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Posts Tagged Kris Letang
Apologies for the site being down today, server issues that were out of my control. Here is what I would have posted this morning if I was able too, all in one giant post.
- Darren Dreger: The Flyers are working on a Mark Streit deal, as well as holding preliminary discussions with Claude Giroux on a contract extension.
- Josh Rimer: Red Wings sign Drew Miller to a 3-year deal worth $1.35 million per season.
- Szymon Szemberg: Former Flyers goalie prospect Joacim Eriksson has signed with the Canucks according to Swedish media and his agent.
- Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports: Andrei Kostitsyn will be staying with Traktor Chulyabinsk of the KHL according to reports.
- Gare Joyce: A scout said that Aleksander Barkov can get into the top 3, and maybe the most NHL ready. “Different conversation if he doesn’t get hurt late in yr.”
- Aaron Vickers: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that the NHL has asked the KHL about Valeri Nichushkin’s contract status. Nichushkin is free to sign an NHL entry-level deal and is not under contractual obligation with the KHL.
- Bob McKenzie: Kings assistant John Stevens had interview with the Canucks this week. He’ll also be interviewing with the Rangers.
- Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Mark Messier has had an interview with the Rangers.
“We were out in La Quinta, (California), and I had a chance to talk with Glen on a couple of occasions,” Messier told the Daily News outside the United Center on Friday. “I expressed my interest and my confidence in my ability, and from there that’s all I can really say because I don’t know much more than that, because he’s conducting interviews with many more people that obviously want the job, as well. So he’s going through the process, which he should.”
- Aaron Ward: Alain Vigneault has told the Stars that he no longer wants to be considered for their coaching position. Speculation will be that he’s heading to the Rangers. Renaud Lavoie: Alain Vigneault is on the verge of being the Rangers next head coach. Darren Dreger: The Stars are believed to have had a substantial offer on the table for Vigneault until he met with Rangers Dolan and company.
- Mayor Sly James: (the Mayor of Kansas City talking about the NHL) “Folks, I have no issue with having a team in Sprint, provided it is the right deal and there is local ownership. We don’t have that package” … “Would have to sell out very game with Coyotes to be mid-pack in attendance in NHL. Tough act.” … “not many cobwebs in 1 of the top 5 booked arenas in the country. We make $$ now. Not w/ most teams” … Responding to what some of the limiations are: “Tkt cost, limited corp sponsors, practice time and lost bookings, need to subsidize, lease restrictions, work interruptions, ownership, under performing team, etc etc”
- Damien Cox: Sidney Crosby’s agent is convinced that Zdeno Chara intentionally punched Crosby where his jaw was broken.
- Dan Rosen: Senators Daniel Alfredsson said he hasn’t started thinking about if he’ll play next year or not. Will need a few more weeks.
- Mark Spector: Flames GM Jay Feaster won’t consider buyouts. He’d have trouble getting veteran UFA’s to replace the ones he bought out.
- John Shannon: “Can confirm that RSE has agreed in principle to lease terms with City of Glendale on an arena lease.” David Pagnotta: “The tentative lease agreement bw city of Glendale + RSE will b presented to city council on Tuesday, upon which its expected to get approved.” John Shannon: “Rennaissance S and E agreement in principle with Glendale is for 15 years…but requires Council approval. Its not a certainty.”
- The Fourth Period: Source saying that the Flyers will buyout Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere would be owed $3.333 million over four years. Bryzgalov would be owned $23 million over 14 years, about $1.642 million per year. On Bryzgalov
“They don’t want to play for him or with him,” the league source said.
Buying Briere and Bryzgalov out would create $12.166 million in salary cap space. The Flyers are still interested in Coyotes Keith Yandle. The two teams discussed a deal at last year’s NHL Draft. GM Paul Holmgren could also be looking for top six forward, either signing or through trade.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins GM Ray Shero’s commented that his priority is to sign Kris Letang, but didn’t rule out a trade. It may take a $6.5 million deal for eight years to remain in Pittsburgh. On the open market he may get a max term deal at between $7 and $8 million.
“The feeling from those I spoke with on Thursday is that Letang will sign an extension with Pittsburgh. It’s a similar situation to Staal in that the best move would be to trade him if there’s not a deal to be struck, but it’s different in that the Penguins don’t have two other world-class defensemen already on the roster the way they did at center last year.”
Letang didn’t have a great playoffs, but that wouldn’t scare teams away.
“Not a chance,” he said. “If they put him on the market, 29 teams would bid on him.”
The return for Letang in a trade would be huge. He could be used to get into the top part of this year’s draft. The blueline is the one area the Penguins have some organizational depth.
The Lightning could use a Letang and could offer the 3rd overall pick in a package. The Oilers need help on the blueline and have been offering up the 7th overall pick. Letang may be too similar to Justin Schultz’s skill set for a deal to make sense for them. The Ducks could be an interesting option with Bobby Ryan and potentially two number one goalies in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth and top goalie prospect John Gibson. Gibson is from Pittsburgh. The Sharks may not have the assets to land Letang. The Rangers could use a right handed defenseman, but they may not have the depth to make a deal.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: If the Blackhawks can’t re-sign Bryan Bickell, keep an eye on the Canadiens.Look for the Bruins to sign Patrice Bergeron to a long-term extension.The Kings have spoken with 10 teams about Jonathan Bernier’s availability. Could be traded before or at the draft.LeBrun thinks that Alain Vigneault will be the coach of the Rangers or Stars.
The Canadiens won’t be making Carey Price available.
- Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Jim Nill on the draft:
“I know historically to move up at the draft it costs you assets and we’re trying to build up assets,” he said. “Unless it was just something that I thought was a no-brainer, we’d move up, but I’m very comfortable where we’re picking and I know we’re going to get a good player.”
“It’s a good draft,” Nill said. “There’s a lot of good players and there’s going to be a lot of good players in the second round. It’s a strong draft. … There’s good forwards, there’s good defensemen. If you want smaller, skilled guys, they’re there. If you need some bigger power-forward guys … it’s a good variation of players.”
On other changes:
“I think we’re going to be active,” he said. “I know I need to make changes. We need to get … our team has to get better. That’s my game plan — I need to make some changes. It’s going to be different.”
- TSN: The Flames currently have about $19 million is salary cap space and could get another $5.8 million if Miikka Kiprusoff retires. The Flames have three first round picks (#6, #22 and #28).
“I don’t know that it’s feeling the pressure as much as it is recognizing the importance of it,” Feaster said Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
“The importance of this draft is not lost on the organization and it certainly isn’t lost on the management of the organization.”
“We have had extensive conversations with teams about moving up into the top five in the draft,” Feaster said. “We at least know which teams are willing to do something and if they are, what it would take to do that, and also which teams are not willing to do that.
“The one thing I believe with the pick at six, we want to get a player who has the opportunity to come in here right now and compete for a job. We really like this draft. We think at 22 and 28, we’re going to be happy with the players who are still on the board.”
The Flames need size and talent down the middle, size to the backend of their blueline and a scoring right winger to replace Jarome Iginla.
“I talked with him just this week,” Feaster said. “We’re going to continue to give him time. I think if we had to say ‘You have to make a decision today’ I’m not sure he’s ready to play right now.
“We’ve made sure he knows we’ll wait for him to be sure of what he wants to do.”
- TSN Insider Trading: Jonathan Huberdeaushould be in Chicago today, likely to win the Calder Trophy.Alex Ovechkin is believed to be the winner of the Hart Trophy.The Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky’s camp will talk next week.Video of Zdeno Chara punching Sidney Crosby in his injured jaw in Game 1 of the Bruins-Penguins series (click TSN Insider link above).
Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins will now turn to Kris Letang who will be looking for a big raise from his $3.5 million. There has been speculation that he could be dealt if both sides can’t get a deal done. GM Ray Shero clarified his statement, and notes that Letang is under contract from next season.
“That gives us some latitude and leeway,” Shero said. “We’ll certainly turn our attention to Kris over the next little bit and see where we are and see if we’re in the same ballpark, what we’re thinking. He certainly is a key player for us, and he’s a young player. I do believe his best days in his career are ahead of him.
“But, until we get to those discussions … it’s hard for me exactly to know what Kris’ intentions are until I get into discussions with his agent and with Kris.”
“If we don’t have a deal by the draft, does that mean we’re trading him?” Shero said of Letang. “I can’t speculate. You never want to say a player can’t be traded or will never be traded. It’s hard to do that.
“If we get into July or August or next [season] with Kris Letang on [essentially] a one-year contract … I would say we’d like to keep him. He’s a very good defenseman, and they’re very hard to find.”
Louis Jean: Source is saying that it is not a “slam dunk” that Kris Letang signs an extension with the Penguins. His agent and GM Ray Shero will have a meeting next week. Letang’s asking price could easily be $8 million.
David Alter: Colton Orr re-signed with the Maple Leafs for 2 years at $925,000 per season.
Damian Cristodero: The Lightning sign Reto Suri for 2013-14 on a 1-year, two-way deal
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins GM Ray Shero wants settle their coaching situation so he can focus on Evgeni Malkin, then Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang. It could cost the Penguins around $10 million a year to keep Malkin, and ownership has given Shero authorization to keep him at almost any cost. Shero had a “productive” meeting with Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks have picked up the past couple days. The sides have been waiting to see if Bobrovsky wins the Vezina Trophy, but Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has found away around it.
“I said, ‘Let’s just proceed as if he’s already won it,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch today. “Let’s take that out of the equation. Let’s assume he’s won it, and move forward from there. But … “
It doesn’t appear that a deal is imminent.
“His representation is doing what they feel is best; I don’t blame them,” Kekalainen said. “We’re doing what we think is best. I’m not discouraged at all. This is part of the process that both sides have to go through to get a deal done.
“But it’s something we’d like to work at, get settled and put behind us.”
- Chris Nichols of Sportsnet: Daniel and Henrik Sedin were on TEAM1040 radio on Monday and said they hope to remain with the Canucks beyond next season. The Sedin’s haven’t talked with their agents or the Canucks yet. Henrik:
“No, we haven’t talked about it yet, actually. It’s only been a few weeks since we lost here. We’ve always been in a position where everything is going to get worked out if both sides agree that they want the same thing. We’re not panicking. Like Daniel said, we’ve been very up front that we like it here. That’s all we can do.”
- Katie Strang: The Rangers and Ryan McDonagh have held preliminary talks, but nothing is serious yet.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said he’ll do “everything we can” to keep Bryan Bickell.
- Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Bickell said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Blackhawks.
“Yeah, definitely, (I’d like to re-sign with the Blackhawks),” Bickell said during the Stanley Cup finals media day. “I got drafted in ’04 with this team. I think this is a second home to me. To be brought up through the minor leagues and being here the last couple years has been an honor. I feel this is a home to me. I have a lot of friends and family with me in the city. I enjoy it a lot here.”
When asked about a hometown discount.
“I don’t know about that,” Bickell said of giving the Blackhawks a hometown discount. “We’ll see. We’re just concentrating on the finals. Me and my agent will come together, and we’ll negotiate that at the end of the season.”
- Chip Alexander: There is no offer on the table, but Dan Ellis and the Hurricanes are “talking back and forth.” In a “holding pattern.”
Free Agent Rumors: Leafs – Bozak, Orr, Kostka, MacArthur and Komarov .. Pens – Letang, Iginla, Malkin and Dupuis
- The Fourth Period: The Maple Leafs appear to be trying to re-sign UFAs Tyler Bozak, Colton Orr and Mike Kostka. It’s likely that Clarke MacArthur and Ryan O’Bryne won’t be brought back. Leo Komarov is expected to head back to the KHL. Bozak is reportedly looking for a long-term deal worth $5.5 million a season, so it’s possible that he may not be back. One team source the Leafs won’t go over $4 million a year.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he doesn’t know if the rumors of Leo Komarov signing with Dynamo Moscow were true, but added “It wouldn’t surprise me,” in an email with the Star.
“Leo Komarov will not continue in the NHL,” tweeted Finnish sports reporter Emil Elo. “He will join (Moscow) next season.”
- Chris Nichols: Contract extension talks with the Penguins and Kris Letang should begin this month. He is looking for a 5 to 8 year deal with a full no-movement clause. The Penguins believe he’s for $7-$8 million per year.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarome Iginla: “It’s been very positive & would be open (to re-signing). Even though we didn’t win, it was a great experience.”
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Pascal Dupuis: ”Obviously I want to stay a Pittsburgh Penguin.”
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Contract negotiations between GM Ray Shero and Evgeni Malkin’s agent, J.P. Barry, will start this week. A Malkin deal wouldn’t be able to be official until after July 5th as he has one year left on his deal. Malkin currently makes $8.7 million and his full no-movement clause kicks in for the final year. The maximum that Malkin could sign for is $102.88 million over 8 years. GM Shero told Sidney Crosby when they were working on his extension, that Malkin would likely end up with a higher salary cap number. Talks between Shero and Kris Letang’s camp should begin this month. Letang doesn’t have a no-movement in his deal, so if they can’t agree on a new deal, they could look to move him. The Penguins hope to keep both Malkin and Letang, along with UFA Pascal Dupuis, who could get at least $4 million on the open market. The Penguins hope to keep him at a little less than $4 million and on a 3 year deal.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that the Oilers will deal their No. 7 overall pick, as well as some players.
- Bob McKenzie: The Flyers are in the market for a defenseman and could be willing to move one of Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier in the right deal.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the Flyers to use a compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Brian Wilde: The Canadiens could see what the trade market would give for defenseman Andrei Markov and likely get a good return. His contract isn’t looking as expensive now though.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks that Tuukka Rask will get a 4 or 5 year contract at about $6.5 million.
- Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater thinks the Avalanche could make Jarome Iginla a free agent offer if/when he hits the open market. The Avs could buy out David Jones. Iginla’s offer wouldn’t be crazy, and word is Joe Sakic is intrigued with idea of adding Iginla.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Mario Lemieux and the Penguins ownership aren’t that impressed with how the season ended and Dan Bylsma may be on the hotseat. A league executive thinks that the Penguins may move Chris Kunitz or James Neal with the cap going down, giving them more room to keep Evgeni Malkin. Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke are both UFAs. UFA Douglas Murray will walk. The Pens want to keep Kris Letang. The Pens could look to trade Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild, Avalanche or Panthers, or they could buy him out. They could make a pitch for Ryan Miller.
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Feschuk thinks it’s time for the Maple Leafs to trade Phil Kessel.
There’d be no better time to trade Kessel, considering his excellent run of play as the league’s sixth-leading regular-season scorer has put his value at an all-time high. Don’t for a moment believe that Nonis, fresh off delivering a no-Leaf-is-untouchable post-season message, isn’t thinking hard about the possibility.
The Leafs need to give up value to get their “long-sought No. 1 center.” Kessel, along with Dion Phaneuf will be UFAs after next season. Dion’s stock is weighed down by his $6.5 million salary. Nonis’ shopping list isn’t short, which should include an upgrade in net. They should consider UFA Mike Smith and possibly revisit Roberto Luongo. The Leafs will look at UFA David Clarkson, but he’ll be looking for big money. The Leafs blueline needs more high-end talent at low prices. Moving up in the draft would make sense, along with trolling for compliance buyouts that may come cheap.
- Spector’s Hockey: Richardson thinks that IF the Penguins were to move any of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, Fleury is the likely one to move. Malkin is too valuable to the them and Letang is their best puck-moving defenseman. IF the Penguins were to trade or buy out Fleury, they would need to find a young, affordable backup for Tomas Vokoun. Dmitry Chesnokov: Chesnokov suggests Michal Neuvirth.
- Bob Stauffer: Stauffer see the Stars trying to trade Alex Goligoski or Trevor Daley for a centerman if they can get Sergei Gonchar signed.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Leafs need a center like Sean Monahan and should look at moving up in the draft. The Predators are dangling the No. 4 pick, the Oilers at No. 7 could also move their pick. Trading youth-for-youth would make sense, and they could use Jake Gardiner. It would be a type of move that wouldn’t help them next year, but more of building move.
Morning Hits: Could the Penguins trade Malkin? Should Oilers consider trading No. 7? Landing spots for Luongo
- Darren Dreger: If the Penguins lose in 4 or 5 games, they could have an interesting offseason. Some people think that Evgeni Malkin could become a trade target. Bruce Arthur points out that Malkin had 10 shots last night and was “magnificent” and doesn’t think he’ll be traded. Dreger responds that it’s hard to imagine, but after the cap goes down for next year, it likely won’t be going up the following year that much and it will force the Penguins into a tough decision with Malkin or Kris Letang.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples thinks the Oilers should consider trading down from the No. 7 slot in this year’s NHL draft unless they are convinced that they are “seven truly remarkable players” in the draft. There is about a 40% chance of drafting a star to a good consistent 2nd liner when drafting in the 6 to 15 range. There is a 60% at each of those slots that he’ll be just average or a bust. About a 20% chance they turn into “top-line aces.” Staples looked at the players drafted from 1990 to 2009. Staples goes into more detail, it’s worth checking out the piece.
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher looks at nine possible destinations for Roberto Luongo: Flyers, Panthers, Oilers, Capitals, Sabres, Blues, Lightning, Flames and the Wild.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Nathan Horton won’t travel with the team due to an upper-body injury he sustained in the fight with Jarome Iginla.
- Ian Mendes: Unlikely that Senators Erik Karlsson is in the lineup tonight.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury won’t be in the Penguins lineup tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins: Letang has foot poisoning. Beau Bennett has an upper-body injury. Fleury’s wife is expecting. Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin all skated today.
- Kirk Penton: Jets Evander Kane didn’t skate this morning.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Magnus Paajarvi was hit in the foot with a shot against the Avalanche, and won’t be in the lineup. Eric Belanger will be in the lineup. Ryan Whitney will also play.
- Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Higgins-Roy-Kesler; Weise-Ebbett-Kassian; Raymond-Lapierre-Hansen.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks defensive pairings: Vlasic/Stuart, Hannan/Boyle, Irwin/Braun.
- Bruce Garrioch: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight.
- John Vogl: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
- Dave Molinari: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Penguins.
- Joanne Ireland: Nikolai Khabibulin will be in net for the Oilers.
- Jim Jamieson: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.
- Eric Stephens: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the for the Ducks.
- Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild.
- Chris Kuc: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Bill Hoppe: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers broke his leg Thursday night and is out for the season.
- Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul isn’t cleared for contact yet. He might be ready to go next week. David Alter: Coach Randy Carlyle said he feels that Lupul has been cleared for contact. Still out day-to-day. David Alter: Carlyle thought that Lupul was cleared for contact, Lupul confirms that he hasn’t been yet. Jonas Siegel: Carlyle confirmed that Lupul did suffer a concussion.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski remained in New York and is being examined for gastro intestinal issues. Terry Koshan: Dave Poulin on Grabovski: “We just wanted to have things cleared up after his weight loss. He has been cleared to play.”
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Martin Erat is feeling better and could play today.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers Daniel Briere said he’s ready to go today.
- Michael Vega: Bruins Patrice Bergeron (concussion) took part in the optional skate yesterday.
“Bergy will travel with us,’’ Julien said. “He’s skating now and he’s skating with us and he’s better off to work out with us than to stay behind.’’
Claude Julien on if Bergeron will play on Saturday,
“I don’t think so. We’re certainly going to be cautious with him. He’s had a history [of concussions] and we’re not going to take a gamble with it.
“We’re being extremely careful with Bergy and we’re going by the protocol. Never will this organization risk a player’s health for any reason. But he felt pretty good this concussion was moderate, and from what I’ve been told, it’s had a zero [effect] on the major one that he’s had and a zero issue on his brain.’’
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Sidney Crosby hasn’t skated since breaking his jaw. He’s been cleared to fly and traveled with the team on their Florida trip. Kris Letang returned to the lineup after dealing with a broken toe and groin injury. The groin is the bigger concern. Defenseman Paul Martin (broken bone in hand) skated this week, but hasn’t stick-handled. He could be ready for the start of May when the playoff start.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Elliott Pap: Canucks Ryan Kesler will play tonight.
- Farhan Lalji: Don’t expect Kesler on the PP and PK tonight. Chris Tanev injured his leg last game and is day-to-day.
- Chicago Blackhawks: Forward Patrick Sharp is travelling with the team to Minnesota. Status for Tuesday’s game could known at tomorrow’s morning skate.
- James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day.
- Dan Seguin: Senators Erik Karlsson was back on the ice for the first time today.
- Roger Millions: Flames Jiri Hudler is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky is out with a foot injury. He’s been bothered by it for several weeks.
- Sam Kasan on Penguins.NHL.com: Head coach Dan Bylsma said that James Neal has a concussion and won’t be going on their three game road trip. Defenseman Kris Letang is back practicing and said it’s up to Bylsma when he returns.
- Michael Vega of the Boston Globe: Bruins Tyler Seguin have been moved from the 2nd line center to the 3rd line with Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Jay Pandolfoat yesterday’s practice.
“Right now, I don’t think we’ve got a [No.] 1, 2, 3 or 4 [line],’’ coach Claude Julien said. “As you can see, there are good players on every line. We move players around a little bit, maybe to balance things for the time being. But right now it’s about playing your game as an individual; you shouldn’t care where you are, you should care what you bring.’’
- Ian Mendes: Thomas Vanek missed his 5th game last night with an upper-body injury.
- Hockey Central: Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day and wouldn’t use the work “concussion.” James Mirtle: Lupul won’t play tonight. Mark Masters: Carlyle on concussion concerns, ’No, that’s a bad word. We don’t use that word until we’re 100% sure.’
- Maple Leafs: The Leafs are expected to have Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov back in the lineup tonight.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid may return to practice from his shoulder strain next week. The injury occurred on March 11th and it was thought that he could miss up to 6 weeks.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Defenseman Kris Letang skated on his own yesterday. (He’s getting close to returning)
From twitter unless noted otherwise
- Pierre LeBrun: Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers. LeBrun thinks there is a chance that someone trades for Jokinen if the Hurricanes eat a bit of his contract.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Bruins claim Kaspers Daugavin’s from the Senators.
- Bob McKenzie: Devils prospect Jon Merrill has decided to leave the University of Michigan and has signed with the Devils. He’ll report to the AHL.
- Steve Zipay: Source saying the Rangers are in the mix for UMass defenseman Conor Allen, who will be leaving after his junior year.
- Ian Mendes: All three Senators goalies were on the ice this morning. Craig Anderson was taking shots. Anderson said he won’t play tomorrow, but Saturday against the Leafs is possible.
- NHL.com: Sabres Thomas Vanek suffered an upper-body injury last night. He’ll be re-evaluated today. Mike Harrington: Vanek hasn’t been ruled out for Thursday. Drew Stafford will be back in for sure.
- NHL.com: The Penguins have put Kris Letang back on the IR after he broke a toe last night.
- Calgary Flames: Joey MacDonald will start tonight.