Posts Tagged Joey MacDonald

Morning Rumors: Vanek, Kings, Senators-Panthers, Tennessee Tax and MacDonald

  • Bruce Garrioch: Thomas Vanek said that he never discussed a new deal with the Sabres. No offer was made.
  • David Pagnotta: The Kings tried to make a trade to clear up room for Linden Vey. Ended up putting Keaton Ellerby on waivers to send to the AHL.
  • Kirk Luedeke: Trade talks between the Senators and Panthers? A young forward/scorer could be heading to Ottawa with a defenseman and/or goaltender going to Florida. Don’t make too many assumptions, the scoring forward may not be a “now” player but a projected scorer. Players may not be on their NHL rosters.
  • Aaron Ward: The NHLPA is looking to sue the state of Tennessee and get reimbursement for a tax that players have to pay each time they play a game in Nashville. The state introduced the tax in 2009. Players pay $2500 with an annual cap of $7500 under a “Professional Privilege Tax.” The PA believes it’s unfair and maybe unconstitutional.

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Morning Hits: Biron, Staubitz, Leafs, Blackhawks, Canucks and Flames

  • Katie Strang: Martin Biron announced his retirement. Hinted that it was possible when they put him on waivers last week.
  • Paul Hendrick: The Maple Leafs send Trevor Smith, David Broll and Carter Ashton to the AHL.
  • Tim Sassone: The Blackhawks assign Joakim Nordstrom to the AHL.
  • Rob Mixer: The Canucks recalled forward Jeremy Welsh to replace the injured Jordan Schroeder.
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames recall forward Roman Horak and defenseman Chris Breen and assign forward Blair Jones and defenseman Derek Smith to the AHL.
  • Pat Steinberg: Flames Kari Ramo will start today and Joey MacDonald will start tomorrow.

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Free Agent Hits: Whitney, Cowen, Thomas, Ranger, Brule, Weise and Winchester

  • Jim Matheson: The Hurricanes and Islanders seem like a possible fit for Ryan Whitney. He may have to take a one-year deal.
  • Gord Holder of the Ottawa Citizen: Negotiations between the Senators and defenseman Jared Cowen will pick up soon.

    “It’s fine,” Rick Valette of Octagon Sports said Wednesday from his office in High River, Alta. “(The Senators) went through free agency, and they had a lot of things going on. We agreed early in July that we’d wait for a week or three and let things settle out.

    “We have talked a couple of times, and we are going to move the process along now.”

  • Allan Muir of SI: It may be hard for Tim Thomas to find a team that needs a goalie, that can afford him and that would be a place that would make him happy. There was talk earlier that the Flyers could be interested, but they decided to go with Ray Emery and Steve Mason. The Islanders had some interest, but they could have tolled his contract. They re-signed Evgeni Nabokov and Kevin Poulin. The Flames have the cap space, but the rebuilding team will go with Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald. The Panthers and Oilers have the cap room, but they have a goalie tandem in place. Jacob Markstrom is likely the starter in Florida, but he’s on a two-way deal. The Panthers could use a boost to their credibility. Thomas may not get a big deal from them, but possibly a training camp invite.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Paul Ranger to a one-year deal ($1 million), pushing TJ Brennan down the depth chart.
  • Bob Stauffer: Gilbert Brule will attend the Coyotes training camp.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks and Dale Weise avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks have signed Brad Winchester to a one-year deal.

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Roster and Goalie Notes: Senators, Canes, Bruins, Pens, Leafs, Canucks, Devils, Caps, Panthers, Blues and Predators

  • Darren Dreger: Senators confirm that Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup tonight. Sidney Crosby is having more dental work done today. 
  • Boston Bruins: Nathan Horton not on the ice today. Last update, still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins Paul Martin is with the team. Pittsburgh Penguins: Martin won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday. Penguins: Brooks Orpik (lower-body), Joe Vitale (lower-body) and Sidney Crosby (dental work), remained in Pittsburgh. James Neal and Martin are back to full practice, but won’t play tonight.
  • Michael Traikos: Looking like both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren won’t play tonight for the Maple Leafs. Chris Johnston: McLaren has some neck soreness.
  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Keith Ballard will play forward tonight.
  • Andrew Gross: Jared Staal will be on a line with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Greening-Smith-Alfredsson; Michalek-Turris-Conacher; Condra-Zibanejad-Silfverberg; Latendresse-Pageau-Neil. Brent Wallace: Defensive pairings: Methot Karlsson; Gryba Phillips; Gonchar-Cowen.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Kostopoulos.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames lines: Cammalleri-Stajan-Stempniak; Baertschi-Backlund-Hudler; Byron-Horak-Cervenka; Reinhart-Jones-Jackman. Randy Sportak: Defensive pairing: Giordano-Wideman; Brodie-Cundari; Butler-Babchuk.
  • Stephen Whyno: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals.
  • Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues, with Jaroslav Halak backing him up.
  • Randy Sportak: Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames.
  • Preds Radio: Chris Mason will start in net for the Predators.

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Quick Hits: Jokinen, Daugavins, Merrill, Allen, Anderson, Vanek, Stafford, Letang and MacDonald

From twitter unless noted otherwise

  • Pierre LeBrun: Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers. LeBrun thinks there is a chance that someone trades for Jokinen if the Hurricanes eat a bit of his contract.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Bruins claim Kaspers Daugavin’s from the Senators.
  • Bob McKenzie: Devils prospect Jon Merrill has decided to leave the University of Michigan and has signed with the Devils. He’ll report to the AHL.
  • Steve Zipay: Source saying the Rangers are in the mix for UMass defenseman Conor Allen, who will be leaving after his junior year.
  • Ian Mendes: All three Senators goalies were on the ice this morning. Craig Anderson was taking shots. Anderson said he won’t play tomorrow, but Saturday against the Leafs is possible.
  • Sabres Thomas Vanek suffered an upper-body injury last night. He’ll be re-evaluated today. Mike Harrington: Vanek hasn’t been ruled out for Thursday. Drew Stafford will be back in for sure.
  • The Penguins have put Kris Letang back on the IR after he broke a toe last night.

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Lines and Starting Goalies: Sabres, Senators, Stars, Kings, Flames, Bruins and Canucks

  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres lines: Vanek-Hodgson-Pominville, Foligno-Porter-Flynn, Ott-Hecht-Gerbe, Scott-Grigorenko-Stafford.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Latendresse-Smith-Alfredsson;Greening-Turris-Silfverberg;Stone-Zibanejad-Neil;Condra-O’Brien-Daugavins.

John Hoven via twitter: Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames tonight.

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Leighton, Green, Samuelsson, Datsyuk, Franzen, Lehtonen and starting goalies

  • Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Scott Hartnell skated on Friday but there is no change to his 4 to 8 week timetable. He met with doctors on Friday. It’s been 3 weeks since he broke a bone in his foot. Michael Leighton is 7 to 10 days away from returning from an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson will return to the lineup today after missing the last 12 games. The odds of Pavel Datsyuk returning today are greater than 50%. He missed Friday’s game with a bruised shoulder. Johan Franzen was placed on the IR yesterday with a hip flexor. Petr Mrazek will start in net today for the Wings.
  • Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames have re-assisgned goalie Leland Irving and recalled Danny Taylor from Abbotsford of the AHL.

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Flames notes: Claim MacDonald off waivers, Kiprusoff could return on Wednesday, Cammalleri to IR

  • Roger Millions via twitter: The Flames now have 4 goalies under contract. Millions wonders if something could be happening on the trade market. Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames now have 49 contracts, something they don’t want when the trade deadline and college free-agent signing periods begin. Sportak wonders a deal is in the works.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Flames Miikka Kiprusoff is skating today and could come off the IR and play on Wednesday. McDonald is expected to be Kiprusoff’s backup.

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Morning hits: Grabovski hearing, quarter mark trends, O’Reilly, Myers and MacDonald

  • Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: Zwolinski notes on some trends in the NHL at the quarter mark. The Maple Leafs still need a big No. 1 center. The Senators are expected to make a trade for a center to fill in for Jason Spezza. The Stars may start dealing their veterans. Roberto Luongo is likely to stay in Vancouver. The NHL will expand to 32 teams at some point. Trade rumors will heat up on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Stephen Weiss and Jarome Iginla. The Oilers have lost 3 of their top 4 centers to injuries.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: If the Avalanche were to sign Ryan O’Reilly to a one-year deal and he played in six games, he would become arbitration eligible this summer. If that happened, it might land him the big contract he wants. The Avs are likely not wanting this to happen and wouldn’t offer him a one-year deal because of this. Most people that are around O’Reilly are expecting him to be dealt now.
  • Scott Brunside of ESPN: At the end of last season, Penguins GM Ray Shero pulled defenseman Paul Martin into his office and asked him if he wanted to be traded. Martin said:

    “I basically told him I have a lot of pride in what I do,” Martin told “I came here for a reason. It wasn’t just because of the money. [He had more lucrative offers.] I came here because I wanted to win a Stanley Cup.”

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#PariseWatch 3.0 … Flyers one of several teams waiting for Parise, Suter decisions … Blues looking for Dman … No Habs offer for Jagr

  • Josh Rimer via twitter: Looking like the Penguins and Blackhawks are the front runners for Zach Parise. Rimer doesn’t think New Jersey is in it anymore is they may not be able to give him the lockout protection with signing bonuses like the other teams. Dan Rosen via twitter: If the Blackhawks are able to land Parise, does Patrick Kane go on the block? Mark Masters via twitter: Pushed Parise for a timeline on and all he gave was “in the near future.” Parise denies that the Devils financial situation is a factor in the process, ‘In speaking with Lou he said that won’t be a problem.’ Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun senses that the a decision will come no later than today, he’s close. Wants to talk with his family in Minnesota first.
  • Chris Stevenson in the Toronto Sun: Money for Parise will like be similar from all teams and for close to the same length. He’s looking for around $25 million in the next calender year.

    “It’s such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything,” Parise told reporters Monday when he emerged from Newport Sports offices.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers are one of the teams waiting for Parise and Suter’s decision. Parise flew back to his home in Minnesota. The Flyers reportedly made a 12 year offers at over $80 million for both Parise and Suter. It seems like a large part of their decision is their comfort level in the city where they may sign. Several teams are having to wait until a decision from both is made, before they move on to other free agents or trades. The Flyers could still end up re-signing Jaromir Jagr or Matt Carle. The Flyers could look at Shane Doan.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues may look at trading a forward, may be a top 6 forward, for a defenseman. The are trying to find a left side defenseman through free agency, and have reached out to a couple. They are not believed to be in the Ryan Suter running, and have sent out feelers for Jason Garrison (signed with the Canucks) and Matt Carle. Carle could be looking for something in the $5 million range.  Other possibilities include Michal Rozsival, Pavel Kubina, Jeff Finger, Bryce Salvador and bringing back Carlo Colaiacovo. Trade targets could be Jay Bouwmeester and Keith Yandle, and both wouldn’t be cheap to get.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald doesn’t want to spend another year in the AHL, so the Wings are looking for a trade partner to accommodate him.

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Afternoon notes: Devils, Tambellini, Luongo, Panthers, Flames, Parise, Knuble and Red Wings

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder will be back in the Devils lineup tonight. Josefson and Harrold are out.
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: With Tomas Vokoun signing with the Penguins, and Tim Thomas taking a year off, the value from trading Roberto Luongo may have increased. The Maple Leafs had some interest in Vokoun and may now look more seriously at Luongo. The Canucks may have to take some salary back. There has been talk of Columbus being interested, but it’s not likely that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go there.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Some with SportsNet believe that Eric Veilleux is still in the mix for a Flames coaching position. He and Hartley are still close.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Zach Parise on Adam Oates getting a head coaching position: “I think he’d do great, but, hopefully, that’s not the case. Hopefully, he sticks around here.” … Sure doesn’t sound like someone planning to play for another organization next season.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings have been evaluating their roster, free agents and possible trade targets:

    “A lot can happen before June 30 (the day before free agency begins on July 1),” Holland said. “We’ve had discussions on a lot of players who could be available.”

    The Wings may be looking for a backup goalie as there have been some health concerns for Joey MacDonald (partially herniated disc). Patrick Eaves should be recovered from his concussion by training camp. GM Ken Holland will meet with Brad Stuart’s agent at the draft.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings could be aggressive this offseason, but beyond Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, there is a dropoff. Teams like the Sharks, Canucks, Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks and Predators could also be looking to make changes, making it a crowded market. Rick Nash wants out but he would cost 4 or 5 assets. The Wings brain trust will meet again shortly.

    “It was a good start,” Holland said. “We talked about a lot of players, including our own in Grand Rapids, and where some of those guys fit in. We talked about some players that we’ve heard might be available, through the rumor mill, and we looked at teams that might have cap issues.”

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Sunday morning notes: Canadiens, Sharks, Leafs, Kings, Wild, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues and Blackhawks

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Whoever is the GM of the Canadiens this summer will be in charge of re-signing RFA goalie Carey Price. He could be getting a deal in the $5.5 million to $6 million range. Senators Erik Karlsson is also a RFA and could get a deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Predators Shea Weber is also a RFA this year. Pierre McGuire is a name to keep an eye on as candidate for the Canadiens GM job if it opens up. Garrioch wonders if the Sharks would trade one of Joe Thornton of Patrick Marleau if they miss the playoffs. Many wonder if Leafs Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel will thrive under new coach Randy Carlyle. Some people think Zach Parise could land in LA on July 1st, but with Lombardi possibly panicing and making the Carter for Johnson deal, it may have lessened their chances. The Wild have emerged as the favorites. Garrioch wonders if the Leafs would take a shot at Roberto Luongo this summer. Apparently if Scott Howson is still the GM of the Blue Jackets, he plans on drafting Filip Forsberg with the #1 pick ahead of Nail Yakupov.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: One league executive on the Blue Jackets if they win the draft lottery,

    “They can’t pick a Russian so they can’t use the pick,” … “They’ll have to trade it.”

    Along with trading Rick Nash, their options are:

    1) They could keep the pick and not choose Yakupov, which would be counter-productive; 2) They could flip picks with another team, trading the first choice for another early choice, and getting an asset as well; 3) They could trade the pick to the highest bidder and begin rebuilding their team.

    If Ducks college prospect Justin Schultz becomes a free agent, they Leafs will likely chase him again. They were interested in him when talking with the Ducks about Francois Beauchemin.

  • Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a bad back. Dan Cleary has also been dealing with pain in his knee since Dec. 1st, and will need to have surgery again at some point. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s wrist is healing quick, but he’s still scheduled to return late this month. Joey MacDonald will have an MRI on his back when he gets back to Detroit.
  • Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock hass told Jason Arnott to take a week off.

    “When I watched him play (last week), I saw a guy who was protecting himself on the ice and to me he was going out of the way to get out of the way,” Hitchcock said Saturday. “I felt like there was going to be a further injury. I could see how banged up he was. … We needed to get a better player on the ice.”

    Hitchcock isn’t sure if Andy McDonald will join the team on their road trip.

  • Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Wild Mikko Koivu has been practicing the last couple days and is close to returning. “He is getting very close,” Yeo said. “But again, after talking with the doctors, we all felt it was best to hold him off for a couple more games.”
  • Tracey Myers of CSNChicago: Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews hasn’t skated in 4 days. Coach Joel Quenneville,

    “The process, I’m sure in his mind, is not a fun thing to be dealing with. You want to be optimistic; there was that stretch there where he was getting close. There’s hope, and that’re we’re at.s whe”

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