January 31, 2012
NHL notes: Parise not up for grabs
By QMI Agency
The New Jersey Devils aren't planning on trading forward Zach Parise before the trade deadline.
According to the New York Post, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is warning off suitors in the potential Parise sweepstakes, indicating he won't trade the soon to be unrestricted free agent during the season. There is a chance he could be moved before the start of free agency on July 1 if Lamoriello thinks he can't, or doesn't want to, resign Parise.
"I don't pay attention to the rumours," Parise told NHL.com. "I know just from working with Lou, unless it comes out of his mouth I don't believe anything when it is a rumour with our team because everything is so in-house and closed doors."
With the Devils struggling to stay afloat -- NHL commisioner Gary Bettman admitted Saturday that the league is helping the team financially -- it's unlikely Parise will be able to get full market value in New Jersey.
After finding out he'd be a healthy scratch for his third straight game, Minnesota Wild defenceman Marek Zidlicky went off on coach Mike Yeo.
Zidlicky was told he wouldn't dress for Tuesday's game against the Nashville Predators so he decided to vent his anger, directed entirely at Yeo, to the Minnesota Star-Tribune.
"He doesn't like what I'm doing," Zidlicky said. "If I'm an offensive player, I'm supposed to play with the top guys. He should show me, 'You are that guy, and you will be out there the last minute when we need to score.' There was a lot of times when I just laid on the bench and just wait for my chance. We had a couple meetings about that after 10, 15 games in the season, and I can't change my style.
"He wants to play easy hockey. I tried everything what he wants, but apparently it doesn't work."
TWO 'HAWKS ACTIVATED
The Chicago Blackhawks activated captain Jonathan Toews and 20-goal scorer Patrick Sharp from injured reserve Tuesday.
Toews, the 'Hawks leading scorer this season, was hurt just before the all-star break and sat out one game. He was named to the all-star team but was unable to play in Ottawa.
Sharp has been out of the lineup with a wrist injury since Jan. 8. He has 20 goals and 20 assists in 42 games this season.
Both played Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks as newly acquired forward Brendan Morrison made his Chicago debut. Morrison was traded to the Blackhawks by Calgary during the all-star break.
The Dallas Stars Tuesday activated captain Brenden Morrow from injured reserve Tuesday.
The 33-year-old left winger missed one game before the all-star break with an upper-body injury.
Morrow has eight goals and 14 assists in 41 games this season.
NHL IN BROOKLYN
The New York Islanders are scheduled to play the New Jersey Devils in a pre-season game at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.
The Oct. 2 matchup will be the first NHL game to be played in the borough.
"We're extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement.
The arena is set to be the home of the NBA's Nets for the 2012-2013 season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie from Norfolk of the AHL. Labrie has seven goals and 13 assists in 31 games with the AHL team ... Forward Colin McDonald was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins. McDonald played two games with the Pens earlier this season ... Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman returned from a 13-game absence against the Washington Capitals. Hedman was out with a concussion.