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Posts Tagged John Mitchell
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said that ownership has been very supportive so far, and that trade talks have become more focused. He also noted that he’s received lots of “creativity” in trade interest with several of their players.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: There may be more interest in Stars Steve Ott if he wasn’t making $3.2 million next year.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Wild have recalled goalie Matt Hackett due to a Josh Harding minor injury. It’s not trade related.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he did not set a deadline day for re-signing Tuomo Ruutu. Some assumed that he did since he mentioned he expected a decision by mid-week. Rutherford added: “We’ve worked very hard on it and gone as far as we can go. We’re hoping he’s staying and will get a positive answer from him.” He also said he didn’t expect to be active leading up to the deadline. “I say that now, but you can get surprised.” The Hurricanes also hope to get Joni Pitkanen back in the lineup in the next 10 days.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: One of the Sharks star players wouldn’t be opposed to them adding Sean Avery, saying the veterans could handle him. Sharks management may not be on the same page as their star player though.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings and Todd Bertuzzi are closing in on a 2 year contract extension worth close to $2.2 million per season.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexander Radulov is saying the Predators are “pressing” him to return to the NHL.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: From Cotsonika’s interview with Sharks GM Wilson, he said that the early deals are the best but “sellers can sometimes dictate that if they’re going to put a guy on the market or not.” In other words, Wilson may prefer to make a big deal in the summer.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have begun talks with pending free agent Brandon Prust. Other Rangers free agents are Ruslan Fedotenko, Martin Biron, Steve Eminger, John Mitchell and Jeff Woywitka.
Here is the 3rd installment of our expanded NHL Trade Deadline coverage. We’ll be posting team outlooks leading up to trade deadline over the next couple weeks from a variety of contributing writers.
In an era of armchair video game General Managers, it’s hard not to pick through every trade rumor with a fine-toothed comb to improve your team’s “overall” rating by lobbying for any player you believe would be an upgrade. This of course does not take chemistry into consideration, and with the New York Rangers building towards contention, it may be best to leave the roster alone. At the all-star break the team sits atop the Eastern Conference in points, and has the highest winning percentage in the NHL.
When the New York Rangers’ CEO James Dolan appeared at the podium before reporters after a win against the Nashville Predators a short time ago, he explained that he and General Manager Glen Sather’s plan was finally coming to fruition.
“In 2004, things weren’t going so well,” Dolan explained hitting the nail on the obvious head. “We decided to re-do the strategy… It’s all about the system that [Glen Sather] built. It’s about the farm system, and the scouting system and development. It’s about going with the kids, and sticking with that philosophy.”
Needless to say, when the man signing the paychecks starts buying into the team philosophy, it seems like an awful idea to betray what has gotten the team this far.
Sunday notes involving Crosby, Maple Leafs, Whitney, Oilers, Waivers, Rangers, Gudbranson, Smaby and a Shanahan video
- AP in the Globe and Mail: Penguins forward Sidney Crosby is expected to miss the Penguins home opener next week. Crosby has been practicing with the team since Sept. 17th, but hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs are looking to package some of their depth to acquire an established player. They have too many forwards and defenseman. They lack high-level offensive and physical players. Matthew Lombardi may be better suited for Phil Kessel’s center as he is a left handed shot, Tim Connolly and Kessel are both right handed shots.
- Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star: Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur was suspended for the last nights pre-season game and 2 regular season games for his hit on Justin Abdelkader on Friday night. (Shanahan video at bottom of the post)
- Kevin McGran of hte Toronto Star: Leafs coach Ron Wilson knows what the Leafs opening roster will look like. GM Brian Burke said that if Jake Gardiner makes the team, he’d likely be paired with Mike Komisarek. McGran says that Komisarek is a top 6 for sure. McGran doesn’t think the Leafs should keep either Jay Rosehill or Colton Orr on the roster.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Ray Whitney’s name keeps popping up as a possible Bruins, and it’s not the first time. The 39 year old will be a UFA at season’s end, and is coming off a 57 point season. Once Marc Savard is put on LTIR, the Bruins would have the space for him. Adam Larsson looks to have made the Devils, and could see time on the top power play unit.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Matheson wonders if Oilers could trade one of their young forwards for a puck moving defenseman. They need one with Ryan Whitney hurt.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Oilers Taylor Fedun had a metal rod inserted into his broken femur. Icing will now become an NHL hot topic.
- David Satriano of the NY Post: The Rangers cut their roster to 25. Dylan McIlrath to junior, and defensemen Tim Erixon and Blake Parlett, and forwards Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Dale Weise to their AHL affiliate. Sean Avery and Erik Christensen are battling for the 13th forward roster spot.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: On waivers yesterday: Mancari, Duco, Parent, (VAN); Pouliot, Tikhonov (PHX); Mitchell, Newbury, Kris (NYR); Stapleton (WPG); St Pierre, Giroux, Holden, (CBJ).
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson realizes he may get a 9 game “audition” before they deciding if he’ll stay with the club.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Zipay thinks that several teams could be interested in defenseman Ryan Parent. Parent was put on waivers by the Canucks.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks defenseman Matt Smaby will be out 2-3 months with a torn ligament in his thumb. The Ducks have 26 players left on their camp roster. They have the option of putting Toni Lydman and Kurtis Foster on IR.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was back practicing for a 45 minute session yesterday. He’s spent the past few days resting minor injuries.
- Canadiens acquire goalie Drew McIntyre from the Thrashers for defenseman Brett Festerling.
- Capitals acquire Jason Arnott from the NJ Devils for David Steckel and a 2nd round pick.
- Canucks acquire Maxim Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp from the Anaheim Ducks for Joel Perrault and a 2011 3rd round pick.
- Canucks acquire Chris Higgins from the Panthers for a 2011 3rd round pick and defenseman Evan Oberg.
- Philadelphia Flyers acquire Tom Sestito from the the Blue Jackets for Greg Moore and Michael Chapot.
- Flames acquire Freddy Modin from the Thrashers for a 7th round pick.
- NY Rangers acquire John Mitchell from the Maple Leafs for a 2012 7th round pick.
- Ducks acquire Brad Winchester from the Blues for a 2012 3rd round pick.
- Hurricanes acquire Bryan Allen from the Panthers for Sergei Samsonov.
- Oilers acquire Kevin Montgomery from the Avalanche for Shawn Belle.
Updated: Darren Dreger via twitter: Leafs not expected to announce another trade today.
Brian Huddle via twitter: The Fan 590 just said that the Maple Leafs will be announcing a 2nd deal at Brian Burke’s 4:30 press conference. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Leafs are working on another deal, not clear if they can pull it off.
James Mirtle via twitter: Evgeni Malkin will have surgery tomorrow on his torn ACL and MCL and will be out 6 months.
Arthur Staple via twitter: Rangers forward Chris Drury out 6 weeks after having knee scoped
Adrian Dater via twitter: Peter Forsberg still has some immigration issues and won’t be in the Avs lineup.
Darren Dreger via twitter: Islanders GM Garth Snow is trying to make a ‘soft’ deal for a goalie. Not involving a high draft pick or top prospect.
Darren Dreger of TSN: The Rangers aren’t shopping Marian Gaborik, but he might be drawing some interest.
Darren Dreger audio on AM 640 (Monday): Around 8:40 remaining Dreger talks about Tomas Kaberle, and says the Leafs should be able to get a 2nd round pick plus a prospect.
Peter Chiarelli audio WEEI: Audio where Chiarelli said he’d consider trading the Maple Leafs 1st round pick. Also talks about Savard’s concussion, Dan Paille’s hit, the 2011 draft, that he’ll make a trade before the deadline.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Pascal Leclaire practiced yesterday, limiting to 25 minutes of lower-body work, could be the backup on Friday.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is taking part in practice but not “battle drills” as he recovers from his ankle injury, is getting closer to returning. He did travel with the team to Toronto, but they are still saying a return could be around the all-star break.
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ben Eager has been put on the IR by the Atlanta Thrashers with a lower-body injury.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mike Brown practiced with the Leafs again yesterday and is likely to play during the teams 4 game road trip which begins Friday. John Mitchell will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a knee injury in practice on Sunday. Audio from Ron Wilson after Leafs practice yesterday.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning goalie Mike Smith could be healthy to return next week, which will would give them 3 healthy goalies on their roster. Smith and Dan Ellis will battle to be the backup for Roloson.
Tallon would like ‘Coaches Challenge’ … Hossa out 2 weeks … Doughty hopefully to return Saturday … El Nino back to Junior
- Darren Dreger of TSN: At November’s General Managers meetings, GM Dale Tallon is considering proposing a ‘Coaches Challenge’. TSN polled some NHL coaches (“Would you support a coaches challenge for certain plays, like goalie interference?”), 14 were in agreement. Limits to what could be challenged would have to be in place. 7 coaches voted against the idea.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Joel Quenneville is saying Marian Hossa will be out “two weeks”.
- James Duthie via twitter: The Los Angeles Kings are hopeful that Drew Doughty will be back in the lineup this weekend.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The New York Islanders have sent Nino Niedereitter back to Portland (WHL).
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Boston Bruins will start Tim Thomas tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will start Jonas Gustavsson. Jonas Siegel via twitter: If Kris Versteeg (back) can’t go tonight, John Mitchell will likely take his spot on the 2nd line.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Tampa Bay Lightning have put Michael Vernace on waivers.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: If Blake Wheeler is moved by the Boston Bruins, Tyler Seguin could move into the top 2 lines. There still is the possibility that Seguin is sent back to Junior. An announcement could be made in the next 24-72 hours on Seguin’s future this year.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: New Jersey Devils defenseman Matt Corrente broke his hand last night.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Friday is the Ottawa Senators 1st game of the season, and it’s not known who their starting goalie will be. Coach Cory Clouston knows, but isn’t telling until Friday morning. “Elliott played three games and had a 3.24 GAA to go along with a .882 save percentage, while Leclaire had a 4.43 GAA and an even uglier .856 GAA.”
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Minnesota Wild will not be putting in a claim for Michael Grabner, who was put on waivers yesterday by the Florida Panthers.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Miroslav Satan signs with a Slovakian team, but has an out clause if the NHL comes calling.
- Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: Kevin Bieksa, who was rumored to be traded for most of the summer, finds himself on the number one defensive unit with Dan Hamhuis. Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Edler on the 2nd pairing, and Keith Ballard (had off-season hip surgery) with Andrew Alberts.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: John Mitchell is on a “chihuahua leash” after remaining with the club due to past play and not pre-season play, as Luca Caputi and mainly Christian Hanson outplayed him. Mitchell would have to clear waivers, and could snatched by someone. The same leash may be around Jeff Finger’s neck, he’s currently the team’s 7th defenseman. That may change soon as Brett Lebda and Matt Lashoff are recovering from injury. Roman Hamrlik, who’s been recovering from an off-season knee injury, skated with the team yesterday, and could be a go on Thursday.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabres currently have 26 players still in camp, and have until tomorrow to get down to 23. Marc-Andre Gragnani will be placed on IR, and if Patrick Lalime’s is over his groin injury, they’ll only need to make a decision on 1 player. Tomas Vanek should be ready for Friday’s opener, suffered a head/neck injury last week. Forward Matt Ellis is a likely candidate to be sent to Portland of the AHL, he’d have to clear through waivers first and there is a chance someone would claim him.
It’s a slow start to the morning so far, check back often as we’ll continue to bring updates all day long. You can also follow on twitter, receiving updates as to when new entries are posted.
- Jonas Seigel of AM640: The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned Nazem Kadri, Luca Caputi, Christian Hanson, and Jussi Rynnas to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. John Mitchell was kept over Christian Hanson, who probably had a better camp than Mitchell. From Brian Burke,
“If you go based on the way training camp went, I think Luca and Christian could both make a real good argument that this isn’t a fair result. They both played well, but again Luca had to knock out an incumbent—so whether that’s Freddie Sjostrom or whatever—didn’t do it in our estimation and Christian Hanson is not a guy we want playing six minutes a night. We want him to go down and play. He’s a young player, he needs to play. Same with Luca. Those two guys I think can make an argument this isn’t fair.”
Mike Zigomanis was put on waivers as well today.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: The Los Angeles Kings have put Erik Ersberg and Richard Clune on waivers.
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Bill Guerin was released from his tryout with the Philadelphia Flyers. Eric Duhatschek via twitter: Bill Guerin can still be a useful player. Could/would he head back to the Islanders?
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: The Flyers have sent Johan Backlund, Bourdon, Gustafsson, Kalinski, Testwuide, Laliberte and Holmstrom to the AHL Phantoms.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: 3 teams have contacted Brendan Morrison since he was released by the Vancouver Canucks.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Viktor Stalberg beat out Jeremy Morin for one of the last Chicago Blackhawks roster spots, Morin was sent to the AHL.
- Chris Vivlamore via twitter: The Atlanta Thrashers have released Fredrik Pettersson, Patrick Rissmiller, Arturs Kulda and Andrey Zubarev.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: The NHL and KHL have agreed to play nice, and have signed an agreement to honor contracts in each league, ie. no more Radulov cases. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: KHL president Medvedev hopes that the NHL will one day play regular season games in Russia. Medvedev may also see KHL clubs touring North America.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Anaheim Ducks have sent Maxime Macenauer to Syracuse of the AHL. Left winger Josh Green was put on waivers, and will be sent to Syracuse if he clears.
Kadri will be sent down to the Marlies … Ryan back on LW … O’Brien odd man out? Fowler makes Ducks, for now?
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: According to Shoalts, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the decision awhile ago that Nazem Kadri will be heading to the Marlies. Kadri’s 3 point night against the Senators didn’t change anything, nor would a solid effort tonight. Kadri has been outplayed by Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovsky, and is not suited for the 3rd line roll. Tim Brent holds the upper hand over John Mitchell for the 3rd line center position, with Christian Hanson locked in on the 4th line.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: By the end of the weekend, the Maple Leafs roster will be down to 23. Kadri looks to be in for an AHL-NHL season.
- Jonas Siegel of AM640 Toronto: Jonas Gustavsson was back at practice yesterday after leaving Tuesday’s practice with a minor groin issue.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Columbus GM Scott Howson and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini haven’t talked since a week before training camp started. Portzline still thinks something could happen as the roster deadline gets closer.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Shane O’Brien will make $1.6 million this season, and because Andrew Alberts will $1.05 million, he may get the nod over O’Brien. The Vancouver Canucks are $3 million over the cap, and if they decide to carry 7 defenseman, one will be on the move. When Sami Salo returns mid way through the season, another D will have to be moved. O’Brien, Alberts and Aaron Rome are battling for 6th spot. Rome makes $750,000, so most likely isn’t going anywhere. Coach Vigneault complimented Alberts play so far, and was luke warm towards O’Brien.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that they are still unsure if they will carry 21 or 22 players to start the season (23 is the max).
- Jason Botchford via twitter: Mikael Samuelsson will start the season along side the Sedin’s while Alex Burrows is out.
- Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: The Bobby Ryan experiment at center may be over as coach Randy Carlyle had him back on left wing with Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne yesterday at practice. For the time being he’ll play on the left side.
- Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: After waiving 2 more defenseman yesterday, the Anaheim Ducks are down to 7 healthy defenseman. So it appears, for at least the time being, that 2010 1st round draft pick Cam Fowler will start the year with the team. It looks like he’ll be with the team for at least the first 9 games of the season.
- Michael Russo via twitter: If the Minnesota Wild put in a claim on Martin Gerber (will know today), he’ll earn $500,000 in the NHL, $200,000 in the AHL and a $15,000 claiming fee.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Andres Lilja is making the trip with the San Jose Sharks to Europe, but is still on a pro try out.
- QMI Agency, Toronto Sun: Quebec City is moving ahead with their $400 million arena project, despite only have commitment for 55% of the funding. The Federal government haven’t said yet if they’ll contribute the remaining 45%.
Dallas Stars sale could drag on … Theodore interested in Minny but are they intersted in him? Parise open to talks during season
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The sale of the Dallas Stars may drag on for months as the lenders may wait for a deal they deem worthy. Monarch Investment Group and Galatioto Sports Group are the leading lenders involved, and are in control of the team. They have not gotten into serious negotiations, as potential buyers are not interested in purchasing the team at the current asking price. The longer this drags on, the harder it will be to sign Brad Richards to a contract extension. If they don’t have him signed by the trade deadline, they could look at dealing him, rather than losing him for nothing. Forbes valued the team at $246 million last year. The Tampa Bay Lightning were sold for between $110-170 million this year, after being sold for $206 million in 2008.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen will not play in Tuesday’s pre-season game as he has an groin injury. It sounds like it’s minor as he may play in Thursday game.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Jose Theodore’s agent has said his client would be interested in being the backup in Minnesota if the team decides to go that route.
“I told Chuck to keep me in mind. I think they’ll probably get their staff together and assess where they go from here, but I’d say, ‘It’s a consideration for them, yes, and Jose would be intrigued by Minnesota.’”
Theodore, who was the NHL’s 2002 winner of the Hart (MVP) and Vezina (best goaltender) trophies, is training every day as he waits for an opportunity. Meehan said Theodore, 34, hasn’t ruled out playing in Europe.
GM Cliff Fletcher said he’s received several calls from teams that could be interested in sending them their 2nd or 3rd goalies. Pierre-Marc Bouchard practiced for the first time in a year. He hopes to be ready for the start of the year, but that is doubtful.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise has said he’s open to contract talks with the New Jersey Devils during the season, if the team is open to doing that. Parise will be a RFA on July 1st 2011, a UFA in 2012. He currently doesn’t have an agent, but could hire one quickly if needed.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: At some point the New York Rangers will buyout Wade Redden, as he’s not going to play 4 years in the AHL.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Vancouver Canucks winger Sergei Shirokov may have lost his chance to make the opening day roster because of poor conditioning. Shirokov was held out of practice and worked with their fitness and skills coaches. The 24 year old turned down more money from the KHL for a chance to play in the NHL.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs winger Fredrik Sjostrom will play his 1st pre-season game this weekend. Sjostrom has been recovering from shoulder surgery. The battle for the 3rd line center position has comes down to John Mitchell, Tim Brent, or Nazem Kadri.
- John Wawrow (AP) on The Globe and Mail: The Buffalo Sabres have resumed talks with 2009 1st round pick, Zack Kassian. The Sabres had suspended talks after Kassian was charged with assault for punching a man at a bar in Windsor. He’s close to reaching an out-of-court settlement in that matter. I’ve seen him play a couple pre-season games this year, he looks like he can be a solid NHLer, and might be ready this year.
- Domien Cox via Twitter: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs could look at Paul Martin, ahead of Dan Hamhuis, if the bidding isn’t crazy.
- Mark Seidel via Twitter: Raffi Torres has been telling people that he’ll be signing the Maple Leafs on July 1st.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Talks between Nikolai Kulemin and the Maple Leafs are progressing but ‘a deal is not imminent’. Those talks have been put on hold as Nonis and Burke prepare for today. Kulemin still thinks he should be paid like a first line winger, in the $3 million range. John Mitchell, Wayne Primeau and Jamie Lundmark will hit the free agent market. The Leafs may revisit them later on if they are not signed, and other Leaf options don’t work out.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Likely targets for Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs: Colby Armstrong, Raffi Torres, and Dan Hamhuis. ‘Next in Line’ for Leafs: Manny Malhotra, Paul Martin, Aaron Asham. ‘Longshot’ Ilya Kovalchuk.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: It could be a slow free agent day for the Leafs. It’s speculated that Burke has no interest in Kovalchuk, too much money for too long of term. With a weak free agent class, Burke and Nonis seem more focused on trades. Possible free agent targets could be Matthew Lombardi, Colby Armstrong, Dan Hamhuis and Paul Martin.