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Bruins likely not interested in Iginla … Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t interest the Penguins … Leafs not dealing for goalie … NHL realignment

  • Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins don’t have an interest in Ryan O’Reilly and with the possibility of moving him to the wing for their top-6.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs will call up Jussi Rynnas to backup Ben Scrivens and the Marlies acquired Drew MacIntrye on loan. They won’t pull off a trade while James Reimer is out for the week he’s expected to miss. Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: If Scrivens falters, and if Reimer is out long-term, Kosham lists potential goalies the Leafs could go after. Trading for Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jonas Hiller (ANA) or Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM). Free agent options are Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. Roberto Luongo is highly unlikely due to the asking price of Nazem Kadri and/or Tyler Bozak.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHL’s realignment plan may be known in the next couple weeks.

    “The last two weeks we’ve been in constant communication with the NHLPA on realignment issues,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Tuesday. “We’ve been exchanging information and we’re trying to get to a resolution as soon as possible.”

    They will meet again to discuss realignment next week, with the possibility of putting it to vote in the week of Feb. 25th. LeBrun thinks there are a couple teams moving around from the December 2011 proposal that is listed below.

    Conf. A Conf. B Conf. C Conf. D
    Anaheim Chicago Boston Carolina
    Calgary Columbus Buffalo New Jersey
    Colorado Dallas Florida New York Islanders
    Edmonton Detroit Montreal New York Rangers
    Los Angeles Minnesota Ottawa Philadelphia
    Phoenix Nashville Tampa Bay Pittsburgh
    San Jose St. Louis Toronto Washington
    Vancouver Winnipeg

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Some Don Fehr quotes … Keeping Luongo could be a gamble … Bolland sorry for RT … Shattenkirk to TPS

  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: From a player source on Fehr’s meeting on decertification talk: ”it is a serious consideration right now.”
  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Don Fehr updated about 25 players yesterday about were the lockout stands. No bargaining sessions are planned at the moment.

    “When we made our proposal on Wednesday, I thought the answer would be yes. But we didn’t get a response which suggests that we are,” Fehr said from Caesars before the Operation Hat Trick charity game. “When you make a move towards them, if you’re going to have an agreement, somebody has to say, ‘Yes and now I can do this.’ Instead they said, more or less, ‘Yes and what else can you do for me?”

    There was some talk between the two sides on Friday, and more is expected either today or tomorrow.

    “Everybody understands that negotiation is a process, that’s about all I can say. So far, we seem to be doing all the negotiating,” Fehr said. “When you say, we have to have with the right hand and I’m going to give you with the left hand, that’s one thing, if they say we have to take with the right hand and we’re going to take with the left hand, too, that becomes very difficult.”

    Fehr on the decertification option,

    “There are two sets of laws that govern these situations and what happens is that, from time to time, unions and sports unions have essentially said that there are circumstances in which members would be better off without a union and taking action under the antitrust laws,” he said. “And that’s all I can say about it. You can check what’s happened in the other sports.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: If/when the lockout ends, the Roberto Luongo situation will consume Vancouver. Most think he’ll be moved, but management has said that they would be fine with having both Luongo and Cory Schneider at training camp. Luongo had said in the summer that a trade was in the best interest of all sides, but later said it’s okay if he came back. Some believe the Canucks should keep Luongo for their Cup run, but that could be a big risk. Nobody is sure how a Luongo-Schneider tandem would work, with each playing 50 percent of the time. What if he struggles this year? How difficult would it to trade him then? If they were to move him, it would make them a more complete team, especially if they get younger and add a 3rd line center. If they did move him, they would need to a backup goalie, and the market is weak. Dan Ellis is on a tryout deal with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Other free agent options are Dwayne Roloson, Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. The Maple Leafs might be willing to include Ben Scrivens in a Luongo trade. The Canucks have Eddie Lack playing in Chicago, but is he ready?
  • ESPN: Blackhawks David Bolland retweeted on Friday “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?” Bolland later deleted the retweet and offered up an apology.

    “It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out,” Bolland told’s Pierre LeBrun. “I like to retweet for a lot of my fans, and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”

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Raymond-Van settle … Pens close on Semin, big KHL offer false … Thomas-Flames rumors makes no sense … Rick Nash trade Saga

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Alexander Semin is reportedly close to signing with the Penguins. Notable free agents still unsigned: Andrei Kostitsyn, Wojtek Wolski, Peter Mueller, Dominic Moore, Teemu Selanne, Kyle Wellwood, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jaroslav Spacek, Pavel Kubina, Kurtis Foster, Dan Ellis and Brent Johnson.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: The reports of Alexander Semin having a 3 year, $30 million offer from the KHL are false on both term and money. Semin said yesterday there is no timeline on a decision where he would sign. He wouldn’t confirm teams that have made offers.
  • Andrew Walker via twitter: Brandon Prust said that the Flames, Oilers, Predators and Rangers were interested in him on July 1st.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Rick Nash trade saga could end with one phone call, or it could drag in to the regular season. Not one Canadian team is on Nash’s list: Bruins, Red Wings, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks.

    “It says he wants to get away,” said former NHL defenseman Brian Engblom, now an NBC analyst. “Every guy is different. Look at the kid (Justin Schultz) that just signed with Edmonton as a free agent. From what I could tell, he only wanted to play in Canada. I played in Canadian and U.S. markets, and I can tell you, it is different. To each his own. Some guys thrive on being under that microscope, of having that daily pressure of everybody watching you. And some guys really don’t like that.”

    “I don’t think Pittsburgh is a great fit,” said former NHL forward Ray Ferraro, now a broadcaster with TSN. “I mean, he’d probably score 8-10 more goals than he does now, but I just don’t think his game is a match with (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin.”

    “To me, Rick Nash should not touch the puck before the offensive blue line,” said former NHL forward Ed Olczyk, now a broadcaster with the Chicago Blackhawks and NBC Sports. “I mean, yeah, drop the puck back to a defenseman, sure, but he should not be carrying the puck up the ice, and you see that too much, in my opinion.”

    “He’s going to change the way he plays with his next team, you can definitely see that,” Ferraro said. “He’s not playing junior hockey any longer if he ends up in New York (John Tortorella) and Detroit (Mike Babcock), I’ll promise you that. Those coaches will get it out of him in a hurry.”

    GM Scott Howson can’t make a bad deal. From one NHL GM:

    “I don’t blame Scott for waiting this out. He’s not supposed to do what’s right or convenient for the other teams in the league; he’s supposed to do what’s best of his club. I’d ask for the moon, too. You can’t give away a player like that.”

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State of the Pittsburgh Penguins: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Alison Myers of The Hockey Writers and can be found on twitter at @OnePunchBeej1

With the trade deadline a week away, the Pittsburgh Penguins sit in sixth place in a tight Eastern Conference with a record of 33-21-5 for 71 points. They are also third in the Atlantic Division.

The Penguins have been playoff contenders for the last five seasons, and there is no reason to believe they won’t be this year. But should Penguins general manager Ray Shero look to boost the team to try and give them an edge over the red-hot New York Rangers or the arch-rival Philadelphia Flyers?

One thing Shero does not have to do at the deadline is get more offense. With Sidney Crosby remaining on the sidelines, Evgeni Malkin has stepped up and filled the void left by Crosby’s talent. Malkin is currently second in the NHL with 32 goals and first with 71 points. He has nine points in his last five games, including a five-point performance over the Winnipeg Jets. Any concerns about lasting effects from his knee injury are in the past.

James Neal, acquired last season from the Dallas Stars, is having a breakout year. He has the first 30-goal campaign of his career under his belt and sits first in the NHL with 13 power-play goals. Neal was scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer, but Shero put any questions about Neal’s future to rest on Sunday, signing him to a six-year deal worth $30 million.

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Afternoon waiver notes, injury updates, lines and starting goalies

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Hemsky, Smyth-Horcoff-Jones, Paajarvi-Belanger-Lander, Hordichuk-O’Marra-Eager.

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Afternoon notes on both Michalek’s, Leino, Visnovsky, Chara, Hall, Green, Miettinen, Zidlicky and starting goalies

  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara said he “most likely will not” be in the lineup against the Senators. He’ll be a game time decision though.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild against the Blackhawks. Ray Emery will start for the Blackhawks.

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What is MacArthur worth? Penguins and Flyers could get some key defenseman back this week … Hendry out of season

  • Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: So the big question now for Clarke MacArthur and the Maple Leafs is, what is he worth? This is a breakout year for MacArthur, but is he a 40 or 70 point guy? Burke,

    “That’s why there’s been no stone throwing about the two sides about who’s being fair. We acknowledge the player has had an excellent year for us and he’s a good guy. We’re happy he’s here, but is that the real guy? Is that the player you are signing?”

    If they don’t get a deal done, Burke is fine with going to arbitration.

    “We did not offer Clarke to teams, we did get offers on him. We had an internal price that wasn’t met and we’re very happy that he’s still here.”

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin returned to practice yesterday and there is a chance he plays on Wednesday against the Leafs. Martin has missed the last 4 games. Chris Kunitz has been skating but not practicing with the team. RW Tyler Kennedy and G Brent Johnson also didn’t practice due to injuries. Sidney Crosby was in the dressing room yesterday but still no time line on him.
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: The Blackhawks added Chris Campoli from the Ottawa Senators yesterday but also found out they have lost Jordan Hendry with a torn ACL in his left knee. Hendry will be out for the rest of the season. They were also looking to a center yesterday but will go with “Jake Dowell and Ryan Johnson for now behind Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland.” The Senators will receive one of the three 2nd round picks the Blackhawks have, they’ll send over the worst of the three.

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DiPietro gets one-punched video … Thrashers want to trade … Ducks looking at Emery … Fedotenko out 3-4 weeks

  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Thrashers GM Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a deal as his team is struggling. The Thrashers hold a 1 point lead on the 8th spot,

    “As of [Tuesday] night, yes [we are seeking a trade],” Dudley said. “Are we looking to do something? Absolutely. We don’t want to let this go. Obviously we haven’t given up on the season. It would be ludicrous. We haven’t given up on improving either. If it doesn’t come from within, it will come from outside.”

    Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd (captain) had a meeting with coach Ramsey about ‘unnamed players’ showing a lack of effort and commitment to winning, which was a consensus with the team.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers have received offers for Stephen Weiss, and missing the playoffs each year may be getting to him. He has expressed that he’d like to remain a Panther.

    “There are points where it really wears on you,” Weiss told “But at the back of my mind, I just want to try to play hard and when it does finally work here, it’ll feel that much better because you stuck it out. That’s not to say there haven’t been tough times, but this is where I got drafted and this is where I want to be.
    “When the calls stop coming in and nobody wants you, that’s when you’re in trouble,” he said. “If you’re playing the way you should be, the interest will be there.”

    They would rather trade the expiring contracts of Bryan McCabe, Tomas Vokoun, Cory Stillman or Rostislav Olesz. GM Dale Tallon could be looking for draft picks.

  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Ruslan Fedotenko underwent an appendectomy yesterday and will be out 3-4 weeks. Fedotenko was originally out 2 weeks with a shoulder injury. Vinny Prospal will make his season debut against tonight against the Devils.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have activated Andy McDonald from the IR and will be in the lineup tomorrow night. McDonald was practicing with David Backes and Brad Boyes. Philip McRae was assigned to the AHL.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Though Ron Wilson wouldn’t say, it’s likely that James Reimer gets the start for the Maple Leafs tonight versus the Huricanes. Mike Brown is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rick DiPietro had facial x-rays after getting one-punched by Penguins goalie Brent Johnson, and they came back negative. (it was rumored last night that he might have had a fractured orbital bone)

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Wings could add Nabokov today … Kovalchuk the PKer … Cammalleri to IR … Starting goalies and roster notes

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Red Wings are talking to Evgeni Nabokov, would have to clear waivers if they sign him. Could be done today.
  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Evander Kane won’t be in the lineup tonight, has had a mid-body injury for the last month. Jim Slater and Fredrik Modin are also out. Zach Bogosian will be a healthy scratch for the 2nd consecutive game. Ondrej Pavelec will be in net. Lines at practice; Ladd-Peverley-Bergfors, Cormier-Little-Stewart, Boulton-Burmistrov-Thorburn, Dawes-Stapleton-Antropov.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: According to Isles coach Jack Capuano, Kyle Okposo will be on a line with Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Matt Moulson said he was more amused than rattled by the trade rumors, realizes it’s part of the game.
  • Chris Stevenson via twitter: Possible Canadiens lines for tonight; Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Eller; Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta; Pouliot-Desharnais-Darche; Pyatt-Engqvist-Moen.
  • Chris Stevenson via twitter: The Canadiens have put Mike Cammalleri on IR. Jeff Halpern and Max Pacioretty are day-to-day but on the ice.
  • Allen Panzeri via twitter: Possible Senators lines; Michalek-Kelly-Alfredsson, Foligno-Fisher-Butler, Smith-Winchester-Neil, Ruutu-Regin-Shannon.

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Injury updates and starting goalies for Black Friday

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Phoenix Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi has been out since the 2nd game of the season with a concussion, still doesn’t know when he’ll able to return. Regarding physical activity Lombardi said, “I haven’t been able to do anything.”
  • Jonas Siegel of AM640: Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start in net for the Maple Leafs on Friday and Saturday. JS Giguere is getting closer to returning, “If I had a weekend of practice ahead of me I’d say maybe Tuesday would be a great day,” said Giguere. “But who knows, might be before that, might be after that.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Jhonas Enroth was returned to the AHL, so it looks like Ryan Miller is ready to go. Derek Roy (elbow and migraines) should be ready for tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs. Craig Rivet will likely be a healthy scratch again.

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Savard to practice, still 6-8 weeks away … Jarome continues to struggle in Calgary … Leighton returns to practice … plus more

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Marc Savard will begin practicing in the next 2-3 days with the Bruins. ”He’s doing much, much better,” said Chiarelli. ”He has been symptom-free for a while now, increasing his skating…all in all, he looks good.” He’s still 6-8 weeks away from returning to the lineup.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Jarome Iginla continues to struggle, dating back to last season, he’s scored only 3 goals in the last 3o games. “All Sutter hasn’t done? Drastically reducing Iginla’s ice time. Some nights, sure, it’s curbed.”  Could Iginla’s days be winding down in Calgary? What could they get for him?
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs are on a 7 game losing streak, 1-7-3 in their last 11 games. “Wednesday’s result may or may not fast track general manager Burke’s itchy cell phone finger. With other struggling NHL clubs getting closer to the unofficial U.S. Thanksgiving player movement window, Burke is also watching a Marlies’ farm team on a five-game points’ run.”
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton returned to practice yesterday. Leighton had back surgery on Oct. 11th and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. He’s likely 2 weeks away from returning, Nov. 22nd against Montreal could be his first game back. The play of rookie Sergei Bobrovsky (2.19 GAA and .926 SV%) may effect his playing time as well.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Before last night’s game, Matt Beleskey and Dan Sexton were activated from the IR, and then sent to Syracuse of the AHL. The Ducks will take a longer look at Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri. Sheldon Brookbank is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, Luca Sbisa was recalled and took his place.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Kyle Clifford will play in his 10th game tonight, burning a year of his pro contract. Brayden Schenn will likely be returned to Junior, “My gut feel on it is that he might need to go back and play, go to junior and play,” Murray said.
  • Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Fleury’s number are bad this year, a 1-6 record, goals-against average (3.54) ranks 37th in a 30-team league. His save percentage (.853) ranks 40th. It might be time to give him a few games as Brent Johnson has given up 11 goals in the last 2 games after last night’s 7-4 loss. Heading into last night’s game Johnson was 6-1-1 and was 4th in GAA and SV%.

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