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Free Agent Hits: Smith, Letang, Gagner, Duchene, Bobrovsky, Nabokov, Briere, Alfie, Weiss, Pens, Rangers and Devils
- Darren Dreger: Mike Smith’s contract with the Coyotes is still being finalized, but sounding like it’s 6-years around $5.7 million per season.
- Renaud Lavoie: Kris Letang’s camp and Penguins GM Ray Shero talked yesterday. Still no deal. They met again this morning and progress may have been made.
- Darren Dreger: Sam Gagner’s agent, Jeff Jackson, met with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish yesterday. Still work to be done. A deal in the 3 to 5 year range makes sense.
- Pierre LeBrun: Matt Duchene’s agent met with the Avalanche yesterday to talk contract contract extension. Talks will continue.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Paul Theofanous, Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent, had a 90 minute talk yesterday.
- Katie Strang: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov will “probably” test the free agent market. Strang wonders if the Flyers will be interested on July 5th.
- Craig Custance: Custance thinks that Daniel Briere to the Islanders makes sense. Gets to play with John Tavares and stay close to home.
- Pierre LeBrun: Daniel Alfredsson’s agent, JP Barry, met with Senators GM Bryan Murray briefly last night.
- Howard Berger: Stephen Weiss may be a more viable option for the Maple Leafs than Vincent Lecavalier.
- Rick Moffat: Colby Armstrong won’t be back with the Canadiens.
- Mike Halford: Viktor Stalberg’s agent confirms that he’s “highly likely” done in Chicago.
- Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn’t know if he’ll be giving a qualifying offer to Yannick Weber.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Talks between the Penguins and Pascal Dupuis’ agent, Allan Walsh, haven’t progressed much. Talks started last week with Dupuis wanting $5 million. Dupuis’ side may be looking for a 4-year deal in the $18-22 million range. Penguisns are confident they will have a deal in place with Craig Adams early this week. Matt Cooke is looking for a 3-year deal and the Hurricanes could be interested if the Penguins don’t re-sign him before July 5th. The Pens have offered a 2-year deal. The Pens have had no talks with Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow and Mark Eaton.
- Andrew Gross of the Bergon Record: The Rangers will extend qualifying offers to Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello by Tuesday.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is hopeful on re-signing David Clarkson and Patrick Elias. The Devils uncertain ownership isn’t helping things. Red Wings GM and Valtteri Filppula’s agent have talked and plan on talking again. If talks don’t go well, they could look to trade his rights, with the Blue Jackets possibly interested. Brad Boyes is expected to test free agency. The Kings haven’t ruled out re-signing Dustin Penner. As of Friday, talks between the Kings and Rob Scuderi were a “work in progress.”
- Rob Rossi: Letang is seeking $7.5 million annually.
- Will DePaoli: Letang’s camp countered with 8-years, $62.5 million with a full no-trade clause. ($7,812,500 salary cap hit)
- Pierre LeBrun: LeBrun is hearing that Letang will be turning down the Penguins offer. Whether there will be more contract talks or if the Penguins put Letand on the trade market remains to be seen. Letang’s camp countered with a long-term deal at more than $7.5 million and less than $8 million. The Penguins said it was too high.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins have offered defenseman Kris Letang an 8-year, $54 million deal. The Penguins have a little wiggle room left and hope to get a response or counter offer by the weekend according to sources. The Pens don’t want to start the free agent period next week without having Letang’s future resolved. They may be willing to go slightly over $7 million. Source said that if they were to trade Letang, they would want a NHL player, a top prospect and a 1st round pick. They are intrigued by prospects with the Ducks and Canucks.
The Penguins signed Chris Kunitzto a 3-year, $11.55 million deal, a $3.85 million cap hit.
The Pens have sent Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke contract proposals.
Brooks Orpik has 1-year left on his deal and GM Ray Shero will try to re-sign him. He has a $3.75 million cap hit.
- Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom’s 3-year contract extension is for $10.25 million, a $3.42 million salary cap hit.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that management and coaches had talks with Mike Smith and his agent last week.
- Jeff Simmons of SportsNet: John Shannon said the Leafs made a qualifying offer to Jonathan Bernier. The sides will be working on a longer deal later his week. Qualifying offer is for $1.525 million.
- Arthur Staple: The Islanders sent qualifying offers to Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic, Kevin Poulin, Thomas Hickey and David Ullstrom. They are working on long term deals for Bailey and Hamonic and shorter term deals for Poulin and Hickey.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are expected to extend qualifying offers to Harry Zolnierczyk, Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey and Robert Bortuzzo before the July 2nd deadline. The Penguins are also working on deals for UFAs Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke.
“I know [Pittsburgh] wants to keep Matt if it’s economically possible.”
Jarome Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, said in an email that he spoke with Penguins GM Ray Shero about Iginla re-signing, but his future ”may very well be an issue which will be determined only after the start of free agency.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will extend qualifying offers to Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl. GM Ken Holland has had talks with UFAs Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks that the Oilers will deal their No. 7 overall pick, as well as some players.
- Bob McKenzie: The Flyers are in the market for a defenseman and could be willing to move one of Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier in the right deal.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the Flyers to use a compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Brian Wilde: The Canadiens could see what the trade market would give for defenseman Andrei Markov and likely get a good return. His contract isn’t looking as expensive now though.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks that Tuukka Rask will get a 4 or 5 year contract at about $6.5 million.
- Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater thinks the Avalanche could make Jarome Iginla a free agent offer if/when he hits the open market. The Avs could buy out David Jones. Iginla’s offer wouldn’t be crazy, and word is Joe Sakic is intrigued with idea of adding Iginla.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Mario Lemieux and the Penguins ownership aren’t that impressed with how the season ended and Dan Bylsma may be on the hotseat. A league executive thinks that the Penguins may move Chris Kunitz or James Neal with the cap going down, giving them more room to keep Evgeni Malkin. Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke are both UFAs. UFA Douglas Murray will walk. The Pens want to keep Kris Letang. The Pens could look to trade Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild, Avalanche or Panthers, or they could buy him out. They could make a pitch for Ryan Miller.
Morning Hits: B’s and Pens, UFAs Smith and Clarkson, Dubinsky, Forensic investigation, Flyers buyout and Brodeur starts
- Pierre LeBrun: NHL announces that the Bruins-Penguins game will definitely be played today at 12:30.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Coyotes uncertainty will play a role in where UFA Mike Smith will end up. He might be interested remaining in Phoenix, but what if they end up relocating somewhere else? A comparable for Smith could be Jimmy Howard, around $5.3 million.
“From February of last year and through the playoffs, Mike was as good as any goaltender in the league,” said Maloney, one of the NHL’s sharpest minds. “This year, not quite so good. We’re not a cap team and we have to be careful when we’re talking a contract with a five or six in term. We can’t make a mistake.
“You look at the top goalies, the Lundqvists of the world … They’ve done it for three, four, five years in a row and they’ve attained a certain level.
“The long and short of it is Mike is a terrific talent, and if you take a snapshot of what he did last season with what he’s done in his career … we have some, I wouldn’t say uncertainty, but there is a bit of caution there.”
- Daren Millard: Ken Daneyko said that the Devils probably can’t afford to pay UFA David Clarkson $5 to $5.5 million a season. They might have to let him walk.
- Aarpn Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The NHL has rescinded the match penalty that was assessed to Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky at the end of Thursday’s game.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk won’t talk about the forensic investigation involving the incident where Matt Cooke sliced Erik Karlsson’s Achillies tendon.
“Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.
“I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.
“It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”
- Sasm Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News: Donnellon wonders if the Flyers should use an amnesty buyout on Daniel Briere or Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere is due $5 million total over the next two years, but carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit. Briere wants to stay in Philadelphia, Bryzgalov doesn’t seem to care. The 33-year old is under contract till he’s 40. The Flyers have Steve Mason under contract next season at $1.5 million.
- Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against the Panthers.
Top 5 trade targets … Capitals willing to move top prospects … Senators have prospects for Perry … Pens looking to add scoring
- A few GMs may be wondering if their jobs are safe.
“I would think there’s a few guys around the league who are wondering,” said a league executive. “Teams often copy each other and firing the GM could become vogue if an owner believes it can turn the team around.”
Capitals GM George McPhee and Sabres Darcy Regier could be on the hotseat after their teams slow start.
- The league won’t announce anything regarding re-alignment until a deal has been agreed upon with the players.
“We will probably brief the board when we and (the union) have agreement on what we intend to propose for approval,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail. “Hopefully, we have reached a decision by the end of the month.”
- Many believe the Canucks won’t move Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider during this season.
- Two Ducks scouts showed up to watch a Senators-Sabres game this week fueling speculation. The Senators haven’t had any talks with the Ducks regarding Corey Perry. The Ducks will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t, Sens GM Bryan Murray needs to know what it would take to get him. They were the front-runner to land Rick Nash before he was dealt to the Rangers. They do have the prospects to land Perry.
“The Ducks are just trying to identify what everybody has,” said a league executive. “They are going to try to sign him.”
- The Flames are willing to move Jay Bouwmeester, but would anyone want to take on his $6.8 million salary next year?
- The Penguins have the money and would like to add a scoring winger at the trade deadline.
- Capitals GM George McPhee is frantically trying to add some immediate help and they might be willing to trade 2012 first round pick, Filip Forsberg and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. McPhee found out he wouldn’t get much return for Roman Hamrlik.
- The Maple Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins, Senators and several other teams have shown interest in Ryan O’Reilly. The asking price is a top prospect and a draft pick.
Top 5 Trade Targets:
1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim: The Ducks are rolling along quite nicely and he is a unrestricted free agent. Teams are going to call, but if the Ducks continue at their current pace, it’s going to take a huge deal to get him.
2. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary: The Flames have to sit down with Iginla and decide what direction they want to take. If he’s going to sign an extension, they should get it done at a reasonable price and move on. Many believe Iginla should accept a trade and allow the Flames to rebuild.
3. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa: This will be interesting to watch. If the Senators fall out of the race, does GM Bryan Murray give the 40-year-old the option to try to go win the Stanley Cup? The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are both going to be looking for a scoring winger.
4. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida: His name has come up lately because of his status as a UFA. If the Panthers don’t get back into the playoff race, Weiss is going to be targeted by teams looking for a rental. The two sides have a lot of work to get done to make a deal
5. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders: Teams are going to be looking for a puck-moving defenceman and a lot of teams like Streit. He had success in Montreal, he has been a winner in the past and he understands playing with pressure. Look for a lot of teams to try to get Streit.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “Matt Cooke no longer considered a repeat offender for purposes of calculating forfeited salary resulting from suspensions CBA rule is that repeat offender status is reset if there’s no suspension in 18 months. Cooke was last suspended in March 2011. Obviously that doesn’t mean B. Shanahan wouldn’t consider Cooke’s past if something were to happen again.
Karlsson has lacerated Achilles, video breakdown of the incident … Zubrus needs surgery … Realignment tweaked
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Erik Karlsson suffered a laceration to his left Achilles that will require surgery. He’ll be out indefinitely. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: League executives say that Karlsson could be recovering for 4 to 6 months depending on the extent of the injury. John Shannon via twitter: Karlsson will fly to Ottawa to be re-evaluated by Senators doctors before having surgery.
- Rich Chere via twitter: The Devils will be without Dainius Zubrus for 2-8 weeks due exploratory surgery on his wrist.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Bill Daly said that the NHL has tweaked the realignment plan that was approved by the board last season. It does have the same four-conference structure. John Shannon via twitter: Realignment timeline is accelerating, with resolution expected before the end of the month.
- Adam Gretz via twitter: There were 2 Blackhawks scouts at the Penguins-Senators game. Wild and Ducks were other Western Conference teams that had scouts there.
- NHL Network’s Mark Roe and Kevin Weekes break down Karlsson’s injury. Do you think there was intent by Cooke?
Trade activity could be heated … Leafs say no to Bernier, others could be interested … Sens could look for a Dman … Iginla and free agency
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said that trade activity could be heavy before the season starts. He was already getting calls. Clarifying, that he was referring to trade activity in the NHL and not necessarily for the Capitals.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: The shortened schedule and the drop in salary cap for next season could mean an active trade market at the deadline. There should be enough separation in the standings to determine if teams will be sellers or buyers.
“As long as a guy’s contract is up this year, you can take on salary galore,” said one general manager, adding the one important caveat: “If you want to give the assets away.”
Former GM Neal Smith:
“You don’t want to make the mistake of giving away a guy who will be around for four or five years haunting you, particularly a younger guy,” Smith said. “A smart GM would be very, very careful at the deadline this year unless he can find a deal out there where he can catch a guy napping.”
A team could take on a bad contract at the trade deadline, and then buy him out after the season.
“You could, but you won’t have a very happy owner if you do that,” Smith said. “You took a buyout from somebody else.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Brian Burke pushed the idea of retaining salary in trades for years. Teams will now be able to do this.
A club cannot absorb more than 50 percent of the players’ annual cap hit/salary in any trade. Any NHL club can only have up to three contracts on their payroll in which the contract was traded away under the retaining salary proviso. Also, only up to 15 percent of your upper limit cap amount can be used up by the money you have retained in trades.
An example of how this works: The Maple Leafs want to trade Mike Komisarek who has a $4.5 million salary cap hit and $3.5 million salary. The Maple Leafs could retain half the cap hit and salary, so $2.25 million and $1.75 million. The trading team would take on the other half. This should result in more trades taking place.
- James Cybulski via twitter: Cybulski was told that the Maple Leafs have said no thanks to Kings Jonathan Bernier.
- The Fourth Period: It’s thought that the Kings will look again at trade options for Jonathan Bernier. The Kings talked with Maple Leafs, but they said no thanks according to Cybulski. The Devils could be a team interested as Brodeur is on his last contract. Bernier would be able to learn from one of the best goalies of all-time. Miikka Kiprusoff has one year left on his deal in Calgary. The Red Wings will look at signing Jimmy Howard to a contract extension, but if they are unable to get him looked up, GM Ken Holland may have to look elsewhere. The Oilers have said they are going with Devan Dubnyk, but if that doesn’t work out as planned, they may look elsewhere.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Jose Theodore is not fazed by the Roberto Luongo to Florida rumors. Theodore said that Tomas Vokoun would also still want to play from the Panthers.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: With Senators defenseman Jared Cowen out for the year, and Mike Lundin out for 3 or 4 weeks, GM Bryan Murray might look at a trade or free agent to fill the hole.
“I’m not sure,” Murray said in an interview with the Citizen. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to, but from the looks of it, with Lundin out for a bit of time, too, we probably will have to do something.”
Murray has already received calls from free agents, and has talked with a few teams about a trade.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers could re-sign Marco Sturm, and at least 2 camp invitees could make the team. Mike Santorelli could be in trouble.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass and Matt Cooke could play with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Chris Kunitz played with Malkin and Neal last season, but he’ll be along side Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. GM Ray Shero could make a move for a winger for the line. Prospect Beau Bennett could make the team and fill that slot.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames captain Jarome Iginla will be a free agent at the end of they year and will be questioned about his plans all year.
“I didn’t expect that question so early. Yeah, it’s right back at it,” Iginla said Monday after skating with a whack of teammates and fellow pros at WinSport.
“I’m really just excited to get playing again and have that opportunity to play in the NHL and compete here in Calgary.
“It would be my preference to stay here, for sure, and play on a good team, which I believe we will be, and to win here. It is home.
“That’s where my focus is, to get ready and have a great season as a team and play well for this team.”
There was no talks between Iginla, his agents Don Meehan and Jay Feester over the summer, and they weren’t allowed to talk during the lockout.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t thought about those different scenarios. Right now, it’s really just getting ready for training camp,” he said. “Once the season comes, I’d like the focus to definitely be just on winning games. I don’t know with Don Meehan, when he and Jay are going to talk.
Some CBA notes … Players think season could be lost … Enstrom, Pavelec, Pacioretty and Tarasenko heading overseas
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The NHL and NHLPA will meet in Toronto today, but they will be discussing HRR for last season. It is held annually for each sides final approval on HRR. An NHLPA spokesman said they want to get talks going again “and hopefully the league feels the same.” The League said they are open to the possibility. Both Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr won’t be at the meetings.
- John Shannon of Sportsnet: Shannon lists some issues regarding the CBA other than HRR, contract terms, average cap hit and revenue sharing: 1. Player safety and working conditions 2. Supplemental discipline 3. Post-career coverage 4. Drug testing 5. The Olympics 6. International growth 7. Management rights
- Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun: It was said last week, that the next 7 to 10 days were critical to the length of the lockout, and nothing has been good since then. Don’t expect the players to given in any time soon, with the players thinking the season could be lost. Penguins Matt Cooke,
“We feel it was a huge success. Whatever it takes, we need to get a fair deal and something that is going to fix the system so we’re not in this process in another three years or five years or six years down the road.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: A Swedish report has Tobias Enstrom about to sign with Modo. Ondrej Pavelec signed with Liberec of the Czech Extraliga.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Max Pacioretty has signed with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss A League.
- Pavel Lysenkov via twitter: Vladimir Tarasenko signed with SKA.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Former Predator J.P. Dumont is skating with some Predators, and hopes to sign on with an NHL team when the lockout is over. Dumont was bought out by the Preds after the 2010-11 season, and spent last year with Bern of the Swiss League.
Some quick afternoon hits involving: Crosby, Blues sale, Cooke, waivers, McDonald, Bishop, Devils lines and starting goalies
- Darren Dreger via twitter: “Sounds like Sid is doing well in Atlanta. Daily treatments. Skating everyday. Making progress.”
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Sources are saying Blues minority owner Tom Sillman has signed a purchase agreement to buy the St. Louis Blues.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Matt Cooke won’t face any supplementary disciple for his ‘slew foot’ on Richards.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Jets have put Derek Meech on waivers. The Sharks have put Frazer McLaren on waivers. The Flames Brett Carson and the Panthers Michal Repik clear waivers.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues forward Andy McDonald has been out since Oct. 13th, but is getting close to removing his no-contact practice jersey.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: It’s looking like the Blues will be trading AHL goalie Ben Bishop before the trade deadline. He’ll be a group VI unrestricted free agent at the end of the year if he doesn’t play in 15 more games. If he does play in 15 games, he’ll be a group II free agent a the team would retain his rights.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Zalewski-Josefson-Clarkson; Boulton-Mills-Carter.
- Dave Randorf via twitter: Looks like Peter Budaj will start in net for the Canadiens against the Penguins.
- George Richards via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers against the Blackhawks.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against the Flyers.
Avery demotion affects Stars … Leafs not after Gagner … No-touch icing will pass … Cumiskey traded to Ducks … No suspensions for Sarich and Mills
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning Stars: The Dallas Stars are paying half of Sean Avery’s salary still, even with Rangers sending him to the minors. But they have been told by the NHL that while Avery is in the minors, Avery’s $1.9 million cap hit won’t count against their cap. The Stars may have to add a player to bring their cap number above the salary floor of $48.3 million. GM Joe Nieuwfendyk doesn’t know what the penalty is if they go below the floor.
“It’s not an issue yet, but we want to take care of it,” Nieuwendyk said. “It could force some tough decisions going forward, but that’s just part of the game.”
Eric Francis of the Calgary Herald: One GM who has wanted no-touch icing for years: “it will pass now (at the GMs rules meeting in March) — the public pressure is too great.” One GM said to get rid of the trapezoid so goalies can save their teammates. Most players that Francis has talked to would like to see a hybrid icing rule at the very least. Any talk of that the Leafs are interested in Sam Gagner is false. Burke even emailed Oilers GM Steve Tambellini saying the Gagner talk never came from him.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers winger Ryan Smyth was practicing at center yesterday as Eric Belanger was “under the weather.” Ryan Whitney and Ben Eager are likely out, Ladislav Smid is likely in.
Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Kyle Cumiskey cleared waivers and then was traded by the Avalanche to the Ducks for defenseman Jake Newton and a conditional pick.
Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin appears to have a minor injury, coach Bylsma said he is sore.
Bob McKenzie via twitter: No disciplinary action is expected for Devils Brad Mills for his hit on Flyers Jakub Vorachek. NHL said Vorachek turned “immediately prior or simultaneously.”
Bob McKenzie via twitter: Flames Cory Sarich’s hit on Penguins Matt Cooke was deemed a “full body” hit with incidental contact to the head.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who’ll be a UFA on July 1st. But he also thinks the Capitals will give him a raise on his $2.4 million salary to keep him in Washington.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators could be getting Milan Michalek back this week, likely on Thursday against the Rangers. He’s been out since Feb. 26th with a broken foot. Sergei Gonchar will be out for at least a week with a concussion.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks rookie Logan Couture is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Andy Strickland of True Hockey: There doesn’t appear to be any fracture or ligament damage after Couture crashed heavily into the boards on Saturday. Sources tell Strickland there is a chance he misses the rest of the regular season.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott’s ‘undisclosed injury’ appears to be a groin injury, which has kept him out of the last 3 games, he’s still listed as week-to-week. Alex Ovechkin will rest for 7-10 days. Eric Fehr will play sometime over the next 3 games. John Erskine thinks he’ll be ready to go tonight. The Caps don’t know when Mike Green will be able to return from his concussion. Michal Neuvirth will get the start for the Capitals tonight against the Flyers.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Steve Downie and Ryan Malone are wearing no-contact jersey’s at the Lightning’s practice yesterday. Downie has missed 8 games with knee and ankle problems, but could be ready to go on Friday. Malone has been out for 17 games with a mid-body injury, but could be ready next week. Simon Gagne (neck) could be in lineup tonight, Friday for-sure.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Pascal Leclaire won’t be back with the team next season. They want Robin Lehner to develop in the AHL next year. The Sens are not sure yet if they’ll bring back Curtis McElhinney.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: CSKA President Slava Fetisov confirms they are talking to Andy Murray and Mike Keenan about coaching the team.
- Even Drexler of the Miami Herald: Panthers forward Sergei Samsonov has played well of late for the team, and they may consider re-signing him. The Panthers won’t name a captain until next season, Bryan McCabe was their captain before he was traded.
- Fan 590 audio: Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks Matt Cooke and what it means for the Penguins.
- Fan 590 audio: Glen Healy talks with Bob McCown and Damian Cox about Matt Cooke and impact it will have on Penguins and rest of the league.