Thursday, January 31, 2013

Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers Make a Trade

Jason Brough reports on nbcsports.com that the Washington Capitals have traded Zach Hamill to the Florida Panthers for Casey Wellman.  

Zach Hamill was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins.  He had played in 16 regular season games in 2011-12, notching two points.

Casey Wellman, a 25 year old center, last saw NHL ice time with the Minnesota Wild in 2011-12.  He played in 14 games with the Wild garnering 7 points.  The Panthers had received Wellman in 2012 from the Wild in exchange for a 2014 Draft pick.  

Brian Strait Signed For Three Years By Islanders

According to Scott Blazowski on Bleacher Report via Twitter, the New York Islanders have signed Brian Strait to a three year deal worth $2.325 million. Strait, who was picked up off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, has played in 6 games for the Isles this season. The 25 year old defenseman played in 12 games over the previous two seasons with the Penguins.

Ryan Hamilton Recalled, Mike Brown on Injured Reserve for Toronto Maple Leafs

It was reported on mapleleafs.com today that the Toronto Maple Leafs have put Mike Brown on injured reserve.  Filling the spot on the Leafs' roster will be Ryan Hamilton, who was recalled from the Marlies.  Hamilton scored 51 points in 74 games last season for the Marlies, and saw two games of NHL action with the Maple Leafs in 2011-12.  

NHL Trade Snap Shots: Loktionov, O'Reilly?

James O'Brien has reported on nbcsports.com that Los Angeles Kings center Andrei Loktionov has requested a trade.  Although he played in 39 games for the Kings last season, Loktionov has been with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL so far this season, and with the glut of centers in Los Angeles, is most likely looking for a team where he can see some NHL ice time at center.

Lyle Richardson references on thehockeynews.com that several Colorado Avalanche have been traded previously, when they looked for more money than team management was willing to offer, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.  The speculation is that Ryan O'Reilly could be traded for a prospect and draft pick.  

NHL Waiver Wire News: Janssen, Boychuk, Devils, Hurricanes, Penguins

Bob McKenzie reports that New Jersey Devil Cam Janssen cleared waivers.  He will now be sent to the Albany Devils.  He also tweets that Zach Boychuk has been claimed off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Janssen has played in at least 43 regular season games over the past four seasons, but saw just 10 minutes of ice time in three games this season.  Tom Gulitti reports on Fire and Ice, that Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson will be on the New Jersey Devils roster tonight in their matchup with the New York Islanders.

Boychuk, the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, had played sparingly for the Hurricanes, seeing ten minutes of ice time this season.


The Vancouver Canucks Goalie Saga Continues With Luongo and Schneider

With Roberto Luongo's recent shutout, the Vancouver Canucks have a dilemma that some other teams might envy.  They have two top-notch goaltenders.  Luongo's goals against average now sits at a miniscule 1.61 after 3 games started and 4 games in total for 2013.  Listening to Hockey Central at Noon, it sounds as if there is strong sentiment that Luongo should be Vancouver's starting goaltender going forward.

Cory Schneider has been no slouch in net either, however.  He may not have been as consistent to-date for Vancouver in 2013, but he has had two very strong performances and he owns a .500 win-loss record.

Vancouver could feasibly platoon these two goalies for the rest of this season and beyond.  But if they can get valuable young prospects or draft picks for one of them, why wouldn't they?

UPDATE (as of 4:41 ET on 1-31-13):  According to nbcsports.com, Roberto Luongo will get the start for the Vancouver Canucks on Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks.  

Jason Spezza Out For Ottawa Senators - Will Undergo Surgery

According to a recent article by Brian Stubits on cbssports.com, Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators will be out for approximately two months.  It was reported that he will be undergoing surgery on his back to repair a herniated disc.  Spezza had 84 points in 80 games for Ottawa last season, and had continued his production this season, netting 5 points in 5 games until his back injury sidelined him.  This will affect the Senators performance as that kind of offensive production cannot be easily replaced.

2013 NHL Free Agents - Mike Ribeiro

Mike Ribeiro is currently set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 NHL season. According to data at capgeek.com Ribeiro is at the end of a five year contract paying him $5 million annually with the Washington Capitals.

In 74 games last season, the center had 63 points. He will be 33 when he becomes a free agent, but still has a lot of scoring capability. Washington has gotten off to a poor start this season and that could factor in to where Ribeiro winds up next season. If they can work out a suitable extension prior to season's end, they would probably like to keep Ribeiro's production on their roster. As it stands right now, with the Capitals playing poorly, don't rule out a late season trade for a young player or draft picks.

Mike Riberio's career stats from hockey-reference.com:
Outlook
While much depends on the Capitals 2013 performance as a team, Ribeiro has been in Washington for just two seasons after a long stint with Dallas. So he shouldn't be expected to have team loyalty per se. If the Capitals want Ribeiro long term, they will need to put a quality offer on the table quickly.  They are currently slated to be $20.39 million under next season's salary cap according to capgeek.com, so they do have room to sign Ribeiro.  If the Caps are out of the playoff hunt, they would likely move Ribeiro.  If not, they'll be one of the many teams looking to sign him for 2013-14 and beyond.

NHL Draft - 2013 Date

The NHL Draft for 2013 will take place on June 30, according to Yahoo! Sports.  This is two days after the last possible date that a Stanley Cup game could occur this year, June 28.  The lottery for 2013 NHL Draft positions will occur on April 29.   

NHL News and Notes: Subban, Stars, Sharks and Devils

Pat Hickey reports in the Montreal Gazette that P.K. Subban's deal was in his favor regarding structure, while the term of the contract was in Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin's favor.  Subban's first year of his two-year deal will be pro-rated for the lockout shortened season, earning him much less than the $2 million per season noted in his contract.

According to ESPN.com, the Dallas Stars have called up two players from the AHL Texas Stars:  Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussel.  Dallas has also placed both Cristopher Nilstorp and Derek Roy on injured reserve according to thehockeynews.com.

The San Jose Sharks have announced a change in ownership, according to ESPN.com.

The New Jersey Devils placed tough forward Cam Janssen on waivers.  They also recently called up Matt Anderson.  Tom Gulitti reports on Fire and Ice that Anderson, a New York native, made his NHL debut at age 30.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NHL Trade Snapshots: Weiss

There has been talk on both sportsnet.ca and thehockeynews.com that the Florida Panthers could look to trade 29 year old center Stephen Weiss if the Panthers appear not to be in playoff contention. Weiss, who scored 60 points in helping the Panthers to the playoffs last season, is in the final year of a six year contract paying him $4.1 million annually according to capgeek.com. Florida would not want to risk losing Weiss to free agency with nothing in return, particularly if they do not have a shot at the Cup this season.

Brian Stubits writes on cbssports.com that he does not believe Ryan O'Reilly, or any other restricted free agent, will receive an offer sheet any time soon. Stubits notes that the last time a player was signed away as an RFA from his current team was in 2007 when the Edmonton Oilers signed Dustin Penner away from the Ducks.

2013 NHL Free Agent Review - Patrik Elias

Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 NHL season.  Capgeek.com data shows that the 36-year old forward is at the end of a seven year contract at a $6 million cap hit and $5 million per year salary.

Elias' production actually increased last year, at a time in his career where some players are seeing a decline in production based on their longevity.  In 81 regular season games, Elias notched a hefty 78 points, 52 of which were assists, according to hockey-reference.com.

His production in the playoffs was fairly strong too, as he scored 8 points in 24 Stanley Cup playoff games in 2012.

As the roster sits right now for New Jersey, considering the drop in salary cap to $64.3 million next year, the Devils would have cap room for $24.35 million in salary in 2013-14, according to capgeek.com.  New Jersey does have other forwards who will become unrestricted free agents after the 2013 season, most notably Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson, but they should have room to keep Patrik Elias on their roster going forward.

Outlook
Patrik Elias has played his entire NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, and you should fully expect him to end his career as a New Jersey Devil.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ottawa Senators Call Up Mika Zibanejad

The Ottawa Senators have called up their sixth overall selection from the 2011 NHL Draft, Mika Zibanejad, according to foxsports.com.  Senators General Manager Brian Murray was quoted in the article as saying about Zibanejad:
''He's starting to play well,'' Murray said. ''I think he's a guy that Paul will want to give a game or so to right now and find out a little more about him. As I say his speed and his size should be an asset for us.''
 Murray's reference to Paul is head coach Paul MacLean.  According to a quote from coach MacLean in the Ottawa Citizen it sounds like this is an opportunity to get the youngster up with the NHL team, but that he may not necessarily see much ice-time, if any:
“We have an opportunity to bring him in and he has played well since he has got healthy down there,” said MacLean. “We’ll decide if we want to play him in a game."
The 19-year old forward from Sweden was with the Senators briefly in 2011-12, seeing ice time for 9 regular season games.  Ottawa has been playing well, with three wins in five games so far, however, with Zibanejad's AHL team on All-Star break, the timing was right for Ottawa management to take a look at him.   

NHL Snap Shots: Robinson, Luongo, Hamilton and Galchenyuk

Boston.com reports that Dougie Hamilton will remain a Boston Bruin and not be sent back down to his Junior team, the Niagra Ice Dogs of the OHL. In 5 games this season, Hamilton has four assists.

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy on Yahoo! Sports posted his early picks for the Calder Trophy today. Some of the players in early contention include:

Dougie Hamilton
Vladimir Tarasenko
Cory Conacher
Justin Schultz
Nail Yakopov

One young forward to really keep an eye on this season is Alex Galchenyuk. With three points In four games the young center has really impressed. If Montréal continues to play well, and they should especially now that they have superstar defenseman PK Subban back, look for Galchenyuk's chances to win the Calder to improve.

According to an article on the Montreal Gazette website by Jim Matheson, Larry Robinson had entertained the thought of becoming the Montreal Canadiens coach last year. He and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin weren't able to get together however, and Robinson wound up with the San Jose Sharks. There was speculation that Montreal wanted to go with a French speaking head coach foremost. It sounds as if Robinson doesn't buy that, and that bringing a winning record to the team is the primary driver for Canadiens management in their coach selection.

In listening to the Hockey Night in Canada podcast recently, it sounds as if there are two team's who could most benefit from trading for a top goaltender like Roberto Luongo.  Those teams are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals.  Both teams currently sit near the bottom of their divisions and could use the veteran help in net, if for no other reason than as a mentor for some of their younger netminders. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

P.K. Subban Signs with Montreal Canadiens

P.K. Subban signed a 2-year deal worth $5.75 million with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday according to ESPN. Subban and the Canadiens had not been able to come to terms prior to the start of this NHL season.  The 23-year old defenseman and restricted free agent had 36 points in 81 games for the Canadiens last season.  According to Dave Stubbs on Twitter, it seems as if Subban has been keeping in shape while not playing with the Canadiens:

Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy, has reported via Louis Jean of TVA, that the deal is for $2 million in the first year and $3.75 in the second.  The cap hit, according to capgeek.com will be $2.875 for each of the two contract years. 

With the Montreal Canadiens playing good hockey to start the 2012-13 season, their urgency to sign Subban may not have been as immediate, which could have affected the terms of the contract.  In any case, it's good to have one of the premier young players in the game back on the world's biggest hockey stage. 



Alex Galchenyuk Decision by Montreal Canadiens Coming Soon

Update: THN is reporting that the Canadiens have decided not to send Galchenyuk back to his Junior team as of 12:50 pm.


Alex Galchenyuk is one of the ten players who were subject to the "5-game rule" in this lockout shortened season. Apron Basu of NHL.com reports that the Montreal Canadiens will face a tough choice in whether or not to send Galchenyuk back to his Junior team or have his first year kick in on his NHL contract. The 18 year old center has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 4 NHL games this season.
According to an article on cjad.com, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was big on Galchenyuk from day one, not least in part due to his size:
“He’s a big centre and they don’t come by. When they do you have to draft them. You can’t really trade for one because they’re not available. So down the middle has to be a strength, and he fits the bill.”


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ryan O'Reilly on the Trading Block?

Bruce Garrioch reports in the Ottawa Sun that the Colorado Avalanche may be looking to deal young star Ryan O'Reilly.
The asking price is a young forward and a second-round pick

The Avalanche and O'Reilly haven't been able to resolve their contract dispute, raising trade speculation. The young center had 55 points in 81 games last season for the Avs. Last season marked the end of a three year, $2.64 million deal that O'Reilly had with Colorado per capgeek.com.

It's been reported by the Denver Post that the Avalanche are offering a two year deal worth $7 million while O'Reilly is looking $4 million or more per season.

New York Rangers Cancel Jason Arnott Deal

According to Nick Kypreos on Twitter it looks as if the New York Rangers will not be acquiring Jason Arnott, as previously reported, due to medical concerns.



Scott Laughton Reassigned by Philadelphia Flyers

According to nhlfreeagents.com via Twitter:
Scott Laughton was one of the ten young players who would be affected by the lockout shortened season's "5-game rule".   He had played in 5 games with Philadelphia this season, notching 11:31 in ice-time. 
 

2013 NHL Free Agent Review - Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla - The Edmonton native and current Calgary Flame will become a free agent after the 2013 season, concluding a 5 year, $35 million dollar contract with the Flames according to capgeek.com.  The veteran forward is not young by pro hockey standards, at 35 years old, but he can still produce like a younger player.  In 2011-12, Iginla notched 67 points in 82 games.  He has scored more than 50 points in every Flames season since 1998-99. 

Iginla's Career Regular Season Stats Through 1/27/2013 (courtesy of hockey-reference.com):




It was reported earlier this month by the Calgary Sun that Flames General Manager Jay Feaster's intent is to keep Iginla and have him finish his career in Calgary.  Discussions with Iginla's agent Don Meehan will be occuring during the season according to Feaster. 

It sounds as if both Iginla and Flames management would like Jarome to remain with the organization throughout his career.  The asking price of Meehan and Iginla will have to be taken into account however, as well as how well Calgary performs through this season. 

Outlook
Expect Iginla to sign with the Flames, at a reduction in his current annual salary, considering age and production levels. 


 

5 Game Rule: Yakupov, Hamilton, Matteau and Huberdeau

The 10 game rule for Juniors is set at no more than 5 games due to the lockout-shortened season.  Some of the teenagers that will be affected by this rule, according to the Slap Shot blog of the New York Times, are:
As most teams will be hitting the 5 game mark this weekend, decisions will need to be made on whether to keep these young stars on the teams' NHL rosters.  If kept past five games, the first year of the player's contract will have kicked in. 

Looking at data from NHL.com, there are ten players that currently fall into consideration for this rule.  Of these, through Saturday's games, three of them have less than ten minutes of ice time, which could be an indicator that they will be sent back to the minors.  These three players are:  Stefan Matteau, Rickard Rakell, and Mark Scheifele

According to the post on Slap Shot, it sounds as if Huberdeau will be sent back, based on the history of the Florida Panthers organization.  For the rest of these future stars, we'll have to wait and see what decisions are made this weekend. 

Max Pacioretty Out - Michael Blunden Recalled for Montreal Canadiens

ESPN reports that Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will be out of the lineup for approximately 3 to 4 weeks after an emergency surgery to remove his appendix.  The Canadiens have recalled forward Michael Blunden from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.  Blunden had secured the Canadiens final roster spot on Janurary 19 but was sent to Hamilton on January 24.  Blunden played in 39 games with the Habs last season, scoring 4 points. 

Jason Arnott Signed by New York


Jason Arnott will be joining the New York Rangers pending a physical according to Katie Strang of ESPN. The tall center had 34 points in 72 games with the St. Louis Blues last season. The 18 year NHL veteran can still produce and may just give the Rangers the boost they need right now.

Update: It's reported by Darren Dreger that it will be a one year deal with a roughly $1.7 million cap hit.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

New York Rangers - Chris Kreider Update

Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork has reported that Chris Kreider has been diagnosed with a bone-chip in his ankle after an MRI on Friday.  Katie reports that Benn Ferriero will make his New York Ranger debut with Kreider out of the lineup.  Kreider played a pivotal part in the Rangers playoff push during the 2011-12 season as a rookie right out of Boston College. 

NHL Snap Shots: Subban, Briere, Gomez

Darren Dreger is reporting via Twitter that the Montreal Canadiens offer to P.K. Subban is roughly $5 million over 2 seasons. It's also thought that there has been no progress in the negotiations. The Habs have been performing well so far at 2-1.

Tim Panaccio states that Daniel Briere's status remains doubtful. Briere had injured his wrist playing with a German team during the NHL lockout.  (An update to this story:  as of 6:15 ET ProHockeyTalk reports that Briere will indeed make his season debut for the Flyers tonight). 

David Pollack reports that Scott Gomez will be playing on the fourth line and second power play unit in his season and team debut with the San Jose Sharks today. Gomez recently signed a one year deal with the Sharks after a buyout by the Montreal Canadiens.

NHL Trade Deadline - 2013 Date

The 2013 NHL Trade Deadline will be April 3, according to Reuters and Yahoo! Sports.  The Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin at the end of the same month, on April 30.  Some key players who could be moved prior to the trade deadline are unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2013 season, according to capgeek.com.  Players currently on this list who could be moved, depending on their team's chances of making the 2013 playoffs are:

  • Alexander Semin - The 28 year-old talented winger currently with the Carolina Hurricanes could provide an offensive boost to a defensive minded squad.  One particular team that could fall into this category is the Los Angeles Kings.  Semin is currently being compensated at $7 million annually according to capgeek.com
  • Mike Smith - The 30 year-old Ontario native netminder had a breakout season with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-12, posting a 2.21 GAA.  Smith is in the second year of a two year contract with Phoenix, worth $2 million per year.  If Phoenix winds up out of the playoff hunt, watch to see if the Coyotes put Smith on the market, potentially for prospects. 
  • Kimmo Timonen - The 37 year-old veteran defenseman is with the Philadelphia Flyers in the final year of a six year contract.  With all the early season injuries that the Flyers have experienced, it is certainly possible that the Flyers could miss the 2013 playoffs.  If they do, taking into account this stellar defenseman's age and contract status, he could be dealt to a contender who wants to shore up their defense.   

 

NHL Snap Shots: Schneider, New Jersey, Lombardi, Knuble

Cory Schneider had another good performance in net for the Vancouver Canucks according to CBSSports.com.  If he continues to play as well as he has recently, with 30 saves in the Canucks victory on Friday, the chances that Roberto Luongo remains with the team become slimmer. 

The New Jersey Devils, despite missing Adam Henrique to injury and losing Zach Parise to free agency, are off to their best start in ten years according to CBSSports.com.  They are now 3-0 with their overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Friday.  Future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur has been strong in net so far, ranking in the NHL top five in each of these categories:  Wins, Goals Against Average and Save Percentage. 

ESPN.com reports that Phoenix Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi will be out indefinitely after being injured in Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks.  Lombardi was recently traded to the Coyotes from the Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Knuble will be available to play in Saturday's game for the Philadelphia Flyers according to an ESPN.com report.  Knuble was brought to the Flyers after an injury to Scott Hartnell

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Edmonton Oilers Claim Goalie Niko Hovinen Off Waivers

NHL.com reports that the Edmonton Oilers have claimed netminder Niko Hovinen off the waiver wire from the Philadelphia Flyers.  The Finnish goaltender had previously signed a two-year contract with the Flyers in 2011.  Hovinen had been playing with the Trenton Titans of the AHL, where he had a 3.14 GAA in 16 games.   

Philadelphia Flyers Sign Mike Knuble

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran Mike Knuble to a one year contract according to thehockeynews.com. The longtime NHL veteran had played one game with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL this season. His last NHL ice time came with the Washington Capitals last season where he had 18 points in 72 games. Knuble has been signed to fill the roster void left by Scott Hartnell's injury.

Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Defenseman to Dallas Stars

According to thehockeynews.com the Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman Carl Sneep to the Dallas Stars for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL draft. Sneep played in one game with Pittsburgh last year notching one point on an assist. In 40 games with the AHL Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins Sneep had 10 points on 10 assists.

NHL Snap Shots

ESPN.com reports that until hockey related revenue numbers are ironed out later this year, NHL players will be putting ten percent of their paychecks into an escrow fund.

Regarding the rumors that Wayne Gretzky is in talks to become the next President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, they seem to be unfounded. "The Great One" was a very entertaining guest on the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, where he stated that there have been no talks between him and Toronto management. It sounded as if Gretzky was nowhere closer to becoming involved with the NHL than he had been months ago. Don't expect any announcements that Gretzky is joining any NHL club in the near future.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jamie Benn Signs With Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn has agreed with the Dallas Stars to a 5 year deal worth $26.25 million according to the NHL Network.  Benn scored 63 points in 71 games for Dallas last season.  Benn had previously made $670,000 annually with Dallas before he became a restricted free agent according to capgeek.com

NHL Injury Update - Scott Hartnell

Yahoo! Sports has reported that Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell will be out between 4-8 weeks with a broken left foot.  Hartnell had one point in three games this season.  This injury could have a major impact to the Flyers in this shortened regular season.  The Puck Daddy blog states:

 Eight weeks from now, the club will be preparing to play game 24 of 48, and needless to say, playing half the season without your top goal-scorer from 2011-12 is going to make success a little harder to come by.
 
We'll have to wait and see if Hartnell is indeed out for two months of regular season play.  If he is, the Flyers will be playing half their season without a player who notched 37 goals for them last season. 

Joffrey Lupul's Injury Update - Roster Void Filled By Matt Frattin

Updating an earlier post about Joffrey Lupul's injury, it has been reported by foxsports.com recently that Lupul will be out for at least six weeks.  Lupul's void in the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, after being placed on injured reserve, was filled by Matt Frattin, who was called up from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.  Frattin played in 56 games with the Leafs in 2011-12, scoring 15 points.  Frattin had scored 17 points in 21 games with the Marlies this season. 

Forwards Swapped by Eastern Conference Foes

Two minor league forwards were swapped by Eastern Conference teams today according to ESPN. Benn Ferriero was acquired by the New York Rangers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday in exchange for Chad Kolarik. The Penguins had previously signed Ferriero to a one-year deal in July of 2012. Kolarik had previously been traded to the Rangers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in November of 2010 and missed the 2010-11 season due to an ACL injury.

Ferriero was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes but did not sign with them.  He inked with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent in 2009 and played in 92 games with the franchise through the 2011-12 season.

Kolarik was also drafted by the Coyotes, in 2004, and played with their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage after completing his collegiate career at the University of Michigan in 2007-08.  He was traded by the Coyotes to the Blue Jackets in early 2010, where he played in two regular season NHL games, before getting traded to the Rangers the next season (but same year - 2010). 

Could Schneider's Performance Accelerate Trade Talks?

Vancouver Canucks' netminder Cory Schneider had a bounce back performance on Wednesday, stopping 34 of 36 shots according to Yahoo! Sports, in Vancouver's 3-2 OT victory over the Calgary Flames. It is possible that Schneider's strong performance could accelerate GM Mike Gillis' timeline for trading veteran goalie Roberto Luongo. Several teams have been rumored to be interested in Luongo's services, including the Islanders, Blackhawks and Oilers.

Joffrey Lupul Fractures Arm in Toronto's Victory

Yahoo! Sports reports that Joffrey Lupul fractured his arm in the Maple Leafs victory over the Penguins on Wednesday. Lupul just signed a five year deal with the Leafs. According to usatoday.com:
The victory took some of the sting out of losing forward Joffrey Lupul to a fractured forearm in the second period. The 29-year-old, who signed a five-year contract extension on Sunday, got drilled by a slapshot from teammate Dion Phaneuf and did not return. Lupul will be re-evaluated on Thursday.


More should be known by tomorrow, about the injury and timeframe for Lupul's return.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Philadelphia Flyers Update


ESPN reports that the Philadelphia Flyers will be without Scott Hartnell indefinitely due to a foot injury. According to the ESPN report:
Hartnell was hit by a shot taken by teammate Kimmo Timonen in Tuesday's loss to the New Jersey Devils.

ESPN also reports that the Flyers' Brayden Schenn has been suspended for one game for charging. Schenn left his feet on a hit to the New Jersey Devils' Anton Volchenkov Tuesday.

Avalanche Lose Forward For Season

FOXSports.com reports that the Colorado Avalanche will be without Steve Downie after the right winger tore his ACL in Tuesday's game against the Kings. Downie is in the first year of a $5.3 million two-year deal. The Colorado Avalanche report via Twitter that Brad Malone has been called up from the Lake Erie Monsters to fill the void. Malone had 2 points, both assists, in 9 games with the Avalanche last season.

Scott Gomez Signed By Sharks

Scott Gomez has been signed by the San Jose Sharks to a one year contract worth $700,000 according to Yahoo! Sports. This was a deal that had been in the works for sometime, most thinking due to the relationship that Gomez has with Larry Robinson. According to Greg Wyshinski:
As we mentioned previously, his connection with Sharks assistant coach Larry Robinson likely paved the way for this deal, as Robinson coached Gomez with the New Jersey Devils and the two have had a mutual respect for years.

This seems to be the right player at the right price, due to Montreal's recent buyout of Gomez. Although the Sharks haven't had a lack of scoring, with 10 goals in their first two games, Gomez will certainly be a welcome offensive addition if he plays to his potential.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NHL News and Rumors

As expected, Tomas Holmstrom announced his retirement from the Red Wings NHL. According to the Detroit Free Press:
Holmstrom posted 530 points in 1,026 games. He scored 243 goals, most of them with his back to the net, many of them tip-ins demonstrating his incredible hand-to-eye coordination. Season after season he showed what incredible willpower can do.


Yahoo! Sports reports that Martin Brodeur recorded his 120th career shutout in net for the New Jersey Devils with their 3-0 victory over the Flyers yesterday. According to Tom Gulitti on Twitter this was Brodeur's 10th shutout against the Flyers.

CBSsports.com reports that there have been internal discussions regarding Wayne Gretzky becoming the Toronto Maple Leafs next President. That would certainly be a union of two NHL stalwarts. Gretzky hasn't been in an NHL management role since 2009, when he was head coach and head of hockey operations for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Nino Niederreiter Requests Trade?

SI.com reports that Nino Niederreiter has requested a trade from the New York Islanders organization. Niederreiter has been playing with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, and playing well, earning a spot on the AHL All-Star team. According to SI.com:
He’s doing exactly that in the AHL, with 19 goals, 36 points and an All-Star Game invite to his credit thus far. He’s improving his play away from the puck, too. In time, he’ll be a solid top-six forward.

The 5th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft has played in 64 regular season NHL games with the Islanders since his selection.

NHL Snap Shots

According to ESPN via Twitter, the Vancouver Canucks will be starting Cory Schneider in goal on Wednesday night. Despite persistent trade rumors Roberto Luongo remains with the Vancouver Canucks as one of their two primary goaltenders.

ESPN also reports that Anze Kopitar will be coming off injured reserve for the Los Angeles Kings. Getting their primary offensive threat back should be a big boost for the Kings.

Detroit Red Wings Sign Defenseman

According to Bob McKenzie via Twitter the Detroit Red Wings have signed a one-way contract with defenseman Kent Huskins with a one-year term. Huskins played with St. Louis last season scoring 7 points in 25 regular season games. According to the Detroit Free Press, GM Ken Holland is looking to utilize Huskins in tonight's game against the Dallas Stars.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Kings' Greene Out for Season

According to cbssports.com, TSN's Bob McKenzie has reported that LA King defenseman Matt Greene will be out for the season with a back injury.
Greene had 6 points during the Kings' Stanley Cup Playoff run to the championship last season, playing an integral part in their victory.
Greene is currently in the fourth year of a five year contract with Los Angeles according to capgeek.com.

Holmstrom to Retire?

According to NHL.com a news conference is scheduled for 4:30 pm on January 22 at Joe Louis Arena, where it is believed that Tomas Holmstrom will announce his NHL retirement.
The Swedish left winger has spent his entire NHL career with the Red Wings, racking up 530 points in 1,026 regular season games. As of early 2012, Holmstrom was the 6th Detroit Red Wing to play in 1,000 games.

Flames Trade Goalie

The Calgary Flames have traded goalie Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 7th round draft pick in this years draft. Karlsson, who came to Calgary from San Jose in 2010, played in 9 games for the Flames last season, with a .900 save percentage.
Chicago currently has Ray Emery and Corey Crawford on their depth chart in net.

Scott Gomez Practicing With Sharks

Not only was it reported that Scott Gomez travelled with the San Jose Sharks, but according to this picture posted on ProHockeyTalk, Gomez has also practiced with the team.  Seems to be just a matter of time before he's officially a Shark. 

NHL News and Rumors

Brad Ratgen posts on HockeyBuzz.com that Zach Parise is already paying dividends for the Minnesota Wild.  It seems that some Minnesota Wild fans are very impressed with Parise's efforts in the first two NHL regular season games with the Wild.  Reminiscent of what people saw from him with New Jersey in the 2011-12 playoff run to the Cup.  That's the kind of play you'll see from Parise night in and night out.

The 29th overall pick in last year's NHL draft, Stefan Matteau, who made his debut with the New Jersey Devils this season at 18 years old, thought that his NHL debut was "better than he dreamed".  It should be the start of a very long NHL career for the youngster and son of NHL veteran Stephane Matteau. 

Evgeni Malkin, who is signed by Pittsburgh through the 2013-14 NHL season, according to capgeek.com, is off to a strong start.  The Russian Center, whowon the Hart Trophy in 2011-12, has four points in two games against the Flyers and Rangers.

According to Dan Rosen on Twitter, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano still needs to be cleared by doctors, but he intends to coach in the Isles next tilt. 

Roberto Luongo, who has been rumored to be on the trading block for months, played in net for the Canucks last night, taking them into an overtime shootout with the Oilers.  The Canucks ended up on the losing side of that shootout, after Luongo stopped 30 of 32 shots for a .938 save percentage.

According to Damian Cristodero on Twitter (@LightningTimes):
The left winger was the 68th overall pick by the Oilers in the 2003 NHL draft.  Although he was with the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, Jacques last played with the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL. 






 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What If Luongo Stays With Vancouver?

A trade of Roberto Luongo out of Vancouver seemed to be a foregone conclusion. The torch seemed to have been passed to Cory Schneider last season. But after many months of speculation, Luong remains on the Canucks. So what if Luongo isn't traded by the Canucks after all?

With Luongo making $6.7 million for the next several seasons, and a cap hit of $5.3 million through the 2021-22 season according to capgeek.com, Luongo would need to be the starter in net once again. Or at a minimum, be willing to split duties with Schneider to make this feasible from a Canucks perspective.

Is it a probable scenario? Maybe not. But we certainly have seen teams split goalie duties in the past, so don't rule it out.

Lupul Signed by Toronto

According to The Globe and Mail the Maple Leafs have signed Joffrey Lupul to a five year deal worth a reported $5.25 million per season. The left winger had 67 points in 66 games last season. The Leafs still have plenty of room under next year's cap according to data on capgeek.com. They do have several unrestricted free agents coming next season, who are currently on their roster.

Veterans Shine in Openers

It was a good opening day for established veterans in the NHL. Longtime all-star veterans Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selane each had four points in their season debut, while fellow vets Martin St. Louis and Alex Kovalev each notched three points.

The Stars captain had some kind words for Jagr according to Yahoo! News:
"Jump on 68's coattails tonight," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. "He really settled some things down for us tonight on the power play when we were kind of struggling to get some good looks. A heck of a player."


Alex Kovalev showed his leadership not only on the ice, but off the ice as well with his comments to the Panthers standout rookie, as quoted here in the Miami Herald:

“[Huberdeau] showed what he’s done in junior, he continued doing the game thing here,” Kovalev said. “I said to him this morning, ‘The game is the same. Maybe faster paced, bigger guys, but the same game.’”


Sauer's Return Timeframe Uncertain

Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times writes that Michael Sauer's return to the New York Rangers is still up in the air, due to the concussion he suffered in December 2011.
According to Klein's recent article in the Times:
“I wish I could give you some kind of timetable on when or if he can come back, but I can’t,” Sauer’s agent, Ben Hankinson, said Friday. “Unfortunately it’s still day to day, week to week, month to month.”


In three seasons with the New York Rangers, the 2005 second round draft pick has a plus 28 on ice with 18 points in 98 games.


Gomez to San Jose?

Although there was speculation that Scott Gomez would wind up back in NJ with the Devils, ESPN reports that the San Jose Sharks have been in talks with Gomez recently. Gomez, who cleared waivers on Thursday after the Habs bought him out, spent three seasons in Montreal after a brief stint in NY and several seasons in NJ.

In 12 NHL seasons Gomez has scored 686 points.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Vancouver Signs Alex Edler

ESPN.com reports that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Alex Edler to a 6 year extension tabbed at $30 million.  The defenseman, taken in the third round of the 2004 NHL draft, has scored 184 points with a plus 33 on-ice in his six regular seasons with the Canucks.

Edler was set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2013-14, so securing his services was obviously a priority for Vancouver GM Mike Gillis and Canucks management.

According to capgeek.com the Canucks have nine players set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2013 season.   

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dmitry Kulikov Re-Signed by Florida

According to the NHL Network and NBC  the Florida Panthers have re-signed left-handed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.  Kulikov was the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft by the Panthers.  The 22 year-old blue-liner's points total has increased in each of his three NHL seasons.   

Room For Addition in New York

According to capgeek.com the New York Islanders have the most space under the current salary cap to make a move, with a $50.79 million effective payroll against the $70.20 million cap.  The Islanders could be one of the suitors for the recently bought out Wade Redden, released by their close rivals, the Rangers.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mathew Dumba on Wild Opening Day Roster

According to ESPN.com, Mathew Dumba will be on the Minnesota Wild opening roster as they take to the ice on Saturday to start the 2013 season.  Dumba was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Wild in the 2012 NHL draft.  The right-handed shooting defenseman notched 57 points in 69 games played with the Red Deer Rebels in 2011-12.   

Salvador Named Captain

The New Jersey Devils announced via Twitter that Bryce Salvador will be their new captain. Salvador has been with New Jersey since the 2007-08 season. Salvador, who was a key factor in the Devils push for the Stanley Cup last season, was also a team leader in plus minus with a +18 for the NHL regular season.



Matt Lombardi Traded to Phoenix

Greg Wyshynski wrote about the Matt Lombardi trade from Toronto to Phoenix on his Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blog.   The Maple Leafs get a conditional 4th round pick from Phoenix, which could be upgraded to a 3rd rounder if Lombardi re-ups with the Coyotes.   Phoenix GM Don Maloney stated:
“We are very pleased to bring a player like Matthew back to our team,” said Maloney. “Matthew is a very strong skater will add quickness and skill to our lineup. He is an intelligent center who will be a great addition to our team and provides us with added depth at the center position.”

NHL News and Rumors

Dan Rosen reports on NHL.com that Cory Schneider will likely get his chance to start in net for Vancouver this season, with Roberto Luongo likely on his way to another NHL team. Schneider was a first round draft pick in 2004 with the Canucks. Schneider does have some good experience in net for the Canucks, winning the William M. Jennings Trophy for the 2010-11 NHL season.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com has written that Sean O'Donnell, who played in the NHL for 17 seasons has decided to hang up his skates.  O'Donnell is currently 83rd on the all-time NHL games played list with 1,224 games under his belt.

Jarome Iginla expects to play in the Flames NHL season opener against the Sharks, according to the AP and ESPN.com.  Iginla has not missed a regular season game for five straight seasons.   

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NHL News and Rumors

According to the Dallas Stars via Twitter the roles that Mike Modano and Mark Recchi will play with the organization will be revealed at a press conference on Thursday.
According to ESPN.com Henrik Zetterberg will fill the captain role left vacant by the retirement of all-time great Nicklas Lidstrom. Zetterberg has been with the Red Wings for nine seasons.
Greg Wyshynski reports on Yahoo! Sports Pick Daddy blog that the Vancouver Canucks could be without David Booth for up to six weeks.
According to Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork.com an agreement has been reached between the NHL and NHLPA on compliance buyout terms. Language of the agreement is specific and there will be no 2013 season cap benefit.

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