NHL notes: Brodeur hopeful for turnaround

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur makes a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens in the...

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur makes a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens in the second period of their NHL hockey game in Newark, New Jersey, April 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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Future Hall-of-Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur is not worried about next season.

Why? Because he has faith New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello can right the ship following a tough second half to the abbreviated season that caused the team to miss the playoffs after reaching the Stanley Cup final last season.

Brodeur has talked about getting into the management side of hockey in the future, but it won't happen anytime soon as he is committed to fulfilling his contract and play one more season.

"That's the beauty of having his job," Brodeur told the Bergen Record. "He's the one that makes all the decisions and gets that puzzle together. So, it's kind of interesting. I'll be watching it, trust me, closely. But I don't think I'm going to have any say in it."

Brodeur, who missed four weeks this season with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck, will watch from the bench Saturday as the Devils conclude their season in New York against the Rangers.

AVS SHUT DOWN WILSON

Defenceman Ryan Wilson will finish the regular season in the Colorado Avalanche press box.

Head coach Joe Sacco said Wilson has been shut down after dealing with a nagging high-ankle sprain that only allowed him to play 12 games this season.

"He's a big part of the team on the back end and we've missed him," Sacco told the Denver Post. "He can play against top lines against the other team and he plays hard minutes -- a good versatile player who kills penalties and a guy the other team has to know when he's on the ice. That was a big loss, sitting him out most of the year."

Wilson, who signed a three-year, $6.75 million extension last summer, was injured Feb. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers.

He missed 15 games before returning March 10, playing three games before aborting his first comeback. He missed another four games before playing March 24 and tweaking the injury against the Vancouver Canucks.

BLUE JACKETS RE-SIGN ATKINSON

The Blue Jackets locked in a piece of their roster puzzle Friday, signing forward Cam Atkinson to a two-year contract extension.

The deal will pay the right winger $2.3 million over the next two seasons.

"Cam is a highly skilled and exciting player who continues to evolve in all aspects of his game," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement.

Atkinson, 23, has eight goals and 16 points in 34 games this season. He has been dealing with a high ankle sprain for most of the year.

SABRES RAISING PRICES

Buffalo Sabres season-ticket holders received a surprise in the mail Friday.

The team announced an across-the-board increase of 4% on season tickets, the same day the team wrapped up their season against the New York Islanders on Fan Appreciation Night.

"As part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players, all teams must produce revenue primarily through ticket sales, in order to keep the stability of the league and its franchises strong," John Sinclair, vice president of tickets and service, wrote in the letter, obtained by the Buffalo News.

The Sabres will miss the playoffs for the second-straight time and the fourth time in the last six seasons.

"I can assure you that we are not happy with this season's results," Sinclair wrote. "We are going to use the offseason to evaluate what actions need to be taken for us to improve and advance toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."


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