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Lines and Pairings at Practice Today For 11 Teams

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines and Pairings: Poul-Brass-Zucc, Nash-Step-MSL, Hag-Rich-Fast, Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett. McDonagh-G, Staal-Stral, JMoore-Klein.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning lines: Palat Johnson Stamkos, Killorn Filppula Callahan, Brown Paquette Kucherov, Purcell Thompson Panik. Erik Erlendsson: Power play units: Hedman-Stamkos-Filppula-Palat-Callahan; 2nd unit Carle-Kostka-Killorn-Purcell-Johnson.
  • Luc Gelinas: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher Bourque-Eller-Gionta Weise-Brière-Bournival.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Skille; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; MacKenzie – Anisimov – Comeau; Tropp – Letestu – Boll. Frattin extra. Defensive pairings: Tyutin – Johnson; Murray – Wisniewski; Nikitin – Savard. Extra pair: Schultz – Prout. Rob Mixer: Power play units: Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Tyutin-Savard; Jenner-Johansen-Letestu, Johnson-Wisniewski.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand. Andersson, Bertuzzi rotating in. Defensive pairings: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ouellet-Sproul. Howard and Gustavsson in goal.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Gibbons-Vitale-Adams (Pyatt & Megna rotating in). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Scuderi-Letang Maatta-Niskanen Bortuzzo-Engelland.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Coyle;Moulson-Granlund-Pominville;Cooke-Brodziak-Niederreiter; Veilleux-Haula-McCormick; Fontaine, Heatley extras
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings lines: Gaborik-Kopitar-JWill. Richards w/King &Carter; Stoll centering Toffoli & Brown. 4th line Clifford-Lewis-Pearson/Nolan.
  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks lines: Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry, Cogs-Koivu-Silfverberg, Winnik-Bonino-Palmieri, Selanne-Perreault-Maroon.
  • David Pollak: Sharks lines: Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Wingels-Pavelski-Havlat, Torres-Desjardins-Brown.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs lines: O’Reilly-MacKinnon-Parenteau, Landeskog-Stastny-McGinn, Talbot-Cliché-McLeod, Bordeleau-Malone-Carey. Defensive pairings: Holden-Johnson, Barrie-Guenin, Benoit-Elliott

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NHL Injuries: Penguins, Wild, Lightning, Panthers, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Blues and Avs

  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale met with doctors and are skating lightly, but not ready to practice yet.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Chris Kunitz and Olli Maatta are day-to-day. All practiced yesterday.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday. Clayton Stoner and Keith Ballard were also on the ice.
  • NBC Pro Hockey Talk: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been sent the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Steve Simmons: Bishop’s injury is not his shoulder. His arm or elbow. Will have a MRI today.
  • Sam Carchidi: Panthers Roberto Luongo missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Cal Clutterbuck left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton left last night’s game after re-aggravating a lower-body injury. Aaron Portzline: Horton had a setback and could be done for the rest of the regular season, possibly longer.
  • Lou Korac: Blues David Backes is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup on Friday.

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NHL Rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals and Lightning

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur still has a year left on his contract (2-years, $6.5 million), but is open to discussing a contract extension this summer.

    “If something works out for both sides, then yeah, that would work good,” he said after the morning skate. “If not, I’ve got one more year to play well and do what I can.”

    Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Bobby Ryan would consider talking about a long-term contract extension after July 1st. Ryan has one more year left on his deal.

    “I love it here,” said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. “We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that’s what Bryan wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we’ll certainly do that.”

  • The Forth Period: Multiple sources saying MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is contemplating several offseason moves. Both coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis could be on the hotseat. Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA and a source is saying that Nazem Kadri is likely to be moved. Pending RFA defensemen Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson could be on the outs. The Leafs would like to re-sign Dave Bolland, but his $5 million asking price may be too high.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are expect to revisit offseason trade talks involving Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler. They will still look to upgrade their team.

    “We will try our hardest to spend to the cap providing it’s the right players and the right ages and the right positions,” Gillis said. “There’s not going to be a ton of free agents out there, but we’ve managed to do well in the first week of July in the past four or five years.”

    Contract talks with pending RFAs Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev are expected to start once the season is over.

  • Jim Matheson of the Emonton Journal: Matheson wonders about the future of Alex Ovechkin in Washington. “Would Leonsis ever give the green light to trading Ovechkin, who turns 29 this fall?” Ovechkin is owed $10 million a year for the next seven years, and carries a $9.538 million salary cap hit. He’ll be 36 at the end of his contract.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It would be a good guess that Bolland will test free agency. There have been no meaningful discussions at this point” … ”Bolland is an attractive player. It’s his decision: does he want term and money” … ”Nonis will be fair to Bolland. He’ll be prepared to offer 6 or 7 years but won’t talk about a salary that starts with a 5.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferrero: ”I don’t see ownership stomaching paying both Gillis & Torts to not be there and then pay their replacements too” … ”I’ve been told by various sources (some pretty good ones) that ownership was heavily involved in the Torts hiring”
  • Igor Eronko: Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevsky was offered a one-year deal by Salavat Yulayev. His original plan was to join the Lightning.

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NHL Video: Douglas Murray Suspended Three Games For An Illegal Check To The Head

Montreal Canadiens Douglas Murray has been suspended for three games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning’s Mike Kostka.

Kostka suffered an injury on the play and Murray has not been suspended in the past.

Do you AGREE with the three games? Should have it been more? less?

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NHL Rumors: Callahan, Markov, Jagr, Iginla, Torts, Carlyle, Jets, Giordano, Ekblad and McCabe

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ryan Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said that he spoke with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman over the weekend, with Yzerman saying he’d like to talk contract extension after the season.

    “Yeah, we’d love to sign him,” said Yzerman. “He’s a good fit, a good person, a good player, has style of play that really complements our group well; he’s fit in really well. So we hope to sign him. But we won’t talk until after the year.”

    It’s likely that John Tortorella will be fired by the Canucks after the season. There will also be the question whether or not to fire GM Mike Gillis. Both Tortorella and Gillis have four years left on their deals.

    The Canadiens and Andrei Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin, have continued contract talks.

    “I met with Marc a couple of days ago when they were here [in Florida],” Berezin told ESPN.com Tuesday.

    “I don’t think we’re in any rush to get anything done. I have an idea what they’re offering, they know what we want, and I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. I’m hopeful in the end it will work out.”

    Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, met with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello a few days ago to talk about a contract extension. Talks will pick up after the season.

    Contract talks between Peter Chiarelli and Jarome Iginla’s camp will wait until after the season.

    Randy Carlyle’s future with the Maple Leafs could be in doubt if they miss the playoffs.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has some trade chips he could use after the season. Evander Kane would get them a big return, including roster players and picks/prospects. Tobias Enstrom could get a nice return, but they would need a frontline defender in return. Zach Bogosian’s stock might be down at the moment. Lawless wouldn’t move Brian Little or Andrew Ladd.
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”I highly doubt that Gardiner will be dealt considering Nonis believes dealing young D is the biggest mistake a GM can make”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Cal trades Giordano they get rid of their hardest competitor. Giordano embodies what you want from your leaders” … ”I hate the word lifer but Giordano is a lifer in Calgary” … ”If the Leafs want to acquire Giordano what can they trade back? Connor McDavid?” … ”I wouldn’t trade JVR for a top end D because you’re stealing from Peter to pay Paul”
  • Corey Pronman: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”If Ekblad is the best player available that we deem at the end of the year we’ll take Ekblad”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray said they are close to signing Jake McCabe and that he would likely report to Sabres and not to the AHL.

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NHL VIDEO: Canadiens Murray Elbows Lightning’s Kostka

Montreal Canadiens Douglas Murray elbows Tampa Bay Lightning’s Mike Kostka.

Do you think Murray should be suspended? If so, how many games do you think he should get?

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NHL Rumors: Clarkson, Leafs, Hemsky, Miller, Iginla, Greiss and Old Habs-Lightning Trade Rumor

  • Greg Brady: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean said yesterday morning on the Fan 590 that there will be serious discussions from the Maple Leafs about the possibility of buying out David Clarkson this summer for salary cap relief.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Five members of the Maple Leafs organization who are on the hot seat as playoffs slip away: 1. Dion Phaneuf 2. Randy Carlyle 3. Jonathan Bernier (not due to his play) 4. David Clarkson 5. Dave Nonis.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t started contract talks with pending UFA Ales Hemsky. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t said whether he plans on trying to re-sign Hemsky or not. Murray has been happy with Hemsky’s play since they acquired him.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I would say the odds of Miller staying in St.Louis are reasonable to more than that.” … ”I’ve been led to believe that the term Miller is seeking as a UFA is much shorter than people would think.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Iginla is likely to stay in Boston. Chiarelli has reached out to Newport Sports.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Contract talks between the Coyotes and Thomas Greiss will resume once the season is over.
  • Hope Smoke: Jeff Marek on #MvsW again yesterday: “Montreal was going to send Price, Pacioretty & one of Subban or McDonagh to TB for Lecavalier”  … ”Reason deal didn’t go through is because a Montreal investor was interested in buying the Lightning & wanted Lecavalier on team.”

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Hemsky, Vanek, Iginla, Folin, Carlyle, Maple Leafs and Oilers

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues have let Ryan Miller’s agent, Mike Liut, know they’d like to re-sign him. Miller will wait until after the season to talk. Miller’s wife is an actress in LA. He has been linked to the Ducks, but they have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and pending UFA Jonas Hiller.

    The Senators are planning on talking to Ales Hemsky about a contract extension. The money would need to be right for the Sens.

    Thomas Vanek is still planning on testing the free agent market.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger: The Bruins have reached out to Jarome Iginla’s agent last week. There hasn’t been any back-and-forth talk. The Bruins don’t have the tag room to do a deal in-season.

    Bob McKenzie: Ryan Miller may want to wait until July 1st to see if there is any interest from the Ducks. Talk is the Ducks talked to the Sabres earlier this year about Miller, but weren’t able to get a deal done.

    The Flyers, Wild, Lightning and Oilers are among the front-runners for college UFA Christian Folin. Folin is still playing and hasn’t fully committed to a decision just yet.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If Reimer closes out Boston they don’t trade for Bernier. I don’t think Randy has ever gotten over those ten minutes in Boston” … ”Randy is credited, and rightly so, for being a defensive minded coach. When you see the mistakes this team makes it’s unbelievable” … ”Absolutely, without question Randy will be under review this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”The Oilers don’t have enough guys who understand that the right thing is to get out of their own zone. They cheat too much” …. ”Nobody wants to say it, but they [Edmonton] have had the same guy in charge for 8 years in a row while they missed the playoffs” … ”If I was in charge of a team that missed the playoffs 8 years in a row I would have been fired after 4” … ”You can’t have big players that can’t skate and small players that try to trick the puck into the net”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carlyle is fired. I’m not saying his neck is on the chopping black”
  • Hope Smoke: “Ferraro thinks the Leafs are a top centre, a #1 defenseman, a really good bottom 6 F & a depth D away from being a contender. Is that all?”

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No Discipline for Alex Killorn After Hit On Paul Ranger

It was announced this morning that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn won’t receive any supplementary discipline for his hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger last night. Ranger was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Toronto Maple Leafs: “#Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger was assessed and discharged from hospital in Toronto Wednesday evening.”

Do you agree with this? If you think there should have been a suspension, how many games? (state if you are a Leafs fan or not)

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Morning Rumors: Sather, Penguins, Kesler, Nieuwendyk, Malone, Murray, Yakupov, Vanek and Naslund

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson has heard the 70-year old Glen Sather could be considering retiring as the Rangers GM.Trading Derrick Pouliot in a package for Ryan Kesler always seemed like a reach. Simon Despres made more sense. His confidence is shaken in Pittsburgh.

    Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t sure if he wants to move his young family from Dallas to Calgary to take the GM post.

    Matheson thinks the Lightning will buy out Ryan Malone after the season. He has a $2.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit.

    Blue Jackets Ryan Murray tore his meniscus, which would keep him out for five weeks. He could return during a first round series.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders what the Oilers will do with Nail Yakupov. Do they see what they can get for Yakupov at the draft? Would the Sabres consider moving their first or possibly the Islanders first?
  • John Hoven: Farhan Lalji of TSN said that Ryan Kesler had only five teams that he was willing to go to.
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on deciding not to re-sign with the Sabres: ”I just asked what direction this team was going in. No one really had an answer.”
  • John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on playing for three teams this year: ”It was different, exciting, weird, all at the same time.”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Markus Naslund resigned from his GM post with MODO. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said on the Team 1040 that he would reach out to Naslund, but Naslund said not to jump to conclusions.

    “This has nothing to do with anything in North America,” he said. “This is a decision made here a little over a month ago, that I was not going to sign another deal. I’m ready to do something different.

    “I can see why there is speculation. But there is nothing to the rumours.”

    On if he’d be interested if Gillis called about joining the Canucks front office.

    “I don’t know at this point,” he said. “I had a couple of inquiries a year ago or so, but it made no sense for me or us as a family. I’m going to take some time…and see what I’d like to do. I’m not ruling out anything. I didn’t take the job with MoDo with the NHL in mind. That was to help out an organization that was in rough shape.”

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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Islanders, Oilers, Sabres, Ducks, Leafs, Sens, Canadiens and Avs

  • Eliotte Friedman of CBC: On the Canucks rumors:

    “Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical.”

    “Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it.”

    “Canuck rumour III: That ownership is courting Trevor Linden. Verdict: God only knows.”

    The six teams that are believed to be in Ryan Kesler’s list: Ducks, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Penguins and Lightning. Only the Ducks and Penguins were really into trading for him at the draft.

    The Islanders will have to let the Sabres know by June first if they will be sending them their first round pick this year as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade.

    The Islanders had targeted Sebastien Colberg with their 34th pick in 2012 but the Canadiens took him at 33. Could be one of the reasons the Islanders took the Canadiens offer over the Wild and Maple Leafs offers.

    A former teammate on Steve Yzerman regarding the Martin St. Louis situation: ”I’ve seen him angry before… but never that angry.”

    Rumor that the Oilers were looking hard at Sabres Tyler Myers. Getting shot down. Name may have come up, but it was determined quickly that there was not a match.

    Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis “took a hatchet” to trade rumors involving the Panthers and Nikolai Kulemin.

    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is getting a contract extension.

    Quote from trade deadline: ”Want to make Bob Murray laugh? Ask him if John Gibson is available.”

    Teams called the Senators about defenseman Jared Cowen.

    “I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,” Murray said. “He’s lost his confidence. We’re going to send him home in the summer and start fresh next year with a new outlook. That’s all it is.”

  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Thomas Vanek doesn’t want to talk about his pending UFA status.

    “My focus is on helping the Canadiens win,” Vanek said after joining the team in Phoenix. “That’s all I’m thinking about now.”

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs are confident they will be able to re-sign pending UFA Reto Berra to a multi-year deal.

    “We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.

    Avs J.S. Giguere could be leaning towards retirement.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way,” he said of retirement.”You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have upped their offer to Andrei Markov from one year up to two years, worth around the same as he’s making this season, $5.75 million. It is thought that Markov has been asking for a three or four year deal. Negotiations will continue, but the Canadiens may be holding firm on just two years.
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Odd dynamic in Van. Talked to a scout yesterday who said the Canucks D group is a puck moving core & they’re playing a chip & chase”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Canucks told everyone that other than the twins everyone else was available? Why not trade the twins too?” … ”If you’re going to rebuild, why not sit down with the Sedins and blow it up completely?” … ”The twins have not been good since the day they signed their extension, Garrisson and Edler have been brutal. Burrows can’t score” … ”All these players are having career worst seasons. Is this just a coincidence? It goes back to talking about Tortorella”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”Our hands were tied going into the deadline because of cap space” … ”We could have done something but it had to be a perfect fit and we just couldn’t find it”

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NHL Attendance For Each Team After 30 Home Games: 2013-14

Here is our third installment of tracking home attendance, the 30 game mark, with comparisons from after 20 games this year and last seasons final numbers.

The outdoor games have boosted the attendance for several teams. The Senators and Blues Jackets had their attendance increase without a ‘Stadium’ game.


RK Team
2013-14
30 GMS
% Capacity
2013-14
20 GMS
% Capacity
2012-13
Final
1 Chicago
22,950
120.4
21,459
108.8
21,775
2 Detroit
22,913
114.2
20,066
100
20,066
3 Montreal
21,273
100
21,273
100
21,273
4 Philadelphia
19,821
101.4
19,778
101.2
19,786
5 Toronto
19,369
102.9
19,353
102.8
19,426
6 Los Angeles
19,327
110.4
18,125
100
18,178
7 Calgary
19,289
100
19,289
100
19,289
8 Vancouver
18,919
100.1
18,910
100
18,947
9 Pittsburgh
18,606
101.2
18,591
101.1
18,648
10 Tampa Bay
18,567
96.7
18,367
95.6
19,055
11 Buffalo
18,468
96.8
18,392
96.4
18,970
12 Minnesota
18,362
102.3
18,190
101.3
18,794
13 NY Rangers
18,006
100
18,006
100
17,200
14 Ottawa
17,991
93.9
17,375
90.7
19,408
15 Washington
17,889
96.7
18,506
96.4
17,734
16 Boston
17,565
100
17,565
100
17,565
17 San Jose
17,562
100
17,562
100
17,561
18 Edmonton
16,824
99.9
16,816
99.9
16,839
19 St. Louis
16,625
86.8
16,695
87.2
17,263
20 Nashville
16,487
96.3
16,489
96.4
16,974
21 Anaheim
16,177
94.2
16,059
93.5
15,887
22 Colorado
15,923
88.4
16,236
90.2
15,444
23 New Jersey
15,605
91.6
14,544
82.5
17,114
24 Carolina
15,236
81.6
15,351
82.2
17,558
25 Winnipeg
15,004
100
15,004
100
15,004
26 NY Islanders
14,955
95.7
13,533
83.7
13,306
27 Dallas
14,926
80.5
14,259
76.9
17,063
28 Florida
14,889
87.3
14,586
85.6
16,991
29 Columbus
14,103
77.7
13,608
75
14,564
30 Phoenix
13,269
77.5
13,006
75.9
13,923

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