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NHL Video: Flyers Zac Rinaldo Suspended For An Illegal Check To The Head

Philadelphia Flyers Zac Rinaldo was suspended for four games for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres Chad Ruhwedel.

Do you think the suspension was enough? Should he have received more than four games?

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NHL Video: Flyers Zac Rinaldo Gets Match Penalty For Hit On Chad Ruhwedel

Flyers Zac Rinaldo received a match penalty for his hit on Sabres Chad Ruhwedel.

Rinaldo has a hearing this morning, how many games do you think he’ll get?

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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates, Line Combos and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said that his leg felt “a lot better” today.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings put Johan Franzen on the IR after he experienced some concussion symptoms.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings activate Joakim Andersson from the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Travis Hamonic on the IR and recall Matt Donovan.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is back on the wing. Brayden Schenn is at center. Steve Downie skating with the third line. Michael Raffl moved down to the fourth line.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Zac Rinaldo is not wearing a no-contract jersey today. Anthony SanFilippo: Rinaldo is skating but did not take part in line rushes. He could still play though.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Mark Stone skated by himself yesterday. He’s progressing but not ready to practice with the team. Coach Paul MacLean is hopeful that Stone can return before the Olympic break.
  • Don Brennan: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips suffered a minor injury and will be kept out of the lineup tonight.
  • Kristen Odland: Flames Mike Cammalleri (concussion) skated this morning.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty/Desharnais/Gallagher Eller/Plekanec/Gionta Leblanc/Brière/Bourque Moen/Bournival/Parros.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin Raymond-Holland-Bodie Ashton-McClement-Orr. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Gleason-Franson, Gardiner-Rielly.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Andersson-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Cleary-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons, Jokinen-Malkin-Neal, Glass-Sutter-Megna, Pyatt-Adams-Engelland.
  • Allen Panzeri: Senators lines: Condra-Zibanejad- Conacher Michalek-The Franchise-Greening Ryan- Turris-MacArthur Smith-Da Costa-Neil.
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers.
  • David Alter: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Joe Yerdon: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Don Brennan: Curtis McElhinney will start in get for the Blue Jackets.
  • Ken Wiebe: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.
  • Katie Carrera: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.

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Morning Hits: Senators, Panthers, Blues, Flyers, Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets and Rangers

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Looking at if “every team in the league would take that guy right now,” for the Senators. Craig Anderson – probably not. Jason Spezza – no. If he’s not on your top two lines, he’s not on your team. Bobby Ryan – maybe as a right winger, but would unseat Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in Chicago. Kyle Turris – maybe as a 3rd or 4th liner. Erik Karlsson – for sure. Chris Neil – absolutely. Zack Smith – possibly. Jared Cowen – maybe, maybe not. Marc Methot – maybe, maybe not. Clark MacArthur – yes.
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers are saying they are losing over $20 million a year and need more public money to survive. They are looking to redo their lease with Broward County. They also want to create a hotel and casino on the 22 acres north of the BB&T arena.

    “This organization has lost between $20 [million] and $30 million on an annual basis,” Yormark said, “and those dollars have been funded by our owners.”

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues signed Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings have recalled Riley SheahanAnsar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that if Darren Helm isn’t ready for Saturday, he’d like to have Sheahan in at center. Wants to keep Justin Abdelkader on the wing.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks recall John Gibson and send Frederik Andersen to the AHL.
  • ESPN Chicago: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Winnipeg Sun Sports: The Jets have Dustin Byfulgien on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.

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Morning Hits: Flyers, Sedin’s, Vokoun, Rinaldo, Theodore, Senators and Kuznetsov

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: There have been rumors that the Flyers are looking to move a defenseman. They’ve been impressed with the play of Hal Gill, and have currently nine defenseman in camp. Erik Gustafsson would have to clear waivers and they really like him. GM Paul Holmgren on if there have been any trade talks.

    “I’ve had conversations with people, but are they specifically asking (about defensemen)? No,” Holmgren said. “This time of year, you always ask questions like ‘What are you looking for?’ and ‘What do you need?’ It’s just general talk.

    “This time of year, waivers everyday, there’s a lot of teams slipping guys down to the minors that way. It’s a critical time for every team as they try to fill out their roster.”

    It’s unlikely that the Flyers are interested in UFA Simon Gagne.

  • Nick Kypreos: New contracts for Henrik and Daniel Sedin could be in place by the start of the season if Canucks ownership accept the latest proposal.
  • Allan Walsh: Comments made by Tomas Vokoun to Czech media were not reported accurately. He is feeling good and will begin light workouts next week. After meeting with doctors and the Penguins, a timeline for his return to action will made.
  • Tim Panaccio: Was told not to expect any supplementary discipline for Zac Rinaldo regarding an elbow he threw last night.
  • Igor Eronko: Reports that Jose Theodore signed a one-year deal with Omsk.
  • Joe Yerdon: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said they are over budget.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Evgeny Kuznetsov won’t be conscripted into the Russian army despite an Army official saying it was possible.

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Injury Notes: Thorburn, McLaren, Rinaldo and Brown

  • Ken Wiebe: Jets forward Chris Thorburn has an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.
  • Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren had an MRI last night to determine severity of pinky finger injury.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are being cautious with Dustin Brown, first game action could be the 27th-28th in Vegas.

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Morning Hits: Oilers Yakupov, Eberle and Smyth … Busy offseason for Preds … Flyers sign two … video: Lowe apologizes

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman suggested in his 30 Thoughts column that the Oilers might be willing to trade Nail Yakupov. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggested that one of Yakupov and Jordan Eberle could be traded. If the Oilers are going to trade one of Yakupov or Eberle, Willis thinks that they should move Eberle, as Yakupov has a higher upside.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s time for Oilers Ryan Smyth to hang them up. He does have one year left at $2.25 million. They could buy him out or tell him he’ll only play 40-50 games next season, possibly in a reduced role.

     “I’m under their contract. I can’t sit here and speculate what they’re going to do. I can still help the team,” Smyth said.

    Smyth hasn’t scored in 26 games.

    “He’s been a warrior, a great warrior,” said the scout, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But when he picks them (this feet) up and puts them down now, they come down in the same spot.

    “I don’t know if he’s got the legs anymore.”

    Smyth isn’t sure if it’s time to hang them up yet.

    “I don’t think of that (quitting). I know I have some life left in me. I can help in different areas,” Smyth said.

    “I’m playing a different role and it makes me think of defensive play more than the offensive zone. I’m trying to be an all-around player.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators could have a busy offseason.

    “I think you have to put everything in perspective, exactly where we are,” Trotz said. “You have to be realistic in everything that we do. Let’s not sugarcoat it. We want to be a top-level team. We have to go there. We’re going to have to do what’s necessary to do that.

    “Obviously (GM David Poile) has a game plan. It’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on it, but I know we’re going to have to have a very busy summer and make sure we fill holes. I know he has a game plan for that. When he wants to divulge that game plan, we’ll unleash him on you I guess.”

    The Predators could have close to $22 million in cap space, with only Patric Hornqvist and Roman Josi as their only main free agents.

  • The Flyers signed forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill to two-year contracts. Tim Panaccio: Rinaldo’s deal has a cap hit of $675,000. Rosehill has a cap hit of $750,000.
  • Oilers president Kevin Lowe apologizes for his comments about their fans.

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Quick hits: Lecavalier, JF Jacques, waivers, Hillen, Gardiner, Rinaldo, Redden and Leino

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Vincent Lecavalier is playing in his 1,000th game today. He’s the 5th former #1 pick to play 1,000 games with his drafting team. Mike Modano, Gilbert Perreault, Denis Potvin and Chris Phillips are the 4 other players.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner said he feels 100% and he hope to be back in the lineup later this week.

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NHL Injury notes: Leino, Rinaldo, Fowler, Red Wings and Carcillo

  • ESPN: Sabres Ville Leino missed yesterday’s game against the Flyers and is day to day with a lower-body injury. The Sabres play the Maple Leafs tonight.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers Zac Rinaldo took 20 stitches above  his right knee. Not known if he’ll be available for Tuesday.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Cam Fowler (out with the flu) practiced yesterday. Expects to play today against the Flames.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is “questionable” for their game against the Blue Jackets after slamming into the boards, hurting his right shoulder. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson has a sore groin and the Wings will call up Tom McCollum. Jan Mursak will go on the IR with a collarbone injury to make room on the roster for McCollum. Mursak will have a CT scan tomorrow, and he could be out a couple weeks. If Bertuzzi’s test reveal he has mono, he’ll be out a month. If it’s the flu, he’ll be out a week. Patrick Eaves, who has been out for more than a year with a concussion, said  “I’m ready to go.”
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo will be out about 4 weeks after suffering a right knee injury on Saturday. It was Carcillo’s first game since have major surgery on his left knee last January. Brandon Saad will replace Carcillo in the lineup, and could be on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

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NHL and NHLPA to meet again today … Alfie considering Europe … Ovi to KHL … Flyers to AHL … Vanderbeek keeps control

  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Yesterday’s informal meetings were “to try and find a way to bridge the gaps” according to Don Fehr. Aaron Ward via twitter: In attendance yesterday were Bettman, Daly, D.Fehr, S.Fehr, Konopka, Hainsey, Regehr.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: A 50-50 revenue split looks and sounds fair, but a 7% drop for the players equates to $33 million per percentage point, $231 million total.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Homgren said yesterday that Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood, and Zac Rinaldo could play for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL if there is a lockout.
  • Lisa Hillary of CSN Philly: Alex Ovechkin confirmed he’ll head to the KHL if there is a lockout. Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk have already said the same.

    “Mainly I think it’s going to be a lot of additional marketing potential for the league and hockey itself as a game,” KHL vice president Ilya Kochevrin told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “The stars bring additional attention … to a lot of people who probably don’t consider hockey the sport of choice.

    “I think as a marketing tool it’s a great opportunity.”

    No Flyers have made firm plans, but Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell have expressed interest in Finland, Danny Briere will stay in the area, and Ilya Bryzgalov needs to discuss with his family first what will be the best for them.

  • Josh Kosman of NY Post: Devils owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek has reached an agreement with the lenders that will allow him to control the team for at least 2 years. The NHL agreed to a multi-million dollar advance on licensing that allowed Vanderbeek to secure a loan that would put off repayment for 24 months.
  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: The Bruins have signed Brad Marchand to a 4 year, $18 million contract extension, a $4.5 million salary cap hit. He’ll make $3 million this year.

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