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Posts Tagged Roman Hamrlik
Quick Hits: Staal, Hamrlik, Anderson, Brodeur, Grossman, Meszaros, Read, Janssen, Kinkaid, Frattin, Johnson, Liles, Komisarek, Reimer and Hedberg
- New York Rangers: Rangers Marc Staal was examined by an ophthalmologist and a maxillofacial surgeon today. “The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.”
- Katie Strang via twitter: The Rangers have claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Capitals.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators goalie Craig Anderson’s ankle isn’t getting any better.
“He does (need more time),” said coach Paul MacLean. “I don’t think he’s had a setback, but it hasn’t responded like we anticipated. We’re going to make sure (he gets rest).”
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils coach Peter De Boer said that Martin Brodeur is “feeling better” but not close to returning. Brodeur is no longer day-to-day.
- Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers announce that Nicklas Grossman, Andrej Meszaros and Matt Read are all day-to-day. Eric Wellwood was loaned back to the Adirondack Phantoms.
- Katie Strang via twitter: The Devils have sent forward Cam Janssen and goalie Keith Kinkaid back to the AHL and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs Matt Frattin will not be in the lineup tonight.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson will not be in the lineup tonight.
- Paul Hendrick via twitter: Looking like John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek will be scratches again.
- David Alter via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils tomorrow night.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: The NHL draft lottery will held on April 29th and the NHL draft will be held on June 30th in New Jersey.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The Penguins sign winger Tom Kostopoulos to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract. Will DePaoli via twitter: Kostopolous will have to clear waivers and then will be re-assigned to Wilkes Barre.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Predators have claimed Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Penguins. The Capitals put Roman Hamrlik on waivers.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Hamrlik is in the last year of his contract. He has a $3.5 million salary cap hit. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Hamrlik lost his job with the Capitals as there are four left handed defenseman ahead of him on the depth chart: Alzner, Erskine, Poti and Schultz. Coach Adam Oates insists that lefties play the left side.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has headed back to Slovakia to attend a family tragedy. He’s expected to be back by the weekend.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: The Penguins have recalled winger Beau Bennett.
Top 5 trade targets … Capitals willing to move top prospects … Senators have prospects for Perry … Pens looking to add scoring
- A few GMs may be wondering if their jobs are safe.
“I would think there’s a few guys around the league who are wondering,” said a league executive. “Teams often copy each other and firing the GM could become vogue if an owner believes it can turn the team around.”
Capitals GM George McPhee and Sabres Darcy Regier could be on the hotseat after their teams slow start.
- The league won’t announce anything regarding re-alignment until a deal has been agreed upon with the players.
“We will probably brief the board when we and (the union) have agreement on what we intend to propose for approval,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail. “Hopefully, we have reached a decision by the end of the month.”
- Many believe the Canucks won’t move Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider during this season.
- Two Ducks scouts showed up to watch a Senators-Sabres game this week fueling speculation. The Senators haven’t had any talks with the Ducks regarding Corey Perry. The Ducks will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t, Sens GM Bryan Murray needs to know what it would take to get him. They were the front-runner to land Rick Nash before he was dealt to the Rangers. They do have the prospects to land Perry.
“The Ducks are just trying to identify what everybody has,” said a league executive. “They are going to try to sign him.”
- The Flames are willing to move Jay Bouwmeester, but would anyone want to take on his $6.8 million salary next year?
- The Penguins have the money and would like to add a scoring winger at the trade deadline.
- Capitals GM George McPhee is frantically trying to add some immediate help and they might be willing to trade 2012 first round pick, Filip Forsberg and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. McPhee found out he wouldn’t get much return for Roman Hamrlik.
- The Maple Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins, Senators and several other teams have shown interest in Ryan O’Reilly. The asking price is a top prospect and a draft pick.
Top 5 Trade Targets:
1. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim: The Ducks are rolling along quite nicely and he is a unrestricted free agent. Teams are going to call, but if the Ducks continue at their current pace, it’s going to take a huge deal to get him.
2. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary: The Flames have to sit down with Iginla and decide what direction they want to take. If he’s going to sign an extension, they should get it done at a reasonable price and move on. Many believe Iginla should accept a trade and allow the Flames to rebuild.
3. Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa: This will be interesting to watch. If the Senators fall out of the race, does GM Bryan Murray give the 40-year-old the option to try to go win the Stanley Cup? The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are both going to be looking for a scoring winger.
4. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida: His name has come up lately because of his status as a UFA. If the Panthers don’t get back into the playoff race, Weiss is going to be targeted by teams looking for a rental. The two sides have a lot of work to get done to make a deal
5. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders: Teams are going to be looking for a puck-moving defenceman and a lot of teams like Streit. He had success in Montreal, he has been a winner in the past and he understands playing with pressure. Look for a lot of teams to try to get Streit.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “Matt Cooke no longer considered a repeat offender for purposes of calculating forfeited salary resulting from suspensions CBA rule is that repeat offender status is reset if there’s no suspension in 18 months. Cooke was last suspended in March 2011. Obviously that doesn’t mean B. Shanahan wouldn’t consider Cooke’s past if something were to happen again.
- 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.
Mediators will be at today’s meetings … A “sum-zero amnesty buyout” option by Allen … Teams calling employees
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The NHL wasn’t interested in having the federal mediators when the NHLPA offered last week, but this week Daly said, “Different circumstances. Different stage of negotiations.”
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: The NHLPA said there will be no media scrums after this session of talks.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: Bill Daly said that he has “no expectations” for the meeting with the NHLPA.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The owners are not looking to include amnesty buyouts in the new CBA. They are looking to bring the salary cap ceiling down from $70.2 to $60 million, more than a 14.5 percent drop. This could pose a big challenge to at least 10 teams. The Flyers would have $7.5 million to fill eight spots after Chris Pronger is put on LTIR. The Canucks would have $4.6 million for 10 roster spots. The Canadiens would be over the cap with seven spots to fill. The Penguins would have $7.4 million for eight spots. The Lightning would have $2.5 million for eight spots. The Bruins would be in big trouble. The Rangers would have $2.7 million for seven players if they are forced to count Wade Redden’s contract. The NHLPA could propose a “sum-zero amnesty buyout.” It could work where it wouldn’t cost the owners a dime outside of the 50-50:
Players bought out under this program before this season at either one-third or two-thirds depending upon their age could be re-signed only for the difference between the buyout amount and the full contract. The entire amount would count against the players’ collective share but the buyout team would not be charged a cap hit.
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: Wyshynski is hearing that two more teams have called their staff back or have them on standby. That is four teams total. This could just be a precaution as things will happen fast if a deal gets done.
Player notes involving: Del Zotto, Nash, Braun, Stuart, Koivu, Hecht, Smyth, Hartnell, Hamerlik, Murray and Scheifele
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Rangers Michael Del Zotto has left Rapperswil with a back injury. Larry Brooks via twitter: Del Zott0 has mild back stiffness. Rick Nash’s groin injury is only minor after his weekend examination.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Sharks Justin Braun fractured a bone in his hand and is leaving Finland.
- Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Saku Koivu has been skating with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. He owns a part of the team, along with his brother Mikko and Miikka Kiprusoff. Sources are saying that he won’t be suiting up for them right away, maybe not until after Christmas or possibly only if the NHL season is cancelled.
- Ottawa Sun: Free agent forward Jochen Hecht signed a 2 year deal with Adler Mannheim of the German league. Hecht had spent the last nine seasons playing for the Sabres.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Smyth hasn’t played during the lockout, but it’s possible that he joins Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The Canadians could also have forwards Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Brooks Laich, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Sam Gagner, Jamie Benn and Tyler Ennis. Along the blueline they could have Stephane Robidas, Jared Spurgeon and Andrew Ference. In net, Jonathan Bernier could be an option.
- Ottawa Sun: Flyers Scott Hartnell doesn’t think any of Roman Hamrlik’s Capitals teammates will stick up for him on the ice after the comments Hamrlik has made during the lockout.
“I don’t think anyone other than Roman Hamrlik in Washington — a guy who has made $50-to-$60 million from the (NHL Players’ Association) — has turned on us. You’re going to have guys like that,” Hartnell told the radio station. “I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him. To sell the whole PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be tough.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray’s agent, Rick Valette, told the Columbus Dispatch that Murray’s surgery has been pushed back from yesterday to mid-January.
“If waiting a month allows it to recover to 105 percent, that’s what we’re after. If he’s ready July 1 instead of June 1, no big deal.”
- Terry Koshan via twitter: The Jets have said that Mark Scheifele will remain with the Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, regardless if a new CBA gets done.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Roman Hamrlik was interviewed by the Globe and didn’t back down from his comments.
“This is nothing against any of the players,” Hamrlik said. “I stand with them. We are all together in this. And we want a great deal. A fair deal. Everybody’s losing in this right now. Owners, players, fans.
“The fans are the reason for hockey. Some cities won’t be able to recover their fans for future seasons. I just want to say I’ve been in the league for 20 years and faced three lockouts and there’s only 14 other guys that have done that. I believe I’ve earned the right to say what I think.
“If someone thinks I’m selfish, I may be, but it’s selfish to play hockey. Like everybody else, I want to win the Cup with the Capitals, or at least have a chance.”
Hamrlik did ease up a bit on his Fehr comments.
“About Fehr, I just think time is against us,” he said. “We need the solution. I think this is a fight between two groups that have too much pride.
“I still support Fehr, but we the players we need to push him more to get the best deal possible, as soon as possible. That’s what I think… How many more weeks, how many more months can we wait?”
Hamrlik on Erik Cole’s comments.
“I don’t have anything against Cole. I mean he’s a good guy. He has his opinion like everybody else, but I’m a little bit disappointed about what he said. I think he’s got three years left on his contract and I’m sure he got a nice signing bonus this summer so he didn’t sacrifice anything. I’ve been in the league for 20 years.”
- Gino Reda via twitter: Reda interviewed Hamrlik yesterday.
“I’m just frustrated, I’ve been in the league for 20 years and faced 3 lockouts.I believe I’ve earned the right to say what I think. I think time is against us and we need to find a solution. I think that it’s a fight between 2 groups that have too much pride. I’m a little bit disappointed in what he(Eric Cole) said, he has 3 years left on his contract and I’m sure he got a nice signing bonus this summer, so I don’t think he didn’t have to sacrifice anything, so good for him, good agent. I’m just sending a message to Fehr, trying to push him a little bit, you know the older guys, we dont have much time, remember what happened in 2004, we then signed the same deal that was waiting for us right now on the table you think players are going to come back next summer and say no were not playing, i dont think so, were going to sign the deal anyways.”
- Chris Johnston via twitter: A Czech report said that Michal Neuvirth agrees with Hamrlik’s stance on the lockout. Roman Jedlicka via twitter: (fount by Pro Hockey Talk) Neuvirth said to TV NOVA Sport: ”I agree 100% with Hammer. This lockout is not about majority of players, i think. It is about several superstars with big contracts.”
Hamrlik sounds off on Fehr … Cole, Gorges sound off on Hamrlik … Ryan to Sweden … ASG could be cancelled Friday
- TSN: Capitals Roman Hamrlik isn’t happy with the way the lockout has gone.
“I am disgusted,” Hamrlik told Daily Sport and translated by Roman Jedlicka of TV Nova. “We have to push Fehr to the wall to get the deal. Time is against us. We lost [one-quarter] of the season, it is $425 million. Who will give it back to us? Mr. Fehr?
There should be voting between players,” Hamrlik told Daily Sport. “If half of the players say let’s play, then they should sign a new CBA. If there is no season, he should leave and we will find someone new. Time is our enemy.”
Canadiens Erik Cole isn’t that happy with Hamrlik.
“If that’s his opinion, then he should just stay over there (in the Czech Republic),” Cole told the Gazette.
“For him to come out and say this, it’s the most selfish thing I’ve heard during the lockout. Without a doubt. It’s just disappointing. You’d think the veteran guys are the guys who’d take more pride in what other veteran guys sacrificed in the last lockout, how we all benefited from that as a group. Some guys never played again.”
- Louis Jean via twitter: Canadiens Josh Gorges on Hamrlik’s comments:
“I think it’s a joke that a guy that hasn’t made any efforts to be informed, hasn’t been on conf calls hasn’t been at any meeting makes a statement like that. It’s so far from reality. We’re 150% behind Don.”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Ducks winger Bobby Ryan will be joining Mora.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The All-Star game in Columbus is expected to be cancelled on Friday.
- The Fourth Period: Gabriel Landeskog has been approached by a couple Norwegian teams. Matt Duchene is not considering playing in Europe unless the entire NHL season is lost. Jan Hejda will wait until November before deciding what to do. Paul Stastny may be looking to pay in Germany with his brother Yan if the lockout drags on.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Ryan Suter on playing overseas, “Not right now.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Martin Brodeur on playing overseas, “Not now for sure only if it drags on I’ll look into it.”
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Roman Hamrlik on playing overseas, “not going anywhere for now.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Jonathan Quick on playing overseas, “I don’t know.”
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Cam Ward and James Wisniewski on playing overseas, “Not interested.”
- Regan Bartel via twitter: Luke Schenn is considering practicing with his old junior team, the Kelowna Rockets.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Ray Whitney said he won’t be going overseas.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Cam Fowler not sure if he’s going overseas.
Deadline notes … Rangers made one last offer for Nash, Blue Jackets wanted different players … Panthers weren’t close on deals
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Sharks will be getting Douglas Murray and Martin Havlat back before the playoffs. Talks between them and the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash hit a roadblock when the Sharks refused to include Logan Couture. The Sharks did inquire about James van Riemsdyk. The Stars received about “12 to 14″ inquires over the past couple weeks for Steve Ott. The Canucks were offering Mason Raymond, but that wasn’t enough. The Stars were not going to trade Ott for picks or prospects. Burke didn’t trade any of his players for 1st round picks as he didn’t want to send the message to his players that they were giving up on the playoffs. The Capitals took calls on Roman Hamrlik but didn’t find a fit. The Red Wings looked at Paul Gaustad but didn’t have a 1st.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he’ll continue to try and trade Rick Nash in the offseason. “This is too important for our franchise and our fans to do a deal that is not in our best interest.” The Rangers made a late offer of Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 1st round pick. Howson added:
“I’ve had many teams express that they would have a ton more interest in the offseason,”“I just think it was the right thing to do, the truthful thing to do,” Howson said.“We wanted to make sure that everybody understood where everybody was on this issue because it’s a very important issue for our franchise.
“I think things will continue to be amicable between Rick and the organization.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks also noted the Rangers upped their offer to Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 1st round pick. Howson was after Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, and a 1st round pick.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he didn’t come close to making a deal. There was talk that they might move pending UFA defenseman Jason Garrison, but decided against it.
“We made a lot of phone calls and identified what we wanted to add to our lineup,’’ Tallon said. “We couldn’t get what we wanted without mortgaging our future. There just wasn’t a lot of activity. … I’m happy with our team. We improved it. We’re going to stay with the team that has 70 points, is in first place and is battling for a playoff spot.’’
Possibly Blackhawks targets … Nothing Pens as of yesterday afternoon … Leafs that could be traded … Habs looking at future
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman should be one of the busiest GMs today. A source said that Bowman has talked with the Capitals and Lightning recently. The ‘Hawks are looking for a defenseman, possibly Roman Hamrlik (WAS) and Chris Campoli (MON). At center, Sabres Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad are options. Nikolai Khabibulin and Josh Harding could be options if they decide not to stick with Crawford and Emery.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Ray Shero during the first intermission of yesterday’s game:
“Right now there’s no deal out there for me that makes any sense. People speculate that we will add salary, but if there’s nothing there then it doesn’t make any sense for me whether it’s for this year or moving forward.”
On Sidney Crosby returning or not: “I hope he will be back,” Shero said. “There’s no guarantee of that, but I’m hopeful that will happen.” Shero is not looking for a backup goalie.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle lists some players that the Maple Leafs could move today and chance the of being dealt: Luke Schenn (30%), Mikhail Grabovski (25%), Colby Armstrong (15%), Nazem Kadri (5%), Clarke MacArthur (5%), Mike Komisarek (2%) and Jake Gardiner (0%).
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Leafs coach Ron Wilson would love some help in net, but asking prices for replacements is sky high. Adding a stop goalie may not be reasonable for Burke. Mirtle wonders if the Leafs should try to move out the contracts of Tim Connolly, Matt Lombardi and Colby Armstrong. He also wonders if they could sell off under-performers and redo their offensive and defensive depth at the draft or free agency.
- Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette: It’s unlikely the Canadiens will do anything to fix their sinking ship. GM Pierre Gauthier will be looking at moves for their future.
Early evening rumors involving: Capitals, Sabres, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Flames and Blue Jackets
- Jesse Spector of the Sporting News: Spector writes about 3 teams that should be sellers. Capitals – Both Roman Hamrlik and Mike Knuble could be valuable veteran additions for contenders. The Capitals are close to the cap ceiling, and have been putting players on LTIR to stay below. Alex Semin will be a UFA at the end of the year. GM McPhee needs to figure quickly what went wrong, and make some moves to free up some cap space. Buffalo – If the Sabres can find someone to take on one of their bad contracts, or get a solid return for Drew Stafford, they may make a deal. Rental players that have available are Brad Boyes, Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht. Edmonton – Ales Hemsky is their most intriguing trade candidate, but they are also trying to re-sign him. If the Oilers can find a taker for Cam Barker or Theo Peckham, they should make the deal.
- Howard Berger via twitter: Though not certain of the magnitude, but Berger would be surprised if the Maple Leafs haven’t made a deal by late Sunday. A source has said that the Leafs have received “several” trade scenarios involving Mikhail Grabovski. Wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s dealt. Grabovski and Carl Gunnarsson are the players most often mentioned in trade talks @NewfamousLeafer via twitter: LeBrun reported on TSN 1050 that Luke Schenn is the likely to be traded Maple Leaf.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Rangers discussing placing Sean Avery on re-entry waivers tomorrow. Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Flames were the 1 team that was interested in Avery a month ago, but the Rangers were relucant to put him on re-entry.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Oilers and Ryan Smyth are talking contract extension.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The Oilers want Ales Hemsky to decide on contract offer now, so if 2 years isn’t good enough, they have until Monday to talk to teams about a trade.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Oilers may have interest in Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot despite him being done for the year with a a broken jaw.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Multiple teams have interest in Capitals Mike Knuble.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said he’s less likely to acquire a rental player. Added that the trade market has shrunk in the last couple days.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets have had inquiries about center Derek MacKenzie.