Archive for February, 2013

Calgary Flames File Offer Sheet on Ryan O’Reilly

10:00 PM

5:46 PM

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger is reporting the Calgary Flames have signed Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly to a offer sheet.
  • Contract:  Cap hit of $ 5,000.0 2012-2013: $1,000,000 salary with a signing bonus of  $2,500,000. 2013-2014: $6,500,000 salary.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Avalanche won’t like the $6.5 million in the second year as that becomes his qualifying offer.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: If they match the offer, the Avalanche can’t trade O’Reilly for one calender year from the date they match the offer.

If the Avalanche don’t match the offer, they will receive the Flames 1st and 3rd round draft picks this year.

 

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Quick Hits: DiPietro thought of suicide, Rask’s contract, Caps claim Volpatti, Three others to waivers, Realignment concerns

3:50 PM

  • New York Islanders: Islanders GM Garth Snow on Rick DiPietro’s comments:

    “We are aware of Rick’s comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport.”

3:45 PM

  • Brett Cyrgalis via twitter: “Rick DiPietro on report that he has contemplated suicide: “100 percent” facetious in his interview with @KMaherNews12 #Context” … “DP: “I’m just trying to bring light to fact of how important my wife has been. It’s been a trying last couple years.” … “DP: “There have been times that I’ve been depressed, and I don’t know where I’d be without the support of my wife.” .. “DP didn’t make fun of suicide, instead told @KMaherNews12 how important his wife was to him, and w/o her, “I might have driven into a tree.”

3:05 PM

  • Kevin Maher via twitter: Islanders Rick DiPietro said that with the Isles waiving him felt like: ”they ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet.” … “DiPietro also admitted injuries, losing and fan hatred over the past 3 years made him think about killing himself at one point.”
  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins Tuukka Rask will be a free agent at the end of the season and there is nothing new to report on it.

    “I don’t know, probably not,” Rask said after the team’s practice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. “I haven’t heard anything too crazy, yet, but we’ll see. Good thing I don’t have to talk to the GM, I’ve got an agent for that.”

    Rask signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract last summer and will be inline for a raise.

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Capitals claim Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Canucks. The Flyers put Michael Leighton and Tom Sestito on waivers. The Stars put Tom Wandell on waivers.
  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: The Oilers were one of several teams that put a claim in on Volpatti. Capitals were lower in the standings, therefore got him.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Seravalli is heading the Oilers could be interested in claiming Tom Sestito off waivers from the Flyers.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “Told #CBJ would fight like hell if plan is changed to send Detroit to the Eastern Conference and keep #CBJ in Western Conference. In that scenario, NHL realignment would only make matters worse for #CBJ. Travel just as bad, and now they’ve lost only big opponent draw.” Darren Dreger via twitter: “I believe the NHL will fight like “hell” to keep the proposal as is with Det and CBJ moving east. But, imbalance is an issue.”

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Injury and Roster Notes: Senators, Blues, Panthers, Flames and Hurricanes

  • Don Brennan via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson practiced this morning. Coach Paul MacLean said “as of now” he doesn’t see Anderson playing this weekend.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Panthers coach Kevin Deneen said that defenseman Filip Kuba is expected to return against the Sabres. Forward Scottie Upshall is questionable.

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Lines: Canes, Devils, Pens, Stars, and Avs … Goalies: Wings, Avs, Blues, Isles, Leafs, Devils, Sens and Lightning

  • Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Skinner-J. Staal-LaRose, Jokinen-Nash-Dwyer, Dalpe/Bowman /Brent/Westgarth/Wallace. Defensive pairings: Harrison-Faulk, Corvo-McBain, Gleason-Sanguinetti.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau-Sestito-Butler. Defensive pairings: Salvador-Zidlicky; Greene-Larsson; Tallinder-Fayne.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Avalanche’s morning lines: McGinn Mitchell Palushaj-Landeskog Stastny hejduk-McLeod Olver Jones -Bordeleau kobasew Palushaj. Defensive pairings: O’Byrne. Hunwick-Barrie Hejda-Zanon O’Brien.

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Predators Trade McGrattan to Flames

The Nashville Predators have traded Brian McGrattan for to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Joe Piskula.

The 31-year old McGrattan was drafted by the Kings, 104th overall in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. The 6′ 4″, 230 lbs winger has amassed 456 penalty minutes in 214 NHL games. In 262 AHL games, he’s collected 1,210 penalty minutes. It will be his second tour in Calgary.

The 28-year old Piskula has only appeared 10 NHL games. The 6′ 3″, 215 lbs defenseman was not drafted.

Brian McGrattan

Joe Piskula

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Trade Rumors: Hurricanes, Canucks, Oilers, Stars and Bruins

  • Kevin Allen via twitter: The Carolina Hurricanes could be making a trade for a veteran defenseman in the next couple days.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks will be without center Ryan Kesler for four to six weeks. If the Canucks were to trade Roberto Luongo, it would get them at least a center and it would give Cory Schneider the comfort of knowing that even if he has a bad game, he’ll be back in there.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney is trying to stay positive while being a healthy scratch. Some scouts have wondered if the Oilers have diminished Whitney’s trade value by making him a healthy scratch. It doesn’t look like there is a market for Whitney at the moment.
  • Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News: Cowlishaw questions if the Stars trading for Erik Cole means it will be the end of Brenden Morrow, who’ll be a UFA at the end of the season. GM Joe Nieuwendy didn’t rule out more trades by the April 3rd deadline.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to add some depth on the wing. Someone with size, offensive ability and veteran experience. A left winger for the third line may be ideal, but also has the ability to move up if need be. Haggerty lists potential trade targets for the Bruins: Jarome Iginla – If they could get Iginla for a 1st round pick and a prospect, they should do it. Daniel Alfredsson – He’ll be a UFA at the end of the year, so he shouldn’t cost a roster player. If it would cost a roster player, they shouldn’t do it. Stephen Weiss – He’ll be a UFA at seasons end and is in the doghouse, so his price tag would be lower than Iginla’s and Alfredsson. Danny Briere – The cost shouldn’t be more than picks and prospects. The Bruins would have to fit his $6.5 million cap in though. Ruslan Fedotenko and Tyler Kennedy – Cost would be low round draft pick or ‘B’ level prospects.

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Injury Notes: Kesler, Malkin, Diaz, Gustafsson, Smith, Khabibulin, Duchene, Johnson, WIlson, Wingles and Havlat

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Ryan Kesler played six games with a broken foot. He initially suffered the injury back on Feb. 15th and will now be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured right foot.

    “He has blocked a few shots and that foot had taken two X-rays that were negative, but the scan gave us another version,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

    “Other than some discomfort, he was handling it well. Any fracture is four to six weeks, depending on the nature and some are less with hairline fractures.”

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Evgeni Malkin staked for about 30 minutes yesterday. He didn’t report any concussions symptoms on Tuesday.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was hit by Dustin Penner last night.

    “It was more whiplash than anything,” Smith said. “But, he did get me in the shoulder, and it was the same shoulder. I came back, so it wasn’t too bad, but – the puck wasn’t even around, so that was what was interesting about the whole thing.”

    Smith was sore but is expected to play tonight against the Sharks.

  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Edmonton Oilers have put goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve with a bad groin. He’ll be on the IR for at least a week.

    “It is a little frustrating, in my situation especially,” said the 40-year-old veteran, who had been in world class form. “Coming from a big injury, rehabbing and getting ready, starting to feel good and actually getting playing time — and now this happens.

    “It’s not too serious, but it needs to be taken care of. It’s just really annoying, that’s what it is.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene didn’t skate yesterday due to a groin injury, but hasn’t been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Flames. Avs defenseman Erik Johnson skated with teammates yesterday, which may have been his first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 11th. Defenseman Ryan Wilson, out with an ankle injury, is still not ready to begin skating.

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Quick Hits: Zuccarello, McGrattan, Volpatti, Gragnani and Grubauer

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather said that he plans on talking to Mats Zuccarello about coming back to the Rangers after his KHL season is over.

    “I’m definitely interested in talking to Zuke,” Sather said before the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Jets last night. “I’ve always liked him as a player. We’ll see what happens.”

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Injury Notes: Wisniewski, McDonald, Steen, Khabibulin, McDonagh, Nash, Del Zotto, Brown, Kuba, Bolland, Salo and Michalek

  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was put on the IR and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues put Andy McDonald on the IR with a left knee injury. Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Steen hasn’t be ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
  • BlueShirtsUnited: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced with teammates today for an optional practice and will be returning to the lineup after missing one game. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto also practiced, but are unsure if they’ll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow.
  • Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek practice today and will travel with the team. It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow or over the weekend.

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Lines and Starting Goalies: Rangers, Flames, Leafs, Kings, Blackhawks and Blues

  • Pat Leonard via twitter: Rangers lines: “Hag-Step-Call, Pyatt-Rich-Gab, Miller-Boyle-Powe, Kreid-Halp-Nash (Nash in blue tho; could just be skating in Ash place”
  • Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Flames lines: Tanguay-Stajan-Iginla, Glencross-Cammalleri-Stempniak, Hudler-Comeau-Baertschi, Aliu-Begin-Jackman

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NHL Attendance For Each Team After 6 Home Games: 2012-13

In past years we’ve tracked NHL attendance in 10 game segments, basically 25% of a teams home schedule.

Due to the exciting lockout we were all forced to endure, teams will only be playing 24 home games this year. In keeping with 25% of the schedule, we are posting NHL attendance for each team after 6 home games this year.

I’m still not sure of the accuracy of the Panthers numbers, as I don’t see how they are running at over 100% capacity.


Team
6 Games
2012-13 AVG
6 Games
% Capacity
10 Games
2011-12 AVG
Final
2011-12 AVG
Final
2010-11 AVG
Final
2009-10 AVG
Chicago
21,556
109.3
21,404
21,533
21,423
21,356
Montreal
21,273
100
21,273
21,273
21,273
21,273
Detroit
20,066
100
20,066
20,114
19,680
19,546
Philadelphia
19,700
100.8
19,642
20,433
19,715
19,535
Calgary
19,289
100
19,289
19,289
19,289
19,260
Toronto
19,257
102.3
19,472
19,506
19,354
19,289
Tampa Bay
19,204
97.2
16,944
18,468
17,268
15,497
Ottawa
19,100
99.7
18,990
19,356
18,378
18,269
Vancouver
19,060
100.9
18,866
18,884
18,860
18,810
Buffalo
18,876
101
18,116
18,550
18,452
17,078
Pittsburgh
18,646
101.4
18,519
18,566
18,240
17,078
Washington
18,506
100
18,506
18,506
18,397
18,277
Minnesota
18,270
101.1
16,976
17,772
18,012
18,415
Carolina
18,265
97.8
15,189
16,042
16,415
15,240
Los Angeles
18,226
100.6
17,288
17,920
18,083
17,313
Dallas
17,847
96.3
10,535
14,226
15,073
17,215
St. Louis
17,681
92.3
18,902
18,809
19,150
18,883
Boston
17,565
100
17,563
17,564
17,565
17,388
San Jose
17,562
100
17,565
17,562
17,562
17,558
NY Rangers
17,200
94.5
18,165
18,191
18,108
18,076
New Jersey
17,154
97.3
14,416
15,396
14,775
15,535
Florida
17,120
100.5
15,529
16,628
15,685
15,146
Nashville
17,113
100
16,408
16,690
16,142
14,979
Edmonton
16,839
100
16,839
16,839
16,839
16,839
Anaheim
15,697
91.4
14,906
14,760
14,738
15,168
Winnipeg
15,004
99.9
15,005
15,004
13,469
13,607
Colorado
14,955
83.1
14,968
15,498
14,820
13,947
Columbus
14,641
80.7
13,246
14,660
13,658
15,416
NY Islanders
12,766
78.6
12,705
13,191
11,059
12,735
Phoenix
12,364
71.2
10,345
12,420
12,188
11,989
* Prior to 2011-12, attendance numbers for Winnipeg are Atlanta’s attendance numbers.

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Morning Rumors II: Tagging, Blues, Briere, Shattenkirk, Luongo and Schneider

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: On March 1st teams will be allowed to spend up to 10% of next season’s $64.3 million salary cap ceiling. The “tagging rule” usually doesn’t come into play until after the season. This will help teams like Chicago, Rangers, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Calgary. It may help lead to some trades.Free agency this year starts on July 5th, and teams are allowed to speak with free agents “no less than five days, and no more than a week before” free agency starts.

    As of now, it looks like the Capitals, Panthers, Blue Jackets and Jets are sellers.

    The Blues will have some free agents to take care of. The Blues and Patrik Berglund will wait until after the season to talk extension. The same is likely for Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Chris Stewart, Kris Russell, Andy McDonald and Matt D’Agostini also have expiring contracts.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Sources are saying that Blues GM Doug Armstrong asked the Flyers about Daniel Briere. The Bruins are also said to have asked about his availability. The Flyers haven’t asked Briere if he’d waive his no trade clause, and it’s not known if they are interested in trading him. Briere did have this to say,

    “I don’t want to comment on anything at this point,” Briere told the Daily News. “Trades are not my department. I’ve been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

    Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit, but has a salary of $3 million for next year and $2 million in 2014-15.

    The Flyers are interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, but it would take a lot more than Briere to get him.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Roberto Luongo is 5-1-3 with a 2.11 GAA and .916, and has made it easy for Canucks GM Mike Gillis to hold on to him while looking for maximum return on any deal. The longer Luongo stays, the tougher it becomes for Corey Schneider. Gillis has been getting calls from teams interested in Schneider. It might be better in the short term if Schneider is moved. It’s presumed that they could get better package of players for Schneider than for Luongo. Schneider is under contract through 2014-15 at $4 million a year. If the Canucks were to move him, they would still have a world-class goalie in Luongo. The longer Luongo remains with the Canucks, the harder it becomes to move him before the summer. It may worthwhile seeing what you could get for Schneider.

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