Posts Tagged Carlo Colaiacovo

NHL Injuries: Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Blues, Devils, Senators and Ducks

  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) should be able to start skating next week. The earliest he could return to the lineup would be late in the first round.
  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland indicated that Stephen Weiss is likely done for the year after many setbacks from his sports hernia surgery.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will be out three weeks with an MCL strain.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul skated in track pants yesterday morning. Not expected to play tonight.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins doesn’t expect Nail Yakupov to play again this season.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko skated yesterday.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Jordan Leopold will be in the lineup tonight. Barrett Jackman returns to the lineup, with Carlo Colaiacovo sitting.
  • Rich Chere: Both Devils Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique left last night’s game.
  • Ottawa Senators: Senators Ales Hemsky left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Frederik Andersen left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.

    Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

    The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.

    The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.

    “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

    “You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

    “For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

    It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

  • Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.

    “I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”

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Morning Hits: GM Meetings, Hejduk, Hockey Canada, Colaiacovo, Brown, Varlamov, Zadorov, Rupp and Ballard

  • John Shannon: Talk that some GMs are proposing a tweak to the playoff format. More division rivalries than cross-overs.  Darren Dreger: Bullying, coaches fines, additional video review, hybrid icing, extending OT to 10 minutes, protective equipment and team’s ability to have players where them (mandatory shotblockers) are also being discussed. Renaud Lavoie: The PA and BOG approved the current realignment and playoff structure for three years.
  • Igor Eronko: Milan Hejduk said he’s finally ready to retire, official announcement coming soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN: “hockey Canada management may now shift to looking at Patrick Sharp or Tyler Seguin in place of Stamkos”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues have signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year, one-way deal worth $550,000.  Will get a $66,000 bonus if he plays in 70% of their remaining games, another $66,000 for 80% and another $66,000 for 90% of their games.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning have recalled JT Brown and Dmitry Korobov.
  • Chris Nichols: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov has retained a new lawyer according to the Denver Post. Bond return date has been extended to December 2nd, so he is still able to travel with the team.
  • WGR 550: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said they haven’t made up their mind on whether to keep Nikita Zadorov up or return him to junior.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild assign Mike Rupp to the AHL on a conditioning loan. Keith Ballard was put on the IR.

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Free Agent Hits: Raymond, Franson, Morrow, Gagne, Redden, Knuble and Beleskey

  • Michael Augello: SportsNet Doug MacLean said that the Maple Leafs already have a deal in place with Mason Raymond for $925,000 if he makes the team. Darren Dreger: Mason’s agent, J.P. Barry said that there are talks with the Leafs, but no agreement is in place. Raymond is the Leafs ‘property’ under the PTO until the end of September. After that, he can sign with anyone, possibly at well over $1 million. Raymond is a good fit with the Leafs, and they want him, but their cap situation complicates things.
  • James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle on Cody Franson:  “He doesn’t even become part of your thought process. It’s a cruel thing to say but you move on without people.”
  • Chris Johnston: Franson on contract stalemate: ”I honestly didn’t think it would come to this.”
  • Josh Rimer: UFA Brenden Morrow:  “I haven’t signed anything yet, considering an offer & some action is happening now. Shouldn’t be too long though.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: Players still unsigned: Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden, and PTO’s Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White (released yesterday).Brenden Morrow may be getting close on a deal. He visited a team on Thursday.

    “Things are starting to happen now,” he said on the line from Dallas. “I’ve got some things starting to evolve a little bit.”

    “I’m thinking about another team visit as well,” Morrow said while not divulging names. “I’ve actually got a few offers that I’m mulling over at the moment. It’s a tough marketplace, they’re not the biggest offers or what I had been hoping for, but at this point I just want to get playing again. So I’m mulling over these offers.”

    Simon Gagne is still hoping for a shot and is working out in Quebec City.

    “This is new for sure, I’ve never gone through this before,” Gagne said from Quebec City. “It feels almost like a lockout in a way. I’m lucky that I’m able to work out every day with the Quebec Remparts, that’s been good.”

    Wade Redden didn’t feel that a PTO was for him.

    “I felt good there for sure. Boston was great,” Redden said on the line from Kelowna, British Columbia, where he’s working out and living with his wife and kids.

    “My plan is still to play,” said Redden. “I’m just waiting. Hopefully something will happen where a team has a need and I know I’ll be ready to go. It’s hard to predict, really, what’s going to happen.”

    “I didn’t think it was my best option. I just thought I’d stay here and skate every day, be ready for when a team calls,” said Redden. “I think teams know how I can play.”

    Mike Knuble may be ready to move on.

    “At the beginning of the summer I was probably 50-50 in terms of playing, but I’ve seen what’s gone on and I’m pretty much in the process of moving on,” Knuble said. “There’s some pretty good players without jobs. I had a lot of fun last year with the Flyers and that might be the last kick at the can. That’s not 100 percent, I’m not announcing my retirement yet, but it’s how it looks right now. It would really have to be the right situation. I’m not sitting beside the phone, let’s put it that way.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Matt Beleskey signed a two-year, $2.7 contract extension.

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Morning Hits: Long List of Ex-Leafs Free Agents, Campbell and Eakin

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Lists ex-Leaf free agents that are still looking for a home: Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Hal Gill, Steve Sullivan, Brad Boyes, David Steckel, Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Jamal Mayers, Ryan O’Byrne and Mikhail Grabovski. Ron Hainsey is still available and it may only take $1 million to land him. Grabovski is still unsigned and according to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and term in the early days for free agency.

    “He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

  • Matt Kalman of NHL.com: Bruins Gregory Campbell got mixed results from the x-ray taken of his surgically repaired right foot a couple of weeks ago. Things are looking good, but have not healed enough for him to start skating. He is scheduled for another x-ray on Tuesday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika looks at Stars center Cody Eakin, noting that he could be the teams second line center, but also may slide in as their third or possibly their fourth center. Heika names eight wingers that Eakin could end up playing with at some point this season. The Stars added depth down the middle this offseason with the acquisitions of Shawn Horcoff and Rich Peverley.

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Afternoon Hits: Unconditional waivers, Scuderi, Alfredsson, Thomas, Adams and Flyers

  • Bob McKenzie: 12 noon today was the last chance for teams to put players on unconditional waivers for purpose of compliance buyout. Players that have no-movement clauses, like Mike Komisarek, can be bought out without going through waivers.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Rob Scurderi’s camp has received calls from teams today. Kings are still in the mix.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has already reached out to Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins haven’t made an offer to Craig Adams yet, his agent: “We will speak later. In the meantime, we are open to other opportunities.”
  • Will DePaoli: An agent of a 3rd line winger who he thought at draft time that the Penguins may be interested: “Not sure Pitt has any $$ left.”
  • Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers extended qualifying offers to Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning and Eric Wellwood. They didn’t extend qualifying offers to Blake Kessel and Mitch Wahl.

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Free Agent Hits II: Lecavalier, Zubrus, Briere, Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Flyers

  • L.A. Lariviere: The Ducks are said to be out of the Vincent Lecavalier sweepstakes as they are not willing to pay that much.
  • Tom Gulitti: Dainius Zubrus signed a 3-year, $9.1 million deal with the Devils.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders are among the teams interested in Daniel Briere. Will pick his finalists soon. “Wants a top-6 spot, wants to win.”
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs qualified Leo Komarov to retain his rights, even though he’ll be in the KHL next season. He’d be a UFA next year.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to meet with Daniel Cleary today. Valtteri Filppula wants to test the free agent waters. Talks with Damien Brunner have been ongoing. The Wings met with Vincent Lecavalier over the weekend. St. James thinks the Lecavalier will end up in Dallas. He’s believed to be looking for a 5 year, $25 million deal. Intriguing forwards could be Nathan Horton and David Clarkson. They haven’t made a decision on compliance buyouts yet. Candidates could be Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Tyler Bozak is looking for $5 million plus per season for as much as 8 years. The Leafs haven’t been told by Lecavalier that the are out. The Maple Leafs were in trade talks with the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick. Rumors were that it would have cost them a young player and the No. 21 pick.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers are still looking for a goalie. They may have to scratch Ray Emery off their list. The Blackhawks did meet with Emery on Sunday night after the draft. They are confident that he can remain the Blackhawks as Crawford’s backup. The Islanders won’t be tolling Tim Thomas’contract, so he’ll be a UFA on Friday.

    “I think we’ve got to look at anything and everything to try and make our team better, and that includes goaltending,” general manager Paul Holmgren told the Daily News. “That includes both the free-agent and trade market.”

    Thomas not playing for a year would concern the Flyers. Other UFA options could be Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Ellis and Jose Theodore. The Flyers could look at the trade route. They were talking with the Oilers about Braydon Coburn and maybe Devan Dubnyk’s name was discussed. The Flyers made qualifying offers too Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Eric Wellwood and Brandon Manning.

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Buyout Hits: Lightning to buyout Vinny, Oilers, Leafs, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Islanders and Capitals

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Lightning will buyout Vincent LecavalierCapGeek: The buyout will cost $30 million over 14 years, $2,142,857 per year through 2027. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier will get his $8 million bonus paid out in full over the next three years, remaining $24.67 million paid out over 14 years.
  • Bob McKenzie: Led to believe that the Oilers won’t be buying out Shawn Horcoff, but Eric Belanger and Ben Eager are possibilities.
  • Bob McKenzie: Mike Komisarek seems like a given buyout for the Maple Leafs. McKenize would be shocked if the Blackhawks don’t buyout Rostislav Olesz and Steve Montador. The Red Wings could buyout Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders haven’t made no decisions on buyout (Rick DiPietro) just yet.
  • Hockey Tracker: CSN Washington reporting Capitals compliance buyout candidates are Jeff Schultz, Joel Ward, Brooks Laich or Martin Erat.

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Trade Rumors: Avalanche, Penguins, Blue Jackets, Flames and Blues

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: If the Avalanche want to trade Ryan O’Reilly at some point, they are going to have to give him the minutes to put up the points. That would mean that either Matt Duchene or Paul Stastny would become their third line center. The other option would be to move Duchene to the left wing again, but he doesn’t like it, and not is it in the best interest of the team. Feb. 28th, 2014 is the earliest the Avs can trade O’Reilly. So it appears that Avs need to either trade one of their three centers or find better third line wingers to play with O’Reilly (played with John Mitchell and Milan Hejduk  in his first game). Dater thinks that the Avs should consider trading Paul Stastny. Stastny has five goals and seven assists in 20 games so far. His point totals have decreased over the last three years from 79 to 57 to 53. He has one year left on his deal at $6.6 million.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Penguins defenseman Simon Despres is available again. Three members of of the Blue Jackets organization were at the Penguins-Lightning game, GM Jarmo Kekalainen, assistant GM Chris MacFarland and senior advisor Craig Patrick. The Penguins are looking to add a defenseman that could play with Kris Letang, or for insurance if Letang is traded before his contract expires at the end of next season. GM Ray Shero said he hopes to sign Letang and Evgeni Malkin to contract extensions. Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson could fit along side Letang. Johnson has a cap of $4.35 million through 2017-18. The Penguins may also be intrigued with idea of adding winger Jarome Iginla.
  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: ESPN’s Craig Custance on the Blue’s biggest issue:

    “That’s a nice addition if he’s healthy, but their biggest need continues to be on defense, especially the left side. GM Doug Armstrong has made it clear he’s willing to be aggressive to improve this team because they have championship expectations in St. Louis. The challenge is finding a trading partner willing to move a quality defenseman, a commodity many teams are looking for.”

    Ian Cole wasn’t able to fill in for the departed Carlo Colaiacovo. Wade Redden hasn’t worked out as hoped.

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: The Avalanche may be looking to trade a defenseman so they’d be able to keep Tyson Barrie up when Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson return. Barrie and Stefan Elliott are the only two that don’t have to clear waivers.

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Injury Notes: Sharks, Red Wings, Capitals, Avalanche, Stars and Jets

  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Brent Burns is out for at least the next two games. Coach McLellan hasn’t ruled out Martin Havlat and Tommy Wingels for tomorrow.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Darren Helmis going to New York to see a muscles and ligaments specialist for his ailing back.

    “It’s not progressing as quickly as Darren would like,” general manager Ken Holland said. “They’ve (doctors) ruled out disk or structural issues.”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland thinks both Johan Franzen (hip flexor) and Kyle Quincey (sprained ankle) will return during their Carolina trip. Defenseman Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo could return this week from their shoulder injuries. There is no timetable on when Todd Bertuzzi (back) will be able to start skating.

  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals Jason Chimera left practice early with a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll be able to play against the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom is questionable due to sickness. Defenseman Mike Greenis ready to go.

    “I’m 100 percent and ready to go,” Green said, adding that he’s not concerned about the prospect of playing back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. “The reason why I’m ready to play is I’m 100 percent and it was either battle through it on Saturday or else wait until I’m 100 percent so I could play back-to-backs, so here we are.”

    Brooks Laich remains out with a groin injury.

    “He still doesn’t want to go out on the ice until he feels – right now he doesn’t want to go out until he feels that he can actually continue up the ladder. But it’s tough,” Oates said. “They’re weird injuries. You think it’s improving and then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘uh-oh,’ and you’re not quite sure.”

  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said that defenseman Aaron Rome will be out 3-6 weeks with a fractured bone in his foot. Defenseman Philip Larsen remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

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Injury updates: Red Wings, Hurricanes and Blackhawks

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left in the first period of last night’s game. Howard apparently was experiencing blurry vision after getting hit with a puck in practice.

    “I didn’t know about that,” Mike Babcock said. “He wasn’t seeing good or something like that.

    “He’ll get tested tomorrow, we’ll find out more.”

    Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson, who just returned from a groin injury, missed the game with a hand injury after getting hit by an Ian White shot during the morning skate. Johan Franzen expects to get back in the lineup on Thursday. Carlo Colaiacovo is skating and should return soon. Brendan Smith is hoping to return next week.

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will skate today and could return to practice soon according to coach Kirk Muller. Jeff Skinner, Tim Gleason, Tim Brent and Tim Wallace are all day-to-day. Gleason could skate today. It’s unlikely that Skinner will, ”there isn’t anything that tells me he’s going to skate tomorrow.”
  • Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is day-to-day after taking a puck “Uh, somewhere” according to coach Quenneville. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t practiced since last Thursday with an upper-body injury. He skated on his own before yesterday’s practice.

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Injury notes: Backlund, Cammalleri, Kiprusoff, Hiller, several Red Wings, Landeskog and Spezza.

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller left last night’s game with a lower-body injury that is not expected to be serious.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi will be out indefinitely with a back injury. The Wings are calling up Joakim Andersson. Darren Helm will begin rehab on Monday with a sore back. Carlo Colaiacovo isn’t expected to return from his shoulder injury until mid-month. Brendan Smith is out at least a month with a shoulder injury. Jonas Gustavsson has a pulled groin, and hasn’t played this season.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog didn’t practice yesterday but they are optimistic that he could resume skating soon. He hasn’t skated since January 19th after being hit by Brad Stuart. He suffered a head and neck injury on the play.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Jason Spezza has been told to do nothing for at least two weeks after having surgery to repair a disc in his back last week. He still hopes to return this season.

    “Everything went well. It’s good to have everything done and get started on recovery now,” said Spezza. “You always aim to push your rehab and get a bit more aggressive with things.

    “(Athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) has already talked to me about making sure we’re doing things right and not getting too carried away. The goal is to get back before the end of the season and, hopefully, help us through the end of the year and the playoffs.”

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