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Morning Hits: Torts, Ovechkin Responds, Klesla, Blue Jackets Viewership and the Preds want an ASG

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks coach John Tortorella on GM Mike Gillis’ comments: ”I not going to comment on what happened yesterday. That’s a discussion Mike and I will have internally.”
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin on Adam Oates’ comments that he “quit” on the play on Thursday’s game winning goal.

    “He’s the head coach and I get the blame from it, but in that moment I think everybody quit on the play,” Ovechkin said following the Capitals’ morning skate at Prudential Center on Friday in his first public comments since Oates criticized his lackluster defensive play against the Stars.

    “To be honest with you I didn’t see him, I kind of lost the position. It is what it is,” Ovechkin said. “We make lots of mistakes, it’s not about one mistake. You can’t blame one mistake in the whole game.”

  • Tim Wharnsby: The Sabres put Rostislav Klesla on unconditional waivers.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets sit 29th of 30 in attendance. They are only getting an average of 6,000 households watching their games on Fox Sports Ohio. They were at 9,000 last year. The Cincinnati Reds are averaging 18,000 households, 9,285 for the Indians and 5,400 for the Cavaliers. The Blue Jackets will host the 2015 All-Star game.

    “The Blue Jackets are doing just fine,” Bettman said in an email exchange with The Dispatch. “They have put together a strong young team, they have built momentum on the ice and in the community, and we are truly excited about their present as well as their future.”

  • Nate Rau and Michael Cass of the Tennessean: The All-Star game could be in Nashville as soon as 2016.

    “We’ve made it clear that we deserve it, and it would be really good for the franchise,” he said. “They’ve sort of implied that they appreciate the mayor and the city stepping up to keep the team here, so the conversation’s always been, ‘Well, we did that; we want this in return.”

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Morning Hits and Injuries: Klesla, Lehtonen, Sbisa, Robidas, Paille, Nikitin, Diaz, Brown and Wellman

  • John Vogl: The Sabres have officially suspended defenseman Rostislav Klesla for failing to report  to Rocherster of the AHL.
  • Mike Heika: Stars Kari Lehtonen is “not doing very well” with his head injury and is day-to-day according to coach Lindy Ruff.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa and Mathieu Perreault are out against the Maple Leafs.  Sbisa is dealing with a knee injury. Perreault may have a sprained thumb/wrist.
  • Curtis Zupke: Ducks Stephane Robidas is targeting March 14th for his Ducks debut. Coach Bruce Boudreau said their game against the Capitals later this month may be a more ideal time.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin is ready to return tonight against the Stars.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault calls Raphael Diaz a “depth d-man” with no timetable on when he’ll get into a game.
  • Capitals PR: The Capitals assign Chris Brown and Casey Wellman to the AHL.

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Morning Hits II: Garrioch Deadline Roundup, Brodeur, Klesla and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are putting more value on draft picks than in the past.

    “Teams aren’t like they used to be. They want to get value for draft picks,” said a league executive after the deadline. “We found that teams put a much heavier emphasis on picks. They don’t want to just give them away anymore.

    “Teams have put a high value on them. That’s the case and that’s why teams want to pay for the first- round picks for them.”

    Both the Penguins and Blackhawks were working right to the deadline on a potential Ryan Kesler deal.

    The Senators and Maple Leafs were talking to the Islanders about Thomas Vanek.

    A couple of teams asked the Rangers about Derek Dorsett.

    The Flames would have traded Dennis Wideman, but no team wanted his contract.

    Teams were calling the Senators about Curtis Lazar.

    Talk is that Flames GM Brian Burke was demanding a first round pick for Mike Cammalleri right up to the deadline and wasn’t backing down from it.

    The Ducks were in on Thomas Vanek and moved Dustin Penner as they thought they had a good shot. They also may have thought the asking price for Cammalleri was too high.

    The Rangers and Ryan Callahan weren’t far apart when they made the Martin St. Louis trade. The Rangers wouldn’t include a no-trade clause and were in a foul mood. When talks started with Callahan, he reportedly asked for seven years and $56 million, $8 million a season.

    The Blues were willing to trade Derek Roy, but couldn’t find a fit.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Martin Brodeur said he wants to play next year, and he doesn’t have to be a No. 1 goalie.

    “No, just to play more and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Be in the playoffs,” Brodeur said Friday. “Those were some of the requirements I had, not just being outside looking in. I didn’t want to come back to a situation like this.”

  • Darren Dreger: Sabres Rostislav Klesla: ”With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family.”
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Trade Deadline Fallout II: Ligntning, Flames, Sabres, Pens, Caps, Jets, Hawks, Leafs, Devils and Flyers

  • Steve Zipay: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that there were several discussions with Martin St. Louis about the decision to trade him. Tells media to ask St. Louis “why the Rangers.”
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames GM Brian Burke said they agreed on terms of a deal that would have seen them take on a contract, but the other team couldn’t make it happen by the deadline.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I didn’t come into today expecting to trade draft picks.” Liked the forward prospects #Sabres got though. “Heavy, skilled forwards.”
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Ray Shero said they asked about Ryan Kesler, but there was not a deal to be made. Shero added that their goal was to increase their forward depth and they think they’ve done that.
  • Sky Kerstein: Capitals GM George McPhee on them getting Rostislav Klesla in the Martin Erat trade: ”it’s the only way Phoenix could do the deal”
  • Paul Friesen: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”I was close to paying some of those (high) prices (for a rental player).”
  • Ken Wiebe: Cheveldayoff said there was interest in some of their pending UFAs, but they weren’t in a sell-mode. Added that there were plenty of calls made on rental players, mostly forwards. He never talked about trading a first round pick.
  • Ed Tait: Cheveldayoff said there were no serious conversations about any of their core players.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: ”I always just kind of chuckle when I see all these reports. I guess that’s the world we live in today.”
  • Dave Feschuk: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said they are not ready for a rental player: ”When you can give up 1st-rd picks or top young players and not feel it, you’re ready.”
  • Dave Feschuk: Nonis said that he talked with other GMs whose ”teams with a chance to win the Cup” and they were complaining that the asking prices were too high.
  • Randy Miller:  Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur: ”it’s a shame that with no substance at different times and no facts that people say things.”
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that there were “no real discussions” on Ryan Kesler other than finding out what the Canucks wanted. No real offer was made.

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NHL Trade: Coyotes Send Klesla, Brown and Pick To Capitals For Erat and Mitchell

The Coyotes have traded Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a 4th round pick to the Washington Capitals for Martin Erat and John Mitchell.

What do you think of the trade? Was there a winner?

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Afternoon Hits: Oilers-Panthers trade, Klesla, Emmerton, Steen, Clarkson, Bolland, Hamonic and Lines

  • Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers trade forwards Ryan Martindale and Derek Nesbitt to the Panthers for forwards Steve Pinizzotto and Jack Combs.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Corey Emmerton played in his 10th game and will now need to go through waivers if he’s sent back to the AHL.
  • Dan Rosen: The Blues have activated Alex Steen from the IR and he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs put Frazer McLaren on the IR. The Leafs also put David Clarkson on the IR. Paul Hendrick: Clarkson is out a week after having a bursa procedure on his elbow.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland skated for just under 30 minutes before practice.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper-body) returned to Long Island for further evaluation.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Shaw-Kane, Bickell-Handzus-Versteeg, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.
  • David Alter: Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Raymond-Kadri-Lupul, Ashton-Holland-Kulemin, McClement-Orr.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Lindholm-Ruutu, Bowman-Malhotra/Nash-Dvorak.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Roussel-Seguin-Cole’ Benn-Eakin-Garbutt; Jeffrey-Fiddler-Chiasson; Horcoff-Peverly-Nichushkin.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Injuries, IR, Recalls, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tim Wharnsby: The Coyotes put Rostislav Klesla on waivers.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky has gone back to Edmonton to have his ankle further examined.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Steven Stamkos took the morning skate with Lightning teammates for the first time since breaking his shin on Nov. 11th.
  • Chris Nichols: The Jets put Evander Kane on the IR retroactive to Jan. 7th.
  • Allan Walsh: The Devils activate Patrick Elias from the IR.
  • NY Islanders: The Islanders activate Radek Martinek off the IR.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins send Simon Despres, Nick Drazenovic and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to the AHL.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Murphy, Skinner-Lindholm-Ruutu, Nash-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Hudler Backlund Stempniak- Byron Monahan Colborne – Bouma Stajan Galiardi – Westgarth Street McGrattan.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Dowie will be a game-time decision.
  • Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators. Chris Neil will be back in the lineup. Matt Kassian, Joe Corvo and Patrick Wiercioch will be scratched.

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Morning Rumors: Caps, Isles, Oilers, Bruins, Jets, Sabres, Leafs, Spartak and Dmen Trade Possibilities

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if it’s time for the Capitals to make a trade. They’ve lost seven of nine, and have Michael Neuvirth and Martin Erat looking for a change of scenery. The Islanders could be looking for a goaltender with Evgeni Nabokov injured again. The Islanders have pending UFA defenseman Andrew MacDonald as a possible trade chip. The Islanders have the cap space to take on Neuvirth’s $2.5 million in salary, but may require a defenseman going back. Maybe Dmitry Orlov or Steve Oleksy? Other defensemen who could be available at the trade deadline: Dan Girardi, Chris Phillips, Ron Hainsey, Henrik Tallinder, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Stuart.
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    “It’s going to be important we make the right move.

    “There have only been 12 deals made this year and we’ve made four of them. You can argue the pluses and minus of the four deals we made.

    “We’re trying to do something. We’d be crazy not to. We just have to keep grinding away, having conversations until there’s something that makes sense.”

    MacTavish wouldn’t comment on the Sam Gagner rumors. MacTavish on what they could use.

    “We need big, strong, heavy guys who can give us what we don’t have now.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty looks at possible replacements for Bruins Dennis Seidenberg if they decide to go the trade route: Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto,  Mark Stuart, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips, Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hainsey, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Rostislav Klesla.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets are a team that needs to do something, they are “a team begging for a shakeup.” Either it be a coaching change or a significant trade.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that Burke is interested in Darcy Regier, Futa, Treliving and Dave Poulin” … ”Burke probably won’t hire a GM until the draft. He may hire an assistant GM first”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Bernier v Reimer battle has never been an even race. Leafs view them differently.” … ”I’m not saying Bernier is a #1, but that’s who the Leafs want to be the guy”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Carlyle has had a free ride since he came to Toronto. The screws are going to turn on him really fast here”
  • Adrian Dater: Eastern teams scouting the Avalanche-Senators game: Capitals (1) and Rangers (2).
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: KHL’s Spartak Moscow may fold as they don’t have enough money to pay players and to go on road trips.

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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Morning Rumors: Klesla, Canucks and Rielly

  • Jim Matheson: “The sudden recall of Klesla by Coyotes after clearing waivers smells of a trade. His $2.97 mil out, another contract coming in.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are looking for a scoring second line winger. They have been linked to Capitals Martin Erat, but talks didn’t go anywhere. The Vancouver Sun reported that the Canucks wanted to send David Booth to the Capitals, but they were not interested. The Flames, Panthers and Hurricanes have been shopping players. If the Canucks were to acquire someone, they would likely have to send back some salary as they don’t have a lot of cap space.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs won’t be sending Morgan Rielly to the World Junior Championships.

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Morning Hits: Concussion lawsuit, Schneider, Ericsson, Dudley, Klesla, Recalls and Flip Hit

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The concussion lawsuit has went from the first 10 plaintiffs to up to over 200 now, with the number likely to continue to grow.

    The lawsuit alleges that the NHL failed to do enough to protect and educate its players from the dangers of head injuries and, according to Owens, seeks to find out the answer to three important questions: What did the NHL know about concussions and the effects of subconcussive hits? When did it know it? And what did it tell the players?

  • Eric Macramalla: “The 200 or so NHL players were not magically added to lawsuit after news broke of NHL lawsuit; they likely signed retainer letters ahead of time; in class action litigation only plaintiffs that represent the class need to be identified at the start. Full list of plaintiff names will provided at a later date.”
  • Allan Walsh: “Many people are under the misperception that former players suing the NHL over long term effects of concussions making a pure money grab. In many instances, former players ultimately seeking costs of medical expenses, cost of medication and long term care.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Cory Schneider on not playing: ”It’s Groundhog Day for me. I can’t seem to escape it.”
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings sign Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million, a $4.25 million cap hit.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canadiens give Rick Dudley a more lucrative deal to remain with the team. The Sabres were asking for permission to speak with Dudley about their vacant GM spot. L.A. Lariviere: Dudley had one more year on his deal. Extension doesn’t kick in until after next season.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Rostislav Klesla clears waivers. McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Klesla was assigned to the AHL.

    “It’s more of him getting more minutes and playing more games, get his quickness and pace and confidence back where it needs to be, and then he’ll be back playing for us,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “Whether that’s a weekend or a week or two weeks or the rest of the year, I can’t say right now. So that’s the plan. We think he can help us at some point here, but we need to be better and he needs to be better.”

  • Ryan Rishaug: Matt D’Agostini was claimed by the Sabres.
  • Corey Pronman: The Coyotes have recalled Chris Brown and Connor Murphy from the AHL.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks have sent Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to the AHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Chris Bourque’s contract with the Kazan of the KHL was terminated, and he’s rumored to be signing with Biel of the Swiss league.

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Injury Notes: Downie, Lecavalier, Bolland, Bozak, Schneider, Salvador, McGinn, Zajac and others

  • David Strehle: Flyers Steve Downie will be released from the hospital today. Out indefinitely with a concussion. Vincent Lecavalier is day-to-day with a facial contusion according to Paul Holmgren. Frank Seravalli: Downie left the arena two-plus hours on a stretcher after his fight with Aaron Volpatti. He asked Volpatti to stop during their fight. Renaud Lavoie: Lecavalier will play on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Dave Bolland’s cut is similar to Erik Karlsson’s and was to have surgery last night. Brad Ziemer: Bolland left the arena on a stretcher. Dave Feschuk: Bolland was wearing Kevlar-type socks. They are cut resistant and not cut proof.
  • David Alter: The Leafs put Tyler Bozak on the LTIR. He won’t be able to return to the lineup until Nov. 21st.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Cory Schneider said he’s ready to play and is capable of starting tonight. Tom Gulitti: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said it was “possible” that Schneider could start on today. Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur said he won’t be playing against Wild.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Peter DeBoer said that Bryce Salvador (stress fracture in his foot) has yet to start skating.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that Jamie McGinn (knee) will  play on Wednesday. Added that McGinn needs a few practices.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said that Rostislav Klesla could return next week.
  • Joe Yerdon: Devils Travis Zajac missed last night’s game with an ankle injury.
  • Nashville Predators: Predators Mike Fisher left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jarret Stoll left last night’s game with an injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Alex Tanguay will have an MRI today or tomorrow on his knee. It could be bad.

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