Morning notes on Penner, Kesler, Hodgson, Maple Leafs, Hossa, Cammalleri, Bobrovsky, Gragnani, Beauchemin, Foster and NHL Sources Say video
- Updated: October 18, 2011
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: Kings forward Dustin Penner left practice early yesterday and was to have his injured knee examined. Penner bruised his knee when he fought Zac Rinaldo, who had laid out Drew Doughty with a hard check.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: With center Ryan Kesler scheduled to return to the Canucks lineup tonight, Cody Hodgson finds himself moved over to right wing on a line with Kesler and Chris Higgins.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: 17 teams were scouting the Maple Leafs – Avalanche game last night, including: “Bruins, Stars, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Canucks, Islanders, Jets, Ducks, Lightning, Coyotes, Rangers, Predators, Capitals, Hurricanes, Canadiens and Senators.” One Maple Leaf executive on TV reports that the Leafs were interested in Stars Brendan Morrow, “Where do (they) get this stuff?”
- Ben Meyer-Abbott of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks are hopeful that Marian Hossa will be able to go tonight against the Coyotes. He missed Friday’s practice, Saturday’s game, and yesterday’s practice with an upper body injury.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri could be back in the lineup on Thursday against the Penguins. Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek could be out 10-14 days with bruised ribs.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Sergei Bobrovsky could get his first start of the season tonight against the Senators. A final decision won’t be made until after the morning skate. Barring an injury, Bobrovsky is expected to play about 20 games this year.
- Miguel Rodriguez of the Buffalo News: There isn’t a guarantee that Marc-Andre Gragnani will play in his hometown against the Canadiens according to Sabres Lindy Ruff. Jochen Hecht was cleared for contact last week after suffering a concussion in training camp, but the Sabres are taking a cautious approach with him.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: (after taking a puck to the head last night) Ducks TV announcers said that Francois Beauchemin had a compression cut above his eye, and that his shield likely saved his eye.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks defenseman Kurtis Foster has completed his AHL conditioning assignment. His goal is to show Randy Carlyle that he’s ready for Friday.
- Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames center Brendan Morrison is ready to return to the lineup and was centering a line with Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque at yesterday’s practice.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will score between 20 and 25 goals this year.
- A couple days old but …. NHL Sources Say involving the Stars, Predators and Blue Jackets