Posts Tagged Matt D’Agostini

Injury Notes: Rinne, Hartnell, Koivu, D’Agostini, Avs, Bolland, Drewiske and Kane

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Doesn’t appear that Rinne will be returning any time soon.”
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Scott Hartnell is day-to-day with an ankle injury from blocking a shot on Tuesday.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu is walking without crutches and is not limping. He’s not far off from getting back on the ice.
  • Sabres PR: Matt D’Agostini left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs Erik Johnson could return from his back injury tonight. Paul Stastny is day-to-day. P.A. Parenteau could return next week as he’s ahead of schedule. Alex Tanguay is happy with progress. Nate Guenin will be out another seven to ten days. Cory Sarich had an MRI yesterday, results are not known yet.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Dave Bolland looked awkward skating the other day as his skate was rubbing against his incision.
  • Dave Stubbs: Canadiens Davis Drewiske’s (shoulder surgery) has been skating on his own, but hasn’t started practicing yet.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Evander Kane (hand) won’t travel to Calgary with the team. Coach Paul Maurice said: ”he’s not there yet.”

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Morning Hits: Concussion lawsuit, Schneider, Ericsson, Dudley, Klesla, Recalls and Flip Hit

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The concussion lawsuit has went from the first 10 plaintiffs to up to over 200 now, with the number likely to continue to grow.

    The lawsuit alleges that the NHL failed to do enough to protect and educate its players from the dangers of head injuries and, according to Owens, seeks to find out the answer to three important questions: What did the NHL know about concussions and the effects of subconcussive hits? When did it know it? And what did it tell the players?

  • Eric Macramalla: “The 200 or so NHL players were not magically added to lawsuit after news broke of NHL lawsuit; they likely signed retainer letters ahead of time; in class action litigation only plaintiffs that represent the class need to be identified at the start. Full list of plaintiff names will provided at a later date.”
  • Allan Walsh: “Many people are under the misperception that former players suing the NHL over long term effects of concussions making a pure money grab. In many instances, former players ultimately seeking costs of medical expenses, cost of medication and long term care.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Cory Schneider on not playing: ”It’s Groundhog Day for me. I can’t seem to escape it.”
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings sign Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million, a $4.25 million cap hit.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canadiens give Rick Dudley a more lucrative deal to remain with the team. The Sabres were asking for permission to speak with Dudley about their vacant GM spot. L.A. Lariviere: Dudley had one more year on his deal. Extension doesn’t kick in until after next season.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Rostislav Klesla clears waivers. McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Klesla was assigned to the AHL.

    “It’s more of him getting more minutes and playing more games, get his quickness and pace and confidence back where it needs to be, and then he’ll be back playing for us,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “Whether that’s a weekend or a week or two weeks or the rest of the year, I can’t say right now. So that’s the plan. We think he can help us at some point here, but we need to be better and he needs to be better.”

  • Ryan Rishaug: Matt D’Agostini was claimed by the Sabres.
  • Corey Pronman: The Coyotes have recalled Chris Brown and Connor Murphy from the AHL.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks have sent Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to the AHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Chris Bourque’s contract with the Kazan of the KHL was terminated, and he’s rumored to be signing with Biel of the Swiss league.

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Injury Notes: Panthers, Penguins, Lightning, Leafs, Hurricanes, Jets, Sharks, Flyers, Canadiens and Wings

  • George Richards: Panthers say that Ed Jovanovski has not been taken off the IR.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on defenseman Kris Letang:  “There’s not a timetable on Kris’ return at this point.”
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Hearing that Penguins James Neal’s upper-body injury is of the four to six week type. So, he could be out for a couple more weeks, if not more. He’s been out for two weeks already. Matt D’Agostini is not eligible to come off the LTIR until next week.
  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Martin St. Louis didn’t skate yesterday.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin still has a walking boot on. Looks like it will be awhile before he’s back.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs James van Riemsdyk didn’t skate yesterday. Mark Masters: Randy Carlyle said that JVR is out with back spasms.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Tim Gleason said that next Thursday may be the “safest bet” for his return.
  • Gary Lawless: Jets coach Claude Noel said that Evander Kane, Brian Little and Jim Slater are all day-to-day. Kane could be able to go tonight.
  • Ian Mendes: Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that Dan Boyle will need a few more days before a full evaluation on his injuries are known.
  • Rob Parent: Flyers Kimmo Timonen left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James Reimer will be able to practice today. Reimer had a ”headache” after the hit. (left after 32 seconds after a collision with a teammate. Missed time two years ago with a concussion)
  • John Lu: Canadiens Max Pacioretty has a left hamstring strain and will be out three weeks. The Canadiens won’t make any AHL call ups to fill the roster spot.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin might be able to return after next week.
  • Chip Alexander: It’s unlikely that Hurricanes Elias Lindholm will play against the Islanders. They might wait until they play the Wild next week.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Ken Holland said that Niklas Kronwall has a “mild concussion.”

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Injury Notes: RNH, Callahan, Landeskog, Stajan, Josi, Salo, Fraser, Neal, Peverley and Video of Downie Hit on Josi

  • NHL on TSN: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play on Monday against the Devils. Joanne Ireland: Eakins hasn’t ruled out having Taylor Hall stay at center.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Ryan Callahan is expected to play on Monday against the Kings.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Gabriel Landeskog is day-to-day with a leg injury. Will skate on Sunday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Matt Stajan is week-to-week with a deep leg contusion.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Roman Josi left last nights game with an upper-body injury after being hit by Steve Downie. (video at bottom)
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs put Mark Fraser on the LTIR, out for 10 games/24 days. CapGeek: The Leafs recalled Jamie Devane. While Frazer McLaren and Fraser on the LTIR, the Leafs have $800,000 in cap space.
  • Rob Rossi: James Neal (upper-body), Matt D’Agostini (lower-body) and Kris Letang (lower-body) did not practice yesterday.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Rich Peverley is expected to play today against the Capitals.

What do you think of Downie’s hit on Josi?

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Injury Notes: Parros, Vokoun, Neal, Callahan, D’Agostini, Soderberg, Krejci, Tyutin and Boll

  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens George Parros has no bone fracture. First indications for CT Scan were negative. Only a concussion as of right now.  Dave Stubbs: Parros has been released from the hospital and is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun will be out for three to six months. He could return this season, but that won’t be known for awhile.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins James Neal is dealing with an upper-body injury.
  • Rangers captain Ryan Callahan won’t be in the Rangers lineup for their season opener on Thursday.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins Carl Soderberg is on the IR retroactive to last Friday. David Krejci skated today and will be a game-time decision tomorrow.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Injuries could keep Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin and Jared Boll out of the lineup with weekend.

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Free Agent Hits: Jagr, Grabovski, Clifford, Boedker, Prospal, Rynnas, Stewart and Pietrangelo

  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said on Tuesday that he’s still talking with a “big name free agent” and is trying to create a roster spot for him.

    “There’s one guy that has said he will take less on a one-year contract to come to us, because he likes our team and he’d like to play here,” Rutherford said. “I’ve been continuing to work on ways to do that.

    “We’re going to have to move a player out before we’re able to add a player, and at this point in time I haven’t been able to do it, but the player is still waiting patiently.”

    It’s been rumored that they might be looking at Jaromir Jagr.

  • Josh Rimer: (as of later afternoon yesterday) Rimer is hearing that the Hurricanes have had no discussions with Jagr or Mikhail Grabovski. That could change though. They like Grabovski.
  • John Hoven: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Kyle Clifford talks: ‘It gets closer every day, but is it close enough…don’t think we’re far off w/ any of them’
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said they’ve had “numerous conversations” with Mikkel Boedker’s camp in the last few days and are progressing towards a deal.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said they haven’t extended a contract offer to Vinny Prospal.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Though he’s filed for arbitration, contract talks with the Blues and Chris Stewart have picked up. They have talked about different scenarios, including a long-term deal. The Blues are willing to go $4.1 million, the same they gave T.J. Oshie on a five-year deal last summer. They are not in a rush for an Alex Pietrangelo deal. They are fine with going long-term but Strickland doesn’t see them wanting to give him $7 million when coming off an entry level deal.

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Blues Trade Matt D’Agostini to the Devils

The St. Louis Blues have traded 26-year old right winger Matt D’Agostini and a conditional 2015 7th round pick to the New Jersey Devils for a conditional 2015 4th or 5th round pick.

Tom Gulitti via twitter: The Devils qualify or re-sign D’Agostini, the Blues will get the 4th round pick and retain their 7th. If the Devils don’t qualify or re-sign D’Agostini, they’ll get the 7th round pick and the Blues will get the 5th round pick.

D’Agostini has appeared in 16 games for the Blues this season, recording a goal and an assist.

D’Agostini was originally drafted by the Canadiens in 2005, 190th overall in the 6th round.

He carries a $1.65 million salary cap hit.

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Morning Rumors II: Tagging, Blues, Briere, Shattenkirk, Luongo and Schneider

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: On March 1st teams will be allowed to spend up to 10% of next season’s $64.3 million salary cap ceiling. The “tagging rule” usually doesn’t come into play until after the season. This will help teams like Chicago, Rangers, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Calgary. It may help lead to some trades.Free agency this year starts on July 5th, and teams are allowed to speak with free agents “no less than five days, and no more than a week before” free agency starts.

    As of now, it looks like the Capitals, Panthers, Blue Jackets and Jets are sellers.

    The Blues will have some free agents to take care of. The Blues and Patrik Berglund will wait until after the season to talk extension. The same is likely for Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Chris Stewart, Kris Russell, Andy McDonald and Matt D’Agostini also have expiring contracts.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Sources are saying that Blues GM Doug Armstrong asked the Flyers about Daniel Briere. The Bruins are also said to have asked about his availability. The Flyers haven’t asked Briere if he’d waive his no trade clause, and it’s not known if they are interested in trading him. Briere did have this to say,

    “I don’t want to comment on anything at this point,” Briere told the Daily News. “Trades are not my department. I’ve been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

    Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit, but has a salary of $3 million for next year and $2 million in 2014-15.

    The Flyers are interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, but it would take a lot more than Briere to get him.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Roberto Luongo is 5-1-3 with a 2.11 GAA and .916, and has made it easy for Canucks GM Mike Gillis to hold on to him while looking for maximum return on any deal. The longer Luongo stays, the tougher it becomes for Corey Schneider. Gillis has been getting calls from teams interested in Schneider. It might be better in the short term if Schneider is moved. It’s presumed that they could get better package of players for Schneider than for Luongo. Schneider is under contract through 2014-15 at $4 million a year. If the Canucks were to move him, they would still have a world-class goalie in Luongo. The longer Luongo remains with the Canucks, the harder it becomes to move him before the summer. It may worthwhile seeing what you could get for Schneider.

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Should Oilers trade Gagner? Blues interested in Morrow and Doan … Kulemin gets arbitration, Franson doesn’t … Purcell signs for $4.5 million per

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It doesn’t make any sense for the Oilers to trade Sam Gagner unless they are able to get an exceptional return. He is still only 23, and is a good player even if he doesn’t improve. He has 220 points in 366 games, a 0.60 ppg pace, and puts him ahead of Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Andrei Kostitsyn, Michael Ryder, Bryan Little and others over the same span. If they were to move him, it should be for either a better center or a high-end defenseman.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged that he has been involved in trade discussions which could lead to a trade being done soon. The Blues want to add a top 4 defenseman, and he may have found a veteran forward to bring in. The Blues have interest in Stars Brenden Morrow, who is said to be available now. The Rangers, Sharks and Kings may also be calling the Stars. The Blues already have LWers in David Perron, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen (could move to center), Matt D’Agostini (Hitchcock prefers him on the right) and Jaden Schwartz (no guarantee he makes the roster next year). Morrow played in 57 games last year and missed time with neck and back issues. He has 1 year left on a 6 year, $24.6 million deal. He has a full no-trade clause. The Blues have also expressed interest in Shane Doan.
  • Kevin McGrann of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs filed for salary arbitration for Nikolai Kulemin, but not for defenseman Cody Franson. Kulemin’s agent has had only 1 negotiating session with the Leafs since the end of the season.

    “Kulemin loves the city and loves the organization a lot and would like to stay in Toronto,” said Greenstin. “But not everything is in my, and Kulemin’s, hands.

    “I believe the Leafs like him, but now it’s strictly business.”

    With the trade for James van Riemsdyk, Kulemin may have lost his spot on the 2nd line.

  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Sportsnet cites a Russian report that Alexander Semin is close on a 1 year deal with the Penguins. No comment from his agent.
  • Dave Lozo via twitter: “So the Rangers go into next season with Asham, Pyatt, Halpern and without Prust, Fedotenko, Mitchell, Gaborik (for 3 months). Yowser.”

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Petrov, Mayorov sign in KHL … Preds still hope to re-sign Suter and Weber … Coaching notes for Sharks, Canadiens … 5 priorities for Sens

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The two 2011 Stanley Cup Finals goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, could find themselves on the trading block this summer. Luongo has given the Canucks a short list of teams he’s accept a trade too: possibly the Panthers, Lightning, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has heard the rumors on Thomas:

    “I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie, but I’m certainly not inclined to do that,” Chiarelli said.

    “Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had the year before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top goaltending tandems in the league.”

    The Predators still believe they’ll be able to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran:

    “We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran told the Tennessean. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a vote of confidence from ownership, but the coaching staff hasn’t received one yet. Wilson is still in the review process, which should be completed over the next couple weeks. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coach Todd McLellan has 2 years left on his deal, and LeBrun thinks he’ll remain with the team. New Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would definitely be interested in Alain Vigneault if the Canucks fired him. Marc Crawford could also be in the mix for the Canadiens job. Darren Dreger reported that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are in consideration. The sale of the St. Louis Blues to minority owner Tom Stillman is “very close.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators top 5 offseason priorities: 1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson 2. Sign defenceman Erik Karlsson 3. Re-sign center Chris Kelly as a UFA 4. Trade defenceman Sergei Gonchar 5. Buy out winger Bobby Butler.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues tried to upgrade their blueline at the trade deadline, but were unsuccessful. Kent Huskins will likely replace Ian Cole tonight. Matt D’Agostini could replace Alex Steen on the line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wanted to rule Jaroslav Halak out of the series to eliminate any potential distraction.

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Afternoon notes: Schultz, Selanne, Toews, Scrivens, D’Agostini, new Devils lines and starting goalies

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: If Ducks defensive prospect Justin Schultz decides not to sign the Ducks and become a UFA on July 1st, Bob McKenzie thinks the Oilers have the best chance at landing him. TSN’s Aaron Ward thinks the Red Wings are the best bet, with Marc Crawford picking the Maple Leafs.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Ducks winger Teemu Selanne doesn’t know if he’ll return next year or not. He leads the team with 63 points in 76 games.

    “I’m not going to think about it before the season is over and then give it a couple weeks and get a feel from there,” he said after the Ducks practiced in preparation for Wednesday’s game against Pacific division-leading San Jose.

    “There are so many highs and lows during the season. I have to feel the situation.”

    Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews is expected to be cleared for contact today or tomorrow.

  • James Mirtle via twitter: With Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens just being called up for yesterday, he made an extra $2,800.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Josefson-Bernier.

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Morning notes on Radulov, Howard, Morrow, injured Blues and Green’s 3 game suspension

Update: Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov is checking a report that Radulov is set to join the Predators in the next couple days. He’s cautious with the outlet as it’s coming from an outside agent who has players on the same team (not Radulov’s agent).

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Alexander Radulov’s KHL team was eliminated from the playoffs, but as of yesterday afternoon, there was “no change in his status” according to his agent. There is the possibility that Radulov could return to the Predators this year.
  • Bill Roose of the Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard plans take part in their morning skate today in Nashville, and could return to the lineup on Tuesday in LA.

    “I feel a lot better. It’s getting better every single day,” he said. “Skated yesterday, skated today, took some shots. Hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll share a net. Then practice Monday in L.A.

    “We just want to take all the precautions and make sure everything is healed up, with it being so close to playoffs.”

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Several of the Blues injured players (Kent Huskins, Jamie Langenbrunner, Kris Russell, Matt D’Agostini and Alex Steen) are expected to return to their lineup sometime next week. Likely candidates to return are Huskins, Russell and Langenbrunner. D’Agostini and Steen don’t appear to be close to returning.
  • Capitals Mike Green was suspended for 3 games

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