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NHL Injuries: Ducks, Panthers, Sharks, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Wild and Flames

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks that Cam Fowler could return by next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have sent Jonathan Racine back to the AHL as Ed Jovanovski is ready to return to the lineup.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Tomas Hertl practiced yesterday without a “no-contact” jersey.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton (lower-body) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Jared Boll is expected to return to the lineup.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray (knee) skated yesterday morning  with associate coach Craig Hartsburg, doing conditioning drills.  Shawn Mitchell: Murray will travel with the team to Philadelphia but won’t play. Coach Todd Richards said he could return next Friday against Chicago or Sunday against the Islanders.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) won’t travel with the team. Either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will fill in for Nikitin.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell said he’ll play tonight.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding was on the ice yesterday during their practice.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Mike Yeo was vague about Mikael Granlund’s possible head injury. Said he didn’t know about his status.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon had season-ending shoulder surgery. Mark Cundari and Chris Breen have been recalled.

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Morning Rumors: Draft Lottery, Sabres, Panthers, Flyers, Oilers, Kovalchuk and the Devils

  • Elliotte Friedman: The NHL is looking into altering their draft lottery process. Under the current system, any team in the lottery could ‘win’ the lottery and select first overall, as well as not being able fall back more than one draft slot. There are talks of altering the systems so that teams could drop to the fourth or possibly the six slot. Odds of winning the lottery are 25 percent for the worst team to 0.5 percent for the 14th seed. This could be altered too. They are also looking at the possibility of looking at a team over a five year span.The NHL may get rid of having ‘lists’ for shooters taking part in the shootout.Illegal testing of draft prospects could be $250,000.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray will look to start contract extension talks with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to see if they are interested in signing on long-term.

    Murray said there were no offers that were remotely close for Tyler Myers or Christian Ehrhoff at the deadline. Cap recapture on Ehrhoff’s deal are a concern and affects trade scenarios.

    Five years ago the Panthers asked the Flyers for Claude Giroux when the Flyers inquired about Jay Bouwmeester. The Flyers obviously said no. The Kings asked the Flyers for Sean Couturier when they were shopping Jonathan Bernier.

    Oilers owner Daryl Katz is thought to be the driving force behind the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray.

    Friedman asked Ilya Kovalchuk at the Olympics if he would return to the NHL, Kovalchuk laughed and said he has three years left on his KHL deal and we’ll see.

  • Mike Harrington: “No shock the NHL is worried about tanking for top picks, given what’s gone on in the NBA and the charade #Sabres pulled in October.” … “@JeremyWGR et al – charade was starting season w/4 teen-agers, first team in NHL to play a single game in 18 years. Trading UFAs is fine. The Sabres have traded their UFAs and have bad NHL players now. Fair enough. Starting 4 teen-agers was an open tank. That’s my point.”
  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Martin Brodeur said back when he, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were unrestricted free agent in 2012, Parise was “pretty close” to remaining with the Devils and luring Suter. Brodeur signed a two-year $9 million deal with the Devils, Parise and Suter signed with the Wild.

    “Listen, I was on the phone with Zach while I was doing my thing two years ago,” Brodeur said. “We were in the same boat. We’d talk and he’d ask me, ‘Are you going to come back?’ We had a lot of conversations. I was supposed to get on the phone with Suter. I never got to the phone with him, but we were talking about it.”

    “Zach was pretty close to coming back here,” Brodeur said. “It’s not something that he wanted at no cost getting out of New Jersey, like other guys when they hit free agency you knew it was all over for them. He and Suter were pretty close, and anywhere they were going to go, it was a package deal probably.”

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Morning Rumors: Sather, Penguins, Kesler, Nieuwendyk, Malone, Murray, Yakupov, Vanek and Naslund

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson has heard the 70-year old Glen Sather could be considering retiring as the Rangers GM.Trading Derrick Pouliot in a package for Ryan Kesler always seemed like a reach. Simon Despres made more sense. His confidence is shaken in Pittsburgh.

    Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t sure if he wants to move his young family from Dallas to Calgary to take the GM post.

    Matheson thinks the Lightning will buy out Ryan Malone after the season. He has a $2.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit.

    Blue Jackets Ryan Murray tore his meniscus, which would keep him out for five weeks. He could return during a first round series.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders what the Oilers will do with Nail Yakupov. Do they see what they can get for Yakupov at the draft? Would the Sabres consider moving their first or possibly the Islanders first?
  • John Hoven: Farhan Lalji of TSN said that Ryan Kesler had only five teams that he was willing to go to.
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on deciding not to re-sign with the Sabres: ”I just asked what direction this team was going in. No one really had an answer.”
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on playing for three teams this year: ”It was different, exciting, weird, all at the same time.”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Markus Naslund resigned from his GM post with MODO. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said on the Team 1040 that he would reach out to Naslund, but Naslund said not to jump to conclusions.

    “This has nothing to do with anything in North America,” he said. “This is a decision made here a little over a month ago, that I was not going to sign another deal. I’m ready to do something different.

    “I can see why there is speculation. But there is nothing to the rumours.”

    On if he’d be interested if Gillis called about joining the Canucks front office.

    “I don’t know at this point,” he said. “I had a couple of inquiries a year ago or so, but it made no sense for me or us as a family. I’m going to take some time…and see what I’d like to do. I’m not ruling out anything. I didn’t take the job with MoDo with the NHL in mind. That was to help out an organization that was in rough shape.”

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Injury Notes: MacArthur, Lehtonen, Stralman, Richards, Hossa, Murray, Gustavsson, Stastny and Sbisa

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur won’t need surgery to fix his injured tendon in his hand. He suffered the injury fighting Flames Chris Butler. He won’t play tomorrow, and could return next Saturday.

    “The only update I have is they don’t need to do surgery so that’s as positive as it could be,” said coach Paul MacLean before Saturday’s game.

    “It’s more to do with pain threshold and ability to hang onto the stick. Those will be the factors that go into it.”

  • Mike Heika: Stars Kari Lehtonen left after being hit by Erik Haula: “Obviously, it’s not good. He went in hard, hit the crossbar hard. The likelihood is it’s a concussion on just a dirt play. It should be suspended. A fourth liner takes out our goaltender.”

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is not concerned about Anton Stralman’s ankle or Brad Richards’ wrist.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Marian Hossa could return to the ice this week and possibly be back in the lineup next week.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray will be out four to six weeks after having knee surgery.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonas Gustavsson is out with a sore groin. Petr Mrazek has been recalled.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy on Paul Stastny’s injury: ”We’ll know more next few days”

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Injury and Morning Notes: Sedin, Weiss, Datsyuk, Hanzal, Belov, Faulk, Murray, Nolan, LaFontaine and Expansion

  • Darren Dreger: Canucks Daniel Sedin was scheduled to have an MRI yesterday to determine extent of his leg injury. Not believed to be his knee. Renaud Lavoie: Daniel could be out for minimum of three weeks.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss had a setback and was going for tests.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk will see his fourth doctor tomorrow to look at his inflamed knee. The previous three have said surgery is not needed at this time.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Martin Hanzal is questionable tonight with a lower-body injury.
  • Ryan Rishaug: Oilers Anton Belov is out several weeks with a partially torn oblique muscle.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Justin Faulk is out 10 days with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Aaron Portzline: Portzline was told that Murray twisted his left leg, appears to be an ankle or knee.
  • John Vogl: Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said he hasn’t spoken with GM Tim Murray and that there is no deadline on the offer to remain with the team.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Sabres and Pat LaFontaine settled on terms from his multi-year deal, including a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Allan Walsh: “There are 3 certainties in life; Death, Taxes and the fact NHL expansion is coming soon.”

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Morning Rumors: Blue Jackets, Lightning, Capitals, Coyotes, Rangers, Jets, Oilers and Leafs

  • The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is looking to bring in help for up front and on the blueline. They are looking for a top-six winger, a defensive-minded forward, and a defenseman. They could move some of their young pieces and/or some of their picks. They could be looking for players that are signed beyond this year. The Blue Jackets could be looking to trade Marian Gaborik as well if he is healthy by the deadline.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Regarding a Toronto article that the Maple Leafs will go after Steven Stamkos if he becomes a UFA in 2016.  Next January, the Lightning will start contract extension talks. They might take some time, but it will get done before the season ends. Erlendsson: “I’m 99.91 percent sure on this: Steven Stamkos will not reach the free-agent market.”
  • Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post: The Capitals have sent Philipp Grubauer to the AHL, but how will it effect Michal Neuvirth’s request for a trade.

    “I don’t think about it,” Neuvirth said. “My job is to play for the Washington Capitals. I’m focusing on playing for this team and I don’t worry about anything else.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Coyotes are believed to be looking for a top-six forward and are looking at Sabres Matt Moulson and Stars Ray Whitney. Whitney’s no-movement clause lets him name 10 teams that he won’t go to. The Kings, Red Wings and Ducks are believed to be interested in Moulson.
  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers are looking add a top-six forward and a mobile defenseman. A source is saying they have spoken with the Jets about their forwards such as: Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd. Wheeler and Ladd have limited no-trade clauses. If the Jets were to move one of them, they would require at least a proven, young roster player.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mail bag) Matheson thinks there is no chance that they trade their 1st round draft pick this season as they they could be picking in the top three. They won’t draft Sam Reinhart as he’s not big enough. They should have taken Ryan Murray in 2012 when they drafted Nail Yakupov. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad might be able to play in the NHL next season. They also like Leon Draisaitl.The Oilers may have some interest in Dustin Byfuglien, but more as a forward than a defenseman. Matheson thinks the asking price would be more than just Sam Gagner. The Jets don’t really need more draft picks.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Every time I ask is there a better chance that the Leafs consider the interest around in Reimer, the answer I get back is no” … ”Not saying Reimer isn’t available, there is that same old song and dance with Nonis that he will move anyone for the right price.”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Edmonton must have a great summer. They need to do whatever possible to get a high end goalie like Hiller”

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Morning Hits: Weber, LaBarbera, Booth, Winter Classic, Brown, Pominville, Murry and Brodeur

  • Pierre LeBrun: Canucks Yannick Weber and Oilers Jason LaBarbera cleared waivers.
  • George Richards: “David Booth says no place he’d rather be than Vancouver but admits he misses the success and lifestyle he led w/ #FlaPanthers”
  • Nick Cotsonika: About 30,000-40,000 people from Toronto are expected to be at the Winter Classic.
  • Travis Yost: (heading into last night’s games) “Dustin Brown and Jason Pominville have something kind of cool in common: they’ve been on the ice for one EV goal against. The entire season. To put Brown/Pominville into perspective: Eberle/RNH on ice for 20G against. Versteeg, 19G against. Spezza/Legwand/Chimera/+ 17G against.
  • Dustin Nielson: The Oilers scouting staff voted in favor of drafting Ryan Murray over Nail Yakupov.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tonight.

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Morning Hits: 2012 Draft, Backlund, New Avs lines, Dubnyk and the Sabres

  • Aaron Portzline: Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was thrilled when the Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray in 2012. The Blue Jackets wouldn’t have drafted Yakupov at No 2. Portzline thinks (if remembers correctly) that Howson would have taken Alex Galchenyuk at No. 2 if the Oilers had taken Murray at No. 1. Howson liked Murray so much, he had turned down all of the Islanders draft picks for the No. 2 slot.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames forward Mikael Backlund was benched for a good part of the 2nd period and was demoted to the 4th line.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon is likely to replace Matt Duchene on the teams first line, centering Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. Paul Stastny will center Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau. John Mitchell centering Cody McLeod and Max Talbot.
  • Jason Gregor: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Sabres coach Ted Nolan:

    “There’s some maneuvering room we can do here. We checked the farm team, see who’s going well down there. There’s a couple players playing exceptionally well down there that deserve an opportunity. We’ve been tweaking. We’re going to meet right after this and see what we can do.”

    Former GM Darcy Regier’s plan was to use young players and get a high draft pick.

    “We’re going to try to get this thing on proper footing going forward and putting people in position of success versus force-feeding them,” Nolan said. “You see some good organizations and how they go about it. You don’t force-feed somebody and say we’re rebuild. Rebuild is important, but how you rebuild is really important.

    “Like I said, Patty and I have been talking about it since we got involved. I think you can have some young kids, a few of them, but not as many as we have.”

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NHL Rookie Watch: Ryan Murray – Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan MurrayRyan Murray Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 9/27/93
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 195
Position: D
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round, 2nd overall in 2012 by Columbus.

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus - @coreypronman

Year in Review: Murray looked good early on in the WHL, as well as in Under-20 play. He could have broken camp with Columbus prior to a shoulder injury that cost him most of his season.

The Good: Murray has clearly elite hockey sense and he embodies what one NHL source calls an all-situations, do-everything kind of player. He can shut down the opponent’s best players with very keen positioning and awareness. He also has the offensive creativity and sense to join the play, as well as make good decisions with the puck. Murray will not blow anyone away with his offensive ability, but it is there, and his offensive potential grades as between above-average and high-end. He is a plus skater who moves very well in every direction, allowing him to recover quickly.

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Morning Rumors: Vrbata, Stastny, Reimer-Bernier and Yakupov-Murray

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Radim Vrbata and the Coyotes have shelved contract talks until the end of the season. Vrbata is in the last year of three-year, $9 million deal. He’s scored 90 goals over the past four seasons.

    “Radim’s intent at this time is to focus on playing,” Evans said. “We had some discussion with the team. I’m not going to get into details, but we had discussions with them up until the day before the season started and when it didn’t lead to a new deal, we made it clear that from that point forward Radim was going to focus on playing.

    “So any type of contract discussion would be a distraction for him. It’s an important season for him and an important season for the Coyotes, and he’s focused on playing the game and helping his team win.”

    Vrbata had hoped to get a deal done before the season started.

    “If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to get paid more,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “We have no problem paying on performance. We’ve always been able to find ways, for the most part, to keep the people we want to keep. So he seems comfortable with it and if (Thursday) night is any indication, he’s going to have a monster year, and I hope he does.”

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Many people think the Avalanche will have to trade one of their centers, Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny or Nathan MacKinnon, with the odds on favorite being Stastny. Stastny is in the last year of his deal that is paying him $6.6 million. If Stastny changed his game into more of third line role (and took less money) and was happy with that, may be the only hope for him remaining with the team. Unlikely. The Avs need help on the blueline and Stastny could be that trade chip. The Avs play over the first two-thirds of the season could determine what happens with Stastny. He could be a rental if they are out of it.
  • Michael Grange: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle after James Reimer was pulled after allowing four goals and Jonathan Bernier coming in and not allowing a goal and picking up the shootout win: ”It makes is easier, it makes it easier.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “To answer @FriedgeHNIC‘s on air question, re: Yakupov vs Murray, and I suspect he knew answer: Yes, majority of EDM scouts wanted Murray. Decision to take Yakupov over Murray came from a higher authority. That’s not indictment of decision, only saying how it was arrived at.”

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Injury Notes II: Jovanovski, Murray, Jagr, Carlyle, Lowry and Toews

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: There is no guarantee that Panthers Ed Jovanovski will play another game after his major hip surgery. He has been rehabbing and skating all off-season, but there is still uncertainty regarding his future.

    “I’ve been feeling pretty good. It’s almost like I’ll feel comfortable to play in a game when I have that thought. There’s no pressure from anyone on the outside,’’ Jovanovski said Thursday after skating with the team on the first day of training camp.

    “I do want to play again and that’s in my mind. I’ll do everything I can to play again.’’

  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray said his shoulder is feeling good, a little sore but no issues so far.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Jaromir Jagr’s injury: ”We’re not concerned. That’s the best I can say.”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think Joffrey Lupul’s absence will be long-term.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Adam Lowry is day-to-day with an upper-body injury after crashing into the boards.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews has a lower-body injury. He practiced but didn’t partake in the scrimmage. It is not considered serious.

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Datsyuk, Malkin, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin offered $30 million each … Kovalchuk says he wants to stay in Russia … FA and injury notes

  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin were guaranteed $30 million each by Russian President Vladimir Putin to remain in the KHL. Update: Original source came from David Satriano of the NY Post:

    The Post’s Larry Brooks reported that four players — Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin — were preparing to issue a statement last Friday announcing that they planned to remain in the KHL, even if an NHL labor agreement was reached. They were guaranteed $30 million each by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the NHL Players Association talked the players out of it.

  • Slava Malamud via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk to Sport-Express: ”I want to stay in St. Petersburg but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break.” He added that he is going to talk with SKA management and ”hopefully, everything will be decided then.”
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: “Clarification: Kovalchuk spoke of this year only. The phrasing leads to believe he’d like to finish season w/ SKA, return to NJD in the fall”
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: The Sabres are considering re-signing Jochen Hecht. The Senators are looking at Kent Huskins. Eric Fehr will get attention from teams.
  • Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is optimistic that he will be ready for the season opener. It’s been 2 months since he sprained his knee.
  • Jason Deforest via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster on Roman Cervenka who is still on blood thinners as a precaution: ”We’ve been advised that the blood clot is no longer there.”
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Olympics and realignment are issues the NHL and NHLPA still have to get to according to Gary Bettman. Added that they are important to both sides.

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