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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, ”It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • NHL.com: Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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Morning Rumors: Jets, Kane, Flyers, Bruins, Hurricanes and Scouting the Habs-Flyers

  • The Fourth Period: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff continues to get calls on Evander Kane, but won’t move unless he gets an offer he can’t refuse. The Canadiens talked to the Jets about Kane in the summer and during the season. The Rangers, Flyers, Islanders, Panthers and a few others have kicked tires on Kane. The Canadiens and Flyers are said to be the most aggressive. The Flyers and Jets have been scouting each other. The cost for Kane is believed to be two NHL proven top six forwards and a top prospect or pick. The Flyers might be willing to part with Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and a prospect/pick for Kane.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty expects the Bruins to be interested in Evander Kane if/when the Jets get tired of his act. Haggerty wonders if Bruins fans would be okay with sending Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron, Malcolm Subban and a high draft pick for Kane.
  • The Fourth Period: The Hurricanes are looking to make a big move to help improve their chances of getting into the playoffs. Sources saying GM Jim Rutherford working the phones but coming up empty. They are most likely looking to move Justin Peters. Teams have called about Jeff Skinner, but talks didn’t get far. Rutherford would like to add defenseman and a second-line scorer.
  • David Strehle: Scouting the Canadiens – Flyers: Blackhawks, Blues (2), Flames, Capitals and Jets.

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VIDEO: James Neal Suspended for Five Games for Kneeing

The NHL has suspended Penguins James Neal for five games for kneeing Bruins Brad Marchand in the head.

Do you think the suspension length is the right length, not enough, or too much?

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Morning Hits: Burmistrov, Marchand, Kelly, Talbot, Jagr, Burakovsky and Stars coaching

  • Igor Eronko: Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov signed with Ak Bars of the KHL. Ken Wiebe: As long as the Jets send Burmistrov a qualifying offer each offseason, they will retain his rights until he’s 27.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont wouldn’t be surprised if Brad Marchand and/or Chris Kelly is traded.
  • Tony Marinaro: Rumors of the Canadiens trying to trade for Max Talbot or sign Jaromir Jagr are false.
  • Ryan Kennedy: Capitals first round draft pick, Andre Burakovsky, won’t be heading to Erie to play in the CHL next season. Burakovsky’s agent, Kevin Epp: “We had indicated to teams in the CHL (before the Import Draft) that he would be staying in Sweden.”
  • Mike Heika: Stars GM Jim Nill said there hasn’t been a definite decision on an assistant coach to run the defense.

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Injury Notes: Senators, Penguins, Laich, Antropov, Oshie, Anisimov, Cizikas, Gervais, Marchand and Bergeron

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Ian Mendes: Neither of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson skated yesterday. A scheduled day off for Karlsson and Spezza worked out off-ice.
  • Mark Masters: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich: “We want him to be pain free before he goes on the ice again so he’s working as hard as he can to become pain free.” At the moment, they are not considering surgery for Laich’s groin. There is no timetable for his return.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Claude Noel said that Nik Antropov (lower-body) skated for the first time since suffering his injury. He’s day-to-day and could return this week.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov (concussion) is traveling with the team. He won’t play on Wednesday or Thursday, but hasn’t been ruled out for any games beyond that.
  • B.D. Gallof: Islanders Casey Cizikas left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Flyers.NHL.com: Flyers Bruno Gervais had surgery last Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand has been “cleared for contact.” Patrice Bergeron’s return tonight is “highly probable.”

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Injury Notes: Bergeron, Marchand, Neal, Malkin and Gunnarsson

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins Patrice Bergeron was ready to return the lineup last night, but the game was obviously postponed. He’ll skate today and likely make his return on Wednesday against the Sabres.

    “Just making sure we’re all on the same page,’’ said coach Claude Julien, noting that club doctors and trainers still had to sign off on Bergeron’s return. “He’s been feeling a lot better for the last few days, seems to be doing extremely well. But when you’ve been through what Patrice has been through, we’re always going to make sure we’re extra safe with him.’’

    Brad Marchand has skated the last two days. The next step for him will be contact drills, which will likely happen later this week. If all goes well, he could get in 2-3 games next week.

  • Chris Nichols: The Penguins say that James Neal (concussion) is symptom-free. Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Carl Gunnarsson was banged up last night. He skated in the warmup, but didn’t feel good enough to go.

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Roster Notes and Goalies: Marchand, Ward, Lupul, Canes, Rangers, Sharks, Coyotes, Price, Rinne, Niemi and Luongo

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward skated before practice. He has missed the last three games with a bruised left knee.
  • James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle will decide this afternoon on Joffrey Lupul, ”Decision will be whether he feels 110%.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Skinner-J. Staal-LaRose, Blanchard-Ruutu-Dwyer, Westgarth-Nash-Bergeron.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder Moen – Halpern – White. Defensive pairings and scratches: Gorges – Subban Markov – Bouillon Beaulieu – Drewiske Scratches: Prust (suspected UBI), Blunden, Dumont, Kaberle, Weber
  • Katie Strang: Rangers lines: Nash-Stepan-Callahan, Hagelin-Richards-Boyle, Zuccarello-Brassard-Clowe, Pyatt-Powe-Asham.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks lines: TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Marty Havlat, Raffi Torres – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels, Andrew Desjardins – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish
. Defensive pairings: Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun, Brad Stuart – Jason Demers. Coyotes Lines: Radim Vrbata – Martin Hanzal – Shane Doan, Chris Conner – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker, Rob Kilnkhammer – Boyd Gordon – David Moss, David Schlemko – Chris Brown – Kyle Chipchura. Defensive pairings: Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek, Keith Yandle – Derek Morris, Michael Stone – Rostislav Klesla
  • Josh Cooper: Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators.
  • Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Canucks against the Predators.

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Injury Notes: Bolland, Marchard, Lupul and Pitkanen

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is feeling better but is out tonight.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: The Bruins confirm that winger Brad Marchand has a ‘mild concussion’ from Anton Volchenkov’s elbow on Wednesday.
  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul hasn’t played since last Thursday, and isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return.

    “If I was having bad symptoms, I would be home resting instead of this,” Lupul said. “It’s truly a day-to-day thing, just wake up in the morning and see how I’m feeling, how I’m progressing. There’s really no reason for me to rush right now. I just want to make sure I’m back at 100 per cent.”

    The team won’t say it’s a concussion, but Lupul indicated that it might be.

    “Yeah,” he said Wednesday, when asked if he believes he suffered a concussion against the Flyers. “I mean, no one’s really said that word to me. But I definitely didn’t sprain my ankle.”

    “I think it’s safe to say I took a pretty solid blow to the head,” Lupul said. “Anyone who was watching could have seen that. . . . Obviously anyone who saw me try to go to the bench could tell there were some symptoms.”

  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen broke his calcaneus bone in his heal last week after crashing into the boards. A similar injury occurred to Pat Peakein 1996, and he was only able to play in five more games due to the injury. The Hurricanes and Pitkanen called Peake last week to talk about the injury.

    “Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”

    “Am I optimistic that Pitkanen can get back to playing? Yeah, I kind of am, as far as playing, because he’s not going to go the surgery route,” Peake said. “You just hope that obviously the medical aspect of it has come a long way. I know there’s some good doctors and some good people.”

    It’s an injury though that could bother him years after he’s done playing.

    “They said, ‘How much pain are you in on a daily basis?’ ” Peake said. “And I said, ‘Well, to be honest, I don’t really want him to hear this. I hurt every single day.’ ”

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Video: Anton Volchenkov suspended 4 games

The NHL has suspended Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov for four games for his elbow to Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

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Video: Phone hearing for Anton Volchenkov

Nick Kypreos: Devils defenseman Anton Volchecnkov will have a phone hearing this morning for his elbow to the head of Bruins Brad Marchand. 10:45 phone call according to Tom Gulitti.

How many games to do you think he should get?

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Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Staal, Karlsson, Bergeron, Enstrom, Hemsky, Grossman, Briere, Michalek and Marchand

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Rich Chere: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk on playing Friday: ”I don’t know. I’m going to decide with the doctors and coaches, but I don’t think so.”
  • Katie Strang: Rangers Marc Staal said that his peripheral vision is fine, but his eyesight is still a little blurry. He said he still needs to work on depth perception, reading plays, etc.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Erik Karlsson didn’t skate yesterday and likely won’t for the rest of the week.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Patrice Bergeron, out with a “moderate concussion” has started working out again.

    “I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”

  • Paul Friesen: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is questionable for tonight due to back problems.
  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky had an MRI yesterday on his foot. Everything was good and he returned to the lineup.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is out for the rest of the regular season.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Daniel Briere is the only injured Flyer who “could’ play on Thursday.
  • Ian Mendes: If Senators Milan Michalek feels okay today, he could be in the lineup against the Flyers.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left last night’s game after taking an elbow to the head from Devils Anton Volchenkov.
  • Dan Murphy: Cory Schneider was a late scratch last night after coming down with the flu.

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