NHL notes: Avery on way back

Rangers forward Sean Avery adjusts his equipment after fighting with Canadiens defenseman Alexandre...

Rangers forward Sean Avery adjusts his equipment after fighting with Canadiens defenseman Alexandre Picard at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., Feb. 5, 2011. (SHAUN BEST/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

The New York Rangers have placed Sean Avery on re-entry waivers, and the winger could be back for a game Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.

It is expected Avery, 31, will clear re-entry waivers at noon Tuesday, but another team could claim Avery and block his return to New York.

A nagging knee injury to Michael Rupp led to Avery being recalled, according to coach John Tortorella.

"Rupper has a lot to do with this. We're concerned about that," Tortorella said on the league website. "This is the right decision. It's the right hockey decision now and it was the right hockey decision when we sent Sean down. That's where it's at."

Rupp was scheduled to meet with doctors Monday afternoon but Tortorella did not update his condition.

SID STILL NOT READY

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby said Monday he will definitely not play in either of two road games this week.

All indications are pointing to Crosby returning from a concussion on Nov. 11 against the Dallas Stars, the Pens next home game after stops in San Jose (Thursday) and Los Angeles (Saturday). Pens general manager Ray Shero has already said he would prefer Crosby to make his season debut in Pittsburgh.

But if Crosby has circled Nov. 11 for his return, he wasn't letting on.

"I think I'm getting more comfortable," Crosby said. "The more I can get in game situations the better, but I feel like each time we've done that it's gotten easier and easier. It's a good sign."

Pens forward Jordan Staal, out day-to-day with a lower-body injury, skated prior to the team's workout Monday.

KRONWALL EXTENDED

The Detroit Red Wings signed defenceman Niklas Kronwall to a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $33.25 million Monday.

The contract, which will carry a salary cap hit of $4.75 million, runs through the 2018-19 season. Kronwall would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"If you look at our defence, (Nicklas) Lidstrom's unrestricted, (Brad) Stuart's unrestricted, and we're going through a little bit of a transition," Wings general manager Ken Holland said on the team's website. "We're trying to rebuild a little bit, so signing Kronwall and keeping him here is a real important step for us in the next 12- to 24-month process of trying to figure out where we will be going forward."

Kronwall, 30, had 11 goals and 26 assists in 77 games last season. In 394 career games, all with the Red Wings, he has 35 goals and 148 assists.

BRODEUR BACK

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was activated off injured reserve Monday and could play Wednesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit New Jersey.

Brodeur injured his right shoulder Oct. 13 against the Los Angeles Kings. In two games, Brodeur is 0-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average.

The 39-year-old was 23-26-3 with a 2.45 GAA in 56 games last season.

With Brodeur coming off IR, the Devils assigned goaltender Keith Kinkaid to Albany of the AHL.

THREE STARS

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday.

Edmonton Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, the second star, and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr rounded out the weekly award.

Price won three starts during the week, including his 100th career regular-season win Oct. 26 against the Philadelphia Flyers, and posted a 1.33 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.

Khabibulin went 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. Jagr had a league-leading five goals.

KASPAR DISAPPEARS

The Ottawa Senators sent forward Kaspar Daugavins to the minors a day after he scored his first NHL goal.

Daugavins was assigned to Binghamton of the AHL Monday, less than 24 hours after the 23-year-old scored in Ottawa's 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday.

Daugavins was called up to the NHL club Oct. 24.

OUT OF THE WILD

Rookie winger Brett Bulmer was sent back to junior by the Minnesota Wild Monday.

The 19-year-old had three assists in nine games with the Wild but will spend the remainder of the season with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. In 57 games with Kelowna last season, Bulmer had 18 goals and 31 assists.

"It doesn't make sense to keep a 19-year-old around an NHL team when he's not playing regularly," Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher told the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Bulmer was a second-round draft pick of the Wild in 2010.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Red Wings assigned forward Fabian Brunnstrom to Grand Rapids of the AHL and called up 22-year-old forward Gustav Nyquist. Brunnstrom, 26, has made one appearance with Detroit since signing a one-year, two-way contract with the team last month ... The New York Islanders put tough guy Trevor Gillies on waivers Monday. Gillies played just three games this season ... Nashville Predators centre Mike Fisher didn't make the trip to Chicago Monday but could be ready to play by Thursday. Fisher has an upper body injury ... The Preds also put forward Nick Spaling on injured reserve and called up forward Ryan Thang from Milwaukee of the AHL. Spaling has a lower body injury ... The Edmonton Oilers sent defenceman Alex Plante to Oklahoma City fo the AHL. Plante had one assist in Edmonton's 4-2 win over St. Louis Sunday ... The Anaheim Ducks called up centre Nick Bonino from Syracuse and sent winger Jean-Francois Jacques to their minor-league affiliate. Bonino has 11 points in nine games with Syracuse this season.


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