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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Injuries, IR, Recalls, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tim Wharnsby: The Coyotes put Rostislav Klesla on waivers.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky has gone back to Edmonton to have his ankle further examined.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Steven Stamkos took the morning skate with Lightning teammates for the first time since breaking his shin on Nov. 11th.
  • Chris Nichols: The Jets put Evander Kane on the IR retroactive to Jan. 7th.
  • Allan Walsh: The Devils activate Patrick Elias from the IR.
  • NY Islanders: The Islanders activate Radek Martinek off the IR.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins send Simon Despres, Nick Drazenovic and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to the AHL.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Murphy, Skinner-Lindholm-Ruutu, Nash-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Hudler Backlund Stempniak- Byron Monahan Colborne – Bouma Stajan Galiardi – Westgarth Street McGrattan.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Dowie will be a game-time decision.
  • Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators. Chris Neil will be back in the lineup. Matt Kassian, Joe Corvo and Patrick Wiercioch will be scratched.

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Morning Hits: Senators, Panthers, Blues, Flyers, Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets and Rangers

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Looking at if “every team in the league would take that guy right now,” for the Senators. Craig Anderson – probably not. Jason Spezza – no. If he’s not on your top two lines, he’s not on your team. Bobby Ryan – maybe as a right winger, but would unseat Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in Chicago. Kyle Turris – maybe as a 3rd or 4th liner. Erik Karlsson – for sure. Chris Neil – absolutely. Zack Smith – possibly. Jared Cowen – maybe, maybe not. Marc Methot – maybe, maybe not. Clark MacArthur – yes.
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers are saying they are losing over $20 million a year and need more public money to survive. They are looking to redo their lease with Broward County. They also want to create a hotel and casino on the 22 acres north of the BB&T arena.

    “This organization has lost between $20 [million] and $30 million on an annual basis,” Yormark said, “and those dollars have been funded by our owners.”

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues signed Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings have recalled Riley SheahanAnsar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that if Darren Helm isn’t ready for Saturday, he’d like to have Sheahan in at center. Wants to keep Justin Abdelkader on the wing.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks recall John Gibson and send Frederik Andersen to the AHL.
  • ESPN Chicago: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Winnipeg Sun Sports: The Jets have Dustin Byfulgien on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.

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Injury Notes: Wild, Canucks, Wings, Sharks, Avs, Habs, Flames, Lightning, Isles, Jackets and Flyers

  • 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.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Michael Raffl might return tonight.

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Roster notes: waivers, Jets claim Peluso, Kovalchuk, Visnovsky, Etem, Gibson, Bodie, Parent, Rosehill and Maple Leafs

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Ilya Kovalchuk was back on the ice with the Devils today.

    “I never thought about wanting to stay because I have a contract,” he said. “How could I stay (there) when I have a contract here?”

    Kovalchuk said all the talk about him wanting to stay in the KHL were from the Russian media and not from something he said.

    “I don’t know where you read all those comments but I have a contract here, and in the KHL they have a rule that as soon as the lockout ends, we come back, so nobody has a choice,” he said.

    He added that reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin offered him a bunch of money to stay in Russia were “not true.”

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks are sending right winger Emerson Etem back to the AHL and goalie John Gibson back to Kitchener of the OHL.

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Doan rumor update … Stars expect Morrow to be with team next year … Neil gets 3 year extension … Blues sign Langenbrunner

  • Fox Sports Arizona via twitter: Shane Doan’s agent said if they don’t have an answer by July 16th (regarding Phoenix situation), they may get serious with regards to other offers.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Doan’s familiarity with the Rangers coaching staff could help lead them to being one of his preferred landing spots. Doan has a history with all 4 of their coaches and has a long friendship with their assistant GM/coach Jim Schoenfeld. The Rangers signed Jeff Halpren to a 1 year deal worth $700,000.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs are one of a dozen teams that are have made calls on Shane Doan. The Blackhawks, Red Wings and Canucks are thought to be the leaders. Others to have made a pitch are: Blues, Canadiens, Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Jets and Kings.
  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: It’s hard to see a scenario where Doan is willing to settle for less than the $4.55 million he’s been getting annually. The Canucks are currently at $67.2 million, and are able to exceed the $70.2 million cap by 10% in the summer. Their number will drop if/when they trade Roberto Luongo. The Canucks are a contender and Doan is from Western Canada. Doan has a relationship with Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman.
  • Jason Bothchord of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks are one of many teams interested in Doan. 2-3 warrant serious interest, and location, management, players and Stanley Cup chances will be factors according to Doan’s agent Terry Bross. Doan could get offers in the 4 or 5 year range, worth $5-6 million.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said yesterday that he’s had talks with Brenden Morrow, and that he expects him to be a big part of the Stars next season. There has been speculation that Morrow could be traded after the signings of Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr. Morrow’s spot on the roster could be on the 3rd line.

    “There’s nothing written in stone, so I’m not saying he would play there, but I also think that he could play a very important part of our team in a role like that,” Nieuwendyk said. “He would bring a lot of the grit that we need there, and I still think would play in a role that would allow him to score some goals. It would also allow him to maybe stay fresher.”

    Morrow wants to stay a Star, and talks about the speculation:

    “You asked me: Do I want to be a Dallas Star, and the answer is definitely yes,” Morrow said. “If they want to trade me or they indicate to me that they don’t want me, then obviously I don’t want to be there or stand in their way. But, until they say that they want to trade me or ask me to waive my no-trade clause, then I’m excited to be on the team and I’m ready to get going next season.”

  • Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.ca: So the Leafs could be comfortable going with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens if they can’t land Roberto Luongo or any other capable veteran. Despite saying initially that they needed veteran, Burke has been backpedaling. Who will step forward to take the reins as the #1 has yet to be determined.
  • Don Brennan via twitter: The Senators have signed Chris Neil to a 3 year contract extension, believed to be worth $5.75 million.

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Players who have taken the most boarding penalties: 2011-12 NHL Season

Next up in our look at 2011-12 penalties, are boarding leaders.

Prior lists are Charging, Fighting majors and total penalties.

Rk Player Team Pos
GP
PIM
Boarding
T1 Derek Dorsett Blue Jackets RW
77
235
5
Luca Sbisa Ducks D
80
66
5
T3 Bryan Bickell Blackhawks LW
71
48
4
Zack Smith Senators LW
81
98
4
Blake Geoffrion Canadiens LW
35
27
4
Jarret Stoll Kings C
78
60
4
Alex Burmistrov Jets C
76
42
4
T8 Cody McLeod Avalanche LW
75
164
3
Matt Martin Islanders LW
80
121
3
Chris Neil Senators RW
72
178
3
David Backes Blues C
82
101
3
Kyle Brodziak Wild C
82
66
3
Krys Barch Panthers RW
51
114
3
Eric Boulton Devils LW
51
115
3
Andy Sutton Oilers D
52
80
3
Brian Boyle Rangers C
82
59
3
Andrew Desjardins Sharks C
76
47
3
Warren Peters Wild C
58
54
3
Maxime Talbot Flyers C
81
59
3
Ryan Callahan Rangers RW
76
61
3
Bobby Ryan Ducks LW
82
53
3
T22 46 players are tied with 2 boarding penalties
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.

 

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Most Fighting Majors During the 2011-12 NHL Season

Here is a list of the of NHL players with the most fighting majors this season.

Only 2 players, Brandon Prust and Shawn Thornton, hit the 20 fight total this year. 23 players had 10 or more fights.

Rk Player Team
GP
PIM
Fighting Majors
T1 Brandon Prust Rangers
82
156
20
Shawn Thornton Bruins
81
154
20
3 Derek Dorsett Blue Jackets
77
235
19
T4 Zenon Konopka Senators
55
193
18
Jared Boll Blue Jackets
54
126
18
6 Cody McLeod Avalanche
75
164
17
T7 Zac Rinaldo Flyers
66
232
15
Matt Martin Islanders
80
121
15
Brad Staubitz Canadiens
62
121
15
10 Tim Jackman Flames
75
94
14
T11 Ryan Reaves Blues
60
124
13
Mike Rupp Rangers
60
97
13
T13 Stu Bickel Rangers
51
108
12
Krys Barch Panthers
51
114
12
T15 Matt Hendricks Capitals
78
95
11
Chris Thorburn Jets
72
83
11
George Parros Ducks
46
85
11
Jamal Mayers Blackhawks
81
91
11
T19 Chris Neil Senators
72
178
10
Wayne Simmonds Flyers
82
114
10
Kyle Clifford Kings
81
123
10
Gregory Campbell Bruins
78
80
10
Mike Brown Maple Leafs
50
74
10
T24 Ryane Clowe Sharks
76
97
9
Eric Boulton Devils
51
115
9
B.J. Crombeen Blues
40
71
9
Cam Janssen Devils
48
75
9
Jake Dowell Stars
52
53
9
T29 9 Players tied with 8 fighting majors
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.

 

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Players who have taken the most penalties: 2011-12 NHL Season

Here is the first installment of our look into penalties committed during the 2011-12 NHL season. This list contains the players who have taken the most penalties year.

Every day or 2 we’ll bring you the top list of penalties committed for each type of penalty. Next up will be fighting majors.


Rk Player Team Pos
GP
Pen
PIM
1 Derek Dorsett Blue Jackets RW
77
65
235
2 Zac Rinaldo Flyers C
66
55
232
3 Chris Neil Senators RW
72
53
178
4 P.K. Subban Canadiens D
81
51
119
5 Scott Hartnell Flyers LW
82
50
136
6 Steve Ott Stars C
74
49
156
7 Corey Perry Ducks RW
80
47
127
T8 Nick Foligno Senators LW
82
44
124
Steve Downie Avalanche RW
75
44
137
Zenon Konopka Senators C
55
44
193
T11 David Clarkson Devils RW
80
41
138
Milan Lucic Bruins LW
81
41
135
David Backes Blues C
82
41
101
T14 Brandon Prust Rangers RW
82
40
156
Shane O’Brien Avalanche D
76
40
105
Brenden Morrow Stars LW
57
40
97
T17 Cody McLeod Avalanche LW
75
39
164
Kyle Quincey Red Wings D
72
39
89
Shawn Thornton Bruins RW
81
39
154
T20 James Neal Penguins LW
80
38
87
Cal Clutterbuck Wild RW
74
38
103
Brandon Dubinsky Rangers LW
77
38
110
23 Alex Burrows Canucks RW
80
37
90
T24 Patrick Kaleta Sabres RW
63
36
116
Mark Stuart Jets D
80
36
98
Dion Phaneuf Maple Leafs D
82
36
92
Mark Giordano Flames D
61
36
75
T28 P.A. Parenteau Islanders RW
80
35
89
Bryan Allen Hurricanes D
82
35
76
Sheldon Souray Stars D
64
35
73
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.

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Weber fined … Helm out … Neil returns … Pens lines … Elliott skates … Leafs and goalies … Morrow’s future … Bitz has hearing

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Darren Helm had surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his right forearm and will be out from the remainder of the playoffs.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Leafs GM Brian Burke said he wouldn’t move his 1st round pick to bring a goalie like Jonathan Bernier or Anders Lindback. Zeisberger wonders if the Blues would give up one of Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak. Even if the Canucks wanted to trade Roberto Luongo, the Canucks “organization despises the Leafs.”
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Brenden Morrow’s future with the Stars is up in the air, and he has be hearing criticism from from fans.

    “I’m not going to lie, it’s really tough to hear,” said Morrow of speculation that the team might be better if it moved forward without him. “But at the same time, I saw it with franchise players, good friends. If it happened to Mike Modano, it can happen to anyone.

    “I don’t like it; I’m uncomfortable with it. I want us to win, I want us to be better, but I also understand this is a business and some of the things are out of my control. So what I can control is to get myself as healthy as I can and work as hard as I can and hope I perform as well as I can.

    “I’d love to be a part of the solution next year, and hopefully management agrees.”

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State of the Ottawa Senators: Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Travis Ramsay

Heading into the 2011-12  season the Senators were picked by many to finish dead last.  Last years trade deadline saw the team unload players for draft picks to start what looked like a long and arduous rebuilding process.  The Sens have turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the season. As I write out this article, Ottawa (31-22-8) sits securely in seventh place, only 2 points behind Boston in the race for the Northeast Division lead and 6 points ahead of both Toronto and Winnipeg, who are in 8th and 9th respectively.

The Senators have been able to find success due to resurgences from many members of their veteran core.  Chris Phillips is on pace to more than double his point total from last season and is a plus player again after finishing -35 last year.  Veterans Gonchar, Kuba, Neil, Foligno, Michalek and Alfredsson have all also matched or surpassed their point totals from last year at the 3/4 season mark this year.

In net Craig Anderson has stepped up his level of play from being just okay on a team that is still defensively immature to being stellar and making the big saves when his team makes mistakes in front of him.  Anderson has 2 shutouts in is last three starts and ranks amongst the league leaders in wins.

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