Posts Tagged Sami Lepisto

Hemsky and Keith back in tonight … Green out again … Devils lines … Starting goalies

  • Mark Spector via twitter: Ales Hemsky will be in the lineup on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth. Magnus Paajarvi will be a healthy scratch. Cam Barker is in on the blueline.
  • Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will be in the lineup tonight. John Scott and Steve Montador are the 3rd defensive pairing. Sean O’Donnell and Sami Lepisto will be scratches.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning put Mattias Ritola on $125 waivers which will make him eligible to have his contract terminated.
  • Biran McNally via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green will miss his 6th game in the row. Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Caps against the Stars.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for Maple Leafs. Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers.

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Grier looking for work … Bruins will monitor arbitration cases … Campoli on the block … Sharp interview

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Sabres UFA Mike Grier was once thought to only want to re-sign with the Sabres, is willing to look elsewhere according to his agent.

“I know he can still help a lot of clubs,’’ said Fee. “It’s that stage now when clubs don’t know if they’ve got a kid who can step in and help at right wing, or if they want to go with someone like Mike who can just step in and give them that veteran, reliable leadership.’’

The Bruins will be paying attention to the arbitration process, as some teams will buyout/walk away from a player if they don’t like the price.

“I’d anticipate some buyouts and maybe some walkaways,’’ noted Chiarelli. “We try to stay close to that, and if there is someone there who interests us, we’ve got some [cap] flexibility.’’

EJ Hradek via twitter: Hradek answers a followers question by saying that Brad Boyes might be on the trade block in Buffalo, but that he’s overpriced ($4 million) and the Predators should stay away.

Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: The Blackhawks are replacing Chris Campoli with Sami Lepisto on the point. Campoli was looking for a similar deal to what Steve Montador received, 4 years, at $2.75 million per season.

“He’s a guy who has some growth to his game,” Bowman said. “He fits in with what we try to do because he’s able to play a few different ways. He can move the puck, kill penalties and has a bit of an edge to him.

“In a lot of ways, Sami is a similar player to Chris.”

GM Stan Bowman will trade try to Campoli before his arbitration hearing next month.

Patrick Sharp interviewed by Dan Roan:

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Crosby skates … Kane out 6-8 weeks … Campoli done with ‘Hawks … Nothing going on with Parise’s contract … Larsson signs with Devils

  • Larry Fine in the Globe and Mail: Sidney Crosby has begun on-ice workouts. Crosby has been training in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s still unknown if he’ll be ready for training camp, and he hasn’t been given clearance by doctors for physical contact.
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Patrick Kane will require surgery on his left wrist. He had tests on his wrist during the playoffs, but it didn’t reveal a fracture. Kane is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks.

    “I thought it was getting better, but it’s in an area where no blood can get to the fracture and something I’m going to have fixed for later down the road,” said Kane, who wore a brace. “It’s one of those things, I fix it out now [and] it’s not going to affect me when the season comes.

    The Blackhawks have decided to walk away from RFA Chris Campoli, who has an arbitration hearing on August 3rd.

    “It was apparent from the beginning that their salary demands were not in concert with where we see him fitting in our team,” Bowman said. “The dollar [amount] that they’re looking for is not agreeable with our mixture. If we don’t trade him, then he will become an unrestricted free agent.”

    The Blackshawks have signed defenseman Sami Lepisto to a one year deal. They also re-signed Micheal Frolik to a 3 year, $7 million deal.

  • Adam Jahns via twitter: GM Bowman on Campoli: “We went back and forth and made him our best offer and it didn’t work for them.”
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The Flames have re-signed Brendan Morrison to a 1 year deal worth $850,000 is base salary and up to $400,000 in bonuses. The Flames are now close to the cap, and have too many forwards. They may look at stashing someone in the minors. The best case scenario for the Flames would be for another team to believe in Niklas Hagman or Matt Stajan and would send a draft pick back.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Yesterday morning Zach Parise sent Gulitti an email saying that nothing was going on regarding his contract.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Adam Larsson signed a 3 year entry-level contract with the NJ Devils. The deal does not include any performance bonuses. Larsson made the decision to sign a deal without performance bonuses, he did get a signing bonus. Lamorielllo on Larsson: “That’s a decision the player made to be part of the Devils and not to be any different than anyone else in that locker room.” Lamoriello added that they and Larsson expect him to play in either the NHL or AHL next season. His deal carries a $925,000 cap hit.

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75% of Blues up for sale … Sexton expects some trades … Coyotes payroll to increase

  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers GM Randy Sexton doesn’t have any unrestricted free agents to deal with this summer, which is rare. 4 of their major restricted free agents are Jason Garrison, Kenndal McArdle, Gregory Campbell, and Kamil Kreps (not very ‘major’ in my opinion). Sexton thinks there will be quite a few trades after the Stanley Cup playoffs are over, and he hopes to be in the trade discussions.
  • Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Reports are suggesting that there could be 6-7 NHL franchises for sale, or will be soon. TowerBrook Capital owns 75% of the St. Louis  Blues, and are looking to sell their stake in the club. During the regular season, they are basically a ‘break-even’ club, getting into the playoffs would probably put them in a position to make some money. Though he owns a minority stake in the club, Dave Checketts has been the spokesperson from the management side, and seems to be doing a good job. Miklasz brings up a good point in that “With several NHL franchises on the market, why would you want to own 75 percent of the Blues and retreat to the background in deference to Checketts?”.
  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: The Phoenix Coyotes surprised many with their play this year, despite all the turmoil surrounding the sale/no sale of the the club, and doing it on a payroll that was the 3rd lowest in the league. The low payroll will likely have to change for the new owners if they want to keep roughly the same team together. Zbynek Michalek will not likely be re-signed as he’s rumored to be looking for $4 million a season. RFA’s that will be looking for raises are Wojtek Wolski, Scottie Upshall, Martin Hanzal, and Sami Lepisto. Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker are former first round picks with the club that could be ready next season.

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