Posts Tagged Andy Sutton

Quick Hits: Sutton, Quebecor’s false rumour, Nichushkin and Gragnani

  • Craig Custance: Defenseman Andy Sutton retired from the the NHL yesterday.
  • Quebecor Media: “The rumour that Quebecor is currently in negotiations with the #NHL to buy a franchise is completely false.”
  • Corey Pronman: 2013 NHL draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin told that he’ll be transferring to North America. His KHL team, Dynamo, have no issues with terminating his contract. Dmitry Chesnokov: Nichushkin and his camp say that the Hurricanes and Lightning have shown interest in him. Nichushkin’s godfather had mentioned the Hurricanes and Lightning, Nichushkin himself mentions the Predators.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani signed with HC Lev in the KHL.

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Injury notes: Peckham, Sutton, Mitchell, Gerbe, Hamhuis, Booth, Kassian, Kesler, Briere, Iginla, Hossa and Meszaros

  • Jim Matheson via twitter: The Oilers have recalled defenseman Taylor Fedum, so Theo Peckham’s hip injury may keep him out awhile.
  • Curtis Zupke via twitter: Kings coach Darryl Sutter said that defenseman Willie Mitchell had knee surgery and “he’s way behind.” “Now it’s almost seven” weeks instead of a couple.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Nathan Gerbe will start the year on the IR. He’s been skating with teammates, but hasn’t been cleared for heavy contact yet.
  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Dan Hamhuis and David Booth are day-to-day with groin strains. Winger Zach Kassian didn’t skate yesterday  due to back spasms, and is day-to-day. GM Mike Gillis suggests that Ryan Kesler will be back sooner than later,

    “His spot isn’t going to be vacant for a long period of time,” Gillis said. “Ryan’s had a really good three weeks, although you never have a definite time table on these things. He’s a competitor and I know he wants to play.”

  • Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers Daniel Briere has a hairline fracture but it’s getting better. He’s out for the first 2 games for sure.
  • Tim Sassone via twitter: Blackhawks Marian Hossa says he has no health issues and ”when I step on the ice my head is clear.”
  • Frank Servalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers defenseman, Andrej Meszaros, tore his Achilles’ last July but hasn’t ruled himself out for Saturday’s season opener. Daniel Briere won’t be ready for the opener, but could be ready for their game against the Devils on January 22nd.

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Sides exchange emails … Fehr speaks … Jokinen and Koivu heading overseas … Myers, Gardiner and Nash injuries

  • Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star: Don Fehr spoke to the CAW (Canadian Auto Workers) yesterday, and spoke to the media afterwards.

    “It seemed to me that we ought to have been able to move forward and finish it off but so far they have not indicated they are willing to continue discussions.” Fehr told the media after giving his speech.

    “There had been some movement. We responded with some movement.” Fehr said. “We think we’re done on the dollars or very close to it with the exception of one issue, transition, which we haven’t even discussed yet.”

    “The way this negotiation sits, the percentage that players get out of industry revenue, assuming that the current proposals on the table hold, would result in massive concessions to the owners,” Fehr said. “When they say they’re negotiating against themselves, what exactly is it?

    “What has moved in the players’ direction? It’s not salaries. It’s not the length of contract.”

    “So far there has been no indication from the other side that there is any drop-dead date. All I can tell you is that when you’re in a negotiation, you keep at it and find a way to reach an agreement,” Fehr said.

  • Bob Stauffer via twitter: The NHL won’t be making a “big” move to the NHLPA in the next couple days. To avoid the cancellation of more game, the players are going to have to make the next move.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Senators Kyle Turris has left the FEL for personal reasons. Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen will take his place.
  • Mike Harrington via twitter: There are reports out of Austria, that Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is having a MRI on his ankle after suffering an injury on Friday night. Through another sites translation, Myers has stretched ligaments in his ankle, but could return to the lineup next Friday. Myers has 2 goals, 7 assists and is -8 in 16 games.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: On Rick Nash’s groin injury that has led him to fly from Zurich to New York.

    “It’s purely precautionary, but we’re taking the ‘Better safe than sorry’ approach,” Joe Resnick, Nash’s agent, told The Post. “There’s nothing for anyone to be alarmed about.”

    “Once Rick sees the doctors, he’ll decide whether to return [to Switzerland],” Resnick said. “It seems like we might not be too far away from a deal here on a CBA, so what everyone is hoping is that he can get onto the ice with the Rangers as soon as possible.”

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: After scoring his 2nd goal of the game, and eventual game winner, Marlies Jake Gardiner was pulled from the game.

    “He wasn’t in a concussion state, just not feeling quite right,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “With all of our players, we err on the side of caution. We’ll re-evaluate him later tonight and tomorrow.”

  • Bob Stauffer via twitter: If the NHL gets back to playing sometime in January, and with Andy Sutton’s injury status, the Oilers may need to add some depth along the blueline.

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No talks schedualed, but are expected to meet at some point … Koivu and Greening head overseas … Depth on the Oiler blueline

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun talked to a league executive who said there is either a deal this week or there is no season. LeBrun isn’t sure if it’s that clear cut but you never know.
  • Stu Cowan of Hockey Inside/Out: No official bargaining sessions have been scheduled, but the NHL and NHLPA are expected to talk in New York at some point. Gary Bettman has already said that Thursday is the deadline to save the 82 game season. Bill Daly on whether a deal can get done by Thursday,

    “that’s more of a question for the union than it is for me.”

    “We think there’s a framework of a deal on the table,” he added.

  • AP in the Dallas Morning News: The NHL and NHLPA talked over the phone again yesterday, but don’t appear to closer to getting back the negotiating table.

    “We had a conference call today to answer some of their questions,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday. “No bargaining. And no bargaining meetings scheduled.”

    Bill Daly and Steve Fehr also talked on Saturday.

    “There are multiple frameworks for a deal on the table,” Steve Fehr said Sunday. “We gave them three good ones on Thursday. Each moves toward a 50-50 split of (hockey-related revenue) that the league wants. Each allows the contracts in place to be honored.

    “Unfortunately, after considering these proposals for about 10 minutes the league rejected them and essentially said that they are not moving off their last proposal.”

  • Kevin Gibson via twitter: 135 games (11%) of the season has been cancelled so far. If there is no agreement this week that would save a 82 games schedule, 11% of the players salary will be gone.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Mikko Koivu signed with TPS through the end of November. An extension after that depends on the lockout and taxation.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers blueline will have some depth. Justin Schultz is playing in the AHL before making the jump. Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom may not be far away. Taylor Fedun is coming back from a broken leg. Martin Gernat, David Musil and Dillon Simpson are still in the system. All of Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Andy Sutton and Theo Peckham are on the last year of their NHL deals. Nick Schultz, Jeff Petry and Corey Potter have 2 years left on their deals. Smid will definitely be re-sighed. Colten Teubert and Alex Plante have struggled so far.

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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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Morning notes: Sedin, Hall, Horcoff, Sutton, Gagne, Parise, Harding, Spurgeon, Backstrom, Vokoun, Zuccarello and Keith suspension video

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Taylor Hall has been off the ice for the last 2 days. He won’t play on Sunday. Captain Shawn Horcoff left last night’s game with a sore back. Defenseman Andy Sutton has a minor knee issue.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings Simon Gagne has been out since December 26th with a concussion, continues to skate but hasn’t practiced and won’t travel with the team on their 4 game road trip. If he’s not cleared for practice soon, the chances of him playing this year are not high. When asked if Gagne will play again this year, GM Dean Lombardi said “Doubt it.”
  • The Fouth Period: It’s believed the Wild will try to sign Zach Parise this offseason if he’s not re-signed by the Devils before July 1st. Goalie Josh Harding is expected to test the open market and is not likely back with the Wild. The Lightning, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets and Senators could take a look at Harding.
  • Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post: Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun skated yesterday for 30 minutes and took some shots.

    “Hopefully it stays the same and I can do a little bit more tomorrow,” Vokoun said after an extremely sparsely attending morning skate. “Then we’ll see, maybe shoot for some time next week.”

  • Mark Stepneski via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tonight.
  • Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was suspended for 5 games for his elbow on Canucks Daniel Sedin.

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State of the Edmonton Oilers: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Craig Musselman, who can be found on twitter at @MussKeg

It has been another emotional roller coaster season for the Edmonton Oilers. At the start, it seemed they were poised to silence all the critics and bull their way into a playoff spot. Something this club hasn’t experienced since its magical cup run in 2006. Unfortunately for Oiler fans the out-of-this-world goaltending of Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk came back down to earth, young offensive dynamos Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all went down with various injuries, and the over-achieving but relatively unknown defense core began to show that its stinginess was in fact an illusion precipitated by the aforementioned goaltending wizardry.  And while there have been various bright moments along the way (several offensively explosive victories – most notably Sam Gagner’s 8-point night in particular), it has once again been another year of growing pains for this young and promising Oilers franchise.

Sitting at just 52 pts through 59 games, the Oilers once again find themselves at the bottom of the league, with only the catastrophe that is the Blue Jackets separating them from a 3rd straight season of finishing in last place. However, the glass half full view of this situation sees the Oilers in a position to further stock their talent cupboards at the draft, but more importantly for the present time, it allows them the luxury of knowing what category they fall under for Trade Deadline Day: SELLERS.

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Morning NHL rumors involving the Flyers, Sabres, Canadiens, Wild, Blackhawks, Islanders, Oilers and Rangers

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres are 14th in the conference, but only 8 points out. GM Darcy Regier indicated that some moves could be for both short term (playoff run) and long term (future cap room). Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht and Paul Gaustad are UFAs. Marc-Andre Gragnani (RFA) has had a disappointing season and could be moved. There has been rumors that Derek Roy has been available for most of the season. Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold have 1 year left on their deals. Regehr had waived his no-trade last year to come to Buffalo, and may not want to move again. Drew Stafford has 3 more years and might get some interest. The Oilers might have interest in Stafford. Andrej Sekera has 3 years left at $2.75 million per, and might interest some teams.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens could move pending UFAs Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli. Moen may not be moved as his agent said “he’s been given every indication that he’s in their plans.” His agent did acknowledge that a trade is still possible.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wants to make the playoffs, but he’s not going to give up the future to do so. “When you look at it historically, when you’re talking about the rental type of trades, the vast majority of time, the team trading the player with the expiring contract and picking up future considerations almost always wins,” Fletcher said.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The Blackhawks could use a goaltender immediately, and unfortunately for them, Evgeni Nabokov is currently off the market. Nikolai Khabibulin may be the only goalie available, but he’s been inconsistent and has a 1 year left with a $3.75 million.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Islanders GM Garth Snow has confirmed that Evgeni Nabokov won’t be dealt. But if someone were to overpay …
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have reportedly taken defenseman Andy Sutton off the trade market after signing him to a 1 year deal worth between $1.5 and $1.75 million. The Oilers could be dangling Cam Barker. They won’t give Ales Hemsky a new 4 or 5 year deal, but they might go 2 years. The Predators are looking for a top 6 forward, and have been dangling Jonathan Blum.

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A short list of players available … Bruins could look at? Parise not talking contract anymore … Oils close on Sutton deal … Knuble could get interest

  • Kevin Paul Dumont of the Boston Globe: The Bruins could look at Hurricanes defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and forward Tuomo Ruutu. If the Ducks make Bobby Ryan and/or Corey Perry available, the Bruins might be interested. For Ryan it may take one of Milan Lucic or David Krejci and prospect Doug Hamilton. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke to the USA Today: “Prices are inflated, and there is [only] one Stanley Cup parade at the end of the season. The trade deadline is a pit of quicksand.”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli believes “it’s a short list” of players that will be available at the trade deadline, and there may not be a lot of movement. Many teams are still in the playoff race. The asking price for players is high. Chiarelli wonders in the talent pool is thining out, and teams are re-signing their top pending free agents instead of trading them or letting them walk at the end of the season.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Devils forward Zach Parise won’t be talking about his contract situation anymore. He wants to focus on hockey and not be distracted by negotiations, if possible. GM Lou Lamoriello is telling teams he isn’t trading him.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Kypreos is hearing the Oilers and Andy Sutton are close on a 1 year deal in the $1.75 million range.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Several Western Conference teams might show some interested in Capitals forward Mike Knuble. Knuble was a healthy scratch on Thursday. He would cost a team a 3rd round pick. Gormley wonders if they could include Jeff Schultz and a pick or prospect for a gritty 2nd line forward like Dominic Moore, Tuomo Ruutu or P.A. Parenteau.

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Sunday morning mash of names in the NHL rumor mill

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Several GMs are looking to have a one time amnesty buyout in the next CBA that wouldn’t carry a salary cap hit. The Rangers would be interested in Rick Nash, and the Blue Jackets could ask for Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. The Predators won’t be dealing Ryan Suter and Shea Weber at the deadline, instead they’ll be looking to add a top 6 forward. There aren’t many available, they could look at Ales Hemsky. Don’t be surprised if P.A. Parenteau is next to sign a 4-5 year deal extension with the Islanders. Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton’s agent was meeting with the Oilers in attempt to get a 1 year deal done. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is trying to find a 2nd line center and a defenseman. They could be interested in Sabres center Derek Roy. No team has called the Senators about Sergei Gonchar, who has 1 year left at $5.5 million. If the Hurricanes and Tuomo Ruutu can’t work out a deal, he’ll be dealt. The Predators, Maple Leafs, Senators, Sharks, Red Wings, Rangers and Bruins are looking for forward. The Hurricanes are asking for a 1st round pick and top prospect for Ruutu. Ruutu wants a $5 million per season deal. The Sabres have been trying to trade defenseman Robin Regehr and Paul Gaustad. Regehr has 1 year left at $4 million. The Red Wings, Rangers, Bruins and Maple Leafs would have interest in Ryan Smyth if he decides to move on from the Oilers.
  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: A Luke Schenn for James van Riemsdyk is a popular rumor, but unlikely to happen. JVR has been out Jan. 12th with a concussion. Despite his reasonable cap hit of $4.25 million through 2016-17, the Flyers can’t get maximum return for him. Burke will keep Schenn for now. Burke also won’t rent a player unless the price is minimal. Shane Doan would be a good fit in San Jose. The Sharks have the prospects and cap room. The Hurricanes are trying to re-sign Tuomo Ruutu, but if they can’t get a deal done, the Red Wings and Rangers could be interested. Sabres Paul Gaustad is a pending UFA, and the Red Wings have been scouting the Sabres in recent weeks. The Rangers have shown interest in Ryan Smyth. Rick Nash could be on his way out of Columbus if he doesn’t want to go through another rebuild and will waive his no-trade clause. He has a $7.8 million cap hit through 2017-18. Ryan Malone may be a good fit in Ottawa. It’s unlikely that the Ducks will move Ryan Getzlaf, but that could change if they get a top 6 forward or top 4 defenseman, a prospect and a high draft pick. The Rangers could make a play for him, with the starting price likely Derek Stepan. The Flyers and Blackhawks could be interested in Hal Gill. The Flyers are also interested in Bryan Allen. The Flames may be looking to get rid of Cory Sarich. There has been rumors that the Kings are interested in Jeff Carter, but the price may be too steep. Carter’s deal is for 11 years and $58 million (10 years left).

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Not so fast on Smyth to Rangers … Kubina, Malone and Moore linked to teams … Kings interested in Kulemin and MacArthur … ‘Hawks to wait

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: A source is saying that Ryan Smyth would consider waiving his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Rangers. Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Ryan Smyth said he hasn’t heard from the Rangers and may not be that interested in a short stay there.

    “I haven’t even really thought about it to be honest,” he continued. “They would have to approach me first and nobody’s approached me. It’s not something that I’ve thought much about.”

    “I’ve moved four times in the last five years,” he said. “I wanted to come back here for a reason?”

    Ales Hemsky hasn’t talked contract with the Oilers, and wouldn’t mind staying, depending on the money.

    “Of course I would like to stay, but it depends on the terms. I like the guys here, I like the city, the fans are great and I have lots of friends here. I’ve always been happy here so I’d like to stay.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: The next 5 games will likely determine if the Lightning will be a buyer or seller.  Yzerman said many teams are in a feeling out pattern. Pavel Kubina has been linked to the Rangers and Flames. Ryan Malone has been mentioned with the Kings. The Penguins and Senators may have interest in Dominic Moore. Adam Hall and Marc-Andre Bergeron may be ready to return during this homestand.
  • John MacKinnon of Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky and Andy Sutton as UFAs at seasons end. Sam Gagner could get some interest, but the Oilers may realize that he’s better suited in a 2nd line role.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Cordell made note that Darren Dreger said on TSN1050 radio that the Kings are interested in Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman will wait and see how the Brendan Morrison trade works out before making a move for another center, maybe Sam Gagner. Islanders Steve Staios and Mark Eaton could get some trade interest. The Islanders would rather sign P.A. Parenteau than trade him.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison will be a UFA after the season, and signs are pointing to him hitting the open market. It’s possible the Panthers could move him, rather than lose him for nothing. Sources are saying he could be looking for something in the $4.5 million range.
  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: With Jimmy Howard’s hand injury, Burnside notes a Evgeni Nabokov deal makes sense.
  • Ben Meyer-Abbott of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks have dropped 5 straight, and GM Stan Bowman said there is no help coming. “I like our personnel. We’re trying to upgrade. It’s not like we’ve got guys playing that can’t play in the NHL. We certainly have guys that can improve on their level of play. But at the same time, we’re just trying to enhance our group as opposed to completely remake it.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Kyle Brodziak hasn’t had contract talks with the Wild yet. “As long as things make sense, why wouldn’t we want to sign Kyle Brodziak?” Fletcher said. “He’s been a good player for us, he fits in well, I think he’s enjoyed playing in Minnesota, and he’s had success here. We enjoy having him here, so hopefully we can make it work.”

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Could the Leafs be looking at Clowe? Rutherford wants a ton … No serious talks with Karlson … Peckham, Sutton getting interest … A Miller for Hiller swap?

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

  • Only a few GM’s are in Ottawa, Brian Burke is one of them, and everyone is waiting for him to make a move.

    “He’s trying. He’s trying hard. He definitely wants to get bigger,” a league executive said Thursday.

    The Leafs would love to bring in a hard-nosed forward. A guy they could look at is Sharks winger Ryane Clowe. Clowe has 1 year left at a $3.625 million cap hit. There is word that he might be someone the Sharks could look at moving. It might take more than the Leafs want to offer San Jose to get him though. The Leafs would likely have interest in Tuomo Ruutu. The Hurricanes have talked to Ruutu about a contract extension but it’s believed he’s asking for too much on a long-term deal, so he’ll likely be traded.

  • League sources are saying that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is asking a ton for his UFA defenseman. A league source said that Hurricanes are asking for 2 1st round picks or a 1st round pick and an ‘A’ prospect for one of Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen or Jaroslav Spacek. The asking price will come down.
  • The Blue Jackets would move center Antoine Vermette. He’s been available all season.
  • The Senators and defenseman Erik Karlsson’s camp haven’t had any serious contract talks. It will likely wait until after the season.
  • The Oilers are getting interest in defenseman Theo Peckham and Andy Sutton. Sutton will be a UFA at the end of the year. Peckham will be an RFA, and there are plenty of teams looking for help on the blueline.
  • The Ducks, Blackhawks and Lightning could be looking for goaltending help, so keep an eye on Ryan Miller. The Sabres aren’t shopping him, but they’ll have to decide soon if they are in the playoff hunt or not. A Miller for Jonas Hiller trade could be possible.

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