Posts Tagged Jon Merrill

Afternoon Hits: Bozak, Bryzgalov, Stamkos, Neurvirth, Merril, McQaid, Harding, Datsyuk and Duchene

  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak will return to the lineup tonight, centering Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.
  • Chris Wescott: The Oilers would like to have Ilya Bryzgalov start in either Nashville or Columbus.
  • David Alter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Tom GulittiMartin Brodeur will start for the Devils.
  • Nick Cotsonika: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has a rod in his leg and is already walking around without crutches.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Michal Neurvirth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils recall Jon Merrill. Adam Larsson has a lower-body injury. Stephen Gionta is out with an ankle injury.
  • Boston Bruins: Bruins Adam McQuaid is “getting closer” to being able return to the lineup. He could be a game-time decision.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding injury is the same as he had before the back-to-back games … spasms in the hamstring.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day and is feeling pretty good. Todd Bertuzzi is out on Wednesday.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Matt Duchene skated but didn’t practice with the team.

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Nash, Ryan, Bogosian, Lightning, Merrill, Hossa, Leafs and Semin

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash is hoping to play either Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday against the Stars.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan practiced yesterday and is feeling no ill effects from Dennis Seidenberg’s hit.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian (lower-body) had more tests yesterday to determine the extent of the injury. Looking more like day-to-day.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Mark Barberio and Keith Aulie could be ready to return to the lineup before the end of their road trip.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Jon Merrill isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup. He has “no idea” if he’ll go with the team on their road trip. Added that he feels “great” now and that he’s “not really sure” if he lost consciousness.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is day-to-day. Mark Lazerus: There is a still a chance he could play today. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be “a bit.”
  • Mark Masters: Carl Gunnarsson fell awkwardly on Friday night: “My leg went numb for a little bit but after a couple mins it was fine & then nothing this morning”
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is likely 10 days away from returning to the lineup. Dave Bolland’s status won’t be known from at least another three weeks.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser will be assessed today. Coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think it’s serious and more likely to be day-to-day than week-to-week. When asked if it’s related to his previous knee issue, Carlyle said: “It’s a lower-body [injury] & he had a lower-body [injury] before.”
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop said he left the game to get his bearings after taking a shot off his mask. He said he is feeling no ill effects.
  • Lou Korac: Hurricanes Alex Semin (upper body) left last night’s game.

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Injury Notes: Holland, Ward, Skinner, Downie, Greene, Vrbata and Wilson

  • Rich Chere: If the Devils activate Peter Holland, GM Lou Lamoriello said that Patrick Elias or Jon Merrill will go to the IR.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward did some off ice work yesterday. Chip Alexander: Ward is a little ahead of schedule with his off ice workouts.
  • Chip Alexander: Alex Semin had a maintenance day and Jeff Skinner is day-to-day.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Steve Downie skated by himself yesterday. He’s day-to-day with a concussion.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Matt Greene is a little “banged up” according to coach Darryl Sutter.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Radim Vrbata left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Ryan Wilson has a back injury, more will be known today.

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Injury Notes: Anderson, Downie, Stoll, Smith, Handzus and Merrill

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being run into by Stars Valeri Nichushkin in overtime.

    “My expectation is yes (Anderson will be out) but right now I can’t say how much (time) he (will miss),” said MacLean. “My expectation is that we play Tuesday and he wouldn’t play.”

  • John Shannon: Anderson was walking around outside the Senators locker room after the game. James Gordon: Was walking with no obvious discomfort. Ian Mendes: Coach Paul MacLean said that Anderson has a stiff neck and “everything else seems to be fine.”
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Steve Downie was released from hospital yesterday.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Jarret Stoll is day-to-day with an upper-body injury that has been bothering him for awhile.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Brendan Smith injured his shoulder on Saturday night in a fight with Oilers Will Acton. He’ll be out one to two weeks. Adam Almquist has been recalled.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Michael Handzus skated yesterday morning. Scott Powers: Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t sure when Handzus will be ready to return.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils defenseman Jon Merrill left last night’s game (his 1st NHL game) with facial lacerations and a possible concussion.

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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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Quick Hits: DeKeyser, Clarkson, Merrill and Rangers scouting Sharks-Ducks

  • Chris Peters: Source with knowledge of the Danny DeKeyser situation believes that the Red Wings, Ducks, Predators, Oilers, Blues and Lightning are the strongest contenders.
  • Todd Cordell: Dreger on TSN: There hasn’t been any meaningful dialogue between the Devils and David Clarkson.
  • Bob McKenzie: Devils prospect Jon Merrill will take a couple days before deciding his future. Finished his junior year at Michigan.
  • David Pollak: There are 2 Rangers scouts at the Sharks – Ducks game.

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Morning Rumors: Getzlaf, Perry, Hiller, O’Reilly, Iginla, Whitney, Devils, Canucks and Byfuglien

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: To LeBrun’s understanding, the Ducks will have contract talks with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the next 7 to 10 days. LeBrun thinks a Getzlaf deal will get done, but is not sure about Perry. It would be hard for the Ducks to trade Perry at the deadline considering they are challenging for first overall. LeBrun is guessing there is a real chance that the Ducks trade Perry at the trade deadline, regardless of what position they are in. LeBrun also doesn’t think the Ducks would trade Jonas Hiller this season.On the trade front:

    “Nobody wants to take any significant money back,” said one Eastern Conference GM on Monday.

    “The question I’m asking myself is why would I take on a player with three more years on his deal at $3 million or $4 million a year and then have that contract limit what I can do this summer?” a Western Conference GM told

    Teams like the Senators, Maple Leafs, Flyers, and Rangers have been put off by the high asking price for Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly.

    “I just think they don’t really want to move him unless it’s a home-run offer,” said one Eastern Conference GM. “That’s their prerogative, really.”

    Keep an eye on the Penguins if the Flames and Jarome Iginla decide to move on.

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Sportsnet Doug MacLean on Team 1260 Radio yesterday talking about defenseman Ryan Whitney:

    ”Can they move Whitney?” MacLean said. ” I am hearing Whitney, the offers are not coming. There’s very little in the way of an offer for Whitney. I’m shocked by that. I haven’t seen him like you guys have, but has he dropped that dramatically that there’s not even offers for him out there?

    “And then I heard the other day whispers that he could go on waivers. That can’t be true. But I did hear whispers of it on the weekend from a couple of agents and it shocked me. But it probably isn’t true, but as they say in P.E.I: I’m not telling you  it’s the truth, I’m just telling you what I heard.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils may look to trade for a top-6 forward that would bring some scoring. Chere wonders if they have enough to get a top-6 without having to give up defenseman Jon Merrill.

    “I don’t have a no-trade, no-movement or any of those, so I know it can happen,” said defenseman Andy Greene, whose name often seems to come up when trades are the topic. “I know Lou is going to do whatever is best for the team that he sees fit. It that’s it, that’s it. I can’t argue with him about that. It’s not something I put a lot of energy or focus into.”

    Greene said that trade rumors once use to be a distraction, but no longer.

    “Honestly, no. That’s the business. I know any day you can be gone. You can be traded, put on waivers, sent down. I think maybe, in reality, my first and second year I kind of thought about it and made more of it than I should have just because it was my first time going through it,” Greene said.

    Adam Larsson won’t be deal, and it’s unlikely that Bryce Salvador is moved. Scouts could be watching Henrik Tallinder when he’s playing.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher thinks the Canucks still need to add a third line center. Though Jordan Schroeder may grow in to the spot, at the moment they need to improve there. They have an excess of wingers. Kevin Bieksa is expected back soon.

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Devils prospects to miss camp … Blackhawks notes … Holland wants to talked to Osgood … Stars sale process ongoing … Bruins blueline

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Mattias Tedenby will miss the NJ Devils prospect camp due to visa problems. Fellow prospect Jacob Josefson said that Tedenby was at the airport on the weekend to head to New Jersey when it was discovered his visa had the wrong birth date. Jon Merrill will also not be prospect camp as he’s taking summer classes.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman remains hopeful that he can re-sign Chris Campoli and Michael Frolik.

    “We’re not there yet, but we’re still talking, which is a good sign,” Bowman said. “We’re trying to look at different options in terms of term and dollar amounts. . . . We’re hopeful it’ll get done.”

    Down the middle the Blackhawks are a little thin, but they plan of giving rookie Marcus Kruger more time and also using Patrick Sharp and Frolik at center. Rostislav Olesz, acquired for Brian Campell, will be given every opportunity to prove himself at training camp.

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings signed Joey MacDonald to a 2 year deal with the 1st year being 2-way. “I want to talk to Chris,” general manager Ken Holland said. “I want to hear what he has to say.” Osgood is returning from Scotland, so they won’t be able to speak until Wednesday at the earliest. Holland wants to know if Osgood can still play and that he’s recovered from his sports hernia and groin area issues.

    “We explored the market on July 1,” Holland said. “We talked to a couple of guys that we thought would be good additions. They went elsewhere. As the market thinned out, we always knew we had Chris Osgood out there.

    “We’ve protected ourselves with the signing of Joey MacDonald. Now I want to talk to Chris and make a decision within the next week.”

    Ty Conklin still could be an option.

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens shouldn’t rush Josh Gorges back from his major reconstructive surgery if he’s not a 100% when the season starts. Andrei Markov came back a little early last year, but got hurt again and only played 7 games all year. Tom Gagliardi’s exclusive negotiating window to buy the Dallas Stars has expired. 4 or 5 groups have shown interest in buying the team. The Stars lost $15 million last year. The NHL and Tom’s Hick’s creditors are looking for max return while purchasers are looking for a deal.
  • Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald: The Bruins have continued adding some organizational depth along their blueline this offseason. Tommy Cross and Dougie Hamilton were paired together at prospect camp, and could be envisioned as their 2nd or 3rd pairing in 2013-14. Joe Haggerty via twitter: Hamilton isn’t expected to make a roster push during training camp this fall.
  • Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News: Mike Modano,

    “Not really in a rush to make a decision one way or another about what’s going to happen,” he said, “but I’ll probably make an announcement in two or three weeks if I want to play or if that’s it.”

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