The Senators are likely to give Anders Nilsson a lot of action down the stretch as they have yet to decide on whether or not to offer the pending UFA a deal for next season, suggests Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch. The 28-year-old has fared better with Ottawa since being dealt from Vancouver, posting a respectable .910 SV% in 18 appearances compared to the .895 mark he had in a dozen games with the Canucks. Veteran Mike Condon is still under contract for next season but his hip issues continue to be problematic; Garrioch noted that he had a recent setback as he continues to rehab his current injury. With that in mind, the Sens will likely want to have some insurance if Condon can’t play next season which could come by keeping Nilsson around.
More news and notes from around the league:
- The Wild announced that center Victor Rask will return to the lineup on Monday after missing nearly a month with a lower-body injury. He has struggled since joining Minnesota in a midseason trade for winger Nino Niederreiter; the Swiss winger is averaging a point per game with Carolina which Rask has just a goal and an assist since the trade. With Minnesota is the thick of the playoff hunt, they’ll need more from him down the stretch.
- Florida is set to get a pair of forwards back in the coming days. Jameson Olive of the Panthers’ team website notes (Twitter link) that forwards Denis Malgin and Colton Sceviour are likely to return this week. Malgin (lower body) is expected to return on Thursday while Sceviour (wrist) has had his cast removed and could be back over the weekend.
- Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle is out for the rest of the season due to a concussion, reports Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. He has sustained three separate head injuries dating back to training camp with the last two coming at the ECHL level. The 21-year-old has one year left on his entry-level deal following this season.