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Posts Tagged David Backes
- The Fouth Period: The Blues will have to wait until the season is over to negotiate with pending UFA Alexander Steen.
“Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that,” Steen’s agent, Jeff Kowall, told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.
If Steen keeps up this pace, the could be looking for a deal of at least $5 million per season. David Backes is the highest paid Blues forward with a cap hit of $4.5 million.
- B.D. Gallof: “As for Miller rumor which is 2 league execs (not GMs, mind you) say Garth working phones on goalies, Garrioch puts forth Miller scenario. It ignores a few items #isles people should know – Garth always talks to other GMs and inquires on costs. Don’t see it as anything
- Darren Dreger: It is sounding like a trade could go down when Hurricanes Tim Gleason returns to the lineup. He would have to OK the move.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if Ryan Miller would be interested playing with the Islanders or Predators.
- Renaud Lavoie: Hearing that Rangers Michael Del Zotto won’t be traded soon and that it could take longer than expected.
- Bob McKenzie: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba could be the most probable NHL player to be loaned to the Canadian Junior team. Even if there are no NHLers named to Canada’s camp today, they could be added later.
- Damien Cox: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk chose to be a Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa.
Roster notes, lines, goalies: Sulzer, Miller, Giguere, Backes, Devils, Senators, Leafs, Stars, Oilers PP, Flyers, Bruins and Blue Jackets
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer will be scratched tonight.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Rangers Chris Kreider is being returned to the CT Whalers of the AHL. Looks like J.T. Miller is sticking with the team.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche goalie J.S. Giguere has left the team for personal reason. He’ll return on Sunday. Calvin Pickard has been recalled.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues David Backes has a groin strain: ”We’ll see how it goes hour to hour. Hopefully I can play tonight. I think it passed the test.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau/Barch-Josefson-Butler.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Condra-Turris-Silfverberg, Zibanejad-Da Costa-Alfredsson, Daugavins-Smith-Neil, Dziurzynski-Grant-O’Brien. Greening is the extra skater. Defensive pairings: Gryba-Methot, Wiercioch-Phillips, Lundin-Gonchar are defence pairings.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Kadri-Komarov, Orr-Steckel-McLaren-Brown.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Probable Blues lines: Blues Perron Backes Oshie-Schwartz Berglund Stewart -McDonald Steen Tarasenko-Sobotka Nicol Reeves.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Smith-Roy-Eriksson, Roussel-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers powerplay: Smyth-Gagner-Yakupov-Eberle-Whitney + Hall-RNH-Hartikainen-Hemsky-Potter.
- Dave Isaac via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Bruins tonight against the Sabres.
- Jeff Rimer via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets against the Kings.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Players-Owners meeting will start at 2 PM this afternoon in New York.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: There could be as many as 25 players in New York, with likely 10 attending the meeting. The NHL isn’t concerned about the number of players.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Andy McDonald and David Backes will be in New York.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Martin St. Louis will be in New York, but not sure if he’ll be in the meetings. He’s not sounding that optimistic that these meetings will make a difference, ”I have no hope or expectations at this point,” he texted.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Darche should be in NY for the meeting, not confirmed yet.
- Kevin McGran via twitter: A labour negotiator told McGran that the ‘player-owner’ meeting is a big mistake on the union side of things. Players will be overmatched.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: There are some suggestions that the NHLPA would give in on “make whole” if the owners would give in on contract rights and proposed pension.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators Marc Methot,
“I don’t think (we’re that far apart),” said Methot. “I think ego is a big thing right now that is keeping us apart. You’ve got some serious issues that have been resolved and now it’s just a matter of putting your ego aside and coming to a sound deal that is obviously fair and not to over the top for both sides.
“I’m not saying you’re never going to have (egos) in the room. You’ve got big personalities. You’ve got successful people. It’s inevitable. I don’t care who you are. When you’re in that position, you’re going to have a sense of entitlement for certain things. You can’t control that.”
- Chris Johnston via twitter: The NHLPA made offers on both revenue sharing and the players share/make whole on Wednesday night. Michael Russo via twitter: The NHL believed that the NHLPA would go to 50-50 and negotiate the “make whole.” The NHLPA again countered with gradually going to 50-50. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHLPA’s offer would see players get to 50-50 of HRR in year 3. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The NHL is not interested in getting to 50-50 in year 3, which is why they made the ‘make whole’ provision now.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: This morning Dreger said that the NHL presented an offer to the NHLPA in response to to the PA’s offer on Wednesday. There is still a large gap.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHLPA felt in their offer, that because they went from 57% to 50%, they didn’t feel they had to give back in a lot of other areas. The NHL responded with an offer on both revenue sharing and ‘make whole,” honoring all existing player contracts. A source said the NHLPA wasn’t impressed by it. The NHL’s offer also included some player contract issues, and increased their revenue share model to $200 million. After their meeting, both sides went their separate ways for internal meetings.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Under the NHLPA’s revenue share system, 6 teams would get a huge chunk of it: Coyotes, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Predators and Hurricanes.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The NHLPA initially offered $240 million in revenue share in it’s initial proposal, the NHL offered $200 million. @mirtle said the NHLPA upped their number to $260 million in Wednesday’s offer.
- John Shannon via twitter: Players at yesterday’s meetings: David Backes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra and Kevin Westgarth.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Gary Bettman: “I don’t know what Don said but the fact is, we have a lot of work to do and we’re working hard.”
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Don Fehr: “I’m not going to characterize (talks) except to say that it’s always better when you’re meeting than when you’re not.”
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: After talking to 2 sources, Lavoie can say this: “We are not even close to a deal. NHL wants more concession from players … who are prepare to give 1 billion $ in 5 years. Not enough. NHL and PA are not close on make whole. Bottom line: lots of work to be done. The only good news, they are still talking and trying hard to find a solution on all the issues.”
- Doug Maclean via twitter: The Board of Governors were sent a memo on Wednesday night from Bettman saying that if there was not traction yesterday, talks could breakdown. So it looks like there was some traction made yesterday.
- John Shannon via twitter: Shannon was told that the NHL was not sure if there was any real traction made yesterday. They’ll wait for the NHLPA to respond on Friday.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Zipay noted yesterday that the next 24-48 hours will be tipping point if talks really move forward or slide sideways.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Some agents, and some B, C type players are making their frustration clear to the NHL.
- Chris Johnston (CP) in the Global News: The NHL and NHLPA met for about 7 hours yesterday, with the meeting wrapping up around 10:15 pm. Both sides didn’t want to say much about how things went.
“With meetings scheduled to resume Wednesday, the league will not characterize the substance or detail of the discussions until their conclusion,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Tuesday night.
Before the meeting started yesterday, Don Fehr had this to say:
“We’re hopeful that we’ll start bargaining and we’ll continue bargaining until we find a way to make a deal,” he said.
“It’s very good to be getting back to the table,” said Fehr. “We hope that this time it produces more progress that we’ve seen in the past and we can figure out a way to make an agreement and to get the game back on the ice as soon as possible.”
The biggest issue has been how to ‘make whole.’ The NHL has said they will assume more liability in exchange for capping contracts at 5 years, entry-level deals at 2 years, and unrestricted free agency being at 28 years old or after 8 years of NHL service. The union isn’t a really fan of that.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun noted that it was good that the the meeting was long, but it’s dangerous to read to much into it. There is a lot of ground to cover. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Meeting for hours, not saying anything afterwards, and meeting today is probably the best thing that anyone could have hoped for.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater is hearing some optimism about these talks. No deal is done until its done though.
- NHLPA via twitter: Players who attended yesterday’s talks: Adams, Backes, Biron, Campoli, Crosby, Darche, Hainsey, Hedberg, Lucic, Malhotra, Montador, S. Thornton, and Westgarth.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby and team player rep Craig Adams hadn’t planned on going to yesterday’s CBA meetings, but after the union conference call on Monday night, they changed their mind. Several Penguins thought the manner in which guaranteed contracts were going to be honored was the major stumbling block between the two sides.
Daly, Fehr quotes after 2 weeks cancelled … NHLPA proposal coming? Players lose $180,000 … Lundqvist, Backes and Toews quotes
- TSN: After cancelling 2 weeks of games: Bill Daly
“The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans.”
“If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue,” said Fehr. “A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort. For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions.”
- Dejan Kovacevic via Sulia: Bill Daly when asked how the league can cancel games while barely negotiating,
“The Union is not prepared to talk about the most meaningful issues, relating to a fair division of League-wide revenues and other system-related matters. Until we can make progress in those areas, the ongoing discussions in other areas aren’t as time sensitive. That doesn’t mean we aren’t continuing to work on those other areas, or that we won’t schedule further meetings to move things along, it just means that until the PA is prepared to talk about the nature of the overall deal, and perhaps show some indication (any indication) that it is willing to compromise its position, we will remain a long way from getting a deal done.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL said not to assume that they will cancel games in 2 week chunks, will depend on temperature of bargaining talks.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Darren Dreger said on TSN that he thinks the NHLPA is working on a proposal, but the question would be when they present it. Dreger suggests presenting a proposal too early could be a “sign of weakness.”
- Howard Berger via twitter: The NHL will only cancel 2 more 14 day segments before they will cancel the season. Won’t be any postponements after the U.S. Thanksgiving.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: NHL and NHLPA in a 100 day countdown. No new CBA by mid-January and another season gets cancelled.
- Gino Reda via twitter: The cancelled games will cost the players an average of about $180,000 each.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Cancelled games will cost the owners $114 million, on top of the $100 million from the preseason.
- Henrik Lundqvist via twitter: “Feels like I’m going to practice without a purpose, and I hate it! Don and Gary, let’s figure this one out! #NHLHockey #theplayers #thefans”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: David Backes on cancelling 2 weeks of games, “It is unfortunate that it has come to canceling regular season games, we were hoping that 900 million in concessions would be enough to a league with record growth and revenues. Since it isn’t, it might be a while.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Jonathan Toews on cancelling 2 weeks of games, “it’s another disappointing but expected move from the league. This seems to be our commissioners bread and butter. It’s almost like he is excited to take away hockey from the fans and the players just because he can. Personally, I still haven’t heard a valid argument from the league for what they are doing, just that they want more and last time it wasn’t enough. If they would be as determined to solve these issues as they are quick to point the finger at us (the players), this would be settled by now. But they aren’t and now we know well miss at least two Weeks because of it.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Rick Nash trade talks have gone cold in recent days, and in 6 months, GM Scott Howson hasn’t come close on a deal.
“There’s no timetable by which we have to make moves,” Howson said this week. “There are no deadlines. We’re going to continue to work at this. A trade with Rick will happen when we get the right value — when and if we get the right value.”
A Nash deal may not be completed by the start of training camp, though it could be delayed due to the CBA situation. Nash could also chose to hold-out of camp.
- NHL.com: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson told TSN that he would want established forwards in any Rick Nash trade.
“If we do complete a trade, we’re trading out a 30- to 40-goal scorer,” Howson told TSN’s Gino Reda. “Defense is probably the strongest part of our team as we look at it today, so we’re looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost.”
“We don’t have a deadline,” the GM said. “Rick’s under contract and we’ll continue to work at this, we’ll continue to keep Rick in the loop … and we’ll just hope that we get a resolution to this.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Maybe Shane Doan or Alexander Semin signings, or a Bobby Ryan trade can nudge a Nash trade along. Maybe teams will wait until the new CBA is in place to see whether they can fit a $7.8 million salary cap hit for the next 6 years. If the salary cap it lowered by say $10 million, teams like the Bruins, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks may not be able to take on that contract. The Rangers currently have $15.1 million and the Red Wings have $16.8 million.
- The Fourth Period: TFP period has learned that the Blues have been looking for a 2nd line scorer during free agency last week. They made a play for center Olli Jokinen before he signed with the Jets. With David Backes and Patrik Berglund at center, they could be aiming for a right winger. GM Doug Armstrong is exploring the trade market for a 2nd liner and a rugged defenseman.
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks have had trade talks with several teams about Bobby Ryan, but nothing appears imminent. Teams include the Flyers, Hurricanes and Rangers. The Maple Leafs, Penguins, Canadiens, Bruins, Panthers and Sharks have also inquired. The Ducks would like a center in a deal, but is not a prerequisite. They are looking to increase their secondary scoring.
Next up in our look at 2011-12 penalties, are boarding leaders.
|T1||Derek Dorsett||Blue Jackets||RW||
|T22||46 players are tied with 2 boarding penalties|
|Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.|
Petrov, Mayorov sign in KHL … Preds still hope to re-sign Suter and Weber … Coaching notes for Sharks, Canadiens … 5 priorities for Sens
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov signed a contract extension with with Ak Bars.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Ak Bars has also signed Blue Jackets defenseman Maxim Mayorov. Aaron Portzline via twitter: It’s believed that the Blue Jackets will qualify Mayorov and keep his rights.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The two 2011 Stanley Cup Finals goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, could find themselves on the trading block this summer. Luongo has given the Canucks a short list of teams he’s accept a trade too: possibly the Panthers, Lightning, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has heard the rumors on Thomas:
“I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie, but I’m certainly not inclined to do that,” Chiarelli said.
“Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had the year before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top goaltending tandems in the league.”
The Predators still believe they’ll be able to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran:
“We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran told the Tennessean. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a vote of confidence from ownership, but the coaching staff hasn’t received one yet. Wilson is still in the review process, which should be completed over the next couple weeks. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coach Todd McLellan has 2 years left on his deal, and LeBrun thinks he’ll remain with the team. New Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would definitely be interested in Alain Vigneault if the Canucks fired him. Marc Crawford could also be in the mix for the Canadiens job. Darren Dreger reported that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are in consideration. The sale of the St. Louis Blues to minority owner Tom Stillman is “very close.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators top 5 offseason priorities: 1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson 2. Sign defenceman Erik Karlsson 3. Re-sign center Chris Kelly as a UFA 4. Trade defenceman Sergei Gonchar 5. Buy out winger Bobby Butler.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues tried to upgrade their blueline at the trade deadline, but were unsuccessful. Kent Huskins will likely replace Ian Cole tonight. Matt D’Agostini could replace Alex Steen on the line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wanted to rule Jaroslav Halak out of the series to eliminate any potential distraction.
Selke, Lady Byng finalists … Injury updates on Alfredsson, Kovalchuk, Garrison and Boyle … Canucks decisions … Parise blocks out future talk
- Mike Morreale via twitter: Frank J. Selke finalists: David Backes, Patrice Bergeron and Pavel Datsyuk. Lady Byng finalists: Brian Campbell, Jordan Eberle and Matt Moulson.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Daniel Alfredsson will be in the lineup tonight.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk denies again that he is hurt, “I’m fine, 110 percent.”
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison is traveling with the team and could skate on Tuesday.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Rangers Brian Boyle didn’t travel with the team.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: The Canucks will have some tough decisions with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. If they are not able to find a trade partner for Luongo, they may have to trade Schneider. They could hope there is an amnesty buyout in the next CBA agreement which they could use on Luongo if he’s untradeable, but this is a long shot.
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Zach Parise on his future if they lose on Tuesday:
“It’s blocked out,” Parise said of what his hockey future might hold if the Devils are eliminated. “I don’t think about it and I really don’t want to talk about it.”
Martin Brodeur on his future:
“Career-wise, I don’t feel it will be the last (game),” Brodeur said. “But opportunity-wise, you never know. Who knows what position we’ll be in this time next year. I just want to keep this going regardless of what the future brings for me.”
Radulov returning to Predators this week … Stuart leaving Wings after season … No broken bones for Backes … KHL wants to play in Brooklyn
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Someone OTHER than Radulov bought out his contract for this year. It’s undisclosed who paid for it.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexander Radulov will be on a plane for Nashville tomorrow according to Sport-Express. Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Radulov bought himself out of his Salavat deal just for the remainder of the season. He’s still under contract for next season with them. Radulov wanted to keep his KHL options open in case he didn’t receive a good enough offer in the NHL.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: As of about 7:39 AM, the Predators remain optimistic about Radulov returning, but GM David Poile said they are still waiting for confirmation.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexander Radulov and his KHL team Salavat have reached an agreement that would let Radulov leave for Nashville now. Salavat would keep his KHL rights. Reports are that he’ll fly to Ufa [today] and likely leave for Nashville later this week. Dmitry Checnokov via twitter: Radulov’s russian agent confirms that he’ll be joining the Predaotrs in the coming days. Curtis Zupke via twitter: Predators coach Barry Trotz said that Radulov could fly to the U.S. by Tuesday, and that he’d “love” to see him in the lineup on Thursday. Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Comments from Ryan Suter, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber on Radulov:
“Whenever you have top players it makes the game a lot easier. Simple, easy plays, not a lot of panic. He’s a top player.”
“Radulov has been here before and knows some of the guys. I don’t see him not fitting in fine. He’s going to add a lot. If he does end up coming, you can add a player like that late going into the playoffs, it’s going to be big for us.”
“Everyone knows what a good player he is and how dynamic he is and what he’s able to do with the puck. It adds another element and adds some depth and some exciting play.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Current Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart is a pending UFA and has made it known that he likely won’t be back with the Wings next season. His wife and 3 kids still live in California, and it’s too far with him in Detroit. The Sharks would be a perfect fit, and the Kings might have interest. Kings GM Dean Lombardi drafted Stuart.
- St. Louis Blues via twitter: Blues forward David Backes blocked a shot on Saturday and will be evaluated in a few days according coach Ken Hitchcock. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Backes didn’t break any bones. Hitchcock said there is no return date yet. He’ll go on the West Coast trip and could play by the end of it.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: The Lightning are signing goalie Sebastien Caron, who has been playing in Germany. Announce coming today. Dustin Tokarski likely heading back to the AHL.
- Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: The KHL wants to play regular season games in Brooklyn next year.
“We decided that when the basketball club [the New Jersey Nets, owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov] finishes building its arena in Brooklyn, KHL Legends Game and regular season games will be held there,” Medvedev said in the interview. (Interview by SovSport)
“We are continuing to improve the relationship between the KHL and the NHL. I am hoping that the situation with [Alex] Radulov will not spoil it.”
Jaromir Jagr’s thoughts:
“They’re thinking of doing that?” Jagr asked. “No [bleeping] way would they draw. Who would go to the games? How they gonna fly here? It makes no sense.”
Jets send Scheifele down … Connolly closer, Reimer doubtful … Struggles in Montreal and Columbus … Doughty could return this week
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets have sent 2011 1st round draft pick Mark Scheifele back to Barrie of the OHL. He recorded 1 goal in 7 NHL games.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: With the addition of winger David Booth, the Canucks will likely shift Cody Hodgson back to his natural position and center the 3rd line. Chris Higgins will likely shift to right wing and play with Ryan Kesler and Booth.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly believes he’s much closer to making his Leafs debut. He’s been cleared for contact. Connolly said:
“I had a few contact drills and some one-on-one stuff in the corners with some of our bigger defencemen.
“I’ll probably have to do a few more contact days and kind of work into it and after that I should be ready to go. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow and do a little bit more and get bumped a little bit harder. Today was a step in the right direction for me.”
He probably won’t get into any games during this 4 game road trip. Tyler Bozak is being bothered by a bone bruise after blocking a shot on Thursday.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: It’s looking like Jonas Gustavsson will be starting for the Maple Leafs tonight against the Flyers. Coach Ron Wilson said that James Reimer is day-to-day but could be ready for Thursday’s game against the Rangers. Ben Scrivens will probably be called up to be the backup. Michael Traikos via twitter: Reimer is doubtful for tonight, will be re-evaluate today.
- David Alter via twitter: Lines at Maple Leafs practice yesterday: Lupul-Lombardi-Kessel;MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin;Kadri-Steckel-Frattin;Dupuis-Brown-Rosehill;Connolly-Orr-Bozak.
- Jack Todd in the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens only have 4 points after 7 games. If they continue to struggle Todd can see them firing coach Jacques Martin. GM Pierre Gauthier may fire Martin to save his own job.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are off to a 0-7-1 start and there are questions surrounding the team. “How many more can this team lose? How much longer can coach Scott Arniel keep his job? For that matter, what about GM Scott Howson? Is a trade shake-up coming?” James Wisniewski will return from suspension on Tuesday. Jeff Carter could play this week.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks that Drew Doughty could return to the Kings lineup on Thursday or Saturday.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues forward David Backes will be re-evaluated today. Backes collided with Pronger on Saturday and appeared to bang his head off the ice.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Kyle Turris was never apart of the Canadiens-Coyotes trade talks before they made the small trade over the weekend.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Jakob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight in Montreal. Jose Theodore left Saturday’s game with a lower body injury.