Posts Tagged Logan Couture

Morning Hits: Penguins, Coyotes, Vlasic, Couture, Rasmussen and Zamorsky

  • William DePaoli: You can’t rule out John Hynes as the Penguins new head coach. He has a lot of support in the front office, some who may have as much power as new GM Jim Rutherford.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that their assistant GM search is “progressing” but nothing is imminent. Their budget should be set by the end of the week.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Marc-Edouard Vlasic head is better after taking a forearm from Jarret Stoll, but he injured his knee on the play as well.

    “It’s a question of time – it’s the exact same injury I had two years ago a the world championships and it takes six to eight weeks to heal,” Vlasic said. “If I take care of it now, I should be 100 percent come training camp.”

    He sprained his MCL in 2012.

  • San Jose Sharks: Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Logan Couture,

    “Last week, Logan underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury suffered in a fight in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Mike Richards. The procedure went as expected and Logan will be ready for the start of training camp.”

  • Darren Dreger: The Blackhawks sign Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year deal and the Rangers sign Petr Zamorsky to a two-year deal.

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NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said they need a “right-handed shot” to improve their blueline. It will be one of their priorities this offseason, either through free agency or trade.

    “Right-shot defensemen are at a premium in the league and I mean ones that can play on the point on the power play and get points,” general manager Ken Holland said.

    “We’d like to get a right-handed shot defenseman. Can we make it happen? We’ll find out.”

    They could fill from within with Alexey Marchenko or Ryan Sproul, but probably not for next season. Some right-handed pending UFAs and potential trade targets: UFAs Matt Niskanen (PIT), Dan Boyle (SJ), Marek Zidlicky (NJ), Derek Morris (PHO), Tom Gilbert (FLA) and Matt Greene (LA). Trade Candidates: Shea Weber (NSH), Tyler Myers (BUF), Dustin Byfuglien (WIN), Cody Franson (TOR) and Dennis Wideman (CAL).

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks head coach Todd McLellan last week.

    “We can’t keep what we have, or at least keep the same approach. Something has to change,” Todd McLellan said on Friday. “It’s two years in a row losing to that team, and it’s a very good team, too. Let me make that very clear.”

    It’s doubtful Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and their recently signed three-year, no-trade clause deals are moved. Logan Couture is still the face of the franchise. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a cornerstone on their blueline. It’s unlikely that Dan Boyle is back as the Sharks are unlikely to offer a multi-year deal. Antti Niemi could backup Alex Stalock if they can’t find a taker for him. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns are intriguing and they could look to sell high on Pavelski. His five-year, $30 million extension with a limited no-trade clause kicks in this summer. They could look at moving Burns back to the point. If the Sharks could get a center to anchor their third line, they may be tempted to move either Pavelski or Burns. Could look for a defensman to fill Boyle’s void.

    “What needs to be done for this organization is what’s right for the organization. Nobody is bigger than this organization. … We now have some very critical decisions to make,” Wilson said.

    “They will be made, but again, it’ll be what’s right for this organization. This organization, this ownership group and our fans deserve that.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Panthers GM Dale Tallon has said he’ll be shopping their first overall draft pick this year. Cox wonders if the Maple Leafs, who hold the eighth overall, would be interested in trading up to No. 1. It make take a Jake Gardiner or Nazem Kadri.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: Former Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s name may be near the top of the Coyotes assistant GM list. He has ties to GM Don Maloney from their days with the Islanders in the early 90′s.

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NHL Rumors I: Stafford, Ehrhoff, Ott, Peverley, Sharks, Nilsson, Wilson and Blues

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Drew Stafford is expected to remain with the Sabres next year, at least for the start of the year. Stafford is entering the last year of his four-year, $16 million deal. They will likely listen to offers for him over the summer, and potentially move him at the trade deadline.

    Trade talks will likely continue regarding Christian Ehrhoff. The Sabres have asked him to supply a list of teams he’d be willing to go to.

    “I think if they want to move me, they can move me,” said Ehrhoff, who thinks he’ll be back next season. “So far, I do. We’ll see. Obviously, it’s not up to me and that remains to be seen.”

    When asked if he wants to part of a rebuild:

    “Um,” Ehrhoff said before taking a long pause. “I signed a long-term commitment with the team, and as long as they want me to be here I’m going to do my best for the team. That’s it.”

    Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres could look at bringing UFA Steve Ott back next season if the price works. Maybe a two or three year deal in the $3 to $4 million range.

  • AP in SportsNet: Stars Rich Peverley is unsure if doctors will allow him to continue playing. He will have to undergo testing during workout to see how he does with an elevated heart rate.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger said that it might be time to break up the Sharks core. The deals for Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski haven’t even started yet.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Anders Nilsson is looking for a one-way deal and not likely to get it from the Isles, could end up in the KHL or SHL next year.
  • Craig Custance: Ron Wilson on getting back to coaching: “I’m refreshed, hungry & willing to come back now. We’ll see what happens.”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I would think that Doug Armstrong would look to make a substantial change.”

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: San Jose Sharks

Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami

USATSI_7774508_154224518_lowresAs the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.

San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?

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Morning Rumors II: St. Louis, Girardi, Boyle, Vanek, MacDonald, Sharks, Cammalleri, Avalanche and Flyers

  • Nick Kypreos: It is believed that Martin St. Louis asked for a trade when he was left off team Canada. Kypreos has been told that some teams are not sure if he feels the same now. St. Louis does have a no-movement clause through next season. As reported by Larry Brooks, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is not interested in a rental player.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should get lots of interest in Dan Girardi, and some for Brian Boyle. Girardi is asking the Rangers for six years and about $5.75 million per season. GM Glen Sather is offering five years and lower than $5.75 million per. Sather has told teams he’ll move Girardi instead of losing him for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Thomas Vanek on some Austrians staying out late partying.

    “Some of the headlines, especially in Europe, that to me was sad and ridiculous,” Vanek told The Post after the Islanders’ Sunday practice in Syosset, his first since returning. “They’re making it sound like there was 25 guys. It was just a few guys stayed out later, and even that, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it wasn’t an issue.

    “We had a practice the next day, Monday night, I think everyone focused all day Monday,” said Vanek, who admitted to staying out until about 2 a.m., but not being affected by game time. “Can you say, ‘Was it a distraction?’ I don’t know, maybe. But we lost the game to a good [Slovenia] team, a team that we could have beat, and that makes it even more hard and tough. But the story made it bigger than it was.”

    GM Garth Snow is looking to get a first round pick, as well as a second round pick or high-level prospect for Vanek. Vanek has already turned down a seven-year, $50 million offer from the Islanders. Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has already turned down a four-year, $16 million deal. Snow is hoping to get a first round pick for MacDonald.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Don’t expect the Sharks to make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline. The Sharks will be getting Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back from injury.

    “On paper, when you add people that you don’t know, you hope that it works. But when you add people that have had playing time together, you know that it works,” Wilson said. “You just hope they’re healthy enough to do it.”

    The Sharks will have to clear some cap space when Couture and Torres return to the lineup as they will be about $1 million over. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t seem eager to trade prospects and/or picks for rental players.

    “We’re still in refresh/reset,” Wilson said, repeating a term he coined at last year’s deadline.

    “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. We think our team, when it’s all healthy, is as good as anybody. We haven’t had the luxury of seeing it all together, but you’ve got to project at some point.

    “Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset/refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but, unlikely.”

  • Adrian Dater: (answering twitter questions) Very unlikely that the Avalanche will do anything at the trade deadline. Doesn’t see the Avs trying to replace Alex Tanguay or at least picking up a replacement. Ryan O’Reilly is definitely not being traded.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs would still be interested in a Dmitri Kulikov type defenseman, but the Panthers are wanting too much for him.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs want to remain a young team. They will not be looking to bring in older (30-years old) players.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland thinks it will be interesting a Tim Thomas market starts to develop.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Giguere, Islanders, Red Wings, Sabres and Couture

  • Joe Yerdon: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has been cleared for light contact.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s J.S. Giguere is dealing with back issues.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Islanders Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov all skated yesterday morning and could play on Wednesday. Nabokov is probable to be a backup on Monday and play at Yankee Stadium.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings are getting healthy. Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and Daniel Alfredsson should be back this week. Johan Franzen and Joakim Andersson are likely for Sunday or Tuesday.  GM Ken Holland said Franzen will be back today. He hasn’t played since December 15th.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ted Nolan had no update on Ville Leino or Drew Stafford and doesn’t sound like they will be able to go on Monday.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:  Sharks Logan Couturehas started testing out his hand after surgery.

    “I know the guys were ribbing him,” McLellan said. “I know some of the guys told him it looks like he was almost all the way back with his shot already. That’s them playing games with him obviously, but he looks better every day.”

    Couture had the surgery on January 8th, and was expected to be out for three to four weeks.

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Quick Hits: Sabres, Redden, Couture, Tennyson and Erat

  • Pierre LeBrun: Before hiring Tim Murray as their new GM, the Sabres interviewed 10 people in total. Bruce Garrioch: Talk is that Murray’s deal is for five years.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “Good drafting allows you trade well, and then you use free agency to put you over the top. That’s my philosophy.”
  • David Pollak: The Sharks have put Logan Couture on the IR and recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the AHL.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Martin Erat was a healthy scratch last night.

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Injury Notes: Wild, Canucks, Wings, Sharks, Avs, Habs, Flames, Lightning, Isles, Jackets and Flyers

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery and will be out for at least a month.
  • Elliott Pap: James Duthie on TSN said that Roberto Luongo had an MRI on his ankle and that “early indications are not serious.” Dan Murphy: Hearing that the specialist has confirmed that there is no real damage to Luongo’s ankle. Sounding like he could be able to start skating once he’s pain free. Renaud Lavoie: Luongo should be out for seven to 14 days.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen has been cleared to practice. He’s been out with a concussion since Dec. 15th. He’s possible for the weekend.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Sharks Logan Couture has an injury issue, but sense is that he should be okay for the Olympics. David Pollak: Confirms that Couture has an injury. He’s basically been off the ice except for games. Pierre LeBrun: Couture will have surgery tomorrow on his hand and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Olympics are still a possibility.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Alex Tanguay skated this morning and the session went well. He is scheduled to skate again today.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Ryan White will be out two weeks.
  • Roger Millions: Flames David Jones suffered an eye injury on Friday and could be out for a while.
  • Mike Chambers: Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin is out with an ankle injury.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators Chris Neil will travel with the team, with hope that he’ll be ready by the end of the trip.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day. He said that he was originally hurt by a pregame shot and re-aggravated it when his stick got caught between Johnson’s legs.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula and J.T. Brown could return against the Jets. Brown’s right shoulder injury is more questionable.
  • Mike Heika: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov left last night’s game. He originally tried to stay in, but had to leave. NY Islanders: The Islanders put Nabokov on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Anders Nilsson on an emergency basis.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Carey Price confirmed he tweaked his groin a bit in the first.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Michael Raffl might return tonight.

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Injury Notes: Thomas, Doan, Islanders, Devils, Couture and McElhinney

  • Jerry Brown of NHL.com: Coyotes Shane Doan as been out with an illness and it’s looking like he’ll be out for an extended period of time.

    “He’s still under the weather and he’s still not going to be available for the foreseeable future,” Tippett said. “He’s still getting some tests done, so hopefully it’s not long, long-term.”

  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Radek Martinek (back) on the IR and activate Brian Strait off the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders send Anders Nilsson back to the AHL and activate Evgeni Nabokov from the IR.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils Bryce Salvador practiced on Wednesday for the first time since his non-displaced stress fracture in his foot on Oct. 22nd. Peter Harrold will wear a cast on his foot for a week. Adam Larsson (lower-body) hasn’t started skating yet. Ryane Clowe has been out since Oct. 13th with a concussion, has received medical clearance to practice and play.

Michael Russo: Sharks Logan Couture has hit in the face with a slap shot and left the ice bleeding.

  • Todd Sharrock: Blue Jackets Curtis McElhinney left last night’s game in the first period with a lower-body injury.

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Suspension Notes: Burns, Lapierre and Kaleta

  • John Shannon: Brent Burns hit on Brenden Morrow was looked at but NHL viewed that Morrow threw a reverse hit and Burns won the physical battle.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Maxim Lapierre will have an in person hearing for his hit on Dan Boyle. He can refuse an do it over the phone.
  • Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports: Sharks Logan Couture on Lapierre:

    “After the first shift he’s yelling at us from their bench he’s coming after us, then he does that, it’s pretty gutless,” Couture said. “Then he turtles. Be a man if you’re going to make a hit like that. Fight someone. Don’t turtle. Ran right behind the linesman. Nothing else to say about that.”

  • Nick Cotsonika: “Lapierre case is interesting. He doesn’t have much of a rap sheet officially, but has long history of borderline hits from behind. This wasn’t the worst boarding incident, but it was an illegal play (suspension) and Boyle was hurt (longer sentence). Remember, request for in-person hearing means only that NHL reserves the right to suspend for six or more. Doesn’t mean it will.”
  • David Pollak: Dan Boyle via text: “I’m OK. That was scary. Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor if any going forward.” Boyle is still in St. Louis and will fly back to San Jose later today.
  • Hockey Central: Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Boyle: he was knocked out for “a considerable amount of time.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Patrick Kaleta will be appealing his 10-game suspension. The first appeal goes to Gary Bettman. If Bettman shoots the appeal down, they are allowed to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.

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