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NHL Notes: Jimmy Howard healing

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard stops Vancouver Canucks' Mason Raymond's chance during a...

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard stops Vancouver Canucks' Mason Raymond's chance during a shootout in their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia Feb. 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

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, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

After a visit with the doctor, Jimmy Howard skated Wednesday with Forward Dale Weise also went for a CT scan after being cut blocking a shot against the Preds.

"It's pretty much the same news as before," the goaltender said. "It's just going to take a little while to heal."

Howard, who missed his third game Wednesday since getting hurt stopping a shot against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 2, said his return to the lineup will depend on his pain tolerance.

The 27-year-old has a 32-11-1 record with a 2.03 goals-against average this season.

"Ideally, I'd really love to have a couple (practices) where I get in there and have a couple good practices before I can get back out there. It's been seven days now, the timing can go a little bit."

JACKETS TIE UP PROSPAL

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Vinny Prospal, their second-leading scorer, to a one-year contract extension through 2012-13.

The deal was reported to be worth $2.5 million.

Prospal, 36, has nine goals and 24 assists in 53 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He is second on the team in points and tied for third in goals. He was signed as a free agent by Columbus on July 23, 2011.

The Blue Jackets have just 15 wins in 53 games this season and have a league-low 36 points.

PRONGER POPS IN

Concussed Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger stopped by to see his teammates Wednesday but apparently is no closer to returning to the lineup.

The Flyers captain has stayed away from the team as he tries to recover from a concussion he received Nov. 19 when hit in the eye by a wayward stick. He hasn't been around since the team's Christmas party in mid-December, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Pronger stayed for 90 minutes but didn't stick around to talk to the media.

"It was good to see his face," Scott Hartnell said. "He seemed a little down. But for him to be here and see everybody and I think it made him feel a little bit better."

The Flyers have already shut down Pronger for the rest of the season and playoffs.

BLUES LOSE ANOTHER

The St. Louis Blues could be without forward Matt D'Agostini for Thursday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

D'Agostini left Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators after taking a hit to the head.

The injury has not been diagnosed as a concussion, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Blues are only saying he has an upper-body injury.

Injured Blues forward Jason Arnott was in Toronto having tests done on an injured shoulder. He was hurt Feb. 3 on a hit by Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown.

Left with only 11 healthy forwards, the Blues called up forward Evgeny Grachev from Peoria of the AHL.

BRIEFLY

While forward Travis Moen is rumoured to be on the trading block, that's not why he missed Montreal Canadiens practice. He had a better excuse: His wife gave birth to a daughter Wednesday morning. The Moens also have a son ... Derek Smith, 27, joined the Calgary Flames last summer looking for a chance to be a full-time NHLer. The defenceman did just that by making the team in training camp, and was rewarded Wednesday with a two-year contract extension worth $775,000 annually. Smith has two goals and eight assists in 32 games ... With Martin Brodeur hobbled by a twisted right ankle, Johan Hedberg expects to start Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur was hurt Tuesday when New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan landed on his leg ... Montreal Canadiens winger Michael Blunden had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Wednesday and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. Aaron Palushaj was called up from Hamilton of the AHL to take his spot ... Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney returned to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Renney was cut for a dozen stitches by a deflected puck during the game-day skate Monday in Toronto ... Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, out since Dec. 29 with an injured left leg, skated on his own Wednesday. No timetable has been set for his return, though.


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