.

Check out the latest on which teams may or may not be active during the opening day of the NHL’s unrestricted free agent market.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports the Blue Jackets have other options if they fail to land Nathan Horton via free agency. Those include “Valtteri Filppula of Detroit, Viktor Stalberg of Chicago, Stephen Weiss of Florida, Mike Ribeiro of Washington, Tyler Bozak of Toronto and Mason Raymond and Derek Roy of Vancouver.” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has vowed to improve his forward lines, and suggested a trade was also possible.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Horton met with Blue Jackets officials in Columbus on Wednesday. They could have the inside track on signing him.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun last night reported Ray Emery is likely leaving Chicago, and expect the Flyers could pursue him.

THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports the Nashville Predators are willing to spend this summer to land a forward via free agency.  Targets could include Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg and Derek Roy. Cooper also lists possible UFA options on defense and in goal for the Predators, including Douglas Murray and Thomas Greiss.

Could the Coyotes pursue Jarome Iginla?

Could the Coyotes pursue Jarome Iginla?

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports the Phoenix Arizona Coyotes are searching for a first line center and a scoring left winger via free agency. Possible targets could include Mike Ribeiro and Jarome Iginla.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports the Carolina Hurricanes focus is to improve their defense. Options could include Andrew Ference and Rob Scuderi .

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports possible destinations for former Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey includes the NY Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. He suggests the Devils or Panthers could be a destination for Nik Antropov, and wonders if Calgary or St. Louis might have interest in Kyle Wellwood, or if the Lightning or Sabres could have interest in Mike Santorelli.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the frugal NY Rangers have held talks with checking line forward Dominic Moore and could have interest in former Canucks Maxime Lapierre, who played for Rangers coach Alain Vigneault in both Vancouver and in junior hockey.

BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres aren’t expected to make a big splash in free agency, preferring to target experienced mid-tier players like  Colby Armstrong, Jack Skille, Chad LaRose, Brenden Morrow and Danny Cleary.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports limited cap space will prevent the San Jose Sharks from making any major UFA signings this summer.

WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera expects the Capitals will be quiet in this year’s free agent market.


  1. A riberio and iginla signing in Arizona would be huge for their team. Iginla would be a smart move by new owners to draw a crowd. But to land both you are looking at spending ay least $10 million a year.

    • Iggy is washed up … that would be a waste of coin for a franchise who needs to spend wisely …

      • Agreed…that’s exactly why I hope he signs with the yotes!

  2. doubt the hurricanes will go after anyone like Scuderi or Ference due to their lack of cap space. They probably won’t sign anyone today.

    • Canes will probably go the cheaper route and sign Komisarek

      • just like beauchamin.. he’ll probably play killer hockey away from TO. What a bum

        • Komisarek was actually a pretty good player for Toronto, just his salary didn’t equate to what a player should be producing for those dollars. If he was or had a salary of $2M – $2.5M per, he wouldn’t of been boughtout and would have a solidified roster spot.

          • agreed… but that’s like Crosby scoring 25 pts a season and saying well if he only got paid less. Komisarek’s best year so far was his last one in MTL. He never did what he got hired to do.. though I did appreciate his effort last year in TO

          • Every other thing you say on this web site is like comedy central.

      • Canes just signed Komi 1 year for $700,000

    • Sorry, I was referring to LeafsAdvocate comments about Komisarek being good player.

  3. Ferrence is very underrated, and the ‘Canes would do good to go after.. but I agree, I doubt they do it.

    My dark horse this year are the Coyotes, and they should absolutely go for Iggy. I don’t want to play against Iggy and Doan in the same night.

    • If new management was willing to spend to draw and gave a good pitch

      Iginla – Riberio – Vrabata
      Boedker – Vermette – Doan

      Would become the Coyotes top 6 lines I believe. Those would be very solid lines and with Dave Tippet and the depth of the Yotes defense they could really do some damage. If cap is truly an issue, if Gormely, Murphy, or Rundblad are ready to make the jump they could consider moving Yandle.

      • no faith in Rob Klinkhammer? Love the name.

        I thin Iggy is RW.. though I’m sure I’d play the other side as BizNasty2point0 is their top LW currently.

  4. With he buyout of Grabovski, is a very high indication that Nonis & Co. have unofficial verbal agreement with a couple of players…likely just waiting for 12pm ET to officiate that signing. Despite being a little overpaid, Grabs was too good to just buyout out of the blue, or to just dump salary. Something big to all of this!

    • If Grabovsky was too good why Nonis did not trade him? Even Horcroff was traded..

      • wow… good point.

      • I was thinking the same thing yesterday ????
        Horcoff is a better leader on and off the Ice , former captain , plays all type minutes and is a great 2 way player and helps on special teams and only 2 years instead of 4 for the $$$

      • he couldn’t trade that 5.5 a year contract

  5. I hope Toronto will pay 5.5 for Clarkson. :)

    • that works out to just under $115,000 per point. Expensive… but apparently you need to pay a lot for sandpaper these days..

      • I’d rather send a 4 mill offer sheet at chris stewart then pay clarkson over 5 mill. Especially for the reported 7 years.

    • I’m hoping for:

      Clarkson – 4 years, $19M = $4.75M per
      Cooke – 2 Years, $3.5M = $1.75M per
      Stalberg – $4 years, $12M = $3M per
      Gunnarsson (Re-signed) – 5 years, $10M = $2M per
      Franson (Re-signed) – 5 years, $11.25M = $2.25M per
      Fraser (Re-signed) – 3 years, $3M = $1M per
      Kadri (Re-signed) – 6 years, $33M = $5.5M per
      Colborne (Re-signed) – $4 years, $5M = $1.25M per
      Bernier (Re-signed) – $5 years, $15M = $3M per

      • Kadri is a little high I think. Also sounds like leafs are close with scuderi. Wouldn’t mind stalb erg back. Could actually make kulimen expendablein a trade..

      • I think you have underrated what the three Dmen will get by $1M each guy. I think a trade is in the works since the Leafs are so keen on Scuderi. They can’t go into the season with a boat load of Dmen again. Phaneuf or Gunnar I think would be on the move.


    Why wouldn’t Edmonton be in on Iggy or vice versa this is exactly what they need and come cheaper than say a player like Clarkson …id say that for the teams that miss out on Clarkson this would be my second choice and save money and possibly get a better player for less time and money instead of strapping the team ! It would be a great rivalry as well back to Calgary !

    Chad LeRose will be a great steal for a team looking for depth and a scoring touch with grit could be a great replacement for Tyler Kennedy in Pittsburgh if they can make the numbers work and not resign Cooke …Aaron Asham return a possibility as well !

    I see the Caps as a great landing spot for Grabo instead of Ribiero for less money and a better player …but hearing Detroit all in on Grabo and should be announced !

    • If I was Philly I would be all over Anotn Khudobin from Boston ….QUALITY and young plays like Brobovsky and will come cheaper than a 1 A – 1B back up AKA starter and gives you a quality prospect to build on!

    • I think STL would be a better spot for Grabo

      Iggy to the Oil is like Alfie to the Leafs… just cannot happen.

      • I have a feeling Alfie will go to Boston or Detroit today !!
        Finish his Career playing with Datsyuk and Zetterberg …..also thinking that Boston moved Seguin to make room for Alfie …this is a real possibilty today !!

        • you don’t move a player like Seguin for a maybe aquisition, or for a close to retirement player like Alfie… but I do think he lands in Det.

          • Yes you do he is playing really well and Boston scored large with players coming bac as well ..you arent giving anything up to get Alfie ….you just created mega space and a position for him .Boston got a great playre in Rielly Smith and Louie Erikson is super talented …they made all right and left the door open for Alfie !

          • Smith and Joe Morrow both have great potential… but neither have superstar potential. Loui is no superstar eith, though he isn’t a “bad” return for Seguin. Still, you dont wake up one day and say i want Aflie.. he MIGHT come, let’s move my potential superstar for a bag of good prospects, and a great player.

            Chiarelli moved Seguin independently of his attempts to acquire Alfie… IMO

          • Smith may have superstar potential …was rated the # 1 NCAA star and scorer and is rated extremely high as an entry level player to the NHL and is projected to be an equivilant to Seguin …from what Ive read and heard on him , he was the major point in the deal

        • ZERO chance that Alfie plays for anywhere but Ottawa. Boston, Detroit … nowhere is signing Alfie but the Sens.

          • Not looking that way right now!

          • I really think the precursor trade of Seguin was to leave the door open for Alfie …..Chiralli and him have a past in Ottawa…we will see but looks as if hes moving on !

          • Agreed 100%

          • I really don’t want to see it happen and if it does I don’t believe Alfie will get the best send off from the fans. You see your long time captain move on when your team is in full rebuild or not a playoff team, but the Sens ARE a playoff team and will only be better next year. Alfie leaving is like saying … I don’t believe in this team or what it can do. I just can’t believe he would do it … he has long been my favorite NHL forward, I know in the long run it doesn’t matter to Alfie or anyone but this would legit be a crushing blow to the Senators fan base.

          • I guess %100 still leaves room for error !

    • I’d take Ribiero over Grabo any day, any week, and at any salary point. Not comparable. players.

      • WOW! no thanks ! especially at a 4@.5 million spread for term ..I will pass thank you !

  7. It sounds like the leafs are going really hard after dman sculeri.

    from what I heard and read they offered grabo all over the place even willing to eat some salary and no takers.
    I liked grabo but liked the buy out and it appears he was not tradable.
    if horcroff can be traded but not grabo that says something.

    • or Scuderi maybe …

      • Kypreos just reported grabo may be claimed off waivers ..

          • Jrd, that’s lame…waivers means he has the same contract. Let him get bought out and then sign. Seems super wired to get him on waivers? Must be bottom dweller!

  8. I know they can both play LW and sometimes play on the same line, but Zetterberg and Datsuk are both centres, which would mean Grabo is a default 3rd liner. He is a second line player, that is his skill set. I think Anaheim, Calgary, Columbus, Florida, Minnesota, Tampa, Washington or Winnipeg are all possible destinations for Grabo. They all need a quality #2 centre, and many have a serious drop off after their first line centres. Anaheim looks like they will resign Koivu, so if Grabo went there he would perhaps have to wait., unless Boudreau pushes Koivu down to third, or to the wing.

  9. Goc, Matthias, Barkov, Bjugstad, Shore, and Trochek. Yes, the Panthers really need another 3rd line center!

  10. If iginal signs with a team that is not a cup contender then he is an idiot.

  11. If Leafs sign Scuderi …he will fill in for Phaneufs minutes and gives the green light to trade Phaneuf for a deal that may be in place for this occasion !

  12. TSN Dreger is saying that he believes Alfie is leaving the sens for det. That would be a huge shock.

  13. What is Iginal worth?

    • I would have to say 4-5 based on Vinny and Danny and probably has a little more gas in the tank then Jagr at around 3mill

    • IGGY should take a haircut and go to a legit Contender for $2million for 1 year extension !

      • I agree with both statements in his worth and what he should do. Even sign a 2-3 year deal for 3m on a really good team.

  14. Looking as If a Team is looking to pick up Grabo off waivers which will then allow the Leafs to buy out LILES

    • No he would have to be put on waivers

        • Liles is on waivers?

          • No Grabo on waivers first before he is bought out so he has a chance to stay in NHL this would nullify the buy out for Leafs and then allow them to use it on another player ( MAYBE ) LIles was a suggestion on my part !

            Bouy out is an uncondtional $100 buy out waiver first

          • Ya I know Grabo was but even if the was picked up it would be to late to use a comp. buy out on Liles. Thought yesterday was the last day comp. buy outs.

  15. How sad is it when I’m hoping the big signing today for the canucks is someone like Steckel or Smithson to center the forth line and win some faceoffs. A third line center would be better but there is little money to get a good one. So maybe 2 forth line centers. Gillis sucks.

    • Hendrick might be a good pickup for the 4th line there add some size depth and toughness

      • Whats wrong with Horvat or Schroeder …..

        LEAFS spending wwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ….to much time on Bozaks extension which should have been done prior to this if they wanted hi so they can concentrate on the TRUE UFAs at hand ….NONIS WTF ????

        Ferrence to Oilers …I cant believe this CRAP

        Leafs should be all over this guy !!

        • Schoeder is a no. He is a “healthly scratch” kind of guy. And Horvat could be fit but I think Jensen (rookie) will get a shoot a 3rd line RW and can’t see 2 rookies being on 1 line.

  16. Alfie leaving still open to teams !