Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan will have surgery to repair a sports hernia Thursday in Montreal, the team announced. The procedure will sideline Ryan for the rest of the 2013-14 season.
"Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement. "Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option."
Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15.
Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake has been named general manager for Canada in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, which will be held May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg's beard is ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs but his surgically repaired back is not.
Thus, his focus is fairly simple right now. The injured Detroit Red Wings captain is biding his time doing rehab and strengthening exercises to get ready for his possible return at some point during the postseason.
"That's the goal," Zetterberg said Wednesday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena while meeting with reporters for the first time since having surgery to repair a herniated disk. "I want to play hockey again this year and obviously that would be sometime in the playoffs. So, I might as well get a head start [on the playoff beard]."
The Carolina Hurricanes signed 2012 second-round pick Phil Di Giuseppe to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Di Giuseppe, a 20-year-old forward who was the 38th pick in 2012, will forego his senior season at the University of Michigan. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 40 games for the Wolverines in 2013-14, who did not make the NCAA tournament after being upset by Penn State University in the opening round of the inaugural Big Ten tournament.
Miller has bounced back and forth between Hartford and New York all season. This is the sixth time he's joined the Rangers. He has three goals and six points in 28 games for New York and 37 points (12 goals) in 35 games at the AHL level.
At 5:03 of the second, Backstrom absorbed a heavy check from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty near the Washington bench with his left shoulder and took the brunt of the collision. Backstrom's shift ended four seconds later and he did not return.
Kreider left the game Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the third period. The Rangers confirmed that Kreider will not play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, but they did not disclose any other information.