Posts Tagged Jeff Woywitka

Morning Hits: Champions Cup, Hybrid icing, Grabovski, Maple Leafs, Gagne, Kaberle and Woywitka

  • Chris Botta: In an internal memo, the NHL details a staff re-organization and plan to add $1 billion in national revenue in three years.
  • Chris Botta: The NHL plans on having a Champions Cup tournament with the top NHL and European teams by 2016.
  • Matt Kalman: The NHL will use hybrid icing during preseason games.
  • Chuck Gormley: Mikhail Grabovski is having visa issues and may not get to camp until the end of the week.
  • CapGeek: The Maple Leafs are paying out $5.4 million in salary and $2.5 million in cap hits for players that are no longer in their organization.
  • David Alter: The Maple Leafs will have 59 players in training camp.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Simon Gagne is still looking for a contract. He’ll wait and see what options he’ll have in the next few days.
  • Daren Millard: Tomas Kaberle said on Hockey Central @ Noon that he signed with Kladno of the Czech league over the KHL because it contains an out clause to return to the NHL.
  • Andy Strickland: Jeff Woywitka is skating with the Oilers and hoping to remain in North America. He turned down a offer from Sweden.

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Quick Hits: Escrow, Frattin, Lupul, Hovinen, Redden, Newbury, Brodin, Filppula, Caruso and Versteeg

  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Once Niko Hovinen clears through waivers, his contract will be terminated. A move could be coming. They are currently at 50 contracts with Scott Laughton. Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed is guessing that once Hovinen contract is terminated, the Flyers could be signing a forward.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: Jonas Brodin has been called up by Wild. The Wild will assess Jared Spurgeon’s health before deciding if Matt Dumba is returned to junior or not.
  • Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula has had a knee issue since playing in Finland. He’ll continue to play through it.
  • George Richards via twitter: Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said that Kris Versteeg skated today, should practice tomorrow, but is still questionable for Saturday against the Flyers.

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Quick hits: waivers, Gomez signs, Redden and Gardiner activated, White out 2-3 weeks, Eaton gets ETO

  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner will be back in the lineup tonight. Korbinian Holzer was sent down to the Marlies.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Ian White will be out 2-3 weeks after having surgery for a deep cut this morning. Jakub Kindl will be back on Friday.
  • Katie Carerra via twitter: Capitals Mike Ribeiro won’t be disciplined or fined for his comments about last night’s officiating.
  • Lance Hornby via twitter: Toronto Marlies defenseman Paul Ranger is out with a concussion. 5 Marlies defenseman have been hurt or called up in the last 10 days.

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Quick hits on: Blue Jackets, Ott, Harding, Hurricanes, Avery, Bertuzzi, Radulov, Sharks and Prust

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said that ownership has been very supportive so far, and that trade talks have become more focused. He also noted that he’s received lots of “creativity” in trade interest with several of their players.
  • Kevin Allen via twitter: There may be more interest in Stars Steve Ott if he wasn’t making $3.2 million next year.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Wild have recalled goalie Matt Hackett due to a Josh Harding minor injury. It’s not trade related.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he did not set a deadline day for re-signing Tuomo Ruutu. Some assumed that he did since he mentioned he expected a decision by mid-week. Rutherford added: “We’ve worked very hard on it and gone as far as we can go. We’re hoping he’s staying and will get a positive answer from him.” He also said he didn’t expect to be active leading up to the deadline. “I say that now, but you can get surprised.” The Hurricanes also hope to get Joni Pitkanen back in the lineup in the next 10 days.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: One of the Sharks star players wouldn’t be opposed to them adding Sean Avery, saying the veterans could handle him. Sharks management may not be on the same page as their star player though.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: From Cotsonika’s interview with Sharks GM Wilson, he said that the early deals are the best but “sellers can sometimes dictate that if they’re going to put a guy on the market or not.” In other words, Wilson may prefer to make a big deal in the summer.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have begun talks with pending free agent Brandon Prust. Other Rangers free agents are Ruslan Fedotenko, Martin Biron, Steve Eminger, John Mitchell and Jeff Woywitka.

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Kings and Canadiens coaching situation … Ruutu ignore rumors … Injury notes on Boyle, Little, Lehtonen, Giroux, Couturier, Armstrong and Michalek

  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: The Kings are expected to announce the hiring of new head coach Darryl Sutter sometime today. He’s expected to make his Kings coaching debut on Thursday against the Ducks.
  • Kevin Allen via twitter: The Canadiens CEO Molson said that the “ability to express himself in both French and English” will be “very” important when they are looking to pick their next head coach.
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu will be an UFA at the end of the season, and is trying to ignore the trade rumors. “I just live my life day by day,” he said, smiling again. “I don’t think I’m the only player with my name out there.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Flyers have made plenty of trades with the Hurricanes in the past, so they could target Bryan Allen or Tim Gleason. The Oilers could use a puck moving defenseman. The Oilers could move Ales Hemsky at the deadline if they decide not to re-sign him. They could get a prospect defenseman and a draft pick. Matheson wouldn’t be surprised if the Oilers were looking at Slava Voynov of the Kings.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said he’s been playing with a broken foot since Nov. 10th. “My game is skating and I was definitely a step behind for many of those games and a little slower out there. I didn’t have the energy to get into every play,” he said. “It’s a factor. I don’t want to sit here and make excuses.”
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets center Bryan Little blocked a shot off his foot on Saturday and his day-to-day. They will see today if he is able to go. Antti Miettinen skated with Tanner Glass and Jim Slater and should get into to his first Jets game.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has missed 9 games with a groin injury, but is targeting to return after Christmas. “First I have to have a couple more days just with the goalie coach,” Lehtonen said. “Then I need to start skating with the team and have a couple of those days, and then after that, we’ll see when I play. We haven’t talked about any dates, but probably sometime around Christmas.”
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A source has said that Flyers forward Sean Couturier is only sore, and not concussed after taking a Kimmo Timonen shot off the head.
  • Tony Ambrogio via twitter: Maple Leafs winger Colby Armstrong is out with a concussion that he suffered on Saturday after a collision with Ryan Kesler.
  • Brent Wallace via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek is still listed as day-to-day. It is possible that he skates today, but not definite. Ian Mendes via twitter: Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar are both expected to play tonight against the Sabres.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on contact drills: “Close, in a few days if everything goes well.”
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Steve Eminger is out 8 weeks. Jeff Woywitka is questionable for tonight. Tim Erixon will be recalled as insurance.

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Betts sent back to Philly … Colaiacovo may have concussion … Malkin out last night … Dumbfounded by Turris … Bouchard suspended 2 games

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Blair Betts has been sent back to the Flyers after being claimed by the Canadiens last week. The NHL ruled that Betts was damaged goods with a “lower-body injury.”

    “While it is clear that both clubs have acted in good faith in this unique situation (waiver claim), I am not prepared to dispute the conclusion of the Montreal club doctors that Mr. Betts was physically unfit to play at the time of the claim,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Therefore, it is my decision that, per league bylaws, the appropriate resolution to this matter is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the waiver claim on Oct. 5.”

    The Flyers put Ian Laperriere on LTIR. The Flyers are at the max of 50 contracts. Sean Couturier won’t count until his 11th game.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have assigned Brendan Bell to the AHL. Defenseman Tim Erixon remains with the team. Jeff Woywitka will practice with the team today.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: NHL managers and scouts are dumbfounded by Kyle Turris trying to get a deal for $3 million or $4 million a year.

    “Is he trying to force a trade? Does he just not want to play there? Does he not like the style of game (coach) Dave Tippett has and figures he’d be better someplace else?” asked one NHL executive.

    Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. They are without Marc Staal at the moment and aren’t likely to be wanting to trade a defenseman.

  • BD Gallof via twitter: Gallof is starting to think that Evgeni Nabokov will be put on waivers eventually. He didn’t have a good preseason, but it would depend on DePietro’s health this month.
  • Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard was suspended for 2 games for high-sticking Matt Calvert.

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Friday morning notes on Boogaard, Turris, Doan, Fisher, Havlat, Connolly, Campoli, Erixon, Hanzal and Kesler

  • Abby Simons of the Star-Tribune: A judge has thrown the charge of felony third-degree sale of a controlled substance against Derek Boogaard’s brother Aaron. Aaron didn’t buy the painkillers for Derek, he was only holding onto them. He’s still being charged with interfering with a death stance. Aaron admitted that he flushed painkillers down the toilet before paramedics had arrived at Derek’s.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There is still no progress between Kyle Turris and the Phoenix Coyotes. “We continue to have discussions with the Coyotes and are positive that over time Kyle will be playing,” his agent, Kurt Overhardt, told on Wednesday. “Kyle is in great shape and training hard in B.C.” The Coyotes are hoping to sign Shane Doan to a contract extension before he becomes a UFA at season’s end. Predators Mike Fisher will likely miss the first 2 games of the season. Marty Turco still hopes to catch on with a team.
  • Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun: On injured Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly: “I’m not anticipating him playing Saturday, if he does it’s a bonus,” coach Ron Wilson said Thursday morning. “But if he comes to me and says he wants to play Saturday, if he thinks he’s ready, then he’ll probably play.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli left in the 2nd period last night, he’ll be re-examined today. Mike Cammalleri was sounding like it’s serious.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Defenseman Tim Erixon will make his debut with the Rangers. Recently acquired Jeff Woywitka may not play at all in Europe. Mats Zuccarello will start on a line with Derek Stepan and Wojtek Wolski.
  • TSN via twitter: Canucks Ryan Kesler could be back in 5-6 games according to GM Mike Gillis.

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Twitter notes involving the Maple Leafs and Gagner, Sabres, Jets, Rangers, Wild, Kings and Panthers

  • Damien Cox via twitter: Persistant chatter that the Maple Leafs are interested in Sam Gagner of the Oilers. A defenseman would head to Edmonton.
  • Luke DeCock via twitter: DeCock wonders that if Gagner his available, would he fit in Carolina, and what would it cost them?
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: If Connolly comes off the IR on Saturday, the Leafs will need to clear a roster spot. Matt Frattin and Jake Gardiner don’t need to clear waivers. Dupuis needs to clear waivers. Waivers or a trade coming for the Leafs?
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Answering my question on whether Jonathan Bernier will start somewhere this year, he gave a multiple choice answer: 1) next season 2) traded at deadline 3) Quick has unforeseen slump. He sees Quick starting 56 games and Bernier 36 games.

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