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Posts Tagged Justin Abdelkader
Bob McKenzie: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader will have a hearing this afternoon.
Should Abdelkader get suspended for his hit on Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman? How many games SHOULD he get? How many game WILL he get?
CBA stuff involving HRR, the Quebec and Alberta Labour board, and where some players could end up if there’s a lockout
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: The owners will say the costs of things like new scoreboards has skyrocketed over the years, which is why they want the HRR to be redefined to account for this. Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov points out that arena improvements benefit not just hockey. Cotsonika agrees and notes that this is where it gets complicated, untangling hockey related business from other businesses.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: A Canadiens player said that they expect a Quebec Labour Board ruling this week on whether teams can lockout the players. If the court rules in their favor, it would allow players to return to work/train. The player added “we’re most interested in how the organization responds.”
- Sean Fitz-Gerald via twitter: Canadiens Josh Gorges believes if there is a favorable ruling from the Quebec labour board, Canadiens players would still be paid.
- David Staples via twitter: The NHL has withdrawn their application and will not appear before the Alberta Labour Relations Board this morning. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Bill Daly denied that the NHL abandoned their case with the Alberta Labour Relations Board.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The NHLPA are expecting 300 players to attend their meetings in New York on Wednesday and Thursday.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul said he’s made calls to Europe in case of a lockout, said he’ll be playing somewhere.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko plans on playing in Russia if/when there is a lockout.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets captain Andrew Ladd has started looking at different playing options if there is a lockout.
“Europe is definitely an option guys are going to want to (pursue). Playing games is the biggest thing. We should find out more in the coming weeks, when we know exactly what is going on.”
“If there is a lockout, a lot of guys will be going down and it will make the (AHL) that much better. It’s not the ideal situation, but you’ve got to make the best of it and try to get better as a player.”
It’s not known yet if Alex Burmistrov would join the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps or head to the KHL.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist will likely head to the AHL. Cory Emmerton is looking at Switzerland, Austria or Germany. Jordin Tootoo isn’t prepared to make other plans yet. Justin Abdelkader is considering options. He’s without an NHL contract but GM Ken Holland said negotiations are ‘close.’
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: The Canadiens have signed Max Pacioretty to a 6 year, $27 million contract extension.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: The Oilers have resumed preliminary talks with Taylor Hall on a contract extension.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: P.K. Subban will talk to his agent soon to get an update on negotiations. Rosen on NHL.com:
“There’s no question that people know that I enjoy playing (in Montreal),” Subban told NHL.com on Monday during a visit at Laylor Performance Systems, where he trains in the summer. “I grew up a Montreal Canadiens fan. I love playing there and I want to play there for the rest of my career.”
“Maybe a lot of people were expecting me to have (the contract) done by now, but I know that it’s a process,” Subban said. “When it’s going to happen I’m not sure. I mean, it could happen next week; it could happen a couple of weeks from now. I just hope it gets done sooner than later. That’s why I have my agent, Don Meehan. I have a lot of confidence in him. I don’t think there is any doubt in anybody’s mind that I want to be a Montreal Canadien, so hopefully it gets done soon.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said yesterday that he talked to Justin Abdelkader’s agent last week, and will talk again this week. Abdelkader may get a cap hit close to $1.5 million. There aren’t any active talks between the Red Wings and Shane Doan.
“We think we’ve got as many as 16 forwards fighting for 14 jobs,” Holland said.
Otherwise, Holland said, “on my to-do list, I’d like to get one more NHL defenseman, either via trade or the odd guy out there on the market.”
Trade talks have been sparse as teams are waiting to see what happens with the new CBA.
- Gord McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks at some point may want to start contract negotiations with Alex Burrows and Alex Edler, both who will be unrestricted free agents next July. There is a good chance that they are able to re-sign Edler, but Burrows may be too expensive for them to hold on to. Burrows could probably get $4.5 to $5 million on a 4 or 5 year deal on the open market, which is probably too much for the Canucks.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Gilbert Brule signed with ZSC Lions in Switzerland.
Morning notes on: Skinner, Doan, Sharks, Holmstrom, O’Reilly, Visnovsky, Huet, Mezsaros and another Toronto arena
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jeff Skinner’s contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes is expected to be 6 years with an average of $5.725 million.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Many teams are holding pat on the trade front as they are waiting until the CBA is in place. DePaoli confirmed last week that the Penguins, Canucks and Rangers were on Shane Doan 4 team short list. A source said on Monday that the Kings and Red Wings did not make the list. He’s never believed to have interest in the Sabres or Canadiens.
- Jeff Skversky via twitter: Doan’s agent tells ‘Action News on 6abc’ that the Flyers are still in the mix for Doan.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Shane Doan has allegedly said that the Predators are on his “short list” of teams. Predators GM David Poile said last week that they are interested in him.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: A source said that once Doan started looking for a 4 year deal, the Sharks bowed out. The way Pollak sees the Sharks lines: Forwards:Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Couture-Havlat or Wingels, Galiardi-Handzus-Wingels or Havlat, Mashinter or McClaren or McCarthy-Desjardins-Burish. Defensive Pairings: Boyle-Vlasic, Stuart-Burns, Murray-Braun or Demers. Goalies: Niemi, Greiss.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Training camp is 6 weeks away, and the Red Wings still don’t have a decision on Tomas Holmstrom.
“We remain in contact,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We expect Homer to make a decision before the end of the month.”
The Wings and Justin Abdelkader (RFA) are still working on a new contract. Tomas Jurco signed a 3 year entry-level deal.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: There is nothing new to report regarding the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly contract talks. Chambers expects something similar to Matt Duchene’s 2 year, $7 million deal, but O’Reilly could be looking for longer term and less annual money.
- The Fourth Period: According to an Arthur Staple of Newsday tweet, there hasn’t been a date set for Lubomir Visnovsky’s trade grievance hearing yet. He was traded at the NHL draft, and filed the grievance on July 23rd. He is saying they ignored is no-trade clause. A hearing may not take place until the CBA negotiations are concluded.
- Matias Strozuk via twitter: Goalie Cristobal Huet has had some contact with the Canucks and Kings.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Huet’s agent, Stephen Bartlett,
“I haven’t had any substantive discussions with Vancouver about Huet specifically,” Bartlett told The Province on Tuesday. “I probably sent out a memo to all teams, including them.
“We’ve been trying to talk to every team. I haven’t had any specific discussions with Vancouver about him, just in general identifying teams that may or may not be in a position to look for goaltending, Vancouver being one of them. It’s depending on what happens with (Roberto) Luongo.”
- Jason Kay via twitter: A site plan application for another NHL sized arena in the Toronto will be submitted today. Building permits may be given by fall.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are still interested in Shane Doan and are willing to wait for him.
“I’ve had conversations with Shane Doan’s representatives,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I told them we have interest.”
“We’re waiting a couple of days to see if this Jamison thing goes through,” Terry Bross, Doan’s agent, said on Monday. “Not all the petitions have been defeated. We’re waiting to see if the Jamison (deal) gets done.”
Doan is looking for a multi-year deal, and teams that are rumored to be interested include the Kings, Sharks, Canucks, Blackhawks, Penguins, Sabres and Rangers. If the Wings don’t get Doan, they may turn to Alexander Semin. Teams are reluctant to give Semin a long-term offer as clubs are concerned about his commitment. The Wings currently have 22 players signed at $53.3 million and still need to sign Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, which should cost them about $5 million. They hope to have Quincey signed before they go to arbitration. GM Holland talked with Tomas Holmstrom this week,
“I told Homer to take all the time you need,” Holland said. “If he decides he wants to play, then we’ll sit down and decide if we have (roster) space.”
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Confirms that the Penguins have made an offer for Shane Doan, and that there is mutual interest.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer spoke with someone very close to the Doan negotiations. Still wouldn’t be surprised if Doan stays in Phoenix.
Rimer interviews Parise … Wings options if they don’t get Suter … Martin to Nashville if Pens get Suter? Ducks after #2 C
- Josh Rimer of NextSportStar.com interviews Zach Parise.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Wings offered Ryan Suter a 13 year, $90 million deal, as they see him as the best transition from Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. Red Wings GM Ken Holland met with Suter yesterday at Suter’s farm in Madison Wisconsin. If Suter signs elsewhere, their next best options are Matt Carle and Carlo Colaiacovo. The Wings currently have $17 million in cap space with about $5 million set for RFAs Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey. Though the cap is now set at $70.2 million, that could change with a new CBA and they don’t want to be handcuffed. If they don’t get Zach Parise, they may wait until July 9th to see what Shane Doan will do.
- Detroit Free Press via twitter: No decision is imminent with regards to Ryan Suter. Probably won’t come before Thursday.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Yohe has been told that if the Penguins land Ryan Suter, look for them to trade Paul Martin to the Predators. That said, Yohe thinks Suter will end up in Detroit.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The Ducks are still looking hard for a #2 center after Derek Roy was traded to the Stars. Matheson wonders about a David Krejci for Bobby Ryan deal?
- Slava Malamud via twitter: CSKA GM Sergei Fedorov tells @ru_sportexpress that they are actively pursuing Alexander Semin.
Seguin has congenital hip condition … Turris interests Sens … Doughty expected to return tonight … Hulsizer signs purchase agreement … Scouting Wings-Sharks
- Fluto Shinzawa and michael Vega of the Boston Globe: According to an ESPNBoston report, Tyler Seguin was born with a congenital hip condition. It could make him more injury prone in the future if he doesn’t keep up strength in the hip area to a prevent repetitive stress injury. GM Peter Chiarelli said in an email that he is not concerned about the condition. Seguin is leading the Bruins in scoring with 9 points in 9 games, and found himself practicing on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Coach Claude Julien put the David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton line back together. Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston: A source said that the condition could lead to an injury that could require surgery that may shorten his career. A hip expert who hasn’t examined Seguin, “The worst-case scenario is they start to develop recurring symptoms consistent of a groin pull, hip flexor strains, difficulty getting their hips in certain positions, reduced rotation, increase in pain and reduced levels of performance.”
“I’m not going to comment whether it’s congenital or not,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t want to get into details what we think it is or isn’t and I don’t want any alarm bells going off. Like I said, you can go through our roster and there are probably 12 or 13 guys with something similar or the same thing.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are reportedly one of the six or seven teams interested in Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris. The Flames and Canucks have shown interest as well but have been informed that he isn’t going anywhere. Doug MacLean said that Turris could be a 2nd line center.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Coyotes. Slava Voynov could be the odd man out and assigned to the AHL. Jonathan Quick will get the start tonight, Sunday’s starter is yet to be determined.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer has signed a purchase agreement to buy the St. Louis Blues. The dollar amount is expected to be below the reported the $185 million.
- David Pollak via twitter: Scouts at the Sharks-Red Wings game: Senators, Flames, Capitals, Hurricanes, Predators, Lightning, Kings, Canucks and Maple Leafs.
- Jason Bothchord of the Vancouver Province: Cody Hodgson is moving to the wing on the 2nd line. Chris Higgins drops from the 2nd to 3rd line. Ryan Kesler and David Booth haven’t clicked yet, and there may be some questions if they are too similar as they both have a shoot-first mentality.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Wings shifted Justin Abdelkader to center last night. “Wherever the team needs me, I’ll go chip in and help,” Abdelkader said, “whether it’s fourth line, third line, wing or center, whatever it is. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I’ll do. Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore is healthy enough now to return to game action, but will have to win a spot in the lineup. It’s unknown when he’ll make his debut.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice indicated that Brian Boucher would likely start against the Flyers.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Rick DiPietro seems ready to make his first start of the year for the Islanders tonight against the Sharks.
Bolland out now for the Hawks? Hamhuis still can’t skate … No talks between Anderson-Avs yet … Fowler close to returning
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Chicago Blackhawks center David Bolland did not return for the 3rd period last night. Bolland didn’t practice Thursday and Sassone wonders if Bolland’s surgically repaired back is acting up.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Dan Hamhuis lasted about 5 minutes trying to skate yesterday. He’s been out for 2 weeks, and a Monday return is unlikely. Keith Ballard is likely to return before Hamhuis now.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: There haven’t been any contract extension talks between Craig Anderson and the Colorado Avalanche. Dater thinks the Avs could be taking this approach, “Let’s wait and see how he performs again for a good portion of this year before we back up the money truck. Let’s keep that carrot dangling in front of him a while longer, and maybe get a win-win situation. The better he plays, the more money he knows he’ll make and the better he plays, the more we win hockey games.”
- Eric Stephen of the OC Register: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler practiced yesterday and said he’s close to returning from a broken nose and jammed neck. Fowler said he might be able to go today, and if not, may be next Wednesday.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The Edmonton Oilers victory last night was the first regulation road win for them since December 11, 2009.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Justin Abdelkader will return to the Red Wings line up tonight against the Predators. Abdelkader could replace Jiri Hudler or Mike Modano. He alternated with Hudler, Modano and Dan Cleary in practice yesterday. Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Ericsson are still out with back spasms.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Evgeny Artyukhin failed his SKA physical as he has heart problems, the team declined to sign him. He’ll be taking a more extensive medical, SKA will wait for those results.
- Chris Botta via twitter: Rick DiPietro will start for the Islanders tonight.
Chara next for Bruins … Laperriere doesn’t want to retire … Giroux X-rayed … Ivanans vs MacIntyre fight
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: The Boston Bruins are also looking to lock up Zdeno Chara to a contract extension. The 33-year old Chara will be a UFA at the end of the season, and is reportedly looking for a deal that will take him to about his 40th birthday. Chara’s current deal has him at a $7.5 million cap hit, and could be looking for something similar. A 7 year, $50 million deal could get it done, that would average out to about $7.14 million per season.
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: “My goal,” said Chara, “is not to shoot to be playing at 40, it is to shoot to play maybe until 45.” Chara talks about his time and Boston and how he’d like to stay.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Philadelphia Flyers Ian Laperriere, out with post-concussion syndrome, sent the following text message to the Daily News,”My quote is: I’m not retiring and I’m just trying to feel better”.
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers forward Claude Giroux had an x-ray after the game last night, results aren’t known yet. He was hit in the ankle with a shot.
- Eric Stephens and Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman is accompanying the team on their opening trip. He has only taken part in 2 practices so far.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Detroit Red Wings home opener is tonight, Justin Abdelkader (ribs) and Kris Draper (groin) are out, Todd Bertuzzi (back) may not be ready to go, Kirk Maltby could be called up.
- Raitis Ivanans vs Steve MacIntyre: Ivanans takes a good one on the beak.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: One report is saying the Los Angeles Kings are out of the running for Simon Gagne, and another says they are still interested. Things were quiet involving Tomas Kaberle over the weekend, but should pick up this week.
Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Elliott wonders how the Kings can become more attractive to free agents. Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson and Wayne Simmonds will be free agents soon, and will they want to re-sign with a team that can’t draw top free agents? The Kings may have to go the trade route to fill some holes in their roster. If the Devils sign Kovalchuk, they’ll have to clear out some salary. Brian Rolston could be available, but he’s 37 and has a $5.062 cap hit. Tomas Kaberle is an option but the Leafs probably want prospects and picks (nope … they’d like a top 6 forward, maybe a Wayne Simmonds or Dustin Brown). The Kings like Simon Gagne, and the Flames may deal Robyn Regehr. Marc Savard could fit but the Kings may not be on the 5 team list Savard has.
Pierre LeBrun via Twitter: Alexander Frolov hasn’t received much interest, other than the Rangers doing some brief tire kicking.
Jeremy Rutherford via Twitter: A “good-faith” move by Jaroslav Halak by not filing for salary arbitration.
Dmitry Chesnokov via Twitter: Evgeni Nabokov couldn’t agree on a contract with SKA St. Petersburgh.
Ansar Khan of MLive: The Detroit Red Wings are close to signing 3 of their restricted free agents to 1 year contracts: Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller and Derek Meech. GM Ken Holland isn’t close to signing Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, both could get long-term deals later on in the summer though.
John Shannon via Twitter: The Detroit Red Wings and 3 other teams are interested in Mike Modano.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: Mike Modano hasn’t heard from the Chicago Blackhawks, but they could be an option for him as they are looking for some 3rd/4th line depth (cost friendly depth). “I’d like to see what kind of wiggle room they have left under the salary cap, if they can fill that third- or fourth-line void and see how I would fit in with those guys,” said Modano. “They have a great nucleus of kids. So there is a lot of interest there. Obviously, coming off the type of year they’ve had there’s a lot of excitement for anybody who has Chicago on their list of options.”
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Blake Wheeler filed for arbitration yesterday, but Wheeler’s agent plans on working hard to get a deal done. They haven’t had much discussion with GM Peter Chiarelli as he’s been busy with the draft and free agency. Mark Stuart didn’t file for arbitration as he and Bruins are close to a 1-year extension. Boston re-signed both Nathan McIver and Nolan Schaefer.
Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski filed for salary arbitration yesterday, but after the meeting his agent and GM Bob Murray last week, they appear to be on the “same page”. More discussions should take place before their arbitration meeting which would be between July 20th and August 5th.
Niedermayer staying with Ducks? Two Leafs wanting a trade, Red Wings injury situation, Lehtonen on the Block?
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: If the Ducks continue to gain ground on the last playoff spot, the decision for Scott Niedermayer staying in Anaheim becomes easier, he won’t be going anywhere.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: A good article from Simmons about the situation Brian Burke finds himself in. Burke has been trying to make some changes, but has had no luck so far. Don’t expect much to happen (other than rumors) before March 3rd. According to Burke, “Unfortunately, (talking trade) is like being a farmer. You plant your crop and then you do nothing but wait.”
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Both Garnet Exelby and Jamal Mayers have spoken with Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, and they wouldn’t mind being traded at the deadline. The fact that Mayers was looking to move on, was leaked yesterday. “I’m willing to do whatever I can to help the team. If that means moving on, then that’s the way it has to be,” said Mayers. “I haven’t had a chance to win yet, so I’d certainly like that opportunity but I can’t control that. I certainly like to think I come to the rink every day to play hard.”
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen is due to return from his AHL conditioning stint next week. That will give the Thrashers 3 goalies (Lehtonen, Johan Hedberg and Ondrej Pavelec), and most likely a new home for one of them. Lehtonen is the most likely to go, but his back issues may scare some teams off.
- TheFourthPeriod: The Capitals and Nicklas Backstrom are taking their time with regards to a contract extension. The Caps are reportedly in the market for a 2nd line center, and a top four physical defenseman. The Blues might be a team they are talking with.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: If the trade deadline was tomorrow, Capitals GM George McPhee wouldn’t do anything. I’m not sure if this was said before Jose Theodore left Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury. If healthy, Varlamov is their playoff goalie, but he’s been out for awhile, and his return is not known at the moment. I think they should consider another goalie option, as health could become a problem down the stretch and in the playoffs.
- AP in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Unable to find a trade partner for Petr Sykora, the Minnesota Wild have sent him to their AHL affiliate, where he’s not expected to show up.
- Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: With Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom, and Jason Williams returning to the Red Wings lineup soon, management may be forced to make some roster/salary adjustments. When Holmstrom and Williams return (and if there are no other injuries – below post might help a little) they will be over the roster limit of 23. Justin Abdelkader doesn’t need to clear waivers, so he will most likely be sent to the AHL. When Franzen returns, the Wings will have to shed $1.5 million in salary, as they’ll be over the cap limit.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: With all the good news on the Detroit injury front, you knew something had to give. Brad Stuart left last night’s game in the first period with a sprained left shoulder.