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Injury Notes: Hamilton, Parise, Rome, Bortuzzo, Franzen, Neal, Allen, Dwyer, Fasth, Harding and Hemsky

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Dougie Hamilton’s concussion: “He’ll be out for a little bit, but we don’t anticipate it being too, too long.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Zach Parise skated yesterday morning with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that defenseman Aaron Rome (lower-body) will be out for a bit.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Roberto Bortuzzo thinks he has been cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen said he’s still experiencing dizziness and is not feeling good. Status for Thursday is uncertain.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins James Neal’s injury is not related to his previous injury according to coach Dan Bylsma.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bryan Allen (lower-body) practiced yesterday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer (lower-body) and Drayson Bowman (lower-body) should be ready to return by Saturday.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) is expected to start skating this week or next week.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings defenseman Matt Greene is out with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday and hopes to do so today.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers Ales Hemsky’s ankle is badly swollen, but x-rays didn’t show a break. He’s doubtful for Minnesota.

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Rumors and Notes: Suter and Parise get 10 year offers from Flyers, Nash, Carolina, Ottawa, Allen, Doan, Hudler and Ponikarovsky

  • Brian Lawton via twitter: Early word is that nothing may be expected for Suter and Parise until Tuesday at the earliest.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Confirms that Carolina is not on Rick Nash’s approval list. Senators also interested but not on list. Many think that Nash may alter his list to get out of Columbus. Portzline doesn’t get that sense.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Shane Doan won’t make a decision until Coyotes ownership situation is resolved and is looking for a 4 or 5 year deal.

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Rumors and Notes: Schneider, Parenteau, Ducks and defenseman, Penguins, Latendresse, Doan, Schultz, Stajan and Blues

  • Chris Johnston in the Globe and Mail: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (RFA) is in no hurry to sign a new deal.

    “Either way, I’m sure I’ll end up with a contract,” Schneider said during the NHLPA meetings this week in Chicago. “I don’t think that’s an issue. I think if I was facing the possibility of not being in the league next year I’d be a little more concerned. I’m comfortable with the idea that it may not be a deal now or in the next week, but eventually I think something will happen.

    “I think you just have to remain patient and you can’t panic.”

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks could definitely use a guy like Ryan Suter on their blueline, but they’ll likely have to go with the 2nd tier Dmen. Possible targets could be: Jason Garrison, Filip Kuba, Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle, Bryce Salvador and Sami Salo. 3rd tier options could be: Sheldon Souray, Chris Campoli, Bryan Allen, Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill, Greg Zanon and Cory Sarich. Jay Bouwmeester may now be available for trade.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero is still looking for a defensive partner for Kris Letang, and a winger for Sidney Crosby. The Pens have assets on the blueline that could be moved. Matt Niskanen could be signed to a long-term deal if the Penguins are successful in moving Paul Martin.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Guillaume Latendresse will become a UFA on Sunday.

    “I’ve been here with my son in Montreal for two months. He’s four years old now,” Latendresse said. “It’s pretty hard for me during the wintertime, so I think it would be best if I can try and land somewhere that would be closer to him.”

    The Wild offered Latendresse an incentive based 1 year deal according to sources.

    “It’s not that I didn’t want to go back,” Latendresse said. “It’s not that the contract was not good. It’s not that I didn’t like the way the team was working or anything. It’s really a personal matter more than anything. I would have loved to go back to Minnesota, but sometimes you have to make decisions for your family and for your future.”

  • Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames may look to see if anyone would be interested in Matt Stajan’s $3.5 million salary cap and $2.5 million salary to get to the floor.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues still have interest in bringing Jamie Langenbrunner back. Scott Nichol re-signs with the Blues for $650,000 and bonuses up to $700,000.

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NHL terminating CBA … Canucks and Panthers notes … Shero wants big 3 … Top 5 FA targets for Sens … Semin’s agent audio

  • Jason Kay via twitter: The NHL has officially let the NHLPA know they are terminating the CBA on Sept. 15th. Talks are expected to start after the draft. Liz Mullen via twitter: A source said that one side must let the other side know if they want to make changes to a CBA 120 days before it expires.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: With a possible lockout looming, the fall prospects tournament for Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets in B.C. has been cancelled.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison will be a UFA on July 1st, and will be looking for a nice raise from the $675,000 he made this past season. He’d like to re-sign with the Panthers, and they are saying the right things, but their priorities list may lie with Kris Versteeg and bolstering their offense. Garrison is from BC, and may hope the Canucks are interested:

    “It’s always nice to be wanted and if that’s the case and you have a quality that they like, obviously it’s my hometown team and I grew up watching them play,” said Garrison, who played with Canucks winger Mason Raymond at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. “My friends and family are big Canuck fans and would love to see me play at home but you’ve got to be the right fit for a team. You want to be able to contribute.”

    Cap space for the Canucks would depend on a Roberto Luongo deal, and the re-signing of Cory Schneider. They need a top 6 forward, a 3rd line center and a top 4 defenseman. Sami Salo and Aaron Rome are UFAs, Marc-Andre Gragnani is a RFA.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The door is still open for Scott Clemmensen to return to the Panthers next season with Jose Theodore, and that GM Dale Tallon would like to Jacob Markstrom to spend a full year in the AHL. Fialkov doesn’t sense they will bring back Marco Sturm, John Madden or Wojtek Wolski. Mikael Samuelsson and Krys Barch are possibilities. Jonathan Huberdeau and Quinton Howden will be given every opportunity to make the Panthers next season. Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak will likely start next year in the AHL. Keaton Ellerby and possibly Shawn Matthias could be packaged to move up in the draft.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Ray Shero isn’t about to give up on the 3-center model that helped them win the Cup in 2009. Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby have 1 year left on their deals, Evgeni Malkin has 2.

    “I’d like to do that, if possible,” he said. “We’re looking at hopefully getting extensions with [Crosby and Staal].”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists the top 5 free agent targets for the Senators. 1. Zach Parise 2. Chris Kelly 3. Bryan Allen 4. David Jones 5. Jiri Hudler.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Zach Parise will be the Red Wings top goal scoring priority, but if they can’t land him, Khan wonders if they should look at Alexander Semin? Would his motivation increase playing with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg?
  • David Pollak via twitter: New reports are saying that Todd McLellan is coming back as the Sharks coach, but likely with new assistants.

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Afternoon notes on: Dubinsky, Caps, Predators, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Sharks … Flames sign Cervanka

  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Brandon Dubinsky travelled with the Rangers to DC, no indication if he’s close to returning.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals lines this morning: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson. Chimera-Laich-Semin. Hendricks-Beagle-Brouwer. Knuble-Aucoin-Ward.
  • Josh Cooper via twitter: If the Predators win Game 3, Barry Trotz said he’d go with the same lineup for Game 4. (No Kostitsyn and Radulov)
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford can’t name players who are possible trade targets, but did mention that Eric Staal has played wing before. He has said that finding a scoring winger for Staal was their top offseason priority. He said today that focus could be a winger or center. Rutherford said that defenseman Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek could be headed for free agency. The Canes are high on Bobby Sanguinetti. They hope to have Jamie McBain re-signed soon.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie points out that the Canadiens buying out Scott Gomez “is the dumbest thing any organization could possibly do in a salary cap word.” If they were to send him to the AHL, it frees up $7.3 million in cap space the next 2 years, salary would be $10 million in salary. The Canadiens could save $3.3 million in cash by buying Gomez out, but would have cap hits of “$3.5M, $4.5M, $1.66M and $1.66M for each of 4 yrs.” However, in the new CBA, it’s not known about amnesty buyouts and burying contracts in the minors. Spector’s Hockey via twitter: The Canadiens can’t buy Gomez out until the buyout period which runs from June 15th to 30th, merely speculation at this time. Louis Jean via twitter: According to @TVASports Dave Morrissette, the decision to buy Gomez out has already been made.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: As of this morning, the Canadiens hadn’t asked the Maple Leafs permission to speak wit Rick Dudley. Dudley and Martin Lapointe are expected to be among GMs Bergevin’s hires.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Sharks ownership put out a statement that this seasons results are not acceptable, but are confident that GM Doug Wilson will make the changes needed going forward.
  • Vicki Hall via twitter: The Flames have signed KHL center Roman Cervanka to a 1 year, $3.7 million deal. Hall can’t see the Flames bringing Olli Jokinen back after giving Cervanka that much money.

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Letang out … Some of the top UFAs … Possible Maple Leafs coaches … Backstrom’s injury not short-term … JVR breaks foot

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has some concussion symptoms according to coach Dan Bylsma. He will miss Saturday’s game, but will remain with the team until they return home after the game. Winger Steve Sullivan is questionable for Saturday night.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Sportak notes some of the best UFAs available in an overall weak crop: Zach Parise, Shane Doan, Jiri Hudler, Mikhail Grobovski, Alexander Semin .. Role players in: Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, David Jones, Jarret Stoll, Travis Moen, Paul Gaustad, P.A. Parenteau, Brandon Prust, Arron Asham and Dominic Moore … Along the blueline: Ryan Suter, Bryan Allen, Brad Stuart, Barret Jackman, Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle and Nicklas Grossman … noteworthy RFAs: Tuukka Rask, Cory Schneider, Anders Lindback and Shea Weber. (our free agent lists, starting with the Centers and RFAs)
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan lists some coaches who could replace current Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson if he’s fired: The Usual Suspects: Randy Carlyle, Marc Crawford, Mike Keenan. Ready for the Next Step? Dallas Eakins, Mike Haviland, Brad Shaw, Todd Nelson, Patrick Roy. And then there is: Scott Gordon, John Anderson, Andy Murray and Craig Ramsay. Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks that Dallas Eakins should be the next Leafs coach.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom left last night’s game with what looks to be a serious lower-body injury. Backstrom was not able to put any pressure on his leg as he was helped off the ice. GM Chuck Fletcher said it’s not a short-term thing.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Lavoie thinks that Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse will need to feel better in the next 10 days or his season could be over.
  • Mark Stepneski of ESPN: Stars forward Brenden Morrow skated yesterday. He’s been out for 14 games with neck and back issues.

    “I am nowhere near game shape. It’s probably going to be a week or so before I am in any action,” Morrow said. “It’s going to be skating and different movements that my body hasn’t been in and make sure I am not causing any pain and then we’ll start getting in some practices, getting bumped around a bit. I’ll take it slow at the beginning and then ramp it up before getting into a game.”

  • TSN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson is still unable to hold a stick after cutting several tendons on his pinky finger while preparing dinner last week. “It’s hard to say … obviously the timeline is wide open right now,” Anderson told reporters Thursday. “All I can do right now is make sure I stay in shape. I’m able to go out there and skate with my gear on. The main thing right now is keeping my legs, keeping everything strong, so when I do have a chance to come back, I’m physically ready to go.”

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Morning rumors involving: Maple Leafs, Wild, Sabres, Islanders, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Stars, Red Wings and Predators

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Maple Leafs, Penguins and Senators are checking out the goalie market.The Pens and Sens are looking for depth, and have shown interest in Josh Harding. The Wild are looking for a top pick and prospect. The Leafs have talked to the Islanders about Evgeni Nabokov, but GM Garth Snow is saying he won’t be moved. There is plenty of interest in Sabres Derek Roy. The Leafs, Canadiens, Blackhawks and Kings were interested in Antoine Vermette before he was dealt to Phoenix. The Canadiens could be open to trading center Tomas Plekanec. The Islanders want to wait until after today’s game to decide whether they are buyers or sellers. P.A. Parenteau is interested in re-signing with the Islanders, but the Senators, Blackhawks, Bruins and Maple Leafs have shown interest in him. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Bryan Allen, they may move Jaroslav Spacek. It’s sounding like Steve Ott won’t be moved, Canucks and Leafs interested. Looking like Mike Ribeiro could be moved.
  • The Fourth Period: One league executive is saying the Maple Leafs are looking to add 2 top 6 forwards, which may result in the Leafs dealing Mikhail Grabovski. It’s looking unlikely that he’ll be re-signing with the Leafs before the deadline. The Leafs have been offered a 2nd and a prospect. The Leafs are also eyeing Steve Ott, James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have a couple inquiries on Brian Rolston, so it won’t be a surprise if he gets claimed off waivers.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likes his roster, but realizes you can’t have enough depth up front.

    “We’re all focused on if we can improve our team,” Babcock said. “At the same time, we like our team. If there’s something there that can help us and makes sense, then that’s a great thing.

    “Change just to change isn’t going to be the approach. We’ve already done a good job in giving ourselves depth on the back end (by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey on Tuesday). We want to get healthy up front, but if there’s something available to make us better, we’d like to acquire that.”

    A list of players could include: Travis Moen, Paul Gaustad, Sammy Pahlsson, Steve Ott, Mike Knuble and Mikael Samuelsson.

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile:

    “This trading deadline is not setting up anywhere near the same, in my memory, as past trading deadline,” Poile said. “Now we have more situations where more teams are in the playoffs or ‘I’m two points out of the playoffs … I’m not sure If I’m a buyer or a seller.’ What we know for sure is how close the standings are and it’s really hard to identify very many sellers at this point.”

    The Predators continue to look for a forward.

    “We certainly could use more depth on our forwards,” Poile said. “You talk two things, a higher-end deal for a top-six or top-nine forward or you talk about your depth.”

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Leaf notes on Grabovski, goalies, Armstrong, Gustavsson … Ott a hot commodity … Isles-Nabokov still talking … ‘Canes trying to re-sign Allen

  • Eric Francis via twitter: Source told Francis this morning that the Maple Leafs could be sellers if they don’t play well tonight.
  • Eric Francis via twitter: The Leafs talked to the Oilers about Nikolai Khabibulin, but it was a short conversation. They don’t have an interest in Tomas Vokoun.
  • Eric Francis via twitter: The most sought after player out there right now is Stars Steve Ott. Francis thinks the Canucks will get him.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Bob McKenzie reported that Canucks are getting into the trade market. May have interest in Steve Ott, Dustin Brown and Rick Nash.
  • Daren Millard via twitter: The Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov had contact talks again today. Agent said they’ll talk again tomorrow which should determine if he’ll become available on Monday or not.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Hurricanes are attempting to re-sign Bryan Allen, but it isn’t going well. He could be in play again.
  • Ryan Leslie via twitter: Leslie spoke with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff who said he’s a buyer if it doesn’t hurt the teams future.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: The Stars owner said they are willing to move out veteran players to get younger.

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Twitter notes: Ott, Hemsky, Nabokov, Spacek, Radulov, Wisniewski, Wallace, Bertuzzi … Stars, Oilers, and Devils lines … starting goalies

  • Tracey Myers via twitter: Stars forward Steve Ott on trade rumors: “It’s a compliment if teams are calling and asking for u but it’s nervewracking b/c you’ve been here for a long time.”
  • Jason Gregor via twitter: Gregor is hearing that Oilers forward Ales Hemsky would consider a 2 year deal at $10 – $11 million.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHL’s Salavat pursuing Kuznetsov implies that Alex Radulov will leave for the NHL this summer. Chesnokov via twitter: (responding to my question) Alexander Radulov won’t return to the NHL this season, as he is set to play for Russia at the World Championships after the KHL season ends.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski is projected to be in the lineup tomorrow against the Avalanche.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Todd Bertuzzi’s 2 year contract: $1.975 million next year, $2.175 million the following year. $2.075 million cap hit.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder. Ott-Wandell-Vincour. Nostrum-Fiddler-Dvorak. Petersen-Garbutt-Burish.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky, Smyth-Gagner-Eberle, Paajarvi-Belanger-Eager and Hordichuk-Lander-Petrell.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Zubrus-Bernier; Carter-Josefson-Palmieri; Boulton-Veilleux-Janssen.
  • Iain MacIntyre via twitter: Roberto Luongo will start in net against the Red Wings. Cory Schneider will start on Friday against the Devils.

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State of the Carolina Hurricanes: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

This post was co-written by Mark Jones (Twitter: @CanesReport), an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, and Joe Gustainis (Twitter: @jgusta21).

Months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes appeared poised for a February fire-sale of epic proportions. The ‘Canes stood in last place in the Eastern Conference, Eric Staal couldn’t break out of his disastrous slump, and Jeff Skinner was on injured reserve; essentially, the season was dead. But GM Jim Rutherford did have a number of upcoming free agents under his belt, including hot commodities like Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu, and the frenzy of trade offers was just beginning.

Nowadays, though, Carolina’s outlook on the trade deadline is quite a bit cloudier.

The aggressive forecheck and precise set plays that head coach Kirk Muller began to implement back in December have caught fire, allowing the Hurricanes to earn points in 11 of their last 13 games and crawl within seven points of the playoff line.

Moreover, Gleason was re-signed by Rutherford earlier this month to a new four-year, $16 million contract including a no-trade clause, taking the stay-at-home defenseman fully off the market. Ruutu soon followed suit, as well, receiving a four-year $19 million extension just Wednesday.

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