Posts Tagged Johan Hedberg

Quick Hits: Canada Lines, Datsyuk, Peters, MacDermid and Hedberg

  • Stephen Whyno: Team Canada lines without John Tavares: Kunitz-Crosby-Bergeron, Benn-Getzlaf-Perry, Marleau-Toews-Carter, Sharp-Duchene-Nash/St. Louis.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk will stay in Russia for a few days before returning to the to Wings practice next Tuesday.
  • Michael Smith: The Hurricanes send Justin Peters to the AHL on a conditioning stint. They play back-to-back this weekend.
  • Wes Gilbertson: The Flames have suspended Lane MacDermid after he didn’t report to the AHL after the AHL all-star break.
  • Tom Gulitti: The AHL Albany Devils have released goalie Johan Hedberg.

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Morning Notes: 2018 Olympics, Burrows, Hedberg, Avalanche and Daly Talks Seattle

  • Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: The NHL will come to a decision on whether they will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea within the next six months according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

    “I can tell you, (a decision) shouldn’t take all that long,” said Daly, soon after arriving with the NHL contingent for what many believe could be the league’s last involvement with the Olympic Games. “It’s part of a broader discussion with the players association about what we’re doing internationally. That discussion is under way. I would anticipate a fairly quick resolution with respect to the Olympics – six months.”

  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks coach John Tortorella said that Alex Burrows has a sprained hand from his fight with Phil Kessel and he is hoping that he’ll be ready to by the 19th. Tortorella on their injuries:

    “It’s awful sitting on the losing streak but, more important, it’s trying to get some health back. Hopefully Henrik will be ready to go. There is a long list of them here. I don’t want to use that as an excuse. We just have to be a better team. I am preparing a bit of a training camp for those first four days, the 19th-22nd. The way I’m approaching it when it our guys come back, it’s a clean slate. It’s a 22-game schedule and we’re in the fight of our life here. We let a lot of people back in. It’s not just one or two teams, it’s a number of teams.”

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils have signed Johan Hedberg to a PTO with the Albany of the AHL and will be their second goalie as Keith Kinkaidrecovers from his groin strain.

    “Kinkaid is hurt and they needed another goalie and I was around and available, so here I am,” Hedberg said.

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: The Avalanche are looking to host a Winter Classic or Stadium Series at Coors Field. The Colorado Rockies have said they are in talks with the Avalanche and the NHL.
  • Cam Tucker of Pro Hockey Talk: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on the possibility of expansion to Seattle.

    “When that happens, I think Seattle will certainly be an intriguing marketplace from the league’s perspective,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently told the Seattle Times.

    “I think we have a belief in the Pacific Northwest. It being good hockey territory. I think, obviously, the Canucks have done a fantastic job — in Vancouver, but also throughout British Columbia and the Pacific region — at driving interest in the sport.

    “So, we think the possibility is there. It’s kind of more obvious than some of the other areas. It doesn’t mean we’ve done our due diligence. We’d need to satisfy ourselves on the marketplace, but just the objective factors around the marketplace suggest Seattle would be a good hockey market.”

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Morning Rumors: Weber, Hurricanes goalie situation, Stastny and Brodeur

  • Dave Isaac: “You know why Nashville won’t trade Weber? Because as of July 1, they’ll have paid him 38% of a contract that he’s only completed 14% of.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Hurricanes could look to the free agent market as Cam Ward is out three to four weeks and Anton Khudobin still on the IR. Free agent targets could be Jose Theodore, Rick DiPietro, Johan Hedberg and Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Paul Stastny will be a UFA at the end of the season and thought was that he’d be trade bait at the trade deadline or sign elsewhere at the start of free agency. Patrick Roymay have other hopes though.

    “It’s a beautiful problem to have,” Roy said. “I’d rather deal with this than having no centers. Honestly, it hasn’t been a problem so far. Everybody is having their share of ice time. We’re very lucky. You look at all the teams at the top of the standings, they all have three very good centers and four good lines. When you build a team, you want to build it (up) the middle.”

    Stastny’s agent said there have been no talks, and they are fine with that.

    “Whether it’s in the back of my mind or not, it’s something you can’t really worry about,” said Stastny, a former University of Denver star. “It’s out of your control. If you’re part of the solution, then you are. If you’re not, you’re not. I’m just having fun with this team right now and doing anything I can to help it win.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox wonders now that Martin Brodeur appears to the be the backup in New Jersey, is it time for him to moved on? “But now he’s No. 2 and the team is going nowhere. It’s not hard to project that some team, a contender, would be more than happy to have Brodeur, who’s $4.5 million contract expires this season, on the bench as insurance when the playoffs begin. Pittsburgh? Boston? Montreal? Detroit? Washington? Heck, the Carolina Hurricanes, with Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin out with injuries, could use him now.”

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Morning Hits: Biron, Asham, Hedberg, Kaleta, Yip, Deveaux and Rajala

  • Steve Zipay: The Rangers put Martin Biron and Aaron Asham on waivers. Asham cleared waivers in the offseason. Bob McKenzie: Cam Talbot will be recalled to replace Biron. Andrew Gross: Biron isn’t ruling out retirement. Will talk to his family. Alain Vigneault said that a decision was made on Biron purely on his play and not his $1.3 million hit. The Rangers haven’t contacted Johan Hedberg.
  • Darren Dreger: Sabres Patrick Kaleta will have his in-person hearing today at 2:00 PM.
  • Igor Eronko: Andre Deveaux has signed a one-year deal with KHLs Avtomobilist.
  • Igor Eronko: Toni Rajala signed with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League.

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Afternoon Hits: Panthers, Cheveldayoff, Redden, Hedberg, Rangers, Blacker and Biggs

  • John Shannon: NY Post reporting that the Panthers are on the verge of being sold. Barry Jackson: Sources saying NY businessman Vincent Viola is working on a deal to buy the Panthers. Not done yet.
  • Stephen Whyno: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff signed a contract extension.
  • Darren Dreger: Defenseman Wade Redden is waiting for a deal, skating with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
  • Chris Kuc: Red Wings Teemu Pulkkinen will have a hearing tomorrow for his hit on Blackhawks Mike KostkaIn person hearing so it could be more than five games.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers assigned four to the AHL: Brendon Nash, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell and Michael St. Croix.
  • Mike Brophy: The Maple Leafs assign Jesse Blacker and Tyler Biggs to the AHL.

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Morning Hits: Brodeur, Brunner, Grabovski, Gill, Schroeder, Biron, Bigras, Hossa and Toews

  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it’s all quiet on the trade front.
  • Rich Chere: Devils coach Peter DeBoer named Martin Brodeur as his opening night starter. TSN Radio: Bob McKenzie on the radio said that the Devils will have a fairly even split of games between Brodeur and Cory Schneider this year.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils coach Peter DeBoer is considering playing Damien Brunner on Thursday against the Islanders.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Mikhail Grabovski expects to play in the Capitals game on Friday against the Blackhawks.
  • Sam Carchidi: Carchidi thinks Hal Gill has a 25% chance of making the Flyers.
  • Brad Zimer: Jordan Schroeder could be the Canucks third line center.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Martin Biron on competing for the backup job with Johan Hedberg: ”I think the urgency is to new coaching staff…I want to show them what I can bring to the team.”
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs signed Chris Bigras to an entry level deal.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Marian Hossa will likely play on Thursday. Jonathan Toews likely won’t play until the weekend.



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Morning Hits: Blues, Barrie, Coyotes, Hedberg and Biron

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Before Alex Pietrangelo’s press conference, GM Doug Armstrong, coach Ken Hitchcock and Pietrangelo were standing in a circle talking. Armstrong jokingly said: ”This might be the best team I’ve ever been associated with and the only thing that can screw it up is coaching.”
  • Adrian Dater: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that defenseman Tyson Barrie would be used in a top-four role to start the season, barring a bad rest of camp.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett expects to have their camp roster down to 40 by Tuesday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If Johan Hedberg beats out Martin Biron for the Rangers backup, they could look to trade Biron rather than taking on the extra $375,000 salary cap for sending him the AHL.

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PTO Notes: Thomas, Bryzgalov, Hedberg and Malhotra

  • Darren Dreger: The Panthers are waiting to hear back from Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov. They can’t have both, but are intrigued to see if either could earn a roster spot through a camp invite. The Panthers believe that Jacob Markstrom is ready to be an NHL starter, but GM Dale Tallon doesn’t like to miss an opportunity.
  • Andrew Gross: Johan Hedberg will attend Rangers camp on a PTO.
  • Dan Murphy: Manny Malhotra is still without a contract or PTO.

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Morning Hits: Hedberg, Datsyuk, KHL Salary Cap, Burakovsky, Jarry and Howse

  • Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg said that he doesn’t have any firm offers yet, but is willing to wait. Tom Gulitti: He has been talking with the Devils about an off-ice job, ”nothing is concrete” yet.
  • Igor Eronko: Pavel Datsyuk’s apartment in Russia was ransacked with about $50,000 in damages.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: The salaries for Anton Babchuk, Alex Burmistrov, Leo Komarov, Sergei Kostitsyn, Alexander Radulov, Ruslan Fedotenko & Ilya Kovalchuk are removed from their KHL teams salary cap. They make a combined $30 million. One player for each team can be excluded from the salary cap, like a ‘star’ or ‘franchise’ player.
  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals have signed 2013 1st round pick Andre Burakovsky to a three-year entry level deal. He’ll get $832,500 in the NHL, $70,000 in the AHL.
  • Cody Nickolet: The Penguins have signed 2013 draft pick Tristan Jarry to a three-year entry level deal.

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Morning Hits: Coyotes sale, Henrique, Hedberg, Clifford, Paajarvi and Da Costa

Abbreviated ‘on the road’ morning update.

  • Craig Morgan: Bill Daly said that sale is not complete yet. Votes are still coming in via fax. Approval being pushed back until Monday.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Adam Henrique said there was “nothing new” to report with regards to a new contract.

    “Hopefully it will get done soon,” he said. “There’s no real deadline or anything.”

    “I’m not worried about it not getting done or anything like that,” he said. “There’s nothing really holding it up. It’s a matter of time. We want to make sure we get the best deal for both sides.”

    Johan Hedberg is still looking for an NHL job and has received some interest from NHL and European teams.

  • Jon Rosen: The Kings have re-signed Kyle Clifford to a two-year deal with a salary cap hit of $1.075 million.
  • James Gordon: The Senators agreed to a one-year deal with Stephane Da Costa. There had been rumors that he was close to signing with a team in Finland.


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Free Agent Hits: McDonagh, Rangers, Brunner, Zidlicky, Jagr, Red Wings, Hejduk and the Best of the Rest

  • Aaron Ward: Expect a Ryan McDonagh to sign a six year extension with the Rangers today.
  • Larry Brroks of the NY Post: The Rangers have about $12 million to sign Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Justin Falk. There may not much for Mats Zuccarello. They could fit him with the 10 percent offseason overage, but he wouldn’t have a guaranteed NHL spot.
  • The Fourth Period: The Stars have shown interest in Damien Brunner. Brunner is thought to be looking for a multi-year deal worth between $3 and $3.5 million.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils trading Henrik Tallinder to the Sabres could have been a move to clear some cap space to re-sign Marek Zidlicky. He has been waiting for the Devils and he has received some other offers. Rich Chere: Lamoriello did say that the trade doesn’t impact Zidlicky “at this point” and added that he’d like to get Zidlicky signed.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that the Senators should try to sign Jaromir Jagr. The Sens are well below the cap and it could take a $4.5 million on one year deal like he did last year. He may have his heart set on playing with the Canadiens though.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings would like to re-sign Daniel Cleary, but at the moment they have too may forwards under contract and their salary cap situation needs to clear up. They have to sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Brendan Smith. The Wings are already $700,000 over next seasons cap.
  • Adrian Dater via sulia: The Avalanche don’t really have room for him and have yet to make an offer to Milan Hejduk. Odds are that he’ll retire.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Best of the remaining free agents. Goaltenders: 1. Tim Thomas 2. Ilya Bryzgalov 3. Johan Hedberg. Defenseman: 1. Douglas Murray 2. Ron Hainsey 3. Ryan Whitney. Forwards: 1. Dan Cleary 2. Damien Brunner 3. Mikhail Grabovski.

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Free Agent Hits IV: Clarkson, Alfredsson, Emery, Flyers and Maple Leafs

  • Allan Walsh: “All NHL GM’s received a memo from the League TODAY informing them no negotiations or verbal offers allowed on pending UFA’s until tomorrow.”
  • Ian Mendes: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Eugene Melnyk has given him the “green light” to go after a top-end forward. Ideal world they could get Daniel Alfredsson and David Clarkson.
  • Darren Dreger: The Flyers, Islanders and Oilers are believed to be after Ray Emery. Blackhawks are still in talks with him.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers are out of the Tim Thomas running, still in on Emery and Evgeni Nabokov. Johan Hedberg is a wild card.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers say they are still in on a possible Jaroslav Halak trade.
  • Josh Rimer: Rimer is hearing the Maple Leafs are in talks with Mike Ribeiro, Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Wouldn’t be able to sign all three, but two could be a possibility. Tyler Bozak is still a possibility.

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