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Posts Tagged Devin Setoguchi
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The NHL has fined Wild forward Devin Setoguchi $8,108.11 for high stick to Red Wings Kyle Quincey.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: The Oilers have recalled defenseman Theo Peckham from the AHL.
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Canucks Andrew Ebbett clears waivers. No one was put on waivers today.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Coach Joel Quenneville said that Dan Carcillo won’t play tonight, but will sometime on this homestand.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul is back skating but is still a couple weeks away from returning from his fractured forearm.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Gabriel Landeskog is back practicing with the Avalanche but wearing a no contact jersey.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook isn’t on the ice for their morning skate. Brad Ziemer via twitter: Seabrook won’t play tonight with a lower-body injury.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Ullstrom and Boulton will be scratched. Reasoner and Hickey are in.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Johan Franzen thinks he’ll be able to play in Thursday. Has missed the last 4 games with a sore hip flexor.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Odds to win the draft lottery and 1st overall pick: 30th, 25%; 29th,18.8; 28th, 14.2; 27th, 10.7; 26th, 8.1; 25th, 6.2; 24th, 4.7; 23rd, 3.6; 22nd, 2.7; 21st, 2.1; 20th, 1.5; 19th,1.1, 18th, .8; 17th, .5
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild winger Devin Setoguchi won’t be suspended but he will have a hearing to see how much he’ll be fined, if at all.
- James Mirtle via twitter: If Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner plays three more NHL games, he’ll be eligible for waivers. Basically, once he’s back, he’s back for good. This last stretch of Marlies will be his last.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Darche should be announcing this week that he is retiring.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Penguins scouted the Wild earlier this week. The Penguins are looking for a top-6 forward and may have been looking at Pierre-Marc Bouchard and/or Devin Setoguchi.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have called the Avs about Ryan O’Reilly, but it’s unlikely they will go after him. The asking price of what O’Reilly is looking for will keep them away. The Rangers will have 3 prominent RFAs that they’ll need to re-sign this summer, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t giving up on the season, but he won’t give away their first round pick or a top prospect for a defenseman. Matheson wonders if they’d be interested in Ryan Whitney. Other defensman that may be available are: Tomas Kaberle, Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jonathan Blum. Matheson thinks the Oilers should keep Whitney, but if they got a third rounder or better back, they might have to consider it.
Garrioch rumor roundup … NHL realignment talks coming … Waiver process … Langenbrunner done for the year
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter:
- The Ducks are going to have to offer up front loaded deals for Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf if they want to keep both like they say they do. Many don’t think Getzlaf will go anywhere and there was talk they were close a $60 million deal before the lockout started. There were contract discussions with Perry in the summer, but they didn’t go anywhere. If GM Bob Murray can’t get one or both signed, he can’t afford to lose them for nothing.
- Some NHL types think the NHL should fold the Phoenix Coyotes this summer since the Greg Jamison deal has fallen through and hold a dispersal draft for their players. One NHL executive said the NHL would rather have the expansion money, around $400 million per team, from areas like Quebec City, Kansas City and Seattle instead of relocating them there. They also want to put a second Toronto team in Markham. Moving the Coyotes to Quebec City does make the most sense though.
- Garrioch wonders if the Capitals should have tried to keep goalie Tomas Vokoun.
- The Sharks now have 8 healthy defensemen, and they’d like to add a veteran winger before the April 3rd trade deadline.
- The Wild’s acquisition of winger Devin Setoguchi hasn’t worked out and he could be moved. He has one year left on his deal at $3 million.
- The Hurricanes would like to add some grit to their blueline. Joe Corvo has been a healthy scratch and could be moved. Jamie McBain could also be moved.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The NHL and NHLPA are expected to talk about realignment next week for the 2013-14 season. The NHL tried to set up a 4 conference (2 with 7 teams and 2 with 8 teams) for this season but the NHLPA would not consent to it.
“We are working on a realignment plan for next season,” Daly wrote, “but it has not been finalized or approved [by the Board of Governors] yet.”
“We expect to talk with the league on the subject this week,” Fehr told Slap Shots. “A year ago, when we raised the issue of increased travel for teams, the league did not have mock schedules for us to review that might have alleviated our concern.
“And we had an issue with the fact that teams would either have a mathematical advantage or disadvantage of qualifying for the playoffs depending upon whether they’d be in a seven-team or eight-team conference.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: As of yesterday, the NHL waiver claim order will be the ‘current’ day’s standings and not last season’s final standing.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Jamie Langenbrunner has a torn labrum. He’ll have surgery and be out for the season.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Mathieu Darche said there is no change on his situation with the Devils. Still not signed by the team.
Brassard heads home … Lindback injured … Garrison and Edler are now locked out … Turris not a fan of playing in Finland
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Derick Brassard has left Salzburg in the middle of his contract without any agreement with the team. The IIHF has been notified. He left for Canada yesterday despite the team trying to convince him to stay and honor his contract.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning goalie Anders Lindback, who has been playing with Ilves Tampere of the Finish Elite league, has cut on the knee after being hit with a put. He required a few stitches and will be out about 10 days.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Devin Setoguchi is leaving the ECHL’s Ontario Reign until the NHL cancels the season (if they do cancel it). The Reign suspended him so that they wouldn’t have to pay him, but would retain his rights.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has been given medical clearance by the Canucks. Garrison has been battling a chronic groin strain the past 2 seasons.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks defenseman Alex Edler’s back has been deemed healthy by the Canucks, but he’s unlikely to ever be 100%. Edler is now a locked out player. He had received $1.16 million of his $3.25 million salary.
“You know what?” Edler said Monday when asked about coming off the dole. “I would much, much rather be healthy and not getting paid. That’s the most important. It’s absolutely terrible to not be able to be out there with the guys because I’m hurt. I would give back all my paycheques if I could have been 100 per cent healthy.”
Edler will be a UFA on July 1st, and his future durability will play a big part in his contract talks. Before the lockout, the Canucks offered him a long-term deal that would have made him the highest paid Canuck defenseman. Jason Garrison and Kevin Bieksa have a salary cap hit of $4.6 million.
- Jordan Winnett of the Globe and Mail: Senators Kyle Turris talks about how life was playing in Finland.
“There’s nothing to do here. Nothing,” Turris said recently while playing in Oulu. “If we’re not at the rink, we’re sitting around playing video games.”
“The travel here is horrendous. It’s worse than junior,” he said. “We’ll fly into Helsinki then hop in a bus for four to six hours, meanwhile, we’ll make three stops on a six-hour bus trip for no reason. It’s awful.”
“The food here is awful,” he explained. “On the road, we eat at truck stops. ABC truck stops. I’m not kidding. We file out of the bus and head off beside the highway for a buffet truck stop pregame meal. It’s ridiculous.”
- Oulunkarpat.fi: (from Matias Strozyk tweet) Kyle Turris wrote this to team/fans:
I read an article in the Globe and Mail today regarding my experience in Oulu. It made me extremely upset that it was so negative, and that it had very inaccurate and untrue information. I really enjoyed my time in Oulu, and those who are around me know that. I want to make clear that the sole reason I left is because of personal reasons that required me to be home with my family. The entire Oulu organization treated me very well, and I feel terrible that people may now feel that I was not grateful to be a part of the organization. I know that I was very lucky to play for such an awesome organization that welcomed me with open arms and treated us very well. Everyone I met in Finland, the coaches, management, fans and people of Oulu were all very nice and made my time there a memorable one. I was also lucky to have great teammates, with whom I have made good friendships. For all this I am very thankful and wish the Karpat organization great success in the future.
Insurance holding Crosby back … More players heading overseas, 2 signing in ECHL … Some NHLers career may be over … Hall off IR
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, said that it would cost as much as $400,000 to insure Crosby if he were to go overseas. Crosby was interested in playing in Max Talbot’s charity games in Quebec before he was told the insurance cost was prohibitive. He still hasn’t ruled out Europe if a wealthy owner can absorb the cost.
- Erik Erlendsson the Tampa Bay Tribune: Lightning’s Brendan Mikkelson signed with Vasteras HK of Sweden’s 2nd division.
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Jannik Hansen signed with Tappara of the Finnish Elite League.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul signed with Avtomobilist of the KHL. Slava Malamud via twitter: “Lupul isn’t eligible to sign in KHL due to the league’s rules. In the KHL, though, rules are merely hurdles, not obstacles, so let’s see.”
- Craig Custance via twitter: Wild’s Devin Setoguchi signed with Ontario of the ECHL.
- Brodie Brazil via twitter: Sharks Ryane Clowe is practicing with the ECHL’s SF Bulls. David Pollak via twitter: Clowe had to signed a deal with the SF Bulls just to practice with them. The plan is just to practice with them.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils Travis Zajac is considering heading over to Europe. His agent, Kurt Overhardt, “He might be going over to play in the next few weeks.”
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Peter Regin has returned after playing 4 games with SC Langenthal of the Swiss National League B. He appeared to be a replacement for Jeff Campbell while he was injured. Campbell was the teams leading scorer last year.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Matt Cullen, in the last year of his deal, knows that he could get squeezed out next year if the season is lost.
“There are guys here that this is going to snowball on,” said Ray Ferraro, who played 18 years in the NHL. “I’m talking about veterans, and I’m talking about guys that have played 45, 100 games. They’re in a bad spot, and there’s nothing you can do now. Now you’re hanging on to the train, and you just hope you don’t get bucked off and you never get to play again.”
“You’re gone and you’re forgotten and that’s it,” Cullen said. “It’s sad, but lots of guys’ careers ended with the last lockout and that’ll definitely be the case this time. Guys are just going to be gone, vanished.”
Brian Rolston knows his career is likely over.
“I’m realistic. I’ll be 40 years old,” Rolston said. “If there’s half a season, maybe somebody will be willing to sign an older player. But I’m not holding my breath. I’m content if I have to retire.”
“When you walk into the dressing room and talk to Teemu Selanne, the day’s a better day. Yet Teemu’s not coming back if they miss a year,” Ferraro said. “Daniel Alfredsson has left his guts on the ice for Ottawa for 17 years and he’s going to go away?
- Taylor Hall via twitter: Officially off the IR.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Injured players get paid in full and don’t have escrow money taken out of each pay either.
Rumors and Notes: Parise, Suter, Nash, Ryan, Colaiacovo, Red Wings, Hurriances, Semin, Yandle, Penguins, Bouwmeester, and Blackhawks
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Predators GM David Poile said that Nashville did everything that Suter wanted, including a big contract offer. Suter said he choose the Wild for family reasons.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The ball is now in the Blue Jackets court. The Red Wings, Penguins, Rangers, Flyers and Sharks are all on Rick Nash’s list, and possibly the Hurricanes. There has to be a ‘homerun’ offer in that group.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Teams looking to add 30 goal scorers now have to look at Nash and Ryan. It’s confirmed that the Red Wings, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks are on Nash’s list, but there may to another team or two on it. There has also been hints that Nash may expand his list. Neither side wants a be faced with Nash being a Blue Jacket in September. If Nash expands his list, the Hurricanes may be a team that is added. The Rangers have tried to get Nash without giving up any proven NHL players (other an Brandon Dubinsky) or top level prospects.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Options for the Red Wings now are Matt Carle (written before he signed) and Carlo Colaiacovo. Colaiacovo is injury prone and they wouldn’t want to commit a lot of term for him. They could go the trade route. They have 5 defenseman under contract for next year (Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl) and they are working on re-signing Kyle Quincey. The Wings will look at Shane Doan if he hits the open market, and they will continue to explore a Rick Nash trade.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings could use another defenseman and a high-end forward. “We’ll explore what’s left on the market. We’ll talk to some teams to see if there are any players available (by trade).” Forward possibilities through free agency or trade are: Alexander Semin, Shane Doan, Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. Possible defenseman: Matt Carle, Keith Yandle, Carlo Colaiacovo, Shea Weber and Jay Bouwmeester.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Oberserver: The Hurricanes are pushing hard for Nash, and are thought to have made a strong offer. The Penguins could now ratchet up the ante. It’s not known what the Hurricanes offered. It’s believed that Jeff Skinner would not be part of any package.
- Todd Cordell via twitter: Semin’s agent Mark Gandler: “All I can tell you is that Alex will sign with an NHL team.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: It would take a really good offer to get Keith Yandle out of Phoenix. If he is moved, LeBrun figures could be to Eastern Conference where several teams are interested. Tab Bamford via twitter: If Yandle is available, and Ray Whitney’s replacement is Steve Sullivan, would have to think Shane Doan is considering a new home.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: There are now more suitors for Rick Nash now that Parise has signed with the Wild. Matheson isn’t sure if the Penguins or Red Wings have the young forwards that the Blues Jackets would want though.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: The Penguins have a hole in their top 6.
“If we could (find center Sidney Crosby) a winger, that would be fantastic,” Shero said. “It would make my life a lot easier, (but) Sid does pretty well whoever he plays with. I’d love to get a winger for Sidney, but those guys don’t fall off trees.”
The Penguins best free agent options could be Shane Doan or Alexander Semin. Ryan or Nash could be available through trade. They have young defenseman assests in Simon Despres, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington, Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot.
“We’ll go with what we have at this point,” Shero said. “We’ll see what’s available. … If you can improve your team, you’re going to do that. One thing that we have now that we haven’t had in a while is cap space.” “We like our defense the way it is. If there’s a chance to upgrade, certainly we’re going to do that. But there are a lot of teams looking for defensemen. They’re not easy to find.”
Shero hasn’t ruled out having one of their current forwards moving up to their top 6, maybe Tyler Kennedy.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins GM Ray Shero on Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan: “They’re under contracts. There’s only so much I can say. But if there’s a trade that makes sense, we’ll look.”
- Roger Millions via twitter: The Flames haven’t tried to trade Jay Bouwmeester. Teams have expressed interest. Could find out quickly if that is so.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Matheson thinks the Wild defense is a little sketchy even with the Suter addition. He wonders if they would deal Devin Setoguchi for defensive help.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Shane Doan interests the Flyers, but he’ll likely stay in Phoenix if they don’t move the franchise. The Flyers could deal for Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan. Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers are not willing to trade Sean Couturier in a Nash or Ryan deal.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks have lost out on Parise, Suter and Brodeur. Their only addition has been Sheldon Brookbank. Sources are saying that GM Stan Bowman is under significant pressure from management to improve the team. “We’re going to keep pursuing different things,” he said. “It’s only July 4 — the summer hasn’t played itself out yet.” Chris Boden via twitter:
Bowman wouldn’t say if trades are more likely than free agency now.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: The Blackhawks are still dangling defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.
“Our objective is not to make a splash,” said Bowman, who confirmed his pursuit of goalie Martin Brodeur. “Our objective is to win hockey games.“Our objective is to put a team on the ice that is going to give us the best chance to win the Stanley Cup next year. You have to look, and it’s not like we have seven holes to fill.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on Derek Roy being a UFA after this season:
“I think we want to see what’s going on with the CBA. There’s still a lot of uncertainty with the CBA. I think we’ll all catch our breath now, he’ll get situated in Dallas, and we’ll go from there.”
- St. Louis Post Dispatch: Are Carlo Colaiacovo’s (UFA) days as a Blue numbered? Jeremy Rutherford thinks it’s 50-50 that he’s re-signed. The Blues are looking at other options in their attempt to bring in a defenseman. If they can’t find an upgrade, he could be back. Dan O’Neill says it’s unlikely he’s back.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues were in it to the end with defenseman Matt Carle.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames G Jay Feaster said he’s looking for some 3rd – 4th line grit.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: UFA Jesse Winchester is still waiting to be picked up. The Senators don’t have a forward spot open for him. He was injured for a good part of last season with a concussion. He passed his baseline test last week.
Parise opens up a bit … 4 teams that make sense for a Staal deal … Carle deal has to wait … Nash’s name back in rumors … CF schedule
- Mark Everson of the NY Post: Pending Devils UFA Zach Parise opens up a bit:
“I’ m enjoying this, we’re playing well. It’s not even crossing my mind,” Parise said, at first.
“It means a lot,” Parise told The Post. “It means we have a lot of good, young players who are going to be here a long time.”
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: If Jordan Staal hits the open market after next season, he could get around $7 million. The Penguins already have $40 million committed to 10 players, not including Sidney Crosby who may get $10 million. Reports are that the Hurricanes and Oilers could be interested. Yohe offers up the most logical trade partners for the Penguins. 1. Carolina Hurricanes – have the cap room and assets. They could offer center Brandon Sutter. They have the 8th overall pick this year and some other strong prospects. 2. Toronto Maple Leafs – Brian Burke is a big Staal fan, and Ray Shero and Burke are friends. The Leafs have Nazem Kadri and stay-at-home defenseman Luke Schenn, a type of Dman the Penguins need. 3. Edmonton Oilers – the Oilers could use and accomplished center. The Oilers have the 1st overall pick. 4. Minnesota Wild – the Wild are a “no-name squad looking for an identity” and could use a name like Jordan Staal. Cal Clutterbuck and Devin Setoguchi may be 2 players that would interest the Pens. The Wild also have the 7th pick in the draft.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Due to the salary-cap tagging rule, the Flyers won’t be able to sign Matt Carle before July 1st. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said he wants to re-sign Carle. Carle earned $3.47 million this past year, and could get in the $5 million range on his next deal.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t work out a deal,” Holmgren said. “His demands, when I spoke with him and his agent, nothing was ever out of line. Could we get him under market value? I would say that we probably could. I don’t see any issues there.”
- Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: There are different reports on what was/wasn’t offered by the Rangers at the trade deadline for Blue Jackets Rick Nash. The Rangers weren’t willing to move Chris Kreider. The Jackets were asking for Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Dreider and a 1st round pick. Another report was they wanted Dubinsky, another forward like Stepan, a prospect (not Kreider) and a 1st round pick, maybe 2. This offseason, teams will have move flexibility with their roster and salary cap. The Sharks and Bruins should be interested, possibly the Rangers again.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch thinks the next stop for Alexander Semin is the KHL. He had 3 goals and 1 assist in 14 playoff games. The Blue Jackets have quietly continued to try and trade Rick Nash, but it’s hard to fin serious interest now. Sharks GM Doug Wilson is rumored to be interested in revisiting talks. Wilson may have told the Jackets that they could sweeten the pot in June. Expect the Maple Leafs to make a pitch for the 1st overal pick. Expect the Flyers to make a pitch for Ryan Suter’s rights if he doesn’t re-sign with the Predators. The Wings and Wild will be interested as well.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: NHL release of Conference Finals Schedule:
2012 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE
Date Time (ET) #1 NY Rangers vs. #6 New Jersey Networks
Game 1: Monday, May 14 8 p.m. New Jersey at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Wednesday, May 16 8 p.m. New Jersey at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 3: Saturday, May 19 1 p.m. NY Rangers at New Jersey NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 4: Monday, May 21 8 p.m. NY Rangers at New Jersey NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 5: Wednesday, May 23 8 p.m. New Jersey at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 6: Friday, May 25 8 p.m. NY Rangers at New Jersey NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 7: Sunday, May 27 8 p.m. New Jersey at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, RDS
2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE
Date Time (ET) #3 Phoenix vs. #8 Los Angeles Networks
Game 1: Sunday, May 13 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Game 2: Tuesday, May 15 9 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Game 3: Thursday, May 17 9 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Game 4: Sunday, May 20 3 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 22 9 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 6: Thursday, May 24 9 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 7: Saturday, May 26 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix TBD, CBC, RDS
* If necessary
So Max Pacioretty’s dive was pretty embarrassing, but Devin Setoguchi’s shootout was worse.
Written by Brian Smith and can be found on twitter at @sharkfinfan32
For the past 5 seasons the San Jose Sharks have been buyers at the trade deadline and this year looks no different. In the past Sharks GM Doug Wilson has done a lot of tweaking of the team, by acquiring “rental” players like Dominic Moore. But this year hopefully is different for the Sharks. Because Wilson traded away 2- Top 6 Forwards in Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi the team began the season with just 5 legitimate top 6 forwards.
With the anticipated Martin Havlat injury, that depth as gone down to 4 Legitimate top 6 forwards. With no decent minor league forwards prospects on the horizon the team has had to use 3rd and 4th line players like Tommy Wingels, Benn Ferriero, and Torrey Mitchell on the top line at times this year. A legitimate Stanley Cup contender can not win with player like that on your top line.
While there are names like Rick Nash out their, I doubt Wilson would be willing to pull the strings on a deal that would in the long run benefit the team, but in the short run might hurt the team. I for one would sacrifice this year as I don’t see this team as anywhere near a Stanley Cup contender. While this will not go over well with Sharks fans, many of whom are disenchanted with Sharks management, I see Wilson doing more of his “tweaking” come deadline day. I could see him making a run at Tumuo Ruutu, or Ales Hemsky, neither of whom is a long term solution for the team. I could also see Wilson standing pat and claiming he is happy with the team the way it is currently assembled.
Afternoon notes on ‘Hawks signing draft picks, Hedman, Theodore, Setoguchi, Latendresse, Skinner, Dubnyk and Quick
- Chicago Blackhawks via twitter: The Blackhawks have signed their 2011 1st round picks, Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault, to 3-year entry level deals.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (concussion) is not traveling with the team and remains out indefinitely.
- George Richards via twitter: The Panthers don’t know the extent of Jose Theodore’s knee injury yet.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild forward Devin Setoguchi says there is a “definite chance” that he plays tomorrow. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse is feeling post-concussion symptoms again and was shut down several days ago. He had been doing some light exercises and skating. “One day I feel good, one day I feel average, one day I feel horrible,” Latendresse said. “Every day is so different. I don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow.”
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner is practicing with a no-contact jersey on.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson; Boulton-Sestito/Carter-Janssen.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers against the Blackhawks.
- Curtis Zupke via twitter: Jonathan Quick is the likely starter for the Kings.
Koivu out … Are the Lightning looking for a goalie? No major overhaul for Burke … Gomez has setback and starting goalies
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu will miss at least Saturday’s game against the Islanders with a leg injury. GM Chuck Fletcher hopes to have Koivu back before Christmas. Devin Setoguchi, Guillaume Latendresse and P-M Bouchard are not at practice as well.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: Do the Lightning look for a goalie like Evgeni Nabokov to improve their goalie situation, or do they go after a goalie prospect? Jonathan Bernier could be an option. The Capitals may choose to move Michal Neuvirth to open a spot for Braden Holtby. The Wild could move Josh Harding to open a spot for Matt Hackett.
- Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn’t planning on a major overhaul, “We’re looking at fine-tuning now.” Burke added:
“The top-six, bottom-six model is already dead in less than five years. Now it’s a top-eight or top-nine, and bottom-three or four. And speed rules now. It’s all about foot speed.”
“I still think a big team that can skate is going to prevail over a smaller team that can skate. I think the Bruins proved that last year. So I don’t think toughness will ever go out of the game. I don’t think the physical element will ever be diminished.”
- Brian Wilde via twitter: Canadiens center Scott Gomez suffered a setback on Monday. He’ll remain off-ice and there is no timetable on his return.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba could be ready for Tuesday. No change on Milan Michalek.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta “wasn’t feeling well” this morning, missed the morning skate and is questionable for tonight.
- David Alter via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs against the Sabres. Jonas Gustavsson will start in net tomorrow.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Richard Bachman will start in net for the Stars against Johan Hedberg and the Devils.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Alex Auld will start in net for the Senators tonight against the Penguins.
- George Richards via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers against the Flames.