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Posts Tagged Jonathan Ericsson
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Flyers winger Scott Hartnell will be out 4 to 8 weeks with broken first metatarsal in his left foot according to GM Paul Holmgren.
“Right now we’re trying to decide, talking to the doctor, what the best way to proceed is as far as how to approach this,” Holmgren said before the Flyers’ game against the New York Rangers. “I can’t give you a time frame. It’s probably going to be between four to eight weeks. … Obviously it’s a significant injury.”
Holmgren on Daniel Briere:
“He’s getting better,” Holmgren said. “I would say he’s maybe 50-50 on the weekend. I’ll have a better idea after the game.”
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Henrik Zetterberg skated with Damien Brunner and Johan Franzen. Pavel Datsyuk stated with Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi. Filppula left practice early to rest his knee. Forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Jakub Kindl should be available tonight. Jonathan Ericsson will be a game-time decision.
- Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul will be out for at least 6 weeks with a fractured forearm.
- Jason Gregor via twitter: Kings winger Simon Gagne had a tumor the size of a tennis ball removed from his neck in the summer. Headache free now.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Panthers Stephen Weiss has a lower body injury.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets Cam Atkinson is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers Andrej Meszaros has an upper-body injury, more will be known today. Frank Seravalli via twitter: Meszaros injured the same shoulder back in 2009. Missed 6 months after having surgery for a labrum tear.
- Phoenix Coyotes via twitter: Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Josh Brown via twitter: Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa is out 4 to 6 weeks with a MCL injury.
- ESPN: Sabres Ville Leino missed yesterday’s game against the Flyers and is day to day with a lower-body injury. The Sabres play the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers Zac Rinaldo took 20 stitches above his right knee. Not known if he’ll be available for Tuesday.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Cam Fowler (out with the flu) practiced yesterday. Expects to play today against the Flames.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is “questionable” for their game against the Blue Jackets after slamming into the boards, hurting his right shoulder. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson has a sore groin and the Wings will call up Tom McCollum. Jan Mursak will go on the IR with a collarbone injury to make room on the roster for McCollum. Mursak will have a CT scan tomorrow, and he could be out a couple weeks. If Bertuzzi’s test reveal he has mono, he’ll be out a month. If it’s the flu, he’ll be out a week. Patrick Eaves, who has been out for more than a year with a concussion, said “I’m ready to go.”
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo will be out about 4 weeks after suffering a right knee injury on Saturday. It was Carcillo’s first game since have major surgery on his left knee last January. Brandon Saad will replace Carcillo in the lineup, and could be on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
Talks to resume Wed./Thurs … Frolunda get money for Lundqvist … Voracek injured … Bryzgalov thinks some will remain in KHL
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Looking like talks will resume on Wednesday or Thursday, but it’s not finalized yet. John Shannon via twitter: There was little or no contact between the NHL or NHLPA yesterday. NHL and NHLPA will talk today to finalize plans and agenda.
- Jeff Klein of the NY Times: Frolunda has been able to get about the $30,000 per month needed to sign hometown hero Henrik Lundqvist, according to Goteborge-Posten and other news outlets. Lundqvist’s agent said last night that there is “nothing to report.”
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Jakub Voracek badly sprained his knee in a KHL game Saturday night. Voracek was telling HC Lev Praha teammates that it is worse that his agent is saying. The team is saying he’ll miss 4 weeks and will undergo more test this week.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jonathan Ericsson signed to play with Vita Hasten in Sweden.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Radek Martinek left Ceske Budejovice for family reasons and is returning to New York.
- TSN: Ilya Bryzgalov thinks that some Russian players will not return to the NHL.
“(NHL) owners…they create this situation and they put themselves into this situation,” explained Bryzgalov. “Like I said before, they have to take responsibility for their own actions.
“If you watch what they did consistently, like saying: ‘It’s going to be (a) lockout. We’re not happy with the system, we can’t operate with the system that we had’…and (yet) they continued to sign the players during the negotiation process, signing the players to long-term contracts for big amounts.”
“I think some of the players may not return to the NHL because you have everything here and major companies are going to pay the top players here big money. And, especially for Russians players who can play at home in front of their own fans and families and [earn] even bigger money than they have in the National Hockey League,” said Bryzgalov.
Some points from the NHLPA proposal … Oilers looking to extend Hall and Eberle … Wings looking for Dmen … Bergevin won’t talk Subban
- Larry Brooks via twitter: From the NHLPA’s proposal to the NHL: “Clubs could go up to $4M over cap and drop to $4M under floor by adding or trading cap space.” … Teams that are in financial trouble would get extra draft picks that could be used, traded or sold. Also proposed a limit on non-player spending by teams. The NHLPA plans on submitting own proposals on systemic issues like free agency, entry level and salary arbitration. The NHLPA proposed eliminating team walkaways from salary arbitration. John Shannon via twitter: Proposal includes ability to trade salary cap space. Same amount of money/cap remains in the system but it can be traded or “bought.” It’s a minor part of the proposal and doesn’t have a lot of use, just for teams in distress.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are intending to sign Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle to contract extensions, and have started the process. Jeff Skinner’s 6 year deal at an $5.725 million average may be used. The Oilers may look at using John Tavares’s 5 year deal with a $5.5 million cap hit. There is nothing on the contract offer the Oilers sent Linus Omark.
- Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: There was a report out of Calgary last week that the Red Wings offered Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a prospect for Jay Bouwmeester. It’s doubtful the Wings would do this. Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle is more attractive to the Red Wings, but it would cost more to get him. The Wings have inquired about Yandle. Several defenseman who’ll be UFAs next summer that might become available at some point are Alex Edler, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky and Kimmo Timonen.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Canadiens GM Bergevin confirms that they are interested in Shane Doan but adds that Doan goal is to remain with the Coyotes. He didn’t visit the Canadiens.
- Arpon Basu via twitter: Canadiens GM Bergevin won’t discuss P.K. Subban talks and he didn’t see the report that Subban rejected a 2 year offer.
- Daniel Kaplan via twitter: The Devils lenders could put the club into bankruptcy now, but they won’t.
Hall out 5-6 months … No contact yet for Toews … Roster notes for Pens, Devils, Preds, Wings … Starting goalies
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall will not return to this season as he’ll be having labral shoulder surgery. According to Steve Tambellini: “Recovery time will be between five and six months, so our hope is that Taylor will be ready for the start of next season.”
- Mike Morreale via twitter: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Jonathan Toews still hasn’t been cleared for contact.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Some college UFAs could be signing in the next day or 2. UMD’s J.T. Brown, Miami’s Cam Schilling, Maine’s Spencer Abbott and others. Washington has just signed Cam Schilling to an entry level contract.
- Pens Inside Scoop: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Ben Lovejoy had knee surgery and will be out 3-4 weeks.
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Penguins forward Steve Sullivan said he should be ready to get back in the lineup.
- Mike Morreale via twitter: Devils rookie Adam Larsson will be a healthy scratch. Peter Harrold will be in the lineup.
- Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators coach Barry Trotz said Martin Erat is out with an upper body injury.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: Word is that Johan Franzen will return tomorrow night. Jonathan Ericsson is questionable. The plan is to have Jimmy Howard to return on Friday.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Martin Brodeur will face Corey Crawford tonight.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Dwayne Roloson will start in net for the Lightning tonight against the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Tim Thomas will start in net for the Bruins.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Scott Clemmensen was the 1st off the ice and likely starter.
- James Mirtle via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
Quick hits on: DeKeyser, Brown, Biship, Franzen, Ericsson, Howard … Caps, Flames, Lightning lines … Bryz starts
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Western Michigan University defenseman Dan DeKeyser is expected to get interest from all 30 teams. The Flyers appear to a candidate to land University of Minnesota-Duluth forward J.T. Brown.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators goalie Ben Bishop could be out a week with a groin injury.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Johan Franzen said he’ll return the Red Wings lineup either Wednesday or Friday. Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said he’ll return either on Wednesday or Friday. Helene St. James via twitter: Jimmy Howard is hoping to play on Friday.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Johansson-Halpern-Aucoin, Hendricks-Beagle-Ward/Knuble. Backstrom extra.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Flames lines (Jokinen didn’t skate today): Tanguay Cammallei Iginla-Glencross Horak Moss-Kostopoulos Jones Jackman-Comeau Stajan Stempniak.
- Adam Kimelman via twitter: Tampa Bay Lines (dressing 7 Dmen): Purcell-Stamkos-St.Louis, Malone-Pyatt-Connolly, Wallace-Smith-Wyatt, Labrie-Segal. Defensive pairings: Hedman-Brewer, Lee-Clark, Commodore-Mikkelson, Aulie.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers against the Lightning.
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.
Afternoon notes on: Parise, Red Wings injuries, Hall, Vokoun, Markov, Rask, Hedman, Pens top PP unit, and Leafs lines
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise’s x-rays on his hand showed no broken bones, and GM Lou Lamoriello expects him to play tomorrow.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s ultrasound showed no real damage, and he’s hoping for Friday. Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, Jakub Kindle, Nicklas Lidstrom and Jimmy Howard are not skating today. Brian Hedger via twitter: Out for Wings tomorrow: “Howard, Kindl, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Datsyuk, Eaves and likely Lidstrom; Cleary, Quincey, Hank also hurting.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Taylor Hall injured his left shoulder again and didn’t practice yesterday. Coach Tom Renney won’t rule Hall out for tonight.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Tomas Vokoun aggravated a lower-body injury he suffered 10 days ago. Feeling better today.
- Arpon Basu via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov has been cleared for contact.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Tuukka Rask is out tomorrow. He’ll be evaluated today.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman could play tomorrow.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Penguins PP unit at practice: “Kennedy, Kunitz & Neal up front, Malkin & Sullivan at points”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: One pro scout on Dany Heatley: “That’s a long way from those 50-goal seasons. I don’t know if the game’s too fast for him now or he’s become a comfortable player.”
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabovski-Frattin, Armstrong-Steckel-Kulemin, Brown-Lombardi-Crabb-Rosehill-Connolly.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Leafs Jay Rosehill clears re-entry waivers.
- Pens Inside Scoop via twitter: Mike Smith appears to be the starting goalie for the Coyotes.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Mathieu Garon will start in net for the Lightning tomorrow against the Senators.
Leaf notes on Grabovski, goalies, Armstrong, Gustavsson … Ott a hot commodity … Isles-Nabokov still talking … ‘Canes trying to re-sign Allen
- Eric Francis via twitter: Source told Francis this morning that the Maple Leafs could be sellers if they don’t play well tonight.
- Eric Francis via twitter: The Leafs have been offered a 1st round pick for Mikhail Grabovski.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Glenn Healy thinks the Maple Leafs should pursue Andres Lindback or Evgeni Nabokov.
- Daren Millard via twitter: The Kings, Canucks and Sharks may have interest in Maple Leafs Colby Armstrong.
- Eric Francis via twitter: The Leafs haven’t ruled out re-signing Jonas Gustavsson this summer.
- Eric Francis via twitter: The Leafs talked to the Oilers about Nikolai Khabibulin, but it was a short conversation. They don’t have an interest in Tomas Vokoun.
- Eric Francis via twitter: The most sought after player out there right now is Stars Steve Ott. Francis thinks the Canucks will get him.
- Todd Cordell via twitter: Bob McKenzie reported that Canucks are getting into the trade market. May have interest in Steve Ott, Dustin Brown and Rick Nash.
- Daren Millard via twitter: The Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov had contact talks again today. Agent said they’ll talk again tomorrow which should determine if he’ll become available on Monday or not.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Hurricanes are attempting to re-sign Bryan Allen, but it isn’t going well. He could be in play again.
- Ryan Leslie via twitter: Leslie spoke with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff who said he’s a buyer if it doesn’t hurt the teams future.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: The Stars owner said they are willing to move out veteran players to get younger.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is out a month with a fractured wrist.
Stamkos talks continue, unfounded twitter trade rumor … Semin being shopped … Doughty talks moving slowly … Leafs re-sign Bozak
- Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburgh Times: The Lightning and Steven Stamkos continued negotiating yesterday. It’s “A work in progress” according to GM Steve Yzerman. Stamkos’ agent Mark Guy in a text, “Still working on it.” There was an unfounded twitter rumor that Stamkos’ rights would be sent to the Maple Leafs, and Evgeni Malkin would end up in Tampa Bay.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Capitals are rumored to be shopping Alex Semin around the league with the Canadiens, Predators, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks possibly interested. Jets Dman Zach Bogosian’s name has been linked to Semin.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks that if Alexander Semin is traded, McPhee would ship him West.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Negotiations between Drew Doughty and the LA Kings aren’t moving along quickly. Kings GM Dean Lombardi,
“I am getting the feeling on Drew that unfortunately this could take a while. As we just saw this past week free agency produces a frenzy for players at all levels. We must be judicious about not getting into this market for our own players. Therefore it is critical with Drew that the dollars reflect a fair rate of return regarding the term of the contract. We must be prepared to do what it takes to get it right.”
Lombardi added that they’d match any offer sheet. The Kings may be waiting to see what kind of deal the Predators and Shea Weber come too. Doughty’s agent Don Meehan in an email, “There is nothing new to report concerning any further discussions concerning Drew Doughty.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Tyler Bozak re-signs with the Maple Leafs for 2 years, $3 million. (Last night there were reports that he signed for 2 years, $1.9 million)
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals are about $545,000 under the salary cap with RFAs Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner still unsigned. They are able to go over the cap by 10% during the summer, and in the fall they might put Tom Poti and Eric Fehr on LTIR if they are not fully healed. The Capitals could also look at some trades to create some flexibility. Ted Leonsis wrote, “We will look to make some trades in the off season maybe even sign another free agent. We will continue to look at all of our options. We may not be able to get anything done. We may be able to do something. Time will tell.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: After locking up Andrew Ladd yesterday, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is hopeful to get a deal done with Blake Wheeler soon,
“We had great conversations with his representative (Tuesday) and those will be ongoing,” said Cheveldayoff. “The fact he filed for salary arbitration doesn’t mean much at this time. We have a lot of time to get a deal done.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dipatch: The Blue Jackets are still looking to add a defenseman to play with newly re-signed Marc Methot on the 2nd pairing. They are talking with Bryan McCabe, Brent Sopel, Scott Hannan and some others.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Ales Hemsky will be in the last year of his deal and will make $4.1 million. It’s sounding like he’d like to re-sign with Oilers.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Semyon Varlamov’s agent has said that Varlamov has signed a deal with the Avalanche, and that talk about door being open to the KHL are lies.
NHL free agent rumors | NHL rumors and notes involving Hudler, Vokoun, Kings, Ducks, Jagr, Penguins, Avs, Coyotes, Kennedy, Jets, and Varlamov
- Greg Brady via twitter: The Red Wings were offering Jiri Hudler to many teams at the draft.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs signed Jay Rosehill late Wednesday and he could fill Colton Orr’s role, who could be in doubt. Luke Schenn won’t be going anywhere. The Leafs aren’t a in hurry to get a deal done, and Schenn’s side may want to wait to see what comparables sign for. They won’t overpay Clarke MacArthur after 1 good season and appear fine with going to arbitration.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The LA Kings will be focusing on ‘mid-range’ wingers during free agency. The Ducks will be looking at 3rd and 4th line players. The Kings have $16 million in cap space, but that will decrease with Drew Doughty’s deal. The Kings are unlikely to re-sign Alexei Ponikarovsky. The Ducks won’t re-sign Jarkko Ruutu, Brad Winchester, Andreas Lilja and Ray Emery. Teemu Selanne had arthroscopic surgery last week and won’t decide until later this summer if he’ll play or not.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche are sitting about $15 million below the salary floor. Their biggest need is between the pipes as they don’t have a starter or backup. Tomas Vokoun is likely the best option. The Coyotes could also be in the bidding for Vokoun. Other possibilities for the Avs are: Jose Theodore, Ray Emery, Pascal LeClaire, Mike Smith, Chris Osgood, Marty Turco, Ty Conklin, Josh Harding and Brian Boucher. The Avs could also look at adding a position player, possibly Ville Leino, Sean Bergenheim, and Joel Ward. They could be tempted to make an offer to Ed Jovanovski.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: The Coyotes will look at adding a goalie. Tomas Vokoun could be an option, he could be seeking a 3 year deal worth $9.5 million from Florida. “We’re having conversations with Fiddler’s agent, Vrbata’s agent,” Maloney said. “We’d like to retain (them) if the contracts make sense.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues don’t plan on making any major acquisitions today. They will look at adding a couple complimentary players. “The teams are making their decisions on their players, signing them and not letting them get to free agency,” Armstrong said. “If you’re trying to create your team on July 1st, I think that’s a very slippery slope.”
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jaromir Jagr’s “heart is in Pittsburgh.” according to his agent. Penguins GM Ray Shero spoke with Jagr’s agent again yesterday, and continue to wait on a decision if he’ll accept a 1 year deal in the $2 million range. Shero is making progress on a Tyler Kennedy deal. Reports are saying the Flyers could be interested in Jagr, but no offer has been made. The Canadiens could be a wild-card team.
- Brian Wilde via twitter: ESPN is reporting that Jagr’s agent was in Montreal last night, and Jagr has expressed in playing with the Canadiens.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins should hear back from Tyler Kennedy this morning on a possible 2 year deal.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: As of yesterday afternoon the Jets weren’t close to re-signing Andrew Ladd or Zach Bogosian.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Lou Lamoriello has spoken with Andy Greene’s agent the last 2 days, and plans to do so again today.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Semyon Varlamov’s agent said that he won’t play for Lokomotiv of the KHL. If he can’t work out a deal to play for SKA, he will head back to the NHL.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jonathan Ericsson signed a 3 year deal worth $9.75 million with Red Wings.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks that Ed Jovanovski or James Wisniewski are more likely than Tomas Kaberle in Detroit.
Morning news and rumors involving Ehrhoff, Montador, Oshie, Maple Leafs, Wisniewski, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Sens
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: After the Sabres acquired the rights to Christian Ehrhoff, they sent the rights to Steve Montador to the Blackhawks for a conditional 2012 or 2013 7th round draft pick.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Islanders reportedly offered Christian Ehrhoff a 6 year deal worth close to $33 million before his rights were moved on.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: An official announce should come later this morning, but the Blues and TJ Oshie have reached an agreement on a deal, possibly for 1 year.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have shown interest in UFAs, Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff, Scottie Upshall, and Max Talbot.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: On James Wisniewski’s rights being sent to Columbus.
“I called James and his response was ‘Let’s go. We’re going,’” Zito said. “His level of enthusiasm for (Columbus) was pretty high.
“I grabbed a shirt and shoes and flew to Detroit (from Chicago) to meet him last night. Then we flew together to Columbus and got here around midnight. So here we are. I look forward to meeting with the guys and seeing what they’re thinking.”
Both sides are expected to meet around 8:30 this morning. Zito wouldn’t say the term and money they are seeking.
- Rob Rossi and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sources are saying the Penguins have offered Jaromir Jagr a 1 year deal worth $2 million. As of last night they still hadn’t heard back from him. The Red Wings and Canadiens have made offers to Jagr as well. Jagr was to land in the US late yesterday afternoon, but after 6 pm, Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda was not returning messages. The Penguins are about $6 million below the cap, but would like to keep $1.5 million free for in-season moves. Aaron Asham signed last night for 1 year, $775,000. GM Ray Shero still hopes to re-sign Tyler Kennedy and Michael Rupp by Friday.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Montreal Canadiens will have some extra cash to spend tomorrow as Roman Hamrlik rejected their 1 year offer, and James Wisniewski rights were sent to Columbus. After Yannick Weber signed a 2 year deal worth $1.7 million, the Canadiens have 17 players under contract with a cap hit of just over $50 million. They still need to sign Josh Gorges, Ryan White, another forward and a backup goalie. Players that could interest the Canadiens are: Michael Rupp, Tyler Kennedy, Aaron Asham, Ville Leino, Ben Eager, Michael Handzus and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Winnipeg Jets probably won’t be able to land a big name, but here is a list of players that could fit the mould of someone they might be interested in: Max Talbot, Joel Ward, Sean Bergenheim, Chris Higgins, Jonathan Ericsson, Cody McCormick, Vernon Fiddler, Rick Rypien, Shane Hnidy, Jason Jaffray.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators would like to sign a player who could play on their top 2 lines and a backup goalie.
“There will be a couple of guys we will discuss, and there might be the same type of situation that, after Day 1 or Day 2 or Day 3, the guy that we like hasn’t signed yet and is wondering what’s going to happen with himself, and may be very willing to come to a younger team, that he may feel he has a real good chance to get a good spot and produce.
“We need probably three goalies in the organization. we need a backup here, we need a backup in Binghamton, and we need a fifth guy. So right now, that’s been the talk here between our staff. But we’ve also looked at guys that are young and we think have Top 6 forward potential, but we have to see where it all plays out on Day 1 and Day 2.”