NHL notes: Bylsma won't ask Crosby about his health
|Penguins forward Sidney Crosby during a game in Pittsburgh, Penn., Jan. 1, 2011. (DAVE DENOMA/Reuters)
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma hasn't asked his injured captain, Sidney Crosby, if he's healthy even though the two have talked during the off-season.
Crosby missed the second half of the 2010-11 NHL season after suffering a concussion. He has not been cleared for contact by the Penguins but he's working out on his own in Nova Scotia.
"Especially in the summertime, I try not to get involved in this type of, 'How are you feeling' conversation," Bylsma told NHL.com. "There are things I would normally talk about with Sid and those are the captain's stuff like scheduling with the team. If I was to talk to him now, I wouldn't say, 'How do you feel today?' I would say, 'Where are you now?' I would ask, 'When are you coming to Pittsburgh?' I would ask, 'How many fish did you catch up in Nova Scotia?' "
Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Monday that Crosby had setbacks during training recently, opening the door for speculation that he would not be ready for training camp next month. Bylsma doesn't seem concerned about it if that is the case.
"I'm not the coach that will say I haven't thought of (what it would be like if Crosby wasn't ready for training camp), but I think our team understands and knows how we're going to play when everyone is not healthy," he said.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner Oren Koules wants back into the NHL ownership club.
Koules, a Hollywood producer who co-owned the Lightning with Len Barrie before a bitter split forced them to sell the team to Jeff Vinik in 2010, says he has talked to commissioner Gary Bettman about returning to the league, according to a report on Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog. He says Bettman put him "in touch with a couple of people."
Several NHL teams are for sale or looking for someone to buy an ownership stake. The Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues are on the market while the New Jersey Devils are trying to attract a partner.
Even though he wants back in, Koules isn't sure now is the right time to buy.
"I mean, what are you getting?" he told Puck Daddy. "There are so many uncertainties with the economy and the CBA coming up. It's a buyer's market but you gotta make sure what you're getting. It's the usual suspects. I'd like to flash forward a year to see what happens with the new CBA."
Tugnutt gets gig
Former NHLer Ron Tugnutt has been hired by Hockey Canada as a full-time goalie consultant for the 2011-12 season.
Tugnutt, 43, has worked with Hockey Canada in a part-time role over the past two years and was the goalie consultant for the national junior team in 2010 and '11. He will serve as goalie coach for the Canadian team at the 2012 world junior championship.
In his new position, Tugnutt will scout for the national team and develop and improve resources for goalies and coaches.
"The experience that he has, both in the NHL and internationally, will have a definite impact on our goaltenders, and we feel the way he works and thinks reflects our organization," Hockey Canada vice-president Brad Pascall said.
Tugnutt played for eight teams during an NHL career that ran from 1987 to 2004. He went 186-239-62 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 537 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers have invited forward Michael Nylander to training camp. Nylander, 39, hasn't played in the NHL since 2008-09 and spent last season with the Rochester Americans of the AHL ... Retired stars Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy, Borje Salming and Jeremy Roenick will appear in EA Sports' video game NHL 12. The first three legends -- there will be nine in all -- who will be included in the game were Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios and Ray Bourque ... Czech Vladimir Vujtek will replace Glen Hanlon as coach of the Slovakian hockey team. Vujtek, 64, won the KHL title with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2002 and '03 ... The Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, will play a pair of pre-season games in Quebec. The Bulldogs will play Binghamton in Victoriaville Sept. 30 and Drummondville Oct. 1.