Posts Tagged Ben Lovejoy

Free Agent Signings: Lovejoy, Aulie and Weber

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks re-signed Ben Lovejoy to a 3-year, $3.3 million deal.
  • Damian Cristodero: The Lightning re-signed Keith Aulie to a 1-year, 1-way deal for $950,000.
  • John Vogl: The Sabres re-signed Mike Weber to a 3-year deal worth $5 million.

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Injury Notes: Kulikov, Nugent-Hopkins and Glencross

  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is likely done for this week according to coach Kevin Dineen.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is done for the year. He’s expected to the same, or similar, shoulder surgery that Taylor Hall went through.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames winger Curtis Glencross will miss the last week of the season due to a knee injury after a knee-on-knee hit from Ben Lovejoy.

    “I don’t think he’s going to play again (this season),” head coach Bob Hartley said after his team’s practice Saturday at the Saddledome.

    “I don’t have the medical terms but he’s not coming on the trip. Not good.”

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Ducks acquire Lovejoy

The Anaheim Ducks have acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2014 5th round draft pick.

The 28 year old Lovejoy went undrafted and carries a $525,000 cap hit.

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Video: Colin McDonald gets a 2 game suspension

The NHL has suspended New York Islanders winger Colin McDonald for 2 games for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy last night.

The “Key Points” for the suspension were that it was boarding, no apparent injury and no history.

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Video: Should Colin McDonald be suspended? How many games?

Islanders Colin McDonald received a boarding major for his hit on Penguins Ben Lovejoy.

I think it’s safe to say that McDonald will be suspended, so the question becomes, how many games should he get?

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Hall out 5-6 months … No contact yet for Toews … Roster notes for Pens, Devils, Preds, Wings … Starting goalies

  • Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall will not return to this season as he’ll be having labral shoulder surgery. According to Steve Tambellini: “Recovery time will be between five and six months, so our hope is that Taylor will be ready for the start of next season.”
  • Mike Morreale via twitter: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Jonathan Toews still hasn’t been cleared for contact.
  • Pens Inside Scoop: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Ben Lovejoy had knee surgery and will be out 3-4 weeks.

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State of the Pittsburgh Penguins: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Alison Myers of The Hockey Writers and can be found on twitter at @OnePunchBeej1

With the trade deadline a week away, the Pittsburgh Penguins sit in sixth place in a tight Eastern Conference with a record of 33-21-5 for 71 points. They are also third in the Atlantic Division.

The Penguins have been playoff contenders for the last five seasons, and there is no reason to believe they won’t be this year. But should Penguins general manager Ray Shero look to boost the team to try and give them an edge over the red-hot New York Rangers or the arch-rival Philadelphia Flyers?

One thing Shero does not have to do at the deadline is get more offense. With Sidney Crosby remaining on the sidelines, Evgeni Malkin has stepped up and filled the void left by Crosby’s talent. Malkin is currently second in the NHL with 32 goals and first with 71 points. He has nine points in his last five games, including a five-point performance over the Winnipeg Jets. Any concerns about lasting effects from his knee injury are in the past.

James Neal, acquired last season from the Dallas Stars, is having a breakout year. He has the first 30-goal campaign of his career under his belt and sits first in the NHL with 13 power-play goals. Neal was scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer, but Shero put any questions about Neal’s future to rest on Sunday, signing him to a six-year deal worth $30 million.

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Injury notes on Enstrom, Jones, Antropov, Jokinen, Alfredsson, Staal, Lovejoy and Ott

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom suffered a broken collar bone and will be out indefinitely. Enstrom was injured on Monday after taking a hit from Panthers Jack Skille.
  • Ed Tait  of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Randy Jones left last night’s game in the 3rd period after blocking a shot off inside of his right ankle. Forward Nik Antropov blocked a shot with his hand, he did return to the game, but his status for Saturday is not 100%.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen was originally thought to be out 3 to 4 weeks, but that may not be the case according to Paul Maurice. Jokinen had 2 MRIs on Wednessday night and revealed that the injury was not as serious as originally thought. Maurice said it’s closer to day-to-day than week-to-week.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson has been out with a concussion since last Saturday, and has no idea when he may return.

    “If I’m at home with the kids, I get a little light-headed and I have to sit down for a little bit, and then I feel good again,” Alfredsson said Thursday, speaking publicly for the first time since the hit. “Until that’s gone, I’m not going to do anything physical.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are getting close to putting defenseman Marc Staal on LTIR, saving them $3.975 million in cap space. Once he’s put on it, the Rangers could recall Mats Zuccarello from the AHL. Wojtek Wolski suffered a groin injury last night.

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Kunitz and Downie up for suspensions this morning … What do you think?

Another day, another player facing suspension. Correction, 2 players looking at a suspension. First up according to Bob McKenzie is Chris Kunitz at 10 a.m. for his elbow to the head of Simon Gagne. Right after that the league will be talking to Steve Downie about his hit on Ben Lovejoy. Do you think either player will get suspended?

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Extension for Backstrom today? Kicking tires on Miller? yeah right … Time to trade Malkin? Tim Tomas for Brian Campbell?

  • TSN: There is a good chance that Nicklas Backstrom will be signing a long term contract extension with Washington Capitals this morning. The Capitals are only saying, “significant player-related announcement” is coming on Monday.
  • George Malik of MLive: Rob Parker of WDIV’s Sports Final Edition did a terrible job trying to create a rumor involving the Red Wings, saying they will kick tires on acquiring Ryan Miller. Okay Rob. I don’t know what say about this other than; is Rob Parker, Eklund ‘the anonymous hockey blogger’?
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM, Ken Holland will begin working towards signing some of their free agents. Tomas Holmstrom is slam dunk to re-sign with the Red Wings, Todd Bertuzzi is a good possibiliy. They also have an interest in re-signing Andreas Lilja at a lower salary from the $1.25 million he made this past season. Don’t count on seeing Jason Williams, Brad May and Brett Lebda back in a Wings uniform next season.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rossi thinks the Penguins should look at moving Geno Malkin, and it would have to include a top-line winger, top 2 defenseman, 2 roster players and either 2 prospects or 2 1st round picks. He thinks re-signing Gonchar to anything more than $4 million on a multi-year deal is a risk. Mark Eaton should be re-sign at around $2 million a season. Ben Lovejoy should be re-signed. Rossi also thinks the Penguins should go after Dan Hamhuis, offering a 4 year deal at a cap hit around $3.25 million. I think it would take more the $3.25 million to get Hamhuis
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Dupont thinks the Bruins and Blackhawks could work on a Brian Campbell – Tim Thomas deal this off-season. Thomas has 3 years and $15 million left on his deal, Campbell has 6 years left with a cap hit of $7.14 million. Mark Recchi will most likely play another season for the Bruins.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Conroy wonders if the Bruins are able to trade Tim Thomas this off-season, is Rask ready to take the reins without a safety net? If they can deal Thomas, I’m sure they’ll bring in someone to help Rask along, he’s only 23-years old.
  • Adrian Date of the Denver Post: With 12 players locked up for about $28.2 million (cap number), the Colorado Avalanche have the cap room to add some significant pieces. Dater lists 3 possibilities: Ilya Kovalchuk, Dan Hamhuis, and Brian McGrattan.

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