NHL notes: Glen Sather to have cancer surgery
New York Rangers President Glen Sather is joined at the podium by Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider as they joke about the 2012 Winter Classic hockey game to be played between the Rangers and the Flyers on January 2 at Citizens Bank Ballpark during a news conference at the ballpark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)
New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather will reportedly undergo surgery for prostate cancer Thursday in New York.
Sather will be hospitalized for a few days before returning to the team, sources told Newsday.
"Almost all of Glen's business is done on the phone anyway," one source told the paper. "He just doesn't want anybody to make a fuss over him."
The team said assistant GM Jeff Gorton attended the NHL GMs meeting in Toronto on Wednesday.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, Sather, 69, became the 10th GM in Rangers history on June 1, 2000.
VANEK MISSES SABRES PRACTICE
Buffalo Sabres' leading scorer Thomas Vanek will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Vanek missed practice Wednesday after getting hit by a slapshot from teammate Christian Erhoff in the Sabres' 3-2 overtime win over the Canadiens in Montreal.
"He's a little bit better, but he's still going to be day-to-day in what he can tolerate," Sabres head coach Ron Rolston told the Buffalo News. "He's certainly a possibility, but we'll have to see how he is in the morning, how he's moving more than anything."
Meanwhile, defenceman Andrej Sekera, out with an upper-body injury, ruled himself out for the game against the Leafs.
PANTHERS' SELLECK GETS TWO GAMES
It's just as well Florida Panthers winger Eric Selleck will miss two additional games.
The NHL added insult to injury on Wednesday when it handed Selleck an additional game suspension after the 25-year-old fought Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth with under three minutes remaining in the third period in Raleigh Tuesday night.
Selleck already received an automatic a one-game suspension for instigating a fight within the final five minutes before Westgarth dropped him with a thundering right hook.
A day after Selleck left the arena visibly woozy, the NHL's department of player safety handed the 25-year-old an additional game for leaving the bench during a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation.
Along with a possible headache, Selleck racked up 17 penalty minutes after being issued a game misconduct for instigating a fight in his first career NHL game.
BRUINS' MCQUAID INJURES SHOULDER
The Boston Bruins could lose defenceman Adam McQuaid for 3-4 weeks with a shoulder strain suffered Tuesday night.
McQuaid took a hit from Jets forward Eric Tangradi and tumbled into the end boards early in the first period of Boston's 3-1 loss in Winnipeg.
"Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks."
In 25 games this season, McQuaid has registered one goal and three assists to go along with 49 penalty minutes.
CANADIENS' BOURQUE NEEDS MORE TIME
Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque needs time to get back into playing shape.
Bourque, suffering from the effects of a concussion originally sustained in a Feb. 9 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, has missed the last 12 games for the Habs.
He received the green light from doctors to resume contact on Wednesday, and participated in his first on-ice workout in over a month before the team flew to New York a day before their game against the Islanders.
"I feel better every day, but it is important to participate in some training before returning to the game," Bourque said following practice.
Meanwhile, defenceman Francis Bouillon signed a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million with the Habs. The 37-year-old has one goal and six assists in 29 games this season.
BRIEFLY: Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Justin Faulk is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee ... The New York Rangers recalled Chris Kreider and optioned Micheal Haley to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL ... The Tampa Bay Lightning signed 2012 first-round pick Slater Koekkoek to a three-year entry level contract.