Posts Tagged Steve Mason

Lines and Goalies: Canes, Leafs, Devils, Kings, Rangers, Stars, Senators, Avs, Flyers, Isles, Lightning and Wild

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines:  Ruutu-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Tlusty, Skinner-Nash-Dwyer, Bowman-Sutter-Dvorak. Chip Alexander: Faulk-Sekera, Harrison-Murphy, Hainsey-Bellemore on D.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes power play units: PP1: Bowman, E. Staal, Semin, Ruutu, Sekera. PP2: Skinner, J. Staal, Gerbe, Murphy, Faulk.
  • David Alter: Projected Maple Leafs lines if JVR plays: JVR-Bozak-Kessel Broll-Kadri-Lupul Raymond-Bolland-Leivo Ashton-McClement-Orr.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Elias-Jagr; Tedenby-Zajac-Ryder; Zubrus-Loktionov-Brunner; Carter-Gionta-Bernier. Olesz-Josefson.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings morning lines: Kopitar back with Brown, Williams; Richards with King, Carter.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines: Richards-Brassard-Callahan, Pyatt-Boyle-Fast, Pouliot-Stepan-Zuccarello, Miller-DMoore-Dorsett.
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Peverley, Whitney-Eakin-Chiasson, Roussel-Horcoff-Cole, MacDermid-Fiddler-Garbutt.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Michalek-Spezza-Ryan; MacArthur-Turris-Conacher; Greening-Smith-Neil and Kasssian-Pageau-Condra.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-​Stastny-Ta​nguay , O’Re​illy-Duche​ne-Downie ​, McGinn-Mac​Kinnon-Par​enteau , McL​eod-Mitche​ll-Bordele​au
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight.
  • Bill Roose: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard said he’ll likely start on Thursday.

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Lines and Starters: Flyers, Penguins, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Lightning, Leafs and Sabres

  • Adam Kimelman: New Flyers lines: Hartnell-Giroux-Simmonds, Talbot-Couturier-Read, Voracek-Lecavalier-B.Schenn.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers defensive pairings: Meszaros-Streit, Timonen-Schenn, Coburn-Grossmann.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Jokinen-Malkin-Bennett Jeffrey-Sutter-Kobasew Glass-Vitale-Adams.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin, Gerbe-JStaal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Dvorak.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks lines: Bickell-Toews-Kane, Sharp-Handzus-Hossa, Saad-Shaw-Hayes, Bollig-Kruger-Nordstrom.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Tom Pyatt will start on a line with Killorn and Filppula. Richard Panik will be a scratch.
  • Dave Isaac: Steve Mason is the likely starter for the Flyers.
  • James Mirtle: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs against the Avalanche.
  • Josh Yohe: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Joe Yerdon: Ben Bishop will start in net for the Lightning.
  • Joe Yerdon: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Penguins, Kobasew, Hurricanes, Islanders, Rangers, Mason and Bernier

  • Darren Dreger: On waivers today: Scott Clemmensen (Fla), Kevan Miller (Bos), Alexander Urbom (NJ) and Ben Eager (Edm).
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins recall Beau Bennett. Chris Conner and Harrison Ruopp have been reassigned to the AHL.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins sign Chuck Kobasew to a one-year $550,000 contract.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes power play units: Tlusty, Lindholm, Semin, E. Staal, Murphy; Skinner, J. Staal, Gerbe, Faulk, Harrison.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders power play units: 1st — Moulson-Tavares-Nielsen-Okposo-Visnovsky; 2nd — Bailey-Martin-McDonald-Bouchard-Donovan.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers lines: Richards-Stepan-Nash Pouilot-Brassard-Zuccarello Pyatt-Boyle-Fast Miller-D. Moore-Dorsett.
  • Stephen Whyno: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers against Jonathan Bernier and the Maple Leafs.

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Morning Hits: Brodeur on Kovalchuk, Avalanche, Flames, Flyers, Hurricanes, Senators and Kinkaid

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Martin Brodeur on his disappointment that Ilya Kovalchuk left:

    “Oh, definitely … Look what [the Devils] did to get him to New Jersey. Losing some of the draft picks, some of the current players, the money that was thrown at him, for him just to walk out like that … I know him and it’s just not like him to do that. The lockout created everything — the taste of what his life would be in Russia and he liked it … But it affects us, so that’s why I’m disappointed … As a guy, he’s a great guy, still going to have a lot of fun with him, but at the end of the day, it’s a tough one for what the organization did to get him.”

    Avs Matt Duchene is expected to center Ryan O’Reilly. Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be the third center behind Duchene and Paul Stastny.

  • Chris Nichols: Miikka Kiprusoff: “I decided to retire at the end of last season. I appreciated Jay Feaster & Flames permitting me to take summer to be 100 % sure.”
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames have about $12 million in cap space and 46 players under contract. If Sean Monahan and Patrick Sieloff are sent back to junior, they’ll have 44 under contract.
  • Sam Carchidi: Expected Flyers lines: Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek; Schenn-Lecavalier-Simmonds; Cleary-Couturier-Read; Talbot-Hall-Rinaldo. Extra: Rosehill.
  • Bill Meltzer: Flyers goalie Steve Mason said that he’s talked to Ray Emery about what the best ways are to take advantage of their puckhandling skills, saving some wear and tear on their defensemen.
  • Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes will have 48 players at training camp, 12 of which were at Traverse City.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Senators will have 57 players at training camp, including seven goalies.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid was shocked and upset when the Devils traded for Cory Schneider at the draft.

    “At first, I was pretty upset,” Kinkaid told me. “But I don’t think it changes the situation here at all. We’re still fighting for the top job in Albany and anything could happen and we just have to keep working at it.”

    “You always want to be up there as soon as possible, but it takes time for goalies to mature and be ready for the NHL,” Kinkaid said. “It just gives us another year, I guess. Whether Marty re-signs or not, it just gives us more time to develop in the minors and then if there happens to be an injury one of us can maybe get a shot up there.”

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Free Agent Hits: Whitney, Cowen, Thomas, Ranger, Brule, Weise and Winchester

  • Jim Matheson: The Hurricanes and Islanders seem like a possible fit for Ryan Whitney. He may have to take a one-year deal.
  • Gord Holder of the Ottawa Citizen: Negotiations between the Senators and defenseman Jared Cowen will pick up soon.

    “It’s fine,” Rick Valette of Octagon Sports said Wednesday from his office in High River, Alta. “(The Senators) went through free agency, and they had a lot of things going on. We agreed early in July that we’d wait for a week or three and let things settle out.

    “We have talked a couple of times, and we are going to move the process along now.”

  • Allan Muir of SI: It may be hard for Tim Thomas to find a team that needs a goalie, that can afford him and that would be a place that would make him happy. There was talk earlier that the Flyers could be interested, but they decided to go with Ray Emery and Steve Mason. The Islanders had some interest, but they could have tolled his contract. They re-signed Evgeni Nabokov and Kevin Poulin. The Flames have the cap space, but the rebuilding team will go with Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald. The Panthers and Oilers have the cap room, but they have a goalie tandem in place. Jacob Markstrom is likely the starter in Florida, but he’s on a two-way deal. The Panthers could use a boost to their credibility. Thomas may not get a big deal from them, but possibly a training camp invite.
  • Terry Koshan: The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Paul Ranger to a one-year deal ($1 million), pushing TJ Brennan down the depth chart.
  • Bob Stauffer: Gilbert Brule will attend the Coyotes training camp.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks and Dale Weise avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks have signed Brad Winchester to a one-year deal.

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Flyers won’t buyout Bryzgalov, not so fast and where Bernier may fit

  • John Shannon: Shannon had an email conversation with Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, who confirmed that the Flyers have told him that they won’t be buying out Bryzgalov.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to CSN: ”I didn’t assure Ritch Winter of anything. When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best for our hockey team.
  • David Pagnotta: Holmgren told Winter (after both of the above comments were made public) that his comments were fair based on the earlier conversations they had.
  • David Pagnotta: If the Flyers don’t buyout Brygalov, they’ll be out of the Jonathan Bernier race. Reported around the trade deadline that Bernier and Matt Read were the centerpieces of trade talks between the two teams. The Flames, Leafs, Devils and Wild could be in the mix.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that the Flames could pursue Bernier.
  • Sarah Baicker: With many teams interested in Bernier, he’ll want to go somewhere that the starter’s job in guaranteed. The Flyers can’t offer that as he’d have to split time with Steve Mason. Odds lessen that he’ll end up in Philadelphia.
  • B.D. Gallof: Bernier is still a prospect. He might be a little more developed than some of the Islanders prospects, but can’t lose sight of that.

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Morning Hits: New Canucks lines … Hurricanes to spend, could they trade Skinner? Flyers goalies worn and beaten down

  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have moved Ryan Kesler from center to right wing with Derek Roy and Chris Higgins. Max Lapierre centered Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen on the third line. Zack Kassian moved to a line with Andrew Ebbett and Dale Weise. 2012 1st round pick Brendan Gaunce will be practicing with the team.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes will be spending closer to the $64.3 salary cap next season, something that hasn’t happened in awhile.

    “We have been a budget team for a long time,” Rutherford acknowledged. “But we are now at the point where we’re going to be a lot closer to the cap than not. We’ll probably be at about $60, $61 million next year. Now we’re getting into that area. We know we had to do that with the change of divisions.”

    The Hurricanes spent $57 million this past season, and sit at $56 million already for next year. If they move out Drayson Bowman, Justin Peters and Jamie McBain, it could clear out $2.9 million.

    DeCock wonders if the Hurricanes should explore trading Jeff Skinner, but only if it brings back a “defenseman of comparable quality. He has defensive issues, a history of concussions and his contract goes up to $5.75 million next season.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov said he wore down this season. At one point in he started 31 of 32 games, including 22 in a row. Steve Mason is happy with a fresh start in Philly.

    “The last three years in Columbus beat me down, mentally, more than anything else,” he said in a phone interview the other day. “There were a lot of expectations we couldn’t meet, and you work hard to get them, and we couldn’t get results.

    “I left the baggage there and got a fresh start.”

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Flyers Notes: To buyout Bryzgalov or not, Daily evaluation, Briere could be playing last Flyers home game tonight

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: 5 reasons to let Ilya Bryzgalov go:

    1. The goalie’s zany personality can be a distraction to his teammates. To restore order, buy him out and use his annual cap hit ($5.7 million) to sign/acquire a quality winger or puck-moving defenseman.

    2. The buyout is expensive, but it can be spread over 14 years (twice the remaining length of his contract). If you average it out, it’s $1.6 million per year.

    3. Cutting ties with Bryzgalov would send a confidence-building message to Mason: You are our guy.

    4. In his brief time here, Mason seems to have developed a quick rapport with goalie coach Jeff Reese, who has tweaked the goalie’s game by moving him back in the crease to utilize his 6-foot-4 frame. Mason seems to exude confidence.

    5. Even though he has already played five seasons, Mason is just 24. Goalies have been known to bloom later in their careers. (See Parent, Bernard). In addition, Mason is more athletic than Bryzgalov, better at steering a puck to a teammate to start a rush, and better at stopping breakaways.

    5 reasons to keep Bryzgalov:

    1. By having Bryzgalov and Mason, the goalies would push each other in an attempt to win the starting job.

    2. A more-than-capable backup would be waiting in the wings in case of an injury to the starter.

    3. Money. To buy out Bryzgalov, the Flyers would have to pay him $23 million – two-thirds of the remaining seven years ($34.5 million) on his contract.

    4. Teams are allowed a total of two buyouts over the next two offseasons. If Mason wins the job and regains his rookie-of-the-year form from 2008-09, the Flyers can always buy out Bryzgalov next year. If Mason struggles, then Bryzgalov is an attractive option.

    5. Keeping Bryzgalov would be a reward of sorts for his workhorse season. He is not the reason the Flyers have failed to make the playoffs.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:

    “It’s the evaluation process you go through this time of year whether you’re in the playoff race or not, it’s a daily thing,” Holmgren said. “Once the season ends, you have conversations with everybody. Even when you’re in the playoffs, you’re talking to other teams about what they might be looking to do in the summertime. You’re busy with your amateur guys preparing your draft list. It doesn’t stop.”

    Injuries took their toll on the blue line, but allowed for the development of guys like Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson. There really isn’t an urgency to buyout Bryzgalov, and if they are going to buy him out, it may be better to wait until the end of next year.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Daniel Briere may be playing his last home game in Flyers uniform tonight. He is expected to be bought out or traded this offseason due to his $6.5 million salary cap hit.

    “I’m not thinking about that….Things change fast in the hockey world,” the always-classy Briere said after Wednesday’s practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. “For me, it’s just another game. Nobody knows what’s going to happen. I can’t start thinking about all those rumors. It’s just like at the trade deadline. If you start getting into that trap, it gets you off your game.”

    “Everybody knows I want to stay here,” said Briere, who has two years left on his contract, “but it’s a business and I also understand that part.”

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Morning Hits: Lucic, Oilers, Ducks, Predators, Avalanche, Flyers and Sharp

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers and Canucks are among the teams monitoring the Milan Lucic situation. Lucic didn’t show up in good shape after more than four months of “living the soft life” during the lockout. Lucic has scored one goal in the last 26 games, six on the season. His 3-year, $18 million deal kicks in next season.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Ducks would call the Oilers this summer to see if Sam Gagner is available to fill their hole in the second line center spot. The Ducks could look into the free agent market: Stephen Weiss, Derek Roy or Mike Ribeiro. The Oilers don’t really want to trade him, but they will be getting offers. He’ll be a restricted free agent after next season, and will be looking for a long-term deal. He’s set to make $3.2 million next season. He’d like to remain with the Oilers, but management knows he’ll be looking for something in the $4.5 million to $5 million range. Would sending Cam Fowler for Gagner be too much?
  • The Fourth Period: Predators coach Barry Trotz said that they have “too many similar players” and some moves need to be made.

    “To build a really nice house you need a foundation, you need a roof, you need a plumber, you need all different elements, so you need a balance,” he said. “Through injuries and what have you, we had too many similar … we have to get bigger, we have to do a lot of things. We’ve got lots of work.”

    The Preds are second last in scoring at 2.27 goals per game. GM Dave Poile will be looking for offensive help this summer.

  • The Fourth Period: Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix is debating big changes that could affect GM Greg Sherman and coach Joe Sacco. Reports are that  Lacroix has attended some games and is weighing options both on and off the ice.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that the acquisition of Steve Mason at the deadline was to add depth and not as a replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov next season.

    “Steve is a guy that we’ve liked. When the opportunity came up to make the trade for him, it was the intention of having good goaltending,” Holmgren said. “I think right now with Ilya and Steve, we’ve got good goaltending moving forward. Any talk of anything other than that I think is out of bounds.”

    When asked about the rumors of a potential amnesty buyout for Bryzgalov, Holmgren responded with a “No.”

  • Chicago Blackhawks: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp missed last night’s game, but coach Joel Quenneville said that he could play on Wednesday.

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Quick Hits: Soderberg, Mason and Ott

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Kirk Luedeke: It’s looking like Carl Soderberg has a deal in place with the Bruins and is working on his release from his Swedish team. Two of three things may have happened yesterday, he signed with the Bruins and signed his transfer card, now just needs his Swedish teams release. Hearing that he signed a only a one year contract and could be a UFA at the end of the season.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Steve Ott is a UFA after next season, and like Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller, he wants to talk with GM Darcy Regier to see what the teams ‘rebuilding’ plans are about.

    “I think we all are [interested], absolutely,” Ott said. “I’m 30 years old. I don’t know like everybody else where everybody stands. In these type of moments, you look at where you are. Obviously I came in here with aspirations of staying hopefully for a long time and that’s up to Darcy and management to do so. I go out there and I’m just a hockey player. We’ll let the management do their job.”

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NHL Rumors III: Leafs, Sabres, Mason extension close, Blue Jackets-Rangers trade call video

  • Mark Spector: The Roberto Luongo to Maple Leafs deal fell through because the Canucks refused to take on some of his salary. The Maple Leafs would have given Ben Scrivens with a 2nd and 3rd round pick as long as they took back some salary.
  • The Fourth Period: Several teams were interested in Ryan Miller yesterday according to a source. The Flyers inquired about Thomas Vanek.

     ”(Talks) will continue after the season,” Regier told the Buffalo News. “To what extent has yet to be determined.”

    “It’s difficult standing here right now to say (the rebuild is) going to be a year or two years. We’re going to work as hard as we can at this and get it done as quickly as possible.”

  • Randy Miller: The Flyers are close to signing newly acquired Steve Mason to a one year contract extension.
  • Video: Trade call between the NY Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets: Marian Gaborik trade.

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NHL Rumors I: The Fallout from yesterday

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that their only untouchables were Sven Baertschi, TJ Brodie, Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano.
  • Randy Miller: Don’t understand the Flyers trading for Steve Mason, giving up a 3rd round pick. He’s struggled for years and is an RFA, so they would have to send him a qualifying of $3.2 million to retain his rights.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on the Martin Erat trade: ”Marty came to us in recent days and indicated a trade might be in his best interests.”
  • Mike Harrington: Bets that the Wild initially asked the Sabres about Thomas Vanek before moving to Jason Pominville.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t interested in trading picks for short-term help.

    “The hardest thing for me is to try and accelerate a process that can’t be accelerated,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t draft players and develop them into assets, then you can’t do anything on a deadline day. If you choose to trade your draft picks for assets for the now, you forgo the opportunity to build a sustainable system with a sustainable flow of players.”

    They listened for offers on Alex Burmistrov, but didn’t come up with anything they liked.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Oilers offered Ryan Jones and a draft pick to the Senators for Ben Bishop. The Senators asked for Sean Couturier straight up. Tampa Bay hopes to find a 1a between Bishop and Anders Lindback. Both the Canucks and Canadiens were interested in Raffi Torres. The Coyotes settled with the Sharks offer of Florida’s 3rd round pick. The Rangers gained payroll flexibility for next season by trading Marian Gaborik. They have to re-sign RFAs Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. Also, they now have a better shot at signing Ryane Clowe.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Capitals received lots of interest in Mike Ribeiro, but they continue to work on an extension with him. The Canadiens were after a rugged winger but were unsuccessful. The Blue Jackets tried to get Tomas Fleischmann from the Panthers. The Blue Jackets may have offered one of their 1st round pick and Derek Dorsett for Fleischmann. The Devils, Canucks, Jets and Jackets showed interest in Drew Stafford. The Sabres considered Alex Burmistrov.

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