Posts Tagged Sean O’Donnell

Interest for Gomez … “Not close” for Subban … No Redden in LA … Visnovsky wants to stay for 2 weeks … O’Donnell retires … Laich’s groin

  • The Fourth Period: Scott Gomez is already getting some interest for when he’s bought out and becomes a free agent. It’s possible that he could be picked up before the start of the season. All interest is coming from the Western Conference, with as many as 5 teams interested. Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Can add Canucks to the list of teams interested in Gomez. Eric Macramalla via twitter: “Hello, my name is Scott Gomez. I’m in a position to collect 4 paychecks in 2 seasons. Thank you Donald Fehr.”
  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, said in a text message that there is “no news to report today. We are not close to an agreement.” comment from yesterday
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: League source saying there is little chance that Wade Redden is a short term replacement for Kings Willie Mitchell.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky: “I still can’t fly, need to stay for at least 2 wks. My son has health issues. Nothing serious, but recovery will take a while. I’ve asked permission to play for Slovan for the next 2 weeks. If I don’t get it, I’ll just practice in Bratislava.” –
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Brooks Laich is likely to miss the Capitals home opener on Saturday due to a groin injury. Wojtek Wolski lined up in Laich’s spot on the second line.

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Flames to talk to Iginla … O’Reilly waiting in Russia … Might be the end for some … Hecht signs with Sabres

  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is in the last year of his 5 year, $35 million deal, and GM Jay Feaster won’t waste any time addressing the situation.

    “We determined internally the first day of camp we’re going to address that right off the hop and ask Jarome to do the same,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster.
    “We want to make sure everybody (in the media) is there, address it all at that time, and then neither party will talk about it again. Will that stop questions in Detroit and Colorado about it? No, but in saying that, it gives Jarome the ability to say he’s sorry but he already addressed it and won’t talk about it.”
    “Jarome has a contract. Donnie and I will sit down and proceed to see if we can get something done. In the meantime, we have a season to get ready for.”

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: RFA Ryan O’Reilly will remain with Magnitigorsk of the KHL until he receives an offer from the Avalanche.
  • Mike Chambers via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly’s agent Mark Guy: “All that I can say at this time is that we are having ongoing discussions.”
  • Gary Lawless via twitter: Eric Fehr is on his way to Winnipeg, but not to join the jets. He’s still looking for a job, and if he can’t find one in the NHL, he’ll head back to Finland.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: There are more than 50 players that are unsigned, and most may not play again, including Andrew Brunette and Brian Rolston. Other players whose careers may be over: Jason Blake, Mike Knuble, Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Dwayne Roloson and Sean O’Donnell.

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Winter Classic expected to be cancelled tomorrow … 3 groups of owners … Coyotes lay off 1 employee … Many didn’t return after last lockout

  • TSN: The NHL is expected to cancel the Winter Classic on Friday. A $250,000 payment to the University of Michigan for the use of the Big House is due on Friday. $1 million was to be paid on December 7th and December 28th, and $650,000 on January 18th. Bill Daly and Steve Fehr had planned on talking face to face on Tuesday, but they were not able to make arrangements due to the weather.
  • Elliotte Freidman of CBC: Freidman points out there are 3 groups of owners: “the ones who want to play; the ones in the middle, including Tampa and Nashville, who want a better collective bargaining agreement but recognize not playing is worse; and the hardliners.” The players think that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is calling the shots. The “hardliners” group may include the Ducks, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Islanders, Coyotes, Blues, Capitals and Stars. That is enough teams to block any agreement. Some teams didn’t like the idea of teams reaching the salary floor with actual cash and not bonus money.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: “Intelligent players and owners are rightfully questioning direction. Not weakness…eagerness to get a deal done.” To which Allan Walsh responded: “Lockout was planned by NHL owners last year before they negotiated NBC deal. Every NHL move follows “lockout playbook.”  NHL Lockout Playbook: Pull offer, cancel games, cancel Winter Classic, make new offer with reduced Player Share, threaten to cancel season. Every move by NHL is aimed at breaking players resolve instead of negotiating a fair deal. NHL owner strategy working?: WC cancelled, sponsors pulling out, season ticket holders canceling, franchise values plummeting.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: The Phoenix Coyotes laid off some staff yesterday. Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Wyshynski spoke with Tim Bulmer who was laid off by the Coyotes. It was CBA related and was the only one laid off so far. (early yesterday afternoon)
  • Allan Walsh via twitter: Sean O’Donnell: “The players that were in this league before me took care of me and made sure I got paid well and got paid fair, and I’ve had a good career because of it. So, that means it’s my responsibility — even if that means it costs me the end of my career. I have to do what’s right for the guys that are coming down the road.”

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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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New Bruins lines … No truth to Richards, Carter rumors just yet … Wild coaching candidates … Flyers notes

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: With Patrice Bergeron likely out to start the conference finals, Tyler Seguin is likely in. Seguin practiced on right wing yesterday with Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder. Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Chris Kelly will be centering Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. Bergeron’s agent said that his symptoms are not as severe as his first 2 concussions. Bergeron is to see a neurologist on Thursday.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: In time, Carchidi thinks that Sergei Bobrovsky could be the franchise goalie the Flyers have been looking for.
  • Wayne Fish of the PhillyBurbs: Flyers Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell have all expressed interest in returning to the Flyers next season. Keeping Leino could be difficult as he’s rumored to be looking for $3.5 million. He was asked about a hometown discount, “I don’t know,” he said, laughing. “If I’m going to stay here, I guess I’m going to have to do some discounting.” Leino hinted that he may have received a ballpark offer that could be used for a starting point. As for UFA Boucher, the Flyers have Bobrovsky and Leighton under contract for next season.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Russo provides a list of possible candidates for the Wild head coaching job. Craig MacTavish has been interviewed. Former NHL coaches include: Michel Therrien, Ken Hitchcock, Peter DeBoer, Scott Gordon, and Guy Carbonneau. Current NHL assistants: Kirk Muller, Mike Haviland, Paul MacLean, John Torchetti, and John Stevens. Current AHL head coaches: Mike Yeo, and Kevin Dineen.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Tim Connolly and Mike Grier are a combined $5.9 million that will be off the books for the Sabres. If they are going to spend some money this off-season, they’ll look to improve along the blueline. Marco Sturm made $3.5 million this past season, and those days will be gone. Maybe a team like Columbus or Ottawa offers him a $800,000 deal.

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Changes to Senators Defense for Next Year … Short List for Lightning GM … Coyotes and Avalanche Off-Season

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Some big changes to the Senators defense could be coming this off-season. The Sens may not be willing to give Anton Volchenkov the $5 million a year he might get on the open market. Trade deadline acquisition, Andy Sutton, is 35-years-old and made $3.5 million last season, and will be looking for one more good contract before retirement. GM Bryan Murray thinks that prospects Patrick Wiercioch and Jared Cowen could be ready for the jump to the NHL next season. Other potential defenseman free agents that might be interested in playing for the Senators at a reasonable price are; Brian Pothier (former Sen), Sean O’Donnell (hometown), Shane Hnidy (former Sen), Zbynek Michalek (Milan’s brother), Kurtis Foster (lived close to Ottawa). On the forward side of things, they might look to re-sign Matt Cullen. They might have to turn to a trade to bring in some scoring if they are able to get some scoring from the free agent market.
  • Matt Paulson (AP) in the USA Today: The main off-season issue for the Phoenix Coyotes will be to find an owner once again. On the free agent side of things, which involves half their defensive corps, as well as forwards Matthew Lombardi and Lee Stempniak. Zbynek Michalek could be costly to keep around.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik has a short list of potential GMs he likes, Dave Nonis, Doug Risebrough, and Steve Yzerman. It is rumored that the Red Wings have given the Lightning permission to speak with Yzerman. Vinik said before that he wanted to have a CEO in place before a GM was hired. Seattle Seahawks CEO, Tod Leiweke, has said previously he’s not a candidate, though some believe the details are being finalized for him to be named CEO.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Colorado Avalanche need to be bigger and faster along the blueline next season. Anyone of Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen, and Cameron Gaunce have a shot at making the team next fall. Chris Stewart and Peter Mueller will be looking for raises, both are coming off their entry level deals. The Avalanche do have the cap room to investigate adding a big name, but have shown lately that they may stick to rebuilding from in-house.
  • Helene Elliot of the LA Times: LA Kings coach Terry Murray would ‘absolutely’ like to Alexander Frolov back next year. It will probably come down to money, as Frolov is looking for a big deal, reportedly in the $5 million range.

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Changes Coming in LA and Buffalo … Devils Coaching Options

  • Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times: The LA Kings have 9 free agents to deal with this off-seaosn, 6 UFAs and 3 RFAs, and there is a chance at all 6 UFAs won’t be back. Alexander Frolov could be looking for $5 million a year, not likely getting that in LA, or maybe from anyone else in the NHL. Freddie Modin wasn’t very productive since being acquired at the deadline. Jeff Halpren didn’t have much success either. Poor defensive play since December injury, and coming off a $3 million contract may have paved the wayRandy Jones to move on. The game may be getting too quick for Sean O’Donnell. Raitis Ivanans may not be worth the roster spot anymore. Their 3 restricted free agents, Brad Richardson, Scott Parse, and Rich Clune, all made under $600,000 and wouldn’t be getting big raises, so they might be back.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Jason Spezza’s no movement clause starts on July 1st, and fans are starting to hope that he’s traded. But fans may not get their wish as both he, and the Sens would like to have him wearing a Senators uniform next season.
  • Elliotte Friedman of Anton Volchenkov’s starting point will be Mike Komisarek’s 5 year, $22.5 million, and someone will give that or more. Friedman thinks Halak won’t re-sign in Montreal unless it’s for a boat load of cash. Wherever Carey Price ends up next year, he needs a veteran goalie to mentor him. Doug Risebrough is in the running for the Lightning GM job, and could be a candidate for San Jose if the organization goes in a different direction. The Lightning’s new GM will decide the fate of Vinny Lecavalier, new owner Jeffrey Vinik might be open to keeping him.
  • Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News: Changes could be coming with the Buffalo Sabres, GM Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff could be on the hotseat. Tim Connolly, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy underacheived. Trade deadline acquisition Raffi Torres was a scratch for their elimination game. The team in general is on the small side, without the physical side that you need in the playoffs.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The New Jersey Devils will be searching for a new coach at Lemaire retired after one year. Brooks thinks the Devils should look inhouse and promote their AHL coach and long time Devil, John MacLean. Other candidates could be Ken Hitchcock, Bob Hartley, and Mike Keenan.

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Plenty of NHL Rumors to go along with some Injury news

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports:
    • The Leafs wanted to send Jeff Finger to the Ducks instead of Jason Blake, the Ducks said no.
    • Friedman thinks the Canucks might have been scouting Tomas Plekanec the other night, though he thinks there won’t be a deal.
    • The Blues probably won’t deal any of their young core, including David Backes. Eric Brewer could be had though.
    • The Kings have the money and assets to make a run at Kovalchuk or Lecavalier. The Thrashers would want Wayne Simmonds, but the Kings may be reluctant to do that.
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN: LeBrun and Burnside talk about potential Ray Whitney suitors. Teams that might be interested are the Senators, Bruins, Kings (if no Kovalchuk or Lecavalier), Rangers, Canucks, and 2 dark horses, the Coyotes and Predators
  • Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: The Calgary Flames may not be done dealing. Sutter may swing for the fences with Ilya Kovalchuk, or look to add a player like Ray Whitney, Alex Tanguay, or maybe Kristian Huselius.
  • James Murphy of NESN: The Bruins may be looking to acquire Blues forward Keith Tkachuk. They almost had a deal last year that would have sent Phil Kessel to the Blues for David Perron and Keith Tkachuk.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens will be without Michael Cammalleri of 6 to 8 weeks with a damaged MCL. Cammalleri joins the list of Andrei Kostitsyn, Paul Mara, and Jaroslav Spacek on the sidelines.
  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Jay McKee, a healthy scratch last night, might interest in the Chicago Blackhawks. The ‘Hawks might also look at Aaron Ward, Garnet Exelby or Sean O’Donnell.
  • James Murphy of Potential trade targets for the Boston Bruins; Ray Whitney, Aaron Ward, Matt Cullen, Raffi Torres, and Peter Mueller.
  • Mike Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Niklas Backstrom, out with an illness, rejoined the team in Dallas but is doubtful for tonight’s game. The Wild are still in the playoff hunt, so they probably won’t be sellers. If they are buyers, it won’t be a significant deal. They are still hoping that P-M Bouchard will be able to return this year. If they do become sellers, the Wild have 4 players who might interest other teams; Marek Zidlicky, Kim Johnsson, Owen Nolan and Eric Belanger.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Andres Lilja has been assigned to the AHL by the Detroit Red Wings on a conditioning loan. Lilja as been out since last February 28th with a concussion. He’ll play at least 3 games with Grand Rapids, then they’ll re-evaluate.

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Kings interested in Lecavalier? Phaneuf to Atlanta or Philly? Messier the Rangers GM next season?

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
    • Talk that Dion Phaneuf was offered in a package for Ilya Kovalchuk. The Flyers are also said to be interested in Phaneuf but they have cap issues and would have to send money back to the Flames or they would have to find someone else to take on a big salary player.
    • Sean O’Donnell of the LA Kings could become available, and the Blackhawks have interest if they move Cam Barker.
    • Could be the last season for Glen Sather as the GM of the Rangers. It still amazes me that he hasn’t been fired yet after years of making bad decisions. Mark Messier could take over as GM.
    • The Oilers are finding it difficult to find a taker for Sheldon Souray and his $5.4 million cap hit. It won’t help that he hurt his wrist/hand in a fight with Jarome Iginla last night.
    • The Canucks and Panthers could be looking at Hurricanes center Matt Cullen.
  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The LA Kings may be interested in Vinny Lecavalier, and they continue to be interested in Kovalchuk, but won’t bring in both. The Lightning reportedly asked for Jack Johnson, Wayne Simmonds, a prospect, and several draft picks. Atlanta asked for something similar for Kovalchuk.
  • JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News: The Ducks have locked up Jonas Hiller for 4 years and $18 million. He’ll get $4.5 million a season. The Ducks will continue to shop JS Giguere in hope that they can shed his $7 million price tag for next season.
  • Joe Haggerty of Aaron Ward’s days in Carolina could be coming to end. Boston is one team that could be interested in bringing him in.

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