Posts Tagged Joffrey Lupul

NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Injuries: Jets, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Blues, Maple Leafs and Sabres

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is finished for the season with a torn muscle.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Andrew Ladd missed last night’s game and he could be finished for the year as well according to Paul Maurice.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets top 9 injuries: Nathan Horton, Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger has an upper-body injury and will be out “for probably at least a couple of weeks” according to Todd Richards.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin who had been bothered with a lower-body injury has been cleared to play two games ago.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green missed practice with an upper-body injury.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Alex Steen remains day-to-day, no update yesterday.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul will have knee surgery and is will be out three weeks.
  • AP in ESPN: Sabres Chad Ruhwedel and Nathan Lieuwen will be out for the remainder of the season with concussions. Christian Ehrhoff status for tonight is not known after taking a puck to the ear. Marcus Foligno (knee), Chris Stewart (lower-body) and Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed) could return tonight.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Cam Fowler “will play this week” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

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NHL Rumors: Devils, Islanders, Blues, Jets, Maple Leafs, Gilmour and the Bruins

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: It’s very likely the Devils will make a strong attempt to sign Cory Schneider to a long-term contract. His deal expires after next season. If they are not able to sign him to an extension, they could look to trade him before the start of next season and possibly re-sign Martin Brodeur.  Schneider has said he’s not sure if he’d sign an extension this summer if an offer was fair or if he’d rather play out next season. Miller spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Liut. (many questions/answers in link above)

    Q: That sounds like you might think Schneider playing out his contract could be the better route.

    Liut: We don’t know what New Jersey’s thinking. Let’s not be presumptuous. When I get into these conversations with writers, the one thing that scares me is it comes off that Cory is presumptuously deciding today that is what it’s going to be and we’re making decisions. We don’t have anything. We have a clean slate. To say that we haven’t made any decisions would be to overstate our position. There’s no offer.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov would like to continue playing for the Islanders. The Islanders and Nabokov’s camp won’t talk until after the season. He could do a one-year deal. The Isles may look to acquire a young but experience goalie to be their No. 1 next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blues Derek Roy likely won’t be back next year and they could use the $4 million that will be off the books to attempt re-sign Ryan Miller. The Jets may look to deal either Evander Kane or Dustin Byfuglien to shake up their core.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that trade talks involving Jets Evander Kane will pick up this offseason. The Jets will look to retool.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Talk of whether or not Evander Kane will be with the Jets next year has begun again. He has been in the rumor for years, dating back to 2011 and a potential deal with the Flyers. Other teams have also been part of the rumors. It’s not known if Kane has asked for a trade. Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit for the next four seasons. The Jets could keep Kane and hope that he matures both on and off the ice. The Jets could also tire of the situation and move him like the Bruins did with Tyler Seguin.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Go down the list, Nonis may be looking to dangle some guys like Lupul. Maybe he needs to shake up the core to help Bolland” … ”I think there is a strong appetite for Leaf fans, and there should be, to bring back Dave Bolland
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Maybe we need to start talking about likes of Lupul, Phaneuf, go down the list. Some of these guys that have been unable to deliver” … ”Maybe they [players mentioned in previous tweet] should be part of the discussion of change?”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”McClement for the most part has been a good player for the Leafs & mgmt will want him back.” … ”Raymond too, but you won’t get that guy back for $1 mill. He’ll be $2.5-$3.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think the Leafs believe they have players in the AHL that can step in and fill Kulemin’s role”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If I’m Nonis I’m worried. Sure I can fire the coach, but would a new guy fire up and ignite this bunch?” … ”Leiweke said to me, a few months back, that he was very supportive of hockey ops and would stay away”
  • Murray Pam: Agent Darryl Wolski is reporting that Doug Gilmour is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) to coach Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien will rest players this week. All players will travel with the team.
  • CapGeek: There will be quite a few teams that will have bonus overages this year that will be carried over to next year. The Bruins will likely have the biggest cap penalty.

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NHL Injuries: Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Blues, Devils, Senators and Ducks

  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) should be able to start skating next week. The earliest he could return to the lineup would be late in the first round.
  • Bob Duff: Red Wings GM Ken Holland indicated that Stephen Weiss is likely done for the year after many setbacks from his sports hernia surgery.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will be out three weeks with an MCL strain.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul skated in track pants yesterday morning. Not expected to play tonight.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins doesn’t expect Nail Yakupov to play again this season.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko skated yesterday.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Jordan Leopold will be in the lineup tonight. Barrett Jackman returns to the lineup, with Carlo Colaiacovo sitting.
  • Rich Chere: Both Devils Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique left last night’s game.
  • Ottawa Senators: Senators Ales Hemsky left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Frederik Andersen left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Sabres and Kings

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan McDonagh: ”He’s day-to-day, and I don’t think it’s going to be very long.”
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore said he’s ready to go, and with McDonagh out, they really need him.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is considered day-to-day.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich getting into a regular season game: ’I don’t think so, no.’
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen and Patrick Wey won’t travel with the team this week. There is no timetable for their return.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Steve Downie missed his sixth consecutive game with a head injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    “I think he’s close, but he’s not ready yet,” Berube said after Thursday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Marcus Foligno left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Was not putting any pressure on his left leg as he left the ice. David Pagnotta: Bernier will have an MRI this afternoon to find out the extent of the injury.
  • David Pollak: Kings Drew Doughty left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Hits: Nonis, Folin, Grigorenko, Arcobello, Carlyle and Clarkson

  • Kid Ish: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis delivered word to owners that this was going to be a tough year, and next year as well.” … ”The message I’m getting from the boardroom is that they’re frustrated but everyone’s fine.” … ”The reality is this team is where management projected it would be at the start of the year.”
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild have signed college UFA Christian FolinMichael Russo: GM Chuck Fletcher on Folin: ”Physically, you don’t normally have a young man coming out of college or jr that possess his physical attributes”
  • Kevin Oklobzija: Mikhail Grigorenko after his first AHL practice: ”It’s a good opportunity for me. I’ll show the new (#Sabres) GM (Tim Murray) and Ted Nolan I can maybe make the step to the NHL next season.”
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers sign Mark Arcobello to a one-year contract extension.
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”Remember when Carlyle was hired the one thing we heard was how detailed he was and how he would drive his players nuts with detail” … ”There’s either an unwillingness from the players or they’re incapable of paying attention to detail in Toronto” … ”I don’t think there’s a belief in the systems from the guys in the room in Toronto” … ”You can preach as much as you want but if the guys refuse to do it, you’re in trouble”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”Does Lupul seem like a core player to you? Certainly not this year.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”I don’t know what you do with Clarkson. Maybe they don’t have a choice and they have to bring him back.” … ”Eventually the salary doesn’t matter. He’s either helping or he’s not. The coach can’t keep putting Clarkson out there.”

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Morning Hits: Hanzal Fined, Lupul and Carlyle, Kabanov, Selanne and Talbot

  • NHL Player Safety: Coyotes Martin Hanzal was fined $5,000 for high-sticking Canucks David Booth.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul has had to move out of position from the left side to the right. Lupul said: ”It’s been tough. Ideally, I want to play left wing. That’s where I’m much more comfortable.” Hope Smoke: Lupul and Randy Carlyle had a feud in Anaheim, and it was Carlyle who insisted that Lupul couldn’t play the left side. Carlyle wouldn’t play Lupul on the left side, and the Ducks traded to him to Leafs where he became an all-star left winger.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders have loaned Kirill Kabanov to MoDo of the SEL according to reports.
  • Eric Stephens: Looking like Ducks Teemu Selanne will not play today against the Blues. Resting Selanne in back-to-back games.
  • Gene Morris: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Cam Talbot will start today.

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Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul To Have Hearing For His Cross-Check On Patrick Eaves

  • NHL Player Safety: Maple Leafs Joffery Lupul will have a hearing on Friday afternoon for his cross-check on Red Wings Patrick Eaves.

Lupul was suspended in March last season for two games for an illegal check to the head of Lightning’s Victor Hedman.

How many games do you think Lupul should get?

(video posted by James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk)

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Afternoon Hits: Futa, Thornton and Neal, Forsberg, Dumba, Rielly, Devils Injuries, Lupul and Duchene

  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: The Sabres have asked permission to speak with Kings Director of Amateur Scouting, Mike Futa, as they continue their search for a new GM.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Bruins Shawn Thornton will get more games than Penguins James Neal, but many NHL team employees and media “insiders” think what Neal did was just as bad or worse than what Thornton did.
  • Sunaya Sapurji: According to @UffeBodin, the Predators will loan Filip Forsberg to Sweden for the WJC.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis told me that if Rielly wasn’t playing we would have to consider sending him to the WJC. It’s unlikely but we would consider” … ”Since Rielly has suddenly become a healthy scratch every game it is definitely something Nonis will look at.”
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils Lou Lamoriello said that Peter Harrold has a non-displaced fracture in his foot and will be in a cast for a week.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe worked out off-ice today and will likely practice on Thursday. Steven Gionta (ankle) is skating but not ready to practice yet. Ryan Carter (leg) and Adam Larsson (lower-body) are not skating yet.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul confirms that he’ll be in the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater thinks that Matt Duchene could be hurt or somethings as he doesn’t have his normal speed.

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Morning Hits: Lupul, Datsyuk, Johnson, Etem, Zolnierczyk, Haula and Zucker

  • Darren Dreger: Some teams could receive $20 million in TV rights, $20 million in revenue sharing and $5 million if escrow is factored in.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul said he’s ready to play tonight. He’s been out for seven games with a groin injury.
  • Joe MacDonald: The Bruins have recalled Nick Johnson from the AHL.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks have sent Emerson Etem back to the AHL.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins have sent Harry Zolnierczyk to the AHL.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild have sent Erik Haula back to the AHL and recalled Jason Zucker.

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Injury Notes: Orpik, Eriksson, Staal, Petry, Timonen, Horton, Beauchemin, Hejda, Zidlicky and Lupul

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Brooks Orpik was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and was alert and conscious. Orpik left the hospital and is traveling back to the Pittsburgh with the team. Dan Bylsma: ”I think he was out on the ice for a period of time, so I think that means he’s got a concussion, for sure.” … ”He went through a battery of tests at the hospital for various things.”
  • Katie Strang: With Rangers Marc Staal leaving last night’s game is concerning due to the significant time he’s missed with a concussion and eye injury over the past two seasons.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Jeff Petry left last night’s game after taking blow to the head.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He left after taking a cross check from Jamie Benn.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin is progressing and is hoping to return on December 15th.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Jan Hejda will miss 10-14 days with a right knee strain.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Devils Marek Zidlicky was out with a lower-body injury.

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Injury Notes: Seguin, Malkin, Kessel, Bozak, Lupul, Perreault, Beauchemin, Semin and Helm

  • James Mirtle: Stars Tyler Seguin will have some concussion testing this afternoon in Toronto and it’s not known if he’ll be able to return to the lineup tonight.
  • Josh Yohe: Penugins Evgeni Malkin has a lower-body injury and won’t play tonight.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will play tonight. Colton Orr won’t be in the lineup.
  • Josh Rimer: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is out indefinitely with an oblique strain. James Mirtle: Bozak was put on the IR.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul (groin) on if he’ll be able to play on Saturday: ”It’s too hard to say right now. I don’t want to rule anything out quite yet.”
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Mathieu Perreault is out at least two games with a lower-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Francois Beauchemin will be traveling with the team, but it’s not known yet if he’ll play.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alex Semin has been skating and feeling good, could play on their Western trip according to coach Kirk Muller.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Darren Helm has a shoulder injury and won’t travel with the team to New Jersey.

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