Archive for December, 2011

Ehrhoff out weeks … Bozak could be out … Blake could return next week … Duchene out a month … Reimer to start

  • ESPN: Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was injured in a fight last night in the first period. He didn’t return, and according to coach Lindy Ruff, Ehrhoff will “miss some time … probably weeks.”
  • Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak crashed into the boards during practice yesterday and was not able to finish. His status for tonight won’t be known until today. Matthew Lombardi is close, and could possible take Bozak’s spot.

    “We have to figure that out. We don’t have room right now unless we find out (Bozak) is hurt bad enough that he could go on IR, which is seven days,” Wilson said. “But if he is only to possibly miss one game if at all, I don’t know what we would do in that situation.”

  • Brian McNally via twitter: The Capitals have put Mike Green on the IR retroactive to Nov. 11. The Caps are now able to add Cody Eakin. Green be able to come off the IR at any time.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks winger Jason Blake is ahead of schedule on his recovery from a torn tendon in his wrist. He was scheduled for a mid-to-late January return, but he could be in the lineup next Wednesday or Friday.
  • Jack Anderson via twitter: Capitals GM Goerge McPhee on Evgeni Kuznetsov: “He should be here next year. He’s ready to play up here and he needs to play in a better league.”

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29 GM are not reasonable … Avery waived … Myers injury taking longer to heal … Wisniewski out 6 weeks … Starting goalies

  • Brian Burke via twitter: “Always looking to upgrade our team in terms of trades! Always! 24/7! Not easy! The other 29 GM’s are simply not reasonable!”
  • David Staples via twitter: “All those folks burning to trade Hemsky, what will you reasonably expect for him? Makes no sense to trade him at such low value.”
  • Mike Harrington via twitter: The Sabres 4-6 week timeline for Tyler Myers injury was always very optimistic. Scaphoid injuries can be 8-12 weeks. John Vogl via twitter: Myers said there is no timeline on his return from wrist surgery:

    “It’s not quite where it needs to be for me … to jump back in. It’s just taking a little longer than we hoped for. I’ll come back as soon as I’m ready. It’s just a matter of making sure I don’t come back too early to put it at risk for reinjury.”

    Mike Heika via twitter: Stars forward Brenden Morrow didn’t practice but is still hoping to play tomorrow.

  • Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues forward Alex Steen has concussion-like symptoms and won’t pay tonight. Oshie, Sobotka and Langenbrunner are in.
  • George Richards via twitter: Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers against the Rangers. Jose Theodore will start on New Years Eve against the Canadiens.

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Trade notes on Schneider and the Avs … Jan. 1st if key for some free agents … Injury notes on Crosby, Wisniewski, Duchene and Morrow

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Answering mailbag questions: “If the Avalanche is in the playoff hunt when the deadline presents itself (Feb. 27), then I think there’s an excellent chance the Avs will be buyers. They’ve got the cap room to do something like pick up a name guy, even if as only a rental.”
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Players who signed a 1-year deals can’t sign contract extensions until after January 1st. “What makes this year unique is that the CBA expires after this season, which means players and teams may not be as eager to sign midseason extensions until they have a good feel for what the structure of the new CBA will be.” Shea Weber is the most notable player waiting for Jan. 1st, but there are a few others who may also be looking to sign an extension. Blues ‘backup’ Brian Elliott signed a 1 year, $600,000 deal in the offseason and has a 14-4-0 record with a 1.63 GAA. Blues GM Doug Armstrong: “Right now our policy is we wait until the 45-50 [game] mark until we worry about next year’s team,” Armstrong said. “We’ll get well into the New Year and see.” Oilers defenseman Corey Potter got off to a hot start before injuring his ankle, but is establishing himself as a top 4 Dman. Blues forward T.J. Oshie is on pace for 27 goals, and is willing to talk extension. ”We’re open to it,” said agent Matthew Oates of O2K Management Group. “The biggest thing is for T.J. to keep doing what he’s doing and the team to keep winning. T.J. loves St. Louis.” Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray got a fresh start from GM Joe Nieuwendyk, and had put up 15 points in his 1st 33 games.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: It’s not looking like Sidney Crosby will be returning to the Penguins lineup anytime soon. There is no timetable, and no indication from the team or medical staff if there are plans to shut him down for the season.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on defenseman James Wisniewski ankle: “It’s broken. Our docs will look at him tomorrow.” It may not be season ending.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene left last night’s game in the 1st period with a knee injury. It looked like he caught his skate in a rut while delivering a hit. He’ll be re-evaluated today. Defenseman Jan Hejda took an elbow from Raffi Torres in the 2nd period. He finished the game, but said afterwards that he wasn’t feeling 100%.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:  Stars captain Brenden Morrow left last night’s game after he took a puck right on the MCL that has bothered him for years.  On what his prognosis might be, “I have no idea. I’ve sprained them before, but I don’t know if I’ve ever taken a slapshot off of one. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow and just try to keep the swelling down.”


Caps may be getting a shakeup … Weber out Friday, unlikely for Sunday … Sens sign 2 1st rounders … Green hopeful for next week … Kane at center

  • Josh Rimer via twitter: “Been told if Washington Capitals Lose at home to NY Rangers tonight expect a Shake up, and when I say shake up I’m talking Trade.”
  • Don Brennan via twitter: The Senators have signed 1st round picks Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen to entry-level deals.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Lindy Ruff on Nathan Gerbe: “Nathan is getting real close. He could possibly be an option for one of these two games, maybe.”
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said Mike Green is “about 80 percent” and hopes to play next week.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight against the Flames. Brian Rolston is in. Haley, Pandolfo and Staios are out. Jesse Spector via twitter: David Ullstrom was put on the IR by the Islanders. Brian Rolston was activated from the IR.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks tomorrow against the Red Wings.

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NHL Trade talk could be picking up … Whitney, Lombardi, Koivu hope to return soon … Hedman day-to-day … Sekera out weeks

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson:

    “We’re going to be open to discussions, yes,” Howson said. “There’s nothing imminent right now; I don’t have anything on the burner right now. But certainly between now and over the next couple of months, we’re going to be very active, yes.”

    Rick Nash likely isn’t going anywhere but what about Jeff Carter?

    “I have no intention of trading Jeff at this point,” Howson said.

    Derick Brassard will be in play, as well as rental players like Vaclav Prospal, Sammy Pahlsson and Kristian Huselius. LeBrun thinks the Kings and Red Wings will be interested in Ales Hemsky if he becomes available. The Predators are now able to negotiate with Shea Weber and GM David Poile is expected to chat “sometime in January.” Ryan Suter is a more pressing need as he’s a UFA at the end of the year. From Suter agent, Neil Sheehy:

    “David and I continue to talk, but there’s nothing new to report at this point.”

    The Bruins will have 6 UFAs: Chris Kelly, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Joe Corvo and Johnny Boychuk.

    The Hurricanes have 5 UFAs that may be traded: Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen, Jaroslav Spacek, Tuomo Ruutu and Alexei Ponikarovsky. The Hurricanes are about $3 million over the salary cap, so they can’t just dump salaries. By the trade deadline the cap numbers may not have as much of an impact as it would if they made a deal soon.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers winger Ales Hemsky practiced with a non-contact jersey, but he’ll skate today to see if he’s able to go. There are 25 games for the Oilers before the Feb. 27th trade deadline day. The Red Wings and Kings might be interested in Hemsky. It’s unlikely the Red Wings would give up their top defenseman prospect, Brendan Smith, for him. The Oilers would likely want a Dman in any Hemsky deal.

    “I’m not worried about it (trade or new deal). You guys can talk about this,” Hemsky said. “Whatever happens, happens.

    “If it happens here or somewhere else, it’s out of my hands.”

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Before Christmas there were rumors that Eric Staal could be heading to Toronto. Bill Watters was one of the main sources for the rumors. Eric Staal:

    “(Trade talk) just kind of comes with the territory with what’s going on with the season. But I’m trying to focus on what I’m trying to do here.”

    Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has said that Staal and Cam Ward won’t be going anywhere.

    “To be honest I wasn’t that worried about it,” said Staal, who has a cap hit of $8.25 million US on a contract that runs through 2015. “Those are things that are out of my control. If it comes to me, I’ll deal with the situation when it arises.

    “It’s obviously nice that Jim said what he said. He’s a guy I have the most respect for and someone I won a Stanley Cup with.”

  • Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times: One way for the Lightning to fix their season is to find a goalie. Big names like Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller could be available, but Evgeni Nabokov would be a much cheaper target.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont is more intrigued with Bobby Ryan than Rick Nash. “I might–again, might–be intrigued by a Ryan-for-Bruins Seguin discussion.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney didn’t skate yesterday, but did travel with the team and hopes to return to the lineup sometime during their 6-game road trip.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Nobody is suggesting he has a concussion. Eric Brewer was able to practice.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators defenseman Shea Weber didn’t skate yesterday and is doubtful for Friday.

    “Every day that they don’t skate makes them less probable that they will play the next game,” Trotz said. “It’s still day-to-day with no definite time frame. He didn’t skate today, so at this point, it’s looking doubtful for Friday.”

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Saku Koivu has been practicing with the Ducks and when he returns to the lineup will be up to him according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Ron Wilson hasn’t spoken with doctors regarding Matthew Lombardi, but he’s getting close.

    “Pretty close, I think,” Lombardi said when asked about a possible return date following the Maple Leafs’ spirited and physical practice on Tuesday. “Just waiting on the OK to go. We’ll see what the medical staff says and go from there.”

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Madden heading to Florida … Staal NOT being traded … Crosby still has symptoms … Starting goalies

  • Josh Rimer via twitter: “I will once again say that Eric Staal is NOT being Traded. He is the Franchise!”
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Cotsonika spoke with a GM who anticipates trades to happen early in the new year. The bigger trades happened well before the trade deadline last year.
  • Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Sidney Crosby still has symptoms. He’s doing light exercises. Defenseman Kris Letang is feeling better.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: Andrei Markov is still not skating. Earliest return may not be until mid-to-late February.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles is with the team on their road trip and hopes to skate with them later this week.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tomorrow. Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray are out 10-14 days.

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Blue Jackets will be active … Sharks carrying 3 goalies for now … Lehtonen to be actived, Raycroft to be waived … Luongo to start

  • Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on his struggling team, “We’ll be active.”

    “The first six or seven weeks of the season, it was too disjointed,” he said. “We had (James) Wisniewski out. We had (Jeff) Carter out. We had (Radek) Martinek out. We had (Mark) Dekanich out. … It was just too disjointed to get a clear picture. The picture is becoming clearer now. We aren’t playing well enough and … me as management has to find a solution to help the team.”

    “Everything’s on the table,” he said. “We’ve got to look at everything. We’ve got to seriously look at everything. Now that’s different than saying, ‘I’m going to phone every GM tomorrow and say who do you want, (Rick) Nash, Carter or (R.J.) Umberger?’ but we’ve got to look at the whole situation and we’ve got to consider everything.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks management have their mid-season meetings on Jan. 14th, where they make some decision on what they’ll do before the Feb. 28th trade deadline.

    “We’re carrying three goalies now and we can’t predict the future,” said Wayne Thomas, who doubles as the Sharks’ goalie coach and assistant general manager. “We can’t predict other teams’ needs, we can’t predict our needs. What we try to do is just keep all three of them ready. That’s the job.”

  • Jim Jamieson via twitter: Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Canucks against the Sharks. Cory Schneider will start on Thursday or Saturday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen should be ready to go tomorrow against the Blue Jackets. Lehtonen will need to be activated from the IR. As a result, Andrew Raycroft has been informed that he’ll be put on waivers today. Richard Bachman will be the backup after going 5-2-0 with a 2.76 GAA while Lehtonen was out.
  • Erik Erendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning forward Martin St. Louis must wear a full cage for the next month as he recovers from an eye injury. Once he’s able to remove the full the full cage, he’ll be putting on a plastic visor for the 1st time in 15 years.

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Injury notes on Weber, Byfugien, Peverley, Koivu, Blake, Russell and Higgins

  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was scratched last night due to a lower body injury. He’s had a knee issue for awhile.
  • Jeff Miller of the OC Register: Ducks center Saku Koivu practiced yesterday and will be a game time decision on Thursday. Winger Jason Blake practiced with the team as well. Lines at yesterday’s practice: Niklas Hagman-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan-Nick Bonino-Teemu Selanne, Matt Beleskey-Andrew Cogliano-Andrew Gordon, Jean-Francois Jacques-Rod Pelley-George Parros, Kyle Palmieri-Saku Koivu-Jason Blake.

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Weber, Liles and Gagne out with concussions … Holmstrom out 10 days … Weiss, Phillips out … Green practices … Lines and starting goalies

  • Nashville Predators via twitter: Predators defenseman Shea Weber is out with a concussion. He’ll be evaluated daily, there is no timetable for his return.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Kings forward Simon Gagne is out with a concussion, and likely saves Andrei Loktionov from being assigned to the AHL.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Panthers forward Stephen Weiss is not expected to play tonight against the Leafs. It’s not a shoulder or knee injury, and is not considered serious.
  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green practiced with the team for the 1st time since his groin injury. Chuck Gormley via twitter: Mike Green: “I just need a few skates to get my lungs and my legs back and I’ll be back in no time.”
  • Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers lines: Flash-Matthias-Bradley; Kopecky-Santorelli-Versteeg; Barch-Kennedy-Repik; Thomas-Cullen-Dadanov
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders lines: Moulson-Tavares-Okposo, Rolston-Nielsen-Parenteau, Grabner-Bailey-Niederreiter, Martin-Reasoner-Wallace.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson; Boulton-Sestito-Carter-Janssen.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Patrick Kane, Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador not practicing for the Blackhawks today.

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Wilson gets 1 year extension … Flyers injuries … Whitney has tendinitis … Gagne injured … Carcillo close … Smith-Pelly breaks foot

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been dealing with chronic back pain. Forward James van Riemsdyk is said to have a “cam impingement in his hip” and a ‘banged up” knee. Sources say that he could require offseason surgery on the hip. Daniel Briere expects to be able to go tonight.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney missed 47 games last year after dislocating a tendon in his right ankle, and has missed 18 games this year with ankle issues, now has tendinitis in the surgically repaired ankle. He missed yesterday’s game but could be ready for Thursday.

    Tom Renny: “The ankle has been a little bit weak because he’s pushing himself to get back to where he wants to be and it’s inevitable that there’s some residual pain there. He’s developed the tendinitis because he’s pushed it. We’re being safe. On the heels of the Christmas break, if we can give him five or six days off, I think it’ll help him a lot.”

  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo skated yesterday for the 1st time in days. He suffered an upper-body injury (or a possible concussion) on Dec. 14th. He’s missed the last 5 games, but could be ready to return once he gets his conditioning back. He hopes to play tomorrow against the Kings.
  • Washington Post: Capitals center Mathieu Perreault went to the hospital with an upper-body injury last night. He stayed overnight in Buffalo and will return to Washington today. He was injured in the 3rd when his stick got stuck in the boards and jammed into his midsection.
  • Gord Miller via twitter: World Junior Championship players by NHL team: Ana: 6 Bos: 2 Buf: 2 Cgy: 3 Car: 2 Chi: 6 Col: 1 CBJ: 5 Dal: 4 Det: 4 Edm: 4 Fla: 7 LA: 3 Min: 6 Mtl: 4 Nas: 2 NJ: 2 NYI: 2 NYR: 1 Ott: 4 Phi: 0 Phx: 3 Pit: 3 StL: 3 SJ: 1 TB: 4 Tor: 1 Van: 1 Was: 1 Wpg: 2.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks prospect Devante Smith-Pelly broke a bone in his foot during Canada’s victory over Finland yesterday at the WJC. He’ll be out 4-6 weeks.

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Big decisions for Brodeur … Wilson gets extension … Injured Sabres, Vanek’s status unknown

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The 39 year old Martin Brodeur is in the final year of contract. If he decides to come back next season, would he be willing to be a part-time mentor to a younger goalie? Claude Lemieux’s thoughts on Brodeur:

    “It’s a decision great goalies have to make. Do I want to fade away, maybe becoming a mentor in a number two spot and keep playing? Or, if I can’t be the number one guy and play 60 games, I don’t want to be there.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised with Marty if he didn’t mind just fading away helping the young guys because of his personality. I know Patty (Roy) couldn’t do it because of his personality. It would surprise me if Marty wouldn’t be okay with it.”

    Brodeur’s thoughts:

    “Anything is possible,” Brodeur said. “You have to enjoy what you do. Sometimes you take different roles. I’ve been here for so long that I’ve had different roles regardless of me playing or not playing. Just watching guys and helping guys during their careers to make the right decisions. You have to think the right way and go through hurdles for success.”

    A decision on his future likely won’t come until after the season.

  • Ron Wilson via twitter: “He came! He came!” Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!”

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Change of scenery needed for Hemsky? Could the Oilers trade Smyth? Wings could use scoring winger … Wilson wants contract in stocking

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers winger Ales Hemsky will be a UFA at the end of the season, but is struggling offensively (3 goals and 8 assists). It may be time for a change of scenery for Hemsky. Teams will be calling. The Red Wings, Predators, Penguins and Rangers could be interested. Teams will be calling the Ducks about Teemu Selanne, but Matheson could only see Selanne agreeing to play in Winnipeg if the Jets are in the hunt. Matheson wonders if the Oilers would go to Ryan Smyth to see if he’d want to play for a contender this year? “Absolutely, and, if the Oilers frame it right, they can assure No. 94, who should probably have his number retired here one day, that they’ll re-sign him after July 1 so he’ll have the best of both worlds.”
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Khan thinks the Red Wings will make a move by the deadline, and a scoring winger is at the top of their list.
  • Stu Cowan in the Ottawa Citizen: Cowan thinks the Canadiens should hire Guy Carbonneau as the teams next head coach.

    “I got fired by Bob (Gainey), and Pierre Gauthier was there, so I don’t know what Geoff would do,” Carbonneau said. “I loved what I did when I was in Montreal, I enjoyed everything that was around it, even if it was hard . . . I think there’s nothing that’s ever easy. But I definitely want to go back behind a (NHL) bench, and I think Montreal is a great place for that.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks forward Martin Havlat had surgery and “can’t do much for the next two or three weeks.” Goalie Antero Niittymaki is back from his 3 game conditioning stint.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles missed last night’s game with a neck injury, but will be ready to return on Tuesday.

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