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Posts Tagged Bryan Murray
No concussion for Giroux … Galiardi back in Calgary … No WJC for Zibanejad … WHL on Portland sanctions
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: After spending a couple days getting neck treatment in Atlanta, Claude Giroux is feeling “really fine.” His injury is not considered a concussion.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks T.J. Galiardi left his German team after suffering a knee injury and has returned to Calgary according to the Calgary Herald. The injury doesn’t seem to be serious, and he’s been practicing with the Calgary Hitman of the WHL.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avalanche Ryan O’Bryne signed with Florida of the ECHL.
- Sylvain St-Laurent via twitter: The Senators will not be making Mika Zibanejad available for the World Junior Championship. Ian Mendes via twitter: Sens GM Bryan Murray: ”We feel like keeping Mika here to play in North America is the best decision for his development. As a young player and person, he’s learning how to play the North American style and continues to progress playing for Luke in Binghamton.”
- Daren Millard via twitter: A statement from WHL commissioner Ron Robison on Portland Winterhawks sanctions: “We believe the sanctions are not excessive given the repeated and systemic nature of the violations. The independent investigation discovered an unprecedented number of violations. It is the responsibility of each WHL Club and General Manager to be fully aware of the WHL Regulations and to be in compliance at all times. These sanctions are necessary in order to protect the overall welfare and integrity of our League and to preserve a level playing field for all of our member Clubs and our players.”
Preds likely to match offer sheet … Sabres say no to Hasek … Murray talks to Alfie … Several teams interested in Holmstrom … Wolski a top 6
- The Toronto Sun: Any team could sign Shea Weber to an offer sheet, but it’s likely they would match any deal. It’s likely the Predators will sign him to a long term deal or trade him.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff met twice last month with Dominik Hasek, but have told Hasek they will be staying with Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth in goal.
“One thing I am sure of: [Hasek] has no doubt in his mind that he can play,” Regier told reporters Thursday night during a break in the team’s development camp scrimmage. “I think it probably gives him a little bit of lift seeing somebody like [Martin] Brodeur play at 40 in the Stanley Cup final. I know better than to question Dom’s desire and his ability. Unfortunately, it’s not something that was going to fit here.”
There were several internet reports that he was seeking a multi-year deal.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray has spoke with Daniel Alfredsson a couple times, with last week being the most recent.
“Still no final decision on anything, but very definitely a good conversation, if I can say that. I’m just waiting to find out for sure which way we are going to go.”
“We just talked about the team, we talked about what was happening around the team, the additions and subtractions,” said Murray. “So that tells me there’s some real interest on his part, in knowing what’s going on, and I think it’s as a player. I don’t think it’s in the off-ice part of his career at this point in time.”
- Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland:
“So, I don’t know if people think we’re going to have major announcements this year, next year and the year after. The league doesn’t work like that.
“I’m confident, at some point — and it might be next year or the year after — that the history, the tradition, the commitment of our ownership, the passion of our fans, is going to all add up to having an opportunity to bring a player of significance here.”
According to a Swedish website, Tomas Holmstrom said several team have shown an interest. Holland intends to speak with Holmstrom soon.
- Dave Lozo via twitter: Newly signed Panther Peter Mueller said he had other offers, but the Panthers pushed the hardest to get him.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals Wojtek Wolski has been told they play to use him in a top 6 role.
Crosby not ready to start in 1st round … Rangers season down to today, Gaborik’s last game with them? Adam Foote retires
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby took part in another non-contact practice yesterday, but is not expected play in the start of the 1st round next week, “He has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play,” Bylsma said. “I don’t know how fast that’s going to happen. I don’t know if that’s going to happen. Considering he has a couple more steps to go through, it seems like anything in the immediate future is out of the question.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers season comes down to today, “The Rangers must win and the Hurricanes must lose, whether in regulation, overtime or via a shootout. Or if the Rangers fall in overtime, they need a regulation loss by the Hurricanes to advance.”Chris Drury is expected to play, the 1st time since Feb. 3rd. Mats Zuccarello was recalled earlier in the week, so it’s likely that Sean Avery will be scratched, and the Matt Gilroy RWer experiment is over. Brooks thinks it’s possible that this could be Marian Gaborik’s final game in a Ranger uniform. He was benched for part of the 3rd period on Thursday. Gaborik still has 3 years left on his contract at $7.5 million per season.
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Kings winger Dustin Brown temporarily left last night’s game after crashing into the boards. Nothing is really known about the injury, he finished the game but didn’t talk to the media after the game as he was receiving treatment.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Ryan Jones will be UFA, but hopes that he can stay in Edmonton.
“Right now my mindset is to get something done here, but I’ve earned the opportunity to be an unrestricted free agent. If it doesn’t work out (here), I’ll have to go a different route.
“There’s been talks going on all along (between the Oilers brass and his agent), whether its about numbers or just trying to feel things out. By no means have either one of us moved on.
“My thoughts right now are that I hope to be here. If not I’ll move on.”
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: The Lightning will be without Ryan Malone and Victor Hedman tonight.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Devin Setoguchi ‘cramped up’ before last night’s game. He’ll be re-evaluated today to see if he’s able to go tonight.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray got a 3 year contract extension yesterday, but coach Cory Clouston may coach his last game for them today. According to Brennan, “Murray isn’t bringing him back because Murray doesn’t want him back. That plain, that simple.”
- Adam Foote Retires
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray signed a 3 year contract extension.
- Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Babcock confirmed the Niklas Kronwall will return for Game 1 of the playoffs.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green practiced today and expects to play tomorrow. Says his physical condition is “about 90 percent.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk’s mom said he’s playing with a huge hematoma in his leg. Tom Gulitti via twitter: Kovalchuk on his mom’s comments, “She didn’t say it’s huge.”
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Maple Leafs call up Joe Colborne, centered Joffery Lupul and Phil Kessel at practice. Tyler Bozak centering 3rd line.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Daniel Briere will play tonight, Jody Shelley cleared to play.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Jhonas Enroth will be in net for the Sabres tonight, Ryan Miller will back him up. Patrick Kaleta and Mike Grier are out.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Al Montoya will start in net for the Islanders tonight.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Carey Price will start in net tomorrow against the Maple Leafs.
- 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.”
- Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail: In many minds, the Ottawa Senators season is a write off, and it’s time to look towards next season. The fans will likely accept a complete rebuild. Bryan Murray is rumored to be moving to a Senior Adviser role with the club. Eugene Melnyk has said the Cory Clouston will finish the year out as the teams coach, Murray will finish the year before handing the team off to someone else. Pierre McGuire has already been interviewed for the GM job, and there will be more interviews to take place. Coaching replacements could be Kirk Muller, Craig MacTavish and Kevin Dineen. Whoever is hired as the next coach will be chosen by the next GM. Murray will continue to look to unload his ‘assets’. Under-achieving Alex Kovalev could be moved, as well as defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips may be asked to waive their no-trade clauses.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Bryan Murray will continue to attempt to find new homes for Chris Phillips, Jarkko Ruutu, and Alex Kovalev, and bring in prospects and draft picks. Owner Melnyk said the team needs a ‘game changer’ but that will likely have to wait until the draft where they’ll likely pick in the top 5. They will look to build the team from within, and not go after any expensive free agents this off-season.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists Jarrko Ruutu, Filip Kuba, Alex Kovalev, Sergei Gonchar and Chris Phillips as players that could be traded.
Richards to remain a Star for now … Senators hotseats … Eberle out 10 days … Osgood to retire? Turris, Moreau injured
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: “Barring a total collapse, don’t expect Stars to trade Brad Richards.” Heika guesses the Stars will hold onto Richards, and if they can’t re-sign him by the start of free agency, they could move him for a pick or prospect July 1st.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: While there hasn’t been any official word yet, Russo is hearing it could be the most severe type of shoulder separation for Marek Zidlicky.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Ethan Moreau suffered a rib injury that might keep him out for the remainder of the Blue Jackets road trip.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: Kyle Turris suffered an upper-body injury in the first period last night.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators coach Cory Clouston and GM Bryan Murray are in the final year of their contracts, and their future position with the club could be in limbo. There seems to be “disconnect” between Clouston and the team leaders, and he’s head individual meetings. Canadian World Junior coach Dave Cameron could be a candidate as the next Senators head coach, he did coach their farm team for 3 seasons.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The question is still out there as to when Sami Salo will return to the Canucks, but Salo “admitted he is still not convinced he will play again. Ever.” Salo is skating and will likely be back in a month, but will he be able to compete at a high level.
“We’ve had discussions,” Salo said. “Both sides have to be really honest with each other. I’ve said all along I’m not going to risk the rest of my career, my life, with having a disability. I have to be really careful.
“The business is the business. But, like I said, I have to be at the level where I feel I need to be. For sure, they’re going to ask me where I’m at, and there’s no point in moving somebody [in a trade] if I’m not 100 per cent. There’s no point coming back and then finding out you’re not good enough to play. I’ve got to make sure I’m really at the top level when I come back.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Jordan Eberle has a sprained ankle and likely out 10 days.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Chris Osgood is a UFA at the end of the season, and has wondered if this could be his last season.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Petr Prucha cleared waivers. “Multiple teams” have inquired about him, the Blues not being one of them. Prucha has good speed and is only 28.