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Injury notes and starting goalies: Landeskog, Jones, Thornton, White, Huskins, Bolland, Upshall, Fleury and Varlamov

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Gabriel Landeskog was put on injured reserve. Avs coach Joe Sacco said that he’s only suffering from the head injury now. Landeskog could come off the IR on Monday, but there is no timetable for his return.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche David Jones is out with a knee injury [today]. List as day-to-day. David Van Dee Gulik has been recalled.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton will be out 7 to 10 days with a concussion he sustained Thursday night in a fight with Sabres John Scott.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Ian White told him that he’ll be ready for Tuesday’s game.

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Nothing new on Subban-Habs talks … Benn puts offer on table … Kings looking for Dman … Nino requests trade

  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: There is nothing to report this morning regarding P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract talks. Dustin Leed via twitter: Bob McKenzie on a Subban-Montreal deal “Unless there’s a dramatic change in the next little while; these two sides are no where close.” McKenzie said that Subban wants a longer term contract and more than the $2.75 million that the Canadiens are offering. Darren Dreger via twitter: Nothing new on Subban negotiations. Patrick Caisse via twitter: Nothing new on Subban, nothing scheduled for this week.
  • The Fourth Period: With Willie Mitchell already out, and with Matt Greene expected to miss at least 6 weeks with a back injury, the Kings may step up their efforts to find a defenseman. Kings GM Dean Lombardi was already looking for a defenseman before Greene’s injury. Teams looking to move a blueliner include the Sabres, Flames, Devils and Maple Leafs.
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Islanders Nino Niederreiter has requested a trade according to a source. He is unhappy with his situation in New York and feels he may be better served playing in a new organization. Niederreiter’s agent approached GM Garth Snow last week, though Snow is believed to not being willing to trading him at the moment.

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Petrov, Mayorov sign in KHL … Preds still hope to re-sign Suter and Weber … Coaching notes for Sharks, Canadiens … 5 priorities for Sens

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The two 2011 Stanley Cup Finals goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, could find themselves on the trading block this summer. Luongo has given the Canucks a short list of teams he’s accept a trade too: possibly the Panthers, Lightning, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has heard the rumors on Thomas:

    “I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie, but I’m certainly not inclined to do that,” Chiarelli said.

    “Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had the year before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top goaltending tandems in the league.”

    The Predators still believe they’ll be able to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran:

    “We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran told the Tennessean. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a vote of confidence from ownership, but the coaching staff hasn’t received one yet. Wilson is still in the review process, which should be completed over the next couple weeks. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coach Todd McLellan has 2 years left on his deal, and LeBrun thinks he’ll remain with the team. New Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would definitely be interested in Alain Vigneault if the Canucks fired him. Marc Crawford could also be in the mix for the Canadiens job. Darren Dreger reported that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are in consideration. The sale of the St. Louis Blues to minority owner Tom Stillman is “very close.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators top 5 offseason priorities: 1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson 2. Sign defenceman Erik Karlsson 3. Re-sign center Chris Kelly as a UFA 4. Trade defenceman Sergei Gonchar 5. Buy out winger Bobby Butler.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues tried to upgrade their blueline at the trade deadline, but were unsuccessful. Kent Huskins will likely replace Ian Cole tonight. Matt D’Agostini could replace Alex Steen on the line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wanted to rule Jaroslav Halak out of the series to eliminate any potential distraction.

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Morning notes on Radulov, Howard, Morrow, injured Blues and Green’s 3 game suspension

Update: Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov is checking a report that Radulov is set to join the Predators in the next couple days. He’s cautious with the outlet as it’s coming from an outside agent who has players on the same team (not Radulov’s agent).

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Alexander Radulov’s KHL team was eliminated from the playoffs, but as of yesterday afternoon, there was “no change in his status” according to his agent. There is the possibility that Radulov could return to the Predators this year.
  • Bill Roose of the Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard plans take part in their morning skate today in Nashville, and could return to the lineup on Tuesday in LA.

    “I feel a lot better. It’s getting better every single day,” he said. “Skated yesterday, skated today, took some shots. Hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll share a net. Then practice Monday in L.A.

    “We just want to take all the precautions and make sure everything is healed up, with it being so close to playoffs.”

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Several of the Blues injured players (Kent Huskins, Jamie Langenbrunner, Kris Russell, Matt D’Agostini and Alex Steen) are expected to return to their lineup sometime next week. Likely candidates to return are Huskins, Russell and Langenbrunner. D’Agostini and Steen don’t appear to be close to returning.
  • Capitals Mike Green was suspended for 3 games

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Ballard to LTIR … No deal for Grabovski … Waivers today … Boyce claimed on waivers … Russell has concussion … Scouting

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Canucks put Keith Ballard on the LTIR, creating $4.2 million in cap space. Ott could be an option. Ballard has a concussion and is not close. He might be ready for the playoffs.
  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Indications are that Mikhail Grabovski won’t be signing a contract extension with the Maple Leafs by Monday.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: On waivers today R. Russell and Clitsome (CBJ), Boulton (NJD), Staubitz (re-entry)  (MIN), Kolanos (CGY).
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have lost Kris Russell to concussion-like symptoms. Kent Huskins will take his spot, and Ian Cole was recalled. The might make a move for a defenseman, but have indicated they may be quiet, citing budget concerns.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Scouting the Blue Jackets game last night: Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, Devils, Sharks Penguins and Lightning.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Flames lines: Glencross Jokinen Iginla-Tanguay Cammalleri Comeau-Desbiens horak Jackman-Bouma Stajan Kostopoulos

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Friedman talks Nash and deadline … What the Wings are looking for … Leafs should take run at Nash … Miller for Kane? Giggy injured

  • Fan 590 Audio: Elliotte Friedman on Prime Time Sports talking about Rick Nash rumors and the trade deadline.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on Hockey Central @ Noon discussing the recent Stars struggles and the trade deadline.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said ‘Nothing is imminent right now,” on the trade front. Holland would like to add some depth. A player with some grit, either up front or on the blueline. A goal scorer would also be nice. He is not interested in adding a goalie. “We like the chemistry of our team,” Holland said. “We like what we have. We feel we have a good team. We’re not going to trade away assets for a player who may not crack our lineup.”
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: It’s likely the Red Wings will attempt to bring in depth at the deadline.

    “There’s a little more chatter the last few days than there has been because the deadline is coming,” Holland said when we chatted on Tuesday afternoon. “Will we do something? We’re going to explore. We have cap space; we structured it at the beginning of the year that way. We’d like to give our team a bit of a boost.”

    The Red Wings can add at least $15 million in salary at the deadline. Teemu Selanne would be a perfect fit. Travis Moen of the Canadiens, Sammy Pahlsson of the Blue Jackets and Paul Gaustad of the Sabres could be options. They won’t be giving up top D prospect Brendan Smith. A NHL scout on the Red Wings deadline strategy:

    “For the Red Wings, it’s a matter of what are you willing to give up? You have to be careful; you have to keep your young guys. Depth up front would be great for them, not necessarily on the top two lines but in the bottom six and on defense. You’re not sure what you’re going to get out of Jakub Kindl in a playoff run; you don’t know how much hockey you’re going to get from Mike Commodore. Goaltending is not an issue as long as Jimmy Howard recovers.”

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Zeisberger thinks the Maple Leafs should take a run at Rick Nash. He has a special combination of skill and strength. If they did bring in Nash, don’t expect Mikhail Grabovski to get his $5 million contract from Burke. GM Scott Howson will demand Jake Gardiner as part of the package.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche lost J.S. Giguere to a groin injury last night. Peter Mueller missed the game with a torso injury, and TJ Galiardi left the game with a torso ailment.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Struggling Blues forward Chris Stewart found himself practicing with the 4th line yesterday, and is expected to remain their for their game tonight. Carlo Colaiacovo had x-rays on his wrist. Kent Huskins is expected to replace him. Alex Steen practiced but is not close to returning. Andy Strickland via twitter: Colaiacovo has a sprained wrist.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Carle, Bourdon, JVR, Read and Briere were on the Flyers 2nd power play unit yesterday at practice.
  • Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Scouting the Penguins-Ducks game last night: Lightning, Rangers, Bruins, Canucks, Blackhawks, Jets, Avs, Oilers, Kings, Leafs, Devils, Hurricanes, Flyers and Red Wings.

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Kovalchuk a game-time decision … Huskins out 8 weeks … Connolly unlikely … Luongo not practicing … Starting goalies

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils coach Peter DeBoer originally said that Ilya Kovalchuk won’t play tonight. Rich Chere via twitter: Kovalchuk then said that he’ll take the warm-up and then make a decision. DeBoer then talked to Kovalchuk again and said that he’s a possibility for tonight.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Tyler Bozak continues to skate with the Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, unlikely that Tim Connolly plays.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-RNH-Eberle, Smyth-Horcoff-Hemsky, Lander-Belanger-Jones, Eager-Gagner-Petrell.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo isn’t practicing today. He stretched his groin on Sunday.

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Afternoon rumors and news involving Wisniewski, Jokinen, Leino, missed qualifying offers, Vokoun, Varlamov, Ducks, Blue Jackets, Sabres, and Blues

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Canadiens trade the rights to James Wisniewski to the Blue Jackets. It will be a 2012 5th round pick if he signs, a 7th if he doesn’t.
  • Dustin Leed: Leed and TheFouthPeriod think that Ville Leino hasn’t re-signed with the Flyers as the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Penguins, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Avalanche, Bruins, Rangers and Kings have interest in him.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: NHL statement on NHL team(s) improperly filing qualifying offers to RFA’s is: “We’re not aware of any defects relating to Qualifying Offers tendered by NSH to certain of team’s players as several media outlets reported. Those players, having timely received Qualifying Offers, will be Restricted Free Agents as of July 1, and both the players and the team…will be accorded the various rights and benefits of Restricted Free Agency as are set forth in CBA.” The NHLPA has raised the improper filing with agents of the player that are affected.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: “#NHLPA continues internal investigation throughout the day regarding #Predators potentially missing Q.O deadline on their respective RFA’s” … “Its up to #NHLPA to file grievance with #NHL against #Predators if they believe theirs sufficient evidence to support a case for the players.”
  • George Richards via twitter: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on goalie Tomas Vokoun: “We’re in negotiations with him as we speak. We’re very hopeful. That’s all I can tell you.”
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Jan Hejda continue to work a deal, likely for 3 or 4 years. The Jackets will still look to sign a defenseman if they re-sign Hejda, 2 if they don’t.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues will have 1 or 2 forward spots open depending on if Matt D’Agostini is re-signed or not. They are looking to add a defenseman and possibly a back up goalie. Forwards they could look at are Tomas Fleischmann, Chad LaRose (re-signed by Car. after this article was written), Joel Ward, Chris Higgins, Andrew Brunette and Jamie Langenbrunner. Defenseman they could look at are Jan Hejda, Kent Huskins, Brent Sopel or Steve Montador.
  • Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: T.J. Oshie’s agent Matt Oates, says that “things are going well” in their negotiations with Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

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Sunday morning NHL Rumor Roundup with Hotstove and SourcesSay video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: “The level of talk has heated up quite a bit,” said a league executive. “I get the sense some teams are getting antsy.” Brian Burke is the most active. The San Jose Sharks would like to add a veteran blueliner and might be willing to deal D Niclas Wallin and D Kent Huskins. Teams may be reluctant to give up 2nd round picks this year as it’s looking like a deep draft. The Canucks could be looking to move a Dman with soon, possibily Christian Ehrhoff or Kevin Bieksa. The Devils are also looking for defensive help, “They look to me like a team with a bad defence, an aging goalie and a superstar (Ilya Kovalchuk) that’s having a hard time fitting in. That can be a bad recipe,” said a league executive. If the Panthers fall out of the playoffs they could look to trade goalie Tomas Vokoun and winger Chris Higgins. The Sharks could be interested in Vokoun. The Panthers are also trying to move Rostislav Olesz and his 3 remaining years and $3.125 million cap hit.The Lightning are looking for blueline help. The Penguins are looking for a top 6 forward, Bill Guerin doesn’t seem like a possibility at this time.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Canucks have offered Christian Ehrhoff a contract, they counter offered, both sides are apart, and will table talks until later on in the season. Shea Weber’s side will talk with GM Poile this week when the Predators are in Toronto. Several teams have are talking to Miro Satan. Contract talks between Brent Seabrook and the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t taken place yet. Steve Yzerman has met with Steven Stamkos’s agent, they’ve begun contract extension talks, but it will take awhile. The Ottawa Senators and Chris Phillips’ side have had initial contract talks.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: 16 of the 20 Maple Leafs dressed last night were brought in by Brian Burke (Phaneuf and Armstrong not included). He’s done okay bringing in some better players like Kessel and Phaneuf, but the team still needs a Brian Skrudland/Doug Risebrough type center “who makes teams better without necessarily scoring goals.”
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove with Ron MacLean, Eric Francis, Mike Milbury & Pierre LeBrun
  • John Shannon of Sportsnet (video) talks about Jeff Carter’s contract, Mark Cuban could be interested in buying the Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils might look to change coaches, Miro Satan has a list of 3 teams.  Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Mark Cuban said in an email he’d only be interested in the Stars as a minority partner, and “only to help him with control of the American Airlines Center.”

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Blue Jackets get their coach? Bertuzzi going to the open market? NY Rangers plan moving forward

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Sheldon Souray has 2-years at $5.4 million a season left on his contract, and their aren’t  many teams interested. The San Jose Sharks may come calling to replace Rob Blake and add some much needed scoring from the blueline. The Sharks could offer Kent Huskins and Torrey Mitchell. There would be cap difference, so what they do about Marleau and Nabokov would come into play. Would the Oilers give up the 31st overall pick for Kris Versteeg? They would move comfortable with their 45th pick. The Oilers are interested in signing John Scott, a 6-8 defenseman from the Wild organization. “Would the Sabres take Kaberle and give up Derek Roy or Jason Pominville? Probably. Would the Sharks take him for Devin Setoguchi? You bet. Would the Blue Jackets for Jake Voracek. For sure. How about Dallas for Loui Eriksson or Jamie Benn? Try the Bruins for centre David Krejci?” They are not really Brian Burke type placers, but have an offensive upside the Leafs need.
  • Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch: It’s rumored that the Columbus Blue Jackets have offered Guy Boucher the head coaching position. It would be viewed as a slightly risky move as Boucher has only one year of professional coaching experience. The 38-year old coached the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs this past season, after coaching 3 season in the QMJHL.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: After signing Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom, the Red Wings now have $52.3 million tied up in 17 players for next season. Ken Holland would like re-sign Todd Bertuzzi, but his available funds is small. He could offer the same $1.5 million Bertuzzi made last season (possibly less), but Bertuzzi should be able to get more on the open market.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The New York Rangers plan on improving their team by staying with their organization, letting the young players a chance to develop. From Glen Sather “This has been a long process, and it’s ongoing, but as we go into this summer, our plan is to keep our own players. I can tell you one thing — we are certainly not going to overpay for free agents. If we can improve with a signing that makes sense, we’ll look into it, but we want to give our guys the first shot.” Donald Brashere is done with the team, but has 1 year left at $1.4 million. They will continue to try and trade him. The Rangers have about $12 million in cap space to sign Marc Staal and Dan Girardi. They also have free agents, Jody Shelly, Vinnie Prospal, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust, P.A. Parenteau, and need a backup goalie and 7th defenseman. They could clear a lot of cap space by putting Wade Redden on waivers and sending him to the minors.
  • Luke Decock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Could the Hurricanes look to move up from he #7 spot to one of the top-2 draft spots? They have 11 picks in this years NHL draft. The Bruins are tight financially (cap wise) and could to shed some cap space. The ‘Canes could send a 2nd round pick or two, and a lower priced player (Chad LaRose) to move up. The Hurricanes  could look to drafting a defenseman, regardless of where they are picking. The team on a whole hasn’t had much luck drafting out recently unless it’s from the OHL or WHL.

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