Posts Tagged Teemu Selanne

NHL Rumors II: Maple Leafs, Capitals, Predators, Selanne, Spezza, Byfuglien and Giguere

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: If the Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle, some coaches that they may be interested in: Mike Keenan, John Hynes (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach), Peter Laviolette and Kevin Dineen. The Leafs have $49 million committed to 12 players next season, leaving about $22 million for 11 more players. Low cost players like Petter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam, Jerry D’Amigo and Spencer Abbott could be used. That would leave about $18 million for eight players. UFAs: Dave Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement, Mason Raymond, Troy Bodie and Paul Ranger. RFAs: James Reimer, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland, Carter Ashton, D’Amigo and Abbott. The Leafs could use their RFAs as trade bait. Reimer is likely gone, especially if Randy Carlyle stays. Gardiner may want $3 million a year, and could be used as trade bait for a top center.
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis may not bring GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates back. Leonsis must also look at Alex Ovechkin, is he part of the solution or part of the problem? Do they look to see if a new coach could change him or look to move him out?

    It’s hard to see John Tortorella returning to the Canucks.

    Randy Carlyle will likely be fired by Maple Leafs. The Leafs appear to be ready to make some major moves this offseason, with Nazem Kadri possibly the center piece of a deal.

    The Predators may look at firing coach Barry Trotz. He won’t be out of work long if they let him go.

  • Chris Johnston: “I would not be surprised to see Teemu Selanne return to the NHL next year. In Sochi, he made it clear that he still has more to give.”
  • Sens Chirp: TSNs Brent Wallace on whether Jason Spezza will be back with the Senators next year, “probably not.”
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Dustin Byfuglien will start next year at forward.
  • Lisa Hillary: When asked if last night’s game against the Ducks would be his last regular season game, Avs J.S. Giguere said: ”Well I have flown in my family for the game.” Eric Stephens: When talking with Giguere a few weeks ago, Giguere said it’s most certainly it for him. Didn’t want it to get out there.
  • David Pagnotta: Sabres coach Ted Nolan: ”I’m a strong believer in laying a foundation… Timmy and I will have a good chance to reevaluate what we’ve got (this off-season).”

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Morning Hits: NHL Accounting, HHOF, Selanne Offer Sheet, Top Scorers and Varlamov

  • Bob McKenzie: “NHL and NHLPA yesterday officially signed off on final accounting of 2012-13 season, when clubs overspent cap by about $265M. So each NHL club will soon get more than $5M from the NHLPA escrow fund. They’ve known for awhile they getting it, but it’s now official.”
  • Chris JohnstonBobby Clarke, David Poile and Luc Robitaille are replacing Pat Quinn, Jim Gregory and Serge Savard on the Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
  • Aaron Vickers: In 1992 the Flames signed Teemu Selanne to an offer that was about $1.5 million more than the Jets offered him. Selanne remembering: “Absolutely, all the time. It’s funny how things work. I remember that day. I have a lot of respect for that, that they wanted me. Things happen for a reason but it’s still fun to think about that, if they wouldn’t, how life would’ve been.”
  • Dobber Hockey: Quick Numbers: “Of the Top 32 scorers before the break, 27 of them played in Olympics. Of Top 32 since break, 18 played in Sochi.”
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Semyon Varlamov will start tonight and Saturday.

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Ducks, Rangers, Nolan and Salary Cap

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Unless the Blues and Ryan Miller go deep into the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong may be reluctant to pay big money to retain Miller. The Blues have Jake Allen waiting for a shot in the AHL. Likely heading to free agency are Brian Elliott, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Carlo Colaiacovo. They also have restricted free agents in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund.

    Sabres that could be traded this summer: Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

    The Blue Jackets may have some money to spend this summer and may look at Matt Moulson.

    The Ducks could look to the trade market this summer to replace the departed Dustin Penner and Teemu Selanne’s retirement.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Marc Staal does not want to go through what Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through.

    “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

    “You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

    “For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

    It might take a long-term deal in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

  • Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News: It is sounding like the interim tag could be removed from Ted Nolan in the near future.

    “I put into my representative’s hand and I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if not have talked already,” Nolan said. “Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard the cap next year could be anywhere between $68-70 million. Nothing confirmed yet”

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Olympic Hockey Notes: Selanne, Team Canada Scratches, Lehtonen Start, Datsyuk Ailing and Zetterberg Done

  • Stephen Whyno: Finland’s coach on Teemu Selanne’s injury:  ”small upper body injury. Not serious.” Greg Wyshynski: Finnish coach does expect him to play.
  • Bob McKenzie: P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene will be in the lineup for Canada. Chris Johnston: Patrick Sharp and Dan Hamhuis will be scratches for Canada.
  • Matias Strozyk: Kari Lehtonen will start for Finland today. Sakari Salminen and Antti Pihlström will be in the line up, Juhamatti Aaltonen and Jarkko Immonen will be scratched.
  • Matias Strozyk: Expressen is reporting that Henrik Zetterberg is out for the remainder of the Olympics. Zetterberg told Expressen that he has not been able to move around that much. Added the back injury is ”the same as in December but much bigger pain”.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings GM Ken Holland on Zetterberg: ”Hasn’t seen doctor. Going back to DET in day or two to be evaluated. On medication to get swelling down.”
  • Dan Rosen: Swedish doctor on Zetterberg: ”These are nerve-related issues and they often come creeping in. It is not one specific injury.” … ”Z has been in touch with the Detroit medical staff. I have been in touch with the NHL doctors who are here.”
  • Jonas Siegel: Zetterberg had been playing with Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Steen. Team Sweden is already without Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen.
  • TSN: (yesterday) Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg is day-to-day with a herniated disc. A decision on if he’ll play or not will be made today. Sweden’s doctor has said he’s been dealing with it for months.

    “He has a problem with a disk hernia that we have been familiar with for some months ago, and he has had treatment in the U.S.,” he said earlier on Thursday. But he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem.”

    “We (have) not decided yet until we see how he is tomorrow, and then we can do the decision with him and also with the NHL doctors that are here,” he said. “We would of course not risk anything.”

    “We told them also that we will take decision tomorrow and see how he feels and how he adjusts to anti-inflammatory treatment and rest.”

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Morning Hits: Hanzal Fined, Lupul and Carlyle, Kabanov, Selanne and Talbot

  • NHL Player Safety: Coyotes Martin Hanzal was fined $5,000 for high-sticking Canucks David Booth.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul has had to move out of position from the left side to the right. Lupul said: ”It’s been tough. Ideally, I want to play left wing. That’s where I’m much more comfortable.” Hope Smoke: Lupul and Randy Carlyle had a feud in Anaheim, and it was Carlyle who insisted that Lupul couldn’t play the left side. Carlyle wouldn’t play Lupul on the left side, and the Ducks traded to him to Leafs where he became an all-star left winger.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders have loaned Kirill Kabanov to MoDo of the SEL according to reports.
  • Eric Stephens: Looking like Ducks Teemu Selanne will not play today against the Blues. Resting Selanne in back-to-back games.
  • Gene Morris: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Cam Talbot will start today.

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Morning Rumors: Senators, Tootoo, Panthers and Selanne

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are carrying eight defenseman and could look at making a trade.

    “There are about eight-to-10 teams looking for defencemen because they’re hard to come by. A lot of teams could use help in that area,” a league executive told the Sun Thursday.

  • Darren Dreger: The Red Wings tried to trade Jordin Tootoo but couldn’t find a fit. Tootoo carries a $1.9 million this year and next, may be too much for other teams.
  • Matt Kalman: Probably twice as many scouts at the Panthers game compared to recent games.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers had a players only meeting with lots of yelling. GM Dale Talon is fuming and promises to fix things. “Everyone will be evaluated.” including coach Dineen.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Ducks Teemu Selanne said that this will be his last NHL season, but will it be his last season playing hockey?

    SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov reports that a renowned Finnish hockey statistician Tomas Rachunas said, “We estimate that the probability of Teemu Selanne playing for Jokerit in the KHL at 20-30 percent.”

    Selanne came from the Jokerit system and has good relationship with Jari Kurri, who will be the team’s general manager.

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Morning Hits: Expansion Cities, Selanne, Penguins Injuries, Josi, Fisher, O’Reilly and Thomas

  • David Shoatls: Tim Leiweke said that there won’t be a second team in the Toronto any time soon. First it will be Seattle and Quebec, then Vegas, with Kansas City a possibility.
  • Adam Kimelman: Ducks Teemu Selanne lost some teeth and his mouth was swollen and bloody after getting hit with a stick.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Chuck Kobasew is out three to four weeks. Beau Bennett could return to practice this week. James Neal is week to week.
  • Mike Organ: Predators Roman Josi will return this week from his concussion and will be in the second or third pairing. He’s been out for three weeks. Mike Fisher returned to practice after a maintenance day yesterday. He’s missed the last three road games last week with a lower-body injury.
  • Igor Eronko: Cal O’Reilly’s contract with Metallurg of the KHL has been terminated.
  • George Richards: Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said that Tim Thomas could practice with the team today.

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Morning Hits: Jagr, Selanne, Niemi and Ekman-Larsson

  • Tom Gulitti: Jaromir Jagr said that he feels more tired if he takes a day off skating. Said he needs a hard skate to feel better the following day.
  • Arpon Basu: Ducks Teemu Selanne said that he won’t play in back-to-back games. Won’t play against the Senators. Circumstances may change, but he’d prefer to play in the first game of back-to-backs.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Sharks Antti Niemi is the last goalie to start every game for his team.
  • John Hoven: Coyotes Shane Doan on Oliver Ekman-Larsson:  ’I wouldn’t trade him for any player in the league.’

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Morning Hits: Nugent-Hopkins returning, blueline moves needed for Avs and Selanne’s Winnipeg farewell

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is about to return. Taylor Hallhad been moved to center to fill the void, but he may not be done with it.

    “Are we done with Taylor in the middle? Maybe not, maybe so,” said Eakins. “But (Mark) Arcobello, (Boyd) Gordon and (Will) Acton have played well enough to fill the holes. Arcobello is pulling his weight, Gordon has been consistently good and Acton has done the job.”

    Nugent-Hopkins will be on a line with Hall and Jordan Eberle.

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: When Avs defenseman Ryan Wilson returns, someone will have to be put on waivers or sent to the AHL. Dater thinks coach Patrick Roy wants to keep Nick Holden and Nate Guenin in his top-eight. Matt Hunwick could be the odd man out, but Holden is probably on his way to the AHL. Wilson may return to the lineup on Saturday.
  • Teemu Selanne’s last game in Winnipeg where is career started.

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Morning Hits: Laviolette, Sedin’s, Thornton, Selanne, Lightning, Rielly and the Senators

  • TSN: (Dreger) If the Flyers don’t get off to good start in the first 10 to 15 games, coach Peter Laviolette could be in trouble. Moves could extend past Laviolette to Paul Holmgren and Ron Hextall. (LeBrun) With the Canucks not being able to lock up the Sedin’s before the season started doesn’t mean there should be huge alarm bells going off, but things may not be going “swimmingly either. (LeBrun) Joe Thornton could circle back to the Sharks in the near future to see about getting a contract extension.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks plan is to rest Teemu Selanne in their 12 back-to-back games, targeting 70 games for him.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Morgan Rielly will make his NHL debut tonight. The Senators second line will be very important in any Senators success this season.

    “We’re very encouraged by the play of Kyle Turris, Clarke MacArthur and Cory Conacher through the exhibition as far as consistently giving us that secondary offensive threat,” Senators coach Paul MacLean told on Friday morning ahead of his team’s season opener in Buffalo. “I think that’s going to be important for our team, like any team, is to have people who can come behind that first group and be a threat.”

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Early Lines and Pairings: Sabres, Senators, Red Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks and Bruins

  • Mike Harrington: The Sabres will start camp with Tyler Myers playing with Christian Ehrhoff and not Henrik TallinderMark Pysyk will play with Tallinder.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Clarke MacArthur will start on a line with Kyle Turris. Mark Stone, Cory Conacher and Mike Hoffman will be considered for the other wing.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Early Red Wings lines:  Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader,  Mikael Samuelsson – Luke Glendening – Jordin Tootoo, Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson, Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves, Anthony Mantha – Andreas Athanisiou – Teemu Pulkkinen, Tyler Bertuzzi. Early Red Wings defensive pairings: Danny DeKeyser-Jakub Kindl, Brian Lashoff – Nathan Paetsch (PTO), Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson, Ryan Oullet – Brennan Evans.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that he’ll start Dustin Penner with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He likes the pairings of Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu, and Nick Bonino with Teemu Selanne.
  • Mark Lazerus: Have to think Brandon Saad is the front-runner over Brandon Pirri for the Blackhawks second line center.
  • Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe: The Bruins third line could be a made up from anyone of Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Craig Cunningham, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight.

    “I think ideally we saw the third line that we liked when we won the Cup,” Julien said of 2011. “Not only were they kind of a dependable line, but they were able to give us some scoring. In a real perfect world, you’ve got your top two lines that you’d like to see score on a regular basis. Your third line should be able to give you some secondary scoring and your third line should also be able to give you some secondary grit that your fourth line gives you. To me they’re caught in the middle where they give you a little bit of both. That’s what we’re looking for from that line.”

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Teemu Selanne Back For One More Season

  • Curtis Zupke: With the Selanne signing, the Ducks are likely out of the running for a big money free agent forward.
  • Helen Elliott: Selanne met with Boudreau, ‘i wanted to know how i’m going to fit in his roster.’ Selanne repeats that it’s his final season. He said he didn’t ask for promises on ice time. Selanne wants to play for Finland that the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It will be his sixth Olympics. There might be nights where he sits out a game.
  • Helene Elliott: Ducks PR man Alex Gilchrist said that Selanne wrote the script for the video, then the team sent a crew to his golf course.