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Posts Tagged Kris Russell
- Nick Kypreos: Sources are saying that Flames Miikka Kiprusoff has told team management that if his rights are traded, he won’t report due to family reason.
- Greg Brady: Mike Keenan says there was a mutual understanding between the Flames and Kiprusoff that he wasn’t going to play out the 2013-14 season at $1.5 million.
- Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson after trading Douglas Murray,
“Can this lead to other deals?” Wilson asked, repeating a question. “Sure it can.”
He said it’s “very doubtful,” that they are looking for a short-term, rental fix. They also plan on keeping all their draft picks. So that leaves three possibilities. 1. Gain immediate help by trading one of their roster assets. 2. Continue to obtain more draft picks. 3. Trade an expiring contract (ie. Ryane Clowe) for a young player.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Teams that are willing to sell now have an advantage. The numbers of teams may double next week. The addition of Brad Stuart in the offseason, made Douglas Murray expendable for the Sharks. If you’re going to trade for draft picks, this is the year to do it. The Sharks performance in the next week will dictate how the Sharks refresh/reset will go. Ryane Clowe could be the next to go. If things don’t go well over the next week, Dan Boyle could also be on his way out. After next season, the contracts of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelskiand Boyle will come off the books. They currently have just $27 million on the books for 2014-15. Thornton and Marleau have no-movement clauses.
“This is coming to crunch time,” Wilson said, saying the bigger refresh comes now or in the summer. “The phone has been busy, and we’ll take all calls.”
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Some wonder if the recent play of Kris Russell and Wade Redden will reduce the urgency of GM Doug Armstrong’s search for a partner for Alex Pietrangelo.
- Craig Morgen of Fox Sports Arizona: Coyotes GM Don Maloney if they be buyers or sellers,
“We’re right at the cliff as far as I’m concerned,” Maloney said. “If we slide much further, all bets are off. We’re going to go out and find assets. This is reality.”
He has been in “constant” talks with other teams about trades. If they lose to either or both of the Wild and Predators this week, names that may not be on the roster after the deadline could be Boyd Gordon, Raffi Torres, Derek Morris and others.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: On March 1st teams will be allowed to spend up to 10% of next season’s $64.3 million salary cap ceiling. The “tagging rule” usually doesn’t come into play until after the season. This will help teams like Chicago, Rangers, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Calgary. It may help lead to some trades.Free agency this year starts on July 5th, and teams are allowed to speak with free agents “no less than five days, and no more than a week before” free agency starts.
As of now, it looks like the Capitals, Panthers, Blue Jackets and Jets are sellers.
The Blues will have some free agents to take care of. The Blues and Patrik Berglund will wait until after the season to talk extension. The same is likely for Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Chris Stewart, Kris Russell, Andy McDonald and Matt D’Agostini also have expiring contracts.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Sources are saying that Blues GM Doug Armstrong asked the Flyers about Daniel Briere. The Bruins are also said to have asked about his availability. The Flyers haven’t asked Briere if he’d waive his no trade clause, and it’s not known if they are interested in trading him. Briere did have this to say,
“I don’t want to comment on anything at this point,” Briere told the Daily News. “Trades are not my department. I’ve been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”
Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit, but has a salary of $3 million for next year and $2 million in 2014-15.
The Flyers are interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, but it would take a lot more than Briere to get him.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Roberto Luongo is 5-1-3 with a 2.11 GAA and .916, and has made it easy for Canucks GM Mike Gillis to hold on to him while looking for maximum return on any deal. The longer Luongo stays, the tougher it becomes for Corey Schneider. Gillis has been getting calls from teams interested in Schneider. It might be better in the short term if Schneider is moved. It’s presumed that they could get better package of players for Schneider than for Luongo. Schneider is under contract through 2014-15 at $4 million a year. If the Canucks were to move him, they would still have a world-class goalie in Luongo. The longer Luongo remains with the Canucks, the harder it becomes to move him before the summer. It may worthwhile seeing what you could get for Schneider.
Kekalainen new Blue Jackets GM … New group looking at Coyotes … May not be right time move Hall to center
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Columbus Blue Jackets are expected to name Jokerit’s GM Jarmo Kekalainen as the new GM at a simultaneous 9:30 AM press conference. Kekaleinen would be the first European GM. He played in the NHL with the Bruins and Senators and has front office experience with the Blues and Senators. Aaron Portzline via twitter: Brian Burke may not have been on their list as he’s not a No. 2 guy in hockey operations. John Davidson is No. 1 in Columbus. Portzline was told the Blue Jackets didn’t ask permission to speak with Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton or Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall.
- Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic: Anthony LeBlanc and Matthew Hulsizer, both previously were unsuccessful bidders, are combining their efforts and exploring the options on the terms and conditions to buy the Phoenix Coyotes. LeBlanc would be the lead man with 5 or 6 investors. LeBlanc stressed that they are in the preliminary stages.
“We continue to explore what the options are,” LeBlanc said.
“This time around, while I don’t actually know this will be the case, I think the league is going to take a much more involved role in discussions with the city. So I’m kind of seeing what the league’s coming to this time, before we really get ourselves too engaged.”
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Source is saying Matt Hulsizer hasn’t seen anything related to the “current” sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. Apparently Hulsizer hasn’t given up his pursuit of owning an NHL team.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: There is a chance that the Blues will scratch Wade Redden tonight as Kris Russell is back and will be in the lineup.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Oilers will consider moving Taylor Hall to center. The Oilers are stacked on the wings and he would bring size up the middle. The Oilers have kicked the idea around before. Former coach Tom Renney tried it for several games. New coach Ralph Krueger has talked about it too. It may not be a good idea right now as it Sam Gagner has played really well in the No. 2 slot this year. Another reason to not move him right now is the depth on the left side isn’t the greatest at the moment. Nail Yakupov may not be ready for a first line role. Paajarvi or Hartikainen may not be ready for a top 6 role just yet. The last reason is that they had the opportunity to experiment with Hall at center during the lockout at Oklahoma City and they didn’t.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Taylor Hall looks to be able to play in the AHL when he’s healthy. Still some details to be figured out.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jiri Hudler suffered an abdominal and groin injury and will be leaving Lev. Roman Cervenka is rumored to replace him.
- Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Marian Hossa (concussion ended last season) was out skating with several Blackhawks yesterday.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Kris Russell has a slight MCL tear and will return to St. Louis to have the Blues doctors look at it.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Elitserien filed a 15 page appeal yesterday with the Swedish Competition Authority. They demand that the Market Court make the final decision.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Tom Wandell is set to join Severstal.
- Dirk Hoag via twitter: Patric Hornqvist signed with HC Red Ice of the Swiss league. Alex Kovalev will join him.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Dennis Seidenberg will join Alder in Germany.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jamie Benn will join the Hamburg Freezers.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Tomas Plekanec said that Kladno is paying his insurance but has no money to pay him a salary.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Craig Smith to KalPa, on a deal that run until December.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Claude Giroux is considering Prague and Omsk.
- George Richards via twitter: Tomas Kopecky is looking at offers.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Zach Parise said he’ll consider an offer from Switzerland.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Markov will be introduced today by Vityaz of the KHL.
- Linus Hugosson via twitter: Matt Duchene signed with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite league.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Patrice Bergeron signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss League.
Update: Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov is checking a report that Radulov is set to join the Predators in the next couple days. He’s cautious with the outlet as it’s coming from an outside agent who has players on the same team (not Radulov’s agent).
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Alexander Radulov’s KHL team was eliminated from the playoffs, but as of yesterday afternoon, there was “no change in his status” according to his agent. There is the possibility that Radulov could return to the Predators this year.
- Bill Roose of the DetroitRedWings.com: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard plans take part in their morning skate today in Nashville, and could return to the lineup on Tuesday in LA.
“I feel a lot better. It’s getting better every single day,” he said. “Skated yesterday, skated today, took some shots. Hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll share a net. Then practice Monday in L.A.
“We just want to take all the precautions and make sure everything is healed up, with it being so close to playoffs.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Several of the Blues injured players (Kent Huskins, Jamie Langenbrunner, Kris Russell, Matt D’Agostini and Alex Steen) are expected to return to their lineup sometime next week. Likely candidates to return are Huskins, Russell and Langenbrunner. D’Agostini and Steen don’t appear to be close to returning.
- Dallas Stars via twitter: Stars forward Brenden Morrow has been activated from the IR.
- Capitals Mike Green was suspended for 3 games
Ballard to LTIR … No deal for Grabovski … Waivers today … Boyce claimed on waivers … Russell has concussion … Scouting
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Canucks put Keith Ballard on the LTIR, creating $4.2 million in cap space. Ott could be an option. Ballard has a concussion and is not close. He might be ready for the playoffs.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Indications are that Mikhail Grabovski won’t be signing a contract extension with the Maple Leafs by Monday.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: On waivers today R. Russell and Clitsome (CBJ), Boulton (NJD), Staubitz (re-entry) (MIN), Kolanos (CGY).
- Brian Compton via twitter: The Islanders have waived Brian Rolston and recalled David Ullstrom.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Blue Jackets have claimed Darryl Boyce off waivers from the Maple Leafs.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have lost Kris Russell to concussion-like symptoms. Kent Huskins will take his spot, and Ian Cole was recalled. The might make a move for a defenseman, but have indicated they may be quiet, citing budget concerns.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is not worried about Cam Ward, could be in next game.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Scouting the Penguins-Lightning game today: Stars, Kings and Lightning.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Scouting the Blue Jackets game last night: Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, Devils, Sharks Penguins and Lightning.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Flames lines: Glencross Jokinen Iginla-Tanguay Cammalleri Comeau-Desbiens horak Jackman-Bouma Stajan Kostopoulos
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Leafs tonight.
If the team does anything, it will be buying. They have remained near the top of the standings all season long despite injuries to vital players. As is, this is a very competitive team capable of making a solid playoff run. They might need to add a piece or two to finish the Stanley Cup puzzle.
What the Blues will do
This is pretty unpredictable at this point. If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago, I would tell you the Blues would stand pat and remain silent at the deadline. However, once news broke that Jamie Langenbrunner would miss at least the next 4 weeks with a broken foot, all bets were off. The Blues also have injuries to other key players such as Alex Steen and Matt D’Agostini. Several defenseman (Carlo Colaiacovo/Kris Russell) have been banged up as well. These injuries could shift the Blues from a team that was content where it was into a team that needs to add a piece or two prior to the deadline. If this trio had a more predictable or positive few weeks ahead of them, the Blues would likely sit back and watch what happens during the deadline.
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Byers to have hearing, nothing for Lecavalier … Afternoon injury updates, lines and tonight’s starting goaltenders
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Blue Jackets Dane Byers will have a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan today for his hit on Sharks Andrew Desjardins. No hearing for Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier for his punch on Penguins Evgeny Malkin.
- Dirk Hoag via twitter: Predators defenseman Ryan Suter will be a game-time decision with an upper body injury.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils center Adam Henrique is unable to practice due to a groin issue. The Devils have sent Nick Palmieri to the AHL.
- David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have recalled Jake Gardiner. The Marlies don’t play again until next Saturday. James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle points out that Gardiner’s recall doesn’t mean a Maple Leafs trade is happening. They wanted to get Gardiner into a game in the AHL yesterday.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabo-Kulie, Lombardi-Connolly-Kadri, Crabb-Steckel-Brown, extra, Rosehill, no sign of Boyce. Mark Masters via twitter: John-Michael Liles and Colby Armstrong skated today before Leafs practice. Scott MacArthur via twitter: Tyler Bozak said he should be ready to go tomorrow.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Zubrus-Kovalchuk; Boulton-Elias-Clarkson; Tedenby-Carter-(empty); Taormina-Zalewski-Janssen.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Wandell-Eriksson Burish-Ott-Dvorak Nystrom-Fiddler-Ryder Wathier-Dowell-Petersen Fiddler, Dvorak PP time.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues forward Alex Steen and defenseman Kris Russell likely won’t play tonight.
- George Richards via twitter: Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers against the Bruins. Jose Theodore won’t dress for the Panthers.
- Preds Radio via twitter: Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuukka Rask will start in net for the Bruins tonight against the Panthers.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars against Jaroslav Halak and the Blues.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Chris Mason will start in net for the Jets against the Senators. Craig Anderson will start for the Senators.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Cam Ward will start in net for the Hurricanes against the Penguins.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tomorrow.
- David Alter via twitter: James Riemer will start in net for the Leafs tomorrow.
Caps may be getting a shakeup … Weber out Friday, unlikely for Sunday … Sens sign 2 1st rounders … Green hopeful for next week … Kane at center
- Josh Rimer via twitter: “Been told if Washington Capitals Lose at home to NY Rangers tonight expect a Shake up, and when I say shake up I’m talking Trade.”
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Predators Barry Trotz said that Shea Weber is out for Friday and Sunday is unlikely.
- Don Brennan via twitter: The Senators have signed 1st round picks Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen to entry-level deals.
- Curtis Zupke via twitter: Ducks forward Saku Koivu is doubtful according to Boudreau.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Lindy Ruff on Nathan Gerbe: “Nathan is getting real close. He could possibly be an option for one of these two games, maybe.”
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said Mike Green is “about 80 percent” and hopes to play next week.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: The Blackhawks are moving Patrick Kane back to center.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Kris Russell is out 3 weeks. TJ Oshie is quetionable.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Stephen Weiss skating with a no-contact jersey.
- Tony Ambrogio via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight against the Hurricanes.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight against the Flames. Brian Rolston is in. Haley, Pandolfo and Staios are out. Jesse Spector via twitter: David Ullstrom was put on the IR by the Islanders. Brian Rolston was activated from the IR.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks tomorrow against the Red Wings.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Barry Trotz said there is no timetable for Shea Weber’s return. He is holding out hope for Friday. Hard to predict concussion time frames.
- Gary Lawless via twitter: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was scratched last night due to a lower body injury. He’s had a knee issue for awhile.
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins forward Rich Peverley practiced yesterday for the 1st time in 9 days. There is a good chance that he plays on New Year’s Eve.
- Jeff Miller of the OC Register: Ducks center Saku Koivu practiced yesterday and will be a game time decision on Thursday. Winger Jason Blake practiced with the team as well. Lines at yesterday’s practice: Niklas Hagman-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan-Nick Bonino-Teemu Selanne, Matt Beleskey-Andrew Cogliano-Andrew Gordon, Jean-Francois Jacques-Rod Pelley-George Parros, Kyle Palmieri-Saku Koivu-Jason Blake.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues defenseman Kris Russell left last night’s game in the 1st period with a lower-body injury. He’ll be re-evaluated today. Forward B.J. Crombeen was activated from the IR.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks forward Chris Higgins may be out of the lineup with mysterious illness. He’s missed 2 games earlier this month from it.
Brassard getting interest … Lucic escapes suspension … Tyutin the translator … Not a lot of interest in Nabokov … NHL won’t own Coyotes much longer
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators might be mildly interested in Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, who could fit in as their 2nd line center. Cost could be a concern for the Senators, as he carries a $3.2 million cap hit through 2013-14. The Islanders are also believed to be interested. Another option could be Kyle Turris, who needs to sign a deal by December 1st. Flames center Matt Stajan and his $3.5 million for 3 years is available. Though teams are looking for defenseman, Filip Kuba and Brian Lee are not getting much interest.
- Dan Rose of NHL.com: Milan Lucic escaped punishment from Brendan Shanahan.
“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”
“The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call,” Shanahan said. “And, while it’s unfortunate that Miller was hurt I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline.”
- Elliotte Freidman of CBC: Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, who was rumored to be traded for Evgeni Nabokov, is part of the teams solution. Speculation started as he was asked to stay behind after their game with Kris Russell, Russell was traded to the Blues, so someone assumed Tyutin was being traded as well. Tyutin was asked to hang around in case they needed someone to talk to Nikita Nikitin, who doesn’t speak much English. Islanders GM Garth Snow told Eric Francis that there isn’t much interest in Evgeni Nabokov. One GM: “There are a lot of us who don’t like our teams.” Kyle Turris’ agent met with Coyotes GM Don Maloney on November 2nd when the Coyotes were in Colorado, neither side is saying anything.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Senior league sources are saying that this will be the last year the NHL owns the Phoenix Coyotes. There are 2 groups that have been approved to buy an NHL team, but neither has consummated a sale. There is an estimated 50/50 chance the team will remain in Glendale. Quebec City is at the top of the list for possible relocation. A 2nd southern Ontario team is an option.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers chairman Ed Snider spoke about realignment. The Flyers and Penguins will remain in the same division. Eastern Conference clubs want traditional rivalries to remain. A realignment suggestion of having the Penguins and Flyers in different conferences didn’t get enough votes.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green has a strained groin according to sources. He won’t travel with the team to Nashville.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Brent Seabrook, who was injured over the weekend, traveled with the team to Vancouver. If Seabrook can’t go, Sean O’Donnell or Sami Lepisto would step in.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Talk that the Flames are swamped with interest in Rene Bourque is manufactured according to a source within the club. Flames GM Jay Feaster wouldn’t talk specifically about Bourque, but did say it’s getting harder to find trading partners.
“In the post-lockout world, it just isn’t about whether you like a player or not,” Feaster said.
“It’s also about the term (years) of the contract, the current cash requirement and the AAV (average annual value or cap hit), and that’s before you ever start talking about what you want or need in return for the player.”
- Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are finally getting healthy. Only Radek Martinek, Mark Dekanich and Kristian Huselius remain out. Huselius could be back in two weeks.
- BD Galiof via twitter: Galiof thinks the Islanders should make an addition by subtraction deal to send a message and to create room for more kids.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils on Wednesday.
The Columbus Blue Jackets traded defenseman Kris Russel to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Nikita Nikitin. The deal was made shortly after the Blues lost to the Maple Leafs night.
Nikitin will be a restricted free agent after the season, and carries a $600,000 cap hit this year. Russell has a $1.3 million cap hit for this year and next.