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Injury Notes: Quick, Emelin, McQuaid, Green, Vanek, Volchenkov, Dvorak, Skinner and Glencross

  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jonathan Quick has a grade 2 groin strain.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Alexei Emelin said he’ll return to the lineup on Saturday against the Rangers.
  • Joe McDonald: Bruins Adam McQuaid was able to ride a stationary bike.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Mike Green has a bruise and is not his groin. He will travel with the team to Detroit.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Islanders Thomas Vanek said he “pulled something” and is hoping to return on Saturday.
  • Rich Chere: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that Anton Volchenkov is “not close to skating.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Radek Dvorak is day-to-day and could play on Friday.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Curtis Glencross is walking around with a brace on his right knee. Talk that he could be back in two and a half weeks.

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Morning Hits: Dvorak, Morrow, MacKinnon, Stewart, Scouting Avs-Ducks and Erat

  • Michael Smith: The Hurricanes sign Radek Dvorak to a one-year deal, $600,000 NHL deal. He’ll get $125,000 in the AHL, $250,000 is guaranteed.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Brenden Morrow is still having visa issues with his status for tonight up in the air.
  • Dobber Hockey: Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon had his first NHL shift last night with Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau.
  • Igor Eronko: Anthony Stewart signed a one-year deal with Avtomobilist of the KHL.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche – Ducks game: St. Louis, Winnipeg, Toronto, two from Montreal, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Interesting that Montreal had two scouts present.
  • Katie Carerra of the Washington Post: Capitals Martin Erat seems unsure of his role with the team.

    “It’s very frustrating. I don’t know what to think about it. It’s hard, I have no idea what’s happening,” Erat said following practice Wednesday. “If you played 11 years in the league, I don’t think you lose your position in three or four games in the preseason. I don’t know.”

    Erat played the right side in Nashville. Was moved to the left side when he arrived in Washington last year. Played two games at center this preseason.

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Morning Hits: Vanek, Burke, Hull, Ovechkin and Dvorak

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabers Thomas Vanek is entering his the last year of deal and has been surrounded by trade talks.

    “No, not at all,” he said. “My end-of-the-year meeting was good. I just said my thoughts. I never asked for a trade, so from that point on I’m not surprised that I’m still here. But at the same time, if they would have moved me, I wouldn’t have been surprised either way.

    “This is just a story that until something happens people want to know. To me, it’s not an issue.”

    Vanek hasn’t shut the door on a contract extension, but wants to see how the young does before deciding.

    “I just want to see where it goes,” Vanek said. “I have that right, and I’m taking it. I don’t feel like I’m doing a disservice to anyone. Some people might agree with me, some don’t. That’s the way it goes either way.”

  • Calgary Flames: Flames GM  Jay Feaster will report to Brian Burke, the President of Hockey Operations. David Shoalts: “Call the titles what you like but Brian Burke was just named general manager of the Calgary Flames and Jay Feaster drops to assistant GM.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Multiple reports that Brett Hull will be named at the Blue Vice President and will focus on the business side of operations. The deal isn’t finalized, but it could be done as early as next week.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Alex Ovechkin on the KHL rumors, ”I have a contract” with a Capitals. Ovechkin said that there is no problems with his foot that had a hairline fracture in the playoffs.
  • Allan Walsh: Radek Dvorak has accepted the Hurricanes offer to attend their training camp.

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Quick Hits: DeKeyser, Soderberg, Maloney scouting Penguins, Dvorak, Crawford, Bishop and Brodeur

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Teams are getting ready for a full-court press on college free agent Danny DeKeyser. Oilers owner Daryl Katz has already called him. Some teams will make a personal pitch in Toronto tomorrow and Wednesday. At least one NHL coach is expected to be there. DeKeyser will likely have his equipment with him so that he can fly directly to the city he signs with. Maple Leafs were front and center when Brian Burke was with the team. Anaheim said to be heavily in the mix now. Top contenders could be the Red Wings, Blues, Ducks and Oilers. Flyers and Senators will be pushing hard.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings believe they are the front-runners for Danny DeKeyser. It’s equal ground contract wise for every team as he’s tied with an entry-level. He grew up in Michigan and has ties to the organization.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Bruins prospect Carl Soderberg’s team is about to start their 2nd round of the SEL playoffs. Would be at least another 7-10 before he could become an option for the Bruins.
  • Adam Gretz via twitter: Coyotes GM Don Maloney was listed on the attendance sheet in Pittsburgh last night. It was the second time in the last week that he’s been Pittsburgh.

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Boychuk and McLaren claimed off waivers … Dvorak to Davos … Jovo out weekend … Brown has shoulder strain … Henrique back

  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Eric Bouton will be in for the suspended Colin McDonald. Casey Cizikas starts on right wing with Ullstrom and Aucoin.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Brooks Laich (groin) skated with the team for the first time this year. Laich: ”As far as a timeline I can’t really tell you. I don’t have an exact date. But getting closer and closer every day.”

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Parise meeting with Lou … Ducks did everything to try to sign Schultz … Leafs targeting Prust? Brodeur and ‘Hawks … Stars letting 5 UFAs hit market

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hearing that Zach Parise is to meet with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello today for one final time before free agency starts at noon tomorrow.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Bruce Boudreau said that Ducks GM Bob Murray “did everything right and everything in his power” in his attempt to sign Justin Schultz.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs aren’t up to anything after Colby Armstrong buy out, just clearing cap space. Leafs weren’t certain that Armstrong could bounce back from injuries. Nick Kypreos via twitter: One might think that the Maple Leafs might be willing to slide Armstrong’s salary over to Brandon Prust. It’s believed he’s looking for $3 million.
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Expecting Ryan Smyth and the Oilers to conclude negotiations today. Trying to get a deal done before tomorrow.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have informed 5 of their unrestricted free agents that they won’t be re-signing them before July 1st, but not closing the door on possible returns: Sheldon Souray, Adam Burish, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell and Toby Petersen.

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More on Radulov … Helm out 4-6 weeks … Wild injury updates … Pitkanen close … Canucks lineup changes and starting goalies

4:45 PM:

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Radulov’s return to Nashville is conditioned on him returning to the KHL next year (from Medvedev via @plysenkov). He was allowed to buy out this year only with condition he’d be back. If not, he’d have to pay 2/3 of next years back. Radulov’s KHL salary for next year would be for around $5 million. KHL president Medvedev also implied that SKA will try to buy Radulov’s and Evgeni Kuznetsov’s rights. In response to my question to be clear, Chesnokov said that Radulov can re-sign with the Predators after the season, but has pay the 2/3rds back.

2:50 PM:

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Predators GM David Poile on Alexander Radulov:

    “We’ve been in contact with Jay Grossman, Alex’s agent, throughout process of trying to return Alex to NSH and NHL.”

    Though the complicated process has yet to be concluded, every indication is Alex will be returning to NSH in near future.”

    No updates are expected until tomorrow until at the earliest.

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov wonders how Radulov was able to get out of his contract. He’s re-read the KHL rules and it looks impossible legally. Article 30 (7) – “No player can terminate contract from the start of playoffs until April 30.” Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun responds to Chesnokov that “no player under NHL contract is supposed to bolt to another league either.” Slava Malamud via twitter: Malamud notes that if KHL president Medvedev allowed Salavat to “skirt KHL rules,” may expect to see a favor back to SKA, possibly trading Radulov to SKA. One possibility could be the Radulov is traded to SKA, then signing Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov, with SKA promising not to go after Kuznetsov. Shawn Simpson via twitter: Simpson spoke with Val Kamesky. Radulov is heading to Nashville for this season, but must return to Ufa next year. Slava Malamud via twitter: Radulov return to the Predators won’t set a precedent as it’s a unique case in that he left before the KHL-NHL had an agreement with contract.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Mikko Koivu practiced yesterday and is listed as day-to-day. Niklas Backstrom’s groin injury is almost back to normal. Center Matt Cullen is expected back in the lineup against the Canucks.
  • Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom did a few drills today at practice. It’s the most he’s done since his ankle injury.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Devils center Travis Zajac was on the ice this morning, but is not expected to play tonight.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan Zuccarello-Boyle-Mitchell Rupp-Fedotenko-Prust.
  • Jim Jamieson via twitter: Canucks forward Mason Raymond will be a healthy scratch. Alex Burrows will be back with the Sedin twins. Manny Malhotra is back in. Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.

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Should Stoll get suspended? Bolland may not return in Round 1 … Zetterberg skates … Perron still experiencing post-concussion symptoms

  • Dan Rosen of Blackhawks forward David Bolland hasn’t been cleared for contact yet, and he may not be close. “It’s awareness,” Bolland said. “Your awareness is the big one. Just playing 2-on-2 out there with the guys, you’re still looking around and you’re not sure where the guy is or where he’s coming from. That’s probably the big one, my awareness. That’s one I have to be cautious about.” It doesn’t look like he’ll be going in Game 2, and could be in doubt for the rest of the series.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg skated for about 15 minutes. He has a 2nd degree MCL sprain which usually takes 3 weeks to heal, it’s been just over a week since the injury.
  • Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: On the list of priorities for Thrashers GM Rick Dudley is a top-6 forward and a possibly a top-5 defenseman. Obtaining a forward could come by trade or free agency. He doesn’t rule out signing a RFA to an offer sheet. Eric Boulton and Radek Dvorak are UFA’s and Dudley has already spoken to them. Dudley doesn’t see any issues in re-signing RFA Zach Bogosian.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues forward David Perron is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms 5 months after initially being concussed. “You can’t be too eager to come back,” Perron said. “There’s parts of the day when I feel really well, and you’re like, ‘If I could feel like that all day, I’d be fine.’ But then there are situations that remind me, ‘All right, you’re not fine.’” GM Doug Armstrong may have to start planning on heading into next season without him.
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Rangers coach John Tortorella is considering moving Erik Christensen to the top line with Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal and moving Artem Anisimov to the 4th line. Tortorella on the move, “He is a skilled guy, and has given us some good minutes at certain points during the year. After Game 1, there need to be certain improvements with our game, and certainly creating more offense is one of them.”
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The LA Kings have assigned Brayden Schenn to Manchester of the AHL rather than calling him up to the big club.

    “The other thing, too, is that he can help us in terms of making plays. But the perception that he’s somehow going to fill in for Kopitar is way off,” Lombardi said. “He could improve the team in an area like [Andrei] Loktionov, in terms of playmaking and puck possession. But the perception that he’s going to go in there and suddenly Kopitar’s hole is going to be filled, that’s totally unrealistic.

    “The other thing in the back of my mind is, is this really the stage to put the kid on?”

  • Kings center Jarret Stoll hits Sharks defenseman Ian White from behind, will he get suspended?

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Thrashers and Panthers make day’s first trade

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired Radek Dvorak and a 5th round pick from the Florida Panthers for Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller.

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Bruins would consider trading Leafs 1st round pick … Will need to offer-up to get Bogosian … Seabrook being shopped … Ballard out a month

  • Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post: The Philadelphia Flyers have about $3.5 million in cap space, and may look to find a winger that can play on their 3rd line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk (how many teams would like to have them on their 1st line?). Rental players they may look at include: PA Parenteau, Alex Tanguay, Radek Dvorak, Chris Higgins, Milan Hejduk and Radim Vrbata. The Flyers don’t have a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft. Talks are ongoing with Ville Leino, and the Flyers are believed to have offered a 3 years and $9 million or  4 years, $12 million.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: A source told Millions that the Blackhawks might be talking about trading Brent Seabrook, possibly to the Oilers. Million’s responds, “Really? C’mon.”
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he’d consider trading the 1st round pick they got from the Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal: “Yeah, I’d look at it. Sure.” Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Confirms that Chiarelli told WEEI that he’d considering trading Toronto’s 1st round pick.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Zach Bogosian’s name has come up recently in trade rumors. Bogosian was the 3rd overall pick in 2008 behind Stamkos and Doughty. Is he really available? Yes, but it would take a big offer to get the Thrashers to move him. Thrashers GM Rick Dudley would say nobody on his team is an untouchable. They are not shopping him around either, but would listen to anything. It’s a longshot that he’s traded. Bogosian has struggled this year, recording only 11 points in 45 games so far, though he has played better of late.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky was wearing a no-contact jersey at practice yesterday. He’s still recovering from a severely separated shoulder that he chose to rehab over surgery. His return is still unknown, it could a week, two, or longer. Guillaume Latendresse is skating by himself, but it’s unsure when he’ll start practicing with the team.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Keith Ballard only suffered a knee sprain after being tangled up (some say slew foot) with Milan Michalek on Monday. He’ll be out 3 to 4 weeks. Sami Salo is eligible to return for Saturday’s game against the Flames.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: It looks like the Calgary Flames won’t be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. They are in the playoff race, and they don’t have the draft picks or the prospects.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Islanders forward Trent Hunter had surgery on his torn MCL and should be ready for training camp next year.
  • David Neal of the Miami Herald: Scouts attending last night’s Blues-Panthers game were from: the Devils, Hurricanes, Penguins, Senators, Bruins, Rangers, Canucks, and Kings.

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Savard done for year … Forsberg signs … Forwards Penguins could add … Byfuglien and Thrashers talking … Kessel comments

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins have officially said that Marc Savard will be shut down for the remainder of the season. He is expected to talk to reporters today.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Peter Forsberg signed a pro-rated, $1 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He likely won’t make his debut until Friday or Saturday, and will start on the wing.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The Penguins could be looking to add some offensive help at the deadline, and available players that might interest them are; PA Parenteau (NYI), Alex Kovalev (OTT), Cory Stillman (FLA), Radek Dvorak (FLA), and Chris Higgins (FLA). If their teams fall out of the playoff race or decided they need to get assets for their UFAs, Brad Richards (DAL), Milan Hejduk (COL) and Radim Vrbata (PHO) could become available.
  • Tim Panaccio of the CSNPhilly: Sources are saying the Flyers are offering a contract extension to Ville Leino for 3 and 4 years and between $9-12 million. Leino’s agent, Bill Zito is confident they’ll get a deal done before free agency. “If there’s been an offer, it hasn’t come to me,” Leino said. “We haven’t really gone that far. I don’t think we have really talked numbers. We don’t have anything on paper.”
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Atlanta Thrashers have started preliminary talks with Dustin Byfuglien. He will likely be getting a raise from his current $3 million salary. His numbers have dipped lately, but he’ll surely put up at least 20 goals. If they can’t get a long-term deal done, Byfuglien may not have a problem going to arbitration and getting a 1-year deal and becoming a UFA the following season.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators likely won’t look to bring in another goalie until after the season (rumored that they might like to add one before then). Only Robin Lehner is under contract beyond this season. GM Bryan Murray said they are getting “a fair amount of interest” from contending teams on some players, and added “I wouldn’t even like to predict when it will come down,” he said. “We continue to talk, but I just wait and see.”
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Phil Kessel on whether coach Ron Wilson has given advice on his recent struggles,

    “No, me and Ron don’t really talk,” Kessel told a group of reporters after practice. “So that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

    Kessel is now on a line with Darryl Boyce and Joey Crabb. Kessel added,

    “I don’t know,” Kessel said. “We’ve got to change something, so I’m not sure if that’s it, but maybe. I don’t know.

    “I don’t really know what to say about [the scoring slump] any more. I’m trying. Obviously it’s not going right. Like I said, might not be working out here. What are you going to do?”

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: JS Giguere will be in net for the Maple Leafs tonight versus the Thrashers. James Reimer will get the start tomorrow against the Islanders.

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Edler out 8-10 weeks … Trade decision coming for Panthers … ‘Hawks GM talk trade deadline … LA Kings notes

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks defenseman Alex Edler will have microdiscectomy procedure on his back Monday to repair a tear in a disc, he’ll be out 8 to 10 weeks. This should allow Sami Salo to return to the lineup (if he’s able to) before the playoffs with the team having to make a roster move to accommodate his salary. It may also allow the Canucks to add a penalty killer if they put him on LTIR. Keith Ballard’s role should increase. Andrew Alberts and Aaron Rome should return a week to 10 days after the break.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Florida Panthers are getting close to the time they’ll need to decide if they are buyers or sellers. The Panthers don’t have many unmovable contracts, and could look to acquire draft picks and prospects. They have said they would like to re-sign Tomas Vokoun but that could have been done in an attempt to drive up the trade price. Players who might draw some trade interest are Bryan McCabe, Cory Stillman, Chris Higgins and Radek Dvorak. Guys like Stephen Weiss and David Booth might be there for the pickings if the offer is right.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika doesn’t think the Stars will trade anyone off their roster in an attempt to improve it. Heika was asked if he thinks that Brad Richards would stay even without new ownership, “It’s difficult to get into his head. If they win the Cup and don’t have a new owner, he might stay. If they lose in the first round and don’t have a new owner, he might go.”
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Comments from Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on the upcoming trade deadlines,

    “We’re not saying we’re going to wait a month, if there’s a deal to be made over the next two weeks. Things star to pick up around now, and between now and the next four or five weeks is when it all happens.

    “You’re always going to look for depth because we’ve been fortunate and had a good run here with health on the back end. You look around and there are teams that are missing four defensemen. If that happens, we’ve got young kids, but when you’re making a stretch run you can never be too deep on the back end.

    “Up front it’s the same thing. You always want to be a little heavier at center if you can. I wouldn’t say that we’re only going to look for that, but if you’re asking me, in a perfect world, you’re looking at depth on defense and up the middle.

  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein doesn’t see the LA Kings going after Jason Spezza if he were to become available, Mike Fisher would be a better option.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Justin Williams is likely the only UFA that the Kings would re-sign, and if they fall out of the playoffs, they may deal him.

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