Mike Halford

Victor Hedman,

Hedman back for Bolts tonight in Nashville


Victor Hedman will return from his one-game absence and suit up for the Lightning tonight when they take on the Preds at Bridgestone.

Hedman has been out of action since last week, when a Jamie Benn hit exited him from an eventual loss to Dallas. Hedman missed half of that game and didn’t dress in a win over Buffalo on the weekend, but appears to be back to regular duties.

He practiced alongside usual d-man partner Anton Stralman this week, and manned his usual spot on the power play.

Getting Hedman back is obviously huge for the Bolts, who’ve lost two of their last three. The team was a little thin on the back end with him out of the lineup, and Nikita Nesterov serving a two-game suspension.

Related: Hedman calls Benn hit that sidelined him ‘clean’

Curtis Glencross calls it a career

Washington Capitals v Ottawa Senators

Curtis Glencross is hanging up his skates.

Glencross, who’s only 32 years old, made the announcement today via TSN’s Darren Dreger. The decision comes after a tough September in which Glencross attended two training camps on professional tryouts — in Toronto and Colorado — but failed to secure a contract.

That set the stage for retirement, a fairly significant decision from two-time 20-goal scorer with over 500 games on his resume.

The bottom fell out quickly for Glencross. Heading into last season, his agent had “numerous” discussions with Flames GM Brad Treliving about an extension, but Glencross was quick to point out he wouldn’t take a hometown discount — something he said he did on his previous deal, a four-year, $10.2 million contract.

What followed was a less-than-stellar campaign.

His role was reduced under Bob Hartley and, at the deadline, Glencross was traded to Washington — a move that failed to pan out. Glencross had a decent showing in the regular season (four goals and seven points in 18 games) but was a non-factor in the playoffs.

There were no takers for his services in free agency, which led to the PTOs.

As it stands, Glencross could be the poster boy for ramifications of the league’s new financial structure.

He, along with the likes of Devin Setoguchi, Andrej Meszaros, Tomas Kopecky, Lubomir Visnovsky, Daniel Paille, Derek Roy and Jan Hejda all went to camps on tryouts but failed to land NHL contracts, as most teams didn’t have either 1) the necessary cap space, or 2) the necessary roster space to bring in a veteran skater.

Several of those players, like Roy and Setoguchi, opted to sign overseas.

Glencross opted to call it a day.

Goalie nods: Flyers go with Mason over red-hot Neuvirth

Steve Mason, Claude Giroux

The Flyers are facing one of the NHL’s best offenses tonight at Wells Fargo, but are not starting the goalie with back-to-back shutouts.

Instead, they’re starting the guy with the 6.09 GAA.

Steve Mason gets the nod over Michal Neuvirth when Philly hosts Dallas, a decision that head coach Dave Hakstol wavered on before confirming on Tuesday afternoon.

Mason hasn’t played since an ugly loss to Florida 10 days ago, attending to a family medical emergency that saw him miss the last two games.

His replacement, Neuvirth, posted back-to-back shutouts over the Panthers and Blackhawks.

Many thought Hackstol would adhere to the “ride the hot hand” philosophy with Neuvirth but, with five days off between the Chicago game and tonight’s tilt versus Dallas, he figured it was time to go back to his No. 1.

For the Stars, Antti Niemi will get the nod.


— The Coyotes will roll with Mike Smith in New Jersey, despite the fact he allowed five goals on 43 shots to Boston over the weekend. For the Devils, Cory Schneider is back in net.

Roberto Luongo starts for the Panthers in Pittsburgh, where he’ll face Marc-Andre Fleury.

Jaroslav Halak for the Isles, Curtis McElhinney (again) for the Jackets. Read more about that here.

Jake Allen returns to the Blues net for the first time since beating Vancouver last Friday. No surprises in goal for Montreal, as Carey Price gets the start.

— No official word yet out of Nashville from either the Preds or Bolts, but it is expected that both No. 1s, Ben Bishop and Pekka Rinne, will start.

The Flames are flipping starters again, and will go with Karri Ramo against Washington. No word yet on who the Caps will go with, but Braden Holtby is likely.

Rangers waive veteran tough guy Glass

Tanner Glass, Tim Gleason

New York has placed Tanner Glass on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Glass, 31, joined the Rangers last season and appeared in 66 regular-season and 19 playoff games, reuniting with his former coach in Vancouver, Alain Vigneault.

A former ninth-round pick out of Dartmouth, Glass played for the Panthers, Canucks, Jets and Penguins prior to joining the Blueshirts on a relatively expensive three-year, $4.35 million deal with a $1.45M average annual cap hit.

In September, with Glass’ prospects for making the roster looking slim, there was talk of him hitting waivers and heading to AHL Hartford, so the cap-strapped Rangers could obtain $950,000 in salary relief.

Glass did make the team out of camp, but has since appeared in just two games.

Former Habs first-rounder Leblanc signs with KHL team

Louis Leblanc

On Tuesday, Slovakian-based KHL club HC Slovan Bratislava announced it signed Louis Leblanc, the 18th overall pick at the 2009 draft.

Leblanc, 24, was selected by Montreal amid great fanfare in ’09 — the draft was at the Bell Centre in Montreal that year, and Leblanc was born and raised in Quebec.

Following a brief stint in the USHL, Leblanc spent one year starring for Harvard before signing with the Habs and forgoing his college eligibility.

That proved to be a defining moment. He only played briefly in the QMJHL, before embarking on a pro career that saw him bounce back and forth between Montreal and the club’s AHL affiliate.

In 2013, Leblanc made headlines when his girlfriend took to social media to complain about him being cut from training camp. Months later, the Habs shipped him to Anaheim but Leblanc never played for the Ducks, spending all of his time with AHL Norfolk.

This summer, the Ducks chose not to qualify Leblanc, who was then signed by the Islanders.

The Isles agreed to release him after he failed to make the team out of training camp.