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Injury Notes: Malkin, Edler, Harding, Schenn, Lecavalier, Smith, Abdelkader, Clowe and the Blue Jackets

  • Mike Halford: Penguins Evgeni Malkin will miss their next two games.
  • Brad Ziemer: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Alex Edler: ”He’s still a ways away. I can’t even say day to day. It’s after the (Xmas) break and who knows where from there.”
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild goalie Josh Harding was put on the IR and they have recalled Johan Gustafsson.

    “Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”

  • Courier Post: Flyers Brayden Schenn does not have a concussion and could play tonight. Marc Narducci: Schenn said he has some stiffness in his upper back and neck, but no concussion symptoms.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is still two-three weeks away according to GM Paul Holmgren.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Trevor Smith broke his hand and will but put on the IR. Jonas Siegel: Dreger said that he could be out for two months. Jared Smithson will fill in for the time being.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated yesterday. His headaches and dizziness are gone. He isn’t sure when he’ll be cleared to return, but is hoping for Monday. Deryk Engelland was suspended for five games for the hit on Abdelkader.
  • Randy Miller: Devils Ryane Clowe is hoping to play on Friday.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (upper-body) and Marian Gaborik (knee) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Both are expecting to play on Saturday. Dalton Prout (upper-body) is out at least two weeks. Derek McKenzie (lower-body) is day-to-day and is out this weekend. He hopes to be able to return before Christmas.

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Morning Hits: Thornton, Clarkson, Porter, Peluso and Engelland

  • Josh Yohe: Bruins Shawn Thornton: ”I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about my next steps.”
  • Cap Geek: Maple Leafs David Clarkson has forfeited $397,280 in salary this season due to suspensions.
  • Bob McKenzie: Jets Anthony Peluso will have a noon hearing today with the NHL.
  • NHL Player Safety: Penguins Deryk Engelland will have an in-person hearing on Wednesday for his hit on Justin Abdelkader.
  • How many game do you think Engelland SHOULD get? How many games do you think he WILL get?

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Morning Rumors: Subban, Team Needs, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Predators, Oilers and Yakupov

  • Chris Nichols: Louis Jean said that P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will begin contract extension talks within the next two weeks. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the critical question that needs to be asked: is Therein giving PK tough love or is he disrespecting him?” … ”if Subban takes it as disrespect he’ll take a short deal and walk as a UFA in two years”
  • Darren Dreger on TSN (team – needs): Maple Leafs - Center, Oilers - Defenseman and Goalie, Jets - Power Forward, Ducks - Puck moving defenseman, Hurricanes - Defenseman and Goalie, Panthers - Defenseman and Forward
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”the Leafs have bodies that they’re going to have to find room for on the blueline” … ”one thing the Leafs do as well or better than most teams is make sure they recognize that” … ”people will laugh at that comment considering how Gardiner was treated last year”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say what happens to the blueline when Mark Fraser returns. Mirtle guesses that either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner sits one or both games this weekend. Michael Traikos: Traikos guesses Rielly will sit as Gardiner has been playing a lot lately.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Florida’s GM Dale Tallon is trying hard to make some roster moves. He sent an email to all teams last week saying that defenseman Ryan Whitney is available. There are about 20 teams with $2 million of less in salary cap space. Friendman wonders if anyone would take a chance on Penguins Deryk Engelland and his $566,667 salary cap hit. Predators GM David Poile: Q: “After the trade embargo was lifted on Shea Weber, did you ever get an offer that made you think about doing it?” A: “No.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: Oilers Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish were at the Flyers – Hurricanes game Tuesday night.
  • Seth Rothman: At the Rangers game last night: Oilers Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish.
  • Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers-Penguins game: Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets, Coyotes, Oilers (3), Stars (2) and Lightning
  • Brian Staubit of CBS Sports: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Nail Yakupov and trade rumors.

    “The thing with Yak is simple. I see him trying so hard to be better defensively and to learn this defensive system that we’re trying to implement. I thought he made a couple of good plays defensively yesterday. I saw the thought process go through his head on the ice so that’s encouraging for me.

    “And then wanted also to let him know all these reports in the media where people are making up trades for him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue. This kid is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid here Stamkos; those guys struggled early in their careers and boy they turned out to be pretty good players.

    “Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eyes and let him know ‘hey, we’re attached at the hip.’ We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and and Stamkos. That’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old. We’re not just going to suddenly give up on a guy because he’s going through a rough stretch. People writing their columns and their blogs; listen, they can create their excitement that way. But all of what’s out there is 100 percent untrue.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked with Yakupov and his agent, Igor Larianov yesterday morning. At no time has MacTavish tried to trade Yakupov.

    “We never once mentioned that. I’ve had calls since the rumours started asking if I wanted to discuss that. But the answer has been ‘No!’

    “We are committed to him. His ice time may go up and down. But we have no plans to send him to the press box in Tampa Bay, at least the coach didn’t mention that as part of his plans when I talked to him in the morning.

    “And we have no thoughts of moving him down to the AHL,” he said of Wednesday’s speculation.

    “I told Nail that he made a commitment to us and we’ve made a commitment to him.”

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Morning rumors with video: Panthers, Oilers, Kaleta, Eller, Phaneuf, Noel and Gardiner

  • Harvey Fialkov: “Kulikov to Leafs trade rumors eminated from Toronto Sun. So early for these rumors. Panthers are easy target b/c of good young players.” … “Tallon said Ottawa Sun report about dealing veterans was absolute hearsay as is today’s Toronto Sun report on trading Kulikov.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: With Mike Brown’s trade to the Sharks, the Oilers now have 48 contracts. There is some talk that the Oilers should go after Red Wings Jordin Tootoo. There have been some calls made, but he carries a cap hit of $1.9 million, which is a lot for a fourth-liner. The Oilers need an abrasive third pairing defenseman (Deryk Engelland) more than they need a fourth-liner.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: A decision on Patrick Kaleta should be known today or tomorrow. If the suspension stays longer that six games, he has seven days to decide if he wants to take it to an independent arbitrator.

    The Canadiens had talks with Lars Ellerover the summer. No offer was made as Eller’s camp wanted to see how this season went after his injury late last season.

    Sources saying the Panthers are open to make some moves. GM Dale Tallon won’t wait long to make some players available. More of a retool and not a rebuild.

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: There haven’t been serious talks between the Maple Leafs and pending UFA Dion Phaneuf. Money and term could be tricky, but they will make an offer to keep him.
  • SportsNet Hockey Central: Is the writing on the wall for Claude Noel and Jake Gardiner?

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Morning Rumors: Bernier, Reimer, Oilers, Engelland and scouting the Jets-Stars

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Jonathan Bernier.

    “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Lombardi told ESPN.com Friday. “We knew this guy. After the trade, he sent me a text to thank me for trading him. I replied back, ‘I just wish I could have been Glen Sather and had Moog and Fuhr but that is impossible today.’”

    Lombardi knew he couldn’t keep both Bernier and Jonathan Quick, and promised Bernier a trade.

    “What makes this tough is that it’s procedural, you have to move him, it’s not even a hockey deal, you’re looking for an asset deal.”

    “You’ve got something that’s valuable that you have to move, but the market doesn’t recognize it,” Lombardi said.

    “[Toronto GM] Dave Nonis was really the only one who was seriously interested in him. Everyone else was just tire-kicking. I was shocked at the lack of real interest. He had proven himself again last season. The other reason I think people overlook Bernier is because he is small; they overlook his hockey sense, which is his best asset.

    “I give Nonis a lot of credit. A week after he got the [GM] job [in Toronto], he was all over Bernier.”

    Lombardi said they almost traded Bernier to Toronto before the start of last season, but was nervous with Quick coming back off back surgery. Without Bernier last year, they wouldn’t make the playoffs.

  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: With the early play of Jonathan Bernier, the Leafs have two capable No. 1 goalies. Feschuk wonders:

    It could mean the Maple Leafs explore a trade that includes James Reimer, since there’s no point in keeping around a perfectly deal-able No. 1-calibre talent when you’ve got holes in the lineup. There are plenty of teams looking for goaltenders and defencemen — heck, one will be at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. Wouldn’t a package of Reimer and the still-not-extended Dion Phaneuf render a choice young asset from, say, the Oilers?

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: One Eastern Conference executive doesn’t think Devan Dubnyk can be a No. 1 goalie, and aside from Justin Schultz, their blueline has  ”neither depth nor dimension.” LeBrun thinks that GM Craig MacTavish will wait 10 to 15 games before deciding if he needs to look for a goalie elsewhere or not. LeBrun thinks their bigger need is on the blueline and that MacTavish will look to add one or two by the trade deadline.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are looking for third pairing Dman that brings some muscle and toughness. Penguins Deryk Engelland’s name keeps coming up in trade talk.
  • Darrin Bauming: Scouting the Jets-Stars game: Blues, Flames, Oilers, Penguins and two from the Swedish National team.

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Davidson to meet with Blue Jackets … Edler and Garrison’s injuries revealed … Engelland to Norway

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: John Davidson is heading to Columbus this weekend to meet with majority owner John McConnell and president Mike Priest. Davidson met with both on May 29th while he was the president of the Blues. He worked out a buyout with the Blues last week, and in an interview, expressed interest in working with the Blue Jackets. What Davidson’s role would be is not known. On could assume that he could be the president of hockey operations, with Priest running the business side of things.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks admitted yesterday that Alex Edler has a bulging disc and Jason Garrison has a groin injury. Both will be getting paid until they are deemed healthy. Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said both players were injured while training for the season and before the players were locked out. Ziemer via twitter: Have to wonder how the Canucks felt after Edler was kicking field goals after a Lions game.

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Crosby not returning today … Toews hopes for Tuesday … Souray 50-50 for Tuesday … Thorburn out 3 weeks … Brodie out with UBI

  • Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Sidney Crosby won’t play today. He doesn’t have symptoms or had any setbacks. Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Crosby on his return, “Hopefully, it’s soon.” When asked if Thursday against the Rangers was possible, “That’s soon, so we’ll see.” Crosby added:

    “A good amount of contact is the biggest test right now, so, hopefully, the next few days with the practices we have I can really get a good idea of where I’m at and go from there,” Crosby said. “I’ve been really happy with the way I’ve felt leading up to this point.”

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland and Kris Letang practiced yesterday. Engelland is out with a lower-body injury and hopes to return on Thursday. Letang practiced with the team as no other ice was available for him. He didn’t take any contact.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews hopes to return on Tuesday, but he hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.

    I’d love to be in on Tuesday, but again, I just have to focus on this afternoon and getting a good rest tonight and worrying about those little things right now, the way I have been, just taking it one step at a time,” Toews said. “Hopefully, it’s going to be sooner than later at his point.”

    “I think so. I keep telling myself that,” Toews said. “If you can shoot for a date like that, even if it’s early, obviously you feel like you’re improving and you’re making strides and notice a difference. This past week I was hoping for Sunday and now I realize that’s not going to happen. We’ll shoot for [Tuesday].

    “But again, I’m going to tell you guys [the media] the same thing every day. I’ll just take it day by day and it what happens.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is listed as 50-50 to play on Tuesday. Souray suffered a lower body injury on Thursday and sat out yesterday’s game.
  • Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun: Jonas Gustavsson doesn’t have many starts remaining to show his bosses they should keep him around beyond the season. Coach Randy Carlyle yesterday morning after:

    “I had to go by statistics and … everybody said Jonas Gustavsson has been the better of the two in performance, that’s what they told me.”

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Engelland suspended for 3 games for his hit on Kruger

Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland has been suspended for 3 games for leaving his feet to hit Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger in the head.

Kruger has been diagnosed with a concussion. Engelland has never been suspended by the NHL.

Chris Johnston via twitter: Engelland’s 3 game suspension will cost him $9,189.18.

Josh Yohe via twitter: Yohe doesn’t have a problem with Engelland being suspended, but thinks that 3 games is a little much and that the league is really inconsistent.

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Coyotes wanted Kadri for Turris … Flames and Leafs injury update … Havlat out 6-8 weeks … Richards cleared … Engelland to have hearing

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs were never really in on Kyle Turris before he was dealt to the Senators. The Coyotes may have asked for Nazem Kadri, and the Leafs have high hopes for him.
  • John Down of the Calgary Herald: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano skated yesterday, but it wasn’t the first time since he tore a leg muscle on Nov. 29t, just the first time he was caught by the media. “It’s a good thing,” acknowledged coach Brent Sutter. “It’s a slow process, but it’s just another step in the right direction. He’s still a long ways away, but it’s definitely very encouraging.” Defensemnan Anton Babchuk is getting close to returning from his Nov. 8th hand injury. David Moss had a recent setback in the healing process on the cracked bone in his foot. Forward Greg Nemisz was recalled yesterday.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will return to the lineup tonight against the Maple Leafs. Brad Boyes is getting close but will wait a few more days. Thomas Vanek has had 2 straight ‘maintenance’ days, but will play tonight.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Sharks winger Martin Havlat will be out 6-8 weeks after he had a partial tear of his hamstring repaired.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs center David Steckel hopes to return to the lineup tonight after missing 2 games due to bronchitis. Mark Masters via twitter: Leafs coach Ron Wilson said that Matthew Lombardi will ‘definitely’ return after Christmas when the Leafs have a 3 game road trip. Tony Ambrogio via twitter: James Reimer is expected to start tonight for the Maple Leafs against the Sabres.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland will have a phone disciplinary hearing for his high hit on Blackhawks Marcus Kruger.

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