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Posts Tagged Nino Niederreiter
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coach Paul Jerrard.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks GM Murray said the team will be different next year. He indicated that he’d like Saku Koivu to return, and will talk to Teemu Selanne over the next little while.
- Anaheim Ducks: Murray on Teemu Selanne: “I’ll wait a while, go hit a few (golf) balls, go play with him and let him beat me, and then we’ll decide.”
- Brian Costello: The Dallas Stars were cheering for the Bruins. If the Bruins make the Eastern Conference final, the Stars will get their 1st round pick. If they don’t, they’ll get a 2nd round pick. From the Jaromir Jagr trade.
- B.D. Gallof: “Just to make this VERY clear… Nino Niederreiter is NOT being actively shopped. See his name coming up like forgone conclusion. To expand on Nino thoughts: yes, he is a tradable asset. however, when has Garth ever just traded off asset? Has to be right scenario. Also do not believe #isles will spend ANY rebuild assets for a goalie when vets aplenty.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A couple Blues GM Doug Armstrong quotes in case you missed them.
“This is a public cry that for any GMs that have any 50-goal scorers that want to just send them to St. Louis, give me a call,” Armstrong said. “I spent the last two days going over the top 20 scorers the last few years, and most of them are drafted by their own teams. Reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers.
“If I can find a guy that can come in and help us score goals, certainly we’re going to look at doing it. But to think that that player is out there and teams say, ‘Geez, it’s St. Louis’ time to win, we’ll give you (Alex) Ovechkin,’ you’ve got to deal in reality. … It’s incumbent upon the players in this room to find out how to produce when the lights are the brightest to score those goals.”
“We have players that have produced in the past that haven’t been able to get us over the hump in the playoffs, but they’re still in those prime years,” Armstrong said. “I believe that the home-grown talent can produce at those times. The easiest thing is to show somebody the door. It’s foolish if you’re not bringing in somebody that’s better.”
Andy McDonald will be a UFA and is not expected to re-sign. Armstrong said they expect to re-sign all their RFAs including Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.
“I don’t see this being a huge free agency offseason for us,” he said. “I see it more taking care of our own business and then seeing if we want to re-arrange some of the chairs via trade.”
Stewart, Berglund and David Perron could be players the Blues consider trading.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow said he received an email from Nino Niederreiter’s Swiss agent, Andre Rufener and asked for a trade. A source said that Snow has no plans to trade Niederreiter. Rufener declined to comment.
“All conversations with players remain private,” Snow said, “but I will say that Nino has never told me that he’s unhappy.”
Niederreiter has 19 goals and 36 points in the AHL and was named an All-Star.
“He’s playing 20-22 minutes a night, playing in all situations,” Snow said when the Isles camp opened. “It’s more conducive for him to be there at this point in time.”
- Eric Francis via twitter: The Flames are looking for a goalie as they only have Miikka Kiprusoff and Leland Irving under contract. Senators Ben Bishop could be a target. AHL’s Abbotsford Heat Barry Brust and Danny Taylor are playing extremely well and can be signed at any time. It was decided that both Brust and Taylor are better than Henrik Karlsson (traded to Blackhawks on Monday). The Flames didn’t think it would be healthy to have all three in the AHL. The Flames also didn’t mind getting rid of another contract. They currently have 47 players under contract.
- The Fourth Period: The Kings have stepped up their efforts for a left handed defenseman to play with Drew Doughty or Slava Voynov. They had kicked tires on Wade Redden. They are believed to have interest in Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarson and Cody Franson, though he is a right-handed shot. The Maple Leafs may not be interested in trading Gunnarson as they balked at a deal for Jonathan Bernier earlier this month when Burke was the GM. The Devils, Flames, Sabres, Penguins and Coyotes all have defenseman as trade bait.
- David Ebner of the Globe and Mail: So the Canucks have said they have “two No. 1s” in net and their GM has a potential deal in place.
“Would you not say I have two No. 1s right now?” said coach Alain Vigneault after practice on Tuesday in response to a question of whether Schneider is the team’s No. 1 goalie. “I’ve got two great goaltenders and my job is to pick the one I feel gives us the best chance to win.”
Canucks GM Mike Gillis said yesterday in a short interview that “there are lots of potentials,” and nothing firm was in place.
“I don’t know what to make of it, to be honest with you,” said Luongo in the locker room after practice Tuesday. “I don’t want to read into that stuff that’s in the papers and out there in the media, because that’s just detrimental to myself and the team. Until I hear from Mike himself, I’m not going to make anything of it.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Despite the buzz today, a Roberto Luongo trade is no closer to happening now than yesterday or last week. It is possible that the “mystery” could be the Panthers or Flyers, which is not a mystery but Gillis’s not who you think it is quote is ambiguous. There may not be a mystery team. If there is, a deal is not imminent at all.
- Jason Gregor via twitter: Roberto Luongo to the Oilers makes little sense. Would put the Oilers in a cap crunch next year. TSN Radio via twitter: Bob McKenzie said the Oilers are interested in Luongo. The Blackhawks have had a long interest in Luongo. Said the list of teams that he won’t go to isn’t that long.
- Michael Clifford via twitter: Hockey Central guys were talking about Luongo to Washington as a possibility.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Maple Leafs remain the most logical team for Luongo. LeBrun guesses that the Flyers may only be interested in Luongo in the summer, and only if “A) Luongo is still in Vancouver and B) Ilya Bryzgalovhad another brutal season.” It wouldn’t surprise LeBrun if the Bryzgalov struggles again this year, he could be bought out by the Flyers and then trade for Luongo.The Senators are looking for a depth on the blueline.
“Not much has presented itself. I’ve talked to a number of teams and I hear the same story from a number of general managers — everybody is looking for depth on the blue-line,” Murray told ESPN.com Tuesday. “I don’t know that there will be many quick deals made at this point. But that’s not to say we’re not talking. We’ll look and if we can find somebody that upgrades us, we will. We’d got Lundin coming back at some point, so we’re not in a panic, but if we can get a more experienced guy, we’re certainly going to pursue it.”
- B.D. Gallof via twitter: A couple things on the Nino Niederreiter situation: “1. There is NO quote from Nino’s agent in piece. nothing on record. 2. so thx to that, easy to leak a loose from camp comment to push things, if agent making a play here. 3. As i have mentioned in blogs, Nino a likely player in case of injuries to come up. seems like jumping the gun if a request made.”
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Subban’s agent said in a text that the “trade P.K.” attributed to him that was put out there on twitter is absolutely 100% untrue.
- Roger Millions via twitter: The Flames could be looking to add another goalie for their system as they only have Miikka Kiprusoff and Leland Irving under contract.
Anaheim Ducks rumors involving Getzlaf, Ryan and others … Leafs would have to be interested in Getzlaf
- Damien Cox via twitter: “Problem with ANA rumblings is GM Murray seems to say one thing publicly, but something very different to other teams.”
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples thinks the Oilers should look at Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, more Getzlaf than Perry. He doesn’t think the Ducks would take Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and a few prospects. Would the Oilers throw in “Linus Omark or a Magnus Paajarvi or a Jeff Petry or a Teemu Hartikainen or a few of them?” Staples thinks a Cam Fowler for Sam Gagner deal might make sense for either team, but they should look for “a finished product, not a work in progress.” The Oilers could look to pick up a Matt Smaby or Mark Fraser as a stopgap defenseman from the Ducks.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont figured it would be Bobby Ryan out of Anaheim before Ryan Getzlaf. Idea of moving Getzlaf and leaving Perry kind of feels like the Canucks trading one of the Sedins.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: DeCock doesn’t see a fit as the Hurricanes ‘core players’ include Staal, Ward, Skinner, maybe Sutter/Faulk. See what DeCock was referring to below.
- BD Gallof via twitter: For Islanders fans thinking Perry or Getzlaf, think Moulson or Okposo, Niederreiter or Strome, plus a prospect and draft pick. The price for established players is costly. Whatever players are on the block, Islanders fans should realize they are not in that market.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has to be the biggest loser in the Ducks trade talk as he now has to motivate 21 of 23 players who are now traded bait.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray isn’t ready to give up on this season just yet.
“At this point, no,” Murray said Wednesday before the Ducks’ home game against San Jose. “I’m not ready to. First of all, we do have a lot of really good core players. Everybody in hockey knows we have good core players.”
Teams are calling Murray, and he is listening. Both Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu have no-trade clauses, and Murray doesn’t want to trade them. Corey Perry and Cam Fowler are likely untouchable. Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller could be up for discussion if the team doesn’t improve. Murray said he isn’t just looking for draft picks if he were to deal someone.
“I still believe we have some core players. Now whether we have to change a few core players, so be it. They’re deciding who’s staying and who’s not staying at this point. They’re the ones deciding.”
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: You have to believe that the Maple Leafs would be interested in Ryan Getzlaf. He’s the type of player Burke has been after since he got to Toronto. Rumblings suggest that GM Murray would rather move Ryan over Getzlaf. According to Cox, “the Leafs don’t see a fit with Ryan.” Burke may be setting up for a deal as he sent Phillipe Dupuis to the minors and put Colton Orr on waivers yesterday, though they have injured players who may be close in Tyler Bozak, Mike Komisarek, Colby Armstrong, Mike Brown and John-Michael Liles. When the Leafs were inquiring about Mike Richards in the summer, they were believed to be asked for a package involving Luke Schenn and Nazem Kadri. The Leafs don’t have a #1 center to send the Ducks, but could offer Bozak or possibly Joe Colborne. Giving up both Kadri and Colborne seems unlikely. Defenseman Carl Gunnarson could also come into play. Getzlaf will be UFA after next season.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: On the possible availability of Ryan and others …. DeCock desn’t know if there is a fit with Hurricanes in what they have to offer as GM Murray may be wanting a core player back.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: One of the Ducks issues this season is the lack of depth. They are thin outside their top 6, and their blue line is a mish-mash of young and old. Trading Getzlaf could definitely improve their depth with players who are ready for the NHL. Trading a player with a ton a talent may not be a thing that Murray wants to do.
Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric received a 3 games suspension for his hit on Islanders Nino Niederreiter.
Violation: Rule 42.1 Charging – “A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or chargers an opponent in any manner.”
Morning rumors involving the Blue Jackets, Turris, Gagner, Nabokov, Kaberle and Miller … Owners may be hiding revenue
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Part of the reason there have been no firings in Columbus are because of financial concerns. They have the 5th highest payroll at $63.9 million and they will lose a “boatload of money.” They had interest in LA Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall. One of the reasons the Coyotes don’t want to give in Kyle Turris is the precedent it would set for players coming out of their entry level deal. The Panthers may have been ready to trade Stephen Weiss before the season, but have since pulled him off the market. The David Booth trade helped secure his status with the team. There is nothing imminent on any Sam Gagner deal. The Islanders and Coyotes are looking for centers. The Canucks have been sniffing around the league for a defenseman. Teams have shown interest in Blue Jackets Antoine Vermette and Derick Brassard. The Senators would be interested in Vermette but may find it tough to take on his $3,75 million through 2014-15. The Jackets could move Rick Nash but that would be a tough in season trade to make. They haven’t shopped him around. The Sabres tried to trade for Blackhawks Patrick Kane during the offseason. Sources are saying that Evgeni Nabokov could end up in Phoenix.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Sources are saying that the NHLPA believes owners are hiding revenue from last season. The PA also believes the $25 million the league gets from Glendale to keep the Coyotes there should be counted as revenue. The Capitals and Predators are said to be part of a handful of teams “that have been cited for failure to declare hockey-related revenue.” The PA didn’t exercise their option to audit teams over the summer.”Because not only was the oversight foolish, it will prove costly to the players for, as Slap Shots has been told, the union is now prohibited from auditing past seasons regardless of the degree (if any) of malfeasance, misfeasance or just plain carelessness (uh, right) of those clubs who allegedly under-reported revenue to be shared with the athletes.”
- Luke DeCock via twitter: DeCock says the Hurricanes are desperate to move Tomas Kaberle.
- Slava Malmud via twitter: Sabres Ryan Miller’s trade value continues to fall. GM Darcy Regier could end up considering whose future considerations look better.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow said “nothing imminent” on the trade front. “If there’s a deal out there that makes our team better, we’ll always look at that,” Snow said. Winger Nino Niederreiter could play on Tuesday. Blake Comeau or Jay Pandolfo could be scratched.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik left last night’s game with an undisclosed injury. “He’s day-to-day. He got a cross-check and he’s fine,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He’s not fine enough to play, but he, from what I’ve been told, is day-to-day.”
Injury notes on Carter, Whitney, Kesler, Malkin, Hossa, Krejci, DiPietro, Gonchar, Penner, Kennedy, Havlat, McDonald and Neuvirth
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter is questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Stars.
“It’s a little hairline crack in his foot where he took a shot,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s an old injury. We’ll see where it’s at. It’s on the top (of the foot). We’re hoping it won’t be too long here. He’s questionable for Tuesday, but we might get him back for the weekend (vs. Detroit, vs. Ottawa). The ones on top you can sometimes play through.”
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney will not be in the lineup tonight. It will be tomorrow or Thursday for sure.
- Ian Walker via twitter: Ryan Kesler will be in the lineup from the Canucks tomorrow.
- NHL.com: Evgeni Malkin did not travel with the Penguins on their 2 game road trip as he has soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. He’ll be re-evaluated before Thursday’s game.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is questionable for tomorrow night against Phoenix. He will make the trip with the team.
- Joe McDonald of ESPN: Bruins forward David Krejci did not practice today due to his ‘core injury.’ Defensemen Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer practiced.
- Joe Haggery via twitter: Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Krejci is doubtful for tomorrow’s game.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rick DiPietro skated before Islanders practice this morning. Coach Jack Capuano didn’t rule him out for their Florida trip. Andrew MacDonald, Milan Jurcina and Nino Niederreiter didn’t practice today.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators goalie Craig Anderson is not at practice for personal reasons. He is expected back tomorrow. Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day with a bruised ankle. Bobby Butler may go on the IR with a groin injury.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Kings forward Dustin Penner left practice after 20 minutes.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy has concussion like symptoms according to coach Dan Bylsma.
- David Pollak via twitter: Sharks forward Martin Havlat won’t talk to doctors until Wednesday for clearance, but McLellan expects him to be in the lineup on Friday.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: Blues forward Andy McDonald has been put on the IR with another concussion.
- Brian McNally of the Examiner: Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth only lasted 20 minutes at practice today. Neuvirth has been battling a right foot injury. “It’s big bruise and trying to ice it,” Neuvirth said. “It’s a lot of pain when I’m putting my skates on, and that’s the worst. I can’t really push on the ice or anything like that. I feel a lot of pain right now.” Lines at practice: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Knuble, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault-Halpern.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: (answering some of my questions) Malamud would be surprised if Vladimir Tarasenko doesn’t leave the KHL to join the Blues next year, but you can’t rule out the SKA’s “fleet of cash trucks.” Alexander Radulov wants to play for SKA. If he doesn’t get traded/extended during the season, it will be an interested summer for him. He’s attracted to “Money, big city, glamour, the works” that SKA can offer.
RNH makes the Oilers … Pens cut roster, put Crosby and 4 others on IR … Roster notes for the Blackhawks, Isles, Preds, Sharks and Leafs
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will start the season with the Oilers. RNH was skating with Ales Hemskyand Taylor Hall.
“Ryan will start the season with us,” said Renney. “We all understand the parameters there that he can operate within before we have to make a real concrete decision. Again, we’ll do it a game at a time, but he has had a very good camp.”
When Sam Gagne returns from injury, Anton Lander could be sent to the AHL. Lennart Petrell could be the casualty when Ben Eager returns from a concussion.
- Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins have their roster set at 23 players. They sent Alexandre Picard, Brian Strait and Jason Williams to the AHL, Joe Morrow to back junior, and put Sidney Crosby (concussion), Dustin Jeffrey (knee), Nick Petersen (concussion), Robert Bortuzzo (knee) and Boris Valabik (knee) on the IR. Defenseman Brooks Orpik could be close to returning.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks cut their roster to 27 yesterday by sending Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc and Brandon Pirri and Dylan Olsen to the AHL. They have 16 forwards, 8 defenseman and 3 goalies still in camp. Viktor Stalberg will likely be put on the IR. Jeremy Morin and Philippe Paradis are possible candidates to be sent to the AHL.
- Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: The Islanders placed both Nino Niederreiter and Trevor Gillies on the IR with groin strains. Niederreiter was expected to make the team, and not be heading back to junior. He had been playing on the top line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson. The Isles still have 26 players on their roster. Jay Pandolfo is still in camp on an invite.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators forward Mike Fisher practiced with teammates for the first time yesterday after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Fisher did say that he won’t be ready for the season opener, and has not been cleared for contact yet. Defenseman Ryan Ellis was assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL so he can better understand the pro game. The Preds put Kyle Wilson on waivers.
- Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks assigned Justin Braun, Benn Ferriero and John McCarthy to Worcester of the AHL. Goalie Antti Niemi is looking like he’ll be able to go for the season opener. The Sharks still have 28 players on their camp roster, Antero Niittymaki and James Sheppard will be put the IR, leaving 3 moves that will have to be made.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Matt Ducheneis entering the final year of his entry level deal, and is likely to get a nice raise.
“If I take care of business, that’s a reward. That’s not something that you aim for. It’s not a destination. It’s a byproduct,” he said matter of factly.
Duchene has 1 more point in his short career than Islanders John Tavares, who recently signed a 6 year, $33 million deal. Duchene agent, Pat Brisson (Tavares’ agent as well), hasn’t talked extension with the Avalanche yet.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Red Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a 1 year, 2-way deal.
Stumbling block for Coyotes sale … Leclaire injured … Fraser out 4-6 weeks … Lydman game time decision
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer has an agreement in principle with the City of Glendale which could give him $100 million from parking, taxes and property levies to help cover losses, on a multi-year lease. Despite this positive news for Coyotes fans in Phoenix, the bad news follows in that he wants a big discount on the $165 million purchase price. The NHL bought the team for $140 million. They have until Dec. 31st to find local buyer or the team could be up for relocation. The NHL already has bid from Winnipeg based True North Sports and Entertainment Ltd. for at least $165 million. An NHL governor has said that Hulsizer was told by Gary Bettman that the team would not be sold for less than what the team has cost the league. They may have put up $175 million, with the City of Glendale kicking in $25 million. According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the City of Glendale owes a total of $500 million for sports facilities it’s built, $180 for the Jobing.com arena.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators lone bright spot this season is out with a lower-body injury. Pascal Leclaire last just over 2 minutes into the game last night, suffering the injury during a scrum. The severity of the injury is unknown at the moment. Brian Elliot would be starter if Leclaire is out, Robin Lehner may get the call to back him up as Mike Brodeur is out with an injury.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record: The New Jersey Devils have lost defenseman Mark Fraser for 4-6 weeks after a pin was inserted into his fractured right hand. No decision has been made yet if he’ll be placed on IR. Anton Volchenkov will miss tonight’s game against the Avalanche, but they will not say if he’s out tomorrow night or not. Brian Rolston’s hernia surgery was successful, he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.
- Curtis Zupke of the OC Register: It won’t be known probably until after the pre-game warmup if Anaheim Ducks Dman, Toni Lydman, will make his season debut. Lydman hasn’t played a game since last April, and missed all of training camp. Andreas Lilja is still waiting to get his work visa.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson will be a UFA at seasons end, and Dater wonders if he’d take a ‘hometown’ discount on an extension. The Avs were a team that offered Anderson a chance to be a #1 goalie. He could get $4.5 million a year offer if he put played like he did last year. If Anderson and Avs can’t get a deal done, they can not left him go for nothing.
- Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: NY Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter is making his case to stay with the club beyond 9 games. He’ll play is 4th game tonight, the 9th game would be Oct. 27th. Niederreiter scored his 1st NHL goal on Tuesday. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders,” [coach] Gordon said. “I think he’s a focused individual. He doesn’t just take anything for granted. He works at things. He’s a good listener. Those are the things that, as a coach, you can’t take for granted because not every 18-year-old is like that.”
- Jeff Klein of the NY Times: NY Rangers captain Chris Drury will return to the lineup tonight against the Maple Leafs, and will likely replace Erik Christensen (groin) centering Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov. Matt Gilroy will make his season debut replacing Mike Sauer.
- TSN: The Chicago Blackhawks will be without defenseman Brian Campbell for at least the first month of the season with a sprained knee.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Darcy Hordichuk and Shane O’Brien have been placed on waivers, and will be sent to the AHL if they clear. O”Brien’s salary is $1.6 million this year, Hordichuk’s cap hit is $750,000.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks rants about how the Islanders are circumventing the cap with using Yashin and Witt’s buyout to reach the salary floor, and how the CBA ‘allows’ teams to take advantage of these types of ‘loopholes’.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Next round of cuts the Maple Leafs is Monday.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Michael Cammalleri slash on Nino Niederreiter will be under review by the league.
- Josh Cooper the Tennessean: Jonas Andersson and Sergei Kostitsyn are battling for the ‘depth’ position on the Nashville Predators, 26 players remain with the club. “For the most part, we are still looking at Kostitsyn, we are still looking at Andersson, we are still looking at all those guys,” Trotz said.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are not really interested in sending Sheldon Souray to their AHL club in Oklahoma City. GM Steve Tambellini said that waivers are an option, but would rather make a trade that would help the Oilers. If they don’t trade him by October 6th, they could put him on the roster, taking the $5.4 cap hit, but would have to drop a defenseman, one who may have to go through waivers. The AHL is an option but they don’t want to go there yet. The Islanders may not want to spend the money. The Avalanche may be looking at Jamie Langenbrunner to get over the cap floor. Columbus is the best bet.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Several teams have called the San Jose Sharks about their goaltending situation. They have 3 capable NHL goalies, with Thomas Greiss the likely target, possibly Minnesota as one of the teams.
- Scott Cullen via twitter: Semyon Varlamov is not entrenched as the number 1 goalie in Washington, Michal Nuervith could be at one point.
- James Murphy of ESPN Boston: Tyler Seguin has been playing on the wing along side Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. Coach Claude Julien said on Monday that he likes the idea of having Seguin play center while Marc Savard is out. Blake Wheeler could also be an option at center. Zach Hamill, Joe Colborne and Jordan Caron are also getting a look at center.
“To be honest with you, I’d still like to see Tyler Seguin [at center] again, seeing now that he’s got a few games under his belt,” Julien said. “He handles it in the middle. I’d still like to see Blake Wheeler play center as well at some point and see if he can recapture his comfort zone that he had when he played that position when he was in school.”
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Matt Beleskey will start the season on the top line in Anaheim with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman won’t be ready for the start of the season, and could be out for a lengthy period. Lydman experienced double vision a couple weeks ago, and the cause of the episode has yet to be found.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk are battling each other to back up Nikolai Khabibulin in Edmonton. The Oilers haven’t hinted at who has the upper hand, but Dubnyk may get the nod as Deslauriers could draw more interest on the trade market. Deslauriers is on a 1 year deal at $1.05 million, Dubnyk signed a 2 year deal. GM Steve Tambellini wouldn’t say if he’s talked to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher or not, the Wild may prefer to get Deslauriers off waivers.
- Brian Compton via twitter: With Kyle Okposo injury, Compton wonders if Nino Niederreiter will stick with the Islanders or be sent back to junior after 9 games, therefore not burning a year on his contract.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Manny Legace, who has been skating with the Islanders to stay in shape, is receiving some interest from the Minnesota Wild.
- Genadi Boguslavski via twitter: Marek Svatos will earn a $1 million the KHL this season.
There are plenty of entries of rumors this morning, so we’ve broken them down in to 3 separate entries.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has had talks with Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, not about moving up, but sending an asset to the Oilers not to take the player they want. It has been rumored the Bruins target winger Taylor Hall. The Bruins won’t be trading the #2 pick and will select Tyler Seguin if a trade can’t be worked out with the Oilers, and the Oilers select Hall. The Bruins also hold the #15, #32, and #45 and may consider moving up or down in the draft.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Continuing on with the top 2 picks and a possible trade. The Bruins may have the #15 pick, RFA winger Blake Wheeler, or Mikko Lehtonen (prospect) in play. Chiarelli told Boston reports that they haven’t had moved forward with “that type of discussion”. Edmonton won’t know who’ll they take until they sit down one more time with their scouts.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: One top draft pick whose stock could be all over the lottery range is Brett Connolly. Arguably the 3rd best forward behind Hall and Seguin, could be drafted in the top 5, or fall down to 15th. Connolly played for the woeful Prince George Raiders of the WHL, but was limited to only 16 games. On 4 different occasions he was forced out of the lineup with hip flexors, at first to the right side, then to the left. All teams have been given his medical reports, and spoke to him about injuries at the scouting combine. MyNHLdraft.com has him going at #5 to the NY Islanders. I don’t see him dropping any further than 10th to the Rangers and I think he’ll be gone before then. Isles at #5, Tampa at #6, Atlanta at #8, and Minnesota at #9 are strong candidates to draft him.
- Mike Russo of the Star Tribune: Draft options for the Minnesota Wild at #9. LWer Brett Connolly. C/RW Jeff Skinner, RW Nino Niederreiter, C Ryan Johansen, C Alex Burmistrov, C Mikael Granlund.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: With the stock piling of defenseman in the past couple years with their top picks, look for the St. Louis Blues to move in a different direction with their 14th overall pick.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators (drafting 16th) are in a similar situation to the St. Louis Blues, depth on the blueline when it comes to prospects/young players. They aren’t against moving up to get a top propect unless it’s reasonable, but without a 2nd round pick it may be difficult. The Sens may also consider moving back in the draft, picking up some extra picks.
- Jon Lu of TSN (video): The Canadiens may focus on center’s that have size. John MacFarland or Riley Sheahan could be possibilities.