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Olympic and Free Agent Notes: Soderberg, Budaj, Howard, Kadri and Rask

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Pierre LeBrun:  The NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet on Friday to continue their discussions on participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. An agreement is not expected yet.
  • Darren Dreger: Carl Soderberg could be Boston this weekend, pending final approval. He agreed to a 3  year contract. He’ll get $600,000 for this season including a signing bonus, and a $1 million for each of the following two seasons.
  • Dave Stubbs: Peter Budaj signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens that will pay him $1.4 milliom in each year.
  • Daren Millard: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that their on again, off again talks with goalie UFA Jimmy Howard’s agent probably won’t start again until after the season.
  • Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: Maple Leafs Nazem Kadriwill be a RFA at the end of the season, and could finish in the top 10 in scoring if he keeps this pace up. Negotiations aren’t expected to start until after the season. In an interview with Sportsnet, Kadri indicated he’d like to sign a long-term contract.

    “I’m just thinking straight hockey right now, trying to worry about my play,” said Kadri. “But I’d like to set myself up well for next year because I want to be in a Maple Leafs jersey for a long, long time. Whether they feel the same way is up to them.”

    It may be best for the Maple Leafs to try and sign him to a ‘bridge’ deal, a two year contract before going long-term. Matt Duchene signed a 2-year, $7 million contract and P.K. Subban signed a 2-year, $5.75 million deal.

    “Nothing’s been said to me as of yet (about the contract), but I’m sure we’ll talk in the summertime,” said Kadri.

  • Kirk Luedeke: The Bruins could be looking to extend Tuukka Rask soon, maybe in the 5 year, $5 million per season range.

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Recalls, waivers, projected lines and starting goalies

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Barch-Loktionov-Butler.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Greening-Costa-Daniel Alfredsson, Grant-Turris-Silfverberg, Dziurzynski-Smith-Neil, DaugavinsO’Brien-Condra.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning lines: Conacher-Stamkos-Purcell; Pouliot-Lecavalier-St Louis; Killorn-Thompson-Pyatt; Panik-Hall-Crombeen.
  • Jon Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Pacioretty – Desharnais – Eller; Prust – Galchenyuk – Cole; Moen – White – Armstrong. Defensive pairings: Markov – Emelin; Gorges – Diaz; Bouillon – Subban.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Stepan-Nash Gaborik-Richards-Callahan Pyatt-Boyle-Miller Asham-Halpern-Kreider/Mashinter.
  • Mark Masters via twitter: Jose Theodore is the likely starter for the Panthers. Kris Versteeg remains out with an upper-body injury.

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Waivers, Injuries, Lines and Starting goalies all in one

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Yann Danis clears waivers. The Hurricanes put Zach Boychuk on waivers. The Sharks put Frazer McLaren on waivers. The Devils put Cam Janssen on waivers.
  • Wayne Scanlan via twitter: P.K. Subban is skating with teammates at an optional practice, but not expected to play against the Senators. Ian Mendes via twitter: Subban said there was no timetable for his return to the lineup. Would like to get in some practices with the team first.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Clarke MacArthur is getting closer. Mike Komisarek is available. Mike Brown has a shoulder injury. Colton Orr. Chris Johnston via twitter: Komisarek smashed his stick on the boards in frustration yesterday and got a piece stuck in his eye.
  • Kevin McGran via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel; McC-Grab-Kule; Frattin-Kadri-Komarov; MacArthur-Steckel (No Orr, Brown). All D present.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Jeffrey-Malkin-Neal Cooke-Sutter-Glass Adams-Vitale-Kennedy (Tangradi) 7 D rotating.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Gaborik Hagelin-Stepan-Pyatt Rupp-Boyle-Ferriero Bickel-Halpern-Asham.

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Burmistrov having injury checked out … Hodgson to return next week … Eriksson and Budaj sign overseas

  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: St. John’s Ice Caps coach Keith McCambridge said that everything looks good with Alex Burmistrov, but he’ll be staying in Winnipeg for a week. Burmistrov is in Winnipeg to have an upper-body injury checked out.
  • Chris Nichols via twitter: Sabres Cody Hodgson, who has been out with a broken hand, is no longer in a no contact jersey, and is expected to return next week. He’s been out since November 2nd.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Stars Loui Eriksson signed with Davos in the Swiss league. Peter Budaj signed with HC Banska in the Slovak Extraliga.

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Afternoon notes on Giroux, Flyers PP, Koivu, Ballard, Green, Gagner and starting goalies

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Josh Harding is expected to start for the Wild. They are not expecting Mikko Koivu to be in the lineup. If Koivu can’t go, they will likely go with 7 defenseman.
  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard is still having back issues and will be held out. Andrew Ebbett may play against the Wings.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Sam Gagner suffered whiplash in last night’s game and is questionable for Thursday.

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Afternoon notes on lines and starting goalies

Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes lines: Stewart, LaRose working with Staal; Jussi with Ruutu, Skinner; Sutter with Dwyer, Poni; Brent with Dalpe, Tlusty.

Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson with Morrow and Ribeiro. Ott with Benn and Ryder.

Aaron Portzline via twitter: Curtis Sanford will start in net for the Blue Jackets tonight against the Bruins.

Ian Mendes via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers tonight against the Senators.

Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers.

Michael Russo via twitter: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild.

Dave Stubbs via twitter: Peter Budaj will start in net for the Canadiens against the Islanders. Carey Price will start on Saturday against the Rangers.

Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders. Okposo and Eaton will be scratched.

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Twitter notes involving Green, Malkin, Michalek, Reimer, Markov, Brodeur … Oilers, Sens, Habs, Flyers lines … Some starting goalies

  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green has his right foot wrapped and is walking with a significant limp. When asked if he’ll play on Thusday he said, “We’ll see.”
  • Shelly Anderson via twitter: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is travelling with the team to New York, but it’s not known if he’ll play on Tuesday.
  • Brian Wilde via twitter: Andrei Markov has return from Florida but still no word on when he’ll return to the ice.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Lines at Oilers practice: Hall-RNH-Eberle, Smyth-Horcoff-Jones, Paajarvi-Belanger-Gagner and Eager-Lander-Petrell.
  • Adam Kimelman via twitter: Flyers are likely to use the same lines as Saturday: Schenn-Briere-Simmonds Hartnell-Giroux-Jagr JVR-Read-Voracek with 4th line being Couturier with Talbot and either Shelley or Nodl.

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Rangers should offer pick for Richards … Avs goalie options … Penguins start negotiations … Flames hope to re-sign Tanguay … Gunnarson could be trade bait

  • Greg Brady via twitter: Sources tell Brady the earliest the Stanley Cup Finals would start would be next Monday. There will be no games on this Saturday regardless.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Rangers wait until July 1st to go after Brad Richards, they’ll have steep competition in Toronto and Los Angeles, and the price may go up. Brooks thinks the Rangers should make an offer to the Stars before July 1st, so Richards an get acquainted with the organization, and they could get full info on his concussion this past season. Brooks thinks the Rangers should offer the Stars a 2nd round pick (#57) for Richards.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater doesn’t think the Avalanche will offer any a goalie a contract in the $5-6 million per season range. Free agent goalies in that range are Ilya Bryzgalov and Tomas Vokoun. Other possible goalies could be: Josh Harding – risky, JS Giguere – too many miles, Marty Turco – no thanks, Chris Osgood – pass. The trade route could be an option but comes with a price: Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier, or Cory Schneider – all expensive. If they go after Vokoun, Dater would only offer a 3 year deal worth $10 million. Peter Budaj won’t be back, and they can’t go into the season hoping Brian Elliott is the answer.
  • Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins have begun talks with Craig Adams. Nothing is imminent but it’s possible that they could get a deal done this week.
  • Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: Flames GM Jay Feaster said on the radio yesterday that he has confidence the Flames will re-sign winger Alex Tanguay. “We believe we can,” the general manager said on NHL Live. “We do want to get him signed.” Tanguay signed a 1 year deal worth $1.7 million last year, and recorded 22 goals and 69 points. The Flames have 17 players under contract for next year with a cap hit of $55.8 million with an expected cap around $62.2 million. Ales Kotalik and his $3 million salary could be off to the minors next season. The future of Niklas Hagman and his $3 million is also in doubt. The Flames hope to re-sign backup goalie Henrik Karlsson. They have 4 UFA defenseman, Anton Babchuk ($1.4 million), Adam Pardy ($700,000), Steve Staios ($2.7 million) and Brett Carson ($500,000). Brendan Mikkelson ($687,500) is a RFA.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: With the strong play of Maple Leafs prospects Jesse Blacker (Owen Sound) and Jake Gardiner, Carl Gunnarson could be vulnerable as Brian Burke continue to look for a number 1 center.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko has decided to spend another year in the KHL. Update: “Sibir GM tells SovSport the Blues made an “exclusive offer” to Tarasenko “like no other…guaranteeing he’d play.” “Sibir GM to Sovsport about the Blues’ offer to Tarasenko: “We had no idea the Blues wanted [Tarasenko] to come so bad. But it’d be better for him to play 1 more year in Russia before moving to the NHL.”

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Lidstrom to mull future … Bieksa or Ehrhoff? Bryzgalov’s agent to meet with Coyotes … Flyers could trade Carter

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Lidstrom will meet with GM Ken Holland in a few weeks, then mull over the decision to retire or not for few weeks. He will likely reach a decision before July 1st.

    “I’m going to take my time on my decision here in the next little while,” said Lidstrom after Thursday’s 3-2 loss. “I’m now sure how long it’ll take but we’ll have our year-end meetings and go on from there.”

  • Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail: The Canucks salary cap number for next year sits around $44 million, and they may have trouble affording both Kevin Bieksa and Christian Ehrhoff. Both will be UFA’s and looking to make some good money next year. Ehrhoff is coming off a 50 point season and will likely be looking for money than Bieksa. Bieksa might take a hometown discount.
  • Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent and Coyotes GM Don Maloney will be today.

    “We’d like to sign him to a contract that makes sense to him and sense to us, but he may want more than what we’re prepared to pay. If that’s the case, then we’ll have to deal with it if it comes down to it.”

  • Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins have yet to set timetables to talk with any of their pending UFA’s or RFA Tyler Kennedy.
  • Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times: Blackhawks winger Troy Brouwer underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair a labral tear. He’s expected to be ready by next season. He’s also a RFA who made $1.050 million last year. His goal production dropped to 17 last year, but he did record 262 hits.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Ville Leino recorded 53 points for the Flyers last year, and if he wants more than $3.2 million, he likely won’t be back with the Flyers next year. He turned down 3 and 4 year deals worth $9 and $12 million back in February. Team chairman Ed Snider recently said they need to trade some players to gain cap space. Jeff Carter and his $5.27 million cap hit is the most likely candidate, with the Maple Leafs as one of the teams that would be interested. His contract runs 11 years.

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Wideman has hematoma … Pronger out till playoffs … Sid practices … Flames off-season options

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman is out indefinitely with a leg hematoma. Wideman was hit in the leg by Tuomo Ruutu on Tuesday, muscle damage appears limited.

    Blood was drained from his leg to alleviate pressure, he’s been sending pictures to teammates. A hematoma occurs when blood leaks from a broken blood vessel, artery or capillary into tissue where it doesn’t belong, such as a muscle. It can result in compartment syndrome, which involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment that can lead to permanent muscle or nerve damage.

    Mike Knuble said Wideman could be out 2 weeks or more. John Erskine left last night’s game and is day-to-day.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Chris Pronger’s broken right hand is not healing as fast as they thought, and he probably won’t get into another regular season game. They had hoped to get him into a game next week. Jody Shelley is healing quickly and could return next week. Brian Boucher is expected to start today against the Devils.
  • Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: The Flames quest for the playoffs this year are likely over. Ales Kotalik and Niklas Hagman are not likely to be back next year. Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross will be UFA’s at seasons end. If Glencross is looking for a 5 year deal, he may have to look elsewhere. Jarome Iginla has 2 more year left on his contract, and hasn’t given any indication he “wants to seek greener pastures.” Miikka Kiprusoff has 3 years left at a $5.833 cap hit, so he’s not that attractive to other teams, especially if they’d want a good return.Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: Ales Kotalik was sent back to the minors yesterday afternoon. He has 1 more year left at $3 million. Daymond Langkow could play tonight, a year since he suffered broken vertebrae.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby practiced with teammates yesterday. There is no timetable for his return, and GM Ray Shero doesn’t see that he’ll be given clearance to return before the end of the regular season.

    “Whether you’re coming back from injury going into the playoffs or it’s the regular season, you’ve got to make sure that you’re healthy,” Crosby said. “It’s a matter for me of making sure that I’m healthy. If that takes two months, then it takes two months. If it doesn’t, great. I can’t really control that.

    “I’ve just got to do the right things to try to feel good and get back to where I need to be. I’m not looking too far ahead at all. I’m just trying to look at these little opportunities as a good chance to get back with the guys. At the same time, it’s a small step with a lot to go.”

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche should know next week if Adam Foote is able to get back in the lineup before he retires from the NHL. Peter Budaj will start in net for the Avs tonight.

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Conspiracy in Colorado? Stewart back next week? Couture injured … 8 D in Phoenix, may not trade anyone

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Peter Budaj will get his 2nd straight start over Craig Anderson. Dater thinks “this is clearly a slap in Anderson’s face,” as he’s done nothing to warrant a 2nd game (allowed 4 goals on Monday, has not allowed less than 3 goals in a game since Nov. 12th). Dater’s ‘conspiracy theory’  thinks that it could be a plan to fire up Anderson, or are they losing faith in him.
  • Terry Frei of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Chris Stewart took part in his first full practice yesterday since breaking his hand on Nov. 27th. He’ll likely get back in the line during their next homestand, which begins next Tuesday.
  • Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Recently acquired Michal Rozsival will likely make his Coyotes debut on Saturday. The Coyotes are now carrying 8 defenseman, but GM Don Maloney has not plans to deal any one of them.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov’s Russian agent doesn’t think he’ll play in the NHL this season after the Lightning traded for Dwayne Roloson, they were the only offer up to that point.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Kyle Wellwood hasn’t been officially signed by the St. Louis Blues yet. He was bought out by his former KHL club, but the team/league are awaiting the official papers of the release. He’ll sign a 2 way contract with the Blues for the remainder of the season, and will have to clear waivers.
  • Jim Diamond via twitter: Scouts from the Canadiens, Lightning, Avalanche and Stars were at the Predators-Wild game last night.
  • Dallas Dave via twitter: He talked to someone in the Stars front office who said they weren’t trading Brad Richards, contract talks between the team and Richards are still up in the air.
  • Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period was on fire yesterday on twitter, answering tons of LA Kings questions. I will be trying to piece together a bunch of them today, so check back later for a special Kings rumors entry.

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Stars-Richards talking extension … Canucks need to clear $1.8 million for a Salo return … DiPietro hurt again … Reimer Staying? Trades in future for Kings?

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told Strickland that he’s focused on getting Brad Richards re-signed. They are concentrating on getting an extension done and not looking to trade him. Both sides have started talking, and ownership situation won’t get in the way of negotiations.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: It looks like the Canucks will have to clear about $1.8 million when Sami Salo is ready to return. Though it’s unlikely the Canucks would waive both Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts, their combined cap hit is $1.8 million. The Canucks could make a trade before Salo comes back, but GM Mike Gillis has said recently he’s not a fan of trading players.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Despite having many no-trade clauses and high salaried players, Lou Lamoriello is still trying to be a seller. Jamie Langenbrunner has a no-trade, but could be on the move.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rick DiPietro left last night’s game and will re-evaluate today, he had this to say after the game, “It was a little tweak and I’ll be back as soon as possible.”
  • Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean: Predators center Cal O’Reilly broke his right fibula on Sunday. O’Reilly was 3rd on team scoring with 18 points (yikes!). Preds centers have missed a total of 60 games this season, Matthew Lombardi (concussion), David Legwand (lower body injury) and Marcel Goc (shoulder) have all missed time.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: With Murray’s comments about Jarret Stoll’s line and Marco Sturm hitting the wall, GM Dean Lombardi may have to overpay to bring in some scoring help.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: The Maple Leafs may not send James Reimer back to the AHL when JS Giguere returns from injury implied coach Ron Wilson.

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