Posts Tagged Mark Dekanich

Quick hits: Audio, Subban-Habs talking today, Kubina, Henrique, Flyers, Hovinen, Leafs and Jets lines and starting goalies

  • Globe and Mail Audio:Eric Duhatschek, James Mirtle and Darren Yourk – TV numbers, Zajac and Lupul contracts, Subban trade speculation and Gretzky’s future.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Critical in-person meeting this morning between the Canadiens management and P.K. Subban’s Newport group. An offer must now start around Jamie Benn’s $26 million contract to have chance.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Adam Henrique is on the ice with the team today. He’s still recovering from surgery on his left thumb.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Oilers claim goalie Niko Hovinen off waivers from the Flyers. The Jets place Mark Dekanich on waivers.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: MacArthur-Bozak-Kessel, JVR-Grabo-Kulemin, Steckel-Kadri-Frattin, Brown-McClement-Orr. Looks like Komarov missing.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Anders Lindback will be in net for the Lightning tonight. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron back in the lineup.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuukka Rask appears to be getting his fourth straight start in net against the Islanders tonight.

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Some Rangers may be going overseas … Karlsson thinking Sweden … Landeskog not going to AHL … Jets assigned to AHL

  • Steve Zipay of Newsday: Michael Del Zotto on going overseas, “But it’s not easy, you can’t just pick up and go,” referring to costly insurance. Carl Hagelin on going overseas, “I’ll probably take another week to decide, but the way things are going, you have to look into it.”  Marc Staal isn’t ruling out going overseas and added, “It doesn’t look like this [labor stalemate] is going to end quickly. It’s gotten ugly.”
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Henrik Lundqvist will consider going to Sweden when the league commits to adding NHLers,

    “I’m going to stay put for a little while, and skate and train here, but if this isn’t settled soon, I’ll choose the option that will allow me to be in the best shape for the Rangers once the season begins,” the Vezina-winning goaltender said.

    “And if playing high-level games in Sweden does become a possibility, that probably would be the best way for me to accomplish that.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Erik Karlsson could be heading to Sweden soon,

    “Obviously, they know I want to come home,” Karlsson said Friday at the Bell Sensplex. “I’ve been talking to them since this summer. Now it’s just a matter of getting a solution done and making it work for everyone.

    “I don’t want to put the team in any debt or anything, and I want to make them a better team if I come. I don’t want it to be unfair for anyone.”

    Karlsson could get up to $70,000-$80,000 a month to play in the SEL, but his insurance cost could take most of that.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Gabriel Landeskog won’t be going to the AHL during the lockout. He plans to stay in Denver until at least the middle of October, and will consider his options at that time.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Luca Sbisa signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. Jonas Hiller is in talks with a few teams, but there is no timetable on what he’s going to do.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets assigned Mark Dekanich, Paul Postma, Derek Meech, Spencer Machacek, Aaron Gagnon, Ben Maxwell and Maxime Macenauer to St. John’s of the AHL.

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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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Visnovsky and Goligoski out 4 weeks … Hagman on re-entry waivers … Green out … Blue Jackets looking for goaltender

  • Eric Francis via twitter: The Flames have put Niklas Hagman on re-waivers. Have to wait until 10 am on Monday to find out if anyone has claimed him. (He has a $3 million cap hit, he can be had for $1.5 million).
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter will return tonight. Goaltender Mark Dekanich suffered a groin injury and could be out weeks. GM Scott Howson said they are not actively pursuing a goaltender. Evgeni Nabokov is a name they might consider. Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: The Jackets could also call the Panthers about Scott Clemmensen or pursue free agent Marty Turco.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets lines: Nash – Carter – Umberger; Prospal – Letestu – Johansen; Vermette – Pahlsson – Dorsett; Calvert – MacKenzie – Boll. Steve Mason will start in net with Allen York as his backup.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight. Brian Lee will replace David Rundblad on the blueline.

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Modano retires … Doughty rumors false … Leafs looking at Turris … Richards to play tomorrow … Lombardi and Lamoriello audio

  • Mike Modano on facebook: Modano retires from the NHL. “After a long summer of thinking about my future, I’ve come to the decision that it’s time to retire as a player from the NHL. There’s way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it’s been!”
  • Helene Elliott via twitter: Rumors that Drew Doughty was in Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s office are false. Lombardi was in Phoenix on Tuesday with the split-squad team and wasn’t in the office on Wednesday.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox says that the Maple Leafs may be interested in Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris, especially if Matthew Lombardi doesn’t continue to make progress. There have been some preliminary discussions on the possibility of adding Turris between the teams. Turris’ agent may be the driving force in any discussions that have taken place. Cox thinks it would probably cost Tyler Bozak to get Turris. Bozak carries a $1.5 million cap hit, Turris’ is asking for $3-4 million. According to Coyotes GM Don Maloney, “(His) position is just so illogical from our standpoint.”
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be a UFA at seasons end. Kronwall would like to stay in Detroit. GM Ken Holland and Kronwall’s agent have had brief talks on an extension.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Sean Couturier’s entry level deal carries a $1.375 million cap hit, including a $450,000 bonus each year.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will likely play in the final 3 preseason games but not before.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ben Eager suffered a concussion and some whiplash after colliding with teammate Kirill Tulupov on Sunday. The Oilers sent Tyler Bunz, David Musil, Jeremie Blain and Brandon Davidson back to junior.
  • Steve Zipay via twitter: Brad Richards, who’s been bothered by a bad groin, will probably skate today and play tomorrow.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets goalie Mark Dekanich could be out 4 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Portzline notes that it may be a mild injury, high ankle sprains can take months to heal.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: UFA goalie Marty Turco says “I’ll be ready if something happens.” Turco is training with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Kings GM Dean Lombardi talks with Darren Millard and Doug MacLean about Drew Doughty.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello talks with Bob McCown and Damien Cox about pre-season hockey and possible rule changes.

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Could Doughty holdout? Turco having trouble finding a gig … Pittsburgh to host 2012 Draft? Isles may find new home in LI

  • Adam Gretz of CBS Sports: Drew Doughty and the LA Kings still don’t have contract done, and nothing seems close. From Jim Alexander of the P-E: (Jack Ferreira is the Kings special assistant to he GM)

    And this is part of what veteran hockey men bring to the table: There is little that can happen that they haven’t already seen. Today’s Kings are still at a negotiating stalemate with defenseman Drew Doughty , a restricted free agent. That situation got no easier Wednesday when an arbitrator awarded Nashville’s Shea Weber, a more experienced defenseman, $7.5 million for one year. “This year we were up in Toronto for the scouting combine and Dean had some meetings with Newport Sports (Doughty’s agents),” Ferreira said. “He came back and they were discussing what went on, and I just looked at him and said, ‘Dean, they don’t want to make a deal. They’re not ready to make a deal.’ “That’s gonna be a tough one. I would not be surprised if he was a holdout. I went through it with Paul Kariya, and Dean’s been through it.”

    There is still about 2 months till the start of the season, a month away from training camp, so there is plenty of time to get a deal done.

  • Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports: Marty Turco still remains unsigned, and his agent did say last week that he will play next season, but will it be in the NHL? Most NHL teams are not in need of backup. Columbus could be a possibility if they are worried about Steve Mason and the inexperience of Mark Dekanich. He could get a tryout from someone like Ray Emery did. Turco could end up in Europe or he could retire.
  • Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Nothing has been finalized, but it’s looking like Pittsburgh will host the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Tampa Bay also applied for the draft. The draft hasn’t been in Pittsburgh since 1997.
  • AP in the Globe and Mail: Steve Levy, an Executive of Suffolk County, called Islanders owner Charles Wang to talk about the idea of a new arena.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: 4th line Canucks hopeful, Byron Bitz, thinks he’s ready to go after going through 3 surgeries last year. He had sports hernia surgery last October, a surgery in January to repair a groin tear, and in March it was discovered that he had a labral tear.

    “The hip was causing a lot of the groin problems I was having,” Bitz said. “They had to go in there and shave the bone down to get my hip joint moving again. It took a while to get to the bottom of it, but they finally got it right. I’m so glad they finally figured it out.

    “Now, I’m good to go.”

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Drury ready for Friday … Rangers interested in B. Richards? Tavares out still … Ducks not interested in Souray … plus more

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers center Chris Drury should be ready to go for Friday’s home opener against the Maple Leafs. Drury has been out since September 20th with a broken finger. Erik Christensen suffered a groin and hamstring injury last night, so a roster move may not necessary if Christensen is placed on IR. If he’s not placed on IR, one of either Todd White ($2.376 million) or Tim Kennedy ($550,000) could be sent to the AHL, as both cleared waivers last week. Brooks thinks the Rangers could be interested in Brad Richards at some point this season, and would be interested in signing him long-term. John Tortorella, “I don’t want to jump the gun, but Step reminds me of a young Brad Richards in Tampa,”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If injured Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere is forced to retire due to his eye injury, his $1.16 million would still count against the cap for the next 2 years since he signed his contract after he was 35. I’m sure the Flyers would see if they could leave him LTIR for both seasons, therefore not counting against the cap, see Mike Rathje.
  • The NY York Times: New York Islanders forward John Tavares sat out last night’s game, and will miss their next one because of a concussion. Test came back normal yesterday, and he’ll trying skating today and tomorrow.
  • Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean: The Nashville Predators have recalled goalie Mark Dekanich as a precaution if Pekka Rinne his not able to go due a ‘lower-body-injury’. Rinne hasn’t practiced the last 2 days, but feels better, and is day-to-day.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The New Jersey Devils have put P.L. Letourneau-Leblond on waivers, and will be sent to the AHL if he clears. They are also expected to sign Adam Mair to a contract. Mair has been with the team on a tryout.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Newly acquired Andres Lilja is waiting a new work visa before he’s allowed to suit up for the Anaheim Ducks. They hope the he’ll receive it this week.

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More on Salvador and possible options for the Devils … Toni Lydman skates with Ducks … Backup in Nashville settled

  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Travis Zajac’s name continues to float around. Two GM’s think that the New Jersey Devils will carry 20 or 21 players on their roster.  Teams must dress 20 players for each game. Keeping 21 players could save them $1 million, 20 players $1.5 million. If they keep 21, including the injured Bryce Salvador (can’t really do anything with Salvador while he’s injured), they would have to get rid of $2.5 million in salary.
  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Doesn’t see anyone trading for Brian Rolston. Allen also doesn’t think Dustin Byfuglien will stay on defense for the entire season. Magnus Paajarvi could outscore Taylor Hall this year. The Predators could look to sign a veteran goalie.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Toni Lydman was on the ice for his first on-ice workout with the Anaheim Ducks. Lydman had an episode of double vision almost a month ago and has missed all of training while they try to figure out what caused it, which they haven’t been able to pin-point as of yet.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Martin Brodeur will 40 years old in 2 years when his contract expires.

    “I don’t know if it’s going to be that’s all after this,” he told me today. “I plan the long-range (with) what I have (with his contract) and that’s what I’m focusing on, to be as good as I can be for those two years and have that goal. We’ll see how I feel next year. Next year, in the middle of the season, that’s when you’re going to start thinking about it more because there’s a lot of things that could happen with the NHL and the NHLPA. That (the end of the CBA) comes right after that season. So, who knows? I can’t just commit myself and then have a lockout or if there’s a lockout (for a full year), do I go back the year after?”

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Kuba out 5-6 weeks … Little-Peverley switching positions … Weber-Suter split up? Hodgson back Wednesday?

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Through 2 days of training camp, the top 3 lines have consisted of Anze Kopitar-Ryan Smyth-Dustin Brown; Jarret Stoll-Scott Parse-Justin Williams; and Michal Handzus-Alexei Ponikarovsky-Wayne Simmonds. Coach Terry Murray envisions a “gritty, heavy” fourth line.
  • Josh Copper of the Tennessean: Nashville Predators coach, Barry Trotz, is thinking of breaking up the defensive pair of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Mark Dekanich heads into camp as the leading candidate to the be the backup for Pekka Rinne over Chet Pickard. GM David Poile has hinted that he may look outside for a backup goalie. Ryan Suter and Steve Sullivan were named as alternate captains.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Province: Cody Hodgson could rejoin the full team Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. Saturday and Sunday he was skating at the 2nd rink with “slightly injured players and fringe prospects”. Alex Burrows is still recovering from shoulder surgery, he’s skating but not taking contact. Mikael Samuelsson is expected to move up from the 2nd line to take Burrows spot until he comes back. A time frame for Burrows return  may be known later this week after strength tests.
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The New York Rangers continue to build around their young core, and with many young guys looking good in camp, some veterans may find themselves on the outside. Derek Stepan has been centering Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov.

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