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NHL Injuries: Blues, Mitchell, Hillen, Laich, Myers and Clowe

  • Jason Gregor: Blues Federko: ”I believe Backes will start for sure. Oshie is a bit of a question because it was a head injury, but I expect he’ll play.” … ”It looks like Berglund will miss this series so someone like Ott, Paajarvi or Morrow will have to step an produce in that spot.”
  • Adrian Dater: It is unlikely that John Mitchell will play in the first round. They will likely be without two of their top three centers for the series.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen confirmed that he suffered a concussion when he collided with Alex Ovechkin. He still has symptoms.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich did not pass his exit physical.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Tyler Myers has two broken ribs, but hopes to be able to go to the World Championships and play with Canada.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe confirmed that he suffered another concussion: “Hopefully it’s not long term. I don’t know”

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Sabres and Kings

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan McDonagh: ”He’s day-to-day, and I don’t think it’s going to be very long.”
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore said he’s ready to go, and with McDonagh out, they really need him.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is considered day-to-day.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich getting into a regular season game: ’I don’t think so, no.’
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen and Patrick Wey won’t travel with the team this week. There is no timetable for their return.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Steve Downie missed his sixth consecutive game with a head injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    “I think he’s close, but he’s not ready yet,” Berube said after Thursday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Marcus Foligno left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Was not putting any pressure on his left leg as he left the ice. David Pagnotta: Bernier will have an MRI this afternoon to find out the extent of the injury.
  • David Pollak: Kings Drew Doughty left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Injuries: Luongo, Leino, Mitchell, Gilbert, Ryan and the Capitals

  • George Richards: Panthers Roberto Luongo didn’t come back after the first period after getting hit by Radek Dvorak.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino left last night’s game with light-headedness according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs John Mitchell is not ready to go just yet. Skated yesterday and looks healthy.
  • George Richards: Panthers Tom Gilbert will be out for the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery.
  • Senators.NHL: Bobby Ryan underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday in Montreal. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue, but after yesterday’s practice said that he’ll “absolutely” play tomorrow. Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out for 21 of 22 games with a left ankle injury, said he ready to return tomorrow. It will be up the Caps medical and coaches to determine if he plays. Defenseman Jack Hillen should be in the lineup. Brooks Laich is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season after having groin surgery on March 17th.

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Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks

  • Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
  • Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
  • John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman  Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
  • Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.

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Injury Notes: Miller, Tallinder, Pacioretty, Coyle, Hillen, Letang and Burrows

  • John Vogl: Sabres Ryan Miller (sore groin) didn’t dress last night but is expected to play in their next game. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder will be out about a week.
  • Arpon Basu of NHL.com: Canadiens Max Pacioretty missed last night’s game with a left arm injury that was originally injured during their home opener against the Maple Leafs.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Charlie Coyle left last night’s game with an injury and did not return. Coach Mike Yeo said that it isn’t “gravely serious,” but unlikely to play on Tuesday.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen had surgery on Friday to repair a fractured tibial plateau (top part of tibia that is under the knee). He will be out four to six months.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins Kris Letang skated yesterday but there is still no timetable for his return.

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Quick hits: Lecavalier, JF Jacques, waivers, Hillen, Gardiner, Rinaldo, Redden and Leino

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Vincent Lecavalier is playing in his 1,000th game today. He’s the 5th former #1 pick to play 1,000 games with his drafting team. Mike Modano, Gilbert Perreault, Denis Potvin and Chris Phillips are the 4 other players.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner said he feels 100% and he hope to be back in the lineup later this week.

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Hockey Canada on Yakupov … Boogard family lawsuit … The 3rd-4th liners … Marchand, St. Louis and Stamkos on playing overseas

  • Hockey Canada via twitter: Bob Nicholson on Nail Yakukpov’s request for a transfer card: “Hockey Canada cannot sign the international transfer card for Yakupov until the Sarnia Sting releases this player from his contract. If Sarnia advises Hockey Canada that it has released the player, Hockey Canada will sign his transfer card.”
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: This may be looking like a “spiteful, petty move by a Sarnia Sting franchise with an already poor reputation. Beaulieu and Yakupov don’t get along. There is no way that Yakupov is heading back to Sarnia to play for Beaulieu. Sarnia needs to do the right thing and move on.
  • Jeff Klein of the NY Times: Part the Boogaard family lawsuit alleges that the Wild and Rangers contributed to Derek’s death because doctors repeatedly prescribed painkillers and other drugs, even after his addiction was known. The union has 30 days to formally respond to the suit that is after $4.8 million in salary and $5 million in punitive damages.

    “At numerous times during his professional hockey career, to cope with injuries and pain and simply to be able to play or sleep after games, Derek Boogaard was prescribed or given a multitude of narcotics and sleeping pills by both the team doctors, physicians, trainers and dentists of the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild,” the lawsuit says.

    The family’s lawyer may also attempt to show that Boogaard suffered brain damage from his role of a fighter.

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: With the elite players signing contracts to play overseas, what about the 3rd and 4th liners who can’t find jobs? For the Capitals, Matt Hendricks ($800,000), Joey Crabb ($950,000), Jack Hillen ($650,000) and Wojtek Wolski ($600,000) will be UFAs after the season, and missing an entire season could threaten their chances of getting NHL jobs in 2013-14.

    “That’s who we’re trying to help with the lockout,” said veteran winger Jason Chimera, who has two years and $3.5 million remaining on his deal with the Caps. “If the [salary] cap goes down, a lot of third- and fourth-line guys might be casualties.”

    “The longer we’re locked out the more of a chance that guys will go play [in Europe],” Hendricks said. “For us to sit out and not play an entire season is crazy. We can’t afford to do that.”

    “Obviously, if it goes a long time I’ll have to think about doing something else,” Beagle said. “When that time comes I’ll start thinking about that.”

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins Brad Marchand on playing overseas,

    “We’re entertaining the option, but I’m not sure,” Marchand said yesterday. “I don’t really want to go over to Europe, but at the same time, spots are limited and you want to be able to secure a spot before they’re all taken up.

    “I’m definitely looking into it, but at the same time I’m locked in for a while now. I’m training hard and it’s nice to be here with the guys. And there are some opportunities to do things you can’t normally do. I love hunting, too, and it’s also an opportunity to do things like that.”

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Tampa’s informal workouts dropped from 20 to 17 players this week. Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos will probably wait until mid-October before deciding to go overseas or not.

    “I probably won’t be thinking about anything until mid-October, depending on things,” he said. “I might go home in a couple of weeks, we’ll see. Everyone wants to play and that’s the frustrating part because (the NHLPA) feels like we have an offer on the table that is fair for both sides. And at the end of the day we just want to play hockey, so it’s tough right now.”

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Free Agent notes on Gaustad, Gill, Tootoo, Hasek, Helenius, Karlsson, Kuba, Jackman and Zuccarello

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile confirmed that Hal Gill played the Western Conference semifinal with a fractured tibia that will need surgery. Alexander Radulov had a meniscus issue in his knee that will require surgery. On their free agents:

    “I reached out to Paul Gaustad’s agent and Hal Gill’s agent, so I’m making the calls. In terms of a more complete answer next week would probably be more of a trying to set up meetings if it’s appropriate.”

    “There’s lots of situations we have to look at. Again, on defense, a lot depends on what Ryan Suter does or doesn’t do in relation to (Jack) Hillen, (Francis) Bouillon and all those types of situations.”

    “I haven’t had a chance to talk to Jordin (Tootoo’s) agent yet. I touched base with Don Meehan once on Sergei (Kostitsyn) but haven’t gotten into anything with him yet.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Tribune: There is no chance that Dominic Hasek will play for the Lightning next season if he decides to return to the NHL. The Lightning may only offer Riku Helenius a two-way offer if he wants to return to the NHL. GM Steve Yzerman said they do have an interest in bring him back to North America.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: There have been no formal talks between the Senators and Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba or Matt Carkner yet.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues and defenseman Barrett Jackman met after their 2nd round loss, and plan to meet again at some point.

    “He’s a St. Louis Blue, he’s been a St. Louis Blue, this is all he knows. He’s a big part of our team. But again, this isn’t just a one-sided decision. You play a long time to get the right to see what you’re worth ……With a guy like Jacks, he has half the cards.”

    Jackman had a $3.6 million cap hit and may consider a hometown discount.

  • Katie Stang of ESPN New York: Rangers Mats Zuccarello is still deciding on what he wants to do next year. He doesn’t want to be on a 2-way contract going up and down between the AHL and NHL. He has agreed in principle to a deal with Metallurg of the KHL, though playing in the NHL is his top priority.

    “I have some opportunities. I haven’t really decided yet, but it will come soon. I’m not going to lie, there is some part of me that wants to go, but at the same time this is where I want to be,” Zuccarello said.

    “I want to be a New York Ranger. I love the players, all the guys here. The fans are unbelievable and I just love playing in New York with the team. This is where I want to be, don’t get me wrong, but I have to think about what’s best for me.”

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Rinne will be a UFA … M. Staal had undisclosed concussion … Schneider could be moved … Semin wants to stay with Caps … Maloney talks Turris

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is entering the last year of his 2 year, $6.8 million deal.

    “I think back then (in 2009-10) that was a good learning experience, just to focus on my game. There’s nothing else you can do,” Rinne said. “I’m sure things will take care of themselves. It’s interesting to see what’s going to happen. I love it here. This city and organization, I love, so we’ll see.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have 6 players vying for 3 spots along the blueline. 4 of the 6 are offensive minded: Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Jack Hillen and Roman Josi. Teemu Laakso and Tyler Sloan are more defensive minded.
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will not play in a preseason game until the team heads to Europe. Staal experienced some headaches during his offseason workouts. He sustained a previously undisclosed concussion in February after taking a hit from his brother Eric. The Rangers are hoping to have him ready by their season opener on Oct. 7th in Stockholm. From John Tortorella:

    “Marc Staal (is) progressing nicely. Again, we just want to be cautious with him to try to get him ready for the regular season. Again, especially the past few days, he feels better after the workouts. So we’re real happy where it’s going with him right now.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Leafs are hoping they’ve added enough scoring punch with Tim Connolly, Joffrey Lupul, Matt Lombardi and Phillippe Dupuis to increase their scoring depth up front this year. Last year their top 4 (Kessel, Kulemin, Grabovski and MacArthur) scored 112 goals, while the rest of the lineup only scored 66 goals. The league average for top 4 scorers was 102.8, with the depth forwards scoring 110.5 goals.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Many think that the Canucks could trade goalie Cory Schneider during training camp at the earliest or the trade deadline day at the latest. The Blue Jackets and Coyotes have apparently expressed some interest. The asking price for Schneider would likely be a combination of at least a 1st round pick and a roster player that could help the team today.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals winger Alexander Semin isn’t worried what former teammates Matt Bradley and David Steckel said about him. Semin signed a 1 year deal, but hopes he can stay in Washington for the next 10 years.
  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Lightning lack organizational depth. Other than Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, they haven’t had much success in drafting. From 1999-2007 they didn’t draft any impact players despite having 14 1st and 2nd round picks. When Yzerman took over in 2010 he said “The first thing is we have to rebuild the whole depth.” Yzerman added that it takes about 5 years to evaluate drafts but things should be improving with some of the players they have drafted since 2008.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres may have up to 8 NHL ready defenseman with only 6 starting spots: Tyler Myers, Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Jordan Leopold, Christian Ehrhoff, Robyn Regehr and Shaone Morrisonn. Sekera has a new 4 year, $11 million deal. Morrisonn has a $2.075 million cap it.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, recovering from an appendectomy, hopes to be ready for the season.

    “Hopefully, as soon as possible,” Sharp said. “The timeline was three to four weeks right so around the start of the season. I don’t want to miss any games so I’m pushing to play the first game of the season.”

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Kyle Turris is looking for a new deal worth between $3 and $4 million per season, which makes no sense to Coyotes GM Don Maloney:

    “This is just so illogical, from our standpoint, the position he’s taken it makes absolutely no sense to me,” Maloney said.

    “I have no intention of trading him whatsoever. We still think he’s a young, developing player but he’s still developing. Once you’re a proven 30 or 40-goal, 80 point guy then, yes, you get the brass ring. But until you get there you have to settle… Well, again, that’s what makes America great he doesn’t have to settle. He can stay at home and watch Oprah.”

    Maloney on why they aren’t interested in trading him and why they aren’t giving in,

    “Well I think Kyle believes in himself. He believes he’s a good player in this league and we’d certainly like more opportunity for him to show it,” Maloney said.

    “But we’re not a developing team, we’re here to win, we’re here to win now. He showed a step forward in the playoffs last year. That’s why we’d like to get him back. We’d like to show that process and that step forward and the production we need out of Kyle Turris to be a good offensive player. But it’s not there yet… You have to perform before you get paid.”

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