Posts Tagged James van Riemsdyk

NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Rumors I: Kypreos, MacLean, Ferraro and Dreger Talk Maple Leafs

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If I look at the Leafs I say Kessel, Bozak, JVR, Phaneuf, Bernier and Rielly are safe and everyone else can be moved” … ”When you’re locked into some of these long-term deals it makes it very difficult to improve. Could be a long process here in TO”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”If you get a #1 C & a #1 D then the Leafs have the making of a good team. There’s a reason guys like Dion & Phil were traded here” … ”There are warts on these players and that’s why they became available”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”#1 priority for the Leafs is a big Centre.”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Bieksa is no doubt available and he’s a guy who could come to Toronto and make a difference”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Is Bolland coming back? I keep hearing rumblings he’s going to Florida”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Nonis fires Carlyle his replacement is probably his last hire. Think it’s more likely goes with someone he’s more familiar with” … ”Would Nonis look at a guy like Dineen? Who’s the next hot young coach? It used to be Cooper & Boucher” … ”I’d think John Stevens and Davis Payne are guys that get interviewed for top jobs shortly”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think there is enough evidence to suggest and I believe Carlyle will lose his job”

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Injury Notes: Peverly, Stewart, Harding, Gudbranson, MacArthur, Salo, Bergenheim, Jurco and JVR

  • Dallas Stars: Stars GM Jim Nill on Rich Peverley.

    “Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.

    The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.

    We do not have any more specifics at the moment.

    Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike.”

  • Amy Mortiz of the Buffalo News: It’s looking like Sabres Chris Stewart is finished for the season with a lower-body injury.

    “Stewart doesn’t look good right now,” interim coach Ted Nolan said today. “There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks.”

    Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed) and Torrey Mitchell (lower-body) are still not close to returning.

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding took to the ice yesterday. He’s been out since the end of December because of effects from his multiple sclerosis.

    “I saw him this morning, and I can’t say that I have a plan right now,” coach Mike Yeo said.  “The first step was just to see him at the rink and I know he was here last game and I had heard how much better he was doing. And when I got a chance to talk to him this morning, you could see it. You could see it in his face, you could see the relief. You could just see he’s in a much better place right now. I think it’s great. It’s great to have him around. The next step is getting him on the ice and talk more about what the plan is. We haven’t discussed that.”

    Niklas Backstrom also skated yesterday.

    “I don’t know with Backy,” Yeo said, laughing. “We don’t want to shut him down because you never know, he might all of a sudden come back and feel great. We don’t have a plan there. I know that he’s still not feeling great, so he’s going out there and keeping sharp just in case he can come back.”

  • Steve Goldstein: Panthers Erik Gudbranson and Jesse Winchester are out at least a week.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Clarke MacArthur (hand) took part in his first practice since last week’s injury.
  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Sami Salo (lower-body) is day-to-day. Joe Smith: Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Salo’s injury is not long-term. He’s questionable for Thursday. Radko Gudas is also questionable.
  • George Richards: Panthers Sean Bergenheim is out with a lower-body injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Tomas Jurco said he’s day-to-day with injured ribs from a cross-check.
  • Chris Johnston: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James van Riemsdyk went to the ‘quiet room” and passed the concussion test.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs Cody Franson has a stomach flu. He stayed overnight in San Jose and will travel by himself to LA.

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Morning Rumors: Avalanche, Devils, Penguins, Kings, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Islanders and Sabres

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs coach Patrick Roy on the March 5th trade deadline.

    “Sometimes you’re just afraid to say, ‘hey, if we bring this guy in and he doesn’t gel with our guys, are we a better team?” Even watching these (Olympic) games, I mean, look at the Finns: they don’t necessarily have a superstar, but they work hard together, and everything is possible. And our group is believing in each other, our group is working every day, our group is having fun playing together, our group is playing with that intensity and receptive to the teaching we’ve been doing, they’re receptive to the adjustments we want to make. I think it’s hard right now to think of making some changes. Joe (Sakic) and I are always going to be looking to have the best team that we can. But at the same time, it’s very, very dangerous to try to do too much. Am I comfortable to go with the team I have? The answer is yes. We’re going to have some tough decisions to make at the end of the year, we know this. Paul’s (Stastny’s) contract is up and we’re going to have to look at our options. But at the same time, our fans are very important to us and we want to give them the best we possibly can. Fans are coming to our games and having a blast, and we want to keep it that way.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Will the Devils look to trade Martin Brodeur and/or captain Bryce Salvador?

    “I’ve been traded before. Once you’ve been traded, it takes a lot of that uncertainty off the way you look at it. You know the world doesn’t end when you get traded,” Salvador told The Star-Ledger.

    “But it may be a unique situation with Marty. We’ll see what happens there. For myself, at this point Lou hasn’t talked to me about anything.”

    Salvador could be traded if the right offer comes along.

    “Things can happen. It just depends on what the team does and what direction they go,” said the 38-year-old veteran, who has another year left on his contract at $3.25 million.

    “Every organization has to look at what they’re doing with the future. Last year Jarome (Iginla) got traded. Obviously it was a bit different because they knew they were out, but he was in Calgary his whole career. I’ve learned never to be surprised.”

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are thought to be looking for a right winger to replace Pascal Dupuis, a bottom-six winger with grit and a veteran depth defenseman. Potential targets could be: Andrew MacDonald, Steve Ott, Brad Boyes, Matt Moulson, Lee Stempniak, Ales Hemsky, Henrik Tallinder and Marcel Goc.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Shinzawa thinks that Matt Moulson would be a good fit with the Kings. The Sabres will look for a first round pick for Moulson. Since the Islanders will now be sellers, GM Garth Snow’s first priority is to get a first round pick back to make up for the one he sent to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: With Josh Harding still out indefinitely, and Niklas Backstrom not making a start since January 11th, the Wild may look to add a goaltender. Ryan Miller is available, but the Sabres will be looking for a big return, and Wild may only want to give up a big return if they would want to re-sign him long-term. Martin Brodeur could also be an option for the Wild.

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Morning Rumors: Top Snipers, Ducks, Accepting Fate, Brodeur and the Lightning Spending Money

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Snipers: 1. Thomas Vanek – the Kings have been rumored to be interested and there are ties to Minnesota. 2. Marian Gaborik – could be plan B for teams that don’t land Vanek. 3. Mike Cammalleri – the Penguins have been rumored to be interested in Cammalleri and the Pens do have some young defenseman they could move 4. Matt Moulson – the Penguins, Kings and up to 12 teams have been tied to Moulson. 5. Ales Hemsky – the Canadiens, Sharks, Penguins and Coyotes are believed to be interested.
  • The Fourth Period: Ducks GM Bob Murray told ESPN that he won’t be trading Jonas Hiller before the end of the season. The Ducks are looking to add a stay-at-home defenseman and could look at Dan Girardi.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Five teams have accepted their fate leading up to the trade deadline. Two or three teams will wait until March 5th.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur could be spending his last two weeks in a Devils uniform as he could be asked to waive his no-trade clause or even ask for a trade.

    “It won’t be (different) if I don’t say so. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur said Wednesday as the Devils’ non-Olympians practiced at AmeriHealth Pavilion. “If I don’t say so, it’s going to be the same as the last 20 years.”

    Brodeur hasn’t talked to GM Lou Lamoriello and hasn’t decided if he’d waive his no-trade clause if asked.

    “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it until I talk to people, and there is nothing planned yet. I’m probably going to wait,” Brodeur said.

    “I have no indication one way or the other that anything is going to happen. I haven’t discussed it with anybody really about what my plans are going to be for the next 23 games. I haven’t talked to the coach about playing time, either. I’m just going to get back into playing shape for the next seven days and we’ll see if I’m able to get the net.”

  • George Richards: Several years ago there was a James van Riemsdyk (PHI) for Jay Bouwmeester (FLA) offer on the table.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said that even though they are operating in the red, it won’t stop him from spending higher towards the cap.

    “I don’t want to predict out because things can change,” Vinik said. “But for the foreseeable future our strategy is to have a great team on the ice and spend at or near the salary cap.”

    Vinik wouldn’t say how much they are losing.

    “We want to have an extremely competitive hockey team,” Vinik said. “It’s part of a strategy. First of all, I’m competitive. We want to win. We want to win a Stanley Cup. It’s a lot more fun for our fans, but it also helps us make the playoffs and, hopefully, go deep into the playoffs which is good for the financials.”

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Injury Notes: Moulson, Bishop, Lindback, Phillips, JVR, Bolland and Tanguay

  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Matt Moulson has an upper-body injury and will be out until after the Olympic break according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos skated yesterday. Valtteri Filppula and Anders Lindback did not.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Anders Lindback said that he felt a pop in his left ankle (not the one he injured last year), but played the last period and a half as Ben Bishop had already left the game with an injury.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James van Riemsdyk suffered a new injury on Thursday night, but he should be ready to go today.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland will travel with the team next week. If he’s able to get into a game before the Olympic break, it would likely be next Saturday against the Canucks.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Alex Tanguay tweaked his knee on Thursday night and didn’t practice yesterday. He is questionable for Saturday.

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Morning Rumors: Rangers, Bruins, Penguins, Leafs, Caps, Islanders and Coyotes Offered Flyers Yandle for JVR

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks wonders if the Rangers should use Dan Girardi as a trade chip.

    Thus, how much more value as a trade chip, rather than as a first-pair defenseman, might Girardi bring to a Ranger organization that doesn’t appear close to a championship and all but certainly will have to undertake a significant reload over the next offseason or two?

    The Rangers could demand two “A” prospects and a draft pick for Girardi. They haven’t yet, but the Bruins could come calling after the loss of Dennis Seidenberg. Brooks wonders if the Ducks, Kings and Sharks would be interested as well. Brooks also brings up Ryan Callahan’s name. Would they be closer to a Stanley Cup with both Girardi and Callahan on long-term deals, or with four high-end prospects they obtain from trading both?

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Many people think the Penguins will dangle defenseman Simon Despres to obtain a forward. Maple Leafs James Reimer could be made available this summer. Capitals Michal Neuvirth has now been a scratch for nine straight games and could be on the move.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Comment on Bruce Garrioch’s Sunday column note about the Paul Stastny decision management has, whether to re-sign or trade. Dater thinks it’s a bit too early, but the Olympic break may act as an early trade deadline.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: On the day the Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk to the Maple Leafs for Luke Schenn, the Coyotes offered them Keith Yandle. It was the same deal the Maple Leafs got.
  • B.D. Gallof: The Islanders will not overpay for a defenseman as they have prospects like  Reinhart, Pokka, Pelech, Pulock, Mayfield and Pedan.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”There are the demons in Kadri’s game that cause the coaches to not trust you. Carlyle is a tough hombre & Kadri needs to earn time.” … ”A coaching change will not happen in season. Kadri and the young players can’t wait for a coaching change to turn their game around.”

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Morning Rumors: Leafs, Canadiens, Devils, Avs, Rangers, Ducks, Senators and Top Trade Targets

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs are done trading until the deadline unless there are more injuries. Despite the trade rumors, Cox doesn’t think Nazem Kadri is any more available now than he was at the start of the season. If they are offered a young center in return, they would listen.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) The Canadiens would match any offer sheet for P.K. Subban as they have money and cap space. Custance doesn’t see the Devils having motivation to trade Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. Without their first round pick from the Ilya Kovalchuk punishment, they will push for a playoff spot.
  • Adrian Dater: Hearing that the Rangers have asked the Avalanche about Tyson Barrie.
  • Darren Dreger: With the Rangers in Toronto, you can expect Michael Del Zotto’s agents (Newport) to meet with management to discuss the Rangers efforts to trade him. Nothing official has been planned, just convenient since they are in town.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It hasn’t been the right fit though for him so far. Any team that is looking for a little extra playoff boost should look at Briere.”
  • Scott (@Wham_City): Elliotte Friendman on the radio on Wednesday talking about Brian Burke and Bobby Ryan

    Brian Burke has had something with Bobby Ryan for a long time. A few years ago before Luke Schenn was traded for James van Riemsdyk, I heard a rumour that they were going to trade Luke Schenn to Anaheim for Ryan. And in history, it made kind of sense because that’s the player they kind of got, a scorer. And so I looked into it, and somebody who would know told me “there is no freaking way Brian Burke is making that trade because he hates Ryan, never liked him, didn’t want to draft him and wanted Jack Johnson instead.” So, I went to check on it and I was told no, and I never went with it. It was probably going to go in one of my 30 Thoughts blogs or something, and I couldn’t prove it. And today or actually last night after the team got announced and those articles appeared online as I was driving back to my hotel from Ann Arbor, I got a call from the guy who told me that, and he was like “see? I told you, never doubt me.”

  • Frank Provenzano of ESPN: (Dec. 26th) Top trade targets. Scoring Forwards: Marian Gaborik (CBJ), Matt Moulson (BUF) and Thomas Vanek (NYI). Potential teams looking for scoring forwards are: Kings, Canucks, Canadiens, Rangers and Wild. Two-way/Playoff grit forwards: Steve Ott (BUF), Vernon Fiddler (DAL) and David Legwand (NSH). Potential teams looking for two-way forwards are: Penguins, Lightning, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Red Wings. Top-four defenseman: Cody Franson (TOR), Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) and Stephane Robidas (DAL). Potential teams looking for a top-four defenseman: Capitals, Avalanche, Coyotes, Hurricanes and Flyers. Goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF) and Martin Brodeur (NJ). Potential teams looking for a goalie are: Penguins, Blues and Capitals.

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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Morning Rumors: Maple Leafs, Rangers, Senators, Flames, Sabres and Expansion

  • Darren Dreger on TSN: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said that he’s received trade offers for James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier. Most GM have only offered older players or packages at are not useful in the long-term. Nonis insists he’s not shopping Gardiner, but a rival management sources have said that his name was been brought up by the Maple Leafs in their search for a top-six forward. At this time, there doesn’t appear to be a fit anywhere. The Rangers continue to shop Michael Del Zotto, with the Leafs showing some interest. Cody Franson could be a target for the Rangers. The Senators are still in the mix for Del Zotto, though their interest may have cooled. The Senators may be willing to trade either Eric Gryba, Joe Corvo or Patrick Wiercioch.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Case for trading: Rangers Dan Girardi seems to have less impact under coach Alain Vigneault. Moving Ryan Callahan would symbolize the Rangers going a different direction under Vigneault. They could trade both and still be able to stay in the playoff hunt. They could get a veteran and a prospect and/or draft pick in return for both. Case to not trade: GMs are always looking for players like Callahan and every coach loves shutdown guys like Girardi. The Rangers are not rebuilding and are suppose to be a contending team.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I know the Rangers love Cody Franson. They could make a Del Zotto for Franson trade tomorrow.” … ”Franson may be a disappointment but he has tremendous trade value around the NHL”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Nonis is contemplating trades. The guy people want and who Nonis may move is Gardiner and that’s a mistake” … ”Puck moving defenseman are really hard to come by” … ”Unless a center of similar age and talent are offered then moving Gardiner is dangerous.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Seems like everything with Gardiner and Carlyle isn’t hand in glove. When he makes a mistake Carlyle wants to sit him down”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames are not moving quickly in their GM search. Other than Nieuwendyk, Burke hasn’t asked for permission for others” … ”The Sabres won’t hire anybody until the new year and the Flames search may last this entire season” …  “Burke really likes Mike Futa of the Kings. The Leafs were very close to hiring him prior to his going to LA”
  • Louis Jean: Reports of Seattle and Las Vegas being the front-runners for expansion are premature. Source saying nothing has changed since the BOG meetings, they will continue to listen to groups that are interest.
  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators pursued David Clarkson at the start of free agency last year. Scanlan also notes that Clarke MacArthur was “run out of town on a rail by Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle.”
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has a message for his players.

    “If they’re waiting for a coaching change, they’re going to be waiting a long time,” Nonis said in a lengthy interview on Wednesday.

    “It’s not happening. We’re not making a move (player or coach) for the sake of making a move. We’re not trading a young player away that will erode our depth or take youth out of our lineup. We don’t do that.

    “Do I like what’s going on? No. We have to find a way of getting out of this as a group. Players. Coaches. Management. No one is going to help us. I’m getting a lot of offers on players, but the offers are all a joke. I’m not about to trade a quality player for someone who can’t help us. That’s what’s being presented our way.

    “If I could make changes this afternoon I would, but it has to be a positive move for the organization. Look, there’s no one coming over the hill to help us. We have to do it ourselves.”

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Morning Hits: Emery, Kaleta, Varlamov, Barch, Schenn, All-Star Game and JVR

  • Nick Cotsonika: Flyers Ray Emery will not receive any supplementary discipline for his fight with Braden Holtby as he didn’t break any rules according the rule book. Emery’s actions were involved with the aggressor rule, but you need to be an aggressor three times in a season before a player gets a two-game suspension. Dejan Kovacevic: Gary Bettman can suspend or fine player at his discretion. In the labor agreement.
  • Eric Macramalla: Semyon Varlamov’s pending criminal charges may keep him out of Canada for the Avs game on Dec. 5th against the Oilers. He may need to get a special permit to enter the country.
  • John Vogl: The Sabres have brought in Randy Cunneyworth to work on their scouting staff.
  • Krys Barch: ” I would rather break my nose and continue to play then break my hand and miss two months!!!” … Barch asked why a company could not make a clip off visor.
  • Bill Meltzer: Luke Schenn was a healthy scratch last night.
  • NHL on TSN: The Blue Jackets will host the 2015 NHL All-Star game.
  • James Mirtle: Wonders if the Leafs will move James van Riemsdyk to center due to their injuries.

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Injury Notes: Rangers, Jets, Devils, Flyers, Leafs, Stars, Ducks and Bruins

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rangers Ryan Callahan could be out three to four weeks with a broken thumb. Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said with Callahan out, they wanted to have another penalty killer, Darroll Powe was called up.
  • Gary Lawless: Jets Evander Kane’s injury is not his knee.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is confident that Ryane Clowe will be fine. He’s still not 100 percent, so he’s not skating. If Clowe doesn’t start skating in the next couple days, he won’t play on Tuesday according to Lamoriello.
  • David Strehle: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
  • David Alter: There is a good chance that both James van Riemsdyk and James Reimer are available for tonight’s game.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Kari Lehtonen is feeling better but unlikely for today and questionable for Sunday.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Carl Soderberg has been cleared to play. He could return today.

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