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Morning Hits: Outdoor Options, Waivers, Brodeur and Coach’s Corner Video

  • Corey Masisak: NHL COO John Collins on outdoor games: ”Everybody knows Minnesota would be great. Colorado would be great. If this goes well, San Jose would be great.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: On waivers yesterday: Shane O’Brien (CAL) and Mikael Samuelsson (DET). Helene St. James: If/when Sameulsson clears waivers, he’ll be sent to the AHL.
  • Katie Strang: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils.

Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner: Tortorella’s suspension and thoughts on the Flames-Canucks line brawl.

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Injury Notes: Clitsome, Souray, Brunner, Wings, Stastny, Parenteau, Versteeg and Boyle

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome had season ending back surgery.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Sheldon Souray had his wrist surgery done yesterday to relieve arthritic symptoms that were related to his ligament tear.
  • Rich Chere: When the Devils return home from their road trip, Damien Brunner will start practicing with them.
  • Chuck Pleiness: Red Wings Mike Babcock said he doesn’t expect any of their injured players back today. Tomas Tatar will return (not injury related absence), and most likely in for Mikael Samuelsson.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Paul Stastny will return to the lineup tonight.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau should be ready on Tuesday to face the Maple Leafs.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Kris Versteeg is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He will be re-evaluated today.
  • Chris Nichols: David Pollak reported that in hindsight, Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle feels he came back to early from his concussion.

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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Afternoon Hits: Schenn, Lecavalier, Tootoo, Hedman, Staal, Fiddler, Clowe, Backes and more

  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Max Fortunus cleared waivers and will remain with the team for now.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Brayden Schenn will play tonight. Vincent Lecavalier said he had his best day on the ice and hopes to be back quicker than two weeks. Adam Kimelman: Schenn said his neck and upper back are a little sore, but there are no other restrictions.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jordin Tootoo will replace Mikael Samuelsson in the lineup tonight.
  • Missy Zielinski: Victor Hedman will return to the lineup. Tom Pyatt should be ready to return on Saturday.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes Eric Staal missed practice today with the flu, but should be able to go tomorrow.
  • Mike Heika: Stars Vernon Fiddler (upper-body) skated hard this morning. He hopes to take part in a full practice on Friday and be available for Saturday.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Ryane Clowe is practicing on a line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues David Backes skated this morning, he’s still day-to-day.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated this morning. Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist are not skating. Jimmy Howard was on the ice, but is not ready to practice yet.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser will see a doctor today and hopes to get clearance to play on Saturday. He is still on their LTIR.
  • Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Colton Orr is skating with the team for the first time in two weeks.
  • Paul Hendrick: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Leafs.

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Morning Rumors: Blackhawks, Islanders, Sabres, Red Wings, Canadiens and Blue Jackets

  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is thinking about having Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane long-term with the Blackhawks when making moves.

    “We’ve always looked forward,” Bowman said in a phone interview with on Friday. “We have formulas in place for what [the salary cap] could do and be.

    “I think what matters for me is we got a great situation in Chicago. We have an owner that really understands what it’s all about to be a competitive team. We have been given resources by Rocky [Wirtz] and John [McDonough] to be a cap team and a very competitive team. I think players understand that. It’s become a destination. That’s the important thing. The numbers will work themselves out. We will adjust accordingly. We will keep the key players in Chicago.”

    Contract talks with Kane and Toews can’t start until July.

    “When it comes to it, we’re going to sit down with [their agent] Pat Brisson,” Bowman said. “I look forward to that. I’m excited about where this team and organization are going. I know Patrick and Jonathan are going to be a part of it.

    “There’s no secret that they were part of turning this team around on the ice and in conjunction off the ice. It all goes together. We’re going to get down to it and talk about all the pertinent facts at the time. Until then, it’s all speculation.”

  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said he was unsure if Teuvo Teravainen would join the Blackhawks later on in the season. Once his season with Jokerit of SM-liiga, he could to join the team.

    “I’m not planning on it, but it would be a bonus if he’s done with his season,” Bowman said in a phone interview Friday. “That’s an option. He’s signed. I think there are a lot of factors that go into it — when his season ends and where he’s at that point.”

  • Chris Peters of CBS Sports: Chris Botta has a source who said that Peter Laviolette is “definitely” a top candidate if the Islanders fire head coach Jack Capuano.
  • Chris Botta: Have been saying for over a year that Doug Weight is the other top candidate for the Islanders if they make a change.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple poses the question, is it time for the Islanders to rebuild again. Staple’s think the Isles should trade Thomas Vanek for as much as they can get back. Play Brock Nelson and calling up Ryan Strome. To make room they can put some on waiver, a trade or just bench people. They need to fix their goaltending. They could look to trade Lubomir Visnovsky or Michael Grabner. Staple wouldn’t trade Andrew MacDonald and thinks he’s worth $4 million.
  • Chris Botta: “Agree with Art Staple that Isles must re-tool, but warn against rushing/asking too much of prospects. Do what the Red Wings do.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser is about two weeks from coming off the LTIR and St. James thinks the Wings should consider trading Kyle Quincey. Quincey carries a $3.775 million cap hit, and if the Wings could get a cheaper defenseman or draft pick for him, they should do it to improve their cap situation. Waiving Mikael Samuelsson wouldn’t give them any cap relief since it’s a 35-plus deal.

    “Quincey cost the Wings a first-round pick in the trade, but they were desperate at the time, with half the team injured. He can still bring something in return. Quincey is just entering what’s considered an NHL defenseman’s prime years, and he showed offensive upside while with the Colorado Avalanche. Other teams might well see him fitting in better in a different system, and the Wings would benefit from a cleaner landscape.”

  • Eric Engels: The Canadiens and Blue Jackets have been talking trade for weeks, but not sure if anything is coming in the immediate future.

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Afternoon Hits: Red Wings, Polak and Tarasenko and some lines from today

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are currently $2.4 million over the salary cap. They have 26 players under contract, 17 forwards, three more than they plan on carrying. Darren Helm will start the year on injured reserve. They will still have to have to lessen their roster by two. Gustav Nyquist and/or Danny DeKeyser could be sent to the AHL. They could trade or waive Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Eaves, Cory Emmerton or Mikael Samuelsson. They could trade Tomas Tatarif they feel he doesn’t fit into their long-term plans. GM Ken Holland gave support behind Nyquist and Tatar,

    “Both played well for us last year. We like them both,” Holland said. “Tats was the AHL (playoff) MVP with 16 goals; that’s a lot of goals in a league where it’s hard to score. Certainly, the expectations are they’re going to be on the team.”

    But, Holland also said of Nyquist, “There’s a chance he could go to the American League. He’s a good player. We want to win. We’re going to try to ice our best team against Buffalo (in the season opener Oct. 2).”

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues strength coach stopped Roman Polak and Vladimir Tarasenko at 305 pounds as he doesn’t think hockey players need to bench more.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Group B lines: J. Staal with Ruutu, Dalpe. Lindholm with Skinner, Dvorak. Double-shifting on Tolchinsky’s line.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines, defensive pairings and goalie for today’s scrimmage:RED TEAM - Forwards: Michael Ryder-Adam Henrique-Ryan Clowe; Reid Boucher-Andrei Loktionov-Joe Whitney; Ryan Carter-Ryan Kujawinski-Harry Pesonen; Ben Thomson-Darcy Zajac-Chris McKelvie. Defensemen:  Bryce Salvador-Marek Zidlicky; Brandon Burlon-Raman Hrabarenka; Seth-Helgeson-Damon Severson. Goaltenders: Martin Brodeur

    WHITE TEAM - Forwards: Mattias Tedenby-Travis Zajac-Rostislav Olesz; Stefan Matteau-Stephen Gionta-Mike Sislo; Krys Barch-Jacob Josefson-Myles Bell Ben Johnson-Graham Black-David Wohlberg. Defensemen: Anton Volchenkov-Corbin McPherson; Jon Merrill-Mark Fayne;  Eric Gelinas-Dan Kelly. Goaltenders: Cory Schneider

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Quick Hits: Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, Gill, Tolchinsky and Lindholm

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland expects Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Mikael Samuelsson (pectoral muscle) to be ready for the start of training camp.
  • James Mirtle: Hal Gill said he has no intentions of retiring after being bought out by the Predators. Hopes some team will give him a chance.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they are trying to sign Sergei Tolchinsky. He was invited to their prospects camp.
  • Chip Alexander: Rutherford said that their 2013 1st round pick, Elias Lindholm, will play for the Hurricanes in their rookie tournament in Traverse City.

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Free Agent Hits II: Lecavalier, Zubrus, Briere, Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Flyers

  • L.A. Lariviere: The Ducks are said to be out of the Vincent Lecavalier sweepstakes as they are not willing to pay that much.
  • Tom Gulitti: Dainius Zubrus signed a 3-year, $9.1 million deal with the Devils.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders are among the teams interested in Daniel Briere. Will pick his finalists soon. “Wants a top-6 spot, wants to win.”
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs qualified Leo Komarov to retain his rights, even though he’ll be in the KHL next season. He’d be a UFA next year.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to meet with Daniel Cleary today. Valtteri Filppula wants to test the free agent waters. Talks with Damien Brunner have been ongoing. The Wings met with Vincent Lecavalier over the weekend. St. James thinks the Lecavalier will end up in Dallas. He’s believed to be looking for a 5 year, $25 million deal. Intriguing forwards could be Nathan Horton and David Clarkson. They haven’t made a decision on compliance buyouts yet. Candidates could be Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Tyler Bozak is looking for $5 million plus per season for as much as 8 years. The Leafs haven’t been told by Lecavalier that the are out. The Maple Leafs were in trade talks with the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick. Rumors were that it would have cost them a young player and the No. 21 pick.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers are still looking for a goalie. They may have to scratch Ray Emery off their list. The Blackhawks did meet with Emery on Sunday night after the draft. They are confident that he can remain the Blackhawks as Crawford’s backup. The Islanders won’t be tolling Tim Thomas’contract, so he’ll be a UFA on Friday.

    “I think we’ve got to look at anything and everything to try and make our team better, and that includes goaltending,” general manager Paul Holmgren told the Daily News. “That includes both the free-agent and trade market.”

    Thomas not playing for a year would concern the Flyers. Other UFA options could be Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Ellis and Jose Theodore. The Flyers could look at the trade route. They were talking with the Oilers about Braydon Coburn and maybe Devan Dubnyk’s name was discussed. The Flyers made qualifying offers too Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Eric Wellwood and Brandon Manning.

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Quick Hits: Red Wings injuries and the Panthers want their 1st pick to play right away

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson will need off-season shoulder surgery. Jimmy Howard was playing with a pulled hamstring which happened at the end of the Ducks series. Niklas Kronwall injured his shoulder in the Blackhawks series and injured his hand against the Ducks. Daniel Cleary had a second-degree separated left shoulder and fractured left finger.
  • Craig Custance: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula suffered a high ankle sprain in Game 7.
  • Adam Kimelman of The Panthers hold the No. 2 pick in the draft and they hope that their pick will be able to play right away.

    “We’re hopeful,” Tallon told “We’re going to be a young team. It’s going to be a necessary part of our puzzle moving forward. I would hope the guy we select can play for us next year.”

    “It’s a pretty evenly balanced draft,” Tallon said. “Looks like there’s an equal number of forwards and defensemen that are very good. We have four picks in the first 97, so we feel we’re going to get four really good players and really fix our depth chart.”

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Quick Hits: Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings and Schneider

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche have fired coach Joe Sacco after missing the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.

    “The organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward,” Greg Sherman, Avs general manager, said in a release.

    “Joe has worked for this franchise for eight seasons and he is a dedicated and hard-working coach. We appreciate all he has done and wish him the best in the future.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi has confirmed that Jim Nill will be the Stars next GM after Joe Nieuwendykwas let go.

    “I had a list of candidates and when it became clear that Jim Nill would be interested in leaving Detroit and coming here, I threw the list away,” Gaglardi said. “I think he is without a doubt he best candidate to take his job.”

  • Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that Glen Gulutzan won’t be the Stars coach next season.
  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the players that got them into the playoffs, will play in Game 1. So it’s unlikely that Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson will start the series.

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Quick Hits: Scouting Flyers-Capitals, Zetterberg, Samuelsson, Crosby and Foligno

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Dave Isaac: Scouting the Flyers-Capitals game: 2 Sharks (director of pro scouting) and the Stars.
  • Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg missed yesterday’s game with a groin injury and he’s not expected to play tonight. He’s listed as day-to-day. Mikael Samuelsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Nick Kypreos: Penguins Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after having surgery on his jaw.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets place Nick Foligno on the IR with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Rumors II: Sabres, Red Wings, Bouwmeester, Yandle, Liles, DeKeyser and Franzen

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier,

    “The things that we will look to add will focus on things beyond this year,” Regier told The Buffalo News by phone this evening. “It may include this year, but the focus is going to be on next year and maybe even beyond that. So things that we do are going to be with that light in mind.”

    “The value of draft picks is probably a little higher, meaning that with the cap going down and the new contracts on the other side that have been signed, I think it’s added value to draft picks,” Regier said. “In some ways, it’s going to be harder to acquire draft picks for players in the event you’re trying to trade a player to get draft picks. I think the value in past years, I think you could probably expect a little higher value in draft picks than you can now.”

    Trades could start happening soon.

    “There’s things going on in the background, but I think what happens is teams generally have an order in which they would like to acquire players, so the players in front have to drop before the other moves take place,” he said. “It’s bottlenecked right now, but I think it’ll open up as we get closer to Wednesday.”

    Jason Pominville has not been asked to submit a list of eight teams he won’t accept a trade too yet.

  • The Fourth Period: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has already started trade talks with a few teams. He wants a top-six winger, a depth forward and a top-pairing defenseman.

    “We’re going to work the phones and explore if there’s a move that can make us better,” Holland told “I’m not going to make a move for the sake of making a move. We’re a work in progress. We’re trying to have patience, and the more we’ve been able to hang in the race … it maybe gives me more patience.”

    They have shown interest in Flames Jay Bouwmeester, Coyotes Keith Yandle and Maple Leafs John-Michael Liles. The asking price for Bouwmeester and Yandle is high.

    Holland wants to make a move up front.

    “I’m going to explore the market up front to see if there’s a fit,” he said. “I’m going to work the phones a little bit. I’ve talked to some people.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings landed Danny DeKeyser yesterday, and he’s expected to be at practice today. He won’t play tomorrow or Monday.

    “He’ll be with us the rest of the regular season. When he plays is up to Mike Babcock, but we’re not holding tryouts. We’re trying to make the playoffs. Danny understands that we’re in a playoff race.”

    Johan Franzen’s lower-body injury appears to be day-to-day. Mikael Samuelsson or Patrick Eaves could fill in for Franzen if he can’t go.

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