Posts Tagged Eric Fehr

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.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Morning Rumors III: Parenteau, Subban, Gagner, Yakupov, Stewart, Kings, Senators, Buyers and Sellers

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s P.A. Parenteau was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He has two more years left at $4 million per. Rumors that the Canadiens may be willing to trade P.K. Subban for Parenteau, prospect(s) and draft picks. Coach Patrick Roy said that Parenteau is not in the doghouse, he just doesn’t want to break up the top lines and that Parenteau doesn’t fit a fourth line role.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: SportsNets Doug MacLean on whether the Oilers should trade Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov:

    “Gagner and Yakupov have really been a real dilemma for this organization. They don’t know what to do with them. -29 for Yakupov. Talented kid. You know he’s going to score a lot of goals in the NHL before he’s done. Gagner, solid, solid. People don’t know if he’s a #2 or a #3 (centre).

    “Here’s the problem. You got to stay with these guys. You’re not going to get value (in a trade). It’s disappointing the way they’ve performed, but you are not going to get value. So stay with them.”

    It was brought up that the Oilers need to get bigger, tougher. MacLean agreed, but added:

     ”You bring in complementary guys to play with them. I’ve said it for years. You take their Top Six, and you make it a Top Nine because you fill in with quality 2-way guys. But if you start trading these guys, you are not getting value and you got a disaster on your hands.”

  • Craig Custance: Some GMs are more interested in making ‘hockey trades’ and than ‘rental trades.’ Blues Chris Stewart is an intriguing name but he carries a $4.15 million salary cap hit next season.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking for a left winger and a defenseman. At this point, they would have to overpay to get either.
    Frank Provenzano of ESPNPotential SellersNashville Predators - David Legwand, Matt Cullen, Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis. Washington Capitals - Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Martin Erat. Winnipeg Jets - Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Potential BuyersTampa Bay Lightning - roster depth. Colorado Avalanche - Top-four defenseman. St. Louis Blues - Stanley Cup caliber goalie.
  • James Pagnall of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators have new TV deal in place the could bring in between $20 and $30 million over the next 12 years. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

    “This puts us on a solid footing,” Melnyk said in reference to the broadcasting deals. “We are going to be competitive in spending on players. If I need to spend an extra $2 million to $3 million (on unrestricted free agents) to make the playoffs, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll do it.”

    “We’re still going to spend wisely,” he said, suggesting he does not intend to shell out the maximum permitted under salary cap rules.

    “Just because you have extra money in your pocket, doesn’t mean you go out and spend it,” he said. His philosophy of patiently — and inexpensively — developing raw talent remains front and centre in the Senators organization.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators president Cyril Leeder on their $400 million broadcaster deal with Bell Media.

    “It allows you to get in there and duke it out with the big guys,” Leeder told the Sun. “When you have a strong base of revenues from your corporate partners and your fanbase, that makes you stronger.

    “It allows you to compete with (teams like) Toronto, New York and Vancouver.”

    The Senators are currently 26th in spending, ahead of only the Flames, Avalanche, Islanders and Panthers.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 Comments

Injury Notes: Wisniewski, Bryzgalov, Fehr and Kane

  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski will likely be out another week according to coach Todd Richards.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Oilers coach Dallas Easkins said that Ilya Bryzgalov is getting “close” and needs to clear one more hurdle. He is day-to-day now.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Eric Fehr returned to the game last night after going through NHL concussion protocol: “I feel a lot better, just a little dazed from the hit.”
  • Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane has been out for a couple weeks with a lower-body injury and could be close to returning. On if he’ll play this afternoon.

    “We’ll see — I have to talk to Claude and we’ll go from there. “We’ll have to make that decision later today,” said Kane.

    (from yesterday) ”I’m not sure if he’s a player for tomorrow. I will have to check on that. Normally, we like to go a little longer with that. And nothing’s changed — you want to set a player up to succeed. I’m not sure if I feel comfortable with that right now.”

, , , , , , ,

No Comments

Morning Hits: Fehr, Volpatti, Miller, Schneider, Pominville, Franzen, Bertuzzi, Anderson and Elliott

  • Mike Vogl: Capitals re-sign Eric Fehr to a 2-year, $3 million deal. $1.4 million next  year, $1.6 million in 2014-15. Aaron Volpatti signed a 2-year, $1.15 million deal with the Capitals. $550,000 next year and $600,000 in 2014-15.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Drew Miller said that he doesn’t require surgery on his broken right hand. Out 4 to 6 weeks. Best case is that he’s back late 2nd round.
  • Farhan Lalji: GM Mike Gillis said that Cory Schneider’s injury is not serious and that if it were a playoff game, Schneider could “perhaps” play.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Kings Dustin Brown received a two game suspension and Wild’s Jason Pominville is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Wild haven’t called it a concussion.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen suffered an injury in last night’s game. GM Ken Holland said he’ll be re-evaluated this morning, and if he isn’t able to play, Mikael Samuelsson is ready to go. Todd Bertuzzi will play tonight. He almost played last night, but decided that he needed one more good practice.

    “I really wanted to play,” Bertuzzi said, “but I need to do one more skate. I need to be able to get pushing and shoving with the defensemen down low, I need to take a cross-check in the back, I need to be able to spin off and I need to be able to stop and start and take off with the puck.”

  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville won’t name his No. 1 goalie: ” Right now we’re just going along here and we’ll see how it plays out.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Flames to talk to Iginla … O’Reilly waiting in Russia … Might be the end for some … Hecht signs with Sabres

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is in the last year of his 5 year, $35 million deal, and GM Jay Feaster won’t waste any time addressing the situation.

    “We determined internally the first day of camp we’re going to address that right off the hop and ask Jarome to do the same,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster.
    “We want to make sure everybody (in the media) is there, address it all at that time, and then neither party will talk about it again. Will that stop questions in Detroit and Colorado about it? No, but in saying that, it gives Jarome the ability to say he’s sorry but he already addressed it and won’t talk about it.”
    “Jarome has a contract. Donnie and I will sit down and proceed to see if we can get something done. In the meantime, we have a season to get ready for.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: RFA Ryan O’Reilly will remain with Magnitigorsk of the KHL until he receives an offer from the Avalanche.
  • Mike Chambers via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly’s agent Mark Guy: “All that I can say at this time is that we are having ongoing discussions.”
  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Eric Fehr is on his way to Winnipeg, but not to join the jets. He’s still looking for a job, and if he can’t find one in the NHL, he’ll head back to Finland.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: There are more than 50 players that are unsigned, and most may not play again, including Andrew Brunette and Brian Rolston. Other players whose careers may be over: Jason Blake, Mike Knuble, Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Dwayne Roloson and Sean O’Donnell.

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

No one’s talked to Luongo … Leafs turn down Kadri trade offer … Enstrom and Fehr heading overseas … Kerdiles staying … Hartley’s challenge

  • Taj via twitter: Nick Kypreos said that the Maple Leafs turned down a 1st round pick and a roster  player for Nazem Kardi.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Doesn’t look like Nicklas Grossman will be playing with Sodertalje of the SEL, as they can’t cover his insurance.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles will remain with Wisconsin over the long term despite his suspension that will last for another 5 weeks. He will remain at school instead of heading to the WHL. He was suspended for receiving an “improper benefit” from an agent.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the challenge ahead,

    “My goal and my challenge is to create a new culture and new identity. That’s nothing negative to people that came before me, I’m the guy that has the mandate from ownership and when you come in you come in with your beliefs, your experiences and you mesh this with the people on your team. I worked with Jay Feaster in Hershey, so I know the expectations and I know the way that my GM will work. Before we get on the ice my job is to create that new identity and that new culture, get the guys all the on the same page, make them believers.

    “While there is not a ticket available, we are in the entertainment business of winning hockey games and they always remember you if you win. My organizations gave me six championships in five leagues and with the meetings I have had with the players I feel confident that we can turn it around. Our goal is not to be in the playoffs — maybe that’s step one — but if you’re not there to win the Stanley Cup you should leave your job to someone else.”

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

Horton a “long shot” … 5 things Habs GM must do … Hurricanes to look at top UFAs … Time to break up Flames? Jets free agents

  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said it’s a “long shot” that forward Nathan Horton will be able to return for the playoffs.

    “If he were to be cleared at some point, he would need at least a couple of weeks to get back,” Chiarelli said during a 20-minute conference call Sunday. “He’s quite far off right now. I know he’s skating, but he’s having little bouts here and there of post-concussion symptoms. It’s a long shot. I’m not going to rule him out, yet, but it’s a long shot.”

    Tuukka Rask has been on the ice but is questionable for the Capitals series. Anton Khudobin would be the backup to Tim Thomas until Rask is ready.

  • Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette: Todd lists 5 things the Canadiens new GM has to do: “1. Persuade the organization to stop using the exhibition season as a cash cow. 2. Find someone who can coach the power play. 3. Throw the expensive deadwood overboard. 4. Four lines, not 1.5. 5. No sacred cow.”
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they should bid to sign at least one high-priced free agent. There will also be some other personnel changes.

    “When you don’t make the playoffs, it’s an indication we’ve got work to do in the summer and some areas to get better at,” Muller said after the Canes closed the season with a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. “I think with a few changes and a few tweaks here and there, we should be competing for the playoffs.”

  • Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: If MacFarlane were the Flames GM, he’d shop Jarome Iginla with a fairly high asking price, with an NHL ready prospect as part of the package. He’d also listen to offers for Miikka Kiprusoff, but would have to be blown away. Cap purposes would put Jay Bouwmeester on the trade block. He wouldn’t bring Olli Jokinen back as his price and term will likely be too high.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets have 7 UFAs: Chris Mason, Randy Jones, Mark Flood, Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood and Tim Stapleton. They have 4 RFAs in Ondrej Pavelec, Evander Kane, Spencer Machacek and Eric Fehr. Fehr is not expected to be brought back. Jones may not be back due to the depth on the blueline.

    “I don’t think there’s a whole lot to be nervous about,” said Kane. “It will be interesting to see what happens with the CBA and how things work themselves out. We’ll see what happens. I’m not 100% on how it works but that’s what I have my agents for and I think they’re the best at what they do. I’m sure they’ll be giving me a lot of information and it should be an interesting summer. We’ll see what the best situation is.”

  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Rangers prospect Chris Kreider is flying home from Tampa after their BC title win. There is no indication that he is on the verge of signing.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Will Southeast be buyers or sellers … Bruins could be looking for help … ‘Hawks still search for Dmen … Horton skates … Laich injured

  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Shoalts looks at the Southeast Division and if teams will be buyers or sellers. GMs of Capitals, Panthers and Lightning are under pressure to make the playoffs. The Panthers are 1st in the division and have the 3rd slot, but their point total would have them in 8th. The Jets sit 6 points out are looking for scoring help. They have 7 UFAs including goalie Chris Mason and Dman Johnny Oduya. The Lightning are 9 points out, and could use a goaltender. Teams are calling about Ryan Malone and Dominic Moore. They wouldn’t mind moving Vinny Lecavalier, but he has a $7.27 million cap hit through 2020. The Wild are looking to be buyers, and could target Tuomo Ruutu. Though the asking price including a 1st round pick is likely too high for them. The Wild are also looking for a top 4 Dman.
  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: The cost for Tuomo Ruutu will be high. The Bruins may not want to disrupt their chemistry with a trade. Nathon Horton’s health will play a part in what they do. The Sabres could use a #1 center. The Panthers may look to re-sign Jason Garrison, and to find defenseman to replace the injured Ed Jovanovski. The Canadiens have rental Hal Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Travis Moen. The Devils are expected to hold on to Zach Parise. The Islanders have Mark Eaton and Steve Staios available, and possibly Evengi Nabokov. The Isles will look to re-sign P.A. Parenteau. The Rangers are looking for offensive help and may look at Ryan Smyth. The Senators are looking for offensive help with Tuomo Ruutu their top target. The Flyers could use a veteran defenseman, and they’ll probably be interested in Hal Gill. The Lightning may be offering up Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, and Adam Hall. They will look at a goaltender at some point and will consider Cory Schneider, Ben Bishop, Andres Lindback and Josh Harding. The Leafs could be looking at Ruutu, Carter and Getzlaf. Though deals involving guys like Getzlaf usually happen in the summer. The Capitals could use a culture change, and could look at moving Alex Semin rather than lose him for nothing. The Jets will look to get some young assets for veterans like Johnny Oduya and possibly Ron Hainsey.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli could have a busy 3 weeks leading up to the deadline. Ray Whitney would be a perfect fit, but the Coyotes are not sellers yet. Vinny Prospal could be an option for Jordan Caron or a 2nd round pick. Tuomo Ruutu or Drew Stafford could be options as well. Along the blueline, they could look at Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, Steve Staios or Milan Jurcina. Some team may take a flyer on Kings Dustin Penner
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins forward Nathan Horton has been out since Jan. 22nd with a concussion skated yesterday. “When you see him in full practice with us, that’s going to be the next sign. Until then that’s basically all I can tell you,” Claude Julien said. “You take steps and he’s got to stay symptom-free. You go from the bike, to the ice, to contact. You’ve just got to make sure the next day, or the next few days, there’s no setbacks.”
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: The Bruins shook up their lines yesterday, dropping David Krejci to center Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron. Chris Kelly centered Peverley and Lucic.
  • TSN: Capitals forward Brooks Laich left last night’s game and was seen after with crutches and a brace on his left knee. “I’m not a doctor, but these things sometimes there’s some swelling and you’ve got to wait to see what happens,” Laich said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious. In the past I’ve been a fast healer, so we’ll see when I wake up.”
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets made forward Eric Fehr a healthy scratch for the 1st time this season. Fehr has only 2 points in 29 games this year.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments

Injury notes involving Crosby, Chara, 5 Jets, Michalek, Staal, Stastny, Skinner, Nabokov and Hall

  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with recurring symptoms from his concussion. He started getting headaches again after taking an elbow to the head from Bruins forward David Krejci on Dec. 5th. “The next day, after the game, I didn’t feel right,” he said. Further tests showed no serious injury.

    “Three or four months ago, I was concerned he might never come back to play because of how long it was taking him to recuperate,” said Dr. Jack Wilberger, chairman of the department of neurosurgery for West Penn Allegheny Health System. “My concerns are further heightened now.” (Wilberger is not on Crosby’s medical team)

    Crosby is viewing this like the minor setback he experienced in August.

    “It is concerning that he is having symptoms again, but there is a very real possibility that Crosby and those around him are simply being extremely cautious, which is the proper course to take,” Stuart said. “This does not mean his career is in jeopardy.”

  • Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins coach on Dan Bylsma: “It’s frustrating for Sid. Sid knows his body better than anyone else. He’s not feeling 100 percent. He’ll return when he is 100.”
  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara didn’t practice yesterday and is day-to-day. “There’s no time frame when I’m going to be back, but most likely I won’t be playing tomorrow,” Chara said. “Honestly, it’s in a stage where we can’t talk about anything more than 24 hours ahead.
  • Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Dustin Byfuglien (leg), Ron Hainsey (ankle), Nik Antropov (foot) and Eric Fehr (shoulder) are all questionable for tonight’s game. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom practiced with contact for the 1st time since breaking his collarbone, but he won’t play tonight.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek and Brian Strait returned to practice yesterday but won’t be ready for game action this week. Center Jordan Staal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller on forward Jeff Skinner: “As of right now I don’t think we’re going to have him.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

Change coming in Carolina? Suter-Preds talking … Emery kept for trade value … Staal gets clearance … Gustafsson out 6 weeks

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Hurricanes are running out of options, with Dreger expecting a trade or coaching change. Chip Alexander via twitter: GM Jim Rutherford said that there are no coaching changes or player trades planned for today. Some players could be reassigned to the AHL and some recalled. Faulk is one option. Rutherford: “I have a lot of ideas in my head right now but no conclusions.” Rutherford on potential trades: “There’s not anyone out there right now who’s available. But there might be some who come available.”Rutherford: “Once we get through the weekend, we should have a better idea of the overall picture, where we’re going.”
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Ryan Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy said that he had talks with Predators GM David Poile yesterday and today but no deal is imminent.
  • Brian Hedger via twitter: An “insider” told Hedger a few weeks ago that the Blackhawks signing and keeping goalie Ray Emery was mainly for trade value. Hedger wonders if Maple Leafs are #1 in line.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Erlendsson responds that the Lightning are probably interested Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson, but unlikely to make a move on him.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Expect Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner to see a few shifts on the 4th line tonight. He was a forward in High School.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Sam Gagner is out tonight. Paajarvi is in on a line with Belanger and Jones. Lander centering the 4th line.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been given clearance to begin light physical activity. There is no timetable for his recovery.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green, out the last 2 games with a strained groin, hasn’t skated since last Friday and won’t play on their road trip.
  • Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets forward Eric Fehr has received clearance to play and is close to returning. He had shoulder surgery in May. Chances of him playing on Saturday are slim but possible.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Front loaded, long-term deals will be a thing of the past … Why there hasn’t been offer sheets … Panthers make 3 small trades

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks on long-term front loaded contracts,

    Forget the nine-year deals both Richards and Bryzgalov signed. The Kovalchuk Amendment not only allows, but encourages an 18-year front-loaded deal for a 21-year-old coming off Entry Level, under which nearly all of the money is packed into the first 10 years as long as the final nine seasons are established at $1M apiece.

    That’s the formula that would get Steven Stamkos on an offer sheet. That’s the formula that would get Drew Doughty. That’s the formula (though adjusted for a 13-year deal running through age 40) that most assuredly would have gotten Zach Parise, which is exactly why the Devils filed for salary arbitration and thus removed the winger from the market.

    Brooks thinks this is what the league wanted as proof that the system is broken, and it plans on fixing it in the next CBA. They will look to keep contract at 5 to 7 years, and take the average of the 3 to 5 highest years to get the cap number.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty seem to be the perfect candidates to sign an offer sheet, but so far it hasn’t happened. There have only been 6 offer sheets in the past 5 years. Carolina signed Sergei Fedorov to one in 1998, 6 years at $38 million. Mirtle offers up some reasons why teams may not look at signing players to offer sheets. 1. Cost is too prohibitive – if a team were to sign Doughty or Stamkos, it would have to be for a lot more than $7 million in hopes that the offer wouldn’t be matched. If it was for over $7.835 million it would cost the team 4 1st round draft picks. 2. Teams are afraid of retaliation – If the Leafs put in an offer for Stamkos, the Lightning could do the same for Schenn, which would drive up the cost of the players. In 2008 the Blues matched an offer sheet from the Canucks for David Backes. The Blues then signed Steve Bernier to offer sheet, which the Canucks matched. 3. They create bad blood – see the Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek situation with Oilers. Burke and Regier were not impressed with then GM Kevin Lowe. 4. They rarely work – Chris Gratton in 1997 was the last player to change teams before Dustin Penner did a couple years ago.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals traded Eric Fehr to the Jets for Danick Paquette and a 4th round pick on Friday, a deal that put them about $400,000 under the salary cap ceiling. They still need to re-sign Karl Alzner. If the Capitals put Tom Poti on LTIR at the start of the season, it would clear up $3.2 million in cap space. Alzner’s agent said they are having “good negotiations” but “we just disagree where Karl’s value is.”

    “We’ve been trying for a long time to work on a two-year deal, with value based on what Karl’s arbitration would come in at,” said Barry, who added that a longer-term deal was not discussed with Washington. “We’ve just been unable to bridge the gap at this stage.”

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The Flames have acquired Jordan Henry from the Panthers for Keith Seabrook.

    “Jordan Henry is a two-way defenceman who plays with an edge to his game,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster in a statement. “He is a responsible and smart defender, yet he is also adept at joining the rush and pinching down the wall to support the offence. He is still a solid prospect, and we viewed this trade as an opportunity to give two young players a new start with different organizations.

    “We look forward to seeing Jordan compete with our other recent depth acquisitions for a spot in our top seven in camp.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Predators off-season notes … 5 Flyers require surgery … Fehr and Leblanc had shoulder surgery … Fasth getting interest

  • Josh Cooper of the Nashville Tennessean: The Predators made it to the 2nd round for the 1st time in franchise history, and will have a busy off-season with 4 UFAs and 5 RFAs. Their biggest challenge will be RFA Shea Weber who’d requires a raise from his current $4.5 million salary. Both sides had agreed during the season to wait until the off-season. One comparable could be Dion Phaneuf’s 6 year, $39 million deal. A starting point could be Brent Seabrook’s 5 year, $29 million contract, but he doesn’t put up the same offensive numbers and doesn’t provide the same leadership. Would they look at trade Weber before July 1st if they feel they can’t get a deal done? Joel Ward is a UFA and proved during the playoffs that he is more valuable than his $1.5 million he made this year. The Predators need to find a ‘game-changing  forward,’ Shea Weber pointed this out on Monday. “That’s obviously up to the front office now, but we have to find a way to generate more goals,” Weber said. “We’re a good defensive team, but that can only get you so far.” Steve Sullivan will likely have to take a pay cut from his $3.75 million if he wants to come back next year. JP Dumont, who has a healthy scratch at times during the 2nd half of the season, is due to make $4 million next year and they could consider buying him out.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals forward Eric Fehr had surgery to repair a torn labrum on his right shoulder. He could be out 4 to 6 months. 2 years ago he had surgery on both his shoulders.

    “When he comes out of the sling, he’ll go through a very specific rehab program intending to get back his motion and strength and the rhythm of the shoulder back,” Shaffer said. “We’ll allow him to start skating two months from the date of the procedure, but return to play will be gradual. He’ll probably be on the ice in training camp but he won’t be in contact, collision situations.”

  • Montreal Gazette: Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday and will have 4 to 6 months of rehab. Leblanc was picked 18th overall in the 2009 draft. If the rehab lasts only 4 months, he could be ready for training camp.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks that if the Capitals are to shakeup their core, they should only move one of Mike Green or Alexander Semin, but not both.
  • Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that 5 players will need off-season surgery. Mike Richards and Andrej Meszaros will have wrist surgery. Kris Versteeg will have a stomach muscle procedure, Blair Betts on his finger and Michael Leighton will have hip surgery.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments