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Posts Tagged Mikael Samuelsson
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche have fired coach Joe Sacco after missing the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
“The organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward,” Greg Sherman, Avs general manager, said in a release.
“Joe has worked for this franchise for eight seasons and he is a dedicated and hard-working coach. We appreciate all he has done and wish him the best in the future.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Eric Lacroix has stepped down as the Avalanche’s vice president of hockey operations.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi has confirmed that Jim Nill will be the Stars next GM after Joe Nieuwendykwas let go.
“I had a list of candidates and when it became clear that Jim Nill would be interested in leaving Detroit and coming here, I threw the list away,” Gaglardi said. “I think he is without a doubt he best candidate to take his job.”
- Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that Glen Gulutzan won’t be the Stars coach next season.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the players that got them into the playoffs, will play in Game 1. So it’s unlikely that Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson will start the series.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Johan Franzen play of late has allowed the Wings to reunite Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
- Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Cory Schneider might now be questionable for Game 1. The severity of his injury is still unknown.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Dave Isaac: Scouting the Flyers-Capitals game: 2 Sharks (director of pro scouting) and the Stars.
- Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg missed yesterday’s game with a groin injury and he’s not expected to play tonight. He’s listed as day-to-day. Mikael Samuelsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Nick Kypreos: Penguins Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after having surgery on his jaw.
- Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets place Nick Foligno on the IR with an upper-body injury.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier,
“The things that we will look to add will focus on things beyond this year,” Regier told The Buffalo News by phone this evening. “It may include this year, but the focus is going to be on next year and maybe even beyond that. So things that we do are going to be with that light in mind.”
“The value of draft picks is probably a little higher, meaning that with the cap going down and the new contracts on the other side that have been signed, I think it’s added value to draft picks,” Regier said. “In some ways, it’s going to be harder to acquire draft picks for players in the event you’re trying to trade a player to get draft picks. I think the value in past years, I think you could probably expect a little higher value in draft picks than you can now.”
Trades could start happening soon.
“There’s things going on in the background, but I think what happens is teams generally have an order in which they would like to acquire players, so the players in front have to drop before the other moves take place,” he said. “It’s bottlenecked right now, but I think it’ll open up as we get closer to Wednesday.”
Jason Pominville has not been asked to submit a list of eight teams he won’t accept a trade too yet.
- The Fourth Period: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has already started trade talks with a few teams. He wants a top-six winger, a depth forward and a top-pairing defenseman.
“We’re going to work the phones and explore if there’s a move that can make us better,” Holland told NHL.com. “I’m not going to make a move for the sake of making a move. We’re a work in progress. We’re trying to have patience, and the more we’ve been able to hang in the race … it maybe gives me more patience.”
They have shown interest in Flames Jay Bouwmeester, Coyotes Keith Yandle and Maple Leafs John-Michael Liles. The asking price for Bouwmeester and Yandle is high.
Holland wants to make a move up front.
“I’m going to explore the market up front to see if there’s a fit,” he said. “I’m going to work the phones a little bit. I’ve talked to some people.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings landed Danny DeKeyser yesterday, and he’s expected to be at practice today. He won’t play tomorrow or Monday.
“He’ll be with us the rest of the regular season. When he plays is up to Mike Babcock, but we’re not holding tryouts. We’re trying to make the playoffs. Danny understands that we’re in a playoff race.”
Johan Franzen’s lower-body injury appears to be day-to-day. Mikael Samuelsson or Patrick Eaves could fill in for Franzen if he can’t go.
- Buffalo Sabres via twitter: The Sabres have relieved head coach Lindy Ruff of his duties.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks have signed Viktor Fasth to a 2 year contract extension worth $5.8 million.
- Florida Panthers via twitter: The Panthers have recalled Jacob Markstrom from the AHL.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Sabres have put Cody McCormick on waivers today.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Mikael Samuelsson has a broken finger and is out two weeks.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Rick Nash is not traveling with the team to Ottawa. He might join the team in Montreal.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle senses that Maple Leafs James Reimer and Matt Frattin could return by early March, with Joffrey Lupul a week or two later. Michael Traikos via twitter: Reimer’s first workout today since his knee strain on February 11th.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green left practice after about 10 minutes.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that no concussion issues have been identified with Jeff Skinner. An upper-body injury.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left in the first period of last night’s game. Howard apparently was experiencing blurry vision after getting hit with a puck in practice.
“I didn’t know about that,” Mike Babcock said. “He wasn’t seeing good or something like that.
“He’ll get tested tomorrow, we’ll find out more.”
Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson, who just returned from a groin injury, missed the game with a hand injury after getting hit by an Ian White shot during the morning skate. Johan Franzen expects to get back in the lineup on Thursday. Carlo Colaiacovo is skating and should return soon. Brendan Smith is hoping to return next week.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will skate today and could return to practice soon according to coach Kirk Muller. Jeff Skinner, Tim Gleason, Tim Brent and Tim Wallace are all day-to-day. Gleason could skate today. It’s unlikely that Skinner will, ”there isn’t anything that tells me he’s going to skate tomorrow.”
- Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is day-to-day after taking a puck “Uh, somewhere” according to coach Quenneville. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t practiced since last Thursday with an upper-body injury. He skated on his own before yesterday’s practice.
Injury notes: Hartnell, Leighton, Green, Samuelsson, Datsyuk, Franzen, Lehtonen and starting goalies
- Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Scott Hartnell skated on Friday but there is no change to his 4 to 8 week timetable. He met with doctors on Friday. It’s been 3 weeks since he broke a bone in his foot. Michael Leighton is 7 to 10 days away from returning from an upper-body injury.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Mike Green made the trip with the team to New York but his status for the game is uncertain due to a lower-body injury.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson will return to the lineup today after missing the last 12 games. The odds of Pavel Datsyuk returning today are greater than 50%. He missed Friday’s game with a bruised shoulder. Johan Franzen was placed on the IR yesterday with a hip flexor. Petr Mrazek will start in net today for the Wings.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames have re-assisgned goalie Leland Irving and recalled Danny Taylor from Abbotsford of the AHL.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The Flame put Blair Jones on waivers. Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames against the Stars today.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Kari Lehtonen’s groin injury will keep him out for at least a week. He’s on the IR. Richard Bachman is expect to start today.
- Jason Botchford via twitter: Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Canucks.
- Mark Lazerus via twitter: Ray Emery will start in net today for the Blackhawks.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Daniel Briere’s sore wrist: ”He’s coming along. he’s going to see our doctors Thursday.” Daniel Briere on his injury: ”It seems every day I’m able 2 take the next step, but then there’s something that prevents me from going too hard or all out. I can’t wait to be able to be allowed to get in some control drills and be involved in a little more game situations.”
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: The Wings have recalled Gustav Nyquist to replace injured Mikael Samuelsson.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils Adam Henrique is 7 to 10 days away from returning.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Jacob Josefson is back on the ice this morning after not practicing yesterday with a sore foot. Center Travis Zajac is also back after missing yesterday after “tweaking something.”
- Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Flames Roman Cervenka has been cleared by doctors. It’s possible that he and Jiri Hudler are in the lineup on Saturday, possibly on the same line.
Wings Kindl has groin injury … Antropov optimistic for opener … Poti back with Caps … Kovalev close on deal … Lilja may look to Sweden
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Mikael Samuelsson returned to practice but Jakub Kindl sits with a groin injury.
- Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Nik Antropov didn’t pass is medical with the Jets last week, but has been skating this week.
“We’ll see how it responds,” Antropov said Wednesday. “Today it felt good. I’m optimistic for the weekend.”
Stephen Whyno via twitter: Tom Poti is back with the Capitals after a 2 game conditioning stint.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Panthers are close to signing Alex Kovalev to a contract.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers forward Daniel Briere said it would a stretch to play this weekend, and he’s not sure if he’ll be ready by the end of the month.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Darren Helm said he’s doubtful for their opener on Saturday. His back still hurts and he’s not sure when he’ll be back on the ice. Mikael Samuelsson is also not skating due to a groin injury.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Colton Orr has a dislocated finger and James van Riemsdyk has a bruised foot.
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets Antti Miettinen is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Philip Larson (elbow) and Aaron Rome (groin) were held out today for precautionary reasons.
- Chris Nichols via twitter: The Canucks will be without David Booth for 4 to 6 weeks. He suffered a groin injury on Sunday during tests for physicals.
Gudbranson has surgery … Seguin close to extension … Holmstrom likely to retire … Reimer is #1 according to Burke
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers confirmed yesterday that defenseman Erik Gudbranson had shoulder surgery.
- DJ Bean via twitter: Tyler Seguin said he wants to get a contract extension done before the 15th, and noted that they’ve had good talks. Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Seguin is confident new contract will be done soon. Murphy guesses it’s already done. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Seguins deal will probably fall between John Tavares’s $5.5 million and Taylor Hall’s $6 million.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson is using Tomas Holmstrom’s dressing room stall. Further indication that Holmstrom is likely to retire.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke re-iterated that he has faith in James Reimer as the teams number 1 goalie heading into this season. James Mirtle via twitter: Burke said that all is quiet on the trade front and doesn’t anticipate any changes in the near future. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that reports of James van Reimsdyk will play center were overblown, he wants to try different things down the middle.
- Jason Gregor via twitter: The Oilers will likely offer Ryan Smyth a 1 year contract with bonuses. He’s unlikely to get a 2 year deal. GM Steve Tambellini has said as much. Dan Tencer via twitter: GM Tambellini has said he hasn’t gotten a offer that he’s even close to considering for the #1 pick, and he thinks he’ll end up keeping it. Tambellini added he’ll draft by position in the later rounds and not with the 1st overall pick. He’ll take the best player available on their boards.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov, Matheson would expect them to shift to the left-wing to get into their top 6. He shoots left but has played on his off-wing. Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky play the right side. Is Sam Gagner a #2 center, a right winger or trade bait? Matheson wonders where Magnus Paajarvi fits in. Is he a top 6 or 9? He only scored 11 goals in 89 total games last year. Matheson doesn’t think that the Oilers would move any further back than 5th overall if they decided to move the pick.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks thinks “it’s all but impossible to imagine No.9 will stay.” Brooks is referring to Zach Parise re-signing with the Devils. At least a dozen teams will inquire about him. This will likely be the last summer in which teams can sign players to front-loaded contracts and with no restrictions on term. Parise can expect to get offers similar to what Brad Richards got year, 9 years and $60 million. Richards receives $24 million in the first 2 years, including a $10 million and $8 million signing bonus. Parise is 28 years old and could get a 12 year offer. The Wild, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Bruins could be teams that are interested.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Jay Feaster insists he’s able to spend to the salary cap ceiling if he wants to. Roger Millions had tweeted “Told #Flames will not be cap team anymore. In fact, expect them to be around 55 Million when hockey is played again.” Feaster said while addressing season ticket holders:
“We will be a cap team,” Feaster told the Sun yesterday. “Ownership has not wavered from that commitment.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators likely don’t have much leverage in a Alexander Radulov trade. Will not bringing Radulov back change Ryan Suter’s thinking? Shea Weber had pushed had to bring Radulov back, and have his thoughts changed now?
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Brian Burke dismissed the rumors that he was about to be fired, or asked to resign or taking a sabbatical, ”No, it’s never been discussed.” On whether he’s considering any type of hiatus, “The answer is no,” he said.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Jaromir Jagr is hoping to re-sign with the Flyers. and the 2-sides are working on a 1 year deal. Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda,
“I’ve talked to Jaromir and I have talked to Paul [Holmgren] and we hope to get something done before the draft,”
Svoboda is also optimistic that Jakub Voracek will re-sign with the Flyers around draft time.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The Panthers have signed GM Dale Tallon to a contract extension. Tallon has said he has made contract offers to RFA Kris Versteeg and UFA Scott Clemmensen. He is close to making offers to UFAs Jason Garrison and Mikael Samuelsson. With the contract offer made to Clemmensen, it appears they are planning on having Jacob Markstrom in the AHL for 1 more season.
- Toronto Sun: Greg Jamison is trying to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, but according to Forbes, he having trouble raising cash to complete the $170 million sale. The City of Gendale is putting a $15 million a year taxpayer subsidy, but investors are doubting a profit can be turned.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: The Rangers are reporting issue free surgeries for forwards Marian Gaborik and Brandon Prust.
NHL terminating CBA … Canucks and Panthers notes … Shero wants big 3 … Top 5 FA targets for Sens … Semin’s agent audio
- Jason Kay via twitter: The NHL has officially let the NHLPA know they are terminating the CBA on Sept. 15th. Talks are expected to start after the draft. Liz Mullen via twitter: A source said that one side must let the other side know if they want to make changes to a CBA 120 days before it expires.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: With a possible lockout looming, the fall prospects tournament for Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets in B.C. has been cancelled.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison will be a UFA on July 1st, and will be looking for a nice raise from the $675,000 he made this past season. He’d like to re-sign with the Panthers, and they are saying the right things, but their priorities list may lie with Kris Versteeg and bolstering their offense. Garrison is from BC, and may hope the Canucks are interested:
“It’s always nice to be wanted and if that’s the case and you have a quality that they like, obviously it’s my hometown team and I grew up watching them play,” said Garrison, who played with Canucks winger Mason Raymond at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. “My friends and family are big Canuck fans and would love to see me play at home but you’ve got to be the right fit for a team. You want to be able to contribute.”
Cap space for the Canucks would depend on a Roberto Luongo deal, and the re-signing of Cory Schneider. They need a top 6 forward, a 3rd line center and a top 4 defenseman. Sami Salo and Aaron Rome are UFAs, Marc-Andre Gragnani is a RFA.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The door is still open for Scott Clemmensen to return to the Panthers next season with Jose Theodore, and that GM Dale Tallon would like to Jacob Markstrom to spend a full year in the AHL. Fialkov doesn’t sense they will bring back Marco Sturm, John Madden or Wojtek Wolski. Mikael Samuelsson and Krys Barch are possibilities. Jonathan Huberdeau and Quinton Howden will be given every opportunity to make the Panthers next season. Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak will likely start next year in the AHL. Keaton Ellerby and possibly Shawn Matthias could be packaged to move up in the draft.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Ray Shero isn’t about to give up on the 3-center model that helped them win the Cup in 2009. Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby have 1 year left on their deals, Evgeni Malkin has 2.
“I’d like to do that, if possible,” he said. “We’re looking at hopefully getting extensions with [Crosby and Staal].”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch lists the top 5 free agent targets for the Senators. 1. Zach Parise 2. Chris Kelly 3. Bryan Allen 4. David Jones 5. Jiri Hudler.
- 106.7 The Fan Audio: Alexander Semin’s agents talks about the Capitals and Semin.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Responding to Todd Cordell’s question, Chesnokov thinks Semin will end up “somewhere west.”
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Zach Parise will be the Red Wings top goal scoring priority, but if they can’t land him, Khan wonders if they should look at Alexander Semin? Would his motivation increase playing with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg?
- David Pollak via twitter: New reports are saying that Todd McLellan is coming back as the Sharks coach, but likely with new assistants.