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Posts Tagged David Backes
- Jeff Rimer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton will make his Blue Jackets debut tonight against the Coyotes. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be their backup.
- Mike Harrington: Sabres Henrik Tallinder will be out one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. Suffered the injury on Sunday.
- Dan Rosen: The Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers from the Rangers.
- Farhan Lalji: The Canucks send Joachim Eriksson to the AHL. Looking like Roberto Luongo could return to the lineup this weekend.
- Jim Fox: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that David Backes will be a game time decision. Chris Stewart is possible for tonight, but he still has to clear ‘protocol’ first. Lou Korac: Korac doesn’t count on Backes playing tonight. Sounded more like someone who could play soon, but not tonight.
- St. Louis Blues: The Blues have recalled Jake Allen from the AHL.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Shane Doan skated today and will see a doctor this afternoon. His return hasn’t been categorized as imminent.
- Boston Bruins: Niklas Svedberg will start tonight. Claude Julien on Svedberg: ”so I’m looking forward to seeing to him in net tonight”
- Wes Gilbertson: Chris Breen cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL by the Flames. Defenseman Dennis Wideman is expected to return.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Philipp Grubauer will start in net for the Capitals and Brooks Laich will be in the lineup. It will be Grubauer’s fifth straight game.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks Tomas Hertl’s recovery “may be longer” than a month according to Bob McKenzie.
- Lou Korac: Blues David Backes is traveling with the team. Chances are slim that he plays on Saturday, but Monday is not out of the question.
- Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier said his injury happened on Monday with he collided with Penguins Jayson Megna. Bernier expects to be available tonight, but will see after their morning skate.
- Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton said that he’s ready for some contact but isn’t ready for full contact.
- Michael Smith: Hurricanes Mike Komisarek is activated off the IR.
- Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets activate James Wisniewski and Marian Gaborik off the IR.
- Lou Korac: Blues Jordan Leopold said he’s progressing and will be re-evaluated after Christmas. He still has a splint on his hand, but is able to do some conditioning and skating.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is unsure if he’ll be able to in the Devils next game. Defenseman Bryce Salvador is getting close, but may have to wait until Dec. 27th.
- Mike Heika: Stars Ryan Garbutt is questionable for today and Vernon Fiddler is probably ready to return.
- Randy Miller: Devils Damien Brunner left last night’s game with a suspected knee injury. It’s too early to say if Ryane Clowe would replace Brunner if he can’t go.
- Nashville Predators: Predators Pekka Rinne has not suffered any setbacks involving his bacterial infection in his hip. Doctors are recommending limited activity for the next two weeks before increasing the activity.
While we were cautiously optimistic Pekka might begin activities now, our primary concern has been, and is, for the long-term. We – Pekka, the team, doctors and our fans – want the same thing and that is for Pekka to be at 100 percent and back in goal for the Predators as soon as possible. However, we also understand we are dealing with a situation that includes some uncertainty and does not involve a specific timetable for treatment and recovery.
Pekka will continue to be monitored on a daily basis by our medical team. We will provide further updates as warranted.
- NHL: Coyotes Shane Doan has been out since December 4th with an illness, which has now been diagnosed as “sypmtoms of Rockey Mountain spotted fever” according to Don Maloney.
Mayoclinic.com says, “Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne bacterial disease that affects the cells in the lining of your blood vessels, making the vessels leak. This can eventually cause serious damage to internal organs, particularly your kidneys.”
Doan is week-to-week.
“Our medical team is on top of it,” Maloney told Azcentral.com. “Every day he seems like he’s getting a little better and a little more energy and has started to exercise a little more. We’re encouraged. He’s trending in a positive manner and for us. It’s just going to take time.”
“He’s disappointed but he’s in good spirits,” Maloney told the team website. “The good thing is he’s feeling better every day. If he was stuck in neutral that’s different, but he isn’t. He’s getting more energy each day and becoming more active. Hopefully that trend continues.”
- Mark Stepneski: Stars Max Fortunus cleared waivers and will remain with the team for now.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers Brayden Schenn will play tonight. Vincent Lecavalier said he had his best day on the ice and hopes to be back quicker than two weeks. Adam Kimelman: Schenn said his neck and upper back are a little sore, but there are no other restrictions.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Jordin Tootoo will replace Mikael Samuelsson in the lineup tonight.
- Missy Zielinski: Victor Hedman will return to the lineup. Tom Pyatt should be ready to return on Saturday.
- Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes Eric Staal missed practice today with the flu, but should be able to go tomorrow.
- Mike Heika: Stars Vernon Fiddler (upper-body) skated hard this morning. He hopes to take part in a full practice on Friday and be available for Saturday.
- Rich Chere: Devils Ryane Clowe is practicing on a line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.
- Andy Strickland: Blues David Backes skated this morning, he’s still day-to-day.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated this morning. Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist are not skating. Jimmy Howard was on the ice, but is not ready to practice yet.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser will see a doctor today and hopes to get clearance to play on Saturday. He is still on their LTIR.
- Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Colton Orr is skating with the team for the first time in two weeks.
- Paul Hendrick: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Leafs.
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- Pens Inside Scoop: The Penguins put Kris Letang on the IR.
- Joe Haggerty: Source saying Jarome Iginla has been cleared to play tonight against the Flames.
- Colorado Avalanche: Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) could start skating next week. Ryan Wilson won’t go on their road trip.
- Adrian Dater: Patrick Roy said that defenseman Ryan Wilson needs more time to deal.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils Steven Gionta could return to the lineup on Wednesday. Ryane Clowe hopes to be able to return before Christmas. Randy Miller: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that Clowe looked good in his first full contact practice.
- Shawn Mitchell: Richards on Sergei Bobrovsky: ”He’s progressing right now. We’re hoping we can get him out on the ice sometime next week.”
- Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Rob Scuderi is seven to nine days away. Tanner Glass is three to five days away.
- Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings Willie Mitchell didn’t finish Saturday’s game and did not play on Sunday. The LA Times said he was sick and remained at the hotel on Sunday.
“He got hit. It was nothing. It was like an upper-body, and it was not serious, and then when we went to have our meeting he was sick, so we just told him to stay at the hotel,” he said.
Rosen points out that nausea and vomiting are among the symptoms of concussions.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Injured Red Wings: Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Stephen Weiss, Danny DeKeyser and Jimmy Howard.
- Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Dalton Prout left last night’s game with an upper body injury.
- Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Derek McKenzie didn’t re-aggravate his back. His latest lower-body injury is not believed to be serious.
- Rob Rossi: Penguins Jayson Megna is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and likely out their next game.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that David Backes is day-to-day. (ME: upper-body injury, looked like possible concussion)
- Mark Stepneski: Stars defenseman Aaron Rome is out with a lower-body injury.
- The Fouth Period: The Blues will have to wait until the season is over to negotiate with pending UFA Alexander Steen.
“Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that,” Steen’s agent, Jeff Kowall, told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.
If Steen keeps up this pace, the could be looking for a deal of at least $5 million per season. David Backes is the highest paid Blues forward with a cap hit of $4.5 million.
- B.D. Gallof: “As for Miller rumor which is 2 league execs (not GMs, mind you) say Garth working phones on goalies, Garrioch puts forth Miller scenario. It ignores a few items #isles people should know – Garth always talks to other GMs and inquires on costs. Don’t see it as anything
- Darren Dreger: It is sounding like a trade could go down when Hurricanes Tim Gleason returns to the lineup. He would have to OK the move.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if Ryan Miller would be interested playing with the Islanders or Predators.
- Renaud Lavoie: Hearing that Rangers Michael Del Zotto won’t be traded soon and that it could take longer than expected.
- Bob McKenzie: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba could be the most probable NHL player to be loaned to the Canadian Junior team. Even if there are no NHLers named to Canada’s camp today, they could be added later.
- Damien Cox: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk chose to be a Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa.
Roster notes, lines, goalies: Sulzer, Miller, Giguere, Backes, Devils, Senators, Leafs, Stars, Oilers PP, Flyers, Bruins and Blue Jackets
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer will be scratched tonight.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Rangers Chris Kreider is being returned to the CT Whalers of the AHL. Looks like J.T. Miller is sticking with the team.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche goalie J.S. Giguere has left the team for personal reason. He’ll return on Sunday. Calvin Pickard has been recalled.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues David Backes has a groin strain: ”We’ll see how it goes hour to hour. Hopefully I can play tonight. I think it passed the test.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau/Barch-Josefson-Butler.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Condra-Turris-Silfverberg, Zibanejad-Da Costa-Alfredsson, Daugavins-Smith-Neil, Dziurzynski-Grant-O’Brien. Greening is the extra skater. Defensive pairings: Gryba-Methot, Wiercioch-Phillips, Lundin-Gonchar are defence pairings.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Kadri-Komarov, Orr-Steckel-McLaren-Brown.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Probable Blues lines: Blues Perron Backes Oshie-Schwartz Berglund Stewart -McDonald Steen Tarasenko-Sobotka Nicol Reeves.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Smith-Roy-Eriksson, Roussel-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers powerplay: Smyth-Gagner-Yakupov-Eberle-Whitney + Hall-RNH-Hartikainen-Hemsky-Potter.
- Dave Isaac via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Bruins tonight against the Sabres.
- Jeff Rimer via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets against the Kings.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Players-Owners meeting will start at 2 PM this afternoon in New York.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: There could be as many as 25 players in New York, with likely 10 attending the meeting. The NHL isn’t concerned about the number of players.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Andy McDonald and David Backes will be in New York.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Martin St. Louis will be in New York, but not sure if he’ll be in the meetings. He’s not sounding that optimistic that these meetings will make a difference, ”I have no hope or expectations at this point,” he texted.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Darche should be in NY for the meeting, not confirmed yet.
- Kevin McGran via twitter: A labour negotiator told McGran that the ‘player-owner’ meeting is a big mistake on the union side of things. Players will be overmatched.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: There are some suggestions that the NHLPA would give in on “make whole” if the owners would give in on contract rights and proposed pension.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators Marc Methot,
“I don’t think (we’re that far apart),” said Methot. “I think ego is a big thing right now that is keeping us apart. You’ve got some serious issues that have been resolved and now it’s just a matter of putting your ego aside and coming to a sound deal that is obviously fair and not to over the top for both sides.
“I’m not saying you’re never going to have (egos) in the room. You’ve got big personalities. You’ve got successful people. It’s inevitable. I don’t care who you are. When you’re in that position, you’re going to have a sense of entitlement for certain things. You can’t control that.”
- Chris Johnston via twitter: The NHLPA made offers on both revenue sharing and the players share/make whole on Wednesday night. Michael Russo via twitter: The NHL believed that the NHLPA would go to 50-50 and negotiate the “make whole.” The NHLPA again countered with gradually going to 50-50. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHLPA’s offer would see players get to 50-50 of HRR in year 3. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The NHL is not interested in getting to 50-50 in year 3, which is why they made the ‘make whole’ provision now.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: This morning Dreger said that the NHL presented an offer to the NHLPA in response to to the PA’s offer on Wednesday. There is still a large gap.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHLPA felt in their offer, that because they went from 57% to 50%, they didn’t feel they had to give back in a lot of other areas. The NHL responded with an offer on both revenue sharing and ‘make whole,” honoring all existing player contracts. A source said the NHLPA wasn’t impressed by it. The NHL’s offer also included some player contract issues, and increased their revenue share model to $200 million. After their meeting, both sides went their separate ways for internal meetings.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Under the NHLPA’s revenue share system, 6 teams would get a huge chunk of it: Coyotes, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Predators and Hurricanes.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The NHLPA initially offered $240 million in revenue share in it’s initial proposal, the NHL offered $200 million. @mirtle said the NHLPA upped their number to $260 million in Wednesday’s offer.
- John Shannon via twitter: Players at yesterday’s meetings: David Backes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra and Kevin Westgarth.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Gary Bettman: “I don’t know what Don said but the fact is, we have a lot of work to do and we’re working hard.”
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Don Fehr: “I’m not going to characterize (talks) except to say that it’s always better when you’re meeting than when you’re not.”
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: After talking to 2 sources, Lavoie can say this: “We are not even close to a deal. NHL wants more concession from players … who are prepare to give 1 billion $ in 5 years. Not enough. NHL and PA are not close on make whole. Bottom line: lots of work to be done. The only good news, they are still talking and trying hard to find a solution on all the issues.”
- Doug Maclean via twitter: The Board of Governors were sent a memo on Wednesday night from Bettman saying that if there was not traction yesterday, talks could breakdown. So it looks like there was some traction made yesterday.
- John Shannon via twitter: Shannon was told that the NHL was not sure if there was any real traction made yesterday. They’ll wait for the NHLPA to respond on Friday.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Zipay noted yesterday that the next 24-48 hours will be tipping point if talks really move forward or slide sideways.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Some agents, and some B, C type players are making their frustration clear to the NHL.
- Chris Johnston (CP) in the Global News: The NHL and NHLPA met for about 7 hours yesterday, with the meeting wrapping up around 10:15 pm. Both sides didn’t want to say much about how things went.
“With meetings scheduled to resume Wednesday, the league will not characterize the substance or detail of the discussions until their conclusion,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Tuesday night.
Before the meeting started yesterday, Don Fehr had this to say:
“We’re hopeful that we’ll start bargaining and we’ll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal,” he said.
“It’s very good to be getting back to the table,” said Fehr. “We hope that this time it produces more progress that we’ve seen in the past and we can figure out a way to make an agreement and to get the game back on the ice as soon as possible.”
The biggest issue has been how to ‘make whole.’ The NHL has said they will assume more liability in exchange for capping contracts at 5 years, entry-level deals at 2 years, and unrestricted free agency being at 28 years old or after 8 years of NHL service. The union isn’t a really fan of that.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun noted that it was good that the the meeting was long, but it’s dangerous to read to much into it. There is a lot of ground to cover. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Meeting for hours, not saying anything afterwards, and meeting today is probably the best thing that anyone could have hoped for.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater is hearing some optimism about these talks. No deal is done until its done though.
- NHLPA via twitter: Players who attended yesterday’s talks: Adams, Backes, Biron, Campoli, Crosby, Darche, Hainsey, Hedberg, Lucic, Malhotra, Montador, S. Thornton, and Westgarth.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby and team player rep Craig Adams hadn’t planned on going to yesterday’s CBA meetings, but after the union conference call on Monday night, they changed their mind. Several Penguins thought the manner in which guaranteed contracts were going to be honored was the major stumbling block between the two sides.
Daly, Fehr quotes after 2 weeks cancelled … NHLPA proposal coming? Players lose $180,000 … Lundqvist, Backes and Toews quotes
- TSN: After cancelling 2 weeks of games: Bill Daly
“The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.”
“If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue,” said Fehr. “A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort. For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions.”
- Dejan Kovacevic via Sulia: Bill Daly when asked how the league can cancel games while barely negotiating,
“The Union is not prepared to talk about the most meaningful issues, relating to a fair division of League-wide revenues and other system-related matters. Until we can make progress in those areas, the ongoing discussions in other areas aren’t as time sensitive. That doesn’t mean we aren’t continuing to work on those other areas, or that we won’t schedule further meetings to move things along, it just means that until the PA is prepared to talk about the nature of the overall deal, and perhaps show some indication (any indication) that it is willing to compromise its position, we will remain a long way from getting a deal done.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL said not to assume that they will cancel games in 2 week chunks, will depend on temperature of bargaining talks.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Darren Dreger said on TSN that he thinks the NHLPA is working on a proposal, but the question would be when they present it. Dreger suggests presenting a proposal too early could be a “sign of weakness.”
- Howard Berger via twitter: The NHL will only cancel 2 more 14 day segments before they will cancel the season. Won’t be any postponements after the U.S. Thanksgiving.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: NHL and NHLPA in a 100 day countdown. No new CBA by mid-January and another season gets cancelled.
- Gino Reda via twitter: The cancelled games will cost the players an average of about $180,000 each.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Cancelled games will cost the owners $114 million, on top of the $100 million from the preseason.
- Henrik Lundqvist via twitter: “Feels like I’m going to practice without a purpose, and I hate it! Don and Gary, let’s figure this one out! #NHLHockey #theplayers #thefans”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: David Backes on cancelling 2 weeks of games, “It is unfortunate that it has come to canceling regular season games, we were hoping that 900 million in concessions would be enough to a league with record growth and revenues. Since it isn’t, it might be a while.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Jonathan Toews on cancelling 2 weeks of games, “it’s another disappointing but expected move from the league. This seems to be our commissioners bread and butter. It’s almost like he is excited to take away hockey from the fans and the players just because he can. Personally, I still haven’t heard a valid argument from the league for what they are doing, just that they want more and last time it wasn’t enough. If they would be as determined to solve these issues as they are quick to point the finger at us (the players), this would be settled by now. But they aren’t and now we know well miss at least two Weeks because of it.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Rick Nash trade talks have gone cold in recent days, and in 6 months, GM Scott Howson hasn’t come close on a deal.
“There’s no timetable by which we have to make moves,” Howson said this week. “There are no deadlines. We’re going to continue to work at this. A trade with Rick will happen when we get the right value — when and if we get the right value.”
A Nash deal may not be completed by the start of training camp, though it could be delayed due to the CBA situation. Nash could also chose to hold-out of camp.
- NHL.com: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson told TSN that he would want established forwards in any Rick Nash trade.
“If we do complete a trade, we’re trading out a 30- to 40-goal scorer,” Howson told TSN’s Gino Reda. “Defense is probably the strongest part of our team as we look at it today, so we’re looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost.”
“We don’t have a deadline,” the GM said. “Rick’s under contract and we’ll continue to work at this, we’ll continue to keep Rick in the loop … and we’ll just hope that we get a resolution to this.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Maybe Shane Doan or Alexander Semin signings, or a Bobby Ryan trade can nudge a Nash trade along. Maybe teams will wait until the new CBA is in place to see whether they can fit a $7.8 million salary cap hit for the next 6 years. If the salary cap it lowered by say $10 million, teams like the Bruins, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks may not be able to take on that contract. The Rangers currently have $15.1 million and the Red Wings have $16.8 million.
- The Fourth Period: TFP period has learned that the Blues have been looking for a 2nd line scorer during free agency last week. They made a play for center Olli Jokinen before he signed with the Jets. With David Backes and Patrik Berglund at center, they could be aiming for a right winger. GM Doug Armstrong is exploring the trade market for a 2nd liner and a rugged defenseman.
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks have had trade talks with several teams about Bobby Ryan, but nothing appears imminent. Teams include the Flyers, Hurricanes and Rangers. The Maple Leafs, Penguins, Canadiens, Bruins, Panthers and Sharks have also inquired. The Ducks would like a center in a deal, but is not a prerequisite. They are looking to increase their secondary scoring.
Next up in our look at 2011-12 penalties, are boarding leaders.
|T1||Derek Dorsett||Blue Jackets||RW||
|T22||46 players are tied with 2 boarding penalties|
|Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.|