NHL notes: Bradley says sorry to Semin
|Panthers forward Matt Bradley checks Penguins defenceman Zbynek Michalek at the CONSOL Energy Centre in Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct. 11, 2011. (JAMIE SABAU/Getty Images/AFP)
Florida Panthers forward Matt Bradley apologized to former Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Semin Monday, a day before the two teams meet in the U.S. capital.
Bradley ripped Semin and his former team during a radio interview in August, saying Semin "just doesn't care" about winning and the Caps were "non-chalant" and undisciplined. Bradley signed with Florida as an unrestricted free agent last summer after six years with the Capitals.
"I wish I could take it back," Bradley told the Miami Sun Sentinal. "I apologize for saying it. He's a great player. It's one of those things you wish you could take back, but you can't, so all I could do is apologize and move forward.
"He's one of the stars in this league. I had no business saying that."
It's the first time Bradley has apologized to Semin for his comments and he says he'll repeat it Tuesday if he sees Semin.
NEUVIRTH LEAVES EARLY
Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth left Monday's practice early with what he's calling a bruised foot.
Neuvirth was on the ice for about 20 minutes before leaving. He says he was hurt during practice a week ago and has been inactive for Washington's last two games.
"It's a big bruise and we'll try to ice it," Neuvirth told CSNWashington.com. "There's a lot of pain when I put my skate on. I can't really push on the ice. I feel a lot of pain."
Tomas Vokoun is expected to start Tuesday against the Florida Panthers, with Braden Holtby or Dany Sabourin serving as backup. Neuvirth has played just one game this season, a 4-3 overtime win in the season opener.
Caps winger Jay Beagle, hurt in a fight with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Arron Asham last week, still hasn't practiced and is experiencing concussion-like symptoms. There's no timetable for his return.
Even though he didn't practice Monday, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa could play Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Hossa, out with an upper-body injury, will travel to Phoenix for Chicago's road game against the Coyotes and coach Joel Quenneville is optimistic he will be able to play. A better bet would be Thursday in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.
The injury kept Hossa out of Chicago's 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins Saturday. He's also missed three practices.
The Blackhawks made another move Monday, sending winger Ben Smith to Rockford of the AHL.
BLUES FORWARD ON IR
The St. Louis Blues placed forward Andy McDonald on injured reserve Monday with a concussion.
The 34-year-old was hurt last Thursday in a game in Dallas.
McDonald missed two months last season because of a concussion, finishing with 20 goals and 30 assists in 58 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned forward Matt Calvert to Springfield of the AHL Monday. Calvert, 21, had one assist in five games with the Blue Jackets this season ... The Anaheim Ducks placed defenceman Nate Guenin on waivers ... The Carolina Hurricanes recalled left winger Brett Sutter from Charlotte of the AHL on an emergency basis, with forward Zac Dalpe sidelined with a lower-body injury ... Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy missed Monday's game in Winnipeg due to concussion-like symptoms. Kennedy told the Pens he started feeling the symptoms Sunday night ... Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner left practice with a sore knee and will have the injury looked at by doctors. Penner tweaked his knee in a fight with Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo Saturday.