January 30, 2012
NHL notes: Thomas staying put
By QMI Agency
The Boston Bruins have no intention of trading goaltender Tim Thomas.
Responding to rumours that the Bruins planned on dealing Thomas, the reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe award winner, general manager Peter Chiarelli tried to put out the fire Monday by letting everyone know he isn't on the market.
"Not trading him. I have not talked to anyone and I don't plan to," Chiarelli wrote in an email to TSN.
Thomas has one more year left on his contract, a $5 million cap hit, and a no-trade clause that expires on July 1.
AHL HONOURS FOUR
The AHL Hall of Fame welcomed its class of 2012 Monday at Caesars Atlantic City.
Honoured for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the AHL were Joe Crozier, a standout coach in several AHL stops who helped lay the foundation for the Rochester Americans franchise; Jack Gordon, a mainstay as a player, coach and manager who won four Calder Cups with the Cleveland Barons; John Stevens, a steady defenceman and team leader who has also achieved success as a coach; and Zellio Toppazzini, considered the greatest player in the long history of the Providence Reds.
NEW DEAL FOR GLEASON
Defenceman Tim Gleason has signed a four-year contract extension worth $16 million, the Carolina Hurricanes announced Monday.
The deal will pay Gleason $3.5 million in 2012-13, $4.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16.
"He is one of our core players, someone who brings character and leadership to our locker room, along with being a key piece on the ice," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.
Gleason, 29, is in his eighth NHL season and sixth with Carolina. He leads Hurricanes defencemen in hits (87), plus/minus (+2) and minutes played (1,063). Gleason has 13 goals and 73 assists and 416 penalty minutes in 401 games with the Hurricanes.
GRABOVSKI FIRST STAR
Mikhail Grabovski of the Toronto Maple Leafs is the NHL's first star of the week.
Grabovski had one goal and four assists in two games prior to the all-star break to win the weekly award.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Afredsson were named the second and third stars. Rinne extended his winning streak to nine games with a pair of victories and had a .961 save percentage while Alfredsson had a pair of goals in two games.
TOP PROSPECT OUT
Top-ranked Nail Yakupov won't play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Wednesday in Kelowna.
The Sarnia Sting forward hurt his knee in the world junior championship final and, despite returning to action over the weekend, has opted out of the Top Prospects Game on the advice of his doctor, according to a team statement sent out Monday.
Yakupov, ranked No. 1 among North American skaters by NHL's Central Scouting, has 22 goals and 33 assists in 29 games this season.
CAPS ADD MUSCLE
The Washington Capitals signed minor-league tough-guy Joel Rechlicz to a one-year contract Monday.
After signing him, the Caps called up Rechlicz from Hershey of the AHL. The 24-year-old forward has one goal, one assist and a league-leading 184 penalty minutes in 27 games this season.
Washington also called up forward Cody Eakin from Hershey. Eakin has seven goals and nine assists in 20 games with the AHL club.
The New York Islanders put centre Marty Reasoner on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to Jan. 6, due to a broken hand. Reasoner has five assists in 35 games this season, his first with the Islanders ... The Montreal Canadiens called up forward Andreas Engqvist from Hamilton of the AHL. Engqvist was sent down just before the NHL all-star break ... Guillaume Latendresse practiced with the Minnesota Wild after missing 32 games with a concussion. Still no word on when the big forward will play, though ... Concussed Philadelphia Flyers Daniel Briere and James van Riemsdyk skated at practice sans non-contact jerseys. Both left practice before the heavy lifting started but it appears they're getting close to returning ... The New Jersey Devils upgraded Steve Bernier's contract to two-way status, making him eligible to be called up from Albany of the AHL. The 26-year-old forward had been on an AHL contract.