NHL Notebook: Penguins' Michalek has hip surgery

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Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek underwent hip surgery Wednesday, the team announced. The nature of his injury and details such as when he got hurt were not revealed, but he is expected to be ready for training camp in September.

The operation was performed by Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd of the Nashville Sports and Orthopaedic Center.

Michalek, 29, led the Penguins with 144 blocked shots in 2011-12. He had two goals, 13 points and an even plus-minus rating in 62 games. He had one assist, 10 blocked shots and a plus-2 in six playoff games.

Michalek usually would have joined the Czech Republic team at the ongoing world championships, but he skipped that tournament because of a family matter.

Another Penguins defenseman, Kris Letang, revealed after the team's first-round playoff loss to Philadelphia that he has been bothered by a hip injury for quite a while but probably would need rest rather than have surgery. There has been no update on Letang.


The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by St. Louis beer distributor Tom Stillman, the league announced Wednesday. The sale price was not disclosed, but is believed to be about $130 million.

Stillman's group will become the eighth owner of the Blues since the franchise came into existence in 1966. The group is buying the team from a group headed by Dave Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

Stillman is chairman and chief executive officer of Summit Distributing in St. Louis and has owned a minority share in the Blues since '07. Other members of the group have not been announced.

The $130 million price is well below the $157 million that Forbes magazine had valued the Blues in December.


Vancouver center Ryan Kesler has undergone shoulder surgery, and the Canucks expect him to be out up to six months, meaning he likely will miss the start of the regular season.

Kesler, one of the NHL's best defensive forwards, finished this past season despite playing with an undisclosed injury since February. He had 22 goals and 27 assists in 77 games, a marked dropoff from the 73 points (41 goals, 32 assists) in 2010-11.


Center Saku Koivu has re-signed with Anaheim, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3 million to return for his 17th NHL season. Koivu, 37, scored 38 points in 74 games for the Ducks last season, his third in Anaheim.


First Published May 10, 2012 1:30 AM


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