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NHL Rumors: Devils, Jets, Avalanche, Coyotes and Ducks

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Devils have enough salary cap to bring back Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky. The Jets could be a potential landing spot for Bruins pending UFA goalie Chad Johnson. Jets Al Montoya will be a UFA. It is possible the Ducks let pending UFA Jonas Hiller walk at the end of the season and go with a Frederik Andersen and John Gibson tandem next year.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s camp will have contract discussions when the season is over.

    “Quite honestly, it was not even close from us to move Pauly,” said Roy, who also holds the title of vice president of hockey operations. “We said all along we didn’t want to have rental players, (but) the only one we would keep is Paul, because we believe that Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year. We believe that there’s a good chance for him to re-sign with us. Now, how it will happen, it will be up to Joe and his agent. But I think Paul has the Avs in his heart and I think he’s going to want to be in this town.”

    When asked if he expects to re-sign with the Avalanche.

    “I hope so,” he said Friday. “But I don’t really care about what’s going on with that stuff. That’s down the road. For me right now, it’s all about this team and what we’ve been doing all year and what we want to keep doing.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after next season, but they can start contract extension talks after July 1st.

    “I like it here,” Vermette said. “I haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s really quick, but we’ll see what’s going to present itself and we’ll listen.”

    Vermette will likely be looking for a raise from his current $3.75 million.

    “Yeah, we’d like to do something,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “But as we’ve learned, whether we’re able to do something, that’s another story.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils might look to bring in Brian Gionta this offseason. GM Lou Lamoriello said he’s always looking for bring in goal-scorers despite their reputation of being a defensive team.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever not thought about offensive players. We always have,” Lamoriello said. “They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.

    “(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. More than we thought.”

    The Canadiens would like to retain their pending UFA, though he’d have to take less than the $5 million he made this season. Brian’s brother Stephen is a pending UFA for the Devils and would like to come back next year. He could help recruit Brian.

  • Lance Pugmire of the LA Time: Ducks Saku Koivu on potential retirement after the season.

    “Well, that’s … I haven’t thought that far away,” Koivu said. “You want [the Cup], I’ve worked for it all these years and retiring would probably be easier if [winning it] happened.

    “But right now, you try to keep the focus on the game and not think about the future. You start doing that, you lose the focus, that intensity you’re trying to find. You hope that’s going to happen.

    “And if it does, then I might have an answer for you.”

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Injury notes: Weiss, DeKeyser, Koivu, Calvert, Bickell, Bourque, Duchene and Kessel

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Stephen Weiss (groin) expects to be ready for Saturday’s game against the Senators.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser is out for four to six weeks with a separated shoulder.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu said he occasionally encounters dizziness during his on-ice sessions. This is his first concussion.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert is expected to play tonight, his first game since Oct. 10th.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell will be out weeks with a left knee injury. Tracey Myers: Out two to three weeks.
  • Greg Brady: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel is clearly playing hurt. Issue is if he can play through it or not. Smart move may be to address it and take the heat off him. James Mirtle: Coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t reveal if Kessel is hurt or not. Jonas Siegel: Kessel has now played 16 minutes or less in four of their last five games. He was playing closer to 20 minutes per night earlier in the season.

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Injury Notes: Quick, Burns, Koivu, Fraser, Bozak, DeKeyser, Backstrom, Chiasson and Beauchemin

  • Daren Millard: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that Jonathan Quick will be out for another month, likely until Christmas.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns had two good medical reports yesterday. His conditioning and timing is still a question, and there is no decision if he’ll be back in the lineup against the Lightning.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Saku Koivu still hasn’t received medical clearance.
  • Tony Ambrogio: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser and Tyler Bozak both say they are feeling better but won’t play tonight.
  • Ted Kulfan: The Red Wings put Dan DeKeyser on the LTIR. Ansar Khan: They think he’ll be out for three to six weeks. Ted KulfanTrevor Parkes was recalled in a paper move, Gustav Nyquist will be called up today.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Niklas Backstrom on the IR retroactive to last Wednesday. He is able to come of the IR whenever he’s ready.
  • Mark Stepneski on Stars. NHL: Stars forward Alex Chiasson took a puck in the face during yesterday’s practice and didn’t return.

    “I know he got hit in the face and he’s going to be evaluated,” Ruff said. “He hit him pretty hard, so we are concerned there might be some damage.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin was looked at by doctors and is “day-to-day” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

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

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

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

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

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

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Injury Notes: Ovechkin, Schneider, Koivu, Fasth, Perron, Mills and Callahan

  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Alex Ovechkin will be out of lineup on Friday with an upper-body injury.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Cory Schneider hope to play in one of their games this weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu and Viktor Fasth are unlikely to get back into the lineup during their road trip.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers David Perron is sick, as well as having stiffness in his back and neck, is day-to-day.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Brad Mills is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and not likely to play on Saturday.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryan Callahan (thumb) practiced yesterday in a no-contract jersey.

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Injury Notes: Canucks, Hawks, Sens, Devils, Ducks, Bruins, Oilers, Leafs, Pens and Blues

  • Dan Murphy: Canucks injuries: Jordan Schroeder (ankle) out two months, Jannik Hansen (upper-body) out for three-four weeks, Dale Weise (lower-body) out three-four weeks and David Booth (lower-body) out one-two weeks.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Michal Handzus (upper-body) is not skating and won’t play tonight.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Clarke MacArthur is expected to play tonight.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador thinks he’ll return “relatively quickly” and goalie Cory Schneider is expected back by the weekend.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu could return to their road trip if he’s cleared by doctors that he has no concussion symptoms.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: The Bruins don’t expect Loui Eriksson to skate this week.
  • Bob McKenzie: Oilers Sam Gagner (broken jaw) is getting closer to returning to the lineup.
  • Joey Vendetta: Leafs Joffrey Lupul wants to play but will be a game-time decision.
  • John Shannon: Leafs Tyler Bozak out seven to 10 days and has been put on the IR retroactive to last Friday.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins Rob Scuderi has a broken ankle and will have surgery later this week. No timetable has been set.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Chuck Kobasew has a lower-body injury and will be evaluated today in Pittsburgh.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Magnus Paajarviis expected to miss some time with an upper-body injury.

    “(Paajarvi) got whacked into the boards there,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s got a pretty good upper-body injury right now.”

    Chris Stewart is questionable for tonight with an upper-body injury.

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Injury Notes: Visnovsky, Salvador, Schneider, Ward, Callahan, Hagelin, Franzen, Koivu, and Scuderi

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Brian Strait (upper-body) and Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) are not skating.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Bryce Salvador’s MRI revealed a stress fracture in his foot and has been placed on the IR retroactive to last Tuesday. Lou Lamoriello: ”It could be a week, it could be 10 days. It’s just time”
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils put Cory Schneider on the IR retroactive to last Thursday. He could come off the IR on Friday and only missing one more game.
  • Tom Gulitti: Nothing new to report on Devils Ryane Clowe.
  • Chip Alexander: After an MRI, the prognosis on Hurricanes Cam Ward is the same, another two to three weeks.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets defenseman Paul Postma is out indefinitely with a blog clot in his leg.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) skated today with a stick before practice.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Carl Hagelin said he’s ready to return to the lineup, but it will be a coach’s decision.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen won’t be in the lineup Wednesday, hopes to be ready for Friday.
  • Curtis Zupke: Ducks Saku Koivu and Viktor Fasth have returned to Anaheim for evaluation.
  • Bob McKenzie: Penguins Rob Scuderi returned to Pittsburgh to be further evaluation. Nothing is official but hearing it could be four or more weeks.

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VIDEO: Suspension Hearing Likely Coming For Brandon Dubinsky … Martin Hanzal’s Hearing Today

UPDATE: Bob McKenzie: The NHL reviewed Dubinsky’s hit and there won’t be any supplementary discipline, a body-on-body hit with incidental contact to the head.

  • Shawn Mithchell: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky received a 5-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for a shoulder to head hit on Saku Koivu.
  • Rob Mixer: Brandon Dubinsky: ”I don’t think it was (a hit to the head). It’s a game, we’re all competitive and you want to make sure everybody’s safe.”
  • Aaron Portzline: Can’t say Dubinsky “targeted” Koivu’s head, but contact was made.
  • Eric Stephens: Koivu isn’t having or needing x-rays on his jaw.

  • John Shannon: Coyotes Martin Hanzal will have a hearing today for his elbow to Oilers Jeff Petry.

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Injury Notes: Rinne, Neal, Lundqvist, Fasth, Stempniak, Slater, Nieto, Jenner and MacArthur

  • Pat Iverson of SB Nation: Predators Pekka Rinne told the Finnish magazine “Urheilulehti,” that his hip infection is “very dangerous” and could lead to long-term problems.
  • Steve Zipay: Henrik Lundqvist is ready to return to the Rangers net.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth didn’t skate yesterday. Being more cautious with his lower-body injury after he tested it out in Toronto and Montreal.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Lee Stempniak is wearing a protective boot on his right foot.
  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets activate Chris Thorburn from the IR and put Jim Slater on the IR.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu didn’t return to the game after taking a hit from Brandon Dubinsky.
  • David Pollak: Shark Matt Nieto hurt his hand blocking a shot, but it’s not considered serious.
  • Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Boone Jennermissed last night’s game due to a leg injury.

    “Boone is getting re-evaluated, but it might be an injury that keeps him out a little bit,” coach Todd Richards said. “Just one of those fluke things. He went down with a leg injury. He’s going to miss some time.”

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Clarke MacArthurwas held out of yesterday’s game for precautionary reasons.

    “He has a minor injury that we want to make sure doesn’t grow into something bigger,” said MacLean. “I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but he felt some aggravation when he didn’t practice and we want to give it a chance to get healed up, so it’s not something long lasting or chronic.”

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Early Lines and Pairings: Sabres, Senators, Red Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks and Bruins

  • Mike Harrington: The Sabres will start camp with Tyler Myers playing with Christian Ehrhoff and not Henrik TallinderMark Pysyk will play with Tallinder.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Clarke MacArthur will start on a line with Kyle Turris. Mark Stone, Cory Conacher and Mike Hoffman will be considered for the other wing.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Early Red Wings lines:  Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader,  Mikael Samuelsson – Luke Glendening – Jordin Tootoo, Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson, Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves, Anthony Mantha – Andreas Athanisiou – Teemu Pulkkinen, Tyler Bertuzzi. Early Red Wings defensive pairings: Danny DeKeyser-Jakub Kindl, Brian Lashoff – Nathan Paetsch (PTO), Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson, Ryan Oullet – Brennan Evans.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that he’ll start Dustin Penner with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He likes the pairings of Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu, and Nick Bonino with Teemu Selanne.
  • Mark Lazerus: Have to think Brandon Saad is the front-runner over Brandon Pirri for the Blackhawks second line center.
  • Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe: The Bruins third line could be a made up from anyone of Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Craig Cunningham, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight.

    “I think ideally we saw the third line that we liked when we won the Cup,” Julien said of 2011. “Not only were they kind of a dependable line, but they were able to give us some scoring. In a real perfect world, you’ve got your top two lines that you’d like to see score on a regular basis. Your third line should be able to give you some secondary scoring and your third line should also be able to give you some secondary grit that your fourth line gives you. To me they’re caught in the middle where they give you a little bit of both. That’s what we’re looking for from that line.”

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Free Agent Hits: Letang, Bickell, Smith, Elias, Bobrovsky, Scuderi, Alfredsson, Lecavalier and more

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: The framework of Kris Letang’s 8 year, $56 million contract extension is done, but the Penguins have balked at Letang’s push for an agreement that he won’t be traded before next summer when the contract kicks in.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bryan Bickell’s deal with the Blackhawks is 4 years and $16 million.
  • Sarah McLellan: Mike Smith’s deal with the Coyotes has been approved by the league and should be announced today.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils are close to re-signing Patrik Elias.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets John Davidson on Sergei Bobrovsky: “We’re close, we’re real close. We feel good about where we are with it & hopefully it gets taken care of (soon).” … “He wants to be a Blue Jacket & play in the best league in the world, and hopefully that’s going to happen.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Briere should have a list of teams down to 4 or 5 by Tuesday. 15 teams have called him.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Progress in talks between Rob Scuderi and the Kings this weekend.
  • Ken Warren: Senators GM Bryan Murray talked with Daniel Alfredsson’s agent for 45 minutes yesterday and said contract may “not necessarily” be one year long.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Vincent Lecavalier is back home going over is options. Three more teams called yesterday after he met with the Red Wings and Flames. Lecavalier is hoping to narrow it down to 3 or 4 teams over the next two days or so.
  • Eric Stephens: There is some debate on a couple issues for Saku Koivu and the Ducks negotiations. GM Murray expects the deal done this week.
  • Eric Stephen: Nothing new on Teemu Selanne. GM Murray will talk with him now that the draft is done.
  • Igor Eronko: Leo Komarov has signed a two year deal with Dynamo of the KHL.
  • Craig Custance: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: “We’ll be announcing some of our free agent signings in the very near future.”
  • Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile said that Chris Mueller and Brandon Yip won’t be back.
  • Craig Custance: Stars GM Jim Nill expects Eric Nystrom to test free agency.

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