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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.

    The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.

    If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.

    Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.

    If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.

    The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.

    It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.

    The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.

    You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.

    Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.

    The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.

    “Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”

    “There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”

  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.

    Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

    The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.

    The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.

    “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

    “You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

    “For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

    It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

  • Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.

    “I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”

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Morning Rumors III: Sabres Edition: Myers, Ehrhoff Asked For List And Others On The Block

  • TSN Insider Trading: Sabres Tyler Myers is getting plenty of interest. The Maple Leafs, Ducks and Avalanche could be interested teams. The price could be high for him.
  • Craig Custance: The Sabres are getting calls on Christian Ehrhoff. He has a no-trade clause, but has submitted a list.
  • The Fourth Period: Christian Ehrhoff has a limited no-movement clause, and has already submitted his list. Teams looking for a defenseman include the Kings, Red Wings, Flyers, Blue Jackets and Bruins. For the right price, it’s believed that Tyler Myers could be had. Other Sabres on the block include Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Henrik Tallinder, Cody McCormick and Drew Stafford.
  • Bob McKenzie: There is no guarantee that Ehrhoff will be traded, but the Sabres asked for a list of eight teams he doesn’t want to be traded too.
  • Bob McKenzie: Sabres GM Tim Murray is basically open to trading anyone on his roster. Teams that are looking for defenseman will be calling on Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Ryan Miller is not playing in Edmonton. I can’t see him playing anywhere in Canada for that matter”

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Blues, Isles, Kings, Pens, Canucks, Preds, Leafs, Devils, Wild and Oilers

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Ryan Miller haven’t had any contract talks.

    “I still don’t know what to say. There’s been a change here even since there was a change here before,” he said, referring to the hiring of new GM Tim Murray. “So it’s like I’m waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven’t talked about anything with regard to contracts and we haven’t talked about anything with regard to trades. They’re doing their business.”

    On if Miller has said he wants out or if he’s willing to stay.

    “That’s not really something I want to discuss with you guys,” Miller said. “It’s a private conversation about a business transaction. Really, that’s what it comes down to. I’m waiting to see kind of what the plans are around here. that would kind of give a little more indication.”

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: Ryan Callahan could be looking for a seven-year contract in the $6.5 to $7 million range. That is too much money for the Rangers. 50/50 that he gets moved before the Olympic break. A Callahan to the Blues for a Chris Stewart package deal is still there. If Dan Girardi doesn’t get done soon, could mean he’s interested in testing the market.

    Bob McKenzie: Looking like Thomas Vanek wants to at least test the free agent market. Islanders GM Garth Snow will continue to try and sign him, but he’s at least talking to teams to see what he could get for him. The Kings and Penguins are looking for a scoring winger. The Penguins have cap issues.

    Bob McKenzie: The Canucks blueline is dealing with some injuries, so the Raphael Diaz acquisition may not mean another defenseman is on his way out, ie, trying to get Alex Elder to waive his no trade clause.

    Bob McKenzie: The Predators are trying to get a 1st or 2nd round pick for David Legwand.

  • TSN Insider Trading: LeBrun: It’s possible that the Islanders trade Vanek before the deadline and save themselves his salary. The Kings and Penguins are interested, but with being so close to the cap, it’s harder for them to take him on beforehand. The asking price is three assets, any combination of a first-round pick, a young player, and a prospect.

    Bob McKenzie: The Islanders have another asset in defenseman Andrew MacDonald. They could try to sign to a deal in the $4 to $5 million range, but they have lots of young defenseman in the pipeline.

    Bob McKenzie: A lot of teams are calling the Sabres about Steve Ott, maybe more so than Matt Moulson. Other Sabres who could be on the move are Ryan Miller, Henrik Tallinder, Drew Stafford and Cody McCormick.

    Darren Dreger: The Leafs have three options with Dave Bolland: re-sign him now, if they don’t like his salary wishes they can use him as their own rental, and lastly they could look to trade him.

  • Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers goalie Tim Thomas would consider re-signing with the Panthers if they want him back.

    “I’m certainly willing to entertain the idea. I haven’t talked to the club about that,” Thomas said Monday as the Panthers returned to work following three one-sided losses on the road.

    “I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success. That’s been a little bit difficult. Having said that, it’s a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year. I bought into this process, and what we’re trying to do is turn it around.”

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils are showing interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri according to Elliotte Friedman. The Flames are looking for prospects and/or draft picks. The Devils don’t have 1st round pick or a 4th round pick.
  • Sarah McLellan of the AZ Republic: Stars Ray Whitney is in the last year of his deal, and the Coyotes could be interested. Both the player and the team are familiar with each other. With also wanting to score 400 career goals, he could play another season.
  • Brian Compton: Arthur Staple saying that Thomas Vanek turned down a seven-year deal worth $50 million.
  • Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Thomas Vanek carries a big salary cap hit, so it might take some creativity for a team to add him. The Sabres retained $1.4 million of Vanek’s salary cap hit, bringing it down to $5.75 million for the Islanders. If the Islanders retained half of that, he would be about a $2.9 million hit for a new team. With about 80 percent of the season done by trade deadline day, he would only cost about $590,000. A reason the Islanders may want to do something like that as a team, like the Wild , may offer a little more like Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Justin Fontaine, Matt Dumba or Mario Lucia. There is talk that the Wild could get Vanek for nothing in the summer, but they are in the playoff race. Another reason of the Wild is not to let the Kings or Penguins get him. The Wild would then be able to offer an eight year deal if they acquired him by trade.
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher wonders if the Canucks could get into the running with Thomas Vanek. It would give the Sedin’s a sniper. Ryan Kesler could then center Zack Kassian and Alex Burrows or Chris Higgins. To get Vanek they would likely have to lose someone from their blueline and likely more. Would be a difficult move to make.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Bruins talked trade at last years draft, but a Vanek for Tyler Seguin deal fell through. The Bruins were looking for another NHL-ready player off the Sabres roster.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs Nikolai Kulemin’s name keeps coming up in trade talk as they look to clear cap space for Dave Bolland’s return. The Oilers and maybe the Panthers could be a good fit. The Leafs would be looking for picks and prospects.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Steven Stamkos’ return on Saturday is still not set in stone, still may not happen until after the Olympics.
  • Mark Spector: Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Kings and Oilers could be talking Sam Gagner. If Spector were the with the Oilers, he’d want Dwight King.
  • Dan Tencer: The Kings need scoring help and Tencer thinks the Oilers would be nice trading partners.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will need to work on their blueline this summer. Options if they don’t sign before hand could be Andrew MacDonald, Dan Girardi and Brooks Orpik. They currently don’t have a true No.2 to play with Doughty. Jake Muzzin will be a solid 2nd pairing in time, but he is still developing.
  • Jason Gregor: There are only five times that are more than four points out of the playoffs (before last night’s games):  Islanders, Panthers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres. Should be a sellers market.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: No update on Penguins Kris Letang’s illness and will not travel with the team to Buffalo.
  • Mike Heika: Scouting the Coyotes – Stars: Blue Jackets, Leafs, Ducks, Canucks, Lightning, Flyers, Rangers.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Pens, Sabres, Avs, Ducks, Flames, Sens, Bruins, Canes, Caps and Maple Leafs

  • Damian Cristodero: Steven Stamkos is targeting a Saturday return against the Red Wings. It will determine if he goes to the Olympics or not.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Kris Letang has missed three straight games with an “illness.” Coach Dan Bylsma said that Letang is undergoing further evaluations and tests.  They are not sure if it is either a short or long-term issue.
  • Mike Harrington: The Sabres put Matt Moulson on the IR. He’ll be out until the Olympic break is over. Drew Stafford returned last night.
  • Pro Hockey Talk: Sabres Tyler Myers left the game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Morreale: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay and Paul Stastny are day-to-day. Didn’t sound like either would be in the lineup for Tuesday night against the Rangers.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks put Mark Fistric on the IR with a lower-body injury.
  • Kristen Odland: Flames Karri Ramo is out until after the Olympic break with a knee injury.
  • Don Brennan: Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t think Mark Stone will be ready to return against the Blues, could be ready for Thursday.
  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Adam McQuaid is doubtful to return before the break.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward on his injury frustrations: ”I feel like my body has turned me into a little bit of a shell lately.”
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Aaron Volpatti (upper-body) and Eric Fehr (lower-body) are day-to-day.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion) left practice after 10 minutes. Coach Adam Oates said yesterday that he was “close”. Vingan is not convinced.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Carter Ashton and Peter Holland are out for Tuesday night.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs David Clarkson is “probable” to play on their Florida trip according to Carlyle.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Giguere, Islanders, Red Wings, Sabres and Couture

  • Joe Yerdon: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has been cleared for light contact.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s J.S. Giguere is dealing with back issues.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Islanders Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov all skated yesterday morning and could play on Wednesday. Nabokov is probable to be a backup on Monday and play at Yankee Stadium.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings are getting healthy. Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and Daniel Alfredsson should be back this week. Johan Franzen and Joakim Andersson are likely for Sunday or Tuesday.  GM Ken Holland said Franzen will be back today. He hasn’t played since December 15th.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ted Nolan had no update on Ville Leino or Drew Stafford and doesn’t sound like they will be able to go on Monday.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:  Sharks Logan Couturehas started testing out his hand after surgery.

    “I know the guys were ribbing him,” McLellan said. “I know some of the guys told him it looks like he was almost all the way back with his shot already. That’s them playing games with him obviously, but he looks better every day.”

    Couture had the surgery on January 8th, and was expected to be out for three to four weeks.

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Morning Rumors I: Senators, Blues, Oilers, Leafs and Canucks

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators scouting meetings ended yesterday, draft and trade deadline lists have been created. The Senators are able to rent a top a top-six forward, but there may not be a lot available. Only the Sabres and maybe the Panthers are out of the race in the East. In the West, the Oilers and Flames will be sellers.

    “You’re going to have a lot of teams all going after the same players and that will make the asking prices high,” said a league executive Wednesday.

    Trade options for the Senators: The Sens do have interest in Matt Moulson, with the asking price believed to be a 1st and a prospect. The Rangers would like to re-sign Ryan Callahan, but he may be available. The Sens have always liked Ales Hemsky’s game, but not his salary. Sabres Drew Stafford wouldn’t be a rental as he has a $4 million cap hit through next season. Tuomo Ruutu has been available all year, and the Blue Jackets could also be interested in him.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues recent struggles have led to more speculation whether they need to upgrade on Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Do they go with Jake Allenfrom within (16-10-2 with a 2.14 GAA) or the trade route?

    “We know that we have very good players in the American Hockey League, whether it’s Allen or (Dmitrij) Jaskin and (Chris) Porter,” Armstrong said. “But I think right now, we’re going with this group. They’ve put themselves in a good position this year. We’re going through a downturn. I can’t act like it’s not happening. We’re not getting the results that are needed to be a successful team. But I don’t think every time you hit a bump in the road you want to reinvent the wheel.”

    Blue GM Doug Armstrong said it’s on the team leaders to help turn them around and not by making changes.

    “This now becomes on the fabric of the leadership to grab a hold of the team and get it going,” he said. “Ken can give them the game plan, but he can’t give them the desire and the drive. That has to come internally. The desire to compete for the guy beside you, that has to come from inside the room.”

  • Eric Engels: On TSN panel saying Oilers should trade Jordan Eberle: “Only player they should and can trade for great value is Nail Yakupov. Sam Gagner is another. You don’t touch RNH, Hall, Eberle” David Staples: (responding to Eberle) “Yeah, instead of getting rid of guys who aren’t performing, trade one guy (Eberle) who has for the last 4 years. Brilliant! Trade Gagner. Trade Hemsky. Petry or Yak even. Trade the 1st overall. But trade Eberle? Why? He’s a real two-way NHL player.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”I wouldn’t say that I would ever move either one of the goalies, but I don’t envision it right now”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think it’s fair to say the Leafs were considered a serious trading partner for Del Zotto. Talks never got very heavy.” … ”Leafs had interest in Del Zotto & there was some Gardiner talk but the Rangers wanted Franson. Leafs scared by MDZ’s inconsistency”
  • Dan Murphy: The Canucks are looking to bring in Vinny Prospal on an AHL PTO. SportsNet Pacific: GM Mike Gillis: ”Based on our injury situation, and not sure what the future may hold it was an option worth looking at.” Aaron Portzline: On Prospal: “Can’t skate, but he never could. Knows where to stand. Passionate, smart player. Has a love/hate thing w Torts.”

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Morning Hits: Grigorenko, Sabres, Ryan, Jaskin, Archibald and Kings scouting Canadiens

  • Mike Harrington: Quick list of points regarding Mikhail Grigorenko and Sabres: “As I said a couple days ago, the fact he “only played with McCormick and Scott” is a fallacy. Just not true. So that’s out the window. He has two goals, both in one game. He has shown zero in many games — and in practice, which you folks don’t see. Darcy and Lindy messed this all up last year, perhaps permanently. But putting him in the NHL right now is pointless. He’s not an NHL player. Yes, Leino/Stafford have done next to nothig. But $4M+ guys play. Period. For the 9,000th time, can’t buy Leino out until June.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan should still see some time on the blueline during power plays even with Patrick Wiercioch returning.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues have recalled Dmitrij Jaskin from the AHL.
  • Tony Marinaro: Kings scout Alyn McCauley was at the Canadiens game.

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Afternoon Hits: Senators, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Flames, Sabres, Penguins and Lightning

  • Dan Rosen: Bryan Murray will remain as the Senators GM for the next two seasons, then will stay on with the team as an adviser for the following two years.
  • Michael Smith: Eric Staal practicing on the Hurricanes top power play unit.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Ruutu-Malhotra-Lindholm, Tlusty-Nash-Dvorak. Bowman absent.
  • Michael Smith: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Moen – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Brière – Eller – Bourque Bournival – Prust – Parros. Defensive pairings: Gorges – Subban Markov – Emelin Murray – Bouillon Diaz
  • Calgary Flames: Mike Cammalleri suffered a concussion and is not traveling with the team.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Drew Stafford said he’s day-to-day after feeling better the last few days.
  • Dave Molinari: Five injured Penguins on the ice with their conditioning coach: Paul Martin, Jayson Megna, Beau Bennett, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett.
  • Pens Inside Scoop: Penguins Beau Bennett has been out for seven weeks. After his hand/wrist surgery, recovery timetable was eight to 10 weeks.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that tests on Sami Salo revealed only a bruise, out day-to-day. Victor Hedman is fine.

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Injury Notes: Canadiens, Blues, Ducks, Senators, Sabres, Flyers, Coyotes and Avalanche

  • Dave Stubbs: Canadiens George Parros is seeing a concussion specialist at the University of Michigan.
  • Lou Korac: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Jordan Leopold should be ready by this weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bruce Boudreau said there is no update for Sheldon Souray, Luca Sbisa or Viktor Fasth. They are week-to-week. Sbisa skated yesterday.
  • James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk(from video) Senators Jason Spezza (hip flexor) thinks he’s getting closer to returning to the lineup. He’s on the IR and has missed their last three games.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Drew Stafford left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • David Strehle: Flyers Michael Raffl left last night’s game with a concussion.
  • Phoenix Coyotes: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Sarah McLellan: Coach Dave Tippett said that OEL “looked alright.” They took him out as more of a precaution and is considered day-to-day.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Alex Tanguay had treatment yesterday at the arena, but still hasn’t skated.

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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