Free agent forward Jamal Mayers wants to play at least one more season in the NHL.
That’s the message his agent Pat Brisson sent to the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday.
“[Mayers] would like to return,” Brisson wrote in an e-mail. “We are optimistic we will have a team come September.”
It also seems pretty certain that team won’t be the Chicago Blackhawks. The 38-year-old played in 19 regular season games but didn’t make a playoff appearance in 2013. Even so, Mayers thinks he can still play, as he said following the Blackhawks’ championship run.
“I feel like I can still skate, and in today’s game you have to be able to skate to keep up with those young kids,” Mayers said.
If there are no takers, he’s still made the most of his career, which spanned 915 regular season and 63 playoff games.
“If I do walk away, I can do it as a champion,” Mayers said.
It’s become the norm for Marian Hossa to miss out on team practices and morning skates since getting hurt, and today was no different.
Coach Joel Quenneville quickly put to rest any thoughts about Hossa’s health after meeting the press today.
“He’s fine. He’s going to play, and we’ll say he should be better,” he said.
Hossa went through the same thing ahead of Game 4 on Wednesday as well as missing yesterday’s practice, but after surprisingly missing out on Game 3 you can’t blame folks for being a bit nervous about his status.
You can expect Hossa to be back on the same line he was on in Game 4 alongside Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp. Those two skated with Jamal Mayers in Hossa’s place this morning.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Recently inked goaltender Joacim Eriksson is expected to compete with Eddie Lack for the backup gig in Vancouver. That’s assuming of course that the Canucks can trade Roberto Luongo this summer. (Vancouver Province)
The top 30 quotes of the year from Kings coach Darryl Sutter. (LA Kings Insider)
Did the Philadelphia Flyers make the right move by acquiring the rights to 35-year-old defenseman Mark Streit? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
The Detroit Red Wings have been fishing for a top-tier defenseman ever since Nicklas Lidstrom retired. So could they pursue Kris Letang? Helene St. James offers the argument against Detroit acquiring the Norris Trophy finalist. (Detroit Free Press)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers hasn’t played yet in the 2013 postseason, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t contributed. (CSN Chicago)
Meanwhile, Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has also been serving as a healthy scratch during the Stanley Cup Final. However, at the age of 20, this run is more of a learning experience for him. (Toronto Star)
The Bakersfield Condors finished last in the ECHL in 2012-13, but they’re vowing to make the playoffs next season. That’s hardly an usual statement, but they’re backing it up with a free ticket promotion should they fail to meet their goal. (Bakersfieldcondors.com)
Highlights from Chicago’s 6-5 overtime win against Boston:
In case you didn’t believe Joel Quenneville’s earlier claims, it’s official: Marian Hossa will play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
This brings up the age-old dilemma: just because you can play, doesn’t mean you should play.
Pierre McGuire didn’t give a sterling report on the 34-year-old after warming up, saying he “shot the puck fine, passed the puck fine … but doesn’t look very quick.” He mentioned that Hossa seemed to have troubling pushing off, in particular.
(Quenneville labeled Hossa’s issue an upper-body injury after Game 3, for whatever that’s worth.)
He’s replacing marginal winger Jamal Mayers tonight, so perhaps a hobbled Hossa is still an upgrade.
Marian Hossa didn’t skate with his teammates this morning, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expects the talented winger to play tonight in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
“He’s fine,” said Quenneville.
Of course, Hossa wasn’t “fine” enough to play Game 3. And if Quenneville didn’t want to tip his hand prior to that game, well, let’s just wait until tonight to see the actual lineup.
Hossa is tied with Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane for the team lead in postseason points, with 15.
The 34-year-old winger also has three power-play goals, something the ‘Hawks haven’t managed to score in their last six games.
If Hossa does play, he’ll likely skate on a line with Sharp and Michal Handzus. This morning, bottom-six winger Jamal Mayers was filling in on that line.