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Posts Tagged Matt Bradley
Markov may be heading back to Montreal … Sharp and Schneider may be thinking Swiss … Bradley heads to Finnish League
- Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Andrei Markov may be on his way back to Montreal with a rib injury.
“I was trying to check an opponent and he leaned at the last second,” Markov told Gagnon. “Instead of hitting him with my shoulder, it was my ribs that took the impact. I was winded and returned to the dressing room. That’s all.”
Max Pacioretty hasn’t said much about his departure from the Swiss A League. He had 1 assist in 5 games and was a healthy scratch for 3 games.
- Tracey Myers via twtter: Patrick Sharp will make a decision about going overseas in about 2 weeks if the lockout continues. He is leaning towards a Swiss team, but not the one Patrick Kane is playing with.
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Cory Schneider has a Swiss citizenship and would be able to play for a Swiss team as a non-import.
“It’s nothing serious at this point,” he said Monday when queried about going overseas. “There are still a couple of hoops to jump through before that’s a possibility but when you see the month of November cancelled, that’s 30-plus days from now. If we take the deadline seriously that there will be nothing until Dec. 1 — and you have to — I think it would only make sense to try and get in some game action.”“I don’t think beggars can be choosers,” said the 26-year-old redhead from Marblehead, Mass. “There are not a lot of spots over there and I’d be fortunate to even get an offer. So I’m not looking at it as the most opportune situation for me. I’m just looking at a place where I might be able to play some games.
- Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: There is an overseas report that Matt Bradley has signed with TuTo of the Finnish 2nd division.
Panthers sign Mueller … Weber-Preds to talk next week … Nothing new on Subban … Roy has surgery … Sens need to get more physical
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers have signed Peter Mueller to a 1 year, $1.725 million deal.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile on Shea Weber:
“I talked to (his agent) Jarrett (Bousquet) yesterday and had a good conversation,” Poile said. “Shea and all his friends and people will be together this weekend for his charity golf tournament in his name in Sicamous (British Columbia). They’re going to be doing that and then we’re going to talk next week.”
“It’s all about talking about Shea and to see if we can get him signed to a longer-term contract with the Predators,” Poile said. “My conversations have always been very positive with Shea, his role and his future with the organization in terms of where the franchise is going.”
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, said last night that there is nothing to report on contract talks between Subban and the Canadiens.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are still searching for a top 6 forward to likely play with Sidney Crosby. It’s possible they could look within the organization, such as Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi or Beau Bennett. The best UFA available are Shane Doan and Alexander Semin.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars center Derek Roy had shoulder surgery yesterday and will be out until November. Roy had shoulder pain last year and played through it, and he planned to do the same this year. The Stars felt it was time to fix it. Jerry Sullivan via twitter: Sullivan notes that Roy’s surgery raises serious issues about the way the Sabres deal with injuries.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators could still use some more physical players to round out their roster after the departure of Matt Carkner and Zenon Konopka. 3 UFAs that might help are Brad Winchester, Zack Stortini and Matt Bradley.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Would have to assume the Penguins have protected themselves with insurance for Sidney Crosby’s contract. Will have to wait for contract details to come out to know for sure.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes backup goalie Brian Boucher will have shoulder surgery that will keep him out for 4 to 6 months. Boucher appeared in only 10 games last year, mainly due to a groin injury. Justin Peters could be ready to step in as the back up next year.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Panthers put Mike Santorelli on waivers, and Matt Bradley on unconditional $125 waivers.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Nikita Nikitin to a 2 year deal worth $4.3 million. He’ll make $1.8 million next year, and $2.5 million in 2013-14.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The salary floor will be $54 million, and is one reason why half the league is losing lots of money. Owners will want the cap to come down and revenue sharing to go up.
Zajac out 3 months … Sabres need to get under the cap … Doughty deal close is false … Nonis talks Schenn and Lombardi
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Lou Lamoriello said that center Travis Zajac was injured doing plyometrics yesterday, and recovery will take 3 months. Zajac will miss the first month and a half of the regular season.
- Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: So the Sabres have added Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik, Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino this offseason. With all the additions and salary increases, they sit about $3.5 million over the salary cap ceiling. Sabres GM Darcy Regier on how they’ll get under the cap:
“I think we’ll probably, more than anything, look toward the trade market and see what we can do there.”
Regier On how the trade market is around this time of year:
“We’re just talking, it’s very quiet right now. I need some more guys to get back to the office.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres sit $3.6 million over the salary cap, but could easily knock over $5 million off by sending Ales Kotalik and Shaone Morrisonn to Rochester of the AHL.
“Hopefully that’s not the case,” Regier said of putting players in the minor leagues. “Hopefully we’re able to make some moves to address that prior to the start of the season.”
Brad Boyes ($4 million), Jochen Hecht ($3.525 million) and Paul Gaustad ($2.3 million) are in the last year of their deals and could be traded. They could look to teams that are below the salary floor, which includes the Avalanche, Islanders, Coyotes, and Jets. The Predators, Hurricanes, Panthers, Stars, Senators, Ducks, and Blues are all $5 million or less away from the salary floor.
- TSN: Maple Leafs Sr. VP of Hockey Operations Dave Nonis on TSN 1050 Radio yesterday:
“Contracts sometimes take a little longer to get done,” Nonis said in the one-on-one interview. “This isn’t the first one that’s gone into late August.
“When you’re starting point is the player wants to be here and the team wants to have him, usually you find a way to get it done.”
Nonis on Matthew Lombardi and his concussion:
“We’re very comfortable that he’s on his way back, that the concussion isn’t an issue at this point,” explained Nonis. “But there’s a lot of things that happen when you have that kind of injury; there’s neck issues, there’s nerve issues and those all have to be addressed.
“With Matthew, there is no timetable. He’s getting better. He’s been feeling very good. His workouts have increased in duration and intensity, but he won’t be playing for us until he’s ready to play. So whether that’s a month or six months, who knows when that’s going to be. We’re not going to rush him, but we’re going to be pushing as hard as we can to get him ready and prepared.”
- John Shannon via twitter: Mikkel Boedker’s salary breakdown: $1 million next year, $1.2 million the following year.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: There were reports that the LA Kings and Drew Doughty had reached an agreement in principle, but ….
“No, not at all. That’s certainly not accurate,” Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, said of reports attributed to unnamed sources on hockeybuzz.com and other websites. “We don’t have a deal.”
Kings GM Dean Lombardi wouldn’t comment but indicated they weren’t near a deal.
- TSN: Drew Doughty on Wednesday:
“I guess there’s really no rush,” said Doughty. “Both sides, we’re discussing things, and I’m sure that something is going to get done soon. I don’t have a timeframe or anything like that. But I still want to be a King, and I can’t wait to get something done just so it’s over with.”
- Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com: 2011 1st round draft pick Mika Zibanejad hopes to make the Senators lineup rather than heading back to the Swedish Elite League.”I want to give the coaches a hard decision (about whether) to keep me here or send me back home,” he said. “Hopefully, I can stay here in Ottawa.”
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues won’t be inviting any “Name” players to training camp on pro tryouts.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Semin had nothing to say about Matt Bradley comments about him.
- Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star: Defenseman Chris Campoli still remains unsign. “There are a few irons in the fire right now,” Campoli said. “There is interest. I have to stay positive.” He hasn’t given any thought to Europe as he’s certain he’ll get an NHL deal.
Bradley has some words about Semin … Doughty – Kings haven’t talked in weeks … Nylander gets Flyers PTO … Yashin has KHL offer … Redden “unaffordable”
- ESPN: Former Capital, and current Florida Panthers forward Matt Bradley had some words to say about Alexander Semin and lack of playoff success in Washington on an Ottawa radio station.
“I don’t mind saying Alexander Semin’s name, because he’s one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn’t care,” Bradley said on Ottawa’s TEAM 1200 radio show.
“When you’ve got a guy like that, you need him to be your best player, or one of your best players, and when he doesn’t show up, you almost get the sense that he wants to be back in Russia.”
“We had some guys who didn’t show up in the playoffs,” Bradley said on the show.
“I think our locker room was maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren’t disciplined the way they should have been. Those two things are big things. It wasn’t that guys were going out the night before a game, but not being ready to practice or missing practice with questionable injuries and not being focused.”
“I mean, there were a lot of guys who played well that didn’t probably play as much as they needed to, but I love Bruce [Boudreau] and Bruce is a great coach and he was in a very tough position there, because in Washington our top guys are definitely the stars and the guys that people want to see on the ice, so I totally understand,” Bradley said. “That just doesn’t happen on our team, it happens on a lot of teams.
“When you’re paying your top guys a lot of money and those guys carry you through the whole season, and if one of them isn’t going, it’s very hard not to play them, and I understand that that’s tough. But I think in the end, if you want to win, sometimes you have to sit some of those guys down and maybe send a message and try to get them going.”
Bradley had only good things to say about Alex Ovechkin: “I never worry about Ovi,” he said. “He’s an all-in guy. He’s young, he makes his mistakes, the same as anyone would. I often try to put myself in his position. And you’ve got to remember, he’s 25 years old, he’s got a guaranteed $120 million, he’s on top of the world, and he still for the most part makes the right decisions.”
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Wyshynski talked spoke to Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau about Bradley’s comments about how he overplays his stars: “Oh yeah? Oh well … it’s his opinion.” and he wouldn’t give further comment after that.
- EJ Hradek via twitter: According to one source, the LA Kings and Drew Doughty haven’t talked in weeks.
- Philadelphia Daily News: Michael Nylander will be at the Flyers training camp on a tryout. Nylander last played in 2008-09 with the Capitals.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL’s Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg have made an offer to Alexei Yashin and are awaiting an answer.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey has been cleared for light skating following his knee surgery.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Zipay says that Wade Redden is “unaffordable” for the Rangers this year. (I wonder how many teams would be interested in him if he didn’t carry a $6.5 million cap hit for 3 more years? I’m sure he’d get some interest.)
- Marc Antoine Godin of Cyberpresse.ca: Canadiens forward Lars Eller, who had surgery on his dislocated right shoulder, will be at training camp, but
“There is no set date for my return, but it is possible that I am ready for the first game of the season.
I could also miss the first week of the calendar. The doctors will evaluate it during training camp.”
“Certainly I will be there from the start of camp. I will participate in some exercises, but I must take things as they come.”
- Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.ca: Brophy lists some coaches who could be on the hotseat this year: Ron Wilson (TOR), Todd McLellan (SJ), Alain Vigneault (VAN), and Terry Murray (LA).
Blues-Brewer haven’t talked, could be moved but … Conroy clears waivers, weighing options … Oilers would put Souray on re-entry
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues and Eric Brewer haven’t talked contract extension. Brewer and backup goalie Ty Conklin will be UFA’s at seasons end, and could find themselves as on the trade block for the Feb.28th trade deadline day. Brewer does have no-trade clause, and is expecting a baby in the next couple weeks.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Semyon Varlamov will likely be in net for the Capitals tonight. It also looks like Matt Bradley will return.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Craig Conroy clears waivers today, and may report to the AHL. He may also retire, will weigh options and talk to his family, he’s already talked to Abbotsford’s head coach Jim Playfair.
Anaheim Ducks trade option … Why Giguere won’t be traded … Alfie not going anywhere … White to have MRI
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: If the Anaheim Ducks continue to hold on to their playoff spot, GM Bob Murray hopes to be a buyer at the trade deadline. Though he’s not saying, it’s likely he’d like to add to the blueline. Kevin Bieksa doesn’t appear to be heading to the trade block as the Canucks may be looking to move Mikael Samuelsson and Raffi Torres, both of who could fit on the 3rd line, especially if they move forward with putting Bobby Ryan in the 3rd line center spot. If the Ducks look at defenseman, they could be interested in Bryan McCabe, Francois Beauchemin, Tomas Kaberle, Robyn Regehr, Chris Phillips, and Joni Pitkanen.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Don’t be surprised if JS Giguere isn’t traded. Ideally they’d like to move him now but “a) he hasn’t played great; b) he’s been injured; c) no one would be willing to pay him $2.85 million, which would be tomorrow’s figure on what’s left on his deal.” At the deadline he’ll be owed $1.54 million, and not many contenders will be looking for a backup goalie.
- Chris Stevenson via twitter: Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said Daniel Alfredsson is one of two untouchables. Erik Karlsson likley the other.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Sens GM Murray says that Mike Fisher doesn’t have a no-movement clause.
- Rich Chere via twitter: NJ Devils defenseman Colin White will be having an MRI on his ‘lower-body’ injury.
- Joshua Cooper via twitter: JP Dumont won’t be in the lineup for the Predators tonight.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Cory Crawford will be in the net for the Blackhawks tomorrow night against the Wild.
- Allen Panzeri via twitter: Jason Spezza and Pascal Leclaire were on the ice today before practice.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Alexander Semin, Matt Bradley, Michal Neuvirth, and Tom Poti likely not back before the All-Star break.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Mark Cullen of the Panthers clears waivers.
- Jennifer Pagliaro of the Globe and Mail: Waffles have been a hot topic around the Toronto Maple Leafs recently, with the 2nd waffle throwing incident taking place on Monday. But this time the culprit was caught. Joe Robb was charged with mischief after he thew a box of Eggo’s over the boards during play. Joe is a ‘diehard’ fan, but is frustrated with the team. “I didn’t intend for it to hurt nobody and maybe I shouldn’t have done it while the play was going on,” the 31-year-old Oakville resident told The Globe and Mail Wednesday. “I totally love the Leafs and that’s pretty much my hobby, to watch the team play.” He’s been banned “indefinitely” from the ACC and other MLSE venues. In case you haven’t seen the video, it’s at the bottom of this post. Keep your eye on just above the Rogers sign to see Joe in action.
- John Niyo of the Detroit News: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will be out for at least a month after breaking a bone in his right hand last night. Datsyuk tripped over Mikael Samuelsson and fell awkwardly with less than 2 minutes left in the first.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger wonders what kind of trade interested there would be in Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller will go for career win number 200. He would be the 67th goalie to reach 200 wins. The 30 year old Miller has posted a career 199-114-37 record.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Keith Yandle is the Coyotes leading scorer and will be an RFA at season’s end. He’s currently making $1.3 million and will be looking for a nice raise. GM Don Maloney can’t do anything until the new owner takes over. Both sides will be paying attention to other RFAs Shea Weber, Jack Johnson, and Drew Doughty.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Marian Gaborik was unable to practice yesterday and will not be in the lineup for the NY Rangers tonight. Gaborik could return on Monday. Michael Del Zotto is out with the flue. The Norwegian Hobbit Mats Zuccarello was called up to yesterday. Ryan Callahan will be out until February with a broken left hand.
- Ken B|elson of the NY Times: Practically every team has inquired about hosting or participating in the 2012 Winter Classic, the Commish Gary Bettman, said it’s too early to say where it will be held next New Year’s Day. The league had hoped to hold a game at Yankee stadium but the “Pinstripe Bowl” is held a few days before New Year’s Day.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: SJ Sharks Douglas Murray skated yesterday but it’s still not known if he’ll return tonight. Antero Nittymaki (12-3-3, 2.31 GAA) may have the upper hand over Antti Niemi (6-8-2, 3.15 GAA). Coach Todd McLellan will still continue to use both goalies, but my go with the hotter goalie more often.
- Don O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis Blues injured forward TJ Oshie skated for 45 minutes before yesterday’s optional skate. Oshie broke his left ankle on Nov. 10th and is projected to be re-evaluated in mid-February. Patrick Berglund left Tuesday’s game early but will be in the lineup tonight.
- James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk (NBC Sports): Cam Ward is likely to play tonight despite having an infection on his forehead that swelled up so bad it almost closed his left eye. Matt Bradley will be out for 2-4 weeks with a broken finger. Patrick Kaleta is listed as day-to-day after only playing 1 period on Tuesday.
Burke talks music and Leafs (audio) … Leafs trade assets … Would Devils trade Brodeur? Staal skates … DiPietro to IR … Video of Cooke hit on Yandle
- Fan 590 Audio: Brian Burke was on the morning show yesterday morning talking about music and the Maple Leafs.
- 98.5 The Sports Hub Audio: Bruins President Cam Neely joined Felger and Mazz to break down the team’s recent slump. Is Neely happy with the job head coach Claude Julien is doing? Will any moves be made? Neely gives us the answers.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Maple Leafs have some trade assets that could help the future. Names that might come up at the trade deadline or before are Francois Beauchemin, Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tomas Kaberle.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: JS Giguere will be off skates for 7 to 10 days.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: The New Jersey Devils season is all but over, 18 points out with no signs of things turning around. Could they look at trading Martin Brodeur to a contender? He has another year left at $5.2 million. Would the Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning be interested? The LA Kings may look into adding another defenseman before the trade deadline, as Willie Mitchell’s has been unable to remain healthy. He’s played only 15 games and is week-to-week with a knee injury.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Vancouver might trade Kevin Bieksa when Sami Salo returns (it’s still not known exactly when he’ll return). Rick Rypien, who left the Canucks for personal reasons, isn’t expected to be back with the team this season, and it’s possible that he may never return. Former NHLer, current AHLer, Jonathan Cheechoo has a bruised kidney and some internal bleeding. The Islanders may look to trade winger Matt Moulson if he wants more money than they want to give him. The Isles may offer Doug Weight one more kick at the can and send him to a contender if he wants too.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jordan Staal skated for 30 minutes yesterday with their strength and conditioning coach. He didn’t wear a glove over his surgically repaired hand, nor did he do any stick handling drills. It’s been 50 days since the surgery.
- Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank: Even though the NY Islanders 3rd sting goal, Nathan Lawson, got the start of Dwayne Roloson, a trade of Roloson is not imminent. Botta thinks the Isles would ask for a 2nd round pick for Roloson if they decide to trade him.
- The Globe and Mail: The New York Islanders have put Rick DiPietro and defenceman Mike Mottau on injured reserve. DiPietro will be eligible to return in 7 days. Mottau will have surgery on his hip and will be out the remainder of the season.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Milan Hedjuk missed his 6th straight game due to a groin injury.
- Mike Vogel via twitter: Washington Capitals winger Matt Bradley has a broken finger and will miss 2-4 weeks.
- Yesterday @jimbalsillie tweeted “Hi again, social friends! Very early morning. Nashville bound today! And not to learn how to write a country song. Stay tuned.” Later on Bob McKenzie let the world know it was a fake account and to get back to Christmas shopping.
- Matt Cooke’s elbow to Keith Yandle from Sunday night. Yandle called for a 5 game suspension. What do you think of it?
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergeron Record: The New Jersey Devils caught some salary relief at the expense of Brian Rolston. Rolston will be out 4-6 weeks with a sports hernia that will require surgery, he’s been placed on LTIR. His $5,062,500 cap hit won’t count against the teams cap number while he’s out. They’ll now be able to dress 20 players, they went with 16 last night. Lou Lamoriello also said that Anton Volchenkov probably won’t be ready this weekend after suffering a broken nose and a stiff neck.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Semyon Varlamov will probably be in the Capitals lineup on Saturday as he’s recovering from an undisclosed injury. He’s deemed himself 100% and ready to go. Marcus Johansson (foot) is week-to-week after blocking a shot. Tom Poti and Matt Bradley are day-to-day.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Brooks Orpik missed last night’s game against the Maple Leafs, his 2nd in a row, and is day-to-day with a groin strain. He should be ready to go soon though. Zbynek Michalek left Monday’s game with an apparent shoulder injury, with the team giving no hint as to the severity of it. Bill Guerin was in Pittsburgh to take care of a few things in the city, took in the game with Mario Lemieux. Was he also looking for a contract?
- James Gordon of Ottawa Citizen: Daniel Alfredsson left Monday’s game with a lower-body injury, will be ready to for tonight’s game against the Hurricanes. Brian Elliot will either start tonight or on Saturday against the Canadiens.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Minnesota Wild will make a decision this morning if Andrew Brunette is ready to go or if they’ll need to call up someone.
- Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.