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NHL Rumors II: Zuccarello, Sharks, ‘Hawks, Canucks, Bruins, Myers, Boyle, Sabres, Briere, Coburn, Blues and Penguins
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Rangers Mats Zuccarello’s agent: ”Will be glad 4 Mats Zuccarello’s sake that he will soon get 2 show NHL again how good he is.” Bob McKenzie via twitter: Paperwork from the KHL team/federations are the only thing holding Zuccarello’s return. Has a deal in place.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Oilers should go after Flyers forward Max Talbot.
If the Sharks trade anyone at the deadline, it will be defenseman Douglas Murray. Center Martin Handzus could also be moved. Ryane Clowe is another option, but if they are still in the playoff hunt, it would be hard to move him. He could get them a 2nd round pick and a prospect.
The Blackhawks could be looking for another center. Derek Roy could be a rental option. A 2nd round pick and prospect could work. The Canucks could be looking at Roy as well.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Bruins are looking for left-handed top-four defenseman. They inquired about Jay Bouwmeester, the asking price was high and his contract wouldn’t be easily added. Would they be interested in Ryan Whitney?
Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers could be available, but he has 6 years and $33 million left on his deal. A former NHL coach said: “I’m sure 29 other teams would like to take a run at him, figuring he just needs to be somewhere else. You know how it is.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Dan Boyle’s name keeps coming up, but he has one year left at $6.6 million. He’d be excellent in Philadelphia, but his age (37 in the summer) and money are an issue.
Lindy Ruff could have the Lightning’s head coaching job if he wants it. Ruff may wait to summer to see what happens with the Flyers or Rangers.
Sabres Robyn Regehr could be ideal in LA and would probably cost a 2nd round pick. Jordan Leopold could also be an option. Cory Sarich is available, but he has another year on his deal.
The Flyers would like to move Daniel Briere. He has a no-movement clause and feels he could be an amnesty buyout in the summer. He’d then have the choice as to where he’d end up as a free-agent.
The Flyers would trade Braydon Coburn, but he has a $4.5 million salary cap hit for the next three seasons.
The Blues would like Jay Bouwmeester, but at $6.8 million next year, they’d have to move some big cash. The Blues have been looking at Oilers Ryan Whitney.
You’d think the Blues and Lightning would have spoken about Brian Elliott. He has one year and $1.8 million left on his deal.
- Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Finding help for the Penguins blue line is GM Ray Shero’s next priority. They are not optimistic about getting a top-four, but a top-six is more realistic. They could use a “big, rangy, physical guy.” Rostislav Klesla could be an option. Coyotes GM Don Maloney has been scouting the Penguins. Malone and Shero may not have talked trade yet, but it could be soon.
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers announced that Scott Hartnell had surgery to repair his big left toe, out 4-6 weeks.
- NHL.com: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be out at least a month with a shoulder injury according to GM Paul Holmgren. Meszaros hurt his shoulder in the last shift of the second period on Thursday night.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Martin Hanzal and Rostislav Klesla both skated [yesterday]. Hanzal is questionable for [today] and Klesla is still on the IR. Both have lower-body injuries. If Hanzal is able to play, he’ll slot in for Lombardi, if not, coach Tippettt said they’ll look at possibilities tomorrow.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Ian White hopes that he can resume skating next week, and return to the lineup the following week.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi was getting evaluated today, he’s still out indefinitely.
- Dave Vest via twitter: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Mike Smith remains day-to-day and that Lombardi ”may be out for a significant amount of time.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators Kaspars Daugavins replaced Guillaume Latendresse.
Injury update: Downie done for year, Hartnell out indefinitely, Lupul breaks arm, Smith leaves early, Burns to IR
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Steve Downie will have season ending knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Downie suffered the injury on Tuesday night. The Avs recalled Brad Malone.
- Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Scott Hartnell: ”Scott will be out indefinitely with a left foot injury. We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests.”
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul has a broken forearm. Was hit by a shot from the point.
- NHL.com: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith left midway through the first period last night with a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to San Jose. They will call up Chad Johnson from the AHL as an emergency call-up.
“Lower body. Day-to-day. Not sure where he’ll be tomorrow, so we’ll have a call-up,” coach Dave Tippett said. “The trainers came to me after warmup and said Smitty is a little tight, you might want to keep an eye on him. And ‘a little tight’ turned into ‘can’t play.’”
Martin Hanzal and Rostislav Klesla missed the game with lower body injuries.
- Kevin Kurz via twitter: The Sharks have put Brent Burns on the IR to make from for Scott Gomez on the roster. He seemed to be walking around the room fine. Burns hasn’t skated since the the days leading up to the start of training camp.
“From what I’m told, he’s improving every day. Obviously when you go on IR you’re not playing tomorrow, or we would have never done that. After that, it’s a day-by-day thing,” McLellan said.
Defenseman Jason Demers is still recovering from a fractured wrist and can’t take a full slap shot yet. He’s out through at least the weekend.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: “The decision is that SEL teams must be allowed to sign whoever they want or risk being fined 20M krona. Effectively: SEL open for #NHL’ers.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Expect Alex Steen to play with Modo. Karlsson, Bäckström, Eriksson, Lundqvist, Edler, Hedman are other possibilities.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: SKA had a verbal agreement with Vladimir Tarasenko, but he had last-minute non-financial conditions that the team couldn’t meet.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: CSKA announced they have not signed Mikhail Grabovski, Anton Volchenkov could join the team.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brad Richards will be sticking around for now,
“I am staying here for the fall,” Richards, the Rangers’ alternate captain, told The Post yesterday by email. “Not thinking about anything until at least Christmas. Going to train, skate and be ready.”
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec and Ladislav Smid to Liberec, Tomas Kaberle to Kladno, Rostislav Klesla to Trinec and Sergei Bobrovsky to SKA.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexander Semin’s dad told Sport-Express that he has no KHL offers, and if nothing changes, Semin will play for is hometown Sokol Krasnoyarsk in farm league VHL.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ryan Getzlaf doesn’t plan heading overseas,
“I’m at a point now where I have a young boy at home,” he said. “It’s nice to spend time with him and [my wife and] I have another baby due in December. It’s kind of at a point where I don’t really have the option to go over to Europe right now with my son and one on the way.”
- Marcel Kuchta via twitter: The SCL Tigers have signed Tyler Ennis and Jared Spurgeon.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Ales Hemsky could play his first game with Pardubice of the CZE league on Sunday.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Zilina of the Slovak Extraliga has been trying to sign Milan Jurcina but they can’t afford to pay the insurance.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Pardubice is trying to find a way to pay for David Krejci’s insurance.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Evgeni Malkin’s Russian agent told Sport-Express that Karl Alzner, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares and Claude Giroux are trying to get KHL deals. Stephen Whyno via twitter: Report that Alzner is looking for a KHL deal, “That’s not true.” Chris Kuc via twitter: Patrick Kane laughed when asked about playing in Russia.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Wojtek Wolski hopes to sign a deal with KH Sanok of the Polish league in the next few days.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Djurgarden have said they’ve reached deals with Douglas Murray and Patric Hornqvist, working on insurance.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Tomas Tatar signed with Slovakian SHK 37 Piestany until the start of the AHL season (Oct. 9th).
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Michal Neuvirth signed with Sparta Praha.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Matallurg Novokuznetsk’s GM said they are trying to sign Dmitry Orlov, who was assigned to the AHL by the Capitals.
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Sidney Crosby said he’s not looking to go to Europe yet, and hasn’t compared notes with this agent about offers.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Kyle Turris has looked into playing overseas, “A matter of seeing when and where,” said Turris. “It’s definitely in the plans.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Jaromir Jagr told Claude Giroux to join him in Kladno but “we don’t have any money and you’ll have to pay your own insurance.”
- Mike Brophy via twitter: The Oilers wanted to trade the 1st overall pick, but the asking price was too high, which led to little interest.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Bobby Ryan told Miller yesterday that he wants to be traded, preferably to to the Flyers. Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Pierre McGuire said that Bobby Ryan is on the Flyers radar.
- Will DePaoli via twitter: Penguins GM Ray Shero said it’s possible that they add another impact player via trade or free agency.
- Ryan Porth via twitter: Predators GM David Poile said it is status quo with Ryan Suter and not trading his rights. They were interested in trying to trade in to the back half of the 1st round. Rob Rossi via twitter: The Penguins were talking to the Predators about the rights to Ryan Suter. (2 minutes after the tweet, both sides moved on). Joshua Cooper via twitter: If the Penguins and Predators were talking about his rights, Suter is going to July 1st. Don’t think the Pens would be able to get a deal done.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins GM Shero talking with Coyotes GM Maloney about Keith Yandle, moved on from Suter. Chris Stevenson via twitter: There were rumblings that Zbynek Michalek would be part of the deal to bring in Yandle. Dave Molinari via twitter: Yandle deal may have hit a snag. Rob Rossi via twitter: Also heard that the Penguins had interest in Coyotes Dman Rostislav Klesla.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson continues to garner interest. They will wait to see if the offers get better.
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren: “We get calls on a lot of things. We’ll leave it at that.”
- George Richards via twitter: As of yesterday (Wednesday), the Panthers had not even spoken with the Canucks about Roberto Luongo. The Panthers said that if the Canucks called, they would listen. He’s still a big-time goalie that would help them get in the playoffs, but money would be an issue.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis vows to be patient when dealing Luongo. The Panthers will likely find a way to make a deal work, but it could take awhile. Kevin McGran via twitter: The Panthers are interested in Luongo, but only for a cheap, cheap price.
- Michael Arace via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said there were no offers for Rick Nash yesterday. He added if Nail Yakupov fell to them at #2, he would have traded the pick. Aaron Portzline via twitter: (right after draft) Howson said he already had 2 offers for the #31 pick, “but there’s a player there we really, really like.”
- James Gordon via twitter: You have to wonder if with the acquisition of Sergei Bobrovsky, that Rick Nash to San Jose table is set. The Senators package included Robin Lehner or Ben Bishop. Team 1200 via twitter: (4:00 pm yesterday) According to RDS, last issue in Ottawa trading for Rick Nash is budgetary, in owner Eugene Melnyk’s hands now.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Canadiens won’t trade P.K. Subban.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: The Blues may have interest in UFA defenseman Jason Garrison. No team has inquired about trading for his rights.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Strange to fathom that Red Wings UFA Jiri Hudler could be a $4 or $5 million player.
- Dustin Nielson via twitter: The Oilers tried to move into the 2nd half of the 1st round.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders GM Garth Snow said he has no plans to talk with P.A. Parenteau’s agent, Allan Walsh, at the draft. He’s likely headed elsewhere.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Michael Leighton is an option as Ilya Bryzgalov’s backup next year.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that he thinks trades will happen in the coming days.
- Lisa Dillman via twitter: Newly acquired Islanders defenseman told Dillman that he considered retirement after this season, but said he was feeling better and changed his mind.
- Spector’s Hockey via twitter: @lakingsinsider is saying the Kings have interest in re-signing Dustin Penner, but “have not committed to the idea yet.”
- Terry Jones via twitter: You have to wonder if Ales Hemsky is available now? Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and Hemsky are all right wingers.
- Jesse Spector via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee said his scouts didn’t have Mikhail Grigorenko in their top 20.
Rypien didn’t have alcohol/drug issues … Alfie skates … Nothing new on Yashin … Hiller hopes to be ready for camp … Jackets and Flames notes
- Jason Botchford via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that when he was with the Canucks, Rick Rypien’s issues were never alcohol or drug related and that he was even reluctant to take anything prescribed.
- Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com: Daniel Alfredsson skated yesterday for the 1st times since having back surgery in June.
“It felt good to be back on the ice today,” he said afterward. “I was on for maybe an hour, an hour and 20 (minutes), did some drills and played a little bit of a scrimmage. It was fun. I was tired, but everything held up well and the back felt fine.”
Alfredsson hasn’t played in a game since February 7th. He hopes to be ready for the start of training camp in September. He’ll be back out skating on Thursday.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov spoke with Alexei Yashin’s agent and said there is nothing new to report on negotiations.
- James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk: Jonas Hiller hopes to be ready to the start of training camp.
“Of course I know I still have to get some ice-training and I have to work hard towards it. But that is something that you do every year. And for that I am here in Switzerland. This is what I’m working towards. And then, I believe, that I’m going to be ready come training camp and the season. And the All-Star game is certainly a goal again.”
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Antti Mietinen (Wild) has finally signed with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL.
- Tom Reed via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson likes to award contract extensions to players leading up to the season. Think Antoine Vermette, Derek Dorsett, and Steve Mason. (He mentions Rostislav Klesla, but he was traded to Phoenix last year).
- Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: Flames GM on Daymond Langkow after he missed 78 games with a fractured vertebra:
“One of the guys who has consistently been at the training sessions is Daymond,” Feaster said. “He was fully cleared at the end of the season. He’s been fully training. No restrictions whatsoever
“He’s ready to go when camp opens.”
Feaster on Brendan Morrison who had surgery in April to repair a torn ACL:
“The big thing we’re going to have to do with him is to make sure he doesn’t overdo it,” Feaster said. “He’s pushing to be ready for camp, and our point to him is to follow what the doctors are telling him and make sure he’s fully healed.
“But he’s progressing very, very nicely. He’s very happy and so is the medical staff.”
Richards skates for 1st time since concussion … Oilers not active shoppers … ‘Hawks-Lightning talking … Columbus looking for C and Dman … Leafs and MacArthur
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Brad Richards skated for the 1st time since Feb. 13th yesterday.
“He skated today, and I haven’t heard anything else besides that,” Crawford said. “I think the news is good on him, and let’s hope the news continues to be good. You hope we get another shot in the arm with the return of Brad and the return of Nick Grossman (at some point). You just have to be patient, because those are injuries where you just have to do what the medical people tell you.”
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has talked to Richards about the possibility of a trade, and both understand each other. “It’s a complicated process and there is a lot to consider, but we believe we’re prepared for all possibilities,” Nieuwendyk said. “There is so much speculation out there, but it’s not coming from our side. The bottom line is we are on the same page and Brad understands what we are doing.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is not an active seller these days, and there have not been as many scouts attending Oilers games lately. He’s fine if they don’t make any trades by the deadline. There were 6 scouts watching the Oilers-Wild game (2 from the Blackhawks, 2 from the Rangers, and 1 from the Capitals and Thrashers). In Denver, one scout (Martin Lapointe from Chicago) watched them again, maybe looking at Jim Vandermeer. A scout from the Kings and Penguins was also at the Colorado game. For a Hemsky to LA deal, they may be able to get at least a 1st, 2nd, and a top prospect like Colten Teubert or an NHLer in Wayne Simmonds. Ladislav Smid is getting interest the Predators.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks may be in the market for a 3rd/4th line center, and should take a look at Panthers center Marty Reasoner. Reasoner is 54.5% in the faceoff circle, and kills penalties. He could be had for a likely a late round pick, several teams could be interested.
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: The Blackhawks are on the lookout for a defenseman, and may have targeted Lightning’s Brett Clark according to his sources. Clarke carries a $1.5 million cap hit, is under contract next season, and may require them to give up a forward off their roster. The ‘Hawks could also be looking at Ladislav Smid and Jim Vandermeer according to Jim Matheson.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: “Our team has put itself in position to challenge for a playoff spot,” Howson said yesterday. “We want to try and help if we can; we want to try to add to the team.” They need a playmaking center and power play quarterback. Howson says he’s “one of 25 buyers.” The Blue Jackets have inquired about Brad Richards. Steve Weiss and Tim Connolly could be available, Connolly more affordable. John-Michael Liles could be the top Dman available but he has a limited no-trade clause, and the Blue Jackets are not on his list of preferred teams. Also available are Bryan McCabe (no-trade), Joni Pitkanen (‘Canes still in 8th), and Dennis Wideman. Howson may prefer not to disrupt team chemistry, may have to part with 1st rounder or Nikita Filatov. Canadiens, Kings, and Penguins have inquired about Rostislav Klesla.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs may be looking to do one more deal, with Burke talking to up to 5 teams about a defenseman. He’s not close to anything.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: John-Michael Liles will earn $4.5 million next season with a $4.2 million cap, and the Leafs maybe trying to get him cheap. They may have offered the 3rd round pick they got from the Versteeg deal. The Leafs have been talking to Clarke MacArthur, he may be asking for a 3 year, $9 million deal. If they can’t re-sign MacArthur they may look to move him. Would the Canucks or Kings be interested? Cody Hodgson could be in play for the Canucks. Burke could also be interested in Stephen Weiss and David Booth from Florida. The Leafs could get in on Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky. The problem for the Leafs could be what to give up for these guys.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The NJ Devils are on a 16-1-2 run, and Jason Arnott must decide by Sunday night whether to ask for a trade or remain with the Devils in hope that they can continue to push for the last playoff spot. “Yeah, it does change it. We’re getting closer to the playoffs. It’s going to probably be a tough decision when Sunday comes around,” Arnott said today after practice in Brandon. “I’m sure the next few games will tell a little bit more.
- Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post: “We’ve stripped down and added a lot of young assets,” Burke told the crowd. “We’ve gone through, now, the selling part of this process. We are buyers now. We’re trying to add a defenceman right now.” Burke said he wanted to add a defenseman by the end of [today], and has a couple things going on. MacArthur could be moved before the deadline if contract talks don’t go well. Burke hopes to make some more moves before the 28th trade deadline.
- Brian Burke Audio from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Sources told Strickland that the Panthers and Rangers had a deal almost done for Bryan McCabe several weeks ago but he broke his jaw. They may re-visit the deal. McCabe has a no-movement clause and he may be very selective as to where he’d go.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Chris Phillips have talked contract extension (possibly a 3 year deal), but if they can’t get a deal done, he could be moved. Chris Neil has apparently given the Senators a list of 10 teams he can’t be dealt too. The Rangers could be interested in Neil who has 2 years with a $2 million cap hit. The Rangers are said to be interested in Filip Kuba, who has another year left at a $3.7 million cap hit. There may only be 1 or 2 teams interested in Alexei Kovalev, and he wouldn’t cost much.
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The Kings were interested in James Neal before he was dealt yesterday but weren’t interested in giving up one of their top defenseman for him. They’ve looked David Booth and Ales Hemsky, but won’t move Brayden Schenn.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers could buyout Sheldon Souray after the season. Coach Tom Renney added, “Would the Oilers take him back next year? I would keep an open mind,” said Renney. The fact that Souray has 1 more year left on his deal is what likely scared teams off. Souray’s foot speed was also an issue.
- David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period: The Canadiens are looking for a top 6 forward and a shutdown defenseman. Dustin Penner, Rostislav Klesla, Kristian Huselius, Chris Phillips and Ryan Suter have been linked to the Canadiens. Canadiens GM Yannick Weber, Andrei Kostitsyn and Lars Eller, among others may be being used as trade bait.The Kings are after Ales Hemsky. Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn may be available for a ‘top-line player’. Brad Richards will also interest in the LA Kings. It’s being said that Richards will only waive his no-trade if GM Joe Nieuwendyk insists. The Rangers would love to get Richards, but may be in a better position to trade for Hemsky, McCabe and/or Brad Boyes. Michael Del Zotto might be moved for right player. Del Zotto may have been in discussion in a deal involving Tomas Kaberle before he was dealt to Boston. John-Michael Liles is being “shopped hard” by the Avalanche.Aside for Klesla and Huselius, the Blue Jackets may be shopping Jakub Voracek. GM Scott Howson didn’t like what the Penguins wanted for Alex Goligoski. The Flames can’t afford Huselius, and could be looking for a gritty 2nd-3rd liner, Chris Neil could be an option.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Teams like Pittsburgh, Washington or Los Angeles could be interested in Tim Connolly. Many people will be surprised if Connolly last the week. Matthew Barnaby adds via twitter: They can’t wait to get Connolly’s contract off the books.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators forward Peter Regin suffered a shoulder injury on Saturday in a game against the Leafs and could be done for the season. “We won’t know more until the test,” he said. “It could be worse (than we first thought).”
- Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks forward Scott Nicol is out with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic practiced yesterday and could be in the lineup tonight. Kent Huskins is not likely to play.
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Mike Brown and Colby Armstrong should be back in the Leafs lineup tonight on a line with Darryl Boyce. Joey Crabb and Christian Hanson could be healthy scratches. The Leafs might have to call up a defenseman as Brett Lebda has a big bruise on his leg after being hit with a slapshot.
Kaberle to Bruins close, B’s looking at secondary deal … Rangers interested in Kuba … ‘Hawks close on minor deal … Habs interested in Klesla and Huselius
- Darren Dreger of TSN: “It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.” The Bruins are working on another deal to create some cap space. Blake Wheeler and his $2.2 million salary could be moved out and he’s drawing some interest. The Leafs should be both a buyer and seller as they continue to believe they have a shot at the playoffs. The Leafs are expected to talk to Clarke MacArthur’s side to see what it would take to do an extension. Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to add a forward and a defenseman.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty the reports that the package the Leafs might be receiving is Blake Wheeler and draft pick. The Bruins are also rumored to be discussing sending Mark Stuart to the Blackhawks for a draft pick.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Brian Burke said reports that Tomas Kaberle is going to the Bruins is not accurate, talking to multiple teams.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: In theory the Bruins could take on salary now and shed the salary in the summer, dealing picks and prospects to get their coveted puck moving defenseman.
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: With the Bruins looking at Tomas Kaberle, Eric Brewer, Ron Hainsey, and Zach Bogosian; Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler could be on their way out. Stuart has been a healthy scratch lately and will be a UFA at the end of the year, Wheeler will be a RFA.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers are looking for a defenseman, and have some interest in Senators Filip Kuba
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Rumors that Chicago may be close on a minor deal.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Montreal Canadiens are said to have interest in Blue Jackets D Rostislav Klesla and LW Kristian Huselius. The player who might have their interest is puck moving defenseman prospect Yannick Weber.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he can only add a $1 million player at the deadline.
- George Richards via twitter: Stephen Weiss suggested he would waive his no-movement clause if the Panthers didn’t want him anymore. He has not talked to management, nor been asked to waive his no-movement clause.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will get Brad Stuart back tonight, Valtteri Filppula back next week, and possibly Mike Modano in 2 week. These are some of the reasons as to why GM Ken Holland indicated they may not make any trades by the deadline.
Brassard to IR … Leino puts contract talks on hold for Versteeg … Bieksa out with broken foot … Klesla close
- Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets have placed Derick Brassard on IR, and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Tom Reed via twitter: The first MRI didn’t reveal a break, will have a second one this afternoon.
- Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Ville Leino was in the middle of contract extension talks with the Flyers when GM Paul Holmgren approached Leino with the option to either get a deal done now or wait until after the season so that they could trade for Kris Versteeg. They don’t have enough ‘tag room’ to do a deal now.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has a broken foot, the Vancouver Sun is reporting he’ll be out 2-3 weeks. The Canucks have 6 of their top 8 defenseman out with injuries: Edler, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Ballard, Alberts, and Sweatt.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla should begin skating later this week or early next week, he’s been out with a bruised knee.
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Trade discussions are heating up. The Blue Jackets may be the closest to making a big deal. Steve Mason, Jakub Voracek and Rostislav Klesla are believed to be getting some interest. A top center and defenseman are of interest to the Jackets. Dale Tallon and Pierre Gauthier spent some time talking before last night’s game, though Tallon said no groundwork was laid. Ray Emery has drawn interest from 3 teams, with the Ducks and Flyers as 2 of them. Teams could make a move in the next 48 hours.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Mike Smith has cleared waivers and is expected to be assigned to the AHL.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Ray Emery’s agent JP Barry, “We are now exploring all possibilities and will have to make a decision relatively soon.” Bob McKenzie via twitter: Wherever Emery signs, he’s likely to start off in the AHL.
- Andy Strickland via True Hockey: The LA Kings and soon to be UFA, Justin Williams, have talked contract extension. Williams may be looking for a multi-year deal in the $4.5 million range, which might be out the Kings range.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Peter Forsberg appeared to have had a rough practice yesterday, and it’s still unknown if his comeback will be successful. Forsberg hopes he can make a decision soon, maybe by the weekend.
- Allen Panzeri via twitter: Jason Spezza has been practicing on a line with Alfredsson and Foligno and appears to be ready to go for Saturday.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Pavel Datsyuk had hoped to return on Friday, but Babcock said it might not be until next week.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: It looks like it might be quiet trade deadline for the Minnesota Wild. From GM Chuck Fletcher, “trying to make the playoffs with this group.” There has been no talks of moving any of their potential UFAs. Though he wouldn’t mind giving his team a boost, he won’t mortgage their future. Marek Zidlicky is 2 weeks away from practicing.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals coach Bruce boudreau doesn’t know if Alex Semin will make the trip to Tampa.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Mike Brown will be out a couple weeks with an upper-body injury.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuuka Rask will be going for the Bruins against Andrew Raycroft and the Stars.
- Joshua Cooper via twitter: Andres Lindback will start for the Predators tonight.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Cam Ward will be net for the Hurricanes tonight against the Maple Leafs.
“There are certain hits in a game that are tolerable if you have the puck,” a visibly angry Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “(If) you hit a guy without the puck you can kill a guy. It’s the most dangerous hit in the history of the game. He tried to hurt him. That’s as a bad a hit as you can ever have in the game.”