Posts Tagged Brandon Dubinsky

Morning Rumors: Panthers, Sabres, Avs, Capitals, Flames, Leafs, Lightning, Blue Jackets, Oilers and Hurricanes

  • Harvey Fialkov: Despite the fact that the Panthers have asked for money from Broward County, GM Dale Talon has the green light to spend to the salary cap ceiling.
  • Mike Harrington: Matt Moulson is the Sabres most attractive asset. Many teams need a scorer. Not a lot of teams need a goalie unless an  injury happens.
  • Brian Wilde: On the trade block: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Boyes, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri. The Canadiens could use a No. 3 defenseman and a big bodied right winger. They don’t have the cap space, so salary must go out.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko is refusing to report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.  Harrington’s inquiries say that the KHL is a possibility. The AHL is not an option.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater thinks it wouldn’t be a good idea to trade Ryan O’Reilly. “If the Avs trade O’Reilly because they don’t want to pay him a dollar more than Matt Duchene or any other artificial reason, then they will be very, very dumb.”You hear the ….

    “They’ll deal him by the March 5 deadline for a D-man or some other “need” go the rumors. “The Avs are loaded at center, so they deal O’Reilly to a team where he’ll be used as a center, and therefore the Avs will get trade value in return befitting a top-six center.”

    but ….

    Oh that one makes a lot of sense. First off, O’Reilly is a winger now, and a great winger. So, if the Avs trade him, they are trading a great WINGER, which would create an immediate void of a great WINGER. This idea that, well, the Avs have so much up the middle already, so that makes O’Reilly expendable in some ways…no. He’s a great left wing right now. So, you trade him, you’re trading a winger that very few teams can match in overall game.

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals and Mikhail Grabovski are in the early stages of contract extension talks.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: The Capitals are in the early stages of talking about a contract extension with center Mikhail Grabovski.

    “He’s comfortable here,” Greenstin said Saturday at the Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington. “Good coaching staff, he fits here very well, but Grabo is very talented center. He’s able to play in a lot of organization the same role. He’s a first-two liner, he reads the game very well, but we’ll see what’s happening. Most likely he’ll stay here.”

    “Why not?” Greenstin said when asked if he could envision Grabovski remaining with the Capitals. “Depends on the management. Coach [Adam Oates] likes him, we just begin talking about future contract. It’s not easy process. It will take some time, I believe.

    “He’s very comfortable in Washington. … We’ll see. Good coach, good organization, we go from this.”

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Brian Burke

    “We’re open for business. A lot is going to depend on when we complete the GM search, but in the meantime, we are open for business.”

    Coach Bob Hartley

    “We know it’s coming,” Hartley explained after Saturday’s morning skate.

    “We know we have a bunch of unrestricted free agents and Burkie will want to improve the team, that’s for sure. Burkie will make decisions — just like me, just like everybody else — for the best of the organization. Obviously, there is going to be some question marks. There is going to be some speculation.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources are saying the Maple Leafs are looking for depth up front. Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be used as trade bait.Penguins GM Ray Shero may be the second most actvie GM and he’s dangling prospects.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has let teams know that Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie are available.

    There is heat on Capitals GM George McPhee to do something. He’s not going to be fired. Former GM Brian Lawton said that Martin Erat could be headed for the Coyotes.

    Newport Sports agent Craig Oster could be the Sabres assistant GM.

    The Avs haven’t had contract talks with center Paul Stastny, but they are not likely to trade him. The Senators and Canucks would be calling if he’s available. The  Flames, Oilers, Leafs, Jets and Canadiens would also be interested. The price would be high. If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, they’ll be looking for a center.

    The Blue Jackets will be willing to trade Brandon Dubinsky.

    Oilers Sam Gagner could be traded to the Hurricanes for a goalie: Cam Ward , Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin.

    Someone could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a  draft pick.

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Afternoon Hits: Neuvirth, Kane, Talbot, Franson, Dubinsky, Nabokov, Laich, Sens, Wild, Canes and Hawks

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals put Michal Neuvirth on the IR with a right leg injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Evander Kane remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers goalie Cam Talbot the first goalie off the ice this morning, let the controversy begin.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Cody Franson and Jay McClement didn’t practice today. David Alter: Coach Randy Carlyle said both are options for tomorrow.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky practiced this morning and could play tomorrow.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov were on the ice this morning. It is the first time that both have skated since their injuries.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich will miss his third straight game with a lower body injury.
  • Ian Mendes: The Senators recalled Mike Hoffman and returned Mark Borowiecki and Derek Grant to the AHL.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Pominville; Nino-Coyle-Heatley; Cooke-Brodziak-Mitchell; Haula/Rupp-Konopka-Fontaine.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-E. Staal-Ruutu, Tlusty-J. Staal-Westgarth, Gerbe-Nash-Lindholm, Bowman-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Handzus-Kane, Versteeg-Pirri-Shaw, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.

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Morning Hits: Dubinsky, Rielly, Miele, Giguere and Winchester to have hearing

  • Larry Brooks: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky: “My relationship with Torts fell apart last yr I was there. I felt his relationship with other players could have been same thing.” Dubinsky said he wasn’t surprised that John Tortorella was fired. Marian Gaborik would not talk about Tortorella.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “Rielly being a healthy scratch isn’t a problem as long as it’s a short-term situation. It gets problematic if he begins playing one or two out of every five games”
  • Rich Nairn: The Coyotes have assigned Andy Miele to the AHL.
  • Wes Gilbertson: J.S. Giguere will start in net tonight for the Avalanche against the Flames.
  • Bob McKenzie: Panthers Jesse Winchester has a phone hearing at 4:30 PM for his hit on Bruins Chris Kelly.

How many games SHOULD Winchester get? How many games WILL he get?

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Injury Notes: Neal, Anderson, Tanguay, Morrow, Bolland, Coyle, Strait, Koivu, Nash, Skinner and Khudobin

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: James Neal skated by himself yesterday morning for an extended period of time. Beau Bennett practiced. Coach Dan Bylsma expects them to do the same today.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Craig Anderson will not travel with the team to Columbus. Nathan Lawson will be recalled and will be Robin Lehner’s backup.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay will be out at least two weeks with a knee injury. Will be reevaluated then.
  • Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Charlie Coyle re-injured his knee that kept him out of 11 games. He’s listed as day-to-day. Carson McMillan has been recalled.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Brian Strait on the IR retroactive to Oct. 24th with an upper-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu hasn’t experienced any lingering symptoms from Brandon Dubinsky’s hit. He’s skating and could return soon. Koivu could potentially be “ready to go” on Wednesday.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Rick Nash missed his 11th straight game with a concussion, everything “status quo.” Aaron Portzline: To Portzline’s knowledge, Nash suffered only one concussion while with the Blue Jackets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner will get a second opinion on his injury.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin skated but will still need more time.

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Afternoon Hits: Moulson, Dubinsky, Bass, Liles, Rakell and Craig

  • John Vogl: Matt Moulson skated with the Sabres this morning.
  • Aaron Portzline: On no disciplinary hearing for Brandon Dubinsky: “I’ve been critical of#NHL in past for some of their supplemental discipline rulings, Only fair to say I think they got it right this time.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs recall John-Michael Liles. Team wanted seven defenseman for their Western road trip.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks have recalled Rickard Rakell from the AHL.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets send Ryan Craig back to the AHL.

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VIDEO: Suspension Hearing Likely Coming For Brandon Dubinsky … Martin Hanzal’s Hearing Today

UPDATE: Bob McKenzie: The NHL reviewed Dubinsky’s hit and there won’t be any supplementary discipline, a body-on-body hit with incidental contact to the head.

  • Shawn Mithchell: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky received a 5-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for a shoulder to head hit on Saku Koivu.
  • Rob Mixer: Brandon Dubinsky: ”I don’t think it was (a hit to the head). It’s a game, we’re all competitive and you want to make sure everybody’s safe.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Can’t say Dubinsky “targeted” Koivu’s head, but contact was made.
  • Eric Stephens: Koivu isn’t having or needing x-rays on his jaw.

  • John Shannon: Coyotes Martin Hanzal will have a hearing today for his elbow to Oilers Jeff Petry.

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Injury Notes: Rinne, Neal, Lundqvist, Fasth, Stempniak, Slater, Nieto, Jenner and MacArthur

  • Pat Iverson of SB Nation: Predators Pekka Rinne told the Finnish magazine “Urheilulehti,” that his hip infection is “very dangerous” and could lead to long-term problems.
  • Steve Zipay: Henrik Lundqvist is ready to return to the Rangers net.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth didn’t skate yesterday. Being more cautious with his lower-body injury after he tested it out in Toronto and Montreal.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Lee Stempniak is wearing a protective boot on his right foot.
  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets activate Chris Thorburn from the IR and put Jim Slater on the IR.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu didn’t return to the game after taking a hit from Brandon Dubinsky.
  • David Pollak: Shark Matt Nieto hurt his hand blocking a shot, but it’s not considered serious.
  • Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Boone Jennermissed last night’s game due to a leg injury.

    “Boone is getting re-evaluated, but it might be an injury that keeps him out a little bit,” coach Todd Richards said. “Just one of those fluke things. He went down with a leg injury. He’s going to miss some time.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Clarke MacArthurwas held out of yesterday’s game for precautionary reasons.

    “He has a minor injury that we want to make sure doesn’t grow into something bigger,” said MacLean. “I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but he felt some aggravation when he didn’t practice and we want to give it a chance to get healed up, so it’s not something long lasting or chronic.”

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Morning Hits: Waivers, Rielly, Jokinen, Vokoun and Dubinsky

  • Renaud Lavoie: Put on waivers yesterday: Francis Wathier (Dal), Cedrick Desjardins (TB), Riku Helenius (TB) and Marc-Andre Cliche (LA)
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Morgan Rielly: “If he really is ready to play here and he can play a significant role then there’s nothing wrong with keeping (him).”
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins Jussi Jokinen’s best fit is with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: The Penguins would be cap compliant if they put Tomas Vokoun and his $2 million cap hit on the LTIR.
  • Will DePaoli: Brandon Dubinsky “would have been a great fit here if Pens took what NYR were willing to offer for Staal.”

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Morning Hits: B’s and Pens, UFAs Smith and Clarkson, Dubinsky, Forensic investigation, Flyers buyout and Brodeur starts

  • Pierre LeBrun: NHL announces that the Bruins-Penguins game will definitely be played today at 12:30.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Coyotes uncertainty will play a role in where UFA Mike Smith will end up. He might be interested remaining in Phoenix, but what if they end up relocating somewhere else? A comparable for Smith could be Jimmy Howard, around $5.3 million.

    “From February of last year and through the playoffs, Mike was as good as any goaltender in the league,” said Maloney, one of the NHL’s sharpest minds. “This year, not quite so good. We’re not a cap team and we have to be careful when we’re talking a contract with a five or six in term. We can’t make a mistake.

    “You look at the top goalies, the Lundqvists of the world … They’ve done it for three, four, five years in a row and they’ve attained a certain level.

    “The long and short of it is Mike is a terrific talent, and if you take a snapshot of what he did last season with what he’s done in his career … we have some, I wouldn’t say uncertainty, but there is a bit of caution there.”

  • Daren Millard: Ken Daneyko said that the Devils probably can’t afford to pay UFA David Clarkson $5 to $5.5 million a season. They might have to let him walk.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:  Senators owner Eugene Melnyk won’t talk about the forensic investigation involving the incident where Matt Cooke sliced Erik Karlsson’s Achillies tendon.

    “Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.

    “I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.

    “It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”

  • Sasm Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News: Donnellon wonders if the Flyers should use an amnesty buyout on Daniel Briere or Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere is due $5 million total over the next two years, but carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit. Briere wants to stay in Philadelphia, Bryzgalov doesn’t seem to care. The 33-year old is under contract till he’s 40. The Flyers have Steve Mason under contract next season at $1.5 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against the Panthers.

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Quick Hits: Bergeron, Heatley, Rinaldo, Plekanec, Bjustad, Hossa, Bolland, Gaborik, Dubinsky and Soderberg

  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that center Patrice Bergeron has a concussion.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Dany Heatley will be out for a while after what looks to be a wrist injury from an altercation with Sharks Marc-Edward Vlasic.
    “He just swung at me and I swung at him,” Vlasic said. “He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before. If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself and swung back.
    “… Unfortunately I got him in the wrist or shoulder. I’m not sure where I got him. That was not my intent. My intent was just to defend myself.”
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Zach Rinaldo suffered a lower-body and left last night’s game.
  • Dave Stubbs: Tomas Plekanec has a groin injury and is day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play tonight and on Saturday.
  • Harvey Fialkov:  Dale Tallon said that Nick Bjustad is on his way to Florida and will play on Saturday. He’s also confident that he can re-sign Peter Mueller after the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland will play on Thursday, Patrick Sharp won’t.
  • Dan Rosen: Marian Gaborik confirms that he’ll be in the Blue Jackets lineup against the Predators.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets activated center Brandon Dubinsky and winger Nick Foligno from the IR.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Expect the Bruins to go with Rich Peverley centering Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Kaspers Daugavins to center the 3rd line.
  • Jimmy Murphy: No updates on Bruins Carl Soderberg’s status. They hope to get him over before the end of the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.

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Quick Hits: Waivers, Canes, Canucks. Vanek, Pens, Sharp, Dubinsky, Clowe, Oshie, Hossa, Sens and Starters

  • Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp skated before practice but is still a week or two away from returning.

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Injury notes: Dubinsky, Poti, Leino, Tallinder, Brodeur, Grabner, Kelly, Steen and Tarasenko

  • Jeff Rimer via twitter: Looks like Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky will return to the lineup tonight. He’s missed the last 11 games.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur skated this morning but is still going to be out awhile with his sore back.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Prognosis on Bruins Chris Kelly’s knee injury won’t be known until the swelling goes down. Early reports are that there is no significant structural damage, but  ”a) things sometime change in 24 hours b) he could still be on the shelf for undetermined period of time.”
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues Alex Steen is skating with David Backes and Chris Stewart. Indications are that he’ll be in the lineup tonight.

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