January 21, 2013
NHL notes: Tomas Holmstrom set to call it quits
By QMI Agency
Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to retire Tuesday.
The Red Wings have called a press conference for 4:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena to make Holmstrom's retirement official. It comes a day before the big Swede turns 40 years old.
Holmstrom played 15 seasons for the Red Wings -- 1,026 regular-season games -- and had 243 goals and 287 assists. Many of his goals came when he was parked in front of the opposition net.
"The interesting thing, for me, with Homer is -- not a very good skater but was the quickest guy from the net front to the corner, back to the net front, that I've ever coached," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said on the Detroit Free Press website. "Competed to get to his spot, was a great, great, great teammate, great man. Very, very ultra-competitive. All the best players are ultra-competitive. And found a way to win four Stanley Cup championships and represent his country, play I don't know how many games. Pretty impressive."
Holmstrom won the Stanley Cup four times with the Red Wings and was part of Sweden's gold-medal winning team at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
FLAMES DEAL GOALIE
The Calgary Flames traded goaltender Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks Monday, getting a seventh-round draft pick back in the deal.
Karlsson, who played 26 games with the Flames over the last two seasons, had been sent to Abbotsford of the AHL earlier in the day. Leland Irving will serve as the backup to Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Flames got Karlsson, a 29-year-old from Tumba, Sweden, in a trade with the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 2010.
The Los Angeles Kings put forward Anthony Stewart on waivers Monday, just days after acquiring him from the Carolina Hurricanes.
Stewart, 28, didn't dress for the Kings season opener against Chicago and will likely head to Manchester of the AHL if he clears waivers. The Kings need to make room for the return of Anze Kopitar, who missed the game against Chicago due to an injury.
A first-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2003, Stewart has just 27 goals and 44 assists in 262 career NHL games. He had nine goals and 11 assists in 77 games with the Hurricanes last season.
Stewart was acquired along with a pair of draft picks for forward Kevin Westgarth on Jan. 13.
The New York Rangers expect to find out forward Chris Kreider's status Tuesday.
Kreider, a potential rookie of the year, was hurt Sunday when he was hit by Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik. The hit was high but clean, according to Rangers coach John Tortorella, but Kreider was clearly shaken up and didn't talk to the media after the game.
The Rangers had an off-day Monday, meaning any update on Kreider's injury must wait until Tuesday.
Kreider joined the Rangers for the playoffs last season after a three-year career at Boston College. He had five goals and two assists in 18 post-season games.
RINALDO OUT A WEEK
Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Zac Rinaldo will likely miss a week of action after being cut on the right knee Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Rinaldo was hit by Buffalo's Robyn Regehr and his skate blade sliced across his leg above the knee, a laceration that needed 20 stitches to close.
"It's hockey, it happens," Rinaldo told CSNPhilly.com. "I never caught a skate like that. It's the second time I ever had stitches in my entire life. It was a weird feeling. I looked at my pad, and the sock was cut. It was like an X-acto knife cut it.
"I saw that and I was pissed off it happened."
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Rinaldo will be out a minimum of seven days due to the injury.
Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings could play Friday after tests revealed he does not have mononucleosis, according to multiple reports out of Detroit.
Bertuzzi was expected to be out for a month after testing positive for mono but the original diagnosis was wrong. The veteran forward could return to the lineup Tuesday against the Dallas Stars but it's more likely he'll wait until Friday against the Minnesota Wild.
"It's great news," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "The tests must have reacted to something going way back. He can play (Tuesday) if Mike Babcock wants him to, and he feels he's able.
"No doubt he had the flu, and was really sick. But we thought it prudent to redo the tests, and they showed Bert does not have mono. He's cleared to play."
LIGHTNING TOUGHENS UP
The Tampa Bay Lightning added a little toughness up front by acquiring Jean-Francois Jacques for future considerations in a deal with the Florida Panthers.
Jacques has played 166 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, recording nine goals, eight assists and 197 penalty minutes. He played six games with the Ducks last season but spent most of his time in the AHL.
Los Angeles defenceman Matt Greene suffered a serious back injury during the Kings' 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. He has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss the remainder of the season ... The Vancouver Canucks put defenceman Jim Vandermeer on waivers Monday after making him a healthy scratch in their first two games. Vandermeer is likely headed to Chicago of the AHL ... The Anaheim Ducks called up goaltender Viktor Fasth from Norfolk of the AHL, sending goalie Frederik Anderson down to the farm team. Fasth, 29, has been the top goalie in Sweden the last two seasons.