NHL Rumors: Detroit Red Wings

NHL Daily Links - Feb. 28 

February, 28, 2014
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Assuming Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek & Co. are already sick and tired of addressing rumors in regards to their own respective futures, they owe Ryan Kesler a debt of thanks. While there’s no ignoring other prominent potential targets, the trade-scuttlebutt spotlight continues to shine more brightly on the Vancouver Canucks forward than on others.

First, Kesler insists that in no way/shape/form has he asked the Canucks for a trade. Fine. But that doesn’t mean GM Mike Gillis isn’t listening to offers. And TSN’s Darren Dreger suggests we could still see a deal sending Kesler elsewhere before the March 5 trade deadline.

OK, so who might be willing to cough up the necessary assets in exchange for the dynamic forward? A few pundits at Rogers Sportsnet – Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, Brad May – discuss the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings as possible trade partners. Remember, the Flyers volleyed an offer sheet Kesler’s way back in 2006.

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NHL Daily Links - Feb. 3 

February, 3, 2014
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We should know soon whether Steven Stamkos, who has not played since November after breaking his leg, will be cleared to play for Canada at the Sochi Olympic Games. Stamkos wants to play in a game for the Tampa Bay Lightning before deciding whether he is healthy enough to go. The Lightning have three games remaining before the break, with the last one being Saturday against Detroit.

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NHL Daily Links - Jan. 27 

January, 27, 2014
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Saturday’s Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium went very well for the NHL, so Commissioner Gary Bettman didn't rule out a return to Southern California without a long wait between games.

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NHL Daily Links - Dec. 30 

December, 30, 2013
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Dress warmly if you will be one of the 100,000 or so at the Big House on New Year's Day. The NHL is still expecting a frigid day with a chance of light snow when the puck drops between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. While it may be cold in Ann Arbor, the seat under Minnesota coach Mike Yeo may be getting hotter after the Wild squandered a three-goal lead in Sunday’s loss to the last-place Islanders.

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NHL Daily Links - Dec. 24 

December, 24, 2013
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The NHL is in the midst of its holiday roster freeze, but we can still talk deals. ESPN Insider Frank Provenzano checks in with his holiday gift guide, a look at the players who could be hot commodities on the trade market.

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NHL Daily Links - Dec. 23 

December, 23, 2013
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The Vancouver Canucks have a full week off before playing in Calgary Sunday, giving goaltender Roberto Luongo some time to rest a lower-body injury that forced him out of Sunday’s win over the Jets. Eddie Lack improved his goals against average to a solid 1.93 after stopping 15 of 16 shots in relief. It's still too early to predict how the injury could impact Canada’s Olympic roster selection.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 17 

December, 17, 2013
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Forward Shawn Thornton is opting to roll the dice. According to the player’s agent and the NHLPA, the Boston Bruins veteran is appealing his 15-game suspension for attacking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7. Next up is a hearing with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. If the suspension still sits at six games or more after Bettman makes his call, Thornton can then take his appeal to an independent arbitrator. Of course, Thornton also runs the risk of seeing his suspension increased. TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla suggests odds are slim the punishment is altered by either the commissioner or, if it gets that far, a neutral authority. Also, Macramalla proposes the entire process should pass rather quickly.

As for Orpik (concussion symptoms), there’s word the Penguins defenseman is feeling better. Welcome news, considering how devastated the Pens’ blue line is by injury. While Kris Letang (undisclosed upper-body injury) and Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) aren’t due back until after the Christmas break, Paul Martin (broken leg) isn’t scheduled to return until mid-January. ESPN Insider Craig Custance looks into whether the Penguins can keep up their winning ways with some many key figures hurt. Forward Evgeni Malkin is also listed as day-to-day.

In other suspension-related news, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter has been told to sit out two games for boarding forward Nick Bonino of the Anaheim Ducks. And Deryk Engelland (Penguins) has an in-person hearing with the NHL's discipline department set for Wednesday after elbowing Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the jaw.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 16 

December, 16, 2013
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The injuries are piling up for the Detroit Red Wings, and the latest involved forward Justin Abdelkader, who sat out Sunday’s loss to the Lightning after being hit in the head Saturday against Pittsburgh. Tomas Jurco, the leading scorer for Grand Rapids of the AHL, was promoted Sunday and played 16 minutes, 45 seconds on 21 shifts with one shot on net. Jurco was a second-round pick in 2011 and impressed coach Mike Babcock with some solid play in training camp.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 13 

December, 13, 2013
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As is the norm in such cases, the just-fired fella is barely out the door and pro and amateur pundits alike are already assessing a list of perceived replacement candidates. We’d be surprised if Jay Feaster even had his desk emptied before some members of the Twitterverse had Joe Nieuwendyk’s house listed in Dallas.

Well, hold on just a second. After confirming he gave Feaster and assistant GM of hockey ops John Weisbrod the boot, Brian Burke made it clear that the process of hiring a new general manager for the Calgary Flames would take a little bit of time. But not too much, in case the Buffalo Sabres have their collective eye on the same candidate. And, no, Burke isn’t going to hire himself for the full-time job because that wasn’t the deal when he was brought into the Flames organization as president of hockey operations.

On to the candidates then. With the hiring process underway, ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun confirms an earlier report from TSN’s Darren Dreger that the Flames have, indeed, been granted permission by the Dallas Stars to speak with Nieuwendyk (no longer GM, but still on the Stars’ payroll). However, as nice a fit the marriage looks to be on paper, TSN’s Bob McKenzie points out that Nieuwendyk may not actually want the job. He's got it good, living the family life in Dallas. Who’s to say the former Flames captain would want to disrupt all of that.

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Fantasy Grapevine - Week 11 

December, 11, 2013
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Nathan HortonAP Photo/Columbus Dispatch/Fred Squillante
It won't be long now. After months of remaining patient, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in line to receive a prized post-holiday present, early in the new year. Scheduled to participate in contact drills in about two weeks' time, forward Nathan Horton is expected to make his Blue Jackets debut near the start of 2014. And the majority of ESPN.com fantasy owners should be figuring out whether the former third-overall NHL draft selection (2003) is worth picking up now.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 9 

December, 9, 2013
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Rangers captain Marc Staal sat out Sunday night’s loss to the Capitals after taking a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher a night earlier. Coach Alain Vigneault said the Rangers are not sure yet whether the defenseman's symptoms are concussion-related, and it remains to be seen how long Staal will be sidelined.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 6 

December, 6, 2013
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After Thursday’s frightening scene in Montreal, news that Johnny Boychuk was cleared to fly home with his team is most welcome. The Boston Bruins defenseman was unable to get up off the ice on his own after being hit into the boards by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Boychuk was eventually stretchered off and taken to hospital. According to Bruins forward Jarome Iginla, Boychuk suffered a back injury when he was hit. In any case, the valued D-man will likely miss a fair amount of time. General consensus is Pacioretty won’t receive supplemental discipline from the league for the hit. The forward was handed a two-minute minor penalty at the time of the infraction.

The Detroit Red Wings can’t seem to get far ahead of the game on the injury front. Shortly after hearing that Pavel Datsyuk was nearing return, word emerged of the latest injury to hobble Darren Helm. The center is ruled out for the weekend with a suspected shoulder strain or sprain. While Stephen Weiss is favored to center the Red Wings’ second line in place of Helm, a returning Todd Bertuzzi could sub in (for Weiss) on the top unit with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist. But coach Mike Babcock hasn’t promised anything.

Coach Alain Vigneault thinks all of his defensemen stink except Ryan McDonagh. Ok, maybe that wasn’t exactly what the New York Rangers coach said recently, but he definitely wants a greater effort from his corps of blueliners. Vigneault wasn’t shy about his preference for John Moore over Michael Del Zotto either. You get the sense Del Zotto wouldn’t see any action at all these days if he wasn’t being flaunted for a trade.

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Fantasy Grapevine - Week 10 

December, 4, 2013
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Dmitry KulikovJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesFormer first-rounder Dmitry Kulikov may be on the move soon.
A former first-round draft pick with the Florida Panthers joins Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers, Dmitry Orlov of the Washington Capitals and Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs on a short list of promising, young defensemen rumored to be on the NHL trade block.

A healthy scratch this week, Dmitry Kulikov is currently a popular subject of trade talks, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie:

"Kulikov has been available for most of this year but the Panthers are kicking it up, very aggressively shopping him, and trying to get an auction going for a 23-year-old defenceman who was picked 14th overall in the 2008 draft. Kulikov though has two knocks against him. One, he hasn't been developing and playing particularly well for Florida and two, he's a restricted free agent at the end of the year and there are fears that because he has the KHL option as a Russian, he might go back there instead of playing in the NHL."

That being said, the feeling is that he is worth the risk for many. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun believes Kulikov is "certainly worth a gamble", and other rumblings indicate teams are talking to Florida GM Dale Tallon about the talented, puck-moving D-man.

With a look to recent history, Elliotte Friedman of the CBC proposes the Maple Leafs might be in the mix:

"The details are hard to pin down, but, at some point last season, the Florida Panthers came pretty close to pulling off a deal that would have sent Dmitry Kulikov to Toronto. One of the teams backed away. But it would come as no surprise to see this conversation rekindled. Kulikov certainly has talent yet is inconsistent. Could he benefit from a change?”

There is no doubt Kulikov would reap great advantage from a fresh start -- in reality and in fantasy play. Not only is he saddled with competing for one of the worst teams in the league, but the young Russian is also apparently not working well with new Panthers coach Peter Horachek. Like most developing D-men, Kulikov has hit rough patches in the past, but not to this extent (three points in 27 games).

Hooking up with the Maple Leafs -- or the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, etc. -- would go a long way in getting Kulikov back on the right, previously forecast, track. This lad has the tools and talent to earn a point every couple of games in the NHL. If a transaction seems imminent, you may want to take a gamble on him in your fantasy league.


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NHL Morning Links - Nov. 29 

November, 29, 2013
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Attention fantasy owners: Before you hit the shops with aspirations of snagging a five-dollar iPod or 50-cent waffle-maker, set your lineups. We’ve got morning hockey (Winnipeg Jets vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 11:30 Eastern). Otherwise, here are a few NHL bits and bobs to distract from the physiological aftermath of yesterday’s indulgences ...

The Calgary Flames will have to manage without two of their better players for the foreseeable future. While rookie forward Sean Monahan is listed as week-to-week with a fractured foot, defenseman Dennis Wideman is sidelined for six to eight weeks with a broken hand. Look for T.J. Brodie and Kris Russell to pick up more of the offensive slack on the back end, at least until Mark Giordano (broken ankle) is ready to return (next week, maybe).

Goalie Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes is making a case for himself to be considered top backup to Cam Ward, even once Anton Khudobin (lower body) is healthy. It’s hard to argue with Peters’ .920 save percentage and 2.49 goals-against average.

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Fantasy Grapevine - Week 9 

November, 27, 2013
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Martin Erat, John-Michael LilesGetty ImagesMartin Erat and John-Michael Liles may both get a change of scenery soon.
Now that the leverage-less Washington Capitals have little choice but to trade a disenchanted Martin Erat, where does the 32-year-old end up?

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun proposes the Vancouver Canucks are among a gaggle of teams intrigued by the idea of dealing for the proven winger. The point is, there is interest. And, wherever he lands next, Erat's fantasy value is set to grow considerably.

A square peg that never fit comfortably into coach Adam Oates' lineup template of round holes, Erat stands an excellent chance of reclaiming his productive touch elsewhere. History tells us as much. This is a guy who succeeded in putting up good numbers, consistently, for the Nashville Predators (not the most explosive team on offense, right?) over nearly eleven seasons. That talent and skill set combo doesn't just dissolve overnight.

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