Archive for September, 2010

Oilers place Sheldon Souray on waivers … J. Staal out 10 weeks? Waiting for Salvador results

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Others who were placed on waivers today: Brett Festerling and Danny Syvret in Anaheim; Brent Krahn in Dallas; Staffan Kronwall in Calgary; Tim Conboy, Derek Whitmore, and Colin Stuart in Buffalo.

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To squash a rumor …. Alex Kovalev has a brain cramp, fights Francois Beauchemin

Not exactly sure what Alex Kovalev was thinking, but he decides to drop the mitts with Francois Beauchemin, but you have to give him credit for not backing down, which might have been the smart move.

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Michael Peca sounds off about Jay Bouwmeester … Flames president counters

Former NHLer and now TSN analyst Michael Peca doesn’t think highly of Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s game. Calgary Flames president Ken King isn’t too happy with what Peca said.

Team 960 – Audio: Calgary Flames president Ken King goes on the radio to defend Jay Bouwmeester, and offer his opinion on what Peca said.

Personally, I’ve never understood the hype that has surrounded Bouwmeester over the years. Yes, he’s a great skater, but I’ve never seen his one of the top defenseman in the league that he seems to be made out to be. At $6.68 million average a season, is being paid like one.

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Hawks expensive rings … C. Clark available … No love for Rolston? Salvador out? Blues Blueline Battle and more

  • Mark Spector via twitter: RW Chris Clark of the Columbus Blue Jackets could available. Spector wonders if: in a Souray deal? some added grit in Vancouver? or a truculent American for the Leafs? Clark has a cap hit of $2.633,333, salary of $2.5 million.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: There are no suggestions that there is a team willing to trade for Brian Rolston’s and his $5.1 million contract. Coach John MacLean says that Bryce Salvador is “fine” after crashing into the boards. The Devils may end up having to waive and demote players to get under the cap.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Salvador underwent ear tests yesterday. He’s missed 9 games in the past because of ear problems. Injured players are not allowed to be waived.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Competition on the St. Louis Blues blueline is heating up. Ian Cole has outplayed Alex Pietrangelo, Oystrick and Nikitin are still in the battle.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: During Tuesday’s pre-season game, Cody Hodgson started on the 2nd, and ended up on the 4th. It may becoming more apparent that Hodgson needs time to recover from his back injury and gain some pro experience in the minors.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Marc Savard won’t travel with the team to Europe. From GM Peter Chiarelli,

    “He spent the whole time at the team-building (in Vermont Monday and Tuesday). I spoke to him (yesterday) morning, and he’s going to see his doctors, and he’s going to work up his physical exertion test.

    “He’s getting better. He’s feeling a lot better. We just have to make sure we do all the proper things – get through the exertion and the impact and the conditioning. He’s still a ways away.”

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Scenarios for Souray … Teams calling about Greiss? Seguin back to center? Varlamov not a #1 lock?

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are not really interested in sending Sheldon Souray to their AHL club in Oklahoma City. GM Steve Tambellini said that waivers are an option, but would rather make a trade that would help the Oilers. If they don’t trade him by October 6th, they could put him on the roster, taking the $5.4 cap hit, but would have to drop a defenseman, one who may have to go through waivers. The AHL is an option but they don’t want to go there yet. The Islanders may not want to spend the money. The Avalanche may be looking at Jamie Langenbrunner to get over the cap floor. Columbus is the best bet.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Several teams have called the San Jose Sharks about their goaltending situation. They have 3 capable NHL goalies, with Thomas Greiss the likely target, possibly Minnesota as one of the teams.
  • Scott Cullen via twitter: Semyon Varlamov is not entrenched as the number 1 goalie in Washington, Michal Nuervith could be at one point.
  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: Tyler Seguin has been playing on the wing along side Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. Coach Claude Julien said on Monday that he likes the idea of having Seguin play center while Marc Savard is out. Blake Wheeler could also be an option at center. Zach Hamill, Joe Colborne and Jordan Caron are also getting a look at center.

    “To be honest with you, I’d still like to see Tyler Seguin [at center] again, seeing now that he’s got a few games under his belt,” Julien said. “He handles it in the middle. I’d still like to see Blake Wheeler play center as well at some point and see if he can recapture his comfort zone that he had when he played that position when he was in school.”

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Matt Beleskey will start the season on the top  line in Anaheim with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman won’t be ready for the start of the season, and could be out for a lengthy period. Lydman experienced double vision a couple weeks ago, and the cause of the episode has yet to be found.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk are battling each other to back up Nikolai Khabibulin in Edmonton. The Oilers haven’t hinted at who has the upper hand, but Dubnyk may get the nod as Deslauriers could draw more interest on the trade market. Deslauriers is on a 1 year deal at $1.05 million, Dubnyk signed a 2 year deal. GM Steve Tambellini wouldn’t say if he’s talked to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher or not, the Wild may prefer to get Deslauriers off waivers.
  • Brian Compton via twitter: With Kyle Okposo injury, Compton wonders if Nino Niederreiter will stick with the Islanders or be sent back to junior after 9 games, therefore not burning a year on his contract.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Manny Legace, who has been skating with the Islanders to stay in shape, is receiving some interest from the Minnesota Wild.

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Leighton out a month … Okposo out indefinitely … Islanders sign Mottau … Burrows will miss 1st 10 games …

  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced today that goaltender Michael Leighton will be out a month with a bulging disc. His initial MRI came back negative but a 2nd and 3rd opinion revealed the injury. The Flyers won’t look outside the organization for a replacement.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: The New York Islanders have lost Kyle Okposo indefinitely with a right shoulder injury that will require surgery.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: On Wednesday, Alex Burrows will have a ‘cybex test’ on his shoulder. Burrow’s will be on the IR for the first 10 games of the season.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: It’s not a surprise that the New Jersey Devils are trying to trade Bryce Salvador, Colin White and Bryan Rolston. No market for them according to one team.

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Dallas Stars sale could drag on … Theodore interested in Minny but are they intersted in him? Parise open to talks during season

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The sale of the Dallas Stars may drag on for months as the lenders may wait for a deal they deem worthy. Monarch Investment Group and Galatioto Sports Group are the leading lenders involved, and are in control of the team. They have not gotten into serious negotiations, as potential buyers are not interested in purchasing the team at the current asking price. The longer this drags on, the harder it will be to sign Brad Richards to a contract extension. If they don’t have him signed by the trade deadline, they could look at dealing him, rather than losing him for nothing. Forbes valued the team at $246 million last year. The Tampa Bay Lightning were sold for between $110-170 million this year, after being sold for $206 million in 2008.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen will not play in Tuesday’s pre-season game as he has an groin injury. It sounds like it’s minor as he may play in Thursday game.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Jose Theodore’s agent has said his client would be interested in being the backup in Minnesota if the team decides to go that route.

    “I told Chuck to keep me in mind. I think they’ll probably get their staff together and assess where they go from here, but I’d say, ‘It’s a consideration for them, yes, and Jose would be intrigued by Minnesota.’”

    Theodore, who was the NHL’s 2002 winner of the Hart (MVP) and Vezina (best goaltender) trophies, is training every day as he waits for an opportunity. Meehan said Theodore, 34, hasn’t ruled out playing in Europe.

    GM Cliff Fletcher said he’s received several calls from teams that could be interested in sending them their 2nd or 3rd goalies. Pierre-Marc Bouchard practiced for the first time in a year. He hopes to be ready for the start of the year, but that is doubtful.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise has said he’s open to contract talks with the New Jersey Devils during the season, if the team is open to doing that. Parise will be a RFA on July 1st 2011, a UFA in 2012. He currently doesn’t have an agent, but could hire one quickly if needed.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: At some point the New York Rangers will buyout Wade Redden, as he’s not going to play 4 years in the AHL.
  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Vancouver Canucks winger Sergei Shirokov may have lost his chance to make the opening day roster because of poor conditioning. Shirokov was held out of practice and worked with their fitness and skills coaches. The 24 year old turned down more money from the KHL for a chance to play in the NHL.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs winger Fredrik Sjostrom will play his 1st pre-season game this weekend. Sjostrom has been recovering from shoulder surgery. The battle for the 3rd line center position has comes down to John Mitchell, Tim Brent, or Nazem Kadri.
  • John Wawrow (AP) on The Globe and Mail: The Buffalo Sabres have resumed talks with 2009 1st round pick, Zack Kassian. The Sabres had suspended talks after Kassian was charged with assault for punching a man at a bar in Windsor. He’s close to reaching an out-of-court settlement in that matter. I’ve seen him play a couple pre-season games this year, he looks like he can be a solid NHLer, and might be ready this year.

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A List of Players who were placed on waivers today

TSN: Provided a list of players who were placed on waivers today. If the player clears waivers, he can be assigned to the AHL, and his contract is not included towards the salary cap

Mike Angelidis (TB), Chris Durno (TB), Mitchell Fritz (TB), Blair Jones (TB), Vladimir Mihalik (TB), Juraj Simek (TB), Paul Szczechura (TB), Trevor Smith (AN), Dane Byers (NYR), Kris Newbury (NYR), Jeremy Williams (NYR), Darryl Boyce (TOR), Joey Crabb (TOR), Ryan Hamilton (TOR), Alex Foster (TOR), Ryan Hollweg (PHX), Alexandre Picard (PHX), Garrett Stafford (PHX), Nolan Yonkman (PHX), Matt Climie (PHX), Al Montoya (PHX), Patrick Davis (NJ), Stephen Gionta (NJ), Olivier Magnan-Grenier (NJ) Bradley Mills (NJ), Tim Sestito (NJ), Chad Wiseman (NJ), Mike McKenna (NJ), Brian Willsie (WSH), Kyle Greentree (WSH), Andreas Thuresson (NSH), Teemu Laakso (NSH), TJ Hensick (STL), Brad Moran (EDM), Gregory Stewart (EDM), Hugh Jessiman (CHI), Tyler Weiman (VAN), Triston Grant (FLA), Gord Baldwin (CGY), William Thomas (FLA), Andre Benoit (OTT), Mike Brodeur (OTT), Cliche, Marc-Andre Cliche (LA), Thomas Jordan Trevelyan (SJ), Jay Leach (SJ), Sean Sullivan (SJ), Jon Disalvatore (MIN), Robbie Earl (MIN), Petr Kalus (MIN), Warren Peters (MIN)

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Islanders Mark Streit out for 6 months with shoulder injury

  • Katie Strang of Newsday: New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit will be out for 6 months, and might require shoulder surgery. He may have torn is labrum and rotator cuff, and possibly dislocated it.
  • TSN: The Islanders told TSN that Streit will be out indefinitely until he’s able to visit a specialist. Teammate Matt Moulson cross-checked Streit and he fell awkwardly into the boards.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Speculation of the Islanders acquiring Sheldon Souray from the Edmonton Oilers is “not consistent with team’s, um, recent approach.”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: According to McKenzie’s understanding, the Islanders don’t have any interest in Souray, his salary doesn’t make sense.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: Islanders seem ‘lukewarm’ on acquiring Souray, but on re-entry at $4.5 million would they be interested?

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Finger and Kadri could be cap casualties … 84 game schedule? Leighton MRI results today … If the Wild look for a new backup goalie….

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: If the Toronto Maple Leafs keep both Jeff Finger and Nazem Kadri on the roster, they will be slightly over the cap, if they demote both, they could be about $4.6 million under. The Leafs are working with a reduced cap of $58 million, due to going over the cap last year with bonuses. Finger has yet to play in a pre-season game as he’s nursing a knee injury. Burke said he’ll likely carry 8 defenseman to start the year. I think both Finger and Kadri should start the year with the Marlies. So far this pre-season, Kadri has shown that he’s not ready for the jump to the NHL, which is fine in my opinion. Let him gain some valuable pro experience with the Marlies, who should have a competitive team this year.
  • John Shannon of SportsNet: The NHL and the players had talks about a 84 game schedule with a shorter pre-season. It might be worth another look, or at least in the next CBA negotiations. Both sides would like it for more revenue and meaningful games.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun doesn’t think Bobby Ryan has looked out of place playing center so far. If Ryan does play center this year, does it drop his fantasy value as he’s not playing with with Getzlaf and Perry?
  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton had an MRI on his lower back yesterday and results should be known today.
  • Detroit News: Mathieu Dandenault has retired from the NHL (I thought he did couple years ago). Dandenault won 3 cups with the Red Wings, and last played in the NHL in 2008-09 with the Canadiens.

If the Minnesota Wild consider looking for a backup for Niklas Backstrom with Josh Harding out for the year …

  • Jim Matheson via twitter: Matheson wonders if the Wild would pickup Jeff Deslauriers on waivers if Devan Dubnyk wins the backup job? Though his $1 million salary may scare them off.

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Savard says he may have rushed his return … Redden undecided on what he’ll do … Langenbrunner to Avs? Harding torn ACL-PCL

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Rob Blake could be joining the NHL head office soon. The Minnesota Wild are looking at UFA Jose Theodore as a potential backup if they decide to go that route. Wade Redden’s waiver period is over on Monday at noon, and he can be assigned to the AHL. If he reports, he’ll continue to earn the $23 million and 4 years that he has left on the contract.

    “I really don’t have any conclusions right now,” Redden said. “I got to take this time and see what develops. But at this point, I don’t have any answers for you. We’ll see what happens. I haven’t made any decisions yet. I have some time to think about it.”

    Marc Savard hasn’t started skated, and won’t anytime soon. According to Chiarelli, it could be a month, 2 months, maybe more for Savard to get back on the ice.

  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: Marc Savard talked to the media yesterday morning,

    “I think on my own fault I might have come back a little too early last year,” he told the media. “That’s my own fault. I guess it’s just the hockey player in me that I wanted to play hockey in the playoffs. I had huge fatigue problems during that series, and I think when [David] Krejci got hurt [in Game 3], that really hurt me.”

    Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was unaware of this. Savard failed a neurological test on September 17th. There is no timetable on when he’ll return.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Colorado Avalanche are rumored to be interested in acquiring Jamie Langenbrunner from the New Jersey Devils. The Devils may not want to move Langenbrunner and his $2.8 million cap hit, but may not have much of a choice. He does have a no-trade clause. David Clarkson’s name has also come up rumors,

    “There’s nothing I can do about it,” Clarkson said. “I was glad to re-sign here this summer and I love playing for the Devils. They’ve always been good to me, but it could be anybody. The team has a decision and Mr. Lamoriello has to think hard and it’s not going to be easy for him, but all I can do is my job and just go out there and play and work hard off the ice and that’s it.”

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Minnesota Wild have probably lost backkup goalie, Josh Harding, for the season after he tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee. GM Cliff Fletcher says the team will give Anton Khudobin a chance before they at alternative options.

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Rangers to place Wade Redden on waivers today

  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Sather, “It’s always difficult changing somebody’s life but you have to do what’s right for the team.”
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers GM Glen Sather let Redden know at the end of last season that unless he “really got off to a great start”, that this would happen.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Redden told Sather he’d take a few days to consider his options. Sather will let him play in Hartford.

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