Paul Kariya believes his overall speed has picked up after undergoing surgeries on both hips during the 2008-09 season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
More importantly, said Kariya, he’s not just skating faster, but skating faster repeatedly. “The muscles should not fatigue as fast and allow me to play at a higher pace for a longer period of time,” he said. Kariya, who had 15 points in 11 games for the Blues before the injuries forced him out of the lineup, is entering the final year of his three-year contract.
Chris Drury told NY Newsday that his broken right hand has completely healed.
Drury was forced to keep the hand in a brace for three weeks, but now reports no problems. He plans to participate in the U.S. Invitational camp later this month.
The New York Rangers have decided to walk away from a salary arbitration ruling to Nikolai Zherdev, making the forward an unrestricted free agent.
Zherdev was awarded a one-year, $3.9 million contract following his hearing on Friday. He was looking for $4.75 million, while the Rangers were offering less than $3.2 million.
''With the additions we've been able to make this summer, we feel we've been able to add scoring and offense from the wing position,'' Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather stated. ''Following the arbitration process and subsequent award given, we feel it is in our best interest to walk away and continue to explore all available options to improve our roster.''
Zherdev, 24, appeared in 82 games with the Rangers last season, registering 23 goals and 35 assists for 58 points, along with 39 penalty minutes. He was held scoreless in seven playoff contests.
The 6-2, 203-pounder has skated in 365 regular season contests with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, recording 99 goals and 140 assists for 239 points, along with 203 penalty minutes. The Kiev, Ukraine native was originally Columbus' first round choice, fourth overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.