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NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Capitals and Senators

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Hickey wonders if the Canadiens should give the 35-year old Andrei Markov a three-year contract extension. Markov has been the cornerstone of Canadiens blueline since 2000. He’s averaged over 25 minutes a game this season, 9th overall for defenseman. He’s 13th in points for Dmen with 41, and 9th in power-play point with 22. He kills penalties and has blocked a 160 shots. There are rumors that the Canadiens have made offers of one and two years, but were rejected. Markov has moved away from his initial, unrealistic hope of a five-year deal. A year deal is still somewhat risky given his injury history. There is also the risk of his salary counting against the cap even if he retires, due to it being a 35+ contract.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Responding to question if Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer are the Capitals goaltenders of the future. Two months ago it looked like they would be, but if pending UFA Jaroslav Halak is able to get the team into the playoffs, that could change. Holtby has one year left on his deal. Gormley wouldn’t be surprised if Holtby and Grubauer are their goaltenders next season. Halak will likely be looking for more than the $4.5 million he’s making this season. Gormley thinks there is a better chance that they re-sign Mikhail Grabovski over Dustin Penner. If they could re-sign Grabovski for around $4 million, he’d be a good second line center with Evgeny Kuznetsov and either Tom Wilson or Troy Brouwer next season.
  • Ian Mendes of TSN: Senators GM Bryan Murray on TSN 1200 radio last night. On Paul MacLean’s job security:

    “I don’t have a definite answer to that, but Paul’s got a contract going forward. He was Coach of the Year last year and I don’t know what happened this year necessarily as far as performance is concerned,” Murray said.

    Murray said that Bobby Ryan will be able to resume off-ice training. Ryan will be a UFA after next season and they will be able to start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I think he’s going to be happy to talk to us. We certainly plan to try to keep him, we hope to get something done with Bobby so he will have a long career in Ottawa,” said Murray.

    Murray on pending UFA Ales Hemsky:

    “I’ve said hello to his agent and I’ve talked to Ales a little bit and I get the impression he likes it here, he likes the city and he likes the way he’s been treated. Until you start talking and realize what the commitment is – term and dollar wise – it’s hard to know. Certainly we’ll have conversations and that’s part of the reason why we traded for him at the deadline. We thought if we could get him on board here and he gets to know the group and how we operate, it might be easier for us to negotiate with him and can be an advantage for us.”

    Murray on pending RFA Robin Lehner:

    “I know that Robin has indicated that he likes Ottawa and he wants to stay here,” said Murray. “We’ll get it done with Robin, but it’s just a matter of where he fits into our long-term plans here.”

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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates, Line Combos and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said that his leg felt “a lot better” today.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings put Johan Franzen on the IR after he experienced some concussion symptoms.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings activate Joakim Andersson from the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Travis Hamonic on the IR and recall Matt Donovan.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is back on the wing. Brayden Schenn is at center. Steve Downie skating with the third line. Michael Raffl moved down to the fourth line.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Zac Rinaldo is not wearing a no-contract jersey today. Anthony SanFilippo: Rinaldo is skating but did not take part in line rushes. He could still play though.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Mark Stone skated by himself yesterday. He’s progressing but not ready to practice with the team. Coach Paul MacLean is hopeful that Stone can return before the Olympic break.
  • Don Brennan: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips suffered a minor injury and will be kept out of the lineup tonight.
  • Kristen Odland: Flames Mike Cammalleri (concussion) skated this morning.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty/Desharnais/Gallagher Eller/Plekanec/Gionta Leblanc/Brière/Bourque Moen/Bournival/Parros.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin Raymond-Holland-Bodie Ashton-McClement-Orr. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Gleason-Franson, Gardiner-Rielly.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Andersson-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Cleary-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons, Jokinen-Malkin-Neal, Glass-Sutter-Megna, Pyatt-Adams-Engelland.
  • Allen Panzeri: Senators lines: Condra-Zibanejad- Conacher Michalek-The Franchise-Greening Ryan- Turris-MacArthur Smith-Da Costa-Neil.
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers.
  • David Alter: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Joe Yerdon: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Don Brennan: Curtis McElhinney will start in get for the Blue Jackets.
  • Ken Wiebe: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.
  • Katie Carrera: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.

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Lines and Goalies: Sens, Canes, Devils, Stars, Leafs, Isles, Caps, Blue Jackets, Kings, Sabres and Panthers

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Michalek-Spezza-Conacher; MacArthur-Turris-Ryan; Greening-Smith-Neil and Kassian-Grant-Zibanejad.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin; Gerbe_JStaal-Dwyer; Ruutu-Nash-Terry; Bowman-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Brunner-Henrique-Ryder; Tedenby-Loktionov-Bernier; Carter-Josefson-Janssen. Defensive pairings and goalies: Greene-Harrold; Volchenkov-Zidlicky; Gelinas-:Larsson; Fayne; Goalies; Brodeur, Schneider.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Chiasson; Whitney-Fiddler-Peverley;Garbutt-Horcoff-Cole/MacDermid.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-JVR-Kessel; Raymond-Kadri-Clarkson; Ashton-McClement-Kulemin; McLaren-Smithson-Orr-Bodie.
  • Mark Spector: Ilya Bryzgalov won’t start for Oklahoma City (AHL) today. Will likely start on Friday.
  • Arthur Staple: Kevin Poulin will start in net for the Islanders.
  • Katie Carrera: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
  • Mike Harrington: Ryan Miller will start for the Sabres against Jonathan Quick and the Kings.
  • Michael Smith: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight.

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Morning Hits: Emery, Kaleta, Varlamov, Barch, Schenn, All-Star Game and JVR

  • Nick Cotsonika: Flyers Ray Emery will not receive any supplementary discipline for his fight with Braden Holtby as he didn’t break any rules according the rule book. Emery’s actions were involved with the aggressor rule, but you need to be an aggressor three times in a season before a player gets a two-game suspension. Dejan Kovacevic: Gary Bettman can suspend or fine player at his discretion. In the labor agreement.
  • Eric Macramalla: Semyon Varlamov’s pending criminal charges may keep him out of Canada for the Avs game on Dec. 5th against the Oilers. He may need to get a special permit to enter the country.
  • John Vogl: The Sabres have brought in Randy Cunneyworth to work on their scouting staff.
  • Krys Barch: ” I would rather break my nose and continue to play then break my hand and miss two months!!!” … Barch asked why a company could not make a clip off visor.
  • Bill Meltzer: Luke Schenn was a healthy scratch last night.
  • NHL on TSN: The Blue Jackets will host the 2015 NHL All-Star game.
  • James Mirtle: Wonders if the Leafs will move James van Riemsdyk to center due to their injuries.

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VIDEO: Line Brawl Between The Flyers and Capitals

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Roster and Goalie Notes: Crosby, Ward, Devils, Leafs, Hurricanes, Capitals and Sabres

  • Shelly Anderson: Anderson is hearing Sidney Crosby’s jaw may not be healing fast enough for him to start playing before the playoffs.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward didn’t skate again today. Adam Oates gave no update on his status.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Bernier.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Lupuk-Kadri-Kulemin, McClement-Grabo-Komarov, MacArthur-Colborne-Frattin, McLaren-Hamilton-Orr.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg will get the start for the Devils on Thursday against the Penguins.
  • Adam Vingan: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
  • John Vogl: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.

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Roster notes and Goalie: Briere, Capitals, Michalek, Hedman, Hurricanes, Holtby, Bryzgalov and Quick

  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Daniel Briere is practicing with a regular jersey on, indicating that he’s likely in tonight.
  • Stephen Whyno: Martin Erat, Joel Ward and Brooks Laich are out tonight for the Capitals.
  • Ian Mendes: It doesn’t look like Milan Michalek is ready to return to the Senators lineup.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t play tonight. He’s hopeful to get back on the weekend.
  • Steven Whyno: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin, Volpatti-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Fehr, Wolski-Hendricks-Beagle.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin; Skinner-JStaal-Ruutu; LaRose-Nash-Wallace; Westgarth and Blanchard; seven defensemen on ice.
  • Stephen Whyno: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
  • Tim Panaccio: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
  • Jon Rosen: Jonathan Quick will start in net for the Kings.

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NHL Rumors I: Yandle, Smith, Smid, Whitney, Luongo, Ellis and Neuvirth

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • The Fourth Period: Coyotes GM Don Maloney would move Keith Yandle if he received the right offer, and Shane Doanis the only untouchable.

    “Our game plan has been the same. We’re driven to get into the playoffs,” Maloney said, while speaking Saturday afternoon on The Fourth Period LIVE on NHL Network Radio.

    “Other than Shane Doan, there’s nobody that we wouldn’t trade if the deal was right for us. Some players obviously more than others.”

    It’s possible that the Coyotes are buyers and sellers at the deadline. Maloney added that he’s mainly talked to Eastern Conference teams about trades. The Coyotes are not close to re-signing goalie Mike Smith.

     ”The long and short of it is until we have out ownership settled, to look a contract that is of the term and the dollar amount that (Smith) certainly has in his mind, I’m just not comfortable looking at that until you have an ownership in place, you sit down, you look at what your budgets are going to be, and how you can structure a team going forward,” Maloney admitted.

    “We would like to retain Mike, that would be our goal, but we’re certainly not in a position to do that now. The sooner our ownership gets settled, the better for everybody.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smidis looking for a long-term deal.

    “I’d like a five years, around that term. Yeah five years at $3.5 million (a season), that would be nice. I’d be more than happy with that. Obviously you look around and see what other guys are making,” said Smid,

    “I do think we’re getting closer (to a deal).  Negotiations are pretty good right now. We have three days left and I’m really hopeful  we’ll get a deal done. Obviously we have to have something done by Wednesday. I would hate to be traded.  We have a great thing going on now and I’d hate to leave.”

    The Oilers have come up recently in with their offers. Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will also have to decide what to do with their other UFAs: Ryan Whitney, Ryan Jones, Mark Fistric and Nikolai Khabibulin.

    Whitney on trade talk,

    “I’m trying not to think of things (trade destinations), but you hear things. If I don’t get traded, they want me here, I think. If I do get traded, it means another team wants me. It’s a win-win,” he said.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers would consider drafting Aleksander Barkov with their first pick, but they’d need to get into the top five to do so. Canucks Roberto Luongo turns 34 on Thursday. Matheson can’t see them getting more than a 2nd round pick and a prospect for Luongo. They might be able to get Tyler Bozak from the Maple Leafs or they might have to take on someone’s mistake. Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis is available.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The emergence of Braden Holtby doesn’t necessarily mean that Michal Neuvirth is on the block at the trade deadline according to Capitals GM George McPhee.

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Lines and Starting Goalies: Sens, Rangers, Flames, Preds, Canes, Devils, Sabres, Isles, Bruins, Kings and Caps

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Latendresse-Smith-Alfredsson; Greening-Turris-Silfverberg; Dizzy-Zibanejad-Neil; Kassian-Regin-Condra. Defensive pairings: Wiercioch-Gonchar; Methot-Gryba; Phillips-Benoit.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Gaborik Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan Kreider-Boyle-Miller Pyatt-Halpern-Powe. Defensive pairings: McDonagh-Girardi, Del Zotto-Eminger Hamrlik-Stralman, Bickel-Gilroy, expect latter two to be scratched.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Flames lines: Glencross Stajan Stempniakg-Tanguay Cammalleri Iginla-Comeau Backlund Hudler-Jackman Begin McGrattan.

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Quick Hits: Cut resistant socks, Ryder, Scouting Avs-Sharks, Markstrom, McGrattan, Leafs blueline and Holtby

  • Michael Russo via twitter: Wild players are testing out the cut resistant socks in their last couple skates. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu have tried them. Michael Rupp has been wearing them since Erik Karlsson’s injury.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Michael Ryder is in Columbus and is expected to join the Canadiens in Toronto today for tonight’s game.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Sharks game last night from the Eastern Conference were the Jets, Rangers and Bruins.
  • Terry Koshan via twitter: Don’t anticipate any changes to the Leafs blueline tomorrow night, John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek are the 4th pair.
  • Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals coach Adam Oates said he’s running with Braden Holtby but hasn’t decided if he’ll start tonight against the Flyers.

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Lines, Parings and Starting Goalies: Penguins, Devils, Hurricanes, Panthers, Islanders, Lightning and Capitals

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Defensive pairings and goalies: Salvador-Zidlicky; Greene-Larsson; Volchenkov-Harrold; Tallinder-Fayne. Goalies: Hedberg, Kinkaid.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Braden Holtby will start in today for the Capitals. Michal Neuvirth will start in net on Wednesday.

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Capitals sign Holtby and Erskine to extensions … Penguins sign Eaton … Coyotes give Schlemko an extension

  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: The Capitals signed goalie Braden Holtby to a 2-year, $3.7 million contract extension ($1.85 million salary cap hit). He’ll make $1.7 million next year and $2 million in 2014-15.
  • Stephen Whyno via twtter: The Capitals signed defenseman John Erskine to a 2-year, $3.925 million contract extension ($1.9625 million cap hit).
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Coyotes sign David Schlemko to a 2-year, $2.375 million contract extension ($1.1875 million salary cap hit).

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