Archive for November, 2011

The Canucks goalie situation … On waivers today … Hedman to get extension … Perron close … Injury updates … Starting goalies

  • Pierre LeBrunn and Scott Burnside of ESPN: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider trade value continues to rise, but the question is, should they trade him? Burnside would be shocked if they moved him this season,  if at all. LeBrun says that through his talks with Canucks management, they still believe in Roberto Luongo. LeBrun would wait until the off-season before deciding how to handle the goaltending future. Burnside wonders what market their would be for Luongo. He mentions a Luongo-Lecavalier possibility. LeBrun shoots down Lecavalier and the Canucks with “You’re on crack” if you think they’d touch his contract.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Flames put Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond on waivers. The Rangers put Andre Deveaux on waivers. Devils Brad Mills and Avs Joakim Lindstrom clear waivers.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators forward Nikita Filatov’s nose isn’t complete broken, x-ray revealed a fracture. Filatov says he should be able to go tomorrow against the Stars. He didn’t return last night because he had a headache/dizziness from the hit.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators forward Chris Neal (sprained ankle) said he could play tomorrow, but the Sens may be cautious with him.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Lines at Leafs practice: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel. MacArthur-Connolly-Kulemin. Crabb-Colborne-Frattin. Rosehill-Grabovski-Dupuis. Steckel.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: NJ Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Carter-Clarkson; Boulton-Sestito-Janssen.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against Semyon Varlamov and the Avalanche.

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Morning NHL rumors involving Jarome Iginla, Ryan Miller and the Flyers need for a defenseman

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: If Jarome Iginla is thinking about asking for a trade or possibly open to the idea of moving on, he isn’t saying so. He still believes that Calgary is the best situation for him.

    “I want to win here and believe we can be a good team here. That’s really where my thoughts are,” Iginla said.

    “It’s 60 games left, a lot of season. It’s a lot of time for us to make our way back.”

    The 34 year old Iginla has one more year on his contract at $7 million. He may not want to go through another rebuilding process.

    “It’s just the way it works, the way media is, as far as Internet and how easy it is to just run with a story,” he continued. “It’s not always accurate, that’s for sure, but that’s fine. I’m not blaming anybody, but there are things you read that aren’t accurate and you just move on.

    “The best way to stop a story is to win games and climb in the standings.”

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: If Flames GM Jay Feaster decides he wants to move Iginla, he’ll need to get him to waive his no-movement clause and a blessing from ownership. If Iginla decides he wants to be traded, LeBrun thinks the Bruins will be one of the teams that will be interested.

    Over the weekend Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reported that Ryan Miller wanted out of Buffalo.

    “That is not true at all, and I have never made any comment concerning my status with the team,” Miller told ESPN.com via text message Tuesday. “I am proud of being a Sabre for all we have accomplished, and I am excited about the new chapter Terry and Kim Pegula have inspired. I am working hard to get healthy and build my game back to where I want it so I can start to contribute to an effort to build a championship team.”

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Ducks’ chief executive, Michael Schulman gave GM Bob Murray a vote of confidence.

    “We are certainly frustrated with the results to this point but remain optimistic that we can turn this season around,” Schulman said. “Bob has been largely responsible for a great deal of our success since he joined the organization, and we have complete confidence he will lead us out of this difficult time as well.”

  • Jay Greenberg of CSN Philly: Injuries have hit the Flyers blueline, and they will likely go with some call-ups for now. “People I talk to, everybody is looking for a defenseman now, not looking to trade one.” said Holmgren. That could change if the Flyers decided to offer up one of their core young forwards.
  • Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys: Sources are telling Leed that Chris Pronger’s knee surgery could keep him out longer than the expected 4 weeks. The Flyers are concerned about Pronger’s injuries, and GM Paul Holmgren has been working the phones for a defenseman. Sources have confirmed that the Flyers have contacted the Flames about Mark Giordano and Scott Hannan. Putting Andreas Nodl on waivers put the Flyers at 49 contracts. The Hurricanes are willing to move a defenseman or two for a top 9 forward. The Flyers are not interested in Tomas Kaberle. They could offer draft picks for Tim Gleason ($2.9 million) or Bryan Allen ($2.75 million). Philly has the Kings 2nd round pick, either a 2012 or 2013 2nd round pick from the Panthers, and a 2013 3rd round pick from the Wild, to go along with their picks that they could offer up. Lightning Bruno Gervais is another potential target. The Canucks have been shopping Keith Ballard, but Leed doesn’t see the Flyers interested in his $4.2 million salary. The Flyers don’t have any interest in moving Matt Carle or Sergei Bobrovsky at the moment. For now they will go with Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon, but they’ll likely need another steady defenseman at some point.
  • David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have sent Keith Aulie back to the Marlies, so Carl Gunnarsson will play tonight.

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Injury updates on Leopold, Miller, Kaleta, Letang, Michalek, Kulikov, Filatov and Kuba

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold left night’s game after the 1st period with an upper-body injury. “He’s hurting,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “I don’t know if he’ll miss time or not.” The Sabres are already without defenseman Tyler Myers and Mike Weber. TJ Brennan, who was just returned on Monday, could be recalled. They may also give Drew Schiestel or Joe Finley a shot. Patrick Kaleta took part in yesterday’s morning skate, but his groin injury wasn’t healed enough for him to go. Ryan Miller should take part in practice today. Cody McCormick skated for the yesterday for the first time.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek return to Pittsburgh yesterday for further evaluation. No word on Michalek’s issue.
  • Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov suffered a deep cut to his lower leg in the 2nd period last night and didn’t return. He’ll be evaluated today.
  • Allen Panzeri via twitter: Senators forward Nikita Filatov left last night’s game after he suffered a broken nose. Defenseman Filip Kuba left with an upper body injury.

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Hurricanes claim Nodl … Interest in Bobrovsky, but Flyers don’t want to trade him … Neal fined … Staal skates … Reimer back Saturday

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Hurricanes have claimed Andreas Nodl off waivers from the Flyers. The Avalanche put Joakim Lindstrom on waivers. The Devils put Brad Mills on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen clears re-entry waivers.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been symptom free for the last 5 weeks and has begun the next step in his recovery, skating on his own. He skated yesterday and today.
  • NY Islanders via twitter: Al Montoya will start in net for the Islanders tonight. Reasoner and Nino are in. Haley is a scratch.

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Hall out 2-4 weeks … Rask likely staying, Bruins could explore Krejci’s value … Ducks shopping Ryan … Gauthier scouting LA-SJ … injury updates

  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Taylor Hall will be out 2 to 4 weeks with a left shoulder injury.

    “I thought I was going to be out for a shorter period of time,” he said, “but two to four weeks isn’t bad. It’s not like I’m missing a huge chunk of games, where it would take me three to four games to really get back into the swing of things.

    “I want to get back as quick as I can, obviously. I just have to try and rehab it as quick as possible .. make it as strong as possible.”

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC.ca: Other coaching situations to watch are in Calgary, Anaheim and Colorado. Eric Francis reported over the weekend that there won’t any changes in Calgary. The Ducks budget is stretched, which may may be evident in them passing up on Blake Comeau and his pro-rated $2.5 million salary. Flames GM Jay Feaster on Jarome Iginla: “He is part of the solution…We are not trading him.” The Wild and Predators made claims on Comeau, who the Flames ended up getting. The Islanders didn’t want to take on any salary in a Comeau trade, so they put him on waivers.
  • James Murphy of ESPN: Murphy doesn’t think the Bruins are considering trading Tuukka Rask now or in the near future. He is their future starting goalie. David Krejci will be a UFA at seasons end, but he may not able to expect “big money.” Murphy thinks that if Krejci continues to be average, they could explore what his trade value is, though he doesn’t think they’ll give up on him yet. Murphy doesn’t know if the Bruins have held contract talks with Chris Kelly.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Bobby Ryan found himself practicing with the 3rd line yesterday along with Ben Maxwell and Niklas Hagman. Matt Beleskey was on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Ducks backup Dan Ellis had an ultrasound yesterday on his groin injury.
  • Luke DeCock: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford acknowledged that their budget woes cost them the ability to get/keep veteran leadership. He mentioned Eric Cole and Ray Whitney.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Even with the possible return of Penner on Thursday, Terry Murray’s comments sounded like Dustin Brown could see more time at left wing.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defensemen Tobias Enstrom and Randy Jones are back skating. Enstrom is expected to be out until after Christmas. Jones could be 8 or 9 days away. Brett Festerling and Derek Meech are out indefinitely. Ron Hainsey hasn’t been able to go since last Wednesday.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: With Cory Schneider starting for the Canucks tonight, it makes a strong statement that he could be the number 1 goalie in Vancouver.

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Pacioretty gets a 3 game suspension for his hit on Letang

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty received a 3 game suspension for his hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.

Chris Johnston via twitter: The 3 game suspension will cost Pacioretty $26,351.34.

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Afternoon notes involving Pronger, Lilja, Nodl, Letang, Hall, Markov, Edler, Burrows, Seabrook, Eaves, Green, Miller and more

Philadelphia Flyers NHL.com: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will be out 4 weeks as he’s scheduled to have knee surgery tomorrow afternoon to remove some loose particles that have been bothering him for a month or so.

Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: The Flyers are putting Andreas Lilja on the LTIR.

Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers have created $5.6 million in cap space with Pronger and Lilja on the LTIR.

Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Flyers have put Andreas Nodl on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen is on re-entry waivers.

Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Penguins Kris Letang has yet to undergo a baseline test.

Jason Gregor via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall will have an MRI on his shoulder today. He’s optimistic it will be short term.

Eric Engels via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov could return on Wednesday against the Ducks, but playing the following night against the Sharks makes more sense.

Jason Botchford via twitter: Alex Edler is back practicing today. Alex Burrows is not practicing. Mason Raymond is with the Sedins.

Ben Meyer-Abbott via twitter: Blackhawks David Bolland and Brent Seabrook are expected to play tomorrow against the Coyotes.

Brian Hedger via twitter: According to the Red Wings, Patrick Eaves will be out 6-8 weeks as he requires surgery for his broken jaw.

Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated today and on Saturday. GM McPhee said there is still no timetable for his return.

John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Ryan Miller will join teammates at tomorrow’s morning skate and plans on practicing with the team on Wednesday.

Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Jay Pandolfo will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning forward Steve Downie is taking part in the morning skate, no word on if he’ll go tonight or not.

Corey Masisak via twitter: Lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Eakin, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Perreault-Hendricks-Halpern-Knuble.

Dan Tencer via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers.

Jason Botchford via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tomorrow.

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Hurricanes fire head coach Paul Maurice

The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Paul Maurice this morning. The Hurricanes sit 2nd last in the Eastern Conference with an 8-13-4 record.

Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Hurricanes are not practicing today. Kirk Muller will be introduced as the Hurricanes new head coach this evening.

John Buccigross via twitter: Maurice had a total record of 384-391-145 as head coach of the Hurricanes.

Luke DeCock via twitter: Kirk Muller is considered one of the top young coaches. He interviewed for head coaching jobs in Dallas, Minnesota and Ottawa this past summer.

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Should Pacioretty get suspended for hit on Letang?

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty levels Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on Saturday. Letang broke his nose, but did return to score the game winner.

Let us know in the comment section what you think of the hit? How many games (if any) should Pacioretty get?

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Capitals fire Boudreau, bring in Dale Hunter … Small market for Iginla? Miller wanting out of Buffalo? Ducks keeping coach, big 3 … Lehtonen to IR

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If Jarome Iginla decides he’d accept a trade from the Flames, Matheson doesn’t see a big market for him as he carries a $7 million salary this year and next, and most Stanley Cup contenders are close to the ceiling or maxed out. Matheson wonders if the Stars would be interested. Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard has been shopped around the league, but there have been no takers for him and his $3+ million salary. The Oilers would definitely like to acquire Cody Franson, but Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is in no hurry to move him. Matheson keeps hearing that Sabres goalie is out with a concussion and wouldn’t mind if the Sabres dealt him. The Sabres could use a top center, but have other holes as well. His wife is a California based actress but no California based team needs a goalie. Will the Lightning be calling the Wild  about their goaltenders during the summer? Josh Harding will be a UFA and Niklas Backstrom’s deal ends after next year. Would the Predators consider moving backup goalie Anders Lindback, and toss in a a Ryan Ellis or Jonathan Blum to get a forward? Matheson heard that the Wild turned down a Josh Harding for James van Riemsdyk trade when JVR was still at the University of New Hampshire a couple years ago.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Ducks GM Bob Murray said he won’t fire coach Randy Carlyle and he won’t trade any of Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry or Bobby Ryan, though he has had offers for them.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are 1 of 4 teams that have interest in Blue Jackets Derick Brassard. Brassard’s $3.2 million salary for the next 2 years is a stumbling block. The Sens, and pretty much every other team, have closed the book on Kyle Turris.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have placed Kari Lehtonen on the IR. They are still waiting for results from the MRI, but Heika thinks it could be a long-term injury. They have recalled Richard Bachman. Francis Wathier was also recalled, so Vernon Fiddler could be out.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could find out today the results for Taylor Hall’s MRI. If Hall is out for awhile, Matheson thinks they should move Magnus Paajarvi up with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. If Paajarvi can’t cut with Horcoff and Hemsky, it might be time for him to spend a few weeks in Oklahoma City in the AHL. Renny said that sending Paajarvi down “has been discussed.”
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson expects Carl Gunnarsson and David Steckel to return on Wednesday.
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insiders: Dustin Penner has been given clearance to resume full activity. He won’t play tonight, but should soon. Andrei Loktionov and Trent Hunter spot could be in jeopardy. Scott Parse hasn’t been on the ice in 3 weeks, and there is no indication when he’ll start.

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Sunday morning rumor update … D-day for Filatov coming … Injuries to Hall, Edler, Lehtonen, Daley, and Eaves

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
    • Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if the Stars showed interest in Jarome Iginla to help put the team back on the hockey map. If the Flames and Iginla (NTC) decide to move on, there will be plenty of teams interested. New Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is believed to be giving GM Joe Nieuwendyk the resources to add some salary.
    • Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has interest in a goaltending and defensemen. Yzerman isn’t offering anything up that teams are interested in for a defenseman. He’d move Mattias Ohlund, but no one is interested in his remaining 3 years with a $3.607 million cap hit. Yzerman could be targeting Jonathan Bernier.
    • The Blue Jackets are trying to get Bernier as well.
    • Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been trying to trade Keith Ballard, and would like to get a defenseman in return. They may try to get Matt Carle from the Flyers.
    • Don’t look for Islanders Kyle Okposo to get traded, he is wearing an “A”. Isles GM Garth Snow is looking for some forward help.
    • Avalanche coach Joe Sacco is on the hotseat.  Avs GM Greg Sherman may look to make a deal to shake things up. Center Paul Stastny’s name has come up. Many don’t think they’d move Stastny, but anything is possible in Colorado according to one league executive.
    • The Flames could be interested in Oilers center Sam Gagner.
    • The Hurricanes aren’t thrilled with Tomas Kaberle and have checked around to see if there is any interest.
    • The Blackhawks would like to add a defenseman.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Adding a goalie will likely be the main goal for Lightning GM Steve Yzerman this summer. Erlendsson doesn’t think they’ll make a change during the season. Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus are unknown projects who haven’t shown if they can play in the NHL. Cory Schneider and Jonathan Bernier could become trade options. The Lightning scouted the Kings late last year. A Vancouver scout was said to be scouting the Lightning’s AHL affiliate. Wild backup, Josh Harding, will be a UFA at the end of the year. A long shot could be 28 year old Vasily Koshechkin, a 2002 draft pick playing in Russia.
  • Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Kyle Turris was originally going to be sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint, but will now remain with the Coyotes.

    “Kyle has returned in phenomenal condition,” Maloney said. “We skated him hard two days in a row, and he looks strong and in shape, so we’ve decided to keep him with us. We still have the option to send him to Portland for a couple games next weekend, which we may, but it’s not in stone. We’re going to assess where he is in practice and potentially play him as early as next week.”

  • Darren Millard via twitter: Millard wonders if last night will be the last straw in Washington. Will management make a coaching change?
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray told Nikita Filatov that he’d make a decision on his playing future by November 30th. Filatov has said he’d rather go play in the KHL if there isn’t a roster spot in Ottawa. He has 6 points in his last 2 games, 12 points total in 14 games (not including last night’s game).
  • Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen took a shot off his right knee, just above the goalie pad. He left right after and didn’t return. (it also looked like he could have injured his groin.)
  • Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves was taken off the ice on a stretcher after taking a shot off the side of the head/face. He was taken to a hospital, and was diagnosed with a fractured jaw.

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