New York Rangers coach John Tortorella wasn't happy to hear owner James Dolan crow that his club is "pretty close" to winning the Stanley Cup.
Dolan talked to the New York media after the Rangers beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Tuesday night, opening up about his optimism for his league-leading Rangers.
"Glen (Sather) and I actually had a pact. I actually gave him something that I won't reveal what it is," Dolan said. "I said, 'You can't give it back to me until we win the Stanley Cup.' And I think I'm getting pretty close to getting that thing back."
The coach's response was brief and, well, typical Tortorella.
"We just have to go about our business." he said. "I had my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup, and that's a bunch of bull----. We've got to take it one game at a time."
BLUES EXTEND ELLIOTT
The St. Louis Blues signed all-star goalie Brian Elliott to a two-year contract extension Wednesday.
The deal is worth a $3.6 million, according to ESPN.com, and translates into a $1.8 million cap hit.
Run out of town by the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche for lousy play, Elliott has found a home in St. Louis this season. He has gone 15-5-1 with a 1.68 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
"Brian came in here and helped stabilize our goaltending and make it one of the top tandems in the NHL," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "Having Brian and (Jaroslav Halak) signed through the '13-14 season, our goaltending is set."
SUTER STILL AILING
Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter, who suffered an upper-body injury on Monday, will not be ready to return for a game Thursday night in Columbus.
"It's not my head, though, so that's a good thing," Suter told NHL.com Monday.
"I tried playing (Tuesday) in New York, it felt good, and then it just went bad. You're shooting pucks (in warmups) and you're like, 'Oh no.' Then you're like, 'I'm all right, I'll battle through it,' but it just got worse."
Suter, who turns 27 on Saturday, has five goals and 20 assists in 45 games.
Apparently players do get hurt in fights after all.
Florida Panthers defenceman Ed Jovanovski had surgery Wednesday after breaking a bone in his hand during a fight with Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille on Monday. He's likely going to miss two months, according to the Miami Herald, but the team hasn't put a timeline on his return.
Jovanovski, 35, has two goals and six assists in 43 games with the Panthers.
END OF LINE FOR POTI?
Washington Capitals defenceman Tom Poti, out all season with a lingering groin strain, may have played his last NHL game.
Poti has been trying to rehab the injury on his own but the Caps aren't holding out hope that he'll be successful. It's been more than a year since he played.
"Tom's been working at it and improving but I don't know if he'll ever get to the point where he can play again," Capitals general manager George McPhee said Tuesday. "As I said in the summer, we weren't counting on it."
Poti is under contract through next season after signing a two-year extension worth nearly $6 million before the start of 2010-11.
The Colorado Avalanche put forward Brandon Yip on waivers with the intention of sending him to Lake Erie of the AHL. With no points in 10 games, it's unlikely Yip will be claimed ... Alex Steen and Kris Russell are both expected to be in the St. Louis Blues lineup Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers. Steen has been out with a concussion, Russell with a groin strain ... The Anaheim Ducks called up defenceman Nate Guenin from Syracuse of the AHL. Guenin has one goal in nine earlier games with the Ducks ... Nashville Predators forward Chris Mueller was sent to Milwaukee of the AHL after a two-game stint ... The Carolina Hurricanes called up Zac Dalpe from Charlotte of the AHL and sent down forward Brett Sutter ... Rookie of the year candidate Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils expects to play Thursday against the Boston Bruins. Henrique has missed two games with a groin injury but skated Wednesday.