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Posts Tagged Mikko Koivu
Quick Hits: Cut resistant socks, Ryder, Scouting Avs-Sharks, Markstrom, McGrattan, Leafs blueline and Holtby
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild players are testing out the cut resistant socks in their last couple skates. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu have tried them. Michael Rupp has been wearing them since Erik Karlsson’s injury.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Michael Ryder is in Columbus and is expected to join the Canadiens in Toronto today for tonight’s game.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Sharks game last night from the Eastern Conference were the Jets, Rangers and Bruins.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers assign Jacob Markstrom to the San Antonio of the AHL.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Predators put Brian McGrattan on waivers.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Don’t anticipate any changes to the Leafs blueline tomorrow night, John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek are the 4th pair.
- Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals coach Adam Oates said he’s running with Braden Holtby but hasn’t decided if he’ll start tonight against the Flyers.
Player notes involving: Del Zotto, Nash, Braun, Stuart, Koivu, Hecht, Smyth, Hartnell, Hamerlik, Murray and Scheifele
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Rangers Michael Del Zotto has left Rapperswil with a back injury. Larry Brooks via twitter: Del Zott0 has mild back stiffness. Rick Nash’s groin injury is only minor after his weekend examination.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Sharks Justin Braun fractured a bone in his hand and is leaving Finland.
- Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks Saku Koivu has been skating with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. He owns a part of the team, along with his brother Mikko and Miikka Kiprusoff. Sources are saying that he won’t be suiting up for them right away, maybe not until after Christmas or possibly only if the NHL season is cancelled.
- Ottawa Sun: Free agent forward Jochen Hecht signed a 2 year deal with Adler Mannheim of the German league. Hecht had spent the last nine seasons playing for the Sabres.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Smyth hasn’t played during the lockout, but it’s possible that he joins Team Canada for the Spengler Cup. The Canadians could also have forwards Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Brooks Laich, Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, Sam Gagner, Jamie Benn and Tyler Ennis. Along the blueline they could have Stephane Robidas, Jared Spurgeon and Andrew Ference. In net, Jonathan Bernier could be an option.
- Ottawa Sun: Flyers Scott Hartnell doesn’t think any of Roman Hamrlik’s Capitals teammates will stick up for him on the ice after the comments Hamrlik has made during the lockout.
“I don’t think anyone other than Roman Hamrlik in Washington — a guy who has made $50-to-$60 million from the (NHL Players’ Association) — has turned on us. You’re going to have guys like that,” Hartnell told the radio station. “I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him. To sell the whole PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be tough.”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray’s agent, Rick Valette, told the Columbus Dispatch that Murray’s surgery has been pushed back from yesterday to mid-January.
“If waiting a month allows it to recover to 105 percent, that’s what we’re after. If he’s ready July 1 instead of June 1, no big deal.”
- Terry Koshan via twitter: The Jets have said that Mark Scheifele will remain with the Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, regardless if a new CBA gets done.
No bargaining talks scheduled … Clowe the coach … 3 temporarily return to N.A. … SKA looking for NHL experienced coach
- Katie Strang via twitter: Bill Daly and Steve Fehr were in contact over the weekend. No future bargaining sessions are scheduled.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Ryane Clowe continues to practice with the SF Bulls of the ECHL. On game nights, he’s the assistant coach and handles the defense. Clowe said about 95% of the players are behind Don Fehr. He’s in the last year of his deal with the Sharks, and it’s one reason why he’s chosen not to play during the lockout, though that can change.
“A lot of guys have two- or three-year deals. When you’re heading into UFA you don’t want to take a chance. But I understand whatever you do, it’s risky and it’s not just if I played here. Guys in Europe, you see guys getting injured over there.
“Withing the next few weeks, we’ll know more here and then you make a decision.”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Jussi Jokinen, Mikko Koivu and Lauri Korpikoski have temporarily left their European teams and have returned to the US. If the lockout continues past December 14th, they’ll return to their FEL teams.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: Despite being 1st in the KHL, SKA released their coach and are looking to bring in someone from North America with NHL experience according Pavel Lysenkov.
No talks schedualed, but are expected to meet at some point … Koivu and Greening head overseas … Depth on the Oiler blueline
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun talked to a league executive who said there is either a deal this week or there is no season. LeBrun isn’t sure if it’s that clear cut but you never know.
- Stu Cowan of Hockey Inside/Out: No official bargaining sessions have been scheduled, but the NHL and NHLPA are expected to talk in New York at some point. Gary Bettman has already said that Thursday is the deadline to save the 82 game season. Bill Daly on whether a deal can get done by Thursday,
“that’s more of a question for the union than it is for me.”
“We think there’s a framework of a deal on the table,” he added.
- AP in the Dallas Morning News: The NHL and NHLPA talked over the phone again yesterday, but don’t appear to closer to getting back the negotiating table.
“We had a conference call today to answer some of their questions,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday. “No bargaining. And no bargaining meetings scheduled.”
Bill Daly and Steve Fehr also talked on Saturday.
“There are multiple frameworks for a deal on the table,” Steve Fehr said Sunday. “We gave them three good ones on Thursday. Each moves toward a 50-50 split of (hockey-related revenue) that the league wants. Each allows the contracts in place to be honored.
“Unfortunately, after considering these proposals for about 10 minutes the league rejected them and essentially said that they are not moving off their last proposal.”
- Kevin Gibson via twitter: 135 games (11%) of the season has been cancelled so far. If there is no agreement this week that would save a 82 games schedule, 11% of the players salary will be gone.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Mikko Koivu signed with TPS through the end of November. An extension after that depends on the lockout and taxation.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Colin Greening signed a 3 game contract with Aalborg of the Danish league.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov, “When NHLers leave, the arenas will be empty.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers blueline will have some depth. Justin Schultz is playing in the AHL before making the jump. Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom may not be far away. Taylor Fedun is coming back from a broken leg. Martin Gernat, David Musil and Dillon Simpson are still in the system. All of Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Andy Sutton and Theo Peckham are on the last year of their NHL deals. Nick Schultz, Jeff Petry and Corey Potter have 2 years left on their deals. Smid will definitely be re-sighed. Colten Teubert and Alex Plante have struggled so far.
Saturday morning player notes: Crosby, Nash, Giroux, Gomez, Skinner, O’Reilly, Kane, Hagelin and Koivu
- Dave Isaac via twitter: Claude Giroux’s agent said he’s talking with “many teams.” Isaac is hearing it’s down to Avangard Omsk and HC Kladno.
- Montreal Gazette: Scott Gomez sent a text saying there was no truth to the rumor that he was going to play for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL like he did during the 2004-05 lockout.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andre Markov said he’s fully recovered from his injuries and wants to play anywhere.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: TPS is done negotiating with Mikko Koivu and Lauri Korpikoski, just waiting for them to decide when to join the team.
- Genadi Boguslavski via twitter: Evander Kane will play for Dynamo Minsk.
- The Score via twitter: Paul Mara signed to play in the ECHL.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Carl Hagelin signed with Sodertalje SK of Sweden’s Tier 2 league.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: There are reports that Ryan O’Reilly is close to signing with a KHL team, but they are not true. He is not in negotiations with any KHL or European teams.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Jeff Skinner won’t be reporting to Charlotte of the AHL. GM Jim Rutherford said it was a mutual decision, and he’ll continue to train in Toronto.
- Jason Gregor via twitter: Cam Barker has a tryout with the Texas Stars of the AHL.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Rick Nash suffered a shoulder injury, not a head issue.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Toronto Marlies are targeting Paul Ranger.
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: Sidney Crosby is not in New York for the CBA talks. Heading to Colorado for another camp with a trainer for most of next week.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: The coach/GM/owner of Geneva-Servette of the Swiss league said he’s in negotiations with Anze Kopitar.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Jason Demers will be playing Oulu in SM-liiga in Finland.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Nikolai Kulemin will be finalizing a deal with Metallurg. Michal Handzus will play with Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec will play with HC Trinec of the Czech League.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Markov is not going to the KHL. Evgeni Nabokov is entertaining offers.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Jussi Jokinen has a contract with Karpat in Finland for 1 month. He’ll be taking it 1 month at a time.
- Juha Hittela via twitter: Scott Hartnell said he wants to play in KalPa. Kalpa’s GM said that Adam Hall is a possibility.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Pekka Rinne, Mikko and Saku Koivu, and Teemu Selanne are getting interest from Finnish clubs.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Alexei Ponikarovsky will play with Donbass Donetsk of the KHL. Ruslan Fedotenko also signed with Donbass.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Jiri Tlusty said last week he’s probably heading to Kladno.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues would like Vladimir Tarasenko to stay until at least November.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Weaker rumors of players going overseas: M. Koivu, Korpikoski to TPS; Filppula, Selänne to Jokerit; Ekman-Larsson to Tingsryd; Grossmann to Södertälje.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: On league executive last week, “It’s eerily quiet.”
“This is just like 2004: We got to July 15 and basically nothing was done,” said a high-profile agent. “It has pretty much gone the same way this year. You haven’t really see anything, with the exception of some contract extensions.”
“Teams are saying, ‘We’ll give this to you now because we’re not sure what the rules are going to be down the road.’ In most cases, the players are jumping at the chance to get the security,” said the executive.
Shane Doan has a 4 year, $30 million offer from the Sabres. The Canucks, Penguins, Flyers, and Rangers are all willing to go 4 years and $24 million. The Ducks were shopping Bobby Ryan at the beginning of the summer, but they were asking for a king’s ransom, and now they may not move him anymore. The Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Panthers have shown interest in Roberto Luongo, but the Canucks want assets back and aren’t going to give him away. The honeymoon period is over for Brian Burke in Toronto, and Luongo would be a major upgrade over James Reimer. If the Canucks can’t trade Luongo, they could put him on waivers and see if someone claims his 10 year, $5.3 million salary hit. You have to think that if there was a CBA, Luongo would have been moved by now.
“This is a deal that will likely have to wait until the CBA is settled,” said a league insider.
If the current salary cap of $70.2 million drops under the new CBA (latest NHL offer had salary cap at $58.3 million), there will be plenty of teams scrambling to make moves.
“Suddenly you’d have a lot of players with big salaries available,” said the insider. “I’m sure you’ve got teams right now that are waiting.”
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild lines to start training camp: Matt Cullen, Mikael Granlund and Devin Setoguchi, Pierre-Marc Bouchard with Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck. The 4th line will have Darroll Powe, Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell. (1st line would be Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, and Dany Heatley). Defensive pairing would be Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella and Tom Gilbert, Clayton Stoner with one of Justin Falk, Nate Prosser or Jonas Brodin.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Portzline offers 3 steps to avoid the lockout. 1. The Players Share:
Take away the link between hockey-related revenue and the salary cap for the first year of the deal, and set the salary cap at an arbitrary figure, say $56 million. Then, each year’s revenue sets the next year’s salary cap, thus eliminating the need for escrow. Each year that the league’s revenues grow by 5 percent or more, the players’ share goes up 1 percent. Each year it grows between 0 and 4.9 percent, it remains unchanged. If revenue falls, the players’ share drops 1 percent. The players can never take more than 55 percent of revenues and never less than 48 percent.
The team salary minimum will sit at $12 million below the cap, less than the current $18 million.
2. Revenue Sharing:
The league makes roughly $200 million a year in its contract with NBC Sports. From Canadian TV, the league gets about $35 million per year from TSN and $15 million for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. But, since it is U.S. franchises that are struggling, use the NBC money to aide the bottom 10 clubs. Clubs that land 28th to 30th in revenue each year get 15 percent of that ($30 million each), clubs in the 24-27 range get 10 percent ($20 million), and clubs between 21-23 get 5 percent ($10 million).
3. Contract terms:
A six-year contract limit seems reasonable, as does seven seasons to unrestricted free agency (as it is now). No more front-loaded contracts. All contracts will pay the same in every season, including signing bonuses. And no more burying NHL contracts in the minor-leagues to circumvent the salary cap; that’s a huge advantage for big-market clubs. Entry-level deals should remain at three years.
Islanders re-sign Nabokov … Poile wants all 3 … Koivu returning … Red Wings injury update … Pitkanen activated
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders have signed Evgeni Nabokov to a 1 year contract extension. Bob McKenzie via twitter: Nabokov’s deal is for $2.75 million with no no-movement clause or no trade clause.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Predators GM David Poile said that it’s his intention to sign Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov to contract extensions.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild center Mikko Koivu will be returning to the lineup on Thursday.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Ty Conklin cleared re-entry wwaivers and will start in net tonight.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Jimmy Howard said he’s feeling better and might be back on Saturday. MRI didn’t turn up any damage.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Nicklas Lidstrom hopes to play on Saturday is he continues to improve. Jonathan Ericsson is looking at next week. Johan Franzen (back) said he’s doing better but no return date.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: The Hurricanes have activated Joni Pitkanen from the IR.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov has today off, and will likely be the starter tomorrow against the Capitals.
More on Radulov … Helm out 4-6 weeks … Wild injury updates … Pitkanen close … Canucks lineup changes and starting goalies
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Radulov’s return to Nashville is conditioned on him returning to the KHL next year (from Medvedev via @plysenkov). He was allowed to buy out this year only with condition he’d be back. If not, he’d have to pay 2/3 of next years back. Radulov’s KHL salary for next year would be for around $5 million. KHL president Medvedev also implied that SKA will try to buy Radulov’s and Evgeni Kuznetsov’s rights. In response to my question to be clear, Chesnokov said that Radulov can re-sign with the Predators after the season, but has pay the 2/3rds back.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Predators GM David Poile on Alexander Radulov:
“We’ve been in contact with Jay Grossman, Alex’s agent, throughout process of trying to return Alex to NSH and NHL.”
“Though the complicated process has yet to be concluded, every indication is Alex will be returning to NSH in near future.”
No updates are expected until tomorrow until at the earliest.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Chesnokov wonders how Radulov was able to get out of his contract. He’s re-read the KHL rules and it looks impossible legally. Article 30 (7) – “No player can terminate contract from the start of playoffs until April 30.” Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun responds to Chesnokov that “no player under NHL contract is supposed to bolt to another league either.” Slava Malamud via twitter: Malamud notes that if KHL president Medvedev allowed Salavat to “skirt KHL rules,” may expect to see a favor back to SKA, possibly trading Radulov to SKA. One possibility could be the Radulov is traded to SKA, then signing Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov, with SKA promising not to go after Kuznetsov. Shawn Simpson via twitter: Simpson spoke with Val Kamesky. Radulov is heading to Nashville for this season, but must return to Ufa next year. Slava Malamud via twitter: Radulov return to the Predators won’t set a precedent as it’s a unique case in that he left before the KHL-NHL had an agreement with contract.
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Mikko Koivu practiced yesterday and is listed as day-to-day. Niklas Backstrom’s groin injury is almost back to normal. Center Matt Cullen is expected back in the lineup against the Canucks.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings forward Darren Helm will be out 4-6 weeks with a 2nd degree MCL sprain.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said that Joni Pitkanen could return to the lineup on Wednesday.
- Mike Heika via twitter: Stars Sheldon Souray and Radek Dvorak are probable for Tuesday.
- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom did a few drills today at practice. It’s the most he’s done since his ankle injury.
- Katie Strang via twitter: Devils center Travis Zajac was on the ice this morning, but is not expected to play tonight.
- Chris Johnston via twitter: The Lightning have signed Sebastien Caron, who’ll have to clear waivers.
- Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan Zuccarello-Boyle-Mitchell Rupp-Fedotenko-Prust.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Johan Franzen will be out of the Red Wings lineup tonight. Jimmy Howard will start in net.
- Jim Jamieson via twitter: Canucks forward Mason Raymond will be a healthy scratch. Alex Burrows will be back with the Sedin twins. Manny Malhotra is back in. Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.
- Dave Lozo via twitter: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers.
Sunday morning notes: Canadiens, Sharks, Leafs, Kings, Wild, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues and Blackhawks
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Whoever is the GM of the Canadiens this summer will be in charge of re-signing RFA goalie Carey Price. He could be getting a deal in the $5.5 million to $6 million range. Senators Erik Karlsson is also a RFA and could get a deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Predators Shea Weber is also a RFA this year. Pierre McGuire is a name to keep an eye on as candidate for the Canadiens GM job if it opens up. Garrioch wonders if the Sharks would trade one of Joe Thornton of Patrick Marleau if they miss the playoffs. Many wonder if Leafs Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel will thrive under new coach Randy Carlyle. Some people think Zach Parise could land in LA on July 1st, but with Lombardi possibly panicing and making the Carter for Johnson deal, it may have lessened their chances. The Wild have emerged as the favorites. Garrioch wonders if the Leafs would take a shot at Roberto Luongo this summer. Apparently if Scott Howson is still the GM of the Blue Jackets, he plans on drafting Filip Forsberg with the #1 pick ahead of Nail Yakupov.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: One league executive on the Blue Jackets if they win the draft lottery,
“They can’t pick a Russian so they can’t use the pick,” … “They’ll have to trade it.”
Along with trading Rick Nash, their options are:
1) They could keep the pick and not choose Yakupov, which would be counter-productive; 2) They could flip picks with another team, trading the first choice for another early choice, and getting an asset as well; 3) They could trade the pick to the highest bidder and begin rebuilding their team.
If Ducks college prospect Justin Schultz becomes a free agent, they Leafs will likely chase him again. They were interested in him when talking with the Ducks about Francois Beauchemin.
- Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a bad back. Dan Cleary has also been dealing with pain in his knee since Dec. 1st, and will need to have surgery again at some point. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s wrist is healing quick, but he’s still scheduled to return late this month. Joey MacDonald will have an MRI on his back when he gets back to Detroit.
- Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock hass told Jason Arnott to take a week off.
“When I watched him play (last week), I saw a guy who was protecting himself on the ice and to me he was going out of the way to get out of the way,” Hitchcock said Saturday. “I felt like there was going to be a further injury. I could see how banged up he was. … We needed to get a better player on the ice.”
Hitchcock isn’t sure if Andy McDonald will join the team on their road trip.
- Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Wild Mikko Koivu has been practicing the last couple days and is close to returning. “He is getting very close,” Yeo said. “But again, after talking with the doctors, we all felt it was best to hold him off for a couple more games.”
- Tracey Myers of CSNChicago: Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews hasn’t skated in 4 days. Coach Joel Quenneville,
“The process, I’m sure in his mind, is not a fun thing to be dealing with. You want to be optimistic; there was that stretch there where he was getting close. There’s hope, and that’re we’re at.s whe”
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart was fined $2,500 for a late hit on Capitals Marcus Johansson on Friday.
Suter talks Radulov … Leafs inclined to keep 1st … Toews’ concussion … Lidstrom out a week … Wild injury update … MacDonald hurts shoulder
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators defesneman Ryan Suter on the possible return of Alexander Radulov.
“It takes away from the guys we have on the team when we talk about other guys coming in, and guys who have been here all year and worked hard all year,” defenseman Ryan Suter said. “It’s going to be a fine line we’re going to have to walk if he does come back.”
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke on their 1st round pick:
“[We’re] inclined to keep the pick,” Burke said, “but listening [to offers] already.”
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville used the word “setback” when talking about Jonathan Toews’ concussion. Toews had skated for 4 straight days, rested for 2, skated Wednesday and took yesterday off.
“Whether it’s a setback or it’s part of the process, that’s what we’re dealing with,” Quenneville said. “It’s a concern. You miss a guy like that.”
- Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will be out for at least another week. Pavel Datsyuk is still waiting to test his knee after having arthroscopic surgery 24 days ago.
- Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been cleared for contact and practiced yesterday without a no-contact jersey for the first time. Koivu has been out for the last 13 games games with a shoulder injury. He’ll practice again today, and they’ll determine then when he’ll return. There is a chance he’ll return on Saturday against the Hurricanes. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom took the full practice yesterday. “He looked really good,” Yeo said. “If he got sore or tired, he was told to back off and to give it a rest. But he didn’t do that, which is obviously a good sign.” They’ll make a decision after practice on both Josh Harding and Backstrom. If both are 100%, Matt Hackett will be sent back to Houston. Defenseman Justin Falk, out with a lower body injury, is close to returning to practice.
- Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators Paul Gaustad is likely out tomorrow against the Kings. Coach Barry Trotz said it’s “just a little upper body injury.”
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues forward Andy MacDonald injured his right shoulder last night and will be evaluated today. He was hit by Tuomo Ruutu and hit the boards awkwardly.
Koivu shutdown for 2 weeks … Versteeg out a week … Crosby travels with Pens … Rick Nash press conference video
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been shut down without contact for 2 weeks after he aggravated his left shoulder again. Koivu has missed their last 6 games, and was out 8 games before that. Koivu initially injured his shoulder on Jan 14th. GM Chuck Fletcher on if he’ll be shut down for good: “It’ll be up to the doctors. I don’t even know if I want to speculate.”
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers forward Kris Versteeg will be out this week with a lower-body injury. Versteeg’s been bothered by the injury for about a week, and wanted to play through it.
- Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby will travel with the team on this road trip, but his status is still unknown. “(Crosby) would blow away any other acquisition that any team made at the deadline,” Bylsma said. “We like our team. We like our players. Our team is on the floor.”
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: There was little interest in Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli at the deadline.
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: There was no interest in Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin at the deadline.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Rick Nash:“I was informed by management (in January) that there was a (planned) rebuild, a reshape, of the team, and I personally felt I could be a huge part of that, toward bringing assets in,” Nash said. “I think that was … in my view, what was the best thing for me, the organization and, personally, for my career.”
- Rick Nash Press Conference