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NHL Free Agent Rumors: Kassian, Hainsey, Loktionov, Grabovski and Timonen

  • Ian Mendes:: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Matt Kassian’s not in our plans — and we’re not in his plans.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes pending UFA Ron Hainsey likes the fit and will ”see how it goes.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Andrei Loktionov wants to remain in the NHL next season and with the Hurricanes.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski wouldn’t mind remaining in Washington, but would want to know which way the organization is going.

    “Nobody knows what’s going to happen here, so it’s made me disappointed too,” Grabovski said Tuesday. “I want to know, first before I sign, who’s going to be coach, who’s going to be general manager, because nobody knows and lots of stuff is being said.”

    “I just don’t want to have same experience I have before in Toronto when [former coach] Ron Wilson is gone just after I sign, and they bring in a coach who don’t really want me,” Grabovski said. “For me it’s important that people believe in you and trust. Adam Oates, he bring me here with McPhee. They trust me as a player, and I do my best in the half-season I played. I can do better. [When] people trust me, I feel this and I play better, good hockey.”

    Grabovski is believed to be looking for a four or five year deal in the $5 million per season range.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on if he wants pending UFA Kimmo Timonen back next season.

    “Absolutely,” he said, though it’s highly probable the defenseman would take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. “We’ve talked a couple times during the year and put it on the shelf, and we’ll talk again in a couple months. I know his family is very big in his life, and his kids are getting older and he wants to be around them more. But he loves to compete, and if he wants to come back, we’ll figure it out.”

    Timonen doesn’t want to start thinking about retirement.

    “Once you start thinking about it, you don’t think about the game as much,” he said. “During the Olympics, I knew it was my last game and it was really emotional. I knew it was the last time I put the Finland jersey on. But I haven’t made up my mind yet here.”

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Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
  • Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Sabres and Flyers

  • Darren Dreger: The Hurricanes have some big options this offseason. Cam Ward will likely be traded. Jeff Skinner or Eric Staal could become available. It would depend on GM Jim Rutherford’s future and if he’ll move up, stay in the same spot or move out. There could be player, coaching and management changes for the Canes.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Craig Anderson is heading into the final season of his contract. Do they look to re-sign him or wait for next season to play out and potentially lose him for nothing? Looking like Patrick Weicioch could be traded this summer, especially if the Sens re-sign Eric Gryba. The Senators don’t have a first round pick this year from the Bobby Ryan-Ducks trade. If they want one, the only players that are good enough to get one in return are Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. Karlsson isn’t going anywhere. The Ducks were thought to be one of the teams interested in Spezza. Ryan has one year left at $5.562 million and never really fit with Spezza. At times he wasn’t used much by coach Paul MacLean.
  • Mike Halford: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Marian Gaborik.

    “We had thought about it long and hard when we acquired him that we needed a little bit more skill,” Kekalainen told Sportsnet’s HockeyCentral. “I think we still could use a little bit more skill like Marian Gaborik has, but it just didn’t fit and it was time to move on because he was going to go to the unrestricted free agency.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: The Sabres have all but announced they won’t be drafting Aaron Ekblad. Jones wonders why the Oilers and Sabres haven’t been doing business. The Sabres have need forwards and have plenty on the blueline. The Oilers have forwards but need help on the blueline.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Robert Haag will be in the discussion of a D spot next year if Kimmo Timonen retires.

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Morning Rumors: Downie, Hemsky, Jagr, Timonen, Brodeur and Outdoor Games

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers pending UFA Steve Downie will have to use the next five weeks to determine if he fits with the Flyers, if they’ll want to re-sign him and how much money he’ll make. Adam Hall is the Flyers only other pending UFA forward.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Recently acquired Ales Hemsky isn’t thinking about if he’ll re-sign with the Senators or not.

    “It’s not even worth it to talk about it right now,” Hemsky said Monday morning. “I just focus for the game and try to help this team make the playoffs. What I will do after, I’ll see.”

  • Rich Chere: Devils Jaromir Jagr said that they are his first choice for next year, but there haven’t been any talks yet.
  • Dave Isaac: Kimmo Timonen said he’ll consider retirement again this summer. Sounded like playing next year is a possibility. Sam Carchidi: Timonen added that he’s been hanging around as he wants to get his name on the Stanley Cup.
  • Sam Carchidi: There is talk that Martin Brodeur wants to play another year and that the Wild could be a destination for him.
  • The Fourth Period: The Denver post is reporting that Avalanche could be hosting an outdoor game at Coors Field next season. TFPs David Pagnotta has reported that the NHL plans on hosting four outdoor games next year. The Bruins are expected to get a game at Gillette Stadium either next year or the following year. The Jets are expected to get a game in the next year or two.

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Morning Hits II: St. Louis, Flyers, Weber, Stastny, Spezza and Meszaros Trade

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik when he heard that Martin St. Louis wanted to be traded.

    “A little sadness and disappointment at the time,’’ Vinik said before Thursday night’s game against the Sabres.

    Vinik wanted him to stay.

    “We would’ve loved to have seen Marty finish his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning sweater on,’’ Vinik said. “I was very direct in telling him that my dream is that you finish your career here and you lead us to another Stanley Cup.

    “But I understand Marty’s reasons. It played out the way it did and we wish him well. He’s been a great player for this organization, is arguably the best player we’ve had in our history, and I hope things go great for him and his family in New York.’’

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said they got the defenseman they targeted in Andrew MacDonald and didn’t see the need to bring a high-scoring rental winger.Carchidi thinks they Flyers still need to go all-in this offseason for a No. 1 defenseman. If Kimmo Timonen retires and they don’t re-sign Steve Downie, they’ll have about $12 million in salary cap space.Shea Weber is due a $13 million bonus on July 1st. With the Predators at the bottom of the Central Division, GM David Poile may be ready to shake things up. He might hold a grudge against the Flyers due to the Weber’s offer sheet though.
  • Terry Frei of the Denver Post: Avs GM Joe Sakic received some offers for Paul Stastny at the deadline. Stastny hopes to re-sign.

    Sakic said he got inquiries “from a couple of different teams” about Stastny. “But nothing came out of it,” he added. “We are very happy that Paul’s still here. His agent wants to deal with it, they want to deal with it, in the summer.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he didn’t get a lot of action on Jason Spezza at the deadline. There was talk that the Ducks may have inquired about Spezza.

    “I had two teams call. They said they read the newspapers in their town and there was something in it. Beyond that, I didn’t get any calls,” said Murray

  • Anthony SanFilippo of Flyers Inside Out: The Flyers received a conditional 3rd round pick from the Bruins for defenseman Andrej Meszaros. If the Bruins make the Conference Finals and Meszaros players in two-thirds of their playoff games, the Flyers would get a 2nd round pick.

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Injury Notes: Price, Rinne, Timonen, Bolland, Hertl and Marchenko

  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Carey Price will miss the next two games after re-injuring himself during the Olympics. They have recalled Dustin Tokarski. L.A. Lariviere: Mike Babcock said that he was unaware of Price’s lower-body injury during the Olympics.
  • Jim Diamond: The Predators have assigned goalie Pekka Rinne to the AHL. Barring any setbacks, it’s possible that Rinne could play during their homestand.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers coach Craig Berube confirms that Kimmo Timonen won’t play tonight as he’s been given another day of rest.
  • Kevin McGran: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said that Dave Bolland is unlikely for today. He’s day-to-day.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Tomas Hertl is in Philly with the team and he may skate with them.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that prospect Alexey Marchenko is out six to eight weeks with an ankle injury.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Philadelphia Flyers

Written by Albert Kleine of Broad Street Hockey and can be found on Twitter at @AAKleine

Flyers-deadlineAnother year, another trade deadline, and yet again the Flyers won’t be able to find the ultimate solution to their problems.

It seems that ever since Chris Pronger began his non-official retirement (and even before then), the defensive woes of the Flyers have been the topic of conversation before big movement days like the trade deadline or the first day of free agency. And year after year, they’ve failed to deliver the goods, although not for lack of trying.

This year’s trade deadline will probably be more of the same.

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Injury Notes: Flames, Canucks, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Senators

  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri to return on today from his concussion.
  • News 1130 Sports: Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev fractured his thumb and won’t be able to return until after the Olympic break.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will travel with the team, which is good news.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs David Bolland practiced with the team for about 35 minutes yesterday. Bolland is still not 100 percent. The same goes for Trevor Smith and David Clarkson according to Randy Carlyle.
  • Mark Masters: Randy Carlyle said the James van Reimsdyk is dealing with “bumps and bruises” but should be ready for tonight.
  • Jonas Seigel: Maple Leafs Carter Ashton left practice early with an apparent injury.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Zack Smith had a day off yesterday. Chris Phillips is doubtful.

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Morning Rumors: Caps, Isles, Oilers, Bruins, Jets, Sabres, Leafs, Spartak and Dmen Trade Possibilities

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if it’s time for the Capitals to make a trade. They’ve lost seven of nine, and have Michael Neuvirth and Martin Erat looking for a change of scenery. The Islanders could be looking for a goaltender with Evgeni Nabokov injured again. The Islanders have pending UFA defenseman Andrew MacDonald as a possible trade chip. The Islanders have the cap space to take on Neuvirth’s $2.5 million in salary, but may require a defenseman going back. Maybe Dmitry Orlov or Steve Oleksy? Other defensemen who could be available at the trade deadline: Dan Girardi, Chris Phillips, Ron Hainsey, Henrik Tallinder, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Stuart.
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    “It’s going to be important we make the right move.

    “There have only been 12 deals made this year and we’ve made four of them. You can argue the pluses and minus of the four deals we made.

    “We’re trying to do something. We’d be crazy not to. We just have to keep grinding away, having conversations until there’s something that makes sense.”

    MacTavish wouldn’t comment on the Sam Gagner rumors. MacTavish on what they could use.

    “We need big, strong, heavy guys who can give us what we don’t have now.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty looks at possible replacements for Bruins Dennis Seidenberg if they decide to go the trade route: Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto,  Mark Stuart, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips, Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hainsey, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Rostislav Klesla.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets are a team that needs to do something, they are “a team begging for a shakeup.” Either it be a coaching change or a significant trade.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that Burke is interested in Darcy Regier, Futa, Treliving and Dave Poulin” … ”Burke probably won’t hire a GM until the draft. He may hire an assistant GM first”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Bernier v Reimer battle has never been an even race. Leafs view them differently.” … ”I’m not saying Bernier is a #1, but that’s who the Leafs want to be the guy”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Carlyle has had a free ride since he came to Toronto. The screws are going to turn on him really fast here”
  • Adrian Dater: Eastern teams scouting the Avalanche-Senators game: Capitals (1) and Rangers (2).
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: KHL’s Spartak Moscow may fold as they don’t have enough money to pay players and to go on road trips.

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Injury Notes: Orpik, Eriksson, Staal, Petry, Timonen, Horton, Beauchemin, Hejda, Zidlicky and Lupul

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Brooks Orpik was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and was alert and conscious. Orpik left the hospital and is traveling back to the Pittsburgh with the team. Dan Bylsma: ”I think he was out on the ice for a period of time, so I think that means he’s got a concussion, for sure.” … ”He went through a battery of tests at the hospital for various things.”
  • Katie Strang: With Rangers Marc Staal leaving last night’s game is concerning due to the significant time he’s missed with a concussion and eye injury over the past two seasons.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Jeff Petry left last night’s game after taking blow to the head.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He left after taking a cross check from Jamie Benn.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin is progressing and is hoping to return on December 15th.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Jan Hejda will miss 10-14 days with a right knee strain.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Devils Marek Zidlicky was out with a lower-body injury.

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Afternoon Hits: Bertuzzi, Timonen, Scott, Schneider, Rielly, Maatta, Waivers and HBO 24/7

  • Michael Drapack of CBC: Steve Moore’s civil suit against Todd Bertuzzi is expected to start on Sept. 8th 2014 and last about three months. Moore filed the suit in 2006, and is looking for $38 million. The case was to start last year, but the deadline was missed as it was learned of a secret deal between Bertuzzi and Orca Bay (Canucks owners). An appeal to keep the details of the agreement quiet was lost. Deal was to share the costs if they lost the case.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Linesmen are now allowed to jump in and break up a possible fight if two players take off their helmets. If it is deemed safe to do so.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was taken off their top power play unit. Timonen has struggled this season and is coming off a lower-body injury.
  • Adam Kimelman: Sabres John Scott was offered an in-person hearing for his hit on Loui Eriksson.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Cory Schneider on being the No. 1: “For now you have to view it that way. Nobody is writing Marty off.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs have told Morgan Rielly to find a place to live. Can still be sent back at any point. If Rielly is playing in the top-six at the time of the World Juniors, he won’t be going.
  • Renaud Lavoie: On waivers: Bobby Robins (Bos) and Kevin Porter (Buf).
  • Rob Longley: HBO 24/7 with the Maple Leafs and Red Wings will start on Dec. 14th.

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Afternoon Hits: Europe, Alfie, Rielly, Boyle, Ristolainen, Helm, Smith, Bournival, Timonen, Pietro, Burns and Clowe

  • Renaud Lavoie: The NHL and NHLPA will have another meeting this week regarding going to Europe.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson will play in his 10th game this season and will collect a $2 million bonus.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly will play his 9th game on Friday.
  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks have sent Matt Pelech to the AHL. Defenseman Dan Boyle is not traveling with the team.
  • Sabres PR: The Sabres recall defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.
  • Bill Roose: The Red Wings recall Xavier Ouellet and Darren Helm. Luke Glendening sent to the AHL.
  • Arpon Basu: Canadiens told Michael Bournival to look for an apartment in Montreal.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen practiced this morning.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is back at practice today after missing yesterday with an upper-body injury.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns is not playing tonight after getting hit in the mouth against the Flames.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is eligible to come off the IR today but is not practicing.

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