Devils' Kovalchuk has no plans to sign with Russian team

Nyet, as in no and not yet.

That’s Ilya Kovalchuk’s stance on the push to entice him to play for St. Petersburg in the Russian KHL next season.

Combine provides teams in-depth looks at prospects

The 2010 Entry Draft is shaping up to be one of the deepest selection pools of recent memory. With so little separating the number of talented youngsters that will be available when the teams convene in Los Angeles for the June 25-26 selection process, the NHL Scouting Combine taken on a greater level of import.

Jiri Hudler returning to Red Wings for at least two seasons

Detroit — It is official.

Jiri Hudler
is signed, sealed and delivered and will return to the Red Wings for at least the next two seasons.

General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday afternoon that Hudler will earn $2.75 million next season and $3 million in 2011-2012, making his salary cap hit at $2.875 million.

Can Montreal Make Another Comeback?

For the sixth time in these playoffs, the Habs are in a must win situation. If they lose, they go home. If they win, they play at least one more game. The Habs are 5-0 in elimination games in the playoffs. But, the Flyers are 2-0 when having the chance of eliminating their opponent. They were down 3-1 to the Washington Capitals in the Quarter-Final. They managed to win three games in a row to pull off an upset against the President’s Trophy winners.

Patrick Marleau sounds like he wants to stay

The Sharks and Patrick Marleau are going to have to decide over the next two months if they have a future together.

But Sunday, the player who scored five of San Jose’s seven goals in the Western Conference finals, sort of sounded like someone who wanted to stay where he is after his contract expires June 30.