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Posts Tagged Mark Stuart
Morning Hits: Roy and Radulov, Stoll, Jets injuries, Bobrosky’s contract, Fleury and other goaltending scenarios
- Dan Rosen: If the Senators win Game 5 tonight, Game 6 will go on Sunday at 7:30 pm, moving the Kings-Sharks to 10 pm. If the Penguins win, the Kings-Sharks will be at 8 pm.
- Josh Cooper: Cooper points out that Patrick Roy and Alexander Radulov had a good rapport when Radulov was in Quebec. The Predators have been unable to trade Radulov for the last year.
- Jon Rosen: Kings Jarret Stoll rode the stationary bike on Wednesday. He was at the area yesterday but not skating.
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane won’t need surgery for his wrist problem and lower leg/foot nerve damage. Tobias Enstrom’s bad back only needs rest. Mark Stuart’s sports hernia doesn’t require surgery. Zach Bogosian missed the final three games of the season with a concussion.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks have stalled.
“We’ve talked. We’ve exchanged ideas,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said this week. “But we haven’t made any progress, really. It’s been pretty quiet for a while now.”
The RFA will be looking for a nice raise from this $1.7 million he made last year. The Blue Jackets will send him a qualifying offer, but he’ll reject it. Bobrovsky could get an offer sheet, with the Blue Jackets having seven days to match.
“That’s something we can’t control,” Kekalainen said. “It’s obvious what we’re going to do if it goes that far. We have great ownership; committed ownership. We would match any offer there might be, but I’m optimistic we won’t get to that point.”
- Aaron Portzline: Portzline wonders if the Bobrovsky talks drag into July, would the Flyers try to sign him to an offer sheet.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance wonders if Marc-Andre Fleury’s days in Pittsburgh could be numbered. GM Ray Shero could trade Fleury and his $5 million salary cap hit through 2014-15, and go with Tomas Vokoun and a young, cheaper goalie. It’s a move that may upset the balance in a close Penguins dressing room.
“Guys will bleed for him. I wouldn’t hold your breath to think Pittsburgh is going to do something rash,” one NHL source said. “Marc-Andre Fleury has one thing in his corner — that’s called the Stanley Cup. Once accomplished, you know he can get it done.”
The Blackhawks may have to consider putting Ray Emery to see if he can spark the Hawks. GM Stan Bowman may look at his goaltending situation in the summer if they lose to the Red Wings. Emery will be a UFA this summer. The Hawks are just over $2 million under the cap for next year with 21 players signed. Other UFA goalies this year: Mike Smith, Niklas Backstrom, Nikolai Khabibulin and Evgeni Nabokov. Emery could be a great fit with the Islanders or Coyotes if they don’t re-sign Smith, possibly the Sabres if they trade Ryan Miller or the Wild if they don’t keep Backstrom.
- Katie Strang: The Cap Advantage Recapture Rule could really hurt the Rangers, as well as many other veterans. If Brad Richards were to retire in 2017, it would cost the Rangers $5.66 million in 2017, $8.5 million in 2018 and $17 million in 2019.
- Kevin Gorman and Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Penguins James Neal left last night;s game in the second period after being slashed by Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and crashing into the boards. Neal seemed to be favoring his leg.
- Katie Strang: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal didn’t rule himself out for Game 1, but it’s unlikely that he plays.
- Michael Russo: Wild’s Jason Pominville is still day-to-day.
- Mark Lazerus: Niklas Backstrom is day-to-day. Blackhawks Ray Emery and Dave Bolland are unlikely for Game 2.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik will be recovering for three to four weeks after he has abdominal surgery, forcing him to miss the World Championships. Gaborik’s agent said it’s too repair an area where he had hernia surgery in 2001.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets forward Evander Kane had been bothered by a sore wrist and foot. He’ll see a specialist for his wrist, then determine if surgery is required. Defenseman Mark Stuart had an abdominal injury for most of the season.
Player notes involving: Del Zotto, Nash, Braun, Stuart, Koivu, Hecht, Smyth, Hartnell, Hamerlik, Murray and Scheifele
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Rangers Michael Del Zotto has left Rapperswil with a back injury. Larry Brooks via twitter: Del Zott0 has mild back stiffness. Rick Nash’s groin injury is only minor after his weekend examination.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Sharks Justin Braun fractured a bone in his hand and is leaving Finland.
- Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Saku Koivu has been skating with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. He owns a part of the team, along with his brother Mikko and Miikka Kiprusoff. Sources are saying that he won’t be suiting up for them right away, maybe not until after Christmas or possibly only if the NHL season is cancelled.
- Ottawa Sun: Free agent forward Jochen Hecht signed a 2 year deal with Adler Mannheim of the German league. Hecht had spent the last nine seasons playing for the Sabres.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Smyth hasn’t played during the lockout, but it’s possible that he joins Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The Canadians could also have forwards Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Brooks Laich, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Sam Gagner, Jamie Benn and Tyler Ennis. Along the blueline they could have Stephane Robidas, Jared Spurgeon and Andrew Ference. In net, Jonathan Bernier could be an option.
- Ottawa Sun: Flyers Scott Hartnell doesn’t think any of Roman Hamrlik’s Capitals teammates will stick up for him on the ice after the comments Hamrlik has made during the lockout.
“I don’t think anyone other than Roman Hamrlik in Washington — a guy who has made $50-to-$60 million from the (NHL Players’ Association) — has turned on us. You’re going to have guys like that,” Hartnell told the radio station. “I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him. To sell the whole PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be tough.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray’s agent, Rick Valette, told the Columbus Dispatch that Murray’s surgery has been pushed back from yesterday to mid-January.
“If waiting a month allows it to recover to 105 percent, that’s what we’re after. If he’s ready July 1 instead of June 1, no big deal.”
- Terry Koshan via twitter: The Jets have said that Mark Scheifele will remain with the Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, regardless if a new CBA gets done.
Sunday morning notes: Canadiens, Sharks, Leafs, Kings, Wild, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues and Blackhawks
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Whoever is the GM of the Canadiens this summer will be in charge of re-signing RFA goalie Carey Price. He could be getting a deal in the $5.5 million to $6 million range. Senators Erik Karlsson is also a RFA and could get a deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Predators Shea Weber is also a RFA this year. Pierre McGuire is a name to keep an eye on as candidate for the Canadiens GM job if it opens up. Garrioch wonders if the Sharks would trade one of Joe Thornton of Patrick Marleau if they miss the playoffs. Many wonder if Leafs Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel will thrive under new coach Randy Carlyle. Some people think Zach Parise could land in LA on July 1st, but with Lombardi possibly panicing and making the Carter for Johnson deal, it may have lessened their chances. The Wild have emerged as the favorites. Garrioch wonders if the Leafs would take a shot at Roberto Luongo this summer. Apparently if Scott Howson is still the GM of the Blue Jackets, he plans on drafting Filip Forsberg with the #1 pick ahead of Nail Yakupov.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: One league executive on the Blue Jackets if they win the draft lottery,
“They can’t pick a Russian so they can’t use the pick,” … “They’ll have to trade it.”
Along with trading Rick Nash, their options are:
1) They could keep the pick and not choose Yakupov, which would be counter-productive; 2) They could flip picks with another team, trading the first choice for another early choice, and getting an asset as well; 3) They could trade the pick to the highest bidder and begin rebuilding their team.
If Ducks college prospect Justin Schultz becomes a free agent, they Leafs will likely chase him again. They were interested in him when talking with the Ducks about Francois Beauchemin.
- Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a bad back. Dan Cleary has also been dealing with pain in his knee since Dec. 1st, and will need to have surgery again at some point. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s wrist is healing quick, but he’s still scheduled to return late this month. Joey MacDonald will have an MRI on his back when he gets back to Detroit.
- Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock hass told Jason Arnott to take a week off.
“When I watched him play (last week), I saw a guy who was protecting himself on the ice and to me he was going out of the way to get out of the way,” Hitchcock said Saturday. “I felt like there was going to be a further injury. I could see how banged up he was. … We needed to get a better player on the ice.”
Hitchcock isn’t sure if Andy McDonald will join the team on their road trip.
- Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Wild Mikko Koivu has been practicing the last couple days and is close to returning. “He is getting very close,” Yeo said. “But again, after talking with the doctors, we all felt it was best to hold him off for a couple more games.”
- Tracey Myers of CSNChicago: Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews hasn’t skated in 4 days. Coach Joel Quenneville,
“The process, I’m sure in his mind, is not a fun thing to be dealing with. You want to be optimistic; there was that stretch there where he was getting close. There’s hope, and that’re we’re at.s whe”
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart was fined $2,500 for a late hit on Capitals Marcus Johansson on Friday.
- Nick Kypreos: Kypreos thinks it’s unlikely that Richards gets moved to Rangers. Roster players need to back to the Stars in deal.
- Kevin Allen: Thrashers are close on a 3 year deal with Mark Stuart.
- Bruce Garrioch: If Jason Spezza stays, the Senators may show some interest in Ales Hemsky.
- Pierre LeBrun: Toronto hasn’t phoned Atlanta today about Bogosian, could change.
- Howard Berger: Source, “Kadri possibly in play, but only as part of package for true No. 1 centre. Same with first-rounders.”
- Howard Berger: Source tells Berger that the Panthers are telling teams they aren’t moving Stephen Weiss today.
- Nick Kypreos: Canadiens were interested in Chris Higgins before he broke is thumb. Would they still consider trading for him?
- Gord Miller: Islanders center Zenon Konopka is getting a lot of interest, #5 in faceoff percentage. Darren Dreger: Isles taking calls on Martinek and Konopka, with Ducks and Canucks most interested in Konopka.
- Pierre LeBrun: Thrashers are getting calls on Johnny Oduya and some tire kicking on Ron Hainsey.
Pierre LeBrun: Sources tell ESPN’s Burnside that the Avalanche have told the Leafs he won’t be traded to them. Elliotte Friedman: Reason the Leafs-Avalanche deal for J-M Liles fell apart was that the Leafs asked for a draft pick in addition for Liles. Adrian Dater: Dater think the Avs MUST not get anything less than a 1st rounder or a real good player for Liles.
Darren Dreger: The Flyers are looking for a forward. With Nikolai Zherdev they have $1.9 in cap space, $3.9 without him.
Bob McKenzie: Nashville has interest in Ladislav Smid. Chicago would like to add a defenseman, Matt Hunwick (COL) and Mark Stuart (ATL) could be on their radar.
Damian Cox: Leafs tiring kicking on Weiss isn’t going far.
Spector’s Hockey: Media consensus is that it would take a really big offer to get Zach Bogosian, likely to stay put.
Tom Gulitti: Jason Arnott will consider waiving his no movement clause for a playoff team.
Kaberle to Bruins close, B’s looking at secondary deal … Rangers interested in Kuba … ‘Hawks close on minor deal … Habs interested in Klesla and Huselius
- Darren Dreger of TSN: “It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.” The Bruins are working on another deal to create some cap space. Blake Wheeler and his $2.2 million salary could be moved out and he’s drawing some interest. The Leafs should be both a buyer and seller as they continue to believe they have a shot at the playoffs. The Leafs are expected to talk to Clarke MacArthur’s side to see what it would take to do an extension. Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to add a forward and a defenseman.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty the reports that the package the Leafs might be receiving is Blake Wheeler and draft pick. The Bruins are also rumored to be discussing sending Mark Stuart to the Blackhawks for a draft pick.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Brian Burke said reports that Tomas Kaberle is going to the Bruins is not accurate, talking to multiple teams.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: In theory the Bruins could take on salary now and shed the salary in the summer, dealing picks and prospects to get their coveted puck moving defenseman.
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: With the Bruins looking at Tomas Kaberle, Eric Brewer, Ron Hainsey, and Zach Bogosian; Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler could be on their way out. Stuart has been a healthy scratch lately and will be a UFA at the end of the year, Wheeler will be a RFA.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are looking for a defenseman, and have some interest in Senators Filip Kuba
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Rumors that Chicago may be close on a minor deal.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Montreal Canadiens are said to have interest in Blue Jackets D Rostislav Klesla and LW Kristian Huselius. The player who might have their interest is puck moving defenseman prospect Yannick Weber.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he can only add a $1 million player at the deadline.
- George Richards via twitter: Stephen Weiss suggested he would waive his no-movement clause if the Panthers didn’t want him anymore. He has not talked to management, nor been asked to waive his no-movement clause.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will get Brad Stuart back tonight, Valtteri Filppula back next week, and possibly Mike Modano in 2 week. These are some of the reasons as to why GM Ken Holland indicated they may not make any trades by the deadline.
Blues likely to be sellers … Only 2 viable players worth Leafs 1st rounder … Brodeur has MCL sprain … Flames looking for Top 6 and D depth
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues will need to go on a nice run if they hope to get back into the playoff race. It’s looking more and more likely they will be sellers and not buyers, “We’re not in a position where we can give assets away for a short-term fix,” Armstrong said. Eric Brewer, Ty Conklin, Brad Winchester and Cam Janssen will be UFA’s at the end of the season.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: If the Bruins were to trade the Maple Leafs 1st round pick, Brad Richards and Zach Bogosian are the only 2 viable players possibly available right now that would be worth it. It would be a surprise if Mark Stuart is still with the Bruins after the deadline. Tomas Kaberle could fit in well with the Bruins, especially on the power play were Mark Recchi has found himself recently.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Kevin Bieksa has been subject to lots of rumors this season, but his play this year may have the Canucks thinking of re-signing him. “His high-percentage plays, work ethic and attitude have been team-oriented and he’s been a great model for the younger guys,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “When he was telling people he wasn’t paying attention to what was going on [trade rumours], I think he really meant it. That’s why he could focus.”
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Thrashers rookie Alexander Burmistrov is out for an unknown period of time with a cracked bone in his foot which he got on Friday after taking a shot from Zach Bogosian.
- Chris Vivlamore via twitter: Scouts at the Thrasher-Hurricanes game yesterday were 2 from the Flames, and 1 from the Islanders and Red Wings.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Martin Brodeur has confirmed he has a MCL sprain. “I think if I wasn’t a goalie it’d be different to get back.” Tom Gulitti via twitter: There is no timetable set for his return. He had a MCL sprain in 2005-06 and missed 6 games.
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Flames GM Jay Feaster said he’d like to add some a top 6 forward and some defensive depth. Oilers GM Steve Tambellini won’t discuss players but Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky are rumored to be on move if the price is right. Brian Burke said he doesn’t have any plans to trade Kris Versteeg, but sources say his mind could be changed with the right offer. Kaberle has yet to waive his no-trade clause. Andrei Kostitsyn could be the only roster player the Montreal Canadiens would trade. They are looking for a veteran blueliner and some size upfront. Mikael Samuelsson and Mason Raymond’s play has improved of late so they may stand pat on that front, though if they start struggling again they may look to add a 2nd line winger. 3rd liners Raffi Torres and Manny Malhotra are in big slumps.
Savard to LTIR … Brodeur to have MRI … Kessel Audio … Red Wings looking at Conklin … Blackhawks-Thrashers scouting each other
- Boston Bruins: Announced that Marc Savard will be put on LTIR and is out for the rest of the season.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will have an MRI today on his right knee. Rich Chere via twitter: “Lemaire on brodeur: I don’t think we’ll have him tomorrow”
- The Fourth Period: The Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers have been heavily scouting each other this year, and might be setting something up for a future deal. The ‘Hawks could be looking for a Dman, and Brent Sopel could be an option. The Thrashers may like Jack Skille.
- Kevin Allen of the USA Today: The Red Wings aren’t looking at expensive goalies, such as JS Giguere. Chris Phillips will be easier to move than Sergei Gonchar as the later has 2 years remaining. The Calgary Flames aren’t trading Robyn Regehr or Jarome Iginla. Allen thinks Alex Kovalev could end up in Pittsburgh. The Predators are looking for scoring help.
- Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: The LA Kings are looking for some scoring help, and Gleason thinks that Tim Connolly could be a fit. He mentions Kyle Clifford as a ‘prospect’ that could head to other way to Buffalo. Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler could be trade bait for the Bruins.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues have already decided they won’t be re-signing goalie Ty Conklin, and have had discussions with the Detroit Red Wings. Ben Bishop would become the backup if Conklin is moved.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Ray Emery signed with the Anaheim Ducks and was put on waivers at noon. Any team can claim but he’d have to stay in the NHL. If the claiming team wants to send him to the minors, he’d have to go on waivers again, and the Ducks could claim him.
- Mark Spector via twitter: The Rangers have been scouting Sheldon Souray and haven’t liked what they’ve seen. He’s too slow for AHL, let alone the NHL.
- Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: Phil Kessel responds to comments he made yesterday, “Obviously, I love Toronto, I want to be here,” Kessel said, smiling. “I love this city. I love the fans. I love this team. The guys are great here. I don’t want any trade or anything like that. I want to be here for a very long time.”
- Phil Kessel Audio from The Globe and Mail:
- Kevin Allen via twitter: Pavel Datsyuk will be back in the Red Wings lineup tonight. Tomas Holmstrom is hoping to return on Wednesday.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ryan Getzlaf is back practicing with the Ducks and working with the 1st PP unit. Could be getting for their game against the Canucks.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Dwayne Roloson will start for the Lightning tonight against the Sabres. Ryan Malone will return to the lineup. Nate Thompson will not play tonight, may have suffered a concussion last yesterday. Malone practicing on top power play unit.
- Joshua Copper via twitter: Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators tonight against the Oilers.
- Allen Panzeri via twitter: Roberto Luongo will be starting for the Canucks.
Nabokov hangs up on Snow … Savard to be evaluated today … Stars-Leafs trade debunked … Forsberg could return next month
- The New York Times: Shortly after being claimed by the Islanders on Saturday, GM Garth Snow called up Evgeni Nabokov, “Snow said when he identified himself on the phone, Nabokov immediately hung up.” Nabokov agent later talked to Snow, and said he didn’t realize it was him, he had 2 or 3 phones on the go with the media calling. Nabokov spoke with Snow on Sunday during the Isles game, where he was listed as a healthy scratch.
“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision,” Nabokov said Sunday. “It’s nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s just that I’m at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don’t see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.
“I was surprised they picked me up. I was like, ‘Wow, what’s the point?’”
- Stephan Harris of the Boston Herald: Marc Savard will be evaluated today to see if he suffered another concussion from the Matt Hunwick hit on Saturday night. “He still had those headaches (yesterday) morning. They haven’t deemed it anything yet. . . . They’re going to check him out to see if it’s real serious. It didn’t seem serious. This was a cautionary move on our part that everyone agreed on.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika debunks a rumor coming from Eklund. He talked to a couple people associate with the Stars and they said it was ridiculous. It had the Stars sending Brad Richards, Jamie Benn and Ondrej Roman to the Maple Leafs for Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick. Heika brings up 3 points; why would Richards waive his no-trade to go to a team 12 points out of the playoffs, why wouldn’t the Leafs wait until after the season to acquire his rights, and Jamie Benn may be the last player the Stars would want to trade.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are in need of blueliner who can ‘unload bombs’. Teams are dropping off the points and clogging the middle as there isn’t much threat from backend.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: “there’s no question in my mind Forsberg is going to play again in the NHL, and 99.9 percent it’ll be for the Avs. I’m totally convinced of it now, after observing Foppa today and talking with plenty of people who know him well.” Dater tweets, “My informed hunch: Foppa plays Feb. 3 against Minny at home. Barring setbacks of course”
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs have called up goalie James Reimer yesterday and he’ll likely play tomorrow night. Jonas Gustavsson may be sent down the Marlies on a conditioning stint, he wouldn’t have to clear waivers. If Gustavsson doesn’t play in the next couple games, and with the All-Star coming up, Gustavsson will have only played once in a month, and let in 6 goals in that games against the Rangers.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues forward Andy McDonald has been skating for a week and will accompany the team on their 2 game road trip. He won’t play in either game but will begin practicing with the team. McDonald is recovering from a concussion.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Sharks were one of the teams that put a waiver claim on Nabokov.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: There may not be a trade pending, but Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart’s name has been brought up.
No progress on Stamkos talks … Frolov done for the season … Commodore to AHL … Armstrong questionable for tonight
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: There has been no progress since the end of November on contract extension talks with Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. GM Steve Yzerman has said they had sent Stamkos’s side an initial proposal, but haven’t heard back about it. “It’s our intention to get him signed,” Yzerman said. “In our initial meetings with Newport (Guy’s agency), they said Steven is very happy in Tampa and wants to stay here and get a deal done, so we’ll do everything we can.” Speculation is starting if deal could be for $7+ million a season.
- Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: Colby Armstrong is still wearing a patch over his eye after taking a sucker punch from Ben Eager (received a 4 game suspension), Armstrong’s eye was scratched. There is a chance he’ll be ready to play tonight, he’ll be have more medical tests today. JS Giguere and Mike Brown practiced yesterday and both could be ready for Thursday versus the Coyotes.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The New York Rangers have lost Alexander Frolov for the remainder of the season after he tore his ACL and meniscus and sprained MCL, and will require surgery. Frolov got tangled up with Brad Winchester of the Blues. Kris Newbury was recalled by the team.
- Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Mike Commodore has been assigned to Springfield of the AHL, if he plays for them or another AHL team is still in question. The Blue Jackets have recalled Grant Clitsome to take his roster spot.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart has been put on the IR, and Matt Bartkowski was recalled. Adam McQuaid has a “unspecified injury or illness” and may not be able to go, Bartkowski could fill in.
- Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Cory Clouston could be the next coach to be fired and the Senators might be eying Dave Cameron (Canadian World Junior coach) as his placement. Senators GM Bryan Murray could also be on the hotseat with TSN analyst Pierre McGuire as a possible replacement. Blues defenseman Erik Johnson could use Jack Johnson’s 7 year, $30.5 million as motivation for his next contract. Robin Lehner could see some time in the Senators net as Brian Elliot struggles and Pascal Leclaire is still hurt.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mainly formed due to the illness of Malkin and Kennedy at practiced yesterday, Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy were back together, and could see game action together.
Gomez trade was ‘pure fiction’ … Stuart out 4-6 weeks … Sturm back in 10-14 days … Kovalev demoted to 4th line
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: “French source” yesterday said the Scott Gomez was traded to the Buffalo Sabres. This Gomez trade was “pure fiction.”
- Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald: Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured metacarpal on his right ring finger. Steven Kampfer was recalled and will be paired with Adam McQuaid. Marco Sturm was cleared for contact and is targeting a mid-December return, he still remains on the trade block. “I’ve talked to (Chiarelli) once since last week and that’s it,” Sturm said. “I’m happy I’m still here but I’m not happy with the situation, it’s been hard on me and my family. It’s not fun but I’m trying to make the best of it.”
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Sturm says he’s 10-14 days away from being able to return to the lineup (or return to someone’s lineup).
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Alexei Kovalev and his lackluster play have been demoted to the 4th line during yesterday’s practice, and coach Cory Clouston hasn’t ruled out a ‘healthy scratch’ if his play doesn’t improve. “We’re not going to look at that (making Kovalev a healthy scratch) right now,” said Clouston. “We’re going to take it game-by-game. Ask me that in another night or two.”
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Willie Mitchell will see doctors this afternoon, and could receive clearance to get back in the lineup. He took part in a full practice, wearing a protect padding on his wrist. Terry Murray said he won’t play on the weekend, but should return not long after that.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Post-Dispatch lists 10 players the St. Louis Blues could be potential trade targets: Brad Richards, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Semin, Dustin Penner, Michael Ryder, Mike Fisher, Stephen Weiss, Travis Zajac, Matt Moulson, Rich Peverley.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: The St. Louis Blues could have a new investor by early next year (2011).
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: The Chicago Blackhawks were going to loan Jeremy Morin to team USA for the World Junior Championship, but with the injuries the ‘Hawks have sustained as of late, he may remain in the NHL. Marian Hossa was put on the IR yesterday, retroactive to November 29th.