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- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Lightning put Brendan Mikkelson on waivers.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk left yesterday’s game against the Blackhawks with a stinger after he was run over by teammate Teemu Hartikainen. He expect to be able to go on Tuesday, but will be re-evaluated today in Denver.
“From the top of my head to the back of my neck it was burning. I’d never had that happen before,” said Dubnyk. “I could move my fingers and stuff, so I knew I was OK but I didn’t want to move because everything was on fire.
“I couldn’t feel the back of my head for 25 minutes, but they said that was just part of the nerve thing. That’s gone now.
“It’s still stiff to look over one of my shoulders.”
Buffalo Sabres via twitter: Sabres Tyler Ennis left yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse is getting closer to returning to the lineup. A Specialist told him two weeks ago that his headaches weren’t concussion related. It will be a coaches decision if he’ll get into the lineup tonight.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: The Blues have decided they won’t be signing Jason Arnott.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Kristian Huselius announced on AIK’s website that he’ll be retiring due to continuous hip issues. He only played in 5 games this season. Huselius said,
“It has become worse and worse every game I played. So I have taken the decision to stop with hockey completely.”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Kings Anze Kopitar’s initial diagnosis of Grade 2 MCL sprain was accurate. Technically the Kings could suspend Kopitar and Willie Mitchell as they got hurt during the lockout and can’t start the season. GM Lombardi said he would talk to the higher-ups about it, though may not pursue it.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals Tom Poti is pain free and “pretty confident” that he’ll be cleared to take part in training camp.
- Kevin Snow via twitter: Sabres Tyler Ennis said that he’s 100% and not bothered by the shoulder injury he sustained in Switzerland.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: If Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is not able to start the season, they are in big trouble. Meszaros said: ”Sometimes, I am really sore and I can’t push off. I’m still weak [in heel]. It’s a matter of time before I get my strength back”
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Daniel Briere’s wrist injury: ”Danny Briere is a little bit of a concern. We’ll get the information on that over the next few days.”
Here is a list of players that have signed contracts to play overseas during the NHL lockout.
We will continue to update as long as players keep signing.
|Player||2012-13 NHL Team||Lockout Team||League|
|Artem Anisimov||Columbus||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||KHL|
|Nik Antropov||Winnipeg||HC Barys||KHL|
|Anton Babcuk||Calgary||HC Donbass||KHL|
|Nicklas Backstrom||Washington||HC Dynamo Moscow||KHL|
|Niklas Backstrom||Minnesota||Dynamo Minsk||KHL|
|Matt Beleskey||Anaheim||Coventry||EIHL (UK)|
|Jamie Benn||Dallas||Hamburg Freezers||Deutsche Eishockey Liga|
|Sean Bergenheim||Florida||HIFK Helsinki||SM-liiga|
|Patrice Bergeron||Boston||HC Lugano||Swiss National A League|
|Patrik Berglund||St. Louis||Vasteras||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Jonathan Bernier||Los Angeles||Heilbronner Falken||ESBG (Ger)|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||Columbus||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL|
|Damien Brunner||Detroit||EV Zug||KHL|
|Ilya Bryzgalov||Philadelphia||CSKA Moscow||KHL|
|Roman Cervenka||Calgary||Slavia Praha||Czech Extraliga|
|Zdeno Chara||Boston||HC Lev Praha||KHL|
|David Clarkson||New Jersey||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL (Aus)|
|Erik Condra||Ottawa||EV Fussen||Oberliga (Ger)|
|Logan Couture||San Jose||Geneva-Servette||Swiss National A League|
|Matt D’Agostini||St. Louis||SC Ressersee||ESBG (Ger)|
|Pavel Datsyuk||Detroit||CSKA Moscow||KHL|
|Kaspars Daugavins||Ottawa||Dynamo Riga||KHL|
|Michael Del Zotto||NY Rangers||Rappersil-Jona Lakers||Swiss National A League|
|Jason Demers||San Jose||Oulu||SM-liiga|
|Raphael Diaz||Montreal||EV Zug||Swiss National A League|
|Rick DiPietro||NY Islanders||SC Riessersee||ESBG (Ger)|
|Matt Duchene||Colorado||Frolunda HC||Swedish Elite League|
|Christian Ehrhoff||Buffalo||Krefeld||Deutsche Eishockey Liga|
|Lars Eller||Montreal||JYP||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Alexei Emelin||Montreal||Ak Bars||KHL|
|Cory Emmerton||Detroit||SalPa||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Deryk Engelland||Pittsburgh||Rosenborg||GET-Ligaen (Nor)|
|Tyler Ennis||Buffalo||SC Langnau||Swiss National A League|
|Jhonas Enroth||Buffalo||Huddinge IK||Sweden Division 1|
|Tobias Enstrom||Winnipeg||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL (Aus)|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Detroit||Sodertalje EK||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Viktor Fasth||Anaheim||Tingsryd||Swedish League (T2)|
|Ruslan Fedotenko||Philadelphia||HC Donbass||KHL|
|Eric Fehr||Winnipeg||HPK||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Andrew Ference||Boston||Ceske Budejovice||Czech Extraliga|
|Valtteri Filppula||Detroit||Jokerit||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Kurtis Foster||Minnesota||Tappara||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Cody Franson||Toronto||Brynas||Swedish Elite League|
|Michael Frolik||Chicago||HC Chomutov||Czech Extraliga|
|Sam Gagner||Edmonton||EC KAC||EBEL (Aus)|
|Sergei Gonchar||Ottawa||Metallurg||Deutsche Eishockey Liga|
|Mikhail Grabovski||Toronto||CSKA Moscow||KHL|
|Colin Greening||Ottawa||Aalborg Pirates||AL-Bank Ligaen|
|Carl Hagelin||NY Rangers||Sodertalje SK||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Martin Hanzal||Phoenix||NC Mountfield||Czech Extraliga|
|Victor Hedman||Tampa Bay||HC Barys||KHL|
|Ales Hemsky||Edmonton||Pardubice||Czech Extraliga|
|Patric Hornqvist||Nashville||Djurgardens IF||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Jiri Hudler||Calgary||Lev Praha||KHL|
|Jaromir Jagr||Dallas||Kladno||Czech Extraliga|
|Jesse Joensuu||NY Islanders||Assat||Finnish League|
|Marcus Johansson||Washington||BIK Karlskoga||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Jussi Jokinen||Carolina||Oulu||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Roman Josi||Nashville||Bern||Swiss National A League|
|Tomas Kaberle||Montreal||Kladno||Czech Extraliga|
|Evander Kane||Winnipeg||HC Dinamo Minsk||KHL|
|Patrick Kane||Chicago||EHC Biel||Swiss National A League|
|Erik Karlsson||Ottawa||Jokerit||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Anton Khudobin||Boston||HC Atlant Moscow Oblast||KHL|
|Jakub Kindl||Detroit||CSOB Pojistovna Pardubice||Czech Extraliga|
|Rostislav Klesla||Phoenix||Trinec||Czech Extraliga|
|Tomas Kopecky||Florida||HK Dukla Trencin||Slovak Extraliga|
|Mikko Koivu||Minnesota||TPS Turku||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Anze Kopitar||Los Angeles||Mora||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Lauri Korpikoski||Phoenix||TPS||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Sergei Kostitsyn||Nashville||Avangard Omsk||KHL|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||New Jersey||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL|
|David Krejci||Boston||Pardubice||Czech Extraliga|
|Pavel Kubina||Philadelphia||HC Vitkovice Steel||Czech Extraliga|
|Dmitry Kulikov||Florida||HC Lokomotiv||KHL|
|Gabriel Landeskog||Colorado||Djargarden||Swedish Elite League|
|Brooks Laich||Washington||Kloten Flyers||Swiss National A League|
|Philip Larsen||Dallas||Lukko||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Anders Lindback||Tampa Bay||Ilves||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Clarke MacArthur||Toronto||ETC Crimmitschau||ESBG (Ger)|
|Andrew MacDonald||NY Islanders||HC Karlovy Vary||Czech Extraliga|
|Andrei Markov||Montreal||HC Vityaz||KHL|
|Radek Martinek||Columbus||Ceske Budejovice||Czech Extraliga|
|Ryan McDonagh||NY Rangers||HC Barys||KHL|
|Milan Michalek||Ottawa||NC Mountfield||Czech Extraliga|
|Brendan Mikkelson||Tampa Bay||Vasteras||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Drew Miller||Detroit||Braehead Clan||EIHL (UK)|
|Douglas Murray||San Jose||Djurgardens IF||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Tyler Myers||Buffalo||EC KAC||EBEL (Aus)|
|Rick Nash||NY Rangers||Davos||Swiss National A League|
|Michal Neuvirth||Washington||Sparta Praha||Czech Extraliga|
|Frans Nielsen||NY Islanders||Lukko||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Nikita Nikitin||Columbus||Avangard Omsk Oblast||KHL|
|Andreas Nodl||Carolina||HC TWK Innsbruck||EBEL (Austria)|
|Patrick O’Sullivan||Phoenix||HIFK Helsinki||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Alex Ovechkin||Washington||Dynamo Moscow||KHL|
|Max Pacioretty||Montreal||Ambri Piotta||Swiss National A League|
|Ondrej Pavelec||Winnipeg||Bili Tygri Liberec||Czech Extraliga|
|Lennart Petrell||Edmonton||HIFK||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Rich Peverley||Boston||JYP||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Tomas Plekanec||Montreal||Kladno||Czech Extraliga|
|Roman Polak||St. Louis||HC Vitkovice||Czech Extraliga|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky||Winnipeg||HC Donbass||KHL|
|Corey Potter||Edmonton||Vienna Capitals||EBEL (Austria)|
|Vinny Prospal||Columbus||NC Mountfield||Czech Extraliga|
|Tuukka Rask||Boston||HC Plzen||Czech Extraliga|
|Matt Read||Philadelphia||Sodertalje SK||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Peter Regin||Ottawa||Langenthal||Swiss National B League|
|Pekka Rinne||Nashville||HC Dinamo Minsk||KHL|
|Stephane Robidas||Dallas||HIFK||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Michal Roszival||Chicago||HC Plzen||Czech Extraliga|
|Kris Russell||St. Louis||TPS Turku||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Mike Santorelli||Florida||Tingsryds AIF||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Luca Sbisa||Anaheim||HC Lugano||Swiss National A League|
|Tom Sestito||Philadelphia||Sheffield Steelers||EIHL (UK)|
|Tyler Seguin||Boston||EHC Biel||Swiss National A League|
|Dennis Seidenberg||Boston||Adler Mannheim||Deutsche Eishockey Liga|
|Andrej Sekera||Buffalo||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL|
|Alexander Semin||Carolina||Sokol Krasnoyarsk||VHL (Russia)|
|Wayne Simmonds||Philadelphia||Bili Tygri Liberec||Czech Extraliga|
|Jack Skille||Florida||Rosenborg||GET-Ligaen (Nor)|
|Ladislav Smid||Edmonton||Bili Tygri Liberec||Czech Extraliga|
|Craig Smith||Nashville||KalPa||SM-Liiga (Fin)|
|Vladimir Sobotka||St. Louis||Slavia Praha||Czech Extraliga|
|Jason Spezza||Ottawa||Rapperswil-Jona||Swiss National A League|
|Jared Spurgeon||Minnesota||SC Langnau||Swiss National A League|
|Viktor Stalberg||Chicago||Frolunda HC||Swedish Elite League|
|Alexander Steen||St. Louis||Modo||Swedish Elite League|
|Chris Stewart||St. Louis||Bili Tygri Liberec||Czech Extraliga|
|Mark Streit||NY Islanders||Bern||Swiss National A League|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||St. Louis||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL|
|Tomas Tatar||Detroit||SHK 37 Piestany||Slovak Extraliga|
|John Tavares||NY Islanders||SC Bern||Swiss National A League|
|Joe Thornton||San Jose||Davos||Swiss National A League|
|Jiri Tlusty||Carolina||Kladno||Czech Extraliga|
|Thomas Vanek||Buffalo||Graz 99ers||EBEL (Austria)|
|Semyon Varlamov||Colorado||HC Lokomotiv||KHL|
|Semyon Varlamov||Colorado||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||KHL|
|Lubomir Visnovsky||NY Islanders||Slovan Bratislava||KHL|
|Jakub Voracek||Philadelphia||HC Lev Praha||KHL|
|Tom Wandell||Dallas||Severstal Cherepovets||KHL|
|Yannick Weber||Montreal||Geneva-Servette||Swiss National A League|
|Blake Wheeler||Winnipeg||EHC Munchen||Deutsche Eishockey Liga|
|Tommy Wingels||San Jose||Kookoo||Mestis (Div II)|
|Marek Zidlicky||New Jersey||Kladno||Czech Extraliga|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Detroit||EV Zug||Swiss National A League|
|Sources: TSN, The Fourth Period and others.|
* Updated: Oct 12th
* Niklas Backstrom had signed with Dynamo Minsk, but he got injured and they went with Pekka Rinne instead.
A Canada-Russia series in the works … NHL-CHL reach agreement … Kane, Fowler, Ennis, Klein and Smith sign extensions
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Players will receive 8% escrow in October, receiving an average of $204,000.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Hockey Canada and the NHLPA are discussing a Canada-Russia series as part of the 40th anniversary of their 1972. They still need to more about it, and it’s far from done. Glenn Schiiler via twitter: Schiiler said the deal is close.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: The NHL and CHL have a one year agreement that deal with placement of players. 1. “Any 18 year old player who played in the NHL last season may be assigned to the AHL.” 2. “When the lockout ends NHL teams can either sign unsigned picks and keep them in the NHL, or recall signed picks playing in the CHL and keep them in the NHL. This must be done within 7 days of the date NHL’ers have to report after the lockout. “
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Dupont wonders that if there is a prolonged lockout, that Tim Thomas may reconsider sitting out a year, finishing out the last year of his contract. If the season started on January 1st, he’d have 8 months of rest. He would receive a pro-rated salary of $3 million. If GM Peter Chiarelli were to deal him, he’d likely only get “a dollar bill or a bag of pucks.”
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: Evander Kane signed a 6 year, $31.5 million with the Winnipeg Jets.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks signed Cam Fowler to a 5 year contract extension worth $20 million.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Sabres signed Tyler Ennis to a 2 year deal worth $5.625 million.
“I think the biggest significance for us prior to [the lockout] was that it allows once we know we’re going to get started to get started with the full group,” Regier said, “and not have to concern ourselves with, in any kind of hurrying fashion, try and get a deal done with Tyler Ennis. It allows us to focus on the preparation of the game versus any contractual issues.”
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have signed Kevin Klein to a 5 year contract extension worth $14.5 million, and Craig Smith to a 2 year deal worth $4 million. Klein will get $3 million in the first 3 years, and $2.75 million in the last 2.
Bruins looking for top Dman … Nothing new on Subban … AHL to get TV deal if lockout … Ennis-Sabres talking … Possible Oilers targets next year
- Dany Picard of CSNNE: Speculation is that the Bruins are looking to add a top pair defenseman to play with Zdeno Chara, and one of the popular names is Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle. A source close to Yandle said he “would love to play for the Bruins.” To get someone like Yandle, the Bruins may have to offer up David Krejci.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Stubbs was told yesterday morning that there is nothing new to report regarding contract talks between P.K. Subban and Canadiens.
- Chris Botta via twitter: The AHL has a deal with Sportsnet for additional games if there is a lockout. The AHL has talked with NBC Sports and regional sports networks about airing games if there is a lockout.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators Erik Karlsson says he has a few lockout options, “Russia is one, (but) I don’t know if you want to go there.” The Swedish Elite Leauge is not allowing lockout players.
- Helene St. James via twitter: According to Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, “I don’t have any backup plan now.”
- John Vogl via twitter: Tyler Ennis and the Sabres are continuing contract talks, with the lockout looming there is no additional pressure to get a deal done.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: 4 free agent defenseman the Oilers could target next summer are Alex Edler, Rob Scuderi, Ian White and Jordan Leopold.
Canadiens reportedly offer Subban a 2 year deal … Doan, the Canucks and Sabres … Ennis talks to resume
- TSN: RDS is reporting the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a 2 year deal worth $5.5 million, but both sides are far apart as Subban is looking for a longer deal. Subban’s agent, Mark Guy told TVA Sports, “I don’t see anything being done in the short term.” L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Subban’s agent denied the report that Subban had a 2 year, $5.5 million offer, ”if that’s what they’re saying, it’s inaccurate.” Jimmy Murphy via twitter: An NHL source, “PK Subban should take Habs’ offer and earn bigger one. But maybe he and agent want more term and are worried about CBA.”
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: There were multiple reports that the Shane Doan visited the Canucks on Tuesday night. This could indicate he’s moving on from the Coyotes, or at least investigating his options more thoroughly. Brad Ziemer via twitter: Doan is the guy the Canucks really want, but they’ve also been talking with Jason Arnott. He could fit in as their 3rd line center.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks are rumored to have interest in Panthers Nick Bjugstad, but they are reluctant to move him. The Canucks “would have interest if Bjugstad came with at least a draft pick because Luongo should command at least that and not merely be a salary dump.” The Canucks are looking for a top 6 forward and have great interest in Doan. If the Canucks were to take on a high Doan salary, it could be offset in the short term by trading Mason Raymond ($2.275 million for 1 year). Until the Doan situation is resolved, Luongo is likely to remain with the Canucks. If Bjugstad is untouchable, Sean Bergenheim could be a nice piece in a Luongo package. He’s 28 with a $2.75 million cap hit for the next 3 years.
- Nick Veronica of the Buffalo News: There is still no meeting scheduled between Doan and the Sabres yet.
“No, we have not met with [Doan], and I don’t know whether we will meet with him,” Regier said, well-versed in general manager lingo. “We’re monitoring the situation, and I’d leave it at that.”
“What I would say about Shane’s situation is that I admire the level of loyalty he’s provided to his club,” Regier said. “He’s spent his whole career with that organization, and I think that’s meaningful, and I admire that, but in the event he’s not going to stay there, we certainly would have an interest.”
GM Darcy Regier on contract talks with Tyler Ennis,
“We spoke with his agent yesterday (Tuesday) and I think that will continue today,” Regier said. “That’s always a hard one [to say how close the sides are]. Close. … The positive is it’s moving in the right direction.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont if the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have to deal with some big name RFAs/UFAs next July 1st if they don’t re-sign before then:
RFAs — Milan Lucic ($4.1 million); Tyler Seguin ($3.5 million); Brad Marchand ($2.5 million), Jordan Caron ($1.1 million), and Tuukka Rask ($3.5 million).
UFAs — Nathan Horton ($4 million), Andrew Ference ($2.25 million), and Tim Thomas ($5 million).
Canucks GM Mike Gillis is in no rush to move Roberto Luongo, perhaps focusing more on trying to bring in Shane Doan.
- Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal: Potential Phoenix Coyotes owner is about $20 million short to buy the team. The deal is on “tenuous ice” but could still happen. Jamison is looking for new investors and partners. The NHL is looking for $170 million, they bought the team for $140 million. Bill Daly said they are still confident the sale will be completed and the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix. The article was posted on Saturday but Sunnucks reported
The prospective Coyotes buyer met with free agent Coyotes captain Shane Doan last night. Doan is pondering leaving the Coyotes if Jamison can’t assure him a sale is near.
The Kings and Predators have been said to be new players on Doan.
Links From Jeff Miller OC Register on where Bobby Ryan could end up.
- Elliot Olshanshy of Sports World Report: The Flyers make the most sense, as Ryan could flourish beside Daniel Briere. It’s unsure of what they could offer. The Red Wings have the pieces to land Ryan. The price for Western Conference team may be than for an Eastern team.
- Benjamin Klein of the Bleacher Report: Klein thinks the Avalanche should make a move for Ryan. They have a nice young core with Duchene, Landeskog, Parenteau, O’Reilly and Johnson. Adding Ryan could move them up in the West. Adrian Dater in the Denver Post said the Avs would be foolish not to trade Paul Stastny for Ryan.
- The Fourth Period: The Sabres are dreaming of Shane Doan, but there are no guarantees there. The Buffalo News said the Sabres could turn their attention to Ryan. They are not willing to offer up Tyler Ennis or any of their other young forwards. They may offer defenseman like Andrej Sekera, Jordan Leopold or Mark Pysyk. The Ducks would still want 1 or 2 forwards though.
5 possible Leafs picks … Rangers shopping Dubinsky … Pens haven’t made Staal available yet … Sabres notes … Demers out in SJ?
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: 5 players that the Maple Leafs could be interested in drafting at #5. Mikhail Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg, Matthew Dumba, Jacob Trouba and Radek Faksa.
- Team 1200 Ottawa: Rumors out of New York are that the Rangers are aggressively shopping center Brandon Dubinsky.
- Rob Rossi via twitter: As of late last night, the Penguins haven’t informed interested teams if Jordan Staal is available or not. Several teams have already inquired. The Hurricanes will be big on Staal if he becomes available, offering multiple players. A deal won’t have to be wrapped up at the draft.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier:
“We are very active as it relates to finding ways to improve our hockey team,” Regier said during the team’s draft preview gathering with reporters. “Some of the names you hear that are out there, we’ve had conversations with those teams. I think it’s way too early to know whether or not anything will happen. There are a lot of teams like us in similar positions.”
“More calls have gone out than I’ve been receiving but that doesn’t mean it won’t change,” Regier said. “The tendency is for this thing to ramp up as you approach the draft and when you get on the floor, it gets a little crazier.”
“There’s some obvious guys we don’t have any interest in talking about right now and you can figure out who they are. But I make it a practice to call teams and ask them for players that I assume they’re not willing to trade, nor do they want to trade. And other GMs do the same with me.
“You let them know if they change their mind to please give me a call and I certainly do a lot more of that now than I used to.”
The Sabres are believed to be shopping Derek Roy. Regier thinks it may not be worth the cost to move up in the draft. They have not started negotiations with RFA Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta. Jochen Hecht has been cleared from his concussion, but it’s unlikely he’ll be back.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: With the Sharks bringing in Brad Stuart, the odd man out on their blueline may be Jason Demers.
- David Pollak via twitter: It’s been confirmed that Todd McLellan will be back next season with the Sharks.
Afternoon notes on Backstrom, Madden, Phillips, Orr, Carcillo, Blackhawks, Devils, Sabres and starting goalies
- Brian McNally via twitter: Capitals coach Dale Hunter said that Niklas Backstrom is day-to-day and is still being evaluated.
- George Richards via twitter: The Panthers have officially signed center John Madden.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is out with a concussion. “We’re going to be hopeful that it’s short term and it’s being evaluated and it appears to be a mild one, but it depends on him,” said MacLean.
- David Alter via twitter: The Maple Leafs have placed Colton Orr on waivers. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Orr will be assigned to the Marlies if he clears.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: The Blackhawks have recalled Andrew Shaw and Dylan Olsen and have put Steve Montador and Marcus Kruger on the IR.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has waived his right for an in person hearing.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov won’t play tonight. Andy Greene (broken toe) is at least 2 more weeks away. Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Travis Zajac: “We’re just going to rest him. He has a little soreness and we don’t want to take any chances.”
- John Vogl via twitter: The Sabres could be getting Tyler Myers, Ville Leino and Tyler Ennis back this weekend. Myers is hoping for Friday, Leino is shooting for Saturday.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Leafs against the Jets.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks against the Flyers.
- Curtis Zupke via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start for the Ducks against the Sharks.
Turris to make season debut … No timetable on Green … Giordano to IR … Rutherford talks Kaberle … Miller close … Schneider to start
- TSN: Kyle Turris is expected to make his season debut with the Coyotes tonight against the Jets.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Mike Green has skated 4 of the last 5 days, but there is still no timetable on his return. He’s missed 9 straight games with a strained groin muscle.
“I’d like to be back tomorrow but that’s not going to happen,” Green said. “It’s just kind of a day-to-day thing, there’s no set schedule. It’s just me getting back into shape and making sure that I’m 100 percent healthy if not 90 percent at least.
“As far as game shape with being explosive,” Green added, “I still have some strengthening to do, who knows how long that will take.”
- Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was put on the IR and will be out at least 7 days. He suffered a hamstring injury after blocking a shot on Tuesday.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: Jim Rutherford: “Tomas Kaberle better pick up his game or he won’t be in Carolina Long!”
- Gord Stellick via twitter: If Brian Burke was hired by the Maple Leafs 6 months earlier, his choice for head coach would have been Joel Quenneville rather than Ron Wilson.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend by Lindy Ruff. Tyler Ennis may play on Friday. Jordan Leopold is out for the weekend, but could play next week.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks Mason Raymond is ready to return. He’s skating with Cody Hodgson and Jannik Hansen. Manny Malhotra to the 4th line.
- Vancouver Canucks via twitter: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks against the Predators tonight.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: It sounds like Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers Friday against the Ducks.
Afternoon notes on Comeau, Bergfors, Perron, Lightning, Maple Leafs, Ryan, Jagr, Pitkanen, Bogosian, Filatov, Ennis and Backstrom
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have placed forward Blake Comeau on waivers. He has no points in 16 games and is a -11. BD Galiof via twitter: Galiof wonders if a team like the Blue Jackets will take a chance on Comeau. Comeau on waivers means that no team was offering value back, or the Islanders think he can pass through. The Islanders were close to trading him in the summer before GM Garth Snow was able to get the price down on a new contract. Expect the Islanders to be willing to do the same with Reasoner and Rolston if their play doesn’t pick up. Galiof thinks that Comeau could be better on a low-end teams 2nd line. Didn’t play well on the Isles 3rd/4th lines.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Predators have put Niclas Bergfors on unconditional ($125) waivers. If he clears, they will mutually agree to terminate contract.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues winger David Perron is itching to get playing, and is getting closer.
“There’s no date,” Perron said. “It’s just a matter of getting into practices and seeing how I react. It’s only been like four or five days (since he was cleared for contact) and I haven’t done a whole lot of it. We have a lot of games right now and a lot of optional skates and when it’s optional, it’s more about shooting and conditioning, so we haven’t gotten a lot of (physicality) yet.”
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman:
“I never believe you do something just to do something,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “You just try to make the team better, whether that’s through recalling somebody or a trade. I’m not going to react. You just have to assess your team.”
“In general, teams really are not looking to take on contracts, take on money this time of the year and it’s hard to make a trade,” Yzerman said. “It’s hard to find a fit with teams because teams don’t want to give up their draft picks. Teams don’t want to give up their young guys.”
- Eric Stepens of the OC Register: Ducks forward Bobby Ryan suffered a hip contusion and didn’t come out for the 3rd period last night.
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr aggravated his groin last night, and will likely miss at least 2 games. “We got two games and then five days off,” Jagr said. “I think I’m not going to play those two games and make sure when I come back I want to come back strong.”
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen could return on Sunday according to coach Paul Maurice. No decision on who will come out.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes lines at practice: Skinner, Staal, Ruutu; Poni, Jussi, LaRose; Tlusty, Sutter, Dwyer; Brett Sutter, Brent, Stewart.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is taking part in his 1st practice since Nov. 1st. Reimer will be out at least another 10 days.
- David Alter via twitter: Leafs lines at practice: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, MacA-Connolly-Kulie, Frattin-Colborne-Crabb, Steckel-Dupuis-Rosehill, extras, Orr,Grabovski. David Alter via twitter: Grabovski will be out at least another week.
- Jonas Gustavsson via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tomorrow.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Shanahan video ruling on Zach Bogosian won’t come until tomorrow.
- Joy Lindsay via twitter: Nikita Filatov says he’ll have a meeting with Senators GM Bryan Murray in the future, to discuss his future. Expects it to be next week.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres forward Tyler Ennis will not play on Friday. Patrick Kaleta is also out, so they will need to call up a forward.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom missed last night’s game due to personal reasons and is expected to return to the team in a few days.
- Brent Sopel via twitter: Sopel says that he’s turned down 3 NHL teams as he won’t break his current contract.
Injury notes involving Pronger, Malkin, Pacioretty, Ennis, Carter, Methot, Martinek, Connolly, and Bozak
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Chris Pronger will be on bed rest for 3 days and hopes to return to the team in about 10 days. There is swelling around the right eye after taking a high stick last night against the Maple Leafs. Sam Carchidi via twitter: Carchidi is reporting that the Flyers will make Pronger wear a visor when he returns. Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers eye doctor examined Pronger last night, and the two will spend a lot of time together over the next 4 days.
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin could return tonight against the Islanders. Coach Dan Bylsma added, “(Malkin) is still not ruled in or out for (today’s) game.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The extent of Max Pacioretty injury won’t be known till (today). Montreal is calling it an upper-body injury, McKenzie hearing an arm or wrist. Brian Wilde via twitter: Wilde is hearing that it is serious.
- Miguel Rodrguez of the Buffalo News: Sabres forward Tyler Ennis is ‘week-to-week’ with an ankle sprain. Ville Leino will move over to left wing. Brad Boyes worked on the power play unit with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter won’t be in the lineup against the Red Wings as his fractured right foot is still too painful to boot up and skate. Defenseman Marc Methot and Radek Martinek are also out. Martinek could be gone a while.
- Rob Longley via twitter: Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said that Tim Connolly and Tyler Bozak are both likely to be back on Thursday against the Rangers.