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NHL Names Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews As Selke Finalists

The NHL named their finalists for the 2013-14 Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago).

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awardarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

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Stats and player usage chart from ExtraSkater.com.

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The below three charts are from Gus Katsaros of McKeen’s (@KatsHockey) … Selke candidates charts: 10-gm moving averages for On-Ice Shooting%, Save % and shot differential:

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NHL Injuries: Toews, Kane, Malkin, Penner, Jackman, Byfuglien, Nikitin and de Haan

  • Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (left arm) could start skating by the end of the week. Patrick Kane skated over the weekend and is expected to be ready by the start of the playoffs.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Evgeni Malkin has a hairline fracture in his foot and coach Dan Bylsma isn’t sure if he’ll be in the lineup for the start of the playoffs.

    “It’s not really possible to predict at this point,” Bylsma said. “We’re looking at the two-week point. It will be looked again by doctors (in the next couple of days).”

  • Mike Vogl: Dustin Penner is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks Tim Jackman has a broken hand that will require surgery.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Dustin Byfuglien is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) skated yesterday.
  • AP in the NY Post: Islanders Calvin de Haan left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Rumors: Subban, Sabres, Rangers, Kane, Canucks, Stastny, Expansion, Jets and Scouting Avs-Coyotes

  • Insider Trading TSN: LeBrun: The rising salary cap could help P.K. Subban. He may have to decide if he should sign an eight year deal, with the cap potentially being $100 when that deal is done or to sign a three or four year deal and see what he could get after that. The Canadiens will be looking long-term.McKenzie: If the cap rises to $75-80 million, max deals could go as high as $15-16 million a year. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews can start negotiating new deal this summer. Steven Stamkos will be a free agent in 2016. Agents and players think it’s only a matter of time before some are making between $12-14 million.

    Dreger: There is nothing imminent with the firing of Islanders coach Jack Capuano. GM Garth Snow is looking for a top-pairing defenseman.

    McKenzie: The Sabres GM search list may have now grown to six to 10 names.

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Alain Vigneault on what he wants the Rangers to look like and what might have to happen.

    “I look at the Detroit Red Wings—who I know well, because I coached against them for the last seven years—they’ve had no toughness, per se, as far as that type of personality, at no point other than [Jordin] Tootoo the last couple of years, but those guys play hard,” Vigneault explained, as per Newsday. “They have the puck and they say “Try and get it from me” or if they don’t have it, they battle like hell to get it back. That’s the team toughness that I’m hoping we get here.

    “Maybe we’ll get there by changing some personnel, adding a little more toughness, we’re at .500, I’m trying.”

  • Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: Willis notes that there seems to be a riff between the Jets and Evander Kane and that Kane is from Vancouver. Trading for Kane would not be easy.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater poses the question if the Avalanche should sign Paul Stastny to a contract extension or look to trade him? If Stastny remains, Nathan MacKinnon would then be their 3rd line center or move to wing and play on one of the top two lines. The Canadiens have been scouting the Avalanche and Dater has been told they are looking hard at Stastny. The Maple Leafs could use a center and you have to think they’ve been considering making an offer. There have been no talks between the Avs and Stastny.
  • Darren Dreger: Gary Bettman said there is lots of expressions of interest in expansion. The NHL is willing to listen, but a decision on expansion hasn’t been made.
  • Mark Spector: Bettman: ”We’ve gone from people saying we should relocate to talk now of expansion. People need to slow down.”
  • Chris Stevenson: Bettman on the potential of having an outdoor game in Winnipeg: “It’s still a work in progress, but at some point in the next few years. Perhaps ’16, perhaps not, we’ll have an outdoor game in Winnipeg.”
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets chairman Mark Chipman confirmed that they’ll be holding the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg.

    “The NHL has confirmed to me they are going to do an outdoor game in Winnipeg. I don’t have a specific date to announce but it would be our preference that we do it in the 2015-16 season,” Chipman told the Free Press Monday evening in the lobby of the Inn at Spanish Bay. “The date hasn’t been confirmed but our preference is to do it then. The league’s commitment to doing an outdoor game in our city is fantastic. It’s something we’ve been talking about for some time and it’s part of a significant strategy to do outdoor games and it will be great to be a part of it. We just have to firm up some details and hopefully we’ll have a date to announce fairly soon.”

  • Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avs – Coyotes: Flames, Canucks, Jets, Penguins, Canadiens, and Lightning (2).

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Morning Rumors: Blackhawks, Islanders, Sabres, Red Wings, Canadiens and Blue Jackets

  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is thinking about having Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane long-term with the Blackhawks when making moves.

    “We’ve always looked forward,” Bowman said in a phone interview with ESPNChicago.com on Friday. “We have formulas in place for what [the salary cap] could do and be.

    “I think what matters for me is we got a great situation in Chicago. We have an owner that really understands what it’s all about to be a competitive team. We have been given resources by Rocky [Wirtz] and John [McDonough] to be a cap team and a very competitive team. I think players understand that. It’s become a destination. That’s the important thing. The numbers will work themselves out. We will adjust accordingly. We will keep the key players in Chicago.”

    Contract talks with Kane and Toews can’t start until July.

    “When it comes to it, we’re going to sit down with [their agent] Pat Brisson,” Bowman said. “I look forward to that. I’m excited about where this team and organization are going. I know Patrick and Jonathan are going to be a part of it.

    “There’s no secret that they were part of turning this team around on the ice and in conjunction off the ice. It all goes together. We’re going to get down to it and talk about all the pertinent facts at the time. Until then, it’s all speculation.”

  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said he was unsure if Teuvo Teravainen would join the Blackhawks later on in the season. Once his season with Jokerit of SM-liiga, he could to join the team.

    “I’m not planning on it, but it would be a bonus if he’s done with his season,” Bowman said in a phone interview Friday. “That’s an option. He’s signed. I think there are a lot of factors that go into it — when his season ends and where he’s at that point.”

  • Chris Peters of CBS Sports: Chris Botta has a source who said that Peter Laviolette is “definitely” a top candidate if the Islanders fire head coach Jack Capuano.
  • Chris Botta: Have been saying for over a year that Doug Weight is the other top candidate for the Islanders if they make a change.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple poses the question, is it time for the Islanders to rebuild again. Staple’s think the Isles should trade Thomas Vanek for as much as they can get back. Play Brock Nelson and calling up Ryan Strome. To make room they can put some on waiver, a trade or just bench people. They need to fix their goaltending. They could look to trade Lubomir Visnovsky or Michael Grabner. Staple wouldn’t trade Andrew MacDonald and thinks he’s worth $4 million.
  • Chris Botta: “Agree with Art Staple that Isles must re-tool, but warn against rushing/asking too much of prospects. Do what the Red Wings do.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser is about two weeks from coming off the LTIR and St. James thinks the Wings should consider trading Kyle Quincey. Quincey carries a $3.775 million cap hit, and if the Wings could get a cheaper defenseman or draft pick for him, they should do it to improve their cap situation. Waiving Mikael Samuelsson wouldn’t give them any cap relief since it’s a 35-plus deal.

    “Quincey cost the Wings a first-round pick in the trade, but they were desperate at the time, with half the team injured. He can still bring something in return. Quincey is just entering what’s considered an NHL defenseman’s prime years, and he showed offensive upside while with the Colorado Avalanche. Other teams might well see him fitting in better in a different system, and the Wings would benefit from a cleaner landscape.”

  • Eric Engels: The Canadiens and Blue Jackets have been talking trade for weeks, but not sure if anything is coming in the immediate future.

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Morning Hits: Toews, Downie, Emelin, Malhotra, Rakell, Sbisa, Pageau and Scott’s Suspension Video

  • Kevin Gibson: NHL players have been suspended for 60 regular season games, with over $911,000 in fines/salary lost.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews on if he’d consider returning home and playing for the Jets: ”It does run through your mind a little bit, but I always squash that question .. You know I love Chicago. Chicago is my home.”
  • Frank Seravalli: The Flyers expect Steve Downie to play tonight against the Capitals.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen was named to Sweden’s Olympic roster.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: The Canadiens sign Alexei Emelin to a four-year, $16.4 million contract. Renaud Lavoie: Salary breakdown: 2014-15 $3,900,000 … 2015-16 $3,900,000 … 2016-17 $4,200,000 … 2017-18 $4,400,000.
  • Michael Smith: The Hurricanes sign Manny Malhotra to one-year, two-way deal. Chip Alexander: Malhotra will be at the morning skate and will play against the Lightning.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks send defenseman Luca Sbisa to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Red Wings, Rangers, Avs, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Devils, Stars, Bruins, Flyers and Sharks

  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning Teddy Purcell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Johan Franzen (hip) practiced yesterday and will play today.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson (groin) practiced yesterday. Darren Helm (groin/back) practiced yesterday morning.
  • Helene St. James: Patrick Eaves is out two to four weeks with a slight ankle sprain and MCL sprain.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are doing everything in practice but contact. There is no timetable on when they will start contact. Callahan is able to shoot a little harder than Hagelin.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon won’t play this weekend due to a hip flexor. The Avs say it’s not serious.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin has a ‘dent’ on the right side of his foot. He’s limping a bit, but said “it’s really not bad.”
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier has irritation on his knee from his new equipment.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is out one to two weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • David Alter: Leafs Joffrey Lupul might play this weekend.
  • David Alter: Leafs Nazem Kadri said his hand is fine, just a bruise.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is ‘day-to-day’ and not concerned about it long-term.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Scott Glennie is expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
  • Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has missed the first three preseason games, but will get into the lineup on Saturday. He’s recovering from a punctured lung, a separated shoulder, a broken rib and torn rib cartilage that he suffered during the Stanley Cup final.
  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers Claude Girouxcould be ready for Tuesday’s preseason game against the Devils.

    “I’d love to, that’s for sure,” Giroux said. “As long as my hand lets me be 100 percent Tuesday, I’d love to play. We’ll see how I feel then.”

  • Tim Sassone: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews said he was battling a hip flexor.
  • David Pollak: Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Raffi Torres’ injury: ”I have no idea right now. Don’t even want to speculate.” Torres was seen leaving the dressing room with his right knee bandaged and walking with a limp.

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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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Injury Notes II: Jovanovski, Murray, Jagr, Carlyle, Lowry and Toews

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: There is no guarantee that Panthers Ed Jovanovski will play another game after his major hip surgery. He has been rehabbing and skating all off-season, but there is still uncertainty regarding his future.

    “I’ve been feeling pretty good. It’s almost like I’ll feel comfortable to play in a game when I have that thought. There’s no pressure from anyone on the outside,’’ Jovanovski said Thursday after skating with the team on the first day of training camp.

    “I do want to play again and that’s in my mind. I’ll do everything I can to play again.’’

  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray said his shoulder is feeling good, a little sore but no issues so far.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Jaromir Jagr’s injury: ”We’re not concerned. That’s the best I can say.”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think Joffrey Lupul’s absence will be long-term.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Adam Lowry is day-to-day with an upper-body injury after crashing into the boards.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews has a lower-body injury. He practiced but didn’t partake in the scrimmage. It is not considered serious.

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Free Agent Hits: Pietrangelo, Franson, Sedin’s, Toews, Kane and Loktionov

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie said that the ”Blues are looking for 8 years at $6 million for Pietrangelo while the player wants $7 m if he’s going to commit for that long.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on the Alex Pietrangelo situation: ”I’ll take Alex’s perspective … he thinks he’s made us a hell of an offer. I disagree. We think we’ve made him a hell of an offer…he’s disagreed. That’s where we’re at.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues will start camp without Alex Pietrangelo. Talks broke off Tuesday night.

    “We’ve worked in earnest with his representative trying to get him into training camp,” Armstrong said. “We gave it a last-ditch kick at the can around 8 or 9 o’clock at night. It didn’t hold. So from this point forward, he’s not in camp and we treat him like an injured player.”

    “Sidney Crosby missed a lot of time with concussions (and) the Penguins went on. That’s our job responsibility. If he misses a week, a month, a year, we’re not really sure … but he’s not here now and we have to move forward.”

  • Darren Dreger Insider Trading: Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent will meet with management today to work aggressively on a contract extension. They carry a $6.1 million cap hit and could be in for a nice raise. It’s unlikely that the Maple Leafs move from a two-year offer at over $2 million per season to the a one-year deal that Cody Franson is requesting. The Leafs may want to avoid a one-year deal as they have several defenseman who have expiring contracts after this season: Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Cody Franson: ”There’s the realities of where you are. We have x amount of cap space. There’s only so much we can do to get a deal done”
  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs will have to hold firm on Franson negotiations as they don’t have a lot of cap space left.
  • Brian Hamilton: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: ”We’re going to keep them around for a long, long time.”
  • Tracey Myers: Toews on his Blackhawks future: ”Right now, it’s tough to find a reason to play somewhere else.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils center Andrei Loktionov said yesterday that he turned down a $3 million offer to remain in the KHL before he re-signed with the Devils. On the offer: ”Some teams they wanted to give me that money, a few teams actually. The money is not interesting for me right now. I’m more interested in playing in the NHL. I know money is very important but to me I wanted to play here.”

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Morning Hits II: Toews and Kane, Some NHLers have KHL offers and MacTavish talks Hemsky

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun: With getting Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson locked up long-term, GM Stan Bowman will look to extend Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane next summer. Both currently have two years remaining on their deals that pay them both $6.3 million per season.
  • Andy Strickland: There are some free agents that still have lucrative KHL offers in their back pockets. Some players will choose the KHL over a non-guaranteed tryout.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and Ales Hemsky held a little media conference yesterday:

    “At the end of last season, Ales and I sat down and I advised him that it might be in both our interests to move in separate directions,” MacTavish said.

    “It wasn’t a negative reaction to how Ales was playing. I had a similar conversation with Shawn Horcoff. Players who’ve gone through the seven years of losing here, it’s emotionally tough to overcome that. In this game you need energy to play well … the losing and the frustration of losing can sap the energy level.”

    “So this summer, there was a potential to move Ales and Horc. I found, at the end of the day, I had a greater appreciation of his skill set than most people I talked to … I’ve seen him at the best. Albeit it was seven years ago (playoff run), but he was spectacular when we went to the finals,” MacTavish said.

    “Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make and I view this as potentially that,” MacTavish said.

    “I know how good a player Ales is. If this team turns it around and there’s lots to do, Ales will have a prominent part.”

    “At the end of the year we could be doing another contract with Ales but that will be determined over time.”

    When asked if Hemsky is off the trade market:

    “Yes, he is,” MacTavish said.

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Morning Hits: Franson, Bogosian, Kuznetsov and Toews

  • Darren Dreger: Cody Franson trade speculation will heat up. The Maple Leafs would like to keep him, but the money may be too high. Would a prospect and draft pick be fair return? Howard Berger: Mentioned last month that Franson’s name has come up in trade talk.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta doesn’t see Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian being in Winnipeg long-term. Other teams are interested, but a trade is not imminent. Pagnotta doesn’t see him staying in Winnipeg beyond his next contract. This is all just Pagnotta’s personal opinion. He wouldn’t be surprised if there was a trade at some point. There is no rush to move him, and the Jets will listen.
  • Igor Eronko: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov on Ilya Kovalchuk to Sovsport.ru: ’I think i’ll return to Russia from NHL when i’m 30′
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews: ”It’s a huge relief not to see half of your team traded away or sign with other teams in the offseason.”

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Injury Hits: Bergeron, Handzus, Toews, Hossa, Shaw, Chara, Jagr, Horton, Seguin and Havlat

  • Bruce Arthur: Bruins Patrice Bergeron had a broken rib, torn cartilage and separated his shoulder during last night’s game.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Michal Handzus was playing with a broken wrist and torn MCL.
  • George Malik of Kukla’s Korner: Malik summarizes some injuries to the Blackhawks and Bruins. Jonathan Toews “got his bell rung.” Marian Hossa had a pinched nerve and couldn’t feel his right foot. Andrew Shaw continued to bleed all game after taking a puck in the face. Claude Julien would only say that Zdeno Chara was pretty banged up. Jaromir Jagr suffered an injury in Game 6. Nathan Horton was playing with a separated shoulder. Tyler Seguin suggested he had a hip injury.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Martin Havlat had pelvic area surgery. There is no timetable for his return and the Sharks can’t use a compliance buyout on him.

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