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Posts Tagged Joni Pitkanen
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Dave Bolland is feeling better but is out tonight.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: The Bruins confirm that winger Brad Marchand has a ‘mild concussion’ from Anton Volchenkov’s elbow on Wednesday.
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul hasn’t played since last Thursday, and isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return.
“If I was having bad symptoms, I would be home resting instead of this,” Lupul said. “It’s truly a day-to-day thing, just wake up in the morning and see how I’m feeling, how I’m progressing. There’s really no reason for me to rush right now. I just want to make sure I’m back at 100 per cent.”
The team won’t say it’s a concussion, but Lupul indicated that it might be.
“Yeah,” he said Wednesday, when asked if he believes he suffered a concussion against the Flyers. “I mean, no one’s really said that word to me. But I definitely didn’t sprain my ankle.”
“I think it’s safe to say I took a pretty solid blow to the head,” Lupul said. “Anyone who was watching could have seen that. . . . Obviously anyone who saw me try to go to the bench could tell there were some symptoms.”
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen broke his calcaneus bone in his heal last week after crashing into the boards. A similar injury occurred to Pat Peakein 1996, and he was only able to play in five more games due to the injury. The Hurricanes and Pitkanen called Peake last week to talk about the injury.
“Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”
“Am I optimistic that Pitkanen can get back to playing? Yeah, I kind of am, as far as playing, because he’s not going to go the surgery route,” Peake said. “You just hope that obviously the medical aspect of it has come a long way. I know there’s some good doctors and some good people.”
It’s an injury though that could bother him years after he’s done playing.
“They said, ‘How much pain are you in on a daily basis?’ ” Peake said. “And I said, ‘Well, to be honest, I don’t really want him to hear this. I hurt every single day.’ ”
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Bruce Garrioch: Flames Miikka Kiprusoff will likely make a decision on his future later this morning. Option to Maple Leafs is there. Darren Dreger: Sense is that Kiprusoff would accept a trade to the Maple Leafs. Concern is next year and year after.
- Michael Russo: The Wild are looking to upgrade, but they won’t mortgage the future.
- Bob McKenzie: Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen’s injury doesn’t mean they won’t trade defenseman Jamie McBain for the right offer.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Bruins are looking to a rental defenseman.
- Darren Dreger: Islanders GM Garth Snow said there is no intention to trade defenseman Mark Streit. There is a only a $500,000 per year gap on a 3 year deal. Katie Strang: Streit looking for a multi-year deal worth more than Visnovsky’s $4.75 million. As of yesterday, the Islanders have told Streit that he won’t be dealt.
- Pierre LeBrun: Teams are asking the Panthers about defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. He’s not untouchable, but they would need a big offer.
- Darren Dreger: Rangers looking for a defenseman.
- Darren Dreger: Jets hoping to land a top-6 forward, but nothing close for them.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets are dangling the the 1st round pick that they acquired from the LA Kings. They won’t trade it for a rental player.
- John Vogl: Sabres Ryan Miller won’t say if he’s handed in his eight-team no-trade list and won’t comment if he’s talked with Darcy Regier. Seth Rorabaugh: Miller on possibly being traded: ”I’m not going to worry about it… It’s part of the business… You don’t have a say in anything.” On approving a trade: “I’m not going to comments on conversations I’ve had with (GM) Darcy (Regier), real or imagined.”
- Damien Cox: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis didn’t talk to the Canucks yesterday about Roberto Luongo.
- David Pagnotta: The Maple Leafs and Canucks will resume talks today. The Canucks are now asking about Nikolai Kulemin or Clarke MacArthur.
- Darren Dreger: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will be out for three months with an ankle injury.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris confirmed that he’s submitted a list of 8 teams that he’d waive his no-trade clause for. From Morris: ”Whatever management does is what they think will make this organization and this team better. But that being said, we don’t want to see anybody in this locker room move.”
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: It would take a significant offer for the Senators to move goalie Ben Bishop. Daniel Alfredsson said he’d be okay if the Senators were quiet.
“We like the situation we are in, with more players returning from injuries and joining us on trips, so even if we don’t anything, we still have some nice additions.”
- Andrew Gross: The Rangers expect to Ryane Clowe in the lineup tomorrow night against the Penguins.
- Bob McKenzie: The Jets have signed 2012 1st round pick Jacob Trouba to an entry-level deal.
- Bob McKenzie: Put on waivers today: Flyers Kurtis Forster, Panthers Mike Santorelli, Blackhawks Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz, Canucks Cam Barker.
- NESN: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron left their game in the 2nd period after taking a hit to the head. Bergeron was hit by Senators Colin Greening while both were fighting for the puck. He skated directly off and the team announce he won’t return. He has a history of concussion issues.
- Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanenis stretched off after chasing down an icing call.
Quick Hits: Allen, McCormick, Porter, Hossa, Tarasenko, Read, McBain, Pitkanen, Michalek, Carter, Franzen, Orr and Green
- Lou Korac via twitter: The Blues have sent Jake Allen back to Peoria of the AHL.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Sabres Cody McCormick cleared waivers.
- Buffalo Sabres via twitter: The Sabres have recalled Kevin Porter from Rochester of the AHL.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa passed some concussion tests. He’ll have more tests tomorrow to determine if he’ll be able to play tomorrow.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland was told that Vladimir Tarasenko was knocked out before he hit the ice.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: There has been no update on Flyers Matt Read, but feeling around the Flyers last night was that it could be a concussion.
- Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said that defenseman Jamie McBain will be out 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury.
- Michael Smith via twitter: Muller added that Joni Pitkanen (lower-body injury) could return as early as this weekend.
- Don Brennan via twitter: Senators coach Paul MacLean expects Milan Michalek to return from his knee injury next week.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello won’t classify Ryan Carter’s head injury a concussion, said “No. He’s just day to day.”
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Johan Franzen is not ready to return to the Red Wings lineup just yet.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs Colton Orr is out tonight with a lower-body injury.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Mike Green is a game-time decision.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left in the first period of last night’s game. Howard apparently was experiencing blurry vision after getting hit with a puck in practice.
“I didn’t know about that,” Mike Babcock said. “He wasn’t seeing good or something like that.
“He’ll get tested tomorrow, we’ll find out more.”
Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson, who just returned from a groin injury, missed the game with a hand injury after getting hit by an Ian White shot during the morning skate. Johan Franzen expects to get back in the lineup on Thursday. Carlo Colaiacovo is skating and should return soon. Brendan Smith is hoping to return next week.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will skate today and could return to practice soon according to coach Kirk Muller. Jeff Skinner, Tim Gleason, Tim Brent and Tim Wallace are all day-to-day. Gleason could skate today. It’s unlikely that Skinner will, ”there isn’t anything that tells me he’s going to skate tomorrow.”
- Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is day-to-day after taking a puck “Uh, somewhere” according to coach Quenneville. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t practiced since last Thursday with an upper-body injury. He skated on his own before yesterday’s practice.
Injury notes: Landeskog, Michalek, Skinner, Booth, Dubinsky, Wisniewski, Gallagher, Crawford, Powe and Daley.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater wonders if it would be better for the Avalanche to shut Gabriel Landeskog down for the season due to his concussion. Coming back too early can put players at risk for a more serious concussion if they get another one when not fully healed. Landeskog skated by himself on Friday, the first time since suffering a concussion on January 26th.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: It’s not likely that Milan Michalek will play today or on Tuesday. He should have his knee examined by doctors again early this week.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner will not play in Montreal due to an upper-body injury. Michael Smith of Hurricanes.nhl.com: Skinner will be evaluated when they return home on Tuesday. Defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason didn’t practice yesterday and won’t be travelling to Montreal. They are day-to-day with lower-body injuries.
- Elliott Pap via twitter: Canucks winger David Booth is close to returning and expects to be back in the lineup on their upcoming road trip. Booth on when he might play: ”Chicago is a possibility in my mind. Two days is a lot. We’ll see how it feels.”
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky won’t play today. Defenseman James Wisnieski is joining teammates in Anaheim. Artem Anisimov and Cam Atkinson haven’t been ruled out against the Ducks.
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher is out with a concussion.
- Mark Lazerus via twitter: Blackhawks Corey Crawford is “still progressing” according to coach Joel Quenneville and it’s not expected to be a long-term issue.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Darroll Powe left last night’s game and didn’t return.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Trevor Daley left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
Quick Hits: waivers, Pitkanen, Frattin, Lecavalier, Zubrus, Rakell, Isles and Pens lines, Allen and Theodore
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Danny Taylor and Jay Pandolfo clears waivers. Matt Zassian was put on waivers by the Wild.
- Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and ”We do have to be careful because we rely very heavily on him. He plays a lot of minutes & he’s a very important player for us.”
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs Matt Frattin needs a procedure done on his knee and will be out a week.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning Vincent Lecavalier (left ankle) is not skating today. There haven’t been any setbacks, just a “body maintenance” day.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The Devils have put winger Dainius Zubrus on the IR and called up Andrei Loktionov.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Ducks told Rickard Rakell last night that he’ll be returning to Plymouth of the OHL.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders lines: Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo, Grabner-Aucoin-McDonald, Martin-Cizikas-Ullstrom/Boulton.
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Boychuk-Malkin-Neal Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy Glass-Vitale-Adams.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Jose Thedore will start in net for the Panthers tomorrow against the Canadiens.
Islanders re-sign Nabokov … Poile wants all 3 … Koivu returning … Red Wings injury update … Pitkanen activated
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have signed Evgeni Nabokov to a 1 year contract extension. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Nabokov’s deal is for $2.75 million with no no-movement clause or no trade clause.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Predators GM David Poile said that it’s his intention to sign Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov to contract extensions.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild center Mikko Koivu will be returning to the lineup on Thursday.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Ty Conklin cleared re-entry wwaivers and will start in net tonight.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Jimmy Howard said he’s feeling better and might be back on Saturday. MRI didn’t turn up any damage.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Nicklas Lidstrom hopes to play on Saturday is he continues to improve. Jonathan Ericsson is looking at next week. Johan Franzen (back) said he’s doing better but no return date.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Hurricanes have activated Joni Pitkanen from the IR.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov has today off, and will likely be the starter tomorrow against the Capitals.
More on Radulov … Helm out 4-6 weeks … Wild injury updates … Pitkanen close … Canucks lineup changes and starting goalies
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Radulov’s return to Nashville is conditioned on him returning to the KHL next year (from Medvedev via @plysenkov). He was allowed to buy out this year only with condition he’d be back. If not, he’d have to pay 2/3 of next years back. Radulov’s KHL salary for next year would be for around $5 million. KHL president Medvedev also implied that SKA will try to buy Radulov’s and Evgeni Kuznetsov’s rights. In response to my question to be clear, Chesnokov said that Radulov can re-sign with the Predators after the season, but has pay the 2/3rds back.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Predators GM David Poile on Alexander Radulov:
“We’ve been in contact with Jay Grossman, Alex’s agent, throughout process of trying to return Alex to NSH and NHL.”
“Though the complicated process has yet to be concluded, every indication is Alex will be returning to NSH in near future.”
No updates are expected until tomorrow until at the earliest.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov wonders how Radulov was able to get out of his contract. He’s re-read the KHL rules and it looks impossible legally. Article 30 (7) – “No player can terminate contract from the start of playoffs until April 30.” Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun responds to Chesnokov that “no player under NHL contract is supposed to bolt to another league either.” Slava Malamud via twitter: Malamud notes that if KHL president Medvedev allowed Salavat to “skirt KHL rules,” may expect to see a favor back to SKA, possibly trading Radulov to SKA. One possibility could be the Radulov is traded to SKA, then signing Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov, with SKA promising not to go after Kuznetsov. Shawn Simpson via twitter: Simpson spoke with Val Kamesky. Radulov is heading to Nashville for this season, but must return to Ufa next year. Slava Malamud via twitter: Radulov return to the Predators won’t set a precedent as it’s a unique case in that he left before the KHL-NHL had an agreement with contract.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Mikko Koivu practiced yesterday and is listed as day-to-day. Niklas Backstrom’s groin injury is almost back to normal. Center Matt Cullen is expected back in the lineup against the Canucks.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings forward Darren Helm will be out 4-6 weeks with a 2nd degree MCL sprain.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said that Joni Pitkanen could return to the lineup on Wednesday.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars Sheldon Souray and Radek Dvorak are probable for Tuesday.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom did a few drills today at practice. It’s the most he’s done since his ankle injury.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Devils center Travis Zajac was on the ice this morning, but is not expected to play tonight.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: The Lightning have signed Sebastien Caron, who’ll have to clear waivers.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan Zuccarello-Boyle-Mitchell Rupp-Fedotenko-Prust.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Johan Franzen will be out of the Red Wings lineup tonight. Jimmy Howard will start in net.
- Jim Jamieson via twitter: Canucks forward Mason Raymond will be a healthy scratch. Alex Burrows will be back with the Sedin twins. Manny Malhotra is back in. Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.
- Dave Lozo via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers.
GMs on the hotseat … Trades that didn’t happen … Injury notes on Toews, Gomez, Hedman, Bogosian, and Vokoun … Cherry goes off on Burke (video)
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: A couple GMs who could be under the gun this offseason: Scott Howson, Pierre Gauthier, George McPhee, Brian Burke, and Dean Lombardi. The Sharks might be willing to trade Joe Pavelski, prospects and picks for Rick Nash after the season. A Nash to Rangers deal didn’t happen because they wouldn’t include Chris Kreider. The Bruins and Blackhawks tried to get Sheldon Souray at the deadline. The Avalanche and Canucks tried to get Steve Ott. The Flyers were close to trading Sergei Bobrovsky, but decided against it due to Ilya Bryzgalov’s inconsistent play. The Lightning, Maple Leafs and Blackhawks were looking for goaltending. Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk was almost traded at the deadline. Sources say that 3 or 4 teams were bidding for him, including the Maple Leafs. The Ducks would have moved Teemu Selanne, but he didn’t want to go anywhere. The Rangers, Sharks, Bruins and Kings were interested. Sergei Gonchar could be moved in the offseason.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Predators weren’t shopping goalie Anders Lindback at the deadline, but he could be moved after the season. They could get a 2nd round pick at the draft.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Jonathan Toews has missed 6 games with a concussion, and will be out at least 2 more. He hasn’t started skating again, but has done some off-ice workout. There is a chance defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion symptoms) plays on Tuesday.
- Toronto Sun: Canadiens forward Scott Gomez suffered an eye injury in the 3rd period against Minnesota the other night and is out indefinitely. He may have played his last game in a Canadiens uniform. There is the outside chance that he’s traded (2 years left on contract, $7.3 million cap hit), but it’s more likely he’ll be bought out or buried in the AHL. If he’s bought out, he’d have about a $1.6 million cap hit for the next 4 years.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Tuukka Rask’s injury is believed to be his left knee, which was previously scoped.
- Ira Haufman of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman missed his 4th straight game with an upper-body injury, but he’s expected to practice this week, and could be cleared to play for Tuesday. Their trainer said it is not a concussion.
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defesneman Zach Bogosian left yesterday’s practice early after aggravating an injury. He’ll be a game-time decision on Monday.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Leafs put Jay Rosehill on re-entry waivers yesterday.
- Sky Kerstein via twitter: Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen may not return until the final 2 weeks of the season.
- Don Cherry’s Coaches Corner: Cherry goes off Brian Burke’s lack of Ontario players on the Maple Leafs roster.
Months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes appeared poised for a February fire-sale of epic proportions. The ‘Canes stood in last place in the Eastern Conference, Eric Staal couldn’t break out of his disastrous slump, and Jeff Skinner was on injured reserve; essentially, the season was dead. But GM Jim Rutherford did have a number of upcoming free agents under his belt, including hot commodities like Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu, and the frenzy of trade offers was just beginning.
Nowadays, though, Carolina’s outlook on the trade deadline is quite a bit cloudier.
The aggressive forecheck and precise set plays that head coach Kirk Muller began to implement back in December have caught fire, allowing the Hurricanes to earn points in 11 of their last 13 games and crawl within seven points of the playoff line.
Moreover, Gleason was re-signed by Rutherford earlier this month to a new four-year, $16 million contract including a no-trade clause, taking the stay-at-home defenseman fully off the market. Ruutu soon followed suit, as well, receiving a four-year $19 million extension just Wednesday.