NHL WAIVERS: Clearing waivers today: Tim Sestito (NJ), Brodie Dupont (NASH) and Mark Fraser (ANA).
The Coyotes have claimed Gilbert Brule off re-entry waivers.
Calgary Flames: Defenseman Mark Giordano practiced yesterday for the 1st time since tearing his hamstring on Nov. 29th. Giordano said: “pretty close to normal, if not normal.” “I’d still like to see Gio get into some practices here over the week,” said coach Brent Sutter. “I think we’ll be closer with him come (Thursday) and see where he is at that point in time and, if not, you’d think by the weekend.” Brendan Morrison also practiced yesterday. D Derek Smith, D Scott Hannan, C Matt Stajan, LW Alex Tanguay, C/W David Moss and G Henrik Karlsson are on the IR.
Florida Panthers: Goalie Jacob Markstrom’s knee injury may be more serious that originally thought, and he’ll be getting a 2nd opinion today. “It’s not great news. We’ll have more information tomorrow,” he said. “It’s going to be a little while before he’s back in the swing of things. Unfortunately, my own prognosis yesterday was inaccurate.”
New Jersey Devils: Winger Zach Parise said that money is definitely important but the most important thing for him is a chance to win. And Jersey isn’t the place for him unless they fix their goaltending situation.
Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will play tonight, center Travis Zajac is out.
Edmonton Oilers: Sam Gagner’s name has come up involving the Blackhawks, but expect the Hawks to go after a bigger #2 center.
Oilers forward Jordan Eberle will be out 2 to 3 weeks with a knee injury.
Pittsburgh Penguins: With all the injuries the Penguins have, they could turn to the Ducks. It wouldn’t take much to get Niklas Hagman. Jason Blake is in the final year of his $4 million deal and could be dealt, though it may not be the best use of cap space for the Pens. The Oilers are looking for a young defenesman in return for Ales Hemsky. Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu may be the best option for the Penguins.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks were said to be looking at Roy and Drew Stafford back in November when GM Bob Murray was in town. Roy has one more year at $5.5 million but a $4 million cap hit. Roy is currently battling a shoulder injury, that originally happened in training camp. Sabres GM Darcy Regier said last Friday that no deal was imminent, but he is talking to teams. On the injury side, Andrej Sekera skated for the 1st time since his Dec. 28th upper-body injury. Tyler Ennis and his ankle injury remain off ice.
The Ducks called up Jeff Deslauriers. Jonas Hiller is not on the ice, lower body injury.
Minnesota Wild: The Wild have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the IR with concussion like symptoms.
Detroit Red Wings: Forward Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day and won’t be in the lineup tonight.
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