The Anaheim Ducks won’t benefit from having Sheldon Souray in the lineup at all this season. As first reported by ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, the 37-year-old defenseman is expected to undergo season-ending wrist surgery Friday. Souray has been on the shelf since injuring his wrist while working out in the summer.
In any case, LeBrun reveals the Ducks are hoping to trade for a right-handed defenseman before the March 5 deadline (Souray’s a lefty). In regards to other trade rumblings, LeBrun has the latest on the market for Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller, the potential availability of Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly, and how one Atlantic Division club may have an interest in dealing for goalie Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals.
Via ESPN Insider, Craig Custance tackles the weekly mailbag, touching on such subjects as the potential captain for Team USA, what GM Jim Nill should, and should not, do to upgrade the Dallas Stars' defense, Ted Nolan’s future in Buffalo, and the upside to including cucumber in one’s lunchtime sandwich.
In other NHL news, Ales Hemsky might have a broken ankle. If so, the Edmonton Oilers winger would likely miss out on representing the Czech Republic at the Olympics. Which, one could argue, would be more devastating than missing a stretch of playing time for the last-place team in the Western Conference.
The Avalanche may have top-six forwards Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau back within a week. While Stastny has only missed a couple of games with a minor leg injury, Parenteau is far ahead of schedule in his recovery from a sprained MCL. Hurt Dec. 29, the 30-year-old was initially expected to miss six weeks.
So now Joel Quenneville is giving 22-year-old Andrew Shaw a go at filling in on his second line. The head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks has been rotating through centers, trying to find the best fit for wingers Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.
The head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes is slotting Jiri Tlusty back on the top forward line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, resulting in Jeff Skinner dropping to play left wing on the third line. Tlusty’s fantasy owners should be pleased with this latest development.
There’s the sense the New York Islanders may not be that “gung-ho” to re-sign Andrew MacDonald. At least, not for the number/term the 27-year-old defenseman could command as a free agent this summer. If so, the Isles might consider trading MacDonald before the March 5 deadline. Especially with Lubomir Visnovsky due to return after the Olympic break.
Goalie Martin Brodeur has zero – nada – interest in coaching after his playing career is over. “Nooooo!”, was the future Hall-of-Famer’s precise response when broached with the possibility. The admission emerged after the 41-year-old New Jersey Devils netminder had a pleasant-enough chat with semi-friend Patrick Roy.
Line-juggling enthusiast Ken Hitchcock has recently linked forward Dmitrij Jaskin with center Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko. Expiration date on this latest St. Louis Blues combo: utterly unknown.
Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press makes a case for Mark Scheifele to be considered a Calder Trophy candidate. The 20-year-old Winnipeg Jets forward has 21 points in his past 25 games. Heads up for fantasy owners: Scheifele is owned in only seven percent of ESPN.com leagues.
And Ben Scrivens' career with the Oilers is off to a dramatic start. Within 24 hours of being dealt from the Los Angeles Kings, the goalie ripped a member of Sun Media for targeting his wife and her alleged aversion to Alberta’s climate. The article’s author insists the piece was only in fun.