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Edmonton Oilers forward Ethan Moreau is back at home the day after suffering a scary eye injury against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Moreau was hit in his right eye by the stick of the Wild’s Antti Miettinen late in the third period. After leaving the ice, Moreau was immediately taken to Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton.
While the real extent of the injury is not yet known, surgery was not required on Saturday night. Doctors will continue to monitor the eye through the week to see if that changes.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
But to make room for Briere’s exorbitant salary, the Flyers were forced to demote promising right wing Claude Giroux ($473,000 cap hit) and depth defenseman Lasse Kukkonen ($875,000) to the Phantoms.
This just 24 hours after seeing center Glen Metropolit (two years, $2 million) and defenseman Ossi Vaananen (one year, $1 million) claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks, respectively.
“It’s very disappointing,” Flyers left wing Scottie Upshall said. “We had two key guys lost due to the business side of hockey.
“You try to act like it has no effect on the dressing room, but it definitely does. You’re losing two of your buddies, your teammates, and you’re not getting anything in return. We’re excited about getting Danny back, there’s no question about that. But the new CBA was put in place for that reason, and we’re on the side where we had to make moves.”
During today’s Flyers/Devils game, Simon Gagne took a shot off his open right hand. He went off the ice in obvious pain and has not returned.
added 2:05pm, Gagne back on the bench.
from RDS (translated),
Bill Guerin is expected to be traded to the Capitals Sunday, but a problem remains. La formation de Washington a de la difficulté à libérer de l’espace sur sa masse salariale. The formation of Washington is struggling to free up space on its payroll.
Ce dossier est en attente jusqu’à ce que les Capitals trouvent une solution. This file is pending until the Capitals found a solution.
added 12:32pm, from On the Islanders Beat,
The Washington Capitals or Montreal Canadiens may be the top candidates for where Islanders captain Bill Guerin winds up.
Montreal has the salary cap space for the remaining $1 million on Guerin’s contract. Three weeks ago, Washington was capped out.
But since then, the Capitals have placed forward Chris Clark on the long-term injured list, and and sent defenseman Karl Aldner to AHL Hershey, thus clearing about $3 million in cap space.
added 12:51pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider says Guerin not headed to D.C.
added 3:22pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
So, we’re all free to speculate a little longer as this situation drags on today. As I previously reported, Buffalo and Carolina have ample room under the salary cap, and Montreal and the Rangers are a close fit. Washington cleared cap space to pursue a defenseman (Brendan Witt, anyone?), so, it’s possible other capped-out teams, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could do the same. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake the answer comes today.
more on the Islanders…
added 3:24pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
...sources say the Islanders forward now knows who the team is and Guerin and Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow are both waiting for that team to make its final decision to close the deal.
The identity of this mystery team is being concealed in fear the trade will fall apart.
added 7:49pm, via Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
An Islanders official just informed me the team plans no announcements tonight. Nor is there a timeline in which to expect a future announcement. In other words, everything is “status limbo.”
If I get more later, I’ll post it here first.
added 8:35pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources close to Guerin say he is frustrated by the ongoing uncertainty and has done nothing to complicate, or stall the trade from going through.
Guerin and Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow are continuing to wait for New York’s trading partner to sign off on the deal.
The identity of this mystery team is being concealed for fear the trade will fall apart, although speculation continues to point at the Washington Capitals.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Yes, it would be nice having a dependable, shutdown goalie like Tim Thomas, Steve Mason or Niklas Backstrom.
But it is what it is. That said, the Flyers’ goalie situation isn’t such a bad thing.
The competition should keep both goalies extra sharp and focused as the team jockeys for a playoff position. Biron and Niittymaki are playing for the right to be the playoff goalie. They are both unrestricted free agents after the season, so they are also playing for new contracts.
I am sure Spector will be busy following all the latest trade talk.
He normally updates numerous times a day at this time of year, so make sure to check often.
from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
“I want to play, definitely,” Afinogenov told The News on Saturday. “I want to help the team, but if they’re not using me, it’s probably no point for me to be here.
“Anything can happen. We’ll see. If they don’t want to use me here, they’re probably going to move me. I don’t know what’s going to happen right now.”
Afinogenov missed his 24th straight game when the Sabres lost, 2-0, to the New York Islanders. Most of those absences were due to a groin strain, and Afinogenov is still on the injured reserve list. The right winger, though, said he’s been ready to return since the middle of February.
“I was injured, but now I’m healthy,” Afinogenov said after a hard skate in Nassau Coliseum. “It’s like 10 days now. The doctors cleared me to play and stuff, but I’m not in the lineup. That’s why it’s frustrating for me, definitely.”
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
General Manager Doug Risebrough made it clear this weekend that, in his mind, Marian Gaborik will be the biggest acquisition the Wild makes by Wednesday’s trade deadline.
Risebrough said Gaborik, who has played six games all season, is right on schedule in his rehabilitation from left hip surgery. Even if it means the pending unrestricted free agent walks away this summer for nothing, Risebrough said he probably won’t trade Gaborik.
“[Gaborik’s] further along than we thought he was going to be,” Risebrough said. “So, I don’t know what that means other than I know it’s going to be a big shot in the arm for us when he comes back.
“And that’s one consideration when you ask, ‘How comfortable are you [with this team]?’ I’m planning on [Gaborik returning].”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
First off, junk the entire third and fourth lines. Start over with younger guys, guys who are faster. This team needs a lot more speed, especially in the depth areas - that includes penalty-killing.
Second, get another goalie. Let Budaj and Raycroft both go, and just start over. If no stud is available in the draft (or a more palatable veteran alternative at the deadline), sign a Manny Legace or somebody like that this summer, give Tyler Weiman a shot in training camp and try like hell to find a gem with your No. 1 pick in the draft.
Drop the stubborn attitude in certain areas. That includes everything from PR and TV (stop trying to fool the fans with don’t-worry-be-happy BS when everybody knows this team is knee deep in doo doo) to being able to admit you made mistakes in personnel areas.
more from Adrian, including trade talk…
Don Cherry last night after the first HNIC game talked Wings. He claims Datsyuk hits are from behind and the Wings are not drawing fans to the Joe because of the Wings style of play. Also a bit of Lidstrom thrown in too.
Now scroll to the :55 second mark of part 2 of the video below. More Wings talk…
added 8:01am, George Malik of SnapShots breaks down the video…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
No GM is under more pressure confronting Wednesday’s trade deadline than Boston’s Peter Chiarelli, who must properly calculate the risk/reward ratio of potentially jeopardizing the chemistry of his conference-leading Bruins by acquiring difference-maker Chris Pronger at the cost of a package that would surely feature Phil Kessel.
The temptation to unite Pronger ($6.5M per through next season) with Zdeno Chara on what is now a somewhat suspect defense must be overwhelming. One or the other would be on the ice essentially all game, every game. They could form a last-minute shutdown pair….
Blair Betts, a pending unrestricted free agent whose role will apparently change dramatically under the new regime and who has value to a contender as a dependable checker and penalty-killer, is likely available. Detroit is believed to have interest.
more trade and hockey topics…
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