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Posts Tagged Eric Fehr
Morning Hits: Fehr, Volpatti, Miller, Schneider, Pominville, Franzen, Bertuzzi, Anderson and Elliott
- Mike Vogl: Capitals re-sign Eric Fehr to a 2-year, $3 million deal. $1.4 million next year, $1.6 million in 2014-15. Aaron Volpatti signed a 2-year, $1.15 million deal with the Capitals. $550,000 next year and $600,000 in 2014-15.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings Drew Miller said that he doesn’t require surgery on his broken right hand. Out 4 to 6 weeks. Best case is that he’s back late 2nd round.
- Farhan Lalji: GM Mike Gillis said that Cory Schneider’s injury is not serious and that if it were a playoff game, Schneider could “perhaps” play.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Kings Dustin Brown received a two game suspension and Wild’s Jason Pominville is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Wild haven’t called it a concussion.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen suffered an injury in last night’s game. GM Ken Holland said he’ll be re-evaluated this morning, and if he isn’t able to play, Mikael Samuelsson is ready to go. Todd Bertuzzi will play tonight. He almost played last night, but decided that he needed one more good practice.
“I really wanted to play,” Bertuzzi said, “but I need to do one more skate. I need to be able to get pushing and shoving with the defensemen down low, I need to take a cross-check in the back, I need to be able to spin off and I need to be able to stop and start and take off with the puck.”
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville won’t name his No. 1 goalie: ” Right now we’re just going along here and we’ll see how it plays out.”
- Bruce Garrioch: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.
- St. Louis Blues: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues.
Flames to talk to Iginla … O’Reilly waiting in Russia … Might be the end for some … Hecht signs with Sabres
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is in the last year of his 5 year, $35 million deal, and GM Jay Feaster won’t waste any time addressing the situation.
“We determined internally the first day of camp we’re going to address that right off the hop and ask Jarome to do the same,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster.
“We want to make sure everybody (in the media) is there, address it all at that time, and then neither party will talk about it again. Will that stop questions in Detroit and Colorado about it? No, but in saying that, it gives Jarome the ability to say he’s sorry but he already addressed it and won’t talk about it.”
“Jarome has a contract. Donnie and I will sit down and proceed to see if we can get something done. In the meantime, we have a season to get ready for.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: RFA Ryan O’Reilly will remain with Magnitigorsk of the KHL until he receives an offer from the Avalanche.
- Mike Chambers via twitter: Ryan O’Reilly’s agent Mark Guy: “All that I can say at this time is that we are having ongoing discussions.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: One source is saying that O’Reilly is looking for a 5 year deal and the Avalanche are only offering 3 years.
- Gary Lawless via twitter: Eric Fehr is on his way to Winnipeg, but not to join the jets. He’s still looking for a job, and if he can’t find one in the NHL, he’ll head back to Finland.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: There are more than 50 players that are unsigned, and most may not play again, including Andrew Brunette and Brian Rolston. Other players whose careers may be over: Jason Blake, Mike Knuble, Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Dwayne Roloson and Sean O’Donnell.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: German web sites are saying that the Sabres have signed Jochen Hecht to a 1 year deal.
No one’s talked to Luongo … Leafs turn down Kadri trade offer … Enstrom and Fehr heading overseas … Kerdiles staying … Hartley’s challenge
- Enrico Ciccone via twitter: Ciccone confirms that no one has contacted Roberto Luongo for a trade to the Maple Leafs.
- Taj via twitter: Nick Kypreos said that the Maple Leafs turned down a 1st round pick and a roster player for Nazem Kardi.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Jets Tobias Enstrom signed with Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League.
- Eric Fehr via twitter: Fehr said he’s off to HPK in Finland.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Doesn’t look like Nicklas Grossman will be playing with Sodertalje of the SEL, as they can’t cover his insurance.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles will remain with Wisconsin over the long term despite his suspension that will last for another 5 weeks. He will remain at school instead of heading to the WHL. He was suspended for receiving an “improper benefit” from an agent.
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the challenge ahead,
“My goal and my challenge is to create a new culture and new identity. That’s nothing negative to people that came before me, I’m the guy that has the mandate from ownership and when you come in you come in with your beliefs, your experiences and you mesh this with the people on your team. I worked with Jay Feaster in Hershey, so I know the expectations and I know the way that my GM will work. Before we get on the ice my job is to create that new identity and that new culture, get the guys all the on the same page, make them believers.
“While there is not a ticket available, we are in the entertainment business of winning hockey games and they always remember you if you win. My organizations gave me six championships in five leagues and with the meetings I have had with the players I feel confident that we can turn it around. Our goal is not to be in the playoffs — maybe that’s step one — but if you’re not there to win the Stanley Cup you should leave your job to someone else.”
Horton a “long shot” … 5 things Habs GM must do … Hurricanes to look at top UFAs … Time to break up Flames? Jets free agents
- Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said it’s a “long shot” that forward Nathan Horton will be able to return for the playoffs.
“If he were to be cleared at some point, he would need at least a couple of weeks to get back,” Chiarelli said during a 20-minute conference call Sunday. “He’s quite far off right now. I know he’s skating, but he’s having little bouts here and there of post-concussion symptoms. It’s a long shot. I’m not going to rule him out, yet, but it’s a long shot.”
Tuukka Rask has been on the ice but is questionable for the Capitals series. Anton Khudobin would be the backup to Tim Thomas until Rask is ready.
- Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette: Todd lists 5 things the Canadiens new GM has to do: “1. Persuade the organization to stop using the exhibition season as a cash cow. 2. Find someone who can coach the power play. 3. Throw the expensive deadwood overboard. 4. Four lines, not 1.5. 5. No sacred cow.”
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they should bid to sign at least one high-priced free agent. There will also be some other personnel changes.
“When you don’t make the playoffs, it’s an indication we’ve got work to do in the summer and some areas to get better at,” Muller said after the Canes closed the season with a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. “I think with a few changes and a few tweaks here and there, we should be competing for the playoffs.”
- Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: If MacFarlane were the Flames GM, he’d shop Jarome Iginla with a fairly high asking price, with an NHL ready prospect as part of the package. He’d also listen to offers for Miikka Kiprusoff, but would have to be blown away. Cap purposes would put Jay Bouwmeester on the trade block. He wouldn’t bring Olli Jokinen back as his price and term will likely be too high.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets have 7 UFAs: Chris Mason, Randy Jones, Mark Flood, Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood and Tim Stapleton. They have 4 RFAs in Ondrej Pavelec, Evander Kane, Spencer Machacek and Eric Fehr. Fehr is not expected to be brought back. Jones may not be back due to the depth on the blueline.
“I don’t think there’s a whole lot to be nervous about,” said Kane. “It will be interesting to see what happens with the CBA and how things work themselves out. We’ll see what happens. I’m not 100% on how it works but that’s what I have my agents for and I think they’re the best at what they do. I’m sure they’ll be giving me a lot of information and it should be an interesting summer. We’ll see what the best situation is.”
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Rangers prospect Chris Kreider is flying home from Tampa after their BC title win. There is no indication that he is on the verge of signing.
Will Southeast be buyers or sellers … Bruins could be looking for help … ‘Hawks still search for Dmen … Horton skates … Laich injured
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Shoalts looks at the Southeast Division and if teams will be buyers or sellers. GMs of Capitals, Panthers and Lightning are under pressure to make the playoffs. The Panthers are 1st in the division and have the 3rd slot, but their point total would have them in 8th. The Jets sit 6 points out are looking for scoring help. They have 7 UFAs including goalie Chris Mason and Dman Johnny Oduya. The Lightning are 9 points out, and could use a goaltender. Teams are calling about Ryan Malone and Dominic Moore. They wouldn’t mind moving Vinny Lecavalier, but he has a $7.27 million cap hit through 2020. The Wild are looking to be buyers, and could target Tuomo Ruutu. Though the asking price including a 1st round pick is likely too high for them. The Wild are also looking for a top 4 Dman.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: The cost for Tuomo Ruutu will be high. The Bruins may not want to disrupt their chemistry with a trade. Nathon Horton’s health will play a part in what they do. The Sabres could use a #1 center. The Panthers may look to re-sign Jason Garrison, and to find defenseman to replace the injured Ed Jovanovski. The Canadiens have rental Hal Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Travis Moen. The Devils are expected to hold on to Zach Parise. The Islanders have Mark Eaton and Steve Staios available, and possibly Evengi Nabokov. The Isles will look to re-sign P.A. Parenteau. The Rangers are looking for offensive help and may look at Ryan Smyth. The Senators are looking for offensive help with Tuomo Ruutu their top target. The Flyers could use a veteran defenseman, and they’ll probably be interested in Hal Gill. The Lightning may be offering up Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, and Adam Hall. They will look at a goaltender at some point and will consider Cory Schneider, Ben Bishop, Andres Lindback and Josh Harding. The Leafs could be looking at Ruutu, Carter and Getzlaf. Though deals involving guys like Getzlaf usually happen in the summer. The Capitals could use a culture change, and could look at moving Alex Semin rather than lose him for nothing. The Jets will look to get some young assets for veterans like Johnny Oduya and possibly Ron Hainsey.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli could have a busy 3 weeks leading up to the deadline. Ray Whitney would be a perfect fit, but the Coyotes are not sellers yet. Vinny Prospal could be an option for Jordan Caron or a 2nd round pick. Tuomo Ruutu or Drew Stafford could be options as well. Along the blueline, they could look at Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, Steve Staios or Milan Jurcina. Some team may take a flyer on Kings Dustin Penner
- Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks sit 25th in goals against, and they continue to look for a defenseman. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun: Though help may arrive through a trade, the ‘Hawks won’t be going after a goalie. Adam Jahns via twitter: GM Stan Bowman on defenseman after Gleason and Beauchemin re-signed, “You just move down the list.”
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins forward Nathan Horton has been out since Jan. 22nd with a concussion skated yesterday. “When you see him in full practice with us, that’s going to be the next sign. Until then that’s basically all I can tell you,” Claude Julien said. “You take steps and he’s got to stay symptom-free. You go from the bike, to the ice, to contact. You’ve just got to make sure the next day, or the next few days, there’s no setbacks.”
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: The Bruins shook up their lines yesterday, dropping David Krejci to center Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron. Chris Kelly centered Peverley and Lucic.
- TSN: Capitals forward Brooks Laich left last night’s game and was seen after with crutches and a brace on his left knee. “I’m not a doctor, but these things sometimes there’s some swelling and you’ve got to wait to see what happens,” Laich said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious. In the past I’ve been a fast healer, so we’ll see when I wake up.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets made forward Eric Fehr a healthy scratch for the 1st time this season. Fehr has only 2 points in 29 games this year.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Cam Ward will likely start all 3 games on the Hurricanes road trip.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with recurring symptoms from his concussion. He started getting headaches again after taking an elbow to the head from Bruins forward David Krejci on Dec. 5th. “The next day, after the game, I didn’t feel right,” he said. Further tests showed no serious injury.
“Three or four months ago, I was concerned he might never come back to play because of how long it was taking him to recuperate,” said Dr. Jack Wilberger, chairman of the department of neurosurgery for West Penn Allegheny Health System. “My concerns are further heightened now.” (Wilberger is not on Crosby’s medical team)
Crosby is viewing this like the minor setback he experienced in August.
“It is concerning that he is having symptoms again, but there is a very real possibility that Crosby and those around him are simply being extremely cautious, which is the proper course to take,” Stuart said. “This does not mean his career is in jeopardy.”
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins coach on Dan Bylsma: “It’s frustrating for Sid. Sid knows his body better than anyone else. He’s not feeling 100 percent. He’ll return when he is 100.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer was told by a couple people that Crosby is also having left knee trouble.
- Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara didn’t practice yesterday and is day-to-day. “There’s no time frame when I’m going to be back, but most likely I won’t be playing tomorrow,” Chara said. “Honestly, it’s in a stage where we can’t talk about anything more than 24 hours ahead.
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Dustin Byfuglien (leg), Ron Hainsey (ankle), Nik Antropov (foot) and Eric Fehr (shoulder) are all questionable for tonight’s game. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom practiced with contact for the 1st time since breaking his collarbone, but he won’t play tonight.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek and Brian Strait returned to practice yesterday but won’t be ready for game action this week. Center Jordan Staal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and it’s not known if he’ll be able to go tonight.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller on forward Jeff Skinner: “As of right now I don’t think we’re going to have him.”
- NY Islanders via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov has been activated from the IR.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Oilers forward Taylor Hall has been cleared for contact.
Change coming in Carolina? Suter-Preds talking … Emery kept for trade value … Staal gets clearance … Gustafsson out 6 weeks
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Hurricanes are running out of options, with Dreger expecting a trade or coaching change. Chip Alexander via twitter: GM Jim Rutherford said that there are no coaching changes or player trades planned for today. Some players could be reassigned to the AHL and some recalled. Faulk is one option. Rutherford: “I have a lot of ideas in my head right now but no conclusions.” Rutherford on potential trades: “There’s not anyone out there right now who’s available. But there might be some who come available.”Rutherford: “Once we get through the weekend, we should have a better idea of the overall picture, where we’re going.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Ryan Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy said that he had talks with Predators GM David Poile yesterday and today but no deal is imminent.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: An “insider” told Hedger a few weeks ago that the Blackhawks signing and keeping goalie Ray Emery was mainly for trade value. Hedger wonders if Maple Leafs are #1 in line.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Erlendsson responds that the Lightning are probably interested Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson, but unlikely to make a move on him.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: There is no further update on Leafs Clarke MacArthur. He’ll get a couple days off.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Expect Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner to see a few shifts on the 4th line tonight. He was a forward in High School.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Sam Gagner is out tonight. Paajarvi is in on a line with Belanger and Jones. Lander centering the 4th line.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been given clearance to begin light physical activity. There is no timetable for his recovery.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green, out the last 2 games with a strained groin, hasn’t skated since last Friday and won’t play on their road trip.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out 6 weeks after having wrist surgery.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Rostislav Olesz (CHI) and Cody Bass (CBJ) have cleared waivers.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning forward Ryan Malone is hoping to return on Saturday.
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets forward Eric Fehr has received clearance to play and is close to returning. He had shoulder surgery in May. Chances of him playing on Saturday are slim but possible.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Dan Ellis will start in net for the Ducks tonight. Jonathan Quick will start for the Kings.
Front loaded, long-term deals will be a thing of the past … Why there hasn’t been offer sheets … Panthers make 3 small trades
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks on long-term front loaded contracts,
Forget the nine-year deals both Richards and Bryzgalov signed. The Kovalchuk Amendment not only allows, but encourages an 18-year front-loaded deal for a 21-year-old coming off Entry Level, under which nearly all of the money is packed into the first 10 years as long as the final nine seasons are established at $1M apiece.
That’s the formula that would get Steven Stamkos on an offer sheet. That’s the formula that would get Drew Doughty. That’s the formula (though adjusted for a 13-year deal running through age 40) that most assuredly would have gotten Zach Parise, which is exactly why the Devils filed for salary arbitration and thus removed the winger from the market.
Brooks thinks this is what the league wanted as proof that the system is broken, and it plans on fixing it in the next CBA. They will look to keep contract at 5 to 7 years, and take the average of the 3 to 5 highest years to get the cap number.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty seem to be the perfect candidates to sign an offer sheet, but so far it hasn’t happened. There have only been 6 offer sheets in the past 5 years. Carolina signed Sergei Fedorov to one in 1998, 6 years at $38 million. Mirtle offers up some reasons why teams may not look at signing players to offer sheets. 1. Cost is too prohibitive – if a team were to sign Doughty or Stamkos, it would have to be for a lot more than $7 million in hopes that the offer wouldn’t be matched. If it was for over $7.835 million it would cost the team 4 1st round draft picks. 2. Teams are afraid of retaliation – If the Leafs put in an offer for Stamkos, the Lightning could do the same for Schenn, which would drive up the cost of the players. In 2008 the Blues matched an offer sheet from the Canucks for David Backes. The Blues then signed Steve Bernier to offer sheet, which the Canucks matched. 3. They create bad blood – see the Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek situation with Oilers. Burke and Regier were not impressed with then GM Kevin Lowe. 4. They rarely work – Chris Gratton in 1997 was the last player to change teams before Dustin Penner did a couple years ago.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals traded Eric Fehr to the Jets for Danick Paquette and a 4th round pick on Friday, a deal that put them about $400,000 under the salary cap ceiling. They still need to re-sign Karl Alzner. If the Capitals put Tom Poti on LTIR at the start of the season, it would clear up $3.2 million in cap space. Alzner’s agent said they are having “good negotiations” but “we just disagree where Karl’s value is.”
“We’ve been trying for a long time to work on a two-year deal, with value based on what Karl’s arbitration would come in at,” said Barry, who added that a longer-term deal was not discussed with Washington. “We’ve just been unable to bridge the gap at this stage.”
- CP in the Globe and Mail: The Jets have acquired Kenndal McArdle from the Panthers for Angelo Esposito.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have acquired the rights to Mike Duco from the Panthers for Sergei Shirokov.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The Flames have acquired Jordan Henry from the Panthers for Keith Seabrook.
“Jordan Henry is a two-way defenceman who plays with an edge to his game,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster in a statement. “He is a responsible and smart defender, yet he is also adept at joining the rush and pinching down the wall to support the offence. He is still a solid prospect, and we viewed this trade as an opportunity to give two young players a new start with different organizations.
“We look forward to seeing Jordan compete with our other recent depth acquisitions for a spot in our top seven in camp.”
Predators off-season notes … 5 Flyers require surgery … Fehr and Leblanc had shoulder surgery … Fasth getting interest
- Josh Cooper of the Nashville Tennessean: The Predators made it to the 2nd round for the 1st time in franchise history, and will have a busy off-season with 4 UFAs and 5 RFAs. Their biggest challenge will be RFA Shea Weber who’d requires a raise from his current $4.5 million salary. Both sides had agreed during the season to wait until the off-season. One comparable could be Dion Phaneuf’s 6 year, $39 million deal. A starting point could be Brent Seabrook’s 5 year, $29 million contract, but he doesn’t put up the same offensive numbers and doesn’t provide the same leadership. Would they look at trade Weber before July 1st if they feel they can’t get a deal done? Joel Ward is a UFA and proved during the playoffs that he is more valuable than his $1.5 million he made this year. The Predators need to find a ‘game-changing forward,’ Shea Weber pointed this out on Monday. “That’s obviously up to the front office now, but we have to find a way to generate more goals,” Weber said. “We’re a good defensive team, but that can only get you so far.” Steve Sullivan will likely have to take a pay cut from his $3.75 million if he wants to come back next year. JP Dumont, who has a healthy scratch at times during the 2nd half of the season, is due to make $4 million next year and they could consider buying him out.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals forward Eric Fehr had surgery to repair a torn labrum on his right shoulder. He could be out 4 to 6 months. 2 years ago he had surgery on both his shoulders.
“When he comes out of the sling, he’ll go through a very specific rehab program intending to get back his motion and strength and the rhythm of the shoulder back,” Shaffer said. “We’ll allow him to start skating two months from the date of the procedure, but return to play will be gradual. He’ll probably be on the ice in training camp but he won’t be in contact, collision situations.”
- Montreal Gazette: Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday and will have 4 to 6 months of rehab. Leblanc was picked 18th overall in the 2009 draft. If the rehab lasts only 4 months, he could be ready for training camp.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks that if the Capitals are to shakeup their core, they should only move one of Mike Green or Alexander Semin, but not both.
- Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that 5 players will need off-season surgery. Mike Richards and Andrej Meszaros will have wrist surgery. Kris Versteeg will have a stomach muscle procedure, Blair Betts on his finger and Michael Leighton will have hip surgery.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: The Lightning, Rangers and Oilers are reportedly interested in free agent Swedish goalie, Viktor Fasth.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who’ll be a UFA on July 1st. But he also thinks the Capitals will give him a raise on his $2.4 million salary to keep him in Washington.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators could be getting Milan Michalek back this week, likely on Thursday against the Rangers. He’s been out since Feb. 26th with a broken foot. Sergei Gonchar will be out for at least a week with a concussion.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks rookie Logan Couture is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Andy Strickland of True Hockey: There doesn’t appear to be any fracture or ligament damage after Couture crashed heavily into the boards on Saturday. Sources tell Strickland there is a chance he misses the rest of the regular season.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott’s ‘undisclosed injury’ appears to be a groin injury, which has kept him out of the last 3 games, he’s still listed as week-to-week. Alex Ovechkin will rest for 7-10 days. Eric Fehr will play sometime over the next 3 games. John Erskine thinks he’ll be ready to go tonight. The Caps don’t know when Mike Green will be able to return from his concussion. Michal Neuvirth will get the start for the Capitals tonight against the Flyers.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Steve Downie and Ryan Malone are wearing no-contact jersey’s at the Lightning’s practice yesterday. Downie has missed 8 games with knee and ankle problems, but could be ready to go on Friday. Malone has been out for 17 games with a mid-body injury, but could be ready next week. Simon Gagne (neck) could be in lineup tonight, Friday for-sure.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Pascal Leclaire won’t be back with the team next season. They want Robin Lehner to develop in the AHL next year. The Sens are not sure yet if they’ll bring back Curtis McElhinney.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: CSKA President Slava Fetisov confirms they are talking to Andy Murray and Mike Keenan about coaching the team.
- Even Drexler of the Miami Herald: Panthers forward Sergei Samsonov has played well of late for the team, and they may consider re-signing him. The Panthers won’t name a captain until next season, Bryan McCabe was their captain before he was traded.
- Fan 590 audio: Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks Matt Cooke and what it means for the Penguins.
- Fan 590 audio: Glen Healy talks with Bob McCown and Damian Cox about Matt Cooke and impact it will have on Penguins and rest of the league.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Kypreos was informed that Mario Lemieux and Matt Cooke spoke yesterday and “was basically told to change the way he plays or leave.”
- Mike Vogl via twitter: With 1 game in 6 days, Ovechkin won’t travel with the team, and will rest his nagging injuries for 7-10 days. Mike Vogl: Eric Fehr is questionable for the Flyers game, but is expected back this week. Tom Poti practiced today but his return may not be immenent.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Penguins forward Mark Letestu is expected to miss his 2nd straight game. Aaron Asham will likely be in the lineup for the 1st time since Feb. 1st.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Brad Lukowich was put on re-entry waivers by the Stars.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Jason Arnott skated withouth pads for the 1st time since he suffered his undisclosed injury.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Larry Robinson, Andy Murray and Mike Keenan are being considered for head coaching job with CSKA of the KHL.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the Flyers tomorrow night.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs have signed College free agent Tyler Brenner to a 2 year entry level deal.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche have signed Stefan Elliott to a 3 year contract.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Columbus Blue Jackets may be making a stronger push next season to make the playoffs, and could be kicking around the idea of trading their 4th overall draft pick. The Blue Jackets still need to find a center for Rick Nash, and Friedman wonders if they’d consider taking on Jason Spezza’s contract. Michael Leighton may be getting a 3 year contract offer from the Flyers, Friedman doesn’t think it would be for more than $1.5 million. The Florida Panthers may take a crack at Tomas Kaberle, Nathan Horton is a Burke type player.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Reiger did not want to talk about the rumor that they may be interested in Tomas Kaberle. The Sabres could use a power-play quarterback, and the Leafs could use some scoring. Two players that have to mentioned because of their subpar playoff performances are Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford. There are a few things that instantly pop in to my mind on this; would Burke trade his ‘all star’ dman to a division rival? Both are not ‘Burke’ type players (no toughness). Connolly is making $4.5 million in the last year of his contract and is one hit away from his carrier being over, Stafford hasn’t lived up to his offensive talents the past 2 seasons (34 pts in 71 games this past season, 45 pts in 79 games in 2008-09).
- Michael Traikos in the Montreal Gazette: Even though he loses his no-trade clause for the summer (starting at the Draft) his agent Rick Curran believes Tomas Kaberle still has a clout on where he could end up. “As of the draft, we don’t have a no-trade (clause),” agent Rick Curran said. “But it’s almost effectively a no-trade, because unless Tomas wants to go there most general managers that I’m familiar with are not giving up asset value for a one-year player who may not even want to come to my team. Especially with what Brian wants in return.” It’s being reported that at least 4 teams have inquired about Kaberle; Anaheim, Buffalo, Columbus, and New Jersey.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: With such a weak free agent class, GMs have been more involved with trade talks (salary cap issues also play a big part). Teams with new GMs may be looking to make an early impression as well. Dale Tallon in Florida would like to make some moves, possibly trading Nathan Horton ($4 million cap hit until 2013) and Rostislav Olesz ($3.125 through 2014), but teams would rather have Stephen Weiss and Keith Ballard. Steve Yzerman may make a pitch for Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak. The Oilers would like to move Shawn Horcoff ($5.5 million through 2015) and Sheldon Souray ($5.4 through 2012).
- Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile thinks it’s going to really tough to re-sign Dan Hamhuis, “I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Poile said. “But I’d like to continue having conversations this week and possibly reach out to Dan next week before we take our final position.” Hamhuis’ agent has said that talks have been positive and ongoing. If they are not able to re-sign Hamhuis, they may look to re-sign Denis Grebeshkov and/or UFA Francis Bouillon. Jonathon Blum or Ryan Ellis may be rushed a little a quicker than they originally wanted. The Predators are trying to lock up Patrick Hornqvist, but salary is hard to determine after 2 goals in 08-09, and 30 last season.
- Tarik El-Bashir via Twitter: The Washington Capitals and Eric Fehr are talking a multi-year deal.
- Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News: 2010 NHL Draft prospect, Kiril Kabanov, is better known for his off-ice antics than his on-ice talent has seen is stock plummet into the 2nd or 3rd round instead of top 5-10 pick. He’s had issues with the KHL, his QMJHL junior team (Moncton) and the Russian U-18 team, and now must find a new agent, 2 weeks before the draft. JP Barry has decided to move as “It just wasn’t a fit”. George Malik of MLive: Malik notes that Neate Sager of Yahoo, and Bruce Ciski of Fanhouse, think that Red Wings could still be interested in Kabanov, but not in the 1st round.