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Posts Tagged Tomas Holmstrom
Holmstrom to retire today … Flames trade Karlsson … Injury notes: Burns, Briere, Bertuzzi, Colaiacovo, Green and McDonald
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom will officially retire today. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 at Joe Louis Arena.
- Chicago Blackhawks: The Flames trade goalie Henrik Karlsson to the Blackhawks for a 2013 7th round pick that was previously acquired from the Senators. Karlsson will be assigned to the AHL.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Mathieu Darche is still practicing with the Devils on a tryout. No contract yet.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Sharks Brent Burns has a reported lower-body injury that could keep him out for a few weeks.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers Daniel Briere will not play against New Jersey according to sources.
- John Hoven via twitter: Kings Anze Kopitar said he’ll be playing against the Avalanche.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi doesn’t have mononucleosis and could be back on Friday.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo will be out weeks with a shoulder injury.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Kings Matt Greene was put on the IR with a “mid-body injury.”
- Lou Korac via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Andy McDonald is fine, took a couple stitches on the chin.
Player notes involving: Luongo rumors, Selanne, Thomas, O’Reilly, Kesler, Lack, Moore and Holmstrom … Datsyuk shootout goal
- TSN Video link: Roberto Luongo talks about the Lockout and possibility of being traded. Bob McKenzie said there is not a deal in place to trade Roberto Loungo to the Maple Leafs, but the Leafs are interested. It could take Tyler Bozak, a pick and player for the Leafs to get Luongo. Luongo may not want to go to Toronto. The Leafs will explorer other options as well. Jonathan Bernier could be available. Pang mentions that the Panthers would be interested, budget may be a concern. (If someone from TSN reads this, please enable the ‘embed’ option on your videos.)
- The Fourth Period: The Canucks will continue to look at trading Luongo. The Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Panthers and Oilers had been rumored to be interested before the lockout. It’s believed that the Canucks are reluctant to trade him to the Oilers or Blackhawks. Maple Leaf players that have been mentioned as possibly being included in some sort of package are: Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Tim Connolly, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Komisarek, Cody Franson, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Biggs. Luongo’s preference has been to play in Florida, but the Panthers haven’t been willing to part with what the Canucks want in return.
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: Teams will explore the idea of trading players to cap hungry teams to avoid the buyout cost.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Teemu Selanne said he hasn’t decided on whether this will be his last year and only worried “here and there” about his NHL career being over because of the lockout. Selanne: ”Either way, I would be a happy camper. But obviously, of course, you always want to play your last game.”
- Toronto Sun: Bob McKenzie tweeted yesterday that Tim Thomas still doesn’t plan on playing this year: ”As of now, subject to usual ‘could change mind later’ qualifiers, Tim Thomas is not interested in ending his self-imposed hockey exile.” McKenzie added that Thomas has no intention of fulfilling the final year of his 4 year, $20 million deal. The Bruins will be on the hook for his $5 million cap hit as he signed his contract after he was 35.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche are not able to negotiate with Ryan O’Reilly yet. Ratification from the league is needed before teams can negotiate.
- TSN: There is still no timetable for Canucks Ryan Kesler to return.
“Our goal for Ryan is that he’s able to play the next 10 years, not the next two months,” Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt said. “We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we are all on the same page.”
- Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks Eddie Lack is still out with a groin injury he suffered on November 27th. He is expected to meet with Canucks doctors soon.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore had been out with a concussion. He has been cleared to resume skating and could be ready for the start of the season.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom is expected to announce his retirement soon. He has already told the Wings, but they did not want to announce it during the lockout.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Though not official, it may be unlikely that the Penguins invite any junior players to camp as there are no jobs open for them.
- Pavel Datsyuk amazing shootout goal.
Gudbranson has surgery … Seguin close to extension … Holmstrom likely to retire … Reimer is #1 according to Burke
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers confirmed yesterday that defenseman Erik Gudbranson had shoulder surgery.
- DJ Bean via twitter: Tyler Seguin said he wants to get a contract extension done before the 15th, and noted that they’ve had good talks. Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Seguin is confident new contract will be done soon. Murphy guesses it’s already done. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Seguins deal will probably fall between John Tavares’s $5.5 million and Taylor Hall’s $6 million.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson is using Tomas Holmstrom’s dressing room stall. Further indication that Holmstrom is likely to retire.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke re-iterated that he has faith in James Reimer as the teams number 1 goalie heading into this season. James Mirtle via twitter: Burke said that all is quiet on the trade front and doesn’t anticipate any changes in the near future. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that reports of James van Reimsdyk will play center were overblown, he wants to try different things down the middle.
Morning notes on: Skinner, Doan, Sharks, Holmstrom, O’Reilly, Visnovsky, Huet, Mezsaros and another Toronto arena
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jeff Skinner’s contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes is expected to be 6 years with an average of $5.725 million.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Many teams are holding pat on the trade front as they are waiting until the CBA is in place. DePaoli confirmed last week that the Penguins, Canucks and Rangers were on Shane Doan 4 team short list. A source said on Monday that the Kings and Red Wings did not make the list. He’s never believed to have interest in the Sabres or Canadiens.
- Jeff Skversky via twitter: Doan’s agent tells ‘Action News on 6abc’ that the Flyers are still in the mix for Doan.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Shane Doan has allegedly said that the Predators are on his “short list” of teams. Predators GM David Poile said last week that they are interested in him.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: A source said that once Doan started looking for a 4 year deal, the Sharks bowed out. The way Pollak sees the Sharks lines: Forwards:Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Couture-Havlat or Wingels, Galiardi-Handzus-Wingels or Havlat, Mashinter or McClaren or McCarthy-Desjardins-Burish. Defensive Pairings: Boyle-Vlasic, Stuart-Burns, Murray-Braun or Demers. Goalies: Niemi, Greiss.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Training camp is 6 weeks away, and the Red Wings still don’t have a decision on Tomas Holmstrom.
“We remain in contact,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We expect Homer to make a decision before the end of the month.”
The Wings and Justin Abdelkader (RFA) are still working on a new contract. Tomas Jurco signed a 3 year entry-level deal.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: There is nothing new to report regarding the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly contract talks. Chambers expects something similar to Matt Duchene’s 2 year, $7 million deal, but O’Reilly could be looking for longer term and less annual money.
- The Fourth Period: According to an Arthur Staple of Newsday tweet, there hasn’t been a date set for Lubomir Visnovsky’s trade grievance hearing yet. He was traded at the NHL draft, and filed the grievance on July 23rd. He is saying they ignored is no-trade clause. A hearing may not take place until the CBA negotiations are concluded.
- Matias Strozuk via twitter: Goalie Cristobal Huet has had some contact with the Canucks and Kings.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Huet’s agent, Stephen Bartlett,
“I haven’t had any substantive discussions with Vancouver about Huet specifically,” Bartlett told The Province on Tuesday. “I probably sent out a memo to all teams, including them.
“We’ve been trying to talk to every team. I haven’t had any specific discussions with Vancouver about him, just in general identifying teams that may or may not be in a position to look for goaltending, Vancouver being one of them. It’s depending on what happens with (Roberto) Luongo.”
- Jason Kay via twitter: A site plan application for another NHL sized arena in the Toronto will be submitted today. Building permits may be given by fall.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings are still interested in Shane Doan and are willing to wait for him.
“I’ve had conversations with Shane Doan’s representatives,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I told them we have interest.”
“We’re waiting a couple of days to see if this Jamison thing goes through,” Terry Bross, Doan’s agent, said on Monday. “Not all the petitions have been defeated. We’re waiting to see if the Jamison (deal) gets done.”
Doan is looking for a multi-year deal, and teams that are rumored to be interested include the Kings, Sharks, Canucks, Blackhawks, Penguins, Sabres and Rangers. If the Wings don’t get Doan, they may turn to Alexander Semin. Teams are reluctant to give Semin a long-term offer as clubs are concerned about his commitment. The Wings currently have 22 players signed at $53.3 million and still need to sign Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, which should cost them about $5 million. They hope to have Quincey signed before they go to arbitration. GM Holland talked with Tomas Holmstrom this week,
“I told Homer to take all the time you need,” Holland said. “If he decides he wants to play, then we’ll sit down and decide if we have (roster) space.”
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Confirms that the Penguins have made an offer for Shane Doan, and that there is mutual interest.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer spoke with someone very close to the Doan negotiations. Still wouldn’t be surprised if Doan stays in Phoenix.
Trade partner for the Canucks … Preds to deal Suter’s rights … Devils keeping draft pick … Holmstrom’s future to wait
- Cam Charron of the Vancouver Pronvince: The Canucks will be looking to unload a goaltender this offseason, here are 7 possible trading partners. Chicago Blackhawks – assets and prospects: Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, Viktor Stalberg, Mark McNeill and Brendan Saad. 18th and 48th overall draft picks. Columbus Blue Jackets – assets: Nikita Nikitin, Ryan Johansen, 2nd, 31st and 45th draft picks. Edmonton Oilers – assets and prospects: Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, Magnus Paajarvi, Teemu Hartikainen and Martin Gernat. 1st and 32nd draft picks. Florida Panthers – assets and prospects: Marcel Goc, Sean Bergenheim, Erik Gudbranson, Dmitry Kulikov, Johnathan Huberdeau, Rocco Grimaldi and Jacob Markstrom. 23rd and 53rd draft picks. Tampa Bay Lightning – assets and prospects: Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman, Brett Connolly, Vladislav Namestnikov, Brock Beukeboom and Ondrej Palat. 10th, 19th, 37th, 40th and 50th draft picks. Toronto Maple Leafs – assets and prospects: Carl Gunnarsson, Clarke MacArthur, Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin. 5th and 35th draft picks. Winnipeg Jets – assets and prospects: Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, Paul Postma, Mark Scheifele and Ivan Telegin. 9th and 39th draft picks.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: A league executive said he expects the Predators to trade Ryan Suter’s rights around the draft, “just like they did with Hamhuis, Hartnell and Timonen.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: The deadline for the Devils to notify the NHL if they are giving up with 2012 1st round pick has passed, so it looks like they are keeping it this year.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings won’t decide on Tomas Holmstrom’s future until next month.
Rangers interested in Radulov … Oilers, Blue Jackets looking at Murray … No Nash talks … Wings holes … Bruins-Kelly talking
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather has talked to the Predators about RFA Alexander Radulov. Radulov has a big offer on the table from CKSA of the KHL. A source has told the Post that Radulov would rather play in the NHL next season. The Rangers are more than just kicking tires on Radulov.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants to draft defenseman Ryan Murray with the 2nd overall pick. The Oilers need a defenseman more than they need another other forward, and may pick on position rather than best player available.
“I think you have to draft a defenceman because nobody’s going to give you one,” said Hockey Canada chief scout Kevin Prendergast.
Prendergast also thinks that only Nail Yakupov and Murray are the only 2 players that could play in the NHL next season.
- The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he hasn’t had any formal discussions with any team about Rick Nash and added:
“We might not even trade him,” Howson half-jokingly admitted.
The Sharks, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Kings have shown some interest in the past. The Blue Jackets desperately need a #1 goalie and could ask for one in part of a package. Only the Kings have a goalie that could be included in the deal, Jonathan Berner.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings will have a different look next season. Lidstrom is retired, Holmstrom could be next, Brad Stuart is likely heading west to be closer to his family and Jiri Hudler may want too much money. They are one of many teams interested in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The Rangers could have between $20-$25 million in cap space as well, and may be interested Parise and Suter as well. Zach’s dad has already said that he’d be a good fit in New York.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: After Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom retired last week, eyes have turned towards teammate Tomas Holmstrom. On Thursday Holmstrom said:
“I go back and forth,” he said. “I haven’t really decided yet, but for sure it’s going to happen soon. My wife wants me to play and the kids want me to play. I have to see if I can do it, and if my body is fresh enough to battle through a new season.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said on Friday that he is working on re-signing Chris Kelly.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: One option for Bruins with Tim Thomas is if he decides he doesn’t want to play next season for the Bruins, they could maybe give another team permission to try and convince him to play, and then work out a trade after. The Lightning, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets are just a few teams looking for a goalie.
Nicklas Lidstrom press conference is at 11:00 am this morning
- Josh Cooper via twitter: “In regards to Lidstrom and Suter, if Parise doesn’t also go to Detroit, don’t see how Suter would do it. Unless they pay him a ton up front.”
- Adrian Dater via twitter: “If you’re Ryan Suter, do you want to be the one to have to follow up a legend, to make fans forget him?”
- Jason Gregor via twitter: “Wings could lose Lidstrom and Stuart this summer. If Suter stays in NSH he’d have to like his chances against DET now more than ever.”
- Helene St. James via twitter: With Lidstrom retiring, it’s likely that Tomas Holmstrom could be next.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings may be even more interested in possible UFA defenseman Justin Schultz now. Schultz could be the #3 free agent behind Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. The Preds and Suter are expected to meet soon. The Ducks could trade Schultz’s rights if they don’t think they can get him signed.
Dubinsky could return … Parise a fit for Wings and Rangers … Flyers could move Bob … Could Caps move Green if lose Semin?
- Andrew Gross of the Record: Rangers Brandon Dubinsky skated again yesterday and could be available for Game 5. Mats Zuccarello could be available tonight as well.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Kulfan points out for those who think Zach Parise is a lock for the Red Wings … The Rangers are an ideal fit, and he wouldn’t have to move. Alex Semin played well with Pavel Datsyuk and could be option B, but Kulfan isn’t sold on Semin under Babcock.
- Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal: Through a spokesman, Rangers GM Glen Sather declined to comment on whether they will chase Zach Parise if he hits the open market on July 1st. There have been no formal talks between Parise’s side and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. Parise has said he solely wants to focus on hockey. The Rangers would be $16 million under the cap based on a $64.3 million cap number.
- John Boruk of CSN Philly: Boruk would be surprised is Sergei Bobrovsky is back in a Flyers uniform next season. His play after the all-star break has decreased his trade value. The Flyers need to find a reliable veteran backup for next season. Possible candidates are: Tomas Vokoun, Johan Hedberg, Josh Harding, Scott Clemmensen and Chris Mason.
- The Fourth Period: If the Capitals chose not to re-sign Alexanders Semin, and they can’t replace his skill through free agency, they could look at the trade market. If they re-signed Dennis Wideman, they could make RFA Mike Green available. It’s believed they won’t re-sign UFAs Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: As of several days ago, Dennis Wideman hadn’t meet with agent to discuss “what is going to happen or what’s going on.” Wideman is coming off a 4 year, $15.75 million deal. He’ll likely be looking for $4 million plus, and it could be hard for the Capitals to go up to $5 million if that is what he wants.
“Obviously, I like it here. I’ve had a lot of fun here in the last year,” Wideman said. “Obviously, I like where we’re going, the core group of guys is really, really good. So why not? I’d love to be back.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to meet with Tomas Holmstrom in the next couple weeks, and the Wings may have some tough decisions if he wants to come back. He’s played a lot of hockey and has knee issues. He still has a knack around the net, but he’s not the same as he use to be. The Wings have 11 forwards under contract for next season and want to upgrade their top 6.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Semin’s agent said he’s not considering the KHL.
- Adrian Dater via sulia: Dater is hearing that the Stars will be busy during free agency, and he thinks they will go after Ryan Suter hard.
Luongo to submit list … Thomas could hit market as well … Stars may look at Nash … Could Hawks gauge interest in Keith or Sharp?
- James Duthie via twitter: Sources are saying that Roberto Luongo will submit a short list of teams the he would waive his no-trade clause to go to next week. The Maple Leafs will be on it. Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Canucks didn’t even have to ask Luongo to waive his no-trade. He tells them during his exit meeting with he wants out of Vancouver. Dan Murphy via twitter: Murphy confirms that the Maple Leafs will be on Luongo’s list. Tampa Bay will also be on it. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle thinks that the Canucks and their fans should expect a homerun if they trade Luongo. There are not a lot of teams that will be interested, and he has 10 years left on his contract. Tim Thoams, Miikka Kiprusoff and others could become available. Mirtle thinks if the Canucks could get a late 1st rounder or a middling prospect, it could be a fair deal. They might even have to take back some salary. Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun: Buffery doesn’t think trading for Luongo is a good idea. “Besides the fact he’s 33 years old and has 10 more years in his deal, there is a reason why he is expendable in Vancouver … because he’s 33 years old and has 10 years left on his contract.”He notes that the Leafs aren’t close to a cup, so why not go with the youngsters – James Reimer, Ben Scrivens, Mark Owuya and Jussi Rynnas.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Murphy predicts that Tim Thomas will be traded this offseason.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika thinks the Stars may be open to the idea of trading for a player like Rick Nash due to the limited number of scores on the free agent market. One key point regarding Nash is whether is okay numbers are a result of being in a bad system in Columbus or if he could break out on a line with Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson. What the Blue Jackets would want is another question. Would the Stars be willing to part is a solid player, a top prospect or 2 and a high draft pick? The Stars may think higher of Zach Parise and may see what he’ll do if he hits the open market.
- David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune: Haugh thinks the Blackhawks should look at the trade interest in defenseman Duncan Keith or forward Patrick Sharp. Keith hasn’t been the same since 2010 and could bring more back than Brent Seabrook. Sharp is a more tradeable asset than Marian Hossa, and Toews and Kane remain untouchable.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom on whether his 39-year old body can handle another summer of training and long season:
“I love the game, I would love to play three, four more years,” Holmstrom said. “It’s so much fun to come to the rink and everything. It’s just if the body can take it one more year or two more years. There’s lots of wear and tear on the body. Mentally, the last couple of years, you’ve got to go through the soreness, aches and pain, and it can be pretty tough during the regular season.”
Possibly the only way that Holmstrom is in a Wings uniform next season is if Nicklas Lidstrom says he’d like to have him come back too.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: At the trade deadline, the Maple Leafs were given a choice between 24-year old Steve Downie (a RFA looking for more than $3 million) or 20-year old Carter Ashton for defenseman Keith Aulie.
- Toronto Sun: Reports are that Patrick Roy has met with Serge Savard at a restaurant recently, but Savard denied they met in-person, but spoke on the phone.
Weber, Liles and Gagne out with concussions … Holmstrom out 10 days … Weiss, Phillips out … Green practices … Lines and starting goalies
- Nashville Predators via twitter: Predators defenseman Shea Weber is out with a concussion. He’ll be evaluated daily, there is no timetable for his return.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: The Maple Leafs have put John-Michael Liles on the IR with concussion-like symptoms.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Kings forward Simon Gagne is out with a concussion, and likely saves Andrei Loktionov from being assigned to the AHL.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will be out 10 days with a groin strain.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Panthers forward Stephen Weiss is not expected to play tonight against the Leafs. It’s not a shoulder or knee injury, and is not considered serious.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips won’t play tonight and is listed as day-to-day.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green practiced with the team for the 1st time since his groin injury. Chuck Gormley via twitter: Mike Green: “I just need a few skates to get my lungs and my legs back and I’ll be back in no time.”
- Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will be in the lineup tonight replacing Jody Shelley.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers lines: Flash-Matthias-Bradley; Kopecky-Santorelli-Versteeg; Barch-Kennedy-Repik; Thomas-Cullen-Dadanov
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders lines: Moulson-Tavares-Okposo, Rolston-Nielsen-Parenteau, Grabner-Bailey-Niederreiter, Martin-Reasoner-Wallace.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson; Boulton-Sestito-Carter-Janssen.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Patrick Kane, Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador not practicing for the Blackhawks today.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Mathieu Garon will start in net for the Lightning. Matt Gilroy could be in.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: James Reimer will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
- Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers against the Leafs.
Stamkos Hurt? Jackets need to make a move … Howard and Holmstrom injured … O’Reilly crashes heavily into boards … plus more rumors
- Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersberg Times: Goalless in 6 games, and there are indications that Steven Stamkos is injured.
But then Boucher indicated Stamkos has been playing hurt.
“We never said it but he was injured,” Boucher said.
Well, that sparked all kinds of other questions.
What is the injury?
“Some parts of the body injury,” Boucher said. “It’s a lot better but it was really annoying for a while.”
Did the injury coincide with his scoring drought?
“nothing major, nothing that’s going to keep me from playing a game. Honestly, it’s the bumps and bruises I go through every year.”
He also said he has been fighting “a little bit of the flu, lately.”
- Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are in a 6-14-3 slide (heading into last night’s game) and need to make a trade to shake things up. They could use a centerman and a defenseman. Some of their veterans brought in to instill a winning attitude haven’t really lived up to the plan. Arace wonders if they’d overrated some of their younger players. They could trade Jake Voracek or Derick Brassard for a defenseman, and change the makeup of the team. Maybe trade a couple draft picks for one, like the Canadiens did in getting James Wisniewski, and where was Howson on that one? They could also move Sammy Pahlsson, Chris Clark, Fedor Tyutin, Jan Hejda and Mathieu Garon to a contender.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Jimmy Howard injured his knee in the first period last night. He was helped off the ice with about 7 minutes to go with a bruised knee. The Red Wings have also lost Tomas Holmstrom for likely 4 weeks with a fractured right hand. “Battling around the net,” he said. “Felt something. “Got to the bench and I felt like I can’t hold on to the stick anymore.” The Wings are already without Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk, Dan Cleary, Chris Osgood and Brad Stuart.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart had surgery on this broken jaw and will be out 6-8 weeks.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Cal O’Reilly crashed heavily into the boards (video below), was taken to hospital, but was later released. He was able to join the team on their charter home, the injury he sustained is not known yet.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars will likely look for a puck moving defenseman, “but it would have to be the perfect deal.but it would have to be the perfect deal.” If a new owner is not found by the trade deadline day, it would have to be a ‘cash for cash’ deal as there is no extra money.
- Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun: Flames GM Jay Feaster has been working the phones, “If for nothing else, I want to know what it is the teams are looking to do. Are there things that may make some sense for us? “You always want to make sure you’re gathering that information.” Feaster has 11 players with no-trade clauses and 11 with a cap of more than $3 million.
“Some guys will be honest with you up front and say, forget dollar for dollar, I have to win the battle of the dollars. I want to send more out than I’m taking back.
“That’s the tough thing. Guys want to match up term, too. It’s difficult when you have contracts with term and big dollars.
“I had to laugh, I had one guy say to me it has to be a fair deal skill for skill, but it has to be even money, too.”