Posts Tagged Kris Russell

Morning Rumors: Isles, Kings, Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Devils, Bruins, Stars, Wings, Sabres, Flames and Leafs

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Islanders have taken a number of calls on Thomas Vanek and he could be dealt by tomorrow, but it’s far from certain. Vanek’s agent confirmed with ESPN that he’ll likely be testing out the free agent market. Asking price could be any three of a 1st round pick, prospects or a player. If one of the assets is high enough, it could only take two assets and not three. GM Garth Snow still hopes to sign him. The Kings are one team watching the situation, but Matt Moulson may be their top target. There are also reports of Sam Gagner and Mike Cammalleri interesting them.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Vanek on testing the open market for the first time in his career.

    “I like it here in the organization, but there’s more to it than that,” Vanek told The Post on Wednesday, his team coming off a much-needed 1-0 win over the Capitals in Washington the night before and preparing for the Flames at the Coliseum on Thursday. “It’s the business part of it, and sometimes it sucks.”

    “For me right now, hopefully I can stay here and finish the year, and if I get moved, I understand that side of it, too,” Vanek said. “But right now, I feel like I want to hit free agency.”

    There is still a small chance that the Islanders will be able to re-sign him this summer.

    “I think the chances are a lot higher now that I have been here, that’s for sure,” he said. “They’re definitely a team I would like to look again in the summer, but for me, being a little selfish I guess, I just want to hit [free agency] once.”

  • Elliotte Freidman: Some teams may be disappointed not to see Marian Gaborik play at the Olympics. He wouldn’t cost has much as Vanek or Moulson.

    The Canucks won’t trade future assets for rentals.

    One reason the Kings are looking at Sam Gagner is that their power play is the 3rd worst in the league and Gagner was 28th in power play points last season with 15. Gagner’s $4.8 million cap hit is the issue. The Oilers would have to eat some of the contract, and they may not be willing to do that.

    The Panthers have only 10 players under contract for next season. They are in no rush to trade Brad Boyes, Tom Gilbert and Marcel Goc just yet.

    Hearing the Devils could be interested in Mike Cammalleri.

  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has had trade talks, but doesn’t see them making any deals before the Olympic roster freeze tomorrow.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff are caught in the middle of the Stars looking to be competitive in the immediate future and in the long run. Both players are 35-years old.

    “My experience is that if you have younger players, you need a few veterans to show them the way,’’ Nill said. “I just feel there’s room for a good mix of players in your locker room.’’

    Both players have one year left on their deals. They might look at moving Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney and keeping Cole and Horcoff.

  • The Fourth Period: The Wings would like to add some depth before the trade deadline according to the Detroit News, but it’s unlikely to happen before the Olympic break.

    “I don’t envision us trading away players who could be part of our future,” Wings GM Ken Holland told the paper. “Those are the players other teams will be asking about.

    “I don’t know if there are many players on the market who we feel are better than (young players the Red Wings currently have).”

    The Wings have shown interest in Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Lee Stempniak and Ray Whitney.

  • Dennis Bernstein: “For those Kings fans running for exits on Toffoli, here’s definition of untouchable. Lombardi hangs up phone when name comes up. So like 99% of the players in NHL, Toffoli is mentioned by rival GM and Deano listens. It does not mean he is on the verge of being dealt.”
  • Paul Hamilton: Sabres GM Tim Murray said he’s had talks with teams about Ryan Miller, including on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks Patrick Kane will miss Friday’s game against the Coyotes due to the passing of his paternal grandfather.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames and Mike Cammalleri continue contracts talks. It is too early to know which way they are going. Logic suggests that if he goes UFA and gets traded, but both sides are not at that stage yet.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames are also working on a contract extension for defenseman Kris Russell.
  • Dave McCarthy of TSN 1050: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland’s injury isn’t healing as fast as he’d hoped. He’s more concerned about getting back into the lineup than a new contract (pending UFA).

    “I don’t know if I’m missing anything, I think in the past few years I’ve won two Stanley Cups,” said Bolland. “I’ve been to the finals and know what it’s like to get there; I’ve been through those battles so I don’t think this should hinder any kind of contract. I think they know what I do and what kind of heart I have out there.”

  • Randy Miller of Devils Corey Schneider has one-year left on his deal and will be a UFA after the 2014-15 season. Will he re-sign with the Devils or look to test the free agent market next year?

    “I don’t know,” he told “That’s something that I really haven’t put a lot of thought into. I still have a lot to hopefully prove this season. We’re still trying to make the playoffs. That’s not even an option for another five or six months, so I’m not thinking about that at all right now.”

  • Ken Campbell: Panthers Tim Thomas earned $250,000 with his 15th win. He’ll get another $250,000 at 20 and 25 wins. A $500,000 bonus if they make the playoffs.
  • Mike Harrington: Scouting the Sabres – Penguins: Oilers, Blackhawks, Flyers, Avs, Bruins, Predators, Jets, Blues Stars, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Sharks, Panthers, Red Wings (2), Senators and Lightning.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Non-regulars scouting the Blackhawks – Ducks: Jets, Oilers, Lightning, Red Wings, Flyers, Leafs and Canucks.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs Dave Bolland on still experiencing some ankle pain: ”It’s going to be like that for probably the rest of this year and maybe in the summer.”
  • Puckarinen: According to Michael Russo, Mikko Koivu has ”not even cleared to practice with the team”. Don’t expect him playing for Finland at the Olympics.

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Flames, Blues, Blackhawks, Oilers, Penguins, Capitals, Redden and Torts

  • Eric Francis: Flames GM Brian Burke said that their first round pick is ”not in play” and ”we’re not doing anything short term.”
  • The Fourth Period: Flames pending UFAs include: Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Kris Russell. Teams looking for top-six wingers that could look at Cammalleri and Stempniak are: Kings, Coyotes, Red Wings, Rangers, Canadiens and Penguins. Both Cammalleri and Stempniak have limited no-trade clauses. Curtis Glencross has been targeted by several team. Glencross has a no-trade clause and has one year left on his deal. It’s not known if the Flames would be willing to trade him, and if he would accept a deal. Cost to acquire Glencross would be higher than Cammalleri or Stempniak.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Blues are in need of a true No. 1 starting goalie. They won’t give up Dmitrij Jaskin, but Matheson can see them trading Magnus Paajarvi, their first round pick and Jaroslav Halak.

    The Blackhawks are still looking for a No. 2 center to play with Patrick Kane. They’ll look to get a center at the trade deadline.

    When the Ducks put Ilya Bryzgalovon waivers seven years ago, the Oilers wanted to pick him up but they already had 50 players under contract. They couldn’t find anyone to take a contract, and the Coyotes ended up claiming him.

    Penguins Simon Despres is so far in the doghouse, he likely could be had for a rental winger.

  • Chuck Gormley: Gormley isn’t usually a fan of “reactionary trades,” but now might be a good time for the Capitals to do one.
  • Wade Redden: “My decision about retiring from hockey wasn’t easy me and my wife talked about it and thought it was the best thing to do for our family. I want to thank the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins for making my NHL career the best. I’ll always cherish the good memories for the rest of my life. I’ve played with a lot of good players and made a lot of good friends.”
  • Darren Dreger: Canucks coach John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing in New York. Both a suspension and fine are possible.

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Morning Rumors: Lundqvist, Sedin, Kessel, Phaneuf, Liles, Cammalleri and Flames future UFAs

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing new to report on contract negotiations.
  • Ben Kuzma: Henrik Sedin on contract negotiations for him and his brother:

    “There’s no news. When they come to us and have something for us, then we’ll talk. I won’t be negotiating, so I’m good. I’m going to play. If we take care of what we can do, everything will take care of itself. I don’t think we’re guys who are focused on what kind of deal we’re going to get. It’s always been about getting better.”

  • Chris Johnston: Part of the $22.5 million in signing bonuses for Phil Kessel, he’ll get a $5 million payment in 2020-21 and in 2021-22.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel had asked for $8.6 million a year. Eight-years was more than the Leafs originally wanted to go. Captain Dion Phaneuf will be a UFA at the end of the season. Phaneuf has a $6.5 million salary cap hit this year, but a $5.5 million salary. The Leafs must decide what they think Phaneuf is worth. $6.5 million or more? Would he be insulted if they offered less? Do they even want him as their top defenseman?
  • Elliotte Friedman: The Maple Leafs may decide at some point if they should eat some of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade to help their salary cap number. Teams can only retain salary for three players in a season and they have already used two up, Matt Frattin and Ben Scrivens.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mike Cammalleri is a UFA at the end of the season and has a limited no-trade clause. His play over the first several months could impact the return they get if they decide to trade him. Other Flames who will be UFAs at the end of the season: Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Blair Jones, Tim Jackman, Chris Butler, Kris Russell and Derek Smith.

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Trade Hits: Bernier, Byfuglien, Russell, Cole and Perron

Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings GM Dean Lombardi will continue to take calls on Jonathan Bernier this offseason.

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: It’s sounding like Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is virtually untradeable. Accredited Jets blogger Pete Tessier wrote that Byfuglien weighed 302 pounds by the end of the season.

“The Jets have never been, and never will be, in the habit of commenting on rumours started on Twitter,” wrote a team spokesman in a text message.

Byfuglien will make $5.75 million this season. He’s had run-ins with coaching staff and his play regressed last year as his conditioning slipped. He hasn’t been playing a disciplined game. He can’t be traded in is present state. Byfuglien has become a problem for the Jets, one in which the GM Cheveldayoff must try to solve.

Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues could use Kris Russell and Ian Cole as trade chips this summer. Strickland doesn’t see why some want to one of their forwards like a David Perron. Only way they might move one would be if trade makes them immediately better.

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NHL Rumors I: Kiprusoff, Sharks, Blues and Coyotes

  • Nick Kypreos: Sources are saying that Flames Miikka Kiprusoff has told team management that if his rights are traded, he won’t report due to family reason.
  • Greg Brady: Mike Keenan says there was a mutual understanding between the Flames and Kiprusoff that he wasn’t going to play out the 2013-14 season at $1.5 million.
  • Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson after trading Douglas Murray,

    “Can this lead to other deals?” Wilson asked, repeating a question. “Sure it can.”

    He said it’s “very doubtful,” that they are looking for a short-term, rental fix. They also plan on keeping all their draft picks. So that leaves three possibilities. 1. Gain immediate help by trading one of their roster assets. 2. Continue to obtain more draft picks. 3. Trade an expiring contract (ie. Ryane Clowe) for a young player.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Teams that are willing to sell now have an advantage. The numbers of teams may double next week. The addition of Brad Stuart in the offseason, made Douglas Murray expendable for the Sharks. If you’re going to trade for draft picks, this is the year to do it. The Sharks performance in the next week will dictate how the Sharks refresh/reset will go. Ryane Clowe could be the next to go. If things don’t go well over the next week, Dan Boyle could also be on his way out. After next season, the contracts of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelskiand Boyle will come off the books. They currently have just $27 million on the books for 2014-15. Thornton and Marleau have no-movement clauses.

    “This is coming to crunch time,” Wilson said, saying the bigger refresh comes now or in the summer. “The phone has been busy, and we’ll take all calls.”

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Some wonder if the recent play of Kris Russell and Wade Redden will reduce the urgency of GM Doug Armstrong’s search for a partner for Alex Pietrangelo.
  • Craig Morgen of Fox Sports Arizona: Coyotes GM Don Maloney if they be buyers or sellers,

    “We’re right at the cliff as far as I’m concerned,” Maloney said. “If we slide much further, all bets are off. We’re going to go out and find assets. This is reality.”

    He has been in “constant” talks with other teams about trades. If they lose to either or both of the Wild and Predators this week, names that may not be on the roster after the deadline could be Boyd Gordon, Raffi Torres, Derek Morris and others.

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Morning Rumors II: Tagging, Blues, Briere, Shattenkirk, Luongo and Schneider

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: On March 1st teams will be allowed to spend up to 10% of next season’s $64.3 million salary cap ceiling. The “tagging rule” usually doesn’t come into play until after the season. This will help teams like Chicago, Rangers, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Calgary. It may help lead to some trades.Free agency this year starts on July 5th, and teams are allowed to speak with free agents “no less than five days, and no more than a week before” free agency starts.

    As of now, it looks like the Capitals, Panthers, Blue Jackets and Jets are sellers.

    The Blues will have some free agents to take care of. The Blues and Patrik Berglund will wait until after the season to talk extension. The same is likely for Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Chris Stewart, Kris Russell, Andy McDonald and Matt D’Agostini also have expiring contracts.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Sources are saying that Blues GM Doug Armstrong asked the Flyers about Daniel Briere. The Bruins are also said to have asked about his availability. The Flyers haven’t asked Briere if he’d waive his no trade clause, and it’s not known if they are interested in trading him. Briere did have this to say,

    “I don’t want to comment on anything at this point,” Briere told the Daily News. “Trades are not my department. I’ve been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

    Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit, but has a salary of $3 million for next year and $2 million in 2014-15.

    The Flyers are interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, but it would take a lot more than Briere to get him.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Roberto Luongo is 5-1-3 with a 2.11 GAA and .916, and has made it easy for Canucks GM Mike Gillis to hold on to him while looking for maximum return on any deal. The longer Luongo stays, the tougher it becomes for Corey Schneider. Gillis has been getting calls from teams interested in Schneider. It might be better in the short term if Schneider is moved. It’s presumed that they could get better package of players for Schneider than for Luongo. Schneider is under contract through 2014-15 at $4 million a year. If the Canucks were to move him, they would still have a world-class goalie in Luongo. The longer Luongo remains with the Canucks, the harder it becomes to move him before the summer. It may worthwhile seeing what you could get for Schneider.

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Kekalainen new Blue Jackets GM … New group looking at Coyotes … May not be right time move Hall to center

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Columbus Blue Jackets are expected to name Jokerit’s GM Jarmo Kekalainen as the new GM at a simultaneous 9:30 AM press conference. Kekaleinen would be the first European GM. He played in the NHL with the Bruins and Senators and has front office experience with the Blues and Senators. Aaron Portzline via twitter: Brian Burke may not have been on their list as he’s not a No. 2 guy in hockey operations. John Davidson is No. 1 in Columbus. Portzline was told the Blue Jackets didn’t ask permission to speak with Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton or Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall.
  • Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic: Anthony LeBlanc and Matthew Hulsizer, both previously were unsuccessful bidders, are combining their efforts and exploring the options on the terms and conditions to buy the Phoenix Coyotes. LeBlanc would be the lead man with 5 or 6 investors. LeBlanc stressed that they are in the preliminary stages.

    “We continue to explore what the options are,” LeBlanc said.

    “This time around, while I don’t actually know this will be the case, I think the league is going to take a much more involved role in discussions with the city. So I’m kind of seeing what the league’s coming to this time, before we really get ourselves too engaged.”

  • Andy Strickland via twitter: There is a chance that the Blues will scratch Wade Redden tonight as Kris Russell is back and will be in the lineup.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Oilers will consider moving Taylor Hall to center. The Oilers are stacked on the wings and he would bring size up the middle. The Oilers have kicked the idea around before. Former coach Tom Renney tried it for several games. New coach Ralph Krueger has talked about it too. It may not be a good idea right now as it Sam Gagner has played really well in the No. 2 slot this year. Another reason to not move him right now is the depth on the left side isn’t the greatest at the moment. Nail Yakupov may not be ready for a first line role. Paajarvi or Hartikainen may not be ready for a top 6 role just yet.  The last reason is that they had the opportunity to experiment with Hall at center during the lockout at Oklahoma City and they didn’t.

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Player injury and overseas notes

  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Taylor Hall looks to be able to play in the AHL when he’s healthy. Still some details to be figured out.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jiri Hudler suffered an abdominal and groin injury and will be leaving Lev. Roman Cervenka is rumored to replace him.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Elitserien filed a 15 page appeal yesterday with the Swedish Competition Authority. They demand that the Market Court make the final decision.
  • Dirk Hoag via twitter: Patric Hornqvist signed with HC Red Ice of the Swiss league. Alex Kovalev will join him.
  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: Tomas Plekanec said that Kladno is paying his insurance but has no money to pay him a salary.

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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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State of the St. Louis Blues: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by David Rogers of Frozen Notes, and can be found on twitter at @FrozenNotes

If the team does anything, it will be buying. They have remained near the top of the standings all season long despite injuries to vital players. As is, this is a very competitive team capable of making a solid playoff run. They might need to add a piece or two to finish the Stanley Cup puzzle.

What the Blues will do
This is pretty unpredictable at this point. If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago, I would tell you the Blues would stand pat and remain silent at the deadline. However, once news broke that Jamie Langenbrunner would miss at least the next 4 weeks with a broken foot, all bets were off. The Blues also have injuries to other key players such as Alex Steen and Matt D’Agostini. Several defenseman (Carlo Colaiacovo/Kris Russell) have been banged up as well. These injuries could shift the Blues from a team that was content where it was into a team that needs to add a piece or two prior to the deadline. If this trio had a more predictable or positive few weeks ahead of them, the Blues would likely sit back and watch what happens during the deadline.
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Byers to have hearing, nothing for Lecavalier … Afternoon injury updates, lines and tonight’s starting goaltenders

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Blue Jackets Dane Byers will have a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan today for his hit on Sharks Andrew Desjardins. No hearing for Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier for his punch on Penguins Evgeny Malkin.
  • Dirk Hoag via twitter: Predators defenseman Ryan Suter will be a game-time decision with an upper body injury.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils center Adam Henrique is unable to practice due to a groin issue. The Devils have sent Nick Palmieri to the AHL.
  • David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have recalled Jake Gardiner. The Marlies don’t play again until next Saturday. James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle points out that Gardiner’s recall doesn’t mean a Maple Leafs trade is happening. They wanted to get Gardiner into a game in the AHL yesterday.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Zubrus-Kovalchuk; Boulton-Elias-Clarkson; Tedenby-Carter-(empty); Taormina-Zalewski-Janssen.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Wandell-Eriksson Burish-Ott-Dvorak Nystrom-Fiddler-Ryder Wathier-Dowell-Petersen Fiddler, Dvorak PP time.

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