Devils' Zajac close to returning
|Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas loses the puck in front of New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Boston, Massachusetts March 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Injured New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac could start practicing in two weeks.
Zajac, out all season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during the summer, skated on his own Wednesday. He'll continue to do that for the next couple of weeks before joining his teammates at practice, according Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.
"Everything to this point has been exactly the way the doctors predicted it would be, and it feels good, but he's certainly not there yet," Lamoriello said. "It'll take conditioning off and on the ice before he can return to practice."
The Devils also recalled centre Tim Sestito from Albany of the AHL.
NO BAN FOR DOUGHTY
Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty will not be suspended for cross-checking St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie Tuesday.
The league decided a $2,500 fine, the maximum allowable under the CBA, was sufficient punishment for Doughty.
Doughty laid the lumber on Oshie late in the third period Tuesday, causing the Blues forward to go head-first into the boards. Doughty was assessed a minor penalty and Oshie was not hurt.
RINGING 'EM UP
Ex-forwards Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy Roenick will be inducted into the Phoenix Coyotes Ring of Honour.
Tkachuk, a former Coyotes captain, will be honoured when Phoenix takes on the St. Louis Blues Dec. 23 while Roenick's ceremony will be held Feb. 11 prior to the game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Tkachuk was a member of the team when the franchise moved from Winnipeg while Roenick was the first star player the Coyotes acquired after relocating to the desert.
Five players -- Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, Thomas Steen, Dale Hawerchuk and Teppo Numminen -- have previously been inducted into the team's Ring of Honour.
Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow missed Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings with an upper-body injury. Morrow was hurt Monday against the Edmonton Oilers but finished the game ... Newly-signed Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Turris will start a conditioning stint with Portland of the AHL on Sunday. Turris, who signed a two-year deal Tuesday, will practice with the Coyotes before heading to the minors ... Nashville Predators winger Niclas Bergfors cleared waivers, clearing the way for him to be sent to Milwaukee of the AHL. Bergfors is on a one-way contract so he'll still get paid his $575,000 salary in min the minors ... The Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Dana Tyrell from Norfolk of the AHL. Tyrell has four goals and five assists in 18 games with the minor-league team.