NHL notes: Jackets add to staff
|Former Maple Leafs assistant Keith Acton has joined the Blue Jackets coaching staff (CRAIG ROBERTON/QMI Agency file photo)
The Columbus Blue Jackets added coaching veterans Craig Hartsburg and Keith Acton to their staff Wednesday.
Hartsburg, who has been head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators during his 23-year career, was hired as an associate coach while Acton, a long-time assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, will have the same job title as his previous gig. Both were given two-year contracts.
"First I'm excited for the opportunity," Hartsburg told the Columbus Dispatch. "And I'm excited for the challenge that lies ahead for our staff. It's a different challenge than what I've been a part of in the past. I want to help Todd (Richards) and the players build a culture that has a chance to win, not just this year but for many years to come.
"There have been some struggles. But I think some of the things Todd tried to implement at the end of last year gained some traction, and we want to help him move more in that direction. I think I can help him."
P.A. DONE IN NY?
Soon-to-be-unrestricted free agent winger P.A. Parenteau won't re-sign with the New York Islanders, according to RDS.
It's unclear, though, whether Parenteau wants to test free agency to see what kind of money he can get somewhere else or if the Islanders don't want him back.
The 29-year-old was the Isles' third-leading scorer -- he had 18 goals and 49 assists in 80 games -- and made just $1.25 million. But some believe his point total was inflated by playing with John Tavares.
Despite his age, Parenteau has played just 188 NHL games during his career, recording 41 goals and 88 assists.
MARTIN PLAYED HURT
Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Paul Martin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Wednesday that he played the first three games of the Stanley Cup playoffs with concussion symptoms.
Martin said he was hurt in Game of the series with the Philadelphia Flyers but kept quiet about the concussion. He took another hard shot from Philly's Brayden Schenn in Game 3 and was shut down for the rest of the playoffs.
"I wasn't feeling well during Game 1," Martin said. "But I never said anything to the trainers. I didn't feel well in Game 2. Then, after Schenn hit me in Game 3, I felt really bad but still finished the game. The next night, I felt worse. I talked to our trainers then, and told them about the symptoms. That was it. They shut me down.
"I don't know what and when it happened. But I know something happened. And, obviously, the Schenn hit didn't help."
If Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen doesn't make the NHL team next fall, he'll take his game to Sweden rather than return to the OHL's Oshawa Generals, according to his agent, Anton Thun. The 19-year-old forward was a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Canucks in 2011 ... The Nashville Predators have reportedly re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Brandon Yip. After being claimed on waivers by the Preds, Yip had three goals and four assists in 25 games ... The Montreal Canadiens hired Donald Dufresne and Vincent Riendeau as assistant coaches with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL and added ex-Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau as a pro scout ... Tough-guy George Parros, an unrestricted free agent, would like to return to the Anaheim Ducks but his agent says there will be plenty of interest in the big forward if he does go on the open market. Agent George Bazos said Parros is "excited to see what could be out there "¦ George brings a lot as a player and as a person."