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Bolland day-to-day … Wisneiwski likely has concussion … Halak lower-body … MacArthur and Pacioretty ready to return

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Dave Bolland’s injury isn’t as serious as first thought. He’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

    “He’s going to be all right,” Quenneville said. “You’re always concerned about the worst, but he’s not doing too bad today.”

    Coach Joel Quenneville won’t put a number on how many games Bolland will be out for.

  • Aaron Portzline and Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski slammed back first into the board and was on the ice for several minutes. Coach Todd Richards said after the game that he likely has a concussion, with leg or back injuries.

    “It’s awful,” [Jack] Johnson said. “Just the way he’s lying there, it’s pretty scary. It’s a guy on our team, but even if it’s a guy on the other team … the Wings were just as concerned.

    “Once we saw him talking and moving, it made us feel good because we knew he’d be all right.”

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins Brad Marchand injured his shoulder in the 2nd period. He didn’t return for the 3rd period, but it was more of a precaution.

    “He could have played in a pinch,’’ said Julien. “He wanted to keep going, but we don’t want to lose players long term. We are going to be cautious with our guys.’’

  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: Canadiens Max Pacioretty could return to the lineup today after missing 7 1/2 days after an appendectomy.

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Trade activity could be heated … Leafs say no to Bernier, others could be interested … Sens could look for a Dman … Iginla and free agency

  • Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said that trade activity could be heavy before the season starts. He was already getting calls. Clarifying, that he was referring to trade activity in the NHL and not necessarily for the Capitals.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The shortened schedule and the drop in salary cap for next season could mean an active trade market at the deadline. There should be enough separation in the standings to determine if teams will be sellers or buyers.

    “As long as a guy’s contract is up this year, you can take on salary galore,” said one general manager, adding the one important caveat: “If you want to give the assets away.”

    Former GM Neal Smith:

    “You don’t want to make the mistake of giving away a guy who will be around for four or five years haunting you, particularly a younger guy,” Smith said. “A smart GM would be very, very careful at the deadline this year unless he can find a deal out there where he can catch a guy napping.”

    A team could take on a bad contract at the trade deadline, and then buy him out after the season.

    “You could, but you won’t have a very happy owner if you do that,” Smith said. “You took a buyout from somebody else.”

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Brian Burke pushed the idea of retaining salary in trades for years. Teams will now be able to do this.

    A club cannot absorb more than 50 percent of the players’ annual cap hit/salary in any trade. Any NHL club can only have up to three contracts on their payroll in which the contract was traded away under the retaining salary proviso. Also, only up to 15 percent of your upper limit cap amount can be used up by the money you have retained in trades.

    An example of how this works: The Maple Leafs want to trade Mike Komisarek who has a $4.5 million salary cap hit and $3.5 million salary. The Maple Leafs could retain half the cap hit and salary, so $2.25 million and $1.75 million. The trading team would take on the other half. This should result in more trades taking place.

  • The Fourth Period: It’s thought that the Kings will look again at trade options for Jonathan Bernier. The Kings talked with Maple Leafs, but they said no thanks according to Cybulski. The Devils could be a team interested as Brodeur is on his last contract. Bernier would be able to learn from one of the best goalies of all-time. Miikka Kiprusoff has one year left on his deal in Calgary. The Red Wings will look at signing Jimmy Howard to a contract extension, but if they are unable to get him looked up, GM Ken Holland may have to look elsewhere. The Oilers have said they are going with Devan Dubnyk, but if that doesn’t work out as planned, they may look elsewhere.
  • Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Jose Theodore is not fazed by the Roberto Luongo to Florida rumors. Theodore said that Tomas Vokoun would also still want to play from the Panthers.
  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: With Senators defenseman Jared Cowen out for the year, and Mike Lundin out for 3 or 4 weeks, GM Bryan Murray might look at a trade or free agent to fill the hole.

    “I’m not sure,” Murray said in an interview with the Citizen. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to, but from the looks of it, with Lundin out for a bit of time, too, we probably will have to do something.”

    Murray has already received calls from free agents, and has talked with a few teams about a trade.

  • Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers could re-sign Marco Sturm, and at least 2 camp invitees could make the team. Mike Santorelli could be in trouble.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass and Matt Cooke could play with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Chris Kunitz played with Malkin and Neal last season, but he’ll be along side Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. GM Ray Shero could make a move for a winger for the line. Prospect Beau Bennett could make the team and fill that slot.
  •  Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames captain Jarome Iginla will be a free agent at the end of they year and will be questioned about his plans all year.

    “I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said Monday after skating with a whack of teammates and fellow pros at WinSport.

    “I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.

    “It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here. It is home.

    “That’s where my focus is, to get ready and have a great season as a team and play well for this team.”

    There was no talks between Iginla, his agents Don Meehan and Jay Feester over the summer, and they weren’t allowed to talk during the lockout.

    “I’ll be honest, I haven’t thought about those different scenarios. Right now, it’s really just getting ready for training camp,” he said. “Once the season comes, I’d like the focus to definitely be just on winning games. I don’t know with Don Meehan, when he and Jay are going to talk.

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NHL terminating CBA … Canucks and Panthers notes … Shero wants big 3 … Top 5 FA targets for Sens … Semin’s agent audio

  • Jason Kay via twitter: The NHL has officially let the NHLPA know they are terminating the CBA on Sept. 15th. Talks are expected to start after the draft. Liz Mullen via twitter: A source said that one side must let the other side know if they want to make changes to a CBA 120 days before it expires.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: With a possible lockout looming, the fall prospects tournament for Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets in B.C. has been cancelled.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison will be a UFA on July 1st, and will be looking for a nice raise from the $675,000 he made this past season. He’d like to re-sign with the Panthers, and they are saying the right things, but their priorities list may lie with Kris Versteeg and bolstering their offense. Garrison is from BC, and may hope the Canucks are interested:

    “It’s always nice to be wanted and if that’s the case and you have a quality that they like, obviously it’s my hometown team and I grew up watching them play,” said Garrison, who played with Canucks winger Mason Raymond at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. “My friends and family are big Canuck fans and would love to see me play at home but you’ve got to be the right fit for a team. You want to be able to contribute.”

    Cap space for the Canucks would depend on a Roberto Luongo deal, and the re-signing of Cory Schneider. They need a top 6 forward, a 3rd line center and a top 4 defenseman. Sami Salo and Aaron Rome are UFAs, Marc-Andre Gragnani is a RFA.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The door is still open for Scott Clemmensen to return to the Panthers next season with Jose Theodore, and that GM Dale Tallon would like to Jacob Markstrom to spend a full year in the AHL. Fialkov doesn’t sense they will bring back Marco Sturm, John Madden or Wojtek Wolski. Mikael Samuelsson and Krys Barch are possibilities. Jonathan Huberdeau and Quinton Howden will be given every opportunity to make the Panthers next season. Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak will likely start next year in the AHL. Keaton Ellerby and possibly Shawn Matthias could be packaged to move up in the draft.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Ray Shero isn’t about to give up on the 3-center model that helped them win the Cup in 2009. Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby have 1 year left on their deals, Evgeni Malkin has 2.

    “I’d like to do that, if possible,” he said. “We’re looking at hopefully getting extensions with [Crosby and Staal].”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists the top 5 free agent targets for the Senators. 1. Zach Parise 2. Chris Kelly 3. Bryan Allen 4. David Jones 5. Jiri Hudler.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Zach Parise will be the Red Wings top goal scoring priority, but if they can’t land him, Khan wonders if they should look at Alexander Semin? Would his motivation increase playing with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg?
  • David Pollak via twitter: New reports are saying that Todd McLellan is coming back as the Sharks coach, but likely with new assistants.

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Injury notes on Howard, Steen, McDonald, Green, Morrow, Nugent-Hopkins, Barker, Sturm, Brunette

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Canucks trade Samuelsson and Sturm to Panther for Booth, Reinprecht and pick

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired David Booth, Steve Reinprecht and a 2013 3rd round pick from the Florida Panthers for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

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Another interested party for Stars … Pacioretty cleared for contact … Canucks top 6 options and Schneider … Foster out 2-4 weeks … Doughty practicing video

  • Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News: Chuck Greenberg is interested in buying the Dallas Stars, and he would have 30 days to submit an offer. Tom Gaglardi has already submitted a bid of $267 million to buy the team. Greenberg has been studying the team for months, and has already been approved by the NHL as a bidder for the team. Greenberg was a part owner of the Texas Rangers along with Nolan Ryan, but he sold his share and stepped down as CEO in March due to the differences he had with Ryan.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who was turn-buckled by Chara last year, has been cleared for full contact but said there are some steps remaining before he considers himself recovered. He had a severe concussion and a cracked vertebra. “Obviously, there still is an injury there and I’ll have to deal with it probably for the rest of my life, but it’s been a lot better than I thought it would be.”
  • Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail: The next two weeks will determine who’ll play on the 2nd line while Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond are recovering. Cody Hodgson has been given the first opportunity. Mikael Samuelsson will be a top 6 forward according to coach Vigneault. If healthy, Marco Sturm could be on the 2nd line. Chris Higgins could also get a shot. Jannik Hansen, PTO Owen Nolan and point-a-game AHLer Andrew Ebbett could be possibilities.
  • Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider will again be the backup for Roberto Luongo if the Canucks don’t get what they want for him.

    “I signed a two-year contract, so I’m bound to my contract, and I’m going to fulfil it, and show up and work hard, and do what I agreed to do,” he said Monday.

    “You can’t sign a two-year deal assuming you’re going to be moved or want to get out of it in the middle of it. I was coming off my rookie deal where I had almost no game experience, so a two-year contract sounded like some good security and a good chance to establish myself in this league, so I don’t regret the decision and I’d do it again. It’s just how it’s played out.”

    Cole thinks the Oilers could be a team that would be interested in Schneider.

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks defenseman Kurtis Foster will be out 2-4 weeks as he needs surgery to remove a small metal wire from his thigh. The wire was inserted into his thigh to hold a rod that was part of the surgery in March 2008 to repair his broken femur. He’ll miss the first couple weeks of the regular season.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The longer the Doughty contract situation drags on, the more of a problem it becomes for the Kings. Lombardi completely shot down the trade route for Doughty on Sunday. There is some concern how the process is impacting Doughty’s psyche. In August Logan Couture talked about the Doughty talks, “It’s been tough on him, he’s getting frustrated,” Couture said. “It’s definitely been tough on him to be waiting so long.” Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could see some playing time as early as today, doctor’s still don’t know what caused his vertigo bouts last year. Nikita Filatov will see some exhibition time on the top line with Jason Spezza.
  • Drew Doughty practicing ….

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Kane anxious for season … Bruins seeing what Marchand’s trade value is … Krejci and Bruins talking extension … Canucks have top 6 spot open

  • Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane still has his cast on his left wrist, but is sure he’ll be ready for the season opener.

    ‘‘It’s been a long time, and I’m anxious to start the season,’’ Kane said Saturday as he and four teammates took part in Blackhawks Day at U.S. Cellular Field. ‘‘I think I’ll be ready right away. I think once I get this [cast] off, I’ll be able to do pretty much anything. I practiced with the guys the other day, just trying to keep up with skating. I think just strengthening it will be the only thing.’

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: With the Bruins training camp approaching and with no contract for Brad Marchand, the Bruins are sniffing around to see what his trade value is. “For those doubting the Bruins shopping Marchand. Don’t.” Garrioch doesn’t think the gap is insurmoutable but the Bruins may want to see what they can get for him after 1 good year.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins and David Krejci had started contract extension talks. Krejci should be the teams number 1 center and is entering the final year of his 3 year, $11.25 million deal. He could see a deal similar to Patrice Bergeron’s 3 year, $15 million deal.
  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: The Vancouver Canucks will have a spot in their top 6 open due to Ryan Kesler’s offseason hip surgery and with Mason Raymond out still with his fractured vertebrae. Cody Hodgson, Chris Higgins, Marco Sturm and Bill Sweatt will be vying for a spot.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Cooper lists 5 prospects Predators fans should watch: Chet Prickard, Ryan Ellis, Craig Smith, Roman Josi and Austin Watson.
  • Katie Carrrera of the Washington Post: Though the Capitals have 7 defenseman on 1-way contracts, not including Tom Poti, prospect Dmitry Orlov may push those ahead of him on the depth chart. Other Capitals prospects to watch are forward Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren and Stanislav Galiev.

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Boogaard passes away … Barnaby arrested … Osgood likely to retire … Why Radulov could be back with the Preds

New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard passed away last night at the age 28. He was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment by his brothers. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune writes and excellent piece about the Boogeyman and is a must read. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the his family and friends.

  • T.J. Pignataro of the Buffalo News: Former Buffalo Sabres and current ESPN/TSN analyst will be arraigned this morning on multiple charges from a domestic violence incident. He’s being charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, harassment, criminal contempt and aggravated harassment.
  • Chris Johnston of the Globe and Mail: Ken Hitchcock is ready to coach in the NHL again. 5 teams are currently looking for a new head coach. He has been linked to the New Jersey devils. Also looking for a head coach are Ottawa, Minnesota, Dallas and Florida.
  • Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: Krupa thinks the biggest need for the Red Wings this off-season is add some scoring. The best UFA fits may be Marco Sturm, Radim Vrbata and Brooks Laich, with Laich probably being the best fit.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Whether or not Alexander Radulov returns to the NHL next season is still unknown. Chesnokov thinks it’s a real possibility that he’ll be back with the Predators next year. He was the KHL MVP last year, and won the championship this year. He plays for Salavat Yulaev, and the team has been backed by the local government in the oil rich region of the Republic of Bashkortostan. But the financial backing “will be cut considerably.” KHL teams rely on sponsorship and other fundings as gate receipts don’t generate a lot. KHL contracts are not guaranteed, both the player or team can terminate at any time. “KHL contracts don’t contain “out” clauses.” With the financial situation in Salavat, it’s likely both sides could reach a mutual agreement to terminate the contact. 11 other players won’t be returning to the team.

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New Bruins lines … No truth to Richards, Carter rumors just yet … Wild coaching candidates … Flyers notes

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: With Patrice Bergeron likely out to start the conference finals, Tyler Seguin is likely in. Seguin practiced on right wing yesterday with Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder. Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Chris Kelly will be centering Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. Bergeron’s agent said that his symptoms are not as severe as his first 2 concussions. Bergeron is to see a neurologist on Thursday.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: In time, Carchidi thinks that Sergei Bobrovsky could be the franchise goalie the Flyers have been looking for.
  • Wayne Fish of the PhillyBurbs: Flyers Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell have all expressed interest in returning to the Flyers next season. Keeping Leino could be difficult as he’s rumored to be looking for $3.5 million. He was asked about a hometown discount, “I don’t know,” he said, laughing. “If I’m going to stay here, I guess I’m going to have to do some discounting.” Leino hinted that he may have received a ballpark offer that could be used for a starting point. As for UFA Boucher, the Flyers have Bobrovsky and Leighton under contract for next season.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Russo provides a list of possible candidates for the Wild head coaching job. Craig MacTavish has been interviewed. Former NHL coaches include: Michel Therrien, Ken Hitchcock, Peter DeBoer, Scott Gordon, and Guy Carbonneau. Current NHL assistants: Kirk Muller, Mike Haviland, Paul MacLean, John Torchetti, and John Stevens. Current AHL head coaches: Mike Yeo, and Kevin Dineen.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Tim Connolly and Mike Grier are a combined $5.9 million that will be off the books for the Sabres. If they are going to spend some money this off-season, they’ll look to improve along the blueline. Marco Sturm made $3.5 million this past season, and those days will be gone. Maybe a team like Columbus or Ottawa offers him a $800,000 deal.

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Salo in for Canucks … Off-season Blackhawks questions … Arnott and Sturm likely not back for Capitals … Thrasher sale update

  • Damien Cox via twitter: Predators forward Colin Wilson will be in the lineup for injured Steve Sullivan. Sami Salo is in for the Canucks, Andrew Alberts is likely out. Keith Ballard a scratch. Dan Murphy via twitter: Salo in, Alberts out. No other changes for the Canucks, lines the same.
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has some easy decision in the re-signing of Corey Crawford and Michael Frolik, but tougher one’s involving Viktor Stalberg and Troy Brower (both are RFA’s). Tomas Kopecky is a UFA. Jake Dowell could be out because of money or team need to be bigger. Chris Campoli made $1.4 million last year and his return will likely depend on money. Marty Turco may not be back unless he takes less than the $1.3 million he made this past season. Fernando Pisani is likely done. Another team may offer Ryan Johnson more money and a bigger role. Niklas Hjalmarsson could be trade bait, he has 3 years at $3.5 million per season, but Bowman may not be eager to deal him, “I look back at his season and he was rock solid for us,” Bowman said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can contribute offensively. Not everybody has to put up points. There’s value in the style he plays.”
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres forward Mike Grier will either return or retire, “If I play again, it’ll be here,” Grier said last week after cleaning out his locker. “If not, that’ll probably be it.”
  • Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: There has been limited progress on finding a new owner/investors for the Thrashers.

    “We continue to have discussions with different prospective investors or buyers of the franchise,” Gearon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. “The comments I made in February generated some preliminary interest. I wish there was more. There are some people we are talking to, but nothing that is far enough along at this stage that it deserves further comment.”

    The Winnipeg group could target the Thrashers for relocation if Coyotes remain in Glendale. There is no indication if any local deal is close to keep the team in Atlanta.

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