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Posts Tagged Drew Doughty
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow said he received an email from Nino Niederreiter’s Swiss agent, Andre Rufener and asked for a trade. A source said that Snow has no plans to trade Niederreiter. Rufener declined to comment.
“All conversations with players remain private,” Snow said, “but I will say that Nino has never told me that he’s unhappy.”
Niederreiter has 19 goals and 36 points in the AHL and was named an All-Star.
“He’s playing 20-22 minutes a night, playing in all situations,” Snow said when the Isles camp opened. “It’s more conducive for him to be there at this point in time.”
- Eric Francis via twitter: The Flames are looking for a goalie as they only have Miikka Kiprusoff and Leland Irving under contract. Senators Ben Bishop could be a target. AHL’s Abbotsford Heat Barry Brust and Danny Taylor are playing extremely well and can be signed at any time. It was decided that both Brust and Taylor are better than Henrik Karlsson (traded to Blackhawks on Monday). The Flames didn’t think it would be healthy to have all three in the AHL. The Flames also didn’t mind getting rid of another contract. They currently have 47 players under contract.
- The Fourth Period: The Kings have stepped up their efforts for a left handed defenseman to play with Drew Doughty or Slava Voynov. They had kicked tires on Wade Redden. They are believed to have interest in Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarson and Cody Franson, though he is a right-handed shot. The Maple Leafs may not be interested in trading Gunnarson as they balked at a deal for Jonathan Bernier earlier this month when Burke was the GM. The Devils, Flames, Sabres, Penguins and Coyotes all have defenseman as trade bait.
Kings looking for Dman for Doughty or Voynov, Leopold an option? Coyotes deal falls through … Sharks-Rangers make small deal
- The Fourth Period: The Kings have been looking for a defenseman who can play on their 1st or 2nd unit according at a source, nothing appears imminent. They are looking for a mobile, left-handed shot to play with Drew Doughty or Slava Voynov. The Kings are not interested in Wade Redden. Jonathan Bernier is their biggest trade chip, but unless they get a big offer for him, it’s likely that the they will hold on to him for now. The Sabres and Devils are shopping defenseman, but either team appears to have a No. 2 or No. 3 defenseman. They might have to wait until the April 3rd deadline.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks the Kings should call the Sabres about Jordan Leopold. Leopold will be a UFA and could net the Sabres a conditional pick.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Coyotes had one trade fall through earlier this week. Don’t be surprised if they knock on Scott Gomez’s door once he’s bought out.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Sharks acquire forward Tommy Grant and conditional 2014 7th round pick from the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Michael Del Zotto’s agent says that ”negotiations are ongoing.”
- Mike Heika via twitter: Jamie Benn (RFA) is the only unsigned Stars player.
“We’ve had talks with Jamie for a year and a half, so we know the parameters,” Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said Tuesday. “We’ve made it clear to them that it is a priority for us, and I think Jamie knows we want him in camp…It’s important, but time will dictate whether it gets done.’’
Benn could get a new contract in the $5 to $6 million range.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle has heard that Corey Perry would have seriously considered joining his former GM when he became a UFA at the end of this season.
- Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun: There was talk out of Montreal on Tuesday that P.K. Subban’s camp could be looking for a contract similar to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Doughty signed an 8 year, $56 million deal last year.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks are one of several teams to have contacted free agent defenseman Jim Vandermeer. The Canucks could be a more likely destination for Vandermeer.
McKenzie’s take on Staal … Parenteau to free agency … Doughty in trouble … Burke on draft and goalies … Sabres dangling picks … Rutherford video
Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie’s take on the Jordan Staal situation: “PIT doesn’t want to trade him, wants to sign him and may make him a long-term (7 to 10 yrs maybe?) offer.” … “At that point, it would be up to Staal to commit long term to Pens or not sign. If it’s not, PIT would have to explore trade options.” … “IF outcome is trading Staal, PIT’s return/field of teams SEVERELY limited by fact Staal 1 yr from UFA. No team pays big for 1 yr rental.”
Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Sources in New York are saying that it appears P.A. Parenteau is headed to free agency.
Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: According to reports in the LA Times and Daily Breeze, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty allegedly forced a 25 year old women into a cab and then sexually assaulted her at her place. “Per the Daily Breeze, Higgins said Doughty said the encounter was consensual. Per the Times, Higgins said that the accuser has been “less than cooperative” and that “credibility problems” have been found in her story. Doughty has not been charged with a crime. Doughty’s lawyer, Craig Renetzky, posted on Twitter that that case is under review by the District Attorney’s office and that “a charging decision will be made in the next few days.”
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Brian Burke on keeping 5th overall pick,
“I fully expect that,” Burke told ESPN.com. “We’ve had discussions with other teams that I would characterize mostly as tire kicking, nothing that we’ve had to even huddle on. Now, the way the draft works, the time frame gets very compressed as you get closer. So it’ll crank right up. Teams who haven’t even called me, I expect will call starting tomorrow. But I fully expect to keep that pick.”
Burke on if they can’t land a goalie,
“We are prepared to go forward on that basis,” Burke said. “If we can upgrade at the goaltending position, and at a reasonable price, we’ll do it. But we are prepared [to go with Reimer-Scrivens]. I believe in James Reimer. He’s young, he’s athletic, I believe in this kid. If we have to start like that, we will.”
Sabres GM Darcy Regier on if dangling picks to make a trade,
“We’d like to,” GM Darcy Regier told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning. “We view it as an opportunity because of the additional first-round pick and the additional second-round pick. We’ve got some flexibility. So we’re approaching this as, ‘Let’s see if we can find some opportunities with this flexibility.’ Right now, though, the costs seem to be on the high side. But we’ll see where it goes. It’s probably too early right now.”
LeBrun thinks Regier has already called the Blue Jackets about Rick Nash, and would be shocked if they didn’t call the Ducks about Bobby Ryan who may be available now. The Panthers and Jason Garrison are expected to talk again tomorrow. The Wild don’t have any plans on trading Niklas Backstrom now that Josh Harding signed a 3 year extension.
“Not at all,” Wild GM Chuck Fletcher told ESPN.com. “We believe we need a strong one-two punch in goal. We’ve got that with Josh and Nik. We have no interest in disrupting that. You look around the league and you see the importance of having depth in goal. That’s what we want.”
WRAL Sports – Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford – Rutherford: Priority is to get a guy to play with Staal and talk on the draft.
Maloney, Doan talk Turris … CBA talks to begin after All-Star Game … Doughty fined … Bogosian, Deveaux up for suspension?
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney on Kyle Turris:
“He felt that he decided he wanted to go down a certain route and certain things he was looking for; and for us as an organization, very few times in the CBA where you do have some leverage, and we just felt strongly that we needed to use our leverage now,” he said.
“Looking down the road with some other players … we just felt it was important to set a standard on how we operate.”
Maloney added the process was always about business as Turris was looking for a contract worth a lot more than he got. Captain Shane Doan on having Turris back in the locker room:
“Obviously, we’re going to tease him, we’re going to have fun with him,” he said. “This room is a pretty good group of guys that’s gonna give it to him, and the reason you give it to him is because you like him so much.
“Everybody wants him back. So we’re looking forward to it, and I’m sure he’s looking forward to playing hockey again, that’s what he does, and he does it really well.”
- Jim Gintonio via twitter: His gut feeling is that Turris will remain with the Coyotes.
- Dan Gelston (AP) in the Raleigh News & Observer: The NHL’s CBA is to expire on Sept. 15th 2012, but talks are scheduled to begin just after the NHL All-Star Game.
- Iain MacIntyre via twitter: Canucks forward Mason Raymond is getting close to returning, with the possibility of him being in the lineup next week during their homestand.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was fined $2,500 for his hit on TJ Oshie.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Blair Jones was put on waivers by the Lightning. Predators Niclas Bergfors cleared waivers.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian will have a hearing this afternoon for his hit on Capitals Cody Eakin. Andre Deveaux will also have a hearing for his elbow on Tomas Fleischmann. How many games do you think Deveaux will get?
Seguin has congenital hip condition … Turris interests Sens … Doughty expected to return tonight … Hulsizer signs purchase agreement … Scouting Wings-Sharks
- Fluto Shinzawa and michael Vega of the Boston Globe: According to an ESPNBoston report, Tyler Seguin was born with a congenital hip condition. It could make him more injury prone in the future if he doesn’t keep up strength in the hip area to a prevent repetitive stress injury. GM Peter Chiarelli said in an email that he is not concerned about the condition. Seguin is leading the Bruins in scoring with 9 points in 9 games, and found himself practicing on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Coach Claude Julien put the David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton line back together. Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston: A source said that the condition could lead to an injury that could require surgery that may shorten his career. A hip expert who hasn’t examined Seguin, “The worst-case scenario is they start to develop recurring symptoms consistent of a groin pull, hip flexor strains, difficulty getting their hips in certain positions, reduced rotation, increase in pain and reduced levels of performance.”
“I’m not going to comment whether it’s congenital or not,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t want to get into details what we think it is or isn’t and I don’t want any alarm bells going off. Like I said, you can go through our roster and there are probably 12 or 13 guys with something similar or the same thing.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are reportedly one of the six or seven teams interested in Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris. The Flames and Canucks have shown interest as well but have been informed that he isn’t going anywhere. Doug MacLean said that Turris could be a 2nd line center.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Coyotes. Slava Voynov could be the odd man out and assigned to the AHL. Jonathan Quick will get the start tonight, Sunday’s starter is yet to be determined.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer has signed a purchase agreement to buy the St. Louis Blues. The dollar amount is expected to be below the reported the $185 million.
- David Pollak via twitter: Scouts at the Sharks-Red Wings game: Senators, Flames, Capitals, Hurricanes, Predators, Lightning, Kings, Canucks and Maple Leafs.
- Jason Bothchord of the Vancouver Province: Cody Hodgson is moving to the wing on the 2nd line. Chris Higgins drops from the 2nd to 3rd line. Ryan Kesler and David Booth haven’t clicked yet, and there may be some questions if they are too similar as they both have a shoot-first mentality.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Wings shifted Justin Abdelkader to center last night. “Wherever the team needs me, I’ll go chip in and help,” Abdelkader said, “whether it’s fourth line, third line, wing or center, whatever it is. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I’ll do. Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore is healthy enough now to return to game action, but will have to win a spot in the lineup. It’s unknown when he’ll make his debut.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice indicated that Brian Boucher would likely start against the Flyers.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Rick DiPietro seems ready to make his first start of the year for the Islanders tonight against the Sharks.
Kane’s agent denies trade demand … Doughty says he’s ready … Couturier could stick … Connolly ready … Lehtonen-Quick battle
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: There was a rumor going around that Evander Kane had demanded a trade from the Jets.
“I’ve spoken with Evander and this is completely untrue,” said agent Craig Oster. “Neither he nor us have talked about a trade. Evander is very excited to be in Winnipeg and about his future with Winnipeg.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Garrioch thinks that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should have been fired, and that he will be next.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Drew Doughty’s status for (tonight’s) game is still up in the air. If he doesn’t go, he’ll be returning soon. After Doughty took part in practice Terry Murray said, “I’ve got to talk to our medical staff and just get everything sorted out.’’ Doughty added:
“I was cleared to practice with the team and cleared to get some contact in practice. I feel really good. I feel ready to play and almost back to normal. Now it’s just kind of in the hands of the training staff and the coaching staff to put me in.”
“I hope so. I really want to play tomorrow, really badly. It sucks being out, obviously, but like I said I’m ready to play but at the same time, it’s really just in the training staff’s hands.”
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers 2011 1st round pick Sean Couturier could stick in the NHL this season due to his defensive instincts and awareness on the PK. As of yesterday, Courturier still hasn’t heard if he’ll remain with the team or be sent back to junior.
“He came in touted as a smart player defensively, someone who is as good in the defensive zone as he is in the offensive zone,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve put him in situations, 5-on-4, 5-on-3, against top players, to see how he’d respond, and he’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do and do it well. He’s been a nice addition.”
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Scanlan thinks that Mika Zibanejad contract may have been a big factor in the Senators sending him back to Sweden. If he played one more game his contract of $1.775,000 would have kicked in, and he’d be one year closer to free agency. “We think, for the long term development … this is the right step for him at this moment,” Murray said. “This is the best thing for him.”
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Though Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson wouldn’t make it official, Tim Connolly looks to be ready to make his Leafs debut tonight.
“They are really clicking right now and playing extremely well together,” Connolly said of Kessel and Lupul. “I’m just going to try to stay out of their way. Get them the puck as much as possible and just try do all the little things right.”
Goalie James Reimer is ready to return as well. Burke needs to make one roster move before the game as they are one player over the limit.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan moved Adam Burish up to Mike Ribeiro’s top line in the 3rd period of their last game, but it appears that Michael Ryder will be back in his regular spot for tonight’s game. It’s looking like a Kari Lehtonen versus Jonathan Quick battle between the pipes.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Capitals tonight against the Oilers.
Flames rumors … CBJ issues … GMs may look for mandatory visors … Doughty this week is possible … Connolly stays … Whitney injured again
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis laughs at the rumor that Daniel Alfredsson could interest the Flames at some point. The Flames do have an interest in Coyotes holdout Kyle Turris. A source close to the situation has said that the Flames are one of six teams to make a ‘significant’ offer. Coyotes GM Don Maloney is still saying he doesn’t have plans to trade him. Rene Bourque is also front and center in trade rumors lately. Flames GM Jay Feaster continues to tell other GMs that Mark Giordano is not available. Francis doesn’t see the Flames trading Jarome Iginla. Ollie Jokinen wants to re-sign with the Flames. Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos are UFAs and could draw minor interest at some point. David Moss won’t be traded unless he wants out. They would love to move Matt Stajan and his $3.5 million salary in a package, but it’s unlikely that there is anyone else on their roster to draw that much interest.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Blue Jackets are having issues on and off the ice. There are reports that they are losing $25 million a season, and there is talk about the long-term survival of the franchise. Their last few home games have only drawn 9,000 fans.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Two high profile GMs have said they’d like to see more players starting next season.
“Visors should be mandatory for all defencemen, at the least,” Burke said, adding that blueliners are at “a far greater risk” of being hit in the face by a puck because of all the deflections in front of the net.
“I’d want to hear the GMs out on the larger topic [of everyone having to wear them], but I think I would support Homer.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets won’t be pulling off any blockbuster deals because the team is off to a slow start. They may pull off some smaller deals along the way, but finding a trade partner who isn’t trying to fleece is hard to find. Most teams aren’t looking to get rid of 30 goal scorers and many teams would like to upgrade their blueline.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was wearing a no-contact jersey again at practice yesterday. When asked yesterday when Doughty will see the doctor next, Murray said, “The opportunity will probably be tonight, to see the doctor at the rink. We plan on taking him with us on the road trip, kind of shooting for the end of the week here as a possibility.”
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman confirmed that they will be keeping Brett Connolly and won’t be sending him back to junior.
- Shaun Starr via twitter: Canadiens Max Pacioretty has a partially torn ligament in his wrist. Starr has been told surgery is unlikely. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: It’s a partial tear, no breaks, deep bruise. He could be back in the lineup this week.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers coach Tom Renny says that Ryan Whitney has a sprained knee but it’s not significant. A few days and he should be fine.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild forward Guilaume Latendresse is bothered by a wonky groin again, and look for the Wild to be cautious with him. Dany Heatley and Greg Zanon are also bothered by groin issues. Brett Bulmer will play in his 9th game on Thursday and likely won’t be returned to junior.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: Scouts in Carolina last night were the Blue Jackets, Flyers and Penguins. The Canes play the Flyers and Pens in the next 3 weeks. They don’t play the Blue Jackets.
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.
Flyers in no rush to call up Schenn … Doughty to IR … Hemsky resting for 2-3 weeks … Kesler skating hard … Some starting goalies tonight
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers are in no hurry to bring Brayden Schenn up from the AHL as he’s refining his game and there is a logjam on their roster. “When it’s the right time, he’ll be here,” general manager Paul Holmgren said on Sunday. “He’ll continue to play for the Phantoms for a little bit, anyway. I’m not sure, lineup-wise, where he’d fit in with the Flyers right now.” Blair Betts was placed on LTIR. Zac Rinaldo could be sent down when Jody Shelley finishes his 5 games suspension. They would have just enough cap space to recall Schenn at that point. If/when they do recall him, he could place him on the 3rd line with Sean Couturier and move Matt Read to the 4th line. It appears that Courturier will stick with the Flyers for the year.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The LA Kings have put Drew Doughty on the IR. He’s expected to be out 7 to 10 days with a shoulder injury. The Kings have recalled Slava Voynov from the AHL.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Ales Hemsky will be resting his sore right shoulder for 2 to 3 weeks. It does not involve the labrum that was repaired last March. Ben Eager is expected to play his first game this week. Ryan Whitney should be returning soon too.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks forward Ryan Kesler skated hard yesterday for an hour without teammates. It’s not known exactly when he’ll return, but he is entering the 10 to 12 week window.
“It’s smart for me to take my time now and let everything heal. I’m not a guy who plays on the perimeter, I want to get in there and battle. I’m getting closer but obviously I still feel it [hip] at times out there — just certain movements I don’t feel comfortable doing yet. I’m not going to come back until I feel comfortable or I’m 100 per cent.”
Oct. 26th or Oct. 28th could be possible dates.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Unconfirmed reports are that Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov will resume practicing next week.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik and Dustin Jeffrey didn’t travel with the Penguins to Winnipeg.
- David Pollak via twitter: Sharks goalie Antti Niemi will get his first start of the season against the Ducks tonight.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: JS Giguere will start for the Avalanche tonight against the Maple Leafs.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: 2 league sources are saying that the Flames GM Jay Feaster is desperately trying to move contracts off their books. The Flames may be shopping Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and David Moss, but it may be tough finding someone wanting those contract. Stajan has 3 years left on his 4 year, $14 million deal. Ollie Jokinen, Hagman and Moss could be deadline rentals. Despite having the 5th highest payroll, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson could be on the hotseat. A league executive, “There’s actually a lot of teams talking for this time of year. I don’t think you’re going to see anything shake down until the end of the month.” Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is checking out interest in Carl Gunnarson and Tyler Bozak. The Leafs would like to make room for defenseman Keith Aulie and they don’t plan on sending Jake Gardiner to the minors. Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been working the phones looking to move a defenseman, possibly Keith Ballard, and not goalie. One league executive hasn’t heard Kyle Turris’ name mentioned in trade talks.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks winger Jason Blake could be out 3 months after suffering a lacerated tendon just above his wrist. He will have surgery on Monday.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will be out 7 to 10 days with an upper-body injury. Kings GM Dean Lombardi said it didn’t involve Doughty’s head.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning will have to decide soon if they want to burn a contract year with 2010 1st round pick Brentt Connolly. Connolly has played in 5 games so far, they play their 10th game on Oct. 27th.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson would like to see the NHL entry draft switch the drafting age from 18 to 19, “For the most part, 18- and 19-year-old players are not close to being ready for the NHL. If the draft goes back a year, it slows down the process at every level. Right now, everyone is on a treadmill to get there.” Only 6% of 18 year olds play in the NHL the year they are draft.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Peter Mueller is listed as day-to-day and is skating, but the Avs have contected a concussion expert who has dealt with Mueller in the past.
- John Shannon via twitter: Oilers Ales Hemsky will be out 3 to 4 weeks with a strained shoulder.
Monday morning notes on the Maple Leafs, Flyers, Jets, Coyotes, Canadiens, Devils, Isles, Oilers and Kings
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs sent goalie Ben Scrivens to the AHL yesterday, with more cuts expected today. Matt Frattin will likely skate with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin in Thursday’s opener, that’s if Grabovski is healthy enough to go. Coach Ron Wilson thinks that Grabovski will be able to go, and is hoping that Tyler Bozak and Tim Connolly can play as well. Ron Wilson has joined twitter and is following Kyle Turris. His first tweet: “Need hybrid icing rule change! Have seen too many horrific injuries!”
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Teams have until Wednesday at 3 PM to submit their rosters to the NHL. The Flyers will likely only be keeping 2 of Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier and Matt Read. Couturier could get a 10 audition with the club before they have to make a final decision on him.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets have released forward Janne Pesonen, and sent Paul Postma and Jason Gregoire to the AHL. Contract talks between the Jets and Mark Scheifele are progressing.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes coach Dave Tippet gave the starting job to Mike Smith, with Jason LaBarbera backing up. The Coyotes still have 3 cuts to make.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens will get an update today on defenseman Chris Campoli. Campoli took a blow to the head on Saturday from Lightning forward Ryan Malone.
- Chris Botta of the NY Times: Petr Sykora should find out this afternoon if he’ll receive a contract from the Devils or if he’s released by the team.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: The Islanders assigned 17 players to Bridgeport of the AHL. 1st round pick Ryan Strome is with the team. BD Galiof via twitter: With the Islanders signing Steve Staois, it allows Calvin de Hann to continue his development in the AHL. He’s likely to get a callup when injuries arise.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Oilers have placed Gibert Brule on waivers. Jim Matheson via twitter: Matheson heard the Canucks were sniffing around Brule at the trade deadline but his contract was too big.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers need a puck moving defenseman, and Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson’s name keeps popping up. Could the Oilers be interested in Bryan McCabe? The Oilers could be without defenseman Ryan Whitney (ankle), Ladislav Smid (shoulder) and Taylor Chorney (knee) for the opener. Smid possibly has a dislocated or separated shoulder. Same Gagner will start the season on the IR with an high ankle sprain. The Oilers have 27 guys in camp after assigning Teemu Harikainen to the AHL, and putting Ryan O’Marra, Ryan Keller, Josh Green and Gilbert Brule on waivers. Matheson wonders if Linus Omark is the team’s 3rd line RWers, or if they are taking calls for him. Omark has 5 pre-season points.
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Drew Doughty will play in tomorrows exhibition game.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: The KHL’s SKA is negotiating with Viktor Tikhonov and a deal could be done soon.