NHL notes: Reprieves for Scott Gomez, Wade Redden?
|Scott Gomez could be skating in the NHL this season due to an accelerated compliance buyout rule the league will reportedly implement. (QMI Agency)
Scott Gomez and Wade Redden may have a chance to play in the NHL this season after all.
The league and the players' association have agreed to allow teams to use an accelerated compliance buyout, according to ESPN.
The modified rule will allow all clubs to exercise this option with one player, who must be placed on waivers by Thursday, a source said. These players cannot become unrestricted free agents until they clear waivers.
There will be no benefit for NHL teams who use this buyout as clubs will still be on the hook for 100% of the player's salary owed this year while carrying the full cap charge for the 2013 season.
ALEX GALCHENYUK PUTS ON A SHOW
Alex Galchenyuk was again the highlight of the Canadiens training camp in the Montreal suburb of Brossard on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old forward, drafted third overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft, was pleased with the crowd reaction after undressing Carey Price in a shootout for a second straight day.
"If you decide to keep him, he could play on the powerplay," head coach Michel Therrien said during his daily press briefing.
Therrien is already seeing progress in his club at practice.
"I like what I see of the team," he said. "It's starting to take shape. Today, physical condition and structure was even better than Monday. This is encouraging for everyone. It was on another level compared to Monday."
Therrien is still realistic. "It will not be a perfect Saturday," he says about the season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at home.
"It is impossible with only six days of training compared to six weeks. But I can assure you that we will be as ready as possible."
Therrien has no intention of dismantling the trio of David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole, who formed the team's best offensive unit last season.
Meanwhile, forward Tomas Plekanec is nursing a rib injury and skated alone for a few minutes after Tuesday's practice.
DAVID BOOTH OUT WITH GROIN ISSUE
David Booth had an unlucky start to Vancouver Canucks training camp.
The forward is expected to be out of the lineup until at least late February with a groin injury. Multiple reports state he suffered the injury during the preseason physical.
"Booth had an MRI done (Monday). He will be out approximately 4-to-6 weeks," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
Booth was out from early December until mid-January last season after sustaining a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The 28-year-old also missed more than three months during the 2009-10 season with the Florida Panthers after suffering a concussion resulting from a vicious hit by then-Flyers captain Mike Richards.
BRIEFLY: The Detroit Red Wings named Henrik Zetterberg as their 36th captain in franchise history, taking over from retired defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom ... In other captaincy news, the Philadelphia Flyers named Claude Giroux its 19th leader in franchise history ... George Gund III, who, along with his brother Gordon, helped bring hockey back to the Bay Area with the San Jose Sharks, passed away on Tuesday.