Posts Tagged Aleksander Barkov

NHL Rumors I: Jets, Canucks, Red Wings, Oilers, Panthers and Brodeur

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Jets have to trade Evander Kane, but they won’t get full value for him. Could the Jets and Canucks work out a deal, Kane for Alex Edler and a prospect?

    The Red Wings are hoping to get Henrik Zetterberg back in the first round (late), but more likely for the second round if they make it that far. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson could be on the same timeline.

    Matheson is sure the Oilers will offer Matt Greene a contract if he hits the open market.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that he would like to add two experienced defenseman at the draft. Tallon’s No. 1 priority is to add a “sniper” for Aleksander Barkov or Nick Bjugstad lines, as well as to help out on the power play.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panther GM Dale Tallon said he will try to re-sign Tom Gilbert and Jesse Winchester.
  • Dan Rosen: Devils Martin Brodeur isn’t ruling out a return to New Jersey. Hasn’t spoken with GM Lou Lamoriello. He believes the Devils will be in good hands with Cory SchneiderTom Gulitti: Brodeur said that Schneider will be the Devils clear cut No. 1 goalie, and that if he returned, it would be as a backup. Katie Strang: If Brodeur takes a backup role, it won’t be for a marginal team, ”It’s going to be a team that contends for the Stanley Cup.”
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur on being a GM: “That’s something that interests me, but I don’t think I’m ready for that. I’m still in the game.”
  • Dan Rosen: Brodeur: “Just the thought about playing against the Devils will kill me. That’s one of the things that bothers me the most.”

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Morning Rumors: Predators, Blues, Blackhawks, Top 5 Defenseman and Barkov Injury

  • Flutuo Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Predators are only four points out of eighth spot. Pending UFA David Legwand has a no-movement clause and could be a good addition for the Blues or Blackhawks if the Predators look to move him. The Blues are missing Vladimir Sobotka and the Blackhawks could use a No. 2 center. The Panthers have plenty of forwards that could be traded. With so many teams having salary cap issues this year and possible next, they might have to eat some salary like they did with Kris Versteeg. Players that have contracts running through next season: Tomas FleischmannTomas KopeckySean BergenheimScottie Upshall, and Shawn Matthias.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Defenseman who are rumored to be available. 1. Dustin Byfuglien – some think the Bruins could be a landing spot, though GM Peter Chiarelli said they weren’t looking to make a deal like that. 2. Andrew MacDonald 3. Christian Ehrhoff 4. Trevor Daley 5. Jake Gardiner.
  • George Richards: Finnish doctors saying that Panthers Aleksander Barkov will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury.

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Morning Hits: Chara, Varlamov, McCarthy, Kennedy and Shore

  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins confirm that Zdeno Chara will miss this final two pre-Olympic games so that he can carry the Slovakian flag during the Olympic opening ceremonies.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Avs Semyon Varlamov’s contract details: $6.25 million 2014-15, $6 million 2015-16, $6 million 2016-17, $5.75 million 2017-18 and $5.5 million 2018-19. He doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement clause.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks John McCarthy clears waivers and is assigned to the AHL.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Tim Kennedy cleared waivers but he remains with the team.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers send Drew Shore to the AHL as Aleksander Barkov returned to the lineup.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Eriksson, Steen, Comeau, Barkov, Cammalleri and Grabovski

  • Bob McKenzie: News on the x-rays of Steven Stamkos’ leg are believed to be very encouraging. He will continue to push his on and off ice workouts. How his leg responds to the extra workload will determine when he’s able to return, but it’s looking like he’s heading in the right direction to be able to play in the Olympics.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins are being very careful in easing Loui Eriksson back into their lineup after suffering his second concussion of the season within 45 days of each other.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau (knee sprain) is getting close to returning to the lineup. He could be able to return some time next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying Aleksander Barkov has a knee injury that is believed to be minor.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri (concussion) skated with teammates yesterday, but he still hasn’t been cleared for contact.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski suffered a lower-body injury last night and is being evaluated. Katie Carrera: The Capitals say it wasn’t his knee that was injured. Hope to more this morning.

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Injury Notes: Vokoun, Greene, Ovechkin, Ebbett, Tallinder, Howard and Barkov

  • Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is off the blood thinners and is planning to skate today. Will DePaoli: Vokoun may be a month away from the Penguins knowing if he can play at all this season.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Matt Greene is “feeling better” but not skating yet.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Alex Ovechkin was injured in the third period while battling with Rangers Dan Girardi.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Andrew Ebbett has been skating separately and practiced with the team for the first time since breaking his ankle.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Henrik Tallinder returned to the lineup, replacing Mark Pysyk.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jimmy Howard has fluid in his left knee, but it is not as serious as the when he first injured it in December. He’ll be out for at least a week.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Panthers Aleksander Barkov suffered a lower-body injury against the Sabres.

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Morning Rumors II: Stars, Maple Leafs, Hurricanes, Panthers, Predators, Flyers, Emery and Fighting and the Sabres

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: doesn’t think that Nail Yakupov will be traded this year. They have no intentions of trading him.

    McKenzie: Stars Vernon Fiddlerwent to the team and said he wants more ice time and bigger role. If they couldn’t fulfill the request, to let him do it elsewhere. He’s making $1.8 million will be a UFA at the end of the season. There is interest in him, but the stars are doing well. Dreger: The Maple Leafs are one of the teams that talked to the Stars about Fiddler, but are concerned with his age and money.Dreger: Maple Leafs have had talks with Hurricanes about John-Michael Liles, but nothing imminent.

    McKenzie: Five Panthers who likely won’t be traded are: Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad, Eric Gudbranson and Marcel Goc. Shawn Matthias or Dmitry Kulikov could be getting interest, not so much for their more expensive veterans.

    LeBrun: The Predators have had talks with the Ducks regarding Jonas Hiller, but are waiting to learn more about Pekka Rinne’s health before making a decision. If it looks like Rinne’s health will keep him out longer, they may look to move on a goalie.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “I don’t get the sense that talks have heated up between the Leafs and Fiddler. Leafs leaning towards vet depth forward”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Flyers are “vigorously” shopping Luke Schenn and Andrej Mezsaros. Schenn has $3.6 million cap hit for the next three years and Mezsaros has a $4 million cap hit for this season.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Ray Emery when asked by Gary Bettman last week if he would have went after Holtby if there was a 10-game suspension:

    “He goes, ‘What, are you crazy?’” Commissioner Bettman said.

    Bettman added.

    “There are things you can do if you believe that is not the appropriate thing,” Bettman continued. “There are lots of people who believe that with the amount of equipment that goaltenders wear and the importance that they have that there should be a rule, and that’s something we’ll discuss. But us just throwing out lightning bolts because of the spur of the moment, you have to be better and more consistent than that when you’re running a sports league.”

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres call for a 10:30 AM major press conference. John Shannon: Sounding like the Sabres will announce a new position, President of Hockey Operations. Joe Yerdon: “If the insiders are right and it is to announce a head of hockey ops, that’s a big deal. Someone who slots in above Darcy Regier? Yeah, big.” Bob McKenzie: Sounding like Pat LaFontaine will be named the Sabres new president of hockey operations. Bucky Gleason: Hearing that Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston are out with LaFontain in and possibly Ted Nolan returning as coach.

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NHL Rookie Watch: Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers

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Date of birth: 09/02/1995
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 205
Position: C
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round, 2nd overall in 2013 by Florida

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus - @coreypronman

Year in Review: Barkov had one of the greatest U18 seasons of all time for someone in a top European league. He played tough minutes, and he was a leading offensive player in the SM-Liiga.

The Good: Barkov’s hockey sense is off the charts. His creativity, two-way instincts, and vision are elite. He has the ability to slow the game down and dictate the flow. He is a very skilled player, and while he does not show a proclivity to dangle around defenders, he has a high level of ability with the puck. He is a strong player for his age, he protects the puck well, and he can muscle off of his checks effectively. Barkov is also solid in the faceoff circle.

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Morning Hits: Despres, Lightning, Red Wings, Fraser, 2013 draft picks and St. Louis

  • Dave Molinari: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the “major portion” of the decision to send Simon Despres to the AHL was that he is waiver-exempt.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The sending of Ondrej Palat to the AHL and recalling of Brett Connolly is just a paper trail by the Lightning. Palat will be recalled and Connolly will be sent back down.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings recall goalie Petr Mrazek to replace Jonas Gustavsson (groin). Jared Coreau and Xavier Ouellet were sent to the minors.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser on his helmet negotiation with Canadiens Travis Moen: “To save his hand I was willing to take my helmet off … took a couple secs for him to hear.”
  • Russ Bitely: 2013 1st round draft picks that made opening night rosters: Nathan MacKinnon, Sasha Barkov, Seth Jones, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Rasmus Ristolainen, Valeri Nichushkin and Nikita Zadorov.
  • James Mirtle: The Lightning named Martin St. Louis team captain.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils unanimously voted no to hybrid icing.

    “Surprised would be an understatement,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said today of the rule being approved. “I don’t have anything more to say on it than that. I thought it was pretty clear in exhibition that it was … I’m just surprised.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur will either start the season opener on Thursday or their home opener on Friday. He has started 18 consecutive season openers.

    “Probably, but it’s going to be up to (coach Pete DeBoer),” he said. “We play back-to-backs. I’m not sure what he has in the back of his mind there. We haven’t really talked about it since I’m back as far as which game I’ll play. For sure I’m not going to play both, so it could be to give me an extra day. Who knows?”

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Morning Hits: Stastny-Miller, Helm, Senators Captaincy, Byfuglien, Brunette and Barkov

  • Darren Dreger: Sabres source said the Paul Stastny-Ryan Miller trade rumors are bogus.
  • Brendan Savage of MLive: Red Wings Darren Helm is progressing from his back injury, but may not be ready to start the season.

    “I’m not thinking about it. I’m just trying to get better,” Helm said Thursday after skating with about two dozen players at Joe Louis Arena. “I’m not putting a time line on opening the season. I’m just trying to get better.

    “There are days where it’s a little achy or sore but … I can kind of distinguish between the good and the bad and it’s mostly been good. Just kind of work through it, stretch through it, skate through it and it’s been good.”

  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said there is no time on naming a new captain. Decision will be made by the coaching staff.
  • Gary Lawless: Source saying Dustin Byfuglien is down 30 pounds from the end of last season.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-TribuneAndrew Brunette will be the Wild’s power-play consultant. Brunette will be scouting, conduct projects for GM Chuck Fletcher and work with their AHL affiliate in Des Moines.
  • Josh Rimer: If the Avalanche didn’t draft Nathan MacKinnon, they would have taken Aleksander Barkov.

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Quick Hits: Young Panthers, Belanger and Kovalchuk

  • George Richards: The Panthers have just over $10 million in cap hits including bonuses for Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson. $1 million base plus salary.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Eric Belanger signed a one year contract with Yekaterinburg of the KHL.
  • Igor Eronko: The KHL salary cap ceiling has been approved to $40 million, with the floor still remaining $8 million. SKA is still well under the salary cap after the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk.
  • Allen Muir in SI: Ilya Kovalchuk:

    “I have no regrets,” he said. “I’m sure I made the right decision.”

    “I am very pleased that I played so long in the strongest league in the world, he said. “But I wasn’t able to win the Stanley Cup. I was close last year, and experienced the challenge of the NHL playoffs. But there’s no disappointment. I take a step forward in my career. I turn another page to a new goal and other possibilities.

    “I still have the will and desire and passion for hockey. I have never in my career been a league champion. I hope I can make it happen in St. Petersburg.”

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Morning Hits: Bruins, Hemsky and Barkov

  • CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli:

    “I think right now we’re going to stand pat. I like the fact that we’re going to have competition on the third line. We have some good young players already in the organization that we just recently acquired,” said Chiarelli. “You never know what happens after the summer, but [off-season transactions] will slow down. It has slowed down [already].

    “As of right now, we’re going to stand pat. Things may change, but that’s just where we are right now.”

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The next move for the Oilers may be to move winger Ales Hemsky. That deal could replace the asset in the draft pick (2nd round) they included in the David Perron-Magnus Paajarvi deal.
  • Aaron Ward: The Panthers and 2nd overall pick Aleksander Barkov could announce a deal as early as today.

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Draft Hits: Maple Leafs, Devils, Predators, Kings and Senators

  • Rob Longley: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on moving up at the draft: “Our scouts feel there will be a quality player at 21.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello doesn’t rule out trading up or down, depends on opportunity.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Predators are high on Aleksander Barkov and hope to draft him at No. 4 on Sunday.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they would explore trying to get into the first round but is not optimistic of it happening.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators assist GM Tim Murray said yesterday that they’ve been trying to trade up from the No. 17, but it’s not looking like they can do so.

    “The asking prices are still high,” said Murray in the lobby of the club’s Manhattan hotel during a lunch break. “We’ll just keep talking and see what happens.”

    One team asked for Kyle Turris and the Senators No. 17 to move up.

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