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- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Vancouver Canucks have continued to take a number of calls on forward Ryan Kesler the past few days, but there’s still no clear indication that he’ll be moved before Wednesday’s deadline.The asking price for Kesler is steep… The Canucks want an established NHLer in his 20s, a first-round pick and another Grade A prospect.
The Philadelphia Flyers might be willing to give up Brayden Schenn in a Kesler deal.
The New York Rangers are keeping an eye on the Kesler situation. LeBrun thinks if they can’t re-sign Ryan Callahan, perhaps that will get the Rangers into high gear on the Kesler front. The asking price would likely have to start with Derek Stepan.
The Detroit Red Wings still have not gotten into any player discussion with Vancouver regarding Kesler. LeBrun wonders if GM Ken Holland is lying in the weeds to see how this Kesler situation plays out, or maybe he’s just more focused on a top-four defenseman.
The Red Wings are interested in Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff, but that’s changed due to the price tag the Sabres have on him.
Along with Detroit, Philadelphia’s real need is a top-four defenseman. They like Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, but the Canucks aren’t keen on trading him unless it’s a solid offer.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Potential Toronto Maple Leafs on the trading block: Dave Bolland, James Reimer, Nikolai Kulemin, Mason Raymond, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri.Contract talks with Bolland aren’t going so well, and according to reports Bolland is seeking a seven or eight year deal, in the neighbourhood of a $5 million a season.
Reimer is stuck in a backup role with how well Jonathan Bernier has played. Reimer will have arbitration rights this upcoming summer, and will be due a raise from his current $1.8 million cap-hit. However, it’s unlikely Reimer is a Leaf beyond this summer.
Both Kulemin and Raymond will be seeking raises in the summer, and that makes it unlikely both will be back in Toronto.
Gardiner and Kadri names keep surfacing in the rumour mill. Dave Nonis will need to land quite an asset to justify trading either player.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The best possible trade deadline acquisition for the Tampa Bay Lightning will likely come from within the organization, as Steven Stamkos is expected to return as early as Thursday. Stamkos will have his next checkup on Wednesday.
‘’Obviously we are thrilled and hoping he comes back,’’ Yzerman said of Stamkos. “But any opportunity you have to improve your team, you look at it. So, getting Stammer back (helps) and if I could do anything that would improve the team I would.’’
General Manager Steve Yzerman could be a buyer at the deadline. It’s not exactly a secret the Lightning have been on the lookout for some help on defense, with a top four caliber player on the radar screen since the summer.
‘’Generally, teams aren’t trading guys in their prime, or guys with term on their contract who are playing well, for a young player in the minors,” Yzerman said. “You’re not getting an NHL player, a good NHL player, for a kid down the minors; it just doesn’t happen. As part of a bigger package, maybe. So, I’m not opposed the trading a younger player as part of a bigger package.’’
Yzerman has been in Tampa since Sunday with other members of the management staff, assessing the team’s needs and what could be done to address any holes.
Morning Rumors VII: Kesler, St. Louis, Erat, Panthers, Devils, Islanders, Senators, Leafs and Kuznetsov
- Eric Macramalla: “Kesler/St. Louis have no-trades; ok to give to player; BUT trade demand should trigger a list of teams he can be traded to, otherwise the team will have difficulty getting a return on that player – so no trades are fine so long as qualified if trade demanded.”
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Martin Erat said yesterday that he is still hoping to be traded. GM George McPhee said he planned to touch base with Erat.
“If he still wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate it,” McPhee said, acknowledging that with the NHL salary cap AT a low $64.3 million this season it’s been a challenge to oblige Erat. “It’s been a difficult year with transactions. had this been a typical year, we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request but that wasn’t the case this year.”
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Panthers don’t plan on having a big fire sale.
“We’re going to do what’s best for the Panthers to build a championship team,” Tallon said during the recent Olympic break. “We’re not blowing this thing up. If we can sell some assets to get better, we’ll do that. It depends what happens in the next few weeks. We’ll be aggressive either way.”
Interim head coach is hoping Tallon doesn’t trade his key players for draft picks.
“I don’t really want any draft picks. They don’t do me any good,” Horachek said. “I want to win these games, I want the guys to care about winning these games. I want the guys to put it on the line whether we have an opportunity or mathematically out. I want to make sure we care about winning these games.”
- Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur hasn’t spoken with Devils GM Lou Lamoreillo, but expects to at some point.
“There’s nothing that’s planned, so I’m just kind of sitting and waiting it out and we’ll see,” Brodeur said. “I’m sure I’ll be talking somewhat to him regardless of what happens in the next four games. But there’s no plan on doing anything.”
Jaromir Jagr continues to say that he’s not thinking about the trade deadline.
“If something were to happen, I think the other team would call first (to talk to him), like they did before,” Jagr said. “If they give up something, they have to make sure I want to go there. I don’t have a contract. I have one month left, so if I decide I’m not going (a team wouldn’t trade for him).”
- Chris Botta: The Islanders are insisting on a first round pick for Andrew MacDonald. He carries a low cap hit of $550,000. There is lots of interest.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have spoken with several teams about potential trades, but there hasn’t been a fit.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think Raymond is a possible trade piece over the next six days”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”The same applies to Raymond as it does to Kulemin. If there is a deal to be made that is a hockey deal Nonis will make it”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”If someone makes the Leafs a real solid offer on Bolland and he hasn’t softened on his contract demands Nonis will make that trade”
- Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov: ’Those 3 upcoming home games will be one of the last for me here. Ovi told me i’ll live in his house’
- ESPNs John Buccigross and Craig Custance talk trade deadline.
Morning Rumors II: Hope Smoke – Darren Dreger Edition: Rangers, Blues, Pens, Lightning, Leafs, Flames and Sabres
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If you can acquire Callahan for Chris Stewart and a draft pick then that’s a pretty good add for St.L going into the playoffs”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”I’ve heard Pittsburgh for Callahan and the Martin St.Louis for Callahan rumour won’t go away” … ”If the Rangers need to be willing to beef up the Callahan package for St.Louis”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Callahan is looking for upwards of $7 million dollars a year” … ”I can’t see any NHL team giving that money to Callahan”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis has repeatedly said to me that he is beyond acquiring rentals and he wants to make hockey deals to get better”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”There is a very good chance Kulemin is moved. In fact there is so much interest that he can be moved today” … ”Not saying there is anything pressing, but there are a lot of teams that would like to acquire him” … ”I don’t think Toronto wants to pay a third line player like Kulemin upwards of $4 million this summer” … ”Kulemin is very under appreciated by Leaf fans but not by management. He is a hard player to play against:”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis knows what the asking price for Bolland is. There has been some back & forth between these two parties” … ”It’s similar to what Bozak was asking for when neg. began, but he stayed because it was a good fit. Maybe Bolland does the same” … ”If Bolland’s demands don’t soften and there is a quality offer on March 5th the Leafs look at it seriously”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”The Leafs also want a top 4 D, preferably a top 3, and to get that you need to give something big to acquire that”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Toronto isn’t deep enough up front. They want to add a top 9 forward but not a rental”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Cammalleri will be expensive to acquire.”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Prices right now aren’t cheap. For example, the asking price on Steve Ott is a 1st round pick & a top prospect”
Morning Rumors: Rangers, Kings, Oilers, Islanders, Sabres, Senators, Flames, Maple Leafs and Letang’s Illness
- Harvey Fialkov: GMs don’t really want to trade for a big contract before the break and pay for players that won’t be playing for the next three weeks.
- Larry Brooks: Has been told that a) no progress has been made in contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan. b) there is little chance he’s traded before the trade freeze. The gap between both sides is as substantial as ever. Callahan is still asking for seven-years and upwards of $6.5 million. Source saying the GM Glen Sather will want something in return rather than let him walk for nothing. Sather hasn’t received a good enough offer to make a deal yet. Callahan is expected to be in the Rangers lineup tonight. The Rangers and Dan Girardi closed the gap on an extension last week, but there has been no progress since. Source said that the Rangers may be able to get more for Girardi as a rental than for Callahan.
- AJ Jakubec: Second source said that the Oilers would get more than just Kyle Clifford for Sam Gagner, a complicated deal. The Kings are tight to the cap and the deal may have to wait until after the Olympic break. The Oilers would retain some of Gagner’s salary. The Kings were thought to be reviewing Gagner’s medical records yesterday.
- Bob McKenzie: Also hearing a deal between the Kings and Oilers involving Sam Gagner and Kyle Clifford is possible. It is a complicated deal because of the Kings cap situation. The Oilers may have to retain some salary and the Kings may have to give up another piece. It is not guaranteed, but it’s being discussed: Clifford and a pick or prospect for Gagner and the Oilers retaining some salary.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Kings are desperate for offense. There are the talks with the Oilers about Gagner, but they are also thought to be interested in Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri and Thomas Vanek.
- David Pagnotta: The Kings are also talking with the Islanders about some of their players.
- Dennis Bernstein: The Kings-Islanders intensified talks may be reason the Kings – Gagner hasn’t closed yet.
- Bruce Garrioch: Kings GM Dean Lombardi, assistant GM Rob Blake and chief scout Mike O’Connell scouted the Oilers and Bruins last Saturday.
- Ben Kuzma: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that no player has approached him about waiving their no-trade clause.
- Ian Mendes: After talking with Sabres GM Tim Murray, sounding like they are asking for 2015 1st round picks and not from this years draft.
- John Vogl: Sabres Tim Murray on having trade talks with Bryan Murray: “It hasn’t been much fun because I’ve asked him for certain things and he won’t give it to me”
- Shawn McKenzie: Sabres Tim Murray on trading Ryan Miller: ”I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along. It’s not when, it’s if more so than when. There has to be certain types of players and prospects involved in a deal like that. So I just need a team that thinks the same way”
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: GM Tim Murray doesn’t expect much movement today. Teams don’t want to pay a high priced player not to play if they don’t have too. There is also the risk of injury for Olympic players.
“I never expected this to be a deadline,” Murray said Thursday. “If we don’t trade anybody, we pay them through the Olympic break and you can make a deal after it. The economics of the game and the possibility of injuries at the Olympics for those players, I never expected anything to get done quickly.”
On the March 5th deadline.
“I’m just listening and hopefully get an offer that I think is worthwhile on a couple of our guys, and if not then that’s the way it goes,” he said. “I’m making a lot of calls, but I’m making them to guys that called me first. The teams that have showed the most interest in certain players, I’m obviously trying to keep in contact with them every day to see where we’re going.
“I don’t know if the right deal is going to come along,” he said in regards to Miller. “It’s not ‘when,’ it’s ‘if’ more so than ‘when.’ I just think there has to be certain types of prospects and players involved in a deal like that, so I just need a team that thinks the same way.”
- Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders offered Andrew MacDonald a four-year contract worth $16 million over a month ago, which he rejected and will now likely be sold to the highest bidder. MacDonald is looking for a four- or five-year deal and closer to $5 million per season. The Islanders came up from $3.5 million. GM Garth Snow has already turned down one substantial offer in hopes of getting more.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have been unable to find a top-six forward, preferably a winger. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t found a willing partner and the asking prices have been high.
“I’d like to find another forward to at least send a message to our team that management and coaches are trying to help (them),” said Murray. “We have lots of assets, lots of young prospects … over the last few years we’ve accumulated a really good group of prospects.
“I guess it depends on the return that is expected from other teams if you try to acquire that kind of player. I’ve done lots of talking to people but there’s nobody at the moment that appears willing to pull the trigger.”
Making a trade isn’t easy.
“Today the prices may be a tough higher than they will on the actual deadline day when the competition for the guy isn’t quite the same,” said Murray. “There’s so many teams so close together here we’re all little hesitant to make a move that isn’t the right move.”
- Brian Costello of the Hockey News: Flames Mike Cammalleri could be a nice fit with the Kings, Ducks and Sharks. The Canucks could also make a push for him. The Flames could be looking for a 1st round pick and a B-list prospect, or a 2nd round pick and a A-list prospect.
- Michael Traikos of the National Post: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin knows the rumors, but would like to stay with the Leafs.
“I would love to stay,” Kulemin said. “I like everything here. It’s the only team I’ve played for. I like the organization and everything. We’ll see how it goes.”
Darren Dreger has said that the Leafs have told teams he’s available, and they are asking for a “substantial player” in return. The Penguins have been mentioned due to Kulemin’s history with Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins had a scout watching the Leafs game against the Panthers.
- David Strehle: Scouting the Flyers – Avalanche: Capitals, Flames (play Philly on Saturday), Stars, Lightning, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Blues.
- Ed Tait: Scouting the Jets – Capitals: Ducks, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Wild, Blues, Lighting and Sharks.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Kris Letang is still out with an mystery illness which is not life threatening, but it’s not known when he’ll be able to return. There were concerns last week that it could season ending and possibly career ending. Dan Bylsma would “not allude” to anything “until we’ve got more and all the information.” Letang won’t be traded before the deadline.
Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Blues, Isles, Kings, Pens, Canucks, Preds, Leafs, Devils, Wild and Oilers
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Ryan Miller haven’t had any contract talks.
“I still don’t know what to say. There’s been a change here even since there was a change here before,” he said, referring to the hiring of new GM Tim Murray. “So it’s like I’m waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven’t talked about anything with regard to contracts and we haven’t talked about anything with regard to trades. They’re doing their business.”
On if Miller has said he wants out or if he’s willing to stay.
“That’s not really something I want to discuss with you guys,” Miller said. “It’s a private conversation about a business transaction. Really, that’s what it comes down to. I’m waiting to see kind of what the plans are around here. that would kind of give a little more indication.”
- TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: Ryan Callahan could be looking for a seven-year contract in the $6.5 to $7 million range. That is too much money for the Rangers. 50/50 that he gets moved before the Olympic break. A Callahan to the Blues for a Chris Stewart package deal is still there. If Dan Girardi doesn’t get done soon, could mean he’s interested in testing the market.
Bob McKenzie: Looking like Thomas Vanek wants to at least test the free agent market. Islanders GM Garth Snow will continue to try and sign him, but he’s at least talking to teams to see what he could get for him. The Kings and Penguins are looking for a scoring winger. The Penguins have cap issues.
Bob McKenzie: The Canucks blueline is dealing with some injuries, so the Raphael Diaz acquisition may not mean another defenseman is on his way out, ie, trying to get Alex Elder to waive his no trade clause.
Bob McKenzie: The Predators are trying to get a 1st or 2nd round pick for David Legwand.
- TSN Insider Trading: LeBrun: It’s possible that the Islanders trade Vanek before the deadline and save themselves his salary. The Kings and Penguins are interested, but with being so close to the cap, it’s harder for them to take him on beforehand. The asking price is three assets, any combination of a first-round pick, a young player, and a prospect.
Bob McKenzie: The Islanders have another asset in defenseman Andrew MacDonald. They could try to sign to a deal in the $4 to $5 million range, but they have lots of young defenseman in the pipeline.
Bob McKenzie: A lot of teams are calling the Sabres about Steve Ott, maybe more so than Matt Moulson. Other Sabres who could be on the move are Ryan Miller, Henrik Tallinder, Drew Stafford and Cody McCormick.
Darren Dreger: The Leafs have three options with Dave Bolland: re-sign him now, if they don’t like his salary wishes they can use him as their own rental, and lastly they could look to trade him.
- Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers goalie Tim Thomas would consider re-signing with the Panthers if they want him back.
“I’m certainly willing to entertain the idea. I haven’t talked to the club about that,” Thomas said Monday as the Panthers returned to work following three one-sided losses on the road.
“I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success. That’s been a little bit difficult. Having said that, it’s a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year. I bought into this process, and what we’re trying to do is turn it around.”
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils are showing interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri according to Elliotte Friedman. The Flames are looking for prospects and/or draft picks. The Devils don’t have 1st round pick or a 4th round pick.
- Sarah McLellan of the AZ Republic: Stars Ray Whitney is in the last year of his deal, and the Coyotes could be interested. Both the player and the team are familiar with each other. With also wanting to score 400 career goals, he could play another season.
- Brian Compton: Arthur Staple saying that Thomas Vanek turned down a seven-year deal worth $50 million.
- Ken Campbell of the Hockey News: Thomas Vanek carries a big salary cap hit, so it might take some creativity for a team to add him. The Sabres retained $1.4 million of Vanek’s salary cap hit, bringing it down to $5.75 million for the Islanders. If the Islanders retained half of that, he would be about a $2.9 million hit for a new team. With about 80 percent of the season done by trade deadline day, he would only cost about $590,000. A reason the Islanders may want to do something like that as a team, like the Wild , may offer a little more like Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Justin Fontaine, Matt Dumba or Mario Lucia. There is talk that the Wild could get Vanek for nothing in the summer, but they are in the playoff race. Another reason of the Wild is not to let the Kings or Penguins get him. The Wild would then be able to offer an eight year deal if they acquired him by trade.
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher wonders if the Canucks could get into the running with Thomas Vanek. It would give the Sedin’s a sniper. Ryan Kesler could then center Zack Kassian and Alex Burrows or Chris Higgins. To get Vanek they would likely have to lose someone from their blueline and likely more. Would be a difficult move to make.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres and Bruins talked trade at last years draft, but a Vanek for Tyler Seguin deal fell through. The Bruins were looking for another NHL-ready player off the Sabres roster.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs Nikolai Kulemin’s name keeps coming up in trade talk as they look to clear cap space for Dave Bolland’s return. The Oilers and maybe the Panthers could be a good fit. The Leafs would be looking for picks and prospects.
- Erik Erlendsson: Steven Stamkos’ return on Saturday is still not set in stone, still may not happen until after the Olympics.
- Mark Spector: Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Kings and Oilers could be talking Sam Gagner. If Spector were the with the Oilers, he’d want Dwight King.
- Dan Tencer: The Kings need scoring help and Tencer thinks the Oilers would be nice trading partners.
- Dennis Bernstein: The Kings will need to work on their blueline this summer. Options if they don’t sign before hand could be Andrew MacDonald, Dan Girardi and Brooks Orpik. They currently don’t have a true No.2 to play with Doughty. Jake Muzzin will be a solid 2nd pairing in time, but he is still developing.
- Jason Gregor: There are only five times that are more than four points out of the playoffs (before last night’s games): Islanders, Panthers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres. Should be a sellers market.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: No update on Penguins Kris Letang’s illness and will not travel with the team to Buffalo.
- Mike Heika: Scouting the Coyotes – Stars: Blue Jackets, Leafs, Ducks, Canucks, Lightning, Flyers, Rangers.
- John Shannon: The Olympic trade freeze is on Friday February the 7th at 3:00 PM ET.
- Corey Masisak of NHL.com: Top teams shopping list:
St. Louis Blues Projected cap space: $1,545,246 - goaltending. Little cap room, would have to move a goalie in a deal. They could look at adding another forward for insurance.
Chicago Blackhawks Projected cap space: $495,822 - a No. 2 center.
Anaheim Ducks Projected cap space: $7,174,986 - they could look for depth down the middle. They have plenty of cap space.
San Jose Sharks Projected cap space: $1,055,000 - have health concerns up front, so could look for some cheap help. Not a lot salary cap space.
Pittsburgh Penguins Projected cap space: $560,000 - scoring depth.
Boston Bruins Projected cap space: $1,615,833 - a 17-18 minutes defenseman to help with the loss of Dennis Seidenberg.
Los Angeles Kings Projected cap space: $1,359,523 - scoring forward.
Tampa Bay Lightning Projected cap space: $4,515,916 - GM Steve Yzerman might make a minor addition. Organization has a lot of depth.
Colorado Avalanche Projected cap space: $31,850,985 - puck possession players, a second pairing defenseman. Uncertainty surrounding Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.
Minnesota Wild Projected cap space: $2,722,636 - speculation of Ryan Miller, help up front. Forward and defensive depth.
Vancouver Canucks Projected cap space: $2,155,232 - help up front, depth.
New York Rangers Projected cap space: $4,582,303- an offensive defenseman could help them.
Detroit Red Wings Projected cap space: $1,111,833 - not a lot of cap space and have plenty of injuries. Lots of trade chips if they want to make a trade.
Columbus Blue Jackets Projected cap space: $561,425 - little cap room. Could they add and move Marian Gaborik?
Dallas Stars Projected cap space: $7,121,177 - could use another defenseman. They could be buyers and sellers. Ray Whitney and Vern Fiddler could be moved as rentals.
Winnipeg Jets Projected cap space: $1,525,188 - won’t likely be looking for short-term fixes. They could move one of their core players. Could use some depth up front and another top-four defenseman. Ondrej Pavalec is their biggest question mark.
- TSN Insider Trading: Bob McKenzie: The Kings desperately need scoring. Matt Moulson would be a good fit, but the cost is high, a 1st and a prospect. Mike Cammalleri could be a fit, but he’s still talking with the Flames about a contract. The Islanders have to decide what they will do with Thomas Vanek. Oilers Sam Gagnercould be an option, but he has two years left at $4.8 million.
Pierre LeBrun: The Canucks will not be in on the rental market. They are not giving up, but may need a retool. Alexander Edlerwill get lots of interest.
Darren Dreger: The Leafs have told teams they would be willing to trade Nikolai Kulemin, but it wouldn’t just be to get rid of his salary. They need player in return, but there have been no offers that have made sense.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Matt Moulson’sagent said that there haven’t really been any substantial contract talks with the Sabres. There is no concern about his injury affecting his trade status.
“It’s something that we can’t control anyway, so to that end we’re not overly concerned about it,” Arnott told The News by phone. “Obviously, we’re fully aware that we have a standard trade deadline on March 5, but we also have a trade freeze for the upcoming Olympic break before that. I am aware that managers have been talking and are maybe trying to do something prior to this freeze, but in Matt’s case I’m not sure anything was or would get done anyway.”
- James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs said that they can sign Teemu Hartikainen and if he doesn’t make the team next year, they can loan him back to the KHL.
- Andrew Gross: Rangers Carl Hagelin can come off the IR on Oct. 29th. He skated as an extra forward today.
- Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin skated today for the first time since injuring his ankle. James Mirtle: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Kulemin and Mark Fraser are likely seven to 10 days away from returning.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brent Burns is not practicing. Mike Brown is skating on the fourth line today.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Niklas Kronwall took a puck to the chin at the morning skate, but he’s expected to be in the lineup tonight.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils Patrick Elias skated by himself today. GM Lou Lamoriello said they’ll see how he feels after the morning skate tomorrow to see if he’ll play.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers Scott Hartnell is getting closer to returning. Coach Craig Berube made it sound like Vinny Lecavalier will play Thursday and that Hartnell is doubtful.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) left practice early.
- Eric Engels: Canadiens Brandon Prust is out a month with a shoulder injury.
- Patrick Kearns: “If nothing new is the official statement regarding Nash’s concussion, well, it means nothing really but he’s probably not back anytime soon.”
- Katie Carrera: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that John Erskine is “very close” to returning. They will see how he is tomorrow.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is another week or two away from returning. Tim Gleason and Elias Lindholm could return on Thursday.
- Jonas Siegel: Randy Carlyle said that initial timetable for injured Mark Fraser and Nikolai Kulemin was October 29th, but couldn’t say if they’ll be ready for then.
- Brian Wilde: Canadiens Josh Gorges said that he experience no concussions effects from Bourque hit.
- Mark Stepneski: Stars GM Jim Nill expects Kari Lehtonen to be ready for Thursday. Mark Stepneski: The Stars activate Lehtonen from the IR. Defenseman Aaron Rome has been recalled from his conditioning assignment. Goalie Jack Campbell has been reassigned to the AHL.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils Damien Brunner said that he feels good and ready to play. Coach Peter DeBoer said he’ll wait to see how he feels tomorrow.
- Kevin Kurz: The Sharks put Dan Boyle on the IR.
- Gene Principe: Oilers Ryan Smyth is flying back to Edmonton to be looked by their medical staff.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings Niklas Kronwall skated yesterday and could return as yearly as Wednesday.
- Jason Gregor: Oilers Sam Gagner was cleared for contact last week.
Injury Notes: Panthers, Penguins, Lightning, Leafs, Hurricanes, Jets, Sharks, Flyers, Canadiens and Wings
- George Richards: Panthers say that Ed Jovanovski has not been taken off the IR.
- Dave Molinari: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on defenseman Kris Letang: “There’s not a timetable on Kris’ return at this point.”
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Hearing that Penguins James Neal’s upper-body injury is of the four to six week type. So, he could be out for a couple more weeks, if not more. He’s been out for two weeks already. Matt D’Agostini is not eligible to come off the LTIR until next week.
- Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Martin St. Louis didn’t skate yesterday.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin still has a walking boot on. Looks like it will be awhile before he’s back.
- Jonas Siegel: Leafs James van Riemsdyk didn’t skate yesterday. Mark Masters: Randy Carlyle said that JVR is out with back spasms.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Tim Gleason said that next Thursday may be the “safest bet” for his return.
- Gary Lawless: Jets coach Claude Noel said that Evander Kane, Brian Little and Jim Slater are all day-to-day. Kane could be able to go tonight.
- Ian Mendes: Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that Dan Boyle will need a few more days before a full evaluation on his injuries are known.
- Rob Parent: Flyers Kimmo Timonen left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James Reimer will be able to practice today. Reimer had a ”headache” after the hit. (left after 32 seconds after a collision with a teammate. Missed time two years ago with a concussion)
- John Lu: Canadiens Max Pacioretty has a left hamstring strain and will be out three weeks. The Canadiens won’t make any AHL call ups to fill the roster spot.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin might be able to return after next week.
- Chip Alexander: It’s unlikely that Hurricanes Elias Lindholm will play against the Islanders. They might wait until they play the Wild next week.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Ken Holland said that Niklas Kronwall has a “mild concussion.”
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Tom Pyatt will be out till at least the American Thanksgiving with a broken collar bone. No immediate call-up is coming.
- David Alter: The Maple Leafs put Nikolai Kulemin on the LTIR.
- Lance Hornby: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day with a bruised calf.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Cal Clutterbuck will be coming off the IR for Friday’s game against the Blackhawks.
- Wes Gilbertson: Flames Matt Stajan is out week-to-week with a deep leg contusion and is on the IR.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings Patrick Eaves skated today for the first time since he suffered his knee and ankle on Sept. 19th. He did leave half way through practice.
- Aaron Partzline: Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin will travel with the team to Buffalo but isn’t going to play. They are hoping for Saturday.
- Sean Gentile of the Sporting News: (before Kadri signed – s/t Spector’s Hockey) Gentile wonders if the Maple Leafs would consider trading Nikolai Kulemin with the goal of not taking back any salary. If they signed Mason Raymond to an $800,000 deal, it would free up $2 million to go towards signing Cody Franson. Franson was looking for 4 years and $4.5 million but may have to settle for two year around $2.5 million according to Dreger.
- Mike Chambers: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that Nathan MacKinnon will stay with the team no matter what.
- Elliotte Friendman: Appears to be complications between Daniel Cleary and the Flyers and have been told that he won’t be joining the Flyers.
- Aaron Ward: Ward is hearing that Daniel Cleary met with Mike Babcock and Ken Holland in Traverse City, Michigan.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (posted yesterday) There are reports that Daniel Cleary’s deal with the Flyers is dead, but that may not be the case.
“I don’t know anything until I hear it from the horse’s mouth,” Holmgren said.
And a team source said Wednesday the deal is “not dead yet.”
- Sam Carchidi: (posted this morning) Daniel Cleary is not at Flyers camp this morning.
- Jerry Brown of NHL.com: Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson forgot to get his immigration paper in order and will miss at least a day of training camp.
“I’m not happy about it,” Maloney said. “It’s something that players are required to take care of and (his actions) shows a lack of getting after it. He’s always in great shape and he’s an important guy. But we have 57 players here and we’re supposed to have 58 and there’s no excuse for it.”
- Chuck Gormley: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski is stuck in Toronto waiting for his visa clearance.
- David Pollak: The Sharks will have 54 players in camp. 46 will be in Groups A and B, the other may be extreme long-shots.
- Lance Hornby: The Maple Leafs have brought most of their rookie camp roster to the main camp.
- Michael Smith: Hybrid icing will be used during the preseason and will be voted on by the players afterwards.
- Josh Rimer: IF Toronto was going to trade for Kris Letang, it would take at least Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin.
- Bob Stauffer: The Blackhawks are said to be looking for a Jason Pominville like return for Dave Bolland.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on if a big name could be traded: “It’s always possible. Nothing imminent at this point.”
- John Shannon: The Panthers have many teams calling about the No. 2 pick. Steve Goldstein: Panthers GM Tale Tallon said they are ready for anything, to trade up or down.
- Katie Strang: Though it could be nothing at all, Rangers GM Glen Sather and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stepped out of the BOG meetings yesterday and had a conversation.
- Bob McKenzie: The Wild have a lot of balls in play. They are not able to buy Dany Heatley out as he’s injured. They will need to shed some money. Defenseman Tom Gilbert is in play but there have been no takers. He’s a possible buyout candidate.
- The Fourth Period: Aside from Roberto Luongo, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard and David Booth. Ballard could be bought out if they can’t find a trade partner.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Players that are available for the right price: Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Not to mention the possibility of Kris Letang. The Oilers and Maple Leafs are eager to make trades. The Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings will be interested in Vincent Lecavalier and could offer up a 3-year deal in the $4.5 to $5 million range.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Once the Flyers officially sign Mark Streit to his 4-year, $21 million deal, they will have eight NHL defenseman on their roster. They have $27.675 million tied up in seven defenseman. The best case scenario could be that Andrej Meszaros is not healthy enough to play and could go on the LTIR. The Flyers would love to trade him but it would be hard given his injury history. They need to shed some salary along the blueline. Braydon Coburn will get interest and he has a modified no-trade clause. The Flames could have interest. Luke Schenn could be next line, but the sense is the Flyers don’t want to trade him. Seravalli thinks the Flyers should consider trading Nicklas Grossman.