Posts Tagged Chris Kunitz

NHL Rumors III: Kesler, Canucks, Ducks, Penguins, and Lemieux

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Couldn’t honestly tell you what final price was & if Shero/ownership backed off but the Penguins tried really hard to get Kesler” … “People criticize Shero for not trying to upgrade the Penguins team but he tried to get Kesler” … “I don’t believe Smith-Pelly was a guy that was involved in the Ana-Kesler talks. I’ve heard Rakell. Van wanted a centre”
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks need to trade Ryan Kesler and one of their defenseman as they look to retool. They need to fill the void in NHL ready prospects. Kesler gave the list of six teams, but only two were fits at the deadline, the Penguins and Ducks, but obviously a deal couldn’t be reached then. The Ducks had the better offer for Kesler, but the Canucks wanted a higher premium since they were trading within their division. The Ducks had offered the pick they received from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade, which turned out to be 10th overall. If the Ducks had also been offering Devante Smith-Pelly and one of either Emerson Etem or Kyle Palmieri, the Canucks could regret it. Hard to see Smith-Pelley being available now.
  • Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Starkey thinks the Penguins just need a significant retooling and not a rebuild. The Penguins have three players making $5 million: Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal and Paul Martin. They should try to trade Neal for Evander Kane. Trade Martin for forward help. Let Fleury play out the last year of his deal. Trading Neal for Kane would let them play Kane with Crosby and move Chris Kunitz to Evgeni Malkin’s left wing or even look to trade Kunitz. Starkey also thinks the Penguins should buyout Rob Scuderi.

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Afternoon Hits: Blues, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Wild, Kings, Penguins and Capitals

Dan Rosen: The Blues have hired Kirk Muller as an assistant coach.

James Mirtle: Recently fired Maple Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon: “I can’t tell you how many times that Randy has said that the thought of trading Jake [Gardiner] can’t even be discussed.” …. “If we’re the scapegoats, we’re the scapegoats… All I know is Randy pushed for us to get an extension last year.”

Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Andrew Shaw should skate in the next day or two. He wouldn’t speculate if Shaw could get back into the lineup for Game 7.

Randy Sportak: Wild’s Keith Ballard, Darcy Kuemper and Matt Moulson all skated this morning. Shawn Roarke: Looking like Ballard will be back in the lineup with Nate Prosser coming out. Moulson is close but won’t play. Kuemper will likely be the backup.

Pierre LeBrun: Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell skated by himself this morning.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Chris Kunitz: “Our success comes when we have the puck, playing deep, not turning it over, not giving them a chance to play with their speed.”

Chuck Gormley: Capitals Dmitri Orlov broke his arm at the World Championships.

Adam Vingan: The Capitals and the Hershey Bears (AHL) extended their affiliate agreement through next year.

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NHL Injuries: Penguins, Wild, Lightning, Panthers, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Blues and Avs

  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale met with doctors and are skating lightly, but not ready to practice yet.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Chris Kunitz and Olli Maatta are day-to-day. All practiced yesterday.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday. Clayton Stoner and Keith Ballard were also on the ice.
  • NBC Pro Hockey Talk: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been sent the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Steve Simmons: Bishop’s injury is not his shoulder. His arm or elbow. Will have a MRI today.
  • Sam Carchidi: Panthers Roberto Luongo missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Cal Clutterbuck left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton left last night’s game after re-aggravating a lower-body injury. Aaron Portzline: Horton had a setback and could be done for the rest of the regular season, possibly longer.
  • Lou Korac: Blues David Backes is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup on Friday.

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Injury Notes: Pens, Wings, Caps, Flames, Sabres, Sens, Canes, Coyotes, Avs, Hawks and Leafs

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins James Neal (concussion) received clearance to play and could be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kunitz could also return to the lineup tonight. Beau Bennett skated before practice but hasn’t been given clearance for contact. Paul Martin skated in full gear before practice. Given the day off yesterday: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang wants to pay this season but he hasn’t received anything definitive from his doctors.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury. Darren Helm, out with a concussion, had a setback and it’s not looking like he’ll return soon. Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) is not close to returning and will go get a second opinion. Dan Cleary has had fluid drained from his knee twice and hasn’t been able to practice in a couple weeks. Weiss and Cleary were able to skate. Jonas Gustavsson, out with a groin injury, skated yesterday and is getting close to returning. Joakim Andersson (fractured foot) is out for at least another week. Tomas Jurco will have his broken rib reassessed next week. Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be reassessed in seven to 10 days. Henrik Zetterberg may be able to return for the playoffs if the Wings make it.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Brooks Laich will be out four to six weeks after having a procedure done to release a tight abductor.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Jiri Hudler (upper-body) was out on the ice before practice. Karri Ramo was also out before, and stayed on with main group.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Jhonas Enroth stayed in Buffalo for further evaluation.
  • John Vogl: Not going on the Sabres road trip: Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Sulzer, and Chris Stewart. Myers could meet up with the team at some point.
  • John Vogl: Michal Neuvirth on the possibility of playing tonight: “I don’t know … but I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping it’s going to be good.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Doesn’t look like Craig Anderson will be ready before Thursday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty won’t play on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, he’s day-to-day. Alex Semin was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Erat skated yesterday morning in a no-contract jersey.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly will play tonight, with Paul Stastny a possibility.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Jonathan Bernier: “Bernier has a low-grade muscle strain. It is in the groin area. It’s closer to day to day than it is week to week.” James Mirtle: The Leafs haven’t put Bernier on the IR, so it’s possible that he could play in the next few days.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: “We’re dealing with this on Bolland. Once medically cleared, it’s up to the player to let us know when he’s ready to go” … “At this point it’s not up to a doctor, it’s up to Bolland. We’re hoping he’s getting stronger and closer to returning” … “Bolland hasn’t been 100% comfortable in a full practice where there are competition drills and grinding”

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Add James Neal To The Penguins Injured List

Seth Rorabagh: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion.

A list of Penguins who are currently out with injuries, which includes some pretty significant names.

Name POS Status Date Injury Returns
Chris Kunitz W Out Mar 14 leg Day-to-day
James Neal W Out Mar 14 concussion Day-to-day
Kris Letang D Inactive List Mar 6 illness Indefinitely
Paul Martin D Out Feb 21 hand Late March/Early April
Chris Conner W Out Jan 2 hand Day-to-day
Pascal Dupuis W Out Dec 24 knee Indefinitely
Beau Bennett W Inactive List Nov 24 wrist Mid-to-Late March
Tomas Vokoun G Inactive List Sep 30 pelvis Indefinitely

Source: Rotoworld

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Afternoon Notes: Erikson, Versteeg, Desharnais, Calvert, Schlemko, Kunitz, Neal, Olesz and Mazanec

  • Mike Halford: Bruins Loui Eriksson will be back in the lineup tonight against the Stars.
  • George Richards: Looking like Kris Versteeg will be back in the Panthers lineup on a line with Goc and Kopecky. Gomez and Barch will be out.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie doesn’t think that David Desharnais will be in the Canadiens lineup tonight. Martin St-Pierre should be playing in his first NHL game.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert (abdominal surgery) skated in full gear for 2nd time today and hopes to get back to practice next week.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Tippett said that David Schlemko and Jeff Halpren continue to progress, they could be an option later on in the week.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Chris Kunitz is “probable” for tomorrow. James Neal skated before practice again today.
  • Allan Walsh: The Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from the AHL.

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Penguins Hits: Letang offer/counter-offer, Kunitz deal, Dupuis, Cooke and Orpik

10:57 PM:

  • Rob Rossi: Letang is seeking $7.5 million annually.

10:25 PM:

  • Will DePaoli: Letang’s camp countered with 8-years, $62.5 million with a full no-trade clause. ($7,812,500 salary cap hit)

10:02 PM:

  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun is hearing that Letang will be turning down the Penguins offer. Whether there will be more contract talks or if the Penguins put Letand on the trade market remains to be seen. Letang’s camp countered with a long-term deal at more than $7.5 million and less than $8 million. The Penguins said it was too high.

9:35 PM:

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins have offered defenseman Kris Letang an 8-year, $54 million deal. The Penguins have a little wiggle room left and hope to get a response or counter offer by the weekend according to sources. The Pens don’t want to start the free agent period next week without having Letang’s future resolved. They may be willing to go slightly over $7 million. Source said that if they were to trade Letang, they would want a NHL player, a top prospect and a 1st round pick. They are intrigued by prospects with the Ducks and Canucks.

    The Penguins signed Chris Kunitzto a 3-year, $11.55 million deal, a $3.85 million cap hit.

    The Pens have sent Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke contract proposals.

    Brooks Orpik has 1-year left on his deal and GM Ray Shero will try to re-sign him. He has a $3.75 million cap hit.

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Free Agent Signings: Kunitz, Anisimov, Sheppard and Desjardins

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins signed Chris Kunitz to a 3-year contract extension with a salary cap hit of $3.85 million. Bob McKenzie: He has one year left at $3.725 million.
  • Bob McKenzie: Artem Anisimov re-signed with the Blue Jackets, 3-years, $9.85 million.
  • Josh Rimer: The Sharks re-signed RFA James Sheppard to a one-year deal.
  • Josh Rimer: The Sharks re-signed Andrew Desjardins to a two-year deal.

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Stars talked about trading up, undecided on Bachman … Penguins careful with Dupuis … Nonis talks Leafs

  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars have the 10th overall pick in the draft and have held discussions to move up, but the price hasn’t been right.

    “We’re looking at all options,” said Nill. “I talked to a team today about the possibility of trading up and the price was so high that it made it easy to say, ‘That’s OK, you go ahead and do what you need to do.’ I’ve heard that from a couple of teams. We’re ready; we know what we have to do. We’re open to all options.”

    There has been no decision yet on whether they’ll re-sign goaltender Richard Bachman.

    “He’s in the mix,” Stars GM Jim Nill said of Bachman. “We’ve talked to other teams. Our job this time of year is trying to find the best we can and Bachman is in that mix. We’re just going through our process to see what else is out there.”

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are not big fans of handing three – four year deals to players in their mid 30′s. The 34-year old Pascal Dupuis is looking for a three – year deal, and the Penguins will have to keep Chris Kunitz in mind when dealing with Dupuis according to sources. Kunitz will be 34 next season, the last year of his deal. The Penguins have discussed internally what a three – four year deal at $3.5 – $4 million for Dupuis could mean for Kunitz negotiations. The Pens may be looking for $3.25-$3.5 million and not going beyond three years. The Penguins will begin talks with Kunitz this summer. Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, has had no talks with Penguins. The Penguins may be offering Kris Letang a full no-trade clause on a deal five years or less. Letang prefers a max eight year deal with full no trade but could be open to a five or six year deal.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis has four unrestricted and six restricted free agents to deal with.

    “I can’t stress this enough: The cap is coming down,” Nonis said when asked about stalled talks with centre Tyler Bozak, talks which CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported this week weren’t going all that well. “It’s the first time in history that it’s come down, and we have to make sure we’re spending our money wisely.

    “Not to just retain all the players you have but be in a position where you can try to get a different piece or two. We have to make sure if we’re spending a significant amount of money and term on players that they line up [with what we want to spend] and that it makes sense for us.”

    If the Leafs buyout Mike Komisarek, they could have $22 million in salary cap space. Their RFAs could eat $10-$11 million of that.

    “You never know what’s going to become available in terms of player movement. Even if there’s a player [on your team] that may be bought out, there’s always potential for money moving back and forth in deals. So we’re not at that point of making a decision yet.

    “It’s my experience you never know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what other teams are thinking or what players might be available. So for us to make that decision on a compliance buyout or two until we actually have to – it doesn’t make sense to do it.”

    If talks with Tyler Bozak don’t go well, they’ll look to other option at center. Some potential UFAs are: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen, Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Briere and Boyd Gordon.

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Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Rask, Iginla and Penguins

  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that the Oilers will deal their No. 7 overall pick, as well as some players.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flyers are in the market for a defenseman and could be willing to move one of Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier in the right deal.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the Flyers to use a compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Brian Wilde: The Canadiens could see what the trade market would give for defenseman Andrei Markov and likely get a good return. His contract isn’t looking as expensive now though.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks that Tuukka Rask will get a 4 or 5 year contract at about $6.5 million.
  • Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater thinks the Avalanche could make Jarome Iginla a free agent offer if/when he hits the open market. The Avs could buy out David Jones. Iginla’s offer wouldn’t be crazy, and word is Joe Sakic is intrigued with idea of adding Iginla.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Mario Lemieux and the Penguins ownership aren’t that impressed with how the season ended and Dan Bylsma may be on the hotseat. A league executive thinks that the Penguins may move Chris Kunitz or James Neal with the cap going down, giving them more room to keep Evgeni Malkin. Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke are both UFAs. UFA Douglas Murray will walk. The Pens want to keep Kris Letang. The Pens could look to trade Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild, Avalanche or Panthers, or they could buy him out. They could make a pitch for Ryan Miller.

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