NHL Notes: League discusses mandatory visors

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NHL Notes: League discusses mandatory visors

The Flyers are off until Sunday (see story), but for more news around the NHL check out these stories:

NHL discusses mandatory visors
TORONTO -- NHL general managers discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, and the league and NHL Players' Association expressed a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors. (See story).

"Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice president of hockey operations.

Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL's goalie expert, are "Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they're still protected to reduce the stopping area."

Current rules allow goalie pads to go 55 percent of the way between your knee and your pelvis.

Sabres' Vanek listed as day to day
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek has missed practice because of a hip injury, and it's uncertain if he'll play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. (See story).

Interim coach Ron Rolston listed Vanek as day to day on Wednesday, a day after the player was hurt in a 3-2 overtime win at Montreal. Vanek did not return after being struck by a shot taken by teammate Christian Ehrhoff midway through the second period.

'Canes defenseman Justin Faulk out 2-4 weeks
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes say defenseman Justin Faulk will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee ligament. (See story).

The team disclosed Faulk's diagnosis Wednesday and said the second-year defenseman will not need surgery.

He was hurt midway through the second period of Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. He suffered a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee when he collided with Jack Skille behind the net.

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Michal Neuvirth mum on reports of new contract talks with Flyers

Michal Neuvirth mum on reports of new contract talks with Flyers

VOORHEES, N.J. -- As the Flyers try to re-sign goalie Michal Neuvirth on trade deadline day (see report here ), the 28-year-old Czech was both nervous and cautious in talking to the media after Wednesday's practice.

Do you expect to get a deal done?

"I don't know, I don't know," Neuvirth said. "You got to talk to Hexy about that."

Hoping it gets done?

"We'll see."

Neuvirth said he lets his agent, Patrik Stefan, handle everything.

He said he speaks to him every day but would not elaborate on what was said either last night or today. Neuvirth seemed genuinely fearful of saying anything that would upset Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.

He did say he wants to remain a Flyer.

"Yeah, it's a great group of guys here and I love the city and the organization," Neuvirth said. "I'm gonna try whatever I can to be here."

Asked about the negotiations, Neuvirth said, "I don't know if I can say anything, you have to talk to Hexy about contracts. For me, I am here to stop pucks."

Asked whether Stefan needed assurances that if he were to be re-signed Wednesday, he would not be traded this afternoon to another club before the 3 p.m. deadline, Neuvirth replied, "I have no idea.

"What can I tell you guys? Sorry. I don't want to get in trouble. I don't know what I can say and can't say, so I say nothing."

Report: Flyers close to re-signing Michal Neuvirth

Report: Flyers close to re-signing Michal Neuvirth

Well, it isn't a trade, but the Flyers are reportedly close to a move on deadline day.

The Flyers are "close" to re-signing goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a new deal, reports ESPN's Pierre LeBrun

In 24 games this year, Neuvirth is 10-9-1 with a 2.90 goals against average and a less-than-stellar .887 save percentage. He also missed 22 games with an injured left knee.

Injuries have always been a concern with the 28-year old, but when he is on the ice, Neuvirth has shown his worth.

In his first year with the Flyers in 2015-16, Neuvirth posted a 2.27 goals against average with a .924 save percentage in 32 games while sharing the net with Steve Mason.

Both Neuvirth and free-agent-to-be Mason have struggled to get in a groove this year.

Also worth noting, the deal gives the Flyers a goalie to expose in this summer's NHL expansion draft.

Each team must expose one goaltender, which the new Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise can select.

With both Neuvirth and Mason's contracts up after the year, the Flyers would be forced to expose a younger goalie, perhaps promising Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz, who is a restricted free agent this offseason.

Re-signing Neuvirth enables the Flyers to expose him, should they choose to do so, while keeping Stolarz protected from the draft.