Posts Tagged Dany Heatley

Lines and Starting goalies: Wild, Bruins, Oilers, Stars, Senators, Capitals and Blue Jackets

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild rookie, Charlie Coyle found himself practicing on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Dany Heatley was moved to the second line of Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Devin Setoguchi and Mikael Granlund were rotating spots on the 3rd line with Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck. Granlund likely the odd man out. Torrey Mitchell is back with Zenon Konopka and newly acquired Mike Rupp.
  • John Lu via twitter: Bruins lines: Campbell – Bergeron – Seguin; Lucic – Krejci – Horton; Bourque – Kelly – Peverley; MacDermid – Spooner – Tardif.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Eriksson-Roy-Ryder, Smith-Eakin-Vincour, Nystrom-Fiddler-Roussel. Defensive pairings at morning skate: Dillon-Robidas, Goligoski-Daley, Oleksiak-Larsen.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Hearing that Sergei Bobrovsky is the probable start for the Blue Jackets tomorrow against the Flames.

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Lawsuits and waivers

  • Dawn Walton and Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against his former agent and parents for bad investments and unauthorized real estate deals. Dany Heatley is also suing them. Phillips is accusing them of “breaches of contract, trust and fiduciary duty as well as conversion, fraud, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, conspiracy, oppression and unjust enrichment.”
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Panthers sent Jonathan Huberdeau to St. John’s on the QMJHL. Jacob Markstrom, Alex Petrovic, Colby Robak and Drew Shore were sent to San Antonio of the AHL.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins have put Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif, and Trent Whitfield on waivers. Once they clear, they can report to Providence of the AHL.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers have put Dov Grumet-Morris, Michael Caruso, Nolan Yonkman, Andre Deveaux, JF Jacques, Greg Rallo, Casey Wellman, James Wright on waivers.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Penguins Nick Petersen cleared the unconditional ($125) waivers and his contract is mutually terminated.

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Bouwmeester’s stock rising … Sens offer for Nash was better … Senators and Flyers options … Leafs deal could be on horizon

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s stock is on the rise as he may be the top defenseman available. The Red Wings have lost Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. The Flyers are looking for a defenseman, though Bouwmeester doesn’t really fit their mold. The Blues could use a veteran like Bouwmeester. The Oilers could be a fit as well. Bouwmeester has a no-trade clause and doesn’t appear interested in waiving it. The Flames currently have 9 defenseman on 1-way contracts, 10 if you include T.J. Brodie. The Flames may be interested in dealing away Anton Babchuk’s $2.5 million contact.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators offer for Rick Nash was better than what the Blue Jackets got, but he didn’t want to go to Ottawa. They offered Robin Lehner, Nick Foligno, Mika Zibanejad and a draft pick. The Blue Jackets could have had Joe Pavelski from the Sharks but it doesn’t look like they wanted to trade within the Western Conference. The Senators may now be looking to go another direction. They may not want to go down the Alexei Kovalev road with Alexander Semin. It’s believed the Sens have talked to the Ducks about Bobby Ryan. The Stars may be looking to move Brenden Morrow. Daniel Alfredsson has indicated he’s planning on playing, and sources say they may be working on a 1 year extension.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: Rossi confirms that the Penguins haven’t talked to the Wild about a trade involving Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin as part of a package for Dany Heatley.
  • Howard Berger via twitter: One of Berger’s “bird-dogs” insisted that the Maple Leafs are working on bringing in goalie help, a deal could be on the horizon. Maybe Jonathan Bernier?
  • Adam Kimelman of The Flyers defense still needs to be addressed, and addressing it internally may be their best option. Bruno Gervais will compete with Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning for the final blueline spot. Matt Gilroy is the highest scoring UFA on the market, 20 points in 67 games last year. RFA options could be Michael Del Zotto, John Carlson, Dmitry Kulikov and P.K. Subban. The Flyers have a top 6 spot open and are looking at Shane Doan. Other UFA options could be Alexander Semin, Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott. The Ducks are listening to offers for Bobby Ryan, but they’d likely want Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn, 2 players the Flyers have no interest in parting with.

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Rumors and Notes: Parise, Suter, Flyers, Wild, Nash, Hurricanes, Senators, Penguins, Ryan, Couturier and Winnik

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Like the Flyers, the Wild have also thrown the kitchen sink at Parise and Suter. Going rate on all offers are now a minimum of 12 years in the $80-90 million range.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy, “I am fielding many calls and methodically returning each one-by-one. It is going to take some time.”
  • Luke DeCock via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that the Hurricanes expect an update from Parise soon as to whether or not they are on his short list. Suter process is moving slowly. Chip Alexander via twitter: A final Zach Parise decision may not come until tomorrow.
  • Ted Starkey via twitter: TSN reported that one GM said there is a 13 year offer worth $100 million on the table for Parise.
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Told that the Red Wings offer for Nash is not competitive. The Hurricanes, Senators and Flyers are not on Nash’s list.

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Neal gets 2 hearings, Asham 1 … Shanahan changed mind on Weber … Alfie concussed but might play … Gil skates … Still no Neurvirth/Vokoun

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Penguins James Neal will have 2 separate disciplinary hearings tomorrow. Aaron Asham will have an in-person hearing at 11 am. Dan Rosen via twitter: Neal’s hearings are for his hit on Sean Couturier and his charging on Claude Giroux.
  • Joe Yerdon via twitter: Brendan Shanahan said he was close to giving Shea Weber a 1 one game suspension, but Red Wings GM Ken Holland told him that Henrik Zetterberg was okay, and it changed his mind.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: If the Rangers are going to appeal Carl Hagelin’s suspension, they’ll have to do it before tonight. Shanahan won’t reduce Hagelin’s suspension after the fact based on whether Daniel Alfredsson will be able to play or not.
  • Bob Duff via twitter: A NHL executive: “Colin Campbell always did what he thought was right and didn’t worry about what people thought. Shanahan just wants to be liked.”
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Johansson-Backstrom-Semin, Chimera-Beagle-Perreault, Aucoin-Hendricks-Ward.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun were not at practice this morning. Dany Sabourin will be the backup.

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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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State of the San Jose Sharks: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Brian Smith and can be found on twitter at @sharkfinfan32

For the past 5 seasons the San Jose Sharks have been buyers at the trade deadline and this year looks no different. In the past Sharks GM Doug Wilson has done a lot of tweaking of the team, by acquiring “rental” players like Dominic Moore. But this year hopefully is different for the Sharks. Because Wilson traded away 2- Top 6 Forwards in Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi the team began the season with just 5 legitimate top 6 forwards.

With the anticipated Martin Havlat injury, that depth as gone down to 4 Legitimate top 6 forwards. With no decent minor league forwards prospects on the horizon the team has had to use 3rd and 4th line players like Tommy Wingels, Benn Ferriero, and Torrey Mitchell on the top line at times this year. A legitimate Stanley Cup contender can not win with player like that on your top line.

While there are names like Rick Nash out their, I doubt Wilson would be willing to pull the strings on a deal that would in the long run benefit the team, but in the short run might hurt the team. I for one would sacrifice this year as I don’t see this team as anywhere near a Stanley Cup contender. While this will not go over well with Sharks fans, many of whom are disenchanted with Sharks management, I see Wilson doing more of his “tweaking” come deadline day. I could see him making a run at Tumuo Ruutu, or Ales Hemsky, neither of whom is a long term solution for the team. I could also see Wilson standing pat and claiming he is happy with the team the way it is currently assembled.

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Flames rumors … CBJ issues … GMs may look for mandatory visors … Doughty this week is possible … Connolly stays … Whitney injured again

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis laughs at the rumor that Daniel Alfredsson could interest the Flames at some point. The Flames do have an interest in Coyotes holdout Kyle Turris. A source close to the situation has said that the Flames are one of six teams to make a ‘significant’ offer. Coyotes GM Don Maloney is still saying he doesn’t have plans to trade him. Rene Bourque is also front and center in trade rumors lately. Flames GM Jay Feaster continues to tell other GMs that Mark Giordano is not available. Francis doesn’t see the Flames trading Jarome Iginla. Ollie Jokinen wants to re-sign with the Flames. Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos are UFAs and could draw minor interest at some point. David Moss won’t be traded unless he wants out. They would love to move Matt Stajan and his $3.5 million salary in a package, but it’s unlikely that there is anyone else on their roster to draw that much interest.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Blue Jackets are having issues on and off the ice. There are reports that they are losing $25 million a season, and there is talk about the long-term survival of the franchise. Their last few home games have only drawn 9,000 fans.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Two high profile GMs have said they’d like to see more players starting next season.

    “Visors should be mandatory for all defencemen, at the least,” Burke said, adding that blueliners are at “a far greater risk” of being hit in the face by a puck because of all the deflections in front of the net.

    “I’d want to hear the GMs out on the larger topic [of everyone having to wear them], but I think I would support Homer.”

  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets won’t be pulling off any blockbuster deals because the team is off to a slow start. They may pull off some smaller deals along the way, but finding a trade partner who isn’t trying to fleece is hard to find. Most teams aren’t looking to get rid of 30 goal scorers and many teams would like to upgrade their blueline.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was wearing a no-contact jersey again at practice yesterday. When asked yesterday when Doughty will see the doctor next, Murray said, “The opportunity will probably be tonight, to see the doctor at the rink. We plan on taking him with us on the road trip, kind of shooting for the end of the week here as a possibility.”
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman confirmed that they will be keeping Brett Connolly and won’t be sending him back to junior.
  • Shaun Starr via twitter: Canadiens Max Pacioretty has a partially torn ligament in his wrist. Starr has been told surgery is unlikely. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: It’s a partial tear, no breaks, deep bruise. He could be back in the lineup this week.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers coach Tom Renny says that Ryan Whitney has a sprained knee but it’s not significant. A few days and he should be fine.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild forward Guilaume Latendresse is bothered by a wonky groin again, and look for the Wild to be cautious with him. Dany Heatley and Greg Zanon are also bothered by groin issues. Brett Bulmer will play in his 9th game on Thursday and likely won’t be returned to junior.
  • Luke DeCock via twitter: Scouts in Carolina last night were the Blue Jackets, Flyers and Penguins. The Canes play the Flyers and Pens in the next 3 weeks. They don’t play the Blue Jackets.

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Marchand still without deal … NHLPA should be polled on fighting … 2 spots open on Blues roster … Pandolfo gets PTO … No PTO for McCabe and Samsonov … Wild lines

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: There’s 12 days until the start of Bruins camp and Brad Marchand still hasn’t re-signed. GM Peter Chiarelli and agent Wade Arnott won’t comment. 3 comparables that will likely be used are: James van Riemsdyk’s 6 years and $25.5 million, Logan Couture 2 years at $5.75 million, and on the low end Nathan Gerbe 3 years at $4.3 million. Shinzawa thinks Marchand should come in just under Couture’s deal, possibly a 2 year deal at $5 million.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the NHLPA should poll it’s members to see if they think fighting should stay in the NHL and the ones doing the fighting deserve to be heard.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues may have only 2 spots open on their 23 man roster heading into training camp which starts on the 16th. David Perron won’t be ready for camp. The Blues have 12 forwards and 5 defenseman (Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk are on 2-way deals but will be with the team) on 1-way contracts. Basically Chris Porter, Evgeny Grachev, Jonathan Cheechoo and Ryan Reaves will be battling for the final 2 spots.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Bryan McCabe and Sergei Samsonov are likely reluctant to accept a tryout invite and are hoping for a deal. They might wait and see if there are training camp injuries.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild’s lines could look like: Mikko Koivu-Devin Setoguchi-Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen-Guillaume Latendresse-P-M Bouchard. Darroll Powe-Kyle Brodziak-Cal Clutterbuck, Colton Gillies-Eric Nystrom-Brad Staubitz.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Eric Belanger signed a 3 year deal with the Oilers earlier this off-season, his 7th team since the lockout. It will be his oldest daughter (8 years old) 4th school in 4 years. “It’s the reality of the new NHL. You see lots of guys moving around. It’s not a bad thing. It means lots of teams want you. You’re doing something right. I actually was in one organization for 10 years, in Los Angeles. But since the lockout, I have moved around. Every place I’ve been has been nice,” he said.

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2011-12 Top 30 Salary Cap Numbers – Left Wing

List below are the Top 30 Salary Cap Numbers for Left Wingers heading into the 2011-12 NHL season. Due to front-loading contracts (back-loaded in some cases), and teams having to deal with the salary cap, a players cap number takes precedence over their actual salary.

Rk. Player Team 2011-12 Cap Number 2011-12 Salary
1 Alexander Ovechkin WAS $9,538,000 $9,000,000
2 Rick Nash CLB $7,800,000 $7,500,000
3 Marian Gaborik NYR $7,500,000 $7,500,000
  Dany Heatley MIN $7,500,000 $8,000,000
5 Thomas Vanek BUF $7,143,000 $6,400,000
6 Alexander Semin WAS $6,700,000 $6,700,000
7 Ilya Kovalchuk NJD $6,667,000 $6,000,000
8 Ryan Smyth EDM $6,250,000 $4,500,000
9 Daniel Sedin VAN $6,100,000 $6,100,000
10 Henrik Zetterberg DET $6,083,000 $7,750,000
11 Patrik Elias NJD $6,000,000 $5,000,000
  Zach Parise NJD $6,000,000 $6,000,000
  Mike Cammalleri MTL $6,000,000 $6,000,000
14 Bobby Ryan ANA $5,100,000 $5,562,000
15 Martin Havlat SJS $5,000,000 $5,000,000
16 Kristian Huselius CLB $4,750,000 $4,750,000
17 Ryan Malone TBL $4,500,000 $5,500,000
  Martin Erat NAS $4,500,000 $6,000,000
  Erik Cole MTL $4,500,000 $4,500,000
  Ville Leino BUF $4,500,000 $4,500,000
21 Andrew Ladd WPG $4,400,000 $4,000,000
22 Milan Michalek OTT $4,333,000 $4,500,000
23 Loui Eriksson DAL $4,250,000 $4,100,000
  David Booth FLA $4,250,000 $4,500,000
  Dustin Penner LAK $4,250,000 $4,250,000
26 Scott Hartnell PHI $4,200,000 $3,700,000
27 Brenden Morrow DAL $4,100,000 $4,100,000
28 Milan Lucic BOS $4,083,000 $4,000,000
29 Jason Blake ANA $4,000,000 $3,000,000
30 Wojtek Wolski NYR $3,800,000 $4,000,000

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Sharks trade Heatley to the Wild for Havlat

The San Jose Sharks have traded Dany Heatley to the Minnesota Wild for Martin Havlat.

Havlat carries a $5 million cap hit for the next 4 season. Heatley carries a $7.5 million cap hit for the next 3 seasons.

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Blues notes … Huberdeau at #2? Filatov to stay in N.A. … Sharks injuries … Carter to Leafs rumor

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues may look to the trade route to add an established forward, and they have three 2nd round picks. The Blues are in talks with Patrick Berglund about a contract extension, and it could be done before another club could sign him to an offer sheet. Rutherford doesn’t see the Blues trading Oshie, though it is possible. Oshie may be popping up in rumors as teams are inquiring about him, not the Blues shopping him. If Ed Jovanovski took a big pay cut from his $6.5 million salary, he might fit the Blues need for a veteran defenseman.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Jonathan Huberdeau’s name is gaining some buzz as a possible pick for the Colorado Avalanche at #2. He’s listed as a center, and the Avs are deep there, but he can play the wing.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Nikita Filatov shot down rumors that he’s returning to the KHL, said he’s determined to make the NHL with Columbus.
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes prospect Oskar Osala tweeted that he’ll be heading to Russia to play in the KHL next season. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford isn’t convince this will happen. Last week Rutherford noted, “I don’t think it would be a good choice for him because we’re calling these players up and if you’re capable, there will be a spot here,” Rutherford said last week. “He’s a big guy. He needs to improve his foot speed. If he can get a half-step (faster), he’s a guy who might have a chance to play here.”
  • Ben Raby of CSN Washington: The Capitals could be looking to add a veteran who can kill penalties, win faceoffs and help fill out the 3rd and 4th lines. Possible candidates include  unrestricted free agents Scott Nichol (SJ), Marcel Goc (Nash), John Madden (Minn) and Jeff Halpern (Mon) or possible prospects Jay Beagle and Cody Eakin.
  • Ryan Bright of Philadelphia Sports Daily: Jeff Carter trade rumors to Toronto are back. Possible trade rumor pieces are one of Toronto two 1st round picks, Carl Gunnarsson and a prospect such as Joe Colborne, Jerry D’Amigo and possibly Nazem Kadri. The Flyers could then flip some or all of the that package to another team for a starting goalie. Goalie possibilities would be Miikka Kiprusoff, Cory Schneider, Jonathan Quick or the rights to Ilya Bryzgalov. Teams that could use a top center are the Leafs, Oilers, Senators, and Coyotes.

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