Mike Smith G PHO 5 Hrs
Mike Smith will return to Tampa Bay for the first time since leaving as an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011 season.
Smith was sent to the minors during his last season with the Lightning but there is no ill will towards his former team. "Obviously, getting sent to the minors after playing a few years in the NHL was a tough pill to swallow," Smith said. "It's how you approach those situations that make or break you as an athlete. It would have been easy to go down to the minors and pout. ... I think I went down and just worked really hard and shut my mouth and got a second chance, and a lot's happened since then so it feels pretty good to be where I am right now." Smith is 22-18-4 this season with a 2.72 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Andy Miele C PHO 5 Hrs
The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled Andy Miele from the minors.
The former Hobey Baker winner was sent to the minors on November 7 and had 23 goals and 58 points in 56 games with Portland of the AHL. He has played four NHL games this season and had a pair of assists. He could be in the lineup Monday as the Coyotes travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning.
Anton Stralman D NYR 5 Hrs
Marc Levine, the agent for defenseman Anton Stralman, denied that he has turned down a three-year contract offer from the New York Rangers.
The rumor was that the offer was for around $9 million over the three seasons. While Levine did not go into details, it looks like both sides are working towards a contract extension.
Marc Staal D NYR 5 Hrs
Marc Staal does not want the contract distractions he saw happen with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan to happen to him next season.
Staal has one more season left on his contract but found it distracting to play with all the rumors swirling around Girardi and Callahan. "I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you're on the last year of your contract, and it's not something I really want to go through," Staal said. "For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That's the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done." Stay tuned.
Robyn Regehr D LA 5 Hrs
Robyn Regehr has two goals, four points and a plus-nine rating in his last seven games.
Well we can honestly say that we did not see this coming from the defensive defenseman. If you picked him up at the start of the streak then kudos to you but we cannot see this continuing as he has three goals and 12 points in 65 games with a plus-nine rating.