March 1, 2013
NHL notes: Bergenheim wins grievance against Panthers
By QMI Agency
Sean Bergenheim will be paid his full salary after winning his medical grievance against the Florida Panthers, according to a report.
Bergenheim is expected to have surgery on his hip and lower abdomen and will miss the rest of the season, reports TSN.
Bergenheim was due $2.75 million this season, but the Panthers suspended the 28-year-old after believing he sustained the injury while playing in Finland during the NHL lockout.
Bergenheim filed a grievance claiming the injury occurred before the lockout, not while playing in Finland.
NOKELAINEN RETURNS TO ICE
The Montreal Canadiens welcomed back Finnish forward Petteri Nokelainen Friday morning.
After missing the end of last season with injured ribs — he was hurt March 31 against the Capitals in Washington — Nokelainen also missed the start of the shortened season after hurting his back lifting weights in Finland last August.
"It was really frustrating, there have been several setbacks, but there is never a magic bullet to cure a back injury," Nokelainen said at the Habs practice facility in suburban Brossard.
During the lockout, Nokelainen collected his full salary of $575,000 because he was injured before the start of the labour dispute.
Meanwhile, defenceman Raphael Diaz and forward Rene Bourque enjoyed another day of rest as they are still bothered by concussion symptoms.
INJURED CRAWFORD SKATES
Goaltender Corey Crawford was back on the ice Friday morning after playing just one period in the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-0 victory over the Blues in St. Louis Thursday.
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford was day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Ray Emery started Friday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
This injury is unrelated to the one that recently sidelined him for four games, Quenneville added.
The 28-year-old is 9-0-3 with a 1.46 goal-against average and .943 save percentage with two shutouts in 12 games this season.
BENN TO HAVE HEARING
Dallas Stars centre Jamie Benn has some explaining to do.
Benn will have a phone hearing with the NHL Saturday to discuss his cross-check on Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones Thursday.
Benn received a major and a game misconduct for going after Jones after the Oiler skated into Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen during the third period of the Stars' 5-1 loss in Dallas.
It is expected that Benn will not be suspended, but could face a substantial fine.
CANUCKS GOING RETRO
The Vancouver Millionaires will be making a one-game comeback on March 16.
The Canucks will honour the West Coast's first professional hockey team by wearing the retro third jerseys when they take on the Detroit Red Wings.
The Millionaires played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1912 to 1922, winning the Stanley Cup in 1915 against the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey Association, the precursor to the NHL.
The Millionaires became the Maroons in 1922 and eventually folded in 1926.
BRIEFLY: The Vancouver Canucks claimed winger Tom Sestito off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers Friday ... Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green will not make the trip to Winnipeg to face the Jets Saturday due to a lingering groin injury ... Phoenix Coyotes forwards Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata will miss Saturday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks, says coach Dave Tippett ... Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos, Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for February, while Florida Panthers centre Jonathan Huberdeau was named the rookie of the month.