January 24, 2012
NHL Notes: No trade for Teemu
By QMI Agency
As far as his general manager is concerned, Teemu Selanne will end his storied NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks.
Selanne, the source of trade rumours almost the entire season, isn't going anywhere, according to Ducks GM Bob Murray. The 41-year-old, who could call it quits after this season, has a no-trade clause but Murray says he isn't interested in trading him.
"If you could somehow make that (message) very strong, maybe that would help," Murray told the Los Angeles Times.
Selanne leads the Ducks in scoring with 15 goals and 30 assists in 47 games.
Sidney Crosby remains in California visiting specialist Dr. Robert S. Bray as he tries to shake post-concussion syndrome.
Crosby is consulting Bray, a neurological spine specialist, after being treated by chiropractic neurologist Ted Carrick in Atlanta last week. But the Pittsburgh Penguins have no idea when Crosby will return to the team, in part because of the coming all-star break.
"Not a timetable because it's possible he could stay there for a little bit of a break as well," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. "Not a definitive day back in Pittsburgh because he'll be staying on the beach for a little bit."
Crosby missed his 21st consecutive game Tuesday. He's played just eight times in the last calendar year.
HARTNELL GETS CALL
Scott Hartnell will need to cancel his all-star break plans.
The Philadelphia Flyers forward was added to the roster for this weekend's NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. He will replaced Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who was put on injured reserve Tuesday with an upper-body injury.
"It definitely was a surprise to get the phone call and be selected," Hartnell told NHL.com. "I just had a smile on my face. It's our father's trip here (in Florida), so he was sitting here with me. A real special night. (But) it's kind of weird to think of Scott Hartnell in the All-Star Game."
Hartnell leads the Flyers with 25 goals and is second with 44 points. He was named second star of the week on Monday after racking up six goals in four games.
CONCUSSED KANE ON IR
Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane was put on injured reserve Tuesday.
The Jets leading goal-scorer was concussed recently -- the team isn't sure how or when it happened -- and is out indefinitely. In 46 games this season, Kane has 18 goals and 13 assists.
The Jets called up forward Aaron Gagnon from St. John's of the AHL to take his roster spot.
PANTHERS LOSE ANOTHER
The thinning Florida Panthers defence corps took another hit Tuesday with news that Dmitry Kulikov would be out up to two months after having knee surgery.
Kulikov, 21, was hurt Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets and had what the team is calling "minor surgery" on Monday in Coral Gables, Fla. The Miami Herald reported that Kulikov would be out 6-8 weeks.
The loss of Kulikov is huge for the Panthers, who are already without Ed Jovanovski due to a broken hand. He has four goals and 20 assists in 46 games and is averaging more than 22 minutes of ice time.
The Panthers called up defenceman Tyson Strachan from San Antonio of the AHL to take Kulikov's spot on the roster.
MARIO BEING BRONZED
Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux will have a statue of his likeness unveiled March 7 outside the Consol Energy Center.
The statue of the Hockey Hall of Famer and current team co-owner is called "Le Magnifique" and designed by sculptor Bruce Wolfe. The unveiling, which will take place before the Pens play the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be open to the public.
Lemieux had 690 goals and 1,033 assists during his NHL career and led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 1991 and '92.
San Jose Sharks defenceman Brent Burns missed Tuesday's game against the Calgary Flames but should be OK after the league's all-star break.
Burns was hurt Monday when he was hit knee-on-knee by Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky in the third period. But the injury isn't as bad as the Sharks first thought.
"The good news, it's not a knee," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "It's more of a charleyhorse situation. He'll need some treatment, beginning (Tuesday). And hopefully, when we get through the all-star break, he's ready to play again."
Hemsky won't get any supplementary discipline for the hit, which earned him a major penalty.