Hedman a game time decision vs. Avs


The Tampa Bay Lightning could have defenseman Victor Hedman in the lineup tonight when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.

Hedman has missed the past two games with a lower body injury.

The 24-year-old has five goals and 20 points in 26 games this season while averaging 21:46 in ice time.

Hedman missed a month and a half of action earlier this season due to a fractured finger.

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Avs and Lightning this season.

Wolves not happy with Berra’s celebration


Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Reto Berra made a little history Friday night becoming the 11th goaltender in American Hockey League history to score a goal.

However, the Chicago Wolves, who dropped the game 5-1, weren’t happy with how the goaltender celebrated.

Forward Colin Fraser stepped in to let Berra know as you can see from the video.

“It’s not everyday a goalie scores and congrats to him. Celebrate it by all means. I just didn’t like the fly-by by our bench and rubbing it in,” Fraser told PHT. “It was a tough end to a tough game for us.

“We haven’t been playing well and I was frustrated.”

Chicago coach John Anderson wasn’t happy with the celebration either.

“I think it’s a wonderful play by him. I just didn’t think that the way he celebrated was necessary,” Anderson told Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think their guys would’ve come down (to him). They were happy for him. (Heck) of a play. Good for him.

“To do that and jump up and down… again it’s a wonderful thing, but come on. You’re in the other team’s building. You can’t show them up like that.”

Video: Goalie Reto Berra scores for AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters


Reto Berra struggled keeping pucks out of the net at the NHL level for the Colorado Avalanche this season.

On Friday, however, he scored an empty net for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters. And then, well, he decided to celebrate. And it was awesome.

Earlier this month, Berra was ripped in the media by Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, before eventually getting sent down to the minors.

From the Lake Erie Monsters:

Reto Berra became the 11th goalie in American Hockey League history to score a goal when he converted a full-ice shot into an empty net at 18:34 of the third period, putting an exclamation point on a 5-1 win for the Lake Erie Monsters (16-15-2-3) Friday night over the Chicago Wolves (19-15-4-0) at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Avs rookie Rendulic out at least eight weeks with broken leg

On Friday, Colorado announced that rookie forward Borna Rendulic broke his leg in last night’s win over Florida, and would miss at least the next eight weeks as a result.

Rendulic, the first Croatian-born player in NHL history, has one goal and two points through 11 games this year. The 22-year-old began his season in AHL Lake Erie — where he had eight points in 26 games — and earned his call-up to the Avs in early December.

Rendulic impressed Roy in his limited time with the Avs.

“I was very happy with Rendulic,” Roy told the Denver Post in early January after promoting the rookie to Colorado’s second line. “I liked his speed and size.”

Discuss: Which teams should be pursuing Keith Yandle?


We only ask this question because the consensus is that he’ll be traded by the Arizona Coyotes prior to the March 2 deadline.

The skinny:

Yandle is a 27-year-old defenseman who’s signed through next season for a cap hit of $5.25 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. So far this season, he has four goals and 23 assists in 43 games while logging an average of 24:10 in ice time. League-wide, only Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk has more power-play points (24) than Yandle (17).

For any potential acquiring team, know this:

— Yandle won’t come cheap. The Coyotes should, at the very least, be demanding a top prospect or promising, young roster player in return.

— Yandle can’t sign a contract extension until July 1. That brings some uncertainty into the equation with regards to his future past 2015-16.

— About that contract extension. The market demands that he’s going to get paid. Probably in the neighborhood of $7 million a season.

Now, a few potential destinations to get the ball rolling:

— Colorado. The Avs need defensemen and they’ve got a potential trade chip in Ryan O’Reilly. The caveat there is that O’Reilly, like Yandle, can’t sign an extension until July 1. Would the Coyotes roll the dice and gamble they could get him locked up?

— Detroit. Yandle doesn’t shoot right, which would be ideal. But he does put up points, and that’s something Red Wings d-men, other than Niklas Kronwall (5G, 18A), aren’t doing much of. Also, could adding a proven puck-mover that’s still in his prime help convince Mike Babcock to stay?

— Minnesota. The Wild could probably use another big-minute d-man, if only to lessen Ryan Suter’s workload. Plus, their power play isn’t very good, and Yandle could help there.

— Boston. Not sure how the Bruins would fit Yandle under the cap (isn’t the cap why they had to trade Johnny Boychuk?), but the idea is out there.

OK, take it away, commenters. Which teams should be aggressively pursuing Yandle? Where do you think he’ll end up?