NHL notes: Hawks' Hossa might need back surgery

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa celebrates with the Stanley Cup after his team defeated the...

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa celebrates with the Stanley Cup after his team defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston, June 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Winslow Townson)

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The Chicago Blackhawks had their fair share of injuries during the Stanley Cup final.

Marian Hossa’s was the most serious. He said he might need surgery to repair a disc in his back and played Games 4-6 against the Boston Bruins with a numb right foot.

“When I saw (head trainer) Mike Gapski, he said it’s not great,” Hossa told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s not the best. I may need the surgery but also I may need just a shot.”

Hossa said he was injured at the end of Game 2 and sat out Game 3.

“I don’t know if I was too effective when I was playing,” Hossa said. “I was just limping on the ice. To tell you the truth, I didn’t have as much confidence because everybody around me was much faster.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Bickell suffered a sprained right knee and said surgery is a possibility, and Patrick Sharp said he will not need surgery on his injured left shoulder.

PENGUINS INK KUNITZ

The Pittsburgh Penguins are finding ways to keep their lineup intact.

Forward Chris Kunitz, who has one year left on his current deal, signed a three-year contract extension worth $11.55 million.

“It’s exciting for me and my family,” Kunitz said on the Penguins website. “The stability of having an extra three years on a deal is really nice, but knowing that we’ll part of a classy organization, well-coached team and lot of great teammates, a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup every year, that’s definitely an exciting thing.”

Kunitz, 33, scored a team-high 22 goals and his 52 points were second on the team to captain Sidney Crosby.

Earlier this month, the Penguins signed star centre Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year deal.

MESSIER LEAVES RANGERS

Mark Messier insists that leaving the New York Rangers organization was not fuelled by being snubbed by general manager Glen Sather for the team’s coaching position.

“Although some will perceive this as a reaction to the coaching decision, nothing could be further from the truth,” Messier said in a statement. “I completely respect the decision that was made and for all the reasons it was made. I harbour no hard feelings toward Glen or the Rangers. This is a personal choice I am making to create a program in the New York area that will give our children more choices and opportunities in the future.”

The Rangers decided on former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault to be their next bench boss earlier this month.

Messier was the special assistant to Sather, a position he has occupied since August, 2009.

“Mark Messier will always be a part of the New York Rangers family,” Sather said. “As a player and then as part of the management team, he brought incomparable passion and dedication to the organization. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

GLENDALE RELEASES ARENA DEAL DRAFT

Details of a draft contract from the new ownership group looking to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes to manage Glendale’s Jobing.com Arena was released by city officials Thursday.

Glendale would pay Renaissance Sports & Entertainment $15 million a year for the management of the arena, and the owners in return would reimburse the city $6.7 million through fees charged to ticket-buyers and other sources.

“The most recent contract proposal was received from the Renaissance group for review by the city of Glendale at approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26,” the city statement said, according to the Arizona Republic. “The Renaissance group expects the Glendale City Council to vote on the agreement on Tuesday, July 2.”

The deal states the Coyotes would remain as the anchor tenant at the city-owned arena for 15 years, but the potential owners could leave after five years or if losses reach a total of $50 million.


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