Cory Sarich was hospitalized with multiple broken vertebrae after he was hit by a motor vehicle while cycling.
The good news is that Sarich's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and his condition is stable. He has reached out on Twitter to thank people for their well wishes. It's not clear how long he will need to recover from his injuries or if he will be able to return to the NHL.
Steve Stamkos is optimistic about the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning contending going into the 2014-15 campaign.
"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said. "We have a great owner, we've got a great GM in Steve Yzerman, and we've got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa." The Lightning were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, but the loss of starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a factor in that. If the Lightning are able to stay relatively healthy this season, then they will be a tough team to play against.
Patrice Brisebois said he left his post as the Montreal Canadiens' player development coach so that he could spend more time with his family.
"For sure, it was a big decision (to leave) and I'm fine with it, very comfortable with it," Brisebois said. "I think I made the right choice. It was a family decision." Brisebois joined the Canadiens' coaching staff in 2012 after ending his NHL career in 2009. He had 98 goals and 420 points in 1,009 NHL games before hanging up his skates.
Rasmus Rissanen inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rissanen's new contract comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 10 points and 91 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2013-14.
The Detroit Red Wings don't have an analytics person yet, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thinks that will change soon.
"The bottom line is the NFL and Major League Baseball, they have been way ahead of us in this area," Babcock said. The NHL establishment seems to be getting increasingly warm to the idea of using fancy stats as another tool to help evaluate players. It's not a replacement of scouting and traditional player evaluation, but it can be used to complement those methods.
Jacques Martin has been promoted to the role of senior advisor of hockey operations.
Martin's duties will include scouting and assessing how the team stacks up to its competition. He served as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
Cory Sarich has been hospitalized after being involved in a cycling accident.
It's not yet known how significantly Sarich has been hurt or even where he was hurt. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring a goal and 10 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Colorado's Joe Sakic fought against the idea that Ryan O'Reilly's new two-year, $12 million contract is the first step towards a sign-and-trade.
"We want him long term, and we'll keep working on that," Sakic said. While we don't expect O'Reilly to be dealt this summer, it wouldn't surprise us if this is his last deal with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it clear that they will be disciplined with their budget and we think it's likely that O'Reilly will insist on more than the Avalanche are willing to spend once he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.