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Scratches, Lines and goalies: Oils, Rangers, Sabres, Sens, Devils, Caps, Pens, Isles, Ducks, Blackhawks, Stars, Bruins and Jets
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers winger Ryan Smyth and defenseman Ryan Whitney appear to be scratched tonight.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Brian Boyle will be scratched again. Eminger and Bickel are also out.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Tyler Myers will return to the Sabres lineup tonight.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek-Zibanejad-Alfredsson;Greening-Turris-Silfverberg;Condra-Smith-Neil;Daugavins-Da Costa-O’Brien. Defensive pairings: Karlsson-Methot; Gonchar-Lundin;Wiercioch-Phillips. Benoit could be sitting.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Matteau-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Barch-Josefson-Butler.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Chimera-Ribeiro-Ovechkin, Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer, Fehr-Perreault-Ward, Hendricks-Beagle-Crabb.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-RNH-Eberle Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky Paajarvi-Belanger-Hartikainen Eager-Smyth-Petrell.
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Boychuk-Malkin-Neal Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy Glass-Jeffrey-Adams (Tangradi, Vitale). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Engelland-Bortuzzo Despres-Reese Niskanen-Letang.
- New York Islanders via twitter: Islanders lines:Moulson-Tavares-Boyes, Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo, Grabner-Aucoin-McDonald-Reasoner, Ullstrom-Cizikas-Martin-Boulton.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks lines: Kyle Palmieri-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry, Emerson Etem-Bobby Ryan-Teemu Selanne, Andrew Cogliano-Saku Koivu-Daniel Winnik. Matt Beleskey-Nick Bonino-Brad Staubitz. Defensive pairings: Sheldon Souray-Francois Beauchemin, Luca Sbisa-Toni Lydman, Bryan Allen-Ben Lovejoy.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Chicago lines: Brandon Saad-Jonathan Toews-Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp-Dave Bolland-Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell-Andrew Shaw-Viktor Stalberg, Brandon Bollig/Jamal Mayers-Marcus Kruper-Michael Frolik. Defensive pairings: Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalarmasson-Johnny Oduya, Nick Leddy-Michal Rozsival.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Eriksson-Roy-Ryder, Smith-Eakin-Vincour, Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt. Defensive pairings: Dillon-Robidas, Rome-Daley, Goligoski-Larsen.
- Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Bruins lines: Lucic-Krejci-Horton, Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Scott Clemmensen will be in net for the Panthers against Braden Holtby and the Capitals.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Viktor Fasth will face Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars Kari Lehtonen will face Devan Dubnyk and the Oilers.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for the Rangers tonight.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.
- Update: Gary Lawless via twitter: Al Montoya will start in net for the Jets tonight.
Blues goalie question … Pollak on Thornton to Rangers … Who the Sharks, Jets could look at … Huet looking NHL
- Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Question: Will Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott split time or will one become the traditional starter. Jeremy Rutherford: Rutherford expects them to split time, but GM Doug Armstrong recently noted that he can see Halak playing more than the 46 games he played last year. Dan O’Neill: “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Tom Timmerman: May depend on how well Halak starts the season. If he starts off hot, he could see more game. Elliott may get 30 games. If Halak starts off cold, Elliott will get more games. Andy Strickland: Hard to say, will have to see how they play throughout the season. If they are hot, they’ll play more. Kevin Wheeler: He’d roll with the same setup as last year.
- Kevin Kurz CSN Bay Area: Wonders if the Sharks are short a defenseman. They have a strong top 5, but questions surround Douglas Murray and Jason Demers. Prospect Taylor Doherty could see some action this season. Some free agent options could be Michal Rozsival, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jim Vandermeer, Scott Hannan, Brett Clark, Matt Gilroy, Jaroslav Spacek, Pavel Kubina, Steve Eminger and Kurtis Foster.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Pollak comment s on Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont’s note on the Rangers possibly looking at Joe Thornton:
“Don’t be surprised” could be code for, ‘I talked with someone in the Rangers organization’ or it could mean Dupont is just stirring the pot. No problem with that either way.
Nothing suggests that the Sharks might be receptive to an offer. The Sharks are looking to improve their roster, and the Rangers aren’t going to offer up Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal (overstatement but making a point). Thornton has a no-trade clause. He called the Rangers soft last year, later apologized.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Tait mentions some free agent names that might look good in a Jets uniform: Shane Doan, Milan Jurcina, Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Kurtis Foster, Mathieu Darche, Petr Sykora and Jonathan Cheechoo.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Flames 1st round pick Mark Jankowski will play with Providence College rather than Dubuque of the USHL.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Cristobal Huet’s agent said he’s “still working on” getting a deal with an NHL team.
Possible Islanders targets … Many plans for ‘Hawks … Preds in tough with Weber … No word from Selanne or Alfredsson
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders have only 4 veteran defenseman under contract heading into free agency. Devils Bryce Salvador is one player the Islanders could be interested in, though he may be too expensive for them. Matt Carkner may be more realistic for the Isles. Rangers Steve Eminger is also on their radar. Tough guys George Parros and John Scott may intrigue them. Brandon Prust is looking for more than $2.5 million, which is too much for a 3rd/4th liner. They’d like to find a 2nd line center, and there is some interest in Olli Jokinen. The Islanders may gamble on Alex Semin or possibly Brad Boyes.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman:
“We’ve been spending a week going through Plans A, B, C and D,” Bowman told the Tribune. “You just can’t go ahead and say, ‘We’re going to get this guy’ because you don’t know if you’re going to get that guy. In some scenarios, we look at different positions or different styles of players. We’re going to make a lot of phone calls, I know that.”
Bowman said if it makes sense to bring in a top free agent, he wouldn’t hesitate. Maybe Martin Brodeur?
“We’re fortunate because we have a lot of guys already under contract. It doesn’t mean we won’t add players but some teams are in a different spot where they’re looking at adding four or five players. We probably aren’t going to be doing that but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to be active.”
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson could be moved. Blackhawks are looking for anyone to take Steve Montador who has a cap hit of $2.75 million through 2014-15. They could look to improve along the blueline and maybe in net. If they are looking to make a big splash, they’ll look at Parise, Brodeur or Suter. Alexanders Semin, Shane Doan, Jiri Hudler or P.A. Parenteau would help upfront and Matt Carle or Jason Garrison would help on the blueline.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Stan Bowman on possibility of targeting Martin Brodeur: “I don’t rule anything in or rule anything out.”
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Predators are in tough with Shea Weber and they may have no choice but to agree to his terms.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks still haven’t received an answer from Teemu Selanne but they are still talking. Perhaps an answer (last night) or early this morning.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: The Senators will enter free agency under the assumption that Daniel Alfredsson will be returning next season.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said that ownership has been very supportive so far, and that trade talks have become more focused. He also noted that he’s received lots of “creativity” in trade interest with several of their players.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: There may be more interest in Stars Steve Ott if he wasn’t making $3.2 million next year.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Wild have recalled goalie Matt Hackett due to a Josh Harding minor injury. It’s not trade related.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he did not set a deadline day for re-signing Tuomo Ruutu. Some assumed that he did since he mentioned he expected a decision by mid-week. Rutherford added: “We’ve worked very hard on it and gone as far as we can go. We’re hoping he’s staying and will get a positive answer from him.” He also said he didn’t expect to be active leading up to the deadline. “I say that now, but you can get surprised.” The Hurricanes also hope to get Joni Pitkanen back in the lineup in the next 10 days.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: One of the Sharks star players wouldn’t be opposed to them adding Sean Avery, saying the veterans could handle him. Sharks management may not be on the same page as their star player though.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings and Todd Bertuzzi are closing in on a 2 year contract extension worth close to $2.2 million per season.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexander Radulov is saying the Predators are “pressing” him to return to the NHL.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: From Cotsonika’s interview with Sharks GM Wilson, he said that the early deals are the best but “sellers can sometimes dictate that if they’re going to put a guy on the market or not.” In other words, Wilson may prefer to make a big deal in the summer.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have begun talks with pending free agent Brandon Prust. Other Rangers free agents are Ruslan Fedotenko, Martin Biron, Steve Eminger, John Mitchell and Jeff Woywitka.
Kings and Canadiens coaching situation … Ruutu ignore rumors … Injury notes on Boyle, Little, Lehtonen, Giroux, Couturier, Armstrong and Michalek
- Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: The Kings are expected to announce the hiring of new head coach Darryl Sutter sometime today. He’s expected to make his Kings coaching debut on Thursday against the Ducks.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Canadiens CEO Molson said that the “ability to express himself in both French and English” will be “very” important when they are looking to pick their next head coach.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu will be an UFA at the end of the season, and is trying to ignore the trade rumors. “I just live my life day by day,” he said, smiling again. “I don’t think I’m the only player with my name out there.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Flyers have made plenty of trades with the Hurricanes in the past, so they could target Bryan Allen or Tim Gleason. The Oilers could use a puck moving defenseman. The Oilers could move Ales Hemsky at the deadline if they decide not to re-sign him. They could get a prospect defenseman and a draft pick. Matheson wouldn’t be surprised if the Oilers were looking at Slava Voynov of the Kings.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Nikita Filatov has signed with CSKA for the remainder of the season. Will play his first game on Thursday.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said he’s been playing with a broken foot since Nov. 10th. “My game is skating and I was definitely a step behind for many of those games and a little slower out there. I didn’t have the energy to get into every play,” he said. “It’s a factor. I don’t want to sit here and make excuses.”
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets center Bryan Little blocked a shot off his foot on Saturday and his day-to-day. They will see today if he is able to go. Antti Miettinen skated with Tanner Glass and Jim Slater and should get into to his first Jets game.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has missed 9 games with a groin injury, but is targeting to return after Christmas. “First I have to have a couple more days just with the goalie coach,” Lehtonen said. “Then I need to start skating with the team and have a couple of those days, and then after that, we’ll see when I play. We haven’t talked about any dates, but probably sometime around Christmas.”
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: A source has said that Flyers forward Sean Couturier is only sore, and not concussed after taking a Kimmo Timonen shot off the head.
- Anthony San Filppo via twitter: Flyers center Claude Giroux practiced without a no contact jersey. San Filippo thinks we’ll be back this week.
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome will be out 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb.
- Tony Ambrogio via twitter: Maple Leafs winger Colby Armstrong is out with a concussion that he suffered on Saturday after a collision with Ryan Kesler.
- Brent Wallace via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek is still listed as day-to-day. It is possible that he skates today, but not definite. Ian Mendes via twitter: Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar are both expected to play tonight against the Sabres.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins Jordan Staal and Craig Adams are day-to-day but will skate today.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on contact drills: “Close, in a few days if everything goes well.”
- Katie Strang via twitter: Rangers Steve Eminger is out 8 weeks. Jeff Woywitka is questionable for tonight. Tim Erixon will be recalled as insurance.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: There were 15 scouts from 15 teams at the Maple Leafs-Kings game last night.
Schneider left due to cramp … NY Rangers have some off-season decisions to make … Malkin back before Crosby … Niemi to start
- Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider left with under 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period. He had to be helped off the ice after his leg cramped up.
“The cramps, he said, “I could feel coming on after the second and sure enough, on that penalty shot, I just extended my leg and it completely seized up. I felt bad making Lou go in cold in the third.”
Now the question will be, who will start game 7?
“Oh, if I would tell you who I’m going to play, would you believe me now?” said Vigneault, who said he didn’t actually lie, he just “went with the gut.”
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks defenseman Sami Salo lasted only 3 shifts last night with an undisclosed injury. Aaron Rome or Keith Ballard could replace him for Game 7.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The NY Rangers have 7 RFA’s to deal with this off-season. Forwards, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, and Brian Boyle. Defenseman Matt Gilroy and Michael Sauer and goalie Chad Johnson. They’ll likely want to bring back UFA Ruslan Fedotenko, and possibly Vinny Prospal. Alex Frolov likely won’t be back. Steve Eminger and Bryan McCabe are UFA’s on the backend. The Rangers will likely go after 31 year old Brad Richards. The Rangers wouldn’t confirm a report that coach John Tortorella signed a 3 year contract extension.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The NY Rangers summer salary cap number is at $47.6 million, with the projected cap number of next year at $62.2 million. Their cap number doesn’t include any of their 6 RFA’s (Brooks didn’t include Chad Johnson), which should about $12 million to sign the 6. If Wade Redden doens’t retire, the Rangers will be on the hook for his contract again, and can’t remove it until they waive him in training camp. Buying out the last year of Chris Drury’s contract would save them $3,333,333 in cap space this year, but would carry a $1,666,667 in 2012-13. Wojtek Wolski carries a $3.8 million next year, and if bought out, would save them $3,333,333 next year. A Sean Avery buyout would save them $1,333,334 in cap space next year. Vinny Prospal, Bryan McCabe and Steve Eminger likely won’t be offered a contract. They won’t offer Matt Gilroy a $2.1 million qualifying offer, but are expected to give him a 2 year offer worth half that.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rossi has heard from someone close to the Penguins organization that he would expect to see Evgeni Malkin back in the Penguins lineup before Sidney Crosby. Malkin may be able to return if the Penguins get deep in to the playoff, Rossi asked that organization what deep meant, and “was told deep meant conference finals or Stanley Cup Final.”
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Antti Niemi will start Game 6 for the Sharks. “Nemo will play tomorrow. He is our guy,” coach Todd McLellan said Sunday after practice. “We don’t expect him to be perfect,” McLellan said of Niemi. “We expect him to be a little bit better and I think he expects that of himself.”
- Eric Stephen of the OC Register: With the Ducks eliminated from the playoffs, questions regarding whether Teemu Selanne will retire or not are already appearing. When asked late in the season, Selanne said he’d make the decision before July 1st. Selanne is coming off a 31 goal, 80 point season.
Rangers still interested in Souray? Pens looking for Dman? Some Devils demoted could be recalled by Friday
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The New York Rangers currently have 5 right-handed defensemen on the roster, and may be on the lookout to add a lefty. Sheldon Souray’s name continues to float around, but even if the Rangers could add some salary to the deal (Steve Eminger, Todd White and Derek Boogaard), Souray’s $5.4 cap hit would hurt next year’s budget when Wade Redden’s deal pops up again. The Rangers will search the waiver wire for left-handed defenseman. Vinny Prospal may require knee surgery that could end his season, possibly his career. More will known after a 2 week rest period. Brandon Dubinsky may move in the #1 center spot between Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman prospect, Simon Despres, has a good chance of at least starting the year with the club. GM Ray Shero may be looking for a #6 defenseman on the waiver wire. If they add one defenseman, it could mean that one of Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland and Andrew Hutchinson could go on waivers. They are $1.2 million below the cap, and Jordan Staal could be placed on LTIR to create more room.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Minnesota Wild have put Matt Kassian and Drew Bagnall on waivers. Basically meaning that Casey Wellman and Justin Falk have made the team.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t rule out recalling any of yesterday’s demoted players (G-Mike McKenna. D- Matt Corrente, C- Jacob Josefson, RW-Mattias Tedenby) by Friday after their cap situation becomes clearer. Lou also added that no decision has been made if Bryce Salvador will be placed on LTIR or not.
- Ben Wright via twitter: Alex Burmistrov, Anthony Stewart and Freddy Meyer all have good chance of making the Atlanta Thrashers final roster.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Peter Schaefer is still on tryout with the Vancouver Canucks, and it could be down to him and Jeff Tambellini for the final roster spot. If Schaefer gets the spot, he’ll likely get a 2-way contract worth the minimum $550,000.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Andres Lilja was released by the San Jose Sharks today.
Stars still looking to trade Ribeiro … Red Wings may still be looking at a couple moves … Could Redden remain with the Rangers?
- EJ Hradek via twitter: Hradek thinks the Dallas Stars would still like to trade Mike Ribeiro, but they can’t get the deal they’d like. He thinks they are looking for a top-4 defenseman.
- Ansar Kahn of MLive: The Red Wings have looked at Lukas Krajicek as their 6th defenseman, and may be a better fit than Willie Mitchell, as he’d come at a more affordable price. Mitchell probably wants more money than the Wings have available, and may not be comfortable with being the 5th/6th defenseman and getting less ice time. Andreas Lilja may be a better option than Krajicek, but the Red Wings were offering $1 million, and he was seeking $1.5 million.
- Ansar Kahn of MLive: After the Mike Modano signing, the Red Wings have 15 forwards, so it will likely mean they will have to trade or waive someone. Mattias Ritola or Drew Miller will be the likely candidates to be moved. Khan thinks Miller will be moved. Ritola has a higher offensive upside, and is signed for 3 years, while Miller is on a one year deal.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have about $57.5 million (including Cheechoo and Emery buyouts) committed to 22 players. Their defensive corps currently consists of Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips, Filip Kuba, Erik Karlsson, Matt Carkner, Brian Lee and Chris Campoli, with youngster Jared Cowen and Patrick Weircioch waiting in the wings. Brian Lee could be moved. If they are looking to add some toughness to the back-end, Brendan Witt and Willie Mitchell could be options. The Senators may also look to add a top-6 forward through free agency (I didn’t realize there were any top-6 forwards available). If they add another forward, Ryan Shannon could be dealt or sent to the minors.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With the additions of Alexander Frolov and Todd White, it appears the Rangers may not be planning on having Wade Redden’s salary counting against the cap, possibly waiving him during training camp. Though the Rangers defense may have some question marks that may lead the Rangers to keeping him. Marc Staal still isn’t under contract, Steve Eminger may too expensive for a 7th defenseman, Matt Gilroy may not be progressing as much as the Rangers had hoped, and what if Redden bounces back to his Senators days. The Norweigen Hobbit, Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who was signed last spring, may find himself in the minors.
- Toronto Sun: Reports are the that Vesa Toskala will be heading to play in Sweden next season. Farjestad may be looking for a goalie since their current goalie, Robin Rahm, tested positive for a banned substance and may be a 2 year ban.