Posts Tagged Keith Ballard

Morning Hits: Regehr, Moore, Seidenberg, Competition Meetings, Flames and Wild

  • Dan Rosen: Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr is likely to play tonight.
  • Dan Rosen: Rangers John Moore is expected back in the lineup after serving his suspension. He was paired with Kevin Klein at practice yesterday.
  • Caryn Switaj of Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is still rehabbing from his knee injury, but expects to be 100 percent by training camp. He’s five months plus one week into his recovery that is expected to be six to eight months.

    “It would have been probably good enough to play eventually, but still working to get it where it should be, and I’m confident it will be by the time we get started.”

    “We would have had a couple of practices I think after Round 2 and then we would have seen how I’m doing, how I’m feeling, taking contact and battling a little bit harder, and then we would have gone from there,” said Seidenberg. “But there would have been a definite chance, yeah.”

  • John Shannon: The NHL Competition Committee will meet on Monday in New York. Players that will attend are: Mike Cammalleri, Ron Hainsey, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik. GMs and Owners who will attend are: David Poile, Don Maloney, Ken Holland, Peter Chiarelli, Ed Snider, as well as some league personnel.  The GMs will be meeting on Wednesday.
  • Calgary Flames: The Flames name Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall assistant GMs.
  • Minneosta Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Josh Harding is feeling better. Goal is have in be ready for training camp and play well. Niklas Backstrom’s rehab is going well. He feels better than at any part last year and should be putting on the pads sometime in July. Keith Ballard had sports hernia surgery after the season and is doing good.

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Afternoon Hits: Blues, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Wild, Kings, Penguins and Capitals

Dan Rosen: The Blues have hired Kirk Muller as an assistant coach.

James Mirtle: Recently fired Maple Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon: “I can’t tell you how many times that Randy has said that the thought of trading Jake [Gardiner] can’t even be discussed.” …. “If we’re the scapegoats, we’re the scapegoats… All I know is Randy pushed for us to get an extension last year.”

Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Andrew Shaw should skate in the next day or two. He wouldn’t speculate if Shaw could get back into the lineup for Game 7.

Randy Sportak: Wild’s Keith Ballard, Darcy Kuemper and Matt Moulson all skated this morning. Shawn Roarke: Looking like Ballard will be back in the lineup with Nate Prosser coming out. Moulson is close but won’t play. Kuemper will likely be the backup.

Pierre LeBrun: Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell skated by himself this morning.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Chris Kunitz: “Our success comes when we have the puck, playing deep, not turning it over, not giving them a chance to play with their speed.”

Chuck Gormley: Capitals Dmitri Orlov broke his arm at the World Championships.

Adam Vingan: The Capitals and the Hershey Bears (AHL) extended their affiliate agreement through next year.

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NHL Video: Blackhawks Brandon Bollig Hits Keith Ballard … Suspension?

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig hits Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard from behind.

Do you think Bollig SHOULD get suspended? WILL he get suspended? How many games?

Bollig boards Ballard, who has left the game. on Twitpic

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Wild Put Konopka On Waivers … Could the Jets, Oilers and Flames Be Interested? Wild Notes

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild have put center Zenon Konopka of waivers today. Coach Yeo said it was because they needed to call up a goalie (recalled Darcy Kuemper. Josh Harding not ready yet.), but Russo doesn’t buy that.  Michael Rupp could have been put on waivers. Keith Ballard will be a healthy scratch as they activated Clayton Stoner. They could have kept Stoner on the IR for one more game. They could have also returned Stephane Veilleux to the minors.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless wonders if the Jets will put a claim in on Konopka. He’d bring an element they are missing. Good on the faceoffs and carries a $925,000  cap hit.
  • Mark Spector: Spector responds to Lawless saying how he doesn’t see how Konopka gets past the Oilers or Flames: “Cheap, tough, wins face-offs. 4th line C.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector does note that both the Oilers and Flames have had a couple chances to sign Konopka in the past and didn’t show much interest in doing so.

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Morning Hits: GM Meetings, Hejduk, Hockey Canada, Colaiacovo, Brown, Varlamov, Zadorov, Rupp and Ballard

  • John Shannon: Talk that some GMs are proposing a tweak to the playoff format. More division rivalries than cross-overs.  Darren Dreger: Bullying, coaches fines, additional video review, hybrid icing, extending OT to 10 minutes, protective equipment and team’s ability to have players where them (mandatory shotblockers) are also being discussed. Renaud Lavoie: The PA and BOG approved the current realignment and playoff structure for three years.
  • Igor Eronko: Milan Hejduk said he’s finally ready to retire, official announcement coming soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN: “hockey Canada management may now shift to looking at Patrick Sharp or Tyler Seguin in place of Stamkos”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues have signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year, one-way deal worth $550,000.  Will get a $66,000 bonus if he plays in 70% of their remaining games, another $66,000 for 80% and another $66,000 for 90% of their games.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning have recalled JT Brown and Dmitry Korobov.
  • Chris Nichols: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov has retained a new lawyer according to the Denver Post. Bond return date has been extended to December 2nd, so he is still able to travel with the team.
  • WGR 550: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said they haven’t made up their mind on whether to keep Nikita Zadorov up or return him to junior.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild assign Mike Rupp to the AHL on a conditioning loan. Keith Ballard was put on the IR.

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Injury Notes: Carter, Schneider, Gustavsson, Franzen, Morrow, Parros, Pacioretty, Wild and Callahan

  • Andrew Walker: Hearing that Kings Jeff Carter has a broken foot.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that a decision will come tomorrow morning on Cory Schneider’s availability for this weekends back-to-back games. Brodeur starting against the Flyers.
  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Brenden Morrow didn’t skate on Wednesday and Thursday. Morrow will stay in St. Louis and will be evaluated on Monday to see if he can join the team in Montreal. Magnus Paajarvi was put on the IR retroactive to last Sunday. Parrjarvi will skate with the team today and is eligible to come off the IR tomorrow. He could play if he’s ready, but that seems unlikely.
  • TSN: Both George Parros and Max Pacioretty will return the Canadiens lineup this weekend.
  • Minnesota Wild PR: Wild’s Charlie Coyle has been activated from the IR. Michael RussoJonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle and Keith Ballard will return to the Wild’s lineup.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Ryan Callahan practiced today with a contact jersey on.

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Injury Notes: Red Wings, Skinner, Skille, Korpikoski, Schlemke, Coyle, Brodin and Ballard

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Johan Franzen will be back on Friday, with Luke Glendening likely going back to the AHL. Darren Helm could return on Saturday, with Jonathan Ericsson likely moving to the IR with his sore shoulder. Ansar Khan: Ericsson will start practicing next week.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on Jeff Skinner: “He’ll return by next week. We’re hoping for the weekend, but we’re not sure.”
  • Sarah McLellan: The Coyotes will have make a roster move when Lauri Korpikoski comes off the IR. No decision has been made yet.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes David Schlemko is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Korpikovski should be back today.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Charlie Coyle is expected to return on Friday. Both Jonas Brodin and Keith Ballard could return on Friday as well.

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Free Agent Signings: Giroux, Briere and Ballard

  • Pierre LeBrun: Claude Giroux’s Flyers deal is finalized: 8 years for $66.2 million. $8.275 million salary cap hit with a full no-trade clause.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Briere will be signing with the Canadiens for 2 years and $8 million.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Keith Ballard will sign a 2 year, $3 million deal with the Wild.

    “This isn’t a big homecoming celebration,” said Ballard, 30. “There’s a lot of work to be done to re-establish my career. It’s an important year for me. I’m not overly wrapped up in [the returning home] side of it. I’m just focused on putting all my efforts into having a good year and helping the team do well.”

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Afternoon Hits: Unconditional waivers, Scuderi, Alfredsson, Thomas, Adams and Flyers

  • Bob McKenzie: 12 noon today was the last chance for teams to put players on unconditional waivers for purpose of compliance buyout. Players that have no-movement clauses, like Mike Komisarek, can be bought out without going through waivers.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Rob Scurderi’s camp has received calls from teams today. Kings are still in the mix.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has already reached out to Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins haven’t made an offer to Craig Adams yet, his agent: “We will speak later. In the meantime, we are open to other opportunities.”
  • Will DePaoli: An agent of a 3rd line winger who he thought at draft time that the Penguins may be interested: “Not sure Pitt has any $$ left.”
  • Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers extended qualifying offers to Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning and Eric Wellwood. They didn’t extend qualifying offers to Blake Kessel and Mitch Wahl.

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