Posts Tagged Eddie Lack

NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … ”It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … ”Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”

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Afternoon Hits: Eaves, Porter, Lack, Liles, Martin, Nash, Elias, Zherdev, Backstrom, Weiss and Jenner

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Patrick Eaves cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL.
  • Bob McKenzie: Canucks sign Eddie Lack to a two-year contract extension with a $1.15 million cap hit. He’ll get $1 million next year and $1.3 million the following year.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs recall Trevor Smith and send John-Michael Liles to the AHL.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will return to the lineup tonight. Kris Letang didn’t practice this morning.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman all practiced today. Nash isn’t expected to play tomorrow.
  • Dan Rosen: Devils Patrick Elias said he plans to play tonight.
  • Igor Eronko: Nikolai Zherdev had his second KHL contract terminated in the last two and half months.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren will be back in the lineup against the Sabres.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Stephen Weiss (groin) was on the ice today. He’s not expected back until next week.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert and/or Boone Jenner could return to the lineup next week.

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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Canadiens, Flyers, Avalanche, Capitals, and Kings

  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said that with Eddie Lack being out six months, that it won’t have any impact on the Roberto Luongo trade talk. The Canucks will likely now have to get a backup in the trade, or find a free agent. Lack is expected to be Cory Schneider’s backup next season.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens wouldn’t mind adding a top 6 winger, and could offer up a blueliner to get one. The Wings, Kings, Senators, Wild, Oilers and Hurricanes are teams said to be looking for a defenseman. The Penguins, Flames, Devils and Sabres are also said to be offering up defensemen. Yannick Weber could find himself as the odd man out on the Canadiens blueline.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi wonders if Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will be patient and wait for Scott Hartnell’s return in four or five weeks, or will he go after a sniper like Ducks Bobby Ryan? The next two weeks will determine how they proceed. A 48 game schedule doesn’t allow you to wait too long.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche may be looking for a forward with Ryan O’Reilly still unsigned, Steve Downie out for season and Gabriel Landeskog status uncertain. One GM said on an offer sheet: ”If Nashville is going to match that offer to Shea Weber, what the [bleep's] the point of  doing one?” Capitals GM George McPhee on Saturday: ”We are not looking for help. We’re in no rush to move anybody.” Pierre LeBrun reported that Kings may part with Jonathan Bernier under the right circumstances. ESPNs Craig Custance reported that some teams have interest in Brent Sopel who is playing in the KHL. He’d have to clear waivers first if a team signed him. Friedman thinks that Phil Kessel is perfectly suited to play in Toronto. He doesn’t pay attention to the newspapers, sports radio, etc.

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Injury notes: Niskanen, Joensuu, Burns, Lack, Kaleta, Callahan and Brown … Sceviour to AHL … Danis to waivers

  • David Pollak via twitter: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns doesn’t seem close to returning. When asked if encouraged by progress, Burns said ”I wouldn’t use that word.”
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Ryan Callahan dropped the gloves with Max Talbot, then left the ice hunched over favoring his left shoulder/arm.
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins are said to be impressed with how defenseman Tom Kostopoulos last weekend. There haven’t been talks yet about a two-way contract.

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Player notes involving: Luongo rumors, Selanne, Thomas, O’Reilly, Kesler, Lack, Moore and Holmstrom … Datsyuk shootout goal

  • TSN Video link: Roberto Luongo talks about the Lockout and possibility of being traded. Bob McKenzie said there is not a deal in place to trade Roberto Loungo to the Maple Leafs, but the Leafs are interested. It could take Tyler Bozak, a pick and player for the Leafs to get Luongo. Luongo may not want to go to Toronto. The Leafs will explorer other options as well. Jonathan Bernier could be available. Pang mentions that the Panthers would be interested, budget may be a concern. (If someone from TSN reads this, please enable the ‘embed’ option on your videos.)
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks will continue to look at trading Luongo. The Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Panthers and Oilers had been rumored to be interested before the lockout. It’s believed that the Canucks are reluctant to trade him to the Oilers or Blackhawks. Maple Leaf players that have been mentioned as possibly being included in some sort of package are: Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Tim Connolly, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Komisarek, Cody Franson, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Biggs. Luongo’s preference has been to play in Florida, but the Panthers haven’t been willing to part with what the Canucks want in return.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Teemu Selanne said he hasn’t decided on whether this will be his last year and only worried “here and there” about his NHL career being over because of the lockout. Selanne: ”Either way, I would be a happy camper. But obviously, of course, you always want to play your last game.”
  • Toronto Sun: Bob McKenzie tweeted yesterday that Tim Thomas still doesn’t plan on playing this year: ”As of now, subject to usual ‘could change mind later’ qualifiers, Tim Thomas is not interested in ending his self-imposed hockey exile.” McKenzie added that Thomas has no intention of fulfilling the final year of his 4 year, $20 million deal. The Bruins will be on the hook for his $5 million cap hit as he signed his contract after he was 35.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche are not able to negotiate with Ryan O’Reilly yet. Ratification from the league is needed before teams can negotiate.
  • TSN: There is still no timetable for Canucks Ryan Kesler to return.

    “Our goal for Ryan is that he’s able to play the next 10 years, not the next two months,” Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt said. “We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we are all on the same page.”

  • Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks Eddie Lack is still out with a groin injury he suffered on November 27th. He is expected to meet with Canucks doctors soon.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore had been out with a concussion. He has been cleared to resume skating and could be ready for the start of the season.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom is expected to announce his retirement soon. He has already told the Wings, but they did not want to announce it during the lockout.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Though not official, it may be unlikely that the Penguins invite any junior players to camp as there are no jobs open for them.
  • Pavel Datsyuk amazing shootout goal.

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Fire up the Luongo rumors again … Sharks could be in cap crunch … Bryzgalov leaves KHL … Briere injures wrist

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Pronvince: If the season starts on January 19th, and even with a $70.2 million salary cap, the Canucks may be better served to move Roberto Luongo. The Canucks need a third line center, depth on the blueline, and a backup goalie. The Toronto Maple Leafs remain the top landing spot for Luongo. Kuzma would target Tyler Bozak and RFA defenseman Cody Franson. Bozak is in the last year of his deal and has a $1.5 million salary. Franson made $800,000 last year and is currently playing in the Swedish Elite League. The Canucks would then need to find a backup a goalie. Eddie Lack should finish the season in the AHL. There are about a half dozen, affordable veteran options out there. Dan Ellis should get some consideration. Barry Brust and Marty Turco could be two other free agent options.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: If there is a $60 million salary cap ceiling next season, it could mean a large escrow payment for the players. Players who would be UFA’s in 2013 may not have a lot of options. The Sharks currently have 14 players under contract for next year at $54 million. That would leave them $6 million for 9 players. One player who is not signed past this season is Ryane Clowe. Clowe will make $4 million this season, and they would like to re-sign him, but getting him at a reduced number would be difficult. Defenseman Jason Demers will be a RFA at the end of the season. If Patrick Marleau struggles for the next four months, like he did in the 2nd half 2012-13, the Sharks may look at buying his $6.9 million salary out. Martin Havlat could be another option as he’s set to make $5 million through 2014-15.
  • Dave Issac of the Courier Post: According to via google translate, Ilya Bryzgalov has broke his contract with CSKA, and is leaving the team.
  • CSN Philly: Flyers Daniel Briere injured his wrist on Friday and is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks.

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

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

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

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

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

    Fehr on the decertification option,

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

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

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

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CBA talks continue … Bruins talking with several players … Malkin and Kovalchuk to KHL if lockout … Canucks made offer for Doan

  • Aaron Ward via twitter: “they (players) may take less in the future,but not less than they already have.If NHL offer similar to first,we’re counting the days.” … “Key indication that CBA negotiations will move forward,if in fact NHL does table a proposal,is if the offer addresses NHLPA position that “
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: CBA talks today will include only Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Donald Fehr and Steve Fehr and will focus on core economics.
  • The Fourth Period: Talks between the Bruins and Tyler Seguin are ongoing. The Bruins stepped up their efforts after Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall signed. A Seguin deal could be in the 6 to 8 year range, and worth between $5 million and $7 million. The Bruins are also working on deals for Andrew Ference, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic. All have 1 year left on their deals.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: Sport-Express reports that if there is a lengthy lockout, Evgeni Malkin will play with CSKA, Ilya Kovalchuk for SKA, with Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk to be determined. Magnitogorsk VP denies the Malkin to CSKA, saying they have the KHL contract arbitration ruling on their side.
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: Almost all of JP Barry’s Russian clients will play in the KHL if there is a lockout. Said that nothing was final regarding Malkin.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins GM Ray Shero is not aggressively looking for a top-pairing defenseman, “Barring something unforeseen, we’ll go into training camp with group we have.” The main reason is they are rare and none are available at this time.
  • Josh Yohe via twitter: Shero on Shane Doan, “We have interest. But he has made it clear he wants to stay in Phoenix.”
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sergei Samsonov’s agent said yesterday that they are still speaking with several teams, and expects talks to extend into September. The Sharks are believed to be one of the teams interested.

    “Sergei is healthy, fit and determined to make a successful comeback into the NHL,” Abbott said. “The labor uncertainty, however, is affecting the process and the looming lockout complicates the matter.”

    Darren Dreger via twitter: The Canucks re-signed Eddie Lack to a 2 year deal worth $1.5 million.

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Wings sign Helm … Canucks and Stars extend qualifying offers … Pavelec watch … Blues look for Top 4 Dman

  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have sent qualifying offers to RFAs Cory Schneider, Eddie Lack and Dale Weise. June 25th is the deadline for qualifying offers. RFAs who haven’t received qualifying offers yet: Marc-Andre Gragnani, Mike Duco, Victor Oreskovich and Ryan Parent.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Teams needing goalie help should pay attention to Ondrej Pavelec negotiations with Winnipeg. Pavelec is a RFA and has a big offer from the KHL. It will take $4 million per on a multi-year deal. Jets only options are to pay him or trade him.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Even with the re-signing of Barret Jackman, the Blues are looking to add another defenseman.

    “We want to find a top-four defenseman,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “If we could add one player that we feel really comfortable about being in the four, then we really feel good about our group.

    “When I view a top-four player, it’s someone that’s a 5-on-5 player obviously and potentially touch both ends of the special teams.”

    “To say that you want to find a player to play with Petro … Petro can play with anybody,” Armstrong said. “I think Petro could move to the left and play with (Shattenkirk).”

    “Whoever we find there has to be a player that can help him move the puck,” Hitchcock said. “Their ability to exit the zone quickly is going to be really important.”

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan lists the top 5 players that could be traded: Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo, Jordan Staal, Luke Schenn and Patrick Kane.

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State of the Vancouver Canucks: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Errol N. Hannigan and can be contacted by email at

At this point in the season the Vancouver Canucks are a win away from tying Detroit for first place in the NHL. Last year Vancouver finished first overall with a record of 54-19-9 for a total of 117 points and based on their current production are on pace to equal that amount again this year. If that will be enough to be first again remains to be seen, as the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers also look like strong contenders.

Vancouver has made a few personnel changes from the team that came within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup last year, and they look like a team that should be able to contend again without making any deadline changes.

Since last year the Canucks have added some grit to their line-up in the form of Byron Bitz, Mike Duco and if he is able to return from the injury list Aaron Volpatti. Vancouver has two lines that can put up points with regularity. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, and the ever improving Alexandre Burrows are the number one line. With line number two being one of the fastest lines in hockey right now with the all USA born Kesler, Higgins and Booth. They also have good third and fourth lines that they can roll and use to wear down their opponents. They have one of the best face-off men in all of hockey in Manny Malhotra, who they use almost exclusively to win defensive zone face-offs.

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Grabovski to IR … Luongo day-to-day … Burish breaks hand … Barker out a month, Whitney 10 days away

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have put Andrew Ebbett on the LTIR retroactive to last Thursday with a broken foot. They also recalled goalie Eddie Lack yesterday, but he is expected to be sent back to the AHL today according to coach Alain Vigneault. This would signal that Roberto Luongo’s injury isn’t that serious. Adam Jahns via twitter: Vigneault said multiple times yesterday that Luongo is day-to-day.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Cam Barker will be out about a month with a sprained ankle. The Oils hope to have Ryan Whitney back in 10 days or so. Devan Dubnyk is expected to start in net for the Oilers against the Senators.

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Vancouver Canucks Sign Goaltender Eddie Lack

“Swedish newspaper Expressen is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent goaltender Eddie Lack.

The 6’2” 22-year-old played with Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season, backing up the league’s best goalie in Jacob Markstrom.” (Source: TSN)

This gives the Canucks another goaltending prospect to compete for the back-up role behind Luongo. Cory Schneider has been less then impressive when he’s had the opportunity to play this season, with a 3.81 GAA and a .915 save % while failing to record a win in two outings. Last season wasn’t much better for Schneider, with 2 wins in 8 starts and a 3.38 GAA with a .877 save%.

The fans in Vancouver will need to be patient with Lack, much like the fans in Toronto have had to be with Jonas Gustavsson, as the learning curve from the Swedish Elite League to the NHL is steep, to say the least.

The one advantage that Gustavsson has had in Toronto is the opportunity to play, and face a lot of shots in the process, accelerating that learning curve. For Lack in Vancouver, the chances will be few and far between, with Roberto Luongo locked up for the long term, until 2021/22 to be exact.

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