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NHL Injuries: Ducks, Panthers, Sharks, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Wild and Flames

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks that Cam Fowler could return by next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have sent Jonathan Racine back to the AHL as Ed Jovanovski is ready to return to the lineup.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Tomas Hertl practiced yesterday without a “no-contact” jersey.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton (lower-body) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Jared Boll is expected to return to the lineup.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray (knee) skated yesterday morning  with associate coach Craig Hartsburg, doing conditioning drills.  Shawn Mitchell: Murray will travel with the team to Philadelphia but won’t play. Coach Todd Richards said he could return next Friday against Chicago or Sunday against the Islanders.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) won’t travel with the team. Either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will fill in for Nikitin.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell said he’ll play tonight.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding was on the ice yesterday during their practice.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Mike Yeo was vague about Mikael Granlund’s possible head injury. Said he didn’t know about his status.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon had season-ending shoulder surgery. Mark Cundari and Chris Breen have been recalled.

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Morning Rumors II: Sharks, Rangers, Wild, Sabres, Flyers, Panthers, Avs, Penguins, Jets and Kings

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Sharks Dan Boyle’s contract expires at the end of the season.

    “I talked to Doug [Wilson] yesterday,” said Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, when we chatted Sunday afternoon. “We’ll continue to talk. Both sides want to get something done.”

    Fair market value for Boyle could be three years at $15 million. Because of the 35+ rule, the Sharks could offer a one-year deal with bonuses. A compromise deal could be something like Sergei Gonchar’s two year, $10 contract.

  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: The Rangers will have five restricted and seven unrestricted free agents this summer. The Rangers have held preliminary talks with Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello is second on the team in goals and points and has arbitration rights. The Rangers and Ryan Callahan have had ongoing discussions, with Callahan’s agent, Stephen Bartlett saying they hope to get something done and they remain optimistic.
  • Bob McKenzie: (late morning yesterday) McKenzie doesn’t think the Wild are close to a deal with anyone. They may need a goalie. If Josh Harding is going to be out long-term, with only five games left before the Olympic break, they may wait until after the break to get a better update on his status.
  • Chad Graff: The price tag for Ryan Miller is too high right now and the Wild don’t want to give up a lot for a rental. Have been told that the Wild are “absolutely not” trading Charlie Coyle or Mikael Granlund.
  • Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press: The Wild sent two prospects and two picks to the Sabres last year for Jason Pominville and are less likely to make a deal involves their young prospects.

    “I wouldn’t rule anything out, but those deals are hard to make,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “It’s tough to give up multiple assets on a yearly basis and stay competitive long-term, so you’re balancing the long term with the short term. Certainly, we’re happy with the deal last year, but that’s a difficult deal to make on a yearly basis.

    “Any deal (we do) has to make sense in the long- and the short-term perspective, in my opinion, for where we’re at in the arch of our franchise.”

    Barring an injury to Darcy Keumper and Niklas Backstrom, it’s unlikely the Wild would make a trade Ryan Miller, someone who they wouldn’t be interested in re-signing. The Wild are optimistic that Josh Harding will be able to re-join the team after the Olympic break.

  • Bob McKenzie: Though there are lots of Ryan Miller rumors, McKenzie doesn’t sense anything if imminent. Things can obviously change quickly. (late morning yesterday)
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: It is shaping up to be a tough next six weeks for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

    “It’s obviously different than in years past,” Holmgren said yesterday. “You don’t get a real deadline to work with. We play six games before the Olympics, and then we come back and only have another [three] games to make a move.

    “Right now, it’s getting to the point where we need to see what we have, see what’s out there and make a move if we’re going to do it.”

    Holmgren believes in their team nucleus, but their will continue to look at the market.

    “That doesn’t mean if something comes up now and for the future, that we wouldn’t think about it,” Holmgren said. “We’ll continue to look around. But it would have to be something that makes sense for both.”

    The Flyers could use a No. 1 defenseman, but it’s unlikely that one would become available at the deadline. Sources saying that Panthers Mike Weaver and Avalanche’s Ryan Wilson are available.

  • William DePaoli: Clear that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma would endorse the addition of winger Matt Moulson. The Penguins do like him, but they expect a bidding war for him.
  • Dennis Bernstein: When asked what it would cost the Kings to get Andrew Ladd, Bernstein responds with the Jets are playing a lot better under Paul Maurice and may not be looking to sell yet.

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Injury Notes: Datsyuk, Nikitin, Granlund and Five Flames

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) will not be traveling with the team on their trip to New York and Ottawa.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) is likely to play tonight. The Blue Jackets still have five players that will be out.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Mikael Granlund will be out for at least three games with an upper-body injury (head). He was put on the IR and Jason Zucker was recalled.
  • Calgary Flames: Flames injuries: Sean Monahan – week-to-week with hairline fracture in foot, on the IR. Dennis Wideman – six to eight weeks with a fractured hand, on the IR. Mark Giordano – week-to-week with a  broken ankle, on the IR. Curtis Glencross – two to three weeks with a knee injury, on the IR. TJ Galiardi – day-to-day with back spasms, on the IR.

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VIDEO: Two Questionable Hits From Nazem Kadri … Suspension Coming?

UPDATE: Chris Johnston: Nazem Kadri’s hearing will be for his hit on Niklas Backstrom. John Shannon: The NHL did look at Kadri’s hit on Granlund but did not view the head as the principle point of contact.

The NHL will be looking into a couple of Nazem Kadri’s hits from last night. Kadri received two minutes for his hit on Niklas Backstrom and a match penalty for his hit on Mikael Granlund.

  • Nick Kypreos: Kadri will have a phone hearing today at 1:00 PM.
  • Jonas Siegel: “Rulebook states that match penalty shall be imposed on any player who “deliberately attempts to injure” or “deliberately injures”.”

Do you think Kadri SHOULD get suspended for his hit(s)? Which hit? Do you think he WILL get suspended?

Kadri’s hit on Niklas Backstrom

Kadri’s hit on Mikael Granlund

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Morning Hits: Meszaros, Wild, Domi, Lindholm and Rielly

  • John Boruk: If Hal Gill makes the Flyers, it may open the door for an Andrej Meszaros trade once he is cleared to play.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild coach Mike Yoe: Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund will battle for the second line center spot. Matt Dumba will have a shot to make the team. Yoe said not to be surprised if you see Dany Heatley on a line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise at some point this season.
  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes 2013 first round pick Max Domi isn’t worried about making the team. He could get into some regular season games but could be returned junior before he plays 10 games.

    “We don’t see the first five, seven, nine games as trial games, throw-away games,” Maloney said.

  • Mike Morreale: If Hurricanes Elias Lindholm is healthy enough, coach Kirk Muller will try him at center and right wing.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly on where he fits in the depth chart: “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know what @capgeek is.”

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Scouting the Stars … Nonis on Bozak and MacArthur … Oshie Sued … Granlund Reassigned … Montador Clears Waivers

  • Dallas Morning News: From Dennis Bernstein and Mike Heika: the Bruins, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Wild and Rangers have scouted the Dallas Stars the last two games. The Stars scouted the Bruins-Senators game on Monday. Bruce Garrioch noted that the Bruins, Penguins and Flyers are looking for scoring help, and that the Stars have a decision to make regarding Brenden Morrow. Morrow has a no-trace clause.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is unlikely to offer contract extensions to Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthurin the next month, though that can change, nor is he going to trade them just because they will be free agents at the end of the year. Nonis is open to trading both players, as he is with many others, but a deal would happen because of what they could get back and not about their contracts.

    “I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said on Monday.

    “Right now both Tyler and Clarke are playing well and seem to be happy.”

    Nonis added,

    “Right now, I don’t feel compelled to move anyone by April 3. And I would have to say, at least at this time, I don’t expect anything to happen (extension-wise) by that date either, although things can change.”

    The Leafs are open to bringing in a rental player, but it has to make sense in the short and long term.

    “But here’s the thing with that,” he explained. “If you are willing to bring in a rental player, why wouldn’t you keep guys (like Bozak and MacArthur) who are already on your team? They have the same contract status as rent-a-players.”

  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is being sued by his landlord for $12,000 after his dogs damaged the apartment.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have assigned Mikael Granlund to the AHL. He’d been a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games.

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Roster notes for tonight: Ehrhoff, Callahan, Boyle, Simmonds, Cizikas, Granlund, Kovalev and Letang

  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will return to the lineup tonight. Missed one game.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Sounding like Rangers Brian Boyle is out, Ryan Callahan is back in, Dan Girardi is out, Steve Eminger is in.

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Players receive $10,000 … Couture leaving Switzerland … Glass off to Slovakia … Granlund returning

  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Logan Couture has left his Switzerland team for “personal reason” according to his agent, John Thornton.
  • Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Swiss media is reporting that Ambri-Piotta wants to sign Matt Duchene. Duchene’s deal with Frolunda expires on December 9th.

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Granlund out 2-4 weeks, Brodin out 8 … Korpikoski re-ups with TPS … Tlusty could head to KHL … DiPietro says he’s not injured

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Mikael Granlund will be out 2 to 4 weeks with a lateral right ankle sprain. He’s in a walking boot and rehabbing in Houston.

    “He’ll be able to start doing more next week and is walking pretty good, but we wanted to make sure, and mercifully, this is not the worst case scenario,” Fletcher said. “It’s relatively good news. It’s not a knee or high ankle sprain or anything like that. It’s a common ankle sprain.”

    In the same game that Granlund was injured, Jonas Brodin broke is clavicle and is out for at least 8 weeks. Brodin was meeting with doctors yesterday afternoon to determine if they’ll allow the bone to heal by itself or to insert a plate.

  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski signed a 6 game contract with TPS. He had played 5 games for them already, scoring 4 goals and adding 6 assists.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jiri Tlusty may be leaving Kladno to head to Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL soon. He could return to Kladno in January if the lockout continues.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Rick DiPietro said it’s “not true at all” of the reports from a German newspaper that he has a groin injury. “I’m feeling good,” DiPietro wrote in a text message, “and I’m looking forward to the next game.”

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Brodeur won’t retire … Bogus Eberle-Luongo rumor … Wild’s Brodin and Granlund injured … Helm injury update

  • Matt Larkin via twitter: Martin Brodeur told Ken Campbell that he’s not retiring, even if the season is cancelled.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: “I don’t know what’s dumber: rumours of Eberle for Luongo (never, ever, ever) or those few Canucks fans who say that would be a “bad return”. Tencer doesn’t know where the rumor started, but it’s not from a credible place.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune:The Wild lost a couple top prospects to injury Friday night. Defenseman Jonas Brodin has a broken clavicle and will be out several weeks. Mikael Granlund has a strained muscle in his lower right leg and will be out a few weeks.
  • Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Darren Helm suffered a fractured cheekbone on Friday and will now see a specialist on Monday to see if surgery is required.

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State of the Minnesota Wild: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Anatoliy Metter of The Hockey Writers and can be found on twitter at @anatoliymetter.

The Minnesota Wild are fighting for their playoff lives in the Western Conference as they are trying to stave off teams such as Phoenix, Calgary, Colorado, and Dallas who are hot on the Wild’s heels. With over $10 million in cap space and phenomenal prospects such as Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Jonas Brodin to name a few, the Minnesota Wild will be buyers and sellers when the deadline rolls around.

What do the Wild need to stay in contention in the West?

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Rumors centered around the NHL Draft

There are plenty of entries of rumors this morning, so we’ve broken them down in to 3 separate entries.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has had talks with Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, not about moving up, but sending an asset to the Oilers not to take the player they want. It has been rumored the Bruins target winger Taylor Hall. The Bruins won’t be trading the #2 pick and will select Tyler Seguin if a trade can’t be worked out with the Oilers, and the Oilers select Hall. The Bruins also hold the #15, #32, and #45 and may consider moving up or down in the draft.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Continuing on with the top 2 picks and a possible trade. The Bruins may have the #15 pick, RFA winger Blake Wheeler, or Mikko Lehtonen (prospect) in play. Chiarelli told Boston reports that they haven’t had moved forward with “that type of discussion”. Edmonton won’t know who’ll they take until they sit down one more time with their scouts.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: One top draft pick whose stock could be all over the lottery range is Brett Connolly. Arguably the 3rd best forward behind Hall and Seguin, could be drafted in the top 5, or fall down to 15th. Connolly played for the woeful Prince George Raiders of the WHL, but was limited to only 16 games. On 4 different occasions he was forced out of the lineup with hip flexors, at first to the right side, then to the left. All teams have been given his medical reports, and spoke to him about injuries at the scouting combine. has him going at #5 to the NY Islanders. I don’t see him dropping any further than 10th to the Rangers and I think he’ll be gone before then. Isles at #5, Tampa at #6, Atlanta at #8, and Minnesota at #9 are strong candidates to draft him.
  • Mike Russo of the Star Tribune: Draft options for the Minnesota Wild at #9. LWer Brett Connolly. C/RW Jeff Skinner, RW Nino Niederreiter, C Ryan Johansen, C Alex Burmistrov, C Mikael Granlund.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators (drafting 16th) are in a similar situation to the St. Louis Blues, depth on the blueline when it comes to prospects/young players. They aren’t against moving up to get a top propect unless it’s reasonable, but without a 2nd round pick it may be difficult. The Sens may also consider moving back in the draft, picking up some extra picks.
  • Jon Lu of TSN (video): The Canadiens may focus on center’s that have size. John MacFarland or Riley Sheahan could be possibilities.

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