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Posts Tagged Eric Staal
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Alex Ovechkin played the final two games of the first round with a hairline fracture in his left foot. He was able to continue playing, as skating would not make the injury worse.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Eric Staal suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s World Championship game between Canada and Sweden after taking a knee-on-knee hit by Alex Edler. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Staal will return to Raleigh today and will have an MRI on Saturday. It’s believed that he may have only suffered a sprain and not a ligament tear.
“It’s unfortunate and hopefully it’s not too serious,” Rutherford said. “If it is serious, hopefully there will be enough recovery time for him to be ready for next season. We’ll just hope for the best.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser did not suffer a concussion when he was hit by the puck on the forehead. Dion Phaneuf wasn’t injured during the playoffs, “I was fine.”
- Tony Ambrogio: Leafs Tyler Bozak suffered an oblique injury at the end of the regular season and a tricep injury at the end of Game 5. James Mirtle: Bozak will be out for four weeks. Darren Dreger: Tear was 70% to his right tricep. He admitted that him taking the warmup for Game 6 was a pure Randy Carlyle mind game.
- Michael Russo: Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had surgery to repair a sports hernia yesterday. He is expected to be fully recovered for next season.
- Steve Simmons via twitter: Two scouts told Simmons Thursday night that the Blues Jaroslav Halak was on the trade block. Simmons asked GM Doug Armstrong who said: ”He’s not going anywhere.”
- Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes Eric Staal in visors: ”Why am I going to wait until that happens to me to put one on? Why not just put one on now?”
- Hockey Central via twitter: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on trade calls for Jonathan Bernier: ”I don’t know how much I can listen to them for how well he’s playing…. He’s been a critical part for us.”
- Hockey Central via twitter: GM Lombardi on trade deadline mind-set: ”Parity has kept everyone in the hunt, which means they’re not going to throw in that towel.”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Internal management talks for the Kings over potential moves. They could be fairly active at the deadline.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Ryane Clowe won’t play today, hopes to return on Monday. Clowe could be targeted by the Bruins, Canadiens and Maple Leafs.
“I hear it, like everyone else,” Clowe said. “I don’t pay too much attention to it. I‘m in the same position as Boyler, I really like it here. I understand things happen, but I would obviously like to stay here, too, and see this through. I haven’t had the year I’ve wanted, but that’s not affecting me, the trade rumors.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (chat) Heika thinks that if the Stars make some moves, they’ll look to add prospects and draft picks. If they move Roy, they should look acquire the best 18-21 year old that they can from that team.
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Pros and Cons of the Flames trading Mike Cammalleri. One season left on his deal with a $6 million cap hit. Nearly a point-per-game and the Flames may not be in full-scale roster overhaul. Any team that is looking to upgrade their second or third line should look at him. A proven goal-score that can play both wing and center.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: The Rick Nash trade cut into the Rangers depth, but they are built to win now.
“We’re always aggressive,” said Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton. “We’re always trying to get something that’s going to put us over the top and help us immediately and in the future.”
The Rangers are said to be interested Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, but are talking to more teams.
“We like to call as many teams as possible, see who’s available and don’t leave any stone unturned,” Gorton said. “We’re aggressive.”
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has been actively looking for a defenseman. Justin Faulk’s injury adds to the urgency. There currently aren’t a lot of top-four defenseman available, and if one comes available, the price will be high.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Teams are calling about Ryane Clowe and Dan Boyle more than the Sharks are dangling them. It will take a substantial package to get either. The Sharks are trying to figure out how to keep Clowe more than trying to trade him. Teams are also calling about defenseman Douglas Murray, who will be a UFA at the end of the season.
Flames lease close to expiring … 6 Predators and Hurricanes questions … Lilja out … Klefbom not ready … Horton cleared
- Tamara Gignac of the Calgary Herald: The Flames lease at the Scotiabank Saddledome expires in 2014 and the Flames would like a modern building to enable them to compete financially with other NHL teams. They are being tight-lipped about when or where they could break new ground. The Flames can extend their lease until a new arena is built.
“We certainly won’t be ready to move by 2014,” King said.
“If we dropped the flag and started building today, I don’t think we’d meet the deadline. We have an arrangement to be here as long or frankly, as short, as required.”
- Brian Compton of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Predators heading into this season. 1. Can the Predators overcome the loss of Ryan Suter? 2. Can anyone on this roster score 30 goals? 3. Can Pekka Rinne duplicate his success? 4. Is this the year Mattias Ekholm makes an impact? 5. Is Colin Wilson ready to take the next step? 6. Can the Predators reach 100 points again?
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers confirmed that defenseman Andreas Lilja had a hip injury and will miss the start of the season. Lilja told a Swedish newspaper that he might be out until December, but GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t agree.
“He did have surgery [and] should be back late October or early November,” Holmgren texted CSNPhilly.com on Sunday afternoon.
- Mike Morreale of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes. 1. How will coach Kirk Muller use Jordan Staal? 2. Where does Alexander Semin fit in? – they could have Eric Staal center Semin and Chad LaRose, Jordan Staal centering Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen. Tuomo Ruutu centering Jiri Tlusty and Patrick Dwyer. 3. Do the acquisitions of Staal and Semin make Carolina a Cup contender? 4. How will Muller fare in his first full season behind the bench? 5. Do the Hurricanes have enough depth on defense? 6. Who will serve as Cam Ward’s backup?
- Josh Yohe via twitter: If the Penguins have any interest in the Ducks Bobby Ryan, now might be the time to make a move as the Flyers may have to concentrate on defensemen.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom to NHL.com: “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Nothing new on Tim Thomas. Another team may look at him to reach the salary floor depending on the new CBA. Nathan Horton has been cleared to resume full contact once training camp opens.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes are trying to make a trade this week without giving up any of their core. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on if they can bring in a top-tier player:
“I really don’t have a good read on it,” Rutherford said. “It’s not like a trade in the middle of the year where there are only a couple of teams trying. There are a lot of teams trying to make changes, so it’s hard to read when anything can happen.
“I do know we’re trying as hard as we ever have at this point to be involved in acquiring a top player.”
“I’ve felt all along we might have to go the trade route to improve our team,” Rutherford said. “We’re in the mix in a lot of conversations.”
The Hurricanes appear to be one of the teams interested in Rick Nash. They have the 8th overall pick, but will not move Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward, Brandon Sutter or Justin Faulk in any deal.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray said there is “nothing new” when asked about Justin Schultz. He later added on the situation:
“Yeah, that’s a sore spot,” Murray said in the interview, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. “We’ve drafted fairly well the last few years … We rebuilt and you have a young man like Justin [Schultz] coming along who gave us every indication he wanted to play for us.
“There’s a spot there for him on the right point on that blue line. You mention the weaknesses. Our power play has been horrible. And Justin is very good at that. So it’s a huge disappointment. You just can’t replace it. You counted on it.
“…There’s a loophole in the CBA. Some things you just don’t understand. You move on. That’s the way it is.”
“We’ve tried everything,” Murray told the group. ”We’ve offered him everything we could have. This is not a money situation because we actually offered Justin the day before we played Calgary [in the last game of the season].
“We offered him everything we could possibly have offered him to play for us. “He didn’t even have to play that game. He just had to sign the contact from wherever he was and he could have burned a year. … So this is a situation where a young man has decided that he just wants to, as they say, check with all 29 other teams before they sign.”
“It’s especially frustrating, seeing as how when on December  … he sat with me in the first period in Chicago,” Murray said. “During the first intermission we discussed the rest of his [college] career and him playing for us as soon as he was done because at that point in time, Wisconsin was not very good and we were not very good.
“So it would have been a great chance for him to play 10, 15 games for us and get a jump start on his rookie season. He said to me, ‘Mr. Murray, I can’t wait.’”
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Brandon Dubinsky travelled with the Rangers to DC, no indication if he’s close to returning.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals lines this morning: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson. Chimera-Laich-Semin. Hendricks-Beagle-Brouwer. Knuble-Aucoin-Ward.
- Josh Cooper via twitter: If the Predators win Game 3, Barry Trotz said he’d go with the same lineup for Game 4. (No Kostitsyn and Radulov)
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford can’t name players who are possible trade targets, but did mention that Eric Staal has played wing before. He has said that finding a scoring winger for Staal was their top offseason priority. He said today that focus could be a winger or center. Rutherford said that defenseman Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek could be headed for free agency. The Canes are high on Bobby Sanguinetti. They hope to have Jamie McBain re-signed soon.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: McKenzie points out that the Canadiens buying out Scott Gomez “is the dumbest thing any organization could possibly do in a salary cap word.” If they were to send him to the AHL, it frees up $7.3 million in cap space the next 2 years, salary would be $10 million in salary. The Canadiens could save $3.3 million in cash by buying Gomez out, but would have cap hits of “$3.5M, $4.5M, $1.66M and $1.66M for each of 4 yrs.” However, in the new CBA, it’s not known about amnesty buyouts and burying contracts in the minors. Spector’s Hockey via twitter: The Canadiens can’t buy Gomez out until the buyout period which runs from June 15th to 30th, merely speculation at this time. Louis Jean via twitter: According to @TVASports Dave Morrissette, the decision to buy Gomez out has already been made.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: As of this morning, the Canadiens hadn’t asked the Maple Leafs permission to speak wit Rick Dudley. Dudley and Martin Lapointe are expected to be among GMs Bergevin’s hires.
- David Pollak via twitter: Sharks ownership put out a statement that this seasons results are not acceptable, but are confident that GM Doug Wilson will make the changes needed going forward.
NHL to look at Plan B for Coyotes … Hurricanes need winger for Staal … Is Dubnyk a #1? DeKeyser a 50-50 proposition
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Plan B for the Phoenix Coyotes will begin next week unless progress happens this week. Seattle, Quebec City, Las Vegas and Kansas City are in the mix. 2 or 3 groups are still interested in buying the Coyotes, but they have to give Plan B consideration. David Pagnotta via twitter: Kansas City and Seattle are serious options for the league to consider.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Hurricanes have the core players, but they need a star winger to play with Staal. They’d also consider a top defenseman. Ownership is on board for the right player.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Devan Dubnyk hopes he’s done enough to show the Oilers management that he can be a number 1 goalie in the NHL. Matheson wonders if the Oilers are comfortable enough with Dubnyk being the main guy, or do they need to look at signing UFA Josh Harding or trading for Jonathan Bernier. If they bring in someone else, they could look at moving Nikolai Khabibulin ($3.75 million). They can’t buy him out as he signed his deal after he was 35.
Written by Mark Shannon, who can be found on twitter at @MarkShannon64
The Winnipeg Jets were the story of the summer and now they’re making a push for the playoffs, and are in the weak Southeast Division where they sit tied for 3rd in the Eastern conference with the Florida Panthers for the division lead. They have a solid home record of 18-9-3 and the MTS Centre is rocking every game and night.
This is Kevin Cheveldayoff’s first season at the helm of the Winnipeg Jets and it will be his first trade deadline, yes the Jets are sitting in a tight race to make the playoffs, but do they spend big or do they spend small and bring in small pieces to make the playoffs. Their defence and goaltending is starting to come together and they’re playing good hockey.
The Jets definitely need some size up the middle and a number 1 centre would give them a huge boost, because Burmistrov and Little although extremely talented are both #2 centres in most peoples eyes, How much do you spend on a centre without going against the plan from the beginning, there are a few names out there that might interest the Jets.
Months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes appeared poised for a February fire-sale of epic proportions. The ‘Canes stood in last place in the Eastern Conference, Eric Staal couldn’t break out of his disastrous slump, and Jeff Skinner was on injured reserve; essentially, the season was dead. But GM Jim Rutherford did have a number of upcoming free agents under his belt, including hot commodities like Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu, and the frenzy of trade offers was just beginning.
Nowadays, though, Carolina’s outlook on the trade deadline is quite a bit cloudier.
The aggressive forecheck and precise set plays that head coach Kirk Muller began to implement back in December have caught fire, allowing the Hurricanes to earn points in 11 of their last 13 games and crawl within seven points of the playoff line.
Moreover, Gleason was re-signed by Rutherford earlier this month to a new four-year, $16 million contract including a no-trade clause, taking the stay-at-home defenseman fully off the market. Ruutu soon followed suit, as well, receiving a four-year $19 million extension just Wednesday.
If Canes go with a total rebuild, could Ward be moved? Canucks-Wings may have interest Moen … Sidney skates … Peckham rumors
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch touches on Suter saying he won’t sign a deal before the deadline. The Preds could move his rights at the draft, and the Flyers would definitely be interested. If the Sabres decide to trade Derek Roy, there should be plenty of interest. The Panthers could be looking for a defenseman, and Jaroslav Spacek could be a target. If the Hurricanes decide on a total rebuild, Eric Staal isn’t going anywhere, but some are wondering if Cam Ward will be part of the solution. He has a $6.3 million cap hit through 2014-15 and there would be interest. All of the Islanders pending UFAs are being shopped, including” P.A. Parenteau, Frans Nielsen, Mark Eaton and Steve Staois. The Canadiens would move Andrei Kostitsyn in a heartbeat.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: (mailbag) LeBrun noted that the Canucks would like a guy like Travis Moen. Dreger adds that the Red Wings will/have shown some interest in Moen. The Wings could show interest in Brendan Morrow if he’s available. Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is willing to move pending UFAs in Hal Gill, Chris Campoli, Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn. They could have interest in Derek Roy.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins center Sidney Crosby has started skating in Los Angeles. Crosby is in LA meeting with a neurological spine surgeon. Crosby also skated last week while he was in Atlanta visiting a chiropractor who specializes in neurological treatment. There is still no timetable on his return and GM Rya Shero said he won’t return until he’s symptom free.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis touches on Garrioch’s mention that Oilers defenseman Theo Peckham is getting some interest. He has a physical edge and he can kill penalties, but he is also on the bottom pairing of a weak team. If the Oilers do have interest in trading him, it may be because Colten Teubert is on his way. The Oilers likely won’t get much in return for him if they do move him.
Waters says Leafs trading for Staal, but Rutherford not interested in trading him … Injury notes on Skinner, Pitkanen, Pronger, Schenn, Leino and Green
- Chemmy of Pension Plan Puppets: XM radio personality, Bill Waters (formerly on AM 640 in Toronto), claimed yesterday that the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes had a trade in place involving Eric Staal, but the deal is on hold because of Brian Burke’s Christmas roster freeze (10 days before the NHL roster freeze). Waters claims the deal will be complete after the roster freeze. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: “I have no interest whatsoever in trading Eric Staal or Cam Ward. That’s not going to happen.”
- Allen Walsh via twitter: Walsh spoke with an NHLer that currently has a concussion, who said that one of the reasons there are so many players with concussions is that they are now being diagnosed. Several years ago players would play with concussions, as they didn’t know what they were. Players would play with headaches and dizziness.
- Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner and Joni Pitkanen are both out indefinitely after it was confirmed that they both have concussions.
- Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger met with neurologists yesterday. No update on his status was given, but one should be coming today.
- Tim Pacanccio of CSNPhilly: Flyers forward Brayden Schenn was wearing a no contact jersey yesterday at practice. It was his first full practice since suffering a concussion on Dec. 3rd. He said he’s making progress and feeling better, but still suffers relapses. Schenn is still in a walking boot from his fractured foot when not in skates.
“The test is exercise and if [symptoms] come back, you have to take a step back,” he said. “You hope to keep progressing. When I’m out there I feel good. I can’t really tell until later when I’m laying in bed.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Harrington speculates that Ville Leino’s lower-body injury is some sort of knee or foot injury. He’ll be out several weeks. Also out for the Sabres are: Patrick Kaleta (may play Friday), Tyler Myers, Brad Boyes, Nathan Gerbe, Jochen Hecht and Corey Tropp.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green is expected to join the Capitals in Colorado later this week.
“It’s longer than we expected, unfortunately, but it was a significant injury,” McPhee said in a one-on-one interview with The Post. “It’s a groin injury and those things, they’re hard to heal quickly and know when – you just don’t know when you’re going to be ready.”
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Jay Beagle and Matt Hendricks will travel with the team. Beagle still hasn’t been cleared for contact yet after suffering a concussion on Oct. 13th. Hendricks is still day-to-day with a knee injury, but is getting close. Yesterday’s lines at practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin, Brouwer-Johansson-Halpern, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Eakin/Hendricks-Perreault-Knuble.
- Jason Botchford via twitter: Cory Schneider will start for the Canucks against the Hurricanes. Roberto Luongo will start against the Maple Leafs.
Afternoon notes involving Hagman, Myers, Green, Crosby, Connolly, Ott, Staal, Hamrlik, Markov, Hedman, and Huselius … Lines and Starting goalies
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Ducks claim Niklas Hagman on re-entry waivers from the Calgary Flames.
- Brian Wilde via twitter: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will be a healthy scratch.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green isn’t traveling with the team, but they hope he’ll join them at some point on the road trip.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ruled out for tomorrow.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly hasn’t ruled out tomorrow night’s game, but Thursday is a better possibility.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars forward Steve Ott will be a game-time decision tomorrow. Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Eric Staal will start on the wing, but could “drop down to center” with Boychuk and Tlusty.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik suffered an upper body injury over the weekend but expects to play on Tuesday.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Andrei Markov is skating with teammates this morning.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman could play tonight. Ryan Malone is doubtful. Dwayne Roloson will start in net.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius, who has been out with a torn pectoral muscle, should be back in the lineup in two weeks.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers lines: Anisimov-Stepan-Gaborik, Dubinsky-Boyle-Callahan, Avery-Richards-Fedotenko, Deveaux-Christensen-Prust.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins lines: Malkin-Crosby-Neal Kunitz-Staal-Dupuis Cooke-Park-Asham Tangradi-Vitale-Adams. Defensive pairings: Letang-Martin Engelland-Orpik Niskanen-Picard.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Kessel-Bozak-Lupul, MacA-Grabo-Kulie,Frattin-Steckel-Lombardi, Brown-Dupuis-Crabb, Extras; Connolly, Rosehill, Orr.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Cam Ward will start in net for the Hurricanes.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Not official, but look for Sergei Bobrovsky to start against the Hurricanes, Ilya Bryzgalov to start on Thursday against the Coyotes.
Rinne will be a UFA … M. Staal had undisclosed concussion … Schneider could be moved … Semin wants to stay with Caps … Maloney talks Turris
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is entering the last year of his 2 year, $6.8 million deal.
“I think back then (in 2009-10) that was a good learning experience, just to focus on my game. There’s nothing else you can do,” Rinne said. “I’m sure things will take care of themselves. It’s interesting to see what’s going to happen. I love it here. This city and organization, I love, so we’ll see.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have 6 players vying for 3 spots along the blueline. 4 of the 6 are offensive minded: Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Jack Hillen and Roman Josi. Teemu Laakso and Tyler Sloan are more defensive minded.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will not play in a preseason game until the team heads to Europe. Staal experienced some headaches during his offseason workouts. He sustained a previously undisclosed concussion in February after taking a hit from his brother Eric. The Rangers are hoping to have him ready by their season opener on Oct. 7th in Stockholm. From John Tortorella:
“Marc Staal (is) progressing nicely. Again, we just want to be cautious with him to try to get him ready for the regular season. Again, especially the past few days, he feels better after the workouts. So we’re real happy where it’s going with him right now.”
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Leafs are hoping they’ve added enough scoring punch with Tim Connolly, Joffrey Lupul, Matt Lombardi and Phillippe Dupuis to increase their scoring depth up front this year. Last year their top 4 (Kessel, Kulemin, Grabovski and MacArthur) scored 112 goals, while the rest of the lineup only scored 66 goals. The league average for top 4 scorers was 102.8, with the depth forwards scoring 110.5 goals.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Many think that the Canucks could trade goalie Cory Schneider during training camp at the earliest or the trade deadline day at the latest. The Blue Jackets and Coyotes have apparently expressed some interest. The asking price for Schneider would likely be a combination of at least a 1st round pick and a roster player that could help the team today.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals winger Alexander Semin isn’t worried what former teammates Matt Bradley and David Steckel said about him. Semin signed a 1 year deal, but hopes he can stay in Washington for the next 10 years.
- Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Lightning lack organizational depth. Other than Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, they haven’t had much success in drafting. From 1999-2007 they didn’t draft any impact players despite having 14 1st and 2nd round picks. When Yzerman took over in 2010 he said “The first thing is we have to rebuild the whole depth.” Yzerman added that it takes about 5 years to evaluate drafts but things should be improving with some of the players they have drafted since 2008.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres may have up to 8 NHL ready defenseman with only 6 starting spots: Tyler Myers, Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Jordan Leopold, Christian Ehrhoff, Robyn Regehr and Shaone Morrisonn. Sekera has a new 4 year, $11 million deal. Morrisonn has a $2.075 million cap it.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL’s Vityaz is trying to sign Alexei Yashin.
- Ed Tait and Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets’ coach Claude Noel said there may only be 2 or 3 roster spots open at this years camp.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, recovering from an appendectomy, hopes to be ready for the season.
“Hopefully, as soon as possible,” Sharp said. “The timeline was three to four weeks right so around the start of the season. I don’t want to miss any games so I’m pushing to play the first game of the season.”
- Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Kyle Turris is looking for a new deal worth between $3 and $4 million per season, which makes no sense to Coyotes GM Don Maloney:
“This is just so illogical, from our standpoint, the position he’s taken it makes absolutely no sense to me,” Maloney said.
“I have no intention of trading him whatsoever. We still think he’s a young, developing player but he’s still developing. Once you’re a proven 30 or 40-goal, 80 point guy then, yes, you get the brass ring. But until you get there you have to settle… Well, again, that’s what makes America great he doesn’t have to settle. He can stay at home and watch Oprah.”
Maloney on why they aren’t interested in trading him and why they aren’t giving in,
“Well I think Kyle believes in himself. He believes he’s a good player in this league and we’d certainly like more opportunity for him to show it,” Maloney said.
“But we’re not a developing team, we’re here to win, we’re here to win now. He showed a step forward in the playoffs last year. That’s why we’d like to get him back. We’d like to show that process and that step forward and the production we need out of Kyle Turris to be a good offensive player. But it’s not there yet… You have to perform before you get paid.”