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Posts Tagged Ben Eager
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Damien Cox: The Maple Leafs and Miikka Kiprusoff’s agent will continue talks this morning. Could be 50-50 at best.
- James Mirtle: Mirtle wouldn’t be shocked if the Maple Leafs did little today. GM Dave Nonis may be looking for bargains.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings would like to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward, but won’t give up a first round pick. Several options have already been traded.
“With the people that were moved the last couple of days, in most cases I talked to those general managers,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “I don’t know that there’s a lot out there. We’ll see what happens (Wednesday).”
Red Wings GM Ken Holland won’t be looking for depth players.
“We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,” Holland said. “Some players we couldn’t get in the mix on. I’ll explore until the deadline.”
The Wings inquired about Jaromir Jagr and Jay Bouwmeester. Players the Red Wings might be interested in: Derek Morris, Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Curtis Glencross, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Pominville, Mike Ribeiro and Drew Stafford.
- Kevin Allen: GM Holland is still looking, but would be fine if he ends the day with the same team.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t think the Flyers are on edge about the deadline. GM Paul Holmgrem said on Saturday that he didn’t expect to be a buyer. The Flyers are six points out. They don’t have much to offer up if they decide they want to make a playoff push. Possible trade bait in Daniel Briere, Max Talbot and Braydon Coburn are all out with injuries. If they are looking to add a defenseman, they could look at: Jamie McBain, Ryan O’Byrne, Erik Johnson, Ryan Whitney, Derek Morris and Keith Yandle.
- Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini on if it will be a busy trade deadline day.
“Hard to tell. We’re talking to a lot of teams about different options, short-term, long-term … I really won’t know until I get there on Wednesday.”
McCurdy lists some Oilers who could be traded: Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Mark Fistric, Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi and Theo Peckham.
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.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: On Red Wings Darren Helm back injury:
“They ruled out everything bad,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “It’s a small strain or tear in a lower back ligament. He got an injection, said he felt better right away.”
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Carl Gunnarsson on the IR yesterday. It will allow Mike Brown to return to the lineup, which will happen likely by the weekend. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Gunnarsson could return next week and it shouldn’t be a long-term issue.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Wayne Simmonds is “probably” cleared for contact, but is not 100% yet. A Saturday return is possible.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: With putting Anton Lander on the IR, the Oilers can now active Ben Eager for this weekend.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian is getting close to returning. There is no set date, but he’ll travel with the team to Ottawa for Saturday’s game. Once his injured wrist passes a few more tests in practice, he’ll get the green light to return. Dustin Byfuglien is still out with an undisclosed injury. Antti Miettinen is out with an upper-body injury. There is no timetable for when Byfuglien or Miettinen could return.
Ovi said most KHL players won’t return … Hall still waiting for clearance … Eager arrested … Luongo to Leafs makes sense
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alex Ovechkin, “If contracts get slashed, most players won’t return.” Ovechkin added that there are legal ways to stay in the KHL.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Taylor Hall won’t play any games with Oklahoma of the AHL until November. He has been skating with them, but still needs to get clearance from Edmonton doctors.
“It’s a bit of a weird situation…I know I just signed for $42 million but everybody knows I love to play no matter what they pay me, and right now they’re paying me when I’m not playing,” said the rehabbing Oilers’ forward, who is still getting his NHL salary in the minors, but not tugging on a Barons’ jersey, except for practices.
“I did take some face-offs yesterday (Friday) and today (Saturday). I did another drill where I had my arm extended, holding off somebody. I couldn’t do that last season (his shoulder was in bad shape even before Colorado’s Ryan Wilson stapled him into the boards in Denver 11 months ago),” said Hall. “The shoulder feels strong.”
- Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Ben Eager was charged with assault last night following a fight at The Quail Pub in Toronto. Eager and his brother were charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. The Eager’s were caught on surveillance assaulting the doorman.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs are basically the only team that has a need, desire, available assets and financials to take on Roberto Luongo. It’s not a done deal when the lockout ends, but it’s close. Luongo would prefer Florida, but they have Jacob Markstrom and they don’t want to give up anything of value for Luongo. There are 3 questions that come to mind on a Luongo to Toronto deal, “(1) does he want to play in Toronto (2) will the new collective agreement facilitate a trade and (3) do the Canucks see something they want in return?” The answer to #1 seems to be yes. The new CBA could throw a wrinkle in the Canucks future plans. The NHL proposed that if a player retires during a contract, the cap hit goes back to the team that signed him. There appears to players that the Canucks are interested in. Tyler Bozak or Nikolai Kulemin might interest the Canucks.
- Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: Berger has always felt that Luongo will end up in a Maple Leafs uniform. He would be their best goalie since Ed Belfour. The Leafs have missed the playoffs for 5 straight seasons.
We continue our look at penalties committed during this past season. Here is list of players who have taken the most charging penalties during the 2011-12 season. 7 charging penalties resulted in suspensions.
|3||Jared Boll||Blue Jackets||RW||
|T12||45 players tied with 1 Charging penalty|
|Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.|
Afternoon notes on: Radulov, Duchene, Perry, Sbisa, Datsyuk, Letang, Backstrom, Eager and Wings starting goalies
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Radulov’s Russian agent said there is no meeting with the KHL today. A decision is expected tomorrow.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Matt Duchene will return to the lineup on Thursday. He will miss only 9 days instead of the expected 3 to 4 weeks for the ankle injury.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Both Corey Perry and Luca Sbisa are questionable for tonight. Perry injured his shoulder on Saturday and Sbisa developed back spasms on Monday.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Pavel Datsyuk skated again today and hopes to be back on Saturday.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang could return tomorrow.
- Dave Lozo via twitter: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom has skated 2 days in a row and said there’s “no problems at all.”
- Jason Gregor via twitter: Oilers Ben Eager is out with back spasms, Teemu Hartikainen has been recalled.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Joey MacDonald will start for the Red Wings tonight. Jimmy Howard will start on Saturday.
Sens could be buyers … Flyers like Suter and Schenn … Red Wings eye Parise … Oils like Ellis … Green out 4-6 weeks … Ribeiro to IR
- James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:
“If we continue on our road and we’re healthy, we’ll certainly look at doing something prior to the trade deadline and, at the very least, we’ll be looking at doing something.
“But a lot also has to do with not screwing around with a good thing,” he said, noting the players are pleased with their current situation.
“But if they are behind it, this is the one time you let the players speak and they’ll tell you in a heartbeat, yeah, we need this and we need that and that’s it.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Oilers forward Ben Eager could get some interest at the trade deadline. He has 2 years left on his deal at $1.1 million.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: Frustrated Sabres goalie Ryan Miller: “We’ve got to find it from in here. We can’t sit and wait for somebody else to (bleeping) do it.” and “Do you guys really think there’s any kind of trade made … that’s going to affect this team any more than we can affect it … ?”
- Sportsnet.ca: According to a report from Bruce Garrioch, if the Blue Jackets decide to replace GM Scott Howson, former Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. is a possible replacement.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Flyers continue to monitor Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. James van Riemsdyk could have been a piece, but he is currently out with a concussion. He has a muscle tear in his abdomen and has a hip that will require surgery this offseason. Would the Flyers consider moving Brayden Schenn as Sean Couturier may have passed him on the depth chart? They have their 1st round pick in play and possibly blueline prospect Marc-Andre Bourdon. A condition on a Suter deal would be for him to sign a long-term deal before July 1st. The Flyers like a Luke Schenn for James van Riemsdyk deal if they can’t land Suter. His concussion could put things on hold for now. The Lightning won’t be buyers at the deadline, but they’ll be taking offers on UFAs like Dominic Moore. GM Yzerman won’t look for a goalie now, and may wait for the offseaon and look at Josh Harding, Jonathan Bernier or Cory Schneider. Matheson says the Red Wings could be interested in Zach Parise this summer. They have the cap space to offer him a 5 year deal at a $8.25 million cap hit. The Penguins could use a guy like Tuomu Ruutu. The Oilers would love to get Predators dman Ryan Ellis. The Preds would be willing to move Jonathan Blue as he’s fallen out of favor.
- Lindsay Applebaum of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman will be out 4 to 6 weeks as he will undergo abdominal surgery. He’ll have the surgery today to hopefully repair damage from his now-chronic groin issue.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby said late last week that he is still experiencing some trouble with motion and balance, will see a concussion specialist in chiropractic neurology. Crosby didn’t suffer any setbacks after skating on Friday and Saturday.
- Dallas Morning News: The Stars have put center Mike Ribeiro on the IR with a lower body injury.
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: There is no update on Kings winger Simon Gagne. He’s been out since Dec. 26th with a concussion. He is not doing any hockey activity, nor is he with the team.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers goalie Jose Theodore should be back this week on the road.
Starting goalies for Panthers, Capitals, Senators, Oilers and Ducks … Lines at practice for Leafs and Canucks
- George Richards via twitter: Jose Theodore will be in net for the Panthers against the Lightning. George Richards via twitter: Jacob Markstrom may get his 1st NHL start tomorrow for the Panthers against Tomas Vokoun and the Capitals.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers against the Predators.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Dan Ellis will get his first start for the Ducks tonight.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Alex Auld will be in net for the Senators tomorrow against the Flyers.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks lines at practice: Twins-Burrows Higgins-Kesler-Hodgson Hansen-Malhotra-Samuelsson Volpatti-Lapierre-Weise. Defensive pairings: Ballard-Bieksa Alberts-Salo Hamhuis-Edler.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Lines at Maple Leafs practice this morning: MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin. Lupul-Bozak-Kessel. Frattin-Lombardi-Armstrong. Brown-Steckel-Dupuis. David Alter via twitter: Defensive pairing at Leafs practice: Phaneuf-Gunnarsson, Liles-Schenn, Franson-Komisarek
- Jesse Spector via twitter: The Blackhawks assign Ben Smith to the AHL.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks assign defenseman Chris Tanev to the AHL.
Flyers in no rush to call up Schenn … Doughty to IR … Hemsky resting for 2-3 weeks … Kesler skating hard … Some starting goalies tonight
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers are in no hurry to bring Brayden Schenn up from the AHL as he’s refining his game and there is a logjam on their roster. “When it’s the right time, he’ll be here,” general manager Paul Holmgren said on Sunday. “He’ll continue to play for the Phantoms for a little bit, anyway. I’m not sure, lineup-wise, where he’d fit in with the Flyers right now.” Blair Betts was placed on LTIR. Zac Rinaldo could be sent down when Jody Shelley finishes his 5 games suspension. They would have just enough cap space to recall Schenn at that point. If/when they do recall him, he could place him on the 3rd line with Sean Couturier and move Matt Read to the 4th line. It appears that Courturier will stick with the Flyers for the year.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The LA Kings have put Drew Doughty on the IR. He’s expected to be out 7 to 10 days with a shoulder injury. The Kings have recalled Slava Voynov from the AHL.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Ales Hemsky will be resting his sore right shoulder for 2 to 3 weeks. It does not involve the labrum that was repaired last March. Ben Eager is expected to play his first game this week. Ryan Whitney should be returning soon too.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks forward Ryan Kesler skated hard yesterday for an hour without teammates. It’s not known exactly when he’ll return, but he is entering the 10 to 12 week window.
“It’s smart for me to take my time now and let everything heal. I’m not a guy who plays on the perimeter, I want to get in there and battle. I’m getting closer but obviously I still feel it [hip] at times out there — just certain movements I don’t feel comfortable doing yet. I’m not going to come back until I feel comfortable or I’m 100 per cent.”
Oct. 26th or Oct. 28th could be possible dates.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Unconfirmed reports are that Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov will resume practicing next week.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik and Dustin Jeffrey didn’t travel with the Penguins to Winnipeg.
- David Pollak via twitter: Sharks goalie Antti Niemi will get his first start of the season against the Ducks tonight.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: JS Giguere will start for the Avalanche tonight against the Maple Leafs.
Avery demotion affects Stars … Leafs not after Gagner … No-touch icing will pass … Cumiskey traded to Ducks … No suspensions for Sarich and Mills
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning Stars: The Dallas Stars are paying half of Sean Avery’s salary still, even with Rangers sending him to the minors. But they have been told by the NHL that while Avery is in the minors, Avery’s $1.9 million cap hit won’t count against their cap. The Stars may have to add a player to bring their cap number above the salary floor of $48.3 million. GM Joe Nieuwfendyk doesn’t know what the penalty is if they go below the floor.
“It’s not an issue yet, but we want to take care of it,” Nieuwendyk said. “It could force some tough decisions going forward, but that’s just part of the game.”
Eric Francis of the Calgary Herald: One GM who has wanted no-touch icing for years: “it will pass now (at the GMs rules meeting in March) — the public pressure is too great.” One GM said to get rid of the trapezoid so goalies can save their teammates. Most players that Francis has talked to would like to see a hybrid icing rule at the very least. Any talk of that the Leafs are interested in Sam Gagner is false. Burke even emailed Oilers GM Steve Tambellini saying the Gagner talk never came from him.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers winger Ryan Smyth was practicing at center yesterday as Eric Belanger was “under the weather.” Ryan Whitney and Ben Eager are likely out, Ladislav Smid is likely in.
Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Kyle Cumiskey cleared waivers and then was traded by the Avalanche to the Ducks for defenseman Jake Newton and a conditional pick.
Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin appears to have a minor injury, coach Bylsma said he is sore.
Bob McKenzie via twitter: No disciplinary action is expected for Devils Brad Mills for his hit on Flyers Jakub Vorachek. NHL said Vorachek turned “immediately prior or simultaneously.”
Bob McKenzie via twitter: Flames Cory Sarich’s hit on Penguins Matt Cooke was deemed a “full body” hit with incidental contact to the head.
Afternoon notes on Smid, Nystrom, Cumiskey, Callahan, Vokoun, Campoli, Senators, Red Wings and Blues
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid has been cleared for contact. Ben Eager is skating but is still wearing a no-contact jersey. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Smid wants to play in Sunday’s season opener, but the team may tell him it’s okay not to rush back.
“I told Ladi if you miss Game 1 of 82, I’m OK with that,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney.
“I don’t want something to become chronic. Sometimes you have to protect the players from themselves because they are so anxious to get playing. I appreciate his passion and character. He’ll play a lot. That’s all he needs to know at this time.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Wild’s Eric Nystrom clears waivers. The Avalanche put Kyle Cumiskey on waivers. The Canadiens have put Joe Callahan on waivers with the purpose of signing him to a contract. Michael Russo via twitter: A Nystrom trade is possible, he’ll be assigned to the AHL.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun says that he won’t be starting on Saturday against the Hurricanes, but expects to start on Monday against the Lightning.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Lines from Senators practice: Michalek-Spezza-Filatov. Greening-Zibanejad-Alfredsson. Foligno-Da Costa-Neil. Condra-Smith-Butler.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Lines from Detroit: Hudler-Datsyuk-Cleary; Filppula-Zetterberg-Franzen; Abdelkader-Helm-Bertuzzi; Miller-Emmerton-Holmstrom.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Michael Hulsizer may have reached out to IceEdge seeking investment in the purchase of the St. Louis Blues.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli suffered a hamstring injury last night against the Leafs. He’ll have more tests today but could be shorter than first thought.
Modano retires … Doughty rumors false … Leafs looking at Turris … Richards to play tomorrow … Lombardi and Lamoriello audio
- Mike Modano on facebook: Modano retires from the NHL. “After a long summer of thinking about my future, I’ve come to the decision that it’s time to retire as a player from the NHL. There’s way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it’s been!”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Rumors that Drew Doughty was in Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s office are false. Lombardi was in Phoenix on Tuesday with the split-squad team and wasn’t in the office on Wednesday.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox says that the Maple Leafs may be interested in Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris, especially if Matthew Lombardi doesn’t continue to make progress. There have been some preliminary discussions on the possibility of adding Turris between the teams. Turris’ agent may be the driving force in any discussions that have taken place. Cox thinks it would probably cost Tyler Bozak to get Turris. Bozak carries a $1.5 million cap hit, Turris’ is asking for $3-4 million. According to Coyotes GM Don Maloney, “(His) position is just so illogical from our standpoint.”
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be a UFA at seasons end. Kronwall would like to stay in Detroit. GM Ken Holland and Kronwall’s agent have had brief talks on an extension.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Sean Couturier’s entry level deal carries a $1.375 million cap hit, including a $450,000 bonus each year.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will likely play in the final 3 preseason games but not before.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ben Eager suffered a concussion and some whiplash after colliding with teammate Kirill Tulupov on Sunday. The Oilers sent Tyler Bunz, David Musil, Jeremie Blain and Brandon Davidson back to junior.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Brad Richards, who’s been bothered by a bad groin, will probably skate today and play tomorrow.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets goalie Mark Dekanich could be out 4 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Portzline notes that it may be a mild injury, high ankle sprains can take months to heal.
- Craig Custance via twitter: UFA goalie Marty Turco says “I’ll be ready if something happens.” Turco is training with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie.
- Fan 590 Audio: Kings GM Dean Lombardi talks with Darren Millard and Doug MacLean about Drew Doughty.
- Fan 590 Audio: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello talks with Bob McCown and Damien Cox about pre-season hockey and possible rule changes.