Posts Tagged Jochen Hecht

Morning Hits: Hecht, Miller, Babcock, Stars, Atkinson, Nichushkin, Skinner and Clarkson

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Jochen Hecht retired from the NHL last night.

    “It’s best for everybody to start a new life. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve got some great memories. I lived here and loved this place for 10 years, 11 years, and Buffalo became a second home to me.

    “Buffalo has been like a second home for everybody. I was fortunate enough to play my first game in Buffalo with St. Louis, and I played my last game in Buffalo. It’s kind of full circle, came around. It was a lot of fun.”

    Sabres goalie Ryan Miller may have played his last game in a Sabres uniform.

    “Everything comes to an end. It’s not always clean and easy. Most of the time, it’s little bit dirty and not any fun. It was hard to watch these guys kind of leave a team one by one, but it’s the nature of sports, nature of life. You can’t just hold on to something that’s not sustainable. Everything becomes stagnant if you’re always trying to hold on to one thing.

  • Darren Dreger: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that rumors of him being Red Berenson’s successor at the University of Michigan are not true. He has two years left on his Red Wings contract and is happy being the Wings coach.
  • Bruce Garrioch: If the Stars decide to make a GM change, Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill is the top candidate.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets sign forward Cam Atkinson to a 2-year, $2.3 million contract extension.
  • Alessandro Seren Rosso: Valeri Nichushkin was traded to Dynamo for $10 million. He’s on a two-year contract with an out-clause after one year, $2 million per year. Slava Malamud: There will be no Nichushkin next year, and likely for 2014-15. TJ ОвечкиH: Russian Media saying that Nichushkin was traded without his knowledge. Could trigger his decision to leave to the NHL.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on restructuring their blue line: ”We need to be a lot harder to play against. We made it too easy for opponents.”
  • Chip Alexander: Rutherford said that Jeff Skinner at center was an “experiment” but liked what he saw. Creates another option for next season.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils David Clarksonwill be a UFA and he may get some offers to convince him to sign with someone else. There has been lots of speculation that the Maple Leafs will be interested.

    “I don’t know where I’ll be. I have no idea what will end up happening,” Clarkson told The Star-Ledger today. “There haven’t been any negotiations between Mr. (Lou) Lamoriello and my agent. I’ve had no decisions to make yet.”

    “I love playing here. My daughter is from here. I’ve loved my time here,” Clarkson pointed out. “What better situation could there be? I have a coach (Pete DeBoer) I’ve had since I was young who I believe, besides my father, has been the biggest part of my hockey career. And Mr. Lamoriello was the first GM to give me an opportunity.”

  • Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight. Robin Lehner could start on Sunday.

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Buffalo Sabres Have Some Decisions to Make: Miller, Vanek, Pominville, Regehr, Leopold, Hecht and Stafford

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: The Sabres currently sit near the bottom of the league. Gleason thinks the Sabres should consider trading Ryan Miller (33), Jason Pominville (30) and Thomas Vanek (29). All will be unrestricted free agents after next season. Miller:

    “I want the situation to be that we’re in a position to win a Cup sooner than later,” Miller said. “That’s ideal.”

    “Do a couple of pieces need to come in? Or do they need to develop? How long is it going to take?” Miller said. “They are things you have to evaluate as you see decisions management makes to give you a timetable. Right now, yeah, it seems longer. But you have the trade deadline, the draft.

    “Do we become a younger team or do we become a team that’s going to build and try to get this core group of guys a chance to move forward? Or are we not the core anymore? Who knows? They’re not decisions we make. We react off management and circumstance.”

    Vanek added:

    “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Vanek said. “Stay here or move on? At the end of the day, it’s the team’s decision. I haven’t heard from them. But, yeah, you think about different situations.”

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The NHL trade deadline is less than three weeks away. Pending Sabres free agents Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and Jochen Hecht should get some interest, and the same with Drew Stafford. It will be interesting to see what they do with Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.

    “These are things that obviously are tough,” Pominville said prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. “Everyone has different situations. Guys have families. Some guys don’t. I think the biggest thing is doing what we can on the ice to help the team and do the things you can control.

    “The other things that go around with it, I think we’re all professional enough to understand them. … Management has to control what they control. We gotta do what we can do. Right now we haven’t done enough.”

    On WGR Radio, GM Darcy Regier directly addressed the idea of moving Miller, Vanek or Pominville.

    “The reality of those three is if you were to put them on the market, they’re very desirable players,” Regier said. “Given Getzlaf’s contract in Anaheim, which is really the first big one in the new CBA, their contracts are going to be very reasonable. But right now they’re here, we expect to keep them here and build with them. Having said that, where we are, we have to be open to a lot of different things.”

    The Sabres have been scouting the Kings, Avalanche and Blues.

    Miller and Pominville have no-trade clauses where they submit a list of eight teams they will not accept a trade too. Vanek doesn’t have a no-trade. Regehr has a full no-trade clause.

  • Darren Dreger talks about Ryan Miller.

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Flames to talk to Iginla … O’Reilly waiting in Russia … Might be the end for some … Hecht signs with Sabres

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is in the last year of his 5 year, $35 million deal, and GM Jay Feaster won’t waste any time addressing the situation.

    “We determined internally the first day of camp we’re going to address that right off the hop and ask Jarome to do the same,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster.
    “We want to make sure everybody (in the media) is there, address it all at that time, and then neither party will talk about it again. Will that stop questions in Detroit and Colorado about it? No, but in saying that, it gives Jarome the ability to say he’s sorry but he already addressed it and won’t talk about it.”
    “Jarome has a contract. Donnie and I will sit down and proceed to see if we can get something done. In the meantime, we have a season to get ready for.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: RFA Ryan O’Reilly will remain with Magnitigorsk of the KHL until he receives an offer from the Avalanche.
  • Mike Chambers via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly’s agent Mark Guy: “All that I can say at this time is that we are having ongoing discussions.”
  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Eric Fehr is on his way to Winnipeg, but not to join the jets. He’s still looking for a job, and if he can’t find one in the NHL, he’ll head back to Finland.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: There are more than 50 players that are unsigned, and most may not play again, including Andrew Brunette and Brian Rolston. Other players whose careers may be over: Jason Blake, Mike Knuble, Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Dwayne Roloson and Sean O’Donnell.

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Player notes involving: Del Zotto, Nash, Braun, Stuart, Koivu, Hecht, Smyth, Hartnell, Hamerlik, Murray and Scheifele

  • Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Saku Koivu has been skating with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. He owns a part of the team, along with his brother Mikko and Miikka Kiprusoff. Sources are saying that he won’t be suiting up for them right away, maybe not until after Christmas or possibly only if the NHL season is cancelled.
  • Ottawa Sun: Free agent forward Jochen Hecht signed a 2 year deal with Adler Mannheim of the German league. Hecht had spent the last  nine seasons playing for the Sabres.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Smyth hasn’t played during the lockout, but it’s possible that he joins Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The Canadians could also have forwards Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Brooks Laich, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Sam Gagner, Jamie Benn and Tyler Ennis. Along the blueline they could have Stephane Robidas, Jared Spurgeon and Andrew Ference. In net, Jonathan Bernier could be an option.
  • Ottawa Sun: Flyers Scott Hartnell doesn’t think any of Roman Hamrlik’s Capitals teammates will stick up for him on the ice after the comments Hamrlik has made during the lockout.

    “I don’t think anyone other than Roman Hamrlik in Washington — a guy who has made $50-to-$60 million from the (NHL Players’ Association) — has turned on us. You’re going to have guys like that,” Hartnell told the radio station. “I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him. To sell the whole PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be tough.”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray’s agent, Rick Valette, told the Columbus Dispatch that Murray’s surgery has been pushed back from yesterday to mid-January.

    “If waiting a month allows it to recover to 105 percent, that’s what we’re after. If he’s ready July 1 instead of June 1, no big deal.”

  • Terry Koshan via twitter: The Jets have said that Mark Scheifele will remain with the Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, regardless if a new CBA gets done.

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More Luongo rumblings … Ott in play … Pens looking for Letang partner … Keeping Suter’s rights … Rangers options … Flyers cost for Ryan

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Source said that Roberto Luongo to this point has declined to waive his no trade clause to go to the Blackhawks or Maple Leafs. As of today, the Panthers are the only place he’s willing to be traded to. Bob McKenzie via twitter: There’s a lot of talk about Roberto Luongo waiving/not waiving his no trade clause. McKenzie thinks that the process has yet to be that formal. He prefers Florida, but if that doesn’t work out, doors to Toronto or elsewhere are not closed. At the end of the day, Luongo has to make sure he doesn’t end up with Chicago of the AHL. Right now the Panthers and Maple Leafs think the asking price is too high. James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle thinks that Luongo may have both interest and reservations about a trade to Toronto. Doesn’t think they he’s officially said yes or no. Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline thinks Luongo is using the power of his no-trade clause to “steer” a trade to the Panthers as much as possible.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: The Penguins top priority is to find a partner for Kris Letang. A Paul Martin deal almost happened at the draft. The Penguins will be in on Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, but aren’t the favorites. Each player, like Sidney Crosby, would have to take less.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Despite teams being interested in trading for Ryan Suter’s rights, it’s likely that he’ll test the open market. Suter has given the Predators no indication that he wouldn’t re-sign with the team. If the Predators were to trade his rights, it may hamper David Poile’s attempt re-sign him. Suter is a midwest guy and likes the anonymity of playing in Nashville.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather said they will be “as aggressive as possible” in the free agent market.

    “The closer to the top you are, you have to be a little more aggressive if you want to get better,” the GM said. “If you trade, you have to give away assets, but in free agency you’re just giving away money and [taking] the chance the cap might shrink.

    “I think we’re going to try to be as aggressive as possible in the free agent market.”

    The Rangers currently have about $20 million in cap space, but need to re-sign Michael Del Zotto and Martin Biron. They’d like Zach Parise. Alexander Semin is one option, but it’s hard to see the Rangers giving him the long term deal he’s said to be looking for. Other options could be Ray Whitney, Ryan Smyth, Shane Doan and maybe Jochen Hecht. The Rangers are interested in Justin Schultz. They talked to the Coyotes about Keith Yandle but the price was too high.

  • Randy Miller via twitter: The Flyers would probably have to give up Brayden Schenn, Braydon Coburn and a 1st round pick for Bobby Ryan.

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5 possible Leafs picks … Rangers shopping Dubinsky … Pens haven’t made Staal available yet … Sabres notes … Demers out in SJ?

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: 5 players that the Maple Leafs could be interested in drafting at #5. Mikhail Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg, Matthew Dumba, Jacob Trouba and Radek Faksa.
  • Team 1200 Ottawa: Rumors out of New York are that the Rangers are aggressively shopping center Brandon Dubinsky.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: As of late last night, the Penguins haven’t informed interested teams if Jordan Staal is available or not. Several teams have already inquired. The Hurricanes will be big on Staal if he becomes available, offering multiple players. A deal won’t have to be wrapped up at the draft.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:

    “We are very active as it relates to finding ways to improve our hockey team,” Regier said during the team’s draft preview gathering with reporters. “Some of the names you hear that are out there, we’ve had conversations with those teams. I think it’s way too early to know whether or not anything will happen. There are a lot of teams like us in similar positions.”

    “More calls have gone out than I’ve been receiving but that doesn’t mean it won’t change,” Regier said. “The tendency is for this thing to ramp up as you approach the draft and when you get on the floor, it gets a little crazier.”

    “There’s some obvious guys we don’t have any interest in talking about right now and you can figure out who they are. But I make it a practice to call teams and ask them for players that I assume they’re not willing to trade, nor do they want to trade. And other GMs do the same with me.

    “You let them know if they change their mind to please give me a call and I certainly do a lot more of that now than I used to.”

    The Sabres are believed to be shopping Derek Roy. Regier thinks it may not be worth the cost to move up in the draft. They have not started negotiations with RFA Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta. Jochen Hecht has been cleared from his concussion, but it’s unlikely he’ll be back.

  • Jeff Marek via twitter: With the Sharks bringing in Brad Stuart, the odd man out on their blueline may be Jason Demers.

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Early evening rumors involving: Capitals, Sabres, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Flames and Blue Jackets

  • Jesse Spector of the Sporting News: Spector writes about 3 teams that should be sellers. Capitals – Both Roman Hamrlik and Mike Knuble could be valuable veteran additions for contenders. The Capitals are close to the cap ceiling, and have been putting players on LTIR to stay below. Alex Semin will be a UFA at the end of the year. GM McPhee needs to figure quickly what went wrong, and make some moves to free up some cap space. Buffalo – If the Sabres can find someone to take on one of their bad contracts, or get a solid return for Drew Stafford, they may make a deal. Rental players that have available are Brad Boyes, Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht. Edmonton – Ales Hemsky is their most intriguing trade candidate, but they are also trying to re-sign him. If the Oilers can find a taker for Cam Barker or Theo Peckham, they should make the deal.
  • Howard Berger via twitter: Though not certain of the magnitude, but Berger would be surprised if the Maple Leafs haven’t made a deal by late Sunday. A source has said that the Leafs have received “several” trade scenarios involving Mikhail Grabovski. Wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s dealt. Grabovski and Carl Gunnarsson are the players most often mentioned in trade talks  @NewfamousLeafer via twitter: LeBrun reported on TSN 1050 that Luke Schenn is the likely to be traded Maple Leaf.
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Rangers discussing placing Sean Avery on re-entry waivers tomorrow. Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Flames were the 1 team that was interested in Avery a month ago, but the Rangers were relucant to put him on re-entry.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: The Oilers want Ales Hemsky to decide on contract offer now, so if 2 years isn’t good enough, they have until Monday to talk to teams about a trade.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Oilers may have interest in Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot despite him being done for the year with a a broken jaw.

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State of the Buffalo Sabres: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Domenic Caruso and can be found on twitter at @D_Caruso

On February 23, 2011 the Buffalo Sabres were purchased by local owner Terry Pegula. He promised a change in Buffalo and claimed the days of not spending money were over. The change in ownership brought extreme optimism and hope for the future. Finding themselves out of a playoff spot, the Sabres stormed back with a 16-4-4 record and qualified as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs they were 1 goal away from eliminating the 2nd seated Philadelphia Flyers in game 6; only to have future Sabre Ville Leino score the overtime winner.

That summer the Buffalo Sabres lead by GM Darcy Regier made a huge splash in free agency by signing Ville Leino (6yrs/$27 million) and Christian Ehrhoff (10yrs/$40 million). They then traded for Robyn Regehr and re-signed two young core players in Tyler Myers (7yrs/$38.5 million) and Drew Stafford (4yrs/$16 million). They entered the 2011/2012 NHL season having the 2nd highest payroll among all teams

Fast forward to Feb 23rd 2012; with 22 games left in the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres find themselves 12th in the Eastern Conference, 6 points out of a playoff spot and their next two games are against eastern conference leaders the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers; not exactly where they envisioned themselves when they spent over $120 million dollars in a summer filled with promise and hope.

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Morning NHL rumors involving the Flyers, Sabres, Canadiens, Wild, Blackhawks, Islanders, Oilers and Rangers

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres are 14th in the conference, but only 8 points out. GM Darcy Regier indicated that some moves could be for both short term (playoff run) and long term (future cap room). Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht and Paul Gaustad are UFAs. Marc-Andre Gragnani (RFA) has had a disappointing season and could be moved. There has been rumors that Derek Roy has been available for most of the season. Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold have 1 year left on their deals. Regehr had waived his no-trade last year to come to Buffalo, and may not want to move again. Drew Stafford has 3 more years and might get some interest. The Oilers might have interest in Stafford. Andrej Sekera has 3 years left at $2.75 million per, and might interest some teams.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens could move pending UFAs Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli. Moen may not be moved as his agent said “he’s been given every indication that he’s in their plans.” His agent did acknowledge that a trade is still possible.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wants to make the playoffs, but he’s not going to give up the future to do so. “When you look at it historically, when you’re talking about the rental type of trades, the vast majority of time, the team trading the player with the expiring contract and picking up future considerations almost always wins,” Fletcher said.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The Blackhawks could use a goaltender immediately, and unfortunately for them, Evgeni Nabokov is currently off the market. Nikolai Khabibulin may be the only goalie available, but he’s been inconsistent and has a 1 year left with a $3.75 million.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Islanders GM Garth Snow has confirmed that Evgeni Nabokov won’t be dealt. But if someone were to overpay …
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have reportedly taken defenseman Andy Sutton off the trade market after signing him to a 1 year deal worth between $1.5 and $1.75 million. The Oilers could be dangling Cam Barker. They won’t give Ales Hemsky a new 4 or 5 year deal, but they might go 2 years. The Predators are looking for a top 6 forward, and have been dangling Jonathan Blum.

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No one has heard that Subban is availabe … Friendman’s 30 Thoughts rumors … Nothing imminent for Leafs … Coyotes update … Hedman hopes for next week

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun clarifies his comments on RDS. LeBrun talked with several teams yesterday and NONE have heard Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban’s name being available. What LeBrun said on RDS was that a team suggested it could be a possibility, though they hadn’t talked to the Canadiens. Louis Jean via twitter: All the Subban trade talk is “completely ludicrous.”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If the Canadiens end up looking for a new GM at some point, don’t count out former Avalanche GM Francois Giguere. After the Blues signed Brian Elliott to a 2 year deal, AHL goalie Ben Bishop’s name hit the rumor mill. GMs have now said that Elliott’s trade value has now gone up with his affordable deal. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is “pulling back” in his quest for a goalie and defenseman.

    “He’s made it clear that he’d rather wait than rush through a trade,” said another executive. Yzerman, via email, said, “We aren’t in a position to trade draft picks or young players for rentals.”

    Blue Jackets forwards Derick Brassard is off the market. R.J. Umberger might get some interest. A couple teams have heard that Ryan Suter is off the market. The Predators are not interested in a Ryan Ellis or Jon Blum/1st round pick for Ales Hemsky. Sabres Paul Gaustad could be a nice fit in San Jose. One GM thought Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky would fit well in San Jose. One of the reasons the Maple Leafs could be looking to move an NHL defenseman is to create room for Korbinian Holzer. Friedman has heard the Maple Leafs could consider moving Mikhail Grabovski, they are listening to offers. He’s a pending UFA and the Leafs could see the dollar amount an issue. They are also listening on Nikolai Kulemin.

  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said last night that nothing is imminent on the trade front, lots of listening. Burke added that he doesn’t have a problem keeping pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski past the trade deadline without a new contract.
  • Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic: Glendale City Council met yesterday for an update on the Coyotes situation. The mayor wonders if the NHL is asking price will force the Glendale to pay more. The NHL is trying to get $170 million for the Coyotes, Forbes says they are worth about $36 million less.

    “I think it has kept other potential buyers out of the process of trying to purchase the team and I think it is definitely impacting the financial burden that’s being asked of the city of Glendale,” she said.

    Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:

    “We bought this franchise out of bankruptcy when no one else would, and we and our owners have jointly supported its operation for more than two years now,” Daly said. “We and the city of Glendale have a joint problem and we are jointly trying to fix it.”

  • Erik Erendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who has been out since Dec. 27th with a concussion, practiced yesterday in a no-contact jersey. He’s hoping to return next Tuesday against the Capitals.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres forward Jochen Hecht has a concussion. He skated yesterday but felt awful after and headed to the doctors.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will likely get a 1 or 2 year contract extension. McKenzie said during last night’s Oilers telecast:

    “I think he’ll probably get one (a new deal). I think the way the team finishes from now to the end of the season might not make it completely ironclad.”

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Arena proposal for Markham … Zajac skating … Ward sleeps in, pays price … Kovalchuk’s x-rays OK … Hecht returns … Montoya close

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: There is a proposal for a 19,500 seat arena to be built in Markham, Ontario. Bauer chairman Graeme Roustan and real estate mogul Rudy Bratty are looking at building an entertainment/concert venue. The venue could sustain itself without an NHL team. It would be located just north of the 407 and west of Kennedy Road. The NHL doesn’t really want to relocate a team to the Toronto area at the moment. Quebec City would likely get a team first. There is another group that would like to build an arena in Vaughan, near the 407 and Hwy 27.
  • Mike Morreale of NHL.com: Devils center Travis Zajac skated by himself yesterday and today and could be 2 weeks away from joining teammates. Lou Lamoriello:

    “Travis has been released by the doctors and is in town and skated [Tuesday and Wednesday] and will continue to do that for the next week and a half to two weeks,” Lamoriello said. “If everything is on schedule as it has been, he’ll start practicing with the team in two weeks. Everything to this point has been exactly the way the doctors predicted it would be, and it feels good, but he’s certainly not there yet. It’ll take conditioning off and on the ice before he can return to practice.”

  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals forward Joel Ward slept in yesterday, missing a team meeting. He won’t be in the lineup.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk went for x-rays in Florida on his right leg, “everything was OK” according to Kovalchuk.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Jochen Hecht will make his season debut tonight for the Sabres. He’s been out all year with concussion symptoms.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Islanders coach Capuano confirmed that goalie Al Montoya is getting close to returning. Further update should be coming later today.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Capitals. Shultz, Semin and Perreault are in. Ward and Erskine are out.

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Grabovski could cost the Leafs … Devils looking at Gagner? Injury updates on Crosby, Keith, Hecht, Malone, Hemsky and Enstrom

  • Mike Brophy of Sportsnet: Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski is in the final year of his contract where he earns $3.1 million, with a $2.9 million cap hit. Grabovski could easily command $4 – 4.5 million deal for 5 or 6 years. Phillippe Dupuis, John-Michael Liles and Jonas Gustavson will also be UFAs.

    “It depends on if he wants to stay in Toronto or if he wants to test the market and go to the highest bidder,” said one agent. “If he stays in Toronto he’ll probably take a little less than what he could get if he goes to another team.”

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: If Sean Avery is claimed off re-entry waivers, the new team would owe him 25%, the Rangers 25% and the Stars 50%.
  • Elliotte Freidman of CBC Sports: There were rumors that the Stars may be looking to trade Brendan Morrow, but he has a no-trade clause, and hasn’t been asked to waive it as of yet.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: The Oilers have a glut of centers and have moved Sam Gagner to the wing. The Devils are thin down the middle at the moment and may have already asked the Oilers about Gagner. The Oilers would reportedly want a young defensive prospect in return, possibly Matt Taormina or Alexander Urbom. They may also require a roster winger and draft pick.
  • Alan Robinson in the Globe and Mail: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ruled himself out for this weeks games. November 11th is likely the earliest he’d return. He won’t be cleared for game action until doctors feel he can handle contact during practice. There hasn’t been much practice time for the Penguins lately.

    “It’s not just an automatic thing,” Crosby said. “To go through hitting is a big step. I just want to make sure I get through that. It’s the most important thing — however long that takes. I don’t want to get too far ahead. I just want to make sure it goes well and (I) give myself the best chance to handle it.”

  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres have put Jochen Hecht on the IR.

    “We’ve shut Jochen down at different times,” Ruff said. “If the doctors feel it’s best to shut him down for a period of time, we’ll shut him down. It’s really in their hands. It isn’t up to our medical staff, and it isn’t up to Jochen. We’re under some guidance, and we’ve got to trust what our people are telling us.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: Lightning forward Ryan Malone had X-rays on his upper body injury after Saturday’s game against the Jets, which were negative. He’s day-to-day and may not play tonight against the Hurricanes.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Ales Hemsky could return in a week, and the Oilers will have to figure out what to do with Linus Omark, who’s been a healthy scratch for 5 consecutive games. He would have to clear waivers since he’s played over 60 games. The Hurricanes are looking for forwards.

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