NHL notes: Devils forward sorry for vulgar remarks
|Cam Janssen was not laughing after apologizing for using vulgar language in an Internet-based radio show earlier this week. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Files)
New Jersey Devils forward Cam Janssen apologized Friday for the vulgar, profane, misogynistic and homophobic comments he had made during a radio appearance.
"Earlier this week, I participated in an Internet-based radio show in which I used some poor judgment which I now regret," Janssen said in a statement. "The New Jersey Devils were unaware of this interview, which I arranged myself.
"I would like to apologize for my poor choice of language. The tone of the interview was very casual and off-colour, and I lost focus on what is and is not acceptable and professional. I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by my language. Moving forward, I hope to eliminate that type of language from my vocabulary. I would also like to take this chance to express my support for the work the You Can Play project (dedicated to ensuring equality and respect for all athletes) is doing, and for the gay community in general."
Janssen, a 28-year-old enforcer, had no goals and one assist with 75 penalty minutes in 48 games for the Devils last season,
JACKETS EYE BERNIER
The Columbus Blue Jackets are said to be one of the teams interested in acquiring goalie Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings.
Bernier, 23, told TVA Sports this week he wants to be traded now that the Kings have signed first-string goalie Jonathan Quick to a 10-year contract extension.
The Columbus Dispatch has confirmed that Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has engaged in trade talks with Kings counterpart Dean Lombardi regarding Bernier.
Howsom last month traded for Philadelphia Flyers backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
HASEK WILL RETURN: AGENT
Goalie Dominik Hasek is headed back to the NHL, according to agent Ritch Winter.
Although Hasek is 47 years old, "about a half-dozen" NHL teams have inquired about the former league MVP, Winter told ProHockeyTalk.
"He will play (in the NHL)," Winter said. "There is no (other) option. He will play and he will excel and he will do all of the things he can do.
"That's (Hasek's) view of it. There's one objective and that's it -- he won't fail."
Hasek last played in the NHL during the 2007-08 season with the Detroit Red Wings. He had a 23-19-5 record with a 2.48 goals-against average in 2010-11 with Moscow Spartak of the KHL.
Two of his former NHL teams, the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings, have not expressed interest in Hasek.
WHOPPING DEAL FOR DOAN?
Free-agent forward Shane Doan has been offered a four-year contract worth more than $30 million, KTAR radio in Phoenix reported Friday.
Doan, who turns 36 in October, had 22 goals and 28 assists in 79 games last season with the Phoenix Coyotes.