Posts Tagged Steve Montador

Morning Rumors: Vanek, Yakupov, Rielly and Montador

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Thomas Vanek will be subject to trade speculation until he re-signs or is dealt. The Sabres are struggling, but he likes what the Sabres have.

    “Right now I’m not ready, but I like where we’re heading,” the free agent-to-be said Monday. “I think there’s a lot of talent in this group. Only time and games will tell how good we can really be.”

    Vanek on talk of him signing with the Wild in the offseason.

    “The media and the outside people always have an opinion, just like I have my own opinion,” Vanek said. “That’s fine.”

  • Craig Custance: Igor Larionov on Nail Yakupov KHL rumors: “Not even a single thought to go to the KHL at this moment. Not even a single one.” Rob Tychkowski: Yakupov was a healthy scratch again yesterday.
  • Howard Berger: Has been told, with no details, that the Maple Leafs could be working on a trade involving a defenseman to clear up some cap space to ensure that Morgan Rielly remains with the team.
  • Slava Malamud: Steve Montador’s “retirement” from the KHL may only be temporary and subject to if he’s able to recover from his injuries this year. The move was done to create roster space. He may return.

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Morning Hits: Blues, Coyotes, Senators, Players Traded Too Early, Wild and Montador

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: So far the Blues have increased their payroll to $57 million this year, an increase of $4.8 million. Those numbers don’t include Alex Pietrangelo.

    “If you look at our roster, we had a young team that is coming into the middle stages of their careers, where they’re going to start to get paid more,” Stillman said. “If we were going to keep them together, it meant a higher investment level.

    “If we weren’t willing to invest more, we were going to have to lose some key pieces and that’s not what we wanted to do. It would be hard to maintain the contending team that we want to have, but it would also send the wrong message to our fans and supporters.”

  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Coyotes GM Don Maloney is still hopeful that he can add another offensive weapon.

    “I think if we find one more offensive player, scorer it would certainly help. I like our defense, I like our goaltending depth. Even our organization, I just think up front we need more skill,” he said.

    “We still have three forward positions available for either finding someone in a trade, signing a free agent, or somebody like a Max Domi or a Henrik Samuelsson comes to camp and wins a job. We have very good flexibility right now, but If we can find another bonafide top two NHL player that’d be our preference.”

    They could move out a defenseman. Keith Yandle and Derek Morris will be mentioned in the rumor mill again.

  • James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Some Senators fans aren’t happy that the Sens won’t spend close to the salary cap, but that isn’t likely to change. The Senators have the third lowest salary cap so far according to CapGeek.com. Owner Eugene Melnyk:

    “If we want to even spend a few extra million dollars, that just goes right out of my pocket. It’s a business, people have to understand. This is not philanthropy. I love the team, but there’s only so much you can bear.”

  • John Kreiser of NHL.com: Kreiser looks at seven young players who were traded too soon: Cam Neely, Rick Middleton, Mats Sundin, Kris Draper, Zdeno Chara, Randy Carlyle and Roberto Luongo.
  • Brian Compton of NHL.com: Prospects that could get promoted to the Minnesota Wild this year are defenseman Matthew Dumba and center Zack Phillips.

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Buyout Hits: Lightning to buyout Vinny, Oilers, Leafs, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Islanders and Capitals

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Lightning will buyout Vincent LecavalierCapGeek: The buyout will cost $30 million over 14 years, $2,142,857 per year through 2027. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier will get his $8 million bonus paid out in full over the next three years, remaining $24.67 million paid out over 14 years.
  • Bob McKenzie: Led to believe that the Oilers won’t be buying out Shawn Horcoff, but Eric Belanger and Ben Eager are possibilities.
  • Bob McKenzie: Mike Komisarek seems like a given buyout for the Maple Leafs. McKenize would be shocked if the Blackhawks don’t buyout Rostislav Olesz and Steve Montador. The Red Wings could buyout Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders haven’t made no decisions on buyout (Rick DiPietro) just yet.
  • Hockey Tracker: CSN Washington reporting Capitals compliance buyout candidates are Jeff Schultz, Joel Ward, Brooks Laich or Martin Erat.

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Quick Hits: Clowe, Trouba, Waivers, Injuries to Bergeron and Pitkanen

  • Andrew Gross: The Rangers expect to Ryane Clowe in the lineup tomorrow night against the Penguins.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Jets have signed 2012 1st round pick Jacob Trouba to an entry-level deal.
  • Bob McKenzie: Put on waivers today: Flyers Kurtis Forster, Panthers Mike Santorelli, Blackhawks Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz, Canucks Cam Barker.
  • NESN: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron left their game in the 2nd period after taking a hit to the head. Bergeron was hit by Senators Colin Greening while both were fighting for the puck. He skated directly off and the team announce he won’t return. He has a history of concussion issues.
  • Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanenis stretched off after chasing down an icing call.

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Scouting the Stars … Nonis on Bozak and MacArthur … Oshie Sued … Granlund Reassigned … Montador Clears Waivers

  • Dallas Morning News: From Dennis Bernstein and Mike Heika: the Bruins, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Wild and Rangers have scouted the Dallas Stars the last two games. The Stars scouted the Bruins-Senators game on Monday. Bruce Garrioch noted that the Bruins, Penguins and Flyers are looking for scoring help, and that the Stars have a decision to make regarding Brenden Morrow. Morrow has a no-trace clause.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is unlikely to offer contract extensions to Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthurin the next month, though that can change, nor is he going to trade them just because they will be free agents at the end of the year. Nonis is open to trading both players, as he is with many others, but a deal would happen because of what they could get back and not about their contracts.

    “I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said on Monday.

    “Right now both Tyler and Clarke are playing well and seem to be happy.”

    Nonis added,

    “Right now, I don’t feel compelled to move anyone by April 3. And I would have to say, at least at this time, I don’t expect anything to happen (extension-wise) by that date either, although things can change.”

    The Leafs are open to bringing in a rental player, but it has to make sense in the short and long term.

    “But here’s the thing with that,” he explained. “If you are willing to bring in a rental player, why wouldn’t you keep guys (like Bozak and MacArthur) who are already on your team? They have the same contract status as rent-a-players.”

  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is being sued by his landlord for $12,000 after his dogs damaged the apartment.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have assigned Mikael Granlund to the AHL. He’d been a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games.

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Quick Hits and Injuries: Realignment, waivers, Latendresse, Lupul, Malkin, Brodeur, Michalek, Benn and Morrow

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Board of Governor will vote on realignment by fax this week. Should be done by the end of the week.
  • ESPN: Evgeni Malkin will miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. It is not concussion related.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur’s sore back is getting better but is under doctors care and not skating yet.

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Injury notes on Halak, Carcillo, and Malone

  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak pulled himself out of Monday’s game for concerns that his injury wasn’t fully healed. He doesn’t want it to linger throughout the season.
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Daniel Carcillo started skating last week and could return to action soon. Steve Montador (concussion) and Rostislav Olesz (knee) skated before yesterday’s practice. Carcillo was playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa when he got hurt, but Brandon Saad has moved into that spot and is playing well.

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Quick Hits: Kiprusoff, Reimer, Halak, Allen, Cammalleri, Malone, Letang, Regin, Carcillo, Montador, Kubina, Hordichuk, Taylor and Pandolfo

  • Sportsnet 960 via twitter: The Flames are saying that Miikka Kiprusoff will be out approximately 2 more weeks with a sprained MCL.
  • Chris Nichols via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang could be a game-time decision tomorrow night against the Penguins.

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NHL-NHLPA meet for 7 hours … Still a long way to go … Players who attended the meetings

  • Chris Johnston (CP) in the Global News: The NHL and NHLPA met for about 7 hours yesterday, with the meeting wrapping up around 10:15 pm. Both sides didn’t want to say much about how things went.

    “With meetings scheduled to resume Wednesday, the league will not characterize the substance or detail of the discussions until their conclusion,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Tuesday night.

    Before the meeting started yesterday, Don Fehr had this to say:

    “We’re hopeful that we’ll start bargaining and we’ll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal,” he said.

    “It’s very good to be getting back to the table,” said Fehr. “We hope that this time it produces more progress that we’ve seen in the past and we can figure out a way to make an agreement and to get the game back on the ice as soon as possible.”

    The biggest issue has been how to ‘make whole.’ The NHL has said they will assume more liability in exchange for capping contracts at 5 years, entry-level deals at 2 years, and unrestricted free agency being at 28 years old or after 8 years of NHL service. The union isn’t a really fan of that.

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun noted that it was good that the the meeting was long, but it’s dangerous to read to much into it. There is a lot of ground to cover. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Meeting for hours, not saying anything afterwards, and meeting today is probably the best thing that anyone could have hoped for.
  • NHLPA via twitter: Players who attended yesterday’s talks: Adams, Backes, Biron, Campoli, Crosby, Darche, Hainsey, Hedberg, Lucic, Malhotra, Montador, S. Thornton, and Westgarth.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby and team player rep Craig Adams hadn’t planned on going to yesterday’s CBA meetings, but after the union conference call on Monday night, they changed their mind. Several Penguins thought the manner in which guaranteed contracts were going to be honored was the major stumbling block between the two sides.

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Possible Islanders targets … Many plans for ‘Hawks … Preds in tough with Weber … No word from Selanne or Alfredsson

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders have only 4 veteran defenseman under contract heading into free agency. Devils Bryce Salvador is one player the Islanders could be interested in, though he may be too expensive for them. Matt Carkner may be more realistic for the Isles. Rangers Steve Eminger is also on their radar. Tough guys George Parros and John Scott may intrigue them. Brandon Prust is looking for more than $2.5 million, which is too much for a 3rd/4th liner. They’d like to find a 2nd line center, and there is some interest in Olli Jokinen. The Islanders may gamble on Alex Semin or possibly Brad Boyes.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman:

    “We’ve been spending a week going through Plans A, B, C and D,” Bowman told the Tribune. “You just can’t go ahead and say, ‘We’re going to get this guy’ because you don’t know if you’re going to get that guy. In some scenarios, we look at different positions or different styles of players. We’re going to make a lot of phone calls, I know that.”

    Bowman said if it makes sense to bring in a top free agent, he wouldn’t hesitate. Maybe Martin Brodeur?

    “We’re fortunate because we have a lot of guys already under contract. It doesn’t mean we won’t add players but some teams are in a different spot where they’re looking at adding four or five players. We probably aren’t going to be doing that but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to be active.”

    Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson could be moved. Blackhawks are looking for anyone to take Steve Montador who has a cap hit of $2.75 million through 2014-15. They could look to improve along the blueline and maybe in net. If they are looking to make a big splash, they’ll look at Parise, Brodeur or Suter. Alexanders Semin, Shane Doan,  Jiri Hudler or P.A. Parenteau would help upfront and Matt Carle or Jason Garrison would help on the blueline.

  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Stan Bowman on possibility of targeting Martin Brodeur: “I don’t rule anything in or rule anything out.”
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks still haven’t received an answer from Teemu Selanne but they are still talking. Perhaps an answer (last night) or early this morning.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: The Senators will enter free agency under the assumption that Daniel Alfredsson will be returning next season.

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