Posts Tagged Matthew Lombardi

Morning Hits: Chiarelli, Lombardi, Islanders, Gagner, Ward, Sjostrom and Maidens

  • Stephen Whyno: The Bruins have signed GM Peter Chiarelli to a contact extension through 2017-18.
  • Chris Johnston: Matthew Lombardi signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette in Switzerland.
  • B.D. Gallof: The Islanders only have a few roster spots open: 3rd line center, one defenseman and a backup goalie. The Isles will like give Pierre-Marc Bouchard the first shot on the top line. Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck will get a shot at the third line.
  • Jonathan Willis: Kevin Lowe is saying that Sam Gagner as the Oilers captain is a little premature. It will be Dallas Eakins’ decision and hasn’t made it yet.
  • Chip Alexander: Consensus is that Cam Ward is in the best physical condition in his career, which is good for the Hurricanes.
  • Alex Nunn: Fredrik Sjostrom (30) has retired from hockey. He will be a scout with Frolunda in Sweden and North America.
  • Brendan Ross: Senators prospect Jarrod Maidens is skating after sitting out two years with a concussion.

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Morning Hits: Theodore, Erat, Bourdon, Lombardi, Komarov and Brunner

  • Patrick Caisse: Citing a TVA Sports report, Jose Theodore will be signing a one-year deal worth between $800,000 and $1.1 million. Bob McKenzie: Still on holidays, McKenzie reports that there is zero truth to Theodore signing with the Bruins.
  • Brian McNally of CSN Washington: The Capitals expect Martin Erat to play left wing on the second line with Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer. He’ll also be used on the power play and penalty kill.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon has been training hard this summer in his comeback from his second concussion. He hasn’t played since last November. Bourdon still hasn’t been medically cleared. The Flyers would have nine defenseman on one-way contracts if/when Bourdon gets clearance.
  • Dobber of Dobber Hockey: Citing a report that Matthew Lombardi is apparently close to signing a deal with HC Geneva.
  • SportsNet: Translating a SovSport report, Leo Komarovplans on returning to the NHL.

    “I have not finished the NHL. I want to go back there. After this season, I’m a free agent.”

    The Maple Leafs were not able to sign the RFA Komarov before he signed a deal with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL.

    “There were serious differences on the contract,” Komarov said about his negotiations with the Maple Leafs. “The club has not fulfilled the conditions that I had requested.”

  • George Malik of Kuklas Korner: (via Kyle Richardon’s THN piece) Damien Brunner still hopes to sign a NHL deal according to his agent Neil Sheehy. They understand they will have to wait to get a $3+ million deal. Translated from a German article:

    “There’s a lot of speculation regarding Damien because he hasn’t found a new employer. People who believe that he hasn’t received an offer because he wants too much money have no idea [what's going on]. Money was not and is not the priority for him. He wants to play where he has the best opportunity. In that sense, nothing’s changed,” explains the Canadian [agent].

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Morning Hits: Long List of Ex-Leafs Free Agents, Campbell and Eakin

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Lists ex-Leaf free agents that are still looking for a home: Tomas Kaberle, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Hal Gill, Steve Sullivan, Brad Boyes, David Steckel, Matthew Lombardi, Tim Connolly, Jamal Mayers, Ryan O’Byrne and Mikhail Grabovski. Ron Hainsey is still available and it may only take $1 million to land him. Grabovski is still unsigned and according to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and term in the early days for free agency.

    “He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

  • Matt Kalman of Bruins Gregory Campbell got mixed results from the x-ray taken of his surgically repaired right foot a couple of weeks ago. Things are looking good, but have not healed enough for him to start skating. He is scheduled for another x-ray on Tuesday.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika looks at Stars center Cody Eakin, noting that he could be the teams second line center, but also may slide in as their third or possibly their fourth center. Heika names eight wingers that Eakin could end up playing with at some point this season. The Stars added depth down the middle this offseason with the acquisitions of Shawn Horcoff and Rich Peverley.

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Escrow … Injury updates: Filppula, Helm, McDonald, Steen, Tarasenko, Lombardi and Schlemko … Lindback to start

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Red Wings could welcome some players back to the lineup in the next seven to 10 days.

    “We expect [Valtteri] Filppula back this week at some point on the Western Canada trip,” GM Ken Holland told Monday. “We’re expecting Darren Helm to come back after that trip, either at home to Minnesota or for the California trip. So we’ll get a few bodies back the next four or five games.”

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch: Blues Andy McDonald (knee) and Alex Steen (shoulder) could return the lineup on their three game home stand. McDonald and Steen have missed the last seven games. Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion) skated on Saturday.

    “I don’t talk too much about concussions, but it’s not about skating — there’s a lot of things,” Armstrong said. “Whether he plays on this home stand, the next two weeks, three weeks, the next month … you’re only creating false hope to your fans by putting a timetable on something that there isn’t a timetable.”

  • Norm Sanders via twitter: Update on Vladimir Tarasenko’s concussion, ”He’s been doing light skating, but nothing team-oriented”
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi will be re-evaluated this morning to see if he’s able to return. David Schlemko is getting closer.

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Injury notes: Horcoff, Leino, Martinek, Gunnarsson, Smith and Lombardi

  • Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres Ville Leino’s hip is not improving and coach Lindy Ruff is worried that he may not play at all unless another treatment can help.

    “This latest treatment option we hope will work,” Ruff said. “Surgery is always the the end of the line. You go to a surgeon, he’s going to recommend surgery. That’s just the way it goes.”

  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Radek Martinek had an MRI yesterday for an abdominal injury. Likely to go on IR to make room for Bailey.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Carl Gunnarsson had an MRI on his hip. No muscular damage, but needs rest and treatment.

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Injury notes: Hornqvist, Lombardi, Smith, Sykora, Hamonic, Landeskog, Faulk, Versteeg, MacArthur

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators winger Patric Hornqvist is out indefinitely after getting tangled up with Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf on Saturday. He left the game in the 3rd, and didn’t return.
  • Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi will be out for a “definite month-plus — it will all depend on whether it’s a rehab or a surgery situation — and we’re not sure how that’s going to go yet” according to coach Dave Tippett. He has an upper-body injury. Goalie Mike Smith skated on Sunday but is still listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Meszaros, Hanzal, Klesla, White, Lombardi, Smith and Latendresse

  • Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be out at least a month with a shoulder injury according to GM Paul Holmgren. Meszaros hurt his shoulder in the last shift of the second period on Thursday night.
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter:  Martin Hanzal and Rostislav Klesla both skated [yesterday]. Hanzal is questionable for [today] and Klesla is still on the IR. Both have lower-body injuries. If Hanzal is able to play, he’ll slot in for Lombardi, if not, coach Tippettt said they’ll look at possibilities tomorrow.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Ian White hopes that he can resume skating next week, and return to the lineup the following week.
  • Dave Vest via twitter: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Mike Smith remains day-to-day and that Lombardi ”may be out for a significant amount of time.”

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Red Wings, Lupul, Gagne, Faksa, Weiss, Atkinson, Meszaros and Lombardi

  • Adam Kimelman of Flyers winger Scott Hartnell will be out 4 to 8 weeks with broken first metatarsal in his left foot according to GM Paul Holmgren.

    “Right now we’re trying to decide, talking to the doctor, what the best way to proceed is as far as how to approach this,” Holmgren said before the Flyers’ game against the New York Rangers. “I can’t give you a time frame. It’s probably going to be between four to eight weeks. … Obviously it’s a significant injury.”

    Holmgren on Daniel Briere:

    “He’s getting better,” Holmgren said. “I would say he’s maybe 50-50 on the weekend. I’ll have a better idea after the game.”

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Henrik Zetterberg skated with Damien Brunner and Johan Franzen. Pavel Datsyuk stated with Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi. Filppula left practice early to rest his knee. Forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Jakub Kindl should be available tonight. Jonathan Ericsson will be a game-time decision.
  • Jason Gregor via twitter: Kings winger Simon Gagne had a tumor the size of a tennis ball removed from his neck in the summer. Headache free now.

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Quick hits: Connolly, Islanders, Coyotes, Underagers, Leaf cuts, Kulikov, Redden, Stars and Kovalev

  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Tim Connolly is getting interest, but he might need to clear waivers first. Some teams would prefer a trade with the Leafs, who would need to retain some salary.David Pagnotta via twitter: Connolly’s agent said there are “no plans yet” regarding a buyout. Added, ”We will be discussing options after waiver results.”
  • B.D. Gallof via twitter: Source on idea of the Islanders bringing in Connolly, ”Not going to happen. I would be shocked”
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes will get a $2 million salary cap hit for Matthew Lombardi, and will pay $1.1 of his salary. (Lombardi’s salary this year is $3.5 million)
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie thinks there are likely 3 under-aged rookies playing all season in the NHL: Dougie Hamilton in Boston, Nail Yakupov in Edmonton and Jonathan Huberdeau in Florida. Under-agers likely to get a ‘trial’ are: Rakell (ANA), Grigorenko (ANA), Dumba (MIN), Galchenyuk (MTL), Laughton (PHI), Scheifele (WPG). Final decisions on Murphy (CAR), Matteau (NJD), and Rielly (TOR) will be made this morning.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle is hearing the Maple Leafs will be cutting Morgan Rielly and Matt Frattin today. Should know by their 11:30 am practice. If that is what is happening, it would mean they are starting the season with 8 defenseman: Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Liles, Franson, Kostka, Holzer, Fraser, Komisarek.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Clarifying that the Panthers and Kulikov have agreed on a 2 year deal, but has not officially been signed until he passes a physical.

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Maple Leafs notes: Connolly to waivers, Luongo losing steam, JVR returns to practice, Gardiner skates, Aucoin claimed

2:36 PM:

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Randy Carlyle: “I think the goalie decision is our toughest decision. Who gets to start.”
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes will get a $2 million salary cap hit for Matthew Lombardi, and will pay $1.1 of his salary. (Lombardi’s salary this year is $3.5 million)

2:05 PM:

  • James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Tim Connolly on waivers, and if he goes unclaimed, Mirtle thinks that GM Dave Nonis will try to trade him while retaining salary like he did with Matthew Lombardi. David Alter via twitter: Connolly would be a candidate for a compliance buyout. Coach Randy Carlyle didn’t have high praise for him yesterday. Chris Johnston via twitter: Source says that an accelerated buyout for Tim Connolly “hasn’t been discussed.”
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: With putting Connolly on waivers to create a possible roster spot for Nazem Kadri, and expecting more for Tyler Bozak, a Roberto Luongo trade to the Maple Leafs could be losing steam.

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Maple Leafs trade Lombardi to Coyotes for a draft pick

10:10 PM:

  • John Shannon via twitter: Shannon is hearing the Leafs could be retaining $1.5 million in cap space for Lombardi. Coyotes getting a $2 million cap hit for Lombardi.

9:19 PM:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Matthew Lombardi to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional 2014 4th round draft pick. If Lombardi re-signs with the Coyotes, the pick becomes a 3rd rounder. Lombardi can play both center and wing.

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs will pay Lombardi’s $500,000 signing bonus, and will retain some salary in the deal.

Lombardi was in the last year of a 3 year, $10.5 million deal. He carried a salary and cap hit of $3.5 million.

Lombardi was drafted by Oilers in the 7th round, 215th overall in 2000. He went back into the draft in 2002, and was picked in the 3rd round, 90th overall.

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Talks to resume on Tuesday … Myers to Austria … Hockey Central video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHL and NHLPA will go back to negotiating on Tuesday. Players will miss their first pay check on Monday, but they will receive their escrow checks in the next 2 weeks. No new offers/proposals are expected to be brought to the table.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: If the season is lost, the Maple Leafs will clear up $13 million in salaries as Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi, Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak will be free agents.
  • Hockey Central: NHL and NHLPA had a few phone calls yesterday.

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