New York Rangers backup netminder Martin Biron wasn’t in attendance for the start of training camp due to a personal issue, opening the door for veteran goalie Johan Hedberg to sign a PTO with the club.
The nature of Biron’s situation wasn’t made public but, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang, the 36-year-old is likely to return to the club soon, possibly as soon as Thursday.
Hedberg, 40, makes sense for the Rangers on a number of fronts.
One, he was in the area — he’d been hanging around New Jersey after the club bought out his contract in early July following the acquisition of Cory Schneider.
Two, he’s a capable backup.
Though last year’s lockout-shortened season was a disappointment, Hedberg did go 17-7-2 in 2011-12 for the Devils, filling in admirably with starter Martin Brodeur injured.
That’s said, it’s unclear if Hedberg will remain in camp when Biron returns.
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”