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NHL Rumors IV: Thornton, Sharp, Weaver, Schenn, Canucks, Pens, Havlat and Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s thought that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that are interested in Joe Thornton. Thornton can basically pick and choose where he wants to end up if the Sharks really want to trade him. Teams are calling the Sharks about Patrick Marleau, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be moved.

    There has been lots of controversy surrounding Patrick Sharp, on whether the Blackhawks are looking to move him or not. Sharp’s name is appearing all over the place, with several teams saying he’s available. The Blackhawks will need to move some cap space.

    The Penguins have about $13 million in cap space with nine players to sign.

    The Canadiens are trying to re-sign Mike Weaver. He could be looking for upwards of $2 million.

    The Canucks, Flyers and Maple Leafs tried to trade up for the first overall pick. There was talk that Flyers were trying to package Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier.

    The Panthers could be targeting Dave Bolland.

    The Canucks will look at Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.

    The Wild have spoken with Thomas Vanek and Matt Niskanen.

    Bruins Chris Kelly could be traded.

    Upwards of 15 teams have called on Paul Stastny. The Avs want to re-sign, but the Blues, Predators, Maple Leafs and Red Wings could push hard for him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s unlikely that the Penguins offseason will include contract extensions for Marc-Andre Fleury and Paul Martin. The Penguins are optimistic that will sign Fleury to an extension at some point. The Penguins think that Martin wants to test the open market next summer.Defenseman Kris Letang has not been offered in any trade talks.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks will buy out Martin Havlat. The UFA market for wingers is not deep, so he could be one of the top available.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “There might be a few more deals that we can swing between now and free agency. But that was the most important one.” …. “I wouldn’t say that we’re set but [defence] was the one area we wanted to address and we feel like we did.”
  • Adrian Dater: There is no change regarding the Avs and Paul Stastny, still trying  to make it work.

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NHL Rumors III: Kesler, Canucks, Ducks, Penguins, and Lemieux

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Couldn’t honestly tell you what final price was & if Shero/ownership backed off but the Penguins tried really hard to get Kesler” … “People criticize Shero for not trying to upgrade the Penguins team but he tried to get Kesler” … “I don’t believe Smith-Pelly was a guy that was involved in the Ana-Kesler talks. I’ve heard Rakell. Van wanted a centre”
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks need to trade Ryan Kesler and one of their defenseman as they look to retool. They need to fill the void in NHL ready prospects. Kesler gave the list of six teams, but only two were fits at the deadline, the Penguins and Ducks, but obviously a deal couldn’t be reached then. The Ducks had the better offer for Kesler, but the Canucks wanted a higher premium since they were trading within their division. The Ducks had offered the pick they received from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade, which turned out to be 10th overall. If the Ducks had also been offering Devante Smith-Pelly and one of either Emerson Etem or Kyle Palmieri, the Canucks could regret it. Hard to see Smith-Pelley being available now.
  • Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Starkey thinks the Penguins just need a significant retooling and not a rebuild. The Penguins have three players making $5 million: Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal and Paul Martin. They should try to trade Neal for Evander Kane. Trade Martin for forward help. Let Fleury play out the last year of his deal. Trading Neal for Kane would let them play Kane with Crosby and move Chris Kunitz to Evgeni Malkin’s left wing or even look to trade Kunitz. Starkey also thinks the Penguins should buyout Rob Scuderi.

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NHL Rumors II: Fighters, Boychuk, Martin, Johansen, Boyle and Stastny

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The heavyweight fighters may be on the decline, and pending UFA tough guys may be on their last contract: Shawn Thorton, John Scott, Michael Haley, George Parros, Mike Rupp, Cam Janssen, Steve MacIntyre, Ben Eager, Paul Bissonnette and Kevin Westgarth.

    Bruins Johnny Boychuk is in the last year of his contact and it could be his final year with the Bruins as he could get more than $5 million on the open market. The Bruins may not have the money to give him.

    The Penguins have some big contracts to deal and it may be hard for them to re-sign Paul Martin after next season or to bring in some support for their bottom six.

    Shinzawa thinks it would be a mistake for the Leafs to trade Dion Phaneuf.

    The Blue Jackets will have no choice but to match any offer sheet for Ryan Johansen. Teams like the Sabres, Canadiens and Maple Leafs could use a No. 1 center.

    The Red Wings could use a right-handed, puck-moving defenseman like Dan Boyle.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny have yet to hold contract talks, but they are expected to happen soon. Stastny’s agent did speak with the Avs just before the trade deadline and told them they wanted to wait until the season was over.The Avalanche will be interested pending UFA Dan Boyle.

    Dater thinks Seattle will have an expansion team within the next three years.

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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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