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NHL Rumors II: Clowe, Vanek, Luongo, Kiprsuoff, Leafs, Penguins, Blues, Kings, Bruins and Hurricanes
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers and Canucks are in the hunt for Sharks Ryane Clowe. Clowe won’t stand in the way of possible trade. He and management have been working together.
“It’s a distraction if you let it be a distraction,” coach Todd McLellan said Sunday. “My experience around him this last week has been a good one. He’s been professional, he’s come to the rink and played hard, got himself healthy.”
GM Doug Wilson on if they are buyers or sellers,
“We’re both,” the G.M. responded. “Are we going to give up first- or second-round picks in a draft that’s viewed as very strong? The answer is no. This is the time that we’re going to replenish in a very strong draft year.
“But,” he added, “if there’s younger players that can fit into what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to play, I have no problem acquiring that maybe in lieu of a pick.”
- Paul Hamilton of WGR 550: Thomas Vanek on if he’d like to be traded,
“You never like to. I’ve raised my family here and I enjoy where I’m at, but I understand the situation and I’ve not talked to anyone about what their plan is. It’s something you can’t control and if happens, you move on.”
- Toronto Sun: Roberto Luongo trade talk is increasing.
“Mike is in discussions with multiple teams … Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media.
“We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to ‘steal’ Roberto from us,” Gilman told reporters. “We’re not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow.”
Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak fits their need. Bozak hasn’t been apart of any recent Maple Leafs offer according to the Vancouver Province.
The Leafs have looked to improve their top-four, and have been linked too: Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester.
- Lance Hornby: If the Leafs could get Miikka Kiprusoff at a bargain price, they can’t turn it down. No contract strings should be attached.
- Darren Dreger: There was more talk between the Flames and Maple Leafs this weekend. They are not close but more talks are expected over the next three days. Kiprusoff has maintained that he’d consider all options, including a trade, contract extension, etc.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Penguins are still looking to add a 4th line center who will be a UFA at the end of the season. Coyotes Boyd Gordon, Sharks Michal Handzus and Blues Scott Nichol’s could be a fits for the Pens.The Blues may look to trade Patrik Berglund or David Perron this summer. Alex Steen or Jaden Schwartz could be moved to center if Berglund is traded.
The LA Kings are a wildcard for Jay Bouwmeester. Since Penner is unlikely to be back, they should be able to fit in his contract for next season.
Bruins pending UFA goalie Anton Khudobin is likely heading to the KHL and AHL goalie Niklas Svedberg will be their backup next season.
Kings Dustin Penner could be available. Matheson thinks the Bruins should take a look.
The Hurricanes are still looking for a defenseman, Ryan Whitney has to be a possibility.
- Florida Panthers via twitter: The Panthers announce that Kris Versteeg will be having season ending knee surgery.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning Vinny Lecavalier is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. It’s probably his knee that he tweaked on Saturday. Lecavalier will be put on the IR and out for at least a week.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Chris Kelly is out indefinitely with a broken left tibia.
- Rrenaud Lavoie via twitter: Senators Jason Spezza still has some stiffness in his back and it could take another four weeks.
- Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu is skating in a non-contract jersey today.
- St. Louis Blues via twitter: Alex Steen has been activated from the IR by the Blues. The assigned Andrew Murray to the AHL.
Quick Hits: waviers, Geoffrion, Michalek, Oshie, Dekeyser, Grabner, Slater, Caps and Sens lines, Flames and Wings starters
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Oilers put Ben Eager on waivers. The Coyotes put Nick Johnson on waivers. The Blackhawks put Rostislav Olesz on waivers.
- John Buccigross via twitter: Canadiens Blake Geoffrion has told the team he’s retiring from pro hockey.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek will miss his second straight practice today because of his nagging knee injury. He is trying to avoid having surgery on it.
“It’s not my injury. It’s a maintenance thing day by day,” said MacLean. “At some point in time, I’m not sure if they will (do surgery) or not (or whether that will be) at the end of the season. It all depends on how it goes.”
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blue T.J. Oshie left last night’s game in the second period with an apparent rib injury. Oshie went to hit Sharks Brent Burns but ended up on the ice in pain. Alex Steen was held out last night. The Blues could be interested in college free agent Dan Dekeyser.
- NY Islanders via twitter: The Islanders have put winger Michael Grabner on the IR retroactive to March 10th.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jets Jim Slater has a suspected broken hand.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals lines: Hendricks-Backstrom-Ovechkin. Fehr-Johansson-Brouwer. Chimera-Ribeiro-Perreault/Ward. Volpatti/Wolski-Beagle-Crabb.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators lines: Latendresse-Smith-Alfredsson, Greening-Turris-Silfverberg, Condra-O’Brien-Stone, Daugavins-Zibanejad, Neil
- Allan Maki via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings.
- Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Miikka Kiprusoff will start in net for the Flames.
- Jeff Rimer via twitter: Looks like Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky will return to the lineup tonight. He’s missed the last 11 games.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Tom Poti is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- John Vogl via twitter: The Sabres won’t active Ville Leino today.
- Rich Chere via twitter: The Devils put defenseman Henrik Tallinder on the IR.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur skated this morning but is still going to be out awhile with his sore back.
- New York Islanders via twitter: Islanders forward Michael Grabner and his shoulder injury will be re-evaluated in 7 to 10 days.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Prognosis on Bruins Chris Kelly’s knee injury won’t be known until the swelling goes down. Early reports are that there is no significant structural damage, but ”a) things sometime change in 24 hours b) he could still be on the shelf for undetermined period of time.”
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues Alex Steen is skating with David Backes and Chris Stewart. Indications are that he’ll be in the lineup tonight.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko is skating with the team for the first time since suffering his concussion.
Escrow … Injury updates: Filppula, Helm, McDonald, Steen, Tarasenko, Lombardi and Schlemko … Lindback to start
- James Mirtle via twitter: 20% for escrow will come off the players checks this pay period. The league is saying revenue projections are down. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Revenue projections are down to $2.1 billion from $2.4 billion.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Red Wings could welcome some players back to the lineup in the next seven to 10 days.
“We expect [Valtteri] Filppula back this week at some point on the Western Canada trip,” GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Monday. “We’re expecting Darren Helm to come back after that trip, either at home to Minnesota or for the California trip. So we’ll get a few bodies back the next four or five games.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch: Blues Andy McDonald (knee) and Alex Steen (shoulder) could return the lineup on their three game home stand. McDonald and Steen have missed the last seven games. Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion) skated on Saturday.
“I don’t talk too much about concussions, but it’s not about skating — there’s a lot of things,” Armstrong said. “Whether he plays on this home stand, the next two weeks, three weeks, the next month … you’re only creating false hope to your fans by putting a timetable on something that there isn’t a timetable.”
- Norm Sanders via twitter: Update on Vladimir Tarasenko’s concussion, ”He’s been doing light skating, but nothing team-oriented”
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi will be re-evaluated this morning to see if he’s able to return. David Schlemko is getting closer.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Anders Lindback will start in net for the Lightning tonight against the Panthers.
Sunday Morning Hits: CBA, Malkin, Benn, Glencross, Gunnarsson, Steen, Tarasenko, Backlund, Leighton and Hedberg
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a final draft of the CBA. It has been sent to all NHLPA agents and members. It is subject to minor modifications.
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Evgeni Malkin suffered an upper-body injury, not a head injury. He was kept out of the last part of the 3rd period and OT for precautionary reasons.
- Mark Stepneski of Stars Inside Edge: Stars forward Jamie Benn left last night’s game after taking a hit from Coyotes Martin Hanzal.
- Calgary Flames via twitter: Flames Curtis Glencross missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury. He’s returning to Calgary today to be re-evaluated.
- Jonas Siegel of TSN: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarssonexpects his hip issue to linger all season.
“It’s good,” he told TSN.ca before Saturday’s game. “It’s tough playing back-to-backs and all that, [but] it’s actually been better than I thought. It’s going in the right direction every day here. It’s getting better actually.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch: Blues T.J. Oshie briefly left in the second period with a shoulder or arm injury. After the game he had some test, which came back negative.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Both Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko were on the ice yesterday morning.
- Calgary Flames via twitter: The Flames activate Mikael Backlund from the IR and assigned Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the AHL.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: The Flyers recalled goalie Michael Leighton and sent down Brian Boucher.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils.
Arnott Skating with Blues … Steen, McDonald and Tarasenko to be Evaluated Again … Injury to Ward … Bieksa with Groin Issue
- Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jason Arnott met with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on Saturday, and skated yesterday morning. He will practice with the team as they travel on their road trip to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Anaheim. Andy McDonald skated yesterday for the second time since straining his knee. Alex Steen was put on the IR on Saturday with an upper-body injury. Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues will let Jason Arnott practice to see where he’s at. GM Doug Armstrong said there are no string attached.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that Alex Steen, Andy McDonald and Vladimir Tarasenko will be re-evaluated later this week. Steen could be the first to return to the lineup.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: Hurricanes Cam Ward left last night’s game with what could be an ankle or groin injury. He didn’t look good leaving the ice. Chip Alexander via twitter: Coach Kirk Muller didn’t know the severity of Ward’s injury and added ”Hopefully he gets back soon.” He’ll be evaluated further today.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa didn’t play last night because of a groin issue.
- Don Brennan via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson practiced this morning. Coach Paul MacLean said “as of now” he doesn’t see Anderson playing this weekend.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blue defenseman Kris Russel should be in, Wade Redden to sit. Lou Korac via twitter: Alex Steen has been ruled out for tonight’s game.
- John Vogl via twitter: Panthers coach Kevin Deneen said that defenseman Filip Kuba is expected to return against the Sabres. Forward Scottie Upshall is questionable.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Flames Roman Cervenka is out tonight.
- Terrell Williams of Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes have activated Tim Gleason and Tim Brent from the IR. They assigned Ryan Murphy to the OHL, Jeremy Welsh and Michael Jordan to the AHL.
Injury Notes: Wisniewski, McDonald, Steen, Khabibulin, McDonagh, Nash, Del Zotto, Brown, Kuba, Bolland, Salo and Michalek
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was put on the IR and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot.
- St. Louis Blues: The Blues put Andy McDonald on the IR with a left knee injury. Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Steen hasn’t be ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: The Oilers put Nikolai Khabibulin on the IR and have called up Yann Danis.
- BlueShirtsUnited: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced with teammates today for an optional practice and will be returning to the lineup after missing one game. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto also practiced, but are unsure if they’ll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Colton Orr and Mike Brown will return to the lineup tonight. David Steckel is out.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Filip Kuba (upper-body injury) skated with Mike Caruso (wrist) before practice.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is out tomorrow. He hasn’t started skating yet.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning list Sami Salo is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek practice today and will travel with the team. It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow or over the weekend.
Injury Updates: Nash, Wisniewski, Johansson, Clutterbuck, Bourque, Brodeur, Malone, Lehtonen, Reimer, Frattin, Steen and McDonald
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Rick Nash doesn’t think he’ll be ready to go tonight. He won’t say what the injury is, saying it was a few things. When asked directly if it was a concussion, Nash said he wasn’t a doctor.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski is out “long term” with a broken bone in his foot.
- Brian McNally via twitter: The Capitals put Marcus Johansson on the IR with an upper-body injury retroactive to February 7th. He can be activated at any time.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild put Cal Clutterbuck on the IR. He’s likely to miss at least 4 more games.
- Montreal Canadiens via twitter: Rene Bourque has a concussion.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will see a doctor today. It’s still possible that he’ll make the trip with the team to Winnipeg.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning’s Ryan Malone said he’s not sure if he’ll travel with the team when they leave on their 4-game road trip, but indicated he could join them at some point on it.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars Kari Lehtonen isn’t ready just yet, but expects to be ready for Thursday.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs James Reimer and Matt Frattin might be available for Thursday’s game against the Islanders. Colton Orr will be ready for tomorrow. Mike Brown is out with a lower-body injury.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues Alex Steen and Andy McDonald both went down with an injury on the same drill at practice today.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars center Derek Roy is getting closer to being fully recovered from his shoulder injury. He is expected to skate with a Texas Stars (AHL) practice next week.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Alex Steen returned to Modo’s lineup after missing 8 games with a leg injury.
- Kevin Kurtz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Martin Havlat on his agent, Allan Walsh, and his outspokenness on twitter,
“I know what he’s doing, and what he’s writing,” Havlat said. “I talk to him a lot, too. I think it’s been great. Unfortunately, he might be the only agent speaking out and supporting the players. It would be nice if we get some help, but he’s been great. He’s doing a great job not just for his own players, but for the whole group of players.”
Havlat on his knee injury from last year,
“I feel great. I was ready to go in September and I am ready to go now. I’m working out like everybody else and trying to stay in shape as much as I can…waiting for the call,” he said.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Red Wings Kyle Quincey is done playing with the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL. He may have just signed for a limited number of games.
Should Oilers trade Gagner? Blues interested in Morrow and Doan … Kulemin gets arbitration, Franson doesn’t … Purcell signs for $4.5 million per
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It doesn’t make any sense for the Oilers to trade Sam Gagner unless they are able to get an exceptional return. He is still only 23, and is a good player even if he doesn’t improve. He has 220 points in 366 games, a 0.60 ppg pace, and puts him ahead of Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Andrei Kostitsyn, Michael Ryder, Bryan Little and others over the same span. If they were to move him, it should be for either a better center or a high-end defenseman.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged that he has been involved in trade discussions which could lead to a trade being done soon. The Blues want to add a top 4 defenseman, and he may have found a veteran forward to bring in. The Blues have interest in Stars Brenden Morrow, who is said to be available now. The Rangers, Sharks and Kings may also be calling the Stars. The Blues already have LWers in David Perron, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen (could move to center), Matt D’Agostini (Hitchcock prefers him on the right) and Jaden Schwartz (no guarantee he makes the roster next year). Morrow played in 57 games last year and missed time with neck and back issues. He has 1 year left on a 6 year, $24.6 million deal. He has a full no-trade clause. The Blues have also expressed interest in Shane Doan.
- Kevin McGrann of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs filed for salary arbitration for Nikolai Kulemin, but not for defenseman Cody Franson. Kulemin’s agent has had only 1 negotiating session with the Leafs since the end of the season.
“Kulemin loves the city and loves the organization a lot and would like to stay in Toronto,” said Greenstin. “But not everything is in my, and Kulemin’s, hands.
“I believe the Leafs like him, but now it’s strictly business.”
With the trade for James van Riemsdyk, Kulemin may have lost his spot on the 2nd line.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Sportsnet cites a Russian report that Alexander Semin is close on a 1 year deal with the Penguins. No comment from his agent.
- Tampa Bay Lightning via twitter: Teddy Purcell has signed a contract extension for 3 years. ($4.5 million per year)
- Dave Lozo via twitter: “So the Rangers go into next season with Asham, Pyatt, Halpern and without Prust, Fedotenko, Mitchell, Gaborik (for 3 months). Yowser.”