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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Wings, Canucks, Panthers, Avs, Leafs and Isles

  •  Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins are not looking at the free agent market and are focusing on their own. They could stand pat, but if they want to add a right winger, it’s likely to come through a trade according to source.

    “If we do anything at all it would be a trade rather than a free agent signing at this stage,” said the source. “We’ll see what happens.”

    The source shot down free agent Peter Mueller and there wasn’t must enthusiasm for Lee Stempniak. Daniel Alfredsson may intrigue them, but all signs pointing to him remaining with the Red Wings if he plays next year. If they look to add depth, some trade chips could be: Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and David Warsofsky. If they are looking for a higher end player, Johnny Boychuk or Brad Marchand may come up in talks. There had been twitter talk of a Boychuk for Tomas Jurco trade, but there no indications if the division rivals would help each other out.

  • News 1130 Sports: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom“I did not ask for a trade after the Ryan Miller signing. I could have stopped training, complained and asked for trade after Miller signing but I see this as a challenge.”
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon reiterated yesterday that he’s willing to trade some young assets for a goal-scoring forward.
  • Adrian Dater: (answering a question) Haven’t heard of any talk about a Ryan O’Reilly for Dion Phaneuf trade.
  • Daniel Friedman: “Between Tavares, Okposo, Strome, Nelson, Lee, Dal Colle, Ho-Sang — would #Isles even need Evander Kane 3-4 years from now? Not convinced. And you can add Grabovski to that mix too (and Kulemin, depending on how he plays) because he’s here for the next four years as well. To me, defense is the bigger priority right now. The offense is there and will probably be for the next decade or so.”

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NHL Rumors I: Kesler, Stastny, Wild, Iginla, Thornton, Pouliot and Oilers

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources saying the list of teams interested in trading for Ryan Kesler has grown. The Ducks and Blackhawks have been the front-runners all week, but despite more teams interested, does he want to go there?

    As of late yesterday afternoon, about 15 teams inquired about Paul Stastny. The Blues, Jets and Blackhawks are among the teams. Jets interest is legit. Not sure how the Blackhawks could afford Stastny as they are telling teams he’s not looking for a paycut from his $6.66 million cap hit this past season.

    With Dany Heatley’s $7.5 million cap hit off the books, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher can get back in the game.

    “Yes, it’s nice to be able to get involved more, I spoke with several agents yesterday,” Fletcher told on Thursday morning.

    Sources say Thomas Vanek was among the players Fletcher talked too. As of late yesterday afternoon, sources say eight to 10 teams called on Vanek.

    “If we don’t re-sign [winger] Matt Moulson and [defenseman] Clayton Stoner, then we have to replace those players,” Fletcher said of his two pending UFAs. “In an ideal world, we’re looking for a guy who can chip in offensively up front and a fifth/sixth defenseman. Obviously there’s options in both those areas where the price tag might vary a little bit.”

  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins pending UFA Jarome Iginla’s agent has started talking to other teams about potentially playing there next season. John Shannon: The only way Iginla remains in Boston is if they move out some bodies. Would it be worth trading Johnny Boychuk or Gregory Campbell just to keep Iginla?
  • Joe Haggerty: Several teams have shown interest in Shawn Thornton.
  • Benoit Lavoie: About 10 teams have shown interest in Rangers Benoit Pouliot. He is looking for a long-term deal.
  • News 1130 Sports: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish: “Size is a factor. It’s no secret we play in a big conference, and we need size to compete.”
  • Cap Geek: Canadiens Andre Markov received a full no-trade clause for this season, and a modified no-trade clause for his final two seasons. Hurricanes Ron Hainsey received a modified no-trade clause.

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Injury Notes: Campbell, Giroux, Bergeron, Bertuzzi and Kesler

  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Gregory Campbell (broken leg) vows to be ready for the start of the regular season.
  • Chris Johnston: Flyers Claude Giroux will have his splint removed on Monday and hopes to return to the ice in the next two weeks.
  • Shawn Roarke: Bruins Patrice Bergeron said he’s feeling good other than some discomfort in his rib cage area. He said it will be fine with time.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi said that he feels 1000 percent better than last year.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Canucks Ryan Kesler said he’s 100 percent.

    “I just chalk it up to a string of bad luck,” Kesler said Friday summing up the last two injury-filled years. “One surgery after another after another … then breaking my foot; I’ve blocked that shot over 100 times, same shot, it just hit me right. It’s bad luck, that’s it.

    “I’m excited now. First training camp in three years. I’m excited for the new coach, excited to see the guys, excited for the outdoor game, excited for the Olympics. There’s a lot to look forward to this year. I’m healthy and I’m ready for it.”

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Morning Hits: Long List of Ex-Leafs Free Agents, Campbell and Eakin

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Lists ex-Leaf free agents that are still looking for a home: Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Hal Gill, Steve Sullivan, Brad Boyes, David Steckel, Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Jamal Mayers, Ryan O’Byrne and Mikhail Grabovski. Ron Hainsey is still available and it may only take $1 million to land him. Grabovski is still unsigned and according to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and term in the early days for free agency.

    “He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

  • Matt Kalman of Bruins Gregory Campbell got mixed results from the x-ray taken of his surgically repaired right foot a couple of weeks ago. Things are looking good, but have not healed enough for him to start skating. He is scheduled for another x-ray on Tuesday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika looks at Stars center Cody Eakin, noting that he could be the teams second line center, but also may slide in as their third or possibly their fourth center. Heika names eight wingers that Eakin could end up playing with at some point this season. The Stars added depth down the middle this offseason with the acquisitions of Shawn Horcoff and Rich Peverley.

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Quick Hits: Raycroft trade, Campbell, Tarasenko, Jones and Gonchar

  • Elliotte Friedman: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that the Andrew Raycroft trade to the Maple Leafs was going to be either Tuukka Rask or Jiri Tlusty. The Leafs wanted it to be Tlusty, while the Bruins wanted Rask.
  • Naoko Funayama: Bruins Gregory Campbell had successful surgery on his broken right fibula.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have told Vladimir Tarasenko that he must improve his conditioning.

    “We’ve given him a clear mandate on what we expect when he gets back here, what we’re going to see from him on a conditioning level, the grind that he’s going to have to do,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said recently.

  • Gare Joyce: Joyce spoke with three scouts on Monday. None had Seth Jones at No. 1. Two didn’t have him at No. 2. One had him at No. 4 behind Barkov.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika on the Sergei Gonchar trade/signing for the Stars:

    Had this happened last summer, I would’ve pooh-poohed the trade and said, “No way, too old.” But watching Ray Whitney last season, watching Jagr last season, these guys can do it. I don’t know how they do it, but they keep themselves in shape and I guess when you’re that level of player, even if you’re 90 percent of what you once were, you’re still pretty darn good in the NHL.

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Injury Notes: Campbell breaks leg, Richards skates and Glencross hopes for clearance

  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: A team source is saying that Bruins forward Gregory Campbell broke is right leg blocking a slap shot and is finished for the season.

    “The guy had a [shooting] lane and he sacrificed his body and it was a great thing,” said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. “It’s a bad thing he got hurt. He blocks a lot of shots and he took one for the team there and we really wanted to win this for him.”

  • Pierre LeBrun: Kings center Mike Richards skated with the extras yesterday.
  • Roger Millions: Flames winger Curtis Glencross will meet with doctors on Monday and hopes to have his knee injury cleared.

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Bruins re-sign Kelly and Campbell … No truth that van Riemsdyk surgery is holding up a Flyers-Blue Jackets trade

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Boston Bruins have re-signed Chris Kelly to a 4 year, $12 million. Gregory Campbell also re-signs with the Bruins for 3 years, $4.8 million. That is a $3 million cap hit for Kelly, and a $1.6 million cap hit for Campbell.
  • Sarah Baicker via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that James van Riemsdyk surgery has been delayed because van Riemsdyk had an infection in his foot. All other speculation is “way off base,” according to Holmgren.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Has been told that all reports of a Philadelphia – Columbus trade that is being held up by van Riemsdyk’s surgery are totally bogus.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: van Riemsdyk has no labrum damage and no consensus on treatment. A decision on whether surgery is needed is expected sometime this week.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: JVR wants to stay in Philadelphia but understands it’s a business and know it’s possible that he’s traded. He just wants to get healthy.
  • Sarah Baicker via twitter: JVR’s agent Alec Schall, “I would not be surprised [if JVR were to be traded], but it’s nothing the Flyers have told us to expect.”

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Most Fighting Majors During the 2011-12 NHL Season

Here is a list of the of NHL players with the most fighting majors this season.

Only 2 players, Brandon Prust and Shawn Thornton, hit the 20 fight total this year. 23 players had 10 or more fights.

Rk Player Team
Fighting Majors
T1 Brandon Prust Rangers
Shawn Thornton Bruins
3 Derek Dorsett Blue Jackets
T4 Zenon Konopka Senators
Jared Boll Blue Jackets
6 Cody McLeod Avalanche
T7 Zac Rinaldo Flyers
Matt Martin Islanders
Brad Staubitz Canadiens
10 Tim Jackman Flames
T11 Ryan Reaves Blues
Mike Rupp Rangers
T13 Stu Bickel Rangers
Krys Barch Panthers
T15 Matt Hendricks Capitals
Chris Thorburn Jets
George Parros Ducks
Jamal Mayers Blackhawks
T19 Chris Neil Senators
Wayne Simmonds Flyers
Kyle Clifford Kings
Gregory Campbell Bruins
Mike Brown Maple Leafs
T24 Ryane Clowe Sharks
Eric Boulton Devils
B.J. Crombeen Blues
Cam Janssen Devils
Jake Dowell Stars
T29 9 Players tied with 8 fighting majors
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.


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Radulov on plane for U.S. … Gomez expects to be bought out … Meszaros out 6-8 weeks … Thornton signs extension … Flames getting healthy

  • TVA Sports (google translate): Canadiens forward Scott Gomez expects to be bought out by the team at the end of the season according to Patrice Brisebois, and that he might want to make a comeback with the Devils next year. Gomez has apparently told relatives this.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins have signed Shawn Thornton to a 2 year contract extension worth $1.1 million per year. GM Peter Chiarelli has talked about re-signing Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If college defenseman Justin Schultz doesn’t take the Ducks offer, and becomes a UFA on July 1st, the Rangers will be interested. Rangers forward Brandon Prust has put contract extension talks on hold so he can just focus on playing.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Mathieu Darche has been out with an inner-ear infection, but has also been battling concussion-like symptoms. “I had an inner-ear infection and we treated that with antibiotics, but when that cleared up, I still had symptoms,” Darche said. “So we looked at the symptoms and treated it as a concussion. Right now, I feel great and every day on the ice we ramp up the intensity and length of the workout. My wife is sick of me being at home, so I want to get back and play.” Darche hopes to begin practicing with teammates by the end of this week or early next week.
  • John Down of the Calgary Herald: The Flames are likely to get Tim Jackman, Lance Bouma and Chris Butler back in the lineup some time this week during their 3 game road trip.
  • Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: The Flames had no choice but to send Sven Baertschi back to junior because of the NHL-CHL player agreement. If/when the Winterhawks are out of the playoff, Baertschi can rejoin the Flames.

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Free Agent and injury notes involving: Ruutu, Bruins, Benn, Nugent-Hopkins, Potter and Zetterberg … Scouting the Flyers-Sabres

  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said a decision involving Tuomo Ruutu’s contract extension is now expected to come early next week. The “parameters” of extension are set. “Now we have to see where it goes. We don’t want this to drag on.”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Bruins have made contract extension offers to pending UFAs Chris Kelly, Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Dan Paille.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars forward Jamie Benn suffered cut on his leg by Flames Mark Giordano’s skate. He’s listed as day-to-day. He is not likely to play on Saturday, but is a possibility for Sunday.
  • Jim Matheson Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins practiced yesterday in a no contact jersey. He won’t play on Friday and is questionable for Sunday. Next Tuesday against the Flames could be the best bet. Defenseman Cory Potter, out with groin injury, skated yesterday but is not ready.
  • Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg has a lower body injury and won’t play tonight against the Predators. Jimmy Howard expects to play on Sunday.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Scouting the Flyers-Sabres game: 2 Blue Jackets and Sharks, Avalanche, Capitals, Canadiens, Penguins and Senators.

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