Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports that Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla will have a disciplinary hearing Sunday for boarding Nashville Predators winger Matt Halischuk during the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal Friday night.
The hearing will conducted by telephone on Sunday afternoon.
Klesla shoved Halischuk from behind into the boards directly in front of the Coyotes bench at 6:39 of the first period. Replays showed Klesla appeared to grab Halischuk’s jersey before pushing him into the boards.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports a group led by former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison is potentially close to buying the Phoenix Coyotes with the intent of keeping it in the desert.
“Things are moving pretty quickly and a lot of work is being done,” Coyotes President and COO Mike Nealy told ESPN.com. “I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw something next week. I wouldn’t be panicked if it didn’t happen, but I’m looking for the near term.”
There are still many things to work out with the NHL (current owner) and the City of Glendale, but the process appears to be moving in a positive direction. In a recent email, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted the league remains optimistic.
Update: Roman Cervenka‘s newly signed one-year deal with the Calgary Flames is full of performance bonuses.
“Roman is a highly skilled player with great hands, excellent vision and the ability to score goals at an elite level of play,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Our scouts in Europe identified him as someone who could slot into our top six forward group and play in the NHL as a top two line center.”
Quick hits from around the NHL:
- Dmitry Chesnokov reports Columbus Blue Jackets forward Maksim Mayorov has officially signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.
- Hopefully my agent and Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will talk and get something done,” Chris Kelly told CSNNE.com. “I’ve made it clear I like it here and I’m not just telling you that. I really do like it here … I will always weigh every option and possibility. That’s my job as a player and as a guy with a young family. That’s my responsibility. But if we can get something done here then I’d like to stay here.”
- Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times suggests Mark Bernard (General Manager of minor-league affiliations), Mark Kelley (director of amateur scouting), and Norm Maciver (director of player personnel) are the leading candidates to replace Marc Bergevin who recently departed to take the vacant Montreal Canadiens General Manager position.
- The Calgary Herald reports that Karri Ramo is expected to spent the 2012-13 campaign in the KHL. The Calgary Flames acquired Ramo’s NHL rights in January, but Ramo still has a season left in his contract with Omsk Avangard.
TSN.ca reports that new Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin will begin searching for another head coach after announcing that interim coach Randy Cunneyworth will resume his duties as an assistant with the organization for now.
As reported by Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean told Hockey Night in Canada radio Tuesday that Daniel Alfredsson will be back as a player, assistant coach or working in the front office.
“One thing that we do know for sure is that Daniel is going to be here,” said MacLean. “Whether he’s playing or he’s on the bench with me or he’s in the office with Bryan Murray. Daniel’s going to be here and he’s going to be a big part of helping us build this program.”
Patrick Roy will not be the next General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens.
According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, Pierre Gauthier‘s old job will reportedly go to Marc Bergevin, recent assistant General Manager with the Chicago Blackhawks. The former Blackhawks defenseman joined the club’s front office seven years ago.
Confirming Bergevin as the selected candidate, both Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger of TSN report Pierre McGuire was the runner-up for the gig. It went “right down to the wire” between the analyst/broadcaster and Bergevin, according to Dreger.
TSN.ca is reporting that former Colorado Avalanche General Manager Francois Giguere told La Presse on Tuesday that he’s out of the running for the Montreal Canadiens General Manager job.
“The Canadiens said I’m no longer in the race,” Giguere told the Montreal newspaper by phone. “They told me very recently, but I don’t want to say any more to do any harm to the team’s process.”
Giguere told La Presse that he had two conversations with the Canadiens, who have been in search of a replacement for Pierre Gauthier since Mar. 29.
The club suspended them for violating a team curfew Saturday night on the eve of Game 2.
General Manager David Poile announced the scratches in a release.
“I’ve been a manager for 30 years, I care about each individual player, but I’ve never put an individual player above the team. In this case, the players violated a team rule,” Poile told ESPN.com. “It’s disappointing any time a player has to miss a game because of violating a team rule, and it’s even more significant at playoff time, but the decision between the coach and myself was very easy.
“We have to do the right thing. Their actions spoke volumes in terms of their lack of commitment and focus to give our club a chance to win.”