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Posts Tagged Matt Duchene
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Pierre LeBrun: The NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet on Friday to continue their discussions on participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. An agreement is not expected yet.
- Darren Dreger: Carl Soderberg could be Boston this weekend, pending final approval. He agreed to a 3 year contract. He’ll get $600,000 for this season including a signing bonus, and a $1 million for each of the following two seasons.
- Dave Stubbs: Peter Budaj signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens that will pay him $1.4 milliom in each year.
- Daren Millard: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that their on again, off again talks with goalie UFA Jimmy Howard’s agent probably won’t start again until after the season.
- Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: Maple Leafs Nazem Kadriwill be a RFA at the end of the season, and could finish in the top 10 in scoring if he keeps this pace up. Negotiations aren’t expected to start until after the season. In an interview with Sportsnet, Kadri indicated he’d like to sign a long-term contract.
“I’m just thinking straight hockey right now, trying to worry about my play,” said Kadri. “But I’d like to set myself up well for next year because I want to be in a Maple Leafs jersey for a long, long time. Whether they feel the same way is up to them.”
It may be best for the Maple Leafs to try and sign him to a ‘bridge’ deal, a two year contract before going long-term. Matt Duchene signed a 2-year, $7 million contract and P.K. Subban signed a 2-year, $5.75 million deal.
“Nothing’s been said to me as of yet (about the contract), but I’m sure we’ll talk in the summertime,” said Kadri.
- Kirk Luedeke: The Bruins could be looking to extend Tuukka Rask soon, maybe in the 5 year, $5 million per season range.
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: The players said no to mandatory visors last year. It needs players consent as per the CBA. Larry Brooks via twitter: Bill Daly said in an email that mandatory visors was “discussed briefly” during the CBA talks but was ”no traction for change…” Katie Strang via twitter: The NHLPA plan to discuss visor issues and other equipment related matters in the summer.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Chambers isn’t sure if Avalanche’s Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly are even talking to each other anymore. Before O’Reilly signed the offer sheet, Duchene said:
“For me, I don’t care about any of that. I just want to play hockey,” Duchene said on the video. “If I did look at it that way, maybe I would have done what he did. But I signed in June and … I love being an Av, everything about it. I love cheering for this team and that’s all that matters for me.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: NHL realignment plan doesn’t need full NHLPA membership vote, just the NHLPA executive board need to vote.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Scouting the Maple Leafs-Senators game: two Oilers, Lightning, Avalanche, Blue Jackets, Kings, Stars, Canucks, Wild, Rangers, Blackhawks and Flyers.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: If the Avalanche want to trade Ryan O’Reilly at some point, they are going to have to give him the minutes to put up the points. That would mean that either Matt Duchene or Paul Stastny would become their third line center. The other option would be to move Duchene to the left wing again, but he doesn’t like it, and not is it in the best interest of the team. Feb. 28th, 2014 is the earliest the Avs can trade O’Reilly. So it appears that Avs need to either trade one of their three centers or find better third line wingers to play with O’Reilly (played with John Mitchell and Milan Hejduk in his first game). Dater thinks that the Avs should consider trading Paul Stastny. Stastny has five goals and seven assists in 20 games so far. His point totals have decreased over the last three years from 79 to 57 to 53. He has one year left on his deal at $6.6 million.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Penguins defenseman Simon Despres is available again. Three members of of the Blue Jackets organization were at the Penguins-Lightning game, GM Jarmo Kekalainen, assistant GM Chris MacFarland and senior advisor Craig Patrick. The Penguins are looking to add a defenseman that could play with Kris Letang, or for insurance if Letang is traded before his contract expires at the end of next season. GM Ray Shero said he hopes to sign Letang and Evgeni Malkin to contract extensions. Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson could fit along side Letang. Johnson has a cap of $4.35 million through 2017-18. The Penguins may also be intrigued with idea of adding winger Jarome Iginla.
- Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: ESPN’s Craig Custance on the Blue’s biggest issue:
“That’s a nice addition if he’s healthy, but their biggest need continues to be on defense, especially the left side. GM Doug Armstrong has made it clear he’s willing to be aggressive to improve this team because they have championship expectations in St. Louis. The challenge is finding a trading partner willing to move a quality defenseman, a commodity many teams are looking for.”
Ian Cole wasn’t able to fill in for the departed Carlo Colaiacovo. Wade Redden hasn’t worked out as hoped.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: The Avalanche may be looking to trade a defenseman so they’d be able to keep Tyson Barrie up when Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson return. Barrie and Stefan Elliott are the only two that don’t have to clear waivers.
Blues notes … Avalanche got Burned … Scouting the Flyers, Blues-Hawks, Bruins-Sens … Leafs Will Need to Make Roster Moves
- Andy Strickland of TrueHockey: A Blues trade of Kevin Shattenkirk for Daniel Briere makes zero sense for the Blues. Shattenkirk will eventually sign a contract extension with Blues. They talked before the lockout and will resume talks at some point, which could be after the season. He has arbitration rights and will get something north of $3 million a year. Comparables for the 22-year old would be Cam Fowler, Tyler Myers, Victor Hedman, John Carlson and Luke Schenn. The Blues could be looking for depth on the blueline, with the Maple Leafs, Jets, Coyotes and Sharks possibly looking to move a defenseman or two. The Blues can take on some salary.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: After matching the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, the Avalanche will now have nearly $58 million tied into next seasons salary cap. That won’t leave them much room for UFA’s under the $64.3 million cap ceiling. They won’t be able to trade O’Reilly until Feb. 28th, 2014. After next season, they’ll have to deal with the expiring contracts of Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Stastny would be a UFA.
What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years. The Avs let the Flames set the market for O’Reilly’s value – and they had to swallow their pride and accept it because gambling that they’d get a lottery pick with the Flames’ first-round pick this year was too poor a prospect. How awful would it have been for this team if they’d not only let O’Reilly go to Calgary, but then gotten a worse draft pick maybe thanks to his helping them out the rest of the year in the standings? It would have been a humiliating blow.
And today was humiliating enough for Avs management. They clearly gambled that nobody would break the offer sheet code that most teams live by – especially in the year after a lockout – and that they would be able to dictate to O’Reilly what his market value would be, not the other way around. Well, guess what? They lost that bet.
- Elliott Pap via twitter: The Canucks said that they did not tender an offer sheet to O’Reilly.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Oilers president Kevin Lowe, Sr. VP Craig MacTavish and Eastern scout Marey Gare took in the Flyers game on Wednesday. The Oilers are believed to be looking to move Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger downplays their presence at the game as they are scouting for Team Canada before going to sports analytics conference in Boston.
- Lou Korac via twitter: Scouting the Blues-Blackhawks: Rangers, Predators, Avalanche, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Jets, Lightning, Hurricanes, Canadiens and Canucks.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Western Conference teams scouting the Bruins-Senators game.
- David Alter of Sportsnet: The Maple Leafs will need to figure out who they’ll send down to the Marlies when Matt Frattin returns, which may happen any day now. Only Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and Korbinian Holzer don’t need to clear waivers, but all are playing big roles. If it’s a forward, David Steckel is the likeliest choice. John-Michael Liles has been a healthy scratch lately. Mike Komisarek has only played in four games and has s $4.5 million salary cap hit. The Leafs could send Frattin down to the Marlies on a conditioning stint. Joffrey Lupul could be back soon as well, so another decision will have to be made.
Injury Notes: Kesler, Malkin, Diaz, Gustafsson, Smith, Khabibulin, Duchene, Johnson, WIlson, Wingles and Havlat
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Ryan Kesler played six games with a broken foot. He initially suffered the injury back on Feb. 15th and will now be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured right foot.
“He has blocked a few shots and that foot had taken two X-rays that were negative, but the scan gave us another version,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.
“Other than some discomfort, he was handling it well. Any fracture is four to six weeks, depending on the nature and some are less with hairline fractures.”
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Evgeni Malkin staked for about 30 minutes yesterday. He didn’t report any concussions symptoms on Tuesday.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens Raphael Diaz is out with a concussion.
- Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson blocked a shot in the 2nd period and didn’t return.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was hit by Dustin Penner last night.
“It was more whiplash than anything,” Smith said. “But, he did get me in the shoulder, and it was the same shoulder. I came back, so it wasn’t too bad, but – the puck wasn’t even around, so that was what was interesting about the whole thing.”
Smith was sore but is expected to play tonight against the Sharks.
- Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: The Edmonton Oilers have put goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve with a bad groin. He’ll be on the IR for at least a week.
“It is a little frustrating, in my situation especially,” said the 40-year-old veteran, who had been in world class form. “Coming from a big injury, rehabbing and getting ready, starting to feel good and actually getting playing time — and now this happens.
“It’s not too serious, but it needs to be taken care of. It’s just really annoying, that’s what it is.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche center Matt Duchene didn’t skate yesterday due to a groin injury, but hasn’t been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Flames. Avs defenseman Erik Johnson skated with teammates yesterday, which may have been his first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 11th. Defenseman Ryan Wilson, out with an ankle injury, is still not ready to begin skating.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks Tommy Wingels is doubtful for today and Martin Havlat is probable.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Matt Duchene missed last night’s game with a groin injury. The Avs are hoping that it isn’t long-term, but no timetable is set.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey are all returning to the Red Wings lineup. Valtteri Filppula was injured on Sunday and it’s hoped that he won’t be out long.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said that Kari Lehtonen is probable for Thursday.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Derick Brassard left last night’s game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return.
Injury notes: Karlsson, Kesler, Hiller, Zubrus, Duchene, Jovanovski, Malhotra, Franzen, Schultz and Gleason
- Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Erik had surgery this morning to repair a 70% cut in his achilles. Recovery time is 3-4 months” … ”Erik Karlsson’s season is effectively over.“
- Senators.NHL.com: Audio of Murray talking about Erik Karlsson.
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Kesler has been medically cleared to return.
- Eric Stephen via twitter: Ducks Jonas Hiller has missed the last 2 games with a lower-body but could return this weekend. He could be on the bench tonight or on Saturday.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils winger Dainius Zubrus had surgery on his left wrist and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene has been playing through a charley horse on his hip. Duchene has a history of this type of nagging issue and knows it comes and goes.
- Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel: Panthers Ed Jovanovski is “at least another week away,” Dineen said. “It’s going to be a little bit.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Canucks Manny Malhotra has been shut down for the rest of the season. He’s not formally prepared to retire. McKenzie thinks that Malhotra could act as an unofficial assistant coach with players in Vancouver and Chicago (AHL). Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks put Malhotra on the IR and is done for the year.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings Johan Franzen wasn’t on the ice yesterday.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Oilers Justin Schultz was injured in some capacity, but still practiced for a bit. Oilers coaches decided to shut him down for the rest of practice.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason has a lower-body injury. Coach Kirk Muller said that Joni Pitkanen might be for Montreal next week.
Gerbe had back surgery … Mezsaros back skating … Schneider, Duchene may be heading home … Letang to SKA
- Steve Vesey of WIVB: (hat tip to Dobber for link) Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe had offseason back surgery. He couldn’t skate for 6 months, and just got back on the ice in the last couple weeks.
“It’s been a good time for me to get healthy,” said Gerbe. “I had spine surgery in the summer… I’m just starting to catch my groove and get strong again, and hopefully I can get back at some point this season.”
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Andrej Mezsaros has a doctor’s appointment on Monday to see how much he’s healed. He’s been skating but not 100% just yet.
- Sportsnet: News 1130 Sports out of Vancouver is reporting that Cory Schneider may have played his final game on Wednesday with HC Ambri Piotta of the Swiss League, and could be heading back to North America soon. Matt Duchene could also be leaving Ambri Piotta soon as well.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Penguins Kris Letang has signed to play with SKA in the KHL.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Asked someone in the NHL why they hadn’t cancelled games beyond Dec. 14th since it [was] Dec. 9th, “no particular reason.” Would expect more games to be cancelled today.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA talked over the weekend, no meetings scheduled yet.
- AP in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The NHL and NHLPA could get back to negotiating soon,
“Trying to set up something for this week, but nothing finalized yet,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote Sunday in an email to the Associated Press.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Matt Duchene tweeted that he’s leaving Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League and joining Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Russian Hockey Federation website removed Ilya Bryzgalov’s name after he had a medical exam. No details are known, and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren didn’t respond when asked for info on the injury. Someone on twitter translated a video report and said that Bryzgalov has a virus. Update: Bill Meltzer via twitter: Through google translate, Russian goalie coach Vladimir Myshkin told Sovsport that Bryzgalov failed his medical exam with a high fever.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: Each player will receive a $10,000 stipend from the NHLPA Executive Board.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: Logan Couture has left his Switzerland team for “personal reason” according to his agent, John Thornton.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Penguins Tanner Glass will be joining HC Banska Bystrica of the Slovakia Extraliga.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Swiss media is reporting that Ambri-Piotta wants to sign Matt Duchene. Duchene’s deal with Frolunda expires on December 9th.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild’s Mikael Granlund will likely to rejoin the AHL Aeros later this week.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Taylor Hall looks to be able to play in the AHL when he’s healthy. Still some details to be figured out.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jiri Hudler suffered an abdominal and groin injury and will be leaving Lev. Roman Cervenka is rumored to replace him.
- Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Marian Hossa (concussion ended last season) was out skating with several Blackhawks yesterday.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Kris Russell has a slight MCL tear and will return to St. Louis to have the Blues doctors look at it.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Elitserien filed a 15 page appeal yesterday with the Swedish Competition Authority. They demand that the Market Court make the final decision.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Tom Wandell is set to join Severstal.
- Dirk Hoag via twitter: Patric Hornqvist signed with HC Red Ice of the Swiss league. Alex Kovalev will join him.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Dennis Seidenberg will join Alder in Germany.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jamie Benn will join the Hamburg Freezers.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Tomas Plekanec said that Kladno is paying his insurance but has no money to pay him a salary.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Craig Smith to KalPa, on a deal that run until December.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Claude Giroux is considering Prague and Omsk.
- George Richards via twitter: Tomas Kopecky is looking at offers.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Zach Parise said he’ll consider an offer from Switzerland.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Markov will be introduced today by Vityaz of the KHL.
- Linus Hugosson via twitter: Matt Duchene signed with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite league.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Patrice Bergeron signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss League.
- The Fourth Period: Gabriel Landeskog has been approached by a couple Norwegian teams. Matt Duchene is not considering playing in Europe unless the entire NHL season is lost. Jan Hejda will wait until November before deciding what to do. Paul Stastny may be looking to pay in Germany with his brother Yan if the lockout drags on.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Ryan Suter on playing overseas, “Not right now.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Martin Brodeur on playing overseas, “Not now for sure only if it drags on I’ll look into it.”
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Roman Hamrlik on playing overseas, “not going anywhere for now.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Jonathan Quick on playing overseas, “I don’t know.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Cam Ward and James Wisniewski on playing overseas, “Not interested.”
- Regan Bartel via twitter: Luke Schenn is considering practicing with his old junior team, the Kelowna Rockets.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Ray Whitney said he won’t be going overseas.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Cam Fowler not sure if he’s going overseas.