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Injuries: Updates on Semin and Torres

  • Michael Smith of Tracking the Storm: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis on Alex Semin’s wrist injury, which he underwent surgery for earlier this offseason.

    “My understanding was that he was coming back to train,” he said. “He’s training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told.”

    Francis on if Semin will be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

    “Based on the information I have, absolutely yes,” he said.

  • David Pollak: Sharks forward Raffi Torres will miss the first couple months of the season after repeat surgery on his right knee was needed due to an infection.
  • Kevin Kurz: GM Doug Wilson: “Raffi has started a rehab phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on Sept. 20.”

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NHL Injuries: Flyers, Red Wings, Blues, Avs, Sharks and Bruins

  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Helene Ste. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg skated before practice yesterday. Felt good but didn’t push it. Zetterberg said it’s unlikely he’ll be ready before round 2.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko still needs doctors clearance. He feels good and today will determine if he can play or not. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Tarasenko is right on time with his six week timeline.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that John Mitchell is doing better and could play at some point during the series.
  • Michael Kelly: Avs Matt Duchene is just over two weeks into his four to six weeks recovery.
  • David Pollak: No decision has been made if Raffi Torres will play in Game one.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “the Bruins are having some flu issues right now. Kelly is having some back issues & Paille took that hard hit. Some things there”

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: San Jose Sharks

Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami

USATSI_7774508_154224518_lowresAs the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.

San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?

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Morning Rumors II: St. Louis, Girardi, Boyle, Vanek, MacDonald, Sharks, Cammalleri, Avalanche and Flyers

  • Nick Kypreos: It is believed that Martin St. Louis asked for a trade when he was left off team Canada. Kypreos has been told that some teams are not sure if he feels the same now. St. Louis does have a no-movement clause through next season. As reported by Larry Brooks, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is not interested in a rental player.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should get lots of interest in Dan Girardi, and some for Brian Boyle. Girardi is asking the Rangers for six years and about $5.75 million per season. GM Glen Sather is offering five years and lower than $5.75 million per. Sather has told teams he’ll move Girardi instead of losing him for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Thomas Vanek on some Austrians staying out late partying.

    “Some of the headlines, especially in Europe, that to me was sad and ridiculous,” Vanek told The Post after the Islanders’ Sunday practice in Syosset, his first since returning. “They’re making it sound like there was 25 guys. It was just a few guys stayed out later, and even that, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it wasn’t an issue.

    “We had a practice the next day, Monday night, I think everyone focused all day Monday,” said Vanek, who admitted to staying out until about 2 a.m., but not being affected by game time. “Can you say, ‘Was it a distraction?’ I don’t know, maybe. But we lost the game to a good [Slovenia] team, a team that we could have beat, and that makes it even more hard and tough. But the story made it bigger than it was.”

    GM Garth Snow is looking to get a first round pick, as well as a second round pick or high-level prospect for Vanek. Vanek has already turned down a seven-year, $50 million offer from the Islanders. Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has already turned down a four-year, $16 million deal. Snow is hoping to get a first round pick for MacDonald.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Don’t expect the Sharks to make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline. The Sharks will be getting Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back from injury.

    “On paper, when you add people that you don’t know, you hope that it works. But when you add people that have had playing time together, you know that it works,” Wilson said. “You just hope they’re healthy enough to do it.”

    The Sharks will have to clear some cap space when Couture and Torres return to the lineup as they will be about $1 million over. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t seem eager to trade prospects and/or picks for rental players.

    “We’re still in refresh/reset,” Wilson said, repeating a term he coined at last year’s deadline.

    “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. We think our team, when it’s all healthy, is as good as anybody. We haven’t had the luxury of seeing it all together, but you’ve got to project at some point.

    “Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset/refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but, unlikely.”

  • Adrian Dater: (answering twitter questions) Very unlikely that the Avalanche will do anything at the trade deadline. Doesn’t see the Avs trying to replace Alex Tanguay or at least picking up a replacement. Ryan O’Reilly is definitely not being traded.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs would still be interested in a Dmitri Kulikov type defenseman, but the Panthers are wanting too much for him.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs want to remain a young team. They will not be looking to bring in older (30-years old) players.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland thinks it will be interesting a Tim Thomas market starts to develop.

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Injury Notes: Spezza, Torres, Skinner, Hornqvist, Atkinson, Schroeder, McLaren, Hossa, Bergenheim and Callahan

  • Ian Mendes: Senators Jason Spezza said that he has a mild strain, but wouldn’t say where the injury is. Added it’s not serious.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Raffi Torres had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee yesterday. Will be out for three to five months.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is expected to miss the last two preseason games.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Patric Hornqvist is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Chris Nichols: Sabres Joel Armia is out indefinitely with a broken hand.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets are being cautious with Cam Atkinson as he deals with a minor injury.
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Jordan Schroeder is wearing a ‘moon boot’ on his left foot and is using crutches.
  • David Alter: Leafs Frazer McLaren may need another evaluation on his hand. He could become a candidate for the LTIR if it will keep him out longer.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa skated before practice yesterday and coach Quenneville hopes that he’s able to practice today. They are “shooting for” the season opener on Tuesday.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers Sean Bergenheim has made progress but won’t play any games until he practices with the team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirms that Ryan Callahan has been cleared for contact. When asked if Callahan will be available for the season opener, Vigneault said “No, no, no.”

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Injury Notes: Stalberg, Tropp, Bolland, Red Wings, Jagr, Voracek, Brown, Torres, Handzus, Hornqvist and Horton

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Viktor Stalberg will be out three to four weeks with a AC sprain in his right shoulder.
  • Elliotte Friendman: Sabres Corey Tropp is out five to six weeks with a broken jaw from Sunday’s fight with Jamie DevaneMike Harrington: Tropp passed concussion testing.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs didn’t practice yesterday, but center Dave Bolland (leg) skated by himself. Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects Bolland to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out with a thigh contusion. Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) are still out. Ericsson said that his injury wasn’t serious and is expected to played Friday.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr decided that he’d skate yesterday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Jakub Voracek is status quo with regards to his upper-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown took part in practice yesterday. Skated as an extra with the Clifford-Stoll-Lewis-Regehr-Doughty unit.
  • David Pollak: No update yesterday on Sharks Raffi Torres‘ ACL injury. Could find out today if surgery is required.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks second line center, Michal Handzus said he almost ready and should be ready for the opener.
  • Mike Vogl: Predators Patric Hornqvist left last nights game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that Joel Armia has a hand issue.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader received stitches to his left hand after being in a fight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Recovery is slow for Blue Jackets Nathan Horton. Shoulder surgery was bigger than first expected. His shoulder had been dislocated so many times that the bone around the socket had been chipped/worn away. Had bone taken from the front of shoulder and fused with the glenoid cavity to hopefully make the joint more stable.

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Injury Hits: Gagner, Torres, Brown, Giroux, Pateryn, Daley, Ritchie, Bolland, Stuart, Schroeder and Red Wings

  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Sam Gagner will have surgery today on his jaw. Expected to have at least one plate.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Raffi Torres could miss at least six weeks, possibly three to four month if surgery is required for an ACL injury to his right knee. They are still determining if surgery is needed and should know later this week. David Pollak: If Tomas Hertl has made the Sharks, could also mean now that a roster spot is open for Hamilton or Nieto.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings Dustin Brown will skate on his own after practice. It will be the first time since his injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Sutter on Dustin Brown: “He skated one day since the start of camp, and he’s not a guy that can just jump into a game. So if he doesn’t get any exhibition games, I’d say it’s highly unlikely that you’ve got a player that’s ready for the season.”
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Claude Giroux sounded a bit hesitant about playing tomorrow night.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens Greg Pateryn isn’t skating today due to a lower-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley skated today but there is no timetable for his return from an upper-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Brett Ritchie has a lower-body contusion and is out a few days. He could get into one of the two final preseason games.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs David Bolland is out with a sore groin.
  • David Pollak: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is making progress but unlikely to play in the final three exhibition games.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Jordan Schroeder’s foot injury (blocked shot): “They think they found something.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are currently $2.7 million over the salary cap, but their injuries could help them out. Players who could be put on the LTIR are: Darren Helm ($2.125 million cap hit), Patrick Eaves ($1.2 million), Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million) and Jonas Gustavsson ($1.5 million). A combination of two or three players on the LTIR would get them below. Only Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser can be sent to the AHL without clearing waivers, but both players deserve to remain with the team.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Red Wings, Rangers, Avs, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Devils, Stars, Bruins, Flyers and Sharks

  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning Teddy Purcell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Johan Franzen (hip) practiced yesterday and will play today.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson (groin) practiced yesterday. Darren Helm (groin/back) practiced yesterday morning.
  • Helene St. James: Patrick Eaves is out two to four weeks with a slight ankle sprain and MCL sprain.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are doing everything in practice but contact. There is no timetable on when they will start contact. Callahan is able to shoot a little harder than Hagelin.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon won’t play this weekend due to a hip flexor. The Avs say it’s not serious.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin has a ‘dent’ on the right side of his foot. He’s limping a bit, but said “it’s really not bad.”
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier has irritation on his knee from his new equipment.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is out one to two weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • David Alter: Leafs Joffrey Lupul might play this weekend.
  • David Alter: Leafs Nazem Kadri said his hand is fine, just a bruise.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is ‘day-to-day’ and not concerned about it long-term.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Scott Glennie is expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
  • Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has missed the first three preseason games, but will get into the lineup on Saturday. He’s recovering from a punctured lung, a separated shoulder, a broken rib and torn rib cartilage that he suffered during the Stanley Cup final.
  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers Claude Girouxcould be ready for Tuesday’s preseason game against the Devils.

    “I’d love to, that’s for sure,” Giroux said. “As long as my hand lets me be 100 percent Tuesday, I’d love to play. We’ll see how I feel then.”

  • Tim Sassone: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews said he was battling a hip flexor.
  • David Pollak: Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Raffi Torres’ injury: “I have no idea right now. Don’t even want to speculate.” Torres was seen leaving the dressing room with his right knee bandaged and walking with a limp.

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Free Agent Hits: Torres, Enroth, Briere, Canadiens, Kostitsyn and Gagne

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Sabres re-sign Jhonas Enroth to a 2-year deal worth $1.25 million per season.
  • Kevin Kurz: Don’t expect the Sharks to pursue Daniel Briere. Belief is he wants to stay in the East.
  • TSN: Don’t look for the Canadiens to make any big moves through free agency.

    “History shows that free agency isn’t the best tool,” he said. “Free agency to me is a tool but it’s not a way to make your team a top team. It’s overplayed. You have to be careful.”

  • Josh Cooper: A report from is saying that the Predators Sergei Kostitsyn is in talks with Avaangard Omsk of the KHL. The report is saying that the Predators would not object to this. He has a $3 million salary with the Predators for next season. The Predators could suspended him, therefore, not paying him or having this salary cap hit.

    “If player is suspended and not being paid, there is no cap charge,” Daly said.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Simon Gagne is waiting to hear from the Flyers regarding a new contract.

    “I had two really good meetings, with both ‘Lavy’ [coach Peter Laviolette] and ‘Homer’ after the season ended,” Gagne said yesterday from Quebec City. “They thought that I did a lot of good things toward the end of the season and liked what I brought to the team.

    “Right now, they have some money issues, which would prevent us from doing anything. The salary cap is complicated and there are rules.

    “My agent has kept in touch with ‘Homer’ and he told us that he would call us before the draft.”

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Free Agent Notes and Draft Signings: Wings, Rangers, Red Wings, Senators, Leafs, Sharks, Islanders and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan: Pavel Datsyuk said he wants to sign a contract extension with the Red Wings. He’s looking forward to playing with the Wings beyond next season.
  • Katie Strang: The Rangers haven’t started contract talks with Henrik Lundqvist. It’s not that surprising since it’s early and can’t officially sign before July.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will have Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg on their free agent radar. Bickell’s stock may be rising, but Stalberg’s may be falling a bit.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that the cost of acquiring a player like Bobby Ryan could cost the Senators Jared Cowen and maybe Mika Zibanejad. Ryan has two years left at $5.1 million. Brennan thinks that making a trade that doesn’t involving giving up their best assets may be the best route to go, or signing a lower-risk free agent. Bruins Nathan Horton will likely want $5 million, a little much for a someone who may be one concussion from retirement. Blackhawks Bryan Bickell would make a lot of sense for the Senators. Bickell shouldn’t cost any more than $2.5 million a season, maybe three-years and $8 million. Worst-case scenario for the Sens is that he signs with the Leafs.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs should look back on the Blackhawks salary cap situation and learn from it. The Blackhawks kept and overvalued Dave Bolland and traded/undersold Andrew Ladd. The Leafs need to figure out how much they want to spend on their centers. Mikhail Grabovksi is paid like a top center at $5.5 million and Tyler Bozak could demand that much. RFA Nazem Kadri will be looking for a big raise as well. The Leafs may not be able to afford both Grabovski and Bozak, so one may have to go. Compliance buyouts may lead to Brad Richards or Vincent Lecavalier becoming free agents and better bargains.
  • Jon Rowson: The Sharks have all but signed Tomas Hertl. Hertl has a contract with Slavia for next season, who want to keep their star.
  • New York Rangers: The Rangers signed their 2011 5th round pick, defenseman Samuel Noreau.
  • Sarah McLellan: Without new ownership, the Coyotes budget won’t increase, which doesn’t faze GM Don Maloney.

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