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Posts Tagged Mark Giordano
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that their only untouchables were Sven Baertschi, TJ Brodie, Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano.
- Randy Miller: Don’t understand the Flyers trading for Steve Mason, giving up a 3rd round pick. He’s struggled for years and is an RFA, so they would have to send him a qualifying of $3.2 million to retain his rights.
- Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on the Martin Erat trade: ”Marty came to us in recent days and indicated a trade might be in his best interests.”
- Mike Harrington: Bets that the Wild initially asked the Sabres about Thomas Vanek before moving to Jason Pominville.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t interested in trading picks for short-term help.
“The hardest thing for me is to try and accelerate a process that can’t be accelerated,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t draft players and develop them into assets, then you can’t do anything on a deadline day. If you choose to trade your draft picks for assets for the now, you forgo the opportunity to build a sustainable system with a sustainable flow of players.”
They listened for offers on Alex Burmistrov, but didn’t come up with anything they liked.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Oilers offered Ryan Jones and a draft pick to the Senators for Ben Bishop. The Senators asked for Sean Couturier straight up. Tampa Bay hopes to find a 1a between Bishop and Anders Lindback. Both the Canucks and Canadiens were interested in Raffi Torres. The Coyotes settled with the Sharks offer of Florida’s 3rd round pick. The Rangers gained payroll flexibility for next season by trading Marian Gaborik. They have to re-sign RFAs Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. Also, they now have a better shot at signing Ryane Clowe.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Capitals received lots of interest in Mike Ribeiro, but they continue to work on an extension with him. The Canadiens were after a rugged winger but were unsuccessful. The Blue Jackets tried to get Tomas Fleischmann from the Panthers. The Blue Jackets may have offered one of their 1st round pick and Derek Dorsett for Fleischmann. The Devils, Canucks, Jets and Jackets showed interest in Drew Stafford. The Sabres considered Alex Burmistrov.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- TSN: Players in play:
Goalies: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Miikka KiprusoffDefenseman: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Filip Kuba, Jamie McBain, Mark Giordano, Adrian Aucoin.
Forwards: Tomas Fleischmann, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Hemsky, Mason Raymond, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Ryan Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Raffi Torres, Lee Stempniak, Boyd Gordon, Eric Nystrom and Brad Boyes.
- Mark Spector of Sportsnet: The Canucks adding Derek Roy yesterday, it opened up some options.
“(We will be) more flexible in the next 24 hours,” Gillis told Vancouver media on Tuesday. “It gives us more flexibility. Instead of being really focused on that one piece (a centre), we can now look at other areas that we’d like to strengthen. We can look at other possibilities and maybe three-way deals. Something along those lines.”
The Oilers may hang on Ryan Whitney. He’s more valuable now for a playoff push than for the draft picks.
- Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens are looking to add a gritty forward.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen:
“We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.
“We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.
“If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”
Kekalainen won’t say who he’s targeting. The Blue Jackets could look at Sabres Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a $5.3 million cap hit through next season and Stafford is $4 million hit through 2014-15.
From twitter unless noted otherwise
- Roger Millions: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester admits that he’s talked with management about the possibility for a trade. As many as 6 teams are interested.
- Helene Elliott: Elliott wonders if the Kings would be interested in Bouwmeester. Next season’s $6.8 million salary cap may scare them off.
- Roger Millions: There have also been inquiries about Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. Millions can’t see the Flames trading him.
- Sarah McLellan: McLellan thinks GM Maloney would listen to offers for Keith Yandle, but it would take a lot for him to get trade.
- Andy Strickland of True Hokey: Sabres Ryan Miller’s name is picking up steam. His list of 8 teams that he won’t accept a trade to was handed in at the beginning of the season. Miller might entertain a move out of Buffalo as he want to win. Are the Blackhawks that comfortable with their goaltending?The Kings and Blues have been tied to Sabres Robyn Regehr. Strickland isn’t sure on how interested the Blues are. Regehr’s skating is an issue. He might be the best veteran shutdown defenseman that is available though.Sources say that Sharks GM Doug Wilson will only trade Ryane Clowe if he gets exactly what he wants in return. Wilson may be looking for a roster player in return.
The Blues will likely only trade draft picks and prospects, not roster players.
Blues prospect Drimitrij Jaskin is working on a buyout with his Czech Republic team, opening the door to sign with the Blues.
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks are still looking for a second line center. The OC Register is saying the will now give Peter Holland a try, but GM Bob Murray would like to bring in some more fire power. They have shown interest in Stars Derek Roy and Capitals Mike Ribeiro, but nothing is imminent. If the Capitals move him, they are believed to be looking for a high pick and top prospect. There are some reports that the Ducks and Flyers have talked about moving Bobby Ryan for a package including Sean Courturier. That may be more of a trade for the offseason and not for a team looking to make a run this year.
- Ian Mendes of Sportsnet: On Daniel Alfredsson trade rumors: “But I can tell you unequivocally, the captain isn’t going anywhere this season. In fact, you can make the argument that Alfredsson has been so good lately, that he should certainly come back for another season with the Senators in 2013-14. But that’s another blog for another day. Today’s piece is about officially putting an end to any trade talk that has surrounded Alfredsson — even though it was way too premature to begin with.”
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The latest rumors have Jarome Iginla being traded to any of the Penguins, Bruins, Kings, Canucks, Flyers or Red Wings. Trade rumors around Jay Bouwmeester involve the Red Wings, Flyers, Blues and Senators. Jarome Iginla on blocking the rumors out,
“I don’t find it hard,” he insisted. “At the beginning, I said the reason (I didn’t want to talk about rumours) is because it doesn’t help the team.
“Then, we start asking each other different questions. I’m going to stick to that and just focus on the games.”
Also in the rumor mill are Miikka Kiprusoff, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross, and Mark Giordano.
“I don’t listen to the rumours or anything like that. I know it’s out there and people talk about it, but no one really knows anything,” said Bouwmeester, who has a no-trade clause and is signed for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free-agent.
- George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: The Blackhawks and Maple Leafs are reportedly showing interest in Flames Miikka Kiprusoff. He has one year left on his deal with a salary of only $1.5 million.
“I’ve been traded once in my life” — from San Jose to the Flames back in 2003 — “and it was probably the best thing that happened in my hockey life,” Kiprusoff mused. “But, like I say, I just try to do my job here. That’s it.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Bill Watters on NiteCap said he still believes the Maple Leafs will trade for Roberto Luongo. Watters added that he can see either Mike Komisarek or John-Michael Liles and Tyler Bozak for Luongo.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was fined $10,000 for his slew foot against the Stars on Sunday.
- Mike Brehm of the USA Today: Canucks Jannik Hansen will have a hearing at 3:30 for his elbow to the back of the head of Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa.
“I saw (Hossa) after the game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said during Tuesday’s postgame news conference. “He seems OK, but we’ll know more tomorrow.”
“There’s a major concern,” Quenneville said of Hossa’s concussion history, “but hopefully, he’s OK.”
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Hansen’s hearing will be by phone, so a it will be a maximum of 5 games.
How many games do you think Hansen will get?
- Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames head coach Brent Sutter takes the blame for Flames missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight year, though he hinted that there is plenty of blame to go around.
“I don’t really want to get into that right now. There are reasons. They will have to be addressed once the season is over,” Sutter said. “We will go from there. Again, it’s not something that just transpired here. It’s grown. And at some point in time, it has to be addressed head on.”
The Flames core group of Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff have been around for all 3 of their playoff misses. Gilbertson thinks this team needs more than a tinker.
“When you aren’t in the playoffs, it’s not good enough,” Sutter said. “There’s reasons for it. We were inconsistent. There were different times throughout the year, in terms of team confidence and taking a step to becoming a good situation, where you don’t deal with this at the end of the year. We failed on it. We never took the stand that this thing would put us over the hump.
“I’ve played on a lot of winning teams, and you know what you need. At certain times throughout the year, there are times you need it — and we never got it.”
- Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: The Flames will have some RFAs to deal with this summer: Blake Comeau, Leland Irving, Mikael Backlund and Blair Jones. Both Comeau and Jones have said they hope they are brought back.
- George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: The biggest question about the Flames offseason will involve Jarome Iginla. Iginla has a no-trade clause so he won’t be moved unless he wants to. Johnson noted:
He’s obviously extremely comfortable here. This is his team, his town. The safe, familiar place to be. But at what point does getting one more legit shot at a championship before he’s done override comfort? Iginla wants desperately to do just that in Calgary, but given what we’re seeing, and closing in on his 35th birthday, that window is now virtually shut.
Jarome Iginla said:
“It’s still (up) in the air,’’ he protested. “I don’t think it’s a pride thing. You just want to be part of a winner, be part of the playoffs. That’s what we all want to do. I look at myself and I know I didn’t have my best year. There’s going to be a lot of motivation. That’s my approach: Play hard this last week and look to rebound.
“I still think the organization has a lot of good things going for it. This year, when guys went down, everybody said the cupboard was bare, we didn’t have anybody to step in. And you saw a lot of guys that did, gave us a shot to be there, in that position, the last 10 games.
“So I still think there’s a lot of good things (happening). I think it’s going in the right direction.
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.
Could Radulov return to Preds next year? Skinner to IR … Leafs call up Kadri … Robidas questionable … Giordano skates
Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Alexander Radulov on thoughts about returning to the NHL:
“I am not going to say anything about the NHL because actually I never closed the door on the idea of playing there. As far as Salavat Yulaev is concerned, I have a contract with the team for this year and the next. However, it actually contains [a clause] with a possibility of early termination… I am not ruling out anything. Because if there are offers, we will consider them. But overall I am happy with everything at Salavat. You always want to play for a team that is challenging for something. You want to play to win, right?”
Radulov has 1 year left on his entry level deal with the Predators. There was an instance years ago involving Alexander Semin, with the Capitals tearing up the last year of his contract and signing him to a two year deal. Could the same be done for the Predators.
Mark Spector via twitter: The Hurricanes have put Jeff Skinner on the IR and called up Riley Nash.
David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have called up Nazem Kadri, and put Dupuis on the IR. Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Frattin-Grabo-Kulie, Kadri-Connolly-MacA, Steckel-Boyce-Crabb, extras, Lombardi,Orr,Rosehill
Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is questionable tonight with a foot injury.
Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, who has been out with a hamstring injury, is skating by himself today.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: JS Giguere will start in net for the Avalanche against the Blues.
Blackhawks could use a 2nd line center … Bruins have plenty of cap space … Board of Governors meetings … Stastny injured
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Blackhawks have moved Patrick Kane back to wing, which likely means they are back in the market for a 2nd line center. David Bolland is best suited for the 3rd line role and Patrick Sharp is a winger and not a centerman. Couldn’t blame the Blackhawks if they were looking at Oilers Sam Gagner.
- Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: The Bruins currently about $3.1 million in cap space, and could have a lot more if they put Marc Savard on LTIR. They are looking out for deals, but there is no urgency to change their lineup. They may be cautious spending as they have upcoming UFAs: Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo; as well as RFAs: Tuuka Rask and Benoit Pouliot.
“We’ve got a lot of cap space and we’ve got (long-term injury) space, so we’re in a good position to do something,” Chiarelli said last week. “But we’ve won 12 out of 13 (games). My point is, the timing has to be right and the player has to be right. It’s hard to find the right time, especially when you’ve won 12 out of 13 — and when there really aren’t a lot of players available now.“I’m always looking. I’m not actively seeking a player, but I’m listening to teams and seeing where the market is.”
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: On the Agenda for the Board of Governors meets is realignment, the state of the Coyotes and Blues sales, and their European operations. They will also look at on-ice matter like concussions and the competitive balance within the league. 20 out of 30 votes would be needed to approve new realignment (One 4 conference realignment option can be viewed in yesterday’s post). The BOG will also get a report from Bill Daly on where things are with the NHLPA regarding the CBA that expires next September.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Paul Stastny suffered a “torso injury” in the 3rd period last night. A better update will happen today at practice.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo should be back in the lineup this week. He’s missed the last 8 games with a left hamstring injury.
- Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: The Flames will likely be going with “organizational depth” along the blueline while Mark Giordano is out. GM Jay Feaster said there is at least 16 teams trying to get a defenseman that could come in and help.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight. James Reimer will start in net tomorrow against the Devils.
Afternoon notes on Iginla, Sarich, Giordano, Krejci, Richards, Walker, Hamrlik, Huselius, Brown, Franson, Reimer and starting goalies
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster denies the rumors that Jarome Iginla has been asked to waive his no-trade clause. David Amber via twitter: Since the Flames are at the bottom of the standings and Mark Giordano is out indefinitely, IF Amber was the GM, he’d ask Iginla to waive his no-trade and do a rebuild.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Sportsnet analyst Rhett Warrener said that Flames defenseman Cory Sarich has requested a trade.
- Jermain Franklin via twitter: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano is out indefinitely with ruptured tendons in his leg. He’ll be re-evaluated in 3 weeks, where he’ll get another MRI.
- James Murphy via twitter: Murphy notes that just because David Krejci has signed for 3 years, doesn’t mean that he won’t be traded by the end of the deal.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Word is that Kings Willie Mitchell and Mike Richards could be out for multiple games.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers defenseamn Matt Walker clears re-entry waivers.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik is out with a lower-body injury.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets winger Kristian Huselius will play tonight against the Oilers.
- David Alter via twitter: Leafs winger Mike Brown will be out 6 weeks after disc surgery.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Leafs coach Ron Wilson thinks that defenseman Cody Franson will be in the lineup on Saturday.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Lines at Capitals practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer. Semin-JOhansson-Knuble/Eakin. Chimera-Laich-Ward. Hendricks-Perreault-Halpern.
- David Alter via twitter: Lines at Maple Leafs practice: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, Frattin-Connolly-MacArthur, Crabb-Grabovski-Kulemin, Dupuis-Colborne-Steckel, extras, Orr, Rosehhill.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tonight. Johan Hedberg will start on Saturday.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Devan Dubynk will start in net for the Oilers tonight. Nikolai Khabibulin will start tomorrow against the Flames.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Curtis Sanford will start in net for the Blue Jackets against the Oilers tonight.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: If Jarome Iginla is thinking about asking for a trade or possibly open to the idea of moving on, he isn’t saying so. He still believes that Calgary is the best situation for him.
“I want to win here and believe we can be a good team here. That’s really where my thoughts are,” Iginla said.
“It’s 60 games left, a lot of season. It’s a lot of time for us to make our way back.”
The 34 year old Iginla has one more year on his contract at $7 million. He may not want to go through another rebuilding process.
“It’s just the way it works, the way media is, as far as Internet and how easy it is to just run with a story,” he continued. “It’s not always accurate, that’s for sure, but that’s fine. I’m not blaming anybody, but there are things you read that aren’t accurate and you just move on.
“The best way to stop a story is to win games and climb in the standings.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: If Flames GM Jay Feaster decides he wants to move Iginla, he’ll need to get him to waive his no-movement clause and a blessing from ownership. If Iginla decides he wants to be traded, LeBrun thinks the Bruins will be one of the teams that will be interested.
Over the weekend Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reported that Ryan Miller wanted out of Buffalo.
“That is not true at all, and I have never made any comment concerning my status with the team,” Miller told ESPN.com via text message Tuesday. “I am proud of being a Sabre for all we have accomplished, and I am excited about the new chapter Terry and Kim Pegula have inspired. I am working hard to get healthy and build my game back to where I want it so I can start to contribute to an effort to build a championship team.”
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Ducks’ chief executive, Michael Schulman gave GM Bob Murray a vote of confidence.
“We are certainly frustrated with the results to this point but remain optimistic that we can turn this season around,” Schulman said. “Bob has been largely responsible for a great deal of our success since he joined the organization, and we have complete confidence he will lead us out of this difficult time as well.”
- Jay Greenberg of CSN Philly: Injuries have hit the Flyers blueline, and they will likely go with some call-ups for now. “People I talk to, everybody is looking for a defenseman now, not looking to trade one.” said Holmgren. That could change if the Flyers decided to offer up one of their core young forwards.
- Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys: Sources are telling Leed that Chris Pronger’s knee surgery could keep him out longer than the expected 4 weeks. The Flyers are concerned about Pronger’s injuries, and GM Paul Holmgren has been working the phones for a defenseman. Sources have confirmed that the Flyers have contacted the Flames about Mark Giordano and Scott Hannan. Putting Andreas Nodl on waivers put the Flyers at 49 contracts. The Hurricanes are willing to move a defenseman or two for a top 9 forward. The Flyers are not interested in Tomas Kaberle. They could offer draft picks for Tim Gleason ($2.9 million) or Bryan Allen ($2.75 million). Philly has the Kings 2nd round pick, either a 2012 or 2013 2nd round pick from the Panthers, and a 2013 3rd round pick from the Wild, to go along with their picks that they could offer up. Lightning Bruno Gervais is another potential target. The Canucks have been shopping Keith Ballard, but Leed doesn’t see the Flyers interested in his $4.2 million salary. The Flyers don’t have any interest in moving Matt Carle or Sergei Bobrovsky at the moment. For now they will go with Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon, but they’ll likely need another steady defenseman at some point.
- David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have sent Keith Aulie back to the Marlies, so Carl Gunnarsson will play tonight.
Flames rumors … CBJ issues … GMs may look for mandatory visors … Doughty this week is possible … Connolly stays … Whitney injured again
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis laughs at the rumor that Daniel Alfredsson could interest the Flames at some point. The Flames do have an interest in Coyotes holdout Kyle Turris. A source close to the situation has said that the Flames are one of six teams to make a ‘significant’ offer. Coyotes GM Don Maloney is still saying he doesn’t have plans to trade him. Rene Bourque is also front and center in trade rumors lately. Flames GM Jay Feaster continues to tell other GMs that Mark Giordano is not available. Francis doesn’t see the Flames trading Jarome Iginla. Ollie Jokinen wants to re-sign with the Flames. Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos are UFAs and could draw minor interest at some point. David Moss won’t be traded unless he wants out. They would love to move Matt Stajan and his $3.5 million salary in a package, but it’s unlikely that there is anyone else on their roster to draw that much interest.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Blue Jackets are having issues on and off the ice. There are reports that they are losing $25 million a season, and there is talk about the long-term survival of the franchise. Their last few home games have only drawn 9,000 fans.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Two high profile GMs have said they’d like to see more players starting next season.
“Visors should be mandatory for all defencemen, at the least,” Burke said, adding that blueliners are at “a far greater risk” of being hit in the face by a puck because of all the deflections in front of the net.
“I’d want to hear the GMs out on the larger topic [of everyone having to wear them], but I think I would support Homer.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets won’t be pulling off any blockbuster deals because the team is off to a slow start. They may pull off some smaller deals along the way, but finding a trade partner who isn’t trying to fleece is hard to find. Most teams aren’t looking to get rid of 30 goal scorers and many teams would like to upgrade their blueline.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was wearing a no-contact jersey again at practice yesterday. When asked yesterday when Doughty will see the doctor next, Murray said, “The opportunity will probably be tonight, to see the doctor at the rink. We plan on taking him with us on the road trip, kind of shooting for the end of the week here as a possibility.”
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman confirmed that they will be keeping Brett Connolly and won’t be sending him back to junior.
- Shaun Starr via twitter: Canadiens Max Pacioretty has a partially torn ligament in his wrist. Starr has been told surgery is unlikely. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: It’s a partial tear, no breaks, deep bruise. He could be back in the lineup this week.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers coach Tom Renny says that Ryan Whitney has a sprained knee but it’s not significant. A few days and he should be fine.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild forward Guilaume Latendresse is bothered by a wonky groin again, and look for the Wild to be cautious with him. Dany Heatley and Greg Zanon are also bothered by groin issues. Brett Bulmer will play in his 9th game on Thursday and likely won’t be returned to junior.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: Scouts in Carolina last night were the Blue Jackets, Flyers and Penguins. The Canes play the Flyers and Pens in the next 3 weeks. They don’t play the Blue Jackets.