Archive for October, 2011

Alfie has concussion and on the IR … Avery on re-enty … Scouting Oilers … Brodeur activated … New lines in Buffalo

  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Daniel Aldredsson is out with a concussion, and will be out until his concussion like symptoms are gone. Nikita Filatov will remain with the team. Craig Anderson will start in net tomorrow against the Bruins. Chris Stevenson via twitter: The Senators have put Daniel Aldredsson on the IR, he’s eligible to come back on Saturday.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Rangers have put Sean Avery on re-entry waivers. Trevor Gillies (NYI) and DJ King (WAS) were put on waivers. Detroit’s Fabian Brunnstrom clears waivers.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: One of the problems the Bruins are having is finding a trade partner. The Blue Jackets are the only other desperate team. Other teams may wait until December to be motivated to make a move.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Flames: Marty Turco is still working out with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and is hoping to land a backup job in the NHL. Francis thinks he could be a good mentor for Steve Mason in Columbus. The Penguins are 31-16-7 since Crosby went out with a concussion.
  • John Vogl via twitter: The Sabres have made some line adjustments: Vanek-Leino-Pominville, Adam-Roy-Stafford. Still have Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta & McCormick-Ellis-Boyes.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning winger Marty St. Louis is not practicing today, maintenance day. Ryan Malone is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: There is still no timetable to Travis Zajac’s return. He w0uldn’t say/rule out Dec. 3rd. Zajac is walking without a limp and added, “is easier than walking just with being in boots….You don’t use your Achilles as much.”
  • Tarik El-Bashir via twitter: 3 lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Chimera-Johansson-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Ward.

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Red Wings sign Niklas Kronwall to 7 year contract extension

Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Detroit Red Wings have signed Niklas Kronwall to a 7 year contract extension with a salary cap hit of $4.75 million.

Darren Dreger via twitter: Salary breakdown: “1) SB $1.25 + $3.25 mil. Years 2-4..$6 mil. Year 5) $5.5. Year 6) $3.5. Year 7) $1.75. Full NTC for 1st 5 yrs.” He has a limited no-trade clause in the final 2 years, Kronwall selects 10 teams he won’t go to.

It’s a decent number for Kronwall, and a smart idea for the Red Wings to lock him up before he became a UFA at the end of the season. With the retirement of Brian Rafalski last year, and the yearly possibility of Nicklas Lidstrom retiring, it was imperative for the Wings to not lose Kronwall as well.

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Jackets president denies coaching/GM reports … Avery could be on re-entry today … Brodeur injury update … Markstrom may be Panthers #1 goalie

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets president Mike Priest “vehemently denied reports” that he had spoken with Ken Hitchcock about the possibility of returning to coach the team, or that he reached out to Craig Button about the GM position. Priest noted that any change would be spearheaded by owner John P. McConnell. Hitchcock and Button denied the report as well.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: The Rangers are expected to place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers today according to reports. Last Thursday against the Leafs, fans were chanting his name. If he clears re-entry, he could be in the lineup on Thursday.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Martin Brodeur is still bothered by his sore shoulder, and he doesn’t think it will ever be 100%. It’s something that has bothered him for years, but he was able to play through it. Brodeur noted, “Even if I had it scoped (arthroscopic surgery) and they went in there and cleaned it up, it would be four months (recovery) after that.” Depending how practice goes the next couple days, he could be back in uniform on Wednesday at the earliest against the Maple Leafs.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins are off to a 3-7 start, and have scored 2 or less goals in 8 of their 10 games. GM Peter Chiarelli has been working the trade front, but it’s not known if he thinks now is the time to make a move. He, and the players think they can turn it around. Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont hasn’t heard anything on the trade front.
  • George Richards Miami Herald: Jacob Markstrom may have taken the Panthers starting job away from Jose Theodore. “I was so happy to see Jacob get in there and do so well,’’ he said. “One of my jobs here is to help him and try to mentor him the best I can. I was really excited to see him do so well. It was great to see. He played great under some tough circumstances.’’
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets management and coaches will meet to today to decide the future of Ryan Johansen who played his 9th game last night.

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Turris hurting his development … Moves could be happening in Columbus Monday … Lightning had interest in Bernier … Pronger video … Sutton hit

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Kyle Turris’ agent remains hopeful that he will get an offer sheet. Some league execs believe Turris and his agent Overhardt misplayed the situation. “The only one being hurt by this is the player because it’s hurting his development,” said a league executive speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I don’t know what has gone on there, but I don’t see (Turris) winning.” There were rumors that the Canucks may sign him to an offer sheet, but sources say that isn’t happening.

    “Turris hasn’t been shopped around at all,” said the executive. “Any team that has spoken to Maloney has been told he’s not going to be dealt.”

    Many believe that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier could be the next to go. Bob Gainey could be his replacement, Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois is another option. The Blue Jackets have been trying to make a trade without much luck. GM Howson has refused to fire coach Scott Arniel, but he may have no choice soon. They are getting calls for defenseman Kris Russell and center Derick Brassard. The Lightning tried to trade for Jonathan Bernier at the draft and there is talk that the Kings may look to move him at some point. The Kings are trying to trade Dustin Penner and his $4.5 million salary. He may get more interest once his salary number goes down.

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Flames: The NHL and NHLPA are looking at some prototype shoulder pads that are more form fitting and not made of hard plastic. The league is also looking into “neck guards, cut-proof underwear, Kevlar socks, longer gloves and wrist guard.” NHL realignment is becoming more complicated than a simple swap of the Jets and a Western Conference team. “The movement now revolves around having teams in four divisions with the playoff playdowns in each division first. Each team would play home and home games against each team outside its division.”
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Sources are saying that Blue Jackets president Mike Priest has contacted Ken Hitchcock about coming back to coach the team. Former GM Craig Button has also been contacted. GM Scott Howson and/or coach Scott Arniel could be fired on Monday. Other potential coaches/GMs may have been contacted. Button and Hitchcock worked together with the Stars in the 90′s.
  •  Tim Panaccio of the CSN Philly: Flyers center Danny Briere missed last night’s game due to an upper body injury. It’s not expected that he’ll miss more time.
  • AP in the Globe and Mail: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is suffering from some blurred vision from the eye drops and doesn’t know when he’ll return.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton will meet with Brendan Shanahan on Monday regarding his hit on Avs Gabriel Landeskog on Friday, and has been suspended for at least tonight’s game.

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Seguin has congenital hip condition … Turris interests Sens … Doughty expected to return tonight … Hulsizer signs purchase agreement … Scouting Wings-Sharks

  • Fluto Shinzawa and michael Vega of the Boston Globe: According to an ESPNBoston report, Tyler Seguin was born with a congenital hip condition. It could make him more injury prone in the future if he doesn’t keep up strength in the hip area to a prevent repetitive stress injury. GM Peter Chiarelli said in an email that he is not concerned about the condition. Seguin is leading the Bruins in scoring with 9 points in 9 games, and found himself practicing on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Coach Claude Julien put the David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton line back together. Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston: A source said that the condition could lead to an injury that could require surgery that may shorten his career. A hip expert who hasn’t examined Seguin, “The worst-case scenario is they start to develop recurring symptoms consistent of a groin pull, hip flexor strains, difficulty getting their hips in certain positions, reduced rotation, increase in pain and reduced levels of performance.”

    “I’m not going to comment whether it’s congenital or not,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t want to get into details what we think it is or isn’t and I don’t want any alarm bells going off. Like I said, you can go through our roster and there are probably 12 or 13 guys with something similar or the same thing.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are reportedly one of the six or seven teams interested in Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris. The Flames and Canucks have shown interest as well but have been informed that he isn’t going anywhere. Doug MacLean said that Turris could be a 2nd line center.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Coyotes. Slava Voynov could be the odd man out and assigned to the AHL. Jonathan Quick will get the start tonight, Sunday’s starter is yet to be determined.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer has signed a purchase agreement to buy the St. Louis Blues. The dollar amount is expected to be below the reported the $185 million.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Scouts at the Sharks-Red Wings game: Senators, Flames, Capitals, Hurricanes, Predators, Lightning, Kings, Canucks and Maple Leafs.
  • Jason Bothchord of the Vancouver Province: Cody Hodgson is moving to the wing on the 2nd line. Chris Higgins drops from the 2nd to 3rd line. Ryan Kesler and David Booth haven’t clicked yet, and there may be some questions if they are too similar as they both have a shoot-first mentality.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Wings shifted Justin Abdelkader to center last night. “Wherever the team needs me, I’ll go chip in and help,” Abdelkader said, “whether it’s fourth line, third line, wing or center, whatever it is. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I’ll do. Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore is healthy enough now to return to game action, but will have to win a spot in the lineup. It’s unknown when he’ll make his debut.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Rick DiPietro seems ready to make his first start of the year for the Islanders tonight against the Sharks.

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Coyotes trade for center Cal O’Reilly

Jim Gintonio via twitter: The Phoenix Coyotes have traded for center Cal O’Reilly from the Nashville Predators for a 2012 4th round pick. GM Maloney said the door is still open for Turris.

O’Reilly will be a RFA after this season, and is carrying a $1.05 million cap hit.

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Nugent-Hopkins stays with Oilers … Gaborik-Richards broken up … Reimer ready for Sunday … Markov not skating … Starting goalies

  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards were broken up at practice. Wolski-Christensen-Gaborik, Dubinsky-Richards-Callahan.
  • Terry Koshan via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson expects James Reimer to be ready on Sunday. Phil Kessel is expected to play tomorrow night. David Alter via twitter: Wilson said that Kessel is a little banged up from last night.
  • James Murphy via twitter: If the Bruins are looking for a forward, Murphy says to keep an eye on Johnny Boychuk as the odd man out.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Avalanche put Cedrick Desjardins on waivers. The Jets put Brett MacLean on waivers. Jets Aaron Gagnon clears waivers.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks. Ray Emery could get the start on Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside debate the Kyle Turris – Phoenix Coyotes issue

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Video corner: Price napping in the crease … Brown-Newbury chuck knuckles

Carey Price misplays Tomas Plekanec’s faceoff win.

Maple Leafs Mike Brown and Rangers Kris Newbury chuck knuckles

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Chiarelli working the phones … Larsson and Landeskog staying … Scouting the Oils-Caps … Stajan may be a scratch again

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: The Bruins are struggling and GM Peter Chiarelli may not have much of a choice but to make some changes to his roster. They are currently last in the Eastern Conference. In an email Chiarelli said that he’s “diligently” calling other teams to see what’s available. He is likely looking for scoring help. Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron were given the opportunity to replace Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi, but neither one has a point. David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton have struggled. They may have trouble finding a team that is eager to help out the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Dupont mentions Kyle Turris, but notes that he’d need at least 2 weeks of training before he’d be in game shape.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello confirmed that 2011 1st round pick Adam Larsson will remain with the team. Since Larsson has played 2 years in the Swedish Elite League, he is eligible to be sent to the AHL at any point during the season.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Gabriel Landeskog will remain with the Avalanche, and will carry a $3.575 million cap hit. His cap hit is important as they needed it to stay about the salary floor. He has 4 goals in 9 games, and is playing on the 3rd line with Ryan O’Reilly and Daniel Winnik.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks forward Jason Blake is recovering from tendon damage to his left wrist, and hopes to begin the rehab process soon. “You like to think you’re a fast healer if you put the time in off the ice as much as you can to rehabilitate your hand and try to get your strength back,” Blake said. “Hopefully you can come back sooner. That’s my goal. “Obviously I’d like to be playing the first week of January. If that’s feasible, I don’t know.”
  • Randy Sportak of the Calagary Sun: Flames forward Matt Stajan might be back in the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch against the Avs. He was practicing between Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos. Stajan is in the 2nd year of a 4 year, $14 million deal. Flames coach Brent Sutter may go with 11 forwards and 7 defenseman again, which may mean that Stajan sits again.

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Schenn breaks foot … Crosby out for weekend … Carter doubtful for weekend … Devils lines … Starting goalies

  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Kovalchuk-Parise-Palmieri; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Henrique-Clarkson; Mills-Carter-Janssen. Defensive pairings: Greene-Fayne; Salvador-Volchenkov; Tallinder-Larsson; Fraser an extra
  • NY Islanders via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight against the Penguins. Rick DiPietro will be the back up. Defenseman Milan Jurcina is out.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks. Dan Ellis might get the start on Sunday in Columbus.
  • Jason Gregor via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers. Devan Dubnyk will start in net tomorrow in Colorado.

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