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Quick Hits: 18-year old scorers, Schenn, Sutter and Olesz

  • NHL Public Relations: Stars Valeri Nichushkin became the seventh 18-year old to score a goal this season. According to @EliasSports the last time seven 18-year olds scored was in 1993-94.
  • Frank Seravalli: Looking like Flyers Luke Schenn will be a healthy scratch again tomorrow. Hal Gill paired with Andrej Meszaros.

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Injury Notes: Anderson, Downie, Stoll, Smith, Handzus and Merrill

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being run into by Stars Valeri Nichushkin in overtime.

    “My expectation is yes (Anderson will be out) but right now I can’t say how much (time) he (will miss),” said MacLean. “My expectation is that we play Tuesday and he wouldn’t play.”

  • John Shannon: Anderson was walking around outside the Senators locker room after the game. James Gordon: Was walking with no obvious discomfort. Ian Mendes: Coach Paul MacLean said that Anderson has a stiff neck and ”everything else seems to be fine.”
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Steve Downie was released from hospital yesterday.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Jarret Stoll is day-to-day with an upper-body injury that has been bothering him for awhile.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Brendan Smith injured his shoulder on Saturday night in a fight with Oilers Will Acton. He’ll be out one to two weeks. Adam Almquist has been recalled.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Michael Handzus skated yesterday morning. Scott Powers: Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t sure when Handzus will be ready to return.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils defenseman Jon Merrill left last night’s game (his 1st NHL game) with facial lacerations and a possible concussion.

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NHL Rookie Watch: Valeri Nichushkin – Dallas Stars

Valeri NichushkinValeri Nichushkin Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 03/04/1994
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 202
Position: RW
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round,  10th overall in 2013 by Dallas

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus - @coreypronman

Year in Review: Nichushkin bounced around between the MHL (junior), the VHL (minors), and the KHL, but he stayed in the KHL for the second half. He really shone in the KHL playoffs, getting a regular third line shift as Traktor went to the finals.

The Good: Nichushkin’s physical abilities are tremendous. He is a big, strong winger with truly elite skating ability. His ability to put defensemen on their heels is second to none, as his first few steps are explosive. Opponents cannot keep him to the outside either, as he can power to the net easily. Nichushkin is also a highly skilled player who can dangle through defenders while making a lot of plays.

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Morning Hits: Despres, Lightning, Red Wings, Fraser, 2013 draft picks and St. Louis

  • Dave Molinari: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the “major portion” of the decision to send Simon Despres to the AHL was that he is waiver-exempt.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The sending of Ondrej Palat to the AHL and recalling of Brett Connolly is just a paper trail by the Lightning. Palat will be recalled and Connolly will be sent back down.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings recall goalie Petr Mrazek to replace Jonas Gustavsson (groin). Jared Coreau and Xavier Ouellet were sent to the minors.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser on his helmet negotiation with Canadiens Travis Moen: “To save his hand I was willing to take my helmet off … took a couple secs for him to hear.”
  • Russ Bitely: 2013 1st round draft picks that made opening night rosters: Nathan MacKinnon, Sasha Barkov, Seth Jones, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Rasmus Ristolainen, Valeri Nichushkin and Nikita Zadorov.
  • James Mirtle: The Lightning named Martin St. Louis team captain.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils unanimously voted no to hybrid icing.

    “Surprised would be an understatement,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said today of the rule being approved. “I don’t have anything more to say on it than that. I thought it was pretty clear in exhibition that it was … I’m just surprised.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur will either start the season opener on Thursday or their home opener on Friday. He has started 18 consecutive season openers.

    “Probably, but it’s going to be up to (coach Pete DeBoer),” he said. “We play back-to-backs. I’m not sure what he has in the back of his mind there. We haven’t really talked about it since I’m back as far as which game I’ll play. For sure I’m not going to play both, so it could be to give me an extra day. Who knows?”

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Morning Hits: Bernier, Read, Luongo, Grigorenko and Nichushkin

  • Pierre LeBrun: Believes that the Flyers and one other team were in Jonathan Bernier talks. The Flyers were offering Matt Read.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Doesn’t think the Islanders went too far down the road with Bernier talks.
  • Darren Dreger: The Canucks are still confident that they will be able to trade Roberto Luongo, even with Toronto out of it.
  • Chip Alexander: If the Hurricanes never traded their No. 8 pick last year to the Penguins in the Jordan Staal trade, they would have taken Mikail Grigorenko.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean (in the USA Today): Would the Predators be wary of drafting Russian Valeri Nichushkin because of the Alexander Radulov situation?

    “There’s no question it becomes a factor in discussion,” TSN draft analyst Craig Button said.

    “It’s just who is available,” Fenton said. “We’re taking the best hockey player that we can. Nationality aside and circumstances that happened — we can’t be that narrow-minded to think that every situation is going to turn out like that.”

    “Every case is different. Certainly Radulov is not a great subject around our organization because he did decide to go back there and leverage whatever he had and enjoys playing there,” Fenton said. “Each case is individual, and Nichushkin is a guy that is telling us he wants to play over here. He’s acclimating, they’ve got him out of his contract and he could be a guy that’s staring us in the face.”

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NHL Draft Hits: Flames offer lacking, What the Avs need for No. 1, Sabres want to move up

  • Gare Joyce: On the Flames offer of all 3 1st picks for the 1st overall pick. Flames would pick Nathan MacKinnon over Seth Jones as a it’s position of need. “Trade would never get made. Picks and a player of established value, then a discussion. Otherwise non-starter.” Sean Monahan would be the Flames fallback with the 6th selection. Could look to Nashville at No. 4 to get Aleksander Barkov. The Flames don’t have ’that’ player of established value to make the deal. The Hurricanes could be the wildcard as they are not taking Valeri Nichushkin. They might take Barkov if he’s there. They are looking for immediate help.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater has heard along that if the Avalanche trade down from the 1st overall, they still want to remain in the top 3. To trade down, the Avalanche also want a very good established player or two, as well as the 2nd or 3rd overall pick. The Panthers and Lightning have the 2nd and 3rd overall picks, and are not really interested in giving up an established player plus their own pick to get the 1st overall. Dater thinks at this time, it’s more likely that the Avalanche will keep the 1st overall pick. There was no chance the Avalanche would accept the Flames offer, as they hate the Flames for the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet.
  • John Vogl of Buffalo News: The Sabres are trying to move up from the 8th overall pick in this year’s draft, according to their director of amateur scouting, Kevin Devine, “We’re really trying to move up.” To get the No. 1 pick, the Sabres could make a deal with the Predators at No. 4, then make a deal with the Avalanche for the No. 1. The Sabres also have the No. 16 pick, a pair of 2nd round picks (No. 38 and 53), as well as Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.

    “The preliminary talks are that everybody’s talking about our young players to move up,” Devine said during an appearance on WGR 550 AM. “We’ve got to decide if it makes sense to move some of those players to move up. So it’s a difficult conversation, but if you’re really honed in on one guy and he can be a franchise changer, then you have to look at it.”

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A mixed bag of free agent, draft and coaching news, trade rumors and other goodies

Apologies for the site being down today, server issues that were out of my control. Here is what I would have posted this morning if I was able too, all in one giant post.

  • Darren Dreger: The Flyers are working on a Mark Streit deal, as well as holding preliminary discussions with Claude Giroux on a contract extension.
  • Josh Rimer: Red Wings sign Drew Miller to a 3-year deal worth $1.35 million per season.
  • Szymon Szemberg: Former Flyers goalie prospect Joacim Eriksson has signed with the Canucks according to Swedish media and his agent.
  • Gare Joyce: A scout said that Aleksander Barkov can get into the top 3, and maybe the most NHL ready. “Different conversation if he doesn’t get hurt late in yr.”
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that the NHL has asked the KHL about Valeri Nichushkin’s contract status. Nichushkin is free to sign an NHL entry-level deal and is not under contractual obligation with the KHL.
  • Bob McKenzie: Kings assistant John Stevens had interview with the Canucks this week. He’ll also be interviewing with the Rangers.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Mark Messier has had an interview with the Rangers.

    “We were out in La Quinta, (California), and I had a chance to talk with Glen on a couple of occasions,” Messier told the Daily News outside the United Center on Friday. “I expressed my interest and my confidence in my ability, and from there that’s all I can really say because I don’t know much more than that, because he’s conducting interviews with many more people that obviously want the job, as well. So he’s going through the process, which he should.”

  • Aaron Ward: Alain Vigneault has told the Stars that he no longer wants to be considered for their coaching position. Speculation will be that he’s heading to the Rangers. Renaud Lavoie: Alain Vigneault is on the verge of being the Rangers next head coach. Darren Dreger: The Stars are believed to have had a substantial offer on the table for Vigneault until he met with Rangers Dolan and company.
  • Mayor Sly James: (the Mayor of Kansas City talking about the NHL) “Folks, I have no issue with having a team in Sprint, provided it is the right deal and there is local ownership. We don’t have that package” … “Would have to sell out very game with Coyotes to be mid-pack in attendance in NHL. Tough act.” … “not many cobwebs in 1 of the top 5 booked arenas in the country. We make $$ now. Not w/ most teams” … Responding to what some of the limiations are: “Tkt cost, limited corp sponsors, practice time and lost bookings, need to subsidize, lease restrictions, work interruptions, ownership, under performing team, etc etc”
  • Damien Cox: Sidney Crosby’s agent is convinced that Zdeno Chara intentionally punched Crosby where his jaw was broken.
  • Dan Rosen: Senators Daniel Alfredsson said he hasn’t started thinking about if he’ll play next year or not. Will need a few more weeks.
  • Mark Spector: Flames GM Jay Feaster won’t consider buyouts. He’d have trouble getting veteran UFA’s to replace the ones he bought out.
  • John Shannon: “Can confirm that RSE has agreed in principle to lease terms with City of Glendale on an arena lease.” David Pagnotta: “The tentative lease agreement bw city of Glendale + RSE will b presented to city council on Tuesday, upon which its expected to get approved.” John Shannon: “Rennaissance S and E agreement in principle with Glendale is for 15 years…but requires Council approval. Its not a certainty.”
  • The Fourth Period: Source saying that the Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere would be owed $3.333 million over four years. Bryzgalov would be owned $23 million over 14 years, about $1.642 million per year. On Bryzgalov

    “They don’t want to play for him or with him,” the league source said.

    Buying Briere and Bryzgalov out would create $12.166 million in salary cap space. The Flyers are still interested in Coyotes Keith Yandle. The two teams discussed a deal at last year’s NHL Draft. GM Paul Holmgren could also be looking for top six forward, either signing or through trade.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero’s commented that his priority is to sign Kris Letang, but didn’t rule out a trade. It may take a $6.5 million deal for eight years to remain in Pittsburgh. On the open market he may get a max term deal at between $7 and $8 million.

    “The feeling from those I spoke with on Thursday is that Letang will sign an extension with Pittsburgh. It’s a similar situation to Staal in that the best move would be to trade him if there’s not a deal to be struck, but it’s different in that the Penguins don’t have two other world-class defensemen already on the roster the way they did at center last year.”

    Letang didn’t have a great playoffs, but that wouldn’t scare teams away.

    “Not a chance,” he said. “If they put him on the market, 29 teams would bid on him.”

    The return for Letang in a trade would be huge. He could be used to get into the top part of this year’s draft. The blueline is the one area the Penguins have some organizational depth.

    The Lightning could use a Letang and could offer the 3rd overall pick in a package. The Oilers need help on the blueline and have been offering up the 7th overall pick. Letang may be too similar to Justin Schultz’s skill set for a deal to make sense for them. The Ducks could be an interesting option with Bobby Ryan and potentially two number one goalies in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth and top goalie prospect John Gibson. Gibson is from Pittsburgh. The Sharks may not have the assets to land Letang. The Rangers could use a right handed defenseman, but they may not have the depth to make a deal.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: If the Blackhawks can’t re-sign Bryan Bickell, keep an eye on the Canadiens.Look for the Bruins to sign Patrice Bergeron to a long-term extension.The Kings have spoken with 10 teams about Jonathan Bernier’s availability. Could be traded before or at the draft.LeBrun thinks that Alain Vigneault will be the coach of the Rangers or Stars.

    The Canadiens won’t be making Carey Price available.

  • Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Jim Nill on the draft:

    “I know historically to move up at the draft it costs you assets and we’re trying to build up assets,” he said. “Unless it was just something that I thought was a no-brainer, we’d move up, but I’m very comfortable where we’re picking and I know we’re going to get a good player.”

    “It’s a good draft,” Nill said. “There’s a lot of good players and there’s going to be a lot of good players in the second round. It’s a strong draft. … There’s good forwards, there’s good defensemen. If you want smaller, skilled guys, they’re there. If you need some bigger power-forward guys … it’s a good variation of players.”

    On other changes:

    “I think we’re going to be active,” he said. “I know I need to make changes. We need to get … our team has to get better. That’s my game plan — I need to make some changes. It’s going to be different.”

  • TSN: The Flames currently have about $19 million is salary cap space and could get another $5.8 million if Miikka Kiprusoff retires. The Flames have three first round picks (#6, #22 and #28).

    “I don’t know that it’s feeling the pressure as much as it is recognizing the importance of it,” Feaster said Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

    “The importance of this draft is not lost on the organization and it certainly isn’t lost on the management of the organization.”

    “We have had extensive conversations with teams about moving up into the top five in the draft,” Feaster said. “We at least know which teams are willing to do something and if they are, what it would take to do that, and also which teams are not willing to do that.

    “The one thing I believe with the pick at six, we want to get a player who has the opportunity to come in here right now and compete for a job. We really like this draft. We think at 22 and 28, we’re going to be happy with the players who are still on the board.”

    The Flames need size and talent down the middle, size to the backend of their blueline and a scoring right winger to replace Jarome Iginla.

    On Kiprusoff:

    “I talked with him just this week,” Feaster said. “We’re going to continue to give him time. I think if we had to say ‘You have to make a decision today’ I’m not sure he’s ready to play right now.

    “We’ve made sure he knows we’ll wait for him to be sure of what he wants to do.”

  • TSN Insider Trading: Jonathan Huberdeaushould be in Chicago today, likely to win the Calder Trophy.Alex Ovechkin is believed to be the winner of the Hart Trophy.The Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky’s camp will talk next week.Video of Zdeno Chara punching Sidney Crosby in his injured jaw in Game 1 of the Bruins-Penguins series (click TSN Insider link above).

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Draft Hits: Tallon open for offers, “a lot of high end talent”, Monahan attending five camps, Nichushkin wants NHL

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn’t actively shopping the 2nd overall pick, but he’s open for offers.

    “We’re in good position,” the Florida Panthers’ general manager said this morning at the NHL scouting combine. “We’ll take advantage of it.”

    Tallon has already had a couple of short talks about the pick.

    “You see what they’re willing to pay, and that’s the fun part of the job,” Tallon said. “I’ve had a couple of mild conversations here and there this week, ‘Are you going to move the pick?’ Make me an offer. That’s the way it goes. You start the process early, and you work it all the way through till the five minutes before you make the pick, maybe a minute before the pick.

    “Colorado’s in the driver’s seat right there, and we know we’re going to get a hell of a player at two or three or four. It’s a deep draft. We’ve already drawn a line in the sand. We’ve gone through every process and every situation with our staff already this week, and we’ll continue to rehash this throughout the month of June. We’ll be ready for any and every situation on June 30.”

  • Tony Ambrogio: From the draft combine a scout said that the top 10 picks are as good as he’s seen in years with ”a lot of high end talent.” Another scout said that there are 8 to 12 players who could play in the NHL next season.
  • Mark Masters: Draft prospect Sean Monahan will attend camps held by the Sabres, Maple Leafs, Devils, Flames and Oilers.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Russian draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin’s agent, Mark Gandler, said he is serious about playing in North American next season. Gandler confirmed that Nichushkin’s two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL has been terminated. The deal was terminated with the condition that if he doesn’t make the NHL, he’ll return to the KHL.

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Quick Hits: Sutton, Quebecor’s false rumour, Nichushkin and Gragnani

  • Craig Custance: Defenseman Andy Sutton retired from the the NHL yesterday.
  • Quebecor Media: “The rumour that Quebecor is currently in negotiations with the #NHL to buy a franchise is completely false.”
  • Corey Pronman: 2013 NHL draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin told that he’ll be transferring to North America. His KHL team, Dynamo, have no issues with terminating his contract. Dmitry Chesnokov: Nichushkin and his camp say that the Hurricanes and Lightning have shown interest in him. Nichushkin’s godfather had mentioned the Hurricanes and Lightning, Nichushkin himself mentions the Predators.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani signed with HC Lev in the KHL.

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Morning Hits: Hecht, Miller, Babcock, Stars, Atkinson, Nichushkin, Skinner and Clarkson

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Jochen Hecht retired from the NHL last night.

    “It’s best for everybody to start a new life. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve got some great memories. I lived here and loved this place for 10 years, 11 years, and Buffalo became a second home to me.

    “Buffalo has been like a second home for everybody. I was fortunate enough to play my first game in Buffalo with St. Louis, and I played my last game in Buffalo. It’s kind of full circle, came around. It was a lot of fun.”

    Sabres goalie Ryan Miller may have played his last game in a Sabres uniform.

    “Everything comes to an end. It’s not always clean and easy. Most of the time, it’s little bit dirty and not any fun. It was hard to watch these guys kind of leave a team one by one, but it’s the nature of sports, nature of life. You can’t just hold on to something that’s not sustainable. Everything becomes stagnant if you’re always trying to hold on to one thing.

  • Darren Dreger: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that rumors of him being Red Berenson’s successor at the University of Michigan are not true. He has two years left on his Red Wings contract and is happy being the Wings coach.
  • Bruce Garrioch: If the Stars decide to make a GM change, Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill is the top candidate.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets sign forward Cam Atkinson to a 2-year, $2.3 million contract extension.
  • Alessandro Seren Rosso: Valeri Nichushkin was traded to Dynamo for $10 million. He’s on a two-year contract with an out-clause after one year, $2 million per year. Slava Malamud: There will be no Nichushkin next year, and likely for 2014-15. TJ ОвечкиH: Russian Media saying that Nichushkin was traded without his knowledge. Could trigger his decision to leave to the NHL.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on restructuring their blue line: ”We need to be a lot harder to play against. We made it too easy for opponents.”
  • Chip Alexander: Rutherford said that Jeff Skinner at center was an “experiment” but liked what he saw. Creates another option for next season.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils David Clarksonwill be a UFA and he may get some offers to convince him to sign with someone else. There has been lots of speculation that the Maple Leafs will be interested.

    “I don’t know where I’ll be. I have no idea what will end up happening,” Clarkson told The Star-Ledger today. “There haven’t been any negotiations between Mr. (Lou) Lamoriello and my agent. I’ve had no decisions to make yet.”

    “I love playing here. My daughter is from here. I’ve loved my time here,” Clarkson pointed out. “What better situation could there be? I have a coach (Pete DeBoer) I’ve had since I was young who I believe, besides my father, has been the biggest part of my hockey career. And Mr. Lamoriello was the first GM to give me an opportunity.”

  • Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight. Robin Lehner could start on Sunday.

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Nothing Scheduled … Hishon cleared … Varlamov returns … Draft rankings and what could happen with the draft

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: There is still lots of optimism that the season will be saved in early 2013. Dreger is hopeful, but less optimistic.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: As of the 24th, no meetings were scheduled between the NHL and NHLPA.

    “We haven’t talked about meetings later this week,” Daly said in an e-mail.  “I guess we will see.”

  • Brad Shade via twitter: Joey Hishon has been cleared to practice after being out 19 months with a concussion.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie asked 10 scouts about 2013 draft eligibles. 7 have Nate MacKinnon at number 1, 3 had Seth Jones.  Top 10 rankings: 1. MacKinnon (CAN); 2. Jones (USA); 3. Aleksander Barkov (FIN); 4. Elias Lindholm (SWE); 5. Jonathan Drouin (CAN); 6. Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN); 7. Valeri Nichushkin (RUS); 8. Alex Wennberg (SWE); 9. Jacob De La Rose (SWE); 10. Linus Arnesson (SWE).
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: So what happens to the NHL draft if the season is cancelled?

    “Anybody who says they have a clue, they’re lying,” said Al Murray, Tampa Bay Lightning’s head of amateur scouting.

    Before the 2005 draft, the NHL held a lottery to see who would get the chance to draft Sidney Crosby. It was held 5 weeks after the normal date, and 17 days after the CBA was agreed upon. If there is no CBA during the summer, there could be no draft.

    “There can’t be a draft without a CBA. That’s one of the things collectively bargained,” said former NHL general manager Craig Button, now a draft guru for TSN.

    “The NHL could still implement a draft regardless of having no CBA, but the NHLPA could say no and then everybody’s a free agent. That would be messy. What if they say there’s a bidding situation for the junior players? It’s far-fetched and I don’t think it would happen, but …”

    If a CBA gets done after the season is cancelled, and they do look to hold a draft, they could go with a lottery like they did after the last lockout.

    “If they go on the same format for the lottery, Columbus would have five balls, three of their own and they’ve also got L.A.’s pick (for Jeff Carter) and the Rangers (for Rick Nash). They would be the overwhelming favourite,” said Button.

    The Flames, Wild, Stars, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Jets would each have three balls.

  • The Fouth Period: Last Friday the City of Glendale signed a lease agreement with Greg Jamison’s group, Hockey Partners LLC. Jamison now has until Jan. 31st to purchase the team.

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