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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, ”It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Injury Notes: Zetterberg, Howard, Weiss, Bozak, Eriksson,Tanguay, Zibanejad, Bernier and Hertl

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg will be ready for their game on December 29th. They are hoping that Jimmy Howard is ready to return either on December 30th or January 1st.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss (groin) will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Friday. He won’t be skating anytime soon.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak hopes to be able to return on December 29th.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Loui Eriksson (concussion).

    “We’re careful with that,” the GM said. “I talked to Loui a little bit (Monday). He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing symptoms. With that type of injury, you see slow improvements, and that’s what Loui is going through right now. So I don’t know what the time period would be.”

    Defenseman Adam McQuaid (suspected groin injury) may be held out until after Christmas to give him the extra time to heal.

    “They just want to make sure when I come back, after I’ve taken off all this time, (that I don’t) come back a little bit too soon (and) re-aggravate it again,” McQuaid said. “It’s about making sure I’m ready, and it (will not) affect me again.

    “I’m pretty close. Each day I do a little more. It’s just about how I react to it. I hope it will continue to be positive and I’ll be back soon. It’s been tough to be patient with this.”

  • Lou Korac: Blues Ryan Reaves is still hoping initial six week assessment is right, would have him returning towards the end of the first week in January.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs coach Patrick Roy is “leaning” to having Ryan Wilson back in the lineup on Saturday. Alex Tanguay may start skating early next week.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Mika Zibanejad left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • TSN Radio: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier is nursing an ailment.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Tomas Hertl is likely going to be out a bit after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Dustin Brown.

    “Nothing. I haven’t gone in there to see the trainers or talk to the doctors,” McLellan said. “Obviously, he didn’t return, and that’s not a good thing. But, other than that, I can’t give you anything more.”

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Afternoon Hits: Bryzgalov, Liles, All-Star Games, Zibanejad, Nyquist, Stanton, Rielly and Senators

  • Josh Yohe: Reliable source made it clear that the Penguins are not interested in Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs mistakenly thought that they would have been able to trade John-Michael Liles. Could be bought out next summer.
  • David Pagnotta: No confirmation, but suspecting the next three All-Star games will be in Columbus, Phoenix and Toronto.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators assign Mika Zibanejad to the AHL. Zibanejad doesn’t require waivers. Roster at 22.
  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings assigned Gustav Nyquist and Petr Mrazek to the AHL.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canucks claim Ryan Stanton from the Blackhawks.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly remains with the team for now. Michael Traikos: Coach Randy Carlyle on Rielly: ”With the nine-game scenario we have some flexibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators assign the AHL: Mark Borowiecki, Ben Blood, Cody Ceci, Frederik Claesson, Tyler Eckford, Daniel New, Troy Rutkowski, Michael Sdao, Chris Wideman, Corey Cowick, Jakub Culek, David Dziurzynski, Derek Grant, Wacey Hamilton, Danny Hobbs, Mike Hoffman, Ludwig Karlsson, Darren Kramer, Jim O’Brien, Andre Petersson, Shane Prince, Matt Puempel, Buddy Robinson, Cole Schneider, Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad and goalies Scott Greenham, Andrew Hammond and Nathan Lawson.

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Morning Hits: Horton, Giroux, Ryan, Fleischmann, Oilers, Olympics, Escrow and Burmistrov

  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Nathan Horton will have shoulder surgery next week and is out for four to six months.
  • Chris Johnston: Claude Giroux’s salary breakdown: $10 million in 2014-15 followed by $9 million, $9 million, $9 million, $9 million, $8 million, $7.2 million, $5 million.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Regarding the Bobby Ryan trade, the Ducks had asked for two of Mika Zibanejad, Jared Cowen and Jakob Silfverberg.
  • George Richards: Word at the draft was that the Panthers were shopping Tomas Fleischmann hard.
  • Bob Stauffer: The only way the Oilers can upgrade their top-6 is through a trade.
  • Chris Johnston: The NHLPA executive board will vote on the Sochi Olympics today in Chicago.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Escrow should be around 17% next season. HRR is estimated to be $2.2 billion.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Alexander Burmistrov’s agent confirms that the relationship between head coach Claude Noel was one of the reasons he signed with Ak Bars Kazan.

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Free Agent Notes and Draft Signings: Wings, Rangers, Red Wings, Senators, Leafs, Sharks, Islanders and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan: Pavel Datsyuk said he wants to sign a contract extension with the Red Wings. He’s looking forward to playing with the Wings beyond next season.
  • Katie Strang: The Rangers haven’t started contract talks with Henrik Lundqvist. It’s not that surprising since it’s early and can’t officially sign before July.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will have Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg on their free agent radar. Bickell’s stock may be rising, but Stalberg’s may be falling a bit.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that the cost of acquiring a player like Bobby Ryan could cost the Senators Jared Cowen and maybe Mika Zibanejad. Ryan has two years left at $5.1 million. Brennan thinks that making a trade that doesn’t involving giving up their best assets may be the best route to go, or signing a lower-risk free agent. Bruins Nathan Horton will likely want $5 million, a little much for a someone who may be one concussion from retirement. Blackhawks Bryan Bickell would make a lot of sense for the Senators. Bickell shouldn’t cost any more than $2.5 million a season, maybe three-years and $8 million. Worst-case scenario for the Sens is that he signs with the Leafs.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs should look back on the Blackhawks salary cap situation and learn from it. The Blackhawks kept and overvalued Dave Bolland and traded/undersold Andrew Ladd. The Leafs need to figure out how much they want to spend on their centers. Mikhail Grabovksi is paid like a top center at $5.5 million and Tyler Bozak could demand that much. RFA Nazem Kadri will be looking for a big raise as well. The Leafs may not be able to afford both Grabovski and Bozak, so one may have to go. Compliance buyouts may lead to Brad Richards or Vincent Lecavalier becoming free agents and better bargains.
  • Jon Rowson: The Sharks have all but signed Tomas Hertl. Hertl has a contract with Slavia for next season, who want to keep their star.
  • New York Rangers: The Rangers signed their 2011 5th round pick, defenseman Samuel Noreau.
  • Sarah McLellan: Without new ownership, the Coyotes budget won’t increase, which doesn’t faze GM Don Maloney.

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Roster notes and Starting goalies: Sens, Sabres, Isles, Panthers, Stars, Leafs, Rangers, Flyers, Pens and Wild

  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs defesneman Mike Komisarek got a fibreglass chip in his eye at practice yesterday. (Won’t play tonight)
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Casey Cizikas will be in the lineup for Eric Boulton. Travis Hamonic is a game-time decision.
  • John Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Eller – Desharnais – Cole; Prust – Galchenyuk – Gallagher; Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Moen – White – Armstrong; Blunden out.
  • David Alter via twitter: Ryan Miller is first off the ice, and likely starter for the Sabres against the Maple Leafs tonight.

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Coyotes announcement this week … P.K. joins team on Wed. … Hamilton to stay … Rakell waiting on decision

  • Westside Insider in the Arizona Republic: Greg Jamison told the Arizona Republic that he expects to have the team purchased by Wednesday or Thursday.

    “There’s a lot happening. We’re moving forward. There will be an announcement before the end of the week,” Jamison said Monday morning.

    “There are a lot of moving parts. It’s very difficult to explain how many moving parts there are to put it all together. Rather than constantly going into that with people – people are a little tired of hearing that – I think they would just prefer to have an announcement, one way or the other, at an appropriate time,” he said.

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks have yet to make a decision on Rickard Rakell, to send him to junior or keep him in the NHL. He’s only played in 3 games so far.

    “I defer that to the boss,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said, referring to GM Bob Murray. “We’ve got five games. We still have the whole weekend to make a decision.”

    “He hasn’t played a tremendous amount but he looks comfortable there,” he said. “He accepts responsibility he can skate. He’s not afraid. He’s doing a lot of good things. One day, whether it’s tomorrow or five years from now, he’s going to be a very good hockey player.”

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Training Camp notes: Svatos, Rielly, van Riemsdyk, Tarasenko, Yakupov, Zibanejad, Barker and Zetterberg

  • Rich Evans via twitter: Marek Svatos will attend the Panthers training camp. He didn’t play last year as he sat out to heal from injuries.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on defenseman Morgan Rielly: ”We’re not afraid to play an 18-year-old in the NHL.”
  • David Alter via twitter: Carlyle added that James van Riemsdyk will start on the wing, but if the opportunity arise to try him at center, they will explore it.
  • Wayne Scanlan via twitter: Senators GM Murray said that Mika Zibanejad is healthy enough to come to training camp, but likely won’t be invited. Stone, Silfverberg and Hoffman will be there instead.
  • Ken Warren via twitter: The Senators season ticket base is at 10,500, with hopes of getting to 11,300 by the end of the year.

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No concussion for Giroux … Galiardi back in Calgary … No WJC for Zibanejad … WHL on Portland sanctions

  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: After spending a couple days getting neck treatment in Atlanta, Claude Giroux is feeling “really fine.” His injury is not considered a concussion.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks T.J. Galiardi left his German team after suffering a knee injury and has returned to Calgary according to the Calgary Herald. The injury doesn’t seem to be serious, and he’s been practicing with the Calgary Hitman of the WHL.
  • Sylvain St-Laurent via twitter: The Senators will not be making Mika Zibanejad available for the World Junior Championship. Ian Mendes via twitter: Sens GM Bryan Murray: ”We feel like keeping Mika here to play in North America is the best decision for his development. As a young player and person, he’s learning how to play the North American style and continues to progress playing for Luke in Binghamton.”
  • Daren Millard via twitter: A statement from WHL commissioner Ron Robison on Portland Winterhawks sanctions: “We believe the sanctions are not excessive given the repeated and systemic nature of the violations. The independent investigation discovered an unprecedented number of violations.  It is the responsibility of each WHL Club and General Manager to be fully aware of the WHL Regulations and to be in compliance at all times. These sanctions are necessary in order to protect the overall welfare and integrity of our League and to preserve a level playing field for all of our member Clubs and our players.”

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Informal CBA talks today … Zibanejad to try left wing in AHL … Hemsky will wait a month … Landeskog could play in the AHL

  • Ken Warren via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray is not optimistic for a quick CBA resolution, and will ask Jared Cowen to play in the AHL. Mika Zibanejad will also end up in Binghamton and will be asked to play left wing.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Ales Hemsky will give it a month before heading back to the Czech Republic to play.
  • Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko said that if there is a lockout he’ll decide between Peoria of the AHL and the KHL on September 15th after a talk with GM Doug Armstrong.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: It’s possible that Gabriel Landeskog will play for Lake Erie of the AHL if there is a lockout.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: 18 year olds who played in the NHL last season and still could go to Junior (ie. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins), can also play in the AHL.

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CBA optimism … Will Morrow remain with the Stars? Hall back on the ice … Zibanejad to stay in N.A.

  • TSN: A day after Bettman said the league would lock players out if there wasn’t a new CBA before September 15th, both sides aired more optimism yesterday that the season could start on time.

    “We thought it was a good session,” said Winnipeg Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey, who spoke for the NHLPA following the session. “Constructive. We reflected on the whole process. Discipline, ice conditions, training camp, travel.”

    The NHLPA will submit a counter-proposal to the NHL’s initial offer next week. They will meet in Toronto over the next 2 weeks, starting on Tuesday.

    “We are looking forward to the proposal,” Daly said. “(It) gives you a better sense of how close or how far apart we are. It gives us a benchmark of where we are on economic issues. What we proposed had a variety of different elements. (I) don’t think (the players’) elements are vastly different.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika notes that Brenden Morrow could be traded before the season starts, or he could lead the team to the playoffs. There is no indication on how it may play out at this time. He’s been their captain since 2006. He’s 33 and has been bothered by neck and shoulder issues. Morrow has one year left at $4.1 million. It would like take a something pretty good to get him.
  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Taylor Hall is back on ice after 4 months of recovery from this shoulder repairs.

    “It’s encouraging for sure” … “It’s held up fine so I’m pretty excited about that. It’s time to start being a hockey player again.”

    “The surgery was tough. They didn’t just do it arthroscopically, they cut me open and moved the bone around. I have a three-inch scar on my shoulder.

    “It was a little different for me, being on all the pain killers afterward, not being able to do much. I had to sleep on a La-Z-Boy for the first week. It was a tough stretch. I had to fly my mom in to take care of me and make me food and everything.

    “But now it feels like I have a brand new shoulder. It’s exciting for me because I haven’t really had that in the last two years.”

  • Adam Kimelman of Senators assistant GM Tim Murray said that Mika Zibanejad will spend this season in North America, either in the NHL or AHL.

    “He’s staying no matter what,” Murray said. “Whether its Ottawa or Binghamton, we’re not sending him back. So he’s here.”

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Bouwmeester’s stock rising … Sens offer for Nash was better … Senators and Flyers options … Leafs deal could be on horizon

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s stock is on the rise as he may be the top defenseman available. The Red Wings have lost Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. The Flyers are looking for a defenseman, though Bouwmeester doesn’t really fit their mold. The Blues could use a veteran like Bouwmeester. The Oilers could be a fit as well. Bouwmeester has a no-trade clause and doesn’t appear interested in waiving it. The Flames currently have 9 defenseman on 1-way contracts, 10 if you include T.J. Brodie. The Flames may be interested in dealing away Anton Babchuk’s $2.5 million contact.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators offer for Rick Nash was better than what the Blue Jackets got, but he didn’t want to go to Ottawa. They offered Robin Lehner, Nick Foligno, Mika Zibanejad and a draft pick. The Blue Jackets could have had Joe Pavelski from the Sharks but it doesn’t look like they wanted to trade within the Western Conference. The Senators may now be looking to go another direction. They may not want to go down the Alexei Kovalev road with Alexander Semin. It’s believed the Sens have talked to the Ducks about Bobby Ryan. The Stars may be looking to move Brenden Morrow. Daniel Alfredsson has indicated he’s planning on playing, and sources say they may be working on a 1 year extension.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: Rossi confirms that the Penguins haven’t talked to the Wild about a trade involving Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin as part of a package for Dany Heatley.
  • Howard Berger via twitter: One of Berger’s “bird-dogs” insisted that the Maple Leafs are working on bringing in goalie help, a deal could be on the horizon. Maybe Jonathan Bernier?
  • Adam Kimelman of The Flyers defense still needs to be addressed, and addressing it internally may be their best option. Bruno Gervais will compete with Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning for the final blueline spot. Matt Gilroy is the highest scoring UFA on the market, 20 points in 67 games last year. RFA options could be Michael Del Zotto, John Carlson, Dmitry Kulikov and P.K. Subban. The Flyers have a top 6 spot open and are looking at Shane Doan. Other UFA options could be Alexander Semin, Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott. The Ducks are listening to offers for Bobby Ryan, but they’d likely want Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn, 2 players the Flyers have no interest in parting with.

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