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Afternoon Hits: Emelin, Schenn, Howard, Thomas, Penguins, Poulin and Devils

  • David Strehle: The NHL reviewed Canadiens Alexei Emelin’s elbowing major on Flyers Steve Downie and ”no disciplinary hearing scheduled at this time”.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Brayden Schenn was fined $2,230.77 for his cross-check on Blackhawks Kris Versteeg.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jimmy Howard has a Grade 1 MCL sprain and is out for two to four weeks.
  • George Richards: Panthers coach Peter Horachek said that Tim Thomas won’t be out long and will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip. Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers. Thomas didn’t practice today.
  • Dave Molinari: Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi and Tanner Glass skated today, but didn’t take part in the Penguins game-day skate.
  • Hope Smoke: Dave Poulin: ”Burke and I have relationship for over 30 years and I know this is a game of connections but I haven’t been contacted”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Bernier-Elias-Brunner; Boucher-Henrique-Ryder; Sestito-Josefson-Janssen. Extra: Loktionov.

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Injury Notes: Thomas, Doan, Islanders, Devils, Couture and McElhinney

  • Jerry Brown of NHL.com: Coyotes Shane Doan as been out with an illness and it’s looking like he’ll be out for an extended period of time.

    “He’s still under the weather and he’s still not going to be available for the foreseeable future,” Tippett said. “He’s still getting some tests done, so hopefully it’s not long, long-term.”

  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Radek Martinek (back) on the IR and activate Brian Strait off the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders send Anders Nilsson back to the AHL and activate Evgeni Nabokov from the IR.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils Bryce Salvador practiced on Wednesday for the first time since his non-displaced stress fracture in his foot on Oct. 22nd. Peter Harrold will wear a cast on his foot for a week. Adam Larsson (lower-body) hasn’t started skating yet. Ryane Clowe has been out since Oct. 13th with a concussion, has received medical clearance to practice and play.

Michael Russo: Sharks Logan Couture has hit in the face with a slap shot and left the ice bleeding.

  • Todd Sharrock: Blue Jackets Curtis McElhinney left last night’s game in the first period with a lower-body injury.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Predators, Leafs, Habs, Hurricanes, Canucks, Jets, Sabres, Oilers, Ducks, Pens and Islanders

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche and Panthers did have serious talks about Dmitry Kulikov, and may do so again.

    Panthers Tim Thomas could be a trade deadline target. He has a no-movement clause in his contract.

    Predators GM David Poile on if they are ready to see what they could get for some of their players: “No, we just have to start winning some games.” Names that have been mentioned by other teams are Matt Cullen and David Legwand.

    Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf were to take place at some point this week.

    There was a real attempt by the Canadiens and P.K. Subban to find some common ground.

    The Hurricanes will go with three goalies until they decide what to do with one of Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters.

    After three wins, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has pulled back on his trade hunt. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Jake Gardiner are players up his alley, but the Rangers and Maple Leafs don’t want to take on salary.

    Friedman wonders how many GMs called the Canucks about Alex Edler have coach John Tortorella chewed him out.

    Jets Evander Kane’s contract makes him extremely valuable with the cap going up.

    The Sabres could use a compliance buyout on Ville Leino in the offseason. They now know what the market is for Ryan Miller after Henrik Lundqvist’s signing. Coach Ted Nolan would like to see Miller stay.

    Oilers coach Dallas Eakin’s said he considered using forward David Perron on defense in late game 5-on-5 situations if the Oilers need offense.

  • The Fourth Period: Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf’s camp are expected to pick up this week if they haven’t already. It was reported in late October that he was looking to get around $7 million a year in a new deal. It is uncertain if the Maple Leafs would be willing to accept a $7+ million deal.
  • Dennis Bernstein: “Ducks G Jonas Hiller now 12-4-4, only goalie on roster with playoff experience and they should trade him because……”
  • James Mirtle: One interesting name that may be available is Panthers Shawn Matthias. If the Leafs are looking to change up their forward mix, he is big and can play center.
  • Bucky Gleason: Sabres coach Ted Nolan is committed to fixing Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Ryan Miller is integral to the Sabres, either by re-signing him or by trading him to acquire assets. Nobody is untouchable in Buffalo. Steve Ott and Matt Moulson will be UFAs at the season and could be gone before the end of the season. Gleason thinks the Sabres need to package some of the draft picks they’ve stockpiled and acquire top-line talent they lost when they traded them away.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins Brooks Orpik is their only top four defenseman that doesn’t have a deal for next season.

    “We’ll see,” Shero said, when asked about what that means for a potential Orpik deal. “We’ll sit down and talk about it internally and see where we are. Who knows? Players might see where the cap might be, [and say] ‘I might just wait it out and see what happens.’”

  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I see the Blues going all in for a goalie like Miller at the trade deadline. They ordained Halak the #1 but that’s just mind games.”
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Source said that GM Garth Snow does not perceive that head coach Jack Capuano is the problem with the Islanders and won’t be fired any time soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Islander management does not believe that coaching has anything to do with their struggles this season” … “Like most  GM’s Snow is eager to make a change. He’s looking for a top 2-3 defenseman. Not easy to get those pieces”

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Morning Hits: Islanders, Capitals, Habs, Predators, Avs, Sens, Leafs, Panthers, Canucks and Coyotes

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Islanders GM Garth Snow is working the phones. The ideal scenario for the Islanders would be for Sabres Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause to join the Islanders for the remainder of the season.

    Teams have only shown mild interest in Capitals Martin Erat. GM George McPhee may need to a find a team that needs to stay near the salary floor: Islanders, Panthers and Sabres.

    P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract extension talks are expected to heat up. Starting point may be Drew Doughty’s eight-year deal worth $56 million.

    Predators GM David Poile has shown interest in Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas.

    Avs Joe Sakic is looking around the league for a defenseman. Left winger Jamie McGinn has fallen into Patrick Roy’s doghouse and is being shopped for blueline help. He has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be a RFA at the end of the season.

    Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for a defenseman and may have also looked at Kings Matt Frattin. Murray is looking for someone to play with Jason Spezza.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: On Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner:

    The talented but erratic Gardiner would represent a challenge for any coach. But for a coach who demands specifics as much as Carlyle does, this almost seems like a relationship doomed to fail.

    This is where Nonis fits in. He has the patience of Job. He’s not willing to make a determination of Gardiner, either way, this early.

    He believes too many teams have made mistakes determining the fate of young defencemen, way too soon. It’s his inclination to allow Gardiner to develop at whatever speed is necessary. Carlyle, who hasn’t said as much, can’t possibly agree.

    Rangers owner James Dolan said that Glen Sather is the teams GM as long as he wants.

  • Chuck Gormley of the Washington Times: (mailbag) Gormley thinks that Capitals should be looking for a “hard-edge defenseman” in a Martin Erat trade. The Canucks may be interested in Erat and have Dan Hamhuis (he may not be available). Would an offer of Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth for Hamhuis work? Other Dmen options could be: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), Michael Del Zotto (NYR), Andrej Meszaros (PHI), Luke Schenn (PHI), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alex Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Paul Ranger (TOR).
  • David Pagnotta: Was told that there was group that was trying to buy the Coyotes and bring them to the Toronto. Not sure if tied to the Markham group. Obviously, the NHL rejected the offer. The rejected offered was believed to be in the $500 million range for relocation and territorial rights to the Maple Leafs.
  • CBC Sports: Friedman said that the Maple Leafs may revisit talks with the Panthers about Dmitry Kulikov.

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Lines and Goalies: Sens, Canes, Devils, Stars, Leafs, Isles, Caps, Blue Jackets, Kings, Sabres and Panthers

  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Michalek-Spezza-Conacher; MacArthur-Turris-Ryan; Greening-Smith-Neil and Kassian-Grant-Zibanejad.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin; Gerbe_JStaal-Dwyer; Ruutu-Nash-Terry; Bowman-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Brunner-Henrique-Ryder; Tedenby-Loktionov-Bernier; Carter-Josefson-Janssen. Defensive pairings and goalies: Greene-Harrold; Volchenkov-Zidlicky; Gelinas-:Larsson; Fayne; Goalies; Brodeur, Schneider.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Chiasson; Whitney-Fiddler-Peverley;Garbutt-Horcoff-Cole/MacDermid.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-JVR-Kessel; Raymond-Kadri-Clarkson; Ashton-McClement-Kulemin; McLaren-Smithson-Orr-Bodie.
  • Mark Spector: Ilya Bryzgalov won’t start for Oklahoma City (AHL) today. Will likely start on Friday.
  • Arthur Staple: Kevin Poulin will start in net for the Islanders.
  • Katie Carrera: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
  • Mike Harrington: Ryan Miller will start for the Sabres against Jonathan Quick and the Kings.
  • Michael Smith: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight.

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Afternoon Hits: Giroux, Tootoo, Ness, Forsberg, Letourneau-Leblond, Thomas and Anderson

  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Claude Giroux said that teammates don’t believe that they are a good team.
  • Darren Dreger: Red Wings Jordin Tootoo and Panthers Steve Pinizzotto have cleared waivers.
  • Ansar Khan: Tootoo will remain in Detroit until they have to send him to the AHL when Jonathan Ericsson comes off the LTIR.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators assign Filip Forsberg to the AHL and call up Taylor Beck.
  • Joe McDonald: Panthers Tim Thomas will remain on the IR and won’t play against the Bruins.
  • Bruce Garrioch: If Craig Anderson is able to backup tonight, likely will be ready for Saturday.

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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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Injury Notes: Brodin, Fisher, Letang, Salvador, Thomas, Kostka, Lundqvist and Doan

  • Minnesota Wild: Wild’s defenseman Jonas Brodin has a broken cheekbone and is out indefinitely. No timetable.
  • Jim Diamond: Carrie Underwood reports that Mike Fisher has a “foot fracture thing.”
  • William DePaoli: Penguins Kris Letang looking like he’s back on Friday and paired with Rob Scuderi.
  • Rich Chere: X-rays on Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador’s foot were negative. Tom Gulitti: GM Lou Lamoriello said there is no timetable for Salvador.
  • Steve Goldstein: Panthers Tim Thomas can get nine days of rest and only miss two games. He can get two weeks of rest and miss only four games. David Neal: Thomas is on the IR, but not expected to be long-term.
  • NBA Pro Hockey Talk: Blackhawks Mike Kostka will be out four to six weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Henrik Lundqvist has an “irritation” and indicated it’s not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Shane Doan was getting treatment yesterday morning. He’s traveling with the team and it’s possible that he plays.

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Injury Notes: Lundqvist, Helm, Eaves, Ericsson, Jones, Stajan, Girordano and Thomas

  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist is day-to-day with a “minor issue” and not guaranteed to start on Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Darren Helm has a sore groin and going through more tests yesterday to see if it’s torn. He won’t be ready to play this weekend.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Patrick Eaves will be ready for Saturday. No roster moves will be made until Darren Helm comes off the IR.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is on the short-term IR with a shoulder subluxation. Helene St. James: Ericsson will be out two to three weeks.
  • Roger Millions: Flames David Jones and Matt Stajan are now day-to-day and skating with the team.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Mark Giordano is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • George Richards: Don’t know the extent of Panthers Tim Thomas’s injury. Don’t expect him to start on Friday. Steve Goldstein: Scott Clemmensen likely being recalled after Thomas left with an injury.

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Morning Rumors: Elliott, Rangers, Oilers, Panthers and Predators Asst. GM

  • The Fourth Period: If the Blues received a good offer for Brian Elliott, they would seriously consider trading him. The Oilers inquired, but they couldn’t make a deal.
  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers are looking at the trade market and are looking for a top-six forward.
  • The Fourth Period: The Oilers are looking for help along the blueline and a gritty two-way forward. It’s unclear who they are targeting. The Sabres may be looking to move Steve Ott. They Panthers are reportedly looking to trade Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg and Scott Upshall.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Ottawa Sun reported yesterday that the Panthers could start trading some of their veteran players, but Richards said that isn’t likely to happen until closer to the trade deadline if they are out of contention. Tim Thomas is on a one-year deal and could be attractive to some teams.
  • John Vogl: Fans are calling for Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s firing. Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton could be inline for a move to GM somewhere.

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Morning Hits: Senators losses, Rielly, Connolly recalled and starting goalies

  • Bruce Garrioch: Eugene Melnyk said he lost $110 million since buying the Senators. Travis Yost: In August Melnyk said that he lost $94 since taking over the team. Two months later he’s saying he’s lost $110 million. James Gordon: Melnyk said that the Ottawa Citizen (mid-August) story was wrong, the $94 million was actually $110 million. James Gordon: Melnyk: ”And this excludes the additional interest and fees related to the debt extensions.” Gordon wonders this is were the extra losses came from.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: It’s looking like Morgan Rielly will remain with the Maple Leafs all season, but GM Dave Nonis isn’t tipping his hand.

    “I never make a decision until the moment I have to,” said Nonis, the Leafs’ general manager. “I like to wait until the end. That’s how I am. Besides, there’s no need to make it right now, is there?”

    “You never know what’s going to present itself in the next few weeks. Right now, all indications are he’s playing well enough to be in the NHL,” said Nonis. “But right now, it’s still a small body of work. What’s he played? Five games. We like what we’ve seen to an extent but we don’t know what next week will bring.

  • Missy Zielinski: The Lightning have recalled Brett Connolly from the AHL.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Jaroslav Halak will start in net against the Blackhawks. Brian Elliott will start in net against the Jets tonight.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets plan as of yesterday was to have Curtis McElhinney start either Saturday against the Capitals or Sunday against the Canucks.

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Injury Notes: Nash, Khudobin, Erskine, Letang, Lehtonen, Howard, Drewiske, Bjugstad, Thomas, Calvert and Noesen

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Anton Khudobin will be put on the IR. It may only be for the short term and called the injury a “best-case scenario.” Justin Peters will be recalled. Khudobin’s injury is still being called a “lower-body” injury. Alexander was told isn’t a knee or ankle injury.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals John Erskine (upper-body) skated yesterday but wasn’t able to go just yet.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Kris Letang practiced yesterday. Beau Bennett and James Neal didn’t practice.
  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars have put goalie Kari Lehtonen on the IR retroactive to October 11th. Defenseman Aaron Rome was sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Jonas Gustavsson was announced as a late starter yesterday as  Jimmy Howard has an injury. Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Howard’s bruised hand injury is not significant and that he might play today. Helene St. James: Jimmy Howard said he doubtful for tonight.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens Davis Drewiske (shoulder) was expected to only be out for four to six weeks, but “it will be longer” according to a team source. Was hoping for an end of October return.
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers Nick Bjugstad on returning to the lineup tonight: ”I feel pretty in shape and ready to go mentally so we’ll see what happens.”
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said that Tim Thomas looked okay during practice, but he won’t travel with the team to Nashville and is questionable for Thursday against the Bruins.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert will miss an extended period of time after having abdominal surgery today.
  • Helene Elliott: Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen will be out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL.

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