Olympic all-star team, fallout from Nicklas Backstrom’s testing positive for a banned substance, Steve Yzerman steps down as Team Canada executive director, and more.
NBC SPORTS: Carey Price was named the best goaltender, Erik Karlsson best defenseman and Phil Kessel the best forward of the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament. Karlsson and Kessel were also named to the tournament all-star team.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Teemu Selanne was name tournament MVP.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside believes Nicklas Backstrom was the victim of the IOC’s drug testing policy. Backstrom tested positive for a banned substance found in allergy medication and was prevented from playing for Sweden in the gold medal game against Canada. The NHL released a statement saying Backstrom hadn’t violated the NHL’s banned substance policy and will not face suspension from NHL play.
TSN.CA: Steve Yzerman announced he was stepping down as executive director of Team Canada.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Penguins players rushed to defend coach Dan Bylsma, who came under criticism following America’s loss to Canada in the semifinal and meltdown against Finland in the bronze medal game.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne wants to increase his workload in practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rinne’s progress is promising but it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to return to the lineup in time to help the Predators make the playoffs.
PHILLY.COM: Former Flyer Simon Gagne isn’t ready to hang up his skates yet. Gagne was the victim of both his injury history and the sharp decline of the salary cap for this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Gagne might try to sign with an NHL club in the off-season, when the salary cap is expected to jump to over $70 million for next season.
NBC SPORTS: The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.