July 2, 2012
NHL notes: Sabres acquire Ott
By QMI Agency
The Dallas Stars acquired the centre they badly needed on Monday.
The Stars pried Derek Roy away from the Buffalo Sabres in a deal that sent agitating forward Steve Ott and defenceman Adam Pardy the other way. Roy had a $4 million cap hit while Ott and Pardy have a combined salary of nearly $5 million for the coming season.
The Stars needed a centre like Roy, who had 17 goals and 27 assists in a down year last season, after trading Mike Ribeiro to the Washington Capitals during the NHL draft. Ott had 11 goals and 28 assists, plus 156 penalty minutes, for Dallas last season.
"I wanna thank everybody who's ever cheered, roared and was loyal fan of mine. Dallas will always hold a big pce of my heart THANK YOU," Ott posted on his Twitter account. "Now to my new Team Buffalo, I can't wait to Rock the East."
CRAWFORD TAKES GIG
Bob Hartley once replaced Marc Crawford as coach of the Colorado Avalanche.
Now it's Crawford's turn to take over for Hartley.
Crawford, who coached the Quebec Nordiques, Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars, signed a two-year contract with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss national league. He inherits the gig left vacant by Hartley, who was hired by the Calgary Flames earlier in the off-season.
"I started looking at it a couple of weeks ago and I was still in the running for Washington," Crawford told the Vancouver Province. "I went over and took a look at the situation and thought this might be an option. This was the best opportunity and a new experience that I wanted to try. New country. New culture.
"I like the idea of something new and forcing you to be better."
Crawford, a former NHL coach of the year who has won 549 games during his coaching career, had been working as an analyst with TSN.
AVS D-MAN HAS SURGERY
Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jan Hejda had wrist surgery at the end of the 2011-12 season but is not expected to miss any time in the coming season.
The Avs never announced that Hejda, a Czech native, would need surgery but confirmed to the Denver Post Monday that he had the procedure done. The Avs also said Hejda would be healthy in time for training camp.
The Avalanche covered their butts if Hejda, who had five goals and 14 assists in 81 games last season, is not ready by signing free-agent defenceman Greg Zanon on Sunday. Zanon had three goals and five assists in 56 games split beween the Minnesota Wild and Boston Bruins.
MCCABE MOVES UP
Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe was hired Monday as the Florida Panthers' manager of player development.
According to the Panthers, McCabe will work closely with Brian Skrudland, the team's director of player development, to monitor the progress of the Florida prospects.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to return to the Panthers and start another chapter in my career," McCabe said. "I will certainly draw on my 16 years in the league in order to serve as a mentor for the Panthers' younger players and help them as they develop in their own careers."
McCabe, 37, played 1,135 NHL games with six teams, including the Leafs and Panthers. He retired last February after failing to catch on with a team.