Posts Tagged Tomas Plekanec

NHL News: Staal, Mueller, Samuelsson, D’Amigo, LaRose and Marchand

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Eric Staal had surgery for a core injury he suffered during offseason training. He should be ready for training camp according to the team.
  • Andy Strickland: The Blues signed Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way deal. He’ll get $700,000 in the NHL, $250,000 in the AHL with $350,000 guaranteed. Mueller can play right wing and center and would need to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL.
  • Chris Johnston: Mikael Samuelsson is leaving the NHL to return home to Sweden to play with Djurgarden.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets re-signed Jerry D’Amigo to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Chip Alexander: Chad LaRose signed an AHL deal with Carolina’s Charlotte Checkers.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Brad Marchand on which NHL player irritates him the most:

    “There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”

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Morning Rumors I: Canadiens, Subban, Vanek, Red Wings and Capitals

  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: Gordon wonders if P.K. Subban’s agent Don Meehan could start contract talks at Evgeni Malkin money, eight years and $76 million. If they think that Lars Eller passed Tomas Plekanec on their “go-to two-way center,” Plekanec could get a pricey return. Plekanec has a no-trade clause. They are not likely to bring back Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Teams usually end paying players regardless if they underperformed. Brooks on Thomas Vanek: “No evidence at all the winger is remotely worth the seven-year, $50 million deal he rejected from the Islanders before being sent to Montreal at the deadline. No evidence he is anyone’s missing piece to a playoff puzzle.” Vanek has been rumored to the Wild for months. The demand for free agents this summer exceeds the supply. If Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn’t give P.K. Subban a deal in the eight-year, $8 million per year range, they may not see Subban in a Canadiens uniform for awhile.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to talk with Mike Babcock as early as this week. AHL head coach Jeff Blashill is close to signing an extension. Both coaches have a year left on their deal.

    “I told him some (NHL) teams have called; he’s very happy where he’s at,” Holland said. “I think he’d like to spend another year or two in the AHL getting more experience coaching pros.

    “We’re talking about a significant salary increase in return for him being patient for another year or two.”

    Holland has given teams permission to talk with Tom Renney and Bill Peters. Renney is a candidate for the Panthers position. The Hurricanes and Canucks are also looking for coaches.

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on if he’ll be active on the trade front.

    “I don’t know. We’re going to see what’s available. I get the sense that with the cap going  up and a limited free agent market that there might be a few more names than there has been in the last couple years, so we’ll see where it goes.”

    On if he needs to make changes to their current roster.

    “I think we can get more out of this roster. I think this coach is going to bring more out of this roster and then we’ll add from there. …The challenge will be to stay patient and pick and choose your opportunities and not try to be too aggressive.”

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Trade Hits: Small deal, Canadiens, Edler, Greening and Wild

  • Anthony SanFilippo: The Flyers traded AHL defenseman Danny Syvret to the Rangers for Kris Newbury.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have been involved in trade talks lately. One of which was trying to move into the top 10 of Sunday’s draft.

    “The price was big, and we were willing to pay, but it didn’t work,” Habs GM Marc Bergevin told reporters towards the conclusion the Draft.

    The Canadiens talked to the Canucks about Alex Edler. Sources say that they also talked to the Blues about David Perron and the Ducks about Bobby Ryan. The also received some calls on Tomas Plekanec.

  • Pierre LeBrun: Canucks Alex Edler’s no-trade clause has kicked in.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Garrioch doesn’t think there is anything to the rumors of Colin Greening going to the Predators. Sides talked contract extension on Sunday.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is still working the trade market. Devin Setoguchi and his $3 million cap hit could be on the move. He’ll be a free agent after next season. Tom Gilbert could be bought out, eliminating his $4 million cap hit and only costing $1 million over the next two year.

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NHL Rumor Round up on 14 teams and a top trade candidate list

  • Bruce Garrioch: Trade talk is in full swing.

    “There is so much talk, and so many names, it’s hard to believe that everything that is being talked about could actually happen,” said a league executive Thursday. “Lots of teams are trying to make changes. No question.”

    The Canadiens are the most obvious landing spot for Vincent Lecavalier. At one point the Lightning had a deal in place to send Lecavalier to the Canadiens for Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban and a No. 1 pick, but Lightning ownership wouldn’t allow it.

    If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, look for the Lightning to bring him back on a two year deal.

    The Blues might be seeing what they can get for T.J. Oshie and David Perron. The Blues still need to re-sign RFAs Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo.

    The Sabres are looking to see what they can get for Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.

    Scott Gomez likely won’t be back with the Sharks next year.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergeron may be sniffing around to see if there is a market for Tomas Plekanec. He has a no-trade clause and has a cap hit of $5 million.

    The Stars are offering Erik Cole around the league.

    Avalanche could be trying to send Paul Stastny and his $6.6 million to the Maple Leafs. UFA after next season.

    The Panthers may have tried to get Matt Duchene from the Avalanche, but were turned down quickly.

    Flames have been shopping some of their three first round picks and Mike Cammalleri.

    The Flyers may want to look for a short term goalie solution instead of a longer term one in Mike Smith. The Flyers may call Tim Thomas to see if he’d be interested. Believed that the Flyers have talked to the Sabres about Ryan Miller.

  • James Mirtle: Top trade candidates this weekend: 1. Kris Letang 2. Roberto Luongo 3. Shawn Horcoff 4. Paul Stastny 5. Dion Phaneuf 6. Mike Cammalleri 7. Dave Bolland 8. Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.  Other possibilities: Ales Hemsky, Jeff Schultz, John-Michael Liles, Tom Gilbert and David Booth.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that nobody has called about Mike Cammalleri.
  • Mark Masters: Feaster on trades leading up to the draft: ‘Well, we hope … we’re trying to make some deals. I’ve talked to all 29 other teams.’
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Rangers have three picks in the second round and could be looking to move up into the second round.

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Quick Hits: Bergeron, Heatley, Rinaldo, Plekanec, Bjustad, Hossa, Bolland, Gaborik, Dubinsky and Soderberg

  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that center Patrice Bergeron has a concussion.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Dany Heatley will be out for a while after what looks to be a wrist injury from an altercation with Sharks Marc-Edward Vlasic.
    “He just swung at me and I swung at him,” Vlasic said. “He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before. If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself and swung back.
    “… Unfortunately I got him in the wrist or shoulder. I’m not sure where I got him. That was not my intent. My intent was just to defend myself.”
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Zach Rinaldo suffered a lower-body and left last night’s game.
  • Dave Stubbs: Tomas Plekanec has a groin injury and is day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play tonight and on Saturday.
  • Harvey Fialkov:  Dale Tallon said that Nick Bjustad is on his way to Florida and will play on Saturday. He’s also confident that he can re-sign Peter Mueller after the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland will play on Thursday, Patrick Sharp won’t.
  • Dan Rosen: Marian Gaborik confirms that he’ll be in the Blue Jackets lineup against the Predators.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets activated center Brandon Dubinsky and winger Nick Foligno from the IR.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Expect the Bruins to go with Rich Peverley centering Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Kaspers Daugavins to center the 3rd line.
  • Jimmy Murphy: No updates on Bruins Carl Soderberg’s status. They hope to get him over before the end of the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.

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News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed

  • Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s “pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.

    “It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.

    “I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”

    Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.

    “I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”

  • Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.

    “No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.

    “I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’

    The agent added,

    “It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.

    “He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’

    The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.

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Player notes involving: Seguin, Plekanec and Dubinsky

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky has been out since Nov. 10th with a broken finger, has returned to the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.

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Devils switch up lines … Not much cap space for Bruins … Could Ovechkin, Plekanec, Krejci be traded? Prust suspension video

  • Dave Caldwell of the NY Times: The Devils made some line changes at practice yesterday. Dainius Zubrus skated with Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. Ilya Kovalchuck was moved to a line with Adam Henrique and Patrick Elias. Jacob Josefson was between David Clarkson and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins have a current cap hit at about $58 million for next year. That number could drop if Marc Savard is put on the LTIR. The summer cap number could jump to $68-69 million but drop below the $64.3 million with the new CBA. They need to re-sign Tuukka Rask, and won’t have much room for Benoit Pouliot, Chirs Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Brian Rolston, Greg Zanon, Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau. Trading Tim Thomas would create some more cap space. Greg Zanon’s agent said he thinks the Bruins would like to bring him back. They currently have 5 Dmen under contract, and prospect Dougie Hamilton could make the team. Tomas Vokoun could be a cheap free agent pickup, the Maple Leafs could be interested.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Capitals would trade Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin will get $9 million for 2 more years, then $10 million for 7 years. It likely wouldn’t happen, but someone suggested a Rick Nash-Alex Ovechkin. Possible candidates for the Capitals head coaching vacancy could be Tom Renney, Craig MacTavish, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Ron Wilson and Jon Cooper. Milan Hejduk’s 1 year, $2 million deal may have some bearing on a Ryan Smyth-Oilers deal. The Canadiens may look to deal Tomas Plekanec rather than pay him $5 million next season. Some think that the Islanders may look at Alexander Semin. The Jets could be looking for a new backup goalie. Matheson wonders if the Coyotes should look at trading for David Krejci this offseason, sending Brandon Gormley and a pick to Boston.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Though it could just be posturing, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said last week that a Schneider-Luongo goaltending tandom is still possible for next season.

    “Having both goalies back in Vancouver next year is definitely a possibility and probably the leading possibility,” Mike Liut, Cory Schnieder’s agent, told The Province.

    “Cory will approach the season as he did this year — you focus on what you can control.”

    There will be a 4 day window where teams could sign Schneider to an offer sheet, between July 1st and 5th. Schneider is eligible to become a UFA on July 1st 2013.

  • Rangers Brandon Prust suspended 1 game:

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Backstrom could play Saturday … Letang out at least 2 games … Leafs interested in Abbott … Vokoun ready … Canucks goalies

  • Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said he won’t play on Thursday against Boston. Could be looking at Saturday against the Canadiens.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Word is that the Maple Leafs are close to signing college free agent Spencer Abbott of the Maine Black Bears. A number of teams are interested but he may be leaning towards signing with the Leafs. Abbott had 62 points in 39 games and is a Hobey Baker Award finalist.
  • David ALter via twitter: Maple Leafs line: MacArthur-Grabovski-Frattin, Ashton-Bozak-Kessel, Connolly-Steckel-Crabb, Rosehill-Lombardi-Brown-Armstrong.
  • Ken Warren via twitter: Senators Ben Bishop said his recovery is ahead of schedule and is hoping to skate this weekend. He might be able to play next week.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Cory Schneider will start tonight, and should get another start this weekend as they have a back-to-back starting Friday. There is a chance Schneider plays in 5 of 9 games in a 2 week stretch that follows Roberto Luongo’s worst 4 game stretch this year. “Is it possible there’s a genuine goaltending audition going on here and no one has much noticed or believed it?”

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Report that Plekanec will waive NTC, his agent denies … Nabokov getting interest … Lightning will have to wait for Schneider

  • Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out: Tomas Plekanec’s agent let it be known earlier this month that Plekanec would be willing to waive his no trade clause. Frustrations from a losing season and a parade of different wingers may have lead to this decision. Plekanec has dealt with 18 different line combinations. The Canadiens are looking for a winger with size in exchange for Plekanec.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Tomas Plekanec’s agent, Rich Curran, said that they’ve never had a conversation about waiving his no trade clause. Denies the report.
  • Louis Jean via twitter: Jean has been looking into the Plekanec rumor for 3 days. None of the teams he’s talked have heard his name. Has also been told that he never expressed desire to leave.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Kypreos was told that Plekanec hasn’t been approached to waive his no trade clause and hasn’t given a minute of thought to leave the Canadiens.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: The Islanders are not looking to move Evgeni Nabokov despite the interest they are getting for him.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Russo thinks the Wild should trade Josh Harding. As far as Harding knows, there have been no contract discussions. Mikko Koivu skated and was shooting pucks, but there is no timetable for his return.

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