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Roster Notes: Blues, Wild, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Penguins, Bruins, Capitals, Canadiens, and Ducks
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues T.J. Oshie was skating with Patrik Berglund and David Perron this morning.
- Michael Russo: Wild’s Jason Pominville has been ruled out of Game 1.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak said he’ll play in Game 1 against the Bruins. Mark Masters: Bozak isn’t sure if he’ll be able to take face-offs.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks Cory Schneider said he’s ready to go and will let the coaches know when they have their meeting today.
- Dan Rosen: Rangers Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) and Brian Boyle (knee) didn’t practice today. Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) is still wearing a non-contact jersey. Defenseman Marc Staal practiced again, but there is no timetable.
- Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak skated between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel today. Other lines: Komarov-McClement-Orr … McLaren now skating with extras Hamilton & Colborne, Lupul with Grabovski-Kulemin for the 1st time … Frattin reunited with good buddy Kadri & MacArthur
- Dan Rosen: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Zuccarello; Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan; Kreider-Brassard-Pyatt; Powe-Newbury-Asham.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins lines: Kunitz – Malkin – Neal, Dupuis – Jokinen – Iginla, Morrow – Sutter – Cooke, Glass – Adams – Kennedy/Bennett.
- Boston Bruins: Bruins lines: Lucic-Krejci-Horton/gold: Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin/grey: Daugavins-Kelly-Jagr/merlot: Paille-Campbell-Thornton.
- Ken Wiebe: Capitals lines: Ovechkin, Backstrom+Johansson, Brouwer, Ribeiro+Erat, Fehr, Perreault+Chimera and Volpatti, Hendricks, Beagle. Defensive pairings: Green and Alzner, Carlson and Erskine and Oleksy and Hillen. Ward and Wolski the extra F’s, Poti and Schultz the extra D.
- John Lu: Canadiens lines: Ryder – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Bourque Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher Moen/White/Prust Armstrong/Halpern/Weber.
- Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Higgins-Kesler-Kassian; Raymond-Roy-Hansen; Ebbett-Lapierre-Weise. Defensive pairings: Hamhuis-Garrison; Edler-Bieksa; Alberts-Corrado; Ballard-Barker.
- Craig Custance: Jonas Hiller will start Game 1 for the Ducks against the Red Wings.
Injury, Lines and Goalie Notes: Hurricanes, Capitals, Lightning, Canadiens, Stars, Oilers, Maple Leafs and Ducks
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Justin Faulk is out 2-4 weeks with a knee sprain.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green said he’ll play tomorrow against the Jets.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Lightning coach Guy Boucher said that Victor Hedman is good to go.
- John Lu via twitter: Canadiens defensive pairings: Markov – Emelin; Gorges – Subban; Bouillon – Tinordi; Kaberle.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Whitney-Benn-Eriksson. Morrow-Roy-Cole. Smith-Eakin-Jagr. Nystrom-Fiddler-Roussel.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin, ?-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Fehr, Hendricks-Beagle-Ward.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Jones-RNH-Eberle, Paajarvi-Gagner-Yakupov, Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky, Petrell-Smyth-Brown. Same defense. Dubnyk starts.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Mathieu Garon is looking like the starter for the Lightning against the Leafs.
- Mark Lazerus via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks against the Blackhawks.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: To LeBrun’s understanding, the Ducks will have contract talks with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the next 7 to 10 days. LeBrun thinks a Getzlaf deal will get done, but is not sure about Perry. It would be hard for the Ducks to trade Perry at the deadline considering they are challenging for first overall. LeBrun is guessing there is a real chance that the Ducks trade Perry at the trade deadline, regardless of what position they are in. LeBrun also doesn’t think the Ducks would trade Jonas Hiller this season.On the trade front:
“Nobody wants to take any significant money back,” said one Eastern Conference GM on Monday.
“The question I’m asking myself is why would I take on a player with three more years on his deal at $3 million or $4 million a year and then have that contract limit what I can do this summer?” a Western Conference GM told ESPN.com.
Teams like the Senators, Maple Leafs, Flyers, and Rangers have been put off by the high asking price for Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly.
“I just think they don’t really want to move him unless it’s a home-run offer,” said one Eastern Conference GM. “That’s their prerogative, really.”
Keep an eye on the Penguins if the Flames and Jarome Iginla decide to move on.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Sportsnet Doug MacLean on Team 1260 Radio yesterday talking about defenseman Ryan Whitney:
”Can they move Whitney?” MacLean said. ” I am hearing Whitney, the offers are not coming. There’s very little in the way of an offer for Whitney. I’m shocked by that. I haven’t seen him like you guys have, but has he dropped that dramatically that there’s not even offers for him out there?
“And then I heard the other day whispers that he could go on waivers. That can’t be true. But I did hear whispers of it on the weekend from a couple of agents and it shocked me. But it probably isn’t true, but as they say in P.E.I: I’m not telling you it’s the truth, I’m just telling you what I heard.“
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils may look to trade for a top-6 forward that would bring some scoring. Chere wonders if they have enough to get a top-6 without having to give up defenseman Jon Merrill.
“I don’t have a no-trade, no-movement or any of those, so I know it can happen,” said defenseman Andy Greene, whose name often seems to come up when trades are the topic. “I know Lou is going to do whatever is best for the team that he sees fit. It that’s it, that’s it. I can’t argue with him about that. It’s not something I put a lot of energy or focus into.”
Greene said that trade rumors once use to be a distraction, but no longer.
“Honestly, no. That’s the business. I know any day you can be gone. You can be traded, put on waivers, sent down. I think maybe, in reality, my first and second year I kind of thought about it and made more of it than I should have just because it was my first time going through it,” Greene said.
Adam Larsson won’t be deal, and it’s unlikely that Bryce Salvador is moved. Scouts could be watching Henrik Tallinder when he’s playing.
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher thinks the Canucks still need to add a third line center. Though Jordan Schroeder may grow in to the spot, at the moment they need to improve there. They have an excess of wingers. Kevin Bieksa is expected back soon.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: There are rumors that the Flyers are interested in Dustin Byfuglien.
Injury notes: Karlsson, Kesler, Hiller, Zubrus, Duchene, Jovanovski, Malhotra, Franzen, Schultz and Gleason
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Erik had surgery this morning to repair a 70% cut in his achilles. Recovery time is 3-4 months” … ”Erik Karlsson’s season is effectively over.“
- Senators.NHL.com: Audio of Murray talking about Erik Karlsson.
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Kesler has been medically cleared to return.
- Eric Stephen via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller has missed the last 2 games with a lower-body but could return this weekend. He could be on the bench tonight or on Saturday.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils winger Dainius Zubrus had surgery on his left wrist and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene has been playing through a charley horse on his hip. Duchene has a history of this type of nagging issue and knows it comes and goes.
- Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers Ed Jovanovski is “at least another week away,” Dineen said. “It’s going to be a little bit.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Canucks Manny Malhotra has been shut down for the rest of the season. He’s not formally prepared to retire. McKenzie thinks that Malhotra could act as an unofficial assistant coach with players in Vancouver and Chicago (AHL). Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks put Malhotra on the IR and is done for the year.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings Johan Franzen wasn’t on the ice yesterday.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Oilers Justin Schultz was injured in some capacity, but still practiced for a bit. Oilers coaches decided to shut him down for the rest of practice.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason has a lower-body injury. Coach Kirk Muller said that Joni Pitkanen might be for Montreal next week.
Bruins likely not interested in Iginla … Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t interest the Penguins … Leafs not dealing for goalie … NHL realignment
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun doesn’t think that the Bruins have interest in Jarome Iginla.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins don’t have an interest in Ryan O’Reilly and with the possibility of moving him to the wing for their top-6.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs will call up Jussi Rynnas to backup Ben Scrivens and the Marlies acquired Drew MacIntrye on loan. They won’t pull off a trade while James Reimer is out for the week he’s expected to miss. Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: If Scrivens falters, and if Reimer is out long-term, Kosham lists potential goalies the Leafs could go after. Trading for Jonathan Bernier (LA), Jonas Hiller (ANA) or Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM). Free agent options are Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin. Roberto Luongo is highly unlikely due to the asking price of Nazem Kadri and/or Tyler Bozak.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The NHL’s realignment plan may be known in the next couple weeks.
“The last two weeks we’ve been in constant communication with the NHLPA on realignment issues,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Tuesday. “We’ve been exchanging information and we’re trying to get to a resolution as soon as possible.”
They will meet again to discuss realignment next week, with the possibility of putting it to vote in the week of Feb. 25th. LeBrun thinks there are a couple teams moving around from the December 2011 proposal that is listed below.
Conf. A Conf. B Conf. C Conf. D Anaheim Chicago Boston Carolina Calgary Columbus Buffalo New Jersey Colorado Dallas Florida New York Islanders Edmonton Detroit Montreal New York Rangers Los Angeles Minnesota Ottawa Philadelphia Phoenix Nashville Tampa Bay Pittsburgh San Jose St. Louis Toronto Washington Vancouver Winnipeg
- Anaheim Ducks via twitter: From Bruce Boudreau: Jonas Hiller’s lower-body injury is improving and should skate today. Defenseman Cam Fowler, out with an upper-body injury, is unlikely to play on the rest of their road trip.
- Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: Maple Leafs James Reimer was helped off the ice by John-Michael Liles with a leg injury and will undergo tests today.
“We don’t think it’s that serious at this point,” said Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. “He shouldn’t miss any extended period of time. … He’s probably going to miss some time, but it won’t be a long drawn out process.”
- Lou Korac via twitter: Blues Jaroslav Halak re-injured his groin in warmups. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Coach Ken Hitchcock didn’t know Halak’s status moving forward.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn’t think that Ryan Malone’s injury will be long-term. He’s been battling with the injury and it flared up during the pregame warmup.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson left in the 3rd period of last night’s game after taking a check from Coyotes Martin Hanzal. He appeared to injury his shoulder or chest. Patrick Bordeleau also left the game with a hand injury. Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk and Jamie McGinn left during the game but did return.
- Vicki Hall via twitter: Flames Mikael Backlund will be out for four to six weeks with a MCL sprain.
- Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Flames Michael Cammalleri is day-to-day with a hip flexor.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Flames have put Miikka Kiprusoff on the IR retroactive to February 5th.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller left last night’s game with a lower-body injury that is not expected to be serious.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi will be out indefinitely with a back injury. The Wings are calling up Joakim Andersson. Darren Helm will begin rehab on Monday with a sore back. Carlo Colaiacovo isn’t expected to return from his shoulder injury until mid-month. Brendan Smith is out at least a month with a shoulder injury. Jonas Gustavsson has a pulled groin, and hasn’t played this season.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog didn’t practice yesterday but they are optimistic that he could resume skating soon. He hasn’t skated since January 19th after being hit by Brad Stuart. He suffered a head and neck injury on the play.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Jason Spezza has been told to do nothing for at least two weeks after having surgery to repair a disc in his back last week. He still hopes to return this season.
“Everything went well. It’s good to have everything done and get started on recovery now,” said Spezza. “You always aim to push your rehab and get a bit more aggressive with things.
“(Athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) has already talked to me about making sure we’re doing things right and not getting too carried away. The goal is to get back before the end of the season and, hopefully, help us through the end of the year and the playoffs.”
Quick Hits: Simmonds, Wisniewski, Goligoski, Lander, Gunnarsson, Halak, Letang, Burns, Rangers lines, and Hiller starts
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers Wayne Simmonds should play on Saturday.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski hopes to play on Sunday.
- Stars PR via twitter: Alex Goligoski will be back in the Stars lineup and will be paired with Jamie Oleksiak.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Oilers Anton Lander has a broken foot and will be out for a month.
- David Alter via twitter: There is still no timetable on when Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson will return to the lineup. He has a hip issue, some days are better than others.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Blue Jaroslav Halak has skated the last two days and plans to stop pucks tomorrow. The earliest he would play is Monday.
- Boston Bruins via twitter: Brad Marchand is “day-to-day” and Claude Julien said ”he felt really good today, to the point where we have to consider him being a possibility for tomorrow.”
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang did not travel with the team and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was paired with Brad Stuart today in practice. Coach McLellan confirmed that Burns will play “very soon.” The Sharks will have to make a roster move before Burns is able to return.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Stepan-Nash, Gaborik-Richards-Pyatt, Kreider-Miller-Callahan, Boyle/Powe-Halpern-Asham.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks tonight against the Stars. Viktor Fasth will likely start tomorrow against the Blues.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Sergei Kostitsyn signed with Avangard of the KHL.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller is sitting tight, but might start looking harder at overseas options. He doesn’t feel good about taking another goalies job.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Teemu Selanne will play with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League if the lockout goes much longer. He said it would be his last season.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: John Davidson, “If (my next stop) is Columbus, I can tell you this: That hockey club is better than the one we took over in St. Louis. That one was way, way down the ladder. But this Blue Jackets team is not that far off. There are some pieces there to work with, absolutely. They’ve got some real players there.”
Some Rangers may be going overseas … Karlsson thinking Sweden … Landeskog not going to AHL … Jets assigned to AHL
- Steve Zipay of Newsday: Michael Del Zotto on going overseas, “But it’s not easy, you can’t just pick up and go,” referring to costly insurance. Carl Hagelin on going overseas, “I’ll probably take another week to decide, but the way things are going, you have to look into it.” Marc Staal isn’t ruling out going overseas and added, “It doesn’t look like this [labor stalemate] is going to end quickly. It’s gotten ugly.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Henrik Lundqvist will consider going to Sweden when the league commits to adding NHLers,
“I’m going to stay put for a little while, and skate and train here, but if this isn’t settled soon, I’ll choose the option that will allow me to be in the best shape for the Rangers once the season begins,” the Vezina-winning goaltender said.
“And if playing high-level games in Sweden does become a possibility, that probably would be the best way for me to accomplish that.”
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Erik Karlsson could be heading to Sweden soon,
“Obviously, they know I want to come home,” Karlsson said Friday at the Bell Sensplex. “I’ve been talking to them since this summer. Now it’s just a matter of getting a solution done and making it work for everyone.
“I don’t want to put the team in any debt or anything, and I want to make them a better team if I come. I don’t want it to be unfair for anyone.”
Karlsson could get up to $70,000-$80,000 a month to play in the SEL, but his insurance cost could take most of that.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Gabriel Landeskog won’t be going to the AHL during the lockout. He plans to stay in Denver until at least the middle of October, and will consider his options at that time.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Michael Frolik signed with Chomutov.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Luca Sbisa signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. Jonas Hiller is in talks with a few teams, but there is no timetable on what he’s going to do.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets assigned Mark Dekanich, Paul Postma, Derek Meech, Spencer Machacek, Aaron Gagnon, Ben Maxwell and Maxime Macenauer to St. John’s of the AHL.
- Katie Strang via twitter: There are no formal CBA meetings scheduled for today. Steve Fehr and Bill Daly will speak today.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: “Question to hockey world: if players were so hopeful that this lockout would be resolved soon, why is there a mass exodus to Europe already?”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league said they won’t sign NHL players, will re-evaluate at later date.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Niklas Backstrom was injured yesterday at practice and may not join Dinamo Minsk.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Valtteri Filppula signed with Jokerit.
- Lisa Dillman via twitter: There are reports that Jonas Hiller is going to Switzerland, but that is not the case according to his agent. Going to wait and see.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will join Pavel Datsyuk on CSKA.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: R-Sport is reporting that CSKA will sign Mikhail Grabovski instead of Anton Volchenkov. 3 player limit.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Vladimir Tarasenko will sign with SKA.
Flames cut ties with Sutter, Lowery … Stars interested in Parise and a Dman … Some Ducks won’t be back … Brodeur wants to play next year …Bitz gets 2 games
- Vicki Hall of hte Calgary Herald: The Calgary Flames have mutually parted ways with head coach Brent Sutter yesterday. Assistant coach Dave Lowry will not have his contract renewed. Sutter,“After discussions with Jay since the season ended, it was in the best interest of the organization and myself to part ways. I wish the Calgary Flames all the best.”
- Ian Busby of QMI Agency: Busby names some possible targets for the Flames next head coach. 1. Troy Ward (head coach of Abbotsford, AHL) 2. Bob Boughner (head coach Windsor, OHL) 3. Bob Hartley (head coach ZSC, Switzerland) 4. Craig MacTavish (head coach Chicago, AHL) 5. Mike Sullivan (assistant coach, NY Rangers).
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (Mailbag) If the Stars are able to land a Zach Parise, they may have to unload some contracts, and Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott could be the guys. Other teams will have interest in Morrow and Ott. Richard Bachman will have to battle Jack Campbell for the backup roll next season. Campbell may be better with 1 more year of development. Heika thinks they could land Parise and make a trade for a defenseman. They might have to wait for a new CBA before they make a move on a defenseman.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Corey Perry, Jonas Hiller, Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa aren’t going anywhere. Ryan Getzlaf is entering a contract year and would be hard to replace. Bobby Ryan could be used to improve defense and depth. The Ducks have 8 unrestricted free agents, and hope to re-sign Saku Koivu. Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman and Dan Ellis are as good as gone. Center Rod Pelley may not be re-signed either. They will have decisions to make on George Parros and Sheldon Brookbank.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Coyotes Radim Vrbata is day-to-day with an injury.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Predators defenseman Hal Gill didn’t practice yesterday and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Canadiens have called the Red Wings about Jim Nill for their vacant GM position. In the past the Red Wings have said no to any team calling about him. The L.A .Times reported on Wednesday that the Canadiens are interested in Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall and Kings executive Luc Robitaille. The Canadiens have also inquired about Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin, Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois and Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Odds are Martin Brodeur will be back with the Devils next year.“I don’t know what the future will bring me. I want to play more, but a lot of circumstances could happen that I won’t,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to this.”
“I’m not 100 percent sure about next year because I don’t have a contract and I’m not negotiating or anything,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see what the future brings after these playoffs. But this season definitely answered a lot of questions in the way I’m able to perform and my willingness to do it every day. That was one of the things that was worrying me a little bit.
“You need to want to come to the rink. You need to want to travel. I’ve been doing it for a long time and I really regained that desire this season. That’s why I didn’t want to lean one way or the other for the longest time. Just because I wanted to see if I was up for the grind.”
- Canucks Byron Bitz suspended for 2 games.