Sunday notes on Pietrangelo, Staal, Oilers, Lightning, Senators, Cleary, Coyotes, Leafs and Canucks

  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo left in the 2nd period after being hit face first into the boards by Dwight King. He’ll be evaluated over tonight and an update should be given today.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: From officiating supervisor Kay Whitmore on King’s hit:

    Question: As far as the aftermath, Pietrangelo being cut, did that warrant a five-minute major?
    WHITMORE: “In these situations, if a player is cut to the face, and it’s visible right away, instantly, they’ll call a major … in most cases. In this case, they didn’t see the cut, the small cut, under his chin from what I’ve been told until up to a minute or so after when they were over by the bench. So it was a delay, a period of time that went by, and it’s tough for them to go over and say, ‘It’s a major now’ … because they didn’t see it after the scrum. He got off the ice. There was no visible blood. If it was running down his forehead or his cheek, it’s automatic. It’s a major game-misconduct. In this instance, they didn’t see it initially right away. They didn’t see the blood running down his chin, in his beard … one of those things.”

  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Should the Oilers trade the 1st overall pick for Jordan Staal? (Poll: 141-No, 80-Yes) Speculation out there is that Staal could become available for the right price. Staple’s:

    Staal is a big, strong and fairly aggressive two-way centre, still in his prime, capable of playing the toughest minutes. He won’t come cheap, but he’ll likely be worth the money over the next six or seven years if he can stay healthy.

    He is exactly the kind of player the Oilers need at centre, giving the team an excellent one-two punch with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. While the Oilers have been a weak team, the thought of playing with wingers like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky might be enticing for Staal. He’d certainly have a bigger role here.

  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning need to acquire a long-term goalie this offseason. They were acquiring assets in hope that they could do a deal with the Canucks for Cory Schneider, but now it appears that Schneider is staying. Roberto Luongo is expected to submit a list to Canucks with teams he’d be willing to accept a trade too, and the Lightning are expected to be on it. 10 years left on his deal may be too much of the Lightning, especially with Vinny Lecavalier’s contract, unless he’s apart of the deal. So their may not be a match for the Lightning and Canucks. Other possibilities could be: Tim Thomas (1 year left on contract), Tomas Vokoun (UFA), Jonathan Bernier, Josh Harding, Anders Lindback and Riku Helenius.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said they need to add a defenseman and maybe a top 6 forward to play with Kyle Turris.

    “Our goaltending was really solid, we’ve got depth there, no question some decisions have to be made on the blueline. Offensively on the blueline, we’re really good,” said Murray. “We have to find out if one of these (UFAs) we have will come back and be solid or do we have to go get another guy? Up front, we’re always looking for somebody to step in and score goals. That line with (captain Daniel Alfredsson) played with Turris, if we had one more guy that could score consistently or be a 20-to-25 goal scorer would make our team different.”

    Erik Karlsson may be looking for a deal in the $6.5-7.5 million per season range.

    “I’m not worried about Erik. We’ll get a deal done. It’s not going to be hurried up by any means,” he said. “We’ll talk over the next few weeks, probably to his agent to start. There’s no immediate demand. We’re not playing for awhile.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Danny Cleary will under knee surgery this week. He now wishes he had surgery on it last November is it got progressively worse over the season. The surgery will fix “significant issues — tears, loose cartilage, bone-on-bone, lot of fluid. The buildup of fluid was a major issue. I’m hoping to get it resolved.”
  • Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic: Glendale’s chief negotiator told City Council last week that any deal to keep the Coyotes in Glendale will require millions of taxpayers money each year, and taking on the costs of managing the arena. It’s not the type of deal Glendale had envisioned when they built the arena.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: If the Maple Leafs and Cancuks talk about Roberto Luongo, and the Canucks had to take back a bad contract, they may rather have Matthew Lombardi over Mike Komisarek. Lou Lamoriello told Simmons that Zach Parise isn’t going anywhere, but others think he’ll sign with another team that has a chance at the cup.


  1. JoonasJ86

    04/29/2012 at 2:40 pm

    Simmons, “chance at the cup”. Like which team? Minnesota like people guesses? I know it looks bad in NJ at the moment, 2nd round in the playoffs so far and with quality prospects brewing in Josefson, Merrill and Wedgewood. Almost every column or interview i see from Simmons it just makes me wanna smack the guy.

  2. Wunschkind89

    04/29/2012 at 7:50 pm

    Of course they’d want Lombardi. He only has one year left, while Komisarek has 2, and both at the same cap hit. Considering Luongo has 10 years left, I think Komisarek is a fair ‘bad contract’ return.

  3. rob

    04/30/2012 at 12:45 am

    Jordan Stall is coming to the New York Rangers next year in a trade for defensemen that Pittsburg desperately need. Will probably be something like Marc Stall, Anton Stralman and one of these guys: Tim Erixson, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Sauer, Steve Eminger, Stu Bickel, or Jeff Woywitka. Rangers are HUGE on defensemen this season and need an up-front point man, especially for the anemic power play. Only untouchable Ranger defensemen are Michael Del Zotto (+20), who looks like another Brian Letch, Ryan McDonagh (+25), and probably Dan Giradi (+13).

    Pittsburg might also ask for a highly capable third line center as part of the deal in which case they could get Artem Anisimov (+12) or Brandon Dubinsky (+16) along with Marc Stall, a defenseman from the above list, and a high level draft pick.

  4. DW

    04/30/2012 at 8:07 am

    Rob, do you honestly think the Penguins are going to do a second rate deal like that when the talk for Staal is a# 1 pick? Sorry to bust your bubble, but if the Rangers called Shero with that kind of offer he would probably laugh hysterically before hanging up the phone. Not to mention we would be trading a future star to a conference rival ….. Not going to happen.

  5. rob

    04/30/2012 at 10:56 am

    An unproven draft pick is much less of a substantial offer. The Ranger defense is the best in the league and they are proving it. Pittsburg needs defense more than they need a draft pick. As for bubbles bursting, where is your lowly team today? Rangers are going to the cup finals, for sure. And they are going there because of their expert defense. You can take that to the bank…

  6. Randy Heath

    04/30/2012 at 2:11 pm

    The only defense that the Penguins would trade Jordan Staal to the Rangers for is Lundqvist. Del Zotto was available last year for a 2nd Round Pick and nobody wanted him. Opinions on complimentary players change every year but star players command a high price, especially when they haven’t demanded a trade. The only way Staal gets traded for prospects is if he acts like Rick Nash and demands out of Pittsburgh. All 30 teams want a Jordan Staal on their team. Even the #1 overall pick from Edmonton would not be enough. The trade would have to be expanded for it to happen. Next thing we will hear is that Crosby is going to the Rangers for Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Brandon Dubinsky and a First Round Draft Choice so that the league can market him better. Won’t happen either.

  7. hotwings

    04/30/2012 at 2:52 pm

    j.staal isnt the second coming of sliced bread… the 1st from edmonton would be enough… unlikely trade to happen though…

    it will be interesting to see what happens in pittsburgh.. fleury and the d looked horrible in the playoffs… crosby.. who knows.. he is awesome, but his awkward ‘i dont like them’ comments made the whole series into a circus to go along with all the shitty hockey they were playing..

  8. Wunschkind89

    04/30/2012 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t actually support this idea, but it is kind of an interesting thought. Why not shop Crosby? The team was unbeatable without him, and they could use the cap space.

    It’s kinda stupid because when he’s healthy, he’s the best in the game easily. But, at the same time it makes some sense.

    I’m sure there’s a stupid team out there who would love to trade away 5 1st round picks and empty the farm for him.

  9. rob

    04/30/2012 at 6:47 pm

    Stahl is coming to the Rangers. Pittsburg wants Ranger defensemen and New York needs a 70 point center man. It makes perfect sense. They get three very good young defensemen for Stahl, the Rangers get Stahl and trade Gaborik to unload his salary. How many Ranger games have you watched this year? They lead the league in blocked shots. They are among the very best plus/minus ratios in the league.