Posts Tagged Alexei Ponikarovsky

Morning Hits: Ponikarovsky, Bryzgalov, Rangers, Eller and Teravainen

  • Igor EronkoAlexei Ponikarovsky is united with Ilya Kovalchuk with SKA, after he signed a two-year deal with them. Ponikarovsky: ’We spent summer together with Kovalchuk, he praised #SKA, told me about the organization, and that helped to make decision’
  • Slava Malamud: Ilya Bryzgalov to ”Finances aren’t as important to me as spiritual comfort… So, I am 50/50 (between NHL and KHL)”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have been reluctant to start contract talks with their 2014 free agents: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. There have been no talks at all. Brooks’ thoughts on this:

    “But there is nothing to be gained by stalling or procrastinating. There is nothing good that can come of allowing these players to go into this season without extensions or by negotiating during a season that’s going to be challenging enough even if all goes well.”

  • Igor Eronko: (from a couple days ago. S/T DobberHockey and Pro Hockey Talk) Evgeni Malkin told SovSport that he had a pact with Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk to bolt to the KHL if the NHL lockout lasted ”another couple of weeks.”
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Lars Ellerhas passed all the neurological tests and has been training hard for the past couple months.

    “I feel great, completely healed,” Eller said. “I did some more testing in Brossard (in mid- to late May) to make sure everything was back to normal, to make sure there were no symptoms related to the concussion. There haven’t been any.”

  • Cory Pronman: Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen said he needs at least one more season in Finland before coming over.

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Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Briere and Ponikarovsky

  • Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren: ”Danny Briere was injured in practice yesterday & is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.”

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Jets trade Ponikarovsky to the Devils for draft picks

The Winnipeg Jets have traded Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersey Devils for a 2013 7th round pick and a 2014 4th round pick.

It will be Ponikarovsky’s second tour with the Devils. He finished the season last year with the Devils, playing in 33 games scoring 7 goals and adding 11 assists.

He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 87th overall in the 4th round of the 1998 draft. Ponikarovsky’s has scored 137 career goals, 179 assists in 648 games.

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Another list of players heading overseas during lockout

  • Szymon Szemberg via twitter: The coach/GM/owner of Geneva-Servette of the Swiss league said he’s in negotiations with Anze Kopitar.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Nikolai Kulemin will be finalizing a deal with Metallurg. Michal Handzus will play with Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Jussi Jokinen has a contract with Karpat in Finland for 1 month. He’ll be taking it 1 month at a time.
  • Juha Hittela via twitter: Scott Hartnell said he wants to play in KalPa. Kalpa’s GM said that Adam Hall is a possibility.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Weaker rumors of players going overseas: M. Koivu, Korpikoski to TPS; Filppula, Selänne to Jokerit; Ekman-Larsson to Tingsryd; Grossmann to Södertälje.

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Rumors and Notes: Suter and Parise get 10 year offers from Flyers, Nash, Carolina, Ottawa, Allen, Doan, Hudler and Ponikarovsky

  • Brian Lawton via twitter: Early word is that nothing may be expected for Suter and Parise until Tuesday at the earliest.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Confirms that Carolina is not on Rick Nash’s approval list. Senators also interested but not on list. Many think that Nash may alter his list to get out of Columbus. Portzline doesn’t get that sense.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Shane Doan won’t make a decision until Coyotes ownership situation is resolved and is looking for a 4 or 5 year deal.

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Parise will decide to by 10 if he’ll hit the market … Possible Red Wings and Hurricanes targets … Brodeur to Lightning is interesting

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: As per Pierre LeBrun, Zach Parise will decide by 10 this morning in terms of officially testing the free agent market. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was in Toronto last night to meet with Parise. Nick Kypreos via twitter: It doesn’t appear like the Rangers will make an offer on Parise. Kypreos finds it hard to believe that Parise would come this far then decide an hour before free agency starts to re-sign with the Devils.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Wings are expected to lose Jiri Hudler. The Wings would love to add Ryan Suter. Jason Garrison could be a Brad Stuart replacement. Matt Carle could be another target. The Wings will target Zach Parise. Shane Doan, Ryan Smyth, Jaromir Jagr and Alexander Semin could be other possible targets. They also need to bring in a back up goalie. Ranks 5 possible Red Wings targets: 1. Ryan Suter 2. Zach Parise 3. Matt Carle 4. Shane Doan 5. Jason Garrison
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said “We’ll be poking around.”  They’d like to add a veteran defenseman, preferably a top 4 who plays on the right side. They could also use a scoring winger and a backup goalie. The Hurricanes could make an offer for Zach Parise. They might re-sign one of Bryan Allen or Jaroslav Sapacek. The ‘Canes could take a look at Adrian Aucoin, Michal Rozsival, Jason Garrison or Filip Kuba. Dustin Penner, P.A. Parenteau, Shane Doan and Ray Whitney could be offensive targets.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Alexei Ponikarovsky’s agent said he hasn’t heard from Lou Lamoriello since draft weekend and will test the market.

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Rumors and Notes: Parise, Devils, Carle, Schultz, Garrison, Jokinen and Flames

  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Zach Parise is not expected to re-sign with the Devils before July 1st and will listen to offers from other teams. It appears that the Devils haven’t presented Parise with any contract proposals, nor explored preliminary parameters. They may make a bid before Sunday though. The Red Wings, Kings, Rangers and Penguins will be among the suitors. The Devils have interest in re-signing their UFAs; Martin Brodeur, Bryce Salvador, Johan Hedberg, Ryan Carter, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Steve Bernier, Petr Sykora, Stephen Gionta and Peter Harrold.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers may not get Matt Carle locked up before July 1st. Carle’s agent, Kurt Overhardt:

    “We continue to talk to them but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is available on July 1. But we’re going to continue to talk to the Flyers. Just move forward accordingly.”

    There were reports that he wouldn’t get to July 1st, but Dennis Wideman’s 5 year, $26.25 million deal may have changed things. Carle could now be worth $5.5 million, but the Flyers may be looking for something closer to $5 million.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have made their pitch for Justin Schultz. They brought Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Steve Tambellini and Taylor Hall to make the pitch. A decision may not come until today or tomorrow. He can’t sign until July 1st. He can get a salary of $925,000, including a $92,500 signing bonus, and with performance bonuses he could carry a cap hit of $3.7 million. (if signed to a max entry level deal) Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie believes the Wild are on Schultz’s short list of teams. Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs are expected to meet with Schultz today.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Pending UFA Jason Garrison is from BC, and would like play for the Canucks.

    “Yeah, I guess time is ticking and I’m starting to realize it,” he said. “The situation in Florida isn’t over yet, but Sunday is going to come pretty quick and if nothing is done, then I’m looking forward to it. I still feel like I’m with Florida. Nothing is set in stone until July 1, but if that’s what it comes down to, I’ve got to prepare myself for that. I’m going to take a few days and make sure I’m well prepared and make sure I know what I’m getting into.”

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster said with the salary cap going up he doesn’t have to get rid of salary to accommodate the Dennis Wideman signing, but don’t rule out a Jay Bouwmeester trade.

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Players who have taken the most elbowing penalties: 2011-12 NHL Season

There were 107 elbowing penalties called in the NHL this past season, and here is a list of the most guilty.


RK Player Team Pos
T1 Evander Kane Jets LW
Evgeni Malkin Penguins C
T3 Brad Winchester Sharks LW
Andy Sutton Oilers D
Cory Sarich Flames D
P.K. Subban Canadiens D
T.J. Galiardi Sharks LW
Trevor Lewis Kings C
Nik Antropov Jets C
Alex Burmistrov Jets C
Andrej Meszaros Flyers D
Kyle Okposo Islanders RW
Alexei Ponikarovsky Devils LW
Zbynek Michalek Penguins D
Sidney Crosby Penguins C
T16 74 Players are tied with 1 elbowing penalty
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.



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Fantasy Hockey notes: Duchene, Tyutin, Toews, Dubinsky, Anderson, Morrow, Nyquist, Ponikarovsky and starting goalies

  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was on the ice before the Sens practice this morning. He was able to carry a goal stick.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder. Ott-Benn-Burish. Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak. Garbutt-Wandell-Vincour. vs. Sharks.

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Crosby cleared for contact … Downie status TBD today … Brown, Ponikarovsky out tonight … lines and starting goalies

  • Dejan Kovacevic via twitter: Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact. Crosby: “The big step is contact. Hopefully, I can do that for a few days and get back out there.”
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche forward Steve Downie will be examined today, and his status will be made after today’s skate.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Leafs Nikolai Kulemin on if his contract extension is next: “I want to stay in Toronto, too. I love the team. We’ll see what happens.”
  • David Alter via twitter: Leafs forward Mike Brown out tonight. John-Michael Liles has the flu and will be assessed this afternoon.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky won’t play tonight, has a minor MCL sprain. Plans on practicing tomorrow.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Flames probable lines: Tanguay Jokinen Iginla-Glencross Stajan Moss-Kostopoulos Horak Jackman-Desbien Kolanos Nemisz.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators lines: Greening-Spezza-Michalek, Klinkhammer-Turris-Alfredsson, Foligno-O’Brien-Neil,Daugavins-Smith-Condra.

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The Hurricanes trade Ponikarovsky to the Devils

The Carolina Hurricanes trade Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersy Devils for a 2012 4th round pick and defenseman Joe Sova.

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Andy Sutton suspended for 8 games for his hit on Ponikarovsky

Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended for 8 games for ‘charging’ Hurricanes forward Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Sutton has already been suspended this year for 5 games.

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