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NHL Rumors IX: Kesler, Blackhawks, How Hartnell Trade Went Down, Michalek and Wild

  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: If the Canucks really want either Brandon Saad or Teuvo Teravainen in any package for Ryan Kesler, would likely be a nonstarter for the Blackhawks. If the Canucks want a lesser prospect than Teravinen or a completely different package, it might work. GM Stan Bowman said earlier that they don’t need “wholesale changes,” but later added that if adding a center presented itself, it could be an option. Patrick Sharp’s name has been in the rumor mill the past couple weeks.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources saying the Ducks and Blackhawks are front-runners for Ryan Kesler. He would fit in as a No. 2 center on both teams. Unless the either team offers the Canucks a package they like, they won’t move him. The Penguins did show some interest, and he may have to play the wing, but it’s not clear if he would go to Pittsburgh.
  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Scott Hartnell called Ron Hextall after the trade to ask him what happened.

    “Hartsy eventually called me,” Hextall said on Tuesday. “One question that he asked me was, ‘When did I fall out of favor?’ I said, ‘No Hartsy, you haven’t fallen out of favor. This is just something that fits for us and we want to move forward with it.’

    “I didn’t really say anymore than that, that we wanted to move forward. That’s as harsh as it got.”

    On how the Hartnell for R.J. Umberger trade went down.

    “Actually, I talked to (Hartnell’s) agent originally, and I wasn’t shopping Scott Hartnell,” Hextall said. “What happened there was when I was circling around with the other (general) managers, I just said, ‘We need some cap relief here, so if you can think of anything let me know.’ And Columbus ended up coming pretty hard after Scott.

    “Now it didn’t give us a lot of cap relief, ironically, but it was a deal that I thought about for a few days before I went to Scotty’s agent because I realized that he had a no-move clause and it’s a sensitive issue. So then I circled back with the agent when I decided that (a trade) was right for this franchise and talked him through how it all happened, and in the end it was the same thing I told you guys (Monday) … that the speed factor and the cap flexibility (were the reasons).”

    In two or three years, the Flyers will have Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Braydon Colburn, Steve Mason and others as free agents.

  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators have made Milan Michalek an offer and there will be more talk. He is also likely to see what else is out there.
  • Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that depending what is available at No. 18, they could move back and collect more picks.

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Morning Hits: Mason, Jagr, Maple Leafs, KHL and Vasilevski

  • Ken Wiebe: Flyers Steve Mason confirmed that he missed Game 1 and 2 with a concussion.
  • Chris Johnston: Devils Jaromir Jagr contract breakdown: $3.5 million salary with a $250,000 bonus every five games from game 10 to 45. Up to $5.5 million.
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs CEO Tim Leiweke: “What I can tell you is Shanahan is everything I thought he was.” … “He is meeting with everyone from the coaches, to the players to the trainers. He’s thorough.” … “Brendan is going to make changes here. He is going to change our culture. Won’t make changes just for the sake of making changes” … “In the near future there will be a decision on the coach. That will be a decision Brendan and Dave will make”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger said that Leafs GM Dave Nonis told him that the Leafs were having internal talks about their scouting staff.
  • Slava Malamud: With Atlant, Novokuznetsk and Spartak Moscow in financial difficulties, the KHL could end up with less than 31 teams next year.
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning’s 2012 first round pick Andrei Vasilevski will leave Salavat of the KHL for the Lightning.

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Afternoon Hits: Roster Notes, Lines and Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Lightning’s Ben Bishop was on the ice this morning and will practice with teammates later this week if the series is extended.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin won’t play tonight. Nick Foligno and Dalton Prout are in.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Kyle Brodziak will be a healthy scratch. Chad Graff: Dany Heatley will be in the lineup. Stephane Veilleux will be a healthy scratch.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner-Johansen-Skille, Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Umberger-Anisimov-Foligno, MacKenzie-Letestu-Comeau.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawk lines: Bickell-Toews-Saad, Sharp-Handzus-Hossa, Versteeg-Shaw-Kane, Bollig-Kruger-Smith. Morin, Regin extra.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Megna-Vitale-Adams Pyatt rotated onto 4th line.
  • Chad Graff: Guessing Wild lines: Parise-Granlund-Pominville Moulson-Koivu-Coyle Cooke-Haula-Fontaine Heatley-McCormick-Niederreiter
  • Chad Graff: Darcy Kuemper will start in net for the Wild.
  • Eric Stphens: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.

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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates and Practice Notes From Today

  • Dan Rosen: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf is expected to be able to go in Game 2. X-rays were negative, suffered only a deep facial laceration that received several stitches.
  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Ben Bishop spent over 30 minutes on the ice this morning in full equipment. Missy Zielinski: Lightning coach Cooper on Bishop: “I don’t think we’ll be seeing Bishop anytime soon.” He hasn’t been completely ruled out of the series if it goes the distance.
  • Joe McDonald: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg is practicing today. Ansar Khan: Zetterberg skated for about 20 minutes today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Not practicing for the Bruins today are Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Matt Bartkowski. Kevan Miller returned. Haggerty can’t see Paille playing tomorrow.
  • Katie Strang: Flyers Steve Mason is doing better and will join the team in New York. His status for Game 2 is still uncertain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jordan Leopold and Roman Polak were working as the third defensive pair at practice.
  • Lou Korac: Blues T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund will be out. Vladimir Tarasenko is in.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on Matt Belesky’s injury: “Lower – body that’s been nagging him for awhile. Hopefully ready for Friday”
  • Andy Strickland: Blackhawks Patrick Kane is skating today with a notable brace on his left leg.
  • Chris Johnson: Lightning’s Ondrej Palat isn’t practicing. He only had one shift in the third period.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Don’t expect Canadiens Travis Moen to be in the lineup for Game 2. Needs more practice time.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers lines: Hartnell-G-Voracek; Raffl-Schenn-Simmonds; Read-Coots-Akeson; Rinaldo-Lecavalier-Hall.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blues lines: Ott-Backes-Steen, Schwartz-Sobotka-Tarasenko, Morrow-Roy-Reaves, Porter-Lapierre-Cracknell.
  • Arpon Basu: Lightning lines: Killorn-Johnson-Stamkos; Panik-Filppula-Callahan; Purcell-Thompson-Brown; Kucherov-Paquette-Pyatt

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Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
  • Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.

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NHL Rumors: Bolland, Panthers, Capitals, Seattle, Canucks, Leafs, Gaudreau and Mason

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: There have been no contract talks between Dave Bolland and the Maple Leafs since early February.

    “Nothing is happening right now,” Thun said. “We exchanged proposals prior to the Olympics and we were significantly apart.”

    Bolland is apparently looking for a deal around $40 million over seven or eight years. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Maple Leafs, there is speculation that he could rejoin Dale Tallon in Florida. The Canucks and Canadiens could also have interest in him this offseason. Other centers that could be on the market this summer: Paul Stastny, David Legwand, Marcel Goc and Derek Roy.

  • Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post: There is a mob in Washington that is going after GM George McPhee. Some wonder if head coach Adam Oates in the problem. If McPhee let Oates go, he’d be looking to hire his sixth head coach. If the Capitals chose not to bring Jaroslav Halak, Dustin Penner and Mikhail Grabovski back, they would have the cap space to try and lure from free agent defenseman.
  • Tim Booth of the AP on Yahoo! Sports: There is an investor group looking to bring a NBA franchise to Seattle, but they have no interest in owning an NHL franchise.

    ”No one in our ownership group is interested in being a majority owner in an NHL franchise. That’s been the case since the start,” said Chris Hansen, who led the unsuccessful effort last year to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. ”I’ve certainly queried our ownership group about this. I think if someone really wanted to it would be easier than bringing in an outside party.

    ”But the most important thing is the passion is just not there for the NHL among our ownership group that is there for basketball. Getting involved in hockey solely because basketball hasn’t worked out right now, when it’s not something your heart is in, would be a disservice to the fans here.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Kesler has that full no move clause. There are certainly those around Van that wanted Kesler’s list to be longer at the deadline” … “There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around that Vancouver organization and Kesler is certainly part of it”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Hitchcock has found a way to adapt his style to accommodate the new game” … “That’s the biggest beef with Tortorella. He has become less flexible. I was told he used to listen to his players and doesn’t now”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: “Nonis will make the decision on Carlyle not MLSE. Despite all the hooey about Leiweke overseeing”
  • Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is a Hobey Bakey Award finalist this year. The dad of the 5 foot 8, 160 pound forward may be a little concerned with his son’s size knowing that Brian Burke is the current GM.

    “If the management they had there before was there, like (former general manager Jay) Feaster, the ones that drafted him, I’d be really comfortable letting him go,” Guy Gaudreau said. “I know that (Calgary president of hockey operations) Brian Burke likes big boys, big hockey players. My son is not a big hockey player. He’s made it clear that he likes him or whatever, but I don’t think he’s sold on him. That’s been John all his life, wherever he tried out. It’s always been, ‘He’s got to prove himself, prove himself, prove himself.’ He’s done that over and over and over.”

  • Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: After the 2012-13 season, now Flyers goalie Steve Mason considered hanging up the pads.

    “My mind was so beat up that I truly did not enjoy playing hockey anymore,” Mason told NHL.com. “It had definitely crossed my mind to consider other options. I was just so beat up mentally that hockey was becoming more of a chore than a passion and something that was fun. … I hadn’t thought about what I’d do, but it definitely crossed my mind to hang the pads up and focus on other aspects of life because hockey was something that was making life not enjoyable.”

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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates, Line Combos and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said that his leg felt “a lot better” today.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings put Johan Franzen on the IR after he experienced some concussion symptoms.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings activate Joakim Andersson from the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Travis Hamonic on the IR and recall Matt Donovan.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is back on the wing. Brayden Schenn is at center. Steve Downie skating with the third line. Michael Raffl moved down to the fourth line.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Zac Rinaldo is not wearing a no-contract jersey today. Anthony SanFilippo: Rinaldo is skating but did not take part in line rushes. He could still play though.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Mark Stone skated by himself yesterday. He’s progressing but not ready to practice with the team. Coach Paul MacLean is hopeful that Stone can return before the Olympic break.
  • Don Brennan: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips suffered a minor injury and will be kept out of the lineup tonight.
  • Kristen Odland: Flames Mike Cammalleri (concussion) skated this morning.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty/Desharnais/Gallagher Eller/Plekanec/Gionta Leblanc/Brière/Bourque Moen/Bournival/Parros.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin Raymond-Holland-Bodie Ashton-McClement-Orr. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Gleason-Franson, Gardiner-Rielly.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Andersson-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Cleary-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons, Jokinen-Malkin-Neal, Glass-Sutter-Megna, Pyatt-Adams-Engelland.
  • Allen Panzeri: Senators lines: Condra-Zibanejad- Conacher Michalek-The Franchise-Greening Ryan- Turris-MacArthur Smith-Da Costa-Neil.
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers.
  • David Alter: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Joe Yerdon: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Don Brennan: Curtis McElhinney will start in get for the Blue Jackets.
  • Ken Wiebe: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.
  • Katie Carrera: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.

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Morning Hits: Mason, Habs and Holland … Video of Tortorella and Canucks-Flames Brawl

  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: The Flyers have signed goalie Steve Mason to a three year contract extension for $12.3 million, a $4.1 million salary cap hit. There is no, no-trade clause. He’ll be a UFA at 25. CapGeek: The Flyers have 15 players under contract at $58.4 million for next season, which includes Pronger.
  • Arpon Basu: The Canadiens send Nathan Beaulieu and Joonas Nattinen to the AHL.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Peter Holland played his 25th game with the team last night. The Ducks will now get a second round pick and not a third. Corey Masisak: “Second round pick for a fringy NHL center for an organization with a prospect pool that is … shallow.”

  • Canucks – Flames line brawl

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Free Agent Rumors: Rangers and Flyers

  • Katie Strang: The Rangers have had contract discussions with Dan Girardi. As of early this week, there had been no talks with Anton Stralman. The Rangers have not spoken with Ryan Callahan recently. That could change when he returns from his injury.
  • The Fourth Period: Contract talks with the Flyers and Steve Mason haven’t picked up. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    We’ve had some conversations,” Holmgren told the newspaper. “Nothing really in-depth to this point. I don’t really want to get into anything through the media. I’ll just talk to (Mason’s agent, Anton Thun) when the time comes to see what we can come up with.”

    Mason added.

    “We’ll see what happens. If something happens, great. If something is going to get done, I’d prefer it to be a short process, that way it’s not dragging on. At the end of the day, that’s not really my choice.”

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Afternoon Hits: Weiss, Sabres Recalls, Harrison, Brewer, Lines and Starting Goalies

  • Detroit Red Wings: Red Wings Stephen Weiss had surgery on his sports hernia. Expected back after the Olympic break.
  • Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres have recalled defensman Mark Pysyk and forward Johan Larsson.
  • Rob Mixer: Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison is out tonight with an upper-body injury.
  • Missy Zielinski: Lightning’s Eric Brewer (upper-body) is expected to miss tonight’s game.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Datsyuk-Bertuzzi, Jurco-Sheahan-Alfredsson, Miller-Andersson-Tatar, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Conner-Jokinen-Neal Zolnierczyk-Sutter-Vitale Adams-Sill-Kobasew.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Versteeg-Handzus-Kane, Bickell-Shaw-Saad, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames lines: Cammalleri-Backlund-Byron, Galiardi-Stajan-Stempniak, Hudler-Colborne-DJones, Bouma-Monahan-McGrattan.
  • Rich Chere: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Tedenby-Elias-Bernier; Clowe/Boucher-Henrique-Ryder; Josefson-Gionta-Janssen.
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers. Andrej Meszaros will be in the lineup.
  • Steve Zipay: Looking like Cam Talbot will start in net for the Rangers.
  • Paul Hendrick: Jonathan Bernier probable starter for the Leafs.
  • Mark Herrmann: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders.
  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils.

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