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Posts Tagged Carey Price
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk will be shut down for three weeks.
- John Lu: Canadiens Carey Price is progressing with his injury and “is not far.” The Devan Dubnyk trade is not insurance for his recovery.
- Adrian Dater: (Re: Reto Berra trade) The Avalanche wanted some goalie insurance if J.S. Giguere’s back is not able to hold up.
- Boston Bruins: Adam McQuaid will be “shut down” for two to three weeks. Will rest over continuing his rehab.
- David Pollak: There is no injury update on Sharks Tomas Hertl and Brad Stuart.
- Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Sobotka: ”I’m trying to push every day a little more & see how it goes. First two days, I skated for 15-20 minutes. Today I skated for 40.”
- Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Carey Price will miss the next two games after re-injuring himself during the Olympics. They have recalled Dustin Tokarski. L.A. Lariviere: Mike Babcock said that he was unaware of Price’s lower-body injury during the Olympics.
- Jim Diamond: The Predators have assigned goalie Pekka Rinne to the AHL. Barring any setbacks, it’s possible that Rinne could play during their homestand.
- Frank Seravalli: Flyers coach Craig Berube confirms that Kimmo Timonen won’t play tonight as he’s been given another day of rest.
- Kevin McGran: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said that Dave Bolland is unlikely for today. He’s day-to-day.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks Tomas Hertl is in Philly with the team and he may skate with them.
- Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that prospect Alexey Marchenko is out six to eight weeks with an ankle injury.
- Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery and will be out for at least a month.
- Elliott Pap: James Duthie on TSN said that Roberto Luongo had an MRI on his ankle and that “early indications are not serious.” Dan Murphy: Hearing that the specialist has confirmed that there is no real damage to Luongo’s ankle. Sounding like he could be able to start skating once he’s pain free. Renaud Lavoie: Luongo should be out for seven to 14 days.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen has been cleared to practice. He’s been out with a concussion since Dec. 15th. He’s possible for the weekend.
- Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Sharks Logan Couture has an injury issue, but sense is that he should be okay for the Olympics. David Pollak: Confirms that Couture has an injury. He’s basically been off the ice except for games. Pierre LeBrun: Couture will have surgery tomorrow on his hand and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Olympics are still a possibility.
- Colorado Avalanche: Alex Tanguay skated this morning and the session went well. He is scheduled to skate again today.
- Brian Wilde: Canadiens Ryan White will be out two weeks.
- Roger Millions: Flames David Jones suffered an eye injury on Friday and could be out for a while.
- Mike Chambers: Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin is out with an ankle injury.
- Brent Wallace: Senators Chris Neil will travel with the team, with hope that he’ll be ready by the end of the trip.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day. He said that he was originally hurt by a pregame shot and re-aggravated it when his stick got caught between Johnson’s legs.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula and J.T. Brown could return against the Jets. Brown’s right shoulder injury is more questionable.
- Mike Heika: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov left last night’s game. He originally tried to stay in, but had to leave. NY Islanders: The Islanders put Nabokov on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Anders Nilsson on an emergency basis.
- Brian Wilde: Canadiens Carey Price confirmed he tweaked his groin a bit in the first.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin suffered a charley-horse.
- Dave Isaac: Flyers Michael Raffl might return tonight.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgran wants to get a deal done with goalie Steve Mason, and Mason would like to stay. Mason is making $1.5 million this season, and could get no less than $4 million in a long-term deal. Mason’s agent:
“He’s under contract and the Flyers have the right to qualify him come end of June,” Thun said. “If they qualify him, he has one year before unrestricted free agency. We could go to arbitration.
“Assuming he continues to play well an arbitrator could award him a pretty big number compared to where he is right now.”
“I think Price is a very good comparable,” Thun said.
- Chris Nichols of SportsNet: Brian Burke on Hockey Central about the rising salary cap and the Flames
“Well, we’re budgeted to spend to the cap now. I know if you look at where we are now salary-wise, we’ve got cap room. We’re able to make some significant moves here at the trade deadline if they present themselves.
“That being said, Jay hasn’t seen the value yet. We’re not just going to spend money to spend money. But our ownership group is committed to cap dollars. We are prepared to spend to the cap the moment we see value there.
“As the cap goes up, that’s something from a revenue standpoint we should be able to keep pace with. Once we see the value, we intend to be a cap team at all times.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Source saying the Coyotes have pitched the NHL on idea of having an outdoor game next season in conjunction with the Cardinals hosting the Super Bowl. Brian Burke’s Christmas freeze has gone into effect for the Flames. NHL Christmas freeze starts Dec. 19th at 11:59 pm.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Chris Philips is entering the final year of his three-year, $9,25 million deal, and preliminary discussions have take place on a contract extension.
“There have been a couple of talks (with agent J.P. Barry), but it’s quiet right now,” Phillips said before Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Put it this way: I’m not planning on retiring, I’m planning on playing. Hopefully, (a contract) gets done. Obviously, sooner rather than later. It has been a thought, for sure. It’s not weighing me down and I’m trying not to think about it too much, but obviously it’s there.”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “What I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything” … “Nonis isn’t looking for a small little move, big players are available which is why you hear Gardiner’s name thrown out there”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Islanders need a goaltender & a defenseman. People that watch the Isles say you can fire the coach but Snow needs to address G/D”
- John Vogl: Source saying the Sabres have no interest in claiming Islanders Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are looking for a top-six forward to play with Jason Spezza and may consider claiming Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers. The would have to clear some salary if they do so.
- Bruce Garrioch: Trade talk is in full swing.
“There is so much talk, and so many names, it’s hard to believe that everything that is being talked about could actually happen,” said a league executive Thursday. “Lots of teams are trying to make changes. No question.”
The Canadiens are the most obvious landing spot for Vincent Lecavalier. At one point the Lightning had a deal in place to send Lecavalier to the Canadiens for Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban and a No. 1 pick, but Lightning ownership wouldn’t allow it.
If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, look for the Lightning to bring him back on a two year deal.
The Blues might be seeing what they can get for T.J. Oshie and David Perron. The Blues still need to re-sign RFAs Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo.
The Sabres are looking to see what they can get for Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.
Scott Gomez likely won’t be back with the Sharks next year.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergeron may be sniffing around to see if there is a market for Tomas Plekanec. He has a no-trade clause and has a cap hit of $5 million.
The Stars are offering Erik Cole around the league.
Avalanche could be trying to send Paul Stastny and his $6.6 million to the Maple Leafs. UFA after next season.
The Panthers may have tried to get Matt Duchene from the Avalanche, but were turned down quickly.
Flames have been shopping some of their three first round picks and Mike Cammalleri.
The Flyers may want to look for a short term goalie solution instead of a longer term one in Mike Smith. The Flyers may call Tim Thomas to see if he’d be interested. Believed that the Flyers have talked to the Sabres about Ryan Miller.
- James Mirtle: Top trade candidates this weekend: 1. Kris Letang 2. Roberto Luongo 3. Shawn Horcoff 4. Paul Stastny 5. Dion Phaneuf 6. Mike Cammalleri 7. Dave Bolland 8. Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek. Other possibilities: Ales Hemsky, Jeff Schultz, John-Michael Liles, Tom Gilbert and David Booth.
- Renaud Lavoie: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that nobody has called about Mike Cammalleri.
- Mark Masters: Feaster on trades leading up to the draft: ‘Well, we hope … we’re trying to make some deals. I’ve talked to all 29 other teams.’
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Rangers have three picks in the second round and could be looking to move up into the second round.
- Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues re-signed Patrik Berglund to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Starting July 3rd at noon, teams are allowed to start talking to UFAs and RFA for a “interview period” as part of the new CBA. Players are not allowed to sign until July 5th at noon. It will be tight lipped out of New Jersey as usual on how talks are going with most of their free agents. UFA David Clarkson on his agents talks with GM Lou Lamoriello.
“I know my agent and Mr. Lamoriello have been talking, but I don’t think they’ve gotten too deep into specifics yet,” Clarkson said. “Right now, I’m just waiting to see what happens. I’ll probably know more after the next few days.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings free agent Damien Brunner “loves Detroit” and his agent said that he “will sign longer than one year.” Brunner had a strong first half (10 goals in 19 games) but tailed off in the second (finished with 12 goals in 44 games). They will meet this weekend with Ken Holland, with the issue of money remaining.
“We’ve had discussions,” Sheehy said. “We’re scheduled to talk again in New Jersey this weekend.”
“Those are always issues,” Sheehy said. “If you have a long track record, it makes it easier. Nonetheless, he’s a good player. We’ll see where talks go.”
- Darren Dreger: Sources saying the Oilers have offered Sam Gagner a multi-year contract extension. Still work to get done. Ryan Rishaug: Sides are progressing towards a deal, but there is still lots to get done.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: A source with knowledge of the contract talks between the Bruins and Tuukka Rask said that Carey Price’s 6-year, $39 million deal “is the starting point for negotiations.” Rask will be looking for $6.5 million going forward. The Bruins are also looking to get a deal done for Patrice Bergeron.
- Josh Rimer: Blackhawks free agent Bryan Bickell on if he’ll be re-signing: ”I definitely hope so, I see the city as my 2nd home & love playing here” .. “I want to be back for sure. My agent and i will talk in the next couple days.”
- Todd Cordell: According to @BroadStBull (Sam Carchidi) the Flyers are expected to target UFA David Clarkson.
Apologies for the site being down today, server issues that were out of my control. Here is what I would have posted this morning if I was able too, all in one giant post.
- Darren Dreger: The Flyers are working on a Mark Streit deal, as well as holding preliminary discussions with Claude Giroux on a contract extension.
- Josh Rimer: Red Wings sign Drew Miller to a 3-year deal worth $1.35 million per season.
- Szymon Szemberg: Former Flyers goalie prospect Joacim Eriksson has signed with the Canucks according to Swedish media and his agent.
- Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports: Andrei Kostitsyn will be staying with Traktor Chulyabinsk of the KHL according to reports.
- Gare Joyce: A scout said that Aleksander Barkov can get into the top 3, and maybe the most NHL ready. “Different conversation if he doesn’t get hurt late in yr.”
- Aaron Vickers: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that the NHL has asked the KHL about Valeri Nichushkin’s contract status. Nichushkin is free to sign an NHL entry-level deal and is not under contractual obligation with the KHL.
- Bob McKenzie: Kings assistant John Stevens had interview with the Canucks this week. He’ll also be interviewing with the Rangers.
- Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Mark Messier has had an interview with the Rangers.
“We were out in La Quinta, (California), and I had a chance to talk with Glen on a couple of occasions,” Messier told the Daily News outside the United Center on Friday. “I expressed my interest and my confidence in my ability, and from there that’s all I can really say because I don’t know much more than that, because he’s conducting interviews with many more people that obviously want the job, as well. So he’s going through the process, which he should.”
- Aaron Ward: Alain Vigneault has told the Stars that he no longer wants to be considered for their coaching position. Speculation will be that he’s heading to the Rangers. Renaud Lavoie: Alain Vigneault is on the verge of being the Rangers next head coach. Darren Dreger: The Stars are believed to have had a substantial offer on the table for Vigneault until he met with Rangers Dolan and company.
- Mayor Sly James: (the Mayor of Kansas City talking about the NHL) “Folks, I have no issue with having a team in Sprint, provided it is the right deal and there is local ownership. We don’t have that package” … “Would have to sell out very game with Coyotes to be mid-pack in attendance in NHL. Tough act.” … “not many cobwebs in 1 of the top 5 booked arenas in the country. We make $$ now. Not w/ most teams” … Responding to what some of the limiations are: “Tkt cost, limited corp sponsors, practice time and lost bookings, need to subsidize, lease restrictions, work interruptions, ownership, under performing team, etc etc”
- Damien Cox: Sidney Crosby’s agent is convinced that Zdeno Chara intentionally punched Crosby where his jaw was broken.
- Dan Rosen: Senators Daniel Alfredsson said he hasn’t started thinking about if he’ll play next year or not. Will need a few more weeks.
- Mark Spector: Flames GM Jay Feaster won’t consider buyouts. He’d have trouble getting veteran UFA’s to replace the ones he bought out.
- John Shannon: “Can confirm that RSE has agreed in principle to lease terms with City of Glendale on an arena lease.” David Pagnotta: “The tentative lease agreement bw city of Glendale + RSE will b presented to city council on Tuesday, upon which its expected to get approved.” John Shannon: “Rennaissance S and E agreement in principle with Glendale is for 15 years…but requires Council approval. Its not a certainty.”
- The Fourth Period: Source saying that the Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere would be owed $3.333 million over four years. Bryzgalov would be owned $23 million over 14 years, about $1.642 million per year. On Bryzgalov
“They don’t want to play for him or with him,” the league source said.
Buying Briere and Bryzgalov out would create $12.166 million in salary cap space. The Flyers are still interested in Coyotes Keith Yandle. The two teams discussed a deal at last year’s NHL Draft. GM Paul Holmgren could also be looking for top six forward, either signing or through trade.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero’s commented that his priority is to sign Kris Letang, but didn’t rule out a trade. It may take a $6.5 million deal for eight years to remain in Pittsburgh. On the open market he may get a max term deal at between $7 and $8 million.
“The feeling from those I spoke with on Thursday is that Letang will sign an extension with Pittsburgh. It’s a similar situation to Staal in that the best move would be to trade him if there’s not a deal to be struck, but it’s different in that the Penguins don’t have two other world-class defensemen already on the roster the way they did at center last year.”
Letang didn’t have a great playoffs, but that wouldn’t scare teams away.
“Not a chance,” he said. “If they put him on the market, 29 teams would bid on him.”
The return for Letang in a trade would be huge. He could be used to get into the top part of this year’s draft. The blueline is the one area the Penguins have some organizational depth.
The Lightning could use a Letang and could offer the 3rd overall pick in a package. The Oilers need help on the blueline and have been offering up the 7th overall pick. Letang may be too similar to Justin Schultz’s skill set for a deal to make sense for them. The Ducks could be an interesting option with Bobby Ryan and potentially two number one goalies in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth and top goalie prospect John Gibson. Gibson is from Pittsburgh. The Sharks may not have the assets to land Letang. The Rangers could use a right handed defenseman, but they may not have the depth to make a deal.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: If the Blackhawks can’t re-sign Bryan Bickell, keep an eye on the Canadiens.Look for the Bruins to sign Patrice Bergeron to a long-term extension.The Kings have spoken with 10 teams about Jonathan Bernier’s availability. Could be traded before or at the draft.LeBrun thinks that Alain Vigneault will be the coach of the Rangers or Stars.
The Canadiens won’t be making Carey Price available.
- Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Jim Nill on the draft:
“I know historically to move up at the draft it costs you assets and we’re trying to build up assets,” he said. “Unless it was just something that I thought was a no-brainer, we’d move up, but I’m very comfortable where we’re picking and I know we’re going to get a good player.”
“It’s a good draft,” Nill said. “There’s a lot of good players and there’s going to be a lot of good players in the second round. It’s a strong draft. … There’s good forwards, there’s good defensemen. If you want smaller, skilled guys, they’re there. If you need some bigger power-forward guys … it’s a good variation of players.”
On other changes:
“I think we’re going to be active,” he said. “I know I need to make changes. We need to get … our team has to get better. That’s my game plan — I need to make some changes. It’s going to be different.”
- TSN: The Flames currently have about $19 million is salary cap space and could get another $5.8 million if Miikka Kiprusoff retires. The Flames have three first round picks (#6, #22 and #28).
“I don’t know that it’s feeling the pressure as much as it is recognizing the importance of it,” Feaster said Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
“The importance of this draft is not lost on the organization and it certainly isn’t lost on the management of the organization.”
“We have had extensive conversations with teams about moving up into the top five in the draft,” Feaster said. “We at least know which teams are willing to do something and if they are, what it would take to do that, and also which teams are not willing to do that.
“The one thing I believe with the pick at six, we want to get a player who has the opportunity to come in here right now and compete for a job. We really like this draft. We think at 22 and 28, we’re going to be happy with the players who are still on the board.”
The Flames need size and talent down the middle, size to the backend of their blueline and a scoring right winger to replace Jarome Iginla.
“I talked with him just this week,” Feaster said. “We’re going to continue to give him time. I think if we had to say ‘You have to make a decision today’ I’m not sure he’s ready to play right now.
“We’ve made sure he knows we’ll wait for him to be sure of what he wants to do.”
- TSN Insider Trading: Jonathan Huberdeaushould be in Chicago today, likely to win the Calder Trophy.Alex Ovechkin is believed to be the winner of the Hart Trophy.The Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky’s camp will talk next week.Video of Zdeno Chara punching Sidney Crosby in his injured jaw in Game 1 of the Bruins-Penguins series (click TSN Insider link above).
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: It was a “prove it” year for Tuukka Rask as he took over the No. 1 job from Tim Thomas. He was left off the Vezina Trophy ballots after posting the third best save percentage (.929) and fourth best goals-against average (2.00). Rask will be getting a nice big contract this summer and GM Peter Chiarelli thinks it’s easier to sign guys after they’ve had a successful season.
“I’m happy for him that he’s playing well and he’s helping the team,” said Chiarelli. “It’s always easier to sign these guys after success. He’s showing some resiliency, which I like, and some durability, which I like.
“I liked [Rask's] big saves. We had some real good games where, I’d have to go back and look, but I think we had a chance in every game.”
Rask could be looking for a 5-6 year deal in the range of $5-$6 million per season. Comparables could be Jimmy Howard’s $5.291 million cap hit and Carey Price’s $6.5 million cap hit.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks thinks the Rangers need to lock up defenseman Ryan McDonagh before the Flyers are able to sheet him after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov. Brooks wonders if the Devils have any choice but to give Patrick Elias whatever he wants. Pascal Dupuis could be one of the most sought after free agents, but will he take less to remain with the Penguins?
- Adrian Dater: Avs center Paul Stastny is in the last year of his deal and has a $6.6 million cap hit. Dater is sure “the Avs would get a whole lot for him.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon outplayed Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin. You obviously don’t draft someone based on a couple of games. It seems like a “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” scenario on deciding between Jones and MacKinnon. Down the middle the Avs have Matt Duchene (not going anywhere), Ryan O’Reilly (can’t trade until Feb. 28th next year) and Paul Stastny (RFA after next season, could be moved). They need more help on the blueline than another young forward.
Morning hits: Stars, Ducks Canucks, Price, Kaberle, Blues, Coyotes bid rejected, Dion’s days numbered?
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson laughing at a fan site suggesting a Loui Eriksson trade to the Islanders for Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner, and with Islanders fans saying they wouldn’t trade either straight up for Eriksson. Matheson does note that Eriksson could be in play for a front-line center. The Stars also have some defenseman that could be on the move.
The Stars have lots of young defencemen looking for regular work — Jamie Oleksiak, Joe Morrow and Kevin Connauton — which makes trading Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski certainly plausible.
Matheson wonders if the Ducks would take a run at Stephen Weiss.
Matheson thinks with the Canucks at $63.5 million for 16 players for next season, will use their buyouts on David Booth and Keith Ballard. Both have two years left at $4.2 million cap hits. Mason Raymond is likely gone as a UFA.
- Dave Stubbs: Addressing a Canadiens Carey Price rurmor: “Price asking for a trade would need to travel a million miles just to reach ludicrous.”
- John Lu: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said a decision on a compliance buyout for Tomas Kaberle hasn’t been made yet.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues playoff issue. Rutherford knew fans who didn’t buy tickets as they didn’t know when the games were starting soon enough. The Blues didn’t sell out three playoff home games.
- Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat: (h/t Pro Hockey Talk) Blues GM Doug Armstrong on their need for more scoring.
“This is a public cry that for any GMs that have 50-goal scorers that they want to send to St. Louis, give me a call,” he joked. “This doesn’t happen, you have to deal in reality. The reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers.
“They draft them. (Evgeni) Malkin, (Sidney) Crosby, (John) Tavares, (Steven) Stamkos were drafted by those teams.”
The Blues will send qualifying offers to all of their free agents.
“We’re going to negotiate to try to sign every player that’s a restricted free agent,” he said. “Ownership understands that the window is open now and we have to take care of our own. I don’t see this being a huge free-agency off-season for us. I see it more as taking care of our own business — and then seeing if we want to rearrange some of the chairs via trade.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: The NHL has rejected California investment banker Darin Pastor’s bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.
“We have rejected the offer. It didn’t include the elements we had previously discussed were necessary to warrant serious consideration,” Daly said in an email Monday night.
It was rumored that he was willing to pay upwards of $277 million with $42 million in cash at closing, though that seems unlikely as it would be hard for the NHL to walk away from that.
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: (h/t Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News) Shoalts piece was written last Thursday after Dion Phaneuf’s pinch that cost the Leafs the game. Shoalts thinks that Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis should move to Plan B and “The plan should include quietly putting Phaneuf on the trade market no later than the NHL draft at the end of June. Nonis will not hit a home run with a trade, nor should he expect to thanks to Phaneuf’s erratic play.” A deal would may only get a modest return, but Nonis should accept it. Phaneuf has a year left with a $6.5 salary cap hit and may not take a pay cut from the Leafs.
- Tim Wharnsby of CBC: h/t Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News) Wharnsby’s piece was written last Thursday. Wharnsby wonders if Dion Phaneuf’s days in Toronto are numbered. He continues to make the same mistakes he made as a rookie in 2005. Nonis may have to make a decision by draft. The Leafs have organizational depth on the blue line. Nonis would have to feel that Jake Gardiner is ready for a bigger role. Cody Franson may be ready for a bigger role.
- James Mirtle: On Phaneuf: Mirtle would be surprised if the Maple Leafs didn’t re-sign him.
- John Lu: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin on order of positions that mature the fastest: wingers, centers, defensemen and goalies.
Morning Hits: Vokoun, Fraser, Gionta, Canadiens injuries, Canucks offseason questions and Blue Jackets free agents
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma on starting Tomas Vokoun: “We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us…He’s done that for us & he’s been very good vs. the #Isles.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser was taken to the hospital to check for any broken bones after taking a shot off his face.
- Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Brian Gionta will have surgery on Friday for a torn left bicep. He hopes to be ready for training camp.
- Renaud Lavoie: Brandon Prust and Ryan White are out tonight. Carey Price is day-to-day.
- Ottawa Senators: Senators Jason Spezza is on to the next phase of his rehab, past the “public skate” phase. He won’t be able to get into the lineup until he’s fully skating with the team.
- Ottawa Senators: Senators Mike Hoffman should be available soon.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Ziemer’s thoughts on the Canucks coaching staff.
The jobs of head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff are most certainly on the line and general manager Mike Gillis is going to face some uncomfortable questions from ownership over the team’s second straight playoff collapse.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Canucks have the highest payroll going into next season, but trading Roberto Luongo or an amnesty buyout of Keith Ballard($4.2 million for two years) will help them get down below the new cap of $64.3 million. Five questions for the Canucks this offseason are:
• Do the Canucks have a bona fide No. 1 goalie in Schneider moving forward?
• Should this team still be built around the Sedins?
• Will Ryan Kesler ever be injury-free?
• Does this team have the right supporting cast to still contend?
• Is it time to retool, rebuild or be patient for one more run with this core?
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on contract talks with their free agents, including goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
“We’re working on them. It’s a work in progress on all fronts. Everything has been started, everything is in progress. We’re waiting to hear back from a few agents. Obviously, Bobrovsky is a high priority for us. I told him in the (exit) meetings that everybody talks about his great play, and sure it was remarkable. But I’m even more impressed with his work ethic, how he prepares for the game and every practice, how he takes care of recovery after every game, the routine he goes through every day. That’s what I’m most impressed about Bobrovsky. He sets the bar high for the rest of the guys. I don’t think anybody’s going to argue with me if we says he’s the MVP of our team this year. If he sets the bar that high with the way he works everyday, it’s going to be hard for anybody else in that room to say, well, I’m not going to do this or that today. That’s what I think it’s all about, your best players being your hardest working players. And that’s what we have in Bob.”
On Bobrovsky’s contract talks …
“It’s going to take its course, and it’s going to take its time. Some (deals) are quicker than others. We’ll have to stay more patient with some than others. I don’t anticipate any problems. It’s going to be a negotiation. His agent, his representatives are professionals. They have their thought process and we have ours. I’m sure we’re going to reach a result here in the near future.”
- Arthur Staple: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald suffered a broken hand and is likely done for the playoffs.
- Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Carey Price suffered a lower-body injury, possibly a hamstring or groin at the end of regulation and was replaced by Peter Budajfor overtime.
“When your starting goalie goes down … it’s tough to lose him and it’s tough on the guy who has to come in,” Gorges said. “He’s been sitting there for two-and-a-half hours and we expect him to go in there and be stellar. It’s a tough position to be in, and it’s unfortunate it unfolded that way.
“Plays get thrown to the front of the net,” he added of the scramble that produced the winning goal, “and a lot of times it’s a 50-50 puck. We have to be stronger.”
- Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Kovacevic is one of many who is calling for Tomas Vokoun to be the Penguins starter for Game 5. Marc-Andre Fleuryhas allowed 14 goals on 102 shots, and 40 goals in his last 10 playoff games. Coach Dan Bylsma:
“Certainly, Tomas Vokoun is a guy that can step in and play and has had success and won hockey games against this team, was successful this year. We’re going to come out for Game 5 with a refocus.”
“One of the reasons we wanted Tomas Vokoun was to play hockey games and win hockey games for us. Marc-Andre Fleury is our starting goaltender and started this series and won us some hockey games, made a lot of saves for us … but we’re not going to talk about our starting goaltender for Game 5.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are currently $18 million under next year’s salary cap. Cooper lists four players who could be good options for the Predators: Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton, Sergei Gonchar and Derek Roy.
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher mentions some possible moves that the Canucks could look at, with some being a little radical. Trade Alex Edler to a team like the Flyers. The Flyers have some young forwards that they might consider moving for someone like Edler. Could they look at moving Ryan Kesler or Dan Hamhuis? Though both have a no-trade clause. Alex Burrows’ no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1st. They could trade Roberto Luongo for whatever you can get for him, which may not be a lot. Cory Schneider would bring more return. The Sedin’s are heading into the last year of their deals.
Morning Hits: Preds sign Hornqvist, Rask between Howard and Price, Oilers 1st pick in play, Jets storylines
- PR Nashville Predators: The Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension.
“As we build towards the 2013-14 season and beyond, re-signing Patric Hornqvist was an off-season priority,” Poile said. “Since joining the Predators, he has become—and will remain—an integral member of our core group. Patric is everything we talk about as a Predator—he is relentless in going to the net and willing to pay the price to score goals, has a terrific work ethic and is a quality person who is respected on and off the ice. Patric is just entering the prime of his career. He has led our team in goal-scoring in two of the last four seasons and we are looking forward to him being a significant part of the Predators’ on-ice success in the years to come.”
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: RFA Tuukka Rask could be looking for a new deal somewhere between Jimmy Howard’s $5,291,667 salary cap hit and Carey Price’s $6.5 million cap hit. His playoff performance may shift the number closer to one them. Rask finished the season with a 19-10-5 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, and it could be in play.
“We’re definitely going to look at doing something with that pick. I think we’d be very receptive to moving back and picking up another pick potentially,” said MacTavish.
“It’s a very deep draft in my mind. There are tons of players out there who excite me. Or possibly we could pick up somebody that could help us immediately and another pick.”
MacTavish is also looking to get bigger.
“We want more toughness, more meat and more depth in our lineup,” he said.
“I’m pretty optimistic we can get some of the immediate growth and change,” said MacTavish.
Some people had been mentioning amnesty buyout for Ryan Smyth.
“Ryan Smyth will be back,” he said.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: 5 Jets storylines to watch this offseason.1. Are the Jets ready for their first blockbuster deal? Wiebe doesn’t think they should trade Dustin Byfuglien, but he could bring the biggest return. If they were to move him, they would need to get an all-star back.2. Is Olli Jokinena candidate for an amnesty buyout? It may send a bad message to future free agents if they buyout Jokinen after just one season. Paying someone over $3 million to not play, isn’t the way the Jets do business. Jokinen could still bounce back.3. Will the Jets try to move up in the draft? The Jets could still find an impact player at 13. It’s possible that they could package their pick along with another pick or player and move up. They have six picks in the first three rounds.
4. Who will be Ondrej Pavelec’s backup? They could bring back Al Montoya.
5. Can Toby Enstrom kick the injury bug? He’s missed 46 games in the last two seasons. He hopes to be able to get rid of the “fragile” label.