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NHL Injuries: Jets, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Blues, Maple Leafs and Sabres

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is finished for the season with a torn muscle.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Andrew Ladd missed last night’s game and he could be finished for the year as well according to Paul Maurice.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets top 9 injuries: Nathan Horton, Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger has an upper-body injury and will be out “for probably at least a couple of weeks” according to Todd Richards.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin who had been bothered with a lower-body injury has been cleared to play two games ago.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green missed practice with an upper-body injury.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Alex Steen remains day-to-day, no update yesterday.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul will have knee surgery and is will be out three weeks.
  • AP in ESPN: Sabres Chad Ruhwedel and Nathan Lieuwen will be out for the remainder of the season with concussions. Christian Ehrhoff status for tonight is not known after taking a puck to the ear. Marcus Foligno (knee), Chris Stewart (lower-body) and Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed) could return tonight.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Cam Fowler “will play this week” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Steen, Cammalleri, Alfredsson, Maple Leafs and the Islanders

  • Shawn McKenzie: Lightning Steven Stamkos said yesterday that it was the best he’s felt. He was to have an x-ray last night to see if his leg is 100 healed. Bruce Garrioch: Stamkos still hopes to get into a game before the Olympics. He won’t go to Sochi if there is a risk. Joe Smith: Stamkos took part in all team drills yesterday.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Coach Ken Hitchcock said ”He’s day-to-day, lower-body (injury). We’ll see where he is in a day or so. He’ll be back.”
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri skated on his own yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson is expected to return from back spasms tonight.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren and Trevor Smith skated yesterday morning. Dave Bolland and David Clarkson didn’t skate. Hope Smoke: Dave Nonis: ”Clarkson is probably at least a week away from returning. Bolland is really tough. There is a lot of work for him to still do”
  • Arthur Staple: Injured Islanders Evgeni Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky skated yesterday morning, but are not ready yet. Brett Cyrgalis: Capuano of Visnovsky: “If things progress the way they’re going, he could be ready next week – I’m hoping.”
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders Travis Hamonic (concussion) is still experience symptoms and remains out indefinitely. Evgeni Nabokov won’t come off the IR until tomorrow at the earliest.

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Afternoon Hits: Oilers-Panthers trade, Klesla, Emmerton, Steen, Clarkson, Bolland, Hamonic and Lines

  • Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers trade forwards Ryan Martindale and Derek Nesbitt to the Panthers for forwards Steve Pinizzotto and Jack Combs.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Corey Emmerton played in his 10th game and will now need to go through waivers if he’s sent back to the AHL.
  • Dan Rosen: The Blues have activated Alex Steen from the IR and he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs put Frazer McLaren on the IR. The Leafs also put David Clarkson on the IR. Paul Hendrick: Clarkson is out a week after having a bursa procedure on his elbow.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland skated for just under 30 minutes before practice.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper-body) returned to Long Island for further evaluation.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Shaw-Kane, Bickell-Handzus-Versteeg, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.
  • David Alter: Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Raymond-Kadri-Lupul, Ashton-Holland-Kulemin, McClement-Orr.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Lindholm-Ruutu, Bowman-Malhotra/Nash-Dvorak.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Roussel-Seguin-Cole’ Benn-Eakin-Garbutt; Jeffrey-Fiddler-Chiasson; Horcoff-Peverly-Nichushkin.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Steen, Polak, Penguins, Read, Gagner and Hall

  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said his eight-week x-rays were good. Rehab has accelerated a bit. He still has issues with tight turns.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Alex Steen said that he’s feeling good, no timetable is set, day-to-day.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Roman Polak said he has the green light to return to the lineup. It’s up the coaches when he get back into the lineup.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Beau Bennett is still four weeks away. Joe Vitale (upper-body) will be out three weeks. Brian Gibbons is out a week.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Matt Read is getting “closer” to getting back in the lineup and a decision if he’s ready will be made after their morning skate.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Sam Gagner (ankle) and Taylor Hall (shoulder) didn’t practice yesterday.

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Injury Notes: Staal, Callahan, Dupuis, Horton, Hertl, Steen and Sobotka

  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Marc Staal skated on his own yesterday. He will travel with the team to DC. Ryan Callahan will also travel with the team. Dylan McIlrath will have his knee re-evaluated within a week.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Penguins could update Pascal Dupuis’ lower-body injury today. Hearing it’s not good.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is getting close to returning. He won’t be wearing a “no-contact” jersey at practice.

    “It’s not going to be much longer,” said Horton, who has traveled with the club for more than a month now. “I see an ending point to this. Finally.”

    “I don’t know when it’s going to happen,” coach Todd Richards said. “But I’ll tell you this: ‘He’s prepared. He watches our games, even though he’s not playing. He has a pretty good idea of what we want to do. There’s a level of professionalism there. You can tell he’s been somewhere (with a winning culture).”

  • NHL: It is looking like Tomas Hertl won’t be able to play for the Czech Republic at the Olympics due to his knee injury according to He will have surgery next week.

    “The swelling is pretty extensive still,” Wilson told reporters Monday. “We’ll know more hopefully in the next week or so. The projection is probably a minimum of a month right now … but we are prepared that it could be longer.”

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Thornton, Oilers, Weber, Preds, Phaneuf, Steen, Parise, Ericsson and Fedorov

Some notes from the last couple days.

  • NHL: (click the link to read the 12 page document) Gary Bettman upholds Shawn Thornton’s 15 game suspension.

    The National Hockey League Players’ Association (the “NHLPA” or the “Union”), on behalf of Boston Player Shawn Thornton, has appealed from a December 14, 2013 supplementary discipline decision suspending Mr. Thornton for fifteen (15) games. This shall constitute my determination of Mr. Thornton’s appeal. For the reasons described herein, I find that the decision suspending Mr. Thornton for fifteen (15) games was supported by clear and convincing evidence.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish must decide if he’ll make a move now, or wait until after the season. It’s hard to do a “franchise-altering” trade mid-season.

    You wait until your year is over, take a deep breath and then determine what exactly is out there. You find out who else is unhappy with their team (or a player) and what they are willing to do. Last June, for example, that was Boston and the Dallas Stars, or Vancouver and the New Jersey Devils.

    Friedman thinks that MacTavish (if he hasn’t already) should call up the Predators GM David Poile to check in on Shea Weber and say: ”If you decide to trade No. 6, I’m in. I’ve got what you want. There’s no better fit in the league.” The Oilers could package one of their previous 1st round picks, not named Nail Yakupov, and this year’s first as part of the deal.

    On the pre-Christmas trade market: ”Brutal.” One NHL GM: “There was absolutely nothing out there.”

    Linus Omark trade: A conditional 2014 6th round pick from the Sabres: In 2014 if he plays 15 games this year or if he re-signs before the draft. In 2015 if he re-signs after the draft.

    Predators GM David Poile would like to make a move, but has not discussed trading Shea Weber.

    Dion Phaneuf’s deal with the Maple Leafs could be done by New Year’s.

    The Maple Leafs talked to the Canucks years ago before they traded Alex Steen to the Blues. They may have asked for Kevin Bieksa.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Zach Parise is being evaluated. He missed their last game with a lower-body injury. It is thought that Parise’s bruised foot from the end of November has never fully healed. He’s still limping off ice.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out three to five weeks with fractured ribs. He could miss the Olympics.
  • Lou Korac: (24th) The Blues have sent Chris Porter and Dmitrij Jaskin to the AHL.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Sergei Fedorov was activated by CSKA so that he could play in the Spengler Cup.

I hope everyone who celebrates it had an excellent Christmas.

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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, ”It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Morning Hits: PHI-CBJ’s Carter Trade Was Almost Bigger, Steen, Rangers, Vey and Schneider

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Back in June of 2011, the Blue Jackets and Flyers were working on a trade to include either Jeff Carter or Mike Richards. The Blue Jackets eventually got Carter for Jake Voracek, a 1st round pick and a third round pick in a draft day trade. The deal almost became a massive one when a day before the 2011 NHL draft, GM Paul Holmgren called then GM Scott Howson …

    “You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter and Richards.

    Howson said he couldn’t do the deal without seriously depleting their picks and prospects. Portzline thinks that type of deal would have had to include Ryan Johnansen (2010 draft) and their 2012 1st round pick, which ended up being Ryan Murray, to go along with the pieces they discussed in the for just Carter.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alex Steen’s deal.

    “We were always working under the timetable that when Alexander was ready to talk, we would be there,” Armstrong said. “The breakfast was more just a state of the union with Alexander’s part of our leadership group. I felt it was going to get into his situation.

    “As soon as he said he was interested, I called and talked to (Blues owner) Tom Stillman. He talked to his ownership group and gave us the go-ahead. We called, made one offer and (Steen’s new agent) made a counter. It happened in two days. I wish they could all go this way — they do all go this way when you have joint interest, and that’s ‘We want the player here and the player wants to be here.’”

    The Blues presented multiple offers with a variety of term. They didn’t offer any deal that was seven or eight years. Steen on signing for just three years.

    “As far as the term goes, we feel that three years is a long time,” Steen said. “After that, we’ll probably quietly start discussing things again.”

  • Dan Rosen: The Rangers recalled J.T. Miller and have returned Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.

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Morning Hits: Wilson, Steen, Neuvirth, Rielly, Ristolainen, Hamil, McElhinney and Ramo

  • Bob McKenzie: Capitals Tom Wilson will have a hearing at noon today.
  • Andy Strickland: Alex Steen salary breakdown: $5.1 million, $5.8 million and $6.5 million with a no-trade clause.
  • Kevin Gibson: Players have received 108 games for suspensions so far this season. Players suspended for 44 games last season, 136 games for the entire 2011-12 season.
  • Mike Vogel: Capitals Michal Neuvirth returns from his AHL conditioning stint.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Leafs won’t be sending Morgan Rielly to the WJC.
  • Sami Hoffren: Rasmus Ristolainen’s status for Finland at the WJC is uncertain due to post-concussion syndrome. Decision day is tomorrow.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks put Zach Hamill on unconditional waivers for purpose of terminating his contract. The Stars put Maxime Fortunus on waivers.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Curtis McElhinney (lower-body) will start tonight if he’s “100 percent.” McElhinny said he’s ready.
  • Calgary Flames: Karri Ramo will start in net for the Flames tonight against the Wings.

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Blues Sign Alex Steen To A Three Year Extension

The St Louis Blues have signed forward Alex Steen to a three year contract extension worth $17.4 million, a $5.8 million salary cap hit.


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Morning Hits: Toews, Downie, Emelin, Malhotra, Rakell, Sbisa, Pageau and Scott’s Suspension Video

  • Kevin Gibson: NHL players have been suspended for 60 regular season games, with over $911,000 in fines/salary lost.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews on if he’d consider returning home and playing for the Jets: ”It does run through your mind a little bit, but I always squash that question .. You know I love Chicago. Chicago is my home.”
  • Frank Seravalli: The Flyers expect Steve Downie to play tonight against the Capitals.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen was named to Sweden’s Olympic roster.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: The Canadiens sign Alexei Emelin to a four-year, $16.4 million contract. Renaud Lavoie: Salary breakdown: 2014-15 $3,900,000 … 2015-16 $3,900,000 … 2016-17 $4,200,000 … 2017-18 $4,400,000.
  • Michael Smith: The Hurricanes sign Manny Malhotra to one-year, two-way deal. Chip Alexander: Malhotra will be at the morning skate and will play against the Lightning.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks send defenseman Luca Sbisa to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

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Morning Rumors: Sedin’s, Jets, Miller, MacDonald, Steen, Oilers and Hockey Central rumblings video

  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that term is not an issue with contract talks with the Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

    “No,” Gillis replied when asked if contract length was the key to a deal. “The process has been very respectful from both sides. We’re trying to figure out what the cap is going to be next year and the upcoming years and really that’s the key. Those guys have been fantastic people, No. 1, for this organization. They’ve been great players and it’s really a function of how you allocate money in a cap system and we’re just trying to ensure we do the right thing for the entire organization and for Daniel and Henrik.”

    Gillis on if talks could drag on until the July 1st deadline.

    “Right now, I can’t say but I don’t foresee that happening again. You never know but I don’t see it happening again.”

  • The Fourth Period: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been looking at the trade market to help get his team out of their struggles. They would like to add a top-line right winger. They might have to trade one of their younger NHL-proven players to get one. It is unclear if anything is imminent.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Sabres Darcy Regier said he’s had no offers for Ryan Miller, and basically nothing since the summer.Some teams are watching pending Islanders UFA defenseman, Andrew MacDonald.The Jets had three scouts at Thomas Vanek’s last game in Buffalo.The Blues and Alex Steen did talk about a contract extension in the summer, but he decided to wait and concentrate on the season.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Quotes from Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now. On Devan Dubnyk.

    “I actually don’t think that goaltending is an immediate problem. I might be completely out to lunch here, but I think Dubnyk has shown in the past that he can string together a number of good games. He needs to be able to prove that he can do that again.”

    On Oilers team defense.

     “The biggest issue to me is they have to find a way to upgrade their Top 4 defence. That is an absolute given … The defence is an area of priority for me. It’s not good enough.  That’s all there is to it. It’s simply not good enough. They have potential on the right side with Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry. Those two guys, in theory, should be able to play 45 minutes a game. Justin Schultz needs a Marc Methot, stay-at-home, experienced defenceman that allows Schultz to jump up and activate.”

    Stauffer suggested the Oilers could try to trade for Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin.

    “I do think there’s a guy out there they can get who would be a heavier top four defenceman. It’s a former Western conference team, a team that’s deep in defence prospects and might be able to slide somebody in, a guy like Nikitin might make sense here. … I don’t think the cost would be too severe.”

    Stauffer on the Oilers forwards.

    “The players need to be put into a position to succeed…. Nail Yakupov needs to play on the right side. Ales Hemsky when he played for Hull played on the left wing. … When you have young players you put them into a position to succeed, so they’re not swimming upstream all the time, so if Yakupov is more comfortable playing on the right side as a left shot and Hemsky has played left wing in the past, why isn’t it Hemsky that plays left wing and Yakupov goes to the right side…. When did his game take off last year? When Hemsky went out and Nail Yakupov played top six right wing. Let’s get back to that.”

  • Hockey Central panel talks about rumors and rumblings including contract talks involving Dion Phaneufand the Sedin twins.

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