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Posts Tagged Oscar Klefbom
Doan was close to signing with the Flyers … Sheahan was arrested in a Teletubby costume … Klefbom surgery choice
- Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly: A day after Shane Doan re-signed with the Coyotes in September, his agent, Terry Bross, posted a picture of two Shane Doan jersey’s in Flyers colors on instagram. The picture had the caption “So glad this didn’t happen. It came close though.” A Flyers team source did say the that the Flyers created Doan jerseys “months ago.” Theey also said that it is not uncommon for them to make up jerseys for potential players.
- Peter Wallner of MLive: When Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was pulled over by the cops on October 29th, he was nearly four times (0.30) over the legal limit, and he was wearing a purple Teletubby costume. Sheahan was charged with providing false information as he was carrying Brendan Smith’s Michigan drivers license.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom is anticipating he’s played his last game in Sweden. Klefbom gets to choose where he’ll have surgery, Dec. 6th in Sweden or Dec. 13th in Edmonton.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Jason Chimera will be returning to the U.S. after 5 games with Chomutov in the Czech league. He was on a month-to-month deal.
Injury updates on Klefbom, Gudbranson and Murray … Crosby thinking about going overseas … Stamkos staying … Tavares to get new deal
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom’s season could be over according to Swedish reporter Johan Eriksson.
“Klefbom will undergo surgery which means his season is over,” Eriksson reports on Twitter. “Should be in Edmonton right now actually.”
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers Erik Gudbranson had his first on-ice workout since September, and said “this is tough.” Gudbranson had been out with a shoulder injury. He did add that,
“It felt really good to be out there. I’m a little surprised at how good it felt.”
“Things are coming along. The training staff I’ve been working out with at home [Ottawa, Ontario] are great. This is a tough thing, but I’m excited about it getting better.”
He’s still on a January timetable, and will join the Panthers AHL team in San Antonio when he’s ready to go. Gudbranson originally got hurt falling while wakeboarding, and told GM Dale Tallon that alcohol was involved. He had called each of teammates to tell them what had happened.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray will meet with GM Scott Howson this morning to discuss their options with regards to his shoulder injury. Surgery is an option.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins Sidney Crosby hasn’t decided on a team or country yet, but the odds of him playing overseas have increased of late.
“You know what? It’s a lot more possible right now,” Crosby said after a player-organized workout at Southpointe. “I probably hadn’t thought about it quite as much as I have the past few days.
“It’s definitely been something … with the way things are looking now, it’s not looking too good.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jets Ondrej Pavelec signed a 6 game deal with the Pelicans.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Steven Stamkos’ agent said yesterday that Stamkos has no plans on going overseas to play.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Islanders John Tavares’ deal with SC Bern expires in four days. He’s expected to have the deal extended.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Perreault will join Helsinki HIFK in Finland.
- Mike Morreale via twitter: James van Riemsdyk’s brother, Brendan, is committed to UNH. He’s 2014 draft eligible.
- Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports: According to Expressen, Bobby Ryan is in talks with Mora of HockeyAllsvenskan. A rough translation from Aftonbladet:
“Yes, we’re looking at it, but there is nothing that is clear,” confirming the club director Peter Hermodsson [to] the newspaper.
Previously, Mora superstar Anze Kopitar during the lockout – who came to play with his brother. But since Mora also has two [international players], Tyler Gotto and Prestin Ryan, a strengthening of Bobby Ryan did not take place without the get go.
“Yes, that’s right. But because it’s not something that is done than I can not comment on that,” says Hermodsson.
Ryan previously stated in early October that he wouldn’t go overseas to take someone else’s job.
- Bill Meltzer via twitter: Claude Giroux’s injury is said to be just a ‘stinger.’ He received a medical examination, but it shouldn’t be serious.
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Swedish reporter Johan Eriksson tweeted about Oscar Klefbom’s ”Shoulder injury suffered over a month ago. Will be going doing medical exam in Gothenburg and Edmonton soon.” When Staples asked for some more info, Eriksson said,
“Will do so in a couple of days. And recovery time for surgery, if that is what’s decided, is approximately six months. He says: ‘If the decision is surgery I will be out six months and playing more this season is out of the question. If that’s the case it’s just for me to start focusing on the next season.”
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Rangers Carl Hagelin sustained a shoulder injury a couple weeks ago. The extent of the injury in not known, but surgery is not required. As per lockout rules, Hagelin is not permitted to get rehab from the Rangers training staff.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Some Florida Panthers players are dealing with some injury issues. Erik Gudbranson suffered a shoulder injury in late August, and would have missed the first 2 months of the season. Sean Bergenheim only played in 2 games in the Finnish league before returning to Florida after possibly re-aggravating a groin injury. Tomas Kopecky suffered a shoulder injury after 4 games in the Slovakian league, and is back in South Florida. Marcel Goc has missed the 3 games in the German league for undisclosed reasons.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog was injured in a practice with his Swedish team. He was hit in the head by the puck, required 5 stitches, and is said to be suffering from headaches. He told a reporter that he’s ready to play in their next game though.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen has missed the past 7 Binghamton Senators games with a lower-body injury. Binghamton GM Tim Murray:
“He’s a big part of our organization,” Murray said. “Whether he’s 70 per cent or 60 per cent or 80 per cent, we’re not going to rush him. We feel we have enough players down there that can play, and he has already proven that he’s an NHL player. We’re not going to jeopardize him long-term by playing him right now.”
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Hockeysverige.se is reporting that Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom will miss the rest of November. Klefbom has been out since October 9th with a shoulder injury.
No talks schedualed, but are expected to meet at some point … Koivu and Greening head overseas … Depth on the Oiler blueline
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun talked to a league executive who said there is either a deal this week or there is no season. LeBrun isn’t sure if it’s that clear cut but you never know.
- Stu Cowan of Hockey Inside/Out: No official bargaining sessions have been scheduled, but the NHL and NHLPA are expected to talk in New York at some point. Gary Bettman has already said that Thursday is the deadline to save the 82 game season. Bill Daly on whether a deal can get done by Thursday,
“that’s more of a question for the union than it is for me.”
“We think there’s a framework of a deal on the table,” he added.
- AP in the Dallas Morning News: The NHL and NHLPA talked over the phone again yesterday, but don’t appear to closer to getting back the negotiating table.
“We had a conference call today to answer some of their questions,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday. “No bargaining. And no bargaining meetings scheduled.”
Bill Daly and Steve Fehr also talked on Saturday.
“There are multiple frameworks for a deal on the table,” Steve Fehr said Sunday. “We gave them three good ones on Thursday. Each moves toward a 50-50 split of (hockey-related revenue) that the league wants. Each allows the contracts in place to be honored.
“Unfortunately, after considering these proposals for about 10 minutes the league rejected them and essentially said that they are not moving off their last proposal.”
- Kevin Gibson via twitter: 135 games (11%) of the season has been cancelled so far. If there is no agreement this week that would save a 82 games schedule, 11% of the players salary will be gone.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Mikko Koivu signed with TPS through the end of November. An extension after that depends on the lockout and taxation.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Colin Greening signed a 3 game contract with Aalborg of the Danish league.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov, “When NHLers leave, the arenas will be empty.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers blueline will have some depth. Justin Schultz is playing in the AHL before making the jump. Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom may not be far away. Taylor Fedun is coming back from a broken leg. Martin Gernat, David Musil and Dillon Simpson are still in the system. All of Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Andy Sutton and Theo Peckham are on the last year of their NHL deals. Nick Schultz, Jeff Petry and Corey Potter have 2 years left on their deals. Smid will definitely be re-sighed. Colten Teubert and Alex Plante have struggled so far.
Hall skates with OKC … Markov clears up comments … Backstrom may join Ovechkin … Klefbom out 4-6 weeks
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall skated with the Oklahoma City Barons yesterday as part of a conditioning assignment. He can’t play any games unless he’s signed to an AHL contract.
- RDS: (through google translate) Andrei Markov said in an interview that he didn’t know if he’d return to the NHL once the lockout ends. Dave Stubbs via twitter: Andrei Markov told Stubb’s he’s absolutely returning to Montreal once the CBA is signed.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Rumor is that Nicklas Backstrom may join Ovechkin with Dynamo Moscow.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.
Flames lease close to expiring … 6 Predators and Hurricanes questions … Lilja out … Klefbom not ready … Horton cleared
- Tamara Gignac of the Calgary Herald: The Flames lease at the Scotiabank Saddledome expires in 2014 and the Flames would like a modern building to enable them to compete financially with other NHL teams. They are being tight-lipped about when or where they could break new ground. The Flames can extend their lease until a new arena is built.
“We certainly won’t be ready to move by 2014,” King said.
“If we dropped the flag and started building today, I don’t think we’d meet the deadline. We have an arrangement to be here as long or frankly, as short, as required.”
- Brian Compton of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Predators heading into this season. 1. Can the Predators overcome the loss of Ryan Suter? 2. Can anyone on this roster score 30 goals? 3. Can Pekka Rinne duplicate his success? 4. Is this the year Mattias Ekholm makes an impact? 5. Is Colin Wilson ready to take the next step? 6. Can the Predators reach 100 points again?
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers confirmed that defenseman Andreas Lilja had a hip injury and will miss the start of the season. Lilja told a Swedish newspaper that he might be out until December, but GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t agree.
“He did have surgery [and] should be back late October or early November,” Holmgren texted CSNPhilly.com on Sunday afternoon.
- Mike Morreale of NHL.com: 6 questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes. 1. How will coach Kirk Muller use Jordan Staal? 2. Where does Alexander Semin fit in? – they could have Eric Staal center Semin and Chad LaRose, Jordan Staal centering Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen. Tuomo Ruutu centering Jiri Tlusty and Patrick Dwyer. 3. Do the acquisitions of Staal and Semin make Carolina a Cup contender? 4. How will Muller fare in his first full season behind the bench? 5. Do the Hurricanes have enough depth on defense? 6. Who will serve as Cam Ward’s backup?
- Josh Yohe via twitter: If the Penguins have any interest in the Ducks Bobby Ryan, now might be the time to make a move as the Flyers may have to concentrate on defensemen.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom to NHL.com: “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Nothing new on Tim Thomas. Another team may look at him to reach the salary floor depending on the new CBA. Nathan Horton has been cleared to resume full contact once training camp opens.
Morning notes on: Doan and his agent, Thomas, Oilers defense, Kane, Ryan, Bouwmeester, Coyotes arena deal, and Kucherov
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Rosen lists 5 teams Shane Doan should consider if he leaves Phoenix: Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: There are some teams that are frustrated with Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross. He’s used the media to drive up the price on Doan, and he has negotiated through the media. It is his job to drive up the price, but some teams don’t like how his publicly stated which teams have “strong interest.”
- Matt Kalman of CBSBoston: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has said he’d consider trading Tim Thomas, but you have to wonder how many teams would still be interested in adding him just to get to the salary floor, even if it’s just a paper transaction. If Thomas continues to post controversial things to Facebook or beyond, it could embarrass the team.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could use 1 more defenseman. Their current depth chart right now looks like Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid, Nick Schultz, Ryan Whitney, Justin Schultz, Andy Sutton, Corey Potter and Theo Peckham. A Shea Weber type would have been perfect. Whitney’s health, and Justin Schultz inexperience are question marks. Finding a veteran who could play 2nd pair minutes would be good insurance. Willis writes another article noting that Oilers prospects Colten Teubert and Oscar Klefbom are getting close to being NHL ready. Klefbom will remain in Sweden this year, and could make the jump next season. Taylor Fedum, Martin Marincin and Alex Plante are also coming up the pipeline.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets gave Evander Kane a 6 year offer worth around $29 million weeks ago, but he hasn’t said yes or no. Jets fans shouldn’t worry about another team getting Kane through an offer sheet, as they basically know it would get matched. It would have happened by now if some team was going to try.
- Lyle Richardson in the Hockey News: Richardson (Spector’s Hockey) summarizes the Bobby Ryan rumor mill over the last month.
- Calgary Herald: The latest rumor involving Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had the Red Wings reportedly made a pitch for him.
- John Shannon via twitter: The arena agreement with the NHL and Glendale was to expire yesterday, but was extended for another 31 days.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: Through google translate from KHL.ru, CSKA “terminates contract with Nikita Kucherov”
2012 NHL Draft Notes: Leafs looking at both Yakupov and Galchenyuk … CBJ like Yakupov … Oilers should draft Yakupov, trade for Dman
- Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports and Andrey Osadchenko of Oilers Nation: Igor Larionov has said that the Maple Leafs may want to trade up in the draft for Nail Yakupov and/or Alex Galchenyuk, as neither may be there when they draft at #5. Larionov added the Blue Jackets are also interested in Yakupov, “Scott Howson, Craig Patrick and Tyler Wright spent two days in Sarnia with Yakupov and his family. It’s a serious indication they really want him.” Larionov:
Tambellini told me: ‘We like him. We want him. But we’re going to make a decision the day before the draft’. I also know the Habs want to get one of my guys – either Nail or Alex [Galchenyuk]. So do the Leafs. It is possible that the Leafs are going to trade their draft pick and get both of them. There is a possibility like that. Nail and Alex went to New Jersey for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After this they met Leafs GM Brian Burke. Then Nail met with the Habs.
- Cory Pronman of ESPN: The Oilers have some nice pieces along the blueline like Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry and Nick Schultz, and some nice prospects in Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Martin Marincin and Martin Gernat. Pronman thinks the Oilers need to draft Nail Yakupov with the 1st overall pick. Yes, the Oilers could use a top end defenseman, but the draft isn’t the place to fill that need. Murray may have the potential to be one at some point, but it can take defensemen a few years to get there. Going the trade route may be their best option. The Predators and Coyotes could use some scoring help and are stocked with good, young Dmen. The Coyotes have 3 nice Dmen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Rundblad and Brandon Gormley. Some think that Jordan Eberle may be looking for a contract more than he’s worth when he becomes a RFA after 2013-14.
Luongo a tough move … JVR ready … Halak still in boot … Could it be Lidstrom’s final game … Roy knows Habs will call
- Craig Custance of ESPN: One GM laughed when asked if Roberto Luongo’s contract is movable, and another responded:
“No,” he answered. “Unless the trading team was allowed to subsidize the deal.”
Options for the Canucks this summer: 1. Pray for an amnesty clause – if he was bought out at the end of the season without the amnesty, Luongo would come off the books in 2031-32. 2. Trade him – he has a no-trade clause and tough contract to move. “There’s a limited amount of teams,” an NHL source said. “A very limited amount of teams.” The Lightning are looking for a goalie this summer. Luongo has ties to the state of Florida. The Panthers have Jacob Markstrom on the way. The Leafs are looking for a goalie as well, but Burke doesn’t like long contract, plus “Why would he want to go from one fishbowl to another?” one source said. 3. Keep him – this would be a tough sell and Luongo likely wouldn’t be happy being a backup. With Schneider needing a new contract, a lot of money would be tied up in the position.
- David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Shoalts thinks the only teams that may need goaltending are the Lightning, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets and Oilers. The Devils could be looking for a goalie due to Martin Brodeur’s age, but there financial situation would likely prevent bringing in Luongo.
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers James van Reimsdyk skated for the 4th straight day yesterday and appears ready to return to the lineup. Defenseman Nicklas Grossman is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Erik Gustafsson or Brandon Manning would take Grossman’s place if he’s not ready to go.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak’s return to the lineup doesn’t appear to be imminent. He is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot, and missed his 2nd straight game. Halak tested it out on the ice on Tuesday, but it didn’t go that well.
- Rich Hammond via twitter: Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Simon Gagne: “I don’t even know if he’s in North America.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: If the Red Wings lose tonight, it’s possible that Nicklas Lidstrom has played his final NHL game. Lidstrom will be 42 in a week.
“I’ve been hearing that same story for about five years now,” Babcock said Thursday. “I haven’t thought much about Nick. I’d be shocked if he retires, but I’ve been shocked before.”
“It’s crossed my mind,” Jimmy Howard said, “but you try not to think about it. It’s been quite the honor to play with Nick, and I hope he comes back, but that’s up to him.”
Lidstrom has said he’ll take some time to relax after the season, then him and his wife will make a decision on next year.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Patrick Roy’s Quebec Remparts are out of the playoffs, and he knows a call from the Canadiens will be coming.
“Going there would definitely interest him. He thrives on challenges,” said the above friend. “Winning one or two Stanley Cups was not enough for him; he wanted more. And, when the Avalanche traded for Ray Bourque, it became his mission to win another one.”
Serge Savard told the Montreal Gazette mid season that he thought the Roy would coach the Canadiens under “certain conditions.” Guy Lafleur thinks Roy would be a better GM than coach.
- Martin Lunden via a Swedish site: (tweeted by Bruce McCurdy) Oilers 2011 1st round draft pick Oscar Klefbom is set to a sign a 3 year entry-level deal with the team.
Ryan more likely than Getzlaf to be traded … Ruutu will draw interest … Carter separates shoulder … Penguins lose Staal, Neal and Adams
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson doesn’t see the Ducks trading Ryan Getzlaf. A league executive said that Bobby Ryan is the most likely to be moved. Philadelphia seems like a logical bet for Ryan. Matheson can see James van Riemsdyk in a package. The Ducks might ask for Brayden Schenn and may ask for a defenseman like Braydon Coburn. Sean Couturier is off-limits. The Maple Leafs would love Getzlaf but Burke may not have the pieces to get him. What would he offer: Lupul, Gardiner or Kadri? The Oilers would be interested. Nugent-Hopkins, Hall and Eberle are untouchable which would leave players like: Sam Gagner, Ladislav Smid, Tom Gilbert, Magnus Paajarvi, Oscar Klefbom, Tyler Pitlick, Teemu Hartikainen, Jeff Petry. The Blackhawks are looking for another defenseman with Hurricanes Tim Gleason or Bryan Allen making sense. They’d like Lubomir Visnovsky, but he under contract for next year with a $3 million salary but a $5.6 million cap hit. The Capitals, Penguins and Sharks could be interested in Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu as a rental.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Oilers are actively looking for a defenseman and there is an outside chance they shut Ryan Whitney down for the season. Winger Ales Hemsky’s time in Edmonton could be coming to an end.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Bruins Brad Marchand will have his hearing today at noon with Brendan Shanahan. Ducks J.F. Jacques will likely have a hearing at some point for his hit on R.J. Umberger.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Vladimir Tarasenko was traded to Dynamo Moscow, which likely means he’ll be joining the St. Louis Blues over the summer.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter suffered a separated shoulder last night. “We’ll see where he’s at and we’ll get more detail tomorrow,” coach Scott Arniel said. He suffered the injury on a blindsided hit by Francois Beauchemin. Winger Cody Bass won’t have shoulder surgery, he’ll rehab it and hopes to play again this season. Forward Mark Letestu will have surgery today on a broken pinky finger metacarpal and will be out 6 weeks.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins have lost Jordan Staal for 4 to 6 weeks with a knee injury. He has damage to his MCL and it won’t require surgery. Winger James Neal broke his foot on Saturday. “In the next few days we’ll see what that timetable looks like, but it’s weeks, not days,” Bylsma said. Craig Adams injured his knee during practice after a collision in yesterday’s practice.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller pulled himself in the 1st period of last night’s game. Iiro Tarkki filled in for Hiller. The Ducks usual backup Dan Ellis re-injured his groin on Saturday and will be out for 4 weeks. Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Francois Jacques were recalled. Andrew Gorden was assigned to the AHL and George Parros was put on the IR.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp suffered an upper-body injury in the 1st and didn’t return. “We’re going to have some tests with him (and we’ll) know more (Monday),” Quenneville said.
- Katie Carrera of the OC Register: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green didn’t practice yesterday. Though no update was given other than being day-to-day, it seems they are bracing for not having either in the lineup against the Kings, and possibly longer. Lines at practice: Semin-Johansson-Knuble, Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Halpern-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault-Beagle. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson, Hamrlik-Wideman, Erskine-Orlov, Schultz.
More on Belak … Byfuglien arrested … Kugryshev back to Russia … H. Sedin has sore hip … 10 “under-the-radar” players
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Two people who knew Wade Belak said that he did suffer from depression and that he took medication to treat it. Belak’s widow released a statement asking “that everyone remember Wade’s infectious sense of humour, his caring spirit and the joy he brought to his friends, family and fans.”
- Mark Seidel via twitter: Seidel says that Belak did not kill himself and that “any suggestion to the contrary is simply wrong.” In time the truth will come out. He can’t say much about the death, but believes it will be “ruled a horrible accident” when all said and done. He apologizes for the vagueness.
- Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun: Special assistant with the NHLPA Mathieu Schneider said on the radio that people should stop jumping to conclusions regarding Wade Belak’s death. Schneider said it’s “dangerous and hurtful,” especially to his family, to speculate why he ended his life. Buffery lists a bunch of athletes (not just hockey players) who have taken their lives in the last year.
- Ed Tait and Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested late Wednesday night on “probable cause for third degree boating while intoxicated and the refusal of a blood or urine test.” He was released from jail 2:23 Thursday morning. He was booked weighing 286 pounds, up from his approximate 245 pounds playing weight last year.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is in the final year of his contact, has only played with the Wings, and would like to keep it that way. “Everyone knows I like it here a lot,” Kronwall said. “I want to stay. Hopefully, they want me to stay as well. So whenever they feel it’s the right time to start negotiating we’ll be ready for it.” The Wings will likely start contact talks with Kronwall soon.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Capitals prospect Dmitri Kugryshev is heading back to Russia after playing last year in the AHL. His deal is not the ‘rent’ type, he’ll be signing a valid contract with CSKA. The Capitals will retain his rights.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Zyuzin wanted to play in the NHL this year, but declined an offer from the Sharks. Zyuzin’s agent said that contact was for well less than a $1 million and he wanted more.
- Gord McIntyre of the Vancouver Province: Cancucks forward Henrik Sedin’s status may be up in the air, more will be known when he skates next week. “I don’t think it [Henrik's sore hip] was too bad, but he felt he needed some time off.”
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: Burnside mentions 10 “Under-the-radar” players who could make an impact this season: Alexei Ponikarovsky (CAR), JS Giguere (COL), Jakub Voracek (PHI), Anthony Stewart (CAR), Andrew Cogliano (ANA), Ian White (DET), James Neal (PIT), Niclas Bergfors (NASH), Mathieu Garon (TB) and Roman Hamrlik (WAS).
- James Mirtle via twitter: David Koci has been invited to the Jets training camp on a tryout.
- Martin Lunden of Swedish Oil by dohfOs: Oilers 2011 1st round pick Oscar Klefbom had his leg cut that required 10 stitches. When the stitches were removed, it was discovered that it was infected. He is on penicillin which prohibits him from playing.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile said defenseman Francis Bouillon “will probably not be ready for camp.” Mike Fisher is still recovering from shoulder surgery. “I would say we’d probably go a little bit slower with (Fisher) going into training camp to make sure he’s ready and 100 percent going into the season,” Poile said.