Posts Tagged Andreas Lilja

Quick hits: Audio, Subban-Habs talking today, Kubina, Henrique, Flyers, Hovinen, Leafs and Jets lines and starting goalies

  • Globe and Mail Audio:Eric Duhatschek, James Mirtle and Darren Yourk – TV numbers, Zajac and Lupul contracts, Subban trade speculation and Gretzky’s future.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Critical in-person meeting this morning between the Canadiens management and P.K. Subban’s Newport group. An offer must now start around Jamie Benn’s $26 million contract to have chance.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Adam Henrique is on the ice with the team today. He’s still recovering from surgery on his left thumb.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Oilers claim goalie Niko Hovinen off waivers from the Flyers. The Jets place Mark Dekanich on waivers.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: MacArthur-Bozak-Kessel, JVR-Grabo-Kulemin, Steckel-Kadri-Frattin, Brown-McClement-Orr. Looks like Komarov missing.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Anders Lindback will be in net for the Lightning tonight. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron back in the lineup.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuukka Rask appears to be getting his fourth straight start in net against the Islanders tonight.

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Wings Kindl has groin injury … Antropov optimistic for opener … Poti back with Caps … Kovalev close on deal … Lilja may look to Sweden

  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Nik Antropov didn’t pass is medical with the Jets last week, but has been skating this week.

    “We’ll see how it responds,” Antropov said Wednesday. “Today it felt good. I’m optimistic for the weekend.”

    Stephen Whyno via twitter: Tom Poti is back with the Capitals after a 2 game conditioning stint.

  • Bill Meltzer via twitter: Flyers Andreas Lilja told Expressen that he’s considering going back to Sweden to play for Rogle. Lilja said he’s ”a good enough player to play where I want” and may not be interested in playing in the AHL this year.

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Players on waivers … Blue Jackets, Senators, Islanders, Blackhawks, Wild reassign players … Svatos released

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: On waivers today: Angelidis, Wyman, Wilson, Taormina (TB). Cannone (OTT). Chorney (STL). Tardif (BOS). Van Der Gulik (COL). Holden (CBJ). Connolly (TOR). Joslin, Gordon (VAN). Wallace (CAR). Bodnarchuk (LAK). N Palimieri, Dowell, Veilleux (MIN). Blunden, St. Denis (MTL). Byron, Carson, Irving, Karlsson (CGY), Connor, C Johnson, N Johnson, Klinkhammer, Rechlicz (PHX). Elkins (ANA). Yonkman, Wright, Caruso (FLA). Pelech, McCarthy, Kearns (SJ). Plante, Byers, House (EDM). Porter, Tarnasky, Pardy (BUF). Smith, Holzapfel, Peters, Reese, Grant, Phil Dupuis, Strait, Ferriero (PIT). Anderson, Frazee, Leach, Sestito, Wiseman, Zalewski (NJD). Santorelli (FLA). Everybody put on waivers yesterday except Keith Aucoin (TOR to NYI) cleared.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: The Blackhawk assign Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Stanton to Rockford of the AHL.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: Russo is hearing that defenseman Steve Kampfer will be reassigned. Matt Dumba could be sticking for now.

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Doan to sign with Coyotes or Canucks today … Canucks-Burrows not close … Ryan staying … A. Kostitsyn to KHL … Versteeg, Lilja injury update

  • Harrison Mooney of the Vancouver Sun: John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix is saying that Shane Doan will sign somewhere by 2 pm today (PST), as all contracts have to be signed by then to count under the expiring CBA. He’ll be signing with either the Coyotes or the Canucks. Doan has said he won’t sign with the Coyotes unless the sale of the team goes through, but that has yet to happen. If Doan does sign with the Canucks, it will be harder for GM Mike Gillis to get market value for Roberto Luongo. Gillis will need to move out salary, something that he wouldn’t have had to do before a possible Doan signing.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks are running out of time to sign Alex Burrows to a contract extension, and according to Burrows agent, Paul Corbeil, they continue to talk but there is a ways to go. They haven’t found common ground on money and term. Burrows is entering the last year of 4 year, $8 million deal, and will be 32 years old when the deal expires.

    “That’s what we’re looking at from our side,” Corbeil said. “A (deal) that’s about six years. Five or six years.”

  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi has been told that the Flyers haven’t given an offer sheet to P.K. Subban and will not try to acquire him.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Bobby Ryan of the Ducks plans to stay in Southern California and hasn’t considered other options if there is a long lockout, “I know you’ll lose guys right way. That being said, I’m an NHL player. I’m not going to take somebody else’s job overseas.”
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers Andreas Lilja is now allowed to walk without crutches. He’ll get paid during the lockout since he is injured.
  • Genadi Boguslavski via twitter: Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar had their first practice with Metalurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Both will play there during the lockout.


Flames lease close to expiring … 6 Predators and Hurricanes questions … Lilja out … Klefbom not ready … Horton cleared

  • Tamara Gignac of the Calgary Herald: The Flames lease at the Scotiabank Saddledome expires in 2014 and the Flames would like a modern building to enable them to compete financially with other NHL teams. They are being tight-lipped about when or where they could break new ground. The Flames can extend their lease until a new arena is built.

    “We certainly won’t be ready to move by 2014,” King said.

    “If we dropped the flag and started building today, I don’t think we’d meet the deadline. We have an arrangement to be here as long or frankly, as short, as required.”

  • Brian Compton of 6 questions facing the Predators heading into this season. 1. Can the Predators overcome the loss of Ryan Suter? 2. Can anyone on this roster score 30 goals? 3. Can Pekka Rinne duplicate his success? 4. Is this the year Mattias Ekholm makes an impact? 5. Is Colin Wilson ready to take the next step? 6. Can the Predators reach 100 points again?
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers confirmed that defenseman Andreas Lilja had a hip injury and will miss the start of the season. Lilja told a Swedish newspaper that he might be out until December, but GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t agree.

    “He did have surgery [and] should be back late October or early November,” Holmgren texted on Sunday afternoon.

  • Mike Morreale of 6 questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes. 1. How will coach Kirk Muller use Jordan Staal? 2. Where does Alexander Semin fit in? – they could have Eric Staal center Semin and Chad LaRose, Jordan Staal centering Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen. Tuomo Ruutu centering Jiri Tlusty and Patrick Dwyer.  3. Do the acquisitions of Staal and Semin make Carolina a Cup contender? 4. How will Muller fare in his first full season behind the bench? 5. Do the Hurricanes have enough depth on defense? 6. Who will serve as Cam Ward’s backup?
  • Josh Yohe via twitter: If the Penguins have any interest in the Ducks Bobby Ryan, now might be the time to make a move as the Flyers may have to concentrate on defensemen.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom to “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready.”
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Nothing new on Tim Thomas. Another team may look at him to reach the salary floor depending on the new CBA. Nathan Horton has been cleared to resume full contact once training camp opens.

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Meszaros tears Achilles tendon, out 6-8 months … Options for Flyers

  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, and is out indefinitely. According to GM Paul Holmgren,

    “Andrej was injured last week during summer training in Slovakia. Andrej will be out indefinitely.”

    Typical recovery can be 6 to 8 months or more.

  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Interesting note from Holmgren was that the injury occurred last week and he’s already had the surgery.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: For all practical purposes, Meszaros is done for the season. If he’s out the full 8 months, he’d be eligible for the playoffs. Will the Flyers now go the trade or free agent route? Could they look at Dan Boyle? Free agent options could be Michal Rozsival, Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek.
  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed wonders if Lubomir Visnokvsky could be an option if his trade to the Islanders is voided.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi thinks that Luke Schenn now moves up to the 2nd pairing, with Bruno Gervais and one of the kids on the 3rd pairing. Andreas Lilja as the extra defenseman.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: GM Holmgren,

    “I think we’ll have a better idea after six weeks once we see how things are progressing …”

    Travis Zajac tore his Achilles last August, tried to come back in December before re-injuring himself. He wasn’t healthy until March, 7 months later.

    “We got young kids we like,” Holmgren said. “Marc-Andre Bourdon played a lot of games for us last year. Erik Gustafsson played a fair amount. Brandon Manning got his feet wet. So we do have people we like. And we have four guys with a lot of experience ahead of them. So, we’ll see where it goes.”

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Afternoon notes involving Pronger, Lilja, Nodl, Letang, Hall, Markov, Edler, Burrows, Seabrook, Eaves, Green, Miller and more

Philadelphia Flyers Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will be out 4 weeks as he’s scheduled to have knee surgery tomorrow afternoon to remove some loose particles that have been bothering him for a month or so.

Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: The Flyers are putting Andreas Lilja on the LTIR.

Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers have created $5.6 million in cap space with Pronger and Lilja on the LTIR.

Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Flyers have put Andreas Nodl on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen is on re-entry waivers.

Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Penguins Kris Letang has yet to undergo a baseline test.

Jason Gregor via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall will have an MRI on his shoulder today. He’s optimistic it will be short term.

Eric Engels via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov could return on Wednesday against the Ducks, but playing the following night against the Sharks makes more sense.

Jason Botchford via twitter: Alex Edler is back practicing today. Alex Burrows is not practicing. Mason Raymond is with the Sedins.

Ben Meyer-Abbott via twitter: Blackhawks David Bolland and Brent Seabrook are expected to play tomorrow against the Coyotes.

Brian Hedger via twitter: According to the Red Wings, Patrick Eaves will be out 6-8 weeks as he requires surgery for his broken jaw.

Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated today and on Saturday. GM McPhee said there is still no timetable for his return.

John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Ryan Miller will join teammates at tomorrow’s morning skate and plans on practicing with the team on Wednesday.

Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Jay Pandolfo will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning forward Steve Downie is taking part in the morning skate, no word on if he’ll go tonight or not.

Corey Masisak via twitter: Lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Eakin, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Perreault-Hendricks-Halpern-Knuble.

Dan Tencer via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers.

Jason Botchford via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tomorrow.

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Dubinsky has fractured fibula … Doughty deal will get done … Malkin out tomorrow … Pronger and Okposo could be back tomorrow

  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Kings GM Dean Lombardi has no doubt they’ll get Drew Doughty signed, it will get done eventually. Lombardi also added, that a trade is not a practical option for the Kings and “When everyone is still in it, It’s harder and harder to make a deal in a 30 team league given lack of depth.”
  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: Chris Pronger is expected to be in the Flyers lineup tomorrow night. Andreas Nodl could be questionable with a bad leg.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Looks like Kyle Okposo will be returning to the Islanders lineup on Thursday vs. the Capitals.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (Before Hemsky left last night’s game with concussion) Reader asks if Oilers will trade Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner. Matheson reponds with … both will be UFA’s after next season and the Oilers won’t want to lose them for nothing. May ask if them if they want to be part of the rebuild or not. It appears the may may be interested in staying.

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Thornton’s new deal … Ballard to miss 3 games? Commodore has ‘chip fracture’ in hand … Bourque returning soon?

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The San Jose Sharks have locked up Joe Thornton for 3 more years for $21 million. It’s a $200,000 pay cut. Being only a 3 year deal, and not a longer term deal was a little surprising. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Thornton’s contract breakdown: 2011-12 $7 million salary plus $1 million signing bonus. 2012-13 $6 million salary plus $1 million signing bonus. 2013-14 $6 million salary.
  • Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun: Ballard missed last night’s game, and will likely miss the next 2. Winger Michael Samuelsson was dropped from the 1st line down to the 3rd line, Mason Raymond moved up to the 1st line.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore has a ‘chip fracture’ in his left hand, an injury he suffered in the first game this year.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: There is a chance that Rene Bourque makes the trip with the Calgary Flames to Nashville. Detroit and Columbus.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning Stars: Fabian Brunnstrom cleared waivers and will likely be assigned to their minor league team. It’s possible that he remains there the rest of the season. He’ll have to pass through re-entry waivers.

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Stumbling block for Coyotes sale … Leclaire injured … Fraser out 4-6 weeks … Lydman game time decision

  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer has an agreement in principle with the City of Glendale which could give him $100 million from parking, taxes and property levies to help cover losses, on a multi-year lease. Despite this positive news for Coyotes fans in Phoenix, the bad news follows in that he wants a big discount on the $165 million purchase price. The NHL bought the team for $140 million. They have until Dec. 31st to find local buyer or the team could be up for relocation. The NHL already has bid from Winnipeg based True North Sports and Entertainment Ltd. for at least $165 million. An NHL governor has said that Hulsizer was told by Gary Bettman that the team would not be sold for less than what the team has cost the league. They may have put up $175 million, with the City of Glendale kicking in $25 million. According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the City of Glendale owes a total of $500 million for sports facilities it’s built, $180 for the arena.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators lone bright spot this season is out with a lower-body injury. Pascal Leclaire last just over 2 minutes into the game last night, suffering the injury during a scrum. The severity of the injury is unknown at the moment. Brian Elliot would be starter if Leclaire is out, Robin Lehner may get the call to back him up as Mike Brodeur is out with an injury.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record: The New Jersey Devils have lost defenseman Mark Fraser for 4-6 weeks after a pin was inserted into his fractured right hand. No decision has been made yet if he’ll be placed on IR. Anton Volchenkov will miss tonight’s game against the Avalanche, but they will not say if he’s out tomorrow night or not. Brian Rolston’s hernia surgery was successful, he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.
  • Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: It won’t be known probably until after the pre-game warmup if Anaheim Ducks Dman, Toni Lydman, will make his season debut. Lydman hasn’t played a game since last April, and missed all of training camp. Andreas Lilja is still waiting to get his work visa.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson will be a UFA at seasons end, and Dater wonders if he’d take a ‘hometown’ discount on an extension. The Avs were a team that offered Anderson a chance to be a #1 goalie. He could get $4.5 million a year offer if he put played like he did last year. If Anderson and Avs can’t get a deal done, they can not left him go for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: NY Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter is making his case to stay with the club beyond 9 games. He’ll play is 4th game tonight, the 9th game would be Oct. 27th. Niederreiter scored his 1st NHL goal on Tuesday. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders,” [coach] Gordon said. “I think he’s a focused individual. He doesn’t just take anything for granted. He works at things. He’s a good listener. Those are the things that, as a coach, you can’t take for granted because not every 18-year-old is like that.”
  • Jeff Klein of the NY Times: NY Rangers captain Chris Drury will return to the lineup tonight against the Maple Leafs, and will likely replace Erik Christensen (groin) centering Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov. Matt Gilroy will make his season debut replacing Mike Sauer.

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Teams inviting veterans for tryouts

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Paul Mara to a 1 year deal worth $750,000. Stephane Veilleux was invited to camp on a pro tryout.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Brendan Morrison has accepted a pro tryout with the Vancouver Canucks. The team also brought in Peter Schaefer on a tryout. Both are in a battle for 3rd or 4th line spot.

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No truth to Kaberle, Rosehill for Brown … Another Forsberg comeback? Donovan, Pisani looking for a deal

  • There was a rumor floating around the internet last night that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Tomas Kaberle and Jay Rosehill to the Los Angeles Kings for Dustin Brown. The report was tied to Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider but he had nothing to do it. All of it was false.  Spector’s Hockey via twitter sums it up the best: “So, to sum up, folks: No truth to rumor the Leafs were about to trade Kaberle to the Kings for Dustin Brown. Total BS.” Daniel Tolensky (of TSN) via twitter: ”Does anyone really think Kings will trade their 25-year old Captain who scored 81 G over 3 yrs & has 4 yrs left @ $3.175 mil for Kaberle?”. Tolensky tweets that a top-6 forward for Kaberle would be bad contract (Malone)/project (Stafford)/prospect (Moller) and a pick, either a 1st or 2nd. Tolensky also thinks that Drew Stafford and a pick could be fair option for Kaberle.
  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Murphy can see Kaberle going to Boston, and Marc Savard going to Ottawa. (A 3-team, inter-division trade, unheard of. I don’t know what Toronto would get/want from Ottawa’s roster.)
  • Kevin Allen via twitter: There’s a Swedish media report that Peter Forsberg is thinking about returning to the NHL.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Answering some questions from a reader. The Stars have 20 players under contract for next season at $40.6 million, and they should be able to get James Neal,  Nicklas Grossman, and Matt Niskanen under contract, under their internal cap ceiling. The Stars will probably hold tough on their offers. Heika thinks the Stars could be offering Neal a 2 year deal for $5 million, Grossman at around $2 million per season for 3-4 years, and Niskanen a 1-year deal for around $1 million.
  • George Malik of MLive: Andreas Lilja finds it “tough” and “a little frustrating” being without an NHL contract for season. The frustration comes from the family side of things and not on the professional side, finding a home, enrolling kids in school. Lilja’s theory as to why there are still so many free agents out there, “They want to drive down salaries.  At the same time, I believe that there are many teams that want to attract younger players and give them a chance to play”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Shean Donovan is hoping to get one more shot at the NHL. He’s 49 games short of 1,000. He’s talked to a couple teams, not no solid offers yet. He has 2 offers in Europe but will wait it out for a bit.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The 33-year Fernando Pisani is still hoping to play in the NHL next season, on a 1-way contract. He’s unsure if he’d take a 2-way deal or a training camp invite.

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