NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly will fly to Sochi, Russia, Sunday to visit the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Daly and other league personnel will also sit in on meetings about NHL players potentially playing in the Olympics, according to NHL.com. No decision has been reached on NHL players taking part in the Games but that could be coming soon.
"I would hope to be in a position where this is resolved one way or the other by the end of this month," Daly told NHL.com, adding that the idea will be presented to the NHL board of governors (at an appropriate time."
NHL players have taken part in the last four Olympics but, with the Sochi Games less than a year away, talks between the NHL, NHLPA, IIHF and International Olympic Committee haven't grown past the "conceptual stage," according to Daly.
"Maybe when we get down to the specific level we might come up with a problem that might be difficult to resolve, but, to this point, we've been moving forward," Daly said.
JETS WANT WINTER CLASSIC
True North has confirmed the Winnipeg Jets are seeking to host an outdoor NHL game in 2016.
The NHL Winter Classic game would be played at Investors Group Field, the new home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the University of Manitoba.
True North Sports and Entertainment spokesman Scott Brown confirmed via Twitter on Saturday afternoon that Jets ownership has had discussions with the National Hockey League about hosting the game.
This year's Winter Classic was cancelled because of the NHL lockout.
New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador had his abbreviated ironman streak come to an end Saturday.
Salvador sat out the Devils' game against the Carolina Hurricanes due to an upper-body injury, ending his string of consecutive games at 106. He had played every game since sitting out the 2010-11 season due to an inner-ear infection.
The injury is the latest for the Devils, who are already missing defenceman Henrik Tallinder (lower-body) and goaltender Martin Brodeur, who has a wonky back.
Adam Larsson took Salvador's spot in the lineup against the Hurricanes.
HORNQVIST OUT FOR TWO
Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist is expected to miss two games due to injury, according to coach Barry Trotz.
Hornqvist, who has an upper-body injury, didn't play Saturday against the Minnesota Wild and won't play Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. He had a knee injury earlier this season and has been limited to just 13 games, recording three goals and five assists.
"You lose a guy like that, it's going to be tough," Preds captain Shea Weber told The Tennessean. "But I think we've made a conscious effort here that everybody needs to go to the net more and obviously we need that, especially with him out."
Hornqvist was hurt Friday against the Edmonton Oilers when he was hit by defenceman Theo Peckham in the second period.
FLAMES DEMOTE BAERTSCHI
The Calgary Flames sent forward Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the AHL Saturday, opening the door for Mikael Backlund to return to the lineup.
Backlund, who's been out since Feb. 7 with a sprained knee, was activated off injured reserve.
Baertschi, the Flames first-round pick in 2011, has just one assist in 10 games this season. He started the year with Abbotsford, recording six goals and 12 assists in 21 games before being called up.