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Posts Tagged Jason Spezza
- Joe McDonald of ESPN: Injured Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden practiced yesterday and travel with the team to New York.
“Whether it’s next game or not, we’ll see how he feels [today],” Julien said of Seidenberg.
“Not too bad,” Redden said. “It’s day-to-day still. I’ve got to talk with [the medical staff] and see where we’re at, but it’s progressing good.”
Their other injured defenseman, Andrew Ference, doesn’t look as lucky. He was seen last week wearing a walking boot.
- Mike Mazzeo of ESPN: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist injured his shoulder in the 3rd period in Game 2 on Sunday.
“Yeah, it’s under control,” Lundqvist said after practice Monday. “I landed on the ice awkwardly and hurt it a little bit. It’s under control.
“Everybody’s sore. It’s the playoffs. You can’t just sit out because it’s hurting a little bit. It happens and you just have to make sure you do the right things to make it good.”
- Erin Nicks of NHL.com: Senators Jason Spezza played his first game since Jan. 27th on Sunday and seems to be feeling no ill effects.
“I feel good,” Spezza said Monday. “To play a double-overtime game and coming out no worse for wear is definitely positive for me and encouraging that I made the right decision [to play]. I took a pretty good pounding and played more than we had initially planned, but it’s all positive and I hope to get even better as we go on.”
- Helene Elliott: The Ducks said that defenseman Francois Beauchemin had surgery to repair his ACL. Surgery went well and he hopes to be ready for next season.
- Bruce Garrioch: With Jason Spezza returning to the Senators lineup today, would have to assume that Guillaume Latendresse will be sitting.
- Helene Elliott: Kings Jonathan Quick received a game misconduct that the end of last night’s game. He receives an automatic $200 fine and “the case shall be reported to the commissioner, who shall have full power to impose such further penalties by way of suspension or fine.” Because it was for abuse of an official, if a player receives two of them, they can be suspended. It was Quick’s first abuse of an official.
- Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: The NHL didn’t like Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s comments regarding the Raffi Torres suspension and have fined the organization $100,000.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: It sounds like the Sabres would like to keep Tomas Vanek, but he may be looking to get out. The Sabres may be more interested in trading goalie Ryan Miller. The 33-year old Miller is set to make $6 million next year and may not be easy to move with the salary cap going down. Harrington thinks a team that is close to the winning the Cup may be interested in Miller. Could the Ducks be interested? Jonas Hiller has a year left on his deal and was only OK in their first round loss. The Blues might be interested. Brian Elliott lost four straight in the first round, and Jaroslav Halak may not be getting along with coach Ken Hitchcock. Sabres GM Darcy Regier is unlikely to move Miller to an Eastern Conference team, so that would eliminate the Capitals and perhaps the Penguins. If a non-Cup contending team is interest, maybe the Avalanche. Miller would be an improvement over Semyon Varlamov and JS Giguere.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks are already over next year’s salary cap with 17 players under contract. Trading Roberto Luongo and buying out Keith Ballard would free up $9.5 million. They would have to be cautious free agent spenders. They probably can’t afford Ryane Clowe, Nathan Horton or David Clarkson. They may have to look at cheaper options like Guillaume Latendresse, Raffi Torres, Eric Nystrom and Bryan Bickell. There isn’t much help from within the organization coming up. Six current Canucks have no-trade clauses, and another three kick in on July 1st: Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins and Alex Edler. Edler may be used as a trade chip. Would the Flyers deal Sean Couturier for Edler? Could the Canucks get a package including Justin Abdelkader from the Red Wings or Jamie McGinn is a deal with the Avalanche.
“In order to get players to play for less than market value, you have to give them something they can rely upon,” Gillis explained. “I think if a player was unhappy here, he’d waive his no-trade. If we were unhappy with him, it would be obvious and he would waive his no-trade. But that’s not a path we’re looking to right now. I think we need to supplement our core group of players that are here as best we can, and then look at possibilities down the road.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is a strong possibility that Jason Spezza will return to the Senators lineup for Game 3 on Sunday. A decision will be made tomorrow morning after their skate. Spezza hasn’t received clearance from doctors yet.
“He continues to skate on a daily basis and makes progress,” said MacLean Friday. “We’ll go through practice (Saturday) and the pre-game skate and we’ll see where it is. If he’s available to us, it’s Jason Spezza, we’re going to have him in the lineup.”
- Wayne Scanlan: MacLean on Spezza: “If he’s available he’ll be in the lineup. He’s Jason Spezza.”
- Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden haven’t been ruled out of Game 2.
- Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean gave no update on the status of defenseman Eric Gryba, but didn’t rule him out for Game 2 just yet.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators Jason Spezzastayed in Ottawa to skate with the other black aces and won’t be returning for Game 2. He’s skated everyday for the last two weeks.
“Everybody on our team is hopeful and everybody in Ottawa is hopeful,” said centre Kyle Turris. “He’s a player you can’t replace. He’s somebody that adds so much to a team and he’s one of the best players in the league.
“To have him possibly in the lineup, yeah it’s a huge help, but we understand if he’s not we can carry on and continue to play.”
- Katie Carrera: Capitals Martin Erat dislocated his elbow when he collided with Alex Ovechkin and Derek Stepan in round one. He would have been ready for round two.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andre Ference and Wade Redden missed practice yesterday. James Murphy of ESPN: GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that they could be without all three tonight. Torey Krughas been recalled.
“Maybe we have a different look than we’re used to, as far as puck transporting,” Chiarelli said. “Maybe that’s a good thing, but that’s what we’re going to be. We’re calling up Torey Krug today to come along for the ride, so you may see him at a point. Those three D, if they’re in the lineup, give us a little different complexion back there.”
- Bruce Garrioch: The league should decide soon when the Senators-Penguins series starts, lots of logistics for both teams.
- Matt Pepin of the Boston Globe: The Bruins flight was canceled last night due to mechanical issues with their charter. The Bruins will leave this morning. The Maple Leafs flew out last night. GM Peter Chiarelli released a statement last night:
“Late during tonight’s game we were made aware that there was a malfunction with our airplane. As a result we are staying in Toronto on Sunday night and the team will travel to Boston on Monday morning.”
- Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune: Dave Bolland was back practicing in his center spot on the third line over the weekend, and coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Bolland will be returning to the lineup to start round two.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Andrew Ference missed last night’s game with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day.
- TSN: Senators Jason Spezza practiced with teammates yesterday for the first time since having back surgery on February 1st.
“It’s been a long process and a long season for me,” Spezza said. “It felt good to join the team again and get some reps in. It may not seem like it and I may not play this year, but for me it’s a small victory.”
It’s not known if Spezza will travel with the team to Pittsburgh. Coach Paul MacLean doesn’t think he’s ready.
“He’s a long ways away,” said MacLean after practice.
Morning Hits: Sunday’s schedule, West scenarios, Hart nominees, Neilsen, Spezza, Avalanche and Canadiens
- Matt Pepin of the Boston Globe: Sunday’s schedule:
4:30 p.m.: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers Game 6
7 p.m.: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 7-x
7:30 p.m.: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 6
10 p.m.: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, Game 7-x
- Eric Stephens: “If Ducks win Sunday, it’s ANA-LA and SJ-CHI. If DET wins, it plays CHI and SJ faces LA.”
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares were named as candidates for the Hart Trophy.
- John Shannon: Sounding like there is progress being made between the IIHF, NHL, NHLPA regarding the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The major issues remaining appear to be “logistics in Sochi and cost of travel and insurance and who pays.” If/when an agreement is reached, the NHL will be shut down from February 8th to February 25th, 2014.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders Frans Neilsen left Game 5 against the Penguins in the 3rd period and his status for Game 6 is unknown.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Sounds like there is a chance that Jason Spezzawill get back into the Senators lineup for round two. He’s been skating with the black aces/reserves.
“I think that over the weekend, probably, he’ll continue to work hard and we’ll see then.
“It’ll then be up to Jason and (coach) Paul (MacLean) to decide if he’s going to practise with the team or take a little longer.
“But there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
- Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche did some management restructuring. Josh Kroenke will be the teams president, replacing Pierre Lacroix, who will stay on as an advisor. Joe Sakic will be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and Greg Shermanwill remain as the general manager.
“Greg Sherman will work with Joe in managing the day-to-day business operations of the team as General Manager,” added Kroenke. “I know he is just as optimistic as Joe and I are about the future of our team.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett’s contract expires on June 30th and would be a home run hire by the Avalanche if they get the opportunity to talk to him. The uncertainty of the ownership situation has left the Coyotes coaching staff and general manager in limbo as they would all like to know where the team may be located before signing deals.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Michael Ryder will be one of the Canadiens top free agents heading into the offseason, but they may not be willing to match the money or term that others may offer. Colby Armstrong and Jeff Halpren will be UFAs. Halpren may be worth bringing back. RFAs include: Michael Blunden, Ryan White, Petteri Nokelainen and Gabriel Dumont.
Morning Hits: Vokoun, Fraser, Gionta, Canadiens injuries, Canucks offseason questions and Blue Jackets free agents
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma on starting Tomas Vokoun: “We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us…He’s done that for us & he’s been very good vs. the #Isles.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser was taken to the hospital to check for any broken bones after taking a shot off his face.
- Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Brian Gionta will have surgery on Friday for a torn left bicep. He hopes to be ready for training camp.
- Renaud Lavoie: Brandon Prust and Ryan White are out tonight. Carey Price is day-to-day.
- Ottawa Senators: Senators Jason Spezza is on to the next phase of his rehab, past the “public skate” phase. He won’t be able to get into the lineup until he’s fully skating with the team.
- Ottawa Senators: Senators Mike Hoffman should be available soon.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Ziemer’s thoughts on the Canucks coaching staff.
The jobs of head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff are most certainly on the line and general manager Mike Gillis is going to face some uncomfortable questions from ownership over the team’s second straight playoff collapse.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Canucks have the highest payroll going into next season, but trading Roberto Luongo or an amnesty buyout of Keith Ballard($4.2 million for two years) will help them get down below the new cap of $64.3 million. Five questions for the Canucks this offseason are:
• Do the Canucks have a bona fide No. 1 goalie in Schneider moving forward?
• Should this team still be built around the Sedins?
• Will Ryan Kesler ever be injury-free?
• Does this team have the right supporting cast to still contend?
• Is it time to retool, rebuild or be patient for one more run with this core?
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on contract talks with their free agents, including goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
“We’re working on them. It’s a work in progress on all fronts. Everything has been started, everything is in progress. We’re waiting to hear back from a few agents. Obviously, Bobrovsky is a high priority for us. I told him in the (exit) meetings that everybody talks about his great play, and sure it was remarkable. But I’m even more impressed with his work ethic, how he prepares for the game and every practice, how he takes care of recovery after every game, the routine he goes through every day. That’s what I’m most impressed about Bobrovsky. He sets the bar high for the rest of the guys. I don’t think anybody’s going to argue with me if we says he’s the MVP of our team this year. If he sets the bar that high with the way he works everyday, it’s going to be hard for anybody else in that room to say, well, I’m not going to do this or that today. That’s what I think it’s all about, your best players being your hardest working players. And that’s what we have in Bob.”
On Bobrovsky’s contract talks …
“It’s going to take its course, and it’s going to take its time. Some (deals) are quicker than others. We’ll have to stay more patient with some than others. I don’t anticipate any problems. It’s going to be a negotiation. His agent, his representatives are professionals. They have their thought process and we have ours. I’m sure we’re going to reach a result here in the near future.”
- Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Ray Emery will miss Game 1 of their series with the Wild. Both are out with lower-body injuries.
“We’re going to rule them out for (Tuesday),” Quenneville said. “We’ll say day-to-day. We’re hopeful they’re going to be on the ice real soon. We expect them on the ice real soon.”
Henrik Karlsson will back up Corey Crawford. Michael Handzus will center Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Jason Pominville, who had been out with a head injury, practiced yesterday on a line with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Coach Mike Yeo wouldn’t say for sure that he’ll be available for Game 1 against the Blackhawks.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues T.J. Oshie feels he’s ready to go, but coach Ken Hitchoch isn’t giving him the green light just yet.
“We’ll get an evaluation to see how ‘Osh’ feels (after practice) and how he looked and then we’ll evaluate it (Tuesday),” Hitchcock said.
Adam Cracknell may come out of the lineup if Oshie is back. Vladimir Tarasenko could also be the odd man out. Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Darren Helm (back) traveled with the team to Anaheim and briefly skated yesterday. There is little chance that he plays again this season.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: It’s unlikely that Jason Spezza will get back into the Senators lineup, unless they go deep into the playoffs.
“I suspect we would probably have to go a little distance (in the playoffs) for that to happen,” Murray said Monday.
- Andy Strickland: Blues TJ Oshie said that he should be good to go when the playoffs begin on Tuesday or Wednesday. Added that he won’t push his ankle if it’s less than 100%.
- Ian Mendes: Senators Jason Spezza has started skating, but he’s only done light on-ice drills. Coach Paul MacLean said that Spezza’s “not even close to joining team,” and only at the ”public skating” stage.
- Elliott Pap: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on Cory Schneider being able to practice after the the Oilers game: ”Couldn’t answer that.”
- David Pollak: Sharks Martin Havlat had a maintenance day yesterday and should be back in the lineup tonight. Kings defenseman Matt Greene is day-to-day.
- Elliott Pap: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieka is expected to be able to go for their last regular season game.
- Michael Russo: Wild’s Jason Pominville missed last night’s game, and they are only saying that he’s day-to-day.
Injury Notes: Senators, Penguins, Laich, Antropov, Oshie, Anisimov, Cizikas, Gervais, Marchand and Bergeron
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Ian Mendes: Neither of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson skated yesterday. A scheduled day off for Karlsson and Spezza worked out off-ice.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Injured Penguins Paul Martin, Sidney Crosby and James Neal all skated before practice yesterday. Neal has been symptom free since Monday.
- Mark Masters: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich: “We want him to be pain free before he goes on the ice again so he’s working as hard as he can to become pain free.” At the moment, they are not considering surgery for Laich’s groin. There is no timetable for his return.
- Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Claude Noel said that Nik Antropov (lower-body) skated for the first time since suffering his injury. He’s day-to-day and could return this week.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues TJ Oshie has a stress fracture and had surgery yesterday. Timetable is unknown. Andy Strickland: Was told that a screw may have been needed to fix Oshie’s ankle. Jeremy Rutherford: Oshie is week-to-week.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov (concussion) is traveling with the team. He won’t play on Wednesday or Thursday, but hasn’t been ruled out for any games beyond that.
- B.D. Gallof: Islanders Casey Cizikas left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Flyers.NHL.com: Flyers Bruno Gervais had surgery last Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand has been “cleared for contact.” Patrice Bergeron’s return tonight is “highly probable.”
- The Fourth Period: The Devils are looking to add goal scorer by the deadline. Lou Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger,
“There is no question in my mind a splash usually upsets things. Adding pieces complements,” Lamoriello told the paper. “That’s not saying it will always be the case, but adding pieces would be more the norm (for the Devils).”
The Devils are said to be interested in Stars Jaromir Jagr.
“The timing is everything,” Lamoriello said. “But if we can get better, depending on what the price is, we’ll do what we’ve always done in the past and see where things fall.”
- John Glennon of the Tennessean: Predators Mike Fisher injured his hand blocking a shot last night. X-rays were inconclusive.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday that center Jason Spezzamay not return this season.
“(Erik) Karlsson and (Spezza) are real borderline at this time,” said Murray.
Spezza is still experiencing pain and hasn’t been back on the ice lately. Stars Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr would be nice fits, but GM Joe Nieuwendyk is looking for a first round pick in return.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders contract with Lubomir Visnovsky could be done soon.
- Mike Corcoran: Scouting the Lightning-Devils game: Wild, 3 Penguins, 3 Red Wings, Flames, Senators and Blackhawks. Hawks and Wings are usually regualrs.
NHL Rumors: Rangers and Gaborik, Senators, Johnson, Stars, Perry, Kings, Iginla, Bernier and the Canucks
- Andrew Gross of The Record: There are whispers that the Rangers could be gauging the interest for winger Marian Gaborik. It may not be until the offseason or until they think a new deal is implausible. His five year, $37.5 million contract expires after next season. There seems to be a growing disconnect between coach John Tortorella and Gaborik. Gaborik has been dropped to the third line on occasion, and has been switched to left wing this year.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: After acquiring Matt Kassian earlier this week, Senators GM Bryan Murray won’t be rushing to make any trades.
“It depends on how the team plays and the needs at the time,” said Murray. “We’ve got a number of bodies that hopefully are coming back in the near future.
“We’ll just have to wait to see how it plays out and if, and what, we can down around the trade deadline with the personnel that we have.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (mailbag) Reader asks about the Stars possibly looking at Jack Johnson for Trevor Daly and a prospect deal. Heika’s magic eight-ball says to “Ask again later.” Heika notes that Johnson is injury prone and Daly hasn’t been. The Blue Jackets may not make Johnson available. Heika thinks most teams will pass on Panthers Brian Campbell due to his three years remaining at $7.1 million.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Don’t think for minute that the Ducks will trade Corey Perry in the next month. Brennan thinks it makes sense for the Senators to go after him in the offseason. He could line up with one of best playmakers in Jason Spezza and one of the most dynamic defenseman in Erik Karlsson. They have the cap space.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun says to watch the Kings if and when the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes begin. The Bruins and Penguins are interested, but the Kings have the right mix and could dangle Jonathan Bernier. LeBrun thinks the Kings may want to get a pick as well with Iginla for a possible future franchise goalie. The Red Wings could be interested in Iginla as well.Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been working the phones the last 7 to 10 days. They desperately want to find help up the middle. They may have been in the running for Stephen Weiss before he got hurt. They’ve checked in with the Sabres regarding Steve Ott. It doesn’t look like the Sabres are interested in moving him at this point.
The Rangers may not be shopping Marian Gaborik, but he is available if he brings them some of their targets at the deadline. The Rangers are looking for a right handed top-four defenseman and a couple bottom-six grinding type forwards.