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Morning Hits: Rogers Acquires Exclusive Rights, 10 Sue NHL, Varlamov, Hossa, Beem and Phaneuf

  • SportsNet: Rogers has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to every NHL game in Canada for $5.2 billion for 12 years, starting next season.

    The deal—the largest of its kind in NHL history—also includes the NHL Centre Ice and NHL Game Centre Live properties, as well as rights to the All-Star Game and the NHL Draft. This is the first time a major league in North America has made such a long-term commitment to a single company.

    Rogers sub-licensed CBC for Hockey Night in Canada and TVA for French broadcasts. The NHL Board of Governors will vote on it in December.

  • Nick Cotsonika: Deal basically works out to $7.2 million per year per team. (Total, divided by players share, by 30 then by 12)
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: From the AP:

    Ten former National Hockey League players are claiming in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn’t done enough to protect players from concussions.

    The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, seeks damages to be determined at trial. The players are also seeking court-approved medical monitoring for their brain trauma and/or injuries, which they blame on their NHL careers.

    The ex-hockey players claim that the NHL purposely concealed the risks of brain injuries faced by players, exposing them to unnecessary dangers.

  • Melowens.com: Document for the players suing the NHL. Class action complaint filed in the US District court for the District of Columbia.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: NHL deputy commish Bill Daly statement: “We are aware of the class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a group of former NHL Players. While the subject matter is very serious, we are completely satisfied with the responsible manner in which the League and the Players’ Association have managed Player safety over time, including with respect to head injuries and concussions. We intend to defend the case vigorously and have no further comment at this time.”
  • Nick Cotsonika: Players that are named in the suit are: Gary Leeman, Brad Aitken, Darren Banks, Curt Bennett, Richard Dunn, Warren Holmes, Bob Manno, Blair Stewart, Morris Titanic and Rick Vaive.
  • Allan Walsh: Some key questions: “1. Did the NHL (and their doctors) know that repeated blows to the head could result in impaired brain function? 2. Did the NHL properly inform players of the risks from repeated blows to the head? A player may receive 1000 separate blows per season. 3. How many former players, apart from than the original 10 will seek to join this class action lawsuit?”
  • Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov will start on Wednesday and Saturday, J.S. will start in Minnesota.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Michal Handzus returned to the lineup last night after missing 14 games with an upper-body injury. Marian Hossa missed his second straight game due to a family matter. He’ll rejoin the team for Wednesday’s game.
  • Kristen Odland: The Flames have recalled defenseman Chris Breen from the AHL. He had been on a conditioning stint.
  • Josh Rimer: Has been told that the NHL looked at Dion Phaneuf’s hit and deemed it clean.

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Injury Notes: Canucks, Hawks, Sens, Devils, Ducks, Bruins, Oilers, Leafs, Pens and Blues

  • Dan Murphy: Canucks injuries: Jordan Schroeder (ankle) out two months, Jannik Hansen (upper-body) out for three-four weeks, Dale Weise (lower-body) out three-four weeks and David Booth (lower-body) out one-two weeks.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Michal Handzus (upper-body) is not skating and won’t play tonight.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Clarke MacArthur is expected to play tonight.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador thinks he’ll return “relatively quickly” and goalie Cory Schneider is expected back by the weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu could return to their road trip if he’s cleared by doctors that he has no concussion symptoms.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: The Bruins don’t expect Loui Eriksson to skate this week.
  • Bob McKenzie: Oilers Sam Gagner (broken jaw) is getting closer to returning to the lineup.
  • Joey Vendetta: Leafs Joffrey Lupul wants to play but will be a game-time decision.
  • John Shannon: Leafs Tyler Bozak out seven to 10 days and has been put on the IR retroactive to last Friday.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins Rob Scuderi has a broken ankle and will have surgery later this week. No timetable has been set.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Chuck Kobasew has a lower-body injury and will be evaluated today in Pittsburgh.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Magnus Paajarviis expected to miss some time with an upper-body injury.

    “(Paajarvi) got whacked into the boards there,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s got a pretty good upper-body injury right now.”

    Chris Stewart is questionable for tonight with an upper-body injury.

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Injury Notes: Stalberg, Tropp, Bolland, Red Wings, Jagr, Voracek, Brown, Torres, Handzus, Hornqvist and Horton

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Viktor Stalberg will be out three to four weeks with a AC sprain in his right shoulder.
  • Elliotte Friendman: Sabres Corey Tropp is out five to six weeks with a broken jaw from Sunday’s fight with Jamie DevaneMike Harrington: Tropp passed concussion testing.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs didn’t practice yesterday, but center Dave Bolland (leg) skated by himself. Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects Bolland to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out with a thigh contusion. Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) are still out. Ericsson said that his injury wasn’t serious and is expected to played Friday.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr decided that he’d skate yesterday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Jakub Voracek is status quo with regards to his upper-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown took part in practice yesterday. Skated as an extra with the Clifford-Stoll-Lewis-Regehr-Doughty unit.
  • David Pollak: No update yesterday on Sharks Raffi Torres‘ ACL injury. Could find out today if surgery is required.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks second line center, Michal Handzus said he almost ready and should be ready for the opener.
  • Mike Vogl: Predators Patric Hornqvist left last nights game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that Joel Armia has a hand issue.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader received stitches to his left hand after being in a fight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Recovery is slow for Blue Jackets Nathan Horton. Shoulder surgery was bigger than first expected. His shoulder had been dislocated so many times that the bone around the socket had been chipped/worn away. Had bone taken from the front of shoulder and fused with the glenoid cavity to hopefully make the joint more stable.

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Morning Hits: Weise, Kassian, Clarkson, Waivers, Cliche and the Blackhawks 2nd line center options

  • Bob McKenzie: There will be disciplinary hearing today for Canucks Dale Weise and Zack Kassian. Weise’s hearing is over the phone, the NHL requires an in person hearing for Kassian.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs David Clarkson would lose $507,692.31 for his automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to get into a fight. James Mirtle: If/when Clarkson is suspended, it will cost the Maple Leafs about another $75,000 against the salary cap to bring in another player. Also, Clarkson’s cap number goes against the cap when suspended: ”The salary of a player suspended for an on-ice incident continues to count against a team’s cap.” Chris Johnston: With a 10-game suspension, Clarkson’s first game would be October 25th against the Blue Jackets.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Put on waivers yesterday: Nicolas Blanchard (Car), Zach Boychuk (Car), Michael Jordan (Car), Aaron Palushaj (Car), Justin Peters (Car), Jared Staal (Car) and Rob Davidson (SJ).
  • Kevin Allen: The Avalanche claimed Marc-Andre Cliche off waivers from the Kings.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Brandon Saad is still an option as their 2nd line center after playing a game on the left side. Brandon Pirri will play in the second slot today. Mark Lazerus: Quenneville had mentioned Michal Handzus‘ name when asked if there was a new plan for the 2nd line slot. Pirri not in the mix just yet.

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Injury Notes: Bjugstad, Hishon, Rozsival, Handzus, Beauchemin, Laich, Staal and Lupul

  • Mike Halford: Panthers prospect Nick Bjugstad has a concussion and is held out of camp.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Joey Hishon missed the yesterday with a groin injury.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Michal Rozsival and Michal Handzus won’t be cleared for contract for the start of camp. Marian Hossa has been cleared.
  • Ben Raby: Capitals Brooks Laich left the ice yesterday with a lower body injury. Capitals saying it’s not related to the one that had sidelined him last season.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Marc Staal said that his perception on the ice is greatly improved, both depth perception and sensing where players are.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs Joffrey Lupul will be off the ice again today with a back issue.

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Morning Hits: Red Wings and a Blackhawks Injury Update

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings had offered Damien Brunner a two-year deal with $2.5 million a season. Brunner is looking for a multi-year deal at $3.5 million per season. There is a still a chance that the Wings re-sign Daniel Cleary, but Khan thinks it’s doubtful that they will be able to clear out enough salary to do so.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell had surgery on his thumb earlier this month and is recovering well.

    “It has been three or four weeks and it’s a lot better than it was,” Bickell said. “Every day it’s getting better. I think it will be ready for the regular season.”

    Michal Handzus has had two surgeries this offseason.

    “I’m healing,” said Handzus, who signed a one-year deal earlier this month to return to the Hawks. “Right now, (with my) wrist I still can’t do anything. It’s in a cast for one more week. After four weeks I can start to do something. It’s a little bit slower. My knee is pretty much rehabbing right now.”

    Patrick Sharp met with doctors this weekend to see how his shoulder is progressing.

    “No surgery,” Sharp said. “Just some rehab to strengthen it and fix it up. Everything is on schedule.”

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Sunday Morning Hits: Markstrom, Miller, Vanek, Kovalchuk and the Blackhawks

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers should be signing goalie Jacob Markstrom “shortly” according to GM Dale Tallon.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier on whether it’s possible that Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek could be at the Sabres training camp in the fall.

    “I think that’s fair. The nature of this business is that as we move through July lineups get more and more settled, there’s less movement. Once training camp starts, things begin to change some again.”

    Most conversations that Regier has had involves the Sabres taking on money. Regier added that he’s held no negotiations Vanek, Miller or Steve Ott, who will all be UFA after next season.

    “Talking to my counterparts around the league, that’s not unusual right now,” he said. “For whatever reason, there’s not a lot of activity on players that are going to become unrestricted in ’14.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Ilya Kovalchuk could become an unrestricted free agent on April 15, 2018. He would be removed from the “voluntary retired list” on his 35th birthday. To return earlier, he would need unanimous consent.

    “It would require unanimous consent at any point at which the player tries to return to the League without having been out of professional hockey [anywhere in the world] for a full calendar year,” Daly wrote. “Once he sits out for a full calendar year, he can only come back with the Devils’ consent.”

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Marian Hossa does not require back surgery to fix the disc issue that was causing his foot to go numb during the Final. Brandon Pirri will likely get the first crack at the Blackhawks 2nd line center spot. Michal Handzus has a cast on his right arm and his knee is wrapped. Bryan Bickell had thumb surgery.

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Injury Hits: Bergeron, Handzus, Toews, Hossa, Shaw, Chara, Jagr, Horton, Seguin and Havlat

  • Bruce Arthur: Bruins Patrice Bergeron had a broken rib, torn cartilage and separated his shoulder during last night’s game.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Michal Handzus was playing with a broken wrist and torn MCL.
  • George Malik of Kukla’s Korner: Malik summarizes some injuries to the Blackhawks and Bruins. Jonathan Toews “got his bell rung.” Marian Hossa had a pinched nerve and couldn’t feel his right foot. Andrew Shaw continued to bleed all game after taking a puck in the face. Claude Julien would only say that Zdeno Chara was pretty banged up. Jaromir Jagr suffered an injury in Game 6. Nathan Horton was playing with a separated shoulder. Tyler Seguin suggested he had a hip injury.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Martin Havlat had pelvic area surgery. There is no timetable for his return and the Sharks can’t use a compliance buyout on him.

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NHL Rumors II: Blackhawks, Blues, Canucks, Maple Leafs, Predators, Rangers and Jets

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Tracey Bowman: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that it’s unlikely that he’d move any of his roster: ”This group has earned the right to see what we can do as a group.” … ”The focus is to keep this group together and add to it.”
  • Mark Spector: Blues David Perron (3 years at $3.8 million left) is Spector’s vote for who is most likely to be dealt next by the Blues.
  • Pass it to Bulis: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said they need a ”versatile forward” who can play center, wing, kill penalties and play on the power-play.
  • Josh Rimer: (before the Kiprusoff talk picked up) Rimer is hearing that there is good chance that Roberto Luongo could end with the Maple Leafs.
  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that ”it might not be the right time” to trade Luongo and suggested that it might be easier to trade him in the summer. Gillis added, “we’re talking to 4 teams with varying levels of activity and various proposals”
  • Gary Lawless: The Jets were in the hunt for center Michal Handzus but not able to land him.
  • Jim Diamond: Diamond expects a quiet trade deadline for the Predators. The players they would move don’t have much market value.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: It’s unlikely that Rangers GM Glen Sather will take a run at any of the bigger names available on the trade market. They aren’t good enough to deal young assets or draft picks for veteran help. It’s doubtful they would get into a bidding war for Ryane Clowe or able/willing to put together a package for Dan Boyle. A Boyle deal might make sense if Marian Gaborik was going the other way. Sources are saying there is lots of interest in center Brian Boyle. Sather will look to improve their blueline.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets could be both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline.

    You can be both, I think. It just depends on what you’re looking for,” said Cheveldayoff. “If you’re just buying rentals, it’s one thing. If you’re looking for things with term, it’s another.

    “We’re going into a unique situation here too, with the salary cap moving down. You have to be open for anything, at this point and time. There are lots of different options out there. It’s one of those things where if any action is going to happen, it’s probably going to happen late.”

    The Jets could be looking for top-six right winger, but GM Cheveldayoff isn’t limiting this search to that one area. They have some extra draft picks and the cap room.

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The Blackhawks acquire Michal Handzus from the Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have traded center Michal Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2013 4th round draft pick according to Bob McKenzie. The 4th round pick originally belonged to the Sharks according to Kevin Kurz.

This will be Handzus’ second tour with the Blackhawks, having played with them in 2006-07. He only played in 8 games.

Handzus was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 4th round, 101st overall in the 1995 draft. The 36-year old carries a $2.5 million salary cap hit this season. He’ll be a UFA at the end of the year.

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NHL Rumors II: Clowe, Vanek, Luongo, Kiprsuoff, Leafs, Penguins, Blues, Kings, Bruins and Hurricanes

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers and Canucks are in the hunt for Sharks Ryane Clowe. Clowe won’t stand in the way of possible trade. He and management have been working together.

    “It’s a distraction if you let it be a distraction,” coach Todd McLellan said Sunday. “My experience around him this last week has been a good one. He’s been professional, he’s come to the rink and played hard, got himself healthy.”

    GM Doug Wilson on if they are buyers or sellers,

    “We’re both,” the G.M. responded. “Are we going to give up first- or second-round picks in a draft that’s viewed as very strong? The answer is no. This is the time that we’re going to replenish in a very strong draft year.

    “But,” he added, “if there’s younger players that can fit into what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to play, I have no problem acquiring that maybe in lieu of a pick.”

  • Paul Hamilton of WGR 550: Thomas Vanek on if he’d like to be traded,

    “You never like to. I’ve raised my family here and I enjoy where I’m at, but I understand the situation and I’ve not talked to anyone about what their plan is. It’s something you can’t control and if happens, you move on.”

  • Toronto Sun: Roberto Luongo trade talk is increasing.

    “Mike is in discussions with multiple teams … Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media.

    “We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to ‘steal’ Roberto from us,” Gilman told reporters. “We’re not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow.”

    Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak fits their need. Bozak hasn’t been apart of any recent Maple Leafs offer according to the Vancouver Province.

    The Leafs have looked to improve their top-four, and have been linked too: Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester.

  • Lance Hornby: If the Leafs could get Miikka Kiprusoff at a bargain price, they can’t turn it down. No contract strings should be attached.
  • Darren Dreger: There was more talk between the Flames and Maple Leafs this weekend. They are not close but more talks are expected over the next three days. Kiprusoff has maintained that he’d consider all options, including a trade, contract extension, etc.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Penguins are still looking to add a 4th line center who will be a UFA at the end of the season. Coyotes Boyd Gordon, Sharks Michal Handzus and Blues Scott Nichol’s could be a fits for the Pens.The Blues may look to trade Patrik Berglund or David Perron this summer. Alex Steen or Jaden Schwartz could be moved to center if Berglund is traded.

    The LA Kings are a wildcard for Jay Bouwmeester. Since Penner is unlikely to be back, they should be able to fit in his contract for next season.

    Bruins pending UFA goalie Anton Khudobin is likely heading to the KHL and AHL goalie Niklas Svedberg will be their backup next season.

    Kings Dustin Penner could be available. Matheson thinks the Bruins should take a look.

    The Hurricanes are still looking for a defenseman, Ryan Whitney has to be a possibility.

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NHL Rumors III: Backups that could be available, Neuvirth, Ribeiro rejects offer, Sharks and Predators

  • Justin Goldman of NHL.com: Goldman lists 5 backups who could be moved by the deadline.

    1. Jonathan Bernier (LA): 7-2-0 with a 1.94 and .923 SV%.

    2. Michal Neuvirth (WSH): Only five appearances since Feb. 1st. Career 53-35-10 record, 2.68 GAA and .908 SV%

    3. Ben Bishop (OTT): The Senators will be back to the three-headed monster when Craig Anderson returns. Could dangle Bishop for help up-front. Has a 2.54 GAA and .923 SV% in 11 games this season.

    4. Steve Mason (CBJ): The more Sergei Bobrovsky plays, the lower Mason’s value gets. Will be a free agent and likely not qualified by the Blue Jackets.

    5. Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM): The 40-year just posted a 43-save shut. He can still play despite and age and health. A good mentor for a young starter. Has won a Stanley Cup before. The Blue Jackets and Capitals could value someone like Khabibulin.

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Michal Neuvirth is set to be a restricted free agent after the season. He hasn’t played much and isn’t focusing on being traded at the deadline.

    “I’m not worried about these things if something’s going to happen, if not. I’m just practicing hard to be ready,” Neuvirth said. “It’s my goal to be No. 1 — if not here, maybe somewhere else. Now I am here and I am focusing on playing for Capitals right now.”

  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Mike Ribiero has made it known that he’s looking for a four or five year deal, so it’s not much of surprise that he turned down a 3-year, $14 million offer, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.

    “I can put things in different places at the right time,” Ribeiro said Thursday. “I don’t think about it before the game or during the next few days or so. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. So we’ll see what this week brings us and then we’ll go from there.”

  • Pierre LeBurn of ESPN: Ryane Clowe might be dealt by the deadline, but the Sharks aren’t giving up on the playoffs.

    “We just feel like we’re still going to make the playoffs, to be honest with you,” captain Joe Thornton told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “We feel like we have a real good team still. There’s no reason for us not to make the playoffs. We’re sitting in eighth right now. We think if we take care of business at home right now we’ll be in.”

    Sharks pending UFA Michal Handzus could also be on the move. When looking at what the Sharks might do in the offseason, it’s fair to ask where Joe Thornton fits in. The 33-year old has one year left at $7 million.

    “Yeah, but you’re so caught up in the moment right now. You can’t think about tomorrow,” said Thornton. “We’ll wait and see. Right now I’m just focused on the next game.”

    What are the Predators plans for the trade deadline?

    “I’m day-to-day,” said Poile with a chuckle in a conversation with ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Call me after all the games are over on the night of April 2. It’ll be a touch bit clearer.”

    “This 48-game schedule is not normal. Everything about it is not normal. The condensed schedule, the travel, especially for us in the West, it’s all different,” said Poile. “And consequently I have to imagine the trade deadline is different. …

    “Maybe for the majority of teams, status quo might be a good position to be in come the trading deadline, based on the closeness of the races.”

    The Predators could use scoring help, and have been linked to Stars Derek Roy.

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