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Morning Hits: Rule 48, Kaleta, NHL lost $112.7 million, Voynov, Fedorov and Biron

  • Nick Cotsonika: New language for Rule 48:  “the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres confirm that Patrick Kaleta’s hearing will be on Tuesday. He won’t play over the weekend.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Patrick Kaleta will be in big trouble with Brendan Shanahan as last time they had a meeting, Shanahan made it clear that Kaleta had to change. After Kaleta’s hit on Brad RichardsShanahan said: ”Kaleta is in full control of this play and has ample opportunity to make a better decision.” Kaleta could have avoided Jack Johnson’s head, but he hit it anyways. Should expect a big suspension.
  • Mike Sunnucks of BizJournals: The NHL lost $112.7 million since November 2009 while operating the Coyotes, more than $28 million annually for four seasons.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Slava Voynov: ”He could’ve done more work this summer, and he’s going to have to do some more work to get his minutes back.”
  • Igor Eronko: CSKA Gm Sergei Fedorov is expected to play on Sunday, signed a two-way, one-year deal worth $100,000.
  • Andrew Gross: Sounding like Marty Biron will start in net for the Rangers.

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Free Agent Signings: Couture, Voynov, Chorney, Vincour, Cumiskey, Tedenby, Bourque and Ullstrom

  • Bob McKenzie: Sharks contract extension with Logan Couture is for five years at $6 million a season. Not official until July 5th.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings sign Slava Voynov to a six year, $25 million deal.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues agree to a one-year, two-way deal with Taylor Chorney.
  • Igor Eronko: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey signed with the Ducks after spending a season in Sweden.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Devils have signed Mattias Tedenby to a one-year, $600,000 one-way deal.
  • Ted Starkey: Chris Bourque is heading back to the KHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Islanders David Ullstrom has signed with Lokomotiv of the KHL.

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Free Agent Hits: Voynov, Backstrom, Wild, Weiss and Dupuis

  • Chris Nichols: Slava Voynov’s agent tells R-Sport that he should be re-signing with the Kings “in the very near future.” His agent confirms that there is an offer from Traktor.
  • The Fourth Period: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the Wild and goalie Niklas Backstrom have started contract talks. If they are not able to lock up Backstrom, GM Chuck Fletcher may look at the trade market. On the goalie trade market are: Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott (STL), Jonas Hiller (ANA), Ryan Miller (BUF) and maybe James Reimer (TOR) if they land Roberto Luongo. The Wild have also started contract talks with RFAs Cal Clutterbuck and Jared Spurgeon.
  • Lance Hornby: Elliott Friedman reporting that the Maple Leafs will be wooing Stephen Weiss if the meetings between the Panthers and Weiss breakdown this week.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins are expected to being talks with Pascal Dupuis’ agent, Allan Walsh, next week. The Penguins may want to know if Dupuis plans on testing the open market. He’s coming off a deal where he made $1.5 million in each of the past two seasons. Dupuis is looking for a four-year deal, with the Penguins preferring a three-year deal. If the Penguins offered a three-year deal in the $10.5 million range, he might sign before July 5th.

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Free Agent Hits: Voynov, Wheeler, Little, Komarov, Ranger, Kovalev, Gonchar, Josi, Iginla, Kings and Blues

  • Igor Eronko: An exec from Traktor (KHL) said they made an offer to Kings RFA defenseman Slava Voynov, but there is no belief that he would accept it: ‘We know it’s almost unreal, but we’re going to try to sign Voynov until there is a chance’
  • Gary Lawless: Blake Wheeler’s camp said there has been no talks with the Jets yet. Bryan Little contract talks are “very preliminary.”
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Leo Komarov: “We made him an offer that we thought was fair. If he chooses to play in RUS for more $, nothing we can do about it.” Dmitry Chesnokov: Komarov will sign with Dynamo Moscow today. His Dynamo deal would not preclude him from exploring NHL options.
  • Darren Dreger: If Leafs Paul Ranger decides to return to the NHL, the Oilers would be high among the 20 plus teams that would be interested in him due to the Eakins hire.
  • Igor Eronko: Alex Kovalev signed in the Swiss league.
  • Darren Dreger: Sergei Gonchar’s deal with the Stars includes a full no-movement clause with a limited trade window from January 2015 to the trade deadline in the 2nd year of the deal.
  • Craig Custance: Oilers RFA Teemu Hartikainen will play for Ufa of the KHL.
  • Nashville Predators: The Predators sign defenseman Roman Josi to a 7-year, $28 million deal. Salary breakdown: 2.5 million in 2013-14, $3 million in 2014-15, $4 million in 2015-16, $4.25 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017-18, $5.25 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis thinks that if Jarome Iginla wants a serious shot at the Stanley Cup, he’d have a take a big pay-cut. It would be due to the fact that Cup contenders would have a tough time fitting in a bigger contract. How many teams would/could fit in more than $3 million a year for him? The Ducks could be a fit, especially his Teemu Selanne retires. San Jose might be able to fit him in on a one-year deal. The Blues could fit him in on the right side, but would he fit in Ken Hitchcock’s system?
  • Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s top priorities will be UFA Rob Scuderi and Dustin Penner. He also has RFA Slava Voynov and Jonathan Bernier to sign. The Kings could let Penner hit the open market and open a top six spot for Tyler Toffoli or Tanner Pearson.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have only had preliminary talks with RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.

    “We haven’t really moved ahead with anyone yet,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We’ll probably do that, I’d say, 10 days before the draft (June 28) to two weeks before the draft. We’ll talk to guys if they want to get something done sooner, we’re prepared, but history shows that these guys usually don’t sign until after the free-agency period starts.”

    They may get an offer sheet from someone, but that is not a concern for GM Doug Armstrong.

    “Offer sheets aren’t a concern,” Armstrong said. “It’s part of the business and you know that they’re there. But the salary cap is coming down, and the mechanisms that would drive (current) teams away … that’s not available in the new CBA.”

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Kings Quotes: Kopitar wasn’t injured, Richard’s on his injury, does Scuderi or Voynov get a deal first

  • John Hoven of  Mayor’s Manor: Kings Anze Kopitar didn’t appear to be injured.

    “There is not going to be any surgery necessary. In fact, I just talked to Chris (Kingsley, Kings head trainer) and our doctor. I can actually get rid of the knee brace too. So, I’m getting back to no discomfort and good strength in my knee. I should be fine. And in regards to being injured during the playoffs, there was really no significant injuries that I suffered. It was normal, just banged up  a little bit, a few bumps and bruises. That’s about it.”

  • John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings Mike Richards on his injury in the Western Conference Final:

    “Like I said, they scored on their chances that they got. It is frustrating just sitting there, especially with a concussion because you never know – with the way you feel. You think you feel good. Then, I went out and tried to skate and you don’t feel well. I think that’s the most frustrating part of it. Because you think you can play and then you start doing activities and realize you’re not only putting the team at risk, but you’re putting yourself at risk too. So, what’s frustrating the most is that you can’t do anything about it to help the team.”

  • John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on whether it’s more important to sign UFA Rob Scuderi or RFA Slava Voynov first.

    “Kind of chicken and egg, isn’t it?  And part of that too, what you have to factor into that, there’s at least a difference between an unrestricted free agent and a restricted, right? So that enters into who you prioritize also. I don’t have a problem with that.  You can say, looking at it as a player, I do this, but there’s also the issue of a guy with seniority and he’s putting in more years, probably deserves consideration, not only morally because he has seniority, but also the agreement dictates that you probably have to move quicker because at least the other guys you have rights to.  So, it’s hard to answer your question, but trust me, these last two, three months when I saw what was happening here, and then losing Willie Mitchell, it’s – I’ve talked about having chemistry projects in the back room before, well we’ve taken this to a nuclear science now in terms of how you put these equations together.  I’m not disagreeing with what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s cut as black and white as that.  It’s really hard, unless you guys want another really long, hour long answer, we just better probably leave it at that.”

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Trade Rumors involving the Islanders, Flames, Kings and Maple Leafs

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow said he received an email from Nino Niederreiter’s Swiss agent, Andre Rufener and asked for a trade. A source said that Snow has no plans to trade Niederreiter. Rufener declined to comment.

    “All conversations with players remain private,” Snow said, “but I will say that Nino has never told me that he’s unhappy.”

    Niederreiter has 19 goals and 36 points in the AHL and was named an All-Star.

    “He’s playing 20-22 minutes a night, playing in all situations,” Snow said when the Isles camp opened. “It’s more conducive for him to be there at this point in time.”

  • Eric Francis via twitter: The Flames are looking for a goalie as they only have Miikka Kiprusoff and Leland Irving under contract. Senators Ben Bishop could be a target. AHL’s Abbotsford Heat Barry Brust and Danny Taylor are playing extremely well and can be signed at any time. It was decided that both Brust and Taylor are better than Henrik Karlsson (traded to Blackhawks on Monday). The Flames didn’t think it would be healthy to have all three in the AHL. The Flames also didn’t mind getting rid of another contract. They currently have 47 players under contract.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings have stepped up their efforts for a left handed defenseman to play with Drew Doughty or Slava Voynov. They had kicked tires on Wade Redden. They are believed to have interest in Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarson and Cody Franson, though he is a right-handed shot. The Maple Leafs may not be interested in trading Gunnarson as they balked at a deal for Jonathan Bernier earlier this month when Burke was the GM. The Devils, Flames, Sabres, Penguins and Coyotes all have defenseman as trade bait.

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Kings looking for Dman for Doughty or Voynov, Leopold an option? Coyotes deal falls through … Sharks-Rangers make small deal

  • The Fourth Period: The Kings have been looking for a defenseman who can play on their 1st or 2nd unit according at a source, nothing appears imminent. They are looking for a mobile, left-handed shot to play with Drew Doughty or Slava Voynov. The Kings are not interested in Wade Redden. Jonathan Bernier is their biggest trade chip, but unless they get a big offer for him, it’s likely that the they will hold on to him for now. The Sabres and Devils are shopping defenseman, but either team appears to have a No. 2 or No. 3 defenseman. They might have to wait until the April 3rd deadline.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks the Kings should call the Sabres about Jordan Leopold. Leopold will be a UFA and could net the Sabres a conditional pick.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: The Coyotes had one trade fall through earlier this week. Don’t be surprised if they knock on Scott Gomez’s door once he’s bought out.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Sharks acquire forward Tommy Grant and conditional 2014 7th round pick from the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

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Bruins looking for impact player … Blues not shopping Stewart … Quincey speaks about Avs … Lecavalier out 3 weeks

  • James Murphy of ESPN: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli may have changed his tune and could be after adding an impact player before the deadline. Nathan Horton’s concussion, Rich Peverley’s knee injury, and their lackluster play since January have all lead to this switch. They have $13.2 million in cap space that Chiarelli can add, but he may be hesitant to trade for a short-term rental as prices are currently “through the roof.” Players the Bruins could look at are forwards Ales Hemsky, Milan Hejduk, Kyle Okposo and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Jaroslav Spacek and Johnny Oduya.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland doesn’t think the Blues are shopping Chris Stewart, but you can assume his name as come up. AHL goalie, Ben Bishop, will come up in rumors, with the Lightning potentially interested. One source thought the Blues would eventually got Steve Downie for Bishop and a draft pick. Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey may be a fit for someone looking to bolster their blueline. He has a $4.5 million cap hit, but is only owed $3 million in salary next year. One Bruins source wondered if the Bruins would look at getting Michael Ryder back from the Stars. The Bruins will focus on re-signing Tuukka Rask. Sources are saying that the Canadiens won’t move Travis Moen. Contract extension talks haven’t begun yet though. Ryan Smyth will likely sign an extension with the Oilers.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Kyle Quincey after being traded to the Red Wings:

    “Everyone is ready to get shipped out any day. There’s a lot of guys, their bags are packed beside the door, and they wouldn’t be unhappy to go – trust me. I know I had a big smile on my face, and all the guys were jealous. I think there’s a bunch of guys that were pissed off they weren’t in a package deal”

    “I truly believe, if you have confidence in a player, then give it to them, show it to them,” Quincey said. “When there’s so much uncertainty if those guys are going to be there next year, it would be nice for guys to get extensions. But that’s their policy, and that’s what they do. Confidence, it comes and goes, and when it goes, it’s pretty tough to get it back.”

  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Scouting the Maple Leafs – Sharks game: 2 Winnipeg, Avalanche, Oilers, Blackhawks, Canucks, Penguins, Blues, Rangers, Coyotes, Lightning, Senators and Bruins.

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State of the Edmonton Oilers: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Craig Musselman, who can be found on twitter at @MussKeg

It has been another emotional roller coaster season for the Edmonton Oilers. At the start, it seemed they were poised to silence all the critics and bull their way into a playoff spot. Something this club hasn’t experienced since its magical cup run in 2006. Unfortunately for Oiler fans the out-of-this-world goaltending of Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk came back down to earth, young offensive dynamos Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all went down with various injuries, and the over-achieving but relatively unknown defense core began to show that its stinginess was in fact an illusion precipitated by the aforementioned goaltending wizardry.  And while there have been various bright moments along the way (several offensively explosive victories – most notably Sam Gagner’s 8-point night in particular), it has once again been another year of growing pains for this young and promising Oilers franchise.

Sitting at just 52 pts through 59 games, the Oilers once again find themselves at the bottom of the league, with only the catastrophe that is the Blue Jackets separating them from a 3rd straight season of finishing in last place. However, the glass half full view of this situation sees the Oilers in a position to further stock their talent cupboards at the draft, but more importantly for the present time, it allows them the luxury of knowing what category they fall under for Trade Deadline Day: SELLERS.

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Friedman talks Kings and Jackets … Pens could face cap crunch next year … Coyotes can make move .. Canadiens notes … McKenzie trade talk video

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s solid play in 33 games may have led to Jack Johnson’s name in trade rumors. Jonathan Bernier and one of the 2 defenseman could land them a scorer like Jeff Carter. If they were split up, they may be able to get 2 scorers. Friedman doesn’t think the Blue Jackets will trade Rick Nash at the deadline unless the deal is incredible. Friedman notes there are some teams that aren’t big fans of Nash.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins have $59.59 million committed to 11 forwards, 6 defenseman and 1 goalie. It could become a problems as some small market owners want to lower the salary cap ceiling to the $60-$62 million range. Pierre LeBrun noted a temporary cap of $68-$69 million will be in place during the summer. Paul Martin is one player the Penguins might have to move at some point to reduce their payroll. He has a cap hit of $5 million through 2014-15.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Coyotes GM Don Maloney has the budget room to make a trade or 2.  “Any of the big names and sexier deals won’t include the Coyotes but there a couple of players we think we can fit in that would make us a little stronger,” he said. 3 groups remain interested in buying the Coyotes.
  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: The Canadiens are 6 points out in the East, and are limbo between being buyers or sellers. UFAs that could be moved are Chris Campoli, Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche. Defenseman Andrei Markov will travel with the team on their 3 game road trip, who is at least a couple weeks away from returning.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets blueprint going forward will be “Fast and competitive.” Heading into the this season, the Blue Jackets thought they had enough skill to skate 3 scoring lines.
  • Bob McKenzie on the NHL Network talking trades

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HC Rick Nash Trade Tracker Video … Plus other Rick Nash trade rumors

  • John Shannon on where Nash could land: Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canucks, and Kings. Lawton lists: Rangers, Kings, Red Wings and Flyers. Both say they need to get a young starting goalie back.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Sure the Maple Leafs will be interested in Nash, but it would take a lot to pull it off, with the price getting higher with each passing day. Zeisberger lists some factors that will come into play: 1. Nash’s no-movement clause. He drives the bus. 2. Nash is in the 2nd year of a 8 year, $62.4 million deal, a $7.8 million cap hit. 3. The Blue Jackets are not actively shopping Nash, but will consider offers, and the price will be huge. Maple Leafs names you’ll hear will at least be Mikhail Grabovski, Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri, James Reimer and Carl Gunnarsson.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Blue Jackets met last week to discuss Nash’s future, and decide to explore a trade. Apparently, they went to Nash a couple weeks ago about the idea, and were waiting for him to submit a list. Nash was willing to waive his no-movement as they were looking at another rebuild. The Blue Jackets currently have more than $50 million committed against the salary cap next year. 3 aspects that make a Nash deal complicated are: Nash must want to go there, that team has to pay the high asking price, and Nash has to fit into that teams cap structure and dressing room. On the surface the Canucks could be a perfect match with Cory Schneider, Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev and maybe another piece, but don’t look for that to happen. The Rangers, Maple Leafs, and Flyers may not be scared of adding him. “The tough thing about trades like this one,” said another GM, “is that Columbus is starting in a bad position. Chances are, you’re giving up the best player.” The Maple Leafs may not have what GM Scott Howson wants, mainly goaltending. The Flyers and Kings may have the goalie the Blue Jackets need.
  • Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets management came to Rick Nash, he did not request a trade. Nash had a feeling they might come asking. Nash did not want a trade, and until last week, they were telling teams he wasn’t going to be traded. There is a chance nothing happens at the deadline and they wait until the summer. Arace wonders that if president Mike Priest and GM Scott Howson put the team in this predicament, how can they be the ones to fix it?
  • Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: G Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch:

    “We’re open to all options to try to improve the team,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson told the newspaper this morning. “As far as rumors go, we’re just not going to comment.”

    and Rick Nash said to the Dispatch:

    “The last couple of weeks there have been so many rumors,” Nash told the newspaper following the team’s morning skate. “And when a team loses, more rumors keep on surfacing. That’s what it seems to be right now, is just rumors.

    “I’m a Blue Jacket right now. I’ve played my whole career here and it’s a special place to me. So as of right now I’m a Blue Jacket.”

    Scott Howson to NHL.com on Saturday:

    “I’m not going to disclose what we’re going to do, but we certainly have a plan in place,” Howson told NHL.com. “We’re working on it, we’re talking to teams. We’ll see … it’s not just a pre-deadline plan. It’s a plan leading up to the draft and leading into next season. We’ll see what happens before the 27th and we expect to be active.”

  • TSN Tradecenter video link: McKenzie notes it could be a 5 team list, and that they could be looking for a young goalie, defenseman and forward for Nash. Canucks, Maple Leafs, Kings, Rangers and Flyers could be the teams. Too many assets to give up, cap number, and how it affects the dressing room are concerns for teams. Brandon Dubinsky’s name has come up with the Rangers. James van Riemsdyk would have be in the mix for the Flyers. The Kings have pieces like Jonathan Bernier, Andrei Loktionov and Slava Voynov. Wild card teams could be the Bruins and Sharks.

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Kings and Canadiens coaching situation … Ruutu ignore rumors … Injury notes on Boyle, Little, Lehtonen, Giroux, Couturier, Armstrong and Michalek

  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: The Kings are expected to announce the hiring of new head coach Darryl Sutter sometime today. He’s expected to make his Kings coaching debut on Thursday against the Ducks.
  • Kevin Allen via twitter: The Canadiens CEO Molson said that the “ability to express himself in both French and English” will be “very” important when they are looking to pick their next head coach.
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu will be an UFA at the end of the season, and is trying to ignore the trade rumors. “I just live my life day by day,” he said, smiling again. “I don’t think I’m the only player with my name out there.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Flyers have made plenty of trades with the Hurricanes in the past, so they could target Bryan Allen or Tim Gleason. The Oilers could use a puck moving defenseman. The Oilers could move Ales Hemsky at the deadline if they decide not to re-sign him. They could get a prospect defenseman and a draft pick. Matheson wouldn’t be surprised if the Oilers were looking at Slava Voynov of the Kings.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said he’s been playing with a broken foot since Nov. 10th. “My game is skating and I was definitely a step behind for many of those games and a little slower out there. I didn’t have the energy to get into every play,” he said. “It’s a factor. I don’t want to sit here and make excuses.”
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets center Bryan Little blocked a shot off his foot on Saturday and his day-to-day. They will see today if he is able to go. Antti Miettinen skated with Tanner Glass and Jim Slater and should get into to his first Jets game.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has missed 9 games with a groin injury, but is targeting to return after Christmas. “First I have to have a couple more days just with the goalie coach,” Lehtonen said. “Then I need to start skating with the team and have a couple of those days, and then after that, we’ll see when I play. We haven’t talked about any dates, but probably sometime around Christmas.”
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A source has said that Flyers forward Sean Couturier is only sore, and not concussed after taking a Kimmo Timonen shot off the head.
  • Tony Ambrogio via twitter: Maple Leafs winger Colby Armstrong is out with a concussion that he suffered on Saturday after a collision with Ryan Kesler.
  • Brent Wallace via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek is still listed as day-to-day. It is possible that he skates today, but not definite. Ian Mendes via twitter: Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar are both expected to play tonight against the Sabres.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on contact drills: “Close, in a few days if everything goes well.”
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Steve Eminger is out 8 weeks. Jeff Woywitka is questionable for tonight. Tim Erixon will be recalled as insurance.

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