Posts Tagged Casey Wellman

Morning Hits: Comeau, GM Meetings, Chiasson, Canucks Collapse, Teravainen, Wellman and the Draft

  • NHL Player Safety: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing today for his hit on Red Wings Brendan Smith.
  • Darren Dreger: NHLPAs Mathieu Schneider said that the players are not interested in playing longer games. They would like to less games ending in a shootout. NHLPA would like more testing on the long change during OT or any other ways to encourage the game ending during regulation. NHLPA would also like to have more interference be allowed in attempt to slow the game down a bit. Also, removing the trapezoid to relieve pressure on the defenseman.
  • Renaud Lavoie: They still need to discuss goalie obstruction as they couldn’t decide on anything.
  • John Shannon: There will be no more talk on three-on-three in OT.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Brian Burke said that Mathieu Schneider talked about allowing defenseman to set picks for their partners when there is a forecheck “and their is some merit to that.”
  • Mike Heika: Stars GM Jim Nill confirmed that Alex Chiasson will not travel with the team on their road trip. Chiasson was shaken up by Rich Peverley’s incident.
  • mc79hockey: Since Lockout II, teams that had a three goal leading heading into the third period were 979-6-32 in regulation.
  • Bruce Arthur: “So yeah, the only other team since 2005 to blow a three-goal lead entering the third and lose by three was also coached by John Tortorella.”
  • Sporting News NHL: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen could join the team before the playoffs.
  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals recall Casey Wellman and Patrick Wey from the AHL.
  • Ryan Kennedy: “The more I hear about the volatility in this year’s draft, the more I tip my hat to the NHL scouts/GMs who actually have to make the picks.”

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Morning Hits and Injuries: Klesla, Lehtonen, Sbisa, Robidas, Paille, Nikitin, Diaz, Brown and Wellman

  • John Vogl: The Sabres have officially suspended defenseman Rostislav Klesla for failing to report  to Rocherster of the AHL.
  • Mike Heika: Stars Kari Lehtonen is “not doing very well” with his head injury and is day-to-day according to coach Lindy Ruff.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa and Mathieu Perreault are out against the Maple Leafs.  Sbisa is dealing with a knee injury. Perreault may have a sprained thumb/wrist.
  • Curtis Zupke: Ducks Stephane Robidas is targeting March 14th for his Ducks debut. Coach Bruce Boudreau said their game against the Capitals later this month may be a more ideal time.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin is ready to return tonight against the Stars.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault calls Raphael Diaz a “depth d-man” with no timetable on when he’ll get into a game.
  • Capitals PR: The Capitals assign Chris Brown and Casey Wellman to the AHL.

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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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Capitals trade Hamill to Panthers for Wellman

The Washington Capitals have traded center Zach Hamill to the Florida Panthers for center/right winger Casey Wellman.

Hamill was drafted in the 1st round, 8th overall in the 2007 NHL draft. He carries a $700,000 salary and cap hit.

Wellman was not drafted and carries a $800,000 salary and cap hit.

Zach Hamill

Casey Wellman

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Lawsuits and waivers

  • Dawn Walton and Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against his former agent and parents for bad investments and unauthorized real estate deals. Dany Heatley is also suing them. Phillips is accusing them of “breaches of contract, trust and fiduciary duty as well as conversion, fraud, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, conspiracy, oppression and unjust enrichment.”
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Panthers sent Jonathan Huberdeau to St. John’s on the QMJHL. Jacob Markstrom, Alex Petrovic, Colby Robak and Drew Shore were sent to San Antonio of the AHL.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins have put Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif, and Trent Whitfield on waivers. Once they clear, they can report to Providence of the AHL.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers have put Dov Grumet-Morris, Michael Caruso, Nolan Yonkman, Andre Deveaux, JF Jacques, Greg Rallo, Casey Wellman, James Wright on waivers.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Penguins Nick Petersen cleared the unconditional ($125) waivers and his contract is mutually terminated.

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NY Rangers have traded Erik Christensen and a 7th round pick to the Minnesota Wild for forward Casey Wellman.

It appears as though the pick is a conditional 2013 7th Round Pick. Christensen is a UFA this summer, making 925k this season. Christensen was just coming off a 2 week conditioning stint in the AHL and the Rangers needed to move out a forward. NY newspapers were speculating that it would be Wolski, but the Wild stepped in and took Christensen.

Casey Wellman is an undrafted NCAA player, who was signed as a Free Agent in 2010. He has played well and scored in the AHL, but has yet to prove himself in the “L”.

A fringe prospect with an outside shot.

 

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Giroux practices … Arniel safe … Burke could be looking at a Jan. trade … Parise only dealt if can’t be re-sign

NHL holiday roster freeze kicks in at midnight tonight and ends at midnight on the 27th.

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly:  Claude Giroux practiced with the Flyers yesterday in a no contact jersey for the first time since sustaining a concussion. He said his headaches are “pretty much” gone. Giroux is not expected to play until after Christmas, and could miss the Winter Classic.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on Scott Arniel’s coaching status:

    “Coaching is not an issue on this team, as to where we are right now.”

    “The players have to take it upon themselves to play better. “We’re all struggling through this, players included.”

  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: The Maple Leafs are wilting, so expect GM Brian Burke to make a significant deal at the start of January. It’s time for ID “tradeables” on the Leafs roster.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets talked with the Coyotes about Kyle Turris, but they couldn’t find a match. It’s likely the Blue Jackets will trade Vinny Prospal at the trade deadline. The 36 year old will be a UFA at the end of the season.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Before being sent to the Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek, the Hurricanes were offering a 2nd round pick to anyone willing to take Tomas Kaberle’s contract. If the Canadiens miss the playoffs or are knocked out early, can expect a full organizational review, with GM Pierre Gautier being very vulnerable. A few teams have made strong offers for Maple Leafs defensemen Keith Aulie and Cody Franson. They were “good” offers, but Burke isn’t interested in trading either defenseman at the moment. Burke may use Franson as a “piece” in his “fine tuning.” Aulie may only be dealt if he’s part of a bigger deal. The Devils priority is to re-sign Zach Parise, and he’d only be dealt after Lamoriello has done everything he can to re-sign him. Dreger thinks the Red Wings and Penguins would be as aggressive on Parise as other teams.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have called up Chad Rau and Jed Ortmeyer, placed Casey Wellman on the IR, and sent Cody Almond back to the AHL. The Wild do not expect Mikko Koivu or Pierre-Marc Bouchard to be in the lineup.

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Pronger hopes to be ready for start of season … Murray talks Selanne rehab … Zherdev says he’ll return … Comrie has setback

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Chris Pronger held a conference call with reporters yesterday as he continues to rehab his back and right hand.

    “the goal is to be ready for Game 1 of the regular season. I’m starting to progress. . . . Once I get cleared, I can start getting into a full-lifting program.”

    He feels his hand is 80-85% healed, which has put him 2 months behind in his strength program. He hopes to get clearance in a week to begin lifting weights.

    “I don’t know that you could say I was breaking down with broken bones and being hit by pucks and all the rest,” he said. “Those are things that sometimes can be avoided. Perhaps now I may not block as many shots. I might just get out of the way and let our million-dollar goalie stop those things.”

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray said yesterday that Teemu Selanne “has been struggling a bit” with his knee and thought “he was getting depressed” about the rehab. Murray noted that Selanne “intends to go pretty hard this week” and they’ll be in touch after. Murray added that there were a few days “where it wasn’t bugging him,” there is no timetable on when Selanne will make a decision to play or not.
  • National Post: Mike Comrie recently suffered a setback in his rehab from hip surgery.

    “In wanting to return to play after surgery, I pushed myself too early and that has not helped my recovery,” Comrie said in a statement. “I will return to the NHL when I am healthy and able to play at the level I have come to expect of myself.”

  • Glen Andresen of NHL.com: With the Wild trading James Sheppard to the Sharks, it “further solidifies Fletcher’s intent to let younger Wild players like Colton Gillies, Cody Almond and Casey Wellman battle for roster spots among forwards.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexei Kovalev to SovSport: “In two season w/the #Sens I still couldn’t get Clouston’s game plan. It appeared he scoffed at some players.”

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Rangers still interested in Souray? Pens looking for Dman? Some Devils demoted could be recalled by Friday

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The New York Rangers currently have 5 right-handed defensemen on the roster, and may be on the lookout to add a lefty. Sheldon Souray’s name continues to float around, but even if the Rangers could add some salary to the deal (Steve Eminger, Todd White and Derek Boogaard), Souray’s $5.4 cap hit would hurt next year’s budget when Wade Redden’s deal pops up again. The Rangers will search the waiver wire for left-handed defenseman. Vinny Prospal may require knee surgery that could end his season, possibly his career. More will known after a 2 week rest period. Brandon Dubinsky may move in the #1 center spot between Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman prospect, Simon Despres, has a good chance of at least starting the year with the club. GM Ray Shero may be looking for a #6 defenseman on the waiver wire. If they add one defenseman, it could mean that one of Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland and Andrew Hutchinson could go on waivers. They are $1.2 million below the cap, and Jordan Staal could be placed on LTIR to create more room.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t rule out recalling any of yesterday’s demoted players (G-Mike McKenna. D- Matt Corrente, C- Jacob Josefson, RW-Mattias Tedenby) by Friday after their cap situation becomes clearer. Lou also added that no decision has been made if Bryce Salvador will be placed on LTIR or not.
  • Ben Wright via twitter: Alex Burmistrov, Anthony Stewart and Freddy Meyer all have good chance of making the Atlanta Thrashers final roster.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Peter Schaefer is still on tryout with the Vancouver Canucks, and it could be down to him and Jeff Tambellini for the final roster spot. If Schaefer gets the spot, he’ll likely get a 2-way contract worth the minimum $550,000.

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Coaches Safe in Atlanta for Now … Getzlaf and Selanne Day-to-Day … Hudler Back with Wings Next Year?

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The Anaheim Ducks were hit with a couple injuries on Sunday, with the MRI’s done yesterday. Ryan Getzlaf has an inflamed left ankle (the same ankle that was hurt before the Olympics), but the MRI showed no additional damage. Teemu Selanne has a slightly sprained shoulder, and will be re-evaluated today. Both are listed as day-to-day.
  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Vivlamore interviews Thrashers GM, Don Waddell. When asked if there will a be a coaching change (John Anderson) before the end of the season, Waddell said no. The coaching situation will be re-evaluated after the season though. Waddell talked to Pavel Kubina and Colby Armstrong during Olympic break, both are upcoming UFA’s, and he plans to talk to them again in a month or so.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Ken Holland will once again try to convince Jiri Hudler to leave the KHL and come back to the Red Wings. Hudler has a 2 year, $5.75 million arbitration deal from last summer that he is bound too. His KHL deal was for 2 years, and between $3-5 million a season, tax free. With his KHL season done after a 1st round playoff exit, he’s not eligible to play for the Wings this year, but could suit up for them next season.
  • Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: The Minnesota Wild are expected to sign UMass center, Casey Wellman this morning. The college free agent picked the Wild over 21 other teams. Wellman was 6th in goals this past season, scoring 23 times. He’ll be signing a 2 year deal worth $1.8 million. He’ll be in the lineup this year (ineligible for the playoffs).
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators could be welcoming back Nick Foligno and Chris Campoli to their lineup as soon as tonight against the Maple Leafs. If Foligno is able to go, Jesse Winchester will most likely be out. If Campoli plays, Brian Lee will most likely be the odd man out.
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