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Posts Tagged Brandon Dubinsky
Morning Hits: B’s and Pens, UFAs Smith and Clarkson, Dubinsky, Forensic investigation, Flyers buyout and Brodeur starts
- Pierre LeBrun: NHL announces that the Bruins-Penguins game will definitely be played today at 12:30.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Coyotes uncertainty will play a role in where UFA Mike Smith will end up. He might be interested remaining in Phoenix, but what if they end up relocating somewhere else? A comparable for Smith could be Jimmy Howard, around $5.3 million.
“From February of last year and through the playoffs, Mike was as good as any goaltender in the league,” said Maloney, one of the NHL’s sharpest minds. “This year, not quite so good. We’re not a cap team and we have to be careful when we’re talking a contract with a five or six in term. We can’t make a mistake.
“You look at the top goalies, the Lundqvists of the world … They’ve done it for three, four, five years in a row and they’ve attained a certain level.
“The long and short of it is Mike is a terrific talent, and if you take a snapshot of what he did last season with what he’s done in his career … we have some, I wouldn’t say uncertainty, but there is a bit of caution there.”
- Daren Millard: Ken Daneyko said that the Devils probably can’t afford to pay UFA David Clarkson $5 to $5.5 million a season. They might have to let him walk.
- Aarpn Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The NHL has rescinded the match penalty that was assessed to Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky at the end of Thursday’s game.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk won’t talk about the forensic investigation involving the incident where Matt Cooke sliced Erik Karlsson’s Achillies tendon.
“Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.
“I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.
“It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”
- Sasm Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News: Donnellon wonders if the Flyers should use an amnesty buyout on Daniel Briere or Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere is due $5 million total over the next two years, but carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit. Briere wants to stay in Philadelphia, Bryzgalov doesn’t seem to care. The 33-year old is under contract till he’s 40. The Flyers have Steve Mason under contract next season at $1.5 million.
- Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against the Panthers.
Quick Hits: Bergeron, Heatley, Rinaldo, Plekanec, Bjustad, Hossa, Bolland, Gaborik, Dubinsky and Soderberg
- Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that center Patrice Bergeron has a concussion.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Dany Heatley will be out for a while after what looks to be a wrist injury from an altercation with Sharks Marc-Edward Vlasic.
“He just swung at me and I swung at him,” Vlasic said. “He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before. If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself and swung back.“… Unfortunately I got him in the wrist or shoulder. I’m not sure where I got him. That was not my intent. My intent was just to defend myself.”
- Sarah Baicker: Flyers Zach Rinaldo suffered a lower-body and left last night’s game.
- Dave Stubbs: Tomas Plekanec has a groin injury and is day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play tonight and on Saturday.
- Harvey Fialkov: Dale Tallon said that Nick Bjustad is on his way to Florida and will play on Saturday. He’s also confident that he can re-sign Peter Mueller after the season.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland will play on Thursday, Patrick Sharp won’t.
- Dan Rosen: Marian Gaborik confirms that he’ll be in the Blue Jackets lineup against the Predators.
- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets activated center Brandon Dubinsky and winger Nick Foligno from the IR.
- Fluto Shinzawa: Expect the Bruins to go with Rich Peverley centering Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Kaspers Daugavins to center the 3rd line.
- Jimmy Murphy: No updates on Bruins Carl Soderberg’s status. They hope to get him over before the end of the season.
- Mark Lazerus: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
Quick Hits: Waivers, Canes, Canucks. Vanek, Pens, Sharp, Dubinsky, Clowe, Oshie, Hossa, Sens and Starters
- Darren Dreger via twitter: On waivers today: Jeff Halpern (NYR), Joey Crabb (WSH), Zach Boychuk (CAR) and Brian Lee (TB).
- Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis took 17 stitches for a cut that just missed his MCL. Bob McKenzie via twitter: He’s expected to miss a week or two.
- Jason Botchford via twitter: Canucks David Booth will have surgery. There is a chance he’s able to get back for the playoffs.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang won’t play.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp skated before practice but is still a week or two away from returning.
- Jeff Rimer via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky won’t play tonight against the Flames.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Ryane Clowe won’t play tomorrow, but hopes to be back on Monday.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: It’s looking like Blues T.J. Oshie could be ready to return to the lineup tomorrow.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: Marian Hossa is not at the Blackhawks practice today.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Senators Sergei Gonchar didn’t practice this morning. Ian Mendes via twitter: Gonchar should be taking the pre-game skate tomorrow and determining from that if he’ll be in the lineup.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot said he should be ready to go tomorrow.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the Ducks against the Red Wings.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Penguins.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets against the Flames.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Robin Lehner will start in net tomorrow for the Senators.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Mattieu Garon will likely get both starts this weekend according to coach Guy Boucher.
- 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.
Garrioch Rumor Roundup … No talks with Iginla … Perry to test open market? Scouting CBJ-DET and CAL-LA
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Two league executives have said that Panthers GM Dale Tallon is willing to listen to all offers as they are basically out of it. Exceptions are Jonathan Huberdeau, Erik Gudbranson, Jakob Markstrom and Drew Shore. Sources say the top name being dangled is Kris Versteeg. They had planned on shopping Stephen Weiss. The Bruins, Penguins and Canucks are looking for scoring and may have been interested.Word is that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is safe while GM Paul Holmgren looks to make a trade.Coyotes GM Don Maloney would like to re-sign Mike Smith, but he won’t talk about a contract. He would likely sign a deal if he was assured they would be staying in Phoenix.Sources say the Avalanche aren’t thrilled about having to pay Ryan O’Reilly $6.5 million next season. He can’t be dealt until Feb. 28th, 2014.
New Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is working the phones trying to clean up Scott Howson’s mess. He’s been offering up center Brandon Dubinsky and his $4.2 million cap hit.
Flames GM Jay Feaster isn’t shopping Jarome Iginla, but he’s held talks with more than one team to see what he could get. If they do move Iginla, they won’t hit a home-run in a deal.
Among the teams looking for a defenseman: Blues, Rangers and Hurricanes. Blues looking for a top-four.
The Senators are looking for more toughness.
If the Ducks are to move Corey Perry, GM Bob Murray will want a “king’s ransom.” Asking price will be a 1st round pick, two top prospects, and a roster player. Doubtful he’ll be moved. If he does, he’ll go the East with the Senators, Bruins, Penguins and Maple Leafs to show interest. None are expected to meet the asking price.
It’s unlikely that Leafs GM Dave Nonis will mess with the team that much. UFAs Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur are unlikely to go anywhere. Nonis has indicated that teams have called. Now he would have interest in moving Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford would listen to offers on left winger Jussi Jokinen.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Flames: According to Jarome Iginla’s agent Don Meehan, they are “not currently in negotiations” with the Flames. Meehan is waiting for instructions from Iginla on how to proceed.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: With Ryan Getzlaf re-signed by the Ducks, the focus now turns to Corey Perry. He has an interest in re-signing, but many in the league think his representatives want him to test the open market. The Ducks realize this and will consider trading him if their contract talks don’t progress well. Dreger said that the Kings, Flyers and Bruins are among the teams that would be interested. A league source said he expects the Penguins to inquire.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Scouting the Blue Jackets – Red Wings game: Canadiens, Rangers, 2 from the Blackhawks, Kings and Blues.
- Vicki Hall via twitter: Scouting the Flames – Kings: Canucks, Rangers, Blues, 3 Bruins, Ducks, Predators, Sabres, Flyers, Washington, Penguins, Sharks and Maple Leafs.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Bruins put Chris Bourque on waivers today.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning winger Ryan Malone said he’ll be in the lineup tonight.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin is questionable for tonight with an accumulation of “bumps and bruises.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (knee) is out tonight.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers Matt Read didn’t rule out playing tonight but added that he still has some discomfort shooting.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins Paul Martin said he’ll play tonight.
- Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames Miikka Kiprusoff is getting close to returning to the lineup, and could be back as soon as Wednesday.
“The medical staff felt he was good to go with having his own net (Monday),” said Hartley, meaning Kiprusoff absorbed the lion’s share of shots, despite there being two other goalies — Joey MacDonald and Danny Taylor — on the premises. “We’re very careful. But, at the same time, he told me after practice that he felt great, that he had no pain.”Kiprusoff won’t wear a knee brace, but will have it taped.
“It’s taped right now — that’s what I did last time,” added Kiprusoff. “I finished the (2003-04) season with tape and it was enough to give me support. I know some goalies play with braces, but I’d rather not use (one). I have loose knees and loose hips . . . so I’d like to keep it that way.”
Mikael Backlund is also getting close to returning and will be wearing a knee brace. He skated yesterday with a no-contact jersey on.
“Yeah, it feels good,” he said. “I can do everything. The next step is the contact, being able to battle and stuff and see how that feels. We’ll see when that is, but it felt good (Monday). I’ve pushed hard two days now. Every day, waking up, it’s been a better day. I’m happy with that and happy with the progress . . . faster than projected.”
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Taylor Hall is still dealing with a hamstring injury and Jordan Eberle didn’t skate yesterday because of a bruised hand. Both will skate this morning, with their game availability decided upon after. The Oilers will get an update on Nikolai Khabibulin in the next day or two. Defenseman Mark Fistric returned to Edmonton to have his elbow looked at. Corey Potter (concussion) is nearing his return. Shawn Horcoff is hoping to get back in the lineup next week.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore is expected to miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky, out with a left knee sprain, is still ” a few days away” but progressing according to coach Richards.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators defenseman Hal Gill is out with a lower-body injury and was “doubtful” for games on Friday and Saturday. He is skating, but not very hard.
Injury Notes: Read, Skinner, Howard, Nash, Atkinson, Anisimov, Dubinsky, Hartnell, Lehtonen and Daley
- Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: Flyers Matt Read left last night’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes announced that Jeff Skinner has sustained a concussion. He suffered the concussion during Maple Leafs game after taking a couple hard hits and going head first into the boards. Skinner felt okay after the game, and even took part in practice the next day. The Hurricanes had Saturday off and by Sunday he was unable to practice.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that goalie Jimmy Howard is cleared and able to play today. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Holland said that ”all tests have shown nothing.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Rick Nash didn’t travel with the team to Ottawa as he is “believed to be suffering the after-effects of a blow he took from Milan Lucic in Boston a week ago in which his head was driven into the glass by the Bruins’ winger.”
- Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Cam Atkinson (high ankle sprain) and Artem Anisimov (bruised foot) are expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Red Wings. Brandon Dubinsky injured his left knee on Saturday and “it might be a week or two weeks,” according to coach Todd Richards said. Yesterday’s lines and defensive pairings: Umberger-Brassard-Atkinson, Calvert-Anisimov-Foligno, Prospal-Letestu-Dorsett, Gillies-MacKenzie-Boll; Tyutin-Nikitin, Johnson-Aucoin, Erixon-Wisniewski. Also skating: Moore, Drazenovic and Collins. The Blue Jackets assigned center Nick Drazenovic to the AHL to make room for Atkinson.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers Scott Hartnell has been cleared to return to practice but won’t get back into the lineup for another 7-10 days.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen didn’t skate yesterday but according to coach Glen Gulutzan,
“He’s making progress,” Gulutzan said. “We’re working him out pretty hard and he hasn’t had any problems with it, so the injury hasn’t gotten worse. That’s a good sign. He’s gone hard with therapy and rehab, so he is certainly ahead of the injury that he had last year (which kept him out 12 games). It’s not to the same extent.”
Defenseman Trevor Daly has stiffness in his neck and hopes to return soon.
Injury notes: Landeskog, Michalek, Skinner, Booth, Dubinsky, Wisniewski, Gallagher, Crawford, Powe and Daley.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater wonders if it would be better for the Avalanche to shut Gabriel Landeskog down for the season due to his concussion. Coming back too early can put players at risk for a more serious concussion if they get another one when not fully healed. Landeskog skated by himself on Friday, the first time since suffering a concussion on January 26th.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: It’s not likely that Milan Michalek will play today or on Tuesday. He should have his knee examined by doctors again early this week.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner will not play in Montreal due to an upper-body injury. Michael Smith of Hurricanes.nhl.com: Skinner will be evaluated when they return home on Tuesday. Defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason didn’t practice yesterday and won’t be travelling to Montreal. They are day-to-day with lower-body injuries.
- Elliott Pap via twitter: Canucks winger David Booth is close to returning and expects to be back in the lineup on their upcoming road trip. Booth on when he might play: ”Chicago is a possibility in my mind. Two days is a lot. We’ll see how it feels.”
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky won’t play today. Defenseman James Wisnieski is joining teammates in Anaheim. Artem Anisimov and Cam Atkinson haven’t been ruled out against the Ducks.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher is out with a concussion.
- Mark Lazerus via twitter: Blackhawks Corey Crawford is “still progressing” according to coach Joel Quenneville and it’s not expected to be a long-term issue.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Darroll Powe left last night’s game and didn’t return.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Trevor Daley left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
UPDATE: Dubinsky was fined $10,000, no suspension. What do you think of that?
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: NHL confirms that Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky will have hearing regarding his boarding major on Kings Rob Scuderi. Will be by phone in the afternoon.
How many games should he get?
- David Pagnotta via twitter: When the Spengler Cup is over, Bruins Tyler Seguin will return to North America, leaving EHC Biel.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Tomas Plekanec has injured earlier this week, but he should be able to play next week.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky has been out since Nov. 10th with a broken finger, has returned to the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.
Filppula, Dubinsky and Malone injured … Simmonds returning … Stastny, Klein, Fowler and Chimera going overseas
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula sprained his right knee and will be out 6 to 8 weeks.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky broke his right ring finger after blocking a shot on the weekend, and will have “just a few weeks” of recovery.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning winger Ryan Malone received 5 stitches in his right eyebrow and has a nice shiner from a Martin St. Louis high stick.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: Avalanche center Paul Stastny will join Munich of the German league.
- Bill Meltzer via twitter: Wayne Simmonds is returning to North America, citing family reasons. Chris Stewart will be joining Eispiraten in the German league again.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators defenseman Kevin Klein will be joining the Herlev Eagles in Denmark.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Cam Fowler will join Carl Hagelin and Matt Read with Sodertalje of Sweden’s tier 2 league.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Capitals Jason Chimera will join HC Chomutov of the Czech league.