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NHL Rumors: Devils, Jets, Avalanche, Coyotes and Ducks

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Devils have enough salary cap to bring back Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky. The Jets could be a potential landing spot for Bruins pending UFA goalie Chad Johnson. Jets Al Montoya will be a UFA. It is possible the Ducks let pending UFA Jonas Hiller walk at the end of the season and go with a Frederik Andersen and John Gibson tandem next year.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s camp will have contract discussions when the season is over.

    “Quite honestly, it was not even close from us to move Pauly,” said Roy, who also holds the title of vice president of hockey operations. “We said all along we didn’t want to have rental players, (but) the only one we would keep is Paul, because we believe that Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year. We believe that there’s a good chance for him to re-sign with us. Now, how it will happen, it will be up to Joe and his agent. But I think Paul has the Avs in his heart and I think he’s going to want to be in this town.”

    When asked if he expects to re-sign with the Avalanche.

    “I hope so,” he said Friday. “But I don’t really care about what’s going on with that stuff. That’s down the road. For me right now, it’s all about this team and what we’ve been doing all year and what we want to keep doing.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after next season, but they can start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I like it here,” Vermette said. “I haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s really quick, but we’ll see what’s going to present itself and we’ll listen.”

    Vermette will likely be looking for a raise from his current $3.75 million.

    “Yeah, we’d like to do something,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “But as we’ve learned, whether we’re able to do something, that’s another story.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils might look to bring in Brian Gionta this offseason. GM Lou Lamoriello said he’s always looking for bring in goal-scorers despite their reputation of being a defensive team.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever not thought about offensive players. We always have,” Lamoriello said. “They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.

    “(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. More than we thought.”

    The Canadiens would like to retain their pending UFA, though he’d have to take less than the $5 million he made this season. Brian’s brother Stephen is a pending UFA for the Devils and would like to come back next year. He could help recruit Brian.

  • Lance Pugmire of the LA Time: Ducks Saku Koivu on potential retirement after the season.

    “Well, that’s … I haven’t thought that far away,” Koivu said. “You want [the Cup], I’ve worked for it all these years and retiring would probably be easier if [winning it] happened.

    “But right now, you try to keep the focus on the game and not think about the future. You start doing that, you lose the focus, that intensity you’re trying to find. You hope that’s going to happen.

    “And if it does, then I might have an answer for you.”

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Lines and Starting goalies: Capitals, Maple Leafs, Stars, Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Avalanche and Bruins

  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Beagle-Crabb, Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer, Chimera-Ribeiro-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault/Johansson-Fehr.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin, Frattin-Kadri-Komarov, Brown-Steckel-Orr. MacArthur missing. Defensive pairings: Phaneuf-Kostka; Gunnarsson Komisarek; Liles-Franson; Gardiner-Fraser.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines this morning: Eriksson-Benn-Jagr, Whitney-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Vincour, Morrow-Wandell-Garbutt. Defensive pairings: Dillon-Robidas, Jordie Benn-Daley, Goligoski-Larsen. Interesting switches there. Derek Roy, out with a groin injury, is not on the trip. Rich Evans via twitter: Jamie Benn’s visa was settled, he’ll be playing tonight.

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Injury update: Downie done for year, Hartnell out indefinitely, Lupul breaks arm, Smith leaves early, Burns to IR

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Steve Downie will have season ending knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Downie suffered the injury on Tuesday night. The Avs recalled Brad Malone.
  • Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Scott Hartnell: ”Scott will be out indefinitely with a left foot injury. We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests.”
  • NHL.com: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith left midway through the first period last night with a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to San Jose. They will call up Chad Johnson from the AHL as an emergency call-up.

    “Lower body. Day-to-day. Not sure where he’ll be tomorrow, so we’ll have a call-up,” coach Dave Tippett said. “The trainers came to me after warmup and said Smitty is a little tight, you might want to keep an eye on him. And ‘a little tight’ turned into ‘can’t play.’”

    Martin Hanzal and Rostislav Klesla missed the game with lower body injuries.

  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: The Sharks have put Brent Burns on the IR to make from for Scott Gomez on the roster. He seemed to be walking around the room fine. Burns hasn’t skated since the the days leading up to the start of training camp.

    “From what I’m told, he’s improving every day. Obviously when you go on IR you’re not playing tomorrow, or we would have never done that. After that, it’s a day-by-day thing,” McLellan said.

    Defenseman Jason Demers is still recovering from a fractured wrist and can’t take a full slap shot yet. He’s out through at least the weekend.

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van Riemsdyk out 4-6 weeks … Ellis could be done for year … Ference day-to-day … Lines and starting goalies

  • Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on James van Riemsdyk: “James will have surgery on Mar. 6 to repair a broken bone in his left foot. He will be out 4-6 weeks.”
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks goalie Dan Ellis (torn groin) could be done for the season. Coach Bruce Boudreau suggested it could be another 4-6 weeks.
  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Bruins Andrew Ference (lower body) is day-to-day and didn’t skate today. Zdeno Chara had a maintenance day.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder. Ott-Benn-Burish. Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak. Garbutt-Wandell-Vincour.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Ducks lines: Ryan Getzlaf Perry-Hagman Koivu Selanne-Blake Bonino Cogliano-Belesky Pelley Smith-Pelly
  • David Alter via twitter: Leafs lines: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin, Lombardi-Connolly-Frattin, Brown-Steckel-Crabb-Armstrong.

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Around the Boards: Chicago signings, Rafalski’s bad back, Pietrangelo to WJC, Chipchura traded

  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: With the signings of Toews, Kane, and Keith being announced today, their cap number for next season sits approximately at $60.5 million for 15 players. There were rumors yesterday that the ‘Hawks will either waive or trade Brent Sopel. More than just getting rid of Sopel’s salary will need to happen, as they need to shed about $3.7 million worth of salary. Cam Barker could also be on the move, though they would like to keep him.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Brian Rafalski left yesterday’s practice with tightness in his back. The Red Wings have called up 2005 1st round pick Jakub Kindl in case Rafalski can’t go.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have been unsure what to do with Alex Pietrangelo, he’s been a healthy scratch for most of the season, and is close to having a year of his contract burned, but now they have found their solution, The World Juniors.
  • Steve Zipay of Newsday: The New York Rangers claimed Erik Christensen off waivers, sent backup goalie Steve Valiquette to the minors, and recalled goalie Chad Johnson.
  • Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks traded for former Montreal Canadiens 1st round pick, Kyle Chipchura for a 4th round pick in 2011. Ducks GM Bob Murray says no other deals are imminent.

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