Posts Tagged Nikolai Khabibulin

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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Quick Hits: Bryzgalov, Chimera, Lehner and Crawford

  • John Shannon: Ilya Bryzgalov’s deal with the Oilers is for one-year, $1.75 million.
  • Stephen Whyno: The Capitals sign Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Robin Lehner will start in net for the Senators.
  • Scott Powers: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t say if Nikolai Khabibulin would start on Sunday.

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Afternoon Rumors: Maple Leafs, Downie, Goaltenders and Draft Lottery

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Most likely that the Leafs will look to get something done with a team in the West. There is that relationship in Anaheim”
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs could look at the free agent market if they don’t go in-house on a centerman. They could look at Vinny Prospal, but they are tight against the cap. Putting Dave Bolland on the LTIR will give them some flexibility.
  • Brian Stubits of Eye on Hockey CBS Sports: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 960 Calgary with a little more detail into Steve Downie getting traded out of Colorado:

    “Basically what it goes back to was during training camp Downie got mad at [Captain Gabriel] Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage and he drilled him. I was just told from that day, considering Downie was a bit unrepentanant about it, I just heard the Avalanche decided they were going to make the change at that time. You can’t have guys doing that. The timing is still very odd, it’s an interesting time for the deal, but I was told basically the Avalanche had decided that when that happened and Downie was basically unapologetic about it, the time was going to come where he was going to get dealt.”

  • Matthew Coller: A look at some teams who may need goaltender at some point and goalies who may fit those needs.

    Blues: Their problem is the inconsistency of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Ryan Miller could be a solution.

    Oilers: Devan Dubnyk’s poor start. James Reimer could be a solution.

    Blackhawks: Poor backup play of Nikolai Khabibulin. Scott Clemmensen could be a solution.

    Penguins: Injury to Tomas Vokoun. Signing free agent Jose Theodore could be a solution.

    Islanders: Need someone better than Evgeni Nabokov if you want to complete for the cup. Trading for Jonas Hiller could be a solution.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Since the Devils have to forfeit their 1st round pick, the NHL isn’t a 100 percent sure how they will be handling the draft lottery. They may keep the Devils as part of the lottery to determine the order.


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Lines and Goalies: Hurricanes, Canadiens, Stars, Wild, Wings, Senators and Blackhawks

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dvorak, Skinner-Nash-Ruutu, Bowman-Lindholm/Sutter-Westgarth. Dwyer out.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta; Moen – Desharnais – Bourque; Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher; Blunden – White – Holland.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Peverley; Whitney-Eakin-Chiasson; Roussel-Horcoff-Nichushkin;MacDermid-Fiddler-Goligoski
  • Michael Russo: Wild power play lines: No. 1 PP unit Parise-Koivu-Pominville-Suter-Spurgeon; No. 2 Heatley-Granlund-Nino-Dumba-Fontaine.
  • Brent Wallace: Red Wings lines:  Zetterberg Datsyuk Abdelkader; Bertuzzi Franzen Alfredsson; Tatar Weiss Clearly; Miller Andersson Tootoo.
  • Don Brennan: Craig Anderson will start in net for Senators.
  • Mark Lazerus: Nikolai Khabibulin will start tomorrow for the Blackhawks against the Lightning.

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Morning Hits: Suter, Blackhawks goalies, Teravainen, Ristolainen and Zadorov

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Ryan Suter had been playing without a visor in past seasons  but will wear one this year.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks goals allowed after 100 minutes each: Khabibulin 3, Simpson and Carruth 4, Paanta and Crawford 7, Whitney 8.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainenwill return Finland this year despite having a good camp.

    “I think we’re going to send him back, and he’s going to play over there,” Quenneville said. “But nice knowing there’s a real nice piece coming.”

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle:  “The salary cap world changes things. It’s a different way of evaluating when you’re forced to make decisions based on contracts.”
  • Arpon Basu: The Sabres two first round picks, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, have not looked out of place.

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Morning Hits: Holland talks Wings, MacTavish talks Oilers and Alfredsson talks about retirement decision process

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings didn’t make a lot a changes/additions last offseason and at the trade deadline.

“I make decisions based on all the information available to me, whether it’s the trade deadline, whether it’s free agency,” Holland said. “When we were at the trade deadline, I explored three or four different players. One of the assets that everybody wanted was our first-round pick. We traded a first-round pick last year for Kyle Quincey, and it turned out to be the 18th pick in the draft.

“This year, we did nothing. Some of the teams around us ended up trading away some unrestricted free agents. We made a decision that we were prepared to hang onto our unrestricted free agents and our young guys. I had teams calling for them, teams that were trying to go for it. Ultimately, I look at it that we hung onto our assets.”

St. James notes that the Red Wings did have interest in Jay Bouwmeester, Jason Pominville, Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline.

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

“Well, we’re going to be very active in finding at least a couple goalies.” …. “The problem with Nik, from our perspective, is that he’s a 40 year old body who wasn’t able to stay as healthy as what you need.”

The Oilers will be looking for a big centerman this summer.

“Absolutely, and we’ll be trying to acquire that piece.”

MacTavish on free agency.

“I approach that market very cautiously. I think there are a lot of mistakes made with the UFA’s when you sign players who are diminishing in terms of what their contribution can be and they’re always inflated contracts.”

MacTavish on Sam Gagner.

“Sam likes it here, he has been a valuable member of our team and is always trending up and he’ll be a guy that we’ll be looking to sign.”

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson will take his time, talking to his wife, GM Bryan Murray and Paul MacLean before deciding on his future.

“We’ll have our meetings. Then I’ll take some time. I’ll talk to (Murray) to see what he thinks, what timeline and then go from there,” said Alfredsson, a father of four.

“All I can say is it’s been a great year in terms of the group we had, the adversity we faced. We’ve become a tight group. We stuck together all along. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ll definitely take that with me when I think about what to do.”

“My wife takes a heavy load at home, and without her I would never be able to play this long,” said Alfredsson. “At times, I definitely feel like I miss out at home. You miss a lot of stuff. The first goal in your son’s career, birthdays. But … this game has given me so much, on and off the ice. When I make the decision I know it’s definite, and that’s why I want to take some time.”

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Morning Hits: Roy and Radulov, Stoll, Jets injuries, Bobrosky’s contract, Fleury and other goaltending scenarios

  • Dan Rosen: If the Senators win Game 5 tonight, Game 6 will go on Sunday at 7:30 pm, moving the Kings-Sharks to 10 pm. If the Penguins win, the Kings-Sharks will be at 8 pm.
  • Josh Cooper: Cooper points out that Patrick Roy and Alexander Radulov had a good rapport when Radulov was in Quebec. The Predators have been unable to trade Radulov for the last year.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jarret Stoll rode the stationary bike on Wednesday. He was at the area yesterday but not skating.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane won’t need surgery for his wrist problem and lower leg/foot nerve damage. Tobias Enstrom’s bad back only needs rest. Mark Stuart’s sports hernia doesn’t require surgery. Zach Bogosian missed the final three games of the season with a concussion.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks have stalled.

    “We’ve talked. We’ve exchanged ideas,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said this week. “But we haven’t made any progress, really. It’s been pretty quiet for a while now.”

    The RFA will be looking for a nice raise from this $1.7 million he made last year. The Blue Jackets will send him a qualifying offer, but he’ll reject it. Bobrovsky could get an offer sheet, with the Blue Jackets having seven days to match.

    “That’s something we can’t control,” Kekalainen said. “It’s obvious what we’re going to do if it goes that far. We have great ownership; committed ownership. We would match any offer there might be, but I’m optimistic we won’t get to that point.”

  • Aaron Portzline: Portzline wonders if the Bobrovsky talks drag into July, would the Flyers try to sign him to an offer sheet.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance wonders if Marc-Andre Fleury’s days in Pittsburgh could be numbered. GM Ray Shero could trade Fleury and his $5 million salary cap hit through 2014-15, and go with Tomas Vokoun and a young, cheaper goalie. It’s a move that may upset the balance in a close Penguins dressing room.

    “Guys will bleed for him. I wouldn’t hold your breath to think Pittsburgh is going to do something rash,” one NHL source said. “Marc-Andre Fleury has one thing in his corner — that’s called the Stanley Cup. Once accomplished, you know he can get it done.”

    The Blackhawks may have to consider putting Ray Emery to see if he can spark the Hawks. GM Stan Bowman may look at his goaltending situation in the summer if they lose to the Red Wings. Emery will be a UFA this summer. The Hawks are just over $2 million under the cap for next year with 21 players signed. Other UFA goalies this year: Mike Smith, Niklas Backstrom, Nikolai Khabibulin and Evgeni Nabokov. Emery could be a great fit with the Islanders or Coyotes if they don’t re-sign Smith, possibly the Sabres if they trade Ryan Miller or the Wild if they don’t keep Backstrom.

  • Katie Strang: The Cap Advantage Recapture Rule could really hurt the Rangers, as well as many other veterans. If Brad Richards were to retire in 2017, it would cost the Rangers $5.66 million in 2017, $8.5 million in 2018 and $17 million in 2019.

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Roster and Goalie Notes: Horton, Karlsson, Pens, Kane, Oilers, Canucks, Sharks and Starting Goalies

  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Nathan Horton won’t travel with the team due to an upper-body injury he sustained in the fight with Jarome Iginla.
  • Ian Mendes: Unlikely that Senators Erik Karlsson is in the lineup tonight.
  • Will DePaoli: Penguins Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury won’t be in the Penguins lineup tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins: Letang has foot poisoning. Beau Bennett has an upper-body injury. Fleury’s wife is expecting. Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin all skated today.
  • Kirk Penton: Jets Evander Kane didn’t skate this morning.
  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Magnus Paajarvi was hit in the foot with a shot against the Avalanche, and won’t be in the lineup. Eric Belanger will be in the lineup. Ryan Whitney will also play.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Higgins-Roy-Kesler; Weise-Ebbett-Kassian; Raymond-Lapierre-Hansen.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defensive pairings: Vlasic/Stuart, Hannan/Boyle, Irwin/Braun.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight.
  • John Vogl: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Dave Molinari: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Jim Jamieson: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.
  • Eric Stephens: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the for the Ducks.
  • Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild.
  • Chris Kuc: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.

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NHL Rumors V: Flyers, Jagr, Clowe, Bouwmeester, Jokinen, Blue Jackets, Wisniewski, Ribeiro and Oilers

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Sam Carchidi: The Flyers have had exploratory talks for Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe and Jay Bouwmeester.
  • Josh Rimer: Adds that the Flyers are talking with the Hurricanes about Jussi Jokinen.
  • Darren Dreger: The Blue Jackets will be a buyer at the trade deadline and would be willing to move one of their three first round picks. (Kings and Rangers)
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets have depth down the middle and on the blueline. They could use one of those plus a first to acquire a scoring winger.
  • Aaron Portline: Blue Jackets Adrian Aucoin could get them a late-round pick from a team looking for depth. The Blue Jackets may want to keep him for his leadership.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Canadiens had interested in Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard. John Moore has also been a healthy scratch.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets would trade James Wisniewski, but it’s hard to imagine anyone taking on his contract with all him injuries.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Mike Ribeiro’s agent spoke with the Capitals on Friday and will talk again today or tomorrow.
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers are considering keeping Ryan Whitney for their playoff push and signing Nikolai Khabibulin for another season.

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NHL Rumors I: Yandle, Smith, Smid, Whitney, Luongo, Ellis and Neuvirth

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • The Fourth Period: Coyotes GM Don Maloney would move Keith Yandle if he received the right offer, and Shane Doanis the only untouchable.

    “Our game plan has been the same. We’re driven to get into the playoffs,” Maloney said, while speaking Saturday afternoon on The Fourth Period LIVE on NHL Network Radio.

    “Other than Shane Doan, there’s nobody that we wouldn’t trade if the deal was right for us. Some players obviously more than others.”

    It’s possible that the Coyotes are buyers and sellers at the deadline. Maloney added that he’s mainly talked to Eastern Conference teams about trades. The Coyotes are not close to re-signing goalie Mike Smith.

     ”The long and short of it is until we have out ownership settled, to look a contract that is of the term and the dollar amount that (Smith) certainly has in his mind, I’m just not comfortable looking at that until you have an ownership in place, you sit down, you look at what your budgets are going to be, and how you can structure a team going forward,” Maloney admitted.

    “We would like to retain Mike, that would be our goal, but we’re certainly not in a position to do that now. The sooner our ownership gets settled, the better for everybody.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smidis looking for a long-term deal.

    “I’d like a five years, around that term. Yeah five years at $3.5 million (a season), that would be nice. I’d be more than happy with that. Obviously you look around and see what other guys are making,” said Smid,

    “I do think we’re getting closer (to a deal).  Negotiations are pretty good right now. We have three days left and I’m really hopeful  we’ll get a deal done. Obviously we have to have something done by Wednesday. I would hate to be traded.  We have a great thing going on now and I’d hate to leave.”

    The Oilers have come up recently in with their offers. Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will also have to decide what to do with their other UFAs: Ryan Whitney, Ryan Jones, Mark Fistric and Nikolai Khabibulin.

    Whitney on trade talk,

    “I’m trying not to think of things (trade destinations), but you hear things. If I don’t get traded, they want me here, I think. If I do get traded, it means another team wants me. It’s a win-win,” he said.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers would consider drafting Aleksander Barkov with their first pick, but they’d need to get into the top five to do so. Canucks Roberto Luongo turns 34 on Thursday. Matheson can’t see them getting more than a 2nd round pick and a prospect for Luongo. They might be able to get Tyler Bozak from the Maple Leafs or they might have to take on someone’s mistake. Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis is available.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: The emergence of Braden Holtby doesn’t necessarily mean that Michal Neuvirth is on the block at the trade deadline according to Capitals GM George McPhee.

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NHL Rumors III: Backups that could be available, Neuvirth, Ribeiro rejects offer, Sharks and Predators

  • Justin Goldman of Goldman lists 5 backups who could be moved by the deadline.

    1. Jonathan Bernier (LA): 7-2-0 with a 1.94 and .923 SV%.

    2. Michal Neuvirth (WSH): Only five appearances since Feb. 1st. Career 53-35-10 record, 2.68 GAA and .908 SV%

    3. Ben Bishop (OTT): The Senators will be back to the three-headed monster when Craig Anderson returns. Could dangle Bishop for help up-front. Has a 2.54 GAA and .923 SV% in 11 games this season.

    4. Steve Mason (CBJ): The more Sergei Bobrovsky plays, the lower Mason’s value gets. Will be a free agent and likely not qualified by the Blue Jackets.

    5. Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM): The 40-year just posted a 43-save shut. He can still play despite and age and health. A good mentor for a young starter. Has won a Stanley Cup before. The Blue Jackets and Capitals could value someone like Khabibulin.

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Michal Neuvirth is set to be a restricted free agent after the season. He hasn’t played much and isn’t focusing on being traded at the deadline.

    “I’m not worried about these things if something’s going to happen, if not. I’m just practicing hard to be ready,” Neuvirth said. “It’s my goal to be No. 1 — if not here, maybe somewhere else. Now I am here and I am focusing on playing for Capitals right now.”

  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Mike Ribiero has made it known that he’s looking for a four or five year deal, so it’s not much of surprise that he turned down a 3-year, $14 million offer, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.

    “I can put things in different places at the right time,” Ribeiro said Thursday. “I don’t think about it before the game or during the next few days or so. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. So we’ll see what this week brings us and then we’ll go from there.”

  • Pierre LeBurn of ESPN: Ryane Clowe might be dealt by the deadline, but the Sharks aren’t giving up on the playoffs.

    “We just feel like we’re still going to make the playoffs, to be honest with you,” captain Joe Thornton told on Wednesday. “We feel like we have a real good team still. There’s no reason for us not to make the playoffs. We’re sitting in eighth right now. We think if we take care of business at home right now we’ll be in.”

    Sharks pending UFA Michal Handzus could also be on the move. When looking at what the Sharks might do in the offseason, it’s fair to ask where Joe Thornton fits in. The 33-year old has one year left at $7 million.

    “Yeah, but you’re so caught up in the moment right now. You can’t think about tomorrow,” said Thornton. “We’ll wait and see. Right now I’m just focused on the next game.”

    What are the Predators plans for the trade deadline?

    “I’m day-to-day,” said Poile with a chuckle in a conversation with on Wednesday. “Call me after all the games are over on the night of April 2. It’ll be a touch bit clearer.”

    “This 48-game schedule is not normal. Everything about it is not normal. The condensed schedule, the travel, especially for us in the West, it’s all different,” said Poile. “And consequently I have to imagine the trade deadline is different. …

    “Maybe for the majority of teams, status quo might be a good position to be in come the trading deadline, based on the closeness of the races.”

    The Predators could use scoring help, and have been linked to Stars Derek Roy.

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NHL Rumors II: Nonis talks deadline, Maple Leafs, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Khabibulin, Smith, Reimer and Scrivens

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis,

    “Last year I had a list of teams I kept in touch with. I did about half. Brian (Burke) did about half. That’s how we operated.

    “Now, I pretty much talk to everybody. That’s the plan this year. We bring our hockey staff together. We want to hear everybody’s views on things. Then we get ready for what comes.

    “You go into a trade deadline with certain expectations. But you never really know what the next phone call you’re going to get is. I don’t believe in untouchables. There’s always a price for any player. The question is: Is anyone willing to pay it?

    “Right now, I can tell you I don’t have anything even interesting on the go. Nothing at all. But I believe there will be something for us to think about by Wednesday.

    “Right now, we’re not close on anything.”

    Nonis might be interested in 1. A veteran goalie – maybe not Luongo, someone closer a Nikolai Khabibulin. 2. A depth center – can play on various lines. 3. A top-4 defesneman – someone who could take some pressure off of Dion Phaneuf.

    Nonis might be able to land a veteran goalie and a depth center without giving up too much. Many teams are looking for a top-four defenseman, there aren’t many available, and if they are, the price is high, see: Dan Boyle.

    There are no untouchables on the Leafs roster.

    “You always listen no matter who they ask about,” he said. “There’s a price tag for everybody. You just don’t get it very often.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Talks between the Maple Leafs and Canucks have quietly resumed this week after weeks of silence. GM Mike Gillis’ asking price may have come down and may no longer be demanding Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner. Tyler Bozak would still be a fit. There are now other goalie options for Nonis. James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have played well for the most part. They could take a run at Miikka Kiprusoff. It likely won’t take a first rounder to get him. Coyotes Mike Smith has a concussion and it’s not clear if the Coyotes are interested in moving him. Kiprusoff may be the Leafs top choice. Remaining with Reimer and Scrivens would allow the Leafs to not create a hole up the middle by trading Bozak to the Canucks.

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