Posts Tagged Paul Ranger

Injury Notes: Letang, Kane, Bolland, Stuart, Eberle, Seidenberg, Mitchell, Moore and Ranger Speaks

  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang: ”[Stroke] happened in my bathroom, so it could happen anywhere. I don’t feel [at risk] skating with the guys.”
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks expect Patrick Kane to be ready for the start of the playoffs.
  • Alec Brownscombe: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland could return tonight against the Canadiens.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brad Stuart is close to returning, could play tonight.
  • Ryan Dittrick: Oilers Jordan Eberle isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t rule out the possibility of Dennis Seidenberg returning for the playoffs.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy said John Mitchell is day-to-day “but it could be two days or it could be 10 days”
  • Shawn McKenzie: Senators Craig Anderson will travel with the team but won’t play in Dallas.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers defenseman John Moore last last night’s game after a hit from Blake Comeau in the first.
  • Paul Ranger speaks about escaping injury

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No Discipline for Alex Killorn After Hit On Paul Ranger

It was announced this morning that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn won’t receive any supplementary discipline for his hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger last night. Ranger was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Toronto Maple Leafs: “#Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger was assessed and discharged from hospital in Toronto Wednesday evening.”

Do you agree with this? If you think there should have been a suspension, how many games? (state if you are a Leafs fan or not)

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Morning Rumors: Moulson, Phaneuf, Gardiner, Ranger, Pacioretty, Eberle and Dupuis

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Matt Moulson may consider re-signing with the Sabres.

    “Definitely, I think there is,” Moulson told CBC when asked about the possibility of re-signing in Buffalo. “I don’t know what they think of me. I love playing for Teddy [Nolan].”

    The Sabres also have pending UFA Ryan Miller.

    “I think they’re trying to figure out guys they want to hang on to and they think they can build a core around,” Miller said, per the Buffalo News. “We’ll see how it goes.”

  • Darren Dreger: (this morning) The Leafs and Dion Phaneuf are very close on a 7 year contract extension worth $7 million per season. Term was the key.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think the Phaneuf extension is as close to being done as it can get. I’ll be surprised if we’r still talking about this next week.” David Alter: Dion Phaneuf offered a no comment when asked if his contract extension was close.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Leafs and Phaneuf are closing in a deal, but it’s not done yet. Some issues still need to be resolved, and could come quickly if they are.
  • James Mirtle: “The problem I have with all this “Leafs must re-sign Phaneuf” talk is how rotten they are with him. It’s not as big a slam dunk as some say.” … “Folks, Phaneuf is on pace for 28 points this season. I agree he’s one of Leafs better players but let’s not oversell the season he’s having.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think Gardiner is a late blooming hockey player. It’s why the Leafs are reluctant to trade him” … “I still think the Leafs end up moving Gardiner between now and the deadline.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The experiment with Ranger isn’t over yet. He may become a 4-5 for the Leafs but he isn’t there right now” … “Make no mistake, Ranger chose Toronto. He had other options. He and Eakins had a great relationship.” … “If it doesn’t work in Toronto, Ranger will get a shot somewhere else. There were times last season where Eakins played him 40 mins” … “If the Leafs made Ranger available Eakins and the Oilers will pick him up tomorrow”
  • Matt Larkin: “Pacioretty trade rumors baffle me. “Size and strength are our weaknesses, so let’s trade our top power forward.” Wait, what?”
  • Ryan Lambert: Nick Kypreos advocates the Oilers trading Jordan Eberle.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the urgency to make a trade after the loss of Pascal Dupuis: ”We’ll see what happens down the line here, but there’s nothing imminent in that regard.”

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Afternoon Hits: Wild, Capitals, Lightning, Leafs, Blue Jackets, Flames, Canadiens, Sabres, Wings and Jets

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding left practice after taking a high shot from Erik Haula.
  • Adam Vingan: The Capitals recall Casey Wellman from the AHL. Katie Carrera: Mikhail Grabovski didn’t join the team this morning, out for tonight.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Brooks Laich (groin) traveled with the team but he’s not eligible to come off the IR until Dec. 22nd.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Victor Hedman (lower-body) taking part in his first full skate since the injury. Coach Cooper doesn’t expect him to play on this trip though. Hedman said that if today goes well, practices tomorrow, possibility that he plays on Thursday against the Predators.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger skated this today. He’s been dealing with an upper-body injury.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Jeremy Smith was sent back to the AHL, looking like Curtis McElhinney is close to returning.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Lee Stempniak and Mike Cammalleri are not part of line rushes. Hard to believe that both will be out tonight, very intriguing. Update: Cammalleri was feeling sick according to Wes Gilbertson.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Bouma – Colborne – McGrattan, Hudler – Stajan – Galiardi,  Glencross – Monahan – Hudler,  Byron – Backlund – B. Jones.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta, Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher, Bournival – Eller – Brière,  Bourque – Prust – Moen.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild top two lines at practice: Parise-Koivu-Coyle, Nino-Haula-Pominville.
  • Joe Yerdon: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Ansar Khan: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings.
  • Joe Yerdon: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.

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Morning Hits: Bickell, Lindholm, Luongo, Ranger, Rielly, Bortuzzo and the Blues 12 Days of Christmas video

  • Tim Sasssone: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell was activated from the IR and Jeremy Morin has been sent to the AHL.
  • Szymon Szemberg: The Hurricanes will loan Elias Lindholm to Sweden for the World Juniors.
  • Dan Murphy: Roberto Luongo will start in net tonight against the Wild.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Paul Ranger was not on the ice for their morning skate and was not at their option skate Sunday after being a scratch on Saturday.
  • Sean Gentille: Randy Carlyle on Morgan Rielly and option for WJC:  “We’re going to have a tough decision.”
  • Chris Johnston: The NHL said they will no pursue supplemental discipline on Penguins Robert Bortuzzo for his hit on Maple Leafs Jerry D’Amigo as it was “unavoidable head contact.”
  • St. Louis Blues 12 Days of Christmas and their Outtakes

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Morning Hits: Islanders, Capitals, Habs, Predators, Avs, Sens, Leafs, Panthers, Canucks and Coyotes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Islanders GM Garth Snow is working the phones. The ideal scenario for the Islanders would be for Sabres Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause to join the Islanders for the remainder of the season.

    Teams have only shown mild interest in Capitals Martin Erat. GM George McPhee may need to a find a team that needs to stay near the salary floor: Islanders, Panthers and Sabres.

    P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract extension talks are expected to heat up. Starting point may be Drew Doughty’s eight-year deal worth $56 million.

    Predators GM David Poile has shown interest in Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas.

    Avs Joe Sakic is looking around the league for a defenseman. Left winger Jamie McGinn has fallen into Patrick Roy’s doghouse and is being shopped for blueline help. He has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be a RFA at the end of the season.

    Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for a defenseman and may have also looked at Kings Matt Frattin. Murray is looking for someone to play with Jason Spezza.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: On Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner:

    The talented but erratic Gardiner would represent a challenge for any coach. But for a coach who demands specifics as much as Carlyle does, this almost seems like a relationship doomed to fail.

    This is where Nonis fits in. He has the patience of Job. He’s not willing to make a determination of Gardiner, either way, this early.

    He believes too many teams have made mistakes determining the fate of young defencemen, way too soon. It’s his inclination to allow Gardiner to develop at whatever speed is necessary. Carlyle, who hasn’t said as much, can’t possibly agree.

    Rangers owner James Dolan said that Glen Sather is the teams GM as long as he wants.

  • Chuck Gormley of the Washington Times: (mailbag) Gormley thinks that Capitals should be looking for a “hard-edge defenseman” in a Martin Erat trade. The Canucks may be interested in Erat and have Dan Hamhuis (he may not be available). Would an offer of Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth for Hamhuis work? Other Dmen options could be: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), Michael Del Zotto (NYR), Andrej Meszaros (PHI), Luke Schenn (PHI), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alex Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Paul Ranger (TOR).
  • David Pagnotta: Was told that there was group that was trying to buy the Coyotes and bring them to the Toronto. Not sure if tied to the Markham group. Obviously, the NHL rejected the offer. The rejected offered was believed to be in the $500 million range for relocation and territorial rights to the Maple Leafs.
  • CBC Sports: Friedman said that the Maple Leafs may revisit talks with the Panthers about Dmitry Kulikov.

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Morning Rumors: Gardiner, Ranger, Bryzgalov, Murray and Dubnyk

  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner on trade rumors: ’You always hear a little bit but I try to stay out of it’ … ’I remember Schenn, it seemed like he was talked about every single day & nothing happened for the longest time.’
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Gardiner on trade rumors:

    “That’s part of the Leafs,” Gardiner said after practice on Wednesday. “Media’s going to speculate about things. It’s part of the business. If something happens then that’s the way it is. You just can’t worry about it.

    “You always hear a little, but I try and stay out of that. I remember [Luke] Schenn a couple years ago, it seemed like he was talked about every single day. Then nothing happened for the longest time. It did end up happening, but that happens with every guy in here and you’ve just got to block it out.”

    The Leafs plan on being patent with Paul Ranger’s game.

  • Gord Stellick on SportsNet: Stellick wonders what the Oilers have to lose by offering Ilya Bryzgalov a one-year deal at a bargain price.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes will need to reassign a defenseman when Tim Gleason returns from his concussion, and it may not be Ryan Murray.
  • Mark Spector: There were rumors that Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk had the largest reduction of goalie pads are no true. ”Thanks for the excuse though,” Dubnyk joked. Only 1.15″

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Free Agent Hits: Morrow, Markov, Franson, Daugavins and Svatos

  • William DePaoli: Brenden Morrow has been looking for $3 million a season, which is likely why he’s still unsigned.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Andrei Markov is entering the final year of his contract.

    “I will be happy to stay with the Canadiens, but you never know what’s going to happen. You can’t read the mind of management. All I can do is play my game the best I can. That’s all I can say about the situation. Deep in your mind you know it’s the last year of your contract, but I don’t want to think about that and lose my focus on my game. I’m going to try to take one game at a time and we’ll see what happens.”

    On if talks could happen during the season.

    “I’m going to leave that between my agent and the team. It’s not my priority. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow, or what management thinks about the future or about particular players on the team. All I can do is play my game.”

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs Cody Franson on how the Leafs would like to sign him to a multi-year deal.

    “I just think with the current cap situation we’re in, a one-year (deal) would suit the team the best,” Franson told TSN on Tuesday after working out with the Ryerson Rams. “They’ve got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and I’m trying to make it happen for both sides.

    “I think it’s in my best interests and the team’s best interests to do it (sign a one-year deal). That’s part of negotiations. We’ll see how it goes.”

    Franson is said to be looking for a one-year, $3 million deal. The Leafs are looking for a longer deal as they already will have four defensemen in the last year of their deals: Dion Phaneuf, Mark Fraser, Paul Ranger and Jake Gardiner.

  • Didzis Rudmanis: Kaspars Daugavins signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League.
  • Corey Pronman: Marek Svatos signed with a team in Slovakia. He has only played in eight games the past two years.

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Free Agent Hits: Pietrangelo, Franson, Sedin’s, Toews, Kane and Loktionov

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie said that the ”Blues are looking for 8 years at $6 million for Pietrangelo while the player wants $7 m if he’s going to commit for that long.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on the Alex Pietrangelo situation: ”I’ll take Alex’s perspective … he thinks he’s made us a hell of an offer. I disagree. We think we’ve made him a hell of an offer…he’s disagreed. That’s where we’re at.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues will start camp without Alex Pietrangelo. Talks broke off Tuesday night.

    “We’ve worked in earnest with his representative trying to get him into training camp,” Armstrong said. “We gave it a last-ditch kick at the can around 8 or 9 o’clock at night. It didn’t hold. So from this point forward, he’s not in camp and we treat him like an injured player.”

    “Sidney Crosby missed a lot of time with concussions (and) the Penguins went on. That’s our job responsibility. If he misses a week, a month, a year, we’re not really sure … but he’s not here now and we have to move forward.”

  • Darren Dreger Insider Trading: Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent will meet with management today to work aggressively on a contract extension. They carry a $6.1 million cap hit and could be in for a nice raise. It’s unlikely that the Maple Leafs move from a two-year offer at over $2 million per season to the a one-year deal that Cody Franson is requesting. The Leafs may want to avoid a one-year deal as they have several defenseman who have expiring contracts after this season: Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Cody Franson: ”There’s the realities of where you are. We have x amount of cap space. There’s only so much we can do to get a deal done”
  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs will have to hold firm on Franson negotiations as they don’t have a lot of cap space left.
  • Brian Hamilton: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: ”We’re going to keep them around for a long, long time.”
  • Tracey Myers: Toews on his Blackhawks future: ”Right now, it’s tough to find a reason to play somewhere else.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils center Andrei Loktionov said yesterday that he turned down a $3 million offer to remain in the KHL before he re-signed with the Devils. On the offer: ”Some teams they wanted to give me that money, a few teams actually. The money is not interesting for me right now. I’m more interested in playing in the NHL. I know money is very important but to me I wanted to play here.”

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Free Agent Hits: Johansson, Boedker, Kadri, Gilbert, Cammalleri, Cowen, Hodgson, Franson, Pietrangelo and Stepan

  • Mike Vogl: The Capitals have signed RFA Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million deal. He’ll get $1.825 million this season and $2.175 million in 2014-15.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Coyotes RFA Mikkel Boedker is close to agreeing to a two-year deal. Not official but likely imminent. Sarah McLellan: McLellan thinks it would be interesting if Boedker signed for two-years. His camp wanted a long-term deal and that is why he didn’t go to an arbitrator. Two-year deal is what it may take to get him in camp.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks there is no way that Nazem Kadri can win this “catfight” with the Maple Leafs. One good season doesn’t mean $5 million in a long term deal.
  • Jim Matheson: Wild sources saying that Tom Gilbert could play in Switzerland this season.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flames forward Mike Cammalleri is entering the last year of his deal and could be open to a contract extension.

    “Who knows? We’ll see,” he said of his future in Calgary. “We’ll see what they want to do. Truthfully, I got a lot of respect for (GM) Jay (Feaster) and (assistant GM) John (Weisbrod), I’ve had an open dialogue with them. Nothing to report, but we’ll see what they want to do. I like it there, it’s a good place. I’m open (to an extension).”

  • Allan Muir of SI: RFA’s like Nazem Kadri, Jared Cowen, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Johansson,  and Cody Franson are finding they don’t have a lot of leverage. Their hopes of cashing in are fading. The lower salary cap has hurt their chances of getting a bigger deal. The Senators have determined that Cowen is worth less than the $3 million they are paying Marc Methot on a short-term deal. Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons can fill the empty role left if Hodgson isn’t signed right away. The Leafs feel they have options in Paul Ranger and Morgan Rielly if Franson isn’t signed by the start of the season. Alex Pietrangelo and Derek Stepan have a bit more leverage due to their abilities/value to the team. The Rangers have less than $3 million in cap space with 14 forwards on one-way contracts. Stepan could make a case for Ryan Callahan’s six-year, $28.2 million deal.

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Free Agent Hits: Selanne, Kadri, Franson, Pominville and Cowen

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: A Finnish site is reporting that Teemu Selanne recently met with Ducks GM Bob Murray. Decision on if he’ll play this season hasn’t been decided yet.
  • Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports: From a Eric Stephens piece in the OC Register (subscription required), Selanne met with Murray on Tuesday,

    Murray, through a team spokesman, characterized the meeting as “positive” and that he and Selanne agreed to talk again soon. He said Selanne did not give him a decision on whether he intends to continue playing or retire.

  • Dan Rosen: “I know this has been said before, but if the Leafs still need to sign RFAs Kadri and Franson, why did they give Paul Ranger $1 million? I get it, depth is important, but it’s more important to have that extra $1 million in reserve to make sure they can sign Kadri and Franson. The other considertion is Morgan Rielly. Will he get a nine-game tryout b4 a decision is made on returning to junior? I think he should.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has held a preliminary conversation with Jason Pominville’s agent regarding a contract extension. Fletcher said there is no rush and is willing to talk after the season starts.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Senators offered Jared Cowen an eight-year deal worth $28 million, a $3.5 million salary cap hit. The Senators don’t want to do a one-year deal as Cowen would have arbitration rights next year.

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Morning Hits: Franson, Gunnarsson, Tootoo, Hemsky and Armstrong

  • Steve Simmons: Cody Franson trade rumors don’t make sense to Simmons unless the Maple Leafs started them in hopes of driving down his price. Paul Ranger was on an AHL deal last season and free to sign with anyone, at any point. 18 teams contacted him but he always said no. The Kings tried to get Jake Gardiner in the deal with the Leafs for Jonathan Bernier. They moved on to Carl Gunnarsson after it was apparent the Leafs wouldn’t move Gardiner. (Kings ended up getting Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a pick)
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have spoken with the Predators about Jordin Tootoo. The Red Wings have extra forwards and will be over the salary cap once they sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson. They’ve been trying move some forwards for over a month. Tootoo has two-years left at $1.9 million a season. The Red Wings could use a big, skilled defenseman like Cody Franson. If he is available, it seems unlikely the Leafs would trade him within their division.
  • Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey: Richardson wonders why anyone would trade for Ales Hemsky. Why would a GM want to give up an asset or two for someone who will make $5 million next year and has an injury history. If the OIlers were to eat half his salary, then maybe someone would be interested. If Hemsky is healthy and playing well, half way through the season teams may get interested.
  • Colby Armstong: Tweet that he’ll be going to play in Sweden next season.

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