Posts Tagged Alex Galchenyuk

Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks

  • Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
  • Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
  • John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman  Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
  • Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.

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Late Morning Rumors: Kadri, Gardiner, Gagner, Skinner, Briere, Kane and some Goaltenders

  • The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is still looking for a top-six forward. It is thought that he could be willing to trade Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner if they get the right offer. The Rangers, Devils, Flyers and Oilers have reportedly inquired about Gardiner. The Oilers are actively shopping Sam Gagner. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season, but it’s not known if trade talks have progressed. The Leafs had shown interest in Jeff Skinner in the past, but Hurricanes are not looking to trade him at this time.
  • The Fourth Period: There were rumors that the Sabres and Canadiens were discussing a deal involving Daniel Briere, but talks have quieted. With Alex Galchenyuk breaking his hand and out for six weeks, Briere may be staying put for the time being. The Canadiens have inquired about Jets Evander Kane.
  • Dan Rosen of (mailbag) Rosen can see the Capitals and Blues making goaltender moves. The Hurricanes shouldn’t do anything while Cam Ward is injured. The same can be said for the Ducks and Viktor Fasth. Trading Jonas Hiller would obviously be a mistake. Philipp Grubauer’s play has made Michal Neuvirth available. Neuvirth to the Islanders makes sense.

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Morning Hits: 2012 Draft, Backlund, New Avs lines, Dubnyk and the Sabres

  • Aaron Portzline: Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was thrilled when the Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray in 2012. The Blue Jackets wouldn’t have drafted Yakupov at No 2. Portzline thinks (if remembers correctly) that Howson would have taken Alex Galchenyuk at No. 2 if the Oilers had taken Murray at No. 1. Howson liked Murray so much, he had turned down all of the Islanders draft picks for the No. 2 slot.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames forward Mikael Backlund was benched for a good part of the 2nd period and was demoted to the 4th line.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon is likely to replace Matt Duchene on the teams first line, centering Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. Paul Stastny will center Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau. John Mitchell centering Cody McLeod and Max Talbot.
  • Jason Gregor: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Sabres coach Ted Nolan:

    “There’s some maneuvering room we can do here. We checked the farm team, see who’s going well down there. There’s a couple players playing exceptionally well down there that deserve an opportunity. We’ve been tweaking. We’re going to meet right after this and see what we can do.”

    Former GM Darcy Regier’s plan was to use young players and get a high draft pick.

    “We’re going to try to get this thing on proper footing going forward and putting people in position of success versus force-feeding them,” Nolan said. “You see some good organizations and how they go about it. You don’t force-feed somebody and say we’re rebuild. Rebuild is important, but how you rebuild is really important.

    “Like I said, Patty and I have been talking about it since we got involved. I think you can have some young kids, a few of them, but not as many as we have.”

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Quick Hits: Jovanovski, Stamkos, Three Stars, rookie of the month and replacing Nill

  • Bob Duff: Panthers Ed Jovanovski on retirement: ”My mindset is work hard in the summer, get my hip strong, but it’s too early to say.”
  • Erik Erlendsson: An MRI on Steven Stamkos’s knee came back clean enough to allow him to go to the World Championship.
  • The NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of April: Alex Ovechkin, Brian Elliott and Derek Stepan.
  • The NHL’s “Three Stars” of the week: Jimmy Howard, Henrik Zetterberg and Nail Yakupov.
  • The NHL’s Rookie of the month for April: Nail Yakupov. He beat out Alex Galchenyuk, Justin Schultz, Sven Baertschi, Brandon Saad and Alex Chiasson.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that he hopes to find Jim Nill’s replacement by the end of June. He might not replace him outright, but look within the organization.

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Subban update coming tonight … Flyers haven’t talked to Habs … Selanne will see how body reacts … Not going back to Junior

  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: Subban will meet with his agent this today in Toronto, and then Meehan will touch base with the Canadiens. Subban was to be spending the weekend thinking about the next step. The Canadiens are off to a good start, and their power-play is clicking, but they don’t have anyone that can eat the minutes that Subban does. There hasn’t been any sense that the Canadiens have any desire to trade him.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers have held no internal talks about P.K. Subban, and none with the Canadiens despite the reports.
  • The Fourth Period: Teemu Selanne told the LA Times he will see how his body recovers from the short season before deciding if he’ll retire or play another year.

    “I expect to know at some point how my body’s holding up, and how much I enjoy this,” Selanne said. “So far, it’s been quite easy. I know I can play. I usually wait a month after the season to decide, and every time I feel like, ‘It’s time now.’ So that’s good. This is a hobby still.”

    “I just hope I can stay healthy, enjoy it and play well,” Selanne said. “I know what I can do for this team, so hopefully I’m going to do it.

    “I play because I enjoy this game.”

  • John Lu via twitter: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien told Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk this morning that they will be staying with the team. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Galchenyuk and Jonathan Huberdeau where told they are staying. Bruins Dougie Hamilton could be next to be told that he’s staying.

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Morning notes on CBA, O’Reilly, Kovalev, Hurricanes, Galchenyuk, Ohlund, Gionta, Prust, Oilers goalie prospects and Simmonds

  • Aaron Ward via twitter: “Further clarification to NHLPA proposal to limit non player spending by teams.Player concessions in 2005 lowered player costs while” … “non player costs sky rocketed.These costs can be defined as GM/Coaches salaries on down to Jet Fuel.Speaks to proposal theme of shared” … “financial responsibility in the PARTNERSHIP.The extra draft pick for teams in financial trouble is very discretionary and would be” … “mutually agreed upon by NHL/NHLPA on case by case basis with the intent to target the market/team in need.This would be very limited but” … “the pick itself would serve the purpose of helping to revitalize a team.Lastly,a franchise in distress under special circumstances,would” … “be permitted to trade/sell up to $4 million in cap space to another team giving the team a way of getting another ‘paycheck’.This would be” … “VERY limited and only available to teams in need.”
  • Allan Walsh via twitter: Gary Bettman’s response to the NHLPA’s proposal: “The sides are far apart, there’s still a wide gap between us with not much time to go.” Don Fehr on Bettman’s response: “When you start with the proposal the owners made, how could it be otherwise. Consider what the (NHL) proposal was.”
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly’s agent on contract negotiations:

    “I can’t comment on the negotiations, other than to say we are still working on it and will likely speak again next week.”

  • George Malik via twitter: is reporting that Alex Kovalev told a Swiss team (HC Geneva) that he’s received offers from North American teams.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes may still look to add some 4th line muscle. “What’s gone relatively unnoticed is the lack of concrete change on defense, an area where the Hurricanes have struggled since the core of the 2002 and 2006 teams moved on. Corvo is underrated defensively, but of the Hurricanes’ two free-agent departures, he’s more of a replacement for Jaroslav Spacek than he is Bryan Allen.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin thinks it could be difficult for 2012 1st round pick Alex Galchenyuk to make the team.

    “It will be difficult because he didn’t play much hockey last season, but we’ll see how he does in training camp,”

    Brian Gionta have recovered from his torn bicep and Bergevin isn’t concerned with Brandon Prust’s hand surgery this offseason.

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Mattias Ohlund’s hockey career is still up in the air after 6 months of recovery from major knee surgery (“a thin layer of titanium was used to resurface his femur at the patellofemoral joint behind his kneecap. That created a cushion where cartilage had flaked away and bone-on-bone rubbing caused severe pain”).

    “Do I have a dream to still play hockey? Yeah, I do,” Ohlund, 35, said Monday after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum. “I’m slowly getting better. But I don’t know what the end result will be.”

    “Significantly improved,” Poirier said. “When he left me he could only get to 10, 12 reps; it was painful. Now he can do 15 to 20 reps without pain. The next step is to build him up even more.”

    “Nobody has told me this is impossible,” Ohlund said of a comeback in his 14th NHL season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Roy will likely split time with Yann Danis in the AHL. Tyler Bunz will likely take Roy’s spot as the starter in the ECHL.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a 6 year, $23.875 million contract extension. It works out to just over $3.97 million per season.

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2012 NHL Draft Notes: Leafs looking at both Yakupov and Galchenyuk … CBJ like Yakupov … Oilers should draft Yakupov, trade for Dman

  • Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports and Andrey Osadchenko of Oilers Nation: Igor Larionov has said that the Maple Leafs may want to trade up in the draft for Nail Yakupov and/or Alex Galchenyuk, as neither may be there when they draft at #5. Larionov added the Blue Jackets are also interested in Yakupov, “Scott Howson, Craig Patrick and Tyler Wright spent two days in Sarnia with Yakupov and his family. It’s a serious indication they really want him.” Larionov:

    Tambellini told me: ‘We like him. We want him. But we’re going to make a decision the day before the draft’. I also know the Habs want to get one of my guys – either Nail or Alex [Galchenyuk]. So do the Leafs. It is possible that the Leafs are going to trade their draft pick and get both of them. There is a possibility like that. Nail and Alex went to New Jersey for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After this they met Leafs GM Brian Burke. Then Nail met with the Habs.

  • Cory Pronman of ESPN: The Oilers have some nice pieces along the blueline like Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry and Nick Schultz, and some nice prospects in Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Martin Marincin and Martin Gernat. Pronman thinks the Oilers need to draft Nail Yakupov with the 1st overall pick. Yes, the Oilers could use a top end defenseman, but the draft isn’t the place to fill that need. Murray may have the potential to be one at some point, but it can take defensemen a few years to get there. Going the trade route may be their best option. The Predators and Coyotes could use some scoring help and are stocked with good, young Dmen. The Coyotes have 3 nice Dmen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Rundblad and Brandon Gormley. Some think that Jordan Eberle may be looking for a contract more than he’s worth when he becomes a RFA after 2013-14.

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No Devils changes … Thomas confirms year off … Rangers D targets … Wings-Caps rumor … Nash update … Possible Flyers targets

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: It doens’t look like there will be any lineup changes for the Devils tonight if going by lines at practice yesterday.

    “We’re not making a change based on the hole we’re in,” he said. “We’ll make a change if we feel there’s someone that can make us a better lineup for tomorrow night. That’s what we’re making the decision on. We thought our group played a good game last night.”

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins Tim Thomas confirmed yesterday that he will not play next year due to personal concerns. Posted on his facebook page:

    “From the earliest age I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a hockey player. I’ve been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

    The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

    At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F’s.

    Friends, Family, and Faith.

    This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

    On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system and work with G-Form in the development of protective equipment.

    What does this portend for the future?

    We’ll see….God’s will be done.


    The Bruins will now be stuck with his $5 million cap hit.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers will target Justin Schultz if he becomes a UFA. If he signs elsewhere, the Rangers may look at trading for Shea Weber over trying to sign Ryan Suter.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Red Wings will target Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and they may look at trading for their draft rights. The Wings are also part of web trade proposal: Mike Green and Brooks Laich for Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl. Matheson wonders why anyone would not think that Brian Burke won’t make a trade for Roberto Luongo. Burke loves making the big trade, Loungo would help the Maple Leafs get into the playoffs, which would help his job security. Matheson doesn’t think that Tomas Vokoun would go the Leafs as a veteran sidekick. The Oilers are looking at Henrik Samuelsson with the 32nd  pick. Brandon Prust would look good in a Oilers uniform if he becomes a free agent. The Flyers may look at trading Sergei Bobrovsky.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Several teams not on Rick Nash’s trade list have contacted the Blue Jackets. There is hope that if the Jackets and a ‘non-list’ make a deal, that Nash would consider it to end the relationship with Columbus. The ‘unofficial trade destination rankings’: 1. Rangers 2. Sharks 3. Maple Leafs 4. Bruins 5. Hurricanes 6. Capitals. The Blue Jackets are not dead set on getting a goalie back in a deal. Portzline left the draft combine thinking that the Jackets are higher on Filip Forsberg that many would think, and that they may be willing to trade down a few slots.
  • John Boruk of CSN Philly: The chances of Flyers trading for Sergei Gonchar are “slim to none.” They would love to get Ryan Suter. Defenseman targets for the Flyers could be: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Edler.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Possible Jets targets on draft night at #9: Alex Galchenyuk, Cody Ceci, Griffin Reinhart, Brendan Gaunce, Radek Faksa and Tanner Pearson (a stretch, Jets-Barrie connection).

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Morning notes: Burke, Roy, Leafs draft watch, Parise, Lindback, Zajac, Toews and Melnyk

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that Leafs GM Brian Burke has one year left to turn things around. Burke does have 2 more years under contract, and next season will be his 5th year leading the Leafs. It’s unlikely that Patrick Roy takes any position with the Montreal Canadiens. Simmons thinks he’s waiting for a possible relocation of the Coyotes to Quebec City. If the Maple Leafs draft around #5, it might be high enough to draft Alex Galchenyuk, who some think is better than Nail Yakupov. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello appears convinced he’ll be able to re-sign Zach Parise.
  • Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs draft plan is to get one of Mikhail Grigorenko, Alex Galchenyuk or Radek Faksa up the middle. With their 2nd pick to draft Tom Wilson of Plymouth.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If teams think he can handle a starter workload, teams may look at Predators Andres Lindback. Lindback will be a RFA at the end of the season.
  • Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger: Devils center Travis Zajac will return tonight and could center Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Zach Parise could be on a line with Patrik Elias and Danius Zubrus. Adam Henrique, David Clackson and Petr Sykora could make up the 3rd line. Martin Brodeur will start in net.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews practiced with the team yesterday for the 1st time in over a week.

    “I feel like I’m getting back to that stage to where I’m progressing and getting closer to feeling the right way,” Toews said. “I’m just staying positive, hoping that this is the time that hopefully we break through.”

    “Mostly, just when you wake up, you feel [the symptoms]. It’s not like there’s much there that’s bothering me on daily things. But when I come to the rink and try to do what I do, it’s all those things that just kind of set in. You just don’t feel right. You don’t feel like yourself.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is still waiting for his case to be heard with regards to getting his $4 million back. Dany Heatley blocked a trade Edmonton, which ended up causing the Senators to pay him a $4 million bonus.

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