Posts Tagged Jamie Benn

Injury Notes: Orpik, Eriksson, Staal, Petry, Timonen, Horton, Beauchemin, Hejda, Zidlicky and Lupul

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Brooks Orpik was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and was alert and conscious. Orpik left the hospital and is traveling back to the Pittsburgh with the team. Dan Bylsma: ”I think he was out on the ice for a period of time, so I think that means he’s got a concussion, for sure.” … ”He went through a battery of tests at the hospital for various things.”
  • Katie Strang: With Rangers Marc Staal leaving last night’s game is concerning due to the significant time he’s missed with a concussion and eye injury over the past two seasons.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Jeff Petry left last night’s game after taking blow to the head.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He left after taking a cross check from Jamie Benn.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin is progressing and is hoping to return on December 15th.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Jan Hejda will miss 10-14 days with a right knee strain.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Devils Marek Zidlicky was out with a lower-body injury.

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Morning Hits: Bissonnette, Panthers, Rangers, Emmerton and Benn

  • Sarah McLellan: According to his agent Mark Guy, Coyotes Paul Bissonnette will appeal his 10-game suspension.
  • George Richards: Panthers sale is for $230 million. John Shannon: Hearing the sale will not be on the Board of Governors agenda for Monday’s meeting. There are still some ”I’s to dot and T’s to cross.”
  • Andrew Gross: Salary cap will play a big part in the Rangers final roster according to Alain Vigneault. He would prefer eight defenseman, 13 forwards and two goalies.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will need to rid themselves of three forwards by the start of the season. Cory Emmerton could find himself as one of the forwards on the outs. He has a reasonable cap of $533,000 and is a serviceable fourth line player.
  • Josh Rimer: Hearing that Jamie Benn will be named the Stars new Captain today.
  • TSN Radio: Former MLSE CEO Richard Peddie said the NHL never talked to him about a second team in Toronto.

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Morning Hits: Devils, Spezza on Alfredsson, Benn to LW, Blackhawks No. 2 center and Ducks sign deal with Utah

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Reports are that Philadelphia 76ers ownership group are interested in buying the Devils. Andrew Barroway’s group was trying to buy the Devils, but their timeframe to negotiate a deal technically expired last month. Barroway’s group is still trying to buy the team and according to one source, they already have deals with the NHL and some banks. Forbes is saying they have loaned the Devils $30 million.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Jason Spezza on Daniel Alfredsson leaving.

    “I spoke to him the night before free agency, and we had a really good conversation, but I was shocked to hear it at that point,” Spezza told the Sun Wednesday from Toronto.

    “We had talked about two weeks before he left and I had a good feeling he was going to come back and play. He still wasn’t even 100% committed. Once he said he was going to play, I just assumed it was going to be for us.”

    Spezza admitted he did try to talk him out of it.

    “At that point his mind was already made up,” said Spezza. “We talked about a few things. I don’t feel 100% comfortable talking about what we talked about. I have too much respect for Alf and the process I know was hard for him.

    “But all I can say is I would have liked to have seen him back with our club. I still feel like we have a very good team. You don’t have to agree with somebody to understand why they’re doing something.”

  • Dan Rosen of Blackhawks Brandon Pirri thinks he should be their second line center between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.

    “It’s something I think I’ve earned the opportunity to do and I have to take advantage of it,” Pirri told “I want to make that jump and I think I’m ready.”

    Coach Joel Quenneville said that Brandon Saad could be given a chance to become their No. 2 center and thinks that Pirri could challenge for the spot.

    “Could [Pirri] do it? I think he could, but that’s a big job, and with him we’re looking for that consistency,” Quenneville told “We know he’s capable of doing a lot of good things offensively and defensively he’s improved over the last few years, but now game in and game out getting to that level of predictability that we want, that’s going to be the challenge. I think he’s capable of it for sure, so he’s one guy under consideration.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: The Ducks signed a multi-year agreement with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

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Free Agent Hits III: Bozak, Filppula, Weiss, Alfredsson, Scuderi, Briere and the Predators

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
  • Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
  • Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
  • Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.

    “We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”

    Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.

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Roster notes: Capitals, Penguins, Avalanche, Sabres and Maple Leafs … Starting goalies

  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals lines: Hendricks-Backstrom-Ovechkin; Fehr-Johansson-Brouwer; Chimera-Ribeiro-Ward; Volpatti-Beagle-Crabb; Wolski-Perreault-Laich.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-Stastny-Hejduk McGinn-Duchene-Parenteau Mitchell-OReilly-Jones McLeod-Kobasew-Bordeleau
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres power-play lines: Hodgson-Vanek-Ennis, with Pominville-Ehrhoff, and Ott-Stafford-Leino, with Myers-Leopold.
  • Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Brenden Morrow and Jamie Benn won’t be in the lineup. Philip Larsen is in, Jamie Oleksiak is out.

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Scouting the Stars … Nonis on Bozak and MacArthur … Oshie Sued … Granlund Reassigned … Montador Clears Waivers

  • Dallas Morning News: From Dennis Bernstein and Mike Heika: the Bruins, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Wild and Rangers have scouted the Dallas Stars the last two games. The Stars scouted the Bruins-Senators game on Monday. Bruce Garrioch noted that the Bruins, Penguins and Flyers are looking for scoring help, and that the Stars have a decision to make regarding Brenden Morrow. Morrow has a no-trace clause.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is unlikely to offer contract extensions to Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthurin the next month, though that can change, nor is he going to trade them just because they will be free agents at the end of the year. Nonis is open to trading both players, as he is with many others, but a deal would happen because of what they could get back and not about their contracts.

    “I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said on Monday.

    “Right now both Tyler and Clarke are playing well and seem to be happy.”

    Nonis added,

    “Right now, I don’t feel compelled to move anyone by April 3. And I would have to say, at least at this time, I don’t expect anything to happen (extension-wise) by that date either, although things can change.”

    The Leafs are open to bringing in a rental player, but it has to make sense in the short and long term.

    “But here’s the thing with that,” he explained. “If you are willing to bring in a rental player, why wouldn’t you keep guys (like Bozak and MacArthur) who are already on your team? They have the same contract status as rent-a-players.”

  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is being sued by his landlord for $12,000 after his dogs damaged the apartment.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have assigned Mikael Granlund to the AHL. He’d been a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games.

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Quick Hits and Injuries: Realignment, waivers, Latendresse, Lupul, Malkin, Brodeur, Michalek, Benn and Morrow

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Board of Governor will vote on realignment by fax this week. Should be done by the end of the week.
  • ESPN: Evgeni Malkin will miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. It is not concussion related.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur’s sore back is getting better but is under doctors care and not skating yet.

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Sunday Morning Hits: CBA, Malkin, Benn, Glencross, Gunnarsson, Steen, Tarasenko, Backlund, Leighton and Hedberg

  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a final draft of the CBA. It has been sent to all NHLPA agents and members. It is subject to minor modifications.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Evgeni Malkin suffered an upper-body injury, not a head injury. He was kept out of the last part of the 3rd period and OT for precautionary reasons.
  • Calgary Flames via twitter: Flames Curtis Glencross missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury. He’s returning to Calgary today to be re-evaluated.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarssonexpects his hip issue to linger all season.

    “It’s good,” he told before Saturday’s game. “It’s tough playing back-to-backs and all that, [but] it’s actually been better than I thought. It’s going in the right direction every day here. It’s getting better actually.”

  • Calgary Flames via twitter: The Flames activate Mikael Backlund from the IR and assigned Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the AHL.

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Quick Hits: Realignment, O’Reilly, Entry-level contracts, Benn, Stamkos, Kovalev, McGrattan and Panik

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA may soon announce an agreement in principle on realignment for next season. The new realignment agreement may give the players a window to revisit the agreement after the NHL moves on possible relocation and expansion.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche Ryan O’Reilly passed his physical and should be on the ice this morning at 9:00. If he plays Sunday will not be known until later today.
  • CapGeek via twitter: There should be lots of entry-level contracts to be signed in the upcoming weeks. Yesterday was the first day that next season deals can be signed.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Stars Jamie Benn will have a disciplinary hearing today regarding his crosschecking major against the Oilers.
  • Steven Stamkos was named the first star of the month for February. Sidney Crosby was the second star and Ray Emery was the third star.
  • Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Alexei Kovalev will not travel with the team and Dineen said that an announcement is pending. Could be sounding like a buyout. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: It’s over for Kovalev and the Panthers. The Panthers would like him to retire, but he wants to be paid.

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Lines and Starting goalies: Capitals, Maple Leafs, Stars, Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Avalanche and Bruins

  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Beagle-Crabb, Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer, Chimera-Ribeiro-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault/Johansson-Fehr.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin, Frattin-Kadri-Komarov, Brown-Steckel-Orr. MacArthur missing. Defensive pairings: Phaneuf-Kostka; Gunnarsson Komisarek; Liles-Franson; Gardiner-Fraser.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines this morning: Eriksson-Benn-Jagr, Whitney-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Vincour, Morrow-Wandell-Garbutt. Defensive pairings: Dillon-Robidas, Jordie Benn-Daley, Goligoski-Larsen. Interesting switches there. Derek Roy, out with a groin injury, is not on the trip. Rich Evans via twitter: Jamie Benn’s visa was settled, he’ll be playing tonight.

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Roster notes: Benn waiting for visa, Arnott fails physical, Dumba and Laughton returned, Ducks recall two

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The application for Jamie Benn’s work visa wasn’t submitted until Friday, and since they don’t work on the weekends, it hasn’t been granted yet. Benn can’t be on the Stars roster until it’s granted. If the visa isn’t granted by 5 pm EST today, he won’t be able to play tonight. If Benn is able to play, he may find himself on a line with Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr. Center Derek Roy is questionable with a groin issue. Jagr is expected to be back in the lineup after missing a game with a sore back. Backup goalie Cristopher Nistorp is on the IR with a groin injury.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it was in the “best interest” of Scott Laughton to return him to junior.
  • Jesse Spector via twitter: The Ducks have called up forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the AHL. Peter Holland and Jordan Hendry were sent to down.

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Don’t change P.K. … No Progress on O’Reilly … Knuble signs with Flyers … Benn re-signs with Stars

  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: From Hal Gill: “The problem with P.K. is that everyone wanted to fix him. P.K. is P.K. You don’t fix him…”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly is leaving the KHL, but he’s not any closer to a deal with the Avalanche, no progress there.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jamie Benn has signed a 5 year, $26.25 million deal with the Stars, $5.25 million per season. Mark Stepneski via twitter: Benn is on his way to Dallas. He has to wait for immigration issues to be resolved, so he won’t be in the lineup on Saturday. He is expected to play on Monday against the Blue Jackets. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Salary breakdown: $4.5 million, $5 million, $5.25 million, $5.75 million and $5.75 million.

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