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Posts Tagged Tomas Plekanec
Quick Hits: Bergeron, Heatley, Rinaldo, Plekanec, Bjustad, Hossa, Bolland, Gaborik, Dubinsky and Soderberg
- Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that center Patrice Bergeron has a concussion.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Dany Heatley will be out for a while after what looks to be a wrist injury from an altercation with Sharks Marc-Edward Vlasic.
“He just swung at me and I swung at him,” Vlasic said. “He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before. If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself and swung back.“… Unfortunately I got him in the wrist or shoulder. I’m not sure where I got him. That was not my intent. My intent was just to defend myself.”
- Sarah Baicker: Flyers Zach Rinaldo suffered a lower-body and left last night’s game.
- Dave Stubbs: Tomas Plekanec has a groin injury and is day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play tonight and on Saturday.
- Harvey Fialkov: Dale Tallon said that Nick Bjustad is on his way to Florida and will play on Saturday. He’s also confident that he can re-sign Peter Mueller after the season.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland will play on Thursday, Patrick Sharp won’t.
- Dan Rosen: Marian Gaborik confirms that he’ll be in the Blue Jackets lineup against the Predators.
- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets activated center Brandon Dubinsky and winger Nick Foligno from the IR.
- Fluto Shinzawa: Expect the Bruins to go with Rich Peverley centering Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Kaspers Daugavins to center the 3rd line.
- Jimmy Murphy: No updates on Bruins Carl Soderberg’s status. They hope to get him over before the end of the season.
- Mark Lazerus: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed
- Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s ”pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.
“It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”
- Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.
“I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told ESPNNewYork.com. “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”
Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.
“I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”
- Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.
“No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.
“I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’
The agent added,
“It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.
“He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’
The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: When the Spengler Cup is over, Bruins Tyler Seguin will return to North America, leaving EHC Biel.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Tomas Plekanec has injured earlier this week, but he should be able to play next week.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky has been out since Nov. 10th with a broken finger, has returned to the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.
Devils switch up lines … Not much cap space for Bruins … Could Ovechkin, Plekanec, Krejci be traded? Prust suspension video
- Dave Caldwell of the NY Times: The Devils made some line changes at practice yesterday. Dainius Zubrus skated with Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. Ilya Kovalchuck was moved to a line with Adam Henrique and Patrick Elias. Jacob Josefson was between David Clarkson and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins have a current cap hit at about $58 million for next year. That number could drop if Marc Savard is put on the LTIR. The summer cap number could jump to $68-69 million but drop below the $64.3 million with the new CBA. They need to re-sign Tuukka Rask, and won’t have much room for Benoit Pouliot, Chirs Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Brian Rolston, Greg Zanon, Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau. Trading Tim Thomas would create some more cap space. Greg Zanon’s agent said he thinks the Bruins would like to bring him back. They currently have 5 Dmen under contract, and prospect Dougie Hamilton could make the team. Tomas Vokoun could be a cheap free agent pickup, the Maple Leafs could be interested.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Capitals would trade Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin will get $9 million for 2 more years, then $10 million for 7 years. It likely wouldn’t happen, but someone suggested a Rick Nash-Alex Ovechkin. Possible candidates for the Capitals head coaching vacancy could be Tom Renney, Craig MacTavish, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Ron Wilson and Jon Cooper. Milan Hejduk’s 1 year, $2 million deal may have some bearing on a Ryan Smyth-Oilers deal. The Canadiens may look to deal Tomas Plekanec rather than pay him $5 million next season. Some think that the Islanders may look at Alexander Semin. The Jets could be looking for a new backup goalie. Matheson wonders if the Coyotes should look at trading for David Krejci this offseason, sending Brandon Gormley and a pick to Boston.
- Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Though it could just be posturing, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said last week that a Schneider-Luongo goaltending tandom is still possible for next season.
“Having both goalies back in Vancouver next year is definitely a possibility and probably the leading possibility,” Mike Liut, Cory Schnieder’s agent, told The Province.
“Cory will approach the season as he did this year — you focus on what you can control.”
There will be a 4 day window where teams could sign Schneider to an offer sheet, between July 1st and 5th. Schneider is eligible to become a UFA on July 1st 2013.
- Rangers Brandon Prust suspended 1 game:
Backstrom could play Saturday … Letang out at least 2 games … Leafs interested in Abbott … Vokoun ready … Canucks goalies
- Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said he won’t play on Thursday against Boston. Could be looking at Saturday against the Canadiens.
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang won’t play on Thursday or Friday.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Word is that the Maple Leafs are close to signing college free agent Spencer Abbott of the Maine Black Bears. A number of teams are interested but he may be leaning towards signing with the Leafs. Abbott had 62 points in 39 games and is a Hobey Baker Award finalist.
- David ALter via twitter: Maple Leafs line: MacArthur-Grabovski-Frattin, Ashton-Bozak-Kessel, Connolly-Steckel-Crabb, Rosehill-Lombardi-Brown-Armstrong.
- David Alter via twitter: The Leafs called up Ben Scrivens and sent Jussi Rynnas down.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators Ben Bishop said his recovery is ahead of schedule and is hoping to skate this weekend. He might be able to play next week.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun said he’s healthy and ready to go.
- Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks Cory Schneider will start tonight, and should get another start this weekend as they have a back-to-back starting Friday. There is a chance Schneider plays in 5 of 9 games in a 2 week stretch that follows Roberto Luongo’s worst 4 game stretch this year. “Is it possible there’s a genuine goaltending audition going on here and no one has much noticed or believed it?”
Report that Plekanec will waive NTC, his agent denies … Nabokov getting interest … Lightning will have to wait for Schneider
- Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out: Tomas Plekanec’s agent let it be known earlier this month that Plekanec would be willing to waive his no trade clause. Frustrations from a losing season and a parade of different wingers may have lead to this decision. Plekanec has dealt with 18 different line combinations. The Canadiens are looking for a winger with size in exchange for Plekanec.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Tomas Plekanec’s agent, Rich Curran, said that they’ve never had a conversation about waiving his no trade clause. Denies the report.
- Louis Jean via twitter: Jean has been looking into the Plekanec rumor for 3 days. None of the teams he’s talked have heard his name. Has also been told that he never expressed desire to leave.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Kypreos was told that Plekanec hasn’t been approached to waive his no trade clause and hasn’t given a minute of thought to leave the Canadiens.
- Katie Strang via twitter: The Islanders are not looking to move Evgeni Nabokov despite the interest they are getting for him.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: If the Lightning really want Cory Schneider, it won’t happen until the summer.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Russo thinks the Wild should trade Josh Harding. As far as Harding knows, there have been no contract discussions. Mikko Koivu skated and was shooting pucks, but there is no timetable for his return.
Morning rumors involving: Maple Leafs, Wild, Sabres, Islanders, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Stars, Red Wings and Predators
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Maple Leafs, Penguins and Senators are checking out the goalie market.The Pens and Sens are looking for depth, and have shown interest in Josh Harding. The Wild are looking for a top pick and prospect. The Leafs have talked to the Islanders about Evgeni Nabokov, but GM Garth Snow is saying he won’t be moved. There is plenty of interest in Sabres Derek Roy. The Leafs, Canadiens, Blackhawks and Kings were interested in Antoine Vermette before he was dealt to Phoenix. The Canadiens could be open to trading center Tomas Plekanec. The Islanders want to wait until after today’s game to decide whether they are buyers or sellers. P.A. Parenteau is interested in re-signing with the Islanders, but the Senators, Blackhawks, Bruins and Maple Leafs have shown interest in him. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Bryan Allen, they may move Jaroslav Spacek. It’s sounding like Steve Ott won’t be moved, Canucks and Leafs interested. Looking like Mike Ribeiro could be moved.
- The Fourth Period: One league executive is saying the Maple Leafs are looking to add 2 top 6 forwards, which may result in the Leafs dealing Mikhail Grabovski. It’s looking unlikely that he’ll be re-signing with the Leafs before the deadline. The Leafs have been offered a 2nd and a prospect. The Leafs are also eyeing Steve Ott, James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Jonathan Toews upper body injury is progressing. There is a chance he plays on Wednesday. Same goes for Niklas Hjalmarsson.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have a couple inquiries on Brian Rolston, so it won’t be a surprise if he gets claimed off waivers.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Don’t expect to see Red Wings Patrick Eaves back this season. He’s been out with a broken jaw and is still having headaches.
- Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likes his roster, but realizes you can’t have enough depth up front.
“We’re all focused on if we can improve our team,” Babcock said. “At the same time, we like our team. If there’s something there that can help us and makes sense, then that’s a great thing.
“Change just to change isn’t going to be the approach. We’ve already done a good job in giving ourselves depth on the back end (by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey on Tuesday). We want to get healthy up front, but if there’s something available to make us better, we’d like to acquire that.”
A list of players could include: Travis Moen, Paul Gaustad, Sammy Pahlsson, Steve Ott, Mike Knuble and Mikael Samuelsson.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile:
“This trading deadline is not setting up anywhere near the same, in my memory, as past trading deadline,” Poile said. “Now we have more situations where more teams are in the playoffs or ‘I’m two points out of the playoffs … I’m not sure If I’m a buyer or a seller.’ What we know for sure is how close the standings are and it’s really hard to identify very many sellers at this point.”
The Predators continue to look for a forward.
“We certainly could use more depth on our forwards,” Poile said. “You talk two things, a higher-end deal for a top-six or top-nine forward or you talk about your depth.”
Ducks in the rumor mill … Subban-Plekanec drop the gloves … RNH injures shoulder … Carcillo could face suspension
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Talk about what Teemu Selanne will do has already surfaced as the Ducks have struggled with a 10-21-6 record.
“I’ve read some stories in the papers too about what the situation could be,” said Selanne, who took the day off for maintenance. ”To be honest, I haven’t really thought about that too much. I still believe that we can make the playoffs. I don’t want to think about that thing before we’re out.
“So right now, I just think I’m going to be here. That’s the only goal I have right now. Right now, I can’t see that happening. The focus is still do the job here now and see how it goes. A lot of work to do. It’s a big challenge right now.”
Ducks GM Bob Murray may look to see what he can get for the few tradable assets he has. Bobby Ryan has already been on the trade block and Ryan Getzlaf’s name has crept into the rumor mill lately. GM Murray has already said that Selanne is retiring a Duck.
- Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: It’s sounding like the Sabres could be shopping some players in effort to turn their season around. Coach Lindy Ruff’s job is safe. The Sabres sit in 11th spot, but they don’t need to blow up their roster. Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Ryan Miller haven’t lived up to expectations or their contracts.
- TSN: Canadiens P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec dropped the gloves at yesterday’s practice. No big bombs were landed and both players resumed practicing afterwards. “It’s nothing personal between me and P.K., it’s about the team and to realize we have to start playing as a team,” said Plekanec. “Those things happen.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left last night’s game. There is no news on the severity of the shoulder injury. He’ll be out today against the Sabres. Mark Spector via twitter: The Oilers have recalled center Josh Green and Dman Colten Teubert to replace RNH and Tom Gilbert (see video below).
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr took himself out of yesterday’s Winter Classic after he was speared in the calf. “It was swelling and getting worse and worse in my leg,” Jagr said. “I just couldn’t skate hard and I didn’t want to just be [on the ice] to be there. I knew at that point I couldn’t help my teammates.”
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance list 10 candidates for next year’s Winter Classic and beyond: 1. Detroit 2. Washington 3. New York 4. Minnesota 5. Toronto 6. Chicago 7. Colorado 8 Columbus 9. Green Bay 10. Las Vegas
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Canucks forward David Booth hopes to return to the lineup by Jan. 9th against the Panthers. Booth has skated for 3 straight days, but only for 15 minutes. Booth has been out with a sprained knee ligament since Dec. 6th. Defenseman Aaron Rome also skated but is still a ways from returning.
- Blackshawks Dan Carcillo’s hit on Oilers Tom Gilbert. This will definitely be looked by the league, and a suspension is likely. What do you think?
Carey Price misplays Tomas Plekanec’s faceoff win.
Maple Leafs Mike Brown and Rangers Kris Newbury chuck knuckles
Predators talking to Rinne and Suter … Maple Leafs working phones … Wings-Kronwall talking … Kadri out 3-4 weeks … Another headshot
- PIerre LeBrun of ESPN: A Western Conference team was interested in defenseman Bryan McCabe but he wasn’t interested. The Rangers are looking for a defenseman, but not McCabe. Predators GM David Poile met with the agents for both Pekka Rinne and Ryan Suter last week about a contract extension. They are aggressively trying to sign both. Weber can’t do an extension until January 1st. There haven’t been any talks between Drew Doughty and the Kings. LeBrun thinks the Kings will reach out to Newport Sports soon. The Leafs have been working the phones, Carl Gunnarsson and Tyler Bozak have been discussed but nothing is close as of last night. Talks between Niklas Kronwall the Red Wings are underway regarding a contract extension. Dreger is reporting that Kronwall is looking for a long-term, front loaded deal similar to Christian Ehrhoff’s. On front-loaded deals the Sabres have been handing out: “I’m sorry, but that’s killing this industry,” one NHL GM, requesting anonymity, told ESPN.com. “We have to stop those front-loaded contracts in the next system.”
- Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Herald: Flames captain Jarome Iginla missed practice again but GM Jay Feaster “anticipate he’ll be on the ice by the end of the week.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will be out 3-4 weeks with a knee injury.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: Jason Arnott is expected to miss 7 days following eye surgery.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have been working on their power play, trying to find someone to replace Andrei Markov. “In the absence of Markov, we’re trying to find someone to quarterback our power play on the first unit (and) we’re experimenting with a forward in that position.” Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban were on the first unit yesterday. Andrei Kostitsyn and Yannick Weber (switching with Raphael Diaz) were on the second unit.
- Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports: Christopher Moorhouse was taken into custody by the London Police as the suspect in throwing a banana at Wayne Simmonds during an exhibition game. London’s Police Chief said that Moorhouse “has been charged with engaging in a prohibited activity on a premises under the trespass to property act.” It’s a provincial statute that could result in a fine of “not more than $2,000.”
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks forward Ben Smith took a shoulder to the head from Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. Ben Smith will undergo more concussion tests today. Viktor Stalberg left the game with a leg injury and Quenneville added it’s “probably not good, either.”
Torres not suspended … Boucher in, Leighton backup? Update on Pronger, Bolland, Leopold, Seguin, Chara, Zetterberg and Jovanovski
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Dreger reporting there will be no supplementary discipline for Raffi Torres hit on Seabrook.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Quenneville said that Seabrook is “likely” to play tomorrow and is “optomistic” that Bolland and Bickell will play as well. Adam Jahns via twitter: Bolland said yesterday that he believes he’s ready for Game 4.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Bruins coach Claude Julien said it’s “looking good” that Zdeno Chara will go tonight, a game-time decision.
- Anthony San Filippo via twitter: Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold will be in the lineup tonight.
- Kevin McGran via twitter: Bruins forward Tyler Seguin will likely be healthy scratch again.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Andrei Kostitsyn practiced on a line with Mike Cammelleri and Tomas Plekanec.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Leighton backs up Brian Boucher tonight.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: NBC Sports reported that the setback Chris Pronger suffered a couple weeks ago was a 2nd break in his hand.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Pronger skated today and took some wrist shots. Carchidi thinks that if they lose tonight, he’ll play on Wednesday. If they win, he won’t play Wednesday. Frank Seravalli via twitter: Pronger skated with teammates for the first time since March.
- Anthony San Filippo via twitter: Flyers winger Nikolai Zherdev will be in the lineup for Andreas Nodl.
- Andy Stickland via twitter: Blues prospect Vlad Tarasenko will either play in the NHL or the KHL next season. He won’t come over to play in the AHL.
- Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg practiced yesterday but won’t be in the lineup for Game 3. He didn’t take part in any physical drills.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski will be in the lineup tonight, he left in the 2nd period of Saturday’s game.
Backstrom still day-to-day … DiPietro back soon … Possible Avs goalie targets … Halpren and Plekanec injured
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is still day-to-day with a fractured thumb. He was on the ice taking shots yesterday, testing it out, no timetable is set. Semyon Varlamov, out with knee issues, is ready to start taking part in full practices, but won’t be ready to start for at least a week.
- Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank: Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro could travel with the team this week, and possibly get some starts in the next 2 weeks.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Injured Avalanche forward Tomas Fleischmann is a UFA at seasons end, and they’d proably like to keep him, though he may test the market. Many Avs fans may be hoping for a Tomas Vokoun free agent signing, but Dater would prefer Ilya Bryzgalov. (Complete list of UFA’s)
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Denis Grebeshkov is playing in the KHL this year, but would the Oilers be interested in bringing him back? They have the cap room next season and could use a defenseman. It’s possible that Telus could be bidder in sale of the Maple Leafs.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens forwards Jeff Halpren and Tomas Plekanec left last night’s game with lower body injuries.
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net tonight for the Canucks.