Posts Tagged Nikolai Zherdev

Afternoon Hits: Eaves, Porter, Lack, Liles, Martin, Nash, Elias, Zherdev, Backstrom, Weiss and Jenner

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Patrick Eaves cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL.
  • Bob McKenzie: Canucks sign Eddie Lack to a two-year contract extension with a $1.15 million cap hit. He’ll get $1 million next year and $1.3 million the following year.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs recall Trevor Smith and send John-Michael Liles to the AHL.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will return to the lineup tonight. Kris Letang didn’t practice this morning.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman all practiced today. Nash isn’t expected to play tomorrow.
  • Dan Rosen: Devils Patrick Elias said he plans to play tonight.
  • Igor Eronko: Nikolai Zherdev had his second KHL contract terminated in the last two and half months.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren will be back in the lineup against the Sabres.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Stephen Weiss (groin) was on the ice today. He’s not expected back until next week.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert and/or Boone Jenner could return to the lineup next week.

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Afternoon Hits: Eaves, Mills, Scott, Forsberg, Beck and Zherdev

  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings have put Patrick Eaves on waivers.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “when I spoke to the Leafs brass and informed them that John Scott would be playing on Friday their only response was: good”
  • K Wilson Preds: Filip Forsberg called up by the Predators. Taylor Beck will be assigned to the AHL.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Looking like Nikolai Zherdev will be ending his relationship with his third KHL team since the end of last season.

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Morning Hits: Panthers, Hybrid Icing, Clarkson, Scouting Leafs-Sens, Kassian, Avs, Zherdev, Boucher and Oilers

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will hold a press conference on Friday to introduce their new owners.
  • Elliotte Friendman: The NHL and NHLPA are finalizing the language of hybrid icing. The NHLPA will begin their player survey’s later this week.
  • John Shannon: The Maple Leafs were fined $10,000, the same as Sabres coach Ron Rolston was. League thought that John Scott could have been better controlled by Rolston.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Leafs David Clarkson won’t appeal his suspension.

    “I didn’t get suspended until last night at 9:30, and I did not want to be a distraction with a game today, so I just wanted to start by saying sorry to everybody for not being available, but I was just doing what I thought was best for the team and waiting for the suspension to come down, and that was the reason I was not speaking,” Clarkson said after he played in the Leafs’ 3-2 pre-season loss versus the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

    “I’ll say sorry to the fans or anybody who is disappointed, but my teammates in here are first to me.”

    “Everything happened so quick. I saw something go on that I had not seen, I had not been a part of. It is hard for anyone to say anything unless you are sitting there and you have your feet in those skates.”

  • Thomas Drance: Clarkson: “I sometimes make decisions with my heart not my head”
  • Bruce Garrioch: 17 scouts were at the Maple Leafs-Senators game. Garrioch said it would be a good time for Senators Jim O’Brien to have a good game.
  • Dan Murphy: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Zack Kassian:  “Suspension gives us a chance to nail Kassian with some fitness. And we’re going to nail him.”
  • Igor Eronko: Nikolai Zherdev signed a one-year deal with Spartak of the KHL.
  • Szymon Szemberg: EV Zug of the Swiss league terminate Brian Boucher’s contract after allowing 16 goals in 5 games.

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Morning Hits: Vanek, Niskanen, Red Wings lines, Preds backup, Zherdev, Hemsky and the Devils starter

  • Josh Rimer: Rimer is hearing IF the Sabres trade Thomas Vanek, he’d like to play for the Wild as he lives and trains their in the summer. Rimer doubts the Wild would trade for him, but he could sign with them when he’s a UFA at the end of the season and when Dany Heatley’s contract is done.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins will start camp about $1.1 million over the salary cap, and defenseman Matt Niskanen realizes the numbers they have on the blueline.

    “I know the situation we’re in, being over the cap,” Niskanen said after an informal workout Monday at the Ice Castle inCastle Shannon. “It’s pretty evident that Ray [Shero, the general manager] has to make a decision. Someone who probably otherwise is a regular on our roster [will be traded].”

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Pavel Datsyuk will play with Henrik Zetterberg and that Stephen Weiss will play with Johan Franzen. The other two wingers haven’t been decided yet. Daniel Alfredsson will be on one of the lines. Justin Abdelkader could be on one of the lines or with Darren Helm on the third line. Babcock added that Alfredsson will play the point on the powerplay with Niklas Kronwall.
  • Ian Menes: Senators coach Paul MacLean met with Bobby Ryan yesterday and talked for the first time. They had a long talk but didn’t talk about potential linemates.
  • Mike Morreale: Predators coach Barry Trotz confirmed that Carton Hutton will back up Pekka Rinne this season. Goalie Magnus Hellberg is “getting there.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Talk that Nikolai Zherdev’s contract has been cancelled by his KHL after his DUI charges. The KHL is considering adding a ‘Zherdev rule’ that could give teams the option to void contracts after DUI convictions or other alcohol related issues.
  • Bob McKenzie: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and Ales Hemsky will meet with the media this morning for likely a “turn the page” session.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils coach Peter DeBoer on their goaltending situation:

    “No. Not really. Those things sort themselves out. Marty’s back. Marty’s our starting goaltender and we’ve got a fantastic 1A in Cory Schneider.”

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Morning Hits: Zherdev, Eriksson, Frattin and Ryan

  • Igor Eronko: KHL president Alexander Medvedev on Nikolai Zherdev: ‘As far as we know, Nikolai Zherdev painted the town red again. He will be committed to compulsory ADA treatment.’
  • Caryn Switaj of Loui Eriksson is in Boston, talking about the trade from Dallas.

    “I talked to my family quick and it was kind of an easy decision for me to make that decision to go and play with Boston,” Eriksson said back in July via conference call, following the trade.

    “When I got the call it was Boston on the line, it was pretty persuasive for me to say yes to that because I know Boston is a good team and it’s a different chapter to go there and try to win games and try to go far in the playoffs and win the whole Cup. I think the match to go and play for Boston is really good – it will be fun.”

    “I’m real excited and I’m really looking forward to it. It will be awesome to come [to Boston] and play. I’m going to try to give it my best and try to help them win the Cup.”

  • John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings winger Matt Frattin on where he may end up playing in LA.

    “I played left wing a little bit with Toronto,” Frattin shared once again. “They [the Kings] kind of like me over there, too. I’m pretty versatile. I feel like I can play on the top-two lines and I can also play the bottom-two lines. The biggest thing for me is to play with speed and be physical, open up space for my line mates and create chances.”

  • Chris Lund of (s/t Dobber Hockey and Pro Hockey Talk) Senators coach Paul MacLean on Bobby Ryan:

    I’m excited about the opportunity he brings to us as someone that’s a bonafide guy that’s scored 35 goals in the league. He shoots the puck in the net and that’s something we haven’t had really since I’ve been here. I think that’s exciting. The chemistry he gets, is it going to be with Jason Spezza or Kyle Turris or Mika (Zibanejad), whoever he gets the best chemistry with is who we’re going to play him with, but I think having someone with that ability is certainly going to help our team’s confidence as far as it comes to scoring goals.

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Morning Hits: Hemsky, Jagr, Zherdev, Faksa and the Coyotes Finances

JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Interview with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, on if he’s spoken with Ales Hemsky or his agent about coming to camp knowing the team has been trying to trade him.

“I have spoken to Ales and (agent) Jiri Chra. These things happen in the game of hockey and we may be the beneficiary … We all know how good he is and we all know what an impact he had the last time the Oilers made the playoffs. We’re hopeful given this new environment and a more competitive team, I believe going forward, that it’s really going to play to Ales’ skill set and his ability to help us.”

The Fourth Period: In an interview with, Jaromir Jagr said it could be his last season.

“It may be my last season and I want to do everything possible to be successful,” Jagr said.

Four teams were interested in him before he signed with the Devils. With Ilya Kovalchuk retiring, it opened up a top-six spot with the Devils.

“I love hockey, and when you love something, you want to do it at the highest level, and that is the NHL,” said Jagr, who will play in his 20th NHL season this fall. “If you love something, age is not important. It’s just a number.”

The Fourth Period: Former NHLer and current KHLer, Nikolai Zherdev, partied a little too much after he received a new contract. He crashed his Bentley, got into a bar fight in a Moscow hotel bar and lost his passport. His wife is also believed to be filing for a divorce.

Mark Stepneski of Stars Inside Edge: Radek Faksa, the Stars 13th overall pick in 2012 will spend another season in junior.

“He’ll spend the summer here with us (training), go to Traverse City (for the NHL Prospects Tournament), go to training camp and then go back to Kitchener, which is good because that’s where he should be,” said Jackson. “He’s going to get a lot of ice there, he and the coach have a good relationship and I suspect he will take a big step next year.”

Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: (citing a Mike Sunnucks article in the Phoenix Business Journal) Reporting that some of the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment (Ice Arizona) finances to purchase the Coyotes have fallen through. Two sources said that some of the funding hasn’t been finalized or has been dropped from the deal. They have until August 5th to finalize the deal. Daryl Jones, one member of the group tweeted that the report of finance issues “is categorically wrong, #HereToStay”

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Morning Free Agent notes: Capitals send out qualifying offers … No buyouts for Sens, not too active on July 1 …”Cutdown” candidates

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals GM George McPhee confirmed that Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern won’t be back next season, but wouldn’t say the same for pending UFAs Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman. If all 4 are not back, that would have made up over $10.6 million in salary last year. The Capitals sent out qualifying offers for Mike Green, John Carlson, Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray on Erik Karlsson negotiations: “We have time. We will get it done – it’s just a matter of getting the right number.” Murray added they don’t plan on buying any players out and that they don’t expect to be too active on July 1st.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland thinks other candidates for “cutdown” arbitration are Nikolai Kulemin, Wojtek Wolski, Peter Mueller and Guilluame Latendresse.

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Maple Leafs sign John-Michael Liles to a 4 year extension … What does it mean for Grabovski … Leafs Audio

2:35 PM:

12:10 PM:

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Liles contract extension with the Maple Leafs if for 4 years, a $3.875 million salary cap hit.

11:40 AM:

  • Pierre LeBrun of TSN is reporting that Leafs will announce a 4 year contract extension for John-Michael Liles.
  • Michael Traikos via twitter: If the Leafs do sign Liles for 4 years, it seems lot considering they have Gardiner, Jesse Blacker and Stuart Percy in the system.
  • Michael Triakos via twitter: “I have to believe that the #Leafs would not be re-signing Liles unless they were planning to move another puck-moving D-man before deadline.”
  • Steve Dangle via twitter: Dangle notes Lefas Dmen with expiring contracts: Franson (RFA), Aulie (RFA), Finger (UFA), Gysbers (RFA), Holzer (RFA), Lashoff (RFA). Mikus (RFA).

11:25 AM:

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: There is speculation that the Maple Leafs and John-Michael Liles are closing in on a multi year contract extension. He is set to be a UFA after the season.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: One big worry for the Maple Leafs would be Liles concussion issue. Another issue with the Leafs signing Liles is the salary cap. It was widely believed the Leafs would only re-sign one of Liles or Mikhail Grabovski.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Grabovski’s name has surfaced in the rumor mill. He’ll be a UFA after the season, and would get some interest on the trade market. He has been a solid player and it may be hard to let him go, and it could have a negative affect on Nikolai Kulemin.
  • TSN 1050 Radio: Darren Dreger and James Mirtle talk Leafs. Teams calling about Grabovski, MacArthur and defenseman.

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Pronger hopes to be ready for start of season … Murray talks Selanne rehab … Zherdev says he’ll return … Comrie has setback

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Chris Pronger held a conference call with reporters yesterday as he continues to rehab his back and right hand.

    “the goal is to be ready for Game 1 of the regular season. I’m starting to progress. . . . Once I get cleared, I can start getting into a full-lifting program.”

    He feels his hand is 80-85% healed, which has put him 2 months behind in his strength program. He hopes to get clearance in a week to begin lifting weights.

    “I don’t know that you could say I was breaking down with broken bones and being hit by pucks and all the rest,” he said. “Those are things that sometimes can be avoided. Perhaps now I may not block as many shots. I might just get out of the way and let our million-dollar goalie stop those things.”

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray said yesterday that Teemu Selanne “has been struggling a bit” with his knee and thought “he was getting depressed” about the rehab. Murray noted that Selanne “intends to go pretty hard this week” and they’ll be in touch after. Murray added that there were a few days “where it wasn’t bugging him,” there is no timetable on when Selanne will make a decision to play or not.
  • National Post: Mike Comrie recently suffered a setback in his rehab from hip surgery.

    “In wanting to return to play after surgery, I pushed myself too early and that has not helped my recovery,” Comrie said in a statement. “I will return to the NHL when I am healthy and able to play at the level I have come to expect of myself.”

  • Glen Andresen of With the Wild trading James Sheppard to the Sharks, it “further solidifies Fletcher’s intent to let younger Wild players like Colton Gillies, Cody Almond and Casey Wellman battle for roster spots among forwards.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexei Kovalev to SovSport: “In two season w/the #Sens I still couldn’t get Clouston’s game plan. It appeared he scoffed at some players.”

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Avery arrested … Notes on RFAs Schenn and Doughty … Nolan, Fedoruk get PTO from Canucks … Alfredsson to skate next week

  • TMZ: Sean Avery was arrested this early morning for pushing a cop who was attempting to break up a loud party at his Hollywood Hills home. A neighbor called the police at 1:00 am, and when they arrived, Avery answered, shoved the cop and slammed the door. He was cooperative with the police after they knocked again. He’s being held on $20,000.
  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The city of Toronto has grown on Luke Schenn and he’s keen on staying, “Something will get figured out for sure.” Schenn added:

    “I started here and had a good opportunity. As far as the team goes, we haven’t made the playoffs yet and we’ve had a bit of a rough time as an organization in terms of the standings. (But) I’ve played three years here and got to know a lot of people in this city. I have a better idea of how things work. No question I want to be part of things going forward and help achieve some success.

    “Being drafted here (the Leafs traded up to get him fifth overall) was a dream come true for a kid and I got to experience a lot at a young age. I want to be part of the organization, hopefully, into the future.”

    Hornby thinks Schenn will get a deal in the $3-4 million range.

  • Dan Rosen of A better comparison for Drew Doughty would be Dion Phaneuf (6 years, $39 million) or perhaps Mike Green (4 years, $5.25 million). Doughty and Shea Weber have similar stats but Weber is 26, Doughty is 21. If Doughty signs before Luke Schenn and Zach Bogosian, he could help set the market for the other 2 as he’s been more productive so far. LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they continue to have contract discussions and is confident a deal will be get done. The Kings may be looking to lock Doughty up long-term, but he may only be looking for a short-term deal.
  • Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun: Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk have signed professional tryout contracts with the Vancouver Canucks. Nolan had other PTO offers but he thought the Canucks were the best fit.

    “I don’t want to say I’m happy that opportunity is there, you want those guys to be healthy, especially if I’m going to be part of that team,” said Nolan, reached at his off-season home in San Jose. “But there is an opportunity there and I’m going to give it everything I have to take a job.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Daniel Alfredsson, who’s recovering from a back procedure, will begin skating next week. Alfredsson is confident he’ll be ready for the start of training camp.

    “I can’t say I’m 100% right now, but it’s definitely a lot better,” said Alfredsson, who has been stretching and doing yoga three times a week. “I haven’t really skated that much since February, so if I can get a little bit more ice, that’s good.”

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