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Posted On Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 3:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL.com Countdown to the Trade Deadline blog

Report: Caps' shopping Roman Hamrlik?

Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch Wednesday night in a critical contest against the Ottawa Senators, but his long-term future with the club could also be in doubt.

Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS reported Wednesday that the Capitals have shopped Hamrlik for a potential trade. Hamrlik's agent, Petr Svoboda told Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times that neither he nor his client have asked for a trade, but Lavoie reports Hamrlik "very much would like to play elsewhere."

Hamrlik has two goals and 10 points for the Capitals this season. He is a plus-11 in 37 games with Dale Hunter as the coach, but he's also been on the ice for more goals against than for at even strength this season.

"You want him to be a defensive defenseman," Hunter told reporters. "He's giving up too many chances, so he's out of the lineup."

He signed a two-year, $7 million contract in the offseason. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Blues have been scouting Washington games with regularity of late, and Hamrlik could be a veteran defenseman they'd be interested in.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 4:04 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL.com Countdown to the Trade Deadline blog

Downie, Quincey dealt in three-team deal



The Detroit Red Wings' search for defensive help has brought Kyle Quincey back to where he started his NHL career.

The Wings acquired defenseman Kyle Quincey from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday in a three-way trade. The Lightning, run by former Wings star Steve Yzerman, acquired Quincey from Colorado earlier in the day for forward Steve Downie, then shipped him to Detroit for the Wings' first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and minor-league defenseman Sebastien Piche.

Kyle Quincey
Defense - DET
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 23
SOG: 131 | +/-: -1
Quincey, 26, is expected to be in the lineup Thursday when the Wings take their NHL-record 23-game home winning streak into a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

"We like the addition of Quincey," general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "He's a guy who can play 20 minutes a night, he can play right defense, left defense, he can play in all situations. He can man a point on the second power-play unit. We believe this makes us deeper for the playoffs, and he's not a rental."

Quincey is returning to the team with which he began his NHL career. The Wings took him with the 132nd pick in the 2003 NHL Draft. He saw limited playing time and was lost on waivers to Los Angeles before the 2008-09 season The Kings traded him to Colorado in July 2010 as part of the package that sent Ryan Smyth to Edmonton.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder had five goals and 18 assists in 54 games with the Avs this season after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.

The Wings have been looking for more toughness on the blue line. They signed veteran Mike Commodore last summer, but he hasn't been able to earn a regular berth. Rookie Jakub Kindl got off to a good start but has struggled during the past month.

It was the third trade in less than a week by the Lightning, who dealt center Dominic Moore to San Jose on Thursday and sent defenseman Pavel Kubina to Philadelphia.

Downie, 24, can become a restricted free agent this summer. He's in the final year of a two-year, $3.7 million deal and has 12 goals, 16 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.

"Our organization believes that Steve Downie will add grit and skill to our lineup offensively," Avalanche GM Greg Sherman said in a statement. "He plays the game with an edge and we look forward to seeing the immediate and future impact he can bring to our team."

The Lightning now have two first-round picks in 2012 along with a minimum of three selections in the second round.

Piche, 6-foot, 202 pounds, has played in 42 career AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording five assists. This season he has played in 22 games, notching three assists. Piche signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on April 12, 2009.


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Posted On Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 1:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Datsyuk to miss at least 2 weeks

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, currently ninth in the League in scoring, reportedly will miss the next two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee Tuesday morning.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock updated Datsyuk's status following his team's practice in Chicago in preparation for Tuesday's game against Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), who will be without captain Jonathan Toews due to an upper-body injury.

"Everything is real good," Babcock told The Detroit News. "(Datsyuk) had a fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clear up prior to playoff time."

The Red Wings will not call up anyone from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids to take Datsyuk's spot in the lineup. Datsyuk leads the team with 59 points in 59 games.

Babcock told reporters that Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm and Cory Emmerton will be the team's centers in Datsyuk's absence.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 4:27 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL.com Countdown to the Trade Deadline blog

Ducks, Oilers make minor deal

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Ryan O’Marra from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Bryan Rodney, both teams announced Thursday.

O’Marra played seven games for the Oilers this season, and has one goal and seven points in 31 career NHL games. He was a first-round pick by the New York Islanders in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Rodney has spent the entire 2011-12 season with Syracuse in the American Hockey League. He has five goals and 20 points in 41 games for the Crunch this season. Rodney has one goal and 13 points in 33 career NHL games – all with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 11:49 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL.com Countdown to the Trade Deadline blog

Lightning to sit Kubina, explore trade options

The Tampa Bay Lightning are holding defenseman Pavel Kubina out of the lineup, and he’s been asked which teams he would be willing to accept a trade to, the team announced Thursday.

Kubina is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and he has a limited no-trade clause. General manager Steve Yzerman told reporters Thursday morning that a trade is not imminent, but Kubina will be scratched from the lineup for the time being.

A 34-year-old defenseman, Kubina has three goals and 11 points for the Lightning this season. He’s in the second of a two-year contract that carries a $3.8 million cap hit. Kubina has played parts of 14 seasons in the NHL and has 953 career games on his resume. He also won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Lightning.

Tampa Bay is currently in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out of a spot in the top eight. The Lightning recently had a 6-0-1 stretch that offered a glimmer of hope, but they’ve lost four of five since then.

Yzerman told Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that he was prepared to make moves for the future.

“We have to look at any opportunity that makes us a stronger organization moving forward based on where we stand today," Yzerman said to Cristodero.

“We're not going to just give our guys away. But if there is an opportunity that makes us a better organization, we're going to consider it.”

One of the biggest holes in the long-term future for the Lightning is the lack of a franchise goaltender. Dwayne Roloson was great last season but has struggled this campaign and is 42 years old, and there isn’t a top goaltending prospect in the system.

Yzerman told reporters Thursday not to expect a solution in the next 11 days though. He called the deadline a “time to replenish [organizational] depth, so prospects, draft choices are [the] priority,” according to Cristodero, and also said the goaltending quandary is “a likely summer project.”
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.08.2012 / 4:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Reports: Henrik Sedin seen wearing walking boot

Several tweets indicate that Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was seen wearing a walking a boot at the team hotel with Vancouver paying a visit to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Sedin blocked a shot in the Canucks' 4-3 shootout win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night and did not return. He wasn't on the ice for practice at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.08.2012 / 11:42 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Brodeur doesn't practice, Hedberg says he's starting

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who notched his first shutout of the season in a victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday, was a noticeable absentee from practice on Wednesday morning at Prudential Center.

According to The Bergen Record (N.J.), Brodeur is still recovering from a twisted right ankle he suffered midway through the third period of the Devils 1-0 victory over the Rangers. Brodeur's injury occurred when Rangers captain Ryan Callahan landed on the ankle during an offensive rush up ice. It was incidental contact.

Devils backup goalie Johan Hedberg and goalie coach Chris Terreri were each manning the pipes for the team during Wednesday's practice session. Brodeur made 15 saves over the final 20 minutes of Tuesday's game, including three huge stops on Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin and Brandon Dubinsky.

Hedberg later told reporters he would start against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, though coach Pete DeBoer said he hadn't made the decision yet and Brodeur could still play.

"I'm playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don't know if he's good to go or not," Hedberg said in an online post by the Newark Star-Ledger.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.07.2012 / 2:22 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Shoulder sidelines Nugent-Hopkins for at least a week

Edmonton Oilers rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins told the media on Tuesday afternoon that the shoulder injury he suffered on Monday in a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, which will keep him sidelined at least a week, is unrelated to his previous shoulder ailment.

Nugent-Hopkins, who returned to action on Saturday after being out of the lineup with a non-related shoulder injury since Jan. 2, was hit by Toronto's Mike Brown and ultimately sent to the dressing room in the third period for precautionary reasons.

According to the Oilers, Nugent-Hopkins will be sidelined 7-10 days with a sprained shoulder.

"He's obviously a solid guy, but we were both going for the puck and just collided … landed shoulder on shoulder," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I could feel it as soon as I got hit. My shoulder kind of dropped and I could feel it.

"It's the same area, it's the same shoulder, but it's a new thing on top."

Nugent-Hopkins, who has 13 goals and 35 points in 40 games, is still considered a leading candidate for the Calder Trophy this season. He still leads all first-year players in assists (22) and points.

"It could be frustrating and disappointing, but [Monday] I wasn't too happy," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I just try and stay positive through it all and keep same attitude."

The decision to sit Nugent-Hopkins came Tuesday after doctors re-examined the team's No. 1 pick from the 2011 Draft.

With Nugent-Hopkins back on the shelf, Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini recalled left-winger Magnus Paajarvi from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Paajarvi, 20, was assigned to Oklahoma City on Jan. 24 and had 10 points in 14 games with the Barons. In 33 games with the Oilers this season, he has 4 assists.
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Posted On Monday, 02.06.2012 / 1:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Ruff suffers broken ribs; Renney hit by puck

Players sustaining injuries during practices and morning skates is nothing new in the NHL, but on Monday it was a pair of coaches in the line of fire.

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff broke three ribs when he collided with defenseman Jordan Leopold during practice.

According to the Sabres website, Leopold lost an edge while coming up on Ruff's blindside and ended up taking him out. Ruff remained down on the ice for several minutes before skating off the ice for treatment.

Ruff didn't address the media Monday, but the Sabres released the following statement:

"Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff suffered three broken ribs following a collision with Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold during the team's practice this morning at First Niagara Center. He is expected to be back tomorrow to resume his coaching responsibilities."
 
The Sabres are off until Wednesday, when they host the Boston Bruins.

Leopold did speak to reporters about the accident.

"I lost my breath. I was looking back and right when it happened and I kind of yelled, 'Are you all right? Are you all right?' And right away, 'No,' so that wasn't a good thing," he said. "I know Lindy's a tough guy, he's played a lot of games in the NHL and played through a lot of injuries. Your body ends up hurting more and more, I think, every day the older you get. That was one of those unexpected ones. Those ones are dangerous."

Meanwhile, according to the Edmonton Oilers' official Twitter feed, "Tom Renney is doing fine & receiving stitches after taking a puck to the head earlier in practice, according to Ralph Krueger."

Krueger is the Oilers' associate coach, but from the sound of things Renney will be perfectly fine to resume his head coaching duties Wednesday night when Edmonton is in Detroit.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 10:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Salvador in lineup for Devils

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador will play Thursday against Montreal despite being the only active player who did not participate in Thursday's morning skate. The Devils said Salvador was "resting," but he also sat out practice Wednesday, when coach Pete DeBoer admitted he had a "minor injury."

DeBoer confirmed to reporters in Newark, N.J., that Salvador is sore, and did not rule out going with seven defensemen just in case. If DeBoer uses seven defensemen, Matt Taormina will get the nod. He's the only other healthy defenseman the Devils have in Newark right now.

Brad Mills would be the forward who comes out if Taormina is going to play.

Martin Brodeur will make his seventh straight start and Patrik Elias, who joined Salvador on the sidelines during Wednesday's practice, was the second player on the ice for the morning skate Thursday and he will play.

Rookie center Adam Henrique will miss his second straight game and fourth in the last seven games with a groin injury. Henrique skated Thursday morning (not with the team), and could potentially practice with the Devils on Friday.

Travis Zajac (sore Achilles) and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot) are on injured reserve.

Here are New Jersey's expected lines for Thursday's game. The defense pairs we're using are the same as what the Devils had for Tuesday's game. If Taormina dresses, Mills will come out of the lineup.

Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - David Clarkson
Zach Parise - Dainius Zubrus - Ilya Kovalchuk
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Ryan Carter - Steve Bernier
Eric Boulton - Jacob Josefson - Brad Mills

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Adam Larsson
Anton Volchenkov - Kurtis Foster

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg


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