February 26, 2013
NHL notes: Simon Gagne returns to Flyers in trade by Kings
By QMI Agency

In limited action, Simon Gagne posted five assists in 11 games for the Kings this season. (Jean-Francois Desgagnes/QMI Agency/Files)

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired left winger Simon Gagne, 32, from the Los Angeles Kings, trading a conditional fourth-round pick to the west coast club.

Should the Flyers qualify for the playoffs this season, the Kings' conditional pick will become a third-round selection in the 2013 draft.

Gagne, who played his first 10 seasons in the league with Philadelphia, has five assists in 11 games with the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings this season.

The two-time all-star returns to Philly having featured in 664 regular season games for the Flyers, registering 259 goals and 528 points.

WISNIEWSKI OUT

Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski has been sidelined with a broken bone in his foot.


Wisniewski, who has three goals and six assists in 15 games this season, was hurt during the Jackets' 1-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday.

Columbus coach Todd Richards didn't indicate exactly how long Wisniewski would be out but said it would be "an extended period of time."

The Blue Jackets are already missing defenceman Jack Johnson, who isn't expected back for another week. Wisniewski and Johnson started the season as Columbus's top defence pair.

BOUWMEESTER INCHES CLOSER

Calgary Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester moved closer to an unflattering NHL mark Tuesday night, passing Guy Charron’s once iconic record for most NHL games played (734) without a playoff appearance.

Charron, who initially set the mark in 1981 without ever appearing in a playoff game, now sits third behind Bouwmeester (735 games) and Flames teammate Olli Jokinen (799 games), who finally ended his record streak with Calgary in 2009.

But that was a year before the Flames acquired Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers.

As the Flames have 31 regular season games remaining in 2013, Bouwmeester will increase his number to 766 by the end of this season.

If the Flames fail to make a late post-season push, Bouwmeester will likely shatter Jokinen’s mark during the 2013-14 season.

BRODEUR PLACED ON IR

The New Jersey Devils announced Tuesday they’ve placed Martin Brodeur on injured reserve after the 40-year-old netminder sat out Sunday’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts left warm-ups on the weekend complaining of tightness in his lower back.

Through 13 games in 2013, Brodeur has eight wins combined with a 2.27 goals-against average.

The Devils also announced they’ve recalled goaltender Keith Kinkaid from the club’s AHL affiliate in Albany.

SHARKS' BURNS ON IR

The San Jose Sharks have put Brent Burns on injured reserve due to what the club is calling a lower-body injury.

After suffering what appeared to be a leg injury during the first period of Saturday’s game against the Dallas Stars, Burns didn’t return to the game.

The 27-year-old also missed the first 10 games of the season with an unspecified lower-body injury.

On Tuesday, the Sharks announced they've recalled defenceman Matt Irwin, 27, from the club’s AHL affiliate in Worcester.

BRIEFLY: Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene, 22, will miss an unspecified amount of time with a groin injury ... New York Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh missed Tuesday night's game against the Jets with an undisclosed injury suffered on the weekend when Montreal Canadiens' winger Max Pacioretty pasted him into the boards.

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