Morning notes on Penner, Kesler, Hodgson, Maple Leafs, Hossa, Cammalleri, Bobrovsky, Gragnani, Beauchemin, Foster and NHL Sources Say video

  • 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.
  • A couple days old but …. NHL Sources Say involving the Stars, Predators and Blue Jackets


  1. Jeff

    10/18/2011 at 8:59 am

    Would be exciting for Maple Leafs fans, if they were to package together 3 or 4 players for one forward with significant 1st line all-star upside. Those guys are so hard to find, but you dont have 15-20 scouts at all of your games if you arent trying to make moves.


    10/18/2011 at 10:01 am

    any thoughts on the possibility of the leafs moving schenn for a top 3 forward?

  3. Jeff

    10/18/2011 at 10:06 am

    Guys that are at the top of the league in hits and blocks are very very rare to find. Especially at his age. I would be very surprised to see him traded, even with his limited ice time this past week.

  4. joe

    10/18/2011 at 10:07 am

    I believe i read on this website, that the Jackets might be looking to move a young forward?

  5. Mark Easson

    10/18/2011 at 10:07 am

    I don’t see it happening, but I woud definitely consider it for the right top 3. A legit guy, not someone who would be on the Leafs top 3 just because he’s better than Lupul or Connolly/Bozak. That is saying that Kessel’s line is the top line over Grabo line.

  6. Mark Easson

    10/18/2011 at 10:13 am

    Joe … I think Jeff Carter’s status may put that on hold for a bit.

  7. Wunschkind89

    10/18/2011 at 10:58 am

    Hopefully the Leafs package Bozak. Love the guy, but not his decision-making. He’s too much of a pass-first, shoot-fourth type of player–not dangerous at all.

    I also don’t like Brenden Morrow’s age.