- Tony Marinaro via twitter: A string of tweets regarding Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov’s injury:
“Andrei Markov Breaking News Again: Next week, Andrei Markov will undergo surgery to his right knee.”
“As I reported NOV 16: partial tear ACL graft rt knee, large radial tear lateral meniscus, bone contusions & mod. knee joint effusion.”
“The surgery will be performed in Birmingham, Alabama by Dr James Andrews, arguably the most renowned orthopedic surgeon in the world.”
“Dr James Andrews, has treated thousands of athletes. Andrei Markov, could be out as long as 1 year but is expected to make a full recovery.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Markov’s agent, Don Meehan, say’s they’ll meet with the Canadiens doctor tomorrow to go over options, with surgery a possibility.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia Flyers are currently $700,000 under the salary cap, but with Michael Leighton and his $1.55 million cap number returning to the team in less than a week, they’ll have to make a move. Brian Boucher ($925,000) or Leighton (unlikely) could be sent to the AHL, Ian Laperriere ($1.67 million) or Matt Walker ($1.7 million) could be put on LTIR.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Several teams would be interested in trading for Ottawa Senators defenseman Brian Lee (cleared waivers) but they’d want the Sens to take back similar money, $875,000.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown has a badly broken finger after blocking a shot on Tuesday, and could be out 4 to 6 weeks if he requires surgery. John Mitchell will likely take Brown’s spot on the 4th line. Colby Armstrong practiced but could still be a few days away. JS Giguere will likely be back on Saturday.
- Jeff Klein of the NY Times: Sean Avery will join the New York Rangers top line tonight with Marian Gaborik and Erik Christensen. Tortorella wants to take advantage of Avery’s speed and forechecking skills.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Russo thinks that Mikael Grunland, Minnesota’s 2010 1st round pick will head over to North America next season.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Bruins are under the salary cap and won’t have to move anyone for the moment. Dater thinks they won’t move Blake Wheeler when they have to clear some cap space.
- From a High School game ….