Posts Tagged Tuukka Rask

Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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Afternoon Notes, Lines and Starting Goalies

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have recalled Alex Petrovic and Drew Shore. Likely means that Scottie Upshall is out. George Richardson: Petrovic recalled to replace Erik Gudbrandson.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-EStaal-Ruutu; Gerbe-JStaal-Semin; Bowman-Nash-Dwyer; Boychuk-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Rich Chere: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Tedenby-Elias-Bernier; Boucher-Henrique-Ryder; Clowe-Loktioniv-Gionta.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Versteeg-Handzus-Kane, Bickell-Shaw-Saad, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin, Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt, Cole-Peverley-Chiasson. Horcoff-Fiddler-Whitney.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Vitale, Zolnierczyk-Sutter-Kobasew, Conner-Jokinen-Neal, Glass-Sill–Adams. Pens Inside Scoop: Power play units: 1: Niskanen, Jokinen, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz. 2: Maatta, Despres, Conner, Sutter, Kobasew.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Cammalleri Backlund Byron- Galiardi Stajan Stempniak – D.Jones Colborne. Hudler – Bouma Monahan McGrattan.
  • Roger Millions: Oilers lines: Hall RNH Perron – Joensuu Gagner Eberle – Smyth Gordon Hemsky – Gazdic Lander Yakupov.
  • Michael Russo: Wild Lines:  Nino-Koivu-Coyle; Heatley-Granlund-Pominville; Cooke-Brodziak-Fontaine; Veilleux-Konopka-Mitchell.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators defensive pairings: Cowen-Karlsson; Phillips-Ceci and Methot-Gryba.
  • David Alter: Looking like Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils.
  • Allen Panzeri: Robin Lehner will start in net for the Senators.
  • Larry Brooks: Cam Talbot will make his third consecutive start for the Rangers.
  • Tracey Myers: Antti Raanta will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Jeff Rimer: Curtis McElhinney will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
  • James Mirtle: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Devan Dubnyk will start in net tonight, Ilya Bryzgalov will start tomorrow.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Hossa, Bozak, Ashton, Skinner, Semin, Grigorenko, Olesz and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday.
  • David Alter: The Maple Leafs send Carter Ashton to the AHL.
  • James Mirtle: The Marlies release Stefan Legein from his PTO.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is activated from the IR, Alex Semin is put on the IR.
  • Chris Nichols: Mikhail Grigorenko will be back in the Sabres lineup tonight.
  • Igor Eronko: Rostislav Olesz signed a one-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss league.
  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils.
  • Mark Masters: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Josh Cooper: Marek Mazanec will start in net for the Predators.
  • Mark Lazerus: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Mike Halford: Some good goalie matchups tonight: Lundqvist vs. Lehtonen, Smith vs. Varlamov, Schneider vs. Scrivens.

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Lines and Goalies: Hurricanes, Penguins, Islanders, Canadiens, Oilers, Devils, Bruins and Ducks

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Bowman-E. Staal-Ruutu, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Terry, Tlusty-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett, Dupuis-Malkin-Neal, Jokinen-Sutter-Gibbons, Glass-Vitale-Adams.
  • NY Islanders: Islanders lines: Vanek-Nelson-Tavares-Okposo; Bailey-Nielsen-McDonald; Grabner-Bouchard-Regin-Clutterbuck; Boulton-Cizikas-Martin.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust, Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher, Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta, Moen-Brière-Bournival.
  • Bob Stauffer: Oilers lines: Hall-RNH-Eberle, Smyth-Gordon-Perron, Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky, Jonesuu-Acton-Gazdic. Same D and J. Schultz is skating.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines:  Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Elias-Henrique-Ryder; Brunner-Loktionov-Bernier; Carter-Gionta-Janssen. Extras: Tedenby, Josefson.
  • Chip Alexander: Cam Ward will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight.
  • Chip Alexander: Tuukka Rask will start in net for the Bruins tonight.
  • Dan Wood: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins tonight.
  • Dan Wood: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the Ducks tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Stepan, Franson, Thomas, Lundqvist, Sedin’s, Morrow, NJ Goalies, Raymond, Halak and Miller

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players will be warned if their jersey is tucked in, and then will get a two minute penalty if it happens again.

    It’s unlikely that Derek Stepan will be in the Rangers lineup on opening night. Stepan is holding firm on a two-year bridge deal at $3.5 million per season. The Rangers want to sign him to a two-year deal at $3 million per year.

    The Maple Leafs seem okay with starting the season without Cody Franson, unless they have to deal with an offer sheet. They could let him sit for weeks or months. The Leafs have offered a two-year deal at just under $2.4 million per year. They don’t appear to be willing to go one-year with Franson unless it is in the $2 million range. If Franson agrees to a one-year deal, he’ll have arbitration rights next summer.

    There isn’t going to be an expansion plan anytime soon.

  • Insider Trading on TSN: Panthers GM Dale Tallon wants Tim Thomas come in and mentor Jacob Markstrom like he did for Tuukka Rask in Boston.

    The Canucks and the Sedin’s agent, J.P. Barry, talk on almost a daily basis. The twins Swedish representative has made his way over to Canada. It will be a raise from their $6.1 million, and length of contract is not known. The Sedin’s may be looking for a four or five year deal.

    Henrik Lundqvist will be 33-years old when he’s on the first year of his new deal. Will the Rangers want to go long-term or short-term with him? There could be an issue with term. He’ll get more than $7 million a season.

    Derek Stepan could be looking for more than $3.5 million a year on a two-year deal.

    Brenden Morrow doesn’t want to sign a PTO, he wants a contract. The Flyers and Penguins are monitoring, but they don’t have any cap room. The Hurricanes may be interested, but nothing is imminent.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: On the Martin Brodeur – Cory Schneider tandem:

    “I don’t see an issue,” DeBoer told on Thursday. “We’ve got a league high of back-to-back games, I think 22 of them; which right off the bat lends itself to playing both guys. And I think with the condensed schedule, with the Olympics, I think it’s going to be a real luxury to have two guys. And I think both guys get that.”

    The Maple Leafs and Cody Franson are in a “holding pattern.”

    LeBrun thinks that the Leafs will offer Mason Raymond a contract, but it likely won’t be for much, maybe around $1 million. Raymond could get an offer from another team before the end of camp.

    This is Jaroslav Halak’s year to win or lose with the Blues. He’ll be a UFA at the end of the season. If Halak hasn’t proved to management by March that he can handle it, the Blues could turn to the trade market. Ryan Miller rumors could surface.

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Quick Hits: Rask, Zidlicky, Luongo, Islanders and Coyotes

  • Elliotte Friedman: From what Friendman understands, Tuukka Rask has a no-movement clause for the first four-years, then it turns to a modified no-trade clause in which he submits a list of teams he would be willing to be dealt too.
  • CapGeek: Marek Zidlicky’s contract with the Devils is $3 million plus $1 million in performance bonuses if he plays in 25 games. He has a no-trade clause.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canucks and Roberto Luongo could technically do the same as Ilya Kovalchuk from what McKenzie understands, as long as Luongo is prepared not to get paid, which won’t happen.
  • Chris Botta: The Islanders are saying that they have sold 2,200 new season tickets for next season. Renewal rate is 86 percent.
  • Craig Morgan: There is no lawsuit coming from the Goldwater Institute this time around.

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Free Agent Hits II: Horton, Rask, Flames, Bergeron, Thomas and Lundqvist

  • Spector’s Hockey: Tuukka Rask’s new deal is rumored to be for 8 years and $56 million.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is “confident” that Rask’s deal will get real soon.

“I feel confident we’ll get a deal done with Rask in short order,” said Chiarelli. “I’ve got a place-holder number that I can work around as far as cap-building. I would think [a deal will be done] before [July 5], but I’m okay if it’s done after that too. I’m confident regardless [of the scenario].”

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Five potential free agent targets for the Flames: Jonathan Blum (D), Tyler Bozak (C) Valtteri Filppula (C/LW), Mason Raymond (LW) and Jeff Schultz (D).
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins could be close on an extension that would pay him between $52-$54 million. Three teams reached out to Tim Thomas’ agent yesterday. Nathan Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, said they are looking for a non-traditional hockey market as he’s looking for a quieter place to play.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers GM Glen Sather said that negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist are continuing.

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Afternoon Hits II: Schneider, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and Kuba

  • Bill Watters: “Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’ rationale.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs plan on being active in the next few days. They are looking for a top line center and a top-six winger. The Leafs are looking at UFAs Stephen Weiss and David Clarkson. Weiss could be looking for a five year worth $5 million a season. Various reports have Clarkson looking for upwards of $6 million a year, which might be too much for the Leafs. The Leafs are shopping Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles.
  • Pierre LeBrun: After originally deciding to cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, GM Peter Chiarelli said he’s thought about circling back to him after Nathan Horton said he’s leaving.
  • The Fourth Period: Bruins GM Chiarelli is working on a couple of trades. He’s believed to be looking to move Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to free up some cap space. The Bruins are close to signing Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron to long term extensions. Chiarelli has already had a conversation with Daniel Briere and could inquire about David Clarkson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Keith Ballard’s agent, Ben Hankinson, went on Vancouver radio this morning and said the Canucks bought out the two remaining years of his contract. According to CapGeek, the Canucks now have $7.4 million in cap space.
  • Brad Ziemer: The Canucks have seven roster spots to fill, and the re-signing of Chris Tanev won’t come cheap.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have interest in Stephen Weiss. It’s not looking like Valtteri Filppula will be returning. The Wings had interest in David Clarkson, but have cooled lately. Nathan Horton may be asking too much for them. There are concerns whether or not Jarome Iginla can play the up-tempo game at both ends. Their biggest need is a second line center. Options could be Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Tyler Bozak (Toronto). Other forwards that might interest them: Michael Ryder (Montreal), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago), Mason Raymond (Vancouver), Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh), Ryane Clowe (Rangers) and Jaromir Jagr (Boston).
  • Bob McKenzie: The Florida Panthers are buying out defenseman Filip Kuba. They are not using a compliance buyout, so it will count against the cap.

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Free Agent Hits: Rask, Smith, Letang, Clarkson, Bickell, Mikkelson, Red Wings and Pietrangelo

  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie figures Tuukka Rask’s new deal will be in the $7 million range.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Positive talks between the Coyotes and Mike Smith. Could be a 6-year deal. The franchises future is still a factor.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Kris Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes and Penguins GM Ray Shero are expected to meet this afternoon.
  • Bob McKenzie: Unless the Devils make a substantial offer to David Clarkson, looking like he could hit the open market. They haven’t given him any numbers yet.
  • Howard Berger: With each passing hour Berger thinks more and more that Clarkson will be a Maple Leaf.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins GM Ray Shero is still negotiating with Kris Letang. No deadline for getting it resolved.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Blackhawks and Bryan Bickell’s camp had a conversation today.
  • Paul Hendrick: Leafs have sent qualifying offs to all of their RFAs.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Lightning have told Brendan Mikkelson that they won’t be qualifying him and he’ll be a UFA.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are interested in Jarome Iginla. If Valtteri Filppula leaves, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen and Patrik Elias could be options. They don’t appear to be interested in David Clarkson and Nathan Horton.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is looking for at $7 million a year and word is that he won’t entertain anything with a $6 in front of it. GM Doug Armstrong has already said they would match any offer sheet.

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NHL Rumor Roundup from LeBrun and Garrioch

  • Tim Panaccio: A GM: “Vinny will make up what he lost. I’m glad I sat out 3-plus months for this. What a scam. It’s gonna be a bidding war for him.”
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are allowed to talk to Vincent Lecavalier, but can’t sign him until July 5th

    “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process in trying to understand the various situations and trying to narrow it down.”

    Lecavalier mentioned he like the Red Wings going up, as well as the Canadiens.

    Stephen Weiss could be an option for the Red Wings, but they’ll have plenty of competition. If the Wings can’t find a center, they could always move Henrik Zetterberg to center. Valtteri Filppula is not close to a deal with the Wings, but both sides are expected to talk this weekend.

    Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a veteran forward and is interested in Lecavalier and Weiss.

    Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could be available for the right price. The Ducks aren’t shopping him, but if a deal makes sense for them, they could move on it.

    The Senators are trying to move up to the No. 5 to No. 10 range from their No. 17 slot.

    The Hurricanes are looking to move down from the No. 5 slot for a top four blueliner.

    The Bruins and Tuukka Rask’s agent will meet this weekend.

    Could see some sign-and-trades next week if UFA talks with their current teams breakdown.

  • Bruce Garrioch: On Lecavalier:

    “People want size. They want a big centre and they want to get a guy without having to give up somebody off their roster. That’s really slowed down the trade market in the last 24 hours,” said the executive.

    The Bruins and Jets may look to trade the negotiating rights to Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey.

    The Rangers are quietly shopping J.T. Miller for immediate help.

    If the Leafs are able to move up from No. 21 in the draft, they’ll be interested in Max Domi.

    Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent has spoken with eight teams. The Oilers were one of the teams. Source said not to be surprised if the Islanders studied the option. He could also be a short term fix in with the Panthers.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is trying hard to move Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Several teams have called the Oilers with interest in Nail Yakupov or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    The Bruins are trying to move into the first round.

    The Hurricanes would move the No. 5 pick for a top four defenseman. Thinking is that if they keep the pick, they will pick Darnell Nurse.

    The Panthers are trying to trade Tomas Fleischmann before the draft. He has two years left with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.

    The Islanders have told teams they will listen to offers on the No. 15 pick if they get a warm body back.

    The biggest mover and shaker at the draft could be Flyers:

    “Paul Holmgren is trying to do something big,” said a league executive. “He won’t move Claude Giroux or anything like that — but he wants to make a big deal.”

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Free Agent Hits: Alfredsson, Lecavalier fits, Bruins and the Maple Leafs

  • Marie Lehmann: Daniel Alfredsson: “I needed a few weeks to see if the necessary urge for summer training and precamp was there. And it is.” Bruce Garrioch: The Senators will make news official later and contract negotiations will start this weekend. Nick Kypreos: Will be interesting to see how quick the Senators sign Alfredsson knowing that it might cost them $6+ million. Darren Dreger: Talk of Alfredsson and a one year deal, but he could ask for two years.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Top 5 fits for Vincent Lecavalier: Canadiens, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Capitals and Blackhawks.
  • Darren Dreger: The Bruins are making progress with contracts for Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask. Rich Peverley could be available for trade.
  • Damien Cox: If Lecavalier is looking for a a six-year plus deal at $6 million plus, would anyone bite? The Maple Leafs prefer to re-sign Tyler Bozak over signing UFAs Lecavalier, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Stephen Weiss. If Bozak wants $5 million or more, the Leafs will likely turn elsewhere. Talks have almost been non-existent.

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Free Agent Hits: Berglund, Clarkson, Brunner, Gagner, Rask, Bergeron and Bickell

  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues re-signed Patrik Berglund to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Starting July 3rd at noon, teams are allowed to start talking to UFAs and RFA for a “interview period” as part of the new CBA. Players are not allowed to sign until July 5th at noon. It will be tight lipped out of New Jersey as usual on how talks are going with most of their free agents. UFA David Clarkson on his agents talks with GM Lou Lamoriello.

    “I know my agent and Mr. Lamoriello have been talking, but I don’t think they’ve gotten too deep into specifics yet,” Clarkson said. “Right now, I’m just waiting to see what happens. I’ll probably know more after the next few days.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings free agent Damien Brunner “loves Detroit” and his agent said that he “will sign longer than one year.” Brunner had a strong first half (10 goals in 19 games) but tailed off in the second (finished with 12 goals in 44 games). They will meet this weekend with Ken Holland, with the issue of money remaining.

    “We’ve had discussions,” Sheehy said. “We’re scheduled to talk again in New Jersey this weekend.”

    “Those are always issues,” Sheehy said. “If you have a long track record, it makes it easier. Nonetheless, he’s a good player. We’ll see where talks go.”

  • Darren Dreger: Sources saying the Oilers have offered Sam Gagner a multi-year contract extension. Still work to get done. Ryan Rishaug: Sides are progressing towards a deal, but there is still lots to get done.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: A source with knowledge of the contract talks between the Bruins and Tuukka Rask said that Carey Price’s 6-year, $39 million deal “is the starting point for negotiations.” Rask will be looking for $6.5 million going forward. The Bruins are also looking to get a deal done for Patrice Bergeron.
  • Josh Rimer: Blackhawks free agent Bryan Bickell on if he’ll be re-signing: ”I definitely hope so, I see the city as my 2nd home & love playing here” .. “I want to be back for sure. My agent and i will talk in the next couple days.”
  • Todd Cordell: According to @BroadStBull (Sam Carchidi) the Flyers are expected to target UFA David Clarkson.

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