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Posts Tagged Patric Hornqvist
Morning Hits: Preds sign Hornqvist, Rask between Howard and Price, Oilers 1st pick in play, Jets storylines
- PR Nashville Predators: The Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension.
“As we build towards the 2013-14 season and beyond, re-signing Patric Hornqvist was an off-season priority,” Poile said. “Since joining the Predators, he has become—and will remain—an integral member of our core group. Patric is everything we talk about as a Predator—he is relentless in going to the net and willing to pay the price to score goals, has a terrific work ethic and is a quality person who is respected on and off the ice. Patric is just entering the prime of his career. He has led our team in goal-scoring in two of the last four seasons and we are looking forward to him being a significant part of the Predators’ on-ice success in the years to come.”
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: RFA Tuukka Rask could be looking for a new deal somewhere between Jimmy Howard’s $5,291,667 salary cap hit and Carey Price’s $6.5 million cap hit. His playoff performance may shift the number closer to one them. Rask finished the season with a 19-10-5 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, and it could be in play.
“We’re definitely going to look at doing something with that pick. I think we’d be very receptive to moving back and picking up another pick potentially,” said MacTavish.
“It’s a very deep draft in my mind. There are tons of players out there who excite me. Or possibly we could pick up somebody that could help us immediately and another pick.”
MacTavish is also looking to get bigger.
“We want more toughness, more meat and more depth in our lineup,” he said.
“I’m pretty optimistic we can get some of the immediate growth and change,” said MacTavish.
Some people had been mentioning amnesty buyout for Ryan Smyth.
“Ryan Smyth will be back,” he said.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: 5 Jets storylines to watch this offseason.1. Are the Jets ready for their first blockbuster deal? Wiebe doesn’t think they should trade Dustin Byfuglien, but he could bring the biggest return. If they were to move him, they would need to get an all-star back.2. Is Olli Jokinena candidate for an amnesty buyout? It may send a bad message to future free agents if they buyout Jokinen after just one season. Paying someone over $3 million to not play, isn’t the way the Jets do business. Jokinen could still bounce back.3. Will the Jets try to move up in the draft? The Jets could still find an impact player at 13. It’s possible that they could package their pick along with another pick or player and move up. They have six picks in the first three rounds.
4. Who will be Ondrej Pavelec’s backup? They could bring back Al Montoya.
5. Can Toby Enstrom kick the injury bug? He’s missed 46 games in the last two seasons. He hopes to be able to get rid of the “fragile” label.
Morning Hits: Oilers Yakupov, Eberle and Smyth … Busy offseason for Preds … Flyers sign two … video: Lowe apologizes
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman suggested in his 30 Thoughts column that the Oilers might be willing to trade Nail Yakupov. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggested that one of Yakupov and Jordan Eberle could be traded. If the Oilers are going to trade one of Yakupov or Eberle, Willis thinks that they should move Eberle, as Yakupov has a higher upside.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s time for Oilers Ryan Smyth to hang them up. He does have one year left at $2.25 million. They could buy him out or tell him he’ll only play 40-50 games next season, possibly in a reduced role.
“I’m under their contract. I can’t sit here and speculate what they’re going to do. I can still help the team,” Smyth said.
Smyth hasn’t scored in 26 games.
“He’s been a warrior, a great warrior,” said the scout, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But when he picks them (this feet) up and puts them down now, they come down in the same spot.
“I don’t know if he’s got the legs anymore.”
Smyth isn’t sure if it’s time to hang them up yet.
“I don’t think of that (quitting). I know I have some life left in me. I can help in different areas,” Smyth said.
“I’m playing a different role and it makes me think of defensive play more than the offensive zone. I’m trying to be an all-around player.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators could have a busy offseason.
“I think you have to put everything in perspective, exactly where we are,” Trotz said. “You have to be realistic in everything that we do. Let’s not sugarcoat it. We want to be a top-level team. We have to go there. We’re going to have to do what’s necessary to do that.
“Obviously (GM David Poile) has a game plan. It’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on it, but I know we’re going to have to have a very busy summer and make sure we fill holes. I know he has a game plan for that. When he wants to divulge that game plan, we’ll unleash him on you I guess.”
The Predators could have close to $22 million in cap space, with only Patric Hornqvist and Roman Josi as their only main free agents.
- Flyers.NHL.com: The Flyers signed forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill to two-year contracts. Tim Panaccio: Rinaldo’s deal has a cap hit of $675,000. Rosehill has a cap hit of $750,000.
- Oilers president Kevin Lowe apologizes for his comments about their fans.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avs Gabriel Landeskog has head and leg injuries. The Avalanche are not saying it’s a concussion, but they are not saying it isn’t. Concussions have a tendency surface a day to two after the hit. It’s not known if he has one, but he could. The Avalanche later updated Landeskog injury, saying it may only be a day-to-day thing.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Patric Hornqvist will be out for 3 to 4 weeks with a sprained knee. There was no structural damage.
“It’s not a good thing to be missing any player and player of his caliber,” general manager David Poile said. “But all in all, we didn’t know what the situation would be, so it could have been worse.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Tomas Vanek felt much better yesterday than he did on Sunday, but it’s not known fore sure if he’ll play [tonight].
“If it’s just a game tomorrow and then you have four days in between, you think about it a little harder,” Vanek said. “In the end, since we play every other day or back to backs, there’s no point at playing at 70 or 80 percent. you’re not going to help the team.”
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals forward Brooks Laich will travel with the team to Ottawa and Toronto. He’s been out all year with a groin injury.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: The Stars have Derek Roy on the IR retroactive to January 24th.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators winger Patric Hornqvist is out indefinitely after getting tangled up with Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf on Saturday. He left the game in the 3rd, and didn’t return.
- Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi will be out for a “definite month-plus — it will all depend on whether it’s a rehab or a surgery situation — and we’re not sure how that’s going to go yet” according to coach Dave Tippett. He has an upper-body injury. Goalie Mike Smith skated on Sunday but is still listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Petr Sykora signed with SC Bern in Switzerland.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has a sprained ankle, and is likely out tomorrow.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Avs Gabriel Landeskog is not expected to play tonight. He has head and leg issues.
- Carolina Hurricanes via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is out with an upper body injury.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sintinel: Panthers Kris Versteeg (groin) could be ready to get back into the lineup tomorrow against the Lightning.
Leclaire retires … Cowen’s season is over … Weiss wants to stay, but could move on … A few heading overseas
- Ottawa Sun: Goalie Pascal Leclaire was forced to retire due to a bad hip. He was trying to make a comeback, but he wasn’t able to recover from the 3 hip operations this summer.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season. Cowen suffered a hip injury last month. He’ll get his AHL salary of $67,500 while he’s out.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers Stephen Weiss said he won’t negotiate a new contract with the Panthers when/if the season starts. He’s a UFA after this season. He did say he wants to remain with the Panthers past 2012-13, but if it’s time to move on, so be it. Weiss said: “I want to end my career with the Panthers; There’s nothing but good days ahead for this team. Want to stay, be part of it.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec’s contract expired with Liberec.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Carl Gunnarsson signed with Orebro. Patric Hornqvist signed with Djurgarden.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen is taking the lockout day by day, and hasn’t ruled out returning to Finland.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Fedor Tyutin signed with Atlant.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Skating together yesterday were Steven Stamkos, Vinny Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone and Steve Downie.
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Taylor Hall looks to be able to play in the AHL when he’s healthy. Still some details to be figured out.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jiri Hudler suffered an abdominal and groin injury and will be leaving Lev. Roman Cervenka is rumored to replace him.
- Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Marian Hossa (concussion ended last season) was out skating with several Blackhawks yesterday.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Kris Russell has a slight MCL tear and will return to St. Louis to have the Blues doctors look at it.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Elitserien filed a 15 page appeal yesterday with the Swedish Competition Authority. They demand that the Market Court make the final decision.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Tom Wandell is set to join Severstal.
- Dirk Hoag via twitter: Patric Hornqvist signed with HC Red Ice of the Swiss league. Alex Kovalev will join him.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Dennis Seidenberg will join Alder in Germany.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jamie Benn will join the Hamburg Freezers.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Tomas Plekanec said that Kladno is paying his insurance but has no money to pay him a salary.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Craig Smith to KalPa, on a deal that run until December.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Claude Giroux is considering Prague and Omsk.
- George Richards via twitter: Tomas Kopecky is looking at offers.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Zach Parise said he’ll consider an offer from Switzerland.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Markov will be introduced today by Vityaz of the KHL.
- Linus Hugosson via twitter: Matt Duchene signed with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite league.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Patrice Bergeron signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss League.
Some free agent notes … Huselius out 4-6 months … Devils getting closer to naming coach … Canes basically done
- Craig Custance of the SportingNews: Custance notes some intriguing players remain unsigned: Alex Kovalev (who’s not retiring according to his agent), Bryan McCabe, Scott Hannan and Ray Emery. The Bruins could use some help on the wing with Mark Recchi retiring and Michael Ryder heading to Dallas. The Rangers could use some scoring help up front, but a veteran along the blueline may be more important. Chris Osgood’s future with the Red Wings could be decided later this week. The Red Wings don’t want to spend much on their backup goalie. The Predators need to find some scoring help as only Sergei Kostitsyn and Patric Hornqvist scored over 20 goals. The Islanders are still $10 million below the salary cap floor. Kings GM Dean Lombardi continues to work the phones, and could be looking to add a winger.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets winger Kristian Huselius tore his pectoral muscle last weekend while bench pressing during a workout. He’s expected to miss 4 to 6 months after surgery (today in Columbus). Jackets GM Scott Howson will now look for a free agent winger who is able to play in the top 6. “I’m sure I’ll get some phone calls beginning (Thursday),” Howson said.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Though they are getting closer to hiring a new head coach, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said “it won’t be this week.”
- Chris Kuc via twitter: The Blackhawks just started the negotiating process for RFAs Campoli and Frolik, there is no rush to get them signed.
- Dirk Hoag via twitter: Predators GM Poile “we’re in exactly the position we want to be competitive for a number of years. We have our window of opportunity.”
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they are basically done for the summer unless a good “hockey deal” comes along. He will need to add a few depth AHL players.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Kris Draper wants to return next year, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans to talk to him soon. The Wings don’t have cap problems, but they 14 forwards under contract already. The 40 year old Draper had 11 points in 47 games, and didn’t complain when he was made a healthy scratch. If he’s not offered a contract by the Wings, he’ll likely be offered a position within the organization.
- Wayne Scanlan of hte Ottawa Citizen: The Ottawa Senators have signed their 2011 1st round draft pick Mika Zibanejad to an entry level deal.
“Obviously, if I don’t (make the Senators), I’m going back to Sweden,” said Zibanejad“I don’t think that’s a bad idea to be there and maybe develop, get bigger and stronger. Sweden is the second-best league in the whole world, so I think that’s the plan.”
- Predators unveil their new jersey’s:
- Gary Peterson of the San Jose Mercury News: Could the San Jose Sharks be interested in Antti Niemi? The Sharks have about $4 million in cap space, with 2 goalies under contract. Are Antero Niittymaki (2 years and $4 million) and Thomas Greiss good enough to take the Sharks to the finals?
- Jim Diamond of National Predators Examiner: As of Tuesday night, Predators GM David Poile said he’s fine with heading in to the season with Pekka Rinne and any one of his 4 goalie prospects who have never played an NHL game. Poile didn’t rule out looking for a more experienced goalie. Though the odds of signing him aren’t good, Poile said of Niemi, “We could call and see what he would be interested in, if there would be a fit.” Poile said (as of Tuesday night) that he has not talked to Jose Theodore. (It was rumored on Tuesday that they were talking, 1 year, $1.5 million.) The Preds still have RFA’s Patric Hornqvist and Cody Franson that they want to sign. Those negotiations are still a work in progress, Poile will talk to their agents late this week or early next week.
- Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out: Carey Price’s contact talks with the Canadiens are moving along at a slow pace, which is “relatively normal” according to his agent. The two sides are not close, but both sides are commited to getting a deal done. Price is looking for a short deal, a year or two.
- Randy Youngan of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray has been rebuilding their defense. The team was 29th in blocked shots and shots allowed. Four starters will be Visnovsky, Lydman, Sutton and Sheldon Brookbank. Murray hinted there could be another veteran Dman on the way. They have been rumored to be interested in Kevin Bieksa, and former Duck, Ruslan Salei wants to return. Murray did say they have 2 spots open for the young players.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tim Thomas won’t get released by the Bruins, they’d like to trade him, might happen during the season.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Slava Kozlov is still hoping to play in the NHL, and is exploring options.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Former Oiler Ryan Potulny getting interest from the Blues and a few other teams.