Posts Tagged Evgeni Malkin

NHL Injuries: Penguins, Wild, Lightning, Panthers, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Blues and Avs

  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale met with doctors and are skating lightly, but not ready to practice yet.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Chris Kunitz and Olli Maatta are day-to-day. All practiced yesterday.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday. Clayton Stoner and Keith Ballard were also on the ice.
  • NBC Pro Hockey Talk: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been sent the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Steve Simmons: Bishop’s injury is not his shoulder. His arm or elbow. Will have a MRI today.
  • Sam Carchidi: Panthers Roberto Luongo missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Cal Clutterbuck left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton left last night’s game after re-aggravating a lower-body injury. Aaron Portzline: Horton had a setback and could be done for the rest of the regular season, possibly longer.
  • Lou Korac: Blues David Backes is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup on Friday.

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NHL Injuries: Toews, Kane, Malkin, Penner, Jackman, Byfuglien, Nikitin and de Haan

  • Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (left arm) could start skating by the end of the week. Patrick Kane skated over the weekend and is expected to be ready by the start of the playoffs.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Evgeni Malkin has a hairline fracture in his foot and coach Dan Bylsma isn’t sure if he’ll be in the lineup for the start of the playoffs.

    “It’s not really possible to predict at this point,” Bylsma said. “We’re looking at the two-week point. It will be looked again by doctors (in the next couple of days).”

  • Mike Vogl: Dustin Penner is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks Tim Jackman has a broken hand that will require surgery.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Dustin Byfuglien is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) skated yesterday.
  • AP in the NY Post: Islanders Calvin de Haan left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Notes: Olympic Fallout, Kuznetsov, Partying Austrian’s and the 2018 Olympics

  • John Shannon: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Semin didn’t return to the US on the NHL/NHLPA charter plane as originally planned. Sounding like they will remain in Russia for the closing ceremonies.
  • Craig Custance: An agent suggested that the summer Olympics may be a better for NHL players.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals GM George McPhee of Evgeni Kuznetsov: ”We’re proceeding as if he’s not going to be here. Until he’s no longer playing in KHL, not a lot I can comment on.”
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders GM Garth Snow on John Tavares’ injury: ”Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?” … ”It wouldn’t matter if we were 10 points up on a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn’t playing for us.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that even after Henrik Zetterberg left the Olympics due to an injury, he still supports the NHL participating in the Olympics.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Some Austrian players were out partying at a bar until 6:00 am the night before their elimination game. Their names will be released soon.

    “Chose Vanek as team captain to have an experienced player and this obviously went wrong,” Austrian Ice Hockey Federation President Dieter Kalt said at a news conference.

    “After internal discussions there will be consequences,” said coach Manny Viveiros in this story that was translated through Google. “I am very disappointed by the team. … The behavior of individual players is inexcusable.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”let’s not kid anybody, the whole notion of going to Korea in 2018 the NHL wants no part of it.” … ”Yes, Tavares is injured, but FLA lost Barkov and Kopecky and the Rangers lost a very important player in Zuccarello” … ”The NHL does not want to go to Korea. It makes no sense for them to go to Korea. I don’t think they’re going”

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Morning Rumors: Rangers, Kings, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Flames, Maple Leafs and Letang’s Illness

  • Harvey Fialkov: GMs don’t really want to trade for a big contract before the break and pay for players that won’t be playing for the next three weeks.
  • Larry Brooks: Has been told that a) no progress has been made in contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan. b) there is little chance he’s traded before the trade freeze. The gap between both sides is as substantial as ever. Callahan is still asking for seven-years and upwards of $6.5 million. Source saying the GM Glen Sather will want something in return rather than let him walk for nothing. Sather hasn’t received a good enough offer to make a deal yet. Callahan is expected to be in the Rangers lineup tonight. The Rangers and Dan Girardi closed the gap on an extension last week, but there has been no progress since.  Source said that the Rangers may be able to get more for Girardi as a rental than for Callahan.
  • AJ Jakubec: Second source said that the Oilers would get more than just Kyle Clifford for Sam Gagner, a complicated deal. The Kings are tight to the cap and the deal may have to wait until after the Olympic break. The Oilers would retain some of Gagner’s salary. The Kings were thought to be reviewing Gagner’s medical records yesterday.
  • Bob McKenzie: Also hearing a deal between the Kings and Oilers involving Sam Gagner and Kyle Clifford is possible. It is a complicated deal because of the Kings cap situation. The Oilers may have to retain some salary and the Kings may have to give up another piece. It is not guaranteed, but it’s being discussed: Clifford and a pick or prospect for Gagner and the Oilers retaining some salary.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Kings are desperate for offense. There are the talks with the Oilers about Gagner, but they are also thought to be interested in Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Thomas Vanek.
  • David Pagnotta: The Kings are also talking with the Islanders about some of their players.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings-Islanders intensified talks may be reason the Kings – Gagner hasn’t closed yet.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Kings GM Dean Lombardi, assistant GM Rob Blake and chief scout Mike O’Connell scouted the Oilers and Bruins last Saturday.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that no player has approached him about waiving their no-trade clause.
  • Ian Mendes: After talking with Sabres GM Tim Murray, sounding like they are asking for 2015 1st round picks and not from this years draft.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Tim Murray on having trade talks with Bryan Murray: “It hasn’t been much fun because I’ve asked him for certain things and he won’t give it to me”
  • Shawn McKenzie: Sabres Tim Murray on trading Ryan Miller: ”I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along. It’s not when, it’s if more so than when. There has to be certain types of players and prospects involved in a deal like that. So I just need a team that thinks the same way”
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: GM Tim Murray doesn’t expect much movement today. Teams don’t want to pay a high priced player not to play if they don’t have too. There is also the risk of injury for Olympic players.

    “I never expected this to be a deadline,” Murray said Thursday. “If we don’t trade anybody, we pay them through the Olympic break and you can make a deal after it. The economics of the game and the possibility of injuries at the Olympics for those players, I never expected anything to get done quickly.”

    On the March 5th deadline.

    “I’m just listening and hopefully get an offer that I think is worthwhile on a couple of our guys, and if not then that’s the way it goes,” he said. “I’m making a lot of calls, but I’m making them to guys that called me first. The teams that have showed the most interest in certain players, I’m obviously trying to keep in contact with them every day to see where we’re going.

    “I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along,” he said in regards to Miller. “It’s not ‘when,’ it’s ‘if’ more so than ‘when.’ I just think there has to be certain types of prospects and players involved in a deal like that, so I just need a team that thinks the same way.”

  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders offered Andrew MacDonald a four-year contract worth $16 million over a month ago, which he rejected and will now likely be sold to the highest bidder. MacDonald is looking for a four- or five-year deal and closer to $5 million per season. The Islanders came up from $3.5 million. GM Garth Snow has already turned down one substantial offer in hopes of getting more.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have been unable to find a top-six forward, preferably a winger. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t found a willing partner and the asking prices have been high.

    “I’d like to find another forward to at least send a message to our team that management and coaches are trying to help (them),” said Murray. “We have lots of assets, lots of young prospects … over the last few years we’ve accumulated a really good group of prospects.

    “I guess it depends on the return that is expected from other teams if you try to acquire that kind of player. I’ve done lots of talking to people but there’s nobody at the moment that appears willing to pull the trigger.”

    Making a trade isn’t easy.

    “Today the prices may be a tough higher than they will on the actual deadline day when the competition for the guy isn’t quite the same,” said Murray. “There’s so many teams so close together here we’re all little hesitant to make a move that isn’t the right move.”

  • Brian Costello of the Hockey News: Flames Mike Cammalleri could be a nice fit with the Kings, Ducks and Sharks. The Canucks could also make a push for him. The Flames could be looking for a 1st round pick and a B-list prospect, or a 2nd round pick and a A-list prospect.
  • Michael Traikos of the National Post: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin knows the rumors, but would like to stay with the Leafs.

    “I would love to stay,” Kulemin said. “I like everything here. It’s the only team I’ve played for. I like the organization and everything. We’ll see how it goes.”

    Darren Dreger has said that the Leafs have told teams he’s available, and they are asking for a “substantial player” in return. The Penguins have been mentioned due to Kulemin’s history with Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins had a scout watching the Leafs game against the Panthers.

  • David Strehle: Scouting the Flyers – Avalanche: Capitals, Flames (play Philly on Saturday), Stars, Lightning, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Blues.
  • Ed Tait: Scouting the Jets – Capitals: Ducks, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Wild, Blues, Lighting and Sharks.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Kris Letang is still out with an mystery illness which is not life threatening, but it’s not known when he’ll be able to return. There were concerns last week that it could season ending and possibly career ending. Dan Bylsma would “not allude” to anything “until we’ve got more and all the information.” Letang won’t be traded before the deadline.

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Morning Rumors II: Stars, Rangers, Kings, Hurricanes, Canucks, Lightning, Penguins, Leafs and Senators

  • TSN Insider Trading: McKenzie: Two Stars who may be okay with being traded are Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Whitney would be a rental, but Gonchar as two years left at $5 million.

    LeBrun: A Dan Girardi extension may be more likely than a Ryan Callahanextension.

    Dreger:  The Kings would like to add some scoring but will likely have to wait until closer to the trade deadline due to cap space available. They are looking at rentals: Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek and maybe Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Moulson.

    Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu is in play. GM Jim Rutherford told Ruutu he will push for a trade. Ruutu has a no-trade clause.

    McKenzie: Rutherford sent an email to teams saying Jiri Tlusty, Riley Nash, Drayson Bowman and Brett Bellemore are available.  The Canucks did the same with Dale Weise. The Lightning did the same with Keith Aulie and Tom Pyatt.

  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins sent Simon Despres back to the AHL, and some within the organization are souring on him. Trade speculation will mount as they may be higher on prospects Derrick Pouliot, Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin.
  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are looking for a third line winger and a top-six winger. They don’t have a second round pick and are lukewarm on the idea of trading their first round pick for any rental that might be available. There is some thought of playing James Neal with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby, and then finding a winger for Evgeni Malkin by the deadline. There are better fits out there for Malkin than Crosby.
  • ESPN Slide Show: Players who could be traded: Ryan Miller, Sam Gagner, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters, David Legwand, Martin Erat, Andrew MacDonald, Ryan Callahan and Nazem Kadri.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Canucks need more strength down the middle. Probably going to have to use one of their good D to get it done.”
  • Damien Cox: A rumor that was floating around the prospects game that was going on during the summer, was a James Reimer for Nail Yakupov deal.
  • MyNHLTradeRumors: Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch said on Hockey Central that the Rangers wanted Marc Methot and another piece (likely an AHL player) for Michael Del Zotto. The Senators were fine with the other piece, but not with trading Methot.

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Morning Rumors: Bruins, Sabres, Habs, Coyotes, Canes, Avs, Pens, Isles, Kings, Rangers and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHL trade deadline is March 5th. The Olympic roster freeze is February 8th till February 23rd.

    “The roster freeze will act as a deadline, especially for those teams that want to save a little bit of money,” said a league executive.

    “There’s a chance to get deals done in the next few weeks that will get money off the books.”

    The Bruins have said they will try to fill the loss of Dennis Seidenberg from within. If that doesn’t work out as planned, they could look at Dan Girardi.

    Ryan Miller may not be going anywhere as the new GM may look to re-sign him, and they may not be able to get what they want for him on the trade market. The asking price is three prospects and a first round pick. The Blues may be the only option for Miller, and they may not be looking to trade.

    The Canadiens are looking for forward depth. GM Marc Bergevin may have looked at Flames Curtis Glencross, who has two years left at $2.55 million. The Canadiens are looking to trade Daniel Briere.

    The Coyotes for looking for forward depth and may look at Sabres Matt Moulson.

    Thought is the Hurricanes are not done trading. A couple teams have said the Hurricanes are willing to trade anyone but Eric and Jordan Staal. Teams will call about Jeff Skinner, but he isn’t going anywhere. Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo Ruuttu and Ron Hainsey will likely be traded by the deadline.

    The Avs will have to make a decision on Paul Stastny before the trade deadline. If they are able to get a 1st round pick and a prospect for him, they may move him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the March 5th trade deadline day.

    “A lot can happen between now and then,” Shero said this past week. “But I like our team. I don’t feel like we have to do something.”

    Sense withing the organization is that if they make a move, it would be a “hockey trade,” giving up someone significant to get someone of worth and under contract. Shero may be looking for a winger for either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Shero will listen to all offers, but doesn’t mean he’d be actively looking to trade someone like Olli Maata. The Jets are reportedly willing to trade Evander Kane, who has four years left with a $5.25 million cap hit. Shero and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have not talked about Kane.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: To retain Ryan O’Reilly’s rights, the Avalanche would have to pay the pending RFA at least $6.5 million. He can’t be traded until after February 28th. Matt Duchene will have a cap hit of $6 million for the next five years. There has been an “uneasy truce” between O’Reilly and the Avalanche since they matched his offer sheet with the Flames. The Avs could sign O’Reilly to an contract extension at any time, but they should draw a line saying, ”We won’t pay anyone a dime more than Duchene, no matter what.” Dater doesn’t think they should trade him anytime soon.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is on pace for a career year in points and is a pending UFA. GM Garth Snow wouldn’t comment on if there have been contract extension talks. He could become the Islanders best trade chip at the deadline if they are out of the playoff picture.

    “I think you realize it’s there, that it’s possible or whatever,” MacDonald said. “I’m hopeful things get done. We’ve dug ourselves a pretty big hole here so there isn’t really time to worry about that.”

  • David Pagnotta: As Dennis Bernstein pointed out, the Kings are not finished trading. Nothing is imminent, but they are looking for a scorer.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Oilers Scott Howson was scouting the Kings game last night. Talk is the Oilers are very active and looking to make a move now. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner are in the mix.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Rangers had two scouts at the Avalanche-Sharks game. There are rumors they are interested in Tyson Barrie, but he, along with Ryan Wilson, were not in the lineup. There Rangers were the only Eastern team scouting the game.
  • Chip Alexander: Elias Lindholm could rejoin the Hurricanes in Buffalo for Tuesday’s game.
  • Hotstove: The Sabres are getting closer to naming a new GM, with Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning being the leading candidate. The Oilers could be looking at trading Sam Gagner. Before last night’s game, Michael Del Zotto’s camp and the Rangers hadn’t met yet.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Ryan, Avalanche, Stars, Penguins, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Michael Russo: The Sabres claim Zenon Konopka off waivers from the Wild.
  • Kevin Allen: Team USA GM David Poile said that Brian Burke had Bobby Ryan on his final ballot. Michael Russo: “Poile says criticism is part of what goes on behind every closed door in every managerial meeting. It just usually doesn’t get out.”
  • David Strehle: The NHL has nothing schedule at this time with regards to Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog’s hit on Flyers Michael Raffl that gave him a concussion.
  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang won’t play tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. It is a suspected groin injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Darren Helm (groin) and Johan Franzen (concussion) didn’t practice.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Neal Jokinen-Sutter-Gibbons Pyatt-Vitale-Adams Glass-Sill-Engelland/Kobasew.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Raymond-Kadri-Lupul, Kulemin-McClement-Clarkson, D’Amigo-Holland-Orr-McLaren.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk’s spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar.

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Injury Notes: Malkin, Edler, Harding, Schenn, Lecavalier, Smith, Abdelkader, Clowe and the Blue Jackets

  • Mike Halford: Penguins Evgeni Malkin will miss their next two games.
  • Brad Ziemer: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Alex Edler: ”He’s still a ways away. I can’t even say day to day. It’s after the (Xmas) break and who knows where from there.”
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild goalie Josh Harding was put on the IR and they have recalled Johan Gustafsson.

    “Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol,” Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27.”

  • Courier Post: Flyers Brayden Schenn does not have a concussion and could play tonight. Marc Narducci: Schenn said he has some stiffness in his upper back and neck, but no concussion symptoms.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is still two-three weeks away according to GM Paul Holmgren.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Trevor Smith broke his hand and will but put on the IR. Jonas Siegel: Dreger said that he could be out for two months. Jared Smithson will fill in for the time being.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated yesterday. His headaches and dizziness are gone. He isn’t sure when he’ll be cleared to return, but is hoping for Monday. Deryk Engelland was suspended for five games for the hit on Abdelkader.
  • Randy Miller: Devils Ryane Clowe is hoping to play on Friday.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (upper-body) and Marian Gaborik (knee) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Both are expecting to play on Saturday. Dalton Prout (upper-body) is out at least two weeks. Derek McKenzie (lower-body) is day-to-day and is out this weekend. He hopes to be able to return before Christmas.

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Afternoon Hits: Malkin, Bouchard, Lecavalier, Erixon, Dumoulin, Hedman and Line Combos

  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Evgeni Malkin said he’ll play tonight.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers. Ryan Strome will join the Islanders if Bouchard is claimed or cleared.
  • Adam Kimelman: The Flyers have put Vinny Lecavalier on the IR and recalled Tye McGinn.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Tim Erixon.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins have recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from the AHL and put Brooks Orpik on the IR.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Jokinen-Malkin-Megna, Conner-Sutter-Vitale, Adams-Sill-Kobasew. Defensive pairings: Maatta-Letang, Engelland-Niskanen. Despres, Dumoulin and Bortuzzo rotated.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: MacArthur-Spezza-Condra;Michalek-Turris-Ryan;Greening-Smith-Neil and Kassian-Zibanejad-Conacher. Defensive pairings: Methot-Karlsson; Phillips-Corvo; Cowen-Wiercioch.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Palat-Johnson-St Louis; Killorn-Filppula-Purcell; Brown-Thompson-Kucherov; Crombeen-Tyrell (Pyatt)-Labrie (Panik).
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Bournival – Eller – Brière Moen-Prust-White/Parros. Defensive pairings: Markov – Subban, Gorges – Emelin, Murray – Diaz, Bouillon.
  • John Vogl: Sabres lines: Moulson-Ennis-Girgensons, Foligno-Ott-Stafford, Adam-Hodgson-D’Agostini, Scott-Leino/McCormick-Flynn. Buffalo Sabres: Sabres penalty killing lines: 1st unit. McCormick-Flynn. Sulzer-Pysyk. 2nd unit. Girgensons-Adam/D’Agostini. Weber-Tallinder.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt; Cole-Horcoff-Chiasson/Sceviour; Whitney-Jeffrey-Peverley. Defensive pairings: Goligoski-Dillon; Benn-Gonchar; Connauton-Oleksiak; Rome.
  • Brent Wallace: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Clowe, Neuvirth, Ducks, Lightning, Daley, Bozak and Bickell

  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day and not traveling with the team to Boston. Pascal Dupuis is day-to-day and traveling with the team to Boston. Andrew Ebbett has a broken ankle.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Ryane Clowe took part in their morning skate. Tom Gulitti: Clowe said that he considers both of his concussions with the Rangers as “one big” one as he came back too quick from the first one.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) skated yesterday and could come off the IR today. Adam Vingan: Doesn’t sound like Neuvirth is ready to go this weekend.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Francois Beauchemin and Jakob Silfverberg won’t play this weekend, but both are with the team to “get in shape” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Victor Hedman is out at least a week and will be day-to-day after that. Eric Brewer and Radko Gudas are expected to play tonight.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley is expected to be out “weeks.”
  • TSN: The Maple Leafs put Tyler Bozak on the LTIR.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell is making progress and could start skating next week.

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Injury Notes: Seguin, Malkin, Kessel, Bozak, Lupul, Perreault, Beauchemin, Semin and Helm

  • James Mirtle: Stars Tyler Seguin will have some concussion testing this afternoon in Toronto and it’s not known if he’ll be able to return to the lineup tonight.
  • Josh Yohe: Penugins Evgeni Malkin has a lower-body injury and won’t play tonight.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will play tonight. Colton Orr won’t be in the lineup.
  • Josh Rimer: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is out indefinitely with an oblique strain. James Mirtle: Bozak was put on the IR.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul (groin) on if he’ll be able to play on Saturday: ”It’s too hard to say right now. I don’t want to rule anything out quite yet.”
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Mathieu Perreault is out at least two games with a lower-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Francois Beauchemin will be traveling with the team, but it’s not known yet if he’ll play.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alex Semin has been skating and feeling good, could play on their Western trip according to coach Kirk Muller.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Darren Helm has a shoulder injury and won’t travel with the team to New Jersey.

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Morning Hits: Waivers, Rielly, Jokinen, Vokoun and Dubinsky

  • Renaud Lavoie: Put on waivers yesterday: Francis Wathier (Dal), Cedrick Desjardins (TB), Riku Helenius (TB) and Marc-Andre Cliche (LA)
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Morgan Rielly: “If he really is ready to play here and he can play a significant role then there’s nothing wrong with keeping (him).”
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins Jussi Jokinen’s best fit is with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: The Penguins would be cap compliant if they put Tomas Vokoun and his $2 million cap hit on the LTIR.
  • Will DePaoli: Brandon Dubinsky “would have been a great fit here if Pens took what NYR were willing to offer for Staal.”

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