Posts Tagged Erik Karlsson

Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Sabres and Flyers

  • Darren Dreger: The Hurricanes have some big options this offseason. Cam Ward will likely be traded. Jeff Skinner or Eric Staal could become available. It would depend on GM Jim Rutherford’s future and if he’ll move up, stay in the same spot or move out. There could be player, coaching and management changes for the Canes.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Craig Anderson is heading into the final season of his contract. Do they look to re-sign him or wait for next season to play out and potentially lose him for nothing? Looking like Patrick Weicioch could be traded this summer, especially if the Sens re-sign Eric Gryba. The Senators don’t have a first round pick this year from the Bobby Ryan-Ducks trade. If they want one, the only players that are good enough to get one in return are Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. Karlsson isn’t going anywhere. The Ducks were thought to be one of the teams interested in Spezza. Ryan has one year left at $5.562 million and never really fit with Spezza. At times he wasn’t used much by coach Paul MacLean.
  • Mike Halford: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Marian Gaborik.

    “We had thought about it long and hard when we acquired him that we needed a little bit more skill,” Kekalainen told Sportsnet’s HockeyCentral. “I think we still could use a little bit more skill like Marian Gaborik has, but it just didn’t fit and it was time to move on because he was going to go to the unrestricted free agency.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: The Sabres have all but announced they won’t be drafting Aaron Ekblad. Jones wonders why the Oilers and Sabres haven’t been doing business. The Sabres have need forwards and have plenty on the blueline. The Oilers have forwards but need help on the blueline.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Robert Haag will be in the discussion of a D spot next year if Kimmo Timonen retires.

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Flyers, Predators, Red Wings, Flames, Panthers, Canada, Sweden and Russia

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (mailbag) Panaccio would not include Samuel Morin in a Shea Weber trade. He would give up a couple first round picks and/or Scott Laugton and more for Weber. Panaccio thinks the Flyers may only make one deal at the deadline, maybe an upgrade to the blueline but it won’t be significant.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) The Red Wings haven’t said if Henrik Zetterberg will require surgery to repair his herniated disc. He’s still in Russia as he’s not able to fly yet, but is expected to later this week. There are only five teams that are currently out of the playoff picture which will increase the asking prices: Buffalo, Florida, Islanders, Edmonton and Calgary. If the Red Wings were going to bring in someone, they would have to send out salary. If Zetterberg ends up being put on the LTIR or is out for the season, they would get some extra cap space. If Zetterberg is out, Khan could see them looking for a scorer. There are not a lot of options and there would be several teams bidding against them: Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Brad Boyes. Khan doesn’t think the Blue Jackets will look to trade Marian Gaborik. If made available, his $7.5 million salary cap hit is likely too high for the Wings. Khan doesn’t see the Wings trading for Brian Campbell. The Wings have some interest in Islanders Andrew MacDonald.
  • Matthew Coller: Sabres GM Tim Murray said there have been no trade talks during the Olympics so far.
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Injured Flames forward Curtis Glencross skated several times before the Olympics, and more will be known on his status when the team starts practicing again on Wednesday.
  • Chris Johnston: Team Canada won’t announce if there are any lineup changes until after Wednesday’s morning skate.
  • Helene St. James in USA Today: Sweden’s Erik Karlsson crashed in to Henrik Lundqvist at the end of practice. Lundqvist was crouched down for several minutes before skating over to the boards. They say he is fine.

    “That’s a tough thing,” Alfredsson said, “because he really wanted to catch Loui on the breakaway and threw himself down, and Henrik was trying to make the save, and they just pummeled each other. We can laugh at it now because it wasn’t too serious, but it gave everybody a big scare.”

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers Tomas Kopecky didn’t play for Slovakia yesterday as he probably has a concussion. He took an elbow to the head.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk is not practicing with the team today. Viktor Tikhonov is skating in Kovalchuk’s place along side Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Redulov.

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Morning Hits: Forensic Investigation, Bieksa, Katz, Starting Goalies and Recalls

  • Ken Warren: Bob McKenzie is saying that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray were in New York  to meet with the NHL about Melnyk’s forensic investigation on Erik Karlsson’s Achilles injury last season that was caused by a Matt Cooke hit.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Melnyk has been up front the entire time that he believes Cooke injured Karlsson intentionally and that he will prove it” …  ”I have no idea how Melnyk plans on doing so”
  • Michael Russo: Source saying that whatever happened in the meeting with the league, it will not affect Matt Cooke or the Wild.
  • Calgary Flames: Brian Burke: “I am perplexed by this fine. I stand behind Bob Hartley completely in this regard and remain confident that he acted properly in every aspect of this game.”
  • Mark Spector: Canucks Kevin Bieksa will not face supplementary discipline for his role in Saturday’s hallway incident between John Tortorella and the Flames.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Part of Oilers owner, Daryl Katz’s letter to fans:

    To Oilers Fans Everywhere:

    We all thought this was going to be the year the Oilers turned the corner. Obviously, that hasn’t happened, and it hurts. It’s frustrating – for all of us. For our fans, for our players and staff, and for everyone in our community who shares a common bond around a game, a team and a city that we love.

    I know this will almost certainly be the eighth consecutive year since we made the playoffs. I hate that fact as much as anyone, but the reality is that this is only year four of the rebuild that started when we drafted Taylor Hall. The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental rebuilds went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer. That doesn’t make it fun for anyone; it just means we have to stay the course.

  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils against the Blues.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs Semyon Varlamov will start tonight and on Friday. J.S. Giguere will start on Saturday.
  • Wayne scanlan: The Senators recall Stephane Da Costa from the AHL to replace the injured Mark Stone.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Canadiens recall Louis Leblanc from the AHL.

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Morning Hits: Senators, Panthers, Blues, Flyers, Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets and Rangers

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Looking at if “every team in the league would take that guy right now,” for the Senators. Craig Anderson – probably not. Jason Spezza – no. If he’s not on your top two lines, he’s not on your team. Bobby Ryan – maybe as a right winger, but would unseat Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in Chicago. Kyle Turris – maybe as a 3rd or 4th liner. Erik Karlsson – for sure. Chris Neil – absolutely. Zack Smith – possibly. Jared Cowen – maybe, maybe not. Marc Methot – maybe, maybe not. Clark MacArthur – yes.
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers are saying they are losing over $20 million a year and need more public money to survive. They are looking to redo their lease with Broward County. They also want to create a hotel and casino on the 22 acres north of the BB&T arena.

    “This organization has lost between $20 [million] and $30 million on an annual basis,” Yormark said, “and those dollars have been funded by our owners.”

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues signed Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings have recalled Riley SheahanAnsar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that if Darren Helm isn’t ready for Saturday, he’d like to have Sheahan in at center. Wants to keep Justin Abdelkader on the wing.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks recall John Gibson and send Frederik Andersen to the AHL.
  • ESPN Chicago: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Winnipeg Sun Sports: The Jets have Dustin Byfulgien on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.

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Most Minutes Played (TOI) and Highest Minutes Per Game (TOI/G) In A Single NHL Season

Yesterday I was tweeted some of Ryan Suter’s impressive minutes played numbers from this season. For those that should be following but aren’t:

- Suter had three straight games last week where he played over 35 minutes and 28 seconds. Two of those games were over 36 minutes.
- Suter is averaging 29:36 minutes per game, 2:25 minutes more than the next player, Erik Karlsson.
- In 10 of Suter’s 21 games, he has averaged over 30 minutes.

It was pointed out to me by follower Matt Horner that Suter is on pace to play over 2,400 minutes this season, something that hasn’t been done that often. I decided to look into it to see who had the most minutes in a season.

The first chart is ranked by TOI and the second is by TOI/G, showing where Suter and Karlsson rank for this season. (I only took the TOI/G for the top 10 TOI players for each season)

A couple interesting notes:

- Nicklas Lidstrom had 6 seasons of 2,200 minutes or more. Chris Pronger had 5 seasons.
- Pavel Bure and Paul Kariya are the only forwards to be  listed in the top 10 in TOI at the end of a season. Bure cracked the top 30 all-time list for minutes played.
- Dan Boyle’s TOI ranking with such little SH TOI.

Below the chart is a link to view the top 10 players from each season. NHL.com listing the 1997-98 season as the first season they tracked time-on-ice.

RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI
SH
TOI
PP
TOI
TOI
TOI/G
1 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
1,695:07
272:50
494:22
2,462:19
30:01
2 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
1,630:31
306:40
512:08
2,449:19
29:52
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
1,642:35
374:15
429:33
2,446:23
30:12
4 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
1,530:54
360:52
515:30
2,407:16
29:21
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
1,513:35
485:48
406:34
2,405:57
29:20
6 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
1,517:58
329:23
543:08
2,390:29
29:30
7 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
1,529:21
408:17
451:25
2,389:03
30:14
8 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
1,558:35
416:51
412:26
2,387:52
29:07
9 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
1,571:13
423:37
345:35
2,340:25
28:53
10 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
1,458:33
428:04
446:01
2,332:38
28:26
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
1,614:56
349:35
363:48
2,328:19
28:44
12 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
1,320:45
371:11
618:18
2,310:14
28:10
13 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
1,478:21
412:06
408:31
2,298:58
29:28
14 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
1,525:14
305:03
436:58
2,267:15
29:49
15 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
1,626:52
332:58
292:38
2,252:28
27:28
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
1,308:35
418:40
521:27
2,248:42
28:06
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
1,439:03
405:11
402:53
2,247:07
28:48
18 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
1,500:57
348:43
390:22
2,240:02
27:39
19 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
1,290:59
414:40
533:33
2,239:12
27:59
20 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
1,426:13
392:41
418:25
2,237:19
27:57
21 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
1,571:25
253:49
395:11
2,220:25
28:50
22 Dan Boyle
2006-07
TBL
82
1,633:52
57:06
527:09
2,218:07
27:03
23 Jay Bouwmeester
2008-09
FLA
82
1,582:17
279:48
350:56
2,213:01
26:59
24 Chris Pronger
1997-98
STL
81
1,720:35
298:13
193:43
2,212:31
27:18
25 Chris Pronger
2008-09
ANA
82
1,522:03
321:57
365:11
2,209:11
26:56
26 Scott Niedermayer
2008-09
ANA
82
1,501:34
377:35
328:20
2,207:29
26:55
27 Brian Campbell
2011-12
FLA
82
1,760:51
104:59
339:41
2,205:31
26:53
28 Duncan Keith
2010-11
CHI
82
1,743:37
216:05
244:51
2,204:33
26:53
29 Pavel Bure
2000-01
FLA
82
1,574:36
152:49
475:44
2,203:09
26:52
30 Bryan McCabe
2006-07
TOR
82
1,405:07
311:33
483:21
2,200:01
26:49
RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI/G
SH
TOI/G
PP
TOI/G
TOI
TOI/G
1 Chris Pronger
1998-99
STL
67
21:05
5:19
4:11
2,050:36
30:36
2 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
19:21
5:10
5:42
2,389:03
30:14
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
20:16
4:37
5:18
2,446:23
30:12
4 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
20:40
3:19
6:01
2,462:19
30:01
5 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
19:53
3:44
6:14
2,449:19
29:52
6 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
20:04
4:00
5:44
2,267:15
29:49
7 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
18:44
4:03
6:42
2,390:29
29:30
8 Ryan Suter
2013-14
MIN
22
22:29
2:58
4:01
648:42
29:29
9 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
18:57
5:17
5:14
2,298:58
29:28
10 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
18:40
4:24
6:17
2,407:16
29:21
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
18:27
5:55
4:57
2,405:57
29:20
12 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
19:00
5:05
5:01
2,387:52
29:07
13 Adrian Aucoin
2002-03
NYI
73
17:29
6:03
5:27
2,117:50
29:00
14 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
19:23
5:13
4:15
2,340:25
28:53
15 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
20:24
3:17
5:07
2,220:25
28:50
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
18:26
5:11
5:09
2,247:07
28:48
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
19:56
4:18
4:29
2,328:19
28:44
18 Rob Blake
1999-00
LAK
77
19:00
3:57
5:32
2,193:52
28:29
19 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
17:47
5:13
5:26
2,332:38
28:26
20 Bryan McCabe
2005-06
TOR
73
16:26
4:22
7:28
2,065:35
28:17
21 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
16:06
4:31
7:32
2,310:14
28:10
22 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
16:21
5:14
6:31
2,248:42
28:06
23 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
16:08
5:11
6:40
2,239:12
27:59
24 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
17:49
4:54
5:13
2,237:19
27:57
25 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
18:31
4:18
4:49
2,240:02
27:39
26 Rob Blake
2001-02
COL
75
18:43
3:47
5:03
2,068:23
27:34
27 Scott Niedermayer
2006-07
ANA
79
17:41
3:58
5:50
2,173:22
27:30
28 Nicklas Lidstrom
2006-07
DET
80
17:17
4:32
5:39
2,199:06
27:29
29 Erik Karlsson
2013-14
OTT
21
21:33
1:13
4:42
577:28
27:29
30 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
19:50
4:03
3:34
2,252:28
27:28

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Flames, Jets, Canadiens, Canucks, Sabres and Scouting Avs-Blues

  • TSN: Some quotes from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “I have not seen the same, beat-up, negative group that I’ve seen here in the past. If I thought for one instant it was a lack of work ethic on the players’ part, we’d be having a much different conversation.

    “I’m going to continue to support this group, and I think the players deserve my support… I feel and see progress,” added MacTavish.

    “The blueline needs to be improved upon… do we need a big stud defenceman? It would help immensely,” said MacTavish.

  • Bob Stauffer: MacTavish said he would be prepared to move their 2014 1st round pick, preferable a player on an entry level contract.
  • Jason Gregor: MacTavish: ”I don’t view another first round draft choice as what we need. Whether I can get suitable value for that remains to be seen.” … ”Our default is to kick out and not go to the net or tough areas. We need to get our group there or bring guys in who will go there.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers had offered three 2nd round picks for Braydon Coburn at the 2013 draft and couldn’t get the deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames at this moment in time do not want to move Cammalleri”
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Someone started that the Jets are taking calls for Evander Kane. A Montreal radio station floated a Kane for Max Pacioretty deal. A Vancouver TV type said the Canucks may want to package some prospects for Kane.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Ranking Sabres GM candidates: 1. Claude Loiselle 2. Jason Botterill 3. Laurence Gilman 4. Brad Treliving 5. Paul Fenton Wild Card: Bill Zito.
  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: The Canadiens will soon find out what it will cost them to potentially sign P.K. Subban to contract extension. It is likely to cost $8 million or more per season. What Subban brings: “no other defenceman brings quite the same combination of rise-out-of-your-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive intelligence.” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8-years, $56 million) and Blues Alex Pietrangelo (7-years, 45.5 million) may be the closest comparables. Penguins Kris Letang signed for 8-years and $58 million. Before the lockout, Senators Erik Karlsson signed for 7-years and $45 million. Shea Weber has a salary cap hit of $7.8 million, followed by Ryan Suter and Letang at $7.5 million.
  • Adrian Dater: Scouting the Avalanche – Blues games: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Lightning.

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Injury Notes: Downie, Lecavalier, Bolland, Bozak, Schneider, Salvador, McGinn, Zajac and others

  • David Strehle: Flyers Steve Downie will be released from the hospital today. Out indefinitely with a concussion. Vincent Lecavalier is day-to-day with a facial contusion according to Paul Holmgren. Frank Seravalli: Downie left the arena two-plus hours on a stretcher after his fight with Aaron Volpatti. He asked Volpatti to stop during their fight. Renaud Lavoie: Lecavalier will play on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Dave Bolland’s cut is similar to Erik Karlsson’s and was to have surgery last night. Brad Ziemer: Bolland left the arena on a stretcher. Dave Feschuk: Bolland was wearing Kevlar-type socks. They are cut resistant and not cut proof.
  • David Alter: The Leafs put Tyler Bozak on the LTIR. He won’t be able to return to the lineup until Nov. 21st.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Cory Schneider said he’s ready to play and is capable of starting tonight. Tom Gulitti: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said it was “possible” that Schneider could start on today. Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur said he won’t be playing against Wild.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Peter DeBoer said that Bryce Salvador (stress fracture in his foot) has yet to start skating.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that Jamie McGinn (knee) will  play on Wednesday. Added that McGinn needs a few practices.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said that Rostislav Klesla could return next week.
  • Joe Yerdon: Devils Travis Zajac missed last night’s game with an ankle injury.
  • Nashville Predators: Predators Mike Fisher left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jarret Stoll left last night’s game with an injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Alex Tanguay will have an MRI today or tomorrow on his knee. It could be bad.

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Afternoon Hits: Brodeur, Vanek, Miller, Oilers and the Senators new captain won’t be Karlsson

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils Martin Brodeur won’t be talking about whether he’ll retire after this season or not.

    “I’m just going to play this year,” Brodeur said after taking his training camp physical this morning at Prudential Center. “I’m not going to comment on ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘Yes, I won’t’ (retire). So, you can tell your friends around the league they don’t have to ask that question. I’m not going to tell anybody if I’m going to retire or not until I make a decision of coming back or not.”

    Elliotte Friedman: Friedman is hearing that the Sabres have told teams that they would be willing to retain some of Thomas Vanek’s salary if they get a deal they like. Vanek has been saying that he won’t sign an extension until he sees the direction of the team, so that may play into this as well.

  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that trade-talk window is now closed until the start of the season. Can now expect Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller to remain with the team through opening night.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Friedman saw Regier’s note on Vanek and Miller. Finds it interesting and will see how it unfolds.
  • Bob McKenzie: Expect the Oilers to bring in a heavyweight fighter as both GM Craig MacTavish and coach Dallas Eakins believe it’s required.
  • Ian Mendes: The Senators won’t name a captain today. Coach Paul MacLean said they originally considered defenseman Erik Karlsson, but decided that he was too young.

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Free Agent Hits: Kadri, Read, Hodgson, Boedker, Johansson, Pietrangelo, Eminger and Bang

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs RFA Nazem Kadri won’t be talking about contract talks “until the deal gets done.” He did say that “negotiations are continuing and the lines of communication are open”. Assistant GM Claude Loiselle (handling most of the talks) added, “We’re talking, we’re going back and forth, but historically, we don’t comment on specifics.”
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers Matt Read is entering the last year of his deal and will get a nice raise from the $900,000. He would like to stay with the Flyers.

    “I would love to stay here,” Read said. “Philadelphia’s obviously a great market to play hockey in. It’s a great bunch of guys here.

    “If it comes down to the line, I would fight for everyone in our locker room. I enjoy being here and I’d love to stay here for longer if the right opportunity presents itself.”

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Cody Hodgson is looking for a long-term, big money contract. The Sabres would prefer giving Hodgson a ‘bridge’ contract, maybe something similar to Tyler Ennis’s two-year, $5.6 million deal from 2012.
  • Sarah McLellan of the AZ Central: Coyotes RFA Mikkel Boedker is still looking for a new deal.

    “There’s still time before camp starts,” said Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving, who is handling the negotiations with Boedker’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet. “There’s still time before we play games that count for points. We’d like to get it done. It’s not done, but we’ll continue to sort of grind away at it here.”

    If they don’t have a deal done by September 11th, he won’t be able to participate in the start of their training camp.

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals RFA Marcus Johansson is thought to be looking for an extension worth more than Rangers Carl Hagelin signed, two-years and $4.5 million. The Capitals have 21 players signed with just under $2.665 million salary cap space available.
  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is still looking for a new deal. Gordon looks at some player contracts. Drew Doughty: $56 million over eight years. Erik Karlsson: $45.5 million over seven years. Tyler Myers: $38.5 million over seven years. Zach Bogosian: $36 million over seven years. Oliver Ekman-Larson: $33 million over six years. P.K. Subban: $5.75 million over two years. If they go long-term, Pietrangelo could fall between Doughty and Myers, maybe in the Karlsson range.
  • Igor Eronko: Former Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger has agreed to terms with Admiral of the KHL, pending a physical.
  • Igor Eronko: Predators RFA Daniel Bang signed one-year deal with Lausanne of the Swiss league.

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Morning Hits: Booth, Jensen, Karlsson and Halak

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks are thin on top-six wingers and could use a healthy David Booth. The Canucks couldn’t buyout Booth this summer since he was injured. He still hasn’t been cleared to return. If he isn’t cleared, Nicklas Jensen could get an opportunity.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Erik Karlsson said his Achilles injury is not a 100 percent, but it won’t hinder his game this season.

    “The normal feeling isn’t there, but I’m getting used to not normal,” he said. “It’s not really connecting down there.”

    “It feels good, actually,” he said. “I’m a little bit surprised myself.

    “I’ve been able to do most of the normal stuff that I usually do in the summer.

    “I’ve been trying to get it back as strong as quickly as possible, and as of right now I don’t think I will have any concerns going into training camp.”

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Jaroslav Halak has remained in St. Louis this offseason to work with the Blues strength and conditioning coach. Ken Hitchcock,

    “(But) Halak hasn’t lost his starting job due to his play. He lost his starting job due to injury, so there’s a difference. If Brian comes in and takes the job, that’s one thing. My feeling is training camp is for evaluation, but to me it’s status quo as long as both guys are healthy.”

    Halak on moving on from the incident at the end of last season.

    “I went through some adversity and I wasn’t happy about it,” he said. “I was frustrated at the end of the season. I was injured and I didn’t play, so obviously everything built up. I want to prove it, especially to myself, that I can still play and that I can perform.”

    Halak on being in trade rumors.

    “I wasn’t worried about it,” Halak said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m happy here. Last season was a bad season for me, but I was still happy that I could be here and part of the team.”

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Afternoon Hits I: Bergeron, Horton, Scuderi, Leafs, Sabres, Penguins and Senators

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Patrice Bergeron suffered torn cartilage in Game 4, broken rib Game 5, separated shoulder/collapsed lung in Game 6. He wouldn’t have been able to play in Game 7. Joe Haggerty: Bergeron said that he won’t require surgery and should be ready for camp.
  • Tim Panaccio: Panaccio has heard that the Flyers would love to get Nathan Horton. Talk is that he has a couple teams in mind and the Flyers are not one of them.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Sources saying that the Penguins could be looking at defenseman Rob Scuderi to be Kris Letang’s partner. Scuderi could be looking for a 3 year deal around $4 million.
  • Howard Berger: The Leafs top priority this week is getting a No. 1 center, which almost certainly will come by a multi-player trade. Vincent Lecavalier is still a possible UFA option. A deal doesn’t need to made this week, it’s a long offseason.
  • Howard Berger: Has said many times that a Leafs trade for Paul Stastny would take Carl Gunnarsson, Nik Kulemin and 4th round pick.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that Mikhail Grigorenko won’t be returned to junior next year and is not eligible for the AHL.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Kris Letang’s deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins remains in limbo as there is still a snag. Letang is looking for a verbal guarantee that the Penguins won’t trade him in the next year before his new deal kicks in. The 8 year deal with a $7.25 million cap hit comes with a limited no-movement clause which he names 15 teams that he could be traded too.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Ottawa Senators offseason to-do list: 1. Signing Daniel Alfredsson 2. Finding a top-6 forward and blueliner: they made a play of Bobby Ryan but the price was too high. They could look at Pascal Dupuis if he hits the open market. They may rather trade a prospect for a blueliner than get into a bidding war for a free agent. 3. Check the health of injured players: mainly Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. 4. Contract matters: talk extension with head coach Paul MacLean. Colin Greening could be extended. Jim O’Brien could be dealt.

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