Posts Tagged Dan Cleary

NHL News: Wings, Penguins, Lightning, Coyotes, Ducks and Sens

  • Cap Geek: Red Wings Dan Cleary will get a $1 million bonus for 10 games played.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: The Penguins have signed 2014 1st round pick Kasperi Kapanen.
  • Missy Zielinski: The Lightning re-sign Philippe Paradis to a one-year contract.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes sign David Moss to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 according to source.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks sign Louis Leblanc to a one-year contract worth $550,000.
  • Igor Eronko: Senators RFA Stephane Da Costa signed a one-year deal with CSKA of the KHL.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Subban, Devils, Gionta, Callahan, Vanek and Alfredsson

  • Andy Strickland: P.K. Subban is looking for a bigger contract than the Blues gave Alex Pietrangelo, seven years and $45.5 million.
  • Jason Gregor: If P.K. Subban was only asking for $6.5 million, the Canadiens would have already signed him. Source said a couple weeks ago that Subban’s camp asked for over $8 million a season.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Bryce Salvador is “100 percent” recovered from his labrum team in his right hip. On Ryane Clowe who suffered another concussion at the end of March, “fine with the knowledge we know.” Lamoriello said he’d like to re-sign Mark Fayne, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.Brian Gionta’s agent, Steve Bartlett:

    “We’re just kind of in discussions and the next probably few days will be critical to see (what happens),” Bartlett said. “We just kind of got serious about it in the last day or two, so we’ll kind of see what kind of progress we make on that one and whether he becomes a July 1 guy.”

    Bartlett on talks with the Lightning regarding Ryan Callahan:

    “Whether or not it gets done, it’s really hard to say for me,” Bartlett said. “I think that one could tip either way.”

    Bartlett on pending UFA Thomas Vanek:

    “He went through three teams in order to stick to that position and I don’t think that’s changing,” Bartlett said. “I think he’s been pretty firm on that for the last year and is going to stick by that. Nothing is going to change between now and July 1on on him, I don’t think.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Red Wings want to bring back Daniel Alredsson if he wants to play next year. They are interested in re-signing both Jonas Gustavsson and Dan Cleary.

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NHL Rumors II: Flyers, Coyotes, Wings, Blue Jackets, Avalanche and Whitney

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Flyers could buyout Vincent Lecavalier. He has four years left on his five year, $22.5 million deal. He played under nine minutes in their Game 7 match-up with the Rangers. The Flyers used their compliance buyouts on Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere last year.

    The Coyotes tried to trade for Ales Hemsky at the trade deadline and could look at him when free agency starts. They wouldn’t mind him on a line with Radim Vrbata and Mike Ribeiro.

    The Red Wings won’t buyout Johan Franzen. He has a salary cap hit of $3.9 million for the next six years. They would consider trading him for a top four defenseman. They need a right handed defenseman.

    Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger is available, but he has three years at a $4.6 million salary cap hit. They could eat some of his salary in a deal or use a compliance buyout on him.

    The Red Wings won’t be bringing David Legwand, Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi back next season.

  • Jim Mathson of the Edmonton Journal: This may have been Stars Ray Whitney’s final season in the NHL. He’ll be 42 years old tomorrow and didn’t see a lot of five on five time this year. He wasn’t happy in Dallas. He knows there won’t be a lot of teams interested. The Coyotes could show some interest.

    “Phoenix could be the easiest solution, but I don’t know what their plans are. My daughter’s in Grade 7 now and it’s time to get her settled, get the family all set. Moving around is all done for them.”

    If Whitney doesn’t get any playing offers, he would consider taking a management position.

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Chambers notes on some pending unrestricted free agent defensemen that the Avalanche could be interested in: Matt Niskanen (PIT), Brooks Orpik (PIT), Andrej Meszaros (BOS), Raphael Diaz (NYR), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Paul Ranger (TOR), Kyle Quincey (DET), Anton Stralman (NYR), Matt Green (LA), Dan Boyle (SJ), Andrei Markov (MON) and Sami Salo (TB).

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Afternoon Hits: Clifford trade talk, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Rob Blake

  • Dennis Bernstain: League source saying the Kings are actively shopping Kyle Clifford. Contracts talks between the Kings and Clifford are far apart. Trade talk have started but nothing is imminent. They would likely only get a prospect/pick back for Clifford at most. The trade calls made by Kings could be in effort to bring down contract demands. League source saying that Clifford will be shipped out by the end of the month and the Canadiens are not in the mix, “No chance to MTL”
  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Since the Oilers were interested in Cal Clutterbuck before he was dealt to the Islanders, it wouldn’t be surprising if they would have interest in Clifford.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to move out a couple players and may be sign a free agent, but it doesn’t look like that would happen any time soon.

    “We’re comfortable where we’re at right now,” Holland said Monday, after signing defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year, $2.52 million contract. “Before we do anything we’d have to move somebody. It’s pretty quiet in the industry right now. Everybody probably is into a bit of a summer mode.”

    Once the Red Wings re-sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, they will have 25 roster players. They are over the salary cap limit, but part of Daniel Alfredsson’s bonuses could be applied to 2014-15 cap number if need be.

    “We’d like to do a move or two, but I’m not sure we can,” Holland said. “If we can’t make a move I’m OK with our team and we’ll go to camp. If we can make a move and free up some money then certainly re-signing Dan Cleary is a possibility. But, unless we move somebody, we aren’t signing anybody.”

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Elias Lindholm could start the season with the team. Would be shocked if he doesn’t. Added Lindholm’s preference is to play center, but can play all forward positions. Could start on a line with Jeff Skinner.

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Sunday morning notes: Canadiens, Sharks, Leafs, Kings, Wild, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues and Blackhawks

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Whoever is the GM of the Canadiens this summer will be in charge of re-signing RFA goalie Carey Price. He could be getting a deal in the $5.5 million to $6 million range. Senators Erik Karlsson is also a RFA and could get a deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Predators Shea Weber is also a RFA this year. Pierre McGuire is a name to keep an eye on as candidate for the Canadiens GM job if it opens up. Garrioch wonders if the Sharks would trade one of Joe Thornton of Patrick Marleau if they miss the playoffs. Many wonder if Leafs Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel will thrive under new coach Randy Carlyle. Some people think Zach Parise could land in LA on July 1st, but with Lombardi possibly panicing and making the Carter for Johnson deal, it may have lessened their chances. The Wild have emerged as the favorites. Garrioch wonders if the Leafs would take a shot at Roberto Luongo this summer. Apparently if Scott Howson is still the GM of the Blue Jackets, he plans on drafting Filip Forsberg with the #1 pick ahead of Nail Yakupov.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: One league executive on the Blue Jackets if they win the draft lottery,

    “They can’t pick a Russian so they can’t use the pick,” … “They’ll have to trade it.”

    Along with trading Rick Nash, their options are:

    1) They could keep the pick and not choose Yakupov, which would be counter-productive; 2) They could flip picks with another team, trading the first choice for another early choice, and getting an asset as well; 3) They could trade the pick to the highest bidder and begin rebuilding their team.

    If Ducks college prospect Justin Schultz becomes a free agent, they Leafs will likely chase him again. They were interested in him when talking with the Ducks about Francois Beauchemin.

  • Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a bad back. Dan Cleary has also been dealing with pain in his knee since Dec. 1st, and will need to have surgery again at some point. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s wrist is healing quick, but he’s still scheduled to return late this month. Joey MacDonald will have an MRI on his back when he gets back to Detroit.
  • Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock hass told Jason Arnott to take a week off.

    “When I watched him play (last week), I saw a guy who was protecting himself on the ice and to me he was going out of the way to get out of the way,” Hitchcock said Saturday. “I felt like there was going to be a further injury. I could see how banged up he was. … We needed to get a better player on the ice.”

    Hitchcock isn’t sure if Andy McDonald will join the team on their road trip.

  • Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Wild Mikko Koivu has been practicing the last couple days and is close to returning. “He is getting very close,” Yeo said. “But again, after talking with the doctors, we all felt it was best to hold him off for a couple more games.”
  • Tracey Myers of CSNChicago: Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews hasn’t skated in 4 days. Coach Joel Quenneville,

    “The process, I’m sure in his mind, is not a fun thing to be dealing with. You want to be optimistic; there was that stretch there where he was getting close. There’s hope, and that’re we’re at.s whe”

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Afternoon notes on: Parise, Red Wings injuries, Hall, Vokoun, Markov, Rask, Hedman, Pens top PP unit, and Leafs lines

  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s ultrasound showed no real damage, and he’s hoping for Friday. Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, Jakub Kindle, Nicklas Lidstrom and Jimmy Howard are not skating today. Brian Hedger via twitter: Out for Wings tomorrow: “Howard, Kindl, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Datsyuk, Eaves and likely Lidstrom; Cleary, Quincey, Hank also hurting.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Taylor Hall injured his left shoulder again and didn’t practice yesterday. Coach Tom Renney won’t rule Hall out for tonight.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Tomas Vokoun aggravated a lower-body injury he suffered 10 days ago. Feeling better today.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: One pro scout on Dany Heatley: “That’s a long way from those 50-goal seasons. I don’t know if the game’s too fast for him now or he’s become a comfortable player.”
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabovski-Frattin, Armstrong-Steckel-Kulemin, Brown-Lombardi-Crabb-Rosehill-Connolly.

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Injury notes on Green, Howard, Backstrom, Peverley … Stars lines and starting goalies

  • Tarik El-Bashir via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said that defenseman Mike Green will travel with the team and could play this weekend.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Jimmy Howard will start on Sunday against the Sharks. Danny Cleary had fluid drained from his knee on Tuesday and is on track to return this week or next.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom is doing off ice work, but not ready for skating yet. His return is uncertain.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Ott-Benn-Vincour. Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder.Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak. Dowell-Wandell-Burish. Kari Lehtonen will start in net.

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Komisarek in trouble with LAPD … Will Senators fire Clouston, claim Nabokov? Hawks-Seabrook talking contract not trade

  • Kukla’s Korner providing link to TMZ story: TMZ as learned that Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek “allegedly punched a woman in the face at an L.A. nightclub earlier this month.”

    Law enforcement sources tell us … the 28-year-old defensive powerhouse was named in a police report filed by a woman who claims the whole thing went down after Komisarek decided to lift her up in the air at a Hollywood nightclub.

    We’re told the woman claims she demanded Komisarek put her down — but he refused — so she slapped him in the face.

    The woman claims Komisarek immediately set her down … and then punched her in the face, causing her to bleed.

    The woman claims Komisarek left the club … so she went to the cops.

  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings welcomed 3 injured players back to practice yesterday, Danny Cleary, Mike Modano and Pavel Datsyuk. Cleary and Datsyuk are expected to be back in the Wings lineup on Feb. 2. Modano is expected to be out until March. The Wings recalled goalie Jordan Pearce and sent down Joey MacDonald.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: After a 7-1 loss, the end may be here for Senators coach Cory Clouston. There is one game left before the all-star break, so the timing could be perfect. The players know something could be happening soon. Garrioch thinks the Sens could put a claim on Evgeni Nabokov to help their “woeful goaltending situation.” Elliott Friedman in a series of tweets said he’d claim Nabokov if he were the Sens. Scott Morrison thinks there could be several teams interested in make a claim. Pierre LeBrun has also heard that several teams could be interested. LeBrun added that if a team claimed him, they could not turn around and trade him, he would have to go through waivers before he could be traded. Ansar Khan of MLive: Teams that could put a claim on Nabokov could be Senators, Islanders (shot down yesterday), Sharks, or possibly teams looking for a backup Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Blues, Flames and Hurricanes.(If I’m the Senators, I don’t make a claim. Their season is basically lost and they don’t have a shot to the playoffs. They’ll get a high draft pick in the #3-7 range, why try to improve to the #7-12 range. Though there is not guarantee he could help them out that much. Time to clear house and rebuild.)
  • Craig Custance of the Sporting News: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman shoots down the rumors that they might trade soon to be RFA Brent Seabrook. “There’s no truth to that at all. He’s been dynamite for us here,” Bowman told Sporting News. “We’re trying to re-sign him.” Talks are talking  place, “I wouldn’t say we’re close to closing it but we’re talking more frequently. We’re working through it,” Bowman said. “It’s good dialogue. He wants to be here, we want him here. We have to try and make it work.”
  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: The Flyers continue to move along without saying who there number one goalie is. Sergei Bobrovsky has played 30 games and Brian Boucher has played 19 games, but Boucher has played more in the past month or so. The Flyers will at some point have to name a #1, “We’re a long way from the playoffs and still trying to sort things out,” said goalie coach Jeff Reese. “As cliché as it sounds, we are going one game at a time.” Boucher is expected to start tonight and Bobrovsky could go tomorrow.

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Kane replaces Hossa on IR … Burke owes Wilson a trade? Spezza hurts arm … Cleary fractures foot

  • The Globe and Mail: Marian Hossa was activated from IR yesterday and Patrick Kane was placed on IR. Kane has been out since Dec. 5th with an ankle injury. Hannu Toivonen was recalled by the team.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Jason Spezza left last night’s game in the 2nd period holding his arm after being hit by Kris Letang. A better update will be come today.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Detroit Red Wings have lost Daniel Cleary for at least a month after his ankle was fracture after being hit by a Brad Stuart shot. Cleary leads the Wings with 16 goals. The Wings are also without Pavel Datsyuk, recalled Jan Mursak.
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Marian Gaborik will be back in the lineup for the Rangers tonight, and the Rangers also recalled Mats Zuccarello. Gaborik practiced with Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan. Michael Del Zotto will likely be out as he recovers from the flu.
  • Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: The NHL holiday roster freeze ends Monday, and Brian Burke continues to look for a trade to shake up his roster. “It’s believed by team sources that Burke “owes” Wilson at least a trade to shake up the underachieving roster up and give the coach an improved opportunity to rescue the team’s badly fading playoff hopes.”
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Teams are following the NJ Devils closely, and many are interested in Jamie Langenbrunner and his no-trade clause. The Sharks, Red Wings, and Stars (as well as most other top teams) could be interested. If Rolston is put on re-entry waivers he’s likely to get picked up. Jason Arnott is pondering if he’d waive his no-trade clause if asked.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Teams are calling the Atlanta Thrashers about Niclas Bergfors (Maple Leafs likely one of the teams) but GM Dudley doesn’t want to give him away for nothing.
  • TSN: Peter Forsberg’s attempted comeback is now over (it’s Christmas not Ground Hog day right?). Markus Naslund, MODO’s GM said “I’ve had a talk with him today and he simply says that it does not feel good enough for him to build on this.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Avalanche are not “moving full steam” to re-sign Craig Anderson. Anderson was excellent last season, but he’s battled injuries and has only been average. LA Kings prospect Brayden Schenn will likely be traded by Portland (WHL) to either Saskatoon or Portland. Sheldon Souray has 1 goal on 50 shots in 15 games.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators and Chris Phillips haven’t discussed a new contract for the upcoming UFA. Preliminary discussions took part at the beginning of the season, but not much since then.

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Ailing Penguins … Gagne nursing new injury … Ducks-Flyers make small trade

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby left practice early yesterday with an injury, same went for Chris Kunitz. Evgeni Malkin didn’t practice. “They are all dealing with some aches, pains and soreness,” Penguins coach Dan Byslma said, but they all should take the morning skate today. Though no one would say what was bothering Crosby, he been bothered by hip and groin soreness throughout the season.
  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Tampa Bay Lightning are still unsure when Simon Gagne will return to the lineup. He’s been out 14 games with a neck strain, but is being bothered now by “forehead or sinus pressure.” The Lightning put defenseman Matt Smaby on IR, and Randy Jones is playing with an injured foot.
  • Eric Stephens of OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks put Josh Green on waivers yesterday and recalled Dan Sexton and Brandon McMillan. If Green clears waivers he’ll be sent to Syracuse of AHL.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Philadelphia Flyers traded Pat Maroon and David Laliberte to the Anaheim Ducks for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson. Syvret had been with the Flyers organization before he signed in Anaheim. Pat Maroon was sent home from the Flyers AHL team a couple weeks ago for “behavioral issues.”

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