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Posts Tagged Ed Jovanovski
- Bob Duff: Panthers Ed Jovanovski on retirement: ”My mindset is work hard in the summer, get my hip strong, but it’s too early to say.”
- Erik Erlendsson: An MRI on Steven Stamkos’s knee came back clean enough to allow him to go to the World Championship.
- NHL.com: The NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of April: Alex Ovechkin, Brian Elliott and Derek Stepan.
- NHL.com: The NHL’s “Three Stars” of the week: Jimmy Howard, Henrik Zetterberg and Nail Yakupov.
- NHL.com: The NHL’s Rookie of the month for April: Nail Yakupov. He beat out Alex Galchenyuk, Justin Schultz, Sven Baertschi, Brandon Saad and Alex Chiasson.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that he hopes to find Jim Nill’s replacement by the end of June. He might not replace him outright, but look within the organization.
Quick Hits: Scouting Isles-Flyers and Panthers-Sabres, DeKeyser, Elliott, Coburn, Franzen and Jovanovski
From twitter unless noted otherwise
- David Strehle: Scouting the Islanders-Flyers game: Sharks, Stars, Lightning and Hurricanes.
- George Richards: Scouting the Panthers-Sabres: Devils, Penguins, Wild, Kings, Red Wings, Jets, Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs.
- Frank Seravalli: The Flyers think they are still in the running for college free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
- Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning are no longer in the running for DeKeyser.
- Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues have sent Brian Elliott to the AHL for a conditioning assignment.
- Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers defenseman Brayden Coburn left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Chris Nichols: Red Wings winger Johan Franzen left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
- George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski will have season ending hip surgery next Friday.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney hopes that goalie Mike Smith is able to join the team on their road trip. Next week is likely the earliest he’s able to return.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Blues forward Andy McDonald: ”The plan is to play tomorrow.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: The Panthers are expected to make an announcement on defenseman Ed Jovanovski’s future. Nick Kyproes via twitter: Jovanovski’s hip is still an issue. The retirement rumors are not true from what Kypreos has been told.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Martin Brodeur said that a pinched nerve in his neck/upper back was causing numbness in his shoulder and arm.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: There is no update on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang as it’s an off day.
- Mikael Lalancette via twitter: The Devils have sent Stefan Matteau back to QMJHL.
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter:: The Canucks recall Jordan Schroeder from Chicago of the AHL.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp will be out for two to three weeks.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Brad Richards said there is no timetable for his return. He said there is no concussion, just soreness and is not a long-term injury.
- Florida Panthers via twitter: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that Ed Jovanovski is still one to two weeks away from returning to the lineup.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon had an MRI done on his lower-body injury and all is good. He will skate on Friday and then re-evaluate.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Darren Helm is at least a couple weeks away from returning to the lineup. He left the ice this morning as soon as they started doing drills. Valtteri Filppula stayed out.
Injury notes: Lehtonen, Crawford, Bertuzzi, Jovanovski, Versteeg, Leino, Michalek, Brown and Gardiner
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen left last night’s game in the first period with a groin injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.
- Mark Lazerus via twitter: Blackhawks Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Chris Kuc via twitter: Henrik Karlsson has been recalled.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: The Red Wings have put Todd Bertuzzi on the IR and have recalled Gustav Nyquist.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Ed Jovanovski is out another 2 weeks.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Kris Versteeg is doubtful for today’s game with a upper-body soreness.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Ville Leino on rehabbing his hip injury: ”You can’t take forever. At some point you’re just going to have to say if it doesn’t work out then there’s nothing much you can do about it.” Leino was comparing his rehab to (inevitable) surgery on his hip.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek is out with a twisted knee. Ottawa Senators via twitter: Michalek won’t be available today, but he could play on Monday.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Maple Leafs activate Mike Brown from the IR. Jake Gardiner is also ready to be recalled but there is not plan to do so at the moment.
Injury notes: Karlsson, Kesler, Hiller, Zubrus, Duchene, Jovanovski, Malhotra, Franzen, Schultz and Gleason
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Erik had surgery this morning to repair a 70% cut in his achilles. Recovery time is 3-4 months” … ”Erik Karlsson’s season is effectively over.“
- Senators.NHL.com: Audio of Murray talking about Erik Karlsson.
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Kesler has been medically cleared to return.
- Eric Stephen via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller has missed the last 2 games with a lower-body but could return this weekend. He could be on the bench tonight or on Saturday.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils winger Dainius Zubrus had surgery on his left wrist and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene has been playing through a charley horse on his hip. Duchene has a history of this type of nagging issue and knows it comes and goes.
- Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers Ed Jovanovski is “at least another week away,” Dineen said. “It’s going to be a little bit.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Canucks Manny Malhotra has been shut down for the rest of the season. He’s not formally prepared to retire. McKenzie thinks that Malhotra could act as an unofficial assistant coach with players in Vancouver and Chicago (AHL). Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks put Malhotra on the IR and is done for the year.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings Johan Franzen wasn’t on the ice yesterday.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Oilers Justin Schultz was injured in some capacity, but still practiced for a bit. Oilers coaches decided to shut him down for the rest of practice.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason has a lower-body injury. Coach Kirk Muller said that Joni Pitkanen might be for Montreal next week.
Boychuk and McLaren claimed off waivers … Dvorak to Davos … Jovo out weekend … Brown has shoulder strain … Henrique back
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Penguins claimed Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Hurricanes.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Maple Leafs claimed Frazer McLaren off waivers from the Sharks.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Radek Dvorak signed with Davos in Switzerland.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Eric Bouton will be in for the suspended Colin McDonald. Casey Cizikas starts on right wing with Ullstrom and Aucoin.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Ed Jovanovksi is out until at least Tuesday. There is no structural damage to his knee.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Mike Brown will be out a minimum of 7 days with a shoulder strain. Defenseman Mike Komisarek will remain out.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Brooks Laich (groin) skated with the team for the first time this year. Laich: ”As far as a timeline I can’t really tell you. I don’t have an exact date. But getting closer and closer every day.”
- Rich Chere via twitter: Adam Henrique could be back in the Devils lineup tonight.
Twitter notes involving the Devils, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Panthers, Jets and Hurricanes
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Reportedly on waivers for the NJ Devils: Corrente, Harrold, Leach, Sestito, Fraser, Zharkov, Veilleux.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Blackhawks assign Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Pirri, and Dylan Olsen to Rockford of the AHL.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs assign Keith Aulie and Mike Zigomanis to the Marlies of the AHL. Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb and Matt Lashoff were put on waivers.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Penguins waive Jason Williams and Alexandre Picard.
- Daren Millard via twitter: Panthers send Jonathan Huberdeau back to junior.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Blackhawks and Ray Emery may be close on a 1 year deal.
- Aaron Vickers via twitter: Unsigned prospects have until 5 PM tomorrow to be signed or they have to be returned to junior.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Leafs forward Tim Connolly skated by himself this morning but is not ready for team practices yet.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Jets forward Mark Scheifele signs an entry level deal. He gets a $925,000 salary and signing bonus and $700,000 average in bonuses. Carries a $1.625 million cap hit.
- Harveyt Fialkov via twitter: Panthers likely won’t name a captain until a day before the season. Leading candidates are Stephen Weiss, Ed Jovanovski and Brian Campbell.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen has been moved to center to help improve faceoff percentage according to coach Paul Maurice.
NHL free agent rumors | NHL rumors and notes involving Hudler, Vokoun, Kings, Ducks, Jagr, Penguins, Avs, Coyotes, Kennedy, Jets, and Varlamov
- Greg Brady via twitter: The Red Wings were offering Jiri Hudler to many teams at the draft.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs signed Jay Rosehill late Wednesday and he could fill Colton Orr’s role, who could be in doubt. Luke Schenn won’t be going anywhere. The Leafs aren’t a in hurry to get a deal done, and Schenn’s side may want to wait to see what comparables sign for. They won’t overpay Clarke MacArthur after 1 good season and appear fine with going to arbitration.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The LA Kings will be focusing on ‘mid-range’ wingers during free agency. The Ducks will be looking at 3rd and 4th line players. The Kings have $16 million in cap space, but that will decrease with Drew Doughty’s deal. The Kings are unlikely to re-sign Alexei Ponikarovsky. The Ducks won’t re-sign Jarkko Ruutu, Brad Winchester, Andreas Lilja and Ray Emery. Teemu Selanne had arthroscopic surgery last week and won’t decide until later this summer if he’ll play or not.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche are sitting about $15 million below the salary floor. Their biggest need is between the pipes as they don’t have a starter or backup. Tomas Vokoun is likely the best option. The Coyotes could also be in the bidding for Vokoun. Other possibilities for the Avs are: Jose Theodore, Ray Emery, Pascal LeClaire, Mike Smith, Chris Osgood, Marty Turco, Ty Conklin, Josh Harding and Brian Boucher. The Avs could also look at adding a position player, possibly Ville Leino, Sean Bergenheim, and Joel Ward. They could be tempted to make an offer to Ed Jovanovski.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: The Coyotes will look at adding a goalie. Tomas Vokoun could be an option, he could be seeking a 3 year deal worth $9.5 million from Florida. “We’re having conversations with Fiddler’s agent, Vrbata’s agent,” Maloney said. “We’d like to retain (them) if the contracts make sense.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues don’t plan on making any major acquisitions today. They will look at adding a couple complimentary players. “The teams are making their decisions on their players, signing them and not letting them get to free agency,” Armstrong said. “If you’re trying to create your team on July 1st, I think that’s a very slippery slope.”
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jaromir Jagr’s “heart is in Pittsburgh.” according to his agent. Penguins GM Ray Shero spoke with Jagr’s agent again yesterday, and continue to wait on a decision if he’ll accept a 1 year deal in the $2 million range. Shero is making progress on a Tyler Kennedy deal. Reports are saying the Flyers could be interested in Jagr, but no offer has been made. The Canadiens could be a wild-card team.
- Brian Wilde via twitter: ESPN is reporting that Jagr’s agent was in Montreal last night, and Jagr has expressed in playing with the Canadiens.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins should hear back from Tyler Kennedy this morning on a possible 2 year deal.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: As of yesterday afternoon the Jets weren’t close to re-signing Andrew Ladd or Zach Bogosian.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Lou Lamoriello has spoken with Andy Greene’s agent the last 2 days, and plans to do so again today.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Semyon Varlamov’s agent said that he won’t play for Lokomotiv of the KHL. If he can’t work out a deal to play for SKA, he will head back to the NHL.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jonathan Ericsson signed a 3 year deal worth $9.75 million with Red Wings.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks that Ed Jovanovski or James Wisniewski are more likely than Tomas Kaberle in Detroit.
Free agent updates involving Jagr, Doughty, Tanguay, Selanne, Bryzgalov, the Canadiens and Red Wings
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Multiple sources confirmed that Jaromir Jagr approached the Pittsburgh Penguins about a possible return. The Red Wings, Rangers, Capitals and Canadiens are also of interest to Jagr. The Penguins may be open to the idea, the Pens were waiting for Jagr to contact them. The Penguins have 17 players under contract at $55.5 million.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have 15 players under contract for next year after the signings of Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. Andrei Markov’s side and GM Pierre Gauthier are still working on a deal and will meet at the draft. The Canadiens will have about $20.3 million available with the cap going up to about $64 million. Yannick Weber’s signing should be announced soon. They should have plenty of space available after Markov and Josh Gorges are signed to add a top 6 forward.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said they continue to negotiate with Jonathan Ericsson. They will decide in the next 10 days whether to offer a contract to Ruslan Salei. Rookie Brendan Smith will be given every opportunity to make the team. On trade talks, “We’ve received a few calls over the last week or so,” Holland said of potential trade opportunities. “Teams out there know we have a need on defense and we have cap space.” Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula could be dangled. If they go the free agent route, Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo, James Wisniewski, Joni Pitkanen and Ed Jovanovski could be options.
- Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: The Calgary Flames would like to bring winger Alex Tanguay back, but there are large difference between the two sides, “it’s money” according to GM Jay Feaster. He’s likely looking for a big raise from the $1.7 million he made last year.
“Well, I’d like to think we can (sign him). But we’re not where we need to be, and there’s still a lot of work to be done,” Feaster said. “We’ll have to see where it goes.
“I think the fact we’re talking is a good thing.”
Feaster has talked with other teams about moving up or down in the draft.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Teemu Selanne is still silent on whether he’ll return next season or retire. He’s said for months that he’ll decide by July 1st.
- Tim Rohan of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Ilya Bryzgalov talks,
“Well, we would like that to get resolved at some point,” Holmgren said Monday on a conference call. “There is still enough time after the draft to get a deal done. The important thing is that there was progress made when Ilya [Bryzgalov] and his agent, Ritch Winter, were in town. I don’t see any reason why that’s not going to continue.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t really give you a definitive answer. There is enough progress, which kind of gives me hope, anyway, that we can make a deal at some point.”
Holmgren added that at some point there needs to be a compromise on years and amount. TSN is reporting that the salary cap will be set at $64 million with the floor being $48 million. After July 1st, teams are able to go over the salary cap by 10%. Holmgren would also like to re-sign Ville Leino.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Drew Doughty’s contract negotiations,
I went up there (to Toronto) four weeks ago and opened up the dialogue (with agent Don Meehan). It was very clear, at that time, where it looked like it was headed. We came back and did our planning, looked at our options and what we could offer him, looked at the market, went to the GM meetings and then I flew up to Toronto from those meetings for another meeting (with Meehan). When you have the first meeting, you’re kind of laying the ground rules or whatever. This one was a little more focused. Things become clearer and we say, `OK, if this is going to get done, this is probably where it needs to be.’ Then I think we made a very serious offer to him this past week. I’m hoping to really push this forward at the draft.”
Blue Jackets want to trade and spend money this offseason … Avs could pass on Larsson … Ramsay interviews for his position
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- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are looking to move their 8th overall pick, and have money to spend on free agents. They could have traded Steve Mason to Philadelphia and others, but have decided to keep him for now. GM Scott Howson will look for a backup, but not one that may not initially challenge for the #1 spot. The Jackets need to add a player that could be on the top defensive pairing.
“We’re talking to a lot of teams about defensemen,” Howson said. “Certainly we’re going to get to free agency and see what’s there, too, but there are a number of avenues we might take. We’ve made it clear that we want to change our back end, but you can only do so much. If you don’t have a willing trade partner, and if the free agents aren’t what you thought they’d be, there’s not much you can do.”
Christian Ehrhoff, Andrei Markov, Ed Jovanovski, Tomas Kaberle, Kevin Bieksa and James Wisniewski. Mike Commodore is expected to be bought out. The Blue Jackets could also use a top 6 center. Howson tried to get Jeff Carter but that didn’t work out. Signing Brad Richards would be nice, but a really though sell. Tim Connolly could be an option for the Jackets. If they bring in a top center, Antoine Vermette could move to the wing. Scottie Upshall wants to stay but he’ll likely move on. They’ll look to add a 3rd line player. Portzline thinks that if someone offers a 4th round pick, a middling prospect or a veteran for Nikita Filatov, they’d send him packing.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Adam Larsson will likely be a top 4 pick in this year’s draft, and could be the pick for the Colorado Avalanche. Larsson may not come over to North America for next season. From his agent, “Our belief is we’ll stay another year or two in Sweden.” Dater thinks that if he wants to stay in Sweden next year, the Avs may not want to draft him.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: If the Lightning aren’t able to re-sign Eric Brewer, they could bring in Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Roman Hamrlik or Tomas Kaberle.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Ottawa Senators would like to move up in the draft, they hold the 6th overall pick, and the Devils at #4 are said to be dangling the pick. The Sens are would rather trade one of their 3 2nd round pick instead of their 21st overall pick they acquired from Nashville. The Senators have tried to trade defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba with no luck so far. They look to sign a backup for Craig Anderson.
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Winnipeg interviewed their coach Craig Ramsay yesterday, who has 1 year left on his contract. “It was a good talk,” Ramsay told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I enjoyed the conversation. There was no commitment and no timeline [for a hire]. Nothing has been decided.” GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has also interviewed Mike Haviland (CHI assistant), Claude Noel (AHL Manitoba), and Craig MacTavish.
- Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald: After Game 7 Mark Recchi said he’d be retiring, and several days of celebrating hasn’t changed his mind, “No, that’s it.” He’ll take some time off now and hopes to find a management position at some point.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Tanner Glass is one of Vancouver UFAs that hopes to be able to return. 3 other UFA forwards for the Canucks are Chris Higgins, Raffi Torres and Jeff Tambellini. Chris Higgins has also said he’d like to be back.
Devils could file for arbitration with Parise … Lightning have 12 free agents … Ballard would be tough to move … Maloney not losing sleep over replacing Bryzgalov
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils winger Zach Parise said there is still “nothing” going on with contract discussions. Gulitti thinks it seems likely that the Devils will file for “team-elected arbitration” next week. This would prevent other teams from signing Parise to an offer sheet. When Lou was asked about it, “That’s something we’d never talk about.” Even if they file for arbitration, the sides can still work on a new deal.
“I’m sure that nobody wants that to happen,” Parise said. “No one wants it to drag out all the way to arbitration. I don’t think a player wants to go to arbitration. I don’t think an organization wants to take someone to arbitration at the end of the day. Maybe something like that happens, but of course we don’t want to.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: It looks like the Bruins could let Tomas Kaberle walk, and Michael Ryder could be kept. Both players are likely to get offers but at a discounted price. Kaberle is a $4.25 million cap hit, Ryder is at $4 million.
- Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Lightning have 12 free agents, and GM Steve Yzerman said that he probably can’t bring everyone back. He’s told a some players that there are a few contracts he has to do first before he can get to them. On UFA defenseman Eric Brewer,
“He played very well for us,” Yzerman said. “We intend to offer him a contract. It all comes down to how much we can afford to pay for the position and how much the player is asking. We haven’t had those discussions yet. But at my end-of-the-year meeting, he indicated he enjoyed playing here in Tampa and is interested in exploring signing an extension with us.”
Yzerman has been playing “phone tag” with Steven Stamkos’s agent,
“We want (Stamkos) to be a Lightning player for a long time and our intention is to reach an agreement that works for all the parties involved.”
The Lightning will likely want to sign Dwayne Roloson, Mike Smith, Sean Bergenheim and Teddy Purcell. Simon Gagne could be down the contract priority list.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: If Brewer isn’t re-signed, Erlendsson thinks they will look at Kevin Bieksa or Christian Ehrhoff, “those type of UFAs”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Coyotes GM Don Maloney needs to find a number 1 center, but was pleased with Kyle Turris’s play against Detroit in the 1st round. Kris Draper may be finding himself on the outside, as there isn’t really room for him on the Red Wings roster next season. He may retire and take a management job similar to what Kirk Maltby did last year. Alex Radulov’s KHL team is in financial trouble which could bode well for the Predators.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s possible that Tim Thomas wins the Conn Smythe Trophy even if the Bruins lose. Keith Ballard’s days in Vancouver may be numbered as he’s fallen to 9th on their depth chart. Moving Ballard’s contract would be difficult as he has 3 years at $4.2 million per year. Coyotes GM Maloney hopes the Flyers work out a deal with Ilya Bryzgalov so that they can acquire another assets that was conditional in the trade. On a replacement for Bryzgalov,
“There’s some really good up-and-comers, ready for prime time as a No. 1 slot,” said Maloney. “For the right young goaltender who’s 23, 24, 25, who we could keep for five or six years, there’s a price. You weigh that against the UFA market. There’s some experienced, very good goaltenders. I’m not losing sleep over this.”
The Minnesota Wild may not name their new coach until draft week, Craig MacTavish may be the leading candidate. The Coyotes have to re-sign Keith Yandle but may let Ed Jovanovski walk. Matheson thinks the Oilers should sign Zenon Konopka.