NHL notes: Zherdev allegedly beats on wife's car

Senators defenceman Chris Phillips checks Flyers forward Nikolay Zherdev at Scotiabank Place in...

Senators defenceman Chris Phillips checks Flyers forward Nikolay Zherdev at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 26, 2011. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

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Nikolay Zherdev, who played with the Philadelphia Flyers this past season, allegedly was in a confrontation with his wife, pounding on his wife's car with a metal rod.

According to Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, Zherdev and his wife got into an argument when they were at breakfast with friends near Moscow, Philadelphia Sports Daily reports. His wife left the restaurant and went to her Bentley in a parking lot.

Zherdev then rushed out and tried to open the locked doors. As his wife drove off, Zherdev allegedly smacked the expensive car with a metal pole that he found.

The manager of the restaurant later denied the incident happened, according to a translation by Yahoo's Dmitry Chesnokov of a report in Sovietsky Sport.

According to Sovietsky Sport, no one at the restaurant saw anything that was alleged in the initial report.

Zherdev had 16 goals and six assists in 56 regular-season games with the Flyers. He earned $2 million and is set to become a free agent this summer.

Modin done

Fredrik Modin announced his retirement Thursday after 14 seasons in the NHL.

"It's the right decision," Modin told the Swedish daily Dagbladet. "The body could not keep up."

Modin, 37, finished up his career with the Calgary Flames. He had seven goals and three assists this past season with the Flames and Atlanta Thrashers.

The Swedish winger said he was bothered by chronic back problems. He said he hoped to stay involved in hockey, perhaps as a coach.

Modin is one of 24 members of the Triple Gold Club, having won Olympic gold, a world championship and the Stanley Cup.

He won the Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, getting 19 points in 23 playoff games.

Modin also played with Columbus, Toronto and Los Angeles, getting 232 goals and 230 assists in 898 games.

McCrimmon on move

Brad McCrimmon is leaving the Detroit Red Wings after three seasons as an assistant coach.

McCrimmon, who has worked as an assistant on four NHL teams -- Atlanta, Calgary and the New York Islanders are the others -- told The Sporting News it was "time to look for a different challenge."

McCrimmon was hired after Todd McLellan left the Wings to become coach of the San Jose Sharks.

McCrimmon is thought to be a candidate for a head coaching job next season.

Surgery for Canuck

Vancouver Canucks right winger Mikael Samuelsson had surgery Thursday to repair an adductor tendon and sports hernia and will be out indefinitely.

"The best long-term decision for Mikael and our hockey club was to have the surgery immediately," general manager Mike Gillis said.

Samuelsson, 34, had one goal and two assists in 11 playoff games with Vancouver this spring.

New deal for Chicago goalie

The Blackhawks have rewarded rookie goalie Corey Crawford -- a bright spot with Chicago this season -- with a three-year contract.

Crawford, 26, led rookie goaltenders with 33 wins (33-18-6), earned four shutouts and ranked eighth among all NHL goalies with a 2.30 goals-against average.

He had a .927 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA in seven playoff games.

Crawford had a shutout streak of 176 minutes nine seconds in January, the longest by a Chicago goalie since Tony Esposito in 1972.

He was drafted in the second round in 2003 by the Blackhawks.

SIGNINGS: Christian Thomas, son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, has signed with the New York Rangers. Thomas, 18, led the OHL with 95 goals over the past two seasons. He had 54 goals last season with the Oshawa Generals, making the Thomases the only father-son duo to both have 50-goal seasons in the OHL ... The Anaheim Ducks have signed right winger Emerson Etem to a three-year entry-level contract. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Etem had 45 goals and 35 assists with a plus-41 rating with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL last season.


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