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- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames re-signing Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ever going to happen unless he’d take a pay-cut to remain with the team during a lengthy rebuilding period. He’ll test the open market unless he comes to terms with the team who trades for him. If Brian Burke could get a first round pick for him, it would be a success. A second round pick and a prospect would be suffice.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that contract talks with goaltender Anton Khudobin are underway, but he’s not sure if they can get done by tomorrow.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes pending UFAs Radim Vrbata, David Moss and Derek Morris all want to remain in Phoenix. Talks between the Coyotes and Vrbata are still scheduled to take place after the season. There have been no active talks between the Coyotes and Moss and Morris. They could be offseason discussions.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Questions are already being asked to Ryan Miller if he would re-sign with the Blues.
“I’m very open to it,” Miller told reporters in St. Louis today, “but right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.
“It’s definitely a possibility.”
- Steven Marcus: Islanders Thomas Vanek said that if the team was in the ‘top echelon’ that he might stay, adding ”I can tell you that winning does make a big difference.”
Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks
- Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
- Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
- Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
- Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
- Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
- John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
- Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
- Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
- Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
- Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Trade talk is picking up.
“There’s definitely more talking going on,” one team executive told ESPN.com Monday night. ”Some of the bubble/lower teams have begun to share their lists of players they might move if they fall out of it.”
Salary cap will play a big part this year.
“Because of that, I still think most of the action, like 90 percent of it, happens after the Olympics, closer to March,” said one player agent who has a player or two who likely will be on the move.
Contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan have not gone well and he could be moved. GM Glen Sather called some teams over the weekend to say Callahan could be available.
Talks between the Sharks and Dan Boyle are ongoing, but a deal may not be close. The Sharks could be worried about the 35+ rule. Boyle may be looking for a two year deal.
Teams have called Maple Leafs about Nazem Kadri.
The Penguins will have some decisions to make on their blueline with pending UFAs Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. They have prospects Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson and Derrick Pouliot. It wouldn’t be surprising if they moved someone for a winger. LeBrun wonders if any team will calling the Penguins about Kris Letang before the draft. His big contract kicks in next season.
Ray Whitney may welcome a trade if the Stars fall out of the race.
- TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: the Rangers are gauging interest on Ryan Callahan, and less so on Dan Girardi. The Rangers may be more confident in re-signing Girardi, though he’s getting a lot of interest. Bob McKenzie: If the Rangers don’t re-sign one or both, they could trade one or both. Even though they are in the playoff race, the Rangers realize they are not a contender and don’t want to let them walk for nothing. Girardi may be looking for a seven year deal in the Jay Bouwmeester ranger, $5.4 million. Callahan is looking for a seven year deal in the $6 million range.
Bob McKenzie: there has been some interest in Ryan Miller. The Wild haven’t made an offer. They are waiting to see what happens with Josh Harding. The Blues have lukewarm interest in Miller.
Some bubble teams have started sending out lists of players who might be available and to say ”If we pull the plug right before the Olympic break, here is the list of players that we’re willing to move.” Those teams are also using the next 10 days to see if they are buyers or sellers.
Dreger thinks there will be at least two outdoor games (Winter and Heritage Classic) next year, maybe four.
- Elliotte Friedman: A $5 million player will cost about $410,000 during the Olympic break. Some owners won’t care about the extra salary to pay out in a pre-Olympic trade, but some might.
Blackhawks Brandon Pirri will lose his waiver exception next season. The Ducks and Peter Holland were in a similar situation and they decided to trade him before they could have lost him for nothing.
Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe offered to step away from the team, owner Daryl Katz refused.
The Blues were interested in Thomas Vanek in October, Friedman doesn’t see why they would be interested now.
Erik Cole’s agent is denying his client wants out of Dallas.
Interest in Ray Whitney will likely pick up.
Coyotes Derek Morris‘ name has come up recently. He’s a pending UFA and the Coyotes would like some scoring. One problem would that it would leave only Zbynek Michalek as their only veteran right-handed shot.
The Canadiens and Penguins are looking for size.
Many don’t think Sam Gagner is suited to play the wing. There was talk of the Penguins possibly interested.
Anyone that signed post-lockout is not eligible for compliance buyouts.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Filip Forsberg is expected to return to the lineup tonight.
- Brian Compton: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Derek Morris both skated this morning and looking like they will play.
- Mike Harrington: Both Ryan Miller and Cody Hodgson were on the ice at practice this morning.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu skating in a regular practice jersey today.
- Josh Cooper: Predators Nick Spaling will be out tonight.
- Katie Carrera: The Capitals recall Michael Latta from the AHL.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jay McClement status for tonight is unclear as his wife is in labour with their first child.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: So far the Blues have increased their payroll to $57 million this year, an increase of $4.8 million. Those numbers don’t include Alex Pietrangelo.
“If you look at our roster, we had a young team that is coming into the middle stages of their careers, where they’re going to start to get paid more,” Stillman said. “If we were going to keep them together, it meant a higher investment level.
“If we weren’t willing to invest more, we were going to have to lose some key pieces and that’s not what we wanted to do. It would be hard to maintain the contending team that we want to have, but it would also send the wrong message to our fans and supporters.”
- Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Coyotes GM Don Maloney is still hopeful that he can add another offensive weapon.
“I think if we find one more offensive player, scorer it would certainly help. I like our defense, I like our goaltending depth. Even our organization, I just think up front we need more skill,” he said.
“We still have three forward positions available for either finding someone in a trade, signing a free agent, or somebody like a Max Domi or a Henrik Samuelsson comes to camp and wins a job. We have very good flexibility right now, but If we can find another bonafide top two NHL player that’d be our preference.”
They could move out a defenseman. Keith Yandle and Derek Morris will be mentioned in the rumor mill again.
- James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Some Senators fans aren’t happy that the Sens won’t spend close to the salary cap, but that isn’t likely to change. The Senators have the third lowest salary cap so far according to CapGeek.com. Owner Eugene Melnyk:
“If we want to even spend a few extra million dollars, that just goes right out of my pocket. It’s a business, people have to understand. This is not philanthropy. I love the team, but there’s only so much you can bear.”
- John Kreiser of NHL.com: Kreiser looks at seven young players who were traded too soon: Cam Neely, Rick Middleton, Mats Sundin, Kris Draper, Zdeno Chara, Randy Carlyle and Roberto Luongo.
- Brian Compton of NHL.com: Prospects that could get promoted to the Minnesota Wild this year are defenseman Matthew Dumba and center Zack Phillips.
- Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Defenseman Steve Montador signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL.
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- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets are dangling the the 1st round pick that they acquired from the LA Kings. They won’t trade it for a rental player.
- John Vogl: Sabres Ryan Miller won’t say if he’s handed in his eight-team no-trade list and won’t comment if he’s talked with Darcy Regier. Seth Rorabaugh: Miller on possibly being traded: ”I’m not going to worry about it… It’s part of the business… You don’t have a say in anything.” On approving a trade: “I’m not going to comments on conversations I’ve had with (GM) Darcy (Regier), real or imagined.”
- Damien Cox: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis didn’t talk to the Canucks yesterday about Roberto Luongo.
- David Pagnotta: The Maple Leafs and Canucks will resume talks today. The Canucks are now asking about Nikolai Kulemin or Clarke MacArthur.
- Darren Dreger: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will be out for three months with an ankle injury.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris confirmed that he’s submitted a list of 8 teams that he’d waive his no-trade clause for. From Morris: ”Whatever management does is what they think will make this organization and this team better. But that being said, we don’t want to see anybody in this locker room move.”
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: It would take a significant offer for the Senators to move goalie Ben Bishop. Daniel Alfredsson said he’d be okay if the Senators were quiet.
“We like the situation we are in, with more players returning from injuries and joining us on trips, so even if we don’t anything, we still have some nice additions.”
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- Damien Cox: The Maple Leafs and Miikka Kiprusoff’s agent will continue talks this morning. Could be 50-50 at best.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if the Maple Leafs did little today. GM Dave Nonis may be looking for bargains.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward, but won’t give up a first round pick. Several options have already been traded.
“With the people that were moved the last couple of days, in most cases I talked to those general managers,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “I don’t know that there’s a lot out there. We’ll see what happens (Wednesday).”
Red Wings GM Ken Holland won’t be looking for depth players.
“We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,” Holland said. “Some players we couldn’t get in the mix on. I’ll explore until the deadline.”
The Wings inquired about Jaromir Jagr and Jay Bouwmeester. Players the Red Wings might be interested in: Derek Morris, Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Curtis Glencross, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Pominville, Mike Ribeiro and Drew Stafford.
- Kevin Allen: GM Holland is still looking, but would be fine if he ends the day with the same team.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t think the Flyers are on edge about the deadline. GM Paul Holmgrem said on Saturday that he didn’t expect to be a buyer. The Flyers are six points out. They don’t have much to offer up if they decide they want to make a playoff push. Possible trade bait in Daniel Briere, Max Talbot and Braydon Coburn are all out with injuries. If they are looking to add a defenseman, they could look at: Jamie McBain, Ryan O’Byrne, Erik Johnson, Ryan Whitney, Derek Morris and Keith Yandle.
- Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini on if it will be a busy trade deadline day.
“Hard to tell. We’re talking to a lot of teams about different options, short-term, long-term … I really won’t know until I get there on Wednesday.”
McCurdy lists some Oilers who could be traded: Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Mark Fistric, Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi and Theo Peckham.
- Nick Kypreos: Sources are saying that Flames Miikka Kiprusoff has told team management that if his rights are traded, he won’t report due to family reason.
- Greg Brady: Mike Keenan says there was a mutual understanding between the Flames and Kiprusoff that he wasn’t going to play out the 2013-14 season at $1.5 million.
- Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson after trading Douglas Murray,
“Can this lead to other deals?” Wilson asked, repeating a question. “Sure it can.”
He said it’s “very doubtful,” that they are looking for a short-term, rental fix. They also plan on keeping all their draft picks. So that leaves three possibilities. 1. Gain immediate help by trading one of their roster assets. 2. Continue to obtain more draft picks. 3. Trade an expiring contract (ie. Ryane Clowe) for a young player.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Teams that are willing to sell now have an advantage. The numbers of teams may double next week. The addition of Brad Stuart in the offseason, made Douglas Murray expendable for the Sharks. If you’re going to trade for draft picks, this is the year to do it. The Sharks performance in the next week will dictate how the Sharks refresh/reset will go. Ryane Clowe could be the next to go. If things don’t go well over the next week, Dan Boyle could also be on his way out. After next season, the contracts of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelskiand Boyle will come off the books. They currently have just $27 million on the books for 2014-15. Thornton and Marleau have no-movement clauses.
“This is coming to crunch time,” Wilson said, saying the bigger refresh comes now or in the summer. “The phone has been busy, and we’ll take all calls.”
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Some wonder if the recent play of Kris Russell and Wade Redden will reduce the urgency of GM Doug Armstrong’s search for a partner for Alex Pietrangelo.
- Craig Morgen of Fox Sports Arizona: Coyotes GM Don Maloney if they be buyers or sellers,
“We’re right at the cliff as far as I’m concerned,” Maloney said. “If we slide much further, all bets are off. We’re going to go out and find assets. This is reality.”
He has been in “constant” talks with other teams about trades. If they lose to either or both of the Wild and Predators this week, names that may not be on the roster after the deadline could be Boyd Gordon, Raffi Torres, Derek Morris and others.
Wings get big fine … Leafs have assets to get Luongo deal done … Coyotes player update … Some overseas notes
- TSN: The Red Wings organization has been fined in the neighborhood of $250,000 for comments made by senior VP Jim Devellano in an interview with Island Sports News.
“It’s very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this,” said Devellano. “The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That’s the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren’t going to let a union push them around. It’s not going to happen.”
“Yes, they are billionaires,” Devellano said. “Good on them, they deserve it, but they also make their employees millionaires. Not a bad tradeoff for a guy like (Milan) Lucic getting what, $6 million a year? I mean good on him too, but he should be grateful. Understand, though, that these players want for nothing … it’s first class this, first class that, meal allowances, travel money on the road, the whole shebang.”
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Roberto Luongo may have come to the realization that getting to traded back to Florida is “hanging on by a thread, if at all.” The Maple Leafs have already made a solid offer for Luongo, and when Canucks GM Mike Gillis was asked about the deal, he said “there were several assets the Buds have which can get it done.” Before the CBA expired, there were reports that a mystery team or 2 may have entered the Luongo sweepstakes. The Oilers were mentioned as one team that could be interested. Nikolai Khabibulin may retire if the season is wiped out. Devan Dubnyk has improved, but is not a sure thing as a #1.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson is expected to head to their AHL training camp this Friday. Keith Yandle is skating in Boston, and plans to stay there for the time being. Yandle on playing overseas, “I’m not sure,” he said. “I haven’t really even thought about that too much, to be honest. Right now I’m preparing as if the season will start.” What other Coyotes are thinking. David Moss will be staying Phoenix for the time being. Antoine Vermette will stay for a bit, but may join the traveling league in Quebec that some NHLers are trying to put together. David Schlemko isn’t sure about Europe and will wait until mid-late October to decide on anything. Raffi Torres is undecided. Derek Morris is unsure. Zbynek Michalek is considering Europe. Martin Hanzal has a couple options with Czech and other European teams. Mike Smith and his pregnant wife don’t have a problem with going to Europe. Boyd Gordon would consider playing in Europe. Paul Bissonnette will stay. Steve Sullivan doesn’t want to leave his family. Shane Doan isn’t sold on leaving.
- The Fourth Period: Steven Stamkos’ agent, Mark Guy, confirmed that Stamkos “has been contacted by many teams,” but is not close to making a decision. HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A League is one of the teams that is reportedly interested in Stamkos.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Dmitry Kulikov may be close to signing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There have been no goalies to head overseas, and it may be hard for them to find work. Henrik Lundqvist should be joining Frolunda. Senators Craig Anderson will have to be patient.
“It’s not just a matter of finding a job … it’s a matter of finding a job and making sure that the player is protected now and in the future,” Anderson’s agent, Justin Duberman, said from his Chicago office Saturday.
“There is a lot of risk in going over. There’s a lot of great things about going over as well from a hockey standpoint, but you have to make sure you protect yourself from an insurance standpoint to make sure it’s a great opportunity.”
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Players may not be in a rush to make a deal as their escrow checks are coming, 8% of their base salary from last year. Average checks will be about $163,000.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: “There is no way, kids, that Crosby is coming to the KHL. Not with teams like Vityaz roaming around, specializing on injuring opposing stars.”… “The KHL can and will protect Russian NHLers against goons, but Crosby? If anything, Sid-hunting will be encouraged. No reason for him to go.” … “Guys like Shea Weber (big, scary D-man) and Patrick Kane (you know, vodka) would be welcome and do well in KHL. But finesse stars, stay away.”
Blue Jackets getting closer … Vultures circling Avs … Roy can be had … Ward out with LBI … Nabokov – Isles to talk contract
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “We’re waiting for the right deals. We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”
- The Globe and Mail: Burke has said he isn’t interested in adding a goalie at this point. They could look for one in the summer. Jhonas Enroth or Anders Lindback or any other goalie not going to Columbus could be available.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: “The vultures are circling around the Avs.” They could begin selling soon.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: The Sabres are looking to move Derek Roy. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said he won’t be looking to add another goalie.
“I like our goalies,” Holmgren said, presumably with a straight face. “They believe they are going to play better. They are not happy with their performances either. They both realize they have to play better.”
Colorado could be sellers by the end of the week, and JS Giguere could be available. He carries $1.25 million cap hit, and has 1 year left on his deal.
- Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Derek Roy’s days in Buffalo could be numbered. He has another year at $4 million, which may make him attractive to some.
“Right now, this is my team,” Roy said. “I’m not a GM. I have no idea what they’re going to do. All I can do is play for my team, play for my linemates, go out every night like it was my first year and play as hard as I can every game.”
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Ty Conklin has been put on waivers by the Red Wings.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight as Cam Ward is out with a lower-body injury. “I’m not going to take any chances (with Ward),” Muller said. “We’ve got a lot of games in March. … We need to assess (the injury) and stay on it and make sure it doesn’t get worse. Before he goes back in the net he needs to be 100 percent and ready to go.”
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov’s agent, Don Meehan, said that negotiations with the Islanders will “start soon.” Isles GM Garth Snow would not comment.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier left practice with a lingering upper-body injury. It’s not believed to be serious.
- Gene Principe via twitter: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will be out 7-10 days with a groin injury. Yann Danis has been recalled. Dan Tencer via twitter: Potential trade partners for Khabibulin don’t like the extra year on his deal.
- Jeff Veillette via twitter: The Blue Jackets and Senators are scouting the Leafs AHL team today.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Perreault-Brouwer, Chimera-Johansson-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Knuble, Beagle-Halpern-Ward.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators. Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner are scratches.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Mathieu Garon will start in net for the Lightning tomorrow against the Ducks.
- Rob Longley via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tomorrow. Joffrey Lupul and Carl Gunnarsson will be in.
Weber has hearing today … Flames working phones … Sens have Dmen available … Dater’s trade proposals … Gomez injured … Flyers, Devils, Habs lines
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Predators defenseman Shea Weber has a hearing today at 2:00 pm for a boarding call last night.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flames GM Jay Feaster:
“I’m not going to sit around and wait”, Feaster told ESPN.com Thursday. “There is urgency here. There’s very much a sense of urgency. We kept this group together for a reason this summer. We articulated what that was and articulated to the players. They talked about the need to get off to a good start. We saw what happened last season when you dig yourself a hole. We played like our pants were on fire in the second half last year and it [still] wasn’t enough. We’re all paying lip service to what we needed to do. Now we need to do it.”
“Obviously I’m making phone calls and people are making phone calls to me,’’ said Feaster. “It’s not something I’m looking to do, I want to win with this group. That’s what I want to do.
“We like the team we have. But we talked repeatedly about it all summer and in camp, the need to get off to a good start.’’
Senators GM Bryan Murray:
“Yes, and I hate to say this, but if there’s a need on another team for a veteran defenseman, we’ll probably one have available that we’d be willing to talk about.’’
Sergei Gonchar still has another year left at $5.5 million and a no-movement clause.
- Adrian Dater of SI.com: Dater runs through some players who could be traded, and who might be interested. 1. Rene Bourque (CAL) – The Avalanche could offer one of their top 3 defensive prospects and/or throw in winger TJ Galiardi. 2. Jay Bouwmeester (CAL) – Dater wonders about a Bouwmeester for Tuomo Ruutu deal. 3. Lots of Blue Jackets – Rich Nash is due between $7.5 and $8.2 million until 2017-18. The last 6 years of Fedor Tyutin’s deal are for $4.5 million. Marc Mathot has a 4 year deal at $3 million. James Wisniewski has a 6 year deal. Dater notes that other than Nash, the others may not get much interest. 4. Derek Morris (PHO) on a 3 year, $2.75 million per deal – Dater proposes a Morris for Alex Tanguay deal. Tanguay signed a 5 year deal at $3.5 million. Dater says that Olli Jokinen makes sense too. Adrian Dater via twitter: Some of the trade scenario talk was meant to have some humor too.
- Eric Engels via twitter: As for Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier giving Andrei Markov a 3 year deal, Gauthier said mid-season last year that they weren’t concerned about Markov’s rehab. That his injuries didn’t factor into their desire to want him to return and his want to re-sign with the Canadiens.
- Josh Yole via twitter: Evgeni Malkin is looking better as practice goes on today. Will be interesting to see if he’ll play tomorrow.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens forward Scott Gomez left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. He was initially hurt after taking a hit from Engelland, tried for one more shift after, but then left.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen injured his hand blocking a shot and it’s not known if he’ll play tomorrow.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Daniel Briere is centering Jakob Voracek and Scott Hartnell. Giroux is centering Jagr and Schenn. Read is centering Simmonds and JVR. Couturier is centering Talbot and Shelley/Nodl.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Canadiens lines: Cammalleri-Plekanec-Gionta, Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole, Moen-Eller-Kostitsyn, Darche-Engqvist-Palushaj.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Elias-Zubrus; Kovalchuk-Josefson-Palmieri; Tedenby-Sykora-Ckarkson; Boulton-Mills-Pelley-Janssen. Defensive pairings: Greene-Larsson; Tallinder-Fayne; Salvador-Volchenkov
Derek Morris has re-signed with the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4 year, $11 Million dollar contract extension. This work out to a $2.75 Million dollar cap hit.