PJ Axelsson

PJ Axelsson’s agent speaking with two NHL teams


We’ll be perfectly honest – we had no idea PJ Axelsson was still playing hockey. But apparently the 37-year-old former Boston Bruin forward has spent the last three seasons in the Swedish Elite League.

Now he wants to finish his career in the NHL.

We actually already mentioned this in the Morning Skate, but CSSNE.com’s Joe Haggerty confirmed it via Axelsson’s agent, Neil Abbott.

“PJ would like to finish his career in the NHL and I am trying to achieve that for him,” wrote Abbott in an email. “I should have a better idea of what is possible by the end of July.”

Abbott says he’s speaking to two teams about his client, though he wouldn’t say if the Bruins were one of them.

Axelsson had just 14 points in 52 games last season with Vastra Frolunda HC, so it may be an uphill battle to convince an NHL team he can still play in the world’s top league.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.