Posts Tagged Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Rangers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: There has been talk that the Hurricanes could look to trade Eric Staal this offseason.

    “I’ve been here a long time. I love it here. I’ve had success here. I know and I believe we can again, and I can be a part of that,” Staal told reporters on Tuesday.

    “I think I can be part of the right things going forward. Obviously, my career isn’t going to be forever, and I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t want to continually miss the playoffs and have these types of interviews at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if they can find the fit, they should trade Craig Anderson. If they move him, they should be able to fill a roster needs or add to their draft picks. He is entering his final season of his deal and could be looking for a three or four year contract.  If re-signed, where would that leave Robin Lehner? Brennan also doesn’t think that Jason Spezza will be back.
  • Larry Brooks: It is possible that the Rangers will use an amnesty buy out on Brad Richards.

    “It’s been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn’t there,” the 33-year-old center said. “But it’s not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that the Flames could have had Nyquist and Tatar for Bouwmeester or another player but chose not to” … ”Based on my information, that was the Wings’ package for Bouwmeester, but not for Iginla”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on the possibility of buying out Ville Leino: ”Very good possibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: ”Changes will need to happen,”
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish listed his four core players: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers MacTavish on pending RFA Justin Schultz: ”I’m open to both scenarios either a longterm or a bridge contract.” Jim Matheson: MacTavish on Shultz: ”He is developing player. Potential is limitless. I would consider long-term deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”I want to rebuild properly, which takes time. It doesn’t have to take years.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray reaffirmed that they could draft Aaron Ekblad, not a guarantee that they draft a forward.

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Morning Rumors: Weber, Flyers, Oilers, Scouting Canes-Wild and Flames-Stars

  • Adam Proteau of the Hockey News: Proteau thinks it may be time for the Predators to trade defenseman Shea Weber. Weber carries a $7.8 million cap hit until 2026. Pekka Rinne is out a month and their replacements have played in three NHL games. They are second worst in goals per game, 2.27. Trading Weber for offense help could help their perennial problem in scoring. Losing Weber would hurt their blueline in the short-term, but Seth Jones could be a franchise defenseman. GM David Poile could get a haul for Weber. The Flyers were willing to lose four first round draft picks when they signed him to an offer sheet. What would they offer now? What would the Oilers offer? Proteau would start with either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall. Weber doesn’t have a no-trade clause.
  • Louis Jean: Sources are saying that the next week or so could be critical for teams that are looking to improve. It’s likely that trade talks will start to heat up.
  • Chip Alexander: Scouting the Hurricanes and Wild last night: Sabres, Flames, Oilers Panthers, Kings, Canadiens, Senators, Penguins, Blues, Capitals, Canucks and Jets.
  • Randy Sportak: Scouting the Flames and Stars last night: Seven scouts from seven teams. There were 14 scouts at the Flames game against the Coyotes, 25 against the Kings.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks and goalie Frederik Andersen are likely to announce a two-year contract extension today.

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Morning Hits: Nugent-Hopkins returning, blueline moves needed for Avs and Selanne’s Winnipeg farewell

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is about to return. Taylor Hallhad been moved to center to fill the void, but he may not be done with it.

    “Are we done with Taylor in the middle? Maybe not, maybe so,” said Eakins. “But (Mark) Arcobello, (Boyd) Gordon and (Will) Acton have played well enough to fill the holes. Arcobello is pulling his weight, Gordon has been consistently good and Acton has done the job.”

    Nugent-Hopkins will be on a line with Hall and Jordan Eberle.

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: When Avs defenseman Ryan Wilson returns, someone will have to be put on waivers or sent to the AHL. Dater thinks coach Patrick Roy wants to keep Nick Holden and Nate Guenin in his top-eight. Matt Hunwick could be the odd man out, but Holden is probably on his way to the AHL. Wilson may return to the lineup on Saturday.
  • Teemu Selanne’s last game in Winnipeg where is career started.

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Injury Notes: RNH, Callahan, Landeskog, Stajan, Josi, Salo, Fraser, Neal, Peverley and Video of Downie Hit on Josi

  • NHL on TSN: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play on Monday against the Devils. Joanne Ireland: Eakins hasn’t ruled out having Taylor Hall stay at center.
  • Larry Brooks: Rangers Ryan Callahan is expected to play on Monday against the Kings.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Gabriel Landeskog is day-to-day with a leg injury. Will skate on Sunday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Matt Stajan is week-to-week with a deep leg contusion.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Roman Josi left last nights game with an upper-body injury after being hit by Steve Downie. (video at bottom)
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs put Mark Fraser on the LTIR, out for 10 games/24 days. CapGeek: The Leafs recalled Jamie Devane. While Frazer McLaren and Fraser on the LTIR, the Leafs have $800,000 in cap space.
  • Rob Rossi: James Neal (upper-body), Matt D’Agostini (lower-body) and Kris Letang (lower-body) did not practice yesterday.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Rich Peverley is expected to play today against the Capitals.

What do you think of Downie’s hit on Josi?

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Injury Notes: Nugent-Hopkins, Neal, Leino, Alfredsson, Forsberg and Salo

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: There have been multiple reports that Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is progressing well and could be back in the lineup sooner than later. Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 tweeted “RNH to play next Thursday? Had contact today. Week of contact looks highly likely to go vs. Habs, minor chance vs.Devils on Monday.” When he returns, the Oilers lines could look like: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Taylor Hall, Jesse Joensuu, Nail Yakupov, Mark Arcobello, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky and Boyd Gordon, Mike Brown, Luke Gazdic.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins James Neal missed the final five minutes of the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t come back for the second.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Ville Leino has a cracked rib and is out indefinitely.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson (groin) didn’t practice yesterday but expects to play this weekend.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Sami Salo was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.

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Morning Hits: Nugent-Hopkins, Schultz, Whitney and Teravainen

  • Nick Kypreos: Just like Taylor Hall’s and Jordan Eberle’s extensions, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers Justin Schultz is able to go to arbitration next summer, could factor into negotiations.
  • Josh Rimer: A member of the Blues organization said they have been really happy with Ryan Whitney.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen said that he’s headed back to Finland today. He could be back in April.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Signs Extension With the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year contract extension. The deal will kick in next season.

Elliotte Friedman: Seven-years, $42 million.

Nugent-Hopkins was drafted first overall by the Oilers in 2011.

What do you think of the deal?

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Morning Hits: FLyers, RNH, Hall, Weiss, Carter, Goalie pads and Karmanos

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers are hoping that a team will call them in the next couple weeks looking for a defenseman. They would like to shed some salary.
  • Dan Tencer: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will “absolutely not” see any pre-season action.
  • Dan Tencer: MacTavish said that moving Taylor Hall to center while Nugent-Hopkins is a possibility. It will be a coaches decision.
  • Chris Nichols: Red Wings Stephan Weiss on playing with Johan Franzen: ”I think Pavel & Z will see lot of attention; hopefully we can fly under radar, do some damage”
  • John Hoven: Kings assistant coach Davis Payne: ’We’re always asking ourselves the question, how do we get Jeff Carter the puck more?’
  • Dennis Bernstein: According to Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford, some goalies will have pads that are four inches different, ’lucky our guys weren’t cheating much’
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Executive VP and Assistant GM, Jason Karmanos, has been relieved of his duties. Ron Francis and Darren Yorke will take over the duties.

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Morning Hits II: Subban, Emelin, Nugent-Hopkins, Pominville, Giroux, Kane, Kuznetsov, Phaneuf and Hjalmarsson

  • TSN: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would like to get P.K. Subban signed and may be fine with extending him during the season.

    “I would like to get something done,” he told reporters, adding he did not want to discuss contracts in public. “It takes two to tango.”

    Defenseman Alexei Emelin likely won’t be ready until December at the earliest.

  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shoulder is feeling really good following surgery.

    “Time will tell if I’m ready for Oct. 1. We’ll talk to the doctors and go from there,” said Nugent-Hopkins, who went under the knife April 23 to repair a labrum tear in his shoulder. “Everybody will be a little bit cautious. It’s important the shoulder is good for the rest of my career.

    “I think I’ll be on the ice pretty much with the guys right away (when camp opens Sept. 12) but I’ll probably wear a yellow (no hitting me, please) jersey to start, but it feels really good. I have 100 per cent range of motion. No pain.”

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild and Jason Pominville are talking contract extension. He said he’s over his head injury and whiplash from a Dustin Brown elbow at the end of last season.

    “They’ve talked a few times for sure and are going back and forth about what the plans are,” Pominville said. “We’ll just go day by day and see if both sides can make progress and go from there.”

    “They committed to getting me, so just that means a lot to me and being part of a group that is committed to having success and being in a city that loves hockey, that makes it even better,” he said. “I want to stay and be part of what they’re building.”

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Claude Giroux won’t be ready for the start of training camp, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season.

    “I think everything will be back to 100 percent. I have no worries at all,” said the Flyers captain. “The doctor says everything will be good.”

  • Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane admits he isn’t in the physical condition he normally is at this time of year, but adds there is still a month from the start of the season. His wrist and foot injuries have prevented him from working like he normally would. His mid-June foot surgery took longer to heal than originally thought.
  • Allan Muir of SI: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov told Sovietsky Sport that he’d seriously consider staying in the KHL if he was offered the right contract.

    “If I am offered a contract here for five-to-seven years, then I would seriously think about it,” he said. “A long-term contract guarantees stability, and I want to feel confident about the future.”

  • Luke Fox: Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf is hoping they can get a deal done that would keep him in Toronto.

    “I want to be part of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a long time. I love playing in the city, but the business side will take care of itself,” Phaneuf said at the Leafs and Legends Charity Gold Classic, the club’s annual pre-training-camp get-together. “I’m sure that we’ll get something done.”

    “We haven’t talked yet, but there’s lots of time left,” Phaneuf. “I think you’re open to everything. For me, I have no problem with doing it during the year. That’s what happened with my last deal.”

    Phaneuf is entering the last year of a six-year, $39 million deal he signed with Calgary.

  • Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have signed defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a five-year contract extension. Pierre LeBrun: Hjalmarsson’s deal carries a $4.1 million salary cap hit.

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Quick Hits: Devils, Martin, Staal, Hall and Burakowsky

  • Howard Eskin: Sources confirm that Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris has agreed on the money to buy the Devils. He will cover Jeff Vanderbeek’s debt as well. Vanderbeek has lost the bank. Done deal.
  • Rob Rossi: Jacques Martin will be the Penguins 3rd assistant coach. They are still looking for a goalie coach. Seth Rorabaugh: Based on yesterday’s conference call, it doesn’t seem like Martin’s role has been defined yet.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said he’s talked with Marc Staal recently, who is doing fine and the eye is doing well.
  • Oilers Now: Oilers Taylor Hall said he may play a few games at center at the start of the season while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out.
  • Corey Pronman: Capitals draft pick Andre Burakowsky said he is still deciding on where to play next season. He will talk again with Erie soon. (Erie holds his CHL rights)

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Morning Hits: Pietrangelo, Maple Leafs, Omark, Nugent-Hopkins, LaRose, European development and drafting Russians

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues and Alex Pietrangelo continue to negotiate and it’s possible it could lead to a holdout.

    “There’s really nothing to report,” Armstrong said. “My belief is that it’s better to stay quiet until we have a conclusion to it and we’re not there now.

    “It’s not something that I’m overly concerned about at this particularly time. We’ve got six weeks until training camp and these things get done at different times. Alex knows we want him here, Alex wants to be here and at the right time things will take shape.”

    Agent Don Meehan said “we have had discussions,” but wouldn’t comment further. As has been mentioned before, Pietrangelo is looking for something around $7 million and the Blues seem to be unwilling to go over $6 million.

    “It’s just finding out is it a maximum-term contract of eight years or do both sides feel it’s better to go short?” Armstrong said. “We’re going to work hand-in-hand with Alex because it’s not a win-lose. We’re hoping to find a win-win for both sides.”

  • Steve Simmons: The Maple Leafs have to sign Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri. They would need to clear cap space before the start of the season if/when they sign both. Simmons thinks the Leafs will head into training being over the salary cap, then figure out what to do with John-Michael Liles or someone else at that point.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: A Swedish paper was noting that Linus Omark is determined to return to the NHL. A Swedish team is trying to bring him into the fold. His rights still belong to the Oilers and they may finally willing to trade his rights.

    “It is true that this is the NHL. But he is not finished yet and I will not say which club it is about. It feels closer than they did in the past and there have been some ways to go.”

    Bob Stauffer responding to this: “Further to @dstaples blog on Linus Omark and a report out of a Swedish paper. The #Oilers are NOT close to a deal involving Omark’s rights.”

  • JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish doesn’t seem too concerned that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may not be ready to start the season after his shoulder surgery.

    “That’s a big hole if he’s not ready, but we’ll overcome through that through depth and some of the additions we’ve had. Arcobello will get a good look, Andrew Miller, Will Acton, Anton Lander. I’m sure we’ll be able to offset Nuge’s absence in the short term.”

    “We’re still operating under the same forecast we had initially (before the shoulder surgery). All things are very optimistic now … but the timeline before was that he’d be ready Nov. 1, in a very pessimistic timeline, and optimistically he’d be ready to start the year. We’re going to stay with that and let his progression dictate when he’s ready. We won’t be hurrying him, that’s for sure.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: It doesn’t appear that Chad LaRose will be back with the Hurricanes as he’s disappeared quietly.

    “His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview, according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer.

    The odd circumstances of his exit are a strange and silent end to an unlikely and unexpected tenure with the Hurricanes. It began without fanfare 10 years ago Tuesday. It ended without fanfare this summer.

  • Red Line Report: ” Extremely revealing that the junior developing almost is gone in both Czech and Slovakia. The trend continues with Russian as well; teams will take high-ends Russians already playing in NA and then gamble on high-end still in Russia, all others need not to apply.

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Morning Hits: RNH, Blues Goaltending, Gretzky, Lindholm and a Detroit Arena

  • Jim Matheson: If Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not able to play until November 1st after his shoulder surgery, he’ll miss a total of 14 games.
  • Jason Gregor: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: ”Our plan is to have Halak as starter, Elliott as the back up and Jake Allen will start the season in the AHL.”
  • Howard Berger: Source saying there is a “very big chance” that Wayne Gretzky will become a top executive at MLSE.
  • Igor Eronko: Hurricanes 1st round pick, Elias Lindholm, said he doesn’t want to play in the AHL and is considering playing another year in Brynas.
  • AP on SportsNet: The city of Detroit is going through bankruptcy proceeding, but they will build a new arena with tax dollars. Some agree with this, but not all. Some feel it will be a catalyst for more development.

    “This is part of investing in Detroit’s future,” Snyder said. “That’s the message we need to get across. … As we stabilize the city government’s finances, as we address those issues and improve services, Detroit moves from a place where people might have had a negative impression — although there are great things already going on — to being a place that will be recognized across the world as a place of great value and a place to invest.”

    The estimated cost of the complex is $650 million, 56 percent to be paid for privately, 44 percent public. Completion date is expected to be in 2017.

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