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- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes goalie Mike Smithis hopeful that he and the Coyotes can work out a deal.
“We’ll see what happens, but that’s out of my control right now,” he said.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: With the salary cap going down next year, UFA winger Mason Raymond could be one of the casualties. There has been no contract talks between the two sides. Adding the likelihood of Raymond being on his way out, was the 4 year, $10 contract extension given to Chris Higgins last week. The Canucks already have $63.8 million committed to 16 players for next season. The salary cap will be $64.3 million. A buyout our two is possible, and a goalie could be moved to free up more cap space. Other UFAs are Max Lapierre, Andrew Alberts and Derek Roy. RFAs include Chris Tanev, Dale Weise and Tom Sestito.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: As of late last week, there had been no contract talks between the Red Wings and Valtteri Filppula.
“There’s nothing going on right now,” Filppula said.
Asked if it’s important to him to sign before the end of the season, Filppula said, “I think the focus should be on playing right now. And then when the time comes to think about that (contract) stuff I will do that.”
Written by Errol N. Hannigan and can be contacted by email at email@example.com
At this point in the season the Vancouver Canucks are a win away from tying Detroit for first place in the NHL. Last year Vancouver finished first overall with a record of 54-19-9 for a total of 117 points and based on their current production are on pace to equal that amount again this year. If that will be enough to be first again remains to be seen, as the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers also look like strong contenders.
Vancouver has made a few personnel changes from the team that came within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup last year, and they look like a team that should be able to contend again without making any deadline changes.
Since last year the Canucks have added some grit to their line-up in the form of Byron Bitz, Mike Duco and if he is able to return from the injury list Aaron Volpatti. Vancouver has two lines that can put up points with regularity. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, and the ever improving Alexandre Burrows are the number one line. With line number two being one of the fastest lines in hockey right now with the all USA born Kesler, Higgins and Booth. They also have good third and fourth lines that they can roll and use to wear down their opponents. They have one of the best face-off men in all of hockey in Manny Malhotra, who they use almost exclusively to win defensive zone face-offs.
Malhotra and Hamhuis could be out … More on Brad Richards … Koivu only Wild player they won’t trade … Jagr not ruling out NHL
- Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail: Rumors that Manny Malhotra had emergency surgery on his eye on Tuesday were false. If he doesn’t skate with teammates today, it’s unlikely he’ll play on Saturday. Dan Hamhuis is day-to-day with a lower-body injury after putting a hip check on Milan Lucic in Game 1. Hamhuis replacement options are Keith Ballard, Andrew Alberts and rookie Chris Tanev.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: So the Dallas Stars won’t be making an offer to Brad Richards.
“We have had talks with Brad throughout the year, and he’s not going to sign with us unless we have the ownership situation resolved, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen by the start of free agency,” Nieuwendyk said. “So while we could have discussions, it just doesn’t make much sense right now. So we would like to see if we could get something for his rights and allow another team to have a chance to sign him, but a lot of that is up to Brad and his agent.”
Richards has a no movement clause, and won’t easily waive it.
“I’m not aware of another player in this situation who has waived his no-trade clause, and I think there is a reason for that,” said Richards’ Toronto-based agent Pat Morris. “Accepting a move to another team creates an obligation, and you have to be pretty sure about that obligation. I think Brad has to do what’s best for himself and keep his options open.”
“It is difficult to leave Dallas, because it’s a city I really like and it’s a team where I thought I would have a chance to stay long-term,” Richards said. “But the ownership situation is what it is, and I’ve been through that before, and it’s something that’s really important to me. I want to win, and I think if you look around the league, the teams that win consistently are teams with strong ownership.”
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Richards history with John Tortorella has lead to speculation that he would be interested in joining the Rangers. The Maple Leafs and LA Kings are likely to give the Rangers competition. It’s likley he’ll want to test the open market.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby has been given clearance to begin his off-season workout routine, and would be monitored by his personal trainer. “I don’t want to look too far ahead, or whatever,” Shero said today. “But there’s no reason for me to expect him not to be (ready for camp), put it that way.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has said he’s willing to trade anyone except Mikko Koivu. They have already interviewed Craig MacTavish, Michel Therrien, Ken Hitchcock and Kirk Muller for the vacant head coaching position. He plans on talking with Houston’s (AHL) Mike Yeo. “We’re closer to the end than we are to the beginning,” said Fletcher, in Toronto for the NHL draft combine. “It’s not going to go forever. There’s a lot to be done, and I think it’s very important to work hand-in-hand with the new coach. Defenseman Brent Burns will be a UFA after next season and could be looking something in the $5 million range. Fetcher will be speaking with Burns’ agent, Ron Salcer, in the near future. Cam Barker (25) will make $3.08 million next year, and if bought out, he’d cost $375,000 against the cap next year, $541,667 the year after. The Wild won’t make any decisions on their free agents until they hire a new coach.
- Andre Cyr on Canoe.ca: Jaromir Jagr is talking with 4 KHL teams and said he’ll make a decision within a week. He also mentioned not to exclude a return to the NHL. Jagr’s European agent said last week that the Canadiens were interested. Sources are saying the Rangers could be interested as well, though they don’t have much cap room. Jagr could be “satisfied” with a $2 million NHL salary.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators have interviewed 5 or 6 coaches to fill their head coaching vacancy. Saint John (QMJHL) head coach Gerard Gallant was one of the latest to interview for the position. GM Bryan Murray hopes to have the position filled by mid-June.
- Genadi Boguslavski via twitter: KHL’s Vityaz GM Alex Zhamnov said his team wants to sign Zenon Konopka (NY Islanders) and Steve MacIntyre (Oilers).
Ehrhoff and Rome out for Canucks … Not much of turnout for Thrashers “select-a-seat” … Blackhawks notes
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome are likely to be replaced by Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts. Christian Ehrhoff possibly separated his shoulder in the 1st period of Game 3. Aaron Rome may have a concussion.
- George Henry of the Globe and Mail: Only 200 Thrashers fans turned out for Atlanta’s “select-a-seat” event in which potential and current season’s ticket holders can check out the seats, look at the ice and talk about the draft. “We’ve been lied to for six years,” Jenn Peters, 30, said while choking back tears as she flipped through a collection of ticket stubs. “It’s hard to watch as a fan because there’s nothing you can do but show up. You can voice your opinion and you can show up, but that’s all you can do.” The Thrashers website didn’t promote the event.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: A current Atlanta Thrasher only knows what everyone else does and is waiting for some announcement to let the players know what’s going on.
- Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago: The Blackhawks have 16 players under contact for about $54 million for next season. They are expected to re-sign Michael Frolik and Chris Campoli. The chances of re-signing UFA Tomas Kopecky are slim, and they may not be able to afford Troy Brouwer. It’s likely that one or more of their RFA’s will be traded and if they could move one of Brian Campbell or Niklas Hjalmarsson, it would free up some cap space. It would be hard for them to move Campbell due to his salary, but at 23 Hjalmarsson could get some interest.
- Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck: The Predators are close to signing defenseman Victor Bartley, who had been playing in Sweden.
- Craig Custance of the Sporting News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland needs to find a way to trade Jiri Hudler and his $2.875 million contract. It would have the Wings some extra cap room for free agency.
Salo in for Canucks … Off-season Blackhawks questions … Arnott and Sturm likely not back for Capitals … Thrasher sale update
- Damien Cox via twitter: Predators forward Colin Wilson will be in the lineup for injured Steve Sullivan. Sami Salo is in for the Canucks, Andrew Alberts is likely out. Keith Ballard a scratch. Dan Murphy via twitter: Salo in, Alberts out. No other changes for the Canucks, lines the same.
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has some easy decision in the re-signing of Corey Crawford and Michael Frolik, but tougher one’s involving Viktor Stalberg and Troy Brower (both are RFA’s). Tomas Kopecky is a UFA. Jake Dowell could be out because of money or team need to be bigger. Chris Campoli made $1.4 million last year and his return will likely depend on money. Marty Turco may not be back unless he takes less than the $1.3 million he made this past season. Fernando Pisani is likely done. Another team may offer Ryan Johnson more money and a bigger role. Niklas Hjalmarsson could be trade bait, he has 3 years at $3.5 million per season, but Bowman may not be eager to deal him, “I look back at his season and he was rock solid for us,” Bowman said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can contribute offensively. Not everybody has to put up points. There’s value in the style he plays.”
- CSN Chicago via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Chris Campoli had knee surgery, recovery will be 2 months.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm will likely not be brought back by the Capitals.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres forward Mike Grier will either return or retire, “If I play again, it’ll be here,” Grier said last week after cleaning out his locker. “If not, that’ll probably be it.”
- Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: There has been limited progress on finding a new owner/investors for the Thrashers.
“We continue to have discussions with different prospective investors or buyers of the franchise,” Gearon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. “The comments I made in February generated some preliminary interest. I wish there was more. There are some people we are talking to, but nothing that is far enough along at this stage that it deserves further comment.”
The Winnipeg group could target the Thrashers for relocation if Coyotes remain in Glendale. There is no indication if any local deal is close to keep the team in Atlanta.
- Matthew Sekers of the Globe and Mail: Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will return to the line for the last regular season game on Saturday. He had back surgery and has been out of the lineup since Jan. 26th. The Canucks will also only have 17 skates, 1 forward short, as they are close to the cap. Dan Hamhuis skated with teammates yesterday and hopes to play on Saturday as well, he’s been out with a concussion. Andrew Alberts won’t be ready until next week as his wrist is still bothering him.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Dan Hamhuis is looking to play Saturday and he wasn’t considering retirement, “I had a bit of a scare, but thankfully the symptoms cleared up very quickly,” Hamhuis said. “It was diagnosed as a very mild concussion. It was very positive. “I was happy the way things cleared up very quickly. I have really been symptom-free since the first day.”
- James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk will meet with GM Bryan Murray today. They might talk about a contract extension, but did say that Cory Clouston’s future as head coach would be in the hands of the next GM. Melnyk on Murray, “look, we get along, so it’s only a question of seeing whether we think he’s the right man for the position over the next several years and whether we can come together, and walk down the aisle together.” On Clouston he added, “That would really be involving the next GM, whoever that may be, that’s a hockey ops decision and I’m going to keep it that way.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild winger Andrew Brunette will be 38 next August, and is a UFA after this season, one of six for the Wild. He hasn’t had any contract talks, and realizes his time with the Wild could be over. “There will be a decision somewhere down the line if it’s back here or somewhere else or who knows, right?” Brunette said. “It’s played on my mind, I’m not going to lie to you, the last little bit. I’m trying not to really dig deep into that.”
- Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal: Wilde thinks Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier would lock Carey Price and PK Subban up long term, 7 years at least. The team has some good players in place with Cammalleri, Gionta, Eller, Pouliot, and Plekanec. The Canadiens have some holes to fill, especially on the blueline. They need a ‘big horse’ that can clear bodies and play with some anger. They also need to bring in a true big number 1 centerman.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes winger Erik Cole (25 goals so far) will be a UFA after the season. GM Jim Rutherford said the sides will talk contract extension after the season and added “has a very good future here and it will be one of our priorities.”
Kopitar to have surgery tomorrow … Hamhuis could be out week or longer … Green skates, Arnott practices … Glencross could get a nice raise, maybe not in Calgary
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Anze Kopitar will have surgery on his ankle/leg on Wednesday and is likely done for the year, even if they go deep in the playoffs. There was torn ligaments caused by the ankle sprain.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis could be out a week or longer after suffering his 2nd concussion of the year, 4th in his career. He was able to fly with the team to Nashville, watch practice, and planned on going out for dinner with former teammates. Things he may not have been able to do if his symptoms were bad. Mikael Samuelsson won’t play tonight but is possible for Thursday. Alex Edler and Andrew Alberts are expected to skate on Thursday as they begin to get ready for a playoff return. Tanner Glass is day-to-day with a rib injury.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated in full pads for 25 minutes yesterday, but still hasn’t had a full skate with teammates. He’s feeling better but still experiencing some symptoms, and hopes to practice in a week.
“Here and there, but nothing that’s progressing to get worse — it’s always getting better,” Green said. “We’ve done a great job here with the trainers and the staff of taking the right procedures for me to get better. The unfortunate part is that it does take time. It’s nice to get a good skate and hopefully now I can get back on the ice and back playing with the team.”
“I think it would be good” to get several practices in first, Green said. “I think it’s going to take some time to get back in shape. I haven’t skated for a long time. I’ll skate by myself here and hopefully get some practices in with the team and get comfortable again. I don’t want to rush into the game too much. I haven’t played for a while. I want to be in the best shape possible here going into the playoffs.”
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott took part in full practice yesterday. He’s missed the last 6 games with a lower-body injury. “After a day off, it’s a little rough, but not too bad,” Arnott said, before addressing whether he would be able to play on Tuesday against Carolina. “We’ll see how it responds today and go out in the morning skate tomorrow and then we’ll see.” A end of the week return may be the most likely “I think so. We got some good skates while the team [was] gone. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis thinks that Curtis Glencross could triple his $1.2 million salary on the open market this year. He now has 23 goals while bringing toughness and has penalty killing ability. Calgary may not be able to afford him now, especially with Daymond Langkow and his $4.5 million salary have received clearance to return. Langkow’s return may also force out Brendan Morrison as he’ll be looking for a raise on his $725,000 salary.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Jordan Leopold’s appointment with a hand specialist was postponed because he came down with the flu. Leopold broke his hand on Friday, and if he’ll be able to return for the playoffs could depend on if he needs surgery or not.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: The Blackhawks will finalize a deal with prospect Jimmy Hayes today.
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the Kings on Thursday.
Roy could be return this year … Sens want to re-sign Anderson … Canucks UFA Dmen … Lou hoping for Parise return
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres center, Derek Roy, out since Dec. 23rd with a torn quad, could return this season. Though he may not be ready until mid-May, if the Sabres made it deep into round 2 or the conference finals, he could return.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: The Senators are interested in re-signing Craig Anderson, but he may want to see how the restructing in Ottawa goes before committing. Robin Lehner will be given the opportunity to make the team next year, but may spend most of the year in the AHL.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo and Andrew Alberts will all be UFAs for the Vancouver Canucks after the season. They have Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard, Alex Edler and Aaron Rome signed for next year at a cap hit of $12.7 million. They may look at signing either Bieksa or Ehrhoff (Ehrhoff more likely) for around $5 million on a long term deal, and possibly Salo on a shorter term, less money deal. If either Bieksa or Ehrhoff want to much money, they could sign the other guy.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devil GM Lou Lamoriello on a possible Zach Parise return this season, “I would hope so, but let’s wait and see,” Lamoriello said. “Zach is progressing daily.” The Devils could also get Defenseman Matt Corrente (shoulder) back this year, he’s been skating for over 2 weeks.
- Louis Jean of Sportsnet: Lightning forward Simon Gagne met with a neck specialist on Friday and won’t be in the lineup on Saturday. He received an injection for a pinched nerve and needs to rest for 4 days.
Leafs-Bruins just discussing … Asking price for Weiss is big … Canucks lose another defenseman … Duchene day-to-day
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Sources are saying not to expect anything between the Maple Leafs and Bruins regarding Tomas Kaberle tonight. Another source is saying they are just having discussions at this point.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Burke said that he’s not done trading and that talks have accelerated around the league.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has given GM Jim Rutherford the “do what he needs to do to improve the team” approval.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: If the Panthers decide to trade Stephen Weiss, they’ll be looking to get a big deal, a lot more than what Mike Fisher and Kris Versteeg have gone for. Bryan McCabe could return to the Panthers lineup Friday or Saturday. McCabe hasn’t been asked nor expressed interest in waiving his no-movement clause.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Haggerty loves the John-Michael Liles trade rumors to Boston, stating he’s a -17 with 1 assist in his last 11 games.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Rick Dudley is looking for some scoring help, “We’re working on it. I only know I’m on the phone a lot.”
- Matthew Sekeres via twitter: Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts will be out a 4-6 weeks, longer if surgery is needed.
- Katie Carerra via twitter: Mike Green may not be able to go tomorrow against the Ducks.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs center Matt Duchene is listed as day-to-day with a hand injury. More should be known in the morning.
Injured Canucks … Giguere could waive no-trade … Stars dangling Neal for Dman? Would Sharks consider Souray? Surgery for Whitney
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: It looks like Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts could miss some time as the team recalled Chris Tanev from Manitoba.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks 4th line center Alec Bolduc will have an MRI done later this week to determine the extend of his injury, but he’s expected to miss a month. His shoulder popped out on a face-off on Friday, this is his 3rd separation in the last 2 years. They’ll need to recall a forward this week, maybe Sergei Shirokov, Viktor Oreskovich, or possibly Cody Hodgson. If they look at a trade to replace him, Islanders center Zenon Konopka could be of interest.
- Mike Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: JS Giguere has a no-trade clause but has made it known that he could be open to waiving it. Tomas Kaberle, François Beauchemin and Mike Komisarek also have no-trade clauses but haven’t said publicly if they’d be open to waiving it. Trade talks in past weeks have involved Kris Versteeg, Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski. Trading Versteeg for prospects seems odd since they gave up prospects to get before the season. MacArthur and Grabovski have been a couple of their best players this year. Kaberle for Blake Wheeler continues to float out there, though the Bruins have 7 Dman locked up for next year.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Jarrko Ruutu knows his days in Ottawa are likely numbered. The Kings, Sharks and Penguins could possibly be interested in him.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Penguins should trade Evgeni Malkin and move Jordan Staal up to the #2 center, and proposes a Malkin-Rick Nash trade, though admits will likely never happen. Matheson wonders if the Sharks have considered Sheldon Souray. Flyers are looking for right winger who’ll be a UFA at season end, currently have about $1.9 million in cap room. Some think the Stars will dangle James Neal for an offensive defenseman.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney will be heading to N.C. to see his foot specialist (will be his 3rd procedure there) to repair a dislocated tendon in his right ankle. A time frame may be better known today when it gets examined, but “All we know is it’s going to be a good amount of time,” Tambellini said. “He’s dealt with this surgeon before, so he’s very comfortable with him.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Derek Boogaard could be done for the season after suffering a concussion in a fight with Matt Carkner. Don’t look for a Mike Commodore-Brian Rolston deal, Rolston makes too much money for the Blue Jackets. Best Bets for Senators defenseman Chris Phillips are the Capitals and Sharks. If Patrick Eaves keeps up his scoring, Jiri Hudler could find himself an odd man out, would someone take his $2.8 million contract?
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Calgary Flames turned down the idea of starting next season in Europe, “We need to focus on what’s important and get ourselves back on track,” said team president and CEO Ken King. Sharks GM Doug Wilson is kicking tires, but “the marketplace is a tough one” as many teams are looking for centers and defenseman. Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Don Meehan, is heading to Phoenix today to discuss contract extension with the Coyotes. “We’ve been told that signing Ilya is a priority,” said Meehan.
3 groups of Flames that could be traded… Getzlaf out 4-6 weeks … Karlsson only safe Senator … Commodore asks for trade … plus more
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Sportak lists 3 groups of Calgary Flames that could be traded 1. The UFA’s: Curtis Glencross, Brendan Morrison, Anton Babchuk, Steve Staios, Adam Pardy and Alex Tanguay. 2. Not playing up to Snuff: Niklas Hagman or Matt Stajan. 3. Core players: Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr and Miikka Kiprusoff.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ryan Getzlaf will be out 4 to 6 weeks with a nasal sinus fracture.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Chris Pronger has been cleared to resume light skating tomorrow. Pronger is recovering from a broken foot he suffered on Dec. 15th. He’ll be re-evaluated on Jan. 12th.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: According to sources, Mike Commodore has asked the Columbus Blue Jackets for a trade because he doesn’t think he’s in coach Arniel’s game plans. He’s been a healthy scratch 7 of the last 8 games. Commodore signed a 5 year, $18.75 million deal in 2008 ($3.5 million next year, $3.35 million the year after), so it could be difficult to move him. Portzline notes “His inability to crack the top six spots on the Blue Jackets’ blue line — considered one of the worst in the NHL — will also set off alarms.” From coach Scott Arniel, “I don’t have him in our top 6. He feels he should be, which is why he asked for the trade. I understand that.” Arniel also added, “This isn’t personal. This has to do with hockey skills.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It looks like Erik Karlsson may be the only Ottawa Senator that GM Bryan Murray wouldn’t trade, and he isn’t finding any buyers for the rest of his players. If a trade can’t be made, don’t be surprised if Murray goes back behind the bench. Mike Fisher has 2 years left on his contract, might get some interest, but doubtful to move. Chris Phillips is a UFA at seasons end, but would like to stay, no negotiations have taken place. Jarrko Ruutu has been a healthy scratch and is a UFA at the end of the year.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: JS Giguere will miss another week with his groin injury.
- Ian Walker via twitter: Roberto Luongo will start for the Canucks. Andrew Alberts will also be in the lineup.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jed Ortmeyer (Min) and JD Watt (Cgy) cleared waivers today. Whitfield (Bos), Marc-Andre Bergeron (TB) and Kyle Wilson (CBJ) were placed on waivers today.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Johan Hedberg will start for the Devils on Thursday versus the Flyers.
Stars-Richards talking extension … Canucks need to clear $1.8 million for a Salo return … DiPietro hurt again … Reimer Staying? Trades in future for Kings?
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told Strickland that he’s focused on getting Brad Richards re-signed. They are concentrating on getting an extension done and not looking to trade him. Both sides have started talking, and ownership situation won’t get in the way of negotiations.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: It looks like the Canucks will have to clear about $1.8 million when Sami Salo is ready to return. Though it’s unlikely the Canucks would waive both Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts, their combined cap hit is $1.8 million. The Canucks could make a trade before Salo comes back, but GM Mike Gillis has said recently he’s not a fan of trading players.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Despite having many no-trade clauses and high salaried players, Lou Lamoriello is still trying to be a seller. Jamie Langenbrunner has a no-trade, but could be on the move.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rick DiPietro left last night’s game and will re-evaluate today, he had this to say after the game, “It was a little tweak and I’ll be back as soon as possible.”
- Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean: Predators center Cal O’Reilly broke his right fibula on Sunday. O’Reilly was 3rd on team scoring with 18 points (yikes!). Preds centers have missed a total of 60 games this season, Matthew Lombardi (concussion), David Legwand (lower body injury) and Marcel Goc (shoulder) have all missed time.
- Dennis Bernstein (TFP) via twitter: Bernstein thinks the Bruins may take a look at Francois Beauchemin and Tomas Kaberle at the deadline.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: With Murray’s comments about Jarret Stoll’s line and Marco Sturm hitting the wall, GM Dean Lombardi may have to overpay to bring in some scoring help.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: The Maple Leafs may not send James Reimer back to the AHL when JS Giguere returns from injury implied coach Ron Wilson.
- Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun: Mike Brown skated yesterday and is about a week to 10 days away from returning to Leafs lineup.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Peter Budaj will start in net for the Avalanche tonight.