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Posts Tagged Alex Goligoski
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Feschuk thinks it’s time for the Maple Leafs to trade Phil Kessel.
There’d be no better time to trade Kessel, considering his excellent run of play as the league’s sixth-leading regular-season scorer has put his value at an all-time high. Don’t for a moment believe that Nonis, fresh off delivering a no-Leaf-is-untouchable post-season message, isn’t thinking hard about the possibility.
The Leafs need to give up value to get their “long-sought No. 1 center.” Kessel, along with Dion Phaneuf will be UFAs after next season. Dion’s stock is weighed down by his $6.5 million salary. Nonis’ shopping list isn’t short, which should include an upgrade in net. They should consider UFA Mike Smith and possibly revisit Roberto Luongo. The Leafs will look at UFA David Clarkson, but he’ll be looking for big money. The Leafs blueline needs more high-end talent at low prices. Moving up in the draft would make sense, along with trolling for compliance buyouts that may come cheap.
- Spector’s Hockey: Richardson thinks that IF the Penguins were to move any of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, Fleury is the likely one to move. Malkin is too valuable to the them and Letang is their best puck-moving defenseman. IF the Penguins were to trade or buy out Fleury, they would need to find a young, affordable backup for Tomas Vokoun. Dmitry Chesnokov: Chesnokov suggests Michal Neuvirth.
- Bob Stauffer: Stauffer see the Stars trying to trade Alex Goligoski or Trevor Daley for a centerman if they can get Sergei Gonchar signed.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Leafs need a center like Sean Monahan and should look at moving up in the draft. The Predators are dangling the No. 4 pick, the Oilers at No. 7 could also move their pick. Trading youth-for-youth would make sense, and they could use Jake Gardiner. It would be a type of move that wouldn’t help them next year, but more of building move.
Morning hits: Stars, Ducks Canucks, Price, Kaberle, Blues, Coyotes bid rejected, Dion’s days numbered?
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson laughing at a fan site suggesting a Loui Eriksson trade to the Islanders for Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner, and with Islanders fans saying they wouldn’t trade either straight up for Eriksson. Matheson does note that Eriksson could be in play for a front-line center. The Stars also have some defenseman that could be on the move.
The Stars have lots of young defencemen looking for regular work — Jamie Oleksiak, Joe Morrow and Kevin Connauton — which makes trading Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski certainly plausible.
Matheson wonders if the Ducks would take a run at Stephen Weiss.
Matheson thinks with the Canucks at $63.5 million for 16 players for next season, will use their buyouts on David Booth and Keith Ballard. Both have two years left at $4.2 million cap hits. Mason Raymond is likely gone as a UFA.
- Dave Stubbs: Addressing a Canadiens Carey Price rurmor: “Price asking for a trade would need to travel a million miles just to reach ludicrous.”
- John Lu: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said a decision on a compliance buyout for Tomas Kaberle hasn’t been made yet.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues playoff issue. Rutherford knew fans who didn’t buy tickets as they didn’t know when the games were starting soon enough. The Blues didn’t sell out three playoff home games.
- Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat: (h/t Pro Hockey Talk) Blues GM Doug Armstrong on their need for more scoring.
“This is a public cry that for any GMs that have 50-goal scorers that they want to send to St. Louis, give me a call,” he joked. “This doesn’t happen, you have to deal in reality. The reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers.
“They draft them. (Evgeni) Malkin, (Sidney) Crosby, (John) Tavares, (Steven) Stamkos were drafted by those teams.”
The Blues will send qualifying offers to all of their free agents.
“We’re going to negotiate to try to sign every player that’s a restricted free agent,” he said. “Ownership understands that the window is open now and we have to take care of our own. I don’t see this being a huge free-agency off-season for us. I see it more as taking care of our own business — and then seeing if we want to rearrange some of the chairs via trade.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: The NHL has rejected California investment banker Darin Pastor’s bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.
“We have rejected the offer. It didn’t include the elements we had previously discussed were necessary to warrant serious consideration,” Daly said in an email Monday night.
It was rumored that he was willing to pay upwards of $277 million with $42 million in cash at closing, though that seems unlikely as it would be hard for the NHL to walk away from that.
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: (h/t Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News) Shoalts piece was written last Thursday after Dion Phaneuf’s pinch that cost the Leafs the game. Shoalts thinks that Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis should move to Plan B and “The plan should include quietly putting Phaneuf on the trade market no later than the NHL draft at the end of June. Nonis will not hit a home run with a trade, nor should he expect to thanks to Phaneuf’s erratic play.” A deal would may only get a modest return, but Nonis should accept it. Phaneuf has a year left with a $6.5 salary cap hit and may not take a pay cut from the Leafs.
- Tim Wharnsby of CBC: h/t Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News) Wharnsby’s piece was written last Thursday. Wharnsby wonders if Dion Phaneuf’s days in Toronto are numbered. He continues to make the same mistakes he made as a rookie in 2005. Nonis may have to make a decision by draft. The Leafs have organizational depth on the blue line. Nonis would have to feel that Jake Gardiner is ready for a bigger role. Cody Franson may be ready for a bigger role.
- James Mirtle: On Phaneuf: Mirtle would be surprised if the Maple Leafs didn’t re-sign him.
- John Lu: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin on order of positions that mature the fastest: wingers, centers, defensemen and goalies.
Morning Hits: Stars offseason, Miller lists townhouse, Oilers could make several moves this offseason and Forsberg to AHL
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (from a chat) Heika thinks the Stars could look at a right handed center in the draft or on the right wing. Elias Lindholm will likely be gone by the time they pick. Sean Monahan, Bo Horvat, Frederik Gauthier and Alex Wennberg could be options. The Stars might be willing to move up in the order to get the player they want. At some point the Stars will have to look at trading a defenseman. They may need to turn them into a more physical and/or a right handed defenseman or depth upfront. Defensemen Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas, Philip Larsen, Joe Morrow and Kevin Connauton are similar players. It may take moving two or three and replacing with one. Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski could be candidates to be moved. Jordie Benn is a UFA and likely not coming back.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Ryan Miller has put a for sale sign on his Buffalo townhouse.
“I don’t know which way it’s going to go, so I’m not going to talk like I’m gone,” Miller said today. “I think I’ve got a lot more hockey in me, so being able to just kind of reflect and enjoy a moment is nice, but it’s going to be another hockey game and I have to prepare and compete.”
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on Wednesday that the Oilers could consider trading their 1st round pick this year.
“If you’re going to be bold, that’s certainly a bold move. What the Edmonton Oilers really don’t need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now.”
“They may use the pick, but they may try and parlay it into something immediate.”
McKenzie added that if they keep the pick, they could look for a strong, physical center or a defenseman. Defenseman Darnell Nurse would be one possibility.
TSN’s Darren Dreger added that GM Craig MacTavish may look to make as many as six changes:
“He wants to upgrade in all areas, starting in goal.”
Devan Dubnyk has been OK, Dreger said, “but the Oilers will look to improve.”
Dreger speculates goalies Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier or Mike Smith. On defense they could look at Kevin Shattenkirk, Andrew Ference or Mark Streit. At forward they could look at Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, David Clarkson and Matt Hendricks.
- Josh Cooper: The Predators send Filip Forsberg to Milwaukee of the AHL.
Quick Hits: Simmonds, Wisniewski, Goligoski, Lander, Gunnarsson, Halak, Letang, Burns, Rangers lines, and Hiller starts
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers Wayne Simmonds should play on Saturday.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski hopes to play on Sunday.
- Stars PR via twitter: Alex Goligoski will be back in the Stars lineup and will be paired with Jamie Oleksiak.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Oilers Anton Lander has a broken foot and will be out for a month.
- David Alter via twitter: There is still no timetable on when Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson will return to the lineup. He has a hip issue, some days are better than others.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Blue Jaroslav Halak has skated the last two days and plans to stop pucks tomorrow. The earliest he would play is Monday.
- Boston Bruins via twitter: Brad Marchand is “day-to-day” and Claude Julien said ”he felt really good today, to the point where we have to consider him being a possibility for tomorrow.”
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang did not travel with the team and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was paired with Brad Stuart today in practice. Coach McLellan confirmed that Burns will play “very soon.” The Sharks will have to make a roster move before Burns is able to return.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Stepan-Nash, Gaborik-Richards-Pyatt, Kreider-Miller-Callahan, Boyle/Powe-Halpern-Asham.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks tonight against the Stars. Viktor Fasth will likely start tomorrow against the Blues.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on making Alex Goligoski a scratch last night: “Alex needs to get back to Alex’s level.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets have sent Ryan Johansen to Springfield of the AHL. Johansen had 2 assists in 10 games.
“He started strong, but we think his play has tailed off,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “He looks like he’s struggling offensively. This isn’t all about getting points, it’s about getting chances and making an impact offensive. I just think he’s struggling confidence-wise offensively. We decided to send him down to find his game.”
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter: Cory Schneider will start tonight for the Canucks against the Wild.
Afternoon notes involving the Coyotes future, Gagner, Brassard, Maple Leafs, Devils, Kuba, Schenn, Stars injures, Karlsson, Oilers and Bryzgalov
- Nick Ctsonika via twitter: Bill Daley said they continue to talk with 2 prospective buyers for the Phoenix Coyotes. As long as it’s progressing, they’ll continue to work towards keeping the team there. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The NHL says that there are multiple groups that are interested in putting a team in Quebec City. Craig Custance of ESPN: In the long term, the new conference are set up to easily add expansion teams.
“Yes, you could do that. Depending on where they’re located, you might have to do some reshuffling,” commissioner Gary Bettman said following the conclusion of the board of governors meetings. “But there was no discussion of expansion.”
The NHL can’t shop for a new city for the Coyotes until after Dec. 31st. It’s unlikely they would do another 1 year deal with the City of Glendale if they can’t find a buyer for the team. Custance lists the 5 most attractive cities for the NHL: 1. Quebec City 2. Southern Ontario 3. Seattle 4. Kansas City 5. Las Vegas.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: It doesn’t make any sense for the Oilers to trade Sam Gagner right now. If the right package is put together, anyone is tradable though. He’s willing to take the right pay package to remain an Oiler.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline sensed from Blue Jackets GM that nothing is imminent with Derick Brassard, or that there is even anything on the table for him.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Brian Burke’s self imposed Christmas roster freeze goes into effect on Friday the 9th, 10 days before the NHL roster freeze.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Today marked the first full practice for Devils forward Travis Zajac. He’s expected back before Christmas. Can Janssen is not practicing today due to a chest contusion. Lines and defensive pairings: Forwards; Zach Parise-Adam Henrique-Ilya Kovalchuk; Mattias Tedenby-Patrik Elias-Petr Sykora; Dainius Zubrus-Ryan Carter-David Clarkson; Eric Boulton-Tim Sestito-Nick Palmieri; Rod Pelley-Travis Zajac. Defensemen: Henrik Tallinder, Mark Fanye; Andy Greene, Anton Volchenkov, Bryce Salvador-Adam Larsson; Mark Fraser.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators defenseman Filip Kuba was put on the IR with a left shoulder injury. He’ll be out 3 to 4 weeks.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers forward Brayden Schenn is not on the trip. GM Paul Holmgren said he’s day-to-day with an upper body injury. Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers said yesterday that Schenn was healthy, but apparently he still has a foot issue. they are hopeful he can play on Thursday. Carchidi added that apparently Schenn is bothered by both an upper and lower body injury.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski will be in the lineup tomorrow. Brenden Morrow is likely in as well.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington: Capitals Mike Green and Jay Beagle both skated on Monday and Tuesday, but there is no timetable for their return. Roman Hamrlik is skating as well and is day-to-day.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames Goalie Henrik Karlsson has MCL tear and is out 6 to 8 weeks.
- 630Ched.com: Devan Debnyk will start in net for the Oilers. Forward lines: Ryan Smyth – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky, Magnus Paajarvi – Eric Belanger – Ryan Jones, Ben Eager – Anton Lander – Lennart Petrell. Defensive Pairings: Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert, Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry, Theo Peckham – Andy Sutton.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers tonight.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Jaroslav Halak is expected to start for the Blues tomorrow against the Ducks.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Ducks put Ben Maxwell on waivers. The Coyotes put Patrick O’Sullivan on waivers.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Predators forward Jordan Tootoo will have a hearing at 5 PM EST for hit running over of Ryan Miller.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek have concussions.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher hopes they can move to the Central division when the new realignment kicks in.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Andrej Meszeros did not practice today as a precaution, but should be a go for Wednesday. James van Riemsdyk will probably play on Wednesday.
- Brian Compton via twitter: Islanders Michael Grabner is day-to-day. MacDonald and DiPietro are being re-evaluated.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche center Paul Stastny will not practice today, an update will be given later.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames have put goalie Henrik Karlsson on the IR and called up Leland Irving.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks center Dave Bolland is not skating today due to a bad foot, he’ll play through the injury. Tim Sassone via twitter: Dan Carcillo is skating on a line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane at Blackhawks practice.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Brenden Morrow, Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski are practicing today.
- Paul Hendrick via twitter: Cody Franson will be in the Leafs lineup tonight, Keith Aulie is out.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals tonight against the Panthers.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight. Nikita Filatov will be a scratch.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
Brassard’s agent issues statement … Parise’s dad talks about Zach’s situation … Richards leaves game … Lehtonen out at least 3 weeks … Plenty scouting Car-NYR
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Columbus forward Derick Brassard has been a healthy scratch for 7 of the last 10 games. He’s said all the right things, but his agent, Allen Walsh has had enough and released this statement:
“While I have tremendous respect for (general manager) Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus’ management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable. The coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice. Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season, to be the fall guy in case things don’t go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point, one has to say, enough is enough.”
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: From Friedman’s understanding, Brassard will be staying with the team. The Blue Jackets have tried hard to trade him. Ottawa is interested.
- Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Zach Parise’s father on his son’s future:
“Money will be a factor, of course,” J.P. Parise said. “But he likes to win, he likes to have a chance, he likes to compete. … That’s why he decided to accept a one-year contract. He wants to see where [the Devils] are heading, what kind of players they have. They have acquired some good young players. He’s not going to rush into anything. He’ll take his time, analyze the whole thing.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Zach Parise on re-signing with the NJ Devils: “It’s what I hope for. We can’t do anything right now by league rules, so we’ll wait ’til we can.”
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell left after 1 shift. Forward Mike Richards took a high hit from Panthers Sean Bergenheim in the 2nd period, and didn’t return for the 3rd. Asked if they’d be out multiple games, Terry Murray responded: “I hope not. I don’t know that. We haven’t got a full report yet. The doctors, trainers are busy evaluating and they’ll probably let me know before I get away here tonight. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski is expected to get his cast off today, and his hoping for a Dec. 9th return. Brenden Morrow and Trevor Daley will be out this week, but hope to return for Dec. 8th. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, out with an groin injury, will be out at least 3 weeks.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Taylor Hall said his shoulder feels great, but contact is an issue. He’s ahead of schedule though.
- Lance Hornby via twitter: Gary Bettman said he’s “not sure” if a decision on realignment will be done by next week’s BOG meetings.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: David Perron didn’t travel with the Blues to Colorado, as they didn’t want the altitude to create any imbalance in his system. We could play on Saturday, a flu/cold has been going around the team and it may have set him back a bit.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed thinks Flyers defenseman Matt Walker will get claimed off waivers. Leed notes that GM Holmgren said a day or two ago that everyone was looking for a defenseman.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: Scouts at the Hurricanes-Rangers game: Capitals, Senators, Canucks, Maple Leafs, Predators, Avalanche, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Kings, and Stars. 12 scouts the Hurricanes’ AHL team the previous night.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Blues tonight. Brian Elliott will start tomorrow.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net tonight for the Blackhawks against the Islanders.
Blackhawks not looking to make any changes yet, same for the Maple Leafs … Stars have talked with Benn, Goligoski and Grossman … Colborne with Leafs
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: After sending Rostislav Olesz ($3 million) to the minors, the Blackhawks now have between $6-$7 million free.
“We’re not in a rush to spend money,” Bowman said before the Hawks played the Calgary Flames. “It’s a bit of an oddity for us. In the last couple of years, we’ve been so tight against [the salary cap].”
“We don’t have anything that we’re close to doing or looking at,” said Bowman, who’ll stick with a 23-man roster. “We’re always looking ahead at what might be there, but we’ll see what happens.
“Right now, we’re not looking to do anything in particular. We’re happy with the players that we have, as well as the start that our top guys have gotten off to.”
Defenseman Brent Seabrook is doubtful for Saturday against the Oilers. Jahns via twitter: GM Stan Bowman said that he was never approached by the Sabres about trading Patrick Kane, despite the reports.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: With all the injuries the Maple Leafs have encountered of late, it won’t play a role in trade talks according to VP of hockey operations Dave Poulin, not yet anyway.
“If something made sense for our hockey team, we’d do it tomorrow regardless of what’s going on,” Poulin said in a phone interview. “But circumstances right now have no factor with that.
“You have to be patient.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Joe Colborne was spotted in the Maple Leafs room this morning.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on affect of new ownership on payroll and with possible trades:
“I think it’s more environment and comfort in the short-term. I like our roster and I think we need to let it be for a bit. I don’t foresee any immediate moves that are necessary. But, in the long term, having an owner and possibly a higher budget could open the door for opportunities that we’re not able to study right now. It also will probably change the way other teams look at us, and maybe they will be more open to picking up the phone and making a call.”
Nieuwendyk has had discussions with RFAs Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski, as well as UFA Nicklas Grossman.
- Louie Korac of NHL.com: Blues forward David Perron has been cleared for contact. Perron hasn’t played since taking a Joe Thornton hit on Nov. 4th 2010. There is no timetable for his return.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney were recalled by the Oilers to replace Andy Sutton and Corey Potter, who were both scheduled to have MRIs. Ryan Whitney practiced yesterday but won’t return until next week at the earliest.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Brendan Morrison will likely be back in the lineup within the week. He tested his knee in the pre-game skate but was a scratch. David Moss could be put on the IR when Morrison is healthy.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Signs are pointing to Ondrej Pavelec starting in net for the Jets against the Flyers.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Red Wings against the Kings. Coach Babcock hasn’t decided on Sunday’s starter yet.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Curtis Sanford will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars coach Gulutzan said they’ll make a decision on goaltending today, but may still be leaning towards Andrew Raycroft.
Injury notes on Cammalleri, Upshall, Samuelsson, Grabovski, MacArthur, Luongo, Goligoski, Bogosian and Slater
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have called up defenseman Frederic St. Denis as Hal Gill may not be able to go due to a flu, and Jaroslav Spacek is doubtful with an upper-body injury. Forward Mike Cammalleri expects to return to the lineup, a final decision will be made today. Andrei Markov practiced with the team for the 2nd consecutive day.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers winger Scottie Upshall will be out 6-8 weeks with a hip injury. They hope he won’t need surgery. Mikael Samuelsson should be joing the Panthers soon. He’s had some visa issues and hasn’t played with Panthers yet as he’s had complications from his sports hernia surgery.
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs lost 2/3′s of their 2nd line last night. Mikhail Grabovski left with a lower-body injury and Clarke MacArthur left with an upper-body injury. David Alter via twitter: If MacArthur and Grabovski are out, don’t expect the Maple Leafs to call up Joe Colborne as he’s coming off a lower-body injury.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks will start Cory Schneider tonight as Roberto Luongo is out with an upper-body injury. Coach Alain Vigneault said the injury was not serious.
“With what happened in the Buffalo-Boston game there, I’m going to just say it’s an upper body injury,” Vigneault said. “We’re not quite sure what’s allowed on the goaltenders and what’s not allowed.
“I’m very serious. I always in the regular season tell you what’s going on with the players.”
Luongo was hit in the mask with a Mark Streit shot on Sunday. Since Vigneault said it was an upper-body injury, it fuel speculation that he’s suffering from concussion-like symptoms. He also did the splits on the rebound, so it’s possible that he tweaked his groin.
- Dallas Morning News: The Stars have put Alex Goligoski on the IR with broken thumb.
- Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian and forward Jim Slater were both injured during Monday’s game, and their status for Thursday is uncertain.
Visnovsky and Goligoski out 4 weeks … Hagman on re-entry waivers … Green out … Blue Jackets looking for goaltender
- Kevin Allen via twitter: Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will out 4 weeks with a broken finger. Curtis Zupke via twitter: The Ducks aren’t expected to make any moves today. Kurtis Foster has been their 7th defenseman.
- Eric Francis via twitter: The Flames have put Niklas Hagman on re-waivers. Have to wait until 10 am on Monday to find out if anyone has claimed him. (He has a $3 million cap hit, he can be had for $1.5 million).
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Alex Goligoski has a broken thumb and is out about 4 weeks.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not be in the lineup tonight. Alexander Semin will play.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter will return tonight. Goaltender Mark Dekanich suffered a groin injury and could be out weeks. GM Scott Howson said they are not actively pursuing a goaltender. Evgeni Nabokov is a name they might consider. Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: The Jackets could also call the Panthers about Scott Clemmensen or pursue free agent Marty Turco.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets lines: Nash – Carter – Umberger; Prospal – Letestu – Johansen; Vermette – Pahlsson – Dorsett; Calvert – MacKenzie – Boll. Steve Mason will start in net with Allen York as his backup.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning winger Ryan Malone is still not skating but they are hopeful for Monday in Winnipeg.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight. Brian Lee will replace David Rundblad on the blueline.
- John Vogl via twitter: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres tonight against the Bruins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman Alex Goligoski to the Dallas Stars for winger James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.
Goligoski has a cap hit of $1,833,333. He’s making $1.5 million this year, and will get $2.75 million next year.
Neal has a cap hit of $2.875 million for this season and next. He is making $2.25 million this year and $3.5 million next year.
Niskanen has a cap hit of $1.5 million for this season and next. He makes $1.25 million this year and $1.75 million next year.