Posts Tagged Henrik Lundqvist

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 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 Rumor Round Up From the Past Few Days

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues Chris Stewart name is in the rumor mill. There were rumors that the Rangers and Senators have inquired. Stewart has another year left at $4.2 million, which may appeal to some teams who don’t want to pay the rental price for Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri. The Blues are deep up front and have some RFAs they’ll need to give raises too.

    Sabres Ryan Miller is said to be looking for “Henrik Lundqvist money” (7 years and $59.5 million).

    The Senators would like to add a scoring winger and have a surplus of offensive-minded defensemen.

    The Blue Jackets have shown interest in Ryan Callahan, but not as just a rental.

    The Canadiens have made several attempts to land P.A. Parenteau.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Frans Nielsen will be out for a month with a broken hand.
  • Travis Yost: (Feb. 10th) Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”..there’s a couple of guys on our team who seem to be a target for other managers. they are not people that I want to move.”
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins could use some more speed and a “big, strong veteran defenseman that can block shots and throw bodies around in the defensive zone.” Those types of top-pairing guys are tough to find. They could trade a could trade a couple non-first round picks for Andrew MacDonald, but he’s not the big Dman they would prefer.  They won’t be interested in Dan Girardi if the Rangers want a first round pick. The Senators won’t be dangling Chris Phillips to anyone. The Bruins could consider someone that has term on his contract. Haggerty mentions Mark Giordano, but they would have to give up some good assets to get him. Henrik Tallinder, Willie Mitchell and Mark Stuart could all be available, but they are not really an upgrade to their current top-six.

    “There are really not that many players available, so beggars can’t be choosers really at this point,” Chiarelli said. “With each passing game, I see our D maturing, I see them making fewer mistakes, and it makes it a little easier on me. But I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs.

    “While I’m certainly not going to replace [Dennis] Seidenberg, he’s too good and those players aren’t available, you’d like to think that there is a player with a little bit of Seids’ [Dennis Seidenberg] defending that we could find, and [that could] help us. But this year’s been a story about our depth, and I’ve been happy with it.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have been struggling and will be without Mike Santorelli for the rest of the season, and their blueline has dealt with injuries to Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev. GM Mike Gillis isn’t losing faith in the team though.

    “We’re going to be all right,” Mike Gillis valiantly predicted.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Stephen Weiss continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He will be skating with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers instead of skating on his own and his hoping to be able to return to the lineup on Feb. 26th.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (Feb. 9th mail bag) Panaccio hasn’t heard any rumbling of the Flyers looking for offense leading up to the trade deadline. He doesn’t see the Flyers doing anything major until the summer. The Predators have stocked up on young defenseman and they could be willing to trade Shea Weber this summer. If it happens, the Flyers will be a major player. He won’t be moved at the trade deadline as the Predators will be able to get more at the draft.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames Shane O’Brien is waiting for a trade as he’s playing in the AHL.

    “Obviously, I believe I’m an NHL player,” O’Brien is saying Thursday afternoon from Abbotsford where — after an uninterrupted 528-game stretch in the National Hockey League — he’s again skating in the minors. “So I’ve got to work hard, play hard. Hopefully, some teams see me and are willing to give me another chance. I’m only 30 years old, so I feel I’ve got a couple good years left in me, anyway.

    “Obviously, I realize I’m a (team’s fifth or sixth defenceman) and I’m going to play against the bigger, tougher lines. I’m OK with that.

    “I feel that I can be a regular in the NHL again.”

    O’Brien has another year left on his deal that pays him $2 million. GM Brian Burke has told O’Brien that he’s trying to trade him.

  • The Fourth Period: TVA Sports reported that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello met with Martin Brodeur to discuss his playing future. Brodeur has indicated that he’d be willing to accept a trade if it were to help the team. The Blackhawks and Wild are reportedly interested according to TVA Sports.
  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers and Canadiens have talked several times throughout this season. TFP reported at the end of January that the Canadiens showed interest in Brad Boyes and Dmitry Kulikov.
  • David Pagnotta: (Feb. 8th) The Blue Jackets will be looking to be buyers by the trade deadline. They will also have to decide whether to keep or trade Marian Gaborik.
  • David Pagnotta:  According to Aaron Portzline, there have been no contact talks between Marian Gaborik and the Blue Jackets.
  • Ben Kuzma:  Elliotte Friedman said that Canucks owner Aquilini was with the team on their last road trip. He’s obviously concerned about his struggling team.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur will have some decisions to make leading up to the trade deadline.

    The issue is for Brodeur is two-fold: whether, a) he would feel comfortable leaving the Devils and joining a new team three-quarters of the way through the season; and, b) whether there is a playoff contender with the need for a goaltender of his pedigree to start at least half of its games.

    The Wild or Predators could be an option. The Blue Jackets sent two scouts to watch the Rangers on Thursday and Friday to likely watch Ryan Callahan.

  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: P.A.Parenteau was a healthy scratch last week and has been in the rumor mill, but adds he hasn’t had an issue with head coach Patrick Roy.

    “I have a really good relationship with him,” Parenteau said. “He’s a really good communicator.

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leo Komarov is eyeing a NHL return.

    “I want to get back,” Komarov said of the NHL. “It’s a big goal for me for next season. [But] I’m going to see how it’s going to work out. Dynamo is playing pretty good right now so it’s like everything is good there too, but I really enjoyed it in Toronto. It was really good.”

    Komarov will be a UFA and is open to returning to Toronto. He hasn’t received any offers yet.

  • The Fourth Period: (Feb. 7th) The Oilers and Flyers could be talking about a deal. Top members of the Flyers management scouted the Oilers game in New Jersey. Last year at the draft they talked about a Braydon Coburn deal. The Flyers have been interested Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky in the past. The Oilers have been linked to Coburn, Sean Courier and Luke Schenn. The Oilers have been shopping Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Sam Gagner. They are also getting interest in Eberle and Nail Yakupov.

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Morning Hits: Kings-Leafs trade, Waviers, Avs, Sabres, Kings, Leafs, Coyotes and Starting Goalies

  • John Hoven: The Kings trade Brandon Kozun to the Maple Leafs for Andrew Crescenzi.
  • Renaud Lavoie: On waivers yesterday: Dustin Jeffrey (DAL) and David Leneveu (NYR). Mike Heika: If Jeffrey clears, the Stars could assign him to the AHL, but not call anyone up. They could go with 12 forwards until they need a call-up.
  • Mike Chambers: The Avalanche send Brad Malone to the AHL. Alex Tanguay ready to return.
  • John Vogl: The Sabres recall Phil Varone from the AHL.
  • LA Kings: The Kings recall Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Schultz from the AHL and assigned Tanner Pearson and Linden VeyJohn Hoven: If Toffoli misses two of their next eight games, he’ll be able to be returned to the AHL during the Olympic break.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”When players aren’t being used like Ashton right now on the 4th line or Holland before him, mgmt steps in and makes adjustments” … “”Not management overriding RC they just have a conversation saying if you’re not going to play them, they need to go somewhere else to develop.”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes have scored two goals or less in five of the past six games.
  • Andrew Gross: Henrik Lundqvist is the expected starter for the Rangers tonight against the Blues, and is expected to start both outdoor games.

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Afternoon Notes: Maple Leafs, Oilers, Devils, Wild, Avalanche, Capitals, Senators and Rangers

  • Elliotte Friedman: The Rangers have put goalie Martin Biron on waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jerry D’Amigo took David Clarkson’s spot on their 3rd line. Clarkson briefly tested out his injured foot. Chris Johnston: Clarkson will have a CT Scan on the bone in his left foot.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson didn’t practice today, awaiting an MRI.
  • David Alter: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle all but confirms that newly acquired Tim Gleason will make his debut tomorrow night.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Corey Potter (groin) and Philip Larsen (illness) were on the ice before their 8 AM practice.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils put Patrik Elias on the IR. Eric Gelinas has been recalled.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Mikko Koivu and Josh Harding on the IR and recall Erik Haula and Jon Blum.
  • Roger Millions: Avs Alex Tanguay skated today before practice and was not moving well.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Laich-Backstrom-Brouwer; Fehr-Grabovski-Ovi; Chimera-Johansson-Ward; Erat/Volpatti-Beagle/Latta-Wilson.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators lines: MacArthur-Turris-Ryan: Smith-Spezza-Stone: Michalek-Zibanejad-Conacher; Greening-Pageau-Condra
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Clowe-Henrique-Ryder; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Boucher-Loktionov-Sislo. Extras: Josefson, Janssen. Defensive pairings: Greene-Fayne; Salvador-Volchenkov; Merrill-Zidlicky; Gelinas-Larsson.
  • Roger Millions: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-Stastny-O’Reilly, McGinn-Duchene-Talbot, McLeod-Mitchell-MacKinnon, Malone-Cliche-Bordeleau
  • Rob Mixer: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers.

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Morning Rumors: Rangers, Sens, Jackets, Leafs, Oilers, Flames, Wings, Canes, Avs, Canadiens and Isles

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Rangers are said to be the most desperate team to make a deal. GM Glen Sather has been working the phones, looking at deals involving Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi. Girardi will be a UFA and the Rangers may be seeing what they could get for him. The Senators are interested Del Zotto, but they have to send contracts the other way, either Patrick Wiercioch or Eric Gryba. The Rangers are willing to talk about anyone other than Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Chris Kreider.The Blue Jackets are looking for a goalie. Justin Peters could be a good fit.The Maple Leafs may have shown some interest in Sam Gagner and would be a good fit, but he has a two years with a $4.8 million cap hit. The Devils may have called the Oilers on Gagne as well.The Sabres may be getting close on naming a new GM, with Jim Benning the top candidate.

    Flames that could be on the move: Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi, Mike Cammalleri or Lee Stempniak.

    The Kings have depth upfront and could look to move: Trevor Lewis, Colin Fraser and Dan Carcillo.

    The Wings have been looking to bring in a top-end defenseman. They may have looked at Alex Edler, but he’s likely not going anywhere.

    Talk is the Maple Leafs are looking to sweeten the pot in a John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason deal with the Hurricanes.

    Avs GM Joe Sakic is ready to trade. There have been no contract talks between the Avs and pending UFA Paul Stastny.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: There continues to be talk that the Canadiens are willing to trade Max Pacioretty. The Rangers are interest, but there doesn’t appear to be a match. The don’t appear to be a landing spot for Del Zotto. The Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, but GM Marc Bergeron isn’t likely to want to trade him in the East, if at all.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Not usual visitors scouting the the Kings-Avalanche game: Maple Leafs and Penguins.

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Morning Hits: Thornton, Malart, Rielly, Gibbons, Hellberg and Lundqvist

  • Pierre LeBrun: Bruins Shawn Thornton’s appeal is for Friday morning with Gary Bettman.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Ilari Malart’s decision to leave the AHL for the KHL: ”(Disappointing) in a way, yes, but it’s something we were prepared for. We would have liked to have him here for the whole year, but that’s the reality of the contract. He had the option to go back.” Portzline adds, that Melart will make a lot more money in the KHL than he will in the AHL. When his KHL season is over, he’ll be able to return to the AHL, possibly as early as March 4th.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I expect tomorrow is d-day for the Leafs on sending Rielly to the WJHC”
  • Katie Strang: Henrik Lundqvist will make his seventh straight start tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Predators, Leafs, Habs, Hurricanes, Canucks, Jets, Sabres, Oilers, Ducks, Pens and Islanders

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche and Panthers did have serious talks about Dmitry Kulikov, and may do so again.

    Panthers Tim Thomas could be a trade deadline target. He has a no-movement clause in his contract.

    Predators GM David Poile on if they are ready to see what they could get for some of their players: “No, we just have to start winning some games.” Names that have been mentioned by other teams are Matt Cullen and David Legwand.

    Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf were to take place at some point this week.

    There was a real attempt by the Canadiens and P.K. Subban to find some common ground.

    The Hurricanes will go with three goalies until they decide what to do with one of Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters.

    After three wins, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has pulled back on his trade hunt. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Jake Gardiner are players up his alley, but the Rangers and Maple Leafs don’t want to take on salary.

    Friedman wonders how many GMs called the Canucks about Alex Edler have coach John Tortorella chewed him out.

    Jets Evander Kane’s contract makes him extremely valuable with the cap going up.

    The Sabres could use a compliance buyout on Ville Leino in the offseason. They now know what the market is for Ryan Miller after Henrik Lundqvist’s signing. Coach Ted Nolan would like to see Miller stay.

    Oilers coach Dallas Eakin’s said he considered using forward David Perron on defense in late game 5-on-5 situations if the Oilers need offense.

  • The Fourth Period: Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf’s camp are expected to pick up this week if they haven’t already. It was reported in late October that he was looking to get around $7 million a year in a new deal. It is uncertain if the Maple Leafs would be willing to accept a $7+ million deal.
  • Dennis Bernstein: “Ducks G Jonas Hiller now 12-4-4, only goalie on roster with playoff experience and they should trade him because……”
  • James Mirtle: One interesting name that may be available is Panthers Shawn Matthias. If the Leafs are looking to change up their forward mix, he is big and can play center.
  • Bucky Gleason: Sabres coach Ted Nolan is committed to fixing Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Ryan Miller is integral to the Sabres, either by re-signing him or by trading him to acquire assets. Nobody is untouchable in Buffalo. Steve Ott and Matt Moulson will be UFAs at the season and could be gone before the end of the season. Gleason thinks the Sabres need to package some of the draft picks they’ve stockpiled and acquire top-line talent they lost when they traded them away.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins Brooks Orpik is their only top four defenseman that doesn’t have a deal for next season.

    “We’ll see,” Shero said, when asked about what that means for a potential Orpik deal. “We’ll sit down and talk about it internally and see where we are. Who knows? Players might see where the cap might be, [and say] ‘I might just wait it out and see what happens.’”

  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I see the Blues going all in for a goalie like Miller at the trade deadline. They ordained Halak the #1 but that’s just mind games.”
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Source said that GM Garth Snow does not perceive that head coach Jack Capuano is the problem with the Islanders and won’t be fired any time soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Islander management does not believe that coaching has anything to do with their struggles this season” … “Like most  GM’s Snow is eager to make a change. He’s looking for a top 2-3 defenseman. Not easy to get those pieces”

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Afternoon Notes: Subban, Liles, Gretzky, TSN, Lundqvist, Lehner and Peters

  • Louis Jean: There is nothing imminent with the Canadiens and P.K. Subban. Things can obviously change quickly, but it’s looking like it could take a couple more days.
  • Hope Smoke: Claude Loiselle:  “Liles is the best defenseman outside of the NHL right now. At this point there is no way to fit him into our roster”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Belief is that MLSE want Gretzky as an ambassador. More than a token position. They are very happy with Nonis’ job.”
  • YYZ Sports Media:  James Duthie, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie all signed new long-term deals with TSN.
  • Eric Macramalla: If the Rangers were to buyout the final year of  Henrik Lundqvist’s new contract, it would cost them only $2,833,333.
  • Don Brennan: Robin Lehner will start in net for the Senators.

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Rangers Sign Henrik Lundqvist To Seven-Year Contract Extension

The New York Rangers have signed goalie Henrik Lundqvist to a seven year contract extension worth $59.5 million. It carries a salary cap hit of $8.5 million.

The 31-year old Lundqvist was drafted by the Rangers 205th in the 7th round of the 2000 draft.

Lundqvist is coming off of a six-year, $41.25 million deal, a $6.875 million cap hit.

What do you think of the deal?

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.

    The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.

    It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.

    Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.

    The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.

    The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.

    The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.

    Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.

    The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
  • Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
  • Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’

    “I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.

    He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’

    He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.

    And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’

    Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”

    “So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!

    No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.

    After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’

    I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.

    They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’

    I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.

    You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”

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Morning Rumors: Yakupov, Lundqvist, Goalie Market, Hemsky, Candiens, Leafs, Panthers, Caps and Flyers

  • Craig Custance: Nail Yakupov’s agent said that if the Oilers are unhappy with Yakupov, they are open to a trade: “We’re willing to make a move. Any team. That happens and that’s part of life.”
  • Bob Stauffer: On Larionov and Yakupov: “#1. Igor probably isn’t too pleased that Nail has played under 12 mins last 3 games. #2. A coach spotting Yakupov and limiting defensive zone starts given a -14 rating is completely logical. #3. Not every agent goes to the media to discuss frustrations with a team’s handling of their client. Going direct to the GM works better.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Expectation is that Rangers GM Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent, Don Meehan, for contract talks while he’s in town for the Hockey Hall of Fame and GM meetings.
  • Craig Custance: Ducks GM Bob Murray on the goalie trade market: “The phone is not ringing.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Blues have shopped Brian Elliott, but he may not moved until later in the season as the goalie market is thin at the moment.
  • The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Oilers have talked with teams, including the Rangers, about Ales Hemsky.
  • Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on trading Martin Brodeur.

     ”We’ve never had any conversations about it. I’ve never talked to anyone else about it and I’m not going to waste any time on it.”

    Canadiens pending UFA, Andrei Markov, is changing agents. This is something some GM hate.

    “You’re always worried the new guy is telling him how much better a deal he can get,” one GM said. “Then, he has to live up to it.”

    If P.K. Subban says he’ll go for a two-year arbitration deal that would take him to unrestricted free agency, which could be worth $7 million per season, then you know he’s unhappy in Montreal. The Canadiens will look for a longer deal.

    The Maple Leafs may be looking for right-shooting defenseman. It’s been an on-again/off-again situation. At one point they looked at Mike Weaver, but may be looking for someone that can play higher up in their lineup.

    The Senators and Stars are said to be looking for a defenseman.

    Friedman isn’t sure if the Senators would consider trading Craig Anderson. If they were to move him, would need a goalie coming back.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been trying hard to make a trade, but he wants to move guys with bad contracts. Players that could interest teams are Marcel Goc ($1.7 million) and Shawn Matthias ($1.75 million).

    The Predators looked at Ilya Bryzgalov before he signed with the Oilers but were denied.

    The Oilers may have looked at Jonas Hiller, but Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t like trading within the division.

    The Capitals may have had some interest in Ladislav Smid before he was traded to the Flames.

    Some executives would be surprised if the Flyers traded Wayne Simmonds, though you can never predict what the Flyers will do.

    Some teams are looking at undrafted free agent Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals). He attended the Canadiens camp, is from Florida which may make them a possibility, and Rangers may be looking at him.

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