Ultimately, Nieuwendyk’s decision will be linked to family as well as professional considerations. In the meantime, Brian Burke is acting as interim general manager, likely through at least the entry draft at the end of June.
POST DEADLINE REVIEWS
Like Thomas, every new trading-deadline addition wants to get off to a fast start with his new team. Ryan Miller accomplished that, going 4-0 in his first four games with the Blues. Ales Hemsky had a three-assist day for Ottawa, in his second game with the Sens. David Legwand, added by Detroit, slotted in with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyqust, and they looked great – 11 points in a 7-4 win over New Jersey. Franzen’s return will likely be key for the Red Wings’ playoff hopes, since Henrik Zetterberg is out for the balance of the regular season...The Wild put Matt Moulson up on the second line with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle, which left Dany Heatley to drop back to the fourth line … The Capitals will have an intriguing addition to their lineup, likely in time for Monday night’s date with the Pittsburgh Penguins, after signing their much heralded 2010 first-round draft choice, Evgeni Kuznetsov, to an entry-level contract. Kuznetsov had been playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL, but negotiated a release of the remainder of his Russian contract to try his hand at the NHL. Kuznetsov, now 21, shone in back-to-back world junior championships, overshadowing far more well-known Russians such as Nail Yakupov in brief glimpses. The Capitals have been patiently awaiting his arrival and when he showed up Saturday, general manager George McPhee commented to reporters: “It’s kind of like seeing the Loch Ness Monster when he walked in. We’ve heard you, but we haven’t seen you. And there he was. I found it hard to believe he was standing there after all this.”
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