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NHL notes: Surgery for Versteeg

Kris Versteeg had hip surgery Wednesday to repair an impinged cyst. (GETTY)

Kris Versteeg had hip surgery Wednesday to repair an impinged cyst. (GETTY)

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, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

Forward Kris Versteeg had surgery on his left hip Wednesday in Nashville to repair an impinged cyst, the Florida Panthers announced Thursday.

Versteeg, who turns 26 on May 13, had 23 goals and 54 points -- both career highs -- in 71 games last season, despite being bothered by the hip injury for the final 10 weeks of the schedule.

It's expected he will be recovered by training camp, the Panthers said.

Reports say Versteeg, a restricted free agent, is looking for a long-term deal to stay in Florida.

CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

Forward Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks while announced Thursday as captain of the Canadian team at the world championship, while Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson received the same honour with the U.S. team.

Defenceman Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks were named Getzlaf's alternates.

Johnson also was captain of the American team at the 2010 world championship.

The Germans chose Florida Panthers centre Marcel Goc as their captain. Goc is the only NHLer on the German roster.

ISLANDER STAYS HOME

New York Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov has decided to remain with his KHL team rather than jump to the NHL next season.

Petrov signed a contract extension with his hometown team, Ak Bars Kazan, although it's unclear how long the contract will keep him in the KHL. The rights to the 22-year-old forward, who was taken in the third round by the Islanders in 2008, will remain property of the NHL team.

In 52 games with Ak Bars, Petrov had 16 goals and 13 assists.

BIG-SCREEN TV

The Tampa Bay Times Forum will feature the biggest centre-hung high-def video screen in North America next season.

The Lightning will cough up $5 million to have two 50-foot by 28-foot video screens, and two smaller versions, hung in their home rink during the off-season. The current system in the Forum is 28 feet by 16 feet.

The main screen ain't Cowboys Stadium big but it's darn close.

"Like many other new elements in the Times Forum, the board will be recognized nationally for its innovation, quality and fan-friendliness," Lightning COO Steve Griggs said. "It promises to be among the best in North America and allows us to further enhance the in-arena presentation for all of our events."

 


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