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Posts Tagged Kyle Turris
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: A day after Evander Kane posted his money stack tweet, Lawless thinks that Kane could be wearing out his welcome in Winnipeg.
Six years is a long time. At this rate, Evander Kane won’t live out the term of his contract as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.
Another day and another firestorm for Kane. It happens too often and if changes aren’t made by the player, the team will make its own changes and deal him.
Lawless also added:
They also point to a trend. Kane isn’t very coachable. On or off the ice. He’s a talent. But he’s also a problem — there’s no disputing that.
Teammates have tried to reach him on certain subjects. He doesn’t listen. If he wants to bring his girlfriend along on the road, he does so. Veterans have tried to hammer home that road games are business trips. Focus should be on the work. Kane does what he wants when he wants. He’s a teammate but not yet a good one.
Kane signed a 6 year, $31.5 million deal this past offseason. At the rate Kane is going, he won’t finish the contract in a Jets uniform. He has a decent cap number at just more than $5 million, and teams will be interested. The Jets won’t give up on Kane just yet, but if he doesn’t change, they may have to look at moving him.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Kyle Turris was on damage control after making some comments about his time in Finland that were posted in a Globe and Mail column earlier this week. Some of his quotes can be read here. Turris said the report was “a mischaracterization.”
“I read it for the first time and I was extremely upset,” Turris said after skating with fellow NHLers and university players. “It put a very negative characterization on my experience in Oulu. It was a great experience. I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to go. It was lots of fun. I talked to lots of guys and my roommate Jason Demers was a great guy.
“I learned a lot and like I said, I would go back.”
Turris said that the story left out many of the positives that he had in Finland.
“There were places where I didn’t like to eat and there were places that I loved,” he said Thursday. “It was dark, but that’s the way it is there. I enjoyed it. You find ways to adapt and that’s what I did.”
- Louis Jean via twitter: Mike Cammalleri no longer plans to play for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.
Brassard heads home … Lindback injured … Garrison and Edler are now locked out … Turris not a fan of playing in Finland
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Derick Brassard has left Salzburg in the middle of his contract without any agreement with the team. The IIHF has been notified. He left for Canada yesterday despite the team trying to convince him to stay and honor his contract.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning goalie Anders Lindback, who has been playing with Ilves Tampere of the Finish Elite league, has cut on the knee after being hit with a put. He required a few stitches and will be out about 10 days.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Devin Setoguchi is leaving the ECHL’s Ontario Reign until the NHL cancels the season (if they do cancel it). The Reign suspended him so that they wouldn’t have to pay him, but would retain his rights.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has been given medical clearance by the Canucks. Garrison has been battling a chronic groin strain the past 2 seasons.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks defenseman Alex Edler’s back has been deemed healthy by the Canucks, but he’s unlikely to ever be 100%. Edler is now a locked out player. He had received $1.16 million of his $3.25 million salary.
“You know what?” Edler said Monday when asked about coming off the dole. “I would much, much rather be healthy and not getting paid. That’s the most important. It’s absolutely terrible to not be able to be out there with the guys because I’m hurt. I would give back all my paycheques if I could have been 100 per cent healthy.”
Edler will be a UFA on July 1st, and his future durability will play a big part in his contract talks. Before the lockout, the Canucks offered him a long-term deal that would have made him the highest paid Canuck defenseman. Jason Garrison and Kevin Bieksa have a salary cap hit of $4.6 million.
- Jordan Winnett of the Globe and Mail: Senators Kyle Turris talks about how life was playing in Finland.
“There’s nothing to do here. Nothing,” Turris said recently while playing in Oulu. “If we’re not at the rink, we’re sitting around playing video games.”
“The travel here is horrendous. It’s worse than junior,” he said. “We’ll fly into Helsinki then hop in a bus for four to six hours, meanwhile, we’ll make three stops on a six-hour bus trip for no reason. It’s awful.”
“The food here is awful,” he explained. “On the road, we eat at truck stops. ABC truck stops. I’m not kidding. We file out of the bus and head off beside the highway for a buffet truck stop pregame meal. It’s ridiculous.”
- Oulunkarpat.fi: (from Matias Strozyk tweet) Kyle Turris wrote this to team/fans:
I read an article in the Globe and Mail today regarding my experience in Oulu. It made me extremely upset that it was so negative, and that it had very inaccurate and untrue information. I really enjoyed my time in Oulu, and those who are around me know that. I want to make clear that the sole reason I left is because of personal reasons that required me to be home with my family. The entire Oulu organization treated me very well, and I feel terrible that people may now feel that I was not grateful to be a part of the organization. I know that I was very lucky to play for such an awesome organization that welcomed me with open arms and treated us very well. Everyone I met in Finland, the coaches, management, fans and people of Oulu were all very nice and made my time there a memorable one. I was also lucky to have great teammates, with whom I have made good friendships. For all this I am very thankful and wish the Karpat organization great success in the future.
Sides exchange emails … Fehr speaks … Jokinen and Koivu heading overseas … Myers, Gardiner and Nash injuries
- John Shannon via twitter: Bill Daly and Steve Fehr exchanged emails yesterday, but have not spoken.
- Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star: Don Fehr spoke to the CAW (Canadian Auto Workers) yesterday, and spoke to the media afterwards.
“It seemed to me that we ought to have been able to move forward and finish it off but so far they have not indicated they are willing to continue discussions.” Fehr told the media after giving his speech.
“There had been some movement. We responded with some movement.” Fehr said. “We think we’re done on the dollars or very close to it with the exception of one issue, transition, which we haven’t even discussed yet.”
“The way this negotiation sits, the percentage that players get out of industry revenue, assuming that the current proposals on the table hold, would result in massive concessions to the owners,” Fehr said. “When they say they’re negotiating against themselves, what exactly is it?
“What has moved in the players’ direction? It’s not salaries. It’s not the length of contract.”
“So far there has been no indication from the other side that there is any drop-dead date. All I can tell you is that when you’re in a negotiation, you keep at it and find a way to reach an agreement,” Fehr said.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: The NHL won’t be making a “big” move to the NHLPA in the next couple days. To avoid the cancellation of more game, the players are going to have to make the next move.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Senators Kyle Turris has left the FEL for personal reasons. Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen will take his place.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Ducks Saku Koivu will be joining TPS of the Finnish Elite League.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: There are reports out of Austria, that Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is having a MRI on his ankle after suffering an injury on Friday night. Through another sites translation, Myers has stretched ligaments in his ankle, but could return to the lineup next Friday. Myers has 2 goals, 7 assists and is -8 in 16 games.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: On Rick Nash’s groin injury that has led him to fly from Zurich to New York.
“It’s purely precautionary, but we’re taking the ‘Better safe than sorry’ approach,” Joe Resnick, Nash’s agent, told The Post. “There’s nothing for anyone to be alarmed about.”
“Once Rick sees the doctors, he’ll decide whether to return [to Switzerland],” Resnick said. “It seems like we might not be too far away from a deal here on a CBA, so what everyone is hoping is that he can get onto the ice with the Rangers as soon as possible.”
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: After scoring his 2nd goal of the game, and eventual game winner, Marlies Jake Gardiner was pulled from the game.
“He wasn’t in a concussion state, just not feeling quite right,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “With all of our players, we err on the side of caution. We’ll re-evaluate him later tonight and tomorrow.”
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: If the NHL gets back to playing sometime in January, and with Andy Sutton’s injury status, the Oilers may need to add some depth along the blueline.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will attend Team Canada’s World Junior camp in Calgary, according to his agent.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Negotiations between the Oilers and Jordan Eberle continue. He’ll likely get something similar to the $6 million that Taylor Hall got, but unlikely the 7 years, maybe 5 years. An extension could happen in the next few days, but likely not until after the long weekend. Eberle, Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could play in Oklahoma City of the AHL if there is a lockout.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Senators have signed Kyle Turris to a 5 year, $17.5 million deal, a $3.5 million cap hit.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Linus Omark signed a 1 year deal with a Swiss team.
- Adam Gretz of CBS Sports: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said that Rene Bourque had abdominal surgery yesterday and will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Bourque was injured during his offseason training, suffering an “abdominal wall tear.” He should be ready by the end of November.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Derek Roy said his shoulder rehab is going well and that he hopes to start skating in 3 weeks or so, and is on target for a November return.
- Brian Comptom of the NHL.com: Brad Boyes is expected to replace the departed P.A. Parenteau on the Islanders top line beside John Tavares and Matt Moulson.
Written by Travis Ramsay
Heading into the 2011-12 season the Senators were picked by many to finish dead last. Last years trade deadline saw the team unload players for draft picks to start what looked like a long and arduous rebuilding process. The Sens have turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the season. As I write out this article, Ottawa (31-22-8) sits securely in seventh place, only 2 points behind Boston in the race for the Northeast Division lead and 6 points ahead of both Toronto and Winnipeg, who are in 8th and 9th respectively.
The Senators have been able to find success due to resurgences from many members of their veteran core. Chris Phillips is on pace to more than double his point total from last season and is a plus player again after finishing -35 last year. Veterans Gonchar, Kuba, Neil, Foligno, Michalek and Alfredsson have all also matched or surpassed their point totals from last year at the 3/4 season mark this year.
In net Craig Anderson has stepped up his level of play from being just okay on a team that is still defensively immature to being stellar and making the big saves when his team makes mistakes in front of him. Anderson has 2 shutouts in is last three starts and ranks amongst the league leaders in wins.
Coyotes wanted Kadri for Turris … Flames and Leafs injury update … Havlat out 6-8 weeks … Richards cleared … Engelland to have hearing
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs were never really in on Kyle Turris before he was dealt to the Senators. The Coyotes may have asked for Nazem Kadri, and the Leafs have high hopes for him.
- John Down of the Calgary Herald: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano skated yesterday, but it wasn’t the first time since he tore a leg muscle on Nov. 29t, just the first time he was caught by the media. “It’s a good thing,” acknowledged coach Brent Sutter. “It’s a slow process, but it’s just another step in the right direction. He’s still a long ways away, but it’s definitely very encouraging.” Defensemnan Anton Babchuk is getting close to returning from his Nov. 8th hand injury. David Moss had a recent setback in the healing process on the cracked bone in his foot. Forward Greg Nemisz was recalled yesterday.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will return to the lineup tonight against the Maple Leafs. Brad Boyes is getting close but will wait a few more days. Thomas Vanek has had 2 straight ‘maintenance’ days, but will play tonight.
- David Pollak via twitter: Sharks winger Martin Havlat will be out 6-8 weeks after he had a partial tear of his hamstring repaired.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Kings center Mike Richards has been cleared to play.
- James Gordon via twitter: Senators Michalek is ‘unlikely’ for tonight, but ‘possible’ for Friday. Craig Anderson will start in net for the Sens tonight.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs center David Steckel hopes to return to the lineup tonight after missing 2 games due to bronchitis. Mark Masters via twitter: Leafs coach Ron Wilson said that Matthew Lombardi will ‘definitely’ return after Christmas when the Leafs have a 3 game road trip. Tony Ambrogio via twitter: James Reimer is expected to start tonight for the Maple Leafs against the Sabres.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Al Montoya and David Ullstrom are out with concussions. Brian Compton via twitter: The Islanders have put Brian Rolston on the IR due to a concussion.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild center Mikko Koivu is doubtful for tonight’s game.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland will have a phone disciplinary hearing for his high hit on Blackhawks Marcus Kruger.
Filatov having KHL issues … Flames weren’t 1 of 3 finalists for Turris … Suter/Weber update … Seabrook could have concussion … Team lines …
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Nikita Filatov’s agent has asked for a trade from the CSKA of the KHL if the team doesn’t complete the paperwork by midnight. If CSKA doesn’t sign or trade him, Filatov will return to Ottawa.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Flames tried to trade for Kyle Turris before he was sent to the Senators for David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick, “But in the end, they weren’t one of the three finalists” according to Coyotes GM Don Maloney.
“We had eight to 10 teams that showed more than a passing interest in him, but three teams in the last couple of days made significant offers we could live with.”
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC.ca: Predators David Poile responds, ”Ask me on February 27,” to the question about what he is going to do with Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Philadelphia all have the cap room to add one of the 2 defensemen. Poile still hopes to sign them.
“If he trades one or both in February, he is going to get a huge return,” said another GM. “If he waits until [after the playoffs], it’s going to be much less.”
Poile also made is sound like that if they were still in the playoff race, he may not deal either. Coyotes GM Maloney asked the Senators for Mika Zibanejad or the Senators 1st round pick in exchange for Turris.
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: After taking a hit from Rene Bourque last night, Brent Seabrook left the game with what could be a concussion.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals Jay Beagle has been cleared for contact.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein doesn’t see the Kings making a deal before tonight’s roster freeze.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets split up Jeff Carter and Rick Nash for the first time. Carter played with Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu. Nash was with Derick Brassard and RJ Umberger.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly has moved up between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Tyler Bozak moves back between Matt Frattin and either Joey Crabb or Colby Armstrong. Mikhail Grabovski will center Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: Canadiens lines: Moen-Plekanec-Cammalleri, Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole, AK46-Eller-Leblanc, Blunden-Nokelainen-Darche.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Zach Parise-Adam Henrique-Ilya Kovalchuk Sykora-Tim Sestito-Zubrus; Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson;Boulton-Carter-Janssen.
- James Gordon via twitter: Senators lines: Greening-Spezza-Alfredsson, Condra-Turris-Foligno, Smith-Regin-Neil, Winchester-Konopka-Butler.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Anisimov-Stepan-Gaborik, Dubinsky-Richards-Callahan, Rupp-Fedotenko-Prust, Hagelin-Boyle-Mitchell, Wolski-Christensen-Avery.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars lines: Eriksson-Benn-Ryder; Morrow-Ribeiro-Ott; Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak; Dowell-Wandell-Petersen. Defensive pairings: Souray-Robidas; Grossman-Daley; Goligoski-Fistric.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs against Jonathan Quick and the Kings.
Giroux practices … Arniel safe … Burke could be looking at a Jan. trade … Parise only dealt if can’t be re-sign
NHL holiday roster freeze kicks in at midnight tonight and ends at midnight on the 27th.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Claude Giroux practiced with the Flyers yesterday in a no contact jersey for the first time since sustaining a concussion. He said his headaches are “pretty much” gone. Giroux is not expected to play until after Christmas, and could miss the Winter Classic.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on Scott Arniel’s coaching status:
“Coaching is not an issue on this team, as to where we are right now.”
“The players have to take it upon themselves to play better. “We’re all struggling through this, players included.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: The Maple Leafs are wilting, so expect GM Brian Burke to make a significant deal at the start of January. It’s time for ID “tradeables” on the Leafs roster.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets talked with the Coyotes about Kyle Turris, but they couldn’t find a match. It’s likely the Blue Jackets will trade Vinny Prospal at the trade deadline. The 36 year old will be a UFA at the end of the season.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Before being sent to the Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek, the Hurricanes were offering a 2nd round pick to anyone willing to take Tomas Kaberle’s contract. If the Canadiens miss the playoffs or are knocked out early, can expect a full organizational review, with GM Pierre Gautier being very vulnerable. A few teams have made strong offers for Maple Leafs defensemen Keith Aulie and Cody Franson. They were “good” offers, but Burke isn’t interested in trading either defenseman at the moment. Burke may use Franson as a “piece” in his “fine tuning.” Aulie may only be dealt if he’s part of a bigger deal. The Devils priority is to re-sign Zach Parise, and he’d only be dealt after Lamoriello has done everything he can to re-sign him. Dreger thinks the Red Wings and Penguins would be as aggressive on Parise as other teams.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is still looking to make some trades, and has often brought up dealing a defenseman for a forward.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have called up Chad Rau and Jed Ortmeyer, placed Casey Wellman on the IR, and sent Cody Almond back to the AHL. The Wild do not expect Mikko Koivu or Pierre-Marc Bouchard to be in the lineup.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Flames Rene Bourque will have a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Blackhawks Brent Seabrook.
- Dallas Morning News: Richard Bachman is expected to start for the Stars against the Ducks.
The Phoenix Coyotes have traded forward Kyle Turris to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: The Coyotes have a nice young defensive core: Yandle, Ekman-Larsson, Rundblad, Gormley. The Senators also have excellent depth on the blueline, which allowed them to gamble on a player with a big upside.
- Gus Katsaros via twitter: Katsaros thinks it was a little over fair market value for Turris, which you could assume was driven by competition from other teams. The 2012 draft is rich in defenseman. The Senators may have felt they could replace Rundblad’s spot with another project.
Scouting notes on Turris (both the below scouts are worth a follow on twitter)
- Corey Pronman via twitter:
“Turris has high-end hockey sense, good skater, good puck handler, shooter etc. who needed lot of physical work.”
“On-ice work ethic was never a issue. Really seemed like a case of where the puzzle pieces didn’t fit together.”
“He’s still likely projects as a good #2 or 3, that is a top PP man. Both are still in their “projection” stage, but Rundblad has lower risk.”
- Gus Katsaros via twitter:
“Turris’ NHL point totals are a non-issue. Product of mismanagement and stagnated development .. Ottawa resets & uses their development plans”
Panthers say Turris rumors not true … Flyers options … Milbury charged for assaulting 12 year old … Paajarvi to AHL
- George Richards via twitter: Any trade rumors involving the Panthers and Kyle Turris are not true. GM Dale Tallon has said he’s done, Christmas roster freeze is set.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirms that Chris Pronger’s concussion started with the high stick to the eye he got against Toronto.
- Craig Custance via twitter: The Flyers will gain almost $5 million in salary cap space when Pronger is put on the LTIR. Custance provides some options for the Flyers. 1. Increase the workload for the top four: Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn and Andrej Meszaros all average over 20 minutes (3 over 22 min.). “They take turns now, one of them usually ends up with 27 or 28 (minutes) every night,” Holmgren said. 2. Start leaning more on youth: They’ve like the way Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon have played, and Erik Gustafsson is about 10 days away. 3. A trade to add depth on defense: As the trade deadline gets closer, the market will clear up. GM Holmgren could call the Hurricanes to see about Joni Pitkanen, Jaroslav Spacek or Tim Gleason. The Senators could move Sergei Gonchar or Filip Kuba. Cody Franson of the Maple Leafs could be an option if he is available. 4. A Blockbuster: Holmgren could be in the mix if the Predators decide to trade one of Ryan Suter or Shea Weber. Brayden Schenn could be part of big deal if it were to happen.
- TSN: Mike Milbury has been charged with assaulting a 12 year old hockey player. Milbury is an assistant coach on his son’s team and “allegedly grabbed, threatened and shook the opposing player .” He has been charge with assault and battery and threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct. Milbury denies the charges and his lawyer released a statement:
“He simply intervened in an altercation between his son and an opposing player,” the statement said. “No one was struck, no one was injured and no one was threatened.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Answering readers questions, Dater notes that Paul Stastny could bring back a 1st round pick if they were to deal him. But do the Avs give up on him, and how hard would it be to move his $6.6 million cap hit (2 years left)? He also thinks David Jones could possibly bring back a 1st rounder.
- Rich Hammond via twitter: Mike Richards was to join the team in Detroit and is likely to practice with them on Sunday in Toronto.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have sent forward Magnus Paajarvi to Oklahoma City of the AHL.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: The 3 games Flyers forward Matt Read missed in November were due to a concussion.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Custance was told that the Maple Leafs won’t make any exceptions to Burke’s holiday roster freeze to make a Turris trade.
- Craig Custance via twitter: The NHL has to approve any Turris trade, more for budgetary reasons.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Columbus could be another landing spot for Turris. The Red Wings are not in the mix.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun doesn’t believe that the Canucks and Coyotes have talked much about Turris, but he’s sure the Canucks would listen if the Coyotes called.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer keeps hearing that the Panthers could be the front-runners. The Senators are a close 2nd if the Panthers don’t get Turris.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Panthers have shown interest in Turris but LeBrun senses the Panthers think the asking price is too high.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Senators have been interested in Turris since day 1, but it doesn’t sound like a deal will be made unless something changes.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Flames, Kings, and Canucks have shown interest in Turris.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Coyotes asking price is high. Flames are still in the running.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Things are picking up on the Kyle Turris trade front and sources are saying he could be traded today.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: Calgary has been rumored to be interested for a while. Maybe someone out East as well.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun has been told that the Senators and Coyotes have spoken this week, but LeBrun doesn’t think the Senators are the front-runners at the moment.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer keeps hearing that the Florida Panthers could be interested in Turris.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger has been told that the Flames are out of the Turris hunt. Senators still interested. Winnipeg isn’t interested. Maple Leafs are in a roster freeze.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Coyotes have told few GMs that a Turris trade will be done by Monday.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Turris has been scratched by the Coyotes for the past 2 games.
Tradability of some Capitals … Gillis responds to Luongo rumors … Injury notes on Markov, MacDonald, Kubina, Martinez, Richards, Higgins and Morrow
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance looks at the tradability of some Capitals if they can’t turn it around. Alex Ovechkin: Anything is possible, but he is the face the franchise. He has a cap hit of $9.5 million until 2020-21. Hard to imagine they’d move him. Mike Green: He’ll be a RFA at seasons end. Battling injuries all year, but could be a centerpiece of a Capitals shakeup. Alexander Semin: Carries a cap hit of $6.7 million and has been in the rumor mill for awhile. He would be the most likely ‘top’ player to be dealt if the Capitals decided to do something big. May only get a draft pick for him and not a player in return that would help win a Cup. Nicklas Backstrom: Like Ovechkin, pretty much an untouchable. Has a modified no-trade clause.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Roberto Luongo trade rumors: “Not a chance”
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC.ca: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said it’s not his final season, “Not unless you know something I don’t.” On Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford giving up his GM post to Ron Francis, “That may happen at some point,” Rutherford said. “But it’s not just around the corner.” The Hurricanes could look to move Tuomo Ruuttu and Tomas Kaberle. A couple of GMs have said a players contract for this year can make it difficult to make a trade. Many teams are at the top of their budget or over due to injuries. Ducks GM Murray said many teams called about Ryan, some thought he was being “auctioned off. ” Toronto, Philadelphia, Rangers, Vancouver, Florida, Carolina, Minnesota and others had interest. Murray added that Selanne will retire a Duck. Some Cup contenders have some cap room this year: Sharks ($2.5 million), Bruins ($4.5 million), Blackhawks ($5.5 million) and Red Wings ($5.6 million). The Panthers were interested in Kyle Turris, but it may be difficult to mess with chemistry down in Florida now. Friedman wonders if the Flames would consider trading Miikka Kiprusoff. His no-movement clause ends at the end of the season.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Andrei Markov will be rehabbing for 4 to 6 weeks.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has been put the IR and is expected to be out 2 to 4 weeks with a right leg injury.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund suffered a “big” setback in his recovery. Pavel Kubina has a lower body injury and missed last night’s game. He is not ruling himself out for tonight’s game. “Let’s not kid ourselves,” Boucher said. “We’re not in a position as a team to lose defensemen and keep playing and look the same way. The reality is it’s something we know we have to improve, so it’s tough.” Mathieu Garon will likely start in net tonight.
- Rich Hammond via twitter: Kings Alec Martinez has been medically cleared to return but will likely miss at least one more game. Mike Richards is “feeling better” but hasn’t returned to the ice and will miss at least the next 2 games due to being on the IR. Richards is able to ride a stationary bike.
- Monte Stewart of the Globe and Mail: Canucks will be without Chris Higgins tonight as he’s out with a staph infection in his foot. Viktor Oreskovich was recalled and will likely find himself on the 4th line.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Brenden Morrow and Trevor Daley are still on target for a Thursday return.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Tuukka Rask will likely be in net tonight for the Bruins against the Jets.
- Jim Diamond via twitter: Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators tonight against the Coyotes. Unless according to coach Barry Trotz “he has the flu or falls down the stairs or something like that.”