Posts Tagged Erik Johnson

Injury Notes: Rinne, Hartnell, Koivu, D’Agostini, Avs, Bolland, Drewiske and Kane

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Doesn’t appear that Rinne will be returning any time soon.”
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Scott Hartnell is day-to-day with an ankle injury from blocking a shot on Tuesday.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu is walking without crutches and is not limping. He’s not far off from getting back on the ice.
  • Sabres PR: Matt D’Agostini left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs Erik Johnson could return from his back injury tonight. Paul Stastny is day-to-day. P.A. Parenteau could return next week as he’s ahead of schedule. Alex Tanguay is happy with progress. Nate Guenin will be out another seven to ten days. Cory Sarich had an MRI yesterday, results are not known yet.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Dave Bolland looked awkward skating the other day as his skate was rubbing against his incision.
  • Dave Stubbs: Canadiens Davis Drewiske’s (shoulder surgery) has been skating on his own, but hasn’t started practicing yet.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Evander Kane (hand) won’t travel to Calgary with the team. Coach Paul Maurice said: ”he’s not there yet.”

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Injury Notes: Gionta, Johnson, Dupuis, Franzen, Burns and Downie

  • Rich Chere: Devils Stephen Gionta injured his right ankle last night after crashing into the boards.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Erik Johnson had x-rays after the game after blocking a shot. Could be okay. More will be known today.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Pascal Dupuis said that he’ll play on Saturday against the Blues.
  • Helene St. James: Johan Franzen won’t be in the lineup today, but is possible for Tuesday.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns skated yesterday with a no-contact jersey on. Not known when we’ll return to the lineup.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Steve Downie will probably play on Tuesday.

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Injury Notes: Rinne, Johnson, Jackman, Morrow, Lupul, McLaren, Helm, Lecavalier and Hartnell

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will be out at least four weeks after a “hip scope.” Magnus Hellberg has been recalled. Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators GM Poile said that Rinne has a spontaneous bacterial infection in the hip he had surgically repaired.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Barret Jackman and Brenden Morrow are expected to return to the lineup tomorrow night against the Canucks. Morrow should be lined up with Vladimir Sobotka and Ryan Reaves on the fourth line.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul left practice for x-rays after taking a puck off the foot. James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs have recalled Josh Leivo for their trip in case Lupul’s injury is serious.
  • Mark Masters: Randy Carlyle said that Frazer McLaren has been cleared to play.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Darren Helm won’t play this weekend, but is expected to get back in the lineup sometime during their four-game Western Canada trip that starts on Oct. 30th in Vancouver.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Vincent Lecavalier is in, Scott Hartnell is out.

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Evening Hits II: Avs and Lightning, Luongo, Coburn, Vanek and Miller

  • Adrian Dater: One trade rumor that Dater wouldn’t do is Erik Johnson and No. 1 for Viktor Hedman and No. 3.
  • Josh Rimer: If the Canucks don’t trade Roberto Luongo this weekend, Rimer can see him getting bought out. Doubts Cory Schneider gets traded. James Mirtle: Canucks GM Mike Gillis hasn’t ruled out buying out Luongo.
  • Dustin Leed: The Flyers trading Braydon Coburn would only make sense if they got above market value, clear some cap space for a specific reason, targeting another defenseman.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier on Thomas Vanek and Ryan Millerbeing members of the Sabres after this weekend.

    “Right now, I do, yes,” Regier said this afternoon.

    “I entered this weekend recognizing that they both are in the last year of their contracts, and I have a responsibility to see what that means both with those players and also within the marketplace,” Regier said. “Unless you’re a highly competitive team, it’s very difficult to have players on your roster whose contracts are going to expire if you either choose not to or don’t have the ability to re-up them.

    “Just to lose those assets, you try to get a sense of what the marketplace is like, and that’s a process that’s ongoing. I expect it will continue to move through the draft into maybe free agency and maybe beyond that. We’re actively keeping our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the league, and we’ll have to just make our decision.”

    Regier on their No. 8 and No. 16 draft slots:

    “Right now I expect that we will pick where we’re picking, and I say that only because there’s nothing that’s imminent or concrete,” Regier said. “But like I said, there are a lot of conversations, and they will continue right until the draft starts and even beyond that.”

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Morning Hits: Avs first overall, Time to part ways with Horcoff and Hemsky? Havlat on way out?

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Some potential trade scenarios involving the Avalanche’s 1st overall pick.1. Trade the 1st pick to the Panthers (No. 2) or Lightning (No. 3) for an establish player or two and their own 1st round pick. Avs take whatever player is left.

    Let’s make an offer here to the Lightning: “We’ll trade you the No. 1 pick for the No. 3 pick and Victor Hedman. What do you say, Steve Yzerman? If you want Nathan MacKinnon really bad, this is the price to have him. Maybe we’ll throw in David Jones too.”

    2. Offer the Panthers Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson for the 2nd overall pick. Panthers may counter with Matt Duchene instead of Stastny. Would that Avs part with Duchene and Johnson?

    3. Avs first and Stastny for Panthers first and Jonathan Huberdeau?

    Dater admits that the trade scenarios likely wouldn’t work.

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Former Oilers assistant coach, Craig Simpson, thinks that it is time for the Oilers to part ways with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky.

    “I think the Oilers have always been the opposite where you’ll get three back that are questions or rookies or draft picks and you don’t necessarily get the best player. I think at some point there has to be a deal or two from Craig where you’re giving up more of the volume and the potential, but you’ve got the best player in the deal. That hasn’t happened a whole lot.”

    Simpson thought the Oilers should have traded Hemsky at the trade deadline last year.

  • Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks made some move during the season, and there may not be a need or efficient way to blow it up. The roster is well structured with Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski, Antti Niemi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Joe Thornton had an good playoff run, and they have veterans like Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. Kawakami thinks the Sharks will likely try to trade Martin Havlat and his $10 million over two years. They could amnesty him for $6.67 million if they can’t find any takers.

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Oshie, Backstrom, Sharp, Emery and the Avalanche

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) is practicing with the team. Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Paul Martin have been skating with their strength coach. It is possible that none of the above players return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

    “There’s going to be no thought of rushing those players back to get an opportunity to play that game before the playoffs,” he said.

  • Andy Strickland: Blues T.J. Oshie said he hopes to be able return for the first game of the playoffs.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom left last night’s game in the third period after taking a Mike Green slapshot off his left arm.

    “It caught him in the arm,” Green said. “He’s all right but definitely gave him a bruise. So I hope everything’s okay with him.”

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp is out tonight. He hopes to be able to get into a few games before the playoffs start.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov and Milan Hejduk will return to the lineup tonight. Defenseman Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson are still out.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon, who just returned after missing two years with a concussion, does have a head injury. They are not saying that it’s another concussion, just that it’s a head injury.

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NHL Rumors VI: Bishop, Mason, Johnson, Yandle, Fedotenko, Burmistrov, Kings, Cammalleri, Bozak, Clarkson and Connolly

From twitter

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators getting interest in Ben Bishop from the Flyers, Oilers, Hurricanes and Lightning. Would like a draft pick and player.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Blue Jackets Steve Mason is available and wouldn’t be expensive to get. Could use a new start.
  • Dan Rosen: The Leafs could do nothing regarding their goaltending situation. If it doesn’t work out, they could always revisit Miikka Kiprusoff or Roberto Luongo in the summer.
  • David Pagnotta: The Avalanche aren’t shopping defenseman Erik Johnson, same with the Coyotes and Keith Yandle, but for the right price both players could be traded.
  • Frank Seravalli: Teams have called the Flyers about Ruslan Fedotenko. He wouldn’t bring a big return if they decide to move him.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings added a 2nd line winger. They may prefer a left winger.
  • David Pagnotta: Teams are calling the Flames about Mike Cammalleri, but nothing is serious.
  • Darren Dreger: Oilers will likely stand pat, but could add a depth forward.
  • Darren Dreger: There is discussion, but no hard negotiations involving the Maple Leafs and Tyler Bozak.
  • Kevin McGran: Marlies coach Dallas Eakins has made Tim Connolly a healthy scratch for today’s game.

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Kiprusoff, Red Wings, Flyers and Oilers

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Damien Cox: The Maple Leafs and Miikka Kiprusoff’s agent will continue talks this morning. Could be 50-50 at best.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if the Maple Leafs did little today. GM Dave Nonis may be looking for bargains.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward, but won’t give up a first round pick. Several options have already been traded.

    “With the people that were moved the last couple of days, in most cases I talked to those general managers,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “I don’t know that there’s a lot out there. We’ll see what happens (Wednesday).”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland won’t be looking for depth players.

    “We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,” Holland said. “Some players we couldn’t get in the mix on. I’ll explore until the deadline.”

    The Wings inquired about Jaromir Jagr and Jay Bouwmeester. Players the Red Wings might be interested in: Derek Morris, Mark Streit,  Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Curtis Glencross, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Pominville, Mike Ribeiro and Drew Stafford.

  • Kevin Allen: GM Holland is still looking, but would be fine if he ends the day with the same team.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t think the Flyers are on edge about the deadline. GM Paul Holmgrem said on Saturday that he didn’t expect to be a buyer. The Flyers are six points out. They don’t have much to offer up if they decide they want to make a playoff push. Possible trade bait in Daniel Briere, Max Talbot and Braydon Coburn are all out with injuries. If they are looking to add a defenseman, they could look at: Jamie McBain, Ryan O’Byrne, Erik Johnson, Ryan Whitney, Derek Morris and Keith Yandle.
  • Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini on if it will be a busy trade deadline day.

    “Hard to tell. We’re talking to a lot of teams about different options, short-term, long-term … I really won’t know until I get there on Wednesday.”

    McCurdy lists some Oilers who could be traded: Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Mark Fistric, Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi and Theo Peckham.

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Quick Hits: Staal, Hamrlik, Anderson, Brodeur, Grossman, Meszaros, Read, Janssen, Kinkaid, Frattin, Johnson, Liles, Komisarek, Reimer and Hedberg

  • New York Rangers: Rangers Marc Staal was examined by an ophthalmologist and a maxillofacial surgeon today. “The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators goalie Craig Anderson’s ankle isn’t getting any better.

    “He does (need more time),” said coach Paul MacLean. “I don’t think he’s had a setback, but it hasn’t responded like we anticipated. We’re going to make sure (he gets rest).”

  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils coach Peter De Boer said that Martin Brodeur is “feeling better” but not close to returning. Brodeur is no longer day-to-day.
  • Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers announce that Nicklas Grossman, Andrej Meszaros and Matt Read are all day-to-day. Eric Wellwood was loaned back to the Adirondack Phantoms.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: The Devils have sent forward Cam Janssen and goalie Keith Kinkaid back to the AHL and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee.

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Injury Notes: Weiss, Hall, Michalek, Bolland, Malone, Garon, Johnson, Wilson and Versteeg

  • Florida Panthers: Panthers GM Dale Tallon announced that center Stephen Weiss will miss the rest of the season due to wrist surgery.

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Trade Rumors: Avalanche, Penguins, Blue Jackets, Flames and Blues

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: If the Avalanche want to trade Ryan O’Reilly at some point, they are going to have to give him the minutes to put up the points. That would mean that either Matt Duchene or Paul Stastny would become their third line center. The other option would be to move Duchene to the left wing again, but he doesn’t like it, and not is it in the best interest of the team. Feb. 28th, 2014 is the earliest the Avs can trade O’Reilly. So it appears that Avs need to either trade one of their three centers or find better third line wingers to play with O’Reilly (played with John Mitchell and Milan Hejduk  in his first game). Dater thinks that the Avs should consider trading Paul Stastny. Stastny has five goals and seven assists in 20 games so far. His point totals have decreased over the last three years from 79 to 57 to 53. He has one year left on his deal at $6.6 million.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Penguins defenseman Simon Despres is available again. Three members of of the Blue Jackets organization were at the Penguins-Lightning game, GM Jarmo Kekalainen, assistant GM Chris MacFarland and senior advisor Craig Patrick. The Penguins are looking to add a defenseman that could play with Kris Letang, or for insurance if Letang is traded before his contract expires at the end of next season. GM Ray Shero said he hopes to sign Letang and Evgeni Malkin to contract extensions. Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson could fit along side Letang. Johnson has a cap of $4.35 million through 2017-18. The Penguins may also be intrigued with idea of adding winger Jarome Iginla.
  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: ESPN’s Craig Custance on the Blue’s biggest issue:

    “That’s a nice addition if he’s healthy, but their biggest need continues to be on defense, especially the left side. GM Doug Armstrong has made it clear he’s willing to be aggressive to improve this team because they have championship expectations in St. Louis. The challenge is finding a trading partner willing to move a quality defenseman, a commodity many teams are looking for.”

    Ian Cole wasn’t able to fill in for the departed Carlo Colaiacovo. Wade Redden hasn’t worked out as hoped.

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: The Avalanche may be looking to trade a defenseman so they’d be able to keep Tyson Barrie up when Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson return. Barrie and Stefan Elliott are the only two that don’t have to clear waivers.

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Injury Notes: Kesler, Malkin, Diaz, Gustafsson, Smith, Khabibulin, Duchene, Johnson, WIlson, Wingles and Havlat

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Ryan Kesler played six games with a broken foot. He initially suffered the injury back on Feb. 15th and will now be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured right foot.

    “He has blocked a few shots and that foot had taken two X-rays that were negative, but the scan gave us another version,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

    “Other than some discomfort, he was handling it well. Any fracture is four to six weeks, depending on the nature and some are less with hairline fractures.”

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Evgeni Malkin staked for about 30 minutes yesterday. He didn’t report any concussions symptoms on Tuesday.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was hit by Dustin Penner last night.

    “It was more whiplash than anything,” Smith said. “But, he did get me in the shoulder, and it was the same shoulder. I came back, so it wasn’t too bad, but – the puck wasn’t even around, so that was what was interesting about the whole thing.”

    Smith was sore but is expected to play tonight against the Sharks.

  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Edmonton Oilers have put goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve with a bad groin. He’ll be on the IR for at least a week.

    “It is a little frustrating, in my situation especially,” said the 40-year-old veteran, who had been in world class form. “Coming from a big injury, rehabbing and getting ready, starting to feel good and actually getting playing time — and now this happens.

    “It’s not too serious, but it needs to be taken care of. It’s just really annoying, that’s what it is.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene didn’t skate yesterday due to a groin injury, but hasn’t been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Flames. Avs defenseman Erik Johnson skated with teammates yesterday, which may have been his first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 11th. Defenseman Ryan Wilson, out with an ankle injury, is still not ready to begin skating.

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