Posts Tagged Kristian Huselius

Injury notes: Kopitar, Poti, Ennis, Meszaros and Briere

9:55 AM:

  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Kristian Huselius announced on AIK’s website that he’ll be retiring due to continuous hip issues. He only played in 5 games this season. Huselius said,

    “It has become worse and worse every game I played. So I have taken the decision to stop with hockey completely.”

9:00 AM:

  • Helene Elliott via twitter: Kings Anze Kopitar’s initial diagnosis of Grade 2 MCL sprain was accurate. Technically the Kings could suspend Kopitar and Willie Mitchell as they got hurt during the lockout and can’t start the season. GM Lombardi said he would talk to the higher-ups about it, though may not pursue it.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Tom Poti is pain free and “pretty confident” that he’ll be cleared to take part in training camp.
  • Kevin Snow via twitter: Sabres Tyler Ennis said that he’s 100% and not bothered by the shoulder injury he sustained in Switzerland.
  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: If Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is not able to start the season, they are in big trouble. Meszaros said: ”Sometimes, I am really sore and I can’t push off. I’m still weak [in heel]. It’s a matter of time before I get my strength back”
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Daniel Briere’s wrist injury: ”Danny Briere is a little bit of a concern. We’ll get the information on that over the next few days.”

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Quick hits on Bourchard, Huselius, Mattias, Noesen and the Islanders

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said in the last few weeks he’s ”pretty much symptom free” from the season ending concussion he suffered on January 4th. Bouchard isn’t a locked out player yet. He’ll be visiting doctors later this week.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Panthers Shawn Mattias is playing in Austria and may have suffered a concussion. He’s being looked at, and may end up returning home.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Team USA’s Stefan Noesen has been deemed ineligible for the World Junior Championship by the IIHF due to his OHL suspension. He’d have 7 of 10 games left on his suspension. Chris Peters via twitter: Noesen would have likely played in a top-six role, and is not easily replaced.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Officials at Barclays gave a “no comment” on the rumor that the Islanders could move to Brooklyn before the end of the 2015 season. Gallof thought it was worth noting because the media departments usually give a stock answer from the original press conference or denying a change.

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Morning notes on: CBA, Doan deadline, Ovechkin and KHL, Colaiacovo, Cousins, Huselius, Visnovsky and Kane

  • TSN: CBA talks made little progress last week, but both sides will meet again on Tuesday. Darren Dreger is saying that the league may present another offer.
  • Detroit Free Press: Shane Doan will sign somewhere before September 15th.

    “Shane is going to sign a contract before the CBA expires on the 15th,” Bross told the Arizona Republic. “(Ownership has to) be done before the 15th, otherwise we’re signing somewhere because we don’t know what the new CBA is going to look like, and I don’t know if it’s going to limit any scope of a contract, so we want to make sure we sign before then. I guess from that respect, time is ticking.”

  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Moscow Dynamo GM said “We will talk with Ovechkin. It will be up to the head coach,” regarding having Ovechkin join them if there is a lockout. Team president Arkady Rotenberg may be thinking otherwise though,

    “I’m actually against it. And I don’t see any prestige in it,” Rotenberg told R-Sport. “I think that Ovechkin isn’t necessary.”

    Though Rotenberg added that he may consent if Safronov and head coach Oleg Znarok “persuade me strongly.”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets say that UFA Kristian Huselius won’t return their phone calls this summer. Huselius hasn’t been medically cleared yo play yet.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky said he doesn’t have a problem playing with thie Islanders. He said he’s doing this not for just himself, but to follow the rules. (via
  • The Winnipeg Sun (Friday): Evander Kane’s agent on rumors that Kane asked to be traded,

    “No truth to it,” Craig Oster of Newport Sports said in a text message on Friday afternoon.

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Blues goalie question … Pollak on Thornton to Rangers … Who the Sharks, Jets could look at … Huet looking NHL

  • Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Question: Will Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott split time or will one become the traditional starter. Jeremy Rutherford: Rutherford expects them to split time, but GM Doug Armstrong recently noted that he can see Halak playing more than the 46 games he played last year. Dan O’Neill: “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Tom Timmerman: May depend on how well Halak starts the season. If he starts off hot, he could see more game. Elliott may get 30 games. If Halak starts off cold, Elliott will get more games. Andy Strickland: Hard to say, will have to see how they play throughout the season. If they are hot, they’ll play more. Kevin Wheeler: He’d roll with the same setup as last year.
  • Kevin Kurz CSN Bay Area: Wonders if the Sharks are short a defenseman. They have a strong top 5, but questions surround Douglas Murray and Jason Demers. Prospect Taylor Doherty could see some action this season. Some free agent options could be Michal Rozsival, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jim Vandermeer, Scott Hannan, Brett Clark, Matt Gilroy, Jaroslav Spacek, Pavel Kubina, Steve Eminger and Kurtis Foster.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Pollak comment s on Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont’s note on the Rangers possibly looking at Joe Thornton:

    “Don’t be surprised” could be code for, ‘I talked with someone in the Rangers organization’ or it could mean Dupont is just stirring the pot. No problem with that either way.

    Nothing suggests that the Sharks might be receptive to an offer. The Sharks are looking to improve their roster, and the Rangers aren’t going to offer up Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal (overstatement but making a point). Thornton has a no-trade clause. He called the Rangers soft last year, later apologized.

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Tait mentions some free agent names that might look good in a Jets uniform: Shane Doan, Milan Jurcina, Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Kurtis Foster, Mathieu Darche, Petr Sykora and Jonathan Cheechoo.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Flames 1st round pick Mark Jankowski will play with Providence College rather than Dubuque of the USHL.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Cristobal Huet’s agent said he’s “still working on” getting a deal with an NHL team.

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State of the Florida Panthers: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Jordan Gluck of, and can be found at @dylanswisdom (written before the Wojtet Wolski trade)

The Panthers are in a unusual position. They have not made the playoffs since 2000. Dale Tallon and assistant GM Mike Santos have done a great job rebuilding this team. As a result about this they now rank 20th in attendance which should shut down any chance at relocation.

The Panthers are obviously buyers at the deadline. They have been propelled by the great additions of Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann, Brian Campbell, and Jose Theodore. As there roster sits right now they have a tremendous amount of depth but not much frontline talent. They are also ravaged by injuries but have the #1 farm system in the game with the likes of Nick Bjustad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Quinton Howden, Jacob Markstrom, and Luke Shaw.

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State of the Anaheim Ducks: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by J.P. Hoornstra of Allpuck and the Los Angeles News Group and can be found on twitter at @jphoornstra.

“I have two players who are unavailable,” Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray declared to a pair of Southern California newspapers on Jan. 4, a saliva-inducing statement as the other 29 NHL teams began to pick apart the Ducks’ roster.

More than a month later, where do those two players and the rest of the team stand on the eve of the Feb. 27 trade deadline?

Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, who possess no-trade clauses, are still in Anaheim – and that remains unlikely to change. The main reason: A 12-3-3 run since Jan. 1 (through Monday) that has kept the team on the fringe of the playoff conversation. Be assured that Murray’s phone is still ringing, but he might wait until the last minute before committing to joining the sellers’ camp

Be assured, too, that Murray is listening. The GM has been quite active in advance of deadlines past.

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Watters drops a big Maple Leafs – Blue Jackets rumor

1:06 PM:

Darren Dreger via twitter: “A couple of sketchy trade rumours out there. Can tell you the Leafs, according to Burke have never discussed Nash trade…”Ever.”"

10:10 AM:

Bill Watters via twitter: Watters drops this NHL rumor today …. The Maple Leafs would get Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius from the Blue Jackets for Mikhail Grabovski, Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and Mike Komisarek.

I think a similar rumor was dropped a week ago by @Incarceratedbob

Nash carries a $7.8 million cap hit until 2017-18. Huselius carries a $4.75 million cap and will be a UFA at the end of the season. Combined total for this year is $12.55 million.

Grabovski carries a $2.9 million cap hit this year and will be a UFA at the end of the year. Schenn signed a 5 year contract with a $3.6 million cap hit before this season. Kadri will have one more season after this year with a $1.72 million cap hit. Komisarek has a $4.5 million hit for the next 2 years. Combined total for his year is $12.72 million.

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Rumors involving the Oilers … List of forwards that could be available … Ovie, Michalek have hearings … Rangers need Dman … Benn to IR

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are taking calls for Ales Hemsky as half the league is looking for a top 6 forward. The Oilers need a puck moving defenseman more than a draft pick. It’s unlikely the Predators would give up Ryan Ellis for Hemsky. One scout thinks the Predators would rather have Ryan Smyth over Hemsky, but Smyth likely won’t waive his no-trade clause at the deadline. The Senators are a wild card for Hemsky. The Oilers have liked Drew Stafford. Matheson wonders if the Kings would be interested in a Jonathan Bernier for Magnus Paajarvi deal this summer. The Blackhawks might take a look at Chris Campoli for their 4-5 hole that they are looking to fill. The Predators may look at taking offers for backup Anders Lindback this summer.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari lists some ‘rental’ players that could be available this year: Jason Blake (Ana), Josh Green (Edm), Nicklas Hagman (Ana), Adam Hall (TB), Ales Hemsky (Edm), Kristian Huselius (CBJ), Saku Koivu (Ana), Dominic Moore (TB), Frans Nielsen (NYI), Samuel Pahlsson (Ana), Jay Pandolfo (NYI), P.A. Parenteau (NYI), George Parros (Ana), Vinny Prospal (CBJ), Tuomo Ruutu (Car), Teemu Selanne (Ana) and Ryan Smyth (Edm).
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Capitals Alex Ovechkin will have a hearing today for his high hit on Michalek. Penguins Zbynek Michalek will have a hearing today for his elbow on Hendricks.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather needs to add a defenseman that can handle big minutes down the stretch. They’ve always liked Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. Stars Sheldon Souray is an interesting option given his ability on the power play, but there are questions about his ability to defend. Ryan Suter is a possibility if he becomes available and if they want to go that direction.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika wonders if the Stars may have to consider moving Stephane Robidas, Brenden Morrow or Nicklas Grossman to create roster room for younger players. Heika doesn’t think so, as it sends a message that they are giving up this year. If they fall out of the race though, they may do something.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane didn’t accompany the team to Carolina for tonight’s game. They play the Rangers on Tuesday in NY. Byfuglien and Kane are not expected to play until after the All-Star break.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger could play tonight after missing the last 5 games with a concussion. Predators defenseman Ryan Suter is expected to be back after missing 3 games with an upper-body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Recently signed Brett Lebda will make his debut tonight, and will be on the top pairing with Fedor Tyutin.
  • David Alter via twitter: Leafs lines at yesterday’s practice: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Crabb-Grabo-Kulie, Lombardi-Connolly-Kadri, MacArthur-Steckel-Brown, x Rosehill,Armstrong,Boyce.

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NHLPA rejects realignment … No big changes in Buffalo are imminent … Stars could deal Grossman … Roy injured … Huselius to IR

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The NHLPA rejects realignment for next season, the jets will stay in the Southeast. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Players are not a fan of one conference have 14 teams and the other 16, a better chance of playoffs for the one conference. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger warns us to get ready for a brawl between the NHL and NHLPA in the upcoming months. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL could file a grievance against the NHLPA if they feel they can prove the union unreasonably withheld consent.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: There will be plenty of teams calling about Ducks Bobby Ryan, who is the most likely of the ‘big 3′ to get dealt. The Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Sabres are expected to busy on the trade front, but pretty much every team would be intereted.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said after their 7 loss in 9 games that no big changes are imminent.

    “At this time of the year and where we are, I’ve done a lot of talking to teams around the league, so I’m aware of some of those situations,” Regier said. “Right now there’s nothing imminent, and that’s part of the business. We’ll keep working.”

    “I wouldn’t call it a shake-up,” Regier said. “If there’s a move that makes sense for us, we’ll do it if something is going to improve our hockey club. There’s nothing imminent, as I said, right now.”

    “Without specific rumors, there’s truth to those rumors,” Regier said. “But the price right now, and I think things will build between now and the trade deadline. I think teams that are going to be sellers are going to try and maximize what they can get for what they are selling. I think that will build as we get closer to the trade deadline.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Mailbag: The Stars have a decision to make with Nicklas Grossman. If they don’t sign him to an extension before the trade deadline, they could trade him for an offensive player.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres center Derek Roy suffered an upper-body injury and left last night’s game.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning forwards Adam Hall and JT Wyman suffered upper-body injuries on Thursday. Brett Connolly is returning to the team. Ryan Malone has missed 2 games with a lower-body injury is day-to-day but seems ready. With the addition of Brendan Mikkelson, the Lightning have sent Evan Oberg to the AHL.
  • Blue Jackets via twitter: Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius has been placed on the IR. He’s week to week with a lower body injury.

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Crosby out 2 games … Brassard will eventually be traded … Kings injury update … Booth out 4-6 weeks … Will Sutton get suspended?

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Penguins sent a news release out yesterday that Sidney Crosby will miss the next 2 games. He didn’t feel good after taking a hit on Monday against the Bruins.

    “He saw Dr. Micky Collins of UPMC today and took an ImPACT test, which showed no problems. However, we all think it’s best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution,” Pens GM Ray Shero said in a release.

    “We’re being cautious and keeping in mind he was off for a long time,’’ Shero later told via text message before a flight Wednesday evening. “Take a step back here and see how he feels in a few days.’’

    Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets will probably trade Derick Brassard at some point. His career has stalled in Columbus and his agent sounded off on the coaching staff. Brassard has been a healthy scratch for 8 of the last 12 games. His trade value is not high at the moment. His $3.2 million cap hit may look better as the season goes on.

  • Pierre LeBrun chat on ESPN: LeBrun thinks if/when the NHL does decide to expand, another Toronto team, Quebec City and Seattle could work. Devils winger Zach Parise is not available for trade at the moment, but that could change later. Bobby Ryan could go back on the trade market if the Ducks continue to struggle. If Parise does become available, the Kings would be interested. Flames GM Jay Feaster wants to blow up the team but he has a dozen no-trade clauses to deal with.
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Kings Alec Martinez is fully cleared and is able to return to the lineup when ever the coaches decide to insert him. Winger Justin Williams status for today is not known, he took a shot off his hand. Willie Mitchell’s status for tonight could be decided this morning. Murray did say that both Martinez and Mitchell won’t return tonight. Center Mike Richards hasn’t skated since last Thursday: Murray said: “Richards is progressing. That’s all I can say. That’s all I know, really. He’s in every day, riding the bike, getting more acclimated, getting exercise and a feel for his own self.’’
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks winger David Booth sprained his MCL on a knee-on-knee hit from the Avs Kevin Porter, and will be out 4 to 6 weeks. Coach Vigneault confirmed that Roberto Luongo will start in net tonight in Montreal. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Porter has a hearing with Brendan Shanahan today for the hit.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs winger Colby Armstrong is about a week away from returning from his high ankle sprain. “I had no clue what it would take,” said Armstrong. “It’s a battle. It’s a lingering bitch of an injury. But as soon as they let me go, I can’t wait to get out.”
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets winger Kristian Huselius will be out weeks with a groin injury. He’s been out 68 of the last 92 Blue Jackets games.
  • Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton could be looking at another suspension after his hit on Hurricanes Alexei Ponikarovsky. Do you think he’ll get suspended? How many games?

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Afternoon notes on Iginla, Sarich, Giordano, Krejci, Richards, Walker, Hamrlik, Huselius, Brown, Franson, Reimer and starting goalies

  • Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster denies the rumors that Jarome Iginla has been asked to waive his no-trade clause. David Amber via twitter: Since the Flames are at the bottom of the standings and Mark Giordano is out indefinitely, IF Amber was the GM, he’d ask Iginla to waive his no-trade and do a rebuild.
  • Jermain Franklin via twitter: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano is out indefinitely with ruptured tendons in his leg. He’ll be re-evaluated in 3 weeks, where he’ll get another MRI.
  • James Murphy via twitter: Murphy notes that just because David Krejci has signed for 3 years, doesn’t mean that he won’t be traded by the end of the deal.
  • Mark Masters via twitter: Leafs coach Ron Wilson thinks that defenseman Cody Franson will be in the lineup on Saturday.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: Lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer. Semin-JOhansson-Knuble/Eakin. Chimera-Laich-Ward. Hendricks-Perreault-Halpern.
  • David Alter via twitter: Lines at Maple Leafs practice: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Frattin-Connolly-MacArthur, Crabb-Grabovski-Kulemin, Dupuis-Colborne-Steckel, extras, Orr, Rosehhill.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tonight. Johan Hedberg will start on Saturday.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Devan Dubynk will start in net for the Oilers tonight. Nikolai Khabibulin will start tomorrow against the Flames.

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Brassard getting interest … Lucic escapes suspension … Tyutin the translator … Not a lot of interest in Nabokov … NHL won’t own Coyotes much longer

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators might be mildly interested in Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, who could fit in as their 2nd line center. Cost could be a concern for the Senators, as he carries a $3.2 million cap hit through 2013-14. The Islanders are also believed to be interested. Another option could be Kyle Turris, who needs to sign a deal by December 1st. Flames center Matt Stajan and his $3.5 million for 3 years is available. Though teams are looking for defenseman, Filip Kuba and Brian Lee are not getting much interest.
  • Dan Rose of Milan Lucic escaped punishment from Brendan Shanahan.

    “I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”

    “The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call,” Shanahan said. “And, while it’s unfortunate that Miller was hurt I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline.”

  • Elliotte Freidman of CBC: Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, who was rumored to be traded for Evgeni Nabokov, is part of the teams solution. Speculation started as he was asked to stay behind after their game with Kris Russell, Russell was traded to the Blues, so someone assumed Tyutin was being traded as well. Tyutin was asked to hang around in case they needed someone to talk to Nikita Nikitin, who doesn’t speak much English. Islanders GM Garth Snow told Eric Francis that there isn’t much interest in Evgeni Nabokov. One GM: “There are a lot of us who don’t like our teams.” Kyle Turris’ agent met with Coyotes GM Don Maloney on November 2nd when the Coyotes were in Colorado, neither side is saying anything.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Senior league sources are saying that this will be the last year the NHL owns the Phoenix Coyotes. There are 2 groups that have been approved to buy an NHL team, but neither has consummated a sale. There is an estimated 50/50 chance the team will remain in Glendale. Quebec City is at the top of the list for possible relocation. A 2nd southern Ontario team is an option.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers chairman Ed Snider spoke about realignment. The Flyers and Penguins will remain in the same division. Eastern Conference clubs want traditional rivalries to remain. A realignment suggestion of having the Penguins and Flyers in different conferences didn’t get enough votes.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Brent Seabrook, who was injured over the weekend, traveled with the team to Vancouver. If Seabrook can’t go, Sean O’Donnell or Sami Lepisto would step in.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Talk that the Flames are swamped with interest in Rene Bourque is manufactured according to a source within the club. Flames GM Jay Feaster wouldn’t talk specifically about Bourque, but did say it’s getting harder to find trading partners.

    “In the post-lockout world, it just isn’t about whether you like a player or not,” Feaster said.

    “It’s also about the term (years) of the contract, the current cash requirement and the AAV (average annual value or cap hit), and that’s before you ever start talking about what you want or need in return for the player.”

  • BD Galiof via twitter: Galiof thinks the Islanders should make an addition by subtraction deal to send a message and to create room for more kids.

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