Archive for October, 2010

Parise hurts knee, flies back to NJ … Lightning-Stamkos contract talk soon … Kings interested in Iginla … NHIC Hotstove and Briere sticking swinging videos

Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Zach Parise left last night’s game and returned to New Jersey with Lou Lamoriello after suffering a ‘lower-body’ injury. The extent of the injury is not known, but it could be a serious injury to his right knee. Parise was hit by Kyle Clifford late in the 2nd period.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Tampa Bay Lightning plan to meet with Steven Stamkos’s side in the next couple weeks regarding a contract extension. The Los Angeles Kings have already been drawing up different contract models for Drew Doughty. LeBrun thinks the Kings may be interested in Jarome Iginla if he becomes available this year. The Maple Leafs refuse to rush Nazem Kadria and called up Christian Hansen instead. Brendan Shanahan is looking to change the All-Star game in some way, but wouldn’t say what his ideas are (I have an idea, cancel it).

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Toronto Maple Leafs are searching for some secondary scoring. Teams are focusing on Phil Kessel (has still scored 7 goals) as his teammates struggle to find the back of the net (MacArthur started off hot but has cooled of late). Burke has said if he can add some scoring he will, he has $4 million in cap space. Hitting the rumor mill of potential players available this week are Jeff Carter, David Backes and Blake Wheeler.

Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Keith Ballard skated with teammates for the first time yesterday. It was only a light workout with the team. A date hasn’t been set for his potential return from a ‘slight’ concussion.

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson’s agent confirmed that his injury is not serious. The exact extent of the injury is not know, but he will not require surgery. It was first feared that he might have torn some ligaments in his knee.

Craig Custance of the Sporting News: Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter, who’s been out since October 19th with a lower-body injury, expects to skate on Monday and could be close to returning.

Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators forward Milan Michalek will be out at least a week with tendinitis in his surgically repaired knee.

Jimmy Murphy via twitter: In the expansion era, after the first 6 games, Tim Thomas has the lowest GAA ever at 0.50.  2nd goalie ever to have 3 shutouts in first 6 games to start the season, Pascal Leclaire the other.

Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: The Hotstove with Ron MacLean, Eric Francis, Mike Milbury & Pierre LeBrun

The NHL will most likely review Daniel Briere’s stick swing incident from last night, with a suspension likely.

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Bolland out now for the Hawks? Hamhuis still can’t skate … No talks between Anderson-Avs yet … Fowler close to returning

  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Chicago Blackhawks center David Bolland did not return for the 3rd period last night. Bolland didn’t practice Thursday and Sassone wonders if Bolland’s surgically repaired back is acting up.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Dan Hamhuis lasted about 5 minutes trying to skate yesterday. He’s been out for 2 weeks, and a Monday return is unlikely. Keith Ballard is likely to return before Hamhuis now.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: There haven’t been any contract extension talks between Craig Anderson and the Colorado Avalanche. Dater thinks the Avs could be taking this approach, “Let’s wait and see how he performs again for a good portion of this year before we back up the money truck. Let’s keep that carrot dangling in front of him a while longer, and maybe get a win-win situation. The better he plays, the more money he knows he’ll make and the better he plays, the more we win hockey games.”
  • Eric Stephen of the OC Register: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler practiced yesterday and said he’s close to returning from a broken nose and jammed neck. Fowler said he might be able to go today, and if not, may be next Wednesday.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: The Edmonton Oilers victory last night was the first regulation road win for them since December 11, 2009.
  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Justin Abdelkader will return to the Red Wings line up tonight against the Predators. Abdelkader could replace Jiri Hudler or Mike Modano. He alternated with Hudler, Modano and Dan Cleary in practice yesterday. Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Ericsson are still out with back spasms.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Evgeny Artyukhin failed his SKA physical as he has heart problems, the team declined to sign him. He’ll be taking a more extensive medical, SKA will wait for those results.

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Leafs and Devils talking? Spezza back tomorrow? Howard out this weekend … Would Avs make a pitch for Thomas?

  • Mike Brophy of SportsNet: Brad Richards will arguably be the top UFA this summer if he doesn’t come to deal with the Dallas Stars beforehand. With the Stars awaiting new ownership from somewhere, it’s unlikely anything would get done until there is someone in place. Brophy has heard that the Devils and Maple Leafs have talked a little. The Devils could use a player like Tomas Kaberle, Leafs would like a top 6 player.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire skated in full gear with the team for 20 minutes before leaving. Jason Spezza stayed on the ice with the team. Mendes added that Spezza confirms that he hopes to play tomorrow, if he thinks he can contribute, he’ll play.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (back spasms) won’t play Saturday and will be re-evaluted on Monday.
  • Jonas Siegel of AM640: Kris Versteeg is off to see a doctor about his back bad today, and may get an MRI done according to coach Ron Wilson. If he’s unable to go on Saturday, Luca Caputi will take his spot on the 2nd line again.
  • Ian Walker via twitter: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts was back at practice today after tweaking his knee and having a couple days off.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Minnesota Wild coach Todd Richards said that Antti Miettinen has a concussion from the hit he received on Monday from Dustin Brown. Cam Barker who’s missed the last 3 games is ready to return to the lineup. Guillaume Latendresse is out tomorrow.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater wonders if Craig Anderson is out long term, would the Avalanche make a pitch for Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and his $5 million salary?
  • TSN staff: TSN is reporting that Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville failed his neuro-psych test. He’d been practicing all week, feeling no effects, and hoped to return tonight. He’s been sent back to Buffalo to meet with doctors.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell will travel with the team but is doubtful to play.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ray Emery will put on the pads next week for the first time since his hip surgery that should have, still could, end his hockey career. “Usually when you have this type of thing done, they just want you to walk again,” Emery told “The doctor was understanding of what I wanted,” Emery said. “I told him that I could care less if I can’t walk in five years, but I want just want to play hockey for five years.”
  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: Retirement may “come sooner than he may have liked or expected” for Bill Guerin, though he hasn’t made a final decision yet.
  • Fan590 Audio: Francois Beauchemin talking about the Leafs, last night’s game, and why he signed with the Leafs.

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Savard passes baseline test, still weeks away … Maloney says Yandle rumors are “Utter fantasy” … Doughty out this weekend … Tootoo under review (video)

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Sources have told Strickland that Marc Savard passed his baseline test, but is still weeks away from returning. He’s been skating but hasn’t practiced with the team yet. The Bruins may have told Blake Wheeler’s agent that they won’t be trading him because they like his age and upside. The Bruins have been scouting the Phoenix Coyotes.
  • Craig Custance of the Sporting News: Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney on Keith Yandle trade rumors, “Listen, that was just pure, utter fantasy. Keith is an important part of our future. He knows it,” Maloney said. “Not that anybody can’t be traded … But it would have to be something very special.” Maloney did have coffee with Peter Chiarelli in Ottawa which helped spark trade rumors. Maloney spoke with Yandle’s agent in the summer about an extension, but things are on hold until the owner situation has stabilized.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: It doesn’t look like Drew Doughty will be returning this weekend, as he had some returning symptoms the other day. After Saturday’s game, they don’t play until next Thursday.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Alex Burrows return the Vancouver Canucks lineup is getting closer and it could mean that one of Jeff Tambellini, Peter Schaefer or Guillaume Desbiens could be out. The cap ramifications of Burrows could also impact Ryan Parent ($900,000), though injuries to their blueline complicate that move.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia Flyers demoted Nik Zherdev to the 4th line at practice and would not talk to reporters after. Two games ago he was taken off the power-play unit and is averaging about 12 1/2 minutes per game.
  • CP in the Globe and Mail: Alex Auld will get the start in net tonight for the Montreal Canadiens. Carey Price will be back between the pipes tomorrow. Andrei Markov will also make his return to the Canadiens lineup on Saturday.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey has been placed on IR after suffering a concussion on Tuesday after being hit by Stephane Robidas, who received a 5-minute boarding penalty and earned a 1 game suspension.
  • Fan 960 Audio: Craig Conroy looks back at his career, before his 1,000 game last night.
  • I’m sure people have been telling Dion Phaneuf to hit the net more often, but he was showing symptoms of ‘Jason Blake-itis’ last night, shooting pucks into the middle of the chest of the opposing goalies. The next stage of this illness is flutter wrist shots from the side boards at terrible angles.
  • Jordan Tootoo’s hit on Carlo Colaiacovo will be looked at the league.

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Volchenkov still out … Pavelec Recalled … Theo Fleury Audio on Puck Daddy Radio

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov won’t play in Anaheim or Los Angeles, and most likely Vancouver (Monday).
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Matt Corrente broke his hand in a 2nd period fight with Ryane Clowe, he finished the game, according to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: The Detroit Red Wings are being cautious with Jimmy Howard and his back spasms, he won’t be playing tonight.

Some Audio for Mark Bryski of LeafsChatter.

  • Puck Daddy Radio – Audio of an hour long interview with Theo Fleury. Topics include figure skating, Graham James arrest, his music, his comeback, hockey hall of fame, and how the game has changed.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Helene Elliott on the Andrew Krystal show this morning, talking lagging attendance and the possibility of the league folding or moving some teams.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Blake Wheeler on HockeyCentral @ Noon yesterday.

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Tallon would like ‘Coaches Challenge’ … Hossa out 2 weeks … Doughty hopefully to return Saturday … El Nino back to Junior

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: At November’s General Managers meetings, GM Dale Tallon is considering proposing a ‘Coaches Challenge’. TSN polled some NHL coaches (“Would you support a coaches challenge for certain plays, like goalie interference?”), 14 were in agreement. Limits to what could be challenged would have to be in place. 7 coaches voted against the idea.
  • James Duthie via twitter: The Los Angeles Kings are hopeful that Drew Doughty will be back in the lineup this weekend.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Boston Bruins will start Tim Thomas tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will start Jonas Gustavsson. Jonas Siegel via twitter: If Kris Versteeg (back) can’t go tonight, John Mitchell will likely take his spot on the 2nd line.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: If Blake Wheeler is moved by the Boston Bruins, Tyler Seguin could move into the top 2 lines. There still is the possibility that Seguin is sent back to Junior. An announcement could be made in the next 24-72 hours on Seguin’s future this year.

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Leaf talks heating up … Backes talks on hold … No Devils-Parise talks yet … Flyers-Carter talking contract … Gretzky to Russia rumor again

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun was told Tuesday night that trade talks involving the Maple Leafs and their $4 million in cap space are heating up, but nothing is imminent. The Leafs are still trying to find a top 6 forward. The St. Louis Blues and David Backes have put contract talks on hold for now, with LeBrun thinking they’ll start up again in 2011. The Florida Panthers haven’t started contract talks with Bryan McCabe or Tomas Vokoun. I wouldn’t think they’d re-sign Vokoun, but McCabe is a good possibility.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Contract negotiations between Jeff Carter and the Philadelphia Flyers have begun. Carter’s agent, Rich Curran said they’ve had some conversations and are making some progress. 2 weeks ago it appeared that no progress was being made. Carter is coming off a 3 year $15 million deal.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Martin Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh went off yesterday on how his client has been used since signing with the Minnesota Wild. Walsh said Havlat has been used in a “secondary role” with the club.

    “When Chuck reached out to Marty Havlat two summers ago after he led Chicago to the conference finals while leading the team in points in the regular season and playoffs, he shared a vision of building an up-tempo offensive team with Marty as a pillar to this strategy,” Walsh said in an e-mail to the Star Tribune. “That’s why he signed with the Wild.

    “Since that time, Marty has been used in a purely secondary role. Look at this season, he’s played four straight games at about 14 minutes of ice time, he’s used on the second power-play unit, he sits for long stretches, he’s not used in the shootouts. At a certain point in time, one has to ask, ‘Why is he here?’ One has to ask, ‘Why pay this guy $30 million to not play?’

    “It’s like we are in a time warp and the coach has totally ignored or chooses to ignore what Marty has done offensively over the course of his entire career. People say the Wild don’t have a star player. The Wild have a dynamic offensive player right under their nose and yet choose not to use him to their advantage. Look around the league, what other team has a player like Marty Havlat wilting on the vine like this?”

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Hossa has ‘upper-body’ injury … Canucks blueline getting thin … Polak has surgery … Latendresse out with bad groin

  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa left last night’s game in the 2nd period and didn’t return. Hossa suffered an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated today.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Vancouver Canucks could be without another defenseman as Andrew Alberts did not practice yesterday after injuring his knee against the Avalanche, an MRI is scheduled for today. The Canucks are already without Sami Salo (Achilles), Keith Ballard (concussion) and Dan Hamhuis (foot). Hamhuis is still unable to skate.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins coach Claude Julian on Marc  Savard and Marco Sturm, “More encouraging lately, but still a ways away. Don’t think you’ll see either 1[practicing] in the next week or so.”
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kris Versteeg is day-to-day with a back issue, but should ready to go tonight versus the Bruins.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Filip Kuba is expected to start practicing with the Ottawa Senators soon. He’s been skating on his own lately, as he’s recovering from breaking a non-weight bearing bone in his leg. Pascal Leclaire could be 4-7 days away from returning.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Jason Spezza skated on his own yesterday, but not with the team. He’s out for tonight, and has missed 4 games so far this season with the groin injury. They are hoping for a Saturday return.

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Panthers looking for an explanation … Backes at $5 million? MRI for Armstrong … Spezza playing Saturday?

  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said that Dale Tallon will seek to get further explanation on the Colton Orr’s goal from last night. (video of goal at bottom of this entry with Kypreos, Watters and Millard talking about it).
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, both sides would like to get something done, but there is no rush.  Backes may look to deals signed by Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler as comparables, in the $5 million range. Kesler may have a more offensive upside that Backes, but plays a similar all-round game. Backes intangibles make him a valuable commodity.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek, Robyn Lehner and Filip Kuba are not on the ice at Senators practice. Ian Mendes noted that coach Clouston says that Spezza is targeting Saturday versus Boston, unlikely for Thursday.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jeff Skinner was told to find a place to live in Raleigh, he won’t be going back to Kitchener of the OHL.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: Atlanta Thrashers GM Dudley told Custance that there is a 99% chance that Burmistrov will stay with the club.

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NHL Trade talks beginning … Leafs get offer … Could the Flyers trade Carter? Bruins up for trading Leafs pick? Yandle not going anywhere?

  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Teams like the Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Senators, Bruins, Ducks and Kings are starting to make trade calls but nothing is imminent.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Noted for the 10,000 time, Brian Burke won’t ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his no trade clause.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Maple Leafs received a trade offer, it was a 2 for 2 deal involving bottom 6 forwards, with one of the players they would move being a Toronto Marlie. McKenzie also added the deal wasn’t ‘laughable’, realistic goal is to upgrade bottom 6 because the options aren’t there to upgrade the top 6.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia Flyers are deep at center with Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Daniel Briere, and have winger Claude Giroux who was a center. If things don’t improve with the Flyers, they may look at trading Carter, who’ll be a RFA at season end. They could use a top end winger.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: It was brought up yesterday that the Bruins are interested in Keith Yandle, and could be interested in prospects Mikkel Boedker and Viktor Tikhonov. The Bruins need to move out salary, and the Coyotes have around $9 million in cap space. The names at the top of Boston trade options are Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, with Matt Hunwick and Mark Stuart also as possibilities. It wouldn’t surprise Haggerty if the 1st round pick they acquired from the Maple Leafs is also in play. Tim Thomas’s solid start may increase his trade value.
  • Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: “Another day, a couple more mindless, idiotic Twitter rumors.” Gintonio says that Keith Yandle is not going anywhere. “Probably 90 percent of the teams in the NHL are interested in Yandle; just as the Coyotes and 29 other teams are “interested” in Drew Doughty or Duncan Keith or Mike Green.”
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: San Jose Sharks coach, Todd McLellan has no plan on how he’ll be using his goalie, Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki. Niitymaki may have the leg up. “Right now, it’s who we feel comfortable with on that given day,” McLellan said Tuesday. “Nitty, let’s face facts, has been better than Antti has, so we lean that way a little right now.”

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Injury notes on Sheldon Souray, Craig Anderson, Dan Sexton and Jordan Staal

Updated 10:15 am

8:04 am:

  • Pierre LeBrun via Twitter: Sheldon Souray tells LeBrun there’s a small break in his hand, and will be out 10-14 days. (See video of the fight in a post from yesterday)
  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson hurts his knee during warm-ups last night. He’ll be evaluated this morning by team doctors, after flying back to Denver. It looks like it could be serious. Dater notes there are worries about torn ACL.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Although Jordan Staal has been looking good in practice, he’s still a ways away, he’ll miss his 10th straight game tonight. “He looks good, but there’s still a ways to go before he gets close to that 100-percent number,” coach Dan Bylsma.

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Souray hurts hand in AHL scrap … Bruins interested in Yandle, others … New Jersey Devils notes … plus lots of other updates

  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Sheldon Souray will be out for 2 weeks after hurting his hand in a fight. Video at bottom of post, about 40 seconds in..
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater thinks the Colorado Avalanche could be a possible trade partner for the Boston Bruins as they could use some help on defense and have the lowest payroll. Joe Haggerty thinks the Bruins could be interested in Phoenix Coyotes prospects such as Mikkel Boedker and Viktor Tikhonov. The Bruins also like some Coyotes roster players, such as Keith Yandle. Source just told Jimmy Murphy that Yandle is available, and the Bruins are interested.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk prefers to play left wing, and may have “chuffed” at playing on the right side.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Anton Volchenkov has skated the last couple days. Volchenkov could join the team for tomorrow’s game, he was originally set to return on Nov. 5th. Brian Rolston has begun light skating after his sports hernia surgery. Bryce Salvador is not cleared for exercising yet. Mark Fraser is also not allowed to exercise yet.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Marian Gaborik’s injured left shoulder is progressing, no timetable is set, hopes to start skating next week.
  • Chris Vivlamore via twitter: The Atlanta Thrashers will be without Bogosian and Meyer against the Rangers, will need to recall someone.
  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Tom Poti won’t travel with the team to Carolina, could join the team later this week.

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