Posts Tagged Lindy Ruff

Morning Hits: Concussions, Fast, Hagelin, Halak and Ruff

  • Allan Walsh: NHL on pace for more than 100 concussions this year, about 15 percent of all players.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Jesper Fast has been re-assigned to the AHL. Indications are that Carl Hagelin will return to the lineup tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Jaroslav Halak will start in net for Blues against the Jets tonight.
  • Lindy Ruff tribute video from his first game back in Buffalo.

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Morning Hits: Coyotes update, Schedule release mid July, Ruff named Stars head coach

  • Nick Kypreos: “Hearing Glendale council will not approve 15M cash demand by RSE group 2 manage #Coyotes arena. RSE asked for 15M to help secure #125M loan.” … “Council believes debt created by team is so gr8 that team is all but guaranteed to fail + move shortly because of loses created by no equity” … “#NHL experiencing issues caused by debt loads on some clubs like #Devils. Seattle appears not to b option as rink won’t be ready til 2014-15″ … “Sorry folks, sounds like another yr of #NHL owned #Coyotes unless Bettman finds buyer willing to take less than 15M guaranteed from Glendale”
  • John Shannon: The NHL may be targeting July 17th to release next season’s schedule. Waiting for Olympic and Coyotes situations to be resolved.
  • Stars PR: The Dallas Stars announce that Lindy Ruff will be the teams 22nd head coach.

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NHL Rumors: Flyers and Ryan, Letang, Briere, Bernier, Canucks, Filppula, Sens, Canes, Lundqvist, Richards and Weiss

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Two non-Flyers sources have said that the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan and that the Flyers are interested. Names that have been discussed are defenseman Braydon Coburn and the 11th overall pick.

    “Still a lot to be worked out,” said one source.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero and Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes, are set to meet today. Hughes lives in Boston and the GMs are in Boston for the GM meetings. LeBrun doesn’t think that Letang will sign for less than $7 million.

    The Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere. An Ilya Bryzgalov buyout has been met with mixed opinions by management. Decision could be whether to do it this year or next. The availability of Jonathan Bernier may push the Flyers into making the move now. One source said that five teams are interested in Bernier.

    John Tortorella is one of four final candidates for the Canucks head coaching position. John Stevens, Lindy Ruff and Scott Arniel could be the other candidates. Dave Tippett could also be an option if he doesn’t re-sign.

    Red Wings Valtteri Filppula could get more than $5 million on the open market, which might be too much of the Wings. The Wings and Filppula’s agent will meet next week at the draft.

    Guillaume Latendresse, Peter Regin and Mike Lundin are likely not to get a contract from the Senators.

    The Hurricanes made an offer to UFA goalie Dan Ellis, but he told them he’s heading to the open market.

    Teams are calling the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick in the draft, but their intention now may be to keep the pick.

    Contract talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi have been ongoing and both sides are expected to meet again during draft week.

  • George Malik of Kuklas Korner: Summarizing some of the TSN Insider Trading points:Bob McKenzie is saying that teams are more than kicking tires on Jonathan Bernier. Flyers, Leafs and Islanders are intrigued. Could take Matt Frattin from the Leafs or Matt Read from the Flyers.Bernier, Niklas Backstrom and Ray Emery could be targets of the Flyers if Bryzgalov is bought out.

    The Rangers will look to extend Henrik Lundqvist, with GM Glen Sather and agent Don Meehan meeting at or around the draft. Lundqvist may look for Evgeni Malkin money, $9 million, but that would limit what the Rangers could do with the rest of their lineup.

    McKenzie thinks the Rangers will wait a year on a Brad Richards buyout to see how he rebounds under Alain Vigneault.

    Dreger says that Valtteri Filppula may be looking for $5.5 million per year for seven or eight years.

    The Wings may look at Stephen Weiss as Filppula replacement.

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GM and Coaching Hits: Sather, Ruff, King, Dineen and Stevens

  • James Murphy on Murphy’s Hockey Law: Murphy says not to be surprised if Rangers GM Glen Sather decides to step down as team GM. Sources say that Sather is considering it. He would keep his role of team President. Jim Schoenfeld or Doug Risebrough could replace him as GM. Larry Brooks: Has been told that there is nothing to the speculation that Sather is stepping down as the Rangers GM.
  • Katie Strang: Confirmations that the Rangers have permission to speak with Lindy Ruff.
  • James Mirtle: Dallas Eakins could take Marlies assistant coach Derek King with him.
  • James Mirtle: Gord Dineen will be closely considered to be the Marlies next head coach.
  • John Shannon: Kings John Stevens has been given permission to talk with other teams about any head coaching positions.

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Quick Hits: Eakins to be introduced today, Rangers coaching odds, No Bylsma decision yet, Fleury is Penguins No. 1

  • James Mirtle: The Oilers will introduce Dallas Eakins as their next head coach this afternoon.
  • Andrew Gross: Gross goes through possible Rangers coaches: Dan Bylsma (5-1), Wayne Gretzky (20-1), Mark Messier (7-1), Lindy Ruff (10-1), Dave Tippett (5-1) and Alain Vigneault (3-1).
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: As of yesterday, GM Ray Shero and ownership haven’t reached a decision regarding Dan Bylsma or his coaching staff. Bylsma has one year left on his deal. Shero won’t be giving his season-in-review media session on Wednesday.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on Marc-Andre Fleury: ”He’s our No. 1 goalie for this franchise and he will be going forward.”

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Morning Hits: Final starts on Wed., Eakins replacing Kruger, Rangers coaching candidates, Doughty’s bum ankle, MacTavish Presser

  • NHL: The Stanley Cup Final gets underway on Wednesday in Chicago at 8:00 pm ET. Game 2 goes on Saturday at 8:00 pm ET.
  • Ryan Rishaug: Sounding like Dallas Eakins will be the next Oilers head coach. David Pagnotta: Eakins has been locked in as Oilers coach and will officially be introduced in the next few days.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Penguins decide to fire head coach Dan Bylsma, he could become the Rangers top candidate if the Penguins would grant them permission to talk. The Rangers have permission to speak with Alain Vigneault, Dallas Eakins and Lindy Ruff. Dave Tippett’s preference is to remain with the Coyotes and Mark Messier is still in the picture. Vigneault seems to be the leading candidate at the moment.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings Drew Doughty had been playing on a bad ankle since the Sharks series.

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Morning Rumors: Goalies, Coaches, Ryan, Hainsey, Yakupov, Hurricanes and Bobrovsky

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is talk that as many as 10 teams are thinking about their goaltending situation. Among the teams thinking No. 1 goalies are: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames, Wild and Islanders.

    Names to watch: Ryan Miller (BUF) – one year left on his deal. Coyotes could be a fit. Mike Smith (PHX) – a UFA and uncertainty of organization is keeping him from re-signing. Ray Emery (CHI) – UFA. Won’t get a long-term deal but may get a shot at being a No. 1. Tim Thomas(NYI) – UFA who may get a pro tryout.

    Rangers GM Glen Sather is giving Mark Messier serious thought as their new head coach. They are also interested in Alain Vigneault.

    Ducks GM Bob Murray is getting calls for Bobby Ryan. They’d like to keep Ryan who has two years left at $5.1 million. The Flyers and Senators have been interested in the past.

    There have been no talks between Ron Hainsey and the Jets.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been working the phones and looking for immediate help. Could be willing to move some of their young assets. Talk that they might trade Nail Yakupov to bring back a package.

    Alain Vigneault appears to be the top candidate for the Stars, Lindy Ruff for the Canucks.

  • Michael Smith of New Hurricanes logo coming today. The Hurricanes currently sit at No. 5 in this year’s draft. They won’t be trading up, but haven’t ruled out moving back. GM Jim Rutherford will target a top 4 defenseman in free agency or through a trade.

    “It’s hard to say. It could come in any manner,” Rutherford said. “It could come in the form of a player that we trade for as a projection who hasn’t done it yet but we think could do it now. It could come in the form of a projection of a (Ryan) Murphy jumping in the top four. It could come many ways, but I do feel that’s an area we have to change.”

  • Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky will be a RFA, and it’s possible that his agent is willing to look at offer sheets. The KHL could also offer a pile of money. Talks between Bobrovsky’s agent and the Blue Jackets haven’t gained traction as his agent, Paul Theofanous, wants to wait. Bobrovsky would be worth more if he wins the Vezina and/or gets offer sheet and/or a KHL offer. There is a chance that the KHL money is too much to pass up. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has said they will match any offer sheet.

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Coaching Hits: Lightning, Oilers, Stars, Canucks and Rangers

  • Craig Custance: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has declined to say if teams have asked permission to speak with Guy Boucher. Added that it would be up to the hiring team to break the news.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Oilers and Lightning are two teams that are looking to add a veteran coach to their staff to assist their head coaches.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Oilers talked to Paul Maurice this week. Teams are looking at former Canucks assistant Rick Bowness.
  • Bob McKenzie: Darren Dreger reported that the Stars have already spoken with Lindy Ruff and will be talking to Alain VigneaultThe Stars will also be talking to their AHL coach, Willie Desjardins. They also plan on talking with Dallas Eakins.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canucks have talked with Eakins. McKenzie thinks that Ruff and Maurice may get a look.
  • TSN: Mark Messier could be a candidate for the Rangers head coaching position. The Oilers considered Messier before committing to Ralph Krueger.

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Quick Hits: Draft, Ference and Stars head coaching position

  • Bob McKenzie: The NHL draft will be June 30th, starting at 3 pm ET with all 7 round.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Andrew Ference: “he’s obviously on the mend. But not ready to say he’s ready to go yet.”
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: A source has said that the Dallas Stars have talked to Lindy Ruff about their vacant head coaching position. GM Jim Nill is expected to talk with Alain Vigneault and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins. Nill said that he’ll have both casual talks and official interviews while he’s in Toronto at the draft combine.


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Morning Hits: Burmistrov, Bogosian, Horcoff, Enroth and possible Canucks coaching candidates

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Two sources have said that Jets RFA forward Alex Burmistrov has no-intention of re-signing with the team. Burmistrov wanted to be traded at the deadline and the Jets were trying too. Head coach Claude Noel and Burmistrov have had issues for two years, and hit a low when he was made a healthy scratch for four straight games. Names that reportedly came up when the Jets held talks with the Senators (Jakob Silfverberg), Sabres (Drew Stafford) and Islanders (Kyle Okposo). GM Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t let him go for nothing, but his market value is getting muddy. Burmistrov’s agent Mark Gandler would only say that he wasn’t going to sign in the KHL. The Jets haven’t held talks with RFA Zach Bogosian.
  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Should the Oilers buyout Shawn Horcoff? The 35-year old Horcoff’s game has been on the decline and he’s been injured in two of the past three seasons. Horcoff could also be blocking Anton Lander, if the Oilers feel he’s ready. If his salary cap hit isn’t an issue this year, than he still may be a valuable bottom-six forward to have. His salary cap hit may become an issue for season, so if he’s bought out, it would likely be next year and not this summer.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Jhonas Enroth on whether he’s ready to be the No. 1 in Buffalo if Ryan Miller is moved: “I’m ready.”

    “I’ve been growing a lot,” Enroth said. “I want to play more. My goal is to be a starter one year in the NHL, and right now Ryan is the starter here. It’s kind of hard to take the job from him here, but we’ll see what happens.”

    The Sabres could be dealing at the draft, which could include Miller, though moving goaltenders isn’t always easy.

    “We get to the draft, and everything’s unpredictable,” Miller said. “I mean, everyone thought Luongo was going to get traded, and look where he is. He’s right where he is. … It’s just a weird landscape.”

  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Pap lists possible coaching candidates for the Canucks: Dallas Eakins, Lindy Ruff, Dave Tippett, Scott Arniel and Tom Renney.

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NHL Rumors II: Zuccarello, Sharks, ‘Hawks, Canucks, Bruins, Myers, Boyle, Sabres, Briere, Coburn, Blues and Penguins

  • Steve Zipay via twitter: Rangers Mats Zuccarello’s agent: ”Will be glad 4 Mats Zuccarello’s sake that he will soon get 2 show NHL again how good he is.” Bob McKenzie via twitter: Paperwork from the KHL team/federations are the only thing holding Zuccarello’s return. Has a deal in place.
  •  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Oilers should go after Flyers forward Max Talbot.

    If the Sharks trade anyone at the deadline, it will be defenseman Douglas Murray. Center Martin Handzus could also be moved. Ryane Clowe is another option, but if they are still in the playoff hunt, it would be hard to move him. He could get them a 2nd round pick and a prospect.

    The Blackhawks could be looking for another center. Derek Roy could be a rental option. A 2nd round pick and prospect could work. The Canucks could be looking at Roy as well.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Bruins are looking for left-handed top-four defenseman. They inquired about Jay Bouwmeester, the asking price was high and his contract wouldn’t be easily added. Would they be interested in Ryan Whitney?

    Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers could be available, but he has 6 years and $33 million left on his deal. A former NHL coach said: “I’m sure 29 other teams would like to take a run at him, figuring he just needs to be somewhere else. You know how it is.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Dan Boyle’s name keeps coming up, but he has one year left at $6.6 million. He’d be excellent in Philadelphia, but his age (37 in the summer) and money are an issue.

    Lindy Ruff could have the Lightning’s head coaching job if he wants it. Ruff may wait to summer to see what happens with the Flyers or Rangers.

    Sabres Robyn Regehr could be ideal in LA and would probably cost a 2nd round pick. Jordan Leopold could also be an option. Cory Sarich is available, but he has another year on his deal.

    The Flyers would like to move Daniel Briere. He has a no-movement clause and feels he could be an amnesty buyout in the summer. He’d then have the choice as to where he’d end up as a free-agent.

    The Flyers would trade Braydon Coburn, but he has a $4.5 million salary cap hit for the next three seasons.

    The Blues would like Jay Bouwmeester, but at $6.8 million next year, they’d have to move some big cash. The Blues have been looking at Oilers Ryan Whitney.

    You’d think the Blues and Lightning would have spoken about Brian Elliott. He has one year and $1.8 million left on his deal.

  • Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Finding help for the Penguins blue line is GM Ray Shero’s next priority. They are not optimistic about getting a top-four, but a top-six is more realistic. They could use a “big, rangy, physical guy.” Rostislav Klesla could be an option. Coyotes GM Don Maloney has been scouting the Penguins. Malone and Shero may not have talked trade yet, but it could be soon.

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Quick Hits: Boucher fired, waivers, Komarov, Stafford, DeKeyser, Scouting the Devils-Panthers and Avs-Stars

  • David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Leo Komarov on the IR. Leafs have room to call someone up if they want.
  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: At the Wild-Sharks game were Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Director of Player Personal Chris Pryor. Kurz also notes that there is a college tourney going on in Minnesota in the last couple of days as well.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: At the Devils-Panthers game: Wild, Canucks, Blackhawks, Stars, Ducks, Flames, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Blues, Capitals, Sharks, Predators, Blue Jackets and Panthers.
  • Adrian Dater via sulia: Eastern Conference scouts at the Avalanche-Stars game: Lightning, Maple Leafs and Senators.

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