Posts Tagged Joni Pitkanen

Injury Notes: Kane, Moen, Parise, Pitkanen, McQuaid, Sbisa, Voracek, Hanzel, Parenteau and Howard

  • Paul Friesen: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Evander Kane will return to the lineup today, and will be on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Has another line mind for Kane too.
  • Michael Russo: There is a chance that Wild’s Zach Parise returns to the lineup on Thursday.
  • Chris Nichols: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen can ”a little bit of weight” on his injured foot. Rutherford thinks that Pitkanen hopes that he has a chance to play next year.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed yesterday’s game with a leg injury. They don’t play again until Saturday. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (concussion) could return on Saturday.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (hand) practiced yesterday and was paired with Francois Beauchemin.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Jakub Voracek has an upper-body injury and will be evaluated when they return to Philadelphia.
  • Chris Johnston: Coyotes Martin Hanzal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup tonight on a line with Marc-Andre Cliche and Patrick Bordeleau. Alex Tanguay is getting close to returning.
  • Bub Duff: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Ansar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that Howard injured the same knee in December and is not sure of the extent of the injury. GM Ken Holland said that Howard’s injury is minor and he’ll be day-to-day. Babcock said that he isn’t sure if Jonas Gustavsson will be ready to play on Wednesday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames winger Paul Byron left last night’s game after only one shift in the second period after he blocked a shot.

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Afternoon Hits: Phaneuf, Gill, Blue Jackets, Pitkanen, Rielly and Reimer

  • Pierre LeBrun: Talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf haven’t started yet, but a source said that they could begin soon.
  • TSN Radio: Darren Dreger: ”My sense is that Dion Phaneuf will not take a dime less than 6.5 million”
  • Josh Rimer: The Flyers sign Hal Gill to a one-year, $700,000 deal.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets had Nikita Nikitin, Artem Anisimov and Marian Gaborik back practicing today.
  • Terrell Williams: Hurricanes put Joni Pitkanen on LTIR and assisgn Matt Corrente to the AHL.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly will sit tonight. He won’t sit many more games before being returned to WHL.
  • Chris Johnston: James Reimer will start in net for the Leafs tonight.

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Injury Notes: Red Wings, Hurricanes, Devils, Penguins, Rangers, Islanders and Kovalchuk

  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Darren Helm will go on the LTIR, with Jordin Tootoo and Jonas Gustavsson going on the IR. Ansar Khan: Patrick Eaves on LTIR gives the Wings $1.2 million in cap relief.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they are “keeping fingers crossed” that Alex Semin and Elias Lindholm will be ready for the opener.  Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu won’t play.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils put Mattias Tedenby on the non-roster IR.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils put Patrick Elias on the IR, and is backdated to last Tuesday, when the injury occurred. GM Lou Lamoriello on if Elias will be able to play in the opener.

    “We’re certainly hoping and he sounds good and if that happens we’ll have to make a move.”

  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Carl Hagelin on the LTIR puts them about $1.3 million under the cap ceiling.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders may be treating Travis Homonic for a possible concussion. Not thought to be long-term.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes haven’t put Joni Pitkanen on the LTIR yet, could happen today.
  • Igor Eronko: Ilya Kovalchuk will be out at least two games with an upper-body injury after being hit by teammate Alex Ponikarovsky.

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Joni Pitkanen Injury and the Fallout for the Hurricanes

  • Josh Rimer: Rimer has been told that Joni’ Pitkanen’s injury could be career threatening.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle is hearing that Pitkanen’s injury could be career ending. A race for an icing claims another.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will have nine NHL defenseman in camp. The Hurricanes have lost Joni Pitkanen. Bernstein wonders if they would be interested in Alec Martinez.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont wonder if the Flames would call the Hurricanes to see if they are interested in Dennis Wideman.
  • Tom Gulitti: Gulitti doesn’t know if the Devils are willing to move a defenseman right now, but they might be in a few weeks.
  • Todd Cordell: Smartest thing for the Hurricanes to do may be to save their assets and sign a UFA like Tom Gilbert or Ron Hainsey.
  • Josh Rimer: The Hurricanes had been talking with Ron Hainsey but didn’t have the cap space for him. Will have the room now once Pitkanen is put on the LTIR. They would also have room for Brenden Morrow now, who they’ve also held talks with.
  • Todd Cordell: Darren Dreger said on the radio that the Hurricanes are a team that may consider an offer sheet for Cody Franson.

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Injury Notes: Pitkanen, Rinne, Jovanovski and Downie

  • Ken Preston CarolinaHurricanes.com: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford announced that Joni Pitkanen will miss the entire 2013-14 season. He suffered a broken left calcaneus (heel) bone on April 2nd and missed the remainder of the season.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne has been cleared to play. He won’t take part in the first two exhibition games.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that all injured players should be ready for the start of the season except maybe for Ed Jovanovski.
  • Mike Chambers: Avalanche winger Steve Downie is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

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Injury Notes: Giroux, Pitkanen and Lee

  • John Boruk: Flyers Claude Giroux is on schedule, if not slightly ahead according GM Paul Holmgren.
  • Chip Alexander: There is no update on Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen yet. GM Jim Rutherford is returning from Michigan and will meet with Pitkanen when he gets back. Darren Dreger: Should know more in the next couple of days, which will determine if they need to get a defenseman through a trade or sign a free agent.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning defenseman Brian Lee is skating but is not expected to be cleared when players report tomorrow.

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Morning Hits II: Pietrangelo, Couture’s thoughts for Kadri, Pitkanen, Hainsey, Lindholm and Mueller

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Alex Pietrangelo’s only leverage in contract talks is his talent. The Blues have leverage on service time, his desire to play in the Olympic and how the Blues are a rising team. They could do a deal ranging from two to eight years. A shorter deal may be in the $3 million range, with a longer deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Pietrangelo and the Blues have until December 1st to agree on a deal. The Blues believe a deal will get done and would match any offer sheet. Pietrangelo’s agents are likely comparing with Drew Doughty who got a six-year, $42 million deal. Pietrangelo: 121 points and a +25 in 224 games. Doughty: 126 points and a +16 in 239 games. Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants,

    “to get this done as quickly as possible.” He continued: “We want our fans to know we’re working hard to come to resolution with a player we trust and respect and who wants to be in St. Louis. We don’t’ take it personally. We think Alex understands it’s a business.”

    “We’re going to sign him when we’re comfortable and he’s comfortable — and not before that,” Armstrong said. “It’s not going to be influenced by win-loss record.”

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Sharks Logan Courture thinks that Nazem Kadri should follow what he did when he was in that situation, sign a short-term deal and look to hit a home run on the next deal.

    “I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told sportsnet.ca on Thursday during the NHL’s player media tour. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

    Couture signed a two-year, $5.75 million in 2012 and signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension this past summer.

    Matt Duchene did something similar and has no regrets about it.

    “At the end of the day, maybe I lost a few bucks at the end of my career in those two years that I could have potentially made if my third year had gone differently,” Duchene said. “But that’s not what I’m about, that’s not what it’s about for me. We’re all making great livings here and it’s not going to make a difference in the way I live my life and my well-being.

    “I’m not too worried about it – the motivation was more beneficial than those extra dollars would have been.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The long-term future of Joni Pitkanen and his heal injury are still in question and they might have to look at finding a defensive replacement, taking the money that could be available away from bringing in a forward.

    “Especially with Joni’s situation, we have to keep our eyes on how much cap room we have,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. “There’s a little more priority for a defenseman.”

    Ron Hainsey is still available and could be a capable replacement for Pitkanen if needed. Hainsey could be still available due to the role he played for the NHLPA during the lockout. Up front, the Hurricanes could use some size, penalty killers, fourth line depth, and a top nine player. The Hurricanes continue to have discussions with Brenden Morrow, Hainsey and others.

    “Until we have an idea how long (Pitkanen) is out, we’ll try to replace him with what we’ve got,” Rutherford said. “We’re pretty sure he’s not going to be starting the season.”

  • Mike Morreale: Hurricanes 2013 1st round pick Elias Lindholm’s shoulder is almost ready for game action.
  • Dobber Hockey: Peter Meuller signed with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss League.

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Injury Notes: Joni Pitkanen and Kris Versteeg

Jim Rutherford: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen had a CT scan yesterday. A prognosis won’t be known until Monday.

Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers Kris Versteeg skated yesterday for the first time since undergoing major ACL surgery last year. He was expected to miss the first month of the season, but expressed optimism of being able to start the season.

“Going at it a day at a time. I think the progression’s been pretty good,’’ said Versteeg, who has been skating for four weeks home in Lethbridge, B.C. “The rehab’s been there. It’s a long process but I my goal is to be ready for the start of the season. I don’t want to hop into a regular-season game without knowing what training camp is like but I think I’ll be in there for most of it.’’

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Injury Notes: Rinne, Pitkanen, Jovanovski, Versteeg, Bergenheim and Helm

  • Ryan Porth: Predators Pekka Rinne hasn’t been fully cleared by doctors and is still in “rehab mode.” He is limited in drills but feeling great.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen April 3rd injury prognosis was for three months, but healing has been slow. Update coming this morning. Chip Alexander of Raleigh News & Observer: GM Jim Rutherford on Pitkanen’s injury,

    “We’ll look at what our options are for a possible replacement for Joni, if he’s out a long time,” Rutherford said. “We don’t know how long it’s going to be that he’ll be out. Will it be a couple of weeks, a month, a half a year, a whole year? I don’t know. … But I’m getting prepared for the worst at this point.”

    Rutherford said that if Pitkanen is out for an extended period of time, they might look to make a trade or sign a free agent.

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon is optimistic that Ed Jovanovski, Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim are on pace to return for the start of the season. Will have a better idea when they meet with doctors later this week.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Darren Helm didn’t skate yesterday, but they are not concerned.

    “It’s going to be half a year,” Babcock said of Helm’s full recovery. “It’s going to take him some time to get to be Darren Helm, just strengthwise. There’s no way you can be who you are if you’ve been off as much. But he’s got to feel good about himself. The times I’ve talked to him, he feels good and getting better.”

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Quick Hits: Grabovski, Hainsey, Morrow and Henrique

  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Former Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski has only received one KHL offer. He’s not considering the KHL, only the NHL. Igor Eronko: Atlant GM on Grabovski: “We made an offer to Grabovski, but he wants to stay in #NHL, so we won’t see him in our team”
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes continue to sniff around free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey. Trading Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason to make room for Hainsey on the blueline doesn’t make a lot of sense. Brenden Morrow’s agent confirmed that he has spoken with the Hurricanes. Thought the Hurricanes have $5 million in cap space, they are close to their internal cap number of $59.3 million. Morrow would fit nice with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
  • Rich Chere of the Star Ledger: Adam Henrique and the Devils could reach a reach a deal by the end of the week.

    “Could be. It’s close. It’s coming along well,” Henrique confirmed. “There is no huge rush or deadline, so we’re just going at it a day at a time.”

    After Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the Devils, it could have given Henrique more leverage.

    “I should just ask for the rest of his contract,” Henrique joked in a conversation today with The Star-Ledger.

    “I never really looked at it as giving me more power or anything like that. We’re just trying to get something fair for myself and for the team. It obviously opens up a little more cap space.”

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Injury Notes: Bolland, Marchard, Lupul and Pitkanen

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is feeling better but is out tonight.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: The Bruins confirm that winger Brad Marchand has a ‘mild concussion’ from Anton Volchenkov’s elbow on Wednesday.
  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul hasn’t played since last Thursday, and isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return.

    “If I was having bad symptoms, I would be home resting instead of this,” Lupul said. “It’s truly a day-to-day thing, just wake up in the morning and see how I’m feeling, how I’m progressing. There’s really no reason for me to rush right now. I just want to make sure I’m back at 100 per cent.”

    The team won’t say it’s a concussion, but Lupul indicated that it might be.

    “Yeah,” he said Wednesday, when asked if he believes he suffered a concussion against the Flyers. “I mean, no one’s really said that word to me. But I definitely didn’t sprain my ankle.”

    “I think it’s safe to say I took a pretty solid blow to the head,” Lupul said. “Anyone who was watching could have seen that. . . . Obviously anyone who saw me try to go to the bench could tell there were some symptoms.”

  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen broke his calcaneus bone in his heal last week after crashing into the boards. A similar injury occurred to Pat Peakein 1996, and he was only able to play in five more games due to the injury. The Hurricanes and Pitkanen called Peake last week to talk about the injury.

    “Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”

    “Am I optimistic that Pitkanen can get back to playing? Yeah, I kind of am, as far as playing, because he’s not going to go the surgery route,” Peake said. “You just hope that obviously the medical aspect of it has come a long way. I know there’s some good doctors and some good people.”

    It’s an injury though that could bother him years after he’s done playing.

    “They said, ‘How much pain are you in on a daily basis?’ ” Peake said. “And I said, ‘Well, to be honest, I don’t really want him to hear this. I hurt every single day.’ ”

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NHL Rumors IV: Kiprusoff, Wild, Hurricanes, Bruins, Streit, Kulikov, Rangers and Jets

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Bruce Garrioch: Flames Miikka Kiprusoff will likely make a decision on his future later this morning. Option to Maple Leafs is there. Darren Dreger: Sense is that Kiprusoff would accept a trade to the Maple Leafs. Concern is next year and year after.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild are looking to upgrade, but they won’t mortgage the future.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen’s injury doesn’t mean they won’t trade defenseman Jamie McBain for the right offer.
  • Darren Dreger: Islanders GM Garth Snow said there is no intention to trade defenseman Mark Streit. There is a only a $500,000 per year gap on a 3 year deal. Katie Strang: Streit looking for a multi-year deal worth more than Visnovsky’s $4.75 million. As of yesterday, the Islanders have told Streit that he won’t be dealt.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Teams are asking the Panthers about defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. He’s not untouchable, but they would need a big offer.
  • Darren Dreger: Jets hoping to land a top-6 forward, but nothing close for them.

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