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Injury Notes: Zetterberg, Martin, Zuccarello, Staal, Filppula and Stamkos

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg had surgery yesterday to remove part of his disc in his back. He could be out eight weeks, but they are not sure.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Penguins Paul Martin has a hand injury. Rob Rossi said he could be out a month, but he hasn’t been evaluated by the Penguins medical staff.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Rangers Mats Zuccarello’s broken hand was confirmed and he’ll be out three to four weeks. Marc Staal didn’t practice yesterday due to back spasms.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula tested his fractured ankle out yesterday. Skated after practice.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos spent his Olympic break skating and lying on the beach.

    “It did feel good, but it feels even better now,” Stamkos said of his leg. “Maybe I wasn’t as far along as I thought, knowing how much better it has felt now that I have kept working on it and taking a couple of days off. It’s just going to continually get better, and that’s positive knowing it’s doing that.”

    He’ll have an x-ray on Monday to determine if he’ll get clearance to play against Nashville on Feb. 27th. If he doesn’t, March 6th could mark his return.

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Injury Notes: Moulson, Bishop, Lindback, Phillips, JVR, Bolland and Tanguay

  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres Matt Moulson has an upper-body injury and will be out until after the Olympic break according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos skated yesterday. Valtteri Filppula and Anders Lindback did not.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Anders Lindback said that he felt a pop in his left ankle (not the one he injured last year), but played the last period and a half as Ben Bishop had already left the game with an injury.
  • Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that James van Riemsdyk suffered a new injury on Thursday night, but he should be ready to go today.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland will travel with the team next week. If he’s able to get into a game before the Olympic break, it would likely be next Saturday against the Canucks.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Alex Tanguay tweaked his knee on Thursday night and didn’t practice yesterday. He is questionable for Saturday.

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Injury Notes: Wings, Lightning, Sabres, Preds, Avs, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Ducks, Flames and Caps

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) will not be playing for Sweden at the Olympics.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop left last night’s game after being hit in the head by the skate of Nikita Kucherov. Valtteri Filppula also left last night’s game with a lower-body injury after a collision in the second. Both players said they felt better after the game, with Bishop passing the concussion protocol, with his minor headache lessening with time.

    “It didn’t feel very good, a little bit of a headache, but it’s gotten better as the game went on,’’ said Bishop, who reported he has never been diagnosed with a concussion. “No dizziness, but I felt a little weak after I got hit. Hopefully I’ll wake up (Friday) and feel good and be able to practice.’’

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg hopes to return to the lineup tonight. Pavel Datsyuk is still out with his leg injury and will miss his 12th straight game.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Matt Moulson left last night’s game in the third period after taking a slash/cross-check to the arm. They should know more today.
  • AP on ESPN: Predators Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and didn’t skate yesterday. The Preds play tonight and tomorrow.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Paul Stastny suffered an ankle injury. Update should come today.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Clarkson is still limited by elbow pain. David Alter: Clarkson still needs to have his stitches and staples removed from his elbow. Was to see team doctors again yesterday.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Bolland hopes to play before the Olympic break, but isn’t confident that it will happen. Coach Randy Carlyle said it’s “50-50″ that Bolland returns before the break.
  • Matthew Sekeres: Canucks Mike Santorelli will be out five to six months after having shoulder surgery. He is a pending UFA.
  • Mike Vogl: No update on Capitals Mikhail Grabovski as he’s not traveling with team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Derek Dorsett has been out with broken fibula since Jan. 3rd. It carries a four to six week recovery, so he should be ready to play after the Olympic break.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Nick Bonino is day-to-day. Boudreau thinks that he’ll be able to play before the Olympic break.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ready to go last night.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks Tom Sestito practice after only 35 minutes yesterday with what looked like a hip flexor issue.

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Injury Notes: Wild, Canucks, Wings, Sharks, Avs, Habs, Flames, Lightning, Isles, Jackets and Flyers

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery and will be out for at least a month.
  • Elliott Pap: James Duthie on TSN said that Roberto Luongo had an MRI on his ankle and that “early indications are not serious.” Dan Murphy: Hearing that the specialist has confirmed that there is no real damage to Luongo’s ankle. Sounding like he could be able to start skating once he’s pain free. Renaud Lavoie: Luongo should be out for seven to 14 days.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen has been cleared to practice. He’s been out with a concussion since Dec. 15th. He’s possible for the weekend.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Sharks Logan Couture has an injury issue, but sense is that he should be okay for the Olympics. David Pollak: Confirms that Couture has an injury. He’s basically been off the ice except for games. Pierre LeBrun: Couture will have surgery tomorrow on his hand and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Olympics are still a possibility.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Alex Tanguay skated this morning and the session went well. He is scheduled to skate again today.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Ryan White will be out two weeks.
  • Roger Millions: Flames David Jones suffered an eye injury on Friday and could be out for a while.
  • Mike Chambers: Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin is out with an ankle injury.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators Chris Neil will travel with the team, with hope that he’ll be ready by the end of the trip.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day. He said that he was originally hurt by a pregame shot and re-aggravated it when his stick got caught between Johnson’s legs.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula and J.T. Brown could return against the Jets. Brown’s right shoulder injury is more questionable.
  • Mike Heika: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov left last night’s game. He originally tried to stay in, but had to leave. NY Islanders: The Islanders put Nabokov on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Anders Nilsson on an emergency basis.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Carey Price confirmed he tweaked his groin a bit in the first.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Michael Raffl might return tonight.

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Free Agent Hits II: Blues and Capitals, Weiss, Filppula, Pietrangelo and Grabovski

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss and Valtteri Filppula all turned down the Blues.

    “We were a little bit less (than Detroit and Tampa Bay), but not a lot,” he said. “We didn’t low-ball anybody … we were certainly in the neighborhood that our offer was good enough if they wanted to be here.”

    Mikhail Grabovski could be option, but he doesn’t really fit the “play-maker” they are looking for.

  • Andy Strickland: The Blues wanted Weiss or Filppula. Not an easy sell to get a player to go to St. Louis compared to Detroit or Tampa Bay.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said he’s not concerned about a Alex Pietrangelo offer sheet. The new CBA protects teams from deals like Weber’s.
  • Chuck Gormly: Mikhail Grabovski could be an option for the Capitals.
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if Grabovski ended up in the KHL. He’d get a big payday there. Only a couple NHL fits left: Blues and Capitals.

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Free Agent Hits I: Weiss, Clarkson, Alfredsson, Filppula, Emery, Cullen, Ranger and Bozak

  • Jim Matheson: Hearing Stephen Weiss is looking for $6 million year.
  • Aaron Ward: David Clarkson met with the Oilers in Edmonton yesterday.
  • Craig Custance: The Red Wings are one of about six teams in on Valtteri Filppula. David Pagnotta: Filppula getting a lot of interest. Going to have a tough choice.
  • Pierre LeBrun: It’s looking like Ray Emery will be moving on from the Blackhawks. He’s looking for a No. 1 or No. 1A role. The Flyers could be the frontrunners.
  • Darren Dreger: Paul Ranger hasn’t ruled out returning to the NHL. Unlikely to decide by tomorrow. Many teams will be interested.
  • David Pagnotta: The Stars will be out of the Tyler Bozak running after adding Seguin, Peverley and Horcoff yesterday.

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Free Agent Hits III: Bozak, Filppula, Weiss, Alfredsson, Scuderi, Briere and the Predators

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars, Blues, Flames, Ducks and Red Wings are among the teams kicking tires on Tyler Bozak. The Leafs are still in it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Wings are still talking with Valtteri Filppula. LeBrun thinks that Stephen Weiss would be their No. 1 option.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger notes that Bozak negotiations could impact Phil Kessel as well. Does Kessel want to re-sign if Bozak goes?
  • Darren Dreger: Bozak is focused on re-signing with the Maple Leafs. Dallas could be a contender as they are looking for a center and Bozak and Jamie Benn are good friends.
  • Pierre LeBrun: A lot of teams reached out to Daniel Alfredsson yesterday. The Bruins were among the more aggressive teams. The Red Wings also called.
  • Will DePaoli: There is talk that Rob Scuderi wants play in the East and in a less hectic city. Still possible that he stays in LA though.
  • Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun thinks the three finalists for Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Canadiens.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators will once again be looking to add a forward through free agency.

    “We’ll try to get the best forward we can sign,” general manager David Poile said. “There will be certain characteristics that we will be looking for to get the best one at this position.”

    Some options include: Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Daniel Briere, Nathan Horton, Viktor Stalberg, Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder.

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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 II: Lecavalier, Zubrus, Briere, Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Flyers

  • L.A. Lariviere: The Ducks are said to be out of the Vincent Lecavalier sweepstakes as they are not willing to pay that much.
  • Tom Gulitti: Dainius Zubrus signed a 3-year, $9.1 million deal with the Devils.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders are among the teams interested in Daniel Briere. Will pick his finalists soon. “Wants a top-6 spot, wants to win.”
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs qualified Leo Komarov to retain his rights, even though he’ll be in the KHL next season. He’d be a UFA next year.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to meet with Daniel Cleary today. Valtteri Filppula wants to test the free agent waters. Talks with Damien Brunner have been ongoing. The Wings met with Vincent Lecavalier over the weekend. St. James thinks the Lecavalier will end up in Dallas. He’s believed to be looking for a 5 year, $25 million deal. Intriguing forwards could be Nathan Horton and David Clarkson. They haven’t made a decision on compliance buyouts yet. Candidates could be Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Tyler Bozak is looking for $5 million plus per season for as much as 8 years. The Leafs haven’t been told by Lecavalier that the are out. The Maple Leafs were in trade talks with the Hurricanes about the No. 5 pick. Rumors were that it would have cost them a young player and the No. 21 pick.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers are still looking for a goalie. They may have to scratch Ray Emery off their list. The Blackhawks did meet with Emery on Sunday night after the draft. They are confident that he can remain the Blackhawks as Crawford’s backup. The Islanders won’t be tolling Tim Thomas’contract, so he’ll be a UFA on Friday.

    “I think we’ve got to look at anything and everything to try and make our team better, and that includes goaltending,” general manager Paul Holmgren told the Daily News. “That includes both the free-agent and trade market.”

    Thomas not playing for a year would concern the Flyers. Other UFA options could be Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Ellis and Jose Theodore. The Flyers could look at the trade route. They were talking with the Oilers about Braydon Coburn and maybe Devan Dubnyk’s name was discussed. The Flyers made qualifying offers too Erik Gustafsson, Oliver Lauridsen, Eric Wellwood and Brandon Manning.

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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 ESPN.com 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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