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Roster notes and Starting goalies: Sens, Sabres, Isles, Panthers, Stars, Leafs, Rangers, Flyers, Pens and Wild
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators Jason Spezza didn’t practice yesterday, and didn’t take part in the morning skate. Brett Wallace via twitter: Spezza is out. Daniel Alfredsson and Mika Zibanejad are in.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Sabres Thomas Vanek will be back in the lineup tonight. Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres Robyn Regehr is out tonight with a lower-body injury. Weber and Brennan are in.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs defesneman Mike Komisarek got a fibreglass chip in his eye at practice yesterday. (Won’t play tonight)
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle is back in the lineup tonight. Yannick Weber will sit.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders Casey Cizikas will be in the lineup for Eric Boulton. Travis Hamonic is a game-time decision.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Drew Shore is back in the lineup. Strachan and Santorelli will be scratched.
- John Lu via twitter: Canadiens lines: Eller – Desharnais – Cole; Prust – Galchenyuk – Gallagher; Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta; Moen – White – Armstrong; Blunden out.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Johan Hedberg will start in net tonight for the Devils against the Bruins.
- David Alter via twitter: Ryan Miller is first off the ice, and likely starter for the Sabres against the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will start of the Rangers against Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins tonight.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight against the Penguins.
- George Richards via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
Coyotes announcement this week … P.K. joins team on Wed. … Hamilton to stay … Rakell waiting on decision
- Westside Insider in the Arizona Republic: Greg Jamison told the Arizona Republic that he expects to have the team purchased by Wednesday or Thursday.
“There’s a lot happening. We’re moving forward. There will be an announcement before the end of the week,” Jamison said Monday morning.
“There are a lot of moving parts. It’s very difficult to explain how many moving parts there are to put it all together. Rather than constantly going into that with people – people are a little tired of hearing that – I think they would just prefer to have an announcement, one way or the other, at an appropriate time,” he said.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: P.K. Subban will be joining teammates on Wednesday morning in Ottawa.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Mika Zibanejad joined the Senators for practice and could play tonight.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins have told defenseman Dougie Hamilton that he won’t be heading back to junior and will be staying in the NHL.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks have yet to make a decision on Rickard Rakell, to send him to junior or keep him in the NHL. He’s only played in 3 games so far.
“I defer that to the boss,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said, referring to GM Bob Murray. “We’ve got five games. We still have the whole weekend to make a decision.”
“He hasn’t played a tremendous amount but he looks comfortable there,” he said. “He accepts responsibility he can skate. He’s not afraid. He’s doing a lot of good things. One day, whether it’s tomorrow or five years from now, he’s going to be a very good hockey player.”
Training Camp notes: Svatos, Rielly, van Riemsdyk, Tarasenko, Yakupov, Zibanejad, Barker and Zetterberg
- Rich Evans via twitter: Marek Svatos will attend the Panthers training camp. He didn’t play last year as he sat out to heal from injuries.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on defenseman Morgan Rielly: ”We’re not afraid to play an 18-year-old in the NHL.”
- David Alter via twitter: Carlyle added that James van Riemsdyk will start on the wing, but if the opportunity arise to try him at center, they will explore it.
- Alessandro Seren Rosso via twitter: Vladimir Tarasenko’s agent confirmed that he’ll be flying to St. Louis this week.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Nail Yakupov will attend the Oilers training camp.
- Wayne Scanlan via twitter: Senators GM Murray said that Mika Zibanejad is healthy enough to come to training camp, but likely won’t be invited. Stone, Silfverberg and Hoffman will be there instead.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Defenseman Cam Barker may get a try out at the Canucks for the 7th or 8th spot.
- SportsCentre via twitter: Henrik Zetterberg is expected to be named the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings.
- Ken Warren via twitter: The Senators season ticket base is at 10,500, with hopes of getting to 11,300 by the end of the year.
No concussion for Giroux … Galiardi back in Calgary … No WJC for Zibanejad … WHL on Portland sanctions
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: After spending a couple days getting neck treatment in Atlanta, Claude Giroux is feeling “really fine.” His injury is not considered a concussion.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks T.J. Galiardi left his German team after suffering a knee injury and has returned to Calgary according to the Calgary Herald. The injury doesn’t seem to be serious, and he’s been practicing with the Calgary Hitman of the WHL.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avalanche Ryan O’Bryne signed with Florida of the ECHL.
- Sylvain St-Laurent via twitter: The Senators will not be making Mika Zibanejad available for the World Junior Championship. Ian Mendes via twitter: Sens GM Bryan Murray: ”We feel like keeping Mika here to play in North America is the best decision for his development. As a young player and person, he’s learning how to play the North American style and continues to progress playing for Luke in Binghamton.”
- Daren Millard via twitter: A statement from WHL commissioner Ron Robison on Portland Winterhawks sanctions: “We believe the sanctions are not excessive given the repeated and systemic nature of the violations. The independent investigation discovered an unprecedented number of violations. It is the responsibility of each WHL Club and General Manager to be fully aware of the WHL Regulations and to be in compliance at all times. These sanctions are necessary in order to protect the overall welfare and integrity of our League and to preserve a level playing field for all of our member Clubs and our players.”
Informal CBA talks today … Zibanejad to try left wing in AHL … Hemsky will wait a month … Landeskog could play in the AHL
- Michael Grange via twitter: Confirms that the NHL and NHLPA will hold ‘informal talks’ today in New York. John Shannon via twitter: Today’s talks between the Fehr’s, Bettman and Daly will just be open dialogue, no proposals or agenda.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray is not optimistic for a quick CBA resolution, and will ask Jared Cowen to play in the AHL. Mika Zibanejad will also end up in Binghamton and will be asked to play left wing.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Ales Hemsky will give it a month before heading back to the Czech Republic to play.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko said that if there is a lockout he’ll decide between Peoria of the AHL and the KHL on September 15th after a talk with GM Doug Armstrong.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: It’s possible that Gabriel Landeskog will play for Lake Erie of the AHL if there is a lockout.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: 18 year olds who played in the NHL last season and still could go to Junior (ie. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins), can also play in the AHL.
- TSN: A day after Bettman said the league would lock players out if there wasn’t a new CBA before September 15th, both sides aired more optimism yesterday that the season could start on time.
“We thought it was a good session,” said Winnipeg Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey, who spoke for the NHLPA following the session. “Constructive. We reflected on the whole process. Discipline, ice conditions, training camp, travel.”
The NHLPA will submit a counter-proposal to the NHL’s initial offer next week. They will meet in Toronto over the next 2 weeks, starting on Tuesday.
“We are looking forward to the proposal,” Daly said. “(It) gives you a better sense of how close or how far apart we are. It gives us a benchmark of where we are on economic issues. What we proposed had a variety of different elements. (I) don’t think (the players’) elements are vastly different.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika notes that Brenden Morrow could be traded before the season starts, or he could lead the team to the playoffs. There is no indication on how it may play out at this time. He’s been their captain since 2006. He’s 33 and has been bothered by neck and shoulder issues. Morrow has one year left at $4.1 million. It would like take a something pretty good to get him.
- Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Taylor Hall is back on ice after 4 months of recovery from this shoulder repairs.
“It’s encouraging for sure” … “It’s held up fine so I’m pretty excited about that. It’s time to start being a hockey player again.”
“The surgery was tough. They didn’t just do it arthroscopically, they cut me open and moved the bone around. I have a three-inch scar on my shoulder.
“It was a little different for me, being on all the pain killers afterward, not being able to do much. I had to sleep on a La-Z-Boy for the first week. It was a tough stretch. I had to fly my mom in to take care of me and make me food and everything.
“But now it feels like I have a brand new shoulder. It’s exciting for me because I haven’t really had that in the last two years.”
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray said that Mika Zibanejad will spend this season in North America, either in the NHL or AHL.
“He’s staying no matter what,” Murray said. “Whether its Ottawa or Binghamton, we’re not sending him back. So he’s here.”
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: The Devils are still interested in re-signing Petr Sykora but there is nothing new to report.
Bouwmeester’s stock rising … Sens offer for Nash was better … Senators and Flyers options … Leafs deal could be on horizon
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s stock is on the rise as he may be the top defenseman available. The Red Wings have lost Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. The Flyers are looking for a defenseman, though Bouwmeester doesn’t really fit their mold. The Blues could use a veteran like Bouwmeester. The Oilers could be a fit as well. Bouwmeester has a no-trade clause and doesn’t appear interested in waiving it. The Flames currently have 9 defenseman on 1-way contracts, 10 if you include T.J. Brodie. The Flames may be interested in dealing away Anton Babchuk’s $2.5 million contact.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators offer for Rick Nash was better than what the Blue Jackets got, but he didn’t want to go to Ottawa. They offered Robin Lehner, Nick Foligno, Mika Zibanejad and a draft pick. The Blue Jackets could have had Joe Pavelski from the Sharks but it doesn’t look like they wanted to trade within the Western Conference. The Senators may now be looking to go another direction. They may not want to go down the Alexei Kovalev road with Alexander Semin. It’s believed the Sens have talked to the Ducks about Bobby Ryan. The Stars may be looking to move Brenden Morrow. Daniel Alfredsson has indicated he’s planning on playing, and sources say they may be working on a 1 year extension.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Rossi confirms that the Penguins haven’t talked to the Wild about a trade involving Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin as part of a package for Dany Heatley.
- Howard Berger via twitter: One of Berger’s “bird-dogs” insisted that the Maple Leafs are working on bringing in goalie help, a deal could be on the horizon. Maybe Jonathan Bernier?
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Ducks apparently want Sean Couturier from the Flyers in a Bobby Ryan deal.
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: The Flyers defense still needs to be addressed, and addressing it internally may be their best option. Bruno Gervais will compete with Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning for the final blueline spot. Matt Gilroy is the highest scoring UFA on the market, 20 points in 67 games last year. RFA options could be Michael Del Zotto, John Carlson, Dmitry Kulikov and P.K. Subban. The Flyers have a top 6 spot open and are looking at Shane Doan. Other UFA options could be Alexander Semin, Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott. The Ducks are listening to offers for Bobby Ryan, but they’d likely want Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn, 2 players the Flyers have no interest in parting with.
Quick rumor hits on: Staal, Nash, Senators, Sharks, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets #2 pick, Maple Leafs, and Price
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hearing Penguins Jordan Staal turned down 10 year mega offer from the Penguins. Staal has indicated to the Penguins that he doesn’t plan on signing an extension now.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Senators names being speculated in a potential Rick Nash deal: Robin Lehner, Mika Zibanejad and a 1st round pick.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Sharks names being speculated in a potential Rick Nash deal: Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers, and a 1st round pick.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he’s not getting the offers he likes for Nash. Topic of Nash staying with the Blue Jackets didn’t come up in his discussions with his agent. Something has to give with Nash and Howson. Howson has to lower his demands (he shouldn’t) or convince Nash that things will change with the Blue Jackets.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that there are a lot of teams looking to make deals. Added, that teams are asking them about Faulk, Sutter and Skinner.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets are considering at least 1 offer that would have them trading down from the #2 spot. Cody Nickolet via twitter: Sounds like Blue Jackets are interested in trading down. Would expect the Maple Leafs are a team wanting to move up.
- Todd Cordell via twitter: Darren Dreger believes the Maple Leafs have “considerable interest” in Bobby Ryan and James van Riemsdyk.
- Cody Nickolet via twitter: Maple Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis said that they haven’t had serious talks about trades and are not close on that front. Things should pick up in the next 12 hours.
- Marc Antoine Godin via twitter: “Source tells me the 40 M figure suggested by Sportsnet in regards to a Habs offer to Price is incorrect. But hey, as long as they talk…”
Morning notes: Suter, Sens goalies, Nash, Leafs, Luongo, Brodeur, Rangers, Jets, Smyth, Devils and Canadiens
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Talks are going to happen between the Predators and Ryan Suter in the coming days. “David and I plan on talking sometime this week,” Sheehy said.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:The Senators will try to trade Sergei Gonchar’s $5.5 million contract. Garrioch wonders if the Senators would trade either Robin Lehner or Ben Bishop if they get an offer they can’t refuse. They aren’t in a hurry to trade either goalie. The Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, Lightning and maybe the Devils could be looking for goaltenders. They wouldn’t make a deal with a Leafs. The Lightning want to build around a young goalie. The Blue Jackets may get a goalie in a Rick Nash deal. The Senators showed some interest in Nash, but moved on after Howson asked for Mika Zibanejad, Mark Stone, a 1st round pick and a roster player. The Sens current plan is to bring Lehner and Bishop to camp to battle it out for the backup position.
- Louis-Andre Larivere of QMI in the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs receive no compensation for the losing Rick Dudley to the Canadiens, except for assurance that he won’t have any input on draft day. Burke has been pushing for teams to get compensation for losing front office employees. Burke on Roberto Luongo trade speculation:
“There has not been significant discussion (with the Canucks) about that player,” Burke said.
- ESPN: Video (embedding disabled) of Martin Brodeur saying he doesn’t think he’ll retire after the season.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Rangers Brandon Dubinsky said that he had a high ankle sprain and will need another 6-8 to be fully healed. Brandon Prust will have surgery to repair a tendon on his left ring finger. It was originally hurt in February in a fight with Zenon Konopka.
- The Fourth Period: Re-signing Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec are priorities for the Jets. They will also have to decide on Kyle Wellwood, Jim Slater, Tim Stapleton, Tanner Glass, Mark Flood and Randy Jones. The Jets will be looking for some secondary scoring this offseason through trade or free agency. Possible free agent targets could be P.A. Parenteau, David Jones and Jiri Hudler.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Ryan Smyth’s agent will be talking with the Oilers this week. The Oilers have already offered a 2 year contract. Matheson thinks the Oilers could be offering in the $2.5-$2.75 million per season range, and Smyth could be looking for $3 million plus. Smyth hasn’t said much other than he doesn’t want to take a big pay cut from his $4.5 million salary he had last season.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils haven’t decided yet if they’ll forfeit this years 1st round draft pick for it’s cap circumvention on Ilya Kovalchuk’s initial contract.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: June 1st is the deadline for signing non NCAA/KHL/MHL 2010 draft picks.
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.
Bogosian gets nothing … Turris could be staying for now … Pronger, Morrow, and Gomez out tonight … Whitney returns
- Darren Dreger via twitter: There will be no fine or suspension for Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It doesn’t look like the Coyotes will be trading Kyle Turris anytime soon. One league executive said:
“I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Hard to give up on a No. 3 pick for any organization,”
“Maybe before the trade deadline, but he’s going to have to play some games and contribute so teams are able to find out where he’s at.
“This wasn’t a well-thought-out plan by Turris and his camp.”
The Flames, Canucks, Maple Leafs, Islanders, Blues and Senators have shown interest at some point. If Maloney does decide to deal him, he’ll want young assets in return. Mika Zibanejad or Jared Cowen don’t make much sense for the Senators but they do have other high-end prospects.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Kyle Turris will skate with the Coyotes today for the 1st time since signing his contract.
“I don’t have any regrets,” Turris said Thursday. “I’m just going to go out and work hard and try to help the team win and whatever happens happens.”
The Coyotes will have to see if the relationship can mend or they will move him.
“Sometimes, you kiss and make up and you’re family forever,” Maloney told the Arizona Republic. “In some cases, it doesn’t work and then you have to make a change. I’m hopeful it will work out.”
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger didn’t practice yesterday and is likely out for tonight. He’s missed the last 2 games due to a virus.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars will likely be without Brenden Morrow for the next 3 dames. Morrow missed Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens forward Scott Gomez suffered a groin injury on Wednesday and will not play tonight against the Flyers or on Saturday against the Penguins.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney confirms he’ll be back in the lineup tonight.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres have called up their 2009 1st round pick, Zack Kassian. Tyler Ennis ruled himself out for tonight. Patrick Kaleta has a lower-body injury and there is no timetable for Brad Boyes return.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Niklas Backtrom was back practicing with the Wild yesterday, so it’s possible he could start tonight against the Oilers.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals Cody Eakin was able to practice yesterday after being hit by Bogosian. “No headaches or anything, definitely not a concussion,” said Eakin. “I was buzzing a little bit after, but I don’t think the impact was too, too solid.”
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome did not break his thumb on Wednesday, and is questionable for tonight.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tonight against the Maple Leafs.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tonight against the Coyotes.
Kane’s agent denies trade demand … Doughty says he’s ready … Couturier could stick … Connolly ready … Lehtonen-Quick battle
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: There was a rumor going around that Evander Kane had demanded a trade from the Jets.
“I’ve spoken with Evander and this is completely untrue,” said agent Craig Oster. “Neither he nor us have talked about a trade. Evander is very excited to be in Winnipeg and about his future with Winnipeg.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Garrioch thinks that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should have been fired, and that he will be next.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Drew Doughty’s status for (tonight’s) game is still up in the air. If he doesn’t go, he’ll be returning soon. After Doughty took part in practice Terry Murray said, “I’ve got to talk to our medical staff and just get everything sorted out.’’ Doughty added:
“I was cleared to practice with the team and cleared to get some contact in practice. I feel really good. I feel ready to play and almost back to normal. Now it’s just kind of in the hands of the training staff and the coaching staff to put me in.”
“I hope so. I really want to play tomorrow, really badly. It sucks being out, obviously, but like I said I’m ready to play but at the same time, it’s really just in the training staff’s hands.”
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers 2011 1st round pick Sean Couturier could stick in the NHL this season due to his defensive instincts and awareness on the PK. As of yesterday, Courturier still hasn’t heard if he’ll remain with the team or be sent back to junior.
“He came in touted as a smart player defensively, someone who is as good in the defensive zone as he is in the offensive zone,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve put him in situations, 5-on-4, 5-on-3, against top players, to see how he’d respond, and he’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do and do it well. He’s been a nice addition.”
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Scanlan thinks that Mika Zibanejad contract may have been a big factor in the Senators sending him back to Sweden. If he played one more game his contract of $1.775,000 would have kicked in, and he’d be one year closer to free agency. “We think, for the long term development … this is the right step for him at this moment,” Murray said. “This is the best thing for him.”
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Though Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson wouldn’t make it official, Tim Connolly looks to be ready to make his Leafs debut tonight.
“They are really clicking right now and playing extremely well together,” Connolly said of Kessel and Lupul. “I’m just going to try to stay out of their way. Get them the puck as much as possible and just try do all the little things right.”
Goalie James Reimer is ready to return as well. Burke needs to make one roster move before the game as they are one player over the limit.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan moved Adam Burish up to Mike Ribeiro’s top line in the 3rd period of their last game, but it appears that Michael Ryder will be back in his regular spot for tonight’s game. It’s looking like a Kari Lehtonen versus Jonathan Quick battle between the pipes.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Capitals tonight against the Oilers.