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NHL Rumors: Canucks, Flames, Isles, Caps, Canes, Canadiens, Panthers, Leafs, Predators and Bruins

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Canucks ownership will need to decide if one or both of John Tortorella and Mike Gillis will be back.

    Expect Flames coach Bob Hartley to return next season. Top candidates to for the Flames GM position: George McPhee, Laurece Gilman, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle.

    There could be at least three groups that have spoken with Charles Wang about buying the Islanders.

    Capitals coach Adam Oates may be fired after the season.

    The Hurricanes may look to trade Cam Ward (two-years with a $6.7 million cap hit). The Flames, Islanders, Sabres and Capitals could be looking for a goalie this offseason.

    Ron Francis (pending Hurricanes GM) will have to decide if they will buy out the remaining four years and $28 million left on Alex Semin’s contract.

    Ken Hitchcock’s job may be on the line if they have an early playoff exit.

    Rumors are that the Canadiens and P.K. Subban’s camp have only held preliminary talks, with serious negotiations talking place after the playoffs. He could get an eight-year contract worth around $7.5 million per season.

    There are rumors that the Panthers will try to sign pending UFAs Dave Bolland and Matt Moulson.

    Thought is that Dallas Eakins will be back with the Oilers next year. Mark Messier could be a coaching option for them down the road.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the Leafs top priority this offseason should be to re-sign Dave Bolland.

    Simmons thinks Randy Carlyle will be the Leafs coach next season.Simmons wonders if the Predators will fire Barry Trotz and if the Penguins don’t have a successful playoffs, will they fire Dan Bylsma?

    The Leafs, Avalanche and Lightning will be interested in Leo Komarov this offseason.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have about a  $4.5 million salary cap penalty next season for bonus overages for Jarome Iginla, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. They have $62 million already committed for next year. Pending RFAs: Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: John Tortorella won’t be back as the Canucks coach unless ownership chooses him over GM Mike Gillis. Tortorella may be spreading word that Jay Feaster is a GM that he could work with.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller could be let go by incoming GM Ron Francis.

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Injury Notes: Kane, Moen, Parise, Pitkanen, McQuaid, Sbisa, Voracek, Hanzel, Parenteau and Howard

  • Paul Friesen: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Evander Kane will return to the lineup today, and will be on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Has another line mind for Kane too.
  • Michael Russo: There is a chance that Wild’s Zach Parise returns to the lineup on Thursday.
  • Chris Nichols: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen can ”a little bit of weight” on his injured foot. Rutherford thinks that Pitkanen hopes that he has a chance to play next year.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed yesterday’s game with a leg injury. They don’t play again until Saturday. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (concussion) could return on Saturday.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (hand) practiced yesterday and was paired with Francois Beauchemin.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Jakub Voracek has an upper-body injury and will be evaluated when they return to Philadelphia.
  • Chris Johnston: Coyotes Martin Hanzal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup tonight on a line with Marc-Andre Cliche and Patrick Bordeleau. Alex Tanguay is getting close to returning.
  • Bub Duff: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Ansar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that Howard injured the same knee in December and is not sure of the extent of the injury. GM Ken Holland said that Howard’s injury is minor and he’ll be day-to-day. Babcock said that he isn’t sure if Jonas Gustavsson will be ready to play on Wednesday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames winger Paul Byron left last night’s game after only one shift in the second period after he blocked a shot.

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Injury Notes: Hamilton, Parise, Rome, Bortuzzo, Franzen, Neal, Allen, Dwyer, Fasth, Harding and Hemsky

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Dougie Hamilton’s concussion: ”He’ll be out for a little bit, but we don’t anticipate it being too, too long.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Zach Parise skated yesterday morning with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that defenseman Aaron Rome (lower-body) will be out for a bit.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Roberto Bortuzzo thinks he has been cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen said he’s still experiencing dizziness and is not feeling good. Status for Thursday is uncertain.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins James Neal’s injury is not related to his previous injury according to coach Dan Bylsma.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bryan Allen (lower-body) practiced yesterday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer (lower-body) and Drayson Bowman (lower-body) should be ready to return by Saturday.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) is expected to start skating this week or next week.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings defenseman Matt Greene is out with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday and hopes to do so today.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers Ales Hemsky’s ankle is badly swollen, but x-rays didn’t show a break. He’s doubtful for Minnesota.

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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, ”It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Injury Notes: Eriksson, Hamilton, Paille, Quick, Hejda, Crawford, Tanguay, Callahan, Boychuk and Zetterberg

Brian Wilde: Bruins Loui Eriksson was put on the IR with his second concussion in five weeks, fourth of his career. The two he had with Dallas were minor.

Jamie Erdahl: Bruins Dougie Hamilton will be out two to four weeks with a lower-body injury. Dan Paille missed last night’s game with a undisclosed upper-body injury.

NBC ProHockeyTalk: The Kings have put Jonathan Quick on the LTIR and activated Matt Greene.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Jan Hejda could start skating this week and possibly returning on Saturday or next Monday.

Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Corey Crawford is out two to three weeks.

Adrian Dater: Avalanche winger Alex Tanguay now has a hip issue that is related to his knee injury. Surgery is a possibility and he’s out indefinitely.

Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryan Callahan left last night’s game with a knee sprain.

Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk skated yesterday for the first time since spraining his lower back last Thursday.

Eric Stephens: Ducks defensman Mark Fistric (upper-body) is out tonight against the Wild.

Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg traveled with the team to Florida, but he won’t he play. He hasn’t been cleared to start skating and and is not doing any off ice workouts either.

“Too early to say; take it step by step,” Zetterberg said Tuesday, after watching the morning skate at the BB&T Center. “Hopefully this week make some progress and we’ll see where it goes next.”

“Looks like we’re doing the right things, just takes time,’’ Zetterberg said.

“No timetable yet,” Zetterberg said. “Just got to see how I progress and feel with each step. Right now doing some rehab stuff and then we’ll see what the next step is.”

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Injury Notes: Lecavalier, Crawford, Hamilton, Staal, Dorsett, Bryzgalov and Kelly

  • George Richards: Blackhawks Corey Crawford left last night’s game in the first period. Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks saying it is a lower-body injury, but Lazerus is hearing it is a groin injury. Tim Sassone: Coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t think it is too serious, ”But when it’s a goalie it’s a little more serious then other players.” He’ll be re-evaluated in this morning.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Dougie Hamilton left last night’s game after a collision with Carl GunnarsonJamie Erdahl: Hamilton is flying back to Boston with a lower-body injury and is out at least a week.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that more on Marc Staal should be known in the next couple days.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Derek Dorsett had an MRI on his wrist, with results showing that it shouldn’t be a long-term injury.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ilya Bryzgalov(concussion) was taking some shots yesterday.

    “I had some headaches and had some trouble sleeping but now I’m much better,” said Bryzgalov.

    He’s not sure when he’ll be able to get back into the lineup.

  • Darren Dreger: Bruins Chris Kelly has a broken ankle from a Pascal Dupuis slash on Saturday night.

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Roster Notes: Flyers, Blue Jackets, Blues D Pairings, Hamilton and Oilers

  • Anthony SanFilippo: The Flyers cut their camp roster down to 32. Two of those remaining, Chris Pronger and Marc-Andre Bourdon, will start the season on the IR. Two of the forwards, Ben Holmstrom and Kris Newbury, have to clear waivers and could be put on waivers and assigned to the AHL if they clear later this week.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets returned five players to junior: Dillon Heatherington, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Josh Anderson, Nick Moutrey & Oscar Dansk.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have been testing new defensive pairings: Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester will remain together. Barret Jackman has been with Kevin Shattenkirk, and Jordean Leopold is paired with Roman Polak. This could “very much” be their opening pairings on October 3rd according to Ken Hitchcock.
  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that his goal is to have defenseman Dougie Hamilton in the NHL this year.
  • Jason Gregor: Battling for two Oilers forwards spots: Omark, Joensuu, Hamilton, Eager, Brown and Pitlick.

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Morning Hits: Eller, Subban, Burakovsky, Hamilton, Bartkowski, MacKinnon and NHL Records

  • TSN: Canadiens Lars Eller will be healthy when training camp starts. He suffered a concussion and facial fractures in the playoffs from a hit by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

    “Two to three weeks after the incident, I was already back has 100 per cent,” Eller told a scrum.

    P.K. Subban said he hasn’t been focusing on future contract with the Canadiens. He’s deal expires after this season.

  • Erie Otters News: Andre Burakovsky should decide in the next few days where he will play next season.
  • Shawn Hutcheon of The Fourth Period: With the departure of Andrew Ferenece, it opens up a spot on the Bruins blueline, and the battle may come down to Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski. It is possible that Hamilton could find himself in the AHL this season.
  • Adrian Dater: Nathan MacKinnon will wear No. 29 for the Avalanche.
  • John Kreiser of Kreiser looks at seven NHL records that may never be broken. 1. Best winning percentage by a goaltender: Ken Dryden, .650 2. Longest consecutive point-scoring streak: Wayne Gretzky, 51 games 3. Most goals by a rookie: Teemu Selanne, 76 4. Fastest three goals: Bill Mosienko, 21 seconds 5. Best plus-minus total for a career: Larry Robinson, plus-730 6. Most goals by a defenseman in one game: Ian Turnbull, 7. Most penalty minutes, one season: Dave Schultz, 472

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Coyotes announcement this week … P.K. joins team on Wed. … Hamilton to stay … Rakell waiting on decision

  • Westside Insider in the Arizona Republic: Greg Jamison told the Arizona Republic that he expects to have the team purchased by Wednesday or Thursday.

    “There’s a lot happening. We’re moving forward. There will be an announcement before the end of the week,” Jamison said Monday morning.

    “There are a lot of moving parts. It’s very difficult to explain how many moving parts there are to put it all together. Rather than constantly going into that with people – people are a little tired of hearing that – I think they would just prefer to have an announcement, one way or the other, at an appropriate time,” he said.

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks have yet to make a decision on Rickard Rakell, to send him to junior or keep him in the NHL. He’s only played in 3 games so far.

    “I defer that to the boss,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said, referring to GM Bob Murray. “We’ve got five games. We still have the whole weekend to make a decision.”

    “He hasn’t played a tremendous amount but he looks comfortable there,” he said. “He accepts responsibility he can skate. He’s not afraid. He’s doing a lot of good things. One day, whether it’s tomorrow or five years from now, he’s going to be a very good hockey player.”

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Subban update coming tonight … Flyers haven’t talked to Habs … Selanne will see how body reacts … Not going back to Junior

  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: Subban will meet with his agent this today in Toronto, and then Meehan will touch base with the Canadiens. Subban was to be spending the weekend thinking about the next step. The Canadiens are off to a good start, and their power-play is clicking, but they don’t have anyone that can eat the minutes that Subban does. There hasn’t been any sense that the Canadiens have any desire to trade him.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers have held no internal talks about P.K. Subban, and none with the Canadiens despite the reports.
  • The Fourth Period: Teemu Selanne told the LA Times he will see how his body recovers from the short season before deciding if he’ll retire or play another year.

    “I expect to know at some point how my body’s holding up, and how much I enjoy this,” Selanne said. “So far, it’s been quite easy. I know I can play. I usually wait a month after the season to decide, and every time I feel like, ‘It’s time now.’ So that’s good. This is a hobby still.”

    “I just hope I can stay healthy, enjoy it and play well,” Selanne said. “I know what I can do for this team, so hopefully I’m going to do it.

    “I play because I enjoy this game.”

  • John Lu via twitter: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien told Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk this morning that they will be staying with the team. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Galchenyuk and Jonathan Huberdeau where told they are staying. Bruins Dougie Hamilton could be next to be told that he’s staying.

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Quick hits: Connolly, Islanders, Coyotes, Underagers, Leaf cuts, Kulikov, Redden, Stars and Kovalev

  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Tim Connolly is getting interest, but he might need to clear waivers first. Some teams would prefer a trade with the Leafs, who would need to retain some salary.David Pagnotta via twitter: Connolly’s agent said there are “no plans yet” regarding a buyout. Added, ”We will be discussing options after waiver results.”
  • B.D. Gallof via twitter: Source on idea of the Islanders bringing in Connolly, ”Not going to happen. I would be shocked”
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes will get a $2 million salary cap hit for Matthew Lombardi, and will pay $1.1 of his salary. (Lombardi’s salary this year is $3.5 million)
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie thinks there are likely 3 under-aged rookies playing all season in the NHL: Dougie Hamilton in Boston, Nail Yakupov in Edmonton and Jonathan Huberdeau in Florida. Under-agers likely to get a ‘trial’ are: Rakell (ANA), Grigorenko (ANA), Dumba (MIN), Galchenyuk (MTL), Laughton (PHI), Scheifele (WPG). Final decisions on Murphy (CAR), Matteau (NJD), and Rielly (TOR) will be made this morning.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle is hearing the Maple Leafs will be cutting Morgan Rielly and Matt Frattin today. Should know by their 11:30 am practice. If that is what is happening, it would mean they are starting the season with 8 defenseman: Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Liles, Franson, Kostka, Holzer, Fraser, Komisarek.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Clarifying that the Panthers and Kulikov have agreed on a 2 year deal, but has not officially been signed until he passes a physical.

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Nothing scheduled … 3 road block issues … Hull on Oates

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There are 3 road block issues right now. 1. The core economic issue:  The NHL offered $211 million in deferred payments plus interested to ‘make whole.’ The NHLPA maybe looking for something closer to $600 million. They are looking for $1.883 billion plus 1.75% in the first year of the deal. 2.  Player contracting rights: It has become a bigger issue over the last week. The NHL won’t move on this until it has the ‘make whole’ figured out. The NHLPA doesn’t won’t to move on the current player rights since they are going down to 50% from 57%. The NHL wants the NHLPA to counter on this area, but the NHLPA say they are not interested in any of it. LeBrun thinks the NHL should move to 8 years/28 years old old to 7 and 27, and not to change the entry-level or salary arbitration systems. Also to give up on 5 year contract max. Aspects that the NHL should hold firm on are the 5% rule for contracts (year-to-year can only go up or down 5%), stashing NHL contracts in the AHL, and the  back-diving rule in which if a player retires before his contract expires, the original team gets his cap hit. 3. The damage of the lockout: After cancelling November games, Bill Daly estimates they’ve lost $720 million, and that doesn’t include the Winter Classic. They need to figure out how to “share in the pain” of the lockout damage for a shortened season (if there is one). The NHL will see as a 50-50 split. The NHLPA may say it’s more of an NHL issue since they locked the players out. They did get close on revenue sharing, with the NHL coming up to $220 million from $150 million, with the NHLPA may be wanting to modify how the program is run.
  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: The Bruins have 12 players under contract for 2014-15 (excluding Doug Hamilton), the Flyers have 10, the Maple Leafs and Rangers have 3. Great little story from Brett Hull on Adam Oates:

    “I always felt bad for the guy on our left wing. He would come to the bench and he’d ask Adam, ‘Did you see me? I was wide open.’ He’d look at the guy and go, ‘Yeah I saw you, but who do you think I want to pass to — you or Brett?’”

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