February 29, 2012
NHL Notes: Still no timeline for Toews' return
By QMI Agency
The Chicago Blackhawks still don't know how long captain Jonathan Toews will remain out of action.
Toews, who missed his fifth game with a suspected concussion Wednesday when the 'Hawks took on the Toronto Maple Leafs, is still considered day-to-day, according to coach Joel Quenneville. Toews did some off-ice work Wednesday, including riding a stationary bike, but hasn't been cleared to skate.
"We'll see how he's progressing," Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Today is no change from yesterday, so hopefully he can get going soon and we can get him back on the ice."
Toews last played Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues but hasn't been put on injured reserve. He has 29 goals and 28 assists in 59 games this season.
WILD SHUTS DOWN KOIVU
Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher confirmed that captain Mikko Koivu has been shut down for two weeks.
Fletcher said Koivu aggravated a left shoulder injury, which has forced him to miss the last six games. Koivu was hurt Jan. 14 in St. Louis and missed eight games but returned for a brief stretch before banging up his shoulder again.
"We were the ones that pulled him out and said, 'No, let's let this rest,'" Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He wanted to keep playing because he cares about this team. Mikko did what was in the best interest of the team short-term. Now we have to do what's in the best interest of Mikko long-term."
Fletcher didn't say exactly what the problem is with Koivu's shoulder and was unsure if he would require surgery. Koivu will be reevaluated in two weeks and could be shut down for the season.
CAP'N CALLY SITS
New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan missed practice Wednesday because of a bruised foot.
Callahan, listed as day-to-day, could miss New York's game Thursday against the Hurricanes in Carolina, although he was scheduled to travel with the team.
Callahan has 25 goals and 22 assists this season.
If he sits out Thursday, newcomer John Scott -- all 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds of him -- could play his first game with the Rangers.
Scott, 29, who can play defence or forward, was obtained Monday from the Chicago Blackhawks for a fifth-round draft pick.
"I'm not changing the lineup, unless for injuries," Tortorella told Newsday after Scott's first workout with the Rangers Wednesday. "I like our lineup."
CROSBY PRACTISES, BUT ...
Ailing captain Sidney Crosby skated with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Wednesday morning, but coach Dan Bylsma played down the significance.
"(Sidney) likes skating with people on the ice," Bylsma told the team's website. "So he skated with the team because Tyler (Kennedy) was going to be back on the ice with the team."
Kennedy, who has been Crosby's skating partner of late, has the green light to resume regular workouts after sitting out since Feb. 4 with a high ankle sprain.
The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled new acquisition Keith Aulie from Norfolk of the AHL. The Bolts got the 22-year-old defenceman Monday from the Toronto Maple Leafs for minor-league winger Carter Ashton ... Tampa Bay assigned forwards Trevor Smith and Pierre-Cedric Labrie and defenceman Evan Oberg to Norfolk ... Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo won't be suspended or fined for his hit on San Jose's T.J. Galiardi Tuesday. Rinaldo has already been suspended once and fined twice this season.