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Morning Hits: Hemsky, Jagr, Zherdev, Faksa and the Coyotes Finances

JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Interview with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, on if he’s spoken with Ales Hemsky or his agent about coming to camp knowing the team has been trying to trade him.

“I have spoken to Ales and (agent) Jiri Chra. These things happen in the game of hockey and we may be the beneficiary … We all know how good he is and we all know what an impact he had the last time the Oilers made the playoffs. We’re hopeful given this new environment and a more competitive team, I believe going forward, that it’s really going to play to Ales’ skill set and his ability to help us.”

The Fourth Period: In an interview with, Jaromir Jagr said it could be his last season.

“It may be my last season and I want to do everything possible to be successful,” Jagr said.

Four teams were interested in him before he signed with the Devils. With Ilya Kovalchuk retiring, it opened up a top-six spot with the Devils.

“I love hockey, and when you love something, you want to do it at the highest level, and that is the NHL,” said Jagr, who will play in his 20th NHL season this fall. “If you love something, age is not important. It’s just a number.”

The Fourth Period: Former NHLer and current KHLer, Nikolai Zherdev, partied a little too much after he received a new contract. He crashed his Bentley, got into a bar fight in a Moscow hotel bar and lost his passport. His wife is also believed to be filing for a divorce.

Mark Stepneski of Stars Inside Edge: Radek Faksa, the Stars 13th overall pick in 2012 will spend another season in junior.

“He’ll spend the summer here with us (training), go to Traverse City (for the NHL Prospects Tournament), go to training camp and then go back to Kitchener, which is good because that’s where he should be,” said Jackson. “He’s going to get a lot of ice there, he and the coach have a good relationship and I suspect he will take a big step next year.”

Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: (citing a Mike Sunnucks article in the Phoenix Business Journal) Reporting that some of the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment (Ice Arizona) finances to purchase the Coyotes have fallen through. Two sources said that some of the funding hasn’t been finalized or has been dropped from the deal. They have until August 5th to finalize the deal. Daryl Jones, one member of the group tweeted that the report of finance issues “is categorically wrong, #HereToStay”

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Red Wings, Lupul, Gagne, Faksa, Weiss, Atkinson, Meszaros and Lombardi

  • Adam Kimelman of Flyers winger Scott Hartnell will be out 4 to 8 weeks with broken first metatarsal in his left foot according to GM Paul Holmgren.

    “Right now we’re trying to decide, talking to the doctor, what the best way to proceed is as far as how to approach this,” Holmgren said before the Flyers’ game against the New York Rangers. “I can’t give you a time frame. It’s probably going to be between four to eight weeks. … Obviously it’s a significant injury.”

    Holmgren on Daniel Briere:

    “He’s getting better,” Holmgren said. “I would say he’s maybe 50-50 on the weekend. I’ll have a better idea after the game.”

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Henrik Zetterberg skated with Damien Brunner and Johan Franzen. Pavel Datsyuk stated with Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi. Filppula left practice early to rest his knee. Forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Jakub Kindl should be available tonight. Jonathan Ericsson will be a game-time decision.
  • Jason Gregor via twitter: Kings winger Simon Gagne had a tumor the size of a tennis ball removed from his neck in the summer. Headache free now.

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Training camp notes involving the Sabres, Stars, Canadiens, Panthers and Flyers

  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that Mikhail Grigorenko will be going to training camp. “Burning” a year of his entry level contract for half a season won’t factor into the decision whether to keep him in the NHL or returning him to Junior.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: There is a chance that Mike Commodore will be at the Canadiens training camp. He’s been playing with the AHL Bulldogs.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The 40 year old Alex Kovalev will be invited to the Panthers training camp. Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers haven’t confirmed any camp invites yet.

    “No one has promised me anything,” said Kovalev, who has 428 goals and 596 assists in 1,302 regular-season games over 17 NHL seasons for New York, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Ottawa. “They just want me to come in and make the team.

    “I can’t predict anything. I’m just going to do what I’m able to do and we’ll see how it’s going to go. They could say we may go with the younger guys or something.”

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5 possible Leafs picks … Rangers shopping Dubinsky … Pens haven’t made Staal available yet … Sabres notes … Demers out in SJ?

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: 5 players that the Maple Leafs could be interested in drafting at #5. Mikhail Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg, Matthew Dumba, Jacob Trouba and Radek Faksa.
  • Team 1200 Ottawa: Rumors out of New York are that the Rangers are aggressively shopping center Brandon Dubinsky.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: As of late last night, the Penguins haven’t informed interested teams if Jordan Staal is available or not. Several teams have already inquired. The Hurricanes will be big on Staal if he becomes available, offering multiple players. A deal won’t have to be wrapped up at the draft.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:

    “We are very active as it relates to finding ways to improve our hockey team,” Regier said during the team’s draft preview gathering with reporters. “Some of the names you hear that are out there, we’ve had conversations with those teams. I think it’s way too early to know whether or not anything will happen. There are a lot of teams like us in similar positions.”

    “More calls have gone out than I’ve been receiving but that doesn’t mean it won’t change,” Regier said. “The tendency is for this thing to ramp up as you approach the draft and when you get on the floor, it gets a little crazier.”

    “There’s some obvious guys we don’t have any interest in talking about right now and you can figure out who they are. But I make it a practice to call teams and ask them for players that I assume they’re not willing to trade, nor do they want to trade. And other GMs do the same with me.

    “You let them know if they change their mind to please give me a call and I certainly do a lot more of that now than I used to.”

    The Sabres are believed to be shopping Derek Roy. Regier thinks it may not be worth the cost to move up in the draft. They have not started negotiations with RFA Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta. Jochen Hecht has been cleared from his concussion, but it’s unlikely he’ll be back.

  • Jeff Marek via twitter: With the Sharks bringing in Brad Stuart, the odd man out on their blueline may be Jason Demers.

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NHL Draft Rumors for: Blue Jackets, Senators, Capitals and Hurricanes

  • Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on their 2nd overall draft pick: (Audio linkfor interview)

    “We’ve certainly listened to people. We’ve had a couple of expressions of interest on the pick in terms of moving down,” Howson told The Morning Show on Sportsnet 960 The Fan on Thursday. “We wouldn’t want to move too far down so we’ll just see how it plays out next week. Traditionally, and if history repeats itself, teams get a little more serious about exchanging picks as we get closer to the draft on the draft floor.”

    “We’d be open to any suggestions,” Howson said. “It’s not an easy trade to trade out of the two slot, or one slot or three slot for that matter.”

    “When we put our final list together, which we’ll do next week, we’ll know we’re getting one of our first two players … It was a little frustrating when we did lose the lottery to Edmonton but in the grand scheme of things we know we’re going to get a really good player and we have to make sure we do our job and select the right player.”

  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: 6 players that will be on the Senators draft radar if they are still around when the Sens draft at #15 are: Sebastien Collberg (RW), Hampus Lindholm (D), Pontus Aberg (LW), Olli Maatta (D), Cody Ceci (D) and Radek Faksa (C).
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said he’s thinking about keeping the 11th and 16th overall picks in next weeks draft, believes they can get some difference makers there. Brian McNally via twitter: The Capitals are still deciding on whether they will take the Bruins 2nd round pick (54th overall) or the Avalanche’s 2013 pick. Today is the deadline.
  • Chip Alexanders via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: “I’d prefer not to (trade the pick). But if the right player was available and the right deal, we would do it.”

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No Devils changes … Thomas confirms year off … Rangers D targets … Wings-Caps rumor … Nash update … Possible Flyers targets

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: It doens’t look like there will be any lineup changes for the Devils tonight if going by lines at practice yesterday.

    “We’re not making a change based on the hole we’re in,” he said. “We’ll make a change if we feel there’s someone that can make us a better lineup for tomorrow night. That’s what we’re making the decision on. We thought our group played a good game last night.”

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins Tim Thomas confirmed yesterday that he will not play next year due to personal concerns. Posted on his facebook page:

    “From the earliest age I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a hockey player. I’ve been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

    The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

    At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F’s.

    Friends, Family, and Faith.

    This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

    On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system and work with G-Form in the development of protective equipment.

    What does this portend for the future?

    We’ll see….God’s will be done.


    The Bruins will now be stuck with his $5 million cap hit.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers will target Justin Schultz if he becomes a UFA. If he signs elsewhere, the Rangers may look at trading for Shea Weber over trying to sign Ryan Suter.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Red Wings will target Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and they may look at trading for their draft rights. The Wings are also part of web trade proposal: Mike Green and Brooks Laich for Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl. Matheson wonders why anyone would not think that Brian Burke won’t make a trade for Roberto Luongo. Burke loves making the big trade, Loungo would help the Maple Leafs get into the playoffs, which would help his job security. Matheson doesn’t think that Tomas Vokoun would go the Leafs as a veteran sidekick. The Oilers are looking at Henrik Samuelsson with the 32nd  pick. Brandon Prust would look good in a Oilers uniform if he becomes a free agent. The Flyers may look at trading Sergei Bobrovsky.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Several teams not on Rick Nash’s trade list have contacted the Blue Jackets. There is hope that if the Jackets and a ‘non-list’ make a deal, that Nash would consider it to end the relationship with Columbus. The ‘unofficial trade destination rankings’: 1. Rangers 2. Sharks 3. Maple Leafs 4. Bruins 5. Hurricanes 6. Capitals. The Blue Jackets are not dead set on getting a goalie back in a deal. Portzline left the draft combine thinking that the Jackets are higher on Filip Forsberg that many would think, and that they may be willing to trade down a few slots.
  • John Boruk of CSN Philly: The chances of Flyers trading for Sergei Gonchar are “slim to none.” They would love to get Ryan Suter. Defenseman targets for the Flyers could be: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Edler.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Possible Jets targets on draft night at #9: Alex Galchenyuk, Cody Ceci, Griffin Reinhart, Brendan Gaunce, Radek Faksa and Tanner Pearson (a stretch, Jets-Barrie connection).

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Morning notes: Burke, Roy, Leafs draft watch, Parise, Lindback, Zajac, Toews and Melnyk

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that Leafs GM Brian Burke has one year left to turn things around. Burke does have 2 more years under contract, and next season will be his 5th year leading the Leafs. It’s unlikely that Patrick Roy takes any position with the Montreal Canadiens. Simmons thinks he’s waiting for a possible relocation of the Coyotes to Quebec City. If the Maple Leafs draft around #5, it might be high enough to draft Alex Galchenyuk, who some think is better than Nail Yakupov. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello appears convinced he’ll be able to re-sign Zach Parise.
  • Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs draft plan is to get one of Mikhail Grigorenko, Alex Galchenyuk or Radek Faksa up the middle. With their 2nd pick to draft Tom Wilson of Plymouth.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If teams think he can handle a starter workload, teams may look at Predators Andres Lindback. Lindback will be a RFA at the end of the season.
  • Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger: Devils center Travis Zajac will return tonight and could center Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Zach Parise could be on a line with Patrik Elias and Danius Zubrus. Adam Henrique, David Clackson and Petr Sykora could make up the 3rd line. Martin Brodeur will start in net.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews practiced with the team yesterday for the 1st time in over a week.

    “I feel like I’m getting back to that stage to where I’m progressing and getting closer to feeling the right way,” Toews said. “I’m just staying positive, hoping that this is the time that hopefully we break through.”

    “Mostly, just when you wake up, you feel [the symptoms]. It’s not like there’s much there that’s bothering me on daily things. But when I come to the rink and try to do what I do, it’s all those things that just kind of set in. You just don’t feel right. You don’t feel like yourself.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is still waiting for his case to be heard with regards to getting his $4 million back. Dany Heatley blocked a trade Edmonton, which ended up causing the Senators to pay him a $4 million bonus.

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