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Posts Tagged Phil Kessel
- James Mirtle: Stars Tyler Seguin will have some concussion testing this afternoon in Toronto and it’s not known if he’ll be able to return to the lineup tonight.
- Josh Yohe: Penugins Evgeni Malkin has a lower-body injury and won’t play tonight.
- Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will play tonight. Colton Orr won’t be in the lineup.
- Josh Rimer: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is out indefinitely with an oblique strain. James Mirtle: Bozak was put on the IR.
- Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul (groin) on if he’ll be able to play on Saturday: ”It’s too hard to say right now. I don’t want to rule anything out quite yet.”
- Eric Stephens: Ducks Mathieu Perreault is out at least two games with a lower-body injury.
- Eric Stephens: Francois Beauchemin will be traveling with the team, but it’s not known yet if he’ll play.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alex Semin has been skating and feeling good, could play on their Western trip according to coach Kirk Muller.
- Bill Roose: Red Wings Darren Helm has a shoulder injury and won’t travel with the team to New Jersey.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Stephen Weiss (groin) expects to be ready for Saturday’s game against the Senators.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser is out for four to six weeks with a separated shoulder.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks Saku Koivu said he occasionally encounters dizziness during his on-ice sessions. This is his first concussion.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert is expected to play tonight, his first game since Oct. 10th.
- Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell will be out weeks with a left knee injury. Tracey Myers: Out two to three weeks.
- Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens Rene Bourque has a lower-body injury.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene tried to skate on Wednesday but had some pain in his oblique area. He won’t play this weekend.
- Greg Brady: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel is clearly playing hurt. Issue is if he can play through it or not. Smart move may be to address it and take the heat off him. James Mirtle: Coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t reveal if Kessel is hurt or not. Jonas Siegel: Kessel has now played 16 minutes or less in four of their last five games. He was playing closer to 20 minutes per night earlier in the season.
Injury Notes: Fraser, Visnovsky, Semin, Korpikoski, Khudobin, DeKeyser, Kessel, Seidenberg and Burns
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser is day-to-day with a knee injury. It is another MCL issues, but in a different area of the ligament.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky is “still not close” to returning to the lineup.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alex Semin has a concussion and will be out indefinitely. Ron Hainsey is day-to-day with the flu.
- Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski has an upper-body injury. Zbynek Michalek is still out with an upper-body injury. Both could skate tomorrow.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is about a week away from being able to play.
- Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser left last night’s game with an left shoulder injury. Helene St. James: He’ll see a doctor today but they are estimating it will will be at least a week or two.
- Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel on his wrist being taped: ”I don’t really want to talk about it.”
- Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins Dennis Seidenberg and his lower-body injury have skated that past two days. To be determined if he plays on Thursday.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Brent Burns could return to the lineup on Thursday. It will be up to Burns and their medical to clear him to return.
Wilson said: “Could he play Thursday? I think he could. I think there’s a chance. … I think he’s really close, and it could be as soon as this week. But, that will be decided by him and the medical staff.”
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Mike Green skate pain-free yesterday, but may not be ready just yet.
“He’s missed a lot of time and it’s a big game,” Oates said after an 80-minute practice at Kettler.
“I don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s behind the 8-ball. He hasn’t been able to do a lot of cardio, so I’m a little worried about his conditioning.”
Rumors and Pending UFAs: Ducks, Phaneuf, Miller, Vanek, Lundqvist, Callahan, Gaborik and Three Sharks
- Todd Cordell: According to Darren Dreger on TSN, the Ducks are looking for a defenseman and the Leafs, Penguins and Flyers have been involved. The Ducks could part with a young forward for help on the blueline.
- Damien Cox: One difference between the Phil Kessel free agent situation compared to Dion Phaneuf is that the Maple Leafs didn’t have a replacement for Kessel if he left. With Phaneuf they may have more than one. Cody Franson’s early play is looking like he could take over the No. 1 role. It’s hard to see the Leafs wanting to pay Phaneuf more than $6.5 million he’s making this year. The Leafs are deep in young defensemen: Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly, Stuart Percy, Andrew MacWilliam and Petter Granberg.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Some teams will have some decisions to make about their big named pending free agents. The Sabres will have to figure out what they want to do with Ryan Miller and Tomas Vanek. There have been no talks between the sides.
“Right now, I”m not interested in an extension,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I’m not willing to [discuss it] in a few months. But it takes two sides to make a deal. Right now, the two sides are just focused on winning games.”
The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist remain apart in both term and money. Ryan Callahan would likely be worth more than $6 mllion on the open market.
Dion Phaneuf doesn’t have a problem with contract talks during the season.
“I really like what we’re doing here, what direction the team is headed in,” Phaneuf told LeBrun, saying talks are now in the hands of Newport. “They’ll get together and talk, they’ll handle it.”
Marian Gaborik’s status with the Blue Jackets may depend on where they sit at the trade deadline and if Gaborik is a part of that success. Gaborik’s agent has indicated that his client would like to stay.
“We’ll see how it goes. We have to analyze this whole thing and see how we are and how it goes,” Davidson said when we spoke last week. “We need a scoring threat. We need him to play hard which we hope he will. I think he will… we expect some scoring. Obviously that’s what he likes to do best.”
The Sharks will have three big UFAs to deal with: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. Thornton is the likeliest to get an extension done, and there is not rush for it.
“I still think Joe is a franchise player but he’s not going to go for those big numbers,” his agent and brother, John Thornton, said Wednesday afternoon. “On an open market, he would get large offers. I don’t think that’s what he’s looking for. I still see him being in San Jose after this year.”
Term for Thornton will be interesting. The Sharks and Boyle talked over the summer, but nothing is imminent. It may be the 37-year old’s last contract, so term may be important to him, three or four years maybe. Marleau has said that a hometown discount has “been done already.” He could be the hardest deal for the Sharks do get done.
- Andrew Gross: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing new to report on contract negotiations.
- Ben Kuzma: Henrik Sedin on contract negotiations for him and his brother:
“There’s no news. When they come to us and have something for us, then we’ll talk. I won’t be negotiating, so I’m good. I’m going to play. If we take care of what we can do, everything will take care of itself. I don’t think we’re guys who are focused on what kind of deal we’re going to get. It’s always been about getting better.”
- Chris Johnston: Part of the $22.5 million in signing bonuses for Phil Kessel, he’ll get a $5 million payment in 2020-21 and in 2021-22.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel had asked for $8.6 million a year. Eight-years was more than the Leafs originally wanted to go. Captain Dion Phaneuf will be a UFA at the end of the season. Phaneuf has a $6.5 million salary cap hit this year, but a $5.5 million salary. The Leafs must decide what they think Phaneuf is worth. $6.5 million or more? Would he be insulted if they offered less? Do they even want him as their top defenseman?
- Elliotte Friedman: The Maple Leafs may decide at some point if they should eat some of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade to help their salary cap number. Teams can only retain salary for three players in a season and they have already used two up, Matt Frattin and Ben Scrivens.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mike Cammalleri is a UFA at the end of the season and has a limited no-trade clause. His play over the first several months could impact the return they get if they decide to trade him. Other Flames who will be UFAs at the end of the season: Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Blair Jones, Tim Jackman, Chris Butler, Kris Russell and Derek Smith.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Phil Kessel to an eight-year, $64 million contract extension.
- David Alter: Salary breakdown: 10 million, 10 million, 9 million, 9 million, 7 million, 7 million, 6 million, 6 million.
- Elliotte Friedman: He has a limited no-trade clause. He has a list of eight teams he can be traded too. Kessel “cannot be waived or “loaned” (although very unlikely) during term of the eight year deal.” The list of teams he can be traded will be submitted on a yearly basis, and doesn’t have to be done now.
- Leafs PR:
Over last 2 seasons only 3 players have more points than Kessel’s 134: Stamkos (154), Malkin (142), Giroux (141).
Over last 2 seasons only 5 players have more goals than Kessel’s 57: Stamkos (89), Ovechkin (70), Neal (61), Malkin (59), Tavares (59).
Over last 3 seasons only 3 players have more goals than Kessel’s 89: Stamkos (134), Ovechkin (102), Perry (102).
Kessel had 4-straight 30-goal seasons before shortened 2012-13. Only 6 other NHLers had at least 30+ goals in each of those 4 seasons.
- James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis:
“He wanted to be a Maple Leaf long term and we’re very pleased that Phil will be a part of our core group of players until 2021-22.”
- James Mirtle: ”Since trade, only six players have more goals than Kessel: Stamkos, Ovechkin, Perry, Marleau, Iginla, Kovalchuk”
- Bruce Arthur: “Phil Kessel is the one Leaf whose skill is not realistically replaceable. And he would have been the youngest UFA in next year’s class.”
- Jonas Siegel: “Only two players have finished top-10 in league scoring in each of the past two seasons: Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel.”
- Down Goes Brown: “I admit I did not see “Phil Kessel plays ten more years in Toronto than Tyler Seguin does in Boston” coming.”
Morning Hits: Kessel, Phaneuf, Avalanche, Bryzgalov, Da Costa, Hybrid icing, Dvorak and Drouin-Deslauriers
- Greg Brady: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis was scheduled to be on the Fan 590 at 9:00 am, but has been postponed until after 12:00 pm.
- Darren Dreger: Not complete yet, but Phil Kessel-Toronto Maple Leafs deal is expected to be for eight year at approximately $8 million a season. Has a limited no-trade clause. Announcement expected today.
- Darren Dreger: With Kessel deal likely completed this morning, Dion Phaneuf negotiations will soon become a priority.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: There was talk over the weekend that the Avalanche could have been looking at a trade for a defenseman, possibly with the Flyers. John Mitchell’s name was mentioned. Patrick Roy has said they won’t be making any deals for a little while. They have $10.6 million in cap room.
“We’re happy with our roster. We’re happy with the signing of (depth D-men) Nate Guenin and (Nick) Holden,” Roy said. “Holden has been very impressive. Same thing for Guenin. They’re going to start the year with us. When (Ryan) Wilson comes back, we’ll make a decision. But as of right now, we don’t have to make a decision. They’re steady, they’re consistent in their game and been great guys to add to our roster.
“Right now, the problem in the NHL is there are a lot of teams that are close to the cap. They’re trying to unload the player that basically no one wants. That’s no help for us. We need to go for the players that we think will play a role. And quite frankly, I like my four lines, with (Marc-Andre) Cliche as the fifth guy. I’m very comfortable. I don’t mind our D. We’re not going to replace our D with D that we don’t think are going to make our team better. We’ve been working with them for the last two weeks. Let’s keep working with this group, let’s see where we’re going to go. I feel like I owe it to this group to start the year and then we’ll see about any moves.”
- Josh Rimer: Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, on if they are talking to the Penguins: ”I do not make any comments on these sorts of things unless requested to do so by my client, which is not the case in this instance. Sorry.”
- James Gordon: Gordon finds it funny that people think that there is a “crackling trade market” for Senators forward Stephane Da Costa.
- Dan Rosen: Bill Daly said that hybrid icing has been approved.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that talks continue with Radek Dvorak and they should know by today which direction they are going.
- Frank Seravalli: According to GM Paul Holmgren, the Flyers are about $25,000 under the salary cap.
- Renaud Lavoie: The Penguins AHL team signed Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers to a 25-game contract.
- Bob McKenzie: The Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel deal could get done as early as today. Both sides working towards that.
- Darren Dreger: Neither the Maple Leafs nor Kessel agents are commenting on the speculation. Sense is that there could be news today.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the deal could be for $8 million a season, give or take $500,000 and for seven or eight years. Kessel’s productivity over the years shows that he could be looking for as much as $8.5 million or in the Claude Giroux range, $8.275 million.
- Damian Cox: Reported last week that they were working on a deal. The deal will be expensive, but they couldn’t have this hanging over the team all year.
- Bob McKenzie: The Leafs wanted to see how eager Kessel was to remain with the Maple Leafs. If he did, they figured the money would sort itself out.
- Bob McKenzie: The bottom line was, if they want to re-sign him, if would cost between $7.5 and $8.5 million a season or he would go to unrestricted free agency.
What do you think Kessel SHOULD get? What do you think he WILL get? (state if you are a Leafs fan or not)
- VIDEO: Talk on Kessel’s new deal. As well as Henrik and Daniel Sedin. For the Sedin’s, could be in the $7.5 million a year range for four to five years. There are no talks between the Penguins and Ilya Bryzgalov. This could be the last year that NHL players go to the Olympics.
- John Shannon: Damien Cox saying that the Maple Leafs want a deal with Phil Kessel done before the start of the season. Canucks wanting to get the Sedin’s locked up too.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis will now try to sign Phil Kessel to a contract extension before the start of the season. Kessel has said he doesn’t want to talk contract during the season. The Leafs could always re-sign him after the season if they can’t work out a deal before Tuesday. Nonis hopes to have at least one serious negotiation meeting with Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, before Monday. There has been little negotiation so far. It could take an eight year deal at between $60 and $64 million.
- Steve Zipay: The Rangers offered the deal Derek Stepan signed on Monday. He called them on Wednesday to say he would accept it. Andrew Gross: Stepan worked out this summer in Minnesota and had been working out with a Wisconsin team. He said he’s “not that far off.”
- Bob McKenzie: Stepan will get $2.3 million this year and $3.85 million next year. More money in the second year will mean he would require a higher qualifying offer. Arbitration eligible when his deal expires.
- CapGeek: Tim Thomas has a no-movement clause in his deal with the Panthers.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel was suspended for three preseason games for his slash on Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott on Sunday night.
What are you thoughts on the length of the suspension?
- Tony Ambrogio: Sabres Steve Ott on the media’s negative reaction to the Sabres-Leafs brawl: ”The people that don’t love it probably shouldn’t cover the sport anymore.”
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: (link has audio for Scott, Miller, Ott and Rolston) Sabres John Scott:
“I said, ‘Phil I think we’re going to have to go here, just to let you know,’ ” Scott said. “I would have went after who ever they put lined up next to me. I don’t know what their coach had in mine. I wasn’t trying to hurt him. I was just trying to send a message.”
“Hey, I’d be pissed off if someone went after my star guy too,” Scott said. “It’s one of those things. Their coach didn’t have to put Kessel out with me.
- Tim Panaccio: Jay Rosehill on the brawl: ”When a guy the size of Scott is going after Phil Kessel and there’s not a lot of guys on the ice to do something about it, it’s kinda like Clarkson has no choice.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs David Clarkson will forfeit $269,230.80 in salary for his 10-game suspension. The Leafs will also have to add about $75,000 in salary to place him.
- Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will have a hearing at 4 pm today.
- Craig Custance: One GM suggested one way to eliminate designated fighters would be to reduce the roster limit by one to 22. The NHLPA may not like that though.
Things got a little crazy during the Maple Leafs – Sabres game.
Jamie Devane dropped Corey Tropp in a bit of mismatch, though Tropp seemed willing to go.
John Scott goes after Phil Kessel, who delivers a couple two-handed slashes. David Clarkson leaves the bench to grab a hold of Scott before he destroys someone. Clarkson will receive an automatic 10-game suspension.
TSN: NHL Rule 70.10 states: “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular league and/or playoff games of his team.”
Kessel ended up taking on Brian Flynn and did well for himself.
Jonathan Bernier drops the mitts with Ryan Miller.
Time Team Penalty Details
10:01 Buffalo John Scott: 10 minutes, game misconduct
10:01 Buffalo Corey Tropp: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Buffalo John Scott: 2 minutes, instigator
10:01 Buffalo John Scott: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Buffalo John Scott: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Toronto Jamie Devane: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto Andrew Macwilliam: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto Tyler Bozak: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto Tj Brennan: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Buffalo Brian Flynn: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Buffalo Michael Zigomanis: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto David Clarkson: 10 minutes, leaving player’s/penalty bench
10:01 Buffalo Chad Ruhwedel: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Buffalo Chad Ruhwedel: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Buffalo Drew Bagnall: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto Phil Kessel: 10 minutes, match penalty
10:01 Toronto Carter Ashton: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto Jonathan Bernier: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
10:01 Toronto Jonathan Bernier: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Toronto Jonathan Bernier: 10 minutes, game misconduct
10:01 Buffalo Ryan Miller: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
10:01 Buffalo Ryan Miller: 5 minutes, fighting
10:01 Buffalo Ryan Miller: 10 minutes, game misconduct
10:01 Toronto Carter Ashton: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Toronto Tyler Bozak: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Toronto Tj Brennan: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Toronto Andrew Macwilliam: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Toronto David Clarkson: 10 minutes, leaving player’s/penalty bench
10:01 Buffalo Drew Bagnall: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Buffalo Michael Zigomanis: 10 minutes, misconduct
10:01 Buffalo Brian Flynn: 10 minutes, misconduct