Posts Tagged David Bolland

Injury Notes: Wings, Lightning, Sabres, Preds, Avs, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Ducks, Flames and Caps

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) will not be playing for Sweden at the Olympics.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop left last night’s game after being hit in the head by the skate of Nikita Kucherov. Valtteri Filppula also left last night’s game with a lower-body injury after a collision in the second. Both players said they felt better after the game, with Bishop passing the concussion protocol, with his minor headache lessening with time.

    “It didn’t feel very good, a little bit of a headache, but it’s gotten better as the game went on,’’ said Bishop, who reported he has never been diagnosed with a concussion. “No dizziness, but I felt a little weak after I got hit. Hopefully I’ll wake up (Friday) and feel good and be able to practice.’’

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg hopes to return to the lineup tonight. Pavel Datsyuk is still out with his leg injury and will miss his 12th straight game.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Matt Moulson left last night’s game in the third period after taking a slash/cross-check to the arm. They should know more today.
  • AP on ESPN: Predators Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and didn’t skate yesterday. The Preds play tonight and tomorrow.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Paul Stastny suffered an ankle injury. Update should come today.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Clarkson is still limited by elbow pain. David Alter: Clarkson still needs to have his stitches and staples removed from his elbow. Was to see team doctors again yesterday.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Bolland hopes to play before the Olympic break, but isn’t confident that it will happen. Coach Randy Carlyle said it’s “50-50″ that Bolland returns before the break.
  • Matthew Sekeres: Canucks Mike Santorelli will be out five to six months after having shoulder surgery. He is a pending UFA.
  • Mike Vogl: No update on Capitals Mikhail Grabovski as he’s not traveling with team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Derek Dorsett has been out with broken fibula since Jan. 3rd. It carries a four to six week recovery, so he should be ready to play after the Olympic break.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Nick Bonino is day-to-day. Boudreau thinks that he’ll be able to play before the Olympic break.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ready to go last night.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks Tom Sestito practice after only 35 minutes yesterday with what looked like a hip flexor issue.

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Morning Rumors: Predators, Sharks, Leafs, Niewendyk and Sabres

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile still thinks he has the team to make a push and is “exercising patience.”

    “If we could improve the team by trade, I would be happy to do that. On the flip side of that, there are some guys who have not quite performed to how I think they can perform,” Poile said on Friday. “I think we’re exercising patience on that and hope and believe that they can help us win some more games.”

    Poile won’t make any decisions on Barry Trotz after their 5 game losing streak.

    “We’ve been together for 15 years. We’ve been through situations like this,” Poile said of Trotz. “It’s never comfortable. I guess it comes with the territory when you get picked on at every level in terms of saying, ‘Would it be time for a change’ or what have you.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The rising salary cap to potentially $71 million, will definitely help Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s attempt to re-sign Joe Thornton,  Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. Thornton’s agent and brother:

    “I don’t think it impacts us, but it makes it easier on Doug and on the team to get all three done,” John Thornton said.

    They hope to have a deal done before Thornton’s deal expires, but they’re unsure when it could get done.

    “I really don’t know,” he said. “From our standpoint, I think Doug is trying to get all three done, so it’s just a different circumstance.”

    Dan Boyle’s agent, George Bazos:

    “We expect at some point they’ll try to get everybody done, but at this point we’re just kind of waiting and hoping they win a lot of games,” Bazos said. “We kicked around some ideas. You know, it depends on the number of years, a lot of moving parts. I wouldn’t say we have a real number. We haven’t gotten that far.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Nonis is certainly not in blow it up mode. If the right deal comes along for a player like Gardiner they’ll make a deal.”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”My guess is the Leafs are going to try and sign Bolland to a new contract. Maybe even before he returns from injury”
  • Darrell Romuld (CTV): A reliable source said that Joe Nieuwendyk has said “no” to being the Flames next GM.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bruins coach Claude Julien was at the Oilers-Canucks game, scouting for Bruins and Team Canada.
  • Mike Harrington: “So the scuttle after I left Rochester is that Nolan was suitably impressed that Ellis will be with #Sabres today. Which means either Hodgson is more seriously hurt than they let on or there’s a different move coming.”

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Afternoon Hits: Anderson, Bolland, Steckel, Smith, Ericsson, Calvert, Jenner, Downie, Raffl and Line Combos

  • Bruce Garrioch: “Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goalie and he’s ready to play. He’s ready to play,” says MacLean. “Robin has done a good job.”
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs David Bolland thinks he’ll be on crutches for another month. He’s not sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks David Steckel clears waivers and should be signed soon. He was on an AHL deal.
  • Ansar Khan: Brendan Smith is the only Red Wings defenseman who didn’t skate today. Smith can come off the IR, but coach Mike Babcock said he’s not ready. Jonathan Ericsson is not able to come off the IR until Friday.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert is wearing a contact jersey at practice today. Boone Jenner skated this morning.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Downie practicing on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read. A good indication that he could be back in the lineup tomorrow. Sam Carchidi: If Downie is ready, they may send Michael Raffl back to the AHL.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Garbutt-Eakin-Chiasson; Whitney-Fiddler-Peverley; Roussel/MacDermid-Horcoff-Cole.
  • Ken Warren: Senators lines: MacArthur-Turris-Ryan, Spezza with Michalek and Conacher. .Greening-Smith-Neil, Kassian-Grant, Zibanejad.
  • Jessica Rusnak: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Plek-Gio, Galch-Eller-Gally, Bournival-Briere-Bourque, White-Dumont-Parros. Desharnais rotating in as C on 4th line.

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Injury Notes: Bolland, Bozak, Morrow, Lecavalier, Ovechkin, Eriksson, Callahan, Franzen and Kane

  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs David Bolland is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a tendon on the outside of his left ankle.
  • Tony Ambrogio: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak was put on the LTIR retroactive to Oct. 25th with a hamstring injury.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Magnus Paajarvi isn’t ready to return yet. Brenden Morrow is not skating yet and will not travel with the team.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Vincent Lecavalier is wearing a full bubble cage at practice. Lecavalier says that he’s playing and denies having a broken jaw.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Alex Ovechkin back practicing and on a line with Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Loui Eriksson skated with teammates today.
  • Larry Brooks: Appearing like Rangers Ryan Callahan will return to the lineup against the Ducks. J.T. Miller looking like a healthy scratch.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen is not expected to be in the lineup tonight, but is hopeful for Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan: Jets Evander Kane (lower-body) will be a game-time decision.

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Injury Notes: Nash, Bishop, Letang and Bolland

  • John Giannone: Rangers Rick Nash is back in New York and won’t be playing tonight or tomorrow.
  • Spector’s Hockey: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a lower body injury. They have called up Kristers Gudlevskis. Damian Cristodero: GM Steve Yzerman said Bishop’s injury is “very minor” but they are being careful.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Kris Letang remained on the ice after the Pens game-day skate to get in some light contact.
  • David Alter: David Bolland not at practice as he was given a maintenance day.

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Injury Hits: Gagner, Torres, Brown, Giroux, Pateryn, Daley, Ritchie, Bolland, Stuart, Schroeder and Red Wings

  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Sam Gagner will have surgery today on his jaw. Expected to have at least one plate.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Raffi Torres could miss at least six weeks, possibly three to four month if surgery is required for an ACL injury to his right knee. They are still determining if surgery is needed and should know later this week. David Pollak: If Tomas Hertl has made the Sharks, could also mean now that a roster spot is open for Hamilton or Nieto.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings Dustin Brown will skate on his own after practice. It will be the first time since his injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Sutter on Dustin Brown: ”He skated one day since the start of camp, and he’s not a guy that can just jump into a game. So if he doesn’t get any exhibition games, I’d say it’s highly unlikely that you’ve got a player that’s ready for the season.”
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Claude Giroux sounded a bit hesitant about playing tomorrow night.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens Greg Pateryn isn’t skating today due to a lower-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley skated today but there is no timetable for his return from an upper-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Brett Ritchie has a lower-body contusion and is out a few days. He could get into one of the two final preseason games.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs David Bolland is out with a sore groin.
  • David Pollak: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is making progress but unlikely to play in the final three exhibition games.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Jordan Schroeder’s foot injury (blocked shot): ”They think they found something.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are currently $2.7 million over the salary cap, but their injuries could help them out. Players who could be put on the LTIR are: Darren Helm ($2.125 million cap hit), Patrick Eaves ($1.2 million), Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million) and Jonas Gustavsson ($1.5 million). A combination of two or three players on the LTIR would get them below. Only Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser can be sent to the AHL without clearing waivers, but both players deserve to remain with the team.

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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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Injury notes and starting goalies: Landeskog, Jones, Thornton, White, Huskins, Bolland, Upshall, Fleury and Varlamov

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Gabriel Landeskog was put on injured reserve. Avs coach Joe Sacco said that he’s only suffering from the head injury now. Landeskog could come off the IR on Monday, but there is no timetable for his return.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche David Jones is out with a knee injury [today]. List as day-to-day. David Van Dee Gulik has been recalled.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton will be out 7 to 10 days with a concussion he sustained Thursday night in a fight with Sabres John Scott.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Ian White told him that he’ll be ready for Tuesday’s game.

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Some Don Fehr quotes … Keeping Luongo could be a gamble … Bolland sorry for RT … Shattenkirk to TPS

  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: From a player source on Fehr’s meeting on decertification talk: ”it is a serious consideration right now.”
  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Don Fehr updated about 25 players yesterday about were the lockout stands. No bargaining sessions are planned at the moment.

    “When we made our proposal on Wednesday, I thought the answer would be yes. But we didn’t get a response which suggests that we are,” Fehr said from Caesars before the Operation Hat Trick charity game. “When you make a move towards them, if you’re going to have an agreement, somebody has to say, ‘Yes and now I can do this.’ Instead they said, more or less, ‘Yes and what else can you do for me?”

    There was some talk between the two sides on Friday, and more is expected either today or tomorrow.

    “Everybody understands that negotiation is a process, that’s about all I can say. So far, we seem to be doing all the negotiating,” Fehr said. “When you say, we have to have with the right hand and I’m going to give you with the left hand, that’s one thing, if they say we have to take with the right hand and we’re going to take with the left hand, too, that becomes very difficult.”

    Fehr on the decertification option,

    “There are two sets of laws that govern these situations and what happens is that, from time to time, unions and sports unions have essentially said that there are circumstances in which members would be better off without a union and taking action under the antitrust laws,” he said. “And that’s all I can say about it. You can check what’s happened in the other sports.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: If/when the lockout ends, the Roberto Luongo situation will consume Vancouver. Most think he’ll be moved, but management has said that they would be fine with having both Luongo and Cory Schneider at training camp. Luongo had said in the summer that a trade was in the best interest of all sides, but later said it’s okay if he came back. Some believe the Canucks should keep Luongo for their Cup run, but that could be a big risk. Nobody is sure how a Luongo-Schneider tandem would work, with each playing 50 percent of the time. What if he struggles this year? How difficult would it to trade him then? If they were to move him, it would make them a more complete team, especially if they get younger and add a 3rd line center. If they did move him, they would need to a backup goalie, and the market is weak. Dan Ellis is on a tryout deal with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Other free agent options are Dwayne Roloson, Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. The Maple Leafs might be willing to include Ben Scrivens in a Luongo trade. The Canucks have Eddie Lack playing in Chicago, but is he ready?
  • ESPN: Blackhawks David Bolland retweeted on Friday “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?” Bolland later deleted the retweet and offered up an apology.

    “It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out,” Bolland told’s Pierre LeBrun. “I like to retweet for a lot of my fans, and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”

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Morning notes on: Toews, Bolland, Brunette, Kassian, Sedin, Ballard, Jets, Blues ownership and Schneider starts

  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday.

    “There’s still signs of the concussion lingering and, when that’s completely gone, I’ll be comfortable playing,” said Toews.

    Dave Bolland is day-to-day with a n upper-body injury. Andrew Brunette (foot) is questionable for tonight.

  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Zach Kassian is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Byron Bitz has been recalled. Coach Vigneault when asked if Daniel Sedin has begun light skating,

    “He’s following the protocol. . .there’s nothing to report there. That’s where we are.”

    GM Mike Gillis has said he hopes Daniel is ready for the playoffs. Keith Ballard travelled with the team but won’t play tonight. Kevin Bieksa has missed the last 4 games.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets need to find a #1 center either through a draft and develop or through free agency. Brian Little, Alex Burmistrov and Kyle Wellwood have been used in the top 6, but are not top-line centers. Top draft pick Mark Scheifele still needs to grow physically and learn to against men.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Minority owner of the Blues, Tom Stillman, is still working on finalizing a deal to buy the team. No closing date is set. One area that hasn’t been settled with the NHL yet is who guarantees/funds the losses.

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Blackhawks could use a 2nd line center … Bruins have plenty of cap space … Board of Governors meetings … Stastny injured

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Blackhawks have moved Patrick Kane back to wing, which likely means they are back in the market for a 2nd line center. David Bolland is best suited for the 3rd line role and Patrick Sharp is a winger and not a centerman. Couldn’t blame the Blackhawks if they were looking at Oilers Sam Gagner.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: The Bruins currently about $3.1 million in cap space, and could have a lot more if they put Marc Savard on LTIR. They are looking out for deals, but there is no urgency to change their lineup. They may be cautious spending as they have upcoming UFAs: Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo; as well as RFAs: Tuuka Rask and Benoit Pouliot.

    “We’ve got a lot of cap space and we’ve got (long-term injury) space, so we’re in a good position to do something,” Chiarelli said last week. “But we’ve won 12 out of 13 (games). My point is, the timing has to be right and the player has to be right. It’s hard to find the right time, especially when you’ve won 12 out of 13 — and when there really aren’t a lot of players available now.“I’m always looking. I’m not actively seeking a player, but I’m listening to teams and seeing where the market is.”

  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: On the Agenda for the Board of Governors meets is realignment, the state of the Coyotes and Blues sales, and their European operations. They will also look at on-ice matter like concussions and the competitive balance within the league. 20 out of 30 votes would be needed to approve new realignment (One 4 conference realignment option can be viewed in yesterday’s post). The BOG will also get a report from Bill Daly on where things are with the NHLPA regarding the CBA that expires next September.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Paul Stastny suffered a “torso injury” in the 3rd period last night. A better update will happen today at practice.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: The Flames will likely be going with “organizational depth” along the blueline while Mark Giordano is out. GM Jay Feaster said there is at least 16 teams trying to get a defenseman that could come in and help.
  • Mark Masters via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight. James Reimer will start in net tomorrow against the Devils.

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Hurricanes claim Nodl … Interest in Bobrovsky, but Flyers don’t want to trade him … Neal fined … Staal skates … Reimer back Saturday

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Hurricanes have claimed Andreas Nodl off waivers from the Flyers. The Avalanche put Joakim Lindstrom on waivers. The Devils put Brad Mills on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen clears re-entry waivers.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been symptom free for the last 5 weeks and has begun the next step in his recovery, skating on his own. He skated yesterday and today.
  • NY Islanders via twitter: Al Montoya will start in net for the Islanders tonight. Reasoner and Nino are in. Haley is a scratch.

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