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Posts Tagged Ales Hemsky
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Coyotes Mike Smith, GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett don’t have contracts for next season. Smith is seeking $6 million a season.The Sabres could fire GM Darcy Regier and replace him Rick Dudley. Regier could be kept on in a consultants role.The Canucks won’t amnesty buyout Roberto Luongo. GM Mike Gillis still believes that someone will trade for him. Luongo may have to expand his list. The Oilers made a pitch last summer, but he didn’t want to go there. Same with Toronto.
Players in St. Louis may be getting tired of coach Ken Hitchcock’s antics. The picking them apart and calling them out is getting old for some.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may look to make a trade that has immediate results. Two players that teams may target are Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky.
Jarome Iginla could end up signing with the Kings after July 5th.
- James Mirtle: It seems unlikely that the Maple Leafs won’t re-sign Phil Kessel before his contract runs out after next season.
Morning Hits: 6 outdoor games, Oilers rumors, Sakic, Sabres, Briere, Datsyuk, Olympics and Laganiere
- TSN: The NHL is planning on having 6 outdoor games next season. Things could change and details still need to be worked out, but the proposed dates and teams are:
Jan. 1st – Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium
Jan. 25th – Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium
Jan. 26th – Devils and Rangers at Yankee Stadium
Jan. 29th – Islanders and Rangers at Yankee Stadium
March 1st – Penguins and Blackhawks at Soldier Field
March 2nd – Senators and Canucks BC Place
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers could have a different look next season.
“I’m an impatient guy and I bring that impatience to this situation. We’re at the stage… that we have to do some bold things,” Craig MacTavish said at Monday’s news conference introducing him as the Oilers’ new GM. “We have to expose ourselves to some semblance of risk to try and move the team forward in a rapid fashion. We’ve got a lot of primary pieces here, but we’ve got to add some depth to help these young players.
“We’ve got to add competitiveness. I think we lack a true understanding of just how difficult it is to have success at this level.”
The Oilers will go after defenseman Mark Streit if he hits the open market, but so will many other teams. There will be Ales Hemsky rumors. They could look at moving either Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov. They would like to re-sign RFA Gagner. The Oilers could let teams talk to Gagner to see if a deal could be worked out, then talk to the team about a trade. Friedman thinks the Oilers would listen to a “massive offer” for Yakupov.
Friedman thinks that the Avalanche have talked to Joe Sakic about an increased role with the team, but decided that he wasn’t ready. He wants to sure that he’s ready and he still wants to be around his family, he has three kids.
Sabres GM Darcy Regier said he wasn’t close to trading either Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek at the deadline as “the value wasn’t there.” Both will be UFAs after next season, and if an extension can’t be worked out, they’ll be dealt. They’ll meet after the season and see where things go.
Friedman wonders if the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, would the Sabres bring him back?
Sabres Steve Ott on licking Jeff Halpern’s visor: “I was just [bleeping] with him.”
Friedman spoke with Pavel Datsyuk’s agent who said that he’s talked with GM Ken Holland. Rumors are that Datsyuk will head back to Russia after next season. Sounded like the sides may have have talked about the possibility of a contract extension.
For the 2014 Sochi Olympics, NHL and NHLPA estimate travel cost to be between $4-7 million and insurance cost between $7-10 million.
NHL denied reports that the Maloofs are looking to bring a hockey team to Vegas. They haven’t talked about that in about five years.
- John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal: MacKinnon thinks the Oilers could look at trading defenseman Ladislav Smid and Magnus Paajarvi before dangling Sam Gagner.
- Bob McKenzie: The Senators-Bruins has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 28th. The 27th was the previous last day of the schedule.
- Bob McKenzie: College free agent Antoine Laganiere has signed with the Ducks.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks that head coach Ralph Krueger’s job is safe. There have been four coaching changes in the last six years. The Oilers could look to trade Ales Hemsky and his $5 million salary, possibly picking up part of his contract to move him. Eric Belanger and his $1.75 million will be on the block. Matheson doesn’t see the Oilers re-signing Ryan Whitney. They will probably re-sign one of Mark Fistric or Theo Peckham. Sam Gagner, RFA, is going to want a new deal in the $4.5 million to $5 million range. Do they re-sign him for that or flip him for a bigger winger or center? They could buyout Ryan Smyth or see if he’d be fine with playing only 40 games.
- Oilers press conference yesterday for the firing of GM Steve Tambellini and hiring of Craig MacTavish.
- Tom Gulitti: Ilya Kovalchuk said yesterday that he needs “a few more days” for his shoulder to gain more strength. He doesn’t think he’ll travel with the team on Sunday to Toronto on Monday night.
- Chris Nichols: Flames winger Alex Tanguay will be out four to six weeks with a grade two MCL sprain.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ales Hemsky will miss at least two more of the teams remaining seven games with a foot injury. The team asked Hemsky not to give details of the injury. He’ll have another MRI later this week.
- Josh Yohe: Penguins Evgeni Malkin was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury. The Penguins confirm the injury is ”100 percent not related to sunburn.”
- Lou Korac: Blues TJ Oshie is close to returning. They didn’t skate yesterday, but skated well in previous days.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Patrice Bergeron could return to the Bruins lineup as early as Monday against the Senators. Bergeron missed his sixth straight game yesterday due to a concussion.
“There’s no limitations anymore,” Bergeron said. “I can initiate contact and take contact and practice, obviously. Teammates always take it easy on you. But I feel fine. It’s good news that I’m cleared for that.”
Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Staal, Karlsson, Bergeron, Enstrom, Hemsky, Grossman, Briere, Michalek and Marchand
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- Rich Chere: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk on playing Friday: ”I don’t know. I’m going to decide with the doctors and coaches, but I don’t think so.”
- Katie Strang: Rangers Marc Staal said that his peripheral vision is fine, but his eyesight is still a little blurry. He said he still needs to work on depth perception, reading plays, etc.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators Erik Karlsson didn’t skate yesterday and likely won’t for the rest of the week.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Patrice Bergeron, out with a “moderate concussion” has started working out again.
“I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”
- Paul Friesen: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is questionable for tonight due to back problems.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky had an MRI yesterday on his foot. Everything was good and he returned to the lineup.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is out for the rest of the regular season.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Daniel Briere is the only injured Flyer who “could’ play on Thursday.
- Ian Mendes: If Senators Milan Michalek feels okay today, he could be in the lineup against the Flyers.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left last night’s game after taking an elbow to the head from Devils Anton Volchenkov.
- Dan Murphy: Cory Schneider was a late scratch last night after coming down with the flu.
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- Elliott Pap: Canucks Ryan Kesler will play tonight.
- Farhan Lalji: Don’t expect Kesler on the PP and PK tonight. Chris Tanev injured his leg last game and is day-to-day.
- Chicago Blackhawks: Forward Patrick Sharp is travelling with the team to Minnesota. Status for Tuesday’s game could known at tomorrow’s morning skate.
- James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day.
- Dan Seguin: Senators Erik Karlsson was back on the ice for the first time today.
- Roger Millions: Flames Jiri Hudler is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky is out with a foot injury. He’s been bothered by it for several weeks.
- Sam Kasan on Penguins.NHL.com: Head coach Dan Bylsma said that James Neal has a concussion and won’t be going on their three game road trip. Defenseman Kris Letang is back practicing and said it’s up to Bylsma when he returns.
- Michael Vega of the Boston Globe: Bruins Tyler Seguin have been moved from the 2nd line center to the 3rd line with Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Jay Pandolfoat yesterday’s practice.
“Right now, I don’t think we’ve got a [No.] 1, 2, 3 or 4 [line],’’ coach Claude Julien said. “As you can see, there are good players on every line. We move players around a little bit, maybe to balance things for the time being. But right now it’s about playing your game as an individual; you shouldn’t care where you are, you should care what you bring.’’
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- TSN: Players in play:
Goalies: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Miikka KiprusoffDefenseman: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Filip Kuba, Jamie McBain, Mark Giordano, Adrian Aucoin.
Forwards: Tomas Fleischmann, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Hemsky, Mason Raymond, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Ryan Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Raffi Torres, Lee Stempniak, Boyd Gordon, Eric Nystrom and Brad Boyes.
- Mark Spector of Sportsnet: The Canucks adding Derek Roy yesterday, it opened up some options.
“(We will be) more flexible in the next 24 hours,” Gillis told Vancouver media on Tuesday. “It gives us more flexibility. Instead of being really focused on that one piece (a centre), we can now look at other areas that we’d like to strengthen. We can look at other possibilities and maybe three-way deals. Something along those lines.”
The Oilers may hang on Ryan Whitney. He’s more valuable now for a playoff push than for the draft picks.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens are looking to add a gritty forward.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen:
“We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.
“We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.
“If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”
Kekalainen won’t say who he’s targeting. The Blue Jackets could look at Sabres Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a $5.3 million cap hit through next season and Stafford is $4 million hit through 2014-15.
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- Damien Cox: The Maple Leafs and Miikka Kiprusoff’s agent will continue talks this morning. Could be 50-50 at best.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if the Maple Leafs did little today. GM Dave Nonis may be looking for bargains.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward, but won’t give up a first round pick. Several options have already been traded.
“With the people that were moved the last couple of days, in most cases I talked to those general managers,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “I don’t know that there’s a lot out there. We’ll see what happens (Wednesday).”
Red Wings GM Ken Holland won’t be looking for depth players.
“We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,” Holland said. “Some players we couldn’t get in the mix on. I’ll explore until the deadline.”
The Wings inquired about Jaromir Jagr and Jay Bouwmeester. Players the Red Wings might be interested in: Derek Morris, Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Curtis Glencross, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Pominville, Mike Ribeiro and Drew Stafford.
- Kevin Allen: GM Holland is still looking, but would be fine if he ends the day with the same team.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t think the Flyers are on edge about the deadline. GM Paul Holmgrem said on Saturday that he didn’t expect to be a buyer. The Flyers are six points out. They don’t have much to offer up if they decide they want to make a playoff push. Possible trade bait in Daniel Briere, Max Talbot and Braydon Coburn are all out with injuries. If they are looking to add a defenseman, they could look at: Jamie McBain, Ryan O’Byrne, Erik Johnson, Ryan Whitney, Derek Morris and Keith Yandle.
- Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini on if it will be a busy trade deadline day.
“Hard to tell. We’re talking to a lot of teams about different options, short-term, long-term … I really won’t know until I get there on Wednesday.”
McCurdy lists some Oilers who could be traded: Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Mark Fistric, Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi and Theo Peckham.
- David Staples: Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe tweeted:
“Whitney to Bruins from EDM? Johnny Boychuk is an EDM homeboy. Andrew Ference another local…. Cost of a second-pairing defenseman? See Doug Murray (PIT). Pair of R2 picks….Whitney a PP force in his early days w/PIT. Question is, has he become the new-age Kaberle?…EDM played last 2 games in NSH and StL. Bruins without a scout at either game. But they know Whitney’s game…..Whitney would join a stronger backlline cast in Hub. Could be better fit with likes of Chara, Seidenberg and 19y0 Hamilton.”
Dupont responded to a reader, saying: “Discussed. Not done.”
- Joe Haggerty: Whitney and forward heading to Boston with a number of possibilities. Magnus Paajarvi and Ales Hemsky were among the names. Darren Dreger: Oilers brass shot it down. Jason Gregor: Don’t see how Paajarvi to the Bruins works. Gregor doesn’t see who off of the Bruins roster they would give up for Paajarvi.
- Bob McKenzie: There has been lots of talk about Oilers Ryan Whitney being traded to the Bruins. Bruins have done their due diligence on his health. As of now, he hasn’t been dealt, but there is no doubt they are trying to move him.
- Jim Matheson: The Bruins would be perfect landing spot for Whitney. He was born in Boston. Went to Boston University. The Bruins didn’t scout the Oilers on their two game road trip in Nashville and St. Louis. The Bruins could be sniffing around Ales Hemsky. The Bruins may prefer Martin St. Louis, but that would be a bigger trade since his contract doesn’t expired at the end of the season. The Oilers may look for a draft pick and a young forward for Whitney. Jordan Caron’s name has come up. Despite being a former first round pick, he’s shown that he may be no better than a third or fourth liner. The Bruins also have Carl Soderberg. Goalie Niklas Svedberg is in the AHL and having a good season.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ryane Clowe has a full no-trade clause, so the Sharks will have to run any deal by him. Having a solid playoff performance somewhere could help Clowe as he’ll be a UFA. The Canadiens are interested, and he could an option for the Bruins if they don’t get Jarome Iginla. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin may not be in to the idea of giving up prime, future assets for a rental. His cupboard isn’t as deep as some other teams. Unless the price comes down for Clowe, the Canadiens may only be keeping tabs on him. The Rangers are said to be interested. There are some Western Conference teams that are interest in Clowe, including the Canucks. The Sharks may not want to move Clowe within the conference, especially if they are able to squeak into the playoffs.
One GM told LeBrun that he would have been more interested in Jussi Jokinen if he were an unrestricted free agent after this season. The $3 million hit for next season, and the salary cap going from $70.2 million to $64.3 million, scared teams off. Taking a player back or eating some salary may help land Jokinen somewhere else.
Islanders GM Garth Snow has reached out Lubomir Visnovsky’s agent Nail Sheehy about a contract extension. If contract talks don’t go anywhere, Snow may look to deal him at the deadline to a team looking for a puck-moving defenseman. The Islanders are still in the race and may decide to keep him even if they can’t get a deal done by April 3rd.
Ales Hemsky’s name is back in the rumor mill. The Oilers may not be shopping him, but teams may be calling. The Oilers would like to get tougher in their top-six.
The Oilers and Ladislav Smid’s camp have talked. If the Oilers are out of the playoff race, and can’t sign him by April 3rd, he could be a trade target.
The Capitals and Mike Ribeiro have talked, and his agent Don Meeham may circle back by the end of the week. He has said he’d like a long-term deal. He would be one of the top free agents if he hit the open market.
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- Joe McDonald of ESPN: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli this morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s,
“I can tell you this: I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli said. “He’s young. He’s a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We’ve got some goalie depth, but I’m telling you I’m not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we’ve got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I’m not trading Malcolm Subban.”
Chiarelli said that it’s “two to three years” or “might be sooner” that Subban would ready to play in the NHL.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Mark Streit would be the perfect player for the top of the Bruins wish list for defenseman. Keith Yandle would also be nice, but it would take a huge package to get him. Jay Bouwmeester and Dan Boylewould be nice, but they have big money for next season. Oilers Ryan Whitney is an intriguing name.
“Whitney doesn’t skate as well he as he did prior to having some foot problems, but he can still play in this league,” said one talent evaluator that’s watched him play. “He can make every pass in the book and he’ll produce offense if he’s in a lineup like the Bruins.
“He could be a good fit there, but it all depends on if Claude [Julien] and [Peter] Chiarelli like him as a player.”
The Oilers did have scouts at two recent Bruins games. There are rumors that Hemsky could be one of the Bruins backup plans if they don’t land Iginla.
- Jim Matheson: Teams are keeping eye on Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin at the trade deadline.
- Nick Cotsonika: (Thinking out loud) – What if the Penguins brought Steve Sullivan back to play with Evgeni Malkin and moved Brenden Morrow to the left side of Sutter?
- Jimmy Murphy: Murphy thinks the Bruins need a top-four defenseman just much, if not more, than a top-six or nine forward.
- Howard Berger: Berger has a hunch that the Maple Leafs are quietly asking teams about Phil Kessel before the trade deadline, but otherwise will only make minor adjustments. Kessel is their only hope for a blockbuster deal.
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: With the salary cap going down next season, it may be part of the reason Jarome Iginla doesn’t fit. The Kings have 8 restricted free agents. The price to acquire him just as a rental appears to be too high.
Ales Hemsky – Edmonton Oilers: March 25th
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