March 6, 2012
NHL Notes: Babcock in no hurry for 2014
By QMI Agency
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock hasn't committed yet to returning behind Team Canada's bench for the 2014 Olympics.
While Steve Yzerman will be back to manage the team, along with assistants Doug Armstrong, Ken Holland and Kevin Lowe, the coach of the gold-medal winning Canadians at the 2010 Games was noncommittal Tuesday.
Babcock said there are still a couple of years to go before those decisions need to be made.
"Not only that, the players (and) the league have to figure out if they're going (to take part in the Sochi Games)," he told NHL.com. "Everything will happen in due time. Hopefully I won't have to answer that question for a while."
No Tuukka, no Turco?
Marty Turco will find out Wednesday whether he is a Boston Bruin ... or not.
Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli told CSNNE.com he figures there is a 50/50 chance the goalie will make it through waivers and on to the Bruins roster.
With goalie Tuukka Rask sidelined until the playoffs by a groin injury, the Bruins signed Turco, 36, to back up first-stringer Tim Thomas. But Turco, who hasn't played pro hockey in North America this season, must clear waivers first.
Flyer adds a letter
After six seasons in the NHL defenceman Nicklas Grossman -- make that Grossmann -- has corrected the spelling of his name.
The Philadelphia Flyers added the extra "n" to his jersey Tuesday.
"I just started off and they put it on the wrong way and I just kept it like that," he told reporters after the morning skate. "My dad (asked) a while ago, why is it spelled wrong? And I said that's the way it came and I didn't change it."
A Flyers official noticed that the defenceman's name was spelled differently on his passport and initiated the change.
Senators fined, not suspended
Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Karlsson avoided a suspension Tuesday for a two-handed slash in a game Sunday night against the Florida Panthers.
Karlsson was fined $2,500, however, for slashing Panthers winger Sean Bergenheim at 14:06 of the third period.
"I spoke to (Brendan Shanahan, the NHL vice-president of discipline)," Karlsson said. "It is what it is. I can't do that."
McLellan declared healthy
After missing three games with a concussion, Sharks coach Todd McLellan was scheduled to return to the bench Tuesday night in San Jose against Edmonton.
"I'm going to give the bench my full attention," McLellan said earlier Tuesday.
The coach was hit on the head by a stick during a game Feb. 26 at Minnesota against the Wild.