NHL News and Rumor Update – June 15, 2009

GONCHAR PLAYED DESPITE PARTIALLY TORN MCL ON OVECHKIN HIT

Modano still coming back to Stars

At right price, Red Wings still want Marian Hossa

GONCHAR PLAYED DESPITE PARTIALLY TORN MCL ON OVECHKIN HIT

TSN.ca Reports that

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar played the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a partially torn right medial collateral ligament, a major injury that can sideline an athlete for months.

Gonchar, playing through the injury because he wanted to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in an NHL career that began during the 1994-95 season, was injured during a knee-to-knee hit by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Gonchar missed two games, returned for Game 7 of that series and played in the conference final against Carolina and the Stanley Cup final against Detroit without missing another game for the Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

“Lots of guys were playing with bruises,” Gonchar said Sunday of refusing to be sidelined.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=281922

Modano still coming back to Stars

Mike Modano was caught off guard when the Dallas Stars fired coach Dave Tippett this week.

Yet, the surprising move by former teammate and new Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t changing Modano’s mind. Modano, the face of the franchise and the highest-scoring American-born player, is returning for his 20th NHL season.

“I made a commitment to Tom (Hicks, the team’s owner) and those guys,” Modano said Saturday before playing in a celebrity baseball game that benefits his charitable foundation. “Hopefully, we’ll have a fun and exciting year.”

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/06/13/modano_stars/

At right price, Red Wings still want Marian Hossa

BY HELENE ST. JAMES • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

There will be talks soon between the sides, that much is certain. But in the aftermath of the ultimately disappointing finish to the 2009 playoffs, the Red Wings and Marian Hossa have to look at what’s best for them.

“I’ll talk to his agent,” general manager Ken Holland said Saturday. “We’d promised to talk to them and we’ll sit down and see if there’s something that makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense for him, doesn’t make sense for us, then maybe it doesn’t work out.”

Basically, it will be Hossa’s choice. He has said he doesn’t want to keep moving around the NHL , that he wants to settle down with a long-term contract. That works to the Wings’ advantage, because they can figure out a way to offer him as much as 10 years provided the salary cap hit is right around $4 million a season, similar to Johan Franzen’s deal. Hossa, 30, made $7.45 million this past season, and if he wants similar money, he won’t be staying in Detroit.

http://www.freep.com/article/20090614/SPORTS05/906140554/0/SPORTS05