December 16, 2011
NHL notes: Koivu to miss at least a game
By QMI Agency
The Minnesota Wild's leading scorer, Mikko Koivu will miss at least one game because of a leg injury.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Friday that he hopes the team captain is back before the holiday break, which leaves his availability in question for the team's three-game trip, which starts Monday in Vancouver and includes stops in Calgary and Edmonton.
Koivu will miss Saturday's visit by the New York Islanders.
He leads the Wild with 28 points and a plus-9 rating, and tops the team's forwards with an average of 21:08 of ice time a game.
SETBACK FOR GOMEZ
Scott Gomez isn't getting any healthier as the Montreal Canadiens prepare to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and then head out for a three game pre-Christmas trip.
Gomez, who has a lower-body injury believed to be a groin strain, took a step backward in his recovery this week, Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Friday.
Gomez, who turns 32 on Dec. 23, has no goals and four assists in 13 games this season. He hasn't played since Nov. 23. Gomez is the Canadiens' highest-paid player, making $7.5 million this season.
Forward Travis Moen and defenceman Raphael Diaz are close to returning from injuries.
PROSPECT HEADS TO SAINT JOHN
Charlie Coyle, one of eight returning players invited to USA Hockey's selection camp for the world junior, reportedly is leaving Boston University and will sign with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
According to U.S. Hockey Report, Coyle's departure is because of academic issues.
Coyle, 19, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round, 28th overall, in 2010 and his rights were traded to the Minnesota Wild in a package for defenceman Brent Burns this summer.
SYRACUSE BEATS KARDASHIAN?
Kris Humphries has a new offer, and it has nothing to do with ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
The 26-year-old power forward, a Minnesota native, has been offered a position on the roster or in the front office of the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, Fox Sports reported Friday.
Humphries, who was married to Los Angeles socialite Kardashian for 72 days, is looking to earn a spot with an NBA team,
In the meantime, Crunch general manager Vance Lederman would like to welcome Humphries to Syracuse, "where unlike Hollywood there are no paparazzi within hundreds of miles and he could reclaim his privacy and self-esteem."
"Being from Minnesota, Humphries will surely enjoy the hockey and feel right at home in the cold, grey, dismal weather we experience this time of year in central New York," Lederman said.
The Crunch said Humphries would have access to the team's "state of the art" practice facility, as well as the use of a personal trainer.
Humphries played with the New Jersey Nets last season.
MIETTINEN ON THE MOVE
Antti Miettinen sounds nothing like someone who had his whole world turned upside down.
After starting the season playing for Ak-Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League, Miettinen signed a two-year deal Monday with the Tampa Bay Lightning, only to be claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Winnipeg Jets.
So how's your week going so far, Mr. Miettinen?
"Things change quick and sometimes that's life, hopefully we can settle in here and get our normal life going," said Miettinen, who was on the ice with his new teammates for the first time Friday. "There has been a lot to process here lately. A lot of funny things go on in life and this is one of them."
Miettinen, a 31-year-old left winger, has 89 goals and 123 assists in 472 career NHL games with the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild.
SOPHOMORE SLUMP FOR OILER
Edmonton Oilers forwards Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle managed to escape the sophomore jinx, but Magnus Paajarvi couldn't make it three-for-three.
He has struggled all season and was assigned Friday to Oklahoma of the AHL.
Paajarvi, 20, was a healthy scratch six times this season and didn't get much done when he did play -- just three assists in 25 games.
Selected 10th overall by Edmonton at the 2009 draft, Paajarvi had 15 goals and 19 assists in 80 games last season.