February 27, 2013
NHL notebook: Daniel Briere doesn't want to leave Philly
By QMI Agency
Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere, rumoured to be on the move, doesn't want to leave the City of Brotherly Love.
Briere won't waive his no-trade clause even though the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have expressed interest in acquiring him, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The 35-year-old is under contract through the 2014-15 NHL season and will make just $5 million over the final two years of the deal, making him attractive to some teams.
"I don't want to comment on anything at this point," Briere told the Daily News. "Trades are not my department. I've been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can't see myself playing anywhere else."
In 17 games this season, Briere has five goals and six assists.
OILERS GOALIE ON IR
The Edmonton Oilers put goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve Wednesday and called up Yann Danis from Oklahoma City of the AHL to take his spot.
Khabibulin, who has a groin injury, is out indefinitely. This is his second trip to IR this season.
"We put him on IR so that gives us one week minimum," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said on the team's website. "Yes, he could be back on this (road) trip if everything went optimally but we're going to take our time on this one as we got a first warning in Phoenix. It is an injury that was just slight but did get worse.
"We really want this to be dealt with properly. We need Khabi back."
In five games, Khabibulin is 2-2-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. The 40-year-old had started three of the last four games for the Oilers.
Danis is 15-13-3 with a 3.03 GAA and .901 save percentage for Oklahoma City this season.
WIZ OUT 4-6 WEEKS
Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski was put on injured reserve Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot.
Wisniewski, who has missed 39 of 102 games due to injury since signing a $33 million deal with the Blue Jackets in 2011, was hurt blocking a shot Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
In 15 games this season, the 29-year-old has three goals and six assists.
The Blue Jackets called up Cody Goloubef from Springfield of the AHL to take Wisniewski's spot on the roster.
New York Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh, who sat out Tuesday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets with an injury, could return to the lineup Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. McDonagh practiced Wednesday, along with Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto, and said he was feeling better than expected ... The St. Louis Blues put forward Andy McDonald on injured reserve with a left knee problem and listed him as week-to-week. Forward Alex Steen is also out but is only day-to-day with an upper-body injury ... Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, on IR with a concussion, skated on his own for 30 minutes Wednesday and reported no symptoms afterwards. Malkin was hurt Friday against Florida ... Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle won't be suspended or fined for his hit on Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames despite being assessed a major penalty for elbowing in Tuesday's game. Stajan wasn't happy with the rookie, saying "he obviously came right at my head." The league disagreed and felt a hearing wasn't necessary ... Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who has missed five games with a groin injury, could start Thursday against Edmonton. Lehtonen is 7-2-1 this season.