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Injury and Roster Notes: Malkin, Lindback, Carkner, Grabner, Enstrom, Backlund, Methot, Krejci, Vanek, Ruutu and Green
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin took his first hit during practice yesterday. He said he’s “not 100 percent” and added,
“Of course, yes, because (I’m) close,” Malkin said. “I (will) try to play Friday, but it’s hard to say now because it’s just (a) couple days more. We’ll see.”
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning goalie Anders Lindback is out indefinitely with a right ankle sprain.
- NY Islanders via twitter: Islanders Matt Carkner and Michael Grabner have been activated from the IR.
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is not ready yet but ”it’s coming soon” according to coach Claude Noel.
- George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: Flames Mikael Backlund played on Monday despite have a cracked bone in his right foot.
“It went better than I thought,” he reported Wednesday. “Not too bad. Obviously the medication kicked in a little later and made it feel better. It’s still sore but once the game started, I felt pretty good. I didn’t think about it too much.”
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot could return to the lineup tonight. If he can’t go, Mike Lundin will return to the lineup after missing the last eight games.
- Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Bruins David Krejci will be a game time decision.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Thomas Vanek didn’t skate this morning and is likely to miss tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu will make his season debut tonight.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green said he’s good to go tonight.
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.
Morning NHL rumors on Parise (Pens, Wings and Sens) … Flyers talking Nash deal … Possible Leafs targets … Leafs had Schultz
- Rob Rossi via twitter: The Penguins offer for Zach Parise could be in the $7-8 million range. Not likely to be front loaded or bonus offers. Josh Yohe via twitter: Expects the Penguins to offer something around 10 years and $75-80 million. Adrian Dater via twitter: Dater thinks the Wings will go $100 million. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks the Senators should make a pitch for Zach Parise, and sources are saying they will. It’s highly unlikely that he’d sign with the Sens.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: 2 sources have said the Flyers are in serious discussions with the Blue Jackets about acquiring Rick Nash. Problem for the Flyers is if they have the assets to get Nash without gutting their forwards. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, or one of them with several other players. Since the Flyers just traded for Brayden’s brother, unlikely that he’s dealt. The Rangers want Nash more than the Flyers.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater wonders if Alexander Semin would be a good fit in Colorado.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Guesses Daniel Winnik ends up with the Maple Leafs.
- Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs tried hard to get Justin Schultz. They made a conditional deal last weekend (2nd round pick) to the Ducks for a 24 hours of exclusive negotiating rights. Schultz wanted to wait so the Leafs didn’t lose anything.
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Don’t expect the Maple Leafs to make a big splash when free agency kicks off. GM Brian Burke has made it clear that he may improve his roster through trade over free agency. They could take a look at Brandon Prust, and there have been some talk of Shane Doan though he’d prefer to stay with the Coyotes. Martin Brodeur could help the Leafs. Potential trade targets could be Roberto Luongo (maybe), Rick Nash (no) or Bobby Ryan (you never know). RFAs the Leafs need to re-sign: Nikolai Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson, Ben Scrivens and Korbinian Holzer.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Matt Carkner turned down a 1 year, $750,000 deal from the Senators.
Rumors and notes on: $70.2 million cap, Nichol, Doan, Stars, Maple Leafs, Capitals, Bouwmeester, Glendale extension, Garrison, Rask and Carkner
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: The upper limit for the salary cap will be $70.2 million.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The Blues have extended head coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2013-14 season. They are close to re-signing forward Scott Nichol. Things have gone quiet with Jamie Langenbrunner, and it’s not as likely that he’ll be re-signed as it once was.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Shane Doan might be a good pickup for the Stars. If they Stars did bring Doan in, it may mean they are seriously shopping Brenden Morrow.
- Sportsnet: Brian Burke on his free agency plans:
“With the salary cap and the new collective bargaining agreement that’s coming up, I don’t know what our plans are for filling out our roster,” Burke said. “Free agency starts on July 1, it’s a really thin group.
“Teams are locking all these quality players up now, so the group that is getting to the market is thin, it’s shallow. There are really two high-end players and that’s about it, (Nashville defenceman) Ryan Suter and (New Jersey forward) Zach Parise.
“I don’t think we are going to be in on either one of them,” Burke said.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if the hiring of Adam Oates could help the Capitals lure a free agent like Zach Parise. Parise could be looking for something in the $9 million range. The Caps are currently about $20.9 million under the cap with 17 players signed. One problem is that the Capitals could use a scorer from the right side, Parise plays and shoots left. If the price is too high for Parise, maybe the Capitals would be interested in trading for right winger Bobby Ryan.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Heika wonders if the Stars could be interested in Jay Bouwmeester. 2 years at $6.6 million per season doesn’t sound as bad.
- John Shannon via twitter: Source confirms that the NHL and Glendale have extended an agreement for an extra 30 days to work out various issues.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Panthers pending UFA defenseman Jason Garrison will likely command up to $5.5-$6 million on the open market.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont estimates Tuukka Rask will be a 3 year deal worth approximately $13 million from the Bruins.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Garrioch expects Senators defenseman Matt Carkner to test the UFA market. Carkner turned down a 1 year deal from the Sens.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile confirmed that Hal Gill played the Western Conference semifinal with a fractured tibia that will need surgery. Alexander Radulov had a meniscus issue in his knee that will require surgery. On their free agents:
“I reached out to Paul Gaustad’s agent and Hal Gill’s agent, so I’m making the calls. In terms of a more complete answer next week would probably be more of a trying to set up meetings if it’s appropriate.”
“There’s lots of situations we have to look at. Again, on defense, a lot depends on what Ryan Suter does or doesn’t do in relation to (Jack) Hillen, (Francis) Bouillon and all those types of situations.”
“I haven’t had a chance to talk to Jordin (Tootoo’s) agent yet. I touched base with Don Meehan once on Sergei (Kostitsyn) but haven’t gotten into anything with him yet.”
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Tribune: There is no chance that Dominic Hasek will play for the Lightning next season if he decides to return to the NHL. The Lightning may only offer Riku Helenius a two-way offer if he wants to return to the NHL. GM Steve Yzerman said they do have an interest in bring him back to North America.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: There have been no formal talks between the Senators and Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba or Matt Carkner yet.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues and defenseman Barrett Jackman met after their 2nd round loss, and plan to meet again at some point.
“He’s a St. Louis Blue, he’s been a St. Louis Blue, this is all he knows. He’s a big part of our team. But again, this isn’t just a one-sided decision. You play a long time to get the right to see what you’re worth ……With a guy like Jacks, he has half the cards.”
Jackman had a $3.6 million cap hit and may consider a hometown discount.
- Katie Stang of ESPN New York: Rangers Mats Zuccarello is still deciding on what he wants to do next year. He doesn’t want to be on a 2-way contract going up and down between the AHL and NHL. He has agreed in principle to a deal with Metallurg of the KHL, though playing in the NHL is his top priority.
“I have some opportunities. I haven’t really decided yet, but it will come soon. I’m not going to lie, there is some part of me that wants to go, but at the same time this is where I want to be,” Zuccarello said.
“I want to be a New York Ranger. I love the players, all the guys here. The fans are unbelievable and I just love playing in New York with the team. This is where I want to be, don’t get me wrong, but I have to think about what’s best for me.”
Semin denies report … No charges for Kane … Avs-Hejduk talking … Price-Habs have talked … Videos of Doan and Hanzal hit
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: When Alexander Semin arrived in Sweden, he denied that he’ll be leaving the Capitals for sure. Stephen Whyno via twitter: Whyno spoke with Semin’s agent who didn’t close the door on the Capitals. He questioned the teams direction, and is not considering the KHL.
- Ben Meyer-Abbott of Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Patrick Kane won’t be getting charged after his partying activities in Madison Wisconsin.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: There has been ongoing talk between the Avalanche and Milan Hejduk. Hejduk struggled in the 2nd half of the season, but would like to return. If they can’t get a deal done, he could consider signing elsewhere.
- Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Carey Price just finished his 2 year, $5.5 million deal. His agent, Gerry Johannson has had a couple “cordial chats” with new GM Marc Bergevin.
“I’m pretty confident we’ll get something done,” the three-time all-star said. “I’m really not the type of guy who’s going to push everything to get (a contract) done faster. We’re trying to build a team here and we want to build it the right way. Rushing decisions isn’t the right way to do it.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: There have been no talks with pending UFA Matt Carkner and the Senators. It doesn’t mean there won’t be any though.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: On the Shane Doan hit, Lewis turns just before the hit, nasty result but not a suspension in his opinion. Martin Hanzal tracks Dustin Brown, he’ll get a suspension.
Afternoon notes on Luongo, Schneider, Hodgson, Filppula, Kane, Jagr, Petrov, Vezina finalists, Konopka and Boyle
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Despite having 10 years left on his deal, it doesn’t mean the Canucks won’t be able to trade Roberto Luongo. Jeff Carter had 11 years and was dealt. The biggest factors holding a deal back may be what the Canucks want for him or what other goalies are available. There could be between 5 and 9 teams that are interested. His top 2 landing spots would be Tampa Bay and Florida. He may not want to play in the spotlight of Toronto. Cory Schneider will not be blocked from an offer sheet from July 1st to July 5th because he made under $1.5 million. The Canucks would offer him arbitration but due to his salary, if Schneider and another team worked out a deal before July 5th, the Canucks would have the choice to match. The Canucks targeted 6 players they would have traded Cody Hodgson for at the deadline before they did the deal with the Sabres for Zack Kassian (Kassian obviously being one). Brandon Sutter of the Hurricanes was one, and John Carlson of the Capitals was another. The 4th was Erik Gudbrason of the Panthers and Kyle Clifford of the Kings was the 5th according to sources. The 6th is unknown. The Canadiens may be interested in Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Friedman wonders if the Red Wings will make Valtteri Filppula available this offseason.
- Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: Rosenbloom thinks the Blackhawks should at least see what they could get for Patrick Kane. He notes that Kane’s goal production doesn’t match the hype or salary.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi thinks there is an 80% chance that Jaromir Jagr returns to the Flyers next year.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: “We’re not going to bring everybody back.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov: “It’s my dream to play in the NHL. My contract expires on April 30. Then I will decide what to do.”
- Jim Diamond via twitter: Pekka Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick are the Vezina finalists.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Matt Carkner and Zenon Konopka were not at the Senators practice today.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Brian Boyle didn’t practice with the Rangers today.
Yakupov wants to be an Oiler … Elliott to start … Sharks may add size … Allaire may retire … Suspension videos for Hagelin and Carkner
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Likely 1st overall draft pick Nail Yakupov said:
“I definitely want to go to Edmonton and play for the Oilers, for sure,”
“I’ve played in Canada, in Sarnia, for the last two years. I love the people. I very much want to play for a Canadian team like Edmonton. I want to play for those guys!
“If they draft me, I will work very hard to make the team, give it everything I’ve got to work hard and play for the Oilers.
“I want to be No. 1. No. 1 is No. 1. I don’t want to be second or third.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues. Jaroslav Halak suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday and will be out for tonight. The injury isn’t considered serious.
- Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks may be considering making a lineup change for Game 3. The Sharks may look to get bigger, with options being Michal Handzus Brad Winchester and Colin White. Dominic Moore’s broken nose was badly swollen yesterday but he’ll be able to go.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: According to Elliotte Friedman, Maple Leafs goalie coach Francois Allaire may resign and retire as an active goalie coach. Burke told the Star that he had not heard directly from Allaire regarding his retirement.
- Rangers Carl Hagelin gets a 3 game suspension for his head hit on Senators Daniel Alfredsson.
- Senators Matt Carkner gets a 1 game suspension for fighting Rangers Brian Boyle.
Josh Rimer via twitter: There will be 3 disciplinary hearings today. Rangers Carl Hagelin for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson, Senators Matt Carkner for fight, and Blackhawks Andrew Shaw for his hit on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
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.
Blue Jackets getting closer … Vultures circling Avs … Roy can be had … Ward out with LBI … Nabokov – Isles to talk contract
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “We’re waiting for the right deals. We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”
- The Globe and Mail: Burke has said he isn’t interested in adding a goalie at this point. They could look for one in the summer. Jhonas Enroth or Anders Lindback or any other goalie not going to Columbus could be available.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: “The vultures are circling around the Avs.” They could begin selling soon.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: The Sabres are looking to move Derek Roy. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said he won’t be looking to add another goalie.
“I like our goalies,” Holmgren said, presumably with a straight face. “They believe they are going to play better. They are not happy with their performances either. They both realize they have to play better.”
Colorado could be sellers by the end of the week, and JS Giguere could be available. He carries $1.25 million cap hit, and has 1 year left on his deal.
- Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Derek Roy’s days in Buffalo could be numbered. He has another year at $4 million, which may make him attractive to some.
“Right now, this is my team,” Roy said. “I’m not a GM. I have no idea what they’re going to do. All I can do is play for my team, play for my linemates, go out every night like it was my first year and play as hard as I can every game.”
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Ty Conklin has been put on waivers by the Red Wings.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight as Cam Ward is out with a lower-body injury. “I’m not going to take any chances (with Ward),” Muller said. “We’ve got a lot of games in March. … We need to assess (the injury) and stay on it and make sure it doesn’t get worse. Before he goes back in the net he needs to be 100 percent and ready to go.”
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov’s agent, Don Meehan, said that negotiations with the Islanders will “start soon.” Isles GM Garth Snow would not comment.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier left practice with a lingering upper-body injury. It’s not believed to be serious.
- Gene Principe via twitter: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will be out 7-10 days with a groin injury. Yann Danis has been recalled. Dan Tencer via twitter: Potential trade partners for Khabibulin don’t like the extra year on his deal.
- Jeff Veillette via twitter: The Blue Jackets and Senators are scouting the Leafs AHL team today.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Perreault-Brouwer, Chimera-Johansson-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Knuble, Beagle-Halpern-Ward.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators. Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner are scratches.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Mathieu Garon will start in net for the Lightning tomorrow against the Ducks.
- Rob Longley via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tomorrow. Joffrey Lupul and Carl Gunnarsson will be in.
Parise could test UFA market … Semin practices with 4th line … CBJ-CAR talking … Isles shopping Okposo? What is Gagner worth?
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils would like to lock up Zach Parise long-term, but it’s likely he’ll test the free agent market. Parise wants to win a Cup, but are the Devils close enough?
“When you’re here for seven years and have never been past the second round, you realize it’s going by quick,” he said. “You see how hard it is. There are 29 teams every year that are disappointed, so it’s not easy. You’ve got to get lucky, you have to have a great team and you have to have a healthy team and avoid injuries at key times. A lot of things have to fall into place.”
“Some players want to go and get the most money they can, which is fine,” Parise said. “Do whatever you want. Then you have a lot of players who want to be somewhere where you’re going to have the best chance to win.
“I think any player in the situation I’m in has to look at everything. For me, most importantly you look at the team. You look at the area you live in. You look at everything from top to bottom because it’s hopefully where you’re going to spend the rest of your career. So you have to be sure you do your research on everything and make sure it’s somewhere you want to be and where you are comfortable.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Stars are expected to lose $30 million this season. There is talk of the Blue Jackets sending Antoine Vermette to the Hurricanes for defenseman Bryan Allen. Derick Brassard has been a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets, but carries a $3.3 million salary year, and $3.7 million next year. The Islanders are said to be looking for a 2nd line center, and may be shopping winger Kyle Okposo, who has been a healthy scratch the past couple games. If the Blackhawks are interested in Sam Gagner, what would the Oilers want in return? They could use a big bodied top 9 forward or high-end prospect. Matheson names Mark McNeill, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg. The Hurricanes are showcasing Tomas Kaberle but with 2 more years at $4 million, not many are interested.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Alexander Semin found himself practicing in rotation on the 4th line. Usually one of the four players practicing on the 4th line is a healthy scratch. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau:
“Infer what you want,” Boudreau said. “I don’t know who, if everybody’s healthy two guys have got to sit, so we have to figure out who it’s going to be.”
Mike Green won’t be in the lineup on Monday. He hasn’t skated in 10 days.
“It hasn’t worsened; just hasn’t improved at the rate we would have liked it to improve,” Boudreau said when asked about Green’s status. “We’re hoping that he skates at some point this week.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators aren’t looking to make any trades while they remain in the thick of things. Matt Carkner is getting close to returning, but he’ll require a conditioning stint first. They’ll have 8 defenseman when he returns. David Rundblad is on a 2-way contract, so he could be sent to down to the AHL when Carkner returns.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blue forward T.J. Oshie is listed as day-to-day with a wrist injury. Oshie jammed his right wrist in the 1st period of Saturday’s game. The Blue have called up Brett Sterling in case Oshie can’t go on Tuesday against the Kings.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Blackhawks are eating $8.5 million in salary (Huet and Olesz), which gives them $5.5 million to make some moves. Bernstein thinks the Kings should consider this with their “nonproductive big $ dudes.”