Posts Tagged Dany Heatley

Afternoon Hits: Roster Notes, Lines and Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Lightning’s Ben Bishop was on the ice this morning and will practice with teammates later this week if the series is extended.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin won’t play tonight. Nick Foligno and Dalton Prout are in.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Kyle Brodziak will be a healthy scratch. Chad Graff: Dany Heatley will be in the lineup. Stephane Veilleux will be a healthy scratch.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner-Johansen-Skille, Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Umberger-Anisimov-Foligno, MacKenzie-Letestu-Comeau.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawk lines: Bickell-Toews-Saad, Sharp-Handzus-Hossa, Versteeg-Shaw-Kane, Bollig-Kruger-Smith. Morin, Regin extra.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Megna-Vitale-Adams Pyatt rotated onto 4th line.
  • Chad Graff: Guessing Wild lines: Parise-Granlund-Pominville Moulson-Koivu-Coyle Cooke-Haula-Fontaine Heatley-McCormick-Niederreiter
  • Chad Graff: Darcy Kuemper will start in net for the Wild.
  • Eric Stphens: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.

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Morning Rumors: Subban, MacDonald, Bruins, Heatley, Fiddler, Niskanen, Bryzgalov, Prospal, Flyers and Markstrom

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Talks between the Canadiens and P.K. Subbanare expected to start in about three weeks.The Islanders will have decisions regarding Andy MacDonald. He’s a pending UFA and will get interest from teams. Expect him to remain with the Islanders while they are in playoff contention.Nine teams are spending into the long-term injury allowance and 10 have less than a $1 million in cap space.Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been looking around for a forward.

    Dany Heatley’s days in Minnesota could be numbered. Europe may be his only option when he becomes a UFA. GM Chuck Fletcher has had no luck in finding a team interested in his $7.5 million contract.

    The Stars have shopped Vernon Fiddler. The Maple Leafs looked at him, but decided they couldn’t fit his $1.8 million salary into their cap space.

    Penguins GM Ray Shero has been looking around the league to see what he could get for defenseman Matt Niskanen, who will be a UFA at the end of the season.

    Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards is on the hotseat.

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Ilya Bryzgalov will start for Oklahoma in the AHL.

    “I am leaving in the morning. I think it’s going to be one week to get myself in good shape to go to Edmonton. I must play a couple games. If I’m not playing any games, I wouldn’t know what things to work on. Only the games show that.”

  • Aaron Portzline: Despite interest from Vinny Prospal’s side, Portzline doesn’t see the Blue Jackets trying to sign him. Will wait to get healthy and let the younger kids play.
  • Ryan Bright: According to a report: “Holmgren is listening to offers on any Philadelphia player not named Claude Giroux or Steve Mason.”

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Morning Hits: Monahan, Street, Heatley, Gagne and Scouting Flames-Coyotes

  • Craig Custance: If the Flames keep Sean Monahan up, it will be strictly based on his development. They are not concerned about burning a year.
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames sent Ben Street to the AHL. Monahan’s decision will come today.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have settled their grievance with former winger Dany Heatley. The terms are confidential.
  • Louis Jean: Simon Gagne still wants to play and is not ready to retire. If he doesn’t sign with a team soon, he could take the rest of the year off.

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Morning Hits: Meszaros, Wild, Domi, Lindholm and Rielly

  • John Boruk: If Hal Gill makes the Flyers, it may open the door for an Andrej Meszaros trade once he is cleared to play.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild coach Mike Yoe: Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund will battle for the second line center spot. Matt Dumba will have a shot to make the team. Yoe said not to be surprised if you see Dany Heatley on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise at some point this season.
  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes 2013 first round pick Max Domi isn’t worried about making the team. He could get into some regular season games but could be returned junior before he plays 10 games.

    “We don’t see the first five, seven, nine games as trial games, throw-away games,” Maloney said.

  • Mike Morreale: If Hurricanes Elias Lindholm is healthy enough, coach Kirk Muller will try him at center and right wing.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly on where he fits in the depth chart: “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know what @capgeek is.”

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Trade Rumors: Letang, Bolland, BlackHawks, Panthers, Wild, Canucks, Oilers and Flyers

  • Josh Rimer: IF Toronto was going to trade for Kris Letang, it would take at least Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Blackhawks are said to be looking for a Jason Pominville like return for Dave Bolland.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on if a big name could be traded: “It’s always possible. Nothing imminent at this point.”
  • John Shannon: The Panthers have many teams calling about the No. 2 pick. Steve Goldstein: Panthers GM Tale Tallon said they are ready for anything, to trade up or down.
  • Katie Strang: Though it could be nothing at all, Rangers GM Glen Sather and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stepped out of the BOG meetings yesterday and had a conversation.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild have a lot of balls in play. They are not able to buy Dany Heatley out as he’s injured. They will need to shed some money. Defenseman Tom Gilbert is in play but there have been no takers. He’s a possible buyout candidate.
  • The Fourth Period: Aside from Roberto Luongo, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard and David Booth. Ballard could be bought out if they can’t find a trade partner.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players that are available for the right price: Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Not to mention the possibility of Kris Letang. The Oilers and Maple Leafs are eager to make trades. The Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings will be interested in Vincent Lecavalier and could offer up a 3-year deal in the $4.5 to $5 million range.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Once the Flyers officially sign Mark Streit to his 4-year, $21 million deal, they will have eight NHL defenseman on their roster. They have $27.675 million tied up in seven defenseman. The best case scenario could be that Andrej Meszaros is not healthy enough to play and could go on the LTIR. The Flyers would love to trade him but it would be hard given his injury history. They need to shed some salary along the blueline. Braydon Coburn will get interest and he has a modified no-trade clause. The Flames could have interest. Luke Schenn could be next line, but the sense is the Flyers don’t want to trade him. Seravalli thinks the Flyers should consider trading Nicklas Grossman.

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Avalanche to pass on Jones … Little chance of Letang in Colorado … Wild trade and buyout rumors

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:The Avalanche will pass on Seth Jones and draft one of the top three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Aleksander Barkov.

    “If we do pick first, we’re leaning more toward one of those three forwards,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post.

    “We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up,” Sakic said.

    The Avalanche could look to the free agent or trade market to address their defensive issues.

  • Adrian Dater: There is no chance of the Avalanche trading for defenseman Kris Letang if he’s after $7 million a year.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Trade talk around the league is picking up. Several teams will need to shed some salary. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher:

    “This is the tightest market the league’s ever seen. There’s just not a lot of money in the marketplace to spend, so it will be really interesting to see what happens this summer. The available dollars are a fraction of what they normally are. It’ll certainly have a big impact on what happens and more importantly what doesn’t happen.”

    When you throw in the fact that a number of players will be added to the free-agent crop by way of compliance and regular buyouts, Fletcher said, “There could be a pretty vicious game of musical chairs. Come July 15, it could be a scary environment to be a player. You can analyze it all you want, but that’s just common sense when you consider the reduction of overall dollars available.”

    The Wild can’t buy Dany Heatley out as he’s been deemed a “injured player.” It wouldn’t shock Russo if Cal Clutterbuck were traded this offseason and they’ve been actively looking to trade Zenon Konopka. If Tom Gilbert isn’t traded, he could be bought out by the Wild.

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Buyout Notes: starting time, Briere, Flyers, Richards and a top 10 list

  • Tim Panaccio: Buyouts can’t begin until 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends.
  • Steve Simmons: Simmons ran into Daniel Briere who told him that he expects to be bought out by the Flyers. He would like to stay. (Briere also said on TSN last night that he could be bought out)
  • Tim Panaccio: Panaccio thinks the Flyers will save the second buyout until next summer unless they decide they absolutely need it.
  • Dave Lozo: A Brad Richards buyout would cost the Rangers $24 million. If they buy him out next summer, it would cost $9 million in salary and $18 million in buyout. Keeping him one more year costs $3 million.
  • Benoit Rioux of (h/t to @AlexManno31) Rioux lists his top 10 potential buyouts. 1. Tomas Kaberle (MON) 2. Mike Komisarek (TOR) 3. Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) 4. Keith Ballard (VAN) 5. Brad Richards (NYR) 6. Daniel Briere (PHI) 7. Anton Volchenkov (NJ) 8. Rick DiPietro (NYI) 9. Dany Heatley (MIN) 10. Vincent Lecavalier (TB).

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Morning hits: Keenan, Selanne, Yeo, Backstrom, Blues goaltending, Islanders and the Flyers draft

  • Mike Keenan: Will coach Magnitogorsk of the KHL next season.
  • Craig Custance: Teemu Selanne after last night’s game: “I don’t really have to play but this has been so much fun. I just have to decide when it’s time.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on head coach Mike Yeo.

    “He’s our coach, he’s our coach,” Fletcher said by phone this morning.

    Yeo will return for his third year. The Wild will also have decisions on UFA Niklas Backstrom.

    “Like anybody pending unrestricted free agency, they’re going to have a vote in the matter too. We’ll sit down and talk with all of them and see whether they want to be here and what they’re looking to do and see what fits. That’s what the next two months will be about. We’ll obviously have to make some decision, but before, we have to break down our year and see where we need to put the money the most.”

    No decision has been made if they’d buyout Dany Heatley or anyone else.

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said their goaltending situation is “cloudy” with Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Multiple sources have said that Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock “had a heated disagreement outside the club’s locker room” in the morning before Game 4. Halak was late for a meeting, then vented about lack of ice during the season. Halak was unhappy about not getting into the last game of the season after returning from a groin injury. Halak’s unhappiness was noted by the organization as early as Game 1, as he wasn’t giving full effort during their morning skate. He has only one year left on his deal with a $4.5 million salary and $3.75 million cap hit. Brian Elliott has one year left with a $1.9 million salary and $1.8 million salary cap hit. Jake Allen will be a RFA after this season.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Both Travis Hamonic and Josh Bailey (RFAs) are almost certain to return, but UFAs Mark Streit and Evgeni Nabokov and are not as certain. Streit is looking for a three year deal worth around $16 million. UFA Brad Boyes could be back, but only if he’s looking for a reasonable number.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: On what the Flyers could do come draft day. The Flyers could use a cornerstone defenseman. Many mocks have them targeting a tough Dman, either Rasmus Ristolainen or Darnell Nurse. With the 11th pick, GM Paul Holmgren is “confident” they’ll get a good player.

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Injury Notes: Lupul, Helm, MacDermid, Kovalchuk, Higgins, Heatley, Karlsson and Canadiens

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • David Alter: Leafs Joffrey Lupul had off-ice workouts yesterday and is still day-to-day. He won’t play in New York.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Darren Helm won’t play again this season.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Lane MacDermid is out another week with a “chest bruise.”
  • Rich Chere: Ilya Kovalchuk said it’s going to take a few more days.
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks winger Chris Higgins‘ lower-body injury is believed to be a sprained a knee.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Senators Erik Karlsson should be able to return to the Senators lineup in 3 to 4 weeks if all rehab goes well.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Davis Drewiske will replace Alexei Emelin along side Andrei Markov. Josh Gorges and P.K. Subban will remain together. Francis Bouillon will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu. Rene Bourque is ready to return after missing 21 games with a concussion.

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Garrioch’s roundup … Hejduk could retire … No calls for Komisarek … Flyers fans shouldn’t expect Weber

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Four GMs that could be on the hotseat: Greg Sherman (COL), George McPhee (WAS), Jay Feaster (CAL) and Dale Tallon (FLA).Marian Gaborikturned down a $79 million from the Wild in 2009, thinking that he could get $100 million. He ended up signing a 5 year, $35 million deal the with Rangers. The Blue Jackets were the only team interested in his $7.5 million contract for next season.

    Sources say the Blue Jackets offered one of their three first round picks to the Stars for Jaromir Jagr. The Red Wings were also interested in Jagr at the deadline.

    A decision on the Phoenix Coyotes is imminent. “In Canada, the fans have been very forgiving,” said a league executive. “There are 20 owners in the United States who are sick of writing cheques for $1 million to prop this thing up.” Garrioch thinks that moving them to Quebec City and keeping the Blue Jackets in the West makes the most sense until they have expansion.

    The Sharks thought about trading defenseman Dan Boyle but they went on a 5 game winning streak. The Flyers, Rangers and Red Wings were interested. They could look to move him in the summer.

    Ryane Clowe gave up on his sign-and-trade thoughts when he found out that nobody would give him an 8 year deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

    The Devils and Sabres had interest in Jets Alex Burmistrov.

    It wouldn’t surprise some people if the Wild bought out Dany Heatley and his $7.5 million salary in the summer.

    Expect the Flyers to be looking for a new coach at the end of their season.

  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche winger Milan Hejduk remains out with a shoulder injury and he could retire after the season. “Hejduk, 37, has hinted this season will be it for him. He could change his mind, and here’s hoping he might. But I doubt it. Age is the great equalizer, and Hejduk has suffered his share of injuries in recent years. Along with the shoulder, he has had serious knee injuries and a troublesome back.”
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis called both James Reimer and Ben Scrivens five minutes after the trade deadline to let them know that neither was offered in a trade. The Canucks did ask for Scrivens in their offer, but the Leafs wouldn’t do unless they included a “significant portion” of Roberto Luongo’s salary. The Flames had agreed to take a 2nd round pick from the Maple Leafs for Miikka Kiprusoff. The Leafs didn’t get one call on Mike Komisarek.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Isaac notes that Flyers fans shouldn’t expect to see Shea Weber in a Flyers uniform anytime soon. After all of Weber’s signing bonuses, the Predators will pay him $27 million before next season and $41 million before the 2014-15 season starts, 37% of his contract. Weber also has a no-trade clause.

    “That’s a financial unlikelihood for Nashville looking to move him, especially to Philadelphia,” said Stu Grimson, a former NHL tough guy who now is a radio commentator for the Preds.

    The Flyers will have to look elsewhere. Coyotes Keith Yandle? Could they outbid the Islanders for Mark Streit if he doesn’t sign before free agency starts? Do they look at Senators Sergei Gonchar or Ron Hainsey?

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