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Posts Tagged Filip Forsberg
- Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryan Callahan may have hurt his hand blocking a shot last night and is not at practice today. Derek Dorsett is in a non-contact jersey. Jim Cerny: Ryane Clowe is not practicing today. Kris Newbury is practicing.
- Collene Kane: Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Ray Emery are out tonight and tomorrow. Coach Joel Quenneville said that Carter Hutton and Ryan Stanton could play.
- Renaud Lavoie: Wild winger Jason Pominville won’t play tonight.
- Jim Diamond: The Predators recall Filip Forsberg.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Kadri-Kessel, Komarov-Colborne-Kulemin, JVR-Grabovski-macArthur, McClement-hamilton-Orr-Frattin-mcLaren.
- Chris Kuc: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
- Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devil.
- Sarah McLellan: Mike Smith will start in net for the Coyotes.
Morning Hits: Stars offseason, Miller lists townhouse, Oilers could make several moves this offseason and Forsberg to AHL
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (from a chat) Heika thinks the Stars could look at a right handed center in the draft or on the right wing. Elias Lindholm will likely be gone by the time they pick. Sean Monahan, Bo Horvat, Frederik Gauthier and Alex Wennberg could be options. The Stars might be willing to move up in the order to get the player they want. At some point the Stars will have to look at trading a defenseman. They may need to turn them into a more physical and/or a right handed defenseman or depth upfront. Defensemen Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas, Philip Larsen, Joe Morrow and Kevin Connauton are similar players. It may take moving two or three and replacing with one. Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski could be candidates to be moved. Jordie Benn is a UFA and likely not coming back.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Ryan Miller has put a for sale sign on his Buffalo townhouse.
“I don’t know which way it’s going to go, so I’m not going to talk like I’m gone,” Miller said today. “I think I’ve got a lot more hockey in me, so being able to just kind of reflect and enjoy a moment is nice, but it’s going to be another hockey game and I have to prepare and compete.”
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on Wednesday that the Oilers could consider trading their 1st round pick this year.
“If you’re going to be bold, that’s certainly a bold move. What the Edmonton Oilers really don’t need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now.”
“They may use the pick, but they may try and parlay it into something immediate.”
McKenzie added that if they keep the pick, they could look for a strong, physical center or a defenseman. Defenseman Darnell Nurse would be one possibility.
TSN’s Darren Dreger added that GM Craig MacTavish may look to make as many as six changes:
“He wants to upgrade in all areas, starting in goal.”
Devan Dubnyk has been OK, Dreger said, “but the Oilers will look to improve.”
Dreger speculates goalies Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier or Mike Smith. On defense they could look at Kevin Shattenkirk, Andrew Ference or Mark Streit. At forward they could look at Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, David Clarkson and Matt Hendricks.
- Josh Cooper: The Predators send Filip Forsberg to Milwaukee of the AHL.
- Dominic Tiano: “Spoke with an NHL exec last night regarding Carl Soderberg: He feels “Bruins did everything by the book in signing the player” … added ”it appears at first glance that the Player’s release from his team is in order” The NHL could reject the transfer of the player or register the contract and would make him eligible to play under NHL rules. The NHL would prefer a negotiated settlement. It would appear the NHL has been involved longer than we believe they have been.”
- Matias Strozyk: Team Sweden’s GM said to Expressen that he’s seen a document with Carl Soderberg’s expressing his desire to play with the Bruins and not with Team Sweden. Also, “It’s a matter of Swedish competition rules and rules regarding SWE-NHL movement. Players are registered to their club until mid-May.”
- Jim Diamond: Story in Leksand paper saying that Filip Forsberg is scheduled to arrive in Nashville Saturday afternoon.
- CapGeek: The NHL confirms that buyouts are 2/3 of salary and not the 100% that some reports are saying.
- John Shannon: For the 2010 Olympics, it cost $2 million in travel expenses and $6 million for insurance. For the 2014 Sochi Olympics it’s expected to be more than $20 million.
- David Shoalts: Don Fehr is cautiously optimistic that a deal could get done. He wouldn’t put a time frame on it.
- David Shoalts: Fasel said that logistics is the biggest issue, and not player insurance. Sochi arena and hotel space is limited.
- David Pagnotta: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that serious contract negotiations with Mike Smith won’t happen until their ownership situation is settled.
- Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings and Jimmy Howard have basically agreed on a six-year contract extension for $31.8 million. He expects to officially sign deal by the end of the weekend, and only the “little stuff” is left.
“To be honest, it really hasn’t (worried me),” he said. “Like last time we went through this, it really did weigh (on me). But I think with it being such a condensed schedule and so many games being played in a short amount of time, I haven’t really had much time to think about it.”
- David Pagnotta: The goalie trade market this summer should be something to watch: Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier.
- Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile said the Filip Forsberg could be there for the teams morning skate on Sunday and he could play on Monday.
- Tim Panaccio: For the Flyers to buyout out Daniel Briere, it would cost them $3.3 million and spread out over four years. He said that he’s playing to remain with the Flyers, but understands the situation.
“Definitely,” he said. “It’s reality. There’s no doubt about it. But at the same time, those are things I can’t control at this moment. All I can control is for me to come back into the lineup and play as good as I can, to show them. Other than that, I can’t worry about injuries or what they are going to decide to do. That’s out of my control at this point.
“It was agreed by both the players and owners. So no, I can’t complain about that. I end up being the one to pay the price. But you know what, there have been so many good things that turned in my favor over the years that I won’t complain about that.”
Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit. When asked if he thought amnesty on him would be unfair, he responded with:
“I don’t think so,” Briere said. “With missing half a season, everyone understands revenues were going to do down. A lot of teams already had prepared for two, three, four seasons ahead. So those teams were going to pay the price. … It’s a chance for them to … help them out with the new CBA.”
The Nashville Predators trade winger Martin Erat and center Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals for winger Filip Forsberg.
The 31-year old Erat was drafted in 1999, round 7 #191 overall by Nashville Predators.
The 21-year old Latta was drafted in 2009, round 3 #72 overall by Nashville Predators.
The 18-year old Forsberg was drafted in 2012, round 1 #11 overall by Washington Capitals.
Top 5 trade targets … Capitals willing to move top prospects … Senators have prospects for Perry … Pens looking to add scoring
- A few GMs may be wondering if their jobs are safe.
“I would think there’s a few guys around the league who are wondering,” said a league executive. “Teams often copy each other and firing the GM could become vogue if an owner believes it can turn the team around.”
Capitals GM George McPhee and Sabres Darcy Regier could be on the hotseat after their teams slow start.
- The league won’t announce anything regarding re-alignment until a deal has been agreed upon with the players.
“We will probably brief the board when we and (the union) have agreement on what we intend to propose for approval,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail. “Hopefully, we have reached a decision by the end of the month.”
- Many believe the Canucks won’t move Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider during this season.
- Two Ducks scouts showed up to watch a Senators-Sabres game this week fueling speculation. The Senators haven’t had any talks with the Ducks regarding Corey Perry. The Ducks will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t, Sens GM Bryan Murray needs to know what it would take to get him. They were the front-runner to land Rick Nash before he was dealt to the Rangers. They do have the prospects to land Perry.
“The Ducks are just trying to identify what everybody has,” said a league executive. “They are going to try to sign him.”
- The Flames are willing to move Jay Bouwmeester, but would anyone want to take on his $6.8 million salary next year?
- The Penguins have the money and would like to add a scoring winger at the trade deadline.
- Capitals GM George McPhee is frantically trying to add some immediate help and they might be willing to trade 2012 first round pick, Filip Forsberg and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. McPhee found out he wouldn’t get much return for Roman Hamrlik.
- The Maple Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins, Senators and several other teams have shown interest in Ryan O’Reilly. The asking price is a top prospect and a draft pick.
Top 5 Trade Targets:
1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim: The Ducks are rolling along quite nicely and he is a unrestricted free agent. Teams are going to call, but if the Ducks continue at their current pace, it’s going to take a huge deal to get him.
2. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary: The Flames have to sit down with Iginla and decide what direction they want to take. If he’s going to sign an extension, they should get it done at a reasonable price and move on. Many believe Iginla should accept a trade and allow the Flames to rebuild.
3. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa: This will be interesting to watch. If the Senators fall out of the race, does GM Bryan Murray give the 40-year-old the option to try to go win the Stanley Cup? The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are both going to be looking for a scoring winger.
4. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida: His name has come up lately because of his status as a UFA. If the Panthers don’t get back into the playoff race, Weiss is going to be targeted by teams looking for a rental. The two sides have a lot of work to get done to make a deal
5. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders: Teams are going to be looking for a puck-moving defenceman and a lot of teams like Streit. He had success in Montreal, he has been a winner in the past and he understands playing with pressure. Look for a lot of teams to try to get Streit.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “Matt Cooke no longer considered a repeat offender for purposes of calculating forfeited salary resulting from suspensions CBA rule is that repeat offender status is reset if there’s no suspension in 18 months. Cooke was last suspended in March 2011. Obviously that doesn’t mean B. Shanahan wouldn’t consider Cooke’s past if something were to happen again.
Blues looking at Dmen … Suter and Preds communicating, but will test market … Nash trade could wait for Parise … Panthers and Luongo
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues still need to address their defense, and will do so through trade or free agency. They are looking for someone to play with Alex Pietrangelo. They may not be able to afford Matt Carle who will be looking for $4+ million. Bryce Salvador could be an option, though he may return to New Jersey. The Blue have told defenseman Ian Cole that he has a top 7 position, but it’s up to him to crack the top 6. Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Nichol could both re-sign this week or next. Sources are saying that Ryan Suter has been in close communication with Predators GM David Poile. Suter has been told by the team that they plan to be aggressive in free agency. Suter wants to see what the Predators are able to do. If they strike out, he may move on. Zach Parise will give the Devils every opportunity to re-sign him.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: He lists the chances of the Canadiens drafting Filip Forsberg with the 3rd overall pick at 40%. The Canadiens may be more interested in getting help up the middle.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile to ESPN:
“It appears that Suter is going to go to July 1,” Poile told ESPN.com Tuesday afternoon from Las Vegas. “I’m going to meet with Neil on Friday, and we’re going to talk again next week to see where we are. But it appears that’s where he’s heading. I’m keeping the faith. I don’t think I’m going to trade his rights. It’s all based on the fact that there’s no indication to me that Ryan doesn’t think Nashville is the right fit for him.”
“I don’t know how it’s going to pan out, but we’re going to do the best we can to keep talking and keep believing that we’re the right choice,” Poile said. “Hopefully, when he compares it to other teams July 1 and compares it to Nashville, what’s important to him in his life and for his family, I think we’re a real good fit on and off the ice. I don’t see where the grass is any greener.”
If the Blue Jackets don’t get what they want for Rick Nash this weekend, they may wait until the Zach Parise free agent period ends. The Flyers are part of the “in” crowd when it comes to Nash. The Sharks are interested, but not if Logan Couture is involved. The Hurricanes are interested in Jordan Staal and Nash, but can’t do both. LeBrun believes the Panthers and Canucks have talked about Roberto Luongo, but the Panthers would require salary to head back the other way. The Kings are not in a hurry to move Jonathan Bernier and are fine with keeping him next year if they have to. The Kings and Jarret Stoll could have a deal within a week. They have also had talks with Colin Fraser, and are still deciding on Dustin Penner. The Sharks could dangle a defenseman, maybe Jason Demers, in a deal for a winger. The Red Wings offered Brad Stuart 3 and 4 year deals worth more than the $3.6 million per year he got from the Sharks after the trade.
5 possible Leafs picks … Rangers shopping Dubinsky … Pens haven’t made Staal available yet … Sabres notes … Demers out in SJ?
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: 5 players that the Maple Leafs could be interested in drafting at #5. Mikhail Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg, Matthew Dumba, Jacob Trouba and Radek Faksa.
- Team 1200 Ottawa: Rumors out of New York are that the Rangers are aggressively shopping center Brandon Dubinsky.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: As of late last night, the Penguins haven’t informed interested teams if Jordan Staal is available or not. Several teams have already inquired. The Hurricanes will be big on Staal if he becomes available, offering multiple players. A deal won’t have to be wrapped up at the draft.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:
“We are very active as it relates to finding ways to improve our hockey team,” Regier said during the team’s draft preview gathering with reporters. “Some of the names you hear that are out there, we’ve had conversations with those teams. I think it’s way too early to know whether or not anything will happen. There are a lot of teams like us in similar positions.”
“More calls have gone out than I’ve been receiving but that doesn’t mean it won’t change,” Regier said. “The tendency is for this thing to ramp up as you approach the draft and when you get on the floor, it gets a little crazier.”
“There’s some obvious guys we don’t have any interest in talking about right now and you can figure out who they are. But I make it a practice to call teams and ask them for players that I assume they’re not willing to trade, nor do they want to trade. And other GMs do the same with me.
“You let them know if they change their mind to please give me a call and I certainly do a lot more of that now than I used to.”
The Sabres are believed to be shopping Derek Roy. Regier thinks it may not be worth the cost to move up in the draft. They have not started negotiations with RFA Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta. Jochen Hecht has been cleared from his concussion, but it’s unlikely he’ll be back.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: With the Sharks bringing in Brad Stuart, the odd man out on their blueline may be Jason Demers.
- David Pollak via twitter: It’s been confirmed that Todd McLellan will be back next season with the Sharks.
Oilers RFAs … Rangers Nash quest … Karlsson talks contact … Bettman could take over Devils … Pahlsson heading to Sweden
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have until June 25th to decide whether to send qualifying offers to their 9 RFAs. Cam Barker is likely gone. They are trying to trade Linus Omark at the draft rather than qualify him. The Oilers will certainly send offers to Sam Gagner, Jeff Petry and Devan Dubnyk. Theo Peckham will likely get qualified, same with AHLer Chris VandeVelde. Hunter Tremblay and Alex Plante are iffy. The Rangers are doubtful to part with Chris Kreider in a Rick Nash deal, but they could dangle Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto and a 1st round pick. The Blackhawks are asking lots of questions about Malcolm Subban, they draft at #18. Matheson is hearing that the Kings don’t want to trade Jonathan Bernier until they have Jonathan Quick signed to a contract extension. The parameters for Bernier may have been set by the Anders Lindback deal, 2 2nd round picks. The Blue Jackets may not be as sold on Bernier than they were with Lindback. Former Oilers coach Tom Renney spoke with the Capitals about their vacant head coaching position. If the Oilers draft Ryan Murray instead of Nail Yakupov, the Blue Jackets may go with Filip Forsberg over another Russian. Do the small Canadiens then draft another small player in Yakupov (5′ 11″)?
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on contract talks:
“Even though we’re early in the discussions, I think we both have a very good dialogue about how things are going to get done. (GM) Bryan (Murray) is a reasonable person. I respect him a lot. I think he knows what to do and the guys I have on my side are very professional as well. They know what to do. Hopefully, it’s not going to be an issue where we don’t see eye-to-eye and don’t agree on things.
“I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize my future on the team.”
“I think we’re still in the early stages of things, but everything has been going really well,” Karlsson said. “I feel we have no rush. I think we know where we are with each other. I want to stay and they want to keep me. We have no real issues with each other. We also know that there’s a lot of other things that need to be done as well.
“I don’t think we’re going to have any problems when it comes to signing a new contract.”
- Josh Kosman of the NY Post: Gary Bettman is preparing to take control of the New Jersey Devils. A source close to the situation said that Bettman’s office has told potential suitors to be prepared if he moves in, takes over, and pushes Vanderbeek aside. Vanderbeek could be close to a deal to sell a majority stake of the team to a mystery investor, and he would stay on and keep control of the team. The investors money would go towards repaying the lenders some of the $77 million they are owed which is past due. With the Devils making it to the Finals, the lenders extended the deadline from July to August. Before Game 1 of the Finals, Bettman said of Vanderbeek:
“is working to both refinance the debt on the club and equity-raise, and he appears to be fairly confident that he can pull this off in the next few weeks.”
Bettman added, “Since I’ve been in touch with the banks on a regular basis, we seem to be on track.”
If Vanderbeek thinks he’ll lose control of the team, he could put them in bankruptcy and buy himself a couple months. A source added that with their long playoff run, they may break-even rather than lose $20 million.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Radulov’s Russian agent told Izvestiya newspaper the Radulov has made a decision on where he’ll play next year and implied it would be the KHL.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: From separate sources, they said that the Rangers will end up trading for Rick Nash.
- Stefan G:son via twitter: Samuel Pahlsson was just recently announced as a Modo (SEL) player.
Souray rejects offer … Oilers pick is costly … Likely Leafs scenarios … Leafs off Nash’s trade list … Penner wants to re-sign
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland has been told that Sheldon Souray has rejected the Stars offer of 1 year and $3 million.
- Mark Spector via twitter: The Oilers won’t trade their 1st overall draft pick. They won’t decide until Thursday night or Friday morning on who they’ll draft. The 1st overall pick is too costly. The Maple Leafs would have to include Jake Gardiner. The Canadiens would have to include P.K. Subban. Neither team is willing to do that, so the Oilers will likely keep the pick.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Players like Patrick Kane, Rick Nash, Jay Bouwmeester and Roberto Luongo could be available for trade. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter appear to top the free agent market. The Maple Leafs may be looking to add a veteran goalie (maybe Luongo), veteran leadership and possibly moving up to grab the 1st overall pick. They would have to give up some assets to do so. Luke Schenn’s name is rumored, teams like Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri’s development is debated by some. Likely scenarios:
• A play for Luongo that might cost one good prospect.
• A mid-range NHL free agent.
• An aggressive bid for unsigned Anaheim blueline prospect Justin Schultz.
• No deal for Nash who may have scratched Toronto from his list of preferred destinations anyway.
• No move up from No. 5 in the draft and therefore ending up with a blue-chip youngster who will be back in junior or Europe next season.
- Damien Cox via twitter: Cox doesn’t think the Maple Leafs will make a major play to get the 1st overall pick. “They wouldn’t move Schenn or Gardiner for the pick, let alone a flip.”
- Damien Cox via twitter: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs would draft Filip Forsberg at #5 if he’s there.
- Damien Cox via twitter: Chatter that the Maple Leafs are no longer on Rick Nash’s short list of teams he’d accept a trade too.
- Damien Cox via twitter: Belief is that the Maple Leafs will be one of many teams going after defenseman Justin Schultz.
- Curtis Zupke of NHL.com: Dustin Penner said that he’d like to re-sign with the Kings, and may be willing to take a bit of a paycut. Penner carried a $4.5 million cap hit.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins have made a qualifying offer to Matt Niskanen and are interested in a multi-year deal.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Canadiens have named Michel Therrien their new head coach. Official announcement to come.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: The Oilers are down to 5 players for the 1st overall pick according to their head scout Stu MacGregor: Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Murray and Griffin Reinhart. Yakupov was in Edmonton yesterday, Grigorenko will meet with them Thursday and Murray will meet with them on Friday.
- Alexander Zaytsev via twitter: SportExpress is saying that SKA offered Vladimir Tarasenko a 2 year deal worth $5 million. His agent said it was lower. Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues released a statement saying that reports of Tarenseko signing a KHL deal are false.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Capitals gave Tomas Vokoun permission to speak with other teams before July 1st. The Penguins made an offer that other teams wouldn’t, including the Maple Leafs.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Panthers will look to trade the rights to defenseman Jason Garrison if they are unable to re-sign him.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Millions was told the Flames won’t be a cap team anymore. Expected to be around the $55 million mark next year.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: SKA GM Alexei Kasatonov confirmed that they will compete for Alexander Semin on July 1st.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Former Blue Jackets goalie Curtis Sanford has signed with Lokomotiv of the KHL.
- Leafs PR via twitter: The Maple Leafs have signed their AHL head coach, Dallas Eakins, to a 3 year contract extension.
Sunday morning notes: Canadiens, Sharks, Leafs, Kings, Wild, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues and Blackhawks
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Whoever is the GM of the Canadiens this summer will be in charge of re-signing RFA goalie Carey Price. He could be getting a deal in the $5.5 million to $6 million range. Senators Erik Karlsson is also a RFA and could get a deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Predators Shea Weber is also a RFA this year. Pierre McGuire is a name to keep an eye on as candidate for the Canadiens GM job if it opens up. Garrioch wonders if the Sharks would trade one of Joe Thornton of Patrick Marleau if they miss the playoffs. Many wonder if Leafs Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel will thrive under new coach Randy Carlyle. Some people think Zach Parise could land in LA on July 1st, but with Lombardi possibly panicing and making the Carter for Johnson deal, it may have lessened their chances. The Wild have emerged as the favorites. Garrioch wonders if the Leafs would take a shot at Roberto Luongo this summer. Apparently if Scott Howson is still the GM of the Blue Jackets, he plans on drafting Filip Forsberg with the #1 pick ahead of Nail Yakupov.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: One league executive on the Blue Jackets if they win the draft lottery,
“They can’t pick a Russian so they can’t use the pick,” … “They’ll have to trade it.”
Along with trading Rick Nash, their options are:
1) They could keep the pick and not choose Yakupov, which would be counter-productive; 2) They could flip picks with another team, trading the first choice for another early choice, and getting an asset as well; 3) They could trade the pick to the highest bidder and begin rebuilding their team.
If Ducks college prospect Justin Schultz becomes a free agent, they Leafs will likely chase him again. They were interested in him when talking with the Ducks about Francois Beauchemin.
- Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a bad back. Dan Cleary has also been dealing with pain in his knee since Dec. 1st, and will need to have surgery again at some point. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s wrist is healing quick, but he’s still scheduled to return late this month. Joey MacDonald will have an MRI on his back when he gets back to Detroit.
- Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock hass told Jason Arnott to take a week off.
“When I watched him play (last week), I saw a guy who was protecting himself on the ice and to me he was going out of the way to get out of the way,” Hitchcock said Saturday. “I felt like there was going to be a further injury. I could see how banged up he was. … We needed to get a better player on the ice.”
Hitchcock isn’t sure if Andy McDonald will join the team on their road trip.
- Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Wild Mikko Koivu has been practicing the last couple days and is close to returning. “He is getting very close,” Yeo said. “But again, after talking with the doctors, we all felt it was best to hold him off for a couple more games.”
- Tracey Myers of CSNChicago: Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews hasn’t skated in 4 days. Coach Joel Quenneville,
“The process, I’m sure in his mind, is not a fun thing to be dealing with. You want to be optimistic; there was that stretch there where he was getting close. There’s hope, and that’re we’re at.s whe”
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart was fined $2,500 for a late hit on Capitals Marcus Johansson on Friday.