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I'd be taking a good, long, look at Peter Mueller.

Sure he's had a few down years but at least the talent is there. More than others on that list, I think a change of scenery and playing on a line with a Joe Thornton or a Patrick Marleau could turn him into a 30 goal scorer. Of course there's the chance that he never plays as well as he did his rookie season so it's a risk and the price would have to be right. He made 2.5 last year and I don't think with his numbers, he's looking at any kind of raise.

Blake Comeau, Benoit Pouliot, and Wojtek Wolski would be other guys that could fill a need for scoring on the second or third line.

I've thought Victor Oreskovich could be a decent fourth liner. He hits a ton and has some speed, but he's never really shown much ability to put the puck in the net.

Agreed. Mueller is easily a 40-50 pt guy if his noggin ever gets right. How about a guy like Eric Fehr to fill out the lower 6 forward spots?

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Guillaume Latendresse - Scored 25 goals a few years back. Has put the puck in the net at a really high rate, even over the last two seasons where he got very limited NHL time, this season due to a concussion that wiped out a season that seemed to be headed in the right direction.

Guillaume Iwearadresse was the 2nd pick in the Midget draft behind Crosby

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I like Mueller a lot but he's not what this team needs. His foot speed is below average as is his agility. He gets to where he needs to and makes up for it with his Hockey IQ but he's like a junior version of Pavelski at this point with chronic injury issues. I'd Pass.

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I'd be fascinated to know how you calculate that. So, would 80% of Braun make it in NHL? I didn't have any real numbers in mind when I picked that figure, I just don't believe there are that many guys likely to make it to the SJ roster in Worcester. I'd be glad to have someone change my mind.

Well, if Justin Braun is a #5 defenseman (which he is), and Irwin was 50% as good as Braun, that'd make him about 10th on an NHL depth chart. So 60% would put him somewhere between a #9 and #8 defenseman. Which, to me, look like AHL!

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Most complete list I've seen compiled of people not offered qualifying offers. I'll update the list when needed (yes, I realize Sharks aren't on here). Most notable names bolded.

Anaheim Ducks: Riley Holzapfel, Rick Schofield, Dale Mitchell, Iiro Tarkki

Calgary Flames: Riley Grantham, Logan MacMillan, Blake Comeau

Carolina Hurricanes: Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Matthew Pistilli, Kyle Lawson

Colorado Avalanche: Kevin Porter, Peter Mueller

Columbus Blue Jackets: Brent Regner, Taylor Ellington, Shawn Hunwick

Dallas Stars: Angelo Esposito, Mikhail Stefanovich, Michael Neal, Jake Hauswirth

Edmonton Oilers: Cam Barker

Florida Panthers: Wojtek Wolski, Ondrej Roman, Keith Seabrook, Justin Bernhardt

Los Angeles Kings: Ray Kaunisto

Minnesota Wild: Kris Fredheim, Nick Johnson, Guillaume Latendresse

Montreal Canadiens: Michael Blunden, Petteri Nokelainen, Mark Mitera, Hunter Bishop, Olivier Fortier, Robert Slaney, Andrew Conboy, Danny Masse

Nashville Predators: Zach Stortini, Jack Hillen, Brodie Dupont, Ryan Flynn, Atte Engren

New Jersey Devils: Timo Pielmeier, Kory Nagy

New York Rangers: Andreas Thuresson, Lee Baldwin, Francois Bouchard, Sam Klassen, Chris Chappell

New York Islanders: Tyler McNeely, Tony Romano, Yannick Reindeau, Yuri Alexandrov

Ottawa Senators: Craig Schira

Phoenix Coyotes: Gilbert Brule

Pittburgh Penguins: Cal O'Reilly, Mattias Modig, Boris Valabik, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Alexandre Picard

Tampa Bay Lightning: Benoit Pouliot, Sebastian Piche

Vancouver Canucks: Marc-Andre Gragnani, Mike Duco, Victor Oreskovich, Ryan Parent

Winnipeg Jets: Michael Forney, Eric Fehr, John Negrin, Fredrik Pettersson

It boggles my mind that the Canucks didn't QO Marc-Andre Gragnani. I understand that they're deep on defense, especially if they end up landing Justin Schultz, but I'd have thought there would at least be a trade market for Gragnani at the draft. Someone should snap him up pretty quickly.

Cal O'Reilly might be good for the Sharks to look at as a Worcester replacement for Ferriero. He tears up the AHL, and Worcester needs to be competitive per their agreement with the city.

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@SWhyno: "Wideman signs 5-yr deal with Flames for $5.25 million per. #Caps"

@TheFourthPeriod: "Flames also re-sign Blake Comeau to 1-year, $1.25M deal."

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It boggles my mind that the Canucks didn't QO Marc-Andre Gragnani. I understand that they're deep on defense, especially if they end up landing Justin Schultz, but I'd have thought there would at least be a trade market for Gragnani at the draft. Someone should snap him up pretty quickly.

Cal O'Reilly might be good for the Sharks to look at as a Worcester replacement for Ferriero. He tears up the AHL, and Worcester needs to be competitive per their agreement with the city.

I thought I remembered reading that the Canucks were looking to trade Grags rights during the draft. The trade market for him must be pretty bad. Grags is no good. Seemed to be a M.A. Bergeron type without the cannon. Fine as a 6th guy PP specialist. Granted, I stopped keeping tabs when he was shipped out of Buffalo. He fell out of favor there rapidly.

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I thought I remembered reading that the Canucks were looking to trade Grags rights during the draft. The trade market for him must be pretty bad. Grags is no good. Seemed to be a M.A. Bergeron type without the cannon. Fine as a 6th guy PP specialist. Granted, I stopped keeping tabs when he was shipped out of Buffalo. He fell out of favor there rapidly.

I just remember him having an outstanding playoff against Boston. Too bad he regressed so drastically.

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from Washington in exchange for Jordan Henry and a 5th round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Wideman, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, has played over 500 career games with 67 goals, 184 assists for 251 points over the course of seven NHL seasons with time spent in St. Louis, Boston, Florida and Washington. Last season with the Capitals, Wideman had his second best offensive season tallying 11 goals along with a team high 35 assists for 46 points in 82 games which tied him for third in team scoring and lead all blue-liners with the Capitals.

Contract terms: 5 year contract with an Average Annual Value of $5,250,000

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from Washington in exchange for Jordan Henry and a 5th round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Wideman, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, has played over 500 career games with 67 goals, 184 assists for 251 points over the course of seven NHL seasons with time spent in St. Louis, Boston, Florida and Washington. Last season with the Capitals, Wideman had his second best offensive season tallying 11 goals along with a team high 35 assists for 46 points in 82 games which tied him for third in team scoring and lead all blue-liners with the Capitals.

Contract terms: 5 year contract with an Average Annual Value of $5,250,000

How erect do you think Ryan Suter got when he read the terms of that deal?

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Dreger says that Semin's rights are likely to be traded... which seems fairly obvious since they moved Wideman and appear to have no real interest in keeping Semin (and he appears to have no interest in staying).

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How erect do you think Ryan Suter got when he read the terms of that deal?

About $7.75 Mil erect

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Dreger says that Semin's rights are likely to be traded... which seems fairly obvious since they moved Wideman and appear to have no real interest in keeping Semin (and he appears to have no interest in staying).

It will be interesting to see if any of the teams allegedly interested in Parise will go after Semin. Removing Minnesota, because I think they're after Parise for the Minny connection and probably would pass on Semin, that leaves Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles, Carolina, perhaps Philly.

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From Pierre LeBrun:

Where's Carle going?

I would not have predicted months ago that Matt Carle would be headed to free agency, but that’s indeed going to be the case.

A source told ESPN.com Wednesday that the Flyers know the pending UFA blueliner will head to market Sunday while very much keeping his current team in the mix.

Notice a trend here? That’s what Ryan Suter has decided to do, and likely Jason Garrison as well.

The Flyers remain very much interested in retaining Carle’s services, so all is not lost. But it appears fairly certain that Carle, a terrific puck mover and offensive blueliner, will at least take a peek out there come Sunday.

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I just remember him having an outstanding playoff against Boston. Too bad he regressed so drastically.

I'm sure that in the right situation, he can be an effective guy if his minutes are limited and he can QB the PP. Has to be on a team that allows its players to create on the PP. He played sensationally in his playoff series (Philly, not Boston) and there were high hopes. Too bad the rest of his game never developed.

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Apparently things are getting hot with Semin

I'm stealing that and posting it on Twitter.

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from Washington in exchange for Jordan Henry and a 5th round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Wideman, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, has played over 500 career games with 67 goals, 184 assists for 251 points over the course of seven NHL seasons with time spent in St. Louis, Boston, Florida and Washington. Last season with the Capitals, Wideman had his second best offensive season tallying 11 goals along with a team high 35 assists for 46 points in 82 games which tied him for third in team scoring and lead all blue-liners with the Capitals.

Contract terms: 5 year contract with an Average Annual Value of $5,250,000

What an insane contract.

If they decide to move Bouwmeester, would love for the Sharks to jump-in on that. Really believe that his skill-set would mesh perfectly with that of Burns, and give the Sharks what would likely be the best all around pairing that they have ever had.

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What an insane contract.

If they decide to move Bouwmeester, would love for the Sharks to jump-in on that. Really believe that his skill-set would mesh perfectly with that of Burns, and give the Sharks what would likely be the best all around pairing that they have ever had.

First Phaneuf, now Bouwmeester.

Calgary is clueless.

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