Afternoon Hits: Miller, Moulson, Stamkos, Zetterberg, Grabovski, JVR, Isles, Lines and Goalies

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Regarding Ryan Miller ... Rutherford thinks the Blues are interested, but no reason to believe something is imminent.
  • Josh Yohe: Sabres Matt Moulson: “People have been trading me since the day I showed up in Buffalo. It’s out of my control.”
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos had off-ice rehab today.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg tweaked his back and is day-to-day.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich gets a maintenance day. Mikhail Grabovski is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Sky Kerstein: Coach Adam Oates said that he expects Laich to play tomorrow and Grabovski to miss the game.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders activate Lubomir Visnovksy and Evgeni Nabokov from the IR and return Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson to the AHL.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Trevor Smith and Dave Bolland both practiced today in no-contact jerseys.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs James van Riemsdyk left practice with an apparent injury. Seemed to tweak something in his leg. James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle said that Phil Kessel and van Riemsdyk have been nursing injuries injuries lately.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs Peter Holland hasn’t played much wing, but he’s willing to try. Leafs will have an extra center when Dave Bolland is able to return.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Megna Pyatt-Adams-Engelland (Ebbett-Kobasew)
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty Desharnais Gallagher, Eller Plekanec Gionta, Bourque Brière Prust, Moen Bournival Parros.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt; Whitney-Fiddler-Cole; Peverley-Horcoff-Chiasson. Defensive pairings: Goligoski-Daley; Benn-Dillon; Rome-Gonchar.
  • Michael Smith: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes.
  • Josh Yohe: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.


  1. Josh

    January 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    What do you think the Leafs lineup will look like once Bolland, Clarkson, and Smith return? I think it would be best if they move Kadri to the wing and have either Holland or Bolland center the 2nd line. They need to do something to shake up that line cause it’s just not playing up to expectations. I’m guessing Raymond gets moved b/c we’ll have too much depth in the bottom 6. Not sure what they’ll do but here’s my guess…..


    Prob be best to trade Raymond and put Kuli on the 3rd line. T.Smith could center the 4th line and have McClement on the wing. I think it’s time to stop playing goons on the 4th and play hustle guys like Smith and Bodie. Typical Leaf optimism but that’s a pretty solid lineup. The DEF is where we need another solid stay at home D. Gleason was a great add but we need one more and have to move Franson. He’s just horrible.

    ??? – Reilly

    Package Raymond and Franson (both UFA’s) for someone like Kulikov or Girardi. Goaltending isn’t going to change this year and it shouldn’t! What do u think?

  2. johnny

    January 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Franson, gardiner and a pick to the jets for kane and a defenseman

  3. Manny

    January 28, 2014 at 6:11 am

    halak, jaskin, and a first next year for Miller and a second? would that work for blues fans?

  4. Dave

    January 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I’d rather see the leafs re-sign Raymond instead of packaging him up, he was a mega steal at 1mill. Granted he’ll fetch 3+ on a re-sign, but I think he’s worth it and he’s only 28 so he can still have a number of good years ahead.

  5. I_am_I

    January 28, 2014 at 11:05 am

    @Josh: Kadri struggled at wing when Wilson tried it. It might be better to swap Holland to the wing instead. Also Franson is an RFA (1 year left) but will be looking for a fairly significant raise given his point totals.
    I’m fine with shipping out Raymond or keeping him, he’s good on the 3rd line and has fantastic speed, but he skates faster than he thinks, so definitely not a top 6 guy.
    Franson is fine as a 3rd pairing guy with PP time, he isn’t a top 4. That is the main problem, he needs to move down the depth chart.
    Maybe drop Bodie for Ashton on the 4th? I like Ashton’s hustle and size.
    Agreed that they don’t need a face puncher unless the other side has one.