NHL Notes: Goligoski signs four-year extension

Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski takes the puck up ice with Anaheim Ducks right wing George...

Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski takes the puck up ice with Anaheim Ducks right wing George Parros defending in the second period of their NHL hockey game in Anaheim, California April 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Alex Gallardo)

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Alex Goligoski took himself off the potential free-agent market Monday, signing a four-year, $18.4 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

Goligoski is in the final year of a three-year, $5.5 million deal and would have become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

"Alex Goligoski is one of our core players and we are very pleased to get him under contract during the prime of his career," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "Alex is a character person and one of the anchors of our blue line. He's a big part of our hockey club."

The Stars acquired Goligoski in a deal last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins that sent forward James Neal to the Steel City. In 57 games over two seasons with the Stars, Goligoski has 10 goals and 20 assists.

NO-GO FOR TOEWS

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews won't play Tuesday against the Nashville Predators and could miss the NHL all-star game in Ottawa.

Toews was hurt Saturday against Nashville -- an upper-body injury -- and left the game early. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Monday that Toews was "not likely" to play in the all-star game Sunday.

"We have some time off. Have some extra days there," Quenneville said. "Hopefully he gets some rest. We'll get a better assessment after (the all-star break)."

David Bolland will take Toews' spot on the top line in the rematch with the Predators.

The Blackhawks got some good news when Patrick Sharp skated for the first time since injuring his left wrist. He won't play until after the all-star break, though.

MORROW OUT, RIBEIRO IN

'Twas a good news, bad news day for the Dallas Stars.

Captain Brenden Morrow was put on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to Jan. 21, due to a neck injury. He definitely won't play Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Forward Mike Ribeiro, out for the last seven games with a MCL tear in his knee, was activated off IR and could play against the Ducks.

"If I can be ready (Tuesday), bring some energy and something different to the team then I'll do that," Ribeiro said. "We'll see after (Tuesday) morning. If I feel like today I will probably be in."

Ribeiro centred a line with Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder during Monday's practice. Forward Mark Fraser, called up from texas of the AHL, is expected to make his NHL debut against the Ducks.

R.J. OFF I.R.

The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward R.J. Umberger off injured reserve Monday.

Umberger missed five games, ending his ironman streak at 288 consecutive games, after taking an elbow to the head from Anaheim Ducks defenceman Jean-Francois Jacques on Jan. 8. Officially he was out with an upper body injury but he was reportedly experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

In 42 games this season, Umberger has seven goals and 11 assists.

The Blue Jackets also called up forward Dane Byers from Springfield of the AHL. Byers has played five games with the Jackets this season, recording no points and 24 penalty minutes.

HORTON CONCUSSED

Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is out day-to-day with what general manager Peter Chiarelli called a "minor concussion."

Horton was hurt Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers when he was hit in the head by Tom Sestito -- from the blind side, according to coach Claude Julien -- and didn't play after the second period.

"I don't have an official update other than I think it's a 'mild concussion' from what I saw and heard last night -- and talking to him today," Chiarelli told CSNNE. "He's in that gray area between taking the impact testing and see how it is the next day and the following day. Then you make a determination. He's in that gray area right now."

Horton missed the last four games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final with a concussion.

MALKIN FIRST STAR

Evgeni Malkin's league-best seven points in the last four games earned him the nod as the NHL's first star of the week.

Malkin, the league's third star last week, had five goals and two assists to take over the NHL scoring lead. He has 26 goals and 32 assists on the season.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell was the second star and New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Naboko the third. Hartnell had six goals in four games while Nabokov had a 0.65 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in three starts.

BRIEFLY

Injured Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom skated for five minutes Monday, according to CSNWashington.com. Backstrom has been out with a concussion since Jan. 3 ... With defenceman Sami Salo set to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks sent defenceman Chris Tanev to Chicago of the AHL. Salo missed six games with a concussion after being hit by Boston's Brad Marchand, which earned the Bruin a five-game suspension ... Buffalo Sabres defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, out since Dec. 30 with a rib injury, will play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres are still without Robyn Regehr, Tyler Ennis, Paul Gaustad and Brad Boyes, who's out with the flu.


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