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Posts Tagged Cory Clouston
Capitals fire Boudreau, bring in Dale Hunter … Small market for Iginla? Miller wanting out of Buffalo? Ducks keeping coach, big 3 … Lehtonen to IR
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Capitals have fired Bruce Boudreau, and have hired Dale Hunter as their new head coach.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If Jarome Iginla decides he’d accept a trade from the Flames, Matheson doesn’t see a big market for him as he carries a $7 million salary this year and next, and most Stanley Cup contenders are close to the ceiling or maxed out. Matheson wonders if the Stars would be interested. Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard has been shopped around the league, but there have been no takers for him and his $3+ million salary. The Oilers would definitely like to acquire Cody Franson, but Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is in no hurry to move him. Matheson keeps hearing that Sabres goalie is out with a concussion and wouldn’t mind if the Sabres dealt him. The Sabres could use a top center, but have other holes as well. His wife is a California based actress but no California based team needs a goalie. Will the Lightning be calling the Wild about their goaltenders during the summer? Josh Harding will be a UFA and Niklas Backstrom’s deal ends after next year. Would the Predators consider moving backup goalie Anders Lindback, and toss in a a Ryan Ellis or Jonathan Blum to get a forward? Matheson heard that the Wild turned down a Josh Harding for James van Riemsdyk trade when JVR was still at the University of New Hampshire a couple years ago.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Ducks GM Bob Murray said he won’t fire coach Randy Carlyle and he won’t trade any of Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry or Bobby Ryan, though he has had offers for them.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are 1 of 4 teams that have interest in Blue Jackets Derick Brassard. Brassard’s $3.2 million salary for the next 2 years is a stumbling block. The Sens, and pretty much every other team, have closed the book on Kyle Turris.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have placed Kari Lehtonen on the IR. They are still waiting for results from the MRI, but Heika thinks it could be a long-term injury. They have recalled Richard Bachman. Francis Wathier was also recalled, so Vernon Fiddler could be out.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could find out today the results for Taylor Hall’s MRI. If Hall is out for awhile, Matheson thinks they should move Magnus Paajarvi up with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. If Paajarvi can’t cut with Horcoff and Hemsky, it might be time for him to spend a few weeks in Oklahoma City in the AHL. Renny said that sending Paajarvi down “has been discussed.”
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson expects Carl Gunnarsson and David Steckel to return on Wednesday.
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insiders: Dustin Penner has been given clearance to resume full activity. He won’t play tonight, but should soon. Andrei Loktionov and Trent Hunter spot could be in jeopardy. Scott Parse hasn’t been on the ice in 3 weeks, and there is no indication when he’ll start.
Reimer’s mom speaks about his injury … Nabokov and Leafs ties … Markov travels with team … Mueller could return tonight … Backlund getting close
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Sidney Crosby’s status for Friday may or may not be addressed after practice today.
- Chris Botta via twitter: Botta suggests Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson could be reunited with goalie Evgeni Nabokov but wonders if the Islanders would trade a quality goalie to a team in the Eastern Conference for a draft pick or iffy prospect.
- BD Gallof via twitter: The 2nd round pick that the Islanders may be interested in getting for Evgeni Nabokov is “likely a conversation starter or a dealmaker cost.” Gallof warns Islanders fans that Nabokov won’t yield the team an impact player, a small deal at best.
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: From James Reimer’s mother on his injury:
“He looks clear. His eyes look fine. But he says he still has that nagging headache,” Marlene said. “I think his doctor finally said, ‘Let’s take you off the ice and see if it improves.’ … I’m hoping there’ll be some good news pretty soon.”
“That’s the frustrating part for us — not knowing what it is, and why they’re not calling it a concussion when they say ‘concussion-like symptoms,’” Marlene Reimer said. “Like, how is that not a concussion? … The initial test showed him to be clear of a concussion. But as it goes on, it’s kind of mystifying. He’s okay some days. And some days he’s definitely not okay.”
Reimer’s mother added that he’s had “several” concussions and he suffered whiplash last season with the Marlies. His first concussion came when he was 16 years old.
- Jesse Spector of the Sporting News: If the Blue Jackets decide to replace coach Scott Arniel, former Kings and Blues coach Andy Murray likely won’t be interested in the position as he’s happy coaching at Western Michigan. “There were NHL opportunities before, but I said no because I want to be here at Western Michigan,” Murray told Sporting News. “The Columbus one is new to me. I can’t talk to that situation, I haven’t talked to anybody from Columbus.” Former Senators coach Cory Clouston is a possible candidate for the position.
- Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov accompanied the team on their flight to Arizona, and could begin practicing with the team. Andrei Kostitsyn and Scott Gomez are day-to-day, and could be ready to return to the lineup before the end of the week.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Peter Mueller could return tonight. He’s been out 12 games with post-concussion symptoms. He practiced on a line with Matt Duchene yesterday and will be re-evaluated this morning. JS Giguere will get the start in net. Lines at yesterday’s practice: Mueller-Duchene-Jones, Landeskog-O’Reilly-Kobasew (no Winnik), Lindstrom-Stastny-Hejduk, McLeod-Galiardi/McClement-Porter.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador was inserted on the 2nd power play unit. They are currently 5 for 57 on the man advantage. Center Dave Bolland is questionable for tonight’s game after taking a puck off the foot in their last game.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames center Mikael Backlund could return as early as Friday against the Blackhawks.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues forward Andy McDonald is coming along slowly from his concussion.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues may be offering recently fired coach Davis Payne an chance to remain in the organization and do some pro scouting.
Wild fire Richards … Knuble re-signs with Capitals … Free agent notes on Parise, Vokoun, Stillman, MacArthur, Green, and Hedberg
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: The Minnesota Wild have fired head coach Todd Richards.
- Mike Vogl via twitter: The Capitals have re-signed forward Mike Knuble to a 1 year, $2 million deal.
- Rich Chere via twitter: There have been no more contract talks between Zach Parise and the NJ Devils but he said he’ll be back, “For sure. I’m restricted.” Tom Gulliti via twitter: Parise will skate later this week, and will stay in New Jersey until end of May, skating a couple times a week.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils goalie Johan Hedberg will play in the NHL next year or retire, won’t go play in Europe.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun said he wouldn’t mind returning to Florida.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils defenseman Andy Green hopes to re-sign with the team, and he thinks they want him back.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes winger Cory Stillman on his future, “I’d love to come back and play. I think I can still help out.”
- Andrew Gross via twitter: The NY Rangers have signed Carl Hagelin out of Michigan, he’ll report to Connecticut of the AHL.
- Sean Fitz Gerald via twitter: Leafs Clarke MacArthur on free agency, “Sometimes, it’s better to be happy than be greedy.”
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Cory Clouston has said he’s already received calls about available coaching positions.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks will be playing the Sabres in Helsinki on Oct. 7th. Playing the NY Rangers in Stockholm on Oct. 8th.
Sens fire 3 coaches, list of possible replacements … Flames could do a rebuild … Seguin could be a scratch for playoffs … Leafs to sign 7th round pick
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators have fired coaches Cory Clouston and assistants Greg Carvel and Brad Lauer. GM Murray said he’s been evaluating the staff for months.
“Based on the performance over the course of the year, we felt a change was necessary,” he said.
“It’s always difficult. Coaches get the finger pointed at them maybe more than they should.
“But we felt in this case – all of us, coaching staff and management – that at training camp we had a competitive hockey team and for whatever reason we didn’t play to the level we thought and expected, and as a result changes had to be made.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch mentions potential coaches for the Senators. Lindy Ruff, John Tortorella, Dave Cameron, Kurt Kleindorst, Alain Vigneault, Kevin Dineen, Randy Cunneyworth, and Bob Hartley.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Sportak wonders if the Flames should trade their stars, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, and rebuild. They don’t have many top-6 forwards/top-4 D on entry level contracts, building blocks for the future. Iginla will be 34 this summer, Kiprusoff will be 35 in October. If going for a complete rebuild, Robyn Regehr could be traded.
- Eric Francis in the Ottawa Sun: Francis doesn’t think the Flames should consider trading Jarome Iginla, “anyone who thinks an organization should do anything in a player’s best interest obviously doesn’t have the slightest clue how to run a business, let alone a hockey team.”
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks backup Cory Schneider posted a 16-4-2 record this season. He’ll make $900,000 and he could be on the move this summer. Columubus has shown some interest. “I’ve proved that I can play in this league and that I belong,” he said. “It’s not an adventure every single night. I can be consistent and win games and know what’s going to happen if I have to handle a bigger work load.”
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes missed the playoffs again, and DeCock thinks coach Paul Maurice could be fired, it might be time for a change. They’ve missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season.
- Barbara Matson of the Boston Globe: Bruins forward Tyler Seguin played in 72 games this season, but has found himself a healthy scratch of late, and that could continue in to the playoffs.
“That’s a lot of speculation that he’s fighting for [a position], whether he’s in, he’s out,’’ Julien said. “Understandably. I’m just saying, for me, those are tough questions to answer because you guys are all looking for what is my possible scenario. I’m going back to the same thing — we don’t know what’s going to happen until Monday. We’ll find out Monday where he stands and where the rest of the team stands. Lots of things can happen from here until then.’’
- Craig Custance of the Sporting News: The Blue Jackets need to make the playoffs next year, and could trade their 1st round pick this year for immediate help. GM Scott Howson, “Yeah, we would look at trading the pick if it was something that could make an immediate impact on the team,”
- Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda will be a UFA and he hopes to sign a 3-4 year deal with Columbus. He’s unsure if the Blue Jackets want him back as there haven’t been any talks. Defenseman Craig Rivet could retire.
- Damian Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs could sign 2006 7th round pick Leo Komarov (KHL) soon.
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
- 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.”
Caps to find out soon if Green can return, could use 2 goalies in playoffs … Ehrhoff will be looking for raise … ‘Hawks – Crawford talking extension
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green has missed 18 of their last 20 games with a concussion. He hasn’t taken part in a full practice in about a month. He has been doing some off-ice workouts and is feeling better.
“In a perfect world, we’d like to get him back for the last couple [regular season] games,” Boudreau said. “I think this week will indicate this — by Monday, we’ll know whether we’ll be able to or not.
“We want him in at least three practices, good practices, before we ever put him in a game — minimum,” Boudreau said. “Quite frankly, I play him when [head athletic trainer] Greg Smith says he’s OK to play. I’ll be the first one to put him in.”
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said this week that there is a chance they will use both Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov during the playoffs.
“I think if you look at the way the season and their careers have gone, that neither one has played 20 games in a row [in the NHL], you’re probably looking more at winning by committee than anything else,” Boudreau said. “If one gets extremely hot, you’re not going to take him out of the lineup. But in our situation here, we’ve seen, I think, [six] in a row the maximum that either one has played all year.”
- Brad Zeimer of the Vancouver Canucks: Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is having an excellent season and he’ll be a UFA at seasons end. He’s currently making $3.1 million and will be looking for a raise. On the open market he’d likely could get $5 million deal, which could be out of the Canucks price range. If he’ll take closer to the $4.5 million they are giving to Dan Hamhuis, he could stay. His wife and daughter love Vancouver.
- Chris Boden of CSNChicago: The Blackhawks have begun talking RFA goalie Cory Crawford about a contract extension.
“We’ve reached out and we’re gonna try to do something here,” Bowman said in the United Center’s Harris Club. “The timing is delicate and you don’t want it to become a distraction but we certainly have an interest in trying to get something done. I think he’s performed very well for us this year. Looking back from where he’s come – not only having a foothold in the NHL at the beginning, when he started a handful of games, but watching his progression as he’s gotten more responsibility, he’s risen to the challenge. That’s what you look for in goaltenders. When they get the increased workload, can they handle it? He’s kind of unflappable and doesn’t get rattled by much. I think that’s a strength of his. He’s obviously talented. He’s got the physical capabilities, but the mental side is important as well, and he’s been rock-solid for us.”
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was back in net last night for the first time since the middle of February. It didn’t last 12 minutes, 3 goals on 9 shots, but at least his bouts with vertigo weren’t the reason he was pulled from the game.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Waiver pickup Curtis McElhinny is enjoying his time in Ottawa, and wouldn’t mind returning next season. “Right now there’s a tremendous opportunity here,” he said. “They’ve signed (Craig Anderson) for the next four years, but I still think there’s a spot for me, too.”
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: No exact time frame is set for Tomas Kaberle and the Bruins to talk contract, but they did talk to say that they will discuss in the future. Yzerman and Stamkos’s agent talked last weekend, doesn’t sound like they are close yet. The Maple Leafs and James Reimer will talk after the season, he’s a RFA. The Senators and Craig Anderson are expected to hold contract talks in the next couple weeks. In 2016-17 the Maple Leafs organization will be 100 years old. They’d possibly like to hold the All-Star game, NHL draft and an outdoor game at BMO field.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The New York Rangers were the only team that Brad Richards was willing to waive his no-trade clause for at the deadline last week, but the 2 sides couldn’t get a deal done. The Stars and Richards couldn’t work out the length of a possible extension, and never really got around to discussing money. Richards’ agent could have been looking for a deal in the 7-10 year range. If he is looking for a deal in that length, don’t expect it to come from the Maple Leafs on July 1st as Burke doesn’t hand out contracts that long. Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix), Tomas Vokoun (Florida) and Craig Anderson (Ottawa) are the top free agent goalies this year, and all are hoping to sign an extension with their current team. Anderson could be signing a 3 year, $3.5 million deal with the Senators. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s job could be in question after another season of not making the playoffs. Senators coach Cory Clouston likely won’t be coaching the Senators next season. The Rangers did look at adding Filip Kuba at the deadline but didn’t like the fact that he had another year on his contract, which is why the went with McCabe. Peter DeBoer likely won’t be behind the bench in Florida next season. Nik Antropov gave a 5 team list to GM Rick Dudley before the deadline but couldn’t get anything done. Antropov has 2 more years $4.062 million cap hit. Pascal Leclaire’s career could be over.
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- 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.
Komisarek in trouble with LAPD … Will Senators fire Clouston, claim Nabokov? Hawks-Seabrook talking contract not trade
- Kukla’s Korner providing link to TMZ story: TMZ as learned that Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek “allegedly punched a woman in the face at an L.A. nightclub earlier this month.”
Law enforcement sources tell us … the 28-year-old defensive powerhouse was named in a police report filed by a woman who claims the whole thing went down after Komisarek decided to lift her up in the air at a Hollywood nightclub.
We’re told the woman claims she demanded Komisarek put her down — but he refused — so she slapped him in the face.
The woman claims Komisarek immediately set her down … and then punched her in the face, causing her to bleed.
The woman claims Komisarek left the club … so she went to the cops.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings welcomed 3 injured players back to practice yesterday, Danny Cleary, Mike Modano and Pavel Datsyuk. Cleary and Datsyuk are expected to be back in the Wings lineup on Feb. 2. Modano is expected to be out until March. The Wings recalled goalie Jordan Pearce and sent down Joey MacDonald.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: After a 7-1 loss, the end may be here for Senators coach Cory Clouston. There is one game left before the all-star break, so the timing could be perfect. The players know something could be happening soon. Garrioch thinks the Sens could put a claim on Evgeni Nabokov to help their “woeful goaltending situation.” Elliott Friedman in a series of tweets said he’d claim Nabokov if he were the Sens. Scott Morrison thinks there could be several teams interested in make a claim. Pierre LeBrun has also heard that several teams could be interested. LeBrun added that if a team claimed him, they could not turn around and trade him, he would have to go through waivers before he could be traded. Ansar Khan of MLive: Teams that could put a claim on Nabokov could be Senators, Islanders (shot down yesterday), Sharks, or possibly teams looking for a backup Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Blues, Flames and Hurricanes.(If I’m the Senators, I don’t make a claim. Their season is basically lost and they don’t have a shot to the playoffs. They’ll get a high draft pick in the #3-7 range, why try to improve to the #7-12 range. Though there is not guarantee he could help them out that much. Time to clear house and rebuild.)
- Craig Custance of the Sporting News: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman shoots down the rumors that they might trade soon to be RFA Brent Seabrook. “There’s no truth to that at all. He’s been dynamite for us here,” Bowman told Sporting News. “We’re trying to re-sign him.” Talks are talking place, “I wouldn’t say we’re close to closing it but we’re talking more frequently. We’re working through it,” Bowman said. “It’s good dialogue. He wants to be here, we want him here. We have to try and make it work.”
- Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: The Flyers continue to move along without saying who there number one goalie is. Sergei Bobrovsky has played 30 games and Brian Boucher has played 19 games, but Boucher has played more in the past month or so. The Flyers will at some point have to name a #1, “We’re a long way from the playoffs and still trying to sort things out,” said goalie coach Jeff Reese. “As cliché as it sounds, we are going one game at a time.” Boucher is expected to start tonight and Bobrovsky could go tomorrow.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: There haven’t been any contract talks between the Penguins and Tyler Kennedy.
No progress on Stamkos talks … Frolov done for the season … Commodore to AHL … Armstrong questionable for tonight
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: There has been no progress since the end of November on contract extension talks with Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. GM Steve Yzerman has said they had sent Stamkos’s side an initial proposal, but haven’t heard back about it. “It’s our intention to get him signed,” Yzerman said. “In our initial meetings with Newport (Guy’s agency), they said Steven is very happy in Tampa and wants to stay here and get a deal done, so we’ll do everything we can.” Speculation is starting if deal could be for $7+ million a season.
- Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: Colby Armstrong is still wearing a patch over his eye after taking a sucker punch from Ben Eager (received a 4 game suspension), Armstrong’s eye was scratched. There is a chance he’ll be ready to play tonight, he’ll be have more medical tests today. JS Giguere and Mike Brown practiced yesterday and both could be ready for Thursday versus the Coyotes.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The New York Rangers have lost Alexander Frolov for the remainder of the season after he tore his ACL and meniscus and sprained MCL, and will require surgery. Frolov got tangled up with Brad Winchester of the Blues. Kris Newbury was recalled by the team.
- Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Mike Commodore has been assigned to Springfield of the AHL, if he plays for them or another AHL team is still in question. The Blue Jackets have recalled Grant Clitsome to take his roster spot.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has been put on the IR, and Matt Bartkowski was recalled. Adam McQuaid has a “unspecified injury or illness” and may not be able to go, Bartkowski could fill in.
- Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Cory Clouston could be the next coach to be fired and the Senators might be eying Dave Cameron (Canadian World Junior coach) as his placement. Senators GM Bryan Murray could also be on the hotseat with TSN analyst Pierre McGuire as a possible replacement. Blues defenseman Erik Johnson could use Jack Johnson’s 7 year, $30.5 million as motivation for his next contract. Robin Lehner could see some time in the Senators net as Brian Elliot struggles and Pascal Leclaire is still hurt.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mainly formed due to the illness of Malkin and Kennedy at practiced yesterday, Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy were back together, and could see game action together.
Langenbrunner on the move soon? New lines in LA … Beauchemin-Setoguchi rumor a fabrication … Tarasenko N.A. bound next year … Clouston day-to-day
- Mark Everson of the NY Post: Lou Lamoriello may be getting closer to asking Jamie Langenbrunner if he’d waive his no-trade clause. It may be soon rather than later, with Langenbrunner the Devil most teams are targeting. The LA Kings and SJ Sharks could be the leading candidates for Langenbrunner, but Eastern teams such as the Capitals, Penguins, and Bruins could also be in the mix.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Yesterday Mike Commodore asked the Blue Jackets to trade him, and they put Kyle Wilson on waivers. Sources have said that GM Scott Howson has been one of the busiest GM’s looking for a trades in recent days. Ethan Moreau is likely headed to the IR, freeing up 2 roster spots. There is the possibility that they claim Marc-Andre Bergeron off waivers from the Lightning.
- Helene Elliot of the LA Times: Loser of 4 straight, the Kings are shaking up their lines. 1st line is now Wayne Simmonds, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Marco Surm, Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford make up the 2nd line. Ryan Smyth, Michael Handzus and Justin Williams are on the 3rd line. The 4th line is Brad Richardson, Trevor Lewis and Kevin Westgarth.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Brian Burke said the Francois Beauchemin – Devin Setoguchi trade rumor is a complete fabrication. Dreger noted to me that it was never discussed, not once.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: “Sources say that once his season is over Tarasenko will be in position to buyout the remaining year left on his KHL deal before officially signing an NHL contract with the St. Louis Blues.” He could head over to North America and play in the AHL on a pro tryout contract. If he plays in the World Championship, he may not come over. It doesn’t make sense for him to suit up for the Blues, possibly burning a year of his entry level contract. Sources told Strickland that Tarasenko still wants to play in North America next year.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Cory Clouston’s days as the Senators head coach could be numbered,
“I’m not going to answer a question like that, because I don’t know,” Murray said, when asked if Clouston would finish the season. “We go to Chicago (Friday). We come home and play Tampa (Saturday). We go on the road the following week. I can’t answer that honestly and I’ve talked to the (coaching) staff about that. We’re all in a position where we have to do a better job.”