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NHL Rumors: Lightning, Capitals, Avalanche, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Penguins and Flames

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Three things the Lightning will have to decide on this offseason: 1. Make a decision of Ryan Callahan - the Lightning would like to keep him, but there will be a limit on what they will want to pay him. He should be able to get about $6.25 million on the open market. A team like the Sabres may be willing to go max term for Callahan. 2. Add depth on defense – Sami Salo will be a UFA and GM Steve Yzerman may look for a defenseman who is not closing in on 40. Maybe Yzerman could try to convince Dan Boyle to return. 3. Get Jonathan Drouin acclimated.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (chat) When asked about his suggestion for the Capitals to trade Mike Green despite the fact that he might not be an attractive package due to declining play, contract and injury history … “No, they definitely wouldn’t be maxing out his value. But something has to change there in DC. You can’t move OV, you shouldn’t move Backstrom. You can’t keep bringing back the same core over and over and expect different results.”

    The Avs have to re-sign both Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny this offseason. Custance thinks Stastny could get a deal in the $7 million range. There are not a lot of 28-year old center on the free agent market this year.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Artus Irbe could replace Jim Corsi as the Sabres goalie coach.

    Pending UFA Nick Schultz may be one and done with the Blue Jackets as he hasn’t been able to get into their top six along the blueline since being traded from the Oilers.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Most definitely the Lightning are going to need help on their blueline moving forward.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”I don’t think Fleury has totally recovered. I think MAF still had the yips.” … ”Now that teams can retain $, there will be a lot of teams willing to take on Fleury as a rehabilition project if he’s available”
  • Hope Smoke: Jamie McLennan: ”The capologist for the Flames should have been shown the door after the ROR offer sheet. I know who it is”

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NHL Rumors: Coyotes, Jets, Capitals, Canucks, Lightning and Penguins

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The free agent pool is year is not deep and the price tags may be too high for the Coyotes. The Coyotes have some young players like Connor Murray, Brandon Gormley and Max Domi that might be ready to make the jump. The Coyotes may also be open to making some trades. They could look be looking players in the 23 to 25 year range to complement enthusiasm with experience.

    “We have to look at our group and say we need more energy,” Maloney said. “We need more hunger into our group, and maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.”

  • Brian McNally of the Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Mike Green knows that the organization could go in a different direction with GM George McPhee and their coaching staff, and that his days with the Capitals could be numbered. Green is entering the last year of his three deal. He’ll make $6.25 million next year with a cap hit of $6.083 million.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: (mailbag) Vingan thinks that the Capitals could get some assets back for Mike Green instead of buying him out. If they traded him, it would be because they think the core needs some retooling. It seems unlikely that GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates return.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin said that he would never ask for a trade. Only July 1st his limited no-trade clause kicks in. Each year he lists 10 teams that he would accept a trade too. There has been no indication that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would consider trading Ovechkin.
  • Iain MacIntyre: MacIntyre is hearing nothing regarding John Tortorella and that Ron Hextal is in the mix for the Canucks GM job.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Callahan is what he is. The Rangers at one point were willing to pay him $6 million a year and he wanted more” … ”Keep something in mind, Fla is a no tax state. He may be able to take a deal that is more palatable to TB & Callahan makes his $”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think Bylsma and Fleury are very much on the radar if things don’t go well for Pitt” … ”Losing to CBJ would be not going well for Pitt. There are a lot of different scenarios beyond that”

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NHL Rumors I: Leafs, Jets, Panthers and A Bunch On The Capitals

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darrren Dreger: Don’t expect any decisions on Dave Nonis and/or Randy Carlyle to made in the near future.Dreger: Safe bet is that Paul Maurice will be back in Winnipeg next season.

    Pierre LeBrun: There haven’t been any talks between the Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee. No decision has been made, but there could be a change in GM for them.

    The Panthers may look for a more experienced coach, and if Randy Carlyle is fired by the Leafs, he could be high on their list.

  • Pierre LeBrun of EPSN: LeBrun wonders if a KHL will try to lure Alex Ovechkin this summer or in the next few years. When asked about it, KHL president Alexander Medvedev said through a spokesman:

    “Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (mailbag) Capitals owner will conduct a “comprehensive review” before deciding if he’ll extend GM George McPhee. Gormley doesn’t see the Capitals moving Alex Ovechkin. Can’t see Leonsis letting a GM trade Ovi, even if he’ll make $10 million until he’s 35. Gormley thinks Mike Green could be wearing a different jersey next season. The Capitals need to add a gritty top four defenseman this offseason. Do the Caps add someone like Brooks Orpik and play him with Green, or do they trade Green  in a package to get a better D? The blueline free agent market is thin: Andrei Markov, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Niskanen. Mikhail Grabovski is believed to be looking for $5 million a season. If the Caps could get him at around $4 million, they might consider it.

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NHL Injuries: Jets, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Blues, Maple Leafs and Sabres

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is finished for the season with a torn muscle.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Andrew Ladd missed last night’s game and he could be finished for the year as well according to Paul Maurice.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets top 9 injuries: Nathan Horton, Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger has an upper-body injury and will be out “for probably at least a couple of weeks” according to Todd Richards.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin who had been bothered with a lower-body injury has been cleared to play two games ago.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green missed practice with an upper-body injury.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Alex Steen remains day-to-day, no update yesterday.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul will have knee surgery and is will be out three weeks.
  • AP in ESPN: Sabres Chad Ruhwedel and Nathan Lieuwen will be out for the remainder of the season with concussions. Christian Ehrhoff status for tonight is not known after taking a puck to the ear. Marcus Foligno (knee), Chris Stewart (lower-body) and Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed) could return tonight.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Cam Fowler “will play this week” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Washington Capitals

Submitted by Patrick O’Connor, and can be found on twitter at @PatOConnor28

Sabres-deadlineWith the trade deadline fast approaching,  after the Olympic break the Capitals should be very active if they want to make a run this season. The Caps currently find themselves sitting in fifth place in the Metropolitan, however only three points out of a playoff position. The Capitals fall in the middle of the pack in just about every statistically team category except for their fifth ranked power play. The sore spot comes with the 19 regulation/overtime wins, only five teams in the league are worse, Florida, Buffalo, New York Islanders, Calgary, and Edmonton. If this team wants to make a playoff run, they are going to need be better 5 on 5 play and avoid overtime games.

George McPhee finds himself in a very difficult position to make moves that will really benefit the team this season. Three roster players have requested trades at one or multiple points this season, Michal Neuvirth, Martin Erat, and Dmitry Orlov. Neuvirth and Orlov have seen their playing time increase and have proved that they belong on the roster for now. Orlov has been playing with Mike Green and Neuvirth has been splitting the net with Holtby since the rookie Phillip Grubauer was sent back down (where he will probably remain for the rest of the season barring injury). Leading up to the Olympic break Martin Erat had been playing like he did not want to be on the team, taking foolish offensive zone penalties and showing little to no heart in games. Although he has played close to 800 games in the NHL his trade value may be at an all time low. Erat has one goal this season, an empty netter, and has seen playing time on the fourth line for long stretches at a time.

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Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks

  • Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
  • Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
  • John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman  Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
  • Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Pens, Sabres, Avs, Ducks, Flames, Sens, Bruins, Canes, Caps and Maple Leafs

  • Damian Cristodero: Steven Stamkos is targeting a Saturday return against the Red Wings. It will determine if he goes to the Olympics or not.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Kris Letang has missed three straight games with an “illness.” Coach Dan Bylsma said that Letang is undergoing further evaluations and tests.  They are not sure if it is either a short or long-term issue.
  • Mike Harrington: The Sabres put Matt Moulson on the IR. He’ll be out until the Olympic break is over. Drew Stafford returned last night.
  • Pro Hockey Talk: Sabres Tyler Myers left the game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Morreale: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay and Paul Stastny are day-to-day. Didn’t sound like either would be in the lineup for Tuesday night against the Rangers.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks put Mark Fistric on the IR with a lower-body injury.
  • Kristen Odland: Flames Karri Ramo is out until after the Olympic break with a knee injury.
  • Don Brennan: Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t think Mark Stone will be ready to return against the Blues, could be ready for Thursday.
  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Adam McQuaid is doubtful to return before the break.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward on his injury frustrations: ”I feel like my body has turned me into a little bit of a shell lately.”
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Aaron Volpatti (upper-body) and Eric Fehr (lower-body) are day-to-day.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion) left practice after 10 minutes. Coach Adam Oates said yesterday that he was “close”. Vingan is not convinced.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Carter Ashton and Peter Holland are out for Tuesday night.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs David Clarkson is “probable” to play on their Florida trip according to Carlyle.

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Injury Notes: Wings, Lightning, Sabres, Preds, Avs, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Ducks, Flames and Caps

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) will not be playing for Sweden at the Olympics.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop left last night’s game after being hit in the head by the skate of Nikita Kucherov. Valtteri Filppula also left last night’s game with a lower-body injury after a collision in the second. Both players said they felt better after the game, with Bishop passing the concussion protocol, with his minor headache lessening with time.

    “It didn’t feel very good, a little bit of a headache, but it’s gotten better as the game went on,’’ said Bishop, who reported he has never been diagnosed with a concussion. “No dizziness, but I felt a little weak after I got hit. Hopefully I’ll wake up (Friday) and feel good and be able to practice.’’

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg hopes to return to the lineup tonight. Pavel Datsyuk is still out with his leg injury and will miss his 12th straight game.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Matt Moulson left last night’s game in the third period after taking a slash/cross-check to the arm. They should know more today.
  • AP on ESPN: Predators Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and didn’t skate yesterday. The Preds play tonight and tomorrow.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Paul Stastny suffered an ankle injury. Update should come today.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Clarkson is still limited by elbow pain. David Alter: Clarkson still needs to have his stitches and staples removed from his elbow. Was to see team doctors again yesterday.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Bolland hopes to play before the Olympic break, but isn’t confident that it will happen. Coach Randy Carlyle said it’s “50-50″ that Bolland returns before the break.
  • Matthew Sekeres: Canucks Mike Santorelli will be out five to six months after having shoulder surgery. He is a pending UFA.
  • Mike Vogl: No update on Capitals Mikhail Grabovski as he’s not traveling with team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Derek Dorsett has been out with broken fibula since Jan. 3rd. It carries a four to six week recovery, so he should be ready to play after the Olympic break.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Nick Bonino is day-to-day. Boudreau thinks that he’ll be able to play before the Olympic break.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ready to go last night.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks Tom Sestito practice after only 35 minutes yesterday with what looked like a hip flexor issue.

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Morning Rumors II: Byfuglien, Kane, Vanek, Coyotes and Green

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Jets forward/defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been receiving a lot criticism of late. Can a team win with Byfuglien as a major part of their core? Heading into yesterday he had three points in four games at forward under new coach Paul Maurice. Byfuglien prefers to play defense. He has two years left on his deal at $5.2 million per season. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has to look at the possibility of trading Byfuglien. One executive: “I think they have to,” he said. We may see more “hockey trades” this year compared to “rentals” due to so many teams close to the salary cap ceiling. Evander Kane would bring more back for the Jets, but they are still looking at the long-term picture and trading a 22-year old goal scorer doesn’t make sense. One fit for Byfuglien that was mentioned was the Bruins, who are looking for a top-four defenseman. The Jets may prefer to get roster players in a deal. If they are willing to trade for futures, it may make Byfuglien more attractive. He can submit a list of five teams that he won’t accept a trade too. One executive thinks he could bring the Jets a 1st round pick and an A-level prospect.

    “In my time, he’s the best power forward I’ve seen,” Versteeg said. “On the flip side, he’s one of the biggest, mobile, best defenseman I’ve seen, too.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Thomas Vanek understands the Islanders situation of wanting to know in the next week or two if he’d re-sign with the team. He also knows that if he doesn’t have an answer for them, he could be dealt. Vanek did say that even if he’s dealt, he’d consider returning on July 1st.

    “I know Garth gave up a lot to get me here, so if they feel they need to get something back (by the deadline), I understand,” Vanek told Newsday. “He’s been great, the team has been great. No one has put any pressure on me.

    “I know that we’re getting close [to the deadline] and that they want to know what I’m going to do. It’s a big decision that obviously isn’t just about me, it’s a big decision for my family, where we’re going to be.”

    There hasn’t been substantive talks between the two sides.

    “Even if they traded me, sure,” Vanek said. “I like it here, it’s a good group of guys. This would be a place I’d consider if it gets to July 1.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: There are not a lot of options at the moment, but the Coyotes are looking for a forward

    “I don’t want to trade a forward for another forward,” he said. “You’re always looking to upgrade, but we’re looking to add instead of give a forward to get a forward.”

  • Mike Wise of the Washington Post: Wise wonders if it’s time for the Capitals to trade defenseman Mike Green. They only have three players who are not under contract for next season. Green might be their only player that would bring them a good return, including a possible defensive defenseman. GM George McPhee is in the last year of his contract and may be looking to make a move to help save his job. Martin Erat still wants to be traded.

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Injury Notes: Fraser, Visnovsky, Semin, Korpikoski, Khudobin, DeKeyser, Kessel, Seidenberg and Burns

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser is day-to-day with a knee injury. It is another MCL issues, but in a different area of the ligament.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky is “still not close” to returning to the lineup.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski has an upper-body injury. Zbynek Michalek is still out with an upper-body injury. Both could skate tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is about a week away from being able to play.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser left last night’s game with an left shoulder injury. Helene St. James: He’ll see a doctor today but they are estimating it will will be at least a week or two.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel on his wrist being taped: ”I don’t really want to talk about it.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins Dennis Seidenberg and his lower-body injury have skated that past two days. To be determined if he plays on Thursday.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Brent Burns could return to the lineup on Thursday. It will be up to Burns and their medical to clear him to return.

    Wilson said: “Could he play Thursday? I think he could. I think there’s a chance. … I think he’s really close, and it could be as soon as this week. But, that will be decided by him and the medical staff.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Mike Green skate pain-free yesterday, but may not be ready just yet.

    “He’s missed a lot of time and it’s a big game,” Oates said after an 80-minute practice at Kettler.

    “I don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s behind the 8-ball. He hasn’t been able to do a lot of cardio, so I’m a little worried about his conditioning.”

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Green, Hossa, Khabibulin and Bogosian

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that Matt Duchene would likely miss a week due to his oblique injury.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Mike Green was put on the IR. Green to the IR creates a roster spot. They have Dmitri Orlov available. Green could still play on Wednesday.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Marian Hossa missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Nikolai Khabibulin has been put on the IR and Antti Raanta has been recalled.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian is week-to-week with a groin injury.

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Injury Notes: Quick, Emelin, McQuaid, Green, Vanek, Volchenkov, Dvorak, Skinner and Glencross

  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jonathan Quick has a grade 2 groin strain.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Alexei Emelin said he’ll return to the lineup on Saturday against the Rangers.
  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Adam McQuaid was able to ride a stationary bike.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Mike Green has a bruise and is not his groin. He will travel with the team to Detroit.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Islanders Thomas Vanek said he “pulled something” and is hoping to return on Saturday.
  • Rich Chere: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that Anton Volchenkov is “not close to skating.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Radek Dvorak is day-to-day and could play on Friday.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Curtis Glencross is walking around with a brace on his right knee. Talk that he could be back in two and a half weeks.

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