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Posts Tagged Brendan Smith
Injury Notes: Kesler, Malkin, Diaz, Gustafsson, Smith, Khabibulin, Duchene, Johnson, WIlson, Wingles and Havlat
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Ryan Kesler played six games with a broken foot. He initially suffered the injury back on Feb. 15th and will now be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured right foot.
“He has blocked a few shots and that foot had taken two X-rays that were negative, but the scan gave us another version,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.
“Other than some discomfort, he was handling it well. Any fracture is four to six weeks, depending on the nature and some are less with hairline fractures.”
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Evgeni Malkin staked for about 30 minutes yesterday. He didn’t report any concussions symptoms on Tuesday.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens Raphael Diaz is out with a concussion.
- Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson blocked a shot in the 2nd period and didn’t return.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was hit by Dustin Penner last night.
“It was more whiplash than anything,” Smith said. “But, he did get me in the shoulder, and it was the same shoulder. I came back, so it wasn’t too bad, but – the puck wasn’t even around, so that was what was interesting about the whole thing.”
Smith was sore but is expected to play tonight against the Sharks.
- Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Edmonton Oilers have put goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve with a bad groin. He’ll be on the IR for at least a week.
“It is a little frustrating, in my situation especially,” said the 40-year-old veteran, who had been in world class form. “Coming from a big injury, rehabbing and getting ready, starting to feel good and actually getting playing time — and now this happens.
“It’s not too serious, but it needs to be taken care of. It’s just really annoying, that’s what it is.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene didn’t skate yesterday due to a groin injury, but hasn’t been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Flames. Avs defenseman Erik Johnson skated with teammates yesterday, which may have been his first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 11th. Defenseman Ryan Wilson, out with an ankle injury, is still not ready to begin skating.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Tommy Wingels is doubtful for today and Martin Havlat is probable.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Matt Duchene missed last night’s game with a groin injury. The Avs are hoping that it isn’t long-term, but no timetable is set.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey are all returning to the Red Wings lineup. Valtteri Filppula was injured on Sunday and it’s hoped that he won’t be out long.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said that Kari Lehtonen is probable for Thursday.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Derick Brassard left last night’s game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Brent Burns is out for at least the next two games. Coach McLellan hasn’t ruled out Martin Havlat and Tommy Wingels for tomorrow.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Darren Helmis going to New York to see a muscles and ligaments specialist for his ailing back.
“It’s not progressing as quickly as Darren would like,” general manager Ken Holland said. “They’ve (doctors) ruled out disk or structural issues.”
Red Wings GM Ken Holland thinks both Johan Franzen (hip flexor) and Kyle Quincey (sprained ankle) will return during their Carolina trip. Defenseman Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo could return this week from their shoulder injuries. There is no timetable on when Todd Bertuzzi (back) will be able to start skating.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals Jason Chimera left practice early with a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll be able to play against the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom is questionable due to sickness. Defenseman Mike Greenis ready to go.
“I’m 100 percent and ready to go,” Green said, adding that he’s not concerned about the prospect of playing back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. “The reason why I’m ready to play is I’m 100 percent and it was either battle through it on Saturday or else wait until I’m 100 percent so I could play back-to-backs, so here we are.”
Brooks Laich remains out with a groin injury.
“He still doesn’t want to go out on the ice until he feels – right now he doesn’t want to go out until he feels that he can actually continue up the ladder. But it’s tough,” Oates said. “They’re weird injuries. You think it’s improving and then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘uh-oh,’ and you’re not quite sure.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson remains out with a concussion and hasn’t started skating yet.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said that defenseman Aaron Rome will be out 3-6 weeks with a fractured bone in his foot. Defenseman Philip Larsen remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: It doesn’t look like defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss any time after his latest lower-body injury.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left in the first period of last night’s game. Howard apparently was experiencing blurry vision after getting hit with a puck in practice.
“I didn’t know about that,” Mike Babcock said. “He wasn’t seeing good or something like that.
“He’ll get tested tomorrow, we’ll find out more.”
Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson, who just returned from a groin injury, missed the game with a hand injury after getting hit by an Ian White shot during the morning skate. Johan Franzen expects to get back in the lineup on Thursday. Carlo Colaiacovo is skating and should return soon. Brendan Smith is hoping to return next week.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will skate today and could return to practice soon according to coach Kirk Muller. Jeff Skinner, Tim Gleason, Tim Brent and Tim Wallace are all day-to-day. Gleason could skate today. It’s unlikely that Skinner will, ”there isn’t anything that tells me he’s going to skate tomorrow.”
- Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is day-to-day after taking a puck “Uh, somewhere” according to coach Quenneville. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t practiced since last Thursday with an upper-body injury. He skated on his own before yesterday’s practice.
- Vicki Hall via twitter: Flames Mikael Backlund will be out for four to six weeks with a MCL sprain.
- Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Flames Michael Cammalleri is day-to-day with a hip flexor.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Flames have put Miikka Kiprusoff on the IR retroactive to February 5th.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller left last night’s game with a lower-body injury that is not expected to be serious.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi will be out indefinitely with a back injury. The Wings are calling up Joakim Andersson. Darren Helm will begin rehab on Monday with a sore back. Carlo Colaiacovo isn’t expected to return from his shoulder injury until mid-month. Brendan Smith is out at least a month with a shoulder injury. Jonas Gustavsson has a pulled groin, and hasn’t played this season.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog didn’t practice yesterday but they are optimistic that he could resume skating soon. He hasn’t skated since January 19th after being hit by Brad Stuart. He suffered a head and neck injury on the play.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Jason Spezza has been told to do nothing for at least two weeks after having surgery to repair a disc in his back last week. He still hopes to return this season.
“Everything went well. It’s good to have everything done and get started on recovery now,” said Spezza. “You always aim to push your rehab and get a bit more aggressive with things.
“(Athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) has already talked to me about making sure we’re doing things right and not getting too carried away. The goal is to get back before the end of the season and, hopefully, help us through the end of the year and the playoffs.”
- Jason Gregor via twitter: Oilers Shawn Horcoff broke his knuckle and is out long-term.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres Ville Leino’s hip is not improving and coach Lindy Ruff is worried that he may not play at all unless another treatment can help.
“This latest treatment option we hope will work,” Ruff said. “Surgery is always the the end of the line. You go to a surgeon, he’s going to recommend surgery. That’s just the way it goes.”
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Radek Martinek had an MRI yesterday for an abdominal injury. Likely to go on IR to make room for Bailey.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Carl Gunnarsson had an MRI on his hip. No muscular damage, but needs rest and treatment.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith is out 3 to 4 weeks with a sprained shoulder.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi skated yesterday morning for the first time since his injury.
Doan was close to signing with the Flyers … Sheahan was arrested in a Teletubby costume … Klefbom surgery choice
- Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly: A day after Shane Doan re-signed with the Coyotes in September, his agent, Terry Bross, posted a picture of two Shane Doan jersey’s in Flyers colors on instagram. The picture had the caption “So glad this didn’t happen. It came close though.” A Flyers team source did say the that the Flyers created Doan jerseys “months ago.” Theey also said that it is not uncommon for them to make up jerseys for potential players.
- Peter Wallner of MLive: When Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was pulled over by the cops on October 29th, he was nearly four times (0.30) over the legal limit, and he was wearing a purple Teletubby costume. Sheahan was charged with providing false information as he was carrying Brendan Smith’s Michigan drivers license.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom is anticipating he’s played his last game in Sweden. Klefbom gets to choose where he’ll have surgery, Dec. 6th in Sweden or Dec. 13th in Edmonton.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Jason Chimera will be returning to the U.S. after 5 games with Chomutov in the Czech league. He was on a month-to-month deal.
CBA stuff involving HRR, the Quebec and Alberta Labour board, and where some players could end up if there’s a lockout
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: The owners will say the costs of things like new scoreboards has skyrocketed over the years, which is why they want the HRR to be redefined to account for this. Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov points out that arena improvements benefit not just hockey. Cotsonika agrees and notes that this is where it gets complicated, untangling hockey related business from other businesses.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: A Canadiens player said that they expect a Quebec Labour Board ruling this week on whether teams can lockout the players. If the court rules in their favor, it would allow players to return to work/train. The player added “we’re most interested in how the organization responds.”
- Sean Fitz-Gerald via twitter: Canadiens Josh Gorges believes if there is a favorable ruling from the Quebec labour board, Canadiens players would still be paid.
- David Staples via twitter: The NHL has withdrawn their application and will not appear before the Alberta Labour Relations Board this morning. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Bill Daly denied that the NHL abandoned their case with the Alberta Labour Relations Board.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The NHLPA are expecting 300 players to attend their meetings in New York on Wednesday and Thursday.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul said he’s made calls to Europe in case of a lockout, said he’ll be playing somewhere.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko plans on playing in Russia if/when there is a lockout.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets captain Andrew Ladd has started looking at different playing options if there is a lockout.
“Europe is definitely an option guys are going to want to (pursue). Playing games is the biggest thing. We should find out more in the coming weeks, when we know exactly what is going on.”
“If there is a lockout, a lot of guys will be going down and it will make the (AHL) that much better. It’s not the ideal situation, but you’ve got to make the best of it and try to get better as a player.”
It’s not known yet if Alex Burmistrov would join the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps or head to the KHL.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist will likely head to the AHL. Cory Emmerton is looking at Switzerland, Austria or Germany. Jordin Tootoo isn’t prepared to make other plans yet. Justin Abdelkader is considering options. He’s without an NHL contract but GM Ken Holland said negotiations are ‘close.’
Some thoughts on Nash … 10 unresolved issues … Rangers could look at Thornton … Repik and Pickard could go to Europe
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Portzline offers 61 thoughts on Rick Nash. Portzline thinks that Nash will play with Derek Stepan over Brad Richards.
There were instances last season, before the trade stuff started, when other NHL players were directly advising Nash to leave. One player tells The Dispatch: “I skated over to him before a faceoff and just told him ‘you have to get out of here. Put your agent to work and get it done.’” Many were surprised last February to learn that Nash had asked to be traded. From what I can glean, players around the league were only shocked that it took him so long.
Some believe it was Nash’s father that was the first to give him some wisdom just before the trade proceedings took shape. Portzline thinks that Nash will hit the 40 goal, 80 point plateau at some point.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen lists 10 unresolved issues that could change the “balance of power” : 1. Shane Doan’s recruitment: some teams will offer him 4 years. 2. Roberto Luongo hasn’t been traded yet: the Panthers are the best fit, but they won’t give up Nick Bjugstad. 3. Bobby Ryan still could be traded: the Ducks will only deal if they are wowed by an offer. The Flyers may like to match the Rangers acquisition of Nash. 4. Lubomir Visnovsky has filed a grievance: he doesn’t think the Ducks had a right to trade him because he had a partial no-trade clause. He had previously waived it in a 2009 trade from Edmonton. 5. Useful players still available: Doan, Jason Arnott, Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, Petr Sykora, Brett Clark, Andrei Kostitsyn, etc. 6. Coyotes ownership isn’t finalized: it’s difficult for Coyotes GM Don Maloney to improve his team. 7. The 2013 free agent class might feel pressure to sign now: there may be restrictions on contract length or a new way to calculate salary cap with the new CBA. 8. Predators still looking for defenseman: GM David Poile is still looking at trade options. Jay Bouwmeester’s name has come up, but he has a no-trade clause. 9. Red Wings pondering a defensive move: they want to give Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl an opportunity to play, and they won’t overpay just to add someone. But they have to look at trade options to add a veteran Dman. 10. Feels like Toronto will make another move: Burke could go after a goalie or more size and grit.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tuukka Rask’s one year deal, “We tried to go longer in term, but . . . ’’ Dupont says not to be surprised if the Rangers look to Joe Thornton. Thornton and Rick Nash played well together during the lockout and with Team Canada at the Olympics.
- George Richards via twitter: Richards believes that Michal Repik will be playing in Europe this year.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: Former 1st round pick of the Predators, goalie Chet Pickard is talking with a SEL team.
Bouwmeester could be dealt … Wings unlikely for Nash … Nash likely traded by draft … Gillis may not want to trade Luongo to Toronto
- George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: Jarome Iginla trade rumors have been quiet of late. Jay Bouwmeester could find himself traded by they draft. The 29 year old is owed $6.68 million this year and next. A Columbus rumor is out there again, and Toronto has been mentioned as well.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: It’s unlikely that the Red Wings will land Rick Nash due to the astronomical cost to get him. The Wings would likely have to give up Valtteri Filppula, prospect Brendan Smith and a 1st round pick. That may not even be enough. The Rangers are the most likely destination. Vancouver and San Jose are 2 other possible destinations.
- Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: Rick Nash will most likely be traded next Thursday or on Friday night before the NHL draft start. There is a lesser chance a deal won’t happen until the free agency starts on July 1st.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets made multiple offers to the Predators for Anders Lindback. Preds didn’t likely want to trade him within the division.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Some people believe that the Canucks GM Mike Gillis doesn’t want to trade Roberto Luongo to the Maple Leafs because he’d have to see him every week on Hockey Night in Canada, especially if he’s having success. When the Oilers traded Chris Pronger to the Ducks, they look less than what the Maple Leafs had offered as Lowe didn’t want to see the Chris Pronger show every Saturday. Signs could be pointing to Alexander Semin going to the Red Wings.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins are looking at trade options leading up to the draft. Steve Sullivan will remain on the back burner.
Burke thinking new trade deadline for Leafs … Flyers fine with no moves … Blues hand-cuffed … Lidstrom questionable for tonight
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is thinking about having his own personal trade deadline date, to make it easier on his players.
“It’s to the point where I’m debating doing the same thing I do at Christmas, starting our own trade freeze 10 days before, that’s how distracting it is,” said Burke. “Clarke MacArthur has been traded 10 times. (Mikhail) Grabovski’s been traded 12 times. (Nikolai) Kulemin has been traded. Luke Schenn has been traded 50 times. I think it’s remarkable the players keep their focus.”
“I think the trade deadline is hard on players, but I think it’s murder on players in Toronto,” said Burke. “We’re just going to do this 10 days earlier so our players can relax. I don’t know if that’s the right answer because I don’t want to tie my hands if there’s some (trade) we can do. This is crazy here.”
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:
“There wasn’t anything that was pitched to us that . . . would have made us as good a team as what’s on the board right now,” general manager Paul Holmgren said in a conference call from the team’s training facility in Voorhees. “We just felt more comfortable with our team the way it is, and quite frankly, since we’ve added the two defensemen, we’ve all felt that way.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues were not able to make any “non-lateral moves” before the deadline yesterday due to their ownership situation. Blues GM Doug Armstrong was only allowed to make dollar-for-dollar moves because their budget is restricted until the sale of the team is complete.
“We were trying to see what type of depth we could add to our group and there wasn’t a proper fit there,” Armstrong said. “I went in not expecting a lot of transactions, and at the end of the day, it didn’t seem like we were involved in much.”
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings called up highly touted Brendan Smith. Nicklas Lidstrom is questionable tonight with a sore ankle, and Kyle Quincey is out with a sore groin issue. Johan Franzen practiced on the 3rd line yesterday, but it’s not known if he’ll remain there for tonight.
Friedman talks Nash and deadline … What the Wings are looking for … Leafs should take run at Nash … Miller for Kane? Giggy injured
- Fan 590 Audio: Elliotte Friedman on Prime Time Sports talking about Rick Nash rumors and the trade deadline.
- Fan 590 Audio: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on Hockey Central @ Noon discussing the recent Stars struggles and the trade deadline.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said ‘Nothing is imminent right now,” on the trade front. Holland would like to add some depth. A player with some grit, either up front or on the blueline. A goal scorer would also be nice. He is not interested in adding a goalie. “We like the chemistry of our team,” Holland said. “We like what we have. We feel we have a good team. We’re not going to trade away assets for a player who may not crack our lineup.”
- Craig Custance of ESPN: It’s likely the Red Wings will attempt to bring in depth at the deadline.
“There’s a little more chatter the last few days than there has been because the deadline is coming,” Holland said when we chatted on Tuesday afternoon. “Will we do something? We’re going to explore. We have cap space; we structured it at the beginning of the year that way. We’d like to give our team a bit of a boost.”
The Red Wings can add at least $15 million in salary at the deadline. Teemu Selanne would be a perfect fit. Travis Moen of the Canadiens, Sammy Pahlsson of the Blue Jackets and Paul Gaustad of the Sabres could be options. They won’t be giving up top D prospect Brendan Smith. A NHL scout on the Red Wings deadline strategy:
“For the Red Wings, it’s a matter of what are you willing to give up? You have to be careful; you have to keep your young guys. Depth up front would be great for them, not necessarily on the top two lines but in the bottom six and on defense. You’re not sure what you’re going to get out of Jakub Kindl in a playoff run; you don’t know how much hockey you’re going to get from Mike Commodore. Goaltending is not an issue as long as Jimmy Howard recovers.”
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Zeisberger thinks the Maple Leafs should take a run at Rick Nash. He has a special combination of skill and strength. If they did bring in Nash, don’t expect Mikhail Grabovski to get his $5 million contract from Burke. GM Scott Howson will demand Jake Gardiner as part of the package.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Miller thinks it may be worth a shot to do a Ryan Miller for Patrick Kane deal as the Blackhawks need a goalie bad. Tim Sassone via twitter: Patrick Kane is “absolutely not” on the trade block.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche lost J.S. Giguere to a groin injury last night. Peter Mueller missed the game with a torso injury, and TJ Galiardi left the game with a torso ailment.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Struggling Blues forward Chris Stewart found himself practicing with the 4th line yesterday, and is expected to remain their for their game tonight. Carlo Colaiacovo had x-rays on his wrist. Kent Huskins is expected to replace him. Alex Steen practiced but is not close to returning. Andy Strickland via twitter: Colaiacovo has a sprained wrist.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Carle, Bourdon, JVR, Read and Briere were on the Flyers 2nd power play unit yesterday at practice.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn was made a healthy scratch last night. Keith Aulie replaced Schenn.
- Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Scouting the Penguins-Ducks game last night: Lightning, Rangers, Bruins, Canucks, Blackhawks, Jets, Avs, Oilers, Kings, Leafs, Devils, Hurricanes, Flyers and Red Wings.