"The whole week's been pretty crazy," Redmond said at MTS Centre. "Obviously everybody knows Winipeg's a great place to play; all the support that they have is incredible. Y'know, it's just been more than I could have ever imagined."
Redmond skated for a second straight day Saturday as he recovers from what was a life-threatening laceration to his right thigh, which occured at practice Feb. 21.
Three days after being acquired by the New Jersey Devils in an NHL Trade Deadline-day deal with the Phoenix Coyotes, veteran forward Steve Sullivan will debut Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center.
Sullivan and Elias were linemates for the Devils' minor-league team in Albany 17 years ago.
"I'm excited," Sullivan said Saturday, according to The Record of Hackensack. "Obviously to play with a player with his skill is going to be good. I'm very excited about the opportunity to play with him again."
Defenseman Matt Taormina has been called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
Lupul sustained an upper-body injury when hit during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Coach Randy Carlyle would not call the injury a concussion Friday.
“No that’s a bad word,” Carlyle told the newspaper. “We don’t use that word until we’re 100 percent sure on any of those situations medically. The term concussion, in today’s sporting world, you want to make sure you’re 100 percent sure before you start using that one.”
It will be the fifth straight game Vanek will miss.
Vanek leads the Sabres in goals (16), assists (17), points (33) and power-play goals (seven).
Sportsnet and CBC are reporting Thursday that Mason will sign a one-year contract for less than the $2.9 million salary-cap number he has this season. Mason is in the final season of a two-year, $5.8 million contract and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is on the ice for the team's morning skate in a regular-colored jersey, according to reporters covering the team's practice, and could return to the lineup for the Lightning's game Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Lecavalier has been out since March 12 with a lower-body injury that multiple media outlets have reported to be a broken foot.
Prior to Thursday, Lecavalier had been wearing a red jersey signifying he was not cleared for contact.
The last time I did it was 1994 and surprise, 20 years later it’s still working. I don’t do it very much, though. I don’t think I had it. I’m kind of surprised. It was probably because I went to church before the game.