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Quick Hits: waviers, Geoffrion, Michalek, Oshie, Dekeyser, Grabner, Slater, Caps and Sens lines, Flames and Wings starters
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Oilers put Ben Eager on waivers. The Coyotes put Nick Johnson on waivers. The Blackhawks put Rostislav Olesz on waivers.
- John Buccigross via twitter: Canadiens Blake Geoffrion has told the team he’s retiring from pro hockey.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek will miss his second straight practice today because of his nagging knee injury. He is trying to avoid having surgery on it.
“It’s not my injury. It’s a maintenance thing day by day,” said MacLean. “At some point in time, I’m not sure if they will (do surgery) or not (or whether that will be) at the end of the season. It all depends on how it goes.”
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blue T.J. Oshie left last night’s game in the second period with an apparent rib injury. Oshie went to hit Sharks Brent Burns but ended up on the ice in pain. Alex Steen was held out last night. The Blues could be interested in college free agent Dan Dekeyser.
- NY Islanders via twitter: The Islanders have put winger Michael Grabner on the IR retroactive to March 10th.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jets Jim Slater has a suspected broken hand.
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals lines: Hendricks-Backstrom-Ovechkin. Fehr-Johansson-Brouwer. Chimera-Ribeiro-Perreault/Ward. Volpatti/Wolski-Beagle-Crabb.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators lines: Latendresse-Smith-Alfredsson, Greening-Turris-Silfverberg, Condra-O’Brien-Stone, Daugavins-Zibanejad, Neil
- Allan Maki via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings.
- Wes Gilbertson via twitter: Miikka Kiprusoff will start in net for the Flames.
Flyers sign Coburn … Maple Leafs goalie options … Would Iginla seek Cup elsewhere? Chorney to waivers, Oilers interested?
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn signs a 4 year, $18 million contract extension.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer has been told the Maple Leafs may be looking at Marty Turco if James Reimer is out long-term. David Alter via twitter: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov could also be an option for the Maple Leafs.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Fialkov thinks that Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen could be a good fit in Toronto. It’s obvious that Jacob Markstrom is ready for NHL duty. Panthers GM Dale Tallon won’t just give Clemmensen away though.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla wants to win the Cup, and he’d like to do it with the Flames. He thinks the Flames have a shot, as any team that makes the playoffs has a legitimate shot. Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun wrote a piece about Ray Bourque and how he left the Bruins for a shot at the Cup with the Avalanche. Demanding a trade to a team doesn’t guarantee that “it’s any better on the other side”
“Absolutely,” Iginla agreed. “There’s probably a couple teams — Washington got off to a great start, Pittsburgh is pretty strong, not even with having [Sidney Crosby] back. But I wouldn’t even say those teams are above the way Colorado and Detroit used to be above us, above the rest of the group. It is a danger, you think, ‘Oh, it’s a better chance,’ but really, you have to be in the playoffs and give yourself those chances. Unfortunately, we’ve missed out on a couple lately. Each year is another chance.”
There is a growing group of people how think the Flames would be better off trading Iginla. Iginla has a no-movement clause so it’s ultimately up to him.
“You know what? The organization year in and year out [has been] committed financially to the cap to spend and give the team a chance,” Iginla said. “That’s important, too. I believe if we’re close and that one player, if you need that, I think they would go for it as opposed to some teams just financially can’t do it. There’s a lot of positives. I just want to get there.”
- Michael Russo via twitter: There will be no supplemental discipline for Nick Johnson’s alleged head butt.
Players on waivers today … Canes assign 12 … Notes on Connolly, Pronger, Zibanjad, Frattin, Iginla, Whitney and Perron
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: On waivers today: Leighton (PHI); Plante (FLA); Danis (EDM); Rodney (ANA), Durno, Matsumoto, Roy, Sanguinetti, Peters, Samson, Brett Sutter (all CAR); Bourque, Collins, McNeill (all WSH).
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Wild claim Nick Johnson off waivers from the Penguins.
- George Richards via twitter: With Panthers goalie Tyler Plante on waivers and likely being sent to the AHL, Jacob Markstrom looks to be the backup for Jose Theodore to start the year.
- Mike Morreale via twitter: The Hurricanes asign 12 to Charlotte of the AHL: Bowman, Boychuk, Durno, Matsumoto, Samson, B.Sutter, Terry, Krueger, Roy and Sanguinetti, Gs Murphy and Peters.
- David Alter via twitter: Malpe Leafs Tim Connolly said he’s out for this weekend’s pre-season games, but hope to be ready for the opener.
- Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Chris Pronger will get into his first pre-season game tonight.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Capitals sign Jason Chimera to a 2 year deal with a $1.75 million cap hit.
- James Gordon via twitter: It’s sounding like Mika Zibanejad has all but been guaranteed a roster a spot.
- Ottawa Citizen Audio: Senators coach Paul MacLean on player development.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: The Penguins have until Tuesday to make a decision on 2011 1st round pick Joe Morrow. He’ll see some time on the top pairing with Kris Letang.
- James Mirtle via twitter: With Leafs Nazem Kadri out up to a month, Matt Frattin will likely make the team now.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Flames are being cautious with Jarome Iginla, unlikely he plays before the season opener.
- Rob Tychkowski via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney said he won’t play in the teams final two pre-season games and is unsure about the opener.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jamie Langenbrunner could find himself on the right wing with David Backes at center and Andy McDonald on the left side. David Perron passed his baseline test and is cleared for training but is not expected to practice with the team yet.
Plenty of roster notes on the Flyers, Hartnell trade rumor … Penguins cut 7 … Goalie battle on the Isles … Sestito suspended
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelpia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said there is a chance the both Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier could make the team. Schenn has an apparent shoulder injury that could play into the decision. Holmgren doesn’t expect to have the roster finalized until 3 p.m. next Wednesday. If Schenn and Couturier do make the team, if will affect Matt Read who’s had an excellent camp. The Flyers could keep Couturier for up to 10 games before sending him back to junior. Couturier carries a $1.3 million cap hit if he remains with the Flyers which may come into play. Schenn has a $3.1 million cap hit.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Some factors into the Flyers roster decisions are: “Jody Shelley’s suspension, injuries to Brayden Schenn and James van Riemsdyk, competition among Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo and Sean Couturier, whether the Flyers carry 22 or 23 players, the salary cap.” Currently the Flyers have less than $200,000 in cap space. The hot rumor of the day was Scott Hartnell and his $4.2 million cap hit heading to Nashville. A club source said the chances of a trade are “pretty good.” Two club sources are saying that Matt Read made the team. The Flyers will get $1.16 million in cap relief once the season starts and they can put Ian Laperriere on LTIR.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Put on waivers yesterday: McKenna (OTT); Fischmon, Marcinko, Wallace, Reese, Wishart (NYI); J.F. Jacques (ANA), C McDonald, Nick Johnson, R Craig, Munroe (PIT); Alex Henry (MTL).
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins have reduced their camp roster to 32 after cutting 7 players yesterday. Scott Harrington was returned to junior. Eric Tangradi, Ryan Craig, Nick Johnson, Colin McDonald, Brad Thiessen and Scott Munroe were assigned to the AHL. Johnson, Craig, McDonald and Munroe need to clear waivers.
- Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: It’s a 3-way battle on Long Island between Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya. “Are we leaning that way? I’m not going to lie to you, we probably are,” Capuano said. “But we haven’t really determined who plays where and when.”
- Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets still have 10 defenseman in camp. The Jets final pre-season game is Friday, and they don’t play again for 9 days.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers forward Tom Sestito was suspended for 2 pre-season games and 2 regular season games. Sestito cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL.
Galimov passes away … Drew Doughty contract update … The Penguins lineup could look like … Huberdeau trying to make Panthers
- Pavel Lysenkov via twitter: Alexander Galimov, the lone player survivor from Lokomotiv, passed away in hospital last night.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Drew Doughty didn’t attend the teams Hockey Fest yesterday. GM Dean Lombardi will meet with Tim Leiwede who will then talk to owner Philip Anschutz on how far they will go to sign Doughty. Training camp opens on Saturday. “I still have hope he’ll be here Friday. I don’t know if I expect it but I have hope,” Lombardi said after fielding questions from a crowd of about 3,000. “It’s better than no hope.” Lombardi said that he spoke with Don Meehan 3 times last week.
“You can figure out the problem. It’s how much and length,” he said. “That’s the two issues. … There’s a couple of variables.”
The sides haven’t discussed a no-trade or no-movement clause. Lombardi may try to speak with Doughty directly to convey his winning commitment and that he wants Doughty to be paid fairly. The 9 year deal worth $61.2 million that was rejected was proposed early in negotiations.
Colin Fraser had is protective boot removed 10 days ago and might begin skating this week. He won’t be ready for camp. Fraser added, “I’m going to need a few skates to learn how to play hockey again. It’s been six months since I’ve even looked at my skates.” As for the grievance, it should be settled in the next few weeks.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: The rejection of the 9 year, $61.2 million deal by Doughty took place 2 months ago and not recently.
“I intend to talk to ownership today and update Tim (Leiweke),” Lombardi said. “Anything we do, I have to have their approval or have them be on board. It’s fair to say that in the next 24 hours I’ll be talking to Tim and he will be talking to Mr. Anschutz. There has to be some finality in our approach.”
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said there will only be 2 or 3 spots open this year. He has James Neal pencilled in along side Sidney Crosby (when healthy) and Chris Kunitz. Evgeni Malkin will center Steve Sullivan and Tyler Kennedy. Their top power play unit will feature 4 forwards and 1 defenseman. Sullivan could be used on the point on the first unit. Jordan Staal will likely center Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis on the 3rd line, Dupuis and Kennedy could be interchanged on the 2nd and 3rd lines. Aaron Asham and Craig Adams are likely wingers on the 4th line. That leaves Mark Letestu, Dustin Jeffrey, Richard Park, Joe Vitale and Jason Williams battling for the a center spot. Eric Tangradi, Steve MacIntyre and Nick Johnson will also be vying for a roster spot.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: The Panthers say they are done with rushing prospects to the NHL, but Jonathan Huberdeau is still hoping to make the team. If Huberdeau signs an entry level contract, he could make the team and play for 9 games before they decide if he’s ready to for the NHL or to send him back to junior.
“He’s a special player, can play any forward position,’’ Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “He is unselfish and makes other players better. He’s responsible defensively and competes each shift. He never takes one off. And he’s a wonderful kid. We’re in this for the long haul.’’