NHL notes: Sharks' Couture has hand surgery

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture fights Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Richards during Game 6...

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture fights Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Richards during Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, April 28, 2014. (KELVIN KUO/USA Today)

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Logan Couture underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury suffered during the NHL playoffs.

The San Jose Sharks forward sustained the injury during a fight with Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Richards in Game 6 of their opening-round series.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said the procedure went as expected and Couture will be ready for the start of training camp.

Couture finished with 23 goals and 31 assists in 65 regular season games, while nabbing one goal and two assists in seven playoff games with season.

HAWKS SIGN RASMUSSEN

Dennis Rasmussen is on the roster.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they agreed to terms with the Swedish forward on a one-year contract.

Rasmussen, a 23-year-old forward, collected 40 points in 52 games with Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League.

He led the team in scoring, and finished tenth in the league in points.

In 12 SHL playoff games, he recorded six points (two goals, and four assists).

SHARKS WANT BROWN

The San Jose Sharks want to bring back Mike Brown.

Brown, a pending unrestricted free agent, and the Sharks are working on a new deal for the grinder, according to CSN Bay Area.

The specifics of the new deal are unclear, but they could be announced as early as next week.

Brown is considered “a great teammate”, and the Sharks would “certainly like to have him back” a team source told CSN.

Brown is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The 29-year-old forward was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round pick in October.

Brown played 48 games with the Sharks and tallied two goals and three assists with 75 penalty minutes.

COYOTES PROMOTE BERNHARDT

The Phoenix Coyotes announced Tuesday that Tim Bernhardt has been promoted to director of amateur scouting.

Bernhardt will help assist Coyotes general manager Don Maloney at the NHL draft in Philadelphia June 27-28.

The Coyotes also announced Jeff Twohey has been promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting.

“We are pleased Tim has agreed to become the leader of our amateur scouting staff,” said Maloney. “He brings experience and a proven track record. In addition, with Jeff Twohey rejoining our amateur scouting staff, we believe we have become a much stronger organization.”

Bernhardt started as an amateur scout with the Dallas Stars in 1993. He left the Stars in 2011 after 18 years in the organization.

The 56-year-old played 67 games in the NHL as a goaltender with the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Twohey, 53, recently re-joined the Coyotes from the OHL where he was the general manager of the Oshawa Generals.


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