May 22, 2012
NHL notes: Berube interested in Capitals
By QMI Agency
One-time NHL tough-guy Craig Berube, now an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, sounds like he might throw his hat in the ring for the post Dale Hunter vacated with the Washington Capitals.
Berube, a former teammate of Hunter who remains friends with him, told CSNWashington.com the Caps haven't contacted him about the job but soundn't like he'd answer the phone if they called.
"Any time you get an opportunity to be a head coach, you're interested," Berube said. "My situation is good here. No one has contacted me about it. We'll see what happens."
Berube, who racked up 3,149 penalty minutes in 1,054 NHL games, has been an assistant with the Flyers for most of five seasons and guided the team's AHL affiliate for 86 games.
GILL GETS GIG
Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Todd Gill will coach Canada's entry in the under-18 Ivan Hlinka memorial tournament this summer.
Gill, the head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, was named to the position Tuesday by Hockey Canada. He'll be joined on the bench during the tourney by Yanick Jean of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) and Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm (OHL).
It will be the second time Gill has coached Canada internationally but first as a head coach. He was an assistant with the bronze-medal winning team at the under-18 world championship.
The tournament will be held Aug. 13-18 in Piestany, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic. Canada is the four-time defending champion.
The Detroit Red Wings are content to wait for Nicklas Lidstrom to make up his mind.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com the team won't make a decision on Lidstrom and soon-to-be free agent forward Tomas Holmstrom until after their pro scouting meeting in early June.
"Whenever Nick is prepared to make a decision, I'm prepared to receive it," Holland told MLive.com. "I told (Holmstrom) a couple of weeks ago we won't decide anything until after the pro scouting meetings. We want him to decide if he's healthy and if he has the passion and the energy to play another season."
Although the Red Wings would welcome Lidstrom back with open arms, the same might not be true about Holmstrom. It's possible the Wings would let him walk to open up cap space for another free agent.
SOURAY WANTS SECONDS
Sheldon Souray rescued his career from the scrap heap with the Dallas Stars.
Now the 35-year-old D-man would like to extend his run in Big D.
"I'd like to stay here," Souray said on the team website. "I know they're going to make changes. If anyone here thinks they're not making changes, they're all a little naive. Hopefully, in the year that I've been here, they see me as part of the solution moving forward."
Souray, written off by the Edmonton Oilers and banished to Hershey of the AHL in 2010-11, averaged 20 minutes of ice time with the Stars while chipping in with six goals and 15 assists in 64 games. He signed a one-year, $1.65 million deal for the 2011-12 season but would likely want a raise -- and longer contract term -- after proving he could still play.
Soon-to-be free agent Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Shannon, who had just four goals and eight assists in 45 games this season, didn't wait until July 1 to find out if there would be any nibbles. On Tuesday, 29-year-old Shannon signed a three-year contract with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss A-League ... The St. Louis Blues want prospect Vladimir Tarasenko to play in the NHL next season, not the KHL. Tarasenko, the 16th player taken in the 2010 draft, still hasn't decided if he wants to move across the pond yet ... Restricted free agent goalie Mike Murphy bolted from the Carolina Hurricanes to sign with an unnamed KHL team. The 23-year-old played three seasons in the minors, with just two NHL games to his credit.