Posts Tagged Ryan Suter

Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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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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Most Minutes Played (TOI) and Highest Minutes Per Game (TOI/G) In A Single NHL Season

Yesterday I was tweeted some of Ryan Suter’s impressive minutes played numbers from this season. For those that should be following but aren’t:

- Suter had three straight games last week where he played over 35 minutes and 28 seconds. Two of those games were over 36 minutes.
- Suter is averaging 29:36 minutes per game, 2:25 minutes more than the next player, Erik Karlsson.
- In 10 of Suter’s 21 games, he has averaged over 30 minutes.

It was pointed out to me by follower Matt Horner that Suter is on pace to play over 2,400 minutes this season, something that hasn’t been done that often. I decided to look into it to see who had the most minutes in a season.

The first chart is ranked by TOI and the second is by TOI/G, showing where Suter and Karlsson rank for this season. (I only took the TOI/G for the top 10 TOI players for each season)

A couple interesting notes:

- Nicklas Lidstrom had 6 seasons of 2,200 minutes or more. Chris Pronger had 5 seasons.
- Pavel Bure and Paul Kariya are the only forwards to be  listed in the top 10 in TOI at the end of a season. Bure cracked the top 30 all-time list for minutes played.
- Dan Boyle’s TOI ranking with such little SH TOI.

Below the chart is a link to view the top 10 players from each season. NHL.com listing the 1997-98 season as the first season they tracked time-on-ice.

RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI
SH
TOI
PP
TOI
TOI
TOI/G
1 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
1,695:07
272:50
494:22
2,462:19
30:01
2 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
1,630:31
306:40
512:08
2,449:19
29:52
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
1,642:35
374:15
429:33
2,446:23
30:12
4 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
1,530:54
360:52
515:30
2,407:16
29:21
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
1,513:35
485:48
406:34
2,405:57
29:20
6 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
1,517:58
329:23
543:08
2,390:29
29:30
7 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
1,529:21
408:17
451:25
2,389:03
30:14
8 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
1,558:35
416:51
412:26
2,387:52
29:07
9 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
1,571:13
423:37
345:35
2,340:25
28:53
10 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
1,458:33
428:04
446:01
2,332:38
28:26
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
1,614:56
349:35
363:48
2,328:19
28:44
12 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
1,320:45
371:11
618:18
2,310:14
28:10
13 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
1,478:21
412:06
408:31
2,298:58
29:28
14 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
1,525:14
305:03
436:58
2,267:15
29:49
15 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
1,626:52
332:58
292:38
2,252:28
27:28
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
1,308:35
418:40
521:27
2,248:42
28:06
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
1,439:03
405:11
402:53
2,247:07
28:48
18 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
1,500:57
348:43
390:22
2,240:02
27:39
19 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
1,290:59
414:40
533:33
2,239:12
27:59
20 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
1,426:13
392:41
418:25
2,237:19
27:57
21 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
1,571:25
253:49
395:11
2,220:25
28:50
22 Dan Boyle
2006-07
TBL
82
1,633:52
57:06
527:09
2,218:07
27:03
23 Jay Bouwmeester
2008-09
FLA
82
1,582:17
279:48
350:56
2,213:01
26:59
24 Chris Pronger
1997-98
STL
81
1,720:35
298:13
193:43
2,212:31
27:18
25 Chris Pronger
2008-09
ANA
82
1,522:03
321:57
365:11
2,209:11
26:56
26 Scott Niedermayer
2008-09
ANA
82
1,501:34
377:35
328:20
2,207:29
26:55
27 Brian Campbell
2011-12
FLA
82
1,760:51
104:59
339:41
2,205:31
26:53
28 Duncan Keith
2010-11
CHI
82
1,743:37
216:05
244:51
2,204:33
26:53
29 Pavel Bure
2000-01
FLA
82
1,574:36
152:49
475:44
2,203:09
26:52
30 Bryan McCabe
2006-07
TOR
82
1,405:07
311:33
483:21
2,200:01
26:49
RK Player
Year
Team
GP
ES
TOI/G
SH
TOI/G
PP
TOI/G
TOI
TOI/G
1 Chris Pronger
1998-99
STL
67
21:05
5:19
4:11
2,050:36
30:36
2 Chris Pronger
1999-00
STL
79
19:21
5:10
5:42
2,389:03
30:14
3 Chris Chelios
1997-98
CHI
81
20:16
4:37
5:18
2,446:23
30:12
4 Ray Bourque
1997-98
BOS
82
20:40
3:19
6:01
2,462:19
30:01
5 Brian Leetch
1998-99
NYR
82
19:53
3:44
6:14
2,449:19
29:52
6 Brian Leetch
1997-98
NYR
76
20:04
4:00
5:44
2,267:15
29:49
7 Ray Bourque
1998-99
BOS
81
18:44
4:03
6:42
2,390:29
29:30
8 Ryan Suter
2013-14
MIN
22
22:29
2:58
4:01
648:42
29:29
9 Chris Pronger
2001-02
STL
78
18:57
5:17
5:14
2,298:58
29:28
10 Brian Leetch
2000-01
NYR
82
18:40
4:24
6:17
2,407:16
29:21
11 Nicklas Lidstrom
2002-03
DET
82
18:27
5:55
4:57
2,405:57
29:20
12 Al Macinnis
1998-99
STL
82
19:00
5:05
5:01
2,387:52
29:07
13 Adrian Aucoin
2002-03
NYI
73
17:29
6:03
5:27
2,117:50
29:00
14 Adrian Aucoin
2001-02
NYI
81
19:23
5:13
4:15
2,340:25
28:53
15 Sergei Zubov
1999-00
DAL
77
20:24
3:17
5:07
2,220:25
28:50
16 Nicklas Lidstrom
2001-02
DET
78
18:26
5:11
5:09
2,247:07
28:48
17 Nicklas Lidstrom
1999-00
DET
81
19:56
4:18
4:29
2,328:19
28:44
18 Rob Blake
1999-00
LAK
77
19:00
3:57
5:32
2,193:52
28:29
19 Nicklas Lidstrom
2000-01
DET
82
17:47
5:13
5:26
2,332:38
28:26
20 Bryan McCabe
2005-06
TOR
73
16:26
4:22
7:28
2,065:35
28:17
21 Tomas Kaberle
2005-06
TOR
82
16:06
4:31
7:32
2,310:14
28:10
22 Nicklas Lidstrom
2005-06
DET
80
16:21
5:14
6:31
2,248:42
28:06
23 Chris Pronger
2005-06
EDM
80
16:08
5:11
6:40
2,239:12
27:59
24 Zdeno Chara
2006-07
BOS
80
17:49
4:54
5:13
2,237:19
27:57
25 Nicklas Lidstrom
2003-04
DET
81
18:31
4:18
4:49
2,240:02
27:39
26 Rob Blake
2001-02
COL
75
18:43
3:47
5:03
2,068:23
27:34
27 Scott Niedermayer
2006-07
ANA
79
17:41
3:58
5:50
2,173:22
27:30
28 Nicklas Lidstrom
2006-07
DET
80
17:17
4:32
5:39
2,199:06
27:29
29 Erik Karlsson
2013-14
OTT
21
21:33
1:13
4:42
577:28
27:29
30 Jay Bouwmeester
2007-08
FLA
82
19:50
4:03
3:34
2,252:28
27:28

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Flames, Jets, Canadiens, Canucks, Sabres and Scouting Avs-Blues

  • TSN: Some quotes from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “I have not seen the same, beat-up, negative group that I’ve seen here in the past. If I thought for one instant it was a lack of work ethic on the players’ part, we’d be having a much different conversation.

    “I’m going to continue to support this group, and I think the players deserve my support… I feel and see progress,” added MacTavish.

    “The blueline needs to be improved upon… do we need a big stud defenceman? It would help immensely,” said MacTavish.

  • Bob Stauffer: MacTavish said he would be prepared to move their 2014 1st round pick, preferable a player on an entry level contract.
  • Jason Gregor: MacTavish: ”I don’t view another first round draft choice as what we need. Whether I can get suitable value for that remains to be seen.” … ”Our default is to kick out and not go to the net or tough areas. We need to get our group there or bring guys in who will go there.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers had offered three 2nd round picks for Braydon Coburn at the 2013 draft and couldn’t get the deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames at this moment in time do not want to move Cammalleri”
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Someone started that the Jets are taking calls for Evander Kane. A Montreal radio station floated a Kane for Max Pacioretty deal. A Vancouver TV type said the Canucks may want to package some prospects for Kane.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Ranking Sabres GM candidates: 1. Claude Loiselle 2. Jason Botterill 3. Laurence Gilman 4. Brad Treliving 5. Paul Fenton Wild Card: Bill Zito.
  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: The Canadiens will soon find out what it will cost them to potentially sign P.K. Subban to contract extension. It is likely to cost $8 million or more per season. What Subban brings: “no other defenceman brings quite the same combination of rise-out-of-your-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive intelligence.” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8-years, $56 million) and Blues Alex Pietrangelo (7-years, 45.5 million) may be the closest comparables. Penguins Kris Letang signed for 8-years and $58 million. Before the lockout, Senators Erik Karlsson signed for 7-years and $45 million. Shea Weber has a salary cap hit of $7.8 million, followed by Ryan Suter and Letang at $7.5 million.
  • Adrian Dater: Scouting the Avalanche – Blues games: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Lightning.

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Morning Hits: Berard, Suter, Pearson, Emelin, Prust and Giguere

  • New York Daily News: Former NHL Bryan Berard worked with a former policeman and the FBI to bring down two men for multiple fraud counts. Two men ripped off upwards of $$15 million from at least a 12 former and current NHLers. Berard, along with Michael Peca, Mattias Norstrom, Jere Lehtinen, Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel.
  • Chris Johnston: Only 10 times NHL players have played over 35 minutes in a game (non-playoff) since 2007. Wild’s Ryan Suter has done it three times in the past week.
  • John Hoven: The Kings have recalled Tanner Pearson.
  • John Lu: The Canadiens have returned Greg Pateryn and Gabriel Dumont back to the AHL. Alexei Emelin and Brandon Prust returns are imminent.

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Morning Hits: Suter, Blackhawks goalies, Teravainen, Ristolainen and Zadorov

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Ryan Suter had been playing without a visor in past seasons  but will wear one this year.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks goals allowed after 100 minutes each: Khabibulin 3, Simpson and Carruth 4, Paanta and Crawford 7, Whitney 8.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainenwill return Finland this year despite having a good camp.

    “I think we’re going to send him back, and he’s going to play over there,” Quenneville said. “But nice knowing there’s a real nice piece coming.”

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle:  “The salary cap world changes things. It’s a different way of evaluating when you’re forced to make decisions based on contracts.”
  • Arpon Basu: The Sabres two first round picks, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, have not looked out of place.

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Morning Hits: Giroux, Timonen, Yakupov, Suter and Hunwick

  • Stephen Whyno: Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman said that Claude Giroux not attending orientation camp won’t hurt his chance making the team.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen signed a one-year, $6 million this offseason. Many thought it would be his last year, but that may not be the case.

    “I’m not sure if this is going to be my last year,” the Flyers defenseman said on Tuesday. “I am going to take the approach of, ‘how do I feel?’ If I can still play at the level I’ve accomplished over the years, and enjoy it, I don’t see why not play one more year [after this season]. That will be my approach.

    “If I stay healthy and play at the level I want, then I’ll go one more year. We’ll see.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: A R-Sport report has Nail Yakupov saying he would have liked to stay in the KHL last season.

    “Of course I would have liked to have played a full season with Neftekhimik. I didn’t want to leave Nizhnekamsk because, to be honest, we had a pretty cool team.”

    “But in Edmonton it was great. The only bad thing was that we didn’t make the playoffs.

    “This year is sure to be sparkling. If we don’t get into the playoffs, then you’ve got to wonder. We’ve reshuffled, management has changed … something has to happen this season in terms of taking a step forward.”

  • Shawn Roarke: Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has used a visor all summer in his training. Said it’s uncomfortable but manageable. He was hit just above the helmet line with a puck last year and it got him thinking.
  • Shawn Hunwick: Hunwick announces his retirement from hockey. (After four season at the University of Michigan, he played in one NHL game with the Blue Jackets. He split last season between the ECHL and the DEL.)

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Quick Hits: Wild, Fraser, Hemsky, Franson, Kearns and Grebeshkov

  • Charly Walters of the Pioneer Press: (s/t Adrian Dater) Walters notes that a “little birdie” says that the Wild lost $30 million last season. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter had bonuses totaling $20 million.
  • Darren Dreger: For Mark Fraser’s arbitration hearing with the Maple Leafs: he’s looking for $2 million, the Leafs are offering $855,000.
  • Jim Matheson: Quiet on the Ales Hemsky trade front. Matheson thinks he’d look good on the right side on the Senators top two lines.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater said there is no chance that the Avalanche will inquire about Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks re-signed Bracken Kearns to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers GM Craig MacTavis is anxious to see Denis Gresbeshkov back on the Oilers blueline.

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Morning Hits: Jagr, Calvert, Brodeur, Zidlicky and Elias

  • Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Jaromir Jagr said that the Philadelphia management didn’t want to negotiate a contract until after they knew the outcome of the two $100 million offers they had on the table. By the time Zach Parise and Ryan Suter knew where they were going to sign, Jagr had moved on.

    “We made an offer to Jaromir back in February,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said of Jagr, who signed with Dallas and then was traded last month to Boston. “It didn’t go anywhere. They decided to wait until after the season was over. We talked a number of times between the end of the year and free agency. I talked to his agent (Petr Svoboda). He called me the day that Jaromir signed with Dallas. He said, ‘We’re getting close, where are you guys at?’ At that point, we weren’t in a position to do anything because we had offers out on other guys.”

    The Flyers may not have wanted to give Jagr a raise from $3.3 million to anything past $4 million. Jagr responded to a question that if waiting for Suter and Parise drove him away.

    “Well, the thing I understand is that if you give two offers to free agents … you cannot give two offers to somebody else,” he said. “Because if they grab it, with the salary cap, what are you going to do? So (Flyers management) had to wait for those players to say no and it took them a week. So it’s the whole free market.

    “I was happy (in Philadelphia). Everybody knew it. I loved that team. I loved the fans. I loved the city. But on the other side, I always believe in God. And I always believed He would find the best place for me. I had a faith that something good would happen to me even if (returning to Philadelphia) didn’t happen.”

  • Blue Jackets.NHL.com: The Blue Jackets have re-signed Matt Calvert (2 years, $1.975 million). In 42 games this season, the 23-year old Calvert has nine goals and seven assists with 32 penalty minutes.

    “Matt is a dynamic young winger that plays with great tenacity at both ends of the ice and we look forward to his continued development and contributions to our hockey club,” said Kekalainen.

  • Rich Chere: Devils Martin Brodeur confirms that he’ll play next season.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Neither Marek Zidlicky or Patrick Eliashas spoken with the Devils about a contract extension.

    “I don’t know yet. It’s pretty tough to say right now,” Zidlicky said. “I would like to come back. I don’t know what Lou wants to do with the team for next year. I’d like to stay here. He knows that.”

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Three teams contracted Habs about Subban as talks don’t progress … Gardiner to AHL … Perry/Getzlaf the new Suter/Weber

  • Louis Jean via twitter: Source said there is no real progress today on Subban talks. His agent suggested coming down from offer for 5 plus years to Jamie Benn’s numbers. There is still a philosophical divide. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Hearing no progress in negotiations today. Louis Jean via twitter: There was speculation that talks could yield a new offer, but that is not the case. Source suggested that both sides will take the weekend off to re-assess positions. Subban’s camp asked for  the meeting. May not have been a step back, but not a step forword.   Dave Stubbs via twitter: Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, in a text: ”We met with (#Habs) Marc B today. P.K. will take weekend to reflect & we will meet P.K. again on Monday”
  • David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Jake Gardiner to the AHL. No one has been called up to replace him, and they’ll stay with 22 players for the time being. Darren Dreger via twitter: “Gardiner simply needs the minutes to get back up to speed. Might have been a good idea to give him a few AHL games to warm him up.” Damien Cox via twitter: “Not sure why so many Leaf fans believe playing in the AHL is bad for a player, or somehow an insult. Just part of the process.”
  • Damien Cox via twitter: “And since I know this question is coming, no, the Leafs are not more likely to trade Gardiner in a Luongo deal. Won’t happen.”
  • Mike Halford via twitter: Halford thinks that Ducks Corey Perry/Ryan Getzlaf will be this years Ryan Suter/Shea Weber. Minus the “Philly’s crippling offer sheet” subplot. Halford could see Getzlaf staying in Anaheim, and Perry signing a huge deal with someone, maybe with Detroit. The Flyers of course would be interested.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons brings up the questionable goaltending by Ben Scrivens, and that James Reimer allowed a pair of weak goals in his only start. The Canucks will eventually have to lower their asking price for Roberto Luongo. There is evidence that the Maple Leafs are playing better under Randy Carlyle. Nazem Kadri is playing well. Despite not scoring often, Phil Kessel is working hard. Dion Phaneuf is gambling less. The goaltending needs to be stabalized if the Leafs want to be in a position to win more often.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: The Oilers waiver claim on goalie Niko Hovinen is not an NHL move, don’t expect him to be added to their roster.
  • Bob Stauffer via twitter: Note for the Flames – Oilers game [tonight]. All of the Oilers top 6 forwards played during the lockout. None of the Flames top 6 played, Glencross-Tanguay-Iginla or Cammalleri-Backlund-Stempniak.

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Players who are not considering going overseas at this time

  • The Fourth Period: Gabriel Landeskog has been approached by a couple Norwegian teams. Matt Duchene is not considering playing in Europe unless the entire NHL season is lost. Jan Hejda will wait until November before deciding what to do. Paul Stastny may be looking to pay in Germany with his brother Yan if the lockout drags on.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: Martin Brodeur on playing overseas, “Not now for sure only if it drags on I’ll look into it.”

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Flames lease close to expiring … 6 Predators and Hurricanes questions … Lilja out … Klefbom not ready … Horton cleared

  • Tamara Gignac of the Calgary Herald: The Flames lease at the Scotiabank Saddledome expires in 2014 and the Flames would like a modern building to enable them to compete financially with other NHL teams. They are being tight-lipped about when or where they could break new ground. The Flames can extend their lease until a new arena is built.

    “We certainly won’t be ready to move by 2014,” King said.

    “If we dropped the flag and started building today, I don’t think we’d meet the deadline. We have an arrangement to be here as long or frankly, as short, as required.”

  • Brian Compton of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Predators heading into this season. 1. Can the Predators overcome the loss of Ryan Suter? 2. Can anyone on this roster score 30 goals? 3. Can Pekka Rinne duplicate his success? 4. Is this the year Mattias Ekholm makes an impact? 5. Is Colin Wilson ready to take the next step? 6. Can the Predators reach 100 points again?
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers confirmed that defenseman Andreas Lilja had a hip injury and will miss the start of the season. Lilja told a Swedish newspaper that he might be out until December, but GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t agree.

    “He did have surgery [and] should be back late October or early November,” Holmgren texted CSNPhilly.com on Sunday afternoon.

  • Mike Morreale of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes. 1. How will coach Kirk Muller use Jordan Staal? 2. Where does Alexander Semin fit in? – they could have Eric Staal center Semin and Chad LaRose, Jordan Staal centering Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen. Tuomo Ruutu centering Jiri Tlusty and Patrick Dwyer.  3. Do the acquisitions of Staal and Semin make Carolina a Cup contender? 4. How will Muller fare in his first full season behind the bench? 5. Do the Hurricanes have enough depth on defense? 6. Who will serve as Cam Ward’s backup?
  • Josh Yohe via twitter: If the Penguins have any interest in the Ducks Bobby Ryan, now might be the time to make a move as the Flyers may have to concentrate on defensemen.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom to NHL.com: “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready.”
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Nothing new on Tim Thomas. Another team may look at him to reach the salary floor depending on the new CBA. Nathan Horton has been cleared to resume full contact once training camp opens.

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