Friday, August 31, 2012
Morning Links: Players considering options
By Sarah Goldstein
- Sidney Crosby's agent told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Penguins' star will consider playing in Europe if there is a lengthy NHL lockout. "Sidney wants to play hockey. Of course he would consider alternatives," Pat Brisson said, according to the report.
- Brisson also made it clear two of his other star players -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane -- are considering their options, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In an email to the paper, Brisson said his players would play in Europe "under the right circumstances."
- An executive for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn said they are "very interested" in having the Islanders relocate to Brooklyn in 2015 if the team doesn't reach a deal to stay in Nassau, according to Newsday. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that move is "an intriguing possibility. But there's a lot of road between here and there," according to the report.
- Olli Jokinen is hopeful a deal will be worked out between the NHL and NHLPA, but his Plan B would be to play for IFK Helsinki, a team he is part owner of, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
- Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth said he has received a few offers from Europe but hasn't made any decisions, according to The Washington Post.
- Stars center Derek Roy is on target to be ready to play in November as he rehabs from offseason shoulder surgery, according to the Dallas Stars' website.
- Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian will have surgery on a chronic ligament tear in his right wrist and is expected to be out for up to six months, according to the Winnipeg Sun.