NHL notes: Todd Bertuzzi has the kissing disease
|Calgary Flames Scott Hanna battles Detroit Red Wings, Todd Bertuzzi in second period NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Dec. 22, 2011. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)
Leave it to Detroit Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
The 37-year-old is out with Mononucleosis, also known as the kissing disease. The virus, more common in teenagers and college students, felled the tough guy and forced him out of the Wings’ lineup against St. Louis Saturday night.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told Mlive.com that Bertuzzi will miss a "chunk of time" with the illness.
TAMPA GETS A BIG SCREEN SCOREBOARD
The Tampa Bay Time Forum is taking the term high definition to new extremes.
Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer John Walton tweeted a picture of the behemoth scoreboard Saturday, as it spanned two-thirds of the ice surface.
"Look at the size of the new video board here in Tampa. Has to be the biggest in the league," Walton tweeted.
GETZLAF WANTS TO STAY ON THE POND
Ryan Getzlaf told media in Vancouver on Friday that he wants to stay with the Anaheim Ducks after his contract runs out at the end of this season.
Both Getzlaf and Corey Perry’s contracts expire at the end of this season, and at their current $5.325 million per year cap hit, general manager Bob Murray will have to loosen the purse strings to keep the pair.
CANUCKS SIGN EDLER
The Vancouver Canucks inked one of their top blueliners Friday, signing Alex Edler to a six-year, $30 million deal according to ESPN.
Vancouver will take a $5 million cap hit beginning during the 2013-14 season, while they face a $4 million cap hit from four other blueliners: Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Chris Tanev.
Edler has 43 goals and 141 assists in 386 career games.
BRIEFLY: NHL lockout workhorse and former Montreal Canadiens winger Mathieu Darche is still without a team, but he has been practising with the New Jersey Devils in the hopes of cracking their lineup, according to the Neward Star-Ledger … The St. Louis Blues cut defenceman Colin White from their lineup, releasing him to free agency. White has appeared in 797 games, with 21 goals and 108 assists … Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg “pulled something” on Friday, according to the Miami Herald. The Panthers have already amassed a list of walking wounded. Versteeg joins Dmitry Kulikov, Mike Weaver, Sean Bergenheim, Erik Gudbranson and Marcel Goc on the sidelines.