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Posts Tagged Carolina Hurricanes
- Chris Nichols of SportsNet: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Pavel Datsyuk won’t be heading back to Russia when his contract expires after next season.
“You mean how long is his deal and how much is he gonna make? Well, there’s this much possibility he’s going back to Russia,” said Babcock, making a zero with his thumb and index finger. “I mean, we’ll get it done (new deal) in the summer.”
Datsyuk’s agent and GM Ken Holland will talk about an extension in July.
- Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation: Though they are very unlikely to get him, the Oilers should make a pitch for Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: There have been no contract yet between Dave Nonis and Phil Kessel’s camp.
“He’s in my mind one of the top players in the league. Would we look to extend Phil? Again, he has a year left in his contract, there is no urgency in getting him signed to an extension,” Nonis said. “Phil Kessel is going to be a good player in this league for a long time. If there’s a deal there that makes sense for both of us, no question, we’ll look to bring him back for an extended period.”
It will be a challenge to find a deal that makes sense. Kessel will be entering the last year of his deal that is paying him $5.4 million and he’ll be looking for a nice raise.
“Kessel’s value will not go down,” he said, but added that Kessel’s game isn’t as well-rounded as that of some other stars, which may hurt him at the negotiating table.
“He doesn’t possess four or five tools,” he said. “He’s a guy who is a sniper.”
Alex Semin could be a comparable for Kessel. Semin signed a five year, $35 million deal this season. $8 million a year for Kessel could be their starting point.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: McGran notes that Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak could be the best center in this year’s UFA crop. He could be looking for a deal in the Mikhail Grabovski range, $5.5 million a season.
“My agent will deal with that stuff,” Bozak said of his contract status. “I would like to stay here. This is a place I like playing.”
Bozak might have to take a hometown discount if he wants to remain with the Leafs.
“If there is a contract that makes sense for us and makes sense for Tyler, we’ll sign him,” said GM Dave Nonis. “It’s not a situation where we have to sign Tyler Bozak. There are numbers that make sense for the team and there are numbers that make sense for Bozak.
Leafs GM Nonis thinks teams will be active trying to trade high-salaries players before or at the draft. If teams aren’t able to trade them, they may have to buy them out. Compliance buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup and ends on July 4th, a day before the start of free agency. Players that are 26 and older receive 2/3′s of their contract, while players under 26 receive 1/3 of their contract.
“We are in fairly good position cap-wise,” said Nonis. “We have some players we have to re-sign. That’s going to eat in to cap space a little bit. We’re not in a position where we have to shed money, which some teams clearly are.
“I would expect the weeks leading up to the draft are going to be fairly busy. The draft itself will be busy. It usually is with player movement. I think you’ll see some bigger movement this year, just because of the cap situation.”
- Michael Grange of SportsNet: Leafs GM Nonis plays things a little differently than former GM Brian Burke.
Nonis, for example, said he would trade Dion Phaneuf, the team’s captain and the best defenseman albeit in a fairly shallow pool. And he said it without flinching. I asked him and Nonis said an unblinking “yes” before I’d even finished the question.
That’s not saying that he will trade him, but he would consider it.
“I’ve always felt the word untouchable is really silly in this sport,” said Nonis. “There are players you would be unlikely to move and players we see as being long-term solutions to success here. But untouchable doesn’t help you if you’re looking to get better. You look at the some of the teams that have gotten better and been good for a long time, they’ve moved some people that may have made fans shake their head, but they’ve gotten better doing it.”
The Leafs have $45.1 million committed to 12 players and a Mike Komisarek or John-Michael Liles buyout could give them more flexibility. They could use help at center and on the blueline.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Alex Ovechkin played the final two games of the first round with a hairline fracture in his left foot. He was able to continue playing, as skating would not make the injury worse.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Eric Staal suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s World Championship game between Canada and Sweden after taking a knee-on-knee hit by Alex Edler. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Staal will return to Raleigh today and will have an MRI on Saturday. It’s believed that he may have only suffered a sprain and not a ligament tear.
“It’s unfortunate and hopefully it’s not too serious,” Rutherford said. “If it is serious, hopefully there will be enough recovery time for him to be ready for next season. We’ll just hope for the best.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser did not suffer a concussion when he was hit by the puck on the forehead. Dion Phaneuf wasn’t injured during the playoffs, “I was fine.”
- Tony Ambrogio: Leafs Tyler Bozak suffered an oblique injury at the end of the regular season and a tricep injury at the end of Game 5. James Mirtle: Bozak will be out for four weeks. Darren Dreger: Tear was 70% to his right tricep. He admitted that him taking the warmup for Game 6 was a pure Randy Carlyle mind game.
- Michael Russo: Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had surgery to repair a sports hernia yesterday. He is expected to be fully recovered for next season.
Morning Hits: New Canucks lines … Hurricanes to spend, could they trade Skinner? Flyers goalies worn and beaten down
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have moved Ryan Kesler from center to right wing with Derek Roy and Chris Higgins. Max Lapierre centered Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen on the third line. Zack Kassian moved to a line with Andrew Ebbett and Dale Weise. 2012 1st round pick Brendan Gaunce will be practicing with the team.
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes will be spending closer to the $64.3 salary cap next season, something that hasn’t happened in awhile.
“We have been a budget team for a long time,” Rutherford acknowledged. “But we are now at the point where we’re going to be a lot closer to the cap than not. We’ll probably be at about $60, $61 million next year. Now we’re getting into that area. We know we had to do that with the change of divisions.”
The Hurricanes spent $57 million this past season, and sit at $56 million already for next year. If they move out Drayson Bowman, Justin Peters and Jamie McBain, it could clear out $2.9 million.
DeCock wonders if the Hurricanes should explore trading Jeff Skinner, but only if it brings back a “defenseman of comparable quality. He has defensive issues, a history of concussions and his contract goes up to $5.75 million next season.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov said he wore down this season. At one point in he started 31 of 32 games, including 22 in a row. Steve Mason is happy with a fresh start in Philly.
“The last three years in Columbus beat me down, mentally, more than anything else,” he said in a phone interview the other day. “There were a lot of expectations we couldn’t meet, and you work hard to get them, and we couldn’t get results.
“I left the baggage there and got a fresh start.”
Morning Hits: Briere, Smith, Bryzgalov, Elias, Iginla, Laviolette, Byfuglien, Whitney and the Hurricanes
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, he could end up in Montreal.Coyotes Mike Smith is looking for $6 million a year and has refused to sign a deal with the Coyotes.
Smith could be an option in Philadelphia if they buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers management is split on buying him out now or waiting to see how he does next year, and if it’s not good, then buy him out next spring.
Garrioch has heard there is about a 50/50 chance that Patrick Elias returns to the Devils. The Flyers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Sharks will all be looking for help upfront.
Jarome Iginla signing with the Stars could be a good bet.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said you can expect Peter Laviolette back as the Flyers coach next season. They will keep the same system in place, and there won’t be an overhaul of players.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has said that Ilya Bryzgalov’s eccentric personality isn’t a problem. Forward Daniel Briere understands the situation. If the Flyers buy him out, it would cost them $3.3 million over four years.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless thinks that Jets Dustin Byfuglien needs to “either commit to excellence or be traded.”
- Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers UFA defenseman Ryan Whitney thinks it’s probably in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else next season.
“I think I can still play, I’ve proven that I can,” Whitney said. “Obviously there were some games where I didn’t play well, but there were a stretch of games where I thought I did play well. It’s been a tough couple of years here, I’m just kind of looking forward to a fresh start.”
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu will have hip surgery. GM Jim Rutherford likes his core group, but there will be some new faces next year. They have to decide on their UFAs: Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis. Their blue line will be a priority for Rutherford.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Jochen Hecht retired from the NHL last night.
“It’s best for everybody to start a new life. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve got some great memories. I lived here and loved this place for 10 years, 11 years, and Buffalo became a second home to me.
“Buffalo has been like a second home for everybody. I was fortunate enough to play my first game in Buffalo with St. Louis, and I played my last game in Buffalo. It’s kind of full circle, came around. It was a lot of fun.”
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller may have played his last game in a Sabres uniform.
“Everything comes to an end. It’s not always clean and easy. Most of the time, it’s little bit dirty and not any fun. It was hard to watch these guys kind of leave a team one by one, but it’s the nature of sports, nature of life. You can’t just hold on to something that’s not sustainable. Everything becomes stagnant if you’re always trying to hold on to one thing.
- Darren Dreger: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that rumors of him being Red Berenson’s successor at the University of Michigan are not true. He has two years left on his Red Wings contract and is happy being the Wings coach.
- Bruce Garrioch: If the Stars decide to make a GM change, Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill is the top candidate.
- Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets sign forward Cam Atkinson to a 2-year, $2.3 million contract extension.
- Alessandro Seren Rosso: Valeri Nichushkin was traded to Dynamo for $10 million. He’s on a two-year contract with an out-clause after one year, $2 million per year. Slava Malamud: There will be no Nichushkin next year, and likely for 2014-15. TJ ОвечкиH: Russian Media saying that Nichushkin was traded without his knowledge. Could trigger his decision to leave to the NHL.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on restructuring their blue line: ”We need to be a lot harder to play against. We made it too easy for opponents.”
- Chip Alexander: Rutherford said that Jeff Skinner at center was an “experiment” but liked what he saw. Creates another option for next season.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils David Clarksonwill be a UFA and he may get some offers to convince him to sign with someone else. There has been lots of speculation that the Maple Leafs will be interested.
“I don’t know where I’ll be. I have no idea what will end up happening,” Clarkson told The Star-Ledger today. “There haven’t been any negotiations between Mr. (Lou) Lamoriello and my agent. I’ve had no decisions to make yet.”
“I love playing here. My daughter is from here. I’ve loved my time here,” Clarkson pointed out. “What better situation could there be? I have a coach (Pete DeBoer) I’ve had since I was young who I believe, besides my father, has been the biggest part of my hockey career. And Mr. Lamoriello was the first GM to give me an opportunity.”
- Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight. Robin Lehner could start on Sunday.
Roster and Goalie Notes: Senators, Canes, Bruins, Pens, Leafs, Canucks, Devils, Caps, Panthers, Blues and Predators
- Darren Dreger: Senators confirm that Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup tonight. Sidney Crosby is having more dental work done today.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alexander Semin has a concussion.
- Boston Bruins: Nathan Horton not on the ice today. Last update, still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Paul Martin is with the team. Pittsburgh Penguins: Martin won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday. Penguins: Brooks Orpik (lower-body), Joe Vitale (lower-body) and Sidney Crosby (dental work), remained in Pittsburgh. James Neal and Martin are back to full practice, but won’t play tonight.
- Michael Traikos: Looking like both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren won’t play tonight for the Maple Leafs. Chris Johnston: McLaren has some neck soreness.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks Keith Ballard will play forward tonight.
- Andrew Gross: Jared Staal will be on a line with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Greening-Smith-Alfredsson; Michalek-Turris-Conacher; Condra-Zibanejad-Silfverberg; Latendresse-Pageau-Neil. Brent Wallace: Defensive pairings: Methot Karlsson; Gryba Phillips; Gonchar-Cowen.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Kostopoulos.
- Randy Sportak: Flames lines: Cammalleri-Stajan-Stempniak; Baertschi-Backlund-Hudler; Byron-Horak-Cervenka; Reinhart-Jones-Jackman. Randy Sportak: Defensive pairing: Giordano-Wideman; Brodie-Cundari; Butler-Babchuk.
- Stephen Whyno: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals.
- Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
- Lou Korac: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues, with Jaroslav Halak backing him up.
- Randy Sportak: Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames.
- Preds Radio: Chris Mason will start in net for the Predators.
- Mike Morreale: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils.
Roster and Goalie Notes: Hejduk, Karlsson, Sharp, Schneider, Bertuzzi, Bolland, Staal’s … Lines and Starting goalies
- Mike Chambers: Avalanche winger Milan Hejduk will be in the lineup on Saturday against the Wild. It could be his last NHL game.
- Bob McKenzie: If Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is able to get back into the lineup against the Capitals, it would be 10 weeks since the day he had surgery to repair his 70% severed Achilles tendon.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp will be in the lineup tonight.
- Vancouver Canucks: Cory Schneider is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, Joe Cannata is re-called.
- Craig Custance: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Todd Bertuzzi won’t be in the lineup tonight.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Dave Bolland (groin issue) didn’t practice with the team today.
- Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes recall Jared Staal, who will be on a line with brother Jordan.
- Tony Ambrogio: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Kulemin-Kadri-Lupul, Komarov-Grabovski-McClement, MacArthur-Colborne-Frattin, Orr-Hamilton-McLaren. Defensive pairings - Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Fraser-Franson, Liles-O’Byrne
- Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: St Louis-Stamkos-Purcell: Killorn-Lecavalier-Panik; Labrie-Thompson-Crombeen; Pouliot-Pyatt-Tyrell.
- Ian Mendes: Senators lines: Conacher-Turris-Michalek. Greening-Smith-Alfredsson. Silfverberg-Zibanejad-Condra. Latendresse-Pageau-Neil.
- Paul Hendrick: Ben Bishop will start in net for the Lighting against James Reimer and the Maple Leafs.
- Chris Kuc: Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks.
- Shelly Anderson: Anderson is hearing Sidney Crosby’s jaw may not be healing fast enough for him to start playing before the playoffs.
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward didn’t skate again today. Adam Oates gave no update on his status.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Bernier.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Lupuk-Kadri-Kulemin, McClement-Grabo-Komarov, MacArthur-Colborne-Frattin, McLaren-Hamilton-Orr.
- Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg will get the start for the Devils on Thursday against the Penguins.
- Michael Smith: Dan Ellis will start in net for the Hurricanes.
- George Richards: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers.
- Adam Vingan: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
- John Vogl: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.
Roster Notes and Goalies: Cowen, Kuba, Oshie, Staal, Pens, Oilers, Lightning, Rangers, Hurricanes, Panthers and Islanders
- Brent Wallace: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will be in the lineup tonight.
- George Richards: Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba is out tonight.
- Lou Korac: Blues TJ Oshie didn’t practice today.
- Steve Zipay: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal skated with a non-contract jersey.
- Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Jokinen-Iginla, Morrow-Dupuis-Bennett, Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy, Glass-Vitale-Adams.
- Dan Tencer: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Yakupov, Paajarvi-RNH-Jones, Lander-Horcoff-Hartikainen and Petrell-Smyth-Brown.
- Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Killorn-Stamkos-St Louis; Pouliot-Lecavalier-Malone; Labrie-Panik-Purcell; Crombeen-Thompson-Tyrell
- Steve Zipay: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
- Chip Alexander: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight.
- Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers against Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders tonight.
Roster Notes and Goalies: Marchand, Ward, Lupul, Canes, Rangers, Sharks, Coyotes, Price, Rinne, Niemi and Luongo
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Boston Bruins: Bruins Brad Marchand skated this morning.
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward skated before practice. He has missed the last three games with a bruised left knee.
- James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle will decide this afternoon on Joffrey Lupul, ”Decision will be whether he feels 110%.”
- Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Skinner-J. Staal-LaRose, Blanchard-Ruutu-Dwyer, Westgarth-Nash-Bergeron.
- John Lu: Canadiens lines: Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder Moen – Halpern – White. Defensive pairings and scratches: Gorges – Subban Markov – Bouillon Beaulieu – Drewiske Scratches: Prust (suspected UBI), Blunden, Dumont, Kaberle, Weber
- Katie Strang: Rangers lines: Nash-Stepan-Callahan, Hagelin-Richards-Boyle, Zuccarello-Brassard-Clowe, Pyatt-Powe-Asham.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks lines: TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Marty Havlat, Raffi Torres – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels, Andrew Desjardins – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish . Defensive pairings: Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun, Brad Stuart – Jason Demers. Coyotes Lines: Radim Vrbata – Martin Hanzal – Shane Doan, Chris Conner – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker, Rob Kilnkhammer – Boyd Gordon – David Moss, David Schlemko – Chris Brown – Kyle Chipchura. Defensive pairings: Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek, Keith Yandle – Derek Morris, Michael Stone – Rostislav Klesla
- Marc Antoine Godin: Carey Price will start in net for the Canadiens against the Flyers.
- Josh Cooper: Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Antti Niemi will start in net for the Sharks, Mike Smith for the Coyotes.
- Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Canucks against the Predators.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is feeling better but is out tonight.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: The Bruins confirm that winger Brad Marchand has a ‘mild concussion’ from Anton Volchenkov’s elbow on Wednesday.
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul hasn’t played since last Thursday, and isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return.
“If I was having bad symptoms, I would be home resting instead of this,” Lupul said. “It’s truly a day-to-day thing, just wake up in the morning and see how I’m feeling, how I’m progressing. There’s really no reason for me to rush right now. I just want to make sure I’m back at 100 per cent.”
The team won’t say it’s a concussion, but Lupul indicated that it might be.
“Yeah,” he said Wednesday, when asked if he believes he suffered a concussion against the Flyers. “I mean, no one’s really said that word to me. But I definitely didn’t sprain my ankle.”
“I think it’s safe to say I took a pretty solid blow to the head,” Lupul said. “Anyone who was watching could have seen that. . . . Obviously anyone who saw me try to go to the bench could tell there were some symptoms.”
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen broke his calcaneus bone in his heal last week after crashing into the boards. A similar injury occurred to Pat Peakein 1996, and he was only able to play in five more games due to the injury. The Hurricanes and Pitkanen called Peake last week to talk about the injury.
“Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”
“Am I optimistic that Pitkanen can get back to playing? Yeah, I kind of am, as far as playing, because he’s not going to go the surgery route,” Peake said. “You just hope that obviously the medical aspect of it has come a long way. I know there’s some good doctors and some good people.”
It’s an injury though that could bother him years after he’s done playing.
“They said, ‘How much pain are you in on a daily basis?’ ” Peake said. “And I said, ‘Well, to be honest, I don’t really want him to hear this. I hurt every single day.’ ”
Roster notes and Goalie: Briere, Capitals, Michalek, Hedman, Hurricanes, Holtby, Bryzgalov and Quick
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers Daniel Briere is practicing with a regular jersey on, indicating that he’s likely in tonight.
- Stephen Whyno: Martin Erat, Joel Ward and Brooks Laich are out tonight for the Capitals.
- Ian Mendes: It doesn’t look like Milan Michalek is ready to return to the Senators lineup.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t play tonight. He’s hopeful to get back on the weekend.
- Steven Whyno: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin, Volpatti-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Fehr, Wolski-Hendricks-Beagle.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin; Skinner-JStaal-Ruutu; LaRose-Nash-Wallace; Westgarth and Blanchard; seven defensemen on ice.
- Stephen Whyno: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
- Tim Panaccio: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
- Jon Rosen: Jonathan Quick will start in net for the Kings.