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VIDEO: Grabner Suspended for Head Hit On Gerbe

New York Islanders winger Michael Grabner was suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of Carolina Hurricanes Nathan Gerbe.

Comment: Was the suspension the right amount? Too much? Not enough?

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VIDEO: Michael Grabner Gets Hearing For Hit On Nathan Gerbe

John Shannon: Islanders Michael Grabner will have a phone hearing for his hit on Hurricanes Nathan Gerbe on Saturday.

Do you think he SHOULD be suspended? How many games do you think he WILL get?

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Free Agent Hits: Selanne, Bryzgalov, Henrique, Wheeler, Gerbe and Palmieri

  • Helene Elliott: There is still no word if Teemu Selanne will return next season. He is reportedly skating back in Finland.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Ilya Bryzgalov did not receive a contract offer from Alex Mogilny and Admiral Vladivostok. Mogilny made the comment in context of the Olympics, etc. and that Bryzgalov is a good player and would want him. (translation issue)
  • Tom Gulitti: No deal between the Devils and Adam Henrique yet. He said last week that a deal was “close.”
  • Gary Lawless: The Jets re-sign Blake Wheeler to a 6-year deal worth $33.6 million, a $5.6 million salary cap hit.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes signed Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way deal. Michael Smith: Gerbe will get $550,000 in the NHL, $150,000 in the AHL, $250,000 guaranteed. Chip Alexander: Gerbe wants to prove people wrong this season, ”especially a team in the Northeast I want to prove it to.”
  • Curtis Zupke: The Ducks sign Kyle Palmieri to a 3 year deal, $4.41 million, a $1.47 million cap hit.

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Free Agent Hits I: Bogosian, Raymond, Gerbe, Blum, Fistric, Zuccarello and the Islanders

  • David Pagnotta: Talks are ongoing between the Jets and defenseman Zach Bogosian. Tough to say were talks stand. The Fourth Period: Bogosian is believed to be looking for a long-term deal at round $5 million a season. There are several teams that are interested in him and an offer sheet is possible. The Jets could trade him if the right offer is presented.
  • Darren Dreger: Multiple teams have shown interest in Mason Raymond. Agent J.P. Barry said he’s had no discussions with the Flames.
  • Andy Strickland: Nathan Gerbe is hoping for a one-way contract. The Islanders, Devils, Capitals, Coyotes and Sharks are interested.
  • News 1130 Sports: Agent Garry Johannson said that the Canucks are out on Jonathan Blum, but still interested in Marc Fistric.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders are still working on deals for RFAs Josh Bailey, Cal Clutterbuck and Thomas Hickey.
  • Larry Brooks: Mats Zuccarello’s agent, Don Meehan: “As of now our expectation is that we will re-sign with NY”

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Signings and Buyouts: Elias, Leddy, Montoya, Gilbert, Hedberg, Powe, Asham and Gerbe

  • Josh Rimer: The Blackhawks sign defenseman Nick Leddy for 2 years and $5.4 million.
  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets have re-signed Al Montoya.
  • Michael Russo: Tom Gilbert cleared unconditional waivers and will be bought out by the Wild. All players from yesterday cleared.
  • Josh Rimer: The Devils put Johan Hedberg on unconditional waivers for the purpose of being bought out.
  • Andrew Gross: The Rangers have put Darroll Powe and Aaron Asham on waivers.
  • John Vogl: Nathan Gerbe’s buyout is a regular buyout and an not a compliance buyout.

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Quick Hits: Stoll, Schneider, Gretzky, Komisarek, Gerbe and Leino

  • Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings center Jarrett Stoll was taken to hospital yesterday morning after suffering a seizure according to Kings GM Dean Lombardi.

    “Everything is OK. They’ve run some tests and they still had another one to run,” Lombardi told The Times. “The bottom line is that he’s fine. Now the issue is what caused it.

    “There are a myriad of things that can cause them.”

  • Bill Watters: (regarding his comments yesterday that Cory Schneider wanted out due to off ice issues) Can’t clarify the issues, but led to believe it isn’t booze or drugs.
  • Darren Dreger: Sources saying that MLSE boss Tim Leiweke talk with Wayne Gretzky about joining MLSE. They have put talks on hold for now but plan on revisiting at some point. What Gretzky’s role could be hasn’t been determined.
  • SportsNet Ticker: Maple Leafs Mike Komisarek earned $19 million in 4 years with the Leafs, $120,253.16 per game or $1 million per point.
  • Mike Harrington: Nathan Gerbe’s buyout will cost the Sabres $308,333 for the next two seasons, eliminating his $1.45 million cap hit this year.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said the Sabres won’t be buying out Ville Leino. Belief is that he wouldn’t be able to pass a physical, and you can’t buy an injured player out.

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Afternoon Hits: Unconditional waivers, Scuderi, Alfredsson, Thomas, Adams and Flyers

  • Bob McKenzie: 12 noon today was the last chance for teams to put players on unconditional waivers for purpose of compliance buyout. Players that have no-movement clauses, like Mike Komisarek, can be bought out without going through waivers.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Rob Scurderi’s camp has received calls from teams today. Kings are still in the mix.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has already reached out to Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins haven’t made an offer to Craig Adams yet, his agent: “We will speak later. In the meantime, we are open to other opportunities.”
  • Will DePaoli: An agent of a 3rd line winger who he thought at draft time that the Penguins may be interested: “Not sure Pitt has any $$ left.”
  • Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers extended qualifying offers to Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning and Eric Wellwood. They didn’t extend qualifying offers to Blake Kessel and Mitch Wahl.

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Trade Rumors: O’Reilly, Streit, Antropov, Whitney, Regehr, Connolly, Penner, Postma and Gerbe

  • The Fourth Period: It’s looking more likely that the Avalanche will end up trading O’Reilly. Avs GM Greg Sherman has taken calls, but nothing is thought to be imminent. Adrian Dater tweeted last night:  ”O’Reilly’s days as an Av have been over for a while now. He will not be back.” The Sabres, Panthers, Islanders and Maple Leafs are believed to be interested.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: “Ducks scouts weren’t here because there r discussions between Sens and ANA. Bob Murray intends to try to keep Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson names 6 UFA’s that could be traded: Mark Streit (NYI), Nik Antropov (WIN), Ryan Whitney (EDM), Robyn Regehr (BUF), Tim Connolly (TOR) and Dustin Penner (LA)
  • The Fourth Period: According to Winnipeg Free Press reports, Jets defenseman Paul Postma has been coming up in trade talks. Postma could be top 4 Dman. The Jets already have Dustin Byfuglien, Toby Enstrom and Zach Bogosian along the blueline. The Jets would likely look for equal value in a forward that is ready to play now.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Sources are saying not to be surprised if the Sabres move or attempt to move Nathan Gerbe. He’s been moved to the 4th line and hasn’t made much of an impact. Patrick Kaleta’s return from injury could make him expendable. Ville Leino could be on his way to having labrum surgery that would put him out for the year.

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Injury notes: Peckham, Sutton, Mitchell, Gerbe, Hamhuis, Booth, Kassian, Kesler, Briere, Iginla, Hossa and Meszaros

  • Jim Matheson via twitter: The Oilers have recalled defenseman Taylor Fedum, so Theo Peckham’s hip injury may keep him out awhile.
  • Curtis Zupke via twitter: Kings coach Darryl Sutter said that defenseman Willie Mitchell had knee surgery and “he’s way behind.” “Now it’s almost seven” weeks instead of a couple.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Nathan Gerbe will start the year on the IR. He’s been skating with teammates, but hasn’t been cleared for heavy contact yet.
  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Dan Hamhuis and David Booth are day-to-day with groin strains. Winger Zach Kassian didn’t skate yesterday  due to back spasms, and is day-to-day. GM Mike Gillis suggests that Ryan Kesler will be back sooner than later,

    “His spot isn’t going to be vacant for a long period of time,” Gillis said. “Ryan’s had a really good three weeks, although you never have a definite time table on these things. He’s a competitor and I know he wants to play.”

  • Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers Daniel Briere has a hairline fracture but it’s getting better. He’s out for the first 2 games for sure.
  • Tim Sassone via twitter: Blackhawks Marian Hossa says he has no health issues and ”when I step on the ice my head is clear.”
  • Frank Servalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers defenseman, Andrej Meszaros, tore his Achilles’ last July but hasn’t ruled himself out for Saturday’s season opener. Daniel Briere won’t be ready for the opener, but could be ready for their game against the Devils on January 22nd.

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Gerbe had back surgery … Mezsaros back skating … Schneider, Duchene may be heading home … Letang to SKA

  • Steve Vesey of WIVB: (hat tip to Dobber for link) Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe had offseason back surgery. He couldn’t skate for 6 months, and just got back on the ice in the last couple weeks.

    “It’s been a good time for me to get healthy,” said Gerbe. “I had spine surgery in the summer… I’m just starting to catch my groove and get strong again, and hopefully I can get back at some point this season.”

  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Andrej Mezsaros has a doctor’s appointment on Monday to see how much he’s healed. He’s been skating but not 100% just yet.
  • Sportsnet: News 1130 Sports out of Vancouver is reporting that Cory Schneider may have played his final game on Wednesday with HC Ambri Piotta of the Swiss League, and could be heading back to North America soon. Matt Duchene could also be leaving Ambri Piotta soon as well.

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Afternoon notes involving: Radulov, Perry, Sbisa, MacDonald, Markov, Kaberle, Sekera, and Starting goalies

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Radulov’s agent tells @plysenkov that he’s “not expecting any news today or even tomorrow.” Salavat is wanting Radulov to buyout is his deal. Salavat will somehow keep his rights if Radulov buys himself out. Radulov would have to pay Salavat 2/3 of his deal if he wants to return to Nashville now. KHL contract numbers are not required to be disclosed to public.
  • Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres Andrej Sekera might play tomorrow. Nathan Gerbe traveled with the team, but his status is unknown.

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Morning notes on: Kessel, Crosby, Letang, Lidstrom, Kuznetsov, Gerbe, Nash, Selanne, Gomez and Toews

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox doesn’t think Phil Kessel fits with the Maple Leafs. Despite his ability to score 30 goals,

    “He’s no leader on a team still developing internal leadership. He’s not combative or a fierce adversary. He doesn’t bring size to the equation or pluck or two-way excellence.”

    Cox thinks the Leafs should look at trading Kessel. He has a $5.4 million cap hit, and will get a $5.1 million salary next year and $5.4 million in the last year of his deal.

  • Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom suffered a bit of a setback. At yesterdays’ morning skate,

    “I was more sore today when I skated, so that’s why I was out there for just a few minutes. It was more sore today.” He has a deep bone bruise and there is still some swelling, no fracture.

    On shutting things down for a bit:

    “We’ve talked about it,” he said. “I’m sure they’ll talk more to the coaching staff and see what the next step will be, but it’s still day-to-day. It’s discouraging that I haven’t started feeling better, as it’s going on two weeks now.”

  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Nathan Gerbe was scratched from last night’s game with upper-body injury.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: A veteran pro scout on Blue Jackets Rick Nash, he loves his skill but “Does he make other people around him better?”
  • Derek van Diest of the Toronto Sun: Blue Jackets Rick Nash won’t talk about his trade request and why he wanted out of Columbus.Defenseman James Wisniewski on how it is has been in the dressing room after Nash’s request came out last month,

    “Our job is to go out there and play hockey,” said Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski. “We go out there to try and win hockey games. What happened behind the scene is his personal business and we support him as a person and as a player.”

  • Jeff Miller of the OC Register: Jari Kurri thinks that Teemu Selanne should keep playing,

    “Everybody’s really happy with what he’s doing,” Jari Kurri said. “Keep going. Why stop now?”

    “I’m hoping he keeps playing,” Kurri said. “Why stop? I know he wants to win. He wants to do well and he’s playing well. I don’t see any reason for him to stop.”

  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens forward Scott Gomez will miss some time with a concussion. Gomez suffered the injury when he was hit by Sabres Tyler Myers, who was suspended for 3 games.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: (written on Tuesday) Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Jonathan Toews:

    “it’s part of the process. Some days are better than others, but he knows his body and we’ll see how he is. Hopefully, we’ll get him back on the ice (Wednesday) and things progress.”

    “Jonathan was excited when he was skating,” Quenneville said. “He’s still looking forward to getting back. Hopefully, it’s going to be soon.

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