Posts Tagged Yannick Weber

Morning Hits: Weber, LaBarbera, Booth, Winter Classic, Brown, Pominville, Murry and Brodeur

  • Pierre LeBrun: Canucks Yannick Weber and Oilers Jason LaBarbera cleared waivers.
  • George Richards: “David Booth says no place he’d rather be than Vancouver but admits he misses the success and lifestyle he led w/ #FlaPanthers”
  • Nick Cotsonika: About 30,000-40,000 people from Toronto are expected to be at the Winter Classic.
  • Travis Yost: (heading into last night’s games) “Dustin Brown and Jason Pominville have something kind of cool in common: they’ve been on the ice for one EV goal against. The entire season. To put Brown/Pominville into perspective: Eberle/RNH on ice for 20G against. Versteeg, 19G against. Spezza/Legwand/Chimera/+ 17G against.
  • Dustin Nielson: The Oilers scouting staff voted in favor of drafting Ryan Murray over Nail Yakupov.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tonight.

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Afternoon Hits: Baertschi, Weber, LaBarbera, Kuemper, Rome and Morin

  • Roger Millions: Sources saying that Flames coach Bob Hartley has reached his peak in frustration with Sven Baertschi. Looking like he’ll miss tonight’s game and maybe more.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canucks put Yannick Weber on waivers. The Oilers put Jason LaBarbera on waivers.
  • Mark Stepneski: The Stars have recalled Aaron Rome and assign Travis Morin to the AHL.

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Injuries and Starting Goalies: Sharp, Ruutu, Weber, Filppula, Green, Jets, Ducks, Blackhawks and Red Wings

  • James Duthie via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp has a fairly severe AC Joint shoulder separation and will be out for at least three weeks, could be a month. Chris Kuc via twitter: Coach Joel Quenneville said that Sharp will miss three to four weeks.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they hope to have Tuomo Ruutu medically cleared to return to practice by the 15th.
  • Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula said he’s not playing this weekend. Hopes to return next week in Calgary.

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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Canadiens, Flyers, Avalanche, Capitals, and Kings

  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said that with Eddie Lack being out six months, that it won’t have any impact on the Roberto Luongo trade talk. The Canucks will likely now have to get a backup in the trade, or find a free agent. Lack is expected to be Cory Schneider’s backup next season.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens wouldn’t mind adding a top 6 winger, and could offer up a blueliner to get one. The Wings, Kings, Senators, Wild, Oilers and Hurricanes are teams said to be looking for a defenseman. The Penguins, Flames, Devils and Sabres are also said to be offering up defensemen. Yannick Weber could find himself as the odd man out on the Canadiens blueline.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi wonders if Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will be patient and wait for Scott Hartnell’s return in four or five weeks, or will he go after a sniper like Ducks Bobby Ryan? The next two weeks will determine how they proceed. A 48 game schedule doesn’t allow you to wait too long.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche may be looking for a forward with Ryan O’Reilly still unsigned, Steve Downie out for season and Gabriel Landeskog status uncertain. One GM said on an offer sheet: ”If Nashville is going to match that offer to Shea Weber, what the [bleep's] the point of  doing one?” Capitals GM George McPhee on Saturday: ”We are not looking for help. We’re in no rush to move anybody.” Pierre LeBrun reported that Kings may part with Jonathan Bernier under the right circumstances. ESPNs Craig Custance reported that some teams have interest in Brent Sopel who is playing in the KHL. He’d have to clear waivers first if a team signed him. Friedman thinks that Phil Kessel is perfectly suited to play in Toronto. He doesn’t pay attention to the newspapers, sports radio, etc.

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Roster notes and Starting goalies: Sens, Sabres, Isles, Panthers, Stars, Leafs, Rangers, Flyers, Pens and Wild

  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs defesneman Mike Komisarek got a fibreglass chip in his eye at practice yesterday. (Won’t play tonight)
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Casey Cizikas will be in the lineup for Eric Boulton. Travis Hamonic is a game-time decision.
  • John Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Eller – Desharnais – Cole; Prust – Galchenyuk – Gallagher; Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Moen – White – Armstrong; Blunden out.
  • David Alter via twitter: Ryan Miller is first off the ice, and likely starter for the Sabres against the Maple Leafs tonight.

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State of the Montreal Canadiens: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Grant Webster

With the off season re-signing of top defenseman Andrei Markov and the addition of right winger Erik Cole to add size and grit up front, Montreal was anticipating a better year than last.  Young players Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller, P.K. Subban, and, of course, The Franchise Carey Price were all expected to continue to grow into consistent and effective performers.  Things were looking good in Montreal because the team remained almost entirely intact, the only major loss being veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik, but this was believed to have been offset by the return of two defensemen who were injured for much of last year (Markov and Josh Gorges), as well as the addition of young defenders Raphael Diaz and Alexei Emelin to add some offense and size, respectively.

Unfortunately, come February all team expectations have been missed and Montreal could realistically come away with a lottery pick.  Markov has yet to return from last season’s injury, veteran players aren’t performing, and the team can’t consistently win.  GM Pierre Gauthier has yet to throw in the towel, however, as his job likely depends on whether or not the team can get something going.  This begs the question, however, as to what Montreal will do between now and the trade deadline.  A number of needs have been missing for a few years in Montreal, the top of which is consistent scoring and a big, first line centre.  One can pine away for this addition every year around this time, but they don’t come often and cost a lot to trade for.  Drafting this type of player is a better plan.

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Sunday morning rumors and injuries: the Lightning, Canadiens, Weber, van Riemsdyk, Koivu, Skinner, DiPietro and NHL Sources Say Video

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning goalies Dwayne Roloson and Mathieu Garon have a combined GAA of 3.37. Some want the Lightning to trade for Evgeni Nabokov or Antero Niittymaki, or any other goalie who’ll be a UFA at the end of the year. Minor league goalie Dustin Tokarski is playing well in the AHL, but he’s not the answer right now. Trading for guys like Cory Schneider or Jonathan Bernier usually don’t happen during the season, and would cost a significant player/prospect and a high draft pick. In the offseason they could also look at free agent goalies like Brian Elliott and Josh Harding.
  • Toronto Sun: The Canadiens may not be done dealing. Defenseman Hal Gill has seen his ice time decrease as of late and may interest a cup contender who is looking for a big stay at home Dman. Forwards Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn will be UFAs at the end of the season. Defenseman Yannick Weber may get some interest someone who is looking to boost their PP.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Miller thinks it may cost the Flyers James van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and a top pick for Predators defenseman Shea Weber. The Preds would be aiming for that.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is out with a concussion. “James was hit in the head in each of our last two games,” Holmgren said in a statement.  “He reported yesterday  not feeling like himself.  He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.”
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu left last night’s game in the 1st period after taking a hit from Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka. Koivu appears to have a left shoulder injury. He left the arena with a sling on.
  • Brian Compton via twitter: Islanders Rick DiPietro is expected to miss 10 weeks after his sports hernia surgery. His knee also has swelling.
  • NHL Sources Say: Talk on next year’s Winter Classic, All-Star game captains and fantasy draft, Blues ownership situation, the Oilers rink situation, and Zach Parise.

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Predators talking to Rinne and Suter … Maple Leafs working phones … Wings-Kronwall talking … Kadri out 3-4 weeks … Another headshot

  • PIerre LeBrun of ESPN: A Western Conference team was interested in defenseman Bryan McCabe but he wasn’t interested. The Rangers are looking for a defenseman, but not McCabe. Predators GM David Poile met with the agents for both Pekka Rinne and Ryan Suter last week about a contract extension. They are aggressively trying to sign both. Weber can’t do an extension until January 1st. There haven’t been any talks between Drew Doughty and the Kings. LeBrun thinks the Kings will reach out to Newport Sports soon. The Leafs have been working the phones, Carl Gunnarsson and Tyler Bozak have been discussed but nothing is close as of last night. Talks between Niklas Kronwall the Red Wings are underway regarding a contract extension. Dreger is reporting that Kronwall is looking for a long-term, front loaded deal similar to Christian Ehrhoff’s. On front-loaded deals the Sabres have been handing out: “I’m sorry, but that’s killing this industry,” one NHL GM, requesting anonymity, told “We have to stop those front-loaded contracts in the next system.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have been working on their power play, trying to find someone to replace Andrei Markov. “In the absence of Markov, we’re trying to find someone to quarterback our power play on the first unit (and) we’re experimenting with a forward in that position.” Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban were on the first unit yesterday. Andrei Kostitsyn and Yannick Weber (switching with Raphael Diaz) were on the second unit.
  • Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports: Christopher Moorhouse was taken into custody by the London Police as the suspect in throwing a banana at Wayne Simmonds during an exhibition game. London’s Police Chief said that Moorhouse “has been charged with engaging in a prohibited activity on a premises under the trespass to property act.” It’s a provincial statute that could result in a fine of “not more than $2,000.”
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks forward Ben Smith took a shoulder to the head from Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. Ben Smith will undergo more concussion tests today. Viktor Stalberg left the game with a leg injury and Quenneville added it’s “probably not good, either.”

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Morning news and rumors involving Ehrhoff, Montador, Oshie, Maple Leafs, Wisniewski, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Sens

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: After the Sabres acquired the rights to Christian Ehrhoff, they sent the rights to Steve Montador to the Blackhawks for a conditional 2012 or 2013 7th round draft pick.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Islanders reportedly offered Christian Ehrhoff a 6 year deal worth close to $33 million before his rights were moved on.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: An official announce should come later this morning, but the Blues and TJ Oshie have reached an agreement on a deal, possibly for 1 year.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have shown interest in UFAs, Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff, Scottie Upshall, and Max Talbot.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: On James Wisniewski’s rights being sent to Columbus.

    “I called James and his response was ‘Let’s go. We’re going,’” Zito said. “His level of enthusiasm for (Columbus) was pretty high.

    “I grabbed a shirt and shoes and flew to Detroit (from Chicago) to meet him last night. Then we flew together to Columbus and got here around midnight. So here we are. I look forward to meeting with the guys and seeing what they’re thinking.”

    Both sides are expected to meet around 8:30 this morning. Zito wouldn’t say the term and money they are seeking.

  • Rob Rossi and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sources are saying the Penguins have offered Jaromir Jagr a 1 year deal worth $2 million. As of last night they still hadn’t heard back from him. The Red Wings and Canadiens have made offers to Jagr as well. Jagr was to land in the US late yesterday afternoon, but after 6 pm, Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda was not returning messages. The Penguins are about $6 million below the cap, but would like to keep $1.5 million free for in-season moves. Aaron Asham signed last night for 1 year, $775,000. GM Ray Shero still hopes to re-sign Tyler Kennedy and Michael Rupp by Friday.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Montreal Canadiens will have some extra cash to spend tomorrow as Roman Hamrlik rejected their 1 year offer, and James Wisniewski rights were sent to Columbus. After Yannick Weber signed a 2 year deal worth $1.7 million, the Canadiens have 17 players under contract with a cap hit of just over $50 million. They still need to sign Josh Gorges, Ryan White, another forward and a backup goalie. Players that could interest the Canadiens are: Michael Rupp, Tyler Kennedy, Aaron Asham, Ville Leino, Ben Eager, Michael Handzus and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Winnipeg Jets probably won’t be able to land a big name, but here is a list of players that could fit the mould of someone they might be interested in: Max Talbot, Joel Ward, Sean Bergenheim, Chris Higgins, Jonathan Ericsson, Cody McCormick, Vernon Fiddler, Rick Rypien, Shane Hnidy, Jason Jaffray.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators would like to sign a player who could play on their top 2 lines and a backup goalie.

    “There will be a couple of guys we will discuss, and there might be the same type of situation that, after Day 1 or Day 2 or Day 3, the guy that we like hasn’t signed yet and is wondering what’s going to happen with himself, and may be very willing to come to a younger team, that he may feel he has a real good chance to get a good spot and produce.

    “We need probably three goalies in the organization. we need a backup here, we need a backup in Binghamton, and we need a fifth guy. So right now, that’s been the talk here between our staff. But we’ve also looked at guys that are young and we think have Top 6 forward potential, but we have to see where it all plays out on Day 1 and Day 2.”

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Lapierre re-signs with Canucks … Kopecky’s rights sent to Panthers … Some received qualifying offers, others didn’t

  • Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Maxim Lapierre has re-signed with the Canunks, a 2 year deal worth $2 million. Jannik Hansen and Victor Oreskovich received qualifying offers from the Canucks. Lee Sweatt did not received a qualifying offer.
  • Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks sent the rights to Tomas Kopecky to the Panthers for a 2012 or 2013 7th round pick. The 2012 pick is conditional to the Predators. Kopecky is coming off a 2 year, $2.4 million deal and is a UFA.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Benoit Pouliot, Alexandre Picard, Tom Pyatt, Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd were not given qualifying offers by the Canadiens. GM Pierre Gauthier had tried to trade Pouliot and Pyatt at the draft but came up empty. They sent qualifying offers to Josh Gorges, Yannick Weber, Ryan White, Mathieu Carle, Ryan Russell, Frederic St. Denis and Kyle Klubertanz.
  • Ken Beckett via twitter: Tyler Bozak, Luca Caputi, Matt Lashoff, Clarke MacArthur, Luke Schenn, Greg Scott and Ben Scrivens were qualified by the Maple Leafs.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Brian Elliott and Phillipe Dupuis did not receive qualifying offers from the Avalanche. With Peter Budaj not under contract for next season, the Avs will be after a goalie. Dater thinks the Avs will have Tomas Vokoun at the top of their goalie wish-list. They may need to sign 2 goalies as Calvin Pickard probably isn’t ready yet. They could make an offer to Josh Harding, who missed last season with a knee injury. Ryan O’Bryne, Kyle Cumiskey, Kevin Porter, David Jones, TJ Galiardi and Ryan WIlson were qualified.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Desjardins, Stalock received new contracts from the Sharks. McGinn, Ferriero, McCarthy, McLaren received qualifying offers from the Sharks. Schaus, Hutton, Davis, Henderson, Loprieno, Swift did not receive qualifying offers from the Sharks.

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Free agent updates involving Jagr, Doughty, Tanguay, Selanne, Bryzgalov, the Canadiens and Red Wings

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Multiple sources confirmed that Jaromir Jagr approached the Pittsburgh Penguins about a possible return. The Red Wings, Rangers, Capitals and Canadiens are also of interest to Jagr. The Penguins may be open to the idea, the Pens were waiting for Jagr to contact them. The Penguins have 17 players under contract at $55.5 million.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have 15 players under contract for next year after the signings of Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. Andrei Markov’s side and GM Pierre Gauthier are still working on a deal and will meet at the draft. The Canadiens will have about $20.3 million available with the cap going up to about $64 million. Yannick Weber’s signing should be announced soon. They should have plenty of space available after Markov and Josh Gorges are signed to add a top 6 forward.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they continue to negotiate with Jonathan Ericsson. They will decide in the next 10 days whether to offer a contract to Ruslan Salei. Rookie Brendan Smith will be given every opportunity to make the team. On trade talks, “We’ve received a few calls over the last week or so,” Holland said of potential trade opportunities. “Teams out there know we have a need on defense and we have cap space.” Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula could be dangled. If they go the free agent route, Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo, James Wisniewski, Joni Pitkanen and Ed Jovanovski could be options.
  • Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: The Calgary Flames would like to bring winger Alex Tanguay back, but there are large difference between the two sides, “it’s money” according to GM Jay Feaster. He’s likely looking for a big raise from the $1.7 million he made last year.

    “Well, I’d like to think we can (sign him). But we’re not where we need to be, and there’s still a lot of work to be done,” Feaster said. “We’ll have to see where it goes.

    “I think the fact we’re talking is a good thing.”

    Feaster has talked with other teams about moving up or down in the draft.

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Teemu Selanne is still silent on whether he’ll return next season or retire. He’s said for months that he’ll decide by July 1st.
  • Tim Rohan of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Ilya Bryzgalov talks,

    “Well, we would like that to get resolved at some point,” Holmgren said Monday on a conference call. “There is still enough time after the draft to get a deal done. The important thing is that there was progress made when Ilya [Bryzgalov] and his agent, Ritch Winter, were in town. I don’t see any reason why that’s not going to continue.

    “I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t really give you a definitive answer. There is enough progress, which kind of gives me hope, anyway, that we can make a deal at some point.”

    Holmgren added that at some point there needs to be a compromise on years and amount. TSN is reporting that the salary cap will be set at $64 million with the floor being $48 million. After July 1st, teams are able to go over the salary cap by 10%. Holmgren would also like to re-sign Ville Leino.

  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Drew Doughty’s contract negotiations,

    I went up there (to Toronto) four weeks ago and opened up the dialogue (with agent Don Meehan). It was very clear, at that time, where it looked like it was headed. We came back and did our planning, looked at our options and what we could offer him, looked at the market, went to the GM meetings and then I flew up to Toronto from those meetings for another meeting (with Meehan). When you have the first meeting, you’re kind of laying the ground rules or whatever. This one was a little more focused. Things become clearer and we say, `OK, if this is going to get done, this is probably where it needs to be.’ Then I think we made a very serious offer to him this past week. I’m hoping to really push this forward at the draft.”

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Kaberle to Bruins close, B’s looking at secondary deal … Rangers interested in Kuba … ‘Hawks close on minor deal … Habs interested in Klesla and Huselius

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: “It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.” The Bruins are working on another deal to create some cap space. Blake Wheeler and his $2.2 million salary could be moved out and he’s drawing some interest. The Leafs should be both a buyer and seller as they continue to believe they have a shot at the playoffs. The Leafs are expected to talk to Clarke MacArthur’s side to see what it would take to do an extension. Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to add a forward and a defenseman.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty the reports that the package the Leafs might be receiving is Blake Wheeler and draft pick. The Bruins are also rumored to be discussing sending Mark Stuart to the Blackhawks for a draft pick.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Brian Burke said reports that Tomas Kaberle is going to the Bruins is not accurate, talking to multiple teams.
  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: In theory the Bruins could take on salary now and shed the salary in the summer, dealing picks and prospects to get their coveted puck moving defenseman.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: With the Bruins looking at Tomas Kaberle, Eric Brewer, Ron Hainsey, and Zach Bogosian; Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler could be on their way out. Stuart has been a healthy scratch lately and will be a UFA at the end of the year, Wheeler will be a RFA.
  • George Richards via twitter: Stephen Weiss suggested he would waive his no-movement clause if the Panthers didn’t want him anymore. He has not talked to management, nor been asked to waive his no-movement clause.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will get Brad Stuart back tonight, Valtteri Filppula back next week, and possibly Mike Modano in 2 week. These are some of the reasons as to why GM Ken Holland indicated they may not make any trades by the deadline.

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