In this edition of Quick Shifts we will take at some NHL players coming and going.
If you are a fan of the Nashville Predators it seems that Pekka Rinne is on the mend.”Rinne has been cleared by doctors to increase his physical activity.”Head coach Barry Trotz wants to get his two-time Vezina Trophy finalist back in net. Rinne has been out of action for a very long time. He developed an infection in his surgically repaired hip. Nashville was hoping to ride Rinne all the way to the NHL playoffs, but that dream fell short. Rinne has only played in nine games this year, and Nashville is on the outside looking in. [Sports Illustrated]
Colorado Avalanche fans say good-bye to Milan Hejduk. The 38-year-old has called it a career after 14 season with the Avalanche. He last graced the ice in 2012-2013 scoring 11 points in 29 games. Hejduk scored 20 or more goals in 11 straight seasons, and had 375 career goals. “A native of Usti, Czech Republic, Hejduk also ranks third all-time in goals and points among Czech-born players.” Hejduk was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 4th round of the 1994 NHL Draft. “In the history of the Nordiques/Avalanche, Hejduk is second in games played, and fourth in goals and points.” [NHL.com]
Henrik Zetterberg has surgery. Zetterberg had suffered a back injury while playing in the Olympics. After only playing in one game it was announced that Zetterberg was out of the Olympics and heading back to the Detroit Red Wings. The back surgery will keep Henrik sidelined for at least eight weeks. If he is able to return it will be sometime in April, just in time for a playoff push. The Red Wings are holding on to the last Wild Card spot. [CBS Sports]
*The NHL is back tonight. Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes