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Afternoon NHL roundup – Nov. 30th 2010

  • Kevin Allen via twitter: The Philadelphia Flyers loan Michael Leighton to Adirondack for a 6 day conditioning stint.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Colby Armstrong says he’s getting close to returning to the Maple Leafs lineup, took part in full practice today.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Brian Lee was placed on waivers today by the Ottawa Senators. Calgary’s Stefan Meyer cleared waivers.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Chris Drury was hoping to return this weekend or early next week, but that will be delayed as his CT-scan on this broken finger showed it hasn’t completely healed yet.

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Washington trades Fleischmann to Colorado for Hannan

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Colorado Avalanche have sent defenseman Scott Hannan to the Washington Capitals for forward Tomas Fleischmann. The Avalanche are looking to replace some scoring after losing Chris Stewart for at least a month.

Both will be an unrestricted free agents at seasons end. Hannan is a $4.5 million cap hit, with the Capitals assuming almost $3.2 million for the remainder of the year. The Avalanche will assume almost $1.85 million cap it for the rest of the year for Fleischmann.

The Capitals have been looking to add some blueline help, and Fleischmann has fallen from favor this season.

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Bruins need to clear about $3.2 million more … Line changes for the Blues … Chris Stewart out 4-6 weeks … Slewfoot by Crosby (video)?

  • James Murphy of ESPN Boston: After trading Matt Hunwick yesterday, the Bruins now have $300,000 in extra cap space (after Marc Savard returns for LTIR), and will need to clear about $3.2 million more when Marco Sturm is ready to return. According to Murphy’s sources the Bruins have been unable to trade Michael Ryder and his $4 million cap hit the last couple weeks. Daniel Paille and his $1 million cap hit have also been offered around with no takers.

    “The trade market in general is slow, but we’ve seen a few deals,” Chiarelli said. “It’s relatively early from that perspective. But what happens too is that there seems to be even more parity this year, so some teams are proactive and they get on it early rather than waiting to the very end. So there’s some teams that are proactive — and I’m not saying whether it’s right or wrong — but it’s my job to identify those teams and try and get the best fit and best return.”

    • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Colorado Avalanche leading goal scorer Chris Stewart will be out 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair his broken left hand. Stewart broke his hand in a fight on Saturday with Wild’s Kyle Brodziak. Stewart had 11 goals and 25 points in 25 games.
    • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson should be ready to return between the pipes on Friday versus the Hurricanes.
    • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues have moved Alex Steen to the top line with Andy MacDonald and Brad Boyes. David Backes was dropped to the 2nd line with Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka.
    • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Marc-Andre Bergeron is considering offers from as many as 4 teams, with a deal expected to be done by the end of the week. The Washington Capitals aren’t going to trade Alexander Semin. The Dallas Stars won’t move Brad Richards while they are in the playoff hunt. The Ottawa Senators would trade Chris Campoli in the right deal.
    • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Despite battling pneumonia and losing 8 pounds, Kevin Bieksa is planning on playing Wednesday against the Flames.
    • Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is happy with his team so far. He doesn’t plan on sending struggling forward Nikita Filatov to the minors, has no trades imminent for an offensive defenseman, and will not go after a trade specialist.
    • Dan Tencer via twitter: The Edmonton Oilers won’t be sending Magnus Paajarvi to the World Junior tournament in Buffalo. Tencer thinks it might not be a bad idea to send him, he has no points in his last 13 games and could use a confidence boost.
    • Was it a Slewfoot by Sidney Crosby?

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Bruins trade Hunwick to Avs for Cohen

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald: The Boston Bruins have sent defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Colby Cohen. The move was a cost cutting measure for the Bruins as Marc Savard is close to returning the lineup.

Clearing Hunwick’s $1.4 milion salary, and assigning Cohen to the AHL, creates enough cap space bring Savard off of LTIR. Hunwick became expendable after Johnny Boychuk returned from injury and the Adam McQuaid showed he’s ready to play in the NHL.

Chris Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs coach Joe Sacco likes his mobile defenseman to jump into the play, so Hunwick should be given the opportunity to put up some better offensive numbers.

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Savard returning Thursday? Kadri centering Kessel and MacArthur … Leighton returning soon.

Joe Haggerty via twitter: Marc Savard hasn’t ruled out returning to the lineup on Thursday versus the Lightning.

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Though not official, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton could return this week on a conditioning stint in the AHL. They should know early this week what they’ll do with him. The Flyers will have to make a roster move to accommodate his cap number. Matt Walker, Oskars Barulis or Brian Boucher could be waived. Ian Laperriere could be put on LTIR.

Greg Schimmel of the Washington Post: Mike Green was helped to the dressing room during overtime after blocking a shot in the knee area, Boudreau said he’d be all right.

Jerry Brown of The Phoenix Coyotes and Ilya Bryzgalov are waiting for new ownership to get in place before they get a deal done for the so0n to be UFA. He’ll be looking for a raise on his $4.25 million salary, but is not “looking to break the bank.” “We had a meeting this summer they explained the situation and that no one has control right now,” he said. “I will be patient, I’m very happy here and I don’t see any issues that would force me to leave. We will find a way to sign a proper contract because I don’t want to leave and the Coyotes are my priority.”

Jonas Siegel of AM640: Nazem Kadri was centering Phil Kessel and Clark MacArthur at practice today. Mikahil Grabovski was centering Nikolai Kulemin and Luca Caputi. Tyler Bozak was moved to the 3rd between Freddie Sjostrom and Kris Versteeg. Tim Brent was centering Mike Brown and Colton Orr on the 4th line. JS Giguere practice today, “Great test, felt good today,” said Giguere. “I think physically I’m ready, it’s just a matter of am I ready to play a full game and stuff like that.”

David Pagnotta via twitter: Nothing to report on Kings – Capitals trade rumors. No truth to Semin being moved. The Capitals want a rugged defenseman but not going to trade Semin.

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Fleischmann to Cancucks? Kings? Would the Pens trade Malkin? Would the Devils trade Brodeur? Perron close to be symptom free

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Rumors are heating up that the Washington Capitals are looking to move Tomas Fleischmann for a defenseman. Fleischmann has 4 goals in 22 games, was a healthy scratch mid November against the Sabres, and is a UFA at seasons end. The Capitals were interested in Kevin Bieksa in the off-season. There was a late night rumor last night that Fleischmann could be heading to the LA Kings.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Dispatch: David Perron has missed his 12th straight game will post-concussion symptoms. He’s now able to at least play video games, before he was only able to rest. Perron was hit [24] days ago by Joe Thornton (I guess those people calling him a faker were completely wrong, and no I’m not referring to Gary Bettman), and feels he’s getting ‘close’ to being symptom free. Perron said this about Thornton, “Obviously he’s not trying to hurt me there. He doesn’t know it’s going to go on this long and I’m going to miss this many games, so obviously he wouldn’t do that.”
  • Chris Zupke of the OC Register: Teemu Selanne said he’ll be ready to return to the Ducks lineup tonight. Lubomir Visnovsky will see today how his back is feeling before declaring if he will/won’t play tonight. Joffery Lupul could rejoin the team today after playing a few games with Syracuse of the AHL.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Sami Salo continues to rehab from his ruptured Achilles, with reports of him beginning skating in 3 weeks, with a possible January return. No timetable has been set.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey could be trade bait, they are looking to add some grit and leadership. Evgeni Malkin is having another ‘average’ season, and the Penguins might consider dealing him for a heavy ransom, and go with Jordan Staal as their #2 center. The Oilers may have an interest in Dallas Stars Dman Mark Fistric. The Stars may not be interested in giving Brad Richards a deal in the 6-8 year range as they may be worried about his foot speed as he gets older. The Stars may prefer a 3 year deal. The Kings will be interested if the Stars are thinking of dealing him.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks wonders if the Devils would consider trading Martin Brodeur. Lou would likely never approach Brodeur about this, Brodeur would have to bring it up with Lou. The Capitals would have to be interested if he were to become available. The Capitals could send a young goaltenders, “John Carlson or Karl Alzner — Mike Green? as well as young center.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Ron Wilson continues to juggle his lines looking for some sort of offense. Tyler Bozak who was/is the teams number 1 center was dropped to the 3rd and 4th lines in Saturday’s loss to the Senators. The Leafs are on a 0-7-1 road streak and having only scored 16 goals on the road in 10 games.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs aren’t considering sending Tyler Bozak to the Marlies, but Simmons thinks they should reconsider as he’s “He is 316th in the NHL in scoring, 394th in scoring at even strength, 153rd in power-play points. He is on pace for a terrible 23-point season.” Simmons wonders what the trade value for Mikhail Grabovski would be if Burke through his name out there, his value may not get higher than it is now.

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Sunday morning rumor roundup … HNIC Hotstove and NHL Sources Say videos

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
    • No timetable is set for Marc Savard’s return. They might bury a contract in the minors, but if one of the players they are considering moving is a defenseman, plenty of teams looking for a Dman.
    • Brayden Schenn could be loaned to the Canadian Junior team, and if he’s sent back to Junior, he could be traded from Brandon to Portland.
    • The Sharks are still trying to get a defenseman.
    • Matt Gilroy would likely be part of any package to bring in a center, and will go after Brad Richards if he becomes available.
    • The Columbus Blue Jackets are still looking for an offensive defenseman, and might be interested in Ottawa’s Chris Campoli.
    • The Pittsburgh Penguins could be looking for a top 6 forward and might have an interest in Cory Stillman.
    • The Edmonton Oilers might be interested in moving C Andrew Cogliano and D Ladislav Smid.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk backs both GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston. Both are in the final year of their deals, no contract extensions have been discussed.
  • The Globe and Mail: Friday night Mike Modano’s wrist was cut by a skate, his tendon was severed and slight nerve damage. He’ll be out indefinitely.
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove with Ron MacLean, Eric Francis, Mike Milbury & Pierre LeBrun.
  • Sportsnet Sources Say: Will the Sabres get a new captain. Colorado could move a defenseman. Avs scouting ‘Canes

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Pronger does the reverse ‘Avery’, goal called back (3 videos) … Avs looking for grit and leadership

  • Adrian Dater via Twitter: The Avalanche are looking to add a forward with grit/leadership, with possibility of a defenseman being moved. Dater thinks the Hurricanes could be a trade partner.
  • Chris Stevenson of Canoe – Slam! Sports: Stevenson thinks the LA Kings will be interested in Brad Richards if he becomes available. The Kings could play Richards on the left side with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. The Kings have the cap space and the prospects.
  • Chris Pronger does the reverse Sean Avery.
  • Chris Pronger post game interview:
  • Chris Pronger and the “Sean Avery Rule”

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More starting goalies and Chelios likely not going to the KHL

  • Dan Murphy via twitter: “Its highly unlikely the Canucks would trade Bieksa before Salo is healthy, and that is mid December at BEST. The more D-men the merrier IMO.”
  • Dan Murphy via twitter: Roberto Luongo will start for the Canucks. Defenseman Ryan Parent was sent to Manitoba on a conditioning stint.

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Bergeron gets clearance, Habs and Jackets not interested … Chelios to the KHL? Sens still trying to move Lee? Prucha waived

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: 23 year old Brian Lee has been a healthy scratch for the last 15 games, and his name comes up in  many Senators trade rumors. The Senators need scoring help, and a Lee trade could bring that in or allow them to recall Bobby Butler (AHL leading goal scorer).
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline says the Blue Jackets have no interest in trading for Senators Dman, Brian Lee. Portzline also adds that the Jackets are not interested in Marc-Andre Bergeron.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs leading scorer, Clarke MacArthur will be an RFA after the season. GM Brian Burke said he usually waits 40 or 50 games before he considers re-signing players.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chris Chelios and the KHL’s Vityaz are in negotiations for Chelios’s service. Former NHLer Alexei Zhamnov told SovSport.
  • Brian Compton via twitter: Petr Prucha was waived by the Phoenix Coyotes, and Compton wonders if the NY Islanders would be interested.

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Injury updates and starting goalies for Black Friday

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Phoenix Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi has been out since the 2nd game of the season with a concussion, still doesn’t know when he’ll able to return. Regarding physical activity Lombardi said, “I haven’t been able to do anything.”
  • Jonas Siegel of AM640: Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start in net for the Maple Leafs on Friday and Saturday. JS Giguere is getting closer to returning, “If I had a weekend of practice ahead of me I’d say maybe Tuesday would be a great day,” said Giguere. “But who knows, might be before that, might be after that.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Jhonas Enroth was returned to the AHL, so it looks like Ryan Miller is ready to go. Derek Roy (elbow and migraines) should be ready for tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs. Craig Rivet will likely be a healthy scratch again.

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Canucks Rick Rypien granted leave of absence

Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks has been granted a leave of absence by the NHL. Rypien has been a healthy scratch recently, after coming back from a 6 game suspension for attacking a fan.

At the end of today’s practice, the team was summoned to a quite where the they were likely told.

Coach Alain Vigneault would only say it was for a personal matter.

Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Two years ago, Rypien also missed time for ‘personal’ reasons. “But Rypien’s “personal” issues are widely believed related to the 25-year-old’s mental health. The Canucks will be doing everything they can to help him.” The team will stick by Rypien, they have a full time team psychologist.