Tuesday, October 1, 2013
NHL Morning Links - October 1
By Doug Mittler
In case you missed it, Monday’s ESPN Insider content had a look on how Loui Eriksson and Tyler Seguin may both be in for big seasons with their new teams.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are talking contract extension with star winger Phil Kessel. One report says it may take as much as $8-million per season over eight years, the maximum allowable term under the CBA. Word on a deal could come down before Tuesday’s opener against the Canadiens.
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins really interested in Ilya Bryzgalov? There was some buzz over the weekend that the Pens would take a run at the veteran netminder, but one beat writer said that is not the case.
The Penguins are pursuing a one-year contract with forward Chuck Kobasew, who participated in camp on a professional tryout deal.
Douglas Murray will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury sustained at practice Sunday, an injury that leaves the defenseman’s roster standing with the Montreal Canadiens in significant doubt. Rookie Jarred Tinordi got a long look in training camp and will get some ice time for now.
Ryan Callahan has been ruled out of the New York Rangers’ opener in Phoenix on Thursday, but may be able to play as soon as Monday in Los Angeles.
The Chicago Blackhawks hoped either Brandon Saad or Brandon Pirri would emerge as the second-line center between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, but that didn’t happen. Coach Joel Quenneville is going with Michal Handzus in that spot for Tuesday’s opener.
The stock of Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles fell even more Monday when he cleared waivers and was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. It clears $925,000 off the Leafs' salary cap obligations.
Capitals center Brooks Laich declared himself ready to go for Tuesday’s opener against the Blackhawks. Laich missed all but nine games last season with a lingering groin injury and tweaked his left hip flexor in early September.
It looks like recently-signed veteran Tim Thomas will start in goal for the Panthers in Thursday’s opener against Dallas.
There was some chatter over the weekend about the Colorado Avalanche being in the market for a defenseman, perhaps with Philadelphia, but Patrick Roy insists there is no need for a deal (at least for now).
Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm says there is a positive side to landing on long-term injured reserve Monday.
With the regular season upon us and the lockout fading from memory, Helene Elliott says these are boom times for the NHL.