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NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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Morning Rumors: Rangers, Sens, Jackets, Leafs, Oilers, Flames, Wings, Canes, Avs, Canadiens and Isles

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Rangers are said to be the most desperate team to make a deal. GM Glen Sather has been working the phones, looking at deals involving Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi. Girardi will be a UFA and the Rangers may be seeing what they could get for him. The Senators are interested Del Zotto, but they have to send contracts the other way, either Patrick Wiercioch or Eric Gryba. The Rangers are willing to talk about anyone other than Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Chris Kreider.The Blue Jackets are looking for a goalie. Justin Peters could be a good fit.The Maple Leafs may have shown some interest in Sam Gagner and would be a good fit, but he has a two years with a $4.8 million cap hit. The Devils may have called the Oilers on Gagne as well.The Sabres may be getting close on naming a new GM, with Jim Benning the top candidate.

    Flames that could be on the move: Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi, Mike Cammalleri or Lee Stempniak.

    The Kings have depth upfront and could look to move: Trevor Lewis, Colin Fraser and Dan Carcillo.

    The Wings have been looking to bring in a top-end defenseman. They may have looked at Alex Edler, but he’s likely not going anywhere.

    Talk is the Maple Leafs are looking to sweeten the pot in a John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason deal with the Hurricanes.

    Avs GM Joe Sakic is ready to trade. There have been no contract talks between the Avs and pending UFA Paul Stastny.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: There continues to be talk that the Canadiens are willing to trade Max Pacioretty. The Rangers are interest, but there doesn’t appear to be a match. The don’t appear to be a landing spot for Del Zotto. The Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, but GM Marc Bergeron isn’t likely to want to trade him in the East, if at all.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Not usual visitors scouting the the Kings-Avalanche game: Maple Leafs and Penguins.

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Injury Notes: Nabokov, Fraser, Bozak, Semin, Skinner, Wilson, Nash, Alfredsson and Smith

  • NY Islanders: The Islanders have recalled goalie Anders Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov has been put on the IR.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (lower body) skated with Tyler Bozak before practice today. Today was Bozak’s first full practice since suffering the hamstring injury on Oct. 25th. Jonas Siegel: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle hints that Bozak could return on Thursday. Saturday seems like a more likely return date.
  • Chip Alexander: Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner won’t play for the Hurricanes tonight. Semin and his “upper-body injury” are being evaluated today.
  • Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche put Ryan Wilson (back) on the IR retroactive to November 6th.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash’s status for tomorrow night is still to be determined.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson skated for a bit today, but his status for tomorrow is still to be determined.

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Nash, Ryan, Bogosian, Lightning, Merrill, Hossa, Leafs and Semin

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash is hoping to play either Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday against the Stars.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan practiced yesterday and is feeling no ill effects from Dennis Seidenberg’s hit.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian (lower-body) had more tests yesterday to determine the extent of the injury. Looking more like day-to-day.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Mark Barberio and Keith Aulie could be ready to return to the lineup before the end of their road trip.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Jon Merrill isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup. He has “no idea” if he’ll go with the team on their road trip. Added that he feels “great” now and that he’s “not really sure” if he lost consciousness.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is day-to-day. Mark Lazerus: There is a still a chance he could play today. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be “a bit.”
  • Mark Masters: Carl Gunnarsson fell awkwardly on Friday night: ”My leg went numb for a little bit but after a couple mins it was fine & then nothing this morning”
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is likely 10 days away from returning to the lineup. Dave Bolland’s status won’t be known from at least another three weeks.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser will be assessed today. Coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think it’s serious and more likely to be day-to-day than week-to-week. When asked if it’s related to his previous knee issue, Carlyle said: ”It’s a lower-body [injury] & he had a lower-body [injury] before.”
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop said he left the game to get his bearings after taking a shot off his mask. He said he is feeling no ill effects.
  • Lou Korac: Hurricanes Alex Semin (upper body) left last night’s game.

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Afternoon Hits: Eaves, Porter, Lack, Liles, Martin, Nash, Elias, Zherdev, Backstrom, Weiss and Jenner

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Patrick Eaves cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL.
  • Bob McKenzie: Canucks sign Eddie Lack to a two-year contract extension with a $1.15 million cap hit. He’ll get $1 million next year and $1.3 million the following year.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs recall Trevor Smith and send John-Michael Liles to the AHL.
  • William DePaoli: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will return to the lineup tonight. Kris Letang didn’t practice this morning.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman all practiced today. Nash isn’t expected to play tomorrow.
  • Dan Rosen: Devils Patrick Elias said he plans to play tonight.
  • Igor Eronko: Nikolai Zherdev had his second KHL contract terminated in the last two and half months.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren will be back in the lineup against the Sabres.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Stephen Weiss (groin) was on the ice today. He’s not expected back until next week.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Matt Calvert and/or Boone Jenner could return to the lineup next week.

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Injury Notes: Backstrom, Nash, Moore, Green, MacKenzie, Tanguay, Quick, Greene, Clifford and Burns

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Niklas Backstrom left last night’s game after being run over by Nazem Kadri.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash will travel with the team to Montreal and will continue practicing.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Dominic Moore said he’s good to return to the lineup on Saturday.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Mike Green has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie (back spasms) didn’t skate yesterday. May not be able to go tonight.
  • Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings Jonathan Quickis heading back to Los Angeles for further evaluation, including an MRI. GM Dean Lombardi wasn’t sure if it was a groin injury.

    “We’re not going to know until the MRI,” Lombardi said. “Obviously, it didn’t look good. The trainers told me walking out [last night] it was not good. They don’t know until they get in there and find out what it is … nobody knows.]”

    Defenseman Matt Greene was put on the LTIR with an upper-body injury. Kyle Clifford is in Los Angeles with a head injury.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks coach Todd McLellan indicated that Brent Burnsis still not ready to return to the lineup. Burns is skating with the team, but it’s not know when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.

    “I wish I could answer that question. There’s days where I think he’s really close, and there’s other days when you want to do some work with him and he doesn’t seem able to do it,” McLellan said. “I can’t answer that question fairly either to him, to us, or to anybody outside our team.”

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Quick, Kings, Bozak, Nash, Rozsival, Smith, Whitney, Ward and Skinner

  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos had successful surgery yesterday to stabilize his fractured right tibia. Bob McKenzie: No official timeline for his recovery, three months seems to be the unofficial prognosis. Damian Cristodero: Stamkos will be back in Tampa to start rehab on Thursday.
  • James Duthie: Kings Jonathan Quick left last night’s game in OT with an injury. Lisa Dillman: Looked like a lower-body issue for Quick.
  • Lisa Dillman: (s/t @bigmouthbarry) Kings coach Darryl Sutter said: “Clifford, Jeff (Carter) and Greener (Matt Greene) no goes for trip.”
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is skating but is not able to return until November 21st at the earliest.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Rick Nash skated yesterday morning as part of their optional skate. Katie Strang: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Rick Nash will practice with the team today.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said they are hopeful that Michal Rozsival would practice today and play on Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Brendan Smith was back skating yesterday. Said shoulder feels good and could return this weekend.
  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars put Ray Whitney on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Travis Morin.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Leopold, Islanders, Getzlaf, Koivu, Emelin, Moore, Nash and Stempniak

  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning confirm that Steven Stamkos has a broken right tibia and will be out indefinitely. Nick Kypreos: The break isn’t overly complicated and participating in the Sochi Olympics may not be out of the question. Damian Cristodero: Stamkos’s dad said that “he seems to be okay” and “just hopeful the surgery goes well.” His dad was told that rehab could be three to six months but “but they’re just guessing.” Will depend on what is found during the surgery.
  • Damian Cristodero: The Lightning also lost Sami Salo to a lower-body injury and Keith Aulie to an upper-body injury.
  • Chris Nichols: Blues Jordan Leopold will have surgery later this week to repair a tendon in his right hand. He’ll be out for at least eight weeks.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: A source said it’s unlikely that Islanders Thomas Vanek (upper-body) is put on the IR. It’s unlikely he plays tonight, but he could be ready sometime this week. Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) still hasn’t been cleared for off-ice training. Brian Strait (upper-body) could start skating soon, but is not close to returning. Cal Clutterbuck should be back on the ice today. Travis Hamonic will play tonight.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf (upper-body) is with the Ducks and Saku Koivu isn’t. Sounding like Getzlaf missed Sunday’s game more as a precaution.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Alexei Emelin is close to returning to the lineup.
  • Aaron Vickers of Calgary Flames.com: Flames Lee Stempniak is close to returning to the lineup. He’s been out since October 24th with a broken foot, and if he gets medical clearance, he could play as early as tonight.

    “It’s up to the coaches and the medical staff,” said Stempniak, who diagnosed himself as day-to-day. “Every day it’s been getting better but a lot of it depends on how it responds the next morning, make sure it doesn’t swell and make sure it feels good. I’ll wake up and re-assess tomorrow morning.”

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Injury Notes: Neal, Anderson, Tanguay, Morrow, Bolland, Coyle, Strait, Koivu, Nash, Skinner and Khudobin

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: James Neal skated by himself yesterday morning for an extended period of time. Beau Bennett practiced. Coach Dan Bylsma expects them to do the same today.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Craig Anderson will not travel with the team to Columbus. Nathan Lawson will be recalled and will be Robin Lehner’s backup.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay will be out at least two weeks with a knee injury. Will be reevaluated then.
  • Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Charlie Coyle re-injured his knee that kept him out of 11 games. He’s listed as day-to-day. Carson McMillan has been recalled.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Brian Strait on the IR retroactive to Oct. 24th with an upper-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu hasn’t experienced any lingering symptoms from Brandon Dubinsky’s hit. He’s skating and could return soon. Koivu could potentially be “ready to go” on Wednesday.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Rick Nash missed his 11th straight game with a concussion, everything “status quo.” Aaron Portzline: To Portzline’s knowledge, Nash suffered only one concussion while with the Blue Jackets.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner will get a second opinion on his injury.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin skated but will still need more time.

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Injury Notes: Prust, Nash, Khudobin, Kulemin, Gorges, Lehtonen, Brunner, Boyle, Kronwall and Gagner

  • Eric Engels: Canadiens Brandon Prust is out a month with a shoulder injury.
  • Patrick Kearns: “If nothing new is the official statement regarding Nash’s concussion, well, it means nothing really but he’s probably not back anytime soon.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that John Erskine is “very close” to returning. They will see how he is tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is another week or two away from returning. Tim Gleason and Elias Lindholm could return on Thursday.
  • Jonas Siegel: Randy Carlyle said that initial timetable for injured Mark Fraser and Nikolai Kulemin was October 29th, but couldn’t say if they’ll be ready for then.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Josh Gorges said that he experience no concussions effects from Bourque hit.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars GM Jim Nill expects Kari Lehtonen to be ready for Thursday. Mark Stepneski: The Stars activate Lehtonen from the IR. Defenseman Aaron Rome has been recalled from his conditioning assignment. Goalie Jack Campbell has been reassigned to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Damien Brunner said that he feels good and ready to play. Coach Peter DeBoer said he’ll wait to see how he feels tomorrow.
  • Gene Principe: Oilers Ryan Smyth is flying back to Edmonton to be looked by their medical staff.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers Sam Gagner was cleared for contact last week.

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Injury Notes: Nash, Khudobin, Erskine, Letang, Lehtonen, Howard, Drewiske, Bjugstad, Thomas, Calvert and Noesen

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Anton Khudobin will be put on the IR. It may only be for the short term and called the injury a “best-case scenario.” Justin Peters will be recalled. Khudobin’s injury is still being called a “lower-body” injury. Alexander was told isn’t a knee or ankle injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals John Erskine (upper-body) skated yesterday but wasn’t able to go just yet.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Kris Letang practiced yesterday. Beau Bennett and James Neal didn’t practice.
  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars have put goalie Kari Lehtonen on the IR retroactive to October 11th. Defenseman Aaron Rome was sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Jonas Gustavsson was announced as a late starter yesterday as  Jimmy Howard has an injury. Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Howard’s bruised hand injury is not significant and that he might play today. Helene St. James: Jimmy Howard said he doubtful for tonight.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens Davis Drewiske (shoulder) was expected to only be out for four to six weeks, but “it will be longer” according to a team source. Was hoping for an end of October return.
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers Nick Bjugstad on returning to the lineup tonight: ”I feel pretty in shape and ready to go mentally so we’ll see what happens.”
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said that Tim Thomas looked okay during practice, but he won’t travel with the team to Nashville and is questionable for Thursday against the Bruins.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert will miss an extended period of time after having abdominal surgery today.
  • Helene Elliott: Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen will be out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL.

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Injury Notes: Nash, Bishop, Letang and Bolland

  • John Giannone: Rangers Rick Nash is back in New York and won’t be playing tonight or tomorrow.
  • Spector’s Hockey: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a lower body injury. They have called up Kristers Gudlevskis. Damian Cristodero: GM Steve Yzerman said Bishop’s injury is “very minor” but they are being careful.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Kris Letang remained on the ice after the Pens game-day skate to get in some light contact.
  • David Alter: David Bolland not at practice as he was given a maintenance day.

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