Posts Tagged Jay Pandolfo

Morning Hits: 2014-15 Salary Cap, Liles, Rielly, Pandolfo, Gilroy and Halak

  • Bob McKenzie: 2014-15 salary cap projection should come next week, sounding like it could be around $70 million.
  • Stephen Whyno: The Maple Leafs have recalled John-Michael LilesBob McKenzie: Liles’ recall doesn’t necessarily mean that the Leafs will loan Morgan Rielly to Team Canada for the World Junior Championship. If Liles plays well enough to stick and/or Rielly isn’t playing, Rielly could still be assigned to Canada by December 19th.

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Afternoon Hits: Shattenkirk, Rechlicz, Buyouts, Bryzgalov, Miller, Bergeron’s injuries and the Bruins

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: A deal between Kevin Shattenkirk and the Blues is imminent. Source saying it’s for four years and around $17 million. (Update: deal done, 4 years, $17 million, $4.25 million cap hit.)
  • Josh Rimer: The Capitals re-sign Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie estimates that about 18 teams will likely not make compliance buyouts.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers owner Ed Snider on Ilya Bryzgalov: “It was a very difficult decision from a financial standpoint, but if Bryz remained a Flyer, the dollars would be far greater in a shorter timeframe. We now have cap space, which will allow us to improve our team”
  • Josh Rimer: Rimer is hearing that the Flyers have held discussions with Sabres about Ryan Miller. The Flyers are definitely up to something.
  • Shawn Hutcheon: Hearing the Bruins won’t be re-signing Andrew Ference and could be looking to trade Rich Peverley and Johnny Boychuk.
  • Dan Rosen: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has been under observation at a hospital since Game 6. Boston Globe: It was revealed that Bergeron played with a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder that occurred in Game 6 and has a small hole in his lung according to GM Peter Chiarelli. They think the punctured happened after Monday’s game.Chiarelli confirmed that it’s unlikely that Andrew Ference returns, the same for Jaromir Jagr. Nathan Horton will require shoulder surgery.

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Quick Hits: waivers, Pitkanen, Frattin, Lecavalier, Zubrus, Rakell, Isles and Pens lines, Allen and Theodore

  • Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and “We do have to be careful because we rely very heavily on him. He plays a lot of minutes & he’s a very important player for us.”
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning Vincent Lecavalier (left ankle) is not skating today. There haven’t been any setbacks, just a “body maintenance” day.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders lines: Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo, Grabner-Aucoin-McDonald, Martin-Cizikas-Ullstrom/Boulton.

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Friedman’s thoughts … Pens need a winger … Blues – Flyers scouting each other … Isles holding pat? Bruins to sign Pandolfo

  • Eliotte Friedman of CBC: The Wild have lots of young talent but at different stages of development. They are 5-5-1 and have holes to fill.

    “They will not be a contender until their young players are ready,” said one executive. “But that will be hard for ownership to hear.”

    Capitals GM George McPhee said on Friday that he won’t “blow up” the team. Firing Adam Oates doesn’t make much sense. Several teams would love Ryan O’Reilly. Derick Brassard’s name is coming up again. The Blue Jackets have 3 1st round picks this year including the Kings and Rangers. The likely wouldn’t trade their own, but the others are strong assets in a deep draft. Dustin Penner is in the Kings doghouse and could draw some interest. There are some people who believe that if there are 2 NHL teams in Toronto, one will be owned by Bell and the other by Rogers.

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari thinks that if the Penguins don’t think Beau Bennett is ready to contribute Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, they should look to move some assets to acquire a winger. They may be able to find someone closer to the trade deadline that would be cheaper. If they don’t find someone to fill the hole this year, it will lessen their chances of contending this spring.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers were scouting the Blues last night. The Blues were scouting the Flyers last night. The Flyers need scoring and Blues could use a defenseman.
  • B.D. Gallof via twitter: For Islanders fans who are calling for a trade, they will be disappointed as their current NHL and AHL options are their only options/solutions.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Bruins are likely to sign Jay Pandolfo to a deal this week. He’s been skating and traveling with them.
  • Dan Rosen of Panic or Patience for a few NHL teams. Rangers – patience. Flyers – patience. Capitals – panic. Red Wings – patience. Kings – panic.

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Free agent notes on Subban, Del Zotto, Perry, Pandolfo and Barker

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Yesterday was a key decision day on which direction the Canadiens will take on the P.K. Subban negotiations. A big commitment needs to be made to get him into camp on Sunday.
  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: Negotiations between P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin were ongoing yesterday. Meehan will keep Subban in the loop for the next 24-48 hours when there is something concrete. Subban said that he won’t be at the Canadiens medicals [today]. Louis Jean via twitter: Meehan on Subban contract talks: “More discussions planned this weekend.” Dave Stubbs via twitter: Meehan on a rumored 4 year, $22 million deal for Subban:  “Nothing could be further from the truth & I capitalize all of that”
  • The Fourth Period: It is believed that the Ducks may have to trade one of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry if the Ducks are not in a playoff run by the trade deadline. Both will be UFA’s at the end of the season. Perry has expressed his interest in remaining in Anaheim, but contract talks haven’t started yet. One of Perry’s agents, Mark Guy, doesn’t expect to have any talks until after the season starts. Perry could sign up to an 8 year deal with Anaheim, and could look for a salary in the $7 million range.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks coach Vigneault confirms that UFA defenseman Cam Barker has accepted a PTO.

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Rumors involving the Oilers … List of forwards that could be available … Ovie, Michalek have hearings … Rangers need Dman … Benn to IR

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are taking calls for Ales Hemsky as half the league is looking for a top 6 forward. The Oilers need a puck moving defenseman more than a draft pick. It’s unlikely the Predators would give up Ryan Ellis for Hemsky. One scout thinks the Predators would rather have Ryan Smyth over Hemsky, but Smyth likely won’t waive his no-trade clause at the deadline. The Senators are a wild card for Hemsky. The Oilers have liked Drew Stafford. Matheson wonders if the Kings would be interested in a Jonathan Bernier for Magnus Paajarvi deal this summer. The Blackhawks might take a look at Chris Campoli for their 4-5 hole that they are looking to fill. The Predators may look at taking offers for backup Anders Lindback this summer.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari lists some ‘rental’ players that could be available this year: Jason Blake (Ana), Josh Green (Edm), Nicklas Hagman (Ana), Adam Hall (TB), Ales Hemsky (Edm), Kristian Huselius (CBJ), Saku Koivu (Ana), Dominic Moore (TB), Frans Nielsen (NYI), Samuel Pahlsson (Ana), Jay Pandolfo (NYI), P.A. Parenteau (NYI), George Parros (Ana), Vinny Prospal (CBJ), Tuomo Ruutu (Car), Teemu Selanne (Ana) and Ryan Smyth (Edm).
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Capitals Alex Ovechkin will have a hearing today for his high hit on Michalek. Penguins Zbynek Michalek will have a hearing today for his elbow on Hendricks.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather needs to add a defenseman that can handle big minutes down the stretch. They’ve always liked Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. Stars Sheldon Souray is an interesting option given his ability on the power play, but there are questions about his ability to defend. Ryan Suter is a possibility if he becomes available and if they want to go that direction.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika wonders if the Stars may have to consider moving Stephane Robidas, Brenden Morrow or Nicklas Grossman to create roster room for younger players. Heika doesn’t think so, as it sends a message that they are giving up this year. If they fall out of the race though, they may do something.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane didn’t accompany the team to Carolina for tonight’s game. They play the Rangers on Tuesday in NY. Byfuglien and Kane are not expected to play until after the All-Star break.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger could play tonight after missing the last 5 games with a concussion. Predators defenseman Ryan Suter is expected to be back after missing 3 games with an upper-body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Recently signed Brett Lebda will make his debut tonight, and will be on the top pairing with Fedor Tyutin.
  • David Alter via twitter: Leafs lines at yesterday’s practice: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Crabb-Grabo-Kulie, Lombardi-Connolly-Kadri, MacArthur-Steckel-Brown, x Rosehill,Armstrong,Boyce.

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Caps may be getting a shakeup … Weber out Friday, unlikely for Sunday … Sens sign 2 1st rounders … Green hopeful for next week … Kane at center

  • Josh Rimer via twitter: “Been told if Washington Capitals Lose at home to NY Rangers tonight expect a Shake up, and when I say shake up I’m talking Trade.”
  • Don Brennan via twitter: The Senators have signed 1st round picks Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen to entry-level deals.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Lindy Ruff on Nathan Gerbe: “Nathan is getting real close. He could possibly be an option for one of these two games, maybe.”
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said Mike Green is “about 80 percent” and hopes to play next week.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight against the Flames. Brian Rolston is in. Haley, Pandolfo and Staios are out. Jesse Spector via twitter: David Ullstrom was put on the IR by the Islanders. Brian Rolston was activated from the IR.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks tomorrow against the Red Wings.

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Afternoon notes involving Pronger, Lilja, Nodl, Letang, Hall, Markov, Edler, Burrows, Seabrook, Eaves, Green, Miller and more

Philadelphia Flyers Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will be out 4 weeks as he’s scheduled to have knee surgery tomorrow afternoon to remove some loose particles that have been bothering him for a month or so.

Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: The Flyers are putting Andreas Lilja on the LTIR.

Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers have created $5.6 million in cap space with Pronger and Lilja on the LTIR.

Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Flyers have put Andreas Nodl on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen is on re-entry waivers.

Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Penguins Kris Letang has yet to undergo a baseline test.

Jason Gregor via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall will have an MRI on his shoulder today. He’s optimistic it will be short term.

Eric Engels via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov could return on Wednesday against the Ducks, but playing the following night against the Sharks makes more sense.

Jason Botchford via twitter: Alex Edler is back practicing today. Alex Burrows is not practicing. Mason Raymond is with the Sedins.

Ben Meyer-Abbott via twitter: Blackhawks David Bolland and Brent Seabrook are expected to play tomorrow against the Coyotes.

Brian Hedger via twitter: According to the Red Wings, Patrick Eaves will be out 6-8 weeks as he requires surgery for his broken jaw.

Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated today and on Saturday. GM McPhee said there is still no timetable for his return.

John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Ryan Miller will join teammates at tomorrow’s morning skate and plans on practicing with the team on Wednesday.

Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Jay Pandolfo will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning forward Steve Downie is taking part in the morning skate, no word on if he’ll go tonight or not.

Corey Masisak via twitter: Lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Eakin, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Perreault-Hendricks-Halpern-Knuble.

Dan Tencer via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers.

Jason Botchford via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tomorrow.

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Could Rangers be interested in Leafs Dmen? Iginla practicing … Halvat needing clearence … Orpik may not be ready … Saad makes ‘Hawks … Schenn’s contract notes

  • Ron Wilson via twitter: Wilson says: “Steckel immediately improves our PK. Size is a huge bonus. Faceoffs are going to help bigtime in all areas. Can also help on the wing!”
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Maple Leafs are still working the phones after the Steckel trade. They have a surplus of defenseman. Nothing is imminent.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames captain Jarome Iginla was back skating with teammates after taking 2 weeks off with a bad back. Iginla said: “We definitely took more time to make sure (it’s 100%) and everything’s been really positive. Hopefully, it’s just a one-off and not an issue down the road.” Iginla is 16 goals away from 500.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks forward Martin Havlat headed to Cleveland yesterday to have his shoulder examined by his surgeon. If all goes well he’ll get clearance for Saturday’s opener. Tommy Wingels and Jamie McGinn are battling for the last forward spot on the 3rd line with Michal Handzus and Torrey Mitchell.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers have split up the defensive pairing of Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, who have been together since 2007-08. Timonen is paired with Andrej Meszaros, Coburn with Andeas Lilja. Chris Pronger skates with Matt Carle.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: 2011 2nd round pick, Brandon Saad, signed a 3 year entry level deal, and made the Blackhawks opening roster. He also made the ‘Hawks top line, along side Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils forward Travis Zajac is out of his walking boot and has begun physical therapy. GM Lou Lamoriello said the “worst-case scenario” would have Zajac return “some time after New Year’s.”

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RNH makes the Oilers … Pens cut roster, put Crosby and 4 others on IR … Roster notes for the Blackhawks, Isles, Preds, Sharks and Leafs

  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will start the season with the Oilers. RNH was skating with Ales Hemskyand Taylor Hall.

    “Ryan will start the season with us,” said Renney. “We all understand the parameters there that he can operate within before we have to make a real concrete decision. Again, we’ll do it a game at a time, but he has had a very good camp.”

    When Sam Gagne returns from injury, Anton Lander could be sent to the AHL. Lennart Petrell could be the casualty when Ben Eager returns from a concussion.

  • Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins have their roster set at 23 players. They sent Alexandre Picard, Brian Strait and Jason Williams to the AHL, Joe Morrow to back junior, and put Sidney Crosby (concussion), Dustin Jeffrey (knee), Nick Petersen (concussion), Robert Bortuzzo (knee) and Boris Valabik (knee) on the IR. Defenseman Brooks Orpik could be close to returning.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks cut their roster to 27 yesterday by sending Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc and Brandon Pirri and  Dylan Olsen to the AHL. They have 16 forwards, 8 defenseman and 3 goalies still in camp. Viktor Stalberg will likely be put on the IR. Jeremy Morin and Philippe Paradis are possible candidates to be sent to the AHL.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: The Islanders placed both Nino Niederreiter and Trevor Gillies on the IR with groin strains. Niederreiter was expected to make the team, and not be heading back to junior. He had been playing on the top line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson. The Isles still have 26 players on their roster. Jay Pandolfo is still in camp on an invite.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators forward Mike Fisher practiced with teammates for the first time yesterday after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Fisher did say that he won’t be ready for the season opener, and has not been cleared for contact yet. Defenseman Ryan Ellis was assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL so he can better understand the pro game. The Preds put Kyle Wilson on waivers.
  • Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks assigned Justin Braun, Benn Ferriero and John McCarthy to Worcester of the AHL. Goalie Antti Niemi is looking like he’ll be able to go for the season opener. The Sharks still have 28 players on their camp roster, Antero Niittymaki and James Sheppard will be put the IR, leaving 3 moves that will have to be made.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Matt Ducheneis entering the final year of his entry level deal, and is likely to get a nice raise.

    “If I take care of business, that’s a reward. That’s not something that you aim for. It’s not a destination. It’s a byproduct,” he said matter of factly.

    Duchene has 1 more point in his short career than Islanders John Tavares, who recently signed a 6 year, $33 million deal. Duchene agent, Pat Brisson (Tavares’ agent as well), hasn’t talked extension with the Avalanche yet.

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly is 50/50 for the season opener. Matthew Lombardi will start the year on the 4th line. Kevin McGran via twitter: Leafs defenseman Cody Franson will be the teams 7th defenseman to start the season.

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