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NHL notebook: Lightning G Vasilevskiy out 2-3 months
By THE SPORTS XCHANGE
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will miss 2-3 months after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from an area near his left collarbone.
Vasilevskiy had successful surgery Thursday to remove the blood clot and treat a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Karl Illig, director of vascular surgery at Tampa General Hospital. Vasilevskiy is expected to fully recover, the team said.
The 21-year-old Vasilevskiy played 16 regular-season games for the Lightning in 2014-15, compiling a record of 7-5-1 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average with one shutout. Vasilevskiy also appeared in four Stanley Cup playoff games.
—The Detroit Red Wings re-signed veteran forward Dan Cleary to a one-year contract.
Cleary, 36, has been with the team since 2005. He played in 17 games last season, recording two points and six penalty minutes.
In 609 games with the team, he has 265 points (124 goals) and 299 penalty minutes. He also has played in 111 playoff games, registering 49 points (23 goals) and 66 penalty minutes.
—The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not announced, but the Orange County Register reported last month that Ehrhoff and the Kings agreed to a $1.5 million contract.
Ehrhoff, 33, appeared in 49 regular-season games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, collecting three goals and 11 assists as well as 26 penalty minutes.
—The New York Rangers hired former captain Chris Drury as director of player development.
General manager Jeff Gorton said Drury will work with the hockey operations department and the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. He also will help oversee and evaluate college players.
The 39-year-old Drury spent 12 years in the NHL. He played four seasons with the Rangers, the last in 2011, and was their captain for three seasons.
During his career, the Trumbull, Conn., native skated in 892 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the Rangers, registering 615 points (255 goals, 360 assists) and 468 penalty minutes.