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Posts Tagged David Bolland
Injury notes and starting goalies: Landeskog, Jones, Thornton, White, Huskins, Bolland, Upshall, Fleury and Varlamov
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Gabriel Landeskog was put on injured reserve. Avs coach Joe Sacco said that he’s only suffering from the head injury now. Landeskog could come off the IR on Monday, but there is no timetable for his return.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche David Jones is out with a knee injury [today]. List as day-to-day. David Van Dee Gulik has been recalled.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton will be out 7 to 10 days with a concussion he sustained Thursday night in a fight with Sabres John Scott.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Ian White told him that he’ll be ready for Tuesday’s game.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Kent Huskins left last night’s game with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated today.
- Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks center Dave Bolland suffered an apparent right leg injury in the 3rd period last night. More will known about injury today.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Scottie Upshall will be out a month with an ankle injury.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Dustin Penner will be back in the lineup tonight according to Sutter.
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins tonight.
- Make Chambers via twitter: Semyon Varlamov will start in net for the Avalanche tonight.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: From a player source on Fehr’s meeting on decertification talk: ”it is a serious consideration right now.”
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Don Fehr updated about 25 players yesterday about were the lockout stands. No bargaining sessions are planned at the moment.
“When we made our proposal on Wednesday, I thought the answer would be yes. But we didn’t get a response which suggests that we are,” Fehr said from Caesars before the Operation Hat Trick charity game. “When you make a move towards them, if you’re going to have an agreement, somebody has to say, ‘Yes and now I can do this.’ Instead they said, more or less, ‘Yes and what else can you do for me?”
There was some talk between the two sides on Friday, and more is expected either today or tomorrow.
“Everybody understands that negotiation is a process, that’s about all I can say. So far, we seem to be doing all the negotiating,” Fehr said. “When you say, we have to have with the right hand and I’m going to give you with the left hand, that’s one thing, if they say we have to take with the right hand and we’re going to take with the left hand, too, that becomes very difficult.”
Fehr on the decertification option,
“There are two sets of laws that govern these situations and what happens is that, from time to time, unions and sports unions have essentially said that there are circumstances in which members would be better off without a union and taking action under the antitrust laws,” he said. “And that’s all I can say about it. You can check what’s happened in the other sports.”
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: If/when the lockout ends, the Roberto Luongo situation will consume Vancouver. Most think he’ll be moved, but management has said that they would be fine with having both Luongo and Cory Schneider at training camp. Luongo had said in the summer that a trade was in the best interest of all sides, but later said it’s okay if he came back. Some believe the Canucks should keep Luongo for their Cup run, but that could be a big risk. Nobody is sure how a Luongo-Schneider tandem would work, with each playing 50 percent of the time. What if he struggles this year? How difficult would it to trade him then? If they were to move him, it would make them a more complete team, especially if they get younger and add a 3rd line center. If they did move him, they would need to a backup goalie, and the market is weak. Dan Ellis is on a tryout deal with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Other free agent options are Dwayne Roloson, Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. The Maple Leafs might be willing to include Ben Scrivens in a Luongo trade. The Canucks have Eddie Lack playing in Chicago, but is he ready?
- ESPN: Blackhawks David Bolland retweeted on Friday “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?” Bolland later deleted the retweet and offered up an apology.
“It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out,” Bolland told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. “I like to retweet for a lot of my fans, and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Blues Kevin Shattenkirk signed with TPS of SM-liiga according to MTV3.
Morning notes on: Toews, Bolland, Brunette, Kassian, Sedin, Ballard, Jets, Blues ownership and Schneider starts
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday.
“There’s still signs of the concussion lingering and, when that’s completely gone, I’ll be comfortable playing,” said Toews.
Dave Bolland is day-to-day with a n upper-body injury. Andrew Brunette (foot) is questionable for tonight.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Zach Kassian is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Byron Bitz has been recalled. Coach Vigneault when asked if Daniel Sedin has begun light skating,
“He’s following the protocol. . .there’s nothing to report there. That’s where we are.”
GM Mike Gillis has said he hopes Daniel is ready for the playoffs. Keith Ballard travelled with the team but won’t play tonight. Kevin Bieksa has missed the last 4 games.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets need to find a #1 center either through a draft and develop or through free agency. Brian Little, Alex Burmistrov and Kyle Wellwood have been used in the top 6, but are not top-line centers. Top draft pick Mark Scheifele still needs to grow physically and learn to against men.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Minority owner of the Blues, Tom Stillman, is still working on finalizing a deal to buy the team. No closing date is set. One area that hasn’t been settled with the NHL yet is who guarantees/funds the losses.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks against the Flames.
Blackhawks could use a 2nd line center … Bruins have plenty of cap space … Board of Governors meetings … Stastny injured
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Blackhawks have moved Patrick Kane back to wing, which likely means they are back in the market for a 2nd line center. David Bolland is best suited for the 3rd line role and Patrick Sharp is a winger and not a centerman. Couldn’t blame the Blackhawks if they were looking at Oilers Sam Gagner.
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: The Bruins currently about $3.1 million in cap space, and could have a lot more if they put Marc Savard on LTIR. They are looking out for deals, but there is no urgency to change their lineup. They may be cautious spending as they have upcoming UFAs: Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo; as well as RFAs: Tuuka Rask and Benoit Pouliot.
“We’ve got a lot of cap space and we’ve got (long-term injury) space, so we’re in a good position to do something,” Chiarelli said last week. “But we’ve won 12 out of 13 (games). My point is, the timing has to be right and the player has to be right. It’s hard to find the right time, especially when you’ve won 12 out of 13 — and when there really aren’t a lot of players available now.“I’m always looking. I’m not actively seeking a player, but I’m listening to teams and seeing where the market is.”
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: On the Agenda for the Board of Governors meets is realignment, the state of the Coyotes and Blues sales, and their European operations. They will also look at on-ice matter like concussions and the competitive balance within the league. 20 out of 30 votes would be needed to approve new realignment (One 4 conference realignment option can be viewed in yesterday’s post). The BOG will also get a report from Bill Daly on where things are with the NHLPA regarding the CBA that expires next September.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Paul Stastny suffered a “torso injury” in the 3rd period last night. A better update will happen today at practice.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo should be back in the lineup this week. He’s missed the last 8 games with a left hamstring injury.
- Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: The Flames will likely be going with “organizational depth” along the blueline while Mark Giordano is out. GM Jay Feaster said there is at least 16 teams trying to get a defenseman that could come in and help.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight. James Reimer will start in net tomorrow against the Devils.
Hurricanes claim Nodl … Interest in Bobrovsky, but Flyers don’t want to trade him … Neal fined … Staal skates … Reimer back Saturday
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Hurricanes have claimed Andreas Nodl off waivers from the Flyers. The Avalanche put Joakim Lindstrom on waivers. The Devils put Brad Mills on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen clears re-entry waivers.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: There is interested in Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky but the Flyers don’t want to move him.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: James Neal was fined $2,500 by the NHL for his high stick on P.K. Subban.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been symptom free for the last 5 weeks and has begun the next step in his recovery, skating on his own. He skated yesterday and today.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: David Bolland, Dan Carcillo and Brent Seabrook will be back in the Blackhawks lineup.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: James Reimer will likely be the Maple Leafs backup on Saturday.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Injured Leafs forward Colby Armstrong skated this morning by himself.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Capitals against the Blues.
- NY Islanders via twitter: Al Montoya will start in net for the Islanders tonight. Reasoner and Nino are in. Haley is a scratch.
Afternoon notes involving Pronger, Lilja, Nodl, Letang, Hall, Markov, Edler, Burrows, Seabrook, Eaves, Green, Miller and more
Philadelphia Flyers NHL.com: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will be out 4 weeks as he’s scheduled to have knee surgery tomorrow afternoon to remove some loose particles that have been bothering him for a month or so.
Anthony SanFilippo via twitter: The Flyers are putting Andreas Lilja on the LTIR.
Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers have created $5.6 million in cap space with Pronger and Lilja on the LTIR.
Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Flyers have put Andreas Nodl on waivers. Panthers Mark Cullen is on re-entry waivers.
Seth Rorabaugh via twitter: Penguins Kris Letang has yet to undergo a baseline test.
Jason Gregor via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall will have an MRI on his shoulder today. He’s optimistic it will be short term.
Eric Engels via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov could return on Wednesday against the Ducks, but playing the following night against the Sharks makes more sense.
Jason Botchford via twitter: Alex Edler is back practicing today. Alex Burrows is not practicing. Mason Raymond is with the Sedins.
Ben Meyer-Abbott via twitter: Blackhawks David Bolland and Brent Seabrook are expected to play tomorrow against the Coyotes.
Brian Hedger via twitter: According to the Red Wings, Patrick Eaves will be out 6-8 weeks as he requires surgery for his broken jaw.
Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated today and on Saturday. GM McPhee said there is still no timetable for his return.
John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Ryan Miller will join teammates at tomorrow’s morning skate and plans on practicing with the team on Wednesday.
Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Jay Pandolfo will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.
Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning forward Steve Downie is taking part in the morning skate, no word on if he’ll go tonight or not.
Corey Masisak via twitter: Lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Eakin, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Perreault-Hendricks-Halpern-Knuble.
Dan Tencer via twitter: Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net for the Oilers.
Jason Botchford via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tomorrow.
Injury notes on Ryan Miller, IlyaKovalchuk, Brent Seabrook, Dustin Penner, Ian White, Chris Neal and Derek Meech
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller will be out for an undetermined amount of time after he suffered a concussion after being hit by Milan Lucic. This is Miller’s 2nd concussion in 8 months.
“If this hit and other types of hits like this are not suspended, we are opening up the possibility of losing goaltenders to injury. And not just injury, but concussion,” Regier said. “… When I look at the position of goaltending, in a lot of ways it’s not unlike quarterback in football. I feel very strongly the protection has to be provided and players committing these types of action should be punished.”
- Mark Everson of the NY Post: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk’s lower-body injury falls into the “wide category of groin injuries.” Kovalchuk played since Nov. 3rd.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook crashed into the board during the 2nd period of last night’s game. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’s day-to-day and that they’ll know more about the injury by Tuesday morning. Center David Bolland missed his 3rd straight game, but is expected to play soon. He’ll travel with the team to Vancouver.
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: The Kings have put Dustin Penner on the IR with a hand injury. It is retroactive to Nov. 10th, so he’ll be out for at least the next 2 games.
- Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Ian White has a fractured cheek bone and won’t play on their upcoming road trip.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Senators: The Senators have placed winger Chris Neil on the IR after he suffered an ankle injury last Wednesday.
- CP in the Globe and Mail: Jets defenseman Derek Meech is expected to be out at least 6 weeks after having surgery to repair a lower-body injury.
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.
Avery could return to Rangers … Alfie could retire after season … Havlat’s status uncertain … Habs claim Betts … Hulsizer closing in on Blues
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather said that Sean Avery could be back with the Rangers at some point. “Of course we could recall him if he’s in Hartford and earns that,” Sather said. “You never know; somebody could play his way off this team.”
- James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: This could be Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson last NHL season:
“It all depends on how I feel, but I’m going to play like this is my last year and we’ll see how it goes. I think I approach it that way — that it could be the last one because you never know. I’m just going to give it everything I have and have no regrets looking back after.”
Alfie hasn’t ruled out heading to a cup contender:
“That might change, but as of right now, I have no desire to do that. I haven’t even thought about it that way. I’m committed to stay here, but who knows: things could change come February or March. But right now, I’d say ‘no’ to that question.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: A final decision on whether Martin Havlat plays in Saturday’s opener has yet to be determined as Havlat was still on his way back from Cleveland. ESPN was saying he won’t be in the lineup. Sharks want to talk with Havlat and trainers. Tommy Wingels could take Havlat’s spot on the 2nd line if he’s not able to go.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have claimed Blair Betts off waivers from the Flyers yesterday. He’s expected to be in the lineup tonight for their opener against the Maple Leafs. Betts replaces Andreas Engqvist on the 4th line. Aaron Palushaj and Michael Blunden were sent to the AHL and Jeff Woywitka could join them if he clears waivers. Andrei Markov and Ryan White have been placed on IR.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: It sounds like there is a verbal agreement for Matthew Hulsizer to buy the majority stake in the Blues, and that Dave Checketts could stay on in some capacity. 2 sources are saying a letter of intent has been signed, while another is saying it’s a verbal agreement and far from completion.
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Tyler Bozak is not thinking about trade rumors that surround him and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson. “I’m not thinking of it, not at all,” Bozak said. “We have a home opener (on Thursday night) and that’s the only thing on my mind right now. “(Steckel) will help us a ton. We saw what Burkie (general manager Brian Burke) can do and he has been doing a great job.”
- Jason Botchford via twitter: Canucks forward Ryan Kesler has been cleared for contact. Botchford thinks he’ll be playing in 2 weeks barring any setbacks.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks put defenseman Toni Lydman and Matt Smaby on IR.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks center David Bolland is now questionable for the weekend.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney says it’s unlikely that he’ll play on Sunday, but isn’t closing the book on it. Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid is hopeful he’ll be able to go this weekend.
- JP Hoornstra via twitter: The Kings have sent Slava Voynov to the AHL and placed Jake Muzzin and Colin Fraser to the IR.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Devils name Zach Parise captain, Kovalchuck and Elias get A’s.
Leafs still after top forward … Touch icing breaks another leg (with video) … Scheifele making case, but no contract yet … Wings promised move to East
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Brendan Shanahan said he’s not pushing to have fighting removed from hockey. The Leafs will put Nazem Kadri on the IR, which allows them to keep an extra player around for the time being. They will keep 8 defenseman, Matt Lashoff will likely go down, Keith Aulie and Jake Gardiner will be closely monitored. The Leafs are interested in adding another top forward. They are looking for a someone with size and a track record of making an impact, and are willing to trade two younger guys. A deal may not happen until November after teams have more time to assess their talent.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: The Kings have signed Trent Hunter to a 1 year deal, he had been on a tryout.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Players on waivers yesterday: Daugavins, OTT; A Campbell,L.A; Desbiens, CGY; Kennedy, FLA; Maroon, ANA; Sloan, NSH; Festerling, WPG; Machacek, WPG.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils coach Peter DeBoer did not say it directly, but it sounds like defenseman Adam Larsson will make the team.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Drew Doughty’s salary breakdown: 2011-12 $6 million, 2012-13 $6.5 million, 2013-14 $6.7 million, 2014-15 $7.0 million, 2015-16 $7.1 million, 2016-17 $7.45 million, 2017-18 $7.6 million, 2018-19 $7.65 million. There is no no-trade clause.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackawks forward Dave Bolland is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, it not serious according to coach Quenneville.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris’ agent has spoken with Coyotes GM Don Maloney a couple times and continue to have positive discussions. Agent Kurt Overhardt wouldn’t comment on whether Turris wants to be traded.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Touch icing took it’s toll on Oilers rookie defenseman Taylor Fedun. Fedun was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right femur after being spilled by Wild’s Eric Nystrom. (video at the bottom of the post)
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: 2011 1st round pick Mark Scheifele is making a big statement in camp with 4 goals and 4 assists in 5 games. If he makes the team, Scheifele will still need to sign a contract.
“It’s not in my hands anymore. I worked my hardest and I’m happy with my effort,” he said. “I don’t really understand the whole contract thing. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I trust my agent will do what’s best for me so hopefully something can get done.
“I want to be here so bad. I hope I can stick around.”
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets cut 4 players yesterday. David Koci was released from his tryout, Carl Klingberg was sent to the AHL, and Spencer Machacek and Brett Festerling were put on waivers.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Patrick Sharp still plans getting into the Blackhawks season opener on Oct. 7th. “I’m supposed to take it easy with the shooting and skating, but I feel fine out there,” said Sharp, who practiced for the first time Friday. “There are no limitations.” He won’t play in the teams final exhibition game on Sunday.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Aaron Volpatti and Victor Oreskovich have made the Canucks for the time being. An injury to Steve Pinizzotto may have handed the spot to Oreskovich. Volpatti beat out Mike Duco and Todd Fedoruk. Cody Hodgson will start the season centering Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm on the 2nd line. Manny Malhotra will center Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins on the 3rd line. Defensive pairing will likely be Bieksa and Hamhuis, Salo and Edler, Ballard and Tanev.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: The NY Rangers will make some cuts today. Rosen is curious to see if both Tim Erixon and Michael Del Zotto make it. Rosen would be surpised if Weise, Bourque, Hagelin, Newbury and Mitchell weren’t cut.
Detroit News: Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch was interviewed. Ilitch was asked if the Wings will move out of the Western Conference:
The commissioner (Gary Bettman) promised me I was next. We even had a meeting over lunch this past season, and he had all his people here, and he goes, ‘Yeah, I promised Mike he’d be the next one to go in the Eastern Conference.’ So I expect to be in next year. Jimmy D (Devellano) is on the phone every other week reminding them.
Bolland likely to return for Game 4 … White should be in lineup, Stoll contacts him … Ladd on Atlanta … Blue Jackets goalie situation
- Chris Kuc and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune: David Bolland has been out since March 9th with a concussion, could return tonight. “We’re optimistic (Bolland) could play,” Quenneville said Monday. “He’s been waiting a long time to get back in the lineup. Based on the timing, he’s ready to play. He wants to play. You have to like his competitive spirit. The bottom line is, he’ll do anything he can to be part of the team again.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks defenseman Ian White felt much better yesterday and is hoping to get the green light from trainers. Coach Todd McLellan anticipates that White will be in the lineup. JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News: Jarret Stoll, who was suspended for 1 game for hitting Ian White, reached out to him over the weekend. “We just chatted a couple times,” Stoll said. “He appreciated the text and me reaching out to him. I wanted to make sure I did that, let him know I didn’t want to hurt him in any way.”
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Thrashers forward Andrew Ladd on whether contract negotiations will be easier to get done with the season being over, “I don’t know. We’ve been working on it for awhile. For me, I want to be here. I’m committed to being a part of this and getting it to where it needs to be. I love the group. I love the city. I want to be here so I’m sure we’ll get something done.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: UFA Mathieu Garon’s agent and the Blue Jackets talked 2 weeks ago, and agreed to talk again closer to July 1st. GM Scott Howson may be under pressure this summer to make some changes, and it could involve Steve Mason. The Jackets do hope that Mason can get back to his rookie form, and away from his play the last 2 seasons. The Flyers showed interest in him in February, but the Blue Jackets were still looking to make the playoffs.
Torres not suspended … Boucher in, Leighton backup? Update on Pronger, Bolland, Leopold, Seguin, Chara, Zetterberg and Jovanovski
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Dreger reporting there will be no supplementary discipline for Raffi Torres hit on Seabrook.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Quenneville said that Seabrook is “likely” to play tomorrow and is “optomistic” that Bolland and Bickell will play as well. Adam Jahns via twitter: Bolland said yesterday that he believes he’s ready for Game 4.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Bruins coach Claude Julien said it’s “looking good” that Zdeno Chara will go tonight, a game-time decision.
- Anthony San Filippo via twitter: Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold will be in the lineup tonight.
- Kevin McGran via twitter: Bruins forward Tyler Seguin will likely be healthy scratch again.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Andrei Kostitsyn practiced on a line with Mike Cammelleri and Tomas Plekanec.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Leighton backs up Brian Boucher tonight.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: NBC Sports reported that the setback Chris Pronger suffered a couple weeks ago was a 2nd break in his hand.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Pronger skated today and took some wrist shots. Carchidi thinks that if they lose tonight, he’ll play on Wednesday. If they win, he won’t play Wednesday. Frank Seravalli via twitter: Pronger skated with teammates for the first time since March.
- Anthony San Filippo via twitter: Flyers winger Nikolai Zherdev will be in the lineup for Andreas Nodl.
- Andy Stickland via twitter: Blues prospect Vlad Tarasenko will either play in the NHL or the KHL next season. He won’t come over to play in the AHL.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg practiced yesterday but won’t be in the lineup for Game 3. He didn’t take part in any physical drills.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski will be in the lineup tonight, he left in the 2nd period of Saturday’s game.