NHL notes: Derick Brassard, Austrian team go back and forth
|The Jackets' Derick Brassard, right, is in a bit of a spat with his former European club. (REUTERS)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard clearly isn't a big fan of Austria's EC Red Bull Salzburg.
The feeling is mutual, apparently.
The Austrian team started a war of words Wednesday, accusing Brassard of breaking his lockout deal in a statement posted to its website. Brassard signed with Salzburg three weeks ago and had played just six games.
"Derick Brassard has turned his back on the club today, despite contractual obligations and reassurances to the contrary," the team said. "He was told not to do anything hasty that he might later regret, and he was reminded in no uncertain terms of the contractual situation. Unfortunately, Derick Brassard still flew out of Salzburg this morning.
"The Red Bulls will be notifying the IIHF of the player's breach of contract and will be seeking legal advice."
Brassard's agent, Allan Walsh, quickly responded to the allegations in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch.
"Derick Brassard is the fifth NHL player to sign with Red Bull this season, and the fifth player to leave within three weeks of arrival," Walsh said. "There is no more unprofessional organization in all of Europe. The club is misrepresenting the facts in an attempt to justify to their fans and media why NHL players keep leaving."
KANE PIC WAS 'JOKE'
Evander Kane is adamant he didn't intend to offend anyone.
The locked-out Winnipeg Jets left-winger found himself caught in the crossfire Wednesday morning after tweeting out a picture of himself on a Las Vegas balcony holding a wad of cash in his hand and another to his ear to act as an imaginary phone.
"Hey @FloydMayweather pick up your phone cause I'm callin #imdifferent," Kane tweeted.
During a telephone interview from Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon, Kane gave his side of the story.
"It was an old picture," said Kane, noting it was taken in November during a trip to Las Vegas. "It was meant to be a joke. If you watch 24/7 at all, Floyd Mayweather jokes around with 50 Cent in an episode. We were in Vegas and had a bit of luck on our side. We were joking around a little bit. I was just reaching out to Floyd, more than anybody else, and it turned into a bit of a story here, I guess."
Kane, who signed a six-year contract extension worth $31.5 million on Sept. 14, said he wasn't trying to flaunt his wealth.
"I'm not going to be peer-pressured to take anything down," he said. "As I said earlier, it was a joke and that's all that was intended. It wasn't meant to offend anybody or ruin anybody's day."
Call it a case of bad timing.
Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid had surgery in October -- after the NHL lockout started -- after a blood clot developed under his collarbone, according to CSNNE.com. He had medical coverage through the NHLPA but can't get any treatment from the Bruins staff during the lockout and, unlike players who were unjured before the work stoppage, isn't being paid.
Still, he's expected to be out until late January or early February, if there is an NHL season. McQuaid only recently started skating again.
"I'm on the road to recovery, but I still have a ways to go yet," McQuaid told CSNNE.com. "The reason behind the surgery is to prevent it from happening again. It should be fine once I'm fully recovered. It could have been a lot worse. Now it's been taken care of and I can get back to regular activity. I'm just getting my feet under me right now."
The Ontario Reign of the ECHL has suspended Minnesota Wild winger Devin Setoguchi.
But it's not what it seems, Setoguchi told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The 25-year-old said he left the team after deciding not to play during the holidays and the suspension was something of a formality. It allows the team to keep his rights while not paying his salary during the time he's away from the club.
"It's not like I got suspended for doing something," Setoguchi told the Star Tribune. "(The coach) wants to keep me on the roster, but this way no one else can pick me up."
Setoguchi has played 10 games with the Reign, recording four goals and nine assists.
Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler signed with HC Trinec in the Czech Republic then, hours later, scored a pair of goals in a 6-4 win over Chomutov. Hudler played four games with Lev Prague in October but an abdominal injury cut that stint short ... Defenceman Ladislav Smid of the Oilers has left Czech team Liberec and returned to Edmonton to have his injured knee locked at by local doctors. Smid, who had two goals and 12 assists in 22 games for Liberec, has been diagnosed with a sprained knee ... Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon is almost 100% after recovering from a groin injury while playing for SCL Tigers in Switzerland, according to the Minnespolis Star Tribune. Spurgeon, whose contract expires in January, could head back to Switzerland.