NHL notes: Swiss miss for Nash
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash won't play for HC Davos of the top Swiss league if there is a NHL lockout, despite earlier reports to the contrary.
The same goes for San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton.
Reports Thursday out of Switzerland indicated that, according to team president Gaudenz Domenigs, Nash and Thornton would play for Davos if the NHL was shut down. The two NHLers played for Davos during the last lockout, in 2004-05.
But the agents for Nash and Thornton, who has a home in Switzerland and met his wife when he played in Davos, have denied that the players will go overseas if there is a work stoppage.
Finnish star Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks is reportedly considering playing for Jokerit Helsinki in the event of a lockout.
The Detroit Red Wings pulled the plug Thursday on their annual prospects tournament.
With an NHL lockout looming, the Red Wings decided now was the best time to cancel the eight-team, four-day event, which had been held in Traverse City, Mich., every year since 1998. The tournament was supposed to start Sept. 15, the day the current NHL collective bargaining agreement expires.
"Due to the uncertainty surrounding the collective bargaining agreement and the advance commitments required from the various parties including hotels, airlines, teams, players and their families, we have determined that it is in everyone's best interest to cancel this year's tournament," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a statement. "The Red Wings and the seven other NHL teams that were scheduled to participate are committed to returning to Traverse City in 2013 and continuing with this with tremendous tournament."
New Jersey Devils winger David Clarkson says the reason his goal scoring dropped off in the playoffs is because he played with a broken foot. After scoring 30 goals in the regular season, his production dropped off to three goals in 24 games during the Devils' run to to the Stanley Cup final ... The Toronto Maple Leafs added tough guys Dave 'Tiger' Williams, Brad May and Tie Domi to their roster for the Winter Classic alumni games while the Detroit Red Wings boosted their lineup with Red Berenson, Jimmy Carson, Dennis Polonich and Aaron Ward. The two games will be played Dec. 31 at Comerica Park in Detroit.