NHL notes: Tanguay gives thumbs up to crackdown
|Flames forward Alex Tanguay chats with teammates on the bench during practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Oct. 6, 2011. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
Count Alex Tanguay among those NHLers who agree with a crackdown on headshots, saying they are the greatest threat to a player's career.
The Calgary Flames forward said he believed NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan was making a difference with his strict stance against players who deliver headshots.
Tanguay, speaking on the TVA Sports show The Match, said players are quickly becoming more aware of their opponent's position when they go into the corner of a rink thanks to Shanahan's suspensions.
With Michal Neuvirth unable to practise Wednesday because of a lower-body injury, the Washington Capitals called on their director of media relations to fill in between the pipes.
Sergey Kocharov got a call from Caps coach Bruce Boudreau just before the practice so he raced home, grabbed his goalie equipment and made it on to the ice in time, according to the Washington Times.
"It wasn't too bad. It wasn't too bad at all," Kocharov told the Times. "They weren't shooting that hard ... They were just being nice. It's a long year, a lot of interviews, so they were just being nice."
Apparently Kocharov did the same thing a few times when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes. And the Caps pressed Brett Leonhardt, their website producer at the time, into service often. Leonhardt even dressed for a game in 2008 when Semyon Varlamov was unavailable.
BODIE LANDS ON POND
Winger Troy Bodie is back for a second stint with the Anaheim Ducks after agreeing to a two-way contract Wednesday.
The deal, which is for this season only, will pay Bodie $550,000 at the NHL level, according to the Orange County Register.
Bodie played 57 games over three seasons before the Ducks put him on waivers last November. He was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes and had one goal and two assists in 50 games.
The Dallas Stars, needing to take on $1.2 million in salary to get up to the cap floor, acquired forward Eric Nystrom from the Minnesota Wild for nothing more than future considerations.
Nystrom was put on re-entry waivers by the Wild earlier this week but the Stars opted to trade for him rather than claim him, in which case they would have had to pay just half his $1.4-million salary. Now they're on the hook for the full cap hit.
The 28-year-old has played 286 NHL games, recording 23 goals and 28 assists.
"Eric is a hard-working forward who kills penalties and will help with the depth of our current roster," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said.
To make room for Nystrom, the Stars sent forward Tomas Vincour to Texas of the AHL.
Something's going on with Chicago Blackhawks goalies Corey Crawford and Ray Emery.
The Blackhawks called up Alexander Salak from Rockford of the AHL Wednesday, a day after Crawford was held out of practice with a minor groin injury. Emery was unable to practise Wednesday, putting his availability for Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets in doubt, but Crawford did skate.
Salak was acquired from the Florida Panthers along with Michael Frolik last February.
In other moves, the Blackhawks sent forward Brandon Saad to Saginaw of the OHL. Saad, 18, was a second-round draft pick last summer.
Nashville Predators forward Zack Stortini has cleared waivers and is expected to be sent to Milwaukee of the AHL. The move came after the Predators claimed Brian McGrattan off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks ... The Philadelphia Flyers traded minor-leaguer Stefan Legein and a sixth-round pick in 2012 to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. Legein was playing for Adirondack of the AHL ... New York Islanders goalie Rich DiPietro left practice early after taking a Brian Rolston slapshot off the mask. DiPietro, who hasn't played yet this season, missed six weeks last season after having surgery to repair broken bones in his face ... Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Martin Raymond will be inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame Thursday. Raymond graduated as the second-leading scorer in McGill hockey history then because the winningest coach the school has ever had.