Posts Tagged Brendan Smith

Morning Hits: Comeau, GM Meetings, Chiasson, Canucks Collapse, Teravainen, Wellman and the Draft

  • NHL Player Safety: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing today for his hit on Red Wings Brendan Smith.
  • Darren Dreger: NHLPAs Mathieu Schneider said that the players are not interested in playing longer games. They would like to less games ending in a shootout. NHLPA would like more testing on the long change during OT or any other ways to encourage the game ending during regulation. NHLPA would also like to have more interference be allowed in attempt to slow the game down a bit. Also, removing the trapezoid to relieve pressure on the defenseman.
  • Renaud Lavoie: They still need to discuss goalie obstruction as they couldn’t decide on anything.
  • John Shannon: There will be no more talk on three-on-three in OT.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Brian Burke said that Mathieu Schneider talked about allowing defenseman to set picks for their partners when there is a forecheck “and their is some merit to that.”
  • Mike Heika: Stars GM Jim Nill confirmed that Alex Chiasson will not travel with the team on their road trip. Chiasson was shaken up by Rich Peverley’s incident.
  • mc79hockey: Since Lockout II, teams that had a three goal leading heading into the third period were 979-6-32 in regulation.
  • Bruce Arthur: “So yeah, the only other team since 2005 to blow a three-goal lead entering the third and lose by three was also coached by John Tortorella.”
  • Sporting News NHL: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen could join the team before the playoffs.
  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals recall Casey Wellman and Patrick Wey from the AHL.
  • Ryan Kennedy: “The more I hear about the volatility in this year’s draft, the more I tip my hat to the NHL scouts/GMs who actually have to make the picks.”

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Detroit Red Wings

Written by Alex Paul and can be followed on twitter at @AKaserman1991

Sabres-deadlineWith the trade deadline quickly approaching, the Detroit Red Wings should be relatively quiet once again.

Before the Olympic freeze the Wings started to find a groove, going 3-1-1, and the regulation loss coming against Tampa. It seemed though at the time that every team chasing that 8th and final playoff spot, Columbus, Ottawa, Philadelphia, and Washington just could not lose. Detroit managed to follow suit and find themselves in the final spot, 6 points behind Toronto and Montreal, and 7 points behind Tampa.

The big problem thus far for Detroit is all of their injuries. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss, Franzen, and Howard have all missed significant time. As soon as one is about to return it seems like another one is going down. When the season started the LTIR was used just to get cap compliant because they were right at the threshold, and have been there all year. With all these big names out, it has given a chance for the young guys to come up a little prematurely for Detroit’s standards, but it looks like they will be just fine in the show.

So as the injuries continue to stack up, would it make sense for the Wings to make a big splash?

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Injury Notes: Nabokov, Fraser, Bozak, Semin, Skinner, Wilson, Nash, Alfredsson and Smith

  • NY Islanders: The Islanders have recalled goalie Anders Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov has been put on the IR.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (lower body) skated with Tyler Bozak before practice today. Today was Bozak’s first full practice since suffering the hamstring injury on Oct. 25th. Jonas Siegel: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle hints that Bozak could return on Thursday. Saturday seems like a more likely return date.
  • Chip Alexander: Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner won’t play for the Hurricanes tonight. Semin and his “upper-body injury” are being evaluated today.
  • Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche put Ryan Wilson (back) on the IR retroactive to November 6th.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash’s status for tomorrow night is still to be determined.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson skated for a bit today, but his status for tomorrow is still to be determined.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Quick, Kings, Bozak, Nash, Rozsival, Smith, Whitney, Ward and Skinner

  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos had successful surgery yesterday to stabilize his fractured right tibia. Bob McKenzie: No official timeline for his recovery, three months seems to be the unofficial prognosis. Damian Cristodero: Stamkos will be back in Tampa to start rehab on Thursday.
  • James Duthie: Kings Jonathan Quick left last night’s game in OT with an injury. Lisa Dillman: Looked like a lower-body issue for Quick.
  • Lisa Dillman: (s/t @bigmouthbarry) Kings coach Darryl Sutter said: “Clifford, Jeff (Carter) and Greener (Matt Greene) no goes for trip.”
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is skating but is not able to return until November 21st at the earliest.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Rick Nash skated yesterday morning as part of their optional skate. Katie Strang: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Rick Nash will practice with the team today.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said they are hopeful that Michal Rozsival would practice today and play on Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Brendan Smith was back skating yesterday. Said shoulder feels good and could return this weekend.
  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars put Ray Whitney on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Travis Morin.

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Afternoon Hits: Anderson, Bolland, Steckel, Smith, Ericsson, Calvert, Jenner, Downie, Raffl and Line Combos

  • Bruce Garrioch: “Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goalie and he’s ready to play. He’s ready to play,” says MacLean. “Robin has done a good job.”
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs David Bolland thinks he’ll be on crutches for another month. He’s not sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks David Steckel clears waivers and should be signed soon. He was on an AHL deal.
  • Ansar Khan: Brendan Smith is the only Red Wings defenseman who didn’t skate today. Smith can come off the IR, but coach Mike Babcock said he’s not ready. Jonathan Ericsson is not able to come off the IR until Friday.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert is wearing a contact jersey at practice today. Boone Jenner skated this morning.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Downie practicing on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read. A good indication that he could be back in the lineup tomorrow. Sam Carchidi: If Downie is ready, they may send Michael Raffl back to the AHL.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Garbutt-Eakin-Chiasson; Whitney-Fiddler-Peverley; Roussel/MacDermid-Horcoff-Cole.
  • Ken Warren: Senators lines: MacArthur-Turris-Ryan, Spezza with Michalek and Conacher. .Greening-Smith-Neil, Kassian-Grant, Zibanejad.
  • Jessica Rusnak: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Plek-Gio, Galch-Eller-Gally, Bournival-Briere-Bourque, White-Dumont-Parros. Desharnais rotating in as C on 4th line.

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Injury Notes: Anderson, Downie, Stoll, Smith, Handzus and Merrill

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being run into by Stars Valeri Nichushkin in overtime.

    “My expectation is yes (Anderson will be out) but right now I can’t say how much (time) he (will miss),” said MacLean. “My expectation is that we play Tuesday and he wouldn’t play.”

  • John Shannon: Anderson was walking around outside the Senators locker room after the game. James Gordon: Was walking with no obvious discomfort. Ian Mendes: Coach Paul MacLean said that Anderson has a stiff neck and ”everything else seems to be fine.”
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Steve Downie was released from hospital yesterday.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Jarret Stoll is day-to-day with an upper-body injury that has been bothering him for awhile.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Brendan Smith injured his shoulder on Saturday night in a fight with Oilers Will Acton. He’ll be out one to two weeks. Adam Almquist has been recalled.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Michael Handzus skated yesterday morning. Scott Powers: Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t sure when Handzus will be ready to return.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils defenseman Jon Merrill left last night’s game (his 1st NHL game) with facial lacerations and a possible concussion.

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Injury Notes: Wilson, Franzen, Brown, Smith, Kostka, Zucker and Blujus

  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan Wilson will be out two weeks with a knee injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen didn’t skate yesterday due to a hip flexor. They are waiting to see if it will be a day-to-day injury.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they are still being cautious with Dustin Brown’s hamstring injury. If it were the playoffs, he’d be playing.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Brendan Smith has a sore groin but is expected back on the ice in a couple days.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Mike Kostka left last nights game with an upper-body injury after being hit into the boards by Red Wings Teemu Pulkkinen.

    “I thought [the hit] was very dangerous,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “[Kostka's] not bad, but he couldn’t play. We’ll see a little bit better assessment [on Wednesday.]

  • Dobber Hockey: Wild’s Jason Zucker left last nights game with a tweaked groin.
  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning Dylan Blujus had minor arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss two to four weeks.

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Afternoon Hits: Clifford trade talk, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Rob Blake

  • Dennis Bernstain: League source saying the Kings are actively shopping Kyle Clifford. Contracts talks between the Kings and Clifford are far apart. Trade talk have started but nothing is imminent. They would likely only get a prospect/pick back for Clifford at most. The trade calls made by Kings could be in effort to bring down contract demands. League source saying that Clifford will be shipped out by the end of the month and the Canadiens are not in the mix, “No chance to MTL”
  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Since the Oilers were interested in Cal Clutterbuck before he was dealt to the Islanders, it wouldn’t be surprising if they would have interest in Clifford.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to move out a couple players and may be sign a free agent, but it doesn’t look like that would happen any time soon.

    “We’re comfortable where we’re at right now,” Holland said Monday, after signing defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year, $2.52 million contract. “Before we do anything we’d have to move somebody. It’s pretty quiet in the industry right now. Everybody probably is into a bit of a summer mode.”

    Once the Red Wings re-sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, they will have 25 roster players. They are over the salary cap limit, but part of Daniel Alfredsson’s bonuses could be applied to 2014-15 cap number if need be.

    “We’d like to do a move or two, but I’m not sure we can,” Holland said. “If we can’t make a move I’m OK with our team and we’ll go to camp. If we can make a move and free up some money then certainly re-signing Dan Cleary is a possibility. But, unless we move somebody, we aren’t signing anybody.”

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Elias Lindholm could start the season with the team. Would be shocked if he doesn’t. Added Lindholm’s preference is to play center, but can play all forward positions. Could start on a line with Jeff Skinner.

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21 Players File for Arbitration

NHLPA: 21 players have filed for salary arbitration. Deadline is today at 5:00 pm ET.

Player Team
Brendan Smith Detroit Red Wings
Sam Gagner Edmonton Oilers
Trevor Lewis Los Angeles Kings
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings
Jake Muzzin Los Angeles Kings
Jordan Nolan Los Angeles Kings
Ryan White Montreal Canadiens
Nick Spaling Nashville Predators
Josh Bailey New York Islanders
Mats Zuccarello New York Rangers
Erik Condra Ottawa Senators
Robert Bortuzzo Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Stewart St. Louis Blues
Mark Fraser Toronto Maple Leafs
Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs
Dale Weise Vancouver Canucks
Zach Bogosian Winnipeg Jets
Bryan Little Winnipeg Jets
Paul Postma Winnipeg Jets
Eric Tangradi Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets

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Free Agent Hits: McDonagh, Rangers, Brunner, Zidlicky, Jagr, Red Wings, Hejduk and the Best of the Rest

  • Aaron Ward: Expect a Ryan McDonagh to sign a six year extension with the Rangers today.
  • Larry Brroks of the NY Post: The Rangers have about $12 million to sign Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Justin Falk. There may not much for Mats Zuccarello. They could fit him with the 10 percent offseason overage, but he wouldn’t have a guaranteed NHL spot.
  • The Fourth Period: The Stars have shown interest in Damien Brunner. Brunner is thought to be looking for a multi-year deal worth between $3 and $3.5 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils trading Henrik Tallinder to the Sabres could have been a move to clear some cap space to re-sign Marek Zidlicky. He has been waiting for the Devils and he has received some other offers. Rich Chere: Lamoriello did say that the trade doesn’t impact Zidlicky “at this point” and added that he’d like to get Zidlicky signed.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that the Senators should try to sign Jaromir Jagr. The Sens are well below the cap and it could take a $4.5 million on one year deal like he did last year. He may have his heart set on playing with the Canadiens though.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings would like to re-sign Daniel Cleary, but at the moment they have too may forwards under contract and their salary cap situation needs to clear up. They have to sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Brendan Smith. The Wings are already $700,000 over next seasons cap.
  • Adrian Dater via sulia: The Avalanche don’t really have room for him and have yet to make an offer to Milan Hejduk. Odds are that he’ll retire.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Best of the remaining free agents. Goaltenders: 1. Tim Thomas 2. Ilya Bryzgalov 3. Johan Hedberg. Defenseman: 1. Douglas Murray 2. Ron Hainsey 3. Ryan Whitney. Forwards: 1. Dan Cleary 2. Damien Brunner 3. Mikhail Grabovski.

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Free Agent Hits: Wild, Coyotes, Leafs, Islanders, Penguins and Red Wings

  • Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom’s 3-year contract extension is for $10.25 million, a $3.42 million salary cap hit.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that management and coaches had talks with Mike Smith and his agent last week.
  • Jeff Simmons of SportsNet: John Shannon said the Leafs made a qualifying offer to Jonathan Bernier. The sides will be working on a longer deal later his week. Qualifying offer is for $1.525 million.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders sent qualifying offers to Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic, Kevin Poulin, Thomas Hickey and David Ullstrom. They are working on long term deals for Bailey and Hamonic and shorter term deals for Poulin and Hickey.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are expected to extend qualifying offers to Harry Zolnierczyk, Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey and Robert Bortuzzo before the July 2nd deadline. The Penguins are also working on deals for UFAs Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke.

    “I know [Pittsburgh] wants to keep Matt if it’s economically possible.”

    Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, said in an email that he spoke with Penguins GM Ray Shero about Iginla re-signing, but his future ”may very well be an issue which will be determined only after the start of free agency.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will extend qualifying offers to Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl. GM Ken Holland has had talks with UFAs Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner.

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Injury Notes: Kesler, Malkin, Diaz, Gustafsson, Smith, Khabibulin, Duchene, Johnson, WIlson, Wingles and Havlat

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Ryan Kesler played six games with a broken foot. He initially suffered the injury back on Feb. 15th and will now be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured right foot.

    “He has blocked a few shots and that foot had taken two X-rays that were negative, but the scan gave us another version,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

    “Other than some discomfort, he was handling it well. Any fracture is four to six weeks, depending on the nature and some are less with hairline fractures.”

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Evgeni Malkin staked for about 30 minutes yesterday. He didn’t report any concussions symptoms on Tuesday.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was hit by Dustin Penner last night.

    “It was more whiplash than anything,” Smith said. “But, he did get me in the shoulder, and it was the same shoulder. I came back, so it wasn’t too bad, but – the puck wasn’t even around, so that was what was interesting about the whole thing.”

    Smith was sore but is expected to play tonight against the Sharks.

  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Edmonton Oilers have put goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve with a bad groin. He’ll be on the IR for at least a week.

    “It is a little frustrating, in my situation especially,” said the 40-year-old veteran, who had been in world class form. “Coming from a big injury, rehabbing and getting ready, starting to feel good and actually getting playing time — and now this happens.

    “It’s not too serious, but it needs to be taken care of. It’s just really annoying, that’s what it is.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene didn’t skate yesterday due to a groin injury, but hasn’t been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Flames. Avs defenseman Erik Johnson skated with teammates yesterday, which may have been his first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 11th. Defenseman Ryan Wilson, out with an ankle injury, is still not ready to begin skating.

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