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Karri Ramo

Goalie nods: Ramo shrugs off trade talk, will start versus Rangers


News and notes from around the crease…

Ramo goes at MSG

Karri Ramo will get the start in goal tonight when Calgary takes on the Rangers in New York, and knows this opportunity — getting the nod ahead of Jonas Hiller, that is — could be viewed as a potential showcase for a trade.

Not that the pending UFA is letting it distract him.

“It’s not up to me,” Ramo said, per the Calgary Herald. “Maybe some players are affected by this, when they are going to decide where they want to go.

“All I can do is to play my best, work hard, and if it happens, it happens.”

There are rumblings around Ramo, and with good reason. He’s unrestricted come July 1, and it stands to reason he’s not in Calgary’s future plans — Hiller is under contract for one more year at $4.5M and the club is very high on 23-year-old Joni Ortio, an AHL All-Star this season who went 4-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage in a five-game NHL cameo earlier this year.

Calgary also has a history of flipping goalie depth at the deadline — last year, the Flames sent Reto Berra to Colorado in exchange for a second-round pick.

It remains to be seen if Ramo would garner similar interest on the open market. The 28-year-old’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 9-5-1, .904 save percentage, 2.69 GAA — but he could be seen as an upgrade at the backup position for certain teams.

That said, he would be an expensive option with his $2.75M cap hit.

(Also, no word yet on who’ll start for the Rangers.)


Canucks at Bruins: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Coyotes at Isles: Mike Smith vs. Chad Johnson

Flyers at ‘Canes: Rob Zepp vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Jackets: Michal Neuvirth vs. Anton Forsberg

Stars at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, Jhonas Enroth likely for Dallas

Oilers at Wild: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Avs at Preds: Nothing yet from either team.

Habs at Blues: Carey Price vs. Jake Allen

Panthers at ‘Hawks: Scott Darling for Chicago, no word yet on a Florida starter.

Wings at Kings: Jonas Gustavsson for Detroit, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers hope to keep surging against Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers v Carolina Hurricanes
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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

It remains to be seen if the Philadelphia Flyers dug themselves too deep of a hole to make a true playoff run, but either way, they’ve been showing quite a bit of fight lately.

Since Jan. 20, the Flyers have managed at least one standings point in all but one contest. They bring a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are probably at the point that they’re manufacturing reasons to care.

At least tonight provides an organic one, as Cam Ward is set to play in his 500th career game.

It provides an intriguing contrast between two teams in net. On one hand, Carolina’s suffered through highs and lows with Ward over the years. On the other, the Flyers continue to experience upheaval at the position, in this most recent case thanks to injuries.

Rob Zepp looks likely to start against Ward tonight, with Steve Mason making his way back into the mix as he recovers from a knee issue. Ray Emery had done a solid job with Mason on the mend, but now he appears to be banged up as well.

When it comes to the Flyers, much attention will likely be placed on the dynamic duo of Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, especially since they shook off some minor droughts recently. Still, Wayne Simmonds comes in on a career-high eight game point streak (six goals, four assists), so Philly’s attack should be taken seriously.

The Hurricanes find themselves in a slightly awkward position with a home-heavy stretch of games and limited incentive to soak up standings points while the Flyers try to keep hope alive. With the trade deadline approaching, this game may influence how these two teams approach the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.

Report: ‘Canes assure Jordan Staal that Penguins trade rumors aren’t true (Updated)

Jordan Staal

Back in 2012, then Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford acquired Jordan Staal from the Penguins after Staal reportedly rejected Pittsburgh’s 10-year offer. Now the general manager of the Penguins, could Rutherford really pull off a trade that brings him back to Pittsburgh?

That’s a real possibility according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but there’s already conflicting information on the matter:

Current Hurricanes GM Ron Francis could not be reached to comment directly on Sunday, per the News & Observer. It is worth noting though that Staal does have a full no-trade clause in his contract. His older brother and teammate, Eric Staal, has one too and is reportedly unwilling to allow a move. However, Eric’s contract expires at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, so Jordan Staal doesn’t have any assurances that he’ll be playing with his brother in the long run even if he sticks with Carolina.

The Tribune-Review report specified that we aren’t likely to see a move until the summer and noted that the Penguins would need to free cap space to make room for Jordan Staal. So at the end of the day, his return might not happen even if all sides are interested.

Meanwhile, the March 2 trade deadline is approaching and Francis plans to be “fairly active” as the struggling Hurricanes focus on the future.

Update: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has stated that his team isn’t moving Jordan Staal, per the News & Observer’s Chip Alexander.

Report: Penguins interested in Jordan Staal

Jordan Staal

Jordan Staal began his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and that team is apparently once again interested in the 26-year-old center, who now plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

A move likely would not take place until after the season, though the Penguins have inquired about what it would take to obtain the Carolina Hurricane before the March 2 NHL trade deadline, sources said.

Such a move would require the Penguins to slash significant salary, as they are less than $1 million under the $69 million salary cap.

Staal signed a 10-year, $60 million contract in July 2012, days after the Penguins traded him to Carolina. Current Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford signed Staal to the deal after swapping center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

The Penguins drafted Staal second overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. He played six seasons in Pittsburgh, before being traded to Carolina, where he was united with his brother Eric Staal.

Goalie Nods: Hammond gets second straight start for Sens

Dallas Stars v Ottawa Senators

Hammond looks for a second straight win

Andrew Hammond will make his second career start tonight when the Ottawa Senators play host to the Florida Panthers. Hammond made 42 saves in a win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night in his first career start. It was the 27-year-old’s second NHL appearance. He carries a 2.96 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage into tonight’s action.

Roberto Luongo gets the nod for the Panthers.


Ducks at Oilers: John Gibson vs. Ben Scrivens

Hurricanes at Devils: Anton Khudobin vs. Keith Kinkaid

Blue Jackets at Canadiens: Curtis McElhinney vs. Carey Price

Jets at Maple Leafs: Michael Hutchinson vs. Jonathan Bernier

Penguins at Blues: Thomas Greiss vs. Brian Elliott

Red Wings at Stars: Jimmy Howard vs. Kari Lehtonen

Lightning at Coyotes: Ben Bishop vs. Mike Smith

Kings at Sharks: Jonathan Quick vs. Antti Niemi