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Morning Rumors III: Sharks UFAs and a Potential Target, Bruins Blueline, Oilers Options and Larsson

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: (mailbag) Kurz thinks the odds of the Sharks re-signing Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle are good. There is a very good chance that three year deals for Thornton and Marleau gets done soon. Boyle wants to stay in San Jose, and he’s looking for a deal longer than one-year. Kurz thinks that Stars Ray Whitney could be nice fit on a line with Thornton and Brent Burns. Whitney may only cost a 2nd round pick.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: With the injuries to the Bruins blueline, they’ll look for a defenseman. They don’t want to be shorthanded for the playoffs on the blueline for the second consecutive season. They would like a rental defenseman, as they’ll need the extra money to re-sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, who will both get raises from their $925,000 and $900,000 deals. The Bruins may prefer a left handed shooting, stay-at-home defenseman. It would likely cost them a pick and/or prospect. Potential trade targets could be: Chris Phillips (OTT), Andrew MacDonald (NYI), Kyle Quincey (DET) and Henrik Tallinder (BUF).
  • Jonathan Willis: With a limited amount of offensive players that may be available at this years trade deadline, Ales Hemsky should appeal to some teams. Given the history of rumors involving Hemsky, it’s not a given that they will move him. Hemsky may only net the Oilers ‘futures’, and that is something they really don’t need. They need more size and physicality on their top two lines, and help on the blueline. Trading either Nail Yakupov or Jordan Eberle would better fill their needs. The most likely scenario is for Hemsky to be moved.
  • TSN Quiz: Martin Biron, Aaron Ward and Darren Dreger on what the Oilers should do next? All responded with trading Jordan Eberle. Ward adds:  ”To get value, you need to give up value.”
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: It’s not sounding like the Devils will recall defenseman Adam Larsson any time soon. He’s working back from a knee injury suffered at the end of November. He’s recorded four assists in six AHL games.

    “He’ll stay there right now and play for a while,” Lamoriello said. “Right now, our defense is playing good and we just want him to get his total game back. He’s playing a lot and the team is playing very well. It’s a good team there right now.”

    The Devils currently have seven healthy roster defenseman, and Peter Harrold is getting closer to returning.

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Injury Notes: Quick, Burns, Koivu, Fraser, Bozak, DeKeyser, Backstrom, Chiasson and Beauchemin

  • Daren Millard: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that Jonathan Quick will be out for another month, likely until Christmas.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns had two good medical reports yesterday. His conditioning and timing is still a question, and there is no decision if he’ll be back in the lineup against the Lightning.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Saku Koivu still hasn’t received medical clearance.
  • Tony Ambrogio: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser and Tyler Bozak both say they are feeling better but won’t play tonight.
  • Ted Kulfan: The Red Wings put Dan DeKeyser on the LTIR. Ansar Khan: They think he’ll be out for three to six weeks. Ted KulfanTrevor Parkes was recalled in a paper move, Gustav Nyquist will be called up today.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Niklas Backstrom on the IR retroactive to last Wednesday. He is able to come of the IR whenever he’s ready.
  • Mark Stepneski on Stars. NHL: Stars forward Alex Chiasson took a puck in the face during yesterday’s practice and didn’t return.

    “I know he got hit in the face and he’s going to be evaluated,” Ruff said. “He hit him pretty hard, so we are concerned there might be some damage.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin was looked at by doctors and is “day-to-day” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

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Injury Notes: Fraser, Visnovsky, Semin, Korpikoski, Khudobin, DeKeyser, Kessel, Seidenberg and Burns

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser is day-to-day with a knee injury. It is another MCL issues, but in a different area of the ligament.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky is “still not close” to returning to the lineup.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski has an upper-body injury. Zbynek Michalek is still out with an upper-body injury. Both could skate tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is about a week away from being able to play.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser left last night’s game with an left shoulder injury. Helene St. James: He’ll see a doctor today but they are estimating it will will be at least a week or two.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel on his wrist being taped: ”I don’t really want to talk about it.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins Dennis Seidenberg and his lower-body injury have skated that past two days. To be determined if he plays on Thursday.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Brent Burns could return to the lineup on Thursday. It will be up to Burns and their medical to clear him to return.

    Wilson said: “Could he play Thursday? I think he could. I think there’s a chance. … I think he’s really close, and it could be as soon as this week. But, that will be decided by him and the medical staff.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Mike Green skate pain-free yesterday, but may not be ready just yet.

    “He’s missed a lot of time and it’s a big game,” Oates said after an 80-minute practice at Kettler.

    “I don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s behind the 8-ball. He hasn’t been able to do a lot of cardio, so I’m a little worried about his conditioning.”

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Injury Notes: Backstrom, Nash, Moore, Green, MacKenzie, Tanguay, Quick, Greene, Clifford and Burns

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Niklas Backstrom left last night’s game after being run over by Nazem Kadri.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash will travel with the team to Montreal and will continue practicing.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Dominic Moore said he’s good to return to the lineup on Saturday.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Mike Green has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie (back spasms) didn’t skate yesterday. May not be able to go tonight.
  • Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings Jonathan Quickis heading back to Los Angeles for further evaluation, including an MRI. GM Dean Lombardi wasn’t sure if it was a groin injury.

    “We’re not going to know until the MRI,” Lombardi said. “Obviously, it didn’t look good. The trainers told me walking out [last night] it was not good. They don’t know until they get in there and find out what it is … nobody knows.]”

    Defenseman Matt Greene was put on the LTIR with an upper-body injury. Kyle Clifford is in Los Angeles with a head injury.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks coach Todd McLellan indicated that Brent Burnsis still not ready to return to the lineup. Burns is skating with the team, but it’s not know when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.

    “I wish I could answer that question. There’s days where I think he’s really close, and there’s other days when you want to do some work with him and he doesn’t seem able to do it,” McLellan said. “I can’t answer that question fairly either to him, to us, or to anybody outside our team.”

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Injury Notes: Gionta, Johnson, Dupuis, Franzen, Burns and Downie

  • Rich Chere: Devils Stephen Gionta injured his right ankle last night after crashing into the boards.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Erik Johnson had x-rays after the game after blocking a shot. Could be okay. More will be known today.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Pascal Dupuis said that he’ll play on Saturday against the Blues.
  • Helene St. James: Johan Franzen won’t be in the lineup today, but is possible for Tuesday.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns skated yesterday with a no-contact jersey on. Not known when we’ll return to the lineup.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Steve Downie will probably play on Tuesday.

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Injury Notes: Downie, Lecavalier, Eriksson, Carter, Stuart, Helm, Franzen, Stempniak, Burns and Condra

  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Downie has a concussion and Vincent Lecavalier will be out today with a facial injury. Sam Carchidi: GM Paul Holmgren said that Downie was rushed to the hospital after the game.
  • Joe Haggerty: Sounding like Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is making some progress. Hoping that concussions symptoms don’t recur. He could be on the ice next week at the earliest.
  • Jon Hoven: The Kings put Jeff Carter on the IR.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart is still bothered by a sore hip.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that it’s looking like Darren Helm will play on Saturday. Jonathan Eriksson will probably be put on the LTIR.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Frazen left last night’s game.
  • Wes Gilbertson: The Flames put Lee Stempniak and Chris Breen on the IR. Recalled defenseman Chad Billins.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brent Burns (upper-body) skated by himself yesterday. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t expect him out long term.

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Injury Notes: Hagelin, Kulemin, Burns, Kronwall, Elias, Hartnell, Lecavalier and Fasth

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Carl Hagelin can come off the IR on Oct. 29th. He skated as an extra forward today.
  • Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin skated today for the first time since injuring his ankle. James Mirtle: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Kulemin and Mark Fraser are likely seven to 10 days away from returning.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brent Burns is not practicing. Mike Brown is skating on the fourth line today.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Niklas Kronwall took a puck to the chin at the morning skate, but he’s expected to be in the lineup tonight.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Patrick Elias skated by himself today. GM Lou Lamoriello said they’ll see how he feels after the morning skate tomorrow to see if he’ll play.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Scott Hartnell is getting closer to returning. Coach Craig Berube made it sound like Vinny Lecavalier will play Thursday and that Hartnell is doubtful.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) left practice early.

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Afternoon Hits: Europe, Alfie, Rielly, Boyle, Ristolainen, Helm, Smith, Bournival, Timonen, Pietro, Burns and Clowe

  • Renaud Lavoie: The NHL and NHLPA will have another meeting this week regarding going to Europe.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson will play in his 10th game this season and will collect a $2 million bonus.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly will play his 9th game on Friday.
  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks have sent Matt Pelech to the AHL. Defenseman Dan Boyle is not traveling with the team.
  • Sabres PR: The Sabres recall defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.
  • Bill Roose: The Red Wings recall Xavier Ouellet and Darren Helm. Luke Glendening sent to the AHL.
  • Arpon Basu: Canadiens told Michael Bournival to look for an apartment in Montreal.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen practiced this morning.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is back at practice today after missing yesterday with an upper-body injury.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns is not playing tonight after getting hit in the mouth against the Flames.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is eligible to come off the IR today but is not practicing.

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Suspension Notes: Burns, Lapierre and Kaleta

  • John Shannon: Brent Burns hit on Brenden Morrow was looked at but NHL viewed that Morrow threw a reverse hit and Burns won the physical battle.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Maxim Lapierre will have an in person hearing for his hit on Dan Boyle. He can refuse an do it over the phone.
  • Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports: Sharks Logan Couture on Lapierre:

    “After the first shift he’s yelling at us from their bench he’s coming after us, then he does that, it’s pretty gutless,” Couture said. “Then he turtles. Be a man if you’re going to make a hit like that. Fight someone. Don’t turtle. Ran right behind the linesman. Nothing else to say about that.”

  • Nick Cotsonika: “Lapierre case is interesting. He doesn’t have much of a rap sheet officially, but has long history of borderline hits from behind. This wasn’t the worst boarding incident, but it was an illegal play (suspension) and Boyle was hurt (longer sentence). Remember, request for in-person hearing means only that NHL reserves the right to suspend for six or more. Doesn’t mean it will.”
  • David Pollak: Dan Boyle via text: ”I’m OK. That was scary. Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor if any going forward.” Boyle is still in St. Louis and will fly back to San Jose later today.
  • Hockey Central: Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Boyle: he was knocked out for ”a considerable amount of time.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Patrick Kaleta will be appealing his 10-game suspension. The first appeal goes to Gary Bettman. If Bettman shoots the appeal down, they are allowed to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.

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VIDEO: Possible suspensions coming for Lapierre and Burns

The NHL will likely be reviewing a couple of plays from last night’s Sharks-Blues game.

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hit from Blues forward Max Lapierre.

Kevin Kurz: Sharks spokeman on Dan Boyle: ”Dan was alert and moving his extremities and has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.”

Do you think Lapierre SHOULD be suspend? Do you think he WILL be suspended? How many games?

Sharks Brent Burns hits Blues Brenden Morrow from behind.

Do you think Burns SHOULD be suspend? Do you think he WILL be suspended? How many games?

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Morning Hits: Alfredsson, Clowe, Kiprusoff, and some Sharks

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he’ll have an answer from Daniel Alfredsson by Friday. He’s thinking he’ll play.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Rangers UFA Ryane Clowe has been cleared by doctors. He suffered a concussion in the playoffs.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Blue Jackets are asking for permission to speak with Flames Miikka Kiprusoff about talking him out of retirement. Doesn’t appear he’ll change his mind.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks GM Doug Wilson on whether Brent Burns is a forward or defenseman next season.

    “We’re not there yet, but it’s a good luxury to have,” Wilson said about the looming decision.

    After next season Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will be free agents.

    “We’re in a great situation with all three of them in that they all want to be here. They’re playing at a very high level, and are still playing at a high level.”

    “We try and make this be a place where players want to play. They respect, and I think have welcomed, the additional growth of some of our guys. I think those conversations will take place in due time and at the right time. Much like this year, it’s how we perform as a team, too, as you go into next season. Guys that are healthy, can still skate and still play, they don’t have a tendency to fall off the map as players that struggle a little bit or have injury histories.”

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NHL Rumors II: Penguins, Flyers, Sharks, Bruins, Coyotes, Devils and Islanders

  • John Shannon: Penguins GM Ray Shero said he may not be done trading: ”Depth on the 4th line..or a winger for the 2nd line,you never know.”
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers were linked to the Sharks Dan Boyle after they scouted a Sharks-Wild game. It appears though that they wanted a close look at Brent Burns, among others. It will be interesting to see how the Flyers address their defense, as the upcoming free agent class isn’t that great. Ladislav Smid may be the best, and the Oilers are trying to re-sign him. It makes sense that the Sharks could be interested in moving Burns and his 5 years, $28.8 million deal that he signed before this season. He has a $5.76 million salary cap hit and has been “unmitigated disaster on defense since arriving.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: Source said that Bruins Nathan Horton wants to stay with the Bruins, but it could be his last chance to get a big deal.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli,

    “I certainly don’t gauge our strategy on what other teams are doing, but Pittsburgh is a very good team and they’ve made themselves better,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told Tuesday morning. “It doesn’t accelerate anything, you can’t force anything; you try to find a fit and you try to improve your team. The Penguins made themselves better, we’ll see in the coming week in a bit how other teams make themselves better, and we plan on doing the same thing.”

    Jarome Iginla could cost them a first-round pick and two young assets, a big price and LeBrun thinks Bruins would pay it. Other possibilities include Ryane Clowe and Jaromir Jagr.

    Mike Smith remains unsigned in Phoenix. Both sides are talking, but the uncertainty of ownership might be holding things back. What would the Coyotes do if teams come calling on April 3rd?

    The Devils and David Clarkson’s camp haven’t talked at all about a contract extension this year. GM Lou Lamoriello said teams should know better to not call about him as he’s not available. Teams like the Oilers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Wild would definitely be interested in a player like Clarkson.

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders are going to try to re-sign Mark Streit, Evgeni Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky. They won’t trade for a rental. They will not dismantle or start over. They will likely wait until the summer to make moves.

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