Quick Hits: Raffi Torres, Mike McCarthy, Derek MacKenzie, New Jersey Devils, Jamal Mayers
New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings will play game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship Wednesday May 30th. Good luck to both teams. Quick hits from around the league:
- There’s still no ruling for Raffi Torres appeal of his 25-game suspension according to the Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette. Torres is being punished for his hit to the head of Chicago’s Marian Hossa during the opening round of the playoffs. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Torres a week ago to discuss the appeal. “I have not heard anything, nothing at all,” Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. “Actually I talked to Raffi on Thursday and that was the first time I heard anything about the hearing at all. So I don’t know. I have no idea of timing.”
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Blues CEO Mike McCarthy has resigned. Given the timing, McCarthy’s decision is probably related to Tom Stillman’s group taking control of the St. Louis Blues on May 10. “I’ve appreciated my time in St. Louis and the way that the business has surged on and off the ice, and is primed for bigger and better things,” McCarthy said. “I wish the Blues and the fans nothing but the best.”
- Aaron Portzline reports that Derek MacKenzie is reportedly close to re-signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. MacKenzie is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had 14 points and 40 penalty minutes in 66 games in 2011-12.
- The New Jersey Devils might forfeit their 2012 first round pick to complete the punishment the NHL gave them over their initial attempt to sign Ilya Kovalchuk, reports New Jersey Online. The Devils will get either the 29th or 30th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, so this might be an ideal time for them to complete their punishment. That being said, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would only say, “We’ll see.”
- Jamal Mayers has agreed to a one-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks. Mayers will earn a baseline salary of $600,000, but he could get more with bonuses. He had 15 points and 91 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2011-12.
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