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NHL notes: Sale of Stars moving forward

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

The sale of the Dallas Stars to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi is moving forward.

Gaglardi's bid was the only one received before Saturday's deadline, putting him in line to take over the bankrupt franchise. With the sale requiring approval by the NHL's board of governors, it will still be a while before Gaglardi takes over the Stars.

"Now that the bidding deadline has been reached, we will continue our due diligence process and will proceed with the board's ownership transaction review process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "We also will work with the courts in the continued hope of bringing this matter to a successful and expeditious resolution."

Gaglardi bid on the team in September, before current owner Tom Hicks filed for bankruptcy with the NHL's backing.

OVECHKIN CUT

An errant puck or a collision with a crossbar left Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin with a freshly stitched cut over his right eye Monday.

It's not clear if Ovechkin was hit by a puck or whacked his head off the crossbar but Caps coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't quick to offer details.

"He got hit in the head somewhere, I just saw it like (the media) from behind," Boudreau said on CSNWashington.com. "I don't know if it was a skate or stick, he fell and I didn't know it was the crossbar. I thought he fell on the ice and maybe a stick caught him."

By all reports, though, Ovechkin will be fine.

QUICK SUCCESS

Goalies Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles and Tomas Vokoun of Washington, along with Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza, were chosen the NHL's three stars for the week ending Sunday.

Quick had three consecutive shutouts -- a first for the Kings.

Spezza had three goals and four assists in three games, two of them Ottawa victories.

Vokoun went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, including a shutout against Florida.

BACKES BACK

The St. Louis Blues appear to have dodged a bullet after captain David Backes returned to practice Monday.

Backes was hurt Saturday when he was hit by Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger and went down hard. The veteran forward was forced to leave the game with what was thought to be a head injury.

"He gets credit in my book for hitting me shoulder to shoulder," Backes said on the league's website. "He puts a huge hit on me. I don't know if I've been hit that hard in my career."

Backes skated Monday and will be in the lineup Wednesday when the Blues start a three-game road trip in Vancouver.

GREEN HURTING

Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green might not be able to play Thursday in Edmonton after twisting his right ankle Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

The injury was confirmed by Green's agent, Craig Oster, according to a report on the Washington Post website. Green, whose right foot was wrapped, was seen walking with a limp and did not practise Monday.

But Caps coach Bruce Boudreau was optimistic Green would be able to play against the Oilers.

"He had a couple bumps and bruises from the last game," Boudreau said. "We just decided with a couple days of practice available to us there's no sense rushing it."

BRIEFLY

The Vancouver Canucks sent forward Steve Reinprecht to Chicago of the AHL Monday, two days after acquiring him from the Florida Panthers. Reinprecht was part of the trade that saw the Canucks land forward David Booth ... Buffalo Sabres winger Tyler Ennis is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Ennis, who still doesn't have a point this season, was hurt in the first period of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning ... Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty is eligible to come off injured reserve Tuesday but it's unlikely he will play against the New Jersey Devils. It's more likely Doughty will return when the Kings hit the road for three games starting Thursday in Dallas ... Despite his wonky shoulder, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will travel with the team to Los Angeles. No word on whether he will play Tuesday against the Kings, though ... The Anaheim Ducks called up winger Patrick Maroon from Syracuse of the AHL. Maroon has four goals and four assists in six games with Syracuse ... Forward Jordan Caron was called up from Providence by the Boston Bruins, two days after being sent down. Caron has played four games with the Bruins this season ... The Carolina Hurricanes called up Justin Faulk from Charlotte of the AHL. Faulk, 19, has played in three games with the Hurricanes.


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