Cross Checks: Michael Sauer
September, 10, 2012
By Sarah Goldstein | ESPN.com
- Rangers coach John Tortorella said defenseman Michael Sauer has not responded well to treatment for his concussion and he doesn't expect him to be ready for the start the season, according the USA Today.
- Niklas Kronwall said the rest of the Red Wings need to step up their games to fill the void left by Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's departure, according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Blue Jackets draft pick Ryan Murray will play for the WHL's Everett Silvertips if there is a lockout, but his agent is concerned that doing so would stop Murray from being able to play in the NHL this season if there is a lengthy lockout, according to TSN.
- Lightning defenseman Mathieu Garon said the groin injury he suffered last season has completely healed, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
- Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered a "bad" shoulder injury during an informal workout at the Panthers' training complex, a source told the Sun Sentinel.
- The NHLPA sent a cease and desist letter to Habs ownership stating that Quebec's labor laws prevent them from being able to lockout the Canadiens' players, according to The Canadian Press.
- Wild centre Zenon Konopka sat in on Friday's CBA talks and told the Ottawa Sun," A lot was said and a lot needs to be processed and I think it probably takes a day or two to think about it and come up with some new ideas."
- Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison said the number of players expected to be in New York this week -- estimates are between 150 and 200 -- shows just how interested the players are in negotiations, according to The News & Observer. “It’s certainly not a publicity stunt. You’ve got 200 guys going because we’re interested and want to know as much as we can, Harrison said, according to the report.
- After being part of the last lockout, Mike Ribeiro told The Washington Post the owners want the players to fix their mistakes again. "Last time, fans were on the players: ‘Oh, you guys are making so much money.’ Well, they gave it to me. They did the same mistakes [with large contracts] again and they want us to fix it again for them. It’s hard to understand,” Ribeiro said, according to the report.