Posts Tagged Paul Martin

Injury Notes: Pens, Wings, Caps, Flames, Sabres, Sens, Canes, Coyotes, Avs, Hawks and Leafs

  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins James Neal (concussion) received clearance to play and could be in the lineup tonight. Chris Kunitz could also return to the lineup tonight. Beau Bennett skated before practice but hasn’t been given clearance for contact. Paul Martin skated in full gear before practice. Given the day off yesterday: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang wants to pay this season but he hasn’t received anything definitive from his doctors.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi missed Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury. Darren Helm, out with a concussion, had a setback and it’s not looking like he’ll return soon. Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery) is not close to returning and will go get a second opinion. Dan Cleary has had fluid drained from his knee twice and hasn’t been able to practice in a couple weeks. Weiss and Cleary were able to skate. Jonas Gustavsson, out with a groin injury, skated yesterday and is getting close to returning. Joakim Andersson (fractured foot) is out for at least another week. Tomas Jurco will have his broken rib reassessed next week. Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will be reassessed in seven to 10 days. Henrik Zetterberg may be able to return for the playoffs if the Wings make it.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Brooks Laich will be out four to six weeks after having a procedure done to release a tight abductor.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Jiri Hudler (upper-body) was out on the ice before practice. Karri Ramo was also out before, and stayed on with main group.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Jhonas Enroth stayed in Buffalo for further evaluation.
  • John Vogl: Not going on the Sabres road trip: Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Sulzer, and Chris Stewart. Myers could meet up with the team at some point.
  • John Vogl: Michal Neuvirth on the possibility of playing tonight: ”I don’t know … but I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping it’s going to be good.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Doesn’t look like Craig Anderson will be ready before Thursday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty won’t play on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, he’s day-to-day. Alex Semin was given a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Erat skated yesterday morning in a no-contract jersey.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Ryan O’Reilly will play tonight, with Paul Stastny a possibility.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Jonathan Bernier: ”Bernier has a low-grade muscle strain. It is in the groin area. It’s closer to day to day than it is week to week.” James Mirtle: The Leafs haven’t put Bernier on the IR, so it’s possible that he could play in the next few days.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Dave Poulin: ”We’re dealing with this on Bolland. Once medically cleared, it’s up to the player to let us know when he’s ready to go” … ”At this point it’s not up to a doctor, it’s up to Bolland. We’re hoping he’s getting stronger and closer to returning” … ”Bolland hasn’t been 100% comfortable in a full practice where there are competition drills and grinding”

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Add James Neal To The Penguins Injured List

Seth Rorabagh: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion.

A list of Penguins who are currently out with injuries, which includes some pretty significant names.

Name POS Status Date Injury Returns
Chris Kunitz W Out Mar 14 leg Day-to-day
James Neal W Out Mar 14 concussion Day-to-day
Kris Letang D Inactive List Mar 6 illness Indefinitely
Paul Martin D Out Feb 21 hand Late March/Early April
Chris Conner W Out Jan 2 hand Day-to-day
Pascal Dupuis W Out Dec 24 knee Indefinitely
Beau Bennett W Inactive List Nov 24 wrist Mid-to-Late March
Tomas Vokoun G Inactive List Sep 30 pelvis Indefinitely

Source: Rotoworld

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Afternoon Rumors: Sabres, Penguins, Jets, Capitals and Flyers

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Steve Ott is a pending UFA and knows his name is out there.

    “I told them I want to be here,” Ott said today after practice in the rink at Riverside Park. “We’ll see where it all goes. I am professional enough to know the business side of things and what the situation is here as well. We’ll see how it all plays out in the next two weeks.”

    He has had no contract talks with the Sabres.

    “I’ve been in this same situation before in my career, and it’s control what you can control,” he said. “That’s going out there and playing as hard as you can. Obviously, it’s great to be wanted, and the rumor stuff continues to float around when anybody’s a UFA. I think it’s just continue to be a professional, go out there and do what you’ve done and everything takes care of itself.”

  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are still looking for a top-six forward and would like to improve their third line. They could also be looking at adding a top-six defenseman, and with the high asking price for the top four or five wingers on the market, it may become more of a priority. Penguins management may go on the mindset that Kris Letang won’t be back this season, and if he’s able to return, that will just be a bonus addition. Paul Martin is awaiting tests to determine the extent of his injury, if surgery is needed or not. Jets pending UFA defenseman Mark Stuart may interest the Pens. The Pens may be open to moving one of their top to mid level blueline prospects for an impact defenseman that has term left on his deal.
  • The Fourth Period: It has been speculated that the Capitals are looking at Sabres Ryan Miller and that they could package Michal Neuvirth and a 2014 or 2015 first round pick. GM George McPhee is on the lookout for a top-four defenseman and possibly a 2nd-3rd line energy guy. The Caps have shown some interest in Andrew MacDonald.
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Will the Flyers look to make an addition? Some players may not think it is needed, but okay with it if it happens.

    “I like our team,” Hartnell said. “We’re playing real strong, focused, determined hockey. If they decide to do something, great, if not, we believe we can win, too.”

    “Throughout the year we got better and better. I think the team looks pretty good as it is right now,” said defenseman Mark Streit, a newcomer this season. “That’s up to (general manager Paul Holmgren) and the organization if they feel the need to add a piece. From the chemistry (aspect), I think we have a good atmosphere in the locker room.”

    There are currently only maybe five teams that can be said to be out of the playoff picture.

    “Thirteen to sixth (place in the Eastern Conference) is six points,” Hartnell added. “You lose three in a row, you’re out. You win three in a row, you’re setting yourself up. The teams that we play are all jockeying for those positions.”

    There isn’t a lot of time left for GMs to figure out if they are buyers or sellers.  There were only 17 trades last deadline day involving 30 players.

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Injury Notes: Zetterberg, Martin, Zuccarello, Staal, Filppula and Stamkos

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg had surgery yesterday to remove part of his disc in his back. He could be out eight weeks, but they are not sure.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Penguins Paul Martin has a hand injury. Rob Rossi said he could be out a month, but he hasn’t been evaluated by the Penguins medical staff.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Rangers Mats Zuccarello’s broken hand was confirmed and he’ll be out three to four weeks. Marc Staal didn’t practice yesterday due to back spasms.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula tested his fractured ankle out yesterday. Skated after practice.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos spent his Olympic break skating and lying on the beach.

    “It did feel good, but it feels even better now,” Stamkos said of his leg. “Maybe I wasn’t as far along as I thought, knowing how much better it has felt now that I have kept working on it and taking a couple of days off. It’s just going to continually get better, and that’s positive knowing it’s doing that.”

    He’ll have an x-ray on Monday to determine if he’ll get clearance to play against Nashville on Feb. 27th. If he doesn’t, March 6th could mark his return.

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Morning Rumors II: Should The Pens Trade Letang? Sabres Decisions … What about Weber?

  • Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune: Kovacevic wonders if the Penguins should trade Kris Letang. The idea is not from any negative point of view. “It’s that Letang remains so valuable that he can get you a mint. And if that mint happens to involve pieces that work better with the Penguins’ broader puzzle, all the more reason a trade merits robust consideration.” GM Ray Shero has been adamant that he won’t go the rental route again. The Penguins need more than a rental, they need an impact performer over a variety of AHL call-ups. Letang’s cap hit will go to $7.25 million starting next season, and he’s under contract for the next eight seasons. They have Matt Niskanen, Paul Martin and Olli Maatta for the short-term, with Derrick Pouliot as part of the long-term.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: New Sabres GM Tim Murray will need to decide what to do with Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller and nine other pending UFAs.

    “When the concrete offers start coming in, and if the offers are legit offers that improve the franchise going forward, I have to listen,” Murray said. “I think that all the pending UFAs are probably expecting to be moved; I’m not going to say they’re definitely going to be moved, there has to be a market.”

    “We’re just starting to explore the market the last day or two,” Murray said. “I’ve had some calls, and most of the calls are just generalities: ‘If I can meet your demand, would you be willing to move him?’ So you have teams calling, for sure, and they’re asking about different players. Every team has a different need; the same names come up, obviously, as far as the forwards go. My mandate here is to get better. I don’t want a five-year rebuild, that’s not what I’m about. It’s about getting better, and if that means trading guys and getting assets for them, then that’s the way it will be.”

    Trade a goalie mid-season is tricky. The market may help determine if the Sabres trade Miller. More teams are interested in rental forwards.

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators feel like Victor Bartley can fill Kevin Klein’s role. With the Predators blueline getting younger, Cooper poses the question: would the Predators make the 29-year old Shea Weber available? The Preds will say they won’t trade Weber, but their blueline looks like it’s in a bit of a rebuild. Weber’s value may never be higher than it is now. A Weber trade likely won’t happen though.

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Afternoon Hits: Senators, Hurricanes, Canadiens, Flames, Sabres, Penguins and Lightning

  • Dan Rosen: Bryan Murray will remain as the Senators GM for the next two seasons, then will stay on with the team as an adviser for the following two years.
  • Michael Smith: Eric Staal practicing on the Hurricanes top power play unit.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Ruutu-Malhotra-Lindholm, Tlusty-Nash-Dvorak. Bowman absent.
  • Michael Smith: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Moen – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Brière – Eller – Bourque Bournival – Prust – Parros. Defensive pairings: Gorges – Subban Markov – Emelin Murray – Bouillon Diaz
  • Calgary Flames: Mike Cammalleri suffered a concussion and is not traveling with the team.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Drew Stafford said he’s day-to-day after feeling better the last few days.
  • Dave Molinari: Five injured Penguins on the ice with their conditioning coach: Paul Martin, Jayson Megna, Beau Bennett, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett.
  • Pens Inside Scoop: Penguins Beau Bennett has been out for seven weeks. After his hand/wrist surgery, recovery timetable was eight to 10 weeks.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that tests on Sami Salo revealed only a bruise, out day-to-day. Victor Hedman is fine.

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Injury Notes: Pronger, Spezza, Rome, Calvert, Staal, Penguins and Maple Leafs

  • Dave Isaac: Chris Pronger is coaching his kids team and hasn’t “regressed in 3 or 4 months.”
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Aaron Rome left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Rome is expected to be out a week according to Lindy Ruff.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets hope to have Matt Calvert back in the lineup on Monday.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Eric Staal was injured against the Capitals. He tried to play through in the injury in their game against the Islanders, but wasn’t able too.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Paul Martin skated yesterday for the first time since breaking his tibia on November 25th. Chris Conner is expected to be out for six to eight weeks after having surgery on his broken hand. Chuck Kobasew is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Jayson Megna (lower-body) skated for the first time since his injury on December 16th.
  • CP in the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs David Clarkson (lower-body) and Carl Gunnarsson(upper-body) left last night’s game with injuries.

    “Both players were taken out,” Carlyle said. “With Gunnarsson he fell awkwardly, an upper body. Clarkson blocked the shot, couldn’t get the pain to settle down, so we lost two players. It just seemed to magnify that we weren’t skating to get inside, and we didn’t check.”

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Injury Notes involving 15 teams

  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks Roberto Luongo left last night’s game. Ben Kuzma: Coach John Tortorella said that Luongo has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Kuzma thinks it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it is a groin strain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Steen is expected to miss today’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert isn’t believed to be out long-term. After Saturday’s game his arm was in a sling.
  • Patrick Kearns: Rangers Marc Staal skated both days this past weekend.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Dylan McIlrath had an MRI on his knee after suffering an injury on Saturday during his AHL game. Same knee as before.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames coach Bob Hartley on Curtis Glencross:  “I didn’t get any update but if you look at the replay from yesterday, it doesn’t look very good.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Mika Zibanejad says he’s ready to go today, ”It’s just a matter if the coach wants me to play or not.”
  • David Strehle: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out two weeks with a left knee sprain.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Clayton Stoner has a lower-body injury. Coach Yeo doesn’t think that it is serious.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Mark Stuart has a lower-body injury and coach Claude Noel isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go tonight.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Corey Crawford skated yesterday and should start practicing after the Christmas break.
  • LA Kings Insider: Kings Jonathan Quick practiced yesterday but there is still a ways to go. There is no timetable for his return.

    “I haven’t been experiencing the soreness nearly as much as I was, say, a week ago,” he said. “Like you said, it is practice, and you know what the drill is, and you know what you have to do each play, so it’s not a situation where you’re completely in reaction mode and don’t know what’s going to happen. Quite frankly, I could do these drills for another two months and you could feel a hundred percent, and it’s still not the same as playing in games.”

  • NHL.com: Stars GM Jim Nill said that Sergei Gonchar is out seven to 10 days with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery last week to treat an elbow infection. He’s expected to return after the Christmas break. Rob Scuderi is expected to return on the 27th against the Hurricanes. Paul Martin hasn’t started skating yet, and there is no timetable with Brooks Orpik.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Injury update: Brad Marchand didn’t practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight. Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced but doesn’t have clearance to play. Adam McQuaid (lower-body) is a possibility for tonight. Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) didn’t practice and is still expected to be out another two weeks. Loui Eriksson (concussion) received treatment yesterday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal said there is “no comparison” between his most recent concussion and the one he suffered in 2011.

    “The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different.

    “From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

    Staal has been symptom free the past couple days.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Cody Franson has been bothered by discomfort in the “hips area” since the start of the season.

    “That’s one of those things that we say: If a player misses training camp, he [misses] that foundation, that opportunity to have that underneath you, and it can affect you,” Carlyle said after practice Sunday. “And here we are, in the middle of December, still talking about it.”

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Morning Rumors: Leafs, Panthers, Rangers, Habs, Preds, Isles, Sabres, Blues, Canes, Pens and Avs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Trade talk has heated up, but not many teams have the salary cap space to make moves. “We have a cap world with parity but no flexibility,” said the executive. “It’s very difficult for teams to make changes.”Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is working the phones with centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland on the IR. The Leafs talked with the Stars about Vern Fiddler earlier in the year, but weren’t able to find the right fit. Once the others return, Fiddler would be at best a fourth-line player for them.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be getting heat from new owner Vince Viola.

    The Rangers are increasing their efforts to trade Michael Del Zotto, but the asking price is still high.

    The Rangers may look at buying out Brad Richards after the season.

    Islanders Jack Capuano and Hurricanes Kirk Muller are on the hotseat.

    The Canadiens are looking for size down the middle.

    If the Predators can’t stay in the playoff race, the “for sale” sign may be going up.

    The Islanders are looking for a goalie.

    Talk that the Blues might go after Sabres Ryan Miller.

    The Blues might be willing to move T.J. Oshie. He has a $4.175 million cap hit through 2017.

    The Blackhawks are looking for depth down the middle and on the blueline.

    Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has interest in Leafs Jake Gardiner and Rangers Michael Del Zotto.

    Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is looking to change up his forwards.

  • Josh Rimer: The Penguins may now have to go get a defenseman with Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik out.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers GM Dale Tallon denied Hockey Night in Canada’s report that a deal for Dmitry Kulikov with the Avalanche fell through. Kulikov was scratched on Tuesday and HNIC said a potential trade was the reason.

    “No, we sat him because of his play,” Tallon said. “[Kulikov] needed a little refresher. I’ve liked the way he’s played since.”

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche were looking to add a defenseman before Jan Hejda was injured. The Avs could look at the trade market: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) or Michael Del Zotto (NYR). Dater thinks they shouldn’t give up a first round pick or prospect that has real promise for a defenseman.
  • B.D. Gallof: “‘One item not very understood on #isles coach if there was to be a change… Slim to none they go for vet with old school habits” … “But to rpt: see defense + depth as issue #1 plus player effort needs to remain high level. If both addressed then could pull out of freefall” … “I think goalie could upgrade but only if there is a player available that can offset lapses and issues with his play”

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Injury Notes: Jovanovski, Laich, Larsson, Martin, Lupul, Malone and Stastny

  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Ed Jovanovski (major hip surgery) continues to workout with the team, but the process is slow.

    “I’m still in the frame of mind that I’m getting stronger, more comfortable in making that next step,” Jovanovski said Tuesday. “There’s still no date. I think at this point, a lot of it comes down to you being your own doctor of sorts. I’m taking the information from doctors and I know I don’t feel quite ready.”

  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich didn’t practice yesterday morning as they are being careful with a lower-body injury. (He did play against the Senators)
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Adam Larsson is out with a lower-body injury.
  • Seth Rorabaugh: Penguins Paul Martin will be out four to six weeks with a fractured tibia.
  • Chris Johston: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul will be out for two weeks according to coach Randy Carlyle.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Ryan Malone may be out longer than expected. He may have a bone chip in his ankle. Damian Cristodero: Malone has been put on the IR.

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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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Practice Notes: Salo, Elias, Skinner, Martin, Ducks and the Hurricanes injured goalies

  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Sami Salo (lower-body) is skating today in a no-contact jersey.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Patrick Elias (back) is skating at practice today.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is wearing a no-contact jersey at practice today.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Paul Martin was on the ice today for their optional skate.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth is sharing a net with Frederik Andersen today. Ryan Getzlaf (upper-body) is on the ice.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Corey Perry has the flu and is not practicing. Daniel Winnik is back practicing. Dan Wood: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Perry is “iffy” for tonight’s game.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward will continue to skate with the team. Progressing faster than Khudobin.

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