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.
Jussi Jokinen is likely to play in Game 4 Wednesday night at Ottawa.
Coach Dan Bylsma wouldn't confirm his lineup, but he did speak in hypothetical terms in the morning about what Jokinen could bring to the table if he played. "Jussi is a guy who's been out of our lineup and you're sitting on a guy who can make plays, score big goals, he's a faceoff guy," Bylsma said. "He's also a guy who would see time on our second power-play unit, as well." Jokinen practiced on the second unit on Tuesday.
According to several reports, the Vancouver Canucks have decided to fire head coach Alain Vigneault.
Assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Browne will also been let go. The Canucks were swept in four straight games by the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the playoffs and GM Mike Gillis vowed there would be changes. Vigneault has as the club's bench boss for seven years, while compiling a regular season record of 313-170-57. He won the Jack Adams Award in 2007 and helped guide Vancouver to back-to-back Presidents' trophies in 2010'11 and 2011'12.
Andy Sutton has decided to retire.
Sutton wasn't able to play in 2013 due to a knee injury. He had 38 goals and 150 points in 676 games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, and Edmonton Oilers. "My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up," Sutton said. "Throughout my 15 years in the league, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way. None of what I accomplished on the ice would have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, teammates and fans who made playing hockey even more enjoyable."