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Posts Tagged Beau Bennett
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Nathan Horton won’t travel with the team due to an upper-body injury he sustained in the fight with Jarome Iginla.
- Ian Mendes: Unlikely that Senators Erik Karlsson is in the lineup tonight.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury won’t be in the Penguins lineup tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins: Letang has foot poisoning. Beau Bennett has an upper-body injury. Fleury’s wife is expecting. Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin all skated today.
- Kirk Penton: Jets Evander Kane didn’t skate this morning.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Magnus Paajarvi was hit in the foot with a shot against the Avalanche, and won’t be in the lineup. Eric Belanger will be in the lineup. Ryan Whitney will also play.
- Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Higgins-Roy-Kesler; Weise-Ebbett-Kassian; Raymond-Lapierre-Hansen.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks defensive pairings: Vlasic/Stuart, Hannan/Boyle, Irwin/Braun.
- Bruce Garrioch: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight.
- John Vogl: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
- Dave Molinari: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Penguins.
- Joanne Ireland: Nikolai Khabibulin will be in net for the Oilers.
- Jim Jamieson: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.
- Eric Stephens: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the for the Ducks.
- Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild.
- Chris Kuc: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: The NHL draft lottery will held on April 29th and the NHL draft will be held on June 30th in New Jersey.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The Penguins sign winger Tom Kostopoulos to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract. Will DePaoli via twitter: Kostopolous will have to clear waivers and then will be re-assigned to Wilkes Barre.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Predators have claimed Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Penguins. The Capitals put Roman Hamrlik on waivers.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Hamrlik is in the last year of his contract. He has a $3.5 million salary cap hit. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hamrlik lost his job with the Capitals as there are four left handed defenseman ahead of him on the depth chart: Alzner, Erskine, Poti and Schultz. Coach Adam Oates insists that lefties play the left side.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has headed back to Slovakia to attend a family tragedy. He’s expected to be back by the weekend.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The Penguins have recalled winger Beau Bennett.
Friedman’s thoughts … Pens need a winger … Blues – Flyers scouting each other … Isles holding pat? Bruins to sign Pandolfo
- Eliotte Friedman of CBC: The Wild have lots of young talent but at different stages of development. They are 5-5-1 and have holes to fill.
“They will not be a contender until their young players are ready,” said one executive. “But that will be hard for ownership to hear.”
Capitals GM George McPhee said on Friday that he won’t “blow up” the team. Firing Adam Oates doesn’t make much sense. Several teams would love Ryan O’Reilly. Derick Brassard’s name is coming up again. The Blue Jackets have 3 1st round picks this year including the Kings and Rangers. The likely wouldn’t trade their own, but the others are strong assets in a deep draft. Dustin Penner is in the Kings doghouse and could draw some interest. There are some people who believe that if there are 2 NHL teams in Toronto, one will be owned by Bell and the other by Rogers.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari thinks that if the Penguins don’t think Beau Bennett is ready to contribute Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, they should look to move some assets to acquire a winger. They may be able to find someone closer to the trade deadline that would be cheaper. If they don’t find someone to fill the hole this year, it will lessen their chances of contending this spring.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers were scouting the Blues last night. The Blues were scouting the Flyers last night. The Flyers need scoring and Blues could use a defenseman.
- B.D. Gallof via twitter: For Islanders fans who are calling for a trade, they will be disappointed as their current NHL and AHL options are their only options/solutions.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Bruins are likely to sign Jay Pandolfo to a deal this week. He’s been skating and traveling with them.
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Panic or Patience for a few NHL teams. Rangers – patience. Flyers – patience. Capitals – panic. Red Wings – patience. Kings – panic.
Quick hits: Gudbranson, Clune, Hickey, White, Tangradi, Bennett, Oilers, Redden, Hybrid icing, Bailey and Joensuu
- George Richards via twitter: The Panthers have suspended defenseman Erik Gudbranson until he’s cleared to play, and not just practice. He could start the season with San Antonio in the AHL.
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: The Predators claimed Rich Clune from the Kings. The Islanders claimed Thomas Hickey from the Kings.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Blues have invited Colin White to camp on a PTO.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Looking like Eric Tangradi and Beau Bennett are in competition to be on a line with Evgeni Malkin. Both will be playing with him tomorrow during their scrimmage.
- Sportscenter via twitter: (via @TSNRyanRishaug) Jordan Eberle will become an assistant captain in Edmonton. Taylor Hall and Nick Schultz will rotate A’s and Shawn Horcoff will remain as captain. Ales Hemsky and Ryan Whitney lost their A’s.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: The new compliance buyout agreement basically only had two players in mind, Redden and Gomez.
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: After 584 games, the AHL has ended their hybrid icing experiment. It was ‘positive’ but they want the players to have some consistency between the AHL and NHL.
- NY Islanders via twitter: The Islanders suspend Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu for getting injured while playing overseas. Their suspensions will be lifted when they pass their physicals.
Trade activity could be heated … Leafs say no to Bernier, others could be interested … Sens could look for a Dman … Iginla and free agency
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said that trade activity could be heavy before the season starts. He was already getting calls. Clarifying, that he was referring to trade activity in the NHL and not necessarily for the Capitals.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: The shortened schedule and the drop in salary cap for next season could mean an active trade market at the deadline. There should be enough separation in the standings to determine if teams will be sellers or buyers.
“As long as a guy’s contract is up this year, you can take on salary galore,” said one general manager, adding the one important caveat: “If you want to give the assets away.”
Former GM Neal Smith:
“You don’t want to make the mistake of giving away a guy who will be around for four or five years haunting you, particularly a younger guy,” Smith said. “A smart GM would be very, very careful at the deadline this year unless he can find a deal out there where he can catch a guy napping.”
A team could take on a bad contract at the trade deadline, and then buy him out after the season.
“You could, but you won’t have a very happy owner if you do that,” Smith said. “You took a buyout from somebody else.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Brian Burke pushed the idea of retaining salary in trades for years. Teams will now be able to do this.
A club cannot absorb more than 50 percent of the players’ annual cap hit/salary in any trade. Any NHL club can only have up to three contracts on their payroll in which the contract was traded away under the retaining salary proviso. Also, only up to 15 percent of your upper limit cap amount can be used up by the money you have retained in trades.
An example of how this works: The Maple Leafs want to trade Mike Komisarek who has a $4.5 million salary cap hit and $3.5 million salary. The Maple Leafs could retain half the cap hit and salary, so $2.25 million and $1.75 million. The trading team would take on the other half. This should result in more trades taking place.
- James Cybulski via twitter: Cybulski was told that the Maple Leafs have said no thanks to Kings Jonathan Bernier.
- The Fourth Period: It’s thought that the Kings will look again at trade options for Jonathan Bernier. The Kings talked with Maple Leafs, but they said no thanks according to Cybulski. The Devils could be a team interested as Brodeur is on his last contract. Bernier would be able to learn from one of the best goalies of all-time. Miikka Kiprusoff has one year left on his deal in Calgary. The Red Wings will look at signing Jimmy Howard to a contract extension, but if they are unable to get him looked up, GM Ken Holland may have to look elsewhere. The Oilers have said they are going with Devan Dubnyk, but if that doesn’t work out as planned, they may look elsewhere.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Jose Theodore is not fazed by the Roberto Luongo to Florida rumors. Theodore said that Tomas Vokoun would also still want to play from the Panthers.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: With Senators defenseman Jared Cowen out for the year, and Mike Lundin out for 3 or 4 weeks, GM Bryan Murray might look at a trade or free agent to fill the hole.
“I’m not sure,” Murray said in an interview with the Citizen. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to, but from the looks of it, with Lundin out for a bit of time, too, we probably will have to do something.”
Murray has already received calls from free agents, and has talked with a few teams about a trade.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers could re-sign Marco Sturm, and at least 2 camp invitees could make the team. Mike Santorelli could be in trouble.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass and Matt Cooke could play with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Chris Kunitz played with Malkin and Neal last season, but he’ll be along side Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. GM Ray Shero could make a move for a winger for the line. Prospect Beau Bennett could make the team and fill that slot.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames captain Jarome Iginla will be a free agent at the end of they year and will be questioned about his plans all year.
“I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said Monday after skating with a whack of teammates and fellow pros at WinSport.
“I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.
“It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here. It is home.
“That’s where my focus is, to get ready and have a great season as a team and play well for this team.”
There was no talks between Iginla, his agents Don Meehan and Jay Feester over the summer, and they weren’t allowed to talk during the lockout.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t thought about those different scenarios. Right now, it’s really just getting ready for training camp,” he said. “Once the season comes, I’d like the focus to definitely be just on winning games. I don’t know with Don Meehan, when he and Jay are going to talk.
Panthers sign Mueller … Weber-Preds to talk next week … Nothing new on Subban … Roy has surgery … Sens need to get more physical
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers have signed Peter Mueller to a 1 year, $1.725 million deal.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile on Shea Weber:
“I talked to (his agent) Jarrett (Bousquet) yesterday and had a good conversation,” Poile said. “Shea and all his friends and people will be together this weekend for his charity golf tournament in his name in Sicamous (British Columbia). They’re going to be doing that and then we’re going to talk next week.”
“It’s all about talking about Shea and to see if we can get him signed to a longer-term contract with the Predators,” Poile said. “My conversations have always been very positive with Shea, his role and his future with the organization in terms of where the franchise is going.”
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, said last night that there is nothing to report on contract talks between Subban and the Canadiens.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are still searching for a top 6 forward to likely play with Sidney Crosby. It’s possible they could look within the organization, such as Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi or Beau Bennett. The best UFA available are Shane Doan and Alexander Semin.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars center Derek Roy had shoulder surgery yesterday and will be out until November. Roy had shoulder pain last year and played through it, and he planned to do the same this year. The Stars felt it was time to fix it. Jerry Sullivan via twitter: Sullivan notes that Roy’s surgery raises serious issues about the way the Sabres deal with injuries.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators could still use some more physical players to round out their roster after the departure of Matt Carkner and Zenon Konopka. 3 UFAs that might help are Brad Winchester, Zack Stortini and Matt Bradley.
JVR could practice today … Lindback will get trade interest … Oilers looking for 1 or 2 top Dmen … CBJ unlikely to move 2nd overall
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers James van Viemsdyk began skating on Sunday and could practice with the team today. He had surgery on March 6th on his fractured foot. His possible return for the 1st round is not known.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Teams that are looking to add a goaltender this summer will be looking at RFAs, Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier and even Tuukka Rask. Predators Anders Lindback is another RFA goalie that could find himself playing on another team next year. Custance points out that if someone signed Lindback to an offer sheet, that Preds don’t have a lot of free money to match. A 2 year, $3 million offer would only cost a 3rd round pick in compensation. A trade is a more likely scenario, as they will look to recoup that picks they moved at the deadline. In the last 2 years the 6 foot 6 Lindback posted a 16-13-2 record with a 2.53 GAA and .914 SV%. The Lightning have a stockpile of draft picks. The Blue Jackets are looking at upgrading their goaltending. The Maple Leafs are also said to be looking at adding a goalie, but they may be looking for a veteran goalie.
- Darren Dreger of TSN (mailbag): The Oilers would like to add 1 or 2 top-end defenseman, and the 1st overall pick will likely be brought up in several cases. He doesn’t see them interested in a Rick Nash or Jarome Iginla.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Portzline has been told that it’s unlikely the Blue Jackets trade the 2nd overall pick, but it’s not out of the question. They’d gladly move the pick they get from the Kings.
- Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.ca: Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins will be in the running for the Flames head coaching position. Other possibilities for the Flames are Troy Ward, Mike Sullivan, Craig MacTavish, Bob Boughner and Bob Hartley.
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Before the 2011 NHL Draft, an Eastern team scout said that a team is going to get a steal in Sean Couturier. The scout knew his team would not be in a position to draft him and added that Philadelphia would be a perfect fit as they have success with young French players.