Posts Tagged Jeff Carter

Morning Hits: PHI-CBJ’s Carter Trade Was Almost Bigger, Steen, Rangers, Vey and Schneider

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Back in June of 2011, the Blue Jackets and Flyers were working on a trade to include either Jeff Carter or Mike Richards. The Blue Jackets eventually got Carter for Jake Voracek, a 1st round pick and a third round pick in a draft day trade. The deal almost became a massive one when a day before the 2011 NHL draft, GM Paul Holmgren called then GM Scott Howson …

    “You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter and Richards.

    Howson said he couldn’t do the deal without seriously depleting their picks and prospects. Portzline thinks that type of deal would have had to include Ryan Johnansen (2010 draft) and their 2012 1st round pick, which ended up being Ryan Murray, to go along with the pieces they discussed in the for just Carter.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alex Steen’s deal.

    “We were always working under the timetable that when Alexander was ready to talk, we would be there,” Armstrong said. “The breakfast was more just a state of the union with Alexander’s part of our leadership group. I felt it was going to get into his situation.

    “As soon as he said he was interested, I called and talked to (Blues owner) Tom Stillman. He talked to his ownership group and gave us the go-ahead. We called, made one offer and (Steen’s new agent) made a counter. It happened in two days. I wish they could all go this way — they do all go this way when you have joint interest, and that’s ‘We want the player here and the player wants to be here.’”

    The Blues presented multiple offers with a variety of term. They didn’t offer any deal that was seven or eight years. Steen on signing for just three years.

    “As far as the term goes, we feel that three years is a long time,” Steen said. “After that, we’ll probably quietly start discussing things again.”

  • Dan Rosen: The Rangers recalled J.T. Miller and have returned Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Del Zotto, Weber, Oilers, Panthers, Kings, Canucks and Sabres

  • Renaud Lavoie: Rangers Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch tonight and Lavoie is hearing that a trade is a possibility.
  • Patrick Kearns: “What is Michael Del Zotto’s value even at this point? Still young, former first round pick, still getting super sheltered minutes. Very low defensive zone starts, doesn’t push the play. Other than a few nice looking rushes through neutral zone, he doesn’t excel anywhere. Hasn’t been the answer on the PP, does he have much value at all anymore?”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: When Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said he would love to add a “stud defenseman,” it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know he was thinking of Predators Shea Weber. It would take a lot to get him. It would take the Oilers 1st round pick. The Predators would go after Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, and wouldn’t mind Sam Gagner. They would likely have interest in Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom.
  • Jim Diamond: Don’t see it the Weber deal happening. “Surely we’ve beaten to death how dumb trading Weber after giving him so much of the up front bonus money is, right? And that is aside from him probably being the best defenseman in the league too.”
  • Bruce Arthur: “At this point, it’s possible the Oilers will be used as an argument against bottoming out for high picks for a generation.”
  • Ryan Rishaug: The Oilers send Mark Arcobello to the AHL and recall Oscar Klafbom.  Eakins told Arcobello to find a place to live in Edmonton yesterday, so he’s just caught in a roster shuffle and will be back.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: More moves are likely coming for the Panthers.

    “I’m not happy with the situation our team is in as far as wins and losses,” Tallon opened. “The effort has been better lately. We’re going to continue to be aggressive and make changes that are important for our franchise moving forward keeping our focus on the future.

    “We’re excited about where we’re headed, the foundation being built. We added two young pieces to an already deep foundation of players and prospects. This is a step in the right direction for the Florida Panthers.”

    “In this day and age it’s tough – especially midway through or early in a season – to make moves,” Tallon said. “You have to be aggressive, have to be creative. Now with the new CBA we can take money back. That will help future moves.”

    Versteeg indicated that defenseman Brian Campbell may like to join him in heading back to Chicago, but Campbell said he never said anything to Versteeg about wanting to go back Chicago.

  • The Fourth Period: Injuries have hit the Kings. Jonathan Quick will be out four to six weeks, Jeff Carter out another three weeks, Kyle Clifford has a concussion and Matt Green is on the IR. GM Dean Lombardi has had some talks with other teams about possible deals, but nothing appears imminent according to a source. Lombardi had been shopping Clifford and Alec Martinez, but those talks have cooled.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: At last years trade deadline, the Canucks were after Ryane Clowe and reportedly offered their 2013 1st round pick for him. The Canucks ended up using the pick on Hunter Shinkaruk. Clowe had a no-trade clause and chose the Rangers for family reasons and because the Rangers were more likely to offer money closer to what he was looking for as a UFA. The Sharks ended up getting the Rangers 2013 2nd round pick, the Panthers 3rd round pick and 5th round pick.
  • Sam Carchidi: The Sabres haven’t contacted Flyers Ron Hextall about their GM position.

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Injury Notes: Downie, Lecavalier, Eriksson, Carter, Stuart, Helm, Franzen, Stempniak, Burns and Condra

  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Downie has a concussion and Vincent Lecavalier will be out today with a facial injury. Sam Carchidi: GM Paul Holmgren said that Downie was rushed to the hospital after the game.
  • Joe Haggerty: Sounding like Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is making some progress. Hoping that concussions symptoms don’t recur. He could be on the ice next week at the earliest.
  • Jon Hoven: The Kings put Jeff Carter on the IR.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart is still bothered by a sore hip.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that it’s looking like Darren Helm will play on Saturday. Jonathan Eriksson will probably be put on the LTIR.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Frazen left last night’s game.
  • Wes Gilbertson: The Flames put Lee Stempniak and Chris Breen on the IR. Recalled defenseman Chad Billins.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brent Burns (upper-body) skated by himself yesterday. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t expect him out long term.

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Injury Notes: Carter, Schneider, Gustavsson, Franzen, Morrow, Parros, Pacioretty, Wild and Callahan

  • Andrew Walker: Hearing that Kings Jeff Carter has a broken foot.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that a decision will come tomorrow morning on Cory Schneider’s availability for this weekends back-to-back games. Brodeur starting against the Flyers.
  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Brenden Morrow didn’t skate on Wednesday and Thursday. Morrow will stay in St. Louis and will be evaluated on Monday to see if he can join the team in Montreal. Magnus Paajarvi was put on the IR retroactive to last Sunday. Parrjarvi will skate with the team today and is eligible to come off the IR tomorrow. He could play if he’s ready, but that seems unlikely.
  • TSN: Both George Parros and Max Pacioretty will return the Canadiens lineup this weekend.
  • Minnesota Wild PR: Wild’s Charlie Coyle has been activated from the IR. Michael RussoJonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle and Keith Ballard will return to the Wild’s lineup.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Ryan Callahan practiced today with a contact jersey on.

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Morning Hits: FLyers, RNH, Hall, Weiss, Carter, Goalie pads and Karmanos

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers are hoping that a team will call them in the next couple weeks looking for a defenseman. They would like to shed some salary.
  • Dan Tencer: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will “absolutely not” see any pre-season action.
  • Dan Tencer: MacTavish said that moving Taylor Hall to center while Nugent-Hopkins is a possibility. It will be a coaches decision.
  • Chris Nichols: Red Wings Stephan Weiss on playing with Johan Franzen: ”I think Pavel & Z will see lot of attention; hopefully we can fly under radar, do some damage”
  • John Hoven: Kings assistant coach Davis Payne: ’We’re always asking ourselves the question, how do we get Jeff Carter the puck more?’
  • Dennis Bernstein: According to Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford, some goalies will have pads that are four inches different, ’lucky our guys weren’t cheating much’
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Executive VP and Assistant GM, Jason Karmanos, has been relieved of his duties. Ron Francis and Darren Yorke will take over the duties.

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NHL Video: Duncan Keith suspended for high-sticking Jeff Carter

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith received a one game suspension for his high-stick to the face of Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter.

Keith has been suspended before and Carter was injured on the play. He received 20 stitches and some injured teeth on the play.

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NHL Video: Do you think Duncan Keith should be suspended?

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith received a 4-minute high-sticking penalty last night after he swung his stick hitting Kings Jeff Carter in the face.

Does the fact that Duncan Keith is sorry, and tried to apologize several times excuse him from being suspended?

Leave a comment if you THINK Keith will get suspended? WILL Keith get suspended?

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Easier for Maple Leafs to trade Kessel now, or do they look for a No. 1 center for him?

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: The only untouchable for the Maple Leafs should be their 2013 1st round pick. Phil Kessel is off to slow start, it’s becoming more difficult to imagine Kessel remaining with the Leafs beyond this season. It will be easier for Nonis to trade Kessel, than it would have been for Burke. There are some who would call for a Dion Phaneuf trade as well, but at least in that deal, they basically stole him from Calgary. The 25 year old Kessel will be an unrestricted free agent after next season. There should be a market for him and his $5.4 million salary cap hit ($5.1 million salary) at the trade deadline. They could look for something like the Blue Jackets got for Jeff Carter, Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick. He would be an excellent secondary scoring threat for someone.
  • Damien Cox via twitter: “Re Kessel: ppl don’t get it. Not about him, or how he’s playing. He does what he does well. Its about managing assets and team-building. Understand Kessel’s contract, and you understand why they have little choice but to move him.”
  • Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun: Buffery thinks the Leafs No. 1 priority should be a center.

    “The bottom line is this: Without a front-line centre, Kessel’s talents are being wasted. He was a 37-goal scorer last year but with a bonafide first-line centre, he might be a 50-goal scorer. Further to that, the Leafs will not take the next step in becoming a threat to go deep into the playoffs until they address the first-line centre situation.”

    Buffery notes that if they are going to give up young assets (hopefully not Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner), it’s for a center and not a goaltender. They have young depth on the blueline with prospects  Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, Stuart Percy, Jesse Blacker and Matt Finn. Tyler Bozak is not a number 1 center on a good team. Mikhail Grabovski is a good 2nd line center. Buffery also suggest moving Kadri to the first line and dropping Bozak back the third line.

  • Greg Brady via twitter: Phil Kessel has a limited NTC/NMC in 2013-14. He doesn’t have one this season. This year would have been Kessel’s last RFA season. The Maple Leafs bought one each year of service. You can not give a NTC during a RFA year.

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The end for Selanne? Toews finally over concussion … Komarov going back to KHL … Lombardi talks Richards, Carter trades

  • Jonathan Davis via twitter: Teemu Selanne told Davis that if there is no NHL season this year, he’s likely played his last NHL game.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews wasn’t fully over his concussion when he played in the playoffs last year. It wasn’t until late last week that Toews felt he was completely over his concussion. He missed the final 2 months of the regular season, but came back for the Blackhawks playoff series against Coyotes. When he returned, he was symptom free and passed the NHL concussion protocols. He was still being bothered by balance and eyesight issues, but were discovered and solved by a chiropractic neurology facility.

    “Even if you don’t feel something and you think you’re symptom-free, there’s probably still something there that’s kind of hindering you and affecting the way your brain works,” Toews told the Tribune on Wednesday. “It was just a lot of eye-movement things. My eyes didn’t track very well. They didn’t look from one target to the next very well. My balance with my eyes closed and my head turned a certain way was terrible. (There were) little things that I would think were normal because I didn’t feel something in my head.

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Maple Leafs prospect Leo Komarov will be leaving the AHL Marlies and heading back to the KHL. Darren Dreger via twitter: Komarov wants to play for the Maple Leafs when the lockout ends. Jonas Siegel via twitter: The wheels are in motion of Komarov to join Moscow Dynamo. His 1 year contract did allow have a provision to return. Komarov and the Leafs are working to ensure he’s able to return to North America if the lockout ends.

    “One of the big things is I think Leo wants to make sure that if he does leave that he can come back if the lockout ends,” said Eakins, noting a similar sentiment from the organization’s perspective.

    “No matter what happens, this kid is a good prospect, he’s worked hard to get where he’s at for a shot at the NHL. And that’s his end-game. For Leo, this is about playing in the NHL, that’s what he wants to do and I think he’s going to push for a job if it ever does start back up.”

    Komarov was drawing a $62,500 AHL salary.

    “It’s maybe that whole thing about I want to try and see if I can make it,” Komarov explained back in early October. “If not, then I’m going to live with it. But if I will stay in KHL, yeah it’s good money, it’s nice to be there, but then when I’m 40, [my kids] are going to ask me ‘Why didn’t you play in the NHL?’”

  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Matt Frattin hasn’t been cleared to play yet, waiting for medical clearance, and could return this weekend.
  • Sportsnet: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Carter and Richards trades.

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Stars could make FA splash … Nash hurt … Henrik OK … Carter may be good for playoffs … Flames UFAs … Schneider says Luongo … What was Clowe thinking?

  • Jeff Klein of the NY Times: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist’s forearm injury is fine enough that he could have played last night. “I would play probably, but it’s a good opportunity to get a good practice, get a little rest, and get back at it.”
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Kings forward Jeff Carter skated yesterday for 20 minutes. It’s unlikely that he’ll play on Saturday. Carter seems confident that he’d be able to return to the lineup for the start of the playoffs if they make it. “Oh yeah. I really don’t think that’s an issue. I should be good to go, with the way it has progressed over the last few days.”
  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: The Flames will have to decide if they want to bring back UFAs Scott Hannan, Tom Kostopoulos, Olli Jokinen, Lee Stempniak, David Moss and Cory Sarich.

    “I know that I’m up,” Sarich was saying the other day. “No idea whether the team is interested in having me stick around. I’m not sure if there will be other teams interested. You always want and hope that there are.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Cory Schneider thinks that Roberto Luongo should be their starter in the playoffs.

    “He’s the guy who got us to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals last year, not me,” Schneider said of Luongo. “He’s clearly earned the right to [start the playoffs], both through his performance and his history and experience.

    “I don’t see why they wouldn’t start him.

    “I’ve seen [Luongo] up close for two seasons now, and I have no doubt that when the playoffs start, he’ll be ready to go and he’ll be ready to raise his game.”

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks have reached a verbal agreement with Swedish goalie, Viktor Fasth. He will sign with the Ducks after the World Hockey Championships. The Ducks wouldn’t confirm the report. The 29 year old had a 23-21 record with a 2.12 GAA and .913 SV% with AIK this past season.

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Carter’s return unknown … Boychuk injured … Jones wants to stay … Selanne to know by July 1st … Milbury’s Crosby comments

  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: When Kings forward Jeff Carter will be able to return is still not known. According to GM Dean Lombardi, Carter’s ankle is going to be sore for a while. Ideally the Kings would like to keep Carter off the ice until the playoffs start, but they are still no guaranteed a spot.
  • Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk had to be helped off the ice as he appeared to injury his left knee. He was seen limping around after the game, but was at least walking on his own. More will be known today.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward David Jones doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the team next season. Jones will be a UFA, and despite wanting to sign an extension by now, the Avs rarely do contracts in-season.

    “It’s unfortunate they don’t do any of their signings during a season,” Jones said Tuesday, the Avs’ fourth consecutive day without a game. “Which is fine, and just something you have to adjust to. But you can’t really think about that too much right now. We still have games to play and have a hope we can make the playoffs.”

    Jones currently makes $2.5 million and could get a deal in the $ to $4 million range. Jay McClement will also be a UFA and would like to return but added “it’s out of my hands.”

  • Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Despite not being close to 100%, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will play out the season. Ondrej Pavelec and Evander Kane are both RFAs at the end of the year. “Not really. I’m just focusing on finishing the season strong,” the goaltender said. “There’s going to be a lot of time to think about it.”
  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash doesn’t know if he’ll play for Team Canada at the World Championships due to his “bumps and bruises.”
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: There is nothing new on Ducks Justin Schultz’s situation, and sources are saying there won’t be any decision for awhile. Schultz plans to remain in school to finish the year.
  • Jeff Miller of the OC Register: The Ducks competitiveness for next season will play a part in whether Teemu Selanne will return for another season.

    “The good thing is the Ducks don’t have to do much (in the offseason),” Selanne insisted despite the team missing the playoffs. “That’s always very important to me. I’m going to see (general manager) Bob (Murray) after the season to get his view about this team and the future.”

    If Selanne is going to retire, he said he will let the team know by July 1st.

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: The Oilers have 10 pending free agents, 7 are restricted. It’s unlikely that Linus Omark will be back next year. Since he’s a RFA, they will likely have to qualify him before trying to trade him. If the Oilers draft Mikahil Grigorenko and bring in Anton Lander, they may look to trade Eric Belanger and his $2 million salary. The Oils will have to make a decision on Darcy Hordichuk. Ryan Smyth situation remain in question. Goalie Devan Dubnyk is one of their RFAs.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN (mailbag): The Wild need to find some offense going forward. The Wild will go after Zach Parise if he hits the open market, but will be joined by the Red Wings, Rangers and others. The Flames aren’t interested in a “Edmonton-style rebuild,” but there will be changes. LeBrun thinks the Flames need to sit down with Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff and have “The Chat.” LeBrun doesn’t think Dion Phaneuf is not captain material and their top 6 forwards are too small. They need a #1 goalie, #1 center and some spare parts. Ducks GM Bob Murray has some big offseason decisions to make regarding his core group. LeBrun doesn’t think they should trade Ryan Getzlaf as they’d spend the next decade trying to replace him.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Mike Milbury’s comments about Sidney Crosby:”Little goody two-shoes [Crosby] goes into the corner and gives a shot to [Brayden] Schenn,” Milbury said. “Schenn was late to the party, he should have turned around and drilled him right away, but I guess better late than never. So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into these scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff.’ He couldn’t help himself because there’s a little punk in Crosby. He’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I’d say screw him, hit him.”

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Price has headaches, concussion? Hall to have surgery today … Myers out … Wisniewski to return … Quincey suspendion video

  • Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out: Radio-Canada is reporting that Canadiens goalie Carey Price has a concussion, but as of last night the Canadiens were disputing that. The Canadiens say that he is having headaches, but hasn’t been diagnosed with a concussion just yet. He’ll go through some tests this week to see what is causing the headaches. Price collided with a teammate Thursday morning and hasn’t felt the same since. It is possible that his season could be over. A Radi0-Canada reporter apparently overhead the Canadiens doctor on his cell phone talking to their head athletic therapist.
  • LA Kings via twitter: Kings forward Jeff Carter had an MRI yesterday which revealed a deep bone bruise and no structural damage. He’ll be out day-to-day.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets center Kyle Wellwood is out with a broken ankle. Wellwood was hit in the foot by a Grant Clitsome’s shot. Wellwood set a career high with 47 points this season.
  • Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey was suspended for elbowing.

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