Posts Tagged Pascal Leclaire

Leclaire retires … Cowen’s season is over … Weiss wants to stay, but could move on … A few heading overseas

  • Ottawa Sun: Goalie Pascal Leclaire was forced to retire due to a bad hip. He was trying to make a comeback, but he wasn’t able to recover from the 3 hip operations this summer.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season. Cowen suffered a hip injury last month. He’ll get his AHL salary of $67,500 while he’s out.
  • George Richards via twitter: Panthers Stephen Weiss said he won’t negotiate a new contract with the Panthers when/if the season starts. He’s a UFA after this season. He did say he wants to remain with the Panthers past 2012-13, but if it’s time to move on, so be it. Weiss said: “I want to end my career with the Panthers; There’s nothing but good days ahead for this team. Want to stay, be part of it.”
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen is taking the lockout day by day, and hasn’t ruled out returning to Finland.
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Skating together yesterday were Steven Stamkos, Vinny Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone and Steve Downie.

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Afternoon twitter notes involving Doughty, Crosby and a couple Pens, Schenn, Lombardi, Brodeur, Redden, Markov, Kesler and others

  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider posted a transcipt of a phone interview with Kings GM Dean Lombardi about Drew Doughty, and you should check it out in it’s entirety. A couple quick quotes from Lombardi:

    “The problem we have, and we’re going to have to see how this evolves, is that generally with a player, you establish his market value and he signs up for 275 days of work. That was the one thing that changed during the CBA, that players were paid during training camp. So, quite frankly, it’s the way we have to approach this. Let alone missing a day or work, as well as getting behind your teammates in terms of preparation. It probably makes this a little more difficult, but you have to factor that in now. You’re not getting a full year’s work as of today.”

    “Yeah. Well, it’s not that one [previous offer]. It doesn’t mean, certainly, that there isn’t going to be dialogue. The point is that missing days of work has to now factor into this negotiation. There’s no doubt in my mind that this kid is going to play here and play here a long time. But now, like I said, missing a day of work has to be factored into this. It’s no different than any other player. The lines of communication are certainly open. There was a cordial discussion last night, and that’s it.”

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The $3.6 million for 5 years the Maple Leafs gave Luke Schenn is more than they wanted to spend. They could have signed Schenn for 3 years at around $3 million, but they wanted to a do a longer term. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Leafs GM Brian Burke said that they explored 2, 3, and 5 year contracts with Schenn. A 4  year deal was never discussed as it would take Schenn to unrestricted free agency.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Martin Brodeur said the thought that this could be his last training camp has crossed his mind. Contract is up and retirement is a possibility … But …  Rich Chere via twitter: Brodeur added “Even (if) there was a work stoppage (after this season), I might be interested to keep going.”
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Dmitry asks Bob McKenzie when he thinks the Maple Leafs will start talking to Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. Bob McKenzie doesn’t think that there is no rush, that Burke will want to see “their full body of work” during the season before they make any commitments.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Steve Bernier said that he turned down a 2-way contract offer from other teams but decided to “risk everything” and take a tryout offer from the Devils.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Blue Jackets coach Arniel said that Prospal, Vermette, Brassard, Umberger are early candidates to be on the big line.
  • Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov: “I won’t be ready tomorrow but I will be ready one day.”. October 6th? “There’s always a chance.”
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Canucks coach Vigneault said that Ryan Keslser is “out indefinitely,” he won’t be skating when camp opens. Mason Raymond is also out indefinitely.
  • Don Brennan via twitter: Though Pascal Leclaire is not under contract with the Senators (or anyone else), but they are responsible for helping bring him back to health as he was injured while under contract with them.

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Caps look for cap relief from Poti, Poti hopes to be ready … Boogaard’s brother faces charges … Goalie tandems set … Flyers interested in Drury

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Washington Capitals aren’t expecting Tom Poti to be ready for training camp, and his $2.875 million cap hit could be placed on LTIR. Poti may be thinking differently, in an email from his agent, “He is working with his trainers throughout the summer with the intention that he will be ready to fully participate once training camp begins.”
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: With the Sabres signing backup Jhonas Enroth yesterday, it basically gives have team their goalie tandem for next year. Still without a team are Ray Emery, Marty Turco, Evgeni Nabokov and Pascal Leclaire.
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: The hiring of Pete DeBoer won’t affect Zach Parise’s whether to sign a long-term deal or not.

    “I made up my mind before the coach was hired that it wasn’t going to impact that decision,” Parise said. “I was anxious to see who was going to be the coach, but not for contract purposes.”

    If the Devils and Parise go to arbitration, we’ll get a 1 year deal and become a UFA after next season.

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: St. Louis Blues Chairman Dave Checketts thinks a deal to sell the Blues will be completed by the start of the season. 100% of the team is for sale. Game Plan LLC is expected to set a deadline date for groups interested in making a bid. Once all offers are submitted, Game Plan, Checketts and the NHL will go through them picking the best option. The purchase price could be around $200 million and would include the Scottrade Center.

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Reports that Markov rejected Canadiens offer … Leclaire and MacDonald to have surgery … Orpik to return next week … Ovie to practice on Monday

  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: There was a report yesterday that UFA defenseman Andrei Markov had rejected a 1 year, $5.75 million contract from the Canadiens.“All I can tell you is that (Canadiens general manager) Pierre Gauthier and I have agreed to deal with (Markov’s) status at the end of the year and not now,” Meehan said late in the afternoon from Edmonton.“I haven’t talked to anybody (about the report) and I wouldn’t talk to anybody about any discussions I’ve had with Pierre. I could waste my whole day dealing with rumours from Montreal.”
  • Tony Marinaro via twitter: Sources are saying that Andrei Markov wants to rejoin the Canadiens if they go deep in the playoffs but his surgeon has ruled that out.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Pascal Leclaire’s days with the Senators appear to be over, as he’ll be rehabbing his hip for 3 to 4 months after surgery. He isn’t worried about finding a job next year. “Right now, fix my leg, that’s the most important thing,” he said. “And after that, we’ll figure something out. That’s why we have agents. I have a lot of confidence in (agent) Don Meehan. I haven’t become a bad goalie because I got hurt. I was playing pretty well this year.”
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has a torn labrum that will require surgery. He’s done for the year and possibly into next year.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Avalanche: The Avalanche will soon announce that they have signed prospect Tyson Barrie to an entry level deal. In the last 2 weeks they have signed Calvin Pickard, Stefan Elliot and Joey Hishon.

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Injury updates involving Sens, Sharks, Capitals, Lightning … Audio involving Matt Cooke suspension

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who’ll be a UFA on July 1st. But he also thinks the Capitals will give him a raise on his $2.4 million salary to keep him in Washington.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators could be getting Milan Michalek back this week, likely on Thursday against the Rangers. He’s been out since Feb. 26th with a broken foot. Sergei Gonchar will be out for at least a week with a concussion.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott’s ‘undisclosed injury’ appears to be a groin injury, which has kept him out of the last 3 games, he’s still listed as week-to-week. Alex Ovechkin will rest for 7-10 days. Eric Fehr will play sometime over the next 3 games. John Erskine thinks he’ll be ready to go tonight. The Caps don’t know when Mike Green will be able to return from his concussion. Michal Neuvirth will get the start for the Capitals tonight against the Flyers.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Steve Downie and Ryan Malone are wearing no-contact jersey’s at the Lightning’s practice yesterday. Downie has missed 8 games with knee and ankle problems, but could be ready to go on Friday. Malone has been out for 17 games with a mid-body injury, but could be ready next week. Simon Gagne (neck) could be in lineup tonight, Friday for-sure.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Pascal Leclaire won’t be back with the team next season. They want Robin Lehner to develop in the AHL next year. The Sens are not sure yet if they’ll bring back Curtis McElhinney.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: CSKA President Slava Fetisov confirms they are talking to Andy Murray and Mike Keenan about coaching the team.
  • Even Drexler of the Miami Herald: Panthers forward Sergei Samsonov has played well of late for the team, and they may consider re-signing him. The Panthers won’t name a captain until next season, Bryan McCabe was their captain before he was traded.
  • Fan 590 audio: Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks Matt Cooke and what it means for the Penguins.
  • Fan 590 audio: Glen Healy talks with Bob McCown and Damian Cox about Matt Cooke and impact it will  have on Penguins and rest of the league.

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Rumor notes from LeBrun and Garrioch

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: No exact time frame is set for Tomas Kaberle and the Bruins to talk contract, but they did talk to say that they will discuss in the future. Yzerman and Stamkos’s agent talked last weekend, doesn’t sound like they are close yet. The Maple Leafs and James Reimer will talk after the season, he’s a RFA. The Senators and Craig Anderson are expected to hold contract talks in the next couple weeks. In 2016-17 the Maple Leafs organization will be 100 years old. They’d possibly like to hold the All-Star game, NHL draft and an outdoor game at BMO field.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The New York Rangers were the only team that Brad Richards was willing to waive his no-trade clause for at the deadline last week, but the 2 sides couldn’t get a deal done. The Stars and Richards couldn’t work out the length of a possible extension, and never really got around to discussing money. Richards’ agent could have been looking for a deal in the 7-10 year range. If he is looking for a deal in that length, don’t expect it to come from the Maple Leafs on July 1st as Burke doesn’t hand out contracts that long. Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix), Tomas Vokoun (Florida) and Craig Anderson (Ottawa) are the top free agent goalies this year, and all are hoping to sign an extension with their current team. Anderson could be signing a 3 year, $3.5 million deal with the Senators. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s job could be in question after another season of not making the playoffs. Senators coach Cory Clouston likely won’t be coaching the Senators next season. The Rangers did look at adding Filip Kuba at the deadline but didn’t like the fact that he had another year on his contract, which is why the went with McCabe. Peter DeBoer likely won’t be behind the bench in Florida next season. Nik Antropov gave a 5 team list to GM Rick Dudley before the deadline but couldn’t get anything done. Antropov has 2 more years $4.062 million cap hit. Pascal Leclaire’s career could be over.

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“A one time thing” for Beauchemin benching … Mike Smith to waivers … Flyers and Canes could be looking to add … Starting goalies

  • James Mirtle via twitter: Ron Wilson said it was “A one game thing,” for Beauchemin as he was a little banged up and other were playing better. (Francois Beauchemin sat the last half of the 3rd period and OT last night)
  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Mike Brown signed a 3 year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $2.215 million. He’ll get $765,000 next year, and $725,000 in each of the following 2 years.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Carolina Hurricanes have plenty of cap space but will they look to add a player at the trade deadline. If Canes owner would be willing to a $1 million in payroll, that would be a $4.5 million player. The Canes would likely need to give up one of their young forwards. If they go the sellers route, they have 9 UFAs.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers are debating if they need to add someone before the deadline, and Carolina’s Erik Cole could be one of those players. “We don’t know if we want to disrupt the chemistry,” said a club source. “That’s the question.”
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Peter Mueller skated for about 10 minutes before Avalanche practice. It’s likely the first time he’s skated since September.

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Bruins could be fit for Phillips … Kings re-sign Johnson, Doughty update … Injury notes on Semin, Backstrom, DiPietro and more

  • Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider: The LA Kings have locked up defenseman Jack Johnson to a 7 year, $30.5 million deal. He has a cap hit of about $4.35 million, he’ll earn $3.5 million for the first 3 seasons, $5 million the final 4. GM Lombardi gives and update on Drew Doughty, who’ll be an RFA at the end of the year,

    “We’ve had very kick-the-tire discussions on Drew. Part of it was gauging where his play was. Again, Drew is two or three years younger than Jack, so there is a greater period there of growth. We can let it play out a little. We’re obviously going to sign him, and term is not an issue. Now that Jack is in, it gives us a little reference point. Like I said, we have some flexibility in terms of term, and we’ll start pecking away at that. But it’s hard to do three or four (players) at once, because you get confused as to what the mission is. Jack was committed for seven or eight years, and never wavered from that. It was, `OK, let’s get this done, put it in the bank and go do the other one [Doughty].’ So we’ve got one long-term deal in, and if we have to do the other one short-term, we’ve still got the free-agent rights and we can try again later. But it’s nice to have one in the bank.”

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alexander Semin had a collision with Steve Bernier in the 2nd period last night, he did not return for the 3rd, and is listed as day-to-day.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was spotted limping after the game and went for X-rays, results should be known sometime today.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rick DiPietro missed practiced yesterday and his heading back to New York to have his groin strain evaluated.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom will be shut down for a few days with left hip injury. He had surgery on the hip back in 2008-09. Marek Zidlicky will try to rehab his shoulder rather than having surgery. He hopes to be back in 4 to 6 weeks. GM Fletcher isn’t in the market for a replacement right handed Dman.
  • The Globe and Mail: Chris Osgood will have his groin injury checked out by a specialist sometime this week, and it might require surgery. The Red Wings will call up Joey MacDonald.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Pascal Leclaire will not face shots for at least another week with a lower-body injury. Clouston said “It has to do with lower body and back and hips and groin area … it’s not just a pulled groin. I’m not a doctor but … it’s more complicated than that.” When asked if Leclaire could be lost of the season, “I’m not going to say that, I don’t think it’s to that extent,” … “I’m also going to not say it’s not.”
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Tom Kostopoulus waived his right for an in-person meeting with the NHL regarding his hit on Brad Stuart, which might mean at least a 5 game suspension.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: The Devils won’t announce a new captain yet, they’ll go with 2 assistants for now.

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Injury notes for Leclaire, Oshie, Eager, Brown, Mitchell and Smith

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is taking part in practice but not “battle drills” as he recovers from his ankle injury, is getting closer to returning. He did travel with the team to Toronto, but they are still saying a return could be around the all-star break.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mike Brown practiced with the Leafs again yesterday and is likely to play during the teams 4 game road trip which begins Friday. John Mitchell will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a knee injury in practice on Sunday. Audio from Ron Wilson after Leafs practice yesterday.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning goalie Mike Smith could be healthy to return next week, which will would give them 3 healthy goalies on their roster. Smith and Dan Ellis will battle to be the backup for Roloson.

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Toews and Getzlaf injured … Rafalski questionable for Tuesday … Oshie late Jan. return? No progress for Perron and McDonald

  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews left last night’s game 13 minutes in with a shoulder injury. More will be known today on the extent of the injury.
  • Eric Stephens OC Register: Ryan Getzlaf took a puck off the forehead and left the ice with 4 minutes left in the 2nd. The extent of the injury is not known yet.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Larry Quinn, a minority owner in the Buffalo Sabres is denying reports that a letter of intent was signed to sell the team to Terrence Pegula. Quinn said that the Buffalo News report that a document was signed to buy the Sabres from majority owner Tom Golisano is not correct. There’s no doubt the process has begun, but maybe not to the extent being reported.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues forward TJ Oshie is recovering faster that expected. He broke is ankle on Nov. 10th, with surgery putting him on the shelf for 3 month, re-evaluation was to take place in February. There is a chance that Oshie could be back in the Blues lineup at the end of January. He’s been skating for about a week and progressing well. Neither David Perron and Andy McDonald are still not symptom free from their concussions. There were reports that McDonald was riding a bike but that may not have been the case.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: It looks like Pascal Leclaire will be out another at least another week with his lower body injury. He could be ready for their Jan. 7th game against the Blackhawks.
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Todd White was placed on waivers again by the NY Rangers, with Mats Zuccarello with the team, it could spell the end of his tenure with the Rangers.

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Rain in forecast for Winter Classic … Spezza out indefinitely … Pair of Preds to IR, Tootoo to rehab … Kane back tonight?

  • Bob Cohn of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: This year’s Penguins-Capitals Winter Classic could be even more interesting as rain could be in the forecast. A little bit of rain can be tolerated but if it’s heavy enough to disrupt the 1 pm start, the opening faceoff could be pushed back to 8 pm at the latest. It could also reach a high of 50 degrees.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Jason Spezza will be out indefinitely with an injured right shoulder. His shoulder is swollen enough that they don’t know the full extent of the injury and if he’ll need surgery.

    “It’s not going to be immediate,” he said. “It’s going to be a while. I’ve never hurt my shoulder before, so there’s kind of a grey area right now. Still a lot of swelling and stuff. Just kind of take it day-by-day and see, but it’s not going to be any time soon.

    “It seems like it’s going to be fine without surgery. But it just happened, it’s pretty fresh.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Pascal Leclaire was told to stay of skates until yesterday as he deals with a lower body injury, when he’ll return to the lineup is not known. The Senators could be interested in Jamie Langenbrunner, and the Devils are looking for defenseman, which the Senators have some they could be willing to move.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Jordan Tootoo voluntarily put himself in a substance abuse facility. Tootoo has full support from the team and organization, no time frame on his return is known.
  • Jack McCarthy of the Chicago Tribune: Despite just being put on the IR (retroactive), Patrick Kane could be back in the Blackhawks lineup tonight versus the Blues. Marty Turco will get his 2nd straight start as Corey Crawford continues to recover from the flu.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators forward Steve Sullivan will be out 10-14 days with a lower body injury, and has been placed on the IR. Martin Erat was also placed on IR with a upper body injury. David Legwand is a possibility for tonight’s game. He’s only been able to play 2 periods since Nov. 18th.
  • TSN: P.K. Subban battled with Tomas Plekanec during practice before getting into an argument with Maxim Lapierre, Roman Hamrlik had to break it up.  Subban downplayed the incident, “It’s practice, it’s battling. It’s tough,” Subban told reporters following practice. “When you’re doing three-on-two drills and three-on-three, there is going to be chippy battles in front of the net. You’ve just got to work through it. It was a good practice today.”
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Marco Sturm continues to see limited playing time and no special teams ice time as the Kings are slowing working him back in. “I don’t know about one of these games coming up. “Kings Coach Terry Murray said when the prospect of Sturm getting some power-play time was raised this morning. “I think it’ll be further down the road than that unless he just lights it up here tonight and starts putting some pucks in the net.”

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Hotstove and NHL Sources Say videos … DiPietro and Leclaire hurt, there’s a shocker … Staal still hasn’t received clearance

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that Darryl Sutter didn’t  make a mistake in trading Dion Phaneuf, mistake was not shopping him around or getting 1 decent player in return. Simmons asks a couple good questions about the Leafs power play; “Why does Phil Kessel play so high? With his quick hands, shouldn’t he be down low camped out on one side of the net?” (My answer would be coaching, they are the one’s who design the systems)
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: John MacLean hasn’t received any assurance about his coaching job from Lou Lamoriello in the last couple weeks.
  • The Globe and Mail: Penguins center Jordan Staal’s return is still up in the air as he has yet to receive clearance to begin practicing.
  • The Globe and Mail: Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out again with swelling in his left knee, but appears to only be minor.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Christmas roster freeze is in effect tonight at midnight. The Senators are interested in trading for Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa but he isn’t available yet.
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove
  • NHL Sources Say – Donald Fehr’s new role with the NHLPA as well as Pascal Leclaire’s future with the Senators.

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