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Agent: No extension talks between Sabres and Neuvirth


There have been no discussions for a new contract between Buffalo and pending UFA goalie Michal Neuvirth, player agent Patrick Stefan told PHT on Friday.

Neuvirth, 26, assumed the Sabres’ No. 1 gig following Jhonas Enroth’s trade to Dallas and has been the goalie of record ever since. Over that stretch, the Czech netminder — who’s in the last of a two-year, $5 million deal — has played very well, allowing just five goals on 103 shots (.951 save percentage) while earning high praise from onlookers:

Neuvirth’s numbers on the year remain unimpressive — 4-15-2, .310 GAA, .913 save percentage — though his playing opportunities were limited earlier in the year with Enroth in the fold.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see if Sabres GM Tim Murray opts to begin negotiations, as the current state of Buffalo’s goaltending behind Neuvirth and Anders Lindback (another pending UFA) is murky. Matt Hackett, 24, and Nathan Lieuwen, 23, could still turn into NHL-caliber netminders, but they’re not there yet; the club’s three most recent draftees (Linus Ullmark, Cal Petersen, Jonas Johansson) don’t project to be ready anytime soon.

As for heading to free agency… Neuvirth would be one of the youngest and most intriguing UFAs on the market, and could probably garner more interest than, say, Antti Niemi or Viktor Fasth. Problem is, this projects to be a buyer’s market for goalies and there aren’t many starting opportunities available.

Goalie flip: Oilers take Scrivens off IR, put Fasth on

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Edmonton lost one goalie to injury today, but got another one back.

The club announced that Viktor Fasth, the goalie of record in six of the last eight games, was headed to IR after suffering a lower-body injury during Monday’s shootout loss to Winnipeg:

Thankfully, there’s a replacement at the ready as Ben Scrivens has been activated off IR and is set to play in his first game since Feb. 9.

Scrivens, who’s been sidelined with a hamstring injury, will likely draw in this evening when the Oilers host the Bruins at Rexall. The 28-year-old has experienced a difficult campaign — 10-17-7, 2.99 GAA, .895 save percentage — but was effective in his last outing, allowing just one goal in a win over the Devils.

Richard Bachman, who’s up from AHL Oklahoma City, will likely serve as Scrivens’ backup tonight.

Costly win: Jets’ Perreault, Stafford banged up last night


It’s been a breakthrough season for Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault … at least when his body isn’t breaking down.

The Jets managed a 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, but it came at a cost, as Perreault and newly acquired forward Drew Stafford suffered injuries. Perreault’s seems to be lower-body related while Stafford deals with an upper-body ailment, the Winnipeg Sun reports.

“There’s not much you can do. We’ve dealt with it throughout the whole year and we’ve got enough guys that can jump up in the lineup and fill roles,” Andrew Ladd said. “Hopefully, those guys aren’t out too long.”

Perreault, 27, reportedly left in a walking boot:

Updates regarding either forwards condition aren’t expected until Wednesday.

Viktor Fasth was hurt on the Oilers side in that game, so there was generally a significant physical toll to yesterday’s game.