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NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Rangers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: There has been talk that the Hurricanes could look to trade Eric Staal this offseason.

    “I’ve been here a long time. I love it here. I’ve had success here. I know and I believe we can again, and I can be a part of that,” Staal told reporters on Tuesday.

    “I think I can be part of the right things going forward. Obviously, my career isn’t going to be forever, and I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t want to continually miss the playoffs and have these types of interviews at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if they can find the fit, they should trade Craig Anderson. If they move him, they should be able to fill a roster needs or add to their draft picks. He is entering his final season of his deal and could be looking for a three or four year contract.  If re-signed, where would that leave Robin Lehner? Brennan also doesn’t think that Jason Spezza will be back.
  • Larry Brooks: It is possible that the Rangers will use an amnesty buy out on Brad Richards.

    “It’s been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn’t there,” the 33-year-old center said. “But it’s not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that the Flames could have had Nyquist and Tatar for Bouwmeester or another player but chose not to” … ”Based on my information, that was the Wings’ package for Bouwmeester, but not for Iginla”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on the possibility of buying out Ville Leino: ”Very good possibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: ”Changes will need to happen,”
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish listed his four core players: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers MacTavish on pending RFA Justin Schultz: ”I’m open to both scenarios either a longterm or a bridge contract.” Jim Matheson: MacTavish on Shultz: ”He is developing player. Potential is limitless. I would consider long-term deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”I want to rebuild properly, which takes time. It doesn’t have to take years.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray reaffirmed that they could draft Aaron Ekblad, not a guarantee that they draft a forward.

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Lines and Pairings at Practice Today For 11 Teams

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines and Pairings: Poul-Brass-Zucc, Nash-Step-MSL, Hag-Rich-Fast, Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett. McDonagh-G, Staal-Stral, JMoore-Klein.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning lines: Palat Johnson Stamkos, Killorn Filppula Callahan, Brown Paquette Kucherov, Purcell Thompson Panik. Erik Erlendsson: Power play units: Hedman-Stamkos-Filppula-Palat-Callahan; 2nd unit Carle-Kostka-Killorn-Purcell-Johnson.
  • Luc Gelinas: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher Bourque-Eller-Gionta Weise-Brière-Bournival.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Skille; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; MacKenzie – Anisimov – Comeau; Tropp – Letestu – Boll. Frattin extra. Defensive pairings: Tyutin – Johnson; Murray – Wisniewski; Nikitin – Savard. Extra pair: Schultz – Prout. Rob Mixer: Power play units: Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Tyutin-Savard; Jenner-Johansen-Letestu, Johnson-Wisniewski.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand. Andersson, Bertuzzi rotating in. Defensive pairings: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ouellet-Sproul. Howard and Gustavsson in goal.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Gibbons-Vitale-Adams (Pyatt & Megna rotating in). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Scuderi-Letang Maatta-Niskanen Bortuzzo-Engelland.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Coyle;Moulson-Granlund-Pominville;Cooke-Brodziak-Niederreiter; Veilleux-Haula-McCormick; Fontaine, Heatley extras
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings lines: Gaborik-Kopitar-JWill. Richards w/King &Carter; Stoll centering Toffoli & Brown. 4th line Clifford-Lewis-Pearson/Nolan.
  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks lines: Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry, Cogs-Koivu-Silfverberg, Winnik-Bonino-Palmieri, Selanne-Perreault-Maroon.
  • David Pollak: Sharks lines: Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Wingels-Pavelski-Havlat, Torres-Desjardins-Brown.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs lines: O’Reilly-MacKinnon-Parenteau, Landeskog-Stastny-McGinn, Talbot-Cliché-McLeod, Bordeleau-Malone-Carey. Defensive pairings: Holden-Johnson, Barrie-Guenin, Benoit-Elliott

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NHL Rumors III: Predators, Senators, Oilers, Capitals and Rangers

  • The Fourth Period: The Predators will be looking at add another dynamic goal-scorer this offseason. The Preds may look at the trade route rather through free agency. They could dangle Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis again. They could go big and look at moving Shea Weber. Sources saying that management may be concerned about the bonus payments in Weber’s contract. Weber is due $13 million on July 1st and will receive lesser bonuses in for the next three years.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators coach Paul MacLean will be on the hotseat. GM Bryan Murray wouldn’t give MacLean a vote of confidence a couple weeks ago when he was on TSN 1200. The Senators will also have decisions on Jason Spezza. The Ducks and Blues were interested at the trade deadline. He’ll be a UFA at end of next season and has a no-trade clause. A league executive:

     ”Maybe they need to put better players around him. Weren’t they looking for a winger to play with Spezza all year? Perhaps Ales Hemsky is the guy.”

  • Chris Nichols: Oilers Craig MacTavish on SportsNet during intermission on Tuesday.

    “I think my mandate really when I came in as manager was try to turn the team over to the group of players that I really feel, and the organization feels, has to lead us out of this malaise that we’ve been in the last number of years. And what I’ve seen out of that line of Taylor Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle tells me that we’re going to have a pretty dynamic first line.

    “And now we’ve got to find the pieces to make a very solid second line. I think that’ll be a primary focus of mine going into the off-season.”

    On potentially drafting Leon Draisaitl or Aaron Ekblad:

    “Well, I think both areas are areas of need for our hockey club and we’d be fortunate to get any one of those players that you mentioned. I don’t currently have a real preference one way or the other. We’ll see how the draft lottery unfolds, where we’re picking, what’s available and then we’ll be better served to make that decision.”

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos “NY had every intention of bringing back Torts but then 4-5 guys on that Rangers team said not so fast”

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Sabres and Kings

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Ryan McDonagh: ”He’s day-to-day, and I don’t think it’s going to be very long.”
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore said he’s ready to go, and with McDonagh out, they really need him.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton is considered day-to-day.
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich getting into a regular season game: ’I don’t think so, no.’
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Jack Hillen and Patrick Wey won’t travel with the team this week. There is no timetable for their return.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Steve Downie missed his sixth consecutive game with a head injury. Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    “I think he’s close, but he’s not ready yet,” Berube said after Thursday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Marcus Foligno left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Was not putting any pressure on his left leg as he left the ice. David Pagnotta: Bernier will have an MRI this afternoon to find out the extent of the injury.
  • David Pollak: Kings Drew Doughty left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Predators, Wild and the Coyotes

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Chris Kreider suffered his hand injury during the Blue Jackets game. He played two games after that with minimal pain. Pat Leonard: Coach Alain Vigneault said they are still determining what the next step is, if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion last Friday from a  Blake Comeau hit. Moore said he’s feels that he is improving every day. There is no timetable yet.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader hopes to return to the lineup no later than next Wednesday.
  • Helene St. James: There is no set time for Pavel Datsyuk’s return, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that it ”looks like he can play.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said that he plans on returning for the playoffs. He is doing some off-ice workouts, but there is no timetable on when he will start skating.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the possibility of Steve Downie having concussion: “He’s got a lot of things going on. That might be one, but we haven’t diagnosed it as such.”
  • Nick Cole: Predators Seth Jones, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Eaves are out tonight.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom had successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday and is out the rest of the year. Jason Zucker had surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps and is out for the rest of the year.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: It was reported on Tuesday that Coyotes Mike Smith has a leg strain and would be out two weeks. GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett said that details and a timeline won’t be known until their doctors see Smith.

    “Until doctor (Gary) Waslewski and our medical staff get their hands on Mike, we won’t have a clear idea,” Maloney said Wednesday. “The encouraging thing is he is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. It’s all trending positively.”

    Lauri Korpikoski could return tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Oilers, Flyers, Hurricanes, Islanders, Senators, Panthers and Leafs

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Sabres Ted Nolan will likely be signing a three-year contract when they return from their road trip.

    The Sabres may look to buy out Ville Leino.

    The Oilers and Flyers are interested in college free agent Christian Folin.

    Matheson could see the Islanders being interested in Cam Ward if the Hurricanes look to trade him this offseason. The Capitals could also be an option.

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Jason Spezza will be entering the last year of his contact next year, $4 million salary and $7 million cap hit.

    “At this point I haven’t given any thought to it at all,” says, regarding the possibility of contract talks. “We’re so in the thick of things right now, that’s the farthest thing from my mind.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Ryan Callahan appears to be fitting into mold that Lightning coach Jon Cooper wants to play. GM Steve Yzerman hit the right note with Callahan’s camp by not trying to start negotiations right away. Rangers owner James Dolan said on the radio last week that Callahan had demanded a six year deal in the $6.25 to $6.5 million range. Callahan’s agent has said that because the lack of state income tax in Florida means that players can take less
  • George Richards: Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos said that negotiations haven’t started with Dmitry Kulikov and denies that there is an offer on the table.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”The consensus is that Carlyle wanted the beat guys to ask him about Reimer following the Det game”

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Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.

    The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.

    If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.

    Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.

    If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.

    The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.

    It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.

    The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.

    You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.

    Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.

    The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.

    “Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”

    “There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”

  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Blackhawks, Rangers, Islanders, Wild, Expansion, Canucks and Leafs

  • Ian Mendes: Panthers GM Dale Talon on pending RFA Erik Gudbranson: ”He’s not going anywhere. He is likely going to be the captain of our team some day.”
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: There have been no talks between Ben Smith and the Blackhawks.

    ‘‘You try not to give that too much power,’’ Smith said. ‘‘As long as I keep working hard and show what I can do, that stuff will take care of itself.’’

  • Katie Strang: Rangers owner James Dolan on ESPN radio: ”I think Ryan [Callahan] was essentially asking too much for his services”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: It doesn’t sound like pending UFA Matt Moulson will return to the Islanders this offseason.

    “It’s been said that I wasn’t in the future plans, so I don’t think that will quickly change,” Moulson said. “I’m just going to concentrate on helping Minnesota to win right now.”

  • Dobber Prospects: Bob McKenzie said that the Wild are trying hard to sign college UFA Greg Carey.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”When the NHL is looking at expansion they’ll be targeting the pacific northwest”
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: Six of eight commissioners voted in favor of giving the Panthers additional taxes from tourists. The Panthers are asking for and additional $80 million from Broward County. The Panthers are requesting the developmental rights to 22 acres of land next to the arena, is separate from the request for additional tax funds. Panthers President and CEO Michael Yormark.

    “We need help,” he said.

    “We’re losing $100,000 a day,” said Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu, who with Vinnie Viola became the team’s fifth owner in September, with a $250 million purchase. “So where I sit, time is of the essence.”

  • Farhan Lalji: Told that the Canucks ownership definitely will not make a move regarding John Tortorella or Mike Gillis until season.
  • Andy Strickland: From the Ryan Miller trade: some scouts think that William Carrier could play on the Sabres third line next season.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on James Reimer after a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

    “I thought he was okay, you know,” Carlyle said after Reimer made 28 saves against the Wings.

    “Just okay.”

    Reimer’s response?

    “So he said I was just okay?” Reimer said.

    “I thought I was good. I don’t know if I was great, and I would like to be great, but I thought I made some good saves when I needed to.”

    Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau on twitter after the game.

    “As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.”

    Petkau then tweeted 40 minutes later.

    “Apparently that last tweet needs clarification. Notice it’s NOT directed at anyone in particular. It’s a general observation. #BadTiming”

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Morning Hits: Flames, Rangers, Stars, Habs, Wings, Senators, Sabres and NHL Expected Revenue

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Ryan Haggerty is on a two-way deal but because he signed after trade deadline, he can’t be sent to the AHL this season. The deal was done to burn the first year of his entry-level contract. He can be sent to the AHL next season.
  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars send goalie Cristopher Nilstorp back to the AHL. Looking like Kari Lehtonen is ready to return to the lineup.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Canadiens send Michael Bournival to the AHL.
  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings recalled Landon Ferraro from the AHL on an emergency call up in case Justin Abdelkader (lower-body) is not able to go tonight.
  • Elliotte Friedman: “1) Some conversation tonight about Hamilton’s Greg and Matt Carey, who both play at St. Lawrence. Greg’s excellent college career is over. 2) he is free to sign an NHL deal as a free agent. But, a couple of teams believe Matt will go pro, too. There is a lot of interest. 3) with CHI taking a long look at him last weekend.”
  • Travis Yost: Brent Wallace  : ”I don’t think players understand what’s going on .. I’ve heard term ‘zoo’ used … things are not well in Ottawa.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Ted Nolan’s three-year contract extension is close to being finalized.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Despite the falling Canadian dollar, the NHLs expected revenue remains at $3.6 billion.

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Morning Hits: Expansion, Salary Cap, Draft Lottery, Combine, College UFAs and Comeau Suspension

  • Louis Jean: Gary Bettman: ”We have no expansion process or plan. We’re not there yet.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: GMs have been told that next season the salary cap will be within $1 to $2 million of what they had projected. They projected it would be around $71 million.
  • John Shannon: GMs were notified that the Devils will take part of the draft lottery if they miss the playoffs. If the Devils win the lottery, there will be full redraw. The Devils can only select 30th.
  • Darren Dreger: There may be possible changes to the draft lottery. NHL will work on a proposal.
  • Darren Dreger: The pre-draft combine will have some changes. It’s unlikely that team will be able to do individual testing after the combine. Elliotte Friedman: NHL considering fining teams who illegally test  players after the combine. Craig Custance: A GM estimates it costs about $1000 per player when a team bring someone in for a personal workout.
  • Chris Peters: Consensus is that this year’s college free agent crop isn’t deep. Kevin Czuczman (NYI) and Ryan Haggerty (NYR) were two of the bigger names and are already signed. Katie Strang: Haggerty will report to the Rangers and not Hartford of the AHL.
  • Blue Jackets Blake Comeau has been suspended for two games. Was this correct amount of games he should have received?

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