Posts Tagged Bobby Butler

Afternoon Hits: Panthers, Liles, Lucic, Thomas, Waivers, DeKeyser and Hossa

  • Pro Hockey Talk: The Panthers were sold for $230 million to Vincent Viola.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on John-Michael Liles: ”The feelings inside the coaches’ and management’s office should be left there… We know there’s tough decisions coming.”
  • Joe Haggerty: Milan Lucic said there is nothing confirmed about him being in Dumb and Dumber 2, but he is interested.
  • CapGeek: Tim Thomas’ bonuses: $250,000 for 15, 20 and 25 wins. If the Panthers make the playoffs and he has a minimum of 10 games, $500,000 bonus.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Jake Dowell and Tyler Cuma on waivers according to sources. Dowell may not be reassigned right away if he clears.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Waivers today: Gabriel Dumont (Mon), Bobby Butler (Fla), Cuma and Dowell (Min).
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Kyle Okposo (eye) has been cleared to practice and should play on Sunday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser said that he twisted his knee on Wednesday but it’s not significant. Should be ready for the season opener.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Marian Hossa was back on the ice practicing.

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Panthers trade Brennan to Predators for Butler

The Florida Panthers have traded defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Nashville Predators for forward Bobby Butler.

The 24-year old Brennan was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, 31st overall in the second round of the 2007 draft. Brennan is a RFA and is coming off of a $550,000 one-year deal.

The 26-year old Butler signed as a free agent with the Senators out of the University of New Hampshire. He started last season with the Devils organization. Butler is also a RFA and is coming off a $525,000 one-year deal.

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Roster notes, lines and goalies: waivers, Malkin, Frattin, Devils, Pens, Habs, Caps, Leafs and Coyotes

  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Leafs winger Matt Frattin took part in morning rushes on a line with Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthurDavid Alter via twitter: GM Dave Nonis said that Frattin will be a game-time decision but hinted that ”he may need more time.”
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Matteau-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Bernier; Barch-Gionta-Carter. Butler extra. Defensive pairings: Salvador-Fayne; Greene-Larsson; Tallinder-Zidlicky; Volchenkov-Harrold.
  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals lines: Hendricks-Ribeiro-Ovechkin; Fehr-Backstrom-Brouwer; Chimera-Beagle-Ward; Volpatti/Wolski-Perreault-Crabb.

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Sunday morning hits: Luongo, Thomas, Babchuk, Benn, Subban, Bertuzzi, Atkinson, Gomez and Islanders

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Panthers have shown interest in Roberto Luongo, but GM Dale Tallon would have to sweeten the pot to land him. Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis hasn’t been as aggressive as many had thought. They know that it would take Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a 2nd round pick to get him. The Blackhawks could be interested if they struggle to start the season. Tim Thomas wants to play next year, and the Bruins could either let him be a UFA after the season, or ‘toll’ his contract, forcing him to honor the last year on his contract. Some teams were interested in Thomas last July, but he said he wasn’t going to play. The Flames are willing to move defenseman Anton Babchuk.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika answers on why Stars forward Jamie Benn hasn’t been re-signed yet, piecing together info and speculating in some cases. Benn’s agent, Rich Evans, may be looking for a 3 year or shorter contract. His next deal would obviously be in the millions, but a 3 year deal would allow him to go for a homerun deal on his next deal when he’ll be 26. The Stars won’t go 4 years as he would be a UFA at the end of that. It appears that the Stars are willing to go with 2, 3, 5 or 6 year terms. The sides are off on money for all years. The Stars don’t want to pay a premium price for a RFA. Comparables for RFA years are in the $3.75 to $5 million range. Longer term deal increase to $6.8 on the high end.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi could miss weeks recovering from mononucleosis. It could be a month before he’s able to skate again. Mono is highly contagious, so he won’t be around the team.
  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Brent Burns and Jason Demers are both travelling with the Sharks, but that doesn’t mean they will be playing.

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Enstrom sign 5 year deal … Jamison doesn’t call Doan … Pens have 4 year offer for Doan … Giroux blames Crosby

  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets have re-signed Tobias Enstrom to a 5 year contract extension. TSN is reporting the deal is worth $28.75 million. Enstrom would have been a free agent after next season.
  • L.A. Lariviere via twitter: If Shane Doan continues to visit teams after [yesterday], it’ll be clear that Greg Jamison has no financial plan to buy the Coyotes. If Doan doesn’t reach an agreement with the Coyotes [yesterday], signs point to him looking elsewhere. Agent confirms, “unless Shane (says) otherwise.” Potential owner Greg Jamison did not reach out to Doan at all yesterday. It’s basically over, agent can’t believe it. Doan’s agent is now waiting for permission to start negotiations elsewhere. Visits could resume as early as Monday.
  • David Shoalts via twitter: Source says that Doan wants a 4 year deal worth $30 million. Will scare more than just the Red Wings off. There are teams that will be willing to go $7 million on a 1 year deal, maybe 2 for Doan. At 36 years old, 4 years is scary. Doan’s agent said they have never demanded 4 years and $30 million.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Butler cleared waivers and was bought out. The Penguins are prepared to offer Shane Doan a 4 year deal worth $24 million, if they haven’t done so already. The Senators didn’t show any interest in Alexander Semin. Once the new CBA is in place, there could be plenty of players available.

    “My guess is you’re either going to see a lot of players bought out or moved,” said a league executive. “There are going to be teams that have spent to the cap who will have to scramble to get below it.

    “I would anticipate we’re going see a lot of players who are on the move. Not sure we’re going to see a lot of trades before then, but the teams that are sitting at — or below — the floor are in a good situation.”

  • CSN Philly: Flyers Claude Giroux had 2 surgeries on his wrists this summer, and told the Timmins Press that they are because of Sidney Crosby.y

    “Those are from [Sidney] Crosby,” Giroux told the paper. “Every time we’d line up against each other for a face-off during our series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he’d hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is being patient to when it comes to trying to fill the hole left by Zach Parise. The Devils still hope to re-sign Petr Sykora. Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby may get bigger roles. Chances are that Lou at least inquired about Semin, as well as Doan. It’s more likely that the the Devils will look to a trade to bring in a forward. They have 8 defenseman under contract for next year and could use one in a deal.

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Morning notes on Bernier, Predators want a top 4 Dman, 5 Questions, Laviolette, Semin, Butler and CSKA

  • L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Sources tell TVA Sports that Jonathan Bernier hasn’t spoken with Kings GM Dean Lombardi since he said he wanted a trade. Bernier has the mindset that he’ll be a member of the of the Kings at training camp. The Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs and a few Eastern teams are interested.
  • Jim Diamond of the Examiner: Predators GM David Poile said he wants the give the his young players the opportunity to earn a roster spot.

    “Going into training camp, we are not done adding pieces if we can add another piece, especially in a top four defense we are going to try and do that,” Trotz said later Wednesday on a conference call discussing the matching of Weber’s offer sheet. “There is limited value out there in terms of free agency, but there are guys we are looking at a possibility of a trade. There could be a piece there.”

  • Dan Rosen of the 5 Questions still to be answered. 1. Where will Shane Doan sign? 2. Is Bobby Ryan going to be traded, and to which team? 3. When will the Canucks trade Roberto Luongo? 4. Will the Toronto Maple Leafs get a goalie? 5. Which team will take the gamble on Alexander Semin?
  • Sarah Baicker via twitter: The Flyers have been working on an extension with coach Laviolette since the draft. Contract expires after next season.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Alexander Semin on the appeal of playing with the Hurricanes: “Carolina has a good team. We want it to be a good playoff team.”
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Putin has criticized CSKA’s spending. Noted their salaries can be crazy, more than NHL teams, and would like to create some general rules.

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Possible landing spots for Bernier … 5 Senators that could be traded … Canadiens still deciding on new coach … Hartley meets with Flames

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier will likely find himself in a different uniform next season.

    “Everybody is high on Bernier,” said an NHL scout. “There’s no question he’s been brought along nicely by L.A. I think there’s a number of teams in the NHL that need a goaltender that covet Bernier.”

    Bernier is set to earn $1.25 million next year and will be a RFA. Tampa Bay is the favorite to land Bernier. Yzerman is looking for young goalie to lead the team, and they have 2 1st round picks in this years draft. The Blue Jackets are another option, though they may be looking someone with a bit more of a track record. Roberto Luongo would be an intriguing option, but would he want to play there, especially if Rick Nash is traded? The Maple Leafs are a long shot. Bernier is not a Francois Allaire butterfly goalie. Plus the Leafs may be looking for a veteran goalie, such as Tomas Vokoun.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists 5 Senators that could be traded this offseason: 1. Nick Foligno – he’s a RFA and will get a qualifying offer, but he likely won’t sign it. 2. Sergei Gonchar – the 35 year old will make $5.5 million next year with a no-movement clause. 3. Robin Lehner – he could challenge Ben Bishop for the backup position if not moved. They weren’t that thrilled with the way he developed last year. 4. Zack Smith – could be moved due to the depth at center, especially if they are able to bring back Chris Kelly. 5. Bobby Butler – moving Butler and his $1.2 million contract may be a miracle. He only scored 6 goals in 56 games last year. If they could get a late round pick for him, they should take it. Buying him out and living with a $200,000 cap hit for the next 2 years could be an option.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer has been told by a very solid source that the Canadiens still haven’t decided on who will be their next head coach. They are still talking to candidates. It could still be a couple weeks before they decide. Bob Hartley is a finalist with 2 or 3 others.
  • Calgary Sun: RDS’s Vincent Damphousse said that Bob Hartley has had a 2nd interview with the Flames. There have been reports that the Hartley was to be named the Canadiens new head coach. There may also been some issues with his current coaching contract according to Darrent Dreger:

    “It’s my understanding that there’s some complications with his contract over (in Europe),” Dreger told TSN Radio 990. “It’s a multi-year contract and the people in Zurich aren’t about to rip it up and say ‘Good luck.’ ”

  • David Chere via twitter: Devils lines at practice yesterday: Parise-Zajac-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Elias-Josefson-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier.
  • Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said they have talked with Patrick Kane about the Madison incident and said they were disappointed.

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Petrov, Mayorov sign in KHL … Preds still hope to re-sign Suter and Weber … Coaching notes for Sharks, Canadiens … 5 priorities for Sens

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The two 2011 Stanley Cup Finals goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, could find themselves on the trading block this summer. Luongo has given the Canucks a short list of teams he’s accept a trade too: possibly the Panthers, Lightning, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has heard the rumors on Thomas:

    “I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie, but I’m certainly not inclined to do that,” Chiarelli said.

    “Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had the year before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top goaltending tandems in the league.”

    The Predators still believe they’ll be able to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran:

    “We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran told the Tennessean. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a vote of confidence from ownership, but the coaching staff hasn’t received one yet. Wilson is still in the review process, which should be completed over the next couple weeks. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coach Todd McLellan has 2 years left on his deal, and LeBrun thinks he’ll remain with the team. New Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would definitely be interested in Alain Vigneault if the Canucks fired him. Marc Crawford could also be in the mix for the Canadiens job. Darren Dreger reported that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are in consideration. The sale of the St. Louis Blues to minority owner Tom Stillman is “very close.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators top 5 offseason priorities: 1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson 2. Sign defenceman Erik Karlsson 3. Re-sign center Chris Kelly as a UFA 4. Trade defenceman Sergei Gonchar 5. Buy out winger Bobby Butler.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues tried to upgrade their blueline at the trade deadline, but were unsuccessful. Kent Huskins will likely replace Ian Cole tonight. Matt D’Agostini could replace Alex Steen on the line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wanted to rule Jaroslav Halak out of the series to eliminate any potential distraction.

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Crosby feels he’s close … Habs and Lightning looking for Dman … Jets could show interest in Bourque … Reimer and Backes injured … Duchene on 4th line

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby considers himself close to returning, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play in the next couple games.

    “I need to get in some contact, more than just one bump in a morning skate,” Crosby said. “It’s got to be a few days of that. Whenever we can get some of those days together — and, hopefully, I’ll respond well to that — then I’ll be much closer than I am right now.”

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Evgeni Malkin missed his 5th straight game last night. He’s skated the past 2 days without any pain, and the Penguins believe he’ll be back soon. He’s been having issues with lingering scar tissue in his right knee. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek left in the 3rd period of last night’s game and they are unsure of the severity.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Canadiens have no idea when Andrei Markov will return. Unhappy with the with the way they’ve been playing, GM Pierre Gauthier may be willing to trade Andrei Kostitsyn to bring in some help. Kostitsyn will be a free agent after the season and is making $3.25 million. Kostitsyn is inconsistent but it might bring the team a veteran defenseman. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is also looking to add a defenseman. The Blue Jackets were rumored to have offered Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek to the Flyers for Mike Richards before the Jeff Carter deal was made. Flyers winger Scott Hartnell will have a cap hit of $4.2 million for the next 2 years and finds himself on the 3rd line. Coyotes aren’t shopping RFA holdout Kyle Turris but they are getting calls. Don’t be surprised if the Jets show interest in Flames Rene Bourque as they need help up front. The Canucks aren’t trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer left last night’s game after the 1st period. He was hit in the head by Brian Gionta and suffered “whiplash-type symptoms” according to coach Ron Wilson. “This early in the season, we didn’t want to risk it,” Wilson said of keeping Reimer in the room the rest of the night. “It was clearly an elbow to the head. I don’t know if you’d call it a head shot, but when you knock the goalie’s mask off …”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers coach Tom Renny talked to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins about the comments on made on Friday about sitting RNH down. Renny didn’t tell him if he’ll remain with the team for the season. Matheson via twitter: Nugent-Hopkins swears he hasn’t been told if he’ll play past 9 games this year. Taylor Hall was told after 4 games last year that he’d be staying.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Matt Carkner and Bobby Butler practiced with the team but both are a “still a distance away” from getting back in the lineup. Peter Regin re-injured his shoulder on Thursday and they are awaiting a prognosis from the doctors.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: After only registering 1 goal and 3 assists in 7 games, Avalanche center Matt Duchene found himself centering the 4th line of Jay McClement and Cody McLeod last night. He only played 11:35 minutes.

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Injury notes on Carter, Whitney, Kesler, Malkin, Hossa, Krejci, DiPietro, Gonchar, Penner, Kennedy, Havlat, McDonald and Neuvirth

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter is questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Stars.

    “It’s a little hairline crack in his foot where he took a shot,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s an old injury. We’ll see where it’s at. It’s on the top (of the foot). We’re hoping it won’t be too long here. He’s questionable for Tuesday, but we might get him back for the weekend (vs. Detroit, vs. Ottawa). The ones on top you can sometimes play through.”

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney will not be in the lineup tonight. It will be tomorrow or Thursday for sure.
  • Evgeni Malkin did not travel with the Penguins on their 2 game road trip as he has soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. He’ll be re-evaluated before Thursday’s game.
  • Brian Hedger via twitter: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is questionable for tomorrow night against Phoenix. He will make the trip with the team.
  • Joe McDonald of ESPN: Bruins forward David Krejci did not practice today due to his ‘core injury.’ Defensemen Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer practiced.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson is not at practice for personal reasons. He is expected back tomorrow. Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day with a bruised ankle. Bobby Butler may go on the IR with a groin injury.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Sharks forward Martin Havlat won’t talk to doctors until Wednesday for clearance, but McLellan expects him to be in the lineup on Friday.
  • Brian McNally of the Examiner: Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth only lasted 20 minutes at practice today. Neuvirth has been battling a right foot injury. “It’s big bruise and trying to ice it,” Neuvirth said. “It’s a lot of pain when I’m putting my skates on, and that’s the worst. I can’t really push on the ice or anything like that. I feel a lot of pain right now.” Lines at practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Knuble, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault-Halpern.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: (answering some of my questions) Malamud would be surprised if Vladimir Tarasenko doesn’t leave the KHL to join the Blues next year, but you can’t rule out the SKA’s “fleet of cash trucks.” Alexander Radulov wants to play for SKA. If he doesn’t get traded/extended during the season, it will be an interested summer for him. He’s attracted to “Money, big city, glamour, the works” that SKA can offer.

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Morning notes involving Stastny, Semin, Blake, Oilers arena, Hurricanes, Redden, DiPietro, Crawford and Auld

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (from his ‘mailbag’) Custance doesn’t think the Avalanche are interested in moving Paul Stastny. Burke is looking to use his defensive depth as part of a deal to get an impact player. If Colorado were to do any sort of big deal, salary would play a part as they are close to the salary floor. Custance thinks there are 7 elite goalies, Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, Tim Thomas, Pekka Rinne and Roberto Luongo. Any contract extension for Alexander Semin from the Capitlas won’t come until after the season. Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will trade him during the season as you need high-end players to win the Cup.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jason Blake suffered a severe forearm laceration last night. He was wheeled out on a stretcher to a hospital.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter on Oilers arena issues: “Katz Group has withdrawn the request for a non-compete from Northlands, who will continue to operate the current building as they see fit.” … “The City of Edmonton will assume all land options for the arena site and make the purchases pending paperwork and their current prices.” … “The City of Edmonton is still actively pursuing a written commitment from the Province of Alberta for funding to cover the $100M money gap.” … “The City of Edmonton will spend $20M over 10 years with the Oilers to promote Edmonton. Think logos, rink boards, commercials etc.” … “There will be another meeting at the end of the month, hopefully with a $ commitment from the Province by then. Will discuss Plan B if not.”
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has added Michael Kahn as an investor and should be adding more shortly. So far he’s sold $22 million in equity to 9 people from North Carolina. In the next 6 months he’s looking to sell another $20 million to North Carolina people.
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN talk Rick DiPietro: Burnside thinks DiPietro’s deal could go down as one of the worst hockey decisions ever made. He also wonders how the Islanders would have made out if they had kept Roberto Luongo and not drafted DiPietro 1st overall.  LeBruns wonders if there will be a “one-time buyout provision for teams to get rid of one bad contract” in the new CBA. Al Montoya has started all 3 games for the Islanders, and if they want to showcase Evgeni Nabokov for a trade, they’ll have to get him in some games. LeBrun thinks they will move Nabokov before the trade deadline regardless of DiPietro’s health. If the Islanders are in a playoff hunt, Burnside thinks they may not use Nabokov as straight trade bait.
  • James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Alex Auld will be in net for the Senators tonight against Capitals. Bobby Butler re-aggravated a groin injury and won’t travel to Washington.

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Afternoon twitter notes on waiver claims, Smyth, Methot, Peverley, Spacek, Franson, Connolly, Malkin, Stralman, Backstrom, Rundblad and Filatov

  • Brian Wilde via twitter: The Canadiens won’t call anyone up to replace Jaro Spacek who’ll be out 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Anton Stralman has been practicing with the Devils without a contract, is not practicing today. He is at immigration working on getting visa. Patrick Elias is not practicing, resting his lower body.
  • Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Lines at Canadiens practice today: Moen-Plekanec-Cole, Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta, Darche-Desharnais-Kostitsyn, Palushaj-Engqvist-Eller
  • David Alter via twitter: Lines at Leafs practice today: MacArthur-Grabo-Kulie, Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Frattin-Lombardi-Armstrong, Steckel-Dupuis-Brown, Connolly-Kadri-Rosehill-Orr

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