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- Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Ray Emery will miss Game 1 of their series with the Wild. Both are out with lower-body injuries.
“We’re going to rule them out for (Tuesday),” Quenneville said. “We’ll say day-to-day. We’re hopeful they’re going to be on the ice real soon. We expect them on the ice real soon.”
Henrik Karlsson will back up Corey Crawford. Michael Handzus will center Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Jason Pominville, who had been out with a head injury, practiced yesterday on a line with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Coach Mike Yeo wouldn’t say for sure that he’ll be available for Game 1 against the Blackhawks.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues T.J. Oshie feels he’s ready to go, but coach Ken Hitchoch isn’t giving him the green light just yet.
“We’ll get an evaluation to see how ‘Osh’ feels (after practice) and how he looked and then we’ll evaluate it (Tuesday),” Hitchcock said.
Adam Cracknell may come out of the lineup if Oshie is back. Vladimir Tarasenko could also be the odd man out. Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Darren Helm (back) traveled with the team to Anaheim and briefly skated yesterday. There is little chance that he plays again this season.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: It’s unlikely that Jason Spezza will get back into the Senators lineup, unless they go deep into the playoffs.
“I suspect we would probably have to go a little distance (in the playoffs) for that to happen,” Murray said Monday.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks could have some cap issues in the future. Marian Hossa contract runs through 2020-21, but if the 34-year old retires before it expires, they could get hit with a minimum of $4.6 million to a max of $9.2 million salary cap hit. They have about $4.6 million to fill 6 roster spots for next season. Brooks suggests the Blackhawks may have to use an amnesty buyout on Hossa to avoid future issues. Brooks thinks the asking price for Corey Perry on the open market would be for $9.5 – $10 million for 7 years.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: With each loss, it makes it easier to trade Jarome Iginla. “The frustration of staying loyal to an organization that continually spins its wheels as time ticks away on your chance to win a Stanley Cup is clearly mounting, as Iginla takes one final week or two to decide if he wants to end his 18-year relationship with the Flames.” Iginla hasn’t yet told his agent which direction he wants to pursue. It would have to be tempting to put the Penguins, Bruins and Blackhawks on his wish it he decides to move on. The Kings could also be tempting.
- Michael Traikos of the National Post: The Maple Leafs could be both buyers and sellers leading up to the April 3rd trade deadline day. Will GM Dave Nonis look to trade their healthy scratches (Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles)? Turn their pending UFAs into draft picks? Acquire a top-line center like Avalanche’s Paul Stastny or stay the course? Nonis’ priority is to get the Leafs into the playoffs, and he’s made it clear he won’t mortgage the future to get there. He does realize though that they have 6 UFAs and 6 RFAs. Clarke MacArthur will be a big decision as he’s in the last year of a 3 year, $9.75 million deal. Nonis may not trade MacArthur for picks, but would he move him to the Sharks for Ryane Clowe? The Leafs will have to decide on Tyler Bozak as well.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson lists the top 20 unrestricted free agents that could be dealt: 1. Corey Perry (Ana) 2. Jarome Iginla (Cal) 3. Ryane Clowe (SJ) 4. Valterri Filppula (Det) 5. David Clarkson (NJ) 6. Daniel Alfredsson (Ott) 7. Mark Streit (NYI) 8. Brenden Morrow (Dal) 9. Robyn Regehr (Buf) 10. Nik Antropov (Wpg) 11. Ron Hainsey (Wpg) 12. Ryan Whitney (Edm) 13. Nikolai Khabibulin (Edm) 14. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Min) 15. Matt Cullen (Min) 16. Ian White (Det) 17. Ryan Jones (Edm) 18. Jordan Leopold (Buf) 19. Ryan O’Byrne (Col) 20. Stephen Weiss (Fla)
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Penguins scouted the Wild earlier this week. The Penguins are looking for a top-6 forward and may have been looking at Pierre-Marc Bouchard and/or Devin Setoguchi.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have called the Avs about Ryan O’Reilly, but it’s unlikely they will go after him. The asking price of what O’Reilly is looking for will keep them away. The Rangers will have 3 prominent RFAs that they’ll need to re-sign this summer, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t giving up on the season, but he won’t give away their first round pick or a top prospect for a defenseman. Matheson wonders if they’d be interested in Ryan Whitney. Other defensman that may be available are: Tomas Kaberle, Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jonathan Blum. Matheson thinks the Oilers should keep Whitney, but if they got a third rounder or better back, they might have to consider it.
News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed
- Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s ”pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.
“It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”
- Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.
“I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told ESPNNewYork.com. “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”
Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.
“I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”
- Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.
“No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.
“I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’
The agent added,
“It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.
“He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’
The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said in the last few weeks he’s ”pretty much symptom free” from the season ending concussion he suffered on January 4th. Bouchard isn’t a locked out player yet. He’ll be visiting doctors later this week.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Kristian Huselius signed with AIK of the Swedish Elite League.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Panthers Shawn Mattias is playing in Austria and may have suffered a concussion. He’s being looked at, and may end up returning home.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Team USA’s Stefan Noesen has been deemed ineligible for the World Junior Championship by the IIHF due to his OHL suspension. He’d have 7 of 10 games left on his suspension. Chris Peters via twitter: Noesen would have likely played in a top-six role, and is not easily replaced.
- BD Gallof via twitter: Officials at Barclays gave a “no comment” on the rumor that the Islanders could move to Brooklyn before the end of the 2015 season. Gallof thought it was worth noting because the media departments usually give a stock answer from the original press conference or denying a change.
The Minnesota Wild are fighting for their playoff lives in the Western Conference as they are trying to stave off teams such as Phoenix, Calgary, Colorado, and Dallas who are hot on the Wild’s heels. With over $10 million in cap space and phenomenal prospects such as Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Jonas Brodin to name a few, the Minnesota Wild will be buyers and sellers when the deadline rolls around.
What do the Wild need to stay in contention in the West?
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Coyotes have claimed Gilbert Brule off re-entry waivers.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Clearing waivers today: Tim Sestito (NJ), Brodie Dupont (NASH) and Mark Fraser (ANA).
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle will be out 2 to 3 weeks with a knee injury.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: James Neal is skating in his usual spot with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz at the Penguins practice this morning. Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins Craig Adams says he plans on playing tonight.
- Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day and won’t be in the lineup tonight. Ansar Khan via twitter: Jimmy Howard will start on Thursday, Ty Conklin starts tonight.
- Scott MacArthur via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Connolly-Kessel, Crabb-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Lombardi-Kadri, Boyce-Steckel-Brown. James Mirtle via twitter: Looking like Jake Gardiner is the odd man out on the Leafs blueline tonight. Sabres lines: Vanek-Hecht-Pominville, Boyes-Leino-Stafford, Ellis-Adam-McCormick, Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta. Sabres defensive pairings and starting goalie: McNabb-Myers, Leopold-Regehr, Gragnani-Weber. G: Miller (Enroth backs up.) Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Derek Roy will be a game-time decision.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Hemsky, Smyth-Horcoff-Jones, Paajarvi-Belanger-Lander, Hordichuk-O’Marra-Eager.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will play tonight, center Travis Zajac is out.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks called up Jeff Deslauriers. Jonas Hiller is not on the ice, lower body injury.
- Minnesota Wild via twitter: The Wild have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the IR with concussion like symptoms.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Curtis Sanford will start for the Blue Jackets against Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Flyers.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Cory Schneider will start for the Canucks against Dwayne Roloson and the Lightning.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Brent Johnson is expected to start for the Penguins.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders against the Red Wings.
Giroux practices … Arniel safe … Burke could be looking at a Jan. trade … Parise only dealt if can’t be re-sign
NHL holiday roster freeze kicks in at midnight tonight and ends at midnight on the 27th.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Claude Giroux practiced with the Flyers yesterday in a no contact jersey for the first time since sustaining a concussion. He said his headaches are “pretty much” gone. Giroux is not expected to play until after Christmas, and could miss the Winter Classic.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on Scott Arniel’s coaching status:
“Coaching is not an issue on this team, as to where we are right now.”
“The players have to take it upon themselves to play better. “We’re all struggling through this, players included.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: The Maple Leafs are wilting, so expect GM Brian Burke to make a significant deal at the start of January. It’s time for ID “tradeables” on the Leafs roster.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets talked with the Coyotes about Kyle Turris, but they couldn’t find a match. It’s likely the Blue Jackets will trade Vinny Prospal at the trade deadline. The 36 year old will be a UFA at the end of the season.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Before being sent to the Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek, the Hurricanes were offering a 2nd round pick to anyone willing to take Tomas Kaberle’s contract. If the Canadiens miss the playoffs or are knocked out early, can expect a full organizational review, with GM Pierre Gautier being very vulnerable. A few teams have made strong offers for Maple Leafs defensemen Keith Aulie and Cody Franson. They were “good” offers, but Burke isn’t interested in trading either defenseman at the moment. Burke may use Franson as a “piece” in his “fine tuning.” Aulie may only be dealt if he’s part of a bigger deal. The Devils priority is to re-sign Zach Parise, and he’d only be dealt after Lamoriello has done everything he can to re-sign him. Dreger thinks the Red Wings and Penguins would be as aggressive on Parise as other teams.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is still looking to make some trades, and has often brought up dealing a defenseman for a forward.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have called up Chad Rau and Jed Ortmeyer, placed Casey Wellman on the IR, and sent Cody Almond back to the AHL. The Wild do not expect Mikko Koivu or Pierre-Marc Bouchard to be in the lineup.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Flames Rene Bourque will have a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Blackhawks Brent Seabrook.
- Dallas Morning News: Richard Bachman is expected to start for the Stars against the Ducks.
Koivu out … Are the Lightning looking for a goalie? No major overhaul for Burke … Gomez has setback and starting goalies
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu will miss at least Saturday’s game against the Islanders with a leg injury. GM Chuck Fletcher hopes to have Koivu back before Christmas. Devin Setoguchi, Guillaume Latendresse and P-M Bouchard are not at practice as well.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: Do the Lightning look for a goalie like Evgeni Nabokov to improve their goalie situation, or do they go after a goalie prospect? Jonathan Bernier could be an option. The Capitals may choose to move Michal Neuvirth to open a spot for Braden Holtby. The Wild could move Josh Harding to open a spot for Matt Hackett.
- Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn’t planning on a major overhaul, “We’re looking at fine-tuning now.” Burke added:
“The top-six, bottom-six model is already dead in less than five years. Now it’s a top-eight or top-nine, and bottom-three or four. And speed rules now. It’s all about foot speed.”
“I still think a big team that can skate is going to prevail over a smaller team that can skate. I think the Bruins proved that last year. So I don’t think toughness will ever go out of the game. I don’t think the physical element will ever be diminished.”
- Brian Wilde via twitter: Canadiens center Scott Gomez suffered a setback on Monday. He’ll remain off-ice and there is no timetable on his return.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba could be ready for Tuesday. No change on Milan Michalek.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta “wasn’t feeling well” this morning, missed the morning skate and is questionable for tonight.
- David Alter via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs against the Sabres. Jonas Gustavsson will start in net tomorrow.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Richard Bachman will start in net for the Stars against Johan Hedberg and the Devils.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Alex Auld will start in net for the Senators tonight against the Penguins.
- George Richards via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers against the Flames.
Betts sent back to Philly … Colaiacovo may have concussion … Malkin out last night … Dumbfounded by Turris … Bouchard suspended 2 games
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Blair Betts has been sent back to the Flyers after being claimed by the Canadiens last week. The NHL ruled that Betts was damaged goods with a “lower-body injury.”
“While it is clear that both clubs have acted in good faith in this unique situation (waiver claim), I am not prepared to dispute the conclusion of the Montreal club doctors that Mr. Betts was physically unfit to play at the time of the claim,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Therefore, it is my decision that, per league bylaws, the appropriate resolution to this matter is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the waiver claim on Oct. 5.”
The Flyers put Ian Laperriere on LTIR. The Flyers are at the max of 50 contracts. Sean Couturier won’t count until his 11th game.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has a head injury, and the Blues are treating it like a concussion.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have assigned Brendan Bell to the AHL. Defenseman Tim Erixon remains with the team. Jeff Woywitka will practice with the team today.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Johan Hedberg will start for the Devils today against the Hurricanes.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Evgeni Malkin missed last night’s game. Coach Dan Bylsma said it’s not related to the right knee surgery he had last year.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: NHL managers and scouts are dumbfounded by Kyle Turris trying to get a deal for $3 million or $4 million a year.
“Is he trying to force a trade? Does he just not want to play there? Does he not like the style of game (coach) Dave Tippett has and figures he’d be better someplace else?” asked one NHL executive.
Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. They are without Marc Staal at the moment and aren’t likely to be wanting to trade a defenseman.
- BD Gallof via twitter: Gallof is starting to think that Evgeni Nabokov will be put on waivers eventually. He didn’t have a good preseason, but it would depend on DePietro’s health this month.
- Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard was suspended for 2 games for high-sticking Matt Calvert.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: Marian Hossa will be of the Blackhawks lineup for 2-3 weeks.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Jamie Langenbrunner hopes to be back in the New Jersey Devils lineup on Thursday.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Pierre-Marc Bouchard will be returning to the Minnesota Wild lineup tomorrow night.
- Curtis Zupke via twitter: Lines at Ducks practice today: Selanne-Getzlaf-Perry and Blake-Koivu-Ryan.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Philadelphia Flyers loan Michael Leighton to Adirondack for a 6 day conditioning stint.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Colby Armstrong says he’s getting close to returning to the Maple Leafs lineup, took part in full practice today.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Brian Lee was placed on waivers today by the Ottawa Senators. Calgary’s Stefan Meyer cleared waivers.
- James Mirtle via twitter: It will be a Dan Ellis – Jonas Gustavsson goaltending match-up tonight.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Martin Brodeur won’t be ready to Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.
- Capgeek via twitter: The Atlanta Thrashers have signed Tim Stapleton to a 2 year deal.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Chris Drury was hoping to return this weekend or early next week, but that will be delayed as his CT-scan on this broken finger showed it hasn’t completely healed yet.
Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Jason Spezza will find himself on the penalty killing unit. Spezza basically hasn’t killed penalties since his AHL/OHL days.
Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues have lost another defenseman. Barret Jackman will miss about 3 weeks. Roman Polak will miss at least more 8 weeks after severing multiple tendons. Carlo Colaiacovo is also out. Nikita Nikitin could make his debut on Saturday. Cam Janssen could return this weekend. Ty Conklin will get into a game on either Saturday or Sunday.
Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Pierre-Marc Bouchard didn’t get clearance from doctors on Friday to begin playing again. Bouchard is still feeling some pressure in his head after workouts. Though disappointed, considers it part of the process in his comeback. He hasn’t played a game since Oct. 9th 2009.
Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Pekka Rinne will start for the Predators tonight against the Kings.
Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail: Ed Jovanovski’s hat trick on Wednesday for the first by a defenseman in the Coyotes/Jets history, 2,415 games. Chris Osgood is 2 wins away from becoming the 10 NHL goalie to hit 400 wins.
WGR 550 Audio: Lindy Ruff postgame comments. Drew Stafford has upper body injury.