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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 Injuries: Luongo, Leino, Mitchell, Gilbert, Ryan and the Capitals

  • George Richards: Panthers Roberto Luongo didn’t come back after the first period after getting hit by Radek Dvorak.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino left last night’s game with light-headedness according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs John Mitchell is not ready to go just yet. Skated yesterday and looks healthy.
  • George Richards: Panthers Tom Gilbert will be out for the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery.
  • Senators.NHL: Bobby Ryan underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday in Montreal. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue, but after yesterday’s practice said that he’ll “absolutely” play tomorrow. Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out for 21 of 22 games with a left ankle injury, said he ready to return tomorrow. It will be up the Caps medical and coaches to determine if he plays. Defenseman Jack Hillen should be in the lineup. Brooks Laich is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season after having groin surgery on March 17th.

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Oshie, Backstrom, Sharp, Emery and the Avalanche

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) is practicing with the team. Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Paul Martin have been skating with their strength coach. It is possible that none of the above players return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

    “There’s going to be no thought of rushing those players back to get an opportunity to play that game before the playoffs,” he said.

  • Andy Strickland: Blues T.J. Oshie said he hopes to be able return for the first game of the playoffs.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom left last night’s game in the third period after taking a Mike Green slapshot off his left arm.

    “It caught him in the arm,” Green said. “He’s all right but definitely gave him a bruise. So I hope everything’s okay with him.”

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp is out tonight. He hopes to be able to get into a few games before the playoffs start.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov and Milan Hejduk will return to the lineup tonight. Defenseman Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson are still out.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon, who just returned after missing two years with a concussion, does have a head injury. They are not saying that it’s another concussion, just that it’s a head injury.

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Injury Notes: Sharks, Red Wings, Capitals, Avalanche, Stars and Jets

  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Brent Burns is out for at least the next two games. Coach McLellan hasn’t ruled out Martin Havlat and Tommy Wingels for tomorrow.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Darren Helmis going to New York to see a muscles and ligaments specialist for his ailing back.

    “It’s not progressing as quickly as Darren would like,” general manager Ken Holland said. “They’ve (doctors) ruled out disk or structural issues.”

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland thinks both Johan Franzen (hip flexor) and Kyle Quincey (sprained ankle) will return during their Carolina trip. Defenseman Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo could return this week from their shoulder injuries. There is no timetable on when Todd Bertuzzi (back) will be able to start skating.

  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals Jason Chimera left practice early with a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll be able to play against the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom is questionable due to sickness. Defenseman Mike Greenis ready to go.

    “I’m 100 percent and ready to go,” Green said, adding that he’s not concerned about the prospect of playing back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. “The reason why I’m ready to play is I’m 100 percent and it was either battle through it on Saturday or else wait until I’m 100 percent so I could play back-to-backs, so here we are.”

    Brooks Laich remains out with a groin injury.

    “He still doesn’t want to go out on the ice until he feels – right now he doesn’t want to go out until he feels that he can actually continue up the ladder. But it’s tough,” Oates said. “They’re weird injuries. You think it’s improving and then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘uh-oh,’ and you’re not quite sure.”

  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said that defenseman Aaron Rome will be out 3-6 weeks with a fractured bone in his foot. Defenseman Philip Larsen remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

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Injury notes involving: Hall, Ovechkin, Khabibulin, Walker, Backstrom, Kopitar and Quick

  • Josh Wingrove via twitter: Taylor Hall is getting stitches to a cut above his eye after he tripped on the stairs and banged heads with Jordan Eberle.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Dynamo Moscow of the KHL say that Alex Ovechkin has left for the Capitals early as he’s nursing a minor injury according to SovSport.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Nikolai Khabibulin said that he’s hopeful to be ready for the start of the season. He still needs see an improvement, so there is no guarantees.
  • Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: Flyers Matt Walker is still suffering from a bad back and likely won’t pass his physical. He could be looking at time on the LTIR.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom’s status for the start of the season remains uncertain. On Dec. 26th he crashed awkwardly into the boards, injuring his neck. GM George McPhee said he can’t update the situation until the CBA is ratified.

    “There are some things we can talk about, some things we can’t, and we can’t talk about the fitness or health of any players until training camp,” McPhee said Tuesday. “I’d be happy then.”

    If Backstrom isn’t ready to start the season, the Capitals won’t have pay his contract since he was injured during the lockout.

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: It’s all but certain the Kings will be without Anze Kopitar to start the season due to a sprained right MCL. He’ll undergo more tests when he arrives in LA. GM Dean Lombardi estimated 2 or 3 weeks, though these types of injuries can take longer to heal. Goalie Jonathan Quick had back surgery in August and is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

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Luongo to Maple Leafs rumor … Kane close to going overseas … Backstrom to KHL … Stars would still need to sign Benn

  • Brad Ziemer via twitter: @JSportsnet said he thinks the Canucks and Maple Leafs have a Roberto Luongo trade all but done and are just waiting for the CBA situation to be resolved.
  • Jason Botchfordof the Vancouver Province: The Maple Leafs had offered Luke Schenn to the Canucks for Luongo at the draft, but the Canucks countered with Jake Gardiner-plus-plus-plus. There was a time they thought a deal was almost done, but then rumors surfaced Luongo would only waive his no-trade clause to head to Florida. When Luongo met with the Canucks in September, they told him Florida was all but out. Gillis said then that Toronto had several assets that could get a deal done, and with John Shannon’s report on Wednesday night, the Leafs may now be willing to move one of those assets. Multiple Canucks sources are downplaying the report.

    “The definition of close is different for everybody,” Gillis told The Province and TEAM 1040.

    “I’m not sure why John would say that because that’s certainly not the case.

    “Everybody is also entitled to speculate on whatever they want to speculate on.

    “We’ve moved very slowly on any discussions with Roberto –- we’ll trade him when we get want we want to get for him, or we won’t trade him, and either way it’s fine with me.

    “You know, if we can get something that’s going to help us and move our team forward in different areas, we’re certainly going to consider it.

    “But that hasn’t occurred yet, so I’m not sure why that would be said.”

    The Canucks wanted Nick Bjugstad from the Panthers. The closest thing the Maple Leafs have to Bjugstad is Joe Colborne. The Canucks need cap space and youth. In the weeks leading up to the CBA expiring, the Canucks were getting offers from the Oilers and a mystery team (not the Blackhawks or Blue Jackets).

  • Adam Jahns via twitter: Patrick Kane was close to heading overseas.

    “Yeah, I would say I was close maybe a week or two ago to going over,” Kane said.”But it was just kind of wait for the right situation and things like that. You hear about this game and you hear the negotiations are going better and you don’t want to make any rush to get over there and have to come back in a couple weeks. We’ll see what happens with the negotiations.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas News: If the season started on November 2nd, Stars center Derek Roy would be out for 10 to 12 games. Jamie Benn is still an unsigned restricted free agent, so there may not be a lot of time to get a deal with him. Comparable like Jordan Eberle, Taylor, Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner and Evander Kane all signed deals before the CBA expired in the $5.25 to $6 million range, which may be a concern for the Stars. The rules of the new CBA could come into play as the NHL is looking to control players second contracts.

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Hall skates with OKC … Markov clears up comments … Backstrom may join Ovechkin … Klefbom out 4-6 weeks

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall skated with the Oklahoma City Barons yesterday as part of a conditioning assignment. He can’t play any games unless he’s signed to an AHL contract.
  • RDS: (through google translate) Andrei Markov said in an interview that he didn’t know if he’d return to the NHL once the lockout ends. Dave Stubbs via twitter: Andrei Markov told Stubb’s he’s absolutely returning to Montreal once the CBA is signed.

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5 FA not named Doan … Teams looking for Dmen … Devils short $20 million … Canucks waiting for Panthers … Caps needs

  • Adam Gretz of CBS Sports: Gretz lists 5 free agents not named Shane Doan that may be worth signing: Brian Rolston, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jason Arnott, Dominic Moore and Petr Sykora.
  • Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News: The Predators, Flyers and Red Wings are among the teams looking for help on the blueline. Tim Panaccio suggested the Flyers contact the Sharks about Dan Boyle or Douglas Murray, or the Canadiens about P.K. Subban. Boyle has only a modified no-trade clause now. Murray will be a UFA following the season. Subban’s contract talks are ongoing, but there is no indication they would consider moving him. The Red Wings have about $13 million in cap space. George Sipple suggested free agents Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Josh Koshman of the NY Post: The Post has learned that New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is still about $20 million short for his overdue loans, and there is only a week to go. Creditors are “poised to pounce” on August 14th, and he could lose control of the team.

    “He had worked out a deal to raise a certain amount and has not been able to do that,” a source said.

    Vanderbeek has been negotiating with lenders and the NHL to remain in control even if he can’t raise the money. Last September Vanderbeek missed an $80 million repayment. He then promised lenders he’d have $40 million by August 14th.

  • Ryan Lambert of Yahoo! Sports: There is no doubt the Canucks would like to move Roberto Luongo,

    But the longer this summer rolls on, the stranger the scenario seems to be. Back in June, there were several teams mentioned in connection with Luongo’s services, but that number has slowly been whittled away to just one: Florida. And yet there seems to be less movement now than there was even into July. We’re now past 100 days of this saga.

    Canucks GM Mike Gillis can sit back and wait for the Panthers to come to him. The Canucks could finish 1st in the Western Conference with or without Luongo. The Panthers may not be in need of a goaltender, as they have Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen, but other teams in their division have improved. Panthers GM Dale Tallon may love what prospect Nick Bjugstad brings the organization, but does he want to improve their chances of making the playoffs again?

  • Corey Masisak of Capitals coach Adam Oates:

    “When you look at the Finals this year, you saw two teams that were basically in-your-face teams, all over the ice,” Oates said. “I really feel the game today is territory. You have to establish territory and protect it. I look at the Caps lineup and the talent level and I don’t see any reason why we can’t push the pace and be an aggressive team but at the same time not sacrificing defense. It requires commitment all over the ice.”

    Mike Ribeiro was the Capitals lone marquee addition. The Capitals need to replace Alexander Semin and to a lesser extent, Mike Knuble. They need a better season from Alexander Ovechkin and a healthy season for Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.

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Luongo would waive his NTC … Pens want to re-sign Crosby and Staal … Grabovski gets offer before Leafs deal … Kesler injury

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: It’s no secret the the Blue Jackets need a starting goalie, but due to Roberto Luongo’s age and contract, he would be a last resort.
  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Penguins GM Ray Shero said that it is their goal to re-sign both Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby. Shero added that his is “not sure” if he can do it until he speaks with Staal and Crosby, and has a better idea of the landscape. The CBA will be a factor as well. Shelly Anderson via twitter: Shero on trading one of their 3 big centers: “We have to take a look over the next couple months.”
  • Brian Hedger via twitter: Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom: “I want to take a few weeks and get over this. It’s hard when you’re just a few days away from losing.”
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks Ryan Kesler has a shoulder injury. Doctors will look at it further to determine if surgery is needed. He injured it in February.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Panthers Jose Thoedore wasn’t at their morning skate. Jacob Markstrom was on the ice with Scott Clemmensen. Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Theodore is with the team, and the injury is not serious. He had the injury before.

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Shanahan suspension videos for Arron Asham, James Neal and Nicklas Backstrom

Penguins Arron Asham was suspended for 4 games for his cross-check on Flyers Brayden Schenn.

Penguins James Neal was suspended for 1 game for charging Flyers Claude Giroux.

Capitals Nicklas Backstrom was suspended for 1 game for cross-checking Bruins Rich Peverley.

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