Sergei Bobrovsky's contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets have gone quiet.
"We've talked. We've exchanged ideas," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "But we haven't made any progress, really. It's been pretty quiet for a while now." Bobrovsky can become a restricted free agent this summer if the Blue Jackets don't re-sign him. That would allow the goaltender to ink an offer sheet, but Kekalainen said that the team is prepared to match an offer sheet if it comes to that.
Patrick Sharp practiced on the Blackhawks' top line on Wednesday.
Sharp skated alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. "That's up to Joel. He has a good feel for the team, mixing and matching players," Sharp said. "You've seen that in the past. I'll play wherever he puts me and I trust he knows the right combination." Toews has struggled offensively in the 2013 playoffs, so maybe this change will help spark him.
Alex Ovechkin credits coach Adam Oates with his successful turnaround during the 2013 campaign.
"Right now I can tell to work with him, it was probably one of the biggest reason to my success this year," Ovechkin said. He was still productive in his previous two seasons, but his star among the NHL's elite players had been waning a bit. After a sluggish start to the lockout-shortened season, he emerged as a top-tier player again while recording 32 goals and 56 points in 48 games.
Jhonas Enroth wants to be a starting goaltender and he may get that chance with the Buffalo Sabres if Ryan Miller is moved in the off-season.
"I've been growing a lot," said Enroth after backstopping Sweden to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships. "I want to play more. My goal is to be a starter one year in the NHL, and right now Ryan is the starter here. It's kind of hard to take the job from him here, but we'll see what happens." During the tournament, he posted a 5-2-1 record with a 1.15 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage. Enroth will need to be much more consistent than he's been in the past if he wants to be an NHL starter, but is making positive steps forward.
Zach Bogosian missed the last three games of the regular season with a concussion.
Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said the 22-year-old defenseman is doing fine as he recovers. Bogosian sustained "an upper-body injury" when he took to a hit the head from New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo on April 20. He will hope to continue to improve during the off-season. Bogosian also needs to work out a new contract with the Jets during the summer as well.
Tobias Enstrom had a back injury at the end of the regular season.
The ailment forced him to sit out the final seven games of the year, but it won't require off-season surgery. Enstrom will just need to get more rest and treatment during the summer.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis has fired Alain Vigneault "after a thorough review."
Gillis cited the Canucks' lack of playoff success as the primary reason they decided to make a change. Vancouver has been great in the regular season, but endured fast exits from the 2012 and 2013 playoffs. He didn't want to give any hints as to who the next head coach might be, but he did say that the problems went beyond their now former coach. "Everyone will be addressed," Gillis said. This might be an eventful summer for Vancouver.