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Posts Tagged Chris Kunitz
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner has left Markham and is back in Raleigh skating with teammates.
“I’ll see how these workouts go here,” he said. “I had a good training program going on at home, so I’ll probably head back within the next week. I’ll just play with the guys (at RCI) until then.”
“I’m not really ruling out any options right now,” Skinner said. “I’m just looking into everything. It’s something my agent (Rick Curran) is going to explore. He’ll get back to me when he has something me and my family can talk about, and we’ll go from there.”
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Steven Stamkos on going overseas,
“I’m going to see what happens in the next two or three weeks before I go any further”
- Ottawa Sun: Bruins forward Shawn Thornton thinks it could be a career-threatening lockout for him,
“For guys like me I have a few years left and I’m kind of caught in the middle and squeezed out on both sides,” Thornton told the WAAF Hillman Morning Show. “If this goes on for a year or two then I’m probably done and I have to go back to working for a living. That’s fine. I’ve done it before. I worked in a steel factory when I was younger.
“But on the other side I’d like to play out the last two years of my contract and be a little bit ahead after fighting 400 times over the last 15 years.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Kings Dustin Brown will be joining Zurich in the Swiss league.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Penguins Tomas Vokoun signed with Karlvy Vary. Will join them on Monday.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Hurricanes Jamie McBain will be joining SM-liiga’s Pelicans.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Paul Bissonette has signed with the Cardiff Devils.
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Dupuis, Kunitz, Adams, Kennedy, and Crosby were all skating at Southpointe yesterday.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Coyotes have claimed Gilbert Brule off re-entry waivers.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Clearing waivers today: Tim Sestito (NJ), Brodie Dupont (NASH) and Mark Fraser (ANA).
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle will be out 2 to 3 weeks with a knee injury.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: James Neal is skating in his usual spot with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz at the Penguins practice this morning. Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins Craig Adams says he plans on playing tonight.
- Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day and won’t be in the lineup tonight. Ansar Khan via twitter: Jimmy Howard will start on Thursday, Ty Conklin starts tonight.
- Scott MacArthur via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Connolly-Kessel, Crabb-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Lombardi-Kadri, Boyce-Steckel-Brown. James Mirtle via twitter: Looking like Jake Gardiner is the odd man out on the Leafs blueline tonight. Sabres lines: Vanek-Hecht-Pominville, Boyes-Leino-Stafford, Ellis-Adam-McCormick, Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta. Sabres defensive pairings and starting goalie: McNabb-Myers, Leopold-Regehr, Gragnani-Weber. G: Miller (Enroth backs up.) Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Derek Roy will be a game-time decision.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Hemsky, Smyth-Horcoff-Jones, Paajarvi-Belanger-Lander, Hordichuk-O’Marra-Eager.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will play tonight, center Travis Zajac is out.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks called up Jeff Deslauriers. Jonas Hiller is not on the ice, lower body injury.
- Minnesota Wild via twitter: The Wild have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the IR with concussion like symptoms.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Curtis Sanford will start for the Blue Jackets against Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Flyers.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Cory Schneider will start for the Canucks against Dwayne Roloson and the Lightning.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Brent Johnson is expected to start for the Penguins.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders against the Red Wings.
Shelly Anderson via twitter: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed winger Chris Kunitz to a 2 year contract extension worth $3.725 million per season.
Kunitz has a $4 million salary this year, with a $3.725 million cap hit.
Nothing new on Marchand, Schenn contract talks … Some want out of Winnipeg … top 2012 free agents … Sens have 9 Dman for 7 spots
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: There hasn’t been much movement on RFA Brad Marchand’s contract talks with the Bruins. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Marchand’s agent wouldn’t comment on the situation.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Fan 590 radio host Bob McCown said that at least 3 members of the Winnipeg Jets are actively trying to get out of Winnipeg.
“Guys are not going to want to play there,” said McCown.
“I have first-hand knowledge of no less than three members of the Atlanta Thrashers, no fewer than three, who are now Winnipeg Jets, who are actively pursuing alternatives. Not the least of the problems, there’s no place to live, in the style that an NHL player has become accustomed to. Are there upscale homes? I’m sure there are. But they’re not available and they’re not for rent.”
Captain Andrew Ladd, who signed a 5 year deal with the team, had this to say in response:
“I haven’t heard that, but if there are guys that don’t want to be in Winnipeg then we don’t want them anyway,” said Ladd. “We want people that want to be part of a good hockey organization that’s going to create a winning culture. From everyone I’ve talked to — I haven’t heard any of that.”
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen lists his top 10 2012 free agents. 1. Ryan Suter 2. Zach Parise 3. Niklas Kronwall 4. Alexander Semin 5. R.J. Umberger 6. Ales Hemsky 7. Brad Stuart 8. Chris Kunitz 9. Shane Doan 10. Mikhail Grabovski
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have 9 defenseman under contract and expect at least 1 to be dealt. 6 are on 1-way contracts and Jared Cowen and David Rundblad have a good shot at making the club. They reportedly were shopping Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba at the draft but found no takers. Gonchar has 2 years at $5.5 million, Kuba has 1 year at $3.7 million. “They can’t afford to just give Kuba away if they are going to trade him,” said a league executive. “They’re going to have to be willing to take some salary back.”
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: There are still some veteran UFAs out there who could be looking for a tryout. “We haven’t ruled out an invitation,” Burke told Sun Media. “But most likely we will give the kids a look.” Some of their young players include Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Luca Caputi, Matt Frattin, Jerry D’Amigo and defencemen Jake Gardiner and Jesse Blacker. Tyler Biggs, Stuart Percy, Brad Ross and Greg McKegg are at least a year away. Agent Don Meehan said there is “Nothing new” on contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Luke Schenn.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Michel Nylander says he wants to return to the NHL after his playing his first game since he broke his neck.
Another day, another player facing suspension. Correction, 2 players looking at a suspension. First up according to Bob McKenzie is Chris Kunitz at 10 a.m. for his elbow to the head of Simon Gagne. Right after that the league will be talking to Steve Downie about his hit on Ben Lovejoy. Do you think either player will get suspended?
Parise cleared to skate … Staal and Gaborik practice … Hemsky injured … Alfie would like to play this year
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Ales Hemsky left last night’s game with an apparent shoulder injury after being him by Jonathan Blum, he’ll undergo an MRI. He went on for a couple more shifts after the hit before leaving. “It’s more precautionary than anything else,” said head coach Tom Renney of the exam. “It’s one of those things where you want to give the athlete peace of mind and also to educate and inform ourselves.” Nikolai Khabibulin returned to practice yesterday for the 1st time since Feb. 21st when he suffered his eye injury.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Marian Gaborik and Marc Staal took part in the Rangers full practice yesterday, signaling they are getting closer. Staal will test his knee this morning, and hope to be able to go tonight against the Wild. Gaborik has said he’s been symptom free “at the moment”, and will take things day by day.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson skated on his own on Sunday and Monday. His back spasms have caused some nerve issues and couldn’t say if he can avoid back surgery or possibly return this season. He’d like to get into a few games this year. “I just want to get it to the point where it feels strong,” Alfredsson said as he stood in the corridor outside the Senators dressing room. “For myself, knowing that it feels strong for training, for the summer, would be valuable.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he only plans to sign one free agent this summer and build the team through young players. Owner Eugene Melnyk said the rebuilding plan won’t be a patchwork job.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Zach Parise has been cleared to start skating and could be 2-3 weeks away from practicing with the team.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik will still be out 4 weeks. Winger Chris Kunitz could be back this weekend. There is no change in Sidney Crosby’s status.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Alex Edler is expected to be out until the start of the playoffs at the earliest. With him being on the LTIR, it enable the Canucks to bring in both Max Lapierre and Chris Higgins.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: It’s looking like Blues forward David Perron is done for the year, as he is still not symptom free.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Stickland thinks the Blues should look at trading for Paul Stastny this summer.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Stickland heard that the Maple Leafs were considering trading for Paul Stastny before the deadline. Burke was weighing options between Stastny and Brad Richards. They have to give up a nice package to get Stastny as opposed to possibly getting Richards without giving up money. Richards would want a long term deal, may be in the $8 million range.
- TheFourthPeriod: Ales Hemsky was the 1st option for the Kings before they traded for his teammate, Dustin Penner. The Oilers wanted Brayden Schenn for Hemsky, which was obviously denied. The Oilers then wanted Wayne Simmonds, but “There’s no way we were (going to give up a roster player). This was about making this team better right now,” Lombardi told reporters. “To create a hole and fill a hole doesn’t make any sense. Not only does this fit in terms of a need, the left wing was sticking out, it’s not a cost-prohibitive contract. It fit for us in the longer term basis, as well.”
What is MacArthur worth? Penguins and Flyers could get some key defenseman back this week … Hendry out of season
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: So the big question now for Clarke MacArthur and the Maple Leafs is, what is he worth? This is a breakout year for MacArthur, but is he a 40 or 70 point guy? Burke,
“That’s why there’s been no stone throwing about the two sides about who’s being fair. We acknowledge the player has had an excellent year for us and he’s a good guy. We’re happy he’s here, but is that the real guy? Is that the player you are signing?”
If they don’t get a deal done, Burke is fine with going to arbitration.
“We did not offer Clarke to teams, we did get offers on him. We had an internal price that wasn’t met and we’re very happy that he’s still here.”
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin returned to practice yesterday and there is a chance he plays on Wednesday against the Leafs. Martin has missed the last 4 games. Chris Kunitz has been skating but not practicing with the team. RW Tyler Kennedy and G Brent Johnson also didn’t practice due to injuries. Sidney Crosby was in the dressing room yesterday but still no time line on him.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Both Chris Pronger and Blair Betts practiced yesterday and could be ready to go on Thursday against the Leafs.
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: The Blackhawks added Chris Campoli from the Ottawa Senators yesterday but also found out they have lost Jordan Hendry with a torn ACL in his left knee. Hendry will be out for the rest of the season. They were also looking to a center yesterday but will go with “Jake Dowell and Ryan Johnson for now behind Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland.” The Senators will receive one of the three 2nd round picks the Blackhawks have, they’ll send over the worst of the three.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: The Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars have been talking about a trade that would involve Alex Goligoski and James Neal. Will DePaoli via twitter: Sources saying it would likely be a 4 player deal.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter Sheldon Souray clears waivers. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Rangers didn’t like the fact that Souray had 1 more year on the deal. LeBrun adds that the Oilers will likely end up buying Souray out at some point.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Niklas Hagman has been put on waivers by the Flames.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: At least 6 teams are interested in Nikolai Zherdev.
- Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Chris Kunitz could return to the Penguins lineup on Wednesday.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Cam Ward will get the start for the Hurricanes.
JovoCop out weeks … Kaberle open to negotiating with Bruins … Setoguchi won’t be moved for rental … All but 1 Panther available
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Ed Jovanovski will be out several weeks after having surgery yesterday on his orbital bone fracture. He suffered the fracture after crashing into Thrashers forward Patrice Cormier.
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Thrashers GM Rick Dudley on the possibility of trading Zach Bogosian, “People ask me that all the time. I say the same thing. Wayne Gretzky was traded. There are no untouchables that I know of. Certainly not in Atlanta. I’m not actively looking to trade Zach and I don’t expect to trade him.”
- Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun: (The reporter that Burke went after in the Kaberle press conference yesterday. Burke misunderstood the question, audio in the Kaberle trade post). “Of course. We want to do both,” [Burke] said. “We are not throwing in the towel. No way.” He’ll be looking for a defenseman that could fill some of Kaberle’s minutes.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Because of immigration issues, the Bruins knew it would be easier for them to make the deal in Canada. Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Kaberle said he’d be open to negotiating with the Bruins already.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will travel with the team to Carolina, but doesn’t know if he’ll start or be the backkup.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: After moving out Ian White for a pick and bringing in Derek Joslin, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford added, “We do have flexibility if something comes along in the next week that makes sense for us.”
- George Richards via twitter: Scouts at the Panthers-Red Wings game: Devils, Hurricanes, Senators, Penguins, Canucks, Red Wings, Rangers, Kings, Wild, and 2 from Blackhawks.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Alex Goligoski’s solid play has put his name in the rumor mill in connection with bringing in some offense, but “The way Goligoski has played this season, it might be a no-brainer for GM Ray Shero to keep him for the foreseeable future.”
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Aaron Asham joins Sidney Crosby and Eric Tangradi as Penguins who are out with a concussion, and it doesn’t appear he’ll return anytime soon. No update on Crosby’s concussion. Chris Kunitz and Mark Letestu are progressing but still not ready. Nick Johnson left practice yesterday after suffering an upper-body injury.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Devin Setoguchi could be available for a defenseman, but he won’t be moved for a rental. If the Hurricanes fall out of contention, Joni Pitkanen could become available. Oilers Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid, and Tom Gilbert could all be had for the right price. Word is that Panthers GM Dale Tallon has made all his players available except Stephen Weiss (the guy who would get the most interest). Cory Stillman will get interest, Chris Higgins is getting minor interest. Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen’s name is coming up in some conversations. The Flyers are trying to move Nikolai Zherdev. The Sabres could make Craig Rivet and Jordan Leopold available.
Rangers call about Tyutin, Jackets call about Del Zotto … Starting Goalies … Giguere out with groin injury … Lebda a winger?
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: When the Columbus Blue Jackets made Fedor Tyutin a healthy scratch last week, Rangers GM Glen Sather inquired. When NY Rangers made Michael Del Zotto a healthy scratch, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson inquired. No Tyutin and Filatov for Del Zotto was discussed.
- George Richards via twitter: Tomas Vokoun will start for the Panthers tonight against the Flyers.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Bruins forward Brad Marchand is out tonight. Daniel Paille will be on a line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Vinny Prospal practiced with the NY Rangers today in a non-contact jersey.
- Chris Vivlamore via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Thrashers tonight versus the Leafs. Chris Mason will likely go tomorrow night versus the Blues.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight against the Thrashers.
- James Mirtle via twitter: JS Giguere will be out a week or 2 with a groin injury. He’ll see a specialist in the next couple of days.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs defenseman Brett Lebda will play left wing on the 4th line tonight. Nazem Kadri will be a healthy scratch again. Coach Ron Wilson will continue to work with Kadri to build strength in practice and off ice, doesn’t want to send him down to the Marlies.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Chris Kunitz will be back in the lineup for the Penguins tonight.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Mike Comrie may need hip surgery, will see a doctor on the 27th.
- Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Former goalie Darren Pang thinks the Blue Jackets should send Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason back to the minors to help build his confidence. Mathieu Garon will likely start for the Blue Jackets tomorrow night against the Flames.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tomorrow night versus the Capitals.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Derek Boogaard may have concussion from a fight with Matt Carkner of Dec. 9th.
Kane has setback, doubtful for Friday … Pronger to see specialist tomorrow … Blues lose Johnson? Semin out day-to-day … Starting goalies
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Patrick Kane has missed 4 games with an ankle injury suffered a setback today and is doubtful for Friday. Marian Hossa (lower body) and Viktor Stalberg (upper body) won’t be in the lineup on Friday either. Fernando Pisani should be in the lineup tomorrow, and Corey Crawford will be between the pipes.
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Chris Pronger will see an ankle specialist tomorrow. He had an x-ray and CT scan on his right ankle.
- Andy Strickland via True Hockey: St. Louis Blues defenseman Erik Johnson suffered a lower body injury last night after his left leg got tangled up with Pavel Datsyuk. He immediately grabbed his right knee. Johnson was able to leave the ice on his own, and will be re-evaluated today. Alex Pietrangelo is questionable for today’s game as well.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Alexander Semin is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Wayne Scanlan via twitter: After 25 games as a healthy scratch, Senators defenseman Brian Lee will play in front of family and friends in Minnesota tonight.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Brian Rolston hasn’t heard anything regarding his future as a New Jersey Devil.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tim Thomas will face Carey Price tonight.
- John Buccigross via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will be in net for the Stars versus the Sharks tonight.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Cam Ward will be in net tonight for the Hurricanes versus the Thrashers.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jose Theodore starting for the Wild tonight, Leclaire possibly for the Senators.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start on Friday versus the Predators. Johan Hedberg may start Saturday against Atlanta.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Chris Kunitz should be back in the Penguins lineup on Monday.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby left practice early yesterday with an injury, same went for Chris Kunitz. Evgeni Malkin didn’t practice. “They are all dealing with some aches, pains and soreness,” Penguins coach Dan Byslma said, but they all should take the morning skate today. Though no one would say what was bothering Crosby, he been bothered by hip and groin soreness throughout the season.
- Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Tampa Bay Lightning are still unsure when Simon Gagne will return to the lineup. He’s been out 14 games with a neck strain, but is being bothered now by “forehead or sinus pressure.” The Lightning put defenseman Matt Smaby on IR, and Randy Jones is playing with an injured foot.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Red Wings Dan Cleary left last night’s game in the second period with an upper-body injury.
- Eric Stephens of OC Register: The Anaheim Ducks put Josh Green on waivers yesterday and recalled Dan Sexton and Brandon McMillan. If Green clears waivers he’ll be sent to Syracuse of AHL.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Philadelphia Flyers traded Pat Maroon and David Laliberte to the Anaheim Ducks for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson. Syvret had been with the Flyers organization before he signed in Anaheim. Pat Maroon was sent home from the Flyers AHL team a couple weeks ago for “behavioral issues.”