Posts Tagged Brooks Laich

NHL Injuries: Blues, Mitchell, Hillen, Laich, Myers and Clowe

  • Jason Gregor: Blues Federko: ”I believe Backes will start for sure. Oshie is a bit of a question because it was a head injury, but I expect he’ll play.” … ”It looks like Berglund will miss this series so someone like Ott, Paajarvi or Morrow will have to step an produce in that spot.”
  • Adrian Dater: It is unlikely that John Mitchell will play in the first round. They will likely be without two of their top three centers for the series.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen confirmed that he suffered a concussion when he collided with Alex Ovechkin. He still has symptoms.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich did not pass his exit physical.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Tyler Myers has two broken ribs, but hopes to be able to go to the World Championships and play with Canada.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe confirmed that he suffered another concussion: “Hopefully it’s not long term. I don’t know”

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Sabres and Kings

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan McDonagh: ”He’s day-to-day, and I don’t think it’s going to be very long.”
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore said he’s ready to go, and with McDonagh out, they really need him.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is considered day-to-day.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich getting into a regular season game: ’I don’t think so, no.’
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen and Patrick Wey won’t travel with the team this week. There is no timetable for their return.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Steve Downie missed his sixth consecutive game with a head injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    “I think he’s close, but he’s not ready yet,” Berube said after Thursday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Marcus Foligno left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Was not putting any pressure on his left leg as he left the ice. David Pagnotta: Bernier will have an MRI this afternoon to find out the extent of the injury.
  • David Pollak: Kings Drew Doughty left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Injuries: Luongo, Leino, Mitchell, Gilbert, Ryan and the Capitals

  • George Richards: Panthers Roberto Luongo didn’t come back after the first period after getting hit by Radek Dvorak.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino left last night’s game with light-headedness according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs John Mitchell is not ready to go just yet. Skated yesterday and looks healthy.
  • George Richards: Panthers Tom Gilbert will be out for the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery.
  • Senators.NHL: Bobby Ryan underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday in Montreal. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue, but after yesterday’s practice said that he’ll “absolutely” play tomorrow. Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out for 21 of 22 games with a left ankle injury, said he ready to return tomorrow. It will be up the Caps medical and coaches to determine if he plays. Defenseman Jack Hillen should be in the lineup. Brooks Laich is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season after having groin surgery on March 17th.

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Injury Notes: Pens, Wings, Caps, Flames, Sabres, Sens, Canes, Coyotes, Avs, Hawks and Leafs

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins James Neal (concussion) received clearance to play and could be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kunitz could also return to the lineup tonight. Beau Bennett skated before practice but hasn’t been given clearance for contact. Paul Martin skated in full gear before practice. Given the day off yesterday: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang wants to pay this season but he hasn’t received anything definitive from his doctors.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury. Darren Helm, out with a concussion, had a setback and it’s not looking like he’ll return soon. Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) is not close to returning and will go get a second opinion. Dan Cleary has had fluid drained from his knee twice and hasn’t been able to practice in a couple weeks. Weiss and Cleary were able to skate. Jonas Gustavsson, out with a groin injury, skated yesterday and is getting close to returning. Joakim Andersson (fractured foot) is out for at least another week. Tomas Jurco will have his broken rib reassessed next week. Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be reassessed in seven to 10 days. Henrik Zetterberg may be able to return for the playoffs if the Wings make it.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Brooks Laich will be out four to six weeks after having a procedure done to release a tight abductor.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Jiri Hudler (upper-body) was out on the ice before practice. Karri Ramo was also out before, and stayed on with main group.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Jhonas Enroth stayed in Buffalo for further evaluation.
  • John Vogl: Not going on the Sabres road trip: Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Sulzer, and Chris Stewart. Myers could meet up with the team at some point.
  • John Vogl: Michal Neuvirth on the possibility of playing tonight: ”I don’t know … but I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping it’s going to be good.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Doesn’t look like Craig Anderson will be ready before Thursday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty won’t play on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, he’s day-to-day. Alex Semin was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Erat skated yesterday morning in a no-contract jersey.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly will play tonight, with Paul Stastny a possibility.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Jonathan Bernier: ”Bernier has a low-grade muscle strain. It is in the groin area. It’s closer to day to day than it is week to week.” James Mirtle: The Leafs haven’t put Bernier on the IR, so it’s possible that he could play in the next few days.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: ”We’re dealing with this on Bolland. Once medically cleared, it’s up to the player to let us know when he’s ready to go” … ”At this point it’s not up to a doctor, it’s up to Bolland. We’re hoping he’s getting stronger and closer to returning” … ”Bolland hasn’t been 100% comfortable in a full practice where there are competition drills and grinding”

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Afternoon Hits: Miller, Moulson, Stamkos, Zetterberg, Grabovski, JVR, Isles, Lines and Goalies

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Regarding Ryan Miller ... Rutherford thinks the Blues are interested, but no reason to believe something is imminent.
  • Josh Yohe: Sabres Matt Moulson: “People have been trading me since the day I showed up in Buffalo. It’s out of my control.”
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos had off-ice rehab today.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg tweaked his back and is day-to-day.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich gets a maintenance day. Mikhail Grabovski is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Sky Kerstein: Coach Adam Oates said that he expects Laich to play tomorrow and Grabovski to miss the game.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders activate Lubomir Visnovksy and Evgeni Nabokov from the IR and return Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson to the AHL.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Trevor Smith and Dave Bolland both practiced today in no-contact jerseys.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs James van Riemsdyk left practice with an apparent injury. Seemed to tweak something in his leg. James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle said that Phil Kessel and van Riemsdyk have been nursing injuries injuries lately.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs Peter Holland hasn’t played much wing, but he’s willing to try. Leafs will have an extra center when Dave Bolland is able to return.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Megna Pyatt-Adams-Engelland (Ebbett-Kobasew)
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty Desharnais Gallagher, Eller Plekanec Gionta, Bourque Brière Prust, Moen Bournival Parros.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt; Whitney-Fiddler-Cole; Peverley-Horcoff-Chiasson. Defensive pairings: Goligoski-Daley; Benn-Dillon; Rome-Gonchar.
  • Michael Smith: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes.
  • Josh Yohe: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.

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Trade Rumors: Rentals, Canadiens, Kings and Capitals

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rental candidates at the trade deadline: Thomas Vanek, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller and maybe Ryan Callahan. Strang thinks that Jaromir Jagr and possibly Martin Brodeur (citing Rich Chere) could be added to that list.
  • Darren Dreger: Canadiens Daniel Briere isn’t happy with his situation. Dreger wonders before how long before the team and player look for a better fit. Briere had multiple two year offers at $4 million in the offseason, but chose the Canadiens.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens Briere has only 10 points in 28 games and has voiced his unhappiness with the coaching staff and management about how he’s been used. GM Marc Bergevin has let teams know that Briere is available. The Canadiens are looking for some top-six size upfront. The Canadiens have been linked to Evander Kane and Paul Stastny. Briere has a no-trade clause but is believed to be okay with waiving it.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings could use a scoring left winger. Options could include Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Malone and Michael Grabner. The Kings have Alec Martinez to dangle, and have pending UFAs Daniel Carcillo and Trevor Lewis.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Michal Neuvirth has joined Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov in asking for a way out of Washington. The Capitals may not consider moving Erat until Brooks Laich can remain in the lineup on a consistent basis. Orlov is getting into the lineup a lot more since his trade request in November and seems to be happier.

    “I’m playing. I don’t think about what happened before. I don’t think about moving as long as I’m playing,” Orlov, 22, said this week. “I don’t think about the negative. It was tough time, but it’s in the past. It’s done. I just want to keep playing, stay positive and keep working.”

    Neuvirth appears to have fallen to 3rd on their depth chart.

    “They’ve got three goalies that can all play. Everyone can see that. It’s come to the point where it’s getting very unpleasant,” Stefan said in a phone interview. “He just wants to prove he can be the starter, and when he’s been given an opportunity to play he’s shown he can be a number one guy, but now he’s not even on the bench.”

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Afternoon Notes: Blue Jackets, Sabres, Pens, Canucks, Blues, Coyotes, Bruins, Flames and Caps

  • Jeff Rimer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton will make his Blue Jackets debut tonight against the Coyotes. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be their backup.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Henrik Tallinder will be out one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. Suffered the injury on Sunday.
  • Dan Rosen: The Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers from the Rangers.
  • Farhan Lalji: The Canucks send Joachim Eriksson to the AHL. Looking like Roberto Luongo could return to the lineup this weekend.
  • Jim Fox: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that David Backes will be a game time decision. Chris Stewart is possible for tonight, but he still has to clear ‘protocol’ first. Lou Korac: Korac doesn’t count on Backes playing tonight. Sounded more like someone who could play soon, but not tonight.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Shane Doan skated today and will see a doctor this afternoon. His return hasn’t been categorized as imminent.
  • Boston Bruins: Niklas Svedberg will start tonight. Claude Julien on Svedberg: ”so I’m looking forward to seeing to him in net tonight”
  • Wes Gilbertson: Chris Breen cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL by the Flames. Defenseman Dennis Wideman is expected to return.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Philipp Grubauer will start in net for the Capitals and Brooks Laich will be in the lineup. It will be Grubauer’s fifth straight game.

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Injury notes: Dupuis, Zetterberg, Tlusty, Downie, Quick, Bozak, Crawford, Hodgson and Laich

  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Pascal Dupuis will have ACL surgery and could miss the remainder of the season.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said he’s ready to go tomorrow. Has been out since Dec. 1st with a herniated disc.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty had an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday and will be out for two to three weeks.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Steve Downie will be a game-time decision tomorrow.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that Jonathan Quick remains on schedule to return the first week of January.
  • Neil Davidson: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak said he’ll be back on Sunday.
  • Brian Hamilton: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated this morning. Mark Lazerus: Crawford “could” travel with the team to St. Louis, but won’t play tomorrow.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jay Harrison’s upper-body injury is a concussion.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Brooks Laich said that he had pain after Monday’s game and will not be in the lineup tonight. Mike Vogl: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Laich didn’t re-aggravate his lower-body during Monday’s game, but woke up sore on Tuesday.

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Afternoon Hits: Wild, Capitals, Lightning, Leafs, Blue Jackets, Flames, Canadiens, Sabres, Wings and Jets

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding left practice after taking a high shot from Erik Haula.
  • Adam Vingan: The Capitals recall Casey Wellman from the AHL. Katie Carrera: Mikhail Grabovski didn’t join the team this morning, out for tonight.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich (groin) traveled with the team but he’s not eligible to come off the IR until Dec. 22nd.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Victor Hedman (lower-body) taking part in his first full skate since the injury. Coach Cooper doesn’t expect him to play on this trip though. Hedman said that if today goes well, practices tomorrow, possibility that he plays on Thursday against the Predators.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger skated this today. He’s been dealing with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Jeremy Smith was sent back to the AHL, looking like Curtis McElhinney is close to returning.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Lee Stempniak and Mike Cammalleri are not part of line rushes. Hard to believe that both will be out tonight, very intriguing. Update: Cammalleri was feeling sick according to Wes Gilbertson.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Bouma – Colborne – McGrattan, Hudler – Stajan – Galiardi,  Glencross – Monahan – Hudler,  Byron – Backlund – B. Jones.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta, Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher, Bournival – Eller – Brière,  Bourque – Prust – Moen.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild top two lines at practice: Parise-Koivu-Coyle, Nino-Haula-Pominville.
  • Joe Yerdon: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Ansar Khan: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings.
  • Joe Yerdon: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.

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Afternoon Hits: Phaneuf, Thornton, Strome, Leino, Bouchard, Laich, Quick, Staal and lines

  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf’s two-game suspension will cost him $66,666.66 in salary.
  • Bob McKenzie: Bruins Shawn Thornton’s in-person hearing is tentatively set for Friday afternoon.
  • Arthur Staple: Plan now is for Islanders Ryan Strome to meet up with the team in Phoenix. Weather issues delaying original plan.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino will be scratched for tonight’s game. Leino: ’I'm not exactly sure what he wants out of me.’
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Pierre-Marc Bouchard clears waivers and assigned to the AHL by the Islanders.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Brooks Laich hasn’t skated since Sunday. Michal Neuvirth is practicing today but is still on the IR.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jonathan Quick may test his groin injury on Thursday.
  • New York Rangers: Rangers Alain Vigneault on Marc Staal: ”diagnosed with a concussion…doctors feel it isn’t as serious as in the past.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Boucher-Zajac-Jagr; Zubrus-Elias-Brunner; Bernier-Henrique-Ryder; Sestito-Loktionov-Janssen. Extra: Tedenby, Josefson.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Kadri-Kessel, Raymond-Smith-Clarkson, Lupul-Holland-Kulemin, McLaren-McClement-D’Amigo-Ashton. Paul Hendrick: Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson and franson. Gardiner and liles. Fraser and ranger. Rielly and phaneuf is the extra pairing. Jonas Siegel: Franson and Gardiner are on the 1st PP unit. Liles and Gunnarsson on the 2nd PP unit.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Cammalleri Stajan Stempniak, Bouma Backlund D. Jones, Baertschi Colborne Hudler, B. Jones Byron McGrattan.
  • Don Brennan: Senators new line: MacArthur-Spezza-Ryan.

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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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Injury Notes: Jovanovski, Laich, Larsson, Martin, Lupul, Malone and Stastny

  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Ed Jovanovski (major hip surgery) continues to workout with the team, but the process is slow.

    “I’m still in the frame of mind that I’m getting stronger, more comfortable in making that next step,” Jovanovski said Tuesday. “There’s still no date. I think at this point, a lot of it comes down to you being your own doctor of sorts. I’m taking the information from doctors and I know I don’t feel quite ready.”

  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich didn’t practice yesterday morning as they are being careful with a lower-body injury. (He did play against the Senators)
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Adam Larsson is out with a lower-body injury.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Penguins Paul Martin will be out four to six weeks with a fractured tibia.
  • Chris Johston: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul will be out for two weeks according to coach Randy Carlyle.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Ryan Malone may be out longer than expected. He may have a bone chip in his ankle. Damian Cristodero: Malone has been put on the IR.

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