Posts Tagged Tobias Enstrom

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 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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Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks

  • Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
  • Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
  • John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman  Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
  • Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.

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Morning Hits: Enstrom, Potter, Tortorella, Parise and Koivu, Dreger talks Oilers and Sabres

  • Linus Hugosson: Jets Tobias Enstrom said no to representing Sweden at the 2014 Olympics.
  • Kevin Weekes: Corey Potter at $800,000 could be a nice waiver claim for someone looking to add depth to their blueline.
  • Aaron Basu: Canucks coach John Tortorella on +/ -: ”It’s probably one of the worst stats in the game.”
  • Michael Russo: The Wild split up Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu at practice yesterday. Zach Parise-Coyle-Dany Heatley/Justin Fontaine, Matt Cooke-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville, Nino Niederreiter-Mikko Koivu-Kyle Brodziak, Justin Fontaine/Dany Heatley-Zenon Konopka-Torrey Mitchell.
  • Darren Dreger on the Oilers, Sabres and young players in the NHL.

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Roster Notes: Hurricanes, Flyers, Canucks, Penguins, Ducks, Sharks and Jets

  • Bob McKenzie: The Hurricanes sent Ryan Murphy to the AHL, but he’ll likely be in the Hurricanes opening day lineup. Roster manipulation. David Strehle: The Flyers are likely to do the same with Brayden Schenn and/or Sean Couturier until they can get Chris Pronger on the LTIR.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canucks sent Hunter Shinkaruk back to the WHL.
  • Shelly Anderson: The Penguins send Simon Despres and Andrew Ebbett to the AHL, Derrick Pouliot back to junior and Beau Bennett to the ECHL in a paper move.
  • Helene Elliott: The Ducks assign to the AHL: Kurtz, Rackell, Staubitz, Yonkman. Igor Bobkov was assigned to the ECHL.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks assign to the AHL: McCarthy, Doherty, Sateri, Kearns, Tennyson. Sharks assign to ECHL: Pelech. Anthony Stewart was released from PTO.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defensive pairings: Byfuglien-T Enstrom, Zach Bogosian-Jacob Trouba, Paul Postma-Mark Stuart.
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins defensive pairings could look like: Orpik-Martin Scuderi-Niskanen Maatta-Bortuzzo.

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Morning Hits: Roy and Radulov, Stoll, Jets injuries, Bobrosky’s contract, Fleury and other goaltending scenarios

  • Dan Rosen: If the Senators win Game 5 tonight, Game 6 will go on Sunday at 7:30 pm, moving the Kings-Sharks to 10 pm. If the Penguins win, the Kings-Sharks will be at 8 pm.
  • Josh Cooper: Cooper points out that Patrick Roy and Alexander Radulov had a good rapport when Radulov was in Quebec. The Predators have been unable to trade Radulov for the last year.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jarret Stoll rode the stationary bike on Wednesday. He was at the area yesterday but not skating.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane won’t need surgery for his wrist problem and lower leg/foot nerve damage. Tobias Enstrom’s bad back only needs rest. Mark Stuart’s sports hernia doesn’t require surgery. Zach Bogosian missed the final three games of the season with a concussion.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks have stalled.

    “We’ve talked. We’ve exchanged ideas,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said this week. “But we haven’t made any progress, really. It’s been pretty quiet for a while now.”

    The RFA will be looking for a nice raise from this $1.7 million he made last year. The Blue Jackets will send him a qualifying offer, but he’ll reject it. Bobrovsky could get an offer sheet, with the Blue Jackets having seven days to match.

    “That’s something we can’t control,” Kekalainen said. “It’s obvious what we’re going to do if it goes that far. We have great ownership; committed ownership. We would match any offer there might be, but I’m optimistic we won’t get to that point.”

  • Aaron Portzline: Portzline wonders if the Bobrovsky talks drag into July, would the Flyers try to sign him to an offer sheet.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance wonders if Marc-Andre Fleury’s days in Pittsburgh could be numbered. GM Ray Shero could trade Fleury and his $5 million salary cap hit through 2014-15, and go with Tomas Vokoun and a young, cheaper goalie. It’s a move that may upset the balance in a close Penguins dressing room.

    “Guys will bleed for him. I wouldn’t hold your breath to think Pittsburgh is going to do something rash,” one NHL source said. “Marc-Andre Fleury has one thing in his corner — that’s called the Stanley Cup. Once accomplished, you know he can get it done.”

    The Blackhawks may have to consider putting Ray Emery to see if he can spark the Hawks. GM Stan Bowman may look at his goaltending situation in the summer if they lose to the Red Wings. Emery will be a UFA this summer. The Hawks are just over $2 million under the cap for next year with 21 players signed. Other UFA goalies this year: Mike Smith, Niklas Backstrom, Nikolai Khabibulin and Evgeni Nabokov. Emery could be a great fit with the Islanders or Coyotes if they don’t re-sign Smith, possibly the Sabres if they trade Ryan Miller or the Wild if they don’t keep Backstrom.

  • Katie Strang: The Cap Advantage Recapture Rule could really hurt the Rangers, as well as many other veterans. If Brad Richards were to retire in 2017, it would cost the Rangers $5.66 million in 2017, $8.5 million in 2018 and $17 million in 2019.

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Morning Hits: Preds sign Hornqvist, Rask between Howard and Price, Oilers 1st pick in play, Jets storylines

  • PR Nashville Predators: The Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension.

    “As we build towards the 2013-14 season and beyond, re-signing Patric Hornqvist was an off-season priority,” Poile said. “Since joining the Predators, he has become—and will remain—an integral member of our core group. Patric is everything we talk about as a Predator—he is relentless in going to the net and willing to pay the price to score goals, has a terrific work ethic and is a quality person who is respected on and off the ice. Patric is just entering the prime of his career. He has led our team in goal-scoring in two of the last four seasons and we are looking forward to him being a significant part of the Predators’ on-ice success in the years to come.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: RFA Tuukka Rask could be looking for a new deal somewhere between Jimmy Howard’s $5,291,667 salary cap hit and Carey Price’s $6.5 million cap hit. His playoff performance may shift the number closer to one them. Rask finished the season with a 19-10-5 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, and it could be in play.

    “We’re definitely going to look at doing something with that pick. I think we’d be very receptive to moving back and picking up another pick potentially,” said MacTavish.

    “It’s a very deep draft in my mind. There are tons of players out there who excite me. Or possibly we could pick up somebody that could help us immediately and another pick.”

    MacTavish is also looking to get bigger.

    “We want more toughness, more meat and more depth in our lineup,” he said.

    “I’m pretty optimistic we can get some of the immediate growth and change,” said MacTavish.

    Some people had been mentioning amnesty buyout for Ryan Smyth.

    “Ryan Smyth will be back,” he said.

  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: 5 Jets storylines to watch this offseason.1. Are the Jets ready for their first blockbuster deal? Wiebe doesn’t think they should trade Dustin Byfuglien, but he could bring the biggest return. If they were to move him, they would need to get an all-star back.2. Is Olli Jokinena candidate for an amnesty buyout? It may send a bad message to future free agents if they buyout Jokinen after just one season. Paying someone over $3 million to not play, isn’t the way the Jets do business. Jokinen could still bounce back.3. Will the Jets try to move up in the draft? The Jets could still find an impact player at 13. It’s possible that they could package their pick along with another pick or player and move up. They have six picks in the first three rounds.

    4. Who will be Ondrej Pavelec’s backup? They could bring back Al Montoya.

    5. Can Toby Enstrom kick the injury bug? He’s missed 46 games in the last two seasons. He hopes to be able to get rid of the “fragile” label.

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Injury Notes: Hornqvist, Oshie, Anisimov, Lupul, Pyatt, Enstrom, Sharp, Hishon, Varlamov and Hejduk

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Jim Diamond: Predators Patrick Hornqvist is out for the next couple games with an upper-body injury.
  • Lou Korac: Blue TJ Oshie is getting close to returning to the lineup, could happen later this week during their home-stand.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Artem Anisimov (head) traveled with the team to Denver, but is out indefinitely.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul has been cleared for contract. He is close to returning to the lineup, but realizes that there is no rush.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Tom Pyatt left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Claude Noel said that defenseman Tobias Enstrom is week-to-week and not day-to-day with a mid-body injury (back).
  • Lou Korac of Dave Bolland returned to the Blackhawks lineup yesterday, but Patrick Sharp missed the game with an upper-body injury. It’s believed to be the shoulder injury that kept him out of 14 games, before returning last week.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon suffered another head injury on Friday after being hit from behind into the boards. He missed almost two years with a concussion. They haven’t called it a concussion just yet. Semyon Varlamov returned to the Avalanche lineup yesterday after missing time due to a hip injury. Milan Hejduk could return to the lineup tonight. Talk of Hejduk retiring at the end of the season may be premature.

    “I’m not really sure right now. We’ll sit down and make some decisions after the season,” said Hejduk.

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Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Staal, Karlsson, Bergeron, Enstrom, Hemsky, Grossman, Briere, Michalek and Marchand

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Rich Chere: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk on playing Friday: ”I don’t know. I’m going to decide with the doctors and coaches, but I don’t think so.”
  • Katie Strang: Rangers Marc Staal said that his peripheral vision is fine, but his eyesight is still a little blurry. He said he still needs to work on depth perception, reading plays, etc.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Erik Karlsson didn’t skate yesterday and likely won’t for the rest of the week.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Patrice Bergeron, out with a “moderate concussion” has started working out again.

    “I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”

  • Paul Friesen: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is questionable for tonight due to back problems.
  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky had an MRI yesterday on his foot. Everything was good and he returned to the lineup.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is out for the rest of the regular season.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Daniel Briere is the only injured Flyer who “could’ play on Thursday.
  • Ian Mendes: If Senators Milan Michalek feels okay today, he could be in the lineup against the Flyers.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left last night’s game after taking an elbow to the head from Devils Anton Volchenkov.
  • Dan Murphy: Cory Schneider was a late scratch last night after coming down with the flu.

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Injury and Roster Notes: Malkin, Lindback, Carkner, Grabner, Enstrom, Backlund, Methot, Krejci, Vanek, Ruutu and Green

  • Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin took his first hit during practice yesterday. He said he’s “not 100 percent” and added,

    “Of course, yes, because (I’m) close,” Malkin said. “I (will) try to play Friday, but it’s hard to say now because it’s just (a) couple days more. We’ll see.”

  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is not ready yet but ”it’s coming soon” according to coach Claude Noel.
  • George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: Flames Mikael Backlund played on Monday despite have a cracked bone in his right foot.

    “It went better than I thought,” he reported Wednesday. “Not too bad. Obviously the medication kicked in a little later and made it feel better. It’s still sore but once the game started, I felt pretty good. I didn’t think about it too much.”

  • Ken Warren via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot could return to the lineup tonight. If he can’t go, Mike Lundin will return to the lineup after missing the last eight games.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Thomas Vanek didn’t skate this morning and is likely to miss tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.

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Quick Hits: Perry, Lecavalier, Campbell, Penguins, Michalek, Enstrom, Kostitsyn and Laich

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: “Does the Corey Perry deal mean the squeeze on the NHL’s middle class is on until the cap goes up? Short answer: Yup. Best will get cash.”
  • Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier has a broken bone in his left foot. He’s been on the IR since last Thursday. There is no date set for his return.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: The Stars have recalled goalie Jack Campbell from the AHL and assigned Richard Bachman.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma confirms that Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang won’t be in the lineup tonight.
  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets Tobias Enstrom said there is still no timetable for his return. Hopes to be back soon. He hasn’t had any setbacks since getting back on the ice.
  • Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators coach Barry Trotz on whether Sergei Kostitsyn would be in the lineup: ”Absolutely not.”
  • Katie Carrera via twitter: (H/T to Bobby Foster) Capitals Brooks Laich will make his season debut tonight against the Penguins. Laich has been out with groin injury.

    “I’m not trying to get things out of proportion here. I’m focusing on winning a hockey game,” Laich said. “I just want to make a seamless transition to be part ofF

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Injury Notes: Malkin, Letang, Backlund, Enstrom, Green, Kundratek, Erskine, Laich, Clowe and Hannan

  • Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left yesterday’s game in the first period and didn’t return. He’ll have his lower-body injury re-evaluated.
  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets coach Claude Noel said there’s no update on defenseman Tobias Enstrom, he’s ”still a ways away.”
  • Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Mike Green could return from his groin injury within the next week. He’ll travel with the team on their road trip to Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and New York. Defenseman Tomas Kundratek had a MRI on his knee on Friday and it’s not known if he’ll travel with the team. Defenseman John Erskine still hasn’t skated and there is no timetable for his return. Forward Brooks Laich is getting very close to returning.
  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks winger Ryane Clowe has a shoulder injury and his status for tomorrow is uncertain.

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Enstrom, Braun and Brassard going overseas … Garrison improving … Geoffrion home for Thanksgiving

  • Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom will be joining the Orebro Vipers of Sweden’s 2nd division.
  • The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard will join EC Red Bull in Austria’s Eishockey Liga.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Jason Garrison is finally getting over the chronic groin issues he’s had.

    “I’m progressing and coming along real well because I’m putting the work in and it’s showing,” said Garrison, who’s expected to be paired with Alex Edler, who is currently rehabbing a lower-back injury. “Each and every day it feels better and there’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be ready to go. It’s good to get more of a game-like situation [with the T-Birds] and test it under those conditions.”

  • Chris Stevenson via twitter: Canadiens Blake Geoffrion is home for Thanksgiving. He was told 3 weeks of complete rest as he recovers from a skull fracture.

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