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2011 Offseason News

Huselius to miss 4-6 months

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 7:16 PM / 2011 Offseason News


Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights last weekend in Sweden. The Columbus Dispatch says Huselius will have surgery on Thursday in Columbus and is expected to miss 4 to 6 months.

"It's a tough, tough injury for Kristian," Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson told the paper. "He was still rehabilitating the hip (surgery in April) but was going to ready to go for training camp. This is a pretty significant setback.

"We're looking at November at the earliest, and maybe January. It's a pretty serious injury with a long recovery."

Larsson exits Devils' scrimmage with charley horse

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 2:37 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils received a bit of scare Wednesday morning during the third day of rookie camp when first-round pick Adam Larsson exited the final period of a scrimmage with an apparent charley horse in his left thigh.
Larsson, the No. 4 selection in the 2011 Entry Draft, said he first felt the muscle cramp after getting tangled up with another player in the neutral zone on his first shift of the game. He didn't think it was serious and feels it shouldn't keep him from taking the ice on Thursday here at AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center.

Family ties run deep at Devils camp

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 11:50 AM / 2011 Offseason News

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Peter McMullen had the chance to skate alongside Scott Stevens, his childhood idol. He got to slip on the red and white jersey representing the team he -- and thousands of other kids in Northern Jersey -- grew up cheering for. The 18-year-old has always been a huge Devils fan, and as a kid, would try to get to games whenever he wasn't busy with his own youth hockey.

When McMullen participated in Devils prospect camp this week at the Prudential Center, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But there was one other thing that made the entire experience extra special.

"I'm sure that me being here would make my grandpa proud," McMullen said.

A look at some of the biggest deals in NHL history

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 11:07 AM / 2011 Offseason News

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

There's not a hockey fan alive who doesn't fancy himself a general manager. (Why do you think fantasy hockey has such a big following?) We all think we could make "the" deal, the one that turns our team into a contender or even a Stanley Cup champion.

However, as any real GM can tell you, it's not that easy. Aside from today's salary cap considerations, making an impact trade is a matter of making sure you're not trying to put square pegs in round holes.

Big trades are big gambles -- just ask GMs like Philadelphia's Paul Holmgren or San Jose's Doug Wilson, both of whom made major deals last month after their teams came up short in the playoffs. Both men know that their futures could ride on how well those trades work out.

Avs re-sign Galiardi, add Rissmiller

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 7:29 PM / 2011 Offseason News
The Colorado Avalanche re-signed restricted free-agent forward T.J. Galiardi to a one-year contract Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not revealed but the Denver Post is reporting it to be a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Wrist and forearm Injuries limited the 23-year-old left wing to just 35 games, during which he had 7 goals and 8 assists. His season ended Feb. 9 when he injured his forearm during a game against Minnesota.

"We are glad to have T.J. under contract," said Avalanche General Manager/ Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. "We expect him to report to camp fully healthy and ready to go."

'Yotes add former Thrashers coach Anderson to staff

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 6:16 PM / 2011 Offseason News


The Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday hired former Atlanta Thrashers coach John Anderson as an assistant to coach Dave Tippett.

"We are very pleased to have John join our coaching staff," said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. "John has experience as an NHL head coach in addition to having won several championships as a head coach in the American Hockey League. He sees the game from an offensive perspective and he will be counted on to help improve our offensive performance. Both he and Jim Playfair will be great additions to Dave Tippett's staff."

Tangradi expects to stick with Penguins this time

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 4:52 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

"I try to tell them it doesn’t matter what place they’re drafted from, whether it’s the fifth or sixth round... or the first round, if you’re prepared to come and work, an opportunity will be yours."
-- Eric Tangradi

PITTSBURGH -- Eric Tangradi has played all of 17 NHL games, only one in the playoffs.  This week, though, he's a five-year veteran.

Tangradi is by far the most accomplished of the 28 mostly very inexperienced players who are taking the ice this week during the Pittsburgh Penguins' player development camp, which is being held for the first time at Consol Energy Center.

This is fifth such July camp for the left wing – two with Anaheim, three with Pittsburgh – and Tangradi claims the experience never grows old, even if the players around him keep getting younger and younger.

"I don't remember them being this young," Tangradi said Tuesday, eyeing a room filled not only with fresh faces but multiple players old enough to be college freshmen. "They're all kids."

Burke thinks Smith is perfect fit for Phoenix

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 3:03 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

In Sean Burke's eyes, there was no better goaltender in the NHL over the past two seasons than Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov, after all, was the backbone to a Coyotes team that made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11 after not appearing in the postseason since 2002.

But this offseason, with Bryzgalov set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Coyotes were far apart in contract talks with the Russian goalie, and sent his negotiating rights to Philadelphia. The Flyers subsequently signed Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract and the Coyotes were without a starting goaltender.

"Bryz is not exactly replaceable. We know that," Burke, Phoenix's goaltending coach, told NHL.com. "So for us, this offseason was about trying to search for the type of goaltending that gives the opportunity to win every night."

Burke advances into new role with Coyotes

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 2:58 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

When Sean Burke retired as an NHL goaltender nearly four years ago, he knew he wanted to stay involved in the game -- and figured someday, maybe he could be a general manager.

So in 2008, Burke became the Coyotes' Director of Prospect Development. As a part of Phoenix's management staff, he began to see the ins and outs of what it takes to run a team. Shortly after, General Manager Don Maloney asked the former All-Star to become the team's goaltender coach. Burke accepted the opportunity, and cherished the chance to mentor some of the rising goaltenders in the League.

A couple months ago, Maloney asked Burke if he would like to become the team's Director of Player Development on top of his role as goaltender coach.

Burke happily accepted. It was the perfect situation.

Devils' coach announcement won't come this week

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 1:44 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Don't expect New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello to be naming a new coach anytime this week.
The 25th-year general manager took some time with the media here at the AmeriHealth Pavilion on Tuesday to explain the situation following two productive morning sessions of the Devils rookie camp. Lamoriello is not fazed by the fact the Devils remain the only team in the League without a head coach.
"We will have a coach in the very near future, but not this week," Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello was also asked if any of the coaches running the team's camp, including Larry Robinson, Scott Stevens, Adam Oates, Chris Terreri, Jacques Caron, former Trenton (ECHL) coach Kevin Dean or Albany coach Rick Kowalsky, would be in line for the position. 
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