NHL notes: Sabres' Ott appears to lick Habs' Halpern's visor

Buffalo Sabres' Steve Ott appears to lick Montreal Canadiens' Jeff Halpern's visor during Thursday...

Buffalo Sabres' Steve Ott appears to lick Montreal Canadiens' Jeff Halpern's visor during Thursday night's game.

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How many licks does it take to get to the centre of Jeff Halpern’s ire?

Apparently, Buffalo Sabres centre Steve Ott has no idea.

When asked by reporters about Ott’s faceoff shenanigans during his team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday, he responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about”.

But video of the Ott-Halpern faceoff made the rounds on Twitter Thursday, where it appeared to show Ott licking Halpern’s visor after he presumably trash-talked his opponent.

Halpern hasn’t said anything about the incident, but he shouldn’t have to, the Habs ended up winning the game 5-1.





MYERS OUT FOR SEASON

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers will miss the final seven games of the season after suffering a broken bone in his leg during Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

According to the Buffalo News, the 23-year-old sustained the injury during a second-period 5-on-3 in favour of the Canadiens.

Myers blocked a pair of shots during the two-man advantage, which is believed to be the source of the injury.

The Sabres also announced Myers, the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 2010, won’t need surgery to repair the broken bone.

In 39 games this season, Myers contributed three goals and five assists while finishing a minus-8 on the season.

HOCKEY IN VEGAS?

Another day, another NHL relocation story that likely doesn’t have legs.

The Maloof family, the NBA owners currently looking to offload the Sacramento Kings, have reportedly met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the possibility of purchasing a hockey franchise.

The location? Las Vegas, according to what sources told the Sacramento Bee.

Whether conversations to purchase their own NHL team ever materialize, the Maloofs could be indirectly involved with another city receiving a relocated NHL club.

With a pair of Seattle investors, Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, looking to purchase a majority interest in the Kings with the stated goal of moving them to Seattle, it would likely put a dent in the chances of the Pacific Northwest being awarded a long-rumoured NHL franchise.

The Bee reported Thursday that the Maloofs have issued a Sacramento-based investment group a deadline to submit an offer for the Kings.

GUDBRANSON TO FACE DISCIPLINE?

It’s not yet known if Florida Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson will receive any additional discipline from the NHL for his hit on Winnipeg’s Bryan Little.

The 6-foot-5 Gudbranson hit Little, 5-foot-11, with one minute left in the second period with the Jets up 6-2 Thursday night, bloodying Little's face and forcing the Jets forward into the locker room for repairs.

Gudbranson was given a match penalty for the altercation, which Little returned from in the third period.

AVS TO RETIRE FOOTE’S NO. 52

The Colorado Avalanche will honour long-time blueliner Adam Foote by retiring his number (52) next season.

Not including Quebec Nordiques numbers, Foote’s digits will be the fifth retired in Avalanche history.

His predecessors include Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).

The Nordiques retired Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay’s (3) numbers.

Foote was captain of the Avs from 2009-11, and is the second-highest scoring defenceman in team history with 259 points (56 goals and 203 assists).

BRYZGALOV RIPS REPORTER

Ilya Bryzgalov is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore.

The Philadelphia Flyers goalie spoke out Thursday, denouncing reports he fell asleep during a team meeting this week.

Through a Courier-Post Twitter account, Bryzgalov was reported to have ripped into the reporter for “embarrassing journalism”.

"That's embarrassing. You've gotta ... I don't know ... to prove your sources. It was never happening,” Bryzgalov said.

BRIEFLY

Fears of an injury to Minnesota Wild blueliner Ryan Suter couldn’t have come at a worse time. Suter left the Wild’s game against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night with an unspecified injury. Wild head coach Mike Yeo, however, told NHL.com he’s confident Suter will return for Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets … The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation blocked the Boston Bruins from adding forward Carl Soderberg to their roster Friday. Soderberg was thought to have signed a multi-year contract with the B’s Tuesday. It is unknown why the federation denied the move.


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