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NHL Injuries: Flyers, Red Wings, Blues, Avs, Sharks and Bruins

  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Helene Ste. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg skated before practice yesterday. Felt good but didn’t push it. Zetterberg said it’s unlikely he’ll be ready before round 2.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko still needs doctors clearance. He feels good and today will determine if he can play or not. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Tarasenko is right on time with his six week timeline.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that John Mitchell is doing better and could play at some point during the series.
  • Michael Kelly: Avs Matt Duchene is just over two weeks into his four to six weeks recovery.
  • David Pollak: No decision has been made if Raffi Torres will play in Game one.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”the Bruins are having some flu issues right now. Kelly is having some back issues & Paille took that hard hit. Some things there”

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Olympic Hockey Notes: Selanne, Team Canada Scratches, Lehtonen Start, Datsyuk Ailing and Zetterberg Done

  • Stephen Whyno: Finland’s coach on Teemu Selanne’s injury:  ”small upper body injury. Not serious.” Greg Wyshynski: Finnish coach does expect him to play.
  • Bob McKenzie: P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene will be in the lineup for Canada. Chris Johnston: Patrick Sharp and Dan Hamhuis will be scratches for Canada.
  • Matias Strozyk: Kari Lehtonen will start for Finland today. Sakari Salminen and Antti Pihlström will be in the line up, Juhamatti Aaltonen and Jarkko Immonen will be scratched.
  • Matias Strozyk: Expressen is reporting that Henrik Zetterberg is out for the remainder of the Olympics. Zetterberg told Expressen that he has not been able to move around that much. Added the back injury is ”the same as in December but much bigger pain”.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings GM Ken Holland on Zetterberg: ”Hasn’t seen doctor. Going back to DET in day or two to be evaluated. On medication to get swelling down.”
  • Dan Rosen: Swedish doctor on Zetterberg: ”These are nerve-related issues and they often come creeping in. It is not one specific injury.” … ”Z has been in touch with the Detroit medical staff. I have been in touch with the NHL doctors who are here.”
  • Jonas Siegel: Zetterberg had been playing with Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Steen. Team Sweden is already without Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen.
  • TSN: (yesterday) Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg is day-to-day with a herniated disc. A decision on if he’ll play or not will be made today. Sweden’s doctor has said he’s been dealing with it for months.

    “He has a problem with a disk hernia that we have been familiar with for some months ago, and he has had treatment in the U.S.,” he said earlier on Thursday. But he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem.”

    “We (have) not decided yet until we see how he is tomorrow, and then we can do the decision with him and also with the NHL doctors that are here,” he said. “We would of course not risk anything.”

    “We told them also that we will take decision tomorrow and see how he feels and how he adjusts to anti-inflammatory treatment and rest.”

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Morning Rumors: Bruins, Sabres, Habs, Coyotes, Canes, Avs, Pens, Isles, Kings, Rangers and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHL trade deadline is March 5th. The Olympic roster freeze is February 8th till February 23rd.

    “The roster freeze will act as a deadline, especially for those teams that want to save a little bit of money,” said a league executive.

    “There’s a chance to get deals done in the next few weeks that will get money off the books.”

    The Bruins have said they will try to fill the loss of Dennis Seidenberg from within. If that doesn’t work out as planned, they could look at Dan Girardi.

    Ryan Miller may not be going anywhere as the new GM may look to re-sign him, and they may not be able to get what they want for him on the trade market. The asking price is three prospects and a first round pick. The Blues may be the only option for Miller, and they may not be looking to trade.

    The Canadiens are looking for forward depth. GM Marc Bergevin may have looked at Flames Curtis Glencross, who has two years left at $2.55 million. The Canadiens are looking to trade Daniel Briere.

    The Coyotes for looking for forward depth and may look at Sabres Matt Moulson.

    Thought is the Hurricanes are not done trading. A couple teams have said the Hurricanes are willing to trade anyone but Eric and Jordan Staal. Teams will call about Jeff Skinner, but he isn’t going anywhere. Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo Ruuttu and Ron Hainsey will likely be traded by the deadline.

    The Avs will have to make a decision on Paul Stastny before the trade deadline. If they are able to get a 1st round pick and a prospect for him, they may move him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the March 5th trade deadline day.

    “A lot can happen between now and then,” Shero said this past week. “But I like our team. I don’t feel like we have to do something.”

    Sense withing the organization is that if they make a move, it would be a “hockey trade,” giving up someone significant to get someone of worth and under contract. Shero may be looking for a winger for either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Shero will listen to all offers, but doesn’t mean he’d be actively looking to trade someone like Olli Maata. The Jets are reportedly willing to trade Evander Kane, who has four years left with a $5.25 million cap hit. Shero and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have not talked about Kane.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: To retain Ryan O’Reilly’s rights, the Avalanche would have to pay the pending RFA at least $6.5 million. He can’t be traded until after February 28th. Matt Duchene will have a cap hit of $6 million for the next five years. There has been an “uneasy truce” between O’Reilly and the Avalanche since they matched his offer sheet with the Flames. The Avs could sign O’Reilly to an contract extension at any time, but they should draw a line saying, ”We won’t pay anyone a dime more than Duchene, no matter what.” Dater doesn’t think they should trade him anytime soon.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is on pace for a career year in points and is a pending UFA. GM Garth Snow wouldn’t comment on if there have been contract extension talks. He could become the Islanders best trade chip at the deadline if they are out of the playoff picture.

    “I think you realize it’s there, that it’s possible or whatever,” MacDonald said. “I’m hopeful things get done. We’ve dug ourselves a pretty big hole here so there isn’t really time to worry about that.”

  • David Pagnotta: As Dennis Bernstein pointed out, the Kings are not finished trading. Nothing is imminent, but they are looking for a scorer.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Oilers Scott Howson was scouting the Kings game last night. Talk is the Oilers are very active and looking to make a move now. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner are in the mix.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Rangers had two scouts at the Avalanche-Sharks game. There are rumors they are interested in Tyson Barrie, but he, along with Ryan Wilson, were not in the lineup. There Rangers were the only Eastern team scouting the game.
  • Chip Alexander: Elias Lindholm could rejoin the Hurricanes in Buffalo for Tuesday’s game.
  • Hotstove: The Sabres are getting closer to naming a new GM, with Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning being the leading candidate. The Oilers could be looking at trading Sam Gagner. Before last night’s game, Michael Del Zotto’s camp and the Rangers hadn’t met yet.

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Afternoon Hits: Futa, Thornton and Neal, Forsberg, Dumba, Rielly, Devils Injuries, Lupul and Duchene

  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: The Sabres have asked permission to speak with Kings Director of Amateur Scouting, Mike Futa, as they continue their search for a new GM.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Bruins Shawn Thornton will get more games than Penguins James Neal, but many NHL team employees and media “insiders” think what Neal did was just as bad or worse than what Thornton did.
  • Sunaya Sapurji: According to @UffeBodin, the Predators will loan Filip Forsberg to Sweden for the WJC.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis told me that if Rielly wasn’t playing we would have to consider sending him to the WJC. It’s unlikely but we would consider” … ”Since Rielly has suddenly become a healthy scratch every game it is definitely something Nonis will look at.”
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils Lou Lamoriello said that Peter Harrold has a non-displaced fracture in his foot and will be in a cast for a week.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe worked out off-ice today and will likely practice on Thursday. Steven Gionta (ankle) is skating but not ready to practice yet. Ryan Carter (leg) and Adam Larsson (lower-body) are not skating yet.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul confirms that he’ll be in the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater thinks that Matt Duchene could be hurt or somethings as he doesn’t have his normal speed.

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Afternoon Hits: Bozak, Bryzgalov, Stamkos, Neurvirth, Merril, McQaid, Harding, Datsyuk and Duchene

  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak will return to the lineup tonight, centering Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.
  • Chris Wescott: The Oilers would like to have Ilya Bryzgalov start in either Nashville or Columbus.
  • David Alter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Tom GulittiMartin Brodeur will start for the Devils.
  • Nick Cotsonika: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has a rod in his leg and is already walking around without crutches.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Michal Neurvirth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils recall Jon Merrill. Adam Larsson has a lower-body injury. Stephen Gionta is out with an ankle injury.
  • Boston Bruins: Bruins Adam McQuaid is “getting closer” to being able return to the lineup. He could be a game-time decision.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding injury is the same as he had before the back-to-back games … spasms in the hamstring.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day and is feeling pretty good. Todd Bertuzzi is out on Wednesday.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Matt Duchene skated but didn’t practice with the team.

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Injury notes: Weiss, DeKeyser, Koivu, Calvert, Bickell, Bourque, Duchene and Kessel

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Stephen Weiss (groin) expects to be ready for Saturday’s game against the Senators.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser is out for four to six weeks with a separated shoulder.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu said he occasionally encounters dizziness during his on-ice sessions. This is his first concussion.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert is expected to play tonight, his first game since Oct. 10th.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell will be out weeks with a left knee injury. Tracey Myers: Out two to three weeks.
  • Greg Brady: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel is clearly playing hurt. Issue is if he can play through it or not. Smart move may be to address it and take the heat off him. James Mirtle: Coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t reveal if Kessel is hurt or not. Jonas Siegel: Kessel has now played 16 minutes or less in four of their last five games. He was playing closer to 20 minutes per night earlier in the season.

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Morning Hits: 2012 Draft, Backlund, New Avs lines, Dubnyk and the Sabres

  • Aaron Portzline: Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was thrilled when the Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray in 2012. The Blue Jackets wouldn’t have drafted Yakupov at No 2. Portzline thinks (if remembers correctly) that Howson would have taken Alex Galchenyuk at No. 2 if the Oilers had taken Murray at No. 1. Howson liked Murray so much, he had turned down all of the Islanders draft picks for the No. 2 slot.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames forward Mikael Backlund was benched for a good part of the 2nd period and was demoted to the 4th line.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon is likely to replace Matt Duchene on the teams first line, centering Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. Paul Stastny will center Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau. John Mitchell centering Cody McLeod and Max Talbot.
  • Jason Gregor: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Sabres coach Ted Nolan:

    “There’s some maneuvering room we can do here. We checked the farm team, see who’s going well down there. There’s a couple players playing exceptionally well down there that deserve an opportunity. We’ve been tweaking. We’re going to meet right after this and see what we can do.”

    Former GM Darcy Regier’s plan was to use young players and get a high draft pick.

    “We’re going to try to get this thing on proper footing going forward and putting people in position of success versus force-feeding them,” Nolan said. “You see some good organizations and how they go about it. You don’t force-feed somebody and say we’re rebuild. Rebuild is important, but how you rebuild is really important.

    “Like I said, Patty and I have been talking about it since we got involved. I think you can have some young kids, a few of them, but not as many as we have.”

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Green, Hossa, Khabibulin and Bogosian

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that Matt Duchene would likely miss a week due to his oblique injury.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Mike Green was put on the IR. Green to the IR creates a roster spot. They have Dmitri Orlov available. Green could still play on Wednesday.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Marian Hossa missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Nikolai Khabibulin has been put on the IR and Antti Raanta has been recalled.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian is week-to-week with a groin injury.

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Nash, Ryan, Bogosian, Lightning, Merrill, Hossa, Leafs and Semin

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash is hoping to play either Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday against the Stars.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan practiced yesterday and is feeling no ill effects from Dennis Seidenberg’s hit.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian (lower-body) had more tests yesterday to determine the extent of the injury. Looking more like day-to-day.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Mark Barberio and Keith Aulie could be ready to return to the lineup before the end of their road trip.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Jon Merrill isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup. He has “no idea” if he’ll go with the team on their road trip. Added that he feels “great” now and that he’s “not really sure” if he lost consciousness.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is day-to-day. Mark Lazerus: There is a still a chance he could play today. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be “a bit.”
  • Mark Masters: Carl Gunnarsson fell awkwardly on Friday night: ”My leg went numb for a little bit but after a couple mins it was fine & then nothing this morning”
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is likely 10 days away from returning to the lineup. Dave Bolland’s status won’t be known from at least another three weeks.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser will be assessed today. Coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think it’s serious and more likely to be day-to-day than week-to-week. When asked if it’s related to his previous knee issue, Carlyle said: ”It’s a lower-body [injury] & he had a lower-body [injury] before.”
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop said he left the game to get his bearings after taking a shot off his mask. He said he is feeling no ill effects.
  • Lou Korac: Hurricanes Alex Semin (upper body) left last night’s game.

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Morning Rumors: Ducks, Senators, Sabres, Leafs, Flyers, Stars, Sharks and Oilers

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are calling the Ducks to see if they’d move either Jonas Hiller or Viktor Fasth. The Hurricanes (written before DiPietro signed tryout), Predators, Oilers, Panthers and Islanders could be looking for a goalie. ”His best bet is to wait for the deadline because you find out pretty quickly it’s hard to get value for a goalie,” said a league executive Saturday. “Historically it just always has been.”

    Could Rangers GM Glen Sather be on the hot seat? Talk that the Rangers are looking for a puck moving defenseman.

    Senators Zack Smith is getting some interest. Some in the organization think he’s part of the solution. The Senators are hoping someone would take Jim O’Brien and his one-way contract.

    NHL VP Colin Campbell could be a candidate if Sabres GM Darcy Regier is fired. Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley could be the top candidate.

    The Maple Leafs and Canucks would be interested in Avs Paul Stastny if he became available.

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello emailed teams offering up a “veteran defenseman.” Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold and Andy Greene would qualify as veterans.

    Teams have shown interest in Flyers Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, but they are unlikely to be traded.

    The Flyers would love to move Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossman.

    The Stars would be willing to trade Alex Goligoski. He has three years at $4.6 million per season left on his deal.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Vogl thinks the Sabres have missed their best chance to trade goalie Ryan Miller. There have only been 23 goaltending trades since 2005-06, with only 12 happening during the season. Return on deals in-season were less lucrative. Fans hoping for a 1st round pick or a star player in return are likely dreaming too big. Only five trades landed a 1st round pick. Likely return could be a 2nd round pick. Only way for the Sabres to get a big return for Miller may be if a team loses their goalie to injury or if they are desperate for a playoff run.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Sharks Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were longshots for Team Canada, but not anymore. Same goes for Matt Duchene.

    One-time argument between Tie Domi and John Ferguson. Ferguson: “You’re trying to get me fired.” Domi: “No John, I think you’re doing a pretty good job of that yourself.”

  • David Pagnotta: If the Oilers were able trade for a top-two defenseman, they would. Looking to improve their overall team defense.

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VIDEO: Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove and Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner

Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Contract talks with the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf will begin soon. He could take a little less, but a longer term. The Rangers are not going to panic and feel they just need some more practicing together. Term is holding up a Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers deal. The Canadiens looked at the defense market but decide they will stay with what they have for the time being. Trading is difficult as so many teams don’t have cap space. Teams are interested in Thomas Vanek, but there is a perception that he’ll sign with Minnesota for next year. Teams may not want to give up the assets to get him if they know they don’t have a chance to keep him. The Hurricanes are one of the teams that might be interested Manny Malhotra.

Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner: Staged fighting, Morgan Rielly, Matt Duchene, Patrick Roy, Tyler Seguin and Tomas Hertl’s goal celebration.

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Morning Rumors: Vrbata, Stastny, Reimer-Bernier and Yakupov-Murray

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Radim Vrbata and the Coyotes have shelved contract talks until the end of the season. Vrbata is in the last year of three-year, $9 million deal. He’s scored 90 goals over the past four seasons.

    “Radim’s intent at this time is to focus on playing,” Evans said. “We had some discussion with the team. I’m not going to get into details, but we had discussions with them up until the day before the season started and when it didn’t lead to a new deal, we made it clear that from that point forward Radim was going to focus on playing.

    “So any type of contract discussion would be a distraction for him. It’s an important season for him and an important season for the Coyotes, and he’s focused on playing the game and helping his team win.”

    Vrbata had hoped to get a deal done before the season started.

    “If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to get paid more,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “We have no problem paying on performance. We’ve always been able to find ways, for the most part, to keep the people we want to keep. So he seems comfortable with it and if (Thursday) night is any indication, he’s going to have a monster year, and I hope he does.”

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Many people think the Avalanche will have to trade one of their centers, Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny or Nathan MacKinnon, with the odds on favorite being Stastny. Stastny is in the last year of his deal that is paying him $6.6 million. If Stastny changed his game into more of third line role (and took less money) and was happy with that, may be the only hope for him remaining with the team. Unlikely. The Avs need help on the blueline and Stastny could be that trade chip. The Avs play over the first two-thirds of the season could determine what happens with Stastny. He could be a rental if they are out of it.
  • Michael Grange: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle after James Reimer was pulled after allowing four goals and Jonathan Bernier coming in and not allowing a goal and picking up the shootout win: ”It makes is easier, it makes it easier.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “To answer @FriedgeHNIC‘s on air question, re: Yakupov vs Murray, and I suspect he knew answer: Yes, majority of EDM scouts wanted Murray. Decision to take Yakupov over Murray came from a higher authority. That’s not indictment of decision, only saying how it was arrived at.”

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