Posts Tagged Sami Vatanen

Morning Hits: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Ducks and Reason For Lightning’s Disallowed Goal

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Nick Foligno has been cleared to play. He may be on a line with Artem Anisimov and R.J. Umberger.  Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin left Saturday’s game after the first period. Coach Todd Richards would not talk about Tyutin’s status yesterday. Dalton Prout or Nick Schultz will likely take Tyutin’s spot tonight.
  • Matt Kalman: Injured Bruins Dan Paille, Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg all skated yesterday morning.
  • Wes Gilbertson: The Ducks recall Emerson Etem and assign John Gibson and Sami Vatanen to the AHL.
  • Kerry Fraser: “Correct call on disallowed goal! 69.3: if goalkeeper in act of establishing his position within crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease & this results with impairment of goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, the goal will be disallowed. Carey Price knows this rule & works it to his advantage better than any goalie in the league. It’s the rule & I will not debate it further!

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

9 Comments

Morning Rumors: Canucks, Penguins, Bruins, Devils, Lightning, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jackets and Coyotes

  • Josh Rimer: Hearing that the Canucks will have a fire sale at the draft with Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa likely to go. What does this mean to the Sedins? Will ownership let GM Mike Gillis do the rebuild? What about coach John Tortorella?
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: After seeing how successful it was to have three quality centers in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal during the playoff runs from 2007 to 2009, it was one of the reasons GM Ray Shero was targeting Ryan Kesler. With not a lot of salary cap room left and lots of injuries, the Penguins had some holes to fill at the deadline: top-line winger, third line scoring and defensive depth. The Penguins could still look to add Kesler. If they are able to land Kesler, their top three centers would take up $23.3 million in cap space, about 34.3 percent.
  • James Murphy of XN Sports: There is speculation within NHL management and scouting that Canucks ownership may have nixed two potential trades at the deadline. The Canucks were close to trading Ryan Kesler to the Penguins for a package that included Brandon Sutter, Derrick Pouliot and a draft pick. Ownership still thinks they are a playoff team, and may have told GM Mike Gillis to take him off the trade market. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reported last week that the Canucks may have had a deal in place to send Alex Eder to the Bruins for a package that included Matt Barkowski and Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev. The deal may have been pulled as the Kesler trade did not happen.The Devils tried to get Brian Gionta from the Canadiens at the deadline. Sources saying that the Devils offered a prospect and a second round pick, but where told he wasn’t available.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Recently acquired Thomas Vanek may not re-sign with the Canadiens as signs pointing to him signing with Minnesota. Nobody should be surprised if the Lightning were able to re-sign Ryan Callahan to a five year deal at $25 million. There is no state income tax in Florida, great weather and less pressure.

    “Ryan can take a test-drive there and vice versa,” said his agent Steve Bartlett, who says Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman is taking it low-key. “There’s no gun to anybody’s head. I love that attitude.” Bartlett concedes that the lack of state income tax is a carrot. “You can take 10-per-cent less in Florida than New York and have it be the same amount of money.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson can see the Ducks going after Ryan Kesler after the season. The Ducks could offer a combination of Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly or Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen or Luca Sbisa and a first round pick.Matheson thinks the Oilers should try to sign Kings pending UFA Matt Greene this summer.

    The Red Wings want to re-sign newly acquired David Legwand.

    Matheson can see the Blue Jackets looking to add Matt Moulson this offseason to replace Marian Gaborik.

    The Coyotes looked at added Ales Hemsky at the deadline to play with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. Hemsky could re-sign with the Senators, but the Coyotes will likely be interested in him as well.

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Pat LaFontaine talks a little, but didn’t speak about his exit from the team 3 1/2 months after he was brought in. There are questions if he was fired, if he resigned or a combination of both.  He wouldn’t even acknowledge if he signed a confidentiality agreement with the team.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments

Morning Hits and Injuries: Yzerman, Devils, Kuznetsov, Kassian, Gorges, Laich, Vatanen and Hanzal

  • Hockey Central: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman: ”We respect [St. Louis'] decision whether we agreed with it or not.”
  • Darren Dreger: If the Devils miss the playoffs, they will still remain in the NHL draft lottery. If they win the lottery, they would still pick 30th, but the second team moves up to the No. 1 slot. (helps with seeding the remaining rounds)
  • Darren Dreger: Some teams are accusing the NHL of doing the new Devils ownership a favor.
  • Igor Eronko: Evgeni Kuznetsov has terminated his contract with Traktor of the KHL. Dmitry Chesnokov: Traktor confirms that Kuznetsov will fly to Washington tomorrow. Katie Carrera: The Capitals decline to comment on Kuznetsov, but getting closer to signing him.
  • Nick Kyproes: Canucks Zack Kassian has a phone hearing this morning for his boarding hit on Stars Brenden Dillon.
  • Arpon Basu: Canadiens announce that defenseman Josh Gorges returned to Montreal to have his hand injury evaluated.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Sami Vatanen could be out two weeks. Rickard Rakell has been recalled.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Dave Schlemko has a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll make the road trip.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett doesn’t see why Martin Hanzal wouldn’t make the trip.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Trade Deadline Fallout I: Ducks, Canucks, Flames, Predators, Flyers, Wild, Caps and Leafs

  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks and Canucks had serious trade discussions about Ryan Kesler. Sources say that the Ducks offered Sami Vatenen, a first round pick and another player.

    “We entertained multiple offers in multiple situations and none of them fit with our long-term vision,” Gillis told the media after the deadline. “When you’re under-performing like we are, you get calls from lots of teams about lots of players.”

    The Penguins were also after Kesler. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Penguins were not convinced that Canucks ownership was willing to have Kesler traded a day after Roberto Luongo was traded. Talks with the Ducks could continue after the season. Canucks GM Mike Gillis is believed to be interested in Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem.

  • The Fourth Period: The Blue Jackets, Bruins, Devils, Ducks and Penguins showed interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri, but they didn’t go higher than a third round pick.

    “I’d rather take a chance on keeping him here and signing him than giving him away on a terrible deal,” Burke said in his post-deadline press conference.

  • Sam Carchidi: The Predators got some calls on Shea Weber. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that he didn’t call the Predators about Weber. Weber is due a $13 million bonus on June 30th.
  • Chad Graff: “For those asking why Vanek only required one second rounder and Wild gave two for Moulson, the Wild didn’t have to give up a prospect.”
  • Chad Graff: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on if Matt Moulson is just a rental: ”You never know. … But this is a move to win now.”
  • Wes Gilbertson: The Flames have already reached out to Mike Cammalleri’s agent about continuing contract negotiations.
  • Adam Vingan: There were five teams that were interested in Martin Erat, but the Coyotes offer was the most serious.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on TSN Radio: ”I’m not against adding guys at the deadline. I feel the best time to improve your team is in June”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

Quick Hits: Semin, Vatanen and Roy on Leafs

Dmitry Chesnokov: Alexander Semin has been added to the Russian Olympic team.

Eric Stephens: The Ducks have sent Sami Vatanen to the AHL.

Chris Johnston: Patrick Roy: ”Two weeks ago in Toronto I thought they were going to trade everybody. Now they’re talking about winning the Stanley Cup.”

, , , , ,

1 Comment

Morning Hits: Liles, Blackhawks, Ducks and Tootoo

  • David Alter: Maple Leafs John-Michael Liles doesn’t have to go through waivers, can be sent down at any time.
  • Tab Bamford: The Blackhawks have just under $64 million committed for 16 players next season.
  • Dan Wood: The Ducks have activated Viktor Fasth and recalled center Peter Holland from the AHL. Goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Sami Vatanen were returned to the AHL.
  • James Mirtle: The Red Wings send Jordin Tootoo to the AHL.

, , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Roster notes: Benn waiting for visa, Arnott fails physical, Dumba and Laughton returned, Ducks recall two

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The application for Jamie Benn’s work visa wasn’t submitted until Friday, and since they don’t work on the weekends, it hasn’t been granted yet. Benn can’t be on the Stars roster until it’s granted. If the visa isn’t granted by 5 pm EST today, he won’t be able to play tonight. If Benn is able to play, he may find himself on a line with Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr. Center Derek Roy is questionable with a groin issue. Jagr is expected to be back in the lineup after missing a game with a sore back. Backup goalie Cristopher Nistorp is on the IR with a groin injury.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it was in the “best interest” of Scott Laughton to return him to junior.
  • Jesse Spector via twitter: The Ducks have called up forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the AHL. Peter Holland and Jordan Hendry were sent to down.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Quick hits: Audio, Subban-Habs talking today, Kubina, Henrique, Flyers, Hovinen, Leafs and Jets lines and starting goalies

  • Globe and Mail Audio:Eric Duhatschek, James Mirtle and Darren Yourk – TV numbers, Zajac and Lupul contracts, Subban trade speculation and Gretzky’s future.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Critical in-person meeting this morning between the Canadiens management and P.K. Subban’s Newport group. An offer must now start around Jamie Benn’s $26 million contract to have chance.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Adam Henrique is on the ice with the team today. He’s still recovering from surgery on his left thumb.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Oilers claim goalie Niko Hovinen off waivers from the Flyers. The Jets place Mark Dekanich on waivers.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: MacArthur-Bozak-Kessel, JVR-Grabo-Kulemin, Steckel-Kadri-Frattin, Brown-McClement-Orr. Looks like Komarov missing.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Anders Lindback will be in net for the Lightning tonight. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron back in the lineup.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuukka Rask appears to be getting his fourth straight start in net against the Islanders tonight.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments

Blues re-sign Berglund … Canadiens bring Gill back for 1 more year … Blackhawks sign 3 … Duck sign 1, lose 1

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The St. Louis Blues have re-signed Patrik Berglund to a 2 year deal worth $4.5 million. This past season Berglund scored 22 goals and added 30 assists for 52 points.

    “I believe, coming out of that first contract, the shorter-term deals are both beneficial to the team and the player,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday. “I think what this does, it allows Patrik to define himself as a player. He’ll have five years of NHL experience when this deal is done and he’ll be entering that next phase of his career. I think the two-year deal really helps solidify his position not only on our team but in the league.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed defenseman Hal Gill to a 1 year contract worth $2.25 million. Gill will continue to mentor PK Subban. The Canadiens are expected to re-sign Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges. They likely don’t have the cap space to bring James Wisniewski and Roman Hamrlik. Brent Sopel, Paul Mara and Alexandre Picard are likely not to return.
  • Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Swedish goalie Alexander Salak to a 2 year contract. They have also signed Byron Froese and David Gilbert to 3 year deals. Froese was a 2009 4th round pick, and recorded 43 goals last year with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. Gilbert was a 2009 7th round pick.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks have signed Finnish prospect Sami Vatanen to an entry level deal. Vatanen is expected to remain in Finland for at least 1 more season. 2009 6th round pick Scott Valentine rejected the Ducks final offer and could head back into the draft if he doesn’t change his mind on the contract.

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments