Posts Tagged Loui Eriksson

NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Predators, Hurricanes, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Loui Eriksson could find himself on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    “I’m really comfortable with that. It’s a different look, but (Eriksson) is a very smart player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said July 1 when asked about the idea of Eriksson slotting into the vacant first-line spot. “He’s a great two-way player. He plays a very smart game. I saw him play with the Sedins — he can play at that level. He can play on the matchup, so …

    “But having said that, he can move down the lineup and he’s comfortable with it. So I mean, the options are there. It would be nice to get a right shot — that would be a priority at some point — but I have no problem with (Eriksson) playing on that top line, and I’ve talked to (Krejci) about it, and he welcomes it. If you watch how Loui plays, he plays a real give-and-go game, and he’s very smart, passes to areas … He’s very compatible with (Krejci).”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators are likely finished with free agency, but there are still a couple UFAs that might help them out: Daniel Alfredsson, Devin Setoguchi and Michael Del Zotto.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: If the Predators are looking to add some offense through the trade market, they could look at Jets Evander Kane. Cooper thinks the Predators should stay away from Kane due to his character issues. The Predators have pieces like Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis that might interest the Jets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has spoken with Chad LaRose’s agent. Sides are still in the talking stage.
  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks are still likely to be looking to add an experienced goalie on a two-way deal.
  • Lowetide: “One thing about trading Eberle is current GM didn’t draft him. History tells us it’s easier for a GM to deal a previously procured talent.”

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NHL Rumors XV: Blues, Wings, Jets, Brodeur, Michalek, Oilers, Bruins and Loktionov

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Doug Armstrong talked to Alex Steen and David Backes about the possibility of getting into the free agent market and paying someone more than them.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: David Backes could be moved to right wing next year, Patrik Berglund to left wing.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings offered Matt Niskanen seven-years and $38.5 million, but were told before free agency started that they weren’t on his final list.
  • Ansar Khan: One team source said the Wings would have gone seven-years and $42 million for Niskanen.
  • Ken Wiebe: Sources saying the Jets have showed no interest in defenseman Michael Del Zotto at this point.
  • John Shannon: Martin Brodeur’s camp is still talking to teams and looking for the right fit.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Milan Michalek received a five-year offer. Settled on a three-year deal with the Senators.
  • Dustin Nielson: The Oilers still need to add a center. If they can’t add one through free agency, they’ll need to go the trade route.
  • Nicholas Goss: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is fine with Loui Eriksson replacing Jarome Iginla on the top line.
  • David Pagnotta: Andrei Loktionov has received some interest from the KHL.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Eriksson, Steen, Comeau, Barkov, Cammalleri and Grabovski

  • Bob McKenzie: News on the x-rays of Steven Stamkos’ leg are believed to be very encouraging. He will continue to push his on and off ice workouts. How his leg responds to the extra workload will determine when he’s able to return, but it’s looking like he’s heading in the right direction to be able to play in the Olympics.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins are being very careful in easing Loui Eriksson back into their lineup after suffering his second concussion of the season within 45 days of each other.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau (knee sprain) is getting close to returning to the lineup. He could be able to return some time next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying Aleksander Barkov has a knee injury that is believed to be minor.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri (concussion) skated with teammates yesterday, but he still hasn’t been cleared for contact.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski suffered a lower-body injury last night and is being evaluated. Katie Carrera: The Capitals say it wasn’t his knee that was injured. Hope to more this morning.

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Quick Hits: Jets, Grigorenko, Fraser, Eriksson and Bolland

  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: The Jets fired head coach Claude Noel and replaced him with Paul Maurice. The problem with the Jets is that they are talented enough to be competitive, they are not talented enough to contend. They still need to make a some changes.
  • Stephan Whyno: Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko will now report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. John Vogl: Grigorenko’s agent, Jay Grossman: “We had some real serious concerns about the development process for this player that I think were warranted”
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins send Matt Fraser back to the AHL, so it’s looking like Loui Eriksson will be back.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I was told late last week that the Leafs are hopeful Bolland can play a game or two before the Olympic break”

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Injury Notes: Rinne, Comeau, Gudas, Burrows, Fasth, Eriksson and Kane

  • Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne has been cleared to start weight-bearing exercises. There is still no timetable on his return.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau has a sprained left MCL and will be out four to six weeks.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas didn’t practice yesterday and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Alex Burrows won’t be cleared by doctors until after the Coyotes games next week and hopes to play against the Flames. He saw a specialist in Nashville on New Years Eve.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth’s recovery is going slowly. He was week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, “It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • NHL.com: Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Injury Notes: Zetterberg, Howard, Weiss, Bozak, Eriksson,Tanguay, Zibanejad, Bernier and Hertl

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg will be ready for their game on December 29th. They are hoping that Jimmy Howard is ready to return either on December 30th or January 1st.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss (groin) will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Friday. He won’t be skating anytime soon.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak hopes to be able to return on December 29th.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Loui Eriksson (concussion).

    “We’re careful with that,” the GM said. “I talked to Loui a little bit (Monday). He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing symptoms. With that type of injury, you see slow improvements, and that’s what Loui is going through right now. So I don’t know what the time period would be.”

    Defenseman Adam McQuaid (suspected groin injury) may be held out until after Christmas to give him the extra time to heal.

    “They just want to make sure when I come back, after I’ve taken off all this time, (that I don’t) come back a little bit too soon (and) re-aggravate it again,” McQuaid said. “It’s about making sure I’m ready, and it (will not) affect me again.

    “I’m pretty close. Each day I do a little more. It’s just about how I react to it. I hope it will continue to be positive and I’ll be back soon. It’s been tough to be patient with this.”

  • Lou Korac: Blues Ryan Reaves is still hoping initial six week assessment is right, would have him returning towards the end of the first week in January.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs coach Patrick Roy is “leaning” to having Ryan Wilson back in the lineup on Saturday. Alex Tanguay may start skating early next week.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Mika Zibanejad left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • TSN Radio: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier is nursing an ailment.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Tomas Hertl is likely going to be out a bit after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Dustin Brown.

    “Nothing. I haven’t gone in there to see the trainers or talk to the doctors,” McLellan said. “Obviously, he didn’t return, and that’s not a good thing. But, other than that, I can’t give you anything more.”

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Injury Notes: Eriksson, Hamilton, Paille, Quick, Hejda, Crawford, Tanguay, Callahan, Boychuk and Zetterberg

Brian Wilde: Bruins Loui Eriksson was put on the IR with his second concussion in five weeks, fourth of his career. The two he had with Dallas were minor.

Jamie Erdahl: Bruins Dougie Hamilton will be out two to four weeks with a lower-body injury. Dan Paille missed last night’s game with a undisclosed upper-body injury.

NBC ProHockeyTalk: The Kings have put Jonathan Quick on the LTIR and activated Matt Greene.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Jan Hejda could start skating this week and possibly returning on Saturday or next Monday.

Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Corey Crawford is out two to three weeks.

Adrian Dater: Avalanche winger Alex Tanguay now has a hip issue that is related to his knee injury. Surgery is a possibility and he’s out indefinitely.

Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryan Callahan left last night’s game with a knee sprain.

Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk skated yesterday for the first time since spraining his lower back last Thursday.

Eric Stephens: Ducks defensman Mark Fistric (upper-body) is out tonight against the Wild.

Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg traveled with the team to Florida, but he won’t he play. He hasn’t been cleared to start skating and and is not doing any off ice workouts either.

“Too early to say; take it step by step,” Zetterberg said Tuesday, after watching the morning skate at the BB&T Center. “Hopefully this week make some progress and we’ll see where it goes next.”

“Looks like we’re doing the right things, just takes time,’’ Zetterberg said.

“No timetable yet,” Zetterberg said. “Just got to see how I progress and feel with each step. Right now doing some rehab stuff and then we’ll see what the next step is.”

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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 Notes: Erikson, Versteeg, Desharnais, Calvert, Schlemko, Kunitz, Neal, Olesz and Mazanec

  • Mike Halford: Bruins Loui Eriksson will be back in the lineup tonight against the Stars.
  • George Richards: Looking like Kris Versteeg will be back in the Panthers lineup on a line with Goc and Kopecky. Gomez and Barch will be out.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie doesn’t think that David Desharnais will be in the Canadiens lineup tonight. Martin St-Pierre should be playing in his first NHL game.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert (abdominal surgery) skated in full gear for 2nd time today and hopes to get back to practice next week.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Tippett said that David Schlemko and Jeff Halpren continue to progress, they could be an option later on in the week.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Chris Kunitz is “probable” for tomorrow. James Neal skated before practice again today.
  • Allan Walsh: The Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from the AHL.

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