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Tyler Myers Suspended For Three Games For Hit on Dainius Zubrus

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is suspended for three games for an illegal check to the head of Devils forward Dainius Zubrus.

There no injury on the play, and Myers has been suspended once before.

Do you agree the three games?

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Morning Hits: Myers Gets Hearing, Brule, Palushaj and Lander

  • Tom Gulitti: Sabres Tyler Myers will have a hearing today for his hit to the head on Devils Dainius Zubrus.
  • Darren Dreger: Coyotes Gilbert Brule will have his contract terminated after clearing unconditional waivers.
  • Jim Matheson: The Oilers send Anton Lander back to the AHL. Matheson thinks they should look to trade him.

Do you think Myers SHOULD be suspended? Do you think Myers WILL be suspended?

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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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Free Agent Notes: Filppula, Devils, Raffl and Belov

  • Joe Yerdon: If Red Wings Valtteri Filppula doesn’t re-sign, Yerdon keeps thinking the Flames.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils have begun contract talks with Patrick Elias, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus.

    “We’re talking to all of them and we’ll try and expedite that as best as possibly can,” Lamoriello said.

    Lamoriello has also started talking to defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Peter Harrold. He hopes to have them all locked up by the start of free agency on July 5th.

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: From CSN Philly reports, the Flyers and Predators are after free agent Austrian winger Michael Raffl. Raffl played in the World Championship for Austria and with Leksands IF in the Swedish second division.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: SovSport is reporting that KHL Avangard defeseman Anton Belov is hoping to join the Penguins this offseason. His agent would not confirm that he’s signing with the Penguins, said a deal “with an NHL team” is close.

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Free Agent Notes: Capitals – Ribeiro, Devils – Elias, Clarkson and Zubrus, Leafs – Bozak

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Renaud Lavoie: Capitals Mike Ribeiro doesn’t expect to sign a contract extension before the end of the season. He does expect talks to start up again after the playoffs.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Lou Lamoriello and the Devils are following the same path as they did with Zach Parise last season, by not talking to key free agents and risking losing them like they did with Parise. The Devils haven’t talked with Patrick EliasDavid Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. Lamoriello has an unwritten policy to not talk to players or agents about a contract extension while the season is in progress. He did make an exception for Martin Brodeur.

    “Who wouldn’t want to talk about it during the season?” Elias asked. “Then you would see they have interest. And, if you like the offer, why wouldn’t you sign? But that never came up here.

    “If it had happened it would’ve been great, but it didn’t happen. It’s getting kind of late now.”

    Elias hinted that he could test the open market.

    “It comes pretty quickly right after the season,” Elias said about the start of free agency.

    Clarkson may see what the market offers. The Maple Leafs may be interested.

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Tyler Bozak holds value for the Maple Leafs, but at what price will cost them to retain the UFA.

    “I’m not really looking into that stuff right now,” said Bozak, in conversation with TSN.ca on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s more just focusing on the year at hand and trying to do our best to get as far as we can [as a team]. When the season ends and that time comes, I’ll deal with it then. I’ve just got to try and set myself up good, keep playing well, and then the rest should work out fine.”

    The Leafs won’t overpay him, but realize what he can and can’t bring. It won’t be at your typical No. 1 center price, but maybe something in the David Desharnais range, $3.5 million per season. The Leafs have about $20 million in cap space for next season, but have to sign RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Carl Gunnarsson and UFAs Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. If Bozak is looking to cash in, he may end up playing elsewhere next season.

    “They show confidence in me [and] I’d love to play as big a role as I can. I want to be out there as much as I can be out there, play big minutes, power play, penalty kill and all that stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that still.”

    Other center UFA options that could be available this summers include: Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Andy McDonald.

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Injury notes: Karlsson, Kesler, Hiller, Zubrus, Duchene, Jovanovski, Malhotra, Franzen, Schultz and Gleason

  • Eric Stephen via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller has missed the last 2 games with a lower-body but could return this weekend. He could be on the bench tonight or on Saturday.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils winger Dainius Zubrus had surgery on his left wrist and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene has been playing through a charley horse on his hip. Duchene has a history of this type of nagging issue and knows it comes and goes.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Canucks Manny Malhotra has been shut down for the rest of the season. He’s not formally prepared to retire. McKenzie thinks that Malhotra could act as an unofficial assistant coach with players in Vancouver and Chicago (AHL). Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks put Malhotra on the IR and is done for the year.
  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Oilers Justin Schultz was injured in some capacity, but still practiced for a bit. Oilers coaches decided to shut him down for the rest of practice.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason has a lower-body injury. Coach Kirk Muller said that Joni Pitkanen might be for Montreal next week.

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Karlsson has lacerated Achilles, video breakdown of the incident … Zubrus needs surgery … Realignment tweaked

  • Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Erik Karlsson suffered a laceration to his left Achilles that will require surgery. He’ll be out indefinitely. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: League executives say that Karlsson could be recovering for 4 to 6 months depending on the extent of the injury. John Shannon via twitter: Karlsson will fly to Ottawa to be re-evaluated by Senators doctors before having surgery.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: The Devils will be without Dainius Zubrus for 2-8 weeks due exploratory surgery on his wrist.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Bill Daly said that the NHL has tweaked the realignment plan that was approved by the board last season. It does have the same four-conference structure. John Shannon via twitter: Realignment timeline is accelerating, with resolution expected before the end of the month.
  • Adam Gretz via twitter: There were 2 Blackhawks scouts at the Penguins-Senators game. Wild and Ducks were other Western Conference teams that had scouts there.
  • NHL Network’s Mark Roe and Kevin Weekes break down Karlsson’s injury. Do you think there was intent by Cooke?

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Quick Hits: waivers, Pitkanen, Frattin, Lecavalier, Zubrus, Rakell, Isles and Pens lines, Allen and Theodore

  • Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and ”We do have to be careful because we rely very heavily on him. He plays a lot of minutes & he’s a very important player for us.”
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning Vincent Lecavalier (left ankle) is not skating today. There haven’t been any setbacks, just a “body maintenance” day.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders lines: Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo, Grabner-Aucoin-McDonald, Martin-Cizikas-Ullstrom/Boulton.

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Injury notes: Halak, Byfuglien, Bogosian, Letang, Leighton, Zubrus, Hunwick and Kesler

  • Ed Tait via twitter: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been out the last 5 games with a lower-body injury, but said yesterday that he is ready to get back into the lineup. Defenseman Zach Bogosian is also close to returning.

    “We want to make sure we give him an opportunity to succeed, that’s the first thing,” said Noel of Bogosian. “It’ll be a day-to-day decision with him. I know what you’re going to ask me: ‘Will he be in the game Tuesday?’ I can’t answer that question today. I don’t know if it’s enough time yet and I’d have to check with the medical people to see how he responds tomorrow to practice and go from there.

    “I think his conditioning level is pretty good, that’s not going to be the issue. It’s more of the risk and how sore it is and how flexible (his wrist) is.”

  • Shelly Anderson via twitter: The Penguins have put defenseman Kris Letang on the IR retroactive to the Islanders game to make room for Joe Morrow.
  • Adam Kimelman via twitter: The Flyers have put goalie Michael Leighton on the IR with an upper-body injury and recalled Brian Boucher.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils Lou Lamoriello on Dainius Zubrus’ injury: ”Upper body. Nothing yet on him until he is re-evaluated.”
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche Matt Hunwick (torso) didn’t practice yesterday and won’t play tonight. Barrie is back in.
  • Farhan Lalji via twitter: Canucks Ryan Kesler said he ”can see the light at the end of the tunnel” and that his return to the lineup is ”just around the corner.”

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Penguins signings likely done … Moves coming in NJ … Maple Leafs notes … Panthers offered Vokoun a 4 year deal

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins have about $2.1 million in cap space, but it’s unlikely they will make any more signings. They want to be around $1.5 million under the cap during the season to give them the room to bring someone in at a later date. The Pens may be tempted to put Malkin and Staal on the same line again this year. “I don’t think you can say ‘Malkin as a winger failed’ because Malkin as a winger never was tried with Crosby and Staal in the lineup,” Bylsma said.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello,

    “We’ll be doing some subtraction. There will not be a salary cap problem here,” Lamoriello told The Post yesterday. “There will be different transactions taking place over a short period of time.”

    Players that could be affected are Bryce Salvador ($2.9 million cap hit), Brian Rolston ($5.1 million) and Dainius Zubrus ($3.4 million).

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs have brought in Tim Connolly, John-Michael Liles, Cody Franson, Matthew Lombardi, and added 2 new coaches in the past couple weeks. Mike Komisarek’s role will be greatly reduced. JS Giguere wanted to stay but was told no. There wasn’t much attempt to keep Christian Hanson and Tim Brent.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Clarke MacArthur has been monitoring the free agent signings, looking for comparables for his arbitration case later this summer. MacArthur could be getting a nice deal if they get to arbitration. You have to wonder if the Leafs would walk away if it was too much.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Panthers last offer to Tomas Vokoun was reportedly 4 years and $10 million. (He signed a 1 year deal with the Capitals for $1.5 million)
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie thinks the Coyotes will gauge Keith Yandle’s trade value and consider if they should re-sign or trade.

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Plenty of teams want to deal as NHL draft approaches … Doughty gets “major” offer … Bryzgalov deal could be done by Wednesday

Update 9:49 am: Brian Compton via twitter: Niklas Lidstrom has agreed to a 1 year contract with the Red Wings,

Update 9:25 am: Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Red Wings have called an 11:00 am media conference call with Nicklas Lidstrom and Ken Holland.

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Russo lists some trade scuttlebutt. Colorado: Would trade the 11th overall, looking for a goaltender, maybe Jonathan Bernier or Cory Schneider. The Avs want to keep the 2nd overall pick. Columbus: Could trade the 8th overall pick for an impact center or puck moving defenseman. Have talked with Philadelphia and Edmonton. Detroit: Could be offering up Jiri Hudler and/or Valtteri Filppula for a puck moving defenseman. Edmonton: Would like to get another pick in the top 10. Possible players they are shopping are Ales Hemsky, Tom Gilbert, Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano. New Jersey: Looking for a puck moving defenseman, rumored to have talked to Wild about Brent Burns. Wouldn’t mind moving the big contract of Brian Rolston and Dainius Zubrus. Philadelphia: Need to trade at least $5 million to be able to sign Ilya Bryzgalov, would like to get a top 10 pick in the draft. Matt Carle, Scott Hartnell and Kris Versteeg are available. Phoenix: Looking for a young goalie. Tampa Bay: Shopping Ryan Malone.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has said anyone is available except Mikko Koivu. Brent Burns might be being offered up for an impact forward. Fletcher has had preliminary talks with Burns’ agent. Burns will be a free agent after next year.

    “Whether we make anything happen on the trade front, whether we add players or move up or down in the first round, you never know,” Fletcher said. “But I can guarantee you, whatever we do or don’t do, there will be an awful lot of conversations about an awful lot of things that may or may not make sense to us or the team we’re speaking with.

    “Ninety percent of things discussed around the draft don’t happen, but there will be a lot of activity and we’ll be busy. What that means at end of day, we’ll find out.”

    It’s likely the Wild will keep the 10th overall pick outright unless a “special scenario” presents itself. Niklas Backstrom, Martin Havlat, Marek Zidlicky and Matt Cullen have no-trade clauses. Teams might be interested in Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Nick Schultz and Greg Zanon. Cal Clutterbuck and AHL dman Marco Scandella may draw some interest, but the Wild may want to keep them. They’ve been trying to trade Cam Barker, but might end up buying him out. The Wild may be interested in moving up in the draft, but more likely, trading down to acquire another 1st or 2nd round pick.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Ilya Bryzgalov said the ball is in the Flyers court now. “Tuesday or Wednesday everything will be [done]. We are waiting for [Philadelphia].” Though a deal could be completed soon, they won’t be able to announce it until cap room is cleared.
  • James Murphy via twitter: Tomas Kaberle would prefer to re-sign with the Bruins, and will be meeting with his agent and Peter Chiarelli in the next few days.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: The Kings may be looking to get back into the 1st round, but only if the deal makes sense. The Kings have made a “major” offer to Drew Doughty. Kings GM Dean Lombardi has made 2 trips in 4 weeks to Doughty’s agent (Don Meehan) office in Toronto. Lombardi would like to get a contract done before the draft, and isn’t overly concerned about an offer sheet. The Kings are still looking for a top-level forward through trade or free agency.
  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Lightning may be looking to trade up from 27th overall at this Friday’s draft. Head scout Al Murray, “There are eight to 10 players who are sort of the consensus top guys. … That next group of probably 40 players is all over the place, depending on individual team needs and individual preferences.” Talks involving a new contract for Sean Bergenheim may not be going great, and he could become a free agent on July 1st. His agent Todd Diamond on if a deal could get done before July 1st, “It’s not going to be easy, but stranger things can happen.” Steve Yzerman wants to get a deal done with Steven Stamkos by July 1st so no team could set the parameters on a new deal.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Tomas Vokoun’s agent, Michael C. Deutsch, “At this point it looks like he’ll hit the open market on July 1,” and “He’s keeping all his options open, including going back to Florida.” Panthers GM Dale Tallon didn’t rule out trying to re-sign Vokoun,

    “We’ll see. It depends what happens between now and July 1. We’re not done yet,” Tallon told ESPN.com on Saturday. “There’s still lots of time. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen.”

    It was reported a few days ago that Vokoun told a Czech newspaper that he might be interested in going to Colorado. His agent said those weren’t Vokoun’s quotes.

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he’s spoken with Oilers GM Steve Tambellini about the 1st overall pick, but doubts the Oilers will move it. “I can imagine who they’d want from us,” Murray said, “our little right-shot defenceman I would think.” He was referring to Erik Karlsson, Murray said he’s not doing that.

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Sharks targeting defenseman, could they ask about Vokoun? Markov hopes to stay in Montreal … Panthers have plenty that might draw some interest

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The San Jose Sharks continue to look for defenseman, and they might be interested in Chris Phillips. They could also be interested in Francois Beauchemin and Tomas Kaberle. Though Florida is in contract extension talks with Tomas Vokoun, the Sharks might come calling. Brad Richards isn’t going anywhere for now. Players being shopped by the NJ Devils include Jason Arnott, Dainius Zubrus, and Colin White. If the Devils can’t get a deal done with RFA Zach Parise, he could get an offer sheet by someone after July 1st. The Capitals may be interested in Arnott. The Blue Jackets may still be interested in Sheldon Souray. Kevin Bieksa likely won’t be moved by the Canucks, but they could look to move Mikael Samuelsson and his $2.5 million salary.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Andrei Markov hopes that he’s able to re-sign with the Canadiens. Markov is in the final year of 4 year, $23 million deal. There haven’t been any talks yet but Markov’s agent, Don Meehan, isn’t concerned.
  • Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel: The Florida Panthers have some pieces that may intrigue other teams. Tomas Vokoun in net, tough guy Darcy Hordichuk, defenseman Bryan McCabe, and forwards Marty Reasoner, Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak, and Chris Higgins. If anyone wants Rostislav Olesz, he could be had ($11 million for 3 more years).
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Kyle Wellwood could be practicing with the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Confirmation of his KHL buyout should be received soon, and he would be put on waivers shortly after. If he clears, and everything goes as planned, he could be in the lineup on Tuesday. Carlo Colaiacovo took a puck in the face, but isn’t expected to miss much time.

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